Cosplay, often known as costume play, is a practice in which fans dress up as their favorite characters. Cosplayers, on the other hand, devote time, effort, and money to their elaborate getup rather than simply throwing on a fancy dress outfit. They perform photoshoots, go to conventions, and many make a living off of their talent and ingenuity. We’ve compiled a list of over 40 of the most accomplished female cosplayers around. Scroll down for more superheroes, Disney princesses, and dragon Queens.
Jessica Cruz, Green Lantern
A stunning cosplayer costumed as Jessica Cruz from the Green Lantern Corps is shown here. The original Jessica Cruz was named after Spanish actress Penelope Cruz, and this cosplay has some similarities. Cruz is a Justice League member and a DC character.
The Green Lantern wears a green bodysuit with the Green Lantern insignia on the breast and has long dark hair. Diane Guerrero recently portrayed Cruz, who suffers from agoraphobia, in Justice League vs. the Fatal Five.
Doctor Strange, Doctor Strange
Another fantastic gender reversal, this time with a female version of Marvel’s Doctor Strange. This figure was created in the 1960s and has appeared in a variety of media up to the present day.
Of course, the role has been played by English actor Benedict Cumberbatch since 2016 — in Doctor Strange, Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. This costume depicts the surgeon/sorcerer in a cross-legged stance, wearing the Cloak of Levitation and the Eye of Agamotto.
“Bless my soul! Herc was on a roll!” Is it just us, or does it seem hard to write about Disney without breaking into song? That’s OK. Another gender reversal, this time using the blue-hued villain from the Disney animated film Hercules. With his fiery blue hair and fast-talking attitude, Hades is a fantastic adversary.
It’s easy to understand why someone might want to channel him. This incredible cosplay has a brilliant blue wig, blue body paint, and a skull-pinned black cloak. Her cosplay clearly took some serious time and effort to put together.
Gamora, Guardians of the Galaxy
Gamora Zen Whoberi Ben Titan in Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame, is played by Zoe Saldana. The green-skinned beauty is the last of her kind, and she was reared and taught by Thanos, earning her the moniker “the deadliest lady in the entire cosmos.”
This costume closely resembles Saldana’s portrayal of the role and even has a little Groot sitting on her shoulder. Good on this cosplayer for capturing the vibe of the character in addition to the color.
Kitana, Mortal Kombat
Of course, cosplay isn’t limited to comic books and Disney movies; it can also be found in video games. In this example, we have an amazingly realistic outfit of Mortal Kombat’s Kitana. Kitana is one of the game’s playable characters, first appearing in Mortal Kombat 2 in 1993.
The figure has had several versions throughout the years, and this one demonstrates the character’s brutal side. Throwing one of Kitana’s steel fans is one of her distinctive movements.
Tinkerbell, Peter Pan
Isn’t this a fantastic Tinkerbell? This cosplayer has the diminutive size of Peter Pan’s fairy buddy and has completed the appearance with pointed ears and wings. Posing for shots in the finished costume is an important part of cosplay, and this cosplayer has nailed it (excuse the pun).
Did you know that the original Tinkerbell was nothing more than “a regular fairy?” Since her introduction in Peter Pan, she has become the most well-known Disney mascot, second only to Mickey Mouse.
This costume is genuinely award-winning, having been honored at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con. This costume is quite inventive, as it blends two different forms of the same figure. On the one side, we have Mystique in her human form, with normal skin and clothes.
On the other side, there’s the mutant with blue skin and striking red hair. Rebecca Romijin portrayed the shape-shifting villain in X-Men, X2, and X-Men: The Last Stand. Jennifer Lawrence took on the role after that.
Queen Kida, Atlantis
For whatever reason, Disney’s Atlantis: The Lost Empire never achieved the heights of its previous animated triumphs. The film debuted after The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and spectators were perplexed by its absence of musical sequences. The fantasy adventure film, on the other hand, became a cult classic.
