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This article is about the Lion Force pilot as they appear in Legendary Defender. For a list of other meanings, see Lance (disambiguation).



17(Season One)
18(Season Six)


Unnamed Grandparents
Unnamed Parents
Marco (Brother)
Luis (Brother)
Veronica (Sister)


Fighter Pilot Cadet (Formerly)
Cargo Pilot Cadet (Formerly)

Lance is the Paladin of the Red Lion of Voltron and the former the Paladin of the Blue Lion. He is a self-described ladies' man and the self-named sharpshooter of the team.


Lance's personality is very complex, as he has shown several different, often conflicting sides throughout the series. He can be very egotistical, cocky, confrontational, and arrogant at times. At other times, he is friendly, kind, reflective, and shows great intelligence. He is usually the first to make light of a delicate situation, either by joking around or flirting. Lance is noted for his poor-timed or vulgar humor at times, noted by him ripping a fart as a joke. Lance's friendly and outgoing personality allows him to connect to all of his teammates despite their many differences. Around girls, however, Lance tends to focus on flirting, sometimes neglecting his teammates, as shown through his interactions with Nyma. Lance is brave, adventurous, friendly, and free-spirited, often howling like a wild man during his fights and adventures, showcasing his unrestrained love for what he does.

However the moments he is able to let go of those feelings are the times he is able to do the most for his team. He can be quite sensitive, reflective, and distant at times when his teammates are not around or when his guard is lowered. Lance is shown to be quite homesick, deeply missing the Earth and desiring to return to his family, reminiscing on the beach near his home, splashing in puddles, and experiencing rainfall. This is one of the few times he appears sad and he is unwilling to let his friends witness it.

He is often impulsive, not very in control of his emotions and often loses the gravity of the team's mission to dreams of glory, praise, and being the center of attention. Lance reacts angrily when Keith doesn't prioritize the shows Voltron is putting on to gain support, and he is easily the most enthusiastic of the Paladins about performing in front of a crowd. Lance tends to get caught up in the way that he sees the world rather than the way things actually are. Because of this, he is noted to be the least perceptive of his team. Lance was the only one fooled by Pidge's disguise as a boy. He also sees many of Keith's comments as insulting or aggressive when Keith does not appear to mean them that way because Lance believes Keith is his rival, and the "rivalry" between them is entirely Lance's own creation. Lance is insecure about his own abilities and placement on the team, and so often acts as though he has something to prove. Lance admits that he doesn't see himself as one of Voltron's best warriors and suggests that he may not be the best choice for a Paladin of Voltron.

Contrastingly, Lance often shows a high degree of situational awareness and tactical skill while on missions, as shown when he corrected Keith's errors twice to protect the Balmera from harm from Keith's reckless attacks. When meeting the Blade of Marmora for the first time, Lance pointed out to Shiro that Keith would become angry and attack someone if taken on the mission. While this was most likely said because of his rivalry with Keith, Lance was correct in his assessment of Keith's character, as Keith's antagonistic nature created tension with the Blade when they discovered the knife in his possession.

Following Shiro's disappearance after the temporary defeat of Zarkon, Lance matured rapidly. He became far more serious in his missions and coordinating battles with his allies. During this time, he also lost much of his animosity towards Keith. Although initially desiring to be leader himself, Lance accepted the Black Lion's choice of Keith as Paladin. He becomes a much more supportive member of the team and steps up to take more of a tactical advisor's role, not sugar-coating his criticism of Keith's leadership tactics but supporting him to move forward all the same. Lance's acceptance by the Red Lion as its new pilot echoes King Alfor: acting as a right hand, trusting the Black Paladin to be a better leader than himself in battle, giving assistance when needed, and supporting his friends.

Lance has been shown to much more focused on his missions as of Season Five, primarily focusing on keeping Shiro and the others balanced and in check, displaying his latent leadership talents. Lance's ascension to the position of second-in-command has brought out a more calm and focused side to him. In Season Six, this could be seen as he was able to quickly assess the situation and give practical and intelligent commmands when the clone Shiro went on a rampage.


