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  • Abandon Shipping:
    • The age discourse didn't stop everyone, but it did put a large dent into people shipping Shiro with the other Paladins after it was revealed Shiro was an adult and the rest of the cast were somewhere in their teens. Subsequently a massive abandonment of the Shiro/Allura ship occurred after Wondercon 2017 when it was confirmed that Allura was also a teenager. After Matt Holt was introduced into the show proper, an abandonment of the Shiro/Matt ship also occurred due to potential implications that he was also a teenager.
    • Many people abandoned their heterosexual ships involving Shiro (such as Shiro/Allura or Shiro/Pidge) after it was revealed that Shiro is gaynote  and had a boyfriend prior to the start of the series.
    • Any ships involving Lotor. Even before he physically appeared, Lotor was already being shipped with all of the main characters. It did not help when it appeared that this incarnation of Lotor was actually more heroic than any other version, starting out as a Noble Demon, then revealing that he was Good All Along. That, alongside having excellent chemistry with the rest of Team Voltron, made him extremely popular with the fandom. Then Season 6 reveals that he's actually no better than his father (just don't say it to his face) who had been harvesting Quintessence from the thousands of Alteans who he had been trying to "help." When this is revealed, the heroes and the fans quickly turned on him.
  • Angst Aversion: The much more bleak scenarios tend to be rather hard to sit through due to how much torment the characters go through. The deaths of Lotor and Allura in particular feel unnecessarily dark and bring up unfortunate implications, especially the latter happening in the series finale
  • Angst? What Angst?:
    • It's revealed in the episode "The Depths" that Queen Luxia was being mind controlled by a giant monster masquerading as a garden, which had been forcing her to feed hundreds of her people to it, which were then killed, turned into food and harvested as mind-controlling sustenance for her and her people... in short, hundreds of citizens were killed and eaten by their fellow merpeople. Lance and Hunk also ate some of this food. Even after this is revealed, practically no one reacts with the appropriate amount of horror the situation calls for. It's possible the merpeople are waiting for the Paladins to leave before expressing it, but it's still jarring to watch.
    • The Paladins get a little bit of this, as they keep going with little reaction regardless of what happens to them. A good example being Lance and Hunk not seeming too upset about the above-mentioned reveal with the merpeople, other than a quick, 5-second comment from Hunk. Romelle even lampshades it in Season 7.
  • Arc Fatigue: With the already-divisive storyline of Keith joining the Blade of Marmora continuing past Season 5, there's plenty of complaints from the fandom that the story's going on far too long. However, these complaints have also been going on since Season 4. The show's schedule, which has already caused controversy, is likely partly to blame. Luckily, the storyline ended in the beginning of Season 6.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • In the weeks preceding the release of Season 4 the official Voltron page released a series of promotional vlogs of the various heroes recapping their adventures in space. Keith's in particular deals with a lot of his emotional hangups and acknowledgement of his flaws, as well as gives him a few moments of levity, seemingly addressed the various criticisms of the character, many of which are described below.
    • Joaquim Dos Santos and Lauren Montgomery have confirmed at ECCC 2018 that Keith will return to Team Voltron in Season 6, satisfying many fans who were disappointed with him being Out of Focus in Seasons 4 and 5 due to him being in the Blade of Marmora. Indeed, Keith appears in all but two episodes of Season 6.
    • At SDCC 2018, the creators confirmed that Seasons 7 and 8 will have 13 episodes instead of 6-7 episodes like Season 3-6, satisfying many fans who were disappointed with the shortened number of episodes for the previous four seasons.note 
    • After many were incensed at Shiro's downplayed homosexuality and his boyfriend suffering a quick Bury Your Gays in Season 7, the very last scene of the series lets us know he did end up in a happy relationship with another man, who he kisses onscreen. For the crew members who'd previously worked on The Legend of Korra this is doubly meaningful after the network execs wouldn't allow the same in that show's final shot. However, it's debatable whether this actually worked; as explained under Internet Backdraft many would argue that, disregarding bitterness over Ship Sinking, the way it was handled introduces as many issues as it fixes.
      • Word of God revealed that the poorly-received epilogues for the main characters were created as a direct result of the decision to give Shiro the above scene, and that the original ending was supposed to be much more open in regard to the paths each of them took in their lives. Given that a common complaint about the epilogues were the sense that the heroes were The Friends Who Never Hang (resulting in a Broken Aesop over the show's core themes), and that they led to more pessimistic readings of Allura's sacrifice, which was intended to leave the possibility of her return open, it's likely that a significant portion of the backlash and poor fan reception over the finale could have been avoided if they kept the original ending, causing this trope to ultimately be averted.
    • On similar note to the Shiro example, Season 8 brings back Ezor and Zethrid and gives them a better ending, after they had previously seemed to be killed off in the same episode that implied they were a couple, adding to the show's bad reputation on LGBT issues. This also addressed the backlash they received that their Relationship Upgrade coincided with them becoming Depraved Homosexual, as Zethrid and Ezor both perform a Heel–Face Turn explicitly due to their love for each other. Similarly to the above Shiro example though, it's debatable whether it actually worked due to being so obviously last-minute that the edits to accommodate it become jarring, and hinges on Ezor doing a complete 180 from her last appearance.
  • Awesome Art: Well, this is Studio Mir we're talking about.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
  • Better on DVD: This is a Netflix show, and produced in three 26-episode seasons by creators who were involved in two shows that are also considered Better on DVD, so this attitude is a given. A lot of fans feel that the plot flows much better when binge-watched.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: During a training exercise, Lance briefly morphs his Bayard into a longsword, letting him cut down a group of drones in one swing. It gets him some compliments and exposition from Allura for its symbolism, but it never shows up again, and he stays a purely ranged fighter for the remainder of the series, although he is briefly seen using the sword when battling King Alfor's spirit within Honerva's mind during "Knights of Light, Part 1".
  • Bizarro Episode: "The Feud!", where the Paladins are kidnapped onto a game show and forced to play to escape, at the behest of a guy named Bob who turns out to be the 'verse's equivalent of Q. Word of God is that they figured they needed one completely light and fun episode in the middle of the especially dramatic Season 7, and the plot setup of the season meant completely breaking away from everything going on was the only way to do it.
  • Broken Base:
    • What the various characters' ages are supposed to be has turned into a surprisingly contentious huge issue over which the fanbase has fractured, largely due to Shipping. Officially the staff have deliberately avoided confirming exact ages for any of the characters, other than that Shiro is the oldest, Pidge is the youngest, and the other three and Allura are somewhere in their late teens or the biological equivalent of such. Primarily the conflict tends to be over whether Keith, Lance, and Hunk are over the age of majority or not, and how much older Shiro is than them. Some fans believe that Shiro is in his 20s, or is as old as his 30s or even 40s. While others believe that Shiro is only slightly older than the others at 18-19. Even after the Universe Compendium came out confirming the official ages, people dissatisfied with the answers quickly ruled the book noncanonical based on some statements by Lauren Montgomery indicating that while she agreed with the vast majority of the book's info she was not involved in writing all of it, sending the arguments back to square one with no sign of ending soon.
    • The use of Voltron itself, or rather its complete lack thereof. Several reviews, particularly from Anime News Network, lambasted the show for not using the titular robot in any meaningful way and doing its best to keep it Out of Focus, with several fans going so far as to accuse the EP's of disliking the Humongous Mecha genre in general, noting that in 76 total episodes, there are only seven unique Robeasts that Voltron actually fightsnote . Considering that Voltron was the Trope Codifier for Super Robot anime in the US, this is considered a nigh-unforgivable flaw by some viewers. Other fans of the show, in turn, believe that it allowed the show to focus more heavily on characterization and serial plot development.
    • Shiro's continued presence past Season 3 has also caused divisions. Though the character himself remained highly popular throughout the show's run, while some fans were happy to have him present due to Keith's own base-breaking status, others are not, since Shiro only came back due to Executive Meddling, and Joaquim Dos Santos and Lauren Montgomery had planned a more organic arc for the rest of the team.
    • The "Lion Swap" in Season 3, where Keith, takes up the Black Lion, Lance takes up Red, and Allura steps up as a Paladin and takes command of Blue. Some are happy to see the team back to its classic lineup, especially as it means Allura gets to join in the action as a full fledged Lion pilot. On the other hand, there are those unhappy with the fact that once again the pilots' uniforms don't match their respective Lions, along with the fact the swap seems to discard the established lore that a Paladin's Quintessence has to match their respective Lion, and seemingly cheapens the concept of the bond that was heavily established through the first two seasons.
    • Lotor's downfall in season 6 has, in the aftermath of the incredibly divisive series finale, become a hotly debated topic in the fandom. Those who are against it claim that it was a complete disservice to his character arc and borderline character assassination, pointing out that the only evidence the Paladins ever had regarding Lotor's crimes in the Altean colony was Romelle's word, that they didn't give Lotor a chance to explain himself and instead immediately attacked him, and that the Paladins choosing to turn on Lotor led directly to the destabilizing of the Empire and the crises of season 7 (The Blade being decimated, Sendak ravaging Earth, etc), as well as claiming that Lotor's crimes contradict his arc (why would a character whose pride in his Altean heritage was one of his defining traits turn around and subject the remnants of Altea to horrific Quintessence experiments?). Those who support it claim that Lotor was always meant to be a villain, and that the reason his downfall works is because he was simply unable to understand what he was doing was wrong. Then there's the camp that don't take issue with Lotor having a downfall, but wish he could have had a chance to come back and possibly redeem himself in later seasons, especially as said seasons continued to portray him as a sympathetic and tragic character.
    • Season 7 is the most divisive season among fans. Fan opinion of it tends to be either very high or very low, with few in the middle. Some like the whole thing, some hate the whole thing, others only like the first half that's focused around the crew's journey back home as opposed to the second half that is focused on Earth and its inhabitants, many of whom are entirely new characters that we aren't given enough time to care about, whereas others like that second half better due to the better action and dramatic stakes. And that's not even getting into the Adam situation.
      • Another major point of division over 7's quality hinges around its handling of Shiro in particular and whether his portrayal is empowering and progressive, plays into common negative tropes that gay men are subjected to, or both. Made even more complicated by the backroom circumstances around said Adam situationnote .
  • Captain Obvious Reveal:
    • Krolia being Keith's mother might be shocking to see revealed, but it was hardly a surprise, considering she was basically a female and Galra version of him.
    • Lotor's ships combining into his own version of Voltron. The odd shapes of the first two ships make it obvious that they are the arms and legs of a Mecha. This is also made obvious as Lotor had a counterpart mecha to Voltron in Fleet of Doom.
    • Almost nobody was surprised when it was revealed that the Shiro who returned after Zarkon's defeat in Season 2 was a clone, especially given that he was introduced as part of a program titled Operation Kuron.
  • Character Rerailment:
    • After Season 1 dedicates a lot of time to showcasing Hunk's Hidden Depths and Character Development in overcoming his fears and becoming a more serious fighter, he spends most of Season 2 as little more than comic relief and a constant source of food jokes and toilet humor, apparently forgetting all the growth he went through earlier. In Seasons 3 and 4, Hunk's Big Eater habits and constant talk about food were toned down, and his expertise in mechanics were put back in the spotlight, showing he is just as good as Pidge.
    • In a case from the original show's changes, Prince Lotor gained some divisive qualities due to his nature as an Anti-Villain, a Manipulative Bastard, and seemingly joining the team at the end of Season 5 separating him from his more villainous and threatening original counterpart. Season 6 gives him a breakdown that causes him to be much more faithful to the original in terms of personality. That said, this has not gone over well with everyone, and we'll leave it at that.
