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->''"I am Adora, He-Man's [[DistaffCounterpart twin sister]], and defender of the Crystal Castle. This is Spirit, my [[CoolHorse beloved steed.]] Fabulous secrets were revealed to me, the day I [[StabTheSky held aloft my sword]] and said,'[[ByThePowerOfGrayskull For The Honor Of Grayskull!]] [[TransformationNameAnnouncement I AM SHE-RA!!!]]'''

''She-Ra: Princess of Power'' is the sister series (literally) to Creator/{{Filmation}}'s ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983''. It tells the story of Adora, the twin sister of Prince Adam of Eternia (He-Man, himself), who was kidnapped as an infant to the planet Etheria, and later is given the power to become She-Ra in order to save the planet from its tyrannical ruler Hordak, who is a member of the galaxy-spanning Horde.

Instead of having a nemesis like Skeletor, a disgruntled citizen who spends his days regularly attempting to kick the heroes' royal asses, She-Ra has Hordak, who ''already'' runs the planet, which inserts some problems when alien characters comes to visit (and he turns out to be Skeletor's mentor, allowing for even more excuses for crossovers).

She-Ra was made specifically to appeal to girls, which explains the large number of mentally ''and'' physically strong female characters, like Adora, Glimmer, and Madame Razz, not to mention the vivacious, Zsa Zsa Gabor-like nature of several of them, daaaaaarling -- and quite a number of female villains like [[WickedWitch Shadow Weaver]], [[ScaryScorpions Scorpia]] and [[DarkActionGirl Catra]]. The BigBad, Hordak, is male, which has multiple implications, especially since Shadow Weaver is his closest and smartest advisor. Male characters, like Bow, are usually portrayed as being captured or needing help, just as often as supporting female characters (Glimmer and Bow were the most common victims). Furthermore, whenever He-Man pays a visit to his sister (both in crossovers and the FiveEpisodePilot Movie), he generally requires her help in some way. And in the pilot movie, she first captures him, then saves him.

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!!Tropes:

* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: The Horde aren't popular conquerors in their land.
* ActionGirl: Adora/She-Ra is one, but since the show was specifically aimed at girls, most of the heroes are strong female characters, which was pretty new at the time.
* ActionMom: Queen Angella
* AllYourPowersCombined: In "Of Shadows and Skulls", Skeletor imprisons Hordak and Shadow Weaver in a cage neither of them can escape from on their own. The cage isn't so effective against the two of them together.
* AnachronicOrder:
** Many episodes not only aired out of order, but were ''produced'' out of order. This results in situations like Sorrowful appearing a few episodes before he's introduced.
** Even worse, one episode has Adora go to Light Hope to have her sword repaired. ''The very next episode'' has her first learn that Light Hope exists! Justified because She-Ra's learning of Light Hope's existence is shown in flashback mode and that episode was about Madame Razz telling others about that adventure.
* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: Would anybody expect otherwise from a He-Man spin-off? However, with the exception of one episode, it's always Loo-Kee who does this. [[note]]The FivePartPilot didn't have this, however. Next episode previews were shown instead, with the end of part five just going to the credits instead.[[/note]]
* ArmCannon: Hordak's most obvious use of his ability to [[VoluntaryShapeshifting transform his body]] (or parts of) into machinery.
* ArtisticLicenseAstronomy: A set of aligned moons on Etheria are apparently also the same aligned moons seen on Eternia, despite being two very different planets (and according to the FivePartPilot, two different ''universes,'' which may justify it).
* AnAssKickingChristmas: The Christmas special.
* BadBoss: Hordak and even worse, Horde Prime.
* BadassNormal:
** Netossa
** Sea Hawk
** General Sunder, in his debut, ''dared'' Hordak to drop him down a trap door (something usually reserved for Mantenna, Grizzlor, or a random trooper). After a bit of thought, ''Hordak backed down.''
* BadassPrincess: The subtitle "Princess of Power" isn't lying.
* BalefulPolymorph: In the second episode, "Beast Island", Madam Razz accidentally turns some Horde Troopers into sheep.
-->'''Madam Razz:''' Oh deary my, I meant '''sleep''', ''not'' '''sheep'''!\\
'''Broom:''' I think it worked even better.
* [[BashBrothers Bash Siblings:]] She-Ra and He-Man.
* BerserkButton: Adora gets very angry when her friends display FantasticRacism towards trolls.
