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sheepgalaxy  asked:

Hi! So I saw a post that said the Black Lion wants a pilot who's a confident leader and Shiro seems confident but is full of doubt and fear while Keith has confidence in his decisions and that's why he's better for black, and I wondered if you had any thoughts about that? I can find the post again and link it to you if you'd prefer to see the whole thing! But I just... really disagree with that logic and can't seem to put why into words. I have no doubt in my mind that Shiro is the true (cont)

Black Paladin and know it’s the same for you, but I was just curious if you had any thoughts about that particular reasoning for the switch. It doesn’t sound right at all to me and I think it has a lot of things wrong, I just can’t say why I think so exactly. It also said Shiro doesn’t have a place on the team anymore and it really makes me sad that people think that honestly. Keith, Allura, and Shiro are all my faves and none of them is more deserving of a spot on the team than the other imo.

okay i have to tell you that you said “I saw a post dragging Shiro and saying Keith’s the better leader” and i instantly thought “i bet i know who this is” and i went to their blog and LO AND BEHOLD it was the EXACT person i was thinking of, so no - i don’t need you to link me the post lmao.

the reason why the logic seems wrong to you is because it’s garbage. i mean, let’s look at the actual CANON characteristics of the Lions, shall we?

The Black Lion:

Allura: “The Black Lion is the decisive head of Voltron. It will take a pilot who is a born leader and in control at all times, someone whose men will follow without hesitation.”

Keith is not in control of anything, ever. He is volatile and unpredictable and prone to emotional outbursts. No one on the show has ever followed him without hesitation. They’ve followed Shiro, though. When they all find the Blue Lion in the pilot, Lance explicitly defers to Shiro’s authority as the senior officer - i.e. he is prepared to follow him without hesitation:

Lance: “Shiro, you’re the senior officer here. What should we do?”

The Red Lion:

Allura: “The Red Lion is temperamental and the most difficult to master. It’s faster and more agile than the others, but also more unstable. Its pilot needs to be someone who relies more on instincts than skill alone.”

I mean… she basically just described Keith. Look at this and tell me it’s not “relying on instinct” and “unstable”:

The other Paladins here are not “following without hesitation”. They are screaming in terror. This is not the mark of a natural born leader.

Keith is not the Black Lion’s “true Paladin” because the Black Lion doesn’t actually value confidence or bravado. She values leadership and compassion and trust, and Mr. “Shut Up and Trust Me” over here is not a team player who commands the unquestioning confidence of his men. He’s the wildcard. And that’s fine! That’s who he is! But it also makes him spectacularly unsuitable to lead Voltron - something I wrote about extensively in {this meta about Keith’s leadership style compared to Shiro’s}. And if you read that you’ll notice that everything I said about Keith’s leadership style was borne out by the first three episodes of season 3: Keith ran off on his own, didn’t consult with others, always wanted to do his own thing, bossed everyone around and didn’t listen to their ideas, and failed at handling interpersonal conflicts. (Especially when it came to dealing with Lance’s insecurities. That scene where Lance came to Keith’s room for comfort and validation? Shiro would have handled that WAY differently.)

Despite what people will try and tell you in the weeks/months leading up to season 4, Keith is not the “true Black Paladin” who was “supposed to lead all along” and Shiro has never struggled to bond with his Lion or pilot her. He never struggled to rally the team and form Voltron, the way Keith struggled in season 3. And I will probably write a whole long meta about this and go into more detail, but the point is: Shiro in canon is very closely bonded to Black. Look at this:

This happened in the SECOND EPISODE, when Shiro managed to nail an “expert level drill” on his first try, despite it being an exercise Coran described as something they should only really try if they’d been piloting the Lions for years.

Keith hasn’t even seen through the Red Lion’s eyes yet, LET ALONE Black’s. If he’s the “true Black Paladin”, why didn’t we see him bond more with the Black Lion in season 3? Why did he struggle with her so much? Why couldn’t he jump in and instantly form Voltron with the others?

