Teela was the main heroic female character for 3 years after She-Ra showed up. Even after POP ended in 1987, Teela resumed that role in the 1987 movie and in MYP. She-Ra's biggest problem is that she doesn't show up at the beginning, but she does arrive much later. The 1987 movie and MYP didn't last long enough for She-Ra to show up! Although she didn't lead the brand, being one of only two female figures, Teela was the alpha female of the brand instead.
Originally Posted by Angel-T
The Sorceress is a talking head and mentor. She tells the heroes where to go and what to do. I think there's no way she's replacing Teela in an action cartoon or toyline.
The filmation cartoons ARE a unified universe and even the Sorceress would rank more highly than Teela.
I think that Lois Lane and Supergirl is a more apt comparison. Wonder Woman is a totally different property. Supergirl is Superman's cousin and has her own book, movie, etc., but Lois Lane has been with Superman forever.
She-Ra in all of her appearances never played second fiddle to any character ever!!!! But Teela has always done so. She-Ra is more powerful than Teela, She-Ra is 10,000 more recognisable with the public. This make She-Ra more iconic!!!! If I could liken your argument to anything it would be like saying Lois Lane is more important to the overal DC Comics brand than Wonder Woman. Now this would be a fair coment when only looking at Superman's specific story, but within the entire DC brand of characters there is no way that Lois Lane stands up to Diana. Diana is the iconic female heroine of the DC brand Just as She-Ra is the iconic femle heroine of the MOTU brand.
When She-Ra is not around, Teela is the lead female (because she's one of the only females). Unfortunately for The 'Ra, that's a lot...
The question being asked here is not who is the most important female character within He-Man's personal story, but it feels to me like you are pushing that premise in these arguments. But trying to apply this premise to the entire brand (which is everything all in) does not make logical sense IMO. Teela has NEVER lead the brand, she is a supporting character in every showing she has ever made. she always helps He-Man in leading the brand.
She-Ra has never been a supporting character, her story played out as one of equal importance to He-Man's back in then 80's, just as it is now in MOTUC. In all of her 93 cartoon episodes, numerous books comics ets she stands toe to toe with He-Man in importance,and as a co leader of the brand. It just does not register in my mind how you can honestly argue that a supporting character is more iconic than the premier female character of this unified universe.
No, Teela isn't the brand leader that She-Ra is. I don't think anyone here is saying that. However, Teela IS around by default while She-Ra is added later as the mythos continues. If there's a MOTU movie, Teela is probably going to be there from the rip.
Were you asking the question who is the most iconic female character in He-Man's story then I would say Teela takes the top price, but the brand is more than just He-Man's persona story it's bigger than that. I stick to my guns. Lining up all of these characters and the overall story, Teela does not stand up to She-Ra in terms of recognisability or importance neither does she have any where near as much comerical viability.
She-Ra is big when she's around, but her absence in most of the canons works in Teela's favor.