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* PetTheDog: [[spoiler: Instead of attempting to kill Acxa, Ezor, and Zethrid for turning on him, he ejects them from their ships and otherwise leaves them alone. The second time might not have been so merciful, given that it left them floating in the middle of a mecha fight with no allies or other ships, but during the first time he even acknowledges that he holds no grudge against them for their actions.]]

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* PetTheDog: [[spoiler: Instead [[spoiler:Instead of attempting to kill Acxa, Ezor, and Zethrid for turning on him, he ejects them from their ships and otherwise leaves them alone. The second time might not have been so merciful, given that it left them floating in the middle of a mecha fight with no allies or other ships, but during the first time he even acknowledges that he holds no grudge against them for their actions.]]



* RealityEnsues: He and Haggar have spent much of their time at each other's throats, with Haggar spying on him and showing no compassion. [[spoiler:When she rescues him in Season 6 and reveals that she is Honerva, his mother, he refuses to accept her attempts to make amends after her actions led to the entire Galra Empire gunning for him]].

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* RealityEnsues: RealityEnsues:
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He and Haggar have spent much of their time at each other's throats, with Haggar spying on him and showing no compassion. [[spoiler:When she rescues him in Season 6 and reveals that she is Honerva, his mother, he refuses to accept her attempts to make amends after her actions led to the entire Galra Empire gunning for him]].



* SanitySlippage: [[spoiler:Lotor's plans to restructure the Galra Empire and rule peacefully are thwarted when his experiments on the surviving Alteans and their descendants are revealed and his attempts to justify them as a necessary evil are rejected by Allura -- who he had fallen in love with. Voltron destroying the portal to the Quintessence field and repeated exposure to raw Quintessence causes Lotor to snap and go from attempting to convince Allura to join him to deciding to destroy everyone who stands in his way, including Voltron and the Galra Empire itself.]]

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* SanitySlippage: [[spoiler:Lotor's Lotor's plans to restructure the Galra Empire and rule peacefully almost come to fruition but are thwarted when [[spoiler:when his experiments on the surviving Alteans and their descendants are revealed and his attempts to justify them as a necessary evil are rejected by Allura -- who he had fallen in love with. Voltron destroying the portal to the Quintessence field and repeated exposure to raw Quintessence causes Lotor to snap and go from attempting to convince Allura to join him to deciding to destroy everyone who stands in his way, including Voltron and the Galra Empire itself.]]



* StartOfDarkness: [[spoiler: Lotor used to be a compassionate and friendly child who wanted to make Zarkon proud, but his father treated him with indifference and Lotor slowly started to hate him. Once he became an adult, he befriends the population of a planet he was meant to conquer and managed to peacefully produce more Quintessence via peaceful cooperation than pillaging and conquering. His father is less than impressed by his pacifistic methods and talks down to him and his alien companion, causing Lotor to snap back at him and angering Zarkon by revealing that he knew about Honerva. Zarkon punishes him by destroying the planet, much to his horror, and exiling him, which cements Lotorís hatred for his father and leads him to a darker path.]]

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* StartOfDarkness: [[spoiler: Lotor [[spoiler:Lotor used to be a compassionate and friendly child who wanted to make Zarkon proud, but his father treated him with indifference and Lotor slowly started to hate him. Once he became an adult, he befriends the population of a planet he was meant to conquer and managed to peacefully produce more Quintessence via peaceful cooperation than pillaging and conquering. His father is less than impressed by his pacifistic methods and talks down to him and his alien companion, causing Lotor to snap back at him and angering Zarkon by revealing that he knew about Honerva. Zarkon punishes him by destroying the planet, much to his horror, and exiling him, which cements Lotorís hatred for his father and leads him to a darker path.]]



** [[spoiler:His general idea of gathering quintessence through non-violent means is never meaningfully addressed, with his actions being enough to piss off the paladins regardless of their pragmatism. It's implied -- though never confirmed -- that the aforementioned actions ''were'' his idea of obtaining quintessence peacefully.]]

