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Pico is the antagonist of Week 3, a background character in Week 5, a supporting character in Week 7 and the future playable protagonist of the upcoming level against Darnell. He's been confirmed to also be selectable as a general playable character in Freeplay in the future. His tracks as an antagonist include Pico, Philly and Blammed, and he has 3 confirmed future tracks as a player character: Darnell, Lit Up and 2Hot.

He was teased alongside Tankman, Cassette Girl and Hank J. Wimbleton on the 15th of November, 2020. He was added to the game with the release of Week 3 on the 11th of December, 2020.

He is the second guest character introduced to Friday Night Funkin', the first being Skid and Pump and the third being Tankman.

Appearance

Pico is a young, light-skinned man with rounded ginger hair and distinctive white eyes with no pupils. He wears a green shirt, beige pants and a pair of maroon sneakers with orange laces, orange buttons on the sides and light beige soles. He wields a gun loosely based on an Ingram MAC-10 pistol[4] in one hand and holds a microphone in the other with his thumb pointing out.

During the last track of Week 7, he is seen crouched on top of the speakers that Girlfriend normally sits on. He now wields a pair of guns which he twirls around and shoots in a flashy manner.

Origin

Pico as he appears in Pico's School.

Pico originates from Pico's School, a point-and-click Flash game created by Newgrounds founder Tom Fulp in 1999. It is the third installment in the Pico series. In Pico's School, Pico must stop a group of goth kids who have perpetrated a school shooting. Due to the game's popularity at the time, Pico's series quickly became a fan favorite around Newgrounds.

Since then, Pico has been appointed the site's first mascot and has made other cameo appearances in many Newgrounds Flash films and games, and he continues to remain a popular character on the site to this day.

Pico featured in promotional artwork for Pico Day 2021.

Newgrounds also has a holiday named after him known as Pico Day, a day centered around celebrating him and other famous figures in the Newgrounds community. It is usually celebrated on the 30th of April, which also happens to be Tom Fulp's birthday.

Personality

Before the events of Pico's School, Pico was described as popular, curious, confident and friendly by his peers, being the first one to raise his hand in class and often speaking up whenever possible. During the destruction of his school, he is shown to act quite reckless and takes action immediately despite the danger he could be running into.

After the events of Pico's School, Pico has developed an aggressive and homicidal side, rarely showing any fear and ruthlessly fighting anyone standing in his way. He is an exceptional gunman and is usually seen dual-wielding his weaponry with remarkable proficiency. His weapons of choice are automatic weapons such as the MAC-10 or the M16 Assault Rifle. He also has tremendous unarmed combat skills, seen in media such as Newgrounds Rumble and Pico's Unloaded. He is also shown to be quite paranoid as he isn't too trusting of others and is always armed. Despite this, he has proven himself to be a very trustworthy friend and ally to those he does trust, betraying Daddy Dearest twice to spare and even save/assist Boyfriend when ordered to kill him.

In Pico 2, the unreleased sequel to Pico's School, Pico has an unstable personality. Throughout the game, the player can choose from different dialogue options, with Pico usually throwing an insult, sarcastic comment or backhanded compliment into his responses. Pico is described by Darnell as having a non-confrontational, reserved and shy side to him at school, but in public, Pico isn't afraid to confront strangers in his way and even threatens to stick a plastic bag over his local record shop owner's head for refusing to serve him. He is apologetic after his outbursts, and it is implied that he has a hard time controlling his temper.

History

Set years after Pico's School, Pico is hired by Daddy Dearest to kill Boyfriend for humiliating him after their sing-off in Week 1. Unbeknownst to him at the time, Pico is sent to kill someone he used to know. Pico is only given a location for his target, and upon finding out that Boyfriend is his target, he decides to spare him and instead challenges him to a rap battle.

He is later one of the many spectators of Boyfriend's rap battle with Daddy Dearest and Mommy Mearest at The Mall during Week 5.

Despite his previous setback, Pico is later rehired with the simple task of confirming Boyfriend's death after he and Girlfriend are dropped into a dangerous warzone. However, he finds Boyfriend alive and seeing as Tankman ordered his men to shoot the two, Pico forfeits his mission and jumps to Boyfriend's rescue by killing the onslaught of Tankmen.

Due to his betrayal of Daddy Dearest, Pico is now in big trouble with Girlfriend's parents. A sneak peek of an upcoming level shows Pico running away from and fighting his friends, Nene and Darnell. Pico is seen injured and bleeding in the beginning scene with Darnell. Multiple parts of a bigger image briefly flash in the teaser; when pieced together, these reveal a scene where Daddy Dearest is offering to pay Pico a stack of cash to do something to Boyfriend. In the same image, Darnell and Nene are also seen with stacks of cash. The full image was later posted on Newgrounds, revealing that Daddy Dearest is paying Pico, Darnell and Nene to kill Boyfriend, as indicated by Daddy Dearest's full speech bubble and the "assassins" tag on the Newgrounds submission. Notably, Pico is the only one in the image who is not shown to have accepted any money from the father yet.

