If you haven't already noticed, Fortnite is big. Like, really big.
Epic Games' battle royale fun-fest has hit its stride with gusto and everyone's playing it: your mom, your brother, your cousin, that guy you used to be friends with that always camps in CoD.
The cultural zeitgeist is absolutely obsessed with Fortnite.
Because of that obsession, it's not only the number one Twitch game on the planet, it's also a prime target for cosplayers at just about every single con there is. That's not even mentioning the costume extravaganza that is Halloween.
Since there's so much more ground to conquer, both closet cosplays and talent crafters like Little Jem (above) are working to dominate the cosplay scene by donning everything Fortnite.
To celebrate their talented awesomeness, let's take a look at the very best cosplays we've seen so far. If you know of a great Fortnite cosplayer that's not on this list, let us know in the comments, and we'll add them to this list (with their permission, of course).
(Photo by @littlejem4 on Twitter.)
This one and done shot for Fortnite's Soldier is Russian cosplayer Anastasya Zelenova's apparently only ode to the battle royale genre. But it's definitely already made the rounds of the internet as the fanboys rave about her sizeable... well, assets.
And why not? She looks fantastic, and this cosplay fits the Fortnite aesthetic with no small amount of effort put into the styling. If you want to check out even more work-intensive costumes of hers, Anastasya's take on Brigitte Lindholm (in and out of armor) is downright fantastic as well!
(Image courtesy of Cosplay Anastasya Zelenova Facebook.)
There is a complicated love/hate relationship with the existence of the Patreon creator model, but there's no denying that it's working and even though the expectation of "lewds~" is causing rifts between Patreon and content creators, it's still working fairly well. With the explosion of Fortnite popularity, it was inevitable that an equally huge explosion of good-looking cosplay must follow.
Danish Patreon cosplayer Adeline Frost may have a host of impressive (ahem) assets in her arsenal, but her skill in putting together and making this costume herself is not the least of them. She may not have won the cosplay contest run by Gamescon earlier this year, but her Rose Team Leader entry was on point, right down to the details. You can get a better look at all angles on Instagram.
(image source: @adelinefrost on Instagram)
I don't know if this counts as cheating or a bargain. Two awesome cosplays for the price of one!
Sarah (or Robot Giggles, as she's known online) is a streamer, a cosplayer, and dedicated attendee at cons. In fact, she's often in cosplay at cons - and when you consider the face-obscuring, head-to-toe, high-heeled works of gaming art that she's most known for, it's exponentially more impressive.
While she is actually known for showing her face (she's a streamer on Mixer), the above are two of her most famous Fortnite cosplays: the intensely terrifying Cuddle Team Leader and the Space Marines-looking Dark Vanguard.
(image source: Instagram)
This face again! You're right, she's here because I couldn't resist giving everyone a better look at the rest of this costume that Little Jem wore at E3 2018.
Filled with a million different details that make me smile (her Rainbow Smash pickaxe and the wearing on her kneepads in particular), this chick has brought Brite Bomber to life.
I love it enough to be biased. Hey, it's worth the praise. See more shot here on her Twitter.
(Photo courtesy of Little Gem Twitter.)
The beauty of the Fortnite aesthetic is that it doesn't have to break the bank in order to get it right. Half of the outfits look like they were pulled off the racks of Bluenotes, and another fraction from the dollar store. That works in everyone's favor, especially if they're competing!
Cosplay fever is heating back up with the onset of fall weather, and on Wednesday's edition of the Fortnite Fall Skirmish Trials, players were challenged to creating their best Budget Cosplay within the given time limit.
Turner 'Tfue' Tenney from FaZe brought his Jonesy default skin (which he's been popularizing over the past few months in-game) to life, complete with plain pickaxe and bandanna.
He took it one step further however by going extra with his props, posting his challenge video to Twitter - bringing out an umbrella glider as he dives for a prized llama floatie.
It also doesn't hurt that other players are already calling him out for looking like a Fortnite character in real life, with or without the clothes.
The winners haven't been announced yet but... the man jumped off a bridge for this. For sheer ballsiness and questionable life choices alone, I think he deserves a medal.
This particular cosplay has been making the rounds on Facebook, and it's no wonder since it looks pretty fantastic!
