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Before starting, it's necessary to point out that VLD is one of those shows where everything is up for debate and will never make all the large fan groups happy. Time to buckle up...

  • Abandon Shipping:
    • When Shiro's age was revealed, many, but not all, stopped shipping him with the other Paladins. When he was revealed as gay many, but again not all, stopped shipping him with Pidge and Allura.
    • Believe it or not, a lot of people gave up on the Lotor ships once he was shown to be Evil All Along and no better than Zarkon.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Allura. In Season 1, she overrules Hunk's desire to return to Earth and doesn't seem to eager to allow the Paladins to contact their families and let them know they're, you know, alive. One can argue that this is due to her focus on fighting the Galra (and either going all the way back to Earth and back would be a hell of a long trip, or contacting them by other means would be too risky), but Hole in the Sky reveals that in an Alternate Universe, Alfor followed Allura's advice and turned Voltron on Zarkon... and 10,000 years later, the Alteans are worse than the Galra. With that in mind, some fans see her as potentially being Not So Different from those she's fighting against.
    • The Lions, what with their Blue and Orange Morality, are often subject to this. Special credit goes to Black and his still-existing bond with Zarkon. While Black is shown to prefer Shiro come Season 2, there is still a connection which can offer some doubts on what the Lions themselves feel is best for the universe.
    • With the reveal that Quintessence makes it very easy to become Drunk on the Dark Side, it's unclear how evil the villains really are. To give an example, Zarkon as he is now is past Zarkon's darkest thoughts and desires. While Ambiguous Innocence was fully in-play for him right from the start of the Whole-Episode Flashback, his ghost in Season 8 casts doubt on whether he would have actually done such horrible deeds had he been fully aware.
    • Some believe Keith and Pidge are autistic, mainly fans who are autistic themselves.
    • Why does Lotor want to preserve Altean culture and make them the dominant race of the universe? To genuinely honor his mother's race and the people he identifies with or just to give Zarkon another middle finger? Heck, whose to say it can't be all of the above?
    • Before the Paladins formed, Keith was a surly little brat who pushed other people away by being a Jerkass. So what was he doing hanging around someone like Shiro? Some took Keith's comment about Shiro being his brother literally and view them as half-brothers, even when canon shoots it down via showing Keith's parents, how they got together, etc., which does NOT include Shiro. And while the flashbacks didn't sink the half-brother theory, Word of God eventually confirmed that they weren't related.
    • Slav. Is his constant rambling about how actions will affect alternate realities just who he is, could it be a coping mask after having been tortured for months by the Galra, or is he actually a Seer? Again, can it be all of the above?
    • Veronica's crush on Keith. It only comes up in the Season 8 opener before it's dropped. Was she just teasing Lance or was it just a phase she moved on from?
  • Angst? What Angst?: While there are tears shed every now and then (when Keith leaves, when they learn Shiro has been dead since Season 2, or when Allura pulls a Heroic Sacrifice, the Paladins take a large amount of crazy shit extremely well. Romelle even feels the need to lampshade this in Season 7.
  • Arc Fatigue: Seems to be a largely downplayed opinion, but some fans think Pidge's family arc was this. The arc itself is well-done and heartwarming, but the way the seasons were laid out and then split up made it seem too drawn-out. S3 seemingly dropped it, only to pick it up in S4 with Matt being found, then Sam being rescued in S5. Had those seasons been structured differently, they could have gotten it done in a more timely fashion.
  • Ascended Fanon:
    • Lance coming from a Cuban family.
    • In the first two seasons, Lance's main weapon was just a standard blaster. Some fans took to saying he was wielding a sniper rifle and come Season 3, he's the team sharpshooter.
  • Author's Saving Throw: Keith and Lotor taking the reins in Season 3 wasn't very well received by many and thus many cheered when Shiro and Zarkon came back in Season 4.
  • Base Breaker:
    • Keith is either the most beloved or the most disliked of the Paladins. In Season 1, he was an underdeveloped Jerkass who was not only The Friend Nobody Likes but he came so close to being an Entitled Bastard. While this caused half the fanbase to hate him, it caused the other half to love him due to him being pretty and, in some ways, "relatable" (since many fans are isolated teenagers also angry at the world and everything). After his Character Development, the debate is on about whether or not he's redeemed himself or still just a Flat Character that the show could do without.
    • Allura as detailed in Alternative Character Interpretation. Others tend to reduce her solely to her role in shipping fields, which shifts depending on whether she's shipped with Lance or with Lotor (and sometimes, Shiro).
