Cosplay has become one of the most talked-about hobbies in recent years. From Comic-Con to E3, there are many awesome events where you can dress up as either your favorite character – or simply one you resemble – from a video game, TV show, movie, or even a comic book. The point is not to try to show off to others, but simply be a part of the great experience that is cosplaying.
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Naturally, you’ve got to play to your strengths when trying to decide which character you’d like to cosplay as for your next event. Not very tall? Go as a Hobbit. Own a white vest and have some killer sideburns? Go as Wolverine from the X-Men. Or, if you’re a girl with red hair, then there are many awesome fictional ladies with fiery locks that you could easily imitate.
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That said, we understand you may love these characters but that you’re not born with red hair, in which case we recommend to use red hair color and do it yourself at home!
Now, after you’ve got the red hair, the big question is: which famous redheaded lady are you going to cosplay as? Take your pick.
Poison Ivy from Batman
She’s beautiful, but highly dangerous. Poison Ivy is a villain to be wary of, as she has the means to kill simply with a toxic kiss. She was depicted on film in the 1997 movie Batman & Robin by Uma Thurman.
Merida from Brave
With that ultimate rebel streak, Merida is one fearsome warrior princess who doesn’t care to be “ladylike.” Best suited if you’ve got frizzy and long red hair, just make sure you also bring her bow and arrow as well!
Daphne Blake from Scooby-Doo
Although the 2002 live-action Scooby-Doo movie is not exactly fondly remembered, Daphne Blake was always a fan favorite in the original cartoons. Though she might appear sweet and innocent, Daphne can handle a lot more than she looks and is not easily frightened.
Joanna Dark from Perfect Dark
This might be a little old school for some to recognize, but Joanna Dark from the Perfect Dark video game on the Nintendo 64 was a big deal in the early 2000s. Deadly with any weapon and a feisty personality to boot, Joanna Dark is one redhead you certainly want on your side. Despite a more than forgettable sequel many years later on the Xbox 360, Joanna is nevertheless a great choice for cosplaying.
Jessica Rabbit from Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Everyone remembers the first time they saw Jessica Rabbit. This redheaded vixen is perhaps one of the most popular characters for cosplaying, but don’t let that stop you from choosing Jessica Rabbit, as even though she’s only a cartoon, she remains one of the most alluring sex symbols of the 80s and beyond.
Misty from Pokémon
Although Pokémon was a hugely popular cartoon for more or less every 90s kid, the anime show had a resurgence of late with the mobile app, Pokémon Go, which took the world by storm in 2016. As a result, one of the show’s characters – Misty – became relevant again and she has been popping up at many cosplay events, not to mention Halloween parties. Misty is one of the more easier characters for cosplaying, as all it takes is a yellow shirt, denim shorts, Converse shoes, red suspenders, and your hair in a ponytail (to the left).
Dana Scully from X-Files
One of the most fearless FBI agents of all time, Dana Scully has seen a lot of unusual stuff in her lifetime, but that doesn’t stop her having a wicked sense of humor and a classiness that is hard to match.
Ariel from The Little Mermaid
Ariel could be the most famous character on this list, as The Little Mermaid has been a worldwide phenomenon since its release in 1989. Although you might prefer to cosplay as her human form to avoid hopping around all night (she is a mermaid, after all), Ariel is instantly recognizable but a favorite of many cosplayers.
Jean Grey/Dark Phoenix from X-Men
Although Jean Grey is nice enough, her alter ego, Dark Phoenix, is anything but! Dark Phoenix is said to be the most powerful mutant in the X-Men universe, but she is not someone who takes any side, preferring to choose her own shadowy path. Look out for the movie coming this year starring Sophie Turner, which depicts the transformation from Jean Grey to Dark Phoenix.
Ginny Weasley from Harry Potter
Finally, Ginny Weasley is one kick-ass witch who can hold her own against any foe. The wife of Harry Potter, Ginny is talented, vivacious, and determined but also a character who inspires hope and bravery to all.
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