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Friends and Allies - Polo House New Adventures
Mahavir/MahiavarA student at the university, Mahavir/Mahiavar (his name changes spelling with different editions) is an eager young Earth stallion with a tendency to land himself in trouble. Only mentioned once in the canon books, he's given a much greater role in the Expanded Universe.
- Noodle Incident: His sole mention in Wooden Mask is this."Let me guess." Daring groaned. "Mahavir/Mahiavar's in the hospital again, isn't he? He never learns..."
- The Watson: Come the EU, he takes over this a lot from Herpy.
Gypsy BardA perky orphaned gypsy mare in the town where the Colt of Smooze set up. Despite knowing what's going on, she is constantly dismissed by the other residents as being crazy. Turns out that the Colt Leader set this up as revenge for rebuffing her advances.
- Cassandra Truth: She's been trying to warn ponies of the Colt of Smooze for years, but nopony would believe her.
- The Chew Toy: Gets a lot of abuse, both from the town residents and from the universe at large.
- Foil: To the Colt of Smooze as a whole. Despite the crap she goes through, she never gave into despair, unlike the Colt of Smooze.
- Only Sane Mare
- Properly Paranoid: She always purifies her water before drinking it, which helps keep the spiked water supply of the town from affecting her. She knows how to determine whether or not a pony is wearing hair dye, makeup, or even using magic to alter appearances. Sadly, she didn't consider soul transfer.
- Roamani: A much more complex and accurate portrayal than most.
- Split Personality: When the Colt Leader infects her with Smooze Goo via Forceful Kiss, she starts acting like a Colombian drug lord."I started acting like a Colombian drug lord! I don't even know what a Colombian is!"
- Stepford Smiler: Type A: She is almost always chipper, but when the facade breaks, you find a deeply lonely individual.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: It's implied that the two children she adopts at the end of the book are the reincarnations of her parents.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: Her accent is described as sounding like "a little bit of everything". Justified, due to her nomadic past.
Anne BonfireAn Earth Pony Sky Pirate and ally of Daring Do. While she is on the side of good, she sees nothing wrong with stealing. She leads a group of mostly pegasus fliers called the "Bonny Bombers"
- Ace Pilot
- Badass Normal: She's an earth pony rather than a pegasus, but she is still one of the best fliers around
- Big Damn Heroes: She comes to help defend Manehattan in Tinker's Seal.
- Cool Airship: She gets one of these. It's the Executor, which she took after killing the previous owner.
- Cool Plane: The Falcon is one of the fastest, most agile planes around
- Cut Hex Hoofor A Check: She doesn't just patent her technology and use the money to start charities and employ the poor because she's a wanted criminal the world over. Piracy on the high skies carries stiff penalties, so the best she could hope for is being thrown in jail for the rest of her life and the worst is that she'd be thrown off her skyship... for the rest of her life. Besides, where's the fun in running a business?
- Friendly Rivalry: With Ben Hornigait.
- Gadgeteer Genius: She designed her plane
- Girly Bruiser
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Mary
- Just Like Robin Hoof: When she steals cash, she gives it to the poor (or, at least what's left after a "reasonable percentage")
- Karmic Thief: Most of Anne's targets are total jerks.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: She usually steals from the corrupt and avaricious.
- Loveable Rogue
- Mutually Exclusive Party Members: Daring is well aware she can't allow Anne and Storm in the same room because they're a pirate and a retired pirate hunter respectively.
- Pirate Girl
- Sky Pirate
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to Mary's Tomboy.
Mary ReaderAnne's second in command and best friend.
- Ace Pilot
- Cool Plane: The Harris.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Anne
- The Lad-ette
- The Lancer
- Loveable Rogue
- Pirate Girl
- Polyamory: She has at least three coltfriends, one of whom has another marefriend.
- Pragmatic Hero: Far more willing to Shoot the Dog than her boss.
- Really Gets Around: Has a lover in every port.
- Sky Pirate
- Talk Like a Pirate: Does this when she's "in character".
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Tomboy to Anne's Girly Girl.
- Wingpony: Got her start being this to Anne.
Benjamin HornigaitAnother Sky Pirate, and a competitor with Anne.
- A Father to His Men
- Four-Star Badass: While he holds no official rank, his subordinates call him "admiral" out of respect and affection.
- Cool Airship: The Queen's Magnum
- Friendly Rivalry: With Anne
- Nice Hat: His tricorn.
- Rags to Riches: Although he's very wealthy now, he came from an impoverished family.
- Sky Pirate
- The Strategist: He excels in air-based strategy and tactics.
- Talk Like a Pirate: Justified, as he's originally from a working-class neighborhood of Braystol.
High Priest WhitefrockThe Qilin high priest of Korblion, who is worshipped by the inhabitants of the lost city of Xiatropolis. He and his followers worship an idol which is actually the titular skull in disguise.
- All-Loving Hero
- Badass Pacifist: He wouldn't fight even if he could. However, he can still be very tough in his own way.
- Berserk Button: Do not damage any of his books or badmouth his religion
- Face Death with Dignity
- Good Shepherd: He's very accepting and helpful.
- Killed Off for Real
- Large Ham: Dear Celestia, is he ever! He has been known to give loud, bombastic speeches that last for hours. While somewhat more subtle outside of this context, he still overacts everyone off the page.
- Non-Action Guy
- Stallion In White
Star ShimmerA unicorn from Ambra's Glen that appears in Daring Do and the Obsidian Sentinel. She is the proprietor of the ruins of Midnight Castle and is in mourning over her lover's death when Daring Do and her group encounter her.
- Affectionate Nickname: Earth Song used to call her his "guiding star".
- Broken Bird: She became very stern and distant after Earth Song's death.
- Collector of the Strange: She collects dragon skulls. After Earth Song is freed, she donates them to the Canterlot University, explaining that she no longer needs them.
- Creepy Good
- Creepy Monotone: She never shifts out of her flat tone. At first.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Both the ownership of Midnight Castle and the ability to control darkness have been passed down through her family.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Made apparent in Tinker's Seal, where she's shown to be more cheerful after marrying Earth Song.
- Famous Ancestor:
- Her ancestor was said to have defeated the Obsidian Sentinel in battle centuries ago.
- One part of Tinker's Seal implies that she is also related to a mythical dark ruler of the North, which was based on a vague legend. After the return of the Crystal Empire, the author was asked if this was King Sombra. The answer was to make it Ascended Fanon.
- Happily Married: To Earth Song in Tinker's Seal.
- Mad Artist: Admittedly, she isn't crazy, but her artwork is very morbid. Before Daring met her, she stumbled across some of her paintings in the ruins. Daring found the one depicting a white unicorn getting attacked by Windigos particularly disturbing.
- Mare In Black
- Not So Stoic: There are times when her emotionless mask slips. The most notable example is when the Obsidian Sentinel claimed that it killed Earth Song. Her fury and rage creeped Daring out.
- Perky Goth: After she gets her happiness back.
- Perpetual Frowner: Before she defrosts.
- When She Smiles: It's enough to surprise Daring Do, who previously thought that Star Shimmer had all the happiness sucked out of her.
Earth SongAn earth pony that appears in Daring Do and the Obsidian Sentinel. He was Star Shimmer's coltfriend some time ago; however, after his disappearance during a cyclone, he was presumed dead. Turns out that he wasn't dead at all; Ahuizotl kidnapped him during the cyclone, brainwashed him, and forced him into the Obsidian Armor.
- Adorkable: One can't help but get this impression from him during the flashback.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: A hug from an overjoyed Star Shimmer was enough to help him break free.
- Fancolt: If Trial is to be believed, he becomes one for Daring. His "Why Daring is awesome" speech was over five hours long!
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: It's better to read Obsidian Sentinel before Tinker's Seal, as Tinker's Seal shows him to be alive and well.
- The Lost Lenore: For Star Shimmer; she became even more of an introvert after his death, because he was the last pony she ever cared about. Eventually subverted.
- Never Found the Body
- Nightmare Fetishist: As shown in Star Shimmer's flashback. His reaction upon discovering that Star Shimmer can control darkness and owns the ruins to a creepy castle? "Cool!"
- Perpetual Smiler: According to the flashback.
- Posthumous Character: Or so we thought.
- Secret Legacy: The creator of the Obsidian Armor was his ancestor, who's magic still lives on in him.
- Tenor Colt: His singing voice helped him win Star Shimmer over.
- Took a Level in Badass: As the Obsidian Sentinel. In Tinker's Seal, he's shown beating up mooks with a baseball bat.
SnowflakeA white, noticeably muscular pegasus stallion, first introduced as a member of Daring's team in Basin of Plenty. A recurring character in subsequent books, in which he has become a member of campus security.
- Big Yeah: He's prone to this.
- Dumb Muscle: Subverted in the last few chapters of Basin of Plenty, despite being seemingly The Millstone up to that point.
- Face of a Thug
- Gentle Giant
- Write Who You Know: Bears a resemblance to Medley Mc Largehooves' then fiancé.
Thunderlane PieCoco's cousin, an Earth Pony stallion from Trottingham, introduced as a member of Daring's team in Basin of Plenty.
- Motor Mouth: Downplayed compared to Coco, but he has his moments.
- Serious Business: Cricket, as Daring discovers.
- Tuckerisation/Write Who You Know: Named for Medley Mc Largehooves' best friend and future writing partner, though with little physical resemblance.
Orange BurnOutback Jack's cousin, a Sydneigh-based lawyer and the City Mouse to her Country Mouse, though the two are much closer than that suggests. First appears in Curse of the Golden Key, in which she contacts Daring, Herpy and Tabula and brings them to Brumbiland to help when her cousin is possessed. While she didn't appear in the canon books, her brief appearance in the film of Temple of Nightmare Moon, approved by T. Ropers, may qualify her as a Canon Immigrant.Played by Bridle Carter in the film series.
- Action Survivor
- Badass Bookworm
- Badass Brumbilander: In her own, less stereotypical way.
- Brumbilander Accent: More General than Broad.
- Canon Immigrant: For the film continuity, at least.
- City Mouse
- Crusading Lawyer: Though it doesn't come up much in Daring's books, there are rumours of a planned Law Procedural spinoff.
- Fish out of Water: Frequently, whether's it's being pulled into her cousin's adventures or being put in charge of a busy pub without warning.
- Hello, Attorney!
- Non-Action Mare
Alice SpringsOutback Jack's younger sister. She was mentioned a few times in the canon books but was really only named and makes an actual appearance in Curse of the Golden Key. A rambunctious young filly who speaks her thoughts as soon as they come to mind. She can often strike a nerve without realizing it and springs to action without thinking off the consequences. She sees her older sister, and eventually Daring, as the coolest and wants to be like them, but this leads to plenty of trouble. Whether she counts as a canon character is debatable.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Quite a hoof-ful for Orange Burn, and eventually Daring, Herpy and Tabula. OJ seems to be the only one who can deal with her for a length of time.
- Brumbilander Accent: More Broad than General
- Canon Immigrant: An odd one. Outback mentioned having a sister in the canon books, but she really only appears in the expanded universe.
- Everypony Is Cuter With Hair Decs: Sports two blue bows.
- Genki Girl: Can probably rival Coco Pie's Genki-ness.
- Girlish Pigtails
- Named by the Adaptation: Went nameless in the original books, but given a name and characterization in the EU.
- Pointless Band-Aid: While she isn't strictly a tomboy, she likes to put bandage strips on her muzzle to make herself look tougher. She ends up getting a real one after her run-in with The Bunyip.
- Tagalong Kid
- True Companions: With Short Stuff and Sweetie Bottle, as of Universal Cracks.
- Totally Radical: Aggressively so. She sure loves dropping Brumbiland slang like "Bonza" a-plenty... It would probably drive actual Brumbilanders nuts.
Odo BahnAn earth pony ornithologist who aids our heroes in Daring Do and the Amethyst Penguin.
Minos The MinotaurFirst introduced in Minotaur's Maze, the eternal guardian of the Hands of Fate, an artifact said to be capable of altering destiny. Perhaps the years of loneliness have dulled his wits, because Ahuizotl has managed to steal it three times over the course of the Expanded Universe.
- Idiot Ball: He gets fooled by Ahuizotl a lot.
- Last of His Kind: He's the last Guardian minotaur.
- Not Quite Flight: He has some inexplicable ability to glide.
- Wall Crawl: He can climb surfaces thanks to his gauntlets.
- The Woof Effect: If Gene Trottenbery hadn't published his work first, this might as well been called The Minos Effect.
The Steelclad Sorceror/Claddie
Introduced in Revenant's EffigyWhile initially thought to be a forgotten hero of an age long past, he is actually a platinum golem, shaped like a unicorn pony, crafted by an unknown artisan, who, in his words, "just stumbled upon some idiot with a big ego's carefully made plans and wrecked them without even trying, and ended up with a crowd of annoying morons worshipping my hoofsteps", and later faked his own death to avoid them. While he is truly a powerful magician, it tends to be eclipsed by his hot headedness and volume. Is actually one of Steam Whistle's first experiments, and got his memories erased when he failed to live up to his expectations, whichever they were.
"Centuries sleepin' and not a thing has changed. Hafta do th' job meself AGAIN!"
- Aloof Big Brother: Acts a bit like this to the Gilded Marksmare. He says they're not brothers, but she won't listen.
- Angrish: Though it tends to be covered by bouts of Power Incontinence
- Badass Bookworm: He prefers magic, but he can, and will, get physical if the situation demands it
- Berserk Button: Keyboards full of them.
"How'd that plan of yers work out, ya git!"
- In particular, you should never try to use him as an Unwitting Pawn in any kind of plan. A few hundred years of experience gave him a very good eye to catch on to these, and he'll make sure it crashes and burns in the most spectacular way possible. After which he'll probably knock your teeth out.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Even knowing he's a powerful warrior and wizard, it gets progressively harder to take him seriously as his permanent rage makes him yell and toss threats around like Nightmare Night candy. And then he actually goes and follows through, and it's not quite as hard anymore.
- Big Brother Instinct: Develops one towards the Marksmare after a while.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Except with magic instead of physical strength. Although he does have both.
- Chunky Updraft: He causes these when he gets really angry
- Combat Pragmatist: Oh, he's a nasty foe, alright. One wouldn't think wizards fight dirty, even if they're as perma-pissed as Claddie is, but he doesn't hesitate to break any and all rules his foe may be using, or even have a remote appreciation of. Things like biting, stuff thrown into eyes, feinting with flashy magic only to smack someone with a more practical spell, spells and blows directed at certain sensitive parts, and a few things only he has a name for. As a Running Gag, anyone who tries sparring with him generally only does so once, refusing to do so again after a flagrant display of rule-breaking. Except his sister, who just takes it in stride.
- Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: Tends to make some pretty ridiculous threats when sufficiently riled up.
- Cutting the Knot: His favorite approach to most problems.
- The Dreaded: Downplayed, but it seems most creatures over a certain age seem to recognize him, usually not in a good context.
- Drop the Hammer: Keeps a large steel warhammer stashed in his armor. It's almost never used.
- Everypony Calls Him Barkeep: He seems to think his title is good enough, and it's unknown if he has a real name
- Genre Savvy: He's quite knowledgeable with how villains usually think.
- Good Is Not Nice
- Hair-Trigger Temper: He's always raging at something.
- Hates Being Touched: "GIT OUTTA MY FACE!".
- Insistent Terminology: Refuses to be adressed by anything but his full title, and similarly refuses to give his unknown antagonist's name, and only refers to him through insults
- Jerkass: Tends to snap at anypony nearby.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Shows a softer side on several occasions, especially in Tinker's Seal
- Large Ham: Whenever he starts a rant on something or somepony.
- Magic Knight
- Meaningful Name
"Revenant's effigy? Revenants are ponies that came back! I NEVER LEFT! And this ain't a statue of me! IT IS ME! COULD YE GET IT WRONGER!?"
- Subverted with the title he's given by the university. In his words:
- More Teeth Than The Osmount Family: Or, like he puts it, "smug face removal teeth", all needley and sharp as hell.
- MareBitesMare: While the "face removal" thing so far seems like just one of his threats, he has chomped on more than one foe, with good (and sometimes scary) results.
- No Indoor Voice: And telling him to pipe it down will only piss him off even more.
- No Sell: He seems to have a knack to know exactly how to counter and invalidate almost any Artifact of Doom pointed in his direction. It can be through physiology, Deflector Shields, conductivity, counterspells, or in one case with Snazzy Shades' deck, just words. He has a bit of a harder time against less-magical attacks, which is why he wears his armor."Yer botherin' me again, lil' devil?"
- Perpetual Frowner
- Power Incontinence: He tends to cause rocky whirlwinds when he gets particularly angry.
- Precision B-Strike: Curiously, for all of his usual attitude and propensity for minor swears, he doesn't like the B-word and other strong swears, and seldomly uses them. This, coupled with his knowledge of a few languages, puts him at odds with Storm Talon."WATCH YER LANGUAGE, LADDIE!"
- Really 700 Years Old
- Rip Van Winkle: Intentionally
- Shock and Awe: One of his favorite spells is to charge himself with high voltage and then prodding his target with his hoof.
- Slasher Smile: A few. If he follows a threat with one of his toothy smiles, he usually means it this time.
- Squishy Wizard: He's quite aware that platinum is somewhat soft for a metal, which is why he wears steel armor
- Stop Worshipping Me: To the point he preferred to fake his death rather than deal with everypony praising him at every step. Ironically, he reacts equally badly when Storm does the opposite, and treats him for what he is on a personal level: like he's a foul-tempered, loudmouthed Jerk Ass whose crap he won't take.
- Take A Bite Out Of Crime: With that set of choppers he has, it was only a matter of time. Not so hot for Blob Monsters though.
- Unstoppable Rage: All the time.
"Ya see, I can't afford ta get mad right now, I'd jus' tear 'is head off in a moment. And we both know he deserves worse than that."
- Tranquil Fury: At his very worst, he looks almost completely calm, although he tends to shake uncontrollably when this happens.
- Taken to its natural conclusion during his little rant on Sweetie Bottle's situation: He stopped shaking, started speaking barely above a whisper, and dropped his accent.
- Violent Glaswegian: Has a thick Shcottish accent.
- Warts and All: For all of his anger at ponies, he does care about them. He tries to downplay this, however, and trying to praise him will probably end in eardrum damage.
