According to new data, Lien de The Legend of Zelda and Lara Croft of grave robber are the most cosplayed video game characters.
AT&T found over 82,000 cosplay posts from the Hero of Hyrule on Instagram and over 69,000 posts from the iconic British archaeologist. Square Enix’s Chloe Price life is strange rounded one of the top three with around 35,000 posts describing the character. Other notable entries on the list include street fighters Chun-Li, Sora du Kingdom Hearts franchise and the Princesses Zelda and Peach of The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario Brothersrespectively.
Cosplay involves dressing up as characters from entertainment media like video games, cartoons, movies, and comics and is an integral part of the nerd experience. Not only do many conventions offer cosplay competitions, but some people are actually able to make a living creating and modeling costumes. Most notably, Enako, a professional Japanese cosplayer, reportedly earns over $90,000 a month from paid photo shoots and appearances. A photo book of her cosplays is slated for release in September.
The The Legend of Zelda the franchise began in 1986 with the launch of Shigeru Miyamoto’s titular video game, which sold one million units on its first day of release; it eventually sold over 6.5 million copies worldwide. Set in a high fantasy world, the story follows a young boy named Link who adventures to rescue Princess Zelda, collect the scattered pieces of the Triforce of Wisdom, and defeat the evil Ganon. Currently, there are 19 main entrances in the The Legend of Zelda franchise and the next title, a sequel to 2017 breath of the wildshould be launched in 2023.
The grave robber franchise began in 1996 and the latest entry, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, was released in September 2018; more than 88 million copies of the various games in the franchise have been sold. Alongside Chun Li and Samus Aran, the protagonist Lara is considered by many to be a pioneering female character in the video game industry and the character holds six Guinness World Records, including best-selling video game heroine.
Life is strange released in episodic chunks until 2015, focuses on Max Caulfield, an 18-year-old photography student. One day, she discovers she can go back in time and embarks on a journey to save her friend Chloe. The game was incredibly well received by critics and gamers alike, and it won numerous prestigious awards, including the Games for Impact category at The Game Awards 2015 and the Best Video Game Story category at the BAFTAs 2016. A remastered collection has been published earlier this year.