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|“||Among Lotor's generals, Zethrid is the wild card. As stubborn as she is strong, the only person Zethrid truly listens to is Lotor - to the point of taking his commands to an extreme. She can be cruel and enjoys toying with her adversaries.||”|
— Official Profile , Voltron: Legendary Defender Official Website
Zethrid is a general of the Galra Empire and one of Prince Lotor's top generals and later a warlord in her own right. She is very muscular and has an affinity for violence. After Zarkon's death, she was imprisoned alongside Acxa and Ezor, before being freed and recruited by Haggar. After the loss of Lotor, she and Ezor became warlords of the empire, causing Axca to defect to find a new path.
Zethrid possesses a strong, outspoken, aggressive personality. Out of all of Lotor's generals, Zethrid approaches her line of work with the most zeal and violence without any careful forethought. This is seen when she encourages Lotor to attack the Lions outright at Thayserix, before Axca explains that the planet was made of a highly combustible gas which reacts violently to the amplification of light.
Zethrid is extremely loyal to Lotor and her affinity for violence means her job as one of Lotor's generals is suited to her talents. She enjoys her line of work, and is disappointed if she is held back from excessive action. For example, when Lotor told her to merely graze the Black Lion, not destroy it, Zethrid responded with a dull "Fine." However, after telling her to fire at the Altean ship with everything she had, she responded with an enthusiastic "Yes sir!" Zethrid is entertained by destruction even if it is not caused directly by her own hand. When Lotor sent pilots to pull out a Trans-reality Comet, but they failed and exploded, Zethrid stated that the failed attempts to retrieve it were more enjoyable for her to watch than an actual success.
Zethrid has displayed respect for others who give her a proper battle; this was shown when she considered Allura a "worthy opponent."
After witnessing Lotor murdering Narti, Zethrid and the other two generals quickly lost their trust in the Galra prince. Believing that Lotor would dispose of them as well if it was in his interests, they conspired to hand him over to the Empire in exchange for their own lives.
In Season 7, Zethrid is much crueler and somewhat sadistic since becoming a warlord as shown what she, along with Ezor, planned to torture the Paladins for information about Lotor's whereabouts. She also is not above taunting or making fun of her opponents, as was the case with Keith and Acxa when she made fun of Acxa for defending Keith.
Despite all of her penchant for violence and cruelty, Zethrid is not without a caring side: When Ezor feared the possibility of Lotor's return, Zethrid comforts her and declares she will always take care of her.
Powers and Abilities
Zethrid's large body grants her immense strength and durability, allowing her to throw enemies across the battlefield with a single punch or drop onto a planet's surface with no landing gear from great height while sustaining no damage.
Aside from her fists, she favors using a laser rifle or blasting enemies with whatever large guns she can command. Zethrid is very resourceful, often utilizing anything she can find in the battlefield to gain an edge in combat. She has been observed tearing chunks of rock or metal from the ground and hurl them at her enemies. In addition of her resourcefulness and marksmanship, Zethrid able to handle herself pretty well in close quarters. In spite of possessing strength and combat prowess which advantageous for such combat style, she lacked a mental acumen. Zethrid's brash side, coupled with her obsession with the conflict, often blinded her from fully understand the situation in the battlefield that whatever advantages that she had tends to be counter-productive. In spite of this, she makes up with her vast knowledge in weaponry, having in charge of arsenals installed in Lotor's ship as well as the one who used them and taking direct orders from him to use them.
- Zethrid's name was originally either "Ythorod" or "Aihpos", but was changed when Studio Mir pointed out to series staff that it was a name common to old women spelled backwards; it was intentional on the writers' part as being a reference to The Golden Girl's along with "Esor", spelling "Rose", "Dorothy", and "Sophia".
- For Lotor's generals, series staff went with a standard RPG team format; Zethrid is intended to be the big, strong fighter or the tank.