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An evil, oppressive army that seeks to destroy the Rebellion and rule all of Etheria.
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Top: Shadow Weaver, Catra, Hordak.
Bottom: Rogelio, Lonnie, Kyle, Scorpia
  • Adapted Out: Notable Filmation villains such as Mantenna and Leech do not appear in Season 1. The Horde robots from the original series are absent in this version, as the Horde staffs its army with flesh and blood soldiers. Horde Prime does appear, but he's first mentioned in Season 3.
  • Alien Invasion: It's hinted that the Horde itself doesn't originate from Etheria, assuming Scorpia's comments about the Horde "crash-landing" on her family's turf are accurate. In season 2, this is confirmed by Hordak saying that he is not from this world, and in fact hates Etheria as a backwater planet. In season 3, Hordak reveals to Entrapta that he came to Etheria through a portal after being sent to die on the front lines by Horde Prime.
  • Armies Are Evil: They're the only truly militarized faction in the show — i.e. the only one to have more than a couple of guards ever shown — and have no distinction between their military, their government and their civilian life. They're also utterly malevolent and obsessed with subjugating the world to bring it under their control.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: They try and avert it, doing their best to portray themselves as forces of good and the Princesses as evil. Catra calls it out on being fairly self-evident baloney, but many others in the Horde seem entirely convinced.
  • Child Soldiers: Adora and Catra are not the only young people who work for the horde, in-fact going by the sound of most of the masked mooks the mass majority of soldiers are rather young. It's revealed that they don't kill babies, but take them and raise them to be soldiers.
  • Demoted to Extra: The villains Octavia and Grizzlor only receive cameo roles, and Grizzlor isn't even named.
  • The Empire: The Horde is an Empire that spans a lot of galaxies, led by it's cruel emperor, Horde Prime, whom Hordak is a clone of.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: Race, gender, species — it doesn't matter as long as you're useful. Hordak doesn't even mind the occasional princess in his ranks. They even use it as a recruiting strategy, spreading propaganda that the Princesses only accept beautiful, well-adjusted humans and that anyone different would be rejected. It helps their case that Scorpia's comments imply a degree of truth to these claims.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: They won't kill any babies or young children that they have orphaned. However, they will take them in and raise them as Child Soldiers.
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Nobody on Etheria seems to know where the Horde actually comes from. Hordak hints that he comes from a much more advanced planet. Confirmed in season 2 and expanded in season 3, the true Horde is much larger than the forces we've seen and are an intergalactic empire that could crush the Rebellion like it was nothing-if they can get to Despondos through a portal, that is.
  • Obliviously Evil: The commanders all know the score, but most of the cadets seem to be like Adora, genuinely convinced that the Horde propaganda about the Princesses is true and the planet needs their orderly rule.
  • Propaganda Machine: The Horde practically crams anti-princess propaganda down the throats of their Cadets, painting them as monstrous and evil beings whose lack of control over their powers causes chaos and destruction. Adora is initially horrified when she transformed into She-Ra for the first time partially because she was afraid that she'd become a princess somehow, and Bow notes in season 2 that all of Adora's ghost stories involve evil princesses.
  • Those Were Only Their Scouts: The Horde on Etheria is a tiny, backwater imitation of the real Horde, an intergalactic empire. Hordak himself is a flawed clone of Horde Prime, the Horde's true leader. His motive for conquering Etheria is to regain the respect of his progenitor.
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    Hordak 

Hordak, Leader of the Horde

Voiced by: Keston John (English), Humberto Solorzano (Latin American Spanish), Hayato Fujii (Japanese)

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"I am not a defect. I am worth something."

Hordak is the dangerously domineering, imposing leader of the Horde. Bent on world domination, he is dangerously powerful and has a brilliant, technological mind.


