- Ascended Extra: Milly, Shirley, and Rivalz get this treatment as members of the Paladins of Voltron.
- Color-Coded Characters:
- Lelouch Black
- Kallen Red
- Rai Green
- Milly Yellow
- Suzaku Purple
- Shirley Orange
- Rivalz Blue.
- Color-Coded Elements:
- Kallen, with fire, is red.
- Rai, with forest, is green.
- Milly, with light, is yellow.
- Suzaku, with darkness, is purple.
- Shirley, with land, is orange.
- Rivalz, with water, is blue.
- Lelouch, with sky, is black.
- Decomposite Character: The five canon Paladins have their traits divided amidst the Paladins here, the only exceptions being Lance whose traits are solely found in Rivalz, and Suzaku who has few to no traits from the Paladins:
- Shiro's traits are divided between Lelouch and Rai. Lelouch has the role of The Leader of the Paladins and is the most experienced among the group overall, while Rai has Shiro's backstory as having been kidnapped by the Galra and left with Amnesia.
- Keith's traits are divided between Lelouch and Kallen. Lelouch shares his similar trust issues, slowly opening up to the other Paladins, and having a character arc involving his Missing Mom, along with the heavy implication he is a Half-Human Hybrid via Krolia, just with her as his grandmother rather than his mother. Kallen meanwhile is rather crass and Hot-Blooded like Keith.
- Hunk's traits are divided between Shirley and Milly. Shirley shares his role as The Heart of the group, as well as being a Cowardly Lion who grows more emotionally invested as a Paladin after going to the Balmera. Milly meanwhile possesses Hunk's mechanical skill as a Wrench Wench, as well as being a Supreme Chef.
- Pidge's traits are divided between Rai and Kallen. Rai is the tech expert of the Paladins and shares Pidge's motivation of trying to save their family from the Galra. Kallen meanwhile hid her true nature from the others much like Pidge hid her true gender from the others, and both are heavily motivated by their Older Brothers, the two even taking on visual cues from them.*
- Empowered Badass Normal: Per the results of a poll, all of the Paladins will be given Geass, so this could be applied to all of them. Specifically:
- Personality Powers: Each Paladin's Geass reflects their own personality.
- Lelouch, who wishes to have control over his own fate, has a Geass that gives him control over others.
- Shirley, who wishes to protect her friends, has Area of Effect Invisibility.
- Kallen, who is determined to protect Lelouch, has True Sight, ensuring she will always be able to keep an eye on Lelouch.
- Rai, who is a Determinator focused on finding his sister and recovering his memories, has heightened senses that ensure he won't miss clues to these goals.
- Positive Friend Influence: Bonding with the other Paladins has had a positive effect on Lelouch, Kallen, and Suzaku.
- Lelouch is the most obvious - he's lost many of his negative character traits (his tendency to deceive his allies and act impulsively when Nunnally is in danger being the most obvious) and made efforts to open up more to his companions and actually be a person.
- Kallen's Fantastic Racism towards Britannia has been tempered a bit, and her temper has calmed, though it is still there.
- Suzaku has changed the least, but the results are noticeable - his Death Seeker tendencies have started to abate (but it will be a while before they are truly gone), and he's finally started to realize he may have made the wrong choice siding with Britannia.
- The Power of Friendship: What lets them overcome Mao - Mao never anticipates that they will coordinate a strategy that capitalizes on his weaknesses and keep him from figuring out their real plan until its too late.
- Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits: More pronounced than in canon, since half of them were essentially high school students with no combat training at all.
- The Team: With some shared roles.
- Lelouch is The Leader, being both the pilot of the Black Lion and The Strategist.
- Suzaku is The Lancer, being the greatest Foil to Lelouch and nominal second in command.
- Kallen is The Big Gal, being the best fighter overall and using the most straightforward and aggressive of the Team.
- The Smart Guy is divided between Milly and Rai, as Rai has the most technical expertise while Milly inherited some of her grandfather's engineering skills.
- The Chick is divided between Shirley (feminine and The Heart), Rivalz (also something of The Heart, but too silly for the other roles) and Allura (who, again, is The Heart).
- True Companions: More so than in canon - even after finding out Lelouch and Kallen's secrets, the rest of the team refuses to judge them.
- Weapon of Choice: The forms the Bayards take in this story are:
- Heroes Prefer Swords/Katanas Are Just Better: A katana with a European hilt for Suzaku
- Wolverine Claws: a clawed gauntlet for Kallen
- The Straight and Arrow Path: A bow for Shirley
- Sinister Scythe/Epic Flail: A kusarigama for Milly
- Cool Guns: A rifle for Rivalz
- Knife Nut: A Katar-like blade for Rai
- Lelouch, being the Black Paladin, doesn't have one since the Black Bayard is currently in Zarkon's possession. He instead relies upon his Geass, which has gained a new trick. He later gains a Morph Weapon in the form of a Luxite Blade inherited from his grandmother.
Lelouch vi Britannia/Lelouch Lamperouge/Zero, the Black Paladin
- Adaptation Species Change: While he is purely human in his home series, here, it's noted numerous times that Lelouch is more like a Galra than a human, only furthered by the revelation that Marianne was in possession of a Luxite Blade, the identifier for members of the Blade of Marmora, heavily implying that not only is Marianne a Composite Character with Keith, but also that she, Lelouch, and Nunnally are all part Galra by virtue of Krolia.
- Adaptational Badass: Lelouch had no personal combat skills in canon and only managed Knightmare victories in machines customized for his personal usage. At the same time, his Geass was more suited for manipulation than combat. Here, however, his Geass gives him Shock and Awe powers, and he's able to outfight Cornelia using the Black Lion.
- Big Brother Instinct: Above all else, Lelouch wants to protect his sister, Nunnally. Charles exploits this after Schneizel finds Nunnally by allowing her to give an international broadcast begging the Black Knights to cease hostility, knowing Lelouch will come to save her. It still backfires, though, because Lelouch was able to out-think Schneizel.
