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The Heroic Human Periscope. 

Context

Mekaneck was a minor hero with the ability to stretch his neck.

He was introduced during the second season of the 1983-1985 He-man and the Masters of the Universe animated series.

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Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed, possibly Mekaneck.
  • Known Relatives: Phillip (son).
  • Group Affiliation: Heroic Warriors.
  • Base of Operations: The Royal Palace.
  • Height: 5’8″ (1.72m). Weight: 205 lbs. (93 Kg.).
  • Eyes: Blue. Hair: Unrevealed, though his son had blond hair he may have gotten from his father.

Powers & Abilities

Mekaneck is a cyborg, with portions of his head and his neck having been replaced by implants.

He can stretch his neck like a periscope to get a better vantage point, spotting enemies.

Mekaneck’s telescoping visual powers also support facial-recognition software to identify targets.

He’s able to see traps and laser-mines several yards ahead of him. He can also see through stone walls.

Finally, he’s shown the incredible ability to spin like a top. This usually flings away enemies trying to grapple him.

Mekaneck - Masters of the Universe - telescoped neck

History

Mekaneck was visiting Dragon Mountain with his son Phillip. They were relaxing in a forest when a sudden fierce storm carried Phillip away.

Once the storm had passed Mekaneck desperately searched for the boy. It was difficult for him because he had severely injured his neck and was in great pain.

Finally, the pain was too much, and he fainted. Man-At-Arms found him.

Man-At-Arms was able to give him a mechanical neck. The grateful Mekaneck remained at the palace to serve King Randor.

Adventuring with He-man

Dragons started disappearing from Dragon Mountain. He-man asked Mekaneck and Buzz-Off to help search for clues.

Mekaneck spotted Kobra Khan and Webstor. The pair was using a device to transport the dragons off-planet.

Mekaneck and Buzz-Off, along with He-man, tried to stop the villains. However, they were also transported to the planet Mero.

On Mero, the Dharmi had hired Kobra Khan to bring the dragons to fight in the arena for their amusement.

He-man fought bravely but would’ve lost if not for the arrival of the king of dragons, Granamyr. Granamyr defeated the Dharmi with a wave of his hand.

Mekaneck - Masters of the Universe - visually identifying two villains computer POV

POV: Mekaneck visually identifying two villains.

The duplicating machine

Mekaneck joined Sy-Klone at the Royal Palace. There, Jova was telling the King and Queen of the plight of his people. Their vein of bambyte, a gemstone allowing them to turn invisible, was disappearing. Without it, they would perish to the many predators that live in their forest.

Meanwhile, Man-At-Arms had been testing a duplicating machine. But it wasn’t quite complete – it duplicated everything at half-size. Still, Man-At-Arms could use it to duplicate the remaining bambyte and give them a lifetime supply.

However, Skeletor stole the machine for himself. The fiend then duplicated himself many times over. An army of “Skeletoids” attacked simultaneously across Eternia.

He-man and Mekaneck went to Snake Mountain. There, they destroyed the duplicating machine, causing all the Skeletoids to vanish. They also recovered Skeletor’s hoard of bambyte.

Search for a son

Mekaneck returned to Dragon Mountain many times to search for his son. But each time, he returned empty-handed. Still, he kept going in the hope that he would reunite with his son.

As chance would have it, Phillip was found wandering by a thieving magician named Count Marzo.

Marzo taught Phillip some magical tunes to play on his flute, then manipulated him into using it to charm merchants. But Phillip refused. Marzo decided instead to trade him for the King and Queen.

Revelations and peace

Count Marzo appeared to Mekaneck and revealed to him his son was alive and well. He offered a trade. Phillip for the King and Queen. Mekaneck refused. Instead, he and his friends set out to locate both Marzo and his son.

Marzo captured the King and Queen without Phillip’s help. But in the end, He-man and Mekaneck were able to save them all.

