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"I know the legend of the warrior the First Ones called She-Ra. They said she would return to us in the hour of our greatest need to bring balance to Etheria. I never thought she was anything more than a myth. And yet you're here now. And in the uniform of a Horde soldier, no less. You would pledge to stand with us against the ones you once served?[...] Then rise. The Rebellion accepts your allegiance, She-Ra, Princess of Power."
Queen Angella, "Razz"
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She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is a Continuity Reboot of the series She-Ra: Princess of Power released on Netflix and produced by DreamWorks Animation. It is the first installment to be made for its parent franchise in over fifteen years, following the short-lived He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (2002). The show is helmed by Noelle Stevenson, the creator of Nimona and co-writer of Lumberjanes.

The series centers on the orphan Adora (Aimee Carrero), who was raised as a soldier in Lord Hordak's army known as The Horde only to discover one day that, not only is the group she dedicated her life to actually evil, but that she's the destined wielder of a magic sword from a precursor race that can transform her into She-Ra, a legendary warrior princess. Now a member of the Rebellion, Adora must help new friends Glimmer and Bow unite a group of magical princesses and wage battle against the evil Horde for the fate of the planet. Meanwhile within the Horde itself, Adora's former best friend Catra (AJ Michalka), feeling betrayed by Adora's sudden desertion, finds herself steadily climbing the ranks of command to become our heroine's biggest threat.

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The show is currently planned for a 52-episode run. The first season premiered on November 13, 2018. The second season released on April 26, 2019, while the third season was released August 2nd, 2019, and the fourth season released November 5th, 2019.

You can watch the first teaser here and the first trailer here. The second trailer can be seen here.

Season 1 and 2 spoilers will be unmarked!


She-Ra and the Tropes of Power!

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  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: The Sword of Protection is sharp enough for She-Ra to cut marks in solid stone without much effort. It's not too good on finesse, however...
  • Abusive Parents:
    • Shadow Weaver is the closest thing Adora and Catra have ever had to a mother, but nonetheless emotionally abused both of them, especially Catra.
    • As Hordak's genetic progenitor, his brother Horde Prime is the closest thing he has to a father. However, Horde Prime treats his clones as disposable tools. In a flashback, he neck-lifted Hordak and cast him out for being defective. Everything Hordak does thereafter is a futile attempt to earn Horde Prime's affirmation. In season 4, Horde Prime is disgusted at Hordak's display of free will in conquering Etheria unbidden, and proceeds to Mind Rape and mind-wipe the clone.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Several Horde characters are easier on the eyes this time around.
    • In the 1980s cartoon, Scorpia had sunken cheeks, garish eye makeup, and an angular face. In the reboot, Scorpia is a tall, athletic woman with undercut white hair and a pleasant face.
    • In the original cartoon, Imp was a chubby pig-nosed creature. In the reboot, he looks like a humanoid toddler with blue skin and bat wings.
    • Zig-zagged with Hordak. He's taller, leaner, wears much more tasteful armor, and has a much more pleasant voice than his 1980s counterpart. Also, he has human-like feet now in contrast to the original Hordak's webbed feet, and his facial features are more bat-like than fish-like. However, the 1980s Hordak was healthy and had an athletic build, while this Hordak is thin and sickly underneath his cybernetic armor, with scarring/vitiligo on his arms, shoulders, and back.
  • Adaptational Curves: Inverted. Compared to the original show, which used the same slender Impossible Hourglass Figure for all the women, the girls come in a variety of shapes and sizes, all of which look much more realistic (and age appropriate) than the originals.
  • Adaptational Modesty: Just about every character, both female and male, wear less revealing clothing this time around. In particular, She-Ra's Cleavage Window is gone, replaced with a full breastplate.
  • Adaptation Name Change:
    • The Evil Horde is simply called The Horde. Somewhat subverted as it seems that while they don't refer to themselves as evil, everyone else does.
      Bow: Your army is called the Evil Horde.
      Adora: Who calls us that?!
      Bow: [Beat] Everybody!
    • Likewise, the Great Rebellion is simply called the Rebellion.
    • Swift Wind, She-Ra's flying steed, is never called Spirit. He's called "Horsey" before being transformed, and then names himself Swift Wind when the transformation makes him capable of complex thought (and eventually speech).
  • Adaptation Personality Change:
    • Madam Razz was an inept sorceress in the 1980s cartoon, but is a highly competent magic user (if a little senile) in the reboot. Unlike her 1980s counterpart, this Razz also has knowledge of major players and events (the First Ones, Mara, portal catastrophes) that the main characters lack.
    • Catra was a vamp in the original cartoon, but isn't shown using feminine wiles in the reboot. Her personality is angrier, edgier, and more vulnerable in the reboot series.
    • Scorpia is warm and nurturing in the reboot, in contrast to the cruel Scorpia of the 1980s cartoon.
    • Hordak was loud, boorish, and quick to punish underlings in the 1980s cartoon. In the reboot, he's articulate, pragmatic, and coldly efficient.
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul:
    • Catra and Adora are childhood friends raised together since they were both babies, when before they were just arch-enemies.
    • Bow and Sea Hawk are no longer Adora's love interests instead they are just good friends, with Adora even being a Shipper on Deck for Sea Hawk and Mermista.
    • In the 1980s series, Entrapta was just one of Hordak's minions, and a minor one at that. In the reboot, she's Hordak's collaborator on technology-related projects, his friend, and eventually his love interest.
  • Adapted Out:
    • Adam/He-Man, as well as the other residents of Eternia, have seemingly been excised from the story, at least for now. However, Eternia is referenced in the show as a password for First One ruins, so it's implied that there is a connection. the existence of Horde Prime, a He-Man villain, strengthens this implication.
    • Kowl, Bow's talking animal helper, no longer appears in the show. He does shows up as a plushie in Glimmer's bedroom.
    • Loo-kee, the child-like creature who hides in each episode, so far has not actually shown up in the show. They have been referenced by Razz, but given her nature that isn't confirmation.
  • Adult Fear:
    • Losing a loved one to war.
    • Losing a spouse and raising one's child as a single parent.
    • Losing a parent.
    • Discovering that one has a chronic illness that can be managed, but never cured. Watching one's body deteriorate from a chronic illness.
    • Experiencing an existential crisis over the direction of one's life.
    • Dementia.
    • Watching a childhood friend go down a bad path, but being unable to reach them or help in anyway.
  • Advertised Extra: Netossa and Spinnerella are very prominent in the advertisements for the show and are given equal status to the other princesses, but in season 1 they are little more then Recurring Extra who only have lines in the final episode. In seasons 2 and 3, they don't even get that. They do finally get an episode in season 4 but it's not a focus like the other princesses got and are otherwise mostly absent.
  • Aerith and Bob: Among fantasy names like Adora, Glimmer, Shadow Weaver, Catra, Scorpia, Bow, Sea Hawk and so on so forth, there's the Horde Cadets Lonnie and Kyle.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head:
    • When Shadow Weaver is trying to manipulate someone, or has already done so, she will touch their face or hair. She has a habit of tucking in Adora's stray hair. In season 2, she touches Catra's face when she's trying to get on her good side. In a flashback, she touches young Micah's face after transforming from Light Spinner to Shadow Weaver. In season 4, she tucks a rose behind Glimmer's ear and touches her face, promising that Glimmer will be a more powerful monarch than either of her parents.
    • Horde Prime also does this, to chilling effect. In "Destiny, Part 2", he touches Hordak's face, but the touch quickly turns into facial groping as he violates Hordak's mind. He also touches Glimmer's face in a manner that feels predatory.
  • Alternate Reality Episode: Episodes 5 and 6 of season 3, “Remember” and “The Portal.” The two-part season finale takes place almost entirely in a decaying reality where Adora never left the Horde, Bow is a passive historian, and Glimmer’s father Micah never died.
  • An Aesop:
    • True friends care about your well-being and support you during difficult times. False friends merely use you to get what they want.
    • People who denigrate others are often overcompensating for their own feelings of inadequacy.
    • No matter how many misfortunes you have experienced in life, you are still responsible for your own choices.
    • Other people (parents, leaders, etc.) may try to decide your path in life, but you are ultimately responsible for choosing your own path, even if it comes with hard sacrifices.
    • The only way to stop yourself from being abused is to get away from the abusers. Trying to endear yourself to people who hurt you or make you feel bad about yourself won't make them nicer, and will often just make the situation worse.
    • Actions have consequences (often, unintended consequences), no matter how well-intentioned those actions might be.
  • Animesque: The art style clearly borrows from 90's Magical Girl anime. This is particularly true on the way the character's eyes are drawn, which really resembles that decade's animes much more than the original She-Ra.
  • Age Lift: A number of characters are made younger than their original incarnations, such as Adora, Glimmer, Bow, and Catra; all of whom looked to be in their 20s or 30s in the original, but are aged-down to late teens in the remake.
  • Alien Sky: Besides having multiple moons, Etheria's sky has no stars because it has been residing in Despondos for the past one thousand years.
  • Alien Invasion:
    • The First Ones were alien invaders from outside Etheria who wanted to use the planet's magic power as a superweapon.
    • Horde Prime is the leader of an alien army that has conquered large swaths of the universe, and has now set his sights on Etheria.
  • Amulet of Dependency: Entrapta creates a focused power source that allows Hordak's armor to counter his rapidly degenerating body. The downside is that if it's removed he quickly loses all of his recovery and becomes weak and helpless.