- Character Development: Due to bonding with the other Paladins and talking with Alfor, Lelouch is taking steps toward becoming far kinder than he was in canon. Already, he's become quite a bit more trusting with others.
- Defector from Decadence: Just like his grandmother.
- Family of Choice: Lelouch considers the Paladins to be his true family, since he was more or less abandoned by his real family.
- Fatal Flaw: His Big Brother Instinct - while Lelouch is an incredibly skilled commander and does have genuinely heroic intentions, he will abandon his allies if Nunnally is put in danger to rescue her. This is what almost convinces him to leave the Paladins during Fall of the Castle of Lions and is also leads to him attempting to recklessly charge right into a trap his father set with Nunnally as bait. His friends have been working on tempering this issue, though.
- Lelouch is an extremely pronounced one with Zarkon, the former Black Paladin. Zarkon is The Emperor of the Galra Empire, is a One-Man Army but is usually content with using his minions to do his dirty work, and has incredible versatility with his Bayard. Lelouch, meanwhile, is a quarter Galra Fallen Prince of the Britannian Empire, is physically weak but leads from the front, and lacks any personal weaponry, instead relying upon his empowered Geass. Additionally, Lelouch has near-total trust in all of his friends, to the point of sharing his identity with the rest of the Paladins, while Zarkon only has total trust in Haggar, and otherwise rules through fear. Even their origins are opposites - Zarkon was the beloved leader of both his people and the Paladins and only turned evil due to outside influence, while Lelouch had one of the worst childhoods imaginable but became a hero despite it.
- Lelouch is also one to Lotor. In addition to the points listed under Lotor's entry, both also try to establish themselves as distinct from their fathers while being surprisingly similar to said fathers. The difference is that, ultimately, Lelouch really is more moral than his father and, as shown in canon with Zero Requiem, is willing to accept that his actions were wrong and try to atone for them, while Lotor ultimately is little better than his father and, when faced with his mistakes, will try to downplay/brush them off.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Most definitely given his Ship Tease with Kallen.
- Heroic Lineage: He's Krolia's grandson, and it is her, not his parents, that Lelouch takes after most.
- Like Father, Like Son: A Gender Inverted example involving his grandmother - Lelouch rebelled against Britannia for their mistreatment of others and himself, just like his grandmother did with the Galra Empire. In fact, if Lelouch's maternal grandmother actually is Krolia, then she is the one person in his family he most takes after, choosing to battle a seemingly insurmountable foe to improve the lives of others even though doing so would likely be to his detriment.
- Memento Macguffin: Lelouch entrusted Sayoko with the only possession he ever obtained from his mother after her death, which he won from a noble before learning of its heritage. Said possession is the only remnant Lelouch has of his maternal grandparents, having been given to Marianne by her father, who gained it from his wife. It's a Blade of Marmora knife.
- Nature Vs Nurture: Lelouch is a unique case where both elements have roughly equal influence on his character. Lelouch is Krolia's grandson, yet had a ridiculously abusive childhood, which would imply his heroism is in his Nature. However, there's also the fact that he's a member of the Britannian Royal Family yet actively works against them due to witnessing how their actions harm others, indicating his heroism is a product of Nurture. These two assumptions open up the possibility that Lelouch's character is a product of both Nature AND Nurture - he had innate inclinations toward being a hero that was solidified by his upbringing.
- Ship Tease: He shares some rather tender moments with Kallen during Across The Universe. He even asks her to take care of Nunnally if he dies from his wounds.
- Shock and Awe: Lelouch's Geass gives him this power in this story in addition to his canon Compelling Voice powers. It's implied this is related to the Galra and their Druids and his Galra heritage.
- Take Care of the Kids: Asks Kallen to take care of Nunnally if he dies during Across the Universe.
- Token Enemy Minority: Twofold - he leads the Black Knights and is a Britannian Prince, and is the leader of the Paladins of Voltron despite being one-quarter Galra (though he doesn't know it yet).
- Uneven Hybrid: Revelations done in several chapters heavily imply that Lelouch (and by extension Nunnally) are one-quarter Galra on their mother's side.
- Weapon of Choice: None - Lelouch does not have a unique Bayard, because the Black Bayard is still in Zarkon's possession. Instead, he relies on his newly empowered Geass. Played straight come Chapters 25 and 26, where Lelouch begins using his grandmother's knife.
- White Sheep: In three different ways! Despite his upbringing, Lelouch only inherited the absolute best traits of his family - his fathers strategic skill, his mothers piloting and acting skills, and the Galra belief in only killing if you are willing to put your life on the line.
Kallen Kozuki/Stadfelt, the Red Paladin
- Ace Pilot: Arguably the best pilot of the team, rivaled only by Suzaku.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Kallen was not at all happy when Kaguya glomps Lelouch in Message From Kyoto.
- Empowered Badass Normal: Gains a Geass from C.C. during Across the Universe - specifically, the Geass of absolute perception.
- Kallen is one to Keith from regular Voltron - both are the Red Paladins of their teams, and have a close relationship with their Black Paladins (platonic for Keith, romantic for Kallen). Both are also amongst the most experienced members of their teams and have pronounced parental issues (Bastard Angst for Kallen, Parental Abandonment for Keith) and were rather isolated at the start of the story. However, while Kallen hid her issues under a façade, Keith had no reason to do so.
- She's also one to Alfor, the original Red Paladin.
- Fiery Redhead: She's quite hot-headed and fiery in personality.
- Heroic Bastard: The illegitimate daughter of a noble and one of the Paladins of Voltron, in addition to being a member of the Black Knights.
- Hypocrite: Initially refuses to believe that there are any good Galra, even though she opposed Britannia while being a half-Britannian herself. She grows out of it by the end of Rai's Escape.
- Not So Above It All: She asks Coran and Allura if they can throw Viletta in the castle's dungeon to interrogate her the old fashioned way since they can't use Lelouch's Geass.
- Ship Tease: She shares some rather tender moments with Lelouch during Across The Universe, including forming a contract with C.C. on the off chance that it might help her heal Lelouch. And when Lelouch reveals his identity to Kirihara, causing Kaguya to glomp him, Kallen is not happy about it at all. Complete with Cross-Popping Veins!
