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    Kyle's skill level 
  • What is it that makes him so bad? Was he not trained like the others? The cadet team where Adora was seems to be some kind of unusually talented team, with Rogelio and Lonnie being shown to be much better than the average soldier and Catra and Adora were basically prodigies. How did Kyle even got in that team? Are the soldiers just even worse than him?
    • It's likely they were all put together at a very young age before their skill differential was noticable. They just didn't split the team when they realized most of them were obviously Elite Mook or better material and Kyle...wasn't.
    • Kyle is likely kept around as the team runner and dogsbody. No other unit is going to be particularly happy to hear "Hey, this dude sucks, you have him instead", and it's still a waste simply kicking him out. They just keep him as useful as he can be, and don't give him anything that requires too much responsibility.
    • Considering Hordak's response to being told Catra was unfit to be force captain was to tell Shadow Weaver that was simply a failure on her part for not training her properly, its possible being stuck with an incompetent soldier is the team's punishment for not helping toughen him up.
    • He gets kept around so the others can make fun of him.

    Catra Escaping the Beacon 
  • How did Catra find her way out of there after she left Adora? I mean, she 'let go' yeah, but how did she literally escape when it looked like everything in the rune was locked down?

    The Rebellion's budget 
  • How is it that the Rebellion is able to afford all those luxuries that princesses would be accustomed too but in the season 1 finale they apparently couldn't afford any soldiers or defences?. Since the Rebellion seems to be losing the war don't they have more important things to spend resources on?
    • Poor budgeting. The princesses may be benevolent(-ish), but that doesn't mean they're going to be good financially. Let Them Eat Cake, and all.
    • Also a total lack of an industrial base. Basic guys with spears can't stand up to the Horde, and the Rebellion doesn't have the production capabilities for anything else. They do however have lots of farmland and simple craftsmen, so food and fine clothes aren't actually that difficult for them. Maintaining an army on the other hand is always an expensive proposition, and it would just be a huge, obvious collection of mooks for the Horde to curbstomp. The military strength of the rebellion is clearly in it's Princesses and a few highly skilled irregulars, plus the magical terrain, and they're more geared towards guerrilla warfare than open combat. This is why Angella is so willing to give up territory, they're just not remotely capable of defending it.
    • Also, Glimmer did say that they needed Entrapta to join the Rebellion so they would finally have weapons that can stand up to the horde, meaning it could be pointless to have an army one way or the other, given they don't have the brute power to face against the horde without the princesses.
    • Well that went pear shaped didn't it? Honestly they'll likely need Frosta's resources, population and trained army too, along with Mermista to help transport any army they create. And honestly given Angella's angst about the battle which got her husband killed and the Princess Alliance scattered (and likely killed most of the Princesses too, since all the current ones are teenagers clearly thrust into the role), the last time they engaged the Horde conventionally it didn't go well.
    • Most of the Kingdoms appear to rely heavily on the First One Technology/Runestones to protect themselves. Such as Frosta being able to command the entire glacier her kingdom is on, Mermista's Kingdom relying on the Sea Gates, and Perfuma manipulating the entire forest to her will. This makes them effectively unstoppable forces of nature when in there own domains, but relatively weak outside of it. She-Ra is an exception since she literally carries her runestone in her sword, along with her powers given her superhuman durability that the other princesses lack.

    Unsupervised Terrorists 
  • Even if Frosta needed to stick to the rules that badly, why didn't she order her guards to keep an eye on Catra and Scorpia?
    • She saw Glimmer and Adora assign themselves to the task, and figured she didn't need to. No reason to antagonize the Horde if they're going to do the job for her. Unfortunately for all of them, Glimmer got distracted.
    • He may have ordered a couple of guards to watch them - subtly - but they turned out to be ineffective and were probably captured by Kylie and Lonnie, from somewhere they had to remove the uniforms with which they disguised themselves.
    • These things notwithstanding, Frosta is young and has a chip on her shoulder—she claims that she's "worked too hard to earn respect" to deal with being insulted by Adora's behavior. One can assume that she's 1: Probably too busy being angry at Adora to take her accusations seriously, and 2: Has a personal stake in stubbornly standing firm on her decisions because changing her mind might be perceived as childish and fickle. If she goes back on her prior word then, well, politics ensue.
    • To her they weren't threats because they didn't attack her country yet.

