You see plenty of the sexy cosplay costumes but have you ever seen any of the best cosplays where showing skin is not the main attraction? For those not in the know, cosplay is the art of dressing up as video game characters from popular culture (e.g. video games, cartoons, movies). Most see cosplay as a form of escapism, a way to show their devotion to a character, IP or an outlet for creativity- and some even make it into a way to pay the bills.

And to several, cosplay is not only a hobby but a lifestyle. Whether a cosplayer commissions a cosplay costume from experienced costume-makers or makes the entire cosplay costume by hand themselves, cosplay is pretty much an art form. Some dabble in it for fun, others put in a lot of sweat, blood and tears into making sure that thier cosplay costume is accurate down to the last stitch.

We’ve rounded up 15 heroes of cosplay that are scary good at what they do. Take a look-see at some of the best cosplay girls and guys below!

Azir cosplay from League of Legends

Azir best cosplay

Cosplay by Shappi

There are a lot of things to love about League of Legends: Emperor of the Sands cosplay: the crisp, neat lines and colours of the cosplay costume, the cool props, and the awesome setting. Looks almost exactly like the official League of Legends Azir art!

Daedric Armor Dovahkiin cosplay from Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Dovahkiin best cosplay

Cosplay by Zerios88

It must have taken a lot of levelling up the Smithing perk to put this breath-taking cosplay costume together. This costume, setting and photography capture the Elder Scrolls setting well and we would love to have seen this for ourselves at one of the gaming events.

Gravelord Nito cosplay from Dark Souls

Gravelord Nito cosplay

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This Dark Souls cosplay of the First of the Dead is pretty freaking nito if you ask us!

Siam cosplay from Silent Hill: Homecoming

2 person Siam best cosplay

Cosplay by Realdaguru and Emmylou

Imagine turning a corner in a dark corridor and you see this Silent Hills cosplay lunging itself towards you. This cosplay project is in fact made up of two people! Woah!

Big Daddy and Little Sister cosplay from Bioshock

Bioshock cosplay

Cosplay by Dimhorizonstudio

Big Daddy and his Little Sister bid you welcome to Rapture! This Bioshock cosplay has to be one of the best cosplays out there. The awesomely weathered props and cosplay costumes sported by both of these cosplayers go hand in hand with the perfect shoot location. Epic!

Skull Kid cosplay from The Legend of Zelda series

Skull Kid The Legend of Zelda cosplay

Cosplay by Li Kovacs

Vibrant colours, crazy good props and neat little details (check out the wood-like detailing on those tights and gloves!) make for a perfect Skull Kid cosplay!

Edward Kenway cosplay from Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

Assassin's Creed Black Flag cosplay

Cosplay by Leon Chiro Cosplay

This Assassin’s Creed cosplay of the British pirate/assassin from the fourth game is downright awesome! We love the weathering on the cosplay costume and the awesome props- and of course, the ship.

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