Abilities

Pico is an exceptionally skilled gunman with a talent for shooting. He can aim his guns at specific targets with precision and can even shoot while rapidly twirling his guns without accidentally hurting himself or anyone he doesn’t want to kill. His skill with guns is so great that it allowed him to slay nearly Tankman's entire army.

Relationships

Boyfriend

Pico and Boyfriend used to date, though little is known about the relationship they had. It is known that the reason for their breakup is "complicated,"[5] and it has been hinted that they sang together in the past, as Pico raps with Boyfriend in Week 3 due to nostalgia and old habits.[6] This implies that Pico misses him in some form.

Pico is loyal to Boyfriend in the present day, betraying his employer Daddy Dearest by sparing Boyfriend after being hired to kill him and saving his life when he was hired to confirm Boyfriend's dead body. Boyfriend appears to be fully comfortable being around Pico and even sings with him happily, but it is otherwise unclear how Boyfriend feels about Pico.

Girlfriend

Not much is known about how well Pico and Girlfriend are acquainted with each other. It is possible that Pico does not like or care about Girlfriend very much, as he readily kicks her off her speakers in unused frames of the animation where Pico leaps in from the sky in the cutscene for Stress.

Darnell

Pico and Darnell are close friends. In Pico 2, Pico quickly words toward stopping the Ghettobots upon learning that they're threatening Darnell's life, and Darnell invites him to come to his house to practice on a DJ turntable. However, in Friday Night Funkin', Darnell and Pico fight each other for a currently unknown reason.

Nene

Pico and Nene have been stated to be friends, though their interactions have often involved her telling Pico about how she wants him to let her die. In Resident Pico, she warns Pico about the zombies and tells him to run, showing that she does care about his safety. However, in Friday Night Funkin', Nene attacks Pico with knives as he runs from her, the reasoning for this being unclear currently.

Daddy Dearest

Daddy Dearest hires Pico as a contract killer, tasking him with killing Boyfriend after the latter humiliated him during Week 1. However, Pico instead decides to spare Boyfriend upon discovering that he is his target. Despite this, Daddy Dearest employs Pico again to confirm Boyfriend's dead body, but Pico betrays the father once more and saves Boyfriend's life. As a result, Pico is in deep trouble with the father.

Mommy Mearest

Along with Daddy Dearest, Mommy Mearest tasks Pico with confirming Boyfriend's corpse. Pico is not loyal to the mother, however, as he goes against her orders by assisting Boyfriend. Consequently, he is in trouble with her as well.

Tankman

Tankman is very rude to Pico, as he mocks him about the tragic incident in Pico's School. Pico, on the other hand, is excited to kill many of his soldiers, but he doesn't attempt to kill Tankman himself, even after the latter slanders him.

Trivia

  • Pico was added to the game in collaboration with Tom Fulp, the creator of the popular multimedia site founder Newgrounds.
  • Pico is currently the only guest character in the game not to originate from an animated series, instead originally being from a game. This will no longer be the case with the upcoming release of Cassandra and Ritz The Rat.
  • Pico is the second character in the game to have a song named after him, the first being Monster and the third being Senpai.
    • He is also the second character to have a week named after him, the first being Daddy Dearest and the third being Tankman. He is the only character with both a song and week named after him.
  • Pico is the second character not to have tuned vocals, the first being Girlfriend.
  • Pico as he appears in the teaser trailer.

