|This article is about the prince of the Galra Empire as he appears in Legendary Defender. For a list of other meanings, see Lotor (disambiguation).|
Emperor Lotor was the emperor and former prince of the Galra Empire, and son of Zarkon. He was slated to take over his father's role after Zarkon's obsession with the Black Lion, coupled with aid from the Galra rebel faction called the Blade of Marmora and their allies, led to the emperor's defeat at the hands of the Voltron team. With Zarkon in a comatose state under the care of Haggar, the witch had ordered the Empire's commanders to summon the prince. He was accompanied by his four generals Acxa, Ezor, Zethrid, and Narti. After Zarkon awoke he dismissed Lotor from his duties and then declared open season on his life, even going as far as to track him down himself. With his generals turning against him and forced into a corner, Lotor assists the Voltron Coalition to win a harrowing battle at the last second and offers a truce. After being double-crossed during a prisoner exchange between Zarkon and the paladins for Samuel Holt, Lotor engages in a fierce battle against his father, ultimately killing Zarkon. With the Empire in turmoil after Zarkon's death, Lotor participates in the Kral Zera, a coronation ceremony in which a new emperor or empress of the Empire is crowned. After engaging in a fierce duel against Sendak, Lotor lights the Kral Zera and is officially coronated as the new emperor of the Galra Empire. During season 6, it is revealed that Lotor was both deceiving and using Team Voltron the entire time as well as harvesting Alteans for their quintessence. He then tricked the paladins into helping him enter the rift between realities where he ultimately was stranded after being defeated in a battle against Voltron, which beat his Sincline Mech. Ultimately, he died of overexposure to Quintessence, and his body was later retrieved by Honerva.
Lotor was the son of Galra Emperor Zarkon and Altean Alchemist Honerva. Lotor was conceived as Honerva was slowly being poisoned by Quintessence, but she was well enough for she and Zarkon to choose a name: Honerva wanted Lotarius, an Altean explorer, while Zarkon wanted Koltor, a Galra conquer. They decided to name their son Lotor, to honour both worlds.
Despite his mother's overexposure to Quintessence and presumed death, Lotor remained alive and was born healthy despite a difficult labor. However, his parents had become corrupted and their love for their son was now gone: his amnesic mother would not look at him and his father coldly ordered the doctor to take the crying infant away.
Lotor was placed under the care of a governess, Dayak for many years. From time to time, Lotor would be presented to his father for updates on his progress; during one such meeting, Lotor ask about his mother and what happened to her. Zarkon told him she was gone, and that was all he would say. Lotor also forged a bond with the cat Kova, who had formerly belonged to his mother.
In his earlier years as a Galra commander, Lotor was tasked with the takeover of a planet to harvest Quintessence. He yearned to work alongside the people of the planet, but when Zarkon and Haggar arrived, Zarkon Was furious. He took command away from Lotor, and Haggar stunned him. When he work up, he saw that Zarkon had already destroyed the planet and killed the entire race. Expressing his hate of his father, Lotor yelled at Zarkon, who banished him from the Galra empire.
In the years following his banishment, Lotor met and worked with Acxa, Ezor, Zethrid and Narti. During that time, presumably before he recruited his generals, he starts his work on the Altean Colony. At the same time he was recruiting Alteans, he was likely researching Altean culture and ruins to learn the secret to quintessence and Oriande. It's also likely during this time, Lotor had begun to harness quintessence from Altean life force from the colonists who had met the qualifications for it.
After Zarkon was gravely wounded in a fight with Voltron, Haggar ordered for Lotor to return, to seize command of the Galra. Lotor fought in a Galra ring, and soon revealed himself, challenging Throk, a Galra who looked down on Lotors methods, to a fight. Lotor defeated Throk with ease, but did not kill him, instead, he allowed Throk to stand with him, giving a speech of how the old ways of backstabbing got Theban Galra nowhere and that he would change it. As he left the ring, his generals asked about Throk, to which Lotor told them to put him on an Outpost on a wasteland planet.
Later, Lotor will go on to perform a series of tests on Voltron, which when he deemed them unworthy, attempted to steal the lions from them. When Allura managed to beat him however, Lotor recanted the earlier statement then would go on to trick them into retrieving the Trans-Reality comet for him. Lotor himself doesn't meet up with Team Voltron until after he is removed from his position as Emperor Pro-tem and is being hunted by Zarkon. This is after Zarkon discovers that Lotor has a trans-reality comet. which Lotor had used to built ships from. And also after Lotor himself has killed Narti, causing a split between himself and his generals. After saving the Voltron Coalition from near total annihilation at Haggar's hands Lotor addressed Team Voltron with the intention to ally himself with them.
