Is Skeletor really a HERO? Eternia's 'racist' decision denied him his true destiny

Ahead of Netflix's 'Masters of the Universe: Revelation' premiere, we attempt to analyze his true identity


                            Is Skeletor really a HERO? Eternia's 'racist' decision denied him his true destiny
Skeletor in 'Masters of the Universe: Revelation' (Netflix)

Skeletor's origin has been shrouded in mystery, and it doesn't stop at that. His floating head and blue skin have been topics of debate since the 'Masters of the Universe' franchise came into existence.

Ahead of Netflix's 'Masters of the Universe: Revelation' premiere, we attempt to analyze his true identity and how he may have been a rightful heir to the throne. However, before we deconstruct Skeletor's past, here are a few animated show titles you could binge on the side: 'Yasuke', '3Below', and 'Wizards.'

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Skeletor's story is briefly explored in one of the final minicomics, 'The Search for Keldor', which sees King Randor explain how his brother Keldor (aka Skeletor) sought dark magic. Keldor vanished from the kingdom after his experiments with the mystical forces goes awry and he was lost in a different dimension.  

Skeletor in 'Masters of the Universe: Revelation' (Netflix)


His backstory was further touched upon in the 2002 animated series. Developed for television by Michael Halperin, 'He-Man and the Masters of the Universe' revealed how Keldor transformed into Skeletor. During the assault on Hall of Wisdom, Keldor tries to throw a vial of acid at the enemy force, which ricochets off King Randor's shield and lands on his face instead. Later, with the help of Evil-Lyn and Hardok, he was able to survive his battle injuries.

You can see where the bitterness may have come from. This along with the fact that he is blue-skinned, which makes him half-Gar, seems to have contributed to him being rejected by the Palace. The Gars were a noble race until Gar Adi of the Council of Elders led a coup and assassinated King Grayskull. This leaves us with a question: Were the Royals of Eternia 'racist' or just plain unforgiving?

Skeletor and He-Man in 'Masters of the Universe: Revelation' (Netflix)


What also confirms that Skeletor is indeed Keldor and deserves respect in Eternia is the limited edition action figure launched at the 2003 San Diego Comic-Con. It features three interchangeable heads: "Keldor, Skeletor, and an "in-between" head being burned by the corrosive agent," Fandom reported. 

'Masters of the Universe: Revelation' Part One debuts on Netflix on July 23. The streaming site will drop all five episodes at once. Along with it, the streaming site will also debut 'Revelations: The Master of the Universe Revelation Aftershow' starring Executive Producer and Showrunner Kevin Smith and Mattel Television Vice President Rob David.

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