Today we celebrate the unsung hero of the trade show, the creepy guy who stops at nothing to acquire the perfect shot of a girl who probably hates him.

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The creepy SLR guy always carries a camera—often two or more—and uses amatuer cosplayers and paid models alike as some part of a bizarre mating ritual involving using a zoom lens (his not so indiscreet phallus) from three feet away.

So from now on, every time you browse some shady forum looking at a girl dressed up as a Final Fantasy character while showing a tad too much cleavage, know that this is how it really happened. Her legs aren't glistening in the light; they're covered in second hand sweat and geek pheromones. And a single hot shower can't undo that viscous coating.

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A special thanks to Erica Ho for trudging through some truly nasty waters to acquire these shots.