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The Good Guys

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Akira Kogane

Voiced by: Kazuhiko Inoue

The leader (known to his teammates as "Chief") of a small group of astronauts hailing from the planet earth, when his crew returned from a long journey only to discover that their home world was ruined by a nuclear war, they were abducted by a slave ship from the evil planet Galra, which is found in the great dark nebula. However, Akira and his four comrades escaped from Daibazaal's prison facilities on Galra. After being ambushed by a swarm of Galran attack ships, Akira was forced to land on the planet Altea, it was there that he and his friends were chosen to resurrect the the legendary mechanical space guardian, Go Lion. At first there were only four keys to be found, and Akira had to Pilot the Green Lion... but when the fifth key was recovered, Akira gave his lion to Hiroshi, and took control of the great Black Lion.

  • Ace Pilot
  • Badass: A talented martial artist and swordsman.
  • Celibate Hero: He liked seeing Fala in a swimsuit and once he was as hilariously eager as his companions when they started gathering flowers to give to local girls, but didn't show any jealousy when Fala kissed Isamu and Hiroshi on the cheek at different times, and did not really pay lots of attention to romance otherwise.
  • Blue Oni: To Isamu's Red Oni.
  • The Hero: Oh yeah.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: He's good enough to clash blades with Sincline and survive.

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Takashi Shirogane

Voiced by: Ryusei Nakao

Akira's second in command, nicknamed "Quiet" because he rarely spoke. Takashi served his teammates as commander of the Blue Lion, that is until his untimely death at the hands of one of Galra's Beastmen. He left behind a younger brother, Ryou, who later became quite important in the story.

  • A Death in the Limelight: He gets a good part of an early episode to himself. . . and dies before it's over.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: He bled to death in a sobbing Akira's arms.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He rescued Isamu from Honerva, at the cost of being cornered and then dying at her and her beast's hands.
  • Eye Scream: He got blasted with magic fire on the face, which severely damaged his eyes. He held up well at first, but then Jaga got in the way and distracted him enough for the Beastman to kill him.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: Averted, fortunately: even late in the series, his younger brother AND his companions remember him.
  • The Lancer: In the original group.
  • The Reliable One: His friends considered him as such.
  • Sacrificial Lion: As the first main character to perish, and one whose death had a massive Break the Cutie effect on the whole team.
  • Spirit Advisor: Ryou tells Amue that, when he was a prisoner, he once saw Takashi in a dream, asking him to fight against Galra. Since Takashi was already dead by that point, it either was an hallucination in poor Ryo's mind or it actually was Takashi's soul.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: Very good-looking, kind-hearted and serious.

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Isamu Kurogane

Voiced by: Yuu Mizushima

The dumbass, cocky member of the party of escaped earthlings. For some reason, he earned the nickname "Moody". Apparently, he has plenty of enthusiasm to operate the Red Lion. While he may not be the best fighter in the group, battling Galra would be dull without him.

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Tsuyoshi Seido

Voiced by: Tessho Genda

The largest and only non-Pretty Boy of the five explorers, his short temper has given him the nickname "Hot Head". Tsuyoshi had plenty of guts to pilot the Yellow Lion, but his weakness might be his phobia of heights (he somehow displayed that when his party was escaping their cell). While he takes great pride in battling for Altea, his biggest regret was leaving his younger sister in their war-torn home world.

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Hiroshi Suzuishi

Voiced by: Masako Nozawa

The youngest of the five astronauts, Hiroshi, a.k.a. Shorty, has served as the quickest, and most elusive fighter of the bunch. As Sadak had sent a fleet of Galra war machines to recover the escaped prisoners, Shorty managed to scout the area, leaving the other four to command the lions. But when the missing key to the Black Lion was finally found, Akira gave the green lion to Hiroshi, and the five earth heroes were able to forge the creatures to become Golion.

