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All creatures, no matter how small, have a place in service of Horde Prime.
— Horde Prime to Glimmer and Catra

Horde Prime, also known as "Prime", is the main antagonist of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. He was the progenitor, creator and absolute ruler of the Horde, as well as Hordak's genetic template, and emperor of the known universe.

In the series finale, he is destroyed by She-Ra after she frees the magic stored by the Heart of Etheria.

Personality[]

Horde Prime is a cold, self-centered, controlling megalomaniac. His main motivation is to "bring light" to the universe by bringing it under his control, and he has no problem gloating about it. He is much less temperamental than his clone Hordak. However, he still has a temper. Hordak was "reconditioned" after Horde Prime rebuked him for his belief that the two could stand as equals. He is also enthusiastic about becoming more powerful, as seen when Catra told him that the entire planet of Etheria was a weapon.

His first major appearance paints him as a narcissistic and egotist, with a genuinely sincere messianic complex. He demonstrates this by telling Glimmer that "all creatures, no matter how small, have a place in service of Horde Prime," a way of saying they matter, but are less than him. Later, he says that he does not enjoy destruction, but that 'weeds must be burned for new life to flourish' as if his actions are helping the universe. He does, though, show a form of politeness, as he addresses Glimmer as royalty, and politely bows before her. However, in no way does he do anything to mask his cruelty, parading a brainwashed Catra before Adora, calling the young girl his "child", but mere minutes later showing no hesitating to have her commit suicide. He cares about his image, calling Hordak's efforts to make an empire in his name a "botched conquest," and saying that word must not spread of it. To start with that, he implies that he would kill Glimmer, but is stopped by Catra telling him of Etheria's true nature. Despite this outwardly gentlemanly nature, he has a noted habit of placing his hand on Glimmer's shoulder and pushing her around.

Horde Prime seems to be a sadist and possesses a sense of superiority grandeur over others. When he invites Catra and Glimmer to dine with him, he boasts about how the dish is a delicacy from a planet many light years away... which he destroyed. He also seems to show a great deal of pleasure in showing Glimmer images of her friends struggling in battle, and later reveals to Catra that her plan to uphold her usefulness was an utter waste. Further, when Adora and co. apprehend a Horde Clone, it goes off on a tangent about how great Prime is by listing off many increasingly grand titles. Finally, Prime likes to keep trophies of the planets he's conquered.

Horde Prime has something of a god complex claiming, "Prime sees all, Prime knows all." He has declared this on many occasions.

Appearance[]

Like his clone and Hordak, Horde Prime has blue-gray skin, long bat-like ears, and a white face resembling a skull. Unlike Hordak, however, his body appears healthier and well-built, with no evidence of dark scarring or deterioration, with a well-toned muscular form. He has white hair and four fluorescent neon green eyes: one on either side of his nose where most people would expect them, and two smaller ones above and below his primary right eye. The interior of his mouth is noticeably green, with his teeth being neon-green, unlike Hordak's red teeth (prior to his "reconditioning"). Unlike Hordak and the other clones, among his hair, he has metallic tendrils in a dreadlock hairstyle. Those are prehensile and can be used as tools. In terms of wardrobe, Horde Prime wears a white-and-gray sleeveless robe with an exposed chest, dark gray narrow pants, and shoes with metal soles and toe caps. He has articulated metal claws on each index finger that can show computer images. The dark gray pattern around his chest resembles the center of the Horde symbol.

Powers and Abilities[]

Powers[]

  • Hive Mind
    • Mind Reading and Control: He was able to tap into Hordak's mind. It is revealed he can read and control the mind of anyone connected to his hive mind, whether one of his clones or someone that has a Horde Chip implanted on their necks.
    • Consciousness Transference: He can transfer his consciousness to another body. This is how he has survived for centuries.
  • Prehensile Hair: Horde Prime's metallic tendrils in his hair are prehensile, and can be used to "recondition" clones.
    • Technopathy: Prime's hair-like tendrils also let him connect to and control his machines.