  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Zig-zagged. He's taller, leaner, and has a much more pleasant voice than his 1980s iteration, and he's much easier on the eyes than the hideous Hordak of the 2002 He-Man and the Masters of the Universe reboot. However, the 1980s Hordak looked healthy and had an athletic build, while this Hordak is thin and sickly underneath his armor.
  • Adaptational Badass: This incarnation of Hordak has none of the Laughably Evil traits of the original, and his presence is nothing but threatening. While he is not as in the forefront as he was previously, he's treated much more seriously and leads the Horde with cold efficiency in their sinister acts. And, he doesn't answer to a higher power either; here, he is The Emperor. Although the last part only applies to the Horde's Outpost in Etheria, as he is still Horde Prime's Subordinate elsewhere else. On top of that, season 3 reveals him to be deathly ill, to the point where just about anyone could've beaten him up if they caught him without a weapon prior to Entrapta building an exoskeleton to support his decaying body.
  • Adaptational Modesty: The 1980s version of Hordak had bare arms and legs. In the 2018 reboot, Hordak's armor covers most of his body.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Not by much (he is still a mass murderer and paranoic after all), but he is noticeably pretty cordial and pragmatic. This is in contrast to his original portrayal, who was nothing short of an idiot, and several other adaptations where he is straight up a monster.
  • Adorkable: Hilariously enough, he ends up like this when dealing with Entrapta, as he noticeably fumbles and struggles to say thank you to her for upgrading his suit to help him deal with his degenerating condition.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: His skin is mostly blue, aside from his white face and arms and dark blue scarification.
  • Bat Out of Hell:
    • This interpretation of the character banks on having bat-like physiology, from the vampiric facial traits to the wings in the attempted clones.
    • The Horde symbol is a stylized bat.
  • Beneath the Mask: In public, Hordak is a stoic, intimidating leader. Underneath the mask, he struggles with feelings of inadequacy as a flawed clone of Horde Prime, desperately wants to prove his worth to his "brother", and is deeply angry at setbacks in his efforts to fix his failing health and open a portal to the outside universe.
  • Benevolent Boss: Ultimately, zigzagged with Bad Boss. He rewards success and punishes disobedience and dishonesty in almost equal measure.
    • In season 1, despite being the Big Bad and the leader of the Horde, upon his discovery of Catra and Entrapta's plan to hack to the planet, he isn't upset despite them not telling him and even grants them his blessing to use Shadow Weaver's Runestone. Later, he promotes Catra to be The Dragon despite her attack on Bright Moon failing, because of everything else she's accomplished for the Horde up to that point. Even Entrapta rather rudely talking back to him, which horrifies Catra, results in Hordak stoically taking her objection into consideration as it was a fair point. In general, he rewards genuine effort and competence with promotion, patches over shaky loyalty with favoritism, punishes complacent attitudes and Bad Boss behavior with demotion, and only berates his minions when they refuse to acknowledge their mistakes. He also doesn't try to micromanage his subordinates, giving them more latitude to act and even officially authorizing their actions if those actions benefit the Horde.
    • That said, he did demote and imprison Shadow Weaver after years of loyal service and countless victories due to a few weeks of stalling the war to find Adora, and similarly almost has Catra sentenced to death (before he changes his mind and sends her on a suicide mission instead) at the start of Season 3 despite all the victories she won for him, just for losing Shadow Weaver and lying about it. He also openly admits he sees the Horde as mere tools to discard the second they're no longer useful to him. The Second Season Finale plays with it, however. Hordak discreetly gives Catra an opportunity to confess that Shadow Weaver escaped, implicitly allowing her to redeem herself in his eyes, and only punishes her when she lies to his face about it. Bad Boss behavior aside, it's more opportunity than most Evil Overlords give their minions in other works.
  • Berserk Button: Do not disturb him when he's in his lab, and do not waste his time with trivial matters. And definitely do not lie to him as Catra found out the hard way.
  • Big Bad: Leader of the Horde and She-Ra's arch-nemesis. Despite this, the narrative places a larger focus on Catra, and her tumultuous and embittered relationship with Adora. And the third season reveals he has a master of his own; Horde Prime.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: He was unaffected by the atmosphere modification field that suffocated Catra, suggesting that his respiratory system is very different from those of Etheria's native population. Also, underneath his armor, his forearms have sizable holes in themnote 
  • Body Horror: While a genius scientist and a capable warrior as a result of his Powered Armor, underneath his body is scarred and twisted, with his arms having gaping holes in-between the bones. His armor exists to hold his disintegrating flesh together. This is because he's a flawed clone of Horde Prime.
  • Born as an Adult: A flashback shows multiple adult Horde Prime clones gestating in vats, suggesting that Hordak underwent age acceleration during his gestation.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Downplayed. He barely remembers stealing baby Adora from her home via a portal, mostly because he didn't mean to do it and regarded her as a poor consolation prize to his real goal, which was to contact Horde Prime, and passed her off to be raised with the rest of the orphans in the Horde since he didn't consider her worth any further thought.
  • The Chain of Harm: He's a ruthless conquerer who treats his underlings like tools to discard the moment they're no longer useful to him. He himself is a defective clone of a ruthless galactic conquerer who cast him out when he started showing health problems.
  • Child Hater: He takes in orphans to be raised as his soldiers, but he finds babies annoying and prefers to not even be in the same room as them.
  • Cloning Blues: The impetus for his attempted take-over of Etheria. He is a clone of Horde Prime, and was once Prime's top general until Hordak's physical degeneration started setting in. Horde Prime despising weakness, Hordak was cast down from his position and sent to the front lines to die; except some sort of portal accident occurred, sending him to Etheria. He began his crusade to conquer the planet to show his "Brother" that he is not a defect, and that he is worth something.
    • Hordak further tried to remedy his condition by cloning himself a new body, but it seems all of his attempts turned out defective themselves, and none are seen past a malformed embryonic stage.
  • Clone Degeneration: His body is breaking down when he's outside of his armor. Entrapta beefs it up for him, but that only helps so much.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: In his flashback/story to Entrapta when he reveals he is a clone of Horde Prime, Hordak is shown shadowed in red as opposed to Horde Prime's green, helping distinguish the two.
  • Crush Filter: He sees Entrapta glowing when looking at her smile during season 3.
  • Cultural Posturing: He's an alien who's traveled to many different planets, and quite resolutely states that Etheria is his least favorite, a cultural and technological backwater that he holds in absolute contempt.
  • Cyborg: In season 3, when Hordak is in a state of undress, viewers see that he has mechanical openings in his torso so that his armor can interface with his body. Later, Entrapta creates a cybernetic exoskeleton for him that interfaces with his tissue.
  • Dark Lord on Life Support: A scene showing him without his armor reveals his body to be falling apart underneath. This combined with his off-handed remark about Etheria's atmosphere being inadequate seems to indicate he's not doing well, mostly due to being a failed clone.
  • Determinator:
    • Hordak does not let adversity stand in his way. After being stranded on Etheria with no immediate way to contact the Horde Prime fleet, he built a technologically advanced military force and conquered large swaths of land while secretly suffering from an illness in a matter of years.
    • Hordak has searched tirelessly for ways to cure or delay his physical breakdown. He's tried everything from cultivating cloned bodies to creating armor that holds his ailing body together.
  • The Dreaded: Most are scared of his nature. Even Catra is shaken up when she was in his presence and Shadow Weaver fears having to face off against him.
  • The Dragon: He was once the Top General of his emperor Horde Prime, whom he was a clone of, but his defect proved to be a liability that the emperor cast him out.
  • Emperor Scientist: He's fairly hands off in running the Horde, preferring to instead conduct major experiments in his sanctum.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
    • Grows genuinely fond of Entrapta (albeit if as a romantic partner or just intellectual equal is not yet clear). Noticeably, when Catra lies to him that Entrapta let the princesses into his base, he looks hurt and at the end of Season 3, when he's forced to flee the scene with Catra after the portal fails, he looks solemnly at the special First Ones crystal Entrapta added to his suit, very clearly still thinking about her and her "betrayal".
    • He shows affection to Imp and allows the creature to enter his sanctum at whim.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Queen Angella of Brightmoon. Both are Reasonable Authority Figures but on opposite ends of the spectrum. While Angella is greatly concerned for her daughter and second in command, Hordak doesn't particularly care that Adora, the Paragon of the Horde, has deserted, and merely promotes Catra to take her place, and he's likewise willing to replace his second in command if they prove disloyal. Also, while Angella is tied directly to the lifecycle of Etheria and immortal, Hordak does not take well to the atmosphere and it's implied that it might be poisoning him.
  • Evil Overlord: Allegedly, The supreme leader of the Horde, usually focusing much more on his scientific works and letting his generals take over the world.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: His hair gains a more relaxed, tousled appearance after he softens up around Entrapta.
  • Fake Muscles: Hordak's armor creates the impression that he's muscular, but underneath the armor, he's lanky.
  • Freudian Excuse: He's a failed clone of Emperor Horde Prime, sent to die in battle for being "worthless". Everything he does is to prove his brother made a mistake.
  • Genius Bruiser: Has Powered Armor that gives him Super Strength and is described as having a "brilliant, technological mind". Season 2 shows he is a scientist dedicated to creating portals.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: He is only using the Horde for his own goals, but never bothers to tell anyone what those goals are. Catra is initially promoted because her actions coincided with his plans, but after that, her attempts to conquer Etheria do little to help him, so he constantly talks down to her.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: He believed Catra when she told him that Entrapta betrayed him, despite knowing that Catra cannot be trusted.
  • Hostile Terraforming: Whatever he is, he has a problem with Etheria's atmosphere, and has created a machine that modifies it within a field. He uses it to torture Catra by making her suffocate while he stands next to her perfectly fine.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: He collaborates with the much shorter Entrapta, the top of whose head only reaches the middle of his chest.
  • Internalized Categorism: Often states that underlings are tools, and those that aren't immediately useful are worthless and need to be thrown away. Turns out, Hordak was a 'defective clone' to a ruthless galactic conqueror who cast him out. Hordak is obsessed with conquering Etheria for his "brother" to prove he's not worthless.
  • Jerkass: He's domineering and arrogant, expecting obedience from followers and talking down to minions who disappoint him or waste his time. He's not above torturing underlings who displease him, as revealed when he tests an atmospheric modification device on Catra in season 2. Even with Entrapta, the woman he trusts and respects, he's curt.
  • Large and in Charge: When standing up, Hordak is easily the tallest character in the show. He towers over Catra, whose head only reaches his thorax.
  • Lean and Mean: Season 3 reveals that he's slender underneath his armor.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Hordak has bat-like ears, a bat-like nose, fangs, and the cloned fetuses in his lab have bat wings.
  • Monochromatic Eyes: His eyes are crimson with no visible irises or pupils.
  • Morality Pet: Ironically, he's this for Entrapta, since her desire to help him when he's in trouble usually makes her act more sane.
  • No Badass to His Valet: Imp feels comfortable enough around Hordak to perch on his shoulder and enter Hordak's inner sanctum at whim. In season 3, he even kicks Hordak's foot to prompt Hordak into thanking Entrapta for her efforts.
  • Not So Different: He demonstrates surprising similarities to Catra, aka obsession with proving his worth.
  • Not So Stoic: He's a cold, cruel Evil Overlord who is almost always in control, but prolonged Entrapta exposure is enough to take even him aback. When she makes it clear that she's both more technically-gifted than him and completely willing to help with his plans (and improve on them if necessary), all he can do is stare at her blankly.
  • Odd Friendship: With Entrapta. The cold, intimidating Hordak and eccentric, high-energy Entrapta work well together, and develop warmth for each other in season 3.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • For the majority of season 2, Catra attempts to keep Hordak in the loop about what's happening with the Horde, but he is uninterested and simply rebukes her. Suddenly, in the finale episode, Hordak summons Catra to his sanctum, wanting to "touch base with her." It turns out he's giving her a Secret Test of Character, one which she promptly fails.
    • In "Huntara", Hordak's intimidating air is gone when he interacts with Entrapta, suggesting that he is starting to trust her.
  • Orcus on His Throne: He never confronts the Rebellion directly, leaving that to his underlings. He is much more dedicated to his own scientific researches, spending all of his time in his sanctum. Deconstructed when Shadow Weaver and Catra point out that it's because he doesn't care about managing his army and hasn't put in the effort of learning to control the Horde through his own efforts.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • An inadvertent one when Shadow Weaver attempts to offer up Catra for punishment over Adora's defection. Rather than hurt the girl, Hordak all but forces Shadow Weaver to make Catra the new Force Captain, even saying if she's not up to the job he'll ultimately hold Shadow Weaver responsible. For a character suffering near nonstop abuse, this counts as being very kind to Catra.
    • Imp is the only character thus far to whom Hordak has shown anything approaching affection. He pets and cradles Imp, allowing Imp to perch on his shoulder from time to time. In one scene, Imp kicks Hordak's foot to goad him into showing gratitude to Entrapta, and Hordak does not retaliate. If anyone else had disrespected Hordak in that manner, they'd feel the full force of his wrath.
    • He grows to truly care for Entrapta, though he's bad at showing it. When their first portal test ends with an explosion, Hordak makes an attempt to shield Entrapta. When he finally manages to state that "any who discount you are utter fools!" her response is to touch his shoulder and say she enjoys being his friend, too, to which he is visibly at a loss for words. He starts to fall in love with her after she tells him that his imperfections are what make him beautiful.
  • Powered Armor: Wears a set that gives him Super Strength. The armor is actually a necessity for him since his body is in bad shape. Entrapta builds him a new suit integrating First Ones technology that does a better job of keeping him together, but bits of it keep shorting out, meaning Entrapta has to make spot repairs frequently.
  • Pragmatic Villainy:
    • Rather than waste time looking for Adora (and fully aware that if he antagonizes her, she knows the Fright Zone inside-out and backward), he simply promotes Catra to her position.
    • Also he doesn't pull a You Have Failed Me on Catra after her attack on Bright Moon failed and instead makes her his lieutenant as she came far closer than anyone else.
    • He also allows Entrapta to experiment with the Black Garnet runestone once he hears it's a node in a network, and that it can steal the power of all the others. It leads to a Near-Villain Victory. Furthermore, he accepts Entrapta's defection quite readily once he learns she's able to increase the efficiency of the Horde's infrastructure and weapons.
    • Hordak does not punish Entrapta for entering his laboratory uninvited, as he did with Catra, because Entrapta provided valuable assistance with one of his projects.
  • Properly Paranoid: Using Imp to spy over his own minions might seem paranoid. However, several his minions are self-serving, dishonest, or reticent with information, so Imp's spying keeps Hordak in the loop.
  • Real Men Wear Pink:
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Surprisingly, possibly as much as Queen Angella. He notably avoids killing his minions at the first sign of failure, and even congratulates his subordinates for an on-paper loss because it provided crucial opportunities and information for future attempts. See also Benevolent Boss.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Hordak is a man dressed in black and red robes, though his skin is blue, it's much less saturated than in the original show. His eyes are also bright red and in the dark are the only thing that can be seen by others. Even his teeth are crimson.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Hordak has large, glowing red eyes that make him seem even more threatening. They seem to glow more when he is angry at someone, which is rare.
  • The Reveal: In season 3, Hordak explains to Entrapta that he's a defective clone of Horde Prime, and his experiments up to this point have focused on trying to open a portal so that he can contact Horde Prime and summon his fleet to Etheria.
  • Secretly Dying: He's in such bad shape that he can't walk without support, and his condition is getting worse. He's tried and failed to clone a new body hundreds of times with no success. Entrapta is the only person who knows he's sick.
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: Entrapta changes his armor in order to work as an exoskeleton for him, which makes him healthier and more powerful.
  • Soap Opera Disease: The show does not describe the specifics of his genetic defect or his medical condition. All viewers know is that Hordak's condition causes him pain, exhaustion, and emaciation.
  • Super Strength: The new exoskeleton that Entrapta designs for him gives him enhanced strength. In one scene, Hordak lifts a heavy piece of equipment to test the new exoskeleton. In another scene, Hordak tears a pillar off of its foundation and hurls it at Bow and Glimmer when they storm the Fright Zone.
  • The Stoic: In season 1, he is always extremely composed. Even when Shadow Weaver actually gets him mad, he resorts to Tranquil Fury. This is subverted in season 2 when viewers see Hordak lose his temper in private. He slams his fist on a table and storms out of his laboratory out of frustration with his technology and later lashes out at the equipment that was placing suit components on his body when it caused him pain.
  • Thinking Up Portals: Season 2 has developing portal technology that allows global and galactic traversal possible as an ongoing project of his. Season 3 reveals that he wants to open a portal to bring the rest of the Horde military through.
  • Uriah Gambit:
    • In season 3, he sends Catra to the Crimson Wastes on a missing to find First Ones technology, expecting her to die in the process. It doesn't work. She returns to the Horde with Adora and She-Ra's sword.
    • Horde Prime sent Hordak to the front lines of battle in the hopes of killing the defective clone. Circumstances that have yet to be explained led to Hordak's ship slipping through a portal to Etheria instead.
  • Vile Villain, Laughable Lackey: The man himself darkens the mood of any scene he appears in, but apart from Shadow Weaver and (usually) Catra, most of his named minions are Affably Evil, if not flat out Adorkable. This is especially the case when he lets Entrapta in on his experiments.
  • Villainous Virtues: He's intelligent, cunning, persistent in his goals, hard-working (often shown working in his lab), handsomely rewards success (see Benevolent Boss), displays some Equal-Opportunity Evil (since he's not blinded by Parental Favoritism regarding Catra as Shadow Weaver is), and he knows to appreciate loyalty and honesty. Both his seconds-in-commands are punished and even demoted for disobeying orders and hiding the truth from him. After connecting with Entrapta, he also demonstrates honest gratitude and respect. He's clearly hurt and disbelieving when Catra lies that Entrapta betrayed him.
  • Visionary Villain: Scoffs at the Horde's single-minded desire to take over Etheria, and he alludes to a much grander master plan. He intends to open a portal to the universe, and deliver Etheria to the galactic conquerer, Emperor Horde Prime.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Hordak truly craves the attention and approval of Horde Prime, his 'elder brother' who he was cloned from. His ardent desire is to be seen by Prime as not a failure after all.
  • Wham Line: "You want to know what I am? I am a clone! A clone of the emperor of the known universe, Horde Prime."
  • What Is This Feeling?: When Entrapta creates an exoskeleton for him and explains how she finds imperfection "beautiful" and explains that failure can be a good thing since it helps you learn and grow, this trope is written all over Hordak's face.
  • Will They or Won't They?: With Entrapta.
  • You Are What You Hate: Hordak is contemptuous of minions who fail him. Season 3 reveals that he sees himself as a failure, being a genetically flawed clone of Horde Prime.
  • You Have Failed Me: In a less lethal way than usual, generally speaking.
    • In episode 2, when Shadow Weaver argues against Catra's appointment as Force Captain, he responds by explaining that since he was promised a new Force Captain and she was in charge of both Adora and Catra, her not being up to the task only means Shadow Weaver would have failed him. Later played straight upon finding out Shadow Weaver not only had ignored his orders but hid the fact that Adora was She-Ra and continued trying to get her back. When he learns Catra had found out a way to empower the Horde's weapons without the help of Shadow Weaver, he strips Shadow Weaver of her influence and now favors Catra.
    • When Catra's attack on Bright Moon is thwarted by Adora and the princesses, Hordak is not pleased at her failure. However, he promotes her to The Dragon given her impressive track record leading up to it.
    • At the end of season 2, he punishes Catra not for allowing Shadow Weaver to trick her and escape, but for lying to him about it.

    Shadow Weaver 

Shadow Weaver, Sorceress

Voiced by: Lorraine Toussaint (English), Kikuko Inoue (Japanese)

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"Nothing will stop us from finding Adora and bringing her back!"

Shadow Weaver is a powerful sorceress and Hordak's second-in-command within the Horde. Devious and self-serving, she aligned herself with Hordak in exchange for amplified powers. It was also Shadow Weaver who raised Adora and Catra as her wards in the Fright Zone.


