Characters / Friendship Is Magic: Redeemed

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These are characters that started off as villains or bullies, but through friendship and their own desire have managed to move away from their awful ways. Now they may still be a little rough around the edges and might even still be kind of jerks, but they are trying to be good and in the end will do the right thing.


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    Discord 
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"Priceless!"
"'Make sense'? Aww, what fun is there in making sense?"

Voiced by: John de Lancie

This dopey-looking but deceptively manipulative and sinister draconequus, a spirit of disharmony, once ruled Equestria in a reign of terror and chaos until Celestia and Luna discovered the Elements of Harmony and turned him into a statue for what they thought was forever. After 1000 years, he breaks free and sets out to tear the bonds of friendship between the Elements' new bearers to secure his eternal freedom. However, he underestimates the strength of their friendship and is promptly returned to his stony prison. He is later freed and reformed by the Mane Cast (namely Fluttershy) after Princess Celestia finds a more constructive use for his powers, but still manages to find ways to cause trouble.

  • Achilles' Heel:
    • Only the Elements of Harmony are powerful enough to match him. In addition, his pride can get the better of his judgment — Discord is always convinced he's in complete control of a situation. For the most part he is, but on the rare occasions when the situation proves him wrong, he's pretty easily toppled.
    • Even without the Elements (or Rainbow Power), it's still possible to affect him on a smaller scale. Twilight proves this with her Anti-Magic barrier near the end of "The Return of Harmony", Celestia proves this with her protective spell on the Elements in "Keep Calm and Flutter On", Cadance proves this with her health-preserving barrier in "Three's a Crowd", the Tatzlwurm proves this with its seemingly magic-hampering infection in the same episode, and Zecora proves this by brewing a potion that can break his presumed spell on Twilight's friends in "What About Discord?".
    • His magic may be on a power scale that distorts reality itself, but it's still magic. A fact which a powerful enough magic drainer could take advantage of, or that makes it vulnerable to an Anti-Magic field...
  • Actually Pretty Funny: His gags are usually seen as annoying or hurtful by the other characters, he will occasionally get the odd chuckle however. In "What About Discord" Twilight is left dumbfounded when the other ponies are in hysterics over his antics.
  • The Ageless: He states he's several eons old.
  • All-Powerful Bystander: In "Siege of the Crystal Empire", he admits to feeling too lazy to fight the Umbrum directly, so he just makes Fluttershy's animals gigantic enough to fight in his stead and then goes on his merry way.
  • And I Must Scream: According to him, he was fully aware of being a statue during his imprisonment. This happens to him again after being beaten and resealed. Despite this, he awakens only mildly annoyed from the ordeal in both cases.
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: The mane cast are given a big party in Canterlot celebrating his defeat, complete with a stained glass window depicting it.
  • Annoying Patient: During most of "Three's a Crowd". When he actually does become sick at the end he seems to be a bit less demanding, but that could either be because we don't see him that long, because he was intentionally being annoying as possible when faking it, or because Fluttershy is taking care of him now and he likes her enough that he doesn't want to drive her round the bend with unreasonable requests.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Discord is the spirit of chaos and disharmony. Fittingly enough, he is composed of bits and pieces from a lot of different creatures.
  • Anti-Hero: Has become this following his Heel–Face Turn. Most notably in the season four premiere, where he knows exactly what's going on but doesn't tell our heroes anything or help them. Then again, he doesn't hurt them, he points them in the right direction, and teaches Twilight a lesson about princesses and friendship, but he does it in the most offensive way possible. In short, he may be reformed, but he's still a Jerkass.
  • Anti-Villain: After his debut, whenever he antagonizes somepony, he's no longer malicious about it and/or he now has some friendship-based motive. And even his relapse in "Twilight's Kingdom" ends in him seeing his error.
  • Apology Gift: When Twilight saves him from Tirek even after he betrayed them, Discord gives her the pendant Tirek tricked him with, but as a real sign of friendship this time. Him giving Princess Celestia flowers later on could also be this (and/or Flowers of Romance for shippers). He also tries to give Futtershy a flower after she implies he should apologize. She hits the flower out of his paw, however, because she meant for his apology to be directed at Tree Hugger instead.
  • Arc Villain: Of "The Return of Harmony" two-parter and, to a lesser extent, the "Princess Twilight Sparkle" two-parter. In "Twilight's Kingdom" he's Demoted to Dragon by Lord Tirek.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
    • He enjoys causing chaos in Equestria, Mind Raping the Mane Cast, and bringing chocolate rain to Ponyville.
    • Brought up again in "Keep Calm and Flutter On" as the Mane Cast cite reasons to Celestia why they don't relish the idea of working with Discord, "Turning them into the opposite of their true nature", "Turning Ponyville into Chaos Central" and "Had Chocolate Rain with not a dollop of whipped cream to be found."
  • Artifact Title: His name has become somewhat an artifact after his reformation, since he is no longer evil nor causing disharmony among ponies (not too much, anyways), but he is still called Discord.
  • Badass Finger Snap: Much like de Lancie's old role as Q, he frequently snaps his fingers to appear nonchalant while warping reality.
  • Bad Future: In "The Cutie Re-Mark – Part 2", he is briefly shown ruling over a World Gone Mad version of Equestria as the Mane Six/Elements of Harmony were not there to seal him, having even turned Princesses Celestia and Luna into his personal clowns to torment for eternity as payback for his original defeat by them centuries prior.
  • Beast and Beauty: The Beast to Fluttershy's Beauty.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: He uses each of the Mane Cast's specific Element of Harmony against them: he tells Applejack the truth about them splitting up, but not how it happens; he laughs, first with, then at Pinkie Pie; he "generously" gives Rarity a giant (fake) diamond; he tries being overly kind to Fluttershy (but she's too nice — he has to resort to Mind Rape); he tests Rainbow Dash's loyalty between home and the world; and, finally, breaks Twilight through her friends. However, both of his defeats are the result of being beaten using one of his own tactics (Flaw Exploitation in the first, manipulation in his second).
  • Becoming the Mask: Pretends to be reformed by Fluttershy to trick her, but after discovering she really does see him as her friend, he ultimately can't bring himself to do something that would destroy that friendship.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Winning against his mind games. In which case he will promptly cheat to win.
    • Things not going as he planned in general. Every time there's been a hiccup in his plans, he's responded by throwing what amounts to a tantrum. Even after his Heel–Face Turn, Discord STILL shows signs of this, as his plan to ruin Twilight and Cadance's day not going as planned resulted in his grumbling like an annoyed child.
    • Being an Attention Whore, he seems to get exceptionally riled up by being ignored or rejected. This is only elevated with his Heel–Face Turn, since he now understands friendship and has no intention of losing it.
    • Being laughed at also gets him riled up; In "Make New Friends But Keep Discord", the Grand Galloping Gala attendees laugh at him after Maud Pie pulls a No, You on his comedy act, angering him. And in "Dungeons and Discord", Big MacIntosh laughing at him when his roleplay character "Captain Wuzz" accidentally turns his fingers into parsnips drives Discord to trap Big Mac in a bubble.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Discord might have a silly personality and appearance, but he's an extremely skilled Manipulative Bastard with reality-warping powers and is a lot more dangerous than his personality and appearance would imply. By the end of his first episode, he's done more damage than all the previously introduced villains combined.
    • The Season 4 finale gives us a small glimpse of how he would handle a straight-up, (relatively) no-nonsense fight. He has Tirek chained up in less than five seconds and would have solved the entire conflict had Tirek not been manipulative enough to (temporarily) persuade him to return to villainy.
    • As of the Season 6 finale shows, any chance of Fluttershy being potentially hurt infuriates him. He is bored when he hears of the Changelings having captured most of the powerful ponies... then he learns that includes the Mane Six, particularlyFluttershy. He drops the silliness and quietly, but furiously asks Starlight where they have taken her.
  • Big "NO!": He does this after getting blasted with the Elements of Harmony.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Part of his silly appearance.
  • Blue and Orange Morality:
    • What "makes sense" to him doesn't make sense which does make sense. Confused yet?
    • He honestly doesn't get the whole friendship thing until Fluttershy makes the Last-Second Chance work.
    • He attempts to claim some moral high ground by saying that for all the terrible things he did, at least he never turned ponies to stone. This may sound hypocritical until you realize that for an embodiment of chaos, being denied the freedom to move and act, and being completely under someone else's control, would be the most terrible fate imaginable. Whatever he did to any pony, at least they were able to act on it.
  • Break the Haughty: The "Twilight's Kingdom" 2-parter hits him with this. After betraying the Mane Six to Tirek and thinking he's found a new friend and gained the freedom to cause chaos, Tirek reveals that he was just using him and promptly drains his magic. He then twists the knife further in by telling him that the medallion he gave him was his brother's and it was worthless. The perpetually snarky and seemingly unflappable Discord is so thoroughly broken that he can't bring himself to even look at the gang, knowing full well that he royally screwed up.
  • Break Them by Talking: Combines this and Hypnotic Eyes to brainwash the Mane Cast. Worth noting is he doesn't have to do this, as his supernatural mind control works just as well without it; he just gets a sick kick out of it.
  • Breakout Character: Discord first appeared as the Big Bad of the two-parter "Return of Harmony" as essentially a chimeric version of Q, and was so Crazy Awesome that many fans couldn't help but fall in love with him. Although Taken for Granite at the end of his debut, he was revived in season 3 to be successfully redeemed (of sorts) by Fluttershy, and was promoted to recurring character in season 4.
  • Breath Weapon: In The Hub's Web Game Adventure Ponies. Confirmed to be able to breathe fire in canon as of "Three's a Crowd".
  • Brought Down to Normal:
    • Suffers from this temporarily after Tirek double-crosses him and steals his powers in "Twilight's Kingdom". As a defining stage in his Character Development, he surprisingly is far less sorrowful about this than the fact it proves their friendship wasn't real and his remorse that he has betrayed his true friends. With Tirek's defeat he regains his abilities.
    • Suffers from this again in the Season 6 finale when entering Chrysalis's territory — she happens to have a big-time Power Nullifier in her hive.
  • The Bully: Removing the Mane Six's wings and horns looks like a bully taking someone's lunch money.
  • The Caligula: His reign over Equestria was a time of madness and suffering, and he causes incredible mayhem once he takes over again.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: "Perhaps we haven't met. I'm Discord, spirit of chaos and disharmony. Helloooo?"
  • Changing Clothes Is a Free Action: As shown in his second appearance, he can don outfits at will.
  • Chaos Is Evil: Zigzagged in canon. Played straight in that his status as "Spirit of Chaos and Disharmony" is initially used to portrayed him as a villain; a Mad God who turns the world in a Cloud Cuckoo Land and wreaks havoc on people For the Evulz. Subverted in that he ultimately is redeemed and becomes a friend to the Mane 6, whilst still being a Cloud Cuckoo Lander Reality Warper who revels in chaos and nonsense.
    • Inverted in one comics story, where he spiritually inverts himself to become his polar opposite; the Order Spirit Accord. In this guise, he portrays the trope's Inversion, "Order Is Evil", by pointing out that individual personality and thoughts are a form of chaos and seeking to grant Equestria "true order" by brainwashing everyone into a single homogeneous Mind Hive. The only way to stop him is to reverse him back into Discord.
  • Character Development: While Fluttershy taught him that he desired willing companionship, it is a betrayal of a presumed ally, plus Twilight's example that teaches him the character and loyalty of his companions is more important than them letting him do whatever he wants. This turns him from a being who saw friendship as a restrictive burden with benefits into one who's begun to see it has its own value.
  • Character Tics: He has a tendancy to stroke his beard when contemplating something.
  • The Chessmaster: He pulls several very successful plans during his "game" with the group.
  • Classic Villain: Fits all of the criteria as a Wrath and Pride villain.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He makes Pinkie Pie look like a dullard.note  Fitting, considering he's the spirit of chaos and discord.
  • Color-Coded Wizardry: As revealed in the season 4 finale, Discord's magic is apparently colored purple plaid.
  • Complexity Addiction: Being a Reality Warper, he could very well just teleport his problems away or something. But given his Hedonistic personality, he just loves his Awesome, but Impractical visual gags too much. This comes back to bite him on more than a few occasions (he didn't have to give the Mane 6 a chance to recover the Elements in his debut, he could've just warped Tirek back to Tartarus instead of merely handcuffing him for fun (thus leaving himself open to Tirek's manipulation) in "Twilight's Kingdom", etc.).
  • Cool Shades: Has green-framed ones in "The Return of Harmony – Part 1" and red-framed ones in "The Return of Harmony – Part 2". Would count as Sinister Shades, but he doesn't do anything particularly sinister while wearing either pair. He's also seen with 3D glasses in "Princess Twilight Sparkle".
  • The Corrupter: He emotionally breaks the Mane Six, then brainwashes them into jerks.
  • Could Say It, But...: In the Season 4 premiere, after the girls tell Twilight to go back to Ponyville against her wishes out of concern for her safety, Discord convinces her to go back to help them in his own... special way.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: He gets angry when Fluttershy invites Tree Hugger to the Grand Galloping Gala instead of him. He does everything he can to drive Tree Hugger away, and even threatens to banish her to another dimension until Fluttershy calls him out on it.
  • Creepy Circus Music: His Leitmotif incorporates a particularly sinister version of this.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Discord may be a goofy jokester, but he's also a nigh-omnipotent Reality Warper who can erase you from existence in a instant. Just ask Tirek and the changelings.
  • Cry Cute: In "Keep Calm and Flutter On" He sheds a Single Tear with Puppy-Dog Eyes when he learned that Fluttershy does genuinely care for him as a friend and that he almost destroyed their friendship.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: He gets the better of the Mane Six numerous times before they finally return the favor.
  • Cute Little Fangs: He has one next to his creepier body parts; all part of the "disharmony" affect.
  • Cutting the Knot: After trying and failing to break Fluttershy, he opts to straight-up hypnotize her.
  • Dark is Not Evil: As he points out, chaos is not necessarily evil, and a necessary counterpoint to tyranny. Not good either, but he has capacity for both.
  • The Dark Times: His rule before the time of the show is referred to as a time of endless suffering by Celestia.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The single biggest one in the entire show. Given he doesn't appear in a whole lot of episodes, that's saying a lot.
  • Deal with the Devil: Sells out Equestria to Tirek in exchange for complete freedom to do what he wants. However, not only does his guilt keep bothering him, Tirek stabs him in the back.
  • Death by Irony: He uses the group's personality flaws and his knowledge that the Elements of Harmony won't work if their friendship is destroyed to break them. In the end, it's his own personality flaw — being too prideful to believe they're a genuine threat to him — combined with that knowledge that renders him incapable of realizing that the Elements of Harmony are working for real until it's far too late. His Fatal Flaw was also what defeated him the first time, as he was too prideful to realize until it was too late that Celestia and Luna could actually defeat him now.
  • Defeat Means Friendship:
    • Defied; he sarcastically tells the Mane Six to "friend" him before they turn him back to stone.
    • A variation in "Keep Calm and Flutter On". There he's defeated by friendship.
  • Despair Event Horizon: After Tirek turned on Discord, the poor thing is utterly devastated by the fact that he backstabbed all of Equestria and possibly destroyed his friendships for absolutely nothing. When Tirek attempts a Hostage for MacGuffin gambit, Discord is the only one not telling Twilight to not to fork over the Alicorn powers because he's crossed this line.
  • Didn't See That Coming:
    • In his first appearance he plans for everything except two things: first, that Celestia will send Twilight Sparkle her letters back, breaking her out of her Heroic B.S.O.D. and pulling her back from the Despair Event Horizon; second, that Twilight will somehow free and reunite her friends and wield the Elements of Harmony against him. The first he couldn't see coming at all; the second he doesn't even consider a possibility.
    • It's shown in "Princess Twilight Sparkle" that he didn't see the existence of the Elements of Harmony coming either.
    • In "Keep Calm and Flutter On", his plan is to take advantage of Fluttershy's hospitality and kindness to drive a wedge between her and her friends, thus rendering the Elements of Harmony ineffective against him. However, while he fully expected Fluttershy to put up with his antics, he never expected her to genuinely like him and consider him a friend.
    • He also doesn't recognize the Tatzlwurm in "Three's a Crowd".
    • He did not expect Lord Tirek's betrayal in "Twilight's Kingdom – Part 2".
    • In "To Where and Back Again - Part 2" he is aware of the changelings' tricks. When one is disguised as Fluttershy while he is separated from the rest of the group, he's smart enough not to fall for it, but he becomes shocked when an entire group of Fluttershys appear in front of him and the first one points out it might be possible the real Fluttershy could be among them somewhere. Discord is unable to figure out what to do and is captured as a result.
  • Dirty Coward: Before his Heel–Face Turn and Character Development. He's very smug and powerful...when he's the biggest fish around. When facing something capable of beating him or unknown to him, his typical reaction is terror and fear.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: According to the "Discord's Magical History Tour" comic, while he can Time Travel pretty much whenever and wherever he wants, one thing he explicitly lacks is the power to actually change history.
  • The Dreaded: When Princess Celestia is genuinely intimidated by someone, they're truly a force to be reckoned with.
  • Dystopia Justifies the Means: His goal is nothing less than plunging Equestria into never-ending chaos for his own amusement. He's done this before, and Celestia's words imply it was far from pretty. That and the cries of pain in the background as she gives his back story tell you all you need to know.
  • Easily Forgiven:
    • Downplayed. Nopony forgives him except Fluttershy, and he had earn that by toning down his chaos and fixing a mess he made. Furthermore, Celestia decided to leave the Elements with their bearers, "just in case".
    • Played a lot straighter in "Twilight's Kingdom Part 2" when Twilight and the others still considers him a friend despite helping Tirek. Tirek and even Discord himself lampshade this, both wondering how they could possibly forgive him after what he pulled.
    • Played for Laughs in some of his limelight episodes. He's still a Comedic Sociopath, and does atrocious things due to not quite fully grasping the whole empathy thing. This is always met with a stern scolding at worst and An Aesop about his behavior.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Perhaps the most classic example in the show.
    • No one knows where he came from. The most we might know is a "college" he mentioned with the Smooze; whether he was serious or not isn't clear.
    • His motives are nonsensical and incomprehensible.
      Discord: Make sense? Aww, what fun is there in making sense?
    • He's bizarre-looking and can change his appearance at will.
