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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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100 thoughts on “Things Only Adults Notice In He-Man

  1. 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!!!!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Capitalism is a problem? Capitalism is what gave us great shows like He-Man, movies like Star Wars, etc. Thank God for free market capitalism that gives us amazing products that we enjoy each day.

  10. I liked the moral lesson at the end of the show. They would spend the last two minutes of the show talking about values and morals, something cartoons don't do these days.

  11. The most awkward thing was when years later I have found out what "hymen" is and that the pronunciation is the same 😅

  12. I don't get the point if this video. The point of comics and super heroes in general is that they are SUPER, better than us. Ideology? Lot of propaganda and anti-male entertainment is in full force today. Masculinity is bad for men, but it's okay for women to behave like men? Did a socialist make this video? I grew up in the 80s, and i still enjoy He Man today, on DVD. Transformers. Voltron. Capitol ism is fine. Greed is bad. Anyway, compare He-Man and video game violence of today, and He Man is a problem???

  13. Please fact check your videos better these are getting as bad as the ms mojo videos. anything for a click watch and like right?

  14. Ya so what all cartoons back in the day would advertise their toys. Also Heman & Masters of the Universe ended up being far more popular than Conan. & Heman & the masters essentially are almost like God's fighting in a different world Eternia so they gotta look the part it's no different than any superhero movie with attractive female heroines and male heroes. No body wants a fat superhero unless its strictly a comedy, would you want batman 50lbs over wieght with a double chin, honestly?

    Also heman stood for something alot more than just a toy advertisement for kids. It symbolized the best person that you could be and always lead by example, show empathy, compassion, be brave, & confident, & to never give up on one self. Funny how they dont discuss any of that in here.

  15. A planet where every man is it professional bodybuilder and every woman have the body of a supermodel and they like to wear fur shorts

  16. The new "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" movie will be called, "Gender-Fluid and the Equilibrium of the Centre of my Universe".

  17. I watched all of he-man when I was younger. As a adult took time his symbol on his chest he-man it's a white supremacists symbol. Sad how they did this just like as a child Duke of Hazzard Confederate flag ontop smfh. These writer knew what they was doing.

  18. He Man was cool, not full of SJW non sense, or wokeness, it was a simple good show. This video, is well biased by today’s triggered – culture, you really want to back in time and destroy our childhood? Nah… lazy AF

  19. Wasted my time on this one.
    Very weak. Everyone knows this cartoon was a glorified toy commercial but it still doesn’t mean Masters Of The Universe isn’t great.
    Nothing wrong with capitalism either.
    Should’ve skipped this one.

  20. I had the majority of merchandise mentioned. I had long blond hair at one point as well, I should have done this for Halloween as a joke.

  21. He man was approached about why he never brought himself to kill Skeletor, and he said it was against his personal beliefs to see value in all life. With demigod strength, supernatural powers, it's beneath someone of that status to reduce themselves to killing. It also helps that revealed in the lore, you learn that Skeletor is Adam's distant uncle Keldor who became disfigured in another dimension. It would have broken He man's heart if he learned much later that he killed Adam's uncle.

    As for the body types, you forgot to mention that the master molds for characters were expensive to make, so they could only work with one body type. It also didn't help that Filmation was never given major funding from Mattel for the show, and that's why a lot of the animation was reused Rotoscoped animations.

  22. You don’t need 4 hours a day to lift weights to look like He-Man! Dexter Jackson, who is a 1 time Mr. Olympia winner and still is in the Mr. Olympia contest as contestant this past year 2019, came in 4th place. Said, he only workouts 1 hour a day! So if that’s true, 1 all need is 1 hour a day! Dexter is 50 now. Not to mention, he could be on steroids like the rest of them but if he is not on steroids even working out 4 hours day may not work out as well any way! You need the genetics and a 1 hour workout should suffice👍🏻✌🏻

  23. he-man could never kill anyone. they were not allowed to show that sort of violence. it was a show with a moral message.

  24. It's based on the aryan race. 1st he gets his powers from a light ming bolt hence the ss bolts 2nd when he gets his powers he turns blonde and powerful 3rd his body armor has the iron cross on it 4th his cat turns green and is called the battle cat which is what the nazi party called their green tanks 5th they worship a female winged sorceress just like the occult practices by nazis there's plenty more too much for me to put her..but yea check it out n see for ur self u will probably notice things that I havent

  25. Just occurred to me from this video that all the male characters have the same basic body shape (muscly, etc.) and the women have the same body shape. Then I remembered my He Man toys. Each torso and leg part on each toy is identical. This therefore made it easier to mass produce.

    Mmm, creative nothingness.

  26. This crazy feminist can't even quote He-man saying he was the powerful MAN in the universe, he's the most powerful "individual" hahahaha.

  27. 1:46 Mattel got to developing He-Man only after losing the license to launch a toyline based on the R-rated Conan the Barbarian franchise

  28. lol capitalism doesnt encourage ppl to buy crap they dont need thats called consumerism
    and the majority of these criticisms have more to do with todays standards
    back then soap operas were considered quality programming and shows like dallas were given awards
    so obviously a cartoon aimed at children that only care about the action and comedy is not going to be very good
    the majority of new cartoons are not much better when held to these same standards
    and one would argue that disney is the worst exploiter of consumerism in existence

    also no cartoons like this killed ppl when we were kids so thats the reason he-man always let skeletor go
    it was about teaching kids to be the greater person and to not become the animal
    not about keeping the show going, thats fkn moronic

  29. Maybe they’re in such great shape because they are constantly fighting for their lives? I’m certain no one at looper has watched an entire episode before passing judgement on the entire series.

  30. Capitalism… Really?
    Every fictional TV show ultimately exists for making money
    Unrealistic standards of beauty… You must be so bitter

  31. I made a mistake clicking on this. Should've figured the critiques would be sjw n nature. It was a cartoon with moral lessons attached, the toyline fostered innovation and interest in science and nature. But people will find something wrong with anything these days

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