He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (301)

  • (Today's moral) He-Man: (Speaking to the camera) In today's story, Skeletor was looking for a shortcut, a quick way to riches and power. You may know some people like that - always looking for the quick way to get ahead of everybody else. Well, it doesn't work that way. The people who succeed are the ones who work for what they want, so don't be fooled by those who say they have a sure thing - there's always a catch to it. Don't sell yourself short. The right way is the best way. (Saying goodbye) Until later.

  • He-Man: By the power of Greyskull I command the draw-bridge open!

  • Trapjaw: My energy bow will finish you! He-Man: (After deflecting three energy blasts) I guess they just don't make energy bows like they used to.

  • Prince Adam: By the Power of Grayskull! (transforms into He-Man) He-Man:I have the Power!

  • Teela: In today's story, I went in search of my mother. I found her, but I also found something else; that the man who had cared for me since I was a baby, who loved me as he would his own daughter, was just as much my father as any parent could be. And so whether they are someone we were born to or whether they chose us to adopt, it doesn't matter. The ones who protect us, and teach us, and love us; they are the ones we call mother and father. And they deserve the same kind of love from us. Until next time.

  • Sorceress: I leave her secret with you, He-Man. You can, I assume, keep a secret? He-Man: I've had lots of practice.

  • Teela: I love running at this time of the day. He-Man: Yeah, me too. Makes me feel close to nature. Teela: The best part is that it's wonderful exercise. He-Man: It's the best. Of course, one should check with a doctor before doing any heavy exercise. Teela: Right! And then start off just a little each day. He-Man: I sure wish we could tell that to everybody. Teela: I think we just did. He-Man: We did? Teela:See for yourself. He-Man: Remember, be good to your body, and it'll be good to you. Teela: Well said He-Man. Now I'll race you to the tree! He-Man: Okay!

  • Skeletor: Evil-lyn! What do you want? Evil-Lyn: Your power, Skeletor!

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Notes (102)

  • Although not neccessarily introducing the characaters and premise as much as one might expect the first episode to do, this episode does have signs of being the first one; most notably as Skeletor has Beast Man call their key warriors (Mer-Man, Evil-Lyn, Tri-Klops, and Trap Jaw) from around the Universe to bring them in on his latest plan. Surprisingly, after the evil warriors introduction, the key heroic warriors are given relatively little introduction, much less than one might expect for the first episode.

  • The series made it's U.K. debut with this episode, on September 5th 1983, as part of Children's ITV (scheduled 4:20 - 4:45 p.m.)

  • This the debut episode of Skeletor's space craft "The Collector".

  • Although it's statue-awakening / turning people to stone powers were never used again in the series, the Collector was often seen again in many later episodes, serving as Skeletor's ship.

  • Apparently the reason why Jitsu's role was so small, and he was never used again, was because the Filmation staff found the character stereotypical of Asians and were uneasy about using him, so his near non-existent part in the series is due to political correctness.

  • This episode has the series's single appearance of evil warrior Jitsu. Although seen throughout the episode, he has very little dialogue, and only loosley resembles the figure (he was probably included as Mattel tried to promote some of their then upcoming new batch of figures). Also, in the script, he is referred to as Chopper (the character's early prototype name), though is not actually referred to by any actual name on-screen.

  • The video release of this episode has a small but very noticable variation on the dialogue of the opening credits. Instead of He-Man's standard "...Together we defend Castle Grayskull from the evil forces of Skeletor", this version has "...Together we defend Castle Grayskull from the evil Masters Of The Universe!" This alternative version seems to be an early, otherwise unused version of the opening credits (To note is that in some early Mattel MOTU literature, Skeletor and the Evil Warriors were the ones referred to as 'Masters Of The Universe', which is probably where this curious variation arose from).

  • This episode has the series's single appearance of Fang Man, one of Skeletor's warriors. The character was never made as a a figure, but it is quite possible that he was included as Filmation tried to promote possible up-coming figures. It possibly was an early design that was either dropped or evolved into another character (his description in the series bible implies he is an early version of Kobra Khan). The character was never seen again - some fan's suggest that Skeletor left him in the past, but then again, Tri-Klops (who we never see return to the present either) pops up in later adventures!

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Trivia (258)

  • When Skeletor is about to attackĀ  Grayskull he says "Without He-Man to defend it". Skeletor didn't send He-Man anywhere so why did he think He-Man wouldn't be there?

  • When Teela points her sword at Trapjaw, her collar is colored white!

  • Adam's belt is red in one shot when Orko is preforming his magic show.

  • When Stratos swoops down and catches Evil-Lyn in her own cloak, there appears to be a few frames where his beard disappears!

  • When He-Man grabs Beast Man during the battle outside Castle Grayskull, there is a shot from behind Beast Man where his ears are mis-coloured, as orange the same as his body, not the correct beige to match his face.

  • Why shouldn't Teela be allowed to know her mother is The Sorceress? It's not like she couldn't be trusted to keep it secret from the evil warriors.

  • He-Man throws Teela his sword, yet in the very next shot(s) it is seen to be still on his back.

  • Stratos moves his lips before audio (18:57).

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Allusions (6)

  • Draka has a very short resemblance to Moe, from The Simpsons.

  • Star Trek This episode is very similar to the Original Star Trek episode "The Gamesters of Triskelion," where Kirk, Chekov, and Uhura are adbucted by a race known as the Providers, for their own amusement and make wagers on who wins. Just like Captain Kirk, He-Man makes a wager that if he wins, they go free.

  • Ram-Man: Good thing I set my head to stone. An obvious play on words from various Star Trek incarnations by setting their common weapon, the phaser, to "stun."

  • Rodney Dangerfield When Skeletor made fun of Beast-Man, he said "I get no respect." That is one of Rodney Dangerfield's trademark statements.

  • The He-Man Flare The flare that the Widgets shot off to signal He-Man for assistance is similar to the Bat Signal Chief Gordon used to signal Batman when he needed help saving Gotham City from danger.

  • This episode is a He-Man take on the Mark Twain short story The Ransom of Red Chief in which two bumbling crooks kidnap a bratty young man who quickly makes them regret their crime with his behavior.