YMMV / She-Ra: Princess of Power

  • Anvilicious: Like most products of that time, quite a few of the messages have been less than subtle... On the plus side this meant that the Horde could be successfully menacing at times and there would be stuff genuinely at stake in-story in order to illustrate the message. For example the Horde once burned a lot of books which is a pretty clear message against illiteracy and the censorship of dictatorships.
  • Awesome Music: The epic opening theme music — "I am Sheee-raaaaa!"
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Shadow Weaver and Sea Hawk. The later becoming the fan preferred boyfriend for She-Ra.
  • Girl-Show Ghetto: Interestingly avoided; most of the male audience who watched He-Man also watched She-Ra. But on the other hand girls didn't suddenly start liking She-Ra just because the main character was a girl. The toy line, however, didn't fare as well (see below).
  • Misaimed Marketing: Toys were advertised more like Barbie than for a warrior heroine.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In retrospect the Horde occupation of Etheria and the rebellion fighting them seem unfortunately similar to the Cardassian occupation of Bajor, only with less bloodshed and terrorist acts. Made even eerier by the lead female characters of each plot having names that rhyme.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In "A Talent for Trouble", after Hordak is defeated (again), he shouts "I hate that woman!". This was long before a certain "doctor" would frequently say something similar about a certain hedgehog...
    • Even more so when one considers that Robby London, who worked on this as well as He-Man, would later serve as producer on Sonic SatAM- which explains the numerous plot similarities between both shows.
    • To be fair, Yosemite Sam had been saying 'I hate that rabbit!' decades prior.
  • Ho Yay: Bow and Adam, every time they're together, but especially in the Five-Episode Pilot. Of course, all things considered, this should come as a surprise to no-one...
    • This scene was a great example.
      Bow: (very enthusiastically) May good fortune speed you on your mission!
      Adam: (suddenly looking very timid and uncomfortable) Well... thanks...
    • There's also the way they ride a horse together... with their hips a little too close for comfort. Then again, Adam also rides a horse this way with his sister.
      The Nostalgia Chick: Fuck it, we're off to the pride parade!
    • Bow's costume is fairly camp, too. Just a bit.
  • Les Yay: Fans like to think there's something beyond friendship between Netossa and Spinnerella, or that Glimmer's admiration of Adora/She-Ra has elements of Even the Girls Want Her.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Horde Prime. Shown as not much more than a voice and a giant robotic hand, but that's enough.
  • Periphery Demographic: While made with girls in mind, the show was careful to keep in plenty of action and plot to appeal to the boys who watched He-Man.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Bow; his new action figure, which is in scale with the rest of the Masters of the Universe line and show accurate head (complete with mustache) has helped soothed a lot of complaints about him and his original figure.
  • Smurfette Breakout: The series was actually introduced with this in mind.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: The And Knowing Is Half the Battle mascot "Loo-Kee", and the Twiggets. Any episode featuring them will almost certainly need to be followed by an insulin shot.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome:
    • The transformation sequence is grand, especially for the time and budget Filmation had to work withnote .
    • The backgrounds were lavishly painted as well, even if the animation going on wasn't too complex.