    • His magic is very powerful and incomprehensible; only the Elements of Harmony and a highly power-charged Tirek have been able to match him (although other individuals such as Twilight, Celestia, the Tatzlwurm (an Eldritch Abomination in its own right), and Zecora demonstrate that it is possible to affect him to an extent).
    • He is able to break the protagonists' minds by Mind Raping them, either through subtlety or with force.
    • He lives in a bizarre, chaotic dimension, and he can open gateways to another live-action dimension with puppets. Each can be considered an Eldritch Location.
  • Emotion Eater: It's implied that the Cutie Mark Crusaders fighting in front of his statue prison (creating discord) gives him enough power to break free.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • When he appears in the stained glass windows, he demonstrates a sense of humor and mystery, as well as great knowledge of things about the Mane Cast which he had no apparent way of finding out.
    • Can also double for his first appearance in person which begins with ominous music, storm clouds, and an evil laugh before melting back into daylight and him laughing at the frightened ponies like his arrival was a good prank.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Princess Celestia. She is the current ruler of Equestria, has great magical powers and takes the well-being of her subjects seriously and values good relationships between them, but isn't above a little mischief. Discord, on the other hand, is the former ruler of Equestria and uses his powers to torment the ponies and break their friendships.
  • Evil Is Hammy: It's John de Lancie playing a much more malicious version of Q as a cartoon dragon.
  • Evil Laugh: He often mixes it with or switches it to an "Oh; that's just hilarious!" kind of laugh, but it's still undeniably evil. He's also capable of producing a very menacing one if he feels like it, such as when he's freed from his prison.
  • Evil Overlord:
    • Ruled Equestria over 1000 years ago. Celestia implies his rule was far from pretty. He becomes this again during his brief reign over Equestria after being freed.
    • In one alternate future in "The Cutie Re-Mark", Discord returns to power unopposed, and turns the current sovereigns, Princesses Celestia and Luna, into his personal clowns to torment in payback for his original defeat by them.
  • Evil Plan: Return Equestria to its former state as a world of endless chaos.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Averted; while John de Lancie does have a deep voice, he doesn't give Discord a commanding, threatening tone, but a jovial, excited, and sarcastic one, suiting his deceptive characterization. De Lancie has said his recordings are sped up to make Discord talk faster, resulting in his natural bass being lost. In his first appearance, there are instances where his voice drops to a more threatening, ominous tone, usually when he's doing something particularly malicious. However, follow his reformation, this aspect mostly disappears.
  • Exact Words: Twists and turns are indeed his master plan, but he never says the Elements are in the maze. They are, however, "back where you began." Twilight finds them in her book on the Elements. Take a guess what the very first frame of the very first episode shows.
  • Expy:
    • Of Star Trek's Q, admitted by Word of God.
    • Following his redemption he starts shapeshifting himself more often, including into pop cultural figures, making him similar to the Genie from Aladdin. "Three's a Crowd" serves to hang a lampshade on this, by making him blue for the duration of the episode and giving him a Disney Acid Sequence of a musical number.
  • Extreme Omnivore: When he gets a glass of chocolate milk, he drinks the glass, then throws away the milk. Which explodes. Confirmed in "Keep Calm and Flutter On", when he foils Twilight's plan to magically reform him by eating the pages to her spell books.
  • Face–Heel Turn: In "Twilight's Kingdom – Part 1". He turns back to face by the end of part 2.
  • The Fair Folk: He doesn't look much like an old-school fairy, but he definitely has a lot of their more malevolent features. Despite possessing Reality Warper powers, he delights in playing mind games with the ponies as well as manipulating them into his power, even though he can just hypnotize them right off the bat. He's also not above ignoring the rules he sets for others or ruthlessly undermining his game to suit his own ends.
  • Fair-Play Villain: Poses as one, but subverted — he sets up a game where he claims he'll allow the ponies to search the maze for the Elements of Harmony, then Mind Rapes them to make them lose, also knowing the Elements were never there anyway. Lampshaded when Twilight tells him he didn't play fair, and Discord replies she's obviously forgotten he's the spirit of Chaos and Disharmony.
  • The Farmer and the Viper: Is on both the giving and receiving ends of this in "Twilight's Kingdom – Part 2". Though ultimately subverted in that being betrayed after his own betrayal of the Mane Six ultimately leads to him to finally understand the meaning of friendship and cement his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Part of his chaotic look. See Mad Eye and Mix-and-Match Critters.
  • Fatal Flaw: Pride — he can't see a threat when it's staring him in the face and is confident he's in control of the situation. He sits down and lets the Mane Six activate the Elements of Harmony to petrify him, not realizing until it's too late that it's actually going to work, and a flashback to how Luna and Celestia beat him shows he just stood there and mocked them as they used the Elements, which is why his original pose as a statue was one of laughter. Bites him yet again in the Season 4 finale, when Tirek provokes a Face–Heel Turn by playing to his ego, convincing him that becoming friends with ponies has tamed him and he's too powerful to be reined in by their ways.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Discord treats the ordeal as a "game" and seems good-natured... then we see the absolute joy he takes in manipulating and breaking the Mane Cast. However, he eventually becomes genuinely Affably Evil at worst, courtesy of Fluttershy.
  • Final Boss: He's the boss of Level 6 of The Hub's Web Game Adventure Ponies.
  • Fisher King: Justified, as he is a Reality Warper; under his rule, Equestria is every bit as chaotic and twisted as he is. He even spends his time atop a creepy-looking throne after taking over. The moment he's vanquished, a World-Healing Wave returns it to normal.
  • Flaw Exploitation: His MO for breaking ponies. He loses thanks to the heroes taking advantage of his flaws.
  • Foil: To Twilight Sparkle. They're as opposed to each other as ever, what they have in common is that they're learning new roles as good guy and princess respectively, and both are trying to be better friends. Discord's successes in such is the one thing humble to a fault Twilight has ever shown jealousy over. "Twilight's Kingdom" has them both questioning their roles, and it's their mutual realizing the value of friendship that lets them save the day and complete their development into those roles.
  • Foreshadowing: There are subtle displays of character in "The Return of Harmony" that suggest his Heel–Face Turn wasn't totally sudden:
    • After breaking Twilight, he tries to convince her to just give into chaos and have fun with him. When a despondent Twilight refuses, he gives a brief forlorn, rejected look... before quickly returning to his merriment.
    • It is Fluttershy he had the most trouble possessing, her vigilant kindness eventually frustrating him to point he breaks from his mind games and just corrupts her by force.
  • Forgiven, but Not Forgotten: The Mane Six don't hesitate a second to accuse him of being behind the Everfree Forest overtaking Ponyville in "Princess Twilight Sparkle". Even Fluttershy isn't entirely willing to take him on his word that he's not responsible. And technically, he was.
  • For the Evulz: While he may do things because it amuses him, he's not above doing terrible things to achieve that goal. He clearly acknowledges morality as a thing, but true to the trope, he doesn't care about it in any way other than how he can exploit it for his own ends. Subverted as of "Keep Calm and Flutter On", when he has a Heel Realization. After that, while still a Jerkass, his actions tend more towards It Amused Me than this trope.
  • Friendless Background: Unsurprisingly, given his past as an Evil Overlord, but officially confirmed in his second appearance via Freudian Slip.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Even after he claims to be reformed, no-one, barring Fluttershy, does more than tolerate him. This is because, even if he's not deliberately antagonistic anymore, he's still a mischievous Jerkass. In his case, he's kept around because he's too powerful for anyone to get rid of, and with maybe a little hope that he'll learn from everypony else's example and become less of a troll. Somewhat deconstructed in the Season 4 finale: because Fluttershy can be considered his only real friend while the others tolerate at him at best, Tirek is able to manipulate Discord through acting amicably and asking Discord what he wants. As of the end of "Twilight's Kingdom", he seems to be gaining more acceptance, and by "What About Discord?", the other ponies no longer have qualms having fun with him, and he instead moves on to having friendship conflicts with side characters like Spike, Big Mac and Trixie.
  • The Genie Knows Jack Nicholson: Has made the odd reference to real world culture in his reality-warping antics. In "What About Discord?" he does a pretty perfect imitation of Bob Ross.
  • God of Evil: Closer to God of Chaos and Disharmony, but a much more literal example than Nightmare Moon. Not only is he truly evil, but his powers are far more god-like than hers were, and he claims to be several eons old. However, this is eventually subverted, as he eventually is reformed and comes to truly embrace the importance of friendship (although he still remains rather chaotic).
  • Godzilla Threshold: Celestia sends him, of all people, to recapture Tirek in the season 4 finale. It backfires horribly, as not only does Discord betray them, but once Tirek has absorbed enough power even Discord is not immune to being drained of magic.
  • Good Feels Good: Celestia tells him as much at the end of the second issue of Friends Forever, which he spent trying to help the Cutie Mark Crusaders get their cutie marks.
  • Good is Boring: Considers harmony and good to be no fun; disharmony and broken friendships are hilarious! Though he still seems to enjoy himself doing (somewhat) good deeds in "Princess Twilight Sparkle". Tirek uses this to convince him to Face–Heel Turn. In some episodes he finds a middle ground by being a Trickster Mentor or playing good natured pranks, but still almost always seeps in a bit of mean spirited Trolling.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Yes, Discord is officially reformed, but he's still a bit of a Jerkass who likes to annoy the Mane Six (especially Twilight) for lulz and rarely does anything to help them in a crisis, even if they directly ask him. Spike sums him up best.
    Spike: Discord's reformed, but he's not that reformed.
    • In the comics storyline "Chaos Theory," a rare cosmic event transforms Discord into Accord, a spirit of pure order. Accord is both affable and polite... but quickly decides to brainwash every pony in Equestria into thinking and acting the same in order to achieve what he believes is true order.
  • Good Wings, Evil Wings: Has mixed angelic (pegasus) and demonic (bat) wings, one of the more sinister types.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Certainly did so when Celestia and Luna sealed him away a thousand years ago, as he's got a big open-mouthed smile when Cheerilee's class looks at the statue. Does not do so when the Mane Six seal him away. We see this later on and find out he was laughing because he didn't realize they were a threat to him at all until the Elements had already turned him to stone.
  • Graceful Loser:
    • "Well played, Fluttershy. Well played."
    • In "What About Discord?", after having his own tactics bounced back at him, all it takes is a small peace offering from Twilight for him to accept his punishment and pull the Mane Six into a Group Hug, laughing merrily as he does.
  • Great Gazoo: Fits the bill quite nicely post-reformation. He still makes the fabric of reality cry uncle before his power, but is now more of a petty trickster than a malevolent Mad God like before.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Of "Princess Twilight Sparkle", albeit technically something of an accidental version. He planted the Plunderseeds just before Celestia and Luna defeated him the first time. However, the Seeds end up taking far longer to kick in than he anticipated, and by the time they actually do, his priorities have already changed into those of an Anti-Hero anyway.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: In "Make New Friends but Keep Discord", he doesn't handle Fluttershy taking her new friend Tree Hugger to the Grand Galloping Gala instead of him very well at all. Ultimately, he gets so fed up with Tree Hugger that he tries to throw her into another dimension. His eyes even glow with green flames, making him a literal example of this trope.
  • Green Thumb: Has seeds called Plunderseeds that grow into large vines that feed on magic. They would end up causing trouble long after he was sealed.
  • Guilt-Ridden Accomplice: After switching allegiances to Tirek in "Twilight's Kingdom", he has visible moments of looking uncomfortable or remorseful at the after effects even prior to Tirek betraying him. He can't bear to watch as Tirek drains Fluttershy.
  • Hate Plague: One of his abilities is breaking friendships.
  • A Head at Each End: In "The Return of Harmony Part 2", Discord briefly appears to have a head at both ends of his body while taunting Twilight.
  • The Hedonist: He lives for self-gratifying pleasure. Kind of a given, since he embodies chaos.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Heel in the season 2 premiere, turns to Face in mid season 3. Fluctuates between heel and face throughout 4, goes to Heel in "Twilight's Kingdom – Part 1" and goes back to and seems to stay at Face in Part 2. He went back to being a Heel in "Make New Friends but Keep Discord", but became a Face again in "What About Discord?" By some implications in the comics, he may have acted good and bad alternatively in ancient history. He is immortal and all.
  • Heel Realization:
    • "I guess when you're friends, you can't always have things exactly your way all of the time."
    • He has a bigger one in "Twilight's Kingdom" when Tirek tricks him into betraying Fluttershy and Equestria. While he shows signs of second thoughts the entire time, it truly hits home when Tirek stabs him in the back... just like he did to Fluttershy. As he puts it, he had both magic and friendship, and now has neither because he sold out his friendship. After Tirek is defeated, he gets both back.
    • In "Make New Friends, but Keep Discord", he realizes that he "May have overreacted" by threatening to send Fluttershy's new friend Treehugger to another dimension.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Downplayed by the end of "Keep Calm and Flutter On" in the sense that while he has ultimately pledged that he'll use his powers for good, everyone except Fluttershy is still understandably cautious toward him. Especially shown in "Princess Twilight Sparkle" where everyone but Fluttershy suspects that Discord had something to do with the Everfree Forest invading. Turns out they are right, just not in the way they were expecting.
  • Heroes' Frontier Step: "To Where and Back Again" gives us the first example of Discord doing something genuinely heroic (joining the mission to save the captured Mane Six and Royal Family), with no sign of doing it out of self-interest or for his own amusement.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • He lets them find the Elements of Harmony, knowing they can't use them since he has destroyed their friendship at this point and allows them a "free shot" at him, aware it will fail. He tries to repeat this a second time, only to realize too late that their friendship is back together. Heck, Applejack tells him this, but since he turned her into a liar, he doesn't believe her because he thinks she's still lying.
    • It happens again in "Three's a Crowd", when he gets Twilight and Cadance to travel to the edge of Equestria to fight a giant worm and get a magical flower to cure his sickness. Turns out he was faking the sickness to mess with them, but mere moments after he reveals his ruse, the worm that Twilight and Cadance had fought re-emerges and sneezes on him, making him sick for real.
    • In "What About Discord?" he convinces the rest of the Mane Six to leave Twilight out of a weekend of fun, then gleefully rubs their new inside jokes and reminiscing in her face as she struggles to contain her jealousy. Once his ruse is revealed, the Mane Six develop an inside joke of their own, leaving Discord out. Since Discord had genuinely had fun and bonded with the others, being left out makes him feel as bad as Twilight did.
  • Holy Halo: He sometimes makes an angel halo appears atop his head when he's pretending to be doing good; he rarely is, of course. Funnily, with the one he sports while talking to Tirek, he chases it as if an annoying bird.
  • Humiliation Conga: After thinking he's attained total control of the world and considering the Mane Cast to be no more than an amusing distraction, he watches in shock as those same six completely obliterate his Evil Plan, return Ponyville to normal, and turn him back to stone with an Oh, Crap! look frozen on his face — all in the span of less than a minute.
  • Hypnotic Eyes: What he uses to brainwash the Mane Six.
  • I Gave My Word: Promised Fluttershy that he'd lay off the chaos for their friendship, and even once the Elements are gone, he keeps it.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: He tries this on multiple occasions with the Mane Six, particularly Twilight Sparkle.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends:
    • At the end of "Keep Calm and Flutter On" this is the main reason why he's upset when Fluttershy says that she doesn't want to be his friend. Luckily, he wins her over in the end but he didn't know or care he felt this way until he actually had a friend to lose.
    • Seen even more in "Princess Twilight Sparkle", where Fluttershy is able to talk him out of his old tricks after the Elements are lost, meaning that losing her friendship is literally the ONLY thing keeping him in check.
    • In "What About Discord?" he shares a weekend of fun with the Mane Five, and gleefully reminisces with them via inside jokes. When the others no longer laugh at those jokes, and leave Discord out of one they make with Twilight, Discord quickly breaks down in sorrow.
    • Despite thinking of Spike and Big Mac as beneath him, and tormenting them when they refuse to spend their "guys' night" the way he wants to, Discord is dismayed and ashamed when he learns they only invited him because they felt sorry for him, and not because they thought he was "cool".
    • In the comics arc "Chaos Theory", He chooses to become Accord after his antics at the beginning of the story result in him being rejected by the ponies. He believed his new self might be better accepted than he ever was.
  • I Meant to Do That: His Trickster Mentor moments are plainly this. When the Mane Six learn friendship lessons, they do so in spite of Discord, not because of him, but he has no problem with taking credit for it.
  • The Imp: Following his Heel–Face Turn. He's actually a lot like Mr. Mxyzptlk now as he is still quite the Troll, just no longer malicious thanks to a new sense of honor.
  • Intergenerational Friendship:
    • With Fluttershy by the end of his second appearance.
    • And again with Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle, and Scootaloo as of Friends Forever #2.
  • It Amused Me: The main reason he toys with the Mane Six before he corrupts them. Also, the chaos he spreads is less malicious than breaking their friendship.
  • It's All About Me: "It's all about my lulz" is more accurate, but the principle is still the same. The biggest part of his character development in his second appearance, is learning that having friends means it isn't always about himself.
  • Jackass Genie: His Sadistic Choice to Rainbow Dash: either watch the foundations of her home crumble without her, or continue wandering aimlessly in his labyrinth. However, he never says which choice is right, or that Cloudsdale is the home that would crumble without her. Rainbow goes to save Cloudsdale, letting Discord have his way with Equestria, paying special attention to Rainbow's new home of Ponyville, his "chaos capital of the world".
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: Demonstrates a larger variety of spells than any other character in the series so far.
  • Jerkass Gods: He's the spirit of Chaos and Disharmony. However, he is more than a plain old Jerkass. Even after reforming, he's mischievous at best.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • Subverted when he tries to call Princess Celestia out on turning him into stone in front of the Mane Six. He only avoided things like that because it wouldn't be any fun for him.
    • Played straight in the season 4 premiere, when Twilight has returned to Ponyville without her friends, because they feel that with Celestia and Luna gone, Equestria can't afford to lose another princess. Discord needles her about it, and Twilight runs off angrily to rejoin her friends.
    • Shown again in "Three's a Crowd" after Twilight learns Discord faked his illness; he says he did that to test if she really saw him as a friend. Whether or not he lied about his reason, he's right that Twilight has never proved she sees him as a friend. Her befriending her, up to that point, had in fact been solely for pragmatic purposes and she was very open about it.
