We’ve assembled the best Comic Con cosplay outfits ever
What are cosplayers? Typically, cosplayers dress up in costumes as their favorite characters and role-play as them. Cosplaying is about more than just dressing up, it’s about acting and immersing yourself in the character. It’s a form of acting that takes place primarily at Comic Cons.
Cosplayers are known for thinking outside of the box with their costumes, giving themselves creative freedom to interpret characters as they wish. No matter which character they pick, cosplayers tend to be pretty serious. We’ve put together a list of the best Comic Con cosplays ever so you don’t have to go out searching.
This woman is a wonder
It’s no wonder the first woman on our list is Wonder Woman (you see what I did there?). This fantastic cosplay comes from MCM London Comic Con 2018. Although this costume doesn’t come equipped with Diana’s sword, the shield and battle-worn look are more than enough to complete this cosplay.
Wonder Woman recently had her own movie in 2017, and there are plans to release Wonder Woman 1984 (the sequel) on June 5, 2020 in U.S. theaters. The character of Wonder Woman first appeared in All-Star Comics #8 in 1941 and has since left a huge footprint on American pop culture.
This is a bombshell cosplay
The quirky villain Harley Quinn made her debut during Batman: The Animated Series in the 1990s. She quickly became one of fans’ favorite recurring Batman villains, despite originating outside of the comics. This Bombshell Harley Quinn cosplay takes the classic character and adds a whole new dynamic to her design.
This amazing cosplayer posed for a picture during the MCM London Comic Con in May 2018. The attention to detail in this interpretation of Harley Quinn is stunning; this includes the many bullets, her pose, and the nuke that she’s holding. There have been more than a dozen versions of Harley since she was created, all cosplayed by fans.
Princess Leia goes steampunk
We’ve seen plenty of Princess Leia cosplays in the last few decades (maybe too many), so how about something new this time? This interpretation of the recently-obtained Disney Princess goes into steampunk territory. She’s got her classic blaster but amped up and equipped with a silencer by the looks of it.
Princess Leia remains one of the most popular Star Wars characters overall, even after the death of the actress who played her, Carrie Fisher. There have been numerous interpretations throughout the years, but this has to be one of the most unique that has hit the internet in recent years.
Blue body, blue saber
Cosplaying as aliens, mystical creatures, or complex monsters can be difficult due to the amount of makeup and general prep that is required. This cosplayer is dressed up as a Jedi lekku; the lekku are the aliens in Star Wars with tentacles on their heads — they come in different colors, like blue and green.
This particular interpretation of the notable alien race is a Jedi warrior as well, wielding a blue lightsaber in her hand. Some cosplayers go all out with their cosplay, living and breathing the character they’ve decided to commit to; this includes their voice and mannerisms, and their personality as well.
A bunch of jokesters
You’ve seen Harley Quinn cosplay and I’m sure you’ve seen Joker cosplay before, but what about a whole family of them? This family dressed up at Awesome Con at the Washington Convention Center. I’ve never seen so many versions of Harley Quinn at different ages all in the same place before.
It’s been about three years since this photo was taken so we’d love to see an updated one with the children a bit more grown up and potentially wearing other costumes. Maybe they could dress up as an Iron Man family next time they attend a convention! We’ll be on the lookout.
Since the last entry on the list comes from DC, it’s only right that our next Comic Con cosplay originates from Marvel. Rogue is one of the X-Men, honing the ability to steal other superheroes’ powers. This cosplayer was attending the 2018 New York Comic Con when this picture was taken.
Besides appearing in hundreds of comics, Rogue has made her way into the X-Men film franchise — she has also been turned into action figures, and appeared on playing cards, T-shirts, and more, as is the case for most characters on this list. This cosplay is truer to the 1991 version of the character.
Na’vi from Avatar
Avatar is one of the highest-grossing films ever (due, in part, to bringing back 3-D), with quite a large fan base. Despite releasing in 2009, James Cameron has four sequels planned for the sci-fi film. This cosplayer has gone all out with her faithful re-creation of Na’vi, one of the main characters from the film.
