If you hadn’t heard of him already, Jonathan Stryker is a cosplayer who has made an name for himself creating complex and accurate recreations of his favourite characters.
His Instagram account showcases the outfits that Stryker has faithfully designed over nearly ten years of cosplay activity.
From Mr Burns to Edward Scissorhands to Beetlejuice, Stryker has produced mesmerising costumes of his favourite movies and television programmes.
Here we show you 25 of his most spectacular efforts!
Sterling Archer from Archer
Recreating the look of the sardonic secret agent is no mean feat; Archer uses a 1950s cartoon book style so it’s not easy to cosplay the narcissistic lead character. But Stryker manages to pull it off using just a suit and some cleverly applied make-up.
The Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland
As you will see as we go through this gallery, Stryker has a fondness for dressing up as Johnny Depp characters. Here we see him recreate the character of the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland. From the complex make up to the crazy ginger hair, Stryker has him down to a tee.
Mojo Jojo from the Powerpuff Girls
Mojo Jojo is the chief villain in cult animated series The Powerpuff Girls. He is a mad scientist chimpanzee – not the easiest character to recreate! However, Stryker manages it with this ingenious design.
Eustace from Courage the Cowardly Dog
Eustace Bagge is the curmudgeonly husband of Muriel, Courage’s beloved owner, in the hit Cartoon Network Show. Stryker manages to capture the mean spirited old man perfectly, even managing to replicate his comical, cartoon frown.
Mr Burns from The Simpson
Mr Burns is one of the most instantly recognisable cartoon characters in television history. The archetypal villain, Burns terrorises the people of Springfield, from polluting their rivers with nuclear waste, to blocking out the sun so that they are forced to use more electricity. Using minimal prosthetics, Stryker manages to faithfully recreate Burns’ unmistakable appearance, even down to the liver spots!
Gomez from The Addams Family
The Addams Family started life as a cartoon strip, before being transformed into a television series in the mid 1960s. However, most people know the family from the 1991 movie starring Anjelica Huston, Christina Ricci, and the late Raúl Juliá. Here, we see Stryker recreating Juliá’s character Gomez, the patriarch of the family.
Squidward from Spongebob Squarepants
Spongebob Squarepants is an iconic and downright bizarre cartoon series which tells the story of a group of underwater creatures living together in the town of Bikini Bottom. Squidward (who incidentally isn’t even a squid) is Spongebob’s bad-tempered neighbour. Despite not having the requisite 6 legs, Stryker manages to pull it off in style.
Dabi from My Hero Academia
My Hero Academia is a Japanese anime series that chronicles the adventures of a boy without superpowers living in a world where they are commonplace. Dabi is a distinctive member of the League of Villains. Stryker’s recreation is simply stunning, managing to perfectly capture his essence.
Cosmo from Fairly Odd Parents
Fairly Odd Parents is a Nikelodeon series that has been running for nearly 20 years, the second longest running programme after Spongebob Squarepants. The dim-witted Cosmo Cosma is one half of the fairy godparents, alongside his wife Wanda. Again, Stryker’s cosplay is spot on.
Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean
Another Johnny Depp recreation here. Depp is said to have based Jack Sparrow on Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. Indeed, Richards himself makes a cameo in the sequel. Predictably, Stryker’s Sparrow is the spitting image of Depp’s character.
Mr Slave from South Park
South Park has so many fantastic characters that it’s difficult to know which one to pick. Well, Striker has gone for Mr Slave, Ms Garrison’s faithful companion. We can’t say much more as this is a family-friendly website.
Barnabas Collins from Dark Shadows
Depp once again. Dark Shadows is a horror-comedy directed by Tim Burton, and released in 2012. Despite a stellar cast, which featured Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter and Chloe Moretz, the film performed badly at the box office.
Zoidberg from Futurama
Futurama, like its sister show The Simpsons, is one of the most acclaimed animated series of all time. Dr. John A. Zoidberg is the staff doctor on Planet Express, although it is questionable whether he is in fact qualified for the role!
Rick from Rick and Morty
Rick and Morty is a cult animated series that started life as a parody of Back to the Future. This is clear to see with the character of Rick, who closely resembles Doc from the 1980s movie. Again, Stryker absolutely nails the costume. That hair must’ve needed a lot of gel!
Another character from a Tim Burton film! Beetlejuice, the supernatural “bio-exorcist” was played by Michael Keaton in the 1988 film of the same name. This is one of Stryker’s simpler efforts, but is none the less captivating for it.
Nuktuk from Legend of Korra
Although strongly influenced by anime, the Legend of Korra is in fact an American series, which ran on Nikelodeon between 2012-2014. Again, Stryker manages to faithfully capture Nuktuk’s likeness, from the fur cape to the hair curl!
Tim Burton and Johnny Depp feature in this list once more. Edward Scissorhands is the lead character from the 1990 movie of the same name. Depp managed to land the part after Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, and Gary Oldman turned it down.
Ms Garrison from South Park
Ms Garrison (Mr Garrison before the sex change) is Kyle, Stan, Cartman, and Kenny’s teacher in the outrageous animated comedy South Park. Foul mouthed and deeply unprofessional, it’s a mystery how she still has a job.
Roger from American Dad
Roger is the vulgar, Walter Mitty-type alien who secretly lives in the Smith’s attic in American Dad. Roger lives in a fantasy world, transforming into a number of different characters as circumstances dictate. Stryker is just as apt at transforming into Roger as Roger is at transforming into one of his characters!
Ms Sara Bellum from the Powerpuff Girls
Another character from cult series the Powerpuff Girls! Ms Bellum is the mayor’s brainy secretary, whose face is never show on screen. She is assumed to be very beautiful, however, and other characters often lust after her. Her name is based on cerebellum, a vital part of the human brain.
Mandark from Dexter’s Laboratory
Dexter’s Laboratory was created by Powerpuff Girls alumni Genndy Tartakovsky. It tells the story of Dexter, a child inventor with a secret laboratory in his basement. Mandark, also a boy genius, is Dexter’s arch nemesis.
Victor from The Corpse Bride
The Corpse Bride is an animated film from Tim Burton. Again, Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter voice the lead characters in the movie. Victor, Depp’s character, is engaged to Victoria (voiced by Emily Watson) for social and financial reasons, although neither know one another.
Sweeney Todd from Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Yep, it’s Depp again. And starring in a Tim Burton film no less. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is based on the real life story of Todd, a London barber who killed his victims with a cut throat razor. The film was an adaptation of the 1970s musical.
Nigel Thornberry from The Wild Thornberrys
The Wild Thornberrys, an animated series focused on a family of documentary makers, was produced by Klasky Csupo, creators of Rugrats. Nigel Thornberry, the patriarch of the family, is an eccentric, English explorer, who leads the family around the globe.
All Might from My Hero Academia
Here, we see Stryker recreating another character from My Hero Academia. This time we see All Might, a teacher at U.A. High School. He is said to be the world’s greatest hero.