At first, Team Voltron did not trust Lotor, and had locked him in a cell in the Castle of Lions. But after he managed to kill Zarkon following an ill-fated trade between Team Voltron and Zarkon for Sam Holt, the Voltron Coalition considered him an ally. Lotor would then warn Team Voltron about the Kral Zera, which he believe he should win as any of Zarkon's top men and women succeeding would only result in a continuation of Zarkon's empire. Despite Team Voltron's wishes to not get involved, Lotor along with the clone Shiro arrived at the Kral Zera. After a near mishap with the Blade of Marmora who had infiltrated and planted bombs at the ceremony, Lotor won and became the new official Emperor of the Galra Empire.
As the emperor, Lotor made it his chief priority to harness the quintessence from the rift so that it could be used to sate his father's old commanders. He convinced Allura to go to Oriande, so that they could gain its secrets and thus potentially harness the power of the rift. Where Allura succeeded Lotor himself had failed, but Lotor did not see that a deterrent from his plans. Alongside Allura, Lotor went on to finish the third of the sincline ships. Once complete, he and Allura had journeyed into the rift where they harvested pure quintessence. At their return, Lotor and Allura kissed, suggesting that they intended to further their relationship only to be cut short when they were greeted by an angry Team Voltron, including Romelle who had informed the rest of Team Voltron about Lotor's actions at the Altean Colony.
Lotor is captured by his generals who had been sent by Haggar, who had watched the whole ordeal unfold via the clone Shiro. Which after he is flipped and knocked out by an angered and hurt Allura. He is taken to Honerva who seemingly tries to apologize for her actions as Haggar only for Lotor to cut her short. After Acxa betrays Honerva her, Lotor, and the rest of the generals return to the ruins of Daibazaal where Team Voltron had already destroyed the trans-reality gate. At this point Lotor reveals to Ezor and Zethrid that his split from the generals had been a ruse the whole time so that he could infiltrate Team Voltron and get close to Allura so that he could use her to get to Oriande.
After a heated discussion at the ruins, the two factions begin fighting, only to stop when in crazed rage, Lotor claims that he wants to get rid of all his enemies, including the galra. At this, Acxa and the other generals seek to betray Lotor once more, only for Lotor to eject them from the sincline ships before then. He then combines all the sincline ships to form full Sincline, which he uses to fight the Voltron lions with. This fight later turns into one between Sincline and full Voltron at the arrival of the Black lion and Keith.
Lotor met his demise at the hands of Voltron after he piloted his Sincline Mech into the Quintessence Field. Seeking ultimate power, he was consumed by it and engaged Voltron in a final battle where Voltron won when Allura had blasted him with raw quintessence. It was not until after Honerva recovered his Sincline Mech however that his fate was officially revealed. He had been decimated by Voltron’s Quintessence Overload Beam; all that remained of him was a melted, decomposing corpse that Honerva pledged to avenge by saying she would soon see him again.
Ultimately, Allura helped Honerva realize her mistreatment of her son, and Honerva herself admitted Lotor deserved better than she gave him in life. When she and Allura sacrificed themselves, Honerva went to Zarkon and Lotor, and finally had the family she was willing to destroy the universe to save.
Lotor's appearance bears little in common with that of the average Galran, aside from his long limbs, lavender skin, and yellow sclera. His white hair is usually kept slicked back over his shoulders with a single forelock hanging down over his face. When piloting his ship or in the gladiatorial arena, he keeps his hair tucked under a helmet. Unlike the average Galran, his eyes possess visible pupils and irises, which accentuate his rather cunning and snide facial expressions. Lotor's bears pointed ears like much of the galra, though his in particular bear more resemblance to Altean ears. He possesses Altean markings, which deviate from the common sickle-shaped markings most Alteans possess, his own being larger and arguably more jagged.This is likely due to the fact that he was exposed to the rift entities as a fetus,as prolong quintessence exposure tends to have physical effects on one's body, as they did with Honerva's Altean markings. It is up to speculation on whether or not these markings are always present and merely blend into his skin, or if they only exist as the "Mark of the Chosen".
