Things Only Adults Notice In He-Man

Things Only Adults Notice In He-Man


The kids who watched the original Masters
of the Universe cartoons are well into adulthood now and some might notice that the show isn’t
quite what they remember from back in the day. Here are some of the bizarre, hilarious and
worrying things that only adults will notice in He-Man’s adventures. Being so distracted by all the thrilling action
and scary monsters, most kids didn’t care about the ideology that fueled He-Man and
the Masters of the Universe: capitalism. But present-day parents who are all too used
to their kids begging for toys they’ve seen on TV now recognize that one of the main purposes
of the He-Man cartoon was to move merchandise. The show kicked off an action figure craze
in the ’80s, selling hundreds of millions of dollars worth of toys, and every episode
of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe served as its own 30-minute ad. Many episodes would introduce some never-before-seen
character, who just so happened to be now available in action figure form at toy stores. These characters all seemed to possess a unique
ability or feature that, conveniently enough, really popped when molded in plastic. Take Mekaneck or Buzz-Off, for example two
characters who can only possibly have been conceived so as to make up a shortfall in
the merch budget. There’s no other explanation. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was
obviously heavily inspired by other shows and movies. After all, a muscle-bound guy in a loincloth
fighting monsters in a strange world? That’s some straight-up Conan the Barbarian
stuff right there. And that’s fine Conan itself borrowed plenty
of sci-fi and fantasy tropes, and He-Man does the same. That’s just how media works. It’s just that adults will notice He-Man’s
cribbing is especially lazy. “He-Man” itself is an old phrase that means
“manly-man”, while other hastily named characters include a skeleton named “Skeletor” and a
sorceress named “The Sorceress.” But at least those are mostly innocuous examples. Some of the other He-Man characters have names
that, well let’s just say they take on a different dimension once you’re all grown up. Isn’t that right, Fisto? “And when Fisto offers you his hand boy, that’s a big
offer.” There might not be too many people on Eternia,
but there are clearly plenty of gyms since every single character on He-Man and the Masters
of the Universe is in fantastic shape. All of the male characters are as ripped as
professional bodybuilders, with enormous muscles covering each of them from head to toe. The women, meanwhile, fit right in to the
hugely unrealistic ’80s standard of beauty. With the battle of good versus evil that constantly
plagues Eternia, it’s hard to imagine how the men have four hours a day to lift weights,
or how the women fit in the pilates, yoga, and aerobics they must be doing on the regular. Regardless, the men and women of He-Man and
the Masters of the Universe like to show off all that hard work and pretty much everyone
wears incredibly revealing clothing. Except Orko, of course, but that would be
kinda weird. According to Masters of the Universe lore,
He-Man is the most powerful individual in existence. And he’s got plenty of powers and tools that
have helped him reach that status: “the power of Grayskull,” for one, as well as brute physical
strength and the Power Sword, a much-coveted, Excalibur-like relic. Despite those gifts, however, He-Man is actually
surprisingly wishy-washy most likely because the show’s non-serialized nature means things
always have to get back to normal by the end of each episode. As a result, He-Man never really uses much
of the power afforded to him. He always lets bad guys get away including
Skeletor, who’s pretty much king of the bad guys. Since he knows he’ll be back to fight Skeletor
another day, He-Man always allows him to flee back to his headquarters from which he can
continue his campaign of terror. The show’s hero could easily make life better
for the people of Eternia by ending his war and killing Skeletor with the Power Sword
the first chance he gets. But then there’d be no more show, would there? Having dominion over a whole planet or even
the universe is no easy feat, and not even an evil, all-powerful sorcerer can do it alone. Skeletor boasts a huge crew of powerful servants,
all loyally devoted to helping their boss destroy He-Man and take over Eternia. But Skeletor is so evil that he doesn’t even
appreciate how baddies like Beast Man and Evil-Lyn lay everything on the line for him
day after day, risking life, limb, and more in service to this angry, cackling skeleton. He’s forever unhappy with the performance
of his underlings, mainly because they never manage to defeat He-Man or complete the task
he’s sent them to do and he is always happen to let them know it with a threat of violence
of a withering put-down. “Why do I surround myself with fools?! Even the robots smarter than you.” Skeletor best be careful. Best case scenario, his put-upon employees
flees to He-Man’s side and reveals all kinds of secrets to Eternia’s hero. Worst case scenario, they unionize. And then Skeletor’s really in trouble. Even today, animation is a labor-intensive
and expensive craft. And things were even tougher back in the early
’80s, when He-Man and the Masters of the Universe aired. Production company Filmation churned out 65
episodes per season, and the crew had to find some shortcuts to keep things running smoothly. Kids with no frame of reference wouldn’t notice,
but adults with a cynical eye will easily spot the show’s cost-cutting measures. The same handful of music cues are used over
and over, and so are a number of animation sequences. How many times do we see He-Man and Battle
Cat running or walking, the basic animation of their steps repeated for a good chunk of
screentime? And of course, at least once per episode,
Prince Adam is going to step in front of Castle Grayskull and gradually transform into He-Man. It’s a good lesson for kids: always recycle. Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Looper videos about your favorite
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63 Comments on "Things Only Adults Notice In He-Man"


