I grew up watching He-man protect the universe from various evil forces. Although animation was really crappy during his glory years, He-man managed to attract a lot of viewers both kids and adults, of course that includes me. One thing I particularly love about the classic He-man animated series is that it does not encourage violence. He considers fighting as his last option and would rather outwit enemies than use his mighty sword. This characteristic made him an entire opposite of Hercules. This demigod will tackle his way to deliver justice, crushing every evil-doer in his path with god-like strength. Hercules is without a doubt the most famous character in Greek mythology. Several cartoon and comic series were even made which focuses on his adventures from humble beginnings until he became the superhero everybody loves and respects.
What if these two strong heroes end up facing each other in a battle? What will happen? Will the champion of Grayskull overpower the strength of Zeus’s son? Or will Hercules emerge victorious and prove to everyone that his strength can be compared to no one in this world and even in the entire universe? Let’s all find out!
Real Name: Prince Adam
Place of Birth: Eternia
Height: 6’11” (5’2” as Prince Adam)
Weight: 320 pounds (98 pounds as Prince Adam)
Powers: Insane strength (can lift an Iceberg and even mountains!), agility, acrobatic skills, telepathy, high-level intellect, indestructible sword, laser gun, shield, and various medieval weapons, breastplate which boosts his physical ability, Cringer which turns into Battle Cat with the use of this sword
Brief History: The Chosen One, one of the rogue heroes across the land, and easily the most powerful. If anyone knows who he is or where he comes from they aren’t talking. He has the wisdom of all the greatest generals in history and the strength of a god. Also energy projectile weapons are useless against him, as he can absorb the energy, making himself even stronger. It’s not certain whether he is invincible or not. The only thing we are sure of is that He-man is a blessing to innocent and peace-loving people but a nightmare to every evil-doer.
Strengths and Weaknesses: He man is regarded as the most powerful man in the universe. In fact, there was a certain chapter in his comics where he fought against the pre-crisis Superman. He-man is not only a formidable enemy because of his seemingly unequaled strength. His agility and acrobatic skills made it easy for him to avoid both ranged and melee enemy attacks. His Battle Cat helps him catch up to enemies and deal with a crowd of weak goons as well. He-man possesses great leadership skills since his good heart and pure intentions are more than enough to convince anyone to fight along with him in preserving peace.
However, Prince Adam can’t stay forever as He-man. He has a certain limit in terms of stamina. If He-man is pushed to the brick of his limit, he’ll turn back to Adam without warning. He-man is at his most vulnerable state if he is in his normal form while his sword is not around.
Real Name: Heracles
Place of Birth: Thebes, Greece
Weight: 325 pounds
Powers: Vast superhuman strength, superhuman speed, superhuman stamina, superhuman durability, extreme regenerative healing factor, suspended aging, master in close and ranged combat
Brief History: Hercules is the son of Zeus, king of the Olympian gods, and Alcmena. Zeus seduced Alcmena in the guise of her husband, King Amphitryon of Troezen. Thanks to Zeus's enchantment, Hercules was born with the potential for extraordinary strength, which he first displayed before he was even one year old by strangling two serpents which attacked him (sent by Hera). Hercules had many notable adventures in ancient times. He’s unstoppable in defeating even the fiercest beast just to make sure mankind is safe from unjust gods and anyone who plans to disturb our world’s serenity.
Strengths and Weaknesses: Hercules is probably the strongest man to walk in the universe. He is a demigod granting him a faster regenerative rate and superior resilience against any attack. He is also well-trained in both hand-to-hand combat and in using various types of weapons. He stopped aging after adulthood so he managed to gain limitless battle experience for thousands of years which any modern-day superhero can’t surpass.
Probably the only weakness of Hercules is his tendency to be gluttonous and lustful. He often gets easily tricked if seduced by a young and innocent-looking maiden. Finally, Hercules is immune to poison but can be harmed upon exposure to excessive amounts.
Skeletor, one of He-man’s mortal enemies, was thinking of a diverse and effective plan to capture Castle Grayskull. Despite being adept in all sorts of magic, he still miserably failed in his previous attempts to put an end to He-man. The word about a powerful young demigod reached him and he was excited about the possibility of using his god-like strength to eliminate Grayskull’s champion. On the other hand, Hercules was clueless about Skeletor’s evil plan. It was a normal day for him and he was on his way to school when suddenly a strange being blocked his way. He thought it was Hades at first yet his guess was proven wrong as the figure faced him because it was no other than Skeletor! Hercules was ready for a fight but Skeletor simply casted him a spell. The son of Zeus was not expecting magic coming from someone very muscular so he took a direct hit. It was a spell that can put anyone under Skeletor’s control and Hercules can’t do something about it since his will is not strong enough to break the spell.
He-man sensed an evil presence nearby so he checked it out and he was right! Skeletor greeted him with a lightning strike which emanated from his eyes but our hero swiftly used his indestructible sword to dodge it. However, he never expected an attack from behind. He-man never felt so much power from a kick before and he was surprised to see that his rogue assailant was no other than Hercules. He realized that Hercules was under Skeletor’s spell so he was very careful about inflicting damage to the innocent lad. Hercules was unstoppable! Although He-man was able to dodge his punches, Hercules’s overwhelming power easily broke down huge boulders of rock as if they were made of soft clay. He-man finally found an opening and was able to grab Hercules from behind. He encouraged Hercules to resist the spell and break away from it through sheer will. Skeletor knew about He-man’s plan so instantly interfered, bringing He-man to his knees with a powerful magical burst. He-man is in great danger as he’s running out of stamina and Skeletor was pleased to see the hero’s suffering. The unmerciful villain commanded Hercules to back away so he can deliver the killing blow. Skeletor casted a dreadful spell straight towards He-man but, to his surprise, it was deflected! Hercules broke free from the spell and this time, he doesn’t have any plan about holding back. Before Skeletor can react, Hercules focused all his power in his right arm and punched the villain with all his might. Skeletor was blown away and took heavy damage. Hercules apologized to He-man and the champion of Grayskull gladly accepted it. They both ended up drinking and eating in a banquet prepared by He-man’s kingdom as a celebration for Skeletor’s defeat and the finding of a new friend.
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Alma Cabase (author) from Philippines on September 04, 2012:
Thank you for liking my hub. He-man is great yet I'm more in love with his tiger. How I wish I had one as a pet..hehehe..
J Antonio Marcelino from Illinois, USA on September 04, 2012:
Interesting hub, I really had no idea about that link between Stamina and the He-Man transformation. It's been a long while since I've seen any of the shows.