You can save the world we love.
— Mara from "Once Upon a Time in the Waste"
Mara was the previous known She-Ra before Adora. She was chosen by Etheria to be She-Ra. She makes her first appearance in a holographic demonstration made by Light Hope to explain to Adora the She-Ra line at the Crystal Castle in the episode "Light Hope".
Mara makes an official, full-color appearance in Season Three episode 6, "The Portal". Before her appearance in this episode, she was only shown as a hologram. Mara has a thin build with slim, toned muscles, tan skin, gray eyes, thick eyebrows, and full lips, donning pink lipstick on her top lip. She is one of the few characters to be shown wearing makeup, alongside Scorpia and Castaspella. Her hair is a deep brunette tied back into a waist-length braid with side-swept bangs. At the base of her braid, Mara sports a golden, cylindrical hair clip with a purple band. At the end of her braid, she wears a diamond-shaped clip beneath what appears to be a purple hairband. Along with her hair accessories, Mara wears a gold headpiece that wraps around the nape of her head and comes out to a point above her ears. Her headpiece strongly resembles one worn by Scorpia. It is unknown if any of Mara's jewelry serves a combat, or She-Ra related purpose, or if it is purely decorative.
Mara wears a light blue leotard with a sweetheart neckline and a pointed, purple belt. Beneath her leotard, she wears deep blue pants. Her leotard has white, butterfly sleeves that match a partial skirt hanging from her belt, atop her hips.
As She-Ra, she has long platinum blonde hair and glowing blue eyes. Her outfit is similar to Adora's, except it has pants instead of shorts, bigger shoulder pads, and high-heeled boots.
By Razz's admission Mara was brave and loyal but also fearful and afraid. According to Light Hope, Mara didn't have the strength to let go the emotions that mingled with her primordial duty of protecting Etheria, to keep its balance. Thus, she believed, failing to be worthy enough to be She-Ra, discontinuing the existing legacy of the Etherian Defender that every She-Ra has to accomplish. She ultimately decided that stranding Etheria in the dark dimension of Despondos was the only right thing to do. Light Hope also said that Mara was brought down by fear and faulty reasoning. And while it may be true that at some point Mara had made poor decisions she transported Etheria to Despondos in order to protect Etheria and it's inhabitants from certain destruction. This is later revealed to be a ruse by Light Hope, as Mara hadn't gone insane, but rather heroic and good as she sacrificed herself in order to save Etheria.
In a hologram, Mara states that she didn't want to be a hero, and that she never was to be remembered as such, giving more light on why she might have opted to strand Etheria in Despondos. She said that she intended to end the She-Ra line by trapping Etheria far away from any First One who could claim the Sword of Protection. She believed that by ending the She-Ra line there would be no access to the portal and Etheria would remain safe.
In the past, Mara was revealed to be cheerful, fun-loving, and friendly, but also fierce and protective. She became good friends with Light Hope (whom she treated as a person and a friend instead of a hologram) and Madame Razz, (even though she had trouble understanding what she meant sometimes). Mara loved Etheria, and began to love it even more when Razz showed her the true meaning of magic and She-Ra. She was kept in the dark about the Heart of Etheria Project and genuinely believed that what she and her people were doing good, although she had her suspicions about it for a while. After figuring out what the Heart of Etheria Project is and what the First Ones intended for her, Mara turned against the First Ones and set off to deactivate the Project. Before doing so, she sadly bid farewell to Madame Razz (although not before promising to help Madame Razz bake a pie one day, even though she knew it would happen. Unknown to her, her promise is what helped Razz help Adora) and stranded Etheria and its moons into the empty dimension Despondos. After deactivating the Project, she attempted to discontinue the She-Ra line so no one could ever use She-Ra again for the Project and died within her ship, sacrificing herself for Etheria, as she truly believed that stranding them in Despondos would keep them safe. She was revealed to know about Adora since Razz often mistook her for Adora, and told Adora in her hologram about how she believed that Adora could save Etheria.
