You say you're just ordinary people? I say you're warriors of The Rebellion!
— Bow encouraging the three confectioners at Entrapta's castle to stop the princess' robots.

Bow is one of the main characters in She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. He is a companion in the adventures of both Adora and Glimmer.

Description

He is an archer, hero, and a self-taught tech-master in The Rebellion, and one of Adora's best friends. During the final battle against Horde Prime, he became the boyfriend of his childhood best friend Queen Glimmer.

In Season Two, it is confirmed that Bow grew up in the Whispering Woods with his two male parents and 12 other siblings. Bow and his family live in a giant library where they all studied the history of Etheria while collecting artifacts. Most of Bow's dads' work includes a lot of First Ones' tech and writings. Bow appears to be in his late teens around the age of 17-18 years old at the beginning of the series and 20-21 years old by the end of it as, according to Stevenson, three years has passed since Season One.

Appearance

His physique can be described as broad-shouldered for his age, of average height, and fairly muscular from years of mastering archery. He has a darker complexion, curly dark brown hair in an Afro buzz hairstyle, and black eyes. He wears a silver armor under a small golden cuirass (a form of armor that includes the breastplate and the back piece) embellished with a red heart which exposes his midriff. On his left arm, he wears a golden spaulder (a metal sleeve) on his shoulder, which is attached to the cuirass, and a golden forearm guard.

His quiver of arrows is attached to his back, which is both brown and gold. He wears blue pants, with a brown belt, and matching golden buckle. His boots are nearly knee-high but designed into a 'V' shape at the front and on the sole of the boots is a heart, so that he leaves a heart imprint wherever he walks. At the tail of the heart above the laces of his boots are two stitches leading to the toe. The heels are golden, along with the soles and the toes.

In Adora's vision of the future, Bow has grown taller, has stubble of facial hair, and a bun. He wears a long light blue cape with a heart-shaped pendant and white and gold tuxedo with his midriff still exposed.

Personality

Bow has shown himself to be a very friendly, cheerful, optimistic, and intellectual person. He serves as the voice of reason among his friends; constantly warning them of consequences and trying to keep them leveled. He is the first to give Adora a chance to join The Rebellion, perhaps indicating a very trusting nature. Bow is often in awe with the world around him and has shown to fight to protect it and his friends. He is also somewhat easily impressed by other people, especially the princesses. Bow also serves as the tech genius of the group, using his brain rather than raw force to solve a problem. Also, his voice easily cracks when he's excited. He is very loyal and willing to "work" at friendships.

Powers and abilities

Abilities

  • Archery proficiency: Bow is incredibly skilled in archery, being his primary form of combat. In real life his techniques wouldn't work, but in series he's an awesome archer.
  • Technology proficiency: Bow is very skilled with many forms of technology, including inventing his own gadgets, such as his tablet device and his trick arrows. He mentions in "System Failure" that he is a member of the Etherian Makers Community, because he likes to dabble in gadgetry. However, his skills pale in comparison to Hordak and Entrapta's.
  • Hand-to-hand combat: Bow has also proven to be good in close-combat, having to be able to defeat a Horde soldier during the battle of Bright Moon and hold his own against Catra during the Horde's attack on the village of Thaymor.
  • Violinist: Bow is able to play the violin, as seen during his sea shanty with Sea Hawk. He later displayed these skills in Season Five.
  • Historian: Bow was trained as a historian and studied all aspects of Etheria's past, collected First Ones' tech and writings with his dads who encouraged him to become a pacifist historian.
  • Conflict resolution: throughout the series Bow steps in when there is interpersonal conflict. He uses "I statements" and "speak to your feelings, don't attack the person" techniques to open dialogue and resolve issues.
  • Budding Magician: During the series, Bow is shown to perform card tricks both for distractions and for entertainment.

