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Queen Marlena (1980s Masters of the Universe)

Queen Marlena

(He-Man and the Masters of the Universe)


Context

Marlena is the Queen of Eternia on the 1983-1984 He-man and the Masters of the Universe cartoon. She’s an astronaut from Earth who crash-landed on Eternia.

The Queen Marlena profile has two companion articles:


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Background

  • Real Name: Marlena Glenn.
  • Note: Her last name is probably a nod to the American Astronaut, John Glenn .
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: King Randor (Husband), Prince Adam (Son), Princess Adora (Daughter), Lady Edwina (Niece), King Miro (Father in Law).
  • Group Affiliation: The Royal Family.
  • Base of Operations: The Royal Palace.
  • Height: 5’6″ Weight: 120 lbs.
  • Eyes: Black Hair: Red.


Powers & Abilities

Reputedly the greatest aviator Earth ever produced. Marlena proved to be a great fighter pilot and inspiring leader when she led a sortied against Skeletor’s army.

Marlena knows many dog-fighting maneuvers, to gain position against enemy aircraft.

She is skilled in the martial arts, likely judo. But her skills have atrophied with time.

Ms. Glenn is trained as an astronaut. On Earth, her skill and knowledge are legendary. She thus was chosen as the sole pilot of The Rainbow Explorer, an Earth-manufactured spacecraft that doubles as a fighter-jet.

As such she was issued a form-fitting spacesuit. She also knows Earth’s coordinates by heart.

Marlena became the Queen of Eternia. Her title demands respect and obedience.


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History

Queen Marlena is a human from the planet Earth. One of the first female astronauts.

She was alone traveling aboard the Space Probe Valiant – later called the Rainbow Explorer. However, a cosmic storm swept her off course.

Marlena completely lost communication with Earth. A million miles from home and stuck in the middle of an asteroid shower.

Eternia

Then a small planet came into view.  Marlena crossed her fingers, hoped for the best, and crash-landed there. She brought the ship in for a hard landing having only one working engine.

(Since she doesn’t react to gravity, air quality, etc. on Eternia, I can assume that Eternia is very similar to Earth).

Queen Marlena (1980s Masters of the Universe) Rainbow Explorer spaceship in space

A youthful King Randor saw the crash and investigated. Randor lifted Marlena from the ground, invited her to his Palace.

In a few days, she would be rested enough to return to her home planet. Marlena instead fell in love with the young king and with Eternia itself. She stayed and became his Queen.

Years passed and Marlena gave birth to fraternal twins, Adam and Adora.

For the Horde

Hordak led an assault on Eternia. The attack ultimately failed – but he was able to escape with the Princess, Adora. His apprentice, Skeletor, was left behind on Eternia.

Skeletor established a persistent threat in Eternia against the Royal Palace. Thankfully, a hero appeared to combat this threat – He-man.


A bit of trivia

The coordinates in He-man & She-ra: A Christmas Special, marked the location where Orko landed. Queen Marlena recognized the coordinates for Earth.

But each of the numbers actually relates to Filmation’s place of business. 18107 was their street number, 818 345-7414 was the phone number, and 4720847 was the telex  number. There are some other numbers on the screen and may also have some significance.


Queen Marlena (1980s Masters of the Universe) coordinates for Earth Orko

Earth Coordinates where Orko landed.



Description

Marlena wears a green gown accented only by a golden belt and her Queen’s crown.


Personality

Marlena puts off a regal and dignified aura. She’s serious-minded and compassionate.

She is almost always at King Randor’s side. They have a happy marriage and she trusts him to run the Kingdom.

Marlena is very proud of both Randor and Adam.

She has stepped up as a capable leader when necessary.


Quotes

“Well, Marlena old girl, you’re on your own this time.”

“I think Adam inherited from me what we Earthlings call ‘a sense of humor’.”

Queen Marlena (1980s Masters of the Universe) portraits

“My real home is here on Eternia with you (Adam) and your father. I wouldn’t trade anything for the life we have together..”

(After Teela loses a Sky-Sled tournament)
Teela: “But he was above me. There was nothing I could do, I couldn’t aim at him up there !”
Queen Marlena: “Excuse me. On Earth, we had a maneuver called the Immelman turn (video). I could show it to you if you like.”
Teela: “Sure, uh, sometime maybe.”

Prince Adam: “Mother, I was just wondering…”
Queen Marlena: “Yes, what is it Adam ?”
Prince Adam: “Well, I was wondering when Skeletor had us all chained up, why did you free me instead of one of the others ?”
Queen Marlena: “Because you are my son, Adam. I didn’t have time to free everyone. And I had a ‘feeling’ you would know what to do.”
Prince Adam: “Uh, Mother ? Uh…”
Queen Marlena: “Adam. A mother always knows her own son. And what he is capable of doing. I’ve always been very proud of you Adam.”



Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Queen Marlena

Dex: 03 Str: 02 Bod: 03 Motivation: Responsibility of Power
Int: 05 Wil: 05 Min: 04 Occupation: Queen of Eternia, former American Astronaut
Inf: 04 Aur: 04 Spi: 04 Wealth: 020
Init: 014 HP: 010

Skills:
Martial Artist: 03, Vehicles (Air, Space): 08, Weaponry (Heavy): 05

Advantages:
Credentials (High – Lieutenant with Nasa), Expertise (Earth Science, Mathematics, Skiing), Familiarity (Pre 1980’s Earth), Headquarters Expansive (Royal Palace), Scholar (Astronaut procedures).

Connections:
Royal Palace (High).

Drawbacks:
Authority Figure, Dependent (Husband, King Randor), Dependent (Son, Adam – 0 pts).

Equipment:

  • Marlena came to Eternia with a spacecraft and spacesuit. These were damaged but repaired by Man-At-Arms.
  • THE RAINBOW EXPLORER [BODY (Hardened) 10 STR 08, Flame Project: 09, Flight: 11, Laser beam: 09, Radar Sense: 20, Bonuses and Limitations: Flame Project has a range of 02 APs directly behind the ship, R#3]. The Rainbow Explorer is armed with a short-range Air-to-Air missile. This spacecraft was originally called the Valiant.
  • SHORT-RANGE AIR-TO-AIR MISSILE [BODY 02, Bomb: 12, Flight: 12, R#02, Grenade drawback, Limitations: Bomb had No Range, Flight can only be sustained for two Phases (-2)].
  • EARTH SPACESUIT [BODY 03, Sealed Systems: 12, R#2].

Design notes

The Rainbow Explorer can be compared to a fast attack jet. So, I started with stats as needed from BOH:SE take on the F-15 Strike Eagle.

A young Queen Marlena performs an impressive shoulder throw on Skeletor (She-Ra episode: “Reunions”). At that time she had Martial Artist: 05.

By Ethan Roe.

Source of Character: The 1983/1984 animated series He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and 1985-1987 She-Ra Princess of Power, He-man & She-Ra: A Christmas Special. Voiced by Jay Scheimer and Linda Gary (Dewoskin) Howerton (initially miscredited as “Linda Gray”, later as “Linda Gary”).

Helper(s): imdb.com , Wikipedia.

Writeup completed on the 5th of May, 2020.