Abilities[]

  • Galactic Dominion: As emperor of the Horde, he has complete authority of the galactic empire.
  • Manipulation: This ability stems largely from Horde Prime's skill of intimidation. He uses others' fear of him to control them, a possible reason as to why he has reigned for so long.
  • Analysis
  • Intimidation: Being an old, experienced ruler of a galactic dominion, intimidation of people below him comes easily. He seems to rather enjoy this ability, and constantly exploits it to manipulate anyone who dares go against him.

Weaknesses[]

  • Magic: When Adora and her friends visited the planet Krytis they discover that Horde Prime is vulnerable to magic; in keeping with this, it is the power of She-Ra, "A being of pure magic", that leads to his destruction.
  • Arrogance: Horde Prime's confidence in his abilities and experience ultimately becomes his downfall.

Relationships[]

Hordak[]

"You have given yourself a name. You tried to create an empire of your own. There was even a time you wished I would not come for you, is that so? [...] You have forgotten who you are. You truly think you are worthy to stand beside me, could be equal to me? I made you in my image, but you have become an abomination! And so, you must be reborn!
— Horde Prime before he erases Hordak's mind
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Horde Prime shows revulsion at how Hordak has changed during his absence.

Hordak is one of his many clones and, at one time, his greatest general, but he was "defective," so he sent him to a suicide mission and cast him aside. Hordak yearned to please Prime and prove his worth, so he spent years trying to conquer Etheria to show Horde Prime what he is capable of, that he was not a defect. After briefly opening a portal, Hordak was able to successfully send a distress signal to the emperor of the Horde. When Prime arrived in Etheria, he transported Hordak to his ship and then peered into his mind. Then Prime showed disgust towards his "little brother" for giving himself a name and thinking he could stand by Prime's side; he then wiped Hordak's mind clean and had some of his other clones take him away to be "reconditioned." However, Hordak slowly regained his memories and when he was ordered to eliminate Entrapta. Hordak broke free of his programming; realizing he became his own person and rebelled against Prime.

Glimmer[]

Enjoyable, yes? It's a delicacy from a distant world light-years from here. It was very much like Etheria. This dish is extremely rare, as that world no longer exists. Seconds?
— Horde Prime with Glimmer at dinner

When he first met Queen Glimmer, he apologized for Hordak's actions calling them an embarrassment, but he wanted to make sure that this "mess" would be wiped away; however, he spared her when he learned from Catra that she was a part of the Heart of Etheria. Prime then thanked Glimmer for her "allegiance," implying she has no choice in the matter.

Catra[]

I have made her anew. I saw her mind; so ensnared in grief and rage and pain, and I brought her to the light. Isn't that right, little sister?
— Horde Prime after chipping Catra
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Horde Prime about to sic an enslaved Catra on Adora.

Catra is the one who convinced Horde Prime not to destroy Etheria by telling him about the ancient super weapon at the planet's core. To that end, Horde Prime accepts Catra's offer to serve him for that purpose. She stays on the flagship and talks to Glimmer while she's imprisoned there. When she betrayed Prime and helped Glimmer escape his ship, he decided to "bring her into the light" by implanting a special chip into her nervous system, connecting her to his hive mind, and then make her attack Adora after she came to save her.

During the final battle, he said it was a shame to kill his "little sister" and that he had high hopes for her.

Adora[]

Goodbye, my oldest enemy.
— Horde Prime bids Adora farewell
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Horde Prime showing disdain for Adora's people.

