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    Vegetarian MOTU?

    One thing that I always found weird in the MOTU movie from way back when was that they basically implied that Eternians are vegetarian (this was during the scene with Gwildor, Teela and Man-At-Arms eating chicken and ribs).

    I always found that weird, because I pictured them eating these big dinners in the palace with hams and turkeys and stuff.

    Anyways, who here would have guessed that they were vegetarian?

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    at least teela was, but she didnt botehr much did she?

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    I remember being a bit surprised about that, too. I think that was just some PC crap (is it OK to say crap here?).

    You know how in movies aliens are sometimes portrayed as more advanced in any respect - advanced technology, advanced moral values... well, someone probably thought that not eating meat is "morally advanced" and if Eternians were shocked at maneating humans that would be a great way to show how cool Eternians are and how barbaric us humans are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arkangel View Post
    at least teela was, but she didnt botehr much did she?
    Yeah, but she seemed shocked at the concept of eating meat. Plus MAA made a comment about having had to eat it during some siege or something, so it's not very common.

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    I sometimes think that She-Ra is probably vegetarian, due in large part to her ability to talk to animals. I would imagine that it has to be very hard to eat the meat of some animal you were having nice conversations with just a few days ago.

    The rest of the cast of MotU shouldn't be vegetarian, in my opinion - it just seems a bit out of place to me.
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    One thing I want to add is that the question is meant to apply on a societal level, not to individual characters. The reason it came up is because Teela implied that Eternians don't eat meat, whereas i imagined most would.

    Interestingly enough, while Beastman can talk to and control animals, I always pictured him as a meat eater anyways, haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Latveria View Post
    One thing I want to add is that the question is meant to apply on a societal level, not to individual characters. The reason it came up is because Teela implied that Eternians don't eat meat, whereas i imagined most would.
    Agreed. A thoroughly vegetarian society seems way out of place for characters who wear the sort of clothes that Eternians do (i.e. where do you think those furry bits come from?) ...

    Still, Teela is a bit of an animal-lover. I remember her being severely ticked at the Huntsman in one He-Man episode.


    Interestingly enough, while Beastman can talk to and control animals, I always pictured him as a meat eater anyways, haha.
    Agreed... but then Beastman is evil , and She-Ra is good.

    Seriously, if while fishing, I caught a fish, and I could hear him saying "Please don't eat me dude... please throw me back... I'm begging ya'!", I'd have a really hard time not giving in to his mercy requests.
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    Like so many other things in MOTU land, it depends simply what version you are going by!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacedust View Post
    Like so many other things in MOTU land, it depends simply what version you are going by!
    Bingo, I love the 87 movie but I don't really consider it part of the cannon. I think it would be like any society you have both carnivores and vegetarians.
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    I'm no vegetarian, but personally, I loved that scene in the movie. The idea that Eternians would consider Earthlings a planet of savages was good for a laugh. I saw nothing "PC" about it, it was just a gag moment of culture shock for an alien race.
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    I'll go with the "pc" argument. I can see why She-Ra would go vegetarian, but I think it's a matter of personal choice for everyone else.

    By the way, what in the world is roast gooble? I know it's a delicacy on Trolla, but I'm assuming that because it's roasted it's some kind of meat dish. Gonna hafta ask Julia Childs about that one...

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    In the german audio plays, He-Man`s favourite food is roast beef...so "NO"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oo-Larr View Post
    In the german audio plays, He-Man`s favourite food is roast beef...so "NO"
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    I loved how Man At Arms was pretty much enjoying his dead animal and teasing poor teela at the same time .

    I cannot imagine how Teela or Gwildor could not know they were eating meat . No biology class on Eternia ? Even if they never eaten meat in their lives , how could they not recognise bones ?

    I would have understood if it was processed meat like mince beef or sliced sandwich ham .

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    I always thought they ate what ever, cringer ordered fish alot, ramman ate all kinds of things and the royal chef made all kinds of great feasts for the palace, and for all kinds of royal gatherings. Not once did I view or notice anything that said or implied they were all vegetarians.

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    Quote Originally Posted by InThe80s View Post
    Remember the line about He-Man being a vegitarian in the original 1987 movie?
    I don't recall.

    What time-stamp mark does He-Man say this about himself?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jukka View Post
    I don't recall.

    What time-stamp mark does He-Man say this about himself?
    It was actually Teela who said the line but it was implied it also applied to He-Man. Not sure of the time stamp but it was right after Gwildor stole a bucket of BBQ ribs with is grappling hook.

