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Horde Prime is the supreme overlord of the Horde Empire in the Masters of the Universe franchise, first created for the cartoon series She-Ra: Princess of Power, but later used in other media, mainly the comics by London Editions.

History[]

Filmation series[]

Horde Prime was the Ruler of the intergalactic Evil Horde from its capital of Horde World. He also travelled the universe and oversaw Horde activity in his flagship, the Velvet Glove; said to be the most powerful ship in the universe.

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The fist of Horde Prime.

He was a mysterious figure, shrouded by a cloud of glowing green smoke. Nothing on Horde Prime's true form was ever revealed; his only distinguishing features being a huge metallic arm and a pair of glowing red eyes. Horde Prime was said to have two heads[1].

Horde Prime was often frustrated with Hordak's inability to rid Etheria of the Great Rebellion. He also held a grudge against Hordak for having lost one of his flagships in the past[2].

Horde Prime had a son named Prince Zed who referred to Hordak as his uncle, implying that Hordak is the brother of Horde Prime.

Horde Prime was so feared throughout the universe that he was able to hold authority over other villains who were not officially part of the Horde, such as the Monstroids. On one occasion, he enlisted the former Horde member, Skeletor, in a plot to rid the galaxy of the spirit of Christmas. Unfortunately for Prime, Skeletor himself was susceptible to the spirit of Christmas, and instead sided against Prime, blasting his ship into space and leaving a furious Horde Prime hurtling out of control[3].

London Editions UK Comics[]

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Horde Prime as he appears in the UK comics

Horde Prime was the founder of the Horde Empire; a yellow skinned alien who wore a helmet adorned with insect-like antenna. He most desired to capture conquer the planet Eternia, seeking the secrets of Castle Grayskull in order to become master of the universe.

Horde Prime used both Skeletor and Hordak as his servants in this goal, monitoring their efforts from his space station. Both villains ultimately reported to Prime and greatly feared and respected him.

Prime travelled the cosmos using the station, recruiting new followers and selecting new worlds to conquer.

The Third Sword in the MOTU/POP London Editions comic Twins of Power is the story featuring the famous image of Horde Prime.

Masters of the Universe Classics[]

Since there wasn't a definitive look for Horde Prime, the creatives at Matty Collector let Four Horsemen Studios come up with their own look for the design of Horde Prime, for the MOTU Classics figure. Upon release, Matty Collector did what they could to keep Horde Prime's face a secret, including sending out review samples with a wrong head, and putting a question mark instead of the face on the bio on the back card. In package, the look Horde Prime's face was obscured by a large helmet and the MOTU Classics logo.

Before the 2018 She-Ra series, MOTU Classics dida large part of creating the history of Horde Prime.

Horde Prime Classics Bio[]

Horde Prime - Supreme Rule of the Horde Empire - Real Name: Anillis Kur

Evil Dictator of a galaxy-spanning empire, the tyrannical Horde Prime rules from his throne on Horde World. Systematically wiping out many of the Cosmic Enforcers, Anillis gained his greatest triumph when he infected his arch enemy He-Ro with a mind wiping techno-organic virus and banished him to the far off magical planet of Eternia. Knowing his scheming younger brother's ambition, Anillis sent him on a foolish quest to ensure He-Ro was defeated, never realizing that in doing so he would set about a destined series of events that five millennia later would lead to his defeat at the hands of the twin warriors He-Man and She-Ra!

Horde Prime MOTU Classics Gallery[]

Horde Prime MOTU Classics Video[]

Masters of the Universe Classics Mini Comics[]

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Prime prepares for his final battle.

The man who would become Horde Prime was once known as Annilus Kur, the eldest son of Horde Lord, founder of the Horde Empire. Together with his brother, Hordak, Annilus overthrew Horde Lord and seize the throne for himself.

Kur made an enemy of the Cosmic Warrior, Ro, and infected him with the Techno Organic virus. Kur cast Ro through a portal to the remote world of Eternia. He soon grew wary of his brother's own ambitions and sent him to Eternia to finish Ro, believing he would die in the attempt.

Thousands of years later, the Horde was challenged by the combined forces of the Galactic Protectors and the Mutants of Denebria - a combined effort led by He-Man, She-Ra and Skeletor. The alliance fought its way to Horde World itself, where She-Ra fought Horde Prime alone, ultimately destroying the armour which prolonged his life and slaying him in combat. Though dying, Prime lashed out and bound his soul to her armour, remaking her as Despara. Prime soul's was later trapped within a red gem by Orko, who freed She-Ra from his influence.

DC Comics (2012)[]

Horde Prime was the ruler of the supreme leader of the Horde Empire, reigning for eons. He was the father of Hordak, who eventually killed him to claim the throne for himself. Hordak kept his father's skull as a trophy, which later became known as the Skull of Power.

2018 She-Ra TV series[]

Evil Horde's leader Horde Prime
Main article: Horde Prime (She-Ra and the Princesses of Power)

Horde Prime is the main villain of the Netflix original series She-Ra and the Princesses of Power.

He is a progenitor of The Horde, Lord Hordak's genetic template, emperor of the known universe. He cloned himself as he assembled an army to conquer all planets, stars and galaxies. And all his conquered worlds bowed to his will.

He is voiced by Keston Jones, who also voices Hordak, Gzizzlor, Admiral Scurvy, and the rest of Horde Prime's clones.

Revelation/Revolution[]

At the end of the final episode of Masters of the Universe: Revolution, The Scepter and the Sword, despite not making any physical appearance, Horde Prime is mentioned to be the one responsible for healing Hordak, who is seen recuperating. Despara mentions that Horde Prime will restore Hordak to his full strength.

If the series is renewed for a third season, it is likely that Horde Prime will make an appearance, possibly as a primary antagonist.

MOTU: Revolution Comics[]

Horde Prime is mentioned, to be in fact, Hordak's brother.

Behind the Scenes[]

  • For the Filmation series, the animation model for Horde Prime's giant metallic hand was designed by character artist Dale Hendrickson.
  • It has not yet been confirmed whether Filmation's writers conceived Prime as Hordak's brother. However, he is referred to as such in the Character Profiles in Disc 6 of the She-Ra Season One DVD set. Two UK She-Ra annuals in the mid-1980s state that Hordak is Prime's brother, but these operate within a canon independent of the cartoon and also got Horde Prime's name wrong, referring to him as 'Prime Horde'. The UK He-Man comics state explicitly in one issue that Horde Prime is not Hordak's brother, but again these operate within an independent canon and drew Prime with a completely different appearance from the cartoon.
  • Emiliano Santalucia, when asked if the being inside the crystal of the first 200x Masters of the Universe comic series was the Unnamed One from The Powers of Grayskull: The Legend Begins!, he mentioned that the Unnamed One's essence was split in two, one trapped in the crystal and the other taking a mechanical body and becoming Horde Prime.
  • Horde Prime was released as an action figure as part of the Masters of the Universe Classics toyline in 2012. This version of the character resembled an older, bearded Hordak and came with an alternate head modelled after his alternate appearance in the UK magazines. The metal gauntlets the figure wore were based on his giant metallic fist from the Filmation cartoon.

Appearances[]

She-Ra: Princess of Power[]

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power[]

Comics[]

References[]

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