  • Complete Monster: Commander Sendak, ever a ruthless Galra commander, truly came into his own after the death of his sovereign Zarkon. After Prince Lotor takes the throne, Sendak becomes the leader of his own splinter faction, the Fire of Purification. He leads an attack on a Galra shield base to expose an entire colony to lethal radiation out of pure spite for being passed over for the throne. Later locating Earth, Sendak kills the soldiers sent against him and begins bombing and razing cities until the world surrenders to him, whereupon the citizens are enslaved and forced into work camps to create new weapons. Obsessed with finding Voltron and punishing the Lions' Paladins, Sendak makes a deal to spare Earth in exchange for the Lions, only to double back on it, and forcing the Paladins and the treacherous Admiral Sanda to watch as he intends to exterminate Earth and the billions who live there. When Voltron finally arrives to oppose him, Sendak ruthlessly kills entire ships full of his own men to get at the Paladins, and refuses to let any of his own crew get to safety, consumed with his own ambition and spite and taking the worst excesses of Galra to their natural conclusion.
  • Crack Pairing:
    • Keith/the deep voiced Arusian has developed a following on both Tumblr and Archive of Our Own.
    • Keith/Mothman has also gained a following, originating as a joke solution to the shipping wars from people sick of them.
    • Surprisingly, Lance/Prince Lotor rose in popularity with the ending of Season 2 before he even appeared, with several people simply making fanworks using the design of Prince Lotor's original incarnation in place of the official one.
    • Many jokingly shipped Shiro and Slav, which became Hilarious in Hindsight when Sven (Shiro's counterpart) and Slav are shown to be very close in the Alternate Universe, a fact that they embraced.
    • Pidge and robots, due to her love of Beezer.
    • Shiro x A Nap has become a popular meme because of all the stress Shiro's had to go through.
  • Crazy Awesome: Alternate Universe Slav is as crazy as his main universe counterpart, but also hilariously badass.
  • Creepy Awesome:
    • Haggar is a nightmarish sorceress to deal with, incredibly powerful, preys on people's fears, and is willing to torture for information. Nevertheless, the way she uses her powers, manipulates things behind the scenes, and fights are all awesome.
    • Lotor swings into this in Season 6 with The Reveal. His sheer insanity may be disturbing to watch, but his creepy obsession with Allura, his cool anti-Voltron mecha, and his ability to jump dimensions will have you on the edge of your seat questioning who's going to win the fight.
  • Critical Backlash: Very few fans will deny Season 8 felt rushed, and few would consider it to be on par with previous seasons, but many also feel that more than a few of the criticisms of it are overblown and that it was not without redeeming aspects.
  • Critical Dissonance: Season 8, which is largely reviled by fans of the show, nevertheless holds a respectable 86% score from professional critics on Rotten Tomatoes.
  • Critical Research Failure: In episode six of Season 7, Pidge declares that they have reached "Earth's solar system" immediately before exclaiming "It's the Milky Way!" The Milky Way is Earth's home galaxy, which, based on previous dialogue, the entire series takes place in. The writers seem to be using "solar system" when they mean "galaxy" and "galaxy" when they mean "universe".
  • Cry for the Devil:
    • We learn that Zarkon is an undead Paladin of Voltron, who died trying to save his wife and was corrupted and raised by malevolent quintessence. It doesn't make his subsequent genocide of the Alteans, or his obsessive quest to obtain Voltron, any better, but it makes one feel almost like his death is a mercy when Lotor delivers the killing blow in Season 5.
    • Even after what we learn about Lotor saving as many Alteans as possible only to experiment on the stronger ones in horrific ways, there is something really sad about Lotor finally learning that Haggar is his mother, after denying the possibility to Allura, for both him and Haggar. He understandably wants nothing to do with her after she spent most of their time belittling and spying on him, most notably using Shiro's clone for the latter, and she is trying to make amends to her only child.
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    D - F 
  • Die for Our Ship: Almost deserves its own section.
    • A Vocal Minority of people who ship Keith with Lance (and to a lesser extent, with Allura) have expressed hope that Shiro will be Killed Off for Real like his GoLion counterpart, with the specific reason given that Shiro is Keith's most popular other shipping partner. In the latter case, complaints about Shiro stealing Keith's rightful place as the pilot of the Black Lion are added to the mix.
    • And in a similar but more disturbing vein, an even smaller Vocal Minority have been sending (hopefully empty) death threats to Shiro's voice actor and even his family. It eventually came to the point where he refused to talk about Voltron on social media out of frustration.
    • Oddly enough, this happened to Lotor even prior to his proper introduction on the show, and despite his most popular ship at the time having been a total Crack Pairing. After Lance/Lotor developed a small following in the fanbase, some of the more extreme Klance shippers insisted that showing any interest in Lotor promotes abuse due to the actions of Lotor's GoLion equivalent Sincline. It died down after Seasons 3 and 4 showed that Lotor did not possess the same Darker and Edgier aspects of Sincline, but resurfaced in Season 5 after Lotor received heavy Ship Tease with Allura, this time from shippers of Allura with Lance, Shiro, and Keith.
    • For similar reasons, Romelle and Keith receive this treatment from a Vocal Minority of Shiro/Allura fans, since Keith/Allura and Romelle/Sven (Shiro's original counterpart) has always been the Official Couple of the previous continuities. Many of them were hoping Romelle would never be introduced into the show because of this. She does appear in Season 6, in the episode "Razor's Edge."
    • Romelle was also targeted by Lotor/Allura shippers who made up conspiracy theories that she was secretly evil as a puppet controlled by Haggar. They claimed that Lotor was a hero and Allura attacked him before he had the chance to explain his side of the story because Allura had been manipulated by Romelle.
    • Surprisingly, for a fanbase that has so many Yaoi Fangirls, this is subverted for the two main girls of the team, who rarely, if ever, get this treatment, even though Allura has a canonical romance with Lance, sinking the show's Fan-Preferred Couple. Pidge and Allura have strong female fanbases that love their badassery and cuteness. Most of the time they get portrayed as a Shipper on Deck, with Pidge even being The Matchmaker in some Keith/Lance works.
    • Acxa got slammed with this hard from many sides of the fandom after Season 7 due to heavy implications that she has feelings for Keith. Before, there were numerous theories that she might be Keith's mother or sister due to their similarities in appearance; although this was eventually Jossed, there were many people who still clung to this theory in order to deny a romance between the two. Others hoped she would be revealed as a double agent faking her change of heart due to her past history of changing allegiances, even though her Heel–Face Turn is indicated to be sincere. Some of this also comes from non-shippers as well, who were bothered by the double standard of her surviving to have a potential straight romance over any of her teammates, one of whom was killed off immediately after being revealed to be in a lesbian relationship with the other, before fan outrage brought her back. This died after the show ended, as not only did the hinted-at romance between Acxa and Keith never actually manifest, but her scenes focused more on her growing friendship with Veronica which featured strong Les Yay undertones.
    • Lance is this for Lotor/Allura and Keith/Allura fans, as he showed jealousy during one of the moments when Keith was alone with Allura, broke the streak of Keith having always been Allura's love interest throughout the various continuities, and was constantly jealous of Lotor's relationship with Allura and disliked Lotor the most out of the team. When Lotor turns out to be evil, Lance goes to comfort Allura and Allura eventually starts to date Lance.
    • Unsurprisingly, Curtis, due to the notoriety of his Last Minute Hookup wedding to Shiro. As the Hundredth-Option Love Interest to other Hundredth-Option Love Interests it wasn't all that surprising.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Unsurprisingly to anyone who was a fan of the older series, Lotor is this. He may be a Jerkass Woobie and Well-Intentioned Extremist, but there's no getting around the fact of his lying to the surviving Alteans and enslaving them as Quintessence batteries under the guise of saving them. Nevertheless some people have tried to find ways to excuse it to the point of accusing Romelle of fabricating the whole thing to make him look bad, even though Lotor himself admitted to it.
  • Ending Fatigue: Among the various complaints about Season 8 and a major reason for the Fanon Discontinuity attitude towards it is that it feels superfluous in the wake of the more conclusive finales of Seasons 6 or 7, which fans felt had more convincing stakes and better action sequences, did more to resolve outstanding plot points, and would have ended the show with a more thematically appropriate and convincing sense of finality.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Shay is a very popular side character due to her cute relationship with Hunk, her sweet demeanor, and, despite being female, having a non-sexualized figure.
    • Thace and Ulaz both have a solid fanbase around their Heroic Sacrifice, Good Is Not Soft and Memetic Badass elements and the appeal they have to the furry fandom.
    • Slav became popular because of his adorably goofy design and hilarious demeanor which drives even Shiro crazy. The appearance of his alternate dimensional version in Season 3 caused a lot of cheering, especially since he Took a Level in Badass.
    • Nyma and Rolo, due to them being interesting bounty hunters in their first appearance in Season 1. Being voiced by Lacey Chabert and Norman Reedus respectively also helps and were brought back as one of the allies under the Coalition in Season 4 finale and Season 5 premiere.
    • Olia, due to her being an Heroic Dog fighter pilot and supporting role in the Season 4 finale.
    • Krolia has become quite popular with fans after her first appearance in Season 5. Helps that she's a Cute Monster Girl when compared to many of the other female Galra. Being the long-unknown mother of a main character will also do that to you.
    • Romelle became instantly popular when she finally showed up in Season 6, for being a beloved character in previous continuities and making an immediate impact by helping to kick off the events of the season's second half.
    • Adam only appeared as a minor character in two brief scenes and died in the latter one, but has become an incredibly popular character, in part because he's Shiro's ex-boyfriend.
    • Pidge's mother Colleen and Lance's sister Veronica have become quite popular with fans after their roles in Season 7.
  • Epileptic Trees:
    • Some people speculate that Coran, who has been established as a Parental Substitute for Allura, is actually her literal father by way of Mister Seahorse due to Alteans' ability to shapeshift.note 
    • An extremely popular (and completely unsupported) theory was that Lance is actually secretly a long-lost Altean royal sent to Earth for his own protection. It was big enough that that the cast of the show was asked about it at a panel.
    • After Keith's mother Krolia was revealed in Season 5, the previous theories that Acxa is is Keith's mother were dropped, but were quickly replaced with the theory that she is actually his sister or aunt.
    • Some theorized that Romelle was lying to Team Voltron about the truth behind Lotor's real actions in Season 6. This, however, was debunked by Word of God shortly afterward, although Lotor's actual admittance of his actions threw a wrench in the theory already..
    • Some theories surrounding the final shot of the show.With the Lions seemingly approaching a constellation resembling Allura, some fans have theorized Allura isn't truly gone and the Lions are going to bring her back.
    • Quite a few fans, most notably on Tumblr, have theorized that Lotor's spirit was trapped within Sincline similar to how Shiro was preserved within the Black Lion. This would explain a great deal of Sincline's actions on Oriande, as well as how Lotor was able to contact Allura through the rift entity. Once Honerva (presumably) removed his body from the mech, that finally allowed his spirit to escape and pass on to the afterlife.
    • After the show's finale, a whole rainforest of epileptic trees emerged about the final season having been heavily doctored at the last second beyond the two Author's Saving Throw scenes mentioned above. Among the most popular ones are those that claim that Allura's death was a last-second decision (which has since been Jossed by multiple sources) or that various characters were "pasted" over others, disregarding the immense Animation Lead Time efforts that changes of such an extent would require. In an interview with the “Let’s Voltron” podcast the showrunners confirmed outright that there was no Re-Cut of the final season like many of the more colorful conspiracy theories claimed and what was put to air was the intended product.
    • A popular related rumor that got especially wide circulation among Keith/Lance and Shiro/Allura shippers was the claim that Shiro was Allura's original love interest, but was made gay at the last minute to take advantage of the LGBT Fanbase that grew around it while Allura was likewise paired off with Lance at the last minute in order to spite the former two groups of shippers. Again, disregarding the obvious logistical issues with this theory, comments from various other members of the staff including storyboarders, writers, and voice actors all indicate that Shiro being LGBT was decided upon long before the show's release, and therefore could not have been influenced by the shipping fandom in any way.