Lotor's build is lean, quick, as he was strong enough to cleave Throk's blade in two with a single-armed stroke of his blade - a feat not easily achieved by contemporary human swordsmen.
Lotor commonly wears a custom suit of Galran armor. It bears a great resemblance to the uniforms of his personal generals, being black, dark indigo, and accented with blue and orange. Though unlike his generals, Lotor's armor is much more de-saturated, as his armor bears a lot more gray and less orange than their armor does.
Unlike his father, Zarkon, Lotor sees no point in suppressing those he conquers. Rather, he prefers to amplify his strength by instilling goodwill in those under the Galra Empire's rule, sparing his enemies in exchange for loyalty and service. This is seen in his treatment of the people of the colony his father had assigned to him.
However, Lotor is also quite vindictive, as evidenced by him dropping the cybernetic arm of General Raht, who Haggar had sent to spy on him, at her feet Throk was a victim of a similar set of ploys: publicly he was defeated and spared from death by Lotor to gain greater support from the Galra people, only to assign him to what Throk considered to be the worst post in the Empire, the item he was protecting stolen by Lotor's own generals, and was then both tortured and killed by Haggar for his failure as. Also, he killed Narti after believing she was spying on him for Haggar, even though she was initially, one of his most loyal generals.
Lotor is rather tough to read, his motives being difficult to decipher based on his fluid and changeable tactics, thus his behavior is inconsistent with his actions. Lotor is also quite patient, being willing to observe his enemies, drawing them out, and engaging once he has a firm grasp of their tactics, indicating that he prefers to have the edge and control in most situations, battling on his terms alone. Lotor has trust issues, likely stemming from his childhood upbringing. Even the people closest to him he kept at arms length - he did not tell Acxa, his second-in-command, about the Altean colony nor the fine details of his plans. This is likely why he is so difficult to read.
Lotor is unbiased in how he views people, and chooses them based on skill, not on their race for the most part. He enlists half-galra as his top generals, and seeks to ally himself with people outside of his race. Regardless, he does not seem to hold the Galra in high regard at all.
Lotor is known to revere and study his Altean ancestry, hoping to find clues to solving the problem of extracting quintessence without the cost of lives and entire planets. He has been shown to consider himself unworthy of the secrets of Altean alchemy due to giving into his more violent roots, attacking the guardian of this treasured knowledge, and praising Allura for her commitment to the pacifistic ways of their ancestors.
His interactions with Allura since joining forces with the Voltron Alliance have seemingly been known to be diplomatic, polite, and kind. Later on, however, he claimed this was a ruse to Ezor and Zethrid, as he intented to get closer to Allura so that he could use her to get to Oriande. To what extent this claim is true is unknown, as he later goes on to plea with Allura to join his side and admits that his feelings for her are true, suggesting that to some degree, he was honest in his actions. It's possible too, that Lotor had intended to manipulate Allura, but those feelings turned to be genuine the more he acted them out.
More of Lotor's personality is shown when, after Allura compared him to his father during his and his generals' fight with Voltron, Lotor appeared to snap simply at the possibility that he had become his father. As a result, Lotor also showed a more deranged and insane side of his personality, as he claimed to want to kill all his enemies, including the galra. Though this is possibly something he said at the spur of the moment, as he was upset over Allura insulting him by comparing him to his father, who had traumatized him in his childhood.
Lotor has demonstrated that he is extremely intelligent and a cunning strategist. He is a tactician of considerable skill, capable of quickly analyzing and countering his opponent's tactics, and quick to adapt his plans to the situation at hand.
Lotor is a careful planner, who rather judge and know who he is up against before engaging. He prefers to fully understands the risks a choice could present before executing said choice.This is the case when he tests Voltron in the beginning of season 3 as he wanted to make sure they would have the skill enough to remove the trans-reality comet from where it was stuck in the wormhole. However, he is shown to not be above high risk plots, as his plot to overthrow Zarkon and ally with Team Voltron was not without its near failures.
Additionally, he is a master orator and manipulator, and is able to sway people to join his side with words alone. This is seen in "Changing the Guard," in his speech to rally Zarkon's court behind him, but also in how he manipulated Allura and his generals to go along with his plans.
Lotor is also a master swordsman. In his debut, he illustrates his skill with a one-handed sword, disarming and defeating an opponent of much greater size. His technique is shown to be fluid, and reliant more on using his own opponent's strength against them in attempt to conserve his own energy.
