A Sequel Series to the original 1984 Defender of the Universe story, Voltron Force is Nicktoons Network's newest animated series. It debuted in June, 2011.After defeating the evil King Lotor years prior, the Voltron Lions went berserk during a celebration, killing none but terrifying all, and leading to their decommissioning as part of the Galactic Military. But when an exiled occult scientist finds a way to revive Lotor, the Lions are needed once again.The Voltron Force, including a trio of new cadets, will journey to new worlds, find new powers, and uncover ancient secrets in their newest battle to save the universe!Take a look at the Character Sheet
Tropes in this series:
'80s Hair: When Keith first appears, he's still sporting the mullet he wore in the original series. Lance mocks his sense of style. Keith has it cut before the next episode.
Action Girl: Larmina. Allura has her moments, but not as much as her niece.
Adaptation Dye-Job: Lance's originally brown hair now is more reddish, and Hunk, who originally had black hair, now has brown hair. Keith now has bluish-black hair and blue eyes, making him look oddly like Devil's Due comic version of Sven.
Big "NO!": In "Dradin, Baby, Dradin", when Boss Dread's Drules blew-up the all-you-can-eat-buffet both Manset and Hunk cried out.
Black Best Friend: Odd case in where the Black guy is the best friend of an Asian guy.
Book Ends: The end of "Defenders of the Universe" has Daniel piloting the Black Lion and the seat changed then Daniel pulls ahead. "Black" ends similarly but extends it, showing his Haggarium affection and attacking the others.
In-series happens to Hunk. In the first few episodes he was mostly silent (bordering Living Prop) except for a few one liners here and there. Then came the episode "The Hunkyard" and all of a sudden he becomes very talkative, develops a Dumb Muscle personality, (in a good way) and extreme over enthusiasm.
Cliffhanger: The end of "Black", Daniel attacks the others with the Black Lion.
Combining Mecha: The titular mecha, just like the original. But it acquires new transformations with other lions serving as the robot's centerpiece.
And by the Season Two episode "Rogue Trip", the cadets upgraded their junkyard mechs to form their own Combining Mecha, nicknamed "Awesometron". It is destroyed in the episode "I, Voltron" in order to defeat the Wade-Kala "Lider" robeast, albeit temporarily.
Composite Character: Voltron Force's Voltron is a mix from the original series' Voltron and Voltron: The Third Dimension's Voltron and its "Stealth Mode". Voltron Force's Voltron is not as block-like as the original series' version but is more streamlined like the Voltron: The Third Dimension version's "Stealth Mode" yet retains its Chest Insignia and red wings.
Continuity Cameo: Pidge's brother Chip, the pilot of the Advance Recon Helicopter (#4) that becomes the left upper arm of Vehicle Voltron, appears in the episode "Brains".
Allura's Nanny appears at the end of the episode "Ghost in the Lion".
Continuity Nod: The Voltcoms can materialize a flight suit over the wearer's clothes. This was a homage to the original lion series, where the Voltron lion pilots would somehow get into their flight suits after reaching the rail shuttles but before the shuttles take them to the lions.
The slots in the lions' cockpit where the keys go in from the original series are still there, they are just covered by the Voltcom remote start add-on.
Sven's Haggarium infection comes from the bite wound he received that took him out of action from the original series from Haggar's blue cat Cova.
In "Joyride to Doom" Lotor smashes a statue of his father, King Zarkon, the Big Bad of the original series.
Disproportionate Retribution: Wade takes his "anti-Voltron" policy at the Academy very seriously — Danny (and Vince) received latrine duty for a month just for asking about the subject, and Pidge joked that Danny could be expelled for possessing an old photo of the team members.
Everybody Knew Already: The Hunkyard. Pidge even mentions how Hunk thinks nobody else knows about the area full of scrap metal he's collected.
Evil Knockoff: Wade extensively studied the Black Lion so he could make his own copies of the technology, including a gigantic Grey Lion (large as Voltron itself) posessing More Dakka, and several other robot lions patrolling his moon base. He also created smaller human scale versions.
Maahox created 5 Robeasts that can combine into the Voltron-like "Predator Robeast."
Evil Plan: Wade's plan in episode 4, "Coran, Coran". He wanted to destroy the Castle of the Lion, ruining the possibility of recharging the Lions, and/or kill the Voltron Force with his trap on the Moonbase. Thanks to the Cadets, both parts of the plan failed.
Kryptonite Is Everywhere: Seriously. When malfunctioning robots and the Corrupt Corporate Executive can gain easy access to it but the heroes need to travel to the villains home world (and get captured and nearly killed) just to get a sample, you know something is wrong. It is revealed in the episode "I, Voltron" that when the spider-Kala robeast merged with Wade's mentally controlled lion to make the "Lider" robeast they gained a mental link and subconsciously coordinated with each other since then, with Wade learning of Haggariun from Kala.
