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You can't keep me out! I'll find the truth - I'll never stop!

—Pidge, in "Tears of the Balmera"

Katie "Pidge" Holt is a former communications cadet at the Galaxy Garrison, who disguised herself as a boy named "Pidge Gunderson" to search for the truth about the Kerberos mission and her missing family. She's the Castle's resident tech expert and voice of reason, as well as the Paladin of the Green Lion.

Appearance

Pidge is the slimmest and shortest of the Paladins. She has brown eyes and fair skin, owing to her Italian heritage. Her hair is light brown, short, and disheveled. She makes no obvious effort to style it, so her hair spikes outwards at the back and obscures her face as unruly bangs. Outside her Paladin armour, she dons thin, wire-framed, half-moon glasses with fake lenses.

Pidge's paladin armour is the same as her teammates', but with green accents to match her Lion.

Her causal wear is boyish and comfort orienatated. She wears a white long-sleved shirt with green shoulders and pockets in the front. The shirt has a high, loose collar secured with a grey neck brace, and orange accents. She also wears grey shorts and orange, white-capped shoes.

Prior to her entry into the Garrison, Pidge had long hair and wore a purple dress. The dress had puffy sleeves and a white pinafore layered over it. She accessorised with Mary Jane shoes and a purple headband. She received her glasses from her brother, Matt, during this time.

Personality

The Green Lion has an inquisitive personality and needs a pilot of intellect and daring.

Allura describing the Green Lion, in "The Rise of Voltron"

Sharp-witted, sarcastic, and a genius with human and alien technology alike, Pidge is the small firecracker of the Voltron team who values truth, honesty, and viable facts. What she lacks in physical size and strength she makes up for in brains and personality. Pidge can be rebellious, stubborn, and temperamental with little fear of the consequences, even the prospect of treason.[6] She trusts the objective data of what technology tells her so strongly that she not only believes her family still lives, but that aliens exist.[7][6] Pidge has a love of technology that initially surpasses her ability to engage with people, making her quickly fawn over and bond with robots and mourn their loss.[7][6][8]

Pidge's preferred means of interacting with people is through teasing and firing well-aimed quips, but she wants to believe in those around her. She can become lonely when separated from her friends, enjoying their presence even if she dismisses them as annoying, or will feel deeply and bitterly betrayed when she feels she has misjudged someone as good.[9][10] Pidge also has a habit of collecting data around her knowing that it will be helpful in the future, such as having a file of the weaknesses of the other Paladins.[11]

She has her own goals in mind of finding her missing family and struggles to balance the immense love she feels towards them with her opportunity to change the fate of the universe.[12] Her unwavering determination to see her family reunited, and her concealed identity of a girl, leads Pidge to be intensely private, protective of her things, and a stand-offish person with little interest in spending time with her teammates, even during her days at the Garrison.[12][6] An ambitious girl who does not take any slights from anyone, Pidge is used to working alone and nearly leaves the team because of what she feels she must do herself.

Pidge is able to come to an understanding of what she can do for everyone, embracing her father's foresight that she would do something great for the universe. She has since openly bonded with the rest of the team. This is especially true once she reveals her identity - believing she should stop keeping secrets and own all of who she is, as a Paladin - and learns almost everyone knew her gender already and happily accepted her. She retains her temper and personal mission of finding her family, but cooperates well with the team's larger missions, providing keen insight and support.

Abilities

Equipment

Apart from piloting the Green Lion, Pidge utilizes this equipment:

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Bayard
Takes the form of a grappling hook with a knife head for close-combat, ensnaring enemies, and traversing distances. Her Bayard can deliver a high-voltage shock on contact.[7]
Paladin Armor
Armor that allows for safe travel in space; it contains a highly advanced computer system, communication system, a laser gun, a grappling hook and tether, holographic capabilities, an energy shield for defense, breathable air, and a jetpack for brief sustained flight.[13]
Laptop
A computer from Earth that she uses for various tasks, including hacking and analyzing data. With the use of her laptop, Pidge is able to study and adapt Galra and Altean technology to her needs.