     Kyle's lack of friends 
  • Why did Kyle say he has no friends and nobody is nice to him when Rogelio is always seen protecting/taking care of him?
    • One of the story boarders came forth about it. Apparently, Rogelio and Kyle's relationship was something the story boarders came up with and did not told the writer team, they would make the animation have Rogelio and Kyle being close friends/boyfriends (apparently, they are supposed to be a couple, but I'm not sure yet), but the writers had no idea about it, so they wrote the scene of Kyle having no friends having no idea he had one. She did offer some in-universe explanations, saying that maybe they have an on again, off again relationship, that Rogelio isn't very communicative, etc, and told that the writers have been informed and are now on board with the ship, so I don't know how that scene will play out in Kyle's characterization in the future.
    • Rogelio might still be generally unfriendly even if he's protective.
    • Depressed and unhappy people have been known to overlook people in their lives who are in fact treating them kindly, and Kyle seems pretty self-pitying to boot.

     The accents of Glimmer and Angella 
  • Why do Glimmer and Angella have different accents, even though Angella raised Glimmer? Pretty much everyone else in Bright Moon has an "American" accent, while Angella has an "English" one. Theoretically, this could be explained by Angella having moved to Bright Moon from somewhere else, but she's the queen of the place (and physically connected to the Runestone that protects Bright Moon), so she must've lived there her whole life. So what's up with her accent then?
    • Glimmer describes her mother as 'immortal' early on, so Angella may simply be old enough to have experienced a time period where her accent was considered normal long before social evolution altered her kingdom's typical speech patterns to the current accent.
    • It's also clear that Glimmer's relationship with her mother is ..."strained” to put it politely, at least near the start of the series. Other interactions, such as the surprise dinner invite, give the impression they didn't speak much outside of ”Princess business”. In all likelihood, Glimmer’s speech patterns and accent were learned from palace staff, other Alliance members, Brightmoon citizenry, and friends like Bow, all of whom she was likely on better terms and spent more time with than her mother Queen Angella herself.

     Where are Bright Moon's soldiers during the attack? 
  • The palace of Bright Moon is shown to have several armed soldiers/guards, so where are they, when it is being attacked by the Horde in "The Battle of Bright Moon"? Why are She-Ra, Glimmer, and Bow the only ones who go against the Horde? Earlier in the episode, Glimmer is shown to have hoarded numerous weapons in the case of attack, so who was she planning to give them to, if Bright Moon has no one to defend it besides her, her mother, and her two friends? Before She-Ra's arrival, what exactly was Bright Moon's defense plan against a potential Horde attack?
    • I figure they were aiding the evacuation. As noted in a previous answer, the Bright Moon forces are packing spears. You send them in against the Horde, they're going to get slaughtered. Really they're likely just meant as guards and police, the actual field units are Angella, Spinnerella and Netossa.
    • The plan was likely "hide behind the unbreakable defenses and send out the Princesses to deal with any attackers". Basically exactly what they did, before the shield broke and ruined that plan. The guards presumably had to, well, guard the city and its inhabitants.

     Why doesn't Adora change clothes? 
  • After Adora joins the Rebellion, the fact that she wears Horde army clothes is shown to make people scared or angry at her, which is perfectly understandable, given what the Horde has done to them. Yet Adora never changes those clothes and keeps on wearing them for all of season 1. Why is that? If Glimmer has over 100 different evening gowns, surely she must have a personal tailor who could make Adora clothes that are more fitting for a member of the Rebellion?
    • Adora probably feels more comfortable in the clothes she's been wearing her whole life, and after she becomes a familiar face nobody's going to be uncomfortable (or at least won't be willing to say it out loud).

