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This article is about the Lion Force pilot as they appear in Legendary Defender. For a list of other meanings, see Takashi Shirogane (disambiguation).

"Just remember, patience yields focus."

Shiro to Keith, in The Rise of Voltron

Takashi "Shiro" Shirogane - known to other slaves in the Galra arena as Champion - is a skilled pilot of legendary reputation and the leader of the five Paladins of Voltron. He was the Paladin of the Black Lion of Voltron. He is the captain of the Atlas.

Biography

Originally an exploration pilot for the Galaxy Garrison, Shiro traveled to Pluto's moon Kerberos with Dr. Samuel Holt and his son, Matt Holt, which at that point in time was the furthest that humans had ever traveled into the universe. While Earth's governments officially reported them missing due to pilot error, the three had in reality been abducted by a passing Galra ship which had been scouting Earth's solar system for signs of Voltron. Dr. Holt was sent to a labor camp, while Shiro and Matt were sent to become fighters in Emperor Zarkon's Gladiatorial Arena. While waiting to face off against the gladiator Myzax, Shiro could sense Matt's trepidation and fear and, in a bid to protect the younger man, knocked him to the ground while injuring his leg in the process so that Matt would be sent to the labor colony with his father. With this action, Shiro created a façade for himself as a bloodthirsty warrior amongst the other alien prisoners and went on to become the reigning Champion, undergoing extreme physical and mental scarring in the process. The full extent of his trauma is unknown, but what is known is that his right arm was replaced with a weaponized Galra tech prosthetic that is capable of energy emission powerful enough to cut through most metals and weld doors shut. He also gained a lateral scar across the bridge of his nose, part of his black hair turned white from the extreme stress, and even his skin appears paler. However, one year after his capture, Shiro was rescued by Ulaz while being examined by Galra technicians; Ulaz gave Shiro information about the Blue Lion's existence on Earth and had coordinates implanted into his prosthetic arm that divulged the location of a base used by the Blade of Marmora. Unfortunately, Shiro suffered a head injury from an explosion during his escape, which resulted in leaving him with amnesia as he fell into an escape pod destined for Earth.

Following his team's latest battle against Zarkon, he suddenly vanishes without a trace from within the Black Lion's cockpit. What exactly happened to him remained to be discovered, but he seemingly escapes captivity by Galra soldiers after the Black Lion was briefly controlled by Zarkon and returns to the Voltron team with little memory of what transpired after the battle with Zarkon. He returns to his status as the Black Paladin once Keith chooses to become a full-fledged member of the Blade of Marmora. In Season Six, it is revealed that this version of Shiro is actually a clone - one of many in fact.

Shiro actually died during the battle with Zarkon, but managed to have his mind preserved in the consciousness of the Black Lion. During this time, he attempted to contact Lance and warn him from within the collective consciousness of Voltron on the psychic plane of existence about the danger the clone presented to the Voltron Paladins. He later explained the story to Keith when Keith himself entered the Black Lion's conscoiusness. After the destruction of the Castle of Lions after the battle against Lotor's Sincline mech, Allura restored Shiro by transferring his consciousness from the Black Lion to his clone's body. The process turned the rest of Shiro's hair white.

During season 7, the paladins arrive back on Earth, and Shiro goes on to captain the Atlas - a ship created by Sam Holt and powered using the crystal created from the Castle of Lions. Shiro ends up in a battle against Sendak, a fight that he ultimately succumbs to, only being saved after Keith attacks Sendak from behind and defeats him. He returns to the Atlas and finds the paladins in trouble, at which point he realises that the Atlas had the ability to transform into a robot too, similar in design to Voltron.

During the epilogue of season 8, he marries Curtis, who worked alongside him on the Atlas.