  • Anyone Can Die: Or rather, anyone can "die", seeing that She-Ra is a kid's show.
    • At the end of season 3, Queen Angella makes a Heroic Sacrifice to save Etheria and is trapped in a parallel dimension as a result. The characters react as if she is dead.
    • Light Hope is destroyed near the end of season 4.
    • Hordak is mind-wiped by Horde Prime at the end of season 4. While his body is alive, his memories and personality have been erased. Whether the effect is permanent remains to be seen.
  • Apocalypse How:
    • The end of season 3 has a threatened Class 6, when Catra sets off the portal, which then proceeds to nearly taking all of local time and space with it. Worse, some of Razz's dialogue suggests this or something similar has happened before.
    • Season 4 reveals that firing the Heart of Etheria weapon would destroy Etheria in the process, resulting in a Class X apocalypse for both Etheria and the planet on the receiving end.
  • Arc Symbol: Eyes figure prominently in season 4. Several times, a character is revealed to be Double Trouble in disguise when their eyes turn yellow and reptilian. Octavia explains that Catra clawed out her right eye as a child. Grox is missing an eye. On Beast Island, when the signal induces despair in Bow, Micah, Entrapta, and Swift Wind, their eyes turn dull. Scorpia's eyes glow red when she connects with the Black Garnet. When Hordak learns that Catra exiled Entrapta to Beast Island, viewers receive a close-up of his eyes filling with tears. Bow fires an exploding arrow that ignites in Hordak's face, causing Hordak to fall to his knees and cover his eyes with his hands. Horde Prime has multiple eyes on the right side of his face which he harvested from his clones, according to character designer Rae Geiger. Horde Prime's clones have green eyes, and Hordak's eyes change from red to green when Horde Prime overrides his mind.
  • Arc Words: During the finale of Season 3, "Everything is perfect". In the alternate reality, people who don't have their memories keep mentioning that everything is perfect to the people who are getting their memories back.
    • Season four has "I can fix this." and "Destiny", for Adora. She states the former multiple times as the situation on Etheria continues to deteriorate and the Horde gains more ground, while her friendship with Glimmer keeps getting more and more strained, with her declaration becoming more and more desperate each time. Glimmer eventually angrily calls her out on this. The latter is from Light Hope's insistence that activating and firing the Heart of Etheria is Adora's, even though it will destroy a huge swathe of the wider universe in service of a war that, as far as we know, ended a thousand years ago.
  • Artifact of Doom: The Sword of Protection itself turns out to be one in season four with the reveal that it and She-Ra were intended to be the key to the Heart of Etheria superweapon. This leads to Adora destroying it when Light Hope attempts to activate the Heart in the finale to ensure the weapon can't be used, at least for now.
  • Athens and Sparta: Bright Moon is a shining city of hope and freedom, but the Fright Zone is very harsh and dystopian.
  • Bait-and-Switch: The first episode of season two opens with She-Ra fighting Catra while the others are handling a horde of robots. While the others' fights were real, Adora's was a simulation created by Light Hope. Adora is rather bummed out that Light Hope had to make Catra "so mean", but begrudgingly admits that Catra really would be that cruel.
  • Bare Your Midriff:
    • Bow's regular outfit exposes his abdomen. When dressed in a tuxedo, he deliberately removes his cumberbund to bare his midriff (which he then regrets as they are in an ice palace). And Adora and Glimmer panic in response to him covering up for his parents.
    • Underneath his armor, Hordak wears a dress that exposes his back and some of his abdomen.
  • Beast Man: Etheria is populated by many humanoid races, some with animalistic features. Catra is a cat-person, Scorpia has scorpion features, and Hordak has a bat-like nose and ears. Throughout the series, viewers see goat-people, lizard-people, snake-people, moth-people, and even an octopus-woman.
  • Being Evil Sucks: One of the themes. Everyone who goes down the path of evil generally finds themselves alone and miserable, and in Catra's case, increasingly insane, even when they get what (they think) they want. In Hordak's case, it ends in his efforts being all for nothing and his psychological destruction.
  • Betrayal by Inaction:
    • Hordak knew exactly what kind of person Shadow Weaver was, but did not check up on how Shadow Weaver was treating her two young charges. As a result, Shadow Weaver's abuse of Catra and Adora continued unabated through their childhoods.
    • Scorpia did nothing when Catra knocked out Entrapta with a stun baton and arranged for Entrapta's exile on Beast Island. In season 4, Scorpia's guilt gnaws at her until she leaves the Horde and alerts the Princesses to Entrapta's whereabouts.
  • The Big Bad Shuffle: The series starts with a pretty traditional set-up: Hordak is the Big Bad who spends most of his time working in the background, while his minion Catra is a more direct antagonist. Then things get a little complicated. Catra works her way up the ranks until she eventually forces Hordak to acknowledge her as an equal partner. Then it turns out that Light Hope was a bad guy the whole time, and she has her own evil plan independent of the Horde and directly at odds with them. And as soon as She-Ra beats Light Hope, Hordak's boss/eviler older brother Horde Prime arrives on Etheria, forces Hordak and Catra to get in line, and cements himself as the true Big Bad of the story.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In the Season 1 finale. Everyone is down or on their last legs, including the runestone, and when it's destroyed darkness will cover Etheria. Cue Mermista and the rest of the Princess Alliance arriving.
  • Bizarrchitecture: The castle of Dryl, Entrapta's home, is a labyrinth which is ludicrously easy to get lost in, even for people who are not Entrapta. The only beings able to navigate the place without getting hopelessly confused are the robots.
  • Body Horror:
    • Due to the effects of the Spell of Obtainment, Shadow Weaver's skin is scarred, and her bulging eyes have hellish pupils.
    • Hordak's medical condition has left him with vitiligo on his shoulders, arms, and back, holes between his radius and ulna bones, and muscle atrophy in his arms.
    • In "The Portal", Catra is corrupted from the collapsing reality inside the portal. Her right arm and the right side of her face are blackened. She gets better after reality is restored.
    • In "Protocol", Lonnie, Kyle, and Rogelio are covered in chemical burns after exposure to the acidic spore storm, with Kyle experiencing the worst damage.
    • In "Destiny, Part 2", glowing First Ones script appears on the arms and faces of princesses with runestone attunement when the Heart of Etheria is activated.
    • Also in "Destiny, Part 2", Horde Prime has four eyes (three on the right side of his face), all with green sclera.
  • Bond Creature: Swift Wind develops this with Adora, enough that he can track her down if need be.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Catra is fond of saying "Hey Adora" to said heroine. When Catra sends some robots to obtain some First Ones technology for the Horde, Adora goes "Hey Catra" to one of them before smashing it.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: Adora uses the command "For The Honor Of Grayskull!" to transform herself into She-Ra.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You:
    • Hordak's desire to punish Entrapta for interfering with his personal research is stemmed after seeing that her additions to one of his devices solved a problem he'd been having, quickly realizing that she's the only being on Etheria able to comprehend his technology and thus help him advance his work.
    • Catra tries to invoke this in "Light Spinner", attempting to convince Hordak that Shadow Weaver shouldn't be killed. Her inability to do this coupled with Shadow Weaver once again manipulating her in order to escape, leads to Hordak nearly killing Catra instead.
  • Cassandra Truth:
    • In episode 7, Adora tries to tell everyone that Shadow Weaver infiltrated Mystacor, but thanks to her manipulation and tricking Adora into displaying worried behavior, the others just tell her she's on edge and needs to rest.
    • While in a version of Brightmoon that exists inside of a Lotus-Eater Machine, Adora is hit with a truth spell, and has to explain what's going on. Despite said spell, she still isn't believed. The caster instead thinks they cast the spell incorrectly.
  • Cast Full of Gay: Oh God yes. Apart from Angella, who it's known had a husband and never really gets Ship Tease with anyone, the Princess Alliance consists of Adora (almost certainly gay, and Noelle Stevenson has signal-boosted tweets calling her a lesbian), Spinnerella and Netossa (definitely gay), Glimmer, Bow, Perfuma, Mermista and Sea Hawk (all Ambiguously Bi), and Frosta, Castaspella and Swift Wind (unknown due to lack of Ship Tease; Frosta is 11, Castaspella is probably in her mid to late thirties and thus twice as old as the main cast, and Swift Wind is a talking horse). The Horde, outside of Hordak himself, is not notably more heterosexual; nearly all the named Horde characters are at minimum Ambiguously Gay, Entrapta is Ambiguously Bi, and Double Trouble is nonbinary (and, per their voice actor, also gay).
  • Casting Gag:
  • Central Theme: There's more strength in unity and teamwork than in isolating yourself from others. Both the heroes and villains explore this theme.
  • Character Name and the Noun Phrase: The structure of the title is this trope, which funnily enough results in it sounding closer to He-Man and the Masters of the Universe than the original series' subtitle, which only referred to She-Ra.
  • Child Soldiers: Ages are never given, but Adora and Catra are apparently in their late teens, along with other soldiers for the Horde, and they are far from the only ones. The Rebellion members are also significantly on the young side, with Frosta being only twelve (and later saying that she's been in charge of her kingdom since she was eight).
  • Cloning Blues: The reason for Hordak's 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. Since Horde Prime despises 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. It was explained by Word of God that Imp was one of these failed attempts, being a blend of Hordak’s DNA and some etherian species.
    • The other members of Horde Primes Army we have seen in Season 4 are also clones like Hordak, just without the genetic defects and thus healthier.
