Voltron: Legendary Defender
|Name:||Voltron: Legendary Defender|
|Creator:||Joaquim Dos Santos, Lauren Montgomery|
|Date(s):||June 10, 2016 – present|
|Country of Origin:||USA|
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- For millennia, the evil Galra empire has plagued the universe by destroying other civilizations and enslaving various races. The only known threat strong enough against the empire's power and plans is the legendary "Defender of the Universe" Voltron, a 100 meter tall robot warrior composed of five lion mechas whose pilots are known as the Paladins. At the crux of the war that ended with the destruction of planet Altea, Voltron was separated by King Alfor of Altea in order to protect Voltron from falling into the Galran Emperor Zarkon's possession. King Alfor bonded the five lion's energies to his daughter Allura's life force and sent them across the universe to different locations until the time for the next generation of Paladins to appear and pilot Voltron arrived. Princess Allura, her retainer Coran, and the Altean Castle of Lions were hidden on planet Arus along with the Black Lion.
- In the present, the Galra Empire's path of conquest and search for Voltron has led them to Earth's solar system. A group of space pilots – Shiro, Keith, Lance, Pidge, and Hunk – discover the Blue Lion and immediately get swept up into the Galran War. They meet Princess Allura, become the next Paladins, and reunite the five lions to form Voltron and combat Emperor Zarkon's nefarious schemes, with the hopes of ultimately defeating the entire Galra Empire.
- Takashi "Shiro" Shirogane - The black paladin.
- Keith - The red paladin.
- Lance - The blue paladin.
- Pidge Gunderson - The green paladin. Real name: Katie Holt.
- Hunk - The yellow paladin.
- Princess Allura - Pilot of the Castle of Lions.
- Coran - Advisor to the princess.
- Shay - Resident of the Balmera.
- King Alfor - Allura's father.
- Emperor Zarkon - Leader of the Galra Empire.
About the Fandom
The age range of the audience varies for this show. Some adults watch it because they watched the original 80s show and many teenagers also watch it, but the target audience is generally children. The Tumblr fandom is generally made up of teenagers and young adults and is one of the most popular fandoms on Tumblr according to thefandometrics.
There has been some controversy in the fandom surrounding the shipping of Takashi "Shiro" Shirogane with the other four paladins, due to unclear information about the paladins official ages. As of July 2017, no definitive ages have been provided for any of the characters. The crew has implied that none will be given and has encouraged fans to use their imaginations, but “safe zones” were given via Word of God (ie, unofficially) to a fan at a convention . Shipping between Shiro and the other paladins is referred to as Shaladin.
Recently, the fandom has generated even more controversy over the introduction of the character Lotor. This is due to his villain status and the problematicness of past iterations of this character. Some fans are concerned that others may sympathize with his character, victimize his character, and/or enjoy him non-critically. There is also controversy surrounding shipping Lotor with the paladins, alongside most if not all of the Galra characters.
Fans have created public blacklists listing Tumblr users who support certains ships. This has garnered even more controversy.
Some people like to think the following, even if they have not been confirmed:
- Pidge Gunderson is transgender (female-to-male), or genderfluid, agender, etc.
- Keith Kogane is Korean/Japanese (differentiated opinions on this one)
- Keith Kogane and Takashi Shirogane are brothers/cousins (related in some way).
Interestingly, certain headcanons that were prevalent after the first season aired were confirmed canon in the second season. These included:
- Lance being Cuban.
- Keith being part Galra (and southern!), though arguably, his Galra heritage was already planned and was foreshadowed in the first season.
- Lotor existing int the show's universe.
Soon after the first season was released slash dominates the fandom with Lance/Keith emerging as the juggernaut ship. While there is some het shipping and fanworks, it's seen less often, with the exception of Allura/Shiro. Femslash is very uncommon in fanworks.
- Lance/Takashi Shirogane
- Takashi Shirogane/Keith
- Takashi Shirogane/Princess Allura
- Takashi Shirogane/Matt Holt
- King Alfor/Coran
- A Childhood of Markers and Crayons by JustanInnocentWriter
- flowers by JustanInnocentWriter
- spell it out for me by TheBrokaryotes
- Those Flaming Rocks by Akabane_Gakushuu and Livesinanimehell
- Lioness Den by Fabulously_gay_doritos
- Snowstorms, Scotch, and Sandwiches by libertarian_firelord
- #WhoIsVoltron by hulklinging
- To Steam a Latté by shipstiel
- The Messsage by shipstiel
- On Thin Ice by Minadora
- Drive! by wolfgun
- Together by WynterArlene
- i like you a latte by WynterArlene
- Marked Petals by Greyisles
- Just Text Me Later (a Klance Highschool AU) by treerainbellabina
- Admitting You're Pining Is The First Step To Recovery by WaterCacti
- Way Out by kuulei_nuggets
- Coffee Shop by Biifurcaptor
- My Little Lesbean™ by strawberrystars
- Dirty Laundry by Anonymous
See Category:Voltron Zines for the full list.
- Amor: A Lance McClain/Keith zine
- Between Two Points: A Shiro/Keith zine
- Clarity: A Shiro/Keith zine
- Closer to Home: A Matt/Shiro zine
- Eternal Eclipse: A horror themed Voltron zine
- Klance!: A Lance McClain/Keith zine
- Lion Hearts: A Shiro/Keith zine
- Magnetize: A Lance McClain/Keith zine
- Moonlight: A Shiro zine
- Pixel Fumes: A Shiro/Keith zine
- The Pride: A family-themed Voltron zine
- Pulse: A Shiro/Keith zine
- Sheith Charity Zine: A Shiro/Keith zine
- Shidge Fanzine
- Shooting Stars: A Shiro/Keith zine
- Space Cadets: A Hunk, Lance, and Pidge zine
- Starboy: A Lance-centric Voltron zine
- Stars Aligned: A Shallura zine
- Suit Up!
- Voltron LookBook
- Years & Years: A Princess Allura zine
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