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Voltron: Defender of the Far Universe
Commander Keith Kogane
Voiced by Neil Ross (original and Third Dimension), Giles Panton (Voltron Force)Leader of team Voltron and pilot of the Black Lion.
Tropes associated with Keith:
- Ace Pilot: The best there is.
- By the Power of Grayskull!: "Activate interlock! Dynotherms connected! Infracells up! Mega thrusters are go! LET'S GO VOLTRON FORCE!"
- The Leader: Of the Voltron Force.
- Mixed Ancestry: Has a Japanese father and a Chinese mother.
- Official Couple: With Allura. Force confirms it. After giving up her position on the team to be Queen of Arus full-time, she starts suggesting to Keith that he pass on his position as well... so he can become King.
- Red Is Heroic: His suit in the original Voltron, before wearing black to match his Lion.
- Ship Tease: With Allura
- Space Police
Lance Charles McClain
Voiced by Michael Bell (original and Third Dimension), Andrew Francis (Voltron Force)Pilot of the Red Lion and second-in-command.
Tropes associated with Lance:
- Deadpan Snarker
- The Gunslinger
- The Lancer: Just like his name suggests.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In the Voltron Force series (mostly towards Keith).
Voiced by Michael Bell (original), Alan Marriott (Voltron Force)Pilot of the Blue Lion.
Tropes associated with Sven:
- Artistic Age: He's supposed to be in his teens. Yet he looks (and acts) like someone in their mid twenties.
- Babies Ever After: Had a baby with Romelle.
- The Bus Came Back: Returns at the end of a story arc and the finale.
- Composite Character: He was two twin brothers in the original Japanese version.
- Guile Hero
- Happily Married: Word of God confirms he is this with Romelle in Force.
- Papa Bear: Towards his baby son.
- Put on a Bus: Injured by Haggar in an early episode and sent to a medical planet to recover, while Allura takes over his lion temporarily. Her takeover becomes permanent when Zarkon attacks that medical planet offscreen and recaptures Sven.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Twice, due to being a Composite Character!
- Whereas Takeshi died in the sixth episode of GoLion and his Backup Twin Ryo appeared late in the series, Voltron simply had the brothers merged so that Sven was injured, sent off to recuperate, and came back later.
- Ryo died at the end of Go Lion killing Lotor/Sincline via a Taking You with Me move. Sven performs the same thing in Voltron, but he and Lotor both survive their injuries.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Mentioned as very handsome.
- The Worf Effect
Hunk (Tsuyoshi Garrett)
Voiced by Lennie Weinrib (original), Kevin Michael Richardson (Third Dimension), Ty Olsson (Voltron Force)Pilot of the Yellow Lion. The Big Guy.
Tropes associated with Hunk:
- Acrofatic: While not necessarily fat fat, Hunk was a bit chubby in his original Voltron series depiction.
- Big Eater: Keith once told everyone to dig into a large banquet. Hunk tries to literally dig in, with a shovel.
- The Big Guy: He's the largest, and strongest member of the team. Notably he's fairly smart.
- Epic Flail: "Form Blazing Something!" Rock Wrecking Maces!
- Gadgeteer Genius
- Genius Bruiser: While not as smart as Pidge, Hunk is rather intelligent, and is a mechanic.
- Mr. Fixit
Pidge (Darrell Stoker in the pre-DreamWorks Animation programs)
Voiced by Neil Ross (original), Billy West (Third Dimension), Samuel Vincent (Voltron Force)Pilot of the Green Lion. The Kid Hero.
Tropes associated with Pidge:
- Badass Adorable
- Cheerful Child
- The Smart Guy: The smartest member of the team.
- Tagalong Kid: Also the youngest.
Voiced by B.J. Ward (original and Third Dimension), Ashleigh Ball (Voltron Force)Allura is the princess of planet Arus. She becomes pilot of the Blue Lion after Sven is no longer able to do so.
Tropes associated with Allura:
- Badass Princess: She has some moments.
- Much more so in Voltron Force.
- The Chick
- Cool Crown: Her tiara, which she wears even without her other regalia.
- Faux Action Girl: In some scenes.
- The Heart
- Long Hair Is Feminine
- Modest Royalty: Wears a jumpsuit a lot of the time.