- Spotting the Thread: During Reunion Over The Pacific, she's the only one to notice that Suzaku referred to the Lancelot by name, even though he logically has no reason to know that.
- Take Care of the Kids: Lelouch asks her to take care of Nunnally if he dies during Across the Universe.
- True Sight: Her Geass, in a nutshell - in addition to giving her X-Ray Vision, it also allows her to see the Prorok Robeast while in the Blade of Marmora base's pocket dimension.
- Wolverine Claws: Her Bayard takes the form of a micro-Radiant Wave Surger (and yes, it can still make stuff balloon up and explode).
Rai/Zephyr, the Green Paladin
- Adaptational Backstory Change: In Code Geass: Lost Colors, Rai was a former prince of Britannia, who briefly ruled over the Empire and was given Geass by an unknown Code Bearer (likely V.V.). In this story, while he's still a Britannian Prince (if the last scene of Tears of the Balmera is any indication), his Geass is indicated to have come from Haggar running experiments on him.
- Adaptational Superpower Change: Rai's Geass in Lost Colors was like Lelouch's, only it required the person hearing the command instead of direct eye contact. Here his Geass grants him heightened senses in combat.
- Adorkable: Has his moments.
- Big Brother Instinct: He was willing to totally destroy his sister's trust in him by attacking her just so that the Galra would choose him over her to fight in their gladiator arena, allowing her to be assigned to the comparatively safer forced labor groups.
- Composite Character: Rai is this for Pidge and Shiro, as he's revealed to have once been a Galra prisoner while also being the one who hacked into the Galra communications, in addition to being the Green Paladin.
- Really Royalty Reveal: He's actually a member of the Britannian Imperial Family, which technically means he's related to Lelouch.
- Additionally, according to Lost Colors, he's also a member of the Japanese Imperial Family, though whether this is the case here is still in the air.
- Ship Tease: Has some with Shirley.
- Token Enemy Minority: He's a Britannian Prince just like Lelouch (though no one on Team Voltron knows this yet) and a member of the Paladins. How long this will be the case is still up in the air, though, since Lelouch is working on getting Britannian on the Paladins' side.
Milly Ashford, the Yellow Paladin
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Downplayed, but she doesn't like it when Rivalz starts ogling other women.
- Hidden Depths: She seems to have inherited some of her grandfather's technological skills.
- Ship Tease: When Rivalz is knocked out by an explosion during Fall of the Castle of Lions, Milly is very worried about him, to the point of crying. And in Chapter 12, while Milly was suspicious of Rolo, Beezer, and Nyma (for obvious reasons), she really didn't seem to like Rivalz spending so much time with Nyma. This get's more pronounced later on, as she really does not like him ogling other women, to his immense confusion (Milly had shot down all of his prior attempts to woo her).
- Shipper on Deck: It's subtle, but Chapter 12 implies she is aware of the attraction between Lelouch and Kallen.
- The Tease: Would it be Milly if she wasn't this?
- Wrench Wench: Like Grandfather, Like Granddaughter it seems - she's the one who takes on Hunk's role when the group meets Rolo's crew.
Suzaku Kururugi, the Purple Paladin
- Heel Realization: Is slowly having one about Brittania.
- Honor Before Reason: Something held over from the main series, and part of the reason he's the pilot of the Purple Lion.
- Hypocrite: Lelouch calls him one in Chapter 11, pointing out that, for all the latter says about opposing rebellion, he's supporting one right now by being the Purple Paladin.
- Not Afraid to Die: Is this more than a Death Seeker like in canon - Suzaku isn't throwing himself into suicidal situations anymore, but when it appears that he will be killed fighting Zarkon, he merely closes his eyes and attempts to Face Death with Dignity.
- Ship Tease: With Euphie - she is what appears in his mind when attempting to think as one with the rest of the Paladins. And when staying with the mermaids, he mumbles in his sleep about giving her daifuku he made.
Shirley Fenette, the Orange Paladin
- Cowardly Lion: Takes Hunk's place as this on the team.
- Cuteness Proximity: Goes absolutely gaga over the alien pill bugs she and Rai find in Across the Universe, complete with beating heart eyes!
- Empowered Badass Normal: Gains a Geass from C.C. during Tears of the Balmera — specifically, the Geass of Absolute Concealment.
- Heel Realization: Has a moment during Tears of the Balmerra, when she stays with Shay's family. Not only is she deeply saddened by how they live their entire lives in tunnels, forced to mine crystals from a living creature in a manner that is implied to be extremely painful for it, but she also realized that something similar happens on Earth with all of the numbers that are forced to serve Britannia.
- Invisibility Cloak: Her Geass works this way - it creates a field around her that makes anything within it invisible to others. As for limitations, it only works up to a certain distance away, and only in certain directions.
- Ship Tease: While she still has a crush on Lelouch (at the moment), she has these moments with Rai, most prominently in Across the Universe where they're stranded together (with the little aliens they meet even making a heart around the couple). Geass vs Geass confirms she has a crush on him in addition to Lelouch, and that she's torn up about it.
- Vomit Discretion Shot: A running gag she inherited from Hunk.
Rivalz Cardemonde, the Blue Paladin
- Ascended Extra: Out of the Code Geass characters, his role in canon is arguably the smallest and least important. Here he gets far more screentime as a member of the Paladins of Voltron
- Butt-Monkey: Just like Lance.
- Casanova Wannabe: Though he obviously likes Milly, he'll hit on anything if it's on two legs and cute. This actually gets his Lion stolen at one point when a female bounty hunter plays Rivalz like a fiddle and handcuffs him to a tree.
- Empowered Badass Normal: As proof that he and the other Paladins are C.C.'s friends, he asks for, and gets, a Geass in Cheering Mao.
- Irony: He flirts with Nyma when he first meets her, unaware that Milly is finally starting to return his affections.
