Dragon Ball: 10 Amazing Yamcha Cosplays That Look Just Like The Anime
Yamcha may be the lovable loser of the Dragon Ball universe, but these cosplayers dont seem to mind! These cosplays could be mistaken for the anime.
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Once upon a time, Yamcha was a respected member of the Z fighters. Then he took a Saibaman to the face and he’s never really been the same since. Both Tien and Krillin have had their time to shine since the conclusion of the Saiyan saga but, despite training with King Kai, Yamcha has continued to be nothing more than fodder for the villains to flex their muscles against. It is to the point where he doesn’t even fight anymore.
Don’t worry, Yamcha! People still love you, though. Several cosplayers have decided to pay tribute to the former bandit by cosplaying as him at cons and online. Here are some of the best!
10 Bandit Yamcha By サカザキハヤト
Good old Yamcha as he first appeared in the series. One of the few points in the series where he could beat Goku in combat. Don’t believe me? Watch their first fight in Dragon Ball again and marvel at the power of Bandit Yamcha!
Here サカザキハヤト, one half of the cosplay couple サカザキハヤト & MARIA, brings this early antagonistic version of Yamcha to life. The messy head of hair and the outfit almost perfect, he color-coded it to near perfection just shy of the color on his upper armbands. The only other thing missing is the hearts in his eyes every time he sees Bulma.
9 Wolf Fang Fist By Kozuma
Much like Yamcha, the Wolf Fang Fist started off as a powerful technique that eventually faded away into obscurity. Bigger and better things took the limelight away from the simple physical technique. Especially in comparison to some other moves that could be considered world busters later on in the series.
But it is still a nice throwback that fans like to see. Kozuma models the iconic poses in his classic outfit. The young man manages to get the outfit right just like サカザキハヤト before him, though with the addition of matching the color of his upper armbands.
8 Baseball Yamcha By Leo Camacho
Not everything went to the wayside after the Saiyan Saga. He may have lost his life, his relevancy in the series, his girlfriend to one of the men responsible for his death, and any chance to still be considered a rival of Goku… wait where were we going with this?
Oh, yeah! Baseball! He still has baseball! While he no longer considers himself a fighter, Yamcha is still a star player of West City’s Taitans. One interesting fact is that he used to “help” his fellow earth warriors during the inter-universe baseball game between Universe 7 and 6. Leo Camacho brings his rendition of the costume to help root for the home team.
Picture by Saffels Photography.
7 Genderbent Yamcha By marjoanofarc
What if Yamcha was a girl? Well, you don’t need to ponder that question any longer thanks to this great cosplay. It takes Yamcha’s classic look and gives it a girl makeover.
Marjoanofarc_ takes Yamcha’s classic look and ups the femininity with a few key alterations. The two most prominent being her turning Yamcha’s shirt into a full-on side slit dress and changing out his pants for a pair of color appropriate shorts. The whole outfit’s wonderful, and shows how a little imagination can make a cosplay great!
Picture by Dtjaaam.
6 Short Haired Yamcha By Trivez
Let’s go a bit away from his classic bandit look. While fans of the original Dragon Ball might like him best in that outfit, those that came later (when Dragon Ball Z premiered on Toonami) might recognize this little orange number a lot better, being the traditional outfit of all those that trained in the prestigious Turtle Hermit school of martial arts.
After coming back to life after the Frieza arc, Yamcha had a bit of an image change. He dropped his long and flowy hair and replaced it with short and spiky locks. That in-between look is recreated by Trivez in his cosplay. The battle damage he sports with it is a good addition to the rest of the costume.
5 Yamcha and Puar By Naomi Moon
Friends forever at this point. He may no longer be a fighter, no longer relevant to the story, and there may be other changes to his character, but Puar will always stay by his side regardless. The two friends have been through thick and thin since they first showed up in the series.
So it is nice to see Naomi Moon include the little guy in her cosplay. The playful atmosphere she incorporates in the picture is perfect for the lifelong friends. The included Dragon Ball is a nice touch considering it was one of the reasons that both Yamcha and Puar joined the cast after their initial meeting with Goku.
4 Seconds Before Disaster By Emotional Support Male Cosplayer Luciferbob
Look at this and try to tell us that this cosplay isn’t clever! It may not be one of Yamcha’s best moments, but it is one of his most recognizable in Dragon Ball Z. The fact that a simple mook managed to take down a Z Warrior is enough to make the a very real and dangerous threat, even if it is sorta played for laughs in this cosplay.
The man responsible for this cosplay is Emotional Support Male Cosplayer Luciferbob. Caught in the wild by members of Team Four Star, the team that makes the wildly popular Dragon Ball Z Abridged Series, it is hard not to smirk when looking at this picture.
3 Sword Yamcha By jeffbedash325
Your eyes aren’t fooling you, at one point Yamcha did, in fact, have a sword. It may have faded away later on in the series, but he was skilled enough with the sword to keep Goku on edge during their encounters.
Here jeffbedash325 is set to remind everyone that Yamcha was the premiere sword fighter before Trunks was ever even a thought in Akira Toriyama’s mind. The photo itself taken with expert care by Jhune Pablo to make it pop in front of the blank background.
2 Dead Yamcha by Alex Drastal and cartoonlord
Someone was bound to do it eventually. Thankfully this duo of cosplayers knocked it out of the park and took their costumes all the way to Anime Expo 2019, where they gathered a large crowd of interested onlookers to take pictures of their cosplaying feat.
Not content with just cosplaying character, these two went ahead and recreated a whole scene from Dragon Ball Z and included Vegeta for good measure. This one’s brought to you by the collaboration of Alex Drastal as Yamcha and cartoonlord as Vegeta.
1 Alive Yamcha By Alex Drastal
Yes, your eyes aren’t fooling you and yes, this is the same exact person in the same exact costume as above. Also, we did just literally talk about him in the previous entry. So, why is he here in this one? Because he deserves another look.
It might be hard to tell in the picture above, but Alex Drastal put in a lot of thought and effort in his costume despite hiding most of it away during the shoot with cartoonlord. The battle damage, the injuries, and the charred parts of his suit are all worthy of praise. For they not only work for the picture of him dead above, but create a pretty badass version of him alive. And if you think about it, it could also be considered a cosplay of the isekai manga That Time I Got Reincarnated as Yamcha where Yamcha survives the explosion with similar battle damage to his costume.