truth is a lion

Blue Lion: Welcome, Princess Allura. I’m glad you are my paladin and together we will strengthen our bond in order to take down the Galra.

Allura: Thank you, Blue. I look forward to piloting you.

Red Lion: so, Lance, do you have a crush on Keith? you think he’s hot? if you don’t tell me i’ll throw you out of the cockpit

Lance: what the hell? i’m not telling you anything

Red Lion opening door: yeet i guess

Like it is not an exaggeration to say Shiro had a weird mindscape cage fight with Emperor Goddamn Zarkon and was nearly murdered. Literally the only reason he won/was saved is because of his bond with Black.

Which has been emphasized to be really strong as early as, y’know, the first dang episode. And who when they did the dumb cheerleader pyramid thing to try and form Voltron, this stuck with Black, really strongly, and, y’know what?

I think that makes perfect sense. Of course it would. She’s been intermittently hurt, hunted, trapped, and losing everything to a huge ugly falling out and war centered partially around her. She finds a paladin, she gets out, and immediately, it’s back to fighting for your life-

And then, that. The fact that the new paladins have no idea what they’re doing. That they’re kind of silly and kind of frustrated and are willing to throw up their hands and go “Nothing else is working. Let’s just. stack. Cheerleader pyramid. Do this. Hunk, why are you on my head.”

It’d be, honestly, hilarious. When was the last time Black had fun like that? When was the last time she could, giant space lion thing notwithstanding, feel normal?

And that even fits perfectly with Shiro as well because, honestly, part of him was probably feeling the same way. When was the last time he could just do something irrelevant and be moderately inconvenienced without his life or somebody else’s on the line?

I feel like what fundamentally upsets me so much about a lot of the hypothetical permanent Lion-swapping meta is that it often without even really meaning to suggests like… that the Lions don’t care? That Black is just a sword in the stone waiting for another King Arthur and not a person who would be grieving Shiro in his absence as much as the rest of the team? Or that she’d only focus on Keith out of “worthiness” and not how lost and scared and out of his depth he’d feel?

Because it’s not like the team’s going to go “aah! We need to have seven people!” run to Earth, grab a hypothetical Ryou Shirogane and just all start treating him exactly like Shiro? Because, interpersonally you don’t have specific slots that you replace and the root of the Lion-paladin bonds really feel like interpersonal friendship, openness- a specific kind of harmony.

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Sheith Month Day 27: Knowledge

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Keith and Shiro are doing some deep diving to uncover the truth behind Voltron and the Lions, but they have to dig through some ancient parts of alien and human libraries. It brings back memories of Keith studying for exams and Shiro beside him, studying his training logs for his flight to Kerberos. 

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anonymous asked:

i saw an ask about how shiro has a lot of anger in him and that he's not the "soft space dad" that everyone makes him out to be. do you think shiro shows any signs of repressed anger or something along those lines?

Alright so, I think the best way to look at this is to cover it the same way I did for Keith–which is to say, where does Shiro’s anger come from? We know Shiro’s changed dramatically since Kerberos. Joaquim has described Keith as someone whose “experienced loss in his life, in his childhood.” Keith’s been shaped by that loss since a young age. But it seems that Shiro’s been in fairly good mental health prior to Kerberos. He was the garrison golden boy, someone cadets looked up to as their hero. The pioneer of a new era in space exploration. He was held in high esteem by his colleagues–until mission failure was scrolling across every TV screen. 

And while there is the notable absence of any parents or siblings–I personally believe he must be estranged from his family–I don’t think it had the same impact on Shiro that being orphaned had on Keith. Shiro was able to reach out to others and still make connections. Others saw him as approachable and amicable. He doesn’t live in constant fear of abandonment. While I do believe he’s a private person who maintains his own walls, he doesn’t shut people out entirely for fear of rejection the way Keith does. He’s more like someone who will put on a facade that everything’s fine and he’s got his life together. But yeah, I certainly don’t think there’s anything that points to him being anything but sweet, friendly, honest and compassionate.