Laura Lux is DJ down under by day, but she too has caught the Fortnite bug and has made zero bones about showing that off. That jug of slurp juice is my favorite detail.
(Image courtesy of Laura Lux Facebook.)
If you have any interest in Fortnite cosplay whatsoever, you probably have already seen these photos floating around the internet. Rising YouTuber and streamer Gibson didn't really know what he was getting into when he started pulling together the pieces to make this costume - and it's his first one ever.
Struck by just how cool the Drift skin looks in the game, he really just wanted one for himself. And, it seems, so does the Internet. The original Twitter post from July has exploded, now with over 10k retweets and more than 50k likes. I suspect the number has slowed, but it certainly hasn't stopped rising.
Deceptively simple, most accused Gibson of simply buying all the pieces and wearing them. (Which, hey, outside of the inherent snobbishness of the cosplay community, would be perfectly all right.)
Rest assured, that there was certainly more work involved than a credit card, and this guy put in the effort to paint all those details on that eye-catching mask himself. (You know it's why you stopped and looked.)
(image source: Gibson on Twitter)
Russian cosplayer, streamer, and general geek-out girl Amiko-chan may possibly be more well-known for her turn in the baby D.Va jumpsuit from Overwatch (see here).
However, her turn as the Ninja from Fortnite is seriously impressive, and I have not been able to stop checking out her hair since I saw it.
If you're looking for mad skills, this girl's got 'em in spades.
(Image courtesy of Amiko-chan Cosplay Facebook.)
Brittany's (@kawaiiwaiku on Twitter) turn in the Shadow Ops Fortnite skin gets super high marks from me for its sleek simplicity. You can check out a better view of the full front of the costume here on Reddit.
A prolific cosplay model on Patreon, this is not Waiku's first go-around in the Fortnite fandom - some sharp-eyed fans might also recognize her for her turn as Teknique. (You should check out the link anyway because sometimes happy coincidences like having a similar sleeve tattoo and pink hair means you're destined to cosplay someone.)
High marks for cool makeup, wicked props, and awesome weathered-looking foam shin pad armor. Zero marks taken away because some people on the internet like to nitpick about how long her hair is supposed to be (get a liiiife).
How many skins are cooler than Raven? Go on, I'll wait. (It's those eyes, man. And those feathers!)
Or you could call me biased. Regardless of objectivity, nobody can deny that Raven is one of the coolest skins to come out this year, and players were falling over themselves to shell out the ~$20 for it when it released back in April.
The Raven skin is so popular in fact, that Epic Games had to release an announcement admitting they were having problems processing all the V-bucks currency purchases players were trying to make in order to trade in for the skin. As popular a game as Fortnite is, when Epic can't even handle the sheer amount of money the player base is throwing at it, it means something.
Raven packs a pretty powerful visual punch in-game, and the effect is no different when translated into real life. Colombian cosplayer Adrian Valerian broke out all the stops to get this costume up and ready in record time.
Talk about worth it! The feather detailing is spot on fantastic, and the lit-up eyes just work. Here's a talent to keep an eye on!
(image source: Adrian Valerian on WorldCosplay)
Not to overdo the Shadow Ops appreciation, but we had to give a shout out to Dalflicka for her bodypaint version of the character because that's a pretty distant step away from closet cosplay!
If you're busy turning up your nose and sniffing to yourself at the degree of accuracy available to a cosplay artist through paint (or, you know, just busy going "beewwwwbbbssss!!"), rest assured that this is not her only foray in Fortnite cosplay.
You might recognize her from having seen her full Rose Team Leader cosplay (complete with sniper rifle prop) that's also made a number of top cosplay posts when she released pictures of it back in April or her bodypaint take on Brite Bomber.
(image source: Dalflicka on Instagram)
Any excuse is a cosplay excuse, but the Fortnite Pro-Am was definitely a case where the streamers weren't the only ones getting dressed up for the fun of it! General attendees were coming in dressed to the nines -- and this guy's take on the Funk Ops skin is pretty darn good.
(Image courtesy of Community Voices.)
This isn't the first time that I've oohed over War Panda Cosplay's Constructor Penny, and it won't be the last.
If you think you've seen her before, it could be because she was the jump image for the last Fortnite cosplay listicle that appeared on GameSkinny, or because this Irish cosplayer has been making the rounds through various conventions in the UK as a guest.
