My ultimate VLD BroTP: Why Pidge’s and Hunk’s friendship is extremely well done
VLD meta seems very focused on romance, but what is special to me about this show are all the other facets of human/alien relationships that are present in the show. My favorite by far is the friendship between Pidge and Hunk. It was extremely well developed over the existing seasons and so I wanted to write an appreciation post about this.
Pidge and Hunk start out as classmates who have known each other for a while, but are by no means close. Pidge is staying away from the others, because she has her own mission and secrets she is keeping from them, the biggest being her gender.
Some of her
first interactions with Hunk are yelling at him for touching her stuff,
yelling at him for rummaging her backpack (reading her diary!)
and yelling at him because
he wants to leave Aurus (all within the first episode). They start out very
much at odds.
tend to focus more in the foreground here, which are clearly Lance and Keith
fighting, but Pidge and Hunk are fighting in the beginning too.
Hunk is not accepting her personal boundaries and even in episode 2 she yells at him for reading her thoughts. Pidge eventually becomes more comfortable once she tells the other paladins that she is a girl and Hunk is supportive.
Seriously Hunk and Lance seem like the type of friends who would share their bed without a second thought (little personal boundaries). Pidge is only really close to her brother Matt, which explains why she so desperately wants to find him (even before their father), he is her brother and her best friend.
By episode 9
their relationship has changed a lot compared to the beginning.
They bond over defeating the corrupted kitchen station, while Pidge is taking the lead.
This is awesome because Hunk does not have problems listening to a girl who is smaller and younger than him.
They have this hand grabbing moment (which is parallel by Lance and Keith in the same episode) and that seems to finalize their connection.
Later Hunk acknowledges
that Pidge is his friend.
By in the beginning of season 2 Pidge acknowledges that Hunk and the other paladins her friends.
We see them hang out in the kitchen again during episode 5 during their day off.
And they cry when they part ways for their missions at the end of season 2.
In season 3 they fight Narti together, having each other’s backs and Hunk asks Pidge for “a little help” acknowledging that she is strong and capable enough to safe him. That’s really cool!
In season 4 go on missions together and by season 4 they are a dream team.
And when Pidge finally finds Matt the person they hang out with is Hunk. I think this is not done deliberately. They could have had the milkshake scene Hunk just described with Matt as well, but they decided they wouldn’t. Just having those three together makes sense, because Hunk is the person Pidge would hang out with anyways.
What is so great about their friendship that it took time to develop. While Hunk seems to have an easier time letting people in for Pidge it took some time, but she finally became very comfortable around him. The took full 13 episodes for them to acknowledge that they like each other and another 13 for them to get express their feelings infront of each other (in the goodbye scene). If this is the pace the creators are developing a friendship between two likeminded people who are easily complementing each other I do not expect any romance plotlines to come to any conclusion before the very last season really.
We know that Pidge was an outsider in school for being smart and showing it. Hunk is smart too, but better adapted socially because he does not really show it. Pidge however, is the person who makes him show this side of himself.
They are complimenting each other perfectly, despite seeming quite different in the beginning. She is very direct while he is rather sensitive, she is small, he is big, she seems to be the brain while he seems to be the muscle but actually they are both good in both realms, Pidge being a good fighter and Hunk being very smart.
Another thing I noticed is about their elements: Wood/Forest and Earth. They are closely related, since trees need the earth to grow and soil is made from plants and needs them to be protected from erosion. They both benefit from each other without hindering the other in their development. This is very much what Hunk’s and Pidge’s friendship is like. If we apply this to Keith and Lance it might explain why they have such a hard time getting along with each other, but maybe that’s just overanalyzing… I think I will make a different post on the topic of the Wu Xing and the paladins.
I have not seen a platonic relationship between a female and male character developed so well since Mable and Dipper in Gravity Falls (and they are siblings and twins!). Usually stories just show is the development of a relationship between a girl and a boy in this much detail when romance is lurking and that’s a shame, because we need to see diverse friendships just as much as we need to see diverse romantic relationships!
So, yeah Pidge and Hunk are my power BroTP in VLD. They have reached a deep level of trust and are able to bring the best out of each other. Where can this go from here? I am a bit worried that they might face a crisis at some point (which will break my heart), because where else could they go from her? And I don’t really see a romance developing, though the way they are supporting each other is the best basis for a romantic relationship really. So, if crisis happens (though I have no idea where it could come from… maybe Lotor?) I am certain they will be able to overcome it together.
But for the time being I just enjoy their awesome dynamic. Thank you for reading!