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The Mane Six (Plus Spike)
Tropes Shared By All or Many of the Mane Six
- Action Girl: Goes without saying.
- The Team: The Element Bearers
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Disobeyed by Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, and Pinkie Pie. Is this part of the Castle's influence, or are they merely adapting to their new, hostile environment too well...?
- The de facto leader of the Mane Six. As the talented student of Princess Celestia, she aims to uncover the mysteries behind Castlevania, only to become its greatest enemy… and therefore its biggest target.
- Arch-Enemy: Makes one in the form of Actrise. However, since it's been revealed that the Castle also has it in specifically for her, it might seem like she has two arch enemies.
- Break the Cutie: The Castle is apparently out to get Twilight, and will never stop until it's achieved this goal. Heck, it might never stop.
- Bad Dreams: Is constantly plagued by these throughout the first book.
- Guile Heroine: The enemies she finds herself up against are way too powerful to take on head-to-head, so Twilight uses her brains to confront them.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Is crushed by one in the final scene of the final chapter of the first arc.
- Parental Substitute: To Spike, something lampshaded by Sypha.
- Science Hero
- The team’s moral center and the most level-headed. But how long will her patience last when her family and friends are brutalized by Dracula's forces…?
- Badass Normal: No magic, no flight, no disobeying the laws of physics. Applejack is straight-up badass.
- Cute Bruiser: While the others aren’t a slouch in the Action Girl department, Applejack fights the most enemies in this story.
- Daddy's Girl: Implied with how she reacted to Marble telling her about how her father's corpse went on a killing spree.
- Funetik Aksent: Of the Deep South variety, same as her relatives.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Hers, brought on by Actrise raising her parents as zombies, goes from a BSOD to a Roaring Rampage of Revenge that thankfully gets thwarted before it starts.
- The most headstrong and loyal of the Mane Six. Her courage and will to fight will both be put to the ultimate test as Castlevania’s power grows…
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Rainbow Dash suspends her pride for a moment to beg for Shatterstorm's release from Marble's grasp. It goes to show how far Rainbow Dash would go for somepony she hardly knows.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Hinted at between herself and Shatterstorm.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Like in canon, she's the most aggressive of the Mane Six and generally acts like she's having the time of her life when she's fighting.
- Determinator: Best demonstrated during her fight with the Wharg, where she simply does not give up, no matter how badly she's beaten.
- Hot-Blooded: Will leap into the fray without a second thought.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Regarding killing the Behemoth.
- The Lad-ette: Her un-feminine qualities are brought up periodically.
- A fashion designer on her way up in the industry, Rarity’s world was decimated when her little sister was victimized by the monsters of Castlevania. She now works with her friends toward ridding Equestria of his influence.
- Action Fashionista: Kills a bunch of mad dogs to protect her little sister.
- Big Sister Instinct: To Sweetie Belle.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Faces probably the most devastating one out of all the Mane Six. It takes her out of the climax of the first arc.
- My Greatest Failure: Seems to be accepting that she fed Sweetie Belle poisoned food with as much grace as she can. Celestia would only know how she might have reacted if her friends failed to get the cure and save Sweetie Belle in time...
- Parents As Ponies: Her biggest grievance with her parents is that they spend so much time as a couple, they seem to forget that their children have specific needs.
- Her bright personality is a strong, solid beacon in a world under Castlevania’s influence—which is why Dracula’s minions aim to silence Pinkie’s laughter once and for all...
- Beware the Nice Ones: Let’s put it this way: Pinkie Pie is actually rather scary when she’s angry.
- Cool Big Sis / Friend to All Children: While Twilight studies Dracula's rib, Pinkie Pie occupies her time by entertaining foals. She also comforts Scootaloo when she's upset.
- Genki Girl: Pinkie's energy and optimism are nearly inexhaustible, which she puts to good use trying to keep her friends in high spirits against the evil surrounding them.
- Motor Mouth: As in canon, Pinkie has a tendency to babble at a hundred miles an hour.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Necessary in a setting this dark.
- Weirdness Magnet: Apparently, she met Aeon when they embarked on a journey through time, and ended up saving herself.
- What Measure Is a Mook?: Shocks herself when she realizes just how easy it is to kill something...
- Her kindness gives hope to those who have none, but her fragile emotions make her the perfect target for Dracula’s minions.
