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25th Apr '17 11:56:48 AM Theriocephalus
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* Creator/AnneMcCaffrey's Literature/AcornaSeries is a sci-fi take. A trio of asteroid miners find a [[PettingZooPeople Petting Zoo Unicorn Person]] baby in an escape pod; she goes from a baby with a vocabulary of three words to an adolescent in the space of two years. Much is made of how attractive she is. Her horn purifies water and air and heals wounds, she is an obligatory vegetarian, and it turns out she's an alien. Much later, reunited with her people, it turns out that they are descended from the last unicorns from Earth and the SufficientlyAdvancedAlien race that rescued them.
** There is the interesting detail that unicorn people on their replacement homeworld have patterned skins with different colors, and being born in space or spending a certain amount of time offworld leads to being bleached silver-white.

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* Creator/AnneMcCaffrey's Literature/AcornaSeries is a sci-fi take. A trio of asteroid miners find a [[PettingZooPeople Petting Zoo Unicorn Person]] baby in an escape pod; she goes from a baby with a vocabulary of three words to an adolescent in the space of two years. Much is made of how attractive she is. Her horn purifies water and air and heals wounds, she is an obligatory vegetarian, and it turns out she's an alien. Much later, reunited with her people, it turns out that they are descended from the last unicorns from Earth and the SufficientlyAdvancedAlien race that rescued them.
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them. There is also the interesting detail that unicorn people on their replacement homeworld have patterned skins with different colors, and being born in space or spending a certain amount of time offworld leads to being bleached silver-white.



* Meredith Ann Pierce's ''Literature/TheFirebringerTrilogy'', which has unicorns as protagonists, is ''made'' of this trope. The unicorns as a species have considered themselves at war with [[GiantFlyer gryphons]] and wyverns for the past four centuries. Their society is rigidly controlled, and it is believed that any unicorn who leaves or is exiled will turn into a horse. This turns out [[spoiler:not to be true, of course...in fact, it's revealed that drinking from a magical pond will change a horse into a unicorn.]]
* On the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', unicorns, like the fairies, adhere to the more classical myths of vicious supernatural creatures (though they are still subject to VirginPower). As in RealLife, people have misremembered unicorns and fairies as cutesy magical pals for little girls.

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* Meredith Ann Pierce's ''Literature/TheFirebringerTrilogy'', which has unicorns as protagonists, is ''made'' of this trope. The unicorns as a species have considered themselves at war with [[GiantFlyer gryphons]] and wyverns for the past four centuries. Their society is rigidly controlled, and it is believed that any unicorn who leaves or is exiled will turn into a horse. This turns out [[spoiler:not to be true, of course... in fact, it's revealed that drinking from a magical pond will change a horse into a unicorn.]]
* On the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', unicorns, ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Unicorns,
like the fairies, adhere to the more classical myths of vicious supernatural creatures (though they are still subject to VirginPower). As in RealLife, people have misremembered unicorns and fairies as cutesy magical pals for little girls.



* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' unicorns are just about the least threatening thing you'll find in the Forbidden Forest. The foals are golden, but they turn silver when they're about two, and of course white as adults. They're described as being 'pure', and to kill one and drink its blood will save your life from anything, but [[UnicornsAreSacred the act is so evil]] that you are doomed to 'a half life... a cursed life.' Unknown what that actually meant. Unicorn parts have other uses without the drawback as they don't require killing unicorn to get them. For example, the hairs are used for wand cores, as well as rope. You can also apparently get a bit of horn without killing the unicorn, as there are no qualms about using unicorn horn in potions.
** Unicorn blood was [[SilverHasMysticPowers silver]], resembling [[AlienBlood mercury]].
* We never get to see them, but Creator/TamoraPierce's ''Literature/TortallUniverse'' has killer unicorns.
** The most skilled of the Shang warriors take the names of magical creatures; there's a short story about the girl who eventually becomes the Shang Unicorn.

