It’s going to be a good Christmas for Star Wars fans this year, we finally get the sequel we’ve been waiting for with the release of The Last Jedi just a few weeks away. So it’s safe to say that excitement for one of the greatest cinematic sagas of all time is at a fever pitch.
Since its release in 1977, Star Wars has captured and inspired the imagination generations of fans. Now that Disney is looking to expand the series canon with a new trilogy of films, a Han Solo film, and a television series in the works the franchise looks set to dominate the big and small screen for another generation.
In addition to Disney’s other major franchise - the Marvel Cinematic Universe - Star Wars is home to the most recognizable characters in the world. This, of course, means that at nearly every fan convention from Comic-Con to Wonder-Con are usually filled with cosplayers putting on fantastic recreations of some the sci-fi and fantasy’s most famous characters.
Whether it is Princess Leia in her gold outfit or a surprisingly steamy version R2-D2 and C3-PO TheGamer has the cosplays you’re looking for. Take a look at 25 Star Wars cosplays that will turn even the most devout Jedi to the dark side.
27 Kayla Ezell As Kylo Ren
Kylo Ren is the former student of Luke Skywalker, the son of Leia and Han Solo, and one of the lead antagonists in the new Star Wars trilogy that started with The Force Awakens, and will continue in the next movie in the franchise The Last Jedi.
Having taken Darth Vader’s spot as the second most powerful dark force wielder in the franchise serving under the Supreme Leader Snoke. Kylo Ren has quickly become one of the most popular characters to cosplay in the entire franchise.
Model and cosplayer Kayla Ezell have done a successful job of gender swapping the new villain with an appealing yet revealing new look, and while may not be entirely faithful to the character she at least keeps the helmet on in the shoot.
26 Courtney Black Is Darth Talon
For those only familiar with the movies Darth Talon was the villain in the Dark Horse Comic publication Star Wars: Legacy which was set 126 years after the events of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.
An apprentice of the Sith Lord Darth Krayt she’s the primary antagonist of Cade Skywalker. Despite being a far more obscure character to more casual fans, Darth Talon has become a popular inspiration for cosplayers at several conventions, and one of the most striking is showcased by the Courtney Black in these images photographed by Mark Greenwalt in his villain themed cosplay project “I Will Fear No Evil”.
25 Jessica Nigri As An Ewok
The Ewoks were introduced in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and even though they were a huge hit with the kids, the little bear-type creatures weren’t very popular with the older demographic of fans that enjoyed the franchised. You could say that they were Jar Jar Binks of the original trilogy.
Yet, despite the Ewoks mixed reception, Return of the Jedi edged out The Empire Strikes Back in Sky One’s The Greatest Sci-Fi Films in the Universe in 2017 as voted for by fans. When Jessica Nigri decided to put her take on the polarizing little creatures for a Star Wars cosplay she certainly made the character a little more pleasing to the eye. We get the feeling that if the Ewoks looked like her the male fans may not have complained as much back in the day.
24 Heather1337 As a Sith Lord
With the likes of Darth Maul, Darth Sidious, and even Darth Vader it’s probably fair to say looking attractive and being tempted to the dark side of the force aren’t usually two things that go together. It’s usually because the ugliness of evil finds a way to manifest itself physically in the series antagonists.
The corruption doesn’t seem to have happened to Heather1337 yet, but she’s certainly been able to put on her own unique take on the iconic group of Star Wars villains. The image is from a set taken by David Love an experienced photographer with plenty of experience in shooting film, comics, and cartoon themed characters.
23 LeeAnna Vamp As Boba Fett
Even though he began as a minor character that died in an incredibly silly way in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, the bounty hunter Boba Fett is probably one of the most cosplayed characters from the franchise.
Remastered versions notwithstanding Boba Fett made his first appearance in The Empire Strikes Back and has become a cultural icon that is almost as recognizable as Darth Vader and Han Solo. So it should be no surprise that the character has seen some superb recreations at fan conventions over the years.
However, one version of Boba Fett that has proved to be very popular, is LeeAnna Vamp’s take on the Mandalorian. Despite the gender swap, the model has taken great care in keeping the iconic look of the franchise coolest characters.
22 Anastasya01 As Hanna Solo
Han Solo is such a popular and cool character that even Mark Hamill who portrayed Luke Skywalker thought that Harrison Ford was the lead and he was just a secondary character in the story when he first read through the original draft of the script.
Solo is often named as one of the coolest characters in the Star Wars franchise and is often ranked highly on greatest fictional character lists. So it goes it without saying that the smuggler along with his relatively simple but effective outfit is one of the most cosplayed characters from the franchise.
