When I was a kid, I loved to watch “He-Man and The Masters Of The Universe.”
I marveled at his adventures. The way, time and again, He-Man used his wits (and sometimes the assistance of Cringer, who turned to the mighty Battle Cat–seemingly against his will) to beat back the forces of Skeletor in such a way that the only things hurt were the execution of Skeletor’s evil plans.
This is despite the fact that I found it silly, because I saw that what MoU (much better than HMATMOTU) was essentially “The A-Team,” in that no matter how much He-Man swung that sword around, whomever was on the business end never suffered a nick, never mind a slash.
And considering that the show was aimed at children, I understood (not so much for the A-Team though. I actually wanted someone to take a bullet every once in a while, if only to reassure me that the universe that they lived in was at least adjacent to my own).
I didn’t even bat an eye that someone would actually want to call themselves ‘He-Man’ because, to my young mind, it all made sense.
Now, I couldn’t take such a character seriously, and I suspect that I am not the only one.
So, how is it that I can watch G.I. Joe (the movie, cartoon, and occasionally comic), you may ask? Don’t they have characters called ‘Snake-Eyes,’ and ‘Duke?’ Sure, but they’re just names. He doesn’t, literally, have snake eyes (though if he were on MoU there would be more that’s serpentine about the character than his name).
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