- When He Smiles: If he doesn't just intend to show some teeth, it's a sweet event to finally see him stop frowning and smile in genuine happiness.
The Gilded Marksmare
Introduced in Tinker's SealAnother of Steam Whistle's golems, she resembles a pegasus pony, is made from an unknown metal which is extremely light, allowing her to fly, and was found in a faraway iron mine. Although she was clearly designed for battle, having an improbable amount of concealed firearms built into her frame, she's a very outgoing and joyful pony, who doesn't seem to notice that she was built to kill.
- Badass Adorable: Yes, she may not look like the kind of pony to carry obscene amounts of weaponry wherever she goes, but part of being a good friend is to protect your friends for harm.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Daring Do, and most of her friends, would beat you up and/or land you in prison if pushed too far. Claddie might give you a thrashing of epic proportions. But the Marksmare? She'll kill you with barely a word.
- BFG: In some situations where heavy ordnance is needed, she reorganizes parts of herself into a gun that could pass for a siege mortar. Seldom seen, but she's mentioned she can open the front door and back door of a hideout with a single shot, and what we've seen lends credibility to that claim.
- Bottomless Magazines: She doesn't really know where the bullets come from. Not even the big ones.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: ...just a bit, but her flights of fancy can get a little odd, especially when in a lengthier tirade.
- Death Glare: Strangely enough, her glare was always worse than her bro's. Seldom used, but those on the other end tend to compare it with being on the wrong side of a loaded gun. Which considering who she is, is a rather appropriate comparison.
- Fanservice Pack: The initial illustrations she was in were nothing too out of the ordinary, though standing out in a cast of mares... some of the latter ones, however, get a little too generous. One of the artists must have a bit of a thing for golems.
- Friendly Sniper
- Genki Girl
- Good Is Not Soft
- Gun Kata: Though, as she's said before, it's a lot easier when the guns are built into you.
- The Gunslinger: She has shown all types at one point or another. Yes, even type B.
- Hyperspace Arsenal: A living version.
- Immune to Bullets: Whatever alloy she's made of, it's a strong one, even her own ricocheting bullets bounce off (again).
- Improbable Aiming Skills: If you can get her to be still long enough.
- Let's Get Dangerous: When she starts to actually aim directly at the bad guys, she's probably at least a little mad.
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: For a given value of "daughter", she's this to Steam Whistle.
- More Dakka: When she's asked to show off all of her firepower, the results were rather messy.
- More Teeth Than The Osmount Family: Oddly enough, a similar set to Claddie's. Certainly makes a lot less use of them, even if she likes to grin wide with them.
- Mundane Utility: Endless ammo and unerring aim are very useful things, even outside fights.
- No Indoor Voice: Although, unlike her "brother", she actually will quiet down a bit if you ask her to.
- No Kill Like Overkill: Getting her to start shooting is hard. Getting her to stop shooting is harder.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Which puts her at odds with her "brother" Claddie
- One Mare Army: Once she's forced to fight, numbers don't seem to matter to her. In particular, she gets to teach the entire Village of the Blanks, which may we remind you are an entire town of angry undead abominations, the wonders of dakka without even getting a dent on herself.
- Perpetual Smiler
- Pinball Projectile: When she isn't getting serious, she has a knack for firing some pretty ridiculous ricocheting shots that somehow still manage to get something done.
- Required Secondary Powers: And the mental calculations she needs for those are perfectly applicable to a variety of other things.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: She's actually rather tiny, which makes her Hyperspace Arsenal even harder to explain.
- Really 700 Years Old
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With the Steelclad Sorceror
- Unobtainium: She's made of a very light, yet quite resistant metal that nopony's been able to identify yet, especially because taking samples isn't an option, for several reasons.
- Bungling Inventor: Oh yes. One particularly bad experiment blew out every window in the college.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: His sense of reality is...nonsensical, but he's very good at understanding mechanical devices. Building them, on the other hand...
- Cloud Cuckoolander
- For Science!: A lot of what he does is for this.
- Goggles Do Nothing: He insists that anypony witnessing a demonstration wears goggles "In case something goes wrong." However, goggles can't protect the rest of your body from his invention's foul-ups. He wears a pair himself.
- It Runs in the Family: Most of his family have special talents relating to explosives. Of note is his cousin, Lemon Johnson, who is mentioned to be working on designs for incendiary fruit.
- Magitek: What his doctorate is in.
- No Indoor Voice: It's implied he's lost some of his hearing with all the explosions.
- Noodle Incident: The event that got him transferred from Manehattan College apparently involved him attempting to decorate the campus' Hearths Warming tree with tinsel and a Howitzer."Here's a fun fact for you: molten tinsel hurts. A lot.
- Running Gag: Anytime Flux says the word "Ka-boom", something can be heard exploding in the far distance. Without fail.
- Stuff Blowing Up: To the point where he can't even make tea without something exploding. His cutie mark is a Koosh Bomb. He claims it represents how he's "Always bursting with new ideas" but everypony else has their own ideas on what it represents...
- Ultimate Job Security: It's stated the reason he's always being transfered and not fired outright is that having him loose on the world is even worse than keeping him in a relatively controlled enviroment.
- Action Mare
- Alternate Universe: Comes from one where she basically became the Canon Daring, right down to sharing the same office at the university. The Crack appearing in their office walls kicks off the plot.
- Canon Immigrant. Well, kinda. Parcels' characterisation of her is direct from the above-mentioned fan-fic series.
Prince OrionA green Earth pony with a black mane and tail and a crown Cutie Mark, Orion is the 12th prince of the kingdom of Stableton. He is one of the ponies recruited by the mysterious "Doctor" to prevent a mysterious spaceship from crashing into Equestria. A somewhat-sexist Jerkass, he thinks little of Do... but is there more to his feelings for her than he's letting on?
- Deadpan Snarker
- Jerkass: He grows out of it though.
- Nice Hat: His crown.
- Royal Brat
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: With Do.
- Took a Level in Badass
Sebastian ArztA young griffon who defected from Germaneigh out of fear of being put into the military. He currently does various odd-jobs around the University while studying to become a doctor. Introduced in Breathing Weapons.
- Character Alignment: Neutral-Good.
- Character Tics: In the few times he attempts medical procedures on others, his wings are constantly open. Guardian Angel much?
- More like Faux Symbolism.
- Comfort Food: Gunpowder Groove revealed that will eat a banana if he's feeling down.
- Doesn't Like Guns: He claims that, as a doctor, he doesn't like guns because, "all they do is hurt people".
- Demoted to Extra: He only had a starring role in Breathing Weapons. Subsequent releases only had him at the beginning to give exposition and wish Daring good luck on her next adventure.
- He wasn't even featured in Iron Grinder, only being mentioned in a throwaway line by Daring.
- That was until Galactic Gospel decided to write Chemical Sister and Oathkeepers, where he's once again back in the fray.
- Expy: His creator admits that his design is based on, of all people, Federico from Fighter Destiny 2, an obscure fighting game for the Neightendo 64.
- Heavy Sleeper: Given he's known to stay up until his body says, "screw you" and collapses, it's no wonder he sleeps so hard.
- Establishing Character Moment: Is first seen cleaning up the University's artifact-display room after one of the cases breaks. When one of the professors accidentally cuts his wing on a shard of glass, Arzt quickly patches it up.
- Hidden Depths: When Daring is poisoned by Papagei, with Rabe closing-in on her, Arzt steps in to protect her, showing some surprising fighting skill and a proficiency with iron-needles. It's later revealed that he learned this from his mother, who was an assassin for Germaneigh's military.
- The Globetrotters episode The Future Is Mine has this at full-force. He holds his own against his parents, proving that while he doesn't want to, he can fight with the best.
- Inadequate Inheritor: Both his parents are legendary Griffon soldiers, where as he was too afraid to even consider joining the military. And when his parents signed him up anyway, he left his country.
- Last Name Basis: Everyone calls him Arzt.
- Lovable Coward: He's noticably freaked out throughout most of Breathing Weapons, only gets involved in the fights if Daring is on the losing side, and is absolutely abhorred at Daring's suggestion they split-up.
- Married to the Job: Takes his internship at the University very seriously.
- Non-Action Guy
- Skilled, but Naďve: He knows a lot about surgery and doctoring, but lacks experience due to constantly getting turned down for internship at the local hospitals, often due to his age.
- Meaningful Name: His last name is literally "Doctor" in German.
- The Load: Sort of. He sees himself as this which is why he retired from adventuring after Breathing Weapons.
- Technical Pacifist: Only gets involved in the fights if Daring needs his help.
- Martial Pacifist: And when he does, hoo-boy is he good at it.
- Took a Level in Badass: He started toughening up during Chemical Sister, despite still being reliant on Daring to keep him out of danger. Even more so by Oathkeepers. He's still a coward who'd rather stay out of trouble, but he can at least hold his own now.
- Workaholic: To the point he neglects his own basic needs. Like sleeping.
ShudderA diamond puppy that promises to lead Daring to treasure in exchange for helping her and Rail out of the mines and into the outside world. She's a darling little girl...in need of a serious attitude adjustment. Snarky, rude, and way too confident for her own good. Introduced in Iron Grinder
- Big Eater: She claims she once ate an entire shaft's worth of topaz.
- Bratty Half-Pint: She spends her first few chapters with Daring making rude remarks and sarcastic quips.
- Can't Hold Her Liquor: Shown when she stumbles upon some ale, drinks a single cup, and gets completely hammered. Justified in that she's still a puppy.
- Cultural Rebel: She's tired of living in a cave and wants to experience the outside world, regardless of how "dangerous" everyone claims it to be.
- Earthy Barefoot Character: She's a diamond dog. This is pretty much a given.
- Fearless Fool: She likes to chuck rocks at Diamond Dogs three times her size while they're working.
- Flaw Exploitation: About half-way through the story, it's revealed that Jackhammer deliberately kept her from working in the mines to keep her from gaining too much muscle and appear more attractive to their pack leader upon his return. His plan was to have him marry her in exchange for his position as pack leader.
- Friend to Bugs: Considering she isn't well-liked by the other members of her packs, her only friends consist of the beetles roaming the mines.
- Goggles Do Nothing: Daring tends to point out how ridiculous a fashion satement her goggles are...
- Goggles Do Something Unusual:..until it's revealed her goggles were made with a magic glass than enabled her to see buried gems.
- Grudging "Thank You": Daring saves her from doom several times, and it always ends with this.
- Ironic Name: For a girl named Shudder, she's surprisingly brave. Sometimes almost too brave.
- I Want To Be A Real Diamond Dog: She wants to be a strong, muscular, attractive female like the rest of her pack, but she can't because Jackhammer won't let her.
- Jerkass: She regularly insults other members of her pack, is constantly rude to Daring, and is just generally mean-spirited.
- Jerkass Woobie: Though it's kind of hard not to pity her, since she's considered by everyone to be "ugly" due to her tiny, weak frame. She later reveals that she messess with the other Diamond Dogs out of jealousy, as she's always wanted to be like them, but Jackhammer won't let her do the work that would give her proper (i.e. attractive) muscle.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She later starts warming up to Daring, saying she didn't really mean all the things she said about her. She even decides to help Daring find her mine's treasures, when she oringaly intended to just give her the map.
- Light Is Not Good: Her coat is considerably brighter than her peers'. But she's still a bitch.
- Motifs: Either goggles or a hard hat.
- Muscles Are Meaningful: Muscular females are considered the most attractive in diamond dog culture, ergo, Shudder follows this trope to a T.
- Tunnel Queen: Better than the rest of the pack, in fact.
- Unskilled, but Strong: She is an excellent digger, able to tunnel her way through the mines faster than anyone else in her pack, but she can't sniff out/detect gems, due to her lack of experience.
- Later remedied when she gets her magically enhanced goggles.
MarsThe original Element of Loyalty, Mars was a griffon from the ravaged era of the first war between ponies and griffons. While she was an outstanding warrior, her only desire was to see ponies and griffons live in harmony. As a young cub, she was merely an ambassador to the griffon nation of Eagleland, sent on frequent good will missions to Equestria where she would slowly grow to bond with Princess Celestia. The once bright-eyed griffon's unshakable belief that one day ponies and griffons could live as one convinced Celestia to appoint her as the first Element of Loyalty (when Celestia had her own attempts at uniting the nations by representing all races with power over an element of harmony).Over the years, Mars became a leader in her own right, rising to the top of the Griffon Army's ranks, determined to use her power and close relationship with Celestia to finally unite the two countries.Unfortunately, in the end she was betrayed by her army, learning that their intentions were to befriend Celestia enough to get close to her and put an end to her rule. This mutiny was led by Mars' old friend, the griffon mage, Artes. While Mars loved her country and her fellow griffons, she could not allow them to destroy Equestria and kill her dearest friend. She fought valiantly, but ultimately lost her life. Her body is currently encased in crystal in the Canterlot catacombs, while her spirit lives on in the afterlife as a guardian to the Gates of Elysium.
- Action Girl: She took down an entire army and now protects Heaven itself. What more needs to be said?
- Amazonian Beauty: Was quite tall and built, even by griffon standards.
- Ambiguously Bi: In later books, it was implied that Mars was secretly in love with Celestia, this being part of the reason she wanted to unite the two countries in the first place.
- Blade on a Stick: Her weapon of choice was a halberd.
- Genius Bruiser: It's implied that she was appointed as the Eagleland Ambassador due to high intelligence, and she was quite the skilled tactician.
- Ladyof War
- MasculineGirl: To Artes' feminine boy.
- A Mother to Her Cubs: Despite her army's eventual betrayal, it's clear that they all greatly admire and respect her.
- The Paragon: Celestia continued to fight for unity among ponies and griffons after Mars' death.
- Playing with Fire: During her duel with Daring, and post resurrection fight with Artes, she displays a mastery over flame. It's unconfirmed whether this is a natural ability or a power granted to her in the afterlife. It points to the latter, however, as this power is never displayed in flashback scenes where she is still alive.
- You Remind Me of X: After Daring beats her in a duel, Mars says she reminds her of a young Celestia.
Miscellaneous Antagonists - Polo House New Adventures
KrastosA demon introduced in the Expanded Universe book The Coronet of Chaos. A demon that existed long before the founding of Equestria, he is a being that is literally Made of Evil, and therefore gains power from misery and chaos. It took all the power of the Alicorn race to stop him, and seal him away inside the eponymous coronet, before he was released from it in his introductory book. He goes out of his way to be as evil as possible, not just because it gives him power, but for the sick thrill it gives him.He is a shapeshifter whose preferred forms are a kind of nightmarish bear creature and a mythological creature known as a "human", a freakish type of mostly hairless half-minotaur half-ape, possibly inspired by the ape/senator of Incitatus.Kratos' origins were finally revealed in his third appearance. The crown he was sealed in, the eponymous Coronet of Chaos from his first story, was procured by an innocent professor of antiquities, who'd tried it on in jest for his fiance'e. He was subsequently, if subconciously at first, posessed by Krastos. The demon tormented the professor for months on end, alienating and isolating him as he slowly took over his mind and transformed his body, until finally, only Krastos remained.A high-production fan-made adaptation managed to convince Mark Camel to voice him.
- Affably Evil: He may be sadistic, but he can be very funny when he's not being terrifying.
- One scene in the story involves him riding a teleporting tricycle to get to Chineigh and steal the Jade Glue of Xiao Ma.
- Badass Longcoat
- Bears Are Bad News:
- One of Krastos' primary forms is vaguely bear-like.
- Averted when he uses the Jade Glue of Xiao Ma to transform into a Minotaur-looking creature. After his transformation, his power multiplies by ten and he razes the entire country of Chineigh to the ground with his newfound powers just because he plain felt like it. The joy of destroying Chineigh gives him just enough power to almost gain the upper hand during his final battle with Daring Do.
- BFG: He's the inventor of probably the strangest example-the Cannon Cannon. It's a cannon that shoots cannons.
- Big Bad: Takes this role for every book he appears in.
- Black Eyes of Evil: What his Cool Shades are hiding.
- The Chessmaster
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Is clearly not all there-at times this is Played for Laughs, while at others his insanity is quite unnerving. May be a sort of Obfuscating Insanity, as he does have some serious moments.
- Cool Bike: His teleporting tricycle.
- Cool Shades:
- Deadpan Snarker: At times.Daring Do: You're a monster!
- Drop the Hammer: He wields an enormous mallet.
- Eldritch Abomination
- Emotion Eater: Feeds on suffering, chaos etc. to gain power.
- Evil Plan: It's implied that the events of the two books he's appeared in have all been part of one by him-even Tirac being defeated after Krastos freed him doesn't seem to bother him much, implying that it also somehow factors into his plans.
- Eye Patch Of Power: His bear form sports an eyepatch. No one knows why he has it.
- Foil: To the Assembler
- Kick the Dog: His brutal and violent beating of Short Stuff.
- Knife Nut
- Loves the Sound of Screaming: He actually has a record collection filled with nothing but the sounds of ponies suffering.
- For some reason, a fan has uploaded a fan-made recording of it. No pony was harmed in the making of it though. We hope.
- Manipulative Bastard: Plays all the characters in his book like a fiddle-and at the end of the book, it's implied that his supposed defeat somehow factored into his plans as well.
- That last part is confirmed in his second appearance-he may have been extremely powerful, but the coronet that had sealed him away was actually also keeping him from feeding on misery and chaos, which gives him more power. On top of that, the coronet was protected so that Krastos couldn't even touch it, so he had no way of destroying it. He tricked Daring into thinking the coronet was a Soul Jar as well as the thing he was sealed in, prompting Daring to throw the Coronet into a volcano. Krastos faked his death when the coronet was destroyed, and actually started gaining more power. He makes a point of thanking Daring for giving him his power-gaining abilities back.
- Me's a Crowd: His Evil Plan-he plans to turn every being in existence into a copy of himself. Due to his bloodthirstiness, this would cause every copy of himself to start fighting amongst themselves-and since they would be immortal, they would never die. And the original Krastos would be above it all, feeding on the chaos, constantly gaining power for all eternity. And if he got bored, he planned to turn a few hundred back occasionally and torture them in various ways, before reviving them, turning them back into a copy, and sending them out to fight again.
- Mundane Utility: When he starts to regain power, the first thing he does is make theme music play any time he enters a room.
- Nice Hat: He wears a fedora.
