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He-Man Sings is a nickname for a 2005 animated video titled “Fabulous Secret Powers” in which the fictional superhero character He-Man sings a rendition of the 1993 4 Non Blondes hit “What’s Up?” It has since been reuploaded to YouTube numerous times and can also be found remixed and mashed up into other videos across the web. It can also be found on Synchtube as a trolling technique.
After being inspired by the G.I. Joe PSA series, two animators from Slackcircus Studios created an animated short utilizing footage from the 1980s cartoon He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. On May 8th, 2005, the video was shared on the Something Awful forums as a downloadable file. Originally titled “Fabulous Secret Powers,” the clip featured He-Man, renamed Prince Adam, singing the 1993 hit “What’s Up?” by the 4 Non Blondes.
The same month the video was uploaded, the creators also launched a faux blog allegedly written in 1995 by the renamed He-Man character, Prince Adam. The video was shared on the eBaum’s World forums on May 22nd, 2005 as “He-Man Sings a Gay Song,” and on February 11th, 2006, the video was uploaded to YouTube for the first time as “He-Man does 4 non-blondes.” The video continued to be reuploaded to the video sharing site, where there are approximately 110 search results for “He-Man Sings” as of February 2013. Later in 2006, another artist was inspired to create their own He-Man Sings video using Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
Between 2006 and 2009, the video was discussed on TheSite.org forums, the BodyBuilding.com forums, MetaFilter, Regrettable Music, Buzzfeed and Comics Alliance. In January 2010, Slackcircus reposted the video to Vimeo where it saw an additional 257,000 views as of February 2013. In November of that year, a truncated two minute version with the intro, outro and dialogue removed was uploaded to YouTube as “HEYYEYAAEYAAAEYAEYAA” (shown below), becoming the most popular version of the video. As of February 2013, this upload has more than 30.8 million views. This version is often used as a bait and switch link, in a similar manner to the Rickroll.