- Break the Cutie: She gets broken fairly early in the story, but her friends put her back together shortly afterward.
- Holy Burns Evil: She finds the Magic Cross item from Castlevania II: Simon's Quest, and with it earns this ability.
- The So-Called Coward: The moment she realizes her friends might be in danger, she stops hiding and comes to their rescue.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: Twilight’s spell undoes Dracula’s influence over her remaining critter friends.
- What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: When Fluttershy finds the courage to save her friends, she comes across her pet bunny Angel, who gives her a Cross that protects her from evil.
- The Woobie
- Twilight Sparkle’s loyal assistant. He lends his aid to anyone who needs it.
Tropes Shared by Most or All Castlevania Heroes
Aeon (Castlevania: Judgment)
- A mysterious time traveler on a mission to stop Dracula from ruining Equestria. Regardless of his allegiance, he seems to be hiding quite a few secrets…
- Arch-Enemy: The Chronomage, as both are Time Masters and they fight for opposing sides.
- Hurting Hero: Several of the Mane 6 come away from interactions with Aeon noting that he seems to be so hurt that, really, it's the only reason he can keep going at all — he's seen and felt so much suffering, sorrow and guilt that attempting to stop Dracula is the only thing that keeps him sane.
- It's All My Fault: He's dropped hints that he was the one who scattered Dracula's parts in hopes of preventing future risings, causing the resultant invasion of Equestria. He eventually confirms this, revealing that he was manipulated into doing so by Galamoth, who wanted to usurp Dracula's position. The Mane Six comfort him, telling him not to blame himself.
- Man in White: In his natural form, he dresses all in white. In his pony form, he appears as a white unicorn stallion.
- Secretly Dying: As it turns out, his powers are waning, which indicates this is happening to him.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Rarity certainly admires his fashion sense.
- Shipper on Deck: For Jonathan and Charlotte.
- Sixth Ranger: To the Mane Six. (So... Seventh Ranger?)
- Stoic Woobie: He never acts anything other than stoical... but he's suffering from a tremendous amount of guilt because this entire mess is his fault, and he's so determined to make amends that he's literally giving his life for the cause.
- Time Master: Subverted. While he is able to control the flow of time in a single dimension to some degree, he is unable to do many of the kind of things one might expect a time traveler to do.
- Unwitting Pawn: Was this to Galamoth, who used his arrogance to trick him into scattering Dracula's remains.
- Verbal Tic: An interesting variation. He never uses contractions unless he’s upset.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Can turn himself into a pony to better blend in with the locals.
Soma Cruz (Castlevania: Chronicles of Sorrow)
- A young man from the far-flung future, Soma Cruz is the reincarnation of Dracula himself. As such, he is a talented fighter and thinker, able to wield the abilities of Dracula's accursed minions.
- Combo Platter Superpowers: As Soma's powers stem from what monster souls he has managed to acquire and which he decides to activate, his potential array of abilities is incredibly vast.
- Man in White: Always dresses in white, perhaps to distinguish himself from Dracula's predilection for black and red.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Apparently, Aeon was impressed by his defeat of Count Orlock.
- Your Soul Is Mine: Has the ability to absorb and assimilate the souls of Dracula's monstrous minions, which become the source of his power.
Alucard (Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse)
- The cursed blood of Dracula runs through his veins. He feels it is his personal responsibility to repel his father's influence anywhere he goes.
- Dhampyr: Son of Dracula and his human second wife, Lisa.
- Stern Teacher: While it seems he's good at teaching the Royal Guards about the supernatural forces of Dracula, his authority still intimidates his students.
Jonathan Morris (Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin)
- The successor of the Morris family of vampire killers, Jonathan Morris is a talented warrior whose blunt, laid-back personality obfuscates his natural fighter's spirit.
- Red Is Heroic: Dresses in a red outfit and is a skilled, competent hero.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Charlotte's Blue.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: Constantly protests Aeon's insistence that he and Charlotte should get together.
Charlotte Aulin (Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin)
- A young witch with a lot of talent. Don't treat her like a child.
- Badass Bookworm: She's able to destroy monsters because she's spent her entire life reading tomes of arcane lore and mastered occult powers as a result.
- Cute Witch: She's a cute girl who wields powerful magical abilities.