Shiro managed to rally the team to form Voltron after flying the Black Lion for less than twenty minutes. Keith - who’s been flying a Lion for months, has experience of forming Voltron with the others, and has flown the Black Lion before - failed utterly to form Voltron on his first try. Because he’s not a born leader like Shiro is - like Voltron and the Black Lion needs.

The fact is that Shiro does have doubts and insecurities - that is also canon - but those qualities make him a BETTER Black Paladin, not a worse one. Remember that the Black Lion has already had a Paladin who was supremely confident in his own decisions and didn’t listen to others and selfishly did his own thing at incredible risk to everyone else:

…how did that work out, huh?

I have also written extensively about how Shiro {probably thinks the Black Lion wants a Paladin more like Keith}, but how the Black Lion {in fact relates to Shiro more because they have both been through similar traumatic experiences at the hands of Zarkon}. And this still stands: Zarkon related to the Black Lion through control; his approach to trying to get her back was to force himself on her and try to overpower her with his energy. The Black Lion was there for Zarkon’s slow descent into a power-hungry dictator who only viewed the Lions as weapons and tools to be used. She was there for Zarkon’s betrayal of his fellow Paladins, and for the war that was fought for control of Voltron. That’s why she values trust and co-operation and it’s why she chose Shiro as her Paladin.

Shiro’s entire relationship with the Black Lion is characterised by trust. He trusts her implicitly in the nosedive exercise - and she returns that trust and lets him see through her eyes. He trusts her suggestions for things like the jawblade or using the bayard. When she spits him out in 1x11, he trusts that it’s not voluntary and refuses to give up on her. Whilst he doubts and questions whether or not she really wants him as Paladin, his commitment to piloting her never wavers. Shiro fights for the Black Lion, time and time again: he goes back for her, he battles Zarkon in the astral plane for her - he goes to her and asks her to bond with him, to trusts him and believe in him - and she does. She trusts him with her past and her history. And then in 2x13 she asks him to trust her when she raises up the bayard slot on her console, as if to say: “trust me. we can get it back if we work together” and Shiro understands. He trusts her enough to charge full-tilt at Zarkon with no idea what’s about to happen, all to get back the bayard the Black Lion lost all those centuries ago.

Like Shiro says to Zarkon on the astral plane: “It’s not about control. It’s about earning each other’s trust.”

Do not let anyone tell you that Shiro isn’t the true Black Paladin. These people are deliberately ignoring large parts of canon in order to argue that Shiro somehow isn’t really Black’s Paladin or his bond with her is weak. That argument is garbage. If his bond with his Lion was so weak, he never would’ve been able to retrieve his bayard. He never would’ve been able to see through her eyes, or experience her memories.

Shiro is the only true Black Paladin. Keith is the true Red Paladin. He might be sitting in Black’s pilot seat right now, but he’s not the Black Paladin and he never will be. There is only one true Black Paladin on the show, and that’s Shiro.

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Commission - OCs, Aran and Kaziel.


Aran: Spider of Mirkwood (here in human form). Abilities: poison nails and fangs, expert at web-weaving

Kaziel: Warrior of Imladris. Abilities: Agile speed, expert at wielding swords

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“Two fathers can’t replace a mothers love” 

So like, by that logic 1 Mom < 2 Dads

But in a lesbian marriage with kids, there’s 2 moms

That’s OVER four dads worth of parenting!! 

That’s not even taking into consideration what could happen if we allow polygamy!! A marriage of six women, four men and three NB people results in a whopping 16 Dads worth of parenting!!!! And three mystery units because experts haven’t nailed down the average amount of parental love a non-binary person can emit

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HOPE ST MAGAZINE, February 2015

Photography by Louise Samuelsen 

Nails by Sophie Harris-Greenslade/OPI’s nail expert using OPI nail lacquer

Styling by Luci Ellis

Make-up by Karin Darnell/One Represents using Nars

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Photography: Piczo

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Art Direction: Marina Ansell

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