History Anime / Voltron

10th Jul '17 5:49:48 PM Bissek
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** Planet Doom has returned to being able to pose a threat to the galaxy despite Voltron trashing most of its infrastructure in the finale.
10th Jul '17 5:46:18 PM Bissek
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** The Galaxy Garrison does send some help in the PostScriptSeason, in the form of... one senior officer, who proceeds to forbid the team from forming Voltron and micromanaging their tactics. He then blames the ineffectiveness of his tactics on the youth of the pilots rather than on the fact that he'd hamstrung an elite unit with his stupid orders. He gets relieved for incompetence and shipped back home in a single episode.


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* MilitariesAreUseless: Apart from the Voltron Force, the Galaxy Garrison is completely useless. The team fights the entire war using entirely allies and resources they found on their own.


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* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: The top speed of the Voltron lions is Mach 10, but they're able to fly between planets in a fairly short amount of time. For reference, traveling between Earth and Mars at that speed would take about seven months under ideal orbital conditions. Traveling between systems would take years.


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* StatusQuoIsGod: Between the original finale and the PostScriptSeason.
** Zarkon has returned to the throne of Planet Doom.
** Lotor is back in a subordinate position without any sign that he's been punished for his coup.
** Haggar and Lotor are working together again, despite having betrayed each other in the finale.
** The Voltron Force is in an antagonistic relationship with the mice that they hadn't had since episode 4 of the original show. Pidge, who was actually the mice's closest ally after Allura, is the one most opposed to the mice's activities (which are far worse than anything they pulled in the original anime).
8th Jul '17 5:14:43 PM Bissek
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* VillainsActHeroesReact: At times it seems like Arus keeps forgetting that it's at war whenever Zarkon stops attacking for a while. Rather than do anything to strip Zarkon of the ability to keep sending more Robeasts to them, the only times they concern themselves with issues outside of Arus is if someone explicitly requests that the Voltron Force intervene.

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* VillainsActHeroesReact: At times it seems like Arus keeps forgetting that it's at war whenever Zarkon stops attacking for a while. Rather than do anything to strip Zarkon of the ability to keep sending more Robeasts to them, for most of the show, the only times they concern themselves with issues outside of Arus is if someone explicitly requests that the Voltron Force intervene.
8th Jul '17 5:13:59 PM Bissek
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* YouHaveFailedMe: This gets pulled on Yurak, and later on Lotor. Then when Zarkon himself fails, the Drule Empire frees Lotor so he can invoke the trope against Zarkon.
8th Jul '17 4:58:01 AM Bissek
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* KissDiss: There's an infrequently used piece of StockFootage in which Pidge tries to get a kiss from Allura, only for Allura to have him be kissed on the cheek by the mice.
8th Jul '17 4:53:25 AM Bissek
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* FallingIntoTheCockpit: Allura did not appear to have any pilot training before deciding to take over as Sven's replacement on the team. She is noticeably the weakest pilot on the team for some time afterwards.



** The Lions run (or fly) in formation.



* TrailersAlwaysLie: The opening credits claim that the show is the story of a team sent by the Galaxy Alliance to retrieve Voltron. This is wrong on many levels.
** The team's original mission had nothing to do with Voltron. They were sent to discover what Zarkon was up to, got captured, escaped, and found the Castle of Lions and Voltron by chance after getting shot down.
** The team first assembles Voltron in episode 4 (or to put it another way, roughly 3% of the way through the series), and never take it back to Alliance HQ.
** One member of the team featured in the opening credits (Sven) is incapacitated early on and doesn't come back until a later season, but remains in the credits instead of having Allura appear.



* VillainBall: In "The White Lion" Haggar succeeds in capturing four of the five members of the Voltron Force, but instead of just cutting their throats or something, she ties them up and waits for them to wake up so she can gloat about her victory and make them watch as the Lion Robeast kills them, which gives Keith time to draw away the Robeast and Coran and Nanny to deliver the Blue Lion and drive away Haggar.

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* VillainBall: In "The White Lion" Haggar succeeds in capturing four of the five members of the Voltron Force, but instead of just cutting their throats or something, she ties them up and waits for them to wake up so she can gloat about her victory and make them watch as the Lion Robeast kills them, which gives Keith time to draw away the Robeast and Coran and Nanny to deliver the Blue Lion and drive away Haggar. This is not the only example of times the villains snatched defeat from the jaws of victory by needing to make a production out of the death of the Voltron Force.


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* VillainsActHeroesReact: At times it seems like Arus keeps forgetting that it's at war whenever Zarkon stops attacking for a while. Rather than do anything to strip Zarkon of the ability to keep sending more Robeasts to them, the only times they concern themselves with issues outside of Arus is if someone explicitly requests that the Voltron Force intervene.
6th Jul '17 12:38:48 AM BioRobo
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* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: In France the narration set to the music composed by Dale Schacker was replaced with a song by Arias Norbert. The lyrics apply only to Lion Force, though.
25th Jun '17 4:32:10 AM Bissek
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* AcquiredPoisonImmunity: Haggar gave this to Zarkon, something which doesn't get revealed until after Lotor tries to poison him.