  • Abusive Parents: She raised Adora and Catra as her wards. Adora got mostly controlling, emotionally manipulative forms of abuse, while she outright threatened to kill Catra more than once and attacked her multiple times.
  • Adaptational Badass: Downplayed. In the original series, Light Spinner was a mediocre sorceress who sold out Mystacor to the Horde in exchange for greater magical power. Here, she was Castaspella's predecessor as leader of Mystacor, meaning that she was already quite powerful, but sold out her people anyway.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: On several occasions, she tenderly tucks a strand of Adora's hair behind her ear. She does the same to Catra when she needs to get to her good side. She did this with Micah too. Surprisingly, this actually happened AFTER she transformed into Shadow Weaver.
  • All the Other Reindeer: Insists that the people of Mystacor shunned and looked down on her, which is why she signed up with Hordak. It's revealed she was a respected sorceress, but that she was so power-hungry, people were afraid of her.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Even when she was still Light Spinner, she had greenish-gray skin.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Even when she wasn't corrupted, her hunger for power continuously led people to distrust her. This eventually led her to participate in making a forbidden spell that gave her great power in exchange for severely messing up her mind.
  • Amulet of Dependency: She uses the Black Garnet runestone to increase her powers, but having that connection to it means she's dependent on it to recharge her strength. She appears to be in pain when she needs a recharge. When Catra destroys the jewel on her mask that was somehow connected to the Black Garnet, she apparently loses her powers completely. It's revealed the forbidden spell she used in Mystacor turns her into a Power Parasite that needs something else to feed on.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Shadow Weaver is powerful, intimidating, and threatening. However, her single-minded obsession with getting Adora back under her thumb instead of fighting the war makes Shadow Weaver a much less efficient enemy than her subaltern Catra. Also, Shadow Weaver's power is wholly limited to what Hordak allows her to do, and while she's a powerful sorceress, she's an extremely weak fighter that can be taken out easily. Eventually, this destroys her when Catra proves to be the better soldier and strategist, gaining favor from Hordak and becoming his second in command over Shadow Weaver.
  • Big "NO!": After Catra destroys the stone in her mask, she crumbles to the floor screaming.
  • Boisterous Weakling: She sees herself as a powerful sorceress and the only one who can tap into the true power of the Black Garnet. Hordak himself spells out plainly that once she managed to tap into the Garnet, she just used it for "parlor tricks", and that Entrapta has done more for the Horde with the Runestone in hours than Shadow Weaver had in years. When Catra shatters the crystal on her mask and depowers her, all she can do is whine for her power to come back.
  • Boomerang Bigot: Seems to have a special hatred for those who have to earn their power over those born to it. Given that she had to work and sacrifice for the power she has...
  • Broken Pedestal: The Sorcerer's Guild became one to her as time went on; Light Spinner admired them and aspired to become a great sorceress herself, but she struggles with their teachings and is frustrated that the Guild didn't trust or respect her. She grows particularly alienated from them due to their failure to take action against the Horde causing her to leave the Order. She eventually turns her back on the Guild and becomes a dark sorceress in order to seize the power she thinks she deserves, even claiming to Norwyn during their battle that "they're fools".
  • Casting a Shadow: Her magic takes the form of inky blackness from which she can do things like conjure promotion badges and conjure spy shadows. It's mentioned in the show that Shadow Weaver is a sorceress and presumably could perform magic when she was Light Spinner but how much of her powers are her own and how much she derives from the Black Garnet is unclear. When Catra smashes the gemstone on Shadow Weaver's forehead she seemingly becomes powerless.
  • Contralto of Danger: She has a deep, frightening voice that adds to her threatening presence.
  • The Dark Arts, In season 2, flashbacks reveal that she used forbidden magic in an attempt to empower herself, becoming disfigured in the process. The spell summoned an eldritch abomination that endowed her with shadow magic, which she used to absorb three of Mystacor's leaders.
  • Dark Is Evil: She's Hordak's Dragon, a Wicked Witch, and named Shadow Weaver.
  • The Dark Side Will Make You Forget: As Light Spinner, Shadow Weaver was the only magic user at Mystacore that recognized how much of a threat the Horde posed, the others, especially Norwyn, thinking that the princesses could handle it. When they refused to listen to her warnings, her frustration and ambition led her to attempt a forbidden spell that turned her into a Power Parasite, twisting her mind in the process. She then killed Norwyn before leaving, and the next we see of her, she's joined the Horde herself.
  • Darth Vader Clone: It wasn't like her original incarnation wasn't this before, but in terms of aesthetics, she's a tall, intimidating-looking right-hand of the Big Bad with mystical powers, a stone-cold demeanor, and a penchant for torturing others. She no longer has the equivalent of Vader Breath, but now she's got a mask that hides her deformed face. And, just like Vader, she also experiences a demotion. Even her backstory as Light Spinner has deeper parallels to Anakin Skywalker's; she was once a sorceress of great power in an ancient, heroic order of mystics, but is frustrated that they don't seem to trust or respect her because of her temperament, arrogance, willingness to take risks, not to mention her determination to become more powerful, feeling that Norwyn does nothing but hold her back. She grows more alienated as time went on, but her faith in the aforementioned heroic order is shaken when they refuse to take action against the Horde, leading her to denounce them. Her fall to the dark side then causes her to be disfigured, and for one of her former masters to be killed in the process. When all was said and done, she ends up joining The Empire.
  • Death of Personality: The hearing of Norwyn refusing to take action breaks whatever was left of Light Spinner's spirit and leads to her transformation into the brutal villain that we see now.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Almost name-drops this trope when Catra shows sympathy for her after she's chewed out by Hordak.
  • The Dragon: Like in the original series, she's the second-in-command of the Horde. She is later demoted from this role in favor of Catra.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: She continues her plan to bring Adora back by any means despite being ordered by Hordak to forget about her.
  • Dub Name Change: Her name is changed/translated to "Tejesombras," in the European Spanish dub, "Ténébra" in the French dub, and "Sombria" in the Portuguese dub.
  • Enemy Mine: Calls for a truce with the Rebellion, if only to get revenge on Hordak and the Horde for demoting and imprisoning her.
  • Even Evil Can Be Loved: Despite Shadow Weaver's abuses towards Catra, and the young girl's own actions against the darkness wielder, Catra does show signs of affection towards the sorceress a few times. She even tried to convince Hordak to spare her, which unfortunately allows Shadow Weaver to escape.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Not at all towards her adoptive daughters (unless it's in an extremely twisted and abusive way) but she did seem fond of Micah, even sparing him and touching his cheek before leaving.
  • Evil Mentor:
    • As a child, Micah was mentored in magical arts by Light Spinner, later known as Shadow Weaver. She enlisted his help in stealing and grinding down some of Mystacor's crystals, taught him about forbidden magic, and used him to perform the evil ritual that gave her shadow powers.
    • In Season 3, she shows she can teach Adora and Glimmer important lessons in magic that can help them in the long run, and there is no denying it. Shadow Weaver teaches Adora how to use the sword to heal others a lot faster than Light Hope said it could, and teaches Glimmer how to better focus her powers. If she is planning on betraying them after Hordak gets it, the heroes better make the most of her time with them until that day comes.
  • Exact Words: Claims she "found" Adora. Doesn't specify where or how. It later turns out the Horde found Adora, and Shadow Weaver was passing by when she saw something about her.
  • Expressive Mask: The eye slits on her mask can change depending on how she expresses herself, mostly the white parts.
  • The Faceless: Played with in that we have never seen her entire face, just parts of it; when she was Light Spinner she always wore a veil that covered her face from the nose down, and since her horrendous disfigurement after using the Spell of Obtainment (save for one glimpse just after the act) she constantly wears a face-concealing mask even after it has been visibly cracked down the center.
  • Facial Horror: Only a quick glimpse of it is seen, but her face is grayish, heavily veined, with bulging eyes that have deformed pupils all unnaturally detailed for the show's artwork.
  • Fallen Hero: She used to be a good, if overly ambitious member of Shastacore's guild. She tried to protect her land against the Horde with a forbidden spell that ended up with terrible side-effects for her. Fed up with the other mages that wouldn't listen to her or trust her, she defected to Hordak's side.
  • The Force Is Strong with This One: Shadow Weaver could sense something special about Adora the moment she laid her eyes on the infant.
  • General Failure: Hordak criticizes her for letting the war against the rebellion devolve into a stalemate during the fourth episode, and it only gets worse from there. She places all of her hopes for turning the war around on Adora, and once Adora defects devotes all her resources and effort to getting her back. Everyone around her can see this is a pointless waste, and she compounds it with poor intel, a terrible Villainous Demotivator command style, and a spiteful and pointless vendetta with one of her own force captains.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: When Micah shows he is more powerful than she, Light Spinner becomes incredibly angry and demands to know who else is teaching him. Its also shown that most of her desire to stop the Horde is colored by the thought that in doing so would allow her to gain more power.
  • Hate Sink: An abusive, evil sorcerer that is the cause for many of the problems that haunt Adora and Catra. On top of that, she sold out her own people for even greater magical power, forcing them to live in hiding.
  • Hazy Feel Turn: Over the course of season 3, she lets herself get captured in order to warn Adora about Hordak's master plan and assists the princesses in invading the Fright Zone, but given that she's a Manipulative Bitch, it's unknown if she's genuinely undergoing a Heel–Face Turn, if she's just using the Rebellion as a means to get back at Hordak for demoting and imprisoning her, or if she's playing some kind of long game as part of her agenda.
  • Irony: The traits she describes Adora as having, and part of the reason why she fixates on her, better fit Catra than her.
  • It's All About Me: Is described in her bio as self-serving, joined Hordak for the sole purpose of becoming more powerful, is willing to go against Hordak's direct orders and fixate on recapturing Adora, and has no issue with Stealing the Credit.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Flashbacks show that she was an attractive woman before evil magic altered her appearance.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: After what happens in Mystacor, she almost looks like she's about to say something nice to Catra... only to claim all her horrific crap was to make her "strong".
  • Kick the Dog: Her abuse toward Adora and Catra, but especially Catra, considering they were both little kids when she took them in and Catra is particularly on the most threatening end of said abuse.
    • Her hatred for Catra apparently gotten worse to the point where she nearly strangled her to death in "Moment of Truth" because Catra wanted Hordak to open the portal just so Adora will lose.
  • Lady of Black Magic: A powerful, self-serving sorceress with mysterious motives and power over the Black Garnet, increasing the potency of her dark magic.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Her Stealing the Credit for Catra's plan from "Princess Prom" means that when it ultimately goes south, she's the one holding the bag, not Catra.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: She gained her shadow powers by using forbidden magic to summon an eldritch abomination, but the ritual disfigured her body and tainted her mind. Worse, after performing the ritual, she augmented her powers by absorbing three of Mystacor's leaders.
  • Loving a Shadow: Well, "love" is a strong word, but Adora calls her out on this, saying that the Adora she keeps trying to bring back into the fold of the Horde (who Shadow Weaver describes as an "ambitious, cutthroat, ruthless warrior", which is, ironically, closer to Catra than Adora) doesn't exist.
  • Magic Hair: Shadow Weaver's very long black hair has not failed to keep straight up behind her head, except when she's feeling weak.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Which is lampshaded by almost all characters under her. She is prone to use emotional manipulation on Adora and Catra, serving as both their foster mother and commanding officer. While Catra grew mostly immune to it, eventually coming to fear just her shadow powers, Adora took longer to realize it.
    Adora: This is what Shadow Weaver does, she manipulates people, she pushes them apart.
    • In season two, she even manages to trick the supposedly immune Catra into helping her escape by manipulating her need for validation.
    • In flashbacks, she also manipulated a young Micah by praising his magical abilities and abusing their mentor-student relationship for the sake of practicing a forbidden ritual.
    • Even Glimmer, who's seen the effects of Weaver's manipulations on Adora, falls for Weaver's promises of power when Adora's life is on the line. Well, it got Glimmer very far and didn't hurt her yet, but still...
  • Meaningful Look: She has one with Imp in "Flowers for She-Ra" when she realizes how Hordak knows she's still looking for Adora instead of obeying orders. This is because she knows Imp hears things around the Horde as a secret spy for Hordak.
  • Meaningful Rename: Used to go by Light Spinner before changing her name and joining the Horde.
  • The Mentor: To Adora and Micah. Flashbacks show her mentoring Micah in magical arts as Light Spinner.
  • Mind Wipe: Attempts this on Adora to forcefully bring her back to the Horde.
  • Mother Makes You King: In a sense, this is her plan for Adora. Since she raised Adora from infancy and acted as a surrogate mother to her, in addition to being her Horde army overseer, Shadow Weaver wants to make Adora great so she could take credit by proxy. Needless to say, Adora is not interested.
  • Not So Different: Tells Catra in season 2 that part of the reason that she was so hard on her was that she saw a lot of herself in Catra, and since she had a tough life, Catra didn't deserve any better.
  • Parental Favoritism: She makes no bones about her preference of Adora over Catra. In fact, it's all but stated that Shadow Weaver saw Catra not as a daughter but more like Adora's pet.
    Shadow Weaver: Catra has been nothing but a disappointment to me!
  • Parental Substitute: A dark and twisted example. Shadow Weaver was the closest thing both Adora and Catra had to a mother growing up.
  • Power Floats: Generally tends to hover just a little bit above the ground, unless her power's running out.
  • Power Parasite: Turns out this is how she drew power from the Black Garnet. In her backstory, she cast a forbidden spell turned her into this as a way to combat the Horde when the Princess Alliance couldn't. One of her first victims was her own teacher, Norwyn, whom she completely absorbed upon transforming. This is better demonstrated in season 3, where Shadow Weaver demonstrates the ability to use Glimmer's magic as her own when they hold hands. Thankfully, she was healed to the point where she doesn't have to rely on magic as sustenance.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Long dark hair and a red cloak. Her magic is red and black as well. Fitting for an evil sorceress.
  • Squishy Wizard: Primarily a long-range fighter, preferably from a couple of thousand miles away if she can help it. The reasons are made obvious every time she's taken a hit, as it normally only requires one to take her out of the fight.
  • Stealing the Credit: As "No Princess Left Behind" shows, she has no qualms with taking the credit for the successes of those under her, like Catra, using the justification that since Catra is her subordinate, Catra's successes are hers as well.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Becomes this in season 3, as she joins the Rebellion purely for self-interest, without really changing her personality or moral stance in any way. The heroes can only trust her as far as they can throw her, so they do not expect getting used to this.
  • Too Much Alike: Claims this was the reason she was hard on Catra; that Catra reminded her of her younger self, and since Shadow Weaver always had to struggle to get ahead in life then why should it be different for Catra? Though since Shadow Weaver was using Catra's desperation for affection to trick her into helping her escape, it's unclear if Shadow Weaver was sincere or not.
  • Tough Love: She claims this was the case for Catra, to make her stronger, but Catra doesn't buy it.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: A far more evil one than most, granted, but pretty much everything bad that happens in S3 to every character can be traced back to her. Obviously most of Catra's issues stem from a very abusive childhood, but Catra would've never gotten the sword (again) if Shadow Weaver hadn't escaped, and Catra most likely would've stayed in the Crimson Wastes if Shadow Weaver hadn't linked up with the Rebellion (for different reasons than Catra thought, but still). Essentially, she almost unwittingly led to the destruction of the universe.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Her frustrations at failing to get Adora back continue to build up in her, it reaches the point when she snaps and attacks Catra for making use of her Black Garnet. After being defeating she hopelessly tries to piece the stone that was in mask together begging it to work again.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Manages to manipulate Catra and escape in season 2, but it is given no clear indication of how she did it besides that she created an illusion of herself to trick people into thinking she didn't leave.
  • We Can Rule Together: This appears to be her plan for Adora, even going so far as wanting to mindwipe her so she'd go back to being an obedient soldier.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Back in the day, she believed she had to do what needed to be done for the good of Etheria, feeling that using a forbidden spell was for the greater good in saving Etheria. At the end, it amounted to nothing.
  • Wicked Witch: A powerful, evil Horde witch that uses shadow powers to attack and harm others.
  • You Killed My Father: Castaspella blames her for killing Micah or ordering his death. Subverted, because Shadow Weaver had nothing to do with it.