Personality

Shiro's personality is that of a born leader, naturally adept at calmly commanding his team. Although he holds a commanding presence, Shiro is actually quite kind as well as sensitive to the struggles and concerns his fellow Paladins are undergoing or may have. This is highlighted in his patience with Pidge, as he knew that she was Katie Holt due to having worked closely with her missing family members, and sympathized with her loss and understood her grief, frustration, and desire to uncover their fates. Shiro's skills as a leader are further enhanced by the familial bond he forms with all of his teammates. Despite how serious and straightforward Shiro can be, he can also be just as silly and laid back as his friends when he has the chance, such as when his friends were making "laser noises". He initially sided with Keith on knocking it off before engaging in it himself, causing the Red Paladin to appear embarrassed that his leader was acting so ridiculously. [3]

Shiro's experiences as a gladiator and a test subject have left him suffering from a degree of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. This is noticeable when he has momentary flashbacks when confronted with particular stimuli. These flashbacks are actually invasive memories, which are typically triggered in people suffering post-traumatic stress by things that are connected or similar to features or stimuli that one experienced during trauma. Normally Shiro just brushes it off, but when he was confronted by Haggar, he started to lose control of his emotions and became frantic, wild, and certainly not the disciplined warrior most people know him to be. This degree of trauma became such that he began to doubt his chances of surviving. Therefore he made the decision to designate Keith as the new team leader in the event of his death. In the following of his return, his personality has become harsher as well as becoming more dominant in his role as leader - to the point of not listening to his team when dealing with Lotor and his allegiance. As of recent events, Shiro has begun to notice that he isn't himself, to the point of approaching Lance for advice on the situation. In Season Six, it was revealed that this sudden change in personality is due to a combination of Haggar mentally controlling him as well as being a clone of the real Shiro.

He is also known to feel somewhat disgusted by his Galra tech prosthetic hand, as his conversation with Sendak's memories in their Altean container managed to pry at the insecurity of his that his cyborg arm is the strongest part of him, thereby making him part of the Galra. This moment of psychological warfare was enough to cause Shiro to jettison Sendak and his cryo-pod into deep space due to his deep-seated fears which the Galra Commander revealed to Shiro. This tendency to make irrational choices based on trauma, in spite of being extremely collected most of the time, is another one of Shiro's symptoms of extreme, but well restrained PTSD.

Shiro is incredibly patient with his teammates' personalities, though his patience is measured. Due to his pragmatic military background, Shiro has an extremely difficult time coping with the obstructive neuroses of tightly-wound people like Slav. The famed engineer's preoccupation with extremely unlikely hypothetical scenarios that bordered on psychotic had a noticeably negative effect on Shiro's ability to stay calm, to the point of him ridiculing Slav in an attempt to keep his head cool.

Shiro embodies the Black Lion's elemental affiliation of Air in which that he is the current that guides his fellow Paladins and keeps them on course, and that his personality can be kind and gentle while also being a powerful and overwhelming force of nature. Also, like air, Shiro serves as the fuel to the fire of the Team's spirit and will to fight.

Abilities

Shiro is a pilot of almost unheard of ability. He is a natural pilot of legendary reputation back on Earth, where his skills made him a hero to many aspiring pilots such as Keith and Lance. In addition to his skills piloting human ships, Shiro was also a master pilot of the Black Lion. His bond with Black was so deep that Shiro was the only Paladin to pass the blind dive training exercise, thus allowing him to see through Black's senses and body. Shiro was also known to be among the most skilled in hand-to-hand combat among the Paladins. Shiro's lean and muscular build marks him as possessing incredible athletic abilities that allow him to rival even the likes of Hunk in terms of raw strength, and is able to duck and dodge with great agility and grace, rivaling Keith's speed, Pidge's balance, and Lance's precision. Shiro's greatest asset is his superb tactical mind and leadership skills, allowing him to take on stronger foes such as Myzax in both the gladiator pit and on Arus within Voltron. Shiro regularly and skillfully inspires his team with his charismatic personality and indomitable spirit and is able to bring them from the depths of defeat and ignite their will to win, thus allowing them to push back with the strength of a true army while acting as one. He is also skilled in military tactics, which is how he learned the guards' routines aboard the prison ship where he was held. Shiro is also skilled at reading the tactical weaknesses of others, devising plans based on their weak points, and often drawing out fights against stronger foes to learn any and all possible faults in their fighting styles and move sets.

