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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.

  • Adaptational Badass:
    • The 80s DC comics have arguably the most badass incarnation of Skeletor ever. We're talking about a guy who conquered "universes beyond counting", leaving the multiverse in ruins in the process and bragged about how "the shadow of Skeletor's boot" struck terror in billions upon billions of innocents. Not to mention he thrashed The Goddess in a fight, knocking her out in a single punch and later fought with Damon, "The Slayer of Worlds", as an equal. The icing on the cake? His final battle with He-Man in the Within these walls...Armageddon! storyline had him destroying far-off universes in his clash with He-Man, causing the Multiverse to tremble and all of reality to twist upon itself.
    • Skeletor in The New Adventures of He-Man was also significantly more cunning, bein a bona fide Manipulative Bastard who frequently almost won (and on a few occasions, actually did win).
    • In the 1987 live-action movie version of him. Even the 2002 version would be outclassed by this Skeletor—he's completely competent and dangerous, and by the beginning of the movie, he and his robot army have conquered Eternia, the only version of Skeletor to have ever succeeded in that goal.
    • In the 2002 series. In the Filmation cartoon, he was such an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain, to the point of being a Jerkass Woobie, that a number of episodes were written where he would team up with He-Man, just to give him some victories. In the 2002 series, he's legitimately dangerous, and a total Jerkass to everyone around him to boot. Skeletor cuts Evil-Lynn and Cobra Khan loose the moment he realizes their betrayal; Khan goes down with the Snake Men, and Evil-Lynn remains a free agent for much of the series until Skeletor decides he could use her anyway. 2002 Skeletor might be a ham, but he's not an idiot.
  • Arch-Enemy: For He-Man across all continuities. In the 2002 series, he initially considers Randor his enemy, at least until it's clear He-Man's going to keep confronting him.
  • Bad Boss:
    • In the 80's series he constantly insults and berates his minions, occasionally banishing or zapping them with magic.
    • In the 2002 series, he constantly abuses and insults his minions. They're shown to practically live in fear of him.
    • The live-action version is like that too, killing Saurod for failing him.
  • Bifurcated Weapon: In the 2002 series.
    • Also in the action figure comics, at least initially. Two halves of the Sword of Power are needed to unlock the secrets of Castle Greyskull. Skeletor usually has at least one half, while He-Man traditionally guards or wields the other.
  • 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!" In the 2002 version, he repeatedly states that he's evil simply because he likes it.
  • Cool Chair: No matter the adaptation, Skeletor loves having a throne and he will have it.
  • Creepy High-Pitched Voice: A wicked sorcerer who has a very reedy voice.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He cracks more one-liners than anyone else on the show.
  • Deal with the Devil: In the 2002 series, he begged Hordak to save his life when his face was being burned off by the acid he threw at Adam's father. Hordak said there would be a price. Keldor agreed because he was dying and had no choice. One burst of magic later and Keldor "died" being "reborn" as Skeletor, Lord of Evil. Cue Laughing Mad.
  • Did Not Think This Through: In the 2002 series, he throws a vial of acid up the stairs at the man who would become Prince Adam's father. Even if the acid had hit its mark, there's no way to be certain it still wouldn't have splashed back downward to burn his own face in the process.
  • Dragon Ascendant: He was originally a pupil of Hordak, but took over Snake Mountain after his master was banished.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: 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.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Plus a bit of Jerkass with a Heart of Gold: In the He-Man and She-Ra Christmas special, he comes to care enough about the children that he fights back against Hordak to protect them.
    Skeletor: But I must... Save... The children!
  • 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: "Ehehehehehehe". Especially prevalent in the Filmation cartoon.
  • Evil Overlord: A textbook case. He's the sinister ruler of Snake Mountain who seeks to harness the power of Castle Greyskull so he can Take Over the World.
  • Evil Sorcerer: A very skilled sorcerer, his talents of sorcery are matched by very few.
  • Evil Uncle: To Prince Adam.
  • Evil vs. Evil: He and his old mentor Hordak generally don't get along.
  • 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: Especially in the 2002 cartoon where he doesn't have eyes anymore, only glowing sockets in his skull.
