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Blackjack, aka. 'The Security Mare' (Given name: Go Fish)
The main protagonist of Project Horizons, Blackjack is a security pony in Stable 99 where Free-Love Future rules and the stallions are used as breeding tools. Upon discovering the EC-1101 in the Stable's systems, Blackjack flees out into the Wasteland to uncover its secrets, facing the horrors of Hoofington. Becoming known as the Security Mare, Blackjack considers herself Book Dumb, will charge into a situation recklessly, and believes she is at her best when drunk. Her greatest strength and weakness is her Chronic Hero Syndrome, and she wishes to help everyone in the Hoof, or die trying.
- Action Bomb: Following an encounter with Killing Joke. Not as awesome as you'd think, since it only goes off when it's "funny."
- Something of a subversion, since Blackjack herself doesn't explode. Anything she touches (the ground, a ruined vehicle, an elevator car, Rampage) explodes instead.
- The Alcoholic: Any alcohol Blackjack stumbles upon is usually consumed within minutes, particularly if it's Wild Pegasus whiskey. Drowning My Sorrows occasionally applies, but generally the presence of alcohol indicates that awesome is about to ensue.
- Apocalypse Maiden: What the zebras believe her to be.
- Apologetic Attacker: If her hoof is forced she will beat and/or kill you. But then she'll feel bad and whine about it.
- Apologises a Lot: Even outside of combat she has a mild case of apologizing over most things.
- Appropriated Appellation: Resents DJ PON-3's 'Security' label at first but eventually warms to it, to the point where she occasionally uses it to refer to herself in narration.
- Artificial Limbs: With a built-in PipBuck and retractable fingers.
- The Atoner: Bordering on Death Seeker.
- Back from the Dead: Following the total failure of her heart and respiratory system, Blackjack is clinically dead for several hours. Her brain and body only survive because Rampage is used as a willing life-support machine until BJ can be implanted with synthetic organs.
- Handicapped Badass: From Chapter 27 onwards, eventually escalating to an insane degree. As of Chapter 33, she's missing both eyes and all four legs, and still manages to kill one of her attackers while nailed to the floor.
- Empowered Badass Normal: Following her augmentation.
- Bad Dreams: Frequently. Become memories of Psalm thanks to her connection to the Goddess.
- Being Good Sucks: Most chapters involve her being severely punished for doing good things.
- Berserk Button: Blackjack tends to flip out if she sees innocents or her friends being harmed for any reason.
- Following Chapter 33, being reminded of her rape becomes this.
- Bi the Way: Goes both ways throughout the story, though she remains a lesbian for most of the story after hooking up with Glory.
- Body Horror: Taint and Enervation reduce her leg bones to the consistency of rubber and destroy her left eye. In Chapter 30, a tumorous growth fills the empty socket. Then in Chapter 32, her mutations get even worse.
- Book Dumb: Considers herself this.
- But I Can't Be Pregnant!: She had believed her contraceptive implant would prevent pregnancy. It didn't.
- Came Back Strong: Temporarily lost use of her magic, but gained an augmented cybernetic body.
- Casual Kink: Blackjack has masochistic tendencies, though it's unclear whether she always had them or if they developed subconsciously from her early guilt and desire to be punished. She gradually becomes more open about them, both with herself and her friends, and enjoys having Glory rough her up in bed.
- Catch Phrase: Several of them:
- "I'm not a smart pony."
- "Security saves ponies."
- Similar to the above, and often used with it: "I'm not an excecutioner."
- "Ante up."
- Centipede's Dilemma: Word of God on why she had trouble with her augmentations at first.
- Character Blog: Here. (Unofficial, heavy spoilers.)
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Blackjack is a life-long sufferer, with an unfortunate tendency to act without considering the consequences. A likely candidate for BJ's Fatal Flaw. She's so focused on helping others that she ends up saddled with crippling guilt when things inevitably go wrong, to the point of almost completely disregarding her own health. She becomes overwhelmed with guilt whenever she is forced to harm noncombatants herself, and normally can't bring herself to kill in cold blood.
- Combat Pragmatist
- Cosmic Plaything: Blackjack has good intentions, but things rarely turn out as she hopes and her attempts to help often make things worse. This trope may be literal, if Big Daddy and/or the zebras are to be believed.
- Cyborg: As of Chapter 34.
- Taken even further as of 62b. She's now more machine than pony.
- As of chapter 65, she is a cyborg no more, because her mind was transported to a clone of her body, and her old body was taken over by Cognitum.
- Taken even further as of 62b. She's now more machine than pony.
- Dark is Not Evil: Her new cyborg alicorn augmentation it almost all black with glowing red eyes.
- Determinator: To a fault. Her eagerness to act causes almost as many problems as it solves, but stopping to reflect often leaves her wallowing in guilt.
- Lampshaded. Blackjack's Chapter 27 perk is Made of Stubbornium.
- The Dreaded: After she comes Back from the Dead, the Zebra Remnant refer to her as 'Maiden of the Stars', a title they previously reserved for Nightmare Moon.
- Dreadful Musician: Surprisingly averted. Her music with Octavia's contrabass is rough around the edges, but is apparently quite pleasant. Octavia's soul may be helping.
- Driven to Suicide: Attempts suicide twice after she's forced to gas Stable 99. In the first case, she attempts to stay behind as the stable floods with chlorine. The Goddess catches on and has Lacunae teleport her out. In the second, she fails to shoot herself because she forgot to turn off her gun's safety.
- Drunken Master
- Dynamic Character: BJ changes a lot during the story, both physically and psychologically speaking: apart from taint mutations and being reborn as cyborg, she also changes from a trigger-happy vigilante with Emo tendencies to an Atoner wannabe who tries desperately to give justice without killing anybody (alas, she fails most of the time). She even becomes less of an Idiot Hero and more of a Team Mom.
- Eat Dirt, Cheap: Following her augmentation, BJ is able - and required - to eat scrap metal and gems to maintain her cybernetics.
- Embarrassing First Name: Go Fish, or 'Fishy'.
- Extreme Omnivore: The lesser variety. Blackjack's bizarre sense of taste says that the rancid-orange-juice flavor of Rad-Away is "tangy" and a raw-egg-and-chili-powder hangover cure is "not bad". Said hangover cure made Rampage vomit. She happily eats Glory's cooking. After upgrades, she adds metal and rocks to her diet and becomes the greater variety of Extreme Omnivore.
- Eyepatch of Power: After losing her left eye.
- First-Person Smartass
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Blackjack starts out as the most incompetent security mare in Stable 99. Within weeks of leaving, she accumulates a kill count in the hundreds, including innocents and children.
- Glowing Eyes: Gains a pair, but often hides them with a pair of Cool Shades.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars/Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted. Blackjack becomes increasingly disfigured over time, accumulating significant laser scars and partly-healed bullet wounds on her face and torso, along with a large 'Y' shaped scar over her missing eye. Eventually, her taint contamination starts to manifest in the form of hideous tumors and does awful, unseen things to her legs.
- Hallucinations: What she believes Dealer to be, but also sees others while in strong magical fields or suffering from sleep deprivation.
- Healing Factor: Inbuilt healing and repair talismans grant her this following her augmentation, but she needs to fuel the repairs by eating raw materials.
- The Hero
- Heroic Sacrifice: Subverted in Chapter 22. Her friends think it's a heroic sacrifice, when it's actually more of a suicide attempt.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation
- Hero with an F in Good: She means well, but Blackjack's attempts at heroism or redemption generally wind up resulting in massacres, dead foals, permanent physical or psychological damage for herself and her friends, or any combination of the above. The Ragtag Band of Misfits only stays together and follows her because they're all more or less equally broken.
- Hero-Worshipper: To the Stable Dweller.
- Hurting Hero
- Idiot Hero: BJ often misses things that other characters catch on to quickly, asks more verbose characters to explain things in simple terms, and berates herself for lacking intelligence.
- Invoked! Somber stated he had trouble trying to figure out what kind of pony he wanted Blackjack to be. Then he found out this trope on This Very Wiki; at which point, 'click'.
- She is gradually becoming less so, though: right now, she's learning to think more about the consequences of her actions and to see things through others' perspectives.
- I Love Nuclear Power: Develops a relatively minor mutation early on.
- Legacy Character: Blackjack is revealed to be a direct descendant of Twilight Sparkle and Big Macintosh. During the war, Twilight became pregnant but her cousin Marigold acts as a surrogant mother, adopting Twilight's child and named her Tarot. Tarot was eventually taken into Stable 99, and many years later, Blackjack was born.
- Made of Iron: Blackjack can soak up a ridiculous amount of punishment, and she knows it.Blackjack: I’ve had cyberponies blast me with artillery! I’ve been shot in the back by zebra snipers and taken an armor piercing round through my skull! I’ve had my face attacked by almost every single pony I call a close and personal friend! I’ve had boats dropped on me! Don’t you tell me what will and won’t kill me!
- Martyr Without a Cause
- Mighty Glacier
- Mind over Matter: As standard for a unicorn. Her magical abilities are nothing special, but she sometimes uses her telekinesis to sabotage her opponents' weapons.
- Multicoloured Hair: Her coat colour is white, but her mane and tail are striped red and black.note
- My Greatest Failure: The death of Scoodle -> The Fluttershy Medical Center -> the massacre of Stable 99, each lasting until she manages to top herself.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Or rather, Star-touched Mutant Cyborg Unicorn.
- Pregnant Badass: As of chapter 62b.
- Primal Fear: Played for Laughs with her fear of heights.
- Rasputinian Death: A combination of cancer, mutation, multiple limb amputation, blood loss, pneumonia and finally, heart failure.
- Really Gets Around: A heroic variant and major character flaw, stemming from her upbringing in Stable 99. Even after realising that 99 was a very poor example of how healthy sex and relationships work, BJ remains naive and is very easily seduced.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Her standard eye colour. Becomes more pronounced after she becomes a cyborg. And again more apparent after being further augmented.
- Reluctant Warrior: Oh boy, big time.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to P-21 and Glory. Blue to Glory in bed.
- Running Gag: Whenever someone new joins the party more often than not she will get shot by them.
- Blackjack thinks Littlepip and Stable Dweller are two different ponies and every time someone tries to correct her, something interfers.
- Samaritan Syndrome
- Sanity Slippage: Has moments of this, particularly when the stress, guilt, chem abuse, brain damage and taint contamination start piling up on her. She suffers recurring hallucinations and nightmares involving a stallion she calls the Dealer, due to his association with cryptic playing card-related metaphors, and in one case threatens him only to find that she's actually pointing her gun at Glory's head.
- Scars Are Forever
- Spin-Offspring: Evidence seems to suggest that Blackjack is distantly descended from one of the Mane Six; Silver Stripe suspects Twilight Sparkle.
- As of chapter 34 we know it is most probably not Twilight Sparkle as she was not able to open the door in Tenpony Tower. The most probable candidate aside from Twilight seems to be Rarity, as Fluttershy only ever had one daughter, Applejack never had a child before Stable 2, Rainbow Dash is rumored to be lesbian in-universe and Pinkie Pie is... well, not an option at all.
