Characters / Masters of the Universe

Characters found in the Masters of the Universe toyline, as well as its various incarnations.

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He-Man/Adam of the House of Randor
Played by: John Erwin (80's); Dolph Lundgren (Live-Action Movie); Gary Chalk (He-Man only, New Adventures); Doug Parker (Adam only, New Adventures); Cam Clarke ('02)
"I have the power!"

Adam, prince of Eternia and descendant of the legendary King Grayskull, transforms into He-Man, the most powerful man in the universe, to protect Eternia from the forces of evil.

  • A Lady on Each Arm: In the DC Comics story "Fate is the Killer!" Prince Adam arrives this way to a party, to whick Man-At-Arms comments "Only two wenches, lad? You're losing your charm!"
  • Arm Cannon: A wrist-mounted laser as Adam.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: Trope Namer. In The New Adventures of He-Man, he would say "By the Power of Eternia".
    • He would turn back to Adam with "Let the power return!"
  • Camp Straight: As Prince Adam in the 80's cartoon, though most of these characteristics Adam (supposedly) exhibited on purpose to help hide his true identity as He-Man.
  • Clark Kenting: In the '80s version of the franchise, the only actual difference between his Adam and He-Man appearance is that... he wears more clothes as Adam. Averted in the 2002 cartoon and New Adventures, where Prince Adam is notably skinnier and younger-looking than He-Man.
  • Chick Magnet: Not so much in his own series, aside from the one off guest characters, but when he shows up on She-Ra, he is this, whether as He-Man or Adam.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In the cartoons, both as Adam and as He-Man, though the nature of the snark varies depending of the show; in the '80s cartoon it's more good-natured, while in the 2002 cartoon it's notably edgier.
  • Expy: In-universe, he calls on the power of King Grayskull, taking on his strength and appearance.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Sort of. He's half Eternian human and half Earthling human.
  • Henshin Hero: Adam is just a regular guy and only has superpowers when he turns into He-Man.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Teela, though how red her hair was depended on the series.
    • Castaspella also got his attention, probably because she was the only gal on Etheria to flirt with him as Adam and He-Man.
  • Important Haircut: In The New Adventures of He-Man, but in reverse: He-Man's hair inexplicably (but quite explicitly) gets ponytail-length longer during a moment of awesome mystical display.
  • Ret Canon: At first, he was just He-Man, until the DC Comics created a Secret Identity as Prince Adam, which was later added to the toyline.

Battle Cat/Cringer
Played by: Alan Oppenheimer (80's)

Prince Adam's pet tiger, who transforms into Battle Cat, He-Man's fighting tiger.

  • Berserk Button: As Cringer, he almost always lives up to his name, but is usually the opposite if Adam is in great danger. For example, in the 2002 series, Cringer attacks a Snake Man for trying to eat Adam.
  • Big Eater: Especially in the Filmation cartoon. "Boy am I glad to be home, I'm starving! Mmm! I think I'll get myself some lunch! And some dinner! Some supper! Mm... maybe an early breakfast!"
  • Cowardly Sidekick: As Cringer, but turns into a Fearless Fool as Battle-Cat.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Mostly as Battle-Cat, but even Cringer got in some sarcasms on occasion.
  • Expy: Cringer, (Battle Cat less so) especially in the 80's series, was little more than a green tiger version of Scooby-Doo.
    • In-universe, Battle Cat inherits the power of King Grayskull's steed (an even bigger green lion).
  • Hidden Depths: Regardless of continuity, Cringer can be a lot braver than even he thinks he's capable of.
  • Undying Loyalty: Cringer may be a scaredy cat, but he always stands by Adam - even when faced with all of Skeletor's Evil Warriors and the Council of Evil.

Buzz-Off/Tzzzzt zzz zzTTTzz
Played by: Alan Oppenheimer (80's); Brian Dobson ('02)

King of the Andreenids, a race of bee people.

Clamp Champ/Raenius

King Randor and Queen Marlena's bodyguard, armed with a clamp weapon.

  • Out of Focus: Due to being one of the latest Heroic Warriors to appear before the toyline's cancellation (his wave-mates in the toyline, King Randor and the Sorceress, had more luck since they began as Toyless Toyline Characters, therefore having more time to shine even before being released as figures). At least he managed to get enough screentime in the latest comics to avert becoming an Advertised Extra like the second wave of Galactic Guardians.
  • Super Senses: He cannot be taken by surprise.
  • Token Minority: And they really took their time with this one, since as noted he was one of the last figures released and the original cartoon was over by this point. Even in the Classics line he's still the only black guy among the Heroic Warriors.

"I am Extendar, tower of power!"

A palace guard changed by Hordak into a cyborg with extensible arms, legs, neck and torso. Despite his powers being a Horde creation, he uses them for good.

  • I Just Want to Be Badass: Before getting his powers. Hordak promised him power if he accepted to become a cyborg, without telling him he intended to use him for evil purposes.
  • Telescoping Cyborg: He can extend his neck, torso, arms and legs. His mini-comic depicted him as growing in power the further he extends, though this didn't come up in his Classics bio.

Fearless Photog/Jey

Gwildor's apprentice, who due to a miscalculation got accidentaly fused with his invention, the Photog Emulator, getting the power of draining his enemies' energy.

Played by: Lou Scheimer (80's); Mark Acheson ('02)

Man-At-Arms' brother, who has a metallic right hand. Generally considered the second strongest Heroic Warrior, after He-Man himself.

Played by: Billy Barty (Live-Action Movie)

Thenurian locksmith and inventor.

  • Expy: His sole reason for existing is because they couldn't do a live-action Orko.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Created the "cosmic key," allowing a person to travel between dimensions.
  • Hobbits: He sure looks like one anyway.

King Randor of the House of Miro
Played by: Lou Scheimer (80's); Michael Donovan ('02)
"To have one such as He-Man as my heir rather than Adam... now that would be a legacy any sovereign would be proud to leave his people."

Heroic ruler of Eternia. Younger son of King Miro, and Prince Adam's father.

Lizard Man/Gayn

Played by: Lou Scheimer (80s)

A friendly lizard warrior who is friends with He-Man and the gang.

  • In-Series Nickname: "Lizzie."
  • Sssssnaketalk: He often speaks with a pronounced hiss to his voice.
  • Super Reflexes: He is quite agile, able to deftly avoid attacks thrown his way and leap great distances. In "The Song of Celice," Evil-Lyn and Trap-Jaw discover he is quite difficult to capture and eventually have to just give up.
  • Toyless Toyline Character: Initially played straight, but finally averted when Classics gave him an action figure.
  • Wall Crawl: He can climb up walls just like a regular lizard.

Played by: Alan Oppenheimer (80's); Jon Cypher (Live-Action Movie); Gary Chalk ('02)

King Randor's right-hand man, inventor and friend, and one of his most valuable warriors. Also, Prince Adam's mentor, friend and confidant.

  • Arm Cannon: A wrist-mounted laser in the '80s series, a BFG in the '02 series.
  • Badass Mustache: He didn't have it at first, but it was added in the animated series and kept for later renditions.
  • Secret Keeper: For both Adam (He-Man) (and by extension, Adora (She-Ra)) and the Sorceress (Teela's mother).

Played by: Lou Scheimer (80's); Paul Dobson ('02)

An actor who can change his face to become a human, robot or monster.

  • Characterization Marches On: He began as a good guy who was transformed by Skeletor into an monster, and sometimes the struggle between human and monster caused the neutral robot personality to arise. Later characterisations show all the faces as the same heroic personality.
  • Morph Weapon: Man-E-Faces has a weapon with three modes, much like himself. Staff, gun, and club � respectively well-suited to his human, robot, and monster faces.
  • Official Couple: With Peekablue in Classics.

Played by: Lou Scheimer (80's); Gabe Khouth ('02)

Heroic human periscope. During a disaster, his neck was badly injured, so Man-At-Arms made him a mechanical extending neck.

  • Long-Lost Relative: His son, kidnapped by Count Marzo.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: He extends his neck. This works well for reconnaissance missions where he can act as a human periscope, but isn't very useful in combat.
    • Called out a few times, namely in the 2002 cartoon episode "Mekaneck's Lament" and in DC's 2013 comic series. In the latter, Teela is always teasing him about it or talking smack about it behind his back, but she doesn't mean any of it.
    • Heart Is an Awesome Power: In "Mekaneck's Lament," his power helps him defeat Count Marzo.
    • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: Situations that prove how useful Mekaneck is to the team tend to fall under this umbrella

Moss Man/Kreann'Ot N'Norosh
Played by: Lou Scheimer (80's); John Payne ('02)

A plant-based hero who can manipulate plant matter.

