Top Ten Best Voltron: Legendary Defender Characters

The Top Ten
1 Keith

OMGosh! I love Keith so much! He has been through so much, and MUST be protected! I literally die every time I watch him fight someone. He must be accepted, his character arch from a loner boi to the greatest leader of all time is so dramatic, I especially noticed how much he could connect to Zuko from ATLA, not LOK. There are a lot of connections between TDP, ATLA, and VLD. I can't lie, I absolutely love Keith. I love Lance too, but I don't think he goes through nearly as much as Keith did. It's a close call between Keith and Shiro who went through more. Keith is tortured mentally and physically, and I can't stand watching my baby hurt. Someone adopt him and let him feel loved! Keith deserves everything good that comes for him, so I ship Kacxa. They were meant to be together. Keith is my top character out of all my favorite TV show characters. It makes my heart beat faster to know that my poor Blade is the most loved (currently)
I love how Keith is something literally no one else ...more

BEST. CHRACTER. EVER. Should end up with Acxa. Part Galra I mean come on. HE's fierce and the lone wolf at the beginning but then he becomes the rightful leader (and he gets Kosmo, A real wolf.) Keith ALSO unlocked a ton of new abilities for Voltron. ANd he reminds me A LOT of Zuko. And I like that mark on his face he gets after the Quantum abyss. He's my Netflix profile picture.

BAMF. Works hard. Should end up w/Acxa because girlie loves him.

Unloved by ty he Paladins. They just threw him away for Kuron.

Rightful leader of Voltron.
Hate that they made him a dropout and then never gave him his real ranker of Commander or Captain as he had in Defender of the Universe.
Best Protagonist. Beautifully drawn. Wo fearfully voiced, easy to love and root for. #4 is number 1 ...always.

Whenever I watch a new show, I immediately find who my favorite character is and I was not at all disappointed with choosing Keith! He is such a fantastic character with great development, struggles that are relatable (Lance has some really relatable ones too by the way), family issues that he tries to deal with, and really well fleshed out relationships with his team members. He is awkward around others, has trouble working with people rather than fighting them, has a temper, and deep at his core is a lonely little boy trying his best to find a place in this world without either of his parents guiding him. I feel that while no one will ever be as great and dynamic a character as Zuko is, I know that Keith is close behind him. Keith is such a great character in plenty of ways, and I am so happy to see that he is at the top of this list! And just so you know, Hunk is my second favorite! I mean come on people! Show the boy some love!

2 Lance

Lance, I admit, was really annoying in the beginning. Just being there, hovering around and constantly flirting with girls. But as the show continued, you saw a more sensitive, considerate side to him that we can all real are to. He grew as a person and I believe he could really make a great leader if he wanted to.

dis dude has a shell made of overconfidence and flirts covering the insecurities, doubts, and fears he has within. which I find pretty relatable. Also, he reminds meh of Sokka. And I also think he deserves a better ending.

He needs A LOT more recognition. Most relatable 10/10, also lots of character development from being selfish and childish to mature, I also love allurance.
Ever since I first saw him I knew he's be my favorite, and no not just because he's hot lol.
He's amazing and a well-designed character. Better than Keith in my opinion.

Lance is a highly underrated character. He acts like the flirty jokester, but we see scenes where he's homesick (and one where he's crying! ), yet he pushes all his insecurities and doubts of ever returning home aside for the sake of the team. That deserves some respect. His self-deprecating modesty under all the ego-boosting comments is truly remarkable and I don't see why he isn't appreciated more.

3 Katie "Pidge" Holt

Pidge has a wonderful backstory and even better character development. I enjoyed watching her grow throughout the series, and the scenes with her family really showed how much she's changed since then. I mean, the girl was willing to completely hide her identity, sneak into a space program, and lie to countless people just because she 'had a feeling' that her brother and dad were still alive! That takes guts. Would you travel across the universe for family members who may not even be still alive? Well, Pidge decided to without hesitation. It was so interesting watching her struggle through it all, from deciding between trying to find her brother or staying with Voltron, to what she did when she thought Matt was dead. She is a beautifully written character, and certainly my favorite one!

She’s a nerd, like me
She has glasses, like me
She may or may not be non-binary, like me
I just really love Pidge, but she’s a really smart and funny character that makes me smile. Great backstory, I love how her goal is to save her dad and brother, and even when she accomplishes it, she continues work as a paladin. Pidge is queen.