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** [[spoiler:His general idea Lotor maintains that the Galra Empire needs a constant supply of potent quintessence to develop into a peaceful civilization, and works towards accessing the quintessence field in order to supply that. [[spoiler:However, his stopgap solution of gathering quintessence through non-violent means is never meaningfully addressed, with involved sacrificing countless Altean refugees, and his actions being enough attempt to piss off justify this as a necessary evil and a temporary measure until the paladins regardless of their pragmatism. It's implied -- though never confirmed -- that the aforementioned actions ''were'' his idea of obtaining quintessence peacefully.field was unlocked horrify and outrage the Paladins.]]



* WellIntentionedExtremist: Lotor was being genuine about his desire to non-violently supply the Galra Empire with a limitless amount of quintessence by tapping into the quintessence field, and went out of his way to gather Altean refugees in order to keep his mother's culture and people alive. [[spoiler:However, his stopgap solution for the Galra Empire's quintessence needs was exceedingly cruel and amoral: he began selecting Alteans with potent quintessence, tricking them into thinking they were being sent to a different colony in case the first one was discovered, and then draining them of their vitality in an off-site lab. His horrific actions to keep Altea alive were genuine, which Allura herself acknowledges at the end of Season 8. After being [[BerserkButton pissed off]] and undergoing SanitySlippage, he decides to just destroy the Galra Empire altogether and create a new Altean Empire that worships him as a god.]]

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* WellIntentionedExtremist: Lotor was being genuine about his desire to non-violently supply the Galra Empire with a limitless amount of quintessence by tapping into the quintessence field, and went out of his way to gather Altean refugees in order to keep his mother's culture and people alive. [[spoiler:However, his stopgap solution for the Galra Empire's quintessence needs was exceedingly cruel and amoral: he began selecting Alteans with potent quintessence, tricking them into thinking they were being sent to a different colony in case the first one was discovered, and then draining them of their vitality in an off-site lab. His horrific actions to keep Altea alive were genuine, genuine but horrific, which Allura herself acknowledges at the end of Season 8. After being [[BerserkButton pissed off]] and undergoing SanitySlippage, he decides to just destroy the Galra Empire altogether and create a new Altean Empire that worships him as a god.]]


* ItsPersonal: He has a particular grudge against [[spoiler:Keith, having been the Druid who fought him in the Quintessence processing plant in ''Collection and Extraction''.



* WhamLine: To Keith.

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* WhamLine: To Keith.Keith, revealing [[spoiler:he's the Druid that Keith fought back in Season 1]].


* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler: His horrific actions to keep Altea alive were genuine, which Allura herself acknowledges at the end of Season 8. After being [[BerserkButton pissed off]], though...]]

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* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler: Lotor was being genuine about his desire to non-violently supply the Galra Empire with a limitless amount of quintessence by tapping into the quintessence field, and went out of his way to gather Altean refugees in order to keep his mother's culture and people alive. [[spoiler:However, his stopgap solution for the Galra Empire's quintessence needs was exceedingly cruel and amoral: he began selecting Alteans with potent quintessence, tricking them into thinking they were being sent to a different colony in case the first one was discovered, and then draining them of their vitality in an off-site lab. His horrific actions to keep Altea alive were genuine, which Allura herself acknowledges at the end of Season 8. After being [[BerserkButton pissed off]], though...off]] and undergoing SanitySlippage, he decides to just destroy the Galra Empire altogether and create a new Altean Empire that worships him as a god.]]


* OlderThanTheyLook: The other Galra call him a "brat" because of how young he looks, and he appears to be the Galra equivalent of his early twenties, but he tells Allura that he's spent centuries researching Alteans and learning from planets he "befriended." His youthful appearance is due to the fact that [[spoiler:Haggar was pregnant when she and Zarkon entered the rift, and all of that quintessence is what keeps Lotor essentially immortal.]] It's unclear whether he just grows exceptionally slowly, or if he matured at a normal rate until he hit his current appearance, then stopped aging altogether.

