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The Storm King
"Now I truly am the Storm King, and the the entire world will bow to my ba-ba-ba-BOOM, baby!"
Voiced by: Liev SchreiberA ruthless conqueror who has laid waste to the lands south of Equestria, and now sets his sights on the ponies and their magic. Sinister and slightly insane, the Storm King commands an army of storm creatures that only aim to please him and spread his will across the world.
- Adaptation Species Change: In the somewhat obscure G1 comic where he first appeared, the Storm King was a burly, troll-like humanoid. In the movie, since there aren't supposed to be any humans or human-like creatures in the G4 world, he is portrayed as a yeti-like creature with satyr-like hooves.
- And I Must Scream: If the credits are taken seriously (which it's unclear whether or not they are meant to be), being turned to stone and shattered didn't kill him, and he's still conscious despite this.
- Animalistic Abomination: The prequel comic suggests him to be one. The narrator and even the Storm King himself refer to him as a force of nature; not a king of storms, but a king who is a storm.
- Asshole Victim: He tries to turn the Mane 6 to stone with an obsidian orb, only for Tempest to take the hit and turn both of them to stone. While Tempest is saved, the Storm King himself is not so lucky as he shatters to pieces. Not even his army seems to care about his death, especially since he dropped the Benevolent Boss facade and pulled a You Have Outlived Your Usefulness on them.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Subverted. Given their relative feats, Tempest Shadow is almost certainly stronger than him and he's never shown conclusively to be more powerful than his mooks. It's likely part of why he's so intent on acquiring a literal Bigger Stick.
- Badass Boast: Gives one near the end of chapter one of the prequel comics.I am not the king of the storm. I am a king who is a storm. I am a FORCE OF NATURE! I AM GREATER THAN ANY ONE CREATURE!
- Bad Boss: While he usually has a Benevolent Boss attitude (even if it is simply Pragmatic Villainy), he has hints of this trope too...
- In the prequel comic, the Storm King outright tells Strife that he doesn't see him or his army as friends. He seemed to have no qualms about saying it to Strife's face (which may have been a cataclyst of his betrayal). Then after Strife's betrayal, the king appoints Grubber as his replacement only because he's too cowardly and weak to even attempt to cross him (Not to mention, that his way of promoting Grubber was to angrily grab him, insult him, and then toss him down).
- He seems to be this to Captain Celano and his crew after forcing them to become cargo haulers, as shown when they only obey to avoid his wrath. It takes a Pep-Talk Song to get them to defy him.
- He tells Tempest in the beggining of the movie that if she fails to capture all the princesses so that he can steal their magic, her horn won't be the only thing that's broken.
- Capper tells the Storm Guards guarding Canterlot that he's bringing a victory cake to him. When they decline to let them through, he warns them that the Storm King won't be very happy with them for doing so. While the cake delivery was just a trick to get the Mane Six, the pirates, and Skystar into Canterlot and rescue Twilight, the fact that the guards ultimately comply shows that seemingly benevolent or not, they fear him enough to not get on his bad side.
- Then there's the whole You Have Outlived Your Usefulness moment in the climax.
- Benevolent Boss: Subverted. He's shown treating his soldiers incredibly well in the prequel comic, even planning to throw them a party for their services in conquering and pillaging in his name. As he later says, it's simply to ensure their loyalty to him as he sees them as mere enforcers of his will. In the movie, once he gets what he wants, he reveals that he lied about restoring Tempest's horn and that he now intends to kill her since he no longer needs her.
- Beware the Silly Ones: He's Laughably Evil and comical... but he's also a dangerous warlord that has conquered multiple countries and left them devastated (something that previous villains, while potentionally world threatenting, were not exactly known for doing). He's also quite willing to kill if it benefits him. His actions at several points (such as suddenly getting serious talking to Tempest in the middle of his otherwise comical talk with her and his reaction to her not using an Obsidian Orb on Twilight, as well as his Villainous Breakdown) show he's very capable of being serious and intimidating when he wants to be.
- Big Bad: While Tempest gets the central focus in the movie, the Storm King is the one who calls the shots.
- Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: As a big, monkey-like creature with long white fur and goat-like hoofs, his design has some clear yeti influence to it.
- Card-Carrying Villain: The Storm King is always concerned about his "brand", as though he were an executive of a company, and how his actions reflect on that image (he also has Storm King merch that he shuttles around the world for... whatever reason, presumably it plays some part in funding his conquests). It just so happens his brand is in the World Domination market.
- Composite Character: He's basically a mix of Discord (pre-Heel–Face Turn), King Sombra, and Lord Tirek.
- Like Discord (pre-Heel–Face Turn), he's a Laughably Evil Psychopathic Manchild who plays with the sun and the moon at one point, and he ends up Taken for Granite.
- Like Sombra, he's an Evil Overlord with special Power Nullifier traps, he chains up and enslaves the inhabitants of his targeted city, and he ends up in a Literally Shattered Lives state.
- Like Tirek, he's a Power Parasite with a Maniac Monkeys-like appearance, and his ultimate goal is to steal all four Princesses' magic. Not to mention that he ends up backstabbing his ally, starting his own downfall in the process. The Prequel Comics also show that like Tirek, he sees friendship as a weakness and is shown to be a Hypocrite who only hates betrayal when it happens to HIM.
