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  • Abandon Shipping:
    • Season 3 shows Catra at her worst as she seriously damages or destroys every relationship she has. To recap: she stabbed Entrapta in the back, framed her for treason and had her exiled to Beast Island (Catrapta), physically threatened Scorpia when she had a problem with that (Scorptra), indirectly caused the death of Glimmer's mother (Glitra), and spitefully tried to destroy reality and everyone in it just to one-up Adora once and for all - all while blaming Adora for making her do it, an act that finally made her oldest friend give up on trying to save her (Catradora).note  While a lot of fans are still optimistic and the shipping mass exodus isn't quite as bad as it could have been, the general consensus is that Catra is too toxic and self-destructive for a healthy relationship after season 3.
      • Scorptra gets a second torpedo after Scorpia tells Catra to her face that she's a bad friend and abandons the Horde entirely to rescue Entrapta.
    • Character designer Geiger confirmed that Entrapta is roughly in her late 20s or early 30s. This torpedoed any ships with the main cast of teenagers outside of a few stragglers who deny that Entrapta is an adult.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: A figurative example. At the end of Season 4, Hordak proudly presents Horde Prime with his accomplishments in a moment he's been looking forward to for years, only for Horde Prime to not care at all and accuse him of forgetting his place as a lesser clone, before forcibly reprogramming him back to that state.
  • Anchored Ship:
    • The Entrapta/Hordak ship hasn't necessarily sunk, but it's definitely not sailing at the moment. The two did not reunite in season 4, with Entrapta remaining on Etheria and Hordak returning to the intergalactic Horde. Entrapta seems to have complicated feelings for Hordak, and while Hordak clearly cares about her, Horde Prime's mind wipe may or may not affect that.
    • Catra ships after season 3, since a good number of shippers agree that she needs to undergo major character development before she's ready for a romantic relationship. As of the end of season 4, Catra has realized that she's a toxic person and saved Glimmer's life while noting that they're Not So Different, giving shippers hope on that front.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • The memories Adora and Catra go through in episode 11. Given Light Hope's instructions to Adora to give up all her friends, and the fact she appears as soon as Catra betrays Adora, perhaps she was using them to try to drive the two apart.
    • Some fans have also theorized Hordak might have been much more aware of Catra and Shadow Weaver's actions and subtly pushing them against each other so that they don't join forces and overthrow him.
    • Holding the two above interpretations together might result in seeing Catra as an Unwitting Pawn through most of the story.
    • Scorpia's possible Transparent Closet case. Given what's seen of the Horde's mentality (no displays of physical weakness), some think Scorpia is determined to be Catra's "best friend" because, thanks to being raised by the Horde, she doesn't actually know she's got a romantic crush. This may have been torpedoed by a photograph in season four showing she Has Two Mommies. (Well, had.)
    • Should Hordak be seen as an evil man because of his conquest and tyranny, or is he less culpable because he's the product of indoctrination and oppression? As a clone in Horde Prime's army, Hordak was born into a hyper-militaristic culture in which conquest was his only reason for existing and any dissent would have gotten him killed. After the revelations of "Destiny, Part 2", the degree to which he had/has free will and to which he's acting on his programming is also up for debate.
    • In season 4, when Hordak leads troops from the frontlines, is he doing so because he genuinely enjoys being back on the battlefield, or because he's hoping to see Entrapta? Is it a little of both?
      • Speaking of it, in season 4 Hordak never does anything to protect the crystal powering his exoskeleton, allowing Catra to defeat him twice by ripping it out. Is that due to his inability to adapt to new situation, him not wanting to modify one of the last Entrapta's creations (particularly one she defined her greatest work yet) or a sign of his increasing desperation leading him not to care about his own safety?
    • When Catra defeats Hordak at the start of in season 4, is she an abuse victim taking power back from one of her abusers, or is she now an abuser herself who has become even worse than Hordak? Is she transcending a toxic system, or entrenching herself even deeper in that toxic system?
    • Catra in general inspires a lot of this by the end of season 4. Was her telling Horde Prime about the heart of Etheria yet another attempt to earn validation by getting in the good graces of the most powerful person around, or was it actually a desperate maneuver aimed at saving herself, Glimmer, and all of Etheria from an otherwise certain death? Did Double Trouble's Breaking Speech actually get her to recognize her self-destructive and toxic habits, leading to her doing what she could to protect Etheria, or did it just drive her further into nihilistic fascism, leading her to try and ally with Horde Prime?
    • Did Double Trouble ever care about Catra, at least a little? They seem to genuinely enjoy her company, but remind her that they're here mainly because they're getting paid, and, true to their word, they defect for a better offer later on. Furthermore, was their Breaking Speech to Catra just to further twist the knife, or were they being honest when they said it was For Your Own Good, laying down some very brutal truths about Catra's flaws because someone had to — albeit, enjoying it a little too much while they did it? For whatever it's worth, DT's voice actor has said on their Twitter that they believe DT does care about her, at least enough to be honest.
  • And You Thought It Would Fail: Before it first came out, many weren't thrilled about a new She-Ra series due to some finding the original to be Snark Bait for its 80s origins while others found the new show's aesthetic more childish than the original series, not at all helped when the first images of the show were releazed, when a number of people on the internet called the show out for pandering to the "woke crowd", but after the first set of episodes were released, it rapidly found an audience that appreciated the more serialized storytelling and emphasis on characterization compared to the original along with a more mature tone, with many calling this new series better than the original.