The attention to detail in this costume, from the eyes to the distinct weapon she’s holding, shows the dedication of the cosplayer. She’s fully immersed in her character, crouching and ready to strike at anyone who would get in her way. This amazing picture was taken during the 2019 Atlanta Comic Con.
This close-up shot of the Bride cosplay from Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill is completed by the reflective katana she is holding, ready to strike. Kill Bill: Volume 1 and Kill Bill: Volume 2 tell the revenge story of a lone woman against a group of assassins; the series instantly became a classic.
The distinct yellow jumpsuit with black stripes has become an icon in the film industry and in pop culture, recognized by audiences anywhere and everywhere. It’s a popular costume for cosplayers from all around the world; some even take it all the way, acting like the Bride would during the films.
This cosplay doesn’t flounder
This great Ariel cosplay comes to us from way across the ocean from Yangon, Burma. There has been a recent outburst of cosplay in that city, beginning in 2012 after restrictions had been lifted. The cosplay scene began with the youth and younger adults and promptly became popular across the city.
Hundreds of young people met up at Hlaing University’s MICT Park for cosplay competitions and mingling with other cosplayers. Roleplaying while dressed in costumes has given millions of people the freedom to be someone else, which has proven therapeutic for many over the decades, no matter what country they reside in.
Which pill will you choose?
The Matrix was released just one year before the turn of the millennium, in 1999. One of the main characters in the film, Morpheus, is portrayed on-screen by Laurence Fishburne. The cosplayer in this photo has an uncanny likeness to the actor, which makes his cosplay that much more believable.
Morpheus’ character functioned as a guide to Neo (played by Keanu Reeves), the main character, during the film. The Matrix went on to spawn two sequels and is still beloved as a classic to this day. The sci-fi film laid the groundwork for many creative endeavors in the same genre.
Mother of dragons
The majority of people who cosplay as the popular character Daenerys Targaryen don’t include any of her dragons as a focus in their outfits, opting for her dragon eggs or a tiny, shoulder-resting dragon instead. This cosplay of the powerful mother of dragons includes an entire, medium-sized dragon in the mix.
The Game of Thrones character is one of the fans’ favorite people in both the TV and book series. No matter which Comic Con you choose to attend, you can be sure that you’ll see someone cosplaying as “Dany” there. This picture was taken at the MCM Comic Con in London in 2017 while the cosplayer was checking her phone.
Are you afraid of clowns?
This spooky female cosplay of Pennywise the clown, from Stephen King’s IT, brought the terror to the Frankfurt, Germany Comic Con back in 2018. The face makeup and wig are spot-on to the film’s representation of the book’s main villain. If you look closely, you can see that the cosplayer even included sharp teeth.
IT found success as a novel, TV series, and as a film, with the movie sequel arriving in late 2019. Pennywise is a popular character to dress up as at Comic Cons; he is the most common character from the series. If you’re attending a convention with children, make sure you keep an eye out so they don’t get scared.
At the end of the day, you can never have enough Spider-Man cosplayers. Like it or not, there will always be hundreds of cosplayers dressing up as this popular superhero no matter what Comic Con you go to, no matter the country. Spider-Man has become synonymous with superheroes in the modern age.
This group of cosplayers lined up for a photo in London in 2017, all outfits from a variety of films. You can see costumes specific to Spider-Man: Homecoming, the animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and — is that Deadpool hiding in the back?! He does look a little similar to Spider-Man …
Why hasn’t anyone thought of getting their dog to cosplay as Iron Man before? They probably have, but this has to be our favorite interpretation of the Marvel superhero. Although we don’t know this dog’s name, he does a spectacular job of capturing the essence of Iron Man himself.
Believe it or not, this “super dog” costume is sold for general audiences in stores. Everyone wants to dress up as this iconic Avenger, although we’re not sure this dog had any say in what he was going to wear. At the end of the day, the owner made the right choice in dressing him up.