- The Conqueror: His prequel comic depicts him as such, with him being in the process of conquering the cat country of Abyssinia. He doesn't actually rule the nations he overruns or form an actual empire, as he doesn't want to get distracted and bogged down by actually the whole political aspect, and instead prefers to rob his victims blind and move on to the next target after each conquest, leaving them devastated. His ultimate goal, however, is to take over the whole world once he's powerful enough.
- Consummate Liar: He's got his entire army fooled that he actually gives a damn about them and Tempest didn't suspect him stabbing her in the back until it actually happened.
- The Corrupter: Tempest Shadow had already become aloof and distrusting of others in the prequel comic, but it's implied that his influence was a major reason she became as villainous as she did.
- Critical Research Failure: In-Universe, despite spending the film wishing to steal the powers of the princesses, the Storm King doesn't seem to have any idea what those powers are (he can't even seem to remember that the princesses are alicorns). This bites him in the butt when he empowers the Staff of Sacanas, since he doesn't know how to best use his stolen powers.
- Disney Villain Death: After being Taken for Granite by one of his own obsidian orbs, he falls onto the courtyard below, breaking into pieces.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: His apparent revulsion on the aesthetics of Equestria and ponies is heavily reminiscent of any anti-bronies mocking the show and its fandom.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": He has no known name beyond "the Storm King". The prequel comic implies that this is an actual name he gave himself, and the movie has him talk about "the Storm King" as a brand.
- Evil Is Hammy: He's loud, boisterous, wise-cracking, and almost gleeful once he gets his hands on the power of all four alicorn princesses, doing a little dance while raising the sun and the moon in rapid succession. It puts him in quite a contrast with his commander, as Tempest is very cold, methodical, and stoic.
- Evil Overlord: He has conquered all of the lands south of Equestria, with "King" even being part of his name, or at least title. The prequel comic, however, shows that he is less interested in actually ruling the nations he conquers than stealing their riches to fund his armada. Despite his taking over the whole world is still his ultimate goal.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: He gets turned to stone, falls off a balcony, and shatters into pieces. Although some might overlook this compared to how graphic it would have been if he hadn't been turned to stone.
- Fauns and Satyrs: He has cloven hooves for feet, his facial appearance looks more goat-like and a large crown with goat horns to this effect, just replacing the human half with a different primate.
- Faux Affably Evil: Despite his intimidating appearance, he's actually quite a charismatic, laid-back, childish, all-around Laughably Evil guy even while he's reducing entire nations to their knees. He acts like a genuinely Affably Evil villain and a Benevolent Boss to ensure that his minions don't turn on him, even throwing them pizza parties. However, this is all just Pragmatic Villainy to get them to stay loyal to them. He really cares nothing about his minions, and once he gets what he wants, he shows his true colors when he reveals that he lied about restoring Tempest's horn and that he now intends to kill her since he no longer needs her, or anyone for that matter.
- Friendless Background: His speech about friendship in the prequel comic firmly cements him as deliberately having no friends, seeing them as distractions and potential traitors.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Tempest Shadow tackles him while being effected by the Obsidian Orb he threw at her, causing it to turn him to stone and send him plummeting to the ground far below, where he shatters to bits on impact.
- How Do I Shot Web?: Once he fully empowers the Staff and gains the powers of the Princesses... Reality Ensues and he has no idea how to use them. Particularly because he barely knows who the Princesses are, let alone what powers they have. While he's a quick learner, he's ultimately defeated before he gets the chance.
- In the prequel comic, he states that part of the reason he doesn't believe in friendship is because friends can betray you, even telling his second-in-command, Strife, that he is not his friend. Despite this, he still manages to be outraged when Strife betrays him. Strife even lampshades this, pointing out that the Storm King still trusted him despite not thinking of him as a friend.
- Let's not forget that betrayal is okay when HE does it.
- I Just Want to Be Badass: Wants to be an epic supervillain, judging by both his "brand" and his particular desire for Weather Manipulation magic. He succeeds only for a short time.
- I Lied: He managed to get Tempest under his employment by promising to fix her broken horn once her end of the bargain was fulfilled. Once she does, he reveals he had no intention of truly doing so (and possibly couldn't either) and planned on disposing of her as soon as her job was done.
- Irony: His claim that he doesn't believe in friendship because friends can betray you. When you get right down to it, anyone can betray you, but friends are far less likely to do so.
- It's All About Me: Everything the Storm King does is self serving at its core. Even being a Benevolent Boss is just making sure his minions are loyal to him. His Pragmatic Villainy is all about making life easier for himself.
- Karmic Death: Tempest, whom he betrayed and manipulated, causes his own Obsidian Orb he tried to use on the Mane Six (and had used on the Princesses) to turn him to stone, sending him falling to the ground and shattering to pieces.
- Kick the Dog: When Tempest fulfills her side of the deal with him to fix her broken horn, he refuses to honor his end of the bargain and makes it clear he was just using her as a pawn before disposing of her once her job was done. It's possible that he may not have even been able to heal her in the first place, but there's no reason to rub it in her face.
