The cosplay phenomenon has propelled some devoted – and sexy – fans of comics and films into modeling careers. Superheroes are the stuff of fantasy, so perhaps it follows that many of cosplay’s depictions of female characters are almost ridiculously seductive. In the liberating and unconfined world of cosplay, anything goes, and even the most macho of characters can undergo a sultry revamp – as seen here with this super skin-tight Batman outfit worn by model Alexandra Corneille. Click through to see some of the sexiest superhero cosplays on the planet.
This is Katie George, who has made more than 100 cosplay outfits in a decade of cosplaying. Even the most superstitious of Marvel comic fans surely wouldn’t mind this Black Cat crossing their path.
Red Sonja is a feisty barbarian from the Marvel stable. Here, artist and cosplayer Nicole Marie Jean slays it with this stunning costume made out of 500 aluminum scales and a 1,000 steel rings.
One of Batman’s many adversaries is Harley Quinn, a friend of Poison Ivy and lover of the Joker. Brazilian cosplayer Sherrie gives it both barrels with this sassy homage.
A common practice in cosplay is to re-imagine male characters in the female form. It’s perhaps apt, then, that it’s X-Men ladies’ man Gambit who has been given the ladies’ treatment by Mexican cosplay model Nadya Sonika.
The Riddler likes to set up convoluted puzzles and quandaries for adversary Batman to solve. You don’t need to be a genius to work out the sexy appeal of this teaser, though.
DC Comics’ Aquaman has the ability to communicate telepathically with creatures of the sea. Cosplayer Tenleid’s reinterpretation of him in the female form certainly makes waves.
The Joker has been famously depicted by Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight and Jack Nicholson in Batman. Cosplayer Jessica Nigri looks nothing like him here, but we’ll forgive her.
Artist Tamar Wolfe’s interpretation of vigilante the Punisher is simple and subtle. It’s probably the only ensemble on this list that could be worn for a trip to the mall. She’d even get away with the hand guns in some states.
With their hourglass figures emerging from the fertile imaginations of comic-book illustrators, female superheroes often make for some seriously sexy cosplays. And given her striking red outfit, few are more electrifying than Marvel’s Elektra.
Self-confessed “addicted cosplay maniac” Nadya Sonika is a regular at comic-book conventions. And her first time depicting a male character – deadly-eyed X-Man Cyclops – is certainly easy on the eye.
The first truly widely recognized superheroine, Wonder Woman was created in 1941. And, still capturing the imaginations of cosplayers worldwide more than 70 years on, her wholesome charm is as timeless as it is wonderful.
The patriotic Captain America came into being when Steve Rogers imbibed a serum to maximize his strength and stamina. Here, Karen Kasumi is the star, earning her stripes as a super-sexy incarnation of the super-soldier.
In the comic-book world, Super Girl possesses super speed, super strength, supersonic hearing and various other superpowers. In cosplay, she’s simply super.
Crystal Graziano is a regular contributor to the cosplay community. She says, “I make and wear costumes from series I love.” Here, she is a Ms Marvel to behold.
Her mutation means that Rogue, of X-Men fame, absorbs the powers of anyone she touches. Californian cosplayer Courtney’s interpretation might have many willing to make that sacrifice.
One of the most iconic comic supervillains is Catwoman, from the Batman canon. In her all-black, body-hugging latex suit, her sensuous curves are the stuff of many a male fantasy. Here she is realized by Nadya Sonika in full retro vamp mode.
When she isn’t modeling or singing, Giorgia from Verona in Italy can be found traveling the world on the international cosplay circuit. Here she is as martial arts supremo Black Widow from The Avengers. If looks could kill…
Poison Ivy is another adversary of Batman. She has a poisonous touch – although many fans might want to take their chances with intoxicating costume designer Naraku Brock’s version here.
Probably the most famous cosplayer of them all, Jessica Nigiri here re-imagines X- Men villain Magneto. With this outfit, she’s certainly got the magnetic attraction bit nailed.
