IDW ComicsAgain, the main source of Expanded Universe canon is currently IDW's comic books, so it's introduced a few new characters. Its even introduced a couple of new races!Characters currently listed in the series they debuted first.
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"Why drain her? We have plenty of these guys left."
Debut: Issue #2 (Green armored), Issue #3 (Purple armored)A pair of Changelings with unique armor. They appear to be the heads of Chrysalis's guards and in Issue #3 keep tabs on the Mane Six pairs that don't have the magic map that Twilight has (which allows Chrysalis to spy on her).
- Custom Uniform: What sets them apart from the other Changelings; one of them has green armor with black swirls on it, the other has a more detailed version of the armor the Mook Lieutenants from the show, with a few added Spikes of Villainy.
- Early-Bird Cameo: The green armored one actually appeared in Issue #2, but he didn't do anything other than take an order.
- Mook Lieutenant: They're not quite Co-Dragons, their main role is simply to talk to and laugh with Chrysalis.
- Pragmatic Villainy: As quoted above, one of them second-guesses Chrysalis's plan for revenge because they already found a convenient source to feed on.
Jim the Cave Troll
"PWETAH HAR ON DAH PWETAH PONAY!"
Debut: Issue #2A cave troll that appears in Friendship Is Magic Issue #2. He scares the girls at first, but he's really just a big lovable brony who wants to play with PO-NAYS.
- And Call Him "George"!: Treats the ponies like they were brushable dolls, and quotes the Trope Namer in regards to one of the fake ponies Rarity makes.
- Expy: He looks a lot like the Abominable Snowman from the classic Looney Tunes cartoons.
- Shout-Out: A Cave Troll... in an abandoned mine? Where have we heard that before?
- Tuckerization: Named after show storyboard supervisor "Big" Jim Miller.
The Gangster Spiders
Debut: Issue #2Multiple different huge spiders who appear in Issue #2 as an obstacle for the Mane Six when traveling though the mines, most of them sporting hats and even have their own "cutie marks".
- Badass Mustache: Their fangs look like old-timey mustaches.
- One of them is blonde, gray, and has one eye off to a side, like Derpy the pony. Apparently, every species has one...
- Also, the giant spider bears more than a little resemblance to Jamie Hyneman, complete with trademark beret.
- Giant Spider: Of course.
- Large and in Charge: Most of them are about pony-sized, their leader however is as big as the cave troll encountered earlier in the issue.
- Nice Hat: Most of them. Spider-Derpy doesn't have one by default, so it takes Applejack's.
The Cute Citizens of Wuvy-Dovey Land
Debut: Issue #3A race of adorable, loving cat-like creatures who are more than happy to make friends with all who enter their lands. Their homeland was conquered and converted into the Changeling Kingdom soon after the events of "A Canterlot Wedding".
- The Chew Toy: It's obvious Cook and Price wanted to create a species so sugar-sweet that readers could enjoy watching the Changelings take them apart without the writers having to invoke any sympathy.
- Crapsaccharine World: It's ironic how such cute beings could cherish such a precarious existence in the My Little Ponyverse, of all places.
- Doomed Hometown: The land was pretty ideal for Chrysalis and her changelings as not only did it provide love for them to feed on, it gave them a new base of operations which they took over within days. By the time the Mane 6 arrive, the place is a shadow of its former self with green gloop covering the houses and ground. Not to mention the castle looming ominously over the once-happy village.
- The Farmer and the Viper: The Changelings aren't in their lands for five minutes and they welcome them with open arms and offer their Queen cake. It ends very badly for them.
- The Pollyanna: The changelings massacre the cute kittens till there's only a few of them left, convert their homes to their needs (basically everything being covered in their green gloop) and then round up the remaining population so they can later be eaten. They still keep on being affectionate and kindhearted, even after all that's happened to them.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: They're adorable, and very friendly.
- Self-Parody: A clear parody of the Gang of Critters trope and the MLP franchise as a whole.
- Too Dumb to Live: They tend to be a bit too friendly to newcomers. Even when they're being threatened.
The Nightmare Forces/The Nyx
Shadowfright And you will help... more than you ever dreamed.
Debut: Issue #5Malevolent spirits of darkness that inhabit the Nightmare Dreamscape, they're the main antagonist of the second Story Arc of the main series. They return using the power of the new moon to cause trouble for the bearers of the Elements of Harmony. My Little Pony: Fiendship Is Magic reveals they were originally the Nyx, creatures tasked with creating dreams, whom Nightmare Moon corrupted.
- Accidental Misnaming: One of the spirits keeps calling Shadowfright "Larry", much to his annoyance. It turns out to be the name of that Nightmare's host.
- Beauty Equals Goodness: The Nyx look a whole lot nicer before and once freed of the Nightmare Forces influence.
- Break Them by Talking: Shadowfright pulls this on Rarity, weakening their resolve enough to become a new Nightmare Moon. He then does on Princess Luna by claiming this was her fault and by refusing to become Nightmare Moon again, they were "forced" to corrupt another in her place. While the Mane Six shut this down, it left her demoralized enough to keep her from being a threat until the ending.
- By the Lights of Their Eyes: It's the only part of their bodies that aren't completely black.
- The Corruptible: They proved to be this for Nightmare Moon, but to what extent is unclear. Doran had enough control to secretly act against Nightmare Moon but nothing else, Jerome had to be reminded to act evil and was apparently able to break his corruption in part through his own resolve.
- Dark is Evil: They're associated with the night just like they were when merged with Luna. And they come in a variety of dark colors as well.
- Demonic Possession: This seems to be the only way they can get things done: preying on the negativity of others to take control of their bodies. They also take possession of the moon's wildlife, which is evidently simpler.
- The Dragon: Their leader Shadowfright, though he seems to be in charge whenever they don't have a queen.
- Dream Weaver: Their job was to create dreams for everypony.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Nightmare Moon initially corrupted them by lying that ponies don't appreciate their work.
- Expy: Beings that feed on fear and also were revealed to have possessed a hero in the past by preying on their fears, turning that hero into a villain. Nope, definitely not Parallax.
- Feathered Fiend: Shadowfright has an uniquely avian design, and stands above the rest in evil deeds and hierarchy.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: They have the power to revive Nightmare Moon and are the main reason she's a threat, but lack (save two) character, backstory, or motive (later given in Fiendship is Magic).
- Genre Blind: Since they've never seen a pony in person, they were unaware Nightmare Moon wasn't one to trust.
- Living Shadow: They're a collection of beings that look like flaming shadows.
- Lunacy: They can draw power from the moon.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Shadowfright in particular, also their speech bubbles are in red & black.
- To Create a Playground for Evil: They wish to create a Nightmare Kingdom.
- Tom the Dark Lord: One of the Nightmare Forces self-identifies as Shadowfright even though his name is Larry. Nightmare Moon only calls him Larry; he doesn't object, he just looks embarrassed. It really is Larry, as it turns out.
- Your Worst Nightmare: They induce this in their potential hosts.
"It's true, your powers defeated me before, little ponies, but what will you do now that I’ve taken one of you?"
Debut: Issue #5Using Rarity as a vessel, this new Nightmare Moon intends to finish what the original promised the Nightmare Force, starting by eliminating those who thwarted her the last time.
- Arc Villain: Of the comics second Story Arc (Issue #5 to #8), being its driving force behind it despite only showing up halfway through.
- Bling of War: Dons Gem-Encrusted golden armor for the battle against Ponyville.
- Break Them by Talking: She's fond of this.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Incapacitates Luna with one shot.
- Dark is Evil: She's the main villain and the one who's actually black (seeming grey in some scenes due to lighting) compared to the merely dark colors of the Nightmare Forces.
- Decomposite Character: Her existence portrays Nightmare Moon/the entity that created her as a separate being from Princess Luna, which the show treats as a mere alter ego of Luna. Note that Lauren Faust planned this for the show, but left before it was implemented.
- Demonic Possession: She makes it clear she is in control with Rarity suppressed.
- Doomed by Canon: Twilight Sparkle is still a unicorn in this arc, Rarity is A-OK when Twilight becomes an Alicorn, it’s no spoiler that Nightmare is defeated and Rarity saved.
- Evil Is Bigger: Towers over Luna and the other ponies.
- Exotic Eye Designs: Has diamond-shapes in them on top of her glowing, Hellish Pupils.
- Faux Affably Evil: Carries an air of class and confidence that increasingly gives way to petty anger as she's increasingly thwarted.
- Flaw Exploitation: The reason she chose to possess Rarity (despite Fluttershy seeming easier) was she had hidden insecurities that made her the most "willing" to give herself over.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Briefly reverting to normal when Spike seem to get though to Rarity.
