|This article is about the Lion Force pilot as they appear in Legendary Defender. For a list of other meanings, see Hunk (disambiguation).|
Hunk is the beating heart of Voltron and a man of many talents. As well as a capable fighter, he's also a pilot, mentor, diplomat, engineer, and galaxy-renowned chef. He is the Paladin of the Yellow Lion of Voltron.
Hunk is tall, burly and heavyset, with a square jaw and dark brown hair. His size makes him a formidable opponent and capable of wielding his Bayard; a formidable hand-held cannon. His skin tone is mahogany and his eyes are dark to match. His hair is long and straight in the front, spilling over the orange bandana he wears on his forehead.
Hunk's casual wear is cushy and engineer-friendly. He wears a yellow long-sleeve shirt underneath a green polar vest with shoulder pads. His pants are frumpy and brown with knee pads, tucked into grey boots with orange straps. His grey belt has machanic's satchels on each hip. He accessorises with a flowing, orange bandana and black, fingerless gloves.
Easily the friendliest and kindest of the team, Hunk is often the voice of restraint and caution of the five Paladins and despite his immense strength has a hard time engaging in fights due to his gentle nature. However, when his anger is triggered, nothing and no one should stand against him. Hunk also possessed a fear of heights that was quickly overcome when he acquired the Yellow Lion, despite barfing on multiple occasions. This is likely due to the bond between the two and how piloting the Lion is more like commanding a large body than piloting a ship, making the process feel more controlled and natural to a man like Hunk. He has a close bond with his team that allows him to get along with everyone, and he has a close bond with Lance and Pidge due to the three of them being on the same squad back at the Galaxy Garrison on Earth. He and Lance connect on their largely laid back personalities while Pidge is his equal and contemporary in the field of science. Hunk is the most gentle of his friends, which allows him to make friends quickly and easily.
However, when protective of others, he can be headstrong, aggressive, and single-minded, such as when he was focused on saving Shay and the other Balmerans he was unrelenting in his mission and focus. He is also quite humble, but will use the power of his position to inspire hope in those who have learned to live without it. This shows that Hunk is still himself despite the power vested in him as a Paladin, as his authority is used only in the service of others. Hunk is altruistic, focusing on helping his friends by any means necessary, whether as a cook, a Paladin, engineer, and so on. He is often with Shiro the voice of caution and logic among the Paladins. Despite his originally timid demeanor, Hunk's initial bonding with Yellow brought out his more cavalier and enthusiastic attributes, revealing the warrior within him.
Hunk is also the straight man of the team. He is usually the first to remind the Team of just how outrageous and sometimes unbelievable their situation really is. One instance was when they first boarded the Blue Lion, clarifying that they were in a "giant, robot, alien cat head." These comical yet to-the-point observations usually serve to ground the team and put things in perspective for them. It also serves as Hunk's go-to coping mechanism for dealing with the understandably gargantuan levels of stress he subjects himself to in his line of work.
Hunk tends to be something of a culinary snob, as he was quick to dismiss many of Coran's meals for him and the other Paladins as disgusting. Due to this, Hunk can often be found cooking in his downtime, experimenting with alien ingredients, much to his general success at creating dishes suitable to not only human consumption, but to a wide variety of species as well. Hunk takes immense pride in his cooking skills and is often annoyed or peeved when someone criticizes his work.
In season 6, Hunk goes through Galra training with Dayak. After this, Hunk is described to have "toughened up" and became more willing take charge of a situation and showed his leadership skills by leading a group of Galra who were bickering with each other. Even though he went though this training, he still remains as the goofy jokester of the team.
In season 7, Hunk begins to show more of his "toughened up" personality, when the paladins were bickering and arguing by being driven mad from being stuck in space. Hunk retained a level headed demeanor and kept the paladins grounded. He was also able to keep his sanity and see through a mirage showing a great deal of mental strength. After returning to earth when his family was taken by the Galra, Hunk, though being emotionally hurt, became determined to save them, this change in personally is much different then Hunk's normal goofy and silly demeanor.
Hunk embodies in many ways the Yellow Lion's elemental affiliation of earth. His strength, endurance, fear of heights, and protective and kind nature are the qualities of the Lion and element, and he also serves as the group's humble foundation as a stalwart soldier and friend. Apparently, as it shows in the first episode in Legendary Defender, he has very bad motion sickness (he vomits in the Flight Simulator and in the blue lion), though later on he does not show any signs of this. This is likely due to his experiences with Yellow and the others helping him to overcome his fears.