Equipment

  • Bow: His main arsenal is, indeed, the traditional composite bow, which he carries with him almost constantly. His bow has horse heads like decoration on tips of limbs where tendon goes. In real life it is most similar to Mongolian composite bow.
  • Arrows: As ammo for his Bow, and, in addition to common arrows, Bow wields arrows with a variety of capabilities.
      • Net arrows: Theses arrows conceal a net within them, which are able to capture and pin down enemies (contains a net bigger than arrow).
      • Sonic arrows: This arrow is able to send out sound waves for others to follow.
      • Rope arrows: When fired, it sends out a lassoed-rope.
      • Stun arrows: This arrow presumably stuns the enemy.
      • Sticky arrows: Shoots out a green slime-like sticky material to slow an enemy.
      • Water Arrow: Can be used like a water gun (have stored more water than the size of the arrow). When it is empty can be shot like a normal arrow.
      • Explosive arrow: Only used once, to stop Hordak from killing Glimmer with a piece of debris after his fight with Catra
      • Zip line arrow: Used only once, to get to Glimmer after Hordak tried to kill her when the Heart of Etheria activated.
      • Magnifying Glass Arrow: In Shot in the Dark, Bow reveals an arrow that becomes a magnifying glass. Catra mocks him for this, as it is possibly a meta-jab at similar characters like Marvel's Hawkeye and DC's Green Arrow, as the arrows they use always seem to have whatever power is needed at the moment.
  • Tracker pad: Bow carries this tracker pad with him wherever he goes, allowing him to track down First Ones' tech. It has been shown to not work in the Crimson Waste.
  • Emergency flare: Like a flare gun, it allows him to send a distress signal or to create light in dark places.

Relationships

The Rebellion

Since the beginning of the series, Bow has been a strong member of The Rebellion. He is often lending a helping hand in battles and taking out enemies to keep the other members out of harm's way. In Season Two, his dads were unaware he was a Rebellion fighter.

The Princess Alliance

While Bow isn't a princess himself, he still fights alongside all the other members of the Princess Alliance. He is one of the non-princesses in the alliance, two other prominent members being Sea Hawk and Swift Wind. He helped reform the Princess Alliance along with Glimmer and Adora.

Adora

Adora needs a hug

When Bow met Adora, he was with Glimmer, who noticed that she was a Horde soldier. The two attempted to stop her from reaching the Sword of Protection. Soon after, they capture Adora before a monster attacks them not long after. Adora ends up taking the sword and transforming into She-Ra for the first time, described by Bow as a frightening woman with a cape. He believes that this counterpart may be useful and states this after Adora has reverted to her normal form. When Adora joins The Rebellion, Bow and Glimmer face new adventures with her. As he and Glimmer bond with Adora, she becomes their new best friend, and Bow dubs the three of them the "Best Friends Squad".

Bow interceded when Adora and Glimmer quarreled over tactics and used his interpersonal skills to get the two closer to resolving their conflict. He remains a loyal friend to Adora and backed her plan to defy Glimmer's orders. Together, with Swift Wind, they flew to Beast Island and rescued Entrapta.

Queen Glimmer

Glimmer is Bow's best friend. In the first episode, Bow invited her to go into the Whispering Woods to find a piece of First Ones' tech (later found to be the Sword of Protection), she was teleporting on the roofs to find Bow's lost arrows when he was just learning how to shoot, they meet and capture their soon to be friend, Adora. Glimmer and Bow are almost always seen together, even during most missions. Bow starts hanging out with Perfuma at the Princess Prom and Glimmer shows great distress toward Bow for being Perfuma's plus one rather than hers. After the Prom Bow tells Glimmer that spending time with new friends does not mean there is no time for old friends, instead their circle of friendship has grown more inclusive, not less. This shows Bow's ability to make sure that everyone is included in The Rebellion. Glimmer, along with Adora, makes up Bow's "Best Friend Squad".

He has been the one to criticize Glimmer's more destructive tendencies. He has had to remind Glimmer on multiple occasions that "We're the good guys!". This has happened when Glimmer wanted to make Catra a hostage, and also when Glimmer threatened to torture a Horde Soldier. Bow interceded when Glimmer and Adora quarreled over tactics and used his interpersonal skills to get the two closer to resolving their conflict. He remains a loyal friend to Glimmer even when they reached a disagreement over rescuing Entrapta from Beast Island. Together, with Swift Wind and Adora, he flew to Beast Island to rescue Entrapta, even though the Queen specifically ordered them not to.