- This is later revealed to be a ploy by her friends to keep her out of the Twilight Society's hands. She really IS Twilight's descendant.
- As of chapter 34 we know it is most probably not Twilight Sparkle as she was not able to open the door in Tenpony Tower. The most probable candidate aside from Twilight seems to be Rarity, as Fluttershy only ever had one daughter, Applejack never had a child before Stable 2, Rainbow Dash is rumored to be lesbian in-universe and Pinkie Pie is... well, not an option at all.
- Skilled, but Naďve: Being from a Stable leaves her with no wasteland experience. She quickly adapts.
- Stepford Smiler: Type A.
- Stoic Woobie: Invoked. She tries to keep this facade up for her friends' benefit.
- Super Drowning Skills: Having grown up underground, BJ is naturally a weak swimmer. Later Justified even further; her extensive cybernetics weigh her down enough that she immediately sinks. In chapter 36, she almost drowns in a (large, but relatively shallow) pool of blood.
- Surprise Pregnancy
- Survival Mantra: Several, most notably "Do better" and "I'm not an executioner".
- Telepathy: As of chapter 47, the magic tumors in her head are advanced enough for her to start hearing the Goddess. Neither party is pleased with this.
- Technical Pacifist: To a degree. She tries desperately to be a full-fledged one, but alas, whatever for self-defense or Berserk Button, she fails most of the time.
- Touched by Vorlons: Kissed by Discord. As well as hijacked by Unity.
- Unreliable Narrator: Unintentionally. Blackjack's emotional instability often ends up influencing her narration of events.
- Villain Override: The Goddess eventually gains a measure of control over Blackjack's mind, occasionally forcing her to act against her will and tampering with her memories.
- Played with in chapter 65, at the end of which Cognitum moves Blackjack's mind to a clone of Blackjack's body, and takes over Blackjack's cyberpony body.
- Walking Disaster Area
- Walking Spoiler: Most of the spoilers on this page, as well as any fanart past a certain point, are due to the fact that Blackjack dies and is rebuilt as a cyberpony.
- Warrior Poet: Sort of. Blackjack has a tendency to break out in crude, often violent songs, including renditions of certain numbers from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. However, she quickly takes to a musical instrument and the narration of her Tranquil Fury in Chapter 22 is interspersed with an adapted version of William Blake's The Tyger.
- Lampshaded by Xanthe in Chapter 47. According to a field report she heard about, singing in combat improves one's ability by around seventy percent, and that any singing adversary is to be avoided.
- Weapon of Choice: Though she uses various weapons when nothing else is available, BJ prefers to use a combat shotgun.
- We Can Rebuild Her
- Your Days Are Numbered: Twice. Once due to terminal illness, averted by her cyborg conversion, and again thanks to a soul-draining spell cast on her by Snips.
The oldest stallion in Stable 99, P-21 is used as a breeding tool and sex toy by the mares. Facing his inevitable "retirement", P-21 takes the opportunity to flee with Blackjack out into the Wasteland. A grumpy and deeply traumatised buck, P-21 is The One Guy in the team and keeps to himself, and Hates Being Touched. Later revealed to be Scotch Tape's dad.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Spent his entire life as 'breeding equipment' in Stable 99, desperately trying to educate himself and find a way to escape before his 'retirement'.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Death Seeker: After the massacre of Stable 99, but Priest talks him out of it. Priest's death sends him right back over the edge, but taking responsibility for his daughter helps level him out again.
- Doesn't Like Guns: P-21 outright refuses to use projectile weapons, even in desperate situations (though he takes to a Grenade Launcher after a little convincing). He restricts himself to weapons that require care and planning because he's afraid that his repressed hatred of Stable 99's mares might make him shoot Blackjack on impulse. Discovering that she once raped him and later beat his lover to death makes this a lot easier to understand.
- Driven to Suicide: P-21 takes Blackjack's suicide attempt very badly, and shares a measure of her guilt over Stable 99. Fortunately, she manages to avert this trope at the last minute. He falls into Death Seeker mode after Priest is killed, but gradually gets better.
- Face–Heel Turn: Briefly in Chapter 15.
- Foil: To Blackjack.
- Functional Addict: A lifelong Med-X addict. At least until he steals the Med-X slated for Scotch Tape's lung transplant and damages her stasis pod in the process, nearly leading to her death.
- Hates Being Touched: Justified.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Impaled by metal debris during the battle to destroy Project Horizons and performs a Heroic Sacrifice to blow it up.
- The Lancer: Always Blackjack's backup.
- Master of Unlocking: P-21 is the only member of the party with significant lockpicking or computer skills.
- The One Guy
- Only Sane Man: Occasional lapses aside, P-21 tends to be calm and down-to-earth.
- The Quiet One
- Rape as Backstory: As standard for a Stable 99 buck.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Blackjack's red, red to Glory's blue.
- Scotch Tape, I Am Your Father
- Sociopathic Hero: At times. Occasionally lapses into Comedic Sociopathy, such as when Rampage complains that she's getting caught in his grenade blasts.P-21 laughed as he popped open Persuasion and loaded a new grenade. “Oh, this is very therapeutic.”
- The Stoic
- Straight Gay: Possibly Bi the Way. P-21's sexuality is complicated.
- Weapon of Choice: Grenades, plastic explosives, and later a Grenade Launcher.
- You Are Number Twenty-One: He actually wears his name as a point of pride. There are normally only 20 males of each type in Stable 99, so being number 21 and alive is an accomplishment.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
Morning Glory, aka. Fallen Glory, later 'Rainbow Glory'
A pegasus who is a surviving member of the Volunteer Corps, Morning Glory joins Blackjack and P-21 shortly after their arrival in the Wasteland. An idealistic Combat Medic, Glory becomes Blackjack's marefriend and morality chain. She suffers a lot in the story.
- Baleful Polymorph: Congratulations, Glory! You are the new Rainbow Dash!.
- Beware the Nice Ones:
- Break the Cutie: Repeatedly. She loses her friends, her confidence, her innocence, her cutie mark, her family, her lover, the same lover again, her wing, her bodynote , and possibly a measure of her intelligence. Her mother is revealed to be a monster, and puts her father on life support indefinitely.
- She gradually becomes a much stronger, more confident character despite (or perhaps due to) her various traumas.
- Broken Angel: After Enervation damage claims her wing.
- The Chick
- Combat Medic: Once the Chapters get into the 20's, Glory develops the confidence to provide aerial fire support.
- The Conscience: Glory is often the voice of mercy and compassion, particularly when contrasted with P-21 and Rampage.
- Covert Pervert: In Chapter 30, Glory is quite happy to make use of the hoofcuffs, blindfold and ball gag she salvaged from the ruins of a lingerie shop.
- Cursed with Awesome: Rainbow Glory.
- Does Not Understand Sarcasm
- The Exile/Mark of Shame: Thanks to Operative Lighthooves and Minty Fresh.
- Gatling Good: After accidentally breaking Leo's AER-14 rifle, Glory buys a gatling laser, and later uses its barrel assembly to repair and upgrade the AER-14. Cue Beam Spam.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Remains behind to ensure Blackjack, P-21, and Scotch are launched in a rocket to the moon to stop Cognitum, just as a missile is about to strike the space centre. Whether she dies or not is unknown.
- Hidden Depths: Glory is much more competent with medicine than she initially lets on, and performs a number of life-saving surgeries over the course of the story. This includes spinal surgery, skin grafts, tumor excision and lung and eye transplantsnote . She also assists Professor Zodiac and Rover in jury-rigging a life support system from Rampage's body and rebuilding Blackjack as a cyberpony, but the extent of her involvement in these procedures is unclear.
- Lethal Chef: Only Blackjack can stand her cooking, due to BJ's bizarre sense of taste. After BJ's upgrades, Glory considers gemstones and metal to be valid ingredients.
- That Pony is Dead: Changes her name to Fallen Glory shortly after her branding, claiming that things will be better for everyone if the Enclave believe her old self is dead. The name doesn't stick for long though, and most characters simply refer to her as Glory.
- The Medic: Glory is an Enclave medical technician.
- Parental Abandonment: Glory's mother Dawn left the Enclave when Glory was young. She eventually shows up in Chapel, looking for EC-1101.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to P-21 and Blackjack. Though the roles are eventually reversed in Glory and Blackjack's sexual relationship.
- Small Girl, Big Gun: Once she upgrades to a gatling laser.
- Weapon of Choice: Frickin' Laser Beams
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Wholeheartedly believes in the Enclave, even after Operative Lighthooves betrays her and has her branded as a dashite.
Rampage / Arloste / Peppermint
A deeply troubled but powerful and immortal Reaper, Rampage is a daring and adventurous mare who likes to charge headlong into battle and is The Big Guy of Blackjack's team. She is, in fact, the end result of a soul-absorbing talisman made by Rarity, that contains several personalities of dead ponies and other creatures. This leads to a lot of mental problems for her, and has caused numerous tragedies for her in the past. Finally revealed to be Peppermint, daughter of Twist, conceived through her rape by Doof.
- Anti-Hero: Type IV, with occasional lapses into Type V. Even at her most sane, she still displays some psychopathic tendencies.
- Amnesiac Hero: She doesn't remember much of who she used to be and is not happy about it.Rampage: It fucking sucks to not remember.
- The Berserker
- Berserk Button: Several.
- Beware My Stinger Tail: Rampage has barbed wire woven into her tail hair.
- The Big Guy
- Bi the Way: She's been around for quite a long time and has gotten around a lot.
- Body Horror: Taint exposure causes Rampage to mutate - her hide turns scaly, and she spontaneously grows a single wing while a horn emerges from the side of her face. Fortunately, she 'gets better'.
- Broken Bird: Very much. Largely a result of killing her daughter.
- Child by Rape: Twist had her after she was raped by Doof.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Rampage's origin is a mystery even to her, but most of her known past is deeply unpleasant.
- Death by Origin Story: At least half a dozen ponies, including Twist, died in the process of creating Rampage. More recently, Rampage (presumably under control of the Angel of Death) killed her own daughter.
- Deal with the Devil: She makes a deal with Cognitum, agreeing to help her in return for being able to die. This was done under the Angel's influence, and she realizes how stupid this was when Blackjack purges the Angel as Cognitum never discards her tools.
- Death Seeker
- Doesn't Like Guns: Rampage fights exclusively in melee, but the reason for this is never discussed.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Blackjack harshly learns that this is one of her Berserk Buttons.
- Enemy Within: The Angel of Death. She is finally removed for good by Blackjack, who uses moon dust to directly tap in Rampage's mind to do it.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Against expectations, the Angel of Death refuses to Mercy Kill Blackjack in Chapter 33.I give a gift to end suffering. You spurned that gift,” she purred in my ear. “Take your own damned life.”