  • Nature Spirit: The '02 version is the guardian and living embodiment of everything pure and good about Eternia's flora.note 
    • He's also depicted as something along these lines in DC's 2013 comic series.
  • Pointy Ears: Consistently depicted with them, probably a side-effect of the fact that his toy was a modified version of Beast Man's.
  • Older Than They Look: It's been recently revealed that he fought alongside King Grayskull.

Played by: Lou Scheimer (80's); Gabe Khouth ('02)

A magician from the dimension of Trolla, who was stuck at Eternia by accident and became King Randor's jester.

  • Adaptational Villainy: In the DC comic series, he is said to have betrayed the Master of the Universe to Skeletor, resulting in their initial defeat. And there is that figure with blue skin and dressed in red who rescues Skeletor after his loss to He-Man...
    • Good All Along: It's revealed during the crossover with the DC Universe that Orko had discovered that Skeletor was tapping into the skull of Hordak Prime. Realizing that the ancient evil was about to re-awaken, Orko tried to use his own magic to seal the skull away, only to end up possessed by it.
  • Beautiful All Along: It's explicitly said that under his goofy hat, Orko's face is very handsome, or at least the equivalent on his home planet. (At least we get to see his hair.)
  • Deadpan Snarker: Depending on the Writer to a very high degree, but in some episodes/continuities, Orko can be extremely snarky.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: He, normally an Inept Mage actually separated Weaver's Shadow!
  • Don't Touch It, You Idiot!: He almost never listens to Man-At-Arms when he is told this.
  • Fish out of Water: Orko is an extremely competent wizard at his home dimension; unfortunately Eternia is a place with different laws of physics, so his magic malfunctions there. He also loses his wand very shortly after arriving in Eternia, making his magic far more likely to backfire.
  • I Choose to Stay: In the '80s series and the '02 reboot, Orko is given chances to return permanently to Trolla, but he always chooses to stay in Eternia to help his friends.
  • Inept Mage: Zig-Zagged. He's an incredibly powerful and adept mage in his home dimension, but Eternia operates on different laws of physics (like trying to run software on an operating system it wasn't designed for), and he hasn't worked out all the bugs. When his magic works, the result is spectacular, but it's even more spectacular when it doesn't work as planned.
  • The Jester: In Randor's court.
  • The Klutz: He's always breaking Man-At-Arms's stuff.
  • Never Bareheaded: He never removes his hat, as part of the Trollan custom that they never show their faces to anyone except their one true love. When he and Dree Elle showed each other their faces, they were kept offscreen; only shadows were shown. There is another Trollan who does show his face, so that gives us a hint of what he might look like.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Especially in the original series.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: Inverted; Orko was an archmage in Trolla. Too bad magic works differently in Eternia, or Etheria, or Earth.
  • One of the Kids: Even though he's an adult Trollan, he hangs around and plays games with visiting kids.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: In the Filmation series he sometimes had an urban and/or Jersey accent. It's probably because he was voiced by Filmation producer Lou Scheimer himself, who was from Pittsburgh.
  • Parental Abandonment: His Uncle Montork seems to be the only father figure he has.
  • The Power of Love: This is what allowed him to channel his magic through Dree Elle to save her in the episode The Greatest Magic.
  • Secret Keeper: For Adam (He-Man), and by extension, Adora (She-Ra).
  • Suicidal Overconfidence: Especially when he confronted Shadow Weaver the second time.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Orko is afraid of dragons in an episode. But to quote the recurring line of the episode, "Who isn't?"
  • Your Magic's No Good Here: On Trolla he is regarded as their greatest wizard, but on Eternia his spells rarely work the way he wants. It's eventually revealed that magic on Trolla works roughly the opposite as it does on Eternia. Ironically, he actually managed to humiliate Shadow Weaver.

Queen Marlena Glenn

Played by: Linda Gary (80's); Erika Scheimer (She-Ra); Nicole Oliver ('02)

An astronaut from Earth who got stranded on Eternia and married King Randor, giving birth to Prince Adam and his sister Adora.

  • Ace Pilot: In "The Rainbow Warrior" she shows her stuff by taking out most of Skeletor's air forces by herself.
  • Canon Immigrant: Created for the DC Comics, then appeared in the cartoon and was added to the toyline's minicomics, to finally have a figure of her own after the 2011 SDCC.
  • Hidden Depths: In the 80s cartoon, she ends up leading a squadron of ships to rescue her husband and son from the clutches of Skeletor revealing her to be an extremely competent aerial fighter pilot on top of her astronaut skills despite having not been in the game for 20 years.
  • I Choose to Stay: In the episode "Visitors from Earth", two astronauts offered her a chance to return to Earth but she said Eternia was her home now.
  • Parents Know Their Children: See Secret Secret-Keeper below.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: Several episodes hint at her knowing that Prince Adam is He-Man but the most blatant hint comes at the end of the episode where she reveals her fighter pilot skills: she deliberately rescues Adam first which allows him to transform into He-Man and rescue everyone else. When Adam later asks her why on earth she rescued him first, all she says is that she "had a feeling he'd know what to do". She doesn't come right out and admit she knows Adam is He-Man, but she does say "a mother always recognises her own son".
  • Shout-Out: Her name could be a reference to pilot/astronaut John Glenn.

Played by: John Erwin (80's); Scott McNeil ('02)

A warrior who uses his head as a battering ram.

  • Boisterous Bruiser: Mostly in the minicomics, but he still is in other versions to a lesser extent.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: In the original series. He was much shorter than He-Man in both toy and cartoon form, but was still very strong.
  • Use Your Head: He has the decency to wear a helmet and have a metal plate fixed on the top of his head, at least. The 80s incarnation had springs for legs to facilitate headbutts, as well.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes???: Ram-Man is afraid of the dark, as revealed in his A Day in the Limelight episode of the '02 cartoon.

Rio Blast/Riolus Blast

A member of the Starband Marshalls from planet Loredos, who joined the Heroic Warriors of Eternia to catch Horde Prime.

Roboto/Robot Model 9041
Played by: Alan Oppenheimer (80's); Michael Donovan ('02)

A robot built by Man-At-Arms to play chess, who upgraded himself as a warrior robot.

Played by: Lou Scheimer (She-Ra)

A young member of the Rock People.

  • Distressed Dude: There are several versions of how the Stone people arrive to Eternia (or Etheria), and in most of them Rokkon is captured or incapacitated so Stonedar and He-Man (or She-Ra) have to rescue him.


A guard of the royal palace until one of Skeletor's attacks left him injured. Man-At-Arms saved him by using a machine that changed him into a spinning cyborg.

Snout Spout/Jaxton
Played by: Lou Scheimer (She-Ra)

An Etherian peasant who was captured by Hordak and turned into a cyborg with an elephant-like head that allows him to shoot water out of the trunk. He escaped to Eternia and joined the Heroic Warriors.

  • Cyborg: His elephant head is cybernetic.
  • Odd Couple: With Rio Blast in the Star comics. He's the neat and by-the-book one.
  • Unwilling Roboticisation: Hordak kidnapped him to make him into a cyborg, rather than trick him like he did with Extendar.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Snout Spout can... fire water out of his trunk. However, he subverts the trope by using his powers (in creative yet not-so-awesome ways) to shoot ice, vapor or just water when the situation requires it.

The Sorceress of Castle Grayskull/Teela'Na
Played by: Linda Gary (80's); Christina Pickles (Live-Action Movie); Venus Terzo (New Adventures); Nicole Oliver ('02)
  • Blessed with Suck: Think about it. Blessed with the ability to discern almost all the things happening on Eternia, having extremely powerful magic at her command...and yet, she was unable to leave the Castle without being reduced to flying around as a bird with very low-level telepathy. One imagines the limitations got quite frustrating. The very few times she was able to overcome these limitations were explicitly stated to be special circumstances.
  • Canon Immigrant: At least her bird-like looks.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: The Sorceress is Teela's mother, a fact known only by herself, Man-At-Arms and Adam/He-Man.
  • Toyless Toyline Character: She almost suffered this fate in the first toyline, being released at the tail end, and despite being redesigned for both the New Advetures and the 2002 series, she wasn't released in neither of these, albeit her 2002 version got an statue in scale with the figures.
  • Truly Single Parent: Unless you count Skeletor, who used the power of Point Dread to clone the Sorceress to create Teela.
    • Except in the 2002 series, where it happened the old-fashioned way.

Played by: George DiCenzo (She-Ra)

Leader of the Rock People.

Stratos of the house of Avion
Played by: Lou Scheimer (80's); Scott McNeil ('02)
"As a bird-man, I've got a thing about cages."

