Although the characters were not assigned a specific gender when the assignment was issued, I immediately knew that Kerri was my female main character. There's something about the Pterodactyl (who the character was named after) that feels very feminine to me. The triangular shape they make when they extend their wings and their 'lightness' that allows them to glide in the air are some of the characteristics I wanted to portray on the character.
I assigned the 'Diving Headbutt' to be her signature move in the ring. This helped me nail down the costume design. To spice things up, I also made her become someone with very low esteem. It's fun to think about the character's back story before you start designing a character and it definitely adds flavour to the final product.
"Kerri Dactyl is the only child of legendary 15-time heavyweight champion Ty. With the burden of carrying on her father's legacy, Kerri has severe self esteem issues. While she has a fear of heights, she was forced to learn the "Diving Headbutt", her father's signature move during his early career. Recognizing the fact that she stood no chance against Vulcano, she ran away from home. It was at this time where she met TJ Rex and convinced him to join professional wrestling and take her place in the ring."