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Catra, Force Captain

Voiced by: AJ Michalka (English), Afumi Hashi (Japanese), Juliet Donenfeld (English, young)

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"Hey, Adora."

Catra and Adora grew up together in the Horde and once shared a powerful bond. At first, Catra felt deeply betrayed when Adora defected to join the Rebellion, but she soon realizes that being out of Adora’s shadow gives her the opportunity to climb the ranks in the Horde. Full of new ambition, Catra quickly takes Adora’s spot as Force Captain.


  • Adaptational Badass: In the original series, Catra was a human who could use her mask to shapeshift into a panther, among other powers. This version of Catra has a mask, but it doesn't do anything. However, this version is a cat person who is much stronger and faster than a normal human, able to hold her own against She-Ra.
  • Affably Evil: In general, she is just a happy-go-lucky girl like Adora, and she later feels like she doesn't even know her anymore.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Besides having an abusive mother figure in Shadow Weaver, Catra also wasn't well-liked by her peers sans Adora.
  • Always Second Best: To Adora. While Catra took pains to hide this attitude, it eventually comes to the surface after Adora leaves the Horde. Shadow Weaver constantly treating Catra as The Unfavorite made this attitude exponentially worse.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Her relationship with Adora is... complicated, to put it mildly. She never shows romantic interest in any male characters, and her interactions with Adora (especially at the Princess Prom) have unsubtle romantic overtones. Several episodes also examine how betrayed and hurt Catra feels about Adora leaving the Horde. Even after trying to kill Adora, Catra is still a mess of mixed emotions about it.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Her official bio says as much. Catra couldn't care less whether she fights for good or evil; becoming the top of the food chain is all that matters.
  • Ax-Crazy: Catra loses her sanity during season 3's finale, becoming a Mood-Swinger, behaving erratically, attacking her friends, and trying to kill everything just so she can win for once.
  • Badass Normal: Catra can hold her own against She-Ra despite She-Ra's powers, in no small part due to Adora still being inexperienced with her She-Ra abilities.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me:
    • Catra's love for Adora stems from the fact that she was the only one who ever cared for her. The other recruits and horde soldiers can't stand her and Shadow Weaver is outright abusive to her.
    • When Adora defected, it left Catra feeling no one cared about her, at least until she got close to Hordak. Unlike Shadow Weaver, Hordak showed Catra the recognition she had always wanted and not only that encouraged her to become greater.
    • In the third season, this gets subverted hard. Scorpia is probably the only character to genuinely see Catra as a friend and only wants her to be happy, going out of her way to ensure Catra's alright. However, when Catra realizes Shadow Weaver went to Bright Moon and abandoned her for Adora, she instantly tries to break things off with Scorpia.
  • Bifauxnen: Wears a suit for the ball in episode 8, and it looks good on her.
  • Big Bad: Takes over this role from Hordak in season 3, activating the portal and keeping Entrapta from stopping him. At the end, he's easily manipulated by her despite being the Horde's leader.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: What we see of her as a kid shows that, when not being terrified of Shadow Weaver, she was a vicious little kid, picking a fight with Octavia and scratching one of her eyes up.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Catra initially slacks off during her Horde squad training and gets her teammates to do all the actual work. It's implied that this comes from being micromanaged by Shadow Weaver, as well as a lack of drive as a result of feeling overshadowed by pre-defection Adora. When Catra gets more latitude to act on her own, she becomes far more efficient.
  • Catchphrase: "Hey, Adora." Usually said mockingly or threateningly rather than affectionately.
  • Cat Girl: Instead of a humanoid woman who can turn into a cat, now she's a full-time Little Bit Beastly cat-person. She can be heard purring when in a particularly good mood, and curls up at the foot of a bed like a cat.
  • Cats Are Mean: She takes an almost vindictive pleasure in hurting her enemies and is a cat-themed being.
  • Cats Hate Water: Catra hates being on a boat. It is later shown she is also unhappy with snow.
  • The Chains of Commanding: After getting promoted at the end of season one, Catra has to deal with a lot of paperwork and logistics.
  • Clipped-Wing Angel: After falling into the World-Wrecking Wave, she climbs back out with the right side of her body entirely black, covered in Volcanic Veins, and speaking with the Voice of the Legion. It doesn't do Catra much good against a righteously-angry Adora, who knocks Catra out with a Megaton Punch to the face.
  • Composite Character: In the original series, Lonnie was Adora's friend in the Horde. Here, it's Catra, besides serving for her role in the original as well.
  • Cute Little Fangs: And they fit her Cat Girl aesthetic, as well as her general personality pretty well.
  • The Cynic: Catra is aware that everything the Horde told the cadets was a lie, but doesn't care because she never trusted anyone to begin with. She also disregards and takes pleasure in breaking down the Rebellion's belief in The Power of Friendship.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Catra was abandoned as a baby and raised by the Horde. She was the victim of emotional and physical abuse from Shadow Weaver, and her only friend was Adora.
  • Demoted to Dragon: Both played straight and Inverted by the end of season one. True she's no longer the central antagonist, going from being in charge of her unit to under a direct superior, but that's because she's been promoted and is now The Dragon to Hordak himself.
  • Deuteragonist: Her personal journey drives the plot just as much as Adora's and quite a few episodes put much of the focus on her, even more than Glimmer or Bow.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Never wears shoes in the entire series. This includes while wearing a very nice suit. Naturally, as a Cat Girl, this is so she's more agile when climbing and can use the grips of her nails to scale walls. She also prefers to keep her knees uncovered. She has worn shoes in very cold climates, suggesting she will wear shoes if she absolutely has to.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Shadow Weaver learned it was not a smart move to mistreat Catra for all those years, especially when Catra knows about Shadow Weaver's mind games. Not only does Catra sever Shadow Weaver's connection to the Black Garnet, but she earns a Klingon Promotion for it.
  • The Dragon: Becomes Hordak's second-in-command in the season-finale, by betraying and overthrowing Shadow Weaver.
  • Duality Motif: Her right eye is blue, like Adora. When she goes fully of the deep end in season 3, the entire right side of her face becomes distorted black, symbolically severing her ties to Adora.
  • Dub Name Change: To keep the pun, her name is "Gatia" in the European Spanish dub, and "Gatra" or "Felina" in the respective European and Brazilian Portuguese dubs.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Catra sees Adora's Heel–Face Turn as her Only Friend turning her back on her.
  • Even Evil Can Be Loved:
    • Part of what humanizes Catra as a villain is that she still has one good person who cares about her. Adora still cares for her; she has never forgiven herself for leaving her and everything she had to go through and apologizes to her. Since leaving the Horde, Adora tries to redeem and help Catra and still believes Catra has some good left in her. Subverted as of the season 3 finale. After Catra proves she is willing to destroy Etheria and all life on it just to deny Adora victory, Adora finally realizes she isn't responsible for Catra's choices, and decides she's done trying to reason with someone so spiteful.
    • Scorpia also gets in on this, trying her best to make Catra happy and is the last person left to still care about her.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
    • Deconstructed. She does have some fondness for her adoptive sister Adora, but any sentiment for her doesn't stop Catra from going on with her evil actions. Catra was clearly troubled after she decides to let Adora fall to her supposed death at the end of episode 11, but she went through with it in an attempt to distance herself from her past.
    • Season 2 shows that despite all the resentment and hate for what she did, Catra still loves Shadow Weaver and wants a relationship with her. Sadly this is used against her.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Catra doesn't quite understand Adora's idealism and willingness to save everybody, as well as how she relies on friends rather than herself. The director has cited it as the core tragedy of the show.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Glimmer. Both feel inferior due to their upbringing and desire to prove their worth. However, Glimmer's insecurity leads her to be a positive force in the world, develop new bonds despite her issues, and constantly push Adora towards heroism; in addition, she is able to talk about her issues with Angella. Catra is far more destructive in her pursuit of acknowledgment and obsession with Adora, doesn't seem to be aware of friends she makes along the way, and Shadow Weaver is too abusive for any mending of fences to be possible.
  • Evil Former Friend: Adora and Catra were actually good friends. Played with in that the friendship doesn't become former because of a Face–Heel Turn, but because of a Heel–Face Turn. And Catra is very much upset by it.
  • Expressive Ears: Her ears tend to move around and help accent her moods.
  • Fantastic Racism: She drops several hints that she suffers from this, always hinting that she feels that one of the reasons that Adora left is because she was "not like her" or Glimmer and Bow.
  • Fatal Flaw: Jealousy. Her obsession with control, the past, and her inability to understand the responsibility she holds in her own life all stem from being jealous of someone else. On numerous occasions, she's given the opportunity to change, and fails to do so because of perceived slights towards her.
    • In the first season, despite having a flashback of all their good times as childhood friends, Catra still turns her back on Adora, leaving her to die. Catra does this because if Adora is gone, it will mean Shadow Weaver will have to favor Catra instead.
    • Throughout the third season, Catra consistently makes things worse for herself out of jealousy. Catra lies that Entrapta is betraying the Horde, getting Entrapta sent to Beast Island. This actively hurts the Horde's plans, but Catra's jealousy over Entrapta getting close to Hordak means she doesn't care. Scorpia's suggestion that they live in peace in the wastes is ignored the second Catra believes Shadow Weaver joined up with Adora. Even in a reality where Adora offers Catra the chance to escape the Horde before becoming She-Ra, Catra still chooses to insist that Adora is abandoning her. Later in the same episode, Catra is willing to destroy the universe, herself included, just for the sake of beating Adora at something. Each time, Catra is offered opportunities to change, but blames others for her own mistakes and lets her long-held grudges ruin her senses.
  • Femme Fatalons: Kitty's got claws, and uses them in combat.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Outside of Adora, Catra doesn't seem too popular with the other cadets, only tolerated because she's Adora's friend and is very capable. Later, the others keep around her because she is their boss now.
  • Freudian Excuse: Twofold, both pretty straightforward. First, Catra has been trampled on her entire life by those stronger than her, like Shadow Weaver and Hordak. She wants to take over the Horde so she'll be the strong one doing the trampling. Second, Catra's self-destructive obsession with Adora is because Adora has been Catra's rock her entire life. She's never had to function without her, leading to Catra basing her every decision on Adora.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: She was just another Horde squad member before being promoted to squad captain and later Hordak's own second-in-command. Granted, she was always an outstanding cadet, aside from her behavior, despite how much Shadow Weaver dismissed her.
  • Furry Reminder: Somewhat unusually for a mostly human Cat Girl, her feline side is often evident. She often does cat stuff like getting jumpy if she thinks there's a mouse nearby, frizzing her tail up when startled, curling up when she's asleep, sleeping at Adora's feet like a housecat, purring when she's happy and hissing when angry or scared. She also sniffs Entrapta out of a vent.
  • Generation Xerox: Not in a literal sense, since she is not biologically related to Hordak, but in the sense that she was raised by Hordak's Evil Horde. Both characters struggle with feelings of failure and desperately want to prove thelseves to an authority figure (Hordak for Catra, Horde Prime for Hordak). Both characters turn down opportunities to start new lives, preferring to go back to their old lives in an attempt to redeem themselves (Catra turns down an opportunity to stay in the Crimson Waste as a gang leader, while Hordak turned down an opportunity to start a new life when he crashed on Etheria.). Both characters have little interest in the minutae of running an empire, prefering to focus on matters immediately relevant to them. Both characters feel betrayed by someone they cared about and trusted (Adora for Catra, Entrapta for Hordak at the end of season 3).
  • Green-Eyed Monster: This is ultimatly what drives her into villainly. She has always been in Adora's shadow, but she seemed to manage it because Adora also happened to be her best friend. The moment Adora is made the Chosen One when she became Shera and joined the rebellion, Catra's feels betrayed, and the jealousy she always felt boils to the surface and gradually gets worse every season, until she decides she'd rather see the whole world destoryed by the dangers of opening a portal to another world, than sit back and watch Adora win and get more glory by saving the world.
  • Hannibal Lecture: Attempts to deliver one of these to Adora in the season 3 finale, claiming that everything bad that's happened in the series, up to and including Catra trying to destroy reality, is entirely Adora's fault. Adora disagrees.
  • The Heavy: As if her placement in the opening weren't enough of an indication. Catra is the more visible antagonist of the series despite being subservient to Hordak.
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick: Comes to believe she's one to Hordak, which she lets him know in no uncertain terms at her punishment. As she sees it, Hordak is so obsessed with his portal experiments he barely pays any attention to the day to day running of the Horde and as a result, wouldn't know how to run it without Catra (or someone like her, like Shadow Weaver). Notably, Entrapta offers Hordak all sorts of evidence to show that the Horde's efficiency has improved since Catra took Shadow Weaver's place in an effort to get Hordak to spare her, suggesting there might be some truth to this.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Downplayed. Catra's right eye is blue and she has proven to be ruthless, cold, vicious, and have a strong Lack of Empathy.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Deep down, all Catra wants is the love and approval from an authority figure and Adora back with her.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Catra was raised along side Adora and watched as Adora grew to be a great Horde soldier, gain the respect of her fellow soldiers, get praised constantly as well as special treatment by Shadow Weaver while always getting putdown and scolded by her. All she wants in the end is to be seen as equally special like Adora. In Season 3, she actually gets a chance at this by gaining Scorpia's friendship and loyalty and conquering a desert gang, which she takes over and becomes the leader of. But by then, her jealousy of Adora becomes too strong and she throws her chance away. Lampshaded by Scorpia who points this out to her, shortly before Catra snaps and tries to destroy the world, because she can't stand seeing Adora win again.
  • It's All About Me: Adora is pretty much the only person she cares about, and even then only when she can manipulate and use her to her own advantage. Before Adora defected, Catra would mock her for being a goody-goody, dismiss her achievements, and try to make her feel bad about her promotions... except when Catra could piggy-back off it to pass her own trials with minimum effort, or convince Adora to use her new promotion to go on a joy ride. After Adora defects, Catra feels personally betrayed.
  • It's Personal: A villainous example, as she was largely apathetic to the war but became much more invested after feeling betrayed by Adora defecting. From her point of view, she betrayed their promise to always look out for each other. She is also aware that the feeling is mutual; having exploited it to distract Adora from more important matters more than once.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Catra's gone from being kind of a jerk to nigh-on unforgivable actions like almost destroying all reality in her insanity and desire to one-up Adora.
