Personally something I sort of come back and scratch at in Voltron, and with the fandom, is how all the paladins have their sweet sentimental side, but it doesn’t rule any of them, but how often… really specifically the leg pilots are almost… infantilized, it feels like?
Like Lance is treated as this fragile wounded soul who’s unable to stand up for himself and just spiraling into self-loathing and not a person who knows his own insecurity and is, if anything probably the most outspoken and proactive on the team when it comes to actually connecting to other people and helping them- while people like Shiro, Allura, and Keith, who have a nastily destructive tendency to internalize their problems until they’re practically dragged out of them by force, are less mature in that specific regard.
But Hunk? Oh boy is Hunk ever sold short. Almost nobody in the fandom has anything bad to say about Hunk but there is a rampant perception of him as a sweet teddy bear who’s just the consummate mr. sunshine.
Hunk is sharp, highly perceptive, more cynical than Lance, and, as the vlog worked really nicely to highlight- Hunk, out of the team, is probably the most inclined to remembering bad experiences, and thus, holding grudges. He wants to know things, he wants answers, and he’s not scared to invade boundaries and rib on people even potentially harshly to get those answers. This is a guy who pilots a Lion whose literal strategy is to slam headfirst aggressively into enemies.
All of the VLD paladins, in my experience, feel like a kind of elaboration and deepening of their original DotU counterparts. Watching the latter, I was surprised how many even relatively trivial minor habits are maintained- Shiro’s tendency towards posting himself as an informal guard, very obvious in early season 1, is lifted almost directly from Sven who did the same thing.
And DotU’s Hunk? He could have his soft moments, and his fearful ones- but he also pretty much was a guy who wanted to fight everything, like, all the time. He was headstrong, loud and powerful. In DotU’s first few episodes, the not-yet pilots of Voltron were captured by Zarkon, and shortly after escaping, Hunk’s character was the one who wanted to immediately turn around and fight Zarkon, personally.
And VLD Hunk is not DotU Hunk, in many regards, but it feels like there’s an odd thing where people remember the Hunk that didn’t want to kick Pidge because “What? No, we’re friends,” and forget the Hunk who literally slammed the Yellow Lion headfirst into Zarkon’s flagship and went on to fire his heavy-artillery bayard at Haggar, and the Hunk that pretty much gave Lance shit for a solid five minutes over Allura in s1e10 with zero hesitation and gave Keith just as good in s2e9.
(and here, we see the face of a man who knows exactly what he just did, and has 0.0001 regrets.)
Hell, I mean, this guy literally took over a restaurant and turned a guy who all-but kidnapped him to be a dishwasher into his prep chef by sheer force of personality. Hunk is just a way more interesting, multifaceted, and complicated character than he’s given credit, and as much as I love that he’s so adored, the “perfect sunshine teddy bear” read on his character fails to capture a lot of what makes him a really good character.