Codename

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#1 Posted by sonic5328 (116 posts) - - Show Bio

Why is it that Kitty is never referred to by her codename....like ever. It's like they totally forgot she was Shadowcat. Did I miss something where she said she didn't want a codename anymore or something? It really bothers me that they refer to her as Kitty Pryde all the time.

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#2 Posted by Shadowdoggy (3868 posts) - - Show Bio

I think because she's more of the "people's mutant" now 
she's back on the X-Men, but she's their poster child for loveable mutants everywhere 
so I think it makes her more relatable to be Kitty Pryde, and not another superhero with a codename 
just my thought, of course, she could come back as Shadowcat before it's all said and done
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#3 Posted by Earthfall (192 posts) - - Show Bio

Its cause at that the moment she isn't a Superhero. In fact, she has done any thing heroic for nearly three years now... If she had died, I'm sure she'd of still been refered to as Shadowcat by the writers... But yeah.

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#4 Posted by John_Feaster (359 posts) - - Show Bio

   Sort of like how "Jean Grey" and "Hank Pym" have evolved out of their names.
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#5 Posted by Jubilantlad (348 posts) - - Show Bio
@John_Feaster: Well to be fair, Hank Pym does change his name every issue ; )
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#6 Posted by sandman813 (112 posts) - - Show Bio

Kind of funny don't you think that when she joined the X-men she really wanted to be a superhero and couldn't decide on any one code name or costume and now she dosen't use one anymore and she just wants to be a regular person now and just be an advocate for mutants and mutant rights.
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#7 Posted by eldestrisk (676 posts) - - Show Bio

For the same reason of Jean Grey and Emma Frost.

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#8 Posted by eldestrisk (676 posts) - - Show Bio

Now that I think it through Rachel was suposed to be Marvel Girl now, but still everyone seems to call her Rachel Summers.
 
Another example is Moonstar. It's her lastname after all.

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#9 Posted by Black Lantern Mar-vell (2119 posts) - - Show Bio

I just always thought it was stupid that Marvel Girl / Phoenix was just "Jean" all the dang time.
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#10 Posted by Thunderscream (2628 posts) - - Show Bio

She earned the moniker "Shadowcat" after her martial arts training. They really haven't explored her sweet ninja moves in a while...maybe she forgot them and has to get back in the swing before she feels comfy with that name again.

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#11 Posted by xerox_kitty (17342 posts) - - Show Bio

All of the mini series that featured Kitty by name didn't use her codename.  It wasn't Shadowcat Agent of SHIELD, or Shadowcat & Pete Wisdom...  It's not really her official codename any more. 
 
Personally, I liked it in Wolverine & The X-Men, how she was simply called Pryde out in the field.

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#12 Posted by Violet-Eyed Dragon (2265 posts) - - Show Bio
@Shadowdoggy said:
" I think because she's more of the "people's mutant" now she's back on the X-Men, but she's their poster child for loveable mutants everywhere so I think it makes her more relatable to be Kitty Pryde, and not another superhero with a codename just my thought, of course, she could come back as Shadowcat before it's all said and done "
she is still nominally Shadowcat. 
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#13 Posted by Paracelsus (2361 posts) - - Show Bio

Also as at least one of her parents( father Carmen Pryde) is apparently dead and her mother Theresa is out of the picture, she can afford to "go public" with her secret identity such as Captain America and Iron Man along with the FF have long been "out of the closet"( the comparison to homosexuality , bisexuality or lesbian is NO coincidence). in addition to looking like the "girl next door"( unlike say Wolverine, Rogue, Nightcrawler and most of all Magneto), I suspect that her Jewishness(admittedly understated by her) provides an extra level of immunity from anti-mutant prejudice- few people will wish to be seen as the intellectual or moral descendants of not just Rev. Stryker, the Friends Of Humanity but the Third Reich itself!

Terry

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#14 Edited by Paracelsus (2361 posts) - - Show Bio

There is also another reason for being known primarily by her real name to the general public as opposed to her "superhero"code name I think and it has to do with being the "poster girl" for mutant rights- true, there are some mutants who are "out of the closet" (Iceman, Beast, Archangel, Quicksilver the Scarlet Witch) as are some "normal" heroes(Iron Man, Captain America, the Fantastic Four who have been out since their inception by Susan Richards own admission and it has NEVER been a big deal) but most mutant superheroes such as the X-Men are pretty much an unknown quantity. Given the prevailing fear and hatred of mutants, I think Kitty can do more good for mutantkind as a public advocate for her people( if mutantkind can be said to be a people in its own right) than simply fighting baddies as an X-Man!

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