Mexican cosplayer Nadyasonika (also known as Nadya Anton to her mom) confuses us all by whipping on her short shorts and grabbing a hat. The dangerous, the ambiguous Poison is here!
Poison is a fictional character in the Final Fight and Street Fighter series of video games. Created by Akira Yasuda for Capcom, Poison first appeared in Final Fight alongside a similar character, Roxy, later appearing in Capcom-produced games, media and merchandise related to the Street Fighter franchise.
Originally conceived as a female thug in Final Fight and part of the game’s antagonist group, Mad Gear, concerns during the game’s development about reactions from North American audiences to fighting women, resulted in the character being re-imagined as a futanari. However, that was not considered satisfactory and both Poison and her palette swap Roxy were replaced by the male characters “Billy” and “Sid”, and have been for every subsequent North American port of the title on Nintendo consoles and handhelds.
After the Final Fight series she later appeared alongside wrestler Hugo, acting as his manager, with her schemes revolving around finding a tag team partner for him or developing their own wrestling organization. Poison was also to appear in both Capcom Fighting All-Stars and Final Fight: Streetwise; however, the former was canceled, and she was omitted from the latter as development progressed. Following those aborted attempts, she ended up appearing as a playable character on Street Fighter X Tekken. She was also added as a playable character to Ultra Street Fighter IV.
The character’s status as potentially transsexual, consciously left ambiguous by the developers, has remained a topic of frequent debate by both fans and media alike.
Mexican cosplayer Nadyasonika (also known as Nadya Anton to her mom) dips her toes into the incredibly popular Pokémon franchise, choosing to bring to life the ubiquitous Officer Jenny!
Officer Jenny is not a single entity. Rather, there are many Jennys working as police officers across the various regions of the Pokémon world.
Generally, Officer Jennys are brave and determined, but can be ineffective in their police duties. They fight against the likes of Team Rocket, Team Magma, Team Aqua and Team Galactic – among other miscellaneous criminals. Although there are many exceptions, Officer Jenny will generally have Growlithe to use as a police dog.
Although Jennys appear to be identical, there is some minor divergence among them, as evidenced by Brock. Brock is able to recognize different Jennys on numerous occasions; he appears to be the only character who can tell the Officer Jennys apart. The town/region where a certain Jenny comes from can be discerned by the symbol on their hats, which differs depending on location.
Officer Jenny made her debut in Pokémon Emergency. She was seen at the beginning of the episode warning the citizens of Viridian City of thieves in the area and to report suspicious-looking people immediately. Stopping Ash, who had his Pikachu in his arms, she suspected him of being a thief, but once she saw his Pokédex, she believed that he was a Pokémon Trainer, while also mentioning that three other Trainers had come through Viridian that day.
Using her motorcycle, she brought Ash to the Pokémon Center, and once Pikachu was in the hands of Nurse Joy, she left. After Team Rocket broke into the Pokémon Center, however, she made her way back, but appearing just in time to see the center exploding from a combination of Pikachu’s Thunder Shock and Koffing’s Smog attacks. She stayed and helped Nurse Joy through the morning, assuring her that Ash and Misty will have no trouble getting through the Viridian Forest.
Mexican cosplayer Nadyasonika (also known as Nadya Anton to her mom) makes an appearance in today’s comic book cosplay entry, bringing to life Kara Zor-El, better known to us as the unbreakable Supergirl!
Kara Zor-El is the last survivor of Argo City, which had survived the explosion of the planet Krypton and drifted through space. When the inhabitants of the colony are slain by Green Kryptonite, which was released by meteorites striking the lead barrier, Kara is sent to Earth by her father Zor-El to be raised by her cousin Kal-El (Superman). Fearing that she might not be recognized by Superman, Kara’s parents provide a costume based on the Man of Steel’s own.
On Earth, Kara acquires powers identical to Superman’s and adopts the secret identity of Linda Lee, a resident of Midvale Orphanage. She conceals her blonde hair beneath a brunette wig and functions as Supergirl only in secret, at Superman’s request, until she can gain, in his opinion, sufficient control of her powers. After she is adopted by Fred and Edna Danvers, Superman decides his cousin is ready to begin operating openly as Supergirl.
She attends Midvale High School as Linda Lee Danvers. In later years, after graduating from Stanhope College, she changes careers several times, holding jobs in student counseling, news reporting, and acting in a TV soap opera titled Secret Hearts. She also attends college in Chicago. Kara has many boyfriends, including Richard (Dick) Malverne, Jerro the Merboy from Atlantis, and Brainiac 5, a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes. She does, however, shun serious commitments, putting her super-career first.
After Superman manages to rescue the Kryptonian bottled city of Kandor from Brainiac, Kara is reunited with her parents. However that reunion becomes bittersweet, as Reactron kills her father, and her mother dies when New Krypton is destroyed by a trap in Reactron left by Lex Luthor.
As part of The New 52, Kara’s origin was rebooted once again. She is still the Kryptonian cousin of Kal-El, but many other details of her origin have been retconned. There has thus far been no mention of Kara’s previous adventures, and it appears any events that happened between her 2005 re-introduction and her New 52 reboot have been removed from continuity.