PilotingLotor is shown to be an extremely competent pilot, as he was confident enough to take out his own personal fighter out to face the Paladins alone. In said battle, he was able to get to the paladins to play against themselves by skillfully maneuvering around them and causing them to attack themselves. This skill is further portrayed in his battle against the paladins in Thayserix, and later when he managed to escape Zarkon's fleet in "A New Defender."
His is most notably portrayed in "Defender of all Universes," where he managed to skillfully pilot Sincline as to wreck Voltron, and had the upper edge until Voltron tricked him. In the Quintessence field without terrain influence, Voltron and Lotor seem to be equally matched in piloting skills.
Lotor has been shown to be quite powerful in terms of his strength despite his emphasis on speed and technique in his fighting style. This can be seen in how he was able to hold his own against Throk, a much taller, albeit lanky, galra. In said fight he managed to break Throk's sword, suggesting that he is in fact, quite powerful. This strength does not reach the levels of his father, Sendak or Allura, however.
- According to series staff, Lotor is 10,000 years old because he was already conceived by the time Honerva entered the rift on Daibazaal. He was born after she became Haggar and admits to living several centuries' worth of time. The exposure to Quintessence of the rift, which has become part of his DNA, allows him to retain a youthful appearance, as his body ages at a much slower rate than other Galra.
- Allura was born before Lotor, but because she was put in a stasis sleep for 10,000 years and he instead experienced those 10,000 years' worth of time, Lotor is older than her.
- Lotor is double-jointed at his shoulders.
- Unlike his original counterpart, Lotor shows no obsession towards Allura. His love for her is treated as genuine, as confirmed by series staff.
- Lotor was likely the one who gave Kova to Narti, as he was the one to own the cat before Narti.
- To what degree Lotor orchestrated his plan to manipulate Team Voltron by splitting himself from his generals by killing Narti and later earning Voltron's trust by killing Zarkon is unknown. Lotor himself admits to have intended the split so that he could get closer to Voltron, but a later comment by Acxa in season 8 implies that Narti's death was unintentional.
- Though it's possible that Acxa's statement is intentionally omissive, as she regrets siding with Lotor during that time period and deeply regrets her involvement in that plan.
- There are evidence that he in fact plotted this out, as he had an easy escape from the generals initially, and Acxa had let him go when he was apprehended in the trade between Zarkon and Team Voltron.
- Though this doesn't take into account the very small chance he had of success with this plan, though he going through with it might be a result of his overconfidence.
- According to Montgomery, the main reason why Lotor became the person he is now was his traumatic upbringing: Abandoned by his biological parents, Lotor was forced to survive on his own, even if it means manipulating others to get what he wanted. She further elaborated that had Lotor raised by genuinely loving parental figures like Allura, Lotor would likely grow into a much better person.
- Both Montgomery and Dos Santos also added that in this way, both Lotor and Keith's upbringings are indirectly parallel to each other (in Keith's case, he never met his mother until events of Bloodlines and lost his father at a young age). In fact, had Shiro never enter his life and supported him, Keith would likely ended up become as bad as Lotor.
The universe can no longer doubt our strength. Each ally gained only makes us stronger, while those who continue to stand against us will be crushed.—Lotor, in "Changing of the Guard"
Prince Lotor is the exiled prince of the Galra Empire and the son of Zarkon. After Zarkon's obsession with the Black Lion leads to the emperor's defeat at the hands of the Voltron team and their allies, putting Zarkon in a comatose state under the care of Haggar, the prince is summoned by the witch to lead in his father's stead. Lotor ultimately allies with Team Voltron when Zarkon awakens and turns the Empire against his son, culminating in the prince killing his own father and succeeding the throne.
This alliance soon turns sour as Lotor's true character is revealed and he battles Voltron with his own robot, Sincline, ultimately defeated and left abandoned in the Quintessence field comprising the barrier between realities.
Lotor has the appearance of a lean, muscular young man with pale lavender skin who is described as being small in the eyes of other Galra - a species known for their staggering height compared to humans of Earth. His long white hair is slicked back behind his shoulders down to the middle of his back in slightly wavy strands with shorter ones curving upward on either side at his shoulders. A forelock of bangs protrudes from his forehead and remains over his face, reaching as low as his mouth. His eyebrows are also white.
