This page details the various characters allied with the main heroes of Voltron: Legendary Defender.
The Blade of Marmora
An ancient order of Galra who are opposed to Zarkon and the Empire.
- Badass Army: While they do not typically act as an army, preferring smaller covert operations, they certainly count.
- Combat Parkour: All of them are insanely fast and constantly in motion when fighting, able to out maneuver enemies who can literally teleport. During the opening of Season 3, a strike team makes a dangerous base jump out of the belly of a moving lion already under heavy fire without parachutes and they all manage to literally hit the ground running and do their part to fight off all the Sentries.
- Dark Is Not Evil: The group as a whole have noble intentions and are dressed in black and purple.
- Defector from Decadence: The group originally was loyal to Zarkon, believing that the Empire's expansion would bring peace and stability. They learned the opposite was true, and began working to undermine the Empire instead.
- Fantastic Racism: Because they are Galra many people have a hard time trusting them, including the heroes.
- Foil: To Team Voltron. Voltron is a tiny group of idealistic Ragtag Bunch of Misfits thrown into battle unprepared, who compensate for their lack of experience by building strong bonds and combining skills (and robots) — they also have a No One Gets Left Behind policy. The Blades are a large organisation of thoroughly trained Combat Pragmatists who are fairly uniform in mindset and opinions, and who outright avoid building strong relationships because they could be called on to sacrifice other members of the group at any time thanks to their policy of Knowledge Or Death.
- Good Is Not Nice: Their initiation ritual involves beating someone up as many times as necessary for them to solve a lateral thinking puzzle, then subjecting them to a dangerous Battle in the Center of the Mind. They're also, as a group, at least a little jaded, paranoid, and ruthless after fighting such a powerful and dangerous enemy from within for so long. Their "mission over ourselves" mentality also teaches them to treat their companions as expendables.
- Highly Visible Ninja: Their uniforms ts are reasonably stealthy dark grey suits that blend in well with the dim corridors on Galran ships, but they have bright LED lights on their face masks and chests.
- Honor Before Reason: Their "Knowledge or Death" maxim sounds stoic and noble, but it's ridiculous for a long-term strategy: Blades are more likely to die in an "honorable" last stand rather than survive to pass on their skills and knowledge. The effect that joining the Blades has on Keith also suggests that it does a number on their members' psychological well-being, too.
- La Résistance: The goal of the organization is to destroy the Galra Empire and bring freedom to the galaxy.
- Last Stand: When the Druids began their attempts to destroy every Blade agent, Kolivan pulled many Blades from assignment and regrouped on an unnamed planet in order to make a stand. The resulting battle cost the lives of the native population, all the present Blades except Kolivan and all the present Druids except Macidus. Unlike the Druids however, not all the Blades were present at the battle, and after Kolivan is rescued from Macidus, he and Krolia seek them out, and bring them to Earth.
- Malevolent Masked Men: Subverted, their masks don't exactly make them look like the friendliest bunch, but they're opposed to the tyrannical Zarkon and allies to Team Voltron.
- The Mole: A lot of Blade members are stationed at outposts or in ships where other Blades may need to infiltrate, or rise high enough in the Galra ranks where they have more power and information to give to the Blades.
- Morph Weapon: An understated version. Their blades are small combat knives that can transform into full-length swords when held by a Galra who has gone through initiation. Or a part-Galra, as Keith finds out.
- The Needs of the Many: Their overall principle: among themselves, they don't believe in risking several members to retrieve one member (or a small group) in danger. On a larger scale, they're willing to do what it takes to bring down Zarkon and free those suffering under his rule.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: They are pretty much a group of alien ninjas based on how they dress and fight.
- The Order: An order dedicated to undermining the Galra Empire and freeing the universe of their tyranny.
- Properly Paranoid: They go to extreme lengths to keep themselves hidden from bending space to placing their main base next to a sun that is between two black holes. But they are against the Galra who have conquered most of the known universe so it makes sense they are careful.
- Red Shirt: They are more than willing to sacrifice themselves for their cause, and if a side Blade member has a name, there's a good chance they're not going to last 'til the end of the episode.
- Reformed, but Rejected: In the opening of Season 3, they're cooperating with the Paladins to free various worlds from the Galra Empire, but the inhabitants still find it difficult to trust beings that look like their oppressors.
- Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: You can tell how far along the Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism these guys are when they regard Keith as the "silly idealist." The mere notion that you might be willing to take a risk to rescue a comrade is antithetical to the Blades' philosophy — they won't even grudgingly respect your heroism, they'll just think you're an incompetent idiot.
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works: The Marmorans show that they can throw their blades like a boomerang when attacking an enemy from a distance with insane accuracy.
- Weapon of Choice: Their blades. When they saw that Keith had one, they believed he stole it. Thace even thought Keith was a member due his blade. Season 7 reveals that each Marmoran's blade is connected to their life force, glowing while the wielder is still alive.
Voiced by: Mark Rolston (English), Dan Osorio (Latin America)
The leader of the Blade of Marmora, and then an ally for the Voltron Paladins.
- Badass in Distress: Was held captive by Macidus for around 2 years after the Blades' Last Stand until he was rescued by Voltron.
- Braids of Action: He has a long braid that wraps around his neck.
- Custom Uniform: Has a noticeably different uniform from other Blades, designating his status as the leader.
- Determined Defeatist: During a briefing with various rebel leaders, he makes no bones about the unbelievable size of the Galra Empire that depresses everyone in the room, though he's quick to point out that rebel movements from within are on the rise.
- The Leader: He's distinguished as the leader of the Blade of Marmora.
- The Needs of the Many: Kolivan attempts to reason with Keith that Blade members were prepared to be left behind during missions, and going against that could put all of them in danger.
- Properly Paranoid: After they get no word from Thace, Kolivan tells the Paladins to call off the mission. He justifies this by saying Thace could have been killed off and they weren't going to risk themselves if they had no further backup. His assumptions are justified when Thace does sacrifice himself, the Paladins barely manage to defeat Zarkon, and Shiro goes missing. This reckless action actually got Shiro killed, and only an insane string of coincidences stopped him from sharing Thace's fate.
- Rugged Scar: He has a scar trailing over his right eye.
- Took a Level in Kindness: By the end of Season 7, he is visiting Keith in the hospital and glad he is recovering. A significant leap from how he first treated individuals.
- Unwilling Suspension: How Macidus barely kept him alive.
Voiced by: Arnold Vosloo (English), Jorge Badillo (Latin America)
A member of the Blade of Marmora who freed Shiro from captivity.
- 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 Shiro, 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.
- Plot-Triggering Death: His presence and subsequent death kickstart the subplot of Voltron making an Alliance with the Blade of Marmora.
Voiced by: Trevor Devall (English)
A large and brutish Blade of Marmora agent.
- The Big Guy: Stands over a head taller than all other Blade of Marmora agents and acts as their brute strength.
- Blood Knight: Antok is always eager for a fight. He's amused at the thought of fighting Keith during his trial.
- The Faceless: One of the two named Blade of Marmora agents who never takes off his helmet, the other being Regris in Season 4.
- Half Breed: Seems to be implied by the fact that he has a tail, which is a trait that's only been seen on mixed-blood Galra so far.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: One of the Druids catches Antok off his guard and impales him with magic.
- Mauve Shirt: He falls under the heroic minion type, being the only named and distinct of the faceless Blade of Marmora soldiers. When he, Kolivan, and Allura go off to fight the Druids, it's abundantly clear that Antok is the only expendable one of the bunch.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Antok has a tail, a trait that we don't see any other Galra possess, at least initially. Season 3 introduces Galra half-breeds whose similar nonstandard designs are a product of their mixed genetics and Antok (whose features we never see) may be one.
- We Will Meet Again: Before Keith undergoes his trials, Antok says he might get a chance to fight against Keith. Unfortunately, he doesn't.
Voiced by: Josh Keaton (English)
A slim member of the Blade of Marmora who accompanies Keith and Kolivan on their missions.
- The Faceless: One of the two named Blade of Marmora Agents who never takes off his helmet, the other being Antok in Season 2.
- Half Breed: Seems to be implied by the fact that he has a tail, which is a trait that's only been seen on mixed-blood Galrans so far.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Sacrifices himself to save Keith and Kolivan.
- Prehensile Tail: He's shown to be able to use his tail to plug in a thumb drive while the rest of his body holds him up down a chute.
Voiced by: Ana Gasteyer (English)
A member of the Blade of Marmora stationed undercover at a facility housing an unknown superweapon.
- Action Mom: She's Keith's mother and a very badass member of the Blade of Marmora.