- Knight of Cerebus: While he is Laughably Evil compared to Tempest, he still qualifies as his enslavement of Canterlot is played very seriously and whenever he shows up, Comic relief Grubber is absent in his first onscreen appearance and pulls a Shoo Out the Clowns in the climax.
- Lack of Empathy: If it's not him, his only concern is how he can use it to his own advantage.
- Laughably Evil: He switches between Buffy Speak and being unable to find the right direction to look at his subordinates... to calling down giant thunderstorms and destroying Canterlot Castle.
- Literally Shattered Lives: Is turned to stone by his own obsidian orb and then falls off a balcony, shattering to bits on impact. It's unclear whether or not this actually killed him or not.
- Living Statue: The Storm King is actually seen "dancing" with the others at the party in the credits. Unfortunately for him, he's still broken and not put back together properly, and falls apart again. It's unclear if the credits are meant to be taken seriously, however.
- Logical Weakness: Besides his How Do I Shot Web? problem, the Storm King has no magic of his own (Magitek doesn't count), hence why he needs to use the Staff of Sacanas to absorb the Princesses' magic for him instead of doing so directly like Tirek did. As a result, when he gets separated from it, he's no more dangerous than he was previously. And even with the staff in his hands, he is physically no more powerful or tough then he usually is, allowing the Mane Five (plus Spike) to knock him down and separate him from the staff just by flying into him.
- Magic Staff: The Staff of Sacanas, which according to All There in the Manual material was stolen from an Arimaspi king and made from a branch of the Tree of Harmony. It doesn't actually have any magic of its own starting out, but the Storm King's plan is to use the magic of the princesses to empower it.
- Magitek: Equips his forces with various Kryptonite Factor-esque tools — e.g., the Obsidian Orbs, and the Anti-Magic shields and cages (one of which, Twilight ends up trapped in during The Climax). And if you're going to invade a kingdom ruled by a bunch of Physical Goddesses magic-wise, you're going to need every advantage you can get.
- Maniac Monkeys: Resembles a giant, long-tailed primate in appearance, and is described as "loud, angry, and a little bit crazy".
- Moral Myopia:
- In the prequel comic, he's angry with Strife for betraying him to the point of hunting him down and mercilessly executing him. He has no problem betraying Tempest Shadow when You Have Outlived Your Usefulness (though that also could've been suspicious of her betraying him first).
- His Villainous Breakdown is triggered by being separated from his Staff and seeing the Mane Six trying to take it, repeatedly claiming its his Staff... which not only did he himself steal, the Storm King has been pillaging and stealing from all over the south half of the planet and his Staff is powered by the stolen magic of the Princesses.
- Multiple-Choice Past: In the prequel comic, the Storm King suggests multiple different origins for himself, from being the son of a thundercloud and the sky, to hatching from an abandoned egg on a mountaintop, to being an ordinary creature with dreams of greatness. He then tells us that it doesn't matter.
- Narcissist: He cares only for himself and has a gigantic ego, to the point where currency in his territories is named after him.
- Near Villain Victory: He managed to gain the power he wanted and nearly destroyed all of Equestria with his created storm. He only lost due to the Mane Five ramming into him with Pinkie's giant cannon (which was a lucky shot) and Tempest's Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal later on.
- No Name Given: It's made clear the Storm King isn't his real name (as he states he's "testing" it to see how it fares), but his real name is never mentioned and it's unclear if his minions actually know it.
- Non-Indicative Name: He calls himself a king, but his lack of interest in actually governing the nations he conquers in favor of pillaging them of their riches and artifacts peg him as more of a glorified pirate. Furthermore, he doesn't actually control storms, though gaining that ability is on his to-do list.
- Not Quite Dead: The credits suggest that his shattered pieces are still alive and conscious.
- One-Man Army: What he wishes to become by empowering his staff. This is presumably why he betrays Tempest and possibly his Mooks after doing so, feeling that he doesn't need them anymore.
- Orcus on His Throne: He doesn't physically appear until the final act and he only becomes an active threat after he steals the magic of the Princesses.
- Physical God: Desires to become this by absorbing the Princesses' power into his staff, granting him both Weather Manipulation powers and All Your Powers Combined. He manages to do so, but is beaten before he can actually get a complete hang of his newfound power.
- Power Parasite: Wishes to gain the magic of the alicorns in order to empower his staff.
- Pragmatic Villainy:
- The Storm King's actions seem to be driven by practicality and self-interest before other considerations, with little in the way of either genuine compassion or needless cruelty. He's very generous towards his soldiers and treats them extremely well, but this is simply to make sure they remain loyal to him. He also doesn't bother to enforce his rule on the nations he overruns, since he doesn't want to get saddled with the minutiae of ruling and administrating, simply sacking them for all they're worth before moving on.