However, Anastasya01 has done an admirable job of making the iconic character her own and renaming it Hanna Solo. We think she certainly does Chewie proud.
21 Adamae as R2D2 and Onikisiya Sofinikum as C3-PO
Before BB-8 came on to the scene in Star Wars: The Force Awakens R2-D2 and C3-PO were the official mascots of the franchise. The droid double-act are two of the most recognizable characters with fans and non-fans alike.
Cosplay models Adamae as R2D2 and Onikisiya Sofinikum as C3-PO have cleverly recreated the droids opening scene in Return of the Jedi making their way across the desert landscapes of Tatooine.
Even the most die-hard fan of Star Wars should be impressed with the faithful recreation here. Yet, despite not being the first idea of what would make an attractive duo you will surely never look at the two robots in the same way again.
20 Heather1337 As An Ewok
Anyone that loves Star Wars: Return of the Jedi knows that you can never have too many Ewoks, and whatever you may think of them they have certainly gained a fanbase of their own. George Lucas loved them so much that he created Star Wars: Ewoks a cartoon series that ran for two seasons between 1985 and 1986.
With cosplay model Heather1337 their legacy continues in an albeit completely different look. After designing the costume herself, the images were taken by cosplay photographer David Love. Heather’s a long way from a four-foot furry alien-type bear creature, but we can overlook that here at The Gamer when the results look this good.
19 LeeAnna Vamp As Chewbacca
Chewbacca is seen as Han Solo’s best friend and faithful sidekick throughout the Star Wars franchise yet he’s iconic and as recognizable as Harrison Ford’s character himself. The male Wookie warrior is the inspiration behind characters like Ronan Dex in Stargate: Atlantis – even going as far as the character Shepard referring to him as Chewie several times in the show – and Fran from Final Fantasy XII.
Ironically, LeeAnna Vamp seems to have combined the outfit that Fran wore in Final Fantasy XII (probably unintentional) with Chewbacca’s iconic look creating what she referred to as a “Wookini”. Even though we get the feeling a female Wookie would look a little furrier than this it’s hard to not be impressed with the cosplayer’s results.
18 Lisa As Padme Amadalla
Padmé Amidala was the former queen of Naboo and a politician during the final years of the Galactic Republic. She was manipulated by the then-senator Sheev Palpatine -- Darth Sidious – into giving him the chancellery, which would initially result in his rise to becoming The Emperor.
After falling in love with and secretly marrying Anakin Skywalker — Darth Vader — Padmé gave birth to the twins Leia and Luke. Despite what many fans thought of the prequel trilogy, Natalie Portman’s character was every bit as tough and the fighter that Carrie Fisher’s Leia was before her.
In another one of Jeff Zoet’s shoots, Lisa is wearing one of Padmé's most memorable outfits from Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and looks every bit as appealing as Portman’s original version.
17 JJ Griffin As Finn
Finn was another brand new hero introduced into the Star Wars universe with The Force Awakens. The former Storm Trooper escaped with his new buddy Poe Dameron, leading to some excellent on-screen chemistry giving the Star Wars fans a space version of Riggs and Murtaugh from the Lethal Weapon franchise.
In the early trailers and promotional posters, Finn was assumed to be a Force wielder because he was pictured with a lightsaber. While it seems unlikely that Finn is strong in the force at this point he definitely proved himself to be a fantastic new hero for the franchise.
Doing a great job of cosplaying the character is JJ Griffin pulling off an incredibly realistic looking recreation of the lightsaber battle between Finn and Kylo Ren.
16 Sara Jean Underwood As Lady Vader
Star Wars’ own dark knight Darth Vader is easily one of the world’s most iconic recognizable science fiction and fantasy characters and easily one of the greatest villains in any franchise.
Naturally, Vader is one of the most popular characters to replicate in comic, science fiction and Star Wars fan conventions. While it is natural to see a lot of men dressing up as the Sith Lord, it’s slightly less common to see Vader being genderswapped and portrayed as a female.
Although we’re quite sure Emperor Palpatine would have opted for a more practical approach to the robotic armor when he rebuilt Vader, we can’t complain too much about former Playboy Playmate of the Year Sara Jean Underwood’s take on the character.
15 Jessica Nigri As A Sith Lord
Jessica Nigri is one of the most popular and recognizable cosplayers in the world. She has made a modeling and TV career from bringing her own unique twists to well known and popular character and franchises.
Nigri has successfully played female versions of male characters like Captain Edward Kenway from Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, and a genderswapped Connor Kenway from Assassin’s Creed III, as well as an extremely popular recreation of Juliet Starling from Lollypop Chainsaw.
