|“||You've got me confused with the other guy. THIS Pit is no pawn.||„|
|~ Dark Pit reveals that he is a rebellious clone of Pit.|
Dark Pit, or Black Pit (due to his colour), also nicknamed "Pittoo" by Pit and Palutena and "Ptooey" by Hades, is the flawed, incomplete clone of the hero Pit and the central antagonist of Kid Icarus: Uprising. He serves as a rival to Pit and dons a portrayal of an anti-heroic personality. He makes his first appearance in Chapter 5 and is first encountered for battle in Chapter 6. Dark Pit has various nicknames but no matter which version it is, he hates being referred to by them.
He was voiced by Minami Takayama in the Japanese version, and Antony Del Rio in the English version.
Dark Pit was a copy of Pit created when Pit himself shattered the Mirror of Truth. He turned against Pandora and absorbed her powers to gain infinite flying capabilities. Dark Pit appeared a few times either as an ally or an adversary. His alliance was confirmed indefinitely when Pit sacrificed himself to save him from the ashes of the Chaos Kin. Dark Pit returned the favor by bringing him to the rewind spring. But Pandora brought her energy out of him and was able to reclaim her old body. Dark Pit soon defeated her and brought Pit back to life. His last appearance in the game was when he was seen flying with Pit after defeating Hades.
Super Smash Bros. 4Dark Pit appears as one of the playable characters in the 2014 video games Super Smash Bros. 4. Dark Pit is a clone of Pit but is more of a close-range fighter. He is an unlockable character in both versions. His Final Smash is the Dark Pit Staff. It performs in a similar fashion to Zelda and Sheik's Light Arrow. Dark Pit also stated that after the events of Kid Icarus: Uprising he allied himself with Viridi and the Forces of Nature. He is tied with Pit as they are both ranked 32-33.
Super Smash Bros. UltimateDark Pit reappears as a playable character in the 2018 video game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He is once again a clone (also known as an echo fighter) of Pit, and largely retains his identical, but slightly different moveset to Pit. Like in Super Smash Bros. 4 he is an unlockable character. His Final Smash is the same as it was in the previous game, the Dark Pit Staff. Dark Pit is classified as fighter #28ε.
However, Dark Pit's differences are marginal compared to some other Echo Fighters (such as Lucina, Chrom, and Ken), so choosing him over Pit is almost entirely up to personal preference.
In terms of appearance, Dark Pit is nearly identical to that of Pit, with the most obvious differences being his black clothing, hair, low voice, and shadowy teal wings. The darker color scheme is also similar to that of the "fallen angel" palette swap from Brawl with some minor changes, such as red eyes, and some golden décor as well as a golden laurel crown.
PersonalityAs Dark Pit is the physical manifestation of Pit's dark side. He is said to represent the repressed feelings that Pit keeps to himself. Dark Pit is significantly more serious than his jovial counterpart, often having a more dry sense of humor. Dark Pit is more arrogant and cocky, claiming to be the original Pit. Dark Pit is also more aggressive and pragmatic than Pit, often striking opponents when their guard is down. Dark Pit proves to be sharper than Pit, possessing more common sense. This is shown when he deduces that it would take more than one soul to create an Underworld monster.
Dark Pit's most notable trait is his independent streak. As the Mirror of Truth was destroyed before the process could be complete, Dark Pit becomes a neutral character, refusing to side with any of the gods. This is shown when he defies Pandora, and flat out refuses Medusa's offer for an alliance. In Chapter 22: Scorched Feathers, he even openly calls out the gods for their selfishness, claiming that they are no better than humans as their wars throw the world off balance.
During the Chaos Kin arc, Dark Pit's personality begins to progressively change. Once he realizes that if Pit dies, he would die as well, he becomes Pit's closest ally, fighting side by side to aid him in rescuing Palutena's soul. And when Pit sacrifices himself and his wings to save Dark Pit's life, the doppelganger is determined to save Pit at all costs, though it is possible that he still acts out of selfishness to keep his own life.
Powers and Abilities
Dark Pit, true to his state as a clone, has a very similar fighting style to Pit, almost an exact copy. While he proves to be more aggressive, he can dodge, melee, shoot, and use a variety of weaponry like his rival. During Chapter 6, Pit must fight Dark Pit four times, on and off during the air battle, twice during land battle, and once on the ground. In the two randomly occurring duels, he uses an arsenal of different weapons, depending on where he is. The list below accounts for them:
- First Blade: During fights with Pit and alongside Pit in air battles, he uses a First Blade.
- EZ Cannon: Dark Pit uses this when at the temple on the hill. He will constantly barrage Pit with its shots.
- Violet Palm: At the Cliffside where the Cherubot is, Dark Pit uses this weapon.
- Ogre Club: When underground, this is his weapon of choice. Use the pillars to avoid his powerful shots.
- Dark Pit Staff: Dark Pit uses his trademark staff to snipe at Pit from atop the mountain. It also returns as his Final Smash in Super Smash Bros. 4 and Ultimate.
- Silver Bow: Used during his boss battle and in the Lunar Sanctum, and during the Land Battle in Chapter 21. His most used/Signature Weapon.