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' unicorns are just about the least threatening thing you'll find in the Forbidden Forest. The foals are golden, but they turn silver when they're about two, and of course white as adults. They're described as being 'pure', and to kill one and drink its blood (which the movies portray as [[AlienBlood silver, resembling mercury]]) will save your life from anything, but [[UnicornsAreSacred the act is so evil]] that you are doomed to 'a half life... a cursed life.' Unknown what that actually meant. Unicorn parts have other uses without the drawback as they don't require killing unicorn to get them. For example, the hairs are used for wand cores, as well as rope. You can also apparently get a bit of horn without killing the unicorn, as there are no qualms about using unicorn horn in potions.
** Unicorn blood was [[SilverHasMysticPowers silver]], resembling [[AlienBlood mercury]].
* We never get to see them, but Creator/TamoraPierce's ''Literature/TortallUniverse'' has killer unicorns.
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unicorns. The most skilled of the Shang warriors take the names of magical creatures; there's a short story about the girl who eventually becomes the Shang Unicorn.



* HardBoiledWonderlandAndTheEndOfTheWorld. The "Hard-Boiled Wonderland" segments has the protagonist encounter a unicorn skull, while "The End of the World" segments has the protagonist read old dreams from a unicorn skull. There are also unicorn-like creatures that reside outside the Town.

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* HardBoiledWonderlandAndTheEndOfTheWorld. ''Literature/HardBoiledWonderlandAndTheEndOfTheWorld'': The "Hard-Boiled Wonderland" segments has the protagonist encounter a unicorn skull, while "The End of the World" segments has the protagonist read old dreams from a unicorn skull. There are also unicorn-like creatures that reside outside the Town.
25th Apr '17 11:52:12 AM Theriocephalus
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*** In the fourth incarnation, they have all have their unique trick in addition to some basic magic like levitation, the extent of which depends on their personal skill and dedication. Twilight Sparkle, the primary heroine, is a student of magic whose [[TheGift special talent]] is magic, allowing her to learn all unicorn magic. Most unicorns have vastly less power and versatility. The third-season opener also had one of the rare cases of an ''ObviouslyEvil'' unicorn, King Sombra, a merciless tyrant who's been described as the [[AlternateCompanyEquivalent pony equivalent]] of [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Sauron.]]

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*** In the fourth incarnation, they have all have their unique trick trick, such as Rarity's gem-finding spell and Shining Armor's magic shields, in addition to some basic magic like levitation, the extent of which depends on their personal skill and dedication. Twilight Sparkle, the primary heroine, is a student of magic whose [[TheGift special talent]] is magic, allowing her to theoretically learn all unicorn magic. Most unicorns have vastly less power and versatility. The third-season opener also had one of the rare cases of an ''ObviouslyEvil'' unicorn, King Sombra, a merciless tyrant who's been described as the [[AlternateCompanyEquivalent pony equivalent]] of [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Sauron.]]
22nd Apr '17 4:55:44 PM nombretomado
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* Sigfried in ''SuikodenII'', who you can only recruit by bringing a maiden before him.

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* Sigfried in ''SuikodenII'', ''VideoGame/SuikodenII'', who you can only recruit by bringing a maiden before him.
17th Apr '17 3:14:36 PM Chariset
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* Creator/PiersAnthony's ''Literature/ApprenticeAdept'' series heavily features unicorns. He goes for the "horse with a horn" image, but his unicorns can [[VoluntaryShapeshifter shapeshift]] into human and other forms, play music on their horns (accompanied by hoofbeats), dissipate body heat by breathing fire, perform crazy acrobatics, and are magic-resistant to the point where if a herd of them stand in a circle, no spells can be cast within.
** Stile talks with a male unicorn (who's in human form at the moment) about various things, such as unicorn stallions not being able to breed unless they're in charge of the herd. Stile then brings up the myth of if a [[VirginPower beautiful virgin sits out in the forest, a unicorn will come up and lay his head in her lap]]; the unicorn laughs and says it wouldn't be his ''head'' he'd try to put in her lap. ([[AuthorAppeal Dammit, Piers]].)

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* Creator/PiersAnthony's ''Literature/ApprenticeAdept'' series heavily features unicorns. He goes for the "horse with a horn" image, but his unicorns can [[VoluntaryShapeshifter shapeshift]] into human and other forms, play music on their horns (accompanied by hoofbeats), (and use hoofbeats for percussion), dissipate body heat by breathing fire, perform crazy acrobatics, and are magic-resistant to the point where if a herd of them stand in a circle, no spells can be cast within.
within. Unicorn Neysa also demonstrates her LivingLieDetector powers by impaling Stile with her horn -- since he wasn't using deceit, he wasn't harmed.
** Stile talks with a male unicorn (who's in human form at the moment) about various things, such as unicorn stallions not being able to breed unless they're in charge of the herd. Stile then brings up But when his mentions the myth myths of if a [[VirginPower beautiful virgin sits out in the forest, a virgin's power over a unicorn will come up and lay his head in her lap]]; stallion]], the unicorn laughs and says it he wouldn't be put his ''head'' he'd try to put in her a young woman's lap. ([[AuthorAppeal Dammit, Piers]].)



