|“||Time to show everypony what I can really do.||„|
|~ Tempest's most famous line.|
Fizzlepop Berrytwist, better known as Tempest Shadow, is the central antagonist of the 2017 animated film My Little Pony: The Movie and a cameo character in the rest of the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic series.
She was a ruthless unicorn with a broken horn and scar who once served as the second-in-command of the Storm King and the boss and later friend of Grubber. She aided the Storm King's invasion of Equestria and captured Twilight Sparkle and other princesses in order to steal their magic and make the Storm King all-powerful in return for having her horn restored. However, after being betrayed by the Storm King and saved by Twilight, she redeems herself.
Tempest Shadow was born in Ponyville, Equestria under the name of Fizzlepop Berrytwist. She had eventually met and formed a close bond with 2 other ponies: Glitter Drops and Spring Rain. One day, they were all playing with a ball, however it was blasted into a dark cave. Fizzlepop had quickly offered to go in and retrieve it, only to be attacked and mauled by an Ursa Minor. The attack given her a scar on her right eye, broken her horn, and stripped her of most of her magic. In the days that followed, Fizzlepop's friends began to distance themselves away from her, eventually enrolling in Princess Celestia's School for Gifted Unicorns, leaving Fizzlepop behind in the process.
Feeling betrayed and abandoned by her friends, Fizzlepop would soon leave her homeland to find her own path, giving up on friendship and becoming more antagonistic in tone.
Two stories exist of how she had fell into the Storm King's army.
In Issue #4 of My Little Pony: The Movie Prequel, Fizzlepop Berrytwist lurks in the desert and encounters a crashed air-ship. In the ruins, she finds a gem, however is confronted by the Storm King's foot-soldiers. Using her unstable magic, she manages to escape and she ends up in Klugetown, where she hears stories being spread about the Storm King's quest for power. The unicorn attempts to activate the gem with her magic, believing that it contains enough power to heal her scar, restore her horn, and revive her magic. However, the unicorn hears voices from the gem that reveal it to be the legendary Misfortune Malachite, a cursed relic that dooms whoever uses it. Though she refuses to believe in bad luck, she searches for a way to escape from the Storm King. With the help of a Klugetown pony named Rambler, she boards a caravan, where she opens up about her hardships.
Suddenly, the caravan is ambushed by the Storm King, still in search of the Misfortune Malachite. Fizzlepop uses Rambler as a diversion from the Storm Guards, however runs into the Storm King himself.
The Storm King seemingly intimidates the unicorn, but then congratulates her for managing to outsmart him and his Guards. When the King asks for the unicorn's name, she disguises her name as Tempest Shadow. The Storm King reveals to Tempest that he is in need of a new lieutenant due to his last one, Strife, betraying him and being killed as punishment, however agrees to let her in only if she surrenders the Malachite. Tempest refuses, wanting to fix her horn, but the King brushes this off, saying that he will eventually have enough power to heal her, but once again, tells her to do it in exchange for the Malachite. Tempest tells the Storm King that the Malachite is rumored to be cursed, bringing bad luck to whoever uses it. Despite her claims of it being a superstition, the Storm King crushes the stone, not wanting anything to get in the way of his plans.
Tempest then strikes up a deal with the Storm King: She will help him conquer Equestria to give him enough power to rule the world, should she restore his horn, to which he agrees, giving her the role of commander of his army.
In The Stormy Road to Canterlot, Fizzlepop Berrytwist (referred to as "The Unicorn" in the book) steals the Misfortune Malachite, much like in the IDW prequel comic. However in this novelization, Grubber follows her to Bleak Valley, but accepts her possession of the relic, claiming she won it fair and square. As she speaks to the hedgehog, her loneliness from her childhood ends up catching up to her, and she opens up about the origin behind her scar, and her broken horn, and shows a demonstration of her unstable magic. Feeling sorry for her, Grubber reveals himself to the unicorn and makes an offer to her to meet her master.
Trusting Grubber, the unicorn follows him to the Storm Kingdom, where she meets the Storm King himself. When asked by the King for a demonstration of power that had overpowered her forces, she demonstrates, which amazes him. Fizzlepop is then given a place in his castle, and offers to restore her horn in exchange of doing something for him. Believing that he still wants the Misfortune Malachite, she turns it over, only for the King to crush it in his palms, wanting no use for misfortune.
The King then tasks the unicorn to invade Mount Aris and steal a powerful pearl from the Queen of the Hippogriffs. The unicorn obliges, wanting to have her horn and magic back and be with her friends again. The unicorn then introduces herself as Tempest Shadow.