    • When viewers see Horde Prime in Season 4, he only vaguely resembles Hordak, suggesting that Hordak is a genetic derivative of Prime rather than an identical clone.
  • Creator Cameo: Several of the guests at Princess Prom are modeled on the show's crewmembers, such as Noelle Stevenson, her wife Molly Ostertag, and storyboarder Diana Huh.
  • Crystal Spires and Togas: All of the princesses favor drapey, pastel robes. Mystacor and Bright Moon tend toward crystal and glass in the same palette.
  • Cypher Language: The language of the First Ones, which can be found here. Adora, thanks to her connection to the sword, is the only person capable of reading it within the show.
  • Dark Is Evil: Played with. The Horde has the Black Garnet runestone, which controls shadows, and which they use for their magic and world domination plans. On the other hand, it's not that the runestone itself is evil, just that overuse of one runestone throws the others out of balance, and the Horde has been abusing its powers heavily. When Adora activates the runestones in the climax of the first season, it throws off the Horde tech siphoning from it.
    • Also, the Horde's fashion sense (in those that seem to express one) trends towards dark colors. The princesses prefer pastels or bright colors and the two that don't (Entrapta and Scorpia) went Horde.
    • Averted with Horde Prime, whose chief colors are white and bright green, and who is the most evil person in the series.
  • Darker and Edgier: Despite the Lighter and Softer aesthetic, this series is actually darker than its predecessor in most other ways. The show does not shy away from discussions of war crimes, from the Horde's use of child soldiers to its indiscriminate attacks on civilians. Characters on both sides regularly find themselves in near-death situations, while the issues of childhood abuse and mental trauma are constantly touched upon in Catra's character arc. It only gets darker in Season 2. One such episode features Shadow Weaver's backstory, which is pretty dark in itself, from showcasing Norwyn's onscreen death, to the kidnapping of babies. Queen Angella's backstory with Micah touches upon survivor's guilt. Season 4 explores grief after the death of a loved one when Glimmer is left to rule Bright Moon. Seasons 2 and 3 explore the issue of chronic illness when the show reveals that Hordak is seriously ill. Season 4 somehow manages to be darker and edgier than the previous seasons, delivering multiple servings of psychological horror.
  • Darkest Hour: Season 4 ends with both the Horde and Rebellion in shambles, Glimmer and Catra taken prisoner by Horde Prime, Hordak getting mind-wiped by Horde Prime, the True Horde Empire converging on Etheria, and Adora destroying the Sword and left shaken and disillusioned after discovering that the First Ones were Evil All Along and that She-Ra was never meant to be anything more than a living weapon for their genocidal crusade to "purify" the galaxy.
  • 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 defeated Norwyn before leaving, and the next we see of her, she's joined the Horde herself.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype:
    • Adora's character arc deconstructs The Chosen One archetype. The first few seasons set up Adora/She-Ra as a heroic warrior who fights for the liberation of Etheria. Seasons 3 and 4 reveal that Adora's ancestors, the First Ones, weaponized Etheria as a tool for genocidal conquest, repurposing the She-Ra mantle for the purpose of war. The holder of the She-Ra mantle was intended to be a tool, and the personhood of She-Ra was never given consideration. Part of Adora's character development is deciding that she will not be a tool of destruction.
    • The first two seasons set up Hordak as a typical Evil Overlord. As the leader of the Horde, Hordak must cultivate a ruthless, stoic, and unapproachable exterior and desperately hide his physical illness and emotional vulnerabilities. Living among ruthless minions who are constantly jockeying for power results in Hordak being lied to, manipulated, and separated from the woman he loves. His character arc explores what factors would drive someone to become an evil overlord, as it's implied that what he really longs for is not power, but self-worth and love.
    • Season 4 moves Scorpia from a straight example of a Token Good Teammate to a deconstruction. In earlier seasons, she's a sweet, kind, slightly ditzy person who prides herself on her loyalty, but happens to work for a colonialist military dictatorship. Then comes the episode "Princess Scorpia". Over the course of the episode, she takes the time to process some of the terrible things she's been complicit in and the awful people she serves, decides that being the good person she wants to be and remaining with the Horde are not compatible, and leaves to save Entrapta.
  • Deconstruction: Of the original 1980s She-Ra: Princess of Power. The show gives characters much more moral ambiguity and overturns tropes from the original series. Hordak, Catra, and Scorpia are three-dimensional villains with complex motivations. Adora learns that Etheria was weaponized by her ancestors for evil ends, and that being the "chosen one" isn't necessarily a good thing. Glimmer's efforts at protecting her people have dangerous ramifications for the universe. Several of the characters have moral shades of gray. Stories do not always have happy endings, and friendship does not always fix everything.
  • Demonization: Horde Cadets are taught that princesses are evil, dangerous monsters who cannot control their powers and wreck everything in their way. The propaganda apparently is so efficient Adora completely freaks out upon her first transformation into She-Ra, being horrified at the idea she might have become a princess herself. Bow directly addresses this in the second season, when all of Adora's ghost stories involve evil princesses. Adora briefly muses why she never noticed.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • Catra's speech to Adora at the end of "Promise" is reminiscent of siblings from an abusive household (not actually far from the truth), especially how deep down Catra resented Adora growing up because Shadow Weaver abused her less.
    Adora: I was only trying to protect you!
    Catra: You never protected me! Not in any way that would put you on Shadow Weaver's bad side. Admit it, you love being her favorite.
    Adora: That's not true!
    Catra: Oh yeah? When you left, who do you think took the fall for you? Who was protecting me then?
    Adora: You don't have to let Shadow Weaver treat you like that anymore. You can leave, just like I did.
    Catra: Oh, because I need to follow you everywhere you go?
    • When Adora is under the influence of the computer virus that takes over her sword, the effect it has on her essentially makes her act as if she was drunk. She talks in a sluggish manner, walks weirdly, and falls asleep easily when left alone.
    • As per the video example below, Bow hiding the fact that he's a warrior not a scholar from his parents and later telling them and fearing their judgement codes well to a gay child coming out to his parents.
    • Hordak getting cast out by his progenitor, being called an "abomination" by said progenitor, and taking a new name for himself codes well to a transgender youth being kicked out by a transphobic parent.
    • After Catra lies to Hordak about Entrapta betraying him, he broods amidst the wreckage of their portal machine and removes Entrapta's belongings from the Fright Zone. His behavior is less like that of a warlord whose minion betrayed him and more like that of a jilted boyfriend going through a bad break-up.
    • Beast Island emits a signal that preys on visitor's deepest sorrows and insecurities, until they lose the will to resist. The island can be seen as an allegory for depression.
    • The end of season 4 gives viewers the full, horrific picture of Hordak's old life under Horde Prime, including violence, mental violation, devaluation, and suppression of individuality. Hordak is akin to a child suffering horrific abuse from a parent, but still desperately seeking that parent's affirmation.
    • The Mind Rape scene in "Destiny, Part 2" can be interpreted as an allegory for sexual abuse. The way Horde Prime forcibly enters Hordak's mind involves both mental and physical violation. Horde Prime plugs his cables/"hair" into Hordak's cybernetic interface. As Hordak looks on with a terrified expression, Prime gropes Hordak's face, runs his hand over Hordak's armor, and violently overrides Hordak's mind.
    • In "Hero", Razz finds herself shifting through different time periods at random, confused as to what time period she is in and whether she's talking to Mara or Adora. Her status as a Non-Linear Character can be interpreted as an allegory for dementia.
  • The Empire: As usual, the Horde is the evil empire bent on world domination that the heroes are fighting against. And Hordak's army is just a tiny wayward splinter of a much, much larger force.
  • Epic Flail: One of the weapons Glimmer appropriated to her private armory (seen in Episode 13) is a warhammers head attached to a chain. Swift Wind takes one look at it and falls deeply in love.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: Part of the Horde's propaganda is that the Princesses are exclusionary to anyone who's different. They use this to exploit the insecurities of those who don't fit conventional appearance or behavior to gain their allegiance. Given Scorpia's account of how her family never felt welcomed among the other princesses, there may be at least an element of truth to this. Or at least it may be an exaggeration of a real issue. That being said, Scorpia isn't the most reliable source on her family's history, and in season 4, the Rebellion princesses warmly accept her after she defects.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • The Horde may be trying to take over the world, but even they don't kill babies. They take them in and raise them.
    • Huntara might be a ruthless bandit, but she was appalled by the Horde's actions and left the Horde in disgust.
    • Hordak brought baby Adora back to the Horde with him instead of leaving her in the field where he found her.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Of course. The series' premise is Adora/She-Ra leading an alliance of princesses against the Horde. Adora is granted an "honorary" title of princess as the wielder of the Sword of Protection and it hasn't been confirmed yet if (like in previous incarnations)she's also the actual princess of Eternia as well.
    • The series confirms that individuals who have the title of "Princess" are those who can connect to the Runestones, although Entrapta (who doesn't have one) is an exception. Adora's runestone is in her sword.
  • Evil All Along: The First Ones are revealed in season to be Nazi-esque, having created She-Ra's Sword and the Heart of Etheria to use as weapons so they could bring "order" to the galaxy. Which is exactly what Horde Prime is trying to do.
    • Light Hope, the reprogrammed version of her which is who's been in control since the start of the series. She's the one who made sure one of Hordak's portals brought Adora to be the new She-Ra.
  • Evil Smells Bad: The tie-in book Island of Magical Creatures has Adora comment that the Fright Zone has a distinct aroma of burning garbage. Given that the Fright Zone is horribly polluted, Adora may actually be low-balling it.
