Drawing for Myself – Faker

May 30, 2011 by  
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And now for one of my favorite figures from the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe line. A re-imagining that I’ve been eager to take on.

Yes, I like my Faker blue! And I’ll tell you what–I had a heckuva time justifying this design choice outside of “it looks neat to have an evil He-Man with blue skin”. So here’s how I’d explain it:

Back in the Filmation series there was an episode with Faker called The Shaping Staff (scoot to around the 3:30 mark):

Faker, an android double of He-Man, was created to trick the Sorceress, and because of this, he looked exactly like He-Man. Makes sense. Then, why was the toy blue? Theories are explored on the BCI DVD extra features, but that’s not important to me. The crucial matter is, how can I make Faker’s skin blue while still having him serve as He-Man’s double?

I thought of Batman villains and came up with something that I think would be super fun for a reboot of the MotU series. Faker was indeed meant to be a robot doppelganger, programmed to mimic He-Man perfectly. During his first mission, he got into a scrape with He-Man, and something awful happened (maybe even the same thing that happened in The Shaping Staff episode, with some new details). Faker was damaged, but not destroyed. Critical parts of his pseudo-organic systems malfunctioned and left his skin blue, and some of his circuitry showing. What’s more, his core programming was damaged as well, so now he honestly believes that he is the real He-Man, and the other is the faker. His sinister programming survived the incident, so he’s now a savage, twisted creature utterly obsessed with destroying He-Man and taking his place. He thinks He-Man has deluded the people of Eternia into trusting him, and Faker watches with a mad jealousy. He’s the desperate, deluded soul who thinks the world has taken everything from him, and he’ll do anything to get it back.

Kinda tragic, which would make for some awesome conflicts. As Ryan Estrada once said in an ep of the Comics Are Great! podcast, everyone is the hero of their own story.

I think I’d like writing about this guy. Mattel, give me the green light on this, please.

Update: I recorded the process of coloring this piece. You can watch it here at 300x speed!

Past re-imaginings:


3 Responses to “Drawing for Myself – Faker”
  1. Jesse Hughes says:

    I have to say, your Faker just became several times more interesting than any other incarnation I’ve seen of him. Which are, admittedly, kinda few.

  2. Since the original toy was blue it was Filmation who got it wrong. Maybe if they gave him a temporary color change, like Zartan without the sunlight, but he can only hold He-Man’s skin color for a certain amount of time.

    • Jerzy Drozd says:

      That would work for a pretty cool toy, actually. But I’m fond of the villain who is “damaged” indirectly through a hero’s actions, and he is obsessed with the hero because of it. There’s a lovely tragedy to that situation, especially when you involve a really, really good guy like He-Man.