Herb Pichon (also spelled Hervé Pichon) is an eighth grader (ninth grader in season 3 onwards) at Kadic and a classmate to the Lyoko Warriors. He is also best friends with Nicholas Poliakoff. He is the stereotypical nerd, highly intelligent, but has very sour attitude, also wears glasses and suffers from acne. Herb is also in love with Sissi, although he can't tell her because she has crushes on various people including Ulrich and Theo Gauthier.
In The Robots, he built Herb's Hummingbird Robot to help take down one of X.A.N.A.'s first robots. He lost his memory after a Time Reversion occurred. He also designed the Iron Sissi for the Annual Robot Competition, a tribute to Sissi. He lost because he broke the contest rules by concealing a weapon inside the robot.
In Lyoko Minus One, he ran for Class Representative on Sissi's request against Jeremie and Odd. It is shown that Herb did not want the position and was doing it because Sissi told him to. Herb did not have any well thought out ideas, nor was he able to connect to the student body, which is what caused him to lose the election.
In Replika, Herb and Nicholas follow Odd and Aelita to the factory in order to discover their secret. When Herb tries to climb down the rope, he is very scared and says that he is crazy about Sissi, and later tells Nicholas not to tell Sissi about what he said. Herb and Nicholas don't discover the secret, but instead, Odd and Aelita make a fake kiss just to get them away from the factory. The next day, he and Nicholas tell Sissi about what they sees in the factory, but she doesn't believe it; Odd and Aelita are cousins. Herb is then slapped by Sissi after she seeing Odd and Aelita are still fighting.
In Echoes, Sissi rejected Herb and Nicolas, and dismissed them as dorks, due to her finally getting approval from the Lyoko Warriors.
Herb is generally a very sour person, who is competitive and sometimes violent, as well as extremely easy to anger. Herb's anger most likely comes from the fact that the girl of his dreams is rude to him and is usually attracted to another guy. He is incredibly smart in classes and is one of Ms. Hertz's best students. Herb, however, is jealous that Jeremie always outsmarts him in class. Herb also has claustrophobia (phobia against tight and closed rooms), as seen in Claustrophobia. Even though he is in Sissi's gang, it is shown that he is pretty unpopular in the school anyways, mostly because of his snotty attitude and big ego. Herb's face is covered in pimples, and he often complains about it. But on some occasions, his face is drawn without the acne. He is also very easy to scare, just like Sissi and Nicholas as well.
Relationship with other characters
Herb is shown to openly hate the Lyoko Warriors, particularly Ulrich and Jeremie. Herb hates Jeremie due to the fact that he constantly outsmarts him in and out of class, and he hates Ulrich for the simple fact that Sissi loves Ulrich and not him. This infuriates Herb because Ulrich does not return the feelings and constantly talks down to her. Ulrich for the most part has little respect for Herb since he seems blind to the fact that Sissi treats him like garbage and the whole team mostly dislike him because of his snotty attitude. The rivalry with Jeremie is one sided, since Jeremie refuses to lower himself to Herb's immature behavior. As was shown when Jeremie offered to shake his hand after he bested Herb in the Robot competition, Herb blatantly and childishly refused.
Herb is best friends with Nicholas, and is most likely the reason that the latter joined Sissi's gang. He and Nicholas usually get along very well. Nicholas and Herb are shown to be great friends and often work well together to complete their goals.
Herb loves Sissi with a dying passion, and is willing to do almost anything for her. Sissi knows this and constantly uses Herb to do what ever she wants. Herb often goes to Sissi for help with solving problems, but she usually yells at him to bother someone else, or ignores him. He spends most of his spare time trying to think of ways to impress Sissi, which usually fail, but his determination rarely falters, which will probably lead either to his complete success, or his downfall. While he is not as brave as Nicholas, Herb is willing to do anything to keep Sissi safe.
Faculty of Kadic
Ms. Hertz believes that Herb is one of her best and brightest students. On the flip-side, Jim has been shown to dislike Herb for playing practical jokes on him and because he is, like Jeremie, bad at sports.
In some dubs, including the original French, Herb was known as Hervé Pichon. But Herb is more common, and was the basis for the Japanese approximation of the name. "Herb" was used for the Japanese dub, due to the language not including a native V sound, but including a native B sound.
Herb seems to suffer from rounds of acne. In several episodes, he has obvious zits, and in other episodes, he doesn't. He has also demonstrated comparable academic performance to Jeremie, typically second to him though.
Powers/abilities or skills
While Herb has never been on Lyoko, he does have a few skills in the real world.
- Herb is excellent with computers, and he was able to hack Jeremie's desktop at Kadic acadamy for Sissi.
- Herb is incredibly smart and has outsmarted Jeremie on a few occasions.
- Herb is gifted in building basic robots, and was able to build a humming bird robot that was able to take out X.A.N.A.'s combat robot.
- Herb claims to be able to hold his own in a fight, but as of now he has yet to prove it.
Herb is a diminutive of the French and English given name Herbert, which is of Germanic origin. Herbert is a compound of the Old Germanic words hari, meaning army, and beraht, meaning bright or white. Hervé, the character's name in the French version of the series, is a given name of Breton origin, derived from Old Breton hoiarn (iron), and viu (brightness). Pichon is a variant of the French surname Pigeon, which is an occupational surname referring to miners, derived from the French word pic, meaning pickax.
Appearances in Other Media
- In the French version of Code Lyoko, his voice is provide by Bruno Mullenaerts.
- In the Spanish, European dialect dub, he was voiced by Javier Balas in season 1. However, his actor changed from season 2 onward.
- In the Japanese dub, he was voiced by Hiroki Shimowada.
- Herb wasn't included in Code Lyoko Evolution, as well as Nicholas, though they have been mentioned a few times.
|Jeremie Belpois | Aelita Schaeffer | Odd Della Robbia | Yumi Ishiyama | Ulrich Stern | William Dunbar|
|Sissi | Jim Morales | Suzanne Hertz | Anthea Schaeffer | Mr. Delmas | Laura Gauthier | Franz Hopper|
|Kiwi | Herb Pichon | Nicholas Poliakoff | Amelia "Milly" Solovieff | Tamiya Diop | Hiroki Ishiyama | Johnny | Takeo and Akiko Ishiyama|
|X.A.N.A. | Monsters|
|Professor Tyron | Ninjas | X.A.N.A. William|
|Jean-Baptiste Pujol | Theo Gauthier | Emily LeDuc | Taelia | Samantha Knight | Samantha Suarez | Heidi Klinger | Mathias Burrel | Magali de Vasseur | Claire Girard | Brynja Heringsdötir | Patrick Belpois | Romain Le Goff|
|X.A.N.A. Aelita | X.A.N.A. Odd | X.A.N.A. Yumi | X.A.N.A. Ulrich | X.A.N.A. Franz Hopper | X.A.N.A. Anthea Schaeffer | Jeremie Clone | Aelita Clone | William Clone | Subdigitals|