- Nigh Invulnerable: Krastos can take a lot of punishment, whether taking a small fleet's worth of concentrated fire, getting rammed by a Tigerhawk-class dreadnought, or going 12 rounds with the Assembler. Daring's best plan for taking him down involved detonating a large, destabilized leyline, an act that was described as being something that could turn the Everfree Forest into the Everfree Crater.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: Does not utilize death traps, but instead tries to kill any opposition as fast as possible.
- Post Mortem Comeback: In the post-Tinker's Series story Rainbow Factory, Krastos left a mind trap complete with a personality fragment to snag anypony he personally didn't like into the memories of the last manager of the rainbow factory of Old Cloudsdale.
- Sanity Slippage: While still evil, he was much more composed in the past, and didn't go out of his way to be evil. However, he spent so much time sealed in the coronet that when he's released, he's been driven to insanity, which is why he is now so over-the-top with his evil. And his sanity just keeps slipping with every appearance he makes. Notable for still being a very capable manipulator while still being utterly insane.
- Obfuscating Insanity: The reason he manages to be so clever while seeming so insane-he only pretends to be insane because he finds it fun. Which just makes him even worse, since now he doesn't even have madness as an excuse for his actions.
- Talkative Loon: He frequently dips into this, both for humor and horror.
- Trademark Favorite Food: 3 of them-brains, the souls of the condemned, and chicken wings.
- Ultimate Evil: Apparently, if he were to reveal his true form, it would be so horrifying that the universe itself would die of fright.
- Weapon of Choice: His giant mallet.
Lord BullrushAppeared in "Daring Do and the Redhorn Cult". He is the insane and sinister leader of the Redhorn Cult that sacrifices foals to their god. He and the other cult members resurrect and modify Koloktos to make it their weapon of destruction.
- Evil Sounds Deep: In the story, he is described as "...having a voice that sounded like the bellowing of ten buffalo".
- Kill All Ponies: The primary desire of Lord Bullrush and his reason for reviving Koloktos.
- Killed Off for Real: Lord Bullrush met his end when he was incinerated by Koloktos.
- Large Ham: Is known for shouting long speeches to his cult members. This gives Daring Do a perfect distraction to sneak around their hideout.
- Lightning Bruiser: He has proven to be fairly swift and strong in his tussle with Daring Do.
- Light Is Not Good: He is described as having a white coat with a silvery mane.
- Pony Sacrifice
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Religion of Evil: Sums up the entire Redhorn Cult.
- Serial Killer: According to Word of God, it turns out he never believed anything he said for his cult, it was merely an excuse for him to get help in killing other ponies.
- The Sociopath: He certainly fits the bill.
- Straw Hypocrite
- Would Hurt a Child
Darkling BrighteyeA mysterious individual who appeared in Daring Do and the Skull of Ages, who wants the titular skull so that he can use it to enhance his Death Ray. For quite some time, he's seen only on monitors, and then in silhouette and extreme close-ups, meaning descriptions are rather vague until late on. He turns out to be a unicorn whose special talent is the manipulation of light and darkness. With his death ray, he can magnify his power, usurping control of the sun and moon and ruling the world
- An Alicorn am I: He thinks that control of the sun and moon will essentially make him divine-level. When that doesn't work out, he uses the ray to give himself control of the cosmos.
- Big Bad
- The Chessmaster
- Colony Drop: He tries to destroy Canterlot Castle with one of these. However, Daring kills him before the asteroid hits, and then destroys it.
- Creepy Monotone
- Deadpan Snarker
- Death Ray: He has one of these, called the Hydra Cannon.
- Diabolical Mastermind
- Eerie Pale Coated Brunet
- Elaborate Underground Base
- Family-Unfriendly Death: His death scene is the stuff of nightmares.
- Fiction 500: He is a very wealthy individual
- Gadgeteer Genius: He played a large part in constructing the death ray
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He ends up vaporized by his own death ray
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Downplayed. He's not a bigot, per se, but he does say a few things that raise eyebrows.
- Red Right Forehoof: The purple birthmark on his left eyelid.
- Stallion of Wealth and Taste: He wears a very nice suit.
- The Stoic
- Supernatural Gold Eyes
- Take Over the World
- Villainous Valour: When Daring finally confronts him face to face, he knows she can wipe the floor with him, but still keeps his composure and manages to hide his fear very well. Of course, it helps to have security features that can attack your enemy for you.
- Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness
- Yin-Yang Bomb: Hinted at by his name. It's kind of true, he can manipulate light and shadow, but not for use in combat except momentarily depriving people of their senses
Marshal GoldstarA more evolved megahorse who appeared in Daring Do and the Skull of Ages. He is the second in command of the mysterious Darkling Brighteye. He is one of the people tasked with retrieving the titular skull.
- Affably Evil
- Brown Eyes
- Chest of Medals
- Commissar Cap
- Cool Airship: His headquarters is one, called the Executor. Anne Bonfire kills him and takes it for herself
- Curb-Stomp Battle: His capture of the Quong Airbase is one. On a more personal level, he inflicts one of these on Daring Do when she confronts him on a tank.
- Disneigh Villain Death: Ends up kicked out of the Executor
- The Dragon
- Even Evil Has Standards: He considers testing his new death ray on the lost city, but is unwilling to commit cultural genocide
- Evil Sounds Deep
- Family-Unfriendly Death: The fact that he ends up falling from eight miles up would ordinarily not qualify... except for the fact that we see his body afterwards.
- Genius Bruiser: He's as big as Celestia, and an excellent general.
- Large and in Charge
- Make an Example of Them: He does this to anypony who gives him undue resistance. Whitefrock is no exception.Goldstar: I was going to let you live, but now I have to show what happens to those who impede me.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Most horses, while smart for the standards of beasts, have no more intelligence than cave ponies. However, some pockets have evolved sapience, and become akin to ponies. Goldstar is one of them.
- Even then, he's not very much like most sapient horses, being much more comfortable alone. True, he still likes company, but he doesn't panic when he's on his own.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: He inflicts several of these, most notably on Whitefrock and Anne Bonfire.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: A variation. As a sapient horse, he considers ponies weak, but does not hate them. Rather, he pities them. This leads to his downfall when he underestimates Bonfire's physical strength
- The Strategist
- Villainous Breakdown: He suffers one, going berserk with pain and rage after Anne splashes his face with acid.
The Obsidian SentinelA statue from Star Shimmer's garden that mysteriously came to life and attacked Daring and her friends. In reality the Sentinel is a brainwashed Earth Song, who was kidnapped by Ahuitzotl and forced wear the Obsidian Armor as part of his evil plot.
- Ancestral Weapon: Earth Song's ancestor was the one who crafted the armor using magic long ago. Being their descendant, he is the only one who can use the full power of the armor, which is why Ahuizotl kidnapped him.
- Blade on a Stick
- Dramatic Unmask: Star Shimmer knocks off the Sentinel's head during the book's climax, revealing it to be a brainwashed Earth Song wearing armor.
- Evil Sounds Deep / Guttural Growler: In harsh contrast to Earth Song's natural voice.
- The Juggernaut
- Legacy Character
- Living Statue: Subverted.
- Only the Chosen May Wield: Only the creator, or their descendants, can unleash the Obsidian Armor's full power.
- Powered Armor: The true nature of The Sentinel is that it is an enchanted suit of armor that can control the weather.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Spell My Name with a "The"
- Weather Control: The Sentinel's greatest power is to manipulate the weather. Ahuizotl managed to tap into its power to cause the fateful cyclone that Earth Song disappeared in. His ultimate scheme was to harness its power to take over the world.
- Would You Like to Hear How They Died?: It taunts Star Shimmer by claiming that it killed Earth Song. Bad idea. It was lying, anyway.
FuergottA quasi-immortal Unicorn who wields the flames of Tartarus. Is actually the unicorn princess of old whose usage of Love Poison led to the downfall of a kingdom, and to the founding of Hearts and Hooves Day. And she is very bitter about that. Plans to take vengeance on Princess Celestia for a crime committed by Celestia's ancestor.
- Big Bad: Of Burning Heart.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Love: Thanks to her backstory, the closest thing she has ever felt to true love was artifically induced by a potion.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Was heavily burned during the fire that destroyed her kingdom.
- Historical-Domain Character
- Hurl It into the Sun: How she is eventually dispatched. Princess Celestia personally steps in, thanks to the narrowly-averted destructiveness of Fuergott's plan, and destroys her with the only thing hotter than the fires of Tartarus that she wields. Namely, Celestia's sun.
- Insistent Terminology: Anytime somepony calls her immortal, somepony else will be quick to correct them by informing them that she's only Quasi-Immortal (see The Ageless below).
- Meaningful Name / Bilingual Bonus: Her name means "Fire God" in Germane.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: The author describes Fuergott as the anti-Princess Cadance.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Her aims. Her kingdom and life were destroyed by love forced upon her by a more unscrupulous distant ancestor of Celestia, so Fuergott intends to have her vengeance by destroying Celestia's family line and her kingdom by taking over the Cloudsdale weather facility and altering the compounds to create burning rain.
- Playing with Fire: Her powers, gained from standing patiently in the lake of boiling pitch that surrounds Tartarus and making it her own through sheer force of will.
- The Ageless: Is over a thousand years old, but only because she spent that time in Tartaros, which halts the aging process to live up to it's "Pit of Eternal Suffering" legend.
- Tranquil Fury: Oddly for most fire-based villains, Fuergott is always calm and in control of her emotions. The closest she gets to breaking this facade is her voice cracking in sorrow and pain during her Villain Song.
- Villain Song: Has one of the few in the series. The song, Set the Rain Ablaze details her plans and motives exactly. Known for being one of the few times she shows emotion, including the clearl-visible boiling tears streaking down her face.
- What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: Thanks to her Start of Darkness, she considers love to be a construct.
- Winged Unicorn: As per her picture in the book on the legend, before her corruption she was one of the few mortal alicorns.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds
Introduced in Revenant's EffigyOnce thought to be a creature of legend, who seeks to raise an army of soulless creatures, it's actually a construct made by a group of artisans and magicians led by a pony known as Steam Whistle, created to find a way to raise an army of soulless beings to combat threats that could steal or corrupt souls. As time passed, it gained power through various methods, and became... something else. Its latest project is to craft new creatures out of parts obtained from other, already living creatures, as, according to it, "only those who are born have souls. They aren't born". Apparently fought Krastos several centuries ago.
"He would come in the night... no matter what he did, he would not rouse you from your slumber... and when you finally woke up, you were no longer whole"
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot
- Artificial Ponies: Its army is composed of these.
- Badass Army: According to the legend, its army of soulless is this. It mostly uses them for spying, but considering it crafted every single one of them to its preference, it isn't too hard to believe.
- The few who get rallied out in Tinker's Seal are pretty Badass, but, considering our protagonists, they didn't stand a chance.
- Berserk Button: Well, it doesn't exactly get angry, being a machine, but it does have distaste for Omnicidal Maniacs, so when it catches wind of the Colt of Smooze incident:"...Complete and utter wastes of flesh. I must know if any of them remain. Their meat and bones need a proper purpose."
Assembler: "Clearly that was not the best approach."
- The remaining colt members didn't wake up with a missing limb. They vanished off the face of Equestria after a couple of days. Even the ones in prison.
- Though one (later revealed to be the Colt Leader) managed to escape by fighting The Assembler hard enough to take down a dragon, and eventually threw it off the building she was hiding in.
- The Colt Leader is herself a minor berserk button to the Assembler, if the fact that he constantly refers to her as a "Waste of Flesh", capitals included in the text, is any indication.
- The remaining colt members didn't wake up with a missing limb. They vanished off the face of Equestria after a couple of days. Even the ones in prison.
- Blue and Orange Morality: "I was given a task, and seek only to carry it out" is the only answer it gives as to why it does what it does, and doesn't seem to believe it's doing anything wrong
- Chainsaw Good: When it has to fight directly, it uses the same circular saws that it normally reserves for soldier crafting endeavors.
- Combat Medic/ Deadly Doctor: Since its usually putting entire creatures together from raw flesh, patching up a particularly effective soldier with otherwise lethal injuries isn't too hard for it.
- The Comically Serious/Only Sane... Thing: It ends up taking this role in Trial, being the only one aware of the patent ridiculousness of the situation."Under normal circumstances I would scrap all of you. The current situation is far from any normal circumstance"
- The Corruption: It, and anyone it makes, is apparently immune due to being soulless.
- Clockwork Creature: To the point it makes hearing the sound of clanking gears terrifying
- Death Glare: It's unknown if it's helped by magical effects or just reputation, but the glowing light that apparently is its eye can stop most ponies in their tracks. Keyword being most.
- Deity of Equine Origin
- The Dreaded
- Eldritch Abomination
- Even Evil Has Standards: It hates Omnicidal Maniacs, as the Colt of Smooze finds out. Being brainwashed is not excuse in its mind. Not even enough to do a Mercy Kill.
- The Faceless: We never get a proper look at it, as the characters are too busy trying to escape, but we do learn that it's bigger than the biggest of griffons, and it has many arms and a single glowing light peeking out of the mass of limbs.
- Foil: To Krastos.
- Implacable Pony: The legends mention fighting it off will only ensure it comes back later, and it survives an assault that would have killed a dragon and a subsequent fall from several stories, with nothing that a few repairs couldn't fix.
- King in the Mountain: An evil version. They were right.
- Not So Stoic: It's not very evident, being a machine, but its sheer brutality when dealing with the Colt of Smooze shows that it can definitely get mad.
- Obliviously Evil: See Blue and Orange Morality above.
- Perpetual-Motion Monster
- The Soulless: Its goal is apparently to raise an army out of these. They're actually quite normal, and almost indistinguishable from their soul-possesing counterparts.
- Tin Stallion: For a supposedly emotionless being, it takes sadistic pleasure in purging the Colt of Smooze.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: It seeks to protect the realm from beings who can corrupt and steal souls, which were, and still are, a significant threat to Equestria
- Your Soul Is Mine: It seeks to combat and destroy anything with this capability.
Introduced in Tinker's SealThe strict manager and owner of a small inn in Stalliongrad, which Bravado and Outback Jack stay in during their search for Steam Whistle's creations. Actually several hundred years old, done by tricking guests into winding Steam Whistle's Great-Grandfather Clock, which he stole from Whistle's laboratory during his brief stint as one of his assistants, and is mounted on the wall.
- Alone with the Psycho: The dinner scene, where Tight Ship sits with Outback Jack and Bravado, making irritated remarks about how one of the inn's maids was late by fourteen seconds this morning, or how Bravado tends to wait approximately forty-five seconds before taking another bite. It's very unnerving.
- He himself is this with Greyhoof when they were assisting Steam Whistle.
- Bastard Understudy: Of Steam Whistle.
- Clock King: Ironically enough.
- Didn't See That Coming: He was planning on stealing a lot more from Steam Whistle, but when Greyhoof snapped and murdered the assistants working on the Cutie Mark Replicator, he had to make do with just the Grandfather Clock.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: After Outback Jack removes the Great-Grandfather Clock from the wall, all the years he's stolen from his victims catch up with him in the space of seconds, and he literally crumbles into dust before their eyes.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul
- Hates Being Touched
- Kubrick Stare: Added with Scary Shiny Glasses as he stares down Bravado.
- Schedule Fanatic: Goes off on tirades if his staff show up less than a minute late.
- Serial Killer: Technically- he never actually kills anyone (that we know of), he just launches them back in time and makes them live to death, while he takes their wasted years.
- Super OCD
ArcherA strange unicorn Daring meets in Centaur's Spell. Gathering materials for a 'ritual of vital important', he meets Daring and in spite himself ends up befriending her. He's actually a centaur, and the ritual is to turn him into a pony.
- Fantastic Racism: Why he's trying to turn himself into a pony. Centaurs are viewed as dangerous monsters and persecuted as such.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Has very good marksmareship.
- One Pony Army: Easily routes a pack of griffin's single-hoofedly.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Daring suspects that Archer may be an alias, given how secretive he is.
- Super Strength / Super Speed: Daring notes how unusually atheletic he is for a unicorn. That's because he's not a unicorn, but a centaur.
- He Knows Too Much: He kills the griffins when they reveal him being a centaur. He almost does the same to Daring.
- Worthy Opponent: Comes to respect Daring, having initially thought her as careless and carefree as any other pony. But makes it clear if she reveals his secret "I'll know who blabbed...and who to blame."
Sterling SilverFormer Captain of the Pegasus branch of the Canterlot Royal Guard. Was Masra's best operative during her days as a General. Masra sold him out to the Griffons during the Third Griffon-Diamond Dog war as part of a deal to end the war early. He escaped after being tortured, and has planned revenge for years since. Has an extremely creepy obsession with Masra, insisting on calling her "Mommy."
- An Agent Of Mine Until He Turned To Evil: According to Masra
- Agent Peacock: Tends to be rather flamboyant. And positively terrifying.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Masra dies shortly after him.
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Was tortured for months by the Guerilla group the Griffon military tossed him to when they didn't need him anymore.
- The Chessmaster: Has been planning Masra's humiliation and death for years.
- Dear Celestia, What Have I Done: His reaction to realizing that one of his Mooks accidentally mortally wounded Masra, and she has been bleeding to death. Despite his hatred for her, he still cared for her enough to want to give her a painless, quick death. This causes him to break down crying, begging for her forgiveness.
- Death Seeker: His plan culminates with him dying with Masra.
- The Dreaded: When he is just mentioned to Serpentine, she visibly begins to shake.
- Et Tu, Masra?: Feels this way after she sold him out to the Griffons to end the war.
- Evil Counterpart: To Stalwart Shield
- Fallen Hero
- Faux Affably Evil
- From Nobody to Nightmare
- Large Ham: Loves to hear himself talk.
- Mommy Issues: Sweet Celestia, yes. Although Masra is confirmed to not be his mother, he still has an extremely creepy pseudo-Psychosexual obsession with her.
- Psychopathic Stallionchild: Giggles like a schoolcolt at the chaos and destruction he creates, but begs for forgiveness when he finds Masra bleeding to death.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge
- Rogue Agent
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Despite wanting to kill Masra, he also loved her as a sort of mother figure. He seems to have placed himself in some sort of deranged circular logic: Destroy Masra by humiliating her and tarnishing her reputation, then redeem himself by dying alongside her.