  • Angst? What Angst?:
    • Adora comes to terms rather quickly with the fact that the people who raised her from infancy are evil and everything they ever taught her is a lie, though it could be because she focuses her angst on her ever worsening relationship with Catra who chooses to remain with the Horde despite being somewhere between Adora's best friend, adoptive sister and love interest.
    • Entrapta manages to stay perfectly cheerful despite all the times she got thrown through the wringer in this series, like her believing her comrades left her to die and not even holding a grudge against them for it, and getting sent to Beast Island. However, "Destiny, Part 1" subverts this. When Entrapta is demoralized by the signal, all of sorrow she feels over failed friendships rises to the surface, showing that Entrapta does have angst, but represses it most of the time.
  • Author's Saving Throw: Spinnerella and Netossa finally start playing a bigger role in Season 4, after only scant appearances in the first half of the series despite being widely advertised as the show's canonical sapphic couple.
  • Awesome Music: The theme song does a great job establishing the themes of strength, friendship, and the girl power vibes of the show, on top of being pretty catchy. Bonus points for the extended theme, "Warriors".
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Fans are split on Glimmer's personality. Some fans like how bold she can be, but others are frustrated with her general incompetence, refusal to communicate with her mother on military matters, and the fact that she constantly walks over her best friend Bow. The base got even more broken when she ignores the Queen's orders, and makes a deal with Shadow Weaver, who is a known abuser, to send her to the Horde. Her decision to trust Shadow Weaver over her own mother also indirectly causes the death of Queen Angella.
    • On the other hand, Queen Angella, much like her daughter Glimmer. Some people find her sympathetic, since husband's dead because of her, the first rebellion crashed and burned, and her relationship with her daughter is strained. These same people see Queen Angella as the Only Sane Man in The Rebellion, because she is much more cautious and much more strategic in her battle strategy, than her impulsive daughter. These fans also think that Angella's seemingly controlling behavior is reasonable, considering that Glimmer is the only heir to Bright Moon and that Bright Moon is in a war. Others see Angella as a terrible parent since she is seen losing her temper at Glimmer almost every time they interact. Furthermore, some fans think that Angella is much too protective of Glimmer, since Glimmer can fight. The base became even more broken during her Heroic Sacrifice at the end of season 3. Before she sacrifices herself, she admits to Adora that she was a coward hiding behind her castle walls while a bunch of kids do her fighting for her. However many fans perceived that statement as her internalizing Glimmer's previous statements and unnecessarily putting herself down, while the other half of the fanbase saw her admittance to cowardliness to be a good step in the right direction for her character.
    • Swift Wind is also a contender for the most divisive character in She Ra. Many people find his signing, constant Anvilicious dialogue and general obnoxiousness to be quite irritating. Swift Wind's Off-Model, Uncanny Valley, animation doesn't really help his case either. On the other hand, many fans like how he can sometimes help Adora emotionally, and they find his over-the-top and bombastic personality endearing rather than annoying. Swift Wind also seems to be divisive amoungst the crew of She Ra as well since Geiger said on Twitter that they hated Swift Wind more than the fans did.
    • Much like Swift Wind, Sea Hawk is also an extremely contentious character among the fandom. Many fans like his adventurous personality, his excitement for adventure, and his sea shanties. Other fans hate him for his general incompetence, his constant pursuit of Mermista, and his constant singing.
    • Some fans despise Hordak as a villainous conqueror who has caused untold suffering on Etheria, while expressing disgust at the romantic tension between Hordak and Entrapta. Other fans sympathize with Hordak due to his struggles with chronic illness, status as a clone general who fell from grace, and tenderness toward Entrapta.
    • Double Trouble is this among the show's LGBT fanbase, particularly trans and non-binary persons. Some very much appreciate having non-binary representation in a show aimed at younger audiences, particularly a character with an active role in the plot, not defined by sexuality and treated as being effective and even cool. Others are less thrilled, seeing Double Trouble's nonhuman status as essentially making them a glorified case of Bizarre Alien Sexes and seeing their role as an amoral trickster - namely one that can use their appearance to fool people into believing they're someone they're not - as playing into the belief that trans people are faking their identity to manipulate people.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The midpoint episode of Season 4 ends with a random shot of Horde Prime smiling at the camera, which obviously is there because the season was originally going to be split in half like the last one, until it became clear how unpopular the format was.
  • Catharsis Factor:
    • Seeing the berserk She-Ra overpower Catra in "White Out" and even put genuine fear in her can be very satisfying to watch especially after her cruel manipulations and smug attitude in "Ties That Bind".
    • In the Season 3 finale Adora finally gives Catra the Shut Up, Hannibal! she's long had coming about her attempts to pin all the problems in her life on others, and then our last look of Catra in the season is running with her tail between her legs and a massive Oh, Crap! expression as Adora gives her a Death Glare that makes clear she's done trying to get through to her.
    • Double Trouble's absolutely scathing and completely accurate dressing down of Catra in the final episode of season 4. They shapeshift into everyone she's ever had a relationship with and brutally tell Catra that she is the problem, and drives people away with her toxicity. Catra is understandably devasted by this, but it's also pretty cathartic seeing someone finally call her out on her behavior and actually make it stick.
  • Crack Ship: Bow/Adam, which started getting traction after some fan artists started theorizing about Adam's possible reboot design and the two gets shipped despite Adam's existence in this continuity still being up for grabs.