Powers and abilities
(Assuming Mara has the same powers as the current She-Ra, Adora)
- Powers via the Sword of Protection:
- Transformation: Using the Sword of Protection, Mara could transform into the legendary warrior She-Ra.
Their relationship has yet to be completely fleshed out, due to Razz's reluctance to speak of her coherently. However, she thinks highly of Mara, and implies that they had a close relationship, even endearingly referring to her as, "My Mara." It is revealed in Season Four that the two were incredibly close. Mara met Razz when Razz came aboard Mara's ship looking for sugar and mistook Mara for Adora (who, unbeknownst to Mara, was the future She-Ra). She continued to meet with Razz after that. After trying to save Razz from a wild boar, Razz stopped the creature and explained how magic was simply magic and that Etheria had chosen Mara as She-Ra, not the First Ones. Razz helped Mara realize how much she loved Etheria and made her question the First Ones. Unfortunately, after Mara figured out the First Ones' intentions, she ran to Razz injured. Razz was confused as to what was going on (due to her forgetfulness), but Mara soon explained to Razz on what was happening. After doing so, a still confused Razz asked Mara when they could bake their "pie." Mara sadly smiled and promised to do so when she returned, even though she knew that that was unlikely to happen. Mara tearfully bid Razz farewell and activated the portal, killing herself in the process. Razz continuously confuses Adora with Mara, until she finally realizes that Mara is truly gone and what Mara had intended to warn Adora in her hologram. After finally finishing her pie, Razz places it on Mara's seat in her ship, as a dedication to Mara.
Light Hope was a complex A.I. created by the First Ones to help Mara activate the Heart of Etheria. As the two worked together Mara treated Light Hope as a friend, not just as a computer program. They became close. And while Mara had to defy Light Hope and her mission she was still in love with her holographic friend.
In return Light Hope missed Mara and had fond memories of her even when her programming told her that Mara became dangerous and unhinged.
Mara's relationship to her She-Ra form is speculated by her and those tied to her character. Although she is a part of her, in the episode "Once Upon a Time in the Waste", hologram Mara states that being She-Ra was fun at first, implying that it eventually became too much for her. She decides that being She-Ra shouldn't be an option for anybody and tries, but fails, to end the She-Ra line. In the recording her hologram, presumably from her ship, she is then chased off by an unseen presence.
Despite not meeting each other in person, they do have an astral interaction in the episode "Heart Part 1", where both are transformed into their She-Ra forms and here Mara commends Adora to save the world but seek a life of her own as well, so that Adora does not restrain herself into being a mere "sacrifice", as to not commit the same mistakes as she did in the past.
Mara had a positive relationship with the Etherian inhabitants, going as far as to seemingly sacrifice herself to save them. Her reputation varies from the citizens of Etheria. In Season One, in "Flowers for She-Ra", the citizens of Plumeria are elated to meet Adora's She-Ra. They pass stories of Mara's might down along their generations.
In Season Three, the holographic image of Mara said that The First Ones (residents of Eternia?) went to Etheria to study its magic.
Friends of Mara
Mara and her squadron "Grayskull" were a close knit group of warriors who saved Etheria from the First Ones and their corruption of magic by The Heart of Etheria Project. They tried and failed to activate the fail-safe in the Heart of Etheria, forcing Mara to use the portal to rescue Etheria.
For theories regarding Mara, see Mara/Theories.
- In Comic-Con San Diego 2019, Noelle Stevenson revealed that Mara is a character from "A different version of He-Man".
- In "Once Upon a Time in the Waste", it is revealed that Mara's ship is in the Crimson Waste and had everything stolen from it. Mara appears as a hologram, saying "I am Mara, She-Ra of Etheria, and I am gone."
- At the New York Comic-Con 2019, footage from Season Four revealed that Mara is now replacing Queen Angella in the title screen at the end of the intro.
- Mara was indeed the first She-Ra to use the Sword of Protection, and Adora is the second.
- In a tweet from May 16th, 2020, Stevenson revealed that Mara's rebellion squad, which she formed to fight the First Ones, was called Grayskull. So Adora has been fighting in Mara's name the whole time.