Greyhound Graves/Crystal ClearThe workaholic alpha dog of Rail and Shudder's pack, who went mad from toiling away in the caves, disappeared to the woods, and became a ruthless hunter bent on killing anything that dared to cross his path.
- Berserk Button: Grave had already planned on mutilating Daring and Shudder, but when Shudder attempts to bribe him with jewels, it subconsciously reminds him of the caves that drove him mad in the first place, and only ends up making him more determined to end them.
- Blood Knight: Grave slices and dices anything that walks into his section of the woods, no questions asked.
- Chekhov's Skill: Clear's ability to sniff out pure diamond. It ends up bringing him back from the brink of insanity when Shudder happens across one.
- Collector of the Strange: Grave keeps a piece of every one of his kills on him. Most notably; his hood, which is made from the flesh of an ogre.
- Determinator: Will simply not give up in his pursuit of Daring and Shudder at the beginning. And after returning to normal, Clear will simply not give up trying to make up for his actions as Grave.
- Establishing Character Moment: The first thing Grave does upon appearing is slay a manticore that was chasing Daring and Shudder.
- Fatal Flaw: Despite being a fantastic hunter, Grave's refusal to use anything but his sword to kill eventually becomes his undoing, as he's pretty much useless without it.
- Flaw Exploitation: Which nobody in the story hesitates to use to their advantage.
- The Gloves Come Off: Grave rips his hood right off in a fit of rage while fighting Daring, which leads to Shudder's realization that he's Crystal Clear.
- Good Costume Switch: Clear ditches the ogre hood at the end of the story.
- Interacting with Shadow: Daring sees him doing this at least twice, to help drive home the fact he's mad.
- In the Hood
- Kick the Dog: Grave spends the entirety of his story trying to murder a child.
- Lack of Empathy: After Shudder begs for her and Daring's lives, Grave explains to them that being a true hunter means completely disregarding your prey's pleas.
- Light Is Not Good: Don't let the snow-white fur fool you...
- Light Is Good: Of course, this is played straight when Clear is brought back to sanity.
- Madden Into Misanthropy: When Clear went mad and became Greyhound Grave, his desire to hunt and kill eventually became obsession, and he kills any creature that dares to enter his section of the woods.
- Must Make Amends: Clear feels great guilt over trying to murder Daring and Shudder, and is desperate to earn their forgiveness.
- Redemption Quest: Clear's portion of the story becomes this after becoming sane.
- Actual Pacifist: Clear attempts to go cold turkey on any form of violence out of fear he'll become Grave again.
- Reluctant Warrior: It doesn't last, as he simply can't stand by and watch Jackhammer beat Shudder.
- Selective Slaughter: Completely Averted. Grave is willing to send his blade through anyone he comes across.
- Would Hit a Girl: Grave has no qualms about trying to kill Daring.
- Would Hurt a Child: Or Shudder for that matter.
- You Are What You Hate: Used by Daring in one of the attempts to bring Clear back to his senses.
King MetamorphosisKing of a large changeling hive, who wants to rule the world. Elder brother of King Mayhem. The Big Bad of Puddinghead's Ring
- Aroused by Their Voice: Several characters admit to finding his voice sexy. Including straight male ones.
- Authority Equals Asskicking
- Big Bad
- Cain and Abel: With Mayhem.
- The Emperor: What he seeks to become.
- Evil Overlord
- Evil Sounds Deep
- Royals Who Actually Do Something
- Take Over the World: His motivation.
- Unholy Matrimony: With his consort, Queen Leptis.
- Villainous Valour
- Warrior Prince
Agate and ButlerThe aliases of a reclusive minor unicorn noble and an associate/employee of some sort, though not his actual butler, who have an interest in objects with flawed, unique or transformative spells in them. It's unclear why they do what they do, though that's likely intentional.
- Berserk Button: Butler is not a Butler. It's his alias not his profession.
- Collector of the Strange: Agate collects objects with extremely unusual spells junctioned to them, or with spells with extremely strange restrictions or conditions on them. He implies he's also about to branch out into...more unusual collections.
- Covered with Scars: The result of Agate's accident in Crystal Statue, to the point of losing his horn.
- The Gadfly: Agate enjoys messing with ponies. Whether it's pretending to be an empty headed snob in his regular life or naming Butler after his Berserk Button, this seems to be a defining trait.
Kitty HawkA member of the Night Hawks who first appears in City of Anarchy. It's unknown exactly what position they hold in the organization, but they seem to be fairly high, generally being in charge when they show up.
- Ace Pilot: According to Storm the rumor is that she is one of the best pilots currently alive.
- A Hero to His Hometown: Her hometown has whole heartedly accepted the collapse of the government and has pretty much given her, and the Night Wings, free reign over the city.
- Affably Evil: Is polite, friendly, listens and earnestly tries to put forth their point of view whilst understanding uneasiness towards that viewpoint...while being open that acting on that uneasiness will end messily.
- Gray Eyes: Of the strong willed, calculating and putting ideals before others variation.
- Hates Being Alone: Daring accuses them of this, staying in a city that venerates them and keeping the untrustworthy around, saying that they don't want to be alone with their thoughts.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She honestly believes that her government was corrupt and getting rid of it will, after an adjustment period, eventually lead to an era of happiness.
- Wrench Wench
The Colt of the Smooze
The SmoozeThe Smooze is a monster supposedly from a previous iteration of the world who came perilously close to destroying it. Although it was destroyed instead, a piece of it survived in stasis, known as the Amber of the Smooze.
- Artifact of Doom: The Amber Of The Smooze.
- The Assimilator: The Smooze can turn anything it covers into more Smooze, though some materials are more easily converted than others.
- Brown Note: Its song.
- The Corruption: Just being touched by Smooze ooze will corrupt somepony. Daring wonders if the Colt members would be half as crazy as they are without it.
- Eldritch Abomination
- Face Monster Turn: The original Smooze was not an overly dangerous creature. But Hydia's corruption of it turned it into one of the worst monsters Daring had to face in the EU.
- Kill It with Fire: One of its weaknesses, though it would require at least seven fully-grown dragons at minimum to totally destroy it after it had grown to a certain point. Spur and Rayback manage to slow it down somewhat, though.
- Mind Control: Those not cleansed of the Smooze are taken over by it.
- Purple Is Powerful: Prior to its corruption, it was green and could only feed on treasures. Afterwards, it was turned purple, could eat just about anything, and gained corruption abilities.
- Tragic Monster: Before Hydia corrupted it, the worst it was was a bit of a pest that would impulsively steal treasure and make a mess, but was otherwise friendly.
- Voice of the Legion: It only talks once, but when it does, it sounds like 'A thousand of the same voice, speaking from the bottom of an echoing chasm.'
- It gets even worse in Universal Cracks, when multiple Smoozes from multiple alternate universes speak at the same time.
Colt Of SmoozeA cult of nihilists who seek to end the world by releasing the Smooze.Tropes associated with the Colt:
- Assimilation Plot: The plan is that when everypony is Smooze, then nopony needs to be alone. A similar concept was found in Neon Genesis Equinegellion.
- Buck The Dog: They all enjoy picking on Spur (or Rayback when Spur's not available).
- Despair Event Horizon: While Smooze corruption can be fought off with sufficient willpower (especially when using purification effects), the Colt members are the kinds of ponies who see themselves as having nothing left to fight for.
- Driven to Suicide: The heroes found a potion recipe that can counteract Smooze corruption. It fails on most of the Colt members because they couldn't be bothered to fight The Corruption, and the few who did only did so to end their misery more quickly.
- Five-Bad Band: Of course.
- Freudian Excuse: The Colt of Smooze all include ponies who have suffered greatly.
- Hidden in Plain Sight: The Colt's hideout turned out to be a spa located in the middle of town.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: The Colt ends up being subsumed by the Smooze.
- Never Found the Body: The Colt Leader was unaccounted for during this event, with many readers led to believe she did not suffer in the fate that the rest of the followers did. The Tinker's Series assumes that she escaped.
- Omnicidal Maniac: The lot of them, but especially the Colt Leader.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: They all hate dragons, thus their treatment of Spur, and later Rayback.
- The Purge: The Assembler kills all of the remaining members off except for one, who is revealed to have been the Colt Leader.
The Colt Leader/Alt666!Desert RoseThe quiet but vicious leader of the Colt of Smooze. A Pegasus who looks almost exactly like Desert Rose. According to Universal Cracks, it's because she is Desert Rose, albeit from an alternate reality.
- Abusive Parents: Her stepfather was a sadistic dragon who stole her from her home universe and tormented her relentlessly.
- Affably Evil
- Faux Affably Evil: Devolves into this after being corrupted by the Smooze.
- Aroused by Their Voice: Charity talks about how the Colt Leader tempts demons with her dulcet tones.
- Badass: The Colt Leader may be an evil, malevolent, manipulative Omnicidal Maniac, but she slays demons with ease and has killed numerous dragons ("Only a dozen" in her own words, though this statement was made before her "reunion" with her abuser). She is probably the deadliest hoof-to-hoof fighter alive. She turns out to be the surviving Colt member after The Assembler's purge.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: The Colt Leader is a quiet, unassuming pegasus who also happened to be the greatest demon-binder of the era (and she enforced control not by ritual but by killing other demons while politely insinuating the survivors might be next), as well as having hoof-slew over a dozen dragons.
- Big Bad: Of Universal Cracks.
- Bizarro Universe: Daring wonders whether or not she's from one. She is.
- Breaking Lecture: In Tinker's Seal, the surviving Colt Member in the rematch suggests to The Assembler that its obsessive behavior over her is inconsistent with that of a soulless automaton and that it may be developing a soul of its own, which means that not only can it no longer hide behind the excuse of programming for its atrocities, but it is also now corruptible by the monster it's designed to fight. She goes on to suggest that that's why it's spending so much time going after her and her associates, because it knows it can no longer do what it's meant to do, and so goes after easier targets to justify itself.
- It shrugs it off putting its soldiers and the golem siblings as an example of why emotions aren't synonyms with a soul, and gets to counter it later in the fight, with the Assembler comparing her to Steam Whistle, and mentioning that he actually tried to prevent his incident from happening to anypony ever again, while she just decided to fetch an Artifact of Doom (which she didn't even make) and end Equestria and the world without ever stopping to think that maybe there are solutions other than "kill everything".
- Deadly Upgrade: The Smooze helps make her an unstoppable combatant, but she has to switch bodies because the Smooze corruption was melting her. Even after Desert Rose purges it from the both of them using the Eyes of Fatima, the Colt Leader would later use it to enact her plans in Tinker's Seal and Universal Cracks.
- Divergent Character Evolution: In her debut the Colt Leader wore the exact same pink hijab as Desert Rose did. When she re-emerged in Tinker's Seal, she ditched the pink hijab for a red silk scarf and let her hair out a lot more.
- Enemy to All Living Things: The Colt Leader has a habit of killing small animals as a sacrifice to Smooze. It's another thing that sets her apart from Desert Rose.
- She tries to kill Oasis the first chance she gets, which causes him to be MIA for some time.
- Universal Cracks has her up the ante: She is specifically mentioned to be the first Pony in history to attempt Omnicide- the complete destruction of all life forms in all realities, as sacrifices to an Alternate Universe Smooze.
- Evil Counterpart: To Desert Rose. Both are quiet, soft-spoken pegasi. However, Desert Rose is sweet and kind, while the Colt Leader is...not. In fact, they're so similar that the Colt Leader tried to tell Desert Rose that they were sisters. When that didn't work, she stole Desert Rose's body due to the similarities.
- Forceful Kiss: After taking over Desert Rose's body, the Colt Leader gets close to Gypsy Bard as Desert Rose, her only established friend, and lays one on her.
- Freudian Excuse: The Colt Leader was abused by a dragon who thought of more and more sadistic tortures for her. It's further implied, though never directly stated, that the Colt Leader's abuser was actually her own father. According to Universal Cracks, he was her stepfather.
- Hoofcraftian Superpower: By the end of Universal Cracks, her mastery of Smooze allows her to create Smooze appendages.
- Hypocrite: She's disgusted by Alt!1534 Queen Celestia's genocidal ambitions towards the apes, but she's planning on drowning the multiverse in Smooze.
- Identical Stranger: To the point where Daring wonders if the Colt Leader is a changeling or Desert Rose from a Bizarro Universe. The Tinker's Series assumes the latter.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: What she did to Alt 997!Claddie was done because he had information she needed, but he had slaughtered several villages by that point.
- Mercy Kill: What she does when she Smoozes the forcibly altered apes-turned-ponies in universe 1534.
- My Skull Runneth Over: How she dies in Universal Cracks.
- No Name Given: Her real name is not given initially. She's only ever referred to as Desert Rose when she's impersonating her, or some kind of religious title like 'Colt Leader'. Though if Daring's theory about the Bizarro Universe is true, her name might actually be Desert Rose.
- That theory is confirmed in Universal Cracks.
- Omnicidal Maniac.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: What she did to Gas Whole.
- Stalker with a Crush: The Colt Leader has an unhealthy obsession with Gypsy Bard.
- To the Pain: She threatens to rip off Alt 997!Claddie's limbs, impale him with his own horn, disembowel him (as much as such a concept can be applied to a golem), and force-feed him his own guts-equivalent, while making him watch her extract the information she needed if he didn't give her what she wanted. Then she actually does it when he's not cooperative.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Played with: nopony in the town has anything bad to say about the Colt Leader (except Gypsy Bard), but there's ambiguity on whether it is genuine, everypony's too scared to say anything, or everypony's been too scared to say anything for so long that they've come to internalize it. Everypony in town views (or deludes themselves into seeing) the Colt as a minor and harmless (if bizarre) religious movement.
- Villainous Crush: The Colt Leader to Gypsy Bard.
- We Can Rule Together: The leader makes this offer to Desert Rose. She refused.
CharityCharity is the Colt Leader's most fanatical follower. A unicorn with an obsession with fashion.
- Affably Evil
- Bad Dreams: She often has nightmares about her experiences in the war.
- Dangerous Deserter: She went on a rampage in despair after Sweetie Bottle died.
- Death Equals Redemption: When she and Applesack are resurrected by Sweetie Bottle using the Wandering Whistle in Universal Cracks, both have apparently had a lot of time to think on their sins in the afterlife, and are instrumental in destroying the Colt Leader.
- The Dragon
- The Fashionista
- Freudian Excuse: See Shell-Shocked Veteran.
- Heel–Face Turn: In Universal Cracks, she turns on the Colt Leader posthumously to save the multiverse.
- Killed Off for Real
- Large Ham
- Mad Artist: Her medium is clothing.
- My Celestia, What Have I Done?: After recreating Sweetie Bottle as a soulless golem, she becomes horrified, then blanks out any memory that she had done this. As far as she's concerned, Sweetie Bottle never died. See she's right here!
- Nice Hat: Her fashion obsession, particularly her interest in giants hats, is observed to be displacement for all the guilt she feels.
- Pet the Dog: If nothing else, she does care deep down about Sweetie Bottle.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Watched her entire unit get wiped out by a dragon in The Third Griffon-Diamond Dog War, and when redeployed she abandoned her post, which led to her hometown getting overrun.
- Take Care of My Sister: When she and Applesack are about to return to the Afterlife after stopping the Colt Leader, she hugs Sweetie Bottle one last time, then smiles at Claddie and the Marksmare, knowing that Sweetie is in good hooves.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Applesack. They both served in the war and like reminding each other of the other's failures, but they have each other's back.
ApplesackAn Earth Pony who was exiled from the famous Apple Clan.
- The Atoner: Posthumously, she regrets a lot of what she did in life.
- Berserk Button: Slavery.
- The Dragon
- Even Evil Has Standards: She hates slavery because she was a slave at one point. It's a source of contention between her and Charity because the latter uses overseas slave labor. That said, Applesack doesn't mind what happens to Spur because her conditioning allows her hatred of dragons to overcome her morals against slavery.
- Evil Virtues: Applesack is very loyal, even if she's willing to do horrible things in the pursuit of that loyalty. This is most evident when she's willing to stand with Charity against Princess Sparkler.
- Explosive Leash: Kills a slaver with one. Turns out, it was the same slaver who enslaved her, and the same Explosive Leash the slaver collared her with.
- Fan Nickname: When the promotional materials were released, she was briefly nicknamed "Apple-Sacked" for having somehow gotten kicked out of the Apple Clan. Once the book came out and revealed the rest of her backstory fans quickly decided that it wasn't so funny anymore.
- Freudian Excuse: Claims it was being shunned by her family, though the way she acts, she probably deserved it. She was actually betrayed by a family member, who sold her to a slaver. She eventually escaped, tracked her down, and gave the slaver the same Explosive Leash she used to enslave Applesack.
- Heel–Face Turn: In Universal Cracks, she turns on the Colt Leader posthumously to save the multiverse.
- Hypocrite: Her anti-slavery attitude clashes with her willingness to let Spur be abused.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Claims to have done this during the war, but is frequently confronted with her behavior.Charity: Is that why you drove that stampede into that school house?
- Killed Off for Real
- Moral Myopia: She hates slavery. Except when it involves dragons.
- The Nicknamer: Has weird names for everypony, mostly something to do with gravy.
- Pet the Dog: She freed Attic Fan and a number of others from slavery.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: To a much greater extent than the others. "They're different than us, what do we do? Destroy! Destroy!"
- She's also known to keep Sheep political prisoners.
- Psycho for Hire: Applesack likes hurting other ponies for its own sake.
- Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil: She certainly thinks so.
- Smarter Than You Look: She seems like a simple hick, but don't underestimate her intelligence.
- Sociopathic Soldier: Applesack is strongly implied to have been a war criminal before joining the Colt. Tales of the War has her executing surrendering enemies.
- Undying Loyalty: Claims to have this for Charity. Universal Cracks reveals how right she is- she joins Charity's spirit when it is recalled by the Wandering Whistle, for no reason other than she wanted to be where Charity was. As a result, they play a major role in stopping the Colt Leader.
- Unusual Dysphemism: She tends to use disturbing metaphors. It's meant to show that she's not quite right in the head.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Charity. They both served in the war and like reminding each other of the other's failures, but they have each other's back.
- Would Hurt a Child: Drove a stampede into a schoolhouse, and her line about drowning a sack full of puppies becomes even more morbid in Tales of the War.
