'''[[color:red:The Good Guys]]'''

!!Akira Kogane
-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/KazuhikoInoue

The leader (known to his teammates as "Chief") of a small group of astronauts hailing from the planet Earth, when his crew returned from a long journey only to discover that their home world was ruined by a nuclear war, they were abducted by a slave ship from the evil planet Galra, which is found in the great dark nebula. However, Akira and his four comrades escaped from Daibazaal's prison facilities on Galra. After being ambushed by a swarm of Galran attack ships, Akira was forced to land on the planet Altea, it was there that he and his friends were chosen to resurrect the the legendary mechanical space guardian, Go Lion. At first there were only four keys to be found, and Akira had to Pilot the Green Lion... but when the fifth key was recovered, Akira gave his lion to Shorty, and took control of the great Black Lion.

* AllChinesePeopleKnowKungFu: He is of Chinese descent and the most skilled martial artist of the group. Kogane's appearance is even modelled after Hong Kong action stars of the time. His Voltron counterpart, Keith, maintains this martial arts prowess in every single incarnation.
* ButNotTooForeign: He had a Japanese father and Chinese mother.
* ChasteHero: Despite being the lead, he's one of the few who doesn't have an open attraction towards Fala. Although she does have a crush on him which angers Sincline.
** NotSoAboveItAll: Even Kogane is taken back when seeing Fala in her bikini
* DarkIsNotEvil: He pilots the Black Lion, and is a very heroic leader.
* TheHero
* HonorBeforeReason: Downplayed, as he's usually pragmatic and clever.
* JustFriends: With Fala.
* TheLeader
* NiceGuy: Very nice and encouraging, even one of the few who believes in Fala.
* PrettyBoy
* RedIsHeroic: In uniform only. He piloted the black lion.
* [[RedOniBlueOni Blue Oni]]: To Isamu's Red Oni.

!!Takashi Shirogane
-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/RyuseiNakao

Akira's second-in-command, nicknamed "Quiet" because he rarely spoke. Takashi served his teammates as commander of the Blue Lion, that is until his untimely death at the hands of one of Galra's Beastmen.

* [[RedOniBlueOni Blue Oni]]: Shared this with Akira.
* HeroicSacrifice: Died saving Isamu from Honerva and her Beastmen.
* KilledOffForReal
* TheLancer: in the original group (see entry).
* PrettyBoy
* TallDarkAndHandsome
!!Isamu Kurogane
-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/YuuMizushima

The dumbass, cocky member of the party of escaped earthlings. For some reason, he earned the nickname "Moody". Apparently, he has plenty of enthusiasm to operate the Red Lion. While he may not be the best fighter in the group, battling Galra would be dull without him.

* TheHeart: Before Takashi's death.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: A bit of an ass, but he'll always do what's right and does care about his friends.
* TheLancer: After Takashi's death.
* RedIsHeroic: He piloted the red lion, though his uniform was blue.
* {{Red Oni|Blue Oni}}: To Akira's Blue Oni.
* ShipTease: Has had a bit with Fala.
* SurvivorsGuilt: Implied to feel this regarding Quiet's death.
!!Tsuyoshi Seido
-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/TesshoGenda

The fourth of the five explorers, his short temper has given him the nickname "Hothead". Tsuyoshi had plenty of guts to pilot the Yellow Lion, but his weakness might be his phobia of heights (he somehow displayed that when his party was escaping their cell). While he takes great pride in battling for Altea, his biggest regret was leaving his younger sister in their war-torn homeworld.

* BeastAndBeauty: A non-romantic kind with Fala. Or, non-romantic on her side.
* TheBigGuy
* BoisterousBruiser
* HiddenDepths: Despite how boisterous and loud he is, he is quite softhearted and easily teary-eyed, and regrets leaving his little sister behind on their war-torn homeworld. [[spoiler: One can only imagine the pain he went through when all of humanity on Earth was wiped out, then having to witness it's explosion.]]
* HotBlooded
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Has a bit of a temper and is rather rude, but generally a good and nice guy.
* ShipTease: With Fala, being the chosen guy in a reenactment of a legendary love story.
* StrongButUnskilled: He's physically the most capable, but doesn't have the finesse of his fellow teammates, and needs to improve his work as the Yellow Lion, something he acknowledges.
* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have To Be Heights]]: Is terrified of heights.
!!Hiroshi Suzuishi
-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/MasakoNozawa

