The Red Lion is temperamental and the most difficult to master. It's faster and more agile than the others, but also more unstable. Its pilot needs to be someone who relies more on instincts than skill alone.


The Red Lion is the Lion that forms the right arm of Voltron. The current Red Paladin who pilots the Lion is Keith.


The exact origin of the Red Lion is unknown. It can be assumed it was created at least ten thousand years ago after King Alfor created the Black Lion from the material found in the comet that crashed into Zarkon's home planet. Its previous Paladin is currently unknown. After Zarkon's betrayal of Alfor, the Lions were scattered and the Red Lion was presumably hidden in an unknown location until being found by the Galra Empire. It is eventually kept on Sendak's warship, and the Lion is stolen from him by Keith.

Weapons & Abilities

Being the fastest and the most agile Lion on the team, the Red Lion is capable of maneuvering through tight spaces and crowded combat zones with ease. The Lion's arsenal includes the standard Mouth Cannon and Tail Laser for long range combat, as well as a dual-bladed Jaw Blade for close-combat that can be tossed like a boomerang.[2] When combined with the Red Bayard after Voltron is formed, the Lion allows a saber to be summoned.[3]

The Red Lion has an affinity with the element of fire and has a Heat Ray that can be fired from its mouth and melt through metal. It is able to unlock a Plasma Cannon (Also called a Rail Gun.) on its back that can shoot a powerful and massively destructive laser. Keith awakens this ability through his sheer rage-driven determination to defeat Zarkon.[4]

Like all Lions, the Red Lion possesses some measure of sapience. Through his mental connection to the Red Lion, Keith is able to understand its suggestions on the next course of action during a battle, such as when the Lion instructs him to insert the Red Bayard into its key console.[3] Keith can call the Red Lion to his location through thought alone, even if the distance is incredibly vast, and the Lion reacts to when Keith is in mortal danger even if he is hidden from its eyes, attacking his enemies on its own seemingly without a pilot.[5][6]



  • The Red Lion is the first to use its elemental affiliation of Fire when melting a Galra structure.[7]


  1. Voltron: Legendary Defender Official Website
  2. Season One: Episode 6, "Taking Flight"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Season One: Episode 3, "Return of the Gladiator"
  4. Season One: Episode 11, "The Black Paladin"
  5. Season Two: Episode 5, "Eye of the Storm"
  6. Season Two: Episode 8, "The Blade of Marmora"
  7. Season One: Episode 7, "Return to the Balmera"
  8. Comic: Vol. 1 Issue #1

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