Kida, the Princess and eventually Queen of the lost land of Atlantis, is the subject of this stunning cosplay. This costume catches a lot with very little, and the ultimate result is quite comparable to its animated version.
Princess Bean, Disenchantment
We’re used to seeing cosplays from the Marvel and DC universes, but this one comes from Matt Groening’s fantasy anime Disenchantment, which he created while working on The Simpsons. The animated sitcom debuted on Netflix in 2018 and starred Abbi Jacobson as the rebellious Princess Bean.
Disenchantment is set in the medieval country of Dreamland and stars Bean’s personal demon Luci and her hopeful elf Elfo. This imaginative cosplay accurately depicts the cartoon character, right down to the huge front teeth and long blonde hair. Bravo!
Cosplayers, on the other hand, do not rigidly adhere to the gender barrier and frequently mix things up with their costumes. This might imply a woman dressing up as a role who is generally played by a guy. Alternatively, they might gender flip the character, making their version more conventionally feminine.
That’s exactly what occurred with this “Aquawoman” rendition of Aquaman. This cosplayer is dressed as Jason Momoa’s rendition of Aquaman from the 2018 film. Their outfit features scaly arms and the Trident of Neptune.
Some of the most popular cosplays don’t require expensive costumes or wigs. They may only require a coat of green body paint and some pre-existing muscles in some cases. That’s exactly what we got here with this fantastic She-Hulk costume.
She-Hulk debuted in comic books in 1980 as a lawyer who required a blood transfusion after an injury. And whence did she acquire her blood? Nobody else except the Incredible Hulk himself. This heroine will soon be seen on the big screen for the first time in her own television series.
“Let it go, Let it go!” says the narrator. It’s nearly difficult to look at someone costumed like Elsa from Frozen without humming the film’s most popular song. This badass chick is dressed in a dark and sparkling rendition of the ice queen’s winter gown, complete with the ice queen’s distinctive long braid down her shoulder.
We can see why Disney princesses are popular cosplay choices for female cosplayers. The princesses are well-liked, and they each have their own distinct personality and fashion sense.
Valkyrie, Avengers: Endgame
Tessa Thompson plays this superhero in the 2017 film Thor: Ragnarok and the 2019 film Avengers: Endgame. Valkyrie is based on a Norse legendary character and is an ally and love interest of Thor, another Norse superhero.
This incredible costume perfectly captures Thompson’s Valkyrie, replete with white face paint, a practical ponytail, and battle-ready equipment. Valkyrie is a powerful warrior who rides a winged horse called Aragorn, making her an excellent choice for a female cosplay. Excellent!
Batgirl (not to be confused with Batwoman), Batman’s female counterpart, first debuted in DC comics in the late 1960s. The female version, like the male version, works in Gotham City and hangs around with Robin.
Betty Kane, Barbara Gordon, and Cassandra Cain have all been given to the character over the years. This costume perfectly nails the atmosphere of the cartoon character, right down to her expression. The yellow cape, belt, gloves, and emblem bind the entire ensemble together.
Daenerys Targaryen, Game of Thrones
Women all across the world have been dressing up as Daenerys Targaryen, the dragon queen since Game of Thrones first aired. Who could blame them? The legendary heroine, who first appeared in the novel series A Song of Ice and Fire, began her voyage in exile and eventually crossed the narrow sea to retake her crown.
Daenerys’ long white-blonde hair is her most recognizable feature, and this costume incorporates it into her robes and cape. Khaleesi, long live!
The Wasp, Avengers: Endgame
This fantastic cosplay includes a custom-made Wasp outfit complete with a light-up helmet. You read it correctly: a light-up helmet! The Wasp, a Marvel character developed in the early 1960s, is being channeled by this cosplayer.
The Wasp, as one might imagine, has the ability to shrink to the size of an insect, fly, and unleash bioelectric force blasts (Well, you may not have expected that). The character’s costume resembles that of a wasp while simultaneously seeming fierce and stylish.
