Descended Creator: Lou Scheimer (credited as Erik Gunden) as always, voicing — among others — Kowl, Spirit, Leech, Mantenna, Grizzlor, all Horde Troopers, and reprising Orko.
Follow the Leader: Galoob Toys tried their hand at a competing line with Golden Girl and the Guardians of the Gemstones, a range of female warrior figures that mimicked the She-Ra aesthetic mixed with a bit more Conan(which resulted in the characters wearing skimpy outfits that could easily be mistaken for 1990s Image Comics), and had the rubber band legs of MOTU figures. It didn't catch on.
Genre-Killer: A positive example. Since Mattel actually helped Filmation produce this series unlike He-Man, the quality of this cartoon is noticeably better and higher than the series it was based on. Consequently, it paved the way for the end of The Dark Age of Animation and paved further ground for the renaissance era to begin.
Real Life Writes the Plot: Crossed with Merchandise-Driven, as originally, as with the comics, Catra was meant to be the Big Bad in the cartoon. Hordak and the Evil Horde were toys made for the boys-oriented Masters of the Universe toyline. But because Filmation was wrapping up their production of He-Man cartoons at the time they started She-Ra, the Horde was too late for that cartoon (only being hinted at in the episode "The Origin of the Sorceress"), but right on time for She-Ra. So instead of the cartoon taking the route of the mini-comics, which were often stereotypical romance-driven action plots with Catra and She-Ra vying over Bow, viewers were treated to a more traditional action show where the lead character was an action hero who just happened to be female, rebelling against a villain who had already conquered the world. This was also why two of the Snake Men were included as part of the Hordenote King Hiss, the leader of the Snake Men, never appeared in either series.. The Snake Men toys came too late for He-Man, so Rattlor and Tung Lashor were added to She-Ra in order to promote toys.
Show Accuracy/Toy Accuracy: For whatever reason, few of the characters looked at all like their toys did- minor changes included Hordak (recolored mostly blue and without the cape) and Bow (given facial hair and a heart emblem on the chest), from major changes such as Catra (completely different outfit), Imp (red winged demon to blue pig-like winged comedy relief) and She-Ra herself (again, completely different outfit not to mention swapping her unique sword for what was basically He-Man's blade with a jewel). Most notable is the Crystal Castle, which was originally a pink, glitter-covered palace, which in the show, became a tall, golden tower whose visage closely resembled She-Ra's helmet. This actually caused some fandom complaints when Classics used the Filmation models as the basis for the toys (the exception being Hordak- toy colors for the main release, cartoon colors as an exclusive), with only two toy versions released (Bow with alternate parts, and Bubble Power She-Ra).
What Could Have Been: Huntara's original character model sheet and description both described her as having brown skin, making her look far closer to her inspirations- both to actress Grace Jones as well as the way Storm appeared in the X-Men books of the time(the mohawk era). She was changed to purple before animation began, as Filmation's legal department did not want to risk a lawsuit.