* BigBad:
** Hordak, though [[GreaterScopeVillain he takes orders from Horde Prime]]. Of course, he is in BigBadEnsemble territory with Skeletor, as the latter wants revenge for abandoning him, but also seeks to overthrow him and Horde Prime to take over the Universe.
** In the toyline, however, the Big Bad is Catra, presumably because Hordak and his EvilMinions were marketed as ''Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse'' action figures.
* BigGood: Light Hope, The Sorceress, Queen Angella, and Adora all share this role.
* BookBurning: The theme and the title of one episode.
* BrokenHeel: Interestingly, while Bow is the one who trips over a vine (as they're running from a monster), this plays out just like the classic female version, including how he just lies there waiting for rescue instead of trying to get up and keep running. (Although technically, the monster just offscreen teleported to in front of him ''anyway'', so maybe he thought it was useless by that point to run ''anywhere''.)
* ByThePowerOfGreyskull: In this case, "For the Honor of Greyskull!"
* CardCarryingVillain: Hordak to a hilarious degree.
-->'''Hordak:''' It's not nice to cause trouble for the evil horde! MWAHAHAHA!\\\
'''Hordak:''' (''to Skeletor'') Your evil is almost on par with my own.
* CatchPhrase: Madame Razz's "Oh dearie my!"
* CatFolk: In the episode "Magicats", She-Ra and Catra stumble upon a civilization of magical cats. It turns out Catra's mask was stolen from their Queen, who looks like Catra's feline form.
* ChivalrousPervert: Queen Castaspella seems to have a thing for good-looking males (discreetly, that is). Adora shows a bit of a Big Sister Complex when she catches her friend eyeing her twin brother Adam.
* ChristmasEpisode: The massive crossover which brought Adora and her friends to Eternia.
* ComesGreatResponsibility: Bow learned this lesson when he abused the power of a wand he took from Shadow Weaver in "Bow's Magical Gift". However, the biggest problem wasn't how he used the power but how often he used it.
* CompleteTheQuoteTitle: One episode is titled "He Ain't Heavy" which makes very little sense unless you're familiar with the phrase "He ain't heavy, he's my brother" (derived from a hit song by Music/TheHollies). The plot involves Adora needing to rescue Prince Adam (her brother) from the Horde.
* ContinuitySnarl:
** A big inconsistency that should have been caught: when He-Man goes to Trolla (Orko's home world) he reverted back to Adam and had to say his [[ByThePowerOfGreyskull transformation phrase]] backwards because magic worked differently there (Orko is an extremely talented magician in Trolla, for example). However, She-Ra had no problems when she went there in "The Greatest Magic". Then again, Orko being an extremely talented magician in Trolla is an inconsistency on itself. Think about how it's described during his uncle's debut episode.
** One episode has Tung Lashor[[note]]known here as "Tung Lash", which was clearly a prototype name[[/note]] working for Skeletor -- despite earlier and later episodes showing him to be part of the Horde. That inconsistency was even more glaring by the fact Tung Lashor bore the Horde crest even in ''that'' episode.
* CoolCrown: She-Ra's headdress is a crown with wings on the side.
* CoolHorse: Adora's horse Spirit. And he becomes an even ''cooler'' horse (Swiftwind, actually a winged unicorn) when she transforms into She-Ra.
* {{Crossover}}: Characters from ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' appear in several episodes.
* CuteButCacophonic: Catra. Dear God, Catra!
* DarkActionGirl: Since the show was aimed at girls, not only are most of the heroines Action Girls (as mentioned above), but quite a number of the villains are Action Girls, whether through general butt-kicking or in Shadow Weaver's case, actually being a very competant Second to Hordak.
* DarthVaderClone: Shadow Weaver emulates this; was once a heroic figure with magic powers, [[FaceHeelTurn turned to]] TheDarkSide by TheEmpire with a promise of power (which horribly disfigured her, no less), shown [[TheFaceless faceless]] all the time, serves as the right hand to the BigBad, and speaks in a deep voice with VaderBreath.
* DeadpanSnarker: Kowl, in spades.
* DisappearedDad: Glimmer's father, the absent King of Bright Moon, is the subject of one episode, and returns during said episode.
* DistaffCounterpart:
** She-Ra to He-Man, much to Skeletor's dismay.
** Madame Razz to Orko, and the two have since become close friends.
** Bow to Teela.
* DistressedDude: Bow, and even He-Man in the pilot.
