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A Sequel Series to Voltron: Defender of the Universe, Voltron: The Third Dimension was an All-CGI Cartoon that aired from 1998 to 2000.

It has been years after the defeat of Lotor and King Zarkon. Voltron has been retired, Lotor is in prison, and King Zarkon has reformed, now an important figure in the Galaxy Alliance. However, when Lotor escapes from prison and teams up with the witch Haggar, Voltron must come together once again to stop his reign of evil.

Shares a Character Sheet with Voltron: Defender of the Universe and Voltron Force.

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Tropes in this series:

  • 24-Hour Armor: The pilots are never seen without their shiny armored pilot suits.
  • All-CGI Cartoon: The Third Dimension in the title alludes to the fact that show is done completely in CG allowing for full 3D models.
  • A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: Turns out Zarkon isn't really reformed at all, he's just earning the trust of the Galaxy Alliance to make it that much easier to conquer the galaxy.
  • Becoming the Mask: Played with but ultimately subverted. Zarkon specifically mentioned he enjoyed being good and being adored by the people as a peacemaker. The problem is he enjoyed being an evil conqueror more.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Unlike the original Voltron, this time the colours of the pilots' outfits match their lions.
  • Cyborg: After a climactic battle prior to the start of the series, Lotor was badly injured and had to be rebuilt as a cyborg.
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  • Evil Counterpart: One recurring antagonist for Voltron is Dracotron, five robotic dragons that can combine into a giant robot just like Voltron.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Averted. Each of the five Voltron pilots wear lion shaped helmets. The helmets cover their mouths but not the rest of their faces.
  • Job-Stealing Robot: In one episode, Amalgamous grounds the Voltron Force and replaces them with drones he can interface with directly. However, because said drones lack the ability to connect with the Lions on a spiritual level, they are unable to form Voltron and must be forcibly removed.
    • Amalgamous himself is an aversion, as he is supposed to present and interpret the amalgamated opinions of the (never shown onscreen) Galaxy Alliance officials rather than act on his own.
  • Large Ham: Lotor hams it up in every scene he's present in. His Large Ham tendencies are actually a plot point in the pilot. When Lotor is completely silent and sullen looking, it doesn't take long for Allura to realize that the imprisoned 'Lotor' is a hologram and the real deal had escaped.
  • Limited Wardrobe: As noted under 24-Hour Armor. Unsurprisingly for a CG cartoon on a low budget, all of the characters get exactly one costume.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: Early in the second season Voltron travels to another dimension and transforms into Stealth Voltron. It isn't a permanent upgrade however as Voltron returns to normal when returning to its home dimension. Ultimately subverted: beyond adding "Stealth" to the names of all of its attacks, it never demonstrates any advantage over its normal counterpart.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Amalgamous. Justified as Zarkon had reprogrammed him to further his own agenda.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: The Hunter constantly speaks in rhyme.
  • Rocket Punch: The Lion Head attack. It's used a lot more often in this series than the original.
  • Role Reprisal: From the original Voltron we have Neil Ross as Keith, Micheal Bell as Lance and B.J. Ward as Princess Allura.
  • Space Pirate: Queequeg and Lafitte.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Lotor still wants to marry Allura, but it's downplayed compared to Voltron: Defender of the Universe.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Queequeg and Lafitte.
  • Time Skip: Set five years after the original series.
  • "What Do They Fear?" Episode: In the final episode Voltron Force is attacked by a spider who's venom sends the victim into a coma where they live out their worst fears.

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