The Holy Britannian Empire
Nunnally vi Britannia
- Actual Pacifist: Nunnally really dislikes violence. Charles exploits this by having her give a speech asking Voltron to surrender to Britannia, knowing he only needs to allow her to speak and she will try to persuade the Paladins to stand down to avoid further (supposedly) needless violence.
- Adaptational Badass: She briefly serves as Yoru's substitute pilot during Suzaku's 10-Minute Retirement.
- Break the Cutie: Downplayed, but witnessing the SAZ Massacre does a number on her.
- Cool Chair: After being taken aboard the Castle of Lions, she gets to use the hoverchair Allura used in Chapters 14 and 15 to get around while relearning how to walk.
- Damsel in Distress: She's captured by Britannia and used to lure Voltron into the open.
- Innocence Lost: Mixed in with Break the Cutie, but Nunnally is reduced to tears after the SAZ Massacre.
- Propaganda Machine: Charles finds her and has her give a speech to convince Voltron to submit to Britannia. Chapter 26, however, reveals that Nunnally didn't need any prodding to give the speech, as she doesn't want people to fight needlessly.
- Secret Secret-Keeper: She figured out that Lelouch was Zero on her own after hearing his voice, but refused to believe it.
- Throwing Off the Disability: The possibility of using the healing pods aboard the Castle of Lions to restore her sight and vision is discussed. Once they do place her in a pod, Coran says that, while the pod can heal her legs, she'll still need therapy to walk again. Restoring her sight, though, is more problematic since it's the result of a Geass. After a week inside a healing pod... she finally regains her sight and her legs!
- Uneven Hybrid: Just like Lelouch, it's implied she is one-quarter Galra through her maternal grandmother.
- Adaptational Badass: She is the Guren's pilot this time around.
- The Confidant: For Lelouch - she's the only person outside his family that Lelouch trusts completely, and is the one in possession of the knife that belonged to Marianne's mother.
- Foil: To Coran. Both are the loyal servants of royalty and are ace pilots, but while Coran is generally a Non-Action Guy who can fight when he wants to by using the Castle of Lions, Sayoko is a Ninja Maid who fights upfront with the Guren. Also, while Sayoko is generally stoic, Coran is... not.
- Like A Son And Daughter To Me: Tells Lelouch that she considers him and Nunnally her own, this earns her a hug.
- Ninja Maid: Is still this, though she hasn't yet had much of a chance to show off her skills.
- Parental Substitute: She's the closest thing that the exiled siblings have to a maternal figure, and Lelouch makes it clear that he will not be happy if something happens to her when she's testing the space upgrades for the Guren.
- Undying Loyalty: To Lelouch. When he disappears, she carries out his orders to take Nunnally to a location where the girl will be safe from the more unscrupulous members of their family.
- Chekhov M.I.A.: Milly reveals that she went to pick Nina up alongside her grandfather just prior to the Black Rebellion, but she couldn't find Nina anywhere. Given how important Nina was in canon, it's unlikely we've seen the last of her.
- Dramatic Irony: Is outright terrified of Voltron, unaware its pilots are her friends.
- Fantastic Racism: She really does not like Japanese people, though this is a result of fear and bad experiences than hatred.
- Missed the Call: Due to having other plans, she declined to join the student council at Lake Kawaguchi, and thus was left behind when they went to the Castle of Lions. She was originally supposed to be part of the team, but due to her divisive reputation in the fandom, she was replaced with Rai.
A young Balmeran slave of the Galra empire, Shay and her family were forced to help mine useful crystals from the creature, even as it began to die from over-exploitation. She and her brother Rax encounter Shirley, C.C., and Coran when they arrive to acquire a battleship crystal, and while Rax was cautious about them, she decided to help the three strangers.
- Alien Lunch: Amusingly, their food is apparently quite delicious, though Shirley and Coran react negatively upon finding out what's in it. C.C. is more neutral as she apparently has been forced to eat worse in the past.
- Born into Slavery: So much so that she literally has to be taught what the word freedom means.
