I was pondering the fact She-Ra got a very "royal" costume straight from the power of her sword, it's about regalia as visual symbol of moral strength and inner nobilty.
I don't know who or what "criterium" shaped that costume for her... Sorceress? Or one of the (many) mysteries of Grayskull Castle...
But now, speaking about He-Man, why is his costume so "barbaric" looking and so elementary if he is supposed to get his power from the "noble" essence of Grayskull or so?
My theory is that both the swords "tap" into the specific worlds they are operating in, so the costumes are "in tune" with the fashion used in those respective worlds...
What if they made their own outfits?
What if magic had little to do with their clothes?
The costume of He-Man is fashioned after the historic Germanic tribesmen and the costume of She-Ra is fashioned after the mythic Valkyries, Norse (also Germanic) warrior maidens who ride winged horses.
He-Man was designed that way, cause it was supposed to demonstrate how strong and fearless he is. He does not need "real" Armor! He jumps into a fight almost naked!
Thats more or less what Mark Taylor said.
Sometimes less is more. Even basic He-Man has not much armor and clothes. His look what makes people think and know that he is very strong.
Great insight, but I was talking IN-fiction. Just wondering why the swords shaped two different costumes in terms of fashion, style and function.
Is ANY He-Man supposed to look that way?
Is ANY She-Ra supposed to look that way?
What if Adam passes the Power Sword to someone else?
"In fiction", its up to anyone to make up their own backstory, like so much of the original line
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Except that historic Germanic tribesman did not wear furry underpants and metal power harnesses, and the fictional Valkyries were most often depicted in mail or naked, rather than in the MUCH more modern white skirt/tiara ensemble. So even as a 'real' explanation, this doesn't really work.The costume of He-Man is fashioned after the historic Germanic tribesmen and the costume of She-Ra is fashioned after the mythic Valkyries, Norse (also Germanic) warrior maidens who ride winged horses.
As an in-universe explanation; I dunno. If I had to work it out in my head, I'd probably explain it as coming from the mind of the wielder. Perhaps Adora sees white and gold and wings as symbols of goodness, truth, and freedom - thus the colours and style of her costume as She-Ra. Likewise, maybe Adam views the mostly-naked Barbarian as the symbol of heroism and strength. The sword, in either case, is simply responding to how the hero would see themselves. Or something like that.
Moreover, the first depictions of Valkyries are in Viking jewelry and runes from as early as the Eighth Century CE. Each is depicted as a woman, wearing a gown, her hair pulled back, sometimes riding a horse. So yes, the costume of She-Ra is fashioned after the mythic Valkyries.