|“||My X-ray specs allow me to see your ignorance!||”|
—Palutena in Chapter 17 of Kid Icarus: Uprising'.
Palutena (パルテナ Parutena) is the goddess of light, rightful ruler of Skyworld, and the patron deity of Pit and the Centurions. She is kindhearted and benevolent, as opposed to the cruel and malevolent Medusa. Despite being a divine goddess, Palutena also seems to be somewhat of a damsel-in-distress, as she was imprisoned and held captive by Medusa and needed to be rescued, but recently she has been given a much more active role as a major supporting character and Pit's greatest ally.
Palutena has the appearance of a 22-year old woman with very long green hair reaching down to her lower legs, and is around 178 cm (5'10") tall. She has an overall very elegant and regal appearance fitting her title as the goddess of light. Her main outfit is a relatively simple-looking white dress with numerous gold ornaments to accommodate it. Interestingly, many of Palutena's design choices has parallels to Pit's, such as the gold laurel crown, red fibula, the vine-like patterns on the hems of her dress, brown-colored footwear, and the various gold accessories. She is typically depicted wielding her weapons of choice such as a gold staff with a blue handle and a mirror shield.
Palutena is generally a very kind and wise character. She is shown to care much about the human race and will go to great lengths keep them safe from harm. She was willing to banish her own co-ruler, Medusa, in order to stop the goddess of darkness from attacking and killing the mortals. Although she may be the guardian of the humans, it is important to note that Palutena does not view them as flawless beings, and views them as quite selfish and destructive; however, she also believes the deities are no better than humans when it comes to fulfilling egoistic desires or ideals (or in some cases she believes gods can be far worse). Ironically, this might be why she firmly believes humans are the closest to the gods and sees them worth protecting.
One very notable trait of the goddess of light is her outstanding wisdom, as she is one of the most knowledgable within the pantheon. Palutena uses her vast proficiency to let Pit know enemies' weak points, and give other useful information and tips to him. She is also quite sharp and not easily fooled. The goddess is typically the first to notice any subtle changes that occur, including contradictions and inconsistencies in anyone's statements or situations. Other characters have commented on her as being very smart or a "know-it-all". Palutena is also noticeably more merciful compared to the other gods, as she would try to peacefully reason with her enemies first than use outright violence. When Viridi started to attack humanity, Palutena attempted to persuade her out of it. She also tried to convince Arlon to joining her side to work together against the Underworld Army.
Palutena has a very close relationship with Pit and shares a very strong bond with him, with which he returns with undying loyalty. Despite her mature appearance, she has been shown to have a very playful and mischievous side. Palutena often teases Pit, and even exploits his absolute fidelity by purposely putting him into dangerous situations in order to complete missions. She has a habit of mixing up common phrases, such as in one of the tutorial videos for Uprising she erroneously calls Super Smash Bros. as "Super Bash Sisters". The goddess also has a knack for using large, complex vocabulary that confuses Pit. Similar to her angel, she appears to have a large appetite as she talks about how delicious octopus is during the Space Kraken fight, and omelettes later in Chapter 10 when mentioning Phoenix eggs. Despite her young looks, she is sensitive when it comes to the topic regarding her age and strongly dislikes being called “ma’am”.
As the goddess of light, she has great power over the element, and is capable of performing potent magical abilities utilizing light. One of her most powerful attacks is called the “Glam Blaster”/”Sacred Goddess Clobberlaser”, which involves a giant beam of vaporizing light that can disintegrate enemies. She is also the one who supplies Pit his Power of Flight and all his other powers. Like most deities, she is quite omnipotent (even stating to have an all-seeing “Eye of Palutena”). For example, in Chapter 2, she demonstrates her godly insight regarding Magnus' past that he used to be a father and was friends with Gaol despite him never mentioning this at any point. Palutena has typical abilities shared by other gods such as telepathic communication and summoning large projections of herself. Some other powers of Palutena mentioned in Uprising and the anime shorts include the “power of cooling”, "power of weak-point exposure", “power of ninjary”, “power of caging”, and “power of maelstrom". The Palutena Bow and Silver Bow are two weapons that are explicitly stated to be created by the goddess of light herself, indicating Palutena has some prowess over weapon crafting.
Palutena and Medusa originally co-ruled Angel Land together. However, Medusa's hatred and destructive treatment towards the humans caused the light goddess to turn her into a hideous monster, and then banish her to the depths of the Underworld. The dark goddess would then respond by creating an allegiance with the Underworld monsters and take over the rest of Angel Land. Palutena's Army fell to the Underworld forces, and the light goddess herself became imprisoned within the Palace in the Sky. As a last resort, Palutena used her remaining strength to send a magical Bow to her young, loyal angel servant, named Pit, who was trapped beneath the Underworld. Armed with the sacred weapon of the goddess, Pit went forward on to his quest to gather the Three Sacred Treasures to destroy Medusa and rescue Palutena.
After Medusa is defeated by Pit, Palutena will thank the angel and reward him depending on how well he has performed throughout his adventure.
The Goddess of Light. She used to be the highest of the gods in Angel Land, but is now held prisoner by Medusa. The source of her power, the Three Sacred Treasures, were stolen away from her by Medusa.
Palutena has a nightmare of an army of demons attacking Angel Land, and becomes worried that it may be a message regarding the future of her kingdom. She calls upon a soothsayer to decipher her nightmare and is told this dream will eventually become a reality. With no time to waste, Palutena quickly summons Pit to prepare him for the upcoming battle with the Orcos. He is tasked in gathering the Three Sacred Treasures again from the Fortress guardians.