The youngest of the five astronauts, Hiroshi, a.k.a. Shorty, has served as the quickest, and most elusive fighter of the bunch. As Sadak had sent a fleet of Galran war machines to recover the escaped prisoners, Shorty managed to scout the area, leaving the other four to command the lions. But when the missing key to the Black lion was finally found, Akira gave the green lion to Shorty, and the five earth heroes were able to forge the creatures to become Golion.

* BadassAdorable: He may be a cute kid, but he's just as skilled as his friends and kicks plenty of Galra ass.
* BrainyBrunette
* CryCute
* TheCutie
* DrivenToSuicide[=/=]TakingYouWithMe: When he believed Fala was killed, he tried to kill himself, Sincline and Honerva with a grenade.
* HappilyAdopted
* MamaBear: A female Beastman took Shorty in as her own when she was sent to fight Golion. She ends up dying to save him from Honerva.
* {{Ninja}}: He is a descendant of those people.
* PrecociousCrush: On Fala.
* TheSmartGuy
* ShorterMeansSmarter: It's basically TheSmartGuy as a KidAppealCharacter.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Usually with Hothead.
* WeakButSkilled: Easily the quickest of the group, but not particularly the physically strongest. He makes up for that with his intellect and cunning.
!!Princess Fala
-->'''Voiced by:''' Rumiko Ukai

Heiress to the throne of Altea, and lone survivor of the royal family. Fifteen years ago, Daibazaal and his henchmen Honerva and Sadak, attacked Castle Altea, killing everyone in the palace. . . . . save two, as the newborn Fala was taken into hiding by her father's general, Raible. And now on her sixteenth birthday, Fala had welcomed the five heroes from earth with open arms. When Takashi was killed by Honerva, and her ferocious Beastman, it was Fala who later took the opportunity operate the Blue Lion (even if it meant disobeying her elder's orders), thus becoming the team's new Chick, leaving Isamu, of the Red Lion to take over as Lancer.

* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Probably the most beautiful girl in the series. And she also happens to be one of the good guys and a pilot of Golion.
* TheChick
* CoolCrown: Wears a tiara even with her jumpsuit.
* DrivenToSuicide: She threatened to do so in order to avoid being captured by Sincline, who paused long enough for her to escape to her Lion.
* [[ChickMagnet Dude Magnet]]: Though this isn't entirely a [[VillainousCrush good]] thing...
* DudeWheresMyRespect: The guys, Hys and Raible occasionally undermine her or take for granted her significance as the Blue Lion. This tends to bite them in the ass.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses
* FairytaleWeddingDress: She has one designed for her future wedding.
* FauxActionGirl: Though she's had a couple of good scenes where she holds her own and occasionally saves the others she sometimes falls into this.
* FriendToAllChildren
* FriendToAllLivingThings
* GuysSmashGirlsShoot: The guys tend to get more physical in a fight while Fala uses a gun -- though she does know Judo and has used swords.
* TheHeart
* InnocentBlueEyes: She's the only character with blue eyes -- and happens to be TheHeart and the first to tear up at any tragic event.
* LongHairIsFeminine
* ModestRoyalty (wears a jumpsuit a lot of the time)
* [[NiceGuy Nice Girl]]: A very benevolent Princess, as well as a sweet and kindhearted friend, she always expresses belief in the boys and tries her best to help them.
* PimpedOutDress: Her princess dress has a few frills on it.
* PluckyGirl
* PrincessClassic
* PrincessesPreferPink: Her outfits in this series as pink more often than not.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: After Shirogane died, she promptly decided to become Blue Lion's new pilot. Arguably justified, because she knew that without five pilots, they couldn't form Golion, and there was no telling how long it would take to find someone else to be Blue Lion's pilot.
* SimpleYetOpulent: Her princess dress has just a few frills.
* SpoiledSweet
* StayInTheKitchen: Raible and Hys occasionally try this -- but it often does more harm than good.
* TrueBlueFemininity: Her Blue Lion.
* [[WarriorPrince Warrior Princess]]
-->'''Voiced by:''' Yuji Fujishiro

Once King Raimon's most trusted military stratigest, now a broken old man and caretaker to the orphaned princess Fala. Raible saw potential in the five earth heroes when they first arrived to Castle Altea. He is a stubborn man, and wanted nothing more then the safety of the princess. . . even if it meant preventing her from piloting Golion. But later, he slowly began to realize how important she was in Golion's fight against evil.