- Parental Abandonment: Her parents were killed years before (although the series doesn't say it directly).
- Pimped-Out Dress: Her main dress.
- Princess Classic
- Princesses Prefer Pink: In the first series, only a few things she wears don't have some form of pink.
- Ship Tease: She has a crush on Keith. They eventually end up together.
- Simple, yet Opulent: Her princess dress has only a few frills on it.
- The Smurfette Principle
- Technical Pacifist: Most adverse towards the idea of killing and violence on the team. However, she will use lethal force on the Ro-Beasts.
- Took a Level in Badass: In Voltron Force.
- True Blue Femininity: Her outfits in later series are blue, to match her lion.
Tropes associated with Coran:
Voiced by B.J. WardNanny is Allura's over-protective... well, nanny. Like Coran, Nanny fusses over Allura's safety and is bent on keeping her away from danger.
Tropes associated with Nanny:
- The Chick: Even more than Allura.
- Out of Focus: She appears in the fewest number of episodes and disappeared almost completely near the end. And she doesn't appear in any of the sequel series, despite being...
- Spared by the Adaptation: She survived in Voltron, but died in GoLion.
- Stay in the Kitchen: Sometimes has this attitude towards Allura.
The Space MiceThe Space Mice are pastel-colored mice who are Princess Allura's friends. They are often mischievous, but also helpful.
Tropes associated with the Space Mice:
- Non-Human Sidekick: To Allura, much like Disney Princess
- Ridiculously Cute Critters: A bunch of cartoony, and colorful mice.
AmalgamusThe computer leader of the Galaxy Alliance in Voltron: The Third Dimension.
Tropes associated with Amalgamus:
- Expy: Probably unintentional, but he has a resemblance to Robby the Robot.
- Horrible Judge of Character: He trusts King Zarkon more than he does the Voltron Force. It was the result of his reprogramming by Zarkon.
- Jerkass: Towards the Voltron Force, especially Lance. Only because Zarkon reprogrammed him to distrust and condemn them.
- Lord Error-Prone: He's more talk than action for most of The Third Dimension. Once restored to his original programming, he quickly throws this off.
- Meaningful Name: His circuits are connected to the leaders of all 900 planets of the Galaxy Alliance. His decisions reflect their amalgamated views.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Most of the time. Especially after the Voltron Force restored him to his original Voltron-allied programming.
VoltronVoltron is a giant sentient robot composed of five robot lions (Black, Red, Green, Blue, and Yellow) joined together.
- Animal Mecha: Again, five lions.
- Empathic Weapon: The Black Lion (at least) appears, at least superficially, able of judging the worthiness of it's pilot.
- Epic Flail: Yellow Center's Wrecking Maces.
- Guns Akimbo: Red Center's Magma Pistols.
- Humongous Mecha: The five robot lions form the giant robot Voltron
- Laser Blade: "Form Blazing Sword!"
- Prongs of Poseidon: Blue Center's Titanic Trident.
- Rocket Punch: The Lion Head Attack, which launches the lion heads the make up its hands and feet at the enemy.
- Throwing Your Shield Always Works: Green Center's Boomerang Shield.
- Transformation Sequence: "Form, feet and legs! Form, arms and bodynote ! ...and I'll form ... the head!"
Voiced by Lennie Weinrib (original), Tim Curry (Third Dimension), Mark Hildreth (Voltron Force)Lotor is the son of Zarkon and prince of Planet Doom, he often plots to rule in his place with Princess Allura by his side.
Tropes associated with Lotor:
- Arch-Enemy: To Keith.
- Bad Boss: Tends to get angry at his subordinates, when Mogor tried to remove him from the throne, Lotor killed him.
- Big Bad: Once he takes the throne and becomes King.
- Bishōnen: he's a very pretty man.
- Disc-One Final Boss: In Voltron Force.
- The Dragon: Zarkon's second in command.
- Evil Laugh: Has quite a big one.
- Large Ham: Tends to shout out his lines.
- Let's You and Him Fight: Invokes this a lot.
- Spared by the Adaptation: His counterpart Sincline dies in the Go Lion finale, while he lives to continue on in villainy in the English version.
