This list is for all the character designers out there (especially those who love music). A lot of musicians have really cool looks that could inspire the design of a fictional character. Just the looks of their costumes or makeup are enough for you to say "I gotta make a character out of this guy."
Feel free to add more musicians who you think could be good inspirations for a character's look.
1 Melanie Martinez
Melanie Adele Martinez is an American singer and songwriter. Melanie Martinez auditioned for the American television vocal talent show The Voice and became a member of Team Adam.
2 Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper is an American singer, songwriter, musician and occasional actor whose career spans over five decades.
He looks like he could inspire the look of a guy who runs an evil circus.
Wow. I'm more curious as to why a guy would be named Alice. - Goku02
3 Tyler Joseph
Tyler Robert Joseph is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and rapper. He is best known as the lead vocalist and keyboardist for American musical duo Twenty One Pilots.
I don't see him inspiring someone to make a fictional character that much. - Gruunge
4 Jamie-Lee Kriewitz
Jamie-Lee Kriewitz, going only by Jamie-Lee as her stage name, is a German singer born on March 18, 1998 in Bennigsen. She won the fifth season of the German edition of the casting show “The Voice” in 2015. ...read more.
She reminds me of a love child of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and Melanie Martinez... - DynastiSugarPop
5 Josh Dun
Joshua William "Josh" Dun is an American musician. He is currently the drummer for the band Twenty One Pilots.
I don't see his looks inspiring someone to make a character. - Gruunge
6 David Bowie
David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie, was an English singer born in London on January 8, 1947, and was the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He died in New York on January 10, 2016 at the age of 69, a hero to millions. ...read more.
Him as Ziggy Stardust could inspire a certain sci-fi character.
He already did. Dartz, Lord Royal Highness
Mettaton, I believe - xandermartin98
I miss David Bowie. :( - DynastiSugarPop
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Kinda looks life he could be a anime ninja or something
8 Britney Spears
Britney Jean Spears is an American singer and actress. Born in McComb, Mississippi, and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana. She performed acting roles in stage productions and television shows like "The Mickey Mouse Club" as a child before signing with Jive Records in 1997 and going on to become a pop superstar ...read more.
9 King Diamond
Kim Bendix Petersen, better known by his stage name King Diamond, is a Danish heavy metal musician. He is known for his extensive vocal range, usually sung in falsetto. King Diamond was originally known as the vocalist for Mercyful Fate, but has become notorious for his horror themed Concept albums ...read more.
Could inspire a vampire character or something.
He looks like Lucal Wesker from Seraph Of The End - TwilightKitsune
10 That Poppy
11 Marilyn Manson
Brian Hugh Warner, better known by his stage name Marilyn Manson, is an American musician, songwriter, actor, painter, multimedia artist, author, and former music journalist.
Marilyn Manson is an overall inspirational person; he's amazing. - maarilynmaanson
His looks are enough to inspire a horror movie villain's design.
12 Michael Jackson
Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. He donated (at least) a remarkable 500,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King of Pop (a title given to him by Elizabeth Taylor) or under ...read more.
13 Emma Bunton
14 Thomas Bangalter
I would've added Guy but I don't know if admin would approve of two guys in one item. Anyway, Thomas could very much inspire a robot character.
15 The Curator
Looks like he could inspire a Pyramid Head knockoff.
16 Amelia Arsenic
17 Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj is a Trinidadian American rapper/pop music artist. Nicki is most known for songs like "Anaconda", "Only", "Truffle Butter", "Super Bass" and "Stupid Hoe" . Her real name is Onika Tanya Maraj. She was born on December 8, 1982 in Saint James Trinidad and Tobago. ...read more.
Hell no, she can't inspire people and she decently can't inspire a Fictional Character's Design
She inspired me to stop listening to new rap. - Xean45
She inspired Nintendo to make to make Jinx. Even the Pokedex entries match the theory:
Stadium~Talks in a strange, incomprehensible language. It is known for its weird wiggling that causes people to dance.
Silve~It speaks a language similar to that of humans. However, it seems to use dancing to communicate.
Shinya Sano, better known by his stage name Kanon, is a bassist, backing vocalist and songwriter born on July 5th, 1984. He is known mostly for his work with Japanese dance rock band An Cafe.
19 Avril Lavigne
Avril Ramona Lavigne is a Canadian–French singer-songwriter and actress. By the age of 15, she had appeared on stage with Shania Twain; by 16, she had signed a two-album recording contract with Arista Records worth more than $2 million.
20 Oderus Urungus
Dave Brockie's costume can inspire an alien warrior.