When Glimmer was abducted by Prime he and the team worked together to rescue her. Glimmer apologized to Bow for not listening to him when he advised against using the Heart of Etheria and he reluctantly forgave her. As they worked together to defeat Prime their friendship grew and became much more; at the season finale for Season Five, they confessed their love to each other and the pair began a romantic relationship. At the end of the series the pair, along with Catra and Adora, decided to set out and return the magic to Etheria.

Queen Angella

Angella served as another parental figure to Bow and thought highly of him. Their personalities didn't clash due to both of them being responsible and level headed people. She is shown to appreciate Bow's company, only asking him to leave her presence while disciplining Glimmer. In "Razz", Angella remarks fondly to Glimmer that she likes Bow. She has also trusted his judgement and relied on him to carry out several missions during the show.

Catra

Catra and Bow had no real interaction prior to season 5 except as enemies, even then it was impersonal (compared to Adora). Even so, he supports Adora's desire to rescue her from Horde Prime. After some time he warms up to her and even considers her a friend. He sometimes irritates her about how cute she can be, but she still trusts him. During the final battle against Horde Prime he officially welcomes her into the Best Friend Squad.

Perfuma

Perfuma asked Bow if he was go with her to The Princess Prom during their battle against the Horde near Plumeria. He accepted, and they attended together as friends. This caused some temporary problems with his friendship with Glimmer. But, in his usual fashion, he explained that he'll always be friends with Glimmer, and that having more friends doesn't mean leaving your best and oldest friend behind. They worked together on multiple occasions to rid the Whispering Woods of bots, rescuing Adora from the Fright Zone and eventually defeating Horde Prime.

Kyle

Bow and Kyle had a short chat during the Princess Alliance's rescue mission to save him and Glimmer from the Fright Zone. Bow was nice to Kyle, despite being a prisoner, and had to listen to him complain about not being taken seriously by any of the members of the Horde. They were on the cusp of calling one another friends until Sea Hawk charged in and threw Kyle into a group of Horde soldiers.

Sea Hawk

Bow has been incredibly awestruck by Sea Hawk since they recruited him to go on a mission across the sea. Bow impressed Sea Hawk by tying a knot on the ship to keep the boat sailing smoothly, and was infatuated when Sea Hawk praised him for his "beginner's luck", as Sea Hawk put it. He and Sea Hawk sing a song together about being great friends. Sea Hawk also saved Bow's life during the battle at Salineas sea-gate.

They traveled to the Northern Reach with the team to find out what the Horde was doing there. Later Bow, Sea Hawk and Swift Wind went on an ill-advised Boys' Night Out, in which they need to be rescued from one of Sea Hawk's former comrades, and later the Horde. They worked together, after Bow returned from space, to repel Prime from Etheria.

Mermista

Bow was one of the heroes to liberate Salineas from a Horde attack led by Catra and Scorpia. Together they managed to blast away a belittling Catra from interrupting Adora's focus on repairing The Sea Gate. They worked together multiple times: invading The Horde, fighting bots, rescuing the inhabitants of Salineas and rooting out a spy.

Entrapta

Bow and Entrapta are glad that they're friends.

Bow and Entrapta bonded over their shared interest in tech. He was dismayed when Entrapta was thought to have died, and dejected when he found out she sided with the Horde.

During their trip to save Entrapta on Beast Island, Entrapta begins to succumb to the signal emitted from the centre of the island. Bow attempts to reassure Entrapta and free her from the grasp of the island's signal. Entrapta, still phased by the signal, speaks of how being a good friend was too hard, and that no one understands her. Bow reminds her that they won't leave her behind again, and that they care. Even after her betrayal he was willing to go to Beast Island and rescue her, welcoming her back to The Rebellion with open arms.

Entrapta planned the rescue of Glimmer and patched up Darla to make her space-worthy. They rescued both Glimmer and Catra before meeting the Star Siblings. Subsequently, the group returned to Etheria. Once home they combined their smarts to defeat Horde Prime.

