Headscratchers / She-Ra: Princess of Power

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    Interestingly, the opening narration 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.
    • They just wanted it to sound a little different. She-Ra might be technically the Princess of Power, but how often is she really referred to as that? The show still mentions she's the most powerful woman in the universe, they just didn't want the openings to be identical.
      • Well, maybe it was only to "sound" different, but they could have chosen a different word to eliminate besides "power." She-Ra's power is implied, yes, but for some strange reason it was not allowed to be pointed out directly.
      • On the other hand, She-Ra's story is very different from He-Man's. Whereas He-Man is fighting to protect the monarchy he belongs to from a usurper, She-Ra is fighting in a rebellion trying to overthrow the current regime. Since all the lines changed are in dialogue (i.e. when She-Ra and He-Man are describing themselves) it kind of makes sense that she wouldn't mention power as often; Adora served as the Force Captain of an oppressive government obsessed with power and then abandoned it due to its corruption. So of course she wouldn't want to brag about being powerful when her enemies use their position of power to justify their crimes. Taken out of context it is indeed problematic that the female counterpart removes all usages of the word 'power' from her self-description, but in-universe it actually makes a lot of sense.
    • In the Latin American dub, both He-Man and She-Ra say "Yo soy He-Man/She-Ra!"

  • Shadow Weaver's fluctuating power. She spends 95% of the show as a serious threat and quite possibly the most dangerous villain on either Etheria or Eternia but every now and then they'll just have someone completely overpower her as if it was nothing. If they can defeat one of the top two members of the Horde so easily why haven't the rebels won?

  • Hordak had kidnapped Adora as a baby and raised her as his own, right? So why did they use magic to keep her evil since they could raise her to believe evil is right? It's not like she would remember her old life or upbringing since she was so young. It would probably be too complex for a kid's show at the time but it still bugs me.
    • When they went to kidnap Adam and Adora, Skeletor and Hordak knew the twins had a 'special destiny' though they did not know exactly what that was. Considering they were the children of the rulers that actually managed to completely repel the Horde, they likely didn't want to take any chances. Even after brainwashing and magic, Hordak and Shadow Weaver still treat her turning against them as something they knew would happen if the magic failed. Plus, they knew the Sorceress and people of Eternia would be searching for her.
      • So she had good In the Blood ?
      • With a side order of Incorruptible Pure Pureness, yes. It's unlikely that they never thought to at least try to turn her wholeheartedly to their own side, so we must more or less assume that all of their attempts ultimately failed.

  • Throughout the series the villains have captured both Adora and She-Ra several times. Even if they somehow managed not to notice they carried the exact same sword, a sword Shadow Weaver easily sensed great power within. Shadow Weaver even had a clear interest in analysing it in the pilot, and had assumed She-Ra had stole it. Did they just forget about the powerful magical weapon wielded by their greatest enemy that showed up right around the time everything hit the fan?
    • This bugs me as well, for different reasons. Not that no one in the Horde put two and two together per se, but that Adora/She-Ra made as big a deal about keeping her secret as He-Man. In He-Man's case he has an excuse: if Skeletor found out he was Adam, Randor and Marlena would be even bigger targets than they are now. She-Ra's already wanted as the rebellion's biggest gun: why hide her identity as the ex-Force Captain?
      • Especially since Force Captain Adora is a wanted traitor, so she's a high priority target for the Horde in either identity.
      • Possibly it has something to do with the Crystal Castle. She-Ra is the only individual who is privy to its location and secrets. Maybe the logic was that they could try to force Adora to reveal its location, if it became known that they were the same person, and the show just didn't last long enough to clarify that.
      • It's not about the Crystal Castle since Adora/She-Ra already agreed to keep a secret identity when she learned of the castle. It's about her brother. Anyone who knew Adora is She-Ra would know Adam is He-Man. Remember that scene in "Loo-Kee Lends a Hand" when Light Hope let Loo-Kee into the secret?
    • There's a difference between having the Horde consider you a traitor and high priority target and having them know you're the one who's pretty much single handedly turning the battle against them. If they knew one of them would put two and two together and figure out Adam/He-Man and Adam, at the very least, would find himself dead when Shadow Weaver portals into his bedroom at night and eliminates a large threat. It's also important that they believe Adora and She-Ra are separate threats. If they knew She-Ra was neutralized whenever they had Adora captured they'd become more aggressive, knowing She-Ra couldn't stop them. In fact, if I remember correctly, She-Ra/Adora managed to get out of a few tight spots because the Horde turned their attention to capturing her alter-ego instead of focusing on her. And also consider what would happen if the Horde realized they could have She-Ra as a weapon by simply having Shadow Weaver enslave her mind.
      • Exactly. By keeping the Horde in the dark about its two highest priority targets being the same person, they are forced to squander resources and waste opportunities trying to hunt both down (especially fruitless and wasteful on the occasions they do capture one). It keeps them weaker than they really ought to be, a good goal in asymmetric warfare.
    • Also goes towards the guest appearances made by Adam/He-Man. Didn't anyone, good or evil, find it at all interesting that He-Man always showed up when Adam was visiting and never otherwise?
      • Actually, they did show up as only one of their identities on a few occasions ("The Price Of Freedom", for example, had Adam change to He-Man as soon as he arrived and he stayed that way the whole episode). They also know that He-Man/She-Ra are in the same position as Adam/Adora, siblings on different worlds, so it makes sense for them both to visit at the same time.
      • Plus, Adora and Adam both play the 'friends with the superhero' card. Why is Adora never around when She-Ra is? Because Adora is the one who had to run off and tell her there was trouble, of course! And She-Ra could fly in on Swifty in a hurry, but Adora and Spirit would have to take the long route back, etc., etc. Adam and He-Man are often on Etheria at the same time because why wouldn't He-Man keep on eye on the crown prince of Eternia whenever he was in dangerous territory? And since Adora and She-Ra are both in the rebellion together, it wouldn't be too suspicious that they share some powerful weapons between the two of them. Maybe they just think that She-Ra lets Adora use her sword for protection whenever she doesn't need it. As for the need for She-Ra to keep her identity a secret, one might additionally consider that Adora, as an ex-Force captain, definitely comes across as fallible and human, whereas She-Ra is a symbol of the rebellion's righteousness and incorruptible goodness. Keeping the two identities separate might also be for the sake of the rebellion's morale, so as to preserve She-Ra's status as iconic symbol without the stigma of having once been on the enemy's side.

  • Something I don't get is when did Kowl and Madame Razz learn that Adora is She-Ra? More specifically, why those two?
    • I've given that a lot of thought myself and figured it was because Madame Razz is Adora's mother figure and they're among the few who wouldn't blurt it out by accident. Bow and Glimmer mean well, but when they get mad or upset they don't think before they speak.

  • The Horde mooks are supposed to be robots, but they're treated like and act just like regular humans in armor, except for that rare time when they indeed get sliced/blown apart and reveal the robot parts. What gives?
    • Maybe they're animated by magic as well as technology, so they have a lot of personality? Alternatively, maybe they were originally written as regular dudes but then censorship at the time meant that they couldn't get roughed up as much, so the show re-did them at the last minute to be robots instead.
    • I think Hordak realized at some point he could just have an army of mindless robot drones built cheaper than paying a bunch of human(oid) mooks to fight for him. Plus robots are less likely to turn on him like a certain ex-Force captain who had a change of heart, a treacherous pirate who joined up with the rebels, or a general who got a conscience and resigned his commission to take up farming.

  • What was Tung Lashor doing at Snake Mountain? Was he moonlighting?