Interviewer: I love each and every one of [Lotor’s generals]. Do you have any notes on where their designs came from? What inspired their individual designs?
Joaquim: …We’d love to have a way deep reasoning for a lot of their design choices, but we did need the big one, we did need the sort of sleek one, we did need the more kind of creepy, alien one.
Lauren: We just wanted a variety. We didn’t want to just do four purple ladies. So we were like, okay. Let’s get some different colors, let’s get some different alien designs. You know all of our villains have been purple, furry dudes so far, and we just wanted some unique looks. And so, I think part of it was us going to the designers and saying, “Hey, give us some unique, interesting looking females.”
Joaquim: That don’t look pure Galra.
Lauren: And then from there… picking and choosing and reworking what we needed to, and then forming personalities based off of those.
Joaquim: I’m not really sure which came first—it’s sort of a chicken and egg thing—but whether that informed Lotor’s ability to see past pure-bred Galra and look for the qualities of other types of aliens, or whether that was a story point we came up with first, or that Tim [Hendrick] came up with first.
Lauren: I think the female aspect was something that we had always had. That he would always be open to not just the staunch, old Galra way.
Joaquim: And that was a way bigger theme that got played down.
Lauren: Yea. And then the half-breed part of it just kinda worked into that really well.