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Nearly all characters in anime who are {{otaku}} are guys, although occasionally a female fan is included. This could be seen as an attempt at fair balance, but it's noticeable that this will inevitably be a specific kind of fan: the {{Cosplay}} fan.

While this reflects a very real trend in fandom popular with ladies, it can come off like an excuse to put the resident cute girl of a cast in a [[{{Fanservice}} variety of fetish outfits]] for the audience's benefit if done badly. Especially since the [[YaoiFangirl second most stereotypical interest of fangirls]] tends not to appeal to a male audience much.




[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The probable TropeCodifier for manga and anime: Yuri Satou from ''Anime/OtakuNoVideo''. The OP of the OAV's, i.e., have her cosplaying as [[Manga/UruseiYatsura Lum Invader.]]
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'''s [[OutlawCouple Isaac and Miria]] are so involved in cosplaying that they manage to go about it fifty four years before the term even ''existed''.
* Tomoyo Daidoji from ''Manga/CardCaptorSakura'' may qualify. Though she's not interested in dressing up herself, but instead making distinctive cosplay-ish battle outfits for Sakura.
* Akechi from ''Manga/ACentaursLife''. She seems to be fond of looking for excuses for dressing other people up as well.
* Naturally, ''Anime/CosplayComplex'' is filled to the brim with cosplaying girls.
* Miia from ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'' is always quick to dress up.
* PluckyComicRelief Kiko in ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack''. Also a YaoiFangirl.
* Megu of the ''Manga/DetectiveSchoolQ'' live action appears to be a Cosplay Otaku. Within the first two episodes we see her in two different school uniforms, a Meido-outfit and in a Yukata.
* Averted in ''Manga/DoujinWork'', whose female cast is far too busy with the title industry, with the exception of one's job at a CosplayCafe.
* The ''Manga/ExcelSaga'' manga gives us Umi Rengaya, Professor Shioji's assistant. When first introduced it seems she wears the outfits explicitly to be fanservice-y in hopes of attracting the Professor's attention, but only succeeds in disturbing him since he is very much not fond of [[GagBoobs her, er, assets]]. Later however, it's learned that she is a full-fledged Cosplay Otaku Girl; hanging out with other such girls, inviting her new friend Teriha into their circle, and having worked at a MaidCafe. Her first appearance in a bonus story gives her a cameo as a zombie nurse shambling around in the background and moaning "''...cosplay....''"
* Lucy and Erza from ''Manga/FairyTail'' both qualify. In Lucy's case it is usually unintentional, but Erza... well, she keeps several cosplay outfits in her HyperspaceArsenal.
* Ohno from ''Manga/{{Genshiken}}''. Interestingly, she ''does'' like the [[YaoiGuys second most stereotypical interest of fangirls]]. Also interestingly, the only other female member, at first, is Saki, very much the antithesis of this trope. Her reaction to cosplay is revulsion; if the matter is forced, she [[strike:can]] ''will'' get violent. she eventually gives in and even admits to enjoying cosplay.
** The Wife carries on Saki's legacy in ''Manga/SpottedFlower'', another work by the same author, and possibly set in the same universe as Genshiken as well.
* Secondary character Tamamin from ''Manga/GirlFriends'', when she doesn't have her nose buried in no less than four different manga titles, takes any chance she can to dress herself (and others!) as various anime characters to the nines. Her biography page lists her fondest wish as obtaining a [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion plugsuit]].
* A ''very'' young example -- Hiiragi in ''Manga/HanamaruKindergarten''.
* ''Anime/HanaukyoMaidTai La Verite''. In episode 8 Konoe wants to borrow some clothes from Yashima, and we all know how Yashima reacts to Konoe.
* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'':
** Haruhi takes considerable delight in stuffing Mikuru into various cosplay outfits, much to the latter's distress. To be fair, she also cosplays once in a while, most memorably during the School Festival in which she performs with ENOZ while in a PlayboyBunny outfit.
** In ''Manga/HaruhiChan'', Yuki gets into the act herself. Later, Mikuru and Yuki get into a cosplay contest. However, Mikuru cannot hope to beat Yuki in a cosplay-off. She is simply the best there is.
* Nagi of ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' has a thing for making Hayate cosplay and cross-dress. A lot. Then again, she actually is otaku and hikki all-around, not just when it comes to forcing her butler to cosplay.
