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Man-E-Faces
Human...Robot...Monster
 
Real Name: Perkaedo


Man-E-Faces is a member of the Heroic Warriors, notable by his distinctive appearance, with his large, blue metal head on which his faces appear in its screen-like opening that contains a rotating faceplate, which allows him to transform into his multiple personalities. His “traditional” human face is his most common form. However, he can transform to a robotic faceplate, which grants him laser scanning and computer precise calculating. He can also transform into a monster faceplate, which causes his strength to increase dramatically. Like his faceplate, Man-E-Faces engages in combat using a variety of weapons that best suit his current face. He uses his laser targeting to maximum advantage with his robotic faceplate and uses a destructive club to capitalize on his monster strength. Choosing between his three faces, Man-E-Faces finds the right personality for the right moment. Man-E-Faces is also a very talented game player who enjoys games of strategy. Man-E-Faces is best known as a great actor. But many learn the hard way to underestimate Man-E-Face's abilities in combat. The famous Eternian actor, Man-E-Faces would make Shakespeare proud. But make no mistake, he also plays the part of a skilled fighter and warrior when the need arises.

Origin #1 (Mini-Comics):

Man-E-Faces was one of the characters developed for the second wave of figures, and makes his first appearance in the Mattel mini-comic "The Ordeal of Man-E-Faces". In this comic, he is an actor who is captured by Skeletor and made to drink a potion which changes him into a vicious monster which attacks everyone it sees. The Sorceress involves herself and changes Man-E-Faces back to his human self, but Skeletor asserts his dominance and turns him back into the monster. The struggle creates a third persona, a super-intelligent robot which is neither good nor evil. Although He-Man manages to free Man-E-Faces from Skeletor's spell, the robot and monster are now permanent parts of his character and he vows to fight until he is free from the curse. This version of the character also appears in the DC Comics miniseries, and the early UK annuals also present him in such way. 

Origin #2 (Filmation):

In He-Man and the Masters of the Universe by Filmation, the portrayal of Man-E-Faces is somewhat changed. Rather than being cursed with a split personality, he is an actor who uses his alternate faces primarily for the purpose of playing roles on stage. He is also able to change to numerous other faces alongside his robot and monster faces. This change to his character is probably made in order to make his character less dark and therefore more suitable for the younger audience the show was aimed at.

He is given an origin episode early in the series, in the episode "The Mystery of Man-E-Faces". This episode reveals that he was originally a villain who terrorized others with his faces, but not so much out of evil desires as personal insecurity and basic survival needs. He was an outcast feared by virtually everyone for his ability to change his face, which in turn made him "cold and cruel" and so he began to abuse others out of resentment for mistreating him and to compensate for his personal crisis. He was captured by Skeletor, who intended to recruit him as a henchman, but as he was not really evil he had no desire to join Skeletor and was forced into fighting He-Man against his will when his monster face was controlled by Beast Man's power. He-Man believed that Man-E-Faces was not a villain, and the Sorceress agreed, so with urging from He-Man, the Sorceress used her magic to help Man-E-Faces overcome Skeletor's influence. Grateful for their help, he returned the favor by helping to thwart Skeletor's attack on Castle Grayskull and, after telling them his story, feeling he had at last found the friendship and kindness he needed, he joined the Royal court as an actor.

Origin #3 (200X MYP Series):

In the 200X, Man-E-Faces was already a member of the Masters, when He-Man was born. It is made mention in the 200X Cartoon Series, that he has an aunt, named Countess Betsy.

Man-E-Faces is featured in the 2002 relaunch of the Masters of the Universe toy line, and its accompanying cartoon series. His character was substantially developed from the old version, he is depicted as part of the regular team of warriors who aid He-Man and his appearances are significantly more frequent. Although the new series stuck with Filmation's portrayal of him, as an actor who uses his faces for roles, albeit sticking with his standard robot and monster faces rather than any extra ones, the writers developed him by giving him the ability of using his different faces for different techniques useful in battle. His monster face provides him with extra courage and strength, while his robot face provides him with extra intelligence and the ability to scan people and objects for important data. He is frequently referred to as 'Man-E-Robot' or 'Man-E-Monster' when using these faces. He is given a mace as a weapon, which he uses as Man-E-Faces and Man-E-Monster, but can change into a blaster when he becomes Man-E-Robot. The episode "The Monster Within" gives him a split personality complex reminiscent of the original concept behind the character. This episode features his monster face falling under Beast Man's power over animals and attacking his fellow Masters. He subsequently feels guilty about what his weakness under Beast Man's powers has caused him to do and announces he will never play the role of the monster again. However, he later helps He-Man win the day by battling through the monster side of his personality and retaining touch with his true self when Beast Man next attempts to put the monster under his power, using his acting skills to trick Beast Man into thinking he has succeeded, before fending off the Evil Warriors.

The new series also portrays him as a chess champion when using his robot face, and he seems to be best friends with Ram-Man, possibly influenced by the old episode "The Shadow of Skeletor" in which they declare themselves best friends.

Origin #4 (MOTUC Bios):

Perhaps the greatest actor on Eternia, Perkaedo, the Master of Disguise, performed before King Randor and Queen Marlena at Prince Adam's 18th birthday celebration. It was here that he drank a magic potion, created by Skeletor, that transformed him into a terrible monster with great strength loyal only to evil. With the help of He-Man and the Sorceress, Perkaedo was cured from this transformation, but the process left him forever split between not just two, but three personalities. He now uses his powers to protect justice in his greatest role, as Man-E-Faces, the man who is three warriors in one--fighting as a human, robot, or monster.

Trivia (Clawful94): Man-E-Faces is voiced by Lou Scheimer in the Filmation Cartoon and Paul Dobson voiced Man-E-Faces in the 200X Cartoons. Kerstin was his daughter in the German Audio Plays.

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ALLEANZA : Heroic Warriors
SPECIE : Cyborgs
LUOGO DI ORIGINE : City Of Pantagus
SESSO : Male
ARMI : Laser Blaster
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