  • Kick the Morality Pet: As definitive proof of how far she's fallen in her obsession with defeating Adora and earning Hordak's approval, she threatens to murder Scorpia, the one person she truly considered a friend, when the latter tries to protest her plan of framing Entrapta for the Alliance discovering Hordak's portal.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Catra goes as far as to destroy all of reality, including herself, just to defeat Adora once and for all. When Adora manages to Set Right What Once Went Wrong, Catra can tell from Adora's Death Glare that she's officially given up on trying to redeem Catra. Even her current mental state, Catra knows she should retreat while she still can after losing so badly.
  • Lack of Empathy: Towards people who aren't Adora or part of her immediate social group, generally speaking. She's entirely fine with the idea of aiding the Horde in conquering the world and oppressing entire nations of innocent people if it means she's going to be one of the people calling the shots afterward. This is the source the rift between her and Adora, as the latter found the Horde's actions unacceptable once she learned of them, while Catra had known all along and didn't see why Adora was making such a fuss about it.
  • Laughing Mad: In Season 3, a sign of Catra's Sanity Slippage is occasionally breaking out into low-pitched broken laughter. Once it becomes clear that Adora is coming close to beating her, this gets significantly more intense.
    Catra: "Adora is right?" (lowers her head, laughing) Adora gets everything she wants. But not this time. This time, I am going to win! I don't care what it takes!
  • Leeroy Jenkins: In episode 1, when Adora warns her that they need to save enough fuel to get back in their "borrowed" vehicle, she says that it's a problem "for future Adora and Catra". She grows out of this later as she begins to take her career more seriously and actually proves herself dangerously cunning and more aware of the importance of the bigger picture than Shadow Weaver herself.
  • Madness Makeover: During her Sanity Slippage, Catra's hair becomes unkempt, falling into her face. She corrects it most of the time, but during her Villainous Breakdown, she leaves it unkempt, giving her a more psychotic appearance.
  • Manipulative Bitch: She learned from Shadow Weaver very well. Ironically? She's actually BETTER, as she knows how to do the soft sell. Granted, it's a little ambiguous if she was really manipulating Entrapta. The sympathy was probably genuine, but she obviously has no idea if Entrapta was left behind on purpose or not, and thus went for the former. It's possible that her feelings on Adora's defection were coloring her perceptions.
    • Even before Adora defected, Catra was casually manipulative toward her, often making her feel guilty about her ambition and achievements... except when she could get Adora to use them to Catra's advantage, like do most of the grunt work during squad training, cover for her to Shadow Weaver, or use her status to go on joy rides. This is explored more in Season 2.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: Big time with Adora. At first, Catra will state how happy she is that Adora's gone and go mad with jealousy whenever Adora does something great; then, a second later, she show signs of wanting her back in the Horde as her best friend.
  • Mismatched Eyes: Catra's eyes are different colors: the left is yellow and the right is blue. Her irises are also large enough her sclera aren't visible, like a real cat's.
  • My Instincts Are Showing: She apparently left half a mouse in a shoe once. Adora still teases her about it.
  • Mysterious Animal Senses: She has an enhanced sense of smell and reflexes.
  • Never Live It Down: In-universe. Adora likes to tease her about an incident involving a mouse, which apparently happened a long time ago, but which Catra is still twitchy about.
  • Never My Fault: Catra will blame everyone but herself whenever something goes badly for her.
    • In season 1, Catra blames Adora for leaving and making her life miserable. However, Catra is trying to paint Adora in the worst possible light to save her own ego.
    • In season 3, Catra does this twice in the second half of the season. First, Catra blames Shadow Weaver for making her into what she is, even though Catra had multiple opportunities to back out and didn't take them. Second, when Catra tries to destroy all of reality, she's blaming Adora for failing to stop her from doing it.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: In season two any time Catra does anything remotely kind she ends up punished severely for it. In trying to save Shadow Weaver's life she ends up used and Shadow Weaver escapes, then when confiding to Scorpia that she's scared about Hordak finding out, his minion hears this and reports back to a very angry Hordak.
  • Nonchalant Dodge: Has a habit of doing this during 1-on-1 combat to frustrate Adora or Glimmer. It usually works... until The Gloves Come Off and her opponent kicks it into next gear.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: Subverted. Like Adora, she uses a different version of the uniform that the other cadets use, but it later is shown that the clothes she wears aren't a uniform at all, Catra refuses to use the uniform and wears those clothes.
  • The Nose Knows: Finds Entrapta hiding in the vents by smelling her out.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: At least when it comes to Adora. Which is ironic when she is more then a little annoyed at Scorpia's clinginess. She also tends to be this with Entrapta, constantly stroking the other girl's hair.
  • Not Brainwashed: She has always been totally aware of the Horde's real intentions and that the propaganda was just that. She was actually surprised that Adora was gullible enough to have believed that they weren't the bad guys.
  • Not So Different: During "White Out", she becomes obsessive about getting and keeping Adora under her control again, even in the face of imminent disaster, refusing to be talked out of it. In other words, acting exactly like Shadow Weaver.
  • Oblivious to Love: Doesn't seem to quite get that Scorpia has a massive crush on her.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Catra goes hard into this territory in season 3 as she gradually loses touch with her sanity. She decides killing every person on Etheria (including herself) is worth it just because that would mean Adora wouldn't win. It's what finally gets Adora to stop caring about what happens to Catra.
  • Paranoia Gambit: During the Princess Prom, she walks around menacingly, knowing that Adora wouldn't be able to shake off suspiciousness and follow her all night. However, Scorpia was the one setting off traps; Catra herself was just distracting Adora, otherwise not doing anything but mingling at the party.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Her friendships in general. Catra's a really good friend in spite of herself, and she's willing to put herself on the line for the people she cares about. For example, when she discovers that Entrapta has entered Hordak's laboratory uninvited, she runs in and apologizes profusely to Hordak in an attempt to protect Entrapta. This can even extend to Adora after their falling out, though her motives are more complicated than simple kindness.
    • She tries to comfort Shadow Weaver in her own way, which really sticks out given their history. It's revealed in season 2 that Catra personally brings Shadow Weaver her meals, even if she's not very nice about it.
    • In season 3, she says several kind things to Scorpia, although whether this is because she genuinely appreciates Scorpia or wants to cement Scorpia's loyalty is unclear.
  • The Power of Hate: By season 3, Catra's jealousy and resentment of Adora has become so extreme that she'll willingly let herself die rather than let Adora help her in any way, and even claw herself back from being erased from existence, just so she can attack Adora again.
  • Psychological Projection: Adora's betrayal of the Horde hit Catra hard, and she uses any opportunity she can to justify her assumptions about it. Catra thinks that Scorpia was shunned by the other princesses for looking different, is quick to believe Adora abandoned Entrapta, and calls Adora out for treating her as a sidekick. There are some elements of truth in all those, but it's clear that Catra automatically tries to think the worst of Adora.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Adora finally has enough of Catra blaming her for everything. In the climax of season 3, Adora tells Catra she herself is responsible for her actions and that she needs to start being responsible for them.
  • Redemption Rejection: Throughout the series, Catra is given chance after chance to turn away from the Horde and start a better life for herself. She defies all of these chances. It's a combination of cynicism, jealousy, and her gradually more desperate attempts at one-upping Adora.
    • In Season 1, Adora asks Catra to leave the Horde behind and join her in Brightmoon. Catra just walks back into the mist, glaring at Adora.
    • In Season 3, while in the Crimson Wastes, Scorpia notes that it's the first time she's seen Catra genuinely happy. After taking over a gang of thugs from Tung Lashor, Scorpia ntoes they could leave the Horde behind and live there. But as soon as Catra learns that Shadow Weaver went to Brightmoon to find Adora, Catra's jealousy makes her reject Scorpia's suggestion, vowing to crush the Rebellion, one way or another.
  • The Resenter: Part of what drives her character. She was resentful of Adora always being better than she was, and she was resentful of Adora helping her, believing that Adora just wanted her to make her weak so that she could play hero and save her.
  • Retractable Appendages: In her fight with the spider-robots its shown that she can make her claws longer at will.
  • Sanity Slippage: As of season three, she's losing it over her inability to get what she wants. She even goes into a Villainous Breakdown when Entrapta tells her to stop the portal and attacks her. Catra is willing to wipe the entire universe out of existence, herself included, just to keep Adora from having even the slightest of victories over her anymore.
  • Secret Test of Character: Combines with Hoist by Their Own Petard in the season 2 finale. After spending the entire season trying to get Hordak's trust, she ultimately proves her untrustworthiness when Hordak asks about the captive Shadow Weaver despite already knowing she's escaped and Catra lies to him.
  • Sexy Cat Person: A Cat Girl who is quite cute and looks good in a tuxedo.
  • Shock and Awe: Besides her catlike strength and agility, she sometimes uses a Horde standard-issue stun baton.
  • Stopped Caring: In season 3, by the time she gets sent to the Crimson Wastes to find First Ones tech, Catra has just stopped caring about how she gets what she wants anymore.
  • Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum: She tries to wipe out all reality, even herself, in a violent tantrum just to one-up Adora at last.
  • Super Reflexes: Catra is incredibly fast and agile and its thanks to these skills that she can face She-Ra one-on-one despite being significantly weaker than her.
  • Super Toughness: She-Ra slams her into a cliff hard enough to crack solid rock, and she shrugs it off like nothing happened not a minute later.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: It's clear she doesn't hate Shadow Weaver half as much as she claims. She certainly resents her intensely and enjoys seeing her humiliated, but seeing Shadow Weaver in genuine distress actually seems to evoke a little sympathy. Not that Shadow Weaver appreciates it.
  • Terrible Trio: At the end of the first season, she forms one with Scorpia and Entrapta.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Even before Adora defected, Catra would encourage Adora to slack off and break the rules for her. After defecting, Catra tries to convince her to rejoin the Horde despite knowing it's evil. When she gives up on that, she does everything in her power to manipulate Adora into slipping up. Scorpia and Entrapta are also mostly seen as pawns to be used in her quest for glory, especially Entrapta, who joins the Horde out of her manipulation. And while he isn't her "friend", she's more than happy to manipulate even Hordak to get what she wants despite seeing him as her boss.
  • Tomboyish Voice: Has a raspy and boyish voice.
  • Troll: Whenever Catra is manipulating people she's also trolling them by poking fun at them and pushing their buttons. Like when she threatened to kill Entrapta and didn't mention that the inventor was happily working with the horde just to rile up Glimmer.
  • Tsundere: On her better days, Catra will go out of her way to be nice to someone... while keeping her gruff demeanor and insisting it's not a big deal. She even uses the "it's not because I like you" excuse with Adora.
  • Tyke-Bomb: She was raised in the Horde before becoming Force Captain after Adora's defection.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Scorpia's affections and Entrapta saving her from being executed by Hordak didn't stop her from violently threatening Scorpia and knocking out and banising Entrapta when they attempt to stop her from opening the portal which could destroy reality itself, in the third season finale.
  • The Unfavorite: Shadow-Weaver made it no secret that she heavily favored Adora, treating Catra more like Adora's ill-behaved pet cat than a daughter.
    • Season 2 has her fearing becoming this again when she sees her position being jeopardized by Entraptra's bonding with Hordak.
    • Season 3 gives Catra a chance to start over in the Crimson Wastes. In less than a day, she takes control of a gang from Tung Lashor, captures Adora, and appears to be poised to finally be in control. Scorpia even mentions that it's the first time she's ever seen Catra genuinely happy. However, once Catra learns that Shadow Weaver is still favoring Adora in spite of all of that, Catra immediately turns her back on this chance, vowing to "crush" the Rebellion.
  • Villain Has a Point: For all of her misdeeds and Never My Fault behavior, Catra can make valid points.
    • Her anger at Shadow Weaver taking credit for her successful mission of capturing Glimmer, Bow, and the Sword of Protection is quite understandable, as Catra did all the work and planning. As such, when Hordak scolds Shadow Weaver for losing all three in the rescue, Catra's mocking smirk towards the dark wielder is karmic.
    • She was right to point out how wrong it was of Shadow Weaver to abuse her, an orphaned child who was in her care.
    • She calls Hordak a failure to his face, claiming that he wouldn't know how to run the Fright Zone without someone like Shadow Weaver or herself. Given Hordak's hands-off approach to the day-to-day operations of the Horde, she's not wrong.
  • Villainous Breakdown: The latter half of the third season sees Catra having an increasingly erratic one. She's managed to alienate everyone in the Horde with her Chronic Backstabbing Disorder, ignored numerous changes to turn over a new leaf, and starts to have a Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum because killing everyone would mean that Adora lost. When Entrapta tells Catra that they can't open the portal lest it cause The End of the World as We Know It, Catra just zaps Entrapta and has her sent to Beast Island. Then, she lies to Hordak that Entrapta betrayed them and opens the portal herself. When Adora manages to figure out that the reality she's in is a total lie, Catra totally snaps, goes Laughing Mad, and frantically attacks Adora while giving her a Hannibal Lecture. The whole time, Catra firmly insists that everything is Adora's fault. After all of this, Adora fights back and decides that Catra is beyond saving.
  • Villain Protagonist: She-Ra's most personal foe, and also the show's secondary protagonist. She becomes the primary antagonist in the second half of season 3.
  • Voice of the Legion: After being partially erased in the season 3 finale, her voice gains a reverb effect.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Downplayed. She doesn't particularly like Shadow Weaver, and her approval overall doesn't mean that much to her, but Catra does get quite upset that she continues to favor Adora and refuse to acknowledge her own accomplishments. Season two really hammers home that what Catra wants more than anything is to be acknowledged by some form of authority figure.
  • Whip It Good: In season 3, she steals a whip from Tung Lashor and uses it as her weapon. But she ends up losing her whip when Shadow Weaver disintegrates it during their mission to rescue Adora.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She hates water, on account of being a cat-person. Though Scorpia gleefully talking about how a single disaster could kill them probably wasn't helping.
  • Wild Hair: Catra's hair is unkempt and all over the place.
  • Won the War, Lost the Peace: As Catra herself notes in season three, even when she wins a fight, something always conspires to make it a Pyrrhic Victory at best. She describes it as "I win a fight, I lose the war." Catra's consistent losing streak drives her so insane that she attempts to destroy all of reality, all for the sake of not letting Adora win.
  • Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: Downplayed. Catra's right eye is yellow and she's a cunning, sly strategist.
  • Young Conqueror: She, a teenager sent on a Suicide Mission, shows up in the Crimson Waste, a completely lawless wasteland overrun by gangs of bandits, armed only with Scoripia, her own combat skills, and sheer force of personality. Less than a day later, she's taken over the place, and the others in the Waste are acknowledging her as the best leader they've ever had. Scorpia proposes they abandon the Horde and stay, since Catra actually fits in very well and seems happy. Sadly, that's not how things work out.