Lance is a natural sharpshooter and skilled marksman who has often shown his skills by nailing his enemies with powerful shots that are few in number, displaying his rarely seen precision in a fight. His Bayard takes the form of a rifle or a sniper. His reflexes are also extremely quick, as he realized that the drone that infiltrated the Castle was not Rover, and he managed to discern this quickly enough to protect Coran from the ensuing blast, although he was injured himself in the process. Lance is also surprisingly durable despite his light frame as the aforementioned explosion should have killed him. Though he did sustain near-fatal wounds, Lance survived long enough to get to a healing pod, and was even able to wake up long enough to shoot Sendak.

Lance is a skilled improviser when it comes to battle, even directing Keith without speaking to get the drop on their Galra enemies. His piloting skills are not on the same level as Keith's, but are good enough that he was able to instinctively control the Blue Lion without any prior idea of how to do so, showing an instant close bond between them. He was also the first to figure out that the Lion was alive by following its gaze.

Lance is the most skilled of the team in all manners of aquatic combat. This is likely due to him growing up near the coast, and thus developing a high level of familiarity around, in, and under water. Lance is also likely the strongest swimmer on the team, as he is often casually comfortable in aquatic environments that disorient his teammates rather easily. His lean build allows for a high degree of skill in the water, as most competitive swimmers are long and lean in appearance like Lance is.

Lance's skill as a marksman is recognized by Shiro, who refers to Lance as the team's sharpshooter, after hearing Lance mention it. This talent is further backed by his precision timing on the battlefield, as during the mission to rescue Slav, Lance was able to calculate his final shot in such a manner that it allowed Slav to escape the airlock by waiting till the last minute to shoot the warden's mechanical arm at a critical area, securing the mission's success and the scientist's freedom.

Lance is shown in his official stats to be the most well-rounded of the team, marking him as something of a jack-of-all-trades, and helping him to find common ground with all of the members of his team. Like Hunk, this rounded set of skills allows him to both literally and figuratively support his teammates.

Lance has been shown to be a naturally skilled swordsman, having an innate proclivity for the Altean broadsword style, able to slice several training drones within fractions of a second of unlocking the Red Bayard's sword form.

Lance initially had great difficulty handling the Red Lion's outrageous speed, not used to such a willful and wild Lion to pilot. However, he slowly and steadily gained ground, bonding deeper with Red and accepting this change for the better.


  • Lance was originally only known to be in his late teens.[3] Jeremy Shada, his voice actor, has described him as being 16.[4] However, his age was clarified in The Paladin's Handbook official guidebook, revealing he is 17.
    • The Voltron Coalition Handbookstates that a year has passed since Shiro's return to Earth, making Lance 18 at the youngest by the time season six ends.
  • The Paladin's Handbook official guidebook gives garlic knots as Lance's favorite food.
  • "The hunter becomes the hunted" is a quote in some of Lance's favorite movies.
  • It was revealed on the 100th episode of the Lets Voltron Podcast (released June 14, 2017) that Lance's birthday is July 28th.
  • Lance's use of a double-edged broadsword is reminiscent of a battle in the classic Voltron series in which he fights with a similar weapon.



Voltron: Legendary Defender - 10 Questions About Lance McClain, Answered

In 2016, Netflix reimagined the classic mecha anime Voltron with Voltron: Legendary Defender. Over the course of eight seasons and 76 episodes, the anime followed a diverse group of characters as they sought to save the universe from the Galra Empire - or at least, the members of it that sought to control everything around them.

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In that group of characters is Lance McClain: originally the pilot of the blue lion who eventually rose in the ranks to become the pilot of the red lion and second in command. He moved from comic relief to dramatic hero in that time as well, and fans could use a little more information about him. So without further ado, here are the ten biggest questions about Voltron: Legendary Defender'sLance, finally answered. 

10 Where Is Lance Originally From?

Fans with an ear for hints in their dialogue will know that Lance’s hometown got an early mention in the series, though it didn’t get mentioned often. Lance was originally from Varadero, though that’s not where most of his family ended up in the series.

