Cosplays are never easy when done accurately. These Dragon Ball cosplays went above and beyond to ensure that they looked as authentic as possible.
The following are ten franchise fans who went above and beyond. Have you ever wondered what your favorite characters might look like if they were able to escape your screen? You’re in luck because these ten cosplayers outdid themselves.
Justyna Sosenka is a legendary cosplayer with over 200,000 Instagram followers. Sosenka is a self-taught SFX makeup artist. Her Landscape Architecture degree indicates that she understands her way around the different physiques of characters. Her portrayal of characters from major franchises like Pokemon, Naruto even Game of Thrones are so lifelike that they may easily become the stuff of nightmares or dreams. You’ll find the most realistic Dragon Ball Z cosplay on her page if you scroll down. Her Kid Buu cosplay is particularly frightening giving fans another reason to be grateful that this isn’t true. It’s worth noticing the attention to detail to the pores on his head and chest. We won’t watch another Dragon Ball Z live-action remake unless she’s in charge of the special effects.
This Austria-based cosplayer known on Instagram as @dannymcfly_cosplay gives Android 16 the respect he deserves with a stunning recreation of the gentle giant complete with an accurate red mohawk, foam armor, and a muscle suit to give him a body that would have taken him far too long to build on his own in a gym. Android 16 is never given the credit he deserves but Danny McFly went out of his way to make sure we remember the android who ignited Gohan’s Super Saiyan 2 transformation. He also took pictures with birds staying true to the friendly but fearless Android (although it would be pretty awesome to see him fight Trunks like that).
Any cosplayer will find it challenging to capture the essence of Whis. Although he is a man his delicate and silky features stand directly in contrast to some of the Dragon Ball franchise’s more rugged, hardened male combatants. Whis’ calm demeanor is captured perfectly by Kaikaiiak while capturing the mystery that still him. She even possesses Whis’ unique staff which he carries about all the time she even manages to demonstrate the angel’s passion for food. Also kudos for the perfect blue face paint and lipstick hue. Cosplaying an angel can be so difficult, Kaikaiiak deserves all of these accolades.
Despite their origins, most Dragon Ball characters have a human-like appearance making them very easy to cosplay. Others such as Piccolo or Fused Zamasu have characteristics that aren’t common among Earthlings making it more difficult for cosplayers to recreate these characters as realistically as possible. Naomi Moon took on the challenge head-on perfectly replicating the right side of Zamasu’s body that became purple after taking the impact of a full-power Kamehameha. The molting purple arm, Potara earrings as well as the variation in texture on the sides of her face contribute to the fear of this overall ensemble.
Known on Instagram by his handle “mr_kame_hame_ha” the cosplayer has gone above and beyond to portray everyone’s favorite Master Roshi aka Turtle Hermit. He’s also got a purple turtle shell on his back, which hopefully isn’t as heavy as it is in the anime. This cosplayer has thought of everything including a nosebleed ornament for when he can’t control himself during conventions.
Alex Drastal’s Instagram profile shows that he’s an accomplished anime cosplayer but he also has a fondness for figures like Tarzan and Princess Leia (Star Wars fans know what this entails). His Yamcha costume is stunning and he perfectly nails the character’s aloof adolescent demeanor as well as the coolness that drew fans to Yamcha’s evolution in Dragon Ball Z. He also captures the signature pose that Yamcha is mostly known for along with a severed Saibamen limb next to him, which will bring back memories for any Dragon Ball fan as one of the series’ darkest moments.
Laura Sanchez, a cosplayer from Spain pays tribute to the first female Saiyan ever seen on-screen in the best way she knows how through extreme details to the core complete with a dark brown Saiyan tail wrapped around her waist with a green colored scouter identical to the one worn by Fasha before her death in Bardock: Father of Goku. Fans of the show frequently overlooked this character because of other female Saiyans such as Kale and Caulifla who received more screen time than her.
Julian Louw, a South African actor initially went viral in a Barcroft TV film that demonstrated how far he was willing to go to look like Bulma and Vegeta’s firstborn. His shoulder-length hair was even painted purple! Fans still get chills thinking about the first time Trunks showed up on the scene, displaying his might by slaying Frieza and King Cold without getting hurt. Julian has even restricted his diet and established a tough training regime to mold his body in the image of Trunks, complete with a sword and Capsule Corp Jacket. He doesn’t have time for cosmetic surgery.
This cosplayer, known on Facebook as HearthofDevil makes his presence felt by dressing up as popular characters from movies, television shows, and even video games. His Piccolo outfit is incredible, requiring a lot of latex over the course of a week to prepare. The antennas are really lifelike and HearthofDevil’s photos of him doing mundane chores like shopping and filling up his car while dressed up are evocative of the Dragon Ball Z filler episode in which Goku and Piccolo attempted to learn to drive. HearthofDevil can also wear the cape to complete his appearance yet without it he might easily pass for King Piccolo.
Davide Ravera is a hardcore Vegeta fan, as seen by his appearances as the Saiyan Prince in both his Super Saiyan and Super Saiyan God forms on Instagram. After Vegeta’s back-to-back confrontations with Goku and Majin Buu, his Majin Vegeta cosplay is exceptionally detailed, complete with the shredded blue jumpsuit and bloodstained visage. Due to swarms of reviewers ready to overanalyze every single imperfection and detail, Goku and Vegeta are among the most difficult characters to cosplay but Davide Ravera makes it more difficult to deny the eerie likeness to Vegeta during one of his most controversial times. Let’s just hope he doesn’t employ Final Flash at any kind of convention.