When you combine the words costume and play, you get the term known as cosplay, an art-form and pastime, that with the help of conventions like Comic-Con, has exploded into a pop-culture phenomenon. The premise of cosplay, is to find or create a costume based off of a character from a TV show, movie, comic book, anime, or video game. At its heart, cosplay is all about having fun, but that has not stopped some people from being able to make a successful career out of it.
Comic book characters happen to be one of the most popular fictional characters who get cosplayed. The reason for this is likely because comic book characters have become some of the most beloved fictional characters since they first began appearing in the late 1930s. Since then, the number of comic book characters has grown into the hundreds, and almost every one of them, whether they be a hero or villain, possess some sort of power, skill, or personality trait that makes them appealing to cosplayers. Luckily, it is not only men who like comic book characters. Many women are great at cosplaying, and create some of the most well-made and hottest cosplays around. Here is a list of 15 of the hottest comic book character cosplays.
15 Wonder Girl, by Monika Lee
The title of Wonder Girl has been held by several individuals, and the person who holds this title, usually serves as Wonder Woman’s sidekick, and also tends to be a member of the Teen Titans throughout many of the team’s incarnations. Donna Troy was one of these Wonder Girls, first appearing in 1965, and being a founding member of her Teen Titans. Donna possesses basically all of the same powers as Wonder Woman, including flight, super speed, stamina, durability, and strength, and in her early depictions she sports a full-body red suit with yellow stars running up and down the upper body, with black wrist guards and a yellow belt. It is this original appearance that Monika Lee uses in her portrayal of the character, and she nails the outfit and Donna’s look to a tee.
14 Black Cat, by Meg Turney
Black Cat is Marvel’s version of Catwoman, which means that she is a master thief. Black Cat’s birth name is Felicia Hardy, and after suffering a traumatic experience in college, she decided to train herself in fighting and acrobatics to take up the mantle of her father who was a world-renowned cat-burglar in his own right. She first appears in 1979, and since then her appearance has not changed all that much, with a black mask and full-body suit, a white wig, and white gloves and boots. Meg Turney, who is mostly known for SourceFed and Rooster Teeth, as well as cosplaying, portrays Black Cat impeccably and brings out the character’s sexual appeal with her own.
13 Scarlet Witch, by Yaya Han
Scarlet Witch, is the mutant twin-sister of Quicksilver and the daughter of Magneto, and whether she is a member of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, or The Avengers. She is capable of warping reality and producing chaos magic. She is known for wearing a scarlet red corset, cape, boots, gloves and headgear, along with pinkish leggings and arm sleeves. Hugely popular cosplayer, Yaya Han, uses her fabrication skills to duplicate Scarlet Witch's appearance, and uses her own assets to further accentuate those of the character.
12 Zatanna, by Ani-Mia
Zatanna first appeared in DC Comics in 1964, and she is both a stage magician and an actual magician who is capable of manipulating reality and the elements; and she uses these powers to usually aid The Justice League. For the most part, Zatanna appears like what a standard female magician would have looked like in the 60's and 70's, with a black coat, boots and top hat, as well as white gloves, a white shirt/corset, and nylons for her legs. The cosplayer Ani-Mia takes on DC’s magician, and not only does she successfully capture Zatanna’s appearance, but she also looks great while doing it.
11 Mary Marvel, by Riddle
The superheroine Mary Marvel first appeared in 1942, and is a member of the Shazam family and therefore has had affiliation with the Justice League. She possesses many of the same powers as Shazam, including flight, superhuman strength, speed, courage, physical and magical near-invulnerability, and the ability to use magic lightning. She normally sports the traditional Shazam colors of red, yellow and white, but when she acquires the powers of the villain Black Adam, her outfit becomes an all black form-fitting costume with a skirt. The cosplayer known as Riddle, chooses to portray Mary Marvel in her black attire, and she manages to bring out the sex appeal of this version of the character by taking advantage of the form-fitting aspects of the outfit.
10 Deadpool, by Jessica Nigri
The Deadpool movie is only a couple of months old, so many people now know who Wade Wilson/Deadpool is, and that he is possibly the best foul-mouthed mutant anti-hero around. He is a master assassin who possesses extended longevity, and unnatural regenerative capabilities. Whether he is with the X-Force, X-Men, or S.H.I.E.L.D, Deadpool wears his traditional red and black full bodysuit and mask. The immensely popular Jessica Nigri, cosplays as Deadpool, and she looks great in her interpretation of the "Merc with a Mouth" as the bodysuit fits her body well. It is fair to say that her Deadpool looks one hundred times better with the mask off than the actual character does.
9 Power Girl, by Yaya Han
Kara Zor-L is the cousin of DC’s Superman, and she is primarily known for being the superheroine Supergirl, but in an alternate universe, on Earth-Two, she goes by the name Power Girl. Since they are technically the same person, Power Girl and Supergirl have the exact same abilities, but their outfits however are not the same. Instead of the traditional blue and red outfit that Supergirl is known for. Power Girl wears a fully white form-fitting outfit with blue gloves and boots, along with a red cape and belt. In Yaya Han’s second appearance on the list, she cosplays as the Kryptonian beauty, and again uses her assets to make an already good looking character even better.