- Hyde Plays Jekyll: Impersonates Rarity in a Lotus-Eater Machine to sway Spike to her side. This behavior, plus her not recognizing the Fire Ruby, is enough to expose the ruse.
- Kick the Dog: Belittling the Mane Six, Spike and Luna? Understandable given the threat they pose. Belittling her perfectly loyal and effective subordinate Shadowfright? Not so much.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Goes out of her way to mock Spike's attempts to save Rarity and his feeling for her. Guess who and what proves decisive in stopping her.
- Lotus-Eater Machine: Can create positive dreams as well as nightmares.
- More Than Mind Control: She originally possessed Princess Luna by convincing her she could use their power to force ponies to respect her night. She then possessed Rarity by making her fear her friends would disregard her generosity but as the Nightmare Force's queen, she'd always be appreciated. It's soon clear this control is not as good as expected, with bits of Rarity emerging when confronted by Spike and Sweetie Belle. It's the Mane Six and Spike getting thought to Rarity that they would never abandon her that outright breaks Nightmare's possession.
- Skunk Stripe: Gains some à la Bride of Frankenstein (another resurrected, tragic monster).
- Taught by Experience: After underestimating the Mane Six the first time, she sought to abduct and possess one of them (after determining who would be most susceptible) so they couldn't use the Elements of Harmony on her. Then when the remaining Mane Six block her attempts to psych them out, she has the Nightmare Forces overwhelm them and locks them in magic-proofed cages to keep them from interfering.
- That Man Is Dead: No sooner does she say this of Rarity then Spike proves otherwise.
- Tragic Monster: Much drama comes from the prospect of fighting Rarity and what's become of her. Once they get through to Rarity, it's clear she is not enjoying it either.Rarity: Please, no! I don't want to go back! It was so cold and lonely - and I wasn't helping anypony! I was hurting them. Help!
- Walking Spoiler: Her name, appearance, and anything beyond her being the return of Nightmare Moon gives away the big twist of the arc.
Gaffer and 8-Bit
Debut: Issue #11Shining Armor and Poindexter/Gizmo's geeky friends at Canterlot Academy. Gaffer is a cream/white unicorn with a 8-sided die as a cutie mark, and 8-Bit is a grey pegasus with a Space Invader-like cutie mark. The two work together with Shining and Poindexter to help Shining try to win over Cadance's heart on the night of the big polo championship game.For Gizmo/Poindexter, see the Background Ponies pages.
- Nerd: Both of them.
- Schizo Tech: 8-Bit's name and cutie mark begs the question if computers and video games exist.
- Unexpected Character: It turns out that Gaffer is possessed by Sam from Quantum Leap, his task being to get Shining Armor and Cadance together so he can leap.
Debut: Issue #11Canterlot Academy's top polo player and school bully. He is what stands in the way of Shining from getting Cadance to come to the dance with him.
- Jerk Jock: To a tee.
- Romantic False Lead: Obviously he and Cadance don't end up together.
- Sore Loser: His biggest weakness.Shining Armor: He’s one of those stallions that has to win... and he has to be the star of the game or he loses his mind.''
- Took a Level in Kindness: The present-day Buck is a lot nicer then he was in the flashback, and even seems to be friends with Shining.
Lemony Gems and Diamond RoseCadance's high school BFFs. See the Background Ponies - Others page for Lemony Gem(s) and the Toyline Exclusive page for Diamond Rose.
Debut: Issue #13A Type 1 Pirate that serves at the antagonist for the Issue #13-14 arc.
- Artificial Limbs: Peg-leg
- Badass Normal: Give the guy credit, he faced down the Mane 6 in a sword fight and kept em at bay. He only lost because Spike managed to drop a coconut on him.
- Expy: Of Jack Sparrow unsurprisingly, both in looks, similar backstory (his crew turning on him twice}, and having a magical object for treasure hunting (the Map of the Wandering X)
- Half-Human Hybrid: Twilight uses her magic to give him gills so he'll be able to be with Jewel and be able to come back on land when he wishes.
- Interspecies Romance: With Jewel, a mermare.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Jewel since the mermares don't approve of him at first.
Debut: My Little Pony Annual 2013Applejack's cousin and the main antagonist of the main prequel story featured in the 2013 Annual comic from IDW. She appears to be the older sister of Babs Seed (who herself has been Age Lifted to AJ's age). What happened to her after the comic is never explained.
- Alpha Bitch: Was the resident school bitch before Sunset entered the picture. She wasn't quite as bad though, just worrying more about status and what not.
- Breaking Speech: Delivers a rather nasty one to Fluttershy and AJ how they're pathetic on trying to be their friends. It works for a time till the first Canterlot High soccer game when Pinkie has Fluttershy volunteer to pass out streamers and she nearly starts insulting her again. Rarity and AJ shuts Babs and her down that time, chastising the both of them for their rude behavior when Fluttershy clearly didn't deserve it.
- The Cameo:
- In the Holiday Special, Sunflower is apparently still going to school after the events of Rainbow Rocks as she appears in one panel among a bunch of students getting angry at Sunset.
- We get a glimpse of the Pony Sunflower in the Friends Forever issue focusing on Granny Smith & the Flim Flam Brothers.
- Canon Foreigner: An odd case since she's the major "not-in-the-movies" character other than human Babs. Word of God says she's Babs' sister, which would mean her pony counterpart is the one pony Babs mentioned in "One Bad Apple". Pony Sunflower makes a cameo (along with many other IDW Canon Foreigners) in the Granny Smith and Flim Flam Brothers issue of Friends Forever alongside pony Babs.
- Hair Decorations: In the shape of a sunflower, naturally, also invoking Flower in Her Hair.
- Humble Pie: Fluttershy notices she has a pet dog in her purse that looks sickly and, being an animal expert, tries to offer some advice on how to care for it. Sunflower insults her instead. However, near the end of the story she has to own up to her neglect and takes it to the animal clinic where Fluttershy works.
- Jaw Drop: After Rarity and AJ chastise her for her behavior and leave her and Babs to be with Fluttershy.
Jewel and the Mermares
Debut: Issue #14Whether or not they are meant to be the Sea Ponies of earlier generations is unknown, but there does exist a race of ponies in the sea. Jewel is one of them, the "treasure" that Hoofbeard seeks.
- Continuity Nod: The mermares and the "mantahawk" they summon to help the ponies back home are elements featured earlier in the Gen 4 picture book, "Under the Sparkling Sea".
- Interspecies Romance: Jewel with Hoofbeard, a Earth pony.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Again, Jewel with Hoofbeard. The rest of the mermares had disapproved of them being together and forced Jewel to come with them. It was only due to the magic map he was able to keep track of them. The Mane Six eventually manage to convince the meremares to let the two stay together with Twilight adding extra help by giving Hoofbeard gills.
Debut: Issue #15A magical bookworm that begins eating through Twilight's books, causing mayhem in both the book and outside worlds.
- Anti-Villain: He's not really evil, just ignorant of his actions and a little too driven to find his goal. He even states he likes books. After Twilight tells him this, he admits he didn't want to hurt anyone and, once granted the ability to make it right, starts fixing his messes.
- Freudian Excuse: He's eating stories because there are none with worms as the heroes and he wants to find one that does.
- One-Winged Angel: The more stories he eats the more huge and grotesque he becomes. When he starts helping the Mane 6, he reverts to his original form.
- Reality Warper: In both worlds. In the book world he changes how the story goes, even taking out lead characters that were meant to be in it. This causes the characters to show up in the pony world via cocoons and start running amuck.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Given the fate of the library after Tirek destroyed it, it's a big question whether he survived or not.
Evil Queen of Trottingham
Debut: Issue #15The leader of the book villains when they arrive in the pony world.
- Cool Crown: Naturally.
- Expy: Of Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: Her name makes this pretty obvious.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: Effectively.Queen: You think you can just bloop me away?! I'm the Queen of-(bloop)
- Kneel Before Zod: Is seen making Macintosh do this at one point.
- No Name Given: No proper name anyways. She's only referred to by her title from the books she comes from.
- Take Over the World: It may not be her world, but it's a new one ripe for the picking. Plus she's a villain, it's what they do.
Inhabitants of the Mirror UniverseThe "Reflections" arc features an Alternate Universe where good and evil have been reversed. Equestria is ruled by the just and merciful King Sombra who defends his kingdom from the diabolical Celestia and Luna.
- Arc Villain: Mirror Celestia and Luna serve as this for the "Reflections" arc.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: A wanted poster of Big Macintosh shows that he's a Baron, complete with Beard of Evil. Later, we see a more aristocratic Granny Smith by his side and she definitely seems to be far from the kindly old lady of the main universe. Another poster hints that the Apple Family has ties to Cosa Nostra.
- Barrier Warrior: Mirror Sombra's powers are mostly defensive in nature.