  • Estrogen Brigade: Despite the fact that this sort of show has been assumed to be aimed towards a male demographic, with female characters being outnumbered, there are still many female fans due to the attractiveness of most of the male characters, including all of the male Paladins and a good number of the bad guys. Add in the character-driven story lines, Pidge and Allura being written as interesting, fun, and well-rounded characters, and the large demographic of female fans who grew up watching Super Robot Genre shows, along the production staff caring whether girls would be able to enjoy their show or not, and it's unsurprising that the Voltron fan demographic is more diverse than traditionally anticipated. In Season 3, Allura becomes a Paladin, and Lotor's generals are all female, and fully capable fighters with different abilities and personalities. Overall, the addition of more female characters who are all interesting in their own way in comparison to the original series has likely gained more female viewers.
  • Evil Is Cool: The Galra Empire as a whole qualify, but specific examples include Zarkon for his badass look and his epic beatdown of the Paladins in the Season 1 finale, Haggar for being a creepy Evil Sorcerer, Sendak for his Villainous Valor, and, of course, Lotor for his sympathetic points, strategy game, and skill in both personal and aerial combat. Though Lotor might be a subversion, depending on how true his claims at being Good All Along turn out to be. It ends up being played very straight when it's revealed he was lying about being good, turns out to be a Well-Intentioned Extremist, and decides to wipe out Voltron.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Combined with Broken Aesop, the story is beginning to skew into this as of Seasons 3-6.
    • Voltron is supposed to be about the value of teamwork, and early episodes suggested that the idea of a "found family" was a central concern. However, as of Season 3, the "found family" of Voltron has proved to be extremely unstable and even fickle: Keith left, Shiro vanishes and returns only later to reveal that he died and was replaced by a clone, Pidge and Hunk have formed Team Punk and keep to themselves, Allura becomes smitten with Lotor and prioritizes him over the rest of the team, Lance is increasingly isolated and only Coran seems to be making much of an effort to keep the team emotionally together as a unit. Even the Lions have switched the Paladins they were allegedly soul-bonded to. The message therefore skews extremely close to "non-blood-related family is fickle and can't be relied on" (the only stable adoptive relationship shown is Shiro and Keith, and that still comes with its own baggage).
    • Meanwhile, characters' problems are largely resolved when their biological family reappears: Pidge being an awful lot more stable because she retrieves her father and brother makes sense (it was her whole motivation), but Keith is a really odd case of this. Instead of learning to be a leader and to stop putting walls up by bonding with his team, he matures via a two-year mission in the Quantum Zone with his mother away from the team, yet by S6 he's presented as an almost-perfect leader...despite not being part of Team Voltron at all for the best part of three years (his time). The creators are on record as stating that this time with his mother solved a lot of his problems. This would suggest that "finding your biological family will solve everything" — a moral that is questionable, to say the least. That being said, Keith was always a good leader, and his arc has always been about self-discovery, and the issues he’s had from losing his mother and father at an early age. It’s fair to say that in his case, finding his biological family was a necessary evil.
    • And on the other end, the character who distanced himself the most from his biological family, Lotor has no issues executing one of his generals under the (correct) suspicion that she's being used as a spy, driving apart his own "found family". And worse, he's eventually revealed to be Evil All Along.
  • Fandom Heresy:
    • There is a Broken Base within the fandom regarding ships involving Shiro and Pidge with the other Paladins. For a long time the characters were of ambiguous ages, with some indication that Shiro was an adult and the rest of the paladins were somewhere in their teens, which lead to one portion of the fandom accusing others of being pedophiles or supporting child abuse for shipping Shiro or Pidge with the other Paladins, even in fanworks where Pidge was aged up, Shiro was aged down, or all characters involved were explicitly being portrayed as 18+. The portion of the fanbase who do not mind Shiro/Paladin or Pidge/Paladin ships accuse these people of being Moral Guardians or of cynically exploiting the issue for self-serving purposes, since the large majority of this backlash comes from people who prefer to pair Keith with Lance or Shiro with Allura, which the also-popular Keith/Shiro ship directly opposes. Eventually it was revealed that when the show starts Shiro is 25, Keith is 18, Lance and Hunk are 17, Pidge is 15, and Allura is the Altean equivalent of a late teen.
    • The Misaimed Fandom regarding Pidge's gender can get very aggressive and abusive towards anyone who dares suggest Pidge is a cis girl, or uses she/her pronouns in regards to her, ignoring that Word of God has repeatedly stated that Pidge is a girl specifically and that she was made one in VLD to add more female representation to the show. It's common to see accusations of transphobia, bigotry, and representational erasure, even though none of them can agree on what the alternative representation that's being erased even is.
    • Due to the Vocal Minority of shippers behaving very vocally, a growing portion of the fanbase has started to get pissed with Keith/Lance, Shiro/Allura, and Shiro/Keith shippers due to how much they took over the fandom, to the point it's hard to encounter fanworks that doesn't include focus on these ships, with several fans interested in other characters or ships having to look hard to find other materials. They also tend to blame fans of the Keith/Lance and Shiro/Allura ships for how toxic the fandom has become, constantly bringing up Ship-to-Ship Combat or the above mentioned age discourse in whatever conversation there is and even picking up fights with the creators of the show themselves when they are denied confirmations of their fanons or couples, or the Shiro/Keith shippers for getting into fights with the other two. The shippers themselves are divided between those who do agree with these points, who are not an insignificant number, and those who want said fans to just Stop Being Stereotypical.
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • One developed with The Dragon Prince due to it being created by former Avatar writer Aaron Ehasz. Many fans, disillusioned with the Voltron fandom, have gone over to The Dragon Prince in the hopes of finding a Spiritual Successor to Avatar that manages to avoid the pitfalls of the VLD fanbase. It has gotten to the point where active comparisons between the two are considered shoehorning and a major source of ire for fans of both shows.
    • One has developed with She-Ra and the Princesses of Power over the perceived issue of representation, with showrunners Noelle Stevenson promising LBGTQ+ representation. This was exacerbated by an animator for She-Ra tweeting support for anti-Voltron sentiments. Ironically, while the The Dragon Prince rivalry is driven by fear that its fandom would accumulate the most toxic elements of the Voltron fandom, it's believed by more jaded Voltron fans that She-Ra is where said most toxic elements actually wound up migrating. This same belief is responsible for the subsequent Fandom Rivalry that those two shows also has, with She-Ra having a higher proportion of Keith/Lance and Shiro/Adam fans, and Dragon Prince having a higher proportion of the fans of ships the former accuse of being problematic.
  • Fanfic Fuel: Season 3 confirms that parallel realities are real, and the one we see is far from the only one.
  • Fanon: Here.
  • Fanon Discontinuity:
    • A lot of shippers engaged in the fandom's notoriously brutal Ship-to-Ship Combat, especially those who ship Keith/Lance and Shiro/Allura, were quick to dismiss the character age reveals in the Paladin's Handbook, citing a comment from Lauren Montgomery that she was not directly involved in the writing of the book. It was later clarified by Montgomery and Dos Santos that everything mentioned is nevertheless as good as canon until proven otherwise, though that still hasn't assuaged the most fervent naysayers.
    • Many Shiro/Allura shippers ignore the fact that Shiro is confirmed gay as it would invalidate their ship.
    • Several Lotor fans who liked him being an ally of Voltron choose to ignore Season 6 due to the Evil All Along reveal of him being responsible harvesting several Alteans' quintessence.
    • Many fans are choosing to disregard Shiro's epilogue where he gets married to Curtis and is implied he might've retired; while some are definitely doing it because of the Ship Sinking involved, many do so because they view it as Out of Character. The fact that Word of God admits to it being a last-second Author's Saving Throw causes some to view the epilogue as noncanonical.
    • Many fans feel this way about Season 8 in general due to the aforementioned epilogues, various plotholes, characters behaving OOC with Third Act Stupidity, and of course, Allura's death, which fans view as poorly built towards.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
  • Fight Scene Failure: While the hand-to-hand fights are considered to be well animated, the same cannot be said for the Humongous Mecha battles, which when they do appear, show janky CG, poor choreography, and more often than not are just viewed as boring, especially in comparison to Japanese Humongous Mecha productions. Special mention must be given to the final battle between Voltron combined with the Atlas and Honerva's Robeast, which amounts to little more than a shoving match while Allura talks Honerva down.
  • Foe Yay Shipping:
    • Lance and Keith seem to be a favorite of the fanbase; often citing Keith's reaction following Lance getting hurt ("We had a bonding moment. I cradled you in my arms!") and Lance's gazing up at Keith while admitting they make a good team as evidence. Naturally, all their fights are seen as sexual tension as a result.
    • Sendak/Shiro because the two got into an intense fight. They also count as a Mind Game Ship with Shiro questioning Sendak when he is trapped inside a cryogenetic pod but eventually releasing him when Sendak manipulates the situation. There's also Sendak's speech to Shiro about them being Not So Different.
    • Lance/Lotor became popular very fast on the basis of this dynamic, before he was revealed to be less overtly antagonist than previous continuities. To a lesser extent Lotor/Keith and Lotor/Allura, or both also developed fans for the same reason as well as being a callbacks to the old series.
    • Subverted with Lotor/Allura. While they have some fans who ship them along traditional Foe Yay dynamics, expecting them to behave like previous continuities, the ship primarily took off due to their positive interactions after he claimed to be Good All Along. Until Lotor's Face–Heel Turn in Season 6.
  • Fountain of Memes: It seems that almost once a season, an episode is dedicated to sheer goofy comedy effect, resulting in this.
    • The episode "Space Mall" is so wacky and goofy it easily makes up for half of the jokes of the fans based on Season 2.
    • As of Season 4, "The Voltron Show!" seems to be a contender for the spot, especially since it's an Expy to Ember Island Players. The various Fandom Nods reaching the level of almost self-parody definitely helps.
    • In Season 5, "Bloodlines"'s sub-plot of Pidge, Hunk and Lance re-purposing a Galra Centurion to be a Fun Personified robot is the latest entry in this trope.
    • Season 6's "Monsters & Mana", which is a goofy RPG Episode full of Mythology Gags and Shout Outs galore, is one of the most well-received and memorable in the show.
      Galra Centurion: Goodbye, pala-dudes.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • There is a large amount of overlap between fans of this show and Avatar: The Last Airbender due to the fact that the showrunners and animators from both shows worked together on its sequel series The Legend of Korra.
    • Despite the Fandom Rivalry, a decent amount of fans of this show are also fans of The Dragon Prince due to the aforementioned overlap in Avatar staff and a hope that the show will provide a similar experience as Voltron but without as much of the toxicity that consumed its shipping fanbase.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Moments of comedy or awesomeness earlier on can lead to much darker echoes later in the show:
    • Keith piloting Black to save Shiro is a moment of awesome in Season 2, as Keith quietly and respectfully requests Black's help and the Lion agrees to work with him. Cue Season 3, and Keith is begging Black not to power up in response to his presence, as that means he has no choice but to assume Shiro's role. Unfortunately for Keith, once again, Black wakes up.
    • Lance's "jealous boyfriend" moments over Blue, declaring them "best buds for life, for real!" and telling Keith to keep his hands off Blue as she and Lance are "very happy together!" become devastating when Blue locks Lance out in Season 3 to take Allura on as her pilot, and then (in Lance's opinion) proceeds to co-operate more fully with Allura than she did with her Earthling pilot. It's mixed with irony too, as Keith didn't take Lance's Lion... but Lance took over Keith's.

    G - L 
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • While Shiro was already one of the more popular characters with the Western fanbase, his popularity is overwhelming among Asian fans, to the point that he dominates art and doujinshi made of the show at Asian fan events.
    • Since the age discourse is not a Fandom Heresy for Asian fans, the Fan-Preferred Couple among them is Keith/Shiro rather than Keith/Lance. Although both are popular without engaging in Ship-to-Ship Combat, and many enjoy both.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Lotor telling Haggar that he is not like his father in Season 3 becomes this in the Season 6 finale when Lotor does indeed become like his father.
