[vc_row text_color=”color8″ bg_color=””][vc_column][vc_column_text]Happy Anime Central week to all my fellow congoers! Let me first start of by saying that my appreciation for cosplayers has gotten more intense. It’s not even just with the creation of cosplay either. I can’t tell you how hard it is not to break character during a photoshoot. Actually… Yes I can, and I will. Understand every black and white photo in this set, is me forgetting who I’m cosplaying and being spontaneously ridiculous as my actual self. Second thing is if you haven’t gotten into the series Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Complete Series it’s on Netflix! The series as a whole was not what I expected. I expected some teeny bopper, ridiculous, Clueless/Supernatural hybrid animal… And I mean… I got that, but I learned so many other lessons about who I am and who I was destined to be. One important lesson became my mantra when the series ended.. Thus began this cosplay. (Who would’ve told me ten years ago that my first cosplay would be a Buffy The Vampire Slayer cosplay?) That mantra I was telling you about is..
The Mission Is What Matters:
Nikki Wood – The Buffy The Vampire Slayer Cosplay Back Story
Nikki Wood was the third POC slayer to make a debut on Buffy behind the First Slayer and Kendra. “She was cunning, resourceful, and oh, did I mention? Hot. I could have danced all night with that one.“- Spike She was ultimately defeated by Spike on a New York Train fight and left behind a son who sought out revenge. In Season 7, there was an episode called Lies My Parents Told Me where Nikki said the infamous line — “The Mission Is What Matters” in response to leaving her son to go and take care of her duties as a slayer. That got a lot of negative feedback from fans. It implied that Nikki loved her job as the slayer more than she loved her own son. Seven years, she fulfilled her duty and she knew what her calling was.
Her husband, Li was killed by a ring of vampires and I imagine that was when the importance of slaying got real. In my head, Nikki became hardened into this sacred slayer by means of survival and mission to save the world. So this part one of the Buffy The Vampire Slayer cosplay is meant to show that side of Nikki. The one who had lost her lover, the one who trained vigorously and took heed to her watcher… The slayer with a mission. Fun Fact: When asked who the father of her son Robin Wood was, Nikki was quoted to say that she didn’t “take names when blowing off steam” and I just felt like that was really interesting!
So Imagine This:
That same, hardened, angry woman you’ve seen aggressively pursue her mission as a young slayer who has just lost her lover and found out she was pregnant. Now the mission is real because aside from saving the world from the hellmouth, she has a son to protect. Welcome to the first half of my Buffy The Vampire Slayer cosplay of Nikki Wood.
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