By the time season seven rolled around, Lance’s family was embedded in the Garrison’s base on Earth since he had family members fighting the Galra. Varadero is in Cuba. It is, fittingly for the pilot of the blue lion early in the series, called Playa Azul, which translates to “blue beach.” The beach is actually an incredibly popular tourist spot in the real world, though it’s not entirely clear if it was in the animated series as well.

9 What Kinds Of Weapons Does His Bayard Most Often Become?

The Voltron paladins had a nifty weapon in their bayards. Bayards could transform into a variety of objects to be used in the field. Most of the paladins had a weapon (or two) of choice. While Lance eventually learned how to use an Altean broadsword from his bayard, it most often transformed into different types of guns.

That’s likely a result of Lance being a sharpshooter. He often reminded the team of his ability, and Shiro even started calling him the “team’s sharpshooter” after he heard Lance say it a few times. Good aim must have run in the family because his sister Veronica was also an incredibly good shot.

8 How Did He Earn His Fighter Pilot Promotion At The Garrison?

Lance started his time with the Garrison as a trainee like anyone else. He became a cargo pilot, responsible for deliveries. By the time he found the blue lion of Voltron, however, he was promoted to fighter pilot.

Lance earned the promotion because Keith was expelled from the Garrison, leaving a fighter pilot position open. In order for him to make the move, however, he had to have been the top ranked cargo pilot at the base. That means his sharp shooting skills were matched by his piloting skills.

7 What Is Lance’s Favorite Food?

Once fans know that Lance and his family are from Cuba, it’s easy to think that a traditional Cuban dish might be his favorite. That’s not the case.

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When The Paladin Handbook released, it included a lot of details about the paladins that hadn’t necessarily made it into the animated series yet. One of those details was Lance’s favorite food. It happened to be garlic knots. You can find that most often at Italian restaurants.

6 In What Arena Does He Excel More Than His Teammates?

Each of the paladins had their own areas of expertise. We already know that Lance had skills when it comes to shooting and flying. Keith and Shiro were both actually better pilots than Lance. There’s another area where Lance excelled and his teammates struggled. That’s underwater.

There are a few times in the series where some of the paladins find themselves submerged. Lance in particular seemed to adapt to the water the easiest. While that could have something to do with his connection to the blue lion, which also had a connection to water, fans speculate it might have more to do with his life on Earth. Lance grew up in a beach city, so he would have been close to the water his whole life. It’s entirely possible that Lance spent a whole lot of time swimming as he grew up, giving him an edge in that area.

5 How Old Is Lance During The Run Of The Series?

Lance’s age was actually up for debate for a while. Voice actor Jeremy Shada said that the character started the series at 16 in an interview, but The Paladin Handbook didn’t confirm that. Instead, it said he started the series at 17.

A year passed after Shiro was taken, making him 18 when the team thought they got Shiro back. Though there were a lot of strange time dilation incidents and rips in reality throughout the show, the paladins only spent about two years in space, making him close to 20 when the series ended, even though from the perspective of those back on Earth, he should have been older.

4 What Is Lance’s Zodiac Sign?

Lance’s actual birthday wasn’t revealed during the series. Instead, podcasts and books after the fact revealed his birthday as July 28. In Western Astrology, July 28 is less than a week into the Leo cycle. 

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You don’t have to be interested in astrology to find it interesting that one of the paladins most connected to the Voltron lions is born under the sign of the lion. For those who do place stock in astrology, it can be noted that most Leos, like Lance, tend to be confident, generous, and incredibly passionate.

3 How Was His Character Different In The Comics?

In 2011, Devil’s Due comics released their own version of the Voltron story. The short series didn’t see Lance as a teenager in a military school. Instead, he was in his twenties and had a very different history.

For the comic book series, Lance was reimagined as a bit of a criminal. He was a drag racer and an adrenaline junkie who won flying lessons. Those lessons changed his life, but he still ended up back in jail. This version of Lance was actually recruited in the middle of serving a five year sentence to help search for Voltron on another planet.