When Pit has collected all Three Sacred Treasures, Orcos will reveal himself and petrify Palutena. Pit must defeat the demon to save her.
The goddess of Angel Land.
This time around, Palutena has a much more active role as the story's deuteragonist. The goddess of light discovers that Medusa has returned after 25 years, and is attempting to dispose the humans once more while seeking vengeance from her and Pit. In order to protect the people, Palutena calls Pit forth to help her defeat Medusa. The light goddess grants the angel the Power of Flight, which allows him to fly for five minutes before his wings burn up. Also this time around, Palutena will entrust Pit with the First Blade instead of the traditional Bow as the introductory weapon. Throughout the game, Palutena will continuously guide the young angel via telepathy.
In Chapters 18-21, Palutena is controlled by the Chaos Kin, an evil wasp-like monster, and orders her Centurions to attack the humans and the Underworld Army. Pit, guided by Viridi and temporarily aided by Magnus, saves her by defeating the Chaos Kin in Chapter 21, The Chaos Vortex. While Palutena is being controlled, the lobby changes to Viridi's domain. After the Chaos Kin is defeated, the lobby becomes Palutena's again. In Chapter 24, The Three Trials, as part of the second trial, Pit must defeat a Pseudo-Palutena, an ugly mimic of the goddess.
The goddess of light and ruler of Skyworld. Palutena guides Pit through most of his journey, using her powers to help him protect the humans of the surface world from her archnemisis, Medusa, goddess of the Underworld.
After Pit defeats the possessed Palutena, the Chaos Kin is unable to escape with the goddess. She turns her body to stone at the last moment, so the Chaos Kin can flee into the Chaos Vortex with only her soul.
Despite her reputation for wisdom and mercy, little is known about the history and motivations behind the goddess Palutena. What she lacks in military might, she makes up for in her brave champion, Pit.
Super Smash Bros. Series
Palutena appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, in the game's extensive Adventure Mode: Subspace Emissary. She gives Pit the Sacred Bow of Palutena in order to fight the Subspace Army. Palutena has the honor of being the only non-playable ally character in the story. She also appears in Pit's Final Smash, known as Palutena's Army, where she summons Centurions to attack Pit's enemies. She's even featured as an unlockable trophy, only given once the player has completed the "Cleaning house in Skyworld" event.
The ruling goddess of Angel Land. Palutena showered the earth with rays of light, using her powers for the good of mankind. But Medusa, who in her hate for mankind was banished to the underworld, makes war on Palutena and wins, capturing and holding the goddess deep within a temple. Palutena entrusts Pit with a sacred bow and the task of defeating Medusa.
- More in-depth article at SmashWiki: Palutena (SSB4)
Palutena makes an appearance in all three shorts. In Thanatos Rising, she plays a similar role as she does in Uprising as Pit's helper in battle, while in Medusa's Revenge she acts as bit of the narrator of the past. She is the main focus in Palutena's Revolting Dinner where she attempts to create a "vegetable surprise" for Pit and the Centurions, but a small error causes her dinner to become sentient and attack her.
Palutena appears in the Kid Icarus challenge after Pit defeats Medusa.
- The name Palutena is likely a portmanteau or corruption of "Pallas Athena", also simply known as Athena, who was the Greek goddess of wisdom and war. After the Romans absorbed the Greek culture, this goddess became known as Minerva.
- Palutena and Viridi are the only characters to have two weapons named after them. In Palutena's case, the Palutena Bow and the Palutena Blade.
- Palutena's shield looks similar to the Mirror Shield. Since Palutena owns the Three Sacred Treasures, it may be a personal variation of them created for her by Dyntos.
- In Japan, the Kid Icarus series is known as パルテナの鏡 Parutena no Kagami, which means "Mirror of Palutena", may be referring to this shield; despite this, Palutena's mirror shield has yet to have a vital purpose in the games.
- The original Kid Icarus games and Super Smash Bros. Brawl claim Palutena as the ruler of Angel Land, while Uprising states she is the ruler of Skyworld. This is most likely a translation error.
- According to Masahiro Sakurai, the main theme of Kid Icarus: Uprising is also Palutena’s theme.
- Interestingly, Palutena shares the same boss battle music as Medusa in Uprising.
- ↑ https://twitter.com/sora_sakurai/status/186441951845949441
- ↑ http://www.kidicaruswiki.org/File:KIUCharacterHeightChart.png
- ↑ http://www.nintendo.co.uk/games/oms/kidicarusuprising/music/music01.html
|Kid Icarus series characters|
|Palutena's Army||Centurions (Centurion Knight, Centurion Strongarm) • Palutena • Pit|
|Underworld Army||Dark Lord Gaol • Hades • Hewdraw • Medusa • Orcos • Pandora • Thanatos|
|Forces of Nature||Arlon • Cragalanche • Phosphora • Viridi|
|Aurum Fleet||Aurum Brain (Aurum Pyrrhon)|
|Space Pirates||Space Pirate Captain|
|Chaos Kin||Chaos Kin|
|Unaffiliated||Chariot Master • Crow • Dark Pit • Dog • Don • Dyntos • Fighter (Light Team, Dark Team) • Girl • God of Poverty • Magnus • Nurse • Poseidon • Pseudo-Palutena • Pyrrhon • Zeus|