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Let’s talk Voltron Theories: Part 4 Future  Characters

Warning: This post will be covering a lot of old characters from past Voltron series. If you don’t want to be spoiled and want these characters to be somewhat fresh when they come up in the actual show, do not read this. If you’re okay in getting to know the older version of the characters, then dive right in. This is the only warning I’m going to give.

Okay with that out of the way let me say that I’m adding a chance to appear percentage. This is based on pretty much how well known and well liked the character is in regard to the series and their importance to the overall Voltron story. I’m limiting it right now as there’s a LOT of characters that the series held over, not only two seasons, but two shows as well. So I’m mostly sticking to Go Lion and Voltron Force as the successor in regard to possible characters coming in.

Coming in from the original Voltron show:

               Prince Lotor

May I present to you the Zuko of Voltron, Prince Lotar of the Galra Empire. This guy is probably number one on the list of characters to add to the series. Prince Lotar is the son of Emperor Zarkon, and a right brat at that. At the start of the series Lotar is a self-important jerk that believes he’s the best. He smart, smooth, sly, strong and seems to show that he can be seen as evil. And yet there’s an honor to him where he actually having a warriors code. He has a lot of issues with his father and his role since his father sees him as weaker due to his blood line, that being part Arusian in the original and probably for this series would be part Altean.

Lotor started off as a straight up baddie, but over time viewers got to see different sides of him, particularly one that is highly obsessive. He falls in love with princess Allura and plots ways to bring down his father and marry her so that they can rule together. He thinks highly of himself but seems to ignore other ladies because his heart is set on Allura. He’s actually willing to work with Voltron in order to keep her safe from time to time, but his chief goal is to eventually make her his. Come hell or high water.

During the series he forms a rivalry with both Keith over Allura and Sven for managing to remove him from the throne on planet Pollux. As I said Zarkon sees him as weak and infective and more then several times he berates or hits his own son, or has the guards do it. In Go-lion it’s far worse as he’s crazy to the point where when he finds out the truth of his heritage he kills Haggar for it.

The thing is that in Voltron he’s far more interesting a character, and in the comics that came out for a while he had a vastly different back story indicating that he was actually a decent person but his father’s actions changed him. One thing that does happen to him is that he’s forced to eat flowers that keep him living longer, something that he was against when he was younger. Lotor also has a haram he keeps with himself and they serve him willingly for the most part.

By the end of the series he’s become king after his father’s death but he’s changed dramatically and is far more invested in the destruction of Voltron then his feelings for Allura.

Regarding looks, Lotor is considered one of the best looking characters on the show and is known for it in universe. It’s one of the reasons why Princess Romelle was at first willing to marry him back when her family was working with the Drule and Galran empires.

For the new series, there’s at least three ways I can see them using him. Either he turns out to be Keith, which would be a twist for sure as it would be interesting to see the son vs the father in this way. Although I have a feeling Keith probably won’t be Lotor as they’ll want him for their own reasons to be a character on his own two feet.

Or they make him into his own character and present him as a Zuko-esque character who is dealing with his own issues based on his father’s actions and probably that of the Princesses. If they really wanted to make it dramatic, they could go for the idea of Allura and Lotor knowing each other before her freezing. Which would be interesting to see that dynamic along with the fact that he may have feelings for her, but she’s not interested anymore, or is just trying to get her friend to see the truth of the matter.

Or they merge him in with another character and don’t use him at all. I can’t see this happening though, since Lotor is one of the best known characters and the one with the most character conflict in the series. There is the possibility of Thrace being Lotor if he is half Altan like his counterpart was in Go-lion, then he could shift to take on any form he wanted to, like Allura. It’s not for nothing that they showed her doing that trick.

Chances of him being brought in: 95%

I don’t think they’re going to pass up on this guy. He’s got a large fan base from the original and probably could become the stand out villain of the show.

             Emperor Zeppo

Hed of the Drule empire, and more powerful than Zarkon in the original series. Zeppo was a sly master of the arts of deception. He acted like a slightly foolish older man to hide his plans with his ally Throk. He allowed his planet to be destroyed rather than see it in anyone else’s hands. With the aid of Throk he managed to gain control again after a new planet had been established.

Regarding Zeppo, I don’t see them bringing him in until after Zarkon is defeated. He’s a very subtle character that shows that he doesn’t need brawn to win in a confrontation and can be even more dangerous than Zarkon. He could even be why Zarkon is installing himself in such a way.