    • Similar to the above, after all the speculation that he was still alive, the Paladins defeating and stranding Lotor is a lot harder to watch with the knowledge that it apparently killed him. And his agonizing screams suggested he died in horrible pain as well.
    • Every scene on Olkarion becomes this after Honerva's robeast destroys the planet and kills a huge portion of its population, apparently including Ryner.
    • Once can see the ship wars as this. Violent as they were, it was All for Nothing since no shipper was particularly pleased with the end game couples Allura/Lance and Shiro/Curtis, since Allura dies and many fans feel that Shiro/Curtis was merely an Author's Saving Throw that did very little to patch the damage caused by Adam's death. Keith/Lance, Shiro/Allura, and Shiro/Keith shippers, the major source of the wars, never had their ships even close to canon in the end. Those who don't ship at all see this as Hilarious in Hindsight though, seeing as for all the ruckus they caused, nothing came out of it.
    • During The Journey Within Keith, driven crazy by space madness, lashes out against his team wondering if the paladins are even friends or just strangers held together by coincidence. He's thankfully proven wrong when the team find their way back to Voltron with The Power of Friendship. However, due to the last-minute changes made to the show's ending and the resulting epilogues' insinuation that the paladins are The Friends Who Never Hang, Keith's meanspirited comments come off as true after all.
    • After the controversy over The Legend of Korra and its handling of romance, the showrunners mentioned that the show would not focus heavily on romance and would not engage in romance for the sake of it. Come Season 8, many fans feel that the romance between Allura and Lance reduced Lance into a Satellite Love Interest, and the reason the Author's Saving Throw at the finale failed to work was because it felt like an unearned Token Romance. The second one may also count as Hilarious in Hindsight depending on how Narmy you view the scene.
    • Lotor told Allura that he tried to save a planet from Zarkon's wrath by working with the inhabitants to harvest quintessence. At the time, we had no idea if he was telling the truth or trying to win her trust since they were traveling to Oriande. Then we find out in season 8 that he wasn't lying about that and we see Zarkon destroying the planet just to spite his son.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight:
    • The Season 3 finale puts a lot of Zarkon and Haggar's interactions in a new light, such as despite being quick to lash out at his subordinates for failure, he never did so to Haggar. Haggar's Undying Loyalty especially seems to imply that despite losing her memories she still loved her husband on some level.
    • Katie / Pidge's gender reveal scene, more specifically Shiro's reaction to it ("Owning who you are will make you a better Paladin"), takes on a new light when we find out that Shiro is gay. It's even more heartwarming as Pidge's VA came out as a lesbian after Season 1 and later non-binary after Season 6.
    • Though Shiro's wedding at the end of Season 8 is contentious, one of the common arguments for why the ending leaks had to be fake was because it was seen as unlikely that a gay wedding and kiss would be allowed when the showrunners faced a lot of difficulty being allowed to confirm Shiro as gay. With the confirmation of the leaks, it's shown the executives really did have a change of heart at some point.
    • Though it doesn't last long, Lotor evidently cared enough for Narti to give her Kova, who was once his own cat.
  • He's Just Hiding!:
    • Several fans felt that Sendak was likely not dead after being ejected from the Castle of Lions by Shiro and when he returned in Season 5, they were right.
    • Many fans have expressed hope that Lotor is likely still alive after being stranded in the rift in the Season 6 finale as a result of the Voltron vs Sincline fight. Even Coran's voice actor Rhys Darby thinks that he survived the rift. As Season 8 reveals, even if he did survive the initial stranding, he died sometime thereafter and is obviously long deceased when Honerva finds his body.
    • Fans have also expressed the belief that Adam is still alive after his ship is shot down by Sendak's fleet in Season 7, given that his death is not shown on screen, and an Unknown Character who appears to match Adam's hair and skin color can be seen watching the Black Lion fall from space in the season finale, despite the only other characters shown during that sequence being Hunk's family looking at the Yellow Lion's crash site.
    • Many fans believe that Zethrid and Ezor actually survived the explosion of part of their ship in which Keith and Acxa escaped, given that they were only knocked out and that the ship didn't get destroyed. Jossed by one of the storyboarders, who confirmed that at least Ezor died, though that hasn't stopped fans from believing that she survived. In NYCC 2018, it was confirmed by the showrunners that Zethrid survived, satisfying many. And then it turned out that said storyboarder was a Lying Creator [note , as it's confirmed in Season 8 that both Zethrid and Ezor survived.
    • A lot of fans who were left disappointed with the finale, felt that Allura isn't dead and believe that there's always an option for her to return back to see her team one day along with seeing her and Honerva's Heroic Sacrifice as a non-fatal one. This interpretation is one supported by the creators.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In the Latin-American Spanish dub, Eduardo Garza plays Matthew Holt... and in the LA-Spanish dub of the original Voltron he played Pidge. Aka the character who, in this continuity, is Matt's sister Katie under a male identity.
    • Shiro taking on the Fan Nickname "Space Dad" might seem a little prophetic after Josh Keaton became Marvel Animation's go-to VA for Ant-Man II, a literal Action Dad.
    • Voltron: The Third Dimension had a joke in the pilot where Lance said to Keith: "Tell them I'm your little brother." As of "Legendary Defender" Lance is officially a year younger than Keith.
    • Lance demanding of Keith "how many Lions do you need?!!" turns out to be prophetic since as of Season 3, both Lance and Keith are up to two Lions so far — Blue/Red and Red/Black respectively.
    • Zethrid's hairstyle is similar to Ragyo Kiryuin. In Season 4, Ragyo's voice actress Laura Post would voice Galran general Trugg.
    • Could potentially count as Harsher in Hindsight depending on what side of it you're on, but a lot of the "age discourse" when it came to the Ship-to-Ship Combat between people who paired Keith with Lance vs Shiro became invalid with Season 6 when Keith spends two years with Krolia in the Quantum Abyss, while Shiro, Lance, and the others remain the same age. In other words, not only is Keith a 20 year-old adult while Lance remains a teenager and minor at 17, but Keith now has an age gap with Lance.
    • As with the above, a lot of the Ship-to-Ship Combat revolving around the ethics of former Fan-Preferred Couple Shiro/Allura, whose extreme fans were responsible for initiating and dictating the course of the show's notorious Ship-to-Ship Combatnote  versus other Shiro ships became completely moot given that it turns out Shiro is gay.
    • There is a rather bizarre series of NSFW fanarts (artist unknown) featuring Keith frenching a wolf, dating as far back as around the time the series debuted. Flash forward to the show's sixth season, and Keith now has an actual pet wolf.
    • In Super Robot Wars W, GoLion was featured together with Tekkaman Blade, whose titular character was captured by aliens, given cybernetic upgrades, and has an Evil Twin (sort of) just like Shiro.
      • The game also happened to have A ship that transformed into a gigantic mech.
      • Speaking of a lion mecha cyborg pilot, the GoLion crew also met Guy Shishioh in that game.
    • One of the theories more commonly thrown around was that a sixth lion would be introduced so all the main characters could be Paladins and be part of Voltron. Not only does Shiro become the captain of the Atlas but the Atlas also fuses with Voltron in the final season.
    • After the two years of Ship-to-Ship Combat, in-fighting, and harassment campaigns that made Voltron shippers so infamous, the only ships that received canon confirmation for this show were Lotor/Allura (which ended poorly), Matt/N7 (an Offscreen Romance with a background character), Allura/Lance (which ended in tragedy) and Shiro/Curtis, an extremely minor character in a Last Minute Hookup which itself came about as a last-minute Author's Saving Throw. In other words, absolutely nobody won.
      • This also isn't the first cartoon some of Voltron's creators made that got tremendous flak for controversial canon ships, over which LGBT representation was a major issue.
    • As mentioned under Fandom-Specific Plot, Altean Lance is a tremendously common fanfic trope, often with him being reimagined as a relative of Allura's, or replacing her role in the story entirely. In the finale, Lance does acquire Altean markings on his face... but as a result of his romance with Allura, a plot element that such stories usually and often deliberately preclude.
    • It's very commonplace for fandom to compare and make crossovers between Shiro and the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of [1] (whom Joaquim Dos Santos acknowledged the similarities to) or post-Red Hood Jason Todd (who shares the Skunk Stripe and is an Alternate Company Equivalent of Bucky). In Season 3 of Young Justice Red Hood is voiced by Josh Keaton.
    • Pre-release interviews for Voltron mentioned Game of Thrones as an inspiration, citing its penchant for serial storytelling and political intrigue. A few months after the release of the frostily-received final eighth season of Voltron came the final eighth season of Game of Thrones, which also earned itself a great deal of fan backlash and negativity despite largely positive critical reviews. Many of the criticisms about rushed pacing, plot holes and dropped plot points, nonsensical shifts and frequent bouts of idiocy in characters' behavior, and unsatisfying character epilogues were leveled at both shows' final seasons.
  • Ho Yay: Has its own page.
  • Hypocritical Fandom: Much of the anti-Shaladin side of the "age discourse" revolved around the belief that Keith and Lance were both underaged while Shiro was an adult, making Shiro/Keith an adult/minor relationship while Keith/Lance is a minor/minor relationship, and therefore Shiro/Keith (or any of the other paladins) is pedophilic. When the official databook revealed that Keith is 18 and Lance is 17 (meaning Shiro/Keith is adult/adult and Keith/Lance is adult/minor), while that dulled a lot of the arguments against Shiro/Keith, the more extreme Keith/Lance shippers instead shifted gears by claiming that Keith/Lance isn't actually an adult/minor relationship because 18-year olds are still mentally children, or that their real objection wasn't over Keith being a minor but the age gap between him and Shiro, or that the book wasn't canon after all, despite having lobbied hard for the staff to release official ages to the point that a petition was made over it.
    • This took a whole new level when in Season 6, due to a Time Dilation event, Keith aged two years and is now technically 20, while other paladins haven't aged, meaning the gap between his and Lance's age just got bigger and the "18 years is still mentally a teen" argument is even harder to apply, but some fans still insist on it.
  • Internet Backdraft:
    • Some members of the LGBTQ community weren't happy when in Season 7, Shiro's ex-boyfriend, Adam, gets killed off pretty early. Zethrid and Ezor are implied to be a couple, but are also portrayed as gleefully evil torturers, and seemingly get killed off as well. The uproar was large enough that Dos Santos wrote an open letter to the fans apologizing for that writing decision.
    • Many fans were very angry with Allura's fate in the finale along with Lance's role in the epilogue being a farmer with the implication he never gets over Allura and remains alone for the rest of his life, feeling that both of them to be poor fates of the characters.
    • The epilogue has been ridiculed by fans for its Strangled by the Red String wedding and being an Out of Character moment for Shiro. These articles sum up why it didn't work.
    • Similar to the reaction to Allura's death, many fans are outraged at Lotor's fate, questioning why the creators even bothered continuing to show him as sympathetic if he was just going to die anyway. Ultimately his entire character just serves as a catalyst for Honerva's omnicidal rage.
    • The announcement that the Lion Forge comics would not deviate from the controversial ending angered fans who were hoping that the comics would serve as a Fix Fic after the divisive season 7 and 8. Then Lion Forge cancelled their contract with Dreamworks, effectively killing the series.
  • Iron Woobie: Shiro's life is one unending Trauma Conga Line. Heavily implied to have no living family, suffering from a terminal illness that would soon cripple and eventually kill him, driving himself to become as accomplished as possible before his illness kills him, to the point his lover Adam leaves him over his need to chase his dreams. Said dream ends up getting him captured and enslaved by the Galra, who then torture and experiment on him until he develops PTSD. Then he dies during the fight against Zarkon, remaining as a disembodied spirit inside the Black Lion forced to watch a clone of himself take his place among the team. Said clone, who went through his own hardships, is forcefully brainwashed by Haggar into turning against the team and nearly killing Shiro's best friend Keith. Shiro's soul is eventually transplanted into the clone's braindead body, which according to Word of God merged their memories of everything including all the suffering the clone went through. Shiro nearly dies a second time when it seems like the clone body is rejecting his soul. Once he finally returns to Earth, he finds out Adam was killed by the Galra years ago. Despite all that he's been through, he continues to try his damn hardest to lead the heroes in the fight against the Galra and all other threats to the universe.