- The Starscream: To his father.
- Villain: Exit, Stage Left!: Bails out a lot without directly fighting Voltron.
- Villainous Crush: For Allura.
- Villainous Rescue: In one of the US episodes, he prevented Allura from being poisoned, even warning Keith.
- White Hair, Black Heart: His white hair is rather pretty.
King ZarkonVoltron: Legendary Defender.
Tropes associated with Zarkon:
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Though he spares much of it on his throne, when he gets off, he can even beat Lotor.
- Bad Boss: Must run in the family.
- Becoming the Mask: During The Third Dimension, when he's pretending to reform, he starts to actually reform and like it. It doesn't last, mind.
- Big Bad: Early on, he was the Big Bad. Eventually his son Lotor took the job.
- Duel to the Death: Said to have killed Alfor in one.
- The Emperor: He's the leader of the Doom Empire.
- Good Feels Good: During The Third Dimension, when he pretends to reform in order to turn the Galaxy Alliance against Voltron, he comes to relish his role as a benevolent space king so much that it starts pissing his followers off. When he gets found out, though, he finally breaks character and admits that it ''also'' feels good to be back to his old self.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Daibazaal is killed near the climax of ''Go Lion." Zarkon on the other hand remains at large.
- The Starscream: Technically an agent of the Drule empire who took power for himself, and is almost an independent entity.
Voiced by B.J. Ward (original)The witch is the one responsible for creating all of the Ro-Beasts Zarkon uses. She is notorious for using her dark magic to cast hypnotizing spells over people. Haggar has a pet blue cat named Cova.
Tropes associated with Haggar:
- The Dragon: Is this to Zarkon and eventually Lotor. She is also Co-Dragons with Lotor.
- Evil Sorcerer: A witch who hypnotizes people and creates the Ro-Beasts. She also manages to create a Voltron replica in one episode.
- I Was Quite a Looker: She was young and beautiful until she turned evil.
- Pet the Dog: Toward her pet cat, Cova.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She can't stand the Space Mice.
Tropes associated with Yurak:
- The Dragon: The original one to Zarkon. Eventually is killed and replaced by Lotor for the rest of the original series.
- Eyepatch of Power: His cybernetic eye can considered a futuristic variant of it.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Eventually finds himself on the receiving end of one of Voltron's sword slashes. He promptly explodes.
- Honor Before Reason: Chose becoming a Robeast over being exiled from the empire. to live in disgrace.
- Hollywood Cyborg: His arm and eye is robotic. As a Robeast, both his arms are robotic.
- Killed Off for Real: He becomes a Ro-Beast in the first episode to feature Lotor, and is killed by Voltron at the end of it; he's one of the few characters to die in both the Japanese and American dubs.
- Meaningful Name: Yurak may be a reference to Yorick, the dead jester from Hamlet, referencing his nature as one of the few main characters to die.
- Robeast: Was turned into one to redeem his honor, and pitted against Voltron.
- Villain: Exit, Stage Left!: Like Lotor, he bails out when things start going against him until Lotor shows up; a death threat from Zarkon bars him from doing this in his final appearance as a Ro-Beast himself.
- You Have Failed Me: After failing too many times, Zarkon prepares to exile him, but Lotor's arrival convinces him to give Yurak one final chance. Yurak dies at the end of it
Tropes associated with Mogor:
- Bloodless Carnage: Dies in one, likely the reason why WEP allowed it to slip by.
- The Dog Bites Back: After being used as Lotor's punching bag several times, and Lotor's failure as King, Mogor tries to remove Lotor from power with support from the Drule council. Unfortunately for Mogor, Lotor kills him in a Bloodless Carnage.
- The Generic Guy: Mogor sticks out the least compared to Yurak, and Cossack. Basically being a standard military man.
- Killed Off for Real: Lotor jumps on top of him with a Laser Sword. Notably he was replaced in the US exclusive episodes.
- Military Coup: leads one to rescue Lotor, and overthrow Voltron with the approval of the Drule council. Later when the Drule council finds Lotor ineffective, Mogor leads the military to force Lotor to step down from the throne. It ends poorly for Mogor.
- Mook Lieutenant: He leads Lotor armies.
