Hey, everyone. I hope you’ve all enjoyed my Masters of the Universe/Princess of Power Memoir. This week, something a little lighter.
10 Reasons Why He-Man Is Awesome: A List
- He never hits a living thing. Ever. Not once. How many superheroes can you say that for?
So much for the show being “violent.” He man frequently throws rocks, dodges villians, sometimes tosses them if they come running at him, but you’ll never see him attack someone and you’ll never see “biff! bam! boom!”
- Violence is always his last resort.
This is related to number one. Eternia’s royal family has a pretty pacifistic philosophy, especially given the world they live in. Negotiation and discussion always precede “go throw a rock at it.”
- Even the villains know that books are the greatest treasure in the universe.
In the episode, The Great Books Mystery, all of the books on Eternia disappear. One of the villains is systematically magicking them all away. Skeletor, the main villain, is jealous, because he knows that books are the most important treasure there is.
- He can turn sand into glass by himself. No assistance required.
Related to number one, once there was a giant scorpion-monster-thing trying to attack He-Man. Rather than harm it, He-Man turned a bunch of sand into glass and built a cage to hold it temporarily.
- His alter ego wears a pink vest and purple tights.
A lot of fans view this as a negative or something laughable. I’ve heard it described as a way of “distancing” Prince Adam from He-Man or Adam “emasculating” himself so that people would have less reason to suspect he was He-Man. I never read it that way. It seemed to me that people on Eternia had a very different fashion sense than we have on Earth. I liked the idea that a main male character just happen to like pink and purple, and it always seemed quite princely to me. Call me weird.
- He rides a green tiger with orange stripes.
Say that with me again. GREEN TIGER WITH ORANGE STRIPES. And Battle Cat is the bomb.
- His nemesis rides a purple Panther.
I actually think it would’ve been more awesome if He-Man had been riding the purple cat, but at this point, I really can’t picture He-Man without Battle Cat. I always loved Panthor, though. My brother had Panthor and Battle-Cat toys, and I used to stage cat-fights all the time.
8.Granamyr respects him.
- His powers come from “the secrets of truth and knowledge.”
In the episode “The Taking of Grayskull,” the Sorceress gives He-Man more strength so that he can pick up the castle and throw it through a white hole. (Okay, you just have to go with this.) The power she gives him comes from “the castle’s secrets,” which she describes as “The Secrets of Truth and Knowledge.” He-Man’s powers are already derived from Grayskull, but this implies that there was more power to be had. The fact that “truth and knowledge”=”fur-clad barbarian” is just…I don’t know…awesome.
- His mother can fly a spaceship.
And she pwns Skeletor’s ass. That is all.