She-Ra Princess of Power: The Great Rebellion
Lou Scheimer voices:
Spirit/Swift Wind
First seen in the episode " Beast Island "/" She-Ra Unchained "

Images taken from the episodes " He Ain't Heavy "


Spirit, Adora's steed, is transformed into Swift Wind, the mighty winged unicorn, when struck by energy from the jewel in She-Ra's sword.

Spirit was just Adora's horse before the day that changed her life, which in turn also changed his. Moments after Adora had first transformed into She-Ra and freed her brother from Hordak's Magna-Beam Charger, the Princess of Power leapt out of the Fright Zone and plumetted through the Fright Zone Stables, landing on Spirit. She expected the horse to run for Whispering Woods, as she had commanded, to warn the Great Rebellion of Hordak's attack - but instead, Spirit rose onto his hind legs and by the time he came back down, was transformed into Swift Wind, She-Ra's lifelong companion. From this moment, Spirit was able to speak, both as a horse and, in his new form, as the winged unicorn. [ 03 ]

However, only as Swift Wind does Spirit gain more power - just like Adora when she is She-Ra. As well as now possessing the ability to fly, Swift Wind is also granted powers of telepathy through the newly-acquired horn on his head. He can communicate with She-Ra, [ 58 ] other flying horses [ 91 ] and other Unicorns, [ 36 ] with whom he also maintains a unique bond with. A bond that was finally sealed in the last ever instalment of She-Ra Princess of Power. [ 93 ]

It was revealed that Swift Wind, a surprisingly undeveloped, though highly important, character was to become a father, a certainly landmark occurence in the series. [ 93 ] His mate, Star Wind was to give birth to Swifty's child, but the baby was captured by Hordak and Mantenna and taken to Beast Island, as part of a trap to capture She-Ra. The Horde were defeated, and the baby born. However, according to ancient legend, a unicorn-child born away from Unicorn Island will not become a Unicorn at all, so Swifty's Baby came out a simple winged horse. However, thanks to the magic of Grayskull, exisiting in She-Ra's sword, the baby was transformed into the form his parents desired, though they made a point of mentioning that they would have loved him anyway. Aaah.

Had the series continued, Swifty might have been given some more well-deserved development, but instead is left as the least-developed regular in the entire series.

One of a few things we do know about Swifty is his intimate bond with She-Ra, just as Spirit seems to have with Adora (though this is never specifically pointed out). He has faith in her abilities [ 18 , 04 , 09 ] and helps the Princess of Power out by choice. [ 36 ] Their love is rarely expressed, as Swifty seems to be represented as a means of transport in most episodes, but when it is, it is done touchingly. [ 22 , 49 ]

Swifty's role in the series often seems to be disregarded, due to the fact that She-Ra is the heroine and he is forced into a role as a supporting character. However, Swift Wind's powers should not be under-estimated, as without him, She-Ra might not have acheived some of the amazing feats we have seen her accomplish. Moving a giant dome from over the Whispering Woods [ 13 ] was largely the efforts of Swift Wind, as was transporting an enormous flying Horde Food-Warehouse [ 86 ] and, even more impressively, moving one of the Etherian moons to save Castle Bright Moon from one of Catra's attacks. [ 28 ] Also often forgotten is Swifty's speed, accelerating well-ahead of Sea Hawk's flying ship falling from the sky [ 40 ] and even defying the order of time and going back to the past!! [ 73 ]

She-Ra and Swift Wind seem to have developed some sort of destruction strategy between them as well - involving SheRa choosing a particular 'move' and Swifty complying accordingly. So far, we've come across Manoevre's 19, 36 and 55! All, coincidentally, came courtesy of Larry DiTillio. [ 33 , 40 , 52 ]

So, even though Swifty's fairly undeveloped, Spirit's case is an even bigger offender, especially seeing as the two featured in roughly the same amount of episodes. It is possible that Spirit's new-found powers granted him some sort of extra-sense, as he seems more aware of Horde attacks than Adora in some episodes, [ 05 , 11 , 30 ] but nothing is certain. It is also known that Spirit is a caring confident with others, as expressed when Kowl ran off to the Valley of the Lost [ 48 ] and that he is possibly an old horse. [ 50 ] Whereas Swift Wind was 'born' when She-Ra was, it is plausable that Spirit himself is much older.

