Keith Doesn’t Defend Himself
I noticed something really sad yesterday. Keith has a habit of letting people get off deeply personal emotional attacks on him without defending himself. I can think of three specific occasions on the show where he has been personally attacked and just turned the other cheek.
1.) In the first episode, Lance called him a dropout, Keith just congratulated Lance on making fighter pilot and moved on.
2.) In the Blade of Mamora, Lance began yelling about how Keith would blow the mission to the BoM base because he’s a hot head. Keith didn’t say a single word in his own defense.
3.) After his heritage was revealed, Allura started glaring at him and refusing to speak to him. He never once spoke up about how he had done nothing to deserve this treatment. He just accepted her hatred.
It happens often enough through out the series, it sets a definite pattern for Keith’s character. Almost like he expects people to treat him this way, and has decided that this is just how the world works for him.
It makes the scene of illusion Shiro calling him selfish all the more emotional, because for once, he isn’t passively accepting someone’s bad opinion of him. The rest of the world he expects to think of him as dirt, but Shiro is supposed to be different in his mind.