- Feel No Pain: Averted, leaning her Healing Factor towards Blessed with Suck territory. Of course, that didn't stop her from jumping into a wood chipper on a bet.
- Fiery Redhead
- Friend to All Children: Rampage loves children, and helped start the Crusaders along with Priest. Seeing a foal suffer is probably her biggest Berserk Button. Unfortunately, one of her personalities is a foal-murdering serial killer.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: Rampage practically embodies this trope. Her frequent deaths are played for both drama and comedy.
- Healing Factor
- From a Single Cell: A small talisman in Rampage's chest can regenerate her entire body, even after she's disintegrated.
- I Am A Humanitarian: Implied. Just where does Rampage's 'high-protien diet' come from? In the bar scene following the Battle of Flank (in which she single-handedly fought off the Pecos gang in a drug-induced frenzy), she vomits meat.
- Immortality Hurts
- Immortal Life Is Cheap: To the point where Blackjack can be reasonably expected to shoot her in the head if she steps out of line.
- Implacable Mare: It takes massive damage just to slow her down.
- Lightning Bruiser
- Little Miss Badass/Cute Bruiser: If Rampage's body is completely destroyed, she regenerates as a small filly and takes several days to grow back to her adult weight.
- Mind Hive: See Split Personality.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Only Priest and the Crusaders call her Arloste. Everyone else calls her Rampage.
- Older Than They Look/Really 700 Years Old: She looks to be in her late twenties but due to her Healing Factor stopping her aging, no one knows how old she is. Though she admits she has been "alive" for 60 years. Since she is Twist's daughter, she is over 200 years old.
- Slasher Smile: Often a sign that the Angel of Death is taking over.
- Split Personality: Rampage appears to suffer from Dissociative identity disorder, leading to sudden changes in personality. She actually contains the souls of multiple seperate ponies, which constantly battle for dominance over her body. Discovering this leads her to question whether 'Rampage' even exists at all.
- Team Mom: Oddly enough, Rampage falls into this role a lot - when she's not dealing with her own problems, she's often on hand to offer emotional support and comic relief.
- Warrior Therapist: On occasion. One of the ponies inside her apparently had training a therapist, with their arrival marked by a teddy bear on her flank.
- Weaponized Headgear
- Weapon of Choice: Armed Legs/Bare Hooved Monk. She also has a ripper concealed in her armor, but rarely uses it.
- Would Hurt a Child: One of her personalities has a tendency to murder them, and is insane enough to believe that it's doing them a favor.
An alicorn and a member of the Goddess' Unity. She was asked by the Goddess to join Blackjack's group for the Unity's well-being. She is a quiet and reserved person, and wears a black lace dress to hide her alicorn form when in public and is skilled with a minigun.
- Elephant in the Living Room: As with Fawkes in Fallout 3, nopony seems to pay much attention to the enormous, minigun-wielding alicorn following Blackjack around. Somewhat justified in that Lacunae makes an effort to conceal her wings.Lacunae: One advantage to being a giant unicorn is that few bother you with why you are a giant unicorn.
- Expy: Of Legion. Unique, friendly member of a Hive Mind race commonly seen as villains? Check. The Smart Guy? Check. Proficient with a sniper rifle? Check. Has trouble fitting in with others due to limited social understanding? Check. Disseminates herself so that her kind can live as whole individuals? Check.
- Foregone Conclusion: The Goddess is going to die. How this will affect Lacunae remains to be seen.
- Chapter 58 confirmed this trope with the Goddess' death. Lacunae survived the destruction of Maripony, only to willingly destroy herself to allow all of the removed memories to return to their rightful owners. Twilight Sparkle then takes over the body, saving Littlepip in Fallout Equestria.
- Gatling Good: Spends several chapters carrying a minigun, but is eventually forced to leave it behind.
- Healing Horn
- Heroic Sacrifice: Erases herself to return the memories and feelings dumped in her to their original alicorn owners.
- Hive Mind: Part of one by virtue of being an alicorn, though more independent than most.
- I Love Nuclear Power: Lacunae is healed and strengthened by radiation exposure.
There was something fundamentally disturbing about the way she splashed it all over herself. Nopony should have that much fun in magical waste.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Lacunae apparently finds radiation exposure pleasurable, and responds accordingly.
I stared at the rad readout as I watched the needle visibly rise! Lacunae groaned, her eyes closed with an expression of bliss and a blush on her cheeks.
- Later on, when Blackjack accidentally triggers a powerful flash of radiation,
- Killed Off for Real
- Lady of Black Magic
- Meaningful Name: Discussed and Invoked. 'Lacunae' typically refers to something that is missing or omitted. Lacunae herself is a living repository for all the regretful memories that the rest of the Hive Mind would rather not dwell on.
- Mind over Matter
- Only Sane Mare: Lacunae is the only member of the party not to suffer from long term physical, psychological or sexual trauma. Naturally, this is often lampshaded but is, most likely, a temporary state.
- Red-Headed Stepchild: Fulfills this role among alicorns, as in addition to being disconnected from their Hive Mind and her being sent to Hoofington (a place where the Goddess can't send any alicorns due to the constant psychic screaming that the city emits being harmful to them), she's also used as the dumping ground for all of the memories that the Goddess doesn't want to think about, whether they're Trixie's or Twilight's.
- The Smart Guy: While P-21 and Glory are also contenders for this one, Lacunae has by far the greatest magical ability.
- Teleporters and Transporters: Comes with being a purple alicorn.
- Token Evil Teammate: While Lacunae herself isn't evil, per se, she's part of something that most certainly is.
- Villain Override: Occasionally, though it's often Played for Laughs.
- Voice of the Legion/Large Ham: Whenever the Goddess performs a Villain Override.
- What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: Lacunae is left speechless when Paladin Stronghoof displays affection for her.
- Winged Unicorn
A filly who lives in Stable 99 and fixes the Stable's plumbing. She is taken outside by Blackjack and P-21 following the events in their home, and makes it her mission to find her talent to avoiding getting a toilet Cutie Mark. P-21's daughter.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Thanks to Blackjack. She's not happy when she finds out.
- Morality Pet: Serves as this for most of the protagonists, particularly Rampage and Lacunae.
- Parental Abandonment: In part. While they travel and work together, P-21 resents the idea of developing an emotional bond with Scotch and remains distant. Eventually averted.
- Ill Girl: Following the killing joke encounter.
- Sixth Ranger/Tagalong Kid
- Sole Survivor: Of Stable 99 (Not counting BJ and P-21, as they left voluntarily some time beforehand).
- Took a Level in Badass: During the melee in Chapter 31, Blackjack asks her for help rebooting some Steel Rangers' disabled power armor. All Scotch can do is cower in fear inside a wagon. Shortly afterwards, just as Blackjack and Lacunae are about to be overwhelmed, the Rangers come to their rescue. Turns out that Scotchnote managed to overcome her fear of the Rangers and assist them - right in the middle of a chaotic and bloody battlefield.
- Wrench Wench
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
A pale white artificial pony that Blackjack befriends when searching for Sanguine. She is a mute Blank Slate, being very animal in nature, but grows attached to Blackjack and her friends.
- Artificial Pony
- Baby Talk: As of chapter 62b, she can now say "Bwackjack".
- Blank Slate: A rather extreme example, having no ability to do anything except eat food that's offered to her, sleep when she's tired, and hide from danger. She may be smarter than she appears, however, as she briefly manages to use a gun to protect (and shoot) Blackjack during a battle.
- Character Blog: Boo has her own unofficial character blog here.
- Cuddle Bug: Towards Blackjack.
- Cute Mute
- Dandere: A mild example
- Marechild An extreme and justified example. Despite having the body of a full-grown mare, Boo behaves more like a dog (or real pony) because she was never raised or socialised.
- Sharing a Body: Chapters 64 and 65 reveals that Discord got inside Boo during the escape of Hippocratic.
- Spider-Sense: Apparently. She hides from danger before Blackjack can perceive it, but didn't show any qualms about walking right up to Blackjack and her friends.
- Sweet Tooth: So much so that it's about the only thing guaranteed to get her attention.
- The Soulless: According to Goldenblood, anyway.
- The Speechless
- Younger Than They Look: Boo is weeks old at most.
Deus Ex Machina
The first major antagonist and the primary villain of the first story arc. One of the top ten Reapers of Hoofington, Deus is a huge psychotic cyborg with a penchant for rape. He was responsible for the first attack on Stable 99 in search of EC- 1101, which led to Blackjack escaping with it to lure him away from the Stable. He really is Doof, one of the original Marauders who was forcibly converted into a cyborg during the Great War as part of Project Steelpony.
- Berserk Button: Deus hates being called a "doofus", or being outwitted by any mares.
- Big Bad: For the first arc of Project Horizons. He returns with his mind programmed into a tank, though thanks to Blackjack seeing him as a pony, he has a Heel–Face Turn.
- BFG: He has twin anti-tank cannons welded to him.
- Fate Worse Than Death: Was in constant pain and had to use very powerful painkillers to subdue the agony.
- Cyborg: A horrific one at that.
- Heel–Face Turn: Sides with Blackjack after she identifies him as Doof rather than Deus and sympathises with him.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Dies after being blown apart by his own cannons, though his brain survives, and body parts used to turn Blackjack into a cyborg.
- Pet the Dog: He never once touched Rampage, and was a bit protective of her. This is because he was her father.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: It's his hat. According to Rampage he would do it to any mare who even looked at him the wrong way.
- Tank Goodness: His brain is placed into a tank controlled by the Harbingers.
- Verbal Tic: Refers to all mares as "cunts", particularly Blackjack.
- Sadly, he has a reason.
- Villainous Friendship: With Gorgon. Because they were both Marauders once.
- Was Once A Pony
- Would Hit a Girl: And do worse to her.
A monsterpony in charge of operations at Brimstone's Fall who has the power to petrify living beings. He is another of the top ten and a friend of Deus. His true identity is Stonewing, another of the Marauders and the first product of Project Chimera, having been fused with a cockatrice.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Blackjack forces him through a rock grinder. She later finds a farewell letter from Stonewing thanking whoever killed him.
- Immune to Bullets: His hide is solid rock, which makes it impossible to kill him with most guns.
- No Kill Like Over Kill : His death by rock grinder.
- The Speechless: Never speaks. Only roars.
- Villainous Friendship: With Deus.
A primary antagonist in the story, Sanguine is a Canterlot Ghoul who seeks to use EC-1101 for unknown reasons and will do whatever it takes to get it.
- Affably Evil: Dresses smartly, conducts himself politely. When he's not sending monsterponies to harass Blackjack, of course. Or flipping out and feeding entire settlements to industrial equipment.
- Breath Weapon: Pink cloud.
- Deal with the Devil: Repeatedly offered, always denied. He doesn't take rejection well.
- Despair Event Horizon
- Evilutionary Biologist: Strongly implied. It's an act to hide his true motivation, which he's ashamed to admit to.
- I Have a Family: Everything he has done was for to save his family. It doesn't justify his actions, but it still makes Blackjack understand his reasons.