  • Crazy Awesome: Entrapta has a manic personality and slightly creepy appearance, and she's also probably the greatest expert in First Ones technology in the entire show, not to mention that she makes her interrogation an absolute nightmare for her captors by constantly slipping out of her bonds and playing with their weapons. Even more so in Season 2, when she breaks into Hordak's sanctum, starts tinkering with his projects, and then lectures him about how he's doing them wrong. Hordak is so taken aback and impressed by her complete lack of fear that he ends up making her his lab partner. Entrapta manages to top even that in season 4, which reveals that she not only survived but thrived on Beast Island, resisting the signal, marveling at the abundance of First Ones technology, and building herself a mecha, all while maintaining her exuberant demeanor.
  • Creepy Cute: Unlike his original model, this Imp's appearance can cross a bit into the uncanny valley, especially given his more human features. He's still adorable to look at, however, particularly when Hordak is cuddling him.
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • Catra is a fan favorite. The writers made her deliberately sympathetic, and often pit her against the unilaterally detestable Shadow Weaver, so Catra naturally appears more sympathetic by contrast. That said, Catra is also incredibly selfish and vindictive and with almost no sympathy for anyone, with her moments of kindness to others being just that - moments - and she openly cares very little that the Horde goes around destroying the world and killing innocent people. Even after she tries to destroy Etheria and all life on it including herself just to deny Adora victory, several fans, especially Catradora and Scorptra shippers, are still holding out for a redemption arc for her.
    • Likewise there are certain fans who completely whitewash Entrapta's Face–Heel Turn and claim that she's purely duped by the Horde and won't need any actual redemption, ignoring the extremely dark and irresponsible depiction of her For Science! tendencies. Some of them also argue based on her Ambiguous Disorder that she's autistic, and hence isn't morally responsible for any of her actions... which is pretty dodgy if you actually are autistic or sympathise with autistic people from a more thoughtful perspective.
    • Hordak has been getting this treatment after season 3 revealed his backstory as Horde Prime's top general who was cast out for being defective, and particularly after Horde Prime's cruel treatment of him at the end of season 4. The romantic tension between Hordak and Entrapta in season 3 also has Entrapdak shippers gushing over him. Other fans point out that none of these developments absolve Hordak of his many sins, including conquest, tyranny, torture, and use of child soldiers, none of which he appears to actually regret.
    • There are even some fans (admittedly only a very small minority) who downplay Shadow Weaver's relentlessly self-serving behaviour and insist that deep down, she cares for Adora and/or Catra...even though she's proven herself entirely willing to sacrifice both if it gets her what she wants.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • The silent lizard man Rogelio has been gaining a lot of attention for his cool design and his seemingly kind and friendly, possibly romantic, relationship with Kyle.
    • Kyle also seems to be fairly popular in general due to being an Adorkable Butt-Monkey, his I Just Want to Have Friends attitude in "No Princess Left Behind", and just generally seeming to be too nice to be part of the Horde. A few people have subscribed to the idea of him becoming this series' version of He-Man, assuming the character is ever used in the show.
    • Many fans have latched onto newly revealed villain Double Trouble, despite how little information we have on them. It helps that their design is very cute, and they seem to be a Large Ham. Plus, the other actors get to ruthlessly mock their own characters whenever Double Trouble turns into them. And of course, being a canon non-binary character who absolutely no one ever misgenders, referring to them with the proper pronouns as if it's the most natural thing in the world. Their alter ego, Flutterina also has a sizable fanbase.
  • Epileptic Trees:
    • One of the silhouettes of Etheria's princesses Light Hope shows Adora caught fans' eyes due to its resemblance to Catra. Cue several "Catra is a princess that was kidnapped young" theories.
    • The appearance of Tung Lashor has led several people to theorize that the Snakemen, in particular King Hiss, exist in this universe. This was eventually Jossed by Stevenson herself in an interview, confirming the Snakemen as a faction were off-limits.
    • In the season 3 finale, when Angella goes off to help Adora, Micah starts to tell her something before he's consumed by the World-Wrecking Wave. The fans immediately went with the assumption that he, too, had regained his memories, and was trying to tell Angella that he's actually alive.
    • The reveal of Horde Prime has lead to an explosion of speculation about other He-Man characters making the jump. Prior to his inclusion it was believed that every He-Man character was off limits due to copyright.
      • However, it's relevant to point out that Horde Prime made his debut in the original She-Ra series and can also be considered a She-Ra villain, perhaps more so than a He-Man villain.
  • Fandom-Specific Plot: A lot of people have started writing stories or making fanart in an attempt to connect He-Man to this continuity, despite his character currently being Exiled from Continuity due to legal reasons.
  • Fanon:
    • A lot of people like to think of Sea Hawk as bisexual, due to his interactions with both Bow and Mermista. Mermista is sometimes subjected to the same interpretation due to her interactions with She-Ra and Sea Hawk. They've earned the titles Bisexual King and Queen as a result.
    • A few people see Bow as a trans boy, due to his underclothes in "Shadows of Mystacor" resembling a binder. His soft facial features and build add fuel to the fire, a lot of fans at first thought he was a slightly masculine woman rather than a slightly feminine man. Sometimes the same fanon is extended to Perfuma, who is sometimes believed to be a trans girl and portraying their friendship as solidarity among trans people. The fact that his Day in the Limelight is an extended metaphor for a Coming-Out Story (with him "coming out" to his parents as a warrior rather than a scholar) just added more fuel to the fire.
    • The belief that Entrapta's autistic is quite popular. Her character sheet for Season 4 outright confirms this.
    • Many fans headcanon Hordak as genderfluid, given that he wears a backless dress underneath his armor. Plenty of fanart, including that of character designer Rae Geiger, depicts Hordak in feminine attire.