First appearing in Street Fighter Alpha 2, the youthful Japanese schoolgirl fighter Sakura is the target for today’s Cosplay entry, taken on by Mexican cosplayer Nadya Anton (aka Nadyasonika) – fighting mitts and all!
Sakura Kasugano is a player character from the Street Fighter series of fighting games, where she is portrayed as a young Japanese schoolgirl who idolizes Ryu, whom she wants to be trained by.
Sakura first appears in Street Fighter Alpha 2, where she participates in street fighting after watching Ryu win the first World Warrior tournament. She searches for him and wishes for him to train her to be a better fighter. She eventually comes across Ryu who after a short sparring session, tells her he could not train her as he still has much to learn himself.
In Street Fighter Alpha 3, Sakura decides to travel the world to find Ryu. After trying to save him from the warrior M. Bison, Ryu promises her a rematch. She is also playable in the spin-off Street Fighter EX3.
In Street Fighter IV, years have passed since Sakura last saw Ryu, so she decides to find Ryu again for a match in the new worldwide tournament. In introduction sequences of Super Street Fighter IV, she is often seen in a group of three with Dan Hibiki and Blanka. In Rival Schools: United By Fate, Sakura is involved in the adventure between her school and various others in Aohura City. After helping her childhood friend Hinata and the others out from within the ordeal, she realizes how much it means to her to protect something she cares about.
Mexican cosplayer Nadya Anton, aka Nadyasonika, picks up her sword and shield as she goes Greek, bringing to life the warrior woman Sophitia from the popular Soulcalibur fighting game franchise!
Sophitia Alexandra, better known as just Sophitia, is a fictional character in the Soul series of video games. Created by Namco’s Project Soul division, she first appeared in Soul Edge and its subsequent sequels, as well as appearing in various merchandise related to the series.
A baker-turned warrior, Sophitia became involved in the search for the cursed sword, Soul Edge, following the blessings of the Olympian god of fire and forge, Hephaestus. The affair soon affected her other family members as well, including her sister, Cassandra, and later her children, Pyrrha and Patroklos.
Sophitia’s life as a warrior began when she was chosen as one of the twenty four warriors to receive an oracle from the Olympian god of fire and forge, Hephaestus. While she was bathing in a forest, Hephaestus appeared and told her of the evil blade Soul Edge: that the existence of such a powerful blade would put shame to his name, as he had not created it, and that if anyone were to discover it, it would bring much pain to the world. Hephaestus ordered her to come to the Eurydice Shrine and receive a holy weapon, the Omega Sword, so that she could destroy the Soul Edge.
Sophitia eventually found the Soul Edge in a port in Valencia, Spain; and she fought its possessor, the dread pirate Cervantes de Leon, destroying one of the twin blades. However, shards of the evil sword flew with great force from her powerful blow wounding her too greatly to finish the fight. Just as Cervantes was about to deliver a finishing blow to the endangered Sophitia, the demon huntress ninja Taki arrived to save her and proceeded to kill Cervantes. After the battle had finished, Taki removed most of the Soul Edge shards that damaged Sophitia, but was unable to remove the one embedded near her heart without killing her, thus leaving it as it was. She then carried Sophitia back to Athens, where her sister, Cassandra, had been waiting for her. Cassandra was the only member of her family or group of friends to believe her story at the time.
The popular Final Fantasy VII entry in the long running Final Fantasy franchise provides the inspiration for this cosplay outing by talented Mexican cosplayer Nadya Anton, perhaps better known as Nadyasonika. Grabbing her fighting mitts, Nadya does a great job in bringing fan favourite Tifa Lockhart to life!
Tifa Lockhart is a player character in Square Enix’s role-playing video game Final Fantasy VII. Created by character designer Tetsuya Nomura, she has since appeared in the fighting game Ehrgeiz and cameo appearances in other titles, as well as the CGI film sequel to Final Fantasy VII, Advent Children and related games and media as part of the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII series. As of Advent Children, Tifa is voiced by Ayumi Ito in Japanese, and by Rachael Leigh Cook in English.
A member of the terrorist group AVALANCHE and owner of the 7th Heaven bar, Tifa is the childhood friend of Cloud Strife, the protagonist of Final Fantasy VII. Convincing him to join the group to keep him close and safe, she later assists him in saving the planet from the game’s villain, Sephiroth. Elements of The Compilation of Final Fantasy VII later touched upon her character further, such as the film Advent Children in which she attempts to convince Cloud to let go of his self-imposed guilt and move on with his life after Sephiroth’s defeat.
Named the pin-up girl of the “cyber generation” by The New York Times, Tifa has been compared to Lara Croft as an example of a strong, independent and attractive female character in video games. Sources such as IGN and UGO.com have repeatedly praised both the character’s strength and appearance and described her as one of the best female characters in gaming, while Play named her the “most adored” of the Final Fantasy series’ female characters. In 2007, Dengeki PlayStation named her the eighth best fictional character all time to appear in games for the Sony PlayStation.