  • 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).
  • The Heavy: Skeletor is He-Man's most pervasive nemesis and the one who most of the other villains in the show answer to.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: He’s done to the new ones by acting as the Dragon-in-Chief when ever he’s demoted.
  • 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 the hood to give him a sinister look.
    • Also used by the live-action version, to great effect.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: Skeletor pulls this off so often it's a wonder anyone believes him in the first place. In the '02 pilot he pulls this on He-Man twice in the same battle!
  • 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.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: In the 2002 series, he was an attractive man before his acid attack on Randor backfired.
  • Large Ham: All versions, though the live-action Skeletor is more of a Cold Ham up until he becomes a god.
  • 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 (And by the admission of the writers, adding considerable influence from The Joker), 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.
  • The Man in Front of the Man: To Flogg in New Adventures. While technically acting as his henchmen, Skeletor frequently manipulated Flogg and the Mutants into serving his agenda.
  • 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.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Skeletor.
  • Never My Fault: Combined with Revenge Myopia. Especially in the 2002 cartoon. He leads a coup against his brother, Adam's father, purely for the sake of power, throws a vial of acid up the stairs at his intended target, but when the acid bounces off the guy's shield to come raining back down on his own face, he claims the poor guy "stole his face" and he intends to get payback by taking his kingdom, and his life.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: In one episode of the '02 serier Skeletor allowed a device that would bring Hordak back to Eternia to be destroyed, merely feigning anger over it. The heroes even took notice of it.
  • Obviously Evil: His unsubtle visage is the article's picture.
  • One-Winged Angel: Assumed a golden-armored form in the 1987 film after gaining the power of the "Great Eye of Eternia", and declared himself a god, but He-Man managed to bring him down to normal.
  • 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.
    • Notably in the 2002 series, he tends to treat Stinkor better than his other minions, actually praising him and exempting him from punishment even when the mission fails. This is largely because Stinkor is actually loyal and competent, making him one of his few minions he can rely on, but given his Bad Boss record, it definitely stands out.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Purple is extremely powerful.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His eyes do nothing to hide his threat.
  • Revenge Myopia: He always wants revenge against people and things who oppose, hinder, or simply annoy him. The fact that 9/10 times said people are merely defending themselves from his villainy is irrelevant.
  • Skull for a Head: Possibly the Trope Codifier, in that subsequent characters like this tend to reference Skeletor.
  • Slouch of Villainy: Skeletor likes to recline in that throne he’s got in Snake Mountain. This remains true from the Filmation cartoon, where it usually was what Skeletor was doing before he initiated another evil plan, to the 80s comics and the 2002 cartoon.
  • Smug Snake: Why he loses over and over.
  • The Starscream: Technically, Skeletor is merely Hordak's apprentice, and in the 2002 version isn't even his most clever one at that (that'd be Evil-Lynn). He is, however, sufficiently powerful enough to keep Hordak from manifesting in Eternia.
  • 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.
  • Unholy Matrimony:
    • Skeletor and Crita are implied to be this. Many of their scenes involve Skeletor flirting with Crita and her swooning over him. At the end of the Jetlag series, He-Man sarcastically proclaims them "King Skeletor and Queen Crita" before he exiles them into space.
    • In the comics, he had a relationship with Shadow Weaver and later Evil Lyn.
  • Villainous Rescue: Against the Snake Men and the summoning of Hordak. Both times, He-Man fails, leaving Skeletor to save the day.
  • 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 for his voice to go up in pitch and start cackling the instant Hordak changes him.
    • Averted by the 1987 movie - he has a deep, growling, commanding voice that portrays what a threat this version is.
  • Was Once a Man: The post-Filmation comics all but state that he was King Randor’s half-brother Keldor, who was trapped in another dimension during an experiment gone wrong and was somehow transformed into Skeletor.