* CoolOldGuy
* DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou: When his son Saint returns as a grown man, he explains he had to stay behind to protect the princess, and Saint understands...[[spoiler: Except "Saint" is really a spy of Galra, and Raible's real son perished as an infant with his mother.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* TheMentor
* MyGreatestFailure: [[spoiler: If it wasn't being unable to save his wife and child, it would have to be Hys dying due to a Galra spy who faked his identity as Raible's long dead son.]]
* PapaWolf: Towards Fala.
* ParentalSubstitute: To Fala.
* StayInTheKitchen: Had this mindset. It often did more harm than good.
!!The Altean Mice

A family of four rodents from the ruined castle. They were: Platt, the father, Chuchule, the mother and their two children. They befriended princess Fala when she was ten, and would become the Golion team's trusted small allies. At first, they had stolen the Black lion's key from the king's tomb, but thanks to Fala, the mice returned it so that Golion would be reborn. They even helped the princess out of her bonds so that she could assemble the giant robot for the first time.

* TeamPet
!!King Raimon
-->'''Voiced by:''' Mahiro Tsujimura

Princess Fala's late father, Raimon ruled the peaceful world of Altea... but on that fateful day, Daibazaal and his minions invaded the royal palace. What's worse, Sadak was ordered to behead King Raimon, his wife, and their children. However, the Galrans were unable to destroy the king's youngest child, Fala, as she was hidden from them by Raible. Fifteen years later, Raimon aids the Golion team as a ghost. And even though he's dead, he could see his daughter's potential in operating Golion from the beginning.

* DeceasedParentsAreTheBest
* GoodParents: Though long dead, King Raimon still looks out for Fala and believes in her potential as a pilot for Golion.
* SpiritAdvisor
-->'''Voiced by:''' Kazuyo Aoki

An old woman from Altea whom took refuge in Castle Gradarm (a mecha fortress built underneath the ruined Castle Altea). Hys became the new head nursemaid for the princess, and, like Raible, was acting like a real pain. The four guys from earth didn't like her either, you might want to call her nothing but a Battle Axe.

* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler: In Raible's, expressing regret that she couldn't live to see the Princess get married.]]
* FemaleMisogynist: Believes the Blue Lion pilot must be a man.
* MamaBear: Woe befall anyone who dares to bring harm towards the Princess.
* MentorOccupationalHazard
* StayInTheKitchen: Had this mindset.
!!Prince Alor
-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/MariShimizu

The youngest of the royal children of Planet Heracles, His people were servants to the Galra Empire. He even hero-worshiped Prince Sincline, but things got worse when the galrans killed the boy's older brother and father. In the process, Sincline captures the famliy's middle child, Princess Amue. Now Alor puts his trust in the Golion Team, in hopes of getting his sister back.

* BrattyHalfPint
* EvilRedhead
* HeelFaceTurn
* ItsPersonal
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething
* TookALevelInBadass: when he helped Raible command Castle Gradam's Rocketship mode.
* WarriorPrince
* YouKilledMyFather
!!Princess Amue

The middle child, and only daughter of the king of Heracles. Amue could not understand why her older brother, Prince Samson, was chosen to become a Beastman, nor why her little brother Alor saw Sincline as a hero. Princess Amue was the only one in her people to see the evil in Sincline's heart, Sincline himself saw that Amue resembles Princess Fala of Altea. In that bitter battle on Heracles, Sincline takes Amue captive. She had been prisoner to Galra until she met someone who happend to be Takashi's kid brother.