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* OlderThanTheyLook: The other Galra call him a "brat" because of how young indicating he looks, is physically juvenile, and he appears to be the Galra equivalent of his late teens to early twenties, but he tells Allura that he's spent centuries researching Alteans and learning from planets he "befriended." His youthful appearance is due to the fact that [[spoiler:Haggar was pregnant when she and Zarkon entered the rift, and all of that quintessence is what keeps Lotor essentially immortal.]] It's unclear whether he just grows exceptionally slowly, or if he matured at a normal rate until he hit his current appearance, then stopped aging altogether.


** To Keith as his bitter rival which is in line with Voltron tradition. Both are PrettyBoy Galra hybrids with absent parents Ė one raised by the Galra and despising them, the other raised human and learning to accept both halves of his heritage. They both have ShipTease with Allura, are the new leaders of their respective teams after their previous one retires, have been described as hotshots, and both wield swords. Every time Lotor has clashed with Team Voltron has been when Keith was their leader. They both have trust and abandonment issues; Keith coming to terms with them leads to him finding peace and self-acceptance, while Lotorís unresolved issues ultimately lead to his own destruction. They find their mothers in the same season, and bear a strong physical resemblance to them. Fittingly, they save each otherís lives, and Keith agrees with Allura on retrieving Lotor from the rift before it closes, implied to feel some sympathy for him. The showrunners have constantly brought up parallels between the two and even outright stated that Lotor is what Keith could have been if he went down the dark path.

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** To Keith as his bitter rival which is in line with Voltron tradition. Both are PrettyBoy Galra hybrids with absent parents Ė one raised by the Galra and despising them, the other raised human and learning to accept both halves of his heritage. They both have ShipTease with Allura, are the new leaders of their respective teams after their previous one retires, have been described as hotshots, and both wield swords. Every time Lotor has clashed with Team Voltron has been when Keith was their leader. They both have trust and abandonment issues; Keith coming to terms with them leads to him finding peace and self-acceptance, while Lotorís unresolved issues ultimately lead to his own destruction. They find their mothers [[MissingMom mothers]] in the same season, and bear a strong physical resemblance to them. Fittingly, they save each otherís lives, and Keith agrees with Allura on retrieving Lotor from the rift before it closes, implied to feel some sympathy for him. The showrunners have constantly brought up parallels between the two and even outright stated that Lotor is what Keith could have been if he went down the dark path. An interview on the WhatCouldHaveBeen has also stated that Lotor and Keith would have had their stories more tied to each other in their original plan.


* {{Robeast}}: Well, yes, obviously, seeing as how the [[Anime/Voltron original series]] was the [[AnimeAndManga/TropeNamers trope namer]] for this in the west. As foes of a SuperRobot made by a mixture of black magic and mad science, they tick all the boxes.

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* {{Robeast}}: Well, yes, obviously, seeing as how the [[Anime/Voltron [[{{Anime/Voltron}} original series]] was the [[AnimeAndManga/TropeNamers [[TropeNamers/AnimeAndManga trope namer]] for this in the west. As foes of a SuperRobot made by a mixture of black magic and mad science, they tick all the boxes.


* MonsterOfTheWeek: Averted by the creators, who significantly downplayed Robeast encounters to avoid this type of plotline. This ended up being controversial, since it also meant a lack of giant monsters to fight the iconic SuperRobot, making it feel superfluous in its own series.
* {{Robeast}}: Well, yes, obviously, As foes of a SuperRobot made by a mixture of black magic and mad science, they tick all the boxes.