- Beauty Equals Goodness: Chrysalis is a good guy in this universe, and looks significantly more cuddly. She's even immortalized in a stained glass window as a paragon of love.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: The sisters share equal power in their schemes.
- Big Good: Mirror Sombra plays this role.
- Bizarro Universe: Every role in this universe is filled by its polar opposite in the prime universe. Interestingly, it's not entirely moralities that are reversed, but primary character traits. For example, Derpy isn't evil in the alternate world, she's simply stoic and intelligent instead of a happy-go-lucky Ditz and is apparently wise enough to earn a stained glass window.
- The Cameo: Several of them don't have any role in the story or even any lines, showing up just long enough for us to get an idea of what they're like. Per Word of God, even four issues isn't enough space to give enough world building for the main story and devote any real time to everyone's favorite minor characters appearance in the mirror universe.
- Deal with the Devil: Mirror Celestia offers to Mirror Sombra the safety of main universe's Celestia and allowing her to stay with Sombra in exchange for the spell that would allow her access to main universe Equestria. He refuses not only because he does not wish for the main universe Equestria to suffer the same fate as his kingdom, but because he's smart enough to know that Mirror Celestia would do anything to have complete control over both worlds.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: In this universe, Trixie personifies humility and was able to become an alicorn princess.
- Face–Heel Turn:
- In the past, Mirror Luna was actually very sociable and very much acquainted with Mirror King Sombra during a time when Luna was not. However, when Nightmare Moon was defeated and Luna returned to rule by Celestia's side in the main universe, Mirror Luna defected to Mirror Celestia's side.
- Mirror Sombra forces himself into one at the end when he uses the Elements of Harmony to draw out the evil in Mirror Celestia and Mirror Luna absorb into himself, forcing him to become similar to the feral King Sombra of the main universe. In turn, the now evil free Mirror Celestia and Mirror Luna go through a Heel–Face Turn.
- Granny Classic: Mirror Chrysalis has the appearance of one of these.
- Heroic Sacrifice: When it's shown that the crystal-encasing plan will affect the main Celestia as well, Mirror Sombra uses the Elements of Harmony to instead take in the evil of Mirror Celestia and Luna within himself, essentially turning him into the Sombra from the main verse.
- The Judge: Mirror Flim and Flam. They're apparently good enough to warrant a stained glass window representing fairness.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Mirror Luna's choice of wardrobe. Rarity is unimpressed.
- Slouch of Villainy: Mirror Celestia does not sit on her throne. She drapes her whole body over it as though it were a bed.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Mirror Sombra with the main universe Celestia.
- The Stoic: Mirror Derpy appears to be a stoic scholar, instead of the lovable ditz we know her as.
- Superhero: Mirror Discord, or "Sir Discord" as he is called by Mirror Sombra, who goes by the name "Captain Goodguy" when he dons a typical superhero outfit, complete with cape, mask, and spandex.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: Mirror Sombra. Rarity, to no-one's surprise, notices this. Fluttershy, to everyone's surprise, notices this too. And of course, Celestia falls for him at first sight.
Rough Diamond/Officer Fluffles
Debut: Issue #21A notorious thief in Manehattan.
- Just One Little Mistake: Babs notices that Officer Fluffles' cutie mark is smudged. That alone allows Babs to figure out that the police officer is the thief they're looking for.
- Master of Disguise: She robbed a bank while disguised as Princess Luna. And it turns out she was one of the police officers all along.
- Phantom Thief: Nopony even knows what she looks like.
Debut: Issue #23The antagonist of Issue #23 and a Kelpie, a serpentine creature whose song is capable of hypnotizing all who listen to it. She uses this song to place all of Ponyville under her control to destroy the dam, leaving only the pets of the mane six to stop her.
- Anti-Villain: Was motivated by saving stranded water sprites.
- Easily Forgiven: Despite placing all of Ponyville under control to destroy a dam that would have flooded the town, she is very quickly forgiven because she was helping her water sprite friends. Rainbow Dash points out how ridiculous this is.
- Mind-Control Music: Her song is capable of putting all ponies under her control. However, the pets seem to be unaffected by it.
- Sea Monster: Cassie has a very serpentine-esque look to her.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Twilight points out she was trying to do good, but with poorly though-out methods.
The League of Villainy
Debut: 2014 Annual
A group of villains who banded together after one too many defeats at the hooves of the Power Ponies. This team of villains include the Mane-iac, Pharaoh Phetlock (an Egyptian pharaoh themed villain with his own personal set of Mummy Mooks), Long-Face (an evil mime who enjoys spreading sadness through chemicals), High Heel (a shoe thief with her own set of shoe-themed gadgets), Smudge (a strange pony-like creature with some shapeshifting capabilities), and Shadowmane (an infamous thief). Tropes pertaining specifically to Mane-iac should go here.
- Badass Normal: High Heel and Shadowmane. They don't have any powers like Mane-iac and Smudge nor do they utilize chemicals or mooks like Long-Face and Pharoah Phetlock, but they make up for it with their gadgets and athleticism.
- Breaking the Fellowship: The Power Ponies realize that they're no match for them when they're together, so they decide to break them apart.
- Combat Stilettos: High Heel. Not only does she wear them, but she can throw them at her enemies like batarangs.
- Emo: Long-Face. Being sad is kinda his thing.
- Enemy Mime: Long-Face's appearance evokes a mime.
- Expy: Long-Face is one of Scarecrow considering he is a creepy looking supervillian obsessed with a single emotion who uses chemicals to induce that emotion in others.
- Femme Fatale: High Heel is called one by the narrator and her appearance certainly evokes the image of one.
- Knife Nut: Shadowmane's Weapon of Choice are her throwing knives. One is always found around her neck and she tosses several of them at the guards when the League of Villainy escapes.
- Incoming Ham: In true Super Villain fashion, Pharaoh Phetlock's introduction involves him and Mummy Minions driving a car through a building while laughing evilly.
- Mooks: Pharaoh Phetlock has his Mummy Minions to aid him.
- Shout-Out: Shadowmane is somewhere between this and an expy, being a mixture of Catwoman as a villain and the Arrowverse character of Malcolm Merlyn.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Smudge. He doesn't show off these powers very often especially once he gains Masked Matter-horn's beam abilities, but he is shown to be able to change his size and coil his entire body around Radiance.
Debut: My Little Pony Friends Forever #8 (Cameo), My Little Pony Friendship is Magic # 25A nasty bull cattle rustler whose trying to take over Canter Creek and it's pepper ranch after the original owner, Chili Pepper, suddenly goes missing.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He and his crew show up in the Friends Forever series trying to rob Applejack and Rarity's carriage before showing up in the main comic series proper. They even lampshade it when they see the two again.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: He can be set off rather easily.
- Made of Iron: When he comes into Canter Creek after Twilight has set a trap for him. He sets them all off but is entirely unfazed and just plows through them.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Rather then take the ranch by force, he actually tries to do it the legal way and just wait out the deadline while making a camp near the property. Granted he still terrorizes the Canter Creek residents, but only as a way so they won't fight back against him before the deadline hits.
- Surrounded by Idiots: His posse aren't quite as mean as he is and he usually has to get them back on task when they're distracted.
- Top-Heavy Guy: From a design standpoint when he stands on two legs.
- Villainous Breakdown: Has one when he realizes he can't legally own the Chili Pepper's ranch anymore after the Mane 6 stall him long enough to get the ranch registered as a national landmark.
- Would Hit a Girl: As Rarity and Applejack found out the hard way.
Debut: My Little Pony Friendship is Magic # 25The current Sheriff of Canter Creek
- Determinator For the most part, he has been holding off Longhorn before the Mane 6 show up but not without damage to the town.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice
- Nice Hat: Even lampshaded when Rarity, going googly eyed on first site of him ask where he got it. AJ dryly responds it's the same as hers.
- 10-Minute Retirement: Combined with Heroic B.S.O.D., after Twilight's plan fails, he all but gives up. But upon hearing AJ's plan in the next issue, he eventually returns to help and takes back his post once everything said and done.
Debut: My Little Pony Friendship is Magic # 27A tribe of deer that live in the Thicket, a kingdom hidden at the heart of the Everfree Forest. They are led by King Aspen. Other deer include the king's son Bramble, and an older deer named Blackthorn.
- Berserk Button: Destroying the forest or trees in general for both. Bramble raises a major fuss when the Mane 6 knock down a tree to cross a gorge. And King Aspen nearly doesn't bother to talk to the Mane 6 when they get to his kingdom just on account of being ponies.
- Break the Haughty: Near the climax, Aspen is blackmailed into humiliating servitude under Well-To-Do in exchange for Bramble's life.
- Can't Argue with Elves: Ponies can barely get a word in whenever the deer speak.
