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Dragon Con: Amazing costumes from the first day (pictures)

The biggest multi-genre convention in the Southeast US hosts some incredible outfits inspired by a wide range of geek culture. Don't miss these amazing and amusing costumes.

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Sharknado

ATLANTA -- The vibe at Dragon Con, a four-day gathering that celebrates multiple geeky genres, would instantly feel like nirvana for any nerd. Aside from incredible guests, art, product bonanzas, and hundreds of panels discussing and celebrating everything from "Star Wars" to "Game of Thrones," there's another element to the show: people watching.

You could literally spend the entire show checking out all of the amazing costumes (also known as "cosplay") created by fans who trek from all corners of the US to share their incredible creations.

The Sharknado was one of the most popular costumes wandering around the circuit, inspiring laughter and countless photo opportunities by those passing by. The costume even spun around, causing further amusement.

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Mass Effect

There were countless Mass Effect outfits at Dragon Con, but this person wandered the halls with an unforgettable glare fit for the seriousness of the series. The gun was almost taller than her!
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Barf from 'Spaceballs'

No genre was off limits at Dragon Con, including parody films such as "Spaceballs." Barf, originally played by John Candy in the classic 1987 film and now seen here by Mighty Matt, looks dapper with his box of Milk Bones.
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Iron Man UI

This unique costume seen at Dragon Con shows a different side of Tony Stark's Iron Man outfit -- the familiar futuristic user interface that filmgoers saw Robert Downey Jr. work with while inside the suit.
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Fallout

Mark Zoran of Razorfly Studios put a ton of time into his Fallout-inspired outfit seen at Dragon Con.
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Scary skull man

Our apologies if this is an actual character from a video game, comic book, or movie, but it was hard to hear creator Tyler Althafer of Iron Zeppelin Productions.
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Bioshock's Big Daddy

This elaborate Bioshock Big Daddy outfit seen at Dragon Con wowed attendees, and if you look closely enough, you can see some of the neat around-the-home items used for the suit. Impressive!
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Tron: Legacy -- Rinzler

Rinzler, ready to win, makes a late-night appearance at Dragon Con.
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Steampunk army

This group of eccentric individuals caused great joy for many Dragon Con attendees with their curious mustaches, steampunk-inspired outfits, and hilarious dialect.
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Deadtrooper

What happens when a Stormtrooper turns into a zombie? At Dragon Con, it looks something like this. Thomas Gardner created this unique zombie death trooper.
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More Mass Effect

This Dragon Con group shot shows several cosplay themes -- various Mass Effect characters and X-Men's Mystique -- combined into one crazy shot.
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Assassin's Creed III -- Ratonhnhaké:ton

This charming young lady takes a moment to pose her incredible Assassin's Creed III-inspired cosplay outfit at Dragon Con.
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A geeky group

Here's a challenge for our readers: Can you name all of the cosplay characters in this picture shot at Dragon Con?
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Dig Dug

Arc the Guy came up with a neat Dig Dug outfit for Dragon Con. The drill actually spun!
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Katamari

Even obscure video games like the Katamari series were perfectly celebrated at Dragon Con. This was one of the most jaw-dropping presentations at the show.
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Iron Man and Iron Boy

This charming photo shows how a father and son, part of Hayes Replicas, can bond at a show such as Dragon Con. Numerous attendees stopped the duo for picture opportunities.
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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed -- Maris Brood

Fans of the Star Wars: The Force Unleashed video game may not believe the uncanny likeness this woman, seen at Dragon Con, has to Maris Brood. That stare!
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Borderlands -- Claptrap

Dragon Con was no stranger to even the smallest stars of popular video games, such as Claptrap from Borderlands. His handler played his role perfectly.
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The Hulk

Hulk also invaded Dragon Con, but took a moment to chill out for a photo opportunity.
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'Spaceballs' -- 'hole

It was impossible to not laugh around Dragon Con fellow Daniel Pawley who loves "Spaceballs."

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