  • Foe Yay:
    • Catra and Adora have a very close relationship both before and after Adora defects. Many scenes center around Catra's feelings of betrayal and Adora's lingering feelings towards her. They even have a romantic dance together at princess prom.
    • Glimmer and Catra is also a popular ship. Despite their lack of history compared to Adora, Catra loves riling up Glimmer in the same borderline flirty way, and Glimmer has canonically imagined Catra as a sexy Femme Fatale.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • With Steven Universe fans, unsurprisingly, due to the heavy emphasis on LGBT science fiction/fantasy characters and themes, and even similar color palettes in their artwork.
    • With The Dragon Prince, another show that attracted former Voltron: Legendary Defender fans that were disillusioned with the fandom of that show. This was helped when the twitter account for The Dragon Prince released crossover sketches made by their artists of the characters of both shows interacting, specifically, Catra and Rayla befriending each other, as well as Soren and Sea Hawk arm wrestling.
    • With Castlevania (2017), given the parallels between the romance of Vlad Dracula Ţepeş and Lisa, and the friendship between Hordak and Entrapta.
    • There's also a nice overlap with the Elena of Avalor fandom, another show with Aimee Carrero voicing the lead character who's an Action Girl and a princess. It's also garnered some comparison between Adora & Catra and Elena & Esteban due to Adora/Elena having to accept Catra/Esteban as their enemy after the latter parties' self-destructive tendencies causes severe and irreversible damage all because they loathed being Always Second Best to the former parties.
    • There's an overlap between fans of this show and fans of the Carmen Sandiego reboot, due to the similarities between them.
    • It also popularly shares a fandom with Tangled: The Series, which again, is a show about a heroic princess and her friends while also having Les Yay with her (former) best friend. Even more so when it was revealed that not unlike Catra, Cassandra secretly despised being Always Second Best to Rapunzel and shared the same abusive parental figure with her, eventually leading to her betrayal in search of achieving her own destiny, only to find herself conflicted about being evil and her estrangement from her ex-best friend. A lot of fans even note how accurate Cassandra's Villain Song "Crossing The Line" is in describing Catra, from how the titular princess is blessed and gets everything, all the way to the burning of bridges with her best friend. And much like Catra, Cassandra is left with nothing after driving everyone who once cared about her away and is given a very brutal "The Reason You Suck" Speech by a shapeshifting being who manipulated her, and she's too broken to even care what happens that she practically begs the hero to just give up on her.
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • With the Voltron: Legendary Defender due to parts of the Voltron fanbase becoming embittered by some of the plot directions that Voltron took. In particular, the topic of LGBT+ representation is a big point of contention, due to Voltron killing off an Advertised Extra gay character in season 7 while She-Ra introduced LGBT+ representation as early as season 1. Likewise, much of Voltron's notorious shipping wars have carried over, with ships like Catra/Adora drawing comparisons to Keith/Lance. On the other side, Voltron fans believe that She-Ra is actually filtering their own fandom, as many of the toxic Keith/Lance shippers that started the issues with that fandom are moving to She-Ra to ship Catra/Adora.
    • Many fans of original She Ra and current She-Ra do not get along at all. This is likely due to controversial remarks made by Noelle Stevenson. That is all we will say about the matter.
    • The announcement of both Masters of the Universe Revelation and a full reboot of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe has created a divide concerning the use of He-Man. Fans of Princesses of Power have wanted to see the creative team’s take on He-Man, Skeletor, and the rest of the Eternia cast of characters, while those looking forward to Revelation do not want this version of She-Ra anywhere near the production, particularly as Revelation is supposed to be an adult targeted production that producer Kevin Smith has described as "Metal". The presence of not one, but two new He-Man series separate from Princesses of Power has also been interpreted by She-Ra fans as Mattel actively attempting to ignore and bury a series that they lack control over and doesn’t sell merchandise to the degree they desire for a co-production. Interestingly, the rivalry does not extend to the creative team, with Smith praising Princesses of Power on his podcast, and Noelle Stevenson half jokingly suggesting a crossover in the vein of the old He-Man/She-Ra Christmas Special.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • After the season 3 finale, in which Glimmer loses her mother, a line from an earlier episode becomes way harsher: in season 3 episode 4, Glimmer, arguing with her mother, says: "What's the point? You'll always be around, telling me what I can't do."
    • The Season 3 finale where Adora loses all sympathy for Catra due to her self-destructive tendencies and denounces her actions as unforgivable is harder to watch after the release of the first half of Elena of Avalor Season 3, where Aimee Carrero's other character Elena finds out about her cousin Esteban's past treachery and also loses sympathy for him, and his self-destructive tendencies cause all bridges to be burnt between them regardless of how badly he wants to be forgiven. Sure enough, Elena's and Adora's expressions towards their respective loved ones' betrayals are almost identical. In other words, both of Aimee Carrero's characters will be dealing with a fallout with an estranged loved one around the same time. In Season 4, Adora gives Catra a talk similar to one Elena gave to Esteban during their last "amicable" encounter about how hurtful her actions have been, both to her and to a lot of people, and how she will do what it takes to make sure no one gets hurt again, even if it means casting her aside.
    • After season 4, it's jarring to realize that the Etherian Horde was a more humane offshoot of Horde Prime's galactic army, which is staffed by drone-clones who are not permitted free will, individuality, or even names. For all of its evil actions and human rights violations, the Etherian Horde allowed its soldiers to have individuality, free will, friendships, and leisure time, and never practiced the kind of mental violation that Horde Prime inflicts on his clones.