- Dishing Out Dirt: All Balmerans are symbiotically linked to the Balmera, and Shay uses this connection to help Coran, C.C., and Shirley escape by triggering a small cave-in.
- Foil: To Nunnally. Both girls share a close bond with their older brother. They also both wish for a more peaceful, gentler world and universe.
- Nice Girl: Unlike Rax, Shay is friendly and welcoming to Shirley, C.C., and Coran from the start.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Rax is suspicious, grumpy, and willing to sell out Shirley, C.C., and Coran to protect his family. Shay is more welcoming, less-suspicious, and risks her own life to save the Paladins in the hope they will return and free them.
- Super Strength: Apparently normal for Balmerans. Shay and her brother Rax move a small spaceship at least as readily as a pair of well-conditioned humans move a couch.
- The Symbiote: The natural relationship of both the Balmerans to the Balmera and the Balmera to the visitors who come for crystals. In Shay's case, she can use the Balmera to send messages to her fellows or to manipulate its physical structure in a limited way.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: While the Balmerans don't have Non-Mammalian Mammaries, Shay's "ears" have a number of growths that resemble earrings that her brother lacks.
- What Is This Feeling?: Shirley helps her rediscover the idea of freedom after generations of slavery to the Galra.
- Dishing Out Dirt: All Balmerans are symbiotically linked to the Balmera. Rax and his family use this connection to help free the Paladins and Shay.
- Foil: To Lelouch. Both, above all else, want to keep their family safe. Rax also mirrors Lelouch's earlier mistrust issues, but both have slowly grown out of it and learned to trust others outside their immediate family.
- HeelFace Turn: He eventually turns against the Galra when he realizes that the Defenders were right all along.
- The Mole: Sells out Shirley, C.C., and Coran out to the Galra in an attempt to protect his family.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Rax is the more suspicious, grumpy sibling. He was also willing to sell out Shirley, C.C., and Coran to protect his family unlike his sister Shay, who is more welcoming.
The Blade of Marmora
- Combat Parkour: Shown to be able to out-maneuver the Paladins with impressive gymnastics and without even drawing his sword.
- Good Is Not Nice: Ulaz is definitely against Zarkon and is the one who freed Rai, but he also straight-up tells Allura that he doesn't care whether or not she trusts him and that he could've easily killed the Paladins if he felt like it.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Destroys the Prorok Robeast by activating the space pocket inside of it, killing both him and the disgraced Galra commander.
Sophronia zar BritanniaRai's younger sister, abducted the same night he was.
- The Cameo: Briefly shows up in Chapter 14's ending, watching Zero's broadcast.
- Composite Character: Has Matt Holt's backstory of being a Galra prisoner who was freed by a resistance group.
- Damsel in Distress: Was captured alongside Rai and their mother sometime before the start of the story. She was freed by a resistance group between then and Zero's broadcast to the Galra.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Didn't die before the start of the story, and as of Chapter 14 is still alive.
Rolo, Nyma, and Beezer
- Bounty Hunter: The main reason they even interact with the Paladins is in order to steal a Lion get a bounty and a pardon.
- "Get out of Jail Free" Card: Rolo's gang was promised a full pardon and a reward bounty for stealing from Zarkon if they delivered them one of the Voltron Lions.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Rolo laments that the reason he's become self-serving and opportunistic is due to a lifetime of fighting the Galra.
- Honey Trap: Nyma is this to Rivalz, tricking him to get his Lion.
- One Steve Limit: Averted- There's a second character named Rolo, agent of the Geass Directive.
- Demoted to Extra: Between not joining the Black Knights and the first half of the story not being on Earth, Diethard doesn't appear much in this story. He is part of the post-SAZ crowd that Zero speaks to though.
- Psycho Supporter: Even without joining him, he remains fanatical in his loyalty to Zero. The appearance of giant mechanical lions that completely trump anything Britannia can throw out just adds to the matter.