Lampshade Hanging: The entire episode with the Robeast fast enough to interrupt Voltron's combination. Daniel's comment about it taking 36 seconds to form Voltron... well, time out both the original transformation and the Voltron Force transformation (not taking the "Activate interlock!" part into consideration), and they're each that long.
Lantern Jaw of Justice: Hunk's yellow lion, as part of their more individualistic look compared to the original.
Leader Forms The Head: Played with; Voltron has different forms depending on which lion forms the torso and head.
Leitmotif: Vince has one that plays whenever he uses his power. The first time he uses his power he actually interrupts the music to tell the cadets that can do this now.
Let's Get Dangerous: Implied in Lance and Keith's conversation at the end of "Hungry for Voltron" where they decide to permanently end their fight with Wade after he "crosses a line," presumably by trapping and trying to kill Allura.
Except for a few times they wear other clothes like in the episodes "New School Defenders"note Lance, Pidge, and Hunk in Galactic Alliance academy staff uniform (the later two only in a picture). Keith wore some shorts and a t-shirt when meeting with Manset. Allura was wearing a dress when she meets up with Lance, Daniel, and Vince., "Dark Blue"note Daniel, Vince, and Allura in their sleep wear., "Wanted and Unwanted"note Daniel and Keith wear some prison clothing after they are captured., "Rogue Trip"note Keith wore safari gear while hunting the Black Lion on Arus. Larmina wore baseball clothing while watching a baseball game when she was on Earth. and "Ghost in the Lion."note All were wearing beachwear at the beginning of the episode.
Magical Negro: Vince is even called "magic man" in light of his mech-empowering ability.
Mecha-Mooks: Wade proudly prefers machines over living soldiers.
And in one episode, a Mecha-Mook disguised as Coran infiltrated the castle to blow it up.
More Hero Than Thou: Keith and Lance arguing who gets to rescue Coran from Wade's abandoned moon base.
Motion Capture Mecha: In the episode "The Hunkyard", noting how Larmina is marginally claustrophobic inside the Lions, Hunk builds her a junkyard rig with an open-air cockpit and cable system that drives in whichever direction she is leaning, and whose 'legs' she can steer with arm gestures. It is later upgraded with holographic motion trackers and other features as seen in "Rogue Trip".
How Wade controls Voltron.
Mythology Gag: In "The Hunkyard", the cadets get helmets identical to the ones from the original series.
The suits the Voltcoms form when the wearer is in unfriendly environments, like space or deep water, have helmets that look like a lion's head similar to the helmets the Voltron Force wore in Voltron The Third Dimension.
In "Ghost in the Lion," Daniel asks "Who's flying Blue Lion?" when he sees Blue running around without Allura. "Who's Flyin' Blue Lion?" was the title of an original series episode which, like "Ghost in the Lion," saw Blue's original pilot, Sven, returning to, well, fly Blue Lion.
The music video at the beginning of "Dradin, Baby, Dradin" is a revamped version of the original series' opening. Allura thinks the music is a bit much.
Maahox drained their brains to get information on Voltron, the side-effects turned them into Ninja Scientist Zombies.
Being from planet Balto, it could even be stretched out to Human Alien Ninja Scientist Zombies.
Lotor's armor turns him into a Samurai Robeast.
Nobody Poops: While generally played straight, Daniel and Vince are put on the academy's "latrine duty" during the pilot, which Lance has them exploit to steal Sky Marshal Wade's badge, noting that Wade does everything on a schedule, including restroom breaks.
Non-Standard Character Design: A couple of Voltron's alternate formations. Yellow Center has no decorative wings in standard modenote Instead, they can be deployed as emergency-recharge solar panels, and Green Center has a faceplate.
Oddly, Black Center could count, as well; none of the other formations have the trademark horns formed from their ears.
Sven's son suffers this at the end of "Ghost in the Lion". Sven becomes a Disappeared Dad forced to live on Crydor to slow the Haggarium infection with the planet's cold climate. The child's mothernote If one goes by the original series, her identity is probably Princess Romelle, Allura's cousin. is neither seen nor mentioned in the episode.
Word of God says that Romelle is the mother but wasn't mentioned for time restraints.
Passing the Torch: Over the course of three episodes toward the end of the first season, Larmina, Vince, and Daniel get promoted to lion pilots; Blue, Green, and Black, respectively.
Daniel later is temporarily relieved of the black key at the end of "Black". Looks like they should have kept it from him longer...