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* MonsterOfTheWeek: Averted by the creators, who significantly downplayed Robeast encounters to avoid this type the point that there's only a handful in the entire series (and several of plotline. ''those'' [[InNameOnly technically aren't Robeasts at all]]). This ended up being controversial, since it also meant a lack of giant monsters has led to fight complaints that they cut back ''too'' much, leaving the iconic SuperRobot, making it feel superfluous in its own series.
SuperRobot with little to do.
* {{Robeast}}: Well, yes, obviously, seeing as how the [[Anime/Voltron original series]] was the [[AnimeAndManga/TropeNamers trope namer]] for this in the west. As foes of a SuperRobot made by a mixture of black magic and mad science, they tick all the boxes.



* WasOnceAMan: Oddly, averted in the case of Drazil, who was apparently a simple reptile before its transformation. But otherwise, Robeasts each require a living organic mind to form the nucleus of the new creature.

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* WasOnceAMan: Oddly, Robeasts each require a living organic mind to form the nucleus of the new creature, which is usually a Galra solider. Oddly averted in the case of Drazil, who was apparently a simple reptile before its transformation. But otherwise, Robeasts each require a living organic mind to form the nucleus of the new creature.


* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: [[PlayingWithATrope Playing With]]. He's seen in a flashback kneeling down and comforting his wife Honerva, who is also known as Haggar as she lays weakly in bed. But that's before he became pure evil. In the present, she's also the one minion he constantly forgive despite many failures (her Robeasts constantly lost to Voltron, she let Shiro escaped during their fight and most recently, she called Lotor back). [[spoiler:Season 5 shows that he cared for her, even after he became evil.]]

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* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: [[PlayingWithATrope Playing With]]. He's seen in a flashback kneeling down and comforting his wife Honerva, who is also known as Haggar as she lays weakly in bed. But that's before he became pure evil. In the present, she's also the one minion he constantly forgive forgives despite many failures (her Robeasts constantly lost to Voltron, she let Shiro escaped escape during their fight and most recently, she called Lotor back).fight). [[spoiler:Season 5 shows that he cared for her, even after he became evil.]]



* StatisticallySpeaking: His profile on the official website lists his intelligence stat as being the same as [[IdiotHero Lance's]] which is questionable given that he has managed an unstoppable empire for over 10,000 years. His strength stat is also on par with a {{Robeast}} which is [[BadassInCharge less questionable]].

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* StatisticallySpeaking: His profile on the official website lists his intelligence stat as being the same as [[IdiotHero Lance's]] Lance's]], which is questionable given that he has managed an unstoppable empire for over 10,000 years. His strength stat is also on par with a {{Robeast}} -- which is [[BadassInCharge less questionable]].



* DarkActionGirl: Prefers to deal with enemies with her Robeasts and Druid underlings, but is perfectly capable of wiping the floor with the heroes when she enters the battlefield personally, as Shiro finds out the hard way.

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* DarkActionGirl: Prefers to deal with enemies with her Robeasts and Druid underlings, but is perfectly capable of wiping the floor with the heroes when she enters the battlefield personally, as Shiro finds out the hard way.



* {{Magitek}}: Liberally combines both magic and technology in her experiments. The Robeasts are chief examples of this, since they're HumongousMecha animated by magic and [[PoweredByAForsakenChild controlled by the minds of living creatures placed there by Haggar's powers]], [[AndIMustScream not always voluntarily]].

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* {{Magitek}}: Liberally combines both magic and technology in her experiments. The Robeasts are chief examples of this, since they're HumongousMecha bio-mechanical monsters animated by magic and [[PoweredByAForsakenChild controlled by the minds of living creatures placed there by Haggar's powers]], [[AndIMustScream and not always voluntarily]].



* SignificantWardrobeShift: In Season 8, [[spoiler: she wears different clothes to signify her place as the Alteans' new leader and even wears her own suit to pilot her robeast in battle.]]

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* SignificantWardrobeShift: In Season 8, [[spoiler: she wears different clothes to signify her place as the Alteans' new leader and even wears her own suit to pilot her robeast armor in battle.]]



