Sleepy Conspiracy Theory
It’s some kind of carbon copy/clone of Shiro.
1. The Galra said it was some kind of project they were working on when “Shiro” escaped.
2. The rebels even said that nobody escapes from the Galra that easily, so what if they let him go?
3. Shiro’s hair would not have grown that much in the amount of time he was missing.
4. When Shiro vanished at the end of season 2, he had his armor, the current “Shiro” is missing the armor. You could say that the Galra took it, but in the leaked image of him and Matt from 4/20. Shiro had his black paladin armor on.
5. Black did find “Shiro” (as it’s still a physical copy). However, once “Shiro” attempted to pilot the lion, Black was in-responsive. If the telepathic link was absent, Black could have known it wasn’t Shiro or that at least something was up.
6. When “Shiro” was backseat leading after he “returned,” his actual instructions made no sense. It almost seemed like he was trying to mislead Voltron so Lotor/the Galra could win.
7. The origin episode definitely had some parallels between the old paladins and the new. The thing is King Alfor was deceived by Zarkon; he was blinded by their friendship. Zarkon deceived the rest of his team, and they blindly followed their leader into certain doom. If this “Shiro” is a clone, he could be leading the current paladins to their doom. In the comparison, Keith is to King Alfor as Clone!Shiro is to Zarkon. Now that Keith is leader, he is leading the team based on his own thoughts rather than following Shiro.
In short, I believe the current Shiro we saw in Season 3 is a clone. I believe he isn’t aware of it, and he really is just trying to do the best for what he believes is his team. Sort of a Roy Harper-Young Justice thing happening.
Additionally, I believe that the real Shiro is still missing (in his black paladin armor), and he will eventually find Matt Holt wherever they may be.
While everyone has been in awe and wonder for the new character in the Overwatch lore, I have been observing an unsettling pattern that has been in all of our faces.
The first thing I wish to point out is the provided “Hero” animation, the first we see Soldier: 76 in action. His main purpose was to stop some members of Los Muertos from taking away weapons. That mission is side tracked by this individual.
Alejandra, a young mija that seems to be well known to the gang. It might be expected for the gang whose name is literally ‘The Dead’ to make frequent stops at her mother’s bakery…
The Mist Bakery
Chilling, I know. But we cannot leave out the other important person that is connected to Dorado, and that person is Sombra. Sombra, the shadow. A member of the Los Muertos gang…
..since she was a little girl.. (off topic,why has no one brought up the one omnic in the group? I swear, that lady with a rose probably asked our little shadow to hack herself a mechanical boyfriend. Whatever, back to the real theory)
In the “Infiltration”, we have Sombra blackmailing Katya Volskaya for her involvement with Russia’s omnic enemies. And what brings Katya to finally agree to be Sombra’s ‘friend’? Her daughter, Volskaya the Second.
Another little girl involved in the shadow’s schemes.
Sombra herself can be connected to even more little girl tropes in this conspiracy web, and that web contains our most well known spider. Widowmaker does state at the beginning of the “Alive” short that she indeed has a fear of spiders when she was a little girl. How interesting. Widowmaker was also responsible for the assassination of Mondatta. In his honor, King’s Row has provided a statue in his memory. A gold colored statue with him…
and a little girl.
Going back to Sombra, we know she wants to find out who runs the world. Many people believe that the Iris, an A.I. that omnics like Zenyatta worship, discovered her hacking into things it didn’t want her to get into. One other line, or dotted line in this sense, that the Iris leads to is Efi Oladele.
Efi does indeed have a similar eye pattern of the icon, the potential Iris A.I. She is said to be an expert in A.I. The Iris itself is connected to Numbani, home to Efi. This is what it all comes to. A little girl is indeed running their world. Please, if there is anymore little girls that I have missed in the Overwatch canon, let me know. Blizzard can’t keep us in the dark any longer.
Mona: Miss Aria, you’re a killer, not Ezra’s wife!
•Killer? as in the baby’s killer? (This is before she killed Shana) its more than an anagram for (MAYA KNEW)(we all know Marlene🙄)
•Seriously tho why would she say that BEFORE Shana?
•maybe aria was convinced she was Ezra’ wife
WHY THE FUCK WOULD THEY PUT THIS SCENE IF IT DID NOT HAVE ANY MEANING?
Inside the case was a dueling pistol, a king’s weapon, wheel-locked, chased in gold. Eddis had seen it earlier that day. When Sounis lifted it out and tipped his head over the locking mechanism, she knew he was reading the letters inscribed there: Onea realia. “The queen made me.” Sounis thanked the queen prettily, years of training providing the appropriate words. As he went to replace the pistol in the box, he paused. There was a tab to lift the bottom of the box and clearly room to store something underneath. Keeping the gun in his hand, he reached with the other, but Gen forestalled him, holding the inset bottom of the box down with a single finger. “You have heard my queen’s advice. My gift is below. Would you wait to see it until you have decided what you will do with hers?”