- Battle Couple: A flashback in "Razor's Edge" reveals that she recruited Keith's father to help her fight the Galra that were coming to find the Blue Lion.
- But Now I Must Go:
- In one of her final memories on Earth she decides to leave after taking out the Galra scouts in order to protect her family and the Blue Lion.
- In Season 7, she leaves the team to help Kolivan look for any surviving Blades, apologizing to Keith for having to leave him a second time. She and Kolivan return at the end of Season 7 to visit Keith in the hospital; and she and Keith later visit his father's grave.
- Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Or in this case, mommy did. After the Galra discovered that the Blue Lion was on Earth, she left to take down the empire from the inside in order to protect Keith and his father.
- Deadpan Snarker: She acts more annoyed than surprised as Trugg's fleet attacks her base.Krolia: I'm guessing Lord Ranveig is dead since Trugg is attacking my base.
- Exotic Eye Designs: Her pupils are white, something she has in common with Lotor's former general Acxa, another Galran Half Breed.
- Facial Markings: Has two marks curving up on her cheeks, and they seem to stretch to the back of her neck.
- Good Parents: She loves her son deeply and will do anything to protect him.
- Green-Skinned Space Babe: She has light purple skin, but still quite attractive.
- Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Subverted. At the beginning she uses a pistol to fight, but when Keith's blade falls near her, she uses that as well, reawakening her blade and turning it back into a knife at will. The way she fights with the blade is very similar to Keith's fighting style.
- Hereditary Hairstyle: Her bangs are extremely similar to Keith's. In addition to this, part of her hair is longer at the back than at the front, which is similar to Keith's hairstyle.
- Heroic Vow: She tells Keith "I left you once. I'll never leave you again."
- I Choose to Stay: Krolia initially made this choice after crashing on Earth and meeting Keith's Father and having a child with him, deciding to remain on the planet with her family rather than return to the Blades. Unfortunately, continued Galran activity on Earth made her realize she would have to return to the Empire in order to try and keep it away from her adopted home by disrupting it from within.
- Interspecies Romance: With Keith's father, and later having Keith as a result of that.
- Lady of War: She's usually very calm, graceful and can fight and think her way out of tough situations.
- Like Father, Like Son: Or in this case, like mother, like son. She shares a lot of traits with Keith, from the way she throws her sword, her scowl and even her overall demeanor. Lance even lampshades this at the beginning of "The Ruins" when Krolia was making a deadly simulation for the team and joyfully noted how challenging it would be.
- Although it is not hereditary, the burn that Keith sustains in his fight with Shiro's clone strongly resembles Krolia's markings, despite only being on one side of his face.
- Living MacGuffin: Keith's goal in "Bloodlines" is to extract her from his post before the Enemy Civil War orbiting her base can get to the weapons she's guarding.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Her introductory appearance (and appearance in the season) ends with her revealing that she's Keith's mother.
- Mama Bear: She trades the access codes for Keith's safety when Commander Trugg has him at gunpoint. Even worse, she does so with the intention to release the weapon on Trugg for her to be killed once she and her son were at a safe distance.
- When she and Keith are entering the quantum abyss, she shields him with her body on the first blast, and the second blast she grabs his arm from his wire and attempts to pull him in.
- Memento MacGuffin: Her knife, which she gave to Keith's father before leaving Earth. She tells him that their son may need it someday.
- Missing Mom: She was missing for all of Keith's childhood.
- The Mole: Was a spy for the Blades stationed on Ranveig's base. Razor's Edge reveals that she was planted amongst other Galra scouts searching for more of the Voltron lions. When she and the scout partnered with her found readings of the Blue lion on earth, she quickly takes them out but her own ship is shot down in the process.
- Mum Looks Like a Sister: She is taller than her son, but she looks so youthful that you could easily confuse her for Keith's partially Galra sister, rather than his mom. During flashbacks to when Keith was a baby, she looked exactly the same as she does now.
- My Greatest Failure: She deeply regrets abandoning Keith as a child and swears that she will never leave him again.
- Never Got to Say Goodbye: Krolia finds out in one of Keith's memories that his father had died when he was still very young. However, she gets some closure by the end of Season 7 when Keith takes her to see her partner's grave.
- Number Two: At the end of Season 7, she appears to have become this to Kolivan, seeing as she was one of high ranked members of the Blade and chose to stay behind to help Kolivan rebuild their group.
- In the series epilogue, she is ruling Diabazal alongside Kolivan.
- Parental Title Characterization: Keith usually calls her Krolia, but after the events of "The Ruins", he finally calls her mom.
- Sink-or-Swim Mentor: In "The Ruins" she creates a simulation for the paladins that's impossible to beat just so she could see how long they last. She later reveals that she had trained lots of Marmoran agents in her time.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Looks like a purple version of her son. They even have the same stare.
- Sword and Gun: She starts off using a gun, but effortlessly switches to Keith's sword because it used to be hers.
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Does this during the fight with the Galra security drones.
- Tranquil Fury: When the Galra sent out scouts to find the Blue Lion, Keith's dad helped set up the bombs while Krolia attempted to interrogate and take out the guards. When she thought Keith's dad was dead, she pretended to surrender, only to brutally take the group out in anger.
- Two Girls to a Team: Is only the second female Blade agent seen in the show.
- When She Smiles: Towards the people she cares for.
- Walking Spoiler: Any discussion of her character will revolve around the revelation that she is Keith's mother.
Voiced by: Keith Ferguson (English, Season 1), Sean Teale (English, Season 2-3 and 8), Humberto Solórzano (Latin America)
Allura's late father and king of Altea. Alfor made the decision to have the Voltron Lions scattered by their Paladins 10,000 years ago, hoping that the threat of Zarkon would be defeated. However, fearing that he would not be reunited with his daughter, he had the castle computer programmed with his personality and knowledge, creating a virtual clone of himself. This holographic avatar advises Allura after she awakens, and expresses regret at not following his daughter's instincts years ago and dispatching Voltron against the Galra, an action he believes has cost countless lives over the millennia.
- Big Good: The former leader of the heroic Alteans.
- Death by Adaptation: While it is true he died in both versions, his hologram survives the original series.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Allura basically shatters his hologram with a hug as they both give each other their final farewells.
- Emperor Scientist: It was his genius that created the Lions and understood the full implications of the comet they were made from.
- Facial Markings: Blue ones on his cheekbones, like the other male Altean on the show.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He spearheaded development of the Lions, and also built the Paladin armours and the Bayards as well.
- The Good King: He seems to have genuinely cared about Altea.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: "The Legend Begins" reveals that he used a sword before becoming a paladin and his bayard created Voltron's sword.
- Hot-Blooded: The flashbacks reveal that, like Keith, he was hotheaded and charged into battle, often having to be rescued by Zarkon and the other paladins.
- Killed Off for Real: He was dead long before the show started. During a virus attack on the castle thanks to Sendak and a Galra crystal, Alfor's AI is corrupted and attempts to fly the castle into a supernova. In order to save the team, Allura is forced to disconnect the AI core, erasing the last bit of her father that she had left.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Apparently had a habit of breaking formation and just charging into dangerous situations which he wasnt equipped to deal with, such. By all indications, he got better through experience.
- Man in White: His Virtual Ghost appears in a white suit of armor.
- My Greatest Failure: Years after his defeat, his AI admits that Allura was right and they should have used Voltron against Zarkon instead of hiding it.
- Mystical White Hair: Has the same hair color as his daughter.
- Number Two: Was this to Zarkon in the past, being the literal "right hand man" of Voltron in his role as Red Paladin.
- Pointy Ears: Has a set of elf-like ears.
- Posthumous Character: Has been dead for 10,000 years.
- Rubber-Forehead Alien: The only things alien about his physical appearance are his Pointy Ears, Facial Markings and white hair.
- Space Elves: Along with his daughter. Mystical White Hair (used to have light blue hair when he was younger), pointy ears, weird stripes on his face, and uploaded into a computer.
- Silver Fox: Seems to be around the Altean equivalent of 50s and something, but is still quite fit and attractive.
- Supporting Leader: Even though he was the creator of the Lions and the peace movement, he willingly stepped aside and allowed Zarkon to be the leader of the Paladins because he knew that he was the better commander. It is this willingness to put aside personal ambition for the good of the team that the red Lion is attuned to.
- Tragic Hero: Best shown in his posthumous Day in the Limelight.
- Alfor believed in the best of people and his trust in his friends ultimately lead to his downfall and death. He trusted Zarkon with the research and understanding of Quintessence, which leads to him coveting the mineral and keeping secrets from Alfor. In the end Zarkon uses Alfor's trust in a desperate plan to save his dying wife, but that only ends up corrupting the couple and unleashing the Galra empire.