* Addressed in ''Manga/HeIsMyMaster'', when the lead girl's little sister visits the home of a rich pervert, but is only delighted by his collection of "cute dolls and clothes".
* Yoshinoya-sensei in ''Manga/HidamariSketch'', who uses her cosplay tendencies for everything from modeling for her art class to making personalized New Years' cards. She dislikes calling it "cosplay" though, yet what she doesn't realize is that she's practically cosplaying as herself all the time.
* Akari Kouda in ''Manga/HighSchoolGirls'' appears to be one of these, mostly in the anime version. Her costumes are usually in the range of tacky and absurd.
* Mion of ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' probably qualifies, as the loser of whatever game is going on tends to end up dressed in some {{Moe}} outfit or another. Or maybe she's just a sadist...
* Miria from ''Anime/JewelpetTwinkle'' is almost never seen without her totally frivolous cat ears and tail. Her various magical girl outfits also seem tailored for this trope, unlike her fellow mages.
* In ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' Haru frequently dresses up in her weird costumes although they tend to get the opposite reaction then she is hopeing for.
* Sawako-sensei from ''Manga/KOn'' enjoys putting [[SugarAndIcePersonality Mio]] and the rest of the band in variously absurd outfits, which Mio is less than okey-dokey with. It's [[{{Moe}} moe moe kyun]], though.
* Pina from ''LightNovel/LadiesVersusButlers''. She particularly enjoys dressing up as the lead character from ''Magical Diva''.
* Yayoi from ''Manga/TheLuciferAndBiscuitHammer''. She's rather embarrassed about the whole thing, and only ever dresses up in her apartment when no one's around, but [[spoiler:Anima]] has a tendency of teleporting her to meetings when she's right in the middle of cosplaying. Of course, [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight no one else even cares]].
* In ''Manga/LuckyStar'' Konata happily works in a CosplayCafe, but refuses to call cosplay as a hobby because "it feels too much like work." Her friend/co-worker Patti is a straight example, though. Their mutual friend Hiyori is a more down-to-earth {{fangirl}} who's not really into cosplay at all.
* Hayate from ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' personally designs the outfits of all of her servants, even the one that is [[FunSize 3 inches tall.]] Heck, she even makes a bedroom out of a lunch box she carries with her, and a miniature desk with a miniature swivel chair. Naturally, [[MemeticMutation fans have exaggerated]] this into an obsession to dress up everyone, also shared by Shamal.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** Chisame seems to be enjoying her magical disguise a bit too much. Also, the first time she's a focus character, she was dressing up in various costumes for her website.
** Evangeline also manages to contain her vast boredom by dressing up her few remaining classmates as goth girls.
* Misaki from ''Manga/MaidSama'' works part time after school at a MaidCafe where she dresses up in a frilly maid outfit although she goes out of her way to hide her job from any of the students at her school.
* All the female cast (and many of the guys) end up in either Gekiganger or some more obscure cosplay at some point in ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico''. OtakuSurrogate Hikaru's probably the only one who does it more than once, though.
** In a very odd male version of this trope, the [[spoiler:Jovian]]'s ''regular uniforms'' are also pretty much Gekiganger cosplay, because they're just '''that''' obsessed.
* During the first "doll shop" episode of ''Manga/MidoriDays'', Midori gets to try on a wide variety of cosplay-like outfits in the guise of doll clothes.
* Closet otaku Haruka Nogizaka in ''LightNovel/NogizakaHarukaNoHimitsu'' dresses up as Shana from ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'' in one episode and gleefully recites the character's {{Catchphrase}}. Though otherwise she isn't prone to cosplay due to the fact that she hides her love of anime from her peers.
* Komugi from ''Anime/NurseWitchKomugi'' makes a living as a cosplay idol. In ''Anime/TheSoulTaker'' (her original series) she was a mutant nurse whose schtick was ''shapeshifting'' into various cosplay outfits.
* Renge from ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'', herself a deliberate parody of fangirls.
* Several characters from ''Anime/OtakuNoVideo'', including the infamous MistyMay.
* ''Anime/PaniPoniDash''. Serizawa Akane. That is all.
* Sakura "Penguin" Nankyoku in ''Manga/PenguinMusumeHeart''. She's wearing a costume the first time we see her. Her StudentCouncilPresident campaign was to make the official school uniform {{meido}} and butler outfits. When she cosplays, [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman she gets the power of whatever she's wearing]]. Finding out she would be able to play dress up with Kujira was enough to trigger her HeroicResolve. She is ''insane''.