- Achilles' Heel: Mao's power allows him to read the mind of anyone within five hundred meters of him, but there are some caveats - normally, he hears all of them at the same time, and while he can focus said power down to one individual, the tradeoff is that he sacrifices its full range while doing so. It also only works on organic life.
- Adaptational Badass: When he agrees to work with Haggar at the end of Cheering Mao, she grants him a new BLACK Geass.
- Adaptational Villainy: Mao comes off as this compared to canon due to the differences behind his Breaking Speeches to the Paladins. In particular, the one he directs at Shirley is incredibly mean spirited, where he openly mocks how her parents might be executed if Charles found out she was one of the Paladins. Overall, this story emphasizes his Psychopathic Manchild side over his Tragic Villain side. It's telling his apparent death in Castle Held Hostage is tragic because Shirley was the one to kill him rather than tragic because he had an Alas, Poor Villain moment. Word of God confirms that it's because she really hates Mao.
- Adaptational Wimp: Slightly - here, Mao can't effectively use his Geass when he's unfocused, though it is always active. In canon, he's still able to use it effectively even while he's enraged over being Outgambitted by Lelouch and Suzaku. Later Subverted when he does indeed read Suzaku's mind under similar circumstances to canon.
- Ax-Crazy: Most definitely. Mao revels in the suffering he causes others.
- Badass Longcoat: He wears a white greatcoat, studded with black belts and blue trim.
- Batman Gambit: His tactics focus on getting inside the target's head, getting to know them, and then concocting a plan built to take advantage of their weaknesses.
- Beware the Mind Reader: His Geass lets him read minds. Which he can't control, driving him to madness and being a dangerous Psychopathic Manchild. His upgraded Black Geass allows Mao to see his target's worse fears and bring them to life before their eyes.
- Didn't See That Coming:
- Mao's plan to try and get the Paladins to take him to the Castle of Lions runs into a few problems: first, that Suzaku would know how to focus himself enough to straight out nullify his powers, second, that the Paladins had Rover on standby to mimic C.C. (who as a robot cannot have its mind read, thus allowing it to fool Mao with a hologram), and third, that Lelouch had also brought Sayoko with him, who knew the same technique as Suzaku to silence her thoughts.
- In Cheering Mao, he wasn't expecting Lelouch and Rai to show up at Clovisland in Zerith, nor did he know that said lion could turn invisible.
- In Castle Held Hostage, despite his upgraded Black Geass, he was killed off, of all people, by Shirley.
- Didn't Think This Through: Faces this in addition to the above in Cheering Mao, as he didn't consider that the Paladins would use Rover to once again impersonate someone to distract him (Lelouch, in this case), nor did he consider that the Paladins will all work together to outsmart him.
- Drunk with Power: Haggar believes that this was why he snuck onboard the Castle of Lions relatively shortly after gaining an upgrade to his Geass - he enjoyed the power-high too much to restrain himself.
- Entertainingly Wrong: Mao notes Rai might have injured his sister badly enough that she may have been useless to the Galra as a labor slave and thus indirectly sent her to one death while trying to save her from another. While this isn't an unreasonable assumption, Rebirth revealed that she is still alive and has already been rescued by a resistance group.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Implicitly his Fatal Flaw - Maocannot understand that the Paladins have absolute trust in one another and would be willing to work together to take him down. This results in him being Out-Gambitted in both Cheering Mao and Castle Held Hostage, with the latter ending in him being shot by Shirley because she seemed too harmless for him to try reading her mind when he was about to kill Lelouch.
- Not Quite Dead: Mao somehow survives being shot by Shirley, with Haggar managing to recover the pod his 'corpse' was shot into. It's implied she intends to turn it into a Robeast.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to each member of Team Voltron that's tailored to them, the only exception being Suzaku who found a way to shut Mao up.
- First Allura, who he calls Not So Different from both Zarkon and Charles. She denies this, of course, but Mao then says that she absolutely despises Zarkon and the Galra, so much so she wants to kill all of them just like how he killed all of her people. Considering that, in an alternate reality, Allura did do just that and founded an empire that's enslaving the cosmos, Mao has a point.