However, Nigri’s take on the Sith Lord makes her look almost unrecognizable and would fit in perfectly in the Star Wars universe. The idea behind the costume is for her to portray Darth Maul’s younger sister – it’s probably fair to say that she must have got all the looks in the family.
14 Feyische As Hera Syndulla (Spectre 2)
Those familiar with animated TV series Star Wars: Rebels will know the Twi’lek rebel Hera Syndulla. She is codenamed “Spectre 2” and is referenced in 2016’s Star Wars: Rogue One when she is called over a speaker system as is referred to as General Syndulla.
Although Syndulla was only present in the film by name only, cosplayer Feyische has done a fantastic job of bringing the Twi’lek rebel to life. Her recreation of the character is definitely worthy of any genuine Star Wars film set and we’re confident that any true fans of the franchise would be happy with the way she captured the look and feel of both the film and animated versions of the saga.
13 Leo Camacho As Poe Dameron
Introduced in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Poe Dameron is a maverick pilot that takes crazy risks and began an instantly likeable friendship with Finn.
Even though he’s very much his own character, fans are still expecting him to fill the shoes of Han Solo after (spoiler alert) Han died at the hands of his own son and series’ new villain Kylo Ren. Dameron pilot’s a specialized T-70 X-Wing fighter, Black One.
Since fans loved the Poe Dameron character in the most recent film, fans were demanding that he get a bigger role in the next entry. We haven’t got long to wait to find out if gets that bigger part but in the meantime here is Leo Camacho cosplaying as the pilot to get keep fans happy in the meantime.
12 Liz Katz As Slave Leia
Ask any male or female star wars fan what the most memorable outfit Princess Leia wore and there’s a very good chance that they will pick Leia in her slave garb from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.
The iconic gold bikini that Leia was forced to wear when she was held captive by Jabba the Hut is probably the ultimate Star Wars outfit that will always goe fans pulses racing. Carrie Fisher in the metallic bikini most likely found itself being a fixture on many fans wall.
The “slave Leia” outfit also happens to be one of the most cosplayed outfits at every Star Wars convention. Liz Katz does a fantastic job of emulating the look for her own parody clip of the Jabba the Hut scene replacing Jabba with a giant caterpillar.
11 Anne Forsait As Queen Amidala
If there’s one thing that Star Wars fans can agree is that Queen Amadalla wore a lot of outfits throughout The Phantom Menace. Some were striking, and others looked incredibly uncomfortable apparently taking the actress several painstaking hours to get on.
While not all of Natalie Portman’s outfits were practical looking or that attractive. Her look during the final scenes of the victory ceremony near the end credits was stunning.
However, despite being a difficult look to pull off, cosplayer Anne Forsait did a terrific job in the above image taken by the photographer Pugoffka in Kiev. Annie mentioned on her Deviant Art page that it was the hardest cosplay that she had ever made, but her work paid off beautifully.
10 Adrianne Curry As An Imperial Officer
The Imperial Officers are the central villains in Star Wars: A New Hope and the authority figures in the service of the Galactic Empire and The Emperor. Taking inspiration from the uniforms that Nazi authority figures wore during World War 2. The officers don’t just take their visuals cues from the past but the characters are portrayed to be xenophobes with a hatred for all non-humans.
However, as evil and as terrifying as these characters are, the reality star and frequent cosplayer Adrianne Curry has done an admirable job making an Imperial Officer both pleasing to the eye and scary by adding in a sort dominatrix twist to the costume.
9 Virchan As Princess Leia
For many kids growing up in the late 1970s and the 1980s Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia was their first crush. Being as far removed from a “damsel in distress” as you can get Fisher played Leia with the attitude fearlessness that helped make her character so iconic. Being a female action hero was almost unheard of at the time yet she did it two years before Sigourney Weaver as Ripley in Ridley Scott’s Alien.
When we were first introduced to Leia in Star Wars: A New Hope Leia was wearing her unique but very formal white dress which as result became instantly recognizable. She also managed to pull off the action scenes incredibly well in what looked like an awkward outfit.
Recreating the outfit and the famous hairstyle is cosplayer Virchan, using the animated version as inspiration as well as the movie. The images were taken by photographer Jose Manchado.
8 Kaitlyn Siragusa As Rey
Unless Rey gets tempted by the dark side indefinitely in Star Wars: The Last Jedi fans are to assume that she is this generation’s “new hope”. The character played by Daisy Ridley was a huge hit with fans both old and new, and she’s shrouded in just enough mystery to keep fans guessing about what lies in both her past and her future.
Since the release of The Force Awakens, cosplayers have recreated the character in photo shoots and fan conventions all over the world. The image above with cosplay model Amouranth striking pose.
