Right, so Chupa. The current name of my vehicle. Believe I promised you all an explanation of that.

Her full name is actually Chupathingy. It’s from the video webseries, Red vs Blue.

Red vs Blue is a comedy released in 2-3 minute episodes that is made using Halo and Halo 2. The character models in the game are moved around and posed and serve as actors, while voice actors are recorded over the video.

This is a fairly prominent art form called Machinima. The people who make Red vs Blue do other Machinima series as well, using the video games Shadowrun, F.E.A.R., and The Sims. But RvB is looked upon as their greatest work, and one of the pioneers of machinima.

Anyway, in the first episode, the character of Sarge is showing a new vehicle to his 2 soldiers, Grif and Simmons. He tells them they shall call it “The Warthog” as a nickname. Grif acts somewhat confused, stating that the car doesn’t really look like pig, and thinks that the car should be called a Puma. Sarge and Simmons ridicule this suggestion, believing Grif is making the Puma animal up.

Later on in the episode, we cut back to the group, with Sarge stating that unless anyone has any other mythical creatures to suggest as a nickname, they’re gonna stick with Warthog. He sarcastically asks Grif if he’s cool with that. Grif, defeatedly responds that he has no further suggestions. Sarge and Simmons continue to suggest other mythical animals, making Grif sigh all the more. The episode ends with the following exchange, and thus where I got the nickname from.

“Hey, Simmons! What’s the name of that Mexican Lizard, eats all the goats?”
“Um…that would be the…Chupacabra, sir!
“Hey, Grif! Chupathingy, how ’bout that? I like it! Got a ring to it!”

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