2 Why Does His Voice Sound Familiar?

For animation fans, Lance’s voice will definitely sound familiar. His voice actor, Jeremy Shada, has been doing voice over work since he was a child. Animation fans will most likely recognize Shada’s voice from Adventure Time.

Notably, he provided the voice of Finn for eight years. In addition to that, he’s also done voice work in video games like Tell Tale’s Guardians Of The Galaxy and Code Name: STEAM.

1 Who On The Creative Team Admitted Lance Was Their Favorite?

Those who work behind the scenes on television might not want to admit their favorite characters so they don’t alienate any cast members. Some of the team behind Voltron, however, did admit how much they loved Lance.

Tim Hedrick, the lead writer, story editor, and voice director for the series admitted that Lance was his favorite character to write for - though his choice did change while working on the show since sometimes, he preferred Hunk. Likewise, Joaquim Dos Santos, executive producer and writer/director for the series, called Lance his “personal favorite” while working on the series.

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Lance (Voltron)

Fictional character from the Voltron franchise

Lance Charles McClain, known as Isamu "Moody" Kurogane (黒鋼 "お天気屋" 勇, Kurogane "Otenkiya" Isamu) in the original Japanese languageBeast King GoLion, is a fictional character in the media franchise Voltron and a member of the Voltron Force, who made his first appearance in Voltron: Defender of the Universe.[2]

Voltron: Defender of the Universe

Main article: Voltron (TV series)

Lance was part of an exploratory team, sent by the Galaxy Alliance and led by Keith, that were kidnapped by the forces of Planet Doom.

After he and the others escaped Planet Doom, went to the Castle of Lions on Planet Arus, where they met Princess Allura and Coran and were designated as the Voltron Force.

Voltron Force

Main article: Voltron Force

Lance is a flight instructor in the Galaxy Garrison flight Academy. He uses Daniel and Vince to steal the Lion keys from Sky Marshall Wade. Lance's weapons are heat fists and dual pistols.

Voltron: Legendary Defender

In Voltron: Legendary Defender, Lance is of Cuban descent and the love interest of Princess Allura.[3] He evolves and matures as a character.[4] Lance is Joaquim Dos Santos' favorite character.[5]


Main article: Voltron (comics)

In the 2011 Devil's Due comics, the Lance character is referred to as Lance Charles McClain.[6] The comic book version of Lance depicts him as 24 with a criminal record. For most of his life, Lance grew up as an adolescent daredevil and drag-racer. His life changed forever when he won a gift certificate for 10 free flying lessons in a radio contest. These lessons displayed that he had a natural talent for flying. At age 18, he joined the navy, and flying became his obsession, but his hot-headedness landed him in deep water when his jetstar buzzed the penthouse of a vindictive senator. Three months into his five-year sentence in a military prison, Lance was approached by Colonel Hawkins to join a team of outcasts to search for the legendary robot Voltron on the distant planet Arus. The comic book version of Lance is given the catchphrase of exclaiming "holy cats!", or sometimes "ho-leeee cats!".


The character has had a mostly positive reception.[7][8]


Let me tell you, as someone who's made a million mistakes... all you can do is get up and try to make it right.

—Lance, in "All Good Things"




Unnamed Grandparents
Unnamed Mother
Unnamed Father
Marco (Older Brother)
Luis (Older Brother)
Veronica (Older Sister)
Rachel (Older Sister)[2]
Lisa (Sister-in-Law)[2]
Nadia (Niece)[2]
Sylvio (Nephew)[2]

Guardian Spirit of Water

Lance is all about having fun, even a million miles away from Earth’s comforts and distractions. Full of confidence and even more full of himself, Lance thinks he’s everyone’s best friend, especially if they’re cute and female. While his cockiness often gets the better of him, it comes in handy during firefights against bigger and better opponents.

Lanceis a former pilot cadet in the Galaxy Garrison, beginning as a cargo cadet before being promoted to fighter class after Keithwas expelled.