Soon, Tempest and Grubber infiltrate the city, and attempt to steal the pearl, only to be caught by Queen Novo. The Storm Guards ambush Mount Aris in their defense, resulting in the Hippogriffs fleeing, leaving the city destroyed and abandoned.
Despite her failure, Tempest later offers to help the Storm King take over Equestria and conquer the world in exchange for her horn, and is warned not to fail him again.
In The Great Princess Caper, it's shown that after Tempest's induction into the army, Grubber had become so impressed by Tempest's strength and ambition despite her small size, that he yearned to become her official side-kick, to which she would constantly reject him. Tempest eventually made an agreement with Grubber: Either he would successfully help her aid the Storm King's invasion of Canterlot, or he would leave her alone forever.
At some point, Tempest obtained and would later give the Storm King, the Staff of Sacanas, a powerful weapon that can steal magic and channel it to give the user strength of many armies.
Role in the Film
During Canterlot's first Friendship Festival, Tempest leads the Storm King's forces in an invasion of the city, demanding the magic of the four Alicorn princesses and turning Princess Celestia, Princess Luna, and Princess Cadance into obsidian statues when they refuse. After Twilight Sparkle and her friends escape, Tempest assumes control of the city, and the Storm King tasks her with securing all four princesses in exchange for restoring her horn.
Chasing Twilight and her friends
Tempest tracks down Twilight to the desert city of Klugetown, where she roughs up some of the townsfolk for information. When Twilight and her friends escape her clutches again, she captures a new ally they've made named Capper. Under Capper's direction, Tempest initially heads toward Black Skull Island. However, when she sees Rainbow Dash's sonic rainboom in the opposite direction, she realizes that Capper was lying. Onboard the pirate ship of Captain Celaeno, Tempest interrogates the crew about Twilight's whereabouts, unaware that she and the rest of the Mane Six are hiding below deck. After Twilight escaped her yet again, Tempest punishes Capper and Celaeno for their deception by destroying the airship on which they stood.
Tempest eventually finally captures Twilight on the Basalt Beach after her selfish actions in Seaquestria and fight with Pinkie caused her friends to abandon her, making it easier for Tempest to finally capture her with no help this time. On Tempest's sky skiff, Tempest sadistically taunts Twilight for being alone despite being the "Princess of Friendship." Twilight attempts to reason with the unicorn, stating that they were the same, only for her to respond by threatening that they were nothing alike. She then reveals through a song how she lost her horn and her friends, which left her with the outlook that friendship is meaningless, causing Twilight to feel sorry for her. Tempest then announces that friendship that failed them both, but Twilight rebukes this by saying she failed friendship.
Betrayed and redemption
Despite Twilight's attempts to reason with a fellow pony, Tempest refuses to listen and turns her over to the Storm King in Canterlot.
After the Storm King uses his Staff of Sacanas to drain the magic from the princesses, including Twilight, Tempest reminds him of their deal for him to restore her horn. But then Twilight's friends came back to save her, shocking Tempest to either how they came back or why they even came back. The Storm King sees them and tries to push them all way with his new storm powers, making a giant tornado.
However, The Storm King reveals that he was simply using Tempest to become powerful, making her do all his dirty work and had no intention of fulfilling his end of the bargain. Following a brief confrontation between the two, Tempest nearly gets swept away in the Storm King's tornado, but Twilight saves her, leaving Tempest surprised that Twilight would still show her kindness. Before the Storm King could get ready to finish the two mares off, Twilight's friends arrive and blasted him away, causing him to lose his staff, as Twilight reunites with her friends, as she reconciles with them over their respective actions. But the Storm King staff loses control and creates an uncontrollable storm. Tempest watches from the fallen rubble as Twilight manages to achieve the staff before she and the Storm King are swept away. Tempest becomes shocked by this, seeing that she was wrong about Twilight and her friends, as the Mane 5 and Spike are sad and mourn for Twilight, believing she's dead but Twilight arrives flying down from the clouds safe and unharmed, as she used the staff to stop the storm.
Sacrifice and revival
After the Storm King is finally defeated and watching Twilight hugging her friends, Tempest comes to respect friendship again and begins to leave in shame of her actions. Before she can, she spots the Storm King, still alive, and Tempest becomes shocked when he tries a last-ditch attempt to turn Twilight and her friends to obsidian. Tempest, remembering that Twilight saved her earlier, runs towards him. The gang thought she was after Twilight again, but Tempest jumps in the way of the Storm King's attack, turning her and the King into black stone. While the Storm King falls and shatters to pieces, Twilight uses the Staff of Sacanas to land her to safety on the platform. The others were shocked by this, except Twilight, who knew Tempest had it in her and turns Tempest back to normal, and she helps in turning the other princesses back to normal and restoring Canterlot to make up for both hers and the Storm King's actions.