- Oblivious to Love: Ironically, Rival does not understand why Milly doesn't like it when he's ogling other women, especially since she had shot down all of his prior attempts to woo her.
- The Gadfly: Still a big one. Case in point, when Kallen asks how Lelouch threw her off when she questioned him while taking a shower, C.C. asks the latter if he 'enjoyed the view'.
- I'm Standing Right Here: C.C. says as much when Suzaku tells Lelouch they will discuss as to who she is.
- Shoot the Dog: Has no problems with doing this, as she was perfectly willing to kill Viletta when the latter saw Shirley's face.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Pizza, duh. One of the first things she does when the team return to Earth is using a Pod to get boxes of Pizza Hut pizza, enough to fill the pod!
- Establishing Character Moment: Seconds after Allura wakes up from a 10,000 year-long cryosleep, she's immediately putting a smooth-talking Rivalz into submission and demanding to know who he is.
- Foil: To Lelouch - both are former royalty who were forced to leave their homelands. Both also have an extremely loyal servant of the opposite gender. There are plenty of differences, though: Allura was forced to leave for her own safety due to Zarkon invading Altea, while Lelouch was exiled for daring to speak against his father. Lelouch has many half-siblings and several friends while Allura is one of the last Alteans alongside Coran. Allura had a good relationship with her father and mother while Lelouch, as previously stated, was exiled for defying his father's will and eventually founded a resistance movement to oppose his father's empire. Finally, Allura generally prefers to take straightforward action against the Galra, while Lelouch prefers to fight strategically.
- Hypocrite: As revealed by Mao, while Allura wants to protect other races in the universe from being destroyed by Zarkon like her people were, she is perfectly willing to completely wiped out the Galra to do so, even though not all of the Galra are fighting with Zarkon, which he giddily points out would make her no better than Zarkon or Charles. She doesn't take it well.
- Not So Above It All: For all of her efforts to maintain her regality, she has temper and attitude as bad as Tamaki, something Lelouch notes.
- Really 700 Years Old: Being an Altean Popsicle for 10,000 years has her chronologically much older than all the Paladins, although biologically and mentally she is a teenager about their age.
Coran Hieronymus Wimbleton Smythe
- Brutal Honesty: Coran does not offer any sugar-coating when he speaks. He's very critical of the Paladins at times, and very bluntly states that, if the Galra were to invade right now, Earth would fall within a day.
- To Sayoko. Both are the loyal servants of royalty, but while Coran is generally a Non-Action Guy (though he can certainly fight when he wants to), Sayoko is a Ninja Maid.
- He's also one to both to Cécile and Lloyd - he has the latter's borderline obsession over a particular piece of technology (in this case, the Castle of Lions), as well as the former's understanding and personable nature.
- Not So Above It All: He's the one who is disguised as Zero during the meeting with Kyoto, because he really wanted to wear the outfit.
- Last of His Kind: He's the only male Altean left in existence.
- Really 700 Years Old: Mentions visiting Balmera with his grandfather while the latter was building the Castle of Lions. Considering the Castle is around 10,600 years old, that makes him at least 600 years old before being made an Altean Popsicle. He doesn't look like it.
The Voltron LionsThe seven lions that combine to form Voltron.
- Adaptation Distillation: Since there are two new lions, some of the powers got shuffled up a bit.
- The original Yellow Lion is now the Orange Lion, which is still the lion of Earth. The new Yellow Lion is the Lion of Light.
- The purple lion, meanwhile, is the Lion of Darkness.
- Elemental Powers: Each lion is associated with an element, though only some have had their powers shown off.
- Red is associated with fire and can use a flamethrower.
- Blue is associated with water and can use ice beams.
- Orange is associated with earth and is the only Lion shown to be capable of tunneling.
- Black is associated with wind/sky.
- Green is associated with forest.
- Yellow is associated with light, and can use powerful light attacks to blind enemies.
- Purple is associated with darkness and can create an Unrealistic Black Hole.
- Gender Flip: All of the lions are female in the story, while Black, Red, and the original Yellow Lion (now the orange lion) were confirmed as being male in Legendary Defender.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: Blue has a sonic cannon.
- Meaningful Name: Each Lion was given a nickname by its pilot to further their bond with their Paladins.
- Spontaneous Weapon Creation: Just like Voltron, the lions have their own arsenal of weapons that they can create near instantaneously.
Voltron, the Defender of the Universe.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: In contrast to Legendary Defender, Voltron gets in a few of these, particularly against Britannia.
- Discard and Draw: Due to using different Paladins than in Legendary Defender, Voltron no longer has its shoulder cannon, instead using an energy bow. Time will tell what else it can use.
- Serial Escalation: Due to having two additional lions to form its body, Voltron is even bigger than it was in Legendary Defender.
- Summon to Hand: Voltron can create multiple weapons via the different Paladins inserting their Bayards into special slots in their lions.
Chuchule, Platt, Chulatt, and Plachu
- The Confidant: When Allura feels she can't speak to the others, the mice are usually her go-to confidants.
- Intelligible Unintelligible: They can only make the typical sounds mice make, but Allura can understand them just fine.
- Nice Mice: They're cute little alien mice.
- Non-Human Sidekick: They are rarely seen without Allura.
- Psychic Link: With Allura, developed by sharing her sleep pod for 10,000 years.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: A group of pastel-colored tiny animals who all resemble mice.
- The Stool Pigeon: The mice gladly tell Allura whatever secrets they have of the Paladins without much prodding. Such in Fall of the Castle of Lions where they told her everyone's secrets, which was how Allura learned Lelouch was a prince.
- HeelFace Brainwashing: Used to be a loyal drone working for the Galra Empire, until reprogrammed by Rai.
- Man of Kryptonite: To Mao - Mao's Geass only works on living things, so he can't sense Rover. This allows the Paladins to get the drop on him by having Rover mimic C.C., who is also immune to Mao's powers, which is why he never suspects a thing until he gets blasted by Rover.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Since Lelouch used his Geass to deal with Haxxus, Rover is still functioning.