Chances of him being brought in: 25%

I don’t see it happening this next season or the one after. Maybe in a fourth seasons or more. Depending on what they’re planning on doing with Zarkon in general.

               Queen Merla

Queen Mala was an original character in the Volton series. She was the daughter of an ally of the Doom Empire and a ruler of her own right. She was engaged to Lotor as a means of a political deal. She starts off as a enemy of Voltron, targeting Allura out of jealously over the Prince. However over the course of the story she comes to respect the team, and Allura and changes her alliance to that of the GA and helps Voltron as she can.

Mala has a pet space vulture named StratoVulture who has his own set of skills that work well with her own telepathic nature. She eventually becomes peaceful and manages to help the team out on occasion. She’s also an excellent pilot of her own ship the Star Cutter.

Could easily become an ally or an enemy to Voltron depending on how they want to play her out. She could be the Azula or the Mai of the series, or even an Asami or a Tai Lee, depending on how they intend to use her. Merla isn’t evil, but her actions can be seen as such given how she acts around Voltron. I’m betting we’ll get a more Mai or Tai Lee character over a Azula person in her. 

Chance of being brought in: 75%

Given that she’s probably going to be a part of the whole Lotor/Allura/shiro or Keith situation that’s bound to happen, I wouldn’t be surprised to see her come in either in the second or third season of the show. She’s also helpful in that she adds to the ladies in the series and could be a challenge for any of the team to fight directly with her set of skills.

               Garrett

A X4-11 clone of Coran’s son. Garrett works for the Drule Empire because he pretty much was taught to. I don’t know a lot about this character but it would be interesting for Coran’s back story if they brought him in as some sort of plot aspect or character builder.

Chance of being brought in: 15%

I don’t see him actually being brought in directly but he could be used via flash backs or for an episode or two. Maybe a new ally later to join the team. Who knows?

               Viceroy Throk

The main bad guy in the whole series. Throk is the scummiest of characters, even above Zeppo and Zarkon. While Viceroy he seeks to rule, assisting the emperor but also intending on killing him when he has the chance, even though he claims to be a loyal supporter to the Emperor. During the original series he manages to actually overthrow and kill Zeppo, taking command and ordering Zarkon to attack with his Doom fleet.

Regarding his role in the new series, I at most would say he’d be sort of a Amon type character, only far more effective in his actions. 

Chances of showing up on the show: 50%

I’m giving him more of a chance over the Emperor because of his natural villainy that seems to be a good high for the series to have. I don’t see him coming out earlier then season three at most.

               Commander Bakki and Chancellor Mozak

These two are the heads of the rebel forces that want to liberate their home world from Zeppo’s tyranny. Their group is underground and ends up working with the help of Voltron to stop Throk and Lotor’s forces.

Both are kind hearted and brilliant men that see the problems created by the like of Zarkon and Zeppo and want to find a way to live in peace with others. Mozak is the father of Commander Hazar and Dorma, and clashes with Throk. Bakki is a fugitive on the run from Zeppo and the council.

Chances of showing up: 25%

I don’t see these guys appearing till the third season at most, due to the fact that there is a need to deal with Zarkon first.

               Commander Hazar

Another possibility for who Thrace is. Hazar is a high ranking warlord in the Drule Empire. At the start he’s like Lotor, bent on conquest and wanting to prove the might of the Drule. For a long while he believes that Zeppo has the best interest at heart for the people. However this changes the more he sees what his actions are doing to people and eventually he starts to have compassion for those he’s taking over. He tries again and again to get people to come together to work things out for the better, even though his superiors begin to question him and threaten his family. Things get bad as he is demoted, imprisoned, and is forced to deal with underlings that intend to deliberately disobey him in order to rise in the ranks above him.

Hazar has a close bond with his sister Dorma, who at first doesn’t understand what’s going on with her father but is eventually brought in to the rebel forces after being kidnapped by them and shown what is really happening with Zeppo. Dorma eventually confronts her brother and brings him in, and, along with their father, they manage to defeat Zeppo. However the planet is blown up, leaving the people unsure if Hazar is the right person for the job and allowing Zeppo to take control of their race once more.

Hazar I would say would be a young Iroh type of character. He would probably play a role as a voice of reason to the younger Lotor and more then likely work with the rebels. He may be Thrace in this case. 

Chances to be in the series: 50%

Due in part to his popularity, like Lotor, he probably will show up at some point and be used as a character to show not all the Drule are bad when they come in.