  • It's Short, So It Sucks!: The main problem fans had with the third season was that it was only seven episodes long, as opposed to thirteen in the previous two seasons (although the first season put the first three episodes together into one). This is because Season 3 was originally going to be thirteen episodes long, but was then split into two seasons that would be released only two months apart (As opposed to the six to eight month wait between previous seasons) in order to avoid Awesomeness Withdrawal.
    • Seasons 4-6 got a bit of this reaction as well, since, while a couple of interesting plot points did come up in those seasons, they were still only 6-7 episodes long.
  • It's the Same, So It Sucks: The final battles with the Arc Villain often check all these copy-pasted plot points:
    • The villain busts out a Humongous Mecha specifically design to fight Voltron that they never used before.
    • The Mecha is hyped as the greatest threat the team has ever faced, that would require them to connect with their lions like never before. This was said almost word for word each time.
    • The enemy would curbstomp Voltron so thoroughly that you wonder why wasn't it the mightiest weapon in the universe.
    • Through the Power of Friendship, Voltron eventually fights more evenly against the threat. However, the fight would devolve into clashing beams of light.
    • At the very end, it's down to a single member's unorthodox thinking that brings an end to the battle. (Shiro's phasing through and grabbing Zarkon's bayard; Allura's decision to feed Lotor's quintessence and her decision to redeem Honerva).
  • It Was His Sled:
    • Pidge being a girl is such an early spoiler and is just so hard to talk about her without mentioning it that it's a well known fact among fans.
    • In Season 5, Keith's mother, Krolia, showing up and interacting with him has since become public knowledge once she became trending in basically every social media, specially Tumblr.
    • Come Season 7, news of Adam's death spread like wildfire because of, well...
    • Likewise, the show closing off on Allura sacrificing herself and Shiro having a Last Minute Hookup wedding also became well-known due to the Internet Backdraft around them.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Prince Lotor. Ambitious, competent, and constantly outsmarting the Paladins to succeed where his father failed. He also has two undead parents who are dark shadows of their former selves, and were horribly abusive to him growing up. Haggar treats Lotor as a thorn in her side and a figure to not be trusted, while Zarkon's only focus is on Voltron. He was exiled for being too kind to his subjects, who were then all murdered by Zarkon as punishment, and has to prove himself despite accomplishing more in a few episodes than his father has in two seasons. As of Season 4, he's become an outlaw of the Galra Empire, his own father tries to kill him, and his three formerly loyal generals betray him after he killed Narti for being an unwitting spy for Haggar. Despite his megalomania, it's hard not to pity him on some level once he ends up alone after all his ambitions are foiled. The same goes for him in Season 6. Whilst he may have committed absolutely monstrous acts, gone insane, and been Evil All Along, it's incredibly difficult not to still find yourself both satisfied and sad when the Paladins leave him for dead. Even Allura is mournful for him.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships:
    • Shiro, besides being shipped with all the other Paladins and Matt, also gets shipped with several of his enemies, with Sendak being the most popular. There's also people who like to ship him with himself.
    • Allura gets this too, having been shipped with every Paladin, Coran and basically every female character.
    • Lance is also very popular for shipping; besides Allura and the rest of the Paladins he's also paired with Lotor and many of the various female aliens.
  • LGBT Fanbase: The Galra characters get this a lot. Many of the male characters such as Sendak, Prorok, and Thace are popular with gay male fans due to their designs having elements of The Bear. While the female Galra like Acxa, Zethrid and Trugg have strong gay female followings of their own. Shiro is also hugely popular with gay men due to his noticeable Heroic Build. Pidge's lack of gender conformity means she's popular with transgender fans, some of whom headcanon her as also transgender or more recently, non-binary, following her VA confirming to be such in 2018. Confirmation that Shiro is gay and was in a romantic relationship with another man in the past only made him even more popular with LGBT fans.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: Allura's fate in the finale have gotten this from several fans, who refuse to accept her as truly dead. Lauren Montgomery confirmed that it's supposed to be seen as something that can potentially be reversed.

    M - R 
  • Magnificent Bastard:
    • Prince Lotor is the handsome, charismatic son of Zarkon and Honerva. Returning when his father is incapacitated, Lotor uses his charisma to win the Galra to his side and proves a deadly enemy of Voltron with his brilliance. Even when Zarkon awakens, Lotor changes gears to ally with Voltron, eventually killing his father and becoming the new head of Galra. Manipulating the Paladins, it is eventually revealed Lotor has preserved the Altean race, albeit while harvesting some for their Quintessence, leading to a massive confrontation. Despite his evil actions, even Allura acknowledges Lotor's good intent in the end, and he remains one of Voltron's most utterly brilliant and capable adversaries.
    • Lotor's mother, Honerva, also known as Witch Haggar is the ruthlessly capable force behind Zarkon's throne. Nearly eliminating Voltron and all of her opponents in one fell swoop during one gambit, upon regaining her memories, Honerva ends up manipulating the entire Altean colony founded by Lotor into her pawns by using their belief of Lotor as a savior. Using them as pawns to assist her in opening up the path to reality itself, Honerva intends to find a reality where she is happy with her husband and son, deciding the rest can burn, before realizing her errors and having a chance to fix it at cost of her life.
  • Memetic Badass: Allura, Shiro, and Pidge receive this, being considered the 3 members of Voltron that are the most competent, capable, and skillful, often portrayed as a Power Trio who is pretty much solving the entire plot by themselves while the others do either secondary tasks or fail until they call one of these three. Canonically, they are more often than the others portrayed as level-headed and even Only Sane Man depending on the situation, the trio is also the one to most often come up with plans and ideas for the team. However, the others are still very much capable fighters.
  • Memetic Loser: Keith, Hunk, Lance and sometimes, Coran. In no small part due to Hunk and Lance's Flanderization and being reduced to mostly Comic Relief and spending Season 2 generally Out of Focus, they are usually seem as less competent than the others in the team, despite showing that they are very capable fighters, while Keith's Vanilla Protagonist tendencies make some fans think he is too much of an emo and/or hotheaded to be as good as the more level-headed other three. Coran sometimes falls into this based on playing Comic Relief too often.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Pidge mentions liking peanut butter once, but the fandom has transformed it into a full-blown Trademark Favorite Food.
    • Redraw Lance explanation 
    • FICTION IS REALITYexplanation 
    • Space Dad explanation 
    • After seeing how protective the Red Lion was over Keith in Season 2, coming for him whenever he's in danger, people have been exaggerating it and making references to the lion coming for him over even the smallest injuries.
    • These screencaps of Lance have been making rounds to express when someone is feeling particularly smug about a situation.
    • After the show's Instagram page announced that Shiro's birthday is February 29th, people have started to make jokes about him being only 4-6 years old.
    • Zarkon's obsession with the Black Lion has been noted by some to be similar to a crazy-ex boyfriend losing their girlfriend and trying desperately to get her back by fighting her current boyfriend, Shiro.
    • The fact that Pidge turned out to be Italian has gathered a large amount of jokes using her to portray Italian stereotypes. This includes saying she loves pasta and even her dressing as Mario. Even her voice actor joined in on it.
    • Keith loves hippos.note 
    • Keith hatched from an egg. explanation 
    • Stripper Lance.explanation 
    • Shiro's Gag Boobs. explanation 
      • Also with Romelle to a lesser extent.
    • Epilogue Wedding Edits Finale Spoilers 
    • "[X] IS CANON KING". explanation 
    • Bunny Shiro. explanation 
  • Misaimed Fandom:
    • Some fans latched onto the idea that Pidge Gundersson aka Katie Holt is a trans man, even though the character explicitly self-identifies as female after the reveal, and Word of God confirms she is meant to be seen as such, and that her male identity was a temporary disguise to avoid getting caught by the authorities. Likewise, others interpreted the reveal scene as her literally coming out as transgender, even though flashbacks show she was already fine presenting as female in public beforehand, and would have continued to do so if she wasn't caught.
      • There is a panel in the first issue of the comic where Coran talks about the Paladins and their inexperience while Pidge is the only one in the shot. This panel is often cited by the Misaimed Fandom to be evidence that Pidge is canonically nonbinary and goes by "they" pronouns, and that referring to Pidge as female or using "she/her" for Pidge is transphobic and wrong. However, the full context of the scene makes it evident Coran is using "they" to refer to the Paladins as a collective group rather than Pidge specifically, and all other official media released after the show had come out has consistently referred to Pidge as female and uses female pronouns exclusively (with the exception of some promotional material for the first season, by way of keeping Pidge's gender a secret).
      • In Season 2, Pidge has a hard time deciding in which bathroom she must go when they are in the space mall and decides to hold instead of going to either. Some fans have taken it as a confirmation she is non-binary or transgender, since that is indeed an issue that both groups face in real life. This despite the fact that, trans or not, the creators and her voice actor have been very insistent (to Berserk Button levels) about Pidge identifying as female, and despite the scene in context being a gag about Pidge having no idea which restroom was for which gender, because alien color coding can't be assumed to be the same as it is on Earth.
  • Misblamed: Latter interviews released after the show's conclusion out suggest that a lot of Executive Meddling regarding various aspects of the show, such as difficulties in getting past Hide Your Gays, or the show's numerous Aborted Arcs, came not from Dreamworks, as was commonly believed, but from WEP, the original holders of the Voltron license.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • If Haggar hadn't crossed it before, she certainly did in the fourth season finale when she tried to wipe out a third of the Galra Empire, including several planets and countless people, all to destroy Voltron, the Blades of Marmora and the resistance against the Galra in one fell swoop.
    • Zarkon definitely crosses it by declaring his son Lotor a traitor and marking him as his empire's public enemy number 1, along with telling his forces to hunt and kill him on sight.
    • For those who don't see Lotor as a Jerkass Woobie, him killing Narti after discovering that Haggar is spying on him could definitely count and to others, his actions during the Season 6 finale most certainly count, to say nothing of betraying countless Alteans who had worshiped him as a saviour by trapping them and killing them by harvesting their Quintessence for research purposes.
    • Commander Sendak crosses it in Season 7 when he decides to destroy Earth and carries the plan even after Admiral Sanda sells him Voltron.
  • Narm:
    • Voltron's overly long Transformation Sequence. The first time it happens, it's a Moment of Awesome. The second time, slightly less. Any other time after that and it just seems more like a Running Gag that goes on for ages. It doesn't help that it's basically just re-used footage. It gets a Lampshade Hanging in Season 2 when Shiro points out the alien they're fighting isn't going to just stand around and let them go through the whole thing.
    • The Paladins' penchant for sneaking around Galra installations gets outright ridiculous seeing how they wear bright white armor with primary color highlights and glowing blue panels.
    • The show's take on Calling Your Attacks. The thing is, the show also averts Named Weapons, leaving Shiro to call out "Form Sword!", "Form Shoulder Cannon" or "fire the lasers!", making the millennia-old super weapon sound more like any generic spaceship.
    • Zarkon's utterly straight-faced, sinister delivery of "Set course for Voltron". To say nothing of him having a giant robot modeled after himself, facial scars and all.
    • In Season 3, as Shiro drifts off into space, right as he believes he's about to die his last thoughts are of the time spent with the paladins. They're all touching, emotionally charged moments... except for Hunk's, which is of him goofing off but is presented with as much drama as all the others.
    • Lotor's ships. Lotor's first meteorite ship look down right silly with its large "head", muscular "arms" that sway when the ship move. The second one is even worse, because it's a pair of legs. The way it sway when flying look like it's dancing in the wind.
