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I'm a leg!

—Hunk, in "The Rise of Voltron"

Hunk is a former engineering cadet at the Galaxy Garrison who functions as a Paladin of Voltron, piloting the Yellow Lion.

Appearance

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.[5][6]

In his Paladin armor, Hunk's uniform mirrors his fellow Paladins but with yellow accents to match that of his Lion.

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.

Personality

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.

Allura describing the Yellow Lion, in "The Rise of Voltron"

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.[7] 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.[8]

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.[9] 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".[5] 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.

Abilties

Equipment

Apart from piloting the Yellow Lion, Hunk utilizes this equipment:

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Bayard
Takes the form of a large single-barreled blaster cannon for powerful rapid-fire attacks.
Paladin Armor
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.[10]
Geiger Counter
A device Hunk built specifically to read the Fraunhofer Line of the Blue Lion so it can be located.[5]

Skill Set

Combat

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.[11] This works to his disadvantage as well, as Hunk's weight can easily throw him off-balance.[12] His official strength stats are nearly maxed.[4]

Piloting

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.[5][13][14] However, Hunk still suffers from bouts of nervousness during missions that can hinder his piloting.[15]

Other Abilities

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Genius Engineer
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.[5][9]
Gourmand
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.[16][17][14][18]

Trivia

  • Hunk's full name has not been revealed.
  • 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.[25]
  • 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".[26][6]
  • 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.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Guidebook: "The Paladin's Handbook"
  2. Guidebook: "The Voltron Coalition Handbook"
  3. Voltron Twitter
  4. 4.0 4.1 Voltron: Legendary Defender Official Website
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Season One: Episode 1, "The Rise of Voltron"
  6. 6.0 6.1 Lauren responding to Let's Voltron host on Twitter.
  7. Season One: Episode 4, "The Fall of the Castle of Lions"
  8. Season One: Episode 5, "Tears of the Balmera"
  9. 9.0 9.1 Season One: Episode 6, "Taking Flight"
  10. Paladin Article
  11. Season Four: Episode 5, "Begin the Blitz"
  12. Comic: Vol. 1 Issue #4
  13. Season Two: Episode 5, "Eye of the Storm"
  14. 14.0 14.1 Season Three: Episode 1, "Changing of the Guard"
  15. Season Five: Episode 1, "The Prisoner"
  16. Season One: Episode 3, "Return of the Gladiator"
  17. Season Two: Episode 6, "The Ark of Taujeer"
  18. Comic: Vol. 1 Issue #2
  19. San Diego Comic-Con 2016
  20. Comic Synopses
  21. Hunk's Birthday Interview with Tyler Labine 2017 (-7:50)
  22. Den of Geek: Is the Paladin's Handbook Canon? August 2017
  23. AfterBuzzTV with Joaquim Dos Santos and Lauren Montgomery, August 2017
  24. Tyler Labine's Twitter
  25. Nerdist with Lauren Montgomery, Joaquim Dos Santos, and Christine Bian March 2016
  26. Season One: Episode 2, "Some Assembly Required"

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