               Dorma

The daughter of Mozak and sister of Hazar, Dorma is a young aristocratic lady who is involved slightly in the political work of the Council. Her knowledge of what’s happening is limited due to her father’s activities and her brother not wanting her to deal with War.

However she’s forced to when she meets with Voltron and is kidnapped by the rebel forces and shown what Zeppo is really up to. She eventually agrees to join and helps them fight to free Drule and other places from the Empire.

Dorma’s a tricky one but I can see a Korra type figure in her. She can easily also be a flirt or someone to work off of lance if they want to play her that way. 

Chances of showing up: 50%

If Hazar shows up, they’re going to probably bring his sister into play as well.

               Princess Romelle

Romelle is the cousin of Allura, and the daughter of the king of the Planet Pollux. The issue is that her family is branded as the black sheep of the Altaian royal family. When her father allied with Zarkon she was taken by the Doom forces to serve as a slave/servant to Prince Lotor who saw a lot of Allura in her and attempted to make her his wife. This, along with her planet being taken over, made her change her mind about her views on the Drule and Doom Empire and rejected Lotor, who threw her in a dungon and then a pit where she was left to die.

During her time in the pit she met Sven, who had been captured after getting seriously injured by a Robobeast. The two became friends, although Sven claimed he wasn’t a lion pilot. During their time together the two form a fast friendship, which eventually became love. After working with the Drule rebellion to help free Pollux and later Drule itself, Romelle became leader of Pollux after her brother’s death, and taking over from her younger brother who stepped down for her. She and Sven ruled as King and Queen for a time until eventually Sven came back to Voltron for a while.

The two ultimately had a child together, who is the heir of the Pollux Kingdom and cousin to Allura.

Chance for being included in the show: 75%

Romelle is a popular girl along with Allura. She can easily play up being a bit more edgy then her cousin.

               Commander Hawkins

The head of the S.S. Explorer and over all nice guy. Hawkins works to ensure the peace, and tries to work with the Drule forces to find a peaceful solution to the war. At points he takes in prisoners but instead treats them as guests trying to get them to see that the GA is not against them and that they can work as a group.

The Drule backstab him a lot, and he’s sort of the Hazar to the GA. Men though have loyalty to him and his friendship with the Voltron crew helps out. He and his crew work tirelessly to not only help Voltron fight to protect the peace but also attempt to usher in an era of diplomacy.

If he is brought in I’m betting on him being connected to Shiro as someone he looked up to and probably someone that winds up helping Voltron in in later seasons. 

Chance of being included in the show: 25%

At this time I don’t see him showing up just yet. He’s probably going to show up later as part of a larger story arch that builds to the show down with either Zarkon or Throk.

            Daniel, Vince and Larmina

Three Cadets that showed up in Voltron Force and were going to eventually learn to become Voltron pilots of their own.

Daniel is a sort of cross between Lance and Keith, a natural leader with a bit of a hot head and a willingness to question things. During the one season of Volton force he showed skill in not only working with the team, but also humility, something that you don’t see often in young lead characters. He’s an excellent pilot with a need for speed and quick reflexes.

Vince is the Pidge and Sven of the group. A young man with a high skill for tech, Vince can figure out the workings of things rather quickly and is willing to do what he can for the team. Although not the best at hand to hand combat he has a great skill in understanding how the lions work and is also willing to stand up for his team mates. Quick witted, and even quicker to assess a situation, Vince is Daniel’s best bud and always has his back.

Larmina is a cross between Allura and Hunk. The Niece (probably cousin) of Allura, (more than likely her Aunt’s daughter), Larmina is a serious person who doesn’t take much from anyone. She knows she’s good and is proud of it. Her issue is her temper and her view on those that are not from her planet. She’s quick to judge but can have a kind heart. Stronger than the males, she’s an excellent fighter who can handle just about any hand to hand situation. She, however, isn’t the best pilot and tends to wrestle with learning to fly the lion. She and Daniel have a love/hate relationship, though she becomes friends easily with Vince.

Chances for showing up: 15%

I don’t think these three are going to pop up any time soon in this series. Or at least not unless they get a sequel to it. Reason being is that the Voltron crew has to establish itself before going into these three stories. While they are awesome characters in their own right, and the Voltron Force series they come from is certainly a great follow up to the original, it’s hard to see them coming in this soon into the story. 

So who do you think will show up in the future of this series? 

anonymous asked:

How tall are rugby players?? Are they all Giants??

That would be one word for it. Another one would be “freak”, for instance… But yes, in general, they are pretty tall.