    • Zarkon's first scene in Season 4 after regaining consciousness thanks to Haggar reviving him in the Season 3 finale, in which his new armour is built around him while closing his eyes before opening them after the mask conceals his face as the visors glow purple, has been considered to be this by some fans, who have likened it to a Transformation Sequence from a Magical Girl anime and find it a bit too long, while others have favourably compared it to the scene in which Anakin Skywalker completes his transformation as Darth Vader when he gains his signature life support suit near the end of Revenge of the Sith to the point that some fans have now nicknamed him "Darth Zarkon", along with others favourably comparing it to when Mewtwo gains his robotic suit during Pokémon: The First Movie.
    • As the series' ground combat gets smoother and more elaborate with each season, resembling a more weapon-focused Avatar: The Last Airbender, Voltron's fights still tend towards incredibly basic choreography with a focus on Puzzle Boss-esque encounters. Combined with the Conspicuous CG and garish, toylike coloring inherited from the original, it ends up looking like it came from a completely different show.
    • Keith asking Krolia if she is sure that she is his mom. Normally it's not weird for a child who's never met his mom to say this, but considering that Krolia looks like a taller, purple version of her son, it makes you go "Really, Keith?".
    • The reveal in that there had been a Time Skip between Seasons 6 and 7. A serious moment becomes harder to take seriously hearing characters saying it had been three decafeebs since Voltron disappeared.
    • In "The Last Stand Part 1" Hunk has a Legolas-level Captain Obvious line with "It's not a response, it's a distress signal."
    • Voltron's wing upgrade, introduced in Season 7. Instead of the Black Lion's wings opening elegantly, it generates a pair of disproportionately large, boxy rockets that utterly dwarf it, and look ridiculously incongruous with the rest of its upgrades.
    • What upgrade does Voltron get to finally defeat Honerva once and for all? They up the ante on the wings and grown an entire spaceship out of its back that's so big and boxy, you can barely see Voltron or Honerva's machine after its formed. It ends up making the final shoving match look like this one enormous starship flying aimlessly on its own.
    • Shiro and his wedding to Curtis. Controversy aside, it's still a jarring and downright silly choice to have as the literal final scene the show closes off on, especially since it's a character Shiro never interacted with and it comes at odds with Shiro's previous characterization as a Determinator Married to the Job.
  • Narm Charm: Despite the Internet Backdraft over the scene, Shiro's wedding does have its contigent of fans pleased to know he did get a happy ending and found a SecondLove after everything he went through, and it is a portrayal of a same-sex wedding and kiss in a show aimed at younger audiences.
  • Nausea Fuel: The brief shot we get of Lotor's decayed corpse in "Knights of Light, Part 2". To say that it doesn't look good is an understatement.
  • Never Live It Down: The entire fandom became known, or rather, infamously known, for its brutal ship wars, accusations of pedophilia towards and by shippers thrown all around, the age-discourse and threats towards the voice actors and writers. Infamously, one Klance shipper outright blackmailed the creators by refusing to take down pictures of storyboards from a tour of Studio Mir that could have gotten them sued by DreamWorks unless Keith and Lance got together in-show. It has since become known as one of the most toxic fandoms around, together with Rick and Morty, Steven Universe, and Undertale.
  • Older Than They Think: Shiro. Because his 80s counterpart was killed off rather early in GoLion and renamed Sven in Voltron, many people mistake him for an entirely new character rather than an Ascended Extra.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Sven only gets a couple minutes of screentime, but he instantly gained a fandom thanks to being a alternate reality version of Shiro and blatant Mythology Gag to the original show's beloved Ensemble Dark Horse.
    • The bearded female dish washing employee at Vrepit Sal's voiced by Cree Summer (who also voices Haggar) has gained some popularity from fans, following her ten-second appearance in "Space Mall". Even the writers acknowledged her that she reappears in the Seasons 7 and 8 finales.
  • Pandering to the Base: Word of God admits that the epilogue in which Shiro gets married was an attempt to do this for the LGBT Fanbase, specifically using the word "pandering" to describe it.
  • Periphery Demographic: The show's intended demographic was 6-11 year old boys, but the show ended up becoming quite popular with female fans and fans from older age brackets as well. The showrunners have admitted that this was intentional and deliberately aimed later storylines towards those older audiences despite early opposition from executives.
  • Popular with Furries:
  • Portmanteau Couple Name:
    • Klance = Keith/Lance
    • Sheith = Shiro/Keith
    • Hidge = Hunk/Pidge
    • Allurance = Allura/Lance
    • Lotura = Lotor/Allura
    • Shidge = Shiro/Pidge
    • Shallura = Shiro/Allura
    • Kallura = Keith/Allura
    • Plance = Pidge/Lance
    • Kidge = Keith/Pidge
    • Hunay = Hunk/Shay
    • Pallura = Pidge/Allura
    • Lancelot = Lance/Lotor
    • Shance = Shiro/Lance
  • The Problem with Licensed Games:
    • Voltron VR Chronicles is an embarrassingly short (1 hour of gameplay to be precise) virtual reality game that was supposed to be the first of a five episode series. Its short length, uninspired gameplay, and the niche nature of VR products, in general, ensured it was a One-Episode Wonder. Not even the focus on fan favorite Lance could convince people to buy it.
    • Voltron: Cubes Of Olkarion, a project that was made as part of a coding contest, is a technically impressive effort given the minimal resources afforded to the contestants. Unfortunately, said resources ensured that it is an In Name Only adaptation that uses Voltron elements as little more than decoration for a board game. It's little wonder DreamWorks, despite having the option to publish the game, seems content to leave the finished product unreleased to the general public.
  • Relationship Writing Fumble:
  • The exact nature of Keith and Shiro's relationship with each other. They're the closest of the main paladins, but because the show doesn't get around to explaining Keith's backstory until two thirds into the show, it's not clear for a long time exactly when or how they got to know each other and what kind of bond they shared, and whether it was friendship, familial, or something else. Of course there's the standard close friendship interpretation. At one point Krolia mentions Shiro having helped raise Keith, and he does have some (admitted by Word of God to be unintentional) resemblance to Keith's father, suggesting a fatherly role. However, this is contradicted by flashbacks which show Shiro as closer to a Big Brother Mentor instead, and Keith himself also describes Shiro on two occasions as brotherly (although that interpretation also receives some pushback from Word of God). Meanwhile, because up to that point the two share quite a lot of Ho Yay, because Shiro fulfills quite a few of the roles a love interest normally would towards KeithExplanation , and because neither have any other viable love interests to speak of aside from Shiro's Last Minute Hookup brought about by an Author's Saving Throw, bolstered by Shiro being gay and thus Incompatible Orientation not being an obstacle, others interpret them not as The Not-Love Interest but as each other's Implied Love Interest instead, despite the show's indications otherwise.
  • After previous seasons established that Acxa and Keith shared some sort of unspoken bond, Season 7 has a few moments of heavy Ship Tease that appeared to suggest Acxa had romantic feelings for Keith. However nothing ever comes of it, and in fact the following season focuses much more heavily on her budding friendship with Veronica.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • Many of Lance's detractors started to warm up to him starting in Season 3 and onward, as he shows more humility and kindness towards his teammates while his Casanova Wannabe traits are downplayed.
    • Keith's maturity in Season 6 did a lot to redeem him in the eyes of his broken base. He's still impulsive, but much less rash and more skilled as a team player. His backstory is finally delved into in greater detail, giving a lot of context to his previous actions.
    • The MFE Garrison cadets introduced in Season 7 were initially disliked due to the large amount of focus and Character Shilling they received compared to the main paladins despite being Flat Characters. Season 8 finally gives them some much-needed fleshing out and Adorkable traits.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Despite all his evil, Lotor is so incredibly charismatic and badass that many fans found themselves hoping that he would take down the Paladins in Season 6. The fact many found him sympathetic, both intentionally and not so much didn't hurt at all.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: For the most part, the Lance/Allura romance is reasonably low-key and not this trope. However Season 8 dedicates a very large amount of screentime to it to the point that it dominates scenes involving either character. Due to the show ending in Allura sacrificing her life not long after their Relationship Upgrade and leaving Lance a widower, the sudden increase in focus it received right beforehand appears gratuitous in its wake.
  • Ron the Death Eater:
    • Accusations that Shiro's friendliness towards the rest of the team was a sign that he was a pedophilic sexual abuser, often coming from people who are fans of ships threatened by Shiro/Keith (and, by extension, other Shiro/Fellow Paladin ships), is so rampant in parts of the fandom that eventually one of the voice actors for the show posted a message calling it out (as well as related abuse towards his voice actor).
    • In Season 2, Hunk makes some insensitive comments and Allura expresses intolerance towards Keith after the reveal that he is Galra. Both of them apologize for it, and getting over it is a big part of Allura's Character Development, but to some parts of the fandom they're incorrigibly racist Jerk Asses.
    • Some people accuse Keith of being a Jerkass towards Allura who doesn't care how she feels because he did not want to rescue her from Zarkon at the end of Season 1, even though she made it clear this was what she wanted earlier in the season. Likewise his Character Development in Season 2 and his pain at her distrust towards him also indicate he really does care about Allura's feelings. However some fans accuse even that of being insensitive towards her despite Keith being respectful towards her and Allura concluding her own anti-Galra attitudes were unjustified.
    • Kolivan is gets this from fans who felt that he is to blame for Keith's departure from Team Voltron and joining the Blade of Marmora with one fanfic showing him becoming a jerk towards Keith and then non-fatally stabbing him as he felt that he failed in his position. The Blade as a whole can also get this treatment, even getting blamed for making Keith's potential mental health issues worse. The implication that Keith's mother was forced to leave him behind (and deeply regrets doing so) because of their mission philosophy has only fanned the flames.
    • In one of the more absurd cases, Romelle has received hate from many Lotor fans because she caused the paladins to turn against Lotor by... revealing the truth about him being Evil All Along and killing many Alteans, including her brother, which is something Lotor himself ends up admitting to.
    • Related to Die for Our Ship above: Adam has only shown up in a flashback for one scene in one episode, and has already garnered a nasty hatedom for getting angry with Shiro because the latter insisted on going to Kerberos, which led to them breaking up. Because of this, their relationship has been labelled "toxic", or Adam himself has been accused of being a Bastard Boyfriend. Even though it was confirmed he and Shiro were a happy couple beforehand, and it was understandable that he would react in such a way, knowing that his boyfriend had an incurable degenerative disease with only a few years of good health remaining.
    • Curtis has gotten a hatedom for being the one to marry Shiro and sinking a flotilla of ships with accusations that he was responsible for Adam's death, if not a murderer who engineered Adam's death to have Shiro to himself, for being the responder in the scene where Adam died. Nevermind the fact he wasn't giving the orders that killed Adam or the one who blasted Adam.
    • Lance sometimes gets this from Lotor/Allura, Keith/Allura, and Keith/Lance shippers who Flanderize of his Dogged Nice Guy tendencies into being a full-blown Stalker with a Crush towards Allura.

    S - Z 
  • The Scrappy: Admiral Sanda is not well-liked by fans, as she is an Obstructive Bureaucrat who stymies Sam Holt at every opportunity, leading to many pointless deaths at the hands of the Galra including Adam, Shiro's ex-boyfriend. Worse, she's a turncoat actively selling Earth out to the Galra. Even if she was genuinely motivated by a desire to protect what's left of Earth, audiences didn't believe her Redemption Equals Death deserved the sympathy and grand funeral the heroes gave her.
  • Seasonal Rot:
    • While not nearly as contentious as the below examples, season 3 is where many started to see cracks in the narrative, with plot threads and hooks established in the previous seasons suddenly dropped completely or given rushed, anticlimatic resolutions, many seeing the Lion Swap as contradicting the established lore and rules about the Lions for the sake of a Mythology Gag and, most contentious of all, Allura being demoted from team leader to essentially Keith's Lancer, a state she remained in for the rest of the series.