    • Several of Hordak's lines and physical details are harsher in hindsight after the revelations of "Destiny, Part 2".
      • In Hordak's flashback in "Huntara", if one looks closely, one can see that the other clones have green eyes, in contrast to Hordak's red eyes. "Destiny, Part II" shows what those green eyes and red eyes signify.
      • In "The Price of Power", Hordak tells a unit of Horde soldiers that "There is nothing I do not know," meaning that his minions should never even try to lie to him. This line is much more ominous after "Destiny, Part 2", after Horde Prime forcibly enters Hordak's mind and learns all his secrets. There is nothing Horde Prime does not know about his clones.
      • In "Razz", Hordak tells Shadow Weaver, "If you have failed to condition [Catra] properly, you have no one but yourself to blame." In "Destiny, Part 2", Horde Prime arranges for Hordak to be "reconditioned". Hordak thinks of childrearing as conditioning because he himself was not raised, but was conditioned as a mass-produced clone.
      • Hordak's first outfit looks like standard Evil Overlord attire. Viewers later learn that this armor was a clone uniform which Hordak had colored black and red. The other clones wear white and gray versions of the same armor, minus the cybernetic augmentation on Hordak's arms.
      • In "Light Spinner", Hordak is holding still while machinery performs maintenance on his ports. A piece of machinery scrapes his back, causing him to swat at the equipment in pain. He retrieves the piece of machinery he swatted across the room, a cable with prongs on the end, and his expression goes from wide-eyed to tired and shameful. "Destiny, Part 2" reveals that Horde Prime's "dreadlocks" are actually cables with prongs on the ends that he uses to interface with his clones. The broken cable probably reminded Hordak of Prime.
  • He Really Can Act: As Hordak's role increases, Keston John puts on a surprisingly powerful performance, particularly as Hordak lays out his desperate, obsessive Freudian Excuse and subsequently bonds with Entrapta.
  • He's Just Hiding!:
    • A lot of fans theorized King Micah was still alive somehow, just separated from his family. The Season 3 finale comes within a hair's breadth of confirming this, and Season 4 confirms it outright, when the main characters find him on Beast Island. It helps that the exact same thing happened to Micah in the original show.
    • Similarly, many fans assume Angella's Heroic Sacrifice won't be permanent. Mostly because the show's careful to specify that she's "trapped between dimensions" without actually saying she's dead.
  • Idiosyncratic Ship Naming:
    • The Rogelio/Kyle ship is sometimes nicknamed "Repkyle", as it was named before Rogelio's name was revealed.
    • "Adora Has Two Hands" for the One True Threesome ship between Adora, Catra and Glimmer.note 
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Catra. Despite her meanness and outright evilness, her upbringing was terrible, being always treated as second fiddle to Adora and suffering outright emotional and physical abuse under Shadow Weaver's thumb, which included death threats ever since she was a little kid. In the present, it's clear that Adora leaving her has also brought up some fear of betrayal and abandonment to the surface.
    • Hordak. He was a clone of another warlord, Horde Prime, but was defective and sent to die in battle for being "worthless". Everything he does is to prove his brother made a mistake. His body is thin and sickly outside the suit and he is slowly dying. He also gains a genuine friendship with Entrapta that is tarnished after Catra lies about her betraying him. In Season 4, when he finally meets the man he has spent decades in unwavering service to; Prime berates him, diminishes his accomplishments, mindwipes him, and tosses him aside with starkly casual cruelty—in under a minute.
    • Glimmer shifts to this in season 4. Even as she drives the Best Friends Squad away from her and becomes domineering and hostile towards the Alliance as a whole, it's clear that there's a lot of grief and pain in her motivations, and she wants the rift between her and the others to close...she just doesn't see how much of the rift is her own fault, and the manipulations of Shadow Weaver and Double Trouble aren't helping on any of those scores. Most obvious when Scorpia gives her an impulsive hug towards the end of the season...and when she lets go, Glimmer is still clinging to her like a drowning woman to a life preserver.
  • Just Here for Godzilla:
    • There are those who want to hear Aimee Carrero voice another princess.
    • Catra has become one for many, seeing how she's a developed sympathetic villain as well as a catgirl. Even spoiling her moments in the show has attracted people who weren't interested in the show to begin with.
    • Season 4 drew a lot of attention by offering a scene-stealing, Chaotic Neutral nonbinary mercenary with enough theatre kid energy to punch a hole in the planet crust in the form of Double Trouble.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Adora, Catra and Sea Hawk have been shipped with basically every same-age-range character in the series and beyond. Catra, in particular, cemented her status as this with season 2, after which the Glitra and Scorptra ships catapulted from niche pairings to near-fandom mainstream almost immediately; Adora, meanwhile, has been shipped with virtually every member of the Princess Alliance, plus Catra, Scorpia and Huntara.
  • LGBT Fanbase: Unsurprisingly. The show has a large amount of queer representation, with romantic subtext between the two leads (plus a number of other side characters of the same sex), Bow being raised by two men and a lesbian couple among the princesses. The fact that a large number of background characters in the Princess Prom seem to have same-sex dates also upped the ante.
    • Double-Trouble, who is non-binary, has gotten an immense amount of love from the fanbase for being a heavily layered character whose role is just seeing sparks fly.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Double Trouble is an amoral, cheerful mercenary who delights in chaos. Effortlessly tricking Catra as an "audition", Double Trouble infiltrates the Princess Alliance to weaken them, playing all they find against one another to weaken the alliance. Upon being caught, Double Trouble simply switches sides and sabotages the Horde to escape punishment, even delivering a bout of "tough love" to make Catra realize her toxic personality before leaving after they decide they have had enough sport.
