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Best Ellis Costume Guide
Calling all optimistic gamers! Video game Left 4 Dead has spawned some pretty memorable characters, none more so than young Ellis, also known as El. One of only four other players, Ellis is the youngest in the bunch. Follow our guide to pull off this survivor’s look.
Begin with a pair of Dickies Men’s Denim Rigid Bib Overalls. A Bullshifter t-shirt with a Left 4 Dead Tow Truck Hat will help sell your look. Black Timberland boots will cap off El’s style. Finish it off with a Crosman Elite Airsoft Rifle Gun. You can’t kill zombies without a decent weapon!
Ellis Cosplay Costumes
There are a number of ways to change this look up a bit, especially if you would prefer not to go through the expense of purchasing overalls you may never wear again. With a shirt as distinctive as a Bullshifter t-shirt, it might be beneficial to toss on a pair of worn jeans instead of covering it up with bib overalls. The hat will also draw attention to your look although if you’ve already purchased the advertised shirt, you could go with any kind of trucker hat and still get your point across.
Any boots in your closet will work, and a toy rifle will finish off his outfit. Ellis is featured in the second game in this series and thus would be in good group cosplay company with characters like Coach, Rochelle, and Nick. Of course, if you’re a fan of the first game, you could bring in Bill, Zoey, Francis or Louis. The choice is yours. Check out our featured pics for style ideas and send in your own, we’d love to check them out!
Ellis Costume Tips & FAQs
Dive into the post-apocalyptic world of “Left 4 Dead” with our detailed costume guide FAQ for Ellis. This guide is designed to help fans accurately recreate the appearance of this beloved character, known for his optimistic outlook and distinctive style amidst the chaos of a zombie outbreak.
Ellis's outfit is fairly simple and practical, reflecting his character in the game. It includes a blue and white trucker cap, a white T-shirt with a red Bull Shifters logo, light blue jeans, and a pair of white and black sneakers. Don't forget to add the signature brown medkit strapped on his back.
To recreate Ellis's T-shirt, you can either find a replica online or make one yourself. For a DIY approach, get a plain white T-shirt and use fabric paint or iron-on transfer paper to apply the red Bull Shifters logo, which resembles a bull's head inside a gear.
For added authenticity, consider adding dirt or artificial bloodstains to your outfit to give it a post-apocalyptic look. Ellis also has a tattoo of a horseshoe with a dice on his right forearm, which you can replicate with temporary tattoo paper or body paint.
Yes, Ellis is often seen with a brown medkit strapped to his back. You can create this using a brown bag or a small backpack. Modify it to look like a medkit, perhaps by adding a red cross symbol and some straps to wear it over your shoulder.
Including Ellis's quotes can make your cosplay more engaging. Here are some memorable ones: "My friends call me Ellis. I run an auto shop with a couple of my buddies. We're also in a band. I play bass.," "I ever tell you about the time my buddy Keith fell down an open manhole? He was unconscious down there for like a week! During that time, unbeknownst to Keith, they paved over him. Keith had to eat his way out of the sewer. He went on a diet right after that, he lost like 50 pounds." "Kill all sons of bitches. That's my official instructions." "This one time the army bombed my buddy Keith." and "I'm Ellis, and I'm about to teach some manners to the goddamn zombies." These quotes capture Ellis's unique personality and his humorous storytelling, which are iconic elements of his character in the game.
Ellis, although a fictional figure, is still a well-rounded character. An eternal optimist, he is undaunted by a zombie apocalypse. Viewing it as a challenge in which to test the bonds of friendship, Ellis revels in the hunt. Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, El is a mechanic in his hometown and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. His irrepressible spirit is irksome, and though he is everyone’s friend, some wonder if he isn’t a little slow witted.
He wears his heart on his sleeve. Ellis cares for, and mourns lost team members openly and with no malice. He loves his mama and visits her weekly. He’s a good kid, but he’s also easily distracted. Telling far fetched stories and daydreaming about marrying Zoey one day, he appears scattered and most his simplicity, complicated. Still, Ellis is a community favorite and a favorite among gamers as well.