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On The Table Read Magazine, “the best entertainment magazine in the UK“, as Halloween approaches, we check out new research into the most popular cosplay characters, according to Instagram hashtags. 


Online gaming platform Hearts Land, researched the most popular cosplay characters by analysing Instagram hashtags and examining over 150 pop culture characters before sorting them into four groups: superheroes and villains, anime, gaming, and film and TV characters. The characters were then combined with the Instagram hashtags ‘cosplay’ and ‘costume’ to determine the most popular cosplay characters.

The most popular gaming characters to cosplay 

Rank  Character  Total number of combined hashtags   
D.Va  215,971  
2B  119,787  
Jinx  113,413 
Link  91,434 
Lara Croft  76,839  
Ciri  48,305  
Yennefer of Vengerberg  43,988  
Pikachu  43,366  
Mario  40,551  
10  Tifa Lockheart  39,169  
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D.Va

D.Va (real name: Hana Song) is a playable character in the multiplayer first-person shooter game Overwatch, and the most popular gaming character to cosplay. She is a former professional gamer who pilots a mech called MEKA to defend her country, South Korea, from the Omnic threat.

D.Va is a versatile character who can be played in a variety of roles. She is a good damage dealer, but she can also be used to protect her teammates or to disrupt the enemy team. She is a popular choice for both casual and competitive play.

D.Va’s personality is outgoing and playful. She is a fan of video games and pop culture, and she is always looking for a good time. She is also fiercely patriotic and is willing to do whatever it takes to protect her country.

D.Va is a popular character among Overwatch players. She is a fun and versatile character who can be played in a variety of ways. She is also a great choice for players who are new to the game.

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2B

The second most popular character to cosplay, 2B (YoRHa No. 2 Type B), is a fictional android character from the video game NieR: Automata. She is a member of the YoRHa android forces, which are fighting a proxy war against the machines that have taken over Earth.

2B is a skilled fighter and is equipped with a variety of weapons, including a sword and a pod. She is also a capable hacker and can use her hacking skills to disable enemy machines.

2B is a stoic and reserved character. She is not afraid to fight and is always willing to put her life on the line to protect her comrades. However, she also has a strong sense of duty and is always willing to follow orders, no matter how difficult they may be.

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Jinx

Jinx is a playable character in the multiplayer online battle arena game League of Legends, and the third most popular character to cosplay. She is a marksman-type character who deals high damage from the back lines. She is known for her erratic and unpredictable behavior, as well as her love of chaos and destruction.

Jinx’s personality is manic and chaotic. She is impulsive and reckless, and she often acts without thinking of the consequences. She is also very creative and resourceful, and she is always coming up with new ways to cause mayhem and destruction.

Jinx’s backstory is tragic. She was abandoned by her parents as a child and raised in the streets of Zaun, a dark and dangerous city. This experience left her with a deep sense of abandonment and a need for attention. She also developed a love of chaos and destruction, which she uses as a way to cope with her pain and anger.

The world’s most popular characters to cosplay

The top 10 most popular characters to cosplay 
Rank  Character  Total number of combined hashtags 
Harley Quinn  758,449 
Spiderman  710,667 
Batman  347,639 
Joker  321,166 
Deku  248,935  
Wonder Woman  231,247 
D.Va  215,971  
Deadpool  204,579 
Todoroki  189,132 
10  Poison Ivy  171,227 
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Harley Quinn

Harley Quinn is a psychiatrist who becomes obsessed with the Joker after treating him in Arkham Asylum. She escapes from the asylum with the Joker and becomes his sidekick, helping him with his crimes. However, she eventually realizes that the Joker is abusive and manipulative, and she leaves him.

Harley is a complex and contradictory character. She is often portrayed as being ditzy and over-the-top, but she is also capable of great violence and cunning. She is a survivor, and she is always finding ways to get what she wants.

Harley has been adapted into live-action media several times, including the films Suicide Squad (2016) and Birds of Prey (2020). She has also been featured in several video games, including the Batman: Arkham series.

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Spider-Man

Spider-Man is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was created by writer-editor Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko, and first appeared in the anthology comic book Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962). He is often called “The Amazing Spider-Man” to distinguish him from other characters who share the same name.