  • A Day in the Limelight: There's a whole episode dedicated to him and his deals with another boy and his mother. And there's another where he actually bonds with a Robeast...
  • Badass Adorable: A short pre-teen and an accomplished fighter and pilot.
  • Break the Cutie: Poor Hiroshi is very sensitive, and he does not take it well when his friends are hurt. He has a sobbing meltdown when Takashi dies, he still misses his parents a lot, and when he thinks Fala (whom he has a Precocious Crush on) has died too, he's borderline suicidal.
  • Cry Cute: When the poor boy cries... everyone does.
  • Megane: A cute kid with glasses.
  • Ninja: He is a descendant of those people.
  • Precocious Crush: On Fala, since he's 12 and she's 16.
  • The Smart Guy: would also fall into the Shorter Means Smarter Trope.


Princess Fala

Voiced by: Rumiko Ukai

Heiress to the throne of Altea, and lone surviver of the royal family. Fifteen years ago, Daibazaal and his henchmen Honerva and Sadak, attacked Castle Altea, killing everyone in the palace... save two, as the newborn Fala was taken into hiding by her father's Number Two, Raible. And now on her sixteenth birthday, Fala had welcomed the five heroes from earth with open arms.

When Takashi was killed by Honerva and her ferocious Beastman, it was Fala who later took the opportunity operate the Blue Lion (even if it meant disobeying her elder's orders), thus becoming the team's new Chick, leaving Isamu of the Red Lion to take over as The Lancer.



Voiced by: Yuji Fujishirou

Once King Raimon's most trusted military strategist, now a broken old man and caretaker to the orphaned princess Fala, Raible saw potential in the five earth heroes when they first arrived to Castle Altea. He is a stubborn man, and wanted nothing more then the safety of the princess. . . even if it meant preventing her from piloting Golion. But later, he slowly began to realize how important she was in Golion's fight against evil.


The Altean Mice

A family of four rodents from the ruined castle. They were: Platt, the father, Chuchule, the mother and their two children. They befriended princess Fala when she was ten, and would become the Golion team's trusted small allies. At first, they had stolen the Black lion's key from the king's tomb, but thanks to Fala the mice returned it so that Golion would be reborn. They even helped the princess out of her bonds so that she could asemble the giant robot for the first time.


King Raimon

Voiced by: Mahito Tsujimura

Princess Fala's late father, Raimon wisely ruled the peaceful world of Altea... but on that fateful day, Daibazaal and his minions invaded the royal palace. What's worse, Sadak was ordered to behead King Raimon, his wife, and their children. However, the Galrans were unable to kill the king's newborn daughter Fala, as she was hidden from them by Raimon's Number Two Raible under Raimon's instructions.

Fifteen years later, Raimon aids the Golion team as a ghost. And even though he's dead, he could see his daughter's potential in opperating Golion from the beginning.



Voiced by: Kazuyo Aoki

An old Altean woman who, in her youth, was a maid in Castle Altea. She survived the invasion and went into hiding after the definitive fall of the planet; years later, when Fala and Raible welcomed the new GoLion team, she returned to her old workplace. She became the head nursemaid for the princess, and, like Raible, was acting like a real pain due to how overportective she was of her. The guys from earth didn't super like her either, so...


Prince Alor

Voiced by: Mari Shimizu

The youngest of the royal children of Planet Heracles, whose people were servants to the Galra Empire. He even hero-worshipped Prince Sincline, but things got worse when the Galra killed the boy's older brother and father, and then Sincline had his surviving middle sister Amue captured. Now Alor puts his trust in the Golion Team, in hopes of getting his sister back and liberate his planet.


Princess Amue

The middle child and only daughter of the King of Heracles. Amue could not understand why her older brother, Prince Samson, was chosen to become a Beastman, nor why her little brother Alor saw Sincline as a hero; while she was very briefly charmed by the Prince's apparent interest in her, she soon became the the only one among her people to see the evil in Sincline's heart... and on the other hand, Sincline´s interest came from him seeing that Amue greatly resembled her distant cousin, Princess Fala of Altea. In the bitter battle on Heracles, Sincline took Amue captive; she became a prisoner to Galra (and implied to be Sincline's "plaything"), until she was rescued by a man who happened to be Takashi's younger brother and they became partners...