Leader of the bird people from Avion.

Sy-Klone, Son of Dy-Lex
Played by: Lou Scheimer (80's); John Payne ('02)

Guardian of the Legacy Stones in the city of Anwat Gar, able to create whirlwinds. After the Legacy Stones are destroyed, Sy-Klone joins the Heroic Warriors.

Played by: Linda Gary (80's); Chelsea Field (Live-Action Movie); Cathy Weseluck (New Adventures); Lisa Ann Beley ('02)
"This whole thing smells of Skeletor."

Captain of the royal guard and Man-At-Arms's adopted daughter, who has a crush on He-Man.

  • Green-Eyed Monster: In the 80s series she was annoyed whenever an attractive woman showed interest in Adam, like in "Song of Celice" where she gives the title character the stink-eye when they first meet.
  • Happily Adopted: By Man-At-Arms
  • Hartman Hips: Teela in the 80s cartoon had serious curves.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Her two favorite pastimes are giving Adam grief in his training and talking smack on the other Heroic Warriors (as Mecha-Neck). She doesn't mean anything by it, but her attitude has gotten her in trouble a few times.


He-Man's fighting falcon.

    Evil Warriors 

Skeletor/Keldor of the House of Miro
Played by: Alan Oppenheimer (80's); Frank Langella (Live-Action Movie); Campbell Lane (New Adventures); Brian Dobson ('02)
"Tell me about the loneliness of good, He-Man...Is it equal to the loneliness of evil?"

The older half-brother of King Randor, who tried to conquer Eternia and ended with his face horrifingly scarred and rechristened himself Skeletor, lord of destruction.

  • Bad Boss: In the 2002 series, he constantly abuses and insults his minions. They're shown to practically live in fear of him.
  • Bifurcated Weapon: In the 2002 series.
  • Big Bad: The first one of the franchise, and the most well-known even for non-fans.
  • Bishōnen: As Keldor
  • Butterface: He has a bodybuilder's physique and a skull for a face.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: From the Christmas Special: "I don't want to feel good! I want to feel evil!"
  • Deadpan Snarker: He cracks more one-liners than anyone else on the show.
  • Demoted to Dragon: In New Adventures he was made The Dragon to Flogg. However, he manipulated Flogg so much that ultimately his role in the story didn't change much.
  • Emergency Transformation: from Keldor to Skeletor in the 2002 cartoon, and from charred Skeletor to cyborg Skeletor in the New Adventures minicomics.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Not always consistent, as he has outright asked He-Man if he ever considered doing anything evil. Skeletor has, however, predicted how the heroes will react to events. In "The Problem with Power," Skeletor correctly predicts how He-Man would react to thinking he killed someone.
  • Evil Is Hammy: As any Evil Overlord worth his salt, Skeletor is as theatrical as possible.
  • Evil Laugh: Especially prevalent in the Filmation cartoon.
  • Evil Uncle: to Prince Adam
  • Freudian Excuse: Not that he wasn't evil before, but in the 80's series, it was later revealed that his old mentor Hordak abandoned him in Eternia. This is part of the reason why he can never trust anyone,
  • Glowing Eyelights of Undeath
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Upon seeing that his handsome face has been reduced to nothing but a skull floating above his shoulders, Keldor/Skeletor cackles madly.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: His father is the Eternian equivalent to human, while his mother is a Gar (Sy-Klone-s race).
  • In the Hood: In the 2002 series, his hood obscures his face for dramatic effect, to have him later reveal that his face has been reduced to a skull. Other episodes show his face shadowed by thehood to give him a sinister look.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: In the 2002 series, he was an attractive man before his acid attack on Randor backfired.
  • It's All About Me: In the 2002 series, he makes it clear he wants power for himself, and when he's the closest to winning and thinks he get his hands on the Elders' power, he says he has no intent of sharing the spoils.
  • Laughably Evil: While the original minicomics played him as a serious villain, the Filmation cartoon (thanks to censors constantly breathing down Filmation's neck) turned him into a comedic figure, making him a Laughing Mad Deadpan Snarker. The Jetlag New Adventures cartoon kept him as such, implying that it was a facade to keep Flogg trusting him (though a few episodes show him acting the same way when alone), and he could turn dead serious if enraged. The 2002 cartoon made him a little more menacing and more of a legitimate threat, but otherwise stayed fairly true to the sniggering, wisecracking persona of the Filmation cartoon.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Mostly in the New Adventures, where he frequently plays with Flogg's ego to get what he wants, but he also have his moments in the other series (like the 80's episode "The Problem with Power").
    • Had a good number of moments of this in the 2002 series.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: During the first season of the New Adventures of He-Man, Skeletor finds a crystal that changes him from his basic "New Adventures" looks to an armor based on the Disks of Doom Skeletor figure.
  • Obviously Evil: His unsubtle visage is the article's picture.
  • Pet the Dog: Skeletor really cares for his pets (Panthor in Eternia, Grr in Nordor), which is ironically more notorious when he betrays everyone else (in "Escape from Gaolotia" and "Council of Evil"). He can leave his allies to rot/die, but he will keep his pet at his side.
    • Also in the Christmas Special, when against his evil judgement, he provides warm clothing for the children he's kidnapped, takes along the lost puppy they've found—and despite his complaining, clearly likes it when the dog licks his face—and when confronted with a snowbeast, immediately tells for the children to get behind him so as to protect them.
  • Take Over Eternia: And the universe after that.
  • That Man Is Dead: Keldor died when he got a face full of acid. Skeletor was born shortly afterwards. Figuratively speaking, of course.
  • True Meaning of Christmas: He discovers this in the Christmas Special and makes a brief Heel–Face Turn, though only begrudgingly whilst wondering what was coming over him.
  • Vocal Dissonance: He's a musclebound warlord with a skull for a face, but his voice is brittle, high-pitched and, ironically for someone with no nose, nasal. Curiously enough, on the other hand, in the Mexican Spanish dub of the original series, he has a deep voice instead. Oddly enough in the Mexican dub of the 2002 series, he's voiced by the same voice actor who voiced Hordak, who has a high-pitched, but still menacing, voice. 2002 implies this is a result of his transformation, as he's shown to have a deeper, cunning sounding voice as Keldor in a flashback, only his voice to go up in pitch and start cackling the instant Hordak changes him.

Beast Man/Raqquill Rqazz
Played by: John Erwin (80's); Tony Carroll (Live-Action Movie); Scott McNeil ('02)

Skeletor's savage henchman who can control wild creatures.

  • Beast Man: By name and by nature.
  • The Beastmaster: Throughout most versions of the franchise, he has been shown controlling Eternian wild-life either with telepathy or by taming.
  • Dumb Muscle: Physically the strongest of Skeletor's henchmen... mentally, not so much.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: With Trap-Jaw in the Filmation cartoon; they were among Skeletor's most-used henchmen and often appeared as a team.
  • Whip It Good: His weapon of choice.

Played by: Anthony DeLongis (Live-Action Movie)
"I've waited a long time for this..."

A sword-wielding mercenary who expects to defeat He-Man some day.

  • Canon Immigrant: He originally appeared solely in the movie, but he was given a toy as well as a role in the comic book series.
  • Dual Wielding: Fights with two broadswords at once.
  • Expy: He was created as a substitute for Tri-Klops in the film.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Wears a patch over his left eye, having lost it at some point in the past.
  • Knife Nut: Alone among the Evil Warriors in the film, he exclusively uses bladed weapons (hence his name).
  • Master Swordsman: Is one of the few Evil Warriors in the movie who can go toe to toe with He-Man. Averted in the comic, where He-Man defeats him with one blow and taunts him for not being a very good fighter.
  • The Voiceless: In the comic book adaptation (where he has yellow skin like Evil-Lyn), he never speaks, and He-Man even refers to him as "silent one." This is a direct contrast to the movie, where Blade is the only mercenary other than Karg who actually speaks.
  • Whip It Good: He uses a laser whip to give the captive He-Man A Taste of the Lash.


A robot who is a walking time-bomb. Sometimes he's portrayed as part of the Snake Men.

  • Easily Detachable Robot Parts: There are some stories where he doesn't explode, but instead divides to fight two enemies at once.
  • Verbal Tic: Quite literally, because he says "Tic" between sentences. Since, you know, he's a walking bomb.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Blast-Attak is a robot who can explode; why go through the trouble of building a sophisticated robot if it's just to have it blow itself up?

Clawful/(real name pronounced through a series of claw clicks)
Played by: Lou Scheimer (80's); Scott McNeil ('02)

A member of the Karikoni, an Eternian race of crustacean warriors from Orkas Island.