A quality that very much describes Shiro is dynamic. He is able to endure and withstand just about anything, often adapting on the fly to new threats and environments. Despite his PTSD, Shiro is still able to fight back and endure incredible levels of stress, both mental and physical, and is skilled at concealing this trauma from his friends and allies most of the time. His ability to conceal this also marks Shiro as a rather talented actor. This talent for acting was best witnessed during his time as a gladiator in Zarkon's arena, where he quickly concocted a bloodthirsty and homicidal persona in order to protect his comrade, Matt, from the dangers of the ring. This performance was thoroughly convincing as even Matt appeared terrified of his friend's aggression and zeal, as were the rest of Zarkon's prisoners who bore witness to Shiro's actions.

Shiro's Galra tech prosthetic arm gave him a number of abilities that enhanced his prowess in combat, such as energy emission that he could use to cut through various dense materials such as metal, often using his hand like a sword to slice his enemies with energy blades. Shiro could also interface with Galra computers and systems through his prosthetic arm, making him the only Paladin besides Keith to be able to access enemy installations despite not understanding anything about the Galra's technology. The arm also afforded Shiro a degree of superhuman strength and durability, given that it was able to handle direct blows from Sendak and others without any apparent damage to the arm as well as the surrounding tissue even when not encased in armor. Shiro's duel with Sendak displays this durability at its peak, as Sendak's own cybernetic arm was capable of rending steel and delivering devastating attacks, yet Shiro's arm was able to absorb a head-on attack with no difficulty at all. This lack of damage to his organic body parts suggests that his body may have had a few upgrades or augmentations as well to handle the increased strain of his new limb's enhanced strength.

Among Shiro's other advanced abilities is his natural ability to connect to the Black Lion. This bond, while strong enough to pass the blind dive training exercise with flying colors, was not enough to wrestle control away from Zarkon during their first encounter. This shook much of Shiro's confidence, but not his determination to win. When confronted on the metaphysical plain, Shiro's respect for Black as a sentient being and independent life form won the lion's allegiance further. This bond increased to such an extent that Zarkon could only commune with Black when Shiro purposely lowered their psychic defenses, allowing him to sense their location. This ability to not only repel an enhanced Zarkon, but also to mask Voltron's presence entirely from him paints a picture of Shiro's natural talents with psychic combat as being of near prodigy-level. However there are some moments of interference, such as with Keith who has become the next Black Paladin due to his absence, but nevertheless he resembles his bond with the Black Lion.

Following his second capture by the Galra, Shiro took a Galra blaster and aimed it at the guards while using it with tremendous accuracy, which shows that Shiro is a good marksman as well.

In Season 7, Shiro was able to use his new prosthetic arm to fight Sendak on the top of a falling Galra ship, again demonstrating his hand-to-hand combat skills.