Unlike most Galrans, Lotor does not have yellow eyes with no visual iris and pupil because he is part Altean; instead he has bright blue eyes with distinct pupils that are slitted in appearance, and his eyes have yellow sclerae. True to his roots, his pointed ears are reminiscent of Altean ears with slightly longer length. Lotor has sickle-shaped Altean markings under each eye that change curve and bend downwards toward his nose. These marks are the same color as his skin, but glow pale violet in the presence of Oriande, called the Mark of the Chosen, and otherwise remain unseen.
Lotor wears a mix of dark gray and blue-gray armor that includes a split waist cape reaching just under his knees. The waist cape is split in three places. His armor is accented with deeper blue across his chest, neckline, and hips, as well as red-orange lining his gauntlets at his elbows, decorating his mid-torso in a "V" shape, lining his collar, and encompassing the inside of his waist cape. Each of his gauntlets is decorated with two brightly glowing violet lights on the back of his hands - the same which can be seen comprising the quillions and pommel of his sword, while the center of the sword's guard features the same deep blue color accenting his armor.
I AM the leader! But I am not my father.—Lotor, in "The Journey"
The exact nature and motivations of the prince of the Galra Empire are largely kept an enigma even for those closest to him. He is a naturally charismatic leader with a commanding voice that invigorates his subjects, be it to vouch for the value of an ally's strength, or to vow utter destruction of enemies. While the speech he gives advocating for ruling by loyalty and not fear is part of a ruse to sway the masses, Lotor holds true to a sense of honor and nobility that places him in sharp contrast to other members of the Empire: fellow Galrans consider him "weak" simply for being part Altean; furthermore, they think him a "lunatic" for both fighting alongside his military as if no higher than a private, and also for allowing planets he conquers to rule themselves as long as they pledge loyalty to him, taking the fallen societies under his protection rather than crushing them under his boot.
Lotor is inclined to use indirect methods such as tactical strategy, mental manipulation, and charm to achieve his goals rather than overpowering destructive force; he prefers not to blindly attack without garnering a full understanding of a situation beforehand with careful study, nor will he immediately choose to use the full extent of his weaponry, strength, and military force. Lotor has no pride barring him from allying with enemies nor retreating from battle at any time - although he is an adept military commander and deadly swordsman who holds no fear of fighting solo on the battlefield, and absolutely is not one to be underestimated. He is cunning and deceitful, easily donning a convincing demeanor extending mercy, honor, and compassion towards his enemies to gain their loyalty and trust—Only to reveal he has more malicious intents in mind and has been withholding information to spin the truth in his favor. This skill with acting is enough to convince even Zarkon that his traitorous son is obedient, loyal, and resigned to being discarded; and furthermore, to convince Team Voltron that working alongside him is the best means of achieving peace for the universe.
Being that his displays of mercy and understanding are usually for his own benefit, Lotor is an opportunist who carries himself with confidence even when the unexpected or misfortune arises, acting as though the dice never leave his hand no matter the outcome by keeping a calm persona with restrained emotions. However, he has displayed unfettered rage and severe emotional instability when stressed, cornered, and threatened - but especially at the insinuation that he holds any similarities to his father, Zarkon. This repudiation is underlined both by his sheer determination to escape his father's murderous pursuit, not even fearful of nearly flying his ship into a star to succeed, and his sheer delight at the prospect of finally killing his father. The disgust extends to his mother, Haggar, who he refuses to even recognize as Honerva even after her memories return, considering her an twisted abomination of the pure Altean race. This is ironic, as Lotor is obsessed with his Altean heritage and the race's culture to a twisted extent: in his Altean Colony, he has experimented on Alteans to the point of killing thousands, but believes them to be necessary sacrifices for a greater good of achieving the most powerful Quintessence.
He appears to have little interest in ruling the Galra Empire, instead focusing on his own machinations and willingly allowing Zarkon to return to the throne, prioritizing the construction of Sincline over even his Galra soldiers' safety. The truth of his ambitious plans are kept hidden from everyone's eyes because they entail toppling the Galra Empire, wiping out the Galra, and creating a new Altean Empire with him as the leader to achieve his vision of peace in the universe. This, coupled with his lack of hesitation to strike down his trusted general, Narti, when he deduces she is being used by Haggar as a spy, using her death and Acxa to trick his other generals, play Team Voltron like a puppet so he can isolate and kill Zarkon, and string Team Voltron along as he builds his new empire, solidifies how brutal and ruthless the prince is underneath his neatly wrapped-up charms - all of it revealed when he suffers repeated exposure to the Quintessence of the barrier between realities.  Ultimately, Lotor truly believes he is on the right path to achieve peace in the universe and wishes for others to see the same as he does, blinded by his own traumatic upbringing and lack of ability to truly trust anyone, and his complex to be seen as an individual separate from his parents and worthy to exist.
