Cosplay is a type of performance art in which participants don costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea. Naruto Cosplay Characters are often drawn from popular fiction in Japan, but recent trends have included American cartoons and science fiction. Pokemon Cosplay Favorite sources include manga, anime, tokusatsu, comic books, graphic novels, video games, hentai and fantasy movies. Any entity from the real or virtual world that lends itself to dramatic interpretation may be taken up as a subject. Final Fantasy Cosplay Inanimate objects are given anthropomorphic forms and it is not unusual to see genders switched, with women playing male roles and vice versa. One Piece Cosplay There is also a subset of cosplay culture centered around sex appeal, with cosplayers specifically choosing characters that are known for their attractiveness and/or revealing (even explicit) costumes. Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture centred around role play. Bleach Cosplay A broader use of the term cosplay applies to any costumed role play in venues apart from the stage, regardless of the cultural context.