Ryou Shirogane

Voiced by: Ryusei Nakao

Takashi's younger brother and a friend of the cadets, he had disappeared from the crew somehow before they could return to Earth, and was captured by the Galra Empire before they were. He is later discovered dwelling in the caverns of Galra, where he found out that Princess Amue was willing to defy the Empire and then he rescued her; the two returned to Heracles thanks to the efforts of the Golion team. Ryo swore revenge against Galra for the death of his older brother, and soon teamed up with Amue to help out Golion as much as possible, founding a small guerrilla group with some Heraclean warriors that would help ambush Galra Castle.

The Bad Guys


Emperor Daibazaal

Voiced by: Kousei Tomita

Sinister ruler of the Planet Galra, Daibazaal swears to conquer the great Dark Nebula. He sent battalions of war machines and space pirates to plunder the heavens, capturing slaves for his arena so that they were forced to battle the mighty Deathblack Beastmen. Apparently, the slaves would become food for the galrans. Little did he count on how five Earth slaves who escaped from his clutches... fled to Altea where they became pilots of the legendary Golion.


Old Witch Honerva and her cat Jaga

Voiced by: Masako Nozawa

Daibazaal's personal master of occult science, Honerva is a powerful sorceress who is responsable for creating giant Deathblack beastmen and Mecha-beastmen, to destroy villages on Altea. She can also disguise her hideous form into something more human. Her pet cat, Jaga, is a feisty blue feline with a yellow mohawk, a taste for blood, and a grudge against the Altean Mice.

  • All Witches Have Cats: Oh. Yes. She also seems to dote on her mean kitty quite a bit.
  • Animal Eye Spy: What Jaga sees can be reflected in Honerva's Crystal Ball, making him an excellent spy.
  • Cats Are Mean: Jaga is a mean, mean kitty.
  • Court Mage: Can easily be seen as such.
  • Defiant to the End: Sincline stabs her to death after she explains the deals with his late mother, and she dies laughing on his face and taunting the Hell out of him.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: She does NOT like it when someone betrays Daibazaal. She's so pissed off at Sincline's murder of her son and leader that she's willing to help the heroes if it means her treacherous grandson will be taken down.
  • The Evil Genius: She's a genuinely powerful magic user.
  • Hero-Killer: This mean old lady is the one behind Takashi's death.
  • Mama Bear: After Sincline forcibly sends Daibazaal to die at the hands of the Golion crew, Honerva gets enraged at him and reveals herself to be Daibazaal's mother (and by proxy, Sincline's grandmother - who has always despised him for his mixed blood).
  • Master of Disguise
  • Pet the Dog: She does seem to truly care for Jaga, mean as he is. Probably because he's a mean kitty (plus a damn good spy).
  • Right-Hand-Cat: Her cat Jaga, what does anyone expect from a witch? Heck, he also had a part in Takashi's murder, distracting him enough for her to blind him and then for one of her monsters to strike him down.
  • The Rival: Jaga is this to the Altean Mice.
  • Spanner in the Works: Jaga is this to the King of Heracles, as it's thanks to him that the Galras learn about his plan to double-cross the Empire.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Daibazaal.
  • Villainous Breakdown: She has a BIG one at the end, when Sincline successfully kills his father.
  • Wicked Witch: And HOW.

Commander Sadak


Voiced by: Kenichi Ogata

The Cybernetic leader of Daibazaal's many fighting forces. Sadak had been plundering the universe in search of slaves who would be forced to fight the Deathblack Beastmen. When Akira, Takashi, Isamu, Hiroshi and Tsuyoshi had escaped to Altea, Sadak lead a platoon of war machines to tear the planet apart. Of course he got upset when Honerva relived him of the attack, and sent a beastman in place of him to finish the job. But Sadak swore to destroy Golion, even if it meant becoming a beastman himself...