  • A Wizard Did It: His MOTU Classics bio reveals his change from the Dumb Muscle of the 2002 series to the keen warrior of the 80's series as the result of a spell cast by Evil-Lyn.
  • Demoted to Extra: As with Whiplash (see below)
  • Dumb Muscle: 2002 series only.
  • Expy: The 2002 series' "The Island" introduced Clawful's cousin, who was intelligent and had ambition. He's basically Clawful of the '80s series.
  • Right Hand of Doom: His right claw is much larger than his left — much much larger in the 2002 series. This is based on real fiddler crabs.
  • Simpleton Voice: 2002 series; ridiculously exaggerated, at that.
  • The Starscream: '80s series only.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The 2002 series. Seriously, he doesn't even recognize the language of his own species.
  • Toyless Toyline Character: One of the more notable exclusions from the 2002 toyline. This is why he was the first one honored with a statue in scale with the 2002 figures.


A recent addition to the Evil Warriors created for the MOTU Classics toyline.

  • The Hermit: He became so disgusted by human society that he went to live in a cave
  • Who's Laughing Now?: Was shunned by his dragon brethren for his half-human appearance, and joined Skeletor's forces to get revenge on them.

Evil-Lyn/Evelyn Morgan Powers
Played by: Linda Gary (80's); Meg Foster (Live-Action Movie); Kathleen Barr ('02)
"I have no loyalty to Skeletor. It's his power I want."

An evil sorceress who works for Skeletor, but expects to overthrow him some day.

  • All There in the Manual: Her last name comes from the original series bible, which said she was an astronaut from Earth like He-Man's mother Queen Marlena. But this was never used and later continuities have her father as a sorcerer called the Faceless One.
  • Daddy's Girl: But a subversion of Daddy's Little Villain, as her father is good.
  • Even Evil Has Standards/Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She is willing to help Skeletor in his attempt for world domination, but she will not betray her father and returns his magical Ramstone back to him when Skeletor loses it.
  • Evil Albino: Possibly. Pale skin, purple eyes, and white hair from at least late adolescence/young adulthood, according to one flashback.
  • The Starscream: The 2002 series she even lampshades that Skeletor taught that deception and treachery "were the cornerstones of power" and she learned his lessons. They are both amused.
    • This is played with in an episode before her betrayal. She points out that she's been Skeletor ally a long time and has loyalty to him. This changes when she finds out he let her get captured on purpose.
  • Welcome Back, Traitor: In the 2002 series, Skeletor, after He-Man saves her from the Pool of Shadows (where Skeletor aimed to sacrifice her into the Forsaken Realm to as a deal with the dimension's native population as punishment for her releasing King Hiss), Skeletor lets her back into his ranks with no problems, with the two of them even sharing some laughs about what happened.

Played by: John Erwin (80's)

A robot duplicate of He-Man, created to trick the Eternians.

  • Face–Heel Turn: It was implied by the '02 series writers and confirmed by his Classics bio that he is the same robot Man-At-Arms used as a decoy He-Man. It's still an arguable example since he wasn't sentient when he worked for Man-At-Arms.
  • Mythology Gag: In his appearance in "The Courage of Adam," he looks exactly like He-Man. When he's knocked out, however, he briefly turns blue before de-activating.


A former warlord of the Vine Jungle, who was in suspended animation until Evil-Lyn freed him to bolster Skeletor's forces.

Played by: Lou Scheimer (80's)

An Evil Warrior who has a metallic right hand

  • Right Hand of Doom: He has a huge metallic hand, just like Fisto. his NECA statue made his metal hand even bigger.

Played by: Robert Towers (Live-Action Movie)

A bizarre, hook-handed creature serving as a mercenary for Skeletor.

  • Bad Liar: Oh yes. His stated reasons for why the mercenaries failed are transparent, to say the least. Evil-Lyn is quick to call him on it and rub it in his face.
  • Canon Foreigner: Was introduced for the movie. He appeared in a couple of comics (including the movie adaptation and one comic where he fought Clamp Champ), but never in the toyline.
  • Dirty Coward: The only reason the mercenaries fail on Earth is because Karg wimps out and orders a retreat. Once back in Eternia, he lies to Skeletor's face and claims they were "outnumbered."
  • General Failure: His track record leading Skeletor's Mooks isn't very good.
  • Hook Hand: He has a barbed hook in place of his left hand, complete with a snazzy jeweled wrist cuff.
  • Mook Lieutenant: Whenever Skeletor and Evil-Lyn aren't around, Karg seems to be the default leader of the Evil Warriors
  • Toyless Toyline Character: Apparently Mattel was going to make a Karg figure, but never did.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Skeletor. Despite just being a mercenary, he's devoted to the guy and is appalled when Evil-Lyn proposes running away and abandoning Skeletor at the end. A Death Glare from her, though, gets him to reluctantly agree, though.

Mer-Man/Squidish Rex
Played by: Alan Oppenheimer (80's); Scott McNeil ('02)

King of the underwater creatures of Eternia.

  • Literally Shattered Lives: In the 2002 episode "Rise of the Snake Men Part 1", after being turned to stone and knocked over (don't worry, Skeletor resurrects him in the next episode).


An stealthy ninja who works for Skeletor.


Skeletor's pet panther, that he sometimes rides in battle.

Saurod/C'ngrel Chouloth
Played by: Pons Maar (Live-Action movie)

A reptilian warrior who is killed by Skeletor for his failure in getting the Cosmic Key.

  • Breath Weapon: He throws sparks from his mouth, an ability not shown in the movie but added for the figure.
  • Canon Immigrant: He originally appeared solely in the 1987 movie, but he got an action figure and so he was incorporated into the larger franchise along with Blade.
  • Killed Off for Real: Zapped by Skeletor in the movie.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Because the comic book adaptation of the movie didn't include the scene where he died, subsequent issues used him.
  • The Unintelligible: Only in the movie, where he expressed himself through hisses. When he appeared in comics, he talked normal.

Scareglow/Karak Nul
"In my glow, even brave men tremble!"

A skeletal warrior whose body can glow and cause everybody who stares at it to see his/her greatest fears.

  • I Know What You Fear: Consistently depicted with such powers in some fashion or other, likely inspired by the name.
  • Light 'em Up: His 80s mini-comic appearance and his MOTUC bio both feature his ability spread fear by glowing brighter
  • Multiple-Choice Past: He came too late to the toyline to get enough spotlight, yet he got so popular (specially due to looking similar to Skeletor) that every writer tried to give his own interpretation: a being summoned from the reaches of space and time, a copy created by Skeletor in his own image, or the king of another dimension. The current version is that he's the ghost of a bounty hunter, summoned by Skeletor like in the first version.
  • Sinister Scythe: Wielded one in his '02-era comic appearance, which carried over to his Classics toy — the original 80s toy had a halberd.
  • The Starscream: His '02 era comic appearance ends with him plotting against Skeletor


Skeletor's savage bird.

Played by: Lou Scheimer (80's)

A warrior covered in spikes that give him the advantage in close combat. He has an extendable left arm with a trident as a hand.

  • The Blacksmith: Shown as such in a single minicomic, though then he created the Terror Claws, which would become Skeletor's new weapons for the rest of the toyline run.
  • Dumb Muscle: Out of all the Evil Warriors, he is undoubtedly the most stupid and useless of them all (maybe because Filmation were afraid that his design would frighten children otherwise).
  • Spikes of Villainy: He has them around his whole body.

Played by: Brian Drummond ('02)

A petty Paleezean thief who got the power to emit an awful odor.

  • Adaptational Badass: In the 2002 reboot. The original was basically the Butt Monkey of the bad guys, hated so bad the only reason he was kept around was his smell weakened He-Man and only appeared in two mini comics, the second one portraying him as a loser whose failure at guarding Snake Mountain causes Hordak to steal Skeletor's vehicles. In the 2002 reboot, he's actually the one minion Skeletor liked because he was so powerful and successful. In fact, he's one of the only villains to ever actually succeed at a mission (driving every dragon out of the country so Skeletor's newest weapon wouldn't have its natural predator present to defeat it).
  • Ascended Fanboy: Odiphus is shown to desperately want to be fighting for the bad guys, which he ultimately does as Stinkor.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Odiphus appears as a prisoner in "Snake Pit" before his appearance in "The Sweet Smell of Victory".
  • Evil Counterpart: In 80s toy form, to Moss Man. They were introduced at the same time and had the gimmick of being scented. Moss Man smelled like pine, while Stinkor... stunk. Due to the special manufacturing process (the smelling substance was mixed into the plastic used), many Stinkor toys still smell bad to this day.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Stinkor is a skunk-man who had the power of smelling so horribly he had to use a respirator to keep himself from being knocked out. You would think this is a useless or stupid ability, but the 2002 reboot shows just how deadly this can be.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Stinkor's stench is just as horrible to himself as it is others, which is why he always wears a breathing apparatus and mask.
  • Meaningful Rename: He insists on not being called Odiphus anymore. He's Stinkor.
  • Smoke Out: In the '02 series he's capable of doing this wwith his stink.
  • Third-Person Person
  • Took a Level in Badass: Odiphus was a villain wannabe and - like the rest of his species - quite small in stature. The chemical accident in Tri-Klops' lab gave him his power, as well as made him taller and physically stronger.
  • Toyless Toyline Character: Along with Clawful, he's one of the most notable characters missing from the '02 toyline — and unlike Clawful, Stinkor even had an entire episode of the show dedicated to him! To compensate, he not only got one statue in scale with the 2002 figures, but got two, one as Stinkor and the other as Odiphus.