- Easily Forgiven: Despite downright invading Equestria, Celestia forgave Aspen on the reasoning that it gave her some action.
- Expy: They're essentially Tolkien elves as deer.
- Hypocrite: They argue of Well-To-Do lumbering operation destroying the forest yet see no problem in using their magic to send out vines to pony settlements that have nothing to do with the conflict.
- Fantastic Racism: Not very fond of ponies.
- The Fair Folk: The Equestrian equivalent of elves. And just like elves in most media, they have a very low opinion of other species.
- The Marvelous Deer: King Aspen.
- Meaningful Name: They're all named after different types of trees.
- Our Elves Are Better: They're deer. And they're adorable!
- Poor Communication Kills: King Aspen communicates with Celestia through messenger birds. When Well-To-Do starts his construction, Celestia suddenly stops replying. This leads King Aspen to believe Celestia either sided with Well-To-Do, or simply doesn't care. Ironically the reason she can't respond is because his vines have ensnared both Luna and her, preventing her from doing so.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Blackthron is a least a lot more tolerable to deal with then his younger brother and father.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: They're effort stem from trying to protect the forest and its inheritance, but have little regard for anyone else.
- Wrong Context Magic: Twilight is shocked that the deer are able to conjure magic with their potions. Blackthorn criticizes her for thinking only ponies are capable of using Equestrian magic, and compares their methods of magic to those of zebras.
Debut: My Little Pony Friendship is Magic # 27A minotaur who's cutting down a chunk of the Everfree Forest for an amusement part.
- Affably Evil: He actually comes off as a nice guy despite being the villain.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Only cares about making money (or "progress" as he calls it) and not at all concerned with the damage he's doing.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: Subverted. He gets eaten by a hydra, but survives due to only being swallowed whole. He's last seen trying to sell some of said hydra's innards as property to another eaten creature.
- Greed: His usual defining trait.
- Lack of Empathy: He shrugs off the damage to life he's causing in the forest.
- Large and in Charge: Well considering how big Iron Will was when we met him, it's not a surprise.
Debut: Fiendship is Magic #1: King Sombra
- Ancient Evil: Is so ancient the Princesses never even learned of her.
- Big Bad: Of "Siege of the Crystal Empire", as she's responsible for everything that happens there.
- Domain Holder: Just like how Sombra was seemingly able to Reality Warp the Empire at his peak, she and the other Umbrum — while magically prevented from actually leaving their Pocket Dimension without outside intervention — still seem able to alter their appearances inside, enable non-Umbrum characters to enter and leave at will, and possibly even affect time itself within (given Hope's The Ageless-ness while living there).
- Expy: Just as Sombra has often been compared to Sauron, Rabia is essentially the Equestrian version of Morgoth.
- Greater Scope Villain: For "The Crystal Empire" and "Fiendship is Magic #1" Is King Sombra's mother and sent him to be the Umbrum's mole in her plan to release then while being unable to directly act. Becomes the actual Big Bad of "Siege of the Crystal Empire".
- Eldritch Abomination: The leader of the Umbrum, and the biggest and most threatening.
- Large and in Charge: Is Sombra's mother and leader of the Umbrum, and dwarfs the rest of her kind.
- Leaking Can of Evil: She was able leak Sombra out of their imprisonment. And leak others in to manipulate them.
- Long Game: Her plan to free the Umbrum has been at least a millennium in the making.
- The Man Behind the Man: Is this to King Sombra.
- One-Winged Angel: Is first seen in the form of a small fairy-like creature, but eventually reveals her true monstrous form.
- Mysterious Past: She created King Sombra. Her origins, as well as the rest of the Umbrum Forces, on the other hand, are a mystery.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Is sealed in the Shadow Prison with the rest of the Umbrum until Sombra frees them.
- Stupid Evil: When Twilight and Cadance "helpfully" suggest that she finish them off via sadistic, Complexity Addiction method (that would obviously lead the Umbrum right into a trap), she... gleefully agrees. Despite Sombra's Only Sane Man warning, no less.
- Ultimate Evil: At first, the only interaction anyone has with her is hearing her voice and then seeing her disguised form. It isn't until Issue Three of 'Siege of the Crystal Empire' that we actually see what she looks like, and she's every bit as monstrous as implied.
Debut: My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic #48
- Affably Evil: Despite being quite ruthless in brainwashing Ponies to force them to get along properly, he's still genuinely polite and well-intentioned as he goes along.
- Order Versus Chaos: Is the Order to Discord's Chaos — and the Utopia Justifies the Means to his once-World Gone Mad.
- Reality Warper: Justified — he's Discord's Split Personality.
- Split-Personality Takeover: Does this to Discord, sealing him away in the deepest part of their shared subconscious.
"Those are books. Don't know if you've seen them before, Twylek. Young ponies these days don't read."
Debut: Micro Series #1: Twilight SparkleTwilight Sparkle's favorite author, she wrote the One-Hit Wonder Canter in the Sky before going into obscurity. She currently works at the Royal Archives, where Twilight helps her for a few days after injuring her leg.
- Canon Discontinuity: "Daring Don't" etablishes A.K. Yearling as Twilight's favorite author. Then again this could be before she knew about A.K and even then she could still be one of her favorite authors.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Starts out quite rude and callous to Twilight but she warms up to her over time seeing that she has a love of books.
- Grumpy Old Man: A rare female example of this trope.
- Punny Name: She's jaded alright with her outlook on life. But the name also is a pun on J. D. Salinger, a famous recluse author that the story is inspired by.
- We Used to Be Friends: Princess Celestia reveals that she used to be friends with her before Jade's success, though thanks to Twilight that friendship seems to be renewed.
"Ah, another fine morn to bask in the haunting glow of the ruination and melancholy of these poor equine fools."
Debut: Micro Series #2: Rainbow DashMischievous little creatures that feed on negative emotions, one pair set up a dark cloud over Ponyville and cause problems for Rainbow Dash in her spotlight comic. Though their names aren't given in the comic proper, the writer Ryan Lindsay stated he had named them Big Boy and Runt.
- Emotion Eater: They feed on sadness, hatred, and other sorts of negativity. Positive emotions, on the other hoof, defeat them.
- Good Hurts Evil: They can only be defeated by positive emotions.
- In the Hood: The slightly larger one wears a hoodie.
- Goggles Do Nothing: One of them wears a pair of goggles and quotes the trope when they're defeated by the happiness Rainbow Dash caused with her Sonic Double Rainboom.
- Nothing Can Stop Us Now!: Begins to feel this way after Rainbow repeated attempts to stop them fail. They even come to enjoy her attempts because her desperation feeds them. This bites them in the butt when Rainbow goes for the Sonic Double Rainboom and they do nothing to attempt to stop her.
The Hippie Ponies
"Did you know the flax seed... the grain, not me, is like, beneficial to your aura?"
Debut: Micro Series #3: RarityA group of ponies lead by Wheat Grass and Flax Seed who own a farm outside of Ponyville and make all-natural health & beauty products. In Rarity's spotlight comic, she spends a few days there to relax after answering an ad for a new "wellness center". Hilarity Ensues.
- Cordon Bleugh Chef: Wheat Grass' "crazy healthy food" is just plain, normal regular food. It looks and tastes weird because she's just a terrible cook.
- Hunk: Tempeh is quite the manly pony and popular with the mares, even Rarity is quite smitten with him when they first meet. Too bad he's a tad single minded...
- Land Poor: Flax Seed and Wheat Grass own the land where their communal farm is built, but they don't have much money and when Rarity meets them, they are about to lose their home because of a debt they have no way possible to pay.
- Meaningful Name: All four named ones — Flax Seed, Wheat Grass, Tofu, and Tempeh — are names of foodstuffs that would be considered part of a natural lifestyle. Even more so with Tempeh's fascination with soy, as the food tempeh is a soy-based product. This latter aspect also alludes to the fact that Tempeh and Tofu — both soy-based products — are brothers.
- New-Age Retro Hippie: All of them.
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: They don't like money and try to charge as low as they can for their fantastic beauty products, which is the root of their financial difficulties.
- Thousand-Yard Stare: This is Flax Seed's default expression, since he's always stoned out of his mind.
- Verbal Tic: Flax Seed constantly says "like" every other word... even when being chased by bees!
- Trademark Favorite Food: Tempeh. Soy. The guy will give you 8 hours of the entire history of soy without you even asking.
Praiser Pan: This isn't art. This is cr—
Praiser Pan: Craft!
Praiser Pan: Craft!
Debut: Micro Series #4: FluttershyA Caustic Critic stallion in Canterlot that appears to be one of the judges at Princess Celestia's Extreme Art Contest. He is overly harsh, as indicated by his cutie mark, a hatchet taken to a painting canvas.
