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List Rules Vote up the characters that are the most difficult to cosplay.

Often, cosplayers find brilliant ways to tackle hard anime cosplay. They call forth unimaginable levels of creativity, until even the most difficult anime cosplay can be created, put on, and functioned in. Sometimes, the anime cosplay is just impossible to look away from. The truth, however, is that most cosplayers have run into a character design somewhere that’s made them want to give up entirely.

Sometimes, the last straw is having to draft an original pattern, because the garment on a character has no "real" pattern close to it. Other times, piecing together homemade armor is what drives cosplayers to madness. There are some cosplayers who find themselves anxious when there’s a wig to style capable of draining a hairspray can. Other curse-worthy challenges include: shoes that can't be walked in comfortably, gravity-defying accessories, weapons that convention security will hate, and pieces that light up, fold, and/or transform.

You don’t have to be a cosplayer yourself to suspect that certain characters might be the hardest anime characters to cosplay. These are some of the most intimidating examples, and it really seems like they were created just to frustrate cosplayers.

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Ragyo Kiryuin From Kill La Kill


Ragyo Kiryuin From Kill La Kil... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Anime Characters Seemingly Designed Specifically To Frustrate Cosplayers
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Most of the characters in Kill la Kill wear clothes that make no sense, but Ragyo's character design is its own, maddening brand of frustration. Assuming one can navigate the initial challenge involved in the skimpiness of her attire, there's still that feather boa to consider - or is it more of a cloak or a jacket? And how does it stay up on her arms?

Also, don't forget Ragyo's gravity-defying hair emits borderline-blinding radiance in the form of rainbow light rays. That's... not easy to replicate.

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Haydee From Gankutsuou: The Count Of Monte Cristo


Haydee From Gankutsuou: The Co... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Anime Characters Seemingly Designed Specifically To Frustrate Cosplayers
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Gankutsuou's kaleidoscopic animation style uses moving patterns for its character designs. Cosplaying any character from this show would be a challenge, but Haydee's kimono sports an irregular spread of geographic shapes, flowers, and human faces no real-life fabric can mimic.

Even Haydee's hair is patterned. If tackling the wig is not enough to frustrate a cosplayer, add in Haydee's otherworldly, intricate harp, her pointed elf ears, and her unnatural skin color. Alexander Dumas didn't anticipate how difficult he was going to make lives for cosplayers when he wrote The Count of Monte Cristo

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Sugata Shindou From Star Driver


Sugata Shindou From Star Drive... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Anime Characters Seemingly Designed Specifically To Frustrate Cosplayers
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Sugata seems like the least flamboyant character in Star Driver, until he shows up wearing this fanning cloak of peacock feathers and a combination masquerade mask/crown. Peacock feathers are super expensive, sure, but that's not the worst part for cosplayers here.

This outfit involves unusually pointy armor that covers Sugata's limbs to the digits. There's also a skin-tight body suit with most of the chest and the waist cut out, too. There is no practical way to replicate and article of clothing like that. It would be impossible to make it both stay up and cling to the torso.

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Prue From Valvrave The Liberator


Prue From Valvrave The Liberat... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Anime Characters Seemingly Designed Specifically To Frustrate Cosplayers
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Prue exists inside a virtual system, and while that might explain some of his character design, it fails to justify his challenging color palette. Is that hair a total of four different neons, or is the braid-like strand that crowns his head a detachable headband of some sort?

Also, is it only Prue's wings that glow lime green, or does his clothing emanate light as well? Anybody looking to cosplay Prue might need to study light-up cosplay methods in depth first, and that's a real pain.