- Subverted at the end of the film, when he invokes You Have Outlived Your Usefulness as Tempest's "reward" for her successful service, saying he used her because "it's kind of what I do". Had he just stuck to his usual shtick as a Benevolent Boss, he probably would've retained both his stolen alicorn magic and his best servant; instead, she invokes Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal in favor of his enemies, and he ends up in a Literally Shattered Lives state. However, given the fact he'd just caught her saying how she'd 'show everyone what she was capable of' once he restored her horn and his previous number two stabbed him in the back, there may still have been a pragmatic reason for it.
- Psycho Electro: Is capable of manipulating lightning, and is the Big Bad of the film.
- Psychopathic Manchild: He has shades of this, spending a lot of time mocking Equestria's aesthetics and ponies for being too cutesy in the manner of a young boy who is disgusted by "girly" things. Even the first thing he does when he's absorbed Celestia's and Luna's powers is to play with the sun and moon using his staff. According to his actor, he is also prone to temper tantrums.
- Sanity Slippage: While he always was a twisted villain, the Storm King (at least outwardly) was a somewhat Affably Evil overlord who uses Pragmatic Villainy to avoid unnecessary conflict and achieve his goals. He even had some preparedness for the invasion, as he has several Magitek in his disposal (magic blocking shields, magic proof cages, and the Obsidian Orbs). However, once he succeeds in stealing the magic of all four Alicorn Princesses, he stops being pragmatic altogether and not only plays around with his newly acquired powers like Psychopathic Manchild, but pulls a You Have Outlived Your Usefulness on Tempest and his own army. Then after he is accidently separated from the Staff of Sacanas, he goes into a Villainous Breakdown that continues until his death.
- Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil: His forces enslaving the population of at least Canterlot is treated with the most weight and seriousness.
- Smug Super: He's just so sure of himself and the power he has over the world that once he starts getting the hang of his new powers by conjuring a massive tornado, he sees no further use for Tempest and attempts to kill her. This ends up costing him dearly.
- Sorcerous Overlord: Wants to upgrade from Evil Overlord to this by fully powering up his Staff. He succeeds, but doesn't live long enough to fully enjoy it.
- Spell My Name with a "The": Capper outright calls him "Mr. The Storm King" at one point.
- Take Over the World: His ultimate goal, as seen in the prequel comic. It's also seen in the movie when he says the entire world would bow to his "ba-ba-ba-BOOM, baby"
- The Sociopath: Has zero empathy for anyone that's not him, is a master manipulator and Consummate Liar who puts on the facade of a Benevolent Boss to ensure his minions' loyalty and played Tempest like a fiddle, thinks extremely highly about himself to the point of making an entire brand about himself for no other apparent reason but to stroke his own ego, and the moment he actually gets the power he craves he begins playing around with it, fitting the need for stimulation. He also actively hates the idea of forming bonds with anyone, viewing it only as something to use as a one way street to get whatever he wants. All in all, the Storm King comes off as a high functioning Sociopath and unlike Tempest, has no redeemable traits or even a Freudian Excuse for why he's like such.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: His portrayal in the movie is considerably lacking compared to his comic counterpart. He not only shows none of the pragmatism he displayed in the comics but he falls into the typical villain traps, and despite having the combined magical power of the Princesses in his staff, the Storm King is easily thwarted by the good guys. However, he does still manage to pull of a Near Villain Victory and there may have been some pragmatic reason for some of his actions in the movie.
- Uncertain Doom:
- It's unclear whether or not being shattered to bits killed him or not, given he's shown still alive in the credits, but it's unclear given certain elements of the credits (such as Pinkie dancing with the 'Queen of Hippos') if they're meant to be taken seriously or not. The fact that even Discord can't move his eyes while turned to stone further suggests they aren't.
- An original draft of the credits depicted his eyes turned to stone. Since this scene was changed in the final cut to show his eyes moving, but no such change was made to his actual "death" scene (in which his eyes are petrified with the rest of him), then it was likely that they were not censoring his death (as some believe), but making clear he was comically trying to pull himself together (which of course he wouldn't be able to do in canon), rather than give the morbid impression that a Storm Creature was playing with his corpse.
- More evidence to support that he is dead is the fact that during the restoration of Canterlot, the spot where he shattered is shown, but his pieces have vanished, implying that the staff's power erased his remains rather than either leaving them as is or, Celestia forbid, returning them to flesh.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Gains power comparable to Tirek when he and Twilight fought in scope, but little idea how to actually use them. While he's a quick learner, this bites him in the butt as all that power doesn't do him much good if he doesn't know how to use it. As a result, he manages a couple impressive displays of power, but is defeated before he can get the chance to truly master them.
- Villainous Breakdown: When he's separated from his staff (by the Mane Five slamming into him after being shot out of a cannon) and sees them heading for it, his Affably Evil and Laughably Evil traits vanish and he spends the rest of his (admittedly short) life snarling in rage.
- Weather Manipulation: He aims to imbue his staff with the power to control the elements,note both to give him the strength of a thousand armies, and because he figured there's no sense in calling himself "the Storm King" if he doesn't have a storm to back it up with. He manages to obtain this power by the end of the film and generates a huge tornado.
- Worf Had the Flu: He goes down a bit easy given he had the combined power of all four Princesses and Weather Manipulation. However, he also hadn't had the power for more than a few minutes and was still figuring out how to work it at the time.