    • Season 7 got a mixed reception after the highly acclaimed Season 6 due to a mixture of Bury Your Gays, the Lion Swap returning with a vengeance, and a number of weaker episodes, with many blaming behind-the-scenes trouble and the show's producers taking tighter control.
    • Season 8, the final one has a reception that is almost entirely negative. Between extremely messy treatment of most of its characters, the deaths of Allura and Lotor (the former for being poorly set-up and needlessly depressing, the latter for being needlessly gruesome and killing an Unintentionally Sympathetic character), the poor quality of a number of other episodes, very obvious last-minute edits and a Distant Finale that left many baffled, it's little wonder its audience score is so low. An attempted Author's Saving Throw for the above Bury Your Gays instance largely didn't work, especially in a year that included the finale of Adventure Time and the wedding special of Steven Universe.
  • Ship Mates:
    • Many people who ship Keith with Lance also like to pair Shiro with Allura, Matt Holt, or Adam.
      • Keith/Lance fans who are opposed to Shiro/Allura or Shiro/Matt due to the age discourse, or detest Shiro/Allura due to the fact that Shiro is gay like to pair Allura with Shay. Some of them also shipped Lotor with Allura but Lotor's age is a confusing matter as he is over 10,000 years old but still physically young enough to be called a "brat" and his relationship with Allura was a Destructive Romance.
    • People who ship Shiro with Keith often also ship Lance with Allura.
    • Keith/Allura shippers usually like to ship Lance with Pidge.
  • Shipping Goggles: You'd think from looking at the fandom and even this page that romance plays a big part in the show, but for the most part the series is rather light on actual romance, bordering on No Hugging, No Kissing. The only canonical romance plotline in the show is between Lotor, Allura, and Lance, and with the exception of the last season, they do not receive heavy focus like what happened with The Legend of Korra, infamously believed by many to be to that show's detriment.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat:
    • Brutal one between Klance shippers and Sheith shippers; Some Klance fans accuse Sheith of being an abusive or exploitative relationship and that its supporters are pedophiles due to the potential age difference between the two. Meanwhile some Sheith shippers accuse Klance fans of overreacting and argue that Keith makes more sense with Shiro because they have a friendlier and therefore healthier relationship. Echoes of the infamous Avatar and Korra ship wars, down to the same relationship dynamics at play for some of the pairings, come to mind, appropriately enough.
    • Bringing up the Keith/Allura pairing (which has always been the Official Couple of the old continuity) is one way to make Keith/Lance, Shiro/Keith and Shiro/Allura shippers all act hysterical. Some would label Keith/Allura a heteronormative ship but excuse Shiro/Allura even though both are heterosexual pairings and in the latter case involving a confirmed gay man. Accusations of pedophilia used to be commonplace towards Allura/any paladin other than Shiro due to the popular Fanon that Allura was an adult, but were eventually Jossed when Allura was confirmed as biologically a teenager, coupled with later seasons giving Lance and Allura heavy Ship Tease together.
    • Allura/Lotor shippers don't get along well with Allura/Lance or Allura/Keith shippers, since while Lotor receives a lot of Ship Tease with Allura, he has traditionally been a villain and enemy of Allura's, while Lance and Keith are heroic characters. The latter's suspicions were proven correct in Season 6, when Lotor turns against Allura. Allura/Keith and Allura/Lance shippers don't get along well with each other either; the former, which was the Official Couple in all previous incarnations of the show, accuse the latter, which is the Official Couple of this continuity, of being a creepy and abusive Dogged Nice Guy relationship, while the latter insists Keith's at-times harsh treatment of Allura is also abusive and accuse the former of misrepresenting Lance's treatment of Allura.
    • A given with Shiro/Curtis. Given that Shiro was a Launcher of a Thousand Ships while this character has minimal interaction with him and doesn't appear until the last two seasons, even then minimally, and that the showrunners promised any canon romances would only take place if they happened naturally within the story, to say that whatever fans this ship managed to scrape up didn't stand a chance against the very pissed off fans of Shiro and... well, anyone else, is an understatement.
  • Signature Scene: Especially due to its memetic popularity, the paladins' first trip in the Blue Lion became this.
  • Slow-Paced Beginning: The pilot serves as this for Season 1, since most of it is spent on establishing the characters and finding the Lions. Voltron isn't formed until the very last part of the episode.
  • So Okay, It's Average:
    • The show has had quite the intensely vocal fandom, and after the massively unpopular and ship-shattering finale, an equally vocal hatedom to boot. Most viewers believe that it had a strong start with an intriguing take on the original premise, likable characters, well-done, dynamic animation for hand-to-hand combat sequences, and engaging plot hooks. Later seasons proved more divisive due to an increase in mature storytelling and themes but also debatable underuse of the mecha and Writing by the Seat of Your Pants leading to unfulfilling arc resolutions and meandering plot points. However, those who did not watch the show with a concern for Shipping generally believe that while it squandered a lot of potential, aside from the poorly-received final season the show on the whole is also nowhere as terrible as a lot of the backlash would have you believe.
    • When it comes to specific seasons, Season 3 gets a lot of this due to the feeling that it's too focused on Keith at the expenses of the rest of the team, though this is due to the shortened episode order. However, said season was well received for introducing fan-favorite Lotor and his generals, along with Shiro's return and the Origins Episode "The Legend Begins".
    • A similar consensus was reached for Season 4, with several fans saying that though it is enjoyable, it's not as good as the preceding three seasons due to it being not as heavily serialized along with Keith being Out of Focus (though that's usually considered a plus among people who think he is hogging too much screen time in Seasons 2 and 3), ongoing plots from the previous seasons (such as Operation Kuron, Keith finding clues about his Galra heritage and his leadership arc) being ignored, Narti being a character who had potential getting killed off too soon, pacing issues, no confrontation between Team Voltron and Lotor's generals and how short the season was. There is a good reason why this season and Season 3 were planned to be one season and while episodes such as "Reunion" and the two-part finale "Begin the Blitz" and "A New Defender" were well-received, the other three episodes divided several fans, though "The Voltron Show!" is considered to be a Guilty Pleasure due to the Super Sentai shout outs.
  • Special Effects Failure:
    • The CG work suffers from one severe problem during battle scenes; namely, the Lions, Voltron, and the Robeasts never show damage. Galra fighters and spaceships get crumpled, dented, and wind up with holes punched in them, but anything that shows more complex movement ends up sparking at the most. This leads to moments like Pidge shouting they can't take another hit while Voltron looks like it's in peak condition, or the second Robeast outright shrugging off what were supposed to be devastating blows.
    • It's incredibly obvious that the plot of Season 8's "The Grudge" was changed at the last minute as an attempt at an Author's Saving Throw to avert Bury Your Gays. Between Zethrid's dialogue and motives better fitting that of a Crusading Widower, audio descriptions of the episode referring to scenes with Ezor as being of a similar-looking male alien and suggesting that the scene of Acxa explaining Ezor and Zethrid's breakup to the audience originally being of Zethrid attempting to kill Shiro in revenge, Ezor's one spoken line clearly having been done by a stand-in and awkwardly run through an audio filter to hide the fact, and the extreme brevity of Zethrid and Ezor's reconciliation at the end, they don't do a good job of hiding that Ezor was hastily edited back in at the last second, and Zethrid barely saying or doing much of notice afterward also suggests that she wasn't supposed to make it out alive either.
    • When the spirits show up in "The End is the Beginning," Lotor isn't casting a shadow like the rest of them, and it's quite obviously the character's stock image, suggesting he was added in at the last moment.
    • The audio description for Shiro's epilogue in the final episode states that he married Adam instead of Curtis, indicating they either planned for the scene to originally feature a Back from the Dead Adam and did not update it after using Curtis, or it was a mistake due to lack of proofreading. The error has since been corrected.
  • Squick: In an episode of Season 2, Coran comes down with a sickness called the "Slipperies", where he is constantly wet and slippery due to sweat and slides all over the place. It's hilarious, but also just sort of gross. The Paladins are also visibly squicked.
  • Strangled by the Red String:
    • Shiro and Curtis, a bridge officer aboard the Atlas, also the one Official Couple to be together by the very end. While the two do exchange dialogue from time to time it's entirely in the context of mission commands, to the point the latter is never named directly except in subtitles. Nevertheless the last shot of the show is of them getting married. Somewhat understandable since it is a last-minute Author's Saving Throw and Executive Meddling made it difficult to put gay content in the show.
    • While it's generally agreed that Lance's feelings for Allura were well-written and established, her reciprocation comes a little out of left field for some (particularly her declaration that she'll "always love him"), especially as she had a previous love interest whom she chose over Lance and her feelings being overtly romantic weren't established until the final season.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Fans generally agree that Hunk gets the least focus and plot relevance of the paladins. It reached its peak in Season 2, where what little screentime he had resembled Flanderization. Many of his scenes revolved around food, his mechanical engineering skills were often forgotten unless necessary to the plot, he freaked out visibly more than any other paladin, and he was relegated mostly to comic relief, in stark contrast with the Hunk that learned to temper his caution with bravery during the Balmera arc. Later seasons brought emphasis back to his scientific knowledge and toned down the food and toilet humor, most notably getting Character Focus in "Omega Shield", but he continues to remain in the background most of the time. Fortunately, he did get more focus during Season 7, most notably in the second half.
    • King Alfor's hologram was introduced in the first episode as something of a Spirit Advisor via technology to Allura. Nothing is ever done with this except to bring him back to be killed off. Even for an intended Sacrificial Lion he was woefully underused.
    • Thace gets some criticism for not actually getting to do much when The Stinger in Season 1 and some of the Season 2 trailers suggested that his betrayal of Zarkon would be a major running subplot. As it turns out, he doesn't really get to do much with his status as The Mole, and the episode where he gets the most significant screentime ends with him making a Heroic Sacrifice before he has the chance to get any proper characterization.
    • All of Lotor's generals suffer from this to various degrees, as we get no insight into their backstories and their pasts with him, and their characterization is minimal for all of their screentime. Narti is hit the hardest with this trope, as the most mysterious of Lotor's generals, who has the fascinating power to possess people and somehow obtained Haggar's cat, Cova, which she uses as a familiar. She ends up killed by Lotor after he discovers that Haggar is using her as an unwitting spy. Acxa, the second most mysterious of his four generals, is mostly characterized by her loyalty to Lotor, but only appears in two episodes of Season 7 with the first establishing her sudden Heel–Face Turn and becoming an ally to Team Voltron, and doesn't appear again aside from a brief shot in the season finale as part of the Coalition. Ezor and Zethrid are reintroduced in Season 7 as a pair of rogue warlords, and seem to be on their way to becoming Rounded Characters as well as truly menacing villains, before getting apparently killed off in the episode where they return, though in the following season, they turned out to have survived the blast.
      • Narti is hit even harder by the fact that the other three abandon Lotor after he kills her, but they seem to forget about her not too long afterwards. She's never mentioned in the following seasons, and her teammates eventually go back to following Lotor despite their previous reactions to her death, though she does get mentioned in the final season.
    • One common criticism of Season 7 is lack of expansion on Adam's character. As Shiro's ex-boyfriend, a confirmed LGBT character, and someone who had been on Earth with the Garrison during the events of the show, some thought that he could have had fascinating character development and interactions with the other characters. Instead, he only appeared in two scenes and was quickly killed off with little fanfare, with Shiro barely grieving for him.
    • Romelle is brought back to help stop Lotor, has one adventure with the Paladins and then just kind of sits around in the background for much of Season 7, without even showing much reaction to the fact that everyone from her colony has disappeared as a result of Haggar's machinations. She has somewhat more to do in Season 8, although since it's the final season, it's still less than would be ideal.
    • Captain Olia has a cool, Sherlock Hound-inspired design, a group of family photos on her console hinting at her being a badass Action Mom, and is an Ace Pilot to boot. Unfortunately, her only speaking role is during the Season 4 finale, with her cameos in Seasons 7 and 8 being completely silent, serving as largely a static background character.
