MIAMI BEACH, FL - MARCH 29:  WWE Superstar Cody Rhodes attends WrestleMania Premiere Party A Celebration of Miami Art and Fashion on March 29, 2012 in Miami Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/WWE/Getty Images for WWE)
How Video Games And Comic Books Influenced Cody Rhodes' Wrestling Style
Cody Rhodes has admitted to using secret symbols and colors on his ring gear from his favorite video games and comic books while drawing from such media to help craft parts of his wrestling personality. Rhodes told IGN in 2016, "There are so many portions of my wrestling career that have these parallels and correlations with comics."
In 2009, Rhodes told that he was a huge Omega Red fan and enjoyed Cyclops "because he was always the leader, always the guy who took charge even though it was about Wolverine to so many other people." He also started wearing new tights "inspired by Archangel of the X-Men" in 2009.
Rhodes sported a triforce symbol on his wrestling boots, made popular in "The Legend of Zelda" video game series, and tweeted an image of the boots in 2013. In 2020, he said during an AEW interview that he dyed his hair black in reference to Superman's "The Death of Superman" comic when the hero changes his look and turns bad.