23 November 2011

Imp's first appearance...

One of the things I tend to forget about the She-Ra series is the way in which the writers originally presented the character relationship between Hordak and Imp; specifically in the episodes "She-Ra Unchained", which was Imp's debut, and "The Red Knight". Both of these episodes feature Hordak clearly treating Imp as if he would any other Evil Horde character in the series. It is strange to watch Hordak admonish Imp and call him names. Thankfully this did not last! As I have expressed before, Don Heckman had the unique ability to write Imp perfectly, and was the one writer to really focus on the character relationship between he and Hordak. When Hordak expresses that Imp is the only one that he can trust in the episode "Friends Are Where You Find Them", Don Heckman proved that you can have a genuine friendship without possible betrayal between villains!


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12 comments:

Boldzoar said...

Imp was underrated, the bad guys deserved funny sidekicks, too.

Brandon said...

What episode was Imp's last appearance?

Kevin Martinell said...

Yes, I did notice how harsh Hordak was to Imp in "The Red Knight," but on nearly all other occasions, he sticks up for Imp (Ex.: Like when Imp gets into an argument with one of Hordak's warriors, mainly Catra) or treats him like a close friend! Imp is hilarious in this scene as he first looks bored out of his mind, but when Hordak turns to him, he shouts, very annoyed: "WHAT IS IT?" :) Thanks for reading and God Bless! ~"KevyGuy" :)

Chris (He-Fan) said...

Imp was great because he added (slight) depth to Hordak, and also because he was a really fun and funny character - perhaps he & Hordak had just met in this episode, taking place before Hordak grew to love him?? :)

Go Green at Battin said...

Imp was like Orko for the Horde-- driving the everyone, but Hordak, crazy and being the biggest tattle tell of all time!

Kelly

Brett said...

Imp was such an odd character, in my opinion--somewhere between lackey and familiar. With all of your (S)He-Wisdom, James, do you know whether or not he was always intended to be just another lackey, or if he was always meant to be something more to Hordak?

Geret said...

Not a huge fan of Imp. He reminds me so much of "Bat Mite" from the Batman cartoon/comics.

chosen1heath@me.cm said...

I always think of Imp as a pet rather than a henchmen. Hordak was evil, but needed that counterbalance, much like Skeletor had with Panthor. Even Battlecat shows a much fiercer role when you compare him to He-Man, so there is another balance there as well.

Brandon Benge said...

I know these shows were aimed at kids, but even then I didn't really understand why anyone would keep Orko or Imp or any of the the other little screw-ups around.

David Monid said...

It was certanly nice to see that Hordak had at least one Horde member that he respected and vice-versa.

Of course being the teachers pet, he will have trouble hanging out with the other Horde members. Oh but imagine if he had worked for Skeletor, he probably might be tempted to whack him on the head with his Havoc Staff. :D

Tyler Baker said...

I think this couldve worked both ways but I'm happy they stuck w making Imp the brown noser.

SirBush said...

I definitely think of Imp as Hordak's familiar - even if he wasn't exactly a magician in the She-Ra series (although he clearly was upon being re-introduced through the MYP MOTU series). Did they ever plan a figure of Imp?

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