    • A lot of fans were left disappointed that Rolo's fate was never mentioned, due to his absence in Seasons 7 and 8.
    • Several fans felt Luca should've survived beyond the season 8 premiere and being a potential rival to Allura, Pidge and Romelle. Heck, there are fans who felt Merla could've been a potential rival to them and also feeling that she could've been connected to Lotor like her original series counterpart.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • Episode 1 of Season 3 shows signs of hostility between the new allied planets and the Blade of Marmora due to racism against the Galra. This plot thread is all but forgotten once Lotor shows up.
    • Some fans who don't view Lotor as a Jerkass Woobie felt that it should have been Acxa, Zethrid and Ezor who prevented the destruction of Naxzela and saved Keith from his kamikaze attempt in the Season 4 finale instead, given that they turned against Lotor after realising that he went too far on his plans to gain more Quintessence and how shocked and sad they were after he killed Narti in the antepenultimate episode of the season.
    • Keith temporarily leaving to join the Blade of Marmora. The fact it occurs only an episode into Season 4 with little build up is considered a waste, but the fact Keith was Put on a Bus also doesn't help. Instead of seeing Keith's training or his pursuit of Lotor or even him coping with the issues that made him leave the team, he only really appears at the beginning and ending of the season.
    • On a related note, Keith's leadership arc in Season 3 becomes a "Shaggy Dog" Story after Shiro regains his partnership with Black. What was set up to be a struggle for Keith to step up to the plate and work on his relationship with the others becomes an exercise in angst after he starts abandoning the team for the Blade and ultimately quits Voltron. Luckily, in Season 6, Keith returns and gets to finish his leadership arc. Nevertheless, some fans still feel this trope applies as all of Keith's character development was achieved offscreen in the span of a brief timeskip montage.
    • Several fans felt that "The Legend Begins" should've have been a two-part episode since it could've focused on the other three original Paladins (Gyrgan, Trigel and Blaytz) as well as focusing on Zarkon, Alfor and Honerva. Indeed, it was originally planned to be a two-parter until Executive Meddling reduced it to a single episode. Ultimately subverted in Season 8.
    • Some fans felt that Zarkon's death was anticlimatic in "Blood Duel" and should've happened in the sixth season finale, given that Seasons 5 and 6 were originally intended to be one season (in fact, Seasons 1 and 2 were produced as the first production season and Seasons 3, 4, 5, and 6 were produced as the second production season).
    • Fans who weren't happy with Shiro's return in Season 3 that resulted in Keith being Out of Focus in Seasons 4 and 5 feel that Shiro should've returned later in the series in order to allow Keith being the leader of the team, along with others justifying his return by supporting the theory that he is actually a clone. It doesn't help the fact the showrunners said in an interview that his return happening earlier was for the best.
    • Many fans felt that Lotor being Good All Along would've made a better storyline for the show than him being Evil All Along, given that the character was on course on being more heroic than his original Voltron and GoLion counterparts before said reveal.
    • Inverse to the above, Lotor had the chance to come across as a rather complex villain whose ruthless ideas about preserving Altea could have been genuinely thought-provoking, especially compared to Keith's unwillingness to sacrifice Shiro for the greater good. Instead, to quote Word of God he goes "full Azula", and as a result becomes more akin to the Saturday morning cartoon villain of the original series.
    • In Season 5, Lance gets a message from the real Shiro on the astral plane, leading fans to speculate that Lance was going to figure out the deception and tell the team, then the team would round up Keith and go to the rescue. Many speculated that this would be key to the "growth" of Lance's character that the showrunners were constantly talking about in the run up to Seasons 5. Instead the team remain oblivious until Keith figures it all out, Keith takes down the clone and rescues Shiro more or less singlehandedly, and Lance's main contribution to the whole issue was realizing the significance of the message too late, and lamenting that he should have noticed that something was wrong.
    • On a related note, aside from one offhand comment, the show never explores the ramifications of Shiro in seasons 3-6 being a clone. The fact that Shiro now has all of Kuron's memories had to be addressed in an interview as no such thing is touched on within the show, nor is there even an opportunity to do so. Neither is there an exploration of his sudden loss of ability to pilot the Black Lion (which also had to be explained in an interview), his response to being cured of the mysterious disease that affected him in his early life, or his PTSD resulting from his time as a Galra prisoner that was a focal point of his arc in the first two seasons.
    • Season 3 introduces Lotor and his generals as a close-knit and competent group, and later reveals that Lotor was building his own ships out of a second comet made from the same material that was used to build Voltron — ships that look suspiciously like body parts capable of assembling together. While it turns out that those ships were used to form Sincline, the buildup to Lotor's team piloting it as an Evil Counterpart of Team Voltron appears to have gone nowhere after the death of Narti, the rest of the generals turning on Lotor, and Lotor piloting Sincline by himself.
    • The Voltron Coalition, who's formation was a major focus in Seasons 3 and 4, largely disappear after Matt's attempt to liberate his dad. Potential friction between them and the Paladins for aiding Lotor after he became emperor of the Galra would have made for an interesting plot, but it goes completely unexplored. Worse still, in Season 7, we hear that they're being hunted down by the Galra remnants after Lotor's disappearance, and don't learn of their fate until a massive cameo in the season finale.
    • The Bayards, and the properties thereof. Only in the final season do we learn what they even are (weapons made from the same material as Voltron itself), and none of the Paladins are ever capable of using them to the extent of Galra Royalty, despite Lotor using the Black Bayard with the same effectiveness as Zarkon despite not even being a Paladin, and despite Zarkon pointing out in the first season that one's skill with the bayard was emblematic of one's skill as a paladin. After Keith risks his life attempting to retrieve the black bayard for Shiro in the first season, and after Shiro successfully retrieves it in the second, he is never seen using it in combat. This is probably because Shiro was originally supposed to die in season 2 and so they never created a bayard weapon for him even after he came back.
    • Many fans felt that Allura should've survived and stayed with Team Voltron than sacrificing herself to join the original Paladins, a Death Equals Redemption Lotor and Honerva into the afterlife, feeling that the finale could've resulted in a possible spinoff or sequel.
    • A lot of fans were left disappointed that the Altean Empire alternate reality didn't get revisited during Season 8 due to said season's plot.
    • Many fans were dissatisfied with Lotor's ultimate fate, as he's shown in the afterlife with Alfor, the original Paladins, and his parents, but is given no explanation of how he was apparently redeemed beyond the statement that he was "misguided", especially since what was implied to be his ghost in an earlier episode was just as Ambiguously Evil as he was in life. Many fans also found his apparent immediate forgiveness of his parents hard to swallow, feeling the intriguing plot of actually resolving his issues with his mother was wasted.
    • The Entity is introduced very early on in Season 3 as a dark corruptive force of Quintessence partially responsible for Zarkon and Honerva's turn to darkness. It returns in Season 8, where it possesses Allura instead, seemingly setting her up for a Face–Heel Turn of some kind, or becoming the final villain. All that it amounts to is being briefly used as a tracking beacon for Honerva before being suddenly dropped altogether as if it never existed.
  • Too Cool to Live: Ulaz, a Ninja Scientist with a cool space station, and Thace, the first heroic Galra we're ever introduced to.
  • Trapped by Mountain Lions: For some, Keith's plot with the Blades of Marmora in Seasons 4 and 5. Not only does it come across as a wasted plot due to a lack of screentime and development for Keith but it also feels largely disconnected to the seasons' overall plots.
  • Uncanny Valley: In Season 3, Shiro seems a little "off", which fans some fans viewed as evidence of the theory that he's actually a clone of the real Shiro. Which incidentally turns out to be true. Later seasons have him drawn less Off-Model.
  • Unexpected Character: After the third Season 6 clip was released online, a lot of fans weren't expecting to see Nanny appearing in the show, but this time as Lotor's former nanny and a governess of the Galra Empire, rather than Allura's nanny in the original. In addition her name is now Dayak instead of Hys like her GoLion counterpart.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic:
    • Shiro in Seasons 3-6 is revealed to be a clone created by Haggar to spy on the paladins of Voltron and become a Manchurian Agent. The real Shiro, whose spirit contacts Keith within the Black Lion, disavows the clone Shiro and refers to him as "that thing" and a villain, and the season ends with his soul being uploaded into the clone's comatose body. However, up until the point where Haggar hijacked his mind, the clone Shiro had been shown as genuinely kind-hearted, heroic, and regretful whenever he hurt his friends, and also not so far gone that Keith was still able to successfully undo his brainwashing and bring him to his senses. Given all the effort spent to humanize him and develop him as an entity independent from the real Shiro, fans found his dismissal as a villainous Expendable Clone, and essentially death from having his mind overwritten with Shiro's, unnecessarily cruel. There is some attempt to justify this, with a line from Keith implying that the clone is brain-dead, but it was vague, and the fact that none of the characters even acknowledge the clone's humanity still rubs many the wrong way. However, as if to reassure worried fans, Joaquim Dos Santos and Lauren Montgomery explained that "Kuron's" consciousness was absorbed into Shiro's, with his memories and knowledge intact.
    • Lotor was intended to be sympathetic, and his possible face-turn demonstrates it. However, in Season 6, with the revelation he was never a good guy, and crossed a monstrous line long ago, you'd think this would be impossible. Yet, the issue is that the team immediately (and rather logically) treats him as a threat. However, this is tempered by the fact they ignore what he's saying, even as he tries to negotiate, and proceed to hit his Berserk Button. Whilst Lotor ultimately was going to spiral into insanity either way, some find unexpected sympathy for his pleas, which are most likely truthful in nature. Season 8 reveals his backstory and the extent of his abusive childhood, showing that he truly was a Well-Intentioned Extremist in comparison to his father. However, by this point he is already dead.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: The surviving Altean colony, once Honerva finds them and uses them in her quest to find an alive Lotor and Zarkon that never became corrupted by Quintessence. Allura maintains that Honerva is manipulating and exploiting the Alteans, but they still commit planetary genocide on a regular basis, multiple times. Luca especially is an Ungrateful Bastard about how the people she tried to kill have rescued her from drowning, and are giving her medical attention. Sure, one gets a Heel Realization but by then it's too late and Honerva achieves a Near-Villain Victory. What's worse, they don't face any trial for their actions after Allura's Heroic Sacrifice, getting a slap on the wrist, or are forced to confront what they did to a galaxy that didn't kill lotor.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Pidge's voice and the character's penchant for this trope in the original series led to many viewers initially thinking that Pidge had been recast as a girl, at least until Lance specifically calls him a boy. Of course, The Reveal is that Pidge here is a girl, leading to a Captain Obvious Reveal for some.
  • Vocal Minority: The shippers are exceedingly loud in the fandom (particularly Keith/Lance supporters), even though the work has broad mass-market appeal and the majority of the fans aren't interested in the shipping wars.
  • What an Idiot!: Defied in the climax of Season 2; the Druids throw Thace's knife next to his head and then leave him alone and unguarded with said knife an inch away from his restraints. A blatant Bond Villain Stupidity setup for Thace to escape right? Except that's just a deception to uncover Thace's plan since he wasn't broken by the torture. The Druids had already changed the command code and now moved in to finish him. The ruse was so successful that if it wasn't for Keith and Thace's own Heroic Sacrifice, the entire plan would have crumbled.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Much like the creators' previous works, the show definitely stretches its TV-Y7-FV rating. It has scenes of torture (with PTSD), a surprising amount of violence that only passes because there is no onscreen blood, and quite a few side characters who die, some of those deaths being onscreen. We're even shown the rotting corpse of a prominent character.
  • Win Back the Crowd: After two previous attempts to make Voltron sequels, neither of which were commercially successful, going for a full reboot would be this. Having veterans from Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra leading production certainly helps. While the toys for this series also performed poorly, the show has garnered the most active fanbase out of any of the various offshoots.

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