INTERESTING THING OF NOTE: Lance, to Pidge’s mind, is a PRIORITY to take out first because - and here I’ll transcript, but:
“Lance’s range makes him a top priority. He’s good at teaming up and picking on engaged targets. He’s more vulnerable up close.”
Okay, so - the things that make him a good fighter to Pidge are-
1. He’s got range. Now, that’s his bayard, sure, but it also suggests that even back here, he’s considered the sharpshooter. And also, the ability to read a situation and know who and when to shoot.
2. He’s good at teaming up. That’s. Literally one of his listed skills here. It’s something Pidge sees as a dangerous skill. But it’s not something Lance sees as a skill, because it’s not obvious like the rest of them have theirs.
3. She notes that he’s also good at picking on engaged targets, which says to me that when a person does this, they know they’re not the main powerhouse. It also says that Lance knows exactly how tough it is to fight off more than one opponent, and that there’s strength in numbers. If someone’s distracted, they’re gonna be sucker punched by the person who’s waiting for an opening.
(One wonders how he learned this was the best tactic. A friend and I have considered the possibility that he was bullied as a kid, and if this is true and also connected, then I have to feel bad for him.)
4. He’s more vulnerable up close. Which suggests that he isn’t good at melee fighting, and that maybe he needs the time to analyse a situation to be able to figure out what to do with it, which doesn’t mesh well with the way a fight is always changing when you’re in it.
Ironically, I’d also say that a lot of this coincides with his personality - that he can see what’s going on in a group and doesn’t just focus on one or two people alone, that he’s able to team up with pretty much anyone to best advantage, and that despite all of this, he’s most vulnerable when you’re closest to him, when he can’t distance himself from things by passing anything that potentially hurts off as a joke.
Also, out of all of them aside from Shiro - who Pidge had to think about the most because of how dangerous an opponent he was - Lance gets the longest description of what his weaknesses and strengths are. The most well-rounded out, too. I can’t help wondering what would have happened if she’d not been able to disable Lance right away, but he’d had a chance to do his thing. My intuition says that it would have been a lot harder for her.