Dawn Bellwether, Zootopia
Another surprise costume from a lesser-known Disney film. This episode, we’re joined by Mayor Dawn Bellwether from the buddy cop film Zootopia. In the movie, society is divided into “prey” and “predators,” and an odd relationship develops between a cop bunny and a con artist fox.
Isn’t it adorable? Mayor Dawn Bellwether is the figure in question here, a nervous-looking sheep with her own secrets. This cosplay is a wonderful representation of the character.
Te Fiti, Moana
Let’s take a moment to appreciate this wonderful Te Fiti outfit. We “have crossed the horizon to locate you,” after all, and we “know your name.” For those who haven’t watched Disney’s Polynesian masterpiece Moana, Te Fiti arises from the dissolution of her prior existence, Te Ka.
Moana works effectively as a metaphor for the risks of self-centered environmental damage, and Te Fiti represents the epitome of natural beauty. This cosplay truly left us dumbfounded.
Mantis, Guardians of the Galaxy
Mantis from The Avengers is another comic book character that has been masterfully portrayed in cosplay. This character first appeared in the early 1970s and has appeared in both the Marvel and DC realms. Mantis is half-Vietnamese and half-German, and her insect-like antenna distinguishes her.
The superhero is a master of martial arts and possesses a variety of telepathic and meditational abilities. Pom Klementieff, a French actress, plays the role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame.
Pepper Potts, Iron Man
Making costumes is a big component of cosplaying. Top cosplayers spend a significant amount of time acquiring and perfecting their clothes in order to be the greatest. Consider this one, which contains a handcrafted, high-density foam, hand-painted Iron Man outfit.
Naturally, this cosplayer is costumed as Pepper Potts as Rescue, after she receives her own version of Iron Man’s armor. Gwyneth Paltrow portrays the character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
It’s amazing how some cosplays appear so authentic just by looking at the person’s hair and makeup. We can only see this cosplayer from the neck up, but we know precisely who she’s meant to be.
This female cosplayer is completely nailing her rendition of Pennywise with professionally applied makeup, the correct wig, and a spot-on facial expression. In the film It, Pennywise is the terrible trans-dimensional evil who assumes the form of a clown. Scary.
Snow White, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Isn’t this a lovely Snow White? While the first Disney princess is a popular costume for Halloween parties or fancy dress events, this cosplayer has done an excellent job of portraying Snow. This cosplayer has nailed it with her snow-white complexion — the prettiest in the country — crimson lips, black locks, and elaborate clothing.
Of course, the Snow White persona originated in Grimm’s Fairy Tales, but Walt Disney popularized it. Disney’s first full-length animated feature was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Captain Marvel, Captain Marvel
This daring Captain Marvel cosplayer may pass for Brie Larson herself, with her hair, outfit, and facial expression. Larson performed the titular role in Captain Marvel, Marvel Studios’ first female-led superhero picture, which was released in 2019. It’s understandable that cosplayers would gravitate toward this persona.
Larson plays Carol Danvers, who transforms into Captain Marvel as a result of a cosmic battle in the film. The film grossed more than $1.1 billion globally, making it the first female-led superhero picture to do so.
Sailor Jupiter, Sailor Moon
Cosplayers get ideas from a variety of genres, the most famous of which are Japanese manga and anime. These titles predispose themselves to cosplay, both in terms of aesthetics and the fandoms that accompany them. Sailor Jupiter, a character from the manga and anime series Sailor Moon, is shown here.
Sailor Jupiter began as a transfer student before joining a gang of female superhuman fighters to safeguard the solar system.
Sounds like a good time to us!
The Punisher, The Punisher
Here’s a very interesting, gender-flipped depiction of Marvel villain The Punisher. With long black hair and blue lipstick, this cosplayer has given the original character’s attire a feminine touch. It’s fantastic!