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.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Subjects Skeletor (then Keldor) to one in his Icons of Evil origin comic. Before he joined the Evil Warriors, Beast Man fought Keldor when he tried to recruit him. By the time the fight was interrupted, Beast Man had viciously hammered Keldor's chest to the point that his ribs were probably broken, and was preparing to bite his head off. That's right: Beast Man almost killed his future boss.
  • Dumb Muscle: Physically the strongest of Skeletor's henchmen... mentally, not so much.
  • The Dragon: He's Skeletor's most common right-hand, though he often shares the role with Evil-Lynn.
  • 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.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: In the 2002 version, his torso is humongous.
  • Whip It Good: His weapon of choice.
    Blade Ritter 

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.

  • Bald of Evil: He has a shaved head.
  • Blood Knight: Loves to fight He-man.
  • 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, where he's easily the biggest idiot on the show.
  • Expy: The 2002 series' "The Island" introduced Clawful's cousin, who was intelligent and had ambition. He's basically Clawful of the '80s series.
  • Giant Enemy Crab: He-Man crustacean enemy.
  • 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: In '80s series only, where he occasionally plotted to overthrow Skeletor.
  • 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.

  • Boomerang Bigot: Hates humans and dragons, mainly because both sides of his heritage rejected him.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Was originally created to help the humans defend the Three Towers from the encroaching Snake Men, but was the subject of unease due both to his appearance and power. When the war ended, he left the humans and attempted to connect with the dragon side of his heritage. Unfortunately, Granamyr viewed him as an unnatural abomination, casting him out and thus making him an easy recruit for Skeletor and his evil warriors.
  • Fantastic Racism: Still harbors a hatred of the Snake Men, which can make it hard for him to work alongside the ones not aligned with King Hsss.
  • Good Wings, Evil Wings: He has a pair of large, leathery wings courtesy of his dragon heritage, and yes they're big enough to let him fly. Sadly the days when he could be called good have long since passed.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Magically created, but he is still the combination of human and dragon.
  • The Hermit: He became so disgusted by human society that he went to live in a cave
  • Playing with Fire: A dragon who breathes fire.
    • Oh it gets better than that. Most of his equipment is also on fire including a flaming sword, a burning shield, and a whip which can ignite anything it strikes. Clearly they had a theme in mind for this guy.
  • 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.
  • Dark Action Girl: As Skeletor's lieutenant, she's often a Villain Protagonist in the 2002 series. She's also much more proactive than the other villains across all her incarnations, and willing to fight He-Man directly if necessary.
  • The Dragon: She is Skeletor’s right-hand woman.
  • 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 Cannot Comprehend Good: In the Filmation version, when she and Teela were forced to cross a desert together, and Teela raised her sword to cut a cactus for water, Evil-Lyn flinched in terror, expecting Teela to chop her head off for complaining about being thirsty.
  • Evil Sorcerer: Primarily a magician, though capable enough in melee that she generally fights Teela to a standstill.
  • The Farmer and the Viper: In the 2002 series, she responds to He-Man rescuing her from becoming Skeletor's Human Sacrifice by first asking why He-Man did it and then blasting He-Man with magic to then happily return to Skeletor's service. Sad thing is, He-Man saw it coming but couldn't think of a better way to stop Skeletor from summoning... whatever it was he was calling out of that pit...
  • Hot Witch: A yellow beauty with high cheek bones and enchanting wyes.
  • Lady of Black Magic: An imposing, intelligent sorceress with powerful evil magic.
  • Leotard of Power: Has a Leotard and she’s powerful.
  • Missing Mom: According to the 2002 comics, her mother suffered Death by Childbirth.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Easily Skeletors strongest and most competent subordinate.
  • Punny Name: Evil Lyn.
  • She's Got Legs: Exposed legs that show off.
  • Redemption Rejection: No matter how sound, pragmatic a reason, or how well she's treated by the heroes, she will never turn away from evil, and in the 2002 version will insist on "wasting [her] time with Skeletor" as The Faceless One puts it.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: In the 2002 series, after King Hiss is informed by Rattlor that she was instrumental in freeing them from their Hell Dimension, he asks her to come forward so he can "honor" her. She crows about being honored until she realizes the "honor" means being Eaten Alive. The only reason she survives is that she was able to invoke a Can't Kill You, Still Need You by informing King Hiss that he needs her to guide him to Grayskull.
  • 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 well. They are both amused.
    • This is played with in an episode before her betrayal. She points out that she's been Skeletor's ally a long time and has loyalty to him. This changes when she finds out he let her get captured on purpose.
    • Even the original Filmation series has shades of this; in all incarnations, she's at least Skeletor's equal in intellect, if not in power, and sometimes chafes at being his second.
  • Ungrateful Bitch: In both the Filmation series and the 2002 version, the closest she's ever come to saying "thank you" is leaving the heroes who helped her unmolested and without a fight.
  • 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.

