Zorro. The Dread Pirate Roberts. The Three Musketeers. Most of the characters portrayed by Errol Flynn on the silver screen. These are all classic examples of swashbucklers. A swashbuckler is typically unarmored, relying on his wits, speed, and charm to see him safely through his adventures. He is prone to swinging from chandeliers, dueling villains with his rapier, and engaging in witty repartee.
I have been slightly obsessed with the concept since I was a kid. My first email address was firstname.lastname@example.org (Like most hotmail accounts, it has since become my dumping ground for websites who want my email address to register but that I know will send me spam). Part of the reason I learned French was because I had fallen in love with this mythos of the witty adventurer. This is also why I took up fencing. My favorite superhero growing up was always Spider-man, the swashbuckler of superheroes (okay, I know, Nightcrawler is a better fit, but he was always a favorite too).
This brings me to Halloween. Living in Korea, Halloween is not celebrated much here. However, I have been sort of planning possible costumes for next year. What can I say? You can take the American out of America, but you can't take America out of the American.
Looking back at my costume choices in the past, I'm beginning to see a pattern:
Halloween 2007: I am Le Scorpion, an Italian swashbuckler from a French comic book:
Halloween 2008: I was a Musketeer (Aramis, my favorite).