     Where does the sword go? 
  • Whenever Adora isn't using the sword she puts it behind her back. Where exactly does it go? It's too big for it to just not be noticeable hanging off her back. But in a lot of shots she suddenly just pulls it out from behind her but it looks like it's coming from thin air. Is this animation error? or is she storing the sword in Hammer Space?
    • Yes, it's essentially got minor hammer space issues. It's a magic sword.
    • it is shown in season 3 that the sword is simply smaller on her back, likely a minor aspect of its shapeshifting power

    Star Sisters 
  • Among the princesses are the Star Sisters. If all the stars in the sky vanished over a thousand years ago, since what Mara did, how would someone know sufficiently about stars to name anyone after them?
    • The Egyptian gods haven't been worshiped widely for millennia, yet we still know them. It's most likely a term that has survived the millennia, though the meaning may be lost.
    • The Sun is a star.

    Bright Moon defenses 
  • How come Bright Moon hasn't reinforced itself more by now? The Whispering Woods isn't guaranteed to hold out forever, and you'd think they'd have a standing army just in case, or at least more than like 6 people to fight an entire Horde assault force.
    • What exactly can they do? Walls aren't worth the effort against the Horde, and Princesses don't exactly grow on trees.
      • Minefields, concrete bunkers, indirect fire artillery on the camouflaged positions... The usual low-cost low-resource things. Of course, problem is that such high technology as early XX century weapon would completely outclass all the primitive toys of the Horde (seriously, cartoon armies never even have indirect fire capability... shouldn't there be trope page for that?)

     Bow's name 
  • All of the characters names are carried over from the previous series and relate to their abilities, Bow's name obviously referring to his archery skills. In universe however, how was Bow named Bow? Bows dads, Lance and George, are revealed to be against the idea of involving themselves in the war and fighting in general due to George's past. Bow was hiding his archery skills from his dads, so where did they get the idea from?
    • Hair bow?
    • It's also possible that Lance couldn't help naming his son after a weapon, like he himself is? Bow's siblings might also follow this ironic trend. A soldier remains a soldier, after all.
    • Beau and Bo are both valid names which sound the same as Bow, presumably they just opted for the alternate spelling. Who knows how Etherian names or spelling work?
    • Some have interpreted him as a transgender man (in particular the episode where his dads were introduced has been described as a Coming-Out Story of sorts). That could explain his name as being one he picked himself.
      • Wouldn't the fact that Bow is played by a cismale voiceactor negate the idea that Bow is a transguy? I mean Netflix has been pretty good about casting actual transgender people to play transgender roles after all. This is even more enforced in this most recent season when they cast a non-binary voiceactor to play the genderless shapeshifter Double Trouble.
    • They wanted him to bow over history books.

     Corrupted Catra knows Adora's past? 
  • How does Catra know Adora came through a portal in their final fight of Season 3 Episode 6? There is no way for her to have learned that information.
    • There are a lot of questions in regard to what exactly happened in the last episode. Corrupted!Catra could have just been Adora's nightmare with Catra's face, in which case it would know. Or the corruption gave Catra weird visions and she pieced it together. It's hard to say; we don't even know if anyone besides Adora remembers the altered reality.
    • Hordak could've also told Catra about Adora's origin offscreen.
    • Catra's pretty nosy, and has a habit of keeping information to herself until it comes in handy. She figured out that Hordak was completely disinterested/incapable of managing the logistics of the Horde without being explicitly told, along with their 'we're the good guys, honest' propaganda being a bunch of rubbish. There's any number of ways she could have found out Adora's background, they weren't exactly keeping the fact that she was special a secret.

     Who takes out the trash in the Fright Zone? 
  • A large-scale military organization such as the Horde would need a sophisticated system of manufacturing, service provision, and administration in order to function. However, we never see any noncombatant staff among the Horde, and all of the children adopted/abducted by the Horde are trained to be soldiers. Who manufactures the Horde's equipment, prepares and serves the ration bars, cleans Horde facilities, and files away all the paperwork?
    • Probably Kyle. That seems like a Kyle sort of job. Or maybe some faceless mooks who are even less interesting and plot-vital than Kyle is.
    • Fright Zone has actual mechafauna, like the free-roaming beetle robot the crew saw during the infiltration mission. The robot's job is to collect and recycle scrap metal. It is likely that many such tasks are performed by Zone's artificial ecosystem.