Crown Prince Sincline

Voiced by: Akira Kamiya

The wicked biological son of Emperor Daibazaal, Sincline appeared around 14 episodes into the plot as he returned to Galra after a long conquest of a nearby galaxy. He had pardoned the execution of Comander Sadak for his many failures, and insisted that Sadak himself should go one-on-one with Golion. After Sadak is gone, Sincline becomes the new head of Galra's fighting forces.

Sincline developed a forbidden obsession for Princess Fala, because of her resemblance to his late mother, and when he couldn't have Fala he took her cousin Amue hostage and had her as his "plaything". While serving his father, he secretly hates him and seeks to overthrow the emperor... thus becoming the new king of evil.



Sincline's mother, a beautiful and mysterious woman who died years ago...

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  • Bad Dreams: She is mostly seen in her son's nightmares, as a beautiful lady who's first strangled and then taken away by shadow hands.
  • Bowdlerize: She was Adapted Out from Voltron to tone down the Oedipus Complex deals and probably how, technically speaking, her being a concubine of someone as evil as Daibazaal all but shouts that Sincline was a Child by Rape. Voltron's episode 30 DOES have the scene featuring her death, but the dialogue is changed to make it look like she's a simple Arusian woman who first begged for mercy for her fellow prisoners, then "died" for refusing to acknowledge Zarkon as her master.
  • Death by Childbirth: Daibazaal and Honerva have told Sincline that she died like this. He refuses to believe it. And as said below, she didn't.
  • Expy: She gains one in the non-canon Voltron/Robotech crossover comics: Lora, Zarkon's wife who's explicitly said to be the Queen Consort of the Drule Empire. She dies in exactly the same way as her GoLion self, but there are glimpses of an Alternate Universe where she's seen alive and hugging little Lotor.
    • She has another in Voltron: Legendary Defender: None other than VLD!Haggar's younger and non-corrupted self, Queen Honerva of the Galra Empire. (Ironically, she was a brunette)
  • Hair of Gold: In Sincline's dreams, she's a kind-looking and beautiful blonde.
  • Hot Consort: Daibazaal's, seemingly. Though considering her Altean origins and how much Daibazaal's mother Honerva despised her, she was most likely The Mistress (at best) or a Sex Slave (at worst) than his actual Queen.
  • Hot Mom: Sincline doesn't have Pretty Boy looks for anything.
  • Identical Stranger: She looked like an older Fala, which is one of the reasons why Sincline fixates on the princess. Honerva lampshades it. 
  • Mysterious Woman: Next to nothing is officially known about her...
  • No Name Given
  • Posthumous Character: She died years before the series took place. She's an Altean woman, implied to have been Zaibazaal's concubine rather than his consort. He killed her when she first tried to get him to stop abusing Altean slaves, then told him to kill her with them if he would not hear her pleas.
  • The Reveal: That she's an Altean, making Sincline half-Altean and half-Galra.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: For a given value of "wife".
  • True-Blue Femininity: In Sincline's nightmares, she's seen wearing a light blue dress,

King Heracles and Prince Samson


The King and Crown Prince of Planet Heracles, plus the father and eldest brother of Amue and Alor. As war-happy as their ancestor and founder of the planet, they forge an alliance with Galra - and they want to go to war with the Alteans, their old enemies.

  • Badass: Samson was able to defeat a Beastman on his own in combat, much to the surprise of the Galra. He was also good enough to hold his own against Prince Sincline in a duel, and when Sincline got distracted over seeing Samson's cute sister Amue for the first time, he managed to disarm his Galra opponent and even point his blade at the other man's neck.
  • Break the Haughty: The King pays a HIGH prize for thinking that he could defeat Altea and then Galra.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: The King and his advisors intended to double-cross the Empire. Too bad the Galras were more or less ready for it.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Right after Samson falls in combat with GoLion, the King is killed fast and unceremoniously in an explosion.
  • Evil Redhead: Samson, though he didn't do anything egregiously evil on screen and mostly seemed to follow his father and the council's desires. Unlike Alor, he did NOT get the chance to get better.
  • Heel Face Door Slam: The moment the King tried to openly turn against Sincline... well...
  • Overprotective Dad: The King was NOT pleased when he saw Sincline putting the moves on his only daughter in the Heraclean Arena, and one of his counselors had to remind him that he could NOT afford to make a scene in public.
  • Painful Transformation: Samson was pretty much bombarded with transforming rays to become a Beastman, and from what the audience could see, it was NOT a painless process.
  • Smug Snake: King Heracles believed that he was smart and crafty enough to overpower the Drule. He was not.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Samson was basically a grown-up Alor, and he also resembled his father quite a bit.
  • Unwilling Roboticisation: Inverted, Samson willingly became a Beastman so he could get a chance to fight against Altea. Bad idea, princeling.
  • World's Strongest Man: Samson was the strongest warrior in his planet, and as seen above he was good enough to defeat Sincline.



