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She-Ra
Upper body shot of a young woman with long blonde hair, she is wearing a white bodice and skirt with a golden accents on the bodice. She also wears a red cape and a gold headdress. She is holding a sword in her hands and behind her is an explosion of yellow sparks.

She-Ra, with her Sword of Protection
Portrayed by Melendy Britt
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Relatives King Miro (grandfather)
King Randor (father)
Queen Marlena (mother)
He-Man (twin brother)
Alignment Good
Secret Identity Princess Adora
Affiliations The Great Rebellion
Powers/skills Superhuman strength, speed, stamina, agility, reflexes, and durability.
The ability to speak with animals telepathically.[1]
All her powers derive from the mystical Power of Grayskull.
Weapons Sword of Protection[2]

She-Ra is a fictional character and the heroine in the Filmation cartoon and series of toys produced by Mattel called She-Ra: Princess of Power. She is the alter ego of Princess Adora and the twin sister of He-Man.[3] She-Ra was intended to appeal to young girls in the same way that He-Man appealed to young boys.[4] [5]


She-Ra is introduced in the animated movie The Secret of the Sword as Force Captain Adora, an agent of the Evil Horde that rules the planet Etheria. She discovers that she is the long-lost sister of Prince Adam of Eternia, having been stolen by the Horde's leader, Hordak, as a baby. She is granted the Sword of Protection, which parallels He-Man's Sword of Power, gaining the power to transform into She-Ra, her secret identity.[6]

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Fictional character biography

Princess Adora

King Randor and Queen Marlena of a distant planet named Eternia, had been blessed with twins, a girl they named Adora, and a boy, named Adam. At the time of the twins' birth, the Evil Horde, a group bent on dominating the entire universe, launch an invasion against Eternia. The Horde were unable to beat The Royal Guard or the Power of Castle Grayskull. Castle Grayskull is the center of mystical power on Eternia. Their leader Hordak, along with his pupil Skeletor (the future nemesis of Prince Adam) plotted to kidnap the twins because of a prophecy involving the royal twins. Adam and Adora were important to the future and the villains wanted them under their control. Hordak was able to successfully kidnap Adora, but they were confronted by Man-At-Arms before the boy could be taken. Hordak escaped, leaving Skeletor behind. As payback, Skeletor revealed to Man-At-Arms that the Horde were based at Snake Mountain, and Man-At-Arms went with the Sorceress to retrieve Adora. When confronted, Hordak ran through a portal into another dimension, which closed up before they could follow.

Adora was raised under the care of a Horde servant called Shakra, who was able to provide Adora with some goodness during her early life. When Adora was old enough to begin to serve the Horde, Hordak had Shadow Weaver put Adora under a spell so that she would follow the Horde and not question their ruling methods. Hordak saw great potential in Adora and made her the Force Captain of The Horde. Adora's uniform - which she continued to wear throughout the series, even after defecting to the Rebels - consisted of a red leotard (which suggested a bathing suit except for its long white sleeves) with matching boots and gauntlets, plus a black belt. [7]

Destiny and birthright revealed

The Sorceress begins having strange dreams reminding her of the time when Adora was taken from the royal nursery. She awakes to find a sword floating above her bed. She sees that the Sword is similar to Prince Adam's sword that she had given to him not long ago. The sword seems to beckon to the Sorceress, so she rises from her slumber and follows the sword through the passages of Castle Grayskull. The sword stops before a door which opens to reveal a previously unopened portal, the Sorceress knows the time has come and summons Adam and Cringer to the Castle. When Adam arrives at the Castle she explains that the time has come for the sword to be claimed by its rightful owner, with this Adam and Cringer walk through the portal into a lush green forest.

The planet they travel to is called Etheria. Adam and Cringer travel to the village of Thaymor. At the inn they stop for lunch, but Horde Troopers enter and cause trouble. Adam confronts them, Bow joins him and they beat the Troopers. Adam and Bow return to The Whispering Woods, and Bow says that Adam is an ally to The Great Rebellion. Later when Adam tells The Rebellion that they should fight The Horde, they head off to Bright Moon. The rebels begin their fight with The Horde, and appear to be near to defeat, until He-Man arrives. Adora flees and He-Man follows her. He confronts her in a room with the sword the Sorceress gave him. The sword begins to glow, and He-Man realizes that the sword is meant for her. He is then knocked out by a Horde laser and Adora picks up the sword and He-Man is taken to the Horde prison on Beast Island.

Adora visits He-Man in his prison cell and tells him that she feels drawn to the sword, as if it were made especially for her. He-Man confirms this, but tells her it is for a person who fights on the side of good. Adora responds by telling him that she serves The Horde, the lawful rulers of Etheria. He tells her she is wrong and to go and discover for herself the evil acts that are being carried out against the innocent people of Etheria. She tells him he is mistaken and she leaves the island with Spirit to prove him wrong. While riding through the villages of Etheria, Adora discovers that He-Man is correct and that The Horde rule with brutal tyranny. Meanwhile Kowl comes to rescue He-Man from his cell. Adora rides back to the Fright Zone, where she challenges Hordak and Shadow Weaver with the truth. She tells them she has seen for herself that The Horde are cruel rulers. Shadow Weaver discovers that the sword Adora is carrying is somehow weakening her own magic. She puts Adora into a magic-induced stupor and takes the sword.