- Aliens Are Bastards: Seeing how the Galra have conquered most of the Universe and ruled for over ten thousand years in tyranny. Later subverted with the revelation that not every Galra is a part of the military or even a part of the empire.
- Always Chaotic Evil: Played Straight until the end of The Black Paladin, where Thace allows Voltron to escape from Zarkon's Fortress. Further subverted in Rai's Escape, where The Blade of Marmora is introduced.
- Eviler Than Thou: On the giving end as the Galra are far more dangerous than Britannia, as well as more overtly villainous - while Britannia merely wants to rule the Earth, the Galra Empire is aiming to conquer the universe, and has already made significant headway in doing so. Additionally, while Britannia is willing to allow others to become 'Honorary Britannians' who have the potential to advance high enough to ultimately enact some form of change, the Galra tend to prefer enslaving all conquered peoples with no possibility of escape, and have totally wiped out the Alteans at the very least.
- Adaptational Badass: Has a black Geass in addition to all of his other powers!
- Always Someone Better: While they've yet to meet, Lelouch considers him one to Schneizel - Lelouch has never beaten his elder brother, but Zarkon's power, resources, and ambitions put him at a level head and shoulders beyond anything Schneizel could ever hope to accomplish.
- Big Bad: The overall leader of the Galra and his desire to obtain Voltron is the main source of conflict in the story.
- Foil: With Lelouch. See Lelouch's entry for more details.
- Non-Action Big Bad: Downplayed - Zarkon normally prefers to let his underlings do his dirty work, but he will get personally involved if the situation demands it. Haggar actually has to ask him to stay behind when she heads to Earth after finding that the planet is beyond her ability to locate via Zarkon's connection to the Black Lion.
- Really 700 Years Old: Has been alive for 10,000 years.
- Weapon of Choice: The Black Bayard - and unlike the other Bayards, his can take multiple forms.
High Priest Haggar
- A Day in the Limelight: Get's a bit more focus during the Return to Earth arc, as she heads to the planet on her own to determine why she cannot find it with her quintessence powers.
- The Dreaded: C.C. is completely terrified of her, for good reason - Haggar can examine the latter's memories just by touching her.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Her request that Zarkon stay aboard his ship while she investigates Earth has undertones of this, even though she has pragmatic reasons, seeing how she is canonically Zarkon's wife.
- Evil Sorcerer: Acts as one for Zarkon, and utterly outclasses Lelouch during their Wizard Duel in The Black Paladin.
- To C.C. - both are magical, immortal women associated with a Black Paladin and have provided magical aid to said Paladins. Whereas C.C. mostly tries to maintain a professional relationship with Lelouch (and often annoys him for her own amusement), Haggar is truly loyal to Zarkon and treats him as a close friend.
- She's also one to Marianne. See her entry for more details.
- Artificial Limbs: Sendak sports an enlarged forearm connected to his shoulder by a stream of energy, allowing it to be used as a kind of Epic Flail.
- Shut Up, Kirk!: One thing that separates him from literally every other enemy Lelouch has ever faced is he is the only one to throw his belief that 'the only ones who should kill are the ones willing to be killed', admitting he agrees with it.
- Starter Villain: The first villain the Paladins face and one that plagues them still for several chapters.
- Villain Respect: Unlike all other villains in Code Geass, Sendak agrees with Lelouch's assessment that the only ones who should kill are the ones willing to be killed, viewing it as the way of the Galra.
- Dragon with an Agenda: He acts outside of the command structure and stages several plans against the Defenders without Zarkon's authorization.
- Fate Worse than Death: He gets turned into a Robeast by Haggar.
- Interservice Rivalry: He's distrustful of the Druids and bitter over Zarkon's favoritism towards them.
- Meaningful Name: In Polish his name means Prophet.
- You Have Failed Me: While at first he's sent off to Haggar for interrogation because he's suspected of treachery, it's clear that they're only really using him to try and forge a new Robeast. Zarkon was tired of his failures and Haggar felt he'd be more useful to them as a monster.
- Enigmatic Minion: When Prorok sets his Balmera gambit in motion, Thace offers to tell Zarkon as per procedure, but Prorok opts to do it himself. Aside from that brief moment, Thace only follows Prorok and Zarkon's orders, up until the end of The Black Paladin where he goes behind everyone's backs and frees the Paladins for his own reasons. He did so because he's a member of The Blade of Marmora.
- The Mole: He's part of the Galran resistance, The Blade of Marmora, whose job is to keep track of Zarkon.
- Number Two: He was Prorok's until Across the Universe.
- You Are in Command Now: At the end of Across the Universe Prorok is arrested for suspected treason and Thace is promoted from Lieutenant to Commander.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: Makes a cameo during the end of Chapter 14, Rebirth, roughly a season and a half before he showed up in Legendary Defender.
- Foreshadowing: It's heavily implied that he's C.C.'s first contractor.
- The Cameo: He appears briefly when Suzaku and Lelouch accidentally pear through her memories in Crystal Venom, implying that he'd been to Earth in the past at least once.
- Foil: Is one to Lelouch, Suzaku, and Kallen.
- He and Lelouch are both chessmasters and the sons of powerful emperors who exiled them. They also have... less than ideal relations with their birth parents. But while Lelouch has his sister Nunnally and has mostly good memories of his mother, Lotor is an only child and never knew his mother as she had turned into Haggar. Additionally, both are only part Galra, but while Lotor inherited the worst traits of the Galra from his father, Zarkon, Lelouch inherited the absolute best ones from his grandmother, who is implied to be Krolia.
- Lotor and Suzaku are both Internal Reformists who wish to change their respective empires, but while Suzaku is an "Eleven" who willingly became an Honorary Britannian to do so, Lotor is a Galra/Altean hybrid and the crown prince of the Galra Empire.
- Lotor and Kallen are both children of two worlds (half-Britannian, half-Japanese for Kallen, half Galra, half-Altean for Lotor) who despise their paternal homelands and people. But while Kallen can move past these issues and have friends with Britannians (who she accepts as not being Always Chaotic Evil), Lotor has a borderline Irrational Hatred of the Galra, and has had plans to exterminate them.