* BreakTheCutie: After seeing her older brother and father die, taken by Sincline and forced to be his plaything while starving has taken a toll on her.
* DamselInDistress
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Much like Fala.
* MiniDressOfPower: She wears a pink one when fighting Galra castle at the end, and the dress counts more as a PimpedOutDress than her princess dress.
* OnlySaneMan: She was the only one in her family who hated Sincline at the time.
* RapeAsDrama: What she had to endure as a captive of Sincline -- because she looked like Fala.
* ShipTease: Briefly with Ryo. [[spoiler: But he's killed before anything could happen.]]
* SimpleYetOpulent: Her princess dress has only some frill edging.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: The Girly Girl to Fala until [[spoiler: she helped lead an attack on Galra Castle]]
* TrueBlueFemininity: Her princess dress is mostly blue.
!!Ryo Shirogane
-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/RyuseiNakao

Takashi's younger brother, he had disappeard from the crew somehow before they could return to earth. He is later discovered dwelling in the caverns of Galra, where he met Princess Amue the two returned to Heracles thanks to the efforts of the Golion team. Ryo swore revenge against Galra for the death of his brother, and soon teamed up with Amue to ambush Galra castle.

* AngstySurvivingTwin
* BackupTwin: Due to how popular Quiet was.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Ryo managed to kill Sincline by shoving him of the castle tower; this also cost Ryo his own life.]]
* HotBlooded: Compared to his older brother, ''oh yes''.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Far less polite compared to Takashi, but just a heroic and good.
* RedOni: To Takashi's blue.
* ShipTease: With Amue. [[spoiler: But he dies before it can go anywhere.]]
* TallDarkAndSnarky

'''[[color:blue:The Bad Guys]]'''

!!Emperor Daibazaal
-->'''Voiced by:''' Kosei Tomita

Sinister ruler of the Planet Galra, Daibazaal swears to conquer the great Dark Nebula. he had sent battalions of war machines, and space pirates to plunder the heavens, capturing slaves for his arena so that they were forced to battle the mighty Deathblack Beastmen. Apparently, the slaves would become food for the galrans. Little did he count on was the five earth slaves whom escaped from his clutches, and fled to Altea where they became pilots of the legendary Golion.

* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: It's hard to say. There are times when Sincline and his father appear to genuinely care for each other, especially in the beginning when Sincline was introduced when they hug, and his father calls him his beloved son and Sincline tries to restore his father's honor. It seems as Sincline's obsession with Golion and Fala grow, so does his hatred for his father.
* BigBad: For most of the series [[spoiler: until Sincline overthrows and disposes of him]].
* OrcusOnHisThrone: Spends most of the series barking orders at Sadak, Honerva, and later Sincline, but apart from an attack in the finale he doesn't bother doing anything himself.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: [[spoiler: It's implied this is how Sincline was reproduced.]]
!!Old Witch Honerva and her cat Jaga
-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/MasakoNozawa

Daibazaal's personal master of occult science, Honerva is responsable for creating giant Deathblack beastmen, and Mecha-beastmen, to destroy villages on Altea. She can also disguise her hideous form into something more human. her pet cat, Jaga, is a feisty blue feline, with a yellow mohawk and a taste for blood. It seems to have a grudge against the Altean mice.

* AllWitchesHaveCats: Even alien witches who specialize in building Robeasts.
* CatsAreMean: Jaga.
* EnemyMine: [[spoiler: After Daibazaal's death, Honerva turns on Sincline and helps the heroes out of revenge. She and her beloved cat are killed for this]].
* HeroKiller: She ''killed'' Takashi!
* MamaBear: [[spoiler: After Sincline forcibly sends Daibazaal to die at the hands of the Golion crew, Honerva gets enraged at him and reveals herself to be Daibazaal's mother (and by extension, Sincline's grandmother)!]]
* MasterOfDisguise
* RightHandCat: Her cat Jaga, what do you expect from a witch?
* SupernaturalGoldEyes: Most of her race has yellow eyes, but considering she's a witch, and they flash with her cat's as a possible means of communication, it's safe to assume they fit the supernatural mold.
* WickedWitch
!!Commander Sadak
-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/KenichiOgata

The Cybernetic leader of Daibazaal's many fighting forces. Sadak had been plundering the universe in search of slaves who would be forced to fight the Deathblack Beastmen. When Akira, Takashi, Isamu, Shorty, and Tsuyoshi had escaped to Altea, Sadak lead a platoon of war machines to tear the planet apart. Of course he got upset when Honerva relived him of the attack, and sent a beastman in place of him to finish the job. But Sadak swore to destroy Golion, even if it meant becoming a beastman himself.