KING ALFOR IS THE YELLOW PALADIN AND I HAVE PROOF!
Okay, I need to first talk to you about the Altean Royal Family for you to understand my crazy conspiracy, in the flashback of the creation of the Black Lion we see King Alfor has yellow in his clothes yet none of the other alteans do, although we can see the possibility of them all being scientists and the scientists having a uniform, we can still see my point of yellow being seen as a Royal colour.
We also see that both Allura and Coran have yellow in their clothing, and so we see that it is a colour of Royalty on Altea.
Now we also see in Allura’s memories of her father and the flashback for the creation of the Black Lion, that Alfor had three distinctly different sets of clothes, my stipulation is that the first
seems to be fitting of a Prince, and it is similar but not the same as his second set
as this set has two distinctions from the previous one, the first being the belt which now has the Royal symbol on it (how do you now that that is the Royal symbol I hear you cry, because in his next set of clothes the ARMOUR, the same symbol appears, it is the small connection for his cape. The fact that he has it when we know he is a King in his armour but not during the creation of the Black Lion stipulates that he is a King in this memory, also he has Allura.
HOWEVER if this shows that this is what a King should wear on Altea, so if that were true why would he switch to the armour, it clearly isn’t necessary for a King to wear a set of armour.
Which leads me onto my next point. THE SIMILARITIES BETWEEN HIS ARMOUR AND THE PALADIN ARMOUR.
First the ARM. The arm has almost the exact same design that Hunk and his team have, save for the elbow section where in this armour it is white, the design is the same and the yellow wristband is the same.
Secondly the COLLAR.(and the royal symbol I told you about) It is very similar to what our paladins wear now.
Third and final of King Alfor’s Armour is the chest plate, the sections are extremely similar, slightly more actual armour in design, but if the gaps between the three plates weren’t there it would be even more obvious.
BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!!! When King Alfor is seen as a hologram, as his stored memory inside the castle, he is shown in ONLY varying shades of blue.
YET when he dies (again) the hologram starts splitting, and cracks start to form, these cracks are in…..
YELLOW LIGHT!! (cue gasp)
NOW to finish off, we need to remember that Alfor and Zarkon created the Black Lion, and so they probably created the other lions too, (and striking the similarities between Zarkon’s paladin armour and Alfor’s paladin armour, which was probably done by Alfor on purpose) the Yellow Lion could be seen as a representation of Altea or the Altean Royalty, created by Alfor and piloted by Alfor.
Now this also gives way to my second theory that each lion was first made to represent a planet. But forget that for now.
When you think about it Alfor was part in creating VOLTRON, and so he could have been the first Yellow Paladin. The armour that Shiro, Keith, Pidge, Lance and HUNK wear would have been based off of his Paladin Armour.
The Yellow Lion might be Yellow, because, the Royal family is seen as everything the Yellow Lion is and so the colour was given on purpose, and when Allura talks about the Yellow Lion in the first episode she seems to be passionate about who would pilot it, and she talks a more on the Yellow Lion than the rest. She says “The Yellow Lion is caring and kind, its pilot is one who puts the needs of others above his own, his heart must be mighty, as the leg of Voltron you will lift the team up, and hold them together.” Now is it just me or does that seem like someone who has known a Yellow Paladin, who cares for the memory of the Yellow Paladin, like someone who was told the same things about being the Princess of a planet, these things apply to royalty and were probably what Alfor told Allura to be.
Also we know that Alfor was a Paladin when Coran says “Finally, Alfor, I will walk in your footsteps.” when he tries to pilot the red lion. So we are really just deciding which Lion is was Alfor’s. So we know he created them, we know he was a pilot, are there any arguments for the other three Lions.
Basically I’m saying Alfor created the Yellow Lion as a symbol of Altea and what he thinks a King should be, and he piloted the Yellow Lion so other Yellow Paladins have to be at his standard. And Hunk deserves so much more, as he was given the place the previous King held by the King’s daughter. And Hunk is as nice as King Alfor and would make an excellent ruler.
Some Sophos linework done for fun. I may slap some color on
a few of these later in the week—I mucked up my palette on the realisa onum piece
the first go-round, but it’s begging for hot, sunny light and sharp shadows
thrown by the theater of Elisa. We’ll see if I can get my act together enough
to do it justice.
As for the bottom piece—one thing MWT’s done that I really
really love is create this double-sided coin to Gen’s ingenuity. People around
him—even his closest friends—assume he can do everything, be everything, win
everything, to Gen’s obviously increasing discomfort. I think part of him still
considers himself an idiot kid with an above average slice of luck, and I can’t
wait to see how this plays out in the future. I did a rough storyboard sketch
of an exchange between he and Irene on this subject—if I find the time to clean
it up, I’ll share it.
