Voltron: 10 Questions About Pidge, Answered
Streaming sites have resurrected a lot of beloved properties over the years. Netflix isn’t just saving cancelled television shows; they’re also adapting fan favorite stories. They’re bringing the likes of The Baby-Sitters Club to a new generation, but they’ve also brought back familiar animated properties like She-Ra and Voltron.
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For eight seasons, and just a few short years, Voltron: Legendary Defender brought a new version of the story to the streaming site. Five paladins became pilots of Voltron’s lions, learning about the surprising history of the universe while they fought to save it. One of those was Katie Holt, who used the alias Pidge Gunderson to get into the Galaxy Garrison - a deception that eventually led to Voltron’s green lion.
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10 How Is Pidge Piloting The Green Lion Significant?
Each of the Voltron lions forms a connection with the paladins that pilot them. Over the course of the different versions of the series, many of the lions have been piloted by different alien races, and by both men and women. The green lion was one of the exceptions until the most recent season. It had never been piloted by a woman.
Pidge was originally a male character in the first version of the story - and every subsequent version of the story after that. Voltron: Legendary Defender marked the first time the character was a female character in disguise, but also marked the first time the green lion was ever piloted by a female character.
9 Why Have Fans Come To Consider The Character Non-Binary?
Pidge Gunderson was initially a disguise donned by Katie Holt to get back into the Galaxy Garrison and figure out what happened to Katie’s brother and father. Even after Pidge decided to come clean about their identity to the other members of Voltron, they never become the Katie Holt seen via flashback again, which is one reason some fans have come to see Pidge as a non-binary character.
The other major reason is that Bex Taylor-Klaus, the actor who provided Pidge’s voice for the series, publicly came out as non-binary in 2018, just as the series was coming to an end. Out of respect for the actor, many fans have begun to consider Pidge the same way.
8 Who Was The First Voltron Team Member To Know Pidge’s Real Identity?
Though Pidge agonized over whether keeping the truth about who they were a secret from the team, it turned out many of the paladins already knew. While Keith and Hunk both claimed to know the truth without being told, Allura learned that Pidge was Katie from the mice. One paladin knew even before that.
Shiro actually worked with both Sam and Matt Holt. He was on the mission in which they were all kidnapped by the Galra. Shiro was able to deduce Pidge’s real identity long before the others as a result, but never betrayed Pidge’s confidence to the rest of the team.
7 How Is Their Bayard’s Weapon Of Choice Different From The Other Paladins?
The bayards the paladins used in the series could be mentally transformed into any weapon they wanted. For the most part, the paladins stuck to using their one or two weapons of choice throughout the run of the series. All of the weapons had one thing in common: they were used offensively. The single exception was Pidge’s.
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In addition to Pidge’s weapon having what was essentially a taser wand on it, it also acted as a grappling hook. The hook could be used defensively, allowing Pidge to escape their enemies or even restrain them.
6 What Is Their Star Sign?
Considering Pidge’s lion was the one most connected to the Earth, it’s surprising that Pidge wasn’t an earth sign. Instead, their April 3 birthday would make Pidge an Aries.
That particular sign has a personality marked by passion, motivation, and confidence. All of that seems pretty in line with someone who created a completely new identity to get into a military facility and find secret files about their family. It’s also pretty in line with someone who would decide to spend years in space to save their home planet from destruction.
5 Do They Actually Need Glasses?
Pidge was the only member of Team Voltron to wear glasses in the new series. Funnily enough, even Pidge didn’t need them!
Instead, the glasses were actually given to Pidge by Matt as a memento. When Matt began working for the Galaxy Garrison, he had a procedure done to repair his damaged eyesight. Pidge wore the glasses with fake lenses in Matt’s honor.
4 How Is Their Family Life Different In The Comics?
In the 2000s, a new version of the Voltron story was published in comic book form. That particular story still featured a teenage (and male) Pidge, but there was a big difference.
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Instead of growing up on another planet with his brother (like in the previous cartoon), or being a member of a family tied to the space faring military (like in the modern version), Pidge was an orphan. This version of the character was abandoned outside of a convent at just six weeks old, though the series did hint that Pidge would eventually find some of his family if it had continued.
3 Why Is Pidge Building Chip Significant?
At the end of the series, Pidge was seen building a robot with Matt. They named him Chip and even gave him Matt’s old glasses. “Chip” could have been a reference to something like “microchip” given the Holt family’s love for technology, but it was actually an Easter egg for fans.