    • Once again in "What About Discord?", where he correctly points out that Twilight not dealing with her jealousy of him because she doesn't want to admit that she's jealous or can even become jealous at all is a problem and one that she needs to address.
  • Jerkass Realization:
    • In "Twilight's Kingdom" he sells out all of Equestria to Tirek after being tempted with a promise of power and ruling over it. Unfortunately, Tirek is a Card-Carrying Villain who betrays Discord and absorbs his magic once Tirek decides the Chaos Lord has outlived his usefulness. That makes Discord realize how much of a jerkass he's been and that he betrayed his real friends for nothing.
    • In "Make New Friends But Keep Discord", he realizes he went too far with his jealousy over Fluttershy taking Treehugger to the Grand Galloping Gala instead of him. He also realizes that he treated the Smooze (whom he'd only invited to try and make Fluttershy jealous) terribly the whole night, and apologizes to all concerned.
    • In "Dungeons and Discords", he considers himself superior to Spike and Big Mac, and is a total jerk to them when he has to hang out with them and play a role-playing game with them. When it comes out that Spike and Big Mac also consider themselves superior to Discord in a sense but deal with this compassionately by feeling sorry for him, trying to be nice to him and including him in their game, Discord realizes what a jerk he's been in comparison and actually apologizes to them.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • After his reformation, he still finds amusement in trolling the ponies. Though, he's also helpful in his own twisted way when he teases Twilight about her leaving her friends just because she's now a princess and not revealing until the end that he was the one behind the Plunder Seeds invading Ponyville.
    • Likewise, though he is willing to play tricks on the other ponies, he still keeps his promise to Fluttershy not to cause too much trouble since he still values her friendship.
    • In "Three's a Crowd", he speaks highly of Fluttershy (when she's not around to hear it) and reveals that they've been writing letters to each other.
    • He has several flashes of guilt for his betrayal of the ponies in "Twilight's Kingdom" and is flat-out remorseful when he makes another Heel–Face Turn, not even believing he's worth being shown friendship anymore.
  • Just Toying with Them: Since he's more powerful than anyone else, obviously it would be boring to use those powers straightforwardly to beat them.
  • Kansas City Shuffle: The hint he gives is "Twists and turns are my master plan, then find the Elements back where you began", causing the Mane Cast to search the maze for them... except he never says the Elements are in it; it's just a ploy to lure them into his trap.
  • Kick the Dog: Often. The best example is in "The Return of Harmony – Part 2", when he gives a Big "YES!"/Victory Pose after realizing he's broken Twilight Sparkle.
  • Kick the Morality Pet: Fluttershy is saddened by his betrayal, and he taunts her for it. This would later become his personal biggest shame.
  • Kryptonite Factor:
    • Certain kinds of wards, like Celestia's on the Elements upon his second release. Likewise, in the Season 6 finale, Chrysalis's domain is revealed to contain a Field Power Effect that negates all non-Changeling magic, chaotic or otherwise.
    • Also, he's shown to be vulnerable to the Tatzlwurm's disease.
  • Lack of Empathy:
    • His reaction to Twilight crossing the Despair Event Horizon? To give a Big "YES!" and celebrate.
    • Ultimately subverted during his second appearance, though it takes a lot for him to realize what it means to care for someone else. "Make New Friends But Keep Discord" shows that his trouble with empathizing with others is something he's aware of and trying to work on improving.
  • Laughably Evil: He's fun to watch, that's for sure, but he's more like The Joker in this respect, as it just makes him more creepy and disturbing.
  • Lean and Mean: His main body is serpentine and he is a jerkass.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: His riddle is "Twists and turns are my master plan; then find the Elements back where you began". Where do they find the Elements? In the reference guide which was the very first thing we saw in the very first episode, literally back where the series began.
  • Leitmotif: Can be heard here.
  • Light is Not Good: Much of his reality-warping and teleportation are accompanied by a bright light. Somewhat subverted when he turns good, but he's still a Jerkass.
  • Mad Eye: One of his eyes is sized differently and more deranged than the other.
  • Mad God: He even provides the page image; did you expect the spirit of chaos to be sane?
  • Man Child: After his Heel–Face Turn, the psychopathic part slowly fades away, but he's still dangerous and childish.
  • Manipulative Bastard:
    • Tricks the Mane Six to go on a (fruitless) search for the Elements of Harmony, separates them, and uses trickery and magic to turn them into the opposite of their personality, thus making the elements useless against him. Fortunately for everyone but him, he fails to account for Princess Celestia and Twilight's friendship letters.
    • In "Keep Calm and Flutter On", his new Master Plan is to pretend he's reforming so that Fluttershy wouldn't agree to use the Elements against him. At the end of the episode, he makes Fluttershy promise she wouldn't use her Element and drops all pretense entirely, certain that she will keep her word. Ironically, his new Spanner in the Works is... himself, as he realizes friendship is more important to him than he had given it credit for.
    • It gets inverted in "Twilight's Kingdom" where he's for once on the receiving end of this from Tirek.
  • Master of Illusion: A rare example of this trope overlapping with Reality Warper; his method of corrupting Rarity and Rainbow Dash is closer to an illusion than true Reality Warping.
  • Meaningful Name: Discord (chaos) is the polar opposite of harmony.
  • Mind over Matter: An ability that's easy to disregard considering his various greater powers, but he can also use telekinesis at will, both on items or living beings. Unlike with unicorn magic, there is no visible aura around what he manipulates.
  • Mind Rape: How he corrupts four of the Elements; he messes with their heads. The fifth he had to brute-force brainwash her.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: He is truly a chimera. To further cement that he is chaos incarnate, Discord looks generally like an Eastern dragon, but with the head of a goat (not a pony as Cheerilee would have you believe), one goat horn, one stag horn, one fang, the tongue of a snake, the mane of a horse, a snake-like torso covered with eagle feathers, one eagle talon, one lion paw, one bat wing, one bird wing, one green dragon leg, one horse leg, and a red dragon tail. Even his species name is a combination of "dragon" and "horse".note 
  • Morality Chain: In "Princess Twilight Sparkle" the Mane Six have to give up the Elements of Harmony to save the day. When Discord hears this, the tone of his voice implies "No one can stop me now..." Except Fluttershy. She immediately tells him to stop thinking like an Evil Overlord and help them clean up, which he does. Although it ends up not being enough to stop him from being talked into aiding Tirek.
  • Morality Pet: Fluttershy awakens his inner "sweetheart" during his second appearance, by virtue of her being the first real friend he ever made. In the end, he can't bring himself to throw Equestria into chaos again knowing it'd cost him her friendship. At least, not until Tirek convinces Discord he can have it both ways by becoming friends with him, though even then he finds betraying Fluttershy visibly difficult.
  • Moral Myopia: Has absolutely no qualms about sadistically torturing innocent ponies mentally and physically, turning all of Equestria into a World Gone Mad, driving everypony insane, and generally doing whatever he wants to for his own amusement with no sense of morality... but gives Celestia a What the Hell, Hero? for turning him to stone for the aforementioned acts.
  • Morphic Resonance: He can take many shapes on a whim, but he often retains some aspect of his true Draconequus form, notably his antlers, lopsided tooth and yellow/red eyes, or some aspect of his Fashionable Asymmetry, if only with the colors. In the episode "Twilight's Kingdom – Part 1", it is downplayed when turned into a stallion, as it would give him away, but he still keeps the overall color scheme of his head (including that of his mane, not to mention his unicorn horn is the same blue color as his goat horn).
  • Mundane Utility: When not spreading Chaos, his reality-warping powers are mostly used for mundane tasks like making chocolate milk, especially his telekinesis.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • When he realizes he truly does value Fluttershy as his friend and just alienated her with his actions.
    • Ultimately feels this way about betraying Equestria to Tirek, when he realizes that Tirek was never really his friend at all.
  • My Greatest Failure: In the Season 6 finale, the means by which the changelings are able to capture him implies that failing Fluttershy and making her cry back in the Season 4 finale is the thing he feels the deepest remorse about and is determined to never let happen again.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: He has the power to sense magical disturbances in Equestria.
  • Mysterious Past: While this applies to most of the antagonists on the show to a certain degree, Disccrd is the most mysterious. Discord's past prior to ruling Equestria is never explored in any real detail, either on the show or in the expanded universe, and he was one of the only antagonists to not be given an issue in Fiendship Is Magic. It is unknown how Discord became the lord of chaos, or if there are other draconequui.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: You just know that an entity called "Discord" can be nothing but trouble, especially when the protagonists are the bearers of the Elements of Harmony.
  • Narcissist:
    • He seems to love his own image, as seen with the "repaired" lamp or the altered glass windows.
    Discord: Congratulations. You've found the one thing in Equestria that can match my face for sheer beauty.
    • In "Dungeons and Discord," he considers himself to have "the best name in the universe," and is unwilling to take on a character role in Spike and Big Mac's game.
    • Humorously, he and Trixie have a highly argumentative relationship due to their mutual massive egos and love of the spotlight.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: When Twilight Sparkle complains about the hedge maze being taken away, he corrects her error in reasoning by proving he never said the Elements were in the maze, instead of keeping quiet and letting her continue to believe they've already lost because of his cheating. He is completely aware of this and never lets Twilight know that the Elements won't work if the team isn't completely united. In fact, he was banking on their failure increasing their despair to the point where it will drive them apart permanently, thus granting him long-term security from the only viable threat to his power. It still comes back to bite him, as the Elements are ultimately used to defeat him later on.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Among the Big Bads, he's the least inclined to fight directly. note  At most, he just sticks around to watch his Powers Do the Fighting. Justified, as he's primarily The Trickster.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Often slithers up against the Mane Six and presses his face against theirs, and also tends to caress their muzzles and sometimes wraps his serpentine body around them. He especially loves touching Twilight's face, more often than not pinching her cheeks or pulling on her lips.
  • Not So Different:
    • To Twilight Sparkle. The rebellious and self-centered prankster of chaos is a tremendous contrast to the no-nonsense and altruistic Princess of Friendship, but they have both challenged each other as the cerebral, educated member of the group, and tend to cause a lot of problems for themselves with their occasional hubris and childish temperament. Discord also takes perverse pleasure systematically demonstrating Twilight is capable of irrational jealousy in "What About Discord?", just as he had been in a previous scenario.
    • His more harmless pranks tend to amuse Pinkie Pie, even when he was a villain. As of season 5 he's started getting Rainbow Dash in on his fun as well. Since both of them have been established as The Prankster, this makes sense.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: At first, he only seems mischievous by doing things like making cotton candy clouds that produce chocolate rain. Then he steals the Elements of Harmony, and things just get worse from there.
  • Not So Invincible After All: It generally takes the Elements of Harmony to shut him down long-term, but there have always been signs that it's not entirely impossible to counter his powers. Twilight is able to cancel out his Psychic Strangle on her friends and partially undo his chaos magic with a force field, Celestia successfully prevents him from stealing away the Elements the second time he is released, he is shown to be affected by the Tatzlwurm's sneeze, a super-charged Tirek is able to restrain him with telekinesis and drain his magic, and an Anti-Magic field is able to nullify his powers entirely. Additionally, his My Little Pony: Friends Forever issue with Luna reveals that he is just as vulnerable as anypony else in his dreams (though he can still keep others from entering his in the first place).
  • Not Me This Time: In "Princess Twilight Sparkle", everyone but Fluttershy immediately suspects that he was behind the Everfree ordeal. Discord immediately denies having anything to do with it. This is ultimately subverted at the end when he accidentally reveals that he was the cause of it... just much later than intended.
  • Odd Friendship:
    • The first pony he ever befriends? Fluttershy.
    • Has this with the CMC in the comics, although he acts like a child and they can cause a lot of chaos. Their main point of bonding seems to be that the CMC love new experiences, which the creative Reality Warper can supply in copyright-skirting spades.
    • Basically anytime Discord forms a genuine friendship (which is admittedly quite rare) it turns into this. Another example is his friendship with mindless, amorphous blob Smooze.
  • Oh, Crap!: He gets that very look just before the Elements of Harmony hit him full force.
  • One-Man Army: He is very possibly the single most powerful being in all of Equestria. Even Princess Celestia and Princess Luna stood no chance against him without the Elements of Harmony. In "To Where and Back Again," it is said that if it hadn't been for Chrysalis's Anti-Magic throne, he could have defeated the entire Changeling hive effortlessly on his own.
  • Only Friend: For a fair while after his Heel–Face Turn, Fluttershy was the only one who could stand him (though he got occasional friendly gestures from Pinkie Pie). He seems to be edging out of this and gaining some positive bonding with the other ponies however, even they're still Vitriolic Best Buds at best.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • After going through a brutal Break the Haughty moment by Tirek's betrayal, Discord's voice loses all its snide haughtiness, showing that he's genuinely remorseful for his actions this time.
    • In "Make New Friends but Keep Discord", he shows a brand of anger he's never actually exhibited before, from quiet discontent to full-blown raging, with none of the joviality and joke-making he usually invokes.
    • In "What About Discord", Twilight becomes freaked out when Discord is actually getting along well with the other ponies.
    • He drops all notion of silliness and playfulness when he learns the Changelings have kidnapped Fluttershy. He is furious and spends no time teleporting himself, Starlight, Trixie and Thorax to the Changeling Kingdom.
  • Operation: Jealousy: He brings the Smooze to the Grand Galloping Gala as his guest in order to make Fluttershy jealous. When it becomes clear it isn't working, he stuffs the Smooze in a closet.
  • Order vs. Chaos: This is his conflict with the bearers of the Elements of Harmony. However, it's more Harmony vs. Disharmony, harmony in this case being more compromise and working together while disharmony is self-centered and breeds strife and hatred between them. Discord, obviously, is disharmony incarnate.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: His species name is draconequus and, while he's more of a chimera, he seems to be at least partly modeled off an eastern dragon. His left leg and part of his tail also seem to be those of a dragon.
  • Papa Wolf: In a surprising way in Part One the Season 6 finale "To Where and Back Again". When Starlight Glimmer and the others inform him that the Changelings have captured Fluttershy, Discord is not amused.
  • Paper People: The very first appearance of Discord is under a stylized, two-dimensional shape moving over stained-glass windows in Celestia's Canterlot castle.
  • Pass the Popcorn:
    • At the beginning of "The Return of Harmony – Part 2", he finds the sight of Twilight's bickering friends to be so entertaining that he gets a movie theater seat with a bag of popcorn to properly enjoy the show.
    • He does it again during the season 4 premiere while Ponyville is being overrun by the Everfree Forest.
  • Physical God: Is all but directly said to be one, only ever being referred to as a "spirit", but his incredible reality-warping powers make him one of the most powerful forces seen in the G4 franchise. Among his other powers, he's strong enough to break Celestia's magical barriers, overrides both sisters to control the sun and moon himself, can shapeshift and teleport, can create copies of himself, and can create impressive illusions.
  • Playing Sick: During "Three's a Crowd"; he is faking to "test" Twilight's friendship.
  • Playing with Puppets: Discord's favorite trick. If you look at the windows in the Equestrian palace as Princess Celestia talks about Discord, Fluttershy sees one of them with an image of Discord holding ponies up with puppet strings screaming over a pit of fire. Look at the same window after he's helped Tirek banish the first three alicorn princesses and has begun re-making the windows. The "three tribe" ponies have been replaced with the three alicorn princesses.
  • Poke the Poodle: In comparison to all the harm he inflicted on the Mane Six in "The Return of Harmony", his actions in "Keep Calm and Flutter On" are somewhat tame. Justified because if he went to the big stuff the Mane Six would petrify him again. Also, if he did any major puppy-kicking, he probably would have come off as too Easily Forgiven at the end.
  • The Power of Hate: He is the antithesis of the Elements of Harmony, which run on the Power of Friendship. As such, he's able to get stronger from strife and fighting between ponies. The Cutie Mark Crusaders getting into a fight in front of him is what grants him enough strength to break free from his weakening stone prison. Though some have theorized that the Crusaders' fight was not a cause but a consequence of Discord's impending breakout, and that they were in truth his first victims. Whatever the case, Discord thrives off hate magic, using it to undermine The Power of Friendship.
  • Pragmatic Villainy:
    • Unlike a certain princess, he doesn't turn ponies into stone! This has nothing to do with morals; he's "chaos", and chaos is "active", so turning ponies to stone is just too boring.
    • His friendship with Fluttershy was initially part of a plan to cause chaos under her nose, until he came to genuinely care for it. Even then, he admits that he was only being a good guy for the sake of it, letting Tirek tempt him.
    • The "Discord's Magical History Tour" comic reveals he helped topple a evil regime long before his Heel–Face Turn, likely because he viewed it as "boring".
  • The Prankster: When he's not breaking ponies or driving them insane he's making unruly clouds and chocolate rain.
  • Prehensile Tail: He can pick up ponies with his draconic tail, growing it to a much greater length in the process.
  • Pride: His Fatal Flaw. Even after reforming, it's still a major part of his personality. In "Dungeons and Discord", he initially scoffed at the idea of hanging out with Spike and Big MacIntosh, believing he was above "sidekicks" like them. Learning that they only invited because they felt sorry for him (since Fluttershy and the others were away, and he was alone) comes as a complete shock to him, and he actually manages to swallow his pride and apologize for thinking he was better than them.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: Very very sneaky, but check the window of Fluttershy's cottage during her "Sharing Kindness" line in the theme song of the Season 4 opening.
  • Psychopathic Man Child: While he's aware of his actions and how horrific they are, he has nothing better to do than have whimsical and nonsensical fun at the expense of other characters, no real business to take care of, and no compassion for the beings he's toying with to restrain him. His reactions to not getting his way is normally quite childish, such as performing a Rage Quit, pouting, or throwing a temper tantrum, depending on how bad he's been beaten that time.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Sports one of these when feeling particularly devious.
  • Pulling Themselves Together: He can detach his body parts at will and reassemble them later. Notably does it while pretending to be under the "blue flu".