Girls are super
This Supergirl cosplay at the MCM London Comic Con in 2017 is one of the best Comic Con cosplays ever; this is due to the quality of her costume and her likeness to the comic book character (look at that pose, too!). Supergirl currently has her own TV series by the same name.
Supergirl is a lady in a long line of superheroines who are essentially the female counterparts to the original male heroes. DC is known for implementing this practice in most of their comics, even more than Marvel tends to do. Stan Lee of Marvel was notorious for fighting against this trope in comics.
Marvelous Ms. Marvel
Ms. Marvel, known by her secret identity of Carol Danvers, made her first comic book appearance several decades ago, in 1977. This particular cosplayer is donning one of the most popular outfits for the powerful character. The photo is stunning, making use of two separate poses in one combined shot.
This beautiful shot was taken at New York Comic Con in 2018 with multiple exposures, a technique used by the photographer to merge several images into a single one. Ms. Marvel eventually went on to take the Captain Marvel name in the comics, in memory of the previous Captain Marvel.
Star Wars in silver
This cosplay comes from MCM Birmingham Comic Con in November 2017. Another Star Wars cosplay, this shiny, silver stormtrooper is ready for combat and equipped with a heavy-duty blaster and thick armor. There are multiple types of stormtroopers in the films, each with their own roles, such as snipers and ground troops.
Since it first premiered, Star Wars has been one of the most popular franchises to be represented in cosplay and at conventions. The costumes can be simple and clean to complex and war-worn, depending on the character. There are hundreds of characters to pick from in this beloved series, with more being created almost yearly.
Bringing down the hammer
Another Harley Quinn cosplayer is represented on this list, this time in her classic spandex uniform. Harley is known for her silliness and quirkiness, especially when she’s up to no good. Her dedication to the Joker is so extreme it’s disturbing, but it’s one of the fans’ favorite aspects of her character.
The wooden hammer that Harley is holding in this picture is so big that you begin to wonder how she’s able to hold it up. This person has one of the best Comic Con cosplays ever due to her faithfulness to the character and her own personal creativity (she has a red tongue ring, too).
“I am Groot”
This flashy cosplay of Gamora (inspired by Zoe Saldana’s version of the alien character) from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 includes a mini Groot on her shoulder, smiling at something above. The cosplayer has really dedicated herself to the portrayal of Gamora, with convincing makeup that adds to the authenticity.
The Guardians of the Galaxy are some of the newest additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It was thought that the first film would fail (a raccoon wielding guns?!), but Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is now scheduled for the future, building on the success of the previous two films.
It appears there are two copies of one of the Disney princesses in this colorful group picture. The blurred-out cosplayer in the front looks like either a fairy godmother of some sort or the Good Witch of the North from The Wizard of Oz, despite the fact that the film was not made by Disney.
The bright group of assorted Disney princesses in this photo are all involved in their own problems or personal distractions, almost unaware that the others are standing there along with them. The sunny, happy costumes capture the spirit of Disney animation beautifully while they cosplay in London in October 2017.
There are most likely millions of people who have cosplayed as the famous Darth Vader throughout the years since the film arrived. There are so many that people have started branching out with their interpretations of the powerful supervillain. This cosplayer has gone the steampunk route with their elaborate and detailed costume.
This serious cosplayer was photographed back in 2016 at the San Diego Comic-Con International in California. For some strange reason, this interpretation of Darth Vader has Kylo Ren’s crossguard lightsaber strapped to his back, behind his shoulder pads; Kylo Ren is from the newer trilogy of Star Wars films.
Steampunk cosplay is exceedingly popular during Comic Con events and nerd-culture gatherings. Fans will dress up in steampunk garb, even if the character isn’t from any particular franchise. This seems to be the case with the outfit shown here. The cosplayer carries a variety of accessories and weapons to complete her outfit.