  1. omg i hate you now. what was the point of this? its ideologi is capitalism and the bad guys should unionize? holy communist he-man. poor woman who had to spew this shit. its he-man, at least get a guy to sell your ideology. you should learn some marketing from a capitalist so you can spread your collectivism more effectivly. copy the capitalists at least. this is so cheap. i dont even like he-man.

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  2. Hey Looper,.. 1983 was a long time ago and most shows of the time were guilty of being 30 minute ads for merch. Masters of the Universe certainly didn't corner the market on that.

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  3. Also how he-man and battle cat were never pegged as being prince Adam and cringer even though there was no real physical difference between them other than attitude and spray-on tan.

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  4. All ads containing toys in the 80s were cartoons. I know at 47 that was the time I was young. I hate how you made this because you just trashed my childhood.

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  5. I love the names they gave the characters back then and I still do as adult. And I also love the animation style even though he uses same parts over and over I still love it. If they have animation cartoons like back then today, especially with life lessons end of each show. I think some of the kids today going to be in so much in trouble.

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  6. Ok the thing is about the characters being powerfully built and very beautiful is it’s the same in comic books. We as humans idolize physical perfection and it’s reflected in tv, comic books, and movies

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  7. Having simple names was a win win. Easy for them to come up with and easy for kids to remember the names.

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  8. Fisto is a pretty bad name, but G.I. joe had a character named "snowjob". Fisto is pretty obvious how he got his name. Snowjob leaves a lot more to the imagination.

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  9. I was a kid way back in the day and I noticed a lot of dodgy subtext within the characters profiles, I guess the animators were taking the piss back then with the effeminate.prince Adam/ butch musclebound warrior, skeletor's obsession with said musclebound beefcake, and I said other dodgy stuff and yet I wonder why his sister was else where being She-Ra 🤔

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  10. I'm 45 and I still remember how terrified of skeletor. Lol I loved He Man though ha ha ha 17th November 2019 in Ireland 🙂

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  11. YOU GUYS MISSED THE BIGGEST ONE!!!!!

    HE-MAN NEVER HIT ANYBODY WITH HIS FIST OR HIS SWORD. HE-MAN WASNT VIOLENT. NO FIST OR SWORD FIGHTING EVER! 🙋🏾‍♂️🤷🏿‍♂️🤫🤔🤔🤔🤔🤯

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  12. I loved this series as a kid abs I still do so for someone to go and analyze the show like this is really stupid,just let the show be!!! Why must there always be someone who wants to bring a great show down, whoever's made this had way to much time on their hands!!!!

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  13. Whenever He Man comes it makes me remember those good old childhood memories. Nostalgic !!
    I just wish that someone should at least make a movie or series like how they did for Marvel Cinemas & DC Comics.

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  14. He Man is under appreciated for it's achievement of being one of the greatest satires of how our culture misinterprets the story of Adam and Eve in The Garden Of Eden.

    It's a great send up of Asian Taijitsu with Prince Adam and Evil-lynn being on opposing light and dark sides.

    He Man riding a giant green pussy-cat is a great criticism of desert culture trying to control gender by placing women in the place that plants should be.

    It's making a brilliant point about the nature of power itself in the portrayal of a delicate bird lady blessing He Man with a sword and muscles, when there is magic all around them changing the world in mysterious ways simply by the will of the magic user.