Family

Bow lives in the Whispering Woods with his dads and twelve siblings. Bow hides the fact that he became a warrior and joined the Rebellion from his entire family, all of whom believe that Bow joined an "Academy of Historic Enterprises" somewhere on Etheria. Bow's fathers eventually learn the truth in Reunion, but it is unclear whether or not this knowledge of Bow's true activities and role in the Rebellion is ever disseminated among any of his siblings.

After Prime invades Etheria, Bow and Glimmer meet up with George and Lance, who had discovered information about the fail-safe for the Heart of Etheria and the Rebel Squadron "Grayskull". This information helped the Princess Alliance defeat Horde Prime.

Shadow Weaver

Bow had an antagonistic relationship with the sorceress all throughout the show. Even though they were technically allies since season three when Shadow Weaver took Bow and company to the Fright Zone and rescued Adora, he never fully trusted her.

Plot

Past 

From an early age, Bow's parents decided that when they retired, Bow would take up ownership and responsibility of the library they owned in the Whispering Woods, as he was their youngest of 13 children. They'd forbidden their family from taking part in the Rebellion, as they'd seen the damage the war had done to the world, and how futile it was to stop it. Bow, wanting nothing more than adventure and to help end the war, taught himself how to shoot a bow, fake-enrolled in a boarding school and joined the Rebellion without his parents' approval or knowledge. He has since returned home every now and then on a fake break, pretending that he's still attending that boarding school, fearing his parents' reactions should they discover his secret rebel status, and how he doesn't want to inherit the Library as they've intended.

He's told his parents in letters that Glimmer is a Physics major, Adora's an Art major, none of them are princesses with powers and they all met Freshman year.

Season One

Bow supports Glimmer in her aim to find First Ones' technology until they encounter Adora, and although he is initially hostile to her as a Horde soldier, he quickly warms to her after she saves them from a massive bug by transforming into She-Ra. Adora slowly becomes integrated into their group in friendship, prompting Bow to dub the three of them the "Best Friends Squad".

After helping to heal Plumeria and targeting Salineas as the next kingdom to recruit, Bow quickly takes a liking to Sea Hawk. Together they help Adora to defend the Salineas Sea Gate. and then the Squad moves on to Dryl, where Bow inspires regular kitchen staff to defeat the crazed robots there while Adora is incapacitated. They continue on to Mystacor where Adora is plagued by visions of shadows and Shadow Weaver, and Bow tries to help Adora relax and ignore it, thinking it is due to stress. When Shadow Weaver knocks everyone out and begins to remove the protective barrier from Mystacor, however, Adora defeats her and Bow realizes he was wrong to doubt Adora.

Bow then goes to the Princess Prom with Perfuma, whom he gets along with, but Glimmer is distraught because they typically did things like that together. Bow brushes Glimmer off, frustrated by her possessiveness, but later he and Glimmer are captured by Catra and taken to the Fright Zone. Bow is freed and returns home with a cursed Glimmer, over which he feels immense guilt, as he believes they would not have been captured had he not been with Perfuma. Bow then participates in the battle to defend Bright Moon from the Horde.

Season Two

In "White Out", Bow and the hero's travel to the north of Etheria. There they battle drill bots, Catra and Scorpia and even Entrapta while trying to capture First Ones tech.

Bow standing in his family's library

In "Reunion", it is revealed that Bow has two fathers, named George and Lance, who are ordinary historians and unaware of his life in Bright Moon, thinking he was at a fake school, the Academy of Historic Enterprises.

Season Three

Having discovered a message from Mara, the Squad goes to pursue Bow's findings in the Crimson Waste, which Bow questions due to the many hazards found there. They eventually reach the center and find Mara's ship, and after watching a recording of Mara, Bow is paralyzed by several darts. Huntara carries him back to Bright Moon as Adora is captured.

In Bright Moon, Glimmer and him attempt to get Angella to act, but she is too conservative, and so Bow reluctantly goes along with Glimmer's plan to use Shadow Weaver's help to free Adora. Glimmer and Shadow Weaver teleport themselves, Bow, Mermista, Perfuma, and Frosta to the Fright Zone, where they seek to confront Hordak. The Princesses peel off to hold various soldiers they meet en route, leaving only Shadow Weaver and Glimmer to accompany him when they encounter Catra. Catra manages to incapacitate Bow, but Shadow Weaver makes short work of her, and they press on to Hordak's sanctum. There, Catra opens a portal until Adora is able to close it and restore space-time, at which point Bow teleports back with the group to Bright Moon.