The Punisher initially emerged as an Italian-American vigilante in the mid-1970s. In comparison to most comic book villains, this one is rather dark – let’s just say he doesn’t shy away from bloodshed. The character has featured in several films, but never as a female.
We’ve already seen The Wasp and Mantis, and now we have Ant-Man to add to our insect-superhero roster. This cosplayer has gone all out, complete with an Ant-Man helmet with antennas and a red and black bodysuit.
The Ant-Man character is currently mainly identified with Paul Rudd, who portrayed the titular character in the 2015 film. Since then, Rudd has repeated his character in Captain America: Civil War, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Avengers: Endgame.
Black Panther, Black Panther
And here’s another gender-bending character, this time T’Challa, or Black Panther. Notably, Black Panther was the first African superhero in American comic books and has remained a popular cultural character to this day.
T’Challa is the mythical King of Wakanda, and he possesses superhuman strength, speed, and endurance. Chadwick Boseman played the character in the 2018 film, which similarly had a mostly black cast. This incredible costume not only looks fantastic, but it actually lights in the dark!
Gamora and Nebula, Avengers: Infinity War
We’ve previously seen Thanos’ green-skinned daughter on this list. And here’s Gamora once more, this time alongside the blue and purple-skinned Nebula. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Zoe Saldana plays Gamora, and Scottish actress Karen Gillan plays Nebula.
These two cosplayers have certainly gone above and beyond with their costumes. It’s astonishing enough to commit to coating your entire body in colorful paint, let alone the realistic clothes, wigs, and face paint.
Lana Kane, Archer
This is a playful cosplay inspired by the world of animation. Archer is a sitcom about Sterling Archer, who works in a dysfunctional spy organization. The show’s animation style is inspired on mid-century comic art, which may make it an excellent pick for cosplayers.
Lana, a top female special agent who eventually becomes a private investigator and covert agent, is portrayed by this cosplayer. Her wingliner, white turtleneck, and hoop earrings are flawless.
Pink Ranger, Power Rangers
Who among us hasn’t heard of the Power Rangers? It’s time to transform! Here’s a really professional-looking Pink Power Ranger costume, complete with costume and helmet. Just glancing at this makes us want to go out and battle some crime. “Water Power, Light Power, Powers Unite!”
Did you realize that the Power Rangers were modeled on Japanese characters at first? The franchise now consists of 27 seasons of 20 distinct TV programs and three movies.
Another creepy-looking costume, this time of Wolverine from the X-Men. This cosplayer doesn’t mind that Wolverine is normally portrayed as a guy; after all, women may be mutants as well, right? We’ll add that this Wolverine is missing a claw, but we think she’ll be able to take down her adversaries with just two.
This rugged antihero originally featured in Marvel comics in the 1970s. Wolverine’s slogan is, “I’m the best at what I do, but what I do best isn’t very nice.” We guess you could say that is Logan’s slogan.
Harley Quinn, Batman
Since Margot Robbie took on the role of Harley Quinn in 2016’s Suicide Squad, the character has regained prominence. Of course, the joker’s insane but gorgeous girlfriend has always had followers, but she’s now a hammer-wielding legend.
Of course, Harley Quinn’s name is a pun on harlequins, the comedic figures popular in early Italian theater. This cosplay is a re-creation of Harley’s original costume, a black and white jester suit inspired by her puddin’ — the Joker.
Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman
For a long time, superhero films were all about guys. We had Batman, Spiderman, and Superman, with the rare apparition of Batwoman or a female sidekick thrown in for good measure. That is, until Gal Gadot shattered the comic book ceiling as Wonder Woman in 2017.
Gadot brought the long-running comic book and TV character to alive for a completely new audience with her Lasso of Truth, unbreakable bracelets, and a projectile tiara. This cosplayer is an excellent Wonder Woman impersonator. We wouldn’t dare to offend her!