- The Alfor hologram seems to view his own self doubt as a similar flaw as that lead to him sending the Lions away instead of using them to combat the still fledgling Galra empire. Though with Zarkon's strength over the Black Lion it's ambiguous as to whether this really was a bad decision or if it's just his guilt talking.
- Virtual Ghost: His AI is a virtual clone of himself but still gives advice and wisdom to Allura as if he were still alive.
- We Used to Be Friends: A flashback that Shiro has while trying to forge a closer bond with the Black Lion shows him in his youth with a younger Zarkon, implying that they were friends when Zarkon was the Black Paladin. Confirmed by the Season 3 finale, where it's shown that all of the previous paladins were very close until Zarkon got corrupted by quintessence.
Queen MelenorThe former queen of Altea and Alfor's wife.
- Happily Married: Married to Alfor and they had Allura together.
- Missing Mom: Was missing for all of Allura's childhood and adulthood. It could be inferred that she died when Allura was still young, but it's never stated how.
- Mum Looks Like a Sister: She can be mistaken as Allura's older sister, given how young she looks.
- So Proud of You: Tells this to Allura in her dream of piloting one of Honerva's robeasts and draining Altea of its quintessence, along with her mother.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Looks a lot like her daughter except with some slight difference to her hair.
- The Nameless: Had no name given in the show, and was only supplied by outside content.
- The Voiceless: Only appeared in flashbacks saying nothing, and gets one speaking line in season 8.
Voiced by: Nolan North (English), Germán Fabregat (Latin America)
He is an officer of the Galaxy Garrison and the father of Pidge who went missing after being taken prisoner alongside Shiro and his son by the Galra Empire during the Galaxy Garrison's mission to Kerberos. Pidge has been searching for him and her brother Matt ever since.
After being captured, he was separated from his crew and sent to a work camp with prisoners deemed too weak to fight. His scientific expertise granted him placement in a prison overseen by Lotor, who reveals his location to Team Voltron. He is taken by Acxa, Zethrid, and Ezor before his children can retrieve him and is used by Zarkon in an attempt to capture Lotor and the Voltron Lions. The attempt fails, and Sam is rescued and returns to Earth.
- A Day in the Limelight: The two-part episode "The Last Stand" in Season 7 focuses mainly on Sam's return to Earth and efforts to protect it from the Galra.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Samuel and his son were excited at the prospect of meeting Aliens. Not a minute later they're taken prisoner by a hostile alien empire, and he wasn't seen again until four seasons later.
- The Bus Came Back: He's finally rescued in Season 5. In Season 7, Sam is a major character, having become the de facto leader of Earth's resistance against Sendak.
- Formerly Fit: Subverted. When he makes a reappearance in "Blood Duel," he's incredibly thin compared to the first time we see him. However, in the next episode after probably getting some proper rest and nourishment, he's back to his former shape.
- Good Parents: Sam loves his children, and they love him back in return. Pidge and Matt risked their lives to be able to bring their father back to them.
- Meet Cute: When Hunk and Pidge were arguing over the right way to modulate codes, he fondly reminisces that he and his wife met the same way.
- Non-Action Guy: The Galra were so unimpressed by Dr. Holt that they booted him to a work camp right away. Season 5 reveals that he was then considered a scientific asset, and sent to an isolated Galra base with other scientists that make researches for the Galra.
- Put on a Bus: Not seen outside of flashbacks between the first episode and his rescue in Season 5, at which point he chooses to return to Earth to warn the Galaxy Garrison about what's going on.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: He lives up to this trope.
- Shared Family Quirks: With his daughter, Pidge. When accessing the screens on the Atlas, a cute icon of his face appears that giggles and tilts back and forth, much like the icon of Pidge's face that appears whenever she hacks into something.
- So Proud of You: He tells this to Pidge and Matt before he returns to Earth in order to warn the Galaxy Garrison.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Samuel apparently likes freeze-dried astronaut food.Matt: I know you love those peas, Dad.
Voiced by: Blake Anderson (English), Eduardo Garza (Latin America)
One of Shiro's original crewmates on the Kerberos mission. He was captured alongside Shiro and his father. Season 2 revealed he was saved by a group of rebels, and Season 4 has him actively participating with Team Voltron as part of the rebels.
- Adorkable: One of many traits he shares with his sister; he can get just as excited about technology as she can, and then there's his rather dorky and over-the-top reaction to meeting Allura for the first time.
- Affectionate Nickname: It's revealed in Season 4 that "Pidge" was originally his nickname for Katie.
- Badass Bookworm: He becomes one by the time he's joined Team Voltron. He's introduced defending an outpost and puts up a pretty good fight against the bounty hunter (alongside Pidge), and later aides Voltron in battle. Matt is also nearly as smart as Pidge, shown by how excited he is over some of her tech upgrades to the castle.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: He and his father were excited at the prospect of meeting Aliens. Not a minute later they're taken prisoner by a hostile alien empire. He manages to be saved by rebel fighters.
- Big Brother Instinct:
- When facing the bounty-hunter his immediate instinct is to tell Pidge to stand back, while she also tells him the same thing. After the bounty hunter manages to hit Pidge, Matt yells at him to "Stay away from my sister!"
- In a flashback, he brings a cake to her room after their mom tells him that Pidge was bullied in class that day.
- Born Unlucky: Unlike his sister, Matt seems to have a bad luck streak that could almost rival Shiro's. First he was abducted by the Galra, nearly forced to fight the gladiator as cannon fodder, sent to a prison camp, had a bounty hunter searching for him for long enough that he had to fake his death, and very nearly died on a rescue mission because his jet pack wouldn't deploy.
- Brother-Sister Team: With Pidge.
- Dramatic Unmask: Pidge knocks off his mask when the two clashed, not knowing who the other was.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Twice; when he and Pidge reunite in Season 4, his hair has grown a bit past his chin and no longer sticks up as much, and in his brief appearances at the end of Season 7 his hair has grown long enough that he has it in a ponytail.
- In the Season 8 epilogue, he cuts his long hair off.
- Faking the Dead: Had to fake his own death for his safety sometime before the events of Season 4.
- Hero of Another Story: While we don't know the details, it can be inferred that a lot happened to him between his liberation by the rebels and his reunion with his sister. He also is said to lead missions and squads in the resistance, although we don't get to see this in action.
- I Got Bigger: He grew significantly taller and stronger than his first appearance before his abduction, although he is still small and slim like his father and sister.
- Interspecies Romance: He's implied to be in one during one of his brief appearances at the end of Season 7, where he's seen holding hands with a masked person who's clearly not human.
- La Résistance: Season 2 reveals that Matt was rescued from Galra captivity by some sort of rebel organization. He returns in Season 4 as a leading member of said organization.
- Like Father, Like Son: Matthew followed his father into his career of space exploration.
- Love at First Sight: Played for laughs. The second Matt lays eyes on Allura, he immediately develops a crush on her, and has a Crush Blush whenever he's around her (much to Lance's anger).
- Memento MacGuffin: Arguably his glasses, which he gives to Pidge before he leaves for the Kerberos mission. After he gives them to her, she puts them on, and is shown wearing them throughout the rest of the series.
- Non-Action Guy: Subverted. Matt wasn't much of a fighter in the beginning, and was thrown into the arena as fodder for entertainment. Come Season 4, he has been with the rebels long enough to learn how to fight.
- Offscreen Romance: The masked rebel leader introduced in the penultimate episode of Season 4 is in a relationship with Matt when the two return to earth holding hands.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Matt is never referred to as Matthew, with the exception of the newsfeed on the missing Kerberos crew and his fake gravestone.
- Out of Focus: Isn't present or mentioned at all in Season 6.
- Rugged Scar: Has a small scar on his left cheek.
- Shared Family Quirks: He and his sister share an affinity for color-coded systems, both (two seasons apart) using nearly the same language to describe Pidge's Galra tracking algorithm.Pidge: I was hoping to create an algorithm that would, within a statistically acceptable margin of error, provide a list of target-rich Galra environments — color-coded, of course, because what are we, animals?
Matt: This is a pretty sweet algorithm for locating Galra targets within a statistically acceptable margin of error. And I love that you color-coded it, because what are we, animals?
- Sibling Team: With Pidge. The two work well together both in scientific pursuits and battles, and when he faked his own death, he marked his location using a code that only she or their father would recognize.
- Simple Staff: His weapon of choice.
- Sixth Ranger: Arguably. He's Pidge's co-pilot when Voltron needs the cloaking function as it is its own separate system, he has also assisted the Voltron Team more often following his addition to the Coalition.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Katie invokes this trope by basing her "Pidge" alias on her older brother, whom she already strongly resembled. After cutting her hair and wearing Matt's glasses, they look so similar that Hunk mistakes a photograph of Matt for Pidge.Te-osh: You look so much like him. It's the eyes.