7 Danica Rockwood As Bastilla Shan
Bastilla Shan is a Jedi Padawan from the video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. She fought alongside the Jedi Council against the rebelling Jedi Knights Revan and Malak who joined the Galactic Republic during the Mandalorian Wars.
Bastilla has become a popular character for fans of the expanded universe – which is no longer considered canon – as like many of the female leads in the Star Wars franchise, she is strong, brave and independent. She even managed to break Malak’s dark hold over her after being tortured for days.
Cosplayer Danica Rockwood is clearly a fan too and looks a great Bastilla Shan with an accurate representation of the Jedi’s look. Danica does the character and one of the greatest RPG’s ever made justice.
6 Ninja Kitty As Oola the Twi'lek Slave
Oola was a Twi’lek slave and dancer in Jabba the Hutt’s lair. Before becoming a slave, he was originally the daughter of a respected chieftain on Ryloth and the half-sister of Nolaa Tarkona. Oola was tricked into becoming a slave after she was delivered as a gift to Jabba by Bib Fortuna and Jerris Rudd.
Unfortunately, Oola met a rather nasty end when she was devoured by the rancor in Jabba’s palace. Thankfully, her spirit lives on through cosplayers like Ninja Kitty who did an incredible job of making the character as lifelike as possible, the images were taken by Scarlett Vixen Cosplay,
5 Ani-Mia As A Wampa Ice Creature
Fans of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back will remember the Wampa ice creature that attacked Luke as he was scouting the Hoth ice wastes. The huge creature was based on the Yeti and the abominable snowman.
It is believed that the scene where the Wampa attacks and scars Luke was because the actor Mark Hamill was in a serious car accident and they used this scene to explain Hamill’s scars and the reconstructive surgery that he had on his face.
Creating a far more attractive version of the Wampa is the model and cosplayer Ani-Mia, who made the horns and outfit herself for the Emerald City Comic Con.
4 Imperial Royal Guard
The Imperial Royal Guard was an intimidating presence in the Star Wars franchise and were an elite order of protectors that were personally chosen and assigned to Emperor Palpatine – Darth Sidious – because of their battle prowess and deadly skill.
The intimidating crimson masks and robes make for an unnerving and creepy demeanor wouldn’t usually make for an appealing cosplay. However, this genderswapped version portrayed by Naomi VonKreeps is as intriguing as it is terrifying.
Naomi created the costume herself using a replica mask, along with a red corset, boots, and a cape. If the Imperial Guards looked anything like this under their robes it’s little wonder that the Emperor wanted to keep them close by.
3 Queen Azshara Cosplay As Mara Jade Skywalker
Mara Jade is a character from the expanded Star Wars universe comics, books, and video games. Before becoming Luke Skywalker’s wife, she was taken from her parents by Darth Sidious and trained to become an agent of the Dark Force that are telepathically linked to him and are known as the Emperor’s Hand.
Mara was ordered by the Emperor to kill Luke through their telepathic link right before he died at the hands of Vader. Eventually, she met Luke and two worked together to take destroy a cloning facility. At the facility, Mara encountered a clone of Luke and killed it thus breaking her bond with Emperor forever. She eventually became an apprentice of Luke’s and the two fell in love and had children together.
Mara was a great character who will never see the light of day in the new Star Wars canon, but this awesome cosplay recreation made by Queen Azshara is as close it gets to a real-life Mara Jade Skywalker.
2 Hunter Disarm As Kylo Ren
Kylo Ren is – for now at least – considered the new Darth Vader in the current trilogy. The villain played by Adam Driver is a fantastic addition to the Star Wars universe with a seemingly complicated and conflicted personality Kylo aspires to be as powerful and as feared as his grandfather Darth Vader.
Portraying the character at the 2016 Salt Lake Comic Con is Hunter Disarm who not only bears a freakish resemblance to Driver but has put together a fantastic effort into the costume. We definitely get the feeling that he could easily make a career as an Adam Driver and Kylo Ren impersonator.
1 Ali As A Tie Fighter Pilot
The TIE fighter pilots are an elite class of starfighters from the Galactic Empire. They have made several appearances in A New Hope, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and the Star Wars Rebels animated TV series.
The pilots wore gigantic helmets that often lead to them being referred to as vac-heads and bucket-heads. Their look has been updated and carried over into the new trilogy where they are now known as The First Order TIE Fighter Pilot.
The image above taken by cosplay photographer Joey DeMarco for his calendar featured the Ali as TIE Fighter Pilot. Granted, she isn’t wearing a very accurate outfit, and she hasn’t got the helmet on but when the images look this good we think you will agree that this minor indiscretion can be forgiven.