- Politically Incorrect Hero: She grew up in the 1930's, so it's not surprising she uses racist terminology that would get her chased out of Harlem. Soma, who comes from the 2000s, finds her usage of words like "negro" to be unsettling.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Jonathan's Red.
Shanoa (Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia)
- A mysterious woman of beauty and battle. Bitter and cynical, but at the same time cool and supportive.
- Dark Action Girl: Has shades of it.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
- Lady of War: Seems adept at several different kinds of weapons that she summons via the magical tattoos on her arms.
- The Stoic
Julius Belmont (Castlevania: Chronicles of Sorrow)
- The Belmont. Not the successor. Not the latest of the lineup. THE Belmont. Dracula was supposed to have finally perished by his hands in the year 1999, but thanks to the Castle's escape from the timeline, it seems he must perform this act twice.
- Badass Normal: This is the man who finally kills Dracula, armed with nothing more than guts, courage, skill, determination, and the family's Ancestral Weapon. What more would you expect? He even looks the part, sporting a Badass Beard and wearing a Badass Longcoat, as if to emphasize his skills and power.
- Grandpa, What Massive Hotness You Have: Even Celestia seems to have an attraction to him. Must be all the Badassness listed above.
- Red Is Heroic: He's the most heroic and competent of the Belmonts, and sports a full head of red hair.
- Stepford Smiler: Admits to being this, keeping up a facade of cheerfulness rather than give into despair at all he's seen.
Sypha Belnades (Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse)
- The wife of Trevor Belmont, who aided him in his own quest against Dracula. Now her consciousness is stored inside the Black Book, wherein she helps to train others to continue the fight.
Other Castlevania Characters
Richter Belmont (Castlevania: Rondo of Blood)
- One of the legendary Belmonts, Richter was the very last to battle Dracula. After he walked down the darkest path, the fate of his family was sealed, along with their power...
- Despair Event Horizon: It was experiencing this that drove him to give up on opposing Dracula and instead become the vampire's ally.
- The Ghost: Never appears in the story, is only talked about in the past tense.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Submitting to the temptations of Dracula is what laid the foundations for the overall plot.
- The Woobie
Other Heroic Ponies
- The unshakable ex-Captain of the Royal Guard, Shining Armor does not hesitate to once again raise his shield when Castlevania appears…
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Instead of stopping to heal his wounds, he rushes after his little sister, intent on saving her.
- Sacrificial Lion: Might be, judging by that he fell mysteriously ill from the wounds he suffered under the Great Bat and was removed from the narrative.
- Somewhat subverted, as it's revealed he survived, but has been transformed into a monster.
- Transequine Treachery: Was infected by vampirism by the Great Bat, and is now stalking the sewers of Canterlot, attacking anyone who attempts to flee the city that way.
- A young Royal Guard, Tiger Cross keeps his unit together through his gentle, selfless behavior.
- Awesome McCool Name: Say his name out loud and tell us it isn't!
- Big Brother Instinct: Comforts Twilight when she wakes up from a nightmare, speaking to her in a tender, brotherly way.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Fought, and was killed by, Death in order to buy time for Twilight and Shatterstorm to escape.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Implied between himself and Shatterstorm.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Shatterstorm's Red. Interesting in that Tiger Cross is the one with the red mane...
- A complicated Royal Guard with a broken past. His strength comes from his resolve to become better than his mistakes…
- Awesome McCool Name: His name is Shatterstorm; it speaks for itself.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Implied with Rainbow Dash.
- Crazy Awesome: How'd he get that cutie mark? He smashed a hurricane just by flying straight into it. The Cutie Mark Crusaders and even Rainbow Dash all think this is crazy yet awesome In-Universe.
- Determinator: Keeps slamming himself against a supposedly unbreakable cell door for hours nonstop until it does break.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Says this verbatim to Rainbow Dash after she learns of Shatterstorm's unpleasant history with mares.
- Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Averted. Shatterstorm's history of sexual abuse at the hooves of overly aggressive mares is portrayed as a seriously traumatizing matter and a justification for his hostility towards mares in general, as well as something that elicits the shock, disgust and pity of those who find out.
- Dulcinea Effect: To Twilight.
- Failure Knight: Failing to save his best friend, failing to protect himself from his mother’s advances, failing to avoid being taken advantage of by other mares… Kid’s got issues.
