When the toys were first released, I don't remember any mention of Adam and Cringer. I mean, there were little mini-comics included with each figure and maybe that shit was mentioned there...I don't recall. Mostly I just remember them being about He-Man beating Skeletor's ass for some goddamned reason. Skeletor fucked up a lot of shit, apparently.
Anyhow, my point is, that may have just been some bullshit for a dumb-ass cartoon. I mean, take a look at Battle Cat. All that bad-ass armor, right? And he's snarling and all like he's about to drag a muthafucka into the tall grass where no one will ever find his remains.
Now...if you took that armor off, Battle Cat still had the same mean-ass mug. There was none of this Cringer bullshit. That creature was not designed in any way for cringing.
So, the only change it brought about was a wardrobe alteration. And I figure it only does that because He-Man doesn't have a whole lotta time to waste on physically changing into his battle panties. Skeletor's out fucking up Eternia and shit, and there's no time to waste.
He-Man is still the same dude. He's just putting on an act as Adam, because he knew Earth children weren't entirely prepared for some full-on Conan type barbarism shit.
"You must be proud, bold, pleasant, resolute,
And now and then stab, as occasion serves."
Edward II: Act 2 Scene 1, by Christopher Marlowe