Chip was the name of Pidge’s brother in another incarnation of the series. In some versions, Chip and Pidge were twins. In the Devil’s Due comics, Chip and Pidge were teammates who joked about the possibility of being related.
2 What Is Their Age?
Pidge’s age was a bit of a head-scratcher for fans. Early discussion of the character by actors and critics put the character at 14-years-old when the series began. When The Paladin Handbook released, however, Pidge was listed as 15.
Shiro’s return to Earth marked a “one year later” time period for the series, and Pidge spent roughly another year traveling in space and helping save the universe. That would make the character 17-years-old at the end of the series if the book was correct. Regardless of whether fans placed the character at 14 or 15 when the series began, Pidge was still the youngest paladin.
1 Is Pidge Actually The Strongest Paladin?
Though Shiro and Keith were often lauded for their positions as the team leaders, Pidge could actually out maneuver both of them if necessary. Fans saw that first hand if they read the tie-in comics.
During the run of the series, three sets of comics that tied into the series were published. One in particular had all of the other paladins controlled by something that resembled a mushroom on Earth. Pidge was the only one not to be controlled, and they even managed to subdue all of their teammates. Pidge knew each member of Team Voltron well enough to be able to incapacitate them - even hacking into Shiro’s arm to use it against him.
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Voltron: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Pidge
Voltron has been around in some form since the mid-80s, and, as a result, there's a ton of background details about Pidge fans might not know.
Pidge Gunderson’s garnered a lot of attention in the past three years. Voltron was always a thing, but Voltron: Legendary Defender helped launch them into the spotlight and gave the character a very different backstory from what it previously was. Yes. Previously. There have been three other incarnations of Pidge. If anyone’s watched Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Transformers, then they have probably used to the concept of a multiverse and well-versed in reboots. However, Voltron and Pidge are a little different. We’ll mostly be focusing on the Voltron: Legendary Defender (VLD) Pidge, but in order to know where we’re going, we need to know where we’ve been. Here are 10 things you didn’t know about Pidge.
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10 Voice Actors
Pidge has had four voice actors in three series. Well, more if we count the international actors. For now, we’ll focus on the English-speaking ones. Sorry, GoLion. The first of Pidge’s American voice actors was Neil Ross in 1984. Voltron coincided with the massive 1980s toy cartoon craze, so it fit in perfectly with He-Man, Transformers, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, so you may recognize Neil Ross from those franchises as well.
Billy West took over in 1998 for Voltron: The Third Dimension, though Neil Ross stayed on as Keith. West is probably most famous for a role he picked up a year later: Philip J. Fry from Futurama. In Voltron Force, Pidge was voiced by Samuel Vincent. It was a very short-lived show, premiering only on Nicktoons Network when they were distributing Iron Man: Armored Adventures. Bex Taylor-Klaus took over the mantel in Voltron: Legendary Defender, ushering in a new age for representation and inclusion to the franchise. Up until the last few seasons, the show was really good about not referring to Pidge as he/him or she/her. Many fans took this as Pidge being non-binary, though, in canon, it was never outright stated.
9 Pidge’s Birthday
During the height of VLD’s popularity, the creative team announced the birthdays of most of the major characters in the show. Pidge’s was announced at the 2017 WonderCon panel, along with the Season 3 teaser trailer and subsequent April Fools Day Lotor/Kaltenecker photoshop reveal. Pidge’s birthday is April 3rd, making them an Aries. Given Pidge’s spirit, determination, and occasional frustrated outbursts, it makes sense.
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In most incarnations, Pidge is male. VLD decided to shake that up a bit, making Pidge a girl who cross-dressed in order to get into the Galaxy Garrison unnoticed. As mentioned previously, Pidge’s gender is played pretty ambiguously. In canon, we don’t get confirmation of whether or not Pidge identifies as non-binary. The show plays around with this a lot, though mostly decided that Pidge is a girl. Bex Taylor-Klaus came out as non-binary in 2018, coinciding with the end of the show, so many fans interpret Pidge as non-binary as well.
7 Gunther Bae-Bae
It’s a blink and you’ll miss it moment from Season 1 of VLD. During one of Pidge’s flashbacks in “Fall of the Castle of Lions,” we see the entire Holt family at the dinner table. This is where the wonderful “freeze-dried peas” meme comes from, if that counts as a meme outside of the fandom.
The family’s dog can be seen begging for food at the table. Originally, on the official Voltron website no less, the dog’s name was Gunther. This led to some fan theories about how Pidge came up with the last name Gunderson due to the similarity. The show producers later changed it to Bae-Bae. Why?
