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I am Pit, servant of the goddess of light!

— Pit

Pit dramatic pose e3 2011 press kit


Palutena Mini Icon Palutena's Army



Captain of Palutena's Guard

Pit (ピット Pitto), is the protagonist of the Kid Icarus series. He first appeared in Kid Icarus for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1986, followed by an appearance in Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters for the Game Boy in 1991. Other than a handful of cameos, Pit didn't make another major appearance until the release of Super Smash Bros. Brawl in 2008, and again in the 2012 Nintendo 3DS title Kid Icarus: Uprising.

Pit is Palutena's most loyal servant, as well as the captain of her royal bodyguards. He is sometimes erroneously referred to as "Kid Icarus" due to confusing his name with the English title of the series.

He is voiced by Antony Del Rio in the English version of Uprising, by Troy Lund in the E3 trailer for Uprising, by Lani Minella in Brawl, and by Minami Takayama in the Japanese version of both games.


Physical Appearance


Concept art of Pit from Uprising.

In earlier games, Pit appeared as a young, Putto-like angel wearing a simple, white chiton with a pair of sandals and metal cuffs. He had short brown hair and small white wings that are incapable of flight. From Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters and beyond, he dons a laurel crown.

Since his reappearance in Brawl, he was given a major redesign by Masahiro Sakurai. Pit now looks to be 13 years old[1], and stands at around 5'3" (160 cm[2]). He has large blue eyes and fluffy brown hair. His chiton is now decorated with red and gold hems on the bottom. It is fastened on the shoulder by a golden fibula with a red gem in the center. He wears the outfit with a brown belt that has silver lining the edges and a gold, triangular buckle on his waist. Pit also wears navy blue tights beneath his chiton. The angel now has a pair of bronze and gold cuffs around his forearms, and singular gold rings on his upper left arm and right thigh. His brown sandals are decorated with crossing, beige bands, and are edged at the top with white fur.


Pit is peppy and chipper, and like many Nintendo protagonists, he is fearless and heroic. He has no problem fighting against monsters many times his size and is always ready to help the humans when they are in need. The angel has a notable humorous side and enjoys cracking jokes and bantering with Palutena. Pit is also very confident, which makes him bit of a show-off at times. He can, however, become a little reckless due to his gung-ho and naive personality, which causes him to get into trouble at times. Nonetheless, Pit is a good-hearted and friendly character. He is described by Viridi as "insufferably upbeat" and by Dark Pit as "unbearably cheerful." He is also shown to be moderately gullible at times, often believing Palutena's words to be true even when she is joking.

His trust in Palutena is absolute, but he is shown to be somewhat nervous on his own, such as during the ascent of the Lightning Tower. Without Palutena to back him up, he steadily becomes quieter and quieter. While in Hades's body, Pit also tries to replicate Palutena's helpful dialogue as she can't contact him. He becomes very self-conscious doing this, but it helps to reassure him.


Despite Pit being a flightless angel, he is still a skilled and versatile fighter. He originally started out as an archer that mainly specialized in using the Bow, but over the years he has become more experienced with using various weapons, such as the Blade, Claws, and Cannon.

He has a very high level of durability, as his body was capable of taking Magnus's powerful blows and attacks. Pit has also mentioned at times that he would "spend his adventures getting shot at," which showcases his durability against the Underworld army and the like.

Also, as the Captain of Palutena's Guard, he has demonstrated good leadership skills. Despite Pit's extreme dependence and trust in Palutena, he's capable of coming up with ideas and strategies on his own, as shown from battling Hades's Heart or when battling Pseudo-Palutena when the real Palutena was asleep.

Idol Descriptions


Our hero and the captain of Palutena's personal guard. Pit is a powerful warrior despite his youthful appearance. Wielding many new weapons and gifts from Palutena, Pit is no longer limited to the bow of his past adventures.

Pit (Rally Cry)

Pit strikes this pose when trying to look cool, especially when yelling at Underworld fiends. He put so much time into creating it, even bosses are supportive of the effort.

Pit (Wingless)

Pit suffers the mortal injury of losing his wings after exceeding the limits of the power of flight to rescue Dark Pit from deep within the Chaos Vortex. Almost reunited with Palutena after three years, fate keeps them apart.