- Good Is Not Nice: He's on the side of good and he's out to help ponies as part of the Guard... but he's also a real dick.
- He Stallion Mare Hater: He doesn't seem to like mares very much, especially brash and aggressive ones like Rainbow Dash. Eventually justified in a very horrifying way; he's been abused by numerous mares, both emotionally and sexually, throughout his life. Starting with his mother. And yes, it's implied she was also the first mare to sexually abuse him.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Speaks very fondly of Tiger Cross, implying they had this kind of a relationship.
- Hot-Blooded: Every bit as temperamental as Rainbow Dash.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Spike.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be an asshole, thanks to all his issues, but deep down he's a caring soul and dedicated to helping others.
- Jerkass Woobie: He's a jerk. But when you find out why he's such a jerk, you can't help but pity him. Much as that annoys him.
- Like Brother and Sister: With Spitfire.
- Mommy Issues: Caused by emotional and physical abuse, capped with strongly implied Parental Incest.
- Politically Incorrect Hero: He's heroic, but quite the misogynist.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Tiger Cross' Blue. Interesting in that he's the one with the oceanic colors...
- Shower of Angst: Takes one at the end of the first arc. It's not the first time, either...
- You Need to Get Laid: Spitfire seems to think that he'll be better off if he gets a girlfriend.
- A learned unicorn of egocentric demeanor, Roaring Yawn is considered an authority on all things Cryptological in nature—making him the perfect lead investigator for exploring Castlevania.
- Badass Baritone: As his name implies, his voice is impressively deep and booming.
- Big Damn Heroes: Releases the Wharg to distract Rose Blade's forces so that he can free Shatterstorm.
- Chick Magnet / Nerds Are Sexy: Implied, judging by the reaction of Twilight's friends when they see his picture. So much so that they start immediately teasing Twilight about him being her boyfriend/crush.
- Defrosting Ice King
- Foil: To Twilight. Intelligent scholar, but utterly egotistical.
- Good Is Not Nice: When he's introduced to the audience, Roaring Yawn acts like a complete wad to Twilight despite only having met her for a few seconds. All in front of her big brother, too. But after the events in the Castle, he's quick to apologize to Twilight and becomes a surprisingly supportive friend.
- It's All My Fault: Has this attitude about his failure to cure Shining Armor.
- Mr. Vice Guy: Has an ego that could eclipse THE GREAT AND POWERFUL TRIXIE.
The Cutie Mark Crusaders
- Apple Bloom, Scootaloo, and Sweetie Belle — three fillies with something to prove, and nothing to lose! They're on a quest to discover who they really are.
- Break the Cutie: Sweetie Belle.
- The Cutie: Similar to canon.
- Fangirl: Scootaloo's a fangirl for Rainbow Dash already — and now she admires Shatterstorm.
- Shipper on Deck: Scootaloo acts like one for Rainbow Dash and Shatterstorm, as she considers them both "the most awesome ponies she knows" and so she wants to see them together.
The Royal Sisters
- The Princesses of Equestria. Their regal duty to keep their home and subjects safe from harm is ripped from them the moment the Castle arrives.
- It's All My Fault: Celestia blames herself not only for being caught off guard by Dracula's forces, but is also implied to be carrying guilt for the other times she's been in no position to help her subjects.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Celestia is Blue, while Luna is Red.
- Sealed Good in a Can: Are currently trapped in their castle, which has been displaced into a dead dimension by the Castle.
- Shipper on Deck: Luna supports Celestia X Julius Belmont.
- Trickster Mentor: Celestia once hid Twilight's photo album on her using a spell that would keep its unique "aura" undetected by unicorns.
- A young earth pony who, for reasons unknown, receives nightmarish visions from Castlevania itself. What is its design in terrorizing this seemingly ordinary mare...?
- Break the Cutie: Roseluck was pretty well-adjusted near the start of the first book, but one near-death experience and a series of Bad Dreams later, she finds herself straight into Broken Bird territory.
- The Cloudcuckoolander Was Right: In the worst possible way.
- Creepy Monotone: She speaks this way, which is one of the many things that are distubing about her.
- Foreshadowing: It seems the Castle bombards her mind with images as a means of sending cryptic warnings about what it plans to do next.