Horde Prime only spared Adora because Glimmer told him about She-Ra's connection to the Heart of Etheria. When they met for the first time, he saw through her bluff about using the Heart because she would not risk Catra's life and when she claimed he did not know her, he revealed that he knew much about her including that her ancestors were the First Ones as well as reveal that they were once his greatest enemies. Prime then revealed that he turned Catra into his puppet and used her as a bargaining chip to bring out She-Ra and then made Catra fight her. When Adora was finally able to transform into She-Ra, she saved Catra, damaged his ship, and managed to escape Prime's clutches. An enraged Horde Prime enslaved the minds of countless Etherians with his horde chips, including many of her friends and allies, as an act of revenge. When the Horde began losing its grip on other worlds because of She-Ra's influence, Prime had to look for an alternative way to activate the Heart. When he met her in the Fright Zone, Horde Prime could not help but boast that thanks to Hordak's research, he no longer needed She-Ra to activate the super weapon he sought, so nothing was keeping him from killing Adora while saying that her need to save her friends made her weak. During the final battle, he hacked into the very planet and attacked her with an ancient security system left behind by her people, infecting her with his virus to prevent her from transforming. However, Adora and Catra's love for each other proved to be more powerful than his hatred and megalomania as Adora was able to transform She-Ra and use the fail-safe to free the magic inside the Heart of Etheria. When Horde Prime vowed, he would "rise again," Adora corrected him by destroying him, putting an end to his evil reign once and for all.

Plot[]

Past[]

Many centuries ago, Horde Prime created an army of clones of himself and used them to conquer vast quantities of the known universe, and founded an empire built on his likeness. He has survived by moving his consciousness from one clone body to another, so his reign lasted for centuries. At some point, he encountered the First Ones and destroyed their empire. One of his clones would later become known as Hordak. At some point, Hordak was his greatest general, but he cast Hordak aside due to him being deemed defective by Horde Prime. After this happened, Hordak fell through a portal and landed on Etheria, where he starts building an empire to prove his worth to Horde Prime.

Horde Prime also attacked the planet Krytis, destroying much on it, but the magic was too wild for him to use or defend against, so he left and tried erasing his failure.

Season Three[]

Contacting Horde Prime is the primary aim of Lord Hordak's efforts, to create a portal into the rest of the universe so that Horde Prime's armies can enter Etheria and finish conquering it. This forms the basis of the conflict in Season Three, as Adora attempts to prevent this from happening while Catra attempts to hasten it. Catra does successfully open a portal using Adora's Sword of Protection as a key. Still, it warps reality and forces Adora to resolve the instabilities to preserve the universe and stabilize the portal.

Once stabilized, the portal is open only for a short time before Adora closes it, but it was long enough for Hordak to send out a distress signal to Horde Prime. In a massive command center, Horde Prime becomes aware of Hordak's position.

Season Four[]

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Horde Prime learns of the Heart's existence.

Horde Prime's fleet arrives on Etheria, and Hordak, Glimmer, and Catra are teleported to his ship. He is amused to see his "brother" who he thought had perished long ago, and then begins talking about mysterious readings emitting from the planet below them. After he reads Hordak's mind, Hordak is subdued and taken away to be "reconditioned" because Horde Prime sees his clone as an "abomination". At the same time, Catra convinces Horde Prime to spare Etheria by presenting it as a super weapon. He then welcomes Glimmer, saying that her home world will become the "jewel" of his empire.

Season Five[]

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Horde Prime as dinner host.

Horde Prime imprisons Queen Glimmer in a comfortable holding cell while letting Catra wander about the space station under close surveillance. During the start of his invasion of Etheria, one of his robots catches footage of Adora and he takes an interest in her. After going over Hordak's memories, Prime asks Catra to pledge loyalty to him, which she does. He later hosts a dinner with Catra and Glimmer and discusses his plans to conquer Etheria, while showing images of his attack on the planet. He agrees to spare Adora's life when Glimmer points out that he needed all the Princesses, including She-Ra, to activate the Heart of Etheria. After dinner he notes Catra's distress and how it shows she cares about Adora and points it out to her, saying that Etherians are weak because of their close connection to each other.