- Would Hit a Girl: He has no problem using Twilight for target practice after having his staff absorb her powers and eventually trying to blast both her and Tempest to kingdom come. He also would've turned the Mane Six into stone if not for Tempest's Heroic Sacrifice. In the Prequel comics, he puts Celaeno in a pretty nasty choke hold after she manages to let Capper and Chummer escape.
- Would Hurt a Child: He has no qualms about locking up and enslaving Canterlot's citizens, children included, or even hurling an Obsidian Orb at Twilight and her friends, including Spike.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Once the Staff of Sacanas is powered up with alicorn magic, he quickly becomes Drunk with Power and forgets all about his Pragmatic Villainy, refusing to honor his deal with Tempest and conjuring a tornado that threatens the lives of both his soldiers and newly-acquired slaves. It can be assumed that he figures he can finally conquer the world as a One-Man Army and doesn't need them anymore.
"How about we start with your complete and total surrender?"
Voiced by: Emily BluntThe Storm King's right-hand unicorn, and commander of his invasion fleet. A traitor to her homeland of Equestria, Tempest was alienated from the other ponies at a young age after losing her horn in an accident. Now she faithfully serves the Storm King in hunting down the Princesses of Equestria, Twilight Sparkle in particular, believing that their magic may restore her own.
- A Day in the Limelight: She had an issue of the prequel comic dedicated to her, a book focusing on her past, and she will be the focus of an upcoming two-part storyline in the main comic series.
- All for Nothing: Spent quite some time doing a number of horrible things for the Storm King trying to get her horn fixed. In the end, he decides not to honor his end of the bargain and stabs her in the back, rendering all of her villainy for naught.
- All of the Other Reindeer: After she lost her horn, and thus her handle on her magic, her own friends began to fear and shun her, resulting in her abandoning the notion of friendship entirely. The Stormy Road to Canterlot shows this in more detail, though it's still relatively downplayed; while they do spend less time with her as time goes on, they do their best to be as supportive of her they can, still hoping they can remain friends.
- Awesome, but Impractical: Her broken horn grants her a magical blast with a Wrong Context Magic advantage. However, not only did she have to learn how to control said blast, but she's unable to cast anything else (e.g.: levitation, teleportation, etc.). Hence why she primarily sticks with her physical prowess unless the situation calls for the blast.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Tempest ends up Taking the Bullet for Twilight because the latter tried to help her despite what she did.
- Big "NO!": She does one when she saves Twilight and her friends from the Storm King.
- Broken Angel: Tempest is the first unicorn in the Friendship is Magic series with a broken horn.
- Broken Bird: She was once as sweet and kind as any other pony could be until she lost her horn and then entered into the Storm King's service, events that turned her into a jaded and hateful young mare.
- Canon Character All Along: A variant; Tempest's color scheme, affinity for fireworks-like magic, and her real name Fizzlepop Berrytwist, reveal her to be a G4 re-imagining of Fizzy Pop, a G3 pony with an identical color scheme and a love for fireworks.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Earth ponies are the ones that get a boost to strength from their magic, not unicorns, but Tempest can not only jump incredibly high but has taken on creatures multiple times her size and won with little effort, through physical force alone.
- Cold Ham: She doesn't raise her voice often, but she manages to be over-the-top and threatening while speaking in hushed, stoic tones. Typically, when she's really about to turn up the ham, she'll sport a Slasher Smile.
- Contralto of Danger: In contrast to the main characters, she has a deep, intimidating voice.
- Conveniently Orphaned: The fact that Tempest Shadow was able to run away from home so early in her life means that either her parents didn't care much for her or she didn't have any family to grow up with.
- Cursed with Awesome: When she attempts to cast spells from her broken horn, it appears as an unstable overload of magic. After Tempest learned to control this overload, she weaponizes it as bursts that shock her targets. These bursts are shown to be powerful enough to destroy an entire airship.
- The Cynic: Being abandoned by her friends and forced to survive on her own turned Tempest into a very cynical and jaded mare, especially when it came to concepts like friendship.
- Dark Action Girl: She effortlessly subdues Celestia, Luna and Cadence, attacks the Mane Six, and later takes on a fish-like creature three times her size, and drops him without any effort.
- Dark and Troubled Past: She lived a fairly idyllic life, until the accident that cost her her horn. The isolation she endured from other ponies eventually drove her to run away from home and into the service of the Storm King.
- Darth Vader Clone: She shares many similarities with the Dark Lord, especially in that she has a Dark and Troubled Past that caused her to lose something, and has a personal vendetta with the protagonist. She is also very imposing in stature and has a strong commanding presence. Her redemption also shows parallels with that, except for the fact that she lives. The only difference is that while she wears imposing armor, she lacks the mask.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: At the beginning of the movie, she effortlessly defeats Celestia, Luna and Cadance, the goddess-alicorns of Equestria, with the Obsidian Orbs. Though admittedly, it's more like "Did You Just Blindside Cthulhu with Kryptonite Factor Grenades While He Briefly Held the Idiot Ball?"