Adora awakens from her slumber without the memories of the previous day's events. Later that day, she and The Horde capture rebels and place them in a glass chamber which will drain their energy to power Hordak's new invention. He-Man sneaks into the Fright Zone disguised as a Horde Trooper. When he asks her if she now knew the truth about The Horde she arrests him and Hordak takes him to drain his energy. Adora expresses her dislike of this, but Shadow Weaver uses her magic once again. Later that night an echoing voice wakes Adora, once more she silently walks into the room where He-Man is being drained of his energy. She is drawn to the sword again. The face of a woman appears in the jewel embedded in the sword. The woman is the Sorceress. She reveals to Adora that she was kidnapped by The Horde when she was a baby and that she had a twin brother. When it is revealed that He-Man is her twin brother she is amazed. The Sorceress tells her "For the honor of Grayskull", then her image vanishes from the stone. Adora lifts up the sword and repeats the Sorceress' last words, in a swirl of lights and magic she is transformed into She-Ra. She releases He-Man from his chains and gives his sword back to him. With the sword in his possession again his energy is restored by the sword's magic, while He-Man battles the Troopers She-Ra jumps from a window and crashes into the Horde stables and lands atop Spirit. The magic that transformed Adora also changes Spirit into Swift Wind, a winged talking unicorn. They fly ahead to warn The Rebellion. He-Man fights Hordak and She-Ra comes to help. Both safe, She-Ra tells a stunned He-Man that she is his sister.

Royal family reunited

He-Man is amazed that he has a sister. She-Ra tells him about the woman she saw in the sword. He-Man realizes she means the Sorceress and uses She-Ra's sword to summon her. She appears to them and explains everything. She-Ra cries when she finds out what happened when she was taken from her true family, and she and He-Man hug. Adam and Adora return to the rebel camp and Bow thinks that Adam had captured the Horde captain. Adam informs him that Adora is his sister and she was being controlled by Shadow Weaver's evil spells. Adora announces that she would like to join the rebels in their fight against the Horde. Glimmer tells the twins that her mother, Queen Angella, is being held captive by Hunga, Queen of the Harpies, at Talon Mountain. Adam and Adora set off to free the Queen. When hidden from view they become He-Man and She-Ra. They liberate Angella and return to the camp. With the Queen safe, Adora feels she can now leave them and return to Eternia. She, Adam and Cringer pass through the portal back to Eternia. Hordak sees them and follows. Adora and Adam arrive in Castle Grayskull and the Sorceress takes them to the Royal Palace. Randor and Marlena are delighted at the return of their daughter.

Return to Etheria

While the Royal family rejoice that their family is finally together again, Hordak and Skeletor attack and take Adora prisoner again. She tricks Beast Man and taking her sword transforms into She-Ra. She battles Webstor and Kobra Khan and defeats Skeletor. Later at the palace Adora tells her parents she must return to Etheria so that she can help free the planet from Horde oppression. They are saddened by this decision but understand that this is what Adora must do, with this the Sorceress transports Adora and Spirit back to Etheria. Adam follows, and the two discover the Kingdom of Brightmoon under attack. He-Man and She-Ra join the battle against the Evil Horde at Brightmoon. Upon temporary victory, She-Ra realizes that this is her true destiny. She must remain on Etheria to continue this fight. He-Man returns to Eternia, declaring "Farewell, She-Ra, Princess of Power".[8]

The Great Rebellion

Adora, having been trained by the Horde her entire life, assumes leadership of the Great Rebellion. The epic battle to free Etheria from the grip of the Evil Horde rages on, spreading across the corners of the planet. Through this war, She-Ra calls upon her allies across the globe, using their special talents to battle against Horde creations. She is aided by Frosta, Castaspella, Mermista, and a host of other freedom fighters across the lands.

Cultural references

  • The Toronto-based band, Crystal Castles, credit She-Ra's home as the inspiration for the name of their band.[9]
  • Madame Razz appears in the Robot Chicken episode "Slaughterhouse on the Prairie" voiced by Robin Tunney. She tells Kowl, Spirit, and Bow that She-Ra is having her period through various euphemisms when parts of Etheria are under attack.[10]

References

  1. ^ "More than Girl Power: She-Ra on DVD". Toon Zone. http://news.toonzone.net/articles/14091/more-than-girl-power-she-ra-on-dvd. Retrieved 2009-11-07. 
  2. ^ "She-Ra - Princess of Power - Season One, Vol. 1". DVD Talk. http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/24920/she-ra-princess-of-power-season-one-vol-1/. Retrieved 2009-11-05. 
  3. ^ "Video: A He-Man for All Seasons". Time. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,956236,00.html. Retrieved 2010-03-10. 
  4. ^ "Remembering She-Ra and He-Man: Interview with Lou Scheimer". Animation World Network. http://www.awn.com/articles/people/remembering-ishe-rai-and-ihe-mani-interview-lou-scheimer. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  5. ^ "By The Power of Grayskull: HE-MAN ART Show!". Newsarama. http://www.newsarama.com/tv/He-Man-Art-Show-100111.html. Retrieved 2010-02-02. 
  6. ^ "The Best of She-Ra: Princess of Power Review". IGN.com. http://uk.dvd.ign.com/articles/723/723078p1.html. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  7. ^ "The Best of She-Ra - Princess of Power". DVD Talk. http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/22542/best-of-she-ra-princess-of-power-the/. Retrieved 2009-11-05. 
  8. ^ "Phil Villarreal's Review: Still a surefire hit with 6-year-olds". Arizona Daily Star. http://azstarnet.com/sn/accent/140329. Retrieved 2009-10-20. 
  9. ^ Creeley, Will. "Walking On Glass". The Fader magazine. http://www.thefader.com/blog/articles/2006/12/12/walking-on-glass. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  10. ^ "She-Ra's Aunt Flo". Adult Swim. http://www.adultswim.com/video/?episodeID=8a25c392161eb642011620ea4ca80196. Retrieved 2009-10-23. 

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