do you have any good shiro fic recommendations?
I’ve been sitting on a couple of these, but yeah. Let’s do this.
a hollow nest to dream in
@lightshesaid and Quadriviuum (I don’t know if they have a tumblr oops)
From the Voltron Gen Big Bang, this has been open for me to comment on for days now and I’m a bad person who hasn’t, so get a rec instead. This is a gorgeous, amazing fic. Taking place after Shiro’s disappearance from the Black Lion, this cycles through universes and time and space in a way that’s stunning to read. Gorgeous. Read it now.
There will be a couple of these, indulge me. Shiro escapes early and ends up captured with the GG. This leads to him becoming a Space Pirate. No, really. This is my current baby so I’m going to show it off whenever possible. I loved a look into Shiro’s head if he got just one extra push.
Shiro begins to get different memories from his captivities. Ones that are painful, yes, but lead him on a different journey. One to bring home the Last Words of his fellow captives. Poignant, beautiful, touching. Picking a favorite fic from Velkyn would be tough, but this is a serious contender.
Shiro can’t sleep. There are many reasons he can’t sleep, but there are also many people looking to help him out. Adorable, heartwarming, with a couple of dashes of angst like a good hot sauce. A++ stuff.
Okay the last of the self recs, I’m sorry about this. Shiro wakes up after the events of season 2 and finds himself ten years in the future, where everyone had to learn to get on without him. Number three in the series is Teeth Ready for Sinking, which is the deepest examination of the situation and the highlight of the whole thing, in my ever so humble (lol) opinion.
Uliro. Voltron is hit with an attack by Haggar that leaves everyone feeling vulnerable and violated. Shiro is there for the others, and then Ulaz is there for him. Short but gorgeous. Valkyrie is amazing in general and does a lot of Shiro focus, so keep an eye out on her others stuff. Especially if you like Uliro.
Just how does Shiro’s arm work? How did he get it? What does it run off of? What happens when that runs out? Warning for this being a dark one, but it’s so, so, so good. To say much more would be to ruin it, but this fic is amazing and it delves so deep into the very core of Shiro’s being and his relationship with the crew and I just love it.
For the Voltron Gen Mini Bang, Shiro ends up as something like a ghost after the events of season 2. He goes on a personal journey, seeing the team afterwards, and then goes through something bigger. Galaxy big. Universe big. Time big. The imagery and breathtaking scale in a relatively short read is reason enough to rec this forever. Try it for yourself.
Another great Shiro-centric writer (tho some fics I’ll remind you to mind the warnings). This one is Matt POV but Shiro is probably tied for the most important character. It goes through Matt and Shiro’s time at the Garrison, up through the Kerberos mission. Sass and I have a lot of agreements on Shiro’s personality, especially pre-capture/Voltron, so if you like my stuff you’ll like hers.
Andy does a lot of lovely Shiro shipping stuff. If you dig Sheith or Uliro you should definitely check it out. But my fav of her Shiro-focused stuff is this little gen piece. Shiro can see ghosts. No one else in the team of cryptid/ghost-hunters can. This is not usually a problem, but sometimes it is. A little big of horror, but mostly campy and fun like a good campfire story.
Yeah, we knew we were getting to Miss Onions eventually. So I’m really biased. Super biased. Crazy biased. This fic was for me, lol. But it’s SUPER cute and my favorite of Onion’s AUs (and that is a hefty title lol). Hufflepuff!Shiro preps for his seventh year, only to find Hogwarts is prepping for the Triwizard Tournament. Featuring everyone in fantastic roles with amazing parallels. So good. Please read. Please love it. Please help me convince Onions there needs to be more of it.
The crown jewel of Shiro-centric fics. 100 percent. This fic is a battle between Shiro and a Galra Commander. It’s nearly 13k of some of the best action I’ve ever read in any medium ever. It’s an engaging character study, showcasing the depths of Shiro’s skills and perseverance. It’s gorgeous imagery and breathtaking writing. It is the best Shiro-centric fic on AO3. Period. I love every fic on this list, but it still holds that place in my heart.
Shiro learns to survive in the world of gladiators. Brutal, vicious, fantastic. This is the only non-compete fic on this list, and it makes it because I think it stand on it’s own anyway. Give it a shot.
Pacific Rim AU. Voltron is an experimental five-pilot Jaeger . It has it’s own, unique challenges and issues. Shiro struggles under the pressure, and Coran offers advice, his ear, and tea.
Special shout out to @demenior who writes great Uliro, Shiro getting wrecked, and some of the darkest Shiro-centric fics in the business. I don’t feel super comfortable linking someone straight to Little Monster, which would be my pick here, but here’s her AO3.
There are so, so many more good Shiro fics I’ve read and lost. I’m terrible at keeping track. Always feel free to add on! But here’s a starting point.