  • Evil Welcomes Defectors: The Horde welcomes in one of the princesses with open arms. After Gadgeteer Genius Entrapta is mistakenly thought dead by the Rebellion, Entrapta becomes a member of the Horde, and Hordak welcomes her in. Even so, Entrapta joins less because she feels betrayed and more because the Horde has better access to First Ones tech.
  • Evolving Credits: The season four opening credits change slightly to reflect the changes in the series. It updates Catra and Glimmer to their new designs, and the Horde splash image is changed to having Scorpia looking distraught, Lonnie, Kyle and Rogelio looking over their shoulders warily, Hordak with his new arm-cannon, the inclusion of Double Trouble and Horde Prime, and as a Freeze-Frame Bonus, in the background Entrapta with her new insect-like mask from Beast Island. Flutterina and a hologram of Mara are also shown standing with the rest of the Princess Alliance in the final shot, taking the places of Entrapta and Queen Angella, respectively.
  • Family-Friendly Firearms: The Horde uses laser batons similar to the ones from Andromeda, and they seem only to give a "knock you down" zap instead of actually killing people. They also morph into trench clubs. Tanks and gunboats use laser guns, not proper cannons. They don't lose their menace however, since the tech gap between them and the heroes is vast with the Rebellion equipped with weapons like swords and bows.
  • Fangs Are Evil: The only characters so far with sharp teeth are either Horde, ex-Horde, or unaffiliated hostiles.
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • There are strong undertones of this in the Equal-Opportunity Evil propaganda from the Horde. A lot of the images that show up to Adora is that the princesses are subjugating the Lizard Folk and people with animalistic traits such as Catra. Catra hints that she has been isolated because of this, saying that Adora running away is because she "found people like her" and the princesses only care about people "like them".
    • Scorpia claims that she never fit in with the other princesses, presumably because of her status as a scorpion-woman. Subverted in season 4 when Scorpia defects from the Horde and finds that the other princesses accept her.
  • Feet of Clay: All three of the major Horde villains are pathetic in some way, their considerable talents notwithstanding.
    • Shadow Weaver is a knowledgeable sorceress and a competent administrator. However, due to the effects of the Spell of Obtainment, she has no innate power and must draw magical power from a runestone, ground Mystacore crystal, or a magically endowed person. She also seeks influence not through her own achievements, but by manipulating children and teenagers.
    • Hordak created the Etherian Horde from the ground up, is a powerhouse on the battlefield when equipped with his arm cannon and cybernetic exoskeleton, and has a brilliant mind for logistics, science, and engineering. However, his public persona — an intimidating, dominant warlord who appears muscular — is a fabrication hiding a sickly and insecure man underneath. What makes him truly pathetic is that his identity and self-worth are completely bound up in Horde Prime, a tyrant who does not deserve his loyalty and does not appreciate his efforts. He has gambled all of his self-respect on earning Horde Prime's approval, like a child seeking his father's affirmation. He expects Horde Prime to conquer Etheria and punish his enemies, despite knowing exactly what kind of man his progenitor is.
    • Catra is driven, adaptable, impressive in hand-to-hand combat, and has a brilliant tactical mind. However, like Hordak, she's driven by an unhealthy need for validation. Despite getting everything she thought she wanted in season 4, she's miserable and mentally unstable. She taints all of her personal and professional relationships with jealousy, manipulation, deception, and cruelty, driving everyone away until she is truly alone in the world at the end of season 4.
  • Forbidden Zone:
    • The Crimson Wastes, a desert wasteland utterly inhospitable to everything that sets foot in it. Even the Horde don't go there. It's filled with quicksand, trees that freeze you solid if you touch them, and giant multi-headed snakes. Oh, and hordes of gangs fighting for control.
    • Also Beast Island, where the Horde sends people as a punishment. Noone has ever come back from it. It is filled with dangerous mutated monsters, and a droning noise that saps your willpower until you stop trying to escape while vines entrap your body. It was used by the First Ones as a dumping ground for hazardous materials, and it was also used to hide information they didn't want anyone finding.
  • Force and Finesse:
    • What any conflict between Adora and Catra comes down to, with Adora being a physical powerhouse as She-Ra and more competent with weapons while Catra relies on her agility, dexterity, and claws to inflict damage while giving Adora the runaround.
    • In season 4, Hordak and Catra also demonstrate this dichotomy. Hordak's cybernetic armor gives him Super Strength, and he's a powerhouse when equipped with his Arm Cannon. However, Catra's agility ends up securing her victory over him, twice.
  • The Force Is Strong with This One: Shadow Weaver could sense something special about Adora the moment she laid her eyes on the infant.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • As detailed on her character page, pretty much every aspect of Entrapta's debut episodes hint towards her joining the Horde by the end of the season.
    • In episode four, during a dressing down, Shadow Weaver questions how Hordak learned she was still devoting resources to recapturing Adora. She stops when she spots Imp in Hordak's lap, giving him a Meaningful Look, but not expounding. Later, when Entrapta, Catra, and Scorpia are discussing the Black Garnet's connection to the other runestones, the scene pans up to reveal Imp listening in on their conversation, leading to the reveal that the creature is capable of recording conversations.
    • In "Princess Prom", Mermista claims that she's only going to the prom with Seahawk because he's her "ride." He also brings her to the Battle of Brightmoon with the boat she gave him at the end of his debut episode.
    • In season 1, when Shadow Weaver sends Catra to the Whispering Woods, she seems oddly distressed, panting heavily and generally seeming unnerved. Season 2 then reveals that Hordak has a tendency to asphyxiate minions who displease him.
    • In season 3, when Entrapa enters Hordak's laboratory uninvited, she sees alien fetuses growing in glass vats, foreshadowing Hordak's unsuccessful attempts to clone a replacement body for himself and his own status as a clone of Hordak Prime.
    • At the beginning of season 4, a cake baked for Glimmer's coronation has cake-toppers of Glimmer and Hordak doing battle. At the end of the season, Hordak almost kills Glimmer after she sneaks into the Fright Zone.
    • In "The Valley of the Lost", several of Entrapta's former servant-robots have gained free will and escaped to the Crimson Waste. This may have foreshadowed the reveal that Horde Prime's clones are mindless servants, except for Hordak, who somehow developed free will and lives apart from the intergalactic Horde.
    • In season four, despite picking up Hordak's signal at the end of the season three finale and Hordak's belief that his big brother will be arriving on Etheria "any day now", there isn't any sign of Horde Prime until the season finale when Etheria is pulled out of Despondos back into the wider universe. A telling indication that while Horde Prime did in fact receive the message, he does not have Etheria's location until its return.
    • In the supplemental video "Entrapta Stole Bow's Tracker Pad", Entrapta asks Scorpia about her electrical conductivity. When Scorpia links with the Black Garnet in season 4, she gains electrical powers.
    • In the opening credits, there's a shot of each princess posing, and Entrapta poses last. This puts her right before the shot of the villains, which is fitting since she eventually switches sides.
  • Frills of Justice: She-Ra seems to be just as traditionally feminine as ever, but is no less an Action Girl.
  • Gaia's Lament: The Horde and their activities are having a negative impact on Etheria's environment. By the end of the first season The Horde has partial control over the runestones holding Etheria together, enabling them to inflict terrible damage.
  • The Gift: Much of the dysfunctional family dynamic between Adora, Shadow Weaver and Catra springs from this. Adora visibly had The Gift from day one. Shadow Weaver and Catra do not, and so have to scheme and cheat to achieve the things Adora can do through sheer excellence. This makes Shadow Weaver desperate to control Adora so as to make up for her own ungiftedness, and Catra equally determined to beat and show up Adora to prove that Shadow Weaver was wrong to ignore her. Also, Shadow Weaver's Start of Darkness was at least partly caused by her realizing that her young pupil Micah had The Gift and she didn't.
  • The Glomp: Catra, but only to Adora. Other people she doesn't like touching. With Adora she does not hug, she tackles.
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: All of the kingdoms have a way to do this usually through their respective runestones. During the climax of season one Angella is able to send a distress signal and the other princesses answer during the Darkest Hour.
  • Gratuitous Princess: Any girl with a connection to a runestone (which grants them magical powers) is referred to as a princess. Most of them are explicitly in the line of inheritance for their nations (or ruling already), but many others are not. While some of the princesses might have lost their kingdoms to the Horde, Adora never had any kingdom and is still referred to as a princess. Even Scorpia, who gave up her runestone and her kingdom, is still called a princess and invited to the annual Princess Ball.
  • Great Big Library of Everything: Turns out Bow's family owns one, featuring the largest collection of Etherian First Ones artifacts in the planet, as well as several books and scrolls on the subject of She-Ra. It's honestly a wonder the Horde hasn't pillaged the place yet.
  • Heart of the Matter: Season 4 revealed the existence of the Heart of Etheria, a piece of First One's tech at the center of the planet designed to focus Etheria's natural magic into a devastating super weapon. Stopping it from going off, and destroying Etheria as well, was the focus of the season 4 finale.
  • Highly Visible Password: After discovering Adora can read the language if the First Ones, George and Lance are eager to show her a mysterious orb in their collection with a single word on it; Eternia. Speaking this word activates the orb, which promptly transforms into an elemental and wrecks the library trying to retrieve the runestone shard that is also present.
  • History Repeats: Razz implies that that she's seen what the Horde has been doing to Etheria happen before. Season 4 confirms that like the Horde, the First Ones wanted to use Etheria's magical power for evil ends.