    • Slav. A funny Genius Ditz or an annoying Scrappy that we can do without?
    • As with every character like him, Lotor. A new age visionary who was dealt a bad hand but ultimately tried his best or a whiny, weaselly, Entitled Bastard turd blossom?
      • His generals to a lesser degree. Well-developed Anti-Villains or Flat Characters that reek of being DeviantArt OCs? The one which breaks the base the most is usually Zethrid. Those that defend her tend to use a similar argument to pre-Season 3 Keith, while detractors view her as the typical Dumb Muscle Brute with her Hidden Depths, that fail to endear her to them, seeming more tacked on than a natural part of her character.
    • Pidge has gotten some of this since the ending. Is she a well-written, deep female character who greatly improved on the 80s' concept of the Green Lion's pilot, or a selfish and entitled Mary Sue who got the best ending due to being a Creator's Pet ... and white?
    • Honerva, especially at the end. Is she a Karma Houdini who all but forced Allura to sacrifice herself so she could have her Happily Ever After with Zarkon in the afterlife, or a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds who just wanted her family back after losing them AND herself?
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Two of the Breather Episodes.
    • Season 6's Monsters & Mana. It's just the Paladins playing Altean Dungeons & Dragons. While there's some hints about the ship war between Lance/Allura and Lotor/Allura (and a throwaway line about breaching the Quintessence Field), it's still pretty much the only episode that can be watched alone.
    • Season 7's The Feud! Bob is never seen, mentioned, or heard from again.
  • Broken Base: The Lion's Pride two-parter is a Series Fauxnale but there are some fans who feel that the show should have ended then and there. And this belief only swelled in popularity after Season 8.
  • Complete Monster: Sendak dives right into this in the second half of the show. While Zarkon, Honerva and, even Lotor had sympathetic moments and tragic backstories he most emphatically did not. His first act of this is condemning a whole colony of Galra citizens to die out of sheer petty spite (Omega Shield). Then the invasion of Earth happens. Sendak all but bombs the planet to a state comparable to WWII before rounding up the populace as mining slaves. Then he stabs Sanda in the back when she delivers the Lions to him before prepping his six Zaiforge cannons to destroy the planet (for reference two would achieve planetary disintegration). And when that fails, he shows that he has no problem sacrificing all his men just to get a shot at killing Shiro.
  • Counterpart Comparison: A lot of people have drawn comparisons between Shiro and the Marvel Cinematic Universe's incarnation of the Winter Soldier.
  • Critical Dissonance: For how much the fans have thrown tantrums againt Season 8, it still scored a respectable 86% on Rotten Tomatoes.
  • Die for Our Ship: Has its own page.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Lotor. In fact, he seems to have designed with this trope in mind.
  • Ear Worm: Coran, Coran, the Gorgeous Man!
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Coran, Coran, the Gorgeous Man!
    • Sven, a one-episode homage to the 80s series, became super popular with the fans. Especially the shippers.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: For better or for worse, both Shiro/Keith and Keith/Lance.
  • Fandom Rivalry: With She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. It was deliberately perpetuated by the creators of SPOP, who childishly bragged that their show would have much better LGBT representation than Voltron, and then put the majority of the focus on shipping in the first two seasons. Naturally, and quite understandably, Voltron fans went on the defensive.
  • Fanfic Fuel: Alternate Universes exist. Time to start the engines.
  • Fanon:
    • Keith and Shiro being half-brothers. Even when it was Jossed. As said below in Ship-to-Ship Combat, many are open to the idea of Acxa being Keith's half-sister or even his full sister in Galra!Keith AUs.
    • Keith's last name is "Kogane", Lance and Veronica's is "McClain", and Hunk's is "Garrett."
      • If Shiro and Keith are half-brothers, then they're referred to as the "Broganes."
    • Most people like to think of the Lions as all female and Voltron as male, despite only Blue and Green being established as females.
    • Zarkon's Cool Ship is "Castle Doom."
  • Fanon Discontinuity:
    • Shiro/Allura shippers generally ignore the fact that Shiro is either gay or gay-leaning bisexual.
    • In Seasons 5 and 6, Lotor was a surprisingly realistic take on Draco in Leather Pants. Yes, he wasn't 100% squeaky clean but he wasn't as bad as Zarkon and didn't much care for needless deaths while also being conscious that he needed to win the court of public opinion. Him being Evil All Along didn't sit well with many. Other saw it coming a mile and a half away, and were simply wondering WHEN would it be revealed.
