If you're at all familiar with the gaming world, then you certainly know of World of Warcraft. It's hard to believe this long-standing MMORPG has been around for over 14 years and is still going strong. The game still receives regular updates from Activision/Blizzard and even received a movie adaption based on the franchise. It's not a particularly good movie, but it's a movie all the same.
As such, the game has built up a massive amount of characters, stories, and lore for the game's many fans to immerse themselves in. The result of which has led to the creation of some of the most complex and intricate cosplay you've ever seen. After scouring the internet for these fan creations, 10 have been selected as the very best! Please enjoy these picks for the 10 best Warcraft cosplays of all time.
10 South Park's Resident Troll
This one gets a lot of credit out of sheer creativity. This cosplay comes to us from Jarod Lee Nandin who took the stage at Blizzcon 2013. He designed it after the Emmy Award-winning South Park episode entitled "Make Love, Not Warcraft." In said episode, our main heroes are frequently trolled and killed in World of Warcraft by an unnamed assailant who has played the game so much, he's able to bend the rules of the world to his whim.
While in the game, he's an unstoppable force that overpowers hoards of players at any given time. In the real world, he's just a nerd who doesn't have much else to do with his time. Jarod's recreation of the character quickly became very popular after its premiere in 2013 and it's not hard to see why.
9 Take A Walk With Mylune
This four-legged friend is a creation from cosplayer, Lyz Brickley. Mylune is a forest nymph who can be found at The Grove of Aessina in Mount Hyjal. Honestly, this cosplay would be impressive enough if it was just the upper torso, with the horns and the shoulder pads adding a lot of authenticity.
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However, it's the centaur half that really sells it. There's a surprisingly seamless transition from the horse legs to the rest of her body. The attention to details with the blue frills and the color coordination really help this unique Warcraft cosplay stand apart from the herd.
8 Stare Into The Eyes Of The Corrupter Raiment
If you're going to cosplay as a Level 80 Warlock, you should really go all the way. At least, that's what cosplayer, Stygian VI, did in his recreation of the Warlock T5 Corrupter Raiment armor set. From the glowing red eyes to the skulls decorating his really pointy shoulder-pads, this cosplay has every detail of the armor nailed to an impressive degree. The shapes on the chest plate are identical, there are chains that flow from hips to feet, and even the spikes are shaped and broken exactly how the armor appears in the game. At this point, the only way he could look more like the armor in the game is if he had the actual abilities of a Warlock, which he doesn't appear to have...yet.
7 Beware The Power Of Deathwing
If you're going to try to consolidate a giant dragon into a human-sized cosplay, this is certainly a convincing way to go about it. This cosplay was spotted at Blizzcon 2014. While the identity of the cosplayer is, as of right now, unknown, the photo was taken by photographer Davaan Srey.
Deathwing the Destroyer is one of the biggest villains in World of Warcraft lore. He's a massive dragon who plays the role of the main antagonist during the game's Cataclysm expansion. This re-imagining cleverly plays with the idea of the character's raw, fiery power. The entire suit has a slight red glow that looks like it's practically hot to the touch. The sharp shoulder pads seem to pay homage to Deathwing's gigantic wings. The design of the helmet deserves a lot of credit too, mimicking the iconic look of the dragon's mighty jaw without needing to cover her face entirely. Overall, it' s a cosplay that properly captures the intimidating presence that a giant dragon would tend to bring.
6 The Power Of Jaina Proudmoore
Jaina Proudmoore is the strongest human sorceress is Azeroth, Lord Admiral of Kul Tiras, and now a gorgeously presented cosplay! This is a creation of the cosplayer known as Narga, and looks so close to the actual game that it could honestly pass as a rejected costume from the film adaptation. The gauntlets, shoulder pads, cape, staff, and brassier are all perfectly designed and tailored to capture the character's strong yet elegant power. There's also a strong attention to detail that's worth noting. The most impressive of which is the strand of hair that has been dyed to match the hair of the actual character.
5 Kneel Before King Magni Bronzebeard
The lines between reality and fiction continue to blur as Joe Winkler takes the stage as King Magni Bronzebeard. Much like previous entries, the attention to detail in this cosplay is impeccable, down to even the length of the beard. Magni is a difficult character to realize in cosplay form just because his design is very busy. Each piece of his armor (of which there are many) is finely detailed.
He has multiple weapons, each one very carefully crafted. And his short, but bulky, size can make it difficult for anyone to really encapsulate him. All that being said, Winkler makes it look easy, which is what makes this cosplay so worthy of the crown.
4 Tyrande With An Actual Owl
The night elves were one of the first races shown way back when the game was first announced back in 2004. As such, night elf cosplays are pretty easy to come across. So if you're going to do it, you need to find a good way to stand apart from the crowd. And what better way to do that than involve the forces of nature itself with a real life owl.
Brought to us again by Narga, she decided simply cosplaying as the Night Elf, Tyrande, wasn't enough. She also had to mimic the character's pet owl into her piece for authenticity, and it absolutely works. The actual Tyrande cosplay is spot-on, with every piece of armor, weaponry, skin tone, and facial features looking exactly like her video game counterpart. The addition of the feathery friend just makes it look less like a cosplay photoshoot and more like lost promotional images for the game itself.
3 Cower In Fear Before Illidan
Well, doesn't that look terrifying! Courtesy of photographer Jason E.N., this creepy cosplay of one of Warcraft's greatest villains seems to crawl right out of your nightmares. What makes this cosplay so amazing is just how life-like it looks. From the textures of the wings to the sharp ears and fangs, this cosplay really does look like a monster you would find in the darkest corners of Azeroth.
Of course, the character of Illidan is much more than a simple monster. And while this cosplay doesn't quite match the original character physique or gravitas, it makes up for it with sheer willingness to double down on everything that makes this villain so frightening.
2 The Ever-Mysterious Gul'dan
The actual creators of this spectacular cosplay are currently unknown. The only information that could be collected was that it was made from scratch and premiered in South Korea for a Blizzard event. Regardless of its origins, there's no denying that this Gul'dan cosplay looks like it either just walked off a movie set or it might just be the real deal. Taking on the role as the founder of the Horde and the first orcish warlock, this cosplay is flawless in its presentation. It maintains an air of mystique while also remaining sinister with every aspect of the cosplay crafted to perfection. While not much may be known about where this came from, it's impossible to say it's not one of the best!
1 A Built-To-Scale Orc
No, you're not looking at one of those giant models you see on convention floors. That is an honest-to-god cosplay! It is built to be the actual size of the World of Warcraft orcs so it's fair to say the thing is pretty massive. This beautiful creation was built from the ground up by SKS Props, and easily towers over all other Warcraft cosplays, literally and figuratively. The details are immaculate, and it somehow manages to maintain the cartoonish look from the game while also looking like something that could exist in the real world. How much really needs to be said? Just look at the thing! As far as cosplay from World of Warcraft is concerned, it really doesn't get much better than this.