    Razz: Ah, it's the same old story, dearie. Wicked people destroy what they cannot control.
    • In "Destiny, Part 2", Adora refuses to be a tool of destruction and stops the Heart of Etheria from firing, just as Mara did a thousand years before.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: Adora learning how to transform intentionally took a bit of effort, and she never learns how to use the full extent of her powers. Light Hope informs her that it will take years to fully master her powers and Adora considers leaving the Rebellion to actually do this before Swift Wind talks her out of it.
  • Idiot Ball: Several characters display uncharacteristic idiocy in season 4 in order to move the plot forward.
    • Members of the Rebellion allow Flutterina — actually Double Trouble in disguise — to learn sensitive information and accompany them into combat situations, despite the fact that she's a child with no combat skills.
    • Hordak trusts Catra after she lied to him in the past and after she yanked the First Ones' crystal out of his armor and sat on his throne.
  • Infernal Background:
    • In "Fractures", Glimmer is standing before a roaring fireplace when she confines Adora and Bow to the castle.
    • In "Mer-Mysteries", Hordak is shown standing on a rock formation with flames behind him, having just destroyed Salineas. Later, in "Destiny, Part 2", he fights Catra in the Fright Zone's foundry, with molten metal in the background.
  • Insignificant Little Blue Planet: While not Earth, it is revealed Hordak thinks of Etheria this way. He's from another world and he dismisses Etheria as a backwater world with primitive technology and natives who are so ignorant that out of the many worlds he's been to, they are the first to be completely unaware that they are not the only world. It seems the only reason why he's trying to conquer Etheria is because he's stuck there and is desperately trying to find enough technology to open a portal so he can leave.
  • I Don't Like the Sound of That Place: Beast Island (which, apparently, has at least one ferocious beast on it). It's the Horde's go-to dumping ground for powerful opponents and minions who've screwed up royal, which no-one comes back from. It eventually makes an appearance in season 4, where Shadow Weaver reveals that it's not as bad as the Horde said it was. It's worse. It's so much worse.
  • Ironic Name: The Sword of Protection turns out to be the activation key of an immensely powerful, planet-wrecking superweapon.
  • It's Personal with the Dragon: Hordak is, without a doubt, the Greater-Scope Villain, but Adora has a personal relationship with both of his most prominent Dragons: Shadow Weaver is an abusive parental figure, and Catra is a former best friend/possible love interest.
  • King in the Mountain: She-Ra is a warrior foretold to return to Etheria in its hour of need.
  • Lampshade Hanging:
    • In "Roll With It", Scorpia asks who Rogelio is. Lonnie explains that he's the lizard guy, and then Scorpia asks what his deal was. This lampshades how Rogelio never seemed to do much and how he was never referred to by name on-screen until that very episode.
    • When Double Trouble reports Bow's injury, they mock Bow's decisions.
    Double Trouble: ::shifted to look like Bow:: My abs! The most vulnerable part of my body that I refuse to cover!
  • Light Is Not Good:
    • First Ones tech is usually brightly colored, to say nothing of the appearance of the She-Ra sword and transformation, and what abilities it gives the unabiguously good Adora, but the First Ones created Etheria to use it as a weapon to "cleanse" the galaxy, and Light Hope firmly believes in their mission.
    • In contrast to the Horde on Etheria and Hordak, Horde Prime has white as the main component of his color scheme, but he's one of the most evil characters in the show.
  • The Lost Woods: The Whispering Woods, which stand between the badlands of the Fright Zone and Brightmoon. It's a mysterious place which futzes with any scanners that enters, and the landscape seems to shift and change, getting visitors lost and turned around, which is why the Horde have never managed to get through it. Whether this is because of tech or magic is unclear, but there is a large First Ones structure hidden in the middle.
  • Magic Versus Science: Downplayed. The Horde is very tech-based, and the Fright Zone is a blighted industrial hellscape, while the Rebellion is very magic-based and each princess has a base built according to a different natural theme (Frosta has an ice palace, Perfuma lived in a forest, etc). However, the Horde will use magic when convenient (case in point, Shadow Weaver) and the Rebellion has tech-savvy members like Bow and, later, Entrapta. Interestingly, the First Ones seem to have been blended the two with their Magitek Organic Technology. It later is revealed that the Princesses' "magic" is in fact technology so advanced that it may as well be magic (and/or Magitek), and the runestones that give them their power are in fact the nodes of a planet-encompassing circuit that maintains the balance of natural forces in Etheria. Entrapta then uses this knowledge to drain power from the other runestones and funnel it into the Black Garnet by way of Horde technology, showing that Horde tech might be a lower-level imitation of First Ones technology. Thus, it would be fair to say that this is more of a case of Clark's Third Law Vs Science.
  • Magitek:
    • The She-Ra sword is a mix of magic and technology created by the First Ones. It even has a circuit pattern near the tip of the blade, and gets infected by a computer virus at one point.
    • All the First Ones technology and Etheria itself are this, enough that Entrapta is able to use the Black Garnet to "hack" the planet.
      • Ultimately averted. The First Ones created the technology that could use Etheria's magic, but they didn't create the magic itself. Or She-Ra for that matter, just her sword so that they could control her.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: Keston John performs the voices of Hordak, Horde Prime, Grizzlor, Admiral Scurvy, the Horde Seargant, and Mermista's herald.
  • Meaningful Name: Yes. Bow uses a bow. Glimmer creates sparkles. Angella has wings. Scorpia has claws and a stinger tail. Mermista can turn into a mermaid. Frosta is An Ice Person. Seahawk is a sailor. Swift Wind flies on the wind. Hordak leads the Horde. Shadow Weaver incorporates shadows into her magic. Imp looks like an imp. Catra is a Cat Girl. Entrapta's castle is filled with traps. Netossa... tosses nets, which even she lampshades. Horde Prime is the leader and progenitor of the galactic Horde clones. The only exceptions are Adora/She-Ra, whose name, beyond being the Distaff Counterpart of He-Man and thus relating to her Super Strength, Perfuma whose name is only tangentially related to her Green Thumb powers, and the mooks with faces, Lonnie, Rogelio, and Kyle.
  • Memorial Statue: After Entrapta is thought to be dead following the raid on the Horde capital, Perfuma creates a plant statue of her in Entrapta's honor. No answers to whether it got taken down after Entrapta turned out to have not only lived but defected to the Horde.
  • Minidress of Power: Adora still wears a short skirt as She-Ra, albeit with Modesty Shorts underneath, likely to avoid the need to use the Magic Skirt trope.
  • Multicultural Alien Planet: Etheria presents several kingdoms with different cultures and multiple humanoid species, for example the kingdom of Plumeria is a forest inhabited by New Age hippies, while the kingdom of Snows is mountainous and much gelid.
  • Mythology Gag: See the separate page.
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  • A Nazi by Any Other Name:
    • Season 3 reveals that the intergalactic Horde has conquered entire galaxies, and is manned by genetically related clones of one man.
    • Season 4 reveals that the First Ones wanted to purge all "impure" life from the galaxy. Etheria and the She-Ra mantle were appropriated by the First Ones for this purpose, as Adora discovers to her horror.
  • Never Say "Die": Zigzagged. When the group believes a character to be dead, they avoid the word properly, either referring to them as "gone" or "lost" (and then they have to further explain that they meant "gone-gone"), but since die and kill is used in other circumstances (if infrequently), this feels more like the characters avoiding spelling things out when the trauma is too raw for them rather than the writers trying to keep the word from their audience. To keep things from getting too dark though, the bad guys often give orders to "take out" or "dispose of" people.
  • New-Age Retro Hippie: The spirit of this trope is the Kingdom of Plumeria's hat.
  • Ninja Maid: Played with. Entrapta's maids have no formal combat training, but with Bow's help discover that their normal maid skills are actually highly effective at fighting crazed robots.
  • No OSHA Compliance:
    • A viewer with an eye for detail will notice that the Fright Zone is full of dangerous areas. Walking paths suspended several stories off the floor have no railings, for example.
    • In Hordak's sanctum, experiments often result in electrical circuit overloads and the occasional explosion.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • Catra and the mouse. Whatever happened, Adora refuses to stop teasing her about it.
    • Entrapta refers to multiple explosions when she reprogrammed Emily.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: Season 4 disrupted the status quo of Etheria in massive ways.
    • The Horde destroys the kingdom of Salinas, leaving Mermista devastated.
    • King Micah is alive and back in Bright Moon.
    • The Horde is in shambles after a major Rebellion victory, several major Horde characters have defected, and swaths of the Fright Zone have been destroyed in the fight between Hordak and Catra. Both Hordak and Catra have lost everything.
    • Adora learns that her ancestors, the First Ones, were genocidal conquerors who wanted to use Etheria as a weapon. She breaks her sword.
    • Light Hope is destroyed.
    • Scorpia connects with the Black Garnet and gains lightning powers.
    • By helping Scorpia to connect with the Black Garnet, Glimmer unwittingly activates the Heart of Etheria, pulling Etheria out of Despondos and drawing the attention of Horde Prime.
    • Horde Prime, the sociopathic leader of a massive space empire, has appeared on the scene and is determined to use Etheria as a weapon for his conquests. Glimmer, Catra, and Hordak have been taken captive on board his ship.
    • The climactic scene in "Destiny, Part 2" strongly implies that Hordak is a rogue drone, and that the "flaw" that offended Horde Prime was actually his free will. Horde Prime mind-wipes him as punishment for exercising autonomy. His body is alive, but "Hordak" has left the building.