** In thes ''TheHalfbloodChronicles'' series, cowritten with Creator/AndreNorton, "[[CallAPegasusAHippogryph Alicorns]]" are ferocious predators that were created to be war steeds but were too stupid and aggressive to use. So of course, their [[TheFairFolk creators]] released them into the wild. A pair of elves on the run find that the one who can make small modifications to animals can also make them rideable, but they're not to be trusted.

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** In thes ''TheHalfbloodChronicles'' series, cowritten co-written with Creator/AndreNorton, "[[CallAPegasusAHippogryph Alicorns]]" are ferocious predators that were created to be war steeds but were too stupid and aggressive to use. So of course, their [[TheFairFolk creators]] released them into the wild. A pair of elves on the run find that the one who can make small modifications to animals can also make them rideable, but they're not to be trusted.
8th Apr '17 10:02:29 AM Sharlee
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* Ice Breakers mints use the "Unicorn Of Your Confidence" as a mascot in some commercials.
19th Mar '17 10:53:05 AM GlassRain
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* The steed of choice in ''Webcomic/LeifAndThorn''. Thorn's steed, Caiomhe, [[http://leifandthorn.com/comic/an-incredibly-platonic-storyline-1864/ reacts badly to Leif]], giving both of them different ideas about how he might be "impure."
18th Mar '17 7:31:15 PM nombretomado
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* ''Franchise/{{Neopets}}'': The Uni is based on this and a {{Pegasus}}.

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* ''Franchise/{{Neopets}}'': ''Website/{{Neopets}}'': The Uni is based on this and a {{Pegasus}}.
26th Feb '17 4:59:26 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Film/TheLegoMovie'', the leader of "Cloudcuckooland" (yes, just as it sounds) is Uni-Kitty, part cat, part unicorn, who is always, always cheerful (it's required in the job description). Something ''very'' "disturbed" appears when she finally cracks.

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* In ''Film/TheLegoMovie'', ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie'', the leader of "Cloudcuckooland" (yes, just as it sounds) is Uni-Kitty, part cat, part unicorn, who is always, always cheerful (it's required in the job description). Something ''very'' "disturbed" appears when she finally cracks.
22nd Feb '17 12:15:42 AM Theriocephalus
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* ''Literature/SummerKnight'', the fourth in Creator/JimButcher's ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', features a creepy, almost H.R. Giger-esque entity Harry believes is a Unseelie unicorn that's so aggressive, it could give Pliny's unicorn a run for its money.

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* ''Literature/SummerKnight'', the fourth in Creator/JimButcher's ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', features a creepy, almost H.R. Giger-esque entity Harry believes is a Unseelie unicorn that's so aggressive, it could give Pliny's unicorn a run for its money. It's described as having a mane like rotted cobwebs, and instead of fur it has a green-black, chitinous carapace, plates of which completely cover its eyes. Its horn is wickedly pointed, its spirals are serrated and stained, and it has a second set of ram-like horns. A typical fairytale unicorn this is ''not''. [[spoiler:It's also not a unicorn at all, but a centaur in magical disguise.]]



--> I thought they were quite rare these days
--> Yep and the unicorns are hard to find too

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--> I thought they were quite rare these days
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--> Yep Yep, and the unicorns are hard to find tootoo.



* Appear occasionally in the ''EnchantedForestChronicles'', where they're basically horned horses that speak and seem to be very narcissistic.

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* Appear occasionally in the ''EnchantedForestChronicles'', ''Literature/EnchantedForestChronicles'', where they're basically horned horses that speak and seem to be very narcissistic.



* Unicorns of ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' are described as shaggy goat-like animals, and like most magical creatures their numbers are in decline. In modern times they're only found on the island of Skagos, although it's implied some survive in the far east. In ''A Dance with Dragons'', Jon has a wolf vision of Shaggydog killing a unicorn on Skagos.