* [[HotWitch Ruby]] from ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' loves trying on various outfits.
* Megumi Chihaya from ''Manga/ServantXService'' often takes leaves to spend time cosplaying characters from her favourite series ''[[ShowWithinAShow Magical Flowers]]''. In fact her job choice has to do with this trope; she's legally a temp so she needs not to have fixed hours.
* Except for one chapter, Hibari of ''Manga/ShinozakisanKiWoOtaShikaNi'' ("Don't Become an Otaku, Shinozaki-san!") is always seen with haire dyed green and dressed up as an ElegantGothicLolita.
* In ''LightNovel/StrawberryPanic'', Chikaru runs the costume club and enjoys putting her "favourite" girls in alluring, lolita-style costumes.
* Celtic Midori of ''Anime/{{Vandread}}'' wears her costumes constantly, complete with head gear, even while on bridge duty. It's later revealed that she does this to keep the men from touching her.
* Amasawa from ''Manga/TheWeathermanIsMyLover'' is a male example, and actually [[SelfDeprecation calls himself]] a "nutcase who's obsessed with cosplay."
* Kyouko from ''Manga/YuruYuri'' draws her own fan manga and cosplays as her favorite character, Mirakurun.
* Hifumi of ''Manga/NewGame'' spends money on costumes to wear, and at one point even goes to a video game trade show in a soldier getup. It's also one of the situations when her SituationalSociability sets in; she can actually act like a {{jerkass}} when she's cosplaying.
* Sonobe from ''Manga/ThreeLeavesThreeColors'' show shades of this, keeping her Meido uniform for "personal interest" and faking the main trio's high school uniforms to pass as one. Episode 5's basically an excuse for her to dress up most of the cast as meido.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''FanFic/RedactionOfTheGoldenWitch'''s Cass is totally into the various clothes and costumes associated with the [[VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry Rokkenjima Incident]]. When she first meets the 1996!Protagonist, she's wearing a replica of Beatrice's gown that she made herself, and when she first arrives for their fateful trip to the island, she's wearing a 'more adult version' of Maria's IconicOutfit.

* [[OnlyOneName Lucretia]] from {{Literature/Bystander}} does this to some extent. She doesn't cosplay specific characters, but her bedroom, instead of having sleeping space, has a few shelves of books and a multitude of stacked plastic totes holding various dresses, their accompanying accessories, instructions on appropriate hair style and region of origin for the dresses, written in the native language of that region or culture. Each dress is long sleeved, high necked and low enough to cover her feet while also being tight fitting enough to make the all-covering aspect somewhat pointless. Throughout the course of the book she wears a kimono, a Victorian styled dress, a sexy librarian outfit, a 1950s poodle skirt and sweater combination, a prison-themed outfit and makes mention of a Chinese dress and an Arabian dress. - These are the dresses she wears if she isn't at work or planning to do anything that might damage them or force her to burn them later.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/HikoninSentaiAkibaranger'' features two. Kozkoz Mita dresses as a different Franchise/SuperSentai heroine every episode, and Yumeria Moegi is most often seen in a catgirl outfit, but has other costumes as well.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}}'s [[BossSubtitles Super Hardcore Anime]] LuFisto uses this as her gimmick, always wearing a colourful range of anime inspired costumes and using the Anime/CuteyHoney theme as her entrance music.

[[folder: Roleplay]]
* In ''Roleplay/DoubtAcademy'', both Roxy and Natsumi can be considered this.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Flonne in ''VideoGame/Disgaea2CursedMemories'' (she proved to be an {{otaku}} in the first one, but cosplaying came later). She also serves as a subversion in that, unless you have a fetish for Godzilla, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMpj0-XVLV8 Flonne's cosplay isn't exactly what you would call fanservice]].
** This was also her special attack as a SecretCharacter in ''VideoGame/MakaiKingdom''.
** The costume in said attack actually originated from one of Etna's Next Episodes as Flonne's OneWingedAngel form.
** The manga gives her some good moments, though. Specifically, in the first volume of the ''Disgaea 2'' manga, after Etna leaves, Flonne tries to return Laharl to his old self...by pretending to be Etna, complete with costume. [[http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b68/burnfist23/Disgaea%202%20vol%204%20ch%202/6b7d9b6b.jpg And then three volumes later...]]
