I saw this post a while back about how characterizing Hunk as a big beautiful lover is great and all, but it’s also super one-dimensional and neglects the complexity that Hunk deserves (that I don’t feel like he’s getting from the fandom OR the actual show but wtv). So, here are some Hunk headcannons that don’t have anything to do with him being super nice, or into food:
One thing that’s pretty cannon is that Hunk is very scared, and has a lot of anxiety. He’s afraid of being hurt, of hurting or failing others, and seemingly his first instinct is to run from conflict (though he fights through this fear, and was given some character development on this front in s1)
imagine how afraid he must be before every fight. every time he goes out in ol yellow he’s gotta psych himself up bc he’s scared and he doesn’t want to do this and it isn’t fair he’s just a teenager he shouldn’t be saving the universe he just wants to go home and be with his family. and every time he’s gotta be like no, this is for the greater good, we’ve gotta help these people bc nobody else can. I’ve got to do this. I have to. Or I’ll never be able to live with myself.
we’ve all pretty much accepted that Hunk is 100% there for Lance and all his bullshit, but what about Lance being there for Hunk? What about Lance being there for Hunk when no one listens to him at the Garrison bc he’s “just an engineer” and pidge is kind of show-offy about their intelligence and lance is kind of a dingus but at least he’s charismatic and has a lot of friends.
He gets so angry. He has valid input! He’s a member of the team! Just because he gets scared and nauseous on the simulator doesn’t mean that people should just ignore him! Imagine Hunk and Lance in their dorm, Hunk pacing and yelling about how their instructors won’t call on him bc they think he’s some kind of joke but he KNOWS what he’s talking about! He fucking KNOWS! and Lance just kind of sitting there being like “yeah man I’m really sorry. yeah you’re right. shit that sucks” until Hunk finally burns himself out.
what about a Hunk that gets tired of the team taking advantage of his nice-ness? What about the team asking Hunk for favors–can you help me fix this robot–hunk can I talk to you about something personal for a sec?–Hunk, train with me I want to practice dealing with automatic weapons–Hunk can you try to make this for dinner some time? we don’t have any of the ingredients? do you know where we could find them?–Hunk you’re not busy are you? we need to give the lions a touch-up on their protective coating and everyone else is busy–
and he just flips. out. he disappears for like 6 hours. no one can find him. It’s shiro who finds him in the end, he’s huddled up in Yellow seemingly talking to himself–though he’s really venting to Yellow, who rumbles a purr in understanding every few minutes. Shiro asks him what’s wrong, Hunk explains and Shiro apologizes but tbh Hunk is still kind of bitter about it.
Just because he doesn’t complain about helping them, doesn’t mean it doesn’t inconvience him. Just because he always agrees to help doesn’t mean that he always wants to, or that it’s not interrupting shit thathe should be doing.
he gets tired. he gets tired of helping people (even his team mates) and saving planets. he gets into a funk every so often bc he just needs a minute to recharge to really rest his his body AND his mind AND basically his will to be a big ball of sunshine like his team expects.
nobody on the team really knows what to do when this happens. they can’t really take a break? it’s not like they can just stop helping the people the come across. and Hunk won’t really talk to them about it, bc he still wants to be that guy, though they all understand. they want to stick around and help, but Hunk seems to want to be alone, so they mostly just leave him to himself, try to give him as much space as they can
Lance, though, comes up with Movie Night. it took a while to put together, Lance asked Coran and Allura about Altean movies and they showed him some but he was like…no. So what he wound up doing was reenacting the entirety of Mean Girls (the script of which he practically knows by heart) with the help of team voltron INCLUDING ALLURA AND A VERY ENTHUSIASTIC CORAN (if somebody wants to assign team voltron to various parts in Mean Girls I’m not going to stop you)
Hunk didn’t know ANYTHING about it (despite the team carrying around the script Lance wrote for them and rehearsing for a solid WEEK) and he honestly cried a little at the end bc he didn’t know how to thank them for doing so much to show that they cared about him
so yeah. Hunk should be more than just Good Guy™, or a fat dude who loves food, or a cinnamon roll too good too pure. He’s a person with flaws and faults and problems and just bc we love him and see all the good and wonderful things about him doesn’t mean that we should ignore his faults, or not allow him to have them.
WHAT THINGS WOULD YOU RECOMMEND TO A BEGINNER who is only just learning to cook and would like to get a foot in the door so to speak
so first off my love, my life, supercook.com: stick in the ingredients that you own, watch recipes appear. fucking invaluable, lord.
HOWEVER, that has all sorts of recipes, and before you go too far down that rabbit hole, it is useful to master two things:
sauteeing shit and throwing it in pasta
frying shit and throwing eggs on it
“shit” should always include onions. onions go with everything. there is literally no way to fuck up onions except by not cooking onions. they may not taste amazing, but for fuck’s sake, if you drop butter or vegetable oil or olive oil in a pan and throw some chopped-up onion in the pan and stir it until it smells great, it is not going to taste bad. use butter in the morning, use olive oil at night, there you go.
after the onion, throw in whatever other vegetables you happen to have. spinach, mushrooms, bell pepper, little bits of tomato, idk, anything. stir it until it smells good! eat a little bit of it and see if it tastes good! then pour eggs over it, or pour it into cooked pasta, and there you go.
pasta is easy, i am not going to tell you how to cook pasta. scrambled eggs are easy, i am not going to tell you how to cook scrambled eggs. you can google that shit.
after that it is useful to get an 8x8 pyrex and move on to what recipes call “casseroles” and what other people call “throwing things into the oven and hoping what comes out has nice burnt crunchy bits.” this will probably familiarize you with a) chopping shit, b) shredding cheese, and c) burning yourself while trying to wash out a pyrex. (the dessert version of the casserole is the “crisp”, which is where you dump a bunch of fruit into the pyrex, mix up some brown sugar and butter and flour and cinnamon and sprinkle it on top, and throw it into the oven until shit bubbles.)
and after that it’s more or less trial and error– wander the supermarket, go “hey i wonder what i can do with a jalapeno”, discover that the answer is “forget that you were just cutting a jalapeno and accidentally touch your eyes and then start screaming.” battle with broken can openers over a can of corn. burn yourself frying potatoes in veggie oil. eventually, one day, you will find yourself stuffing lemon-parmesan rice into a hollowed-out beefsteak tomato and go, “oh shit, i can cook.”