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Most Popular Cosplay Characters (Complete List)

Certainly, nobody wants to be unoriginal. That’s not what this post is about. Instead, reviewing popular cosplay characters can help someone new to cosplay get their creative juices flowing. Moreover, savvy, creative cosplayers often trick out popular cosplay characters. In other words, this isn’t halloween. Once again, another difference between cosplay and costume becomes not so subtle.

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It’s common to go as a popular cosplay character, but do it more uniquely, with higher quality.

It isn’t uncommon to go to a cosplay convention and see 100s of the same popular cosplay characters roaming the show floor. The devil, as the saying goes, is in the details.

So use popular cosplay characters as a way to inspire a new character, or aim to achieve stunning details that are sure to impress your cosplay date.

So let’s dive in…

Most Popular Cosplay Characters

Harley Quinn

cosplay harley quinn

One of the most popular DC Comics characters is experiencing a massive revival. Margot Robbie’s Hollywood-esq portrayl of the infamous sexy villain is one of the most popular cosplay characters you’ll find anywhere you go.

This cosplay character is an excuse to administer a lethal dose of sexy to any and all around. While some aspects of the character seem simple, it’s not an easy character to hit the mark on. The smokey, colorful eyes are a hallmark of Harley Quinn’s lure.

Oh, and work on your bubble gum bubble skills, that’s a must.

Harley Quinn’s hair, bright costumes, and villanous demeanor make her one of the most exciting popular cosplay constumes.


mugatu cosplay

The fashion industry has yet to be the same since Zoolander hit theaters in 2001. Since then, the movie has served as a classic commentary on popular vanity culture – now, more than ever.

While Ben Stiller is the star, Will Ferrell’s Mugatu character is its most memorable.

The eccentric, often quirky and egocentric fashion designer who’s out to assasinate the Prime Minister of Malaysia is a cosplay fan favorite.

Popular Mugatu props include his wild hair and constant companion doggy. He’s definitely a villain – he runs child sweat labor camps to produce his elaborate fashion design schemes. He’s temperemantal, flashy, arrogant, and bold.

He’s not an easy cosplay character, or at least, as easy as he looks.

Lara Croft

cosplay lara croft

When it comes to popular cosplay characters, Lara Crof is the original sexpod.

Tomb Raider’s main character, notably played by actress Angelina Jolie, always stuns on the big screen. So it should surprise no one that those who cosplay her pull out all the stops.

Everything from her bloody shirts, her affinity for firearms, and even that glossy sweat layer on her breast, unify this popular cosplay character’s attributes.

There’s a lot of attention to details that goes into cosplaying Lara Croft. If you go in such direction, expect massive competition on the cosplay convention floor.


tracer cosplay character

Also known as Lena Oxton, Tracer is one of the most popular video game cosplay characters on earth. She’s bold and athletic, colorful and charming, and always carries two space guns.

Tracer is one of Blizzard Entertainment’s prize jewels. And for cosplayers, she’s an absolute sought after gem.

But given her detailed outfit, she’s not an easy cosplay to embark on, particularly for newbies.

You’ll need to channel your inner-superhero energy if you want to play Tracer. Anything less ruins the show.

Sonic The Hedgehog

sonic hedgehog cosplay feature

Originally, Sega created Sonic The Hedgehog as a way to compete with the incredibly popular Mario Bros. Nintendo was owning the market off of Mario’s popularity, so Sega went in hard with Sonic The Hedgehog.

The move paid off.

Sonic The Hedgehog is one of the most popular gaming characters of all time. And one of the most popular cosplay characters you’ll find.

Now, not all cosplayers love Sonic The Hedgehog. Mostly because it is often as simply as a suit. But with Paramount Pictures releasing their new Sonic The Hedgehog movie, I would assume that Sonic The Hedgehog cosplay spikes as well. By they way, we have a full top Sonic The Hedgehog cosplay list for your inspirational needs!

Velma Dinkley

Velma Dinkley cosplay character

The bookwormish Scooby-Doo franchise character was never intended to be sexy. However, as a popular cosplay character, she’s often portrayed with a little more edge than her original brainy, librarian character type.

While Velma’s costume might feel simple, the precise details matter a lot. And you’ll need to practice her astute, intellectual personality before traping off to a convention.

Jessica Rabbit

Jessica Rabbit cosplay character

The original sexy character in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Jessica Rabbit has a magnetic pull to all those around her. Her long, red-carpet gowns stun and inspire. She’s always posed paparazi ready.

Cosplaying Jessica Rabbit allows you to summon your inner busty and lusty dream girl. She’s fun, no doubt.

But Jessica’s all class as well. You’ll need to work on your cocktail manners and ability to pull in others with just a look from across the room.

Jack Skellington

Jack Skellington cosplay

The Nightmare Before Christmas is a Tim Burton holiday classic. It’s main character, Jack Skellington, ambitiously seeks to reinvent his place in holiday lore. But it all goes super bad.

Given Jack’s a skeleton by nature, he’s a tough, tough cosplay for anyone. It’s an ambitious cosplay that requires a lot of creativity, as you can see from the picture above.

Jack’s personality is eccentric, driven, and sometimes clumsy. You might consider utilizing a Santa hat and make sure you watch the classic movie a number of times before even trying this popular cosplay character.

Triss Merigold

Triss Merigold cosplay character

Netflix’s influence on popular cosplay characters can’t be denied anymore now that Witcher 3’s Triss Merigold has overtaken cosplay conventions. But she’s no easy cosplay given her 13th century, sorcerist attire. This might also make her one of the most costly cosplays. Furthermore, you’ll need to hone your knitting skills before even considering Triss.


Kratos cosplay character

Kratos is a man. And you’ll need to transform to a manly throwback also if you want to take on a Kratos cosplay. The Greek mythological character is the center of the God of War series. You’ll need to trace yourself back to your Sparta roots to begin building this powerful character. You may need to hit the gym, also, or be creative with how you present your physique.

Camie Utsushima

Camie Utsushima cosplay

My Hero Academia is one of the most popular anime series going. It’s legion of characters, all studying to harness and control superpowers with the goal of saving the world from evil, inspire us and make us laugh. It’s a feel-good series. One of the most popular characters, Camie Utsushima, has long been a challenge to cosplayers. Cosplaying Camie Utsushima is no easy task. She’s sexy, but wrapped a little tight, yet carries herself with an infectious personality.

There have been some respectable attempts, probably none better than Instagramer  Mangoecos Camie Utsushima cosplay. Mangoecos is notorious for her My Hero Academia cosplays, so it’s no surprise she absolutely nails one of its most popular cosplay characters in Camie Utsushima.