- Took a Level in Badass: When we first see him during Shiro's flashback, he is a terrified Non-Action Guy. When Pidge finally finds him, he's upgraded to Badass Bookworm.
Voiced by: Renee Faia
The wife of Sam, and mother of Pidge and Matt. She helps her husband and plays a big role on earth.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: The only reason she would give Pidge more tokens is if she would take a family picture. Pidge's condition was that she gets to choose the outfits and give a half-smile while Colleen's extra condition would be that she gets to choose an accessory for Pidge that she has to wear. Pidge does not look remotely happy in that photo.
- Badass Bookworm: She does a lot of background legwork researching the Galra for the Galaxy Garrison in the Altean database Sam brought back to Earth with him, and helps with information coordination during the fight to liberate Earth
- Big Damn Reunion: With her husband, daughter, and son. Although Matt's reunion is extremely brief, an entire scene plays out for Sam and Pidge when they reunite.
- Does Not Know His Own Strength: Hugs her husband so hard you can hear his spine cracking and he admits that if the Galra didn't kill him, her hug definitely would.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: When we meet her again in Season 7, her hair has gotten even longer and she's gained a few wrinkles, likely due to the stress of losing her family. When Sam returns to earth and is allowed to talk amongst the Garrison staff, she cuts her hair back to how it was like in Season 1.
- Good Parents: Colleen loves her children, crying tearfully when trying to contact them out in space, as well as hugging each of them tightly when they both return home.
- Like Father, Like Son: Or like mother, like daughter. Just like her daughter, she's stubborn to a fault, and will refuse to budge when confronted, especially if it concerns her family.
- Mama Bear: She will stop at absolutely nothing if it means she can see her children again. She even goes behind the Garrison's back with Sam in releasing a live stream of them informing the public what happened to the paladins and who the Galra were because Sanda wouldn't allow them to look harder for her children.
- Meet Cute: She apparently met her husband with the two arguing over the right way to modulate a code.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Despite the negative repercussions that would occur, she is set on making a broadcast video to the world, telling them of the imminent Galra invasion, as well as the fact that the Garrison were hiding secrets from them.
- The Voiceless: Until the seventh season, she never speaks, as she only appeared in flashbacks.
- You Are Grounded: Played for laughs. Pidge wonders when she gets home if her mom would ground her since she a) never told her she was going to the Garrison under an alias, and b) became a paladin of Voltron.
- Played straight in Season 8 where Pidge said she was grounded as her mother pointed out that her fifteen-year-old daughter ran off and traveled the universe and never asked her mother for permission.Pidge: Well, apparently finding my brother and saving my father from an intergalactic tyrant DOESN'T GET ME A PASS!!!
- Played straight in Season 8 where Pidge said she was grounded as her mother pointed out that her fifteen-year-old daughter ran off and traveled the universe and never asked her mother for permission.
Voiced by: Trevor Devall (English), Gerardo Vásquez (Latin America)
- Battle Couple: He teamed up with Krolia to help with taking out any Galra scouts that arrived on Earth to find the Blue lion.
- Death by Flashback: Played with. In Krolia's memories, he was nearly killed by a Galra scout, but got away with an injured arm. However, when going through Keith's memories, Krolia finds out he died when Keith was still very young.
- Deep South: He speaks with a Southern accent.
- Disappeared Dad: Keith is shown to be living all by himself at the very beginning of the show, and it isn't until Season 2 that his father even shows up (though even then, he's just part of a simulation during Keith's Blades of Marmora initiation). It's revealed in Seasons 6 that he died when Keith was still very young; Keith mentions in Season 7 that he died while on the job as a firefighter, after going back into a building to presumably save someone.
- Dissonant Serenity: Remains eerily calm even when there are Galra invading Earth right outside his shack, but he tells Keith as long as they stay inside everything would be fine. However, his strange attitude could be because he's part of the simulation.
- Dramatic Irony: Word of God confirms in an interview that the axe he used to free Krolia, the jacket on his bed and vest he wore for the mission is part of a firefighter uniform. This is later confirmed in the first episode of Season 7. His son later becomes the Guardian Spirit of Fire.
- Iconic Outfit: He was the original owner of Shiro's Seasons 1 and 2 outfit.
- Interspecies Romance: He was in a relationship with a Galra, Krolia, with Keith being the result.
- Memento MacGuffin: Krolia left her knife with him, which he later gave to Keith or at least passed on before he died.
- No Name Given: His name is never revealed.
- Papa Wolf: Was willing to help Krolia by planting bombs onto the Galra scout's ships in order to protect Keith.
- Rugged Scar: He has a small scar on his right eyebrow.
- Secret Keeper: He knew his son was half-Galra, and that his partner Krolia was an alien that crashed onto Earth in order to find and protect the Blue Lion.
Voiced by: Elan Garfias (English)
Romelle's little brother who was amongst the "chosen" few who were said to be taken off to a nearby colony.
- Composite Character: In the original incarnation of Voltron, Romelle had two brothers, older brother Avox, and younger brother Bandor. Legendary Defender's incarnation of Bandor combines the two into a single character. His design and story borrow elements of Avox as well.
- Conveniently an Orphan: Lotor took away their parents and sent them to the other colony for "chosen" Alteans, but they were harvested for quintessence.
- Death by Adaptation: His original Voltron counterpart survived.
- Death of a Child: Bandor was a young boy when he was sent of to the other colonies and returns to his sister as a withered husk before dying in her arms.
- Destroy the Evidence: Romelle is spared only a few moments with her dying little brother before Lotor and his patrol find Bandor's body and stolen ship. He then orders his guards to destroy the ship along with the body so no one would know what's really happening to the "chosen" Alteans.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: When he returns home in a stolen ship and crashes into the forest, Bandor contacts his sister and when she arrives, all he can tell her was how she was right to be paranoid of Lotor and soon dies in his sister's arms.
- Facial Markings: Has two blue markings under his eyes just like his sister Romelle.
- Formerly Fit: He was a young healthy looking boy before he left, but when he returns to his sister, he's a shell of his former self.
- Human Sacrifice: Bandor faced the fate of all "chosen" Alteans and was harvested for his quintesence.
- Posthumous Character: By the time Keith and Krolia (and by extension, the audience) meet Romelle, he's already been dead for quite some time.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He's only seen for one episode and promptly killed off. But he becomes the catalyst for Romelle's desire to stop Lotor from continuing to siphon Alteans in their colony for quintessence.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Bandor dies shortly after escaping the other colony that harvested him for his quintessence, turning him from a sweet boy into a scared, thin husk.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He's only shown in one episode before he's later drained of his quintessence and dies shortly after crashing back onto the Altean sanctuary.
Voiced by: Anika Noni Rose (English, "Red Paladin" — "The Hunted"), Erica Luttrell (English, "Hole in the Sky" — Present), Reyna López (Latin America)
The Galra hybrid soldier Keith and Hunk encountered during their mission to collect scaultrite crystal from the belly of the Weblum. Season 3 reveals her to be Acxa, one of Prince Lotor's elite generals.
- Ace Custom: Her jet in her initial appearance is different a typical Galra Fighter, because she's part of Lotor's generals. Later, she piloted the first Sincline ship.
- Badass in Distress: Her fighter was eaten by a Weblum at some point, trapping her inside its innards long enough for veins and fleshy tendrils to grow around it. Keith stumbled across her ship and freed her, leading to them working together until they escaped.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Despite her loyatly to Lotor, Acxa seems to have an issue with this. She turns on Lotor after he kills Naarti and flees back to the empire. In Season 5 she joins forces with Haggar after Zarkon is killed. And then in Season 6 it's revealed that she never actually betrayed Lotor and was working against Haggar the whole time. But then she betrays him for real when she attempts to abandon him after he says that he's going to destroy the Galra Empire. In Season 7, she goes off on her own and later joins the Voltron Coalition, even journeying to Earth to be with Keith.
- Combat Parkour: She can easily outmaneuver her enemies by either jumping off of walls or flipping over them. In Season 7 since she has no pistol, she jumps around Zethrid and Ezor, punching, kicking, and trying to trip them up.
- Combat Pragmatist: She turned her jet into a bomb to stall the blobs.
- The Comically Serious: In season 8 with the rest of the Atlas crew. While Veronica does her best in trying to get Acxa to feel comfortable and accepted, when Acxa engages in small talk, she usually talks in her normal serious tone about the violent Galra customs with a stoic expression.