- For Milly, he calls her out on how she and her family only took Lelouch and Nunnally in if they were found by the Emperor and told that the Ashfords cared for the two, the family might regain their lost status.
- For Rivalz, he mocks the boy's total unwillingness to do anything to help others despite regularly driving past the ghettoes with Lelouch.
- For Kallen, Mao throws out the fact that Kallen hates her mother for bearing so much abuse from Ms. Stadfelt and being imprisoned (though this only serves to piss her off).
- Shirley, meanwhile, has to put up with Mao noting that the Emperor might have her parents either taken hostage or assassinated if he found out she was a Paladin. Mao also mocks her for crushing hard on Lelouch despite his more negative traits, and for the fact that she now has feelings for Rai as well.
- Speaking of Rai, he has to deal with Mao berating him over how severely he hurt his sister in his effort to keep her away from the gladiator matches. Additionally, Mao notes that Rai is still trying to regain his memories...but isn't sure that he wants to get them back.
- Lelouch arguably gets it the worst - while the prince makes an effort to shoot down all of Mao's criticisms, he finally cracks when the Chinese Boy asks him if he really thinks he'll be able to bond with the Black Lion, or if he is any different from Zarkon.
- He eventually gives ones to Suzaku as well, mocking him over his Patricide and the Death Seeker tendencies that followed, and revealing that he thinks Suzaku is Not So Different from Zarkon and the Galra.
- Reforged into a Minion: It's implied that Haggar is going to turn him into a Robeast after his second defeat by Team Voltron, since he's near death and useless to her in any other capacity. This comes to pass in Battle for Home.
- Robeast: Mao is turned into one of these by Hagar after taking an arrow to the chest. He acts as the Climax Boss for the Paladins during Battle for Home.
- Villain Team-Up: Is recruited by Haggar by the end of Cheering Mao.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Given his past experiences with people (which were detailed in non-video format), it's implied that Mao thought he might be able to beat the Paladins by revealing their secrets to each other, as whenever he did this previously, his enemies would devolve into infighting (he once wiped out an entire village this way). Thus, he never considers the possibility that the Paladins would work together to overcome him, leading to his defeat in Chapter 28.
- Xenomorph Xerox: His Robeast form looks vaguely like a Xenomorph based on its description. The end of chapter notes for ''Battle for Home'' state that it was based off of a White Martian, which is another Xenomorph Xerox, so this isnt too much of a surprise.
- Your Worst Nightmare: If he can see someone's face, his upgraded Geass allows him to see their worst fears and bring them to life before their eyes.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: He shows up here several months before he did in Code Geass. Justified because he's an Opportunistic Bastard and likely saw Voltron's devastation of Area Eleven (up to and including capturing Cornelia) to be a perfect opening to make his move.
- Didn't See That Coming: As in canon, he was surprised by the Black Knights (specifically Voltron itself in this story) intervening in the Battle of Kyushu on Britannia's side.
- Dirty Coward: Hell yes! While his strategy of seeking asylum with the Chinese Federation until an opening to retake Japan comes isn't wrong, he undermines it by refusing to share the details of his plan with anyone, and refuses to try and coordinate with other resistance groups (like the Black Knights) when he makes his return, likely so that he can rule (on China's behalf) once the dust settles.
- Flaw Exploitation: Deliberately talks to Suzaku about his past and, more specifically, his father in order to keep him from focusing on the battle, knowing that Suzaku will not try to tune him out.
- Opportunistic Bastard: Tohdoh and the Four Holy Swords indicate that he is one. His decision to try and revive Japan as a puppet state of the Chinese Federation after Cornelia is captured (and with himself in charge) reinforces this.
- Puppet King: An intentional example - it's indicated that he's having the Chinese Federation back his claim to Japan because he offered to let them rule Japan through him.
- Secret Secret-Keeper: It's implied, but not confirmed, that he knows what happened regarding Suzaku and his father Genbu.