With Star Wars Day (May 4th) happening tomorrow, the famed film franchise ought to be in the minds of many. As per annual tradition, hundreds of thousands of Star Wars fans will be dressing up as their favourite character in tribute.
With more than 21,000 Star Wars characters to choose from, the question is which is the most popular and easiest to cosplay?
UK fancy dress company Cazaar conducted online research into Google search volumes and social media hashtag data. In their findings, they’ve also added some tips and tricks on how to make your own Star Wars outfit at home.
Cazaar found the most popular Star Wars character to cosplay is Rey with a popularity index score of 9.82 out of 10. Rey cosplay has an average monthly search volume of 2,200 and #Reycosplay has 77,800 posts on Instagram and more than 170 million TikTok views. Rey is first introduced in The Force Awakens (2015) as an orphan and goes on to become a very strong Jedi and is still present in current movies being the only Jedi left.
The second most popular character to cosplay is Princess Leia with a popularity index score of 9.64 out of 10. The Leia ‘look’ fans go with most is of course that as portrayed by Carrie Fisher in the original Star Wars movies with buns at the side of the head.
Third place is Boba Fett with a popularity index score of 9.55 out of 10. Boba Fett cosplay has an average monthly search volume of 3,900 and #BobaFettcosplay has 19,800 posts on Instagram and 17,400,000 views on TikTok.
In fourth and fifth place, respectively, are Ahsoka in fourth with a score of 9.48 and Stormtrooper and Darth Vader in joint fifth place.
Boba Fett has the highest average monthly global searches (with 3,900) while Rey is most popular on Instagram (77,800 hashtag posts at time of publication). Rey is also most popular in TikTok hashtag views, scoring a soaring 170,900,000 hits.
If this year is your first time cosplaying with a Star Wars theme, here are a couple of pointers:
01. Choose a character you like and that have knowledge of.
02. As a rule of thumb for Star Wars cosplay is that rebels and the light side wear a casual leather or khaki look (eg: Jedi) while characters on the dark side wear black (eg: Darth Vadar).
03. If making a costume, charity shops can provide a great base for access to cheap fabric and materials that are able to be cut up and repurposed into a Star Wars costume.
04. Think comfort, for example, use a mask if you are worried face paint will run, and make sure your props are light to carry.
05. Cosplay is a close community and therefore people will want to network, so be sure to have a cosplay social media account and to be friendly, respectful and polite to other peeps online.
Happy cosplaying, and of course May the 4th be with you!