    • The game has now changed; the Rebellion has gone from liberating Etheria to saving the universe from Horde Prime.
  • Obliviously Evil: Adora grew up in a training complex in the Fright Zone with only Horde propaganda to educate her about the world. She's horrified upon seeing firsthand that the Horde is the oppressor and not defender.
  • Oddly Small Organization: Everyone. The Princess Alliance fighting in a war of planetary conquest against the Horde consists of only the seven princesses and Bow, with even the local guards usually doing less than random bystanders. The Horde has plenty of Faceless Mooks, but in the end, The Main Characters Do Everything, up to the point that Catra lampshades they might as well hunt down Adora despite that not being in the mission profile because Adora is always after the same stuff they are.
  • Off-Model:
    • Catra's claws constantly switch between their standard black coloration, to being the same orange as the rest of her body from shot to shot.
    • In seasons 1 and 2, Hordak's face looks wildly different from scene to scene, and even within the same scene. However, the animators mastered his facial model by season 3, after which his face looks more consistent.
    • In "Huntara", the vitiligo on Hordak's shoulders looks different from scene to scene. Initially, the dark blue vitiligo looks like veins, but in a subsequent shot, it looks thicker and more wavy.
    • The edge between the red and white sections of Rogelio's uniform seems to move up or down his torso from one shot to the next, and in some cases even between frames in the same shot. His gloves suffer a similar fate; sometimes they end at the knuckle, sometimes they extend further down his fingers, and sometimes they're not even gloves, just wristbands.
  • The One Where Everyone Dies: After Catra activates a faulty portal, reality begins collapsing in on itself, resulting in people, places and even time itself sporadically vanishing. Eventually, only Adora and Queen Angella remain, the latter sacrificing herself to shut the portal off and save everyone.
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: Zigzagged. The mystical powers of Sword of Protection can only be used by Adora, but there is nothing stopping ordinary people from carrying it or wielding it as a normal sword. It's unwieldy due to its size, but still quite sharp.
  • Organic Technology:
    • Some First One tech seems to fall into this. For example, the disc in "System Failure" infects Entrapta's robots with almost organic-looking tendrils, and it even manages to infect Adora through the She-Ra sword. In episode 12, Entrapta figures out this applies to all First One tech.
    • Horde Prime's "dreadlocks" are prehensile cables that he uses to interface with his cybernetic clones.
  • Out of the Frying Pan: Season 4's ending. The Horde lies in ruins, Hordak is defeated, the Heart of Etheria is no longer going to destroy the planet, and Etheria is freed from the Despondos dimension. However, Horde Prime has arrived with all his armada and he knows about the heart.
  • The Paragon Always Rebels: Adora was one of the Horde's most dedicated and skilled recruits before her Heel–Face Turn.
    • Shadow Weaver was once Light Spinner, one of the most powerful sorceresses of Mystacore. When the leaders of Mystacore refused to listen to her about the rising dangers of the Horde, she worked a forbidden piece of dark magic called the "Spell of Obtainment" with Micah's help, granting her even greater power at the cost of becoming a magical parasite and twisting her mind. She then left and eventually joined the Horde.
  • Parental Abandonment: There's an epidemic of dead or missing parents in this series, leaving the war between good and evil to be fought mostly by emotionally-vulnerable teenagers.
  • Parental Favoritism: Shadow Weaver makes no secret of the fact that she prefers Adora over Catra. When Catra directly asks why she was The Un Favourite, Shadow Weaver admits that Catra reminds her too much of herself, and that if she had a rough life, Catra didn't deserve any better.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Netossa and Spinnerella, up until the season 1 finale, do absolutely nothing of note. Lampshaded by Bow.
  • Pity the Kidnapper: The second episode of season 2 features Glimmer and Bow successfully capturing Catra, planning to use her to trade for Entrapta. Catra proceeds to spend the lion's share of the episode being The Load while playing mind games with the duo.
  • Plain Palate: Everybody in the Horde likes the grey ration bars.
  • Planet Spaceship: During her research into the First Ones tech, Entrapta finds out that Etheria is not a natural planet but in fact a planet-sized space ship.
  • Play-Along Prisoner: While being interrogated, Entrapta repeatedly frees herself to examine some bit of technology, then puts herself back in her shackles when her curiosity is satisfied. In her case, it's probably because she doesn't realize she should be trying to escape.
  • Polluted Wasteland: The Fright Zone, headquarters of the Horde. Nestled between some sinister mountains, it's a blasted, smog-choked wasteland covered by the Horde's sprawling machines.
  • Poor Communication Kills:
    • Glimmer and Angella's greatest problem is the fact that since the family's father's demise, they have not exactly communicated with each other. Glimmer is overwhelmed by the pressure of following her immortal mother's footsteps, while Angella is over protective of her daughter as she tries to prove herself. They do sit down and talk eventually, which allows them to have a healthier relationship.
    • This is dominating all of season 4, with both Adora and Glimmer thinking they are the leader and that the other one doesn't truly understand what's at stake. With the death of Angella, Glimmer becomes queen. First she's unable to voice how she wants to rule the kingdom, and Adora is too focused on making sure everytyhing is "perfect" for Glimmer to actually listen to Glimmer. This is resolved, but creates cracks, where Adora thinks she's the leader since she is She-ra, and Glimmer thinks she's the leader because she's queen. When Glimmer starts taking Shadow Weaver's tutelage, Adora is worried that she is learning dark magic and Shadow Weaver is tricking her, while Glimmer is trying to reach her potential so she can lead her people better. When there is a Friend Or Idol decision about Entrapta versus a powerful weapon, Adora wants to rescue Entrapta who can understand the weapon first, while Glimmer wants to use the weapon at which point rescuing Entrapta becomes easy. Through all these arguments, both have valid points and concerns, but while both sides are willing to listen, neither side is explaining very well, and every time they walk away thinking that they are in the right and the other is being unreasonable.
      • This even spills over to the villain side. While Hordak and Catra's abuse is the primary drive, their lack of communications quickly alienates their allies, and Double Trouble uses this to create a Spanner in the Works.
  • Power Crystal: The Runestones in the various kingdoms, which are the source of the princesses' elemental powers. The She-Ra sword has its own portable one in the hilt. Glimmer shares the Moonstone with her mother, limiting her abilities's power and re-usability. The Horde has also captured one of the Runestones, the Black Garnet, which was surrendered by Scorpia's family and thus she was born with no magical connection to it.
  • Power Parasite: The "Spell of Obtainment" that Shadow Weaver/Light Spinner used is described as turning the caster into a "magical parasite". If true, it would certainly explain why she was dependent on the Black Garnet to recharge her powers.
  • Precursors: The First Ones, the first settlers of Etheria and creators of the She-Ra sword. They disappeared a thousand years ago, leaving only their technology and scattered ruins.
  • Princesses Rule: Zigzagged. Mermista, Entrapta, Perfuma, and Frosta all rule their kingdoms for one reason or another, which makes them by technicality queens despite being referred to as princesses. Then there are princesses like Glimmer, whose mother is the Queen of Brightmoon, and Scorpia, whose family is no longer the ruling body.
    • When Glimmer is crowned queen in the season 4 opening episode, she is afterwards always referred to as Queen Glimmer, rather than Princess.
  • Production Throwback:
    • The rainbow Netflix logo is similar to the Filmation logo that preceded the original series.
    • When She-Ra looks at herself after transforming the first time, she is briefly in a similar pose to the 80s She-Ra.
    • Glimmer has a plush Kowl in her room.
    • Razz pulls out a Lookee hand fan.
    • A promo clip for season two gives Bow an Imagine Spot in which the characters are dressed as their 80s incarnations and Catra transforms into a panther.
  • Protagonist Title: The name of the series not only refers to She-Ra, but the other members of the Princess Alliance.
  • Psychological Horror: Season 4 delivers several helpings of this.
    • "Hero" reveals why Razz seems senile. She's being shunted back and forth between two different time periods at random moments. She gets confused as to what time period she's in and whether she's talking to Adora or Mara. Her disorientation at being toggled between two different time periods can be interpreted as an allegory for dementia.
    • Beast Island, the island to which the Horde exiles powerful enemies and screw-ups, wears away visitors' willpower by preying on their deepest pain and insecurities. Vines then absorb visitors who have lost the will to resist.
    • Horde Prime uses mind control to deny his clones free will, personalities, and even names. He's capable of entering their minds and probing their most intimate memories. Most frightening of all, he can perform a mind-wipe on any of his clones, as he does to Hordak at the end of season 4.
  • Race Lift:
    • Bow now resembles a human of African descent.
    • Likewise, Mermista is now the Etherian equivalent of South Asian.
    • Frosta may be the Etherian equivalent of East Asian, or Inuit.
    • Castaspella and Micah are now the Etherian equivalent of East Asian.
  • Ragnarök Proofing: While the She-Ra sword and some other bits of First One tech have stood the test of time, most of it is in disrepair if it works at all. The First One building the group takes shelter in early on starts falling apart when the security system tries to go on lockdown, the Sea Gate is failing and losing its connection to the Runestone powering it due to lack of maintenance, and the disc Entrapta found was so damaged and corrupted that it unleashed a computer virus that even infected the She-Ra sword. Light Hope is mostly functional, but still glitchy.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits:
    • The Princess Alliance is made up of these, with each princess (and Bow) being their own unique personality, some of whom have yet to be fleshed out.