    Scorpia 

Scorpia, Force Captain

Voiced by: Lauren Ash

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"Just so you know, I'm a hugger."

Scorpia is a gregarious and enthusiastic Force Captain who grew up in the Horde. Even though she possesses super-strength, she is quite clumsy and somewhat oblivious to just how strong she really is. With her eager-to-please attitude, she naturally falls into the role of minion. Even though her allegiance is to the Horde, deep down she has a good heart.


  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Her original incarnation had notably terrible taste in makeup and high cheekbones that made her look scary, whereas this incarnation, Scorpia is portrayed as much more attractive and buff.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Scorpia was a textbook villain in the 80s. She was cunning, mean, owned slaves, and had internal power struggles with Catra. In this incarnation, she is Affably Evil, is on great terms with Catra (at least from her point of view), and is capable of even treating her enemies with a degree of niceness.
  • Adorkable: Despite her intimidating appearance and the fact that she allied with The Horde, Scorpia is a genuinely sweet, playful and slightly ditzy woman with an awkward crush on Catra.
  • Affably Evil: Has a good heart despite being allied with the villains. She is nice to everyone, even some of the people she should be fighting against. The main reason she goes along with Catra's plans isn't that Catra's a persuasive leader so much is because Scorpia thinks they're best friends. When Catra goes insane trying to open the portal and attacks Entrapta, Scorpia is horrified at how terrible Catra has become.
  • All the Other Reindeer: She mentions she has problems with the other Princesses. While Catra assumes that it was because of her appearance, Scorpia never actually says that. It's quite possible the only problems she has with other Princesses are due to her being a Horde soldier.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Seems to have a massive one-sided crush on Catra, and when Seahawk tries flirting with her is utterly unresponsive (though that has the mitigating circumstance of her getting suspicious of him when he tried it).
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Her royal family joined up with the Horde, earning the ire of princesses of other kingdoms. The truth might be a little more complicated, however, as a flashback shows the Horde taking the Black Garnet by force.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: A costume and name fit to make you say "Yep, that's a lady who does scorpion things".
  • Bear Hug: As she says, she's a hugger. She frequently pulls Catra into tight hugs, which Catra shows open contempt for.
  • Beware My Stinger Tail: Besides her Super Strength, she's got a scorpion's poisonous tail.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Nice, cheerful, not entirely there... but she's still a willing member of the Horde, and perfectly able to fight when she needs to.
  • Black Sheep: When the Horde crashed down on the Fright Zone, Scorpia's family welcomed them in with open arms and gave them access to their runestone. A flashback in season 2, however, shows the Horde taking the Black Garnet by force and defeating scorpionfolk, putting this story in doubt.
  • The Brute: Her job is to use her immense physical might to smash people for the Horde, and she's alarmingly good at it despite being an Affably Evil Cloudcuckoolander.
  • Butch Lesbian: Generally comes across as a particularly cheery and approachable example, with a deep voice, masculine haircut, enormous build, and equally enormous crush on her fellow officer Catra, although her off-duty wardrobe is surprisingly girly.
  • Casting a Shadow: It's implied that this is her princess ability by the fact that her family's Runestone, the Black Garnet, grants these powers to Shadow Weaver and later when Entrapta hacks the planet, the Garnet sucks in all the shadows around it before activating. However, since she doesn't have a connection to the Garnet, she lacks this power and Entrapta theorizes she might never have had it to begin with.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Her huge claws are great for combat, but not much else. She has trouble operating a prison cell's electronic door because her claws are too bulky to punch in the access code.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Scorpia comes off as The Ditz and is easily excitable, but she is a scarily competent fighter, even managing to stand toe to toe against She-Ra, whom Catra calls too strong to take head-on. Usually, it takes multiple heroes or a healthy dose of luck to beat her.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Her response to seeing Catra for the first time is to say "kitty!" and hug her. She also falls victim to this in regards to the spybot in season two.
  • The Ditz: Scorpia is not on the same page as anyone else, and sometimes not even the same book. For example, when Entrapta is expositing about the Old Ones at length, she's scribbling furiously in a notebook... and then it turns out she's drawing stick-figures.
  • Doesnt Know Her Own Strength: She's somewhat oblivious to just how strong she really is.
  • Dumb Is Good: 'Dumb' is putting it harshly, but she's the least intellectually adept member of the Horde leadership, and the one with the closest thing to a functional moral compass.
  • Dumb Muscle: She isn't entirely stupid and is actually quite good at the whole soldiering business, but she's clearly operating at a lower intellectual level than any of the Horde's other senior officers. On the plus side, she's stronger and tougher than all of them combined (except Hordak, who's still a mystery).
  • Establishing Character Moment: She shows up with a frown and seems to be a tough woman, but that quickly goes away as she glomps Catra in a hug and calls her kitty.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Bow, both of them being cheerful and supportive towards their friends but often also far nicer to the enemies than they probably should, with Scorpia's reliance on strength contrasting with Bow's use of gadgets and archery. She even comes up with an Embarrassing Nickname for her group similar to Bow's, The Super Pal Trio.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: She supports Catra's every decision, but in Season 3, she's horrified by Catra's action of knocking Entrapta out to prevent her from talking Hordak out from opening the portal and having her sent to Beast Island. More so when Catra threatened her to keep her mouth shut.
  • Face of a Thug: Most people wouldn't expect someone who's (a) a Horde Force Captain and (b) a gigantic, heavily-armoured scorpion-woman to be a scatter-brained sweetheart, and several members of the cast are visibly intimidated by her when they first meet her.
  • Freudian Excuse: It's implied her family was seen as outcasts among princesses, which apparently was their primary motivation to willingly join the Horde and give up their Runestone. Of course, a flashback in season 2 very strongly implies that her people were merely the first that the Horde conquered, which would mean that this was simply a lie that Scorpia was told to keep her in line.
  • Gentle Giant: One of the physically largest characters in the show and also surprisingly kind.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: She mistakes Seahawk for an inspector merely on his say-so, without making any sort of check for identification. She does eventually figure out he's an imposter, by recognizing him from the Princess Prom.
  • I Can Change My Beloved: She believes that if she loves Catra enough, Catra will defrost into a better and happier person. It hasn't worked out that well, but Scorpia certainly tries. Catra outright ignoring Scorpia's feelings in Season 3 makes this significantly worse.
  • Ignored Enamored Underling: In Season 2, Scorpia has obvious feelings for Catra, but Catra doesn't really notice. She commiserates with Sea Hawk about his similar issues with Mermista.
  • Instant Sedation: Her stinger's venom has this effect, as Bow and Glimmer are instantly knocked out when they are stung.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Scorpia initially seems kind of clueless in peacetime, but when she's engaged in a Horde invasion or subterfuge, she's very competent.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Scorpia moves surprisingly fast for such a big gal. She can match She-Ra for strength and can block Glimmer when she's doing her teleport-spam attacks. Season Three has her repeatedly complaining about other people being fast and huffing to catch up, which could be a case of Characterization Marches On or could simply mean she's great at sprints and bad at maintaining speed.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: The reason Scorpia is Catra's Love Martyr. Catra's false kindness and occasional shred of decency are enough to convince Scorpia that she can influence Catra into becoming a better person, never understanding that won't work because Catra doesn't want to be a better person.
  • Magically Inept Fighter: Despite being a princess, her powers more or less boil down to being a half-scorpion, and Entrapta notes that she doesn't actually seem to draw power from her runestone.
  • The Nicknamer: Affectionately refers to Catra as "Wildcat."
  • No Sense of Personal Space: With Catra, who eventually institutes a rule — ten-foot distance at all times.
  • Not So Above It All: Despite being one of the nicest members of the Horde, she has no issues with criticizing and berating Kyle like the others.
  • The Paralyzer: He stinger injects a paralyzing venom.
  • Perky Goth: Perky part is obvious but goth is a very subtle and easy to miss in that her first choices of dresses in "Princesses Prom" were straight out of an Elegant Gothic Lolita fashion. Even the dress she settled on has some small touches of it.
  • Power Pincers: Good for fighting, bad for things like managing files and fiddly remote controls.
  • Scary Scorpions: Played with. She's both a sweet-natured goofball and a dangerously competent physical powerhouse on the side of the villains, and while the show spends most of its time using her intimidating appearance for comedy, it will sometimes play it straight. Hugger or not, a gigantic armoured behemoth with an envenomed tail is not a fun thing to have coming at you.
  • Scorpion People: A human woman with scorpion claws instead of hands and a scorpion tail with a paralyzing sting.
  • A Shared Suffering: In season 2, she bonds with Sea Hawk, as both she and Sea Hawk feel used and unappreciated by their respective crushes.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: She wears a stunning black dress adorned with garnets for the Princess Ball.
  • The Quisling: Scorpia mentions that, when the Horde arrived, Scorpia's kingdom gave them the Black Garnet and actually helped them in their conquest of Etheria. Later flashbacks imply that she's wrong, and her people were simply the first conquered.
  • Token Good Teammate: Compared to Hordak and Shadow Weaver or even Catra she is incredibly nice and friendly to everyone, even people she is supposed to be enemies with. She loses the "token" status when Entrapta joins since now it's two of them.
  • Transparent Closet: She looks like a stereotypical Butch Lesbian, is very obviously in love with Catra, and would be extremely surprised if you told her any of this. Apparently, it's perfectly normal to gush over someone's beauty, get jealous if they see other girls, and fantasize about being eternal soulmates if you're friends.
  • Tyke-Bomb: She was raised in the Horde and now works for them.
  • Unreliable Expositor: Scorpia's conversation with Catra in season 1 has her state that her family joined the Horde completely willingly, but a flashback in season 2 with Light Spinner shows what seems to be the Horde taking the Black Garnet by force. Also, she just wants to be Catra's friend. Definitely. That's it.
  • Villainous Friendship: Somewhat one-sided, but she really enjoys Catra's company. She is also shown to get along pretty well with Entrapta once she joins the Horde.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Any task which requires thumbs, because she has pincers. For example, she admits that she's bad at bowling for this reason. She also struggles with tasks that require fine motor skills, again because of her pincers. In season 3, she enters the wrong security code into the keypad outside of Catra's cell several times because her pincers are too large for the tiny buttons.