Mexican cosplayer and model Nadya Anton, AKA Nadyasonika goes green for this cosplay effort, bringing to life the sensual killer with a cause from the Batman mythos, Poison Ivy.
Poison Ivy (Dr. Pamela Lillian Isley) is a fictional character, a DC Comics supervillainess who is primarily an enemy of Batman. Created by Robert Kanigher and Sheldon Moldoff, she first appeared in Batman #181 (June 1966).
Poison Ivy is depicted as one of the world’s most prominent eco-terrorists. She is obsessed with plants, botany, and environmentalism. She uses toxins from plants and mind controlling pheromones for her criminal activities, which are usually aimed at protecting the natural environment. Fellow villain Harley Quinn became her recurring partner-in-crime and possibly her only human friend.
She has proven to be one of Batman’s more powerful foes, being one of the few members of his Rogues Gallery to display anything close to superpowers. Pamela Isley a.k.a. Poison Ivy has been portrayed as a love interest for Batman in some comics. In one comic, Ivy was robbing a charity gala Bruce Wayne was attending. Ivy’s first kiss was poison, the second its antidote. When they first meet, Ivy’s toxic lips planted a seed of toxic rapture in Bruce. But when she later kissed a dying Dark Knight, Ivy unknowingly cured her intended victim and established a budding romantic tension between them.
Mexican industrial design student, costume designer and maker, cosplayer, model, and gamer Nadya Anton is perhaps better known by her online handle Nadyasonika. For this cosplay outing Nadya tips her toe in the bloodied waters of Hellsing, bringing to life the former cop, now turned vampire, Seras Victoria.
Seras Victoria is one of the main Hellsing characters. In the anime, she acts as the point of view character for the audience. Seras is a Draculina, a term used to refer to the female members of the Dracula bloodline, since she has been turned into a vampire by Alucard. The term is not historically accurate since no female vampire turned by Dracula was ever referred to by this term in Stoker’s book and may have been created specifically for Hellsing, but Seras is called this multiple times over the course of the story.
In the series, Seras was originally a police officer who, along with the rest of her squad, was sent into the village of Cheddar, where a vampire had taken control of the town and turned its inhabitants into “ghouls” (zombies controlled by vampires). She was taken hostage by that priest vampire. After shooting through her to kill the rogue vampire, Alucard offers to turn Seras into a vampire to save her from dying. She chooses vampirism, as with virgin blood she will become a vampire rather than a ghoul.
She is also a tomboy; a very brave, strong-willed and heroic young woman who often rejects following orders of her master that cross with her personal beliefs. However, she is a loyal and trustworthy soldier who will diligently follow the orders of her commander, provided said commander has proven his or her worth.
Victoria’s signature weapon is the Hellsing ARMS Anti-Midian Cannon ‘Harkonnen’. Weighing 120 lb. (~60 kg) unloaded, this 30 mm, single-shot, break action, breech loader cannon uses various types of shells, including depleted uranium with silver for piercing armored targets and incendiary napalm rounds for destroying large groups of opponents both on land and in the air. Only a vampire could carry and use this weapon. Her immense strength also allows her to use the Harkonnen while moving; sometimes, especially in the manga, she wields it with an extraordinary ease, even firing over her shoulder. Before gaining the Harkonnen, Seras used a smaller rifle, firing 13.7 mm rounds, as is seen written on the gun in the OVA. In the manga this gun is unnamed but the letters BAERLKS are spelled out on its side; in the OVA, however, the gun has Harkonnen written in the same place.
Mexican industrial design student, costume designer and maker, cosplayer, model, and gamer Nadya Anton is perhaps better known by her online handle Nadyasonika. This time around it is a bit of cross-play (gender swap if you will), as Nadyasonika brings to life the fire-fisted King of Fighters favourite: Kyo Kusunagi!
Kyo Kusanagi is the main character in SNK Playmore’s The King of Fighters video game series; he was first introduced in The King of Fighters ’94 as the leader of the Japan team. He is one of the iconic characters of the series and regularly appears on publicity material and merchandise. His name and abilities were designed in order to relate him with the Yamata no Orochi legend. Because he was highly popular and his outfit changed along the series, the designers created a few clones with his old appearance.
Kyo is first introduced as a cocky delinquent high school student who is the heir to the Kusanagi clan, who can use pyrokinetic powers. In The King of Fighters universe, his clan is one of the three clans that sealed the legendary snake entity, Yamata no Orochi. Due to his clan’s past, Kyo fights against the Kusanagi’s enemies; his rival Iori Yagami, the last member of the Yagami clan, and the Orochi’s soldiers. He enters every The King of Fighters tournament representing Japan and uses his clan’s fighting style to combine fire with kenpo. Aside from the main series, Kyo also appears in several other media series such as spin-offs and crossover video games as well as comic adaptations of the series.
Video games reviewers have praised his design and fighting style as one of the best from the series. Reviewers noted him to be a necessary character to have in every video game from the series and commented of him to have the best winning pose.