    • Season 8. Many, MANY fans want to ignore how Shiro married Curtis and not Keith, Allura or others., plus Allura ascending to godhood to fix the realities, even when Word of God implies that she'll be able to return sooner or later.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • With Transformers. Do we even need to say why?
    • With Steven Universe. Both Zarkon and the Diamonds seek to rip the Life Energy out of planets while conquering the universe. Writers disagree on whether the Gems or the Galra would win in a fight. It's very rare to see both factions be an even match for the other, one will always have a notable edge. It's usually, but not always, the Gems.
    • With Ben 10. Both Lance and Ben are Idiot Heroes that use advanced alien technology for their heroics. If they switched places, it's likely no one would notice. To a lesser degree, both shows have no concept whatsoever of how big the universe is.
  • Growing the Beard: By the end of Season 1, the show really comes into its own.
  • I Knew It!: Pidge is a girl.
  • Internet Backdraft: Shiro being revealed as gay. Not necessarily because of homophobia but because it's presented as nothing special or notable (no different than saying Shiro's favourite colour is orange), which many fans see as downplaying something quite important for Shiro as a whole. Others argue that not focusing 24/7 on Shiro's sexuality is the point and a good sign of LGBT representation in the media, since many LGBT characters are saddled with stereotypes and/or have their personalities centered solely on their sexualities and Shiro being Straight Gay defies such stuff.
  • Iron Woobie: SHIRO. At the ripe age of 25/26, this man has gone through massive, gigantic HELL and has been more than a bit traumatized for it. Even then he keeps going on and helping his friends, especially his troubled companion Keith.
    • All of the Paladins, and especially Keith and Allura, evolve into this with time. Lance, of all people, might be the biggest example at the very end.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Keith at the beginning (he evolves into an Iron Woobie later), Lotor, and arguably both Zarkon and Honerva.
  • Never Live It Down: Oh, so many examples, but the biggest would be:
    • The series itself, for having one of the most toxic fandoms ever, mainly due to idiotic shipping wars taken way too far. This includes fans suicide-baiting each other for shipping Shiro with any of the Paladins, a Klance fan blackmailing Studio Mir to try to get her ship made canon, and fans threatening and harassing the staff, the voice actors, and Josh Keaton's wife and children over every perceived slight.
    • The creators will forever be reviled as "racist, sexist, homophobic, queer-baiting liars" by fans who practically demanded the series end a certain way and didn't get what they wanted in the end. Mostly angry militant Sheith shippers, but also Allura "fans" who think the writers are racist because Allura, a woman with dark skin and therefore "black coded" willingly performed a Heroic Sacrifice at the end while the white Pidge lived and got to have her whole family back. Some fans have even started petitions and harassed DreamWorks people demanding other projects fire Lauren and Joaquim so they won't "ruin" another series.
  • One True Threesome: Some fans have tried to solve the Ship-to-Ship Combat problem via invoking this trope instead. Some of the combos they've come up with are: Shiro/Keith/Lance, Keith/Lance/Allura, Lance/Allura/Lotor, Keith/Shiro/Adam (especially in an "Adam lives" Alternate Universe scenario), Keith/Shiro/Curtis, etc.
    • For a non-Shipping War example, Hunk/Pidge/Shay aka Punk Rock has been shipped, due to Hunk having quite the ship tease with both girls and people thinking Shay and Pidge should interact overall.
    • Another non-ship war example has the MFE pilots (Nadia Rizavi, James Griffin, Ina Leifsdottir and Ryan Kinkade) in a Polyamory-like relationship. It helps that the four canonically are roommates on top of being teammates...
  • Ron the Death Eater:
    • Romelle and Lance are this for many Lotor fans, since the first revealed Lotor's Evil All Along deals and the latter is his love rival plus Allura ultimately chooses him.
    • The loudest Sheith fans LOATHE both of Shiro's canon love interests, Adam and Curtis. Many of them also feel threatened by Lance and, to a smaller degree, James Griffin since both have Foe Yay with Keith. There's also Acxa, who is feared by many Sheith fans for her and Keith's Ship Tease in season 7 and her being featured in his ending.
      • The Sheith fans have even been known to target Allura taking her coldness and distrust of Keith following The Blade of Marmora revealing that Keith is half-Galra and turning it Up to Eleven. Never mind that Allura got over this four episodes later and admitted that it was stupid and childish act on her part. Not related to ships, Allura can get this treatment for her penchant on keeping important things secret, in a manner much like Rose Quartz.
