Lotura

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Pairing
Pairing: Lotor/Princess Allura
Alternative name(s): Lotura, Allutor
Gender category: F/M
Fandom: Voltron
Canonical?: Depending on the series
Prevalence: medium
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Lotura is a het pairing between Lotor and Princess Allura from Voltron and Voltron: Legendary Defender.

Canon

In the original GoLion series, Sincline (Lotor) was obsessed with Fala (Allura) because he had an Oedipus complex and Fala reminded him of his deceased mother. He frequently tried to kidnap and rape her because of this. Sincline was so obsessed he ended up imprisoning Fala's distant cousin Amue (Romelle) to turn her into a sex slave. He raped her because she resembled Fala and ordered his guards to gang-rape her as punishment when she rebelled against him. In Voltron this was toned down to Lotor just wanting to force Allura to be his bride. Allura hated Lotor for his constant sexual assault and plans to abduct her. Allura was close to Keith and the two eventually fell in love. Allura's feelings towards Keith were a major reason for the bitter rivalry between Keith and Lotor. Voltron's shipping fandom frequently revolved around this love triangle.

Their relationship in Voltron: Legendary Defender is given more depth and mutual interest. The two of them started interacting in season 5. Allura is initially wary of Lotor but he asks for her assistance in going over Haggar's research materials in their quest for answers and they hit it off quickly during their search process when they discover they have things in common. Allura places a lot of trust in him when they travel to Oriande together and favors his ideas over the other team members who try to caution her.

They eventually express romantic interest in each other and kiss, but it turns out Lotor betrayed Allura's trust and pretended to be good. Nevertheless, he insists on his feelings being real for her despite the breakup.

Fandom

In the original Voltron, Lotor/Allura was the most popular pairing after the canonical Keith/Allura. These two relationships helped to develop the Keith/Lotor ship as both Keith and Lotor developed a fierce rivalry over their feelings for Allura. Some people shipped Keith/Allura/Lotor all together as a threesome.

In Legendary Defender, the ship gained a small following shortly after Lotor was introduced but didn't become more popular until season 5 where the two characters shared a lot of screentime. On the week ending on March 5th, 2018, the pairing went from a rarepair to being the 6th most discussed ship on Tumblr, according to Fandometrics.

The fandom was first divided on whether Lotor was telling the truth or manipulating Allura. Many anticipated a future betrayal while others insisted on the ship having potential to become endgame.

After the betrayal, some fans who expected Lotor's intentions to be genuine expressed disappointment in canon developments and often abandoned ship while others were fine with the storyline turning less fluffy and continued to support the pairing despite the breakup.

Popular Tropes

  • Arranged Marriage AU: The two must join in a political marriage to unite their empires and/or to avoid war.
  • Soulmate AU: Inspired by the "White Lion" episode, a lot of fans took their glowing Altean markings as inspiration for various Soulbond and Soulmate AUs.

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