- Disney Death: She sacrifices her life to save Mane 6, but they use Storm King's magic to bring her back.
- The Dragon: She is the commander of the Storm King's armada and his most dangerous subordinate.
- Dragon-in-Chief: She plays bigger role in opposing the Mane 6 than Storm King himself.
- Dragon with an Agenda: It's made very clear that she is only working for the Storm King to get her horn back. The Storm King may not trust her either and might have suspected a betrayal coming, as it indeed happened with his previous Dragon, Strife.
- The Dreaded: Almost every time she appears in front of someone else, they'll respond with some form of "Oh, Crap!". The ones that don't quickly learn why.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Even she isn't very thrilled about the Storm King throwing his newfound power around like a Psychopathic Manchild. And that was before his You Have Outlived Your Usefulness moment.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Near the end of the movie where the Storm King deems her expendable once he got the power he craves and tries to kill her. Before she gets whisked away in the tornado, Twilight grabs and pulls her back, making her confused as to why she would bother helping her. She stops being evil after Twilight's reply, as shown when her broken horn stops sizzling.
- Evil Counterpart: To Twilight. Both were young unicorns who dreamed of being accepted into Princess Celestia's School for Gifted Unicorns, but whereas Twilight was able to get in and become a prodigy of magic, Tempest's horn was shattered, ending her dream of going into school and instead focusing on her physical prowess. Also, whereas Twilight started out as an anti-social bookworm who later wound up embracing friendship, Tempest had plenty of friends before her accident drove a wedge between them, making her bitter and lonely. They also both have smaller animal assistants who they share a close bond with.
- Evil Cripple: She is a unicorn with a broken horn, working as The Dragon to the Storm King. Downplayed in that while her horn is broken, leaving her unable to use most spells, it is useful for firing dangerous explosive blasts in a form of weaponized Power Incontinence.
- Eyes Are Unbreakable: Her scarred eye is still perfectly intact, despite the injury that caused it being powerful enough to break her horn off.
- Fictional Disability: She's a unicorn whose horn was severed in a foalhood accident, costing her the ability to use magic properly. She's still at least partially capable of magic, as she's seen with magic swirling around her horn, but said magic seems limited to shocking or explosive blasts and so she mostly relies on magical weaponry or physical skill to get the job done instead.
- Foil: To Twilight. Her refusal to trust anyone after being betrayed by her friends serves as a direct contrast against Twilight's status as the Princess of Friendship. Ironically enough, over the course of the film, Twilight slowly becomes more like Tempest, after being exposed to the cruelty of the world outside Equestria.
- Fluffy the Terrible: Tempest’s real name is Fizzlepop Berrytwist. Yeah, not the most intimidating of names. Is it any wonder a tough, no-nonsense mare like her had it changed?
- Freakiness Shame: She used to hide her broken horn from everyone except her friends in The Stormy Road to Canterlot, afraid of how other ponies would react. She has since grown out of it with encouragement from Grubber and the Storm King.
- Freudian Excuse: She lost her horn as a filly, and with it, her dreams of both enrolling in Celestia's School for Gifted Unicorns with her friends. This eventually spurred her to run away from Equestria, believing she had nothing left there. In the years that followed, the hardships she endured to eke out a living before entering the Storm King's service hardened her into a bitter and ruthless mare.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Tempest went from being any other unicorn you'd find in Equestria to the Storm King's most ruthless enforcer and Bounty Hunter.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Aside from her broken horn, she also has a scar over her right eye. She obtained it at the same time she lost her horn.
- Handicapped Badass: Her handicap is a Fictional Disability in that her unicorn horn has been broken, meaning she can't even cast basic spells like levitation. That said, she is far from helpless, as shown when she turns all but one princess to stone with Magitek, and her fighting skill lets her effortlessly take out a creature more than twice her size.
- The Heavy: While the Storm King is the Big Bad, Tempest is the villain who actively hunts Twilight after she and the other Mane Six escape her invasion.
- Heel–Face Turn: She pulls this towards the end of the film; After Twilight saves her from being pulled into the Storm King's tornado, she sacrifices herself to save the Mane Six and Spike from being turned to stone by the Storm King.
- Heroic Sacrifice: She ends up Taking the Bullet meant for Twilight and her friends.
- Her motto in life became to live in a way where she didn't have to depend on or trust anyone, and yet she places all her hopes in the Storm King being able to restore her horn, showing that ultimately she did have to depend on someone.
- Tempest also destroys Captain Celano's ship with her, her crew, and Capper for "betraying" the Storm King (Forget that they didn't even want to serve him and were forced to.), yet ignores that she basically betrayed her own people to the Storm King and managed to be shocked when he betrays her (though given the Storm King himself is a Hypocrite when it comes to betrayal as well, this may be due to his influence).
- Icy Blue Eyes: Her blue eyes compliment her cold personality and piercing gaze.