- Conflicting Loyalty: Acxa is arguably the most loyal to Lotor, so when he kills Narti, and the rest of her teammates start to doubt him, it takes her the whole episode to reconsider her views on the prince before choosing to stun him with her gun and help deliver him to the empire to spare her and her teammates' lives.
- In "White Lion" when Ezor wonders if they could take Lotor's place on the throne, Acxa is quick to shoot down that question saying that nobody is replacing Lotor.
- Near the finale of Season 6 after seeing how mad Lotor was becoming, she tells her friends they were going to officially sever ties with Lotor for good, and attempts to fly off with their parts of Sincline. However, Lotor brings the pieces together and ejects them into space. She pleads for him not do this, but is ejected anyway.
- Custom Uniform: Her uniform is very different from usual Galran uniform with its spiky shoulder pads, red tint, rocket boosters and face-concealing helmet. This is due to her status as a general of Lotor.
- Chekhov's Gunman: To quote the Custom Uniform page: "Careful, he's dressed weird. That means he's important." Her distinct appearance and mysteriousness warrants attention. She's later revealed to be one of Lotor's general.
- Dark Action Girl: While she prefers her energy gun, she's no slouch in hand-to-hand combat and is the leader of Lotor's generals for a reason.
- The Dragon: To Lotor, more so than the other generals unofficially to an extent. She's the one who gives field orders to the other generals, and she pilots the comet ship in the penultimate episode of Season 3. In the official website, it's said that if the other generals questions his orders, she'll not hesitate to put them in their place. She's also the last one to betray Lotor in Season 4 — and she was working for him all along.
- Enemy Mine:
- She was forced to work together with Keith to survive the Weblum. In the end, she leaves him with some of the scaultrite without killing him.
- She and the other generals ally with Haggar to save themselves after Lotor kills Zarkon in Season 5.
- Enigmatic Minion: She and the crystals they collected didn't show up during the final battle with Zarkon at all. It is later revealed that she was gathering the crystals for Lotor's plan, which he is conducting without the knowledge of the other Galra.
- Even Evil Has Standards: She refuses to kill if she can help it, mainly disarming or trapping her foes. She also has saved Keith's life twice, but that may be due more to Villain Respect. Ultimately what makes her turn on Lotor despite her previous loyalty to him is his declaration to exterminate all the Galra.
- Exotic Eye Designs: Her pupils are white.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: In Season 7, her hair is longer than in prior seasons, showing a lot of time has passed when they run into the paladins again.
- Green-Skinned Space Babe: She's a very attractive blue-skinned alien woman.
- Hand Cannon: Her Weapon of Choice is an surprisingly powerful energy pistol.
- HeelFace Turn: Sometime between Season 6 and 7, she refused to take part in Zethrid and Ezor's plans to become space pirates with the intent of torturing prisoners; instead opting to find her own path. This leads to her allying with the Lions and fighting against her former comrades, who accuse her of being sweet on Keith. The end of the season shows her having arrived on Earth, watching Keith and Krolia visit the grave of Keith's father. She appears sporadically throughout Season 8 — with Episode 5's subplot focusing on her struggling to fit in with the Atlas' crew, and eventually befriending Veronica.
- Hidden Weapons: She keeps knives hidden away which are used to raiser barriers and trap her targets.
- Horned Humanoid: She has four black spikes on her head, though in Season 7 her hair has grown enough to cover up the smaller pair.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: She always manages to hit her targets dead center while cartwheeling through the air.
- Lady of War: She's always serious, calm and graceful, even when fighting. This side of her is particularly apparent when compared to Zethrid or Ezor.
- Merciful Minion:
- On the Voltron character profile, it's stated that she's the most merciful of her group and avoids killing whenever she can. This is further exemplified when she specifically orders her group to not kill any of the Puig, and why she doesn't actually harm Keith in the weblum. Even when her teammates turn on Lotor after killing Narti, she decides to not kill him, and her shot instead stuns him. She had a the perfect opportunity to take Keith out as he was piloting Black and chasing after Shiro, but ends up falling back and not bringing herself to shoot him. Ezor mockingly cites this as definitive evidence she's fallen in love with him.
- When Lotor starts combining Sincline and ejecting the generals out for abandoning him again, she begs for him not to do this, but it shot out of her cockpit with the others.
- The Mole: She was still working with Lotor the entire time she was with Haggar and betrayed her once they brought Lotor face to face with his mother.
- Mr. Exposition: In Season 7, she tells the paladins that they haven't been seen since their fight with Lotor three deca-phoebs (read: years) ago, leading to people thinking they had been dead.
- Noodle Incident: We have yet to find out how she ended up trapped inside the Weblum.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Has bangs that sometimes cover the left side of her face.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: Is the shortest in her group, but still very dangerous.
- Samus Is a Girl: It's hard to tell Acxa's appearance with her armor and helmet, which caused Hunk and Keith to assume she was a male in their first meeting. It's later revealed during Lotor's gladiator match that she is in fact female.
- Ship Tease: With Keith in Season 7, Ezor even mockingly stating that the reason Acxa spared his life so many times was because she'd fallen for him.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Its implied her attraction to Keith is based on his actions in repeatedly sparing her and helping her out; after being disillusioned that Lotors words of unity, in contrast, were a lie intended to disguise his lust for power. The finale of Season 8 doesn't reveal whether she and Keith became a couple, but she's shown helping him as a member of the Blade of Marmora.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Before the official website confirmed that her name is Acxa, Netflix subtitles stated that her name was Auxia. And its pronunciation is closer to "Ak-sha".
- Stab the Scorpion: She shoots the acidic blobs inside the Weblum to escape its belly.
- The Stoic: She's usually very calm and collected. When Ezor and Zethrid go off to throw stuff at Haggar's crew out of sheer boredom, she's left at the control area looking annoyed at her comrades.
- True Companions: Subverted. She and the other generals are initially depicted to be very close, and she triggers an internal rebellion against Lotor due to his sudden murder of Narti. However it turns out that she was faking her defection and was secretly still loyal to Lotor all along, apparently completely unphased by his actions. Later on it's shown that she's turned on her two remaining friends as well, though she eventually manages to convince Ezor and later Zethrid to let go of their hatred and join the Voltron Alliance.
- Undying Loyalty: Her most notable trait is her absolute loyalty to Lotor no matter what. Eventually subverted when she turns against him for declaring his intentions to exterminate the Galra.
- Villainous Rescue: She saves Keith by shooting an opponent who'd just gotten the upper hand against him in Season 5, apparently due to Villain Respect, as she simply looks at him before leaving with Haggar.
- Villain Respect: After her temporary alliance with Keith to escape the Weblum was over, Acxa had him dead-to-rights she let him live and keep the majority of the scaultrite. Following this, she had numerous chances to shoot Keith or let him die, but either saves him or lets him live. Ezor and Zethrid take note of her always saving or sparing Keith in Season 7, accusing Acxa of having fallen for him.
- The Voiceless: She had no lines during her debut, even Keith lampshades it by telling Hunk that she didn't talk much.
- When She Smiles: Given her usually-stoic expression, her smiles when she looks at Keith in Season 7 are remarkable.
Voiced by: Cree Summer (English), Ángela Villanueva (Latin America)
The Arusians' bravest warrior.
- Badass Adorable: As an Arusian, being adorable is a given. But he also shows absolutely no fear when faced with four other people who are all at least three times his size."No one take's Klaizap's weapon!"
- Cuteness Proximity: Hunk gushes over how cute Klaizap looks and Lance wonders if he could knit the Arusian a sweater.
Voiced by: Emily Eiden (English), Jocelyn Robles (Latin America)
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 Hunk and Coran when they arrive to acquire a battleship crystal, and while Rax was cautious about them, she decided to help the two strangers.
- Alien Lunch: Amusingly, their food is apparently quite delicious, though Hunk and Coran react negatively upon finding out what's in it.
- Back for the Finale: Gets an unvoiced cameo at the very end of Season 7, in which she visits Hunk in the hospital on Earth.
- Born into Slavery: So much so that she literally has to be taught what the word freedom means.
- Damsel in Distress: Played with. While Shay is otherwise fairly undamsel-like, she's used as bait upon the team's return to the Balmera because of being the sole Balmeran the Galra know has a personal connection to them.
- Dishing Out Dirt: All Balmerans are symbiotically linked to the Balmera, and Shay uses this connection to help Coran and Hunk escape by triggering a small cave-in.
- Nice Girl: Unlike Rax, Shay is friendly and welcoming to Hunk and Coran from the start.