- Shout-Out: The entirety of every Roseluck scene has some nods to Eyes Without a Face.
- A quiet farmboy who supports his sisters and grandmother. His only real life goal is to keep his family and their livelihood safe.
- Gentle Giant: Uses his size and strength only when needed.
- Morality Chain: His presence was what it took to keep Applejack from killing Marble, which would have had some serious repercussions.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Just like in the show, Big Mac only ever speaks either to his family members or when he’s really upset. It’s also our first big clue that something isn’t right about Marble.
- The Quiet One
- A plucky and unfortunate fellow. His quirky mannerisms and social ignorance make him difficult for others to understand.
- Adult Child: Is often described as one by some of the other characters. Of course, his childish behavior doesn't help him.
- Dogged Nice Guy: He constantly keeps trying to win Marble's heart with his kind gestures, even as she tries to actively drive him off.
- Embarrassing First Name: Seems to think his first name isn't manly enough to impress Marble when they first meet.
- Love at First Sight: Heavily implied with Marble.
- Dreams of lifting the spirits of Equestria with her songs, as well as holding onto her belief in humans.
- Daydream Believer: Until Pinkie and Aeon proved her correct, she was always thought of as weird for her belief in human existence.
- Genki Girl: She's almost as hyper as Pinkie Pie.
- Nice Girl: She just wants to help however she can, and dedicates herself to uplifting spirits in this dark time.
- Lyra’s best friend who feels responsible for her well-being.
- Deadpan Snarker: Has a very dry, cutting wit that she freely deploys.
- My Greatest Second Chance: When she finds Aeon trapped, Bon Bon’s first instinct is to scream and run—but she decides this is her time to make something better of herself.
- The So-Called Coward: She calls herself a coward, but she sure seems willing to risk herself to help others.
The Directors Three
- A set of unicorn triplets whose combined magical abilities have made them a valuable asset to the world of pony medicine.
- Barrier Triplets: Their ability to cast magical forcefields comes into play when they learn they must protect Ponyville at night.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: A trio of eccentric doctors. What more could you want?
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Ear is red, Nose is blue, and Throat is green.
- Mind Screw: Their behavior tends to throw other ponies for a loop. For example, they've reversed the gravity on their coffee table so they could decorate their ceiling with it.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: They drop their goofy, eccentric behavior when they deliver some pretty bad news near the end of Chapter 13.
- Single-Minded Triplets: They almost always Speak in Unison or finish each others sentences. The only times they drop this act is the O.O.C. Is Serious Business example listed above, and Throat asking his brothers if they think he has a shot at Twilight.
- Theme Naming: In-Universe, nobody really knows what their actual names are, so they just call them Ear, Nose and Throat (which is also a joke on their nature as doctors). The triplets are goofy enough that they enjoy going along with this.
- The captain of the Wonderbolts, she arrives in Ponyville to help with relief efforts.
- A disturbing stallion gifted in the art of embalming. His antisocial behavior has made him a pariah to the other citizens of Ponyville, a fact that Dracula’s minions could exploit…
- Bad Powers Bad Ponies: Invoked by himself; his special talent is embalming and burying the dead. Needless to say, he believes this is why he's always been lonely.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: His reason for joining Dracula's minions. He has a pleasant interaction with Actrise, and his backstory closely parallels that of the Dead Mate (More on him below).
- Creepy Mortician: Embalming is his talent, after all. His other negative aspects are entirely his, though.
- Deal with the Devil: Sells his soul in exchange for Aguni's power.
- From Nopony to Nightmare
- The Grotesque: The way he’s described in the text paints an unflattering image for him.
- Jerk Ass: This is the real reason he has no friends. As Twilight points out, he might be creepy-looking and his special talent might be unnerving, but he never once tried to be friendly to the living ponies and prove there's more to him than his cutie mark implies.
- Karmic Death / Killed Off for Real: He's crushed by the Behemoth, which causes him to lose control of Aguni, who incinerates him.
- Mad Love: For Actrise. Commence gross-out.
- Moral Event Horizon: Passes it when he decides to burn down Ponyville.
- The Peeping Tom: Applejack apparently caught him watching her sleep... more than once.
- Shout-Out: His existence seems to be one to the horrified fan theories about what might happen if a pony discovers their "special talent" is something awful... like having to dispose of dead bodies.