The costume itself doesn't lend to the kind of bright-colored dazzle featured in her other more-famous cosplays like League of Legend's Jinx (see here) and Aloy from Horizon Zero Dawn (see here). But it's simple, it's well done, I love her wig (see some progress pics here), and her pickaxe is the bomb diggity.
Tabitha Lyons (also known as ArtyFakes) is one of those people who is constantly doing so much, you really have no idea how she manages to keep up with her life. Somehow in between 60 other cosplays, traveling the world, and hosting MCM Live Stage at London Comic-Con, she popped up in the array of familiar faces that surrounded the Fortnite booth at E3 last week.
Her turn as Soldier class Ramirez includes a fairly simple class costume, it's true, but she ups the ante with props for daysssss...
(Image courtesy of Tabitha Lyons Facebook.)
Sometimes it's all down to the details.
Oracle Cosplay brings a lot to the table with her modified jacket and props for days, but I'll be honest, it's the makeup that really catches my eye in this cosplay for Outlander Jess (you can see a better picture of it here -- isn't it fab?).
It almost makes me wish it were something I could pull off in during a regular day at work. Watching someone else work it while at Gamescon is a respectable second best.
(Image courtesy of Oracle Cosplay Facebook.)
All right, so the reason I love this particular cosplay of the Raptor skin is probably completely unintended, but here it is: those gloves. Seriously, the rest of it is understated, even down to the bright pop of the yellow ski mask; it looks like what you'd wear if you'd dropped into a game of PUBG.
And then you see those gloves. They look like the ones currently lying on the rim of my sink, waiting for me to finish up with the rest of the breakfast dishes. It's just that last little cartoony pop, and I love it.
(Image courtesy of Reddit.)
"Best" is relative, and context is everything.
Epic Games ran an enormous Fortnite Pro-Am tournament last weekend at E3 and this was just one of the crazy sights fans could take in during the event.
Fortnite streamer CDNTheThird in a majestic Fortnite unicorn onesie (you should check out his slippers) on the shoulders of his Fortnite partner Xavier Woods -- ready to throw both t-shirts and pancakes at the crowd upon their entrance -- was a site to behold
Our world just gets weirder and weirder. I kinda love it.
(Image courtesy of Polygon.)
Okay, so maybe I'm just a sucker for an (occasionally) gratuitous booty shot. Maybe I just like appreciating cool backpacks that aren't just a rainbow floatie. No one will ever really know for sure.
What you do know is that cosplay is for creativity - a lot of the time in design as much as in construction.
Sure, we love to dissect how fluffy and/or natural-looking a set of anime bangs are allowed to be, but we also love to put our own spin on a given character design (sometimes whether or not the internet approves/calls you a thot).
Well, nobody (or at least I hope not!) is flinging thirst accusations at amateur cosplayer Habibah for his super cool take on the male Constructor class, throwing together elements from the first trailer with pretty much all the different cool elements the Fortnite aesthetic allows.
Check out his Imgur album with a bunch of different shots that include awesome props, detail work, and shiny LEDs. Definitely worth the browse.
(image source: Epic Games forums)
Last, but certainly not least, is Fiona Nova, a vote by the guys behind Fortnite. If you were lucky enough to make it to E3 2018 last week, you might've been able to catch sight of this cutie pie hanging out at the Fortnite booth.
It's not always easy to get the right amount of anti-gravity matter injected into your pigtails for picture day, especially when there's a wig involved. But this lady's got Zoey's hair done up right!
With apparent effortlessness, Fiona elevates this from "straight out of the closet" into something comfy-looking and true-to-character all at once -- all with candy jewels and a peppermint hat.
Totally worth buying a Battle Pass for.
(Image courtesy of Fortnite Twitter.)
Fortnite cosplay isn't going anywhere any time soon. As popular as Fortnite is, it's bound to dominate conventions for the foreseeable future, as well as your Halloween parties this fall.
From the popular Soldier skin to Outlander Jesse and the Raptor skin, these have been the best Fortnite cosplays we've come across so far.
Think we missed someone crazy important that we'd be stupid not to know about? Gotten yourself dolled up in Fortnite threads and dying to share? Comment below and let us know!