- Ship Tease: She and Hunk get a lot, whether they're enjoying a nighttime dinner on the surface or talking about the meaning of freedom. While Hunk is very bashful at the suggestion, he admits that he admires her a lot. During "Stayin' Alive" when Allura returns to the Balmera, Shay asks if Hunk specifically came along with her. At the end of Season 7, she is shown visiting Hunk during his stay in the hospital, with the two of them even embracing.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Rax is suspicious, grumpy, and willing to sell out Hunk 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.
- Silicon-Based Life: Implied. The other characters repeatedly describe her as a "rock lady."
- 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 it's 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?: Hunk helps her rediscover the idea of freedom after generations of slavery to the Galra.
Voiced by: Scott Wolf (English), Daniel Lacy (Latin America)
Another young Balmeran slave and Shay's brother. Initially very distrusting of the Defenders for fear of retribution by the Galra for helping them.
- Back for the Finale: He follows Shay to Hunk's hospital room to visit him at the end of the season.
- HeelFace Turn: He eventually turns against the Galra when he realizes that the Defenders were right all along.
- The Mole: Sells out Hunk 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 Hunk and Coran to protect his family unlike his sister Shay, who is more welcoming.
Voiced by: Fred Tatasciore
A Galra proprietor of Vrepit Sal's, a food venue at the Unilu Space Mall.
- Anti-Villain: A chef that forcibly hires Hunk for eating his food. He understandably wants payment for the "free samples," and is won over when Hunk reveals his cooking talents.
- Back for the Finale: Makes a cameo appearance during Season 7s epilogue as one of the aliens moving to Earth. He shows up again in Season 8's finale as one of Hunk's crew of culinary diplomats.
- Grumpy Bear: At first, when he forces Hunk to work off the tab with him after he eats all of his food samples, though he softens up after Hunk's gourmet skills in his restaurant gains a mass following of customers.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He starts off as a jerk to Hunk by forcing to work with him after eating his food samples, but becomes kinder when Hunk's cooking proves to be a success.
- Monochromatic Eyes: An aversion to this as unlike most Galrans, his eyes are black with white sclerae.
- The Rival: Varkon can be seen as his rival, given that he chases Hunk away from his eatery.
- Supreme Chef: Not unlike Hunk, who eventually turns out to be not just a world-class chef, but a galactic-class one.
- We Will Meet Again: Vows to search the entire galaxy to get Hunk back after Varkon chases him away. And he actually does, coming to Earth with an influx of other Coalition allies at the end of Season 7. Ironically, he ends the series working for Hunk.
Gyrgan of Rygnirath
Voiced by: Geno Segers (English), Carlos Segundo (Latin American Spanish)
Trigel of the Dalterion Belt
Voiced by: Angie Harmon (English), Mireya Mendoza (Latin American Spanish)
Blaytz of Nalquod
Voiced by: Chris Kattan (English), Víctor Ugarte (Latin American Spanish)
The first paladins of Voltron who were led by Black Lion pilot Zarkon of Daibazaal.
- Ambiguously Gay: Blaytz asks a male Galra servant to join him at a feast with a flirty smile, which causes the servant to blush. Later confirmed by Word of God. When Blaytz meets Allura inside Honerva's mind, he off-handedly mentions that he was "different", but Blue accepted him all the same.
- Back for the Finale: It's revealed in Season 8 that they were not only murdered by Honerva, but their souls were also trapped inside her mind, driven to madness from 10,000 years within. Thanks to the new Paladins, their souls are freed, and they help the heroes stop Honerva's master plan.
- Blade on a Stick: Trigel apparently favoured halberds as her weapon of choice, with the Green Bayard even taking the form of one when she used it.
- Generation Xerox: They all have quite a few things in common with the current pilots. Which makes perfect sense, the Lions are the ones who choose the pilots, so of course they'd pick people who share similar traits with their former pilots.
- Gyrgan is the pilot of the yellow lion, a Big Eater and the bulkiest, like Hunk.
- Trigel pilots the green lion and is the only female, like Pidge (well, before Allura became a paladin).
- Blaytz, the blue lion pilot, is very laidback and casual, like Lance. He also tends to be a flirt, though unlike Lance, Blaytz has only shown interest in men.
- Precursor Heroes: The predecessors to the current generation of paladins.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: All five are leaders on their home worlds.
- The Smurfette Principle: Trigel is the sole female on her team.
- True Companions: Even before Voltron, they all worked well as a team and were close friends.
- Uncertain Doom: One of the memories Haggar sees when trying to restore Zarkon is of a wounded Blaytz and Trigel surrounded by Galra sentries, with some destroyed ones on the ground. We still don't know what happened to them, along with Gyrgan.
- Season 8 shows that Haggar seemed to play a role in the paladins' demise, shooting her dark magic towards Trigel who's supporting Blaytz.
Voiced by: Iqbal Theba (English), Arturo Castañeda (Latin America)
A scientist held captive in the Galra space station Beta Traz, as its only prisoner. He's also a nervous wreck, with a tendency to obsess over the little details.
- Back for the Finale: Makes a cameo appearance at the end of Season 7 as one of the aliens moving to Earth; we see Veronica somewhat awkwardly shaking one of his hands.
- Bollywood Nerd: Or at least, the alien equivalent. Slav has an exaggerated Indian accent and is quite intelligent despite all his quirks.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: For all his neuroses, he is a scientific genius.
- Cloudcuckoolander: He phrases his Super OCD as if he's seeing the various possibilities of The Multiverse. At one point, he claims not to remember if he learned to swim in this reality.
- The Cuckoolander Was Right: The Multiverse does exist, as revealed when the Paladins travel to a parallel universe and there's a Slav there as well.
- Cowardly Lion: Won't step near a puddle for fear of drowning. Opens up an airlock to defeat a Galra guard and participates in the battle against Zarkon.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: He manages to get on Shiro's nerves and he puts the entire team on edge.
- Idiot Hair: The two strands on top of his head looks like it.
- The Load: Absolutely useless when escaping Beta Traz, making Shiro carry him across puddles and cracks and while opening the airlock worked, he nearly got caught on the final step.
- Sixth Ranger: He's essential to Season 2's climatic fight Zarkon, along with the Blade of Marmora.
- Super OCD: Much like people with actual OCD, he can't help but think that something terrible will happen if his bedsheets aren't made just right. Mitch Iverson, one of the writers, said that Slav's character was inspired by Nikola Tesla, who was a genius of his time and also suffered from OCD.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He hasn't been seen or mentioned since Season 2 despite being a key member of the Voltron alliance. In one of the episodes of Season 4 it's extremely brief, but he can be seen standing next to an Olkarian who's aiding a refugee on Olkari. He fully rejoins the cast in Season 8 when he joins the crew of the Atlas.
Voiced by (English): Norman Reedus [Season 1], Tyler Rhoads [Season 4 onwards] (Rolo), Lacey Chabert (Nyma)
Voiced by (Latin America): Alfonso Obregón Inclán (Rolo), Cynthia Chong (Nyma)
A group of rebel fighters who manage to hail down the castle ship and warm-up to the paladins in order to steal one of the lions for a pardon.
- Back for the Finale: While you can't see Rolo, Nyma and Beezer follow Matt and his masked rebel leader girlfriend to greet Pidge while she's resting in her hospital bed.
- 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.
- HeelFace Turn: After being a group of rogues in Season 1, they come back as part of La Résistance in Season 4, even becoming part of the task force that tries to rescue Sam Holt with Pidge and Matt.
- Honey Trap: Nyma is this to Lance, tricking him to get his lion.
- La Résistance: They join up with the Voltron Coalition in Season 4.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Rolo is conspicuously absent when Nyma and Beezer show up on Earth at the end of Season 7. He could simply be offscreen, but his absence from the whole-cast poster for Season 8 calls his fate into question.
Voiced by: Jessica McKenna
A canine-like rebel pilot captain who works with the Coalition in Season 4 and serves as Matt's co-pilot in the season finale.
- Action Mom: Blink and you'll miss it, but her console is adorned with photos what appear to be her children.
- Back for the Finale: Along with everyone else in the Voltron coalition, she comes to earth in order to help and brings her children along.
- La Résistance: She is part of the Voltron Coalition along with fellow allies Rolo, Nyma and Matt.
- Heroic Dog: She is a canine-like humanoid alien after all.
Voiced by: Lacey Chabert
A Kythran freedom fighter who helped to rescue Matthew Holt from a Galra prison.
- Almost Dead Guy: After being severely injured trying to salvage medical supplies during the evacuation of the rebel base on Kraydahs moon, she survives enough to give Pidge a transponder with her brothers contact code on it before passing.
- I'm Dying, Please Take My MacGuffin: She gives Pidge a tracker that all of the rebels have and tells her it should lead her to Matt.
- La Résistance: Before her death, she was part of the freedom fighter team that Matt became part of and also comprised of Olia and others.