  • Depending on the Writer:
    • His appearance: he's either always blue and thus a failed attempt as a He-Man duplicate, or he's blue but can change color to disguise as He-Man, or even is always identical to He-Man (despite the toy's blue appearance).
    • His strength: he might have strength equal to He-Man's, or just average strength with his similarity to He-Man limited to appearance.
    • Parodied in Robot Chicken, where he's blue and orange but more fun than He-Man, so all the heroes pretend not to know the difference.
  • Evil Knockoff: An evil robot duplicate of He-Man
  • 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.
  • Frame-Up: Had the '02 series continued, there were plans to have Skeletor use Faker to frame He-Man for some crime, causing He-Man to become an outlaw.
  • 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.
    Fang Man 

Fang Man/Scutes Ignis
Played by: Lou Scheimer (80's)

Fanged, blue-skinned, reptilian Evil Warrior.

  • All There in the Manual: Filmation’s Series Bible described him as having the power, to spray a sleep gas at his opponents. He never show this ability in TV series.
  • The Beastmaster: Has a ability to control Dragosaurs and fire-breathing dragons.
  • Canon Immigrant: First appeared in the Filmation series till the classic toyline made him this.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He called his Dragonsaurus „babies” and sounded genuinely upset, after He-Man hurts one of them.
  • Fangs Are Evil: Obviously.
  • Kid from the Future: According to Classics Canon, he is a distant descendant to Dragosaurs, who he met due to Time Travel.
  • Lizard Folk: It has been speculated that Fang Man might be a member of the Snake Men, but according to Classics Canon, his species evolved from the Dragosaurs.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: He is possibly an early version of Kobra Khan, another reptile-looking Evil Warrior, especially if you take a closer look on his description in the Filmation’s Series Bible.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In the end of the episode The Time Corridor, Skeletor apparently lef Fang Man and Tri-Klops in the past. Although Tri-Klops had more appearances in the show, Fang Man was never seen again. According to his Classics Canon bio, he was indeed abandoned by his master.
    Goat Man 

Goat Man/Klacky

A horn-headed servant of Beast Man.

  • Accidental Time Travel: In Classic Canon, he accidently fell into a time portal and was transported into the future, arriving on Eternia, when King He-Man ruled the land and his son Dare wielded the Power Sword.
  • Butt-Monkey: People who wrote his Classics Canon bio, didn't went easy on him. He was originally captured and made a slave by the rulers of the Vine Jungle, until he eventually found himself in the services of Beast Man. After being severely wounded by Buzz-Off and accidentally time traveled, he was again forced to serve by aging Beast Man, in this new time. It’s hard to not feel just a little sorry for this guy.
  • Canon Immigrant: First appeared in Golden Super Adventure book "Secret Of The Dragon's Egg", till the classic toyline made him this.
  • The Dragon: For Beast Man in Golden Super Adventure book. He is more an example of Slave Mook in the Classic Canon.
  • Flat Character: Even his Classics Canon bio, didn't really gave him much of characterization and mostly focused on the fact, how he is constantly forced to serve someone.
  • Forced into Evil: Classics Canon seems indicated, that all of his evil doing, is a result of someone else controlling him.
  • Horns of Villainy: Although how much he is a villian on his own is unclear.
  • Made a Slave: First by the rulers of the Vine Jungle and later Beast Man. Twice.
  • Race Name Basis: His original beastly masters, didn't really care about his real name and simply called him "Goat Man". Most likely because his species name is: G'hoat Men.
  • Slave Race: Apparently his entire species is one of the only intelligent humanoid upright races that falls subjective to the hypnotic powers of the Beast Men.
  • Trapped in Villainy: Or rather in his case, in service of evil forces, due to his weakness to hypnotic powers.


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

  • An Axe to Grind: His Weapon of Choice is a pretty big axe.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Shortly after becoming a champion of gladiatorial arena, he used his new position, to overthrow a Lord of the Vine Jungle.
  • Cool Helmet: A modified Darth Vader-like one.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: One badass evil monkey.
  • Fur Is Clothing: Aside for helmet, cape, belt and armor pieces, he is practically naked.
  • Gladiator Games: This is how he eventually rose to prominence.
  • Killer Gorilla: He ripped apart the previous gladiator champion.
  • Maniac Monkeys: Becoming a new Lord of the Vine Jungle, apparently wasn't enough for him, since he decided to attack Castle Grayskull, in order to gain his great and mysterious power.
  • The Big Guy: His figure is a nearly 10 inches tall, which made him stood head and shoulders above regular figures.
  • No Honor Among Thieves: He was freed by Evil-Lyn in her attempt to bolster Skeletor's forces against the new Horde army, but ultimately decide to side with Hordak.