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: His use is split evenly between sarcastic and genuine.
  • Rage Quit: His reaction to Fluttershy beating his mind games is to cease the mind games and outright brainwash her.
  • Reality Warper: He can do just about anything. For instance, he holds out a glass under a cotton-candy cloud that rains chocolate milk, and it fills up from top to bottom rather than bottom to top. He then proceeds to drink the glass. Not the milk; the glass itself. He then throws the milk over his shoulder and it explodes. He's a crazy one, that Discord.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He carries a pink umbrella and at one point wears a pink robe. There's also his pink cotton candy clouds. Plus when he remakes a broken lamp in his image, it's wearing a pink tutu.
  • Recruiting the Criminal: Celesita's "use for Discord's magic" was tracking down Tirek. That's why she released him from his statue form.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His irises are red, and there's hardly a minute goes by he's not doing something evil, or at least troublesome.
    • They narrow and glow when he learns that Fluttershy was kidnapped. He looks downright menacing and shows just how pissed he is.
  • Red Right Hand: Anyone made up of thirteen different creatures has to be evil.
  • Reformed, but Not Tamed: Despite his Heel–Face Turn at the end of "Keep Calm and Flutter On", his mischievous streak is still intact, and he's not above pulling the occasional prank or voicing his amusement at whatever chaos befalls Ponyville without his direct input.
  • Reference Overdosed: Too many to name: He has dressed up as Mary Poppins and did a Dumb and Dumber tux ensemble with the Smooze, his Glass of Water song had one cut in Hogwarts, and went full Metal Gear Solid when he entered Sugarcube Corner Solid Snake-style!
  • Remember the New Guy: Inverted. Because his reign over Equestria was such a time of suffering, and Celestia and Luna battled him to become rulers themselves, there is no reason that the general Equestrian public shouldn't have a basic idea of him, but nopony except Celestia and Luna have any idea of his existence, not even Twilight, who is very well-versed in history. This is most likely a case of Legend Fades to Myth since his reign was both very long ago and he himself is more of a primal force of nature than even Celestia and Luna.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: He is part dragon after all, and he also moves and coils quite snake-like at times (especially in "What About Discord?" where he actually turns into a giant rattlesnake, before shedding the scaly skin). All of this highlights his evilly chaotic nature.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Not as often as Zecora, mind you, but loves handing out torturous riddles. He normally sounds far more menacing while doing so as well.
  • Riddle Me This: He loves giving riddles to challenge people.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: He's right for calling out Princess Celestia for turning him to stone, considering that he had never done that to anypony in the past, but it isn't because he was a decent ruler or even because he thinks it's cruel; it's because having a kingdom of stone subjects would be too boring for him.
  • Roaring Rampage of Rescue: His mentality in "To Where and Back Again", when Fluttershy is kidnapped by the changelings.
  • Rubber Man: Given his impressive array of powers, this one might seem minor, but he can stretch out his arms, tail, and serpentine body at will. May fall more into the cartoonish Extendable Arms trope sometimes, though.
  • Running on All Fours: He switches to a quadrupedal stance for a boost of speed in "To Where and Back Again – Part 2" when pursued by changelings, but that's only because he cannot use magic to escape otherwise.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Supernatural Powers!: Spirit of Chaos; not big on rules.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Discord had been imprisoned in a stone statue by Celestia and Luna since ancient times for the suffering his rule brought everyone in Equestria. The Cutie Mark Crusaders release him by creating discord (fighting) in front of it, giving him the power to break free from his weakened prison. He's put back in his can at the end of Part 2. The Mane Six eventually release him and reform him.
  • Self-Duplication: Discord can creates doubles of himself at will for whatever task at hand, like a Hold Up Your Score gag, or even simply to illustrate a point in the conversation. For example, a Dastardly Whiplash-styled double appears in "What About Discord?", to contrast his "old self" with the current one.
  • Shameful Shrinking:
    • In "Princess Twilight Sparkle – Part 2", he briefly considers the possibility of causing chaos with the Elements of Harmony gone. Fluttershy then scolds him, telling him to help clean up Ponyville if he wants to remain friends, causing him to shrink.
    • He invokes this again in "What About Discord?", shrinking when he feels bad about being left out of the Mane Six's new inside joke.
  • Shut Up, Kirk!: Right after Celestia has explained how horrible things used to be thanks to Discord, he reveals himself and they have this little exchange:
    Celestia: Discord! Show yourself!
    Discord: [chuckling] Did you miss me, Celestia? I missed you. It's quite lonely being encased in stone. But you wouldn't know that, would you, because I don't turn ponies into stone!
  • A Sinister Clue: He tends to favor the eagle talon he has for a left arm when snapping or holding things.
  • Sissy Villain: He shows some feminine traits, such as cross-dressing.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis:
    • While his friendship with all the ponies is vitriolic at best, it is no-nonsense Twilight Sparkle that distrusts and loses patience with him the most, which tends to only make her his favorite target for pranks and heckling. There is a blatant sign of sympathy between the two however, especially following "Twilight's Kingdom".
    • He also becomes one for Trixie after the Season 6 finale, as their egos come to blows quite a lot.
  • Size Shifter: He can change size just as readily as he changes form. Often as part of his pranks or his Trickster Mentor shtick, turning into a literal shoulder angel/demon for ponies. He also uses it twice to evoke Shameful Shrinking.
  • Slasher Smile: He briefly sports one when he finally decides to directly engage the newly bonded Mane Cast with his magic.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Played with. He's not a small name when it comes to the power he wields, as he's arguably the most powerful note  creature in Equestria. But he seems to expect people to find him personally charming and hilarious as well, when mostly they just think he's obnoxious. Best seen in Dungeons and Discords, where he's shocked to learn that Spike and Big Mac, who he considers far beneath his notice, only invited him to join their game night because they felt sorry for him.
  • Smug Snake: Zig-zags between this and Magnificent Bastard. Granted, his plan to deal with the Elements of Harmony is a genuinely well thought-out one, and he's quite effective and cunning in achieving his goal. However, he quickly grows complacent as soon as he thinks he's won, and refuses to take Twilight and her friends seriously until it's too late for him.
  • Smug Smiler:
  • Smug Super: Since he's far more powerful than most characters in the series, he doesn't see anyone as a threat and tends to see everything as a game. The fact that he never takes Twilight and her friends seriously eventually leads to his undoing. It also lead to his defeat in ancient times. He was so sure of himself he didn't even make a move to fight Celestia and Luna when they showed up, resulting in them turning him to stone with the Elements. It also leads to him being drained of his magic by Tirek.
  • The Sociopath: He doesn't care who or what he hurts so long as it's entertaining to him. He's also sadistic and quite the Manipulative Bastard. He dials it down after Fluttershy befriends him. Still, he proved sociopathic enough to sell her and everypony else out for what seems a better offer, even if he had some regret over it. It takes this blowing up in his face for him to genuinely lose it.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The spelling of the name of his species, draconequus, has been mangled by both The Hub's web site (Dragonokis) and the closed captioning (draconequis). Word of God is clear on the subject, though, and his trading card and a tweet by Hasbro's My Little Pony Twitter account both use the correct spelling.
  • Spoiled Brat: His words imply this is because he's so used to getting everything he wants due to his powers that he thinks he can get away with anything. Also shown in his reactions when things don't go his way: in "The Return of Harmony" his response to Fluttershy beating his mind games is to basically Rage Quit and he throws what amounts to temper tantrum at Fluttershy telling him off in "Keep Calm and Flutter On". He gets somewhat better after she befriends him.
    Discord: You think you can boss Discord around?! You think I'm going to turn all this back just because you say so?!
  • Stalker Without a Crush: Towards the Mane Six themselves, but more so towards Twilight.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Now that he's no longer considered as evil as when he was first introduced, his vast powers could potentially be used to easily solve most problems. Except that being a spirit of chaos, he's just as likely to do so as when he was out-and-out evil (that is, he isn't, although he's less likely to be the cause of said problems). Discord's game-breaking power is actually put in check in the Season 6 finale, as he falls prey to an Anti-Magic field created by Queen Chrysalis, her throne in particular. So Discord can't use his powers even if he wants to, in this case motivated to saving Fluttershy.
  • Sugar Apocalypse: In the Season 5 finale, Twilight sees multiple Bad Futures for if each villain came to power, and the episode specifically states each future is worse than the one she saw before. Discord is shown here as the worst villain of all (save for the Flim-Flam Brothers), with his reign over Equestria implied to be worse than Sombra, Chrysalis, Nightmare Moon, or Tirek. And it still looks like a crazy World of Chaos instead of the more conventional Dark Worlds shown in the other timelines.
  • Superpower Lottery: Reality Warper, Complete Immortality, Voluntary Shapeshifting, etc.
  • Super Strength: At one point, he uproots a tree with his bare claws like it is nothing (while pretending to be ill and "unable to lift a spoon").
  • Surreal Humor: Thrives on it. This is why he turns Ponyville into a surreal Wonderland.
  • Sweet Tooth: He sure likes to make sweet and tasty food while he's causing chaos.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: The Mane Six are genuinely horrified when Tirek betrays Discord and drains his magic. Even Applejack, who had the most reason to want to punch the guy for the crap he pulled, had no biting sarcasm when she asked him if he saw that coming. And Discord sounds so thoroughly broken when he replies that he didn't.
  • Taken for Granite: What the power of the Elements of Harmony does to him.
  • Tarot Motifs: A stained-glass window of Discord has him hanging tied-up ponies over a pit of fire, bringing to mind the Devil card.
  • This Cannot Be!: His reaction when the Elements of Harmony are activated after being so certain he's completely broken the Mane Six's friendship.
  • Time Abyss: All we know is that he was imprisoned by the Elements of Harmony some time before Nightmare Moon appeared a thousand years ago. He states that he's "eons" old; in astronomy and geology, an eon is half a billion years or more, but immortal beings in fiction use the word much more loosely. In "Make New Friends but Keep Discord", he describes himself as "centuries" old, so he probably isn't that old, but still pretty old.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Post Heel–Face Turn. He's not evil anymore, but he's still a mischievous Troll who only helps out when and if he feels like it, and the cast aside from Fluttershy don't trust him. "Twilight's Kingdom" then deconstructs this — turns out when you team up with a former villain with nothing to ensure his cooperation but the honor system, The Power of Friendship can only do so much. Now that he's truly learned how valuable friendship has become to him, he seems to look at subverting this trope and becoming genuinely good.
  • Too Clever by Half: He is well aware he's a powerful Reality Warper and never views anyone as much of a threat to him as a result, not even the Mane Cast. This is ultimately his downfall. He's so confident he's broken up the Mane Cast, he never considers they'd be able to regroup and truly use the Elements of Harmony against him.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: By the end of his second appearance, he finally realizes what it means to care about someone else. Takes another one at the end of "Twilight's Kingdom", having learned an even bigger lesson in friendship.
  • Too Powerful to Live: Given that his powers make him stronger than almost every character in the series we've seen thus far, there's no way that he could stick around without the series ending on a downbeat note. At least until his Heel–Face Turn, but even then his appearances in the show are sparingly at best. After all, the plot would end in seconds if he was free to run around. That said, he has been shown since then to have more weaknesses than expected.
  • Touché: "Well played, Fluttershy, well played."
  • Tranquil Fury: While he is usually just annoyed or tends to sulk like a spoiled child, nothing has made him truly mad until Fluttershy is kidnapped along with the rest of the important ponies in the Season 6 finale. His eyes narrows and he becomes dangerously calm and serious.
  • The Trickster: Discord treats his fight with the Mane Cast as a game and enjoys messing with their heads. He laughs at the shock taking away their wings and horns causes them. Unlike some other tricksters, he also has a more malicious aspect which is barely hidden beneath the surface.
  • Trickster Mentor:
    • Seems to fancy himself something like this by the end of the season 4 premiere: He knows all along what is causing the Everfree Forest to run wild, but keeps silent because he doesn't want to "rob Twilight of an important lesson about being a princess." He is also the one who suggests they speak to Zecora for guidance, and convinces Twilight to return to her friends, albeit by insinuating her new title has gone to her head; see Jerkass Has a Point above. He also guides Twilight to focus on opening the Tree of Harmony chest while at the same time, bookmarks certain sections of the Mane Six's Friendship Journal pertaining to five of the keys.
    • He continues doing this in several other episodes as well. Notably, he seems to be "trickster" first and foremost and "mentor" more as an afterthought — he likes using the excuse of teaching some character (usually Twilight) a "friendship lesson" even when it is quite clear to everybody that he was really mostly getting his kicks out of ruining someone's day. He usually does get called out on this, and sometimes even gets his schemes turned around on him.
  • Troll: From the first line of dialogue he speaks, he makes it clear that he has fun messing with ponies just for the fun of doing it. From Season 4 onward, even when he's on their side, he still goes out of his way to annoy them for the lulz.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Due to his power, he views everyone as amusing distractions at best, blinding him to the fact they potentially could beat him. This becomes his undoing, as he counts Celestia and the Mane Six out far too early and refuses to treat them as a threat afterwards. He also seriously underestimated what Tirek was capable of.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Fluttershy, post-Heel–Face Turn, due to her being his very first real friend.
  • Villain Decay: While he is still as powerful as he was in his premiere, Discord's evil has been downplayed since season 3 because of his Morality Chain. Tirek pointing this out to him is the motivation for Discord's Face–Heel Turn to try and reclaim his former glory, but he has reformed more than he realizes and just doesn't have it in him anymore.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Twice. First he throws a hissy fit when Fluttershy doesn't give into his mind games. Then he goes from cocky to terrified when he realizes the Elements of Harmony are working again after he becomes so certain he's broken the Mane Six's bond.
  • Villainous B.S.O.D.:
    • Undergoes a brief one in "Keep Calm and Flutter On" after realizing how much he's come to care about having a friend.
    • Another in "Twilight's Kingdom" after Tirek betrays him. Rather than the expected Villainous Breakdown over losing his beloved magic, Discord bemoans in earnest heartbreak that he thought their friendship was genuine as Tirek gives his Did You Actually Believe...? speech. Even the ponies he just sold out feel sorry for him after this display.
  • Villainous Friendship: He genuinely hopes his partnership with Tirek will count as such, even viewing the medallion he gives him as a token of their friendship, only to find out he is just using him.
  • Villainous Legacy: In the "Princess Twilight Sparkle" two-parter, the conflict stems from an old scheme of his coming to threaten Equestria, but he's more or less a good guy at the time and isn't directly involved with the action.
  • Villain Teleportation: Utilizes this more often than walking; it goes well with his lack of personal space to teleport in someone's face.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Is capable of transforming into anything he desires, though he seems incapable of hiding (or simply unwilling to hide) some of his traits such as his horns. See Morphic Resonance above.
  • Wacky Guy: Albeit one initially more actively malicious than most, but he's certainly wacky.
  • Was It Really Worth It?:
    • Does this to himself by asking Fluttershy if she thought he'd think his World of Chaos wasn't worth losing their friendship. To everyone's surprise, including his own, he discovers it really wasn't.
    • Happens again in "Twilight's Kingdom". His expressions constantly show that he's not sure whether selling out Equestria to Tirek to be fully free was actually worth it or not. In the end he decides it wasn't worth it. At ALL. And now his mistake has cost him everything he had.
  • When She Smiles: Normally he's a creepy unnatural Mad God, but when he honestly smiles at the end of "Keep Calm and Flutter On" and "Twilight's Kingdom – Part 2" he suddenly turns into an adorable Ugly Cute puppy.
  • Where's the Fun in That?: "What fun is there in making sense?"
  • White Hair, Black Heart: He's a Jerkass God with white hair. Eventually the ponies find there's some gold buried in that black heart of his.
  • Wings Do Nothing: Although he does flap his mismatched wings when flying, they are ridiculously small compared to his body mass, and it's likely he can't fly at all without his Reality Warper powers. Indeed, once drained of magic by Tirek, or within an Anti-Magic field, he keeps to the ground.
  • The Worf Effect: Even he's gotten this occasionally:
    • At the beginning of "Keep Calm and Flutter On", Celestia preemptively casts a new spell to prevent him from (directly) stealing the Elements anymore, and it works — unlike her defenses that didn't even faze him in "The Return of Harmony". However, this is downplayed due to her not doing anything to him directly.
    • In "Three's a Crowd", the Tatzlwurm's sneeze makes him seriously ill and weakens him severely.
    • Perhaps the most well-known example is when Tirek ultimately betrays him and drains his magic in "Twilight's Kingdom", leaving him completely Brought Down to Normal. Things were actually the other way around at first, until Tirek built up enough strength to be able to do this to him in return, though it require Tirek draining every pony in Equestria, including the powerful magic of the Mane Six sans Twilight Sparkle.
    • In "Friends Forever #20", Luna is evidently able to not only just zap him unconscious by now, but also wield a Home Field Advantage over him in dreams — the former understandably being a case of averted Talking Is a Free Action, and the latter being a case of what happens when a Reality Warper gets thrown out of his element.
    • His powers are nullified in "To Where and Back Again" due to the Anti-Magic effects of Queen Chrysalis's throne.
  • "World of Cardboard" Speech: Gives one to Fluttershy and the others in "Twilight's Kingdom" after being betrayed by Tirek and rescued by Twilight.
    Discord: Oh but you are, Fluttershy. You're the pony that taught me that Friendship is Magic. I had friendship and magic, but now I don't have either.
  • World of Chaos: He's the Spirit of Disharmony; what else would he turn Equestria into?
  • World's Strongest Man: While he's never actually described as this, his individual (i.e., default and unamplified) magic being the most widespread, combined with him giving Celestia and Luna more trouble in the past than any other villain of that time, arguably qualifies him as this.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He has no problem picking up Twilight Sparkle and dropping her, or abrasively tapping Fluttershy on the head when she resists his taunts to make her angry.
  • Yandere: He acts like this when Fluttershy starts hanging out with Tree Hugger. Things get worse when he threatens to send her to another dimension. Of course he calms down after Fluttershy tells him that she didn't abandon him by inviting someone else.
  • Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: Combined with his red irises, this marks him as particularly mischievous.