* TheDitz: Perfuma, to some degree.
* TheDogBitesBack: In "A Loss for Words", Mantenna jumped at the opportunity to drop Hordak down the same trap door Hordak usually drops him down. Unfortunately, he forgot Hordak could fly.
* TheDragon: Imp qualifies as this more than others due to him being the most favored by Hordak. Skeletor used to be this to Hordak.
* TheDreaded: Horde Prime for everyone. The only one who doesn't fear him is Skeletor. Skeletor is ambitious enough to challenge Horde Prime in his bid to take over the universe.
* DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans: Etheria may look like a beautiful place to live, but ever since the Horde took over, the planet has turned into this. Hordak makes it a point that he hates all that is beautiful, and uses the Fright Zone as a model of how things should look.
* EarlyBirdCameo: In story continuity order, Flutterina and Peek-A-Blue appear in the episode "Enchanted Castle" before their respective official introductions in season 2. [[note]]This especially applies to Flutterina, who was given an "origin episode".[[/note]]
* EarWings: Kowl, who seems to be a hybrid of a koala and an owl ([[MeaningfulName hence his name]]), and uses his ears as wings. Although his flight appears to be magic and quite apart from how he flaps his ears. Note how, in "The Secret of the Sword", his response to getting startled is to freeze -- and he just stay there sitting frozen in mid-air.
* EasilyForgiven: Sure, Adora used to be one of Hordak's highest-ranking officers, but as soon as they find out she's the twin sister of this guy who showed up a couple of days ago claiming to be a prince from another world / dimension, she's quickly given full access to the Rebellion's leadership. Of course, Bow did suggest trying to hold her hostage as leverage against Hordak.
* EldritchAbomination: Horde Prime's appearance as nothing but a huge cloud of black mist with a giant mechanical arm (and being described as having two heads!) constantly surveying his/its galactic empire in an enormous starship/warship, and givenhis/its predilection for utilizing monsters/demons/sorcerers/cyborgs/cyborg sorcerers as minions, leads to this impression. However, one episode reveals Horde Prime has a human (or human-looking) son. Creator/{{Mattel}}'s recent revival toy series gave Horde Prime a humanoid form... presumably because trying to market a toy of a big cloud would've been somewhat difficult.
* ElementalPowers:
** Mermista not only is a siren able to change her fish tail into normal legs, she also has [[KillItWithWater hydrokinetic]] powers.
** Glimmer has light powers, Frosta has ice powers, Perfuma controls earth, and She-Ra is implied to have power over air (she can use her breath as a weapon, and she owns a winged unicorn).
* TheEmpire: The Horde, and they rule the entire galaxy.
* TheEmperor: An unusual case with Frosta, who is the Ice Empress, but she rules over a fairly small kingdom. Played straight however, with Horde Prime.
* EpisodeTitleCard
* EvenEvilHasStandards: In "Into the Dark Dimension", She-Ra risks her life to help Hordak escape with her back to Etheria. Hordak actually calls off the Horde's attack on the Rebels and grants them safe passage back to the Whispering Woods in return.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Adora is the Princess of Eternia (though in Etheria she is just an ex-member of the horde) and there's also Princess Glimmer of Bright Moon.
* EvilerThanThou: Skeletor is this to Hordak in the episode ''Horde Prime Takes a Holiday'' and in ''My Friend, The Enemy''. Basically, almost every time Skeletor appears, Hordak falls before him.
* EvilSorcerer: Shadow Weaver
* EvilVsEvil: Hordak with Skeletor.
* {{Expy}}:
** The title character of the "Huntara" episode was patterned after a mix of Grace Jones and ComicBook/{{Storm}}, as she appeared during the time the episode was produced.
** The Twiggets might by expies for Franchise/TheSmurfs.
** Sorrowful is one of Cringer.
* FaceHeelTurn: Shadow Weaver. She studied alongside Castaspella before making a deal with the Horde to increase her powers.
* TheFaceless: Both Shadow Weaver and the Horde's [[TheManBehindTheMan ultimate leader]], Horde Prime.
* {{Fanfare}}: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXaoGFrcXL8 The intro theme song.]]
* FantasticRacism: The people of Etheria hate trolls, to the point where they rejected the troll's offer of help during the invasion of the Horde! This makes Adora VERY angry when she sees it.
