Professional cosplayers have unusual but memorable names. How do they invent these names?
Walking past the cosplay tables at a comic convention, you can’t help but be struck by the stunning costumes worn by the cosplayers.
often than not, you will find yourself going up to the cosplayer to speak to
them about the character they’re playing. That is when you notice their
names—some familiar, some very much not.
At Fan Expo
Canada 2019, I caught up with professional cosplayers Dee Rich, Fenix Fatalist,
Ivy Doomkitty, MCubed, Nadyasonika, Onyxeia, Serhii Sparda, and King Tide to
talk about the inspiration behind their cosplay names.
they had to say.
“Dee is my first name. And then I just kind of went with it.
I was actually The Lady Scarlet and people would yell at me and I wouldn’t know
why, so I wouldn’t turn around. I wanted it to be easier for me to realize that
people were speaking to me. So, I went with my real name.”
“I used to have my own blog and I got the nickname Fenix
Fatalist. Then when I started to pick up cosplay, I wasn’t sure which name I
could use. So, I started to use the same one that I used in my blogs. So that’s
how it happened.”
“Ivy is my nickname. And Doomkitty is a mix of my obsession with cats and things like cloudy skies, thunder, lightning, impending doom. So, Doomkitty.”
“But all of that was my gamer tag from when the first Xbox
came out. So yeah, old school gamer tag from way back when that became my
persona as it were.”
“My initials are M.M.M. So, M to the third power ‘m’ cubed.
So, that’s where that came from.”
“I started it back in the days. There was this page called
DeviantArt. I needed a nickname. I was watching the TV and saw The Jetsons
in Spanish, which is Los Supersónicos. Because I’m from Mexico. So, I
said, ‘Yeah. Nadia. Sonika. Why not?’
“And then I started uploading my cosplay photos [on
DeviantArt]. And that’s how I started getting known by that page. There was no
such thing as Facebook or Instagram or anything. It was just this page. And
that’s how I got my name.”
actually a character in World of Warcraft. It’s also because one of my favorite
gemstones is onyx. So, I went with that.”
“Serhii is actually my name. And the second part, Sparda is
the nickname of one of my favorite characters in Devil May Cry. So, I
just combined it.”
“Well, mine’s from the Justice League. I wanted a name that fits
the main character that I do, which is Aquaman. Something that kind of hints to
that but not quite like Aquaman UK or something like that. So, King Tide was
mentioned in the film. That’s what he comes in on.”
If you are an aspiring cosplayer, choosing a name isn’t
going to be an easy task. From what I learned, professional cosplayers are
inspired by a number of factors when choosing their names—characters they love,
how they feel about certain aspects of life, and even their real names.
Keeping those points in mind, what would your cosplay name