    Gilda the Griffon 
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Voiced by: Maryke Hendriksenote 

A griffon and an old friend of Rainbow Dash's from flight camp. Rainbow Dash sees her as a Cool Big Sis, but Gilda thinks she's vastly superior to all the ponies save Rainbow and enjoys picking on them. She returns in Season 5's "The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone" when Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie visit the griffon kingdom.

  • Adaptation Name Change: The Hub's synopsis of "Griffon the Brush Off" refers to her as Grizelda; Word of God says "her original name was Grizelda, but it didn't pass legal."
  • Aerith and Bob: Gilda is friends with Rainbow Dash and trying to avoid Pinkie Pie.
  • Alliterative Name: Although she's never referred to as "Gilda the Griffon" in-universe. This would have been even more true of her originally planned name "Grizelda". From what we hear in "The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone," this appears to be true with all griffons, whose names all start with a "G."
  • Alpha Bitch: She has elements of this trope, such as the bitchiness, though she's more tomboyish than most.
  • Badbutt: She's portrayed as being rougher than Rainbow Dash, but with an even heavier dose of Totally Radical and some copiously kid-friendly insults to go with it.
  • Berserk Button: Becomes visibly incensed whenever anypony laughs at her, even in good fun.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Rainbow Dash thought Gilda was like her; brash and cocky but overall a Nice Girl. She legitimately was once before she Took a Level in Jerkass, but they patched up that relationship.
  • Break the Haughty: Pinkie Pie's party eventually does this to her, thanks to her coincidentally triggering all of Rainbow Dash's pranks.
  • Broken Pedestal: To Rainbow Dash. She shouldn't have bullied Rainbow's other friends behind her back in the first place. The pedestal is rebuilt after she (Gilda) helps save her and Pinkie's lives.
  • The Bully: Shunning Pinkie Pie and driving Fluttershy to tears.
  • The Bus Came Back: She reappears in "The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone" in Season 5.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Sees Pinkie Pie as a third wheel in her relationship with Rainbow Dash and tries driving her off.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In "The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone" she's evolved into this, with a dash of Silent Snarker.
  • Evil Counterpart: To her old flight school friend Rainbow Dash, who has her arrogance and brashness without being a jackass all the time. She got better.
  • Fantastic Racism: She considers ponies in general to be "lame". Could also count as a Stealth Pun, as Greek Mythology states that griffins and horses are natural enemies.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: While minor, the events in the Abysmal Abyss have made her this with Pinkie Pie and helped rekindle her friendship with Rainbow Dash.
  • Freudian Excuse: Played with. "The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone" reveals she was bullied as a kid in flight camp before Rainbow Dash became her friend to protect her from bullies. However, that's not the reason she's a grump now; the entire griffon species has an excuse that their once proud and prosperous kingdom has become a dump.
  • Friend or Idol Decision: In "The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone," she's torn between risking Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie's lives, or trying to retrieve an ancient relic of the griffons. Of course, she saves the ponies, letting the idol fall.
  • Hero of Another Story: "The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone" ends with her being tasked with introducing friendship to the griffon race, all by herself.
  • Humiliation Conga: During the party at the end of "Griffon the Brush-Off", she gets pranked repeatedly. Rainbow Dash claims this wasn't on purpose, but just "dumb luck" that Gilda set them all off.
  • Interspecies Friendship: Gilda, a Griffon, is friends with Rainbow Dash, a Pegasus, at least until they had a falling out at the end of "Griffon the Brush Off". They reconcile their friendship during the events of "The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone".
  • Jerkass: Rude, shunning, drives ponies to tears, etc. Buuutt...
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In "The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone," Pinkie Pie picks up there really is a decent griffon underneath all the cynicism and snark.
  • Kick the Dog: Take your pick: trying to sabotage Pinkie's friendship with Rainbow, scaring Granny Smith out of her wits, or bullying Fluttershy until she cried. For Pinkie Pie herself, it's the last one. She was the victim of the first and witnessed the other two.
  • The Lad-ette: One thing she has in common with Rainbow is tomboyish-ness.
  • Leitmotif: Gilda's entrance and establishing character moments are backed with hair metal-esque guitar chords.
  • Lethal Chef: Her griffon scones are hard as rocks, even causing Pinkie Pie to lose some teeth when she eats one. A little baking powder fixed that, though.
  • Meaningful Name: The name Gilda means "gilded" or "golden". This may not seem like much until you remember the old phrase "All that glitters isn't gold", which hits Genius Bonus territory when you remember that during her entrance, Gilda seemed like a cool and awesome friend, but turned out to be a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing which proves the phrase "don't judge a book by its cover". However, in "The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone", she proves she does have a Hidden Heart of Gold.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: She's half Feathered Fiend and half Panthera Awesome.
    Pinkie Pie: What's a griffon?
    Rainbow Dash: She's half eagle, half lion.
    Gilda: And AAAAAALL awesome!.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Bizarrely, Gilda seems to be friendlier than most griffons, if only to a very minor degree; she was capable of befriending an outsider (Rainbow Dash), even if that friendship temporarily went sour due to her possessiveness, and in Griffonstone, she actually shows some concern for her fellow griffons, such as Grandpa Gruff. When Pinkie and Dash leave Griffonstone, they trust her enough to leave the task of teaching the other griffons friendship to her.
  • Noisy Nature: She can both screech like a red-tailed hawk and roar like a lion.
  • Our Gryphons Are Different: With a Stealth Pun made based on other depictions of griffons: Granny Smith mistakes Gilda's tail for a snake.
  • The Prankster: Unlike Pinkie and Rainbow, she has no reservations about scaring others for her own amusement. Of course, as the saying goes, she can dish it out but she can't take it.
  • Prehensile Tail: While taking a bite out of an apple she stole, the hair on her tail grips it like she had an extra pair of fingers hidden under them.
  • Pride: She doesn't hold back on how awesome and superior she thinks she is compared to the ponies. This fits with Animal Stereotypes common to both eagles and lions; being apex predators associated with royalty, they tend to have pride and a superiority complex as Fatal Flaw.
  • Shadow Archetype:
    • To Rainbow Dash. While both are athletic show-offs and proud of it, Gilda is a complete Jerkass to everypony she encounters except Rainbow Dash. While Rainbow ends up backing off of pranking Fluttershy when she realizes Fluttershy would take it the wrong way, Gilda yells at the poor pony just for bumping into her. Finally, while Rainbow Dash is perfectly happy with making new friends, Gilda only cares about Rainbow and looks down on everypony else.
    • Also to Pinkie Pie, considering they both like sweets, playing pranks, and hanging out with Rainbow Dash. The difference is that Pinkie Pie pranks others out of fun and to share a laugh with others, while Gilda does it to push others around. Furthermore, like Pinkie, she bakes for a living.
  • Shrinking Violet: She was very withdrawn when she was younger.
  • Smug Snake: Her expressions when she ditches Pinkie Pie and flies up into the sky to avoid her. Clearly she has no idea who she's dealing with.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Her episode pretty much cemented the fact that her species is spelled "griffon" within the franchise, instead of "griffin" or "gryphon".
  • Super Speed: This is the only way she could keep up with Rainbow Dash.
  • Sweet Tooth: "Vanilla lemon drops! Don't mind if I do!"
  • Tomboy: Like Rainbow Dash she is competitive in sports and has a crude/cocky demeanor.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Although still evidently a jerk, her first reappearance in about four seasons shows that underneath her cynicism and snark, she is actually a decent person- to the point where she risked her life and sacrificed the Idol of Boreas to save Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie from falling to their deaths.
  • Toothy Bird: When the expression requires it, she not only gains teeth but also lips that extend far beyond her beak.
  • Totally Radical: Talks like this. For example, anyone who isn't cool in her book is called a "lame-o", "dweeb" or "doofus". Though this is gone in her second appearance.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: When she first arrived in Junior Speedsters flight school, she was very shy and withdrawn. Rainbow Dash standing up for her changed that.
  • Vegetarian Carnivore: A weird example; Gilda's a mix of two animals that are known for being carnivores, and yet she has a taste for apples and vanilla lemon drops.
  • We Used to Be Friends: She and Rainbow Dash by the end of her first appearance. This also convinces Gilda to help Rainbow in her second appearance.
  • When She Smiles: Her genuine smiles when she's finally rekindled her friendship with Rainbow are surprisingly adorable.
  • Would Hurt a Child: She has no problem pushing Spike out of her way at her party.
  • X-Ray Sparks: When she gets shocked by Pinkie's joy buzzer at the party.

