How to Cosplay Megaman X

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One of the most well-known video game characters of all time Megaman X (known as Rockman X in Japan) debuted on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1994 and catapulted into instant fame. The star of many video game sequels, manga comics and anime series, Megaman X is an instantly recognizable character and a real challenge for the cosplay aficionado.


Cosplay, in which fans dress as their favorite anime, manga or video characters, is a fast-growing pastime. Cosplaying Megaman X would be either an impressive debut for someone new to the activity or a real coup for someone familiar with this sort of costume building. While many cosplay costumes can be easily assembled from household items, Megaman X requires a great deal of work (and around $75 in supplies) to pull off well.


The three essential parts of the costume you will have to create are: Megaman X's body-armor, Megaman X's helmet and Megaman X's arm-blaster.

Things You'll Need

  • Light blue spandex tights
  • Light blue spandex shirt
  • Cardboard
  • Metallic blue paint (dark blue and light blue)
  • Metallic red paint
  • LED light
  • Batteries for LED light
  • Newspaper
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Football Helmet
  • Thick wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Scissor
  • White gloves
  • Duct tape

Make Megaman X's Body Armor

  • Put on light blue spandex tights.

  • Put on light blue spandex shirt.

  • Cut cardboard into two pieces (one foot by two foot) to be wrapped around each ankle.

  • Paint boot pieces with dark blue metallic paint and let dry.

  • Affix boot pieces to ankles with duct tape.

  • Cut cardboard chest and shoulder-guard pieces.

  • Paint cardboard chest and shoulder-guards with dark blue metallic paint.

  • Affix painted cardboard chest and shoulder-guards to your body with duct tape.

Make Megaman X's Helmet

  • Mix one parts flour with two parts water to make paper-mache paste.

  • Tear newspaper into thin strips.

  • Dip the strips into the flour and water paste and apply them to the football helmet one at a time. Cover it completely. Add a second layer of paper-mache if desired. Allow the paper to dry thoroughly before removing the hardened paper-mache off the helmet.

  • Cut lengths of wire to create Megaman X helmet wings. Affix wire wing pieces to paper-mache helmet with duct tape.

  • Dip strips of newspaper into paste and apply them to wire frame wing pieces. Three or flour layers may be necessary.

  • Paint paper-mache helmet with dark blue metallic paint

  • Paint paper-mache helmet wings with light blue metallic paint and allow to dry.

  • Cut a small round circle out of cardboard. Paint it with metallic red paint. Attach it to the front and center of your paper-mache helmet with duct tape.

  • Wear your new Megaman X helmet with pride!

Make Megaman X's arm-blaster.

  • Cut a piece of cardboard 2 foot by 1 foot and roll it into a tube. Use duct tape to shape your arm blaster so it can slide over your right forearm.

  • Cut a round piece of cardboard to slide over the front end of the cardboard tube. Attach it with duct tape.

  • Paint the entire cardboard tube with dark blue metallic paint.

  • Put batteries into the LED light. Affix the LED light to the front end of the cardboard tube.

  • Put white gloves on.

  • Slide arm-cannon tube over your arm, turn on LED light and aim your Megaman X arm cannon.

Tips & Warnings

  • Having a picture of Megaman X in front of you at all times is essential. Perform a Google image search to gather reference material.
  • Cosplay outfits don't need to be exact reproductions. It is more important that you capture the spirit of the character.
  • Children should not use scissors or paint without parental supervision.

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