- Only a Flesh Wound: Subverted. Pidge thinks she's suffering this before she discovers that her injuries are more serious and that it's more of a mortal wound.
Vakala and Remdax
Voiced by: Matthew Moy (Vakala), Bill Millsap (Remdax)
An alien rebel duo that Shiro meets at an icy outpost in "The Journey".
- Big Guy, Little Guy: Remdax and Vakala respectively.
- La Résistance: They're part of the resistance group, although they're not very good at it.
- Like an Old Married Couple: If their constant bickering is anything to go off of.
- Mistaken for Spies: They mistake Shiro as a spy working for the Galra Empire even when he argues throughout the episode that he's not a spy. The reveal that "Shiro" was actually a sleeper agent clone created by the Galra makes their paranoia correct.
- Properly Paranoid: Their paranoia is ultimately proven correct when "Shiro" is revealed to be a clone of the original created by the Galra and sent as an unwitting sleeper agent.
Voiced by: John DiMaggio
An officer of the freedom fighters stationed on Kraydahs moon. After the base there was evacuated with the assistance of Pidge, he and others of his command joined the Voltron Coalition.
The Galaxy Garrison
- Color-Coded Characters: The organization is heavily associated with the color orange; it appears on all their vehicles and uniforms to varying degrees and the shield around their base is orange.
- Green Rooming: A few officers, including a woman who is specifically pointed out by Lance as attractive from afar, are carefully introduced in the first episode. Among them, it's really only Iverson who appears again though.
- Space Cadet Academy: Exactly what it says on the tin. The Garrison trains potential astronauts, although they're not yet as technologically capable as most incarnations of this trope until Season 7.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Lied about the fate of the Kerberos team to hide what really happened, to the point of banning Katie Holt. They also put Shiro under and tried to amputate his cybernetic arm.
- The World Is Not Ready: They believe that releasing the truth about Kerberos and the Galra would cause mass panic.
Voiced by: Nolan NorthOne of the senior officers at the Garrison.
- Friend on the Force: He's more agreeable with the Paladins and Commander Holt than he is with Admiral Sanda.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite his gruff attitude in previous appearances, he genuinely cares about Earth and helps the Paladins when they return. He warmly welcomes Shiro, Lance and Hunk back to the Garrison, apologizes to Keith for doubting him, and proudly salutes Pidge, welcoming her home as a full-fledged Garrison soldier.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: In Season 7, he is supportive of Sam and Team Voltron's ideas and helps push for them when Sanda disapproves.
- Supporting Leader: After Sanda he's the highest ranking Garrison officer left after the Galra invasion. Rather than taking the helm himself, he defers to and sides with Sam and Shiro given their experience battling the Galra.
Voiced by: Sumalee MontanoThe highest-ranking official at Galaxy Garrison.
- Anti-Villain: She sold out Voltron to Sendak because she genuinely thought it was earth's last hope to survive. After she realised how stupid that was she quickly turned and died as a hero.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: During the eighth season premiere, her first name is revealed to be Ellen on the memorial section of the Atlas.
- General Failure: Every single command decision she makes turns out to be wrong. Her last words to the Paladins was to protect Earth better than she had.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: Refuses to announce the existence of sentient, hostile alien life for fear of causing panic across the planet. Then stymies every tactical initiative Sam, Iverson, and later Shiro try to implement to defend and liberate Earth.
- The Quisling: Sells out the Garrison's plans to stop Sendak in exchange for him taking the Lions and leaving — a deal he does not honor.
- Redemption Equals Death: Sacrifices herself to buy the Paladins time to escape.
- Zerg Rush: Throws as many bodies at the Galra fleet as she can when Sendak invades Earth. This is not out of callousness, but rather because she doesn't fully trust the MFE's and their cadet pilots.
Voiced by: Isaac Robinson-SmithShiro's ex-boyfriend from his days at the Garrison. They broke up shortly before Shiro left for Kerberos over Adam's concerns for Shiro's health.
- Advertised Extra: Adam and his relationship with Shiro was a major subject of promotional hype for Season 7. This reached the point where Shiro and Adam were the only characters in the Netflix thumbnail for the season. However, Adam only appears in two brief scenes, and dies in the second.
- Ambiguously Brown: He has a complexion about as dark as Hunk's, but his surname is never revealed to the audience, nor does he have any overt indications of ethnicity.
- Anger Born of Worry: One of the reasons Adam didn't want Shiro to do the Kerberos mission is because he knew that Shiro's health was deteriorating due to his illness. But after Shiro refused to back down, Adam ends their relationship and leaves.
- Character Death: His ship is destroyed during Sendak's invasion of Earth.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: He dies in the first attack attempt against the Galra without much fanfare or personal focus.
- Flat Character: Appears to exist for two reasons: To establish that Shiro is gay, and to demonstrate the severity of the Galra invasion.
- First-Name Basis: Is thus far the only person in the series to refer to Shiro by his first name.
- Mauve Shirt: Was shown in a brief flashback, only to be summarily killed off during the Galra invasion of Earth.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: He wears glasses and serves as part of the Garrison's staff.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He dies by his second appearance.
Voiced by: A.J. LoCascio
- Ace Pilot: Consistently one of the Garrison's top cadets — a flashback shows he was topping lists even when he was younger — and is extremely handy with an MFE fighter.
- Ambiguously Brown: He's somewhat tanned, but unlike the other MFE pilotsnote , has no overt indicators of ethnicity.
- The Bully: He antagonized Keith when they were both newbie cadets out of jealousy over his skills, though he matures over the time-skip.
- Face Palm: Does an epic version in his food tray upon Leifsdottir's hilariously uncomfortable remark at Acxa that people were awkward around her because of her being a Galra.
- Hero of Another Story: In another series, he'd be the protagonist. He's about on par with Keith and Lance in terms of skill but is at best a secondary character. And in a more direct sense, he was one of the top supporters in defending Earth from the Galra, which was only shown in flashbacks until the Paladins returned to Earth.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's abrasive and rude but he genuinely cares about his squad and, of course, saving the Earth.
- The Rival: Following on his initial presentation as The Bully, he's cast a potential rival to Keith and Lance upon the Paladins' return to Earth. He actually gets along quite well with everyone and is a valuable, cooperative, and competent ally to the Paladins.
Voiced by: Zehra FazalA confident and slightly impulsive MFE pilot.
- Ace Pilot: Like her squadmates, she's at the top of the pilot class and one of four people trusted to fly Earth's most advanced fighter planes.
- All There in the Manual: Her first name was revealed on the series' website instead of the show itself.
- Ambiguously Brown: Downplayed. She's brown-skinned with an Urdu surname, but nothing else about her ethnicity is ever alluded to.
- Badass Driver: As well as being a star pilot like the rest of her squad, Veronica states she scored highest in the vehicular test scores.
- Gamer Chick: Fangirls over a game with Pidge in the pseudo-Earth mall.
- Hot-Blooded: Very fiery and enthusiastic. When Kinkade starts filming a documentary, she complains that his filming needs spice, and starts promptly dragging him around and thinking of ways to make it more lively. Most especially seen in Colleen's segment.
- Leeroy Jenkins: She leaps into battle against the ground cannons before Griffin can finish issuing orders. He just rolls with it. Kinkade also comments that she's charging in "again" during the last battle, implying she does this often.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Provides as the Energetic Girl to Kinkade's Savvy Guy in the episode, Forty-Seven.
- Thrill Seeker: Is described as "A spontaneous daredevil and adrenaline junkie" on the character profiles, choosing to become a fighter pilot instead of her parent's wanting her to be a doctor.
- This is especially seen when Kinkade films a documentary on Atlas where she intervenes and tries to make it as thrilling and captivating as possible.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: She's one of the Garrison's top students, and she wears glasses.
Voiced by: Bumper Robinson
Another of the MFE pilots; Kinkade is much less verbose than his squadmates.
- Ace Pilot: Like his squadmates, a star pilot, and performs impressive maneuvers with an MFE fighter.
- Adorkable: Despite his stoic and cool, collected demeanour, he has his dorky moments such as his enthusiasm when talking about yeast, and his flustered response at Allura and Lance kissing where he wound up covering the camera to give them privacy (much to Rizavi's dismay).
- Birds of a Feather: Starts bonding with Hunk when he starts talking about cooking.
- Camera Fiend: According to official info, Kinkade originally wanted to go into film making and carried his video camera with him everywhere before Sendak invaded Earth. "Day Forty-Seven" is a video journal of Kinkade's that gets partially hijacked by Rizavi and Be Be the dog at certain points.