* AdaptationalHeroism: Voltron origins are much more heroic than his Anime/GoLion counterpart where it was explained that Voltron was turned into five lions due to a trap by Haggar who disguised herself as a Goddess and cast a curse on Voltron. In [=GoLion=], the reason why [=GoLion=] was tuned into five lions was due to his arrogance and constantly fighting everyone he meet until a benevolent Goddess punish him after he refuse to heed her warnings to stop fighting and tried to kill her.

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* AdaptationalHeroism: Voltron origins are much more heroic than his Anime/GoLion counterpart where it was explained that Voltron was turned into five lions due to a trap by Haggar who disguised herself as a Goddess and cast a curse on Voltron. In [=GoLion=], the reason why [=GoLion=] was tuned into five lions was due to his arrogance and constantly fighting everyone he meet until a benevolent Goddess punish punished him after he refuse refused to heed her warnings to stop fighting and tried to kill her.



* CoolSword

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* CoolSwordCoolSword: The Blazing Sword, which gets pulled out OncePerEpisode.



* SchizoTech: Voltron and the Castle of Lions are state of the art, while everything else on the planet appears to be using a medieval tech base.



* StockFootage: Including stock audio. The line "And I'll form the head!" seems weird in Lion Voltron since the Black Lion forms both the head and entire body... but both shows used the same narration for the combining sequence. Thankfully, the Go Lion TransformationSequence has the head transforming on its own, so the whole thing works.

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* StockFootage: Including stock audio. The exact amount used (some scenes get skipped or compressed) varies from episode to episode depending on how much time the animators needed to fill after the actual storyline of the episode is accounted for, but the key clips that get brought up all the time are:
** The center of the control room rises under Coran's feet, revealing the entrance to the ziplines.
** The Voltron Force runs to the ziplines.
** The Voltron Force rides the ziplines to the trams.
** The Voltron Force ([[ChangingClothesIsAFreeAction now wearing their pilot uniforms despite being dressed in civvies in the previous stock footage scenes]]) rides the trams to their Lions.
** The Voltron Force inserts their keys and activate the Lions.
** The Lions leave their respective hangars.
** The Lions form Voltron.
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The line "And I'll form the head!" seems weird in Lion Voltron since the Black Lion forms both the head and entire body... but both shows used the same narration for the combining sequence. Thankfully, the Go Lion TransformationSequence has the head transforming on its own, so the whole thing works.works.
** Voltron forms Blazing Sword.


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* UncannyFamilyResemblance: Allura and Romelle are distant cousins who look almost exactly alike.
24th Jun '17 7:26:57 PM Bissek
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* GoGoEnslavement: Lotor keeps at least a dozen slave girls whose sole duty is to dance for him in harem outfits. He fully intends to have Allura and Romelle join them once they are captured.
24th Jun '17 7:07:33 PM Bissek
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* ArmchairMilitary: The Galaxy Garrison spends all their time talking about what the Voltron Force is doing rather than sending them supplies, reinforcements, or taking advantage of the fact that Zarkon's attention was focused on Arus to attack on another front.

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* ArmchairMilitary: The Galaxy Garrison spends all their time talking about what the Voltron Force is doing rather than sending them supplies, reinforcements, or taking advantage of the fact that Zarkon's attention was focused on Arus to attack on another front. After the initial arc, they don't even show up to do that much very often.



* ChangingClothesIsAFreeAction: The StockFootage shows the Voltron Force entering the ziplines wearing civilian clothes, and then dropping off of the ziplines and landing in the trams to the lions dressed in their pilot uniforms.

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* ChangingClothesIsAFreeAction: The StockFootage shows the Voltron Force entering the ziplines wearing civilian clothes, and then dropping off of riding in the trams they drop into from the ziplines and landing in the trams to the lions dressed in wearing their pilot uniforms.



* DividedWeFall: Since all five members of the Voltron Force have to be present in order to form Voltron, many of Haggar and Lotor's plans center around separating one member of the team from the rest so that they can try to take the rest of the team out without Voltron coming into the equation. These plans invariably fail to work long enough.
* DoomedHometown: Lotor turns Pidge's home planet into a radioactive wasteland as part of a plot to lure the Voltron Force off Arus. After which Allura grants Pidge Arusian citizenship so that he can make himself a new home there.



* EvilDetectingDog: Allura's mice can always tell if somebody is really Haggar under a glamour.



* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: The weapons systems that each Lion and Voltron possess are never explicitly listed, so new weapons pop up out of nowhere every few episodes. The only Voltron weapons that show up on a regular basis are the flamethrower arms and the Blazing Sword, the latter of which is used in pretty much every episode in which Voltron is formed (which is almost all of them).



** Pidge is also a war orphan who eventually was adopted.

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** Pidge is also a war orphan who eventually was adopted. And then Lotor slagged his home planet.
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