These fits of “anger” don’t start until after Kerberos, so let’s take a look at why. The two common themes for Takashi’s outbursts are due to either 1) lashing out because people he cares about are in danger 

or 2) frustration about what the galra have done to him and all consuming fear that he’s turning into the monster they tried to make him. It’s this loss of autonomy that makes him break down 

And because Shiro identifies so closely with the Black lion, seeing Zarkon try to control her as well makes him furious. It’s not just a matter of fighting Zarkon because he’s the Bad Guy–this is very much a personal fight. “You’re no paladin.” Shiro’s not going to let her be made into a weapon against her will the way he was. “No one commands the Black Lion.” I’d also like to point out in season 3 Keith says “Shiro’s the Black Lion,” and there’s so much truth to that. It might be his lion Shiro’s defending, but the lesson here also boils down to No one commands me. He’s defying Zarkon and breaking free in this scene just like Black 

It’s also important to remember that, just like Keith has his high intensity emotions and abandonment issues, Shiro has PTSD. He was a prisoner of war for a year, and that leaves more scars than just the one on his face. He’s been through a lot, and healing isn’t always going to be soft smiles and perfect temperament. It’s not being able to drag yourself out of bed and constantly berating yourself for being useless. It’s believing you’re your symptoms and you’re just a horrible person. It’s having nervous breakdowns and screaming or crying or punching something in a sudden rage. It’s acting on impulse and doing something you immediately regret. It’s ugly and it’s hard and I’m glad with Shiro’s character arc we still get to see that. It’s not something you should just gloss over.

So again, I don’t think it’s that Shiro has a lot of anger in him or anything. He’s not someone who goes looking for a fight. I think he’s just someone dealing with his trauma and struggling with low self-worth. He’s also fiercely over protective, and that’s where a lot of his “rage” comes from. He’s an incredibly good person, but he’s wiling to act up a bit if it means protecting the people he loves–attacking Matt to save him, throwing away the alliance to rescue Keith, ect. 

He’s someone who will get his hands a bit dirty if it ensures his team’s survival. It’s a kind of instinct that was honed in the arena I think, this knowledge that you have to be willing to compromise some of your beliefs for a cause. Though not to the extent that you’re doing anything that makes you worse than the enemy. It’s a fine line to walk, but Shiro isn’t some infallible, perfect paladin. He’s human and he’s just trying to get by and lead his team as well as he can. The real tragedy is that he was always a good person–and he could’ve lived a relatively happy, long life if not for Kerberos. But even though he’s battle-worn and suffering from trauma now, he’s still so kind and gentle. The fact that anyone can still be so warm and caring after so much was taken from them–the universe really doesn’t deserve him 

“The only cure to all this madness; is too dream, far and wide, if possibility doesn’t knock, create a damn door. If the shoe doesn’t fit, don’t make it. If the journey your travelling seems to far fetched and wild beyond your imagination; continue on it, great things come to the risk takers. And last but not least, live today; here, right now, you’ll thank your future self for it later.”  
~ Nikki Rowe

I strongly believe that the fact that Allura never got to name the qualities of the blue paladin (for she was interrupted by fuckboi lance) in the first episode is actually a major foreshadowing. So during season 3, when Lance is having his worst time and his self esteem is on it’s lowest, she’ll approach him in front of the whole team and say: “For generations, the blue paladin has been known for being the most creative, brave and noble of the warriors. He shall be someone who sees beyond evident, thinks outside of what is reasonable and isn’t afraid to go against the odds for the sake of those he protect. You, Lance Mcclain, were chosen for a reason, and have, indeed, proven worthy of piloting the blue lion. Also truth be told, if it hadn’t been for Shiro and his running mouth you’d be leading Voltron right now, so get the fuck up and go kick some ass, cause hell, we can’t do it without you. Also you’re the freaking sharpshooter, are you kidding me, your shooting skills are ridonculous.” Then the whole squad will agree like it’s the most obvious thing in the world, like “dude, you seriously thought we didn’t need you, wtf??” So Lance will shed a tear and inmediatly proceed to get his gun, beat the shit out of Lotor and his whole flote, be the MVP of the season and have an agressive victory make out session with Keith.

Miraculous Ladybug and Voltron Roles

So I’ve been addicted to Voltron since this summer and I figured with Miraculous premiering in a few months, and Season 2 of Voltron just airing, I might as well share my thoughts on the Miraculous crew as the Paladins of Voltron.