- Villainous Breakdown: Freaks out when Twilight shoots down his attempt at Cry for the Devil.
- A travelling beauty who rolled into Ponyville a day or so before it was overrun with zombies. Her air of mystery and alluring appearance have captured the hearts of many stallions, but what hides behind her beautiful face? Is it good… or evil?
- Alto Villainess: Her voice is often described as deep and regal.
- Beauty Equals Goodness / Beauty Is Bad: Zigzagged all over the place.
- Break His Heart to Save Him: Tries to do this with Pokey after Actrise leaves her and she's arrested, but he refuses to abandon her.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Joined Dracula willingly, but ultimately refused to poison the foals in the hospital.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Thanks to the Magic Cross, White Dwarf now has a cross-shaped scar on her face. Definitely evil.
- I Have Many Names
- I Have Your Wife: Implied to be the reason she's still working with Dracula's minions even after refusing to poison the foals.
- Mare In White: Save for her magenta eyes and red stars cutie mark, Marble's color scheme is extremely pale.
- Mind Screw: So she isn’t Marble, but actually Actrise, except that she isn’t Actrise, just possessed by Actrise, but she still isn’t Marble because she’s actually White Dwarf because there never was a Marble to begin with. Everypony got all that?
- Porky Pig Pronunciation: She seems to especially have trouble with her F’s, B’s, D’s, and S’s. It does lend to her adorkableness, though.
- Villainous B.S.O.D.: After Actrise de-possesses her, Marble becomes crushed by her hopeless situation brought on by her bad decisions.
- What Could Have Been: Originally, she was going to just be Actrise in disguise. But so many readers saw this coming that the author rewrote her, fleshing the character out in the process.
- After Shining Armor was incapacitated, Rose Blade took his place as Captain. His desire for power has driven him to commit unspeakable acts.
- Agent Peacock: Very vain and flamboyant, but also a skilled combatant and brutally deadly in combat.
- Bad Boss: Kills his underlings for questioning him, and doesn't care if anything else kills them either.
- Berserk Button: If you know what's good for you, don't question his authority.
- The Caligula: Lives life according to his own demented whims, and will use fear and brutality to get his way.
- The Quisling: Sells out Princess Cadence to Dracula's forces in order to save his own ass.
- Sadistic Choice: Gives Rainbow Dash the choice between having sex with him or watching Shatterstorm die.
- Smug Snake: He's even described as "snakelike", from his appearance to the sound of his voice.
- What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: Taken with Smug Snake above, Rose Blade offers Shatterstorm and Rainbow Dash apples when they're in a place of safety. Shatterstorm only eats his after Rainbow Dash digs into hers. Then after that everything goes straight to hell. Boy, does that sound familiar...
- A Crystal Pony serving as Rose Blade's Vice Captain. His strength and speed are nearly godlike, making him an invaluable ally.
- Berserk Button: Suggested that someone he loves is weak? Hope you didn't need that liver.
- Combat Sadomasochist
- Depraved Bisexual: Though, since he's most attracted to strength and power, it would appear he's more of a Depraved Pansexual.
- Dissonant Serenity
- Eye Scream: Shatterstorm beats his eye into "an unrecognizable jelly."
- Lightning Bruiser: Moves so fast that people can't even see him do it.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Likes handing these out at Rose Blade's order. And then ends up on the receiving end from Shatterstorm.
- The Sociopath: Doesn't even hesitate to cause extreme harm to others, smiling all the while. In fact, he's even smiling after Shatterstorm beats him halfway dead, finding beauty in his own screams.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist
Nevermore the Perverse
- Said to be one of the most evil unicorns to have ever lived, his controversial actions are what brought an end to the gruelling Ancient Pony Wars.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He concocted an effective poison that can only ever affect children, but at the same time concocted an antidote in case anyone ever dared to use the poison on his own kids.
- The Ghost: Never featured beyond getting name-dropped by a few characters, yet his reputation sets up quite a few elements for the first book's climax.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast
- Shout-Out: To a certain famous poem by Edgar Allan Poe.
- Would Harm A Child: This is the most infamous of his actions. He created a dangerous hallucinogen that is swiftly fatal, but only affects foals.