* FauxActionGirl: Unfortunately, there were several of these in the show as well.
** Bow himself bordered on [[JamesBondage Faux Action]] ''[[NonActionGuy Guy]]''.
** Glimmer's probably the worst offender. Initially, she was supposed to be the leader of the Great Rebellion, looked up to by everyone, but she quckly turns out to be totally useless in combat, being defeated ''one freaking {{Mook}}'' without any sort of effort whatsoever.
* FeedTheMole: In "Birds of a Feather", Kowl's cousin Red-Eye sought employment at the Horde and Shadow Weaver used a spell to enable Red-Eye to see and hear what Kowl does. She-Ra took advantage of this to give the Horde misleading information.
* FeministFantasy: An early example of an action series aimed at a female audience, providing young girls with many {{Badass}} heroines and positive portrayals of femininity as a source of strength. Little surprise the generation that grew up on She-Ra became the audience for other examples of kick-ass women in fiction such as Series/{{Buffy|TheVampireSlayer}} and Series/{{Xena|WarriorPrincess}}.
* FiveEpisodePilot: Released first in March 1985 as a movie, ''The Secret of the Sword''. That following September, aired as five episodes to kick off the series.
* ForeignMoneyIsProofOfGuilt: In one episode, Imp plants Horde coins in Kowl's bed to make it look like Kowl is a Horde spy.
* FunctionalMagic: There are several practicing wizards and sorceresses on the show, many with [[ElementalPowers very specific areas of expertise]]. Adora's sword also counts since, like Adam, she can't transform without it and when the crystal within it is broken in one episode she can't transform at all. This is, of course, carried over from ''He-Man''.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** In the sequence where Adora becomes She-Ra, the rays that emanate from her raised sword are distinctly sperm-like.
** In the episode "Sweet Bee's Home", [[AnIcePerson Frosta]] has a serious case of the [[{{Pun}} hots]] for He-Man. At one point he rescues her and winds up laying on top of her. She states directly that she wouldn't mind him staying there.
** Castaspella is essentially a voyeur, especially when she spends her time gazing at Adam.
* GoldMakesEverythingShiny: She-Ra's outfit is white with gold decoration, and her boots, bracelets, and headdress are gold.
* GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave: Despite her screechy, creepy voice, green clawed hands and a totally cloaked face, the WickedWitch Shadow Weaver has, on numerous occasions, been noted to have quite the body. [[note]]Just whatever you do, [[NightmareFuel don't look UNDER the cloak...]][[/note]]
-->'''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick:''' My, that scary old witch sure has an amazing rack...
* GreaterScopeVillain: Hordak actually takes orders from a galactic overlord named Horde Prime.
* GreenThumb: Perfuma
* GutturalGrowler: Shadow Weaver
* HalfIdenticalTwins: Adam and Adora.
* HealingHands: Another of She-Ra's less frequently-employed powers. When it does appear, it is usually used on Swiftwind or another animal, such as the episode with the colony of winged unicorns.
* HeelFaceTurn:
** Adora herself, in the five-part pilot, goes from Force Captain for TheEmpire to leader of LaResistance.
*** HeelRealization: The above trope is played with in that Adora herself was never really evil. "Spells of control" or not, she had been raised thinking that the Horde were the rightful rulers of Etheria. He-Man, of course, helped her to discover otherwise (although it did take some time since [[spoiler:Shadow Weaver had cast (another) spell of control when Adora tried to confront Hordak about it.]].
** Sea Hawk goes from pirate aiding TheEmpire to pirate aiding LaResistance.
** It happens to General Sunder as well.
* HeroesWantRedheads: A gender-flipped version between Adora and Sea Hawk.
* TheHighQueen: Angella, the queen of the kingdom of Bright Moon, and the face of the Great Rebellion.
* HurricaneOfPuns: Well she ''is'' He-Man's sister -- and She-ra is far, far worse about this than He-man ever was. He-man occasionally gets off a good pun, but is frankly quiet, for lack of a better word, most of the time. She-ra, on the other hand, ''never'' seems to shut up with her puns. Ever.
* HypnotizeThePrincess: For as many times He-Man was captured in the pilot, Adora would be hypnotized. In fact, Adora was originally hypnotized into serving the Horde.