Notes

  • Shiro is LGBT+, having had a lover on Earth named Adam, and later married Curtis.[4] This was always intended to be part of his character, but his history had to be postponed due to scheduling and production.[5] As far as his exact orientation, staff wrote him in such a way so as to leave room for interpretation.[5] However, both Lauren Montgomery and Joshua Hamilton refer to Shiro as a gay man.[6][7]
    • At one point during early production, Shiro was intended to die during the second season. Staff did not want to kill off their gay character, so they were going to focus on a different character for LBGT+ representation instead up until they decided to keep Shiro alive and his story was rewritten.[8]
  • There have been discrepancies regarding Shiro's age.
    • While executive staff Tim Hedrick, Joaquim Dos Santos, and Lauren Montgomery agreed on the age of "25" for Shiro as a "safety zone", the DreamWorks website and published media describe the group of Paladins as "five unsuspecting teenagers", placing him no older than 19.[9][10][11]
    • His age was published as being 25 in The Paladin's Handbook, which was not reviewed by executive series staff.[12][13] The Voltron Coalition Handbook states that a year has passed since Shiro's return to Earth, making him 26 at the youngest by the time season six ends.
    • Josh Keaton grants some insight into the discrepancy by stating that during production of the show as early as the voice actor auditions, the pitch was "five teenagers", but certain character models ended up looking different than the description, so the writing adapted to the finalized designs.[14]
  • Shiro's birthday is on Leap Day (February 29th), which only occurs once every 4 years.[2] Leap Day birthdays are usually celebrated on the 28th on years that it does not occur.
  • His full name, "Takashi Shirogane", is displayed during the Garrison news report declaring the Kerberos Mission crew missing and presumed dead.[15]
    • Shiro is Japanese, as evident by his name. Lauren Montgomery confirmed this in an interview with Newsarama.[16] This was also confirmed in The Paladin's Handbook official guidebook.
    • Shiro's nickname (derived from his surname) means "white" in Japanese (Shiro 白), contrary to his position as the Black Paladin.
    • The full surname "Shirogane" means "white metal" or "silver".
  • Shiro shares his name with GoLion's Shirogane Takashi, who became Sven when WEP edited the original anime into Voltron: Defender of the Universe. Rather than the leader, this character was the second-in-command, under Keith.
  • Prior to his second escape from Galra captivity, Shiro was used for something called Project Kuron, but the details and purpose of the project are unclear. This apparently involved Haggar using him as her eyes. It was then revealed in Season Six that Shiro had been cloned en mass by Haggar. The real Shiro died during the battle against Zarkon and his gigantic mech, but Shiro's mind was preserved within the Black Lion. Kuron is pronounced the same way as the word "clone" would be with a Japanese accent, thus being a clue to many fans as to the impostor Shiro's true nature.
  • The black vest that Shiro sports in the first two seasons once belonged to Keith's father.[17]
  • The showrunners have stated that the real Shiro has incorporated his clone's memories, essentially making them one and the same.[18][19]

References

  1. The Paladin's Handbook
  2. 2.0 2.1 Voltron Twitter
  3. Return to the Balmera
  4. Voltron Twitter: "@ArtOfLaurenM says you will meet Adam, Shiro's significant other in season 7!"
  5. 5.0 5.1 The Geekiary: "Voltron - Lauren Montgomery & Joaquim Dos Santos - SDCC 2018", July 2018 - Transcript:
    Q: "Let's talk about the Shiro and Adam thing. How long has that been in development? Was that something that you planned from the start, or was that something that sort of came along in the process?"
    JDS: "Well it’s something that’s been in Shiro’s character basically from the start. We had to kind of shift things around with how we rolled out the backstories, just due to scheduling things. And at one point, as you know, Shiro was potentially gonna kick the bucket. So once we found out that that wasn’t gonna happen, we knew we could kind of hold off on this reveal. But yeah, it’s something that’s been part of his character from the get-go, and we’re just super excited to finally get it out there in the world."
    Q: "If you guys know, how do Shiro and Adam identify in their sexuality? Are they gay, bisexual...?"
    LM: "I think we just kind of considered them..."
    JDS: "They're in a relationship."
    LM: "I think the important thing is maybe allow the fans to see what they want to see. We don't want to put anyone into a corner where it's like—So other people feel like they're not represented."
  6. Hypable: "SDCC: ‘Voltron’ EPs and Cast Discuss Shiro, LGBT Representation, Season 7, and More", July 2018
  7. The Geekiary: "Voltron - Josh Hamilton & Rhys Darby - SDCC 2018", July 2018
  8. Screen Rant: "Voltron: Legendary Defender Showrunners Knew Shiro Was Gay For 'A Very Long Time'", July 2018
  9. San Diego Comic-Con 2016 - Transcript:
    Q: "So Shiro is an adult?" Staff: "Yes."
    Q: "Everyone else is not an adult?" Staff: "Yes. That's correct."
    Q: "Can you give me specific numbers? Because yesterday you told me 25, and 14, and late teens. Is that still correct?"
    Staff: "Yes. That's a safety zone."
  10. DreamWorks Official Website
  11. Comic Synopses
  12. Den of Geek: Is the Paladin's Handbook Canon? August 2017
  13. AfterBuzzTV with Joaquim Dos Santos and Lauren Montgomery, August 2017
  14. Let's Voltron: Shironanigans! With Josh Keaton - 00:43:00 "When we first started recording this, everything kind of changed. The early description of the show was like "five teenagers" or whatever, and that's the breakdown we got when we first started recording the show, when we first auditioned for it and everything it was that. And then over the course of the show things kind of change and certain models come back looking different than what the description was. So then the writing kind of - I wouldn't say changes but... adapts to the way the character looks now. And you know a lot of things change in the early production of the show."
  15. "Tears of the Balmera" Screenshot
  16. Newsarama Interview, August 2016
  17. https://geekdad.com/2018/06/voltron-legendary-defender-season-6-interview/
  18. https://www.hypable.com/voltron-interview-lauren-joaquim-season-7/
  19. https://geekdad.com/2018/06/voltron-legendary-defender-season-6-interview/
VE Team Voltron in Voltron: Legendary Defender
Voltron (Black LionRed LionGreen LionBlue LionYellow Lion)
Former Paladins KeithPidgeHunkLanceAlluraShiroShiro (clone)ZarkonAlforTrigelBlaytzGyrgan
Additional Members CoranSpace MiceRover