He functioned as a Paladin of Voltron, piloting both the Blue Lion and the Red Lion at different times.

Following the defeat of the Galran Empire, he became a farmer.


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.[1]

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

When he is not in his Paladin armor, Lance wears a light gray shirt with blue lines 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 accented with black and light blue.

At the end of the show, Allura gives him small light-blue Altean markings.


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 priotitizes 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. Also, once described by Pidge as "the goofball", which he denies, claiming he's "the cool ninja sharpshooter."

Lance's jovial nature and inflated ego distance 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, as we see when Lance mentions to Keith about leaving the team when "Shiro" came back, 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]



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

Takes multiple forms, including a single-shot laser rifle, specialized for long-range combat, a sniper rifle, and an Altean broadsword.[14][15]
Paladin Armor
Armor that allows for safe travel in space; it contains a highly advanced computer system, a 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.[16]

Skill Set


Lance is skilled at long-range combat and can accurately hit a target from great distances.[8] This seems to be his preference, as Lance does not display much close-combat prowess until his Bayard transforms into an Altean broadsword through his determination to succeed during training.[14] Lance easily slashes apart the training drones but is thrown off-balance by Allura, as he is unused to the technicalities of handling a sword.

Lance's long-range expertise is noted to be his weakness in close-range combat.[15] His official stats of strength, agility, and intelligence are all slightly above average, with agility being his highest.[1]

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 are needed over the offense.[5][2] He is the first to suggest that a distraction is needed to infiltrate Shiro's quarantined crash site safely.[3]


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 class was expelled. This suggests Lance has notable piloting skills earning him that placement over other cargo pilots. This holds as the Paladin of the Blue Lion: Lance naturally eases piloting the alien spacecraft, and his immediate bond with the Lion is so strong that he can hear its thoughts.[3] Upon switching Lions, he is unused to the Red Lion's speed and "lack of breaks," as the Blue Lion is more balanced in its attributes, but Lance soon adjusts to the differences in handling the Lion and his new position as Voltron's right hand.[10]


  • Lance was originally only known to be in his late teens.[1][2]Jeremy Shada described Lance as being as young as 16.[3] His age was published as 17 in The Paladin's Handbook, which was not reviewed by executive series staff.[4][5]The Voltron Coalition Handbook states that a year has passed since Shiro's return to Earth, making Lance 18 at the youngest by Season 6 ends.
  • 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.[3] This suggests Lance had notable piloting skill earning him that placement over other cargo pilot cadets, but still below that of other fighter pilot cadets.
  • Lauren Montgomery personally announced the birth date for Lance.[6]
  • 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.[7][8][9] His heritage was also published in The Paladin's Handbook.
  • Lance's idea of how laser guns sound is "POW, POW, POW!!"[5]
  • Lance's favorite food is garlic knots.[26]
  • Joaquim Dos Santos has said his favorite character is Lance.[10][11]
  • 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?"
  • 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."[6][12]
  • Lance is based on the character Lance of the previous Voltron franchises, which was based on Isamu Kurogane of Beast King GoLion.


  1. 1.01.1Guidebook: "The Paladin's Handbook"
  2. "The Voltron Coalition Handbook"
  3. ↑Let's Voltron 100th Podcast
  4. ↑Voltron: Legendary Defender Official Website
  5. 5.05.1Season One: Episode 10, "Collection and Extraction"
  6. 6.06.1Season One: Episode 1, "The Rise of Voltron"
  7. 7.07.1Season One: Episode 6, "Taking Flight"
  8. 8.08.1Season One: Episode 7, "Return to the Balmera"
  9. Season One: Episode 2, "Some Assembly Required"
  10. 10.010.1Season One: Episode 4, "The Fall of the Castle of Lions"
  11. 11.011.1Season Two: Episode 10, "Escape from Beta Traz"
  12. 12.012.1Hypable 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. ↑Season 5
  16. ↑Paladin Article



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With Cuba, Netflix's 'Voltron' Envisions a Future Earth Without Borders

In many science-fiction stories about a future Earth, from Blade Runner to Mad Max, life is always bleak. Resources are depleted, chaos reigns, and somebody has all the marbles. But that’s not so in Voltron Legendary Defender. In fact, a throwaway line from one of the main characters hints at a utopian Earth of the future.

