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Pit is the main character and protagonist from Nintendo's Kid Icarus series. He is Palutena's most loyal servant and the leader of her royal bodyguard, the Icarus Army.


Kid Icarus series[edit]

Kid Icarus[edit]

In Kid Icarus, Pit was a member of Palutena's royal bodyguard and was a valiant warrior. During the game's events, Angel Land was invaded by the vengeful Goddess of Darkness Medusa, who sought to rule the Palace in the Sky with the assistance of the monsters of the Underworld. Most of Palutena's Centurions were turned to stone and Pit was imprisoned in a dungeon deep within the Underworld. Palutena used her magical prowess to send Pit a bow and arrow with which to escape. She then tasked him with defeating Medusa and retrieving the Three Sacred Treasures (the Pegasus Wings, Mirror Shield, and Light Arrows) which Medusa had stolen and given to her most powerful followers.

Pit then traveled out of the Underworld, through the Overworld and into Skyworld. There he faced Medusa in the occupied Palace. Pit used the three treasures which he had retrieved to defeat Medusa. Afterward Pit is awarded new armor or is given a kiss of gratitude from Palutena.

Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters[edit]

In Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters, Palutena was disturbed by a dream and called upon her soothsayer to unravel it and foretell the future. The soothsayer foretold that Angel Land would be attacked by otherworldly demons known as "Orcos". Palutena immediately summoned Pit and informed him that in order to defeat the encroaching demons it would be necessary to obtain the Three Sacred Treasures. However Pit did not yet possess sufficient power to wear these three treasures, despite doing so in the previous game, for reasons that fans can only speculate, and it was decided that Pit must undergo training. This training would involve Pit traveling, once again, through Angel Land.

Kid Icarus: Uprising[edit]

In Kid Icarus: Uprising, the plot starts off similarly to the original game, with Medusa being resurrected and Pit having to take on her armies with the help of Palutena. However, after the battle with Medusa, the game goes on as Pit discovers the reasons for Medusa's return, and other powers and Gods begin to complicate matters with their own agendas. The game expands greatly on the characters of Pit and Palutena, and brings back many enemies and bosses from the previous games, such as Monoeyes, Reapers, Komaytos, and Eggplant Wizards. At the same time, it also introduces new characters and enemies such as the Human warrior Magnus, the Goddess Viridi and her Forces of Nature, and the alien Aurum. The game has a much more light-hearted and often self-aware nature, with Pit and Palutena conversing throughout each stage, with other characters and even bosses often joining in. These range from plot-relevant dialogue and tips on how to get through the stage, to simple banter of varying levels of seriousness.

The game starts each stage with Pit flying to each area using Palutena's Power of Flight. Using the Power of Flight, Palutena guides Pit as close as she can to their objective while Pit fights any enemies in his way. As the Power of Flight lasts only five minutes, Pit has to fight the rest of the way to the objective on foot, using a combination of shooting, melee attacks, and magic powers.

Pit's arsenal is also greatly expanded. Rather than just a bow, he starts off with a Sword/Gun-like weapon called a Blade, and over the course of the game can pick up to nine different types of weapons, each with twelve different individual forms that provide their own twists on the weapons' basic strengths and weaknesses. These range from the series' classic Bow (including the bow he uses in Super Smash Bros Brawl) to the previously mentioned Blades, Staffs, Clubs, Cannons, and other exotic weapons.

Captain N: The Game Master[edit]

Kid Icarus's appearance in Captain N: The Game Master.

In the television series Captain N: The Game Master, Pit is named "Kid Icarus," and is a member of the N-Team, a team of video game characters who defend Video Land against various villains such as the Mother Brain and Eggplant Wizard.

Like the Kid Icarus games Kid Icarus is armed with a magical bow. This bow is provided with the use of a quiver of special arrows which each possess unique properties. Unlike Pit Kid Icarus is constantly air-born, something Pit is only able to do once he possesses the Wings of Pegasus. He also often adds "-icus" or similar suffixes to important words. This version of Pit also appeared in the Captain N comic book series.

Nintendo Power[edit]

Pit also appeared in an issue of Nintendo Power where the character Nester, who appeared in several short comedic comics, dreams that he has taken on the form of Pit and been transported to Angel Land. There Zeus tries to encourage the uncooperative Nester to undergo training.


The results screen for the NES version of Tetris features Pit as part of a band composed of himself, Donkey Kong, Link, Samus Aran, Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Bowser. He is playing the harp. Pit in particular appears when the player has completed height 0 of Game B's ninth level.

F-1 Race[edit]

In F-1 Race, before Course 8, Pit appears to cheer on the player character. He also appears during the ending sequence.

Mario franchise[edit]

"Super Mario: Die Bescherung"[edit]

Pit along with other Nintendo characters (and Mega Man) in Super Mario: Die Bescherung.

Pit makes a minor appearance in the Club Nintendo comic Super Mario: Die Bescherung. In this comic strip, Pit is one of the invited guests that Mario had invited over for a Christmas party that he is hosting. Within the comic, Pit is seen alongside various characters including Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool, Toad, Yoshi, Link, and Mega Man. His appearance resembles his artwork from Of Myths and Monsters.

WarioWare series[edit]

WarioWare: Twisted![edit]
Pit in the Kid Icarus microgame in WarioWare: Twisted!

In WarioWare: Twisted!, Pit appears in the Kid Icarus microgame. Here, the player must tilt the Game Boy Advance to move Pit left or right to dodge snakes and eggplants thrown by the Eggplant Wizards at him.

