Inspired by He-Man.org’s Roast Gooble Dinner podcast, welcome to PGPoA’s latest MOTUC Bio Discussion!
Real Name: Kyle Reccula
After wandering through Despondos for several centuries and unable to return to Eternia, Hordak and his ageless army eventually claimed Etheria as a new throne world, deposing the local monarchs and ruling the people through fear. A nobleman in Queen Angellaâ€™s court, Kyle was one of many brave warriors who took up arms against the Horde invaders and joined the Great Rebellion. Nicknamed â€œBowâ€ due to his natural ability as an archer, each of his arrows possesses different powers and he has a magical heart that beats frantically when She-Ra is in danger. Bow is secretly in love with Princess Adora, unaware that she and She-Ra are one and the same!
Portrait Art Source: Original packaging art
It’s interesting that the entire first sentence of this bio has nothing to do with Bow at all. This backs up my recent observation that the bios have moved from describing the MOTU mythos through character and to telling a story in (relatively) straightforward fashion, mentioning the character largely in passing.
The most interesting part of that first sentence to me, incidentally, is the “ageless army” reference. We know now that Grizzlor and Catra have been with Hordak in Etheria for 5,000 years, but why don’t they age? It suggests an immense level of power and technology that makes them seem like gods. Why not just say they ended up in magical suspended animation in a crystal cave or an asteroid (Nordor?) or something until they break free during the time of King Miro? (TooÂ “Space Seed”?)
The name “Kyle Reccula” is random and not, to my knowledge, pulled from any existing lore. While I’m happy it’s pronounceable and human-sounding, I would have preferred any of the more tongue-in-cheek names that were bandied about by fans, like “Flynn” or “Bowen Fletcher.” Flynn is my favorite, honestly–a one-word parallel to Man-At-Arms’s Duncan and a nice reference to one of Bow’s forebears.
I find it interesting Bow loves Adora, not She-Ra. That’s a pleasant reversal of the usual Lois-Clark-Superman triangle.
I was initially a bit confused on the whole “heart” thing–does Bow suffer fromÂ arrhythmia?–until I realized they were referring to that heart on his armor.