* DecompositeCharacter: Of Commander Yurak, from the original ''Voltron'' cartoon, alongside Prorok. In Sendak's case, he's a StarterVillain like Yurak was, and his appearance is close to his as well. Yurak's role as Haggar's rival and his eventual transformation into a Robeast are given to Prorok.

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* DecompositeCharacter: Of Commander Yurak, from the original ''Voltron'' cartoon, alongside Prorok. In Sendak's case, he's he begins the story as a StarterVillain like Yurak was, and his appearance is close to his as well. Yurak's role as Haggar's rival and his eventual transformation into a Robeast are given to Prorok.



Giant monsters created by Haggar and her Druids from a mixture of black magic and mad science, Robeasts are some of the Galra Empire's most powerful forces. So far, they've only been deployed to fight Voltron, but each of the creatures has given it a tough fight.

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Giant monsters created by Haggar and her Druids from a mixture of black magic and mad science, Robeasts are some of the Galra Empire's most powerful forces. So far, they've They are only been ever deployed to fight Voltron, but each of the creatures has given give it a tough fight.



* MonsterOfTheWeek: Mostly averted in the first season, simply because every Robeast got at least one episode devoted solely to battling them. The one exception has been Prorok.
* {{Robeast}}: As foes of a SuperRobot made by a mixture of black magic and mad science, they tick all the boxes.

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* MonsterOfTheWeek: Mostly averted in Averted by the first season, simply because every creators, who significantly downplayed Robeast got at least one episode devoted solely encounters to battling them. The one exception has been Prorok.
avoid this type of plotline. This ended up being controversial, since it also meant a lack of giant monsters to fight the iconic SuperRobot, making it feel superfluous in its own series.
* {{Robeast}}: Well, yes, obviously, As foes of a SuperRobot made by a mixture of black magic and mad science, they tick all the boxes.


* EnemyMine: Once he's become a fugitive from the empire with his own father hunting him, he goes to where the Voltron coalition is, saves them from Haggar's trap, and then offers to join forces with them. [[spoiler:This continues even after he's killed his father and Voltron has helped install him on the throne]].
** In Season 8, [[spoiler: he actually manages to pull another alliance with Allura against Honerva, from ''beyond the grave'', no less.]]

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* EnemyMine: EnemyMine:
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Once he's become a fugitive from the empire with his own father hunting him, he goes to where the Voltron coalition is, saves them from Haggar's trap, and then offers to join forces with them. [[spoiler:This continues even after he's killed his father and Voltron has helped install him on the throne]].
** In Season 8, [[spoiler: he actually manages to pull another alliance with Allura against Honerva, from ''beyond the grave'', no less.]] While Allura doubts his intentions, he says he hates "the witch" as much as she does]].


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** [[spoiler:His ghost in season 8 tells Allura that Haggar may be calling herself Honerva, but she is the same witch who is their common enemy. Also, it turns out that he was ''right'' that the ghost entity from the quintessence realm is the key to unlocking Honerva's plan]].


* AlmightyJanitor: In Seasons 1, 2, and 3 only; Her official position within the Galra Empire was unclear. Everyone, even the Druids only calling her by name or "the witch". Come Season 4, she was referred to as "High Priestess", either this is a RetCon or Zarkon officially elevated to the position after she resurrected him the second time, though it's likely the latter as she's still referred as a witch by Lotor in Season 5.

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* AlmightyJanitor: In Seasons 1, 2, and 3 only; Her official position within the Galra Empire was unclear. Everyone, even the Druids only calling her by name or "the witch". Come Season 4, she was referred to as "High Priestess", either this is a and Season 8 flashbacks RetCon or Zarkon officially elevated this to the position after she resurrected him the second time, though it's likely the latter as she's still referred as a witch by Lotor in Season 5.have been her official title all along.