- Beatnik: Dresses in a beret, a black scarf, and rectangular glasses, along with a trim goatee and moustache. He may not speak beat, but certainly derives from the beat culture.
- Caustic Critic: Only has negative things to say about all the entries — at least until Celestia comments positively on Fluttershy's, and he's quick to change his tune.
- Ironic Name: He pans much more than he praises art.
- Meaningful Name: As an art critic, he is appraising of art, but giving it a pass most of the time (panning it).
- Punny Name: Could also be read as "Praise or Pan" which is ultimately what any critic will do.
- Opinion Flipflop: Praiser changes his mind on Fluttershy's work as soon as Celestia awards her a prize for it.
"Ms. Pie, I've been a clown for a very long time. Why, I was treading the boards before you were even born!"
Debut: Micro Series #5: Pinkie PieEquestria's silliest star and Pinkie Pie's idol, Ponyacci is an old, famous clown who's forgotten more things about comedy than most ponies ever learn. After a long, tiring but happy career of clowning and spreading happiness, he must accept he has become too old to perform and it's time to retire.
- Badass Grandpa: Despite his old age, he puts on a hell of a show at his final performance with loads of acrobatics and juggling. He also apparently once beat a rampaging bear with a rubber chicken.
- Cartoon Juggling: One of his many skills.
- Cool Old Guy: This old stallion can give Pinkie Pie a run for her money and she absolutely idolizes him for that.
- For Happiness: All he wants to do in life is make ponies laugh.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Pinkie Pie at the end of the story.
- The Mentor: After he gives Pinkie Pie some constructive criticism on her own clowning, she suggests he become a teacher. He opens a clowning school in Ponyville, extremely happy that he can pass his special talent onto a new generation of clowns. Twilight asks Pinkie why she doesn't sign up for the school herself, to which she replies she's already learned a lot from Ponyacci.
- One-Man Band: His skills can top even Pinkie Pie's.
- Sad Clown: Much to the surprise of Pinkie Pie. However, he's not sad because he's a clown, he's sad because his old age is forcing him to give up clowning and as a result on making others laugh.
- Shout-Out: To Pagliacci. His first (out of costume) appearance even references the famous joke: Pinkie Pie sees him looking sad, and tells him that Ponyacci could probably cheer him up.
- Stepford Smiler: When he's performing. He eventually gets better.
Debut: Micro Series #7: The Cutie Mark CrusadersA mimicker that can take the shape of anything except ponies, who befriends the CMC. Her default form appears to be a large, filly-sized blue gem with eyes; the blue eyes appear on any other object that she copies.
- Ambiguous Gender: Its brought up that the girls don't know if Imp really is a "she", or even has a gender being a shapeshifting rock, but they settle on referring to Imp as a girl.
- In-Series Nickname: The Mimicker is given the name "Imp" based on the species' scientific name, Globulus Improbulus.
- Shapeshifting: Her race can take the shape of anything except ponies.
- Starfish Language: Her only dialogue appears as musical notes.
Debut: Micro Series #8: Princess CelestiaAn old friend of Princess Celestia and a professor at the princess' School for Gifted Unicorns. Though an important part of Celestia's past, she has grown senile and has become the target of much gossip.
- Be Yourself: Whether she's aware or not of what most think of her currently, it's likely she doesn't care. She is who she is and is comfortable with that. Celestia uses this as part of a Batman Gambit to show the others why she's still fit to be a teacher.
- Eye Scream: Took a rather nasty hit to the left eye during the war against the shadows. She didn't lose it and could still see out of it, but wouldn't be able to fully open it for the rest of her life.
- Eccentric Mentor: Shows all the signs of being this when she was younger. Celestia attempts to prove that she's still this, even as her senility becomes less and less of an act.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Her damaged left eye is really the only flaw on an otherwise beautiful young mare.
- Never Mess with Granny: Her mind might be mostly gone, but she's still willing to go into battle alongside Celestia and kick massive amounts of pastry butt (with an Offhand Backhand no less).
- Scars Are Forever: She received a scar on her left eye during the siege of Canterlot which never fully healed.
- Retired Badass: She aided Princess Celestia to fight off a siege of Canterlot and can still pull off some impressive magic.
The Sea Beasts
Debut: Micro Series #9: SpikeA group of creatures Spike purchases from a comic book so he can have a pet. Initially very tiny, Spike finds a way to make them grow, but soon get out of hand.
- But Now I Must Go: After Spike teaches them, they choose to leave to seek further enlightenment in the world.
- Cool Pet: Though it takes some magic growth formula before they started becoming cool. Sadly, just like Pee Wee, they don't stay very long.
- Expy: Of Sea Monkeys, which originally you could obtain...from an ad in the back of comic books.
- Uplifted Animal: Over the course of the story, they go from tiny specks in an aquarium to intelligent creatures thanks to the various formulas Spike feeds them.
"Let's not call them 'the peasantry', Princess. It's not endearing."
Debut: Micro Series #10: LunaPrincess Celestia's Royal Scheduling Advisor that helps Princess Luna keep on track when she takes over for the day. Has since appeared in other comics as a general royal aide to the princesses.
- Beleaguered Assistant: Takes on this role to Luna, trying to keep her on-task and on-time as Luna grows increasingly bored and distracted by the duties she's attending. Presumably he averts it with the more serious and responsible Celestia.
- Meaningful Name: "kibitz" is a verb that has two meanings: to give unhelpful and/or unwanted advice, and to informally chat and gossip. The former certainly fits his role while he's helping Luna, the latter ends up being more ironic since he's incredibly formal and stuffy.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Per Word of God, part of Kibitz's personality is based on Tim Gunn.
- Straight Man: Remains steadfast in his duties no matter how reckless Luna gets.
- Super OCD: Maybe not as bad as Twilight, but clearly becomes uncomfortable with going off the schedule. At one point, he is forced to leave Luna alone when he realizes he has the wrong color of highlighter for an upcoming meeting.
- Trickster Mentor: Comes off this way at the end of the Luna Mirco story when Celestia teases that he could've went easier on Luna. He counters that a princess has to be ready for any type of responsibility thrown at them. Sure enough, this did indeed come into play during the "Reflections" arc when Luna had to take over for Celestia when she went missing.
Debut: Micro Series #10: LunaAn opossum that Luna adopts as her pet.
Debut: Friends Forever #1One of the competitors in the desert making contest Pinkie enters into in order to re-open her restaurant.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: More friendly version of this, she catches on Pinkie and AJ are trying to deliberately lose so she can win. She requests however they do it fair and square in the spirit of competition.
Debut: Friends Forever #1A very competitive pony who is denied entry into the desert-making contest when Applejack accidentally takes her spot.
- Disproportionate Retribution: After being denied entry into the contest, she comes back with a frosting projecting gun intend on freezing everyone in frosting.
- In the Hood: Introduced wearing a red hood. Though it could be the curtain that AJ ran into while trying to deliver Granny Smith's pie.
- Mistaken For An Impostor: She keep trying to claim she's the real Marine Sandwich but is constantly thrown out of the building each time.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Pinkie and Truffle beat her by jamming her frosting gun, causing it to overload and explode frosting onto her.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Is repeatedly humiliated and denied her rightful spot due to circumstances beyond her control, finally snapping and seeking revenge on everypony involved.
Equestria Super Chef Contestants and Judges
Debut: Friends Forever #1Pretty much what it say. The other contestants of the competitions: Summer Van Der Hoof and Blade Sparxx. As well as the judges which include a griffon named Vermouth Roux, a buffalo name Big Angie and an unnamed pony.
- The Big Guy: Angie who even shields her fellow judges when Marine attacks the competition.
- Expy: Blade Sparxx is pretty much Guy Fieri. While the judges are obviously Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and a female version of Randy Jackson.
- No Name Given: The pony judge.
- Playing with Fire: Blade Sparxx's solution to cooking, add more fire! It comes in handy when Pinkie and Tuffle need a light for Pinkie's party cannon against Marine.
- The Fashionista: Summer who basically cooks what "exclusive" to her which is basically what's popular. It winds up backfiring when the final round they're told to present their favorite dessert and she has a breakdown because she doesn't really have one.
- Debut: Friends Forever #9: Granny Smith and the Flim Flam Brothers.
- Did Not Get the Girl: The brothers fought over her so much that she pretty much dumped the both of them.
- Love Triangle: Basiclly the object of the Brothers affections and both tried to court her.
- The Cameo: Shows up in Issue 33.
Loop De Loop
Debut: Friends Forever #11: Rainbow Dash and SpitfireA filly at Junior Flyers Camp who Rainbow Dash takes a particular liking to.
- Motor Mouth: She talks so much that her speech balloons have a noticeably smaller font than anyone else's.