So, I thought a lot about this, but I think Marinette would fit best in the Black Lion. However, there’s a catch. I think Marinette would be the Black Lion pilot that Keith was meant to be. Sure, she’s impulsive and trusts her instincts, much like the Red Lion’s pilot does, but she is meant to be a leader. Strategic, decisive. She’s got a lot to take on, a lot to grow and develop for, but… She’s exactly where Keith would be at the end of Season 2 in Shiro’s absence. So I think she’d do well with Black.

Chloe is definitely the Red Lion for me. She’s difficult to place, but it’d work out well in the grand scheme of things. We’ve seen in the show that she can be temperamental and passionate, and while I need to see more of her character to finally paint the best picture, for now I think she’d do well in Red.

Alya is Green Lion. She’s got her blog and her phone, very tech savy, she’s perfect. Inquisitive, intellect, and daring. How doesn’t Alya embody that? She always wants the answers, she goes out of her way for the truth… It’s perfect. 

Adrien is Yellow Lion. His character is constantly called the “sunshine child” for good reason, and if Hunk isn’t the embodiment of pure sunshine, there’s an issue. Adrien is constantly raising his friends up, defending them, and supporting them. It’s the very essence of who he is. I think he captures Yellow perfectly.

Nino is Blue Lion. Honestly, this one isn’t debatable. If the Blue is the most adaptable, the heart of Voltron, just open and honest–this is Nino to the key. He accepted Adrien after a short explanation, he’s just a great friend. And that’s one of the key ingredients with Blue.

Tikki is Princess Allura. Plagg is Coran. No arguments.

That’s all for now. I’ll probably do more characters later!


The Council: Teaser

How far would you be willing to go to find the truth? Would you knowingly throw yourself into the lions’ den? 

Glamour. Sex. Deceit. Danger. It’s all so enticing.

The deeper you go, the more you begin to realize that all things aren’t quite as the appear. 

All the answers you seek lie with them. 


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“The more doors you open to the mysteries, or sacred knowledge, the smaller you feel. And because you begin to feel smaller and smaller until your ego disappears, the more humble you become. Therefore, any man who behaves arrogantly with what little he knows, or claims to know all, only reveals to all that he really knows nothing. Real greatness does not reside inside those who feel large. The truly wise are meek. Yet being small and meek do not make one weak. Arming oneself with true knowledge generates strong confidence and a bold spirit that makes you a lion of God. The Creator does not want you to suffer, yet we are being conditioned by society to accept suffering, weak and passive dispositions under the belief that such conditions are favorable by God. Weakness is not a virtue praised by God. How could he desire for you to be weak if he tells us to stand by our conscience? Doing so requires strength. However, there is a difference between arrogance when inflating your ego, and confidence when one truly gets closer to God. One feels large, while the other feels small. Why? Because a man of wisdom understands that he is just a small pea in a sea of infinite atoms, and that in the end — we are all connected. And did you not know that the smaller a creature is, the bolder its spirit?”  

  ~ Suzy Kassem 

Smitten Kitten (Shifter!Stuckony)(Chapter One)

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MASTERLIST

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The elevator to the common area pinged open and the team poured out, all in varying levels of injured, all several steps past pissed off.

“That should have been easy! Instead it was a clusterfuck!!” Natasha fumed, the smoke pouring from her mouth with the words making everyone else uneasy. “What the hell went wrong?”

“Hey honey, why don’t you shift back all the way so you don’t accidentally light my couch on fire like you did last week?” Tony called from his position in Steve’s arms, cradled close to the big blonds chest.

“Tony, just be quiet and let us check you over.” Bucky interjected, and sent a steely eyed glare at Natasha. “Shift down, dragon lady. Steve, put him on the couch.”

Steve set Tony down carefully, ripping his shirt in one easy pull, showing the mess of bruises and cuts that decorated his ribs.

Damn it, Tony.” Clint flew in through the window, still partial shifted in his hawk form, tucking his giant wings behind him. “We told you to stay back. You could have seriously gotten hurt!”

“Oh yeah.” Tony rolled his eyes. “Tell the man in the suit with weapons to stay back and let the animals handle it. That sounds like a great idea.”