  • Memetic Badass: Fans (particularly Entrapdak shippers) began to joke that Entrapta would be the one to defeat Horde Prime following the events of the season four finale due to her going into Violently Protective Girlfriend mode upon learning about his "reconditioning" of Hordak.
  • Memetic Loser: Adora herself, though in a fairly tongue-in-cheek way; much of the fandom likes to portray her as a rather oblivious "dumb jock" who can't read social cues and customs well due to her upbringing in the Horde. The shipping fandom, in particular, delights in portraying Adora as confused by flirting and crushes. Her lack of knowledge of horses in the prologue has led to a fandom Running Gag in which she doesn't know what any animals are (not helped by one of the tie-in books, which has her take a little while to remember what a duck is). Again, this is generally applied either in a lighthearted, jokey way or as a sympathetic extension of her Fish out of Water nature in Bright Moon.
  • Memetic Molester: Horde Prime has been getting this treatment from the fandom since his debut in season 4 due to his smarmy demeanor, creepy body language, habit of touching others in a manner that feels predatory, and dehumanization of his clones, including Hordak.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Due to the controversy around She-Ra's Adaptational Modesty, it's become a common joke to point out that She-Ra actually had one of the more tasteful costumes in the original franchise, at least in comparison to He-Man and Skeletor.
    • "I'm eleven, so shut the fuck up."explanation 
    • "Seriously, Kyle?!" explanation 
    • She-Ra said Gay Rights explanation 
    • Let's go, lesbians! explanation 
    • Entrapta evades taxes explanation 
    • I ship Catra x therapyexplanation 
    • "HOW DO YOU LOSE A WOMAN?!" "You forget to cherish her." has become pretty much synonymous with Scorpia's Heel–Face Turn.
    • BOOB WINDOW explanation 
    • Husband and wife explanation 
    • Oh my God they were lab partners explanation 
  • Moe:
    • Glimmer, for her frequently Adorkable behavior, cutesy powers, and her tendency to wear her heart on her sleeve makes her very endearing. Bonus points for being the most traditional princess in the series.
    • Many fans love Scorpia for many of the same reason and for being such a supportive friend to Catra (even if the latter doesn't want to admit it) and being more of a hugger than a fighter. Like Glimmer, she's also very Adorkable .
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Catra manages to one-up herself at this seemingly once a season. Just when it looks like there's a line she won't cross, she only hesitates for a moment before leaping over it.
      • In Season 1, "Promise" sees Catra leaving Adora to die. Catra tells Adora she was tired of being in her shadow, even after going through all the memories of their time as childhood friends.
      • In Season 2, Catra descends further in "Ties That Bind", where she spends her half of the plot hurting and manipulating Glimmer and Bow, playing them like fiddles and devastating them emotionally (especially Glimmer). All while having the biggest grin on her face.
      • She gets two more contending moments in season 3: lying to Hordak that Entrapta betrayed them to the Alliance and getting Entrapta dragged off to Beast Island out of jealousy, or attempting to destroy all of reality just so she could beat Adora at something. The latter requires Queen Angella to perform a Heroic Sacrifice just to stop reality from collapsing. Adora definitely believes that the last one is where she crossed the line In-Universe, giving Catra a Death Glare after the battle is over.
    • While it's not treated very seriously, Scorpia would have crossed it when she threw Bow at the ship turbine if Sea Hawk hadn't saved him before he fell in.
    • Every time the audience learns something new about Adora and Catra's childhood, Shadow Weaver gets worse. There's no unanimous agreement on which specific act of emotional or physical cruelty crossed the line, but there are enough to choose from that nearly everyone agrees it definitely happened somewhere. Defecting did not change this, especially since the show adamantly refuses to treat it as a Heel–Face Turn; all it did was add Glimmer fans to the population of Adora and Catra fans already baying for her blood.
    • Horde Prime is not only a conqueror of entire galaxies, but he created an army of drone-clones who are little more than slaves without free will or individuality. When he reconditions (that is, mind-rapes) Hordak, his evil is undeniable.

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  • Narm:
    • In season 3 Hordak acquires a weird habit of growling and puffing up like he's trying to be intimidating. Probably the worst offender is when Catra lies about Entrapta leading the princesses into his lair; she begins laughing maniacally, prompting him to respond like that.
  • Narm Charm: An inevitable holdover from the source material to be sure, but characters still have bluntly descriptive names like Catra or Castaspella, and The Horde, despite being written with enough nuance to not think of themselves as evil, still live in a place called The Fright Zone. Still doesn't make the characters themselves any less endearing or The Horde any less menacing or three-dimensional.
    • Shows up In-Universe in the episode "Roll With It," where Glimmer declares the fantasy sequence parodying the original show "kind of amazing."
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity: Netflix is somewhat notorious for not spending much time or money to promote their shows beyond announcing release dates. A lot of She-Ra's online buzz came from people angry that the show was being made for one reason or another, and those that argued against them. This led to many viewers checking the show out just to see what all the hubbub was about.
  • One True Threesome: A number of fans of the Glimmadora ship, wanting to avoid an ugly bout of Shipping Wars with the more popular Catradora, have popularized a three-way ship between Adora, Glimmer and Catra (see Idiosyncratic Ship Naming).
  • Popular with Furries:
    • Catra, what with her much more obvious feline characteristics this time around. This became a subject of minor controversy when some of the writing staff revealed that Catra indeed has a full-body covering of very fine fur, in addition to her ears, eyes and tail, leading to debates of varying degrees of seriousness over whether, in light of this information, being a Catra fan does indeed make one a furry.
