Monday, June 18, 2007

Leader Of The Horde

[The Villain: standing on a trap door and doesn't even know it]
Written by GL

I will be the first person to admit that I enjoyed watching She-ra. Come on, she was like He-man but hotter and just as entertaining. But this blog entry isn't about She-ra. We're going to talk about a dastardly, evil villain named Hordak - the meanest guy in the She-ra character line.

Hordak is the leader of the Evil Horde, an army of savage warriors, most of whom wear a red bat symbol on their chests to convey their allegiance. He is the former mentor of Skeletor, the franchise's main villain. According to most story media, Skeletor betrayed Hordak and trapped him in another dimension before beginning his own conquest of the planet Eternia. Hordak then returned with a vengeance to take over Eternia for himself.

Hordak is recognizable by his grotesque white face, with sharp red eyes, his flat snout-like nose, red vampire-like fangs and pointed bat-like ears. He wears a collar of bones and black armor over his chest, emblazoned with the Horde bat symbol. His appearance resembles a vampire or bat-like creature, although in some media he appears more cyborg-like.

Hordak is generally recognized as being the lead villain of the She-Ra cartoons, in which he is the archnemesis of She-Ra, He-Man's twin sister. In this series he rules the planet of Etheria with an army of Horde Troopers. It should be noted that in a few episodes, he does make attempts and mentions of trying to conquer Eternia, but never come close.

[The Action Figure: patented He-man style articulation and detail]

Hordak and his Evil Horde were introduced into Mattel's Masters of the Universe toy line (not the She-ra: Princess of Power line) in 1985 to inject new blood into the line by introducing a new army of villains, as adversaries to both He-Man and Skeletor. Hordak was on the shelves alongside his Evil Horde soldiers.

I remember this Series as one of the more cooler ones. And remember, a hero is only as good as his (or her) villains.