Accepting friendship once again
Near the end of the film, during Songbird Serenade's performance, Twilight approaches Tempest, who still laments the loss of her horn. Twilight helps Tempest see that her magic is still special and powerful, horn or no horn, and encourages her to stay in Equestria. Having accepted Twilight's friendship, Tempest creates a fireworks display for the Friendship Festival and reveals her real name as Fizzlepop Berrytwist. During the film's closing credits, Tempest is seen dancing and playing with her new friends, including a reformed Grubber, now a much more happier pony.
Friendship is Magic
Although Tempest does not return in the Season 8 premiere School Daze, which takes place a two weeks after the events of the film, she is mentioned by Twilight and Starlight Glimmer, where Twilight states that Tempest declined Twilight's offer to stay in Ponyville and travelled beyond Equestria to spread the news of the Storm King's defeat.
Tempest Shadow makes a non-speaking cameo in the Season 9 episodes "The Ending of the End Part 2" and "The Last Problem". She joins with most of the other characters from the series in the final battle against Cozy Glow, Tirek and Queen Chrysalis and attends Twilight's coronation as the new ruler of Equestria.
After the events of My Little Pony: The Movie, Tempest is seen declining Twilight's offer to stay in Ponyville due to feeling that it's not where she belongs. After promising to return, she travels around Equestria to find where she fits in and helps any-pony in need like repairing damage from the Storm King's attack. Feeling unsure of herself, two ponies suggest she go to the Crystal Empire which seems to be in crisis. After arriving at the Crystal Empire, Princess Cadance openly welcomes Tempest but she feels uneasy. After explaining about what types of love are, Cadance gives Tempest the task of investigating recent incidents on the outskirts of the Crystal Empire. The next day, Tempest goes to the arctic patrol office where she meets one of her childhood friends, Glitter Drops. Glitter Drops is overjoyed and excited to see her again but Tempest is still bitter at her over the way they separated when they were little and wants to focus on the assignment. Despite Glitter Drops trying to make their moment together fun and trying to catch up on old times, Tempest continues to ignore her. Glitter Drops then explains that ponies on them outskirts are having issues with destroyed fences and stolen food. Tempest then realizes that Cadance's true motives for the mission was for her to make friends. Arriving at the residence of a pony named Icy Shanks and after a brief confrontation, he reveals that he is a victim of having his property damaged and food stolen. Frustrated by the ponies, Tempest goes off on her own to investigate the incident while remembering the day she and her friends lost the ball in the ursa minor cave which also had her lose her horn. Glitter Drops catches up with her and Tempest confronts her about abandoning her when they were little. Their dispute is interrupted by a trail of fish and believing the culprit has left them there. Going off on her own once again and attempting to prove that she doesn't need Glitter Drops 'help, she comes face-to-face with an ursa minor which has her paralyzed with fear.
Tempest started to believe in all the hardships she faced after losing her horn were all for nothing until Glitter Drops saves her from the ursa minor by blinding it. Not wanting to accept Glitter Drops' kindness and concern, she explodes in anger at Glitter Drops and declares that she doesn't need anyone to save her. This causes Glitter Drops to tearfully apologize for what happened in their childhood and she reveals that since she was the one who lost the ball in the Ursa minor's cave, it should've been her to have gotten the ball, and because Tempest lost her horn instead of her, she had been consumed with guilt ever since. This confession causes Tempest to be shocked and realizes that she was wrong about holding a grudge against her friend and the two make amends. As they search for the Ursa minor, they catch up on old times and Tempest asks Glitter Drops why she and Spring Rain abandoned her and reached out to her after leaving magic school. Glitter Drops remembers the circumstances of their separation slightly differently and reveals to Tempest that she and Spring Rain did try and include her in their games after she got out of the hospital and didn't really mind if she couldn't do what they could do. She reveals that she and Spring Rain already felt guilty about what happened and didn't want to make her sadder. Before she can explain the rest of the story, they hear the ursa minor and Glitter Drops reveals that it is not growling but calling out to its mother because it is lost and Tempest starts to feel sympathy for the creature. Tempest becomes impressed by Glitter Drops' illusion spell after she reunites it with its real mother. As the two return down the mountain, Tempest asks Glitter Drops again why she and Spring Rain never kept in touch with her and Glitter Drops confesses that she and Spring Rain were the stars of their class at home but at Princess Celestia's School for Gifted Unicorns they couldn't keep up with the advanced lessons and dropped out of school. Tempest then realizes that she and Glitter Drops have more in common than she thought. Glitter Drops tells Tempest that if she ever feels angry and alone, she has a friend who loves her. Back at the palace, Tempest reports to Princess Cadance on the events of the previous night. Knowing full well that Cadance orchestrated everything so that Tempest could reunite and reconcile with Glitter Drops, Tempest thanks her.