Hunk is one of the most physically powerful Paladins, full of both fat and muscle that gives him a sturdy body to do much heavy lifting as long as he's not thrown off balance. Hunk is also a quick study, able to learn how to wield his Bayard's cannon form with brutal efficiency, making him a skilled marksman.
Hunk is also quite the culinary master and food snob. He is able to concoct many dishes from alien ingredients that are extremely palatable to human taste buds and are healthy for human consumption. This indicates a high acumen for xenobiology and chemistry as well as his skills as an astromechanical engineer. Hunk is also quite the diplomat due to his easy going and friendly nature, as he was the most adept of the team at bonding with the Balmerans during their adventures to free them and their living planet from the Galra.
Hunk is also quite perceptive as he was among the many aside from Lance who were not fooled by Pidge's disguise as a boy. Hunk is also known for his good instincts regarding the nature of the people he encounters, regardless of species, as his assumptions regarding the Balmerans were spot-on and his intuition about Rolo's nature were also proven correct, showing Hunk's high levels of interpersonal and social intelligence.
He is also quite skilled at learning alien machinery without much difficulty like when he rapidly took control of a Galra mining drill to access the Yellow Lion's chamber underground. Hunk is also able to quickly assess the capabilities of any machine he comes across, which is likely how he was able to instantly comprehend his Lion's strengths and weaknesses, such as its relatively low speed, but incredibly durable levels of armor and defensive power and use as a ramming weapon.
A mechanical and scientific genius, Hunk is just as capable of his scientific peer, Pidge, at spouting off immensely complex bits of information regarding anything from the atomic signature of atomic elements found on Earth and recognizing foreign elemental compositions, to being able to compile a device capable of picking up on foreign elements based on said atomic signatures with little-to-no effort. This is where Hunk's confidence truly stands out. Due to the sheer volume and level of detail that he can process, Hunk's memory would appear to be eidetic, or more commonly understood by the misnomer, photographic memory.
- Hunk was originally only known to be in his late teens. Tyler Labine, his voice actor, has described him as being 17 as well as Samoan. His age as well as nationality was clarified in The Paladin's Handbook official guidebook, revealing Tyler's information was accurate.
- The Voltron Coalition Handbook states that a year has passed since Shiro's return to Earth, making Hunk 18 at the youngest by the time season six ends.
- Hunk states that when he gets stressed he bakes to help clear his mind.
|V • E Team Voltron in Voltron: Legendary Defender|
|Voltron (Black Lion • Red Lion • Green Lion • Blue Lion • Yellow Lion)|
|Former Paladins||Keith • Pidge • Hunk • Lance • Allura • Shiro • Shiro (clone) • Zarkon • Alfor • Trigel • Blaytz • Gyrgan|
|Additional Members||Coran • Space Mice • Rover|
I'm a leg!—Hunk, in "The Rise of Voltron"
Hunk has the appearance of a heavy-set older teenager with medium brown skin, black hair, and brown eyes with thick, square-shaped eyebrows. Distinguishing him from the other characters is his noticeably round face with a short, rounded noise, and his massive body full of muscle and fat; he has thick, muscular limbs and a large belly. Hunk wears an orange strip of cloth tied around his forehead, long enough to reach his mid-back, that keeps his hair out of the way but allows his bangs to frame his face. Hunk's hair is cut rather short, his bangs reaching just under his eyes, while the rest of his hair barely reaches his neck. Of the Paladins, Hunk is the second-tallest.
When he is not in his Paladin armor, Hunk wears a bright yellow shirt line with black, with the sleeves cut to his forearms. Over his shirt, he wears a green, orange, and gray vest with a tall collar and outwardly padded with thick shoulder pads. His shirtline is cut to reach longest at the center and falls far over the waistline of his pants where he wears a gray and orange utility belt with a pouch on either hip.
Hunk's gray gloves are fingerless and lined at the wrist with a thick black cuff. He wears baggy tan pants, padded at the knees a darker brown, and tucked into his white boots that are accented with black and orange.
The Yellow Lion is caring and kind. Its pilot is one who puts the needs of others above his own. His heart must be mighty. As the leg of Voltron, you will lift the team up and hold them together.
Initially nervous, cowardly, and prone to motion sickness, panic, and nausea, Hunk is shown to be a reluctant Paladin more concerned with food and safety than battling aliens from across the galaxy. He even admits his desire to return to his family and disinterest in fighting a war. Hunk does not fully realize the dire situation he has the power to change until he meets Shay and learns she has no concept of what freedom is because her people have been ruled by the Galra Empire since before her birth.