“Yeah well, if you would have listened you wouldn’t be all banged up, would you?” Clint pointed out, shifting back entirely into his human form, the wings and golden eyes disappearing. “Tasha, shift down baby, you’re smoking up the room.” He grabbed a blanket for her, and Natasha took a deep breath, the scales on her body rippling and shimmering and disappearing, claws retracting, and within a minute she stood at her usual five-two, green eyes and red hair. It was a far cry from her dragon, and everybody relaxed once she was wrapped in a blanket and headed to the kitchen to make coffee.

“Anything broken?” Steve asked and Bucky felt Tony’s ribs gingerly, mindful of the bruising, his fingers probing gently, blue eyes worried.

“Nothing cracked, just some hard bruising. What were you thinking?” His voice dropped into a growl, his Wolf still close to the surface and Tony swallowed hard, pushing back the wave of want at the sound.

“I didn’t want you guys to get hurt. So I stepped in.”

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Like call me total shipper trash but I can completely imagine every sequence in Lion King’s can you feel the love tonight with Bucky and Nat, like literally every frame.

On Shiro’s Bayard

ok, so this post actually got me wondering. when you think back, it’s kind of incredible that all of the paladins (minus allura) have been using their bayards since the very first episode, but we still don’t even know what form shiro’s bayard takes. 

the black bayard was in zarkon’s possession until the end of season 2, when shiro was able to reclaim it by unlocking the black lion’s ephemeral wings and their power to pass through solid objects:

that moment is still one of my favorites from the show, it gives me chills whenever I watch it. shiro always had such cool moments when he connected with the black lion. rip.

anyways, as he holds the bayard for the first time, it changes from the more pointed shape it had taken while in zarkon’s possession into the shape taken by the other paladins’ when not in use. it mirrors the scene in the first episode when everyone else picks up their bayard for the first time and waits to see what shape it takes, but in a kind of reverse wherein his unique weapon is still left a mystery.

as it turns out, the black bayard in combination with the red bayard creates voltron’s blazing sword, enabling voltron to pierce zarkon’s armor and end the fight.

however, this was in the s2 finale and shiro STILL hasn’t used his bayard outside of voltron. it’s especially interesting in light of season 4, because with keith gone the black bayard was back in shiro’s possession. thing is, I don’t think that s3/s4 shiro is the real shiro, and I think it’s significant that we haven’t seen him use the black bayard at all, since the bayards take a distinct shape for each paladin.

I am extremely curious as to what shape it’s gonna take for shiro. all of the other paladins have weapons that seem closely suited to their personalities, and I can’t come up with something that seems perfect for shiro. however, there was a certain parallel that stood out to me. when shiro takes the bayard from zarkon, he refers to it at first as zarkon’s bayard and keith corrects him, saying that it’s shiro’s. once again shiro has been given a weapon that he views as something foreign, akin to the galra technology that makes up his prosthetic arm. I have a suspicion and it might be totally out-there, but here are some things to consider:

  • the black lion is associated with a type of transcendance. zarkon and shiro have fought on the astral plane before, and the black lion’s ephemeral wings allow shiro to pass through solid matter and take back the bayard from zarkon in a manner that looks pretty similar to the astral projection they had done before.
  • shiro has a unique bond with his lion. twice now his eyes have glowed gold as they connect, something that hasn’t happened to any of the other paladins. the first time was in season 1 episode 2, during the exercise in which the paladins were supposed to see through their lions’ eyes and everyone fails spectacularly, except shiro. the second time was in the season 2 finale when shiro unlocks the ephemeral wings.
  • when shiro uses the black bayard in voltron, the cockpit of the black lion lights up and makes a sound. as far as I can remember this hasn’t happened with any of the other bayards. regardless, the next time we see the interior of the black lion, shiro is gone.

where am I going with this? basically, I’m wondering if perhaps the form that the black bayard takes for shiro is a little…unorthodox. he already has a personal weapon – his hand. maybe his bayard acts less as a weapon and more as a tool of some sort. it’s possible that the black lion alone was responsible for his disappearance in the season 2 finale, but it seems pretty suspect that it only happened once he used his bayard in voltron. as I said before, I also think it’s strange that clone shiro hasn’t used the bayard at all. I’m not really sure what’s going on here, but there’s definitely something. maybe we’ll see in season 5.