- Shrinking Violet: She's very shy, and she was the first foal to burst into tears because of Spitfire's Drill Sergeant Nasty routine.
By the Book and Hard Case
- Debut: Friends Forever #14: Princess Luna and Spike
- Deadpan Snarker: Hard Case, even at the princess of night, he doesn't let up on the snark.
- Good Cop/Bad Cop: Pretty much their dynamic. By the Book is usually the more reasonable and rational of the pair while Hard Case is blunt and cynical.
Debut: Friends Forever #14: Princess Luna and SpikeA young female adult dragon that runs a comic book store in the Dragontown part of Fillydelphia, who helps Spike recognize the tensions between the dragons and ponies in the town.
- Ascended Fanboy: Clearly has a thing for Princess Luna as well as other villains and characters, and shipping them. (If anything, an Expy of the brony fandom). And then she gets to actually meet Luna as a sign of appreciation for helping to mend relations between ponies and dragons.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Calls out Spike for thinking all dragons are evil based off the few he met, pointing out that there are pony bad guys to.
- The Cavalry: When Spike needs help putting out a fire to a building caused by a Fire Snail. She rallies her fellow dragons to come to the rescue.
Debut: Friends Forever #16: Diamond Tiara and Silver SpoonA young filly that Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon employ to help in a scavenger hunt against the CMC
- Expy: Of Velma from Scooby-Doo. If it wasn't for the name, she'd pretty much be a pony version of her.
- Kid Detective: The main reason she was picked was due to her detective skills which helped during the hunt.
- Meganekko: Wears glasses that cover the the whole of her face.
- Punny Name: Named after Nancy Drew of course.
- Token Good Teammate: Naturally to Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon, in fact she isn't at all mean, got along well with he CMC and Twilight. Even Silver Spoon enjoys her company.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: In the final leg of the hunt, she trips and falls. Tiara, more focused on beating the CMC, leaves her behind and forces Silver Spoon to do the same.
Debut: Friends Forever #18: Rainbow Dash and FluttershyA pegasus pony that attended flight camp with Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy. Currently lives in Phillydelphia, where she is part of their weather patrol team.
- The Bully: When she was young.
- Dark is Not Evil: Took till the end of the story to prove it.
- Delinquent Hair: Her mane is dyed green and blue with black highlights.
- Gang of Bullies: She is seen with several other ponies in Fluttershy's flashback.
- Non-Standard Character Design: She has piercings, wild black make-up, and her mane and wings are dyed. Also, while the other ponies have visible eye colors, Cirrus's eyes are completely black.
- School Yard Bully All Grown Up: Fluttershy suspects her to be this. Ultimately subverted. Cirrus apologizes for bullying her all those years ago and presents Fluttershy with an award for her various accomplishments since moving to Ponyville.
- Spikes of Villainy: She wears a collar and bands around her legs covered in spikes.
Debut: Friends Forever #19: Rarity and the CakesOne of Equestria's top fashion magazine editors. She's heard enough about Rarity's success to come to Ponyville and see her joint wedding gown-and-catering services that she's set up with the cakes. Her assistant, Bright Bridle, is never too far behind.
- Beleaguered Assistant: Her assistant, Bright Bridle. pretty much has to put up with her every whim. Practically a Yes-Man.
- Expy: She's an even more explicit caricature of Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour than Photo Finish was. People only thought she's based on Lady Gaga because of Small Reference Pools.
- The Fashionista: Another in a long line of ponies that covers fashion in Equestria.
Debut: Friends Forever #23: Applejack and FluttershyA journalist who Applejack and Fluttershy run into while trying to enjoy a camping trip, who claims their spot is the living grounds of a mythical beast called the Pigasus.
- Accidental Public Confession: She thinks Applejack and Fluttershy are trying to horn in on her story and rants to them that she was the one who came up with the Pigasus myth. However she does it right in view of the rest of the public.
- Cassandra Truth: She reveals she made up the story about the Pigasus in the hopes of drawing in crowds and getting a story. Ironically there really is such a creature.
- Chased by Angry Natives: After her lie is exposed to a crowd of creature seekers, she's forced to run when they come after her. They still managed to catch her regardless.
- Intrepid Reporter: Very determined to get her stories even if she has to make them up.
- Jerkass: Very aloof and especially loves to try to humiliate Applejack whose trying to get the crowd off Fluttershy and her's camping ground.
Goldcap, Decepticolt and Zappityhoof
- Debut: Friends Forever #25: Twilight Sparkle and Rainbow Dash
- Dramatically Missing the Point: They think Twilight got her wings by stealing it from a Pegasus. Not realizing she earned the right to be an alicorn.
- Knight of Cerebus: Definitely one of the more darker villains of the spin off series. They're practically willing to steal a pegasus's livelihood just so they can fly and have no qualms about attacking a known princess.
- Laser-Guided Karma: They stole Dash's wings so Twilight punishes them in kind by taking away their magic...if only temporarily.
- Terrible Trio: Indeed, they're a trio of villainous ponies.
- Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Goldcap and Zappithoof are one thing. But Decepticolt? Really?
Fiendship is Magic
Debut: Fiendship is Magic #1: King SombraA filly crystal unicorn that befriends a young Sombra while he stayed at an orphanage. The two considered themselves quirky outcasts from the other colts and fillies, and developed a special friendship through the years. When Sombra becomes afflicted with a strange condition that painfully paralyzes his body on the annual day of the Crystal Faire, Radiant Hope stays with him, and in one case, uses her magic to prevent Sombra from turning into his shadow form. This gives her her cutie mark resembling a caduceus, reflecting that her powerful magic is able to restore nearly any aliment a pony can suffer, and leads her on a path towards becoming a Princess of Equestria. When Sombra finally turns evil, she attempts to warn Princesses Celestia and Luna, and she is outside of the Crystal Empire when Sombra causes the Empire to disappear. In the main series Siege of the Crystal Empire, Radiant Hope enlists the questionable help of other villains to help her restore Sombra to his corporeal self with her magic.
- All-Loving Heroine: She still wanted to help Sombra, despite he banished her home for one thousand years and tried to release the Umbrum.
- Anti-Villain: Isn't evil, just frustratingly naive in her efforts to get her friend/lover back.
- Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Her role in stoping Sombra (revealed to be an equinoid abomination) and the Umbrum caused her to lose everything she loved. It's so bad that her reappearance has her revive Sombra to take her actions back, putting everything in jeopardy.
- Cruel Mercy: Receives this from Sombra, who cared for her too much to harm her, instead arranged for the Crystal Empire to disappear in part to make her spend the rest of her days without her home and people as revenge for her role in his defeat.
- Defector from Decadence: An oddly villainous example. She reveals that the Crystal Heart stated she was meant to be a Princess. But she gave it up to be with Sombra.
- Did Not Think This Through: Her entire plan in the Siege of the Crystal Empire arc via recruiting villainous characters, one of which is Queen Chrysalis, and promising them Equestria all for the sake of restoring Sombra and freeing the Umbrum. Not only was this a completely risky move as Chrysalis likely wouldn't have honored their agreement and there was no guarantee Radiant — without the Umbrum, at least — could stop her (keep in mind that in the past, Chrysalis — despite her complacent Villain Ball moments — had fooled the entirety of Canterlot (save Twilight), beat Celestia in a fight, and — in the final "FIENDship" comic — outwitted Twilight to escape her prison). But the whole plot was completely unnecessary since, as Cadance points out, Cadance was willing to listen to her if Radiant had simply talked to her which could've ended the conflict more peacefully.
- However, Hope's reasons for not trusting the princesses could be due to past experience. After all, Princess Amore's inaction regarding Sombra was what led to him down his dark path in the first place while Celestia and Luna did banish him. Then we add the influence Rabia has with her through the years and its understandable why Hope may not be willing to listen to Cadance.
- Furthermore, she did seem aware of the others, (or at least Chrysalis)'s malevolent nature and it's implied she was just using them.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: Was destined to become a princess, and presumably became "Princess in Exile" after the Crystal Empire was cast through time.
- Fallen Hero: Seemingly becomes one in Siege of the Crystal Empire, manipulating several known antagonists — including Queen Chrysalis — into helping her steal the Crystal Heart — essentially making her a traitor to her own people — so that Sombra can return.
- Fatal Flaw: Her naive nature and lack of foresight, which cause all of the problems that happen in Siege of the Crystal Empire.
- Healing Hands: Her special talent appears to be able to cure nearly any aliment that a pony might come down with, including being able to prevent the impact the Crystal Heart had on trying to destroy Sombra.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Subverted. On the other hoof, she does ally with various shady and evil characters, especially Chrysalis, to get Sombra back. On the other hoof, there are implications she may have just been using them and definitely was planning on backstabbing Chrysalis. Plyed With the Umbrum. While they do seem obviously like a race of Obviously Evil beings, Rabia (their queen) did spend a thousand years convincing Raidant Hope otherwise (including altering their forms, and given that she's Sombra's mother, she's definitely skilled at manipulating.