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     Lonnie 

Voiced by: Dana Davis

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Lonnie is a former friend and teammate of Adora. She is also a cadet in the Horde.


  • Badass Normal: A human-like girl who nonetheless is a great fighter.
  • Brainy Brunette: Brown hair, is a competent Elite Mook, and appears to be good with technology.
  • Carry a Big Stick: Her preferred weapon seems to be some kind of energy mace.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Brown hair with light brown eyes.
  • Dark Action Girl: She's a competent fighter and Horde soldier.
  • Decomposite Character: In the original series, she was Adora's best friend in the Horde. Here, that was given to Catra.
  • Dreadlock Warrior: Has dreadlocks and is a skilled Horde soldier.
  • Elite Mook: She's almost as good as Adora, and certainly a cut above the regular mooks employed by the Horde.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Wears a black pair.
  • Jerk Jock: With her notable skills, she also tends to be unnecessarily mean to Catra and Kyle.
  • Noble Demon: Places some sense of fair play over winning. When Catra used a dirty trick to gain an advantage over Adora in a training session, Lonnie blindsided Catra before she could win. Asked later why she'd interfered, Lonnie said she'd merely been evening the odds.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: Although in design, her uniform is similar to Kyle and Rogelio's, hers are short-sleeved.
  • Only Sane Man: In "Roll With It", she's stuck being Scorpia's far-more competent underling.
  • Tomboyish Name: "Lonnie" is often attributed to males.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Is not happy with Adora's defection from the horde.

     Kyle 

Voiced by: Antony Del Rio

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"I get in trouble for everything around here."

Kyle is a former friend and teammate of Adora. He is also a cadet in the Horde.


  • Adaptational Villainy: In the original, Kyle was a one-bit character that had simply lost his father's axe and accidentally roped He-Man and She-Ra into trouble asking for help. Here, Kyle is a cadet of the Horde and a recurring ally to the villains. Granted, he's awful at being a villain, but he is on their side.
  • All the Other Reindeer: Seems mistreated and disregarded due to not being as strong as others in the Horde.
  • Ambiguously Gay: He and Rogelio are shown to be very affectionate with one another, it is lightly implied they are or were an item.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: People at the Horde treat him so badly that when Bow shows him basic kindness, it's enough for him to start helping him and feeding him information about Glimmer and the Horde.
  • Butt-Monkey: Things tend not to go well for him and people are always blaming him for everything.
    • Even in a Lotus-Eater Machine that makes everything "perfect" for the denizens of Etheria so they'll remain complacent as a malfunctioning portal collapses reality in on itself, Kyle remains a Butt-Monkey.
  • The Load: Both Lonnie and Rogelio seem competent and are even able to hassle the BFS when they're trying to escape the Fright Zone and manage to do respectably during training sessions. Kyle seems to have trouble not tripping over his own feet and needs to be rescued much of the time.
    Scorpia: How have you not been fired yet?
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Basically his whole thing, he is really bad at his job. It takes very little for him to start helping Bow.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Downplayed. He hasn't left the Horde or anything, but he fed Bow important information since Bow treated him better in the short time they knew each other than the Horde treated him his entire life.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: Kyle is the only cadet shown to use a long-sleeved version of the uniform that he shares with Lonnie and Rogelio.
  • The Scapegoat: Played for Laughs in season 2; after they lose a major Horde outpost, the rest of the squad decides to place the blame solely on him.
  • This Loser Is You: Word of God says Kyle is meant to be a subversion of the usual story of The Everyman turning out to be an important individual who helps drive the plot, instead being nothing more than an unremarkable person forever stuck on the sidelines.

     Rogelio 
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A lizard-like soldier that is part of Adora and Catra's squad. He seems to have a soft spot for Kyle.


  • Advertised Extra: Downplayed. He was always meant to be a secondary character, but it was implied he would at least be as important as Kyle and Lonnie, but he turns out to have even less characterization and screen time than them.
  • All There in the Manual: He is the only member of Adora's squad not to be named in season one, though it was revealed in a crew tweet that his name is Rogelio. Lampshaded in season 2, when Lonnie refers to him by name and Scorpia admits she didn't actually know his name before that point.
  • Ambiguously Gay: He seems to have a sort of soft spot for Kyle and is constantly helping him or even carrying him to safety. In the past, they were shown to be even closer with his arm slung around Kyle.
    • Season 3 hints at this more, as his locker has a drawing of Kyle, with hearts.
  • Badass Gay: It's implied if not confirmed by the crew that he is/was in a relationship with Kyle. Rogelio is also an Elite Mook that can give the princesses a run for their money out of his sheer brute force.
  • Canon Foreigner: Unlike other characters in the show, he has no counterpart in the original series.
  • Elite Mook: Like Lonnie, he's tougher than the average, capable of taking two Princesses on at once and giving them a good fight.
  • Gentle Giant: Every time we see him outside battle he is taking care of Kyle.
  • Green and Mean: A green-scaled lizard who is a Horde soldier.
  • Lizard Folk: An anthropomorphic lizard character. Although others like him are seen, he is the only reptilian with any focus.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: Downplayed compared to Catra and Adora, but he is the only cadet to be wearing a sleeveless uniform.
  • Pet the Dog: Unlike most of the horde cadets, he seems to treat Kyle in a very friendly and affectionate manner, in some cases even saving him from danger.
    • Possibly averted in Season 2 as he doesn't make much of an attempt to defend Kyle from Scorpia's criticisms.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Rogelio is a big reptilian and the only one of the Lizard Folk species of the show shown to have any importance, and is a notable muscle for the Horde. In the background, it can be seen that many like him are part of the Horde's army.
  • Tail Slap: He's capable of using his tail like this. The attack is strong enough to launch Entrapta and Mermista flying with a single hit.
  • The Voiceless: Unlike Kyle and Lonnie, he never speaks to anyone. The credits don't have his voice actor since he doesn't talk. He does roar and growl, though.

Other Members

    Imp 
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He seems to be Hordak's pet at first glance, but he is really Hordak's spy.


  • Adaptational Attractiveness: In the 1980s cartoon, Imp was a chubby pig-nosed creature. In the 2018 reboot, he looks like a humanoid little boy with blue skin and bat wings.
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: With regards to Entrapta. The original versions of the characters were barely able to coexist, with Entraptra being one of two Hordesmen shown to actually get into a fight with Imp (and the only one to do so in Hordak's presence). While they aren't exactly buddies here, Imp seems far friendlier with Entrapta than any of the other Etherians, pulling her out of the way when Hordak loses his temper in season 3 and even voicing his disapproval over Hordak's poor gratitude when it comes to the new exoskeleton.
  • Adorable Evil Minions: Apart from the bat-wings and blue skin, he looks just like a cherub. Hordak even pets him from time to time!
  • Big Brother Is Watching: Even before the spoilered Small Role, Big Impact event listed below, it's foreshadowed Imp is keeping any eye on Shadow Weaver's team in an early episode when he and the witch share a Meaningful Look through a monitor.
  • Cloning Blues: It is very heavily implied that he is a failed Hordak clone, judging by the embryos in Hordak's vats.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Season 2 reveals he sports a set of these, though the new model's lack of the original's overbite means they're hidden most of the time unless he's giving one of his nastier smiles.
  • Creepy Shadowed Undereyes: The original character had these too, but the Monochromatic Eyes here makes this trope far more effective. Especially when he's actually spying.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
    • He perches on Hordak's shoulder and happily accepts petting from him. In season 3, Imp looks worried when Hordak's condition worsens.
    • In season 3, Imp has shown to develop a liking to Entrapta, such as gently leading her out of Hordak's lab as to not anger him further and then prodding him into properly thanking her.
  • Good Wings, Evil Wings: Sports a much larger set of bat wings this time.
  • It Can Think: In the first season, Imp appears as simply a well-trained beast kept to keep tabs on people and mimic what they say for his master. "Signal" makes it pretty clear he understands what's going on on some level, while his role in season 2 shows he has malicious joy in ratting people out. While he has yet to say anything for himself, it's pretty evident there is an intelligence guiding the little guy.
  • Monochromatic Eyes: Has no visible pupils this time around, much like his master.
  • Morality Pet: For a given value of morals. When Hordak offers a rather inadequate "thank you" to Entrapta with regards to the new suit she created for him, Imp prods Hordak into showing more gratitude. Which is funny when you consider how Imp behaved in the original series.
  • No Badass to His Valet: Imp feels comfortable enough around Hordak to perch on his shoulder and enter Hordak's inner sanctum at whim. In season 3, he even kicks Hordak's foot to prompt Hordak into thanking Entrapta for her efforts.
  • Nonhuman Sidekick: Appears to once again be serving as Hordak's sidekick.
  • Right-Hand Cat: Is almost always seen at the side of his master.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He only does one thing in the first season, but... he discovers Catra and Entrapta's plans to experiment on the Black Garnet and relays this to Hordak, who approves. This leads to: Shadow Weaver's demotion; the runestone throwing the planet out of balance; the attack on Bright Moon, which ultimately reunites the Princess Alliance; and Catra's promotion to Hordak's new second-in-command.
  • Speaks in Shout-Outs: Repeats what he hears in a perfect imitation of the person's voice, usually the most incriminating phrase. Creepily, he does this with his mouth open and without moving his lips at all.
  • The Voiceless: Zigzagged. He doesn't seem able to speak himself, but he can replay any sounds he hears.
  • Voice Changeling: Is able to replay any conversations he hears, down to using the participants' voices.