Attic FanA clipped-wing Pegasus, and one of the Colt's more vulnerable members. Officially named in Revenant's Effigy, though several Colt members were mentioned to be in lock-up at the end of Amber of the Smooze.
- Anti-Villain: Attic Fan is not truly evil, just a broken pony seeking acceptance.
- Broken Angel
- Freudian Excuse: See Made a Slave.
- Gory Discretion Shot: The heroes hear The Assembler taking him apart, but the exact details are thankfully left to the imagination.
- Killed Off for Real
- Made a Slave: Part of Attic Fan's backstory. His slavers also permanently crippled his wings.
Princess Twinlight SparklerA massively narcissistic unicorn who has framed multiple ponies in an attempt to gain their positions. She claims to be a princess and the daughter of Celestia. She isn't, but anyone who says otherwise does so at their own risk.
- Amplifier Artifact: She's not really that powerful an innate spellcaster, but her use of Smooze goo as a focus for her magic lets her manage abilities well above her natural talent. In Alicorn Amulet, she has posthumous designs for the eponymous artifact.
- Bastard Bastard: She might not have started as such, but between the betrayal, blackmail frame-job, banishment, her mother's refusal to acknowledge her, and contact with Smooze Goo, she's plenty nasty by the time she first appears in-story.
- Berserk Button: Telling her she's not a real princess. See Tranquil Fury.
- Calling her by her first name. Spur finds this out the hard way. She's on par with Prism Rush when someone claims he's not completely shallow in terms of crazy over that.
- Blasphemous Boast: Claims to be part-Alicorn and more than mortal. She's insane, of course.
- Brother-Sister Incest: Has a huge crush on her brother, Prince Francis.
- Dark Magical Filly: Several excerpts from Alicorn Amulet showcase her as one of these.
- Divergent Character Evolution: Princess Sparkler is naturally a blue unicorn with a silvery mane as per her inspiration, but dyed her fur and mane extensively upon taking the self-proclaimed title of "Princess" (which by pure coincidence, made her look eerily similar to Princess Twilight Sparkle minus the wings), though she never appears with her natural coloring save for the spots she misses. Her look in the upcoming Alicorn Amulet will return her to her natural coloring.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: Nopony tells Princess Sparkler she's not a real princess. Not if they want to live.
- A few leaked details of Alicorn Amulet reveals she's really the bastard daughter of Princess Platinum the 23rd. This refers to a historical event where the actual Princess Platinum the 23rd was sick for a year and kept out of the public eye, fueling conspiracy theories that she had gotten pregnant and the family was keeping it a secret to prevent a scandal, even though the official medical records reveal that she had a severe case of Horn Pox exacerbated by a weak immune system and the family kept it quiet because she had always been an extremely private individual (possibly due to her weak immune system). It is also likely a reference to Ember Roundup's first meeting with Beatrix Lulamoon, at a Hearth's Warming Eve pageant in which she was playing Princess Platinum.
- Freudian Excuse: Was framed for treason and denied her birthright.
- Just a Machine: Her attitude toward Sweetie Bottle.
- Last Name Basis: Her first name isn't revealed in Amber of the Smooze. She's only referred to as Princess or Princess Sparkler. The only hint we get is that it begins with a "T", but Princess Sparkler beats Spur before he can finish saying it. In the previews for Alicorn Amulet, it is revealed to be "Twinlight".
- Killed Off for Real
- Back from the Dead: In Alicorn Amulet, she's planning on using the eponymous artifact to resurrect herself.
- Mane and Stable: As part of her insanity, she tries to murder her half-sister, Princess Platinum XXIV to get her out of the way.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: She does this so to try and make Prince Francis available.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: "Celebrity" is somewhat pushing it, but the author admits her personality was a cross between an evil version of Doctor Tabula Rasa and an exaggerated caricature of Gusty Lulamoon's younger cousin, who she met at a Hearth's Warming party a few years before writing the book.
- Though this shows that the depiction might not have been so exaggerated.◊ However, eyewitness accounts claim she's was high on powerful evil magic at the time, and is now moving past that.
- However, her similarities to Princess Twilight Sparkle (namely, Sparkler's fur and mane color after the dye-job, their respective obsessions with Princess Celestia, and the fact that Princess Sparkler's full name is Twinlight Sparkler) are purely coincidental according to Word of God, though that last point is highly suspect, given that it was first revealed in leaked information about Alicorn Amulet (though still before her coronation).
- Poor Communication Kills: Her interactions with Silver Tongue. He betrays and frames her when he realized she didn't want to blackmail her mother.
- Small Name, Big Ego
- The Stars Are Going Out: In Alicorn Amulet, after realizing that even with the Alicorn Amulet, she doesn't stand a chance against Nightmare Moon, she opts to destroy the stars that were prophecized to aid in her escape, in order to trap Nightmare Moon in the moon forever.
- Stars Are Souls: In the aftermath to try and make amends for the destruction she wrought and the ponies she hurt, agrees to serve as the replacement stars for Celestia's plan to redeem Nightmare Moon.
- That Mare Is Dead: A few off-hoof remarks are made of Princess Sparkler's past as a stage magician, but she brushes them off with contempt. She goes so far as to beat Spur within an inch of his life when he tries to call her by her first name, which is excessive even for her.
- Tranquil Fury: She'll slowly flay your skin off your bones until there's nothing left, but she will do it in such a calm, nonchalant manner.
Prism RushSeemingly a kooky, nearsighted, clumsy, idiotic pegasus who is being taken advantage of by Applesack, all it takes is a few wrong words to find out that he is one of the more deranged Colt Members. In his darker moments, he calls himself "Head of the Rainbow Factory", which is a reference to that old campfire story.
- Berserk Button: Implying he is more than just a shallow moron. He actually threatens to murder Short Stuff and grind her up to make rainbows.
- Beware the Silly Ones: He's a kooky, impulsive, nearsighted idiot, but get under his nerves and he will kill you and grind you into rainbow paste. Even though he has been repeatedly told that that's just a campfire story. Applesack knows how to screw with him without arousing his wrath.
- Blind Without 'Em: Prism Rush is extremely nearsighted, which prevented him from joining the army.
- Brainless Beauty: Prism Rush is frequently described as being attractive, particularly as having beautiful eyes. He's also kind of an idiot.
- Freudian Excuse: The accident he caused that killed his friends and nearly blinded him has left him refusing to acknowledge reality.
- Irony: In Prism Rush Presents, the self-proclaimed "Manager of the Rainbow Factory" gets too depressed actually reading the story, and improvises a happier ending. Justified in that this Prism Rush is taking anti-psychotic medication, and it's interacting with his psychosis in strange ways.
- Killed Off for Real
- Offing the Offspring: A small, easily-missed line suggests he might be Short Stuff's biological father. Given what he tries to do to her.
- Phrase Catcher: "That's just a campfire story!"
- Smurfing: Often does this with "prism" and "rush."
- Spared by the Adaptation: In the Prism Rush Presents universe, Word of Celestia is that even if they would have used that plot thread, he would have survived The Assembler's purge because he never knowingly joined the Colt in the first place having been played by Applesack, and was obviously too stupid to realize their intentions.
- Stepford Smiler: Prism Rush is proud of the fact that he's a shallow moron, but it's implied that he's in almost complete denial over the accident he caused that killed his old friends and nearly blinded him. He even admits that for years he thought his old friends just ditched him, when they were actually dead because of him.
- Too Dumb to Live: Prism Rush isn't very bright. He kicks the Colt Leader's former abuser in the face, forcing a confrontation, and he doesn't seem to realize that he's joined a Colt. Applesack likes keeping him around for her own amusement. Even when he's slipping into his darker moments, he doesn't realize that The Rainbow Factory is just a story and that you can't make rainbows from grinding up ponies.
- Villains Never Lie: Delusions and stupidity aside, Prism Rush is quite honest. Applesack has to shut him up several times lest he spill the beans about the nature of the Colt.
- What Beautiful Eyes!: There's some special mention to his "magenta eyes."
- Would Hurt a Child / Would Hit a Girl: He comes within moments of killing Short Stuff and it's said that she wouldn't have been his first.
SpurA baby dragon enslaved by Princess Sparkler. He's often tormented by the Colt, who see him as a way to vent their frustrations.
- Born Into Slavery
- Butt Monkey: Deconstructed.
- Iron Butt Monkey: His natural durability is probably the only reason he's still alive.
- The Dog Bites Back: Along with Rayback, he attacks the Smooze with his fire, and does manage to slow it down briefly.
- Made of Iron: He is a dragon, after all.
- Sad Clown
- Throw the Dog a Bone: In supplementary material released with a reprint of Daring Do and the Amber of the Smooze, it's mentioned that Daring made sure he was exonerated for involvement in the Colt's activities. Curse of the Golden Key corroborated this and revealed that he now lives happily with Desert Rose's tribe.
Sweetie BottleCharity's little sister. She died when her home town was overrun, but Charity had her remade as a golem. Charity doesn't treat her as any different, but that's more due to her intense denial.
- Big Damn Heroes: After having grown attached to Claddie and the Marksmare over the course of Universal Cracks, she comes to their aid and uses the Wandering Whistle to summon Charity and Applesack to help destroy the Colt Leader. Claddie and the Marksmare are so proud.
- The Bus Came Back: Plays a major role in Universal Cracks.
- Demonic Possession: Princess Sparkler uses her body as a host for the demon Zrackerthod. Charity is not amused.
- Do Golems Dream?: Upon the revelation of her Golem-ness, she positively breaks. Universal Cracks has her slowly rebuilding her sense of self-worth, with the help of Daring, Claddie, and the Marksmare.
- Golem Speak: Delves into this at points.
- Morality Pet: Is the only thing that keeps Charity from going off the deep end.
- Put on a Bus: Vanished at the end of Amber of the Smooze, due to her self-identity issues. Universal Cracks reveals that she's been living on the streets of Manehattan.
- Replacement Goldfish: Sweetie Bottle never died. She's right here.
- Ridiculously Equine Golems: Hardly anypony notices there's anything wrong with Sweetie Bottle, but considering all the weird crap that goes on in the town, that may be more due to the Weirdness Censor.
- Tin Mare: After the revelation, she believes that golems aren't supposed to have emotions and tries to suppress them. She doesn't do a very good job.
- True Companions: With Alice Springs and Short Stuff, as of Universal Cracks.
Gas WholeA dragon with a history with the Colt Leader. He was the one who abused her, and as a result, became the Omnicidal Maniac she's known to be. He's also implied to have been her father. In Universal Cracks, he's stated to have been her stepfather, and that they're both from an alternate reality.
- Abusive Parents: He's never outright stated to be her father in the first book, but he's implied to have some sort parental relationship with her, one filled with increasingly insane and malicious tortures.
- Bizarro Universe: He's from the same universe as the Colt Leader.
- Killed Off for Real: The Colt Leader disemboweled him when Prism Rush kicks him in the face, sending him on a rampage.
- Training from Hell: His supposed motive for abusing the Colt Leader.
- Wicked Stepfather In Universal Cracks, he was stated to be her stepfather.
The Blank Village
Sunnytown (AKA: The Blank Village).A mysterious village where the adult pony population is curiously devoid of Cutie Marks. The town harbors a dark secret. Introduced in Ruby of the Blank Village, and is heavily used in the events of Tinker's Seal, Legend of the Zomponies, and Mirror Pond, with mentions in Revenant's Effigy and Universal Cracks.
- And I Must Scream: Any Blank killed will reconstitute eventually, but it takes a really long time and until then, they are stuck in an ethereal void without the ability to influence anything except the emotions of others.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: In the flashbacks in Ruby of the Blank Village, only Mitta and Greyhoof remember anything substantial of their lives prior to the founding of Sunnytown beyond the plague. Greyhoof's reaction indicated that not only was he responsible, but he was scared that the information might spread As part of another deal with the dark power he would make after the founding of Sunnytown, he couldn't let the information spread. Unfortunately, his blatant execution of Starlet, Roneo, and Mitta led to a lot of questions being asked, which led to some discoveries, which led to Greyhoof's more extreme behaviors until the dark power he dealt with took it as a breach of contract and cursed them all. Greyhoof managed to salvage the situation somewhat, using Ruby and Roneo's ruby as focal points for a blasphemous ritual.
- The Purge: Greyhoof orchestrates a purging on the village when ponies start developing Cutie Marks. It gets so bad, he invokes dark powers to recreate them all without their curse marks, using both the eponymous ruby and Ruby herself as the linchpins of the ritual (meaning Ruby gets to be the one who dies over and over again, though the subsequent murders of Starlet and Roneo were included, as Ruby wasn't quite dead yet).
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: With the exception of Starlet, in Ruby of the Blank Village, none of the Blanks pay any attention to non-ponies.
- Vanishing Village: The village is little more than ruins most days of the year. Only days and nights of the full moon does it reveal itself, leading to speculation that Nightmare Moon was involved in its creation/cursing.
GreyhoofAn Earth Pony in a small village called Sunny Town in a forest in Ruby of the Blank Village. He's also the Leader of the "Nightmares". Revealed in Tinker's Seal to have been a briefly-hired lab assistant to Steam Whistle in his youth.
- Ambiguous Clone Ending: Played with. While Greyhoof and all his clones are killed off in Mirror Pond, it's left ambiguous as to whether or not the last one was the original Greyhoof.
- Bastard Understudy: Of Steam Whistle.
- Berserk Button: Anything that might be perceived as involving the Cutie Pox. Steam Whistle's assistants find out the hard way when they mentioned they were trying to replicate the condition without the deleterious effects.
- Big Bad
- Body Horror: In Mirror Pond, as he creates more clones, they start to degenerate. Several of them have digits similar to minotaurs on their hooves. Yes, L. Heartstrings was a co-writer on this in case you were wondering.
- Clone Degeneration: As Greyhoof uses more and more of the diluted Mirror Pond, his clones are less and less... there. Worse when he uses them to slow his infection.
- Determinator: Say what you will, this is a pony who, even as a young child, did everything he could to save the other surviving children from the horrors they lived through.
- Driven to Suicide
- Drowning My Sorrows: He downs Ghoul's 470-proof cider upon the discovery that there's a cure for Cutie Pox that's activated by telling the truth. He then eats a torch. It goes as well as expected.
- Enemy Mine: How he viewed his work with Steam Whistle and his assistants. He had hope that they might develop/have developed something that might let them undo the damage or prevent anypony else from developing Cutie Pox. When he found out about the Cutie Mark Replicator and how it was inspired by his nightmare-induced ramblings about the Cutie Pox, he severed this alliance, and subsequently the assorted jugulars of the designers.
- Faux Affably Evil
- Foil: To Mitta and Starlet. With Mitta, they're both ponies who did horrible things for the sake of the community. But while Mitta learned to regret her betrayal, Greyhoof pressed on no matter what. However, compared to Starlet, Greyhoof did the horrible things he did out of a misguided desire to protect everypony, while Starlet loved doing what she did.
- Heel Realization: When he or his last clone is offered the cure but requires him to tell the truth, he admits to being the reason everything in the Blank Village going wrong. Although he only said it because he desperately wanted what he said to be false, when the flower blooms to prove it wasn't, he kills himself in remorse.
- I Did What I Had to Do: His justification for everything.
- Knight of Cerebus: When he appears in a story, you know things will spiral downward.
- Laser-Guided Karma: For everything he did, the fleeing into the Everfree Forest, the pacts with dark forces, his work with Steam Whistle, and the orchestration of the culling of the "infected", in Mirror Pond he's the only one out of all of Sunnytown to have a confirmed case of the Cutie Pox. Only his duplication powers let him slow it down by spreading it among his clones, which does not help their attitudes.
- Mind Rape: What he did to Gladstone and Three Leaf when they started asking questions. In fact, pretty much the entire town because of the ritual.
- Never My Fault: Even when it's shown that his actions led to the curse on Sunny Town, he still refuses to believe he's at fault. He firmly believes that Ruby is to blame for everything, even though the poor filly couldn't help that she got her cutie mark.
- My Celestia, What Have I Done: Being forced to face the truth in Mirror Pond reveals that he was the one who caused the Cutie Pox plague in the first place, and most of the bad things associated with the Blank Village were because of his actions (though specifically not Starlet's dubious sanity nor Mitta's betrayal of Ruby). Though given how remorseless Greyhoof has been, the others wonder if this was a sign of Clone Degeneration.
- Not So Different: Is compared to The Assembler as they're both literally soulless monsters who have destroyed countless in their misguided attempts to protect Equestria (Greyhoof having sold his soul at one point).
- Pet the Dog: He actually did care for the residents, even Ruby, seeing the purge as a grim necessity.
- Promotion to Parent: He became this in the aftermath of the plague. Considering that he was a precutiescent colt leading the other precutiescent survivors, he had a lot on his plate, so it's probably little wonder he snapped.
- Ritual Magic: Like all Earth Ponies, his ability to use magic is more on the latent side. As a result, when he wants to achieve overt supernatural effects, he uses rituals. Some of the things he's done are described as being like "trying to make evil Zap Apple Jam in the deepest regions of Tartarus."
- Self-Immolation: He uses the 470-proof Hard Apple Cider.
- Shoot the Dog: How he viewed his horrific acts. Distasteful, but necessary.
- Stallion Foal/Wise Beyond Their Years: As a foal, Greyhoof took the responsibility to lead the exodus, founded Sunnytown and took all the actions he believed he needed to help his friends, but growing up, he would never take responsibility for what he did do, ultimately locking them in the cycle to begin with.
- Stealth Expert: To the point where he's able to bluff the few ponies he comes into contact with while working for Steam Whistle that his talent is hiding.
- Stepford Smiler: Acts cheerful even when he's ticked off. His duplicates, less so.
- The Unfettered: Is absolutely willing to do anything to save his little community from the threat he saw, from selling his soul to the dark power to protect his village, to working with Steam Whistle, to locking them in time, to culling the "infected", to recruiting the ones that could be saved.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: The event that touched off the Cutie Pox Plague was accidentally caused by him. Everything that followed... not so accidental.
- Villainous Breakdown: He gets infected. The one thing he's been running from his entire life, and the only thing he fears, catches up to him. It's not pretty.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: To some extent, according to Mirror Pond, the horrors that he saw virtually broke him, causing him to go to all sorts of extremes to try and prevent another Cutie Pox outbreak, from working with Steam Whistle to brokering a deal with the dark spirit, to organizing the killing of the "infected". Unfortunately, a lot of pain could have been prevented if he took responsibility in the first place instead of running and looking for solutions that would let have let him hide his involvement.
