Cosplay is a combination of the words costume and play, and involves people wearing costumes of movie, TV, anime, comic book and video game characters. Over the years, the number of people cosplaying has grown so exponentially, that cosplay has become a pop-culture phenomenon in its own right. Some people, thanks to their cosplay skills, have been able to turn this fun pastime into a mini or full-time business; even some companies now use cosplayers in their marketing campaigns.
Many cosplayers are in fact women, and produce some of the best video game based cosplays around. Some female cosplayers though, if not many, have sometimes been criticized for either cosplaying a male character, or oversexualizing a character in general. It is true that female cosplayers do alter some characters’ designs to accentuate their features, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with that because that is how they wish to interpret the character, and cosplay is all about paying homage to a character, and having fun while doing it.
Based on the level of craftsmanship and detail involved, some cosplays are simple endeavors, while others can take weeks to finish - the end result in either case is usually a noteworthy costume; and it is an added bonus when both the cosplayer and the cosplay itself happen to be attractive. Here is a list of the 15 hottest video game cosplays.
15 Nathan Drake
Coslayer: Jessica Nigri
Nathan Drake is the main character in the Uncharted series, a hugely popular and successful action-adventure franchise exclusive to PlayStation. Drake is known for his strong-will, jokes, and understanding just how ridiculous the situations he finds himself in are. Many reviewers have called Drake “a rare example of a physically attractive character who is not over-masculinized” and Jessica Nigri exemplifies that statement with her cosplay of him. Jessica looks just like Drake in this cosplay, and her physical features make Drake look even more attractive than he’s already considered to be. Forget those naysayers who think a woman shouldn’t cosplay a male character.
14 Ada Wong
Cosplayer: Yaya Han
Ada Wong first appeared in Resident Evil 2 in 1998. Since then, she has become one of the horror franchise’s most iconic characters, appearing in several of its sequels. She has been described in the past as one of the hottest female characters in all of gaming, and this cosplay by Yaya Han showcases why. Ada Wong is known for being a corporate spy and well trained assassin, with impeccable fighting skills and an array of different weapons at her disposal. Yaya Han manages to show Ada Wong in all her femme fatale glory while wearing the character’s iconic dress.
13 Jaina Proudmoore
Cosplayer: Giada Robin
Jaina Proudmoore is a well-known character in the globally popular online role-playing game World of Warcraft; she is also a playable hero in the game Heroes of the Storm. In World of Warcraft, Jaina is a non-playable mage who belongs to the game’s Alliance faction; in Heroes of the Storm, she’s a playable character who you use to defeat other players’ heroes. Giada Robin cosplays the Heroes of the Storm version of Jaina, and does so perfectly. She captures the essence and appearance of the character, and looks real good while doing it.
Cosplayer: Lindsay Elyse
The Street Fighter franchise is known for its unique roster of male and female fighters. The series’ female characters in particular are well known for their outright sexual appearances, and Poison, whose fighting style incorporates martial arts, acrobatics, wrestling, and the use of a whip, is one of those characters. Lindsay Elise takes Poison, and does a stunning job with a cosplay of the female fighter. She looks exactly like how the character appears in the game, and she looks absolutely breathtaking with her own sexual appeal replicating that of Poison’s.
Cosplayer: Jenifer Ann
Nintendo is known for its library of iconic video game characters, and Luigi, the younger brother of Nintendo’s most popular character Mario, is one of those characters. He made his debut in Mario Bros. in 1983, and has been a part of most Mario games since then, where he primarily serves as his brother’s sidekick. With Jenifer Ann’s cosplay however, Luigi is no one’s sidekick. Jenifer looks unbelievably gorgeous in her interpretation of Luigi, and no one can argue that, not even Mario. Who would have thought that someone could make an 80s era Italian male plumber look so good.
The Soul series is a fighting game franchise, and Tira makes her first appearance in it in Soulcalibur III. Since then, she’s appeared in every new entry of the series. Tira is known for her acrobatic fighting style, and her large signature weapon, the ring blade, which she is able to fight with using nearly every part of her body. Riddle does a fantastic job with her cosplay of Tira, choosing to go with the character’s Soulcalibur IV look. Thanks to Riddle’s detail, Tira looks as if she’s just come straight out of the videogame, and the inclusion of the ring blade makes the cosplay even more breathtaking.
Cosplayer: Calypsen Cosplay
The Polish cosplayer known as Calypsen Cosplay shows off her fabrication skills with this costume based on the World of Warcraft and Heroes of the Storm character Arthas. Arthas starts off as a heroic prince, but by Warcraft’s Wrath of the Lich King expansion, he becomes one of the most popular and beloved villains of the entire franchise. Calypsen does a great job with her “Lady Arthas” cosplay, wielding the character’s famous cursed sword Frostmourne, and implementing his armor in her own style, a style that shows how great Arthas can look when depicted by a beautiful woman.