We can do this. We have to believe in ourselves. We can't give up. We are the universe's only hope. Everyone is relying on us. We can't fail! We won't fail! If we work together, we'll win together!

Shiro, in "The Rise of Voltron"

Takashi "Shiro" Shirogane is a former skilled pilot of legendary reputation from the Galaxy Garrison who was taken captive by the Galra Empire during a mission to Kerberos. He became a famed gladiator heralded as the champion in the Empire's arena, experimented on and given a prosthetic arm. Shiro's sudden return to Earth a year later with claims of aliens on the attack triggers the events leading to the return of Voltron.

He functions as a Paladin of Voltron who pilots the Black Lion, acting as the leader of the Paladins until the initial defeat of Zarkon, when he mysteriously disappears because his essence is absorbed into the Black Lion. Shiro does not truly return until the existence of his clone is revealed and Allura transfers his essence from the Black Lion into the clone's body, fusing them into one being.

Appearance

Shiro has the appearance of a tall and broad-shouldered young Japanese man with pale skin;[4] his muscular frame, thick jaw, and wide-set chin give Shiro a distinctly mature appearance to echo his leadership personality and role, and he stands as the tallest of the Paladins.[5] Shiro has black hair shaved into an undercut with short white bangs centered on his forehead. He has prominently thick, angular eyebrows and his dark gray eyes are notably drawn with a winged outer tip. Across the bridge of his nose is a thin scar. Prior to his initial capture, Shiro had the same hairstyle, but his hair was completely black, and he featured no scars. Upon his fusion into his clone's body, Shiro's hair, including his eyebrows, turn completely white.[6]

In his Paladin armor, Shiro's uniform mirrors his fellow Paladins but with black accents to match that of his Lion.

When he is not in his Paladin armor, Shiro wears a gray long-sleeved turtleneck shirt under a black vest. The vest has a tall collar and is accented with yellow, white, and light gray. He wears a black, fingerless glove on his left hand that covers his sleeve's cuff; Shiro's right arm is almost entirely a white and gray Galra prosthetic to replace his lost natural arm, beginning just over his elbow and mimicking his natural arm's shape. Shiro is able to tuck his shirt under the prosthetic's edge.

Shiro's vest and shirt are tucked under a gray utility belt he wears over his pants with a pouch at either hip. The dark grey pants Shiro wears are padded at the knees and tucked into the cuffs of his black and gray boots.

Personality

The Black Lion is the decisive head of Voltron. It will take a pilot who is a born leader and in control at all times, someone whose men will follow without hesitation.

Allura describing the Black Lion, in "The Rise of Voltron"
Kind-hearted, grounded, and imbued with a sense of justice to do the right thing, Shiro is the Paladin most likely to take command in situations where others suffer panic or foul tempers. He supports his team with a sense of direction, maturity, and empathy, scolding fellow Paladins when needed, but rarely becoming genuinely angered at his allies as he is a tactful thinker who helps his team remain calm and understands their personal struggles. While exerting a substantial amount of patience and accommodation, he is not impervious to his own temper and can uncharacteristically snap out of sheer frustration, most notably at Slav.[7] Shiro has a fun-loving and joking side to him as well, enjoying the space goo fight and displaying his idea of laser gun sound effects immediately after scolding his fellow Paladins for their renditions.[8]

As the leader of the Paladins, Shiro embraces his role as the Black Paladin and head of Voltron, determined to defeat Zarkon and protect the universe from the evil that he witnessed first-hand. He has been shown to understand tough decisions must be made in times of war, and he is willing to potentially leave his missing Kerberos crewmen behind,[5] but later relents to search for them. Since then, Shiro has been fiercely protective of his new crew, unwilling to leave Allura behind on an enemy ship.[7]

While acting as the leader and seemingly appearing the most composed and emotionally stable of the group, Shiro, in truth, suffers from immense post-traumatic stress disorder inflicted by his time spent as a prisoner of the Galra Empire. The head injury sustained while he escaped his captivity has caused suppression of his memory so Shiro knows little of his captivity while under Zarkon and Haggar's whims. There are moments where he has flashes back to events he cannot clearly recall, which can cause Shiro to freeze up and become vulnerable to enemy attack.[5][9] Despite the Galran being asleep in a cryo-pod, Shiro has heard Sendak taunting him for his suitability as a Paladin vs. that of a Galra solider, calling him "broken and reformed", a "monster", and already lost to Zarkon;[10] it is unclear whether that voice is truly Sendak, the corrupted Castle of Lions, or Shiro's mind itself.

Regardless, the experience shakes Shiro to his core and triggers him to violently lash out - a very clear reveal that Shiro is more fragile than he allows others to know. Shiro has been struggling to regain his memories and project the airs of a strong, trustworthy, and reliable leader, as he is one the Paladins look to for guidance, and Shiro feels the responsibility of protecting and providing for his new crew after the loss of his first.

Abilities

Equipment

Apart from piloting the Black Lion, Shiro utilizes this equipment:

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Bayard
Form unknown. While in his possession, he has yet to use it for combat.
Paladin Armor
Armor that allows for safe travel in space; it contains a highly advanced computer system, communication system, a laser gun, a grappling hook and tether, holographic capabilities, an energy shield for defense, breathable air, and a jetpack for brief sustained flight.[11]
Prosthetic Arm
Given to him by Haggar;[12] its advanced technology from the Galra Empire amplifies his strength and generates extremely powerful purple energy in his hand that he can use to cut through and melt most metal.[7] This arm can be hacked from completely external sources.[13]

Skill Set

You could have been our greatest weapon!

Haggar battling Shiro, in "The Black Paladin"

Combat

Shiro has solid leadership skills that command attention and he plans thoughtfully as a military tactician seeking to topple an empire, valuing information on the Galra Empire's intricate workings and alliances with Galran rebels.[10][14][15]

He is a skilled and aggressive martial artist able to toss someone as massive as Sendak.[16] Shiro moves quickly as he slices through enemies across the battlefield with impressive hand-to-hand combat skills amplified by his prosthetic arm. His official strength stats are nearly maxed and his agility stats are not far behind.[17] If there is one weakness that Shiro possesses, it is his PTSD. When triggered, Shiro loses his normally calm and collected behavior, and may freeze up entirely, making him less effective in combat.

Piloting

Shiro's superb piloting skills made him a legend at the Galaxy Garrison and earned him a medal to decorate his senior officer uniform, as well as a place in the fateful Kerberos Mission.[5][18]

Other Abilities

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Astral Projection
Although the only instance is unwilling an initiated by Zarkon, Shiro's strong connection to the Black Lion allows his essence to travel to mysterious realm where if he dies, his body in the physical realm will die as well, but while he feels all pain dealt to him, the sustained wounds do not appear on the his physical body.[15]
Lion Bond
Shiro is able to bond so thoroughly with the Black Lion that he can witness and feel the Lion's experiences while piloting it with his eyes closed.[9] This bond has only been compromised by Zarkon's interference as the previous Black Paladin, but Shiro has even won the Black Lion's favor and trust over Zarkon, destroying the emperor's connection to the Lion.[15] This bond allows Shiro to view the Lion's memories of the past as well as images of the present, such as the ruins of planet Daibazaal outside the Lion's displays.[15] The experiences seem real enough that Shiro mistakes he flies at high speeds, feels turbulence, and actually travels from the Castle of Lions to the planet, when in reality the Lion never leaves the Castleship.

Trivia

  • Shiro is LGBT+ representation in the series, having had a lover on Earth named Adam.[19] This was always intended to be part of his character, but his history had to be postponed due to scheduling and production.[20] As far as his exact orientation, staff wrote him in such a way so as to leave room for interpretation.[20] However, both Lauren Montgomery and Joshua Hamilton refer to Shiro as a gay man.[21][22]
    • At one point during early production, Shiro was intended to die during the second season. Staff did not want to kill off their gay character, so they were going to focus on a different character for LBGT+ representation instead up until they decided to keep Shiro alive and his story was rewritten.[23]
  • There have been discrepancies regarding Shiro's age.
    • While executive staff Tim Hedrick, Joaquim Dos Santos, and Lauren Montgomery agreed on the age of "25" for Shiro as a "safety zone", the DreamWorks website and published media describe the group of Paladins as "five unsuspecting teenagers", placing him no older than 19.[24][25][26]
    • His age was published as being 25 in The Paladin's Handbook, which was not reviewed by executive series staff.[27][28] The Voltron Coalition Handbook states that a year has passed since Shiro's return to Earth, making him 26 at the youngest by the time Season Six ends.
    • Josh Keaton grants some insight into the discrepancy by stating that during production of the show as early as the voice actor auditions, the pitch was "five teenagers", but certain character models ended up looking different than the description, so the writing adapted to the finalized designs.[29]
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  • Shiro's full name is revealed during Pidge's flashback to a television news broadcast proclaiming the Kerberos crew missing and presumed dead.[18]
  • The same scene shows Shiro in similar clothing to Iverson, but with a medal, implying Shiro may have held an equal or higher rank to him. Shiro is described as a "senior officer" in relation to the cadets, and refers to Samuel Holt respectfully with the title "Commander".[5] It is known that Shiro is a graduate of the Galaxy Garrison.[1]
  • Shiro's Galra prisoner designation is "Fugitive Prisoner 117-9875".[7]
  • Shiro's idea of how laser guns sound is "BLAM, BLAM, BLAM!!"[8]
  • On Coran's height ranking for the Paladins of 1-5 (tallest to shortest), Lauren Montgomery approves that Shiro is ranked tallest at "Number One".[9][30]
  • Shiro does not technically have a video log like the other Paladins, because the one narrating the video log is his clone, "Shiro", prior to their fusion.
  • Shiro is based on the character Sven of the previous Voltron franchises, and shares the name of the character Sven was based on, Takashi Shirogane of Beast King GoLion.