    • Catra's team is this as well, being comprised of a Cat Girl with a chip on her shoulder, a Scorpion Girl who's ruled by her whimsy and a Mad Scientist Girl with comically little people skills. In season 3, she recruits two desert bandits from the Crimson Wastes into her team as well.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • The First Ones might have made some impressive tech, but not all of it has stood up to the test of time very well. In the second episode, a security system started tearing apart the building it was meant to protect when it went into lockdown, since the building was so old that it couldn't handle the stress anymore.
    • Transforming, especially if one isn't expecting it, is disorienting, with both Adora and Swift Wind panicking the first time.
    • Adora knows that even with her Heel–Face Turn, there will be Rebellion members wary of her and unwilling to trust her, especially at first.
    • Entrapta narrowly escapes a flame purge during the mission to rescue Bow and Glimmer by hiding in a ventilation shaft. The fact that she just hides out in the Fright Zone and doesn't try to contact any of her allies about it means that the Rebellion thinks Entrapta is dead when she doesn't report back.
    • During a trip to the Citadel, Adora and Catra go through a Psychological Torment Zone designed to expose the rawest parts of their time together. In any other show, this would be a bonding experience, or possibly the Citadel forcing Catra to look at what she's done will cause her remorse. Nope. Turns out that forcing someone to relive their most traumatic memories just makes them infinitely worse, and by the end, any leftover goodness in Catra has been extinguished by jealousy and ambition.
    • Glimmer has been making an "armory" by sneaking away weapons. When they go there in the season finale, Angella points out that of course the missing weapons would be noticed.
    • After she gains actual command, Catra realizes that running an army involves a lot of paperwork and logistics.
    • Catra's leading style comes back to bite her in Season 4. Turns out if you take all your anger out on your underlings, refuse to let them rest, don't tell anyone what's going on, just bark orders without ever easing up or at least praising good work, and in general act erratic and unstable as hell, those underlings are going to lose confidence in you quickly.
    • As Catra's relationship with Double Trouble shows, it doesn't matter how charming, personable, or funny they are, or how well you personally get along with them; if someone tells you up-front that they're Only in It for the Money and will gladly defect for a better offer, it means that they're Only in It for the Money and will gladly defect for a better offer. Double Trouble even says as much when they give Catra a vicious "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
    • In Season 4, Glimmer has a really hard time adjusting to being queen, alternating between throwing her newfound weight around, and wishing she didn't have it at all.
    • Fighting back to back during a musical number about friendship doesn’t do anything to change the fact that Adora’s and Glimmer’s trust in each other has been deeply shaken, and the fractures in their relationship continue to deepen for several episodes thereafter.
    • Catra's Chronic Backstabbing Disorder, anger, paranoia, and refusal to ever admit she's in the wrong drives away everyone that cares about her. By the end of Season 4, not even Scorpia can defend Catra anymore, and defects to the Rebellion.
    • Sea Hawk's habit of burning down ships, including those that aren't his, has not won him many friends. And since he deals with pirates and sailors on a regular basis, at least one of his former friends has no issue kidnapping him and selling him to the Horde.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • In the last episode of season 3, Adora berates Catra for trying to pin all of the world's problems on Adora herself.
      Catra: You made me this! This is all your fault!
      Adora: No, it's not! I didn't make you pull the switch! I didn't make you do anything! I didn't break the world. But I am going to fix it. And you? You made your choice! Now live with it! (hits Catra with a Megaton Punch, knocking her out)
    • Double Trouble gives quite a few of these after their introduction in Season 4, but their most vicious one is easily the last one. Double Trouble uses their shapeshifter powers to break Catra's spirit, saying that Catra has no one to blame but herself for being so alone and miserable. It works so well that when Glimmer finds Catra, the Despair Event Horizon has hit Catra in full force, to the point Catra doesn't even care if Glimmer kills her.
  • Rebellious Princess: The princesses are literally part of a group called the Rebellion. They themselves lead the Rebellion as the Princess Alliance.
  • Red Is Heroic: Adora wears a red cape as She-Ra, like in the original series. and a red jacket as part of her everyday ensemble. Inverted, however, with The Horde, whose non-armor uniforms are various shades of red, much like the robes of their resident sorceress Shadow Weaver.
  • Related in the Adaptation:
    • Castaspella is related to Angella and Glimmer in this series. She is the sister of King Micah, Angella's dead husband and Glimmer's father.
    • Adora and Catra are sisters by adoption and Shadow Weaver is their adoptive mother.
  • The Reveal:
    • Adora isn't the first She-Ra. There have been many.
    • That Hordak isn't a local to Etheria is hinted at several times, but it's toward the end of season 2 we learn he isn't actually there on purpose. He's trapped.
    • Hordak is a clone of Horde Prime, and is trying to impress Horde Prime by conquering Etheria. "Destiny, Part 2" strongly implies that he is a Rogue Drone with free will.
    • Mara wasn't insane. She hid Etheria in Despondos to protect the universe from the Heart of Etheria superweapon.
    • The First Ones were not benevolent colonists. They were a genocidal empire that sought to destroy "impure" life in the galaxy.
  • Running Gag:
  • Sanity Slippage:
    • Light Hope hints that this is what caused Mara to deviate from her destiny. Subverted in season 3, when Adora learns that Mara wasn't insane and had legitimate reasons for hiding Etheria in Despondos.
    • In season 3, Catra experiences this after her jealousy toward Adora pushes her to the breaking point. She activates the interdimesional portal, fully aware that it will destroy all of Etheria, herself included. Catra doesn't care, because she just wants to beat Adora at something.
    • In "Coronation", Catra's lie about Entrapta's supposed "betrayal" has utterly broken Hordak's spirit. He broods in the wreckage of the portal machine, demonstrates unsound judgment, and reacts violently to the mere mention of Entrapta. He regains his mental stability for most of the fourth season, but attacks Catra in a berserk rampage after learning that Catra exiled Entrapta to Beast Island for nothing.
  • Schizo Tech: The Horde has access to sophisticated computers and weaponry but relies on a paper filing system. The technologically advanced Horde also exists alongside the less technologically advanced Etherian kingdoms. Justified, for the most part, by the Horde's extraterrestrial origins; Hordak has the technology to use battle robots, Hover Tanks and cloning because he brought it with him.
    • Even discounting the Horde and sticking to just the kingdoms, Bright Moon mostly has medieval/Renaissance tech (Bow's tracker and Trick Arrows are the highest-tech things we generally see), Salineas has wind-powered ships...and Dryl has robots. The closest thing we get to an explanation is that Entrapta lives there.
  • Secret Identity: Averted, in contrast with the original series. Everyone knows that Adora is She-Ra (and if they don't, she'll make sure to transform in front of them). Also averts Secret Identity Identity - being She-Ra doesn't change her personality in any way, and she still considers herself Adora, just taller and stronger. Her friends still often call her Adora in her She-Ra form as well.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy:
    • With a tint of Dramatic Irony. A Running Gag is how Entrapta constantly gets separated from the other Princesses because of her inability to stand still in one place. The one time when she intentionally remains where she is so she can be more easily found, they just assume she didn't make it out of the Horde's base and consider her dead.
    • In Season 2 Catra thinks she's in danger because Hordak doesn't trust her despite what she's been able to accomplish for him. Shadow Weaver even advises Catra that she'll have to be smarter and better than Shadow Weaver herself was to stay in Hordak's good graces. At the end of the season, just like her predecessor, Catra attempts to lie and hide the fact that she's lost Shadow Weaver from Hordak, only to have it revealed that, just like with Shadow Weaver, Imp has already informed Hordak as to what happened. Needless to say, Hordak is not at all interested in placing his trust in yet another SIC who lies to him to cover up her mistakes. So in an effort to prove herself competent and trustworthy, Catra inadvertently proves she actually can't be trusted.
  • Set Swords to "Stun": Played with. She-Ra mostly just bashes people with the flat of her sword to get this effect, as between her strength and the sword's mass, it typically knocks soldiers out in one hit, but sometimes she sort of just parries opponents, which sends them flying.
  • Ship Sinking: The slim hopes of Mara/Razz shippers did not survive the fourth season episode "Hero", which shows the two of them interacting - and confirms that she was exactly the same apparently senile old lady to Mara as she is to Adora because Razz is unstuck from time in weird ways. Mara's interactions with her are less "romantic" and more "Mara visits her beloved adoptive grandmother, who's succumbing to dementia".
  • Ship Tease:
    • Catra and Adora, as their relationship both before and after Adora defected is a huge portion of the show's emotional drive. Leaving aside the endless tackling, teasing and easy distracting. They have so much we had to make a separate page just to cover it all.
    • Scorpia and Catra. Scorpia has a massive crush on Catra, and Catra finally begins to show appreciation for Scorpia in season 3 before threatening Scorpia in the last episode of the season.
    • Season 3 also includes some unresolved romantic tension between Hordak and Entrapta, of all people.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Glimmer's new hair is one to Cutie Honey, as is her imagine sequence in Season 2's "Roll With It".
    • Catra's redesign and rivalry with Adora brings to mind another humanoid cat female with a grudge against a female warrior with red and gold colors.
    • Mara's name comes from Mara Jade.
    • The Reveal that Horde Prime cloned his army from himself is taken directly from the origin story of of the Sontarans. Another reveal that his clones are cyborg drones under his mind control, with no individuality or free will may be a shout-out to the Borg from the Star Trek franchise.