    She-Ra personality 
  • So I just started watching, one thing I immediately noticed is that She-Ra seems to be almost a completely different entity to our main protagonist Adora, she doesn't say a word as she's fighting, and her mannerisms are stoic, cold and ruthless. Precisely how much control does Adora have over herself during the transformation?
    • This was only done the first couple of times Adora transformed, I guess to emphasise She-Ra's mythic and otherworldly qualities. Later on it's firmly established Adora is in full control of She-Ra, and her personality doesn't change with the transformation.

    She-Ra appearance 
  • Since She-Ra is a legacy character in this reboot,does that mean the She-Ra "look" is based off of the first She-Ra? If you look at the all of the iconography, it looks just like how Adora does when transformed. And when we saw the brief look of Mara in She-Ra uniform- assuming lighting/artistic interpretation being used to hide the actual dark coloring of the character before her final reveal- It seemed her dark hair was would become white/very light blonde upon transformation. And her outfit was very much the same as Adora's. Is that just how the power works, or did the original She-Ra have a certain style to her and the tech locked on to it?
    • It's been claimed by one of the character designers on the show that Mara in a flashback appearing to be white was a lighting error and in life she would've had the same brown skin as She-Ra as she did in normal form.

     No "facilities" in Fright Zone prison cells? 
  • Both Shadow Weaver and Catra have been imprisoned in Fright Zone prison cells, which are small rooms with manacles on the walls, but no toilets. How do prisoners answer the call of nature while imprisoned?
    • Out of universe it is a case of Nobody Poops. In universe, well the Horde wouldn't be the first regime to make prisoners live in their own filth. It is a depressingly common thing that regimes have done and continue to do to prisoners. On closer examination you can see, in wider shots, that the cell does have a grating on the side; towards the back behind the drainpipe. Presumably prisoners are expected to use the grate for their needs.
    • She probably has to use her food tray and has to get somebody, probably Kyle, to take it away.

     Hordak's insularity 

  • Hordak visited multiple planets during the years he spent conquering entire galaxies on behalf of Horde Prime. Furthermore, he spent at least thirty years building an empire on Etheria and interacting with members of its native population. One would expect Hordak to be worldly, having been exposed to many different cultures and ideas, as well as experienced in the areas of friendship and love. However, Hordak's belief system seems to be rigid and stunted, as he never questioned the practice of conquest and tyranny for their own sake or Horde Prime's cruel attitude toward imperfection. He's also flabbergasted by Entrapta's friendship and the romantic tension growing between them, as if he's never encountered these things before. Why hasn't a well-traveled man such as Hordak been around the block, so to speak?
    • He's probably saw every other culture as inferior to the one that his own clones were a part of. Part of an empire is incorporating, and destroying other cultures to administer your own.
    • "Destiny, Part 2" offers some insights. As a soldier in Horde Prime's army, Hordak wasn't supposed to have free will or a personality. If his free will hadn't surfaced yet, Drone!Hordak wouldn't have cared about other belief systems, cultures, friendship, or love.

     Imp's appearance 

  • Imp is strongly implied to be a clone of Hordak, and the physical features he shares with Hordak (blue skin, fangs, mohawk) support this theory. However, Imp also has physical features that Hordak lacks, such as wings, a tail, a human-like blue face, and the ability to flawlessly reproduce any sound he hears. (However, Hordak's cloned fetuses do have bat wings.) Hordak also has features that Imp lacks, such as holes in his forearms and black-lidded eyes. Why is Imp so different from his supposed progenitor? Did Hordak blend his own DNA with that of another species when he engineered Imp? Did Imp develop spontaneous mutations while gestating in his vitrine? Do members of their species go through drastic physical changes at puberty?
    • All of those are possibilities. It could also be that Imp was an experiment by Hordak to create a body he could harvest for organs, to prevent his own decay. Imp just developed differently and Hordak kept him around as a pet/spy. Or maybe Imp is a member of a species that Hordak's people are genetically related to, like a human being keeping a chimpanzee or a baboon as a pet.
    • Character designer Rae Geiger addressed Imp in a November 2019 Patreon discussion with fans. According to Geiger, Imp is an imperfect clone of Hordak who contains both Hordak's DNA and the DNA of another winged Etherian species, explaining his wings and tail. Hordak's black-lidded eyes are from makeup and are not a species trait.

