Skeletor Was WAY More Human Than He-Man
As the title indicates, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was supposedly a cartoon about He-Man and ... whoever the hell the Masters were supposed to be (Orko? Fisto? Panthro?). But, in actual fact, the most relatable character in the show was the villain, Skeletor, a bleached skull in a hoodie on the body of a bodybuilding leather daddy.
Whereas He-Man's only two moods on the show are "brave" and "punching," Skeletor exhibits a range of emotions you can actually recognize in other human beings. He gets super hyped up over his own plans, cheers joyfully when they work ...
NBCUniversal Television DistributionHis arms are pumped from all the times he flexes them like this to laugh.
... and mopes around when they inevitably fall apart within 22 minutes. How many times have you seen He-Man expressing frustration or looking like the Sad Keanu meme?
NBCUniversal Television DistributionWait, no, he's just pooping in this one.
Skeletor is the only regular character in this show who demonstrates any ambition or desire. The average episode revolves around him creating these elaborate plans and working his ass off to realize them, only for a ridiculously-haired himbo to dismantle them without breaking a sweat. Skeletor exists in a constant state of frustration towards his dumbass underlings and despondence towards the nebulous forces above him -- he's every person who's ever been stuck in a middle management role. Plus, his entire motivation is to take over a magical skull-shaped castle, and who can't relate to that?
NBCUniversal Television DistributionDon't pretend you wouldn't murder to own a building with your giant face carved on it.