So I was thinking about Lancelot and how I view this because I honestly am in love.
I’m aboard with the flirty Lotor who takes interest in Lance because he sees his insecurities and uses that to his advantage by sweet talking Lance up and showing him how he would make Lance feel like a king if only he joined him.
Can I just say that this would be amazing because that would lead to an awesome character arc for Lance and him realizing his worth and how he’s just as important as the other paladins.
This leads to Lance, of course, not going Lotor after all but does have a soft spot for him because even though he was trying to get him to join the dark side, he showed Lance that he was amazing being who he is. But they’re on opposing teams, so Lance is go on a kick his ass if he has to.
But guys, shit, what if Lotor, who originally just wanted to weaken Voltron by having Lance on his side, develops a really strong liking to Lance after all of this. What if he starts actually crushing hardcore?? Like sure, he thought Lance was pretty before but now he is in love with this Cuban boy??? When did this happen???
He was in total denial of the fact, thinking he was just upset that his plan fell apart but he came to realize that Lance’s smile and laugh had brought him more joy than he’s ever felt in his life? He never felt more at ease and never genuinely smiled until this blue paladin came knocking on the door to his heart.
So his love for Lance becomes the reason of a Zuko-like redemption arc as he realizes that he isn’t his father and he has no need to follow in his fathers footsteps. His father is Zarkon. He’s Lotor. They’re not one in the same. (Guess who told him that sappy mush??)
And in the end, Lance and Lotor become close buds on Team Voltron with Lance being the first to accept Lotor. Then they become space boyfriends.
Alternative: Lance is (unknowing to him) stuck in a love triangle with Keith and Lotor fighting over him.
Angst Alternative: Lotor only finally proved himself to be redeemed when he sacrificed himself to save Lance. Cue him telling Lance he loves him as he dies in Lance’s arm.
I have many feelings about this