The giant green tiger Battle-Cat is He-man’s companion and heroic mount. For more context about this major 1980s cartoon series, you should first check our Masters of the Universe “base camp” article.

This writeup also covers Battle-Cat’s appearances in the 1985 to 1987 spin-off series She-Ra Princess of Power.


  • Real Name: Cringer.
  • Other Aliases: Cringe.
  • Marital Status: N/A.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: He-man and the heroic warriors.
  • Base of Operations: The Royal Palace.
  • Height (at shoulder): Cringer 3’0″ / Battle-Cat 5’0″
  • Weight: Cringer 500 lbs (3 APs) / Battle-Cat ½ ton (5 APs).
  • Eyes: Yellow with black pupils. Hair: Green with Orange stripes.


Powers & Abilities

Battle-Cat is a huge fierce armored tiger with sharp claws and fangs, and incredible strength. He possesses great agility and leaping ability.

Battle-Cat’s powerful roar can paralyze enemies with fear.

Cringer/Battle-Cat is one of many talking animals on the planet Eternia. His growls are a form of communication with other animals.

Cringer, like Battle-Cat, has a sensitive sense of smell. He can follow trails and pick up other scents.

Battle-Cat delivers a battering ram style attack by launching himself at opponents or barricades.


See the He-man character profile for details on Battle-Cat’s past.


Battle-Cat is a huge green tiger with orange stripes. He wears a red armored helm and saddle. Battle-Cat has a deep growling voice.

Cringer is a normal sized healthy green tiger with a soft and squeaky voice. He stutters a lot. Adam is often seen in the Royal Palace petting his sidekick.


Given his name by the Sorceress of Grayskull, Battle-Cat is a brave and reliable companion to He-man. Of opposing temperament to Cringer. Battle-Cat is eager for a fight. Intimidation is preferred when facing weaker opponents.

Battle Cat (Masters of the Universe cartoon)

Battle-Cat is always glad to be free of the restraints of his cowardly alter-ego.

He loves to fight even though He-man doesn’t. He-man will sometimes command Battle-Cat to reign in his desire for combat. The two are best friends, riding and fighting and joking together. Battle-Cat always defers to He-man’s judgement.

On occasion he’ll joke with Orko, teasing him about his magic tricks.


Cringer is afraid of pretty much everything. He’s a coward and not afraid to admit it. Cringer hates adventuring and would much rather take a nap after a nice meal. When overtaken by fear Cringer sprints away at top speed.

He’s fairly lazy, lounging around the Palace trying to find a quiet place to relax. Cringer seems to be able to sleep the whole day away only rising for meals. Fish is his favorite!

Cringer acts like a big kitten, playfully pouncing after butterflies.

A good friend to Orko treating each other as equals. While most treat Orko as a child and Cringer as little more than a pet.

Though Cringer doesn’t really like being Battle-Cat; he realizes there are times when he’s needed.



He-Man: “Battle-Cat, when we get to the top, you got to tell Mother Roe we mean her no harm.”
Battle-Cat: “I just hope we speak the same language.”

He-Man: “Come on, Battle-Cat. An Eternian snail can move faster than this.”
Battle-Cat (growls): “One more crack and you’re walking !”

(Growl) “Put her on my back, I’ll carry her.”

(Battle Cat dropped into a flying Wind Raider) “He-Man, you forgot just one thing. I can’t fly this crazy thing !”

Battle Cat (Masters of the Universe cartoon) Cringer emotes


“My mother didn’t raise any foolish children.”

Glitch: “Oh, you scared me.”
Cringer: “I know just how you feel.”

Prince Adam: “This is a job for He-man and Battle-Cat.”
Cringer: “I was afraid of that.”

He-Man: “I know you don’t enjoy this, old cat, but there is a quest for us.”
Cringer: “I know, but every time I turn into that Battle-Cat, you get me into some kind of trouble. I-I-I’ll make a deal with you. I’ll go with you, but as Cringer. Me-me-maybe I can bring some common sense to this quest.”
He-Man: “Alright, my feline friend, but when you change your mind be sure to let me know.”
Cringer: “Fat chance.”

Cringer (quietly): “I wish Battle-Cat were here…”

DC Universe History

In the DC Universe, or any universe, Battle-Cat without He-man wouldn’t be Battle-Cat. He needs to transform with the power of Grayskull.

As a way to remove Grayskull from Battle-Cat’s origin story. Cringer could drink from the pool in the Valley of Power to explain how he could remain Battle-Cat permanently.

Even an intelligent talking tiger would have trouble fitting in a modern day city. Battle-Cat could be teamed with an existing hero.

Marvel Universe History

It would be interesting to have Battle-Cat in the Savage Land, meeting Ka-Zar and Zabu or Sheena.

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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A 636 points Character (Without equipment).

Dex: 05 Str: 06 Bod: 06 Motivation: Thrill of Adventure
Int: 03 Wil: 04 Min: 04 Occupation: Faithful companion and mount
Inf: 03 Aur: 04 Spi: 03 Wealth: 000
Init: 011 HP: 035

Analytical Smell/Tracking Scent: 06, Claws: 06, Cold Immunity: 01, Digging: 10, Extended Hearing: 03, Extra-Limb (tail): 01, EV: 09, Growth: 02, Jumping: 02, Running: 04, Super Hearing: 03, Swimming: 03, Ultra Vision: 04

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Extra-Limb first appears in the “The Cat And The Spider” episode.
  • Running may be pushed without fear of Burnout (+1).
  • EV is contingent on Running and may only be used to perform a Ramming attack (-1).

Acrobatics (Climbing): 03, Charisma (Intimidation): 07, Military Science (Danger Recognition)*: 03

Bonuses and Limitations:
Charisma (Intimidation) has Multi-Attack 2 (+2 FC).

Area-Knowledge (Eternia), Insta-Change, Iron Nerves, Language (Tiger, Eternian beasts).

He-man (High), Orko (High).

Alter-Ego (Uncontrollable), Minor Irrational Attraction to fighting.

BATTLE HELMET and SADDLE [BODY 13, Enhance (Blunt, Structural, Piercing, Slashing, Energy RV): 05 (cap is 11), Drawback: Partial Coverage, R#0, Cost: 155].


A 231 points Character

Dex: 04 Str: 04 Bod: 04 Motivation: Unwanted Power
Int: 03 Wil: 02 Min: 02 Occupation: Faithful companion
Inf: 02 Aur: 02 Spi: 02 Wealth: 000
Init: 009 HP: Shared with
other form

Analytical Smell/Tracking Scent: 05, Claws: 04, Cold Immunity: 01, Extended Hearing: 03, Jumping: 01, Running: 04, Super Hearing: 03, Swimming: 00, Ultra Vision: 04

Bonuses and Limitations:
Cringer can’t swim but he does float very well. Swimming is his ability to stay on top of the water.

Acrobatics*: 04

Familiarity (Parachuting), Insta-Change, Language (Tiger).

He-man (High), Orko (High).

Alter-Ego (Un-Controllable), Minor Irrational Fear of everything, Minor Irrational attraction to laziness and food, Minor Physical Restriction (sea-sickness), Minor Miscellaneous (Can’t swim).

By Ethan Roe.

Source of Character: Filmation Presents 1983/1984 animated series He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (particularly the “Battle-Cat” episode), 1985 to 1987 series She-Ra Princess of Power, and the movie The Secret of the Sword, voiced by Alan Oppenheimer.

Helper(s): Animals File on, Wikipedia, WikiGrayskull , IMDB, rtm2301, Darci.

Writeup completed on the 16th of December, 2018.