Lotor, the Prince of the Galra Empire
Series Voltron (series)
Age Unknown
Sex Male
Height Unknown
Weight Unknown
Alignment Neutral Good, formerly Lawful Evil
The universe can no longer doubt our strength. Each ally gained only makes us stronger, while those who continue to stand against us will be crushed.
~ Lotor

Lotor is an antagonist-turned-protagonist of Voltron: Legendary Defender, a reboot of the Voltron anime series.


Lotor is the son of Zarkon, ruler of the Galra empire, and Honerva, an Altean scientist. After Zarkon and Honerva's death, resurrection, and corruption by a mysterious substance known as Quintessence, Zarkon become power hungry and decided to take over the universe to obtain more Quintessence. Lotor, as the prince of the empire, was sent to a Quintessence mining planet so he could learn how to rule over others. However, Lotor instead befriended the inhabitants of the planet, and when Zarkon ordered him to destroy the planet as punishment, Lotor refused and he was exiled to the far corners of the empire. After his father's obsession with taking back the Black Lion of Voltron for himself led to his defeat at the hands of the Defenders of the Universe, Lotor was called to take over for his father as Emperor Pro Tem of the Galra. As emperor, Lotor decided to find a way into the Quintessence-filled rift that corrupted Zarkon and Honerva, and use the unlimited supply to help the Galra stop conquering other planets to obtain more Quintessence.

Powers & Abilities

  • Skilled Pilot: Lotor is incredibly skilled at piloting vehicles. During his first fight with the Voltron Paladins, he was able to easily toy with the Lions while piloting a simple fighter ship.
  • Double-Jointed: Lotor's arms are double-jointed, letting him easily dislocated and relocate them to escape from handcuffs or similar restraints.
  • Shape-Shifting: As a Galra-Altean hybrid, Lotor has inherited the Altean ability to change his shape and size. He normally uses this to hide his Altean markings.
  • Quintessence Manipulation: Honerva was one of a select few Alteans who could manipulate Quintessence and use it to perform magic. While Lotor hasn't shown much of this ability, he is capable of activating the Castle of Lions, which only Allura can normally do, and he was allowed into the ancient Altean city of Oriande, which only Alteans with this power are allowed in to.
  • Slowed Aging: Due to being exposed to large amounts of Quintessence while in the womb, Lotor's aging is slowed and he has a much longer lifespan than the average Galra.


  • Sword: Lotor is shown to mainly fight with a sword, which he has incredible skill with. Lotor's sword is double-edged, unlike most Galra blades, which are single-edged. He's been shown to be able to summon his sword to his hand at will.
  • Bayard: The weapons used by the Paladins of Voltron, which take the form most suited to the wielder. During a prisoner exchange where the Paladins were giving Lotor over to Zarkon, the Black Paladin Shiro lent his Bayard to Lotor in case Zarkon tried to double-cross them. Lotor ended up using the Bayard to battle Zarkon to a standstill. Despite not being a Paladin, Lotor is able to make the Bayard switch between multiple forms, and he has been shown using the sword and chain blade forms of the Bayard used by Zarkon when he had it.
  • Sincline Ship: One of two spacecrafts Lotor created from a special comet that has the ability to travel through dimensional rifts without breaking, giving the ship this ability as well. Lotor's Sincline Ship is equipped with an Ion Cannon powerful enough to blast through the shielding on Haggar's personal ship, which no other ships were able to do before.



  • Sliced a Galra general's sword in half with his own sword.
  • Fought on par with Zarkon.
  • Shattered a large rock with a single strike from the Black Bayard.
  • Pierced through Zarkon's armor and impaled him with a metal rod.


  • Managed to impale Zarkon before he could fire a shot at the Paladins.


  • Took blows from a Quintessence-enhanced Zarkon.
  • Survived being smashed into a large stone hard enough to leave a hole in it.
  • Took hits from Sendak.


  • Defeated a Galra general in a duel.
  • Easily toyed with the Paladins in their Lions using only a Galra fighter ship.
  • Came up with a plan to steal a reality-travelling comet and get away from Voltron.
  • Fought, defeated, and killed Zarkon.
  • Defeated Sendak and took over as emperor of the Galra.


  • Can get rather reckless when his plans end up failing.