- I Have Many Names: The Stormy Road to Canterlot shows that Tempest Shadow wasn't her original name, and that before she entered the Storm King's employ she went by aliases like "Caramel Chip" and "Cherry Pie". At the end of the movie, she reveals that her real name is Fizzlepop Berrytwist.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Being a unicorn who can't use magic because of her missing horn, her end goal of helping the Storm King take Equestria's magic is so she can use it to restore her horn and become an ordinary unicorn again.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Claims to be one of the "mighty" and puts on an air of superiority...but clearly feels incomplete and insecure about her broken horn, to the point her entire driving force is to get it back. When she finally finds acceptance, her haughty traits vanish as well.
- Insistent Terminology: Unlike most ponies, she doesn't use the terms "anypony" or "everypony", which is a sign of how disconnected she is from her own kind. Following her Heel–Face Turn, she used the term "everypony", showing that she has gotten better.
- Iron Lady: Villainous example. She is the commander of Storm King's invasion fleet and is very stern, straight-forward and somepony you don't want to mess with.
- Irony: After finally capturing Twilight, Tempest tells her that she needs to "open up [her] eyes" and see the world as she does: an unjust, cruel place where you can't rely on anyone but yourself. Ultimately, Tempest is the one who has her eyes opened; Twilight saves her life, proving Tempest's philosphy wrong, and inspiring her Heel–Face Turn. The soundtrack even lampshades this by playing a softer version of the score from "Open Up Your Eyes" during that moment.
- It's All About Me: Her Dark and Troubled Past leads her to believe this is the way the real world works and she's willing to help him conquer several kingdoms and betray her own people to get what she wants (her horn back). She snaps out of this mindset after being betrayed by the Storm King but saved by Twilight.
- I Work Alone: After breaking her horn as a young filly, her former friends shunned her out of fear after her injury left her unable to control her magic, leading her to adopt this philosophy. Her Villain Song, directed at Twilight, is about how friendship is a childish dream and that you can't rely on others to help you find your place in the world.
- Knight of Cerebus: Unlike the goofy Grubber and the Affably Evil Storm King, Tempest is a dead serious villain and her arrival at Canterlot makes the happy celebration take a turn for the worse.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Stabbed her own people and country in the back and caused a lot of pain. She gets stabbed in the back herself by the Storm King. This case is mutual, as she is also the cause of his own Laser-guided Karma shortly afterwards.
- A Lighter Shade of Black: Compared to the Storm King. She's The Heavy of the story, but she's also a Tragic Villain who's ultimately trying to heal herself of a crippling injury and having a horrible life has left her bitter and angry. The Storm King is just a selfish Sociopath who is willing to ruin and enslave entire countries to fulfill his selfish ambitions.
- Meaningful Name: Not only is it fitting that The Dragon to the Storm King is called Tempest, but "Fizzlepop" is perfect for a unicorn who creates beautiful fireworks.
- Might Makes Right: Her struggles and other experiences outside Equestria convinced her that fairness and justice were just fantasies of naive ponies that didn't apply to the rest of the world, where everyone seemed to only look out for themselves and to serve those more powerful than them. As such she sought to put herself "among the mighty."
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal:
- The Stormy Road to Canterlot sees her doing this to her friends. Even after she retrieved their ball from an Ursa Minor's cave, losing her horn in the process, she was still ostracized for having uncontrollable magic due to her broken horn, causing Tempest to turn her back on them.
- After the Storm King reveals that he had no intention of restoring her broken horn (along with some added ambiguity if he even could), Tempest turns on him. This proves to be his undoing.
- The Napoleon: Being a pony, she's the second shortest figure in the whole army after Grubber. For this reason, she's almost always shot with Hitler Cam to make her look more intimidating. Ironically, amongst her own kind she is easily one of the tallest ponies, with only Celestia, Luna, and possibly Cadance standing taller than her.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Her horn was broken when she bravely entered an Ursa Minor's cave to recover a ball she and her friends were playing with. Despite sacrificing her horn for the sake of her friends, she was still ostracized, and became rather bitter as a result. The Stormy Road to Canterlot sums it up well:As she started off into the night, she reminded herself of the worst part. She'd been the brave one that day in the forest. She'd volunteered to go into the cave to get the ball so her friends didn't have to. She'd yelled to Glitter Drops and Spring Rain, telling them there was an Ursa Minor inside so they wouldn't get hurt. She'd done everything right. And what did she have to show for it? What did she get for being a good friend? Nothing, she thought as the lights from the town grew smaller in the distance. There's nothing left for me there.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: She never wastes time with malicious gloating or silly banter, in stark contrast to most other My Little Pony villains. When Tempest leads the invasion of Canterlot, she immediately orders for the Princesses' complete and total surrender. When they refuse, Tempest doesn't hesitate at going straight on the offensive.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Tempest has distinctly more angular features than most of the other ponies shown. She has narrower and duller eyes than the large, round ones that are the norm.
- Obviously Evil: Red and black and purple color patterns? Check. Scarred face and broken horn? Check. Deep intimidating voice? Check. Serious and stoic personality? Check.
- Perpetual Frowner: Tempest's default face seems to be one of disinterest and disdain. Whenever she does crack a smile, it's a rather nasty one (until her Heel–Face Turn, that is).
- Power Incontinence: According to The Stormy Road to Canterlot, her magic become dangerously unstable after her horn broke, scorching the ground like misaimed fireworks. This was one of the factors in Tempest's decision to run away from home, since not even her own friends felt safe around her anymore. By the start of the film, however, she has much more control around it.
