I had a lot of fun writing part one, and it received fairly well, so here you have the other three characters I will be talking about.
Luckily I don’t have much else to say before diving right into this one, since it’s part two, so let’s just get right into this one.
Description: The Yellow Paladin, pilot of the Yellow Lion and Guardian Spirit of Land. Hunk was the engineer of his team at Galaxy Garrison academy. A gentle giant with an equally large appetite, Hunk is the heart of the team, lifting them up and making peace between them. After witnessing first hand the devastation and misery that Zarkon’s conquest of the universe has brought upon the people of various worlds, Hunk is determined to free those enslaved. (Wikipedia)
First off, Hunk is a sweet cinnamon roll child and he doesn’t deserve the neglect he gets. Equally so with his characterization. I forgot he was an engineer until I was well into season three, since the one trait that is thrown back in the viewer’s face is his love of food. But he’s super talented, and even I forgot that fact for a while. He’s the one who knows how machines work, and heck are there a lot of machines these guys come in contact with on their travels.
I don’t have a lot of groundbreaking things to say about Hunk, other than we need to stop giving him just the “foodie character” role. Yeah, he’s larger set, and he knows how to cook, but there’s a lot more to him that isn’t mentioned as much.
As mentioned in the description, Hunk is the heart and peacebringer in the team. He just wants to see everyone happy, and to help anyone he can. My personal favorite moment of his is when they are on the planet Bulmera, and he is the sole one to reach out to the people and help them personally. Even when an argument breaks out among the people, he steps in to break things up and make things right until the rest of his team could fight back.
Hunk is just a pure heart, and I think if I could pick to be friends with any of the cast, I’d choose him.
Description: The Red Paladin, pilot of the Red Lion and Guardian Spirit of Fire. Formerly a cadet at Galaxy Garrison academy before being expelled, Keith is an orphan and a lone wolf as a result. Sullen and temperamental, Keith spends his free time honing his skills for battle. In season two, Keith discovers he has Galra blood, apparently from his maternal side of the family. (Wikipedia)
Like many other people, Keith is my favorite character. For a good long while, it was Pidge, but I think it was in season three that I made the switch. It makes sense due to many of my other favorite characters being of the same nature.
But the thing here is, a lot of people tend to overlook the true nature of his character. On the surface, he seems standoffish, brooding, and uninterested in anything. But that couldn’t be further from how he really is. He’s horribly stubborn and independent, but he cares a lot about the cause he’s fighting for, and he is dedicated to honing his skills. He’s also a terrible listener; when one of his teammates says, “Hey, Keith, don’t do that thing,” he goes ahead and does it. Which has to be frustrating for the rest of them.
He does sometimes distance himself from the team, by not telling them everything that’s on his mind. Sometimes he just keeps to himself, and then ends up getting himself into a mess. And even when he does speak up, he doesn’t listen to what the rest of the team has to say about it. He tends to just disappear sometimes, and then everyone else freaks out. He doesn’t intend to scare them, he just thinks that certain things will help when the others don’t. I get pretty frustrated when he does this stuff too, because it’s so consistent, but it’s just part of who he is.
Oh, and he’s a complete dork too. They all are, really. As in, he just says some ridiculous things that don’t match with his appearance at all, and it’s great.
But, he also has the burden of his familial problems hanging over him. Nearing the end of season two, part of his heritage is revealed, where he’s half Galran, the race that the team has been after during all of their missions. Now, that’s only a select portion of those people who are causing the destruction Voltron is trying to stop, but it affects Keith harshly. It takes a while for him to come to terms with it, and for the rest of the team to wrap their heads around it too. For Keith, he just had no idea who his mother was for the longest time, and he’d accepted that. Then to learn that she’s the very thing he’s been fighting takes a toll on the way he views himself and his family.
Dang, I think all my favorite characters have family problems, now that I think about it.
Description: Crown Princess of Altea, daughter of King Alfor, Allura is the last known female Altean. Pilot and keeper of the Castle of Lions, a structure that is both a castle and a spaceship, Allura granted the Defenders their titles and sent them on their mission to defeat Zarkon and liberate the universe. As an Altean, Allura’s abilities include the chameleon-like ability to blend in with other species and magical abilities related to quintessence. She has a telepathic bond with some Altean mice that were in the same cryo-pod that she was hibernating inside of. (Wikipedia)
Allura for the most part serves as the communicator and deals with the more technical parts of their missions. There are times she does fight, and she is more than capable of doing it, but her skills lie in her Altean abilities connecting her to the Castle. She’s the only one who can do them, and without them, they wouldn’t be able to go much of anywhere.
There was a time that I wasn’t fond of Allura. I discussed Keith’s heritage a bit in the previous section, and Allura plays a huge part in the way Keith feels about not being fully human. Once the truth got out, Allura distanced herself from him. And let me tell you, I was pretty pissed about that. He’s a part of the team, so why would she ridicule him, even if he is part Galran? But the thing here is: Allura’s race was almost wiped out by the Galran Empire. She found out a member of her own team had connections biologically to the enemy that killed all of her people. Instinct tells her not to trust him. Because if he’s related to them, there’s a possibility he could become dangerous and hurt her.
Obviously, that’s not the case. But it makes sense why she’d think that initially. She does come to terms with the fact that not all of the Galran race is merciless, and she apologizes to Keith for ridiculing him like that.
It just blows my mind that there’s even this level of talk about racism in a kids’ show too, and with two of our main characters. Teaching kids that if a group of people has a history of doing something, that doesn’t mean that all of that group is like that. And that you shouldn’t be scared of someone just because of biology or their upbringing.
So, that’s the end of my little analysis for Voltron. It doesn’t mean I won’t ever talk about this show again, I like it too much for it to just disappear from my blog. I might do some sort of overall thoughts on it, since I don’t want to do individual season reviews.
I’m not sure, I have so many ideas of other things to do, and I only post twice a week, so it’s hard to fit everything in!
As for next week, I have a review planned, and then I have my OWLS post on Friday! I’m pretty excited for both, and I hope everyone enjoys them too. I also hope you liked this post! I have other characters I want to do bigger analyses on, though they’re a lot of work.
I did one on My Hero Academia’s Bakugou, but the WordPress app screwed it up and I had to delete it. I’d estimate that took me over five hours to piece together, with taking my own screencaps and pulling quotes from different episodes. This was way back in October, and I’m still quite upset about it. I’ve thought about redoing it, but like I said, it was a lot of time, and I just don’t have that right now. It’d have to replace one of my normal posts, and I really don’t want that.
Which is why I shied away from character analyses for a while. I think this one turned out well, though, and I do want to do more.
Enough of my rambling, I’ll have a new post up on Tuesday!