- Kick the Dog: His actions at the Boneyard and Brimstone's Fall, as well as wounding Charity and murdering Priest. Also, he clones Blackjack for tissue to replace her skin damaged by pink cloud after his deal with her, he doesn't even bother to euthanise or (implicitly) sedate the clone first - essentially, he flays 'Blackjack' alive.
- Hope Spot: He was within inches of fulfilling his goal after two hundred years, and lost it all just as he was almost finished.
- Laser-Guided Karma: It seemed he would avert this by becoming a Karma Houdini and getting what he wanted, that being saving his family and getting a new body for himself to start a new life despite all the harm he had done. It's averted at the last minute when his family gets killed in front of him. It's also subverted as he was genuinely sorry and thought he could be better after he succeeded.
- Mad Scientist: As the head of Project Chimera. Revealed to be deliberately Invoking this trope post-war, but he may have Become the Mask.
- Our Ghouls Are Creepier: Sanguine is a Canterlot ghoul.
- Pet the Dog: According to Psychoshy, Sanguine is her adoptive father and the only pony to ever treat her well. Cruelly subverted when he reveals that he was simply using her to gain access to Project Chimera.
- Smug Snake: At first.
- Villainous Breakdown: Degenerates into a ranting, desperate mess as his attempts to get EC-1101 are foiled. He finally snaps and wipes out several towns just to get Blackjack's attention, then kills Priest when the negotiations turn ugly.
- Would Hurt a Child: Holds the town of Chapel hostage and shoots Charity in the gut to speed up negotiations.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Planned to do this to Psychoshy.
A pegasus who bears a striking resemblance to Fluttershy. She is a cruel and sarcastic Combat Pragmatist who has a thing for Sanguine. She is actually the child of Fluttershy and Goldenblood, believed to have died in premature childbirth, but was saved by Sanguine for his own plans.
- Combat Pragmatist: Psychoshy fights dirty by default.
- Dark Chick
- Expy: Of Fluttershy's malicious side. Justified.
- Heel–Face Turn: After Sanguine's death and realizing she was used, she joins Blackjack.
- I Love the Dead: Towards Sanguine. It's unclear whether or not he reciprocates. Her love turns out to be genuine, but not in the way Blackjack and co. expect. Psychoshy is Sanguine's adopted daughter.
- Considering the amount of tongue she slipped him in Ch. 25, it may very well be exactly what they thought anyway.
- Love Redeems: Her relationship with Stygius is what truly changes her for the better.
- Spin-Offspring: Of Fluttershy and Goldenblood.
- Token Evil Teammate
- Villainous B.S.O.D.: Psychoshy breaks down in tears during P-21 and Scotch Tape's father-daughter moment in Chapter 40, and gets a hug from Rampage.
- Well Done, Daughter Girl
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: For Sanguine, after she is unable to unlock Project Chimera with EC-1101.
A zebra assassin and member of the Remnant, Lancer is a very religious zebra who believes Blackjack is the Apocalypse Maiden.
- The Atoner: After his Heel–Face Turn.
- Cold Sniper: Lancer is apparently emotionless, even when gunning down harmless zebra slaves and shooting his allies (ie. Blackjack) In the Back.
- Combat Pragmatist
- Enemy Mine: Becomes an ally to Blackjack's group in later chapters.
- Heel–Face Turn: After realizing his mistakes, he leaves the Remnant altogether.
- My God, What Have I Done?: When he realizes that all his life he was a coward who couldn't stand up to his father.
- Hidden Agenda Villain
- Spanner in the Works: He becomes this for the Goddess when he eavesdrops on her Villain Override of Blackjack, and later reveals it to her friends.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: The reason he refuses to kill Blackjack despite many opportunities; only the Legate can kill Blackjack.
An Enclave member who represents the pegasi community known as Thunderhead. A well-intentioned soldier, he wants to ensure Thunderhead survives against all odds, going to extreme lengths to achieve his goal.
- Affably Evil: Lighthooves remains polite and well-composed most of the time and is quite willing to negotiate when convenient.
- Faux Affably Evil: As time goes on, he becomes more and more unhinged.
- Cyborg: He becomes one in the later arcs, having stolen the schematics from Blackjack. However, due to the abrupt operation and the full body nature of the implants, this does not end well.
- Despair Event Horizon: What put him on his path. Specifically, discovering that his ancestor Mephitis, a lauded hero among the Enclave, was nothing more that a greedy, self-obsessed murderer who stopped Dash's attempts to help the surface to cover his own crimes and got away with it.
- Enemy Mine: He rescues Blackjack and Glory from Chapter 29's Literal Cliffhanger and establishes a mutually beneficial arrangement to preserve Thunderhead against the Enclave proper.
- Go Out with a Smile: As he is dying he learns Blackjack's solution to stop his final plan, which is to destroy Shadowbolt Tower. As this will effectively end the Enclave government, it gives him peace.
- I've Come Too Far: His reason for why he just doesn't stop, even as his plans are are shot to hell.
- Motive Rant: Lampshaded in Chapter 30.May I rant a little? I think that, since you've seen fit to give me the role of a villain, I’m entitled to give a little explanation?
- Played straight 30 chapters later, when he starts screaming his motives to Blackjack as all his plans fall apart.
- Playing with Syringes: Afraid that the Enclave military at large is planning to attack Thunderhead, his goal is to adapt the raider virus to infect pegasi, presenting a more direct threat for them to focus their attention on. Chapter 42 reveals that he has succeeded, and that his agents used Neighvarro pegasi as test subjects.
- Put Them All Out of My Misery: His final plan when all else fails, as he hates everything about the Enclave and the people in it.
- Villainous Breakdown: When his plans go south, he turns into a screaming murderous wreck. Combined with his recent full body cybernetics, it causes his mental state to unravel completely.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: In Chapter 30, he explains that everything he's done has been to protect Thunderhead in hopes of sustainable surface contact in the future. Granted, the details include a fair amount of genocide, but still, it's enough to convince Blackjack to call a truce.
- Its subverted whens it's revealed that in reality he cares nothing about all that and is doing it all for his own belief that the Enclave doesn't deserve to exist. He will do anything for it, including causing massive casualties in Thunderhead.
Star Paladin Steel Rain
A cruel Steel Ranger who is high-ranking officer in the Hoofington branch of the Rangers. He later starts working for Cognitum and the Harbingers. A very powerful opponent, he becomes a recurring enemy for Blackjack.
- BFG: Carries a pair of anti-dragon autocannons on his armor. Apparently they can vaporize a pony from two miles with near-perfect accuracy. See Gun Porn.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: He goes out in the worst way out of all of the villains. His body falls apart, his organs liquefy, and the flesh melts off his skeleton. All while he is still alive.
- The Dreaded: To everyone, but mostly to Blackjack.
- Entitled Bastard: He tries using Blackjack's forgiving nature to make her spare him. It works. When he tries to kill her again just seconds later though, he pays for it dearly.
- Evil Gloating: At the climax of Chapter 32.
- Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: When Blackjack sees his face, she notes that he looks "surprisingly gentle". It's the last thing she ever sees without prosthetic eyes.
- General Ripper: And how!
- Gun Porn: Goes into exquisite detail explaining the capabilities of his BFGs.Steel Rain: Do you really think a gun like this should be left in a weapons locker to collect dust?
- Hate Sink: He has no redeemable qualities and no excuses. He does what he does for two things, his ego and power.
- Hero Killer: From his first appearance, Blackjack is noticeably intimidated by him. After cornering her on the HMS Celestia, he cripples her with a single shot and comes very close to killing her outright; she pulls a Taking You with Me, which he survives.
- Implacable Man: In their first encounter, BJ blows off his helmet and barely slows him down. In the second, he shrugs off anti-material rounds and proves a match for Rampage in close combat. Eventually meets his end at the hooves of Blackjack, dying from exposure to Enervation after she snatches a charm that protects him from it.
- It's All About Me: Oh, and how! Basically, his thought process consists of, "I should be the one on top and everything else can go to hell."
- Karmic Death: Blackjack spares him , then he tries to kill her one last time. Expecting this, she counters and snags his protection charm. He promptly succumbs to the full effects of extreme Enervation, pathetically begging her to save him as his body literally falls apart.
- Power Armor: One of best models too. He later enhances it with star metal, which ends badly for him when Blackjack uses it's explosive reaction to moonstone to blow the armor off piece by piece.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Underneath it all, he really is this.
- Smug Super: He is an utter asshole, but he has the armor, guns and skill to back it.
- The Starscream: Will betray anyone if it suits him. In fact, he's repeatedly called out on this. Blackjack asks him if there's anyone he wouldn't stab in the back. His response is a glib "myself", and that's only because he isn't flexible enough to manage it.
- Villainous Breakdown: After being used by Cognitum and verbally trounced by Amadi, he basically throws a tantrum, ranting all the while how he will be the one in charge.
- Would Hit a Girl
- Would Hurt a Child: He would indeed, as Charm found out. He would also threaten an unborn baby to gain want he wants.
Stable 99 AntagonistsBlackjack's home Stable 99 is ruled by mares, with the forty males used as breeding tools. When Blackjack returns, she finds the Raider Virus has turned many of the residents into cannibals.
- Dying as Yourself: Daisy.
- Face–Heel Turn: Rivets and Midnight are well on their way to one of these by the time Blackjack gasses Stable 99, thanks to The Virus.
- For the Evulz: Daisy is a blatant sadist, and admits as much in the first chapter.
- Freudian Excuse: Daisy and the Overmare both had awful childhoods.
- From Bad to Worse: Stable 99 is an unpleasant place to begin with, as are many of the residents. Much more so when the raider virus infects the stable.
- Kick the Dog: Daisy breaks P-21's leg for no particular reason in the first chapter. Later, Daisy makes Blackjack eat Rampage's heart to maintain her raider disguise despite knowing who she is, and the Overmare rapes P-21.
- Rasputinian Death: Daisy gets shot by Glory and Lacunae, has her back legs shredded by a grenade, wrestles with Rampage long enough to get shot several more times, and has enough life left in her for a Dying as Yourself moment.
The leader of the Zebra Remnant and the father of Lancer. Reported to be one of the last Achu zebra and the strongest hoof-to-hoof fighter in the world, having killed a dragon without any weapons. He believes he is destined to fight the Maiden of The Stars (apparently Blackjack) to the death in a great final battle. In truth, all of the above is an act that he utilizes to keep the zebras under control. His true name is Amadi, a Starkatteri zebra who has been alive for hundreds of years and is a servant of the Eater Of Souls and the Dead Stars.
- Abusive Parents: Both emotional and physical variety. He shows no affection for his son, even ordering him to kill his mother and sister.
- Based on a Great Big Lie: He spread the entire story of the Maiden to make sure that the zebras would never accept Luna as Celestia's successor and would keep fighting. Subverted in that the prophecy of the Maiden really does exist. He just twisted it.
