What do you think the not- robeast products of haggar's handiwork are like? After what she wanted to do to shiro I really wonder about that.
Well, the interesting thing is in DotU, “robeasts” were not always giant sized. (there was some dodgy 80s physics in how they were always scaled up for the final fight) but some of them were pretty small-scale, and some of them were actually pretty humanoid.
Prince Bokar, incidentally, was a shapeshifting snake person and seemingly a robeast as he was created by Haggar (somehow. Like I said, dodgy 80s physics)
Haggar’s clearly been working on this “monster”-creating process for a long time, when for the vast majority of the last ten thousand years, the empire would have had no enemies on the scale of which a godzilla-sized death monster would really be useful.
But given the classism and racism entrenched in Zarkon’s fleet, slave gladiators could never be promoted to “proper” rank and file soldiers. And yet Haggar claims Shiro would be her greatest weapon. That’s pretty damning evidence for what she intended for him.
The rebels were also very suspicious of a non-galra in a prisoner uniform which would seem strange unless the empire has at least on occasions used prisoners as weapons- enough that people fighting the empire would be wary of them.
This would all seem to point to the idea that the “monsters” Haggar creates can be on a much smaller scale. Honestly, that’s something I wonder about in regards to Shiro- because Haggar has the obvious means to move people from one body to another. It’s just every time we’ve seen it has seemed obvious and straightforwards because they’re going from their normal body to a giant robot.
Part of Shiro’s memories in s3e5 involved him being put into a tube of pink liquid, and the only time we’ve seen people suspended in those tubes is the empire loading people into different bodies. So a possibility I consider as a counterpoint to the clone theory is we’re following the same Shiro- but he’s not in the same body.
It’d explain his hair growth (the newer body would have had to have been rapidly grown to maturity, which would show in terms of hair), it’d explain how he could possibly have further modifications that didn’t leave any obvious mark, and it’d explain the other ‘him’ he saw: we never see what happens to the old body after it’s evacuated, so it’s possible yanking someone out of their body vaporizes the old one but it’s also entirely possible it just. stays behind.
After all, the ‘other’ Shiro on the table is completely unresponsive, and doesn’t seem to be breathing.
The main issue there is how is Haggar good enough at duplicating bodies to replicate scar tissue- unless, perhaps, Shiro’s nose scar is not an injury from the ring like we thought but something caused by a very specific tool, in which case applying the same tool to both bodies would predictably create the same scar. Something that would look more likely if we see any other ex-imperial prisoners that have that horizontal cut across their nose.