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Shadow Weaver, formerly known as Light Spinner, is a major antagonist-turned-supporting anti-hero of the 2018 Netflix original series She-Ra and the Princesses of Power.
She is the secondary antagonist of the first season, the secondary tritagonist of the second season, and a supporting protagonist for the third, fourth, and fifth seasons. However, due to being directly or indirectly responsible for the entirety of the central conflict between Adora and Catra, and her entirely self-serving nature, she can be considered the overarching antagonist of the series.
She is an evil sorceress and the second-in-command of the Horde. She was once a respected teacher in the magical kingdom of Mystacor and was the mentor of Micah, the future king of Bright Moon. During an accident involving dark magic, she was corrupted and transformed into a magical parasite. After this, she turned traitor and joined the Horde, eventually becoming Hordak's second-in-command. She was also the adopted mother of Adora and Catra, emotionally manipulating the former and physically and emotionally abusing the latter. After Adora defected to the Rebellion, she became bent on capturing Adora at any cost.
Her single-minded obsession with Adora led to the Horde experiencing several defeats, leading Hordak to eventually promote Catra as his new second-in-command and imprison Shadow Weaver in the Fright Zone's prisons. However, she later escaped and defected to the Rebellion.
Shadow Weaver is a domineering, cruel, and extremely manipulative. Even before transforming into a magic parasite, she was shown to attach herself to individuals who possessed great magical power, such as Micah, Adora, and Glimmer. She was extremely protective and affectionate of her adopted daughter Adora. At the same time, she was abusive and discouraging to her other ward, Catra. However, in Season Two, Shadow Weaver admits that the reason she was so hard on Catra is because she reminds her of herself. And at the end of the series, she forgive Catra for her wrongdoings, as she sacrifices herself to save her and Adora from the Guardian of the Ancients under Horde Prime’s control.
Powers and Abilities
As Light Spinner, she was considered one of the most powerful sorceresses in all of Mystacor. Her skill and knowledge in magic are shown to outshine that of Castaspella, the current ruler of Mystacor.
During her time in Hordak's service, Shadow Weaver had access to the Black Garnet, one of Etheria's elemental runestones. With the Garnet, she greatly enhanced her powers.
She is very comparable to Haggar from Legendary Defender.
Both were powerful sorceresses that were corrupted and scared by power.
Both are the parent of a major antagonist in their respective series.
Both instigated events that nearly led to the destruction of the universe.