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12 Secrets About He-Man That Will Make You Say "By The Power Of Grayskull"

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If you're a child of the 80s, you almost definitely grew up on He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe." The story of Prince Adam of Eternia defending Castle Grayskull from the evil forces of Skeletor kept us captivated with its ridiculous characters and colorful action scenes, even though it was just an excuse to sell us toys.You may have seen all 153 episodes, we're willing to bet there's a few things you didn't know about it!

Skeletor is He-Man's uncle

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The comics hinted at this, and in the 2002 remake of the cartoon, it was revealed that Skeletor is Keldor, King Randor's brother, who tried to seize the throne and attacked Randor with acid. Randor deflected it back at him, and it burnt Keldor's flesh down to the skull. Yeesh.

He's also legitimately blue

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Skeletor is a Gar, a member of a race that killed the original King Grayskull. In fact, this is why he was passed over for Randor as king, giving the series some surprisingly racist undertones.

He was apparently too terrifying for France

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As insane as this sounds, it's completely true; France didn't air any episodes featuring Skeletor when the show was brought over, as it was thought he would be too terrifying for children.

He-Man arguably isn't the most important character in the series

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Hear me out. He-Man wasn't given his power until The Sorceress decided he was worthy of the Sword of Grayskull. Not only that, but she continues to protect the castle's secrets, the main thing Skeletor wants. In short, she's practically the reason the story can happen at all.

He also never actually hits or hurts anybody in the entire series

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Seriously. He only ever uses his sword to cut down obstacles or deflect lasers, and he basically beats his enemies by just throwing them into water or mud. This was because the show was under very tight scrutiny by the FCC, since it was made to market the toys.

Oh, and he's half-human

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King Randor is an Eternian, but Marlena Glenn, He-Man's mother, was a NASA astronaut whose ship went off course and ended up in Eternia!

The facts get crazier from here...

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