Pit (Revived)

Pit after the recovery of his wings in the Rewind Spring. To transport him there, Dark Pit has to first fly through the Underworld, finding the spring, which allows Palutena to transport Pit to that very same spot.

Pit (Injured)

Hades shatters the Great Sacred Treasure with one vicious clap. Pit takes the brunt of the damage, unable to rise and fight. Yet just as Hades moves to strike the final blow, an unlikely ally appears.

Pit (Victory)

After Hades's ultimate destruction, Pit's exclamation of "Victory!" isn't inspired by the thrill of defeating his nemesis or the gratitude he feels for Palutena. Rather, it is a spontaneous expression of joy and relief.



Kid Icarus (1986)

At the beginning of the first game, Pit began as a young angel boy, trapped in the Underworld. Palutena, the Goddess of Light, had been imprisoned, so she entrusted Pit with a magical bow and the duty of gathering the Three Sacred Treasures, defeating the Dark Goddess Medusa, and saving Angel Land. Pit must journey through the Underworld, Overworld, Skyworld, and, finally, the Palace in the Sky in order to gather the Three Sacred Treasures and free Palutena.


Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters (1991)

In Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters, Pit is charged with training for the defense of Angel Land, after Palutena foresees an invasion of demons led by a monster called Orcos. The training involves the Three Sacred Treasures, which Pit must unite. However, because of a dire emergency, Palutena had entrusted the Three Sacred Treasures to the fortress guardians. To prevent Orcos's invasion, Pit must once again obtain the Three Sacred Treasures. After defeating Orcos, Pit ends up losing his wings when he flies too close to the sun.

Kid Icarus: Uprising (2012)

Set 25 years after Kid Icarus, Medusa is revived and resumes her conquest for revenge. Palutena gives Pit the task to defeat Medusa once again, this time granting him the Power of Flight to aid him on his quest. Along the way he meets new friends and foes alike, and eventually learns that his true enemy is not Medusa, but rather Hades, the God of the Underworld.

Super Smash Bros. Series

For more information, see Pit (Super Smash Bros.).

Super Smash Bros. Melee


Pit's Trophy in Melee

Although not a playable character, Pit makes an appearance as a collectible trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee. Based on his appearance from the original Kid Icarus, his trophy contains the sentence "Will he ever fight again?", which foreshadows his eventual debut as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

The fight is on!

— Pit
Pit's profile pic

Pit as he appeared in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Pit is a playable in character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and is available at the start of the game.

His Special Attacks, other than his Side Special, are based off of the Three Sacred Treasures. His bow is called the "Sacred Bow of Palutena."[3] This bow is his symbol and has the added feature of being able to split into dual swords, a trait that would carry on to its appearance in Uprising and a dual functionality that would come to permeate all of the weapons in Pit's arsenal in that game. He uses both swords and bow for his Aerial, Standard and Smash Attacks, changing the weapon between three different forms to attack. His Down Special is the Mirror Shield, which is used to reflect projectiles and protect Pit from attack from the front. It can be angled upward slightly. His Up Special is the Wings of Icarus, which allows him to fly freely for a short time.

After obtaining the power of the Smash Ball, Pit can use his Final Smash, Palutena's Army, to call upon a swarm of Centurions to attack his opponents.

Because he possesses wings, Pit is one of three characters who are capable of gliding, the other two being Meta Knight and Charizard.

Due to his moveset (his fast projectile, which is controllable after release and can cover a great distance in a short time; his superior recovery; his multiple projectile-reflecting moves; and his multi-hit attacks, which include his Neutral Air attack and Forward Special), Pit is considered easy to use by beginners.

Without many good moves to KO with and the inability to use the Wings of Icarus again if hit in midair during the duration of the move until he lands, he is kept from a higher spot on the tier list: he currently ranks at 17th out of 38 characters on the tier list.

Role in the Subspace Emissary

In the Subspace Emissary, Pit is first seen watching Mario and Kirby battling on a stadium through a mystical fountain in Skyworld. When he sees the stadium get engulfed by Subspace, Palutena appears and sends him to defeat the Subspace Army, giving him her bow. Pit soon meets Mario, who was knocked out of the stadium by Petey Piranha, the act of which turned him into a trophy before he landed in the Sea of Clouds near Skyworld. Pit and Mario quickly team up and set out to defeat the Subspace Army. They eventually form a larger party of fighters with Link, Yoshi, and Kirby, which joins up with other characters later in the story.