Trap Jaw/Kronis
Played by: Lou Scheimer (80's); Paul Dobson ('02)
"Nothing can stop me! I am unbeatable!"

An Evil Warrior who tried to turn by Skeletor, who left him severely injured. Tri-Klops remade him as a Cyborg with a mechanical jaw and a robotic right arm with interchangeable weapons.

  • Arm Cannon: one of his optional mechanical arms.
  • Ax-Crazy: Established as such in the original mini-comics.
  • Handicapped Badass: The fact that he's STILL a viable threat despite being an amputee establishes him as this.
  • Hook Hand: another optional hand
  • Jerkass: Compared to Skeletor's other minions, he's easily on of the biggest assholes in this franchise. To date, he's betrayed no less than three allies: Mer-man after a team-up in an episode of the 80s Filmation cartoon and Stratos after the Enemy Mine episode in the 2002 series.
  • Swiss Army Appendage: Trap Jaw has several attachments he uses; approximately a dozen in the original cartoon, though naturally the toy is limited to three.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: With Beast Man in the Filmation cartoon.

Tri-Klops/Trydor Esooniux Scope
Played by: Lou Scheimer (80's); Paul Dobson ('02)

A warrior with three eyes that give him different vision powers.

  • Master Swordsman: Mainly in the original minicomics. Kind of in the 2002 series.
  • Noble Demon: Most obvious in the 80s minicomics, though the 2002 version counts as either this or some version of woobie (it could also be considered anti-villainous... maybe). So far, the only known incarnation of Tri-klops that DOESN'T qualify for this is the Filmation cartoon one, and that's only because that version had no personality to speak of.


A spinning robot created by Skeletor stealing the machine used to create Rotar.

Two-Bad/Tuvar and Baddrah
Played by: Lou Scheimer (both, 80's); Brian Drummond (Tuvar, '02); Mark Gibbon (Baddrah, '02)

A pair of bounty hunters who were merged by Skeletor due to their failure.

  • Villain Decay: In the 2002 series. Individually, they both beat up the rest of the evil warriors, and proved a challenge for He-Man. When Skeletor merged them, they're harmless. Justified because they spend more time fighting with each other than doing anything useful.

Webstor/Araneus, Son of Raknus
Played by: John Erwin (80's); Brian Dobson ('02)

One of the few remaining Arachna, a race of spider people.

  • Early-Bird Cameo: He is seen in the catacombs of Snake Mountain in "Snake Pit" before his appearance in "Council of Evil, Part 1."
  • Evil Counterpart: To Buzz-Of
  • Evil Genius: Mostly in the less well-known British or German comics. His speciality are Death Traps, since as an Escape Artist he knows what would a captured enemy try.
  • Giant Spider: More notorious in the 2002 series, but he was also supposed to be one in the 80s version of the franchise.
  • Killed Off for Real: Word of God says that when he collapses in "Web of Evil" from injuries inflicted by the Snake Men, he did die. While they did admit to leaving it ambiguous in the case of another writer wanting to use him, the fact that the show ended soon afterwards makes it a moot point.
  • Noble Demon: Actually shows shades of this in some VERY obscure media. The first time this aspect of him is shown in the UK comic, it's an extreme case of Honor Before Reason, as he intentionally leaves a way out of the trap he has put He-Man into, and after He-Man finds it, Webstor (right there) lets him go, telling he will face Skeletor's wrath for this. Unfortunately, this has been damn near forgotten everywhere else.
  • Redemption Rejection: Refuses He-man's offer to join the Masters in the British comics, rather infuriatingly. He was probably knew that spider people always, always belong with the villains.

Whiplash/Torrant Krazut
Played by: John Erwin (80's); Gary Chalk ('02)

Member of the reptilian species known as Caligars, who betrayed his people to join the Evil Warriors.
  • Affably Evil: In the 80s cartoon only. He's completely willing to sacrifice people heartlessly to an evil demon called Kraal (in Betrayal Of Stratos), but, as To Save Skeletor shows, he actually seems to genuinely care about his teammates, and has a generally easy-going, laidback personality all-around.
  • Demoted to Extra: Going from the Filmation series to the 2002 series is... PAINFUL, to say the least, for a Whiplash fan. It's nothing but a sin to see how badly he was dumbed down, after his strong and intelligent Filmation showing.

    The Evil Horde 

Hordak/Hec-Tor Kur
Played by: George DiCenzo (She-Ra); Colin Murdock ('02)
"For some of us it's too late. I'm too old, too set in my ways."

Skeletor's former teacher in the arts of dark magic, who was banished to Etheria, in the Dimension of Despondos, where he rules with an iron fist in the name of the Evil Horde supreme leader, Horde Prime.

  • Amnesiac Dissonance: In issue #11 of the Star comic.
  • Arch-Enemy: The 2002 series hinted that he was this to King Greyskull. King Hiss also refers to him as this.
  • Bad Boss: In the 2002 series, he kills one of his generals for giving him bad news.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: In the 2002 He-Man series, he's a Sealed Evil in a Can, but the Man Behind the Man with Skeletor since he's the reason he survived the injuries he got from Randor, and created the Dark Hemisphere. Word of God is that if the show continued he would have taken over as the Big Bad.
  • Hero Killer: In the 2002 series, he mortally wounds King Grayskull before being imprisoned in Despondos.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He called forth a portal to Despondos to trap King Grayskull, but the king turned the tables and sent him through instead.

Catra/C'yra of D'Riluth III

Played By: Melendy Britt
Force Captain of the Evil Horde who has the ability to shapeshift into a panther.

  • The Dragon: Alongside Shadow Weaver, Catra is often the leader of Horde soldiers on the field.


Cyborg bounty hunter who works for the Evil Horde. A new addition as for 2012.


A motorized cyborg with a built-in wheel on his chest, that allows him to move at super-speed.

  • Brain Washed: Unclear if it's the case in the minicomics, but it clearly is in the UK comics.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Extendar. Their powers are different, but they share the same origin.
  • Take That!: to Transformers. He's a warrior who can run like a dragster via the wheel on his chest.

Entrapta/Es'tra Vesselak

A close sidekick of Catra who can catch her enemies with her long braids. Just like Catra, Entrapta was added to the Horde in later media.

Grizzlor/Gur'Rull Gu'Rrooow Arrrk
Played by: Lou Scheimer (She-Ra)

A hairy monster who acts as the Horde jailer.

Horde Troopers
Played by: Lou Scheimer (She-Ra)

Basic soldiers of the Horde Empire.


Played by Erika Scheimer (She-Ra)
Every Evil Overlord should have one of their own.
Smallest member of the Evil Horde, and arguably the one most loyal to Hordak. He looks like something of a cross between a pig and a bat. When he's not busy disparaging the other Hordesman for their failures, he functions as Hordak's spy against the rebels. Acts rather like a mischievous child when left to his own devices.