- Interestingly enough, there is one trait that all of Lotor's Foils share that he lacks: while Kallen, Lelouch, and even Suzaku are willing to admit that they have occasionally made mistakes and change their plans to be more moral, Lotor will never stray from his course due to all of the sacrifices he has made and not recognizing just how bad some of his choices were/are.
- Villain Takes an Interest: He's rather curious about Zero, to say the least.
- Robeast: Well, yes, obviously, seeing as how the original Voltron series was the trope namer for this in the west. As foes of a Super Robot made by a mixture of black magic and mad science, they tick all the boxes.
- Unwilling Robotization: Played with. Prorok, in particular, didn't want to go, but Myzax volunteered for the chance to get revenge on Rai.
- Was Once a Man: 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.
A former champion in the Galra Empire's brutal gladiatorial games, Myzax was beaten and humiliated by Rai. He willingly allowed himself to be made into a Robeast for a chance at revenge. He is heavily armored and armed with a strange weapon resembling a ball-and-cup, that he uses to smash anything around him.
- Cool, but Inefficient: His downfall, both times, comes from the simple fact that, as cool as his orb weapon is, it needs to recharge after every third shot.
- Gladiator Games: A former undefeated champion in them.
- Lizard Folk: While still fleshy, he was humanoid but covered in armored scales.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: Myzax gave the Voltron team a run for their money and forced them to learn to use some of their weapons systems.
- Warm-Up Boss: The only Robeast that Voltron defeated outright in its first encounter, without help and without coming back for a rematch.
Made from a simple reptile, Drazil is the second Robeast produced by Haggar. It is armed with countless eyes, each with a powerful offensive laser, granting it a nearly perfect offense with no blind spot.
- Beam Spam: It has a lot of eyes, and each one fires Eye Beams. These combine to fill the air with green lasers.
- Eyes Do Not Belong There: It has, in addition to the eyes on its head mounted on a swivel, eyes along the underside of both its long arms and more on its chest. Considering its primary means of offense...
- Lean and Mean: While Myzax was bulky, Drazil is clearly built for speed, with all its limbs pinched uptight.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Has a big maw full of spiky teeth.
- Sdrawkcab Name: Its name is "lizard" spelled backwards.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: It's so powerful that the Paladins aren't able to destroy it — even after they beat it at the end of the chapter, it stood back up for another round. It was only defeated when the Balmera grew a massive crystal around it to seal it in and immobilize it, leaving it still intact but trapped.
- Wave Motion Gun: Its chest blaster is the most powerful of its many beam weapons, and it can combine all its energy beams into a massive torrent of energy capable of overwhelming even the Yellow Lion's shoulder cannon.
A Galra officer remade as a Robeast, who attacks the Castle while it's trying to rendezvous with the Blades of Marmora.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Amusingly, his Robeast form also has them.
- Cephalothorax: Uniquely among the Robeasts shown thus far.
- Nonstandard Character Design: Compared to previous Robeasts, who were humanoid in some fashion. This thing pretty much consists of a large head with arms.
- Unwilling Robotization: Prorok didn't go willingly.
- Wave Motion Gun: He fires one after absorbing enough crystals.
- Weapons That Suck: Uses one to deadly effect, as Voltron fights it next to a veritable minefield of highly-explosive crystals.
- Your Head Asplode: Inverted, as he's ultimately killed by Ulaz opening a black hole inside his head, imploding him into nothing.
The Holy Britannian Empire
- Eviler Than Thou: On the receiving end - while Britannia is certainly a major problem on Earth, it's nowhere near as dangerous as the Galra empire, since it has nothing comparable to Zarkon's fleets or Haggard's Robeasts.
- The Worf Effect: Britannian forces get completed destroyed whenever they face the Paladins.
Emperor Charles zi Britannia
- Abusive Parents: He exiled his own son for daring to question him about his reaction to the death of his Empress. Ironically, he's still a better parent than Zarkon.
- Arc Villain: For the Earth Arc - while he is by far the most personal of Lelouch's enemies, he doesn't remotely compare the likes of Zarkon, and his plans regarding the Ragnarök Connection are nowhere near as destructive as the Galra harvesting entire worlds of Quintessence.
- Batman Gambit: Charles has Nunnally give a speech urging Voltron to submit to Britannia, knowing Lelouch will likely throw caution to the wind to rescue her, leading him into a situation where Schneizel could easily capture him. He didn't know that Lelouch's friends would persuade the Exiled Prince to not panic and plan ahead, however, costing him his only leverage against Voltron.
- Didn't See That Coming: Unknown Knowns example - Charles' plan to force Voltron to surrender (or at least get itself into a position to be easily captured) hinged on exploiting Lelouch's Big Brother Instinct. While said plan did achieve its intended goal of luring Voltron into the open, it didn't succeed in any other way because Lelouch was willing to listen to his friends, who convinced him to plan ahead before they rescued Nunnally.
- Foil: To Zarkon. Both are the Emperors of their respective empires, who rule with iron fists. Both also started with the noblest of intentions. However, while Charles still has those intentions in mind, Zarkon has long since devolved into being just a power-hungry tyrant.
- Xanatos Gambit: Elements of this are present to his plan to capture Zero - if it works, then he has the Paladins and Voltron in his pocket, but if it fails then, even in the worst-case scenario, he will still have confirmed that Lelouch is part of Voltron. The plan ends up falling apart, though, as Lelouch revealed his identity to the Black Knights prior to rescuing Nunnally, depriving him of a valuable piece of leverage against Lelouch.
Empress Marianne vi Britannia
- Abusive Parents: She spent seven years Faking the Dead, yet never once checked on her children. Though this is Downplayed slightly compared to canon, as the first thing she does when she re-establishes her link with C.C. is ask the latter how Lelouch is doing. She still manages to be a better mother than Haggar.
- Body Surf: Her mind and soul live in the body of Anya Alstreim, causing the latter to have periodic memory blackouts whenever Marianne takes control.