    Trixie 
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Debut: "Boast Busters"

Voiced by: Kathleen Barr

The Great and Powerful Trixie Lulamoon is a blue unicorn who boasts about and greatly exaggerates her magical powers. She enjoys traveling around Equestria, putting on a magic show for all to come and see.

She also has an Equestria Girls counterpart; tropes specific to this character go to her specific entry.

  • Adaptation Name Change: At one point, the two parts of her name seemed to be separate names, as everything but the toy line only referred to her as Trixie while the toy line only referred to her as Lulamoon. Hasbro rectified this by having subsequent toy releases refer to her as Trixie Lulamoon.
  • The Adjectival Superhero: She's "The Great and Powerful" Trixie.
  • Adorkable: After the Alicorn Amulet is removed and the effects wear off, her friendlier Large Ham antics and cap tearing come off as endearing.
  • All There in the Manual:
    • The European version of her Wave 4 collector card reveals that she "has a favourite star!" (Her other out-of-show descriptions don't reveal anything that isn't apparent from her appearance in "Boast Busters".)
    • It's stated by Lauren Faust herself that Trixie once attended the School for Gifted Unicorns, just like Twilight and Sunset did.
  • All There in the Script:
  • Always Someone Better: Her view on Twilight Sparkle, after the Ursa Minor incident.
  • Anti-Hero: Her Season Six-onward appearances have her in this role: she (mostly) means well and cares for her friends, especially Starlight, but she's still vain, self-centered, and often oblivious to how her actions affect others.
  • Anti-Villain: Type IV in "Boast Busters", since she doesn't do anything villainous — even if she is an arrogant show-off. In "Magic Duel", she's more of a Type II, since most of her wrongdoings are the amulet's fault.
  • Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better: Believes this wholeheartedly, and says so word-for-word. In practice, though, she doesn't actually outdo anypony, just humiliate them with their own tricks.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Or Arrogant Magician Girl in her case. She brazenly shows off her magic tricks and dares anyone to do better than her. Justified as she is a show pony and "Challenge Acts" have been used by many magicians in Real Life.
  • Ascended Extra: She began as a one-shot Villain of the Week, but received a massive amount of fan attention. Since then, she got a return episode in Season 3,note  another one in Season 6, and became one of the main protagonists of the two-part finale. By Season 7, she has been unofficially promoted to the supporting cast. She is also the focus of two story arcs in the comics, receives several cameos in said comics, and her human counterpart in the Equestria Girls films is a recurring supporting character.
  • Attention Whore: As her career path should be a hint to, Trixie loves attention and showing off.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Her full name is Trixie Lulamoon, which is a pretty great name for a performer.
  • Ax-Crazy: While under the influence of the Alicorn amulet and while enslaving Ponyville.
  • Badass Boast: Such as her Ursa Major victory.
  • Brainwash Residue: It takes a short while for the Alicorn Amulet's corruption to wear off after it's been removed, but afterwards she does change for the better.
  • Break the Haughty: As a result of Twilight showing her up in "Boast Busters" she became a laughing stock, couldn't make a living with her performance, and had to work on a rock farm. Initially this made her furious at Twilight; eventually she accepts her humble pie and becomes a nicer pony.
  • The Bully:
    • Initially starts out as this by embarrassing other ponies. She stops after her Heel–Face Turn at the end of "Magic Duel".
    • This is taken Up to Eleven in "Magic Duel" when she performs mean-spirited magic to goad Twilight into dueling her.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Despite being a "reformed" villain she still has a habit of causing problems and being rude to others who are clearly stronger than her.
    • In "No Second Prances" she clearly causes Twilight a very hard time just for the heck of it. This is one of the four main royal figures in the country and one of the most powerful ponies alive; she only got off easy because this is Twilight we're talking about. She even continues to do this in "To Where and Back Again – Part 1" where she is clearly happy Starlight wanted her to come to her old village with her rather than Twilight.
    • During the Season 6 finale, "To Where and Back Again – Part 2" she engages with a lot of Snark-to-Snark Combat with Discord, insulting his intelligence and saying he has an annoying personality.
    • Though unintentional, her attitude to not care about the problems she causes and not even apologize for them angers Starlight in "All Bottled Up".
  • The Caligula: She becomes this in "Magic Duel" under the corrupting influence of the Alicorn Amulet. You know she's far gone when she stops trusting wheels.
  • Cartesian Karma: The sole truly evil things Trixie has ever done were while she was under the influence of the Alicorn Amulet, which turned her into a megalomaniac. Otherwise, she's just a rather harmless braggart. Nonetheless, the inhabitants of Ponyville (including Twilight Sparkle, the Princess of Friendship herself) are still wary of her despite the regrets she expressed. Admittedly, they likely also know that Trixie intentionally saved up for the amulet with the express purpose of humiliating Twilight, giving them reason to dislike her outside of the corruption the amulet later caused. There is also the fact that before the amulet, her act consisting of her challenging others to contests of talents and rather than beat them, she just uses their tricks against them to humiliate them while also building herself up. She may have regretted her actions under the amulet, but she doesn't seem remorseful for her obnoxious attitude and performance.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Her appearance in "No Second Prances" sets her up to take the stage as a main protagonist in "To Where and Back Again".
  • Color-Coded Wizardry: Her natural magic aura is pink, but the Alicorn Amulet makes it turn red.
  • Commonality Connection: With Starlight Glimmer, both of them being reformed antagonists who struggle to make friends because they are judged on what they did in the past and they share a similar snarky, playful sense of humour.
  • Cowardly Lion: The Season 6 finale reveals that Trixie very easily panics when dealing with "princess-level" threats, though it doesn't stop her from trying when she is one of the ponies left to do something.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • At the receiving end against the Ursa Minor.
    • Delivers this in the beginning of "Magic Duel", and is on the receiving end of one at the end of the episode.
  • Cute Witch: Dresses the part for her stage act with a hat and cloak.
  • Determinator: Not when it comes to external threats, but when it comes to her stage magic, she refuses to give up on a new trick, even if her life is on the line. Shown in "No Second Prances" when she refuses to give up the Moonshot Manticore Mouthdive despite not having Starlight to save her, and in Trixie and the Razzle-Dazzle Ruse when she refuses to give up on a stunt despite a curse slowly turning her body into a statue.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu??: In "To Where and Back Again", she shows no qualms over insulting Discord himself, even before his powers are negated by Chrysalis's throne.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: When Trixie reveals that she originally only made friends Starlight to get back at Twilight, she tries to recover, saying that she really felt a genuine connection after using Starlight — and then adding in that "beating Twilight is just a bonus!". She then recognizes that she's only making herself sound worse.
  • Driven by Envy: In "No Second Prances," she confesses to Starlight that she's jealous of Twilight for being better than her. In fact, that was the initial reason she befriended Starlight, to show up Twilight (though she does develop genuine feelings of friendship for her).
  • Driven to Suicide: When she wrecks her friendship with Starlight Glimmer, she nevertheless proceeds to do a magic trick that she could only survive with Starlight's help. Luckily, Starlight forgives her and saves her. Word of God later confirmed it wasn't meant to be a actual suicide attempt (there are various hints in the episode that her life was not in danger), but it is understandable many viewers saw it as that.
  • Drunk on the Dark Side: Her Alicorn Amulet increases her power, but also makes the user Drunk with Power.
  • Easily Forgiven: Twilight Sparkle forgives her for her heinous actions at the end of "Magic Duel". Granted, she was under the influence of a corrupted artifact, but why would she use such a dangerous item in the first place? Though this is subverted somewhat in "No Second Prances", as Twilight tries to stop Starlight from being friends with Trixie because she doesn't trust the latter not to be a bad influence. Both ponies call her out on this.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Once she's free from the Alicorn Amulet, she's truly remorseful of how badly she treated everypony while under its influence.
    • She's willing to let Fluttershy's beavers leave the barrier freely, despite her having no reason to do so.
  • Evil Counterpart: Presented as one to Twilight. Trixie has magical powers but exaggerates and boasts to prop up her ego, while Twilight has superior powers but is humble and doesn't want to show off. It goes into full Evil territory when she wears the Alicorn Amulet, gaining even greater power to rival Twilight and using it to conquer Ponyville and enslave Twilight's friends. The "Reflections" arc in the comics take it even further by implying in a Mirror Universe, it was Trixie, not Twilight, who became an alicorn princess.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: She is warned the Alicorn Amulet is dangerous, but takes it anyway to increase her power. The result is it corrupting her mind and turning her from (reasonably) bitter to a sociopathic trigger-happy tyrant.
  • Evil Laugh: She does this (while corrupted by the amulet) when she wins a magic duel to Twilight.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: She claims to have defeated an Ursa Major, but can only mildly annoy an Ursa Minor.
  • Fallen-on-Hard-Times Job: After her humiliation in Ponyville, she has to temporarily become a rock farmer to make ends meet.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: You think that "Trixie", being a cute name as it is, would mean that she's a nice pony? You'll be wrong.
  • Foreshadowing: The Gameloft commercial showcased a less antagonistic Trixie.
  • Freudian Excuse:
    • After being humiliated by Twilight, Trixie was considered a laughing stock around Equestria. This prompted her to return to Ponyville later to get revenge for ruining her life (even though it was her own fault to begin with). The Alicorn Amulet also makes its user go Drunk on the Dark Side, turning her from bitter to cruel.
    • She admits to being jealous of Twilight's magical power in "No Second Prances", and eventually that she befriended Starlight Glimmer and got the idea of one-upping Twilight.
  • Friendless Background: If her remark in "No Second Prances" regarding Starlight being her "first friend" is to be believed, Trixie has never known true friendship before.
  • Friend to All Children:
    • Inverted. The children seem to like her, but she isn't nice to them.
    • Played straight in the IDW comics, with Trixie being much nicer than before and even starting an Inter Generational Friendship with Babs Seed.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Thanks to the Alicorn Amulet, she goes from a stage magician barely powerful enough to annoy an Ursa Minor to a near-unstoppable tyrant who defeats Twilight and enslaves Ponyville.
  • Having a Blast: She has the ability to summon fireworks, which seems to be one of her few unique skills.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door:
    • Depending on the Writer, other pieces of expanded universe material suggest that Trixie might not be completely reformed. The Twilight Sparkle and the Crystal Heart Spell chapter book has her pulling pranks and scamming ponies alongside Gilda, and in Issue #9 of the IDW series she puts on a puppet show version of the Ursa Minor incident, except that it glorifies her and demonizes the Mane Six.
    • She's back at it again in "No Second Prances" where she lambasts Twilight Sparkle for failing to forgive her, before acting highly antagonistically and proving Twilight right to do so with some very underhanded motives. She eventually learns her lesson, but as usual provides no reassurance that it will stick.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: A non-fatal example in "To Where and Back Again – Part 2". Trixie allows herself to be ambushed and captured by the changelings in order for Starlight Glimmer and Thorax to escape and find Queen Chrysalis.
  • Hero of Another Story: Has become this in the comics post Heel–Face Turn. Its clear she goes around Equestria on her own adventures and even helps out ponies, crossing paths with the Mane Six here & there for a team up.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Starlight Glimmer.
  • Hidden Depths: During the chaos of her debut episode, instead of freaking out and running away when the Ursa showed up, she was ready to at least attempt to live up to her exaggerations on stage.
  • Humble Pie: What she doles out to those who challenge her claims by taking whatever task they challenged her with and twisting it to her own ends. She staunchly refuses to eat the piece that's served up to her after Twilight deals with the Ursa Minor. The second time it sticks.
  • Iconic Outfit: Her magician's cloak and hat.
  • Ignored Epiphany: Downplayed example, but Trixie states in "To Where and Back Again – Part 1" that the trick to mistakes you make is to forget about them and move on. While this is good advice for some things it also means she never learns from the mistakes she makes.
  • Innocently Insensitive: In "All Bottled Up" she keeps riling Starlight up without realizing it.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Doesn't trust wheels after taking over Ponyville during her season 3 return. This is one of the signs that the Alicorn Amulet is driving her mad.
  • Insistent Terminology: She prefers to be called "The Great and Powerful Trixie" at all times.
  • Insufferable Genius: She has honest magical talent. The problem is that she won't shut up about it, grossly exaggerating what ability she has and uses it to lash out at anyone who tells her off. The IDW Comics imply she might have the potential to be on Twilight's level, as her alternate self became an alicorn. Once she actually gets magical training from Starlight, she shows to be capable of some impressive magic like teleporting the entire Cutie Map a respectable distance away.
  • In the Hood: At the beginning of "Magic Duel" to avoid attention.
  • Irony:
    • Her claims of being the most powerful unicorn who ever lived are meant to be painted as extreme narcissism and boasting, but for a brief period, thanks to the artifact, she might very well have been in the running.
    • She loses to Twilight in her rematch thanks to trickery and sleight of hand, which is supposed to be her specialty.
  • It's All About Me: The reason why she likes to calls herself "Great and Powerful". She gradually becomes more selfless following her Heel–Face Turn to the point of sacrificing herself to the Changelings to let her friends continue on to stop the Changelings' invasion.
  • Jerkass: How well she rose to the challenges of other ponies is debatable; the thing she definitely did was humiliate anyone that talked back at her while she was boasting. The Alicorn Amulet turns it Up to Eleven.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Becomes this by the end of "Magic Duel". She's still a boastful ham but no longer showing it in people's faces or humiliating them.
    • She acts terribly all through "All Bottled Up", being consistently insensitive, rude and uncaring towards Starlight Glimmer, who's supposed to be her best friend. The thing is she's absolutely horrified when Starlight finally calls her out on this, having not realized the severity of her actions.
  • Lack of Empathy: She's a little too eager to humiliate Twilight, who even Trixie's defenders admit wasn't doing anything wrong, and takes pleasure in humiliating Applejack and Rarity, who only defend their friends. Taken Up to Eleven when she's influenced by the Alicorn Amulet which turns her into a sociopath. Once it's removed and has time to wear off, she feels terrible and helps Twilight with her performance out of gratitude.
    • "All Bottled Up" indicates that Trixie doesn't even realize how annoying she is, or the impact of her actions on others.
