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Pike Trickfoot

Played by: Ashley Johnson

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"I don’t think any of us can fully understand. If we did then we would be gods."
Race: Deep Gnome
Class: Cleric (War Domain, previously Healing Domain in Pathfinder)

A pious gnome cleric of Sarenrae (a minor goddess of Healing and the Sun). Pike comes from a long line of tricksters and brigands, but was gifted a different destiny when she was whisked away as a child by her grandfather after he received a divine vision of her future. She works hard to rehabilitate her family name and is often regarded as The Heart of Vox Machina, though occasionally indulges in her own vices. She is best friends with Grog, who saved her grandfather's life.


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    Tropes A - H 
  • Advertised Extra: Pike was an active member of the party pre-stream, but as a full-time actress who primarily works out of New York (Critical Role is filmed in Los Angeles) there have been long stretches where she has been unable to participate, most notably when she was cast as one of the main characters in Blindspot
  • Affectionate Nickname: Occasionally called "Pickle" by Vax or "Monstah" by Grog.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Revealed by Ashley Johnson in the campaign wrap-up, she used to have a crush on Percy in part due to the “darkness” of his past and relationship with Orthax.
  • Armor of Invincibility: The Plate of the Dawnmartyr, which adds +3 to her AC, grants fire resistance and immunity to fear, and auto-revives her with 5 HP once per day.
  • Astral Projection: When she's so far away from the party, Sarenrae does give her the chance to aid the party through this ability. Of course, the connection isn't always great.
  • Back from the Dead: Well, it's a D&D world, this is a given. She died and resurrected before the show aired, and now determined not to fail again.
  • Badass Adorable: Episode 32 definitely shows her off. The tiny and angelic gnome destroys more skeletons in a single action than several of her party members combined.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Pike is genuinely sweet, but she kicks ass with the rest of Vox Machina, make no mistake. Also, do not betray her trust or she will never forgive you, a lesson that her cousins learned the hard way when their con was exposed.
    Pike: JB is going to stay here with me. [...] We’re going to teach her things, I will put her through school, and her and I together will change the Trickfoot name. But if I ever see any of you again? I will fucking kill you all.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Following the end of Episode 31, the party went off to slay a zombie giant near the Sun Tree, and then they are being chased by dozens of skeletal monsters. Even worse, they're severely weakened and low on spellcasting abilities. But just when it seems darkest for them, Pike returns in the nick of time and proceeds to kick the shit out of them! She even got the "How do you want to do this?" finisher against one of the zombie giants, a first for her on the show!
  • Bolt of Divine Retribution: Guiding Bolt, in a nutshell, is a small-scale version of this; the might of Sarenrae channeled through a substantially less powerful vessel.
  • But Now I Must Go: She momentarily leaves the party in Episode 16 to help excavate an ancient temple of Sarenrae near Vasselheim.
  • Can't Catch Up: Averted. Pike may not be as strong as the rest of the party due to her hiatus from the adventuring life, but she's still incredibly valuable in a fight. She even reaches level 18 before the final battle.
  • Childhood Friends: With Grog.
  • Church Militant: Worships Sarenrae, specifically a War Domain, wears Plate Armor, armed with a Morningstar and a Mace of Disruption, and has no problem doling out justice to evil-doers.
  • Combat Medic: Standard fare for a cleric, and even more so as a War Domain Cleric, but in Pike's particular case, she did a lot of combat training to make sure she didn't die again.
  • Commuting on a Bus: Episode 22 was the first time Pike temporarily returned after her long absence. She shows up again in Episode 32, 34, and 35 via a sort of Astral Projection for the climax of the Briarwood arc in Whitestone, and then actually in-person for Episodes 37-42 as well as 48-59 (Episodes 37 and 50-59 with Ashley being in the studio, and the rest either through Skype or through Matt playing as her) when Vox Machina returns to Emon and the Chroma Conclave arc begins. She also makes sporadic reappearances in several episodes afterward, be it in-person, on Skype, or with Matt (or even sometimes the other party members) controlling her.
  • Crisis of Faith: A small one when Pike's holy symbol of Sarenrae was cracked. They later patch things up.
  • Demoted to Extra: Pike has been appearing less frequently because of Ashley Johnson's other commitments.
  • Disappointed in You: Her disappointed face can make any of the party rethink their bad choices: she's even able to convince Grog to give the party Kevdak's head just by giving him a look. This also applies to her cousin JB.
  • The Determinator:
    • Ever since she was killed in battle against a Glabrezu, Pike became determined to not fall again.
    • In Episode 52, despite being pummeled by so many attacks against the Herd of the Storm and being close to death again, she refused to give up and stuck it out to the end, focusing only on one thing: defeating Kevdak.
    • Happens again in Episode 58 where, despite having no equipment other than her holy symbol, shield, and mace and suffering from heavy wounds, she barely survived an assassination attempt on the party and was able to finish off a reincarnated Hotis with her Flame Strike spell.
    • Once again in Episodes 79 and 80 where she manages to not only survive the battles with Thordak and Raishan, but she even attempts two solo resurrections (and succeeds at both) when the party battles the latter.
  • The Dragonslayer: Killed a white dragon before the stream began. Said feat is referenced during the stream when Grog shakes off the fear-inducing roar of another white dragon in episode 19, planning to kill it "like his friend Pike did".
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Loses Percy to Vex'ahlia before anyone (in-universe or out) even knew she was in love with him.
  • Drop the Hammer: Pike has a morning star, and a Mace of Disruption. She prefers to use her cleric spells, however.
  • Dynamic Entry: Her reappearance in Episode 32. How does she pull it off? By running full sprint to the party, making a Leap of Faith off Keyleth's Wall of Stone into a horde of skeletons after rolling a Natural 20, and annihilating 36 of them with Destroy Undead!
  • Easily Forgiven: Because of the strong bond between Pike and Grog she easily forgives him after Grog accidentally stabs Pike with Craven Edge.
  • Elemental Weapon: Her Frostbrand Shortsword deals cold damage.
  • The Gadfly: Despite being a nice person, she isn’t above some sillier actions, such as insinuating that her astral form can see if Taryon is studying her flash cards every night.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Just because she is a cleric of redemption does not mean she is soft.
    • Demonstrated when she cuts the throat of a knocked-out duergar to make sure he can't sound the alarm later. The party is surprised by this change in character. Later, it's revealed her holy symbol, a medallion of her goddess Sarenrae, has begun to display some minor cracks. It's implied said goddess may not be entirely pleased with Pike's shift in character either. Once Pike gets back to civilization and spends some heavy time praying and self-reflecting, though, she re-enters her goddess' favor.
    • Demonstrated again in Episode 96 when she threatens her own cousins because of a con they tried to pull on Vox Machina.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Albeit not shown in her official artwork, she's stated to have a scar down her left eye as shown in Ashley Johnson's cosplay of her during the live action intro. Where and when she received it is unknown.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: It's possible Scanlan's attraction might be reciprocated, though it might also have been the alcohol - Episode 22, very briefly, while at a tavern, she complained that Scanlan isn't there because he was going to get a "massage."
  • Happily Married: In the epilogue, she and Scanlan start dating, and finally she asks him to marry her. With Grog's approval, Scanlan says yes.
  • Healing Hands: Being a cleric, it's to be expected. CURE WOUNDS!
  • The Heart: Whenever Pike is with the rest of Vox Machina, she draws out the party's more positive qualities. And, like Vax, she thinks of the party as her family. It's very noticeable in Episode 16. It's also very prevalent when she rejoins the party via astral projection in Episode 32 to assist in slaying the Briarwoods. The party, as well as the players themselves and the chatroom, were freaking out as she made her Dynamic Entry.
  • Holy Hand Grenade: Being a War Domain (previously Life Domain) cleric, Pike is the personification of this trope, wielding such destructive and combat-oriented abilities as "War God's Blessing" and "Divine Strike". Her "Destroy Undead" ability is described as an explosive shock wave that turns a large number of attacking undead into ash. There's also Divine Intervention which finally worked in Episode 71 against Vorugal the Frigid Doom, dealing 50 radiant damage to the wyrm.