Chun Li, Street Fighter
For this next female cosplayer, we’re going back to video games. Here’s a look at Chun-Li, the first playable female fighter in any franchise to earn widespread acclaim. This character initially appears in Street Fighter II: The World Warrior in 1991 and is seen as a forerunner for female characters in video games.
This cosplay incorporates elements of Chun Li’s outfit, such as a red qipao, white boots, spiky bracelets, and buns with ribbons in her hair.
She got it right!
With this cosplayer’s interpretation of Cinderella, we’re back to Disney princesses. Cosplay does not have to be an identical copy of an outfit and is sometimes a more creative interpretation of it. This Cinderella does not wear her enormous blue ballgown from Disney’s 1950 film version or the 2015 live-action adaptation.
However, this Cinderella is a lot slinkier, although she still wears the princess’s elbow-length gloves and blue hair ribbon. We really appreciate the small wagon, which we hope does not turn into a pumpkin!
Jack Skellington and Oogie Boogie, The Nightmare Before Christmas
Cosplayers are frequently inspired by cult films or television series, and this is a prime example. The Nightmare Before Christmas, a stop-motion film directed by Tim Burton, is a favorite of Halloween enthusiasts all over the globe. That’s correct, the Christmas film contains several aesthetic nods to Halloween.
In the movie, Jack Skellington, the King of Halloween Town, accidentally finds himself in Christmas Town. This lovely mother and baby are costumed as Jack and the villain from the film, Oogie Boogie.
Gwen Stacey, Into the Spiderverse
Into the Spiderverse, released in 2018, was a different sort of superhero film. For starters, it was a full-length animated film, and it starred Miles Morales, a Latino Spiderman. The film is funny and self-aware, with several incarnations of Spiderman from other times and universes.
Gwen Stacy, sometimes known as Spider-Woman, was one of the other Spidermen. This costume is fantastic since it alludes to the vibrant animated world of the film, which is based on comic book graphics.
Storm is a fairly awesome character from the Marvel Universe. She comes from a long tradition of African witch-priestesses, which makes her pretty awesome in our book. Storm is a superhuman mutant who can practically manipulate the weather. Wouldn’t that be fantastic?
This cosplayer is mimicking Storm when she was in charge of the X-gold Men’s team. The white and gold costume has two X emblems on it, as well as long white hair.
Android 18, Dragon Ball
We have Android 18 — previously named Lazuli — from the Japanese manga series Dragon Ball for this outstanding cosplay. This character made her debut in 1991, alongside her twin brother, Android 17. Android 18 is really pretty doable as a cosplay, as the character sports a jean jacket and skirt, a striped shirt, brown boots, and a belt.
Despite his ordinary look, Android 18 possesses extraordinary abilities, including the capacity to fly. She also possesses perpetual youth, since she is a robot, ensuring that she will remain this adorable always!
Maka Albarn, Soul Eater
Soul Eater is a Japanese manga series that has been converted into a television anime series. The story takes place in the Death Weapon Meister Academy and follows three groups as they attempt to gather the souls of 99 bad humans. Funnily enough, the Academy is supposedly located in Nevada.
This cosplayer is costumed as Maka Albarn, an academy student who wields her companion in scythe form. Maka is dressed as a schoolgirl, complete with pigtails, her massive scythe, and a long trench coat. We adore her appearance.
Zero Two, Darling in the Franxx
Let’s take a look at Zero Two, the main character of the anime series Darling in the Franxx, for another wonderful manga character. Zero Two was intended to be the most visually appealing character in the series, and the design department believed that cosplayers would scramble to fill her shoes.
According to canon, Zero Two was born with the appearance of a monster but grew up to be athletic and tall. She is dressed in a scarlet military uniform, with waist-length pink hair, and two crimson horns. If only the story had as much imagination as the character!
“And at last, I see the light” – here we go with the Disney melodies again. This time, we’re looking at Rapunzel from the 2010 film Tangled. This cosplayer has portrayed the Disney princess’s naïve attitude well, and her purple frilly clothing is identical to the one worn in the film.