- Because Destiny Says So: His reason for why he must kill Blackjack, as she appears to be the Maiden. Though when Lancer gives him the chance to fight her, he tries at first to avoid it stating that is "too early". Since he needs Blackjack in his plans involving Cognitum, and he is just using the story to further his ends.
- Big Bad Ensemble: He and Cognitum are the two biggest threats in the story. As of Chapter 74, Cognitum is dead, leaving him the sole Big Bad.
- The Chessmaster: The biggest in the story, even outranking Cognitum. His schemes go back centuries. In fact, he was the one who caused the Littlehorn Massacre to to ruin any chance of peace between the ponies and zebras. He also posed as a scientist in Horse's employ, encouraging him to use the Tokomare which really was the Eater and to oust Goldenblood as director.
- Cool Helmet: The skull of the dragon he killed. He also wears it's bones as armor.
- The Dragon: To the Eater Of Souls as well as the Dead Stars. He has fulfilled this role for centuries, making sure that the Eater is fed the souls of millions and planning to turn all of Equestria into their slaves. In fact, he is one of the original Starkatteri, who built the ancient zebra city in what would eventually become Hoofington.
- Healing Factor: Due his various modifications through zebra alchemy, he is quite hard to kill. Which is another lie. His ability really comes from a talisman identical to Rampage's one and is the source of his immortality.
- Implacable Man: He is extremely strong and resilient as well as a very skilled fighter. Combine that with his phoenix talisman and knowledge of Starkatteri magic, and you have one hell of an opponent.
- Just Toying with Them: Blackjack realizes that he was doing this in their fight and is completely confused as to why. The reason is simple, he needs her alive for the time being.
- Mark of Shame: He has the glyphs of the Starkatteri branded on his face, which is why he never removes his helmet. It was why he ordered Sekaishi killed, as she saw them accidentally and then ran away because of it.
- Noble Demon: He appears to be one at first, showing quite an amount of honor and respect, especially when compared to his son. Subverted when it's revealed to be an act.
- The Long Game: He has been influencing and arranging events throughout history to cause as much destruction as possible to feed the Eater in order to resurrect it.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He gives a very well-deserved one to Steel Rain.
- Villain Team-Up: With Cognitum and Steel Rain. Though he's just using them to further his own ends.
- Villainous Breakdown: When Blackjack returns to stop him despite all his machinations, he completely loses his calm veneer, shouting that she is nothing and that the Maiden doesn't exist.
- Walking Spoiler: A big one. His real identity turns the the entire story on it's head.
A new group which emerges in Hoofington in the later arcs. Their goal is to gain every other group's loyalty (willing or not) and more importantly, find EC-1101.
- Catch Phrase: Hoofington Rises.
- Tank Goodness: The Harbingers have access to a fully-functional pre-war tank capable of self-repair. Turns out the tank is in fact the revived Deus.
- Unskilled, but Strong: The Harbingers have access to pristine, top-of-the-line weapons and armor, but consist mostly of untrained recruits.
- Villain Team-Up: With Steel Rain.
The enigmatic leader of the Harbingers who wishes to change Equestria and Hoofington via extreme measures. Is actually Dawn, Glory's missing mother.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Out of all the villains she gets this the worst, and it's hard not to pity her. In her quest, she ends up hurting her husband and daughter, critically wounding the former, loses all feeling as her body is replaced with more cyber parts, and ends up being discarded by Cognitum despite her promise to make her the savior she so desperately wants to be.
- The Dragon: To Cognitum. Though not unquestionably loyal, as she repeatedly distorts Cogtinum's commands to kill Blackjack, rather than capture her as Cognitum wants.
- Evil Matriarch: She's a mother of five; Morning Glory is her middle child.
- Fallen Hero: Once she wanted nothing but to help the wasteland. Now, she is... well, the Prophet.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Fel green.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Towards Blackjack for having been chosen as Cognitums's vessel. She was promised that by Cognitum first.
- Mouth of Sauron: She says that she is this to Cognitum. But she's not a very honest one.
- Mare Behind the Stallion: Sanguine is revealed to have been sent by her to retrieve EC-1101.
- One-Winged Angel: How she reveals her true form.
- Redemption Equals Death: She finally dies making sure that Blackjack's soul would be returned to her body in order to stop Cognitum.
- Villain Override: It's implied that Cognitum has some level of control over her.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: How she sees herself. Her goals are noble enough — save the world from Project Horizons and rebuild Equestria — but her methods are brutal and it's unclear just how much say she has in her own decisions, or even if what she believes is correct.
The Big Bad of Project Horizons, and founder of the Harbingers, who dwells in the Hoofington Core. She wants to obtain EC-1101 to restore Equestria, and then rule it as a goddess. The mastermind behind Deus, Sanguine, and the Harbingers coming after Blackjack.
- A God I Am: Believes she is considering she is a copy of Luna's mind, albeit being the worst aspects of her.
- A.I. is a Crapshoot: Cogntium is a copy of Princess Luna's mind, accidentally created by Mr. Horse while attempting to copy Goldenblood's brain using his mind-copying ripoff of the Crusader Maneframe.
- Anti-Villain: Appears to be this, as well as a Well-Intentioned Extremist. She can also be very generous, giving Blackjack a copy of her original body after stealing her cybernetic one. But it's subverted, as her gifts always come with a price. Blackjack puts it best.Blackjack: You offer slavery and call it salvation.
- Berserk Button: She really doesn't like being denied what she wants or her authority being questioned.
- Big Bad: Established in the fourth volume, watching and occasionally aiding Blackjack from afar. She was responsible for sending Deus to Stable #99 to retrieve EC-1101 and most other events thereafter.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Cognitum tries to act like Luna, but is more like Nightmare Moon, insane, vengeful, and destructive.
- Brain Uploading: Subverted. Horse's ripoff of the Crusader Maneframe copies minds, which is how Cognitum is created from Luna's mind.
- Played straight when she hijacks Blackjack's body.
- Catch Phrase: EC-1101! GIVE IT TO ME!!! or some variation.
- The Chessmaster: Revealed to have been pulling the strings of the bad guys since the start of the story, but even directing Blackjack to dangerous places as a Secret Test of Character as part of her ploy to steal her cybernetically augmented body. As the story progresses, it is revealed that Cognitum formed a new world order through the O.I.A. and was likely responsible for kicking off the megaspell armageddon on Equestria to remove all oppositions of leadership.
- The Collector: Keeps a number of ponies in jars as trophies, who are alive and aware.
- Dark Messiah: Wishes to restore Equestria through evil means, and praised as this by the Harbingers.
- Even Evil Has Standards: When Steel Rain suggests hurting Blackjack's unborn infant to co-operate, Cognitum chews him out.
- Faux Affably Evil: She tries to present herself as a reasonable, well-meaning ruler. Her mask slips a number of times, revealing the absolutely vicious and cruel tyrant underneath.
- Magic Versus Science: Being a computer program, she firmly believes in science over the supernatural. This involves thinking that the Eater Of Souls is just an alien power source which she can control.
- The Man Behind the Man: Behind Deus, Sanguine, Steel Rain, and the Harbingers.
- Mechanical Monster: Doesn't have a physical body for most of the story, til she hijacks Blackjack's. Beforehand, she can control robots, machinery, and attacks Blackjack's group in the city tunnels with a giant monster made from a factory floor. She become one again after being ejected, possessing a giant swarm of mechasprites and using them to devour everything she can.]
- Murder Is the Best Solution: Decides to murder a few thousand or so ponies to motivate Blackjack.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: A textbook example. Cognitum wants to restore Equestria but at any cost, even if it means utilising an alien soul-sucking abomination or a superweapon to achieve it. With no thought of the consequences or the fact that said abomination will kill everything if she continues to use it.
- Villain Override: Can do this to other machines and robots, including cybernetic ponies like Dawn and Blackjack.
- Villainous Breakdown: After being ejected from her physical form and going back into her original state, her speech simply dissolves into HATEHATEHATE KILLKILLKILL DIEDIEDIE, over and over.
- Visionary Villain: She has quite the vision of how she will rebuild Equestria. Too bad her absolute belief in this means that she's willing to do any atrocity and ignore any risks.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: See Utopia Justifies the Means.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: A number of times. She does it to Sanguine, Dawn, Horse and many others. But she doesn't simply discard her tools, storing them forever instead.
The Eater of SoulsThe Bigger Bad of Project Horizons. An Eldritch Abomination that crashed into the Hoofington region in the form of an asteroid long ago, laying waste to the native species that dwelled there. Its asteroid, later renamed the Tokomare, was eventually dug up and, through the machinations of Amadi, used to power the area and for wartime purposes. Centuries later, it remains inside the Core manipulating Cognitum and guiding Amadi towards releasing it so it can devour all life from the planet and move on to other worlds to consume.
- And I Must Scream: The source of Enervation. All souls of those who have perished in the vicinity of Hoofington are trapped around the Eater within the Core. Unable to move on to the afterlife, they are in constant pain and torture. Their energy corrodes all lifeforce around it as a result.
- Bigger Bad
- Cosmic Horror Story: According to Tom, the Eater is a rogue star that only longs for destruction.
- Eldritch Abomination
- Godzilla Threshold: Project Horizons serves as this to stop the Eater. However, it has a large chance of causing an Apocalypse How (Continental at best; Planetary at worst) if it goes through.
- Living Battery: The Tokomare, the asteroid the Eater is encased in, is used as a reactor to power Hoofington and used during the War.
- Man Behind the Man: To the two series' big bads, Cognitum and Amadi.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Sealed within the Tokomare asteroid/reactor. It relies on Amadi to feed it souls until it is powerful enough to be released.
- Walking Spoiler
An enigmatic figure from the war, Goldenblood was director of the Office of Interministry Affairs (or O.I.A.) and aided joint projects between the Ministries. He was a survivor of the Littlehorn Massacre, but was infected with Pink Cloud and spoke in a raspy voice and was deathly ill. Had a doomed relationship with Fluttershy. He was a master of manipulation and very secretive.
- Anti-Villain: He believed everything he did was for Equestria's and Luna's sake, thinking he would eventually pay for what he had to do. When he realized the full consequences of his actions, he became a Death Seeker.
- Bastard Bastard: Both a literal bastard and a Manipulative Bastard.
- Break the Haughty: At least twice. His messy breakup with Fluttershy and his eventual arrest are the clearest examples so far. Finding out about the Eater was the biggest, as it made him realize that all that he had done made it stronger than ever.
- Covered with Scars: Following Littlehorn.
- Freak Out: According to Sanguine, Goldenblood completely lost it after being arrested for treason. The real reason was finding out that Amadi, who he had last seen triggering the bomb in Littlehorn, was in Horse's employ and realizing his true nature.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Over the course of the war, Goldenblood changed from the obscure bastard son of Prince Blueblood, to a geology and history professor, to one of the most influential and subversive govenment officials in Equestria.
- Ill Guy: Following Littlehorn, though it doesn't seem to inconvenience him too much.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: When he discovered the true nature of the Tokomare as the Eater of Souls and that he had been feeding it by keeping the war going, he lost it. It was what led to his arrest.
