So, I've given this some thought and would love some feedback as I work through my Team Rocket 'personae' and put together my cosplay idea.
I've already come up with a design for a badge for when other trainers beat me. As soon as I can, I'll scan it in. I'm getting a friend to do up a spiffy version of it for me. I'll probably have two different versions, a button type and an enamel type. The button type will be for just random battles and the enamel type will be for big battles.
For battling I'm going to create a fedora or top hat with a big red R on it with long feathers sticking out of it. That way you can't miss me! I'm still working on a drawn mock up but I'll post pics when I get that worked out.
For events, I'm trying to come up with an OTT outfit that I can wear but won't over heat me. Since I'm going to be an Evee trainer I'm thinking faux fur and leopard spots! Of course.. I don't want to look too pimpish but with Halloween coming up the costume opportunities are endless!
Maybe a small thief mask too? Or would that be too much?
My RP personae, if I get a chance to play it, is going to be very OTT. Like Cruella deVille OTT methinks. Y'know.. all 'daaahling!' and stuff. Still working on that.
As someone who doesn't often cosplay, take this with a grain of salt. But in the wild and wacky world of Pokemon, I don't think there's a such thing as "too much" when it comes to costumes. We've seen some pretty ridiculous ones in our time, eh? If you think it looks good, if it matches your design, I say go wild! I like the idea of toying with a Cruella deVille-like persona, if you think you can pull it off! She had a very peculiar flair to her, but I'm sure with enough practice you can get it down.
Again though, I don't cosplay often, don't know much about RPing, so take that with a grain of salt. Just figured I'd toss in my two sense-sounds like a great plan so far!
My wife and I are die hard Team Rocket fans since Season 1. Her name is Jessica and mine, sadly, is not even close to james (Steev is not james). However, her hair is purple, mine is dark blue, we obsess over Pikachu, love Meowth and Wobbuffet, and out favorite color combination is Red and Black. On top of that, jessica just made a set of Jessy's green sphere earrings and are planning to start planning and work on black/red team rocket costumes.
I'm a cosplayer myself and I created Hikaru as my Team Rocket persona (as can be seen in my avatar). I may try to create a similar cosplay as her for any big events. I haven't thought of what kind of badge I could give out. Are you thinking of actually making pins to hand out? Stickers? Or is this something that will be a function in PGO? Anyway, cool idea! Here is a full picture of Hikaru in all her glory (she is a modified doll from a doll maker called Dinogeddon Doll Maker).