Illustration for article titled The Best Cosplay Of 2016

There’s been a lot of incredible cosplay over on our dedicated cosplay site throughout 2016, but this is the time of year when we sit down and work out which of it was the best.

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Considering there’s a new post there almost every day, that was a lot of cosplay to go through, but we’re pretty confident this is the pick of the bunch.

And yes, we tried to get shots that weren’t of Overwatch or Witcher characters. Tried. But this is The Year Of Overwatch Cosplay, after all, (and it’s always The Year Of Witcher Cosplay) so there’s only so much we could do. Sorry.

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 Cosplay by oldmasterluke | Photo by Jon Reino
Cosplay by oldmasterluke | Photo by Jon Reino
Cosplay by gai_JRS | Photo by Mineralblu
Cosplay by gai_JRS | Photo by Mineralblu
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 Cosplay by Samus Cosplay | Photo by Cat Graphy
Cosplay by Samus Cosplay | Photo by Cat Graphy
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 Cosplay by Vivid Vivka | Photo by Mineralblu
Cosplay by Vivid Vivka | Photo by Mineralblu
Cosplay by Hoku Props
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Cosplay by Mathoz | Photo by  Gautier Bld Photography
Cosplay by Mathoz | Photo by Gautier Bld Photography
 Cosplay by Rebecca Lindsay
Cosplay by Rebecca Lindsay
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Cosplay by Hannuki
Cosplay by Hannuki
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Cosplay by Rawjudgement | Gif via Mineralblu
Cosplay by Kilory | Photo by ouzi
Cosplay by Kilory | Photo by ouzi
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Cosplay by Red Rock Cosplay | Image by Martin Wong
Cosplay by Daniel Ramos | Photo by thecrashproject
Cosplay by Daniel Ramos | Photo by thecrashproject
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 Cosplay by Oshley Cosplay | Photo by The Will Box
Cosplay by Oshley Cosplay | Photo by The Will Box
 Cosplay by Steven Scott & Mike Biasi | Photo by Mineralblu
Cosplay by Steven Scott & Mike Biasi | Photo by Mineralblu
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Costume by GSTQ Costume Replicas | Cosplay by Miss Sinister | Photo by Affliction
Costume by GSTQ Costume Replicas | Cosplay by Miss Sinister | Photo by Affliction
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Cosplay by Narga | Photo by KIRA
Cosplay by Narga | Photo by KIRA
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Cosplay by Leon Chiro | Photo by Dizzy
Cosplay by Leon Chiro | Photo by Dizzy
 Cosplay by Isilmarille & Lapa | Photo by KIRA
Cosplay by Isilmarille & Lapa | Photo by KIRA
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Cosplay by Narcisse | Photo by Novii Photography
Cosplay by Narcisse | Photo by Novii Photography
 Cosplay by Shappi | Photo by Studio Zahora
Cosplay by Shappi | Photo by Studio Zahora
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And, last but not least, my personal favourite for 2016:

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

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