Reunited with his son, Mekaneck settled for a less adventurous life. But he was present at the next Christmas party at the Royal Palace.

Description

Mekaneck wears a blue bodysuit with red armor over it. Plus stylish black barbarian shorts and light blue boots.

(Writeups.org doesn’t actually suggest wearing black barbarian fur briefs to look stylish – ed.).

When his neck extends it’s metallic silver.

Mekaneck’s voice has always sounded synthesized, even before his neck was made mechanical.

Mekaneck - Masters of the Universe - with his son

With his son.

Personality

Mekaneck enjoys sports and playing with youngsters.

He often was sad because it brought back the memory of his lost son.

After Man-At-Arms replaced his neck with a bionic one, Mekaneck has been faithful and loyal to the King and Queen. Even when offered a trade for his son’s return he wouldn’t compromise his virtues.

Mekaneck - Masters of the Universe - human periscope

Quotes

“You’re a real pain in the neck, Khan.”

“I have a little trick up my neck for snake-face.”

He-man: “Mekaneck, can you spot our friends ?”
Mekaneck: “Leave it to me, He-man.”

(Skeletor’s Skeletoids, miniature versions of himself, create a sonic wave hitting He-man and Mekaneck. Mekaneck raised his head high above so he was unaffected)
Mekaneck: “Looks like you missed someone. Me.”
(Skeletoids raise sonic wave to Mekanecks head height)
Mekaneck: “I should’ve kept my mouth shut !”

Man-At-Arms: “Mekaneck, would you like to lead the caravan across the desert ?”
Mekaneck: “I would be honored to serve my King and Queen in any way, Man-At-Arms.”

“I’ll go ahead and scout it out.”

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Mekaneck

A 529 points Character.

Dex: 04 Str: 04 Bod: 04
Int: 04 Wil: 05 Min: 05
Inf: 03 Aur: 03 Spi: 04
Init: 011 HP: 020

Powers:

Detect (Traps): 05, Data Storage: 11, Skin Armor: 03, Stretching: 05, Superspeed: 10, Telescopic Vision: 05, X-Ray Vision: 08

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Detect is a visual Power. Mekaneck can see where traps, bombs, etc. are even if completely hidden. But Mekaneck must make an active effort to see the danger (-1).
  • Detect is Discerning (+1).
  • Skin Armor only applies to Mekaneck’s head and neck (-1).
  • Stretching only affects Mekaneck’s neck, no grappling ability, and no RV bonus (-2).
  • Superspeed may only be used to spin like a top, APs can substitute for either Dex or Hand to Hand EV (-4).
  • X-Ray Vision may not see through lead.

Skills:

Acrobatics (Athletics): 05, Vehicles (Land): 04

Advantages:

None demonstrated.

Connections:

Buzz-Off (High), Royal Palace (High).

Drawbacks:

None demonstrated.

Motivation:

Upholding the Good.

Occupation:

Heroic Warrior.

Wealth:

000


Design notes

Mekaneck’s son has blue eyes, which is a recessive trait, so Mekaneck likely has blue eyes.

Mekaneck was originally called “Spy-Man” in the Filmation bible for the series.

Mekaneck has lots of mobility in his neck. For instance, he can snake around corners. Once, he extended his head into a pit. His son grabbed hold and Mekaneck hauled him up to safety. For lifting with his neck, just use his STR Attribute.

Mekaneck’s action figure came with a large club but was never seen in the series. If you prefer him to have it, add:
– Weaponry (Melee): 04.
– Metal Club [BODY 05, Enhance (EV): 02 (cap is 07), Descriptor: Bludgeon].


Writeups.org writer avatar Ethan Roe

By Ethan Roe.

Source of Character: The 1983/1984 animated series He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and the 1985 He-man and She-Ra: a Christmas Special. Voiced by Lou Scheimer.

Helper(s): Wikipedia, Darci.

Writeup completed on the 7th of February, 2021.