    • Horde Prime is described as the Emperor of the Known Universe, a title he shares with the Corino Dynasty from Dune.
    • Catra embarrassing Tongue Lashor in front of his gang for how ridiculous his name sounds seems rather similar to the time Rocket couldn't stop laughing at Taserface.
    • When Sea Hawk is introduced, he boasts about having completed a "50 Kliks course in less than 20 Kliks", just as another obscure ship captain who goes by the name "Han Solo"...
    • Several moments in Season 4 were inspired by Annihilation (2018). For instance, Mara's Throat Light / Pre-Explosion Glow in "Hero" is reminiscent of the death of Ventress. The presence of Double Trouble this season may have been inspired by the movie's doppelganger. The environment on Beast Island demoralizing inhabitants the deeper they travel resemble the effects of The Shimmer. Some of the music on Beast Island is also evocative of Annihilation's electronic soundtrack.
    • Seahawk's dramatic expression in this frame of "Mer-Mysteries" is based on a shot from Golden Boy.
    • Noelle Stevenson is well known for being a fan of the Lord of the Rings movies, and Netossa and Spinnerella's competitive robot blasting in Season 4 resembles Gimli and Legolas battling over which of them can kill more mooks.
  • Smurfette Principle: Inverted, Bow is the only male main character among the Princess Alliance.
  • Soldier vs. Warrior: This is the dynamic between the Rebellion and the Horde. Horde troopers are often seen training, performing drills, posses uniform equipment, and often approach things with strategy. Those of the Rebellion are more free-spirited, and tend to wing it. They focus on quality over quantity and have more diverse talents and skills.
  • Squish the Cheeks: Happens occasionally.
  • Still Wearing the Old Colors: Despite her defection from the Horde, Adora still wears her old outfit from her time there when not transformed into She-Ra, the only concessions being the removal of the Horde symbols. Even her dress in the "Princess Prom" episode has the same color scheme. In a tweet, Noelle Stevenson revealed that there was a cut joke where Adora did in fact change outfits after Bright Moon and the Rebellion took her in... where she found a jacket identical to her old one (minus the symbols) in a pile of clothes.
  • Suicide Mission: In the season 3 premiere, Hordak sends Catra on a mission to the Crimson Wastes to retrieve some First Ones tech. Catra protests that nothing survives out there, and Hordak says "Exactly". This is Catra's punishment for lying to Hordak.
  • Take My Hand: A running theme during the first season was Catra and Adora having to prevent each other's fall using this method, with different results.
  • Talking Animal: Swift Wind, eventually. Bow, Glimmer and Adora all freak out when they hear him speak for the first time.
  • Teens Are Short: Adora and her friends are stated by the showrunner to all be around 17-18, but are all several times shorter than any adult character.
  • Terraform: The First Ones didn't just settle Etheria, they infused it with their tech, the runestones for the Princesses being focus points, and the powers of the elemental princesses being a way to balance the energy flows.
  • There Are No Therapists: There's a reason that one of the fandom's most popular memes is "My Baby Needs Advanced Therapy".
    • The Horde is particularly bad about it; Catra's issues are basically just left to fester and develop into full subscriptions until she goes screaming off the deep end and tries to end the world.
    • Likewise, Hordak has no access to professional help in the Horde after he incorrectly believes that Entrapta betrayed him and spirals downward into depression in "Coronation".
    • Bright Moon is a far healthier environment by any measure, but it is telling that neither her True Companions nor her liege lady give any thought to seeking a professional's help in keeping Adora's martyrdom complex, self-esteem issues, and PTSD symptoms down to a dull roar.
    • Similarly, Glimmer gets shoved into a position of high authority while still grieving the loss of the most important person in her life, and then people are surprised when this turns out badly. It turns out that a couple of hugs from your True Companions are no substitute for actually learning how to deal with grief constructively.
  • Transformation Sequence: She-Ra has one, naturally, although more elaborate and more Sailor Moon-esque than her original incarnation. Also averts Transformation Is a Free Action, as when seen from "outside", the transformation is instantaneous. The full sequence is often saved for more dramatic moments, with several episodes not using it at all and just having her flash into full costume while offscreen.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The first official trailer for the series pretty much tells you all you need to know about the series.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Inverted. Bow and Seahawk are the only male members of She-Ra/Adora's group, while Hordak and Imp are the only male members of the core Horde group.
  • Unreliable Narrator:
    • Scorpia states that her family welcomed the Horde and willingly gave Hordak the Black Garnet. However, a brief flashback shot to Horde soldiers stealing the Black Garnet, as well as the state of her family's royal hall in "Princess Scorpia", reveals that this is propaganda that was fed to Scorpia. Her kingdom was simply the first territory conquered by the Horde.
    • Inconsistencies in Hordak's flashback in "Huntara" and the events of "Destiny, Part 2" suggest that his account of his past may be inaccurate or incomplete. First, Horde Prime looks very different in Hordak's flashback and in person. Second, Hordak's flashback suggests that his cloning flaw was what angered Horde Prime, but when the two men meet at the end of season 4, Horde Prime is angered by Hordak's displays of individuality and free will.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee:
    • Catra has been doing this in Season 4, where the audience is never told what her plans are until the end, and even in-universe, Catra she keeps her plans secret. Most of them end up being successful as we find out.
    • Glimmer pulls off a few of her own, both inspired (at least partly) by Shadow Weaver. One to root out the mole in "Mer-Mysteries" and one in the finale.
  • Uriah Gambit:
    • In the third season premiere, Hordak sends a disgraced Catra to find First Ones technology in a dangerous wasteland in hope that she will die.
    • In the next episode, it turns out Hordak himself was on the receiving end. Once a defective clone of Horde Prime, the latter sent him to the front line to die. However, Hordak ended up in a portal leading to Etheria.
  • Valley Girl: No one princess is this trope, but most of them have aspects of this type of character split among them. Though Mermista's accent and general demeanour are most reminiscent of the stereotype.
  • Villainous Badland, Heroic Arcadia: The Horde makes its headquarters in a hivelike mass of smog-shrouded industrial sprawl that would give Greenpeace members fits, situated inside a massive crater in the center of a desert wasteland, the whole of it under a perpetually yellow sky and collectively referred to as the Fright Zone. A far cry from the idyllic, peaceful fairytale woodlands, villages and castles where the heroic factions live.
  • War Is Hell: It's made clear that the Rebellion has suffered casualties in the past, like Glimmer's father King Micah, and the Horde has no issue attacking innocent villages.
  • Warrior Prince: She-Ra, as well as others she brings into her team, are a gender-flipped example.
  • We Used to Be Friends: In this version, Adora and Catra were originally squadmates and best friends. But naturally, once Adora takes up the mantle of She-Ra and refuses to return to the Fright Zone this causes a falling out and they become bitter enemies, with Catra becoming Force Captain. This comes to a head at the end of season 3 with Catra willingly trying to destroy Etheria just to prevent Adora from "winning." It takes a Heroic Sacrifice from Queen Angella to fix things, and afterword, She-Ra appears to have decided that Catra has just used up the last of their friendship and as such will be treated like any other villain instead.
  • Wham Line:
    • A minor one in "The Sword: Part II", when Adora reveals with distress to Catra that the Horde are the true villains, and that the two of them have been brainwashed from a young age. Catra plainly notes that she's been aware of their villain status since they've been kids, setting the stage for their dynamic for the remainder of the series.
      Adora: This is wrong. They've been lying to us. Manipulating us. Hordak, Shadow Weaver, all of them.
      Catra: [Beat] DUH! Did you just figure that out?
    • Another one near the end of "Promise", after Catra and Adora relive a traumatic memory:
      Catra: Why do you think I gave the sword back in the Fright Zone? I didn't want you to come back, Adora!
    • In "Huntara":
      Hordak: You want to know what I am? I am a clone! A clone of the emperor of the known universe, Horde Prime.
    • The alternate version of Micah in "The Portal" almost gets one.
      Alternate! Micah: Angie. Angella, wait. I'm not-
    • "Destiny Part 2", after Etheria is pulled out of Despondos, and the True Horde arrives.
    Hordak: Horde Prime...he's here.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?:
    • Queen Angela speaks with a British accent.
    • Razz speaks with a vaguely eastern European accent.
    • Hordak speaks with something between an American and British accent.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Cute?: In-Universe Horde propaganda holds that rebels, especially Princesses, believe this and attack the Horde members just for being different or too ugly or too monstrous. Scorpia mentions that she "never fit in" with the other princesses, Catra assumes this was part of Adora's mindset for defecting and convinces Entrapta that this was the reason the princesses abandoned her. In reality, no rebel has been shown to have such a prejudice, as their main beef with the Horde is all the killing, pillaging, conquering and destroying their homes. Meanwhile, Entrapta was abandoned because the others thought she died during the infiltration mission.
  • Working Out Their Emotions: The Horde strongly discourages any signs of weakness, including displays of emotion or illness. So, hitting things or training are the only viable options if one can't keep it together.
  • World of Action Girls: Every woman in this universe is combat capable, even if it's not their main job or even if they're outright pacifists.
  • "World of Cardboard" Speech: Catra's speech to Shadow Weaver about how her years of abuse at Shadow Weaver's hands trained her to eventually defeat and usurp her is a rather twisted villainous version of this trope.
  • You Are a Credit to Your Race: Hordak doesn't think much of Etheria's natives, even his own troops, dismissing them as primitive, but he becomes impressed by Entrapta's intelligence.

 
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