    Tropes I - P 
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Pre-stream the recap video shows a Gory Discretion Shot of Pike being run through while the team reacts with horror. In-series, a non-lethal version in episode 49. Grog flung Craven Edge through a portal to try and prevent himself from being sucked into the elemental plane. He succeeded, but only because the blade struck Pike.
  • Important Haircut: Pike cuts her hair with Vex's dagger and uses the severed locks as an offering to attempt to resurrect the ranger in Episode 80 mid-combat. She succeeds.
  • Last Chance Hit Point:
    • Pike's Death Ward spell, which manages to save Grog from being killed by one of K'Varn's eye rays... only for K'Varn to attack him again, resulting in getting his soul sucked out. He still gets saved.
    • She has the Plate of the Dawn Martyr, which, when the user drops to zero hit points, can once a day bring them back to 5 hp and deals fire damage to all enemies in a 15ft range. It's what saves her from being disintegrated by Raishan in Episode 83 and from being disintegrated by Vecna in episode 102.
  • Leap of Faith: Pike does an amazing one, with sparkles of feather wings into a horde of undead skeletons. She's trusting in the power granted to her by Sarenrae to destroy them.
  • Light 'em Up: Can use light-based spells such as Light and Daylight.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Her relationship with Grog started long before the campaign. Humorously, she's like the mature older sister looking after a goofy brother.
  • Locked into Strangeness: Ashley Johnson confirmed on Talks Machina that prior to her death pre-stream, Pike's hair was actually black with a purple streak. After her resurrection, it turned white. Artwork in the Vox Machina Origins comics shows this to be true.
  • The Matchmaker: For Vax'ildan and Keyleth. It's her encouragement towards Keyleth in Episode 58 that later gives the druid the confidence to confess to him seven episodes later, especially after they had discovered Tiberius' remains and Keyleth had a wake-up call regarding her fears.
  • My Greatest Failure: Dying was hers and she spent months training with pirates to make sure it never happens again.
  • Nice Girl: Although she's shown a few signs of hardening post-resurrection, she's still incredibly pleasant and helpful and everyone in the party loves her.
  • Not So Above It All: Despite being a cleric, she's had her fair share of moments where she proves as ridiculous and ethically dubious as the rest of the party, such as visiting brothels when Vox Machina is not with her. She also isn’t against engaging in some of the sillier actions of the party, albeit with a straight face.
    Vex'ahlia: (shocked) You've been to a brothel, Pike?
    Pike: Well, where do you think I go when you guys leave all the time?!
  • Odd Friendship: She's friends with Scanlan even though they're night and day and he's really in love with her. She doesn't return his feelings and her heart may belong to another, but she cares about him regardless.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Grog. The two are best friends. Also a platonic case of Huge Guy, Tiny Girl, and exaggerated as well due to their respective races. Pike's Spotify playlist even says that she sees Grog as a brother and will always help him as much as she can no matter what.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Once Grog obtains the Titanstone Knuckles, he gifts Pike his old Gauntlets of Ogre Power, which significantly boost her strength score to 19.
  • Playing with Fire:
    • Flame Strike and Fire Storm.
    • Inverted and played straight with the Plate of the Dawn Martyr, Which gives her resistance to Fire damage and when hit by a physical attack deals some fire damage to the attacker. Also deals Fire damage when she drops deals fire damage to enemies within 15 feet of her.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: Her plea to Scanlan during her attempt to resurrect him in Episode 80.
    Pike: Scanlan, your letter to me was wonderful. And I want to do what you've asked. But I can't raise Kaylie alone. I need you to come back!
  • Power Gives You Wings: In her astral form. She gets them for real in Episode 104 upon getting Sarenrae's blessing, but they can only be used once every seven days.
  • Properly Paranoid: She is extremely distrusting when it comes to the box that contains Senokir's wife's ashes in Episode 84. She is so convinced that by burying it, things will end up being worse. Then again, considering how many times they were blindsided in the past, her paranoia is justified.
  • Put on a Bus: Stays behind at a temple of Sarenrae at the end of episode 16 to help rebuild it (out of universe, Ashley had to go to New York to film Blindspot). Happens once again at the end of Episode 58, but this time she remains in Whitestone.