* DeathEqualsRedemption: [[spoiler: In Season 8, after realising what he had become following being exposed to Quintessence, Zarkon becomes remorseful and apologises to his former teammates and Team Voltron for his atrocities and appears in the end of the series with the original paladins and Lotor as they accompany Allura and Honerva into the afterlife.]]

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* DeathEqualsRedemption: [[spoiler: In Season 8, after realising realizing what he had become following being exposed to Quintessence, Zarkon becomes remorseful and apologises apologizes to his former teammates and Team Voltron for his atrocities and appears in the end of the series with the original paladins and Lotor as they accompany Allura and Honerva into the afterlife.]]



* DidNotThinkThisThrough: [[spoiler: She risks destroying all existence to travel to a reality where Zarkon and Lotor are alive, Daibazaal was never destroyed, and her alternate reality counterpart is dead. However, after all the thought she put into making that feat possible, she doesn't consider that a small child who has lost his mother might not instantly accept a doppelganger who showed up out of nowhere as a ReplacementGoldfish.]]

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* DidNotThinkThisThrough: DidNotThinkThisThrough:
** Her first attempt to reconcile [[spoiler:with Lotor didn't go well. She had Kuron bring Lotor to her in handcuffs, and starts talking by praising his quintessence experiments while revealing she was Honerva. After she nearly got him killed two seasons ago, Lotor obviuously wants nothing to do with her. He makes his escape and dies fighting Voltron]].
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[[spoiler: She risks destroying all existence to travel to a reality where Zarkon and Lotor are alive, Daibazaal was never destroyed, and her alternate reality counterpart is dead. However, after all the thought she put into making that feat possible, she doesn't consider that a small child who has lost his mother might not instantly accept a doppelganger who showed up out of nowhere as a ReplacementGoldfish.]]


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* NeverMyFault: When she regains her memories of how she and Zarkon [[spoiler:mistreated Lotor as a child and an adult, she decides it was the Galra blood that led to Lotor's death. Cue her wiping out any Galra that tries to rule the Empire]].

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* AdultFear: In Season 8, she starts flashing back to [[spoiler:Lotor's childhood, and realizes that she and Zarkon were horrible to their only son, and she enabled Zarkon abusing him. It also makes her realize why Lotor was unwilling to forgive her when she revealed the truth because both of his parents crossed the line]].

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* FatalFlaw: After her memories return, her desire to help her son and control him at the same time. [[spoiler:Present Lotor rejects her, and he dies before they have any chance of reconciling. Rather than accept that she messed up, and take responsibility for her actions, she blames the Galra for messing up her son and husband and decides to use the surviving Alteans to resurrect him in an alternate reality where he'd have no reason to hate her. Lotor's ghost has to reason with her to not destroy all the universes]].


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* IgnoredEpiphany: During her attempt to [[spoiler:reconcile with a captured Lotor, he rejected her as his mother after their rocky history. In Season 8, she flashbacks to how horrible she was during his childhood, culminating in letting Zarkon blow up a planet that Lotor tried to spare and allowing the emperor to exile him. Honerva remembers with a horrified expression, especially when she learns Lotor is dead. So what is her solution? Commit more murder and planetary genocide to reach a reality where Lotor never had a traumatic childhood]].


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* PartingWordsRegret: [[spoiler:Her son dies after she captures him and tries to reconcile with him, while he refuses her attempts]].


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* ForWantOfANail: In the timeline where [[spoiler:his mother died before she could complete her quintessence experiments, Lotor had a healthier relationship with his father and presumably would grow up into a better person. He also realizes that Haggar isn't really his mother]].


* ArcVillain: Of roughly half of Season 1.

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* ArcVillain: Of roughly half of Season 1. [[spoiler: He becomes this again for the second half of Season 7.]]



* BigBad: [[spoiler: He becomes this in Season 7, where he launches a massive Galra assault on Earth.]]

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