Skill Set

Combat

Pidge is an agile close-range combatant who combines swift movements with her intellect and versatility to take down enemies far stronger than her.[6] Her diminutive size allows her to move more stealthily than her other teammates and remain undetected.

Pidge's official agility stats are above average, while her strength stats are the lowest of the Paladins.[5] She makes up for what she lacks in strength and size with tactical planning to outwit opponents and use both ally and enemy technology to her advantage, as well as an enemy's lack of scientific understanding.[6][14] Her official intelligence stats are maxed and the highest of the Paladins.[5] She values recording combat data even on her own allies and keeps files on their strengths and weaknesses.[11]

Piloting

While not studying as a fighter pilot officially, Pidge read all the flight manuals she could find at the Galaxy Garrison and shows immediate skill piloting the Green Lion. She used the Lion's adaptability and the advanced Altean technology available in the Castle to ugrade it for increased stealth and communication capability. Her weakness at piloting lies in her nervousness and self-doubt, but over the course of the show she grows as a Paladin and strengthens her bond with her Lion. She is especially good as reconnaissance missions.

Other Abilities

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Hacking
Pidge is a highly skilled hacker who can decipher both Earth and alien code with ease, and even make use of Shiro's arm for accessing Galra data and hack it remotely to render him vulnerable.[15][11]
Intelligence
Pidge's nearly unmatched scientific knowledge and skills with technology allow her to create entirely new armaments for herself or for alien spacecrafts in a minuscule amount of time. She built equipment on Earth strong enough to pick up radio transmissions from aliens as far away as Kerberos and affixed the Green Lion with a cloaking device, later applying it to all of Voltron.[7][16][17]

Trivia

  • The Holt family has a dog named Bae Bae, which was changed from Gunther by show producers.
  • While not studying as a fighter pilot, Pidge read all the flight manuals she could find at the Galaxy Garrison[7]
  • Pidge has been described as "a bit of a hoarder" by Lauren Montgomery, and her gender identity was on Lauren's "must-haves" list for the series.[22][23]
  • Pidge and Hunk are two equally tech-savvy characters described as being "two sides of the same coin": while Pidge is the more creating, engineering, "figuring out" side, Hunk is the "build it and make it work" side.[24]
  • On Coran's height ranking for the Paladins of 1-5 (tallest to shortest), Pidge is ranked the shortest at "Number Five".[25]
  • Pidge is based on the character Pidge of the previous Voltron franchises, who in turn was based on the character Hiroshi Suzuishi of Beast King GoLion. She is the only incarnation of Pidge to be female.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Guidebook: "The Paladin's Handbook"
  2. Guidebook: "The Voltron Coalition Handbook"
  3. Voltron Twitter
  4. Voltron: Legendary Defender Official Website Character Map
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Voltron: Legendary Defender Official Website
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 Season One: Episode 5, "Tears of the Balmera"
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Season One: Episode 1, "The Rise of Voltron"
  8. Season One: Episode 6, "Taking Flight"
  9. Season One: Episode 3, "Return of the Gladiator"
  10. Season Two: Episode 1, "Across the Universe"
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Comic: Vol. 1 Issue #4
  12. 12.0 12.1 Season One: Episode 4, "The Fall of the Castle of Lions"
  13. Paladin Article
  14. Season Four: Episode 2, "Reunion"
  15. Season One: Episode 10, "Collection and Extraction"
  16. Season One: Episode 7, "Return to the Balmera"
  17. Season Four: Episode 3, "Black Site"
  18. San Diego Comic-Con 2016
  19. Comic Synopses
  20. Den of Geek: Is the Paladin's Handbook Canon? August 2017
  21. AfterBuzzTV with Joaquim Dos Santos and Lauren Montgomery, August 2017
  22. Lauren Montgomery at New York Comic Con 2016
  23. New York Comic Con 2016
  24. Nerdist with Lauren Montgomery, Joaquim Dos Santos, and Christine Bian, March 2016
  25. Season One: Episode 2, "Some Assembly Required"

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