Pidge doesn't get enough respect for half the stuff she does. Like I could stand here all day, and still not be able to list all the things she's done to help the team, pull them out of a pinch, or upgrade Voltron. Not to mention Pidge is so cute >.<

Throughout the entire series, I was always saying Pidge got the most character development out of anybody. I mean don't tell me nobody cried/almost cried when she thought her brother was dead, cause I cried for about 20 minutes.

4 Takashi "Shiro" Shirogane

What do I say? Well, Shiro is amazing. I feel for him so much, he's suffered too much! I'm happy for him, that he found the love of his life. It can definitely be expected that he's the last one to move on from the war, since it impacted him so much, physically and mentally. The brother connection Shiro shares with Keith is so strong. I ship Brogane so much, I wanna cry. The way Keith looks up to him just breaks my heart, and the way Shiro loves Keith so much to tell him something that will impact Keith for the rest of his entire life (Patience yields focus) I am so thankful for Shiro because he was a blessing in Keith's life, and if Shiro didn't appear to Keith when he did, I don't think Keith would be the person he is today. Forget the employees at 'the home', replace them with Shiro, and all is well. Shiro has been through so much, and now he's a space daddy with the best children in the universe. I love Shiro so much, he's my second favorite character in VLD, right behind Keith.

Shiro is the one character in the hole she that everyone lived so much that even they didn't know what to do at first, even though I am on the 3rd season as I type this and watched some other episodes I still believe that Shiro is the best one, he was fighting for his boyfriend / fiance the hole time, of crouse hedid leave him because he wanted to go down in history but he still made a huge impression on are characters, they all even said (the main lions, Keith,lance, Pidge, and Hunk that Shiro made them who they are today, he was like a hero. But all ways, everyone has a good character that they relate too or love, I just believe that Shrio is my favorite character, but hey, Keith is my 2st favorite. Also Shrio is the dad of the family of lions uwu

He's cute with that puff of white hair.He's also a great and responsible leader unlike Keith although Keith''s leadership and team effort changed throughout the series so bravo for him. though Shiro deserves to be at the top

Very complex character who I can relate to the most out of the five Paladins.

5 Hunk

Hunk is no longer innocent, but he's still a cinnamon roll, the way he relates to Romelle is adorable, and I hate how he isn't appreciated much. I know this throws dirt on Keith, but I hate how Keith ("The Journey Within" s7) totally blows up at Hunk, and I love how Hunk is the only thing that keeps the team together and doesn't put it past Keith when he gets mad at him. I love how Hunk was the only one to keep his head, he must be appreciated more, <3
I love how Hunk is also the only one who realizes the fakeness of the entire show, "We're standing in some futuristic, alien cat head right now" (s1 episode 1, "The Rise of Voltron") Anyway, there's a lot I can say about the paladins and Voltron in general that will be enough to make anyone part of the fandom ;)

Why is this precious boi so low? Especially after s7, when he got so much character development!? Hunk is a sweet cinnamon roll that deserves more than this!

Hunk is probably the best character(in my opinion) because he is just so friendly and sweet plus he can make some great food.

He's a precious boi that deserves the world

6 Prince Lotor

He is a misunderstood guy.
Lotor was abused and neglected by his parents and Allura just says You are more like your father than I thought. Obviously, he'd get triggered.

It’s really upsetting how he died. He just got melted by quintessence exposure.
He went through a lifetime of trauma and child abuse. His father was neglectful and he didn’t know who his mother was. Half of his species was wiped out by his own father.
And he just died. And it was so much less epic than the way Zarkon died, which isn’t cool. Lotor is a better antagonist, and I wish he could have had a redemption arc instead of dying offscreen.
Plus he had really fabulous hair.

I think Prince Lotor is good because he wanted to stop the war I stand with him even if it met sacrificing and manipulating some people to save billions of life's

He's a very tragic character, and his deceptive nature keeps one on one's toes. Having both Galran and Altean blood makes him quite an interesting character, as having traits from each seem to be both a benefit and a hindrance, depending on the situation.

7 Princess Allura

deserves to be higher on this list. Also, I don't blame that she was mad at Keith for some time its not every day you find out that one of the saviors of the universe actually has the blood of the people who put it in distress. Plus she is pretty much the heart of Voltron, and a brave character as well.