    Tropes Q - Z 
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Definitely the Blue to her surrogate brother Grog's Red because she is far more considerate and empathetic and less bloodthirsty.
  • Running Gag: Consistently fails her Stealth checks. Always Played for Laughs when it happens... even when she does not fail. She finally overcomes this in Episode 95 thanks to training with Vax during the time skip.
    Ashley: What would it be without some clanging?
  • Second Love: Scanlan is this for her. After the campaign, Ashley revealed that the person Pike was in love was Percy - however, after seeing Percy and Vex's relationship grow, she came to realise that she returned Scanlan's feelings and ultimately married him.
  • So Much for Stealth: See [1]. However, thanks to her training with Vax and the Boots of Elvenkind, she's fared much better.
  • Status Buff: She has several spells that grant additional benefits, such as War God's Blessing which helps her party members land attacks.
  • Team Chef: Like Keyleth, she has access to Heroes' Feast.
  • Team Mom: She's the maternal loving mother of Vox Machina who cares for everyone and brings out the best of them. Upon meeting Taryon she makes sure to get him to appreciate the rest of Vox Machina and learn their names and be part of the team.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • To train herself up, she spent months at sea with pirates to get tougher. Since she managed to find her way into the caverns beneath the dwarven mines on her own, it seems to have worked.
    • When Pike came back in Episode 22, she was also level 11 alongside the rest of Vox Machina. While there's no in-universe explanation for this level-up, it's assumed it was to keep up with the party.
    • Episode 32 has her returning in prime form in Vox Machina's time of need by annihilating 36 skeletons with Destroy Undead. She even gets a HDYWTDT against one of the remaining zombie stone giants.
    • Episode 52 was definitely one of the most intense battles she took part in, especially when despite taking a lot of damage against Grog's former herd, she kept focusing on fighting Kevdak.
    • Upon reaching level 13, she one-upped her previous HDYWTDT by finishing off the Rakshasa who returned to kill Vax with a 7th-level Flame Strike. And this was right after barely managing to fend off an assassin's attempt to kill her.
    • Pulling off two solo resurrections mid-battle in Episode 80 and succeeding.
    • She reaches level 15 by Episode 82 and level 16 during the one-year Time Skip.
    • She reaches level 17 in Episode 103 after the ill-fated battle with Vecna and level 18 before the final battle in Episode 104.
  • Turn Undead: She's a cleric so of course the undead fear her. She destroyed 36 skeletons while doing it!
  • White Magician Girl: As the team's primary healer, as well as the Team Mom, this naturally falls to her.
  • Undying Loyalty: She has this to Sarenrae as her goddess, to Vox Machina as her family, and to Grog as her best friend and surrogate brother.
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