* IAmSpartacus: In "Book Burning", the Horde sends Tung Lashor to teach lies to kids at school. When one of the kids denounces his speech as lies and Tung Lashor demands to know who did it, all kids (minus the one spying for the Horde) claim to be the one.
* ImpossibleHourglassFigure: Adora, whether as herself or as She-Ra. So does Glimmer.
* IWasQuiteALooker: Shadow Weaver was quite beautiful before her powers were increased by the Horde.
* AnIcePerson: Frosta
* TheImp: Imp, of course.
* KitchenSinkIncluded: The Melog does this to She-Ra in "Enemy With My Face".
* KnockoutGas: Villain Hordak sprays one of the heroes with some sleep gas from his [[SwissArmyAppendage Swiss Army Hand]]. The hero gets off an exclamation and keels over. Hordak then comments that he's going to have to have a word with his scientists; the victim shouldn't have had time to say anything before succumbing.
* LadyOfWar: She-Ra
* LargeAndInCharge: Horde Prime. Judging by what we see of him, he's clearly a colossal being who dwarfs Hordak and his other underlings.
* LargeHam: Hordak. His snarling, guttural growl is clearly meant to contrast with [[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983 Skeletor's]] high, needling cackle. It ended up giving him quite a few scenery-chewing scenes.
* LawfulStupid: Adora before her HeelFaceTurn. She never questioned her ObviouslyEvil boss' motives and saw him as the rightful ruler of the planet. Rather {{justified|Trope}} in that she was under the control of Shadow Weaver's magic[[note]]although, even then, she had been raised to think that the Horde were the good guys[[/note]], but it doesn't explain why she calls herself good instead of evil, since Hordak openly brags that he is.
** A later episode explains that her nanny Shakra taught her about the values of goodness (or at the very least implies that she did)
* [[ADogNamedDog A Leech named Leech]]: He has the ability to drain the energy of anyone he touches, hence both his name and appearance.
* LeotardOfPower: As with He-Man's series, most of the ActionGirls wear one.[[note]]Although Castaspella may be wearing a unitard. It's not clear.[[/note]]
* LovesMyAlterEgo:
** Bow has a crush on She-Ra but ignores Adora.
** Sea Hawk has a crush on Adora but merely respects She-Ra as a fellow warrior.
* MagicalGirl: Most of the women in said Great Rebellion had this in some form or other.
* MagicalGirlWarrior: Like ''He-Man'', this show is a prototypical example.
* MasterOfDisguise:
** False Face.
** A better example would be the character Imp, who not only fools characters on the show, but also the viewers with his disguises.
** Would Loo-Kee count? He doesn't actually impersonate anything but his skill with camouflage does allow him to hide from everybody.
** Shadow Weaver disguised herself in at least one episode.
* MasterOfIllusion: Bow
* MeaningfulName: Almost everyone's names come from their powers and abilities.
* MechaMooks: The Horde Troopers, sometimes. The series varied between treating them as armored soldiers (and major jerks), or as (poorly programmed) combat robots.
* MerchandiseDriven
* MiniDressOfPower: She-Ra's outfit.
* MoreThanMindControl: How Adora was shaped by Hordak and Shadow Weaver into their TykeBomb.
* MorphWeapon: She-Ra's sword, which she could change at will into a shield, lasso, or other implement.
* MostCommonSuperpower: She-Ra, along with some of her allies, are pretty buxom.
* MsFanservice: Adora, but even more so as She-Ra.
* MundaneUtility: Hordak once turned his arm into a vacuum cleaner.
%%* NeverBeAHero
* NeverSayDie: Surprisingly averted for a cartoon around this time. While death wasn't mentioned as often as it could have been (Hordak wanted to capture and enslave rebels more than kill them), if a character is thought to be dying or dead the show isn't shy about saying so.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Bow proudly announce himself as a rebel to the Horde troopers he just fought in the bar, resulting with The Horde invading the village and taking everybody as slaves.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain:
** In "Horde Prime Takes a Holiday", if not for Skeletor trying to take over Horde Prime's warship, Hordak would have frozen She-Ra and He-Man. To top it all off, Hordak gets in trouble for something ''Skeletor'' did.
** Hordak and Skeletor unknowingly do it to each other in "Loo-Kee Lends a Hand". If not for Skeletor's plan to capture Prince Adam, who knows how long would it take Loo-Kee to find Prince Adam and ask for his help or how much damage the Horde would have done by then? Also, if not for Hordak freezing time for the rebels, Loo-Kee wouldn't have gone to Eternia and ruined Skeletor's plan to break into Prince Adam's bedroom.