  • Large Ham: Justified, as she is a show pony. Even after she makes a Heel–Face Turn and is genuinely apologizing for her actions, her presence is still larger than life.
  • Lovable Coward: Though normally full of herself, she goes to pieces in the face of actual danger. Notably this doesn't stop her trying to confront it... despite looking ready to wet herself the entire time. In "To Where and Back Again", from the moment the changeling threat is revealed, she spends most of the two-parter shaking, screaming, hyperventilating or outright panicking. She still manages to demonstrate plenty of courage when it is really needed, however.
  • The Magic Touch: In Trixie and the Razzle-Dazzle Ruse, she gets the ability to turn anything she touches into glowpaz, a rare and incredibly valuable gem after being accidentally cursed by Rarity.
  • Magicians Are Wizards: All Unicorns have some degree of magic, but Trixie augments hers in her stage act with fireworks and smoke bombs.
  • The Magnificent: She's more than happy to tell you she's the GREAT and POWERFUL Trixie! The Gameloft app also literally calls her the Magnificant.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • The name "Trixie" means "bringer of joy" and she is first and foremost an entertainer. Plus her specialty is performing tricks.
    • "Trixie" is also a shortened version of the name "Beatrix" which means "voyager, or traveler" and she's a traveling showpony.
    • "Trixie" sounds like "tricksy", meaning devious.
    • The name "Lulamoon" references her cutie mark which includes magic sparkles in a shape resembling that of a crescent moon.
  • Miles Gloriosus: Trixie is legitimately talented, but not nearly to the degree she claims. She claims to be mighty enough to defeat an Ursa Major, and when Applejack, Rainbow Dash, and Rarity challenge her to a duel, she defeats them by interfering with their own tricks rather than by displaying superior skill. When Snips and Snails lead an Ursa into Ponyville, Trixie runs away, and only fights back when urged to by her adoring fans. She fails miserably, forcing her to admit that all of her amazing tales were just lies to make her look more important.
  • Mugging the Monster:
    • When the crowd doesn't respond to her open challenge, the first pony she tries to pick a fight with is Twilight Sparkle. The only reason Trixie doesn't get her flank handed to her on the spot is because, again, it's Twilight Sparkle.
    • In "To Where and Back Again – Part 2", she spends most of the episode trying to pick a fight with Discord.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • After the Alicorn Amulet is removed and its corruption wears off, she shows genuine remorse for her behavior and apologizes to Twilight.
    • In "No Second Prances", Trixie befriends Starlight Glimmer as a way of trying to beat Twilight at something, but genuinely likes Starlight for herself. When Starlight finds out about Trixie's ulterior motives, she runs out in tears and Trixie feels so guilty she sheds Tears of Remorse.
  • Mystical High Collar: Wears a robe with one as part of her act.
  • Mystical White Hair: Trixie has this sort of hair, though with shades of light blue.
  • Narcissist: She puts herself above others, exaggerates her talents ("I'm the Great & Powerful Trixie"), constantly lies to make herself sound better and often cheats (buying the amulet) to get what she wants. She has next to no shame about any of this, and being called on it will only make her Attention Whore harder.
  • Never My Fault: In "Magic Duel," she lays the blame for her fall from grace entirely on Twilight's shoulders. While it's true Twilight showed her up, she only had to do it because Trixie falsely bragged to all and sundry about defeating an Ursa Major, leading two of her more impressionable fans to prove her "greatness" by bringing the Ursa Minor to Ponyville. But Trixie flat-out refuses to acknowledge that her own lies led to her undoing.
  • Nice Hat: A shiny and decorative wizard hat.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Originally little more than a pompous buffoon in "Boast Busters", the Alicorn Amulet gives her the power and sociopathy to outmatch Twilight and take over all of Ponyville in "Magic Duel".
  • Passive Aggressive Combat: In "To Where and Back Again - Part 1", she takes great delight in Starlight inviting her to go with her to her old village instead of Twilight. Trixie "praises" Twilight for her "wisdom", making sure to emphasize how she's Starlight's best friend.
  • Pride: Why else would she give herself a title like "the Great and Powerful"?
    • Her friendship with Starlight has curbed this somewhat, as she freely admits to her friend that she's made mistakes in the past (although this is inverted later on when Starlight later asks her to repeat this statement; Trixie initially mumbles it through gritted teeth, clearly not happy to say it again).
  • Punny Name: She is a magician, she does tricks. Tricks. Trixie.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: When apologizing to Twilight at the end of "Magic Duel".
  • Purple is Powerful: Her eyes, hat, and cloak.
  • Pyrrhic Villainy: In "No Second Prances," Trixie manages to keep Starlight from going to Twilight's dinner with Celestia and cites it as a victory over Twilight since Starlight chose to help her instead. But after Starlight runs off crying, Trixie realizes that her "win" is meaningless if it cost her a genuine friendship.
  • Reality Warper: When using the Alicorn Amulet, she becomes capable of advanced spells that all have varying effects on reality. Case in point, she uses a spell that conjures a cursor and computer trash bin to remove and delete Pinkie Pie's mouth.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The Alicorn Amulet in "Magic Duel" gives her red eyes. It also tints her magic red.
  • Redemption Promotion: After her redemption, she shows she's much more competent and even helps save the world. After getting magic training from Starlight, she shows some pretty impressive magic.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: There's a minor version of this with the police chief as her actions in Ponyville (alongside finding the real Ostlerheimer Diamond in her hat) are what convince him Trixie is the jewel thief despite her attempts at showing that she has changed.
  • Revenge: Her primary motivation in "Magic Duel".
  • Robe and Wizard Hat: Her stage outfit.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: Her title from the Gameloft app, Trixie the Magnificant.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: She enters into this dynamic with Discord in "To Where and Back Again", the two constantly bickering with and mocking each other.
  • Shadow Archetype:
    • For Twilight Sparkle. Trixie's an utter braggart and flaunts her abilities, while Twilight treats them like no big deal and is quite friendly and afraid of looking like a showoff.
    • For Rarity, considering that they are both unicorns with a lot of pride and they have younger males that are interested in them. The difference is that Rarity is very nice to Spike on the whole, whereas Trixie was pretty mean to Snips and Snails after they had done what she wanted.
    • For Rainbow Dash, since they are both blue mares that are admired by children, love to show off their talents, and often let their ego get the best of them, but while Rainbow Dash is indeed a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, Trixie is undoubtedly a Jerkass. This makes it rather surprising that two end up working quite well together in Friends Forever #6; it probably helps that Trixie, at this point, is much nicer than before and acts a bit more like Rainbow Dash, a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
    • The positive aspect of the trope also comes into play: Trixie shows off her abilities to great personal satisfaction and wins a good deal of appreciation from her audience (presumably, before her ego got too big, her audience liked her even more). Twilight wants to use her magic and take pride in it, but is holding herself back for fear of being seen as a braggart. (The events of "Winter Wrap Up" may have given her a wrong impression of Ponyvillian expectations of magic.) At the end of the episode, Twilight learns that it is okay to indulge in her talents as long as she doesn't let it go to her head, thus embracing Trixie's positive qualities while rejecting the negative ones.
    • The IDW Comics take this a step further by having it revealed a Mirror Universe version of Trixie was the one who became a heroic Alicorn instead of Twilight, which implies Trixie could potentially have been just like Twilight if things had been different. Ironically enough, her mirror counterpart is the Element of Humility.
  • Shock and Awe: She can create a raincloud to shock ponies with. Unfortunately, it isn't enough to subdue a humongous bear.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: All she can do are simple magic tricks and a few mean-spirited telekinetic pranks (at least until Starlight starts teaching her), but she talks down to everyone, including the Mane Six, who defeated Nightmare Moon and don't brag about it.
  • Smoke Out: She loves making a departure by blowing up a smoke bomb, though initially it doesn't last long enough to completely cover her exit. When she tries it in "Magic Duel", she runs away and trips over herself. In "To Where and Back Again – Part 1", Trixie uses a smoke bomb to help her and Starlight Glimmer escape from Starlight's old village. This time, it works, as the smoke lingers longer and makes the ponies cough and clutch their eyes, so the two are far away by the time they recover. In "Part 2", she gets to put her smoke bombs to good use inside the hive, with Thorax's help, to confuse a changeling patrol.
  • Smug Smiler: A condescending smirk to everyone.
  • Smug Super: Doesn't hesitate to boast about her superior skills, regardless of the fact that she isn't as good as she claims. Taken Up to Eleven once she gets her hooves on the Alicorn Amulet.
  • Stage Magician: Her profession. Her cutie mark is even a Magic Wand! Granted, genuine magic does exist in this world (and Trixie herself wields it), but few ponies make a magic act out of it. She backs it up with tools such as smoke bombs.
  • Supernatural Is Purple: Her clothes are purple to help her image of being a great sorceress. She also has Purple Eyes.
  • Taken for Granite: In Trixie and the Razzle-Dazzle Ruse, the Gem Hoof curse Rarity accidentally casts on her slowly transforms her into a glowpaz statue. By the end of the book, over half her body is solid before Starlight finally gets the cure to her.
  • Too Important to Walk: She pulls this on Snips and Snails, who have to drag her around on a carriage without wheels.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In the IDW Comics, where she learns to use her tricks in more practical ways, like aiding in Ponyville's defense against the Nightmares, and assisting the Manehattan's police in the capture of an evasive jewels thief; in the latter case, this also shows that her stage magician's abilities are becoming more appreciated as well.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: She goes from a stage magician who's ineffectual at backing up her claims in "Boast Busters", to a pure Jerkass who changes ponies For the Evulz in "Magic Duel". The result of the Alicorn Amulet both increasing her powers and corrupting her.
  • Took a Level in Kindness:
    • After losing the Alicorn Amulet and being brought back to normal, she is genuinely remorseful and attempts to tone down her ways, in her own way of course.
      Trixie: Don't you think the "Great and Apologetic" Trixie is the most magnificent and humble pony you've ever seen?
    • Continued in the IDW Comics, where she's seen at a party of Rarity's and plays a role in protecting Ponyville from the Nightmare Forces. Later in the comics, she asks for Rainbow Dash's help with getting her out of Diamondia and they work fairly well with each other (minus a bit of snarking from time to time) and aids the police and later Applejack, Rarity, Fluttershy, Apple Bloom, and Babs Seed in apprehending a major jewel thief.
    • In "No Second Prances", she makes a genuine friend in Starlight and even realizes the majority of her conflict with Twilight Sparkle at that point is for petty reasons. She's considerably more heroic after this point.
    • In the Season 6 finale, she sacrifices herself to the Changelings to protect her friends and give them a chance to stop Queen Chrysalis.
  • Third-Person Person: Only when she wants to emphasize how great and powerful she is. Which is always. Perhaps the only challenge she wouldn't have been able to twist to make the other pony look bad would be referring to herself in the first-person.
  • Troll: In "No Second Prances," she turns some of Twilight's silverware into a sculpture of herself, just to annoy Twilight.
  • Trrrilling Rrrs: When she calls herself "The Great and Powerful TRRRRRRIXIE!!!"
  • True Blue Femininity: Inverted. Like Rainbow Dash, her coat is blue but she is not particularly feminine.
  • Ungrateful Bastard:
    • After Twilight saves her, and the rest of Ponyville, from an Ursa Minor, she just says Twilight will never be as good as her and runs off. When she returned in "Magic Duel" she blamed Twilight for ruining her with the Ursa Minor incident even though she lied about being able to beat it herself to make herself look better.
    • When she returns once again in "No Second Prances" she admits that she is still jealous of Twilight despite how she saved her from the Alicorn Amulet's corrupting effects. She even admits that the reason she made friends with Starlight Glimmer in the first place was to have her choose Trixie over Twilight so she could finally beat Twilight at something, until she actually became real friends with Starlight.
  • Villainous Breakdown: When Twilight seems to overpower her during their rematch in "Magic Duel".
  • Villain Exit Stage Left: She clumsily runs off at the end of "Boast Busters", then returns in "Magic Duel" before leaving in much the same fashion, albeit on much better terms with the townsfolk.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Her magical ability is leagues behind Twilight's, but the tricks she can do are accomplished with a quickness and efficiency that Twilight usually only has on her better days and in routine telekinesis. The most likely explanation is that she has practice and finesse in everything she does already, while Twilight is still constantly pushing for a new, more challenging spell. The weak part of this can also be debated. Outside special cases like Twilight and Shining Armor, she's actually stronger than the average unicorn, and unlike the average unicorn, she has a wide array of tricks. Starlight Glimmer sincerely calls her the greatest magician in the world at least. Somewhat subverted once she gets actual training from Starlight, after which she manages some impressive magic, though she still needs practice with a few of her spells.
  • Weather Manipulation: Her one genuine act of powerful magic is to summon a thundercloud above the Ursa. It is woefully underpowered and only serves to anger her target, but the act itself is a decent display of power.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: The Alicorn Amulet gives her tremendous power, but also turns her into a power-mad and insane despot. She has Snips and Snails pull her chariot without wheels because she doesn't trust wheels.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: In "Magic Duel", we're shown the Ursa Minor Incident ruined her magic career and her life, forcing her to work on a rock farm just to make ends meet. This results in her trying to get revenge on those that she blames for it all. While it doesn't justify anything she did in the episode, she didn't do much to deserve that. She's also corrupted by the Alicorn Amulet into a tyrant. She's restored in the end and makes a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Would Hurt a Child: When she returns to Ponyville, she torments a number of children, especially Snips and Snails (they WERE the ones who awoke the Ursa Minor, leading up to her fall) because she was corrupted by the Alicorn Amulet.
  • You ALL Look Familiar: Multiple Trixies (all lacking cutie marks) appear in a shot from "Bridle Gossip" and "The Return of Harmony – Part 1".
  • You Don't Look Like You:
    • The toy line and some of The Merch lack the peculiarity of her eyes.
    • Her brushable toy's box gives her an additional bit of mane in front of her horn.
    • Her molded toys and collector cards all depict her as a Palette Swap, usually of Rarity but in one toy's case of Twilight Sparkle.

    Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon 
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The duo laughs at your pathetic attempts on getting a cutie mark.note 
Voiced by: Chantal Strand (Diamond Tiara), Shannon Chan-Kent (Silver Spoon)

Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon are Spoiled Brats who regularly torment the Cutie Mark Crusaders, teasing them over not having their cutie marks yet.