    Entrapta 

Entrapta, Princess of Dryl

Voiced by: Christine Woods (English), Leyla Rangel (Latin American Spanish)

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"Alright, everyone, let's get weird."

Entrapta is cheerful and manic. Many things set her apart from the other princesses, including her flowing, prehensile hair and her love for machines and robots. She prioritizes her scientific research above her social life and she'd much rather study relationships than create any of her own. Though, it does bother her that she is often misunderstood by her peers.


  • Adaptational Heroism: She's with the Rebellion this time. Well, at first. Her technological curiosity, coupled with a feeling of being abandoned, leads her to join up with Catra.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: In the Filmation cartoon, she was said to be an evil aristocratic hunter who was trapped in the Whispering Woods as punishment for her crimes. Here, Entrapta is thoroughly pleasant and Adorkable, as well as a desirable ally for both parties.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Her hair was ginger-ish in the original series, but it became purple/pink in this incarnation.
  • Adorkable: Quirky and immensely likable even after she joins the Horde.
  • Affably Evil: Even after joining up with the Horde, she's as cheerful as ever.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Entrapta's interests are hyper-focused on technology, has an easier time connecting with her robot Emily, she has barely any grasp of tact, and will only eat familiar foods prepared a specific way.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: She has this in spades, even when sneaking into the Fright Zone.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Catra actually showing interest in what Entrapta has to say goes a long way into convincing her to stay with the Horde.
  • Beneath the Mask: Downplayed, but her interactions with Adora in season 3 implies that, despite seemingly being over it in the previous season, Entrapta is still hurt by the Rebellion leaving her behind in the Fright Zone, but her distractible nature prevents her from dwelling on it. Notably, she lowers her mask while talking about it.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: While she’s generally a nice person, her moral compass is otherwise tied to her tendency to do things For Science!. She sees nothing wrong with working for the Horde as long as they give her things to work with. She was unfazed when Hordak sent Catra on what he admitted was a suicide mission and when Hordak confided in her about his past as an intergalactic conqueror under Horde Prime.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Entrapta doesn't really know the meaning of restraint. If she is curious about tech she will study it no matter the cost. If she has an idea, like turn her castle into a giant unnavigable labyrinth, well, that's just Tuesday.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef:
    • She prepares soup for Hordak, but he recoils when she tries to feed it to him. When Imp sniffs the soup, he grimaces. Of course, ration bars is the Fright Zone's only known foodstuff. If that was the base of Entrapta's soup, small wonder it was unappetizing.
    • In "Portal", she serves a platter of metal scraps to her guests.
  • Creepy Good: Besides being an amoral scientist, she lives in a dark and shadowy castle filled with deathtraps and creepy robots with a handful of terrified servants as her only human company. Despite this, she's a gregarious personality who doesn't have a malicious bone in her body, she just has no social skills and less self-preservation. She does join the villains later, but that she doesn't drop her niceness and this seems to come from the belief that her friends abandoned her. She's less 'outright evil' and more 'curious to a fault'.
  • Didn't Think This Through: She manages to narrowly escape being fried by flame vents, but rather than informing the other princesses, she just hides in the vents assuming they'd come back for her. It doesn't even occur to her that they would rightly assume such a situation should have killed her. After a couple of days, Catra catches her sneaking around.
  • Ditzy Genius: She's not quite all there, and has a rather skewed sense of priorities. However, she's respected by those who know her as a extremely gifted and intelligent Gadgeteer Genius.
  • Dramatic Irony: The Alliance is convinced that she was killed. Even when they learn that she's still alive, they're convinced she's a prisoner in need of rescue: it isn't until Catra finishes toying with Glimmer and Bow that they learn that she's happily working for the Horde.
  • Dub Name Change: Entrapta's name is "Tecnia" in the European Spanish dub, and "Tecna" in the Portuguese dub.
  • Escape Artist: Thanks to her gadgets and Prehensile Hair it's impossible to keep her in restraints. She basically keeps her cuffs on out of politeness to her captors and takes them off whenever she sees fit or forgets she should be restrained.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Despite her usual disregard for the consequences of her actions, even she is horrified when she realizes that opening Hordak's portal could very well destroy the fabric of reality itself, and would have tried to convince Hordak to stop, had it not been for Catra knocking her out and sending her to Beast Island.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Downplayed. She defects to the Horde after Catra assumes she was left behind and Entrapta realizes being behind enemy lines for over 40 hours is too long, making her feel she had been abandoned. She's far more motivated by curiosity over First Ones tech than any actual belief in Horde ideology, however.
  • Fatal Flaw: She has a vast curiosity. Usually not a flaw, but combined with a complete disregard for consequence, it is. Even when something has a clear negative consequence (messing with the Black Garnet caused havoc on Etheria's climate), she still considers it worth it as long as she learned something.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: Played with. Her seeming death leads to the reborn Princess Alliance to fall apart again, and Adora flashes back to her a couple of times after that. However, she isn't actually dead, but she herself is led to believe to have become this by Catra assuming the princesses abandoned her and playing on that assumption.
  • For Science!: Her scientific curiosity makes her completely disregard the consequences of her experiments to the point she both joins the Horde and almost kills the entire planet for her experiments nor does she seem to understand one could value something else beyond science as the end goal in and for itself. She even talks back to Hordak regularly when it comes to various experiments, saying that even failed ones grant important data.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Makes various robots and machines for the Rebellion.
  • Genki Girl: Her bio describes her as cheerful and manic.
  • Good Counterpart: To Hordak. Whereas he's obsessed with perfection, she embraces and thinks imperfections are beautiful. He sees science as a means to an end, but Entrapta loves science itself, which gives her insights that he can often miss.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: She collaborates with Hordak, who is considerably taller than she is. The top of her head only reaches the middle of his chest.
  • Inexplicably Awesome: Why does she have Prehensile Hair? How is she so good with technology? Who knows? Unlike the other princesses, her powers aren't drawn from a Runestone or anything. She doesn't even have one. It's implied that she's like Princess Scorpia, in that her 'powers' are biological attributes rather than runestone-enabled bursts of magic.
  • Leitmotif: A specific, thematic melody, with some similarities to the Harry Potter or Edward Scissorhands theme, plays in the background in many scenes involving Entrapta.
  • Mad Scientist: Her experiments are always first in her thoughts. The consequences maybe come second.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name is Entrapta. Her castle is covered with – and she's always building – traps.
  • Mega Twintails: Keeps her Rapunzel Hair in these.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Catra makes her believe that the Princesses deliberately abandoned her to get her to join the Horde. By S2, though, it's made clear that she wasn't all that fussed either way and certainly doesn't hold a grudge against her former teammates over it - it's just that the projects she's working on for the Horde are far too interesting to abandon.
  • Morality Pet: After bonding with Hordak, she becomes this for him, to the point of making the Evil Overlord consider her a friend.
  • Mundane Utility: She uses her hair as extra hands and legs, about as much as Glimmer uses her powers.
  • No Listening Skills: Her ADD Cloudcuckoolander tendencies leave her almost incapable of holding onto a single train of thought for a full minute to an almost Too Dumb to Live stature, nearly abandoning her post multiple times when she and the other Princesses break into the Fright Zone and easily talking herself into breaking into Hordak's sanctum after Catra made it as explicitly clear as possible that it was off-limits.
  • Nominal Hero: She doesn't have any moral code beyond For Science! and seems to have joined the Rebellion just because the main characters asked her to. At one point Adora even has to remind her she is a member of the Rebellion and Catra is their enemy. This is part of what enables Catra to get her to join the Horde, alongside with convincing her the other princesses left her behind.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: In season 3, after interceding with Hordak to spare Catra, she gets very close to Catra and touches her with her prehensile hair. Later in the season, she tries to feed an unwilling Hordak soup, repeatedly gets in his personal space demanding to know why he's unwell, and manhandles him in order to place a new exoskeleton on his body.
  • No Social Skills: Implied. Entrapta prioritizes her own research above her social life and prefers studying the relationships of others over actually creating her own. Her bio also mentions that she's often misunderstood by her peers.
  • Obliviously Evil: Entrapta still lives in her own little world of researching and inventing after joining Catra and Scorpia's side. She does not intend to actually harm the people of Rebellion, but the unrestrained experimentation with First Ones tech Catra encourages of her does just that. That said, there are still lines Entrapta won't cross. Finding out the portal tech could potentially cause The End of the World as We Know It causes Entrapta to back off, saying that it isn't worth the risk.
  • Odd Friendship: With Hordak in season 3.
  • Older Than They Look: Word of Saint Paul headcanons her as a short adult of 25-35 years old, but many fans assumed her to be a teenager closer in age to Adora.
  • Perky Female Minion: She becomes one for the Horde due to her quirky nature.
  • Picky Eater: Will only eat tiny food and drink fizzy drinks.
  • Prehensile Hair: Exaggerated. She can use her long hair as extra hands, and it's strong enough to support her weight. She can also use it in combat situations to snare or trip up enemies, as seen while fighting Rogelio in "No Princess Left Behind". Entrapta is even shown climbing and walking using just her hair.
  • Raised by Robots: Implied. No mention is made of her parents and a "family portrait" that is shown in her castle is that of robots.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair's longer than she is tall.
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: While the members of the Rebellion think she died, she actually survived and is now with the Horde.
  • Rose-Haired Girl: Big pink twintails.
  • The Smart Guy: For the Rebellion, and later for the Horde. She continually researches and makes robotics and machines. Considering Bow's status as the Rebellion's "tech specialist", it's likely they share this role.
  • Trap Master: Entrapta's castle is built like a labyrinth and filled with traps of her own design.
  • Ultimate Blacksmith: Entrapta's skill with invention is second to none and because of her abilities both the Rebels and the Horde want her to make weapons for them.
  • Useless Without Cell Phones: In her introductory episode, thanks to her computer tablet (and thus GPS) also being affected by the technology virus, she can't even find her own bedroom in the labyrinthine castle she herself designed.
  • Vile Villain, Laughable Lackey: She becomes Hordak's Laughable Lackey partway through Season 2, as she isn't even remotely fazed by his menacing demeanor and is able to talk to him as an equal on tech, something the otherwise unapproachable Hordak appreciates. See Villainous Friendship below for details.
  • Villainous Friendship: Her and Scorpia seem to get along pretty well after she joined the Horde. Remarkably, she seems to also develop some glimmers of this with Hordak of all people after impressing him with her technical skills - he may be a Bad Boss and a cold-hearted jerk in general, but being able to talk to someone as an equal is clearly a rare pleasure for him. Mentioning his name returns her memories in the season 3 finale.
  • Walking Spoiler: It is hard to talk about her character in much depth without mentioning her joining the Horde in the show's first season to form the show's Terrible Trio.
  • Will They or Won't They?: With Hordak.
  • Wrench Wench: Judging by the welding mask and dirty overalls. Her bio also lists "tech genius" and "inventor" under skills.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Entrapta has pink hair.

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    The Armada's Crown 

Horde Prime, Emperor of The Horde

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: In the original series, he is an Eldritch Abomination whose face we never see, but in this series, it's established Hordak is a clone of the emperor, which means he'd look about as normal as Hordak.
  • Bad Boss: He's way worse than Hordak and Shadow Weaver combined, and weakness is failure to him.
  • Big Brother Bully: He sees Hordak as his little brother, and was more than willing to kill him just for being a defective clone.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: In Hordak's flashback/story to Entrapta of his past, Horde Prime is primarily illustrated in green as opposed to Hordak's red. His appearance at the end of the third season also shows him (or his hand, at least) shadowed in green, suggesting it might be a motif with him.
  • The Emperor: Horde Prime is the supreme leader of the Horde Empire, and he's said to be the emperor of the known universe.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: He's Hordak's boss and the ultimate ruler of the Horde, but he otherwise has nothing to do with the plot and he didn't even know the Horde existed on Etheria until the end of the third season. From Prime's perspective, Hordak is an old soldier who went MIA, then suddenly contacted him years later after carving out a new corner for his empire. After knowing his location, he can open his own portal to Etheria anytime now, meaning he will be a threat in the future.
  • Large and in Charge: Hordak is among the tallest characters in the show, but flashbacks show that Horde Prime is even taller than he is.
  • The Narcissist: The fact that he has clones of himself as generals, if not his entire army, shows how much he wants a universe centered on himself.
  • Neck Lift: A flashback shows him lifting up Hordak by the throat when Hordak begins to exhibit flaws.
  • Send in the Clones: Horde Prime uses clones of himself as the generals of his armada.
  • Uriah Gambit: Horde Prime sent Hordak to the front lines of battle in the hopes of killing the defective clone. Circumstances that have yet to be explained led to Hordak's ship slipping through a portal to Etheria instead.

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