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Best Leela Costume Guide
Leela, whose full name is Turanga Leela, is a character on the long-running animated series, Futurama. Born an ordinary sewer mutant, Leela’s parents gave her up to the Cookieville Minimum Security Orphanarium with a note containing mysterious scribbles. This was to convince the Orphanarium and Leela’s adoptive parents that she was actually an alien. This would give her a far better life than her sewer mutant parents could provide. On the show, Leela is the spaceship captain, pilot, and head of aviation. She is also the on-and-off girlfriend of Futurama’s main character, Philip J. Fry. Get the look of the fake alien pilot with this Leela costume guide.
Cosplay Leela’s captain looks by dressing up in a Purple Hair Wig, White Tank Top, Black Leggings, and Grey Boots. Grab a Toy Blaster for protection, wrap around a Wrist Wrap to mimic the LoJack-a-mater, and have Nibbler close by with this Plush. Get Leesa’s look as close as possible with Pink Lipstick and a White Sleeping Mask with a Plastic Googly Eye attached.
Leela Cosplay Costumes
Leela’s background as an orphan and her apparent lack of belonging helped to form her character and personality. Even though she is can be headstrong and confident in most areas of her life, she often feels self-conscious about her appearance, especially the fact that she only has one eye. At one point, she even underwent surgery to have two eyes. But she later had this reversed. In her hope to find another member of her race, she gets tricked by a shapeshifter who pretended to be a cyclops. Leela’s look is pretty basic as she is found wearing a basic tank, pants, and boots. Dye your hair purple and create her mutant cyclops look with an eye mask and craft googly eye.
Don’t fly your ship solo! Make sure you have the other Futurama characters on board. Send out a signal to your friends and have them cosplay along with you as Philip J. Fry, Dr. Zoidberg, Hubert J. Farnsworth, and even Zapp Brannigan.
Leela is also known to be a devoted environmentalist and animal-lover as seen many times on Futurama. One time Leela defied the orders of Zapp Brannigan in order to save an unintelligent animal named Nibbler, which she later adopts as a pet. Later in the television series, it is revealed that Nibbler isn’t just an ordinary pet. It turns out Nibbler is a highly intelligent leader of an ancient race called the Nibblonians.
Apart from her environmentalism and mysterious origin story, a major part of Leela’s character on the show is her relationship with the main character, Philip J. Fry. Earlier in the series, Leela dismisses and denies the romantic advances of Fry, noting that she may be endeared by his boyish charm but not his childishness. At some point, however, Leela finally realizes that she actually harbors deep feelings for Fry and admits this to him at the end of the film, Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder.