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|fandomI = ''[[Voltron: Legendary Defender]]''
 
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|tropes = • [https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/HeroicBSOD Heroic B.S.O.D] — In season 6, Lance breaks down in tears after finding out what happened to Shiro.}}
• [https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/HeroicBSOD Heroic B.S.O.D] — In season 6, Lance breaks down in tears after finding out what happened to Shiro.
 
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'''Shance '''is the [[Shipping#Slash|slash]] ship between Shiro and Lance from the ''[[Voltron: Legendary Defender]]'' fandom.
 
'''Shance '''is the [[Shipping#Slash|slash]] ship between Shiro and Lance from the ''[[Voltron: Legendary Defender]]'' fandom.
   
 
== Canon ==
 
== Canon ==
Lance had a deep admiration for Shiro since the very beginning, calling him his hero, though their exact history is currently unknown. Because of this, Lance is sometimes seen trying to get Shiro's attention, sometimes competing with [[Keith]] for it. In the first episode, when Lance sees Keith trying to rescue Shiro, he gets jealous and bursts into the scene, declaring that he would be the one to save Shiro instead. They end up carrying an unconscious Shiro out of the room together. When Shiro wakes up and is introduced to the rest of the team, Lance hesitates before shaking his hand. This could be due to Lance's surprise over Shiro's metal arm, or because his hero-worship of Shiro made him nervous.
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=== Season 1 ===
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<big>'''THE RISE OF VOLTRON'''</big>
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After a failed flight simulation, Lance suggests a “team bonding” exercise. He and [[Hunk]] find [[Katie Holt|Pidge]] outside listening to “alien radio chatter,” when a ship is seen falling through the sky, before crash-landing. All three go to investigate when they notice it’s Shiro who crashed. Upon seeing Shiro, Lance exclaims, ''“That's Shiro! The pilot of the Kerberos Mission! That guy’s my hero!”'' With Lance being “properly motivated,” he thinks of a plan to rescue Shiro. Large explosions go off in the distance, and Pidge uses her binoculars to see a man, deeming the explosions to be a distraction for him. Lance takes notice of it being [[Keith]] running for the quarantined tent containing Shiro. Lance runs after him. Once inside the tent, he pushes his way through, saying, ''“Nope. No, you- No, no, no. No, you don't. I'm saving Shiro.”'' With Keith’s help, Lance carries Shiro back to Keith’s hoverbike.
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The morning following the rescue, everyone is inside Keith’s shack. Shiro turns to thank Lance, extending his alien prosthetic, saying, ''“Lance, right?”'' Lance is hesitant at first to take Shiro’s hand, but soon does so with a smile.
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With Hunk having made a “Voltron Geiger Counter,” it isn’t long before the Blue Lion is discovered. As the group is making their way for it, Lance asks of anyone else “gets the feeling it’s staring at them.” Shiro is the only one to tell him, ''“No.”''
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The Blue Lion is now with group and they’re spotted a Galra battle ship. Lance manages to fly them out of immediate danger which gains him praise from Shiro, telling him, ''“Nice job, Lance!”'' The Blue Lion “feeds” the idea of traveling through a wormhole. As Shiro is the “senior officer,” Lance looks to him for what they should do. Following Shiro’s instruction, the group goes through.
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Once on planet Arus, having met [[Allura]] and Coran, and then having retrieved the Yellow and Green Lions, Commander Sendak opens a video communication to Allura, threatening he’ll destroy the planet. Allura is quick to remember that the castle has a particle barrier, to which Lance attempts to flirt a bit, but is cut off by Shiro sternly saying his name.
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<big>'''FALL OF THE CASTLE OF LIONS'''</big>
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During a celebration party being held in the castle, an explosion goes off and Lance is severely injured protecting Coran. Shiro and others run where the bomb went off to see Lance and Coran on the floor. Upon seeing Lance, Shiro immediately runs to him, cradling him in his arms. Shiro comments, ''“He doesn’t look so good…”'' With the castle down and needing a new crystal and with the Arusian village under attack, the team spits up. Shiro stays back at the castle to tend to Lance. As Shiro is walking with an unconscious Lance, he sees Sendak approaching the castle’s entrance. Shiro tenderly lays Lance down before running out to meet Sendak.
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Shiro ends up losing in his fight with Sendak as Sendak’s partner, Haxus, uses Lance: ''“Let him go, or your friend won’t make it.”'' With Shiro distracted with Lance’s wellbeing, Sendak hits Shiro, causing him to land next to Lance. They’re then both dragged away to another room.
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With the help of their teammates, they’re saved and Lance is placed in a healing pod to fully recover.
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=== Season 2 ===
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<big>'''THE BLADE OF MARMORA'''</big>
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The team travel to the Blade of Marmora’s base with the coordinates given by (former) BoM member Ulaz. They contact the Blades, with them allowing only two people access. As Shiro walks over, Lance asks him who’s going on “this little mission,” as things might get hot, so he’ll need someone who can “stay cool.” Shiro agrees, and then turns his attention to Keith, saying, ''“Keith, you’re coming with me.”'' Lance is shocked, and he starts listing reasons why Keith wouldn’t be the right one for the mission, all while getting in Shiro’s face, believing he’s better suited to partner with Shiro. Shiro places both hands on Lance’s shoulders and pushes him back. With that, Shiro and Keith leave for the base.
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<big>'''ESCAPE FROM BETA TRAZ'''</big>
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A plan is created to defeat Zarkon, though there is much preparation that needs to be done first. Lance flies Shiro, along with Pidge, to a fortified prison holding genius inventor Slav. One the way, Lance tells Pidge he’s an “excellent shot,” which as Pidge questioning, ''“…You are?”'' Lance tells her, ''“Yes, it’s my thing!”'' Pidge loudly tells him, startling Shiro, ''“Since when?!”'' Lance ignores this and opens the Blue Lion’s mouth to drop Shiro and her off at the base while he finds a place to land the Lion. Once Lance is inside, he meets up with them and Shiro greet him, ''“Okay, faze two complete. Welcome to Beta Traz.”''
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Pidge makes for the control room, with Shiro and Lance looking to her guidance on how to proceed. She tells them they’ll have to hook her up when on the level three floor. With that, Shiro and Lance head for the floor level. They comes across a paroling droid when Lance asks how they’re going to get by him, Shiro doesn’t answer, but merely attacks, leaving Lance smiling, ''“Good teamwork on that one.”'' Being on level three, they part ways, giving Pidge access.
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During the remainder of the first season, Shiro and Lance are occasionally at odds. Shiro sometimes got annoyed with Lance's constant flirting with pretty girls, and shut him down before it got so far, usually by snapping at him or giving him a light punch on the shoulder. He would also have to occasionally step in when Lance and Keith got into their usual arguments. Despite that, however, their relationship remained friendly, with Shiro encouraging and supporting Lance as a teammate.
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Once Lance has the Yupper (believing it to be Slav), he tells the beast, ''“And Shiro’s our awesome leader!”'' Remembering how Pidge reacted to him being an “excellent shot, he starts to question whether or not his “has a thing” like his fellow teammates do.
   
When Lance was knocked out by a bomb in the castle, Shiro was the one to stay by his side, holding Lance in his arms and trying to get him to safety, even when Sendak attacked them.
 
   
In the second series of the season, Lance still looks up to Shiro a lot. When Shiro needed someone to go to the Blade of Marmora HQ with, Lance proudly volunteers himself. He then gets incredibly annoyed when Shiro chooses to go with Keith instead, and starts going on a rant about it. In a later episode, Shiro and Lance go on a mission along with [[Katie Holt|Pidge]] to rescue a scientist named Slav. Shiro and Lance tag team and work together throughout the episode until they are eventually separated. During this episode, Lance reveals that he doesn't know his place on the team, due to Pidge shooting down his idea of being the sharpshooter. However, Lance later saves the day with an excellent shot. Shiro declares that Lance is, in fact, their sharpshooter, which makes Lance very happy.
 
   
When Shiro gets a haircut upon his return in the third season, Lance's reaction in the strongest, as he declares that Shiro looks better.
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With Shiro having Slav, the team head for the hangar bay where the warden of the prison attacks them. Slav manages to open the hangar gate, sucking them out into open space, unfortunately Slav is grabbed the warden. Lance aims his rifle, shooting the warden’s arm, releasing Slav from his hold. Shiro looks to Lance, proudly telling him, ''“Nice, Lance! That’s why we bring our sharpshooter!”'' Throughout Lance’s insecurities during the mission, Shiro is the one to make him feel better and feel he’s worthy of being on the team.
 
 
 
== Moments ==
 
== Moments ==
 
=== Season 1 ===
 
=== Season 1 ===
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'''The Rise of Voltron'''
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* Lance describes Shiro as his hero, then later barges in and tells Keith that ''he's'' going to be the one to rescue him.
 
'''Fall of the Castle of Lions'''
 
'''Fall of the Castle of Lions'''
 
* After an explosion goes off, Shiro is the first to run and help Lance.
 
* After an explosion goes off, Shiro is the first to run and help Lance.
 
 
'''Taking Flight'''
 
'''Taking Flight'''
* Lance starts making siren sounds, Shiro clamps his hand over Lance's mouth, saying, ''"Nope, not doing that."''
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* Lance starts making siren sounds, Shiro clamps his hand over Lance’s mouth, saying, ''“Nope, not doing that.''
 
* As Lance flirts with Nyma, Shiro elbows him.
 
* As Lance flirts with Nyma, Shiro elbows him.
 
 
'''Crystal Venom'''
 
'''Crystal Venom'''
 
* As Shiro waits for Sendak, Lance stands incredibly close to Shiro, eyeing him.
 
* As Shiro waits for Sendak, Lance stands incredibly close to Shiro, eyeing him.
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=== Season 2 ===
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'''Escape from Beta Traz'''
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* Lance describes Shiro as “awesome” to the Yupper.
   
 
=== Season 4 ===
 
=== Season 4 ===
 
'''The Voltron Show!'''
 
'''The Voltron Show!'''
*When a drugged Coran dubs Shiro as "Shiro the Hero," Lance is seen smiling widely in approval.
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* When a drugged Coran dubs Shiro as “Shiro the Hero, Lance is seen smiling widely in approval.
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=== Season 5 ===
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'''Postmortem'''
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* When the Paladins gain access to the astral plane, Lance is the only one who can communicate with Shiro, albeit briefly.
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'''White Lion'''
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* Shiro confides in Lance about how he hasn't been feeling like himself recently. This is enough to make Lance, who had been freaking out over Allura's safety, focus his concern elsewhere.
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=== Season 6 ===
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'''Defender of All Universes'''
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* When Keith explains that the real Shiro died and was absorbed into the Black Lion while the Shiro among them was a clone, Lance remembers what Shiro tried to tell him in "Postmortem" and breaks down in tears, apologizing for not realizing sooner.
   
 
== Quotes ==
 
== Quotes ==
{{Q|That's Shiro! The pilot of the Kerberos Mission! That guy's my hero!|Lance, ''The Rise of Voltron''.}}
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{{Quote|That’s Shiro! The pilot of the Kerberos Mission! That guy’s my hero!|Lance, ''The Rise of Voltron''.}}
   
{{Q|Nope. No, you- No, no, no. No, you don't. I'm saving Shiro.|Lance to Keith, ''The Rise of Voltron''.}}
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{{Quote|Nope. No, you- No, no, no. No, you don't. I'm saving Shiro.|Lance to Keith, ''The Rise of Voltron''.}}
   
{{Q|I'll tend to Lance and keep watch over the castle.|Shiro to Allura and Keith, while cradling Lance in his arms, ''Fall of the Castle of Lions''.}}
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{{Quote|I’ll tend to Lance and keep watch over the castle.|Shiro to Allura and Keith, while cradling Lance in his arms, ''Fall of the Castle of Lions''.}}
   
{{Q|Hang on, bubby. Help is on the way.|Shiro to an unconscious Lance, ''Fall of the Castle of Lions''.}}
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{{Quote|Hang on, buddy. Help is on the way.|Shiro to an unconscious Lance, ''Fall of the Castle of Lions''.}}
   
{{Q|Nice, Lance! That's why we bring our sharpshooter!|Shiro to Lance.}}
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{{Quote|Nice, Lance! That’s why we bring our sharpshooter!|Shiro to Lance, ''Escape from Beta Traz''.}}
   
{{Q|Lance! Lance! Listen to me!|Shiro, on the other plane.}}
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{{Quote|Lance! Lance! Listen to me!|Shiro, on the other plane.}}
   
{{Q|But good work today. I'm sorry I yelled at you earlier.|Shiro to Lance.}}
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{{Quote|But good work today. I'm sorry I yelled at you earlier.|Shiro to Lance.}}
   
{{Q|We'll get through this.|Lance to Shiro.}}
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{{Quote|We’ll get through this.|Lance to Shiro.}}
   
{{Q|What I do know, this that these heroic men and women... and Lance.|Shiro, ''Shiro's Vlog''.}}
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{{Quote|What I do know, this that these heroic men and women… and Lance.|Shiro, ''Shiro's Vlog''.}}
   
 
== Fanon ==
 
== Fanon ==
Though not as popular as [[Klance]] or [[Sheith]], Shance does have a fairly large following in the Voltron fandom. Fans of the ship theorize that Lance's hero-worship of Shiro is indicative of a crush, one that could possibly become requited love eventually.
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Though not as popular as [[Klance]] or [[Sheith]], Shance does have a fairly large following in the Voltron fandom. Fans of the ship theorize that Lance’s hero-worship of Shiro is indicative of a crush, one that could possibly become requited love eventually.
   
The Shance fandom's favorite phrases are "that's why we bring our sharpshooter" and "Give love a Shance."
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The Shance fandom’s favorite phrases are “that’s why we bring our sharpshooter” and “Give love a Shance.
   
Since the release of ''Shiro's Vlog'', when Shiro says, ''"What I do know, this that these heroic men and women... and Lance."'' a sparkly-like sound can be heard afterward. Fans have come to believe that Lance is the one filming Shiro and Shiro is acknowledging him.
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Since the release of ''Shiro's Vlog'', when Shiro says, ''“What I do know, this that these heroic men and women… and Lance.'' a sparkly-like sound can be heard afterward. Fans have come to believe that Lance is the one filming Shiro and Shiro is acknowledging him.
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On AO3, Shance is the third most written ship within the ''Voltron: Legendary Defender'' tag; Shiro’s second most written, and Lance’s second most written.
   
 
== Fandom ==
 
== Fandom ==
 
'''FAN FICTION'''
 
'''FAN FICTION'''
 
:{{AO3/Tags|Lance/Shiro|Lance*s*Shiro%20(Voltron)}}
 
:{{AO3/Tags|Lance/Shiro|Lance*s*Shiro%20(Voltron)}}
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:[https://www.fanfiction.net/cartoon/Voltron-Legendary-Defender/?&srt=1&r=10&c1=144698&c2=144699&pm=1 Lance/Shiro] on [https://www.fanfiction.net/ FanFiction.Net]
   
 
'''TUMBLR'''
 
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:{{Tumblr/Search|shiro+x+lance|Shiro x Lance}}
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== Variations ==
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:'''[[Kurance]]''' refers to the ship between Clone!Shiro (Kuron) and Lance
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:'''[[Luro]]''' refers to the ship between Dark!Shiro (Kuro) and Lance
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:'''[[Shallurance]]''' refers the ship between [[Allura]], Shiro and Lance
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:'''[[Shancelot]]''' refers the ship between [[Lotor]], Shiro and Lance
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:'''[[Shidgance]]''' refers the ship between [[Katie Holt|Pidge]], Shiro and Lance
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:'''[[Shklance]]''' refers the ship between [[Keith]], Shiro and Lance
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:'''[[Shunce]]''' refers the ship between [[Hunk]], Shiro and Lance
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:'''[[Shvance]]''' refers the ship between [[Sven]], Shiro and Lance
   
 
== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
* Shiro's voice actor, Josh Keaton, was the one to coin the ship name, as well as the phrase "Give love a Shance," on his [https://twitter.com/joshkeaton/status/744552774667362304?lang=en Twitter].
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* Shiro’s voice actor, Josh Keaton, was the one to coin the ship name, as well as the phrase “Give love a Shance, on his [https://twitter.com/joshkeaton/status/744552774667362304?lang=en Twitter].
* Shance placed #15 on Tumblr's Fandometrics ship list on March 5, 2018. (3 days after S5 dropped)
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* Shance placed #15 on Tumblr’s Fandometrics ship list on March 5, 2018. (3 days after S5 dropped)
* [[w:c:vld:The Paladin's Handbook|The Paladin's Handbook]] guidebook states that Shiro is 25 and Lance is 17, though there is some doubt as to whether this information is accurate to the canon because the book was not reviewed by executive staff.<ref name="DenOfGeekGuidebook">[http://www.denofgeek.com/us/tv/voltron/267020/voltron-legendary-defender-is-the-paladin-s-handbook-canon Den of Geek: Is the Paladin's Handbook Canon? August 2017]</ref>
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* [[w:c:vld:The Paladin's Handbook|The Paladin's Handbook]] guidebook states that Shiro is 25 and Lance is 17, though there is some doubt as to whether this information is accurate to the canon because the book was not reviewed by executive staff. <ref name="DenOfGeekGuidebook">[http://www.denofgeek.com/us/tv/voltron/267020/voltron-legendary-defender-is-the-paladin-s-handbook-canon Den of Geek: Is the Paladin’s Handbook Canon? August 2017] </ref>
** The show staff previously gave "safety zone" ages of "25" and "late teens" respectively, while agreeing that Shiro is an adult and the other Paladins are not, and Lance's voice actor estimated Lance was around 16.<ref name="SDCC2016">[https://vtt.tumblr.com/tumblr_oaqc6uS3eF1vb9eln.mp4 San Diego Comic-Con 2016]</ref><ref name="Lance16">[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAKSGNnsjn4 Let's Voltron Interview with Jeremy Shada at WonderCon 2016] - "Lance is 16." (0:52)</ref>
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** The show staff previously gave “safety zone” ages of “25” and “late teens” respectively, while agreeing that Shiro is an adult and the other Paladins are not, and Lance’s voice actor estimated Lance was around 16. <ref name="SDCC2016">[https://vtt.tumblr.com/tumblr_oaqc6uS3eF1vb9eln.mp4 San Diego Comic-Con 2016] </ref><ref name="Lance16">[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAKSGNnsjn4 Let’s Voltron Interview with Jeremy Shada at WonderCon 2016] - “Lance is 16. (0:52) </ref>
** Official show descriptions describe the Earth paladins as "five teenagers", placing Shiro as a teenager in contrast to his published age; 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.<ref name="Shironanigans">[https://letsvoltron.simplecast.fm/d3f94472 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."''</ref> This suggests the book does not take the ages from the original pitch as staff feared and reflects the organic changes they have made, while the official show description is the original pitch that is inaccurate to the canon.
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** Official show descriptions describe the Earth paladins as “five teenagers, placing Shiro as a teenager in contrast to his published age; 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. <ref name="Shironanigans">[https://letsvoltron.simplecast.fm/d3f94472 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.'' </ref> This suggests the book does not take the ages from the original pitch as staff feared and reflects the organic changes they have made, while the official show description is the original pitch that is inaccurate to the canon.
   
 
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== References ==
 
== References ==
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Shance is the slash ship between Shiro and Lance from the Voltron: Legendary Defender fandom.

Canon

Season 1

THE RISE OF VOLTRON

After a failed flight simulation, Lance suggests a “team bonding” exercise. He and Hunk find Pidge outside listening to “alien radio chatter,” when a ship is seen falling through the sky, before crash-landing. All three go to investigate when they notice it’s Shiro who crashed. Upon seeing Shiro, Lance exclaims, “That's Shiro! The pilot of the Kerberos Mission! That guy’s my hero!” With Lance being “properly motivated,” he thinks of a plan to rescue Shiro. Large explosions go off in the distance, and Pidge uses her binoculars to see a man, deeming the explosions to be a distraction for him. Lance takes notice of it being Keith running for the quarantined tent containing Shiro. Lance runs after him. Once inside the tent, he pushes his way through, saying, “Nope. No, you- No, no, no. No, you don't. I'm saving Shiro.” With Keith’s help, Lance carries Shiro back to Keith’s hoverbike.


The morning following the rescue, everyone is inside Keith’s shack. Shiro turns to thank Lance, extending his alien prosthetic, saying, “Lance, right?” Lance is hesitant at first to take Shiro’s hand, but soon does so with a smile.


With Hunk having made a “Voltron Geiger Counter,” it isn’t long before the Blue Lion is discovered. As the group is making their way for it, Lance asks of anyone else “gets the feeling it’s staring at them.” Shiro is the only one to tell him, “No.”


The Blue Lion is now with group and they’re spotted a Galra battle ship. Lance manages to fly them out of immediate danger which gains him praise from Shiro, telling him, “Nice job, Lance!” The Blue Lion “feeds” the idea of traveling through a wormhole. As Shiro is the “senior officer,” Lance looks to him for what they should do. Following Shiro’s instruction, the group goes through.


Once on planet Arus, having met Allura and Coran, and then having retrieved the Yellow and Green Lions, Commander Sendak opens a video communication to Allura, threatening he’ll destroy the planet. Allura is quick to remember that the castle has a particle barrier, to which Lance attempts to flirt a bit, but is cut off by Shiro sternly saying his name.


FALL OF THE CASTLE OF LIONS

During a celebration party being held in the castle, an explosion goes off and Lance is severely injured protecting Coran. Shiro and others run where the bomb went off to see Lance and Coran on the floor. Upon seeing Lance, Shiro immediately runs to him, cradling him in his arms. Shiro comments, “He doesn’t look so good…” With the castle down and needing a new crystal and with the Arusian village under attack, the team spits up. Shiro stays back at the castle to tend to Lance. As Shiro is walking with an unconscious Lance, he sees Sendak approaching the castle’s entrance. Shiro tenderly lays Lance down before running out to meet Sendak.


Shiro ends up losing in his fight with Sendak as Sendak’s partner, Haxus, uses Lance: “Let him go, or your friend won’t make it.” With Shiro distracted with Lance’s wellbeing, Sendak hits Shiro, causing him to land next to Lance. They’re then both dragged away to another room.


With the help of their teammates, they’re saved and Lance is placed in a healing pod to fully recover.

Season 2

THE BLADE OF MARMORA

The team travel to the Blade of Marmora’s base with the coordinates given by (former) BoM member Ulaz. They contact the Blades, with them allowing only two people access. As Shiro walks over, Lance asks him who’s going on “this little mission,” as things might get hot, so he’ll need someone who can “stay cool.” Shiro agrees, and then turns his attention to Keith, saying, “Keith, you’re coming with me.” Lance is shocked, and he starts listing reasons why Keith wouldn’t be the right one for the mission, all while getting in Shiro’s face, believing he’s better suited to partner with Shiro. Shiro places both hands on Lance’s shoulders and pushes him back. With that, Shiro and Keith leave for the base.


ESCAPE FROM BETA TRAZ

A plan is created to defeat Zarkon, though there is much preparation that needs to be done first. Lance flies Shiro, along with Pidge, to a fortified prison holding genius inventor Slav. One the way, Lance tells Pidge he’s an “excellent shot,” which as Pidge questioning, “…You are?” Lance tells her, “Yes, it’s my thing!” Pidge loudly tells him, startling Shiro, “Since when?!” Lance ignores this and opens the Blue Lion’s mouth to drop Shiro and her off at the base while he finds a place to land the Lion. Once Lance is inside, he meets up with them and Shiro greet him, “Okay, faze two complete. Welcome to Beta Traz.”


Pidge makes for the control room, with Shiro and Lance looking to her guidance on how to proceed. She tells them they’ll have to hook her up when on the level three floor. With that, Shiro and Lance head for the floor level. They comes across a paroling droid when Lance asks how they’re going to get by him, Shiro doesn’t answer, but merely attacks, leaving Lance smiling, “Good teamwork on that one.” Being on level three, they part ways, giving Pidge access.


Once Lance has the Yupper (believing it to be Slav), he tells the beast, “And Shiro’s our awesome leader!” Remembering how Pidge reacted to him being an “excellent shot,” he starts to question whether or not his “has a thing” like his fellow teammates do.


With Shiro having Slav, the team head for the hangar bay where the warden of the prison attacks them. Slav manages to open the hangar gate, sucking them out into open space, unfortunately Slav is grabbed the warden. Lance aims his rifle, shooting the warden’s arm, releasing Slav from his hold. Shiro looks to Lance, proudly telling him, “Nice, Lance! That’s why we bring our sharpshooter!” Throughout Lance’s insecurities during the mission, Shiro is the one to make him feel better and feel he’s worthy of being on the team.

Moments

Season 1

The Rise of Voltron

  • Lance describes Shiro as his hero, then later barges in and tells Keith that he's going to be the one to rescue him.

Fall of the Castle of Lions

  • After an explosion goes off, Shiro is the first to run and help Lance.

Taking Flight

  • Lance starts making siren sounds, Shiro clamps his hand over Lance’s mouth, saying, “Nope, not doing that.”
  • As Lance flirts with Nyma, Shiro elbows him.

Crystal Venom

  • As Shiro waits for Sendak, Lance stands incredibly close to Shiro, eyeing him.

Season 2

Escape from Beta Traz

  • Lance describes Shiro as “awesome” to the Yupper.

Season 4

The Voltron Show!

