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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.

Official Profile Edit

Guardian Spirit of Water
Lance is all about having fun, even a million miles away from Earth’s comforts and distractions. Full of confidence and even more full of himself, Lance thinks he’s everyone’s best friend, especially if they’re cute and female. While his cockiness often gets the better of him, it comes in handy during firefights against bigger and better opponents.[1]

Personality Edit

Immature, arrogant, confrontational, and seemingly viewing life as a big joyride, Lance is an adventure-seeking pilot that always seems to want to look cool and prove himself better than his perceived rivals, envisioning the glory of defeating Zarkon,[2] though his exploits often end in failure. His humor is rather vulgar, noted by him ripping a fart for the punchline of a joke[3], and he immediately dons a painfully transparent "smooth and suave" persona whenever in the vicinity of beautiful women to flirt with them.[3][4] His tendency to get caught up in his ego and personal image has lead to lowering his guard and trusting too easily, nearly costing the team the Blue Lion on one occasion. Lance seems to forget the bleak situation of the universe and the need to perform his role as a Paladin seriously when not in a harrowing fight, picking petty arguments with others, concerning himself with how people think of him, and instigating comical situations with other Paladins such as his rendition of laser guns[5] and a "space police" siren.[4] 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.[2]

Underneath his cocky demeanor, Lance suffers from homesickness and deeply misses Earth and his large family to the point that an image of them appears during his psychic mental training with the other Paladins[6] and he tears up at the thought of his mother.[7] 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. 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 pays attention during missions and can formulate better plans than Keith's ideas of rushing in to attack or risk getting caught.[8][2] He also catches on to a Galra drone not being Rover, but a bomb about to explode in the Castle of Lions;[7] Lance shows to what great lengths he will go in order to protect his allies by using his own body to shove Coran out of harm's way and sacrifice himself as a shield, putting himself in a coma. Lance highly values the lives of those around him, and he's proven his potential as a Paladin. It is only his own ego and flippant nature that hinders his growth.

Trivia Edit

  • Lance's full name has not been revealed.
  • Lance has been confirmed to be Cuban.[9] While Lance mentions "Veradera" Beach [sic] (Varadero Beach) as early as season one, his voice actor, Jeremy Shada, did not know until a later episode recording session.
  • Lance's idea of how laser guns sound is "POW, POW, POW!!"[8]
  • 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?"
  • 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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ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Voltron: Legendary Defender Official Website
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Season 1, Episode 10: "Collection and Extraction"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Season 1, Episode 1: "The Rise of Voltron"
  4. 4.0 4.1 Season 1, Episode 6: "Taking Flight"
  5. Season 1, Episode 5: "Tears of the Balmera"
  6. Season 1, Episode 2: "Some Assembly Required"
  7. 7.0 7.1 Season 1, Episode 4: "The Fall of the Castle of Lions"
  8. 8.0 8.1 Season 1, Episode 7: "Return to the Balmera"
  9. Jeremy Shada at New York Comic Con 2016
  10. Voltron Twitter


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