Having said all of this, Spirit is apparently a force to be reckoned with even without his role as Swifty, as one Horde Trooper found out as Spirit tripped his vehicle up without any problems! [ 30 ]

Finally, possibly the most ridiculous assumption made about the creature is that Spirit is turned into a bird when transformed - the comment, incidentally, came from the so-called wise Kowl. [ 48 ]


She-Ra Princess of Power: The Great Rebellion: Cartoon Appearances
Spirit

Season One

Beast Island
She-Ra Unchained
Reunions
Battle for Bright Moon
Duel at Devlan
The Sea Hawk
The Red Knight
The Missing Ax
The Prisoners of Beast Island
The Peril of Whispering Woods
The Laughing Dragon
King Miro's Journey
Friendship
He Ain't Heavy
Return of the Sea Hawk
Horde Prime Takes A Holiday
Enchanted Castle
The Crystal Castle
The Crown of Knowledge
Small Problems
Book Burning
The Eldritch Mist
Bow's Farewell
Play It Again, Bow
The Reluctant Wizard
Friends Are Where You Find Them
A Talent for Trouble
The Unicorn King
The Anxious Apprentice
Zoo Story
Treasure of the First Ones
Glimmer's Story
Enemy With My Face
Welcome Back, Kowl
The Rock People
Huntara
Micah of Bright Moon
The Price of Power
Birds of a Feather
Just Like Me
My Friend, My Enemy
Unexpected Ally
The Light of the Crystal
Loo-Kee Lends a Hand
Jungle Fever
Anchors Aloft Part I
Anchors Aloft Part II
Darksmoke and Fire
Magicats
Total: 49/65

He-Man and She-Ra: A Christmas Special

Season Two

Return Of The General
Out Of The Cocoon
Something Old, Something New
Loo-Kee's Sweety
The Time Transformer
Above It All
Brigis
The Caregiver
When Whispering Woods Last Bloomed
Romeo And Glimmer
Shera Makes A Promise
Bow's Magical Gift
Sweet Bee's Home
Glimmer Come Home
Portrait of Doom
The Bibbet Story

Total: 16/28


She-Ra Princess of Power: The Great Rebellion: Cartoon Appearances
Swift Wind

Season One

She-Ra Unchained
Reunions
Battle for Bright Moon
Duel at Devlan
The Sea Hawk
The Red Knight
The Missing Ax
The Prisoners of Beast Island
The Peril of Whispering Woods
The Laughing Dragon
King Miro's Journey
Friendship
He Ain't Heavy
Return of the Sea Hawk
Horde Prime Takes A Holiday
Enchanted Castle
The Crystal Castle
The Crown of Knowledge
Small Problems
Book Burning
The Eldritch Mist
Bow's Farewell
The Price of Freedom
Play It Again, Bow
The Reluctant Wizard
Friends Are Where You Find Them
A Talent for Trouble
Troll's Dream
The Unicorn King
The Anxious Apprentice
Zoo Story
Treasure of the First Ones
Glimmer's Story
Enemy With My Face
Welcome Back, Kowl
The Rock People
Huntara
Micah of Bright Moon
The Price of Power
Birds of a Feather
For Want of a Horse
Just Like Me
My Friend, My Enemy
The Wizard
Unexpected Ally
The Light of the Crystal
Loo-Kee Lends a Hand
Of Shadows and Skulls
Black Snow
Anchors Aloft Part I
Anchors Aloft Part II
Flowers for Hordak
Wild Child
Total: 53/65

He-Man and She-Ra: A Christmas Special

Season Two

Return Of The General
Out Of The Cocoon
A Lesson In Love
Something Old, Something New
Loo-Kee's Sweety
The Time Transformer
Above It All
Brigis
The Caregiver
When Whispering Woods Last Bloomed
Romeo And Glimmer
Shera Makes A Promise
Bow's Magical Gift
Sweet Bee's Home
Glimmer Come Home
Portrait of Doom
Assault On The Hive
Swifty's Baby

Total: 18/28


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