- Karma Houdini: Played with. She doesn't get any repercussions at the end of the Siege of the Crystal Empire arc for preforming what is essentially treason to her home kingdom. However, before and during the arc, she reaches the Despair Event Horizon after losing everything during Sombra's original reign, gets near-fatally wounded for naively trying to shield Sombra from Twilight's Unstoppable Rage-fueled blast, finds out that the innocent beings that she was trying to help are actually a race of Eldritch Abominations and ultimately agrees to help Sombra find and revive Amore as a way of atonement. She certainly gets off a lot less easily than characters like Cassie and Aspen, at least.
- Love Makes You Dumb: Her actions in The Siege of the Crystal Empire are guided by her affection for Sombra, which lead to some severe results.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: She was a rather eccentric girl with a very strong imagination, but full of laughter, life and a desire to have fun. Lampshaded in that she does mention of dreaming of manic pixies.
- Morality Pet: She is this to King Sombra. He gets annoyed with her, but cannot bring himself to hurt her and very much threatened to crush Chrysalis so she try anything against Raidant Hope. When Twilight Sparkle tries to hit him, but she takes it instead, he was clearly enraged and released the umbrum, while he was hesitant before. Nice job, Twilight!
- My God, What Have I Done?: Realizes this when the Umbrum reveal their true nature and that she's been unwittingly helping them. After Sombra unleashes them and they take over the empire, she's less then pleased that she'll be the princess to a bunch of monsters. Luckily her words get through to Sombra who proceeds to re-seal them.
- Last of Her Kind: Becomes the last Crystal Pony by end of Somba's story in Fiendship Is Magic. Subverted in the main timeline when the Crystal Empire returned.
- Skilled, but Naïve: An interesting example. She is quite powerful and skillful in healing magic (being the only explicit healer we've seen and strong enough to be considered Princess-material.) However, she is quite naive and unfettered with her approach. Alot of problems arise from her naivety and may have been easier resolved if she listened more. In her defense though, she doesn't have many reasons to trust the Princesses or their associates and despite recruiting an army of villains (and Iron Will), she is aware they're not good at all so perhaps having her army be those who wouldn't exactly be missed if something happened is not as naive as we thought.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Her being this to Sombra doesn't end well. Subverted at the end of the Siege of the Crystal Empire arc where she finally gets to be with Sombra after he's revived as a normal pony.
- Stupid Sacrifice: Takes the bullet for Sombra from an enraged Twilight...when Sombra just shrugged off another beam of comparable strength and is far stronger and more durable than she is, meaning all her actions did was make Sombra mad enough to release the Umbrum.
- The Unfettered: Came off as this when it comes to freeing the Umbrum and reviving Sombra. She's willing to promise three ponies a chance to dispose of ponies she's never even met, betray her homeland, stab the Princesses (her old friends) in the back, and sell out Equestria to Queen Chrysalis (with the intent of backstabbing her) if it accomplishes her goals and shows next to no regret for any of it until seeing the Umbrum's true nature.
- Unwitting Pawn: To the Umbrum. Rabia spent the last thousand years convincing they were Not Evil, Just Misunderstood. Given that Sombra went through the same thing, it explains why Radiant Hope would fall for it.
- White Mage: Her special talent is incredibly powerful healing magic.
First Mentioned: The Journal of the Two SistersA Crystal unicorn that rules the Crystal Empire at the time of King Sombra's rise to power. According to the Journal, her special talent was triggered on discovering the Crystal Heart, leading Princesses Celestia and Luna to have her in charge of the Crystal Empire to protect it. She plays a major role King Sombra's story in the Expanded Universe My Little Pony: Fiendship Is Magic comic
- All-Loving Hero: She has a heart filled with love and compassion, so much so that she has the special talent that allowed her to activate the Crystal Heart. To say nothing of her knowing Sombra was an Umbrum agent all along but still allowing him to live in her kingdom, as she trusted he could be made to accept good. Unfortunately, being all-loving doesn't make her especially wise.
- Broken Pedestal: Became this to Sombra, who cements his Face–Heel Turn by leaving her literally broken. Radiant Hope seems to follow once she learns of her mistake and it's implied that it was this that led to Radiant Hope not trusting the other Princesses
- Hero of Another Story: Like Celestia and Luna, she had her own adventures before becoming ruler.
- Literally Shattered Lives: Sombra shatters her into pieces to cement his place as usurper-king, though he implies she could potentially pull herself back together and come back to life in the future.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: A habit of hers, having spectacularly screwed up in each of her appearances. In The Journal of the Two Sisters it's revealed the crystal heart was from the hoard of a sleeping dragon, who was subsequently rather unhappy when he woke up and required Celestia to smooth things over. In Fiendship is Magic #1 she knew all along what Sombra really was, but trusted that he could be swayed to embrace his inner potential for good. A brilliant idea and all, but she did absolutely nothing to convince him of that, instead leaving him to go through massive suffering as a colt. The result is Sombra embracing evil and Radiant Hope reviving him 1000 years later once she "learns" about her actions. That mistake threatened the Crystal Empire three times over.
- Taken for Granite: Well, crystal, specifically. Sombra petrifies her in order to seize her throne.
- Screw Destiny: Advocates to Sombra that he can do this to his fate to turn evil. Unfortunately, his anger that she did nothing to help him in his ongoing torment is the last straw before he embraces it.
- Unicorn: An extremely tall and slender one, somewhat like Princess Celestia but without wings or an ethereal mane.
- Walking Spoiler: Because of the precise role she plays in the Sombra's Origins Episode, it's nearly impossible to detail her tropes without giving out key information away.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Sombra calls her out for knowing the reasons for his suffering yet leaving doing nothing to help him.
- Winged Unicorn: Averted. Despite the expectations one may have due to Princesses Celestia, Luna, Cadance and Twilight Sparkle, Princess Amore was only a unicorn. She still has an alicorn-like build, though.
Sendak the Elder
Debut: Fiendship is Magic #2: Lord TirekAn implicitly outcast elderly centaur mage and hermit, who tutored Tirek in the dark arts.
- Asshole Victim: Tirek pulls a You Have Outlived Your Usefulness on him and leaves him for dead. Considering that he abducted an innocent Unicorn for cruel magical experimentation, this may very well be the only good thing that Tirek has ever done.
- Black Magic: He is an Evil Sorcerer, so naturally he practices this, and it's implied it's what got him outcast. He tutored Tirek in the same magic.
- Evil Mentor: Tirek at least learned the Mana Drain spell from him, and presumably learned a lot more as well.
- Mana Drain: Pioneered this ability and taught it to Tirek.
- Predecessor Villain: To Tirek.
- Shout-Out: Named after Maurice Sendak, the author of Where the Wild Things Are.
- Villainous Legacy: Tirek's motive and actions in Twilight's Kingdom all trace back to him, by which time he may no longer exist.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Like Tirek, he has white hair, but he's also emphatically evil.
King Vorak & Queen Haydon
Debut: Fiendship is Magic #2: Lord TirekTirek and Scorpon's parents and the former rulers of his kingdom. King Vorak is a centaur while Queen Haydon is a gargoyle.
- Cute Monster Girl: Queen Haydon is more of a cute monster woman given her age and attractive appearance.
- Dark is Not Evil: They were both fearsome looking, like Tirek himself, but were actually benevolent souls and wise leaders.
- Gender Equals Breed: Averted. They have two children, one centaur and one gargoyle, but those children are both male.
- The Good King: They ruled their land kindly and well, and sought only peace with Equestria.
- Interspecies Romance: Vorak, a centaur, is happily married to Haydon, a gargoyle.
- Oh, Crap!: King Vorak isn't happy when he sees Sendak has kidnapped a unicorn from Equestria.
- Properly Paranoid: King Vorak had Tirek spied on and tried to limit him from learning magic for fear he would abuse his power. In light of what Tirek became...
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Vorak averts the Genre Blindness that many other depicted leaders in the series show, being willing to use spies (pretty decent ones at that) in order to make sure that his son who demonstrates Sociopathic tendencies can't learn enough magic to fully act on them. Furthermore, once Sendak risked an international incident with Equestria, he immediately orders him punished and personally sees that relations get fixed.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Played with. Vorak is far from ugly (and, in fact, looks pretty good for an older fellow), but still looks quite gruff in comparison to the absolutely lovely Haydon.
IDW Background Ponies
Like the show, the comics have their own stable of incidental characters (fan-favorites from the show still show up, of course). Since the artists draw them individually on the spot instead of pulling them out of a Flash Library, there's actually quite a bit of variety, though most of them are just Shout-Outs.For Sweet Cream Scoops, Sugar Grape, Cherry Spices, Barber Groomsby, Tealove, and Bumblesweet, see the Toyline Exclusive page.
