character that looked like Ming the Merciless on a bad day
was reused twice!
had already animated Ming the Merciless in their Flash
Gordon series. Ming was not always a prominent character
in the Flash Gordon series, even though he was
supposed to be the main villain. Voiced by Alan Oppenheimer
Ming sounded a lot like Skeletor even sporting the same
laugh. Below we examine how Ming obviously had made his
mark on the character designers whilst they were working
on He-Man and She-Ra. So what's wrong
with basing a design on an existing character? All three
Ming clones appeared to have over-eaten slightly and were
definitely out of shape in relation to the He-Man
and She-Ra series.
- "A Friend in Need"
the He-Man series kicked off the writers found
themselves using Skeletor an awful lot. The first episode
to break the mould was "A Friend in Need" featuring
Jarvan. It appears that Filmation looked back to their Flash
Gordon series for character design. However to distinguish
the two, they gave Jarvan a rather rotund figure. The similarities
between Jarvan and Ming were also evident with the voice
acting. Voiced by Alan Oppenheimer, Jarvan sounded a lot
like Skeletor even sporting the same laugh.
- "The Return of Granamyr"
Return of Granamyr" also from He-Man's season
one featured another new villain, Zim. Unfortunately due
to budget restrictions the character design for Zim was
just a re-colored Jarvan. Even though they looked exactly
the same it was Lou Scheimer who voiced the Ming clone on
- "The Inspector"
final and possibly strangest appearance of the character
model was used in She-Ra's season two episode "The
Inspector." Spyster was different in one way, his face
was not exactly the same as the other two, but his physical
form remained the same. Alan Oppenheimer returned to voice
this character design, Spyster, but altered his voice, thus
it did not sound much like the original Ming voice.