During the boss battle, Dark Pit will use the Silver Bow. He will use charged dash shots, gets up close and unleashes continuous fire. However, Dark Pit has the added advantage of inexhaustible flight, given to him by Pandora's remains. He will fly around on occasion, moving away from the platform. Aside from shooting, he has two new moves when doing this. First is the standard bow special move, which sends down a rain of arrows. This engulfs the entire platform and can cause huge damage. Second is a charge attack, where he glows purple and charges at Pit.
When playing as Dark Pit in Scorched Feathers, he can change his weapons for any weapon the player provides him with. He also shows the ability to use powers just like Pit. While Pit will often shout Palutena's (or Viridi's, in Chapters 19-21) name when using these, Dark Pit will say phrases such as "Come on!" or "Take this!". Where he gets his power from is never revealed. Dark Pit's indefinite power of flight also comes apparent, as the player flies for most of the level, only landing for the boss battle with Pandora.
- Dark Pit continues the tradition of video games or Nintendo doppelgängers in general, joining a cast that includes Shadow Mario, Dark Link, Shadow Link, Ube, Metal Mario, Cosmic Mario, Cosmic Luigi, Mr. L, Boshi, Mewtwo, Crazy Radd, Giga Mac, Star Wolf, Masked Man/Claus, Future Layton, Dark Samus, The SA-X, Dark Bowser, Dark Meta Knight, Yarn Meta Night, Yarn King Dedede, Phantom Ganon from Ocarina of Time, Pseudo-Palutena, Possessed Zelda, Phantom Ganon from Wind Waker, Shadow Kirby, Shadow Pit, Shadow Pokémon, and Blood Falcon; but like Shadow Kirby and the Shadow Pokémon (to an extent), Dark Pit isn't evil, though. Unlike the blank Dark Link and Dark Samus, Dark Pit has a fully fleshed out personality.
- He is similar to Shadow the Hedgehog from the Sonic the Hedgehog series: both Dark Pit and Shadow portray antagonistic roles at first towards the protagonists (Pit and Sonic) but later become slight friends/allies. Even so, like an antihero, Dark Pit and Shadow are neutral, not technically favoring the good or bad sides. They also both have extensive knowledge of weapons.
- In The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords manga, Shadow Link is an antagonist but towards the end, he helps the four Links.
- Dark Pit's nickname in Japanese is "Blapi" (ブラピ Burapi), it comes from "Bura"kku "Pi"tto.
- This nickname is a play on words, "Blapi" generally and even comedically means the nickname of "Brad Pitt" (name of real-life American actor) in Japan.
- After Pit defeated Hades, the two are seen flying off into the sunset together, with Dark Pit separating and flying off.
- His weapon of choice seems to be the Silver Bow, as he is seen using it the most.
- Pit's most common weapon is the Palutena Bow, which is a "complete" version of the Silver Bow and can relate to the fact that Dark Pit is an incomplete version of Pit.
- Some weapon idols will show Dark Pit using them, like the Leo Cannon or Samurai Blade. Ironically, the idol of his weapon of choice, the Silver Bow, doesn't feature him wielding it. He is, however, seen holding the Dark Pit Staff on the weapon's idol.
- Dark Pit is one of two characters in Kid Icarus: Uprising that has played the role of an ally, boss, and playable character. The other is Magnus.
- Dark Pit is the only character that fights as an ally twice.
- Dark Pit is also the only character besides Pit that is playable for a whole chapter as Magnus isn't playable after the boss battle.
- When Dark Pit battles Pandora alongside Pit, he is seen wielding whatever weapon the player had equipped Pit with during the chapter. His attacks will damage Pit and is capable of finishing him. The player can do the same thing, however. This also applies when he helps Pit in Chapter 21, with the exception of the fact that in Chapter 21 he wields the Silver Bow rather than the one the player had equipped (unless of course, it was the Silver Bow the player was using).
- Dark Pit is also the only character fought both as a mini-boss (first to third rounds of Chapter 6 and in Chapter 13) and a boss (fourth round of Chapter 6).
- Dark Pit is fought the most out of all the bosses in the game, since he is fought four times in Chapter 6, followed by his fifth fight in Chapter 13.
- Dark Pit and Pit share the same voices in both languages, such as Antony Del Rio in the English version.
- Like Pit, Dark Pit can use a variety of weapons but prefers to use a bow, such as the Silver Bow.
- Even though Dark Pit is a "mirror image" of Pit, as created by the Mirror of Truth, his design is a parallel of Pit's and isn't reflected or flipped like a true mirror image.
- His flight in the ending is granted by Palutena. This is evidenced by the fact that his wings are glowing blue, while Pit's are glowing green, having had his flight granted by Viridi as he finished off Hades.
- Dark Pit is, if not the only, one of the few Solo Mode enemies that is vulnerable to Shaking.
- Even though Dark Pit doesn't appear as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl (as the game predated Uprising), one of Pit's alternate colors greatly resembles Dark Pit. However, in Super Smash Bros. 4, Dark Pit appears as a playable character. Pit also happens to have a palette swap similar to Dark Pit's colors, but Pit's wings are white to easier distinguish between the two.
- Dark Pit, Mewtwo, and Wolf are the only antagonists in the Super Smash Bros. series to have never been starter characters.