** The rebellion would probably never learn how the Horde was using Kowl to spy on them if not for Red-Eye bragging about that.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Bow bears a strong resemblance to Creator/ErrolFlynn from ''Film/TheAdventuresOfRobinHood''. The fact that he's an archer just adds to the allusion.
* ObviouslyEvil: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The EVIL Horde]], [snort] [[EvilLaugh MWAHAHAHAHAHAAAA!!!]]
* OhCrap: In one episode, Skeletor overthrows Hordak and traps him. As Skeletor begins ordering the other villains around, Imp demands they stand up to him. Instead, the villains realize that Hordak isn't around to protect Imp anymore. Cue a panicked Imp fleeing for his life.
* OpeningNarration: It is almost identical to the one from He-Man, ''except'' that every place He-Man says "power," She-Ra says something different. E.g., "Fabulous secret powers were revealed to me" -> "Fabulous secrets were revealed to me"; ... "By the power of Grayskull!" -> "For the honor of Grayskull!"; ... "I have the poweeeeer!" -> "I am She-Raaaaa!"; ... "I became He-Man, the most powerful man in the universe" -> omitted entirely. Insert feminist rant here.\\\
Also, while He-Man describes the Sorceress, Man-At-Arms and Orko as the ''only'' people to know his identity (which is true during his show), She-Ra describes Light Hope, Madam Razz and Kowl as three ''among'' those who knew hers. Justified by the fact her identity is obviously easy to deduce by those who know He-Man's. Even if one doesn't count them, Light Hope later told Loo-Kee the secret so he could "lend a hand". Also, the episode "Darksmoke and Fire" implies that Granamyr knew the secret [[TimeTravel 1000 years before He-Man and She-Ra were born]].
* TheOneGuy: Bow. Biologically, yes. Bow fits in as one of the girls most of the time though, and Sea Hawk takes up the role of TheOneGuy more often.
* OverlyLongTongue: Tung Lashor. Often he uses it to clean objects or grab things, and Hordak yells at him for such a disgusting display. It has also been used to tie him and his companions up.
* PaperThinDisguise: She-Ra never hides her face, uses Adora's sword, and is never seen together with Adora. Bow and the others don't even seem to wonder how she knows when they need her help.
* ParentalSubstitute:
** After Adora realizes the Horde are the bad guys, she calls out Hordak and Shadow Weaver. Shadow Weaver tries to calm her by pointing out she's been "like a mother" to her. By the same token, Hordak was essentially a substitute for Randor.
** Turns out her nanny Shakra is a much straighter example. Before meeting her real parents, Shakra was closest to a mother Adora ever had.
* ParentsKnowTheirChildren: In the pilot, it's established that Princess Adora was kidnapped as an infant. When Prince Adam brings the now-adult Adora into the throne room, King Randor and Queen Marlena immediately recognize her. Man-At-Arms also recognizes her.
* PeacockGirl: Peek-A-Blue and her [[PsychicPowers psychic tail]].
* PimpedOutDress: She-Ra's dress has gold decorations, including a large symbol on the bodice, with [[GemEncrusted a crystal in the center]].
* PinkProductPloy: To the point where the first release of Swiftwind was colored pink, despite being white in the show. Collectors convinced the toymakers to allow the next release to be colored properly.
* PokeThePoodle: Hordak is bad enough normally, but this line of villainy might fit more with ''Creator/MontyPython'':
-->'''Underling:''' Shall I have the rebel dogs taken to a cell, mighty one?\\
'''Hordak:''' Yes... an uncomfortable one!
* PrettyInMink: Some of the toys had fur-trimmed outfits.
* RaceLift: Huntara was originally designed to have brown skin but they were forced to make her purple by ExecutiveMeddling.
* RaisedByOrcs: Adora, who was raised by the Horde.
* Really700YearsOld: Horde Prime is over 500 years old.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The troll king, in spite of the [[FantasticRacism persecution his people face]], is always willing to hear She-Ra out.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Shadow Weaver's eyes turn from yellow to red during one of her spellcasting animations.
* RedIsHeroic: She-Ra wears a red cape.
