Real Name: Raqquill Rqazz
Beast-Man was an orange ape-like creature who could telepathically control animals and monsters. He currently uses this particular talent as chief henchmen to Skeletor, the Overlord of Evil. Beast Man is one of the most physically powerful agents in Skeletor’s legions of evil. The hulking mammoth is incredibly strong and has the highest proportionate strength in Skeletor’s army. He is incredibly agile and is able to swing through a jungle canopy faster than most normal Eternians could walk along the ground. However, his ferocity in battle and incredible physical gifts are often offset by his less than adequate intelligence. Beast Man has a keen sense of smell, and—to a certain extent—can track human prey. Thus far the only major limitation Beast Man has displayed is his inability to control dragons. In combat, Beastman prefers the closeness and blatant savagery that only hand-to-hand combat can provide but he also is very skilled with his deadly Whip, which he also uses to discipline his monsters.
Origin #1 (Series Bible)
Beast Man's background is never mentioned in the cartoon, although the series bible states a surprising origin for him, explaining he was once a thuggish human from Earth called Biff Beastman who owned a farmyard on which he constantly abused the animals. He was recruited as chief technician on the spacecraft piloted by Marlena Glenn, which crashlanded on Eternia, but he wound up on Skeletor's homeworld of Infinita, where he was mutated into Beast Man and recruited by Skeletor. This origin story appears in a storybook entitled "New Champions of Eternia" but was unpopular with most of the show's writers and therefore excluded from the series.
Origin #2 (Ladybird Books):
Beast Man is included in numerous MOTU storybooks throughout the 1980s. One such range of storybooks is the Ladybird Books which reveals he was the leader of a tribe of Beast People from the Vine Jungle. Although this background has never been mentioned in any of the more prominent MOTU incarnations (except for the DC Comics, which features the "Beastmen"), it is generally a popular concept amongst fans that he hails from a jungle tribe.
Origin #3 (MVCreations - Icons Of Evil: Beast Man):
Keldor is at the Berserker Islands searching for somebody savage and strong enough to assist him in his conquests, and an old shaman shows him images of a beast that he will find in a town at west. At Keldor's arrival at the town, it begins raining, so he accepts the hospitality of a cat-woman, but then he faces her jealous wolflike mate. Suddenly, the wolf-like man is killed by Beast Man, the beast Keldor was seeking for. Beast Man refuses Keldor's offer and they fight. Beast Man is about to bite Keldor's head off until servants of King Trinok, ruler of the Berserker Islands, submit him with tranquilizer darts. They intend to cook both Beast Man and Keldor as a meal for their king. Keldor awakes at a cell next to Beast Man and convinces him to work together to escape. They defeat the guards, but since they don't know the place, they end where the fire to cook them is being lit. King Trinok orders to kill them, but Trinok's people aren't rivals for Keldor's magic and Beast Man's brute strength. Finally, Trinok himself enters the fray and Keldor kills him with just one burst of magic energy. Keldor and Beast Man run away while Trinok's vizier offers a reward for the heads of the king's murderers. Keldor tells Beast Man that, with the king dead and everyone in the Berserker Islands hunting him, his options are leave and serve him or stay and die. Beast Man addresses Keldor as his master.
Origin #4 (Official Bio):
After being banished from his home in the Vine Jungle, the Beast Man named Raqquill Rqazz joined up with a young alchemist named Keldor during a skirmish in the Beserker Islands. Like others of his race, Rqazz has the ability to control beasts and monsters. He currently uses this particular talent as chief henchmen to Skeletor, the Overlord of Evil. Beast Man is also incredibly strong, and is capable of holding off the likes of Battle Cat in combat.
Trivia (Clawful94): Beast Man was one of the first seven characters to be created for the Masters of the Universe toy line by Mattel in the early 1980s, and one of the first four to be completed and released (the other three being He-Man, Man-At-Arms and Skeletor). When the character was developed by Mattel, the name of Beast Man was reused from a figure in Mattel's earlier Flash Gordon toy line. Beast Man is voiced by John Erwin in the Filmation Cartoons and voiced by Scott McNeil in the MYP 200X Cartoons. Although credited as 'Beastman' (all one word), he is presented as "the Beastman" within the movie. Played by Tony Carroll, he is portrayed somewhat differently to other incarnations, appearing as a savage minion of Skeletor's, who merely growls instead of speaking.
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