She's like the anime version of Penelope Garcia from Criminal Minds or Abbie from Navy CIS. - Martin_Canine
22 Dahvie Vanity
David Jesus Torres, better known by his stage name Dahvie Vanity, is an American singer-songwriter and rapper born on September 5, 1984, who is best known as one half of Crunkcore duo Blood on the Dance Floor and as the face and creative mind behind Industrial project Sinners are Winners. He is also ...read more.
Could inspire movie about pedofile
23 Mr. Lordi
He looks like an inspiration for a ferocious goblin in a fantasy world.
Reminds me of a punk rock teenager. - DynastiSugarPop
25 Grace Jones
Grace Beverly Jones is a Jamaican-American supermodel, singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. Born in Jamaica, she moved when she was 13, along with her siblings, to live with her parents in Syracuse, New York.
26 Bill Kaulitz
Bill Kaulitz-Trümper, sometimes using the pseudonym Billy, is a German singer-songwriter born on September 1, 1989, best known for being the frontman, lead singer and writer of multi-platinum winning pop rock band Tokio Hotel. During the time his band was most popular in Germany, which was in the mid-to-late ...read more.
28 Al Jourgensen
Alain David Jourgensen (born Alejandro Ramírez Casas) is a Cuban-American musician, best known as the founder and frontman of industrial metal band Ministry (a pioneering band in the industrial metal genre).
Could inspire a cyberpunk character's look.
29 Varg Vikernes
Louis Cachet, (born Kristian Vikernes) more popularly known as Varg Vikernes, is a Norwegian musician, writer, and a convicted murderer and arsonist. He is known as the frontman of the one-man band Burzum (named after a word in the Black Speech, which is a fictional language in J.R.R. Tolkien's The ...read more.
He looks like something out of a fantasy novel (I still don't like him as a person though due to his racist beliefs).
30 Abbath Doom Occulta
Olve Eikemo, better known by his stage name Abbath Doom Occulta, is a Norwegian musician who best known as the former frontman of black metal band Immortal and the current frontman of the band Abbath.
31 Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
32 Keith Richards
Keith Richards is an English musician—primarily a guitarist—singer, songwriter, best-selling memoirist, and founding member of the rock band The Rolling Stones.
Inspired Johnny Depp's performance as Jack Sparrow - GillisL
Thaddeus Tjarks, better known by his stage and channel name Taddl or the pseudonym TJ_beastboy, is a German rapper, singer-songwriter, YouTube star and internet personality born on September 1, 1994. ...read more.
You don't see it on this picture, but look at the other picture on here for his anime style new look. - Martin_Canine
34 Nina Hagen
Catharina Hagen, better known by her stage name Nina Hagen, is a German singer-songwriter and actress born on March 11, 1955 in former East Berlin. ...read more.
Carlo Waibel, better known by his stage name Cro, is a German rapper, singer, producer and designer, who is represented by Chimperator Productions.
Sigurd "Satyr" Wongraven is the vocalist, lead and rhythm guitarist, bassist, and keyboardist for the Norwegian black metal band Satyricon.
37 Carl McCoy
38 Mick Thomson
Mickael Gordon "Mick" Thomson is an American heavy metal musician. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, he is best known as one of two guitarists in Slipknot, in which he is designated #7.
Looks like a character straight out of Mortal Kombat. - ThatoneMetalhead
42 Hollywood Hank
Adam Nergal Darski (born Adam Michał Darski; 10 June 1977 in Gdynia), is a Polish musician and television personality, best known for being the frontman for the black/death metal band Behemoth. ...read more.
45 Tuomas Holopainen
Tuomas Lauri Johannes Holopainen (born 25 December 1976) is a Finnish songwriter, multi-instrumentalist musician (but mainly keyboardist) and record producer, best known as the founder, leader, keyboardist and songwriter of symphonic metal band Nightwish. He also studied jazz and classical styles.
46 Johannes Eckerström
Of the band Avatar
47 Geddy Lee
Geddy Lee Weinrib, known professionally as Geddy Lee, is a Canadian musician, singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist, bassist, and keyboardist for the Canadian rock group Rush.
48 Benji Madden
49 Till Lindemann
Till Lindemann is a German singer, songwriter, musician, actor, poet, and pyrotechnician. He is best known as the lead vocalist and frontman of the German Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein.
50 Joey Tempest
Rolf Magnus Joakim Larsson, better known as Joey Tempest, is a Swedish singer, lead singer, and main songwriter of the rock band Europe.