That’s a vision shared by the showrunners. We just haven’t seen it yet.

The sixth season of Voltron Legendary Defender premiered on Netflix last friday, capping off a two-year era for showrunners Lauren Montgomery and Joaquim Dos Santos. The series is a stunning reboot to the ‘80s anime Voltron: Defender of the Universe, a Saturday morning classic in which five color-coded pilots controlled colossal (and bizarrely mis-matched) robotic lions.

In the episode “Razor’s Edge,” Lance (Jeremy Shada), the smooth-talking pilot of the Red Lion, is heartbroken over his crush, Princess Allura (Kimberly Brooks) and her new romance with archenemy-turned-ally, Prince Lotor (A. J. Locascio). Away from the rest of the team, Lance confides in Allura’s adorable little space mice, as if the DreamWorks-produced series were a Disney movie.

“She wouldn’t take me seriously anyway,” Lance sulks to the mice. “I don’t have anything to offer. I’m just a boy from Cuba, not a space prince like Lotor.”

Aside from Shiro, Voltron’s team leader whose name is unmistakably Japanese (as well as a callback to the original GoLion anime), Lance’s line about Cuba is the first time race has ever been brought up in Voltron Legendary Defender. Dig deeper, and what Voltron says about race reveals a much more open Earth, free from the confines of national borders.

“We discussed an Earth where borders weren’t a thing anymore,” Montgomery tells Inverse. “Everyone travels freely. We like this idea of a much more peaceful Earth where countries are open.”

“We never dove deep into it, but we had conversations about how we see the world in the time of Voltron,” adds Dos Santos. “Earth stands united. Inner Earth fighting and borders, all these B.S. constructions we come up with, are a thing of the past.”

“More than anything, he’s saying, I’m not a prince. I’m just a guy from Earth,” he adds. “Geopolitically, we didn’t think too far into that.”

Though Lance’s complexion is darker than fellow Paladins Keith and Pidge, the hybrid art style of Voltron — which blends Japanese anime with western cartooning — makes the ethnicities of the Paladins very vague. It was very intentional.

“Lance being from Cuba doesn’t mean the only genetic material that makes him is Cuban,” Montgomery says. “It’s not us crying, ‘This guy is Cuban!’ and that’s all he’ll be. It’s his past, a past we gave him, and he’s speaking to what he knows.”

She adds that the Voltron team imagined an Earth where the majority populace is of mixed race as a result of travel being more free. “We’ve fantasized that our characters are very mixed race and have many different countries in their background.”

Cuba may as well have been picked out of a hat by the writers, but its mention in Voltron is a compelling thought considering its role in 20th century politics. It’s been only three years since former U.S. President Barack Obama began to thaw U.S.-Cuban relations. Right now, current President Donald Trump’s unpopular “zero tolerance” border policy has seen the strict policing of the U.S. border from Central American migrants into the detention of thousands of children separated from their parents.

There is a crisis of ethics on the American conscience that brings reality one step closer to the dystopia of so many science-fiction stories. But in Voltron, Earth exists as an ideal, even if the planet has not been explored in-depth in the show’s 50 episodes thus far.

And based on what transpires in the Season 6 finale, that will change as Voltron embarks towards Season 7. “We’re moving on to a new chapter,” Montgomery says. “There’s a lot of closure.”

When I ask what will happen when the Paladins bring Voltron to Earth, they’re careful not to reveal what will go down. “Those are all questions we hope to answer. This is uncharted territory, and questions we want fans to ask.”

“We’ve seen how the Galaxy Garrison has handled business before,” adds Dos Santos. “There’s many moving parts to Earth.”

Voltron Legendary Defender Season 6 is streaming now on Netflix.


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