The Marvel and DC universes are peppered with female superheroes like Storm, Captain Marvel, Supergirl, and Black Widow, but that doesn't mean female cosplayers should be limited to playing characters who look like them.                 

Women cosplayers can — and do — slay the coolest superheroes and villains, like the Joker, Aquaman, and The Flash. Sexist nerds might think superheroes and villains should be a boy's club, but these 15 cosplayers prove women do it better. 

1

This badass joker is laughing the loudest.

2

Name a Riddler doper than this one.

3

She's definitely leading the Avengers to victory.

4

The Batman is more badass than ever.

5

Oh Deathstroke, you've got us shaking in our boots!

6

Who wouldn't want to go under the sea with this incredible Aquaman?

7

Well, hello Thor! So good to meet you and your hammer.

8

The funniest character of all time deserves a curly ponytail.

9

Tony Stark would definitely approve.

10

The Punisher has never been more stone cold.

11

She's running faster than the speed of sound — and we are here for it!

12

All of the Marvel universe approves of this beauty's Wolverine makeover.

13

The world of Wakanda is all shook up by this badass Black Panther.

14

Who wants to go one-on-one with this martial arts master and her defending friends? Nobody.

15

She's a strange doctor indeed.