The Best Cosplays of 2016

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And here’s to 2017!

We doubled our cosplay efforts in 2016 to bring you coverage of incredible cosplayers from all over the world, and today we decided to round up some of our favorites of the year.

These are photographs we either took ourselves at events, or ones we featured on the site last year – click right to see them all: 

The Best Cosplays of 2016

HurleyFX’s Groot (Guardians of the Galaxy) cosplay, as photographed by Dim Horizon studio.

The Best Cosplays of 2016

Termina Cosplay a Ho-Oh (Pokemon), photographed by Vordigon Photography.

The Best Cosplays of 2016

Rick Boer as Solid Snake (Metal Gear), photographed by Nathalie Bakker.

The Best Cosplays of 2016

Ganondorf (The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess) cosplayer at Fanime 2016.

The Best Cosplays of 2016

Connor Gray as Joker, with Moe Hunt as Harley Quinn (Suicide Squad). Photographed by Patricia Louise Felton.

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The Best Cosplays of 2016

NTG Cosplay’s Gijinka Blastoise (Pokemon) cosplay, photographed by Alex Blaise.

The Best Cosplays of 2016

NipahDUBS’ Noctis (Final Fantasy XV) cosplay, as photographed by AmaitoFuu.

The Best Cosplays of 2016

Winter Soldier (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) cosplayer at Fanime 2016.

The Best Cosplays of 2016

Acdramon’s Marcus Holloway (Watch Dogs 2) cosplay, as photographed by GooJunky Photography.

The Best Cosplays of 2016

TJ Cosplay as Hilda (The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds), photographed by Sean Fernandez.

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The Best Cosplays of 2016

Tom Bradier’s Lara Croft (Tomb Raider) cosplay, photographed by Robert Meares.

The Best Cosplays of 2016

Jay Justice’s Commander Shepard (Mass Effect) cosplay, photographed by JL7 Photography.

The Best Cosplays of 2016

Darth Jar Jar cosplayer at Fanime 2016.

The Best Cosplays of 2016

The Sisu Squid Cosplay as Gijinka Scizor (Pokemon), photographed by Vordigon Photography.

The Best Cosplays of 2016

Bishop Cosplay’s Bishop (Marvel), photographed by SF Design.

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The Best Cosplays of 2016

Yeliz Cosplays’ Kotal Kahn (Mortal Kombat) cosplay, photographed by S L Dixon Photography.

The Best Cosplays of 2016

Something Wicked’s Deadpool (Marvel) cosplay, photographed by Riots Armory.

The Best Cosplays of 2016

Rick Boer’s Big Boss cosplay, photographed by Cynthia Veekens.

The Best Cosplays of 2016

d-Slim Cosplay as Starmie and Peterson Sim as Staryu, photographed by Somakun.

The Best Cosplays of 2016

Knitemaya as Winter Wonderland Skin Tracer, photographed by Pireze.

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Regarding cosplaying in general, Tom Braider, one of our featured cosplayers, told IGN, “My favorite thing about being a cosplayer is knowing that there are people out there that can really understand and relate to my interests. It’s one of the best ways to meet friends, make connections and celebrate the culture in which we are a part of. I am so happy to contribute and be a part of it.”

Thank you to all of the cosplayers and photographers who shared their work with us in 2016. Here’s to another great year of cosplay on IGN.

Alanah Pearce is an editor at IGN, but she’s a cosplayer, too! You can find her cosplays on Facebook