After witnessing her people's suffering and Shay's bravery to save his life at the risk of her own, Hunk quickly grows into a true Paladin intent on defending all good in the universe, not suffering any of his previous fear and unfortunate symptoms since. Along with his genius knowledge of mechanical equipment and science, Hunk's intuition is extraordinarily sharp and he is distrustful of those outside of Team Voltron after the Castle of Lions is nearly lost, though his good heart and honest desire to assist others can dismiss his suspicions despite his good judgement. He remains cautious, logical, and can be head-strong in his beliefs, whether they be out of self-preservation or the need to do good.
Hunk may take his role and mission as a Paladin seriously, but he is still the lighthearted, comical joker of the team who enjoys making his friends laugh, teasing them, and will readily give hugs and cook up a delicious meal to satiate his appetite. As the "straight man" of the group with a sometimes morbid sense of humor, Hunk will question the lack of logic and the bountiful absurdity of their reality, such as being inside a "giant cat head" and how lions "turn into legs". His presence brings about a sense of casual air amidst any number of the Voltron team's tense situations, in its own way supporting his team as much as when he is on the battlefield and fighting alongside them.
Apart from piloting the Yellow Lion, Hunk utilizes this equipment:
| ||Takes the form of a large single-barreled blaster cannon for powerful rapid-fire attacks.|
| ||Armor that allows for safe travel in space; it contains a highly advanced computer system, communication system, a laser gun, a grappling hook and tether, holographic capabilities, an energy shield for defense, breathable air, and a jetpack for brief sustained flight.|
| ||A device Hunk built specifically to read the Fraunhofer Line of the Blue Lion so it can be located.|
Hunk is noted to have the strongest natural physical strength of all the human Paladins due to his body's larger size, although he is also the least agile and slowest Paladin who has not displayed much close-combat prowess and initially struggles with the weight of his Bayard. He prefers to attack from a distance using his Bayard cannon, but will use his body's size against his enemies to overpower and immobilize them, much like he does with his Lion. This works to his disadvantage as well, as Hunk's weight can easily throw him off-balance. His official strength stats are nearly maxed.
While not studying as a fighter pilot officially, largely due to suffering from motion sickness and a fear of heights, Hunk shows notable skill piloting the Yellow Lion. As he grows as a Paladin and his ailments subside, Hunk quickly becomes a proficient pilot that utilizes the Lion's high defense and massive body to his full advantage in battle, allowing him to perform daring attacks such as high-speed spinning headbutts, and tapping into his Lion's hidden abilities. However, Hunk still suffers from bouts of nervousness during missions that can hinder his piloting.
|Arguably one of the most technologically adept out of the Paladins, Hunk's aptitude with making data, mechanical parts, and equipment work in his favor as nonchalantly as he does is proof of both his training as an engineer cadet and his natural intelligence. His familiarity with science and the workings of mechanical equipment allows Hunk to easily hotwire alien technology and quickly determine the cause of a malfunction in alien spacecrafts, being so knowledgeable that he can detect when someone has lied about the cause.|
|Hunk is passionate about food; he is a highly skilled and creative cook who can make culinary cuisines out of unfamiliar alien ingredients and uses this skill to calm himself, smooth over diplomatic relations, stabilize the team, and sometimes even win battles.|
- Hunk's full name has not been revealed.
- Hunk was originally only known to be in his late teens. Tyler Labine described Hunk as being as young as 17. His age was published as being 17 in The Paladin's Handbook, which was not reviewed by executive series staff. The Voltron Coalition Handbook states that a year has passed since Shiro's return to Earth, making Hunk 18 at the youngest by the time Season Six ends.
- Tyler Labine also stated that Hunk is Samoan. This was also published in The Paladin's Handbook.
- Hunk and Pidge are two equally tech-savvy characters described as being "two sides of the same coin": while Pidge is the more creating, engineering, "figuring out" side, Hunk is the "build it and make it work" side.
- On Coran's height ranking for the Paladins of 1-5 (tallest to shortest), Lauren Montgomery approves that Hunk is ranked second-tallest at "Number Two".
- Hunk is based on the character Hunk of the previous Voltron franchises, who in turn was based on the character Tsuyoshi Seidō of Beast King GoLion.
This is a gallery for official images of Hunk.
Before Hunk became the Yellow Paladin, he was a cadet at the Galaxy Garrison assigned to the same team as Lance and Pidge, serving as their engineer. He suffered frequent motion sickness and fear of heights, and knew of Keith, who had been expelled.
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