    • Rogelio, among scalies, has become quite popular for being a buff Lizard Folk character. His implied interest/relationship with Kyle has also become popular among scalies as a side-effect.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name:
    • "Catradora" for Catra + Adora.
    • "Glimmadora" for Glimmer + Adora.note 
    • "Scorptra" for Catra + Scorpia.
    • "Bowtrapta" for Bow + Entrapta.
    • "Kygelio" for Kyle + Rogelio.
    • "Glow" or "Glimbow" for Glimmer + Bow.
    • "Seabow" or "Bowhawk" for Bow + Sea Hawk
    • "Glitra" for Glimmer + Catra.
    • In addition to the Idiosyncratic name listed above, there are numerous competing name combinations for Adora + Catra + Glimmer, though the most accepted one appears to be "Glitradora."
    • "Entrapdak" and "Hordapta" for Hordak + Entrapta.
    • "Catdak" for Hordak + Catra.
    • "Catrouble" for Catra + Double Trouble
    • "Pertara" for Perfuma + Huntara
    • "Scorfuma" for Scorpia + Perfuma
  • Relationship Writing Fumble: Bow and Glimmer's relationship, though the writers refer to it as a Like Brother and Sister scenario it often seems more like a Childhood Friend Romance. Not helped by Glimmer becoming a Clingy Jealous Girl during the princess prom because Bow went with Perfuma instead of her. In season 2 Glimmer becomes heartbroken that Bow would keep his family secret from her.
  • Ron the Death Eater:
    • Adora's use by Shadow Weaver as a "Golden Child" to undercut Catra's self-worth is very widely acknowledged in the fandom. However some go further and blame Adora herself for internalizing Shadow Weaver's "I only punish Catra when you cannot keep her in line" head-games and neither being eloquent enough to get her old bunk-mate to defect nor able to drag her kicking and screaming to Bright Moon once she saw what was really going on.
    • The Princess Alliance in general are dismissed by parts of fandom as elitist isolationists who are indifferent toward the general populace of Etheria, the Horde's rank and file, the insufficiently pretty/normal/humanoid, and/or Adora herself (as opposed to The She-Ra). Parts of this are supported by the lack of a Princess Alliance before Adora came along, Frosta's insistence on isolation because the Horde poses her nation no direct threat, Perfuma and her people refusing to fight until the Horde is literally found to be placing them under siege, and Scorpia's words about why she's rejected by the princesses (which might be true, but is also very likely heavily biased from the point of view of someone raised by the Horde and is not borne out by actual events in the show).
    • Glimmer is already a flawed character, who can be jealous, temperamental, reckless and ruthless, but also kind, brave and ultimately heroic. However, some segments of the fanbase insist on interpreting her as some sort of wildly unempathetic borderline monster who goes out of her way to be cruel to Catra. (It is probably not a coincidence that these segments are generally Catra stans and hardcore Catradora shippers.)
  • Rooting for the Empire: Thanks to Catra, Scorpia, and later Entrapta being the main face of the Horde, many a fan has expressed the desire to see them win in the battle with the Rebellion. Especially since many fans consider certain members of the Rebellion to be underdeveloped or just plain annoying.
  • Ship Mates:
    • Glimmer/Adora and Catra/Scorpia go together a lot.
    • Catra/Adora content often features Glimmer/Bow as a side ship (and vice versa).
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat:
    • The show managed to spend a long time without any infighting, in large part in an attempt to avoid the same things that ruined the Voltron fandom, however, season 3 started a minor one between unlikely contestants: Catra/Adora vs Hordak/Entrapta. Some Catra/Adora shippers make excuses for the ship's toxicity while accusing the Hordak/Entrapta ship of being toxic (given that Hordak is a conqueror, tyrant, AND Entrapta's superior). Some have even accused Hordak/Entrapta shippers of condoning pedophilia, stemming from a misconception that Entrapta is a teen (when creators have stated that she is actually in her late 20s or 30s). Some Hordak/Entrapta shippers fought back by accusing the former of fetishizing or whitewashing an unhealthy relationship.
    • Some fans look askance at Catra/Scorpia shipping because of the age difference between the teenage Catra and the seemingly adult Scorpia, though Scorpia’s age has never been confirmed.
    • There's a fringe of Catra/Adora shippers who are openly hostile to Glimmer/Adora, mostly on Twitter, which tends to raise hackles on the opposing "side".
  • Signature Scene: Two big ones:
    • The tension-filled scene in "Princess Prom" where Catra and Adora dance, especially when Catra dips her, is very popular, especially among Catradora shippers.
    • The scene in Season One's finale where the heroes stand in a line, glow the colors of the rainbow and a rainbow wave splashes behind them is also popular, which fans saying "it's the gay agenda" and "the villains were defeated by the power of gay".
  • Squick:
    • While the She-Ra fandom has plenty of enthusiastic Entrapdak shippers, it also has fans who are revolted by the idea of romantic tension between Entrapta and a sickly, emaciated alien.
    • Some fans frown upon Catdak shipping because of the inherently abusive nature of the ship and the age difference between Catra and Hordak.