Apart from piloting a fighter jet and Sincline, Lotor utilizes this equipment:
| ||Particularly the Black Bayard; takes various forms including an energy sword and a chain whip.|
| ||A long, one-handed broadsword. It is unclear if it can be manifested at will or stored at his hip in a smaller form.|
| ||Armor that allows for safe travel in space; it contains a highly advanced computer system, communication system, breathable air, a concealing helmet, and leg thrusters for brief sustained flight.|
| ||A battle cruiser he commands that is piloted by his generals.|
Lotor is highly skilled with bladed sidearms for close-combat, utilizing his Galran broadsword, and is confident enough in his abilities to willingly battle and defeat enemies in the Galra Empire's arena before an audience of the Empire's military. His deadly battle prowess is showcased in his intense solo fights against other Empire military elite, including Throk, Sendak, and his own Quintessence-infused father, Zarkon. His battle-hardened personality is mirrored in his ability to survive several heavy blows, including being knocked across a plateau and thrown through solid rock.
Lotor's greatest strength lies in his intellect, technical and scientific knowledge, and tactical prowess, extensively using methodical means to test and probe his targets for a result, ingenious use of his environment to his advantage, psychological warfare, and trickery, making him frighteningly dangerous because of his sheer competence in strategy and battle. His official intellect stats are maxed.
Contrary to his stature - smaller than most Galra - Lotor is powerful enough to deliver a staggering punch to the much larger Throk and shatter the commander's sword with his own. His official strength stats are nearly maxed. Unlike most Galra, Lotor uses speed, wit, and agility in combat rather than brute strength. He excels at handling larger opponents, and will taunt, dodge around, and parry attacks to tire out his enemy, using their own strength and aggression against them. This is a practice that he extends to the agile spacecrafts he pilots and designs.
Lotor's superb piloting skills are a force to be reckoned with when coupled with his intellect and tactical expertise. Sincline and his customized fighter jets hold true to his nature of outwitting and outmaneuvering opponents; he is able to handle all five Voltron Lions with a fighter jet simply by exploiting their disorganized pilots, and shake off pursuit of entire Galra fleets by using his nimble and durable Sincline ship to exploit the hostile environment of space.
|Living as long as he has, Lotor's interest in exploring the universe and doing extensive research about his Altean heritage and Voltron has granted him vast knowledge about the universe's history, Altean technology, and ancient legends. This led him to the second Trans-Reality Comet which allowed him to correctly theorize that Voltron was able to pass between realities. However, he lacks the deepest understanding of the universe and alchemy only granted to Altean alchemists accepted by Oriande.|
|Being hypermobile, Lotor can dislocate his arms to escape being handcuffed from behind and immediately realign them so they function normally.|
|His lifespan is amplified by Quintessence, allowing him to exist for 10,000 years, due to being already conceived by the time his mother, Honerva, entered the rift on Daibazaal. He was born after she became Haggar and admits to living several centuries' worth of time. The exposure to Quintessence of the rift, which has become part of his DNA, allows him to retain a youthful appearance, as his body ages at a much slower rate than other Galra.|
- Allura was born before Lotor, but because she was put in a stasis sleep for 10,000 years and he instead experienced those 10,000 years' worth of time, Lotor is older than her.
- The reason for Lotor's exile is because he befriended and worked alongside a civilization he was ordered to govern, instead of subjugating them and mining Quintessence to the detriment of their planet. Enraged, Zarkon ordered him to destroy the civilization, but Lotor refused, so Zarkon banished his son and destroyed the planet himself.
- The generals of Lotor's royal guard - Acxa, Ezor, Narti, and Zethrid - are all part-Galran women.
- Prior to Season Three, Lotor's face was kept hidden because of his status as an iconic character of the Voltron franchise. During WonderCon 2017, a clip of Lotor was revealed to panel attendees, but being April Fool's Day, his face was hidden by the cow given to Lance in Space Mall.
- Tyler Labine considers Lotor to be one of the most complex, complicated, and well-written villains on TV.
- During the announcement of Season Five's air date, the Voltron social media event entailed voting in an Instagram story poll for whether Lotor was a friend or foe. The finalized results of the poll was that 59% voted for friend, 41% for foe.