- Would Hurt a Child: His plan in Mirror Pond involves using his clones to kidnap ponies free from the Curse Mark taint to repopulate Sunnytown.
RubyThe first pony to gain a Cutie Mark in Sunnytown, and subsequently its first victim.
Mitta: Yeah Ruby, you have a talent for finding things, but don't forget, one of those things you find is trouble.
- Forgiveness: She is willing to forgive them all, and help them find their way. Even Starlet and Greyhoof, though she is admittedly a little hesitant on Starlet.
- The Scapegoat: Is blamed for returning the curse back to Sunnytown.
MittaRuby's best friend, but fear drove her to betray her when Ruby found her Mark.
- The Atoner: She sold out Ruby when Ruby went into hiding, and regretted it. This regret let her see through the veil that Greyhoof pulled over them.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Takes out a good-sized chunk of the other Nightmares by forcing them into the Gilded Marksmare's kill zone.
- Killed to Uphold the Masquerade: Part of the terms of the agreement with the dark power of Sunnytown is that the memory of their past was to be suppressed. When Mitta starts to feel remorse for betraying Ruby, she also starts to remember. Greyhoof has her killed immediately.
- The Oath-Breaker: Mitta swore to Ruby that she would keep her safe, no matter what. But when Ruby manifested her Cutie Mark, Mitta hid her, only to almost immediately betray her location to her pursuers. Mitta would grow to become disgusted with herself.
- Took a Level in Badass: In Tinker's Seal, seeing that the cycle could be broken since Daring and her friends arrived, she steps up, and forces as many of the other Nightmares into the Gilded Marksmare's kill zone.
StarletSeemingly a friendly pony with a crush on Roneo, she hides a very different personality. While the others fear the Cutie Marks, she does not. She sees them as different, and anything different in Starlet's eyes must be destroyed.
- Catch Phrase: "No freaks."
- Creepy Child: When Greyhoof led his exodus and burned the old village to the ground to stop the spread, the others cried or whimpered. Starlet just smiled at the proceedings.
- Knife Nut: Like cutting up ponies.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: While the others fear Cutie Marks because of their experiences with the Plague, Starlet seems to hate anything sentient that isn't a blank Earth Pony. While the others killed their victims and burned their bodies to prevent the spreading the disease, Starlet took pleasure in cutting off their horns and wings while they were still alive.
RoneoA genuinely friendly pony who likewise has a crush on Starlet, he nevertheless shares Greyhoof's paranoia about the plague and sides with him the moment they believe it to be back.
- Death by Irony: About as literally as is possible for the trope.
- First-Person Smartass: At the worst possible time.
- Gallows Humour: One can put it down to shock, and he doesn't say it out loud (in the book at least), but it's telling that his first reaction to his new girlfriend's murder was to note the irony of her being killed because of the Cutie Mark that she got for helping kill Ruby
- No Sympathy: He wasted no time in turning on Ruby once he believed her to be infected, though unlike Starlet he certainly took no pleasure in it.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Some readers see him as this, considering that Ruby had only just helped him get together with Starlet.
Three LeafAnother one of the residents with a speaking role. She tells the visitors that they're self-sufficient and don't get many visitors.
- He Knows Too Much: Three Leaf had her brain scrubbed because of what Gladstone told her.
- Mind Rape: Greyhoof wasn't going to let Sunnytown's secret get out, but unlike with Mitta, he had learned the mental suppression ritual by then.
- Stepford Smiler: Greyhoof was pretty brutal in suppressing her memory.
- Welcome to Corneria: In the modern time, she always repeats the same static dialog. It's unnerving.
GladstoneAnother one of the residents with a speaking role.
- Have You Told Anyone Else?: Yes. Three Leaf.
- He Knows Too Much: Despite cheering on the execution of Ruby, Starlet, and Roneo, a few things he heard Mitta say disturbed him. In his investigations he found some stuff out, requiring Greyhoof to do something about it.
- Mind Rape: Greyhoof wasn't going to let Sunnytown's secret get out, but unlike with Mitta, he had learned the mental suppression ritual by then.
- Stepford Smiler: Greyhoof was pretty brutal in suppressing his memory.
- Welcome to Corneria: In the modern time, he always repeats the same static dialog. It's unnerving.
A group of griffons with unusual powers gained from grossly unethical experimentation.
- Came Back Wrong: In Chemical Sister, every one of them are resurrected as mindless bio-weapons.
- Five-Bad Band:
- Meaningful Name: Each of their names is German for a type of bird.
- Krähe (Crow)
- Rabe (Raven)
- Spottdrossel (Mockingbird)
- Eichelhäher (Jay)
- Henne (Hen)
- Eule (Owl)
- Falke (Hawk)
- Papagei (Parrot)
- Taube (Dove)
"It's said only the strong survive. I'm here to make sure that happens."The cold, calculating, ruthless leader of Greifvögel. He's sadistic, manipulative, and willing to exploit anypony for his own gain. Not much is known about his history. All anypony knows is that he turns other griffons into mutated bio-weapons (either through manipulation or straight up kidnapping) and plans to use them to bring down Celestia and instigate anarchy.
- Dystopia Justifies the Means: His only real explanation for wanting to overthrow Celestia and make an archic nation is that everyone has gone soft, with natural selection being at an all time low. He wants only the strongest and those who fight for themselves to thrive.
- Hypocrite: Ironic, considering he lets the rest of the Greifvögel do the fighting for him.
- Manipulative Bastard
- The Social Darwinist
"To me, you're a bug! I'll crush you and wipe you on the sidewalk!"Krähe's second-in-command, who seems to harbor no emotion other than anger. He has a great desire to help Krähe achieve his goals, and follows his orders without question. In a fight, he's wild, but unobservent, and often makes careless mistakes due to acting before thinking. It's heavily implied that he's Krähe's little brother, and detested his talk of bringing down Celestia before being having his mined wiped and reconfigured.
- Idiot Ball: Daring outwits him pretty easily.
- The Brute: His solution to all his problems is repeatedly beating it with his fists.
- The Dragon: To Krähe, although he's more like a lapdog.
"Of course I'm mad! How else would I put up with Krahe's doom n' gloom attitude?! Hahahahahaha!"An insane assassin in jester get-up working for Krähe for unknown reasons and is just as much a sadist as he is.
- Becoming the Mask: Inverted. Over the course of the trilogy, he slowly loses his "crazy jester" act, becoming more and more like Krahe. By Oathkeepers, he's practically a different griffon altogether.
- Double Agent: In the epilogue of Breathing Weapons, he's revealed to have been working for the Buckzi to gather information on both Daring and Arzt.
- Man Behind the Man: Arguably, Papagei is the trilogy's true antagonist.
- Monster Clown
Daring: You're just a child. Why are you working for him?!
Eichelhaher: It's just the next step in a long line of regrets...The youngest member of the group. She's a meek, naive griffin who has been pushed around and exploited by others her entire life. She took up Krahe's offer after he promised her power, in hopes it would give her confidence and courage. The end result was far from what she expected. After she was killed (and subsequently brought back to life) by Eule, she was able to control powerful magic, at the cost of her body and mind being a constant state of decay.As with the rest of the Greifvogel, she is brought back to life (for the second time) in Chemical Sister. Unlike the others however, she has permanently regained her intelligence. As such, she decides to make up for the things she did under Krahe, starting with helping Daring and Arzt rid the world of a certain griffon's mad experiments.As of Oathkeepers, she is officially apart of the supporting cast, in the same vein as Arzt.
- Anti-Villain: Type II, bordering on Type IV. She doesn't want to be the bad guy, but is being forced to on threat of death.
- Heel–Face Turn: She makes the transition over the course of Chemical Sister, and in Oathkeepers, she's a full-fledged good guy.
- The Atoner: At the beginning of Oathkeepers, she makes a vow to make up for the things she did under Krahe's orders.
- Back from the Dead: With the rest of the Greifvogel in Chemical Sister. Unlike them, however, she is still in control of herself.
- Badass Longcoat: Her main outfit in Breathing Weapons and some of Chemical Sister is nothing more than an oversized trenchcoat.
- Bandage Babe: Under her coat is a bunch of bandages she uses to keep her organs in. They're not really effective.
- Beam Spam / Flash Step / Teleport Spam: Eichelhaher's fight with Domino in End To Order has her showing the full potential of her magical abilities. She even declares, "I'm not a zombie, I'm a ghost!"
- Cute Ghost Girl: By End To Order, her powers have grown to the point she can turn herself into, in her own words, "a ghost".
- Facial Horror: In Chemical Sister, a large portion of her face falls off, with a good chunk of skull on display.
- Functional Addict: In Chemical Sister, after discovering that her new body suffers from the same rot and decay her old one did, she becomes addicted to embalming fluid, of all things. Justified in that it helps keep her together. Literally.
- Immortality: Incomplete, as she is undead.
- Light 'em Up: Her magic manifests as this.
- Man in the Machine: At the beginning of Oathkeepers, she gets a multi-layered suit that looks like a cross between a knight and an astronaut. It keeps her body from decaying any further and prevents anything from falling out.
- Our Zombies Are Different: She's never explicitly called a zombie, but that's pretty much what she became.
- Suicide Attack: Done in Oathkeepers when she releases all her magic into a single explosion to take out some Buckzi Troops.
- Tooka Level In Badass: After joining Daring and Arzt, she doesn't hesitate in using her unicorn-like powers against the baddies.
- True Companions: With Daring and Arzt.
"Everyone asks me how I live with myself. Course, when they do, they're already bleeding out. At that point, finishing them off is just good intention."A ex-military sniper with an insatiable bloodlust who enjoys chipping away it his prey in order to watch them writhe before he deals the killing blow. He has a massive ego and considers death at his hands a "favor".
- Blood Knight
- Cold Sniper
- Driven to Suicide: After he accidentally kills his lover, Falke, he immediately turns his rifle on himself.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Any old sniper can make a clean headshot. How many snipers can intentionally miss vital spots just to draw out the tension?
- Jerk With A Heartof Gold: As revealed in From the Pages of a Mockingbird, Spottdrossel saw Eichelhaher as a fellow soldier, and treated her as if she were his daughter.
- To the Pain
"..."A quiet, relentless, ex-military gunner from the same troop as Spottdrossel. She's a bit more upfront about her targets, preferring to mow down anything standing between her and her kill with her massive gattling gun.
- BFG: A gattling gun almost bigger than her.
- Bottomless Magazines: Her mini-gun never seems to run out of ammo.
- The Gunslinger: Type B. Good Lord, Type B.
- The Voiceless: Doesn't say a single thing in Breathing Weapons
"Forgive that fool, Papagei. He likes to play a rough."The group doctor. Surprisingly friendly and caring for a group as ruthless as the Greifvögel. He is Krähe's go-to guy for new types of experimentation.
"Eat up, boy! Krahe hates sissies!"Much like her (implied) husband, Eule, Henne is a warm, motherly griffin who makes sure the rest of the group is well taken care of.
TaubeAn old friend of Arzt's, and practically his direct opposite. Strong, couragous, a little rude and crude, but friendly and genuinely caring of her friends. She disappeared after joining the military, only to reappear as another one of Krähe's twisted experiments.
- Affectionate Nickname: Arzt used to call her "Pigeon", since her name is Germane for both Dove and Pigeon.
- And I Must Scream: It's implied that there is a little bit of her still fighting against Krähe's control...and losing.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Krähe made her "the perfect weapon" by wiping her mind and turning her into his own personal attack dog.
- "I Know You Are in There Somewhere" Fight: Arzt begs her to remember him while she's under Krähe's control. It works, but only a little.
- Killed Off for Real: Daring and Arzt put her out of her misery at the end.
A band of mercenaries who spread Chaos around Equestria to resurrect Discord and end the rule of ponies.
- Badass Crew
- Dark and Troubled Past: They have all been wronged by ponies in some way.
- Deadly Upgrade: In episode five, they steal and don Celestia's feathers, granting them some of her power.
- Five-Bad Band:
- Would Hit A Mare
DominoThe brash, hot-headed, leader of the group, easily identified by his scarlet feathers and indistinguishable bandanna.
- Blood Knight: Easily the most bloodthirsty of the four, just slightly beating out Coco. He has willingly destroyed small pony towns to prove a point to the more major cities of Equestria. Not to mention that he's the one to take on Celestia himself and steal her feathers.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: His feathers are a bright scarlet.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: His first fight with Daring. Though in fairness, it was more he caught her off-guard rather then him genuinely being stronger than her.
- Establishing Character MomentDomino: Light the fuse! (smiles in delight as a town is blown away to nothing)
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a few gashes on his face he obtained from the raid on his home years ago.
- Jerkass Has a Point: He's an omnicidal madgriffon, but he's right in calling out the wrongs of the original plans to expand Celestia's empire, considering it led to one of the most horrible wars Equestria had ever seen and made griffons second-class citizens in their own nation.
- Pet the Dog: Anytime he's interacting with the other Rusted. He's cold-hearted but good to his men.
OzAn old veteran of the Greater Lands War.
- Goggles Do Nothing
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He loses his fight against Daring by his own grenades.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Implied, as his main reason for joining the Rusted is the terrible acts he saw comitted by ponies during the war.
- Old Soldier: He's very well into his eighties during the story.
- One-Scene Wonder: He is introduced and subsequently killed during his fight with Daring.
- Suicide Attack: His fight with Daring ends when he pulls the wire on a bomb he had in his stomach.
CocoAs described by Domino, "a crossdressing prettyboy from Prance."
- Asshole Victim: Being driven into poverty and watching your friends die is terrible, yes, but so is blowing up entire cities and killing hundreds of ponies in the name of revenge.
- Badass Gay
- Bishōnen: So much so that he's mistaken for female by nearly everyone he meets, including Daring.
- Butterfly Knife: His weapons of choice.
- Crossdresser: Spends most of the story in with a skirt and tights under his coat.
Sien-JaA boxing, Bit-ish, stallion raised by griffons.
- Affably Evil: He's a kind and downright pleasant fellow. If you're a griffon.
- Badass Mustache
- Berserk Button: Never imply that he should be fighting for ponies.
- Cultured Badass
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Case in pont, his griffon lover, Coco.
- Jerk With A Heartof Gold: He's arguably the most morally centered of the group. He refuses to outright kill anypony. He won't even go against Daring without ensuring she has a fighting chance.
- Manly Gay
- Quintessential Bitish Stallion
- Rapid-Fire Hooficuffs: He only fights hoof to hoof.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome
Other - Polo House New Adventures Characters
Count Vryko LakasAn earth pony who's an on-again, off-again enemy and on-again, off-again ally of Daring Do. He only appears in the Expanded Universe. His motivations are a mystery to both Daring Do and the readers, and his side changes each Expanded Universe book that he's in. It's heavily implied that he's a vampony. This was outright confirmed to be the case in Sanguine Stained Teeth. He's also proven himself capable in a fight, holding his own against 3 villains at once.Voiced by Hugh Buckman in a high-profile fan adaptation.
- Bystander Syndrome: As long as nothing forces him to get involved, he won't choose sides.
- Cannot Convey Sarcasm
- The Comically Serious
- Does Not Like Garlic
- Heel–Face Revolving Door: Which side he's on depends on the book.
- Mysterious Past
- It was eventually released he tried to rebel against all the other vamponies because they viewed all other species as food. He was exiled and left alone on the condition that he was never to initiate interference in anyone's business.
- Neutral No Longer: This appears to be the case as he's the only vampony left alive.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Appears to be based on the Gary Oldmane portrayal of Count Chiroptula.
- No Sense of Humor
- Our Vamponies Are Different
- Picky Eater: He seems to prefer extremely juicy meat.
- Super Senses
- The Stoic
- Wild Card: See Mysterious Past.
- Big Damn Heroes
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: His cutie mark is the word Jerk.
- One Name Only
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: He's this towards Daring.
- Skyward ScreamStan: Daring DOOOOOOOO!
Steam Whistle, the Mad Tinker
Introduced in Revenant's EffigyThe Assembler's creator and all-around Mad Scientist from an age long past, his journal and his works are all that's left of him, as his story, along with his foes, his methods and even his appearance were lost to time, and the Assembler is the only one who remembers who he was.
"No matter what I do, no matter how far I push the boundaries of equine knowledge, it never seems to be enough"
- Anti-Villain: Type II-III. He genuinely wants to protect Equestria, and spare everypony else from whatever he had to go through.
- Arc Symbol/Sigil Spam: His cutie mark, a pointed steam whistle, which he used to brand all his works. It tends to work as a visual version of Hell Is That Noise.
- Clock Punk: Most of his creations were of this variety.
- The Constant: A strange, interdimensional version. While other characters could vary wildly between different universes, he remained pretty much the same.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Hiring Tight Ship and Greyhoof as lab assistants proved to be a really bad idea.
- Ironic Name: He hated working with steam machinery, and preferred clockworks for an unknown reason
- From Nopony to Nightmare: According to his journal, he began as a humble tinker and blacksmith. One dead little sister later, he discovered his talent for automaton making and ended up creating the mechanical monstrosity that is the Assembler, along with several unknown projects that are yet to resurface.
- This extends to alternate universes. Whenever an alt!Whistle was pushed to far, the world would see a nasty balance shift. In one case, his entire family got executed for an unknown reason. The result? He overthrew the royal sisters, and put himself as emperor.
- He Who Fights Monsters
- Mad Scientist
- Mechanical Monster: His specialty
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Just take a look at the things he made. He was one messed up pony, even if you take his backstory into account.
- Posthumous Character: Has been dead for centuries, but his influence can be felt throughout two books, having shifted the power balance of Equestria for a very long time.
- The Spook: Very little was known from him when he lived, and most of it was lost after he died.
- Ultimate Blacksmith: His metalworking was clearly unparalleled at the time, and nopony yet has even come close to matching him
- Tragic Villain
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Clearly intended for the Assembler to protect Equestria. His success is debatable.
The Rust Wraith/Copper WireThe ghost of a mare who lived many centuries ago, it claimed an abandoned foundry near Baltimare, and now resides there, driving away anypony who tries to enter. Recently, this foundry appears to have piqued the interest of Krastos' minions, which has the entire city on the ropes. She is later revealed to have been another of Steam Whistle's assistants, who decided to quit when she thought he was going mad, and got the Soul Seal as a parting gift.