In VLD, Pidge has an older brother, Matt, who becomes a major part of Pidge’s character development and the series as a whole. After being abducted by the Galra on Kerberos, Matt was later rescued by rebels and joined them in hopes of finding his father and a way back to Earth. In the original series, Pidge had a twin brother named Chip. They were taken in by foster parents and when the family decided they wanted to adopt Pidge, Pidge wouldn’t let them without adopting Chip as well. As a nod to twin Chip, Pidge and Matt contribute to building a metal brother named Chip.
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5 Katie Holt
Making Pidge a girl in VLD was a decision largely made and pushed for by Lauren Montgomery. As executive producer and co-showrunner, Montgomery wanted to show that female characters could share the space of male counterparts while not changing the plot. Thus, Katie Holt was born and somewhat unintentionally became a non-binary icon. In general, this Pidge is the first female pilot of the Green Lion to retain that title through the series. Pidge’s age was also specified for VLD, claiming that she was 14 at the start of the series and 16 by the end. She remains the youngest of the Paladins, though Keith probably really had her beat due to the whole asteroid thing.
4 Not From Earth?
The only Pidge to come from a planet other than Earth was the original one. Hailing from the planet Balto, it was implied that Pidge was either of Earth descent or born on Earth and transported to Balto at some point during his childhood. At one point, Voltron Force responded to a distress signal coming from Balto. Though they attempted to help, the planet wound up exploding.
3 Wait, There’s a Comic?
Yes, and we’re not talking about the VLD tie-in. In 1985, Modern Comics took on the Voltron brand and released a mini-series based on Voltron: Defender of the Universe. Since then, Pidge has also appeared in the Devil’s Due Voltron comics. He had a very different upbringing, being abandoned at a convent at the age of 6. Bullied by kids in the orphanage who felt threatened by his intelligence, Pidge was given an out by the New West Point military. When that social situation proved to be just as bad, if not worse than the orphanage, Pidge jumped on a search for Voltron just to get away from it all.
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2 Frageelay? Must Be Italian!
Pidge, aka Katie Holt, was confirmed off-screen as Italian. The other paladins were given the same treatment since some of their ethnicities were ambiguous. Without a doubt, Shiro is Japanese, retaining his original Japanese name all the way from GoLion. Lance and Hunk are Cuban and Samoan respectively. Keith is left super vague, only being defined as half-human and half-Galra.
1 Batman in Disguise
Voltron: Legendary Defender has three sets of comics that tie into the show. The first run of comics takes place between the Balmera episodes and “Crystal Venom.” In one chapter, the Paladin, minus Pidge, are mind-controlled by mushrooms. Well, they look like mushrooms. They all start attacking Pidge.
This is when we find out that Pidge is kind of, you know, the strongest Paladin (that is until Allura takes her rightful place as the Blue Paladin). She not only takes down everyone, but she outsmarts Shiro by hacking into his Galra arm via the coding she learned from other Galra tech and knocks him out with his own arm. Yeah. She literally has a takedown plan for everyone.
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Fictional character from the Voltron franchise
Pidge, known as Hiroshi "Shorty" Suzuishi (錫石 "チビ" 宏, Suzuishi "Chibi" Hiroshi) in the original Japanese languageBeast King GoLion, is a fictional character in the media franchise Voltron, and a member of the Voltron Force. The character's first appearance was in Voltron.
Voltron: Defender of the Universe
Main article: Voltron (TV series)
Pidge is the young genius of the Voltron Lion Force and pilot of the Green Lion. He is the brother of the Vehicle Force team member Chip, though the circumstances of this relationship differ by continuity. Pidge and Chip are twin brothers and were orphaned at a young age. When his foster parents wanted to adopt Pidge, he refused to go unless they took Chip as well.
He and Chip had grown up on Balto, and yet he described himself as an Earth man, implying he was at least of Earth descent (if not born on Earth).
He was part of a scout team, led by Keith, sent to Planet Arus by the Galaxy Alliance. He and the rest of the team were captured by the forces of Planet Doom, and they later escaped.
Crash landing on Arus after their escape, they made their way to the Castle of Lions. There, they met Princess Allura and Coran, and were commissioned as the Voltron Force. Pidge would fly Green Lion.
He would develop a friendship with the Space Mice, even helping them to train to be a fighting force.
