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Lance is the current Blue Paladin who pilots the Blue Lion of Voltron. He was formerly a cadet in the Galaxy Garrison, beginning as a cargo pilot before being promoted to fighter class after Keith was expelled. Following a simple idea to sneak out with Hunk after hours and tail Pidge to the Garrison's roof, Lance witnesses Shiro's crash-landing on Earth a year after the purported Kerberos Mission's disaster. He joins the cadets in rescuing Shiro from the Garrison military alongside Keith, and investigates why aliens are coming to Earth. His assistance in discovering the Blue Lion triggers the events leading to the return of Voltron, beginning Lance's new life as a Paladin fighting the Galra Empire.

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Personality

Immature, arrogant, confrontational, and seemingly viewing life as a big joyride, Lance is an adventure-seeking pilot who prioritizes looking cool and proving himself better than his perceived rivals, envisioning the glory of defeating Zarkon,[4] though his exploits often end in failure. His humor is rather vulgar, noted by him ripping a fart for the punchline of a joke,[5] and he immediately dons a painfully transparent "smooth and suave" persona whenever in the vicinity of beautiful women to flirt with them.[5][6] His tendency to get caught up in his ego and personal image has led to lowering his guard and trusting too easily, making him an easily manipulated target that nearly cost the team the Blue Lion on one occasion. Lance's jovial nature and inflated ego distances his mind from the bleak situation of the universe and the need to perform his role as a Paladin seriously when not in a harrowing fight. He often picks petty arguments with Keith, who he believes is his rival, and concerns himself with how people think of him or instigates comical situations with other Paladins such as his rendition of laser guns[7] and a "space police" siren.[6] While frequently comic relief, Lance's behavior does little to help the team relax - he usually annoys one more or of them and has even been hit by Pidge via a hacked Galra sentry for his immaturity.[4]

Underneath his cocky demeanor, Lance suffers from homesickness and deeply misses Earth and his large family[8][9], and he admits to admiring his teammates, even his "rival" Keith.[10] This reveals Lance is not all fun and bad jokes: he has doubts about his role and lacks solid motivation as a Paladin fighting a powerful enemy, thinking himself as a "seventh wheel" of the team.[10] Although seen by his teammates as a goofy joker, and unable to detect both that Pidge is a girl in disguise and that Nyma intends to steal his Lion until it is too late, Lance is perceptive and clear-headed enough when focused as a Paladin. He is able to remember key objectives of missions and take in his surroundings to formulate better plans than simply rushing in to attack or risk getting caught.[11][4] Lance will readily put himself in harm's way to protect his friends, be it from the mortal danger of a bomb or discipline from a superior officer.[9][5] Lance highly values the lives of those around him, and he has proven his potential as a Paladin. It is only his own ego and flippant nature that hinders his growth.

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Trivia

  • Lance's full name has not been revealed.
  • Jeremy Shada, Lance's voice actor, has described Lance as being as young as 16.[12]
  • Lance has been confirmed to be Cuban.[13] While Lance mentions "Veradera" Beach [sic] (Varadero Beach) as early as season one, Jeremy Shada did not know until a later episode recording session.
  • Lance's idea of how laser guns sound is "POW, POW, POW!!"[11]
  • Joaquim Dos Santos has said his favorite character is Lance.[14]
  • Tim Hedrick's favorite Team Voltron member to write for is Lance; he loves how deep Lance's character is about his ego where he secretly doubts himself and thinks "What if I'm not the best Paladin?"[ citation needed ]
  • Lance is based on the character Lance of the previous Voltron franchises, who in turn wa based on the character Isamu Kurogane of Beast King GoLion.

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