  • Bratty Half-Pint: Combine his entitled attitude with his diminutive size, and this is what you get.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Evil and proud of it. Of course may also be suffering a case of...
  • Canon Immigrant: not an actual part of the MOTU toyline until the 2014 Invasion Hordak figure included him. He was originally believed by fans to be based on the red bat included with the original Hordak figure, but it was implicitly Jossed by Mattel when they said the 2014 one was the first Imp ever.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Sports a pair of these
  • Co-Dragons: Shares this role with Shadow Weaver as they are arguably the most competent and reliable of Hordak's minions. However, Hordak shows more favoritism towards him over his other minions.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Surprisingly, when Skeletor managed to depose Hordak in "Of Shadows and Skulls", Imp was the only Hordesman to remain loyal to Hordak, even berating the others for not kicking Skeletor's butt in Hordak's name. He also tends to be the one to try to cheer Hordak up whenever the Evil Overlord is feeling down.
  • Flight: Those wings aren't just for show
  • Foreign Money Is Proof of Guilt: This is what he used to frame Kowl.
  • Good Wings, Evil Wings
  • Honor Before Reason: "Shadows and Skulls" would have been so much easier on Imp if he hadn't tried to oppose Skeletor for Hordak's sake.
  • The Imp: His name not withstanding, Imp's powers would make him a formidable opponent if he wasn't handicapped both by his size and his lack of fortitude.
  • Magic Pants: Imp's uniform will change shape with him, sometimes disappearing, sometimes providing black coloration to his disguises.
  • Master of Disguise: Comes with being both a spy and a Shapeshifter
  • Mobile Shrubbery: Invoked when he actually took the form of a bush... and then proceeded to follow Adora and friends on tip-toe
  • Morphic Resonance: Usually played straight, but occasionally averted. While most of Imp's forms retained his normal blue color scheme, twice he was shown (as a picture and as a ground squirrel) to be able to change his color.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Played this role to Hordak.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Cute, lazy, and more than a little bit of a brat, but underestimate Imp or get on his bad side and he'll quickly make more trouble than you might be able to handle.
  • Odd Friendship: Considering Hordak dislikes magic and flying creatures, one has to wonder why he's so protective of Imp.
  • Our Demons Are Different: While it's unlikely he's an actual infernal being over simply an alien or genetic creation, there's little denying what look Filmation was going for when they designed him.
  • Out of Focus: Did not appear in the 2002 remake of He-Man with the rest of the Horde, and has yet to appear in the DC comics adaptation of the franchise.
  • Pet the Dog: Hordak may be a Bad Boss, a Bully, and an Evil Overlord, but he positively dotes on this little guy and has gone out of his way to protect Imp or punish those who try to hurt him.
  • The Prankster: A particularly mean spirited one.
  • Shapeshifter Default Form: Imp's normal form looked like a cross between a pig and a bat.
  • Small, Annoying Creature: In universe, most everyone not named Hordak regards him as this.
  • Snarky Non-Human Sidekick: When his ego starts to swell a bit much.
  • The So-Called Coward: Played with. While Imp will avoid any fight not stacked in his favor, he still regularly journeys into enemy territory solo to retrieve information and items for his Master.
  • Stealth Expert: Surprisingly is still this even when not using his shapeshifting power. Is at least good enough to continually sneak into Brightmoon.
  • Spoiled Brat: Hordak's favoritism has given, or enhanced, Imp's entitled attitude.
  • Sweet Tooth: Since candy appears at least three times in his list of what he likes about fairs, it can be assumed he has one.
  • Technicolor Eyes: His schlera are yellow as opposed to the normal white.
  • Troll: Will frequently and happily point out the mistakes and failures of his fellow Hordesman, gleefully encouraging Hordak to met out punishments to them. Needless to say, he is not popular amongst his comrades.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: All of Hordak's minions hate him. When Skeletor takes over, they are willing to put up with Skeletor's abuse because it gives them a chance for vengeance on Imp.
  • The Trickster: How he is typically portrayed when he takes a more active role against the good guys. He once fooled everyone into think Kowl was a traitor, flooded Brightmoon Castle, and even started a destructive forest fire on Beast Island.
  • Undying Loyalty: For Hordak if nothing else. It's one of his few admirable qualities.
  • Vertebrate with Extra Limbs: Two arms, two legs, and two wings.
  • Villainous Friendship: Possibly the only creature on Etheria truly loyal to Hordak.
  • Villains Out Shopping: Twice while spying on the Rebels in two separate episodes Imp expounded on his love of the fairs that were being held at the time. He actually sounded like a giddy little kid when he listed what he loved about them in "The Red Knight" and even lamented being on the job spying for Hordak and thus unable to go enjoy himself in "Friends Are Where You Find Them."
  • Voluntary Shape Shifting: Imp's primary ability and what makes him so dangerous as a spy.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: To go with your blue skin

Played by: Lou Scheimer (She-Ra)

A creature who can drain his enemies' strength with the suction cups of his mouth and hands.

Mantenna/Glieeb-Tolio Jak-Us
Played by: Lou Scheimer (She-Ra)

A Horde member with pop-out eyes that allow him to spy his enemies at long distances or shoot a stun ray.

  • Adaptational Badass: His 2002 incarnation only appears briefly, but he looks more fearsome and puts up a better fight against King Grayskull than Hordak's other forces.
  • Butt Monkey: If Hordak is angry at a defeat, or merely bored, he uses Mantenna as an scapegoat and sends him through a trapdoor.
  • The Dog Bites Back: He has turned the tables on Hordak a few times.
  • Eye Beams: He can shoot a stun beam from his eyes.


Hordak's mount, a huge mantis.

Megator/Moleb the Demolisher

A giant who served Hordak millennia ago. After his death, he was found by King Hiss who briefly turned him into a zombie.

Modulok/Galen Nycroft
Played by: Lou Scheimer (80's)

A beast capable of rearranging his body parts to take several different shapes.

  • Adaptation Expansion: In his first minicomic appearance, he stated he was a former slave of Skeletor, and he joined the Horde to destroy Skeletor. The cartoon showed his origin and his tenure as one of Skeletor's Evil Warriors before joining the Horde in the She-Ra series.
  • Detachment Combat: Mostly uses it to divide himself into two bodies.
  • Mad Scientist: He was shown as such in the animated series, and the comics followed by showing him as the creator of Multi-Bot.

Mosquitor/Bliddeon Black

A cybernetic mosquito-man who can drain his enemies' blood and energy with his nose-piece.

Played by: Lou Scheimer (She-Ra)

A robot created by Modulok, with the same powers.

  • Robot Me: The robotic version of his creator Modulok.

Scorpia/Lynda D'Ream

Played by: Linda Gary
A Horde solider with scorpion claws and tail

Shadow Weaver/Beatrix

Played by: Linda Gary

A powerful sorceress and second-in-command to Hordak.

    The Snake Men 

King Hiss of the Viper House
Played by: Brian Dobson ('02)
"You know, He-Man, I knew King Grayskull, I fought King Grayskull, and you are not King Grayskull!"

Leader of the Snake Men, who can disguise himself as a human or shed his human skin to reveal his true form.

  • Arch-Enemy: To Zodak in the 2002 series. King Hiss seemed to feel his actual Arch-Enemy was Hordak.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking
  • Benevolent Boss: In a stark contrast to either Skeletor or Hordak. The Snake Men have Undying Loyalty to him for this reason.
  • Big Bad: In a Big Bad Duumvirate with Skeletor in the 80s minicomics, and supplants Skeletor as this in the 2002 series.
  • Evil Versus Oblivion: When Evil-Lin tries to release Hordak in the 2002 series, he tries to stop her, and fails because He-Man interferes not realizing what he was trying to do till after he prevent Hordak's escape, as even he doesn't want Hordak to return.
  • Fantastic Racism: If you're a Snake Man, he'll like you. If you're anything else, he'll consider you slave labor or food.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In the '02, his four secondary heads are temporarily turned against him and devour his main head. While, according to Word of God, this didn't kill him, the series ended before his planned return.
  • I Am A Humanitarian: A species trait, though in the 2002 series, he's the only shown actually doing it.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Definitely in the 2002 series. If not this in the 80s minicomics, he at least is a "Knight of Canon" as the comics begin to have a tighter, somewhat more serious continuity after he appears.
  • Pet the Dog: He's the only one in the group to treat Kobra Khan as "a proper Snake Man."
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Was imprisoned in limbo in both continuities until he escaped.
  • Smug Snake: Quite literally
  • The Snake That Walks: His true form is multiple snakes tangled together.
  • You Killed My Brother: Reason for Zodak's aime to kill him.

Kobra Khan/Khan of the Clan Kobra
Played by: Lou Scheimer (80's); Scott McNeil ('02)

A descendant of the Snake Men who served Skeletor until King Hiss was freed.

  • All the Other Reindeer: The other Snake Men, with the exception of King Hiss, think of him as just an inferior descendant of the true Snake Men.
  • Characterization Marches On: Khan predates Mattel's creation of the Snake Men, so he was originally just a snake-themed Evil Warrior working for Skeletor during the 80s. Upon the Snake Men's introduction to the toyline, Khan was retconned into being tied to them.
  • Hollywood Acid: He can spit this or spray poison/sleeping gas.
  • The Mole: Toward Skeletor.
  • Rubber Man: One episode of the 80s series showed him having stretchable arms similar to Sssqueeze.
  • The Starscream: More towards General Rattlor than King Hiss.