* [=BeyondX=], a minor character in ''VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice'', is often assumed to be this by other characters. This is due to her [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifting]] ability, although she denies it.
* ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'' has Midori "Dolly" Komaki, a fifteen-year-old camgirl who likes attending various conventions in costume. In fact, she spends the duration of the game wearing a pink, ribbon-festooned outfit due to the fact she was caught in the lockdown without any other clothes. (She isn't particularly concerned about this, claiming that her attire just looks like "extra-cool everyday clothes".)
* Litchi Faye Ling in ''VideoGame/BlazBlueCalamityTrigger''. At one point, she dresses Noel up in various costumes. One is the costume of resident CatGirl Taokaka, the other two are from ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' (by her own admission, she dresses up other girls because she wouldn't fit into the costumes).
** And in the sequel ''[[VideoGame/BlazBlueContinuumShift Continuum Shift]]'', she even dresses Tsubaki up. Including a [[{{Meido}} maid outfit]]. [[{{Meganekko}} With GLASSES!!! <3]]
** Same happened in ''[[VideoGame/BlazblueChronoPhantasma Blazblue Chrono Phantasma]]'' but this time she dressed Bullet.
* A rare 35 year old male example of this would His Imperial Majesty Peony IX TheEmperor in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss''. He gives the party several costumes, some of which are based on his favorite {{Sentai}} play others or of his own original design. Jade even comments that he can tell his best friend's handiwork and it is implied that he had him model outfits for him before.
* Reiko Haga in the ''Videogame/ComicParty'' video games, manga, and anime.
** Speaking of Reiko, she makes a [[TheCameo cameo appearance]] in ''VideoGame/TheQueenOfHeart'' '99, in Mizuki's stage, along with other ''VisualNovel/ComicParty'' characters; there you can spot Reiko at the left side, dressed as [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Kyo Kusanagi]]; later, she returns as a playable character in ''Party's Breaker - The Queen Of Heart 2001'': Reiko not only dresses as Kyo, her fighting style is a reference to him (His 96 version onwards), as she can mimick his moves, and even his ''[[PlayingWithFire fire powers]]''. She even has a special '94 version, which mimicks Kyo's moves from KOF 94 and 95.
* ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire]]'' introduces a non-human example, a special event Pikachu that can wear different outfits and gets a special attack depending on which costume she's wearing. (Yes, Cosplay Pikachu will always be female.) Two of the five outfits are the male and female trainer's contest outfits.
* In ''VideoGame/EternalFighterZero'', [[VisualNovel/OneKagayakuKisetsuE Mio Kouduki]] is actually able to use several suits and outfits as weapons, and use the powers of those she cosplays as; examples include [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Kyo Kusanagi]], [[VideoGame/TheLastBlade Akari Ichijo]], Franchise/IndianaJones, Ciel from ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'', among many others.
* In ''VideoGame/DengekiBunkoFightingClimax'', [[LightNovel/{{Oreimo}} Kirino Kousaka]] has this as her fighting style: Like Mio above, she can change outfits in quick succession and give some style to her attacks.
* ''VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3'' gives us Tsumugi Shirogane, the Ultimate Cosplayer. As part of her talent, she's also an excellent seamstress. However, Tsumugi doesn't exactly like having people look at her, and as such prefers having people model her costumes rather than wearing them herself. Apart from this, Tsumugi is also an {{Otaku}} who gets excited whenever anime is brought up, and often brings up references the others don't seem to understand. [[spoiler: The final trial takes this UpToEleven, where she manages to perfectly cosplay '''''every single character''''' from the past two games, complete with a perfect voice impersonation.]]
* One of the possible dates in ''VideoGame/{{Amorous}}'' is an [[PettingZooPeople anthropomorphic fox]] named Skye who likes to dye her fur to look like [[Franchice/{{Digimon}} Renamon]] and [[Franchice/{{Pokemon}} Lucario]].

[[folder: WebComics]]
* ''WebComic/{{Homestuck}}'' has Calliope, who dresses up as [[spoiler: and pretends to be a troll because she is disgusted by her appearance. Given that she is essentially a young female version of the comic's BigBad, she has her reasons to keep her true identity a secret.]]
* ''WebComic/{{Weregeek}}'' has Abbie who goes all out for her characters from Talon's leather and fishnet outfit for the Vampire {{LARP}} to her WillOWisp costume with LED Wings for the Changing {{LARP}}.