Tropes Shared By All or Most of the Castlevania Villains:
- Psychopathic Manchild: Aeon describes them as such.
- Smug Snake: Actrise and the Chronomage in particular are quick to gloat when they have their enemies right where they want them.
- The Lord of Castlevania. Has lived for centuries, risen from the dead each time mankind had fallen from the path of good. He now seeks to dominate all of creation, in all its dimensions.
- The Bad Guy Wins: While everypony was still learning how to SPELL THEIR NAMES, Dracula’s forces were out conquering whole galaxies in search of his body parts.
- Big Bad
- The Dreaded
- Eviler Than Thou: The aura given off by just his rib is described as being worse than Nightmare Moon, King Sombra, and even his own minions.
- Outside-Genre Foe: The one strength of Dracula's that trumps anything the ponies of Equestria could have done. Nopony expected his forces to suddenly appear and attack.
- The Unfought: Despite the fact that his influence is everywhere (Much like a certain other Big Bad we could name), the Mane Six never cross him in the first book. Hell, he never even makes an appearance!
- The loyal retainer of Dracula, Death is not actually the spirit of death itself, but a demon in the familiar shape of the Grim Reaper.
- Creepy Souvenir: Collects the voices of people he kills as these. Upon entering Equestria, he decides he'd rather collect pony cutie marks instead...
- The Dragon: To Dracula. Of course, the fact that the boss is still incapacitated means that Death is the one calling the shots right now.
- The Dreaded: Even Dracula's other minions are afraid of him.
- Eldritch Abomination
- Grim Reaper: He takes this shape, but as said before, he's not the real deal.
- Nightmare Face: One that resembles a distorted skull—what’s worse, it wriggles and writhes when he’s angry.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Goes right for attempting to kill Twilight after she takes out Dullahan.
- Sinister Scythe
- Voice of the Legion: Has the voices of every person he’s ever killed.
Actrise (Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness)
- A theater actress who, terrified of her own mortality, sold the soul of her daughter and 99 other children to Dracula in order to live forever.
- Arch-Enemy: Becomes one to Twilight Sparkle as of the end of the first arc.
- Bad Boss: Her actions implicate that it certainly isn’t fun working for her.
- Deal with the Devil: As stated above. Twilight is sickened when she learns of this.
- She acts as an intermediary so Dirt Nap can make one with Aguni.
- Demonic Possession: Possesses Marble/White Dwarf when she refuses to poison the foals in the hospital.
- Evil Counterpart: To Twilight Sparkle. Intelligent, crafty, talented with many forms of magic, plans and plots everything down to the last possible detail. If it weren’t for her more-experienced air and complete disregard for sentient life, she’d be Twilight Sparkle herself.
- Evil Genius
- Faux Affably Evil
- Lady of Black Magic: Though the only female in the core group of Dracula's minions, she fills this role rather than that of the Dark Chick.
- Moral Event Horizon: Poisoned many of Ponyville's foals to blackmail Dracula's rib out of Twilight. Before that, she even casually experimented the poison and cure on sick foals just to make sure they worked. And then after that, she just keeps going.
- The Nicknamer: Doesn't respect anypony enough to use their names. Except for Twilight Sparkle.
- Spell My Name with an "S": A victim of the trope. In the original game in which she first appeared, her name was actually spelled Actrice, the French word for "actress".
- Villainous Breakdown: When she realizes that Twilight has cast a spell that'll more effectively hide Dracula's body parts, she starts screaming Twilight's name while beating the Chronomage (who was unfortunate enough to be standing nearby) bloody with her staff. This only lasts a few minutes, however, and she pulls herself back together.
- Wicked Witch: So wicked and cruel that even Pinkie Pie wants revenge on her.
- Would Harm A Child: Her backstory is that she sold 100 children, including her own daughter to Dracula for immortality and magical powers. So, naturally, she has no qualms about using a horrific poison on foals to blackmail Twilight into giving her Dracula's Rib.
Chronomage (Castlevania: Chronicles of Sorrow)
- A white rabbit-like demon whose existence seems to parody children’s storybook characters. His cartoonish behavior hides a sinister creature underneath.
- Adaptational Badass: In Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, the Chronomage was merely an obstacle. Here, he is actively a villain that terrorizes Aeon, and his personality is greatly expanded on.