A mission would later take an emotional toll on him. Responding to a distress call from planet Balto, He and the Voltron Force arrived and found out that the planet on which he and Chip grew up would explode. Balto exploded after narrowly escaping a trap set up by Prince Lotor.
Main article: Voltron Force
Pidge is a technological whiz and the Voltron Force member who pilots the Green Lion. Pidge is a member of Galaxy Garrison. He is ranked as a Tech Sergeant.
Voltron: Legendary Defender
Main article: Voltron: Legendary Defender
In Voltron: Legendary Defender, Pidge is a teenage girl of Italian descent named Katie "Pidge" Holt, a former communications cadet at the Galaxy Garrison, and current pilot of the Green Lion of Voltron. She is a strategic fighter, and a highly intelligent, versatile hacker and inventor who disguised herself as a boy named "Pidge Gunderson" to search for the truth about her missing family. She's fiercely loyal to her friends and an independent thinker. A shorter-than-average human girl masquerading as a boy, Pidge's appearance reflects her androgynous personal style.
Pidge is the slimmest and shortest of the Paladins. She has brown eyes, fair skin, and disheveled light brown hair. She makes no obvious effort to cut or style her hair, so it tends to form two spikes on either side of her head and unruly bangs. She dons wire-framed, round, circular glasses with fake lenses to address her lack of actual visual impairment.
Main article: Voltron (comics)
In the 2011 Devil's Due comics, the Pidge character is referred to as Darrell "Pidge" Stoker. The comic book version of Pidge depicts him as a growth-stunted 15-year-old, and as an Earthling (as opposed to his cartoon counterpart hailing from the planet Balto). He's also depicted as an orphan abandoned outside a convent when he was six weeks old (however, he may yet have a family because later he talks with Vehicle team member Chip about the similarities that exist between the two of them, he remarks that '[they]'re one DNA test short of discovering [they]'re brothers' which is a nod to the cartoon establishment of Pidge and Chip as twins). During his years at the orphanage, his scores on a state-mandated IQ test caught the eye of the New West Point military academy, who promptly enrolled him to put his awe-inspiring understanding of computer systems to good use. However, his life at NWP turned out to be worse than at the orphanage, and was the subject of regular beatings by his intellectually-threatened peers, until he was approached by Colonel Hawkins to join a team of outcasts to search for the legendary robot Voltron on the distant planet Arus. Pidge didn't have to be asked twice, and promptly agreed.
The Voltron: Legendary Defender version of the character has been praised as inclusive and displaying a non-conforming gender.
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PidgePidgeis the young genius of the Voltron Lion Forceforce and pilot of the Green Lion. He is the brother of the Vehicle Forceteam member Chip, though the circumstances of this relationship differ by continuity.
Voltron: Defender of the Universe cartoon continuity
Lion Force sub-series
Pidge and Chip are twin brothers and were orphaned at a young age. When his foster parents wanted to adopt Pidge, he refused to go unless they took Chip as well. 
He and Chip had grown up on Balto, and yet he described himself as an Earth man , implying he was at least of Earth descent (if not born on Earth).
He was part of a scout team, led by Keith, sent to Planet Arus by the Galaxy Alliance. He and the rest of the team were captured by the forces of Planet Doom, and they later escaped. 
Crash landing on Arus after their escape, they made their way to the Castle of Lions. There, they met Princess Allura and Coran, and were commissioned as the Voltron Force.  Pidge would fly Green Lion. 
He would develop a friendship with the Space Mice, even helping them to train to be a fighting force. 
A mission would later take an emotional toll on him. Responding to a distress call from planet Balto, he and the Voltron Force arrived and found out that the planet on which he and Chip grew up would explode. Despite the efforts of Pidge and the Voltron Force, Balto did explode while the team narrowly escaped a trap set up by Prince Lotor.
- Pidge is the only Voltron Force member whose pilot suit matches his Lion in color. (Hunk's uniform is orange, but his lion is yellow.)
- Pidge's uniform lacks a visor built into his helmet, in order to accomodate his glasses.
- The Pidge/Chip relationship was invented for Voltron. Pidge is based on a Beast King GoLion character, whereas Chip is based on a Armored Fleet Dairugger XV character. The two Japanese series continuities' are completely unrelated.
- Pidge does not have a last name in Defender of the Universe. In the comics by Devil's Due Publishing re-imagining the Defender of the Universe story, the character Pidge is given the full name Darrell "Pidge" Stoker.
- The surname "Stoker", introduced in the Devil's Due continuity, is series writer Dan Jolley's grandmother's maiden name.
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