Icer/Icleel of the Outer Stilia Clan
Played by: John Erwin (80's)

Evil master of cold who serves as Skeletor's northern agent

  • An Ice Person: Obviously.
  • Blue Means Cold: He has an ice-blue body which appears to actually be made of ice.
  • Canon Immigrant: First appeared in the Filmation series till the classic toyline made him this.
  • Cold Ham: Pun aside, this is what made Icer so memorable in the first place; Icer spoke all his lines in a low, raspy montone, but was still an over-the-top Card-Carrying Villain who constantly dropped ice-themed puns.
  • Elemental Shapeshifter: He could melt himself into a water puddle in order to travel under closed doors and various surfaces.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Both Skeletor and He-Man act like that he's always been around in his one and only appearance on the Filmation cartoon.
  • Weather Manipulation: Classic Canon described him as a master of controlling cold weather.

Played by: Lou Scheimer (80's)

An Evil Warrior who has a metallic right hand

  • Evil Counterpart: to Fisto.
  • Power Fist: A metallic hand of power.
  • Right Hand of Doom: He has a huge metallic hand, just like Fisto. his NECA statue made his metal hand even bigger.
  • Undying Loyalty: Broken out of Prison Starr by Keldor during the Great Unrest. In gratitude, he agreed to serve the Evil Lord of Destruction and stayed with him even after Keldor's transformation into Skeletor.

Played by: Robert Towers (Live-Action Movie)

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

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Of Lieutenant Andra, per his cardback bio. He also calls Julie "pretty" a lot in the movie ("I've got you, pretty!")
  • 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 Immigrant: 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 wasn't in the toyline till 2018.
  • 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.
  • I Call It "Vera": His knife is (according to Super 7, anyway) Crucia, the Dagger of Agony.
  • Mook Lieutenant: Whenever Skeletor and Evil-Lyn aren't around, Karg seems to be the default leader of the Evil Warriors.
  • Torture Technician: According to the bio on his action figure's card, he's Snake Mountain's chief interrogator.
  • Toyless Toyline Character: Apparently Mattel was going to make a Karg figure, but never did.
    • MOTU Classics finally gave him a toy in 2018.
  • 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.

  • The Beastmaster: Limited to aquatic beings.
  • Expy: In the 2002 series, he resembles Waspinator, being the villains’ resident comic relief and hapless Butt-Monkey, right down to being voiced by the same guy, who gives him a similar voice as well.
  • Fish People: King of the fish people.
  • Impoverished Patrician: According to his Classics toyline bio, he lost his kingdom in an underwater turf war and is now stuck being a henchmen for Skeletor as a result.
  • 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).
  • Off with His Head!: according to Mermista bio, that during the Second Ultimate Battleground she was confronted by Mer-Man of Eternia and was forced to behead him with his own trident to protect her life.



An stealthy ninja who works for Skeletor.

  • Ninja: A shinobi who works with Skeletor.
  • Out of Focus: As a result of being introduced at the tail end of the original Masters of the Universe toyline, Ninjor barely appeared in any fiction, received little characterization, and has pretty much been forgotten by most people these days. It probably doesn't help that his name got taken by another ninja-themed character from a different franchise.
  • The Straight and Arrow Path: This guy still uses bows and arrows despite the vast improvements in technology. To be honest he doesn’t need any modern weapons.


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, only that the original figure's cardback simply describes him as the "Evil Ghost of Skeletor". 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.
  • Power Glows: His power flows when he uses it.
  • Sinister Scythe: Wielded one in his '02-era comic appearance, which carried over to his Classics toy — the original 80s toy had a halberd.
  • Skull for a Head: Just like Skeletor.
  • 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. This actually works out pretty well for Skeletor, as it means Stinkor is one of his few minions who actually does his darnedest to follow his orders to the letter. When Skeletor tells Stinkor to do something, Stinkor genuinely wants to prove himself useful and get it done, and thus is typically more competent.
  • 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. Especially when even dragons can't stand his stench enough to be near him.
  • 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 with his stink. He uses it to great effect, as he manages to be effectively untouchable until his Achilles' Heel was discovered.
  • Third-Person Person: Talks like most of the time.
  • 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.
  • Weak, but Skilled: His powers don't really help him physically as much as the other Evil Warriors, but he makes up for it by being smart in how he uses it.

