Since I wrote my last post i had some time to think it over and i really wanted to get into the Azula type Prince Lotor everybody wants. Because neither Haggar nor Zarkon really affected the team psychologically. With Lotor’s addition and Shiro’s disappearance, its the perfect time to make a character like that. But instead of putting Lotor in all guns blazing, I feel that he would try to infiltrate the team? Just so he could get the most information he could before using it to dismantle the team. Haggar invading a planet and Lotor waiting there, pretending to be one of the wounded survivors. And the team has no idea who this person is, so he makes up a complete lie of how his family were killed for rebelling against the Galra when Zarkon still ruled, and they believe him.
As he spends time at the castle “healing” from Haggar’s invasion he spend his time learning about the paladins as much as he can. He trades false stories with Pidge about how his family used to be and how devastated he felt when they had died, which provokes Pidge to tell him about her search for Matt and her father. Lotor, of course offers his help because he claims to know who the rebels that helped Matt escape were (which isn’t a total lie, because he and Haggar are currently working on tracking down their base) and Pidge accepts, thus to two grow closer.
While this is happening, Lotor spends time around the Lions , specifically Blue, checking for weaknesses they could exploit in battle. When Lance finds him he’s apprehensive at first but then Lotor states “I was simply admiring her, she looks to be a complicated robot to pilot. You must be considered very talented back on Earth”. Which stuns Lance for a second, because nobody else on team Voltron has praised him for being able to fly a fucking space lion. Lance goes on a spiel about how him and Blue are best friends and that what Lotor said was totally true. The two hang around Blue for hours talking about Lance’s contributions to the team.
Keith is most likely the easiest one he won over. Lotor would simply mention the Galra he’s seen over the years and Keith would ask him a million questions about them. Lotor would answer whatever he asked but wouldn’t give him a straight answer about more touchy subjects like their military operations. Whenever Keith had a question about his heritage and what it was like before Zarkon destroyed everything he would go to Lotor, he is one of the few connections to his past left. Eventually Keith starts asking his opinion on other things, like which planets they should liberate first or who would work better with who because Keith was put into the leader role way too early.
Hunk is one of the harder one’s to win over, since he was the first Paladin to have suspicions about Rolo and Nyma after all. Lotor would have to work harder to gain his trust than he did with any other Paladin. He would be working his ass off trying to figure out what would make this cinnamon roll trust him. Hunk would keep a trained eye on Lotor and start noticing how everyone is so pleased wiith him. Lotor helps comfort Pidge about her family, he encourages Keith to learn more about himself and improve as a leader and reassures Lance about his worth to Voltron. Because the way to Hunk’s heart is through his friends, so maybe he questions Lotor about life back home, and all of his traditions. They compare how life on Lotor’s planet is different from Earth.
Coran is too easy to win over, he simply helps around with maintenance and pretend to listen to all of his wack stories. Allura wouldn’t trust him upfront, but she would see how much he’s helped the Paladins and would learn to trust him somewhat.
I have a lot more to write about Prince Lotor’s character and his arc with the team, but it would take up everybody’s dash, so I’m going to separate it into different posts? So i’ll write one tomorrow about how he betrayed them and another one on how they overcame it maybe??? Idk i just really wanted to yell about him