  • Robo Ship: Pidge/Beezer, though it's minimal and mostly Played for Laughs.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Admiral Sanda. The most Obstructive Bureaucrat ever, to the point where very few fans actually felt sorry for her when she died.
    • Curtis, the Communications Officer aboard the Atlas. Why is this near Bit Character, whose limited screentime shows him as a quiet and kind Nice Guy plus as a good and efficient Atlas crew-member, so hated? Because in the last episode of the show, he marries Shiro. Not only was there very little Ship Tease between the two but the Sheith shippers, many of them being pretty... possessive (to say it nicely) over their ship, erupted over this, decrying Curtis as a succubus. (Just like some had decried Adam as a traitor in the past, and accused Lance of being abusive while also branding every single Klance fan of being entitled... plus when the [now cancelled for economic reasons] VLD comics were said to have potential Shiro/Curtis interactions, the same fans who cried about Curtis being a "random" shat themselves in horror over the possibility of him and Shiro having actual Ship Tease and bullied one of the comics' writers off the internet) Reactions to him can go from "One can understand where the anger is coming from but it's not worth getting worked up over" to "Tar and quarter him!", plus some "... dudes, he's fictional, get over it."  
  • Seasonal Rot:
    • Season 3 is thought to start this as things begin getting a bit weirder, namely with the Trans-Reality Comet. The Lions switching up is also a point of contention.
    • Season 7. While people liked Sendak's invasion, the first half of the season felt like a slow mess to some after the high stakes of Season 6.
    • Season 8. For many fans (several of them, unsurprisingly, being rabid shippers), it was Jumping the Shark to extents that not even the Fonz could. Even without taking the ships into account, the sheer amount of weirdness (even by Voltron standards) was off-putting to many. This show started out as "Combining Mecha fights The Empire" and by Season 8, the Paladins were going into people's minds, travelling through multiple alternate realities, and to the wellspring of The Multiverse. And the ending essentially hitting the Reset Button on the universe. All the destroyed planets (even Daibazaal and Altea) come back perfectly intact and everyone lives happily ever after.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: In all seriousness, this show is worse about this than even iCarly was. If we listed out everything in full detail, we'd be here until the second coming so we'll give you the SparksNotes version.
    • Keith is a weird mix of Ambiguously Bi and Celibate Hero, but he and Lance are Vitriolic Best Buds and even those who don't ship them can see where some may read the Foe Yay as coming from. Klance shippers, as they're called, are in a constant state of war with Sheith (Shiro/Keith) with each camp demonizing the other (Klance fans say Sheith supports pedophilia and makes Shiro a predator, while Sheith fans say Lance is abusive towards precious cinnamon roll Keith). To make matters worse, Klance is one of this show's Vocal Minorities and, like any Vocal Minority on any other show, violently lashes out at everyone, not just other fans but even the show's creators and the actors for anything that goes against their ship. And like every Vocal Minority, this had led to all the other fans assuming that all Klance fans are raving lunatics, when... well, not everyone is.
      • Shiro/X Paladin also tends to get this treatment from those who ship "X" with anyone else given the age gap between Shiro and the other Paladins. To be fair, the age gap is not that large (7-8 years at the most), but everyone else is still a minor and this leads to Shiro shippers being viewed, as said above, as supporting pedophilia.
    • Oh the war between Allura/Lance and Allura/Lotor. It's a classic Betty and Veronica IN SPACE! Lance shippers argue (not fully without reason) that Lotor is an unrepentant mass-murderer and wanna-be god while accusing him (again, not without reason), of abusing and manipulating Allura. Lotor shippers go the full Ron the Death Eater route for poor Lance, saying he acts like he's entitled towards Allura and even accusing him of sexually harassing her (when, while he WAS pretty annoying regarding here at the start, part of his Character Development involving him coming to genuinely like her). When Allura/Lance became canonized and Lotor was shown to be Evil All Along (or at most, a ruthless Anti-Villain), flaming erupted.
    • And to show how serious this is, Sheith shippers, alias the other Vocal Minority, of the show have been known to bash poor Adam. Yes, the bit character who does not do, or even say, anything noteworthy and is only there to establish that Shiro is gay and had a failed almost-marriage, and to him and Adam being Star-Crossed Lovers.. Adam's failed past with Shiro should be a free pass for Sheith shippers but... well everyone know what fans are like. Sheith fans were so jealous of Adam that they accused him of being the only one to blame for his and Shiro's break-up, never-mind that both had parts on it, and compared him not mollycoddling Shiro about his decisions as him being inferior to Keith as a lover.