  • When a drugged Coran dubs Shiro as “Shiro the Hero,” Lance is seen smiling widely in approval.

Season 5

Postmortem

  • When the Paladins gain access to the astral plane, Lance is the only one who can communicate with Shiro, albeit briefly.

White Lion

  • Shiro confides in Lance about how he hasn't been feeling like himself recently. This is enough to make Lance, who had been freaking out over Allura's safety, focus his concern elsewhere.

Season 6

Defender of All Universes

  • When Keith explains that the real Shiro died and was absorbed into the Black Lion while the Shiro among them was a clone, Lance remembers what Shiro tried to tell him in "Postmortem" and breaks down in tears, apologizing for not realizing sooner.

Quotes

“That’s Shiro! The pilot of the Kerberos Mission! That guy’s my hero!”
— Lance, The Rise of Voltron.
“Nope. No, you- No, no, no. No, you don't. I'm saving Shiro.”
— Lance to Keith, The Rise of Voltron.
“I’ll tend to Lance and keep watch over the castle.”
— Shiro to Allura and Keith, while cradling Lance in his arms, Fall of the Castle of Lions.
“Hang on, buddy. Help is on the way.”
— Shiro to an unconscious Lance, Fall of the Castle of Lions.
“Nice, Lance! That’s why we bring our sharpshooter!”
— Shiro to Lance, Escape from Beta Traz.
“Lance! Lance! Listen to me!”
— Shiro, on the other plane.
“But good work today. I'm sorry I yelled at you earlier.”
— Shiro to Lance.
“We’ll get through this.”
— Lance to Shiro.
“What I do know, this that these heroic men and women… and Lance.”
— Shiro, Shiro's Vlog.

Fanon

Though not as popular as Klance or Sheith, Shance does have a fairly large following in the Voltron fandom. Fans of the ship theorize that Lance’s hero-worship of Shiro is indicative of a crush, one that could possibly become requited love eventually.

The Shance fandom’s favorite phrases are “that’s why we bring our sharpshooter” and “Give love a Shance.”

Since the release of Shiro's Vlog, when Shiro says, “What I do know, this that these heroic men and women… and Lance.” a sparkly-like sound can be heard afterward. Fans have come to believe that Lance is the one filming Shiro and Shiro is acknowledging him.

On AO3, Shance is the third most written ship within the Voltron: Legendary Defender tag; Shiro’s second most written, and Lance’s second most written.

Fandom

FAN FICTION

Lance/Shiro tag on AO3
Lance/Shiro on FanFiction.Net

TUMBLR

Shance posts on Tumblr
Shiro x Lance posts on Tumblr

Variations

Kurance refers to the ship between Clone!Shiro (Kuron) and Lance
Luro refers to the ship between Dark!Shiro (Kuro) and Lance
Shallurance refers the ship between Allura, Shiro and Lance
Shancelot refers the ship between Lotor, Shiro and Lance
Shidgance refers the ship between Pidge, Shiro and Lance
Shklance refers the ship between Keith, Shiro and Lance
Shunce refers the ship between Hunk, Shiro and Lance
Shvance refers the ship between Sven, Shiro and Lance

Trivia

  • Shiro’s voice actor, Josh Keaton, was the one to coin the ship name, as well as the phrase “Give love a Shance,” on his Twitter.
  • Shance placed #15 on Tumblr’s Fandometrics ship list on March 5, 2018. (3 days after S5 dropped)
  • The Paladin's Handbook guidebook states that Shiro is 25 and Lance is 17, though there is some doubt as to whether this information is accurate to the canon because the book was not reviewed by executive staff. [1]
    • The show staff previously gave “safety zone” ages of “25” and “late teens” respectively, while agreeing that Shiro is an adult and the other Paladins are not, and Lance’s voice actor estimated Lance was around 16. [2][3]
    • Official show descriptions describe the Earth paladins as “five teenagers,” placing Shiro as a teenager in contrast to his published age; 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. [4] This suggests the book does not take the ages from the original pitch as staff feared and reflects the organic changes they have made, while the official show description is the original pitch that is inaccurate to the canon.

Photos

References

  1. Den of Geek: Is the Paladin’s Handbook Canon? August 2017
  2. San Diego Comic-Con 2016
  3. Let’s Voltron Interview with Jeremy Shada at WonderCon 2016 - “Lance is 16.” (0:52)
  4. 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.”

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