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    Quote Originally Posted by InThe80s View Post
    It was actually Teela who said the line but it was implied it also applied to He-Man. Not sure of the time stamp but it was right after Gwildor stole a bucket of BBQ ribs with is grappling hook.
    Checked the scene.
    Though Teela is talking about herself. Not He-Man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jukka View Post
    Checked the scene.
    Though Teela is talking about herself. Not He-Man.
    It is implied that it refers to He-Man as well. Teela did not know that it was meat she was eating until Man-at-arms told her and then she reacted with disgust. It shows that meat eating was so far removed from Eternian culture she didn't know what it was. Overall it implies that the other characters did not eat meat either otherwise she would have seen others eat meat before and knew what it was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by InThe80s View Post
    It is implied that it refers to He-Man as well. Teela did not know that it was meat she was eating until Man-at-arms told her and then she reacted with disgust. It shows that meat eating was so far removed from Eternian culture she didn't know what it was. Overall it implies that the other characters did not eat meat either otherwise she would have seen others eat meat before and knew what it was.
    I don't still see it implying as He-Man being vegetarian. Or Eternian culture on the whole.
    Man-At-Arms clearly knows what's what and he's not fazed about it. So its part of their culture. Teela's reaction alone is just on the "barbaric" nature she feels the world is.
    Gwildor looks to be just befuddled, and we can't know if that's just how Thenurians might react on the topic.
    They are all three characters with very different backgrounds and thats why I was so confused of "Remember the line about He-Man being a vegitarian..." remark.
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    Quote Originally Posted by InThe80s View Post
    It is implied that it refers to He-Man as well. Teela did not know that it was meat she was eating until Man-at-arms told her and then she reacted with disgust. It shows that meat eating was so far removed from Eternian culture she didn't know what it was. Overall it implies that the other characters did not eat meat either otherwise she would have seen others eat meat before and knew what it was.
    He-Man definitely eats meat. In the first episode of the Secret of the Sword, when Adam first came to Etheria, he went in a tavern and ordered a piece of meat to eat. And i believe that they are other references in the comics and elsewhere that He-Man and the Eternians shown to eat meat as well. If He-Man and the Eternians didn't have meat in their diet, without proteins they couldn't have such heavy muscled body structure. And how He-Man could feed Cringer/Battle Cat otherwise.



    As Jukka said i believe that only Teela declared to be vegeterian, in the movie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jukka View Post
    I don't still see it implying as He-Man being vegetarian. Or Eternian culture on the whole.
    Man-At-Arms clearly knows what's what and he's not fazed about it. So its part of their culture. Teela's reaction alone is just on the "barbaric" nature she feels the world is.
    Gwildor looks to be just befuddled, and we can't know if that's just how Thenurians might react on the topic.
    They are all three characters with very different backgrounds and thats why I was so confused of "Remember the line about He-Man being a vegitarian..." remark.
    If meat eating is common on Eternia then why does Teela think meat eating on Earth makes it a barbaric world? Her comment doesn't make any sense in that context. It would be hypocritical to condemn the Earth for doing something that is common on Eternia. Also she didn't even know the food she was biting into was meat. How can she be that ignorant if she saw other people eat meat before? Obviously this was the first time see ever saw a meat eating culture. Overall it implies Eternia was a veterinarian culture.

    Man-at-arms knows it was meat because he is a scientist and thinks more logically than emotionally. He is hardened soldier and does what needs to be done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by InThe80s View Post
    If meat eating is common on Eternia then why does Teela think meat eating on Earth makes it a barbaric world? Her comment doesn't make any sense in that context. It would be hypocritical to condemn the Earth for doing something that is common on Eternia. Also she didn't even know the food she was biting into was meat. How can she be that ignorant if she saw other people eat meat before? Obviously this was the first time see ever saw a meat eating culture. Overall it implies Eternia was a veterinarian culture.

    Man-at-arms knows it was meat because he is a scientist and thinks more logically than emotionally. He is hardened soldier and does what needs to be done.
    This was probably an invention only for the movie. Just find the Secret of the Sword and paused it at 6:37. Adam clearly has the meat in his diet. He ordered meat for himself and fish for Cringer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by granamyr80 View Post
    He-Man definitely eats meat. In the first episode of the Secret of the Sword, when Adam first came to Etheria, he went in a tavern and ordered a piece of meat to eat. And i believe that they are other references in the comics and elsewhere that He-Man and the Eternians shown to eat meat as well. If He-Man and the Eternians didn't have meat in their diet, without proteins they couldn't have such heavy muscled body structure. And how He-Man could feed Cringer/Battle Cat otherwise.



    As Jukka said i believe that only Teela declared to be vegeterian, in the movie.
    Firstly it is a multiverse so what applies in one media doesn't always apply across all other media. Prince Adam and Battle cat weren't even in the 1987 movie. The lines by Teela seem to imply that in the 1987 movie version of the Lore Eternians for the most part are vegetarian to the point she didn't even know what meat was.


    Secondly the picture you linked does not even concretely show He-Man is eating meat. It could be assumed to be meat but you don't know that for sure. It could be a vegetable or a giant mushroom or something even more exotic like an edible mineral. Eternia is a mystical alien world so it really could be anything. ALSO you can get protein from plants. Vegan bodybuilders exist in real life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by InThe80s View Post
    Firstly it is a multiverse so what applies in one media doesn't always apply across all other media. Prince Adam and Battle cat weren't even in the 1987 movie. The lines by Teela seem to imply that in the 1987 movie version of the Lore Eternians for the most part are vegetarian to the point she didn't even know what meat was.


    Secondly the picture you linked does not even concretely show He-Man is eating meat. It could be assumed to be meat but you don't know that for sure. It could be a vegetable or a giant mushroom or something even more exotic like an edible mineral. Eternia is a mystical alien world so it really could be anything. ALSO you can get protein from plants. Vegan bodybuilders exist in real life.
    There is also another scene from the comic book mini series, when Adam has lost his memory and he worked as a woodsman, in which it was shown that he pulled a piece of steak out of his bag, in which he had his meal to give it to Zoar. As you said MOTU is a multiverse, but the evidences from various canons and different media show Adam/He-Man to have the meat included in his diet. The only reference from the movie though is what Teela said about herself being vegeterian. He didn't say anything about He-Man being vegeterian, neither He-Man said something about this for himself. It could be that in this particular MOTU reality, in which the movie takes place, that He-Man is vegeterian. But it's an hypothesis, not something certain.

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