8 Viper, by Ladee Danger
Viper is a Marvel supervillain who is also known by the name Madame Hydra. She is known for being a Hydra leader and is often in conflict with Captain America and the S.H.I.E.L.D organization. She is a master tactician and fighter with extended longevity and an immunity to most venom and poisons; she is also known for being completely clad in green, with a full green suit paired with green gloves, boots, and hair. The video game streamer and cosplayer known as Ladee Danger uses her skills at fabricating to recreate Viper’s appearance in physical form; and in this cosplay, she manages to properly expresses the elegant and villainous beauty of this female head of Hydra.
7 Bane, by Nicole Marie Jean
Bane has been plaguing Batman since 1993, and since his debut, he has appeared in two feature films. He is known for having a genius level intellect, and being a brilliant strategist who is in peak physical condition as well as highly skilled at hand-to-hand combat. He also possesses superhuman strength when he takes the Venom super-steroid. In the Nolan Batman trilogy, Bane is a member of the League of Assassins who is still a highly intelligent villain with advanced fighting skills despite not having any Venom at his disposal; and his traditional mask is used as a breathing apparatus. It is that movie’s version of Bane that cosplayer Nicole Marie Jean decides to portray, and she does a fantastic job of taking this physically intimidating villain and adding a very visually appealing aspect to him.
6 Psylocke, by Jennifer Ann
The mutant superheroine known as Psylocke, made her debut in 1976, and since then she has spent a lot of time being associated with The X-Men. Her abilities include telepathy, telekinesis, precognition, and a psychic katana and knife. She is usually seen wearing the same sort of latex outfit, which varies between being dark blue or dark purple in color, with similar colored arm and leg gear, and a traditionally red sash or belt around her waist. Cosplayer Jennifer Ann takes on Psylocke, and goes with the darker colored version of the mutant’s outfit. Most Psylocke cosplays turn out great, and Jennifer’s is no exception by any means, but she does add a certain something to the character’s appearance.
5 The Rocketeer, by Riddle
The Rocketeer is a member of the Pacific Comics family, and is a hero designed to be an homage to the matinee heroes of the 30's, 40's, and 50's. His true identity is race pilot Cliff Secord who, in 1938, finds a futuristic jet pack and uses it to fly around Los Angeles and New York to find criminals. The Rocketeer is of course known for his jetpack, but also for his metallic helmet and brownish leather jacket. In her second appearance on this list, Riddle shows off her crafting skills and her attention to detail with her Rocketeer interpretation. Not only does she fabricate a perfectly accurate jetpack, helmet and coat, but she also adds changes to the lower body to truly bring out a sexually appealing version of the character.
4 Poison Ivy, by Monika Lee
Monika Lee reappears on this list with her cosplay of the DC and Batman villain Poison Ivy. Ivy is considered to be one of the world’s most notorious eco-terrorists and is obsessed with all things plant-related, as well as ecological extinction and environmentalism. She has a mystical connection with plant life which allows her to control plants, release floral toxins, and it also makes her immune to all viruses and bacteria. With this cosplay, Monika uses her ingenuity to create a ravishing steampunk iteration of the character, which appears to be just as seductive and enticing as the actual comic book villain.
3 Rogue, by Jessica Nigri
In her second appearance on the list, acclaimed cosplayer Jessica Nigri shows up in a cosplay version of the female mutant Rogue. Rogue is seen as a member of the heroic X-Men group, but there have also been times when she has fought for the other side as well. She is known for being able to absorb the powers, talents, and memories of anyone through simple skin contact. She is primarily seen with brown hair and her traditional white streaks, while wearing some variation of the same green and yellow colored outfit. Jessica takes Rogue, and displays a tattered clothed and beach ready interpretation of the character that simply looks stunning.
2 Rick Grimes, by Leeanna Vamp
For those who do not know, The Walking Dead television show is based off the black and white comic book series of the same name; and Rick Grimes serves as a central character in both. Rick’s story in the show and the comic is basically the same, with some changes here and there, but he is still a former cop and led his group of survivors through some hard times. Actor and cosplayer LeeAnna Vamp delivers her own take on Rick in his police uniform, by making his shirt more form-fitting, and replacing his brown pants with a skirt. If Rick looked more like Leeanna Vamp, then maybe it would be a lot easier to find a reason to keep surviving during a zombie apocalypse.
1 Injustice Harley Quinn, by Jessica Nigri
In her third and final appearance, Jessica Nigri cosplays as the right-hand lady of the Joker, Harley Quinn. Since her debut in 1993, the former psychiatrist of Arkham Asylum, has been a thorn in Batman’s side as he usually has to contend with her whenever he had to take on The Joker. She is known for being skilled at gymnastics, and for using weaponized props and toxins against anyone in her way. She is almost always seen in some variation of an outfit that is red and black in color. One of the most revealing iterations of her outfit is seen in the Injustice video game which sees her in a modified cardigan held together by leather straps, a domino mask, purple briefs, red and black leggings, and knee-high black boots. It is this iteration that Jessica cosplays as, and not only does she nail the look, but she also becomes the hottest psychotic former psychiatrist you will probably ever see.