Season Four

Bow distracts the Bright Moon guardian.

During Glimmer's coronation, Bow works with Adora to keep Glimmer's mind off of Angella's death, while poorly handling the details of the Quest of Queens. He loses and eventually recovers the necessary lantern for the quest, and neglects to mention the Bright Moon guardian guarding the receptacle for it. Even so, he and Adora manage to distract it long enough for Glimmer to place the lantern and become queen.

Glimmer then dispatches him, Adora, Huntara, and Perfuma to the Crimson Waste to recover Mara's Ship. Bow supports Perfuma in her self doubt about her power over cacti, and lies to Glimmer repeatedly about the status of their mission so as not to worry her. Eventually, when everyone gets pinned down, Bow reveals their situation to Glimmer and uses a tracking device to locate Mara's Ship, assisting in its recovery.

Bow escapes the Horde's force field.

After later helping Adora to save Elberon, Bow celebrates with the townspeople. When another bot arrived and draws Adora away, Bow remains behind and defends the town from an ambush, allowing several to escape while he and the leaders are captured. In captivity, he uses a disruptive device attached to a makeshift arrow to disable the force field holding them in place. He then takes Flutterina's advice and uses another arrow to activate a cannon, disrupting the bots holding She-Ra captive so that she could also escape.

Bow, standing in the epicenter of the explosion.

Shortly after taking Flutterina into the Rebellion, Bow found himself in repeated ambushes, narrowly managing to escape each time. Eventually a new kind of bot arrives on yet another ambush, digging itself into the ground and exploding in a titanic concussion while Bow is examining it. The blast, which levels an entire swathe of forest and knocks out She-Ra even from within Netossa's protective net, somehow does not kill Bow even though he was unprotected and standing right in front of it. He survives long enough for She-Ra to heal him, and then remains in recovery until he learns that Glimmer used Adora as bait to attack Catra, for which he criticizes Glimmer.

Bow injured.

After recovering, Bow and Adora take it upon themselves to guard Glimmer during every battle, angering her. During an assault on yet another lightly held Horde outpost, Bow talks Adora and Glimmer down and soothes tensions. However, Flutterina prompts Glimmer to assault another Horde soldier, leading her to threaten him with magical torture for information, which greatly concerns Bow.

When the Princess Alliance began to suspect a traitor, Bow immediately falls under the delusion that it was actually an alter ego of himself who betrayed them, and begins to beg others to imprison him, aggravating people until they eventually discover the true traitor: Flutterina, aka Double Trouble. They then discover that Salineas had fallen, followed by a series of coastal annexations by the Horde, so Bow tries and fails to boost morale by focusing on their strategic strengths.

Bow in Seaworthy with Swift Wind and Sea Hawk.

Despondent, Bow agrees to Sea Hawk's offer of a "Boys' Night Out", where he is shocked to realize that Sea Hawk had actually arranged for them to be kidnapped in a harebrained attempt to get the princesses to close ranks. Bow awakens at sea in custody of Admiral Scurvy, a different kidnapper than Sea Hawk had hired. After being ransomed to the Horde with no help in sight, Bow begins to believe Scurvy's words that his friends haven't even noticed his absence, and laments that he was the only one willing to make their friendship work, until Glimmer teleports onto the boat and frees him. Afterward, Adora and Glimmer refuse to even be near each other, despite Bow trying to bring them together as usual.

Later, Adora had him work on repairing Mara's Ship for flight, at which he succeeds, and witnesses Mara's last message to Adora from the cockpit regarding the Heart of Etheria being unstable. Alarmed, he went with Adora to Bright Moon to convince the other princesses to work together to disable it, arguing to rescue Entrapta to help do so. However, Glimmer insists on using it as a power source in the war instead, and appeals to Bow against Adora, but he sides with Adora and spurns Glimmer as being in the wrong. When Glimmer orders him to remain in the castle in response, he disobeys and flees with Adora, escaping in Mara's ship.