- Lotor is based on the character Lotor of the previous Voltron franchises, who in turn was based on the character Sincline of Beast King GoLion. According to Lauren Montgomery, series staff saw in the villainous prince of Defender of the Universe a character that could be molded to be cooler and more motivated, and she spoke disdainfully of the older generation Lotor's obsession with Allura.
This is a gallery for official images of Lotor.
Ten thousand years ago, Zarkon brought Honerva into the trans-reality rift on Daibazaal in an attempt to save her from her ailing health. She was already pregnant with Lotor. After presumably dying from the over-exposure to Quintessence, Zarkon and Honerva reawakened in a corrupted state from their ordeal and began waging war across Daibazaal's solar system in pursuit of Voltron and establishing the tyrannical Galra Empire.
The experience in the rift did not kill the unborn Lotor; instead, it infused him with copious amounts of Quintessence, and he continued to grow in Honerva's womb. When she was ready to give birth, complications threatened Lotor's life, but technicians managed to save him at Zarkon's request. Honerva eventually took on the identity of Haggar and forgot that Lotor was her son - along with her entire life as Honerva. The prince's Altean heritage was seen as a weakness by many, but Lotor embraced it as a strength. His unique gestation allowed Lotor to age, at least physically, much slower than other Galra.
When old enough, Lotor was assigned to govern a planet and oversee its civilization's mining of Quintessence for the Galra Empire. Instead of brutally subjugating them and mining Quintessence to the detriment of the planet, he befriended the civilization, enjoyed their culture, and only mined as much Quintessence as could be replenished. Enraged, Zarkon ordered him to destroy the planet, but Lotor refused, so Zarkon exiled his son and destroyed the planet and its entire civilization himself. Lotor lamented being powerless against his father's tyranny and spent the next several centuries searching for clues about his Altean heritage; he gained substantial knowledge about the universe, including the Alteans, Voltron, and Oriande.
Lotor eventually created a colony constructed as a make-shift Altea on a planet in the Quantum Abyss and tracked down surviving Alteans in hiding who were not present on Altea when it was destroyed, as many had been on trading expeditions at the time, and convinced them to live in his colony where the distorted space of the Quantum Abyss would keep them hidden from the Galra Empire. The Alteans in the colony flourished and came to worship Lotor as their savior.
As time passed, Lotor claimed he had created a second colony only certain Alteans were fit to travel to. It was considered the highest honor to be selected, but communication between colonies was banned so no one would find either's location. In truth, Lotor was selecting Alteans with high Quintessence to be harvested on the planet's moon in order to unlock the secrets of Quintessence and create abnormally-concentrated Quintessence to power his own ships. The process killed thousands over many generations. Bandor was selected and found out the truth, managing to escape and warn his sister, Romelle, before dying. Lotor spotted her as she fled the scene of her brother's death, but let her go. Romelle told no one the truth, thinking she would not be believed.
Lotor eventually took in Acxa, Ezor, Narti, and Zethrid - all part-Galran women - as his top generals; he became famous for allowing planets he conquered to rule themselves and for fighting alongside his armies like a lowly private - things regarded with disgust by the military elite of the Empire. At some point, he discovered the second Trans-Reality Comet originally located by King Alfor, but was unable to retrieve it from the spacecraft stuck in a trans-reality rift, as all his pilots and spacecraft did not survive the attempt.
The prince does not return to the Galra Empire until Zarkon's obsession with the Black Lion leads to the emperor's defeat at the hands of the Voltron team and their allies, putting Zarkon in a comatose state under the care of Haggar. The exiled prince is summoned by the witch to lead in his father's stead.
The Galra Empire is brimming with treachery by the time Lotor arrives. Distrustful of Haggar for the witch's refusal to let anyone speak or see Zarkon, Throk plans to usurp the throne with backing from the generals in his sector and asks for more assistance from another Galra commander at the Empire's gladiator arena, where the audience is filled with military personnel gathered to watch a small masked warrior battle a massive beast.
Unbenkownst to Throk, Ezor and the other generals of Lotor's royal guard sit hidden in the audience around him, listening and relaying the conversation to Lotor himself - the very warrior Throk is watching fight. When the beast is defeated, Lotor removes his helmet to reveal his identity and publicly calls out Throk's treachery to the audience, offering to accept the commander's challenge for the throne through honorable combat. With his plans exposed, the pressure of the audience upon him, and the royal generals blocking his escape, Throk agrees to the duel.