  • Alliterative Name: Both of them, though Diamond Dazzle Tiara has only been referred to as Diamond Tiara outside of the toy line.
  • All There in the Script: Diamond Tiara has a middle name, "Dazzle", which has only been used in the toyline; specifically, in the Miniature Collection's Class of Cutie Marks Set.
  • Alpha Bitch: Diamond Tiara is the bitchy one out of the two.
  • Annoying Laugh: They both have one when mocking the CMC.
  • Arc Villain: They serve as this during the CMC's Story Arc to find their cutie marks. They stop being antagonistic the same episode the CMC get their marks.
  • Attention Whore: Both of them, Diamond Tiara especially.
  • Beneath the Mask: Diamond turns out to be under a metric ton of stress due to her mother's perfectionism, and to secretly envy the CMC for their friendship and still having their future ahead of them.
  • Beta Bitch: Silver Spoon follows Diamond Tiara's lead.
  • Be Yourself: This is an Aesop that Diamond Tiara learns. Because she was always a mean bully, she lost not only the election, but her only friend as well. Diamond Tiara leaned that she doesn't have to act like her mother to gain the respect of her classmates. She learned to be herself.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Diamond Tiara takes the cake on this one.
  • Blowing a Raspberry: Diamond Tiara does this in "Ponyville Confidential".
  • The Bully: They take pride in demeaning the CMC for their lack of cutie marks.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Both fillies do this while teasing the other fillies. Tiara gets a particularly cruel one after Apple Bloom trips at the party.
  • Cool Crown: Diamond Tiara wears a diamond tiara.
  • Daddy's Girl: Diamond Tiara is one of only two fillies paying attention to her dad's presentation during "Family Appreciation Day". Indeed, she hangs on his every word with an adoring look on her face.
  • Da Editor: Following Namby-Pamby's graduation, Diamond Tiara serves as the editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, the Foal Free Press, until the position is stripped away from her and given to Featherweight.
  • Demoted to Extra: Despite patching things up with the Cutie Mark Crusaders, Diamond Tiara has made only a few voiceless appearances in the background during the sixth season. Silver Spoon meanwhile has appeared even less, showing up for all of two seconds throughout the same season.
  • The Dividual: A pair of bully side characters. Diamond Tiara stepped out of this in "Ponyvile Confidental" because she appeared on her own in a major role.
  • Don't Tell Mama: Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon are terrified of being ratted on when Babs Seed threatens to tell their mothers about their attitudes. After meeting DT's mom in "Crusaders of the Lost Mark", this is justified.
  • Enfant Terrible: Diamond Tiara shows shades of this (until her redemption), a key example being in "Ponyville Confidential", wherein she outright states that she cares about nobody else's feelings but her own.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Diamond Tiara is shocked when Silver Spoon is the first pony to applaud Granny Smith's story to the class in "Family Appreciation Day". Then, in "Crusaders of the Lost Mark", she doesn't vote for Diamond after being rejected in helping out with her school presidential campaign.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: The one time Diamond Tiara is seen smiling out of (ostensibly) pure happiness is during a business lecture by her father that has put the rest of the class to sleep.
  • Evil Counterpart: Diamond Tiara, not evil per se, is this to Apple Bloom. They are both leaders of the town and relatives of important business ponies, but unlike Apple Bloom, Diamond Tiara can be extremely bossy and demanding. She lacks the empathy and compassion Apple Bloom has for a leader ("Feelings, I don't care about feelings!!").
  • Expy: In the same way that the Cutie Mark Crusaders are the MLP-verse Powerpuff Girls, Diamond Tiara is their Princess Morbucks.
  • Fantastic Slur: "BLANK FLANK!"
  • Flat Character: Unlike Diamond Tiara, who at least has Hidden Depths and got some Character Development in the end, there's not much more to Silver Spoon beyond being a generic Beta Bitch. It does not help that, like Scootaloo, we know nothing of her family.
  • Foil: "Crusaders of the Lost Mark" makes it clear that Diamond Tiara's this to the Cutie Mark Crusaders. While they were having a hard time dealing with not having cutie marks, Diamond Tiara was struggling with having a mark that she didn't fully understand and was unable to use effectively until the Crusaders helped her. It's heavily implied that she's mean partly out of jealousy.
  • For the Evulz: This seems to be their most likely motive for bullying the Cutie Mark Crusaders as it hasn't been explained why they do so. This finally gets elaborated on in "Crusaders of the Lost Mark". Diamond Tiara was raised to be condescending to everyone who wasn't in high society by her snooty mother and Silver Spoon was simply tagging along (possibly because of Diamond Tiara's clout).
  • Freudian Excuse: Diamond is a Spoiled Brat due to the upbringing by her mother, Spoiled Rich; Silver merely follows her along.
  • Full-Name Basis: Neither of them are ever referred to as simply "Silver" or "Diamond" in-universe.
  • Funny Background Event: In "Pinkie Pride" the two are shown ordering ice cream treats. Silver Spoon's milkshake is more elaborate than Diamond Tiara's small bowl of ice cream. Annoyed, DT knocks her own food onto the ground and moves to drink the milkshake. Then she gets swept up in the Crowd Song, and Silver Spoon drinks her milkshake anyway.
  • Giggling Villain: At the CMC's regular failure.
  • Glasses Girl: Silver Spoon is most recognizable for the large glasses that she is always wearing.
  • Handshake Substitute: It involves a double high and low hooves followed by a knee bump and finishing it with a butt bump while saying this phrase in unison: "Bump, bump, sugarlump rump!"
  • Hate Sink: Diamond Tiara's main purpose for being in the show seems to be a Jerkass with few entertaining and no sympathetic qualities so the viewers can hate her (or at least love to hate her). In fact, despite having a good deal more appearances than many of the show's villains, she shows less humanity (so to speak) than many of them and has taken no steps towards redemption until season 5 that is.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • For her first couple of appearances, Diamond Tiara is just haughty and vindictive towards her peers, but in "Ponyville Confidential", she shows she's a very organized and demanding leader that gets things done and is quick to praise employees when they met her high standards, albeit still being insensitive and snide. She shows that same ability to organize a crowd of foals in "Twilight Time", and she doesn't resort to blackmail or insults this time around. Instead she smooth-talks everyone, including the CMC. "Crusaders of the Lost Mark" runs away with this trope, revealing she acts this way as a result of her emotionally abusive mother berating her into being the best and improving her reputation no matter the cost.
    • "On Your Marks" shows Silver Spoon taking the lead in a baking class Apple Bloom is attending.
  • Hoist By Her Own Petard: Their attempts to humiliate Apple Bloom and the Cutie Mark Crusaders normally end up backfiring and earning Diamond Tiara (and sometimes Silver Spoon) a Humiliation Conga.
  • Humble Pie: In "Call of the Cutie" and "The Cutie Pox". This continues in "Family Appreciation Day", although unlike the previous two times, only Diamond Tiara got it; Silver Spoon did something nice and didn't get karmic retribution this time. Diamond Tiara gets slapped in the face with a dish of Humble Pie once more in "Ponyville Confidential" (Silver Spoon barely appears in the episode).
  • Hypocrite:
    • Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon have shades of this. They make fun of other ponies for not having a cutie mark, and yet in their debut episode Diamond Tiara is having a party for recently receiving hers.
    • In another episode, both girls insult Apple Bloom about her cutie mark being hoops. Even without Apple Bloom demonstrating how awesome her skills are at using hoops, one has to question what kind of talents one excels at with cutie marks like a tiara and a spoon. It turns out that Diamond actually does feel that way about her mark, until she actually manages to figure out it means Leadership.
    • In "One Bad Apple", their reason of bullying the Crusaders is blown out of the water when they accept Babs Seed (who doesn't have a cutie mark).
    • Both of them are earth ponies but in "Flight to the Finish", they tease Scootaloo (who is a pegasus) for not being able to fly.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Diamond Tiara has these to go with her lack of empathy and ruthless editor streak.
  • Jerkass: Both go out of their way to insult and belittle Apple Bloom and Twist about not having their marks yet instead of having fun at their own party.
  • Jerkass Façade: In "Crusaders of the Lost Mark" it is revealed that Diamond Tiara's bitchiness was caused by high standards of her abusive mother. After she manages to stand up against her, Diamond Tiara becomes a much nicer and friendlier pony.
  • Kick the Dog: Diamond Tiara blackmailing the Cutie Mark Crusaders in "Ponyville Confidential" is a sign that she still isn't a very nice character, even if she did praise their work as Gabby Gums.
  • Kids Are Cruel: To varying degrees. Diamond Tiara shows no pity to anyone except her father. Silver Spoon once applauded Granny Smith's story.
  • Lack of Empathy: Diamond Tiara. The only compassion she's ever shown is for her father and Silver Spoon; she doesn't seem to give a darn about anypony else at all. She gets better.
    Sweetie Belle: But the gossip we've been printing is hurting everypony's feelings!
    Diamond Tiara: (outraged) Feelings?! I don't care about "feelings"!
  • Laser-Guided Karma: They often (but not always) get struck by this.
    • "Call of the Cutie" — For trying to embarrass Apple Bloom, they end up getting embarrassed at Diamond Tiara's own party.
    • "Family Appreciation Day" — For bad-mouthing Granny Smith, Diamond Tiara is forced by her dad to help with the Zap Apple rituals.
    • "Ponyville Confidential" — For running a hurtful gossip column and blackmailing the CMC, Diamond Tiara gets demoted to working the printing press.
    • "One Bad Apple" — For convincing Babs to become a bully, they get told off by her at how much they suck for being bullies and fall into a mud puddle.
    • "Flight to the Finish" — For trying to ruin the CMC's act to win a competition, they lose.
    • "Twilight Time" — For mocking the CMC, they get put in their place by Twilight.
  • The Leader: Diamond Tiara's real special talent is leadership.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Diamond Tiara, in "Family Appreciation Day", for shooting down Apple Blooms' attempts to avoid the day and in "Ponyville Confidental" for blackmail.
  • Mean Boss: During her tenure as editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, Diamond Tiara has no problem blackmailing the Cutie Mark Crusaders into creating more Gabby Gums stories even though they don't want to because of all the ponies that have been offended by the stories.
  • Meaningful Name: Silver Spoon comes from the idiom "born with a silver spoon in one's mouth" which means to be born into wealth. Diamond Tiara's means exactly what you think it means. Diamond's turns out to have a different true meaning: her actual Special Talent is leadership, so her name is signifying her being a leader.
    • Diamonds are formed when coal is exposed to tremendous pressure - and it is eventually revealed that Diamond Tiara is being put under a lot of pressure by her overbearing, perfectionist mother.
  • Missing Mom: "One Bad Apple" implies that Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon have mothers but they haven't been seen or even mentioned otherwise. Inverted with Diamond as Spoiled Rich is finally introduced.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Silver finally abandons Diamond after she didn't let her contribute to her presidential campaign in "Crusaders of the Lost Mark".
  • Multicolored Hair: Diamond Tiara has purple-and-white swirled hair. Silver Spoon also has a noticeable stripe of lighter gray in the middle of her mane.
  • Not Bad: Diamond Tiara sings part of "Pinkie the Party Planner" where she admits Pinkie is good at throwing parties. Pinkie isn't sure how to react but settles for a thank you.
  • Oh, Crap!: Have a priceless one in reaction to Babs Seed threatening to tell their parents on them.
  • Out of Focus: Following "Crusaders of the Lost Mark," they have both been relegated to non-speaking background appearances.
  • Pet the Dog: Each of them has at least one moment of this.
    • "Family Appreciation Day" — Silver Spoon was the first one applauding Granny Smith's story about the founding of Ponyville.
    • "Hearts and Hooves Day" — Diamond Tiara receives a Hearts and Hooves Day card in class. It helps that she is genuinely thrilled to have gotten one.
    • "Pinkie Pride" — Diamond Tiara literally sings praises about Pinkie Pie. Although this is counteracted by DT trying to take Silver Spoon's milkshake for herself while she's singing.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Diamond Tiara's body is a pinkish color and the outfit she wears for her cute-ceañera is pink.
  • Recurring Character: Notable in that they were the only antagonists to make speaking appearances in more than two episodes (provided you count two-parters as a single episode) until "Keep Calm and Flutter On" when Discord returned. They're also the only antagonists in every season.
  • Rich Bitch:
    • If Silver Spoon's name is any indication, she might have a family based on old money.
    • As found out in "Family Appreciation Day", Diamond Tiara's wealth only goes back a few generations. Her great-grandfather worked his way up to gain said riches by selling Zap Apple Jam made by Granny Smith herself.
  • Satellite Character: Although Diamond Tiara can be perfectly antagonistic on her own (as seen in "Ponyville Confidential"), Silver Spoon is never seen without Diamond Tiara around.
  • Skunk Stripe: They both have these, but Diamond Tiara's is more noticeable.
  • Smug Smiler: It's Diamond Tiara's default facial expression because of her cutie mark.
  • The Social Expert: Diamond Tiara's special talent is in leading others, which makes her a convincing and influential speaker and skilled at organizing teams.
  • The Sociopath: Diamond Tiara ticks a surprising number of boxes considering her age and the age bracket of the show. She's manipulative and charismatic, as well as a chronic liar, shows little empathy or remorse for the bad things she does, and is incredibly narcissistic. Then subverted with "Crusaders of the Lost Mark", where it is revealed she only acts this way as a result of the pressure put on her by her mother. Come the end of the episode she's legitimately friendly and kind, having broken out of her shell at last.
  • Spoiled Brat: Averted. Diamond Tiara's own father doesn't approve of her insolence and is quick to lay down the law on the few occasions he gets involved in Diamond Tiara's bullying. Sadly, by the end of season three, it's only happened once.
  • Spoiled Sweet: What Tiara becomes after her Heel–Face Turn. She starts using her family's wealth and her talent as a leader to help others as opposed to being a Spoiled Brat.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero: Both of their cutie marks match their names exactly. Which really makes no sense unless their special talent is Narcissism. Subverted for Diamond Tiara when its eventually revealed her mark is symbolic of her ability to influence others. Silver Spoon is also shown to have talent for cooking in "On Your Marks", which would explain the spoon.
  • Teacher's Pet: Diamond Tiara tries to be this to Cheerilee, but it backfires (or simply passes over Cheerilee's head). Considering the way Ponyville's school system functions in "Call of the Cutie", it's probably the latter.
  • Took a Level in Kindness:
    • In "On Your Marks," they are shown happily baking a cake with another filly.
    • In "Cart Before the Ponies," Diamond Tiara is seen helping her butler Randolph in the building of her derby cart (when the old her would have simply made him do all the work), and even checks to make sure he's okay after the big pile-up.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: They were always seen together making fun of kids, though you can take the "Bad" out of it after their heel-face-turns.
  • Tragic Villain: "Crusaders Of The Lost Mark" reveals, in addition to being made to act as she did by her abusive mother, Diamond Tiara wanted to be a better pony, but had no idea how. She finds out how.
  • Ungrateful Bitch:
    • When it's revealed that she's only rich in the first place thanks to Granny Smith, Diamond Tiara still tries to humiliate her and Apple Bloom and shows absolutely no gratitude.
    • Subverted with Pinkie, who, while begrudgingly, she admits did a good job planning her party. It seems that Diamond is capable of gratitude... if you're not related to her nemesis.
  • Valley Girl: Both of them. Which gets, like, totally mocked by Scootaloo.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Diamond Tiara sounds much older than she is in "Ponyville Confidential".
  • Vocal Evolution: Diamond Tiara's voice sounded older and raspier in "Ponyville Confidential".
  • Villains With Good Publicity: They're so popular that no pony in Ponyville tries to stand up for The Cutie Mark Crusaders when they bully them. They eventually lost this in "Crusaders Of The Lost Mark".
  • When She Smiles: Diamond Tiara proves to have one of the sweetest pony smiles out there when she finally gives up the smug smirk she normally uses.

    Babs Seed 

    Sunset Shimmer 

    Human Twilight Sparkle 

    Starlight Glimmer 

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