      • When Keith got Ship Tease with the Lady of War Acxa in Season 7, Sheith fans started either screaming at the possibility of Keith being straight or straight-leaning bi, or passive-aggressively decrying Acxa as "not a threat" when it was clear that her mere presence made them insecure, or insisting that Acxa would eventually be revealed as Keith's half-sister since his still-living mother Krolia is a Galra and Acxa herself is half-Galra too. Which, needless to say, didn't happen.
    • It became EVEN WORSE in Season 8, where Shiro and Keith stayed friends -- and Shiro married Curtis, the Communications Officer of the Atlas; the Sheith fans immediately screamed in horror at the sight of their ship being sunk (after many of them arrogantly assumed it'd be canon due to all the Ship Tease), and start bashing both the ship and the character that "ruined" theirs, even accusing the show-runners of being homophobes and queer-baiters for not canonizing it. Because onscreen gay weddings and kisses are homophobic and gross if the ones involved are one half of a popular ship... and the other person is not.
    • Some Keith/Lance shippers have gone as far as to treat Allura/Lance as a case of Ship Sinking due to the pair becoming Star-Crossed Lovers following Allura's Heroic Sacrifice at the end, dismissing their relationship as little more than a footnote in the series or accusing it of being a Romantic Plot Tumor (when it only took up about a fourth of season 8's screen time) or "ruining" Lance's character (when he'd shown his devotion to her as well as his growing maturity as early as season 4). Many even claim their ship may as well be canon since Keith ended the series single and Allura is gone - completely ignoring the fact that not only did Lance more or less say he'd love Allura forever, but that the ending hinted that she CAN return after a while and that the Lions are implied to have gone off to find her.
    • Shiro/Allura fans became so invested in their ship, watching and rewatching and creating all kinds of meta and headcanon as to why Shiro and Allura would be the ideal couple. When Shiro's sexuality reveal jossed their ship, a Vocal Minority went berserk, accusing the writers of "forcing" Shiro being gay in their faces as well Shiro slash shippers of attacking them right and left. They especially blamed Keith for being Shiro's most popular pairing and "stealing everything away from him" and scoffed at the budding romance between Lance and Allura, claiming Lance wasn't good enough for her.
    • That said, many Shiro slash shippers could be quite rude to people who shipped Shiro with female characters and didn't act like huge victims about it.
  • So Okay It's Average:
    • Season 3. Its heavy serialization severely limits its rewatch value, it focuses very heavily on Keith, and its shortened episode count. Its saving grace, aside from introducing Lotor and his generals, is agreed to be The Legend Begins, often praised as one of the show's greatest episodes.
    • Season 4 (largely for the exact opposite reasons for Season 3). It's not heavily serialized, Keith is Out of Focus (though that could be a positive), ongoing plots (Keith's coming of age arc, his heritage, Project: Kuron, Pidge's family), are dropped or ignored, and Team Voltron doesn't get to fight against Lotor's generals. That said, the two part finale; Begin the Blitz and A New Defender; are considered high points for the show. Perhaps not so coincidentally, the two seasons were meant to be one before they were split.
  • Special Effect Failure: Mostly related to Conspicuous CG.
    • Voltron and other mechas often move in a Large Ham manner, looking more like drunk dancers than warriors fighting for the fate of the universe.
    • When Sendak's ship crashes in Lion's Pride, Part 1, it just flops over, like it's a child's toy. It's said to be damaged totally beyond recovery but the only visible damage is some minor scratches on its upper hull. Even the readouts on the IGF Atlas and the Green Lion don't seem to picking up any damage to it.
  • Stoic Woobie: The Blade of Marmora members, especially Krolia.
  • Too Cool to Live: Thace. Pretty handsome in Galra terms, The Ace skill-wise, a Consummate Professional, and a Badass Normal so amazing that he, briefly, fooled Haggar. There's no way this character was gonna last.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • In Season 5, it looks like Lance will figure out that something is up with Shiro. Nope, it defaults back to Keith figuring out in the next season and wrapping it all up very quickly.
    • Lotor, for all his many, many, many faults, really did want the Galra to stop conquering and build alliances with other races. Seeing The Empire reform from within is something many viewed as a fresh take on the classic Space Opera storyline...
  • Vocal Minority: Keith/Lance and Keith/Shiro shippers. In a show where most fans honestly cannot give a damn about shipping, simply rolling with Allura/Lance because it's easier than fighting it. We warned you this show was worse than iCarly didn't we?
  • The Woobie: Way too many to list here...
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