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Lance is a former pilot cadet in the Galaxy Garrison, beginning as a cargo cadet before being promoted to fighter class after Keith was expelled. He functions as a Paladin of Voltron, piloting both the Blue Lion and the Red Lion.

Appearance

Lance has the appearance of a lean older teenager with light brown skin, short brown hair, thin eyebrows, and blue eyes that are notably drawn with small irises and pupils. Lance's bangs are very short and flare outwardly away from the center of his forehead before they curve inward with longer strands to frame his face at his cheekbones. The rest of his hair barely reaches his neck. He has two strands of hair that sprout from the top of his head. Of the Paladins, Lance has been suggested to be the third-tallest.[4]

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

When he is not in his Paladin armor, Lance wears a light gray shirt lined with blue underneath a gray-brown jacket. The jacket is accented with black and orange, and has a white hood. He wears blue jeans and white sneakers that are accented with black and lighter blue.

Personality

Whope, hold up, let me guess: Takes the most handsome slash best pilot of the bunch?

—Lance assuming the Blue Lion's nature, in "The Rise of Voltron"

Immature, arrogant, confrontational, and seemingly viewing life as a big joyride, Lance is an adventure-seeking pilot who prioritizes looking cool and proving himself better than his perceived rivals, envisioning the glory of defeating Zarkon,[5] though his exploits often end in failure. His humor is rather vulgar, noted by him ripping a fart for the punchline of a joke, and he immediately dons a painfully transparent "smooth and suave" persona whenever in the vicinity of beautiful women to flirt with them.[6][7] His tendency to get caught up in his ego and personal image has led to lowering his guard and trusting too easily to show off, making Lance an easily manipulated target that nearly cost the team the Blue Lion on one occasion.

Lance's jovial nature and inflated ego distances his mind from the bleak situation of the universe and the need to perform his role as a Paladin seriously when not in a harrowing fight. He often picks petty arguments with Keith, who he believes is his rival, or instigates comical situations with other Paladins such as his rendition of laser guns and a "space police" siren.[7][8]

Underneath his cocky demeanor, Lance suffers from homesickness and deeply misses Earth and his large family.[9][10] He admits to admiring his teammates, even his "rival" Keith.[11] This reveals Lance is not all fun and bad jokes: he has doubts about his role within the team and the world around him, and while good-intentioned, lacks solid motivation as a Paladin fighting a powerful enemy. He thinks of himself as nothing more than a "seventh wheel" of the team;[11] these insecurities are the source of his belligerence towards Keith and his egotistical nature. Because he does not live up to his own personal expectations of being perceived highly by his peers, he puts on a front of bravado.[12]

While frequently comic relief, he is perceptive and clear-headed when focused as a Paladin, able to remember key objectives of missions and take in his surroundings to formulate better plans than simply rushing in to attack or risk getting caught.[8][5] Lance is an outgoing, amiable, and sociable teammate who will readily put himself in harm's way to protect his friends, be it from the mortal danger of a bomb or discipline from a superior officer.[6][10] He highly values the lives of his team and proves he has potential as a Paladin - something the Blue Lion saw in him and chose him for.[12] Over time, Lance realizes the dire state of the universe around him and matures to respecting his fellow teammates, putting his ideals for glory, his "rivalry", and pride aside for the sake of everyone; this change in character grants him acceptance by the Red Lion as its new pilot.[13]

Abilities

Equipment

Apart from piloting the Blue Lion, Lance utilizes this equipment:

  • Bayard: Takes the form of a single-shot laser rifle specialized for long-range combat and sniping. When sniping, his Bayard becomes the likeness of a sniper rifle.[14]
  • 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.[15]

Skill Set

Apart from general combat and piloting prowess, Lance has these notable abilities:

  • Sharpshooter: Lance is skilled at long-range combat, able to accurately hit a target from great distances.[11] This seems to be his preference, as Lance has not displayed much close-combat prowess.
  • Tactician: When not caught up in his head, Lance proves he has intelligence as a strategist: he is perceptive and resourceful of his surroundings, able to improvise a plan of action and realizing when caution and stealth is needed over offense.[8][5] He is the first to suggest that a distraction is needed to safely infiltrate Shiro's quarantined crash site.[6]

Trivia

  • Lance's full name has not been revealed.
  • While he was at the Galaxy Garrison, Lance was trained as a cargo pilot until he was promoted to fighter class after Keith, the top of the fighter class, was expelled.[6] This suggests Lance had notable piloting skill earning him that placement over other cargo pilot cadets, but skill below that of other fighter pilot cadets.
  • While Lance mentions "Veradera" Beach [sic] (Varadero Beach) as early as season one, Jeremy Shada did not know of Lance's Cuban heritage until a later episode recording session.[21][22][23] His heritage was also published in The Paladin's Handbook.
  • Lance's idea of how laser guns sound is "POW, POW, POW!!"[8]
  • Lance's favorite food is garlic knots.[1]
  • 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?"[ citation needed ]
  • On Coran's height ranking for the Paladins of 1-5 (tallest to shortest), Lauren Montgomery approves that Lance is ranked average at "Number Three".[9][25]
  • Lance is based on the character Lance of the previous Voltron franchises, who in turn was based on the character Isamu Kurogane of Beast King GoLion.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Guidebook: "The Paladin's Handbook"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Let's Voltron 100th Podcast
  3. Voltron: Legendary Defender Official Website
  4. Lauren responding to Let's Voltron host on Twitter.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Season One: Episode 10, "Collection and Extraction"
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Season One: Episode 1, "The Rise of Voltron"
  7. 7.0 7.1 Season One: Episode 6, "Taking Flight"
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Season One: Episode 7, "Return to the Balmera"
  9. 9.0 9.1 Season One: Episode 2, "Some Assembly Required"
  10. 10.0 10.1 Season One: Episode 4, "The Fall of the Castle of Lions"
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Season Two: Episode 10, "Escape from Beta Traz"
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Hypable with Joaquim Dos Santos and Lauren Montgomery, August 2017
  13. Season Three: Episode 2, "Red Paladin"
  14. Season Three: Episode 6, "Tailing a Comet"
  15. Paladin Article
  16. San Diego Comic-Con 2016
  17. Comic Synopses
  18. Let's Voltron Interview with Jeremy Shada at WonderCon 2016 (0:52)
  19. Den of Geek: Is the Paladin's Handbook Canon? August 2017
  20. AfterBuzzTV with Joaquim Dos Santos and Lauren Montgomery, August 2017
  21. Jeremy Shada at New York Comic Con 2016 Panel
  22. New York Comic Con 2016
  23. Interview with Jeremy Shada at New York Comic Con 2016
  24. Nerdist with Lauren Montgomery, Joaquim Dos Santos, and Christine Bian March 2016
  25. Lauren responding to Let's Voltron host on Twitter.

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