- Composite Character: Inherits Keith's backstory from Legendary Defender.
- Didn't See That Coming: She's genuinely surprised when the Paladins leave Earth, as doing so takes C.C. (who stowed away with them) beyond the effective range of their mental bond.
- Foil: To Haggar. Both are women who act as the Number Two of an emperor who is also their husband, whilst also being accomplished fighters. Both are also Happily Married and have ways to extend their lives beyond what is natural - Marianne via Body Surf, Hagar through the usage of Quintessence. Finally, both are also talented fighters. As for differences, Marianne is a physical fighter to Haggar preferring magic, and while Marianne is genuinely well-intentioned, Haggar has long since lost any good intentions she had. Also, while Marianne still remembers her time as Charles love, Haggar doesn't.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Revelations in certain chapters heavily imply that she's half-Galra.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: A lot of secrets regarding Marianne - that she is still alive, that she has a Geass, and that she is in league with her husband - were not revealed until R2 of Code Geass. Here, though, these spoilers are brought to light around the third chapter of the story (discounting the fact that the first chapter was posted in six individual parts).
- Like Father, Unlike Son: Gender inverted on both sides - Marianne fell in love with the Emperor of Britannia and is wholly devoted to his plans, while her mother, implied to be Krolia, rebelled against Zarkon and joined the Blade of Marmora.
- Number Two: To her husband, regarding the Ragnarök Connection.
Cornelia li Britannia
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: Cornelia is normally a sound tactician and strategist, but she'll resort to this if she's sufficiently angered, as seen both times she fights a Voltron Lion. It doesn't really work to her benefit.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Cornelia was Lelouch's greatest enemy as Zero. The keyword being was - by the time the Paladins return to Earth, they've become strong enough to make mincemeat of her forces, with Lelouch and Kallen personally delivering her a Curb-Stomp Battle twice in rapid succession.
- Big Sister Instinct: Is really unhappy when Schneizel tells her that she cannot see Nunnally after the second prince found her, as she had assumed her younger sister had been dead for years.
- Foil: To Allura. Both are/were princesses who have a temper and display Fantastic Racism (Elevens/Japanese for Cornelia, Galra for Allura) due to losing family (Lelouch and Nunnally for Cornelia, Alfor for Allura). But while Cornelia is a Badass Normal Warrior Princess who fights in her Gloucester, Allura can use magic to a certain extent and fights using the Castle of Lions. Also, while Cornelia has several siblings (Euphie being full-blooded and lots of half-siblings), Allura is an only child.
- Humiliation Conga: The Return to Earth Arc really puts her through the wringer.
- First, Lelouch defeats her with contemptuous ease at Narita, while the Lions overwhelm her other forces...
- Then, Voltron decimates the remainder of her army, forcing her to call a retreat.
- And then, after finally finding out that Nunnally is still alive, she's denied permission to see her younger sister by Schneizel.
- Finally (for now), she is defeated by Kallen while guarding the Avalon, who explicitly tells her she isn't worth Zero's time. Meanwhile, Suzaku, Milly, and Rivalz are demolishing the rest of her forces. The girl can't catch a break.
- Cornelia fights Zero in the name of avenging the deaths of Lelouch and Nunnally (or at least she did until events in the story revealed the two are still alive), yet Zero is actually her long lost brother, Lelouch - who is also the first person to hand her a defeat.
- While Cornelia tends to dismiss the natives of Area Eleven as Savages, her reaction to losing is arguably more childish than theirs, as she essentially throws a temper tantrum every time she loses.
- Sore Loser: Throws a tantrum whenever she loses to Voltron.
- Tranquil Fury: Is practically seething with rage after Zero "kidnaps" Nunnally, just barely containing herself from yelling at Schneizel for letting it happen.
- The Worf Effect: Cornelia, possibly the best Knightmare pilot among the Britannian forces in Area Eleven (excluding Suzaku and The Knight of Nine Nonette Enneagram) gets completely destroyed by Lelouch at Narita and then by Kallen over the pacific, showing off just how much stronger the Lions are compared to any of Earth's Knightmares.
Euphemia li Britannia
- Foil: To Allura. Both are/were princesses who wish to help others, but while Euphie is an Actual Pacifist who doesn't fight, Allura is far more willing to get her hands dirty. Also, while Euphie doesn't hate the Japanese, Allura doesn't trust any Galra.
- Princess Classic: Just as in canon.
- Ship Tease: With Suzaku. Nonette wonders if shes spending time with the Camelot Division to get to know her boyfriend better, reducing Euphemia to blushing and stammering.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Explicitly stated by Word of God.
Knight of Nine Nonette Enneagram
- Curb Stomp Cushion: Is this for the entirety of Britannia so far - shes the only member of Britannia to fight a Voltron Lion and not get her ass handed to her.
- Genki Girl: She's a very upbeat and cheerful person, much to Cornelia's exasperation.
- I Will Find You: The second she saw Rai's face and recognized him as the missing Prince Zephyr, she immediately goes to Area 11 to help look for him and his family.
- Shipper on Deck: She teases Euphie about her relationship with Suzaku, which makes sense considering that Rai is half-Japanese.
- Undying Loyalty: To Zephyr and his branch of the Royal Family.
- Dramatic Irony: Idolizes Marianne and, by proxy, Lelouch, yet attempts to kill (and is almost killed by) Zero, who is really Lelouch in disguise.
- Internal Reveal: After being captured by Haggar and having his memories examined, some of Haggar's comments make Jeremiah realize that Lelouch and Zero are one and the same.
- Villainous Friendship: With Viletta, who is genuinely saddened by his apparent death.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Villetta genuinely does not seem to believe that Britannia is evil. When Shirley explains her reasons for being one of the Black Knights (well, Voltron Paladins), Villetta actually assumes that the orange-haired girl was brainwashed by Zero.
- In Spite of a Nail: Even though the circumstances are COMPLETELY different, she still faces against Shirley ad gets shot (though by C.C.). She also still loses her memories like in canon.
- Mexican Standoff: Get's into one with Shirley in Chapter 26. She did not notice C.C., though.