Rejoice Etheria, for Prime has come to you. Do not fear, for you have been given the opportunity to share in a world soon to be made in my image. But first you must prove yourselves worthy. Your leader, your She-Ra, she would see you suffer in darkness for her sake. Cast aside this false hero and deliver her to me. Prime sees all, Prime knows all. They will not escape my judgment.
— Horde Prime, in his broadcast to Etheria
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Horde Prime broadcasts to all of Etheria.

A Horde Prime hologram addresses all the people of Etheria, demanding that they turn She-Ra over to him or suffer the consequences. On Horde Prime's space station, Catra is caught near Glimmer's cell by a clone, who chastises her. Horde Prime senses this and possesses the clone, using his body to remind Catra that he is in charge. Once un-possessed, the clone opens Glimmer's cell and escorts the Queen to Prime's trophy room. There, Prime brags about destroying countless worlds to create his twisted sense of order. Glimmer desperately explains that activating the Heart of Etheria would destroy "everything." But Prime is pleased by this; he likes the idea of destroying the universe to eliminate pain and war so that there could be a new beginning for the universe. He offers to spare Micah if Glimmer would deliver She-Ra to him. Glimmer rejects his offer emphatically, smashing one of his prized trophies. He then sends reinforcements to Etheria.

Behold the purest among you, one to be honored
— Horde Prime after "reconditioning" Hordak

Horde Prime summons his then lackey Catra to his throne room to ask her about an ancient ship that he discovered leaving Etheria. He tasks Catra with questioning Glimmer about the ship and reporting back to him the information. When she says that won't work, Prime calls Hordak forward and demonstrates the reconditioning ceremony on him. He then tells Catra to get the information from Glimmer. Prime uses the information Catra gives him to locate Mara's ship and Adora and after this, he praises her, telling Catra she will be exulted above the percieved lesser beings of her world, which, when Catra fails to answer, he asks is still what she wants. Though Catra claims he is correct, she then frees Glimmer, despite knowing she was probably risking death by doing so, wanting to do one good act with her life. Despite the interference of several clones, who eventually subdue her, Catra is able to send Glimmer to safety. Prime has Catra bound and brought before him, where he accuses her of treason, pointing out to her that, in the wake of Glimmer's escape, the enemy vessel he had detected changed its course. Nevertheless, Prime is determined to capture She-Ra and Glimmer and proclaims that She-Ra won't be able to hide from him forever. He then expresses disappointment towards Catra for her betrayal. Catra responds by mocking him, repeating his previous statement about how she's emotional, and confidently states that it doesn't matter what Prime does to her since Adora and Glimmer are now forever out of his reach. Undeterred, Horde Prime tells Catra that she is wrong and ominously states that he still has a use for her.

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Horde Prime rejuvenating himself.

When the captured Adora enters Prime's throne room, he reveals that he implanted a Horde Chip into Catra and enslaved her mind through the same ritual he had sentenced Hordak to. He leaves the two women, and they begin to fight, during which Prime repeatedly taunts Adora through Catra, using her as his mouthpiece and suggesting he use her as his next host. Prime's connection to Catra is severed during the fight, but not before he makes her fall off the platform she was on. Surrounded by clones, Adora summons her true She-Ra form and defeated them all with ease. Seeing this from a video feed, Horde Prime becomes angered by the turn of events. She-Ra scoops up her friend and finds her way to the others with Catra still unconscious. They board Darla and escape.

After that incident, he decides to make Adora hurt and begins chipping as many Etherians as possible. Catra learns of his plan from a vision she has through her chip before Entrapta removes it. It is not long before most of the Rebellion is chipped and under Prime's control, including some of their most powerful members: Spinnerella, Mermista, Scorpia, and King Micah.

Horde Prime also sets up a blockade around Etheria, but a, but [[Melog|Me invisibility enables Adora and the others to get through on Darla.

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Horde Prime looks through the memories of his former self.

When a dozen planets occupied by the Horde are revolting, "In the name of She-Ra," he becomes more determined than ever to use the power of the Heart to bring "peace" to all the universe. He realizes that he heard the name Etheria once long ago, so he accesses the memories of a previous vessel, but finds that the First Ones took their secrets with them when they were wiped out, so he has to look for other ways to access the super weapon.