After a ferocious fight, Lotor stands the victor and Throk waits to be slain, but the prince spares his life, giving a rousing speech to the audience about inspiring loyalty in their conquered foes instead of fear. His speech wins over the support of the Empire's military and that of Throk, who pledges his loyalty. Soon after, Lotor meets with his generals and orders them to transfer Throk to the far reaches of the Empire to rot.
Lotor's next move is to travel to planet Puig that has just been freed from the Galra Empire's control by Team Voltron and left unguarded. His generals are able to overpower the defenseless people without casualties, and Lotor personally offers their leader a chance to join the "new" Galra Empire, claiming they will never need Voltron's so-called protection again. Apparently refused, he leaves Puig to study the movements of the Voltron Lions on his Royal Warship, intrigued that there have been no recent sightings of the Black Lion, speculating it means that Voltron is unable to be formed. He sends Narti to Puig, who uses her mind-control powers to control the Puigan leader, sending a false call for help to Team Voltron to lure them to his location.
The prince is not aware that Keith has suddenly become the new Paladin of the Black Lion because of Shiro's mysterious disappearance. When the Voltron team arrives, Keith, Hunk, and Pidge are the only Paladins able to leave the Castle of Lions in a Lion, as the Blue Lion refuses to respond to Lance. Lotor greets the three Paladins outside of Puig from his Royal Warship, declaring himself the son of Zarkon and Emperor Pro Tem of the Galra Empire.
His fleet of fighter jets proves a worthy match for the three Paladins to handle, but Lotor is calmly nonchalant that the Black Lion is functioning and wonders about the two missing Lions. With more fighters launched to force the Paladins into a desperate situation, Lance is soon chosen by the Red Lion for his matured heart and acceptance of Keith as the new leader; he enters the battle to assist the other three Paladins, but with little handling of his new Lion.
The team's disarrayed display means Lotor notices that the Black Lion's pilot is not in full control. After the Royal Warship's ion cannon deliberately blasts the Black Lion and the Castle of Lions, Lotor's probing bears fruit: Allura arrives in the Blue Lion, newly chosen as its Paladin. With the truth revealed that all Voltron Lions are functioning, Lotor believes he has witnessed enough and retreats with his fleet instead of continuing the fight.
Unbeknownst to him, Keith has placed a tracker on the Royal Warship and orders the team to pursue Lotor to end his reign immediately. Once the Lions are detected, Lotor meets them in battle in his own fighter jet, easily using its agility and the Paladins' own unorganized state against them. It becomes clear that the Paladins are not the same ones who defeated Zarkon and that they cannot form Voltron, so Lotor orders his generals to recalibrate his fighter jet and to hover above Thayserix as he leads the Paladins into the dangerous planet's atmosphere, plotting to capture the Lions one by one.
Keith's aggressive and hyper-focused nature causes the team to fall into Lotor's trap. Thayserix wreaks havoc on the Lions' navigation and communication systems while Lotor's fighter jet remains unaffected, and the planet's nitrate gases react to the Lions' weapons, causing a dangerous explosion. Lotor successfully separates the team and pursues Allura, who is struggling to connect with the Blue Lion. However, Allura manages to bond with the Lion and use its Sonic Boom Cannon to navigate Thayserix, outwitting Lotor and freezing his fighter jet's left wing with the Lion's Freeze Ray, forcing him to retreat to his warship. Allura locates the other Paladins and the new team properly bonds to form Voltron.
His plan failed, other Galra commanders appear to assist Lotor in handling Voltron, but Lotor leaves once the commanders' warships are destroyed. Acxa questions if the new Paladins being able to form Voltron will be a problem, but Lotor merely considers it an opportunity.
Team Voltron soon detects a distress signal used by King Alfor's deep space vessels and finds Commodore Trayling's ship trapped in a trans-reality rift in the middle of space. The signal has been set by Lotor, as he believed only Voltron could successfully pass through the rift because it was made from a similar comet. He decides that whatever the outcome, it is a win either way: if Voltron disappears into the Alternate Reality, then he loses an adversary, and if Voltron returns with the comet, he will simply take it from them. Upon their return, the latter proves true: Lotor attacks Voltron immediately and sends his generals to retrieve the comet before the Paladins can retaliate. Although they cannot hear it, he thanks the Paladins for answering his distress signal.
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