Okay, with this character, she just breaks my heart. The fact that she DIES is too much. I feel like I should say more, but I can't or else I'll go on forever, so I'll say this: BRING HER FATHER AND MOTHER BACK SHE DOESN'T DESERVE THIS SUFFERING

I never liked Allura. She completely shunned Keith in season 2 just because he turned out to be half galra. Plus I hate Allurance (Lance x Allura)

I had a love-hate relationship with Allura. I'm Really sad that she died at the end cause her and Lance were so cute together! But sometimes she could be annoying and I didn't really like the fact that she became a paladin of Voltron. I liked it better when she was just in the castle.

8 Witch Haggar

Corrupted by quintessence, love the voice

Honerva's still my favourite character

without her I would not watch Voltron

I love my tiefling witch please love me back Haggar I LOVE YOU SO MUCH

9 Coran

He is a funny and overall great character that brings light to ever situation. Whilst I do like the other characters nothing can beat Coran Coran the gorgeous man!

Come ON he should be higher

He is the heart of the team

Coran coran the cortius man

10 Emperor Zarkon

Who is this guy, God or Devil.

Zarkon is literal bae

God of devils

Madara/Thanos (voice actor and looks).BEUTIFUL SON.

The Contenders
11 Matt Holt

YOUU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL! That moment made me uncomfortable for two months after season 4 came out because Allura belongs with Lancey Lance (no offense to Klance shippers I have nothing against you and some of my best friends are Klance shippers and this is just my opinion) but now it makes me crack up every time. Plus if I had a big brother I would want him to be like Matthew mah Boi

I just love the relationship he has with Pidge.

He's a king put him higher!

He honestly... At first - Meh, then when pidge finds him it's just - wAIT A MINUTE! Urr? You can't be that meh child? You're Hot!

12 Krolia

She is Keith's (I won't swear) mom, and I love her so much, but it just makes me laugh when I see one of the in-between scenes when she was just shot at when she first met Keith for the first time in 20 YEARS! She deserves every good thing that comes her way, and I support the theory that Kolivan sent Keith to get Krolia on purpose, and I think I ship Krolivan. I want her as my mom (Partially so I can be part galra ;) ) Even though we don't see too much of her like her son, Keith, I still love her so much, she's so cool.

She's Keith's badass mom

Krolia is bossmom. Can she be my mom please?

The mother of Keith Kogane in VLD

13 Sendak
14 Macidus
15 Lieutenant Haxus
16 Klance

This is a great ship, not a character, but I still love it and voted for it!

Klance is such a good character, I ship him with Kaltenecker

The ships have won

Don’t know why this is on here, but voted it anyway.

17 Commander Prorok
18 Romelle

Altean, fighting for whats right, sympathetic backstory, fun to have around, why not?

Deserves way more screen time. She is awesome.

Just always tampers with their shaky logic

She's awesome, and deserved more screen time.

19 Kosmo

I love Kosmo so much, and notice this connection: Krolia, Kosmo, Keith, Kolivan; Notice anything? They are the 'K' family.
HE HAS TO BE HIGHER ON THIS LIST

Yess the wolf baby is awesome!

I looobe dis space wolf

that wolf is dope

20 Lieutenant Thace
21 Narti

She didn't deserve it

22 Kaltenecker

A great allusion to earth's alien lore.

I want dis cow so I can make a milshake :)

23 Bii-Boh-Bi

Uuhh I love Bii-Boh-Bi! He's one of those characters you think is so cute and funny but you don't know why!

Bii-Boh-Bi is adorable... I love him.

bii boh biii bi boh bi bibi bi boooh

Sooo cute

24 Ezor

Ezor is hands down best character. She’s so cute and so bouncy and happy. But I did also really like that scene when we got to look at her more vulnerable side after Lotor killed Narti. I’m really glad she got a happy ending with Zethrid.

I don't know why, but she reminds me of Ty Lee from Avatar

Only the most wife-material character

25 Acxa

I ship Kacxa. Acxa and Keith deserve each other. Keith needs Acxa because he needs a real love (Not Lance because canonically that's not correct. And for those who are wondering, no, I don't discriminate against LGBTQIA+ peeps)

Should end up with kieth

she is super cool

fan theory: she’s krolia’s child with one of the blades. She’s a half breed after all.

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