This hat-wearing woman is cosplaying during a steampunk festival called VI KyivSteamCon in Kiev, Ukraine. Although we don’t know if she’s in one, most conventions feature cosplay contests for any and all attendees, where willing participants role-play their favorite characters onstage for a chance at a prize, money, or a trophy in numerous categories.
Your Big Sister is terrifying
This character comes from the video game BioShock 2, a tale of a sunken city full of corruption. Called the Big Sister, this character is a corrupted person who attacks the protagonist unrelentingly. The game is a sequel to the award-winning game, BioShock, known for its amazing storytelling and game mechanics.
You can see the amount of work and passion that this cosplayer put into her advanced costume of the terrifying Big Sister. It’s impressive to witness, and the fact that she can move around in it is even more noteworthy. This is definitely one of the best Comic Con cosplays ever.
Ready to be saved again
Princess Zelda isn’t the main character in The Legend of Zelda video game series, despite being the series’ obvious namesake. She does consistently appear in every game in the series even if she’s not the focus. She is usually kidnapped, but the series has started focusing on her heroics lately.
Princess Zelda is a popular video game character to dress up as from the series, especially because she has multiple artistic interpretations over the years. There are plenty of outfits to pick from, so it’s rare that you’ll go to a convention and not see someone dressed up as her.
“We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents … ”
Some may think this cosplay is a “mistake,” but not if they’ve watched one of the many trailers for the dark-comedy superhero film Deadpool 2. The film had a ridiculous marketing approach, which won over fans. This hilarious cosplayer re-creates the outfit from the film’s parody trailer, down to the canvas and easel.
Deadpool is one of those funny characters that references anything and everything for a good joke or two. The insane red character is known to break the fourth wall constantly and talk to the audience directly, as well as make fun of other established superheroes, historical events, and real-life icons.
Some cons take cosplaying incredibly seriously, even more than others. The 2018 EuroCosplay Championships that took place in London, England, are some of those conventions. This cosplayer, Effymia, is from Estonia and dressed up as Mercy from the overwhelmingly popular Overwatch video game. She poses in an attempt to win the competition.
Mercy’s role is to heal other characters, performing magical medic duties on them when needed. She can also pull out her blaster and do some damage if needed. The characters in Overwatch have numerous outfits that you can unlock. This is one (named “Winged Victory”) from a summer event.
King of Hades
This interpretation of the classic Greek mythology figure, Hades, comes from the classic Disney film, Hercules. Perhaps the most impressive part of this outfit is the character’s fiery blue hair that looks almost like streamers. Jose Davalos Gomez is the cosplayer in this instance, present at San Diego Comic-Con 2016.
Hades was voiced by actor James Woods in the 1997 classic by Disney, known for his quick temper and witty dialogue throughout the events of the film. The film was considered a success financially and critically and is expected to have a live-action remake in the near future (what isn’t?).
“The Marvel Bunnies”
Closing out our list of the best Comic Con cosplays ever is a group of women dressed as “The Marvel Bunnies,” based on superheroes from the Marvel comic book films. These smiling cosplayers were present at the MCM London Comic Con in 2016. They each bring their own flavor to their outfits while still keeping with the theme.
Some of the characters in the group include the female versions of Loki, Iron Man, Hulk, and Captain America. You can even spot She-Hulk here, one of the only actual female characters. These cosplayers have given themselves the freedom to do what they want with the characters’ outfits, which only heightened the great result seen here.
Darth Vader and his stormtroopers
Darth Vader is one of the most well-known villains in all of film history. He first appeared in the original Star Wars in 1977, going on to become a huge part of American pop culture. This Darth Vader cosplayer stands tall, surrounded by seven others in full stormtrooper costumes, wielding blasters.
The cosplayers in this picture are posing at the Portsmouth Comic Con at Portsmouth Guildhall in the United Kingdom. No matter which Comic Con you end up at, you can be sure to find cosplayers there. The costumes and poses make this one of the best Comic Con cosplays ever.