In the film, Tempest Shadow is described as cold, arrogant, callous, ruthless, sadistic, angry, merciless and spiteful, especially to other ponies. This was a result of her friends abandoning her as a filly when her horn broke, leading her to grow resentful and untrusting of her own kind. Since then, she was obsessed with having it restored and wouldn't hesitate to hurt others to accomplish this. Unfortunately, this obsession led to her being manipulated by the Storm King, who ultimately betrayed Tempest once she was no longer useful. She is also bossy and demanding to her right-hoof hedgehog Grubber and the Storm King's minions.
After Storm King betrayed her until Twilight saved her from being swept into a tornado, she finally realized how wrong she was and had a change of heart, one that led her to sacrifice herself in order to save Twilight and her friends from getting turned into stone by the Storm King. After being restored, she becomes a kinder pony. Even though she's still sad about her horn being broken, she accepts Twilight's friendship and dedicates her life to helping others instead of hurting them.
In the comics, Tempest felt out of place in Ponyville and traveled all over Equestria to help others for her past misdeeds. She was quite blunt and cynical to Princess Cadance, believing that she represents everything that is wrong in Equestria. She also showed resentment and bitterness to Glitter Drops for what happened in their childhood. She became outraged with Glitter Drops saving her from an Ursa minor before Glitter Drops tearfully confessed how guilty she was since the incident. Tempest realized that her misjudgement is what causing her to become evil in the first place before she reconciles with her.
Tempest Shadow received positive reception from critics and the Brony fandom. However, some people considered her ’unoriginal’ due to predecessors like Princess Luna, Starlight Glimmer, and Sunset Shimmer as the "misguided villainous mare" (who are often criticized because of how common misguided antagonists are in the series). Like King Sombra, some also mocked the character as another "edgy oc with a tragic past", a common type of fan original character, colored with shades of red.
Despite this, Tempest Shadow was praised by many for her villainous moments, her design, her redemption, her song, and Emily Blunt's performance. She became a fan-favorite to the fandom, and the most popular character in the film.
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
- School Daze - Part 1 (mentioned)
Friendship is Magic
- Nightmare Knights Issue 2
- Nightmare Knights Issue 3
- Nightmare Knights Issue 4
- Nightmare Knights Issue 5
My Little Pony/Transformers
- According to concept art and description in The Art of My Little Pony: The Movie, Tempest was originally going to be a male alicorn pony named Cosmos and was heavily implied to be Celestia and Luna's long lost younger brother. In other concepts, Tempest/Cosmos was not an antagonist, but a wild pony who left Equestria on their own path, and was shown to have prosthetic limbs consisted of other animal parts.
- Tempest's prototype name would later be recycled for the main antagonist of the 5-part story arc in the IDW comics.
- According to the trading cards, Tempest was incorrectly referred to as an earth pony. It also said that she lived beyond Equestria.
- Tempest had more screentime than the film's main antagonist, the Storm King. In addition, she served as the Heavy because she drove the plot of the film, and was more of the Mane 6's arch-nemesis, thus she is considered the film's central antagonist, an antagonist who has more screentime than the actual main antagonist and drove the plot of the film.
- Tempest Shadow is similar to Sunset Shimmer and Starlight Glimmer in that they're all powerful unicorns who claim to be evil at first, but ultimately redeemed by Twilight Sparkle and become her student in friendship.
- Despite Tempest said that she's not like Twilight, she is considered to be darker reflection of Twilight and the rest of the Mane 6 to an extent. Tempest even admitted she and Twilight are nearly alike as both were abandoned by their close friends (Twilight angrily lashed out at the Mane 6 while Tempest's friends abandoned her in fear of Tempest's broken horn malfunctioning) However, the Mane 6 didn't give up on each other while Tempest had gave up on both her friends. Tempest also represents what the Mane 6 would've become if they didn't reconcile after their fight.
- Tempest's redemption, in a way is similar to Discord's true redemption at the end of Season 4: Both individuals are misguided by a power-hungry tyrant who offers them something greater than friendship, only to end up betraying them in the end before they were saved and reformed by Twilight, which they repay her with gratitude.