Pimped-Out Car: In "Dradin, Baby, Dradin", the Black Lion was stolen and was pimped out with spinners, a Hot Paint Job, stereo system, and fuzzy dice.
Planet of Hats: The entirety of Pidge's home planet, are tech genius ninjas.
Sven's world Crydor, an ice planet, was inhabited by descendants of vikings until they moved off-world when the climate became too harsh.
Plot Hole: Who are Larmina's parents? Voltron Force says that Larmina - a young teenager - is Allura's niece. BUT in the original, Allura was an only child. If this series takes place 5-7 years after the original, then not enough time has passed for Romelle (Allura's cousin) and Sven to have a teenage daughter. Possibly a Series Continuity Error as well—Voltron Force may be somewhat of a reboot, but there should still be an explanation.
Princesses Prefer Pink: Averted at first. While Allura was the full-on Pink Ranger in the original series, she wears blue in both her civilian wardrobe and Voltron uniform; the color of her Lion. She changes back to pink in "The Army of One."
Robeast: But of course, and they're still Lotor's favored weapons of mass destruction.
Wade gets in on the fun, though his creations are Humongous Mecha reverse-engineered from the lions.
Rocket Punch: Voltron's Lion Head attack. The means by which Maahox is defeated when the Blazing Sword fails.
Rule of Cool: When Danny and Vince meet Pidge and Hunk, Hunk is using a welding torch... and Pidge points out he isn't actually welding anything. Hunk acknowledges this, saying he just wanted to make a "cool introduction for the cadets".
Samurai in Ninja Town: Literally in "Brains" when Lotor in Samurai armor invades Pidge's homeplanet of which the whole population are tech ninjas.
Scars Are Forever: Even when Lotor comes back to life, the scars he received from the first time the Voltron Force killed him with the Blazing Sword are still there.
Send in the Clones: In "The Army of One", Maahox created a clone army of Lothors, unfortunately their egos made them fight each other.
Shapeshifter Baggage: While the five lions are all relatively the same size as each other, whichever lion forms the centerpiece of Voltron's robot mode becomes noticeably larger as a result and the Black Lion decreases size as well when it becomes a leg or arm.
Shout-Out: Larmina and Hunk's favorite band, Stereo-Lactic, is visually reminiscent of Daft Punk, with all the members wearing cyberpunk face-obscuring helmets.
Stupid Evil: Wade is aggravatingly stupid evil all the time, especially since he has no other stated motives than money and power.
Taken to utterly absurd lengths in Episode 13, when Wade hijacks Voltron and doesn't even think about you know, KILLING THE HEROES. This act of utter stupidity is what leads to his capture and subsequent arrest
Justified and lampshaded in the same episode when Coran explains Wade's backstory.
Further justified by what we learn in "I, Voltron".
Take That: A rather brutal one against fans of the classic series who dislike the cadets. Episode 15, "Dudley, Voltron's Biggest Fan" is about an obnoxiously voiced fanboy of Voltron's classic adventures (IE: The original series) who runs around wearing Keith's old outfit, complete with helmet, insults changes like the Voltcoms, writes creepy Princess Allura fan fiction, and pilots of a replica of Voltron that resembles its 80's design. Word of God states this episode was conceived prior to the series debut anticipating a backlash against the cadets and Voltcoms.
That same episode also has a slightly lighter one against Transformers. When the cadets are trying to decide what to call their new robot, Daniel's suggestion of "Voltronimus Prime" is shot down by Larmina as only semi-cool.
Theme Tune Cameo: One of the original Voltron theme shows up during the Black Lion's escape in the pilot. Similarly, the original title theme to Voltron shows up in a hardcore heavy metal remix when Hunk becomes head of Voltron and uses giant maces against the scrapheap monster. Episode 13 uses the original theme without any remixing is during Voltron's formation.
Theme Tune Rap: Yes, it has one, done by professional rapper Swizz Beatz.
Time Skip: Set seven years after the original series, during which the five Lions were mothballed (one confiscated) with the team forbidden from using them again, and any positive regard for the Voltron force driven fiercely underground.
Wrap Around Background: Lampshaded by Larmina and Allura in the episode "Brains" as the Voltron Force runs through a mall to escape the Baltans. Lance justifies it by saying all malls have multiples of the same stores.
The Worf Effect: Every encounter the titular robot has with a robeast who is a physical threat to Voltron is an example of this.
In the episode "Clash of the Lions", The Worf Effect is demonstrated when Vince fails to retake control of Voltron with his powers the first time he tries.
Xanatos Speed Chess: Keith's plan in episode 9, "Wanted and Unwanted". Things kept getting worse for Keith, and he remained always one move ahead of Wade, ending in putting Wade in "check" at the tip of the Blazing Sword.