- A Day in the Limelight: Gets featured more in the Season 8 episode, Day Forty-Seven, which is him filming a documentary on the Atlas.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Is the Savvy Guy to Rizavi's Energetic Girl in the episode, Day Forty-Seven.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Checks off each of these descriptions.
- The Quiet One: He speaks the least of the Garrison cadets, and he keeps his words short and to the point.
- The Stoic: Always keeps his cool, even with Galra fighters right on top of him.
- Not So Stoic:
- Gives epic facial expressions when Leifsdottir makes a hilariously uncomfortable remark about Acxa's Galra heritage being the reason why things are considered awkward. It then ends with him slowly sinking under the table.
- Day Forty-Seven also gives more insight with his likes and he's shown to be a pleasant guy who gets enthusiastic when talking about yeast, as well as getting flustered and immediately covering the camera when Lance and Allura kiss.
Voiced by: Anna GravesThe tactician of the MFE pilots.
- Ace Pilot: One of the Garrison's top pilots and a handy tactician.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Alongside being intelligent with a focus on numbers and awareness of spatial directions, Leifsdottir is shown to misinterpret others' intentions, such as giving a description of the weather when asked for a status report during battle.
- Creepy Monotone: "Creepy" is stretching it, but she talks primarily in short, deliberate, flat-toned sentences most likely as an aspect of her Ambiguous Disorder.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Leifsdottir is one of the cadets watching Lance, Pidge, and Hunk's simulated Kerberos rescue mission in the very first episode.
- Ditzy Genius: Played With. Most of the time, she's the Human Calculator, but occasionally when Griffin asks for a status report or something similar, she takes him at his literal word, going so far at one point to give him a weather report when all he wanted was a rundown of the battlefield.
- Innocently Insensitive: When Veronica invited Acxa to eat with them, she makes a remark that things were most likely awkward because Acxa is a Galra. Though it's obvious she doesn't mean any malice towards it, it's still a bit insensitive.
- Photographic Memory: Implied by the fact that she's able to perfectly recite the directions when Veronica gets trapped in the supply tunnels.
- The Strategist: Griffin turns to her when battle strategy is needed.
Voiced by: Krystina AbaldoAn analyst for the Galaxy Garrison and Lance's older sister.
- Badass Bookworm: Is still a Garrison soldier capable of fighting if need be. Even more so after joining La Résistance.
- Big Brother Instinct: Gets a little protective of Lance at times purely because she's his big sister, Paladin status be damned.
- Disney Death: She appears to be caught in an explosion as she defends the escaping MFE pilots from a squad of Galra androids and is assumed dead for months until she returns to the Garrison with a rebel cell.
- The Handler: Assigned to the MFE pilots during the supply run.
- Not So Above It All: While she follows the MFE pilots because she can actually navigate her way around the tunnel systems, she also adds before they leave that she calls shotgun.
- Long-Lost Relative: Initially introduced as a brand new independent character, the reveal that she survived the shootout with the Galra comes packaged with the reveal that she's also Lance's big sister.
- Shared Family Quirks: Veronica and Lance both seem to like calling shotgun; she does it when the cadets go to the supply tunnel, and he did way back in "Space Mall".
- Shipper on Deck: For Allura and Lance, when she notices the tension between the two, especially after Allura blushes after wishing him luck. She then proceeds to tease her brother and states that Allura likes him back, which causes him to get flustered and denies it.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With Lance; she is shown to be level-headed, humble, and professional compared to her impulsive, proud, and outgoing brother. Her modesty cloaks genuine confidence in her abilities, while Lance's bombastic personality hides extremely deep-rooted insecurity.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: A levelheaded analyst who wears a smart pair of rectangular glasses.
- You Shall Not Pass!: Uses a beam machine gun to hold off several Galra androids, allowing the pilots to escape with the salvaged supplies. Luckily, she was saved by a resistance cell who she later brought to the stronghold with supplies and intel.
Voiced by:A communications officer for the Galaxy Garrison, who goes on to become one of the bridge officers on the Atlas.
- Ambiguously Brown: Has one of the darkest complexions of the cast, but no other indications of ethnicity.
- Straight Gay: Much like Shiro, his sexuality isn't evident from his behaviour or characterisation.
- Communications Officer: Mans the communications console on the bridge of the Atlas, and previously did the same at the Garrison command centre.
- Last Minute Hookup: Marries Shiro in the epilogue.
- Nice Guy: Makes an effort to include Acxa in a conversation about pets and asks if Iverson's dog was okay after hearing a story about how he tripped over her.
- Recurring Extra: He's been in the show since the story returned to Earth, but only gained more than a few lines and an actual personality in s8.
- Rewatch Bonus: The fact that he was the only Atlas crew member who watched the entire arm wrestling competition takes on new significance when you consider his future relationship with Shiro.
Planets and Species
Voiced by (English): Mae Whitman (Plaxum), "Weird Al" Yankovic (Blumfump), Alyson Stoner (Florona), Kari Wahlgren (Queen Luxia and Swirn)
Voiced by (Latin America): Lourdes Arruti (Plaxum), Erick Salinas (Blumfump), Roberto Gutiérrez (Swirn), Susana Moreno (Florona), Cony Madera (Queen Luxia)
Lance and Hunk meet the merfolk who live in the depths of their planet due to the thick ice that blocks their surface.
- Brainwashed: Luxia and the other mermaids, through the food they harvest from the Baku garden.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: Subverted; the rebels believe that Queen Luxia is the one who's brainwashing the merfolk and sending them to their deaths (and the audience is initially led to believe this as well), but it turns out that the Baku is brainwashing the Queen as well.
- Madness Mantra: "Here, all are safe and warm."
- Our Mermaids Are Different: While they do have similar appearances to regular mermaids, they also have more alien features.
- La Résistance: Plaxum, Blumfump and Swirn are the last rebels left who are still fighting against Queen Luxia.
- The Symbiote: The merfolk are essentially fodder for the Baku, who uses the queen to send her subjects to "take a swim in the garden".
- Exotic Extended Marriage: Kuvyr and Kalar both pledge themselves maritally to Hunk, who objects to the "multiple wives" thing.
- Eyepatch of Power: Kalar has one.
- Large and in Charge: The DavDabHau value size and strength. Their leader Buruk is large.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: According to Coran, they are a clan of legendary warriors and shamans.
- Seers: Ilak, who prophesied the arrival of the Lions.
- Weakness Turns Her On: In Vol. 2 Issue #2 of the comics, Kuvyr and Kalar become enamoured with Hunk after he finds a non-violent way to deal with a threatening creature, citing his "sensitivity and nurturing nature".
- Witch Doctor: Ilak, the clan's shaman. She can prophesy the future, works with herbs, and makes healing potions.
- Wolf Man: They are wolf-like aliens.
Voiced by (English): Mindy Sterling (Ryner), Ike Amadi (La-Sai)
Voiced by (Latin America): Isabel Martiñón (Ryner)
A race of super-advanced engineers, capable of manipulating metal to their will.
- Green Thumb: They are capable of turning nature into powerful armaments and advanced technology, such as turning flowers into ray guns and fruits into golem-like machines.
- God-Emperor: Possibly, their use of their king's name Lubos is similar to how people refer to God.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Ryner stays behind when Olkarion goes under chaos by Honerva's Robeasts as the Olkari escape.
- Home Base: The Olkari's planet has since their renewal become the planetary center of operations for Team Voltron. In Season 5, their capital has officially become the capital of the Coalition, prompting them to install better defenses and expand their urban area. However, they leave their planet behind in Season 8 when it gets attacked by Honerva's Robeasts and harvested for its Quintessence.
- Magitek: Considered to be a race composed of users of this. They have supernatural powers over metal that they use to create advanced technology.
- The Quisling: Unbeknownst to the rest of the Olkari, their king chose to willingly cooperate with the Galra invaders by pretending to be a prisoner. While his subjects who didn't flee to the forests toiled away to build the Galra their superweapon in order to keep him from being tortured, he was actually living quite comfortably.
- Tree Top Town: They moved to the woods were they started a new civilization with their technology based around nature. Even their tree houses are highly advanced and look like buildings.
- Alien Arts Are Appreciated: They have a wide variety of entertainment, from helping Coran in The Voltron Show, to having their own stick-com.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Some Bi-Boh-Bi's can be see in Space Mall, and they become reoccurring characters around Season 4.
- Intelligible Unintelligible: Somehow, Bob and Coran can understand what Bi-Boh-Bi is saying.
- Noodle People: Quite literally.
- Pokémon Speak: The only thing they say is either a "Bi" or "Boh". The only time he says any English words is in The Voltron Show when describing the paladins.
- Punny Name: Their shows are called stick-coms.