Everyone can appreciate the time and effort cosplayers put into their outfits. Not only are they dressing up as the characters, but they're embodying their personas to a tee, replicating their idiosyncrasies, bringing along sidekicks, and wielding weapons made famous in the movies or comics.
From the Super Smash Bros. roster, over to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, DC Comics, The Hunger Games, and everything in between, there is no shortage of opportunity when it comes to cosplay. With that in mind, some cosplay girls still make the wrong choice. We're not talking massive wardrobe malfunction or disastrous mix-ups, but a mere waste of aesthetic potential.
These cosplay girls should have shot for the stars, yet instead, they barely left Earth.
19 Does anyone else have a sudden urge to go to the arcade?
We can't help by gawk at this particular Samus Aran cosplayer. Her choice to dress up at Nintendo's Metroid main character (and one of the beloved Super Smash Bros. characters) was a good one, as the tight-fitting bodysuit clearly highlights her features. However, she could have taken it up another level if she went a little more au naturale.
18 If ya got it, flaunt it
Whether her long, blonde locks are natural or dyed for the purposes of this outfit, we feel like this cosplayer could have chosen an outfit that would flaunt her features a little better. Some black leather, Katniss Everdeen-style would contrast her blonde hair beautifully, while something a little more flattering to the curves wouldn't go awry either.
17 Try again, Psylocke
After first appearing in the Marvel UK series, Captain Britain, Psylocke has become most known for her appearances in the world of X-Men. This cosplayer has plenty of potential, and seems to have done at least a fair job in replicating the character, but she could have delivered so much more in a Wonder Woman outfit, for instance.
16 Hats off for giving it a go
With a rocking steampunk feathered hat, a frilly shirt and a mix of fur and metal sleeves, this cosplayer has done a commendable job on her outfit, to say the least. Despite the impressive costume, it doesn't really do her any favours in terms of turning a few heads. She could have pulled off a killer Black Widow.
15 So much lost potential
This cosplayer could have taken any comic book, video game, or MCU character, and turned it into something drool-worthy. Instead, to the detriment of all wandering eyes in her vicinity, she made the conscious decision to suit up in a head-to-toe, obstructive Samus suit. To twist the words of Uncle Ben - with great assets comes great opportunity.
14 Embrace the character, not just the costume
It takes more than just sliding into a costume to turn a wannabe cosplayer into a good one. Apart from donning the outfit, you need to embrace the character with authenticity and intent. This girl has had no issue with the costume, but she's clearly lacking enthusiasm when it comes to playing the part.
13 Didn't we stop wearing elbow-length gloves in the 20s?
Princess Peach might indeed be a princess, but that doesn't mean that she needs to repel any wandering eyes by wearing elbow-length gloves and a dress down to her ankles. While this cosplayer has certainly done a job worthy of applause as far as accuracy goes, she's hiding plenty of talent with her choice of outfit.
12 Daisy, you're just a little too childish
While Daisy's gloves are at least only wrist-length, we're of the view that gloves and puffy below-knee dresses should be avoided entirely, that is, if the cosplayer is wanting to turn heads. The crown might be a nice touch, but overall the outfit seems rather childish - she could have been the center of attention if she wanted to.
11 The captain of wasted potential
This woman has slid in excellently into her Captain Marvel persona and even has a little bit of a resemblance to the MCU actress, Brie Larson, with her wavy blonde hair. While there's nothing wrong with her choice, per se, she has the piercing stare that could have turned a few other characters into serious eye-candy.
10 Can't stop looking at those ears...
We love Zelda (the titular character in Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda, of course), and this cosplayer has done a pretty darn good job at replicating her. While the long, blonde hair is clearly the main selling point for this cosplayer, the darting, pointed elf-like ears detract from the overall aesthetic. Not bad, but not the best.
9 Is there meow mix under that glove?
Forgetting about the little black feline sidekick here for a second, this cosplayer's attempt at Hellgirl is actually rather impressive. Then again, how hard is it to slap on some red paint and a giant glove? Her eyes are piercing, but there is surely some more talent on display that another choice of costume would have better highlighted.
8 Quality headgear, just missing the braces
Queen Mera was played by Amber Heart in the recent DC film, Aquaman, so any cosplayer is going to have a might difficult time living up to the aesthetic presented by Heard. That being said, this cosplayer's attempt isn't all too terrible. However, it could have been elite if she'd forgone the headgear and kept the focus on the bodysuit.
7 A clear last-minute decision
Everyone loves when a cosplayer clearly puts in a significant amount of effort for an outfit and aces it - that we can agree on. Unfortunately, this Pikachu outfit, while it does present a little bit of eye-candy to the average onlooker, it seems extremely last-minute and budget-friendly. She would have aced it with some more time and dedication.
6 With a great superhero comes great responsibility to dress the part
Just another friendly neighborhood spider-man at your service. Well, in this case, it's Spider-Woman, and a fully-covered one at that. Just like Samus Aran and Katniss Everdeen before her, this cosplayer could have turned plenty of more heads if she'd gone for something a little sheerer. She hasn't done a poor job by any means, but she's made the wrong choice.
5 A Poor'a Gamora
There are just too many similarities between Gamora and the Wicked Witch of the West from the Wizard of Oz for Gamora to completely fall into the eye-candy category. While this cosplayer might not sport the big-nose or the boomstick, she could have been so much more than what she is.
4 Should have stayed in District 12, Katniss
We're all big fans of Katniss Everdeen and The Hunger Games, there's no doubt about that. While we admit that this cosplayer has done a formidable job in replicating the District 12 hustler, it seems a shame that she's wasted her potential on a full-body suit. She could have turned heads, but instead, she just blends in.
3 Putting up her Iron shields
While we absolutely adore Iron Man as a Marvel character for his wit and intellect (or Iron Woman, in this case), the outfit certainly isn't the most flattering for any female cosplayers out there. This girl could have presented as a knock-out Pepper Potts, especially with her dramatic red hair.
2 Not even the best of the Harley Quinn versions
There are two ways to replicate Harley Quinn: there's the jaw-dropping, psychotic Margot Robbie version that is guaranteed to drop jaws and turn heads, and then there's the slide-into-the-background full-body-suit type version like the one pictured above. There was a 50/50 chance to ace this costume, but unfortunately, she's made the wrong choice.
1 Maybe something a little less scary next time?
This cosplayer was spotted over at Gen Con at the Indiana Convention Center back in 2018. The handmade costume isn't the best we've seen, but we can appreciate the effort. If she wanted to turn a few more heads, she could have opted for something a little less, well, menacing.