This cosplayer has augmented her attire with a companion. She is holding and tenderly staring at her pet chameleon Pascal. “When will my life begin?” she’s undoubtedly wondering.
Princess Leia – Star Wars: A New Hope
A list of excellent cosplayers would be incomplete without one of cinema’s classic female heroes — Princess Leia. Of course, it was the late, brilliant Carrie Fisher who played Leia in the 1970s, and her final appearance was in 2019’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
What’s amazing about this cosplay is that it doesn’t require a lot of effort to pull off. Half the fight is fought by using a tablecloth and producing those legendary hair buns! However, this cosplayer went above and beyond with a custom belt.
Hermione Granger – Harry Potter
If every guy aspired to be Harry Potter at the beginning of the millennium, then every girl aspired to be his favorite female friend, Hermione Granger. She has been rated the best leading lady character of all time in several surveys.
As a result, it’s not surprising that many young ladies have aspired to cosplay as the Muggle-born witch. The secrets, of course, are hidden in the characteristic Gryffindor colors and curly curls. Although, we notice that this cosplayer’s skirt is much shorter than in the movies.
Black Widow – The Avengers
The Avengers would simply not be the same without Black Widow. This female character has been enormously famous since Scarlet Johansson took on the part a decade ago – so much so that she has garnered her own spinoff film, which is set to be released in 2021.
When you already have long red hair, this costume should be a piece of cake. Otherwise, you’ll have to colour it or buy/rent the proper wig.
It was interesting to have the Sleeping Beauty narrative interpreted loosely through the perspective of Maleficent, the adversary. Angelina Jolie clearly added gravity to the part and enhanced the character, making her considerably more complicated and layered than she looked to be at first.
Those famous horns are recognizable and totally essential if one wishes to cosplay as Maleficent. Not to mention the neckband and the long black cloak. Luckily for everyone, this cosplayer absolutely nailed the entire outfit.
Queen Amidala – Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
While Princess Leia was unquestionably a heroine for many adolescent women in the early 1980s, her cinematic mother from the Star Wars prequels, Queen Amidala, was a significant influence to many young ladies in the 2000s.
Padme, as she is more commonly known, is Anakin Skywalker’s love interest and is likely the key reason he succumbs to the dark side. Of course, this is Padme’s most elaborate outfit, which she donned in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.
Scarlet Witch – Avengers: Age of Ultron
Fans were underwhelmed by Elizabeth Olsen’s portrayal of Wanda Maximoff, dubbed the Scarlet Witch, in Avengers: Age of Ultron. However, as time passed, Olsen’s performances and the route her character took captivated audiences. WandaVision did a lot to attract new fans as well.
Scarlet Witch cosplay requires a red leather jacket, black leather leggings, and red contact lenses. However, Wandavision also introduced other costumes for the Scarlet Witch, some of which we’ll hopefully see in the future.
Starlight – The Boys
Starlight is one of the more recent cosplays on our list. This superhero is a star of the Amazon Prime Video series The Boys’ The Seven. Although not as popular as some of the other characters on this list, Starlight is an interesting heroine.
While the most of The Seven are evil people who use their superpowers to do awful things, Starlight appears to be the only one who wishes to do good and even falls in love with one of The Boys – Hughie. Her outfit is reminiscent of Captain Marvel’s, although with a white and gold theme and a cape.
Ahsoka Tano – Clone Wars
Not only have the Star Wars films amassed a massive fan base over the years. Clone Wars and Rebels, for example, have contributed to advance the mythos of a Galaxy Far, Far Away in new and fascinating ways.
Ahsoka Tano is a main character in both of these series. She is Anakin Skywalker’s Padawan, although she eventually abandons the Jedi Order and forges her own path. It takes a lot of time and dedication to get her Togruta haircut and orange skin tone.