The numbers 4 and 5 (locks) are usually the tallest ones in the team. Guys like Richie Gray, Luke Charteris, Brodie Retallick, Bakkies Botha; those guys will be 6′10, 6′11, (way over 2m) easy. Here’s a picture of Richie Gray next to a fan:

Next, you have the number 8s. They’re also pretty tall, around 1,90 (6′3). Those are guys like Kieran Read, Sébastien Chabal and Jamie Heaslip. Here’s a picture of Chabal, mostly because I’ve just realized I probably don’t have any pictures of him on my blog and that is a DAMN SHAME.

The flankers, numbers 6 and 7, theoretically need more mobility than the lower numbers, so they should be leaner. Those are my coach’s words I’m repeating. He’s a very good coach, and I respect him a lot, but that doesn’t make him automatically right… I mean, think of Thierry Dusautoir, Richie McCaw, Sam Warburton, Chris Robshaw; do those guys strike you as “leaner” than the rest of the team? Anyway, they’re pretty tall, too, usually around 1,88 (6′2) (Funnily enough, I just checked the heights of those four guys I just mentioned and they’re all exactly 1,88m tall. Weird, huh?) Here’s the obligatory Richie pic, because I love him (also, you can see that he’s taller than Nigel Owens – at least I think it’s Nigel):

Followed by a pic of Warby, because I love him too (and I especially love cuddle pictures) (look at his faceeeeeeeee ^-^):

Then there’s the front row: the props (numbers 1 and 3) and the hooker (number 2). People say that the hookers should be shorter (something to do with it being easier for them to hook the ball if they don’t have to bend their knees too much) but, in practice, they tend to be the same size as the props. They are not as tall as the rest of the team, I’d say around 1,83m (6 feet), but they are still kinda tall and wide. Here’s Cian Healy, my favorite prop, to give you an idea of their body type:

Also, here’s Cian Healy with his pug, Ted, which is the reason why he’s my favorite prop (he’ll take selfies with this little creature looking like a dust mite next to him, and tag them with #puglife, and go to pottery classes and make decorated bowls for him, and all his Ted tweets are so adorable I wanna claw my eyes out):

And here’s Tom Youngs, a hooker, who’s actually atypically short (1,75m – 5′8) but, as you can see, could never be called “little”:

But they can also be leaner, like Dimitri Szarzewski, who’s 1,80m (5′10) tall (I’m only including this picture so you’ll know of the variety in rugby players. I swear this is my only interest here.):

That’s it for the forwards. As far as the backs go, heights can vary a lot, but they’re usually not much shorter, and can be quite tall, too, like George North (1,94m – 6′4), Sonny Bill Williams (1,94m – 6′4 too), Israel Folau (1,93m), and Jonah Lomu (1,96m – 6′5):

In theory, scrum-halves should be a bit smaller and scrawnier, but that’s not necessarily true, especially in professional teams. Mike Phillips, for instance, is 1,91 (6′3), and far from scrawny (again, I’m just trying to prove my point, I don’t post gratuitous shirtless pictures, this isn’t for me at all):

But it is true that some smaller players can be found among the backs. And, of course, those are the ones we adore. Smaller backs can usually make up for their lack of size and mass with agility and mobility, and they have the added advantage of giving us in idea of what a regular-sized person would look like next to the other players. There are three players in particular that I hold very dear to my heart because of this: Cheslin Kolbe (who, being 1,71 or 5′7,  is what I would call “regular-sized”), pictured below looking like he’s running towards Valhalla while being pursued by Ice Giants:

Fumiaki Tanaka, who is 1,66m (5′5) and would be considered short in spite of the fact that he’s actually just a little bit taller than me (I’m 1,63m) and, in this picture, you can see that he’s also just a little bit taller than the other guy’s leg:

And, of course, our dear, dear, Leigh Halfpenny, who generally looks like a very muscular cherub. Being 1,79m tall (5′10) he would, in a normal setting, even be considered tall, but everyone else on his team is so much taller than him he always looks like a child:

I mean, LOOK AT THAT^^^!!! If you drew two human figures, side by side, with ^that kind of size difference, people would tell you you have no sense of proportion. And if you look at their feet, you’ll see that Luke is actually a little ways behind Leigh; so, because of perspective, he should be looking smaller than he actually is. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE!

AND HE FUCKING LOVES TO CUDDLE TOO! LOOK AT ALL THESE CWTCHES!!