Eventually, all the characters (with the exception of Luigi, Ness, King Dedede, Sonic, Jigglypuff, Toon Link, and Wolf) join up and invade the Subspace, only to get turned into trophies by Tabuu. However, he and most of the others are rescued by King Dedede, Luigi, and Ness, who had been absent in the invasion. Pit takes part in the final battle against Tabuu with all the other characters.

Pit as he appears in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U

Pit returns in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U as a playable character once again, being available from the start like in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Pit has had many changes from Brawl, such as having the Guardian Orbitars, Power of Flight, and Upperdash Arm available to him from Kid Icarus: Uprising. Pit can no longer glide like he did in Brawl, as the gliding feature was removed.

Trophy Information

Super Smash Bros. Melee

"The head of Palutena's personal bodyguards, Pit traveled near and far to gather Three Sacred Treasures that would help him defeat the evil goddess of darkness, Medusa, and free Palutena, the goddess of light. Pit couldn't fly with his little wings; only the Wings of Pegasus let him take flight. Will Pit ever fight again?"

Kid Icarus (7/87)

Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Pit)

"The captain of the royal bodyguards of Palutena, goddess of light and ruler of Angel Land. The dark goddess, Medusa, conquered the underworld, the surface world, and the heavens, and imprisoned Palutena. Pit escaped and, armed with Palutena's magical bow, set out to free her. Along the way, he gathered Three Sacred Treasures with which he challenged Medusa."

Kid Icarus, 1987

Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Palutena's Army)

Fig 10 pit
"Pit's Final Smash. An image of the goddess Palutena appears, heralding the arrival of Pit's legions, the Centurions. These flying warriors proceed to attack all enemies with fierce savagery. Once a Centurion strikes an enemy, he falls from the sky, never to fly again. Centurions are so fast that dodging them is very hard. Take heart, Centurions! Your deaths are not in vain!"
Fig 10 pit v

Super Smash Bros. For 3DS/Wii U (Pit)

"Pit is the captain of Palutena's royal guard. Despite the wings on his back, Pit needs the Power of Flight from Palutena in order to truly fly. In Smash Bros., he can still get more air than most, with four jumps and a special move that boosts him higher. He has a new reflect move—it protects both sides!"

Fig 10 pit f

Super Smash Bros. For 3DS/Wii U (Pit (Alt.))

"Pit's side special Upperdash Arm delivers an uppercut so strong, it can send foes flying for a KO. If you miss and fall off the stage, Pit's up special can bring him soaring back. Another of Pit's specials is Palutena Bow, which fires arrows Pit can aim even after they've left the bow."


Super Smash Bros. For Wii U (Three Sacred Treasures)

The Arrow of Light, the Wings of Pegasus, and the Mirror Shield—three legendary artifacts that Pit once used to defeat the evil Medusa. When you activate Pit's Final Smash, he can use them in this game too! After firing a barrage of different bow attacks, his final shot will cause powerful light pillars to rain down on the battlefield.

Super Smash Bros. For 3DS (Pit (Eggplant))

Let's squash a misconception right now—there is nothing worse than being turned into an eggplant. Just lettuce tell you, being hit by an eggplant bomb is humiliating. It leafs you without mushroom to maneuver and also makes you the laughing stalk of your friends.

Other Appearances

Captain N: The Game Master

Pit appeared as one of the main characters in the cartoon Captain N: The Game Master. Here, he was referred to as "Kid Icarus" and, after initial suspicion, became one of Kevin's loyal friends. He was voiced by Alessandro Juliani. Pit is drawn with a comically larger head (with a massive cowlick) in comparison to the rest of his body and is constantly in flight, as though he already possessed the Wings of Pegasus.

He has a tendency to append the catchphrase "-icus" to words (and sometimes uses "maximus" to refer to large things) and speaks as a young teenager just hitting puberty. No longer satisfied with normally deadly arrows, Pit has a large selection of different projectiles in his quiver with a large variety of functions, and he always seems to have the right one for the job (ranging from saw-bladed arrows to pizza arrows); sometimes, however, he pulls the wrong arrow and simply must make do with whatever he drew. One episode was centered on the plot of Kid Icarus, with the team trying to collect the Three Treasures. Kid Icarus came from the "Mount Icarus" realm.