* ArtificialLimbs: Has a Robotic arm.
* TheDragon: Was the Captain of Daibazaal's army before Sincline's arrival.
* HollywoodCyborg: His chest appears metallic with a built in gun, he has a mechanic eye, one of his arms is robotic, and as a Beastman both his arms are robotized.
* KilledOffForReal: He can be considered the counterpart to Takeshi on the villains side, showing even important characters can die.
* YouHaveFailedMe: Became a beastman to avoid this.
!!Crown Prince Sincline
-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/AkiraKamiya

Wicked biological son of Emperor Daibazaal, Sincline returned to Galra after a long conquest of a nearby galaxy. He had pardoned the execution of Comander Sadak for his many failures, and incisted that Sadak himself should go one-on-one with Golion. Now that Sadak is gone, Sincline becomes the new head of Galra's fighting forces. He developed a forbidden obsession for Princess Fala, probably because of her resemblance to his late [[spoiler: human]] mother. And when he couldn't have Fala, he takes Princess Amue hostage. While Sincline served his father, he secretly seeks to overthrow the emperor... thus becoming the new king of evil.

* AndNowYouMustMarryMe: He constantly tries to get Fala in this situation, from threatening to destroy Altea to outright kidnapping her.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: It's hard to say. There are times when Sincline and his father appear to genuinely care for each other, especially in the beginning when Sincline was introduced when they hug, and his father calls him his beloved son and Sincline tries to restore his father's honor. It seems as Sincline's obsession with Golion and Fala grow, so does his hatred for his father.
* BadBoss: Sincline frequently has quite the temper and those under him don't last long.
* ButNotTooForeign: [[spoiler: Secretly born from the rape of an Altean woman by Daibazaal. [[YouAreWhatYouHate He is what he hates]]]].
* [[BlueSkinnedSpaceBabe Blue-Skinned Space Hunk]]
* TheDragon: To his father.
** DragonInChief: Once he shows up he becomes the main threat because his father barely does anything.
** DragonWithAnAgenda: Even though his father insists they kill Fala, Sincline has every intent on making her his wife.
** DragonAscendant: [[spoiler: Eventually succeeds in overthrowing his father and becomes the main villain for the finale.]]
* EvilOverlord
* IfICantHaveYou: Tries to kill Fala a few times due to her constant rejection and siding with Golion.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Ryo succeeds in avenging his brother... [[HeroicSacrifice at the cost of his own life.]] ]]
* LoveAtFirstSight: Sincline is immediately attracted to Fala the first time he sees her. Unfortunately for him, the feeling is not mutual.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy[=/=]LoveMakesYouEvil: While he was evil to begin with, his desire for Fala, as well as his constant defeat by Golion, slowly drives Sincline to do more despicable and vile acts.
* OedipusComplex: [[spoiler: It's suggested his attraction to Fala is due to her similarity to his mother, who was murdered by Daibazaal. Interestingly enough, all his slave women are blond.]]
* OverlordJr
* PrettyBoy
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Poor Amue...
* TheStarscream: Despite his show of loyalty, Sincline secretly plots to overthrow him. [[spoiler: In the finale he succeeds.]]
* VillainousBreakdown: By the end the series, he's consumed by his hatred for Anime/GoLion and the maddening truth of being the son of an [[spoiler: Altean woman]] that he kills all his allies before finally going insane.
* VillainousCrush: To Fala.
* WarriorPrince
* WeCanRuleTogether: Offers this to Fala near the end of the series when she forms an alliance group with other rebellious planet leaders. She doesn't take it.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart
* YouAreWhatYouHate: [[spoiler: He's half Altean]].