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* Unicorns of ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' are described as shaggy goat-like animals, and like most magical creatures their numbers are in decline. In modern times they're only found on the island of Skagos, although it's implied some survive in the far east.east on the island of Ibben. In ''A Dance with Dragons'', Jon has a wolf vision of Shaggydog killing a unicorn on Skagos.



* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Fantasy'', the Unicorns in the Wood Elf army book are cruel forest spirits but Bretonians and High Elves have been shown using more familiar Unicorns.

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Fantasy'', the Unicorns in the Wood Elf army book are cruel forest spirits but Bretonians Bretonnians and High Elves have been shown using more familiar Unicorns.



* In ''{{Fate}}'', dire unicorns can be battled in the Dungeon. Your pet can be transformed into one of these by feeding it the right power-ups, or into a regular unicorn (not otherwise seen in the game).

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* In ''{{Fate}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Fate}}'', dire unicorns can be battled in the Dungeon. Your pet can be transformed into one of these by feeding it the right power-ups, or into a regular unicorn (not otherwise seen in the game).



** Ixion in ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games is usually presented as an evil-looking unicorn with a single antler-like horn. (Not always, though - in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIIRevenantWings'', it's just an evil-looking horse, without a horn)

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** Ixion in the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games is usually presented as an evil-looking unicorn with a single antler-like horn. (Not always, though - -- in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIIRevenantWings'', it's just an evil-looking horse, without a horn)



* Rapidash from ''{{Pokemon}}'' is a unicorn ''[[IncendiaryExponent on fire]]''. Upon evolving from the hornless horse Pokemon Ponyta, it gains access to a number of horn-based moves.
** Keldeo, a Water/Fighting type [[OlympusMons legendary]] Pokémon, is a cross of this and the Kelpie (another mythological horse), and is based off of d'Artagnan of ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers''. [[OurMonstersAreWeird Odd things to mix]] to make a Pokémon, but it works.
** Blitzle is a Electric zebra unicorn, with it's "horn" being a fully functional extension of it's mane. When it evolves into Zebstrika, it gains a second "horn," also made from it's mane.

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* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
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Rapidash from ''{{Pokemon}}'' is a unicorn ''[[IncendiaryExponent on fire]]''. Upon evolving from the hornless horse Pokemon Pokémon Ponyta, it gains access to a number of horn-based moves.
** Keldeo, a Water/Fighting Water/Fighting- type [[OlympusMons legendary]] Pokémon, is a cross of this and the Kelpie (another mythological horse), and is based off of d'Artagnan of ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers''. [[OurMonstersAreWeird Odd things to mix]] to make a Pokémon, but it works.
** Blitzle is a Electric Electric-type zebra unicorn, with it's "horn" being a fully functional extension of it's mane. When it evolves into Zebstrika, it gains a second "horn," also made from it's mane.



* A unicorn named Lasher (of the horned horse type) is featured in ''UltimaVII'' and it has some interesting dialog. Because his herd leader refused the summoning of a wizard who in retaliation placed the Curse of Chastity upon them, making them unable to stand the presence of non-virgins. Lasher for one has had it with being used to ruin the reputations of women.
* In the ''{{Wild ARMs}}'' series, the Guardian of Life, Odoryuk, is usually portrayed as a unicorn (except for ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 4}}'' where he took the appearance of a snake)
* RobotUnicornAttack seems to be a take of 'Unicorns are Agressive', yet also throws in a heaping helping of Girliness.
* Unicorns are part of the fauna in good lands in VideoGame/DwarfFortress, and are occasionally ridden by elves. Their horns pack a mean punch if you get in a fight, but goods and food made from [[OrganDrops their remains]] can fetch a very nice price.

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* A unicorn named Lasher (of the horned horse type) is featured in ''UltimaVII'' ''VideoGame/UltimaVII'' and it has some interesting dialog. Because his herd leader refused the summoning of a wizard who in retaliation placed the Curse of Chastity upon them, making them unable to stand the presence of non-virgins. Lasher for one has had it with being used to ruin the reputations of women.
* In the ''{{Wild ARMs}}'' ''Franchise/WildArms'' series, the Guardian of Life, Odoryuk, is usually portrayed as a unicorn (except for ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 4}}'' ''VideoGame/WildArms4'' where he took the appearance of a snake)
* RobotUnicornAttack ''VideoGame/RobotUnicornAttack'' seems to be a take of 'Unicorns 'unicorns are Agressive', agressive', yet also throws in a heaping helping of Girliness.
rainbows and sparkles.
* Unicorns are part of the fauna in good lands in VideoGame/DwarfFortress, ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'', and are occasionally ridden by elves. Their horns pack a mean punch if you get in a fight, but goods and food made from [[OrganDrops their remains]] can fetch a very nice price.