Pit appeared in the official Nintendo version of Tetris, as an instrument player alongside Samus of Metroid fame and several of Nintendo's other characters. In this appearance, he was depicted playing a violin or viola in the ending. This may be a pun on his choice of weapon, as the tool used for playing a stringed instrument is also called a bow.

F-1 Race

Pit briefly appears in F-1 Race at the start of Course 8, waving at the player before the race begins. He is also seen waving at the player during the ending sequence of the game.


Pit makes an appearance in WarioWare: Twisted!; in one of 9-Volt's games, the player directs Pit left or right to dodge Shemums or eggplants thrown at him from an Eggplant Wizard. Pit is also seen on the cover of the Kid Icarus record box.

In WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase, Pit makes an appearance in one of 18-Volt's microgames. He is seen inside of a Treasure Chamber, standing still while the player clicks on pitchers to break them.

He also appears in the 2nd and 3rd level of the microgame "Opening Night" in WarioWare: Smooth Moves, where he is seen playing a cello.

NES Remix

Pit appears as a playable character during certain challenges in NES Remix 2 and Ultimate NES Remix.

Super Mario Maker

Alongside Dark Pit and Palutena, Pit makes an appearance as an unlockable costume. To unlock him, the player must clear the 100 Mario Challenge on Normal or higher, or scan their Pit amiibo.

Yoshi's Woolly World

By scanning the Pit amiibo to their game, the player can obtain a Pit costume for Yoshi in Yoshi's Woolly World.

Nintendo Badge Arcade

Three different Pit badges are available in Nintendo Badge Arcade, all in the style of the original Kid Icarus.


  • There aren't any proper angels in Greek mythology, but there is one archer with wings; Pit bears a very striking resemblance to the Putto-like Eros (also known as Cupid), the god who would inspire love by shooting people with arrows. In popular culture, Cupid is often depicted as having arrowheads shaped and colored like hearts due to his love motif. In Pit's official art from the original Kid Icarus, and in his trophy from Super Smash Bros. Melee, the heads of his arrows are depicted as being heart-shaped.
    • Pit may also be based on Icarus, the figure for whom the series takes its English title: for example, at the end of Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters, Pit's wings fall off after flying too close to the sun. This alludes to the story of Icarus, whose wax-and-feather wings allowed him to fly. However, he goes against his father's warning and flies too close to the sun, melting the wax on his wings and causing him to plummet to his death. A similar allusion is made in Kid Icarus: Uprising, when Palutena notes that the Power of Flight can only sustain Pit for five minutes before his wings burn up, causing him to fall.
      • Pit also seems to draw inspiration from Biblical angels. Angels in the Bible are commonly depicted as benevolent messengers and guardians. Pit's position as Palutena's bodyguard and a protector of humans fits as a role of a guardian angel.
  • There are rumors in the Smash Bros. community that Pit was supposed to be in the original Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo 64, but may have been cut due to animation problems for his wings and time constraints. However, there is no evidence to support these claims.
  • Pit is stated to be illiterate, as mentioned in Chapter 17 of Uprising where he said he never learned how to read.
  • He is shown to have a healthy appetite, though he seems to dislike vegetables as shown in Palutena's Revolting Dinner. Burgers, pies, cakes, etc. suit his taste more, yet he'll eat anything, regardless of whether or not he's hungry.



Characters in the Kid Icarus series.
Kid Icarus PitPalutenaMedusaHewdrawPandoraTanatosFriendly GodNurseGod of Poverty
Of Myths and Monsters PitPalutenaOrcosDonCrowZeusNurseGod of Poverty
Uprising Palutena's Army

PitPalutenaCenturion (Centurion StrongarmCenturion Knight)

Underworld Army

MedusaHadesPandora (Amazon Pandora) • ThanatosDark Lord GaolHewdraw

Forces of Nature



Dark PitMagnusPyrrhon (Aurum Pyrrhon) • Chariot MasterDyntosPoseidonGirlDogFighter


Chaos KinSpace Pirate Captain

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