- The Cameo: See every other trope in this entry.
- Captain Ersatz: Quite a few of them are Pony versions of characters from... anything and everything.
- The first issue gives us The Blues Brothers from Saturday Night Live, Thomas Magnum from Magnum, P.I., Matthew Bennell from Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and Earl Hickey from My Name Is Earl appear.
- Issue #5 gives us pony versions of Sailor Moon & Sailor Jupiter and Mabel Pines, the later even gets a name: Maybelle.
- There's also the notably recurring Observer who appears in the very first issue and then make recurring appearances in other issues.
- More examples can be found here
- Creator Cameo:
- An Earth pony version of artist Andy Price appears, accompanied by a unicorn version of his wife Alice, and by their cats Sam, Spooky, Tabitha, Boris, Bela, and Mina.
- A unicorn version of writer Katie Cook appears, later accompanied by a mule version of her husband Ryan.
- Sibsy's variant cover for the Rainbow Dash issue of the Micro-Series has the Original Character of her then-coworker on the show Raven Molisee (Snowdrop), as well as her then-current boyfriend (and popular fan-musician) Andy "MandoPony" Stein.
- Sibsy's OC Wild Fire pops up in the background now and then.
- Expy: See Lawyer-Friendly Cameo below.
- Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: A Pegasus mare described by artist Andy Price as "a shout-out to original MLP Firefly from the ponies 'established 1982'" appears. The page doesn't show her eye color, but her coat color, mane and tail color, cutie mark, and tail bow all match G1 Firefly's. If it really is G4 Firefly, this marks her first appearance in a My Little Pony work since The '80s!note
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Since the bases of the Captain Ersatz ponies mentioned above were played by live-action actors, they're also partly modeled after Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Tom Selleck, Donald Sutherland, and Jason Lee, respectively.
- Andy Price's Applejack variant cover for Issue #1, has Vinyl Scratch in the background. In her record collection? "The Hoof Beats".
- Recurring Extra: Andy Price, the massive Fringe fan that he is, has made sure to slip in an "Observer" pony in every issue he's worked on thus far.
- Unknown Character: Everything we know about Applejack's great uncle Honeycrisp is that he was a lumberjack. He was only mentioned once in Issue #3.
Characters from storybooks.
Mentioned In: Twilight Sparkle and the Crystal Heart SpellA Wicked Witch that used an an amulet to drain the love from the Earth Pony village that adopted Cadance. Cadance confronted and defeated her with The Power of Love.
- Artifact of Doom: The source of her power was an amulet similar to the Alicorn Amulet.
- The Ghost: Is only mentioned in a flashback and does not make any sort of present day appearance in the book.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She lived alone and was jealous of the nearby earth pony village for the love they had for each other.
- Hate Plague: Caused one for the earth pony village nearby.
Debut: My Little Pony: Under The Sparkling SeaPrincess Celestia's cousin, ruler of the underwater city of Aquastria from picture book Under the Sparkling Sea.
- All There in the Manual: The dust jacket of the Under The Sparkling Sea book mentions that both Princess Celestia and King Leo sit on the "Cosmic Council", but this isn't elaborated on anywhere.
- Mix-and-Match Critter: King Leo is a Mer-lion. A lion-like head and a fish-like body. How he's related to Celestia isn't known.
- Stellar Name: Given his cousins' connection with certain Luminaries, someone had the Western Zodiac in mind when writing the story.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Allows Rainbow Dash to take Arrow's place after he tears his fin.
Coral and Arrow
Debut: My Little Pony: Under The Sparkling SeaA sister and brother pair of seaponies.
Debut: My Little Pony: Under The Sparkling SeaThe fastest Mer-Mare in the Sparkling Sea. At first she was cold towards the Equestrian Ponies and Spike, but later on she warmed up to them, especially Rainbow Dash
- Defrosting Ice Queen: After being saved by Rainbow Dash from a rockslide, she warms up to her.
Debut: My Little Pony: Under The Sparkling SeaA bashful Narwhal who lives in the Seagrass beds of Aquastria. He is friends with the sea creatures there and was befriended by Twilight, Spike and Fluttershy.
- Big Damn Heroes: He manages to save Arrow with his horn as the hapless sea pony was about to get sucked into a whirlpool after tearing his fin.
- Friend to All Living Things: He's almost the Aquastrian equivalent of Fluttershy.
- Shrinking Violet: Although he is a bit quicker to come out of his shell.
Creatures of the Sparkling Sea
Debut: My Little Pony: Under The Sparkling SeaThe Sparkling Sea is home to some unusual lifeforms. They resemble a cross between a land animal and a sea animal.
- Giant Flyer: The Manta-hawks. They serve as transport to the Sparkling Sea. Though they're more like giant swimmers.
- Bunnies for Cuteness: Sort of. The Crabbit is a mixture of a rabbit and a crab.
- Fantastic Foxes: The Fox-fin.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Nearly all of the named creatures. Manta-hawks (manta ray and hawk), Crabbits (crab and rabbit), Jellyflies (jellyfish and butterfly) and Star-mice (sea stars and mice).
- Our Mermaids Are Different: The Water-Weasel looks like a weasel with a fish-like body. The Fox-Fin is a fish with a fox-like head.
- Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Evidently, not even zebras are exempt from this. Braze is described as having flame-like red, orange, and yellow stripes as opposed to white and black.
- Meaningful Name: His name is the word "zebra" with its letters rearranged. "Braze" also means "to burn or temper in fire", befitting of his powers.
- Odd Name Out: On a meta level; He's the only zebra in the My Little Pony franchise whose name does not start with a "Z".
- Playing with Fire: He has pyromantic abilities, and is able to create ropes made of fire. He can also apparently control how hot they are, since he can tie up ponies with said ropes without burning them to death.
- Does Not Like Spam: She detests Bedazzle berry tarts, but she hides that fact from Rarity, since Rarity loves them. Rarity is quick to figure this out.
- Fangirl: A huge one of Rarity who takes it too far.
- Identical Stranger: Charity happens to look a lot like Rarity, save for having a mint green mane. Even her cutie mark appears to be very similar to Rarity's (three blue gems shaped like hearts instead of diamonds). It reaches the point where, after dying her mane, she gets mistaken for Rarity when she delivers Rarity's chorus outfits.
- Irritation Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery: She already looks similar to Rarity and is a huge fan, but she takes it further throughout the course of the book, dying her hair and trying to mimic Rarity's speech patterns.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Rarity has to give her errands just so she can actually get some breathing room for a change.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Inverted. While she loves fashion and, in general, likes many of the same things Rarity does, she also has a tomboyish side, wanting to join Rainbow Dash in a cannon ball contest and wanting to learn how to apple buck from Applejack (and got the hang of it pretty quickly, according to Applejack). However, she tries to hide this side so she can impress Rarity.
There have been several short stories & comics found in various little girls' magazines. They all use copy-and-paste stock art and the writing, to put it lightly, is not up to the same standards as the show & IDW comics. Their canonical relevance is debatable and next to nothing, but for the sake of completion here are the characters that appear exclusively in them.
From No Way Too FarA stallion appears in one (Scanlated as No Way Too Far) from Panini's German My Little Pony magazine.
- Palette Swap: He's a recolor of Big Macintosh, to the point of wearing a recolor of Big Mac's horse collar.
From Apple Blooms großes AbenteuerFour Pegasi appear in Apple Blooms großes Abenteuer (Scanlated as Apple Bloom's Big Adventure) from Panini's German My Little Pony magazine.
From A Bright IdeaEight mares appear in one (Scanlated as A Bright Idea) from Panini's German My Little Pony magazine.
- Palette Swap: Two of them are recolors of Pinkie Pie and Applejack, respectively.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: The unicorn, for the cerise-eyed version of Lyra Heartstrings.
From Les surprises de l'amitiéTwo unicorn mares appear in Les surprises de l'amitié/Das Überraschungsfest from Panini's French and German My Little Pony magazines.
LéonA four-year-old cousin of Princess Celestia's (and presumably Princess Luna's) who appears in one from Panini's French My Little Pony magazine.
- Ambiguous Gender: Appears to be female but has a male name. Is the only Alicorn we've seen with visible hooves and is either one of the few female ponies with visible hooves or one of the few male Pegasus unicorns.
- Artistic Age: Is a Rainbow Dash Palette Swap despite being so young.
- Palette Swap: Of Rainbow Dash with a horn.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: Basically looks like Prince Blueblood as a Pegasus unicorn Palette Swap of Rainbow Dash. Léon and Blueblood even have the same cutie mark!
- Winged Unicorn: He's an alicorn.