|This article is about the king as he appears in Legendary Defender. For a list of other meanings, see Alfor (disambiguation).|
King Alfor is the deceased father of Princess Allura, former King of the planet Altea, and the original Red Paladin.
An AI containing a copy of his consciousness and memories was stored in the Castle of Lions computer, serving as counsel and a source of comfort for Allura until the corruption of the Galra crystal forced her to destroy it.
Alfor is a tall, bearded man who bears resemblance to his daughter, sharing her brown skin, white hair, and light blue eyes with markings underneath. As an AI, he wears white and gold armor with a blue cloak.
Before Altean Genocide
In his early years, he was originally a freedom fighter alongside Zarkon and three others from different planets, despite their planets' histories of fighting one another. One night a comet fell from the sky while they were having dinner together. The people of Altea studied the unknown substance from the comet itself while the people of Daibazaal studied the crater it left since it seemed to lead to another world.
After many years of experimenting, during which he used the comet's materials to build five ships, an unknown life form escaped from the rift. Worried this might doom their universe, Alfor presented five ships that he made from the comet, The Five Lions of Voltron, and Alfor became the Red Paladin. Together they formed Voltron and destroyed the creature.
After the fight, Alfor suggested to close the rift to prevent more creatures coming through but Zarkon refused, fearing he'd lose the new power source it provided. This created a slight rift between the two.
Despite this they used Voltron along with the other Paladins to bring peace to the Galaxy over many years. However Zarkon and his wife, Honerva, grew obsessed with the power of Quintessence, as well as the possibility of it giving them immortality. Honerva grew ill during her studies and Zarkon tricked the other Paladins into going into the rift in an attempt to cure her, but they were both exposed to an overdose of the substance and the creatures they once fought.
Presumed dead, Alfor evacuated the planet and gave orders to destroy it in order to close the rift forever. However the two woke up, corrupted by the Quintessence, and rallied their armies to take revenge for their planet by destroying Altea, killing his former friend and enslaving the Galaxy.
But King Alfor hid the Lions of Voltron from him, to prevent him from opening another rift. However, this also meant that Zarkon's campaign of terror ran unopposed for centuries.
King Alfor also kept Allura and Coran alive in cryo - pods meant to ensure the longevity of the Alteans. Finally, before his death, he stored his memories within the Castle of Lions, so that Allura could interact with them when she woke up. Before the destruction of the planet, and the genocide of the Alteans, he sent away the Castle of Lions to an unknown planet.
King Alfor (Memories)
Allura was introduced to King Alfor's memories shortly after she woke up from her slumber. Coran informed her that King Alfor could remain with her, through his memories of Altea, in order to guide her and act as a source of comfort for Allura.
However, when Sendak used his Galra crystal in connection with the Castle of Lions, he unintentionally corrupted the AI of the Castle. This caused complications with King Alfor's memories, forcing Allura to destroy them and any connection that she had with her father to stop Alfor's corrupted use of the ship.
From what has been seen in both Allura's flashbacks of him, Coran's recollections, and his A.I. construct, Alfor was known to be a model king for his people. Wise, kind, fierce, and noble, he created Voltron as a way of preserving peace throughout the universe, working diligently to craft each Lion and their personalities to be as diverse as possible. This aspect of the Lions' personalities and tastes indicates that Alfor valued diversity and versatility in his life and approach to leadership, as Alteans were well known for their skills in diplomacy.
Despite his preference for diplomacy over violence, Alfor was not a man to be trifled with. When Zarkon betrayed him, Alfor's contempt for the Galra Emperor was palpable, as his tone indicated a deep emotional wound at his former friend's actions.
While a pioneering and daring scientist, Alfor was wise enough to realize when the ends did not justify the means, such as he begged Zarkon and Honerva to cease their experiments which posed a threat to the Galran homeworld. This shows that while constantly in pursuit of advancement for all beings, Alfor knew when the cost was far too much, indicating a somewhat humble personality, being satisfied with the power of Voltron. Ultimately, Alfor's wisdom is what separated him from Honerva, who could not see what her work was transforming her into, which in the end destroyed her adopted homeworld.
Beyond genius by human standards Alfor's grand achievement as a scientist was his creation of the Voltron Lions, each with its own unique mindset and consciousness, advanced weapons, and faster-than-light-speed thrusters and space flight capabilities. He was also a cunning enough man to hide the five lions in locations that would take Zarkon roughly the next ten thousand years to locate.
As a father, Alfor was kind, playful, and serene. He clearly treasured his daughter above all other things, including his own life. This was best seen when in his A.I. form he encouraged Allura to destroy him once his programming had been corrupted, knowing that it would both scar his daughter for life, but in the process save her, Coran, and the new generation of Paladins. His dying act was an example of the self-sacrificing man that he was, and this trait in turn was passed down to Allura.
Being an Altean of sacred blood, Alfor possessed remarkable abilities that greatly exceeded the vast majority of his race. He was capable of manipulating his own life force, thus enabling him to perform the energy rejuvenation ceremony necessary to restore a Balmera, was a skilled swordsman, and was known far and wide for his genius-level intellect and abilities as an alchemist. Alfor's skills as a leader, while amazing, paled in comparison to Zarkon's skills as a military leader, something that Alfor himself acknowledged on at least two occasions, once to Zarkon and once to his daughter.