Inspired by He-Man.org’s Roast Gooble Dinner podcast, welcome to PGPoA’s latest MOTUC Bio Discussion!
Real Name: Tzzzzt zzz zzTTTzz
Heroic King of the Andreenids™, a bee-like species closely related to both the Kex™ insect people and the Arachna Spider-Warriors™, Tzzzzt’s race evolved into fierce warriors, guarding their home and their ambrosia honeycombs with stubborn dignity. Although he initially preferred to keep his people’s neutrality, a sky war initiated by Skeletor® gave Tzzzzt more than enough reason to ally himself with King Randor’s Masters of the Universe®. He often partners with Mekanek® using his wings for airborne spying missions.
Portrait Art Source: Original card back
I think the most painful thing about this bio is that it repeatedly refers to Buzz-Off as “Tzzzzt.” They actually managed to make one of the goofiest MOTU names even goofier, and then they doubled down on it.
And then there’s the whole bit about how the Andreenids are closely related to the Kex (found in the early mini-comic “He-Man and the Insect People”) and Webstor‘s race, the Arachna Spider-Warriors. First off, on Earth, insects and arachnids aren’t that closely related–they’re in different subphylums. Webstor is more closely related to Clawful than Buzz-Off.
But why do we even need to start off with this whole “related” thing? I don’t see how it’s relevant. Imagine He-Man’s bio opened with, “Prince of Eternia and champion of the human race, an ape-like species closely related to the Beast Men…” It would seem weird and off-point, right? (And if Clamp Champ’s bio started that way, you’d hear about it on the six o’clock news.) So why do the Andreenids have to be defined by their race? Look, all I’m saying is the bio writer is clearly an arthropodist.
As for the story of the bio, it’s pretty much in line with the 200X cartoon version, right down to the events of the episode “Sky War.” The mention of Mekaneck is a reference to the fact that the two were often paired in 1980s MOTU media. It’s not a splashy bio, nor a controversial one, aside from “Tzzzzt.”