Strongarm/Dalmus Fu
Played by: John Erwin (80's)

Member of Evil Warriors, possessing a powerful, extending right arm.

  • An Arm and a Leg: He lost his right arm and parts of his face, when a mechanical press folder malfunctioned.
  • Adaptation Name Change: At the time of his figure relase, the copyright for the name Strongarm was held by Hasbro. As such Mattel had to use the name Strong-Or on the figure’s packaging, althought his bio did make a reference to his „nickname” Strongarm.
  • Adaptation Origin Connection: Classics Canon made him a former worker in the photanium mines of Phantos, who was eventually banished by Queen Elmora.
  • Artificial Limbs: A mechanical right arm, to be precisely.
  • Canon Immigrant: First appeared in the Filmation series till the classic toyline made him this.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Instead of attacking He-Man directly, he used his strength to made his opponent to lose his balance and then he lock him in a photanium body cell.
  • Cool Mask: He clearly put an effort, to hiding the injuries of his face, behind something cool and intimidating.
  • Extendable Arms: His mechanical arm, can be extend and retract.
  • Facial Horror: Highly possible in Classics Canon, since his mask is a results, of him losing parts of his face.
  • Genius Bruiser: He was presented as being nearly as strong as He-Man and also one of the more intelligent members, of Skeletor's Evil Warriors.
  • I Just Want to Be Badass: In Classic Canon, he have a desire to become a strongest menace in universe.
  • Pointy Ears: For some reason, his big ears are the only part of his head, who aren't hidden under his mechanical parts.
  • Scary Teeth: It is unclear, if his sharp teeth are natural or artificial.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Has a stylish three spikes on his head.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: He bares some resemblance to Jitsu, another rather intelligent evil warrior, with artificial limb. note  Interestingly, at some point during "The Dragon Invasion" episode production, Strongarm's character design was replaced with the Asian martial artist character design, that later became Filmation’s version of Jitsu.
    Trap Jaw 

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.
  • Cyborg: A mechanical jaw warrior with a robotic arm.
  • Extreme Omnivore: His mechanical jaw allows him to chew and digest rocks and metals, especially in the 80s cartoon.
  • 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.
  • Meaningful Rename: His name reflected his mechanical jaw.
  • 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.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: Time and time again he has been destroyed, only to be reborn once again.

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.

  • Cyber Cyclops: His robotic parts from his visor helmet make him this.
  • Dumb Muscle: In the original series.
  • Evil Genius: In the 2002 series, where he invented much of the Evil Warriors' tech.
  • Eye Beams: He wears a rotating visor helmet with three artificial eyes fixed to it, each with a special type of vision.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He is depicted as an irritable technologist and inventor in the 2002 series.
  • 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.

  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Combined with Unwitting Instigator of Doom. In the 2002 series, they sought out a "spell of separation" to try and undo Skeletor's magic. They got one... and nearly destroyed the whole planet of Eternia in the process.
  • Brains and Brawn: Tuvar's the brain and Baddrah's the brawn.
  • Dumb Muscle: Baddrah.
  • Fusion Dance: Invoked. Skeletor fuses them together as punishment for disobeying their orders to work together in fighting He-Man, and it was so gratifying to watch in the 2002 series.
  • Ironic Hell: Because they refused to work together to take down He-Man, being more interested in fighting each other over the bounty instead, Skeletor fused them together. Now they have to work together ... on everything.
  • Multiple Head Case: They were literally put together for failing Skeletor.
  • 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."
  • Escape Artist: He’s a master of escaping death traps.
  • 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.
  • Cain and Abel: He is the Cain to Ceratus Abel.
  • 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. To put it succinctly, the episode "Underworld" gives him the spotlight over the other villains... and he gets a total of eight lines.
  • Dumb Muscle: He went from fairly intelligent to just another Skeletor thug.
  • Welcome Back, Traitor: When he meets the rest of his species in the episode "Underworld" the chief of the tribe says this to him, word for word.
  • Whip It Good: He uses his tail as a whip.


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