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    So am I the only one here who DOESN'T like Despara?

    Everywhere I go on the org I see people talking about Despara as the one good thing about the new DC comics. Everyone loves her design, everyone loves her concept, everyone wants her in MOTUC.

    So, uh...am I the only one who doesn't know what they see in her?

    Frankly, I hate Despara. I mean, I like the concept of having Adora actually being raised to be evil (her not seeing how a group that calls itself The EVIL Horde could possibly be evil was the weakest part of Secret of the Sword, let's all admit it), and it could lead to some interesting characterization when she becomes She-Ra, but I feel that the execution could've been done a lot better. The short hair doesn't look good on her, the suit seems more like something from Star Wars than MotU, and the giant Hordak mask just looks ridiculous. And I'm not even getting into the mini-comic fiasco here. Personally, if she comes out in MOTUC I'm not going to get her, and I don't say that about many figures. I much prefer the UK comic's Force Captain Adora look or a Horde Trooper inspired design, like in some fanart I've seen.

    Does anyone else agree with me on this? I'm not just crazy, am I?
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    I agree with you. I don't care for her much at all, but she's much better than a lot of other things introduced recently.

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    I don't like her much either to be honest. She's not the worst, but ti doesn't do much to excite me either.

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    It's matter of personal opinion and taste. Filmation fans are hating anything that is different from the cartoon. Vintage fans they only accept the Barbarian He-Man as the most accurate version of the character (no Prince Adam alter ego, no twin sister etc).

    Personally i believe that Despara adds a lot to Adora's character and she is far more interesting version than the Force Captain concept. But as i said is matter of taste. For example i will never understand the appealing of Dare and Skeleteen, since i consider them the worst thing that happen to He-Man and MOTU (and i swear myself that i will abbandon the line the moment that i will see them in MOTUC), but they have their fans. So something that could appeal ugly to a person, at the same time it could be cool for someone else.

    And the Hordak Mask is not a stupid thing at all. It shows how Despara saw herself, as Hordak's daughter. Every child sees the parent as a role model, or they want to be like them, or to seek their approval (especially the father/daughter relationship). This is what the Horde Mask symbolize.
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    > So am I the only one here who DOESN'T like Despara?

    Yes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by granamyr80 View Post
    And the Hordak Mask is not a stupid thing at all. It shows how Despara saw herself, as Hordak's daughter. Every child sees the parent as a role model, or they want to be like them, or to seek their approval (especially the father/daughter relationship). This is what the Horde Mask symbolize.
    I understand why the mask is there, I just don't think it looks good. It doesn't match the body and just looks goofy and out of place to me. It's also kind of a rehash of Skeleteen's mask but that's neither here nor there.

    Perhaps I should rephrase, I don't mind the concept of a Horde-loyal Adora at all, but I find the Despara design very aesthetically unappealing. Everyone I see seems to like it, though, so I wanted to see if I was alone in that opinion or not. I honestly don't see it as any better than Iron Man Cosplay He-Man. Are my standards of cool just different or is there another reason people like the look?
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    To be honest, if she'd been a different character all together I may have liked her better. She just isn't very "She-Ra" to me. Just a personal tastes thing really. To each his own. I will still gladly buy a toy of her and just not have her be Adora in my canon.

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    They will never get this right until they put Adam and Adora on the same planet and doing the same stuff.

    I am only interested in 'blue' She-Ra.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eternian-King Paul View Post
    They will never get this right until they put Adam and Adora on the same planet and doing the same stuff.

    I am only interested in 'blue' She-Ra.
    Actually this is exactly what the DC MOTU comic is doing right now, with the previous arc, and with the upcoming Eternity War!


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    ...no. that's red She-Ra, and marc7 -ironmanpants- He-Man.

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    I don't keep up with this stuff, because to be honest I never thought any of it ever looked very good in terms of design or whatever- skimpier Teela, He-Man with full armor, Skeletor with elephant tusks, etc. So I don't really know some of the lingo. Can you explain what the difference is between "Blue" and "Red" She-Ra?

    Also yeah, I looked up Despara, and I don't like the design either, though I do kind of like the idea of a Horde-aligned Adora.

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    I don't like her either.

    Visually, she's an interesting character. I like the overall design. I just don't like the fact that Adora is Despera. If this was Hordak's "real" daughter, I'd like her a lot more.

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    Her design and addition to the printed story thus far are meh with me.

    The idea that Hordak / Weaver bent her to an extreme and possibly planted an alter ego in her so she pops out a sleeper agent adds to the depth of the story, which isn't very rich at all.

    It's better than nothing I guess, provided it's done right I guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Lhurgoyf View Post
    Are my standards of cool just different or is there another reason people like the look?
    We all like different things, it's probably that. ;-) Also some people are more open minded then others, not saying that either one is bad though.
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    I don't like Despara
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    Despara is nothing new but its great , its basically filmation horde-adora pushed to the next level and it doesnt need a genius to see the potential of such a character (dark past, need to redeem from her past mistakes, sense of guilty, responsability, a bright future)
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    I am not a fan of Despara and would be perfectly happy if she never made it to MOTUC. I like the idea of an evil Adora but I think Despara is poor design.
    I do like the new dc comic and most of the new designs are growing on me but not Despara.
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