    If our culture ever figures out that calcium gives us a solid shape because it is trying to become a whitest huntress angelic protector of the garden… Then the symbolic war between He Man and the predatory Skeletor will be considered GENIUS.

    It even includes the message that true top huntress Angels of the garden shouldn't keep livestock or pets, with the various side characters like Beast Man.

    If I get my way, eventually this cartoon will be studied in school for it's humor and depth.

    .

    While it's true that women have essentially stolen the appearance of Angels, and have usurped female plant fertility in the desert cultures via u.v., to trick the ecosystem into serving womanly reproduction and comfort…

    …it's not really something women had control over. It's well known that women in the desert cultures have been treated as possessions and nothing more than baby machines until very recently.

    So there's thousands of years evidence of black desert cultures turning women into plant fertility hackers, with women who resisted… being raped and killed.

    The entire point of a male gender being driven by the landscape is to help male plant organs reach their female counterparts and fill them with important information.

    Contaminating that system and using it to create husbands for women… is actually akin to slavery.

    Think about this:

    There are no physical evolutionary biological traits that only male people have… That female people are jealous of and would intentionally select over their own.

    So women must be continuing to willingly risk the contamination of their offspring for something OTHER than masculine physical traits.

    What wins over the heart of a female more than serving her comfort and pleasure?

    If an ECOSYSTEM pressure informs you that you must fullfil a male role… You are being enslaved into the service of something FEMALE.

    You job then is to discern whether you are being driven by female PLANTS who deserve to be comfortable, for creating oxygen, food, and stable shelter for us….

    Or are you being driven to serve a female person, who should NOT be in control over the landscape, especially if she lives indoors within a temperature-regulated building that isn't even at the mercy of weather and natural pressures.

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  15. lol What I noticed now as an adult is when he says "I have the power!" It's so loud I have to turn my tv down. Like wtf!?😁

    And also I would love to hear Skeletor sing with that annoying nasely voice he got because I believe he would sound a lil like R. Kelly.

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  16. killing skeletor? come on! he's the vilian not He-man if he did he's no different than his Arch enemy

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  17. A blond haired white guy wearing a Maltese Templar Cross (Masonic hooker). I wonder where Marvel stole their Black Panther theme from ? Just turned white supremacy into black supremacy.

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  18. Yep looper , you're absolutely right but still can't ruin the show. I realized many if not all of these things by myself and also some other stuff you didn't mention here when I watched a couple of episodes few years ago. The storyline was simple , dull but non violent ,with great lessons told at the end of each episode it was made for kids and kids absolutely loved it .Merchandize ,whatever , every cartoon was made like this BTW it was really hypnotizing , that walk from He-man they used over and over again and I couldn't wait until they show Adam transforming into He-man trough each and every episode , it was the highlight for me

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  19. This whole videos logic works against it 😂it wants the villain to be nice to his henchmen and it wants the hero to murder the villain 🤦🏽‍♂️

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  20. He Man is the opposite of how the formula should work. You shouldn't make the show to promote the toys. You make the toys to promote the show.

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  21. Only adults will notice because only adults will watch. Where did you get the idea for this video? I'm almost 30 and I'm only vaguely aware that this show existed so who gives a shit about this topic? Seriously I want you to find the guy who cares so my grandpa can have a friend.

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  22. Very biased review , like what's going on these days.

    Reviwer is trying to review a 80s show based on current social, political and cultural standards. Makes you wonder if reviwer ever saw the series as a kid during 80s .

    As usual pointing fingers on certain areas like dressing while totally ignoring other comic book or cartoon characters were no better.

    Few other points

    So Marvel and DC dont sell merchandise ?

    Don't think the naming was lazy in HeMan series – it was just simplified greatly because even kids as small as 5 years old used to watch it.

    If you dont know why HeMan never killed Skeletor then sadly you missed the entire moral of the series and are not fit to review the show.

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  23. When you say adults do you mean adults watching it back in the 80s or adults not that was kids back in the 80s?

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  24. First half of this video is extremely irrelevant and silly to mention … just adding seconds to the video

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  25. What’s with the jab at capitalism? At the risk of pointing out the obvious, the only reason this video was made was to sell advertising space and make money.

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