A young woman from Earth who survived both the nuclear war and the Galra takeover of the planet. Her interactions with Tsuyoshi reveal part of Hothead's past, plus his biggest regret.

  • Broken Bird: The shit she and her brother went through completely shattered her on the inside. So much that she cannot trust even other humans, leading her to be manipulated by Honerva.
  • Deal with the DevilShe and her brother made one with Honerva: he'd become a Beastman and she'd infiltrate Castle Gradam, and in exchange the humans kept prisoner by Galra would be released. She even lampshades it when Tsuyoshi tries to reason with her, saying that they already sold their souls to Daibazaal.
  • Kill the Cutie: She ultimately commits suicide.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: She at first has a ponytail, but later follows this trope.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Honerva's
  • Spanner in the Works: The Space Mice are this to Lisa's plan: they see her getting ready to set bombs inside Gradam during the night and wake up the GoLion team so they can deal with her.


Voiced by: Toshio Furukawa

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An Altean young man who appears towards the end, helping out Fala when the Blue Lion malfunctions. It also seems that he is the son of Raible, who disappeared with his mother Raiza in the Galra invasion. Since Saint looks a bit like a younger Raible, has a scar that the lost child got before going missing AND turns out to be carrying a necklace that Raible himself had given to his kid before the whole mess took place, the group decides to take the chance...

  • Dark and Troubled Past: He claims that when the Altean castle was raided, Raiza managed to escape with him and they lived hidden in the mountains from then on. Then Raiza died of illness and Saint stayed in hiding to protect himself, until he saved Fala and was retrieved by the good guys. Nope, the truth is much uglier: the real Saint (whose name was Roland) and his mom were killed in the invasion itself and within the territory of a local tribe that lived in the Altean mountains, whose members buried their corpses despite the two being outsiders. One year before the series took place, Roland's remains were located and exhumed by the Galra, then used by Honerva to modify a Galra soldier's looks and make him look the real Roland would look like if he were alive.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: One on his left arm, coming from him being hit by a rock during the invasion. The real kid had it, and his "clone" inherited it.
  • Hero-Killer: He almost kills Raible himself, but Hys ends up Taking the Bullet. Then, Raible shoots HIM dead.
  • Meaningful Rename: The newborn kid Saint was created from initially had no real name since his parents had not reached an agreement about it, but before dying his mom named him Roland. Saint may have been the name of the Galra soldier used in the plot, however.
  • Mission Control: Became this regarding the GoLion team. Giving him a better chance to infiltrate Gradam.
  • Orphan's Plot Trinket: His necklace, an heirloom passed from parent to child in Raible's family. No, it was pilfered from the real kid's body.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: His arrival gives everyone hope that the trope may have been averted... It's played painfully straight instead.
  • Shipper on Deck: Hys considered Saint as a prospect suitor for Fala's hand. Logically, nothing happens. She uses the trope to call him out.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Implied. Sincline refuses to send Saint reinforcements after he takes over Gradam, forcing him to deal with the castle defenders led by Raible on pretty much his own.



A beautiful and feisty young woman from a jungle-like planet, where the Amazonia flowers are cultivated. Both the GoLion Team and the Galra Empire need these flowers BADLY for very different reasons, and then she meets Isamu Kurogane...