* RefuseToRescueTheDisliked: When Skeletor tricks Hordak into eating a doomberry pie, She-Ra talks her friends out of that mentality to get them to help him.
* LaResistance: She-Ra leads "The Great Rebellion" against Hordak's forces.
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified: The Great Rebellion, '''so very much.'''
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: In "Of Shadows and Skulls", Shadow Weaver is so tired of being mistreated by Hordak she helps Skeletor to overthrow him. Skeletor rewards her by locking her up inside the same cage they locked Hordak in.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: The Horde [[{{mooks}} soldiers]]. They even ''sneeze'' when pepper is thrown at their helmets, fer Greyskull's sake!
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething:
** Angella, the Queen of Bright Moon, and her daughter Princess Glimmer are the leaders of the Great Rebellion. Angella's husband also counts.
** Queen Castaspella is a magic-wielding royal on the side of good.
** And of course there's Adora, who has the advantage of acknowledging being the Princess of Eternia and ''not'' having to employ ObfuscatingStupidity like her [[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983 brother]] Adam. [[note]]Justified since, because she had previously (though unknowningly) been on the side of evil, she wasn't in a position to do it anyway.[[/note]]
* RunningGag: Hordak dropping Mantenna down a trap door...sort of.[[note]]Being that the evil Hordak is a BadBoss, it's not entirely meant to be funny.[[/note]]
* SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou: Hordak does shoot you in the title sequence.
* SecretSecretKeeper: When She-Ra got stranded in the past, Granamyr read her mind to be able to understand what happened.
* {{Seers}}: Peek-A-Blue
* SeparatedAtBirth: Adam and Adora, as shown in the pilot, making her his [[LongLostRelative Long Lost Twin]].
* SeriesGoal: Like She-Ra says in the intro, "to free Etheria from the evil forces of Hordak".
* ShadowArchetype: Castaspella and Shadow Weaver were friends before the latter was brought to the Dark Side.
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: She-Ra can breathe in space too.
* ShowgirlSkirt: The "Ready in Red" outfit could be worn like a cape or this.
* SignOfTheApocalypse: ''Grizzlor has had an idea!''
* SorceressQueen:
** Castaspella, Queen of Mystacor, and Angella, Queen of Bright Moon.
** She-Ra/Adora and Glimmer also had magical abilities, but they're [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses princesses.]]
* SpeaksFluentAnimal:
** She-Ra is shown in the pilot to have the ability to communicate with animals, although this ability rarely appears in the series proper.
** The wild child of the title episode can speak to the creatures that rescued her, presumably being taught by them.
* SpinOff: Of ''He-Man and the Masters of the Universe''
* SpinoffSendoff: Begins with He-Man journeying to Etheria to find Adora and give her the Sword of Protection, allowing her to become She-Ra and to do a HeelFaceTurn; going from a Force Captain of the Horde to leader of the Great Rebellion.
* SpiritAdvisor: Light Hope, the guardian of the Crystal Castle, may qualify for this. The Sorceress still has this role.
* StabTheSky: As with He-Man, this is how Adora starts her TransformationSequence.
* TheStarscream: When Hordak abandoned Skeletor at the time Adora was kidnapped as a baby, Skeletor sold him out as a final "Screw You" to his mentor. Of course, this was only half the victory, and he still has unfinished business with Hordak. In two episodes, especially "Of Shadows and Skulls", he does succeed in stealing Hordak's place as Horde Commander, but it doesn't last.
* StatuesqueStunner: She-Ra, naturally. She seems to gain a foot in height when she changes from Adora, though this is likely due to the crown and the boots.
* SuperheroesWearCapes: She-Ra's outfit includes a short, red cape.
* SwissArmyTears: Hordak is disappearing to death by the doomberry pie Skeletor gave him, but he is saved by She-Ra's tears in the episode "My Friend, the Enemy".
* SwissArmyWeapon: Hordak's arms. Most likely from his ShapeShifting powers, since he himself can also morph into a rocketship with a nose cannon. He also demonstrated morphing his entire lower body into a [[ThisIsADrill large drill]] and burrowing to escape (after morphing both of his hands into suction cups too, like what Leech has).
* SympathyForTheDevil: Though they are archenemies, She-Ra is the only person who has ever cared enough about Hordak to cry for him.
* TakeOurWordForIt: In "The Price of Power", Shadow Weaver showed her face to a boy who wanted to be her apprentice. The boy's reaction suggested the face to be hideous but the viewers were never given a chance to see for themselves.
