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Headscratchers / He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983)

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  • How does Skeletor have such a nasal voice when he has no nose?
    • How does he manage to move his head and jaw when he has no muscles? A Wizard Did It, we just need to accept that he does and he can and move on.
  • Why does He-Man need a secret identity? It doesn't really protect anyone. And why doesn't he just stay He-Man all the time?
    • He-Man himself exists as a major hero who fights more or less all the time, and needs to constantly give life lessons. Adam needs a break too. As a person, he simply should be allowed to enjoy life and just relax. He still does useful things without his He-Man form too. Adam was created for the cartoon, although it's not entirely explained why from what I know. Lastly, the cartoon makes it clear that he enjoys being Adam as well. Cringer doesn't like being a super courageous beast and has fun being himself. He-Man and Battlecat are just alternate superhero forms used to fight evil. The other two are who they are. The fact Cringer even shows courage in another episode and Adam shows he can still be of use and can save the day without his powers helps too. It's simply so they can have a social life. It's one of the same reasons superheroes in other franchises bother to have secret identities. They can still have jobs, families, and so on.
  • Why does Adam keep his identity as He-Man a secret from Heroic Warriors and his family? This is like Bruce Wayne not telling Alfred and the rest of the Batfamily that he's Batman.
    • As an extension of the above argument, maybe he doesn't want people bringing all their problems to him 24/7. I know that sounds kinda selfish but, as stated, even superheroes need to unwind sometimes. In a more Doylistic answer, natch, it's so the show can employ standard superhero tropes like I Need to Go Iron My Dog.
    • I question the keeping the secret from his parents in this and the reboot. While here the fact that Adora is a rebel leader and would probably take the throne when she returns, the reboot has not such character shown. It's possible that Randor would think his son was unfit for the throne, due to the fact he’s not aware his son is He-Man!
    • Mostly because the characters in this show are his enemies, his family and the rest of the Masters of the Universe. How could you play the "Secret Identity" trope if ALL the characters in the show are into the masquerade?

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