By Renchamp 7 Comments
This is not a blog about the actual mental capacities of our venerable mod; this is just a blog about her name. What the what? Yup. Like many of you, my mind is constantly on the Vine. Just this morning I was thinking about Garrison Kane and how I've done very little for his page. Then I thought about that one story he and Copycat have in that one issue of Wolverine. (That was an odd one.) Then I was thinking about Copycat in general. That's when the whole xerox_kitty thought came to my mind.
For a quick reference point, Copycat has the mutant ability to take on the image and powers of anybody that she has prolonged exposure to. Her most famous ruse was when she fooled Cable by taking on the persona of Domino.
Now take xerox_kitty. For those who have never thought of it: a xerox machine makes copies and a kitty is merely another name for a cat. (Don't flame me by saying a kitty is a baby cat. Some people still call grown cats kitties.) xerox_kitty is simply a play on the name Copycat. (Sorry, love, that your dash was turned into an underscore.) So, why did she take on this name and accompanying avatar? I'm sure it was for the same reason the "real" Copycat was able to take on the names and likenesses of other people: prolonged exposure. I can't vouch for this claim, but I'm sure that with all xerox_kitty's knowledge of the New Mutants/X-Force, as well as her general knowledge of that era of books, that our mod found some type of reason to name herself after the blue-skinned beauty.
And now this is what I was really thinking about this morning: Why didn't she just call herself Copycat? Was the name taken? Or was there something deeper? As I see it, and based on my knowledge of the comic character, Copycat could certainly copy someone's likeness and persona, but she was still Vanessa Carlysle underneath it all. She was the same as the people she imitated but she was also different. The same can be inferred from xerox_kitty; it's not only a clever name, but it shows how the mod isn't Copycat exactly, she's Copycat but still xerox_kitty underneath it all. The same but different.
I don't know if all this went into the selection of the name, but it's a great name, nonetheless. (And here is where xerox_kitty herself steps in calls this whole blog bullocks, sets the record straight, and I return to wiki editing.)