Spider-Man’s real name is Peter Parker, a high school student who was bitten by a radioactive spider. The bite gave him superhuman strength, speed, and agility, as well as the ability to cling to walls. Peter initially used his powers to make money by participating in wrestling matches, but he eventually realized that he could use his powers to help others. He became a superhero and has since fought a variety of villains, including the Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, and Venom.

Spider-Man is one of the most popular superheroes in the world. He has appeared in numerous films, television shows, and video games.

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Batman

Batman is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger, and first appeared in the 27th issue of the comic book Detective Comics on March 30, 1939. Batman is the alias of Bruce Wayne, a wealthy American playboy, philanthropist, and industrialist.

After witnessing the murder of his parents as a child, Bruce Wayne swore to avenge their deaths by fighting crime. He trained himself to physical and intellectual perfection, and adopted the identity of Batman to strike fear into the hearts of criminals. Batman operates in Gotham City, using his detective skills, technology, and physical prowess to protect the city from a variety of criminals, including the Joker, the Penguin, and the Riddler.

Batman is one of the most popular superheroes in the world. He has appeared in numerous films, television shows, and video games.

The most popular superheroes and villains to cosplay

Rank  Character  Total number of combined hashtags 
Harley Quinn  758,449 
Spiderman  710,667 
Batman  347,639 
Joker  321,166 
Wonder Woman  231,247 
Deadpool  204,579 
Poison Ivy  171,227 
Catwoman  135,531 
Captain America  108,365 
10  Loki  107,852 
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Joker

The Joker is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by Bill Finger, Bob Kane, and Jerry Robinson, and first appeared in the comic book Batman #1 (April 1940). He is the archenemy of Batman and one of the most popular and iconic villains in comic book history.

The Joker is a master criminal and a psychopath. He is known for his clownish appearance, his sadistic sense of humor, and his willingness to kill. The Joker’s origin story has been revised several times over the years, but the most common origin story is that he was a failed criminal who fell into a vat of chemicals, which bleached his skin white, turned his hair green, and gave him a permanent smile.

The Joker is a complex and unpredictable character. He is often motivated by chaos and destruction, and he delights in the suffering of others. He is also a master manipulator, and he is able to get others to do his bidding.

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Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by William Moulton Marston and first appeared in All Star Comics #8 (December 1941). She is a Amazonian princess who was raised on the island of Themyscira. Wonder Woman is a skilled warrior and diplomat, and she uses her powers to fight for peace and justice in the world.

Wonder Woman’s real name is Diana, and she is the daughter of Queen Hippolyta and Zeus, the Greek god of the sky and thunder. She was raised on Themyscira, a hidden island where Amazonian women train to be warriors. When American pilot Steve Trevor crashed on the island, Diana volunteered to go to the world of men to help him stop the war. She took on the identity of Wonder Woman and became a symbol of peace and justice.

Wonder Woman is a popular character and has been featured in numerous films, television shows, and video games. She is a role model for many people and is seen as a symbol of strength, courage, and justice.

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Deadpool

Deadpool is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was created by Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza, and first appeared in The New Mutants #98 (February 1991). Deadpool is a mercenary and assassin who is known for his wisecracking personality and his ability to break the fourth wall.

Deadpool’s real name is Wade Wilson, and he was a former Special Forces operative who was diagnosed with terminal cancer. He volunteered for an experimental procedure that gave him superhuman abilities, but it also left him with a disfigured appearance and a split personality.

Deadpool is a popular character and has been featured in numerous films, television shows, and video games. He is a fan favorite and is known for his humor and his willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done.

The most popular anime characters to cosplay 

Rank  Character  Total number of combined hashtags 
Deku (Izuku Midoriya)  248,935  
Shoto Todoroki  189,132  
Zero Two  165,871  
Katsuki Bakugou  162,384  
Hinata Hyuga  137,430  
Ochako Uraraka  120,170  
Nezuko Kamado  115,470  
8 Junko Enoshima  110,189 
Himiko Toga  102,970 
10  Sakura Haruno  96,388 
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Deku

Deku, also known as Izuku Midoriya, is the main protagonist of the anime and manga series My Hero Academia. He is a young boy who dreams of becoming a superhero, despite being born without a Quirk, a superpower.

Deku is a kind and gentle soul who is always willing to help others. He is also very intelligent and resourceful. However, he can also be Quirkless, which makes him feel insecure and inadequate.