In Marvel’s Earth-3010 universe, Lady Deadpool, a.k.a. Wanda Wilson, boasts extraordinary healing powers that go as far as enabling her to regenerate whole body parts. And when portrayed by Jessica Nigri, as she is here, she’s also definitely a sight for sore eyes.
As she is dedicated to both fighting crime and seeking vengeance for the murder of her family, Huntress – portrayed here by Fae La Blanche – has a similar backstory, it seems, to Batman’s. But the Caped Crusader refuses to get too close to her, deeming her to be too much of a loose cannon. He’s clearly bats.
DC Comics’ Starfire comes from another planet; cosplayer Oki-Cospi’s interpretation of her, then, is appropriately out of this world. Starfire can instantly learn a language by kissing a guy – and is probably unlikely to struggle to find willing teachers.
X-Men member Kitty Pryde – reimagined here by Emily Jane Pappas – is able to pass through solid objects at will. We’re guessing plenty of non-mutants would run through brick walls for her, too.
While the Mystique of the X-Men film franchise tends to go au naturel, the shape-shifting mutant of the Marvel comics is a little more modest, usually opting for a white outfit. And it really brings out Meevers Desu’s, um, skin tone here.
Comic book lore has it that Power Girl’s artist drew her bust a little bigger with each edition to see if the editors would notice. It took several issues. Cosplayer Angie Griffin, then, thought she could take on the role with ease.
With the power to conjure up bursts of energy and unleash them from her fingertips, Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Ms. Marvel, has proved too hot to handle for many a villain. And Enji Night’s cosplay version of Danvers’ alter ego is suitably incendiary.
In the 1950s and ’60s, in order to assert Batman and Robin’s heterosexuality, DC Comics threw Batwoman and Batgirl into the mix as love interests for the duo. And glamor model Radeo Suicide’s Batgirl would have certainly ruffled Robin’s feathers.
Model Linda Le goes by the nickname Vampy, and she certainly brings a vampish look to this cosplay. The Punisher is noted for his stealth, but it’s hard to believe the character would go unnoticed in this incarnation.
The Scarlet Witch, also known as Wanda Maximoff, is often found helping the Avengers with her spell-casting abilities. Model, costume designer and cosplayer Yaya Han, appropriately, works her magic with the character here.
As the cloned “daughter” of Wolverine, X-23, a.k.a. Laura Kinney, possesses the same regenerative mutation as the X-Men superhero, along with her own ability to wield a set of deadly retractable claws. Italian cosplayer Michela Cucchiella looks totally on point with this interpretation.
Also known as Tarene, Thor Girl is able to transmit enough divine power through her golden hammer to topple Thor himself to the ground. Meanwhile, Toni Darling’s stunning cosplay alone is probably enough to knock a few mortals off their feet.
Domino is a member of the X-Men’s more ruthless counterpart, X-Force. Not only does she have the awesome ability to change luck in her favor, but she’s a superb shot to boot – and this leather-clad, vampy interpretation of her definitely hits the target.
Canada-based cosplayer GillyKins’ version of the Invisible Woman, a.k.a. Susan Storm Richards, is thankfully not too hard to see. It’s also pretty clear why Doctor Doom became infatuated with this Fantastic Four member.
Model, artist and musician Callie Cosplay is a woman of many talents. But it’s her roleplaying that really catches the eye, as illustrated by this spellbinding interpretation of Marvel’s Scarlet Witch.
When Marvel’s Jean Grey, a.k.a. Phoenix, becomes corrupted by evil, she becomes Dark Phoenix – and ends up wiping out the residents of an entire solar system. And while Argentinian cosplayer Celeste Tapia hasn’t gone quite that far, her version of the character is arguably devastating enough.
Batman’s adversary Poison Ivy can produce pheromones that allow her to control the minds of those around her. This stunning cosplayer needs no such help – she could do it on looks alone.
This Starfire cosplayer doesn’t really need the flame prop. With that fiery red hair and stunning outfit, things are quite hot enough here.
While Batman has gone through various changes in costume and attitude over the years, one thing that has endured is his complicated romantic entanglement with Catwoman. Based on cosplayer Genevieve Marie’s interpretation, it’s easy to see the attraction.
