Ricardo Nightwing (born August 20, 1998) is a fursuiter who lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. S/he runs a YouTube channel under the alias Ricardo Nightwing, making videos as her winged raccoon fursona. Other aliases s/he can be found under are procyonaves, irrelevantprose, and agoosenamedbob.
Introduction to Furry Fandom
Ricardo's first look into the furry fandom was in March 2014 with a significant other; they would spend time browsing Fur Affinity together after school. However Ricardo did not make her own Fur Affinity account until 2015. She stayed away from it for as long as possible because of an extreme distaste for the website's interface, but eventually caved in to interact with artists.
Her first fursona was a male Golden Eagle named Sion. Sion was created in July 2014 while Ricardo was browsing the web for bird fursuits, as she had always had a fascination with ornithology, and birds of prey specifically. She came across a completely black gryphon fursuit head made by Crystumes that she found completely irresistible, but as it belonged to it's respective owner it would only be the inspiration for Sion. Sion was short lived as a fursona as Ricardo was envious of regular furries possessing fur. He was retired about a month later for what would become her main fursona, Ricardo Nightwing.
His main fursona is Ricardo Nightwing, a male golden eagle/raccoon hybrid. This was her first official character, created in July 2014. Ricardo was created by fur scientists in an illegal laboratory, then once "born," he was rejected by his creators for being "deformed." He grew up in the alleyways of the city with no parental guardians, learning to take care of and defend himself against threats. As he grew older and stronger, he would often arrive to the scene of a crime before the police and mutilate the attacker before making a hasty retreat. His social anxiety clashed with his instinct to protect so he would never stay to comfort any victims he saved. Ricardo has no mask, unlike most other raccoon characters, and also possesses large birdlike wings, a trait carried over from his first fursona, Sion. There are three blue stripes on his back, alternating between dark and light. They form an upside down US Army Sergeant rank, reminiscent of Ricardo's involvement in the JROTC program at her high school, which was the only class he felt she could fit in. Ricardo Nightwing also goes by the name Ricky Raccoon. The last name Nightwing was meant to be a simple way to express "he likes to fly at night." It was made before he was aware of the Marvel character and has no affiliation with the character. Ricardo's personality can be summed up as serious, vengeful, introverted, and avoidant- except for on Youtube and at conventions, where he feels comfortable socializing, having found likeminded beings, she can express himself freely. It is rare for members of the Furry Fandom to see Ricardo's dark side. It can only be discovered through roleplay, which is difficult to get him to engage in present day because of the rarity of literate roleplayers.
Her other main fursona is a female purple husky. named Cassini Brahe. Cassini was created based around a fursuit tail the owner received. She was created in early 2015 during Ricardo's junior year of high school when he was taking an Astronomy elective, as space is one of his major interests. Cassini is an alien Husky that abandoned her empty home planet in search of other life forms. She was driven mad from isolation and boredom, and built her own spacecraft to get away from it all. She made her new home on planet earth, where there were other furries to be found. Cassini's personality can be summed up as bright, friendly, optimistic, and enthusiastic. Her design was made to go with a galaxy aesthetic, which is enhanced on her fursuit with sparkle fur. Her fur is completely purple, with the standard white husky markings. She has blue hair with hot pink highlights, and yellow eyes. Her first name "Cassini" is taken from the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft that orbits and collects data from Ricardo's favorite planet, Saturn. Her last name "Brahe" is taken from Ricardo's favorite astronomer, Tycho Brahe; he mapped thousands of stars without a telescope; and Cassini gets both her last name and eye color from him.
His most recent addition to the fursona family is Darius Wolfgang, a black, grey, and cyan wolf that loves trains. Ricardo's dream job is to be a train conductor, and Darius reflects this, always wearing a conductor uniform and cap. In the furry world, Darius conducts for MonoTail, similar to the real world Amtrak service.
Ricardo has attended:
- Midwest FurFest 2016 , 2017
- Fur Squared 2017
- Anthrocon 2017
- Furry Migration 2017 2018
- AquatiFur 2017
- Furnal Equinox 2018
- Cassini Brahe on Wordpress
- Lucid Dreamurr and Cassini Brahe on Facebook
- Ricardo Nightwing on Facebook
- Ricardo Nightwing on Twitter
-  on Furaffinity
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