- The Rival: He viewed a hotshot alien pilot known as Karp as this.
- Yes-Man: To Lotor, who at one point literally steps on Mogor in frustration.
- Canon Foreigner: Only appears in the US episodes.
- Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: Always liked to crack jokes.
- Horny Vikings: His helmet gives him the look of a Space Viking.
- Villainous Friendship: Tended to joke around with Haggar.
Voiced by Tress MacNeilleAnother Drule conqueror who allies with Doom.
- Arch-Enemy: Considers herself one to Allura.
- Canon Foreigner: Was invented for the US Post-Script Season.
- Fembot: Her Mecha-Mooks are female.
- Lady Land: Apparently her empire is mostly female.
- Telepathy: Has this as a super power.
- Unholy Matrimony: Was briefly married to Lotor on Zarkon's orders. Needless to say, it doesn't workout.
DanielDaniel is one of three new cadets for the Voltron Force. Of Asian descent, he and Vince were once cadets for the Galaxy Alliance until they became the "cadets".
Tropes associated with Daniel:
- Ascended Fanboy: He's always been a fan of Voltron.
- The Corruption: Becomes infected with Haggarium while in control of Voltron and swears the other cadets to silence. He uses it to good effect to increase his fighting skills and read the thoughts of the Spider/Wade Robeast in the battle that earned him the Black Lion seat, but it also causes him to become a raging Blood Knight. The end of season one suggests it may have become a case of Comes Great Insanity.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Okay, so Daniel is touted as the Plucky Comic Relief of the cadets, he's always rushing into a fight when even he knows he shouldn't, and is frequently taken down by bad guys with one hit. Digested all that? Well, here's what this same guy is capable of doing when he quits fooling around: Giving Volton a Super Speed boost, not to mention taking out an entire space-station of robot-mooks with minimal back-up.
- Rookie Red Ranger: Gain the role of Black Lion pilot after Keith retires. He loses the position after his inability to work with the others nearly costs them the battle against Maahox. Despite this Keith still believes he will earn the right to lead the team again
- Ship Tease: With Larmina.
- Super Speed: Thanks to his Voltcom, he can now run super fast.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Vince.
VinceVince is one of three new cadets for the Voltron Force. He and Daniel were once cadets for the Galaxy Alliance until recruited by the Voltron Force.
Tropes associated with Vince:
- Mind over Manners: He and Daniel develop a mind-link, where they can both hear each others current thoughts. It take them a while to lay out a set of ground rules to avoid confusion in the future.
- Mysterious Past: He has some kind of power that links him to Voltron, the reason why is currently unknown. Vince's power acts as a "Key" in enabling Voltron to reconfigure each lion to form the main body and give it new powers.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Daniel.
LarminaLarmina is one of three new cadets for the Voltron Force. She is Allura's niece.
Tropes associated with Larmina:
- Action Girl: Way more gung-ho than her aunt.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: Like Daniel, subtlety isn't one of her strong suits.
- Leeroy Jenkins: She's quite capable of formulating and following plans when absolutely necessary, but she prefers to simply smack the badguys with her staff.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Lady Larmina.
Sky Marshall Wade
Voiced by Garry ChalkWade is a dangerous, corrupt official. Originally a Galaxy Alliance cadet, Wade tried to become a Voltron pilot, but he was rejected because the Black Lion found him unworthy.
Tropes associated with Wade:
- Big Bad Wannabe: Intended to take over Voltron itself and take over the Gallaxy Alliance... he fails.
- Start of Darkness: Was rejected by the Black Lion as a young man which led to his hatred of the Voltron Force. Considering what he became like later, it was probably a good call on Black's part.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He loves these.
MaahoxA scientist with knowledge of the occult and genetic manipulation before being sent into exile. Maahox revived Lotor, and became his right hand man.
Tropes associated with Maahox:
- Big Bad: Manipulates Lotor throughout the entire season to further his own goals.
- Dragon with an Agenda: Manipulates Lotor into gathering all the Haggarium in the galazy so he can use it to turn Castle Doom into a giant Robeat. His first act as the Big Bad is to permanently kill Lotor.
- The Starscream: To King Lotor.
MansetManset is an alien smuggler and friend of Keith's.
Tropes associated with Manset: