Skeletor - Evil Lord of Destruction
Real Name: Keldor, Of The House Of Miro
Skeletor is the arch-enemy and main antagonist of He-Man. Tagged "The Evil Lord of Destruction", he is the greatest threat to present-day Eternia. Depicted as a muscular bluish humanoid with a purple hood over his yellowish bare-bone skull, Skeletor seeks to conquer Castle Grayskull so he can learn its ancient secrets, which would make him unstoppable and enable him to conquer and rule all of Eternia. Skeletor was once a man named Keldor, who was indeed King Randor's half-brother. Keldor eventually became a warlord. He is a cruel warlord who rules the dark side of Eternia from Snake Mountain with an iron fist. His title is Evil Lord of Destruction. He learned black magic from Hordak, the powerful warlord of Eternia's sister planet Etheria, of whom he was once the second-in-command. Skeletor uses his ram-headed havoc staff as his primary weapon of terror. Powerful blasts from the eyes of the ram skull can destroy Skeletor`s enemies. He is also known to carry a double sword that he wields with the skill of a hundred swordsmen.
Powers And Abilities:
Skeletor possesses an array of mystic powers and is an extremely powerful sorcerer with control over a vast range of dark magical powers, such as the ability to teleport himself and others over vast distances, send telepathic commands to his minions, grow plants, hypnotism, illusions, reflection, freezing rays, open gateways between dimensions, etcetera. He also possesses considerable scientific skill, and is shown to have skill in creating various machines and devices in both the Filmation and New Adventures animated series. The 2002 series also shows him as a highly skilled hand-to-hand combatant.He is usually armed with a magical weapon called the Havoc Staff, a long sceptre crowned with a ram's skull—sometimes depicted with an embedded crystal ball. He can discharge bolts of mystic force from the head of the Staff, or use it as a focus for more powerful forms of magic such as the theft of dreams. Skeletor has also displayed the ability to discharge energy from his own body, as is seen in the 1987 film where he casts lightning from his hands and in the original animated series where he projects energy from his fingertips. In the 2002 series, his innate powers seem much more limited; though his abilities, when in conjunction with his Havoc Staff seem nearly unmitigated in scope and highly potent in raw power.In the early mini-comics, Skeletor sometimes possesses one half of the power sword. From this weapon he could also project magical energies. He also performed remote viewing via crystal ball. He has also shown himself to be a gifted swordsman. As a master of the occult arts, he is also privy to much secret knowledge about the universe.All versions portray Skeletor as being extremely cunning and intelligent.
Origin: #1 (Original Mini-Comics)
The very first minicomics, were actually more like storybooks, with a single image per page footed by prose, stated that Skeletor was originally an inhabitant of another dimension, populated with others of "his kind." During "The Great Wars," an ambiguous concept which is largely ignored in later continuities, a hole was opened in the dimensional wall and Skeletor was thrown from his world into Eternia. Significantly different from the lonelier and entirely self-serving Skeletor of later depictions, the villain's key motivation in this first story is to reopen the rift between his world and Eternia, thus allowing Skeletor's race to invade and conquer Eternia alongside him. This was the initially stated reason behind Skeletor's desire to obtain the powers of Castle Grayskull, not merely seeking power for its own sake as is generally the case in later depictions. However, as this first incarnation of the franchise's continuity was particularly short-lived, many questions about this version of Skeletor's origin are left unanswered.(Filmation)
Origin: #2 (Fimation)
Skeletor, the being who would become the greatest threat to modern day Eternia, originally hailed from the dimension of Infinitia. Little is known of Skeletor's early years, but he eventually joined the Evil Horde, and became the favourite pupil of one of it's most important leaders, Hordak. Skeletor also tricked the guardian of the Golden discs of knowledge, Zanthor, into giving him the discs - the knowledge from Skeletor then used to build Snake Mountain, an enormous fortress which served as the headquarters for the Evil Horde as they began their attempt to conquer Eternia.
Origin: #3 (200X MYP Cartoons)
During the "Battle Of The Hall Of Wisdom", Keldor is mortally wounded in battle with his half-brother Captain Randor, Keldor turned to his dark-arts master Hordak to save his life. A deal was made; if Hordak helped Keldor, he would open the portal and free him once more. Hordak merged Keldor with an extra-dimensional being Demo-Man from Despondos, Keldor was forever changed into Skeletor, Overlord of Evil! Skeletor refuses to keep the deal and destroys Horde Sanctuary. Sensing that there was a new great evil now on Eternia, the Sorceress castes a spell that creates the Mystic Wall, that would keep all of the evil on the Dark Hemisphere of Eternia, ending the Great Unrest.
Trapped in the Dark Hemisphere by the Mystic Wall, Skeletor designed a machine that would smash it, but it needed the Korodite Crystal as a power source. When Mer-Man retrieved it, Skeletor destroyed the Mystic Wall, and returned to menacing Eternia. Keldor's sneak attack backfires horribly.
Skeletor is not concerned with Castle Grayskull right away, until a giant fish-monster heads toward it and the Eternian warriors led by Man-At-Arms and He-Man stop it, forcing Skeletor to ponder what could be in that ancient pile of stones worth dying for. At the time, the Heroic Warriors seem ready and willing to let Grayskull fall, and would likely have done so, if not for the urgings of Man-At-Arms, who had been swallowed whole by the monster. Skeletor sends his own Evil Warriors into a trap to get captured just to lull the Masters into a false sense of security. He even goes as far as replacing them with his 'Council of Evil'. Skeletor directly attacks Castle Grayskull with his Council of Evil: himself, Count Marzo, Evilseed, the three evil Giants and Webstor.
When King Hiss and the Snake Men are freed from the Void, Hiss imprisons Skeletor, having him devoured by a giant snake, but Skeletor escapes after the Masters defeat Hiss. Eventually, King Hiss revives Serpos, the Serpent God, who had been transformed into Snake Mountain by the Elders; Skeletor and his minions were inside the mountain at that time. Although Serpos is defeated and restored to its Snake Mountain form.
Origin #4 (New Adventures Of He-Man)
Hydron and Flipshot fly to Eternia, where they are soon captured by Andros, a henchman of Skeletor, and brought to Snake Mountain. At Snake Mountain, Andros informs Skeletor, that the two warriors he has captured are from the future. Skeletor is pleased, as he can take advantage of this opportunity to exploit the peaceful people of Primus and their apparently advanced technology. He convinces Hydron and Flipshot that he is the force for good that they seek, and they take him back to their time machine. He-Man races to confront Skeletor as he prepares to board the time machine, and warns Hydron and Flipshot they have been tricked. Skeletor attacks He-Man, and the two begin to fight, but the time hole is closing fast - Hydron and Flipshot have no choice but to take both He-Man and Skeletor back with them. They shove He-Man and Skeletor into the time machine and they have soon travelled into the future, and returned to Primus.
As they leave the time machine, Master Sebrian is confused over who is the hero he seeks, when suddenly, the Mutants make it through the shield. Flogg and his henchmen - Slush Head, Hoove and Karatti - attack the Primans, and Skeletor quickly reveals his true colors and attempts to kill Sebrian and the others. He-Man quickly protects Master Sebrian from the Evil Mutants. Just than, Skeletor reaches out to grab the Sword Of Power from him. As they both clutch the sword, a fiery, lightning-charged explosion erupts from it. Skeletor slumps to the floor, burned and badly wounded by the blast. The Galactic Guardians attack the Evil Mutants, who flee to their ships, but not before the injured Skeletor jumps aboard Flogg's Shuttle Pod. The Sorceress appears as a floating holographic image, wearing a white and silver digitized costume. He-Man realizes that the Sword Of Power has changed it's form and that he know has a new look as well: red, gold, and blue space-age armor. Skeletor stumbles into the Mutant Mothership's medical emergencies bay and augments his badly-burned body with bionic replacements, emerging with a sinister new cybernetically-enhanced look of evil. Skeletor introduces himself to Flogg, and they form an alliance, although Flogg insists he remain in charge.
When Flogg launched his final attack on Primus, he summoned Crita and the Gleanons, who arrived in force to assist the Mutants. Crita personally led the Gleanon assault on Primus, but the Mutants were ultimately defeated, and Flogg called a surrender. When an enraged Flogg turned on Skeletor and attempted to shoot him, Crita sprung into action and kicked the weapon from Flogg's hand, likely saving Skeletor's life. Skeletor then transported himself, He-Man, Mara and Crita to the ruins of the Oasis for a final battle. Crita engaged in battle with Mara, but ended up knocking down one of the pillars in the ruins - which was about to come crashing down upon her - but Mara saved her enemy, throwing her into Skeletor and knocking the two of them off a cliff and into a shuttlepod and dropping his Havoc Staff into space. Crita and Skeletor were then sealed in the shuttle pod by He-Man's power sword, and cast into space. Without his staff Skeletor was unable to get out of the ship, but he promised Crita that they would not be trapped forever, and that he would return to destroy He-Man. Realizing that Flogg was going to surrender, Optikk escaped in a shuttle pod and rescues Skeletor and Crita. Together the three recover his Havoc Staff and travel to Eternia, Crita and Optikk join Skeletor's Evil Warriors
Variations & Other Abilities:
- Battle Armor Skeletor: Skeletor wears a protective battle armor. He is seen wearing it in some UK comics by London Editions.
- Dragon Blaster Skeletor: Featured in the 1984 minicomic "Skeletor's Dragon". In addition to Skeletor's powers depicted above, he has some energy-draining chains and is aided by a little dragon who can spray a sleeping mist from its mouth.
- Terror Claws Skeletor: This version of Skeletor has claw gloves known as the terror claws. Strangely, Skeletor wears his "original" costume in all the minicomics which use the terror claws, including the Terror Claws Skeletor minicomic "The Terror Claws Strike!". In the only minicomic that shows him wearing the "terror claws" costume, "The Cosmic Key", he does not use the terror claws.
- "New Adventures" Skeletor: The Skeletor figure featured in "The New Adventures of He-Man". In the minicomics, Skeletor uses that costume after becoming a cyborg. In the TV version, he is only wearing a different costume than the "original".
- Disk of Doom Skeletor: The second "New Adventures" Skeletor version. This version first appears in the episode "Sword and Staff" and becomes the regular version of Skeletor for most of the series. This Skeletor version wears a skull-shaped chest armor and a white helmet. The figure came with a disk launcher, but in the series Skeletor continued using the Havoc Staff.
- Battle Blades Skeletor: Mostly the same as Disks of Doom Skeletor, except for lacking a helmet, which is replaced by a very small crown and some hair at the back of the head. Skeletor loses his helmet in the episode "The Tornadoes of Zil" and remains this way til the end of the New Adventures series.
- Battle Sounds Skeletor: This figure was made as a "talking" Skeletor figure for the 2002 toyline. In the TV episode "Sky War", Skeletor transforms into his "Battle Sounds" version after eating Ambrosia, a miraculous food made by the Andreenids, Buzz-Off's people. As Battle Sounds Skeletor, he is stronger and more powerful.
- Samurai Skeletor: With the power of the Legacy Stones, Skeletor transforms into his samurai version in the episode "The Mystery of Anwat Gar". This Skeletor wears samurai armor, is stronger and, fittingly, has samurai weapons.
- Battle Armor Skeletor: Skeletor dons a battle armor. In the episode "Of Machines and Men", a being called Sortech sends the battle armor to Skeletor. This is the 2003 Battle Armor Skeletor figure, and must not be confused with the 1983 Skeletor figure with the same name.
King Miro (Father; 200X Series)King Randor (Half-Brother; 200X Series)He-Man (Nephew; 200X Series)Evil-Lyn (Wife; 200X Series)
Alan Oppenheimer voiced Skeletor in the Filmation Cartoons. Frank Langella portrayed Skeletor on the live-action movie. Campbell Lane voiced Skeletor in the "New Adventures Of He-Man. Brian Dobson voiced Skeletor in the MYP cartoons.
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Filmation Movie Appearences