FUCK HIM!!!! FUCK ALL OF THEM!!!! I CAN’T TAKE THIS!!! I need a moment…

*drinks a gallon of water to stave off a very INTENSE THIRST*

Alright. So, going back to what I was saying in the other post (which I imagine was what prompted your message in the first place), if you look at Kolbe and Fumi playing, you’ll see that they have a completely different style than Leigh. Leigh plays just like the other players, creative in his own way, but physically very conservative, doing all the standard moves, especially when it comes to tackling and being tackled. Both Kolbe and Fumy play in a very different way, physically.

When it’s a one-on-one defense, for instance, Leigh rarely goes for their ankles; he goes low, but more to their hips. Kolbe and Fumi, unless they’re trying to take the ball, tackle very low, almost at the ground, or very high, almost to the neck. What Leigh does is the standard procedure: wait until the very last moment, until the attacking player has committed to a course of action, and then go for their gravity center; that way, you avoid getting side-stepped or missing the tackle (and if you’re the last line of defense, if you fail it means the other team scored). Problem is, you’re going to take the full brunt of the impact right on your shoulder, and if the other player is much bigger than you, that can be brutal, and you might not be able to stop them. Tackling very low or very high, on the other hand, is risky but physically safer. For tackling low you have to be very fast because they can see what you’re doing a mile away and your chances of missing are very high, but the impact you suffer is almost minimal. Tackling high can give the other team a penalty (or even a penalty try) and you a yellow card if you go too high, and it’s largely ineffective. It’s more of a delaying tactic, you hang on to them and try to slow them down until your forwards can get there and give you a hand. But, again, the impact you suffer is very low.

When Leigh is tackled, he usually resists and tries to keep his feet or, at least, the field position. Kolbe and Fumi never resist being tackled. When you watch them play, it looks like they’re getting the beating of a lifetime: they’ll soar backwards, legs in the air, arms flailing, the other players can pick them up and throw them over their heads; but they immediately get back up, brush it off and keep playing without showing any signs of hurt. They give a little bit of ground (and, really, it’s just a few meters at most) so they can fully cushion their own falls.

Kolbe and Fumi are very fast, agile players, so they actually can pull off these moves without harming their team; I think Leigh could do it too, but, honestly, it has never occurred to him that, since he’s smaller, he should play differently. Now that I think about it, it’s quite likely that Jonny Wilkinson might have had a similar problem…

This goddamn essay having been written, I should probably warn you that I’m no rugby theorist, I just really like the sport, both watching and playing, and tend to pay attention to all sorts of stuff and draw conclusions from that. Of course, I could be wrong and just talking out of my ass here (although I play both in a women’s team and a mixed team, so both in competitions where I’m roughly the same size as everyone else and where I’m much smaller, and I’ve found that what I said generally applies). If anyone cares to add to what I’ve written, or correct me, please do so. I’m always eager to learn! :)

(Also, if you were expecting a short, straightforward and technical answer, I’m very sorry. I just needed to unwind a bit and I wanted to talk about/fangirl on/thirst over rugby a bit. And I apologize to everyone else for not putting it under a “Read more”, but I just spent some 15 minutes of my very scarce free time writing this and looking for the photos, so I want everyone to see it.)

21.7.

Büffel, Giraffe ,Warzenschwein, Oryx ,Elefant ,Adler,Impala,Löwe, Zebra, Schildkröten ,Affen, Nashorn, Vögel divers….was sich anhört wie das obere Deck von Noahs Arche war das, was wir heute sahen im Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park, Südafrikas ältestem Nationalpark. Das ehemalige Jagdrevier des Zulukönigs Shaka ist ein im Hügelland gelegenes Paradies für Tierfreunde, günstiger, authentischer und wesentlich ruhiger weil nicht so überlaufen als der nördlich befindliche berühmte Kruger National Park.
Die ersten paar Kilometer legt man auf einer Asphaltstraße zurück, danach gibt es Schotter und Sandwege , die aber bis auf eine extra ausgewiesene 4x4-Strecke alle mit einem normalen Bakkie befahrbar sind.
Im Gegensatz zu Namibias flachen Wüstenparks muss man hier schon etwas genauer hinsehen, wird aber nicht enttäuscht. Am meisten haben wir uns natürlich gefreut , 4 der Big 5 in natürlichem Habitat zu sehen, nur die Cheetahs haben sich vor uns versteckt. Löwe, Büffel, Elefant und Rhino gab es dafür alle, manche näher, manche etwas weiter weg.
Wir verbrachten den ganzen Tag im Park und kamen erst zum Sonnenuntergang gegen 18:00 wieder zurück.
Morgen geht es wieder gen Süden.