- Alice Allusion: To start with, he's a bipedal white rabbit who wears a waistcoat, carries a watch and is obsessed with time to the point he can manipulate it. The Chronomage goes beyond the pale by also speaking in nonsensical, often-rhyming gibberish of silly portmanteau words and completely made-up words, as well as wielding the Vorpal Sword from "Through the Looking Glass", which itself has a blade comprised of pure gibberish-words.
- Arch-Enemy: To Aeon.
- Dark Chick: While not unafraid of physical violence, he's the weakest and most support-orientated of Dracula's minions; the actual female of the group, Actrice, is the leader and its main magic-based provider of firepower.
- Hair-Raising Hare: This is one bad bunny.
- Laughably Evil
- Kick the Dog: Causes Bon Bon's cart to throw a wheel for no reason other than his own amusement.
- Monster Clown: Whimsical, sadistically jovial, prone to joking and singing while bringing harm to others. All he's missing is the face paint.
- Perfectly Cromulent Word: Talks like this all the dimperdunked time.
- Villainous Friendship: Gets along well with the Doppleganger.
"This Man" and "Ghostly Dog" (The Dead Mate) (Super Castlevania IV)
- A pair of inseparable friends who work together to accomplish Dracula's demands.
- A Creepy Ghost Guy And His Creepy Ghost Dog
- Evil-Detecting Dog: A very interesting use of the trope. The Ghostly Dog is able to locate Dracula's pieces, and is used to track down and find the rib.
- No Name Given: At least, not in the narrative.
- What Measure Is a Mook?: Applejack kills them fairly early on, and doesn't even stop to consider the act until near the end of the first book. This is ironic because the Dead Mate was basically a one-of-a-kind Mook in Super Castlevania IV.
- An ancient fire demon of mysterious origins.
- Playing with Fire
- Mythology Gag: Aguni's use in the first book is identical to his use in Castlevania: Chronicles of Sorrow; empowering a villainous character with fire magic through a Deal with the Devil.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: When Twilight attempts to drown him, all it does is put him out for a good few seconds.
- A group of witches serving the whims of their den mother, Actrise. Allison, Bella, and Chloe are the most outspoken of this group, and the most loyal.
- The Brute / Dirty Coward: Bella tends to bounce between these.
- Cuteness Proximity: Chloe squees over Fluttershy, like most people do. Then it gets subverted when she casually mentions that she likes harming animals.
- Terrible Trio
- A creation of the Castle itself.
- A headless warrior who had been killed in a great slaughter.
- Warm-Up Boss: Shares this with the Great Bat. He gets defeated by Twilight Sparkle.
The Great Bat
- An enormous vampire bat. Known to attack and devour horses.
- Warm-Up Boss: Shares this with Dullahan. He gets defeated by Shining Armor.
- Berserk Button: Aeon warns Bonbon that Mud Men detect other creatures by hearing, so loud noises drive them to attack the source.
- Blob Monster: They're living masses of mud that crudely imitate the human form.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Technically. They are living mud, known to attack using their earthy bodies as weapons.
- Evil Smells Bad: They are noted as having a particularly vile smell.
- Mooks: They're weak, pathetic and easily dispatched, but there's an eternal supply of them.
- Uncanny Valley: Invoked In-Universe: Bon Bon notes that, despite the fact she's of a different species and has only seen one human by this point, the Mud Men's crude imitations of human faces really makes them creepy.
- A tragic pony-turned-monster, the Wharg runs amok in Canterlot, almost as if in search of somepony worthy enough to put it out of its misery...
- Beauty to Beast: Once a great musician, now a creature terrified of her own existence.
- Canis Major: Big enough to dwarf ponies — it's at least three times bigger than Rainbow Dash!
- Our Werewolves Are Different: If only because it's a pony werewolf.
- Reluctant Monster: There is still the consciousness of a good and sorrowful mare inside its mind, but it can't control its savagery.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Several scenes have her lamenting her fate and desiring death over having to wake up and face another day as a monster.
- A shapeshifting entity.
- Alice Allusion: Likes taking on Alice's form to act out scenes from the books with the Chronomage.
- Laughably Evil: The reason it gets along so well with the Chronomage.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: To the point that none of its fellow minions even know what it really looks like.
- Villainous Friendship: With the Chronomage, with whom it gets along very well.