Deku is inspired by All Might, the world’s greatest superhero, and he dreams of inheriting his Quirk. After All Might sees Deku’s determination and courage, he gives Deku his Quirk, One For All.

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Shoto Todoroki

Shoto Todoroki is a major character in the manga and anime series My Hero Academia. He is a student at U.A. High School, where he is training to become a Pro Hero. He is the son of Endeavor, the No. 2 Pro Hero, and Rei Todoroki, a former Pro Hero.

Shoto is a tall and well-built young man with white hair on the right side of his head and red hair on the left side. He has heterochromia iridium, with his left eye being turquoise and his right eye being dark gray. His left eye is also scarred from an incident when he was a child.

Shoto’s Quirk is “Half-Cold Half-Hot,” which allows him to generate and control ice from his left side and fire from his right side. He is a very powerful and skilled fighter, and he has been praised by many Pro Heroes for his potential.

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Zero Two

Zero Two is the main female protagonist of the anime series Darling in the Franxx. She is a hybrid human-klaxosaur who is known for her piloting skills and her dangerous personality. She is also known as the “Partner Killer” because her previous partners have all died after piloting with her.

Zero Two has long, flowing pink hair and red horns. Her eyes are heterochromatic, with one being blue and the other being green. She has a slender build and is often seen wearing a revealing pilot uniform.

Zero Two is a very confident and assertive person. She is not afraid to speak her mind, even if it means being rude or offensive. She is also very independent and does not like to be told what to do.

The most popular film and television characters to cosplay 

Rank  Character  Total number of combined hashtags 
Velma  60,993  
Pennywise  60,884  
Daenerys Targaryen  58,441  
Beetlejuice  49,455  
Michael Myers  41,010  
Kim Possible  36,283  
Ghostface  34,776  
Chucky  34,325  
Jason Voorhees  34,136 
10  Negan  32,780 
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Velma

Velma Dinkley is one of the main characters in the Scooby-Doo franchise. She is a teenage girl who is known for her intelligence, her love of mysteries, and her signature glasses and orange turtleneck.

Velma is the brains of the Scooby-Doo gang. She is always the one who figures out the clues and solves the mysteries. She is also very resourceful and can come up with creative solutions to problems.

Velma is a bit of a nerd, but she is also very kind and compassionate. She is always willing to help her friends, even if it means putting herself in danger.

Velma is a role model for young girls. She shows that it is okay to be smart and nerdy, and that girls can be just as capable as boys.

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Pennywise

Pennywise is the main antagonist of the Stephen King novel It and its two film adaptations. He is an ancient, shape-shifting creature that preys on children in the town of Derry, Maine.

Pennywise’s most common form is that of a clown, but he can also take on other forms, such as a leper, a werewolf, or a spider. He is known for his ability to manipulate children’s fears and make them come true.

Pennywise is a sadistic and cruel creature who enjoys inflicting pain and suffering on his victims. He is also very intelligent and cunning, and he is always one step ahead of his prey.

Pennywise is a force of evil that cannot be easily defeated. He has been around for centuries and has survived many attempts to kill him. However, he has also been known to make mistakes, and it is these mistakes that have allowed his victims to defeat him in the past.

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Daenerys Targaryen

Daenerys Targaryen is a fictional character in the A Song of Ice and Fire series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin, and its television adaptation Game of Thrones. She is the daughter of King Aerys II Targaryen and Queen Rhaella Targaryen, the last of the Targaryen dynasty. Daenerys is known as the “Unburnt” after surviving a fire that killed her brother Viserys.

Daenerys is a young woman with long, silver-blonde hair and purple eyes. She is described as being beautiful, but also as being wild and untamed. Daenerys is a strong and independent woman who is not afraid to speak her mind. She is also a compassionate and caring person who wants to help the downtrodden.

Daenerys is initially a timid and obedient youth. However, after her marriage to Khal Drogo, the leader of a Dothraki khalasar, she gathers the confidence of his people. Following Drogo’s death, she expands her dominion into Essos, gaining the loyalty of an army of Unsullied soldiers and the support of the freed slaves of Meereen. Daenerys becomes the heir of the Targaryen dynasty after her brother’s murder and plans to reclaim the Iron Throne herself, seeing it as her birthright.

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