Pit is also seen on the cover of the Kid Icarus record box, an unlockable souvenir that plays the theme from Kid Icarus. When the cursor is placed on the record, the text describing it says "this is the closest thing to a sequel you're gonna get!".

WarioWare: Smooth Moves[edit]

In WarioWare: Smooth Moves, Pit makes an appearance as one of the 8-bit characters performing in the Opening Night microgame, during stages two and three. Here, Pit is seen playing a cello.

WarioWare D.I.Y. Showcase[edit]

Pit appears in the Kid Icarus microgame in international versions of WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase. It takes place in a Treasure Chamber, where Pit must break all the pots and collect the items in a room in order to win.

WarioWare Gold[edit]

In WarioWare Gold, Pit appears in one of the microgames where the player has to shoot Medusa's eye, a reference to the final boss of the original Kid Icarus.

Super Mario Maker[edit]

By tapping the Pit amiibo to the Wii U GamePad in Super Mario Maker, the player will unlock a Mystery Mushroom that gives Mario a costume based on Pit to use in the Super Mario Bros. graphical style. Rather than use his original Kid Icarus sprite, the sprite for this game is a new one based on his design in Kid Icarus: Uprising. When in use, the costume also replaces some sound effects with sound effects from the Famicom Disk System version of Kid Icarus.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Melee, there is a collectible trophy of Pit.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Pit appears as a playable fighter, which was first announced at E3 2006. Pit's primary weapon is Palutena's Bow, which can split into two pieces and be used as swords. He also uses the Mirror Shield to avoid attacks.

In Adventure Mode: The Subspace Emissary, we first see Pit watching a friendly fight between Mario and Kirby. Once the Ancient Minister drops a bomb onto the stadium which engulfs everything in it, he is sent by Palutena to help the heroes in the fight with his Sacred Bow. Fighting an army of Primid he eventually meets up with Mario who was shot far away. He revives him and the two go to the rescue. On their adventures they eventually meeting up with Link, Yoshi, and Kirby. Following this, they meet up with Ike, Marth, Lucas, Pokemon Trainer and the Ice Climbers when they were invaded by the subspace army. They then save the universe from the clutches of Tabuu.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Pit has been changed a decent amount between the iterations, taking on more inspiration from Uprising. He has obtained much of the character from that game.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Pit returns as a playable fighter once more, albeit unlockable.

List of appearances[edit]

Title Description Year of release Release medium
Kid Icarus Playable character 1986 Nintendo Entertainment System
Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters Playable character 1991 Game Boy
Super Smash Bros. Melee Cameo as a trophy 2001 Nintendo GameCube
WarioWare: Twisted! Appears in a microgame 2004 Game Boy Advance
WarioWare: Smooth Moves Appears in a microgame 2006 Wii
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Playable character 2008 Wii
WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase Appears in a microgame 2009 Nintendo DS
Kid Icarus: Uprising Playable character 2012 Nintendo 3DS
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Playable character 2014 Nintendo 3DS
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Playable character 2014 Wii U
Yoshi's Woolly World Cameo as amiibo Yoshi design 2015 Wii U
Super Mario Maker Unlockable costume 2015 Wii U
Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World Cameo as amiibo Yoshi design 2017 Nintendo 3DS
WarioWare Gold Appears in a microgame 2018 Nintendo 3DS
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Playable character 2018 Nintendo Switch

General information[edit]

Physical description[edit]

Pit is loosely based on figures from Greek mythology, such as Icarus and Eros/Cupid. His basic design is a childlike angel with brown hair. Over the years his character design has changed very little. Pit's character design has always included elements associated with classical antiquity, such as a tunic, chlamys and sandals. His primary weapon is the bow and arrow though in Super Smash Bros. Brawl Pit is able to disassemble his bow and use it as two daggers. Pit first received a crown of laurel in Of Myths and Monsters and his eye-color, blue, was also first revealed.

Pit was heavily redesigned for Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and his design is based on what Masahiro Sakurai thought Pit would look like if the Kid Icarus series had continued after Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters.[1] Pit is noticeably older than the cherub-like character that appeared in previous games and now has a more anime/manga-style appearance. Nintendo has described this redesign as "a giant leap forward in his evolution". It should be noted that despite Pit looking only five to eight years older, Uprising takes place the full 25 years after the original game that passed in real time.

In Kid Icarus: Uprising, Pit is designed after his appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, with a few minor adjustments. One of his alternate costumes in Super Smash Bros. Brawl was made into a separate character named Dark Pit, who would later become a Super Smash Bros. fighter since the release of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.


Super Smash Bros. Melee trophy[edit]

"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 trophies[edit]


"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
Palutena's Army

"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!"

Kid Icarus: Uprising[edit]

  • Idol description (Pit): "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."
  • Idol description (Power of Flight): "Palutena's divine power keeping Pit aloft during his air battles. Because Pit can't actually fly, Palutena controls the flight path and destination, ensuring he lands before the power's roughly five-minute time limit expires and Pit falls."
  • Idol description (Pit's Body): "The Chaos Kin takes advantage of Pit's weakened state after his battle with the Aurum to seal his soul in a ring. Without a spirit to guide it, Pit's body is at the whim of the Chaos Kin, mindlessly rampaging for three years."


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Pit.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ピット
Pit; based on「キューピット」(Kyupitto, Cupid)

Chinese 皮特
彼特 (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)


Finnish Kid Icarus
Korean 피트

Russian Пит

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