You wouldn’t know it by looking at cosplayer Rae Johnston’s fresh-faced version here, but Wonder Woman is 75 years old in 2016. And still kicking butt, no doubt, in the long-awaited movie adaptation of her exploits, which will hit movie theaters in 2017.
English adult movie star Tanya Tate’s alliterative screen name was inspired by comic book culture, and she’s been big on the safe-for-work cosplay scene since 2010. Here, she’s killing it as the Invisible Woman.
X-Men associate Psylocke can kick butt and read minds. But stunning cosplayer Jennifer Kairis probably doesn’t need telepathy to know that everybody thinks that she looks awesome.
Scarlett Johansson may have reintroduced Marvel’s Black Widow to the world, but in the cosplay universe Katy Angel has nailed her sexy look too. Indeed, the red hair particularly looks like it was ripped from the pages of a comic book.
New York-based cosplayer “Mostflogged” – or Jenni to her friends – designs and makes all her own costumes. Her midriff-baring Supergirl outfit is especially eye-catching.
Spain’s Hekady Borafluch began cosplaying in 2009 as a bit of a side project, but now she does it full-time. She describes herself as a “small, sweet person,” though her Elektra is sultry and sexy.
The Carol Danvers version of Captain Marvel has struck a chord with comic fans everywhere in recent years, and Canadian cosplayer jj-dreamworldz is undoubtedly a member of the Carol Corps. Here, she looks simple Marvel-ous.
Margot Robbie is about to unleash her Harley Quinn on the world in Suicide Squad, but until then we have this get-up by German cosplayer and artist ShiSha Rainbow to enjoy. It’s traditional, and it’s brilliant.
With all that flying around, how does Supergirl keep her golden locks in such amazing condition? Beautiful cosplayer Milla Bishop might have the answer.
You know you’re looking at a good cosplay when a wired-up bundle of dynamite is only the second-most explosive thing in the photo. Thanks to Belarus-based Kseniya – or “Dark Incognito” – the Joker never looked so good.
Poison Ivy is a popular choice with cosplayers, and she’s a popular choice with fans too. But fresh-faced Polish artist Lirbis van Hikaru’s version will no doubt see the character grow on a few more people.
This Cassandra Cain-incarnation of Batgirl is practically perfect in every way. It comes thanks to the “collaborative group cosplay” specialists The Dangerous Ladies, with the model in question being Emmy.
You’d think that no one could beat Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman in Batman Returns, but the R&R Art Group have given her a real run for her money here. Indeed, model Rei Doll is purr-fect in the role.
German cosplayer Miu Moonlight’s punk rocker take on Batman antagonist Harley Quinn is astounding. Certainly, the giant mallet is appropriate because she’s a knockout.
Russian cosplay model Irina Pirozhnikova – or “Captain Irachka” – is a self-confessed steampunk addict, and it is evident is most of her costumes. Her Supergirl, though, is fairly conventional, and all the better for it.
Black Cat has not always had the subtlest costume in the Marvel universe, but cosplayer Kana has kept it on the right side of sexy. The attention to detail of her homemade outfit is startling too.
Belarus-based cosplayer Veronika styled the costume and wig she’s wearing here. And her Dark Phoenix cosplay is smoking in more ways than one.
The inspiration for the look of this stunning Jubilee cosplay was actually a 2015 figurine put out by collectible manufacturer Kotobukiya. French cosplayer Ainlina has definitely captured its playful spirit.
American cosplayer Yaya Han designed and fabricated this Psylocke costume with the intention of making it more “grounded in reality.” And while we’re not sure how realistic that psychic blade is, she really does look great.
German cosplayer Natascha Jones’ brilliant version of a silver age Batgirl is pointing her grappling gun directly at the viewer in this shot. But she doesn’t really need it; this picture is gripping enough.
X-Men member Storm has the ability to change the weather. And although Italian cosplayer Giulia might not possess any mutant abilities, she’s definitely capable of raising the temperature.