Oh, and should we want to count this as one of the other Queen’s Thief redraws I’ve done recently:
What are other books/series that you'd recommend that are in the same vein as Animorphs?
Honestly, your ask inspired me to get off my butt and finally compile a list of the books that I reference with my character names in Eleutherophobia, because in a lot of ways that’s my list of recommendations right there: I deliberately chose children’s and/or sci-fi stories that deal really well with death, war, dark humor, class divides, and/or social trauma for most of my character names. I also tend to use allusions that either comment on Animorphs or on the source work in the way that the names come up.
That said, here are The Ten Greatest Animorphs-Adjacent Works of Literature According to Sol’s Totally Arbitrary Standards:
1. A Ring of Endless Light, Madeline L’Engle
This is a really good teen story that, in painfully accurate detail, captures exactly what it’s like to be too young to really understand death while forced to confront it anyway. I read it at about the same age as the protagonist, not that long after having suffered the first major loss in my own life (a friend, also 14, killed by cancer). It accomplished exactly what a really good novel should by putting words to the experiences that I couldn’t describe properly either then or now. This isn’t a light read—its main plot is about terminal illness, and the story is bookended by two different unexpected deaths—but it is a powerful one.
2. The One and Only Ivan, K.A. Applegate
This prose novel (think an epic poem, sort of like The Iliad, only better) obviously has everything in it that makes K.A. Applegate one of the greatest children’s authors alive: heartbreaking tragedy, disturbing commentary on the human condition, unforgettably individuated narration, pop culture references, and poop jokes. Although I’m mostly joking when I refer to Marco in my tags as “the one and only” (since this book is narrated by a gorilla), Ivan does remind me of Marco with his sometimes-toxic determination to see the best of every possible situation when grief and anger allow him no other outlet for his feelings and the terrifying lengths to which he will go in order to protect his found family.
3. My Teacher Flunked the Planet, Bruce Coville
Although the entire My Teacher is an Alien series is really well-written and powerful, this book is definitely my favorite because in many ways it’s sort of an anti-Animorphs. Whereas Animorphs (at least in my opinion) is a story about the battle for personal freedom and privacy, with huge emphasis on one’s inner identity remaining the same even as one’s physical shape changes, My Teacher Flunked the Planet is about how maybe the answer to all our problems doesn’t come from violent struggle for personal freedoms, but from peaceful acceptance of common ground among all humans. There’s a lot of intuitive appeal in reading about the protagonists of a war epic all shouting “Free or dead!” before going off to battle (#13) but this series actually deconstructs that message as blind and excessive, especially when options like “all you need is love” or “no man is an island” are still on the table.
4. Moon Called, Patricia Briggs
I think this book is the only piece of adult fiction on this whole list, and that’s no accident: the Mercy Thompson series is all about the process of adulthood and how that happens to interact with the presence of the supernatural in one’s life. The last time I tried to make a list of my favorite fictional characters of all time, it ended up being about 75% Mercy Thompson series, 24% Animorphs, and the other 1% was Eugenides Attolis (who I’ll get back to in my rec for The Theif). These books are about a VW mechanic, her security-administrator next door neighbor, her surgeon roommate, her retail-working best friend and his defense-lawyer boyfriend, and their cybersecurity frenemy. The fact that half those characters are supernatural creatures only serves to inconvenience Mercy as she contemplates how she’s going to pay next month’s rent when a demon destroyed her trailer, whether to get married for the first time at age 38 when doing so would make her co-alpha of a werewolf pack, what to do about the vampires that keep asking for her mechanic services without paying, and how to be a good neighbor to the area ghosts that only she can see.
5. The Thief, Megan Whalen Turner
This book (and its sequel A Conspiracy of Kings) are the ones that I return to every time I struggle with first-person writing and no Animorphs are at hand. Turner does maybe the best of any author I’ve seen of having character-driven plots and plot-driven characters. This book is the story of five individuals (with five slightly different agendas) traveling through an alternate version of ancient Greece and Turkey with a deceptively simple goal: they all want to work together to steal a magical stone from the gods. However, the narrator especially is more complicated than he seems, which everyone else fails to realize at their own detriment.
6. Homecoming, Cynthia Voight
Critics have compared this book to a modern, realistic reimagining of The Boxcar Children, which always made a lot of sense to me. It’s the story of four children who must find their own way from relative to relative in an effort to find a permanent home, struggling every single day with the question of what they will eat and how they will find a safe place to sleep that night. The main character herself is one of those unforgettable heroines that is easy to love even as she makes mistake after mistake as a 13-year-old who is forced to navigate the world of adult decisions, shouldering the burden of finding a home for her family because even though she doesn’t know what she’s doing, it’s not like she can ask an adult for help. Too bad the Animorphs didn’t have Dicey Tillerman on the team, because this girl shepherds her family through an Odysseus-worthy journey on stubbornness alone.
