Stratos' portrayal in He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, cartoon series by Filmation is generally consistent with his portrayal in Mattel's mini-comics. He is the leader of the Bird People, who inhabit the airborne land of Avion, located high in the Mystic Mountains.
However, the cartoon makes a significant change to Delora's character by making her Stratos' sister rather than his wife, and therefore one of the Bird People as well. This change was made because the show's producers did not feel their target audience of young boys would react well to love interests within the show.
Stratos appears regularly in the early episodes, often fighting alongside Ram-Man. His most significant episode is "Reign of the Monster", which focuses around his kingdom coming under attack by Skeletor. The episode features the only cartoon appearance of Delora. This same episode introduced the Staff of Avion to the series.
Despite being established as one of He-Man's leading battle comrades, Stratos receives little character development in comparison to other characters, and as a result gradually fades into the background of the series, to the point that his character is almost forgotten, his appearances sparse at best.
However, in the middle of the show's second season another episode is written around him: "Betrayal of Stratos", in which he is exiled from Avion after being framed for a crime by a vengeful Birdwoman, Hawke. This episode reveals that his people gain their power of flight from the Egg of Avion, a large egg, which presumably powers the jetpacks on their backs. Although he rules over the Bird People, he is frequently called away from Avion to aid He-Man in his battles against Skeletor.
Vintage MOTU Mini-Comics Continuity:
Like other characters, such as Man-At-Arms and Mer-Man, Stratos' appearances in the mini-comics decreased as the line went on despite being a central character to start with.
Golden Books Continuity:
Ladybird Books Continuity:
In "Wings of Doom", by Ladybird Books, she appears as a blonde Avian with blue clothes, but still Stratos' wife.
World I.P. Annual Books Continuity:
In this continuity or canon, Stratos has a cousin named Syracu. He also has an unnamed sister and an unnamed brother-in-law.
German Audio Plays Continuity:
In the German Audio Play "Mystic Tree Of Avion", it is mentioned that Stratos has two children.
200X Masters Of The Universe:
Stratos would become the ruler of Avion. He would help Captain Randor fight in the Great Unrest. Stratos became one of the original Masters Of The Universe.
His appearance is slightly modified. Whereas in the old continuity his wings seem to be merely attached to his body, the relaunch depicts him with large, widespread wings which are part of his anatomy, and his jetpack serves to enhance, rather than produce, his power of flight. In the new cartoon series, Stratos is seemingly one of the older members of the Masters, and is given a Scottish accent remarkably similar to that of actor Sean Connery.
His Bird People once again feature in the new series. The most prominent bird person besides himself is a Bird Woman named Hawke, who seems to be a combination of the 80s series' characters Hawke and Delora. Although she shares her name with the classic character Hawk, her personality is different. She is close and loyal to Stratos rather than power-hungry and vengeful like her '80s counterpart. Although their family relationship is never actually mentioned in the series, she is also Stratos' sister, like Delora in the '80s cartoon. This is stated in the series bible and the MVCreations comic books that accompany the show.
Stratos' most significant episodes of the new show are "Skywar", which features his people being manipulated by Skeletor into entering a war with Buzz-Off's race, and "Trust", in which he is forced into forming an uneasy alliance with Trap-Jaw to cross the Ice Mountains.
In this continuity, Stratos dies in the "Second Ultimate Battleground". It is unspecified how. The title of "Lord Of Avion" is passed on to to a fellow Avionian named Tufos.
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World I.P. Annual Books Continuity:
- Syracu (Cousin)
- Hawk/Hawke (Sister)
- Mattel originally intended for Stratos to be one of Skeletor's henchmen.
- In an unmade episode of Filmations Princess Of Power, Stratos was suposed to travel with He-Man to Etheria, where he goes one-on-one with Vultak.
- Lou Scheimer voiced Stratos in the Filmation Cartoons and Scott McNeil voiced him in the 200X MYP Cartoons.
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