- The Immune: To Pink Cloud, due to surviving at Littlehorn.
- Incurable Cough of Death
- Insufferable Genius
- It's All My Fault: He came to this believe this, regarding the War. The reason is twofold, his attempt to explain what had happened at Littlehorn to his rescuer ended up implicating the zebras (he was trying to say Starkatteri zebra, but was misunderstood), and letting the war escalate when he had the power to stop it.
- Manipulative Bastard: Oh yes. For reasons not yet known, Goldenblood had a significant influence on Luna's government reforms and the formation of the ministries. He is also known to have wiped Twilight's memories of creating the Gardens of Equestria, and blackmailed Rarity over her possession of the Black Book. The truth was he did did it all under the influence of the Eater..
- My Country, Right or Wrong/My Master, Right or Wrong: He had this towards Equestria and Luna in equal amounts. Luna used his affection for her to stop him from quitting and his loyalty to his country was his other reason for why he would not let the war end in anything but Equestria's favor.
- Offing the Offspring: Subverted. Calling out another mare's name while intimate with a pregnant Fluttershy caused her to go into premature labor. Both Goldenblood and Fluttershy were lead to believe that the resulting birth was a miscarriage, and mourned as such. In fact, Trueblood (later Sanguine) actually kept the infant Whisper (later Psychoshy) in secret to further his own ends.
- Posthumous Character: He lived during the war and died near it's end. He was revealed to be alive all along, imprisoned in Project Redoubt waiting for the right person to open it and kill him.
- Sole Survivor: Of the Littlehorn Massacre.
- Spin-Offspring: Of Prince Blueblood.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist Chancellor: Appears to have been this to Luna. He actually wanted to stop but his loyalty to Luna didn't allow him to do so.
- Unwitting Pawn: Ironically, despite being one of the greatest manipulators of all time he was little more than a puppet in the the hands of the Eater.
A mysterious skeletal pony who wears a battered hat and coat, the Dealer materialises shortly after Blackjack downloads EC-1101 into her PipBuck and has a flipflopping view on her efforts to do good. Blackjack assumes he is death incarnate but learns he is a pre-wasteland spirit attached to EC-1101 to ensure it reaches its proper destinations.
- The Atoner: As Echo, he believes he stood by and did nothing as his team disintegrated around him, and he had a very miserable life.
- Cool Hat
- Dem Bones: At first.
- Eaten Alive: By mechasprites possesed by Cognitum after he ejects her from Blackjack's body.
- Heel–Face Revolving Door: He betrays Blackjack to Cognitum to get back his body. Or so it seems. What he really wants is to see the world ended, as he believes that his race deserves it. He switches back when Blackjack convinces him otherwise and helps her get her body back from Cognitum, then dies for real in the same chapter.
- The Gambling Addict: Always accompanied by a deck of cards.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives these to Blackjack whenever she's in high spirits...
- Rousing Speech: ... and gives these to Blackjack whenever she's in low spirits. His flip-flopping between the two confounds Blackjack to no end.
- Soul Jar: Blackjack believes the Dealer is a hallucination or the embodiment of death. Turns out he is actually the ghost of Echo, a member of Macintosh's Marauders, whose soul was bound to EC-1101.
- The Watcher
The Zodiac Family
A group of various individuals who work for Professor Zodiac of the Collegiate. While they are introduced as antagonists targeting Blackjack, they are good people at heart. Each member is named after a star sign of the western zodiac.
- Baleful Polymorph: Pisces and Capri were transformed into seaponies by killing joke.
- Bounty Hunter
- Armor-Piercing Attack: Taurus' rifle.
- Cyborg: Professor Zodiac.
- Evil All Along: Zodiac is revealed to be on the Brood's side all along, hating ponies for crippling her in the past. She is promptly blown away by a timely Calamity with a machine rifle.
- Genius Ditz: Virgo.
- Heel–Face Turn
- Heroic Sacrifice: Sort of. Professor Zodiac sacrifices her cybernetic organs, and any chance of being mobile in the near future, in order to save Blackjack's life.
- Intangible Mare: Gem and Mini, at will. Unless they get telefragged, that is.
- Kill It with Fire: Aries' power armor is equipped with a flamer and napalm grenades.
- Mission Control: Aquarius.
- Power Armor: Aries.
- Redemption Equals Death: Gem and Taurus.
- Shot in the Ass: Blackjack scares Virgo off by grazing her rump.
- Taking You with Me: Gem to Deus.
The kindly leader of the small settlement named Chapel, Priest created a safe haven town for refugees and others who he refers to as "Pilgrims". He works as a priest for Princess Celestia and Luna, restoring the town's chapel to its pre-war state. He tries to dissuade Pilgrims from taking "The Journey" but will not stop them if they decide to do it.
- Bi the Way: Forms a relationship with P-21.
- Big Fancy House: Priest gives his old house, Star House, to Blackjack to live in. Twilight Sparkle's cousin Marigold once lived in the house.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Priest tried to fight Sanguine to protect his friends, only to receive a face full of Pink Cloud, melting his face and fusing it to the floor.
- Driven to Suicide: Priest tries to convince Pilgrims from not partaking in the Journey, but will not force them to stop if they decide to go through with it. The Journey itself involves the Pilgrims walking across the bridge leading to Hoofington's Core, where the deadly disintegration weapons will instantly kill the Pilgrims.
- Due to the Dead: Built a graveyard in Chapel for those who take the Journey.
- Earns this himself after his death.
- Founder of the Kingdom: Founded Chapel.
- Good Shepherd: Very much so. Founded Chapel to allow pilgrims or wanderers a place to live and founded the Crusaders to give orphaned children a family/home.
- Happily Married: Used to have a relationship with Rampage and they had a foal together. However, it fell apart when one of Rampage's alternate personalities killed their child, and they split up.
- Murder by Inaction: Priest's morals behind letting the Pilgrims take the Journey, believing they deserve better. He gets a What the Hell, Hero? from Blackjack when she witnesses this.
- Parental Substitute
- Reasonable Authority Figure
- The Vicar: Fills this role in the Fallout Equestria world. He is a priest of Celestia and Luna, founded the town and built it around the chapel that it is named after, has the colours of a vicar's uniform, and his Cutie Mark is a silhouette of Celestia raising the sun.
The ReapersA large group of raiders who dominate Hoofington, the Reapers were designed to fight off against other gangs in the wasteland and make it a better place. The Reapers are led by Big Daddy. They operate out the Hoofington Dome and often have gladiator battles. Rampage, Deus and Gorgon are all members of the Reapers.
- Affably Evil: Some of them.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Required for membership.
- Badass Grandpa: Big Daddy Reaper.
- The Brute: Deus and Gorgon.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Gorgon is pulped by an industrial rock-crusher. Tail first.
- Cyborg: Deus.
- Eyepatch of Power: Big Daddy Reaper apparently gets hold of Blackjack's eyepatch, following the events of Chapter 32.
- Fallen Hero: Both Deus and Gorgon.
- Half Pony Hybrid: Gorgon is part pegasus, part cockatrice.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Deus is blown in half when his guns backfire, setting off their ammo reserves.
- Immune to Bullets: Gorgon. Immune to lasers and explosives as well. But not rock crushers.
- Really 200 Years Old: Deus and Gorgon were alive during the war.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Deus, to the point where it's practically a Verbal Tic.
- The Speechless: Gorgon never speaks, though it's unclear whether or not he can. Speechless or not, he can certainly scream.
- You Kill It, You Bought It: The fastest way to become a reaper is to kill one and take their place.
The SocietyA civilized faction living in Hoofington, the Society believe themselves to be the rightful and future leaders of Equestria. They are led by the elderly King Awesome and most are descendants of pre-war Equestria's aristocracy. Awesome has three children.
- Affably Evil: Beyond the slavery, the Society are probably one of the nicer factions that Blackjack meets. They want to restore Equestria, share the Fluttershy Medical Centre with the Collegiate, and grow fresh fruit to trade with other factions including the Enclave.
- Awesome McCool Name: King Awesome and his children.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Princess Charm. A bratty self-centered filly who believes she should be King Awesome's successor because she just should. She even kidnaps Scotch in an attempt to make Blackjack pick her, but Blackjack easily defeats her and lets Rampage and Scotch torture her.
- Cool Old Guy: King Awesome.
- Cool Airship: The Fleur. Blackjack and co. are allowed to use it to reach Thunderhead.
- Fair Cop: Princess Grace is the most sensible and idealistic of King Awesome's children. Blackjack chooses her as King Awesome's successor.
- Legacy Character: Most of the members are descendants of Equestria's aristocracy, including Shining Armor.
- Posthumous Character: Fancypants, and King Awesome.
- Prince Charming: Prince Splendid.
- Servant Race: The Society started off as slavers, but thanks to King Awesome, their methods were altered so the slaves would be known as serfs. They had better priviledges but were still slaves, and wore bomb collars.
- Sheltered Aristocrat: Subverted. Most members of the Society are well aware of the harsh conditions of the Wasteland but do their best to just live out their lives normally.
- Unexpected Inheritance: After King Awesome dies, he deliberately makes Blackjack queen of the Society, so she can sort out the troubles of the faction and to fairly decide which of his children should ascend the throne. She picks Grace.
The CollegiateOne of the factions within Hoofington. They're a group of medical experts and doctors working out of Hoofington University, their base of operations. They have access to more medical technology and techniques than many regular Wasteland doctors, allowing them to treat numerous severe conditions. They earn profits by either healing others or by sending the Zodiac Family out to capture bounties.
- The Medic: A whole faction of these.
- Smoking Is Cool: Dr. Triage is always seen with a cigarette in her mouth.
The FindersAnother faction operating within Hoofington. They're a commerce-oriented group which run the major trade hubs around Hoofington. All the leaders of the hubs are the daughters of Keeper/Finders Keepers, one of the original Hoofington Six alongside Big Daddy Reaper, Silver Stripe/Prof. Zodiac, King Awesome and Dawn.
- Black Market: Caprice and Usury's hubs are more like these. The former sells drugs and sexual services while the latter runs a slave trade.
- Ironic Name: The name of Usury's slave trading hub? Paradise. Rumored to be the ancient location of the original Paradise Estate.
- King Incognito: Caprice, the leader of Flank, works as the bartender for Stable 69. Blackjack doesn't realize the bartender and Caprice are the same pony until Book 2.
- Laser-Guided Karma: The two trade leaders who rely on Black Market deals rather than actual commerce trading? Both are eventually run out of their hubs with one ending up working as assistant to a filly shopkeep (Caprice) and the other reduced to shoveling Brahmin dung for her father (Usury).
- Shopkeeper: Bottlecap fits this more than the others as she is truly focused in trading commerce.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Blackjack chews out Caprice after finding out she let Deus, the Zodiacs and other bounty hunters know of her presence in Flank since she was afraid Blackjack was going to take over Flank's leadership from her.