- Pet the Dog: When she assumes that Shirley was brainwashed by Zero into joining the Black Knights, she's perfectly willing to send Shirley to the best psychiatric help available, and even personally oversee her treatment. Somewhat warped, but surprisingly nice.
Gilbert G.P. Guilford
- Oh, Crap!: His reaction when he sees the Blue Lion entering the Battle of Narita. Given that he last saw it taking off at Lake Kawaguchi, he has ample reason to be worried.
- The Worf Effect: He gets defeated relatively early on by the Blue Lion at Narita and then by the Yellow Lion while guarding the Avalon.
- Admiring the Abomination: From the Britannian perspective, his reactions to the Lions and Voltron is this.
- Foil: To Coran - both are downright obsessed with an advanced piece of technology (the Lancelot for Lloyd, the Castle of Lions for Coran) and tend to grate on their companions' nerves. Lloyd, however, has No Social Skills, while Coran is incredibly refined when he wants to be. Additionally, Lloyd tends to be rather amoral vs Coran being unambiguously on the side of good. One wonders what would happen if they were to meet.
- Mad Scientist: But of course! Lloyd may be a benign version, but he's still zany and a bit of a Manchild.
- Nerdgasm: His reactions to, well, anything the Lions do are interesting. And then there's when he first sees Voltron in all its glory."This-This is-! I can't even-! OOOoooOOOoooOOHHHH! This is amazing! I never thought I'd see such a thing in my entire life!"
- Spotting the Thread: While he doesn't quite make the connection, Lloyd notices that the Purple Lion reacts to fighting the Lancelot as if its pilot knew what the White Knightmare's abilities were. Something that only Lloyd, Cecile and Suzaku would know...
- Wing Ding Eyes: His eyes are described as having hearts in them whenever he sees the Lions or Voltron itself.
Schneizel el Britannia
- Always Someone Better: The only person Lelouch was never able to defeat, 'was' being the keyword here.
- Defeating the Undefeatable: In Chapter 26, Lelouch finally bests him by rescuing Nunnally from the Avalon.
- Fatal Flaw: Predictability - Schneizel tends to prefer Boring, but Practical strategies which, while not very flashy, are proven to work. He also has a preference for plans that always leave him ahead, even if he outwardly loses. This ends up backfiring in Chapter 26, though, because not only did he lose Nunnally to Lelouch when the Paladins raided the Avalon, but the plan he was willing to back ended up causing Lelouch to reveal himself to the Black Knights, which only cemented their loyalty to him.
- Foil: To Lotor.
- Graceful Loser: He takes his lost in Chapter 26 pretty well, unlike Cornelia.
- Not So Stoic: It's mentioned that he nearly fell out of his chair upon seeing Voltron for the first time.
- Reality Ensues: Schneizel appears to be so unbeatable because he always tries to work the situation to his advantage, tends to stack the deck in his favor, and will concede if the situation becomes unwinnable. The reason he loses in Chapter 26 is precisely because he cannot use any of these strategies - the Voltron Lions have advantages in durability, firepower, and locomotion that cannot be matched by Britannian Knightmares, he has no way of contacting the Paladins, which precludes any attempt to manipulate them, and lastly, he cannot just call a retreat because the Avalon is carrying Nunnally. Additionally, even if he was able to contact the Paladins, he has no way of turning them against each other - the only secrets he knew that could turn the Paladins against each other was that Lelouch was a former prince of Britannia, something Lelouch already told his friends.
- Spotting the Thread: Realizes that something else is in play when, even though he had previously stated to wanting to destroy Britannia, Zero/Lelouch has made no such move even though he has more than enough power to do so. He correctly guesses that Lelouch learned something vital (the Galra will invade Earth at any time) which forced him to completely change his plans.
The Black Knights
- The Bait: Its implied they were intended to be this at Narita for one the JLF retreated. Kallen spares them this fate.
- La Résistance: Originally formed to oppose the Britannian Empire. Then Lelouch brings them in to fight the Galra.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Group-wide example: unlike in canon, when Lelouch reveals his true identity to them and explains his reasons for creating the Black Knights, they take it surprisingly well.
- Undying Loyalty: To Zero. Even when Lelouch reveals who he is, they still choose to follow him.
- Big Brother Mentor: Acts as one to Kallen after the death of her brother, Naoto.
- Butt-Monkey: During Zero's Return, he gets his ass literally kicked by Kallen when he hesitated to get onto Aka and faints from shock upon seeing Voltron for the first time. He's later seen getting demolished by the Castle of Lions' gladiator drone.
- Literal Ass-Kicking: IS on the receiving end of this when he refuses to get inside Aka.
- A Child Shall Lead Them: She's barely even a teenager yet leads her entire house. One wonders what happened for her to get into this position.
- The Cutie: At times - she's adorable, and her actions are a frequent source of comedy.
- The Glomp: Gives one to Lelouch (which Kallen does not approve of) and Suzaku.
- Hero Worship: Has some for Zero, which only rises when she learns that he is Lelouch.
- Precocious Crush: Has one for Lelouch. Kallen does not approve.
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.
- Damsel in Distress: Shes captured by Britannia and used to lure Voltron into the open.
- 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.
- Uneven Hybrid: Just like Lelouch, it's implied she is one-quarter Galra through her maternal grandmother.
- Adaptational Badass: She is the Gurens pilot this time around.
- The Confidant: For Lelouch - shes the only person outside his family that Lelouch trusts completely, and is the one in possession of the knife that belonged to Mariannes 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.
- 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.
- Fantastic Racism: She really does not like Japanese people, though her's is a result of fear and bad experiences than hatred.
- Dramatic Irony: Is outright terrified of Voltron, unaware its pilots are her friends.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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.
- Adaptational Badass: When he agrees to work with Haggar at the end of Cheering Mao, she grants him a new BLACK Geass.
- 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.
- Ax-Crazy: Most definitely.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- "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.
- Villain Team-Up: Is recruited by Haggar by the end of Cheering Mao.