    Pico had a slightly different appearance in the teaser for Friday Night Funkin'. He was drawn with rougher linework and coloring but otherwise looked the same.
  • A common misconception about Pico is that he was the perpetrator of the school shooting that occurs in Pico's School; this is false. Cassandra, a shape-shifting alien invader sent to cause chaos and destruction to humanity is the true perpetrator of the shooting. Pico arms himself with an M16 assault rifle he finds in the janitor's closet and uses it to fight back against Cassandra and her gang to save his school.
    • Tankman pokes fun at this fact in Week 7, where he asks Pico, "Don't you have a school to shoot up?"
  • Upon his creation, Pico was originally named "Pogo," but was later changed to Pico after Tom Fulp discovered that the website Pogo.com was already taken.
  • Pico is one of five characters in the game to use guns, the other three being Daddy Dearest, Tankman, the Tankmen and Hank J. Wimbleton.
  • Pico is confirmed to become a playable character in the future.[9] This may be a result of the game being promoted on Newgrounds' official YouTube channel and the game's programmer, ninjamuffin99 and Pico's creator, Tom Fulp, being good friends.
    • Pico can be selected as the player character using the Debug Menu, and his unused miss sprites can be seen when missing notes.
  • Pico is neurodivergent, as he is schizophrenic[?] and an insomniac[?].[10]
    • His schizophrenia may be the reason he keeps his weapons on him at all times, as he may be afraid of being attacked.
      • Pico might have developed schizophrenia after the events of Pico's School, as trauma is one of the biggest causes of schizophrenia. Despite this, Pico manages to cope and have a happy life with the help of his friends.
    • Insomnia can be brought on by trauma or stress, which could’ve occurred after the events of Pico's School. His paranoia, stemming from his schizophrenia, could also be the cause of his insomnia.
  • Pico's design was directly inspired by an illustration for Children's Tylenol Cold in the 1990s.[11]
  • It was confirmed that the style of Pico's white eyes is heavily inspired by Little Orphan Annie comics.[12]
  • Pico dreams of becoming a professional DJ. In Pico 2, Pico's interest in DJing is a plot point, and he regularly practices on the turntables with his best friend Darnell.
  • Pico enjoys marijuana and is seen smoking it various times throughout the Pico series.
  • Pico makes a small cameo appearance in the background of Week 5.
  • Pico returns for Week 7's final track, Stress. During the cutscene, he leaps down from the sky, killing the 2 Tankmen holding Girlfriend at gunpoint. For the rest of the song, he guns down many other approaching Tankmen on top of the speakers while Boyfriend holds Girlfriend.
  • Pico used to be the mascot of Newgrounds but was slowly phased out of the role by Tankman in 2006.
  • A popular headcanon within the Friday Night Funkin' fandom was that Pico is Boyfriend's ex-boyfriend. This headcanon gathered so much traction that Tom Fulp, the creator of Pico, Tweeted jokingly that "this is official Pico 2 canon,"[13] leading people to believe that it was true. ninjamuffin99 initially said that this was a joke,[14] but later changed his mind and confirmed it was canon.[15]
    • ninjamuffin99 and PhantomArcade have confirmed that Pico and Boyfriend are ex-boyfriends[16] on Reddit,[17] Twitter[18] and Twitch[15] several times.
      • This is alluded to during the cutscene for Stress, where Tankman describes Pico as Boyfriend's "sexually ambiguous, angry little friend."
        • On the 1st of April, 2021, Tom Fulp updated the original Pico's School game for April Fools' Day, ending with Pico revealing to Cassandra that he and Boyfriend are a couple and everyone at his school accepts them. The day after, this version would be released as a separate game set in an alternate timeline called Pico's School: Love Conquers All. As Pico and Boyfriend's relationship was portrayed in a positive light, the game indicated Tom Fulp's approval of the idea of them once having been a couple.
          • According to ninjamuffin99, the reason behind Pico and Boyfriend's breakup is "complicated."[5]
  • Pico has an IQ of 127.[10]
  • Pico is American and lives in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Pico is a muso and collects vinyl records from his local record store, 911 Records.
  • It is heavily implied that Pico does not have a good relationship with his father; upon clicking a car in an old demo for Pico 2 developed by Tom Fulp, Pico says "My dad loves that car more than he loves me! I hope he crashes the damn thing into a brick wall!"
  • It's been debated among fans whether the gun that Pico's been regularly depicted with since Pico's Unloaded is an Uzi or a MAC-10. MindChamber, creator of the forementioned Flash movie, settled this debate by confirming that the gun is based on a MAC-10.[20]
    • MindChamber has also clarified that the gun is not really accurate to any real gun, but it is loosely designed after the MAC-10, as Pico's Unloaded is a spoof of The Matrix Reloaded.[4]
  • In a Reddit AMA, it was confirmed Pico raps with Boyfriend out of nostalgia and old habits.[6]
  • In a recent teaser, it's shown that Pico has 6-pack abs, implying that he works out.[21][22]
  • According to Tom Fulp, Pico would have majored in computer science if he had entered college.[19]

Gallery

View Pico's full gallery here.

Notes

  1. While Tom Fulp has stated that "Pico and his friends don't really have super defined ages," MindChamber's statement contradicts this with regard to Pico.

References

Characters
Main Characters Boyfriend - Girlfriend
Antagonists Daddy Dearest - Skid and Pump - Monster - Pico - Mommy Mearest - Senpai - Spirit - Tankman
Upcoming Cassette Girl - Hank J. Wimbleton - Ritz The Rat - Cassandra - Darnell - Nene
Scrapped or Unused Lucky Boy
Background Characters Henchmen - Mall Santa - Background Freaks - Tankmen
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