A Gallery of the Most Accurate Female Video Game Costumes

Alright, I’ve seen so many amazing examples of cosplay over the last year or two, I decided to put some of them into one master post. But as I don’t want an endlessly long gallery, I tried to restrict it with a few basic criteria: video game related and female. Any complaints?

As you’ll see in my title, this is not the “Hottest Video Game Cosplayers” as has been done (probably by us), but the “Most Accurate.” As it so happens, the two often go hand in hand, as there are very few female characters in games that anyone would consider unattractive. I picked each of these girls because even though many have tried to portray these specific characters, it takes a very specific look, and a hell of a talented costume designer to make sure they’re the absolute best, which I consider these selections to be. A professional photographer doesn’t hurt either.

Some of these we’ve featured here before with their own galleries, some are new finds I hadn’t see until today. I tried to cover every major video game female that came to mind, with a few supporting characters to boot, and if I missed one in particular let me know, and I’ll start a hunt.

Gallery begins below:

Alice (American McGee’s Alice)

Bayonetta (Bayonetta)

Lara Croft (Tomb Raider)

Cammy (Street Fighter)

Chell (Portal)

Ivy (Soul Calibur)

Jill Valentine (Resident Evil)

Kitana (Mortal Kombat)

Mai (King of Fighters)

Jack (Mass Effect)

Miranda (Mass Effect)

Faith (Mirror’s Edge)

Morrigan (Darkstalkers)

Princess Peach (Super Mario Bros.)

Raiden (Metal Gear Solid)

Rikku (Final Fantasy X)

Rosalina (Super Mario Galaxy)

Samus Aran (Metroid)

Tali (Mass Effect)

Tifa (Final Fantasy VII)

Zelda (The Legend of Zelda)

  • tuffy

    My favorites are def Tali and Chell… Tali is amazing how good her costume was.

  • Arafax

    Wow. just wow.

  • Comfortable Madness

    Nothing beats the Miranda one except Yvonne Strahovski herself.

  • Godoyin

    Isn’t Raiden … a dude … ?? ._.

  • Krasnapolsky

    i think Faith is just 100% identical to the “real” one 😉

    also i would like to love the bayonetta (the game is just uberawesome), but the face just isn’t it, yet.
    the one they used in the japanese commercials was perfect 😛


  • Guy Incognitus

    I don’t think the Lara Croft one you posted counts since she was actually the official model for Tomb Raider: Underworld.

  • thegreatfatsby

    I think that these are all amazing costumes, but no-one really loves this stuff for the aesthetics.

    If we’re honest, we’d all go for Ivy because if we asked nicely, and were really lucky, ending up with whoever that lady is means we’d never have to buy another pillow again for a very long time.

  • Yautja

    “# Godoyinon 30 Jun 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Isn’t Raiden … a dude … ?? ._.”

    MGS2 has yet to convince me of that.

  • FNG

    Raiden ahahahahaha!

  • Norma Stitz

    I like Mirandas M ass effect.

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  • Jeff

    Linda Lee aka Vampy did a better Tifa and Morrigan

  • selunesmom

    The Mass Effect costumes are amazing – especially the detail work on the Jack and Tali costumes.

  • Anon

    Did Jack (Mass Effect) shave the head and stuff to match the character?

    That is pretty hardcore!

  • 2

    Great, now i have to fap

  • Brent

    Yeah Tifa is from FFVIII

  • Mai….just…wow

  • Gustavo

    hahaha, the name of the Alice is Julia Lorenzutti, she is my Ex, lives in Espirito Santo Brazil, and i shoted this photo … can search in facebook and find her ;D

  • El

    Some of these are really good. Although I think the Lara Croft (think this is a model anyway) and Tifa ones are tacky. The Samus Aran and Zelda ones are awesome. Some of these are ‘professionals’ but I suppose they do count.

    As for that that person who claims cosplay is liked for sexual gratification, you sir, are a moron. “Fatsby” indeed. You must have a very boring life.

  • ry

    Rayden is a man.

  • Yeah…so I actually looked up Julia Lorenzutti, and that young lady is superbly attractive. Kudos to you!

  • AtmSk510

    Zelda <3 Miranda <3 Jack <3 Tali <3 Samus <3 Ivy <3<3<3<3

  • other joe

    isn’t this a repost..?

  • Rob

    Dear LORD are most of these photoshopped beyond recognition

  • Jared

    You never realize how sensual and provocative these characters really are until you see them portrayed like this.

  • avisioncame

    Mirror’s Edge is hand’s down the best one up there.

  • My favorites are Bayonetta and Raiden . Great post!

  • Tifa looks damn hot. But I still feel that some of them are not close enough compared to the actual characters. But the costume that they wear are really accurate.

  • Morrigan looks so sexy >3<

  • The Tifa… I approve.

  • Caveman

    Raiden is male

  • amx

    WACK…No Dead or Alive Girls.

  • haiya

    Bayonetta is THE BESTTTTT

  • zzzzzz

    Rikku is photoshopped

  • Gustavo

    You guys missed the hottest cosplayer to ever exist! I can’t believe you don’t remember the Velvet from Atlus’ Odin Sphere kotaku cover. I’ll refresh your memory:

  • Bec

    Just a correction: That Rikku cosplay is of X-2. If she were doing Final Fantasy X she’d look completely difference. Just a small difference in wording, but a huge difference in game.

  • Rei

    I wish women weren’t so overly sexual in video games… Some of the outfits are just rediculous.
    Perhaps one day game designers will realise not only men need armour. 😀

  • Monster7

    Ivy is hands down the sexiest up there.

    I see no Photoshopping here, with the exception of Miranda’s arm, which may or may not be Shopped. Photo effects and filters don’t count as Photoshopping, that’s just standard editing.

    YES, Raiden is a guy. But THAT Raiden is hott, while a guy isn’t. Quit yer’ bitchin.

  • Nadav

    I just wanted to point out that this gallary only has one Asian cosplayer in it (Tifa) so I would have named it the best looking non-asian cosplayers. A lot of people claim on Japanese can do great cosplay, but this gallary proves otherwise.

  • sage35

    I think there’s an interesting contrast here between the nintendo characters and most of the other characters.

  • henri