Bow succumbs to the signal on Beast Island.

Arriving on Beast Island, Bow constantly second guesses his decision to disobey Glimmer. After rescuing King Micah, Bow and company end up ambushed by pookas and Bow succumbs to the signal on the island, until eventually Adora transforms into She-Ra and frees him. Later, they run into Entrapta in the island interior.

Riding in her robot to the center, Entrapta reveals to everyone how the Heart of Etheria functions, and Bow points out that it will not be active so long as Scorpia is not connected to the Black Garnet. Everyone then rushes back to Bright Moon, Bow helping to free Entrapta from the signal en route, but they arrive just as Glimmer teleports away with Scorpia. Adora then dispatches Bow to go with Entrapta and Swift Wind to find Glimmer, but Swift Wind loses his ability to fly as the Heart of Etheria activates and Etheria is pulled out of Despondos, restoring the stars, to Bow's amazement.

Bow and Entrapta when the stars return.

Bow manages to make it most of the way to the Fright Zone on foot, and even manages to save Glimmer from Hordak by shooting him from a distance, but Glimmer and Catra are beamed up to Horde Prime's ship just before he arrives to get her. He then meets up with Adora afterward, who is now powerless, but they vow to get Glimmer back even so.

Season Five

Bow along with the Princesses evacuated refugees to a hidden rebel base. He helped capture a clone and questioned the clone with little success. He and the others returned to their base when they found out it was under attack. He participated in the defense of the base, then helped evacuate the refugees to the deepest part of the Whispering Woods on Adora's orders.

While Adora struggled with having a normal body that does not have super powers. Bow took charge and demanded that everyone leave Adora alone to sleep, which she did, reluctantly. Later With the Horde bearing down Micah used magic to disguise himself as She-Ra and drew the bots away from Mara's ship while Bow, Adora and Entrapta left in Darla.

Bow was driven to distraction by Entrapta's constant tinkering with the ship and Adora's constant battle training. Then there was a malfunction and the ship shut down to preserve energy. Entrapta revealed that she named the ship Darla and went to fix the problem with Bow chasing her frantically. On Darla, Mara's ship, Entrapta did a space walk and fixed the ship, which totally freaked out Bow and Adora. Catra contacted Adora and told her that she was going to send Glimmer and demanded that Adora not go to Prime's ship, to leave her behind and beamed the Queen off Prime's ship. Entrapta piloted Darla to Glimmer's coordinates while Adora and Bow did a space walk rescue of the Queen who was shielded from space with some sort of force field.

After landing on the alien planet that had the needed crystals to fuel Darla, the team learns that it was a victim of Prime's army after finding one of his spires there. Bow lashed out at Glimmer for activating the Heart of Etheria. The ground collapsed under Adora and she fell into a crystalline cavern replete with blue crystals. The Star Siblings then attacked Adora without warning but they finally figured out that they were all on the same side and stopped hitting each other. Starla shared her food with Adora and introduced her sister, Tallstar, her brother, Jewelstar and her owl, Glory. The Siblings revealed that they are after the same thulite crystals that Adora is looking for but the constant earthquakes have blocked the way. When Bow, Glimmer and Entrapta joined up the whole gang pressed on to get the thulite. Everyone worked together, learned to trust a bit more and got the thulite. Then Glimmer apologized to Bow, showing how to say sorry to someone you've wronged. She owned her mistakes, accepted the consequences of her mistakes, promised to keep working at their friendship and gave Bow all the time he needed to forgive her. Adora then asked to go back and save the cat; Bow and Glimmer agreed to save Catra "Best Friends Squad Style".

New Teammate

Adora piloted Darla, Mara's ship, to Prime's space station with Glimmer, Bow and Entrapta hidden outside the ship in space suits. She surrendered herself for capture upon touchdown. While the clones took Adora to Prime the other three split up, communicating with radio enabled earpieces. In a random clone room Bow dispatched two clones, Entrapta found who she thought was Hordak and gave him the Data Crystal; he attacked her but Bow knocked him out and disconnected him from the computer system. The Wrong Hordak then lost his connection to the hive mind and he freaked out. Bow and Entrapta brought Wrong Hordak along because he could lead them to the server room and open the door. Bow, Wrong Hordak and Entrapta entered the server room where they were overwhelmed by clones. It was taking too long to hack the server so Glimmer, who found her way to her friends, stabbed the computer with a lance, shutting it down. Entrapta summoned Darla, after Bow gave her permission to tinker with Darla as much as she wanted. Then she and the others were surrounded by more clones. She-Ra showed up with an unconscious Catra. They boarded Darla and escaped.