     Gene editing for defective clones 

  • Hordak tells Entrapta that Horde Prime ostracized him because of a defect in his cloning, suggesting that Hordak's illness stems from a genetic defect. If Horde Prime's empire has enough genetic engineering knowledge to create an army of clones, couldn't it have corrected Hordak's genetic flaw with ease? Why waste a seasoned general when the genetic engineering knowledge was probably available to heal him?
    • Perhaps not. Genetic engineering is much harder when one is doing it on a multicellular being.
    • He might simply not care enough to consider it worth the resources, why bother fixing the defect when its easier to just replace him?
    • If the defects are massive, it would require basically to rewrite DNA of all billions of body cells. This may simply be beyond the Horde capabilities. It is MUCH simpler to put desired changes into a single cell used to initiate cloning, than to change the DNA of already-grown multicellular organism. Also, such therapy would not be simultaneous: it is possible that Hordak body would not survive being in the chimera state (i.e. with different DNA in different cells)

     Inconsistencies in Hordak's flashback 

  • Hordak's flashback in "Huntara" is inconsistent with what we learn about Horde Prime in "Destiny, Part 2". In Hordak's flashback, Horde Prime looks like a larger version of Hordak, but in reality, Horde Prime is about the same height as Hordak and looks different from his clone. Hordak claims that he was Horde Prime's top general, a position that would require independent thinking and some degree of autonomy. However, the other clones appear to be drones, and Horde Prime is outraged at Hordak's displays of autonomy, suggesting that Hordak isn't supposed to have free will. Horde Prime's lines even imply that the "defect" that got Hordak ostracized may not have been his illness, but his free will. Hordak honestly believed that conquering Etheria would earn him Horde Prime's affirmation, but "Destiny, Part 2" makes it abundantly clear that Horde Prime isn't the kind of man who would ever do so. Why is Hordak's flashback so out of step with reality? Was he so hungry for Horde Prime's respect that he deluded himself with a false story about his progenitor? Did a previous mind-wipe damage Hordak's memory? Did someone plant false memories in Hordak's mind for reasons not yet revealed?
    • The design inconsistencies can be chalked up to merely art style changes, or perhaps that's the way Horde Prime looked back then. As for the assumed affirmation, this is intentional. Like Catra for Shadow Weaver, or Catra for Hordak, or Scorpia for Catra, Hordak is placing too much emotional need on Horde Prime to tell him how valued he is, failing to recognize that his superior is an abusive jerk who's never cared about him and will never treat him as anything more than a tool. On a related note, the end of this interview suggests Hordak wasn't completely truthful with his claims about Horde Prime.

     Hordak’s strength 

  • How exactly DID Hordak remain in power for so long given his infirmities? Throughout Season 1, Shadow Weaver, despite having access to the power of the Black Garnet, is greatly intimidated by Hordak and doesn’t even try to take her chances against in him a straight confrontation, implying that Hordak is far stronger than she is. But even with his technological expertise, he wasn’t really strong until Entrapta made him his new armour. I’m sure he had plenty of knowledge on how to build armies and conquer planets under Horde Prime, but how did he get so far ahead without anyone figuring out how weak he really is?
    • I think the implication was that his condition was getting worse, and that he was physically stronger in the past. Plus Entrapta's suit actually gave him a glaring achilles heel with the powersuit's control chip right out on front to be snatched off. Prior to that he'd rest up and only have audiences in when he was feeling up to it, but with it he was being active all the time and using the suit's capabilities when he wasn't physically able. He had advanced tech when he arrived, looked scary, had a great deal of evident charisma, and by all accounts co-opted the Fright Zone's original royals and added them to his forces. He was always somewhat of a paper tiger, but he was better at hiding his growing weaknesses.


  • Season 4 regularly shows civilians fleeing from towns that the Horde has captured. Where do these civilians go? Bright Moon doesn't have the space to accommodate hundreds or thousands of refugees, and viewers never see refugee camps on Etheria.

     Prisoners of war 

  • Members of the Rebellion are shows subduing Horde soldiers, but viewers never see what they do with enemy soldiers after battles end. Where does the Rebellion house its prisoners of war?
    • The spare room


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