Rattlor/Slltyo of the Rattlor House
Played by: Lou Scheimer (She-Ra); Richard Newman ('02)

General of King Hiss' troops, with an extendable neck and a rattle-sounding tail.

  • Why Did It Have to Be Mongooses?: For him (and possibly the other Snake-Man since they are the natural enemy of snakes). Orko uses this against him in the episode "Second Skin" it helped he used a spell to make the mongoose bigger then Rattlor.

Snake Face/Cyltho Ssstavvve
Played by: Paul Dobson ('02)
"Look at me!"

A gorgon-like Snake Man who can petrify his opponents by showing them the snakes that come out of his face.

  • Death by Adaptation: In the 2002 series, he's turned into a stone statue and imprisoned. In the MVCreations comic adaptation of the same episode, the statue is kicked down the abyss by Zodak. Luckily for Snake Face, later comics follow the TV version and he's shown as an imprisoned statue.
  • Killed Off for Real: Technically in the MYP cartoon as he remains as stone for the remainder of the series. Definitely in the comic adaptation of the arc (see above). The Classics line also says he was killed by Saurod in Saurod's character bio.
  • Story-Breaker Power / Too Powerful to Live: Not so much if he was an one-shot villain, but that power is too much for a regular like him. The writers admitted that that they had to kill him off soon or his ability would could cause him to eclipse King Hiss as a threat.

Sssqueeze/Schisszz Shazzz
Played by: Brian Dobson ('02)

A Snake Man who can stretch his arms to ensnare his enemies.

  • Cynical Mentor: Compared to the other Snake Men, he seems to believe that Kobra Khan has a chance to become a "proper" Snake Man with some effort. For instance, learning how to devour his enemies alive.
  • Killed Off for Real: The Classics line says he was killed by Saurod in Saurod's character bio.
  • Rubber Man: At least with his arms.
  • Sssnake Talk: Notably part of his name, though he's just called "Squeeze" in the modern DC series.

Tung Lashor/Kasssher
Played by: George DiCenzo (She-Ra); Michael Donovan ('02)
"When you mention power, you better mention Tung Lashor by name!"

A Snake Man with a long tongue.

  • Butt Monkey: His 2002 version would frequently get his tongue injured.

    The Great Rebellion 

She-Ra/Princess Adora of the House of Randor

I am She-Ra!

He-Man's twin Sister
  • Action Girl: She's He-Man's sister, so of course
  • Badass Princess: She ain't called the Princess of Power for nothing
  • Cool Crown: She-Ra's headdress is a crown with wings on the side.
  • Cool Horse: Adora's horse Spirit. And he becomes an even cooler horse (Swift Wind, actually a winged unicorn) when she transforms into She-Ra.
  • Deadpan Snarker: As She-Ra, she often snarks at her opponents, while she is surprisingly reserved as Adora. Quite the opposite of Adam and He-Man, who is snarky in his Adam form, but generally more reserved as He-Man.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To He-Man
  • Heel–Face Turn: Was a member of the Horde until He-Man revealed who she really was.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: A gender-flipped version between Adora and Sea Hawk.
  • Hypnotize the Princess: 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.
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: Adora, whether as herself or as She-Ra.
  • Lady of War: A high-born, sword-wielding Action Girl with a calm demeanor.
  • Lawful Stupid: Adora before her Heel-Face Turn. She never questioned her Obviously Evil boss' motives and saw him as the rightful ruler of the planet. Rather justified in that she was under the control of Shadow Weaver's magic, but it doesn't explain why she call herself good instead of evil, since Hordak openly brags that he is.
  • Loves My Alter Ego: 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.
  • Mini Dress Of Power: She-Ra's outfit.
  • More Than Mind Control: How Adora was shaped by Hordak and Shadow Weaver into their Tyke Bomb.
  • Morph Weapon: She-Ra's sword, which she could change at will into a shield, lasso, or other implement.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Adora, but even more so as She-Ra, as her minidress shows off her legs and figure.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: The animated She-Ra never hides her face (unlike in the first wave POP minicomics), 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.

Angella the Third, Queen Regent of Brightmoon

The queen of Mizar in the minicomics, and of Brightmoon in animation.

Bow/Kyle Reccula

  • Ambiguously Gay: It's a running gag in fandom.
  • Broken Heel: 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.)
  • Faux Action Guy: Borders on this. In general, he's the one the usually needs rescuing.
  • The One Guy: Bow. Biologically, yes. Bow fits in as one of the girls most of the time though, and Sea Hawk takes up the role of The One Guy more often.
  • Vocal Evolution. In the early episodes Bow had a Ronald Coleman-ish English accent, but lost it partway through the first season. Dovetails with Early Installment Weirdness.

Light Hope

  • Expy: A Ur-Example: He's a light being with magical powers, who lives on a mountain top fortress, who gives help and advice. Sound kind of like Zordon. Since Haim Saban worked on the MOTU franchise, one wonders if he got some inspiration from Light Hope to create Zordon.


Queen of Mystacor

  • All Women Are Lustful: Kidnaps Prince Adam after seeing him in her pool and becoming smitten. He doesn't mind.
  • Evil Former Friend: Shadow Weaver is hers. She is rather saddened by it.
  • Rapid Aging: Was cursed with it prior to her first appearance. She gets better at the end of the episode

Double Trouble/Rebekkah Kettle

Flutterina/Abby De'Note

Frosta/Queen Mackenzie

Queen of Castle Chill

  • Ship Tease: One-sided with He-Man.
  • Winter Royal Lady: She's got ice powers and is a queen (kind of surprisingly not a princess, given the target audience).

Glimmer of the Royal House of Brightmoon

The Princess of Bright Moon

  • Action Survivor: She tries hard to be an Action Girl, but for the most part direct combat simply isn't her thing.
  • Damsel in Distress: Happens to her often. Usually its her own fault.
  • Disappeared Dad: Said to have died fighting the Horde. Though a one-shot character that shows up later is hinted to be him.
  • Missing Mom: Angella was kidnapped prior to the start of the series, leaving Glimmer in charge. Angella was rescued eventually.
  • Most Common Superpower: Granted most of the female cast are this, but Glimmer in particular stands out.
  • General Failure: She was the leader of the Great Rebellion. Pretty obvious why they weren't succeeding against the Horde until He-Man and She-Ra came along.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: While she likes Adora and She-Ra, the popularity of them/her, causes her to do some rather foolish things.
  • Plucky Girl: No one can say this girl's not stubborn.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Well, she tries anyway.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Can venture into this at time.


  • Last of His Kind: Possibly. However, he discovers that only two other members of his species are still alive.
  • Secret Keeper: One of Three people who know Adora is She-ra

Madame Razz

Played by: Linda Gary
A witch and member of the Rebellion who often forgets and mispronounces her spells, leading to strange results.
  • Cool Old Lady: Oldest member of the Rebellion, but she still goes on missions.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To Orko.
  • Ditzy Genius: She's a genuinely competent witch, but age has caused her to become forgetful, thus causing her to miscast spells.
  • Secret Keeper: One of the few who knows She-Ra's secret.
  • Team Mom: Her main job is to gather supplies, and she is absolutely beloved by the other rebels.


Netossa/Vivian Redretta



Sea Hawk

Played by: George Di Cenzo
Captain of the Sea Hawk and smuggler for the Rebels.

  • Badass Normal: Dude has no magical or scientific upgrades, but still fights alongside She-Ra as an equal.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He was introduced as a privateer working for the Horde, but was convinced by Adora to hold on to his pride and join the Rebellion.
  • The Sixth Ranger: He's a member of the Rebellion, but he prefers to stay on the seas and only really works with Adora/She-Ra.


Sweet Bee/Beatrice Castle

  • Bee People: Though her race have no connection to Buzz-Off's people.
  • Ship Tease: With He-Man. Oddly, it isn't brought up when they appear together the second time.


King D'Vann Grayskull

Played by: Cam Clarke ('02)
"Though I long for an Eternia free of bloodshed. If battle I must, then battle I will."

The heroic predecessor of He-Man.

  • Honor Before Reason: The Oracle tells him he will not survive the battle against Hordak, but he goes anyway.
    "What happens to me is not important, so long as Eternia can be free from evil and live in peace."
  • Mythology Gag: "The power's in you, Grayskull. You have the power."
  • Remember the New Guy: He's been retconed into toy continuity.

Demo-Man/Uqquz' Zekul-Msbox

Eldor/R'Tendril the Wise

The Faceless One/Nikolas Powers

Played by: Richard Newman ('02)

Former ruler of Zalesia, and Evil-Lyn's father.

