Every week I scout the web to find the sexiest female cosplays and feature them in Playboy’s Sexy Cosplay series. As you can imagine, such an honorable quest has gifted me with a great deal of knowledge and experience when it comes to cosplay trends. Because I can’t bear having such confidence go to waste, I took a break from my weekly cosplay bliss to compose a list of cosplays that are likely to be the most popular in 2016.
REY, BB-8 AND MODERN STORMTROOPERS
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
Let’s just get these ones out of the way.
METAL SOLID GEAR V
Quiet is a character modeled and performed by actress Stefanie Joosten, whose “erotic” vibe and lack of formal combat clothing stirred up some serious controversy in the gaming world. Amongst many other justifications for her “look”, creator Hideo Kojima confessed one of them — and arguably the most important one — was encouraging women to cosplay her. And well…it looks like he’s getting what he wanted.
YENNEFER, TRISS AND CIRI
It is safe to call Witcher 3 one of 2015’s most popular video games. Its vast fantasy and interactive nature leaves cosplayers with plenty to play with, but it’s usually the badass/beautiful female characters that tend to inspire cosplayers to go all out — so this prediction goes to Yennefer, Triss and Ciri.
ATTACK ON TITAN
Attack on Titan has become a favorite to Anime fans all over, so it’s only natural get tons of Mikasa cosplay action in 2016.
DRAGON BALL SUPER
Dragon Ball is finally back! And hopefully so are a great deal of sexy Bulmas.
THE JOKER AND HARLEY QUINN
Everyone is already going bananas over Harley Quinn and the Joker’s naughtiest version yet. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about cosplayers, it’s that they love villains. Even though the hype around these two is already out there, we’ll have to wait and see what Jared Leto and Margot Robbie inspire cosplayers to do after their awaited performances finally hit the big screen.
There’s a reason why Jessica Nigri made it on Playboy’s favorite list of cosplayers for 2015: every cosplay character she touches turns sexy. It’s very likely that beautiful cosplay ladies are bringing drop-dead sexy versions of Deadpool to life as you read this article.
BATMAN, SUPERMAN AND WONDER WOMAN
These classic cosplays are bound to have a comeback thanks to 2016’s awaited Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. But let’s be real, most of us are just watching it to see Wonder Woman do her thing.
Diana is an associate web producer for Playboy. Follow her @dilovesyou_.