* [[PunnyName Chew]][[IncrediblyLamePun nicorns]] are symbols of rarity in VivaPinata, as they are very rare in the game. They don't represent any kind of purity since they don't get along and will fight other horse-like pinatas.
** Although they will heal any sick pinata, so there's that.

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* [[PunnyName Chew]][[IncrediblyLamePun nicorns]] are symbols of rarity in VivaPinata, ''VideoGame/VivaPinata'', as they are very rare in the game. They don't represent any kind of purity since they don't get along with and will fight other horse-like pinatas.
** Although
pinatas. That said, they will heal any sick pinata, so there's that.



* In the Sims Pet expansion, they added rare unicorns that you can catch by either being super nice to animals and having one come visit you, or by going to a sparkly rainbow that appears on the overmap and luring one. Virginity not required in either case.

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* ''VideoGame/TheSims'':
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In the Sims ''VideoGame/TheSims3'' Pet expansion, they added rare unicorns that you can catch by either being super nice to animals and having one come visit you, or by going to a sparkly rainbow that appears on the overmap and luring one. Virginity not required in either case.



* VideoGame/TeamFortress2: Meet [[http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h318/Shipwreck1/Meet%20the%20Pyro%20Wallpapers/lalalalalaIloveunicorns.png Mayor Balloonicorn]] of [[spoiler:Pyroland]]! He's cute! He rides around on [[spoiler:Pyro]]'s shoulder! He...has an anger problem, is a chain smoker, his wife's cheating on him, and he's an alcoholic. Oh well, at least he's adorable. [[http://store.valvesoftware.com/product.php?i=ATF005T And now you can buy one of your very own!]]

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* VideoGame/TeamFortress2: ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'': Meet [[http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h318/Shipwreck1/Meet%20the%20Pyro%20Wallpapers/lalalalalaIloveunicorns.png Mayor Balloonicorn]] of [[spoiler:Pyroland]]! He's cute! He rides around on [[spoiler:Pyro]]'s shoulder! He... has an anger problem, is a chain smoker, his wife's cheating on him, and he's an alcoholic. Oh well, at least he's adorable. [[http://store.valvesoftware.com/product.php?i=ATF005T And now you can buy one of your very own!]]



*** In the fourth incarnation, they have all have their unique trick in addition to some basic magic like levitation, the extent of which depends on their personal skill and dedication. Twilight Sparkle, the primary heroine, is a student of magic whose [[TheGift special talent]] is magic, allowing her to learn any unicorn magic she sees. Most unicorns have vastly less power and versatility. The third-season opener also had one of the rare cases of an ''ObviouslyEvil'' unicorn, King Sombra, a merciless tyrant who's been described as the [[AlternateCompanyEquivalent pony equivalent]] of [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Sauron.]]

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*** In the fourth incarnation, they have all have their unique trick in addition to some basic magic like levitation, the extent of which depends on their personal skill and dedication. Twilight Sparkle, the primary heroine, is a student of magic whose [[TheGift special talent]] is magic, allowing her to learn any all unicorn magic she sees.magic. Most unicorns have vastly less power and versatility. The third-season opener also had one of the rare cases of an ''ObviouslyEvil'' unicorn, King Sombra, a merciless tyrant who's been described as the [[AlternateCompanyEquivalent pony equivalent]] of [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Sauron.]]
18th Feb '17 7:49:12 AM mr3urious
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* Creator/OsamuTezuka's ''Manga/{{Unico}}'' is a gentle and cheerful unicorn foal with the ability to spread love and friendship to whomever he meets. However, the gods are not happy with this incredible power, so they initially try to kill him. Eventually, they settle on having Unico exiled to a faraway place where he cannot be found, forever cursed to wander the lands just for making others happy.



* Creator/OsamuTezuka's ''AnimeAndManga/Unico'' is a gentle and cheerful unicorn foal with the ability to spread love and friendship to whomever he meets. However, the gods are not happy with this incredible power, so they initially try to kill him. Eventually, they settle on having Unico exiled to a faraway place where he cannot be found, forever cursed to wander the lands just for making others happy.
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