References

  1. The Paladin's Handbook
  2. 2.0 2.1 Voltron Twitter
  3. Return to the Balmera
  4. Voltron Twitter: "@ArtOfLaurenM says you will meet Adam, Shiro's significant other in season 7!"
  5. 5.0 5.1 The Geekiary: "Voltron - Lauren Montgomery & Joaquim Dos Santos - SDCC 2018", July 2018 - Transcript:
    Q: "Let's talk about the Shiro and Adam thing. How long has that been in development? Was that something that you planned from the start, or was that something that sort of came along in the process?"
    JDS: "Well it’s something that’s been in Shiro’s character basically from the start. We had to kind of shift things around with how we rolled out the backstories, just due to scheduling things. And at one point, as you know, Shiro was potentially gonna kick the bucket. So once we found out that that wasn’t gonna happen, we knew we could kind of hold off on this reveal. But yeah, it’s something that’s been part of his character from the get-go, and we’re just super excited to finally get it out there in the world."
    Q: "If you guys know, how do Shiro and Adam identify in their sexuality? Are they gay, bisexual...?"
    LM: "I think we just kind of considered them..."
    JDS: "They're in a relationship."
    LM: "I think the important thing is maybe allow the fans to see what they want to see. We don't want to put anyone into a corner where it's like—So other people feel like they're not represented."
  6. Hypable: "SDCC: ‘Voltron’ EPs and Cast Discuss Shiro, LGBT Representation, Season 7, and More", July 2018
  7. The Geekiary: "Voltron - Josh Hamilton & Rhys Darby - SDCC 2018", July 2018
  8. Screen Rant: "Voltron: Legendary Defender Showrunners Knew Shiro Was Gay For 'A Very Long Time'", July 2018
  9. San Diego Comic-Con 2016 - Transcript:
    Q: "So Shiro is an adult?" Staff: "Yes."
    Q: "Everyone else is not an adult?" Staff: "Yes. That's correct."
    Q: "Can you give me specific numbers? Because yesterday you told me 25, and 14, and late teens. Is that still correct?"
    Staff: "Yes. That's a safety zone."
  10. DreamWorks Official Website
  11. Comic Synopses
  12. Den of Geek: Is the Paladin's Handbook Canon? August 2017
  13. AfterBuzzTV with Joaquim Dos Santos and Lauren Montgomery, August 2017
  14. Let's Voltron: Shironanigans! With Josh Keaton - 00:43:00 "When we first started recording this, everything kind of changed. The early description of the show was like "five teenagers" or whatever, and that's the breakdown we got when we first started recording the show, when we first auditioned for it and everything it was that. And then over the course of the show things kind of change and certain models come back looking different than what the description was. So then the writing kind of - I wouldn't say changes but... adapts to the way the character looks now. And you know a lot of things change in the early production of the show."
  15. "Tears of the Balmera" Screenshot
  16. Newsarama Interview, August 2016
  17. https://geekdad.com/2018/06/voltron-legendary-defender-season-6-interview/
  18. https://www.hypable.com/voltron-interview-lauren-joaquim-season-7/
  19. https://geekdad.com/2018/06/voltron-legendary-defender-season-6-interview/

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Before Shiro became the Black Paladin, he was known as a pilot of legendary reputation at the Galaxy Garrison and was the pilot for the Kerberos Mission under Commander Samuel Holt along with Sam's son, Matthew Holt. The mission's purpose was the study of ice samples for signs of extraterrestrial life. However, Shiro and his crew members were captured by the Unnamed Galra Commander of the Galra Empire. Sam was sent with weaker prisoners to a work camp while Shiro and Matt were sent to fight for Zarkon's entertainment in the gladiator arena against Myzax.

Matt was intended to fight first, but Shiro knew the boy would not survive so he feigned a bloodthirsty desire to fight and stole the blade offered to Matt, minorly injuring him with it so the boy would not be subject to a brutal battle. Shiro fought Myzax instead and was victorious, claiming the title of "Champion". These events were witnessed by a fellow prisoner named Xi. The details of what transpired during Shiro's captivity under the Galra Empire afterward remain unknown.

During this time, Shiro somehow had his right arm replaced with a powerful prosthetic, and it is known Haggar intended for him to be the Empire's "greatest weapon". On Earth, the Galaxy Garrison announced the Kerberos crew had gone missing five months after leaving Earth, and presumed all crew was dead due to a pilot error that caused a deadly crash. One year after capture, Shiro was rescued by Ulaz while being examined by Galra technicians; Ulaz gave Shiro information about the Blue Lion's existence on Earth and coordinates implanted into his prosthetic arm that divulged the location of a base used by Blade of Marmora, but Shiro suffered a head injury from an explosion during escape, leaving him with amnesia as he fell into an escape pod destined for Earth.

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