A special squad consisting of all three species of pony, designed for the purpose of special ops and combat. Led by Big Macintosh, the group formed a family-like unit over the course of the war. However, tragedy ended up destroying the squad following Big Macintosh's death at Shattered Hoof Ridge. The rest of the squad either died or suffered horrible fates, some appearing two-hundred years later in the Equestrian Wasteland.
Tropes shared by the characters include:
- Badass Crew: The most famous squad in the war.
- Breaking the Fellowship: It is revealed by Echo that the nine Marauders all made a magically bound pact to never break their bonds until the war's end, cursed by a zebra fortune teller. The zebra warned them that if anypony broke the promise, the culprit would die a peaceful death while the others would suffer fates worse than death. When Stonewing "dies", the group suspect he broke the bond. Turns out it is Big Macintosh who did, falling in love and planning to leave military service to start a family. It all goes wrong when Big Mac dies a hero and the others all suffer horrible fates as a result.
- Doomed by Canon: Like most of the pre-Wasteland cast, the Marauders all suffer terrible fates that leave them either dead, insane, emotionally broken or are mutated into alternate forms. See Posthumous Character below.
- Fallen Hero: Most of them eventually become examples of this.
- Posthumous Character: As Macintosh's Marauders existed during the Great War, all of Blackjack's encounters with them are through memory orbs and apocalyptic logs. Though many of them are actually still alive, the intervening time has changed them to a point where they are no longer recognizable.
- By the start of the story, Big Macintosh (took a bullet for Princess Celestia) and Vanity (stabbed by his brother Blueblood) are both dead; Jetstream went nuts and sent off by Garnet to bomb the zebra capital as part of a "rescue mission"; and those who were still alive in numerous forms, Applesnack (Fallout Equestria's Steelhooves), Doof (Deus), Twist (part of Rampage), Psalm (Lacunae), Stonewing (Gorgon), and Echo (The Dealer).
- The Squad
- Strapped to an Operating Table: The fate of Doof and Stonewing. After disgracing himself by raping Twist, Doof was 'volunteered' for Project Steelpony and used as a guinea pig for cybernetic enhancement technology. Stonewing, after being paralyzed in combat, was used as a test subject in Project Chimera and merged with a cockatrice.
- We Were Your Team: The squad rapidly fell apart after Big Macintosh's Heroic Sacrifice.
The Leader of the Macintosh's Marauders, Big Macintosh is an intelligent, strong and respected sergeant of little words. He is the big brother of Applejack and Apple Bloom. He was the heart of the squad and the others idolized him. However, he infamously died defending Princess Celestia at the botched Shattered Hoof Ridge peace talks, leading to the destruction of the squad.
- Achilles in His Tent: Big Macintosh intended on retiring from military service after learning Maripony was pregnant with his child. This caused problems among the squad, but Big Macintosh wished to live a happy life and not die in battle. Then came the Shattered Hoof Ridge peace talks.
- A Father to His Men: Very much so to all of them, even the older ones. Without him, the squad falls apart.
- Ascended Extra: Had a relatively minor role in Fallout Equestria as a posthumous war hero. Here, he is a recurring character in memory orbs.
- BFG: The prototype IF-88 assault pistol that Blackjack gains, calling it "Sexy".
- The Big Guy: Nicknamed this by his squad members.
- Breaking the Fellowship: Echo reveals to Blackjack that the Marauders visited a zebra fortune teller at a funfair who told them they would become heroes as long as they stayed true to their fellowship. However, when Big Macintosh decides to leave the army to raise a family, he inadvertently breaks the fellowship and dies, leading to the terrible fates of his comrades.
- Bruiser With A Soft Centre: A heavyweight on the battlefield, but a Gentle Giant at heart.
- Catch Phrase: "Eeyep" or "Nope".
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Possesses great physical strength thanks to years working on Sweet Apple Acres.
- Cool Big Bro: To not only his sisters but to the younger members of the squad like Twist, Echo and Jetstream.
- Genius Bruiser: His brains and brawn made him the ideal leader for the squad.
- Go Out with a Smile: Big Macintosh when he told Psalm that he had faith that she would not shoot him or Celestia. She did.
- The Heart: Keeps the Marauders together.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Said to have died like this during the battle at Shattered Hoof. Turns out this is actually half-true. Big Macintosh defended Princess Celestia from zebra assassins, only to end up taking a bullet fired by Psalm, who thought a dead Celestia was better than a captured Celestia.
- Large and in Charge: The biggest of the Marauders.
- Legacy Character: Blackjack is a direct descendant of him and Twilight Sparkle.
- Officer and a Gentleman: Very courteous to others, particularly mares.
- Posthumous Character: Died a hero defending Princess Celestia.
- Secret Relationship: He dated a mare named Maripony during the war, actually Twilight Sparkle in disguise, using Maripony to be herself. They were going to have a child together but Twilight had to transfer her child to her cousin Marigold. This child is Blackjack's ancestor.
- Small Steps Hero: Protects Princess Celestia against all odds to save her alone, even though it costs him his life.
- Taking the Bullet: Infamously took a bullet for Celestia. Turns out he was shot dead by Psalm in an attempt to mercy kill the Princess.
- The Quiet One: Not much of a talker.
Big Macintosh's lieutenant, Applesnack is a cynical, gruff and moody earth pony who is openly racist towards zebras. He dated Applejack during the war. Would later become the first Steel Ranger and used the alias Steelhooves. For more info, see Fallout Equestria's character page.
- BFG: Owns a few, before and after becoming Steelhooves.
- The Cynic: Not the most upbeat of ponies.
- Demoted to Extra: Has a relatively minor role in Project Horizons.
- Fantastic Racism: Against zebras.
- Grumpy Bear: Very moody.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Has one when Big Macintosh dies.
- Knight Templar: His racist bigotry against zebras leads to his more darker moments in Fallout Equestria.
- Power Armor: When he becomes the first Steel Ranger.
- Put on a Bus: Reassigned to be a cop in Zebratown, leading to meeting Applejack.
- Sergeant Rock: Appeared to be second-in-command to Big Macintosh, though Jetstream got the leader role after Applesnack is reassigned.
- Troubled Sympathetic Bigot: Racist against zebras, cursed to be a ghoul for two centuries.
The youngest member of the Marauders, Twist is an old friend of Apple Bloom and had a lifelong crush on her. She spoke with a speech impediment and wore glasses, but got rid of both to not be a liability to her team. Dated a Proditor zebra named Shuuja.
- Adorkable: When she was younger, being quite goofy and had a lisp.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Twist towards Apple Bloom.
- Bare Hooved Monk: Twist is adept at zebra martial arts.
- Badass Gay: Twist is an open lesbian, had a long-time crush on Apple Bloom, dated Psalm for a time, and had a relationship with Shuuja, a Proditor zebra who were loyal to Equestria.
- Broken Bird: By the end of the war.
- Cheerful Child: Was a very happy-go-lucky filly when she was with Apple Bloom, but that was until they were split apart by Twist earning her Cutie Mark.
- Childhood Friend Romance: Had a crush on Apple Bloom and believes her biggest mistake in life was getting her Cutie Mark before Apple Bloom.
- Innocent Bystander: Was a victim of the zebras' bombing of Hoofington shortly after the Littlehorn massacre, her candy shop being burnt down by the attack.
- Legacy Character: Became this as the final active member of the Marauders using the title.
- Nerd Glasses: Wore large, purple specs but removed them to perform better in battle.
- New Meat: She was the youngest member of the team.
- Posthumous Character: Shuuja was killed by a racist mare during a mission to meet a tribe of zebras hoping to allegedly join Equestria's forces. Twist was also shot and close to death, only for Shuuja to rip out the regenerative Phoenix Talisman and give it to Twist, dying herself. Twist later died at Miramare Air Station on the Last Day, and her soul along with the talisman, ended up in Rampage, actually her daughter Peppermint.
- Rape as Drama: Thanks to Doof's own stupidity and Brass' manipulation, Twist was unintentionally raped by Doof, leading to Doof's incarceration and Twist's fear of her former best friend. Twist later gave birth to Peppermint.
- Speech Impediment: Has one as a filly but eventually gets rid of it.
- Sweet Tooth: Often munched on peppermint sticks and mint-als. She owned a candy store in Hoofington with Doof before it was burnt down.
Doof / Deus Ex Machina
A large, simple-minded stallion who was friends with Twist and Psalm. He acted as the Dumb Muscle of the team, and had a crush on Twist. Following Big Macintosh's death, he did a number of terrible things that led to being turned into the cyborg Deus Ex Machina. He invades Stable #99 two-hundred years later to obtain EC-1101.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Doof loved Twist, even though she only saw him as a friend and repeatedly rejected his feelings. Unfortunately, Doof's limited intelligence led him into being manipulated by Brass into raping Twist.
- And I Must Scream: Rather than dying after he is blown apart by his own weaponry, his brain is shoved into a war tank to be used by the Harbingers.
- The Atoner: Becomes this following his transformation into a tank. Turns out he always wished to be this ever since raping Twist. Rampage ends up finding it hilarious when she realizes Deus plans to follow Blackjack around until he finds new meaning in life.
- BFG: Used a huge machine gun on the battlefield. Had a pair of giant cannons as Deus.
- Big Bad: To Blackjack for the first arc of the story.
- Big Eater: His Cutie Mark is a knife and fork. He co-ran Twist's candy store with her.
- Cyborg: Transformed into Deus as per Project Steelpony. However, the fusion of flesh and metal was not perfect, leaving him in agony for years.
- Determinator: Stops at nothing to hunt down Blackjack.
- The Dreaded: One of the most feared Reapers in Hoofington. Blackjack spends sixteen chapters running from Deus until they finally face off in Flank.
- Dumb Muscle: Doof wasn't the brightest guy in the world and it cost him dearly.
- Establishing Character Moment: Enters Stable #99 armed to the teeth and addresses all the mares as "cunts".
- Fat Best Friend: To Twist.
- Fat Idiot: A Big Eater with more of a stomach and sex drive than a brain.
- Formerly Fat: Traded his gut for muscles.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: After raping Twist, Doof was imprisoned in Hightower Prison to rot. He pleaded with Vanity to let him see Twist to beg for forgiveness, but was denied. This led to him becoming a monster, believing all mare were "cunts" including Twist, and he was put in solitary confinement to prevent him from harming anyone. He was then selected for Project Steelpony, becoming the deadly Reaper known as Deus.
- Functional Addict: Addicted to painkillers to avert the pain he feels due to his dodgy cybernetic parts.
- Heel–Face Turn: Becomes Blackjack's travelling companion and mode of transport after he becomes a tank.
- He-Man Woman Hater: Becomes this overtime, though it is partially his own fault. He comes to refer to all mares as "cunts".
- Hero Killer: Kills the Zodiac member Taurus.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Finally dies protecting Chapel from the Legate zebras.
- Karmic Death: Blown apart by his own cannons. Though he survives.
- Momma's Boy: Implied to be. His lock password is "Mama".
