I recently read a theory about the Blue Paladin's virtues being Bravery, Compassion and Sacrifice? How do you think the team would respond if Lance died to save them?
The specific question: Sacrifice killing a paladin ultimately means the rest of the team is not going to survive much longer. Losing Lance would break the team in more ways than one. Shiro was the unifying thread to the team in s1e1 but Lance was the needle. I stand by that it’s thematically significant Lance is the only person who knew or knew of every other member of the team. Shiro had never met Hunk, Pidge and Keith hadn’t met each other and Hunk shows no recognition to Shiro. But Lance knew Pidge and Hunk as classmates, Keith as his rival, and Shiro as his hero- he not only knew everyone, he already had opinions of all of them.
I’ll also just toss out meta wise, narratively killing Lance would be garbage, since Lance is insecure, but he’s by no means that insecure. In the moment, yes, he will draw fire onto himself off allies, but he doesn’t do so out of suicidal inclinations. If anything, I’d say Lance is harder to catch in a situation like that, since he has a pretty clear sense of himself and his limits.
You want a member of the team who I could see screwing himself over and getting in serious hot water? Keith, especially if he were ever somehow cut off from the Red Lion, who is accommodatingly more protective of him than most of the other Lions.
Shifting gears, let’s talk Blue Paladin virtues because I think I’ve got a pretty solid handle on these. I do not think sacrifice is one of them- remember, that’s the virtue of the Yellow paladin, heavily emphasized as the central virtue and one reflected visibly in the power set: someone who puts the needs of others above his own.
Hey! First off I wanted to say that your analysis and meta posts are both very interesting and very illuminating. Which is to say they’re awesome! I’ve been trying to dabble in writing some fic on my own time and I’d been looking for decent, thorough, ACCURATE character meta posts for Lance in particular for awhile. Yours so far was the one (and a half) that I’ve found that really hit the nail on the head for me and it’s actually helped me figure out how to better write him emotionally. Thank you so much for that!
Second, I super dig all the meta. I’m hugely interested in contrasting themes and duality and I was super into how you described the Blue and Yellow Lions as being Voltron’s motion and stability, respectively. But, I didn’t see something equivalent explicitly describing what what the opposing/similar roles of the two arms are (though it’s possible I missed it I’ve been rather harried this week). I wanted to know if you had more thoughts on the subject.
On a related note, there was some subtext for common ground between Lance and Pidge that was sussed out that I also thought was interesting. You described Pidge as being adaptable, in that she can branch out into new territory and remake herself to fit the situation in a pinch. I think that’s 100% accurate to her and her element. I’ve seen people claim that the unknown virtues of the Blue Lion was adaptability before, and in a sense I also don’t think that’s entirely wrong; based on what you said, a better word for it as it encompasses Lance would probably be “flexible”.
So in theory, Pidge and Lance both share two different facets of the same trait (Pidge is adaptable and uses it defensively while Lance is flexible and uses it offensively?). Being that they’re differing limbs on opposing sides, you’d think they’d have the least in common of the paladins but I don’t think that’s quite the case. There’s possibly a diametric kind of theme to them revolving around how they operate. I was wondering if there was a similar parallel that could be made between Keith and Hunk and I wanted to know if you had any thoughts on that, too.
Sorry if it seems like a lot of nonsense but – I just really love duality themes and I feel like there’s more here. And you had a lot of interesting things to say about it already. ^^;;
So you’re suggesting that basically, besides the already established horizontal (arms vs. legs) and vertical (left vs. right) duality, there’s another duality that’s cross-body (left arm to right leg, right arm to left leg)?
Because that’s honestly a very interesting idea. As you say, there’s a bit of similarity in Lance and Pidge, but also some distinctions.
I’d agree with what you say about flexibility vs. adaptability. Because Pidge has this thing of changing character- reinventing herself, even at the cost of sacrificing things that she really values.
We’re shown that cutting her hair was a sacrifice, though I don’t think at this point we have the context to understand exactly what she was giving up or setting aside for her mission. I personally like the theory of trans girl Pidge, because I feel like that explains it nicely- Pidge is setting aside the, potentially hard fought presentation she prefers and is most comfortable with to find her family. It also explains how her telling the team that she’s a girl comes after she’s decided to think of them as family, too.
(also it just makes… Allura’s whole approach to the situation infinitely more comfortable to me, because it suggests that 1. it’s likely the mice know because Pidge talked to them the way she tends to talk to a lot of things that she doesn’t think can necessarily understand her, like Rover or the space caterpillars, and 2. it frames Allura as trying to respect Pidge but also encourage her that she can trust Allura with the pronouns she’s more comfortable with, that she may have already mentioned to the mice.
If Pidge is dfab and the mice knew her “secret” by looking at her body, not only is that a rather uncomfortable invasion of privacy in and of itself, but Allura’s pushiness gets real, egh, because as a dfab demiboy I know I would really not appreciate someone trying to encourage me into telling them that I’m a girl, because I’m not.)
But that all aside- adaptability is Pidge’s thing. She changes in order to proceed in her given environment.
Conversely, Lance is much more flexible, in the sense of… Lance never really leaves his core. We don’t see him really reimagine his behavior or appearance and there isn’t much to suggest he reinvents himself. He has an American accent but that doesn’t suggest he consciously got rid of a different Cuban accent- there’s lots of ways that could’ve happened, and Lance otherwise is completely comfortable making it clear where he’s from.
So this would suggest the idea there’s some thread of commonality between Keith and Hunk.
…Possibly, opposing Lance and Pidge’s shared category- Keith and Hunk are both people who are very confident and do great in their favored environment, but, outside of that- struggle a lot- Hunk is anxious and hesitant unless he’s in an area of personal mastery in which case he’s unstoppable, Keith is a real hotshot right up until he’s in say, a social get-together and “I. don’t. usually hug strangers…”
And it makes sense elementally, albeit in different ways. Hunk’s earth element makes sense that he, well, needs a foundation to operate comfortably. With Keith, it’s more a matter of, well, fire actually has a lot of needs- oxygen, fuel, and heat, in the right balance, or it’s very easily snuffed out.
It’d also fit because it’s another axis where Shiro fits smoothly in the middle- usually, Shiro is pretty flexible and versatile, as evidenced by his fighting style, but, there’s certain situations where he is intensely vulnerable to things throwing him off his groove (see: Beta Traz)
I’ve seen a couple of posts of Lance having healing powers with the idea of him basically being a martyr where using his power at all places serious hazards on him and overusing it hurts him, and while that’s a cool idea and a possible jumping-off-point to explore Lance’s lack of self worth, I feel like… it doesn’t really fit with him.
I feel like if you’re going to explore a narrative of self-sacrifice for the benefit of the team I’d look a lot more at Shiro and Allura who are very bad at burying their issues and internalizing them.