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Horde Prime bragging that he doesn't need She-Ra anymore.

Eventually, Horde Prime appears before Adora again in the Fright Zone, where he reveals he had viewed Hordak's research and found a way to activate the Heart of Etheria without She-Ra. He tells Scorpia to kill Adora and Perfuma, but she is able to resist and intentionally miss them before Glimmer teleports them away. Prime is confused that Scorpia didn't do what he told her to.

Horde Prime begins the process of awakening the Heart of Etheria, and beams Entrapta to his ship just as she was about to deactivate his chips. When She-Ra is on her way to the Heart of Etheria to destroy it, Horde Prime sends a monster created by the First Ones for security reasons after her, forcing Shadow Weaver to self destruct to destroy it.

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The demise of Horde Prime.

Bow is able to deactivate Horde Prime's chips with Entrapta's program, releasing everyone from his control, then uses his holograms to tell everyone to fight against him. Horde Prime orders Hordak to kill Entrapta, but Hordak resists Prime's control through his friendship and love for Entrapta and sends Prime falling into a pit. Prime survives by possessing Hordak immediately after and intends to unleash the Heart's full power even if it means destroying himself as well. As the Heart of Etheria awakens, She-Ra is able to destroy it, absorbing its power, which she uses to defeat the Horde. Even with his army defeated, Horde Prime says he will return, but She-Ra exorcises him from Hordak and destroys him for good, ending his once-mighty evil empire forever and restoring peace to the universe.

Quotes[]

"You miscalculated. I see all. I know all. You thought yourself worthy to challenge me, but you are nothing but a false hero, the last of the First Ones to fall at my hands."- to Adora, Save the Cat

"Rejoice, Etheria, for Prime has come to you."- Launch

"There is no darkness that my light cannot pierce, no distance that my hand cannot reach." - Corridors

"I am old, far older than you can imagine. My brothers lend me their life force, and when one vessel fails me, I simply elect another. Thus, Prime has reigned eternal through the centuries."-Save the Cat

Trivia[]

  • While Prime was present in the original 1985 TV series, neither his face nor his true appearance was never shown, just his voice and a large metallic hand while the rest was hidden in eerie black smoke with green spots glowing from it. This marks the first time Horde Prime's face makes an appearance in all related animated media.
  • The fact that any Etherian can even breathe on Horde Prime's ship is a plot hole, as Hordak specifically had difficulties with Etheria's atmosphere, and Catra had difficulty breathing in a room where the atmosphere was adjusted to Hordak's. Perhaps that's Hordak's defection that made him have trouble breathing on Etheria.
  • According to ND Stevenson, "Horde Prime has no space in his empire for individuality; everything needs to be a reflection of his own ego. Characters like Glimmer and Catra, who have been striving for self-individuation this whole time, to be told that 'you're both cogs in this machine and will be used to flatten the universe and make everything uniform,' I think that's the most horrifying thing they've been confronted with."[2]
  • Horde Prime's personal flagship is called "The Velvet Glove" but is never called by name in the series, as told by Stevenson.[3][4]
  • Horde Prime is at least partially inspired by ND Stevenson's "religious trauma" he had when growing up. His cult is a twisted version of Christianity that "baptizes" its members into obedient tools and seeks to burn the entire universe with searing light.
  • Horde Prime's clones call him Big Brother. Big Brother is also the name of a fictional character in the 1949 novel Nineteen Eighty-Four who is the leader of a totalitarian state. In the novel, Big Brother is described to be always watching you, which is similar to Horde Prime, who keeps on saying he can see everything.
  • A list of War Crimes committed by Horde Prime can be found here.
  • Horde Prime has the highest body count out of all the villains in the series, numbering in the billions.[Citation needed]


References[]

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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 WindRazzTung LashorDouble TroubleShadow WeaverMelogHuntara
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