  • Fog Feet: The Faceless One is always portrayed, both in animation and comic books, as a ghostly figure with mystic smoke around his legs. When he finally received an action figure that had no representation of the smoke, many fans were displeased.
  • Papa Wolf: Even though he cannot physically leave the ruins of Zalesia, he does anything in his power to ensure his daughter's safety.


The oldest and wisest of the dragons.



The god who keeps Eternia together with his multiple arms.

A giant aligned with the forces of good in Preternia times

Vikor, He-Man of the North

Wun-Dar, the savage He-Man

  • Mythology Gag: He's an attempt to make canon the mysterious "Wonder Bread He-Man" with brown hair and different armor (who nobody can prove was actually offered by Wonder Bread). He even comes with an "Eternian baked good".

Zodac Zur
Played by: Lou Scheimer (80's)
  • Ambiguously Brown: The 80's figure and animated version. Comics and box art showed him as caucasian instead, just like the Classics figure.


Played by: Christopher Judge ('02)
  • Ink-Suit Actor: He is voiced by Christopher Judge and looks pretty similar to Teal'c.
  • Karma Houdini: Never really answers for the more morally questionable actions he committed in the 2002 cartoon.
  • Retcon: At first, he was supposed to be the 2002 version of Zodac, but was retconned as a disciple of the Cosmic Enforcer.
  • Revenge Before Reason: He allowed King Hiss to be freed just to have a chance to kill him, endangering the lives of everyone on Eternia. Later, during the fight at Castle Greyskull, he abandons He-Man to fight both Rattlor and Snake Face on his own while he moves on to fight King Hiss.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: The Masters' response to his actions.
  • You Killed My Brother

    Galactic Guardians 

Played by: Don Brown (New Adventures)

Leader of the Galactic Guardians, from the underwater city of Serus.

  • Fiery Redhead: Subverted; despite being a redhead, he's mostly of the stern leader type.
  • Not So Above It All: In "Four Ways to Sundown" we see he's not above aggrandizing himself when retelling a battle.
  • Straight Man: To Flipshot.

Played by: Gary Chalk (New Adventures)

A protocol android redesigned for battle.

Flipshot/Tc Icarius Kaz
Played by: Scott McNeil (New Adventures)
"I was born ready!"

Daring (and sometimes reckless) pilot from the cloud city of Levitan.

Played by: Don Brown (New Adventures)

A Galactic Guardian who appears in the minicomics and is the first one to find He-Man after Hydron and Flipshot bring the hero to the Tri-Solar Galaxy. He also appears in the cartoon, albeit Demoted to Extra.


Played by: Venus Terzo (New Adventures)
  • Epic Flail: She has a a flail-shaped ponytail that she uses to fight.

Martial artist from Mida, the eastern continent of Primus.

Played by: Cambell Lane (New Adventures)

A centaur-like being from planet Palomar (Equinos in the cartoon), who can adopt a straight stance to become a four-armed man.

  • Bald of Awesome: His bald head can be seen when he isn't wearing his helmet.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: When standing straight.
  • Our Centaurs Are Different: His species are a sort of centaurs who can raise their forelegs to use as an extra set of arms.
  • Token Nonhuman: The other Galactic Guardians are humans whose abilities come from their armors, while he has additional limbs, normal for his species.

Played by: Ted Cole (New Adventures)

Played by: Alvin Sanders (New Adventures)

A Galactic Guardian with an elephantine armor, who can catch his enemies with the tusks built in his armor.


    Evil Mutants 

Played by: Alvin Sanders (New Adventures)
Flogg: When you return, I will be King of Primus!
Skeletor (to himself): No, Flogg, when I return, you will be mine. Primus will be mine. The whole Tri-Solar Galaxy will be mine! And He-Man will not be.

Leader of the Evil Mutants from planet Denebria.

  • Big Bad Wannabe: To be fair, he and his mutant army were a threat big enough to have the Galactic Guardians asking for He-Man's help, but after Skeletor arrived, Flogg became his pawn without realising it.
    • The Starscream: Described as such in his MOTUC bio, a reversal of his status as the nominal Big Bad of the cartoon (and Skeletor's status as one of these in same)
  • Foil: He and Skeletor are this to each other; Skeletor is smart, Flogg is sane.
  • General Failure: Flogg isn't a particularly intelligent mutant and his strategies often leave something to desire, but he manages to subvert this occasionally; he's not smart, but he's a savvy and intimidating military commander who can draw up a battle plan that'll leave 'em reeling sometimes.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: He won't risk his ship or his troops unless there's a clear goal. Besides, he could incur the wrath of the Galactic Council by directly attacking the Primans, so he doesn't do it when it's for petty reasons.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: His toys depict him with distinctly reptilian features, though this didn't carry over to the cartoon.

Played by: Scott McNeil (New Adventures)

A mutant who uses his hard head to attack (kind of an evil Ram Man).

  • High-Class Glass: After being hit by a "brain ray", he starts wearing a monocle. Later he completes the ensemble with a bowler hat and a fancy suit, though he doesn't take off his helmet at any point.
  • Unfortunate Names: The cartoon mercifully refers to him solely as "BH", but that's still probably the single worst name they could have possibly come up with.


Played by: Venus Terzo (New Adventures)

A female mutant who admires Skeletor.

Played by: Doug Parker (New Adventures)

A Mutant who can deliver powerful kicks. Later becomes capable of extending his arms and legs.

Played by: Ted Cole (New Adventures)

A mutant martial artist.

  • Adaptational Wimp: The series had him as capable to fight He-Man and calling cowardice on a tactical retreat. His recent Classics bio calls him a coward who only faces weaker opponents.


A reptilian mutant.

  • Demoted to Extra: He already was an extra in the minicomics, only telling when there were ships approaching, while the TV series used him as a non-speaking background character.
  • Overly Long Tongue: Used once in the cartoon.
  • Verbal Tic: His only minicomic appearance had him adding "th" after each "s".

Optikk/(real name pronounced through a series of blinks)
Played by: Don Brown (New Adventures)

Spy and reconaissance agent of the mutants.

  • Character Check: Optikk frequently argued with Slushhead in the minicomics, but became an almost silent and all-business character in the cartoon. After his upgrade, he began to be shown arguing with Slushhead like in the minicomics.
  • Demoted to Extra: He was just as important as Slushhead in the minicomics, but the TV series kept him mostly in the background. He gets some importance back after his Mid-Season Upgrade. Oddly enough, in spite of all this he was the first New Adventures character to get a toy in the Classics line, well before any of the more visible mutants like Flogg or Slushhead

Played by: Don Brown (New Adventures)

A mutant with a mace that allows him to create earthquakes.

Played by: Ted Cole (New Adventures)

Flogg's bumbling second-in-command.

  • Dumb Is Good: Not exactly good, but being the dumbest of the Mutants, he's also the most loyal and the closest to have a sense of honor.
    • Subverted in his MOTUC bio, which depicts him as an unlikeable dimwitted thug.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: During Slushhead's wedding, he tries to respect the truce he promised to the Galactic Guardians, despite Skeletor and Flogg's schemes. Besides, he's very loyal to Flogg.
  • Happily Married: He married in the episode "The Bride Of Slushhead"

Played by: Ted Cole (New Adventures)

A hunter and tracker who attacks with the horns of his helmet.

  • Dumb Muscle: Not as dumb as BH or Slushhead, but still more brawn than brains.
  • Horned Humanoid: Not quite played straight, since his horns are clearly a part of his helmet, yet still invoked by the fact of being his most recognisable trait.
  • The Starscream: tries to depose Flogg in the episode "Mutiny in the Mothership".

Count Marzo

  • Adaptational Badass: While Marzo in the original series wasn't a pushover, its hard to take someone who looks like a smug fop who dresses like he's going to a Renaissance fair seriously. Compared to the 2002 version who looks like a demonic, muscle bound Rasputin, who is very much The Dreaded.


  • Evil Counterpart: Is one to Moss Man. Flat out stated in the 2002 series when he pretends to be Moss Man until the real deal shows up.

Plundor the Spoiler

  • Beware the Silly Ones: He looks goofy, being a tall, muscular purple anthropomorphic rabbit, and he also has a rather effeminate voice, but make no mistake, he is a ruthless, cunning enemy.
  • Hair-Raising Hare: An evil bunny warlord who has bent an entire planet to his will.


Alternative Title(s): He Man And The Masters Of The Universe, He Man And The Masters Of The Universe 1983, He Man And The Masters Of The Universe 2002, The New Adventures Of He Man, She Ra Princess Of Power