* TakeThat: During the Christmas Episode, She-Ra and He-Man take apart some gigantic evil [[TransformersGenerationOne transforming]] [[CaptainErsatz robots]].
-->'''Swiftwind:''' They're changing into other forms! What evil robots!
* TemptingFate: In "Into Etheria", after getting a meal at a tavern, Cringer comments that he's starting to like this strange new world he and Adam are in. That's when some Hordesmen show up.
* TimeTravel: Hordak and Modulok once tampered with the dimensional portal to get rid of She-Ra. They got her stranded in Eternia's past. 1000 years before she was born if Granamyr was correct. Granamyr helped her to GetBackToTheFuture.
* TongueTwister: In "The Stone in the Sword", Hordak expects his doom balloon to destroy the Whispering Woods, "faster than you can say, 'Horrible Hordak headed a herd of hideous Hordesmen!'".
* TooSpicyForYogSothoth: Perfuma turns out to be this when captured by the Horde. Listen to her voice for 30 seconds, and you'll begin to understand why spending a day with her would be a bit much.
* TransformationNameAnnouncement: "I am She-Ra!"
* TransformationSequence: Adora to She-Ra. Unsurprisingly on a show geared to appeal to girls, this one is flashier and [[EverythingsBetterWithSparkles sparklier]] than He-Man's. It's also considered one of the [[VisualEffectsOfAwesome crowning visual effects]] on the series.
* TransformingMecha: Hordak transform himself into a Rocket, Wheeled Top-Spin, Tank-Mecha and other forms...
* TrickArrow: Bow's specialty, not unlike [[ComicBook/GreenArrow]].
* TykeBomb: Adora
* UngratefulBastard: Subverted with Hordak, of all people. [[ItMakesSenseInContext After She-Ra risked her life to save his]], Hordak ordered his troops to stand down and allow the rebels safe passage out of the Fright Zone. This act surprises everyone, including Hordak himself.
* UniquePilotTitleSequence: In the first few episodes, a male announcer[[note]]"Erik Gunden" (a.k.a. Lou Scheimer, the show's executive producer)[[/note]] reads the OpeningNarration. After Adora becomes She-Ra, she reads a new version of the narration.
* UnresolvedSexualTension:
** Adora had this with Sea Hawk, who snogged her ''twice'' in one episode. She even deliberately locked herself behind bars (after performing several rescues as She-Ra) so that he could bust in and carry her out over his shoulder. But the relationship never went anywhere.
** Possibly complicated by the fact that She-Ra's relationship with Bow was equally undefined.
* VaderBreath: This is how Shadow Weaver speaks.
* VerbalTic: The bad guys have plenty of tics to go around.
** Hordak's "[[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick snorty-snorty-snortiness]]"
** Catra purrs a lot. She also makes other cats sounds as well, not to mention the fact that she [[RollYourRs rolls her rs]].
** MMMMMMantenna stretches his MMMMMM's[[note]]as well as his N's[[/note]].
** Leech constantly makes sucking sounds whenever he speaks. [[note]]Then again, he '''is''' humanoid mutant...leech.[[/note]]
** Shadow Weaver begins every sentence with a raspy exhale, à la [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader]].
* VillainWorld: The SeriesGoal, as stated by Princess Adora[=/=]She-Ra is "to free Etheria from the evil forces of Hordak". The galaxy Etheria is located is ruled by Horde Prime.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Kowl and Bow.
* WarriorPoet: Bow the archer is an accomplished musician.
* WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys: Hordak never runs out of robot henchmen or war machines. Somewhat justified by being the resident dictator of the planet, but you have to wonder where the ''manpower'' comes from. It's actually addressed a few times; Hordak orders his robots from Horde World. He even complains a few times that he ordered well-trained robots and got incompetent idiots.
* WildChild: The name of an episode and [[TitleDrop Title-Dropped]] by Bow in relation to the character of the week, though he meant it as a compliment.
* WingedHumanoid: Queen Angella; Flutterina
* WingedUnicorn: Swiftwind when powered up.
* WomanScorned: Catra often flirted with Sea Hawk back when he was on Hordak's side, which he ignored. When Sea Hawk fell for Adora, Catra was really mad.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Or green. Or pink. Or lavender. Or in Huntara's case, purple ''skin''.
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