  • Strawman Has a Point:
    • Queen Angella in Season 3 Episode 4. Here she is portrayed in the wrong, by both the narrative and the cinemetography, for scolding Glimmer's constant impulsiveness, her lack of planning, and refusal to communicate with the rest of the Rebellion. However, Glimmer's failure as a leader lead to Catra capturing Adora and the Sword.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!:
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks!: While the show has received glowing reviews, a point of agreement among critics is the fact that the show's Achilles' heel is that it is treading ground that was already threaded and done better by other shows, especially Avatar: The Last Airbender. In particular, the plot lines regarding Light Hope wanting Adora to leave her friends behind to train for the position of She-Ra and the broken Legacy of the Chosen are a bit too reminiscent of ATLA. As the series has progressed and gotten time to flesh out its story however, this mindset has begun to die down.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Netossa and Spinnerella were the only members of the Princess Alliance before Adora joined the Rebellion, yet they didn't say or do anything until the battle at Bright Moon, and haven't done much since; even in the fourth season, their focus episode was largely focused on Glimmer's arc. We know little beyond them that they're in a relationship, that Spinnerella likes vegetarian snacks, and that Netossa is fairly competitive. As Bow himself puts it in season 1 episode 4 " "We're not really sure what they do."
    • Huntara was a big Ensemble Dark Horse from the original series and has the powerhouse casting of Geena Davis. She makes a big impression for a couple of episodes, then disappears without explanation. She then only appears in a single episode in Season 4, though at least this time she does get proper closure.
  • Uncanny Valley: Swift Wind's facial expressions can be a little... off. Maybe because of having human expressions on a horse's face.
  • Unexpected Character: In Season 3 Horde Prime, after previously being thought to be Exiled from Continuity as a He-Man character.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • Catra. While much of the ambiguity around her is perfectly intentional, it can be hard to sympathize when we're shown time and time again how ruthless she can be. She openly does not care for any innocents harmed by the Horde, willingly goes along with their war against the Rebellion despite knowing how much suffering they cause, displays a Lack of Empathy to anyone that's not directly associated with her, exiles Entrapta and mistreats Scorpia, Lonnie, Kyle, and Rogelio so harshly that they defect, and freely admits she wants for nothing but power and status. Even her one exception, Adora, is regularly stalked, threatened, and made the focus of Catra's extreme jealousy. The lingering feelings she has for Adora are supposed to show the audience that her relationship isn't so simple, but it's hard for any of that to stick when, after reliving their childhood memories together, Catra admits she regretted not killing Adora earlier. And then there's the whole "destroy the whole universe because she got fed up of Adora being her Always Someone Better" thing.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion:
    • With his soft facial features, navel-bearing outfit, slim build, and intense eyebrows and a soft blush that make it look like he's wearing eyeliner and makeup, a number of fans have admitted to mistakenly thinking Bow had been Gender Flipped at first. He does look like a rather butch woman, and many of the other girls on the show have Boyish Short Hair, so it's an easy mistake to make.
    • Lonnie has a rather androgynous design that can make her look like a short male. She's female.
    • In season 3, the unnamed lizard person who travels the desert with Huntara and the goat-woman is stout, wears gender-neutral clothing, and has no secondary sex characteristics. She's revealed to be a woman when other characters refer to her with feminine pronouns, but she could easily be mistaken for a man.
    • In season 4, Grox has a beard and a burly build. Even though she is voiced by Gray Griffin and other characters refer to her with feminine pronouns, her appearance makes her gender ambiguous.
    • Before their identity as non-binary was confirmed, a good percentage of people believed Double Trouble was female due to their androgynous design.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: One has to wonder if kids are even on the mind of the showrunners given how dark and mature the show can get. Things like child abuse, death, and post-traumatic stress disorder are played completely straight and explored in great detail. The psychological horror of season 4 is very intense for a "kids" show, with influences from R-rated media like Annihilation.
  • The Woobie:
    • Glimmer and her saddening Friendless Background. Not at all helped by the feeling that she is a constant disappointment to her mom and their estranged relationship following her father's presumed death.
    • Queen Angella, who is clearly still grieving the loss of her husband and has a pile of trouble with her teenage daughter.
    • Kyle. The poor boy is the Horde's Chew Toy that gets blamed for literally everything and gets in trouble for the tiniest of mistakes. Granted, he's laughably incompetent at literally everything, but Bow showing him basic kindness is more than the Horde did for him in years.
      • Eventually subverted to a degree when Kyle earns the respect of Lonnie and Rogelio with an act of true heroism, getting them to admit that they always cared about him a lot more than they let on.
    • Frosta. She assumed the throne as a child, cultivates a stoic and humorless exterior in order to be taken seriously as a monarch, and doesn't have space to just be a kid until she joins the rebellion. She idolizes Glimmer and is clearly hurt when Glimmer yells at her.
    • Horde Prime's clones. He creates them to be mindless drones, denies them any autonomy or individuality, monitors their minds from a distance, and mindwipes them if they deviate from their programming (as he does with Hordak in "Destiny, Part 2"). Their existence is a bleak one.
    • Bow, in season 4. With Glimmer and Adora spending most of the season at loggerheads, he ends up feeling like he's the only person putting in any actual work to keep the Best Friends Squad functional, and he spends most of the latter half of the season running along the edge of giving up entirely. Dude needs a hug.
    • Adora. She was subjected to emotional abuse from an early age, exhibits symptoms of PTSD, had to leave her entire life behind in the opening two-parter, has watched her former best friend descend from "kind of a jerk" to "active threat to her and her loved ones", watched the only non-terrible parental figure she's ever sacrifice herself for her, suffered a devastating breakdown in her new closest friendship, and been forced to destroy one of the most important things to her when it turned out it was just another tool to control her. Per Word of God, her overprotective and controlling streak is because, thanks to Shadow Weaver's A+ parenting, she believes she has to constantly prove her right to exist.
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