When Bow asked how Adora summoned She-Ra Adora answered that she didn't really know, but that she'd been there all along, waiting to come out. While traveling at 30% speed due to the damage to the ship, three of Prime's space bots detected Darla and began to peruse. Darla detected Prime's bot ships, Entrapta said the safest thing to do was fly through a nearby asteroid field. Adora gave the go-ahead and Bow reluctantly piloted the ship using a previously unseen user interface. He managed to not destroy the ship in the asteroid field and celebrated with Glimmer when She-Ra saved the day. He also made room for Catra at dinner, welcoming her to the group.

When Darla's crew was a day from Etheria. Glimmer, Bow and Catra mess with Adora as she tries to summon She-Ra. Entrapta contacted the rebels and Perfuma responded, warning them of that Horde Prime had put up a blockade of Horde ships around the planet and told them that the rebellion was dealt a heavy blow.

As the Crew aboard Darla, approach Etheria they see the massive blockade. Bow asked Catra if Prime had a weakness, Wrong Hordak responded by saying, "You are correct brother, we do not discuss Horde Prime's weakness." Which led to Wrong Hordak mentioning Krytis, which he insists does not exist. Catra remembered that planet from her time being chipped. After Darla confirmed the planet's existence and location Adora ordered the crew to investigate.

Bow thinks Catra is cute

Once on the planet the crew disembarked with everyone in space suits except Wrong Hordak. They entered a spire abandoned by Prime. And when Entrapta found a clone recharging chamber she plugged Wrong Hordak in, without asking his permission. She declared the atmosphere safe and removed her helmet, as did the rest. She detected a life form and everyone barged into the rickety spire to contact an unknown person in the vague hope they can help defeat Prime. Catra, Bow, Glimmer and Adora began searching the abandoned spire, growing more and more wary as the pressed on. While arguing with Bow over how cute she is she put her hand through a wall, activating the internal defenses. After escaping spikes that shot out of the walls, Entrapta told them the being they were looking for was close by. Then the native of the planet revealed themself. Everyone freaked out and Catra tackled the stranger, and fell through the floor with them. Bow, Glimmer and Adora got trapped by the defense systems as they rushed to save Catra. Glimmer found out the spikes were illusions and she dispensed with them using her magic. Glimmer used a location spell and joined Catra who learned that the stranger, who had taken a cat form, responds to emotions. The stranger began talking to Catra and told her that their name is Melog.

Melog told Catra that the First Ones stole the planets magic leaving them helpless before Prime, who destroyed the planet. While Prime did destroy the planet he could not end it's magic and so he fled, covering up his failure. Melog agreed to join Adora and the crew, go to Etheria and defeat Prime. Darla and crew approached Etheria and the blockade, Melog used their magic to render the ship invisible. They successfully ran the blockade undetected.

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Glimmer and crew returned to Etheria and found the rebel base in ruins. They decided to gather intel and so Glimmer teleported everyone to Erelandia which they find out is guarded by bots and clones. Entrapta, Bow, Glimmer, Catra and Adora followed Wrong Hordak into the village in disguise. The heroes tried to question the village folk but the locals were too scared to answer questions, except for one shopkeeper who tells the hero's that the Rebellion has joined the Horde and that Princesses attacked the town. Just then Spinnerella landed in the village and attacked the heroes. After trading blows and pleas to stop the attack, Netossa joined and began defending the town from Spinnerella. Rather than risking hurting their chipped friend Glimmer teleported everyone away from the fight. She then explained the amount of damage done, all the Princesses and friends who were now under Prime's control. Glimmer and the rest returned to Erelandia, and using Wrong Hordak to draw out two clones defeating them. Next they began an assault on the enemies inside the village. She-Ra and Netossa attacked Spinnerella while the rest handled the bots. With the Horde purged from the village, the citizens pledged themselves to the Rebellion. Netossa led everyone to the hideout. And there was a joyous reunion. Unfortunately, Frosta saw Catra and downed her with an ice-haymaker before being told that she had switched sides. Adora pledged to free all their friends and defeat Prime.

