|Occupation:||Leader, Team Voltron Second in Command (VLD only), King of Arus|
|Title/Rank:||Paladin of the Black Lion, Paladin of the Red Lion (VLD only), King of Arus|
|Relationships:||Married to Allura in mainline Voltron canon, none in Voltron: Legendary Defender|
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Keith Kogane is a character from from the Voltron franchise. In Defender of the Universe he pilots the Black Lion and is the leader of the paladins of Voltron. He is a talented martial artist, responsible, calm, and disciplined. He was born in Hong Kong to a Japanese father and a Chinese mother but was orphaned at a young age. Over the course of the series he falls in love with Princess Allura and develops an intense rivalry with Lotor. He eventually marries Allura and retires from his paladin duties to become King of Arus. He passes the Black Lion pilot position to Daniel, though he takes this back in the season finale because Daniel wasn't ready yet.
In the 2016 Voltron: Legendary Defender reboot he is the pilot of the Red Lion which makes him the right arm of Voltron when they assemble. He relies on his instincts and is loyal, quick and determined yet lacks finer social graces. Keith had 'disciplinary issues' which resulted in his expulsion from the Galaxy Garrison. He is 18 years old at the start of the series and spends a year with his team and two years in a time warp making him at least 21 by the end of the series. He is half human and half Galra - an alien species. His yet unnamed human father first appeared briefly in Blade of Marmora and his Galra mother, Krolia, appears for the first time in the fifth season. His character is voiced by Steven Yeun.
Keith has brown eyes, a toned physique, and a black mullet. The VLD incarnation of Keith has blue-gray eyes instead.
- Some think that VLD Keith is Korean because his voice actor Steven Yeun is.
- Some see VLD Keith as Native American as Keith lives near the Galaxy Garrison which seems to be located in an Arizonan desert, reminiscent to how the Sonoran Desert of Arizona is used by NASA to simulate extraterrestrial environments, and the Navajo Nation lies largely within Arizona. This is in contrast to the more popular headcanon that Keith is from Texas.
- It was once thought that Takashi Shirogane and Keith are related in some way; brothers, cousins, etc. This has long been jossed.
Popular Pairings with Keith Kogane
- Princess Allura/Keith Kogane
- Lance McClain/Keith (This is typically dominant over the rest of the ships with Keith in the VLD fandom)
- Takashi Shirogane/Keith Kogane
- Keith Kogane/Lotor