7. High Wizardry, Diane Duane
The Young Wizards series has a lot of good books in it, but this one will forever be my favorite because it shows that weird, awkward, science- and sci-fi-loving girls can save the world just by being themselves. Dairine Callahan was the first geek girl who ever taught me it’s not only okay to be a geek girl, but that there’s power in empiricism when properly applied. In contrast to a lot of scientifically “smart” characters from sci-fi (who often use long words or good grades as a shorthand for conveying their expertise), Dairine applies the scientific method, programming theory, and a love of Star Wars to her problem-solving skills in a way that easily conveys that she—and Diane Duane, for that matter—love science for what it is: an adventurous way of taking apart the universe to find out how it works. This is sci-fi at its best.
8. Dr. Franklin’s Island, Gwyneth Jones
If you love Animorphs’ body horror, personal tragedy, and portrayal of teens struggling to cope with unimaginable circumstances, then this the book for you! I’m only being about 80% facetious, because this story has all that and a huge dose of teen angst besides. It’s a loose retelling of H.G. Wells’s classic The Island of Doctor Moreau, but really goes beyond that story by showing how the identity struggles of adolescence interact with the identity struggles of being kidnapped by a mad scientist and forcibly transformed into a different animal. It’s a survival story with a huge dose of nightmare fuel (seriously: this book is not for the faint of heart, the weak of stomach, or anyone who skips the descriptions of skin melting and bones realigning in Animorphs) but it’s also one about how three kids with a ton of personal differences and no particular reason to like each other become fast friends over the process of surviving hell by relying on each other.
9. Sideways Stories from Wayside School, Louis Sachar
Louis Sachar is the only author I’ve ever seen who can match K.A. Applegate for nihilistic humor and absurdist horror layered on top of an awesome story that’s actually fun for kids to read. Where he beats K.A. Applegate out is in terms of his ability to generate dream-like surrealism in these short stories, each one of which starts out hilariously bizarre and gradually devolves into becoming nightmare-inducingly bizarre. Generally, each one ends with an unsettling abruptness that never quite relieves the tension evoked by the horror of the previous pages, leaving the reader wondering what the hell just happened, and whether one just wet one’s pants from laughing too hard or from sheer existential terror. The fact that so much of this effect is achieved through meta-humor and wordplay is, in my opinion, just a testament to Sachar’s huge skill as a writer.
10. Magyk, Angie Sage
As I mentioned, the Septimus Heap series is probably the second most powerful portrayal of the effect of war on children that I’ve ever encountered; the fact that the books are so funny on top of their subtle horror is a huge bonus as well. There are a lot of excellent moments throughout the series where the one protagonist’s history as a child soldier (throughout this novel he’s simply known as “Boy 412″) will interact with his stepsister’s (and co-protagonist’s) comparatively privileged upbringing. Probably my favorite is the moment when the two main characters end up working together to kill a man in self-defense, and the girl raised as a princess makes the horrified comment that she never thought she’d actually have to kill someone, to which her stepbrother calmly responds that that’s a privilege he never had; the ensuing conversation strongly implies that his psyche has been permanently damaged by the fact that he was raised to kill pretty much from infancy, but all in a way that is both child-friendly and respectful of real trauma.
My Lion King conspiracy theories? (Here is the original Dreamwidth post, but I’ll rephrase it here, and I think I actually have both movies so I can screencap it.)
So in The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride, there’s a lioness named Vitani, who’s part of the outlaw pride run by Scar’s…widow, I guess. She’s one of the younger ones, a little older than Simba and Nala’s daughter Kiara.
(She was a cute kid.)
During the final battle between the outlaw pride and Simba’s pride, there’s a scene where she confronts Nala and snarls, “Where’s your pretty daughter now, Nala?” And Nala responds by snapping, “Vitani!”
Which is a pretty unexpected reaction because, as far as I recall, they never interact earlier. And Nala’s tone is more reproach and less, “You bitch!”
My pet theory is that Vitani is Nala’s daughter by Scar, left behind as a cub when Nala ran off to find help (and ended up finding Simba), and then lost after Zira took off with Scar’s supporters and cubs, which is why Vitani calls Zira “mother.” (Could also be a younger sister; Nala’s mother is apparently no longer around by the end of The Lion King.)
Also, at least so far as Disney genetics go, Vitani and Nala are the only two lionesses with blue eyes.
And that is my Lion King/Lion King 2 conspiracy theory.