- Room Full of Crazy: His cramped prison cell in Hightower Prison has the names of every mare he hates carved into the walls. Blackjack deliberately hides it from Rampage so she doesn't have to see.
- The Reveal: His identity as Deus, as well as being Rampage's father.
- Also his Back from the Dead return as a tank.
- Too Dumb to Live: His sex drive was bigger than his brain, leading to his Start of Darkness.
- Tragic Monster: Starts off as the biggest scumbag in the Wasteland, but evolves into a more sympathetic character as Blackjack learns more about him.
- Verbal Tic: "CUNT!"
- We Can Rebuild Him: Following Deus' apparent destruction, some of his parts are salvaged by Glory to turn Blackjack into a cyborg. The rest is used by Dawn to fuse Deus into a tank.
- Would Hit a Girl: Sees all mares as evil and liars due to his past and would both kill and rape them without mercy.
A quiet unicorn who acts as a sniper for the Marauders. Psalm is old friends with Twist, and is a very religious mare, worshipping Princess Luna mostly and always begs for forgiveness whenever she kills or harms someone.
- Apologetic Attacker: Psalm prays to Celestia and Luna for forgiveness whenever she takes a life.
- The Atoner: Really wants to become this but believes Luna will never forgive her.
- Broken Bird: By the end of the war.
- Cold Sniper: Becomes an emotionally broken, remorseless sniper who carries out Project Partypooper, only apologising to Luna as usual. She gets better. Sort of.
- Crisis of Faith: Believes Luna will never forgive her what her sins.
- Faith–Heel Turn: Psalm has a Despair Event Horizon and breaks emotionally after killing Big Macintosh. The day after, she abandons the rest of her team and becomes an emotionless sniper following the orders of Luna, carrying out Project Partypooper.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Her reasoning for her actions, though she hates herself for it.
- Karmic Transformation: Psalm is forced into Unity by the Goddess, earning her "forgiveness", and becomes the building blocks for what would become Lacunae. Becomes an alicorn after Lacunae's death.
- Kill 'em All: Psalm carries out Project Partypooper, designed to eliminate those who are meant to wield the EC-1101. She learns the order was issued by Garnet, but after shooting Garnet and leaving her to die, Psalm goes to Maripony to kill Twilight on a suicide mission but ends up being assimilated in Unity, becoming Lacunae.
- Sanity Slippage: Goes a little crazy by the end of the war, assassinating ponies without a thought.
- Shrinking Violet: Very quiet and unconfident in her abilities.
- Teacher/Student Romance: Has a very close relationship with her teacher Goldenblood.
One of the Marauders' two pegasus members, Stonewing and Jetstream acted as aerial support and were a perfect tag team. He lost his voice when he took a bullet to the throat, and then his life when blindsided in a later battle. He actually survived and was used by Sanguine as the first test subject in Project Chimera, fused with a cockatrice and became Gorgon.
- Big Damn Heroes: Pulled this multiple times during the war, saving Hoofington Memorial Hospital from destruction at one point.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Blackjack pushes him through a rock crusher.
- Cute Mute: Loses his ability to speak after being shot in the throat.
- Does Not Know His Own Strength: Earns his Cutie Mark (a pair of granite wings) by saving two ponies in midflight, in the middle of a storm, whilst flying up a mountainside.
- Flying Brick: Not the most talented at landing.
- Involuntary Shapeshifter: Transformed into a pony/cockatrice hybrid as part of Project Chimera.
- Oblivious to Love: Stonewing idolised Rainbow Dash, and remained oblivious to Jetstream's love for a long time. However, he realised when she started resting her head on his shoulder. When she confesses, he rejects her as gently as possible. A farewell letter found by Blackjack indicates he may have eventually returned Jetstream's feelings.
- Taken for Granite: Can turn his victims to stone by staring at them with his cockatrice eyes.
- The Speechless: Thanks to a throat injury he received from a gryphon sniper.
The second pegasus in the Marauders, Jetstream is a fast, high flying pegasus and has a lifelong crush on Stonewing.
- The Ace: The fastest of the Marauders in the air.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Jetstream loved Stonewing since she first met him, but he was oblivious to her affections since he was focused on Rainbow Dash.
- Broken Bird: Loses her true love and has her memories erased of him, Big Macintosh dies, and she has a mental and emotional breakdown.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Jetstream was so distraught by Stonewing's death that she asked Vanity to remove the memories of him. Vanity reluctantly agreed, but this only led to Jetstream's mental breakdown.
- Love Triangle: Jetstream loves Stonewing who loves Rainbow Dash, while Vanity loves Jetstream. Jetstream is the only one who confesses.
- Sanity Slippage: She slowly went insane following Stonewing's and Big Macintosh's deaths. Much to Vanity and Echo's regret, she was eventually put in the Happyhorn Gardens mental hospital where she believed she was still on duty with all of her teammates alive.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: While in Happyhorn Gardens, Jetstream is told by Garnet to go on a "rescue mission" to the zebra capital Roam to save Big Macintosh and Stonewing. Jetstream flies off, armed with a detonator that she thinks is a teleportation megaspell, actually a balefire bomb that kicks off the events of the Last Day.
- Up, Up and Away!: Flies like a bullet.
Goldenblood's uncle and Prince Blueblood's brother. Vanity is a royal aristocrat who becomes the moral officer of the Marauders. While proud, he is a very kind and generous unicorn in comparison to his snobbish brother.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Developed feelings for Jetstream but never played on them for her sake.
- Blue Blood: Doesn't stop him from fighting alongside ponies who are not part of his social class.
- Combat Medic: A real badass on the battlefield despite his title
- Cool Uncle: To Goldenblood.
- The Face: Aside from Big Macintosh.
- Go Out with a Smile: Blackjack and P-21 find his still smiling corpse.
- In the Back: Vanity's fate, thanks to his brother.
- Karmic Death: Vanity is killed by his brother for sleeping with Rarity.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Provides this to Jetstream to deal with Stonewing's death, erasing her memories of their relationship. This ends up backfiring when she has a mental breakdown.
- The Mole: Worked for Pinkie Pie and the Ministry of Morale to possibly keep an eye on Goldenblood's activities. He helped build Project Redoubt as a result.
- My Greatest Failure: Being unable to help Jetstream.
- Officer and a Gentleman: Incredibly curteous, polite and kind. He defends his friends against Blueblood's pompous insults, and aids his servants and a group of fillies in fighting off an angry mob during the Last Day.
- Royal Rapier: Skilled with one.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Joins the Marauders to fight for Equestria unlike his stuckup brother Blueblood.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After Big Macintosh's death, Jetstream's breakdown, and Twist being raped by Doof, Vanity just quit the team out of emotional exhaustion, though he kept in contact with his teammates.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Wrote an unsent resignation letter to Mr. Horse, telling him to go to hell for screwing over tons of ponies with Project Redoubt.
- The Social Expert: Helps the team stay together.
- Team Dad: A shared role with Big Macintosh, as their medic and morale officer, Vanity helps his friends through hard times.
- You Shall Not Pass: Vanity says this word for word when defending Harpica and some foals from an angry mob who were aware of the aristoponies' Project Redoubt and wanted in.
The Communications Officer of the group, Echo is a small stallion who is able to carry huge amounts of equipment on his back. He would go on to become the Dealer.
- A Friend in Need: Wanted to keep his friends together forever, but because he did nothing to help them, he ended up alone.
- Becoming the Mask: In his spare time, Echo played a roleplaying game as "Smiling Jack", whom he considered better to be. This trope came into effect when he became the Dealer.
- Communications Officer: His role in the team.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Ultimately gets eaten by nanomites on the Moon. Blackjack doesn't even have time to mourn his death.
- Dirty Coward: Considers himself this for just standing by and watching his teammates fall apart.
- Face–Heel Turn: Betrays Blackjack to Cognitum to get his body back. Switches sides again out of guilt.
- Lonely Together: Echo and Goldenblood. Also shared with Psalm due to their similarities.
- My Greatest Failure: His inability to help his friends.
- Secret Keeper: Claims to know most of the Marauders' darkest secrets but did nothing to bring them to light to help his friends. Eventually he was hired by Goldenblood as his assistant, learning many of the O.I.A.'s secret projects including that Stonewing was alive.
- Soul Jar: His spirit was attached to EC-1101 by Cognitum to ensure it was protected, and so it could be returned to her.
- And I Must Scream: Discord is at the heart of Project Chimera, being used as the source for the Bio-Magical Flux.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: While in Lacunae's mind, Blackjack encounters personified representations of Trixie's self-loathing and Twilight Sparkle's remorse. Trixie is an Extreme Doormat prostitute, while Twilight drinks heavily and rants about her mistakes in the ruins of Ponyville Library.
- Break the Cutie: Fluttershy. A moment of indiscretion from Goldenblood destroyed their relationship and cost them their unborn daughter.
- Cyborg: Rover, the red-vested diamond dog leader who once kidnapped Rarity, has survived the apocalypse and two centuries in the wasteland thanks to his augments. He's pretty much the only surviving Friendship is Magic character seen in either the main story or Project Horizons to be more or less still himself, instead of becoming a ghoul, alicorn drone, computer program, tree, or Rampage.
- Turns out he's also become a skilled augmentation surgeon.
- Eye Scream: Pokey Pierce gets a knife to the eye from Psalm.
- Facial Horror: Silver Spoon and Prince Blueblood have both become ghouls. Silver Spoon is a Glowing One whose glasses have been melted onto her face. Blueblood's facial decay has left him with a permanent, ear-to-ear Glasgow Grin.
- Fate Worse Than Death: Silver Spoon is apparently unaware of her condition, and wanders Boneyard pining for her best friend. Readers of Fallout: Equestria will realise that Diamond Tiara was Driven to Suicide shortly after the megaspell exchange.
- Florence Nightingale Effect: Fluttershy apparently had a close relationship with Goldenblood, to the point of bearing his child. It ended badly.
- Not Quite Dead: Octavia. While Blackjack finds her skeleton, her contrabass is actually her Soul Jar. After realising this, Blackjack gives the instrument to the Crusaders so that Octavia will always have someone to look after her.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: 'Mr. Shears'note .
- Posthumous Character: As in Fallout: Equestria, most appearances of FiM characters are either through memory orbs or as monsters.
- Adding to list of the deceased characters from the original story are Silver Spoon and Prince Blueblood who are both now ghouls, Mr. and Mrs. Cake, Octavia, Nurse Redheart, and the Flim Flam Brothers.
- Took a Level in Badass:
- Big Macintosh.
- Twist, of all ponies, was a member of Macintosh's Marauders before the bombs fell. Her body and at least some vestige of her soul live on as Rampage.
- Prince Blueblood - now a ghoul - has had two hundred years to practice his swordplay and stew over his psychopathic obsession with Rarity.
- Snips, likely thanks to the Black Book, has managed to cheat death, and picked up not only a pair of huge shears that do exactly what you think they would do to flesh, but also a repertoire of Black Magic.
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