- And I Must Scream
- Berserk Button: Seems to particularly despise demons. Apparently, Steam Whistle told her just what they did to ponies, and particularly his dead little sister.
- Badmouthing Steam Whistle, too.
- Dying as Yourself: When the Soul Seal is deactivated, she thanks the group before leaving to finally rest
- Extra Oredinary: She can shape and control metallic objects effortlessly. Considering she haunts a foundry, this becomes especially problematic.
- Ghostly Chill: The characters notice that inside the foundry it's much colder than anywhere else. Not even having the entire facility at full power is enough to warm it up, as they later find out.
- Our Ghosts Are Different
- Only Sane Mare: One of the few sane assistants Steam Whistle had.
- Storm of Blades: A favorite of hers.
- Bungling Inventor
- Catch Phrase: "When Life gives you Lemons..."
- Cloudcuckoolander: Judging by his desire to make explosive fruit. Which actually comes in handy when dispatching the homicidal Alternate Universe Ghoul Dachshund.
- For Science!: His motivation for everything.
- Mad Scientist: Much like his cousin.
- When Life Gives You Lemons: See Catch Phrase
Many MasksA buffalo girl living in the Naffalo territories living in the tribe that commissioned Daring to track down their sacred totem in Charms of the Skin-trotter, who develops a friendship and a bit more with Darrin. However, she has a dark secret that may force her to choose between herself and her tribe.
- Anti-Villain: Wants to protect her tribe, but was willing to cross some serious lines to do so.
- Emotion Eater: Powers herself on fear.
- The Exile: She is cast out by her tribe after refusing to give up her powers.
- He Who Fights Monsters: By the end of Charms of the Skin-trotter she starts to fall towards this, hunting down non-threats and refusing to give up her abilities
- Heel Realization: A good portion of the short story Fear and Love is the slow realization of how far she's slipped down the slope.
- Interspecies Romance: Has something with Darrin.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: She is a skin-trotter.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She does make mention of the need to defend her tribe from Changeling attacks and the depridations of pony bandits on the frontier. She goes so far as to become a skin-trotter.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Her tribe call her out for her actions and her refusal to give up her now completely unnecessary powers, before casting her out.
MorphThe Changeling survivor from the Skin-trotter's massacre.
- The Atoner: After facing the Skin-trotter, he starts to question his species' modus operandi.
- Morality Pet: In Fear and Love Morph slowly becomes one for Many Masks.
Princess Platinum XXIIIPrincess Platinum XXIII was a historical figure with a serious immune-system deficiency. Perhaps best remembered for a conspiracy theory that claimed her year-long disappearance from the public eye was due to an illicit affair. The Alicorn Amulet takes that theory and runs with it, making her Princess Sparkler's mother. Mentioned in a few earlier books, but first appears as a major character in Alicorn Amulet.
- Good Girls Avoid Abortion: Though she points out that between the Horn Pox and her deficient immune system, she's just as likely to die from that as she is bringing her foal to term.
- Ill Girl: As per her real-life counterpart.
Prince VladimirPrince Vladimir is the brother of Princess Platinum XXIII. Mentioned in a few earlier books, but first appears as a major character in Alicorn Amulet.
- Pet the Dog: He's an elitist jerk, but he's fiercely protective of his sister.
Princess Platinum XXIVPrincess Platinum XXIII's first legitimate daughter. First appears in Alicorn Amulet.
- Mane and Stable: Princess Sparkler tries to murder her while under a corrupting influence.
Prince FrancisPrincess Platinum XXIV's husband. First appears in Alicorn Amulet.
Silver TongueA charming, charismatic retired con-pony. In his younger days, he was always looking for a way to get ahead or enjoy a hedonistic lifestyle, before the stress made him retire. However, his discovery of a down-on-her-luck stage magician who matched the description of the rumored illicit daughter of Princess Platinum XXIII caused him to come out of retirement for one last con. Only she turns out to be more than he bargained for. First appears in Alicorn Amulet.
- Abusive Parents: There are a number of hints he's actually Princess Sparkler's father, which, given that he only came back into her life to use her to blackmail her mother and stabbed her in the back when he realized she truly wanted to be recognized, means he's quite the bastard.
- I Have Many Names: He's been through many identities over the years.
- Master of Disguise: Part of changing his identity constantly.
- Poor Communication Kills: His and Sparkler's use of doublespeak led him to think she was in on his blackmail scheme. Instead, he realized almost too late she was genuine in her desire to be recognized as Princess Platinum XXIII's daughter, and had to improvise at the last moment, betraying and framing her in the process. He mutters to himself about how he was out of practice.
Inverted AngleThe new Canterlot University Head of Mathematics after Tanner became University President. In Crystal Statue it's revealed he's selling information on Daring to her enemies.
- Evil Genius: Though not as smart as he seems to think he is.
- Fantastic Racism: In addition to general cowardliness, he also has a deathly fear of being eaten, which sounds reasonable, but it makes him scared of anything that isn't 100% herbivorous.
- Flat Character: Aside from a few references in conversations relating to Tanner's promotion, he generally goes unmentioned with little known about him other than his job. After Crystal Statue, not so much.
- Insufferable Genius: Though it only comes out after he's revealed to be selling info on Daring and dismissed.
- Nervous Wreck: Post Crystal Statue. The events of that book clearly took a toll on his mental wellbeing.
- Never My Fault: He refuses to accept responsibility for the fact that his selling of information has resulted in the continued presence of Daring's foes in her adventures.
- The Mole: Revealed in Crystal Statue to be selling information on Daring, where she thinks a valuable artifact will be, etc. to her enemies.
Sine, Cosine and TangentA Chimera who is appointed the new Canterlot University Head of Mathematics after Inverted Angle was fired. Sine is the goat head, Cosine the cat head and Tangent the snake tail. Technically only Sine is the Head of Mathematics but since it's impossible for them not to there, Cosine and Tangent are officially co-assistant Heads.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: It's a rare time when Tangent opens her mouth and says something pertinent.
- Genius Ditz: Cosine.
- Good with Numbers: Sine, as befitting the Head of Mathematics.
- Meaningful Name: In addition to the mathematical phrases, Tangent will regularly go on weird tangents whenever they decide to talk.
- Multiple Head Case: Comes with being a Chimera.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: Sine wears a classic pair.
Queen CatrinaQueen Catrina was the Queen of the Citizens of Wuvy Duvy Land who, unlike normal Citizens, has Minotaur like proportions and stands eye level with Princess Celestia, due to the diluted form of Witchweed Citizens give to their rulers. First mentioned in Unknown Country as having gone missing, she appears in Wonderous Witchweed having been looking for a pure form of the titular substance.
- Action Girl: Whilst she spends most of Wonderous Witchweed languishing pathetically, she proves to be no slouch when Daring pushes her over the edge. She also retains this post-Witchweed detox, helping Daring take down a group of Night Wings with a Rep sword.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: A random effect of Witchweed can cause her to grow to about the size of an adult dragon.
- Giggling Villain: Catrina tends to throw a giggle randomly into sentences, regardless of the situation. Unless their in one of their angry moods. This trait disappears once she gets off Witchweed.
- Heel–Face Turn
- Large and in Charge: Catrina is definitely this. Her Wubcats stand about foal sized, at best, whereas she is about Princess Celestia sized and that's to say nothing of what Witchweed can do.
- Mood-Swinger: Whilst on Witchweed she switches between seemingly lucid, though with Princess Sparkler-esque delusions, overly playful and violently angry seemingly at random.
- Recovered Addict: Post Wonderous Witchweed.
- Super Strength: As such that even a playful light hip check sends Daring flying and is compared favorably to a buck. Persists post Witchweed, though reduced significantly.
- Walking the Earth: With Rep to search for any lost Wubcats as a form of atonement.
Mina AngusA cow like Minotaur who serves as Canterlot University's Head of Physical Education. First appears in the books in Disembodied Voices, but it is implied she's been around for a while.
- Acrofatic: Her speed, strength and gymnastic ability allowed her to gain experience and success in various forms of sports and athletic competitions.
- Bare Your Midriff: Wears a workout tanktop but keeps it rolled up to show off her gut.
- Big Beautiful Minotaur: At least Darrin and Mahavir seem to think so.
- Big Fun
- Bully Hunter: Admits to having been one when she was younger, which is part of the reason she constantly uses Mahavir for practical demonstrations. As such a Nice Guy there's no chance of false claims she's doing this.
- Embarrassing Tattoo: Has some in ancient minotaur from her younger days. She's not embarrassed by the tattoos themselves but the placing, across her backside, is a source of mild regret.
- Fat and Proud: Very much so, to the point that she, despite actually wearing a top, keeps her stomach exposed, joking it'd be criminal to keep it hidden.
- Purely Aesthetic Glasses: Whenever she's not taking part in a physical activity, which is often, she puts a pair of these on apparently to fit in better with the rest of the faculty.
- Running Gag: Daring and/or friends walk in on the middle of some practical demonstration involving Mahavir and end up talking to her, causing her to forget and leave Mahavir in precarious situations.
Young Daring Do Characters
GrouchyFirst introduced in Wooden Mask, Grouchy is Daring's Cool Pet Tyrannosaurus rex. Okay, maybe not a pet per se, but he and Daring are the best of friends. Their relationship wasn't like this in the beginning - the first time they met involved lots and lots of running - but they eventually grew to like each other after Daring dislodged a bone stuck in his throat. As of the most recent installment, Grouchy happily resides in the dinosaur exhibit of the Royal Canterlot Zoo, but he has been known to escape regularly to help Daring and her friends/family.
- Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Grouchy is purple with a green belly - the other T-rexes are entirely green.
- Androcles Tyrannosaur: Near the end of The Valley of Grouchy, he swallows Daring whole before he is subdued by the royal guards. Daring discovers a bone stuck in his throat and dislodges it, for which Grouchy is extremely grateful.
- Berserk Button: Do NOT insult his intelligence, EVER. The worst mistake you can make in this regard is saying that his brain is the size of a walnut (a T-rex's brain is actually as large as a pony's brain).
- Big Damn Heroes: Pretty much guaranteed whenever he's around.
- Cool Pet (technically a zoo animal, but still...)
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: OBVIOUSLY.
- Non-Indicative Name: Although Grouchy did live up to his name in his backstory, he's actually a pretty nice dinosaur in the actual canon.
- Non-Malicious Monster: The only reason he was grouchy was because he had a bone stuck in his throat, which was removed by Daring.
- Stock Dinosaurs
- Super-Persistent Predator: Played with. During their first meeting in The Valley of Grouchy, Grouchy WAS about to give up on chasing Daring after deciding she wasn't worth the trouble... until she called him a "walnut-brain", causing him to develop a personal grudge against her until the Androcles Tyrannosaur incident discussed above.
Zapapple TockDaring's foalhood friend, she is mentioned in Sapphire Stone as having died in college. In Curse of the Yeti, we learn that Daring feels responsible. She is a major character in Valley of the Grouchy and is killed in Ballad Of The Chickerufus.
- Do Not Do This Cool Thing: Converses this trope in Valley of Grouchy
- Foregone Conclusion: She's going to die and Daring will feel responsible.
- Red Pony, Blue Pony: The blue to Daring's red, despite having a rose coat.
Shifty GazeA pegasus pony who plans to sell not only the use of the Fountain of Youth, but many of Cloudyon's more dangerous artifacts. Daring Do's only antagonist in The Cloud-Held Eternity.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Not a true example, as he only betrays one pony, but he tries to do it a lot.
- Greed: Shifty's fatal flaw.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He ends up falling into the Fountain after attempting to push Daring in a second time.
- Meaningful Name
- Obviously Evil: Daring knows she can't trust him, but, after all, she's faced tougher opponents. She ought to be able to handle him.
- Reliable Traitor: Shifty's Hoist by His Own Petard fate is caused by Daring's anticipation of Shifty leading her into his final attempt at betrayal.
- Chrome Champion: Even with the normally brighter illustrations in the Young Daring Do series, his silver and blue, and especially his red, really stand out.
- Gentle Giant: Despite his size and downright alien appearance he's actually very nice.
- Good Is Not Soft: Kind to those in danger, but it's quite clear he won't hesitate to kill anyone who threatens innocent lives.
- Heroic Sacrifice: The temple goes down with him fighting the other statue, with both of their survivals being unknown.
- Let's Get Dangerous
- And nothing says that quite like a Blade Below the Shoulder!
The StatueAnother statue in the Temple of Primus, which attempts to resurrect his army to take over Equestria.
- Arm Cannon
- Dark Is Evil
- Fantastic Racism: Considers all things with flesh to be vermin, and make several attempts to kill Daring for no reason beyond this.
- No Name Given: Any attempt to look at his name is usually blocked out. The only thing the reader learns is that it begins with the letter "M".
"I'd prefer you know your place, beast, but if you must speak, you may address me as Lord Megatron."
- Named by the Adaptation: Disneigh's animated version gives him an appropriately harsh-sounding and alien name.
- Power Floats
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
AnasaziTHE primordial Trickster Archetype, this ancient spirit becomes an entity of guidance to Daring (though a bit hard to get used to) in The Mark of the Trickster. According to Buffalo legend, he was the one who stole wisdom from the gods to give to the Buffalo, and is the reason that they can coexist with ponies today. When researching about him while traveling through Buffalo country, Daring learns that he is celebrated in stories dating from before Equestria was built. And as it turns out, all of these stories contain important clues that allow Daring to gain an understanding about Anasazi's true nature, and that he is only one of a whole series of spirit guides that have yet to be discovered...
- Buffalo Mythology: This is where most of his aspects are derived from. Daring even learns of them through word of mouth from the buffalo themselves.
- Canis Major: Anasazi's true form is a giant, talking, animated Buffalo painting of a coyote.
- The Fool: He even refers to himself as such at one point.
- Spirit Advisor
- Those Wily Coyotes: His true form, though it only manifests in Daring's recurring dream sequences.
- Trickster Archetype
- Animal Motifs: The Kamen Runner outfit is a highly stylised horsefly.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Flittersweet doesn't necessarily like to fight, but boy howdy, watch out when she decides she should!
- Breakout Character: The sheer popularity of their one appearance in the Young Daring Do series led to Polo House recently announcing that the Ponirangers would be getting their own spinoff comic book series, starting with an Origins Issue.
- By The Power of Bayskull: "Harmony Change!" Often accompanied by a stomp, diagonal across from the right shoulder.
- Catch Phrase: Kimono has "This... is why I live out of town".
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Averted; none of the Ponirangers' coat, mane, or even eye colors matches that of their battlesuit. Instead the colors are determined by the Harmony Stones; Kimono, for example, is PoniPink, yet a case of Green Eyes, Raven Mane, Ivory Coat.
- Dance Battler: Crumble Cake was originally a traveling pastry chef before becoming PoniGreen, and picked up coltpoeira in Brayzil.
- Drives Like Crazy: Crumble Cake. It's only because she's also so good at it that she's allowed anywhere near the ship's controls.
- Expy: While many fans have noted the similarities between the Ponirangers and many of Daring's pre-established friends, the volume's author/illustrator Ink-n-Paint insists they are based on five of the six real-life Bearers of the Elements of Harmony (hence their being Harmony Sentai), with Daring herself included and written as the sixth.
- Farm Boy: Fuji worked on his family's apple orchard before becoming PoniBlue.
- Five Pony Band
- The Hero: Daybreak Shimmer, a Red Mage with traces of the Smart Gal in terms of strategy and general bookish information
- The Lancer: Fuji, the Team Dad with hints of The Mentor in that he's the others' combat coach
- The Smart Gal: Flittersweet, an introvert Gadgeteer Genius and The Medic who performs maintenence to both the ship and her teammates.
- The Big Gal: Crumble Cake, by virtue of being a Cute Bruiser Genki Girl
- The Chick: Kimono, the most socially-conscious (as a daughter of nobility), but a master of Waif-Fu
- Honorary Sixth Ranger: Daring Do, in the prototype Kamen Runner battle armor
- Home Base: The Sorashuutei, a Cool Boat that actually floats above the water, is Bigger on the Inside, and can travel between the islands of Neighpon in mere minutes.
- Irony: Flittersweet wears the uniform of PoniYellow, and is incredibly timid; while this does make some sense in mainland Equestria, Neighponese tradition views yellow as a color of bravery.
- Love Dodecahedron: Daybreak and Kimono both pine after Fuji, who only finds interest in Flittersweet, who finds herself attracted to Daring. This becomes a problem when they go up against an emotion-manipulator on Daring's third day.
- Mythology Gag: The Kamen Runner outfit is based on stolen technology. Stolen from who, you ask? Well, the massive filter plate that they had to remove from the belt's 'Tatsumaki' turbine has an eagle symbol similar to what the Hoofstapo hang on their walls...
- The One Guy: Fuji is the only stallion on the team.
- Only the Chosen May Wield: The Harmony Stones
- Only Works Once: Played with, as Daring's Kamen Runner harness worked whenever she wore it for training, but never survived its first real monster-fight (fought on her last day in Neighpon). Justified, as it was explicitly the prototype and wasn't intended for genuine battle.
- Power Crystal: The Harmony Stones, embedded in the Bracers. Also Empathic Weapons, in that they refuse to work when the team is in-fighting.
- Take Up My Sword: Daring asks the team early on about what they did before they came together. Daybreak revealed that she was on the path to becoming a Doctor of Arcane Studies, but had to quit and take up the mantle of PoniRed when her brother Gleaming Aegis was grievously injured in battle. While she understands the responsibility, she had to grow into the role.
- Token Minority: With unicorns Daybreak and Kimono, and Earth Ponies Fuji and Crumble, Flittersweet is the only pegasus on the team proper, though this is balanced out by Daring joining them while she's on spring break.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Daybreak and Crumble are more rough-and-tumble, while Flittersweet and Kimono are Light Feminine and Dark Feminine respectively.
- Transformation Trinket: The Harmony Bracers, worn on the left front hoof by the main team. Daring's Kamen Runner powers are summoned and controlled by a breastcollar harness-style belt instead.
- What Could Have Been: Kimmy from Blood Diamonds was originally supposed to be Kimono, and uses Kimono's Catch Phrase.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: There was a second Kamen Runner harness, with red belts instead of white. Its current whereabouts are unknown.