Glimmer and Bow agreed to check up on his dads as Bow was really worried about them. Glimmer and Bow teleported to the Library, which was trashed and abandoned. Glimmer found a note left by Lance and George telling Bow where they went to hide. Glimmer transported herself and Bow to the ruins where they were hiding. Within some First Ones ruins George and Lance discovered writings about an ancient rebellion against the First Ones, the Friends of Mara. They found a recording left by Serenia, one of Mara's fellow rebels, that explains about the fail-safe for the Heart of Etheria, that could destroy the Heart. The fail-safe is at the Arxia outpost. While learning this Catra called Bow on a communications pad from within the Fright Zone as she was being drowned by Mermista. She left to save Catra then returned for Bow. Bow and Glimmer told the crew about the fail-safe, Shadow Weaver and Castaspella revealed that Arxia is Mystacor.

Glimmer teleported Shadow Weaver, Catra, Bow, Adora, Castaspella and Melog to Mystacor where they sneaked inside using Melog's stealth. When they reached the Luminarium Catra broke stealth mode, alerting the sorcerer's to their presence. Consequently, a brief fight ensued with one sorcerer. Upon reaching the fail-safe, which was inside a giant crystal tower, Shadow Weaver instructed Adora to open it with the password "Friends of Mara". The instructions inside said, "Someone needs to go inside and accept the fail-safe", which means that someone must take the fail-safe and carry it bodily into the Heart. Since She-Ra was the sole one who could absorb the full power of the Heart, only she could go, despite Catra and everyone else's protestations. Knowing that she may not survive, she decided her sacrifice would be better than Prime getting access to the Heart. But Micah showed up with two other chipped sorcerers and a fight erupted.

Using the fight as a distraction Adora entered and accepted the fail-safe. Micah used dark magic to entrap the heroes and he tried to interrupt Adora's accepting of the fail-safe. Glimmer was visibly distressed at seeing her father under Prime's influence but did launch several unsuccessful attacks on him. Seeing her friends in distress; Adora summoned She-Ra and accepted the fail-safe. She bound Micah and the two sorcerers under Prime's influence, and in doing so allowed everyone to flee to Mystacor for their secret base.

Bow and Glimmer accept Catra into the Best Friends Squad

Trivia

  • Also known in Spain as "Arco", the literal meaning of his name in Spanish.
  • Since the beginning of the show, it was confirmed by Karen Fukuhara that Bow was raised by two fathers and has no mother. His parents, George and Lance, are later seen in "Reunion", and they also show up for Glimmer's coronation.
  • Bow's astrological sign is Virgo, also known as 'the virgin' or 'the maiden'.
  • In Adora's future, Bow and Glimmer are each wearing one of Queen Angella's old earrings. Bow has the left one, whilst Glimmer has the right one.
  • Noelle Stevenson created a playlist called "Bow" on Spotify, along with a few other of the main characters. These playlists seem to have songs that Stevenson identifies with the characters, or about their feelings throughout the show.
  • Noelle Stevenson said she was fond of the theory of Bow being trans, but it is not something that she feels like she can verify or confirm, because "I don't want to be adding to things after the fact – you know, pulling a JK Rowling, essentially."; therefore the theory remains non-canon. [1]
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She-Ra and the Princesses of Power's Characters
Best Friends Squad Adora/She-RaGlimmerBowCatra
Princesses and Rebellion PerfumaMermistaFrostaNetossaSpinnerellaQueen AngellaSea HawkKing MicahEntraptaScorpia
The Evil Horde Horde PrimeHorde Prime's Clone ArmyLord HordakLonnieKyleRogelioGrizzlorOctaviaScorpia's mothers
Others CastaspellaSwift WindMadame RazzTung LashorDouble TroubleShadow WeaverMelogHuntara
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