Her parents are actually really good about The Trans Thing but they took a while to believe it because she was so much the stereotypical Young Boy with Autism
(good with computers since she was tiny, probably had a dinosaur phase)
Her family’s probably from up north but she constantly uses southern expressions constantly because she’s besties with Keith
(”y’all we need to separate and go abut this as individual lions” *something goes wrong in a code she’s writing* “Ain’t that just the way”)
“Alright team, we all need to train really hard to defeat zarkon” “But Shiro I’m tired.” “alright pidge, you go take a nap, i’ll be there to tuck you in in a second.”
Number one clothes thief
The whole team (especially Hunk and Shiro) know to never spend too much on clothes because inevitably pidge will “borrow” them to sleep in/stay warm and they’ll never see them again
(shiro loves it though. he probably buys things just for her)
was probably just starting transition when we first saw her, so doing that thing practically all trans girls do where they start out hyper feminine just so people Know but she’s probably not all that femme as she gets older
patently refuses to wear anything other than boxers/boxer briefs
even under dresses
once the team ran into a group of humans who had gone into space, and one mentioned that they didn’t think a /girl/ could be a paladin
Pidge, looking him dead in the eyes:”ive got more balls than you”
Lance (bless him) once asked her, when they were all really tired and it was like. Sleepover talk time you kno? He asked her “if she had to pick a guy”
She said Zarkon
(really it’s probably Hunk)
Speaking of lance and hunk she probably dropped Several Hints that she was trans and just. Neither got them.
Lance:*struggling to open a jar* Pidge:*pops it open with one movement* “How-” “testosterone poisoning”
Gets carried by keith constantly even though he’s not that much taller than her
Her and keith frequently have Autistic hangouts where they both just. Go nonverbal or communicate in noises or stim freely
They’re super comfortable with each other, she never wears breastforms/a bra when its just them and he never binds because they love each other
She’s really attentive and knows when he’s self injuriously stimming and knows when to give him a tangle or her hand so he can just. Squeeze instead of digging his nails into his palms/picking
Her and keith are. Bad skin buds
Saw the jersey devil once
It was just a cow
Was abducted by an alien once
it was keith
Speaking of keith, pidge is the only one allowed to touch/get anywhere near him when he’s on his period
“Pidge it started” “do you want a heating pad or some midol” “i want to die” “bitch why are you always ordering off the menu”
What new vegas features do you miss the most in f4?
honestly? the writing. New Vegas had excellent writing, from the plot to the characters to just the dialogue options available to the courier. Having a voice is nice but with the limited dialogue you just can’t roleplay the same way you could in NV. Sole can only either be a bit of a dick, a totally nice guy or a smartass, while the courier can be anything from a complete moron, to an insufferable know-it-all, a smooth talker, a bit of a slut, a violent brute, a sarcastic douche, a by-the-book hero, a quiet badass and anything in between.
And while we’re on dialogue, I really miss the Skill Check dialogue system from NV. You either had the skill needed to get certain things (or just finish quests on an alternate path) or you didn’t, and it was always clear because you got a display that told you how high of a skill you needed (like “Speech [25/30]). Most importantly, if you didn’t have the needed skill, the actual dialogue would change, giving a good reason why the NPC you were talking to would react differently than if you had said the right thing. Plus some of the failed dialogue checks were some of the funniest parts of the game.
In FO4, if you pass a speech check or not is determined entirely by chance. You can have a CHA stat of 10 and still fail. Then you reload, your character says the exact same thing in the exact same context to the same character at the same time AND NOW IT WORKS FOR SOME REASON. That’s annoying busywork and kind of breaks my immersion. They had the same thing in FO3 where your chance of success in speech checks was given in percentages and I didn’t like it there either.
I also like that the courier’s backstory was kept relatively vague, so you could make up your own story for your character. FO4 gives you a pre-baked background that is pretty lukewarm for my tastes and doesn’t leave much room to make up your own character interpretation (unless you do some hard retconning/headcanon action to get around that, but even then it’s not amazing).
But other than that, New Vegas generally just didn’t take itself as seriously as FO4. FO4 has all this big focus on how miserable everyone is and how shitty life in the wasteland is. There is so much drama with families being torn apart, everyone being afraid of the Institute, the Brotherhood stomping about the place, children dying of incurable diseases…it is all so dark and serious and miserable it gets exhausting after a while.
New Vegas has dark stuff too, with drug use, slavery, prostitution, bureaucratic fuckery costing lives, war crimes, lack of medical aid, lack of food and fresh water and power, economic inequality…i could go on. So it absolutely has serious and dark issues. I mean one of the companion characters mercy killed his pregnant wife to spare her the horrors of slavery for fuck’s sake.
But you know what it also has? Ghouls flying to the moon. A gang of grannies in pink dresses beating people to death with rolling pins. Cyberdogs. A big blue grandma who looks like hulk and wears a cute flower hat. A gang of elvis impersonators. at least two (2) robots who think they’re cowboys. People cosplaying ancient romans. A dude wearing a dog for a hat. A giant plastic dinosaur with a store inside that sells tiny plastic dinosaur souvenirs. A sexbot called “FISTO” that you can hire for yourself if you wish.
What I’m trying to say is, New Vegas had a lot of serious themes (I’d argue them being even portrayed better than in FO4 but that’s a matter of opinion). But at the same time it didn’t lose it’s sense of humor. This is a world where science can make people live 200 years, create super mutants by dipping people in green goo, and radiation is basically magic. It’s not super serious all the time or tragic. Might as well have some fun with it. Fallout has a long history of dark comedy after all.
FO4 kinda lost the humor aspect and maybe it’s personal preference, but I never liked media where everything is just sad and miserable all the time because you get kinda tired of it and desensitized after a while. I don’t hate it or anything, but it can never reach the same place in my heart fnv did ;-;
god sorry for the novel i could just talk about fnv all day