8 Fox McCloud
Cosplayer: Jessica Nigri
Fox McCloud is the main character of Nintendo’s Star Fox series, and has been a playable character in several iterations of the immensely popular Super Smash Bros. series as well. He is loosely based on Captain Kirk and Luke Skywalker, and is known for being a talking fox who can use a gun and pilot a spaceship. With this cosplay, Jessica Nigri takes Fox and transforms him into a ravishing beauty. You would think that it would be difficult for a futuristic giant male fox to exude any real kind of sex appeal, but Jessica proves that it’s definitely possible.
Cosplayer: Danielle Beaulieu
League of Legends is home to over a hundred playable characters, one of which is the champion known as Fiddlesticks. In the game, Fiddlesticks holds the title of the ‘Harbinger of Doom’, and is depicted as a sociopathic living scarecrow who battles enemy champions using crows and the power of fear. Danielle Beaulieu does a great job of capturing Fiddlesticks’ frightening appearance with her cosplay, while also turning the scythe-wielding scarecrow into a striking visage of beauty that would ultimately cause people to stay and look on in awe instead of sending them running away in terror.
6 Shao Kahn
Cosplayer: Nicole Marie Jean
Shao Kahn is one of the big bad guys of the Mortal Kombat series. He is known for his brutality, ferocious fighting-style, and god-like strength.Within the Mortal Kombat universe, he is even considered to be an embodiment of evil. Nicole Marie Jean’s cosplay of Shao Kahn though, shows that you can take someone as ruthless as Shao Kahn and make him sexy. Some would criticize Nicole for “sexualizing” a male character, but since Shao Kahn is a half-naked muscle-man to begin with, any cosplay of him would be considered “sexualized” making his cosplay literally open game for anyone; and Nicole does a great job showing off a feminine version of Shao Kahn.
5 Tifa Lockhart
Cosplayer: Lady Zero
Tifa is one of several playable characters from Square Enix’s iconic 1997 role-playing game, Final Fantasy VII. She’s been described as one of the strongest, most independent, and most attractive female characters in gaming; her strength and appearance have been so praised, that many in the media have, at one point, considered her to be one the best female characters in video game history. The cosplayer known as Lady Zero shows all of this off with her cosplay of Tifa. She exudes the strength Tifa is known for, by looking like she can beat the hell out of any enemy who stands in her way, and she certainly brings out the attractiveness of the character as well.
Cosplayer: Monika Lee
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag was set in the 18th century during the Golden Age of Piracy in the Caribbean. The game featured several real-life historical pirates, including Edward Teach, more commonly known as Blackbeard. Coinciding with the release of Black Flag, Monika Lee created a cosplay based on the Blackbeard depicted in the game. Monika managed to take a heavily-bearded man in his late thirties whose appearance instilled fear in others, and turn him into a truly elegant sight which instills appreciation and applause because of her craftsmanship and attention to detail.
Cosplayer: Danielle Beaulieu
Katarina, also known as the Sinister Blade, is another character from League of Legends. She is classified as an assassin, who uses daggers and teleportation to dispatch enemy players; making her one of the most difficult champions to play, and one of the most overwhelming champions to play against. Katarina is, by design, also one of the most outwardly attractive characters in the game, and Danielle reflects that with her cosplay. Danielle showcases one of the character’s alternate outfits, known as Kitty Cat Katarina. Not only does she nail the look of this version of Katarina, she also uses her genuine attractiveness to help bring Katarina’s to life
2 Demon Hunter
Cosplayer: Monika Lee
The demon hunter is one of six playable classes in the action-role playing game, Diablo 3. In the the game, the demon hunter is known as a ranged character class, who defeats enemies from afar by utilizing bows, sentries, pets, traps, and other-worldly abilities. Like her Blackbeard cosplay that was mentioned earlier, Monika Lee possesses great craftsmanship skills and a great eye for detail; and both are on full display with her demon hunter cosplay. The crossbow, the hood, the hunter armor from the shoulders all the way to the boots, even the contact lenses, are all done perfectly. Monika brings the character to life and shows that you can look both dangerous and attractive as hell while battling demons.
1 Miss Fortune
Cosplayer: Jessica Nigri
In her third appearance on this list, Jessica Nigri appears in her Arcade Miss Fortune cosplay, with all her beautiful glory on display. Miss Fortune is another character from League of Legends, and is known in the game as the Bounty Hunter, who uses her pair of pistols to track and shoot down other players. Arcade Miss Fortune is an alternate outfit available to the character, and Jessica pulls it off to perfection. She delivers a spot on representation of this version of the character and looks absolutely radiant, gorgeous, elegant, and out of this world sexy while delivering it.