R Dorothy Wayneright is the Android sidekick (and often plot device) of Roger Smith in The Big O. Expressionless, but with an exceptionally dry wit and nearly imperceptible taste for sarcasm, Dorothy is a very “human” android along the same lines as Star Trek’s Data. Originally rescued by Roger the Negotiator, she ends up working for him as a maid/assistant to Norman (who, let’s face it, is basically Alfred to Roger’s Batman). Despite Dorothy’s supposed lack of a soul or emotions, the two quickly develop a love-hate relationship, and the much of the series revolves around this and Dorothy’s mysterious past. Ok, everybody’s mysterious past, actually.
Originally, this was my Halloween costume for 2010, the first year I was back at home to celebrate it. Funny story, when I wore it that year, I handed out candy at my parents’ house for a while, and then went over to my inlaws’ house (where my husband was pretending to be a scary lawn ornament). Now, I started dating my hubby when I was 14, so these people have known me for over a decade. I walk up, and my sister-in-law tries to give me candy. They didn’t recognize me! Not even Brian knew who I was until I got up close. It’s the super-short red hair, I’m sure.
I was a big fan of the Big O when I was about 14-15 years old, and always associated with Dorothy. You can see why:
These photos are about 16 years apart. Same piano, same beat up copy of Fur Elise, same quirky autistic girl. Many things happened in the meantime (including dating Roger Smith’s real life incarnation… *shudders*). Deep down, though, there’s still a part of me that never felt quite human, the autistic part that gets more joy out of playing the piano than from hugs. So Dorothy has always been near and dear to my heart.
So much so that I HAD to have this raincoat. It’s actually my day-to-day raincoat. Unfortunately (or perhaps not), I seem to have lost the flat-affect ability. I spend so much time practicing facial expressions that I’ve just about forgotten how not to have them! And then, of course, there’s the piano playing. I went the extra mile with this aspect of the cosplay, I think:
I totally intend to do a better version in the future, but it works for now. For those of you who don’t know:
You can skip to 5:50 if you don’t have time to watch the whole thing. I also have some of the original soundtrack music… again, I really need to put something better together.
Many thanks to Amanda and Paul for taking these pictures. I hope to have more in the future, but these are a great start.