- X Marks the Hero: Fuji, who gained this particular scar in the same battle that resulted in Gleaming Aegis' forced retirement as PoniRed.
King MayhemThe Changeling ruler that appears in "Daring Do and The Return of the Fire of Friendship." He is trying to control the power of the fire, but ultimately fails. He spends much of the story in the form of Lady Dove.
- Anti-Villain: Wants the Fire of Friendship to help prevent a famine. Unfortunately, this also means that more changelings will be around to feed parasitically off of the love of other creatures.
- Emotion Eater: Love, as usual for changelings.
- Imposter Forgot One Detail: His habitual use of the Changeling-specific -"ling" suffix for words (someling, anyling, everyling) instead of the -"pony" suffix (somepony, anypony, everypony) is what tips Daring off to the fact that Lady Dove is a Changeling.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: played the role of Lady Dove for most of the story.
- Shapeshifting: As usual for a changelings.
- Spoiled Brat: His daughter, Chrysalis.
Young Daren Do characters
Everypony's shadow is restored when Daren disperses Erebus. He later returns in Daring Do and the Sins of the Father.
- And I Must Scream: After his defeat in Wrath of Zeb, his consciousness was split across cloud base materials, which were recycled into hundreds of new clouds and so on and so on until he ended up being put back together in the present day. He seemingly goes into another in Sins of the Father where his entire consciousness is removed from his cloud form then implanted, accidentally, in a handkerchief which is then kept in a small box fitted to contain thunderclouds.
- Big "NO!": His Last Words
- Go Mad from the Isolation: He's clearly not doing well after his return, slipping between seeing Daring as a proxy for his vengeance on Daren and seemingly believing she is Daren and talking to 'Zeb'.
ZebA Biological Mashup of zebra and minotaur, who aids Erebus in his draining.
Expanded Universe Star Quest trilogy, Lieutenant Commander Woof is a Diamond Dog orphan raised by ponies. His warrior's instincts and combat sense saw his rise through the ranks up to a bridge officer on the Equestrian flagship. Unfortunately, he's the butt of numerous jokes in the fandom, due to him being the first in line whenever the bad guys need to establish themselves as a threat.
- The Big Guy: Can look Princess Celestia eye-to-eye.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: He was raised with romantic notions of the old Diamond Dog ways, as honorable guardians of the wealth of the underworld and the helpers of Cerberus, before rampant cultural degeneration made them the stereotype they became known for (it should be noted that actual Diamond Dog history isn't well enough known and the Expanded Universe author who wrote him admits he made this characterization up wholesale).
- The Stoic: Daring tries many times trying to get him to lighten up.
- Token Heroic Diamond Dog: One of the Ur-Examples.
- The Woof Effect: For a guy made out to be as powerful as he is, he gets punked a disproportionate number of times.
Constable OdonataAn independent Changeling and head of security at Deep Void 9. Introduced in Daring Do and the Imperium.
- The Stoic: Even more than Woof.
Ed SaddlerA pegasus stallion who cared for the needy in the years before Discord's rise, he appears in the Star Quest novel Daring Do and the Defeat of Celestia. In the proper timeline, he was killed when a boulder fell on him. In the timeline where Woof saved him from this, Saddler befriended young Celestia and Luna, and because his total pacifism rubbed off on them, they did not challenge Discord until it was too late. By the time Daring and LaHorse figure this out, Daring is in love with him.
Colonel Garret TalonusA griffin and head of a large mercenary army. Attempted to use the power of a Blood Diamond to start a war for his own gain.
- Blood Knight: Is obsessed with battle
- Colonel Kilgore
- Determinator: Most Blood Diamond owners give in the the need for senseless slaughter. Talonus keeps his head enough to know he needs a plan if he wants to survive.
- For the Evulz: Wanted to start a war just because he wanted to fight in one again.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Was a member of a small gang in is youth, as an adult he bacame a war hero and retired from the military with enough money to fund his own private army.
- Karma Hoofdini: Manages to escape when his plans are foiled.
- However, his assets are frozen and all his followers are gone, so wherever he escapes to, he's gonna be struggling at the bottom again.
- Made of Iron: Daring kicks him in the beak with both back hoofs at one point of their fight, and he just thanks her for working out the crink in his neck.
- Nerves of Steel: Daring Do stops his plans, exposes his war mongoring ways, and locks up all his soldiers and resources. Most of her older enemies would have a Villainous Breakdown from all that, but Talonus holds himself back and devises a plan to escape with his life.
- Not Brainwashed: Blood Diamonds bestow upon their owners a coplusive need for carnage and a desire to possess more Blood Diamonds, which is what gave Talonus the idea for the high-profile crimes and the war plan. However, he has a strong enough will to know if he wants a war, he must be smart, so he is able to focus is energy on planning destruction instead of mindlessly indulging in it.
- War Is Glorious: His entire belief system.
TrenchA large pegasus and Talonus' second-in-command.
- Ascended to Carnivorism: Began eating meat as an attempt to imitate Talonus, now he actually does prefer the taste.
- The Dragon: To Talonus
- Fangs Are Evil: Filed his teeth for effect
- Undying Loyalty: To the point he hangs back so Talonus has a better chance of escape.
Wou-BanA psychotic zebra who orchastrates an underground fighting tournament to satsify his bloodlust.
- Affably Evil/Laughably Evil: Is quite pleasant and charming when not at his fighting ring, and even there he is humorous.
- Combat Sadomasochist: Is fixated on blood and pain, it doesn't matter if it's his or his opponent. The Blood Diamonds made it worse.
- Confusion Fu: Fights with alot of feints and fake-outs.
- Dirty Coward: Only fights against injured and exhausted opponents in his own ring. When his operation gets busted by police sent by Daring, he doesn't struggle.
- A Handful for an Eye: Uses throwing sand at every oppurtunity, tosses his cape in his fight with Miss Do.
- Lean and Mean: Described as very tall and wiry
- Psychopathic Manchild: Prone to ferquent tantrums, easily distracted, and loves toys.
- Torture Technician: Keeps a group of defeated tournament goer as "practice dummies". When Haymaker releases them, Wou-Ban breaks him and makes him go after Daring Do and bring his Blood Diamond back.
HaymakerA Minotaur who joined the tournament to rescue his buddy who was taken by Wou-Ban.
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Wou-Ban does Mind Rape on him and makes him hunt Daring Do down. Daring snaps him out of it by reminding him he saved his friend and needs to take him home.
- Genius Bruiser: Is able to pick the locks of Wou-Ban's cages and memorized the layout of the compound.
- Heroic Sacrifice
Black HoleA unicorn and leader of The Church of the Shining Void. Has amplified his powers through use of the Blood Diamonds.
- Compelling Voice: Has a variant as his signature spell.
- More Than Mind Control: His special talent is making people see things his way. Daring is only able to resist his magic by using a "World of Cardboard" Speech.
- Nietzsche Wannabe: Believes that life has no final definite purpose in this world and that, since we aren't truly accomplishing anything in a universal sense, we might as well all die now instead of waiting for the earth to die and take us with it.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: In addition to his tribalism, he sneers at griffons, minotaurs, and the other species of the world. Some think that he was made so xenophobic as a Take That at those critics whoaccused the writer of speciesism in the earlier books.
- Villainous Breakdown: When Daring Do thrawts his doomsday spell he attacks her and enters a screaming rant about life's worthlessness and meaninglessness while beating her. Thankfully he is unbalanced enough that Daring is able knock him out and take his Blood Diamond.
Live WireLeader of the grave robbers who unknowingly impede Daring's search for the Blood Diamonds.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: In stark contrast with just about every other antagonist.
- Just Like Robin Hoof: Claims that he leaves ssome of his profits to various benefactors, and only took to grave robbing because the dead won't need their valueables.
- Shock and Awe: Has an electrical attack spell for his special talent magic spell.
- Playing with Fire: Taught himself a short range fireball spell to diversify.
DrideMale regent of the rogue changelings.
- The Incitatus: As an authority figure with a Blood Diamond, this is to be expected
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: As a changeling, this is to be expected.
KimmyA sweet young unicorn who sadly gets some horrible fates thrown on her during the series.
- Break the Cutie: In Never Forgive Me, torture by Talonus' Mooks leave Kimmy brain-damaged and delusional.
- Expy: Initially, the author considered using Kimono from the Young Daring Do series for this role, but decided to go with an original character, given that the series touted that it was going to avoid using most of the pre-established characters.
- Killed Off for Real
Animated Daring Do
Saru SenninA strange old monkey who observes and advises Daring in her adventures in The Monkey King. A bit dotty (But that's probably the senility talking), he nonetheless has the wisdom of his age.
- Meaningful Name: His name is Neighponese for 'Monkey Sage'.
- Mr. Exposition: His main job it seems is to tell Daring the backstory behind the Ball of Four Stars, and the kingdom.
- Simple Staff: Is often playing on a red pole he carries around.
The Monkey KingThe leader of Monkeykawat. An immense figure clad in armor, the Monkey King tasks Daring with retrieving the pieces of The Ball of Four Stars. More to come until the film is finished.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever / Large and in Charge: He seems taller than the doors to his chamber.
- Large Ham: Oh yeah. Word Of Celestia states that his mannerisms are based on eye-witness accounts of Princess Luna on Nightmare Night, with a bit of The Great And Powerful Trixie thrown in. To wit;
- The Man Behind the Curtain: Actually, he's a small, meek monkey with glasses. The 'Great and Terrible' Monkey King is an elaborate puppet he operates.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: He claims to be a champion in Kong-Fu, Ape-Jitsu... and thumb wrestling.
- Bragging Theme Tune: His song is essentially about why (he thinks) he's awesome.
- Calling Your Attacks: Is seen doing this in the trailer.
- Gratuitous Disco Sequence: His supposed Villain Song appears to have this beat.
- Large and in Charge: Much bigger than normal monkeys.
- Large Ham
- Maniac Monkeys
- No Indoor Voice: More often than not screaming his orders or opinions.
Ninja Monkeys (Sarunin)Genghis Kong's lackies.
- Highly Visible Ninja: Played with. While their black jumpsuits make them stand out in broad daylight, it allows them to blend in with the many shadows of Monkeykawat.
- Conservation of Ninjutsu: Inverted. The difficulty level rises along with their numbers.
Pointy HairAn original character created for the Children of Primus adaption. A business stallion who funds the excavation of the ship, he hopes to cash in on the findings...by any means necessary.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Oh yes.
- Consulting Mister Puppet: Has a doll from the My Small Human cartoon called Danny-Boy that he talks to when he needs to act as Mr. Exposition. Word of Celestia states that this is because he's secretly Lonely at the Top, but doesn't trust any other living creature.
- Only in It for the Money: Unlike other Daring Do villains who're trying to attain ultimate power, justify their inane viewpoints or are jerks and sadists.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: "We both know the real power in Equestria isn't magic, but money. Saddlebags of it."
- Lady of War: When she leads her soldiers
- Raised By Ponies: She was discovered and raised by ponies on a safari after her parents were killed by rhinos. When she discovered that her mother was the rightful Queen of the Elephants, she returned to Pachydelhi and, with the help of Daring Do, reclaimed the throne.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something
KharaLeader of the Rakshasas. He kidnaps elephants and feeds on their pain and misery.
Classy Cat-Burglar known professionally as The Mare. Notable for managing to evade Daring and earn her (extremely grudging) respect at the end.
- Action Mare
- Classy Cat-Burglar
- Deadpan Snarker
- For the Evulz: Steals primarily out of sheer boredom.
- High-Class Call Girl
- Jerkass: Even her most devoted fans have to admit she's not a very nice pony.
- Worthy Opponent: To Daring.
Pear TreeAn earth filly, from the fictional town of Eobury who stumbles across Sunny Town in Legend of the Zomponies.
- Action Survivor
- Author Avatar: A. Bloom has stated in an interview that she based Pear Tree off of herself.
- Hair Decorations: Her blue bow.
- Idiot Ball: Yes, wander away from Dawn, What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
- Jaw Drop"How the hay can anypony not know what a cutie mark is?"
Dawn GlowThe Eobury librarian.
- Bookworm: Described as one, considering that she's a librarian and all. It's an Informed Attribute, though, since we never see her doing any actual reading.
- Curtains Match the Window: Purple eyes with a purple mane.
- Reasonable Authority Figure
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: She is a thinly veiled Expy of Twilight Sparkle.
Daria N. Do/SerenityDaring, Derring, and Darrin's mother. Although she never shows up in the book series and is only mentioned to have died on one of her archaeology expeditions in Daring Do and the Platinum Crown, we learn more about her in Fires of Family, including her name, Daria N Do.However, shortly before that book was published, she starred in a short story, A Serene Tale, by Rainboom 20%. In this, her name is Serenity, and her backstory and personality are fleshed out in greater detail. Here, she's described as a pink pegasus with a mane streaked in multiple shades of blue and blue eyes, and is characterized as being as adventurous and danger-seeking as Daring.
- Action Mare: Just like her daughters.
- Action Mom: Didn't stop going on expeditions even after she had three foals.
- A Day in the Limelight: She's the protagonist of A Serene Tale.
- Badass: She kicked a dragon in the face, for crying out loud!
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Daren, when they were young.
- Curtains Match the Window: The shade of blue of her eyes matches one of the blue streaks in her mane.
- Deadpan Snarker: Can be just as sarcastic as Daring at times.
- Doomed by Canon: Unfortunately.
- Happily Married: To Daren, prior to her death.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Has a tendency to act before she thinks, which indirectly leads to her death.
- Missing Mom
- Non-Indicative Name: In A Serene Tale, she's called Serenity, though she's anything but serene.
- Strong Family Resemblance: She's a near-Palette Swap of Daring.
- Tsundere: Type A.
The Gargoyles of Doengoneerde CastleThe antagonists of short story Geis of the Goyle, this pack of stony monsters zealously and religiously protect their fortress from any and all outsiders, ruthlessly persecuting anyone who gets inside. Which means bad things for Bravado...
- Fish Out of Temporal Water: Because they've spent who knows how many ages patrolling their castle without contact with the outside world, they're a bit unaware of certain changes. For one thing, they find that stallions being allowed to vote to be a HUGE change in the status quo, and a sign of society's decline.
- Five-Bad Band
- Making a Splash: Apatite can SPIT large volumes of water. Bravado does not like the implications.
- Nigh Invulnerable: Bravado tries to kick Gypsum and hurts his leg doing so.
- Punch Clock Villain / Designated Antagonist: Bravado considers that they're not bad inherently, just protecting their home from an outsider.
- Super-Persistent Predator
- Theme Naming: Each gargolye is named after a different mineral.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: The punishment for intrusion is to be beaten, bludgeoned, hung, beheaded, drawn and quartered, frozen solid, burned at the stake, turned to stone, chipped into gravel, and finally, dumped in the river.
- Wicked Cultured: Bravado finds an Ominous Pipe Organ with a sign that says, "Reserved for Harmotome", suggesting the gargoyle is this.
Comic Book characters
Daring Don't/MultronAppearing in the Mareval Comics Run, Daring Don't was an evil robotic clone of Daring Do. Created by Alan Moooore because of licensing issues preventing Mareval from using Ahuiztol, Daring Don't's master plan was to take over the world by adding the intellectual capacities of the world's smartest people to its own, allowing it to control the Ark of Infinity, which would grant it unlimited cosmic power.The last time it appears in the series, it is attempting to retrieve a copy of Star Swirl the Bearded's mind, held safe by the Bison Monks of Timbuck Two.After the comic's cancellation, it proceeded to appear several other times in other Mareval works, dropping its Daring Do appearance in favor of a chrome, blockier body and taking the name Multron, and becoming a semi-regular antagonist for Iron Mane.
- Beard of Evil: For some unknown reason, this robot has one, even when it stopped using Daring-shaped bodies.
- Evil Twin: For Daring Do.
- Humongous Mecha: When it summoned the Red Roanin machine to fight Iron Mane.
- Opposite-Sex Clone: More like opposite gender robot duplicate, as it identifies itself as male, but as a robot it doesn't technically have a biological sex.
- Organ Theft: During the Daring Do run, this was its primary goal, focusing on brains.
- Robot Me: Again, for Daring Do.
Fires of Equestria
Hands of the BelowA Cult made up of mostly non-pony creatures, who have allied themselves with Ahuizotl in an attempt to bring Canterlot to ruin. Though they currently take orders from him, they have their own secret agenda and reasons for assiting Ahuizotl in his plight to bring Equestria to it's knees with 800-years of unrelenting sweltering heat.
- Greater Scope Villain: It's pretty clear from the fact that infecting Celestia (and later everyone else) with the Sun Illness wasn't Ahuizotl's idea, but theirs, and that they've got their own plans in the works.
The Tirek Trilogy
TirekThe not-so-legendary villain that nearly destroyed Equestria by stealing its magic. He was thwarted when his brother Scorpan revealed his plans to the Alicorn sisters and locked in Tartarus. Though mentioned several times previously, he makes his first debut in the Daring-verse in The Tirek Trilogy.
- Artifact of Doom: The Bag of Tirek.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Sadly, the extent to which it manifests is the promise of a quick and painless death for his brother.
- Never Found the Body: When Margarita used the Rainbow of Light against him, he was believed completely destroyed. He used this to cover his escape to Equestria.
ScorpanTirek's brother, who according to the no-longer-legend, came with Tirek to conquer Equestria. However, he became friends with the ponies of Equestria and tried to stop his brother's ambitions. He sided with the ponies against his brother, but betraying his brother took a toll on him to the point where he eventually left.
- Conflicting Loyalty: To the ponies of Equestria and his brother. He chose the ponies over his villainous brother, but it hurt him severely.
- Demonic Possession: Subjected the Ape King to this. However, King Scorpan's will was extremely strong. It is theorized that the ape's nature rubbed off on him, to the point where he was willing to do a Heel–Face Turn.
- Heel–Face Turn: In his backstory, he came with Tirek to conquer Equestria, but had a change of heart.
- My Greatest Failure: He never forgave himself for being unable to convince his brother to stop his mad ambitions.
Colt Leader KentauroiMentioned in passing in Amethyst Penguin, he returns in full force in this series.
- Half Pony Hybrid: He's a half-pony, half minotaur, born in an unholy ritual to resemble his evil master as closely as possible.