[[folder: WebVideo]]
* RareMaleExample with WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic. You only have to look at how much attention ''WebVideo/SuburbanKnights'''s camera gave to his legs in that tiny Link outfit.
* Tink in ''WebVideo/TheGuild''. In season 5, which takes place at a FanConvention ([=MegaGameORama=]-Con), she wears a variety of cosplay outfits she created herself.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the {{Animesque}} ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'', Kimiko, the female Japanese member of the team is [[UnlimitedWardrobe seen in a new, increasingly elaborate outfit]] and hairstyle in nearly every episode.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'', CuteBruiser Cindy [=McPhearson=] shows up at a meeting for AggressiveNegotiations dressed up as Naruto. It apparently works as she's the only one who doesn't get shot. [[spoiler: Riley was wearing a bullet-proof vest and Ed III was saved by his W medallion deflecting the bullet.]]

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Several VoiceActors on both sides of the Pacific are especially well-known for appearing in their characters' outfits at conventions. One example is Tiffany Grant as [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Asuka]]. Another examples is seiyu/pop singer Haruko Momoi.
** At Anime Expo 2007 one of the highlights, and there were precious few as it was horribly mismanaged, was Momoi. She even cosplayed as a schoolgirl while on a judging panel, and after the winner for the event was announced gave an impromptu performance for the crowd.
** For seiyuu of the ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' series, this is part of the ''job description''.
* Japanese composer Music/YukiKajiura, who is well-known for her anime and game soundtracks and the occasional experimental opera, apparently enjoys dressing up her female performers, frequently in what we might call "tastefully revealing" ways. The LesYay implications are not lost on others.
* Seiyuu Creator/KeiShindou actually was a CosplayOtakuGirl before she became a seiyuu.
* Chiaki Inaba, the wife of ''Manga/OnePiece'' creator Creator/EiichiroOda, was the girl who cosplayed Nami in the Jump Fiesta ''Manga/OnePiece'' skits.
* Creator/KenAkamatsu's (very pretty) wife cosplays.
** Apparently, so does Creator/HikaruMidorikawa's wife.
* Tomoko Kawase, ex-singer of ''The Brilliant Green'' now known as either Tommy February 6 or Tommy Heavenly 6.
* In the Tokyo episodes of ''Lonely Planet: Six Degrees of Separation'' and ''Globe Trekkers'', the (male) hosts in charge were taken by their Japanese guides to either Odaiba (''Lonely Planet'') or Shinjuku (''Globe Trekker'') to interview Coplay Otakus of both genders. A CrowningMomentOfFunny happens in GT, when Ian Wright walks into male Dir En Grey cosplayers and gets absolutely ''hilarious'' OhCrap expressions.
--> '''Ian''': What... are you guys monsters?!
** Same happened to [[BigFun Andrew]] [[ExtremeOmnivore Zimmern]] in Bizarre Foods. With a difference: the COG's he interviewed actually ''roped him into cosplaying with them'' (as Ichigo from Manga/{{Bleach}}, if you wonder).
* This talk about Japanese cosplayers becomes absolutely HilariousInHindsight when you learn that ''the Japanese Imperial Family'' has a CosplayOtakuGirl: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princess_Mako_of_Akishino Princess Mako of Akishino]], who seems to have a thing for [[{{Joshikousei}} wearing sailor fukus]].
* In general, cosplay is a popular habit among female anime fans. Some of [[http://www.yayahan.com these]] [[http://www.adellacosplay.com girls]] [[http://www.tristencitrine.com are]] [[http://www.maridah.com gorgeous.]] Some of them are simply [[http://itsrainingneon.storenvy.com/ breathtaking.]]
* Creator/RieTanaka.
* [[http://blackmage9.deviantart.com/ Alodia]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alodia_Gosiengfiao Gosiengfiao]].
* The voice actor Creator/SoichiroHoshi is a (male) example of this trope. In one of the ''Karneval'' drama [=CDs=] he even tells his co-actors and the listeners that he's okay with wearing skirts because of it. So he is also a crossplayer.
* ShokoNakagawa
* [[http://moderntokyotimes.com/2011/09/06/victoria-centeno-cosplay-girl-the-queen-of-cosplay/ Cosplay Girl Victoria]], cosplayer and model, chosen as "Queen of Cosplay" by ''Modern Tokyo Times.''
* Linda Le, AKA [[http://vampbeauty.deviantart.com/ Vampy]].