- Psycho Electro: Tempest's magic manifests as arcs of electricity, and she's the cold and stoic top enforcer of the Storm King. Additionally, her displeasure is underscored by electricity flaring to life around her horn.
- Purple Is Powerful: She has a purple coat, and is quite the badass.
- Put on a Bus: The Season 8 opener says that Tempest isn't in Ponyville because she's spreading the message of the Storm King's defeat, and learning about friendship in her own way.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Has a red mane and dark purple fur, wears black armor, and is a villainous character.
- The Resenter: In The Stormy Road to Canterlot, a disguised Tempest briefly encounters Twilight Sparkle while scouting out Canterlot for the upcoming attack, and quickly grows resentful of her. Having hoped to become an alicorn princess herself during her youth, Tempest bitterly acknowledges that Twilight is living the life she had always dreamed of.
- Redemption Earns Life: Proves her redemption by Taking the Bullet for the Mane Six, who save and revive her in turn.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Is a traitor to her people and her homeland. The Storm King ultimately pulls a You Have Outlived Your Usefulness on her as soon as she's gotten him what she promised and she only survives because Twilight saves her.
- Riddle for the Ages: She is never seen without her armor, (except in the flashback of her as young filly, and in there she is still a blank flank) so her cutie mark is unknown.
- Scars Are Forever: She has a scar across her right eye and a broken horn. Both of these injuries were caused by an Ursa Minor Tempest encountered while she was still a filly.
- Selective Memory: During "Open Up Your Eyes", Tempest claims that her friends instantly rejected her after she lost her horn, which quickly drove her to leave her home town. However, in The Stormy Road to Canterlot, Tempest's friends were unnerved by her unstable magic, but tried to be supportive, with the revelation that they were leaving to attend Celestia's School for Gifted Unicorns being the catalyst for Tempest's departure.
- Silly Rabbit, Cynicism Is for Losers!: She despises friendship because of her Dark and Troubled Past and belittles Twilight for still clinging to it, but the mighty ruler she saw as representing the way the world works ultimately betrays her and she's saved by the very princess she derided. It's her choosing to stand with the heroes that finally gets her the happiness she wanted.
- Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: Her song "Open Up Your Eyes" expresses the belief to a caged Twilight that having friends will only lead to disappointment in the long run.
- The Smurfette Principle: She is by far the only female member of the Storm King's army. That is until her Heel–Face Turn.
- The Social Darwinist: The Storm King's influence is sending her down this route. She believes that you shouldn't rely on or trust anyone, and her Villain Song has the line "me among the mighty, you caged at my command".
- Start of Darkness: Losing her horn started propelling her down a dark path to try and get it fixed, but meeting the Storm King is the factor that helped propel her into full villainy.
- Statuesque Stunner: Tempest is half a head taller than Twilight, who already became slightly taller than average mares after becoming an alicorn. She's about the same height as Fleur Dis Lee, Sassy Saddles or Princess Cadance, but with bulkier hind legs.
- Surrounded by Idiots: The film's novelization provides some additional insight into Tempest Shadow's mental state:"Well, answer it!" Tempest barked. Sometimes she couldn't help feeling as though she was surrounded by incompetent oafs. They couldn't even accomplish the simplest tasks, like answering a potion call.
- Taken for Granite: She gets turned to stone in the movie's climax. Unlike the Storm King, who ends up breaking into a million pieces, she gets better thanks to Twilight using the Storm King's staff to save Tempest from falling.
- Taking You with Me: When she protects the Mane Six from the Storm King's last Obsidian Orb, she continues forwards as she's being turned to stone to tackle him so he gets petrified as well.
- Tempting Fate: After Twilight, Spike, and the rest of the Mane Six get away, she asks how far they could get. Cue shot of them trudging through the desert.
- Took a Level in Kindness: At the end of the picture book The Great Princess Caper, the post-Heel–Face Turn Tempest apologizes to Grubber for being so harsh with him. She takes a moment to list his good qualities, gives him a cupcake with the word "sidekick" written on it, and gladly accepts his friendship.
- Tragic Dream: When she was young, she dreamed of attending Celestia's School for Gifted Unicorns with her friends. The Ursa Minor incident shut that dream down.
- Tragic Villain: She was once just a regular unicorn living in a small town with friends her age, but one day when she went to retrieve a lost ball she was attacked by an Ursa Minor. It gave her a scar across her eye and broke off her horn, causing her magic to go out of control. Her own friends became scared of her and avoided her, and this caused her to become bitter and see friendship as being pointless and she left Equestria, eventually joining The Storm King's army.
- Turncoat: Is an Equestrian who joined the invading army so she could get her horn repaired.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Tempest is physically strong enough to effortlessly manhandle a creature twice her size, and while her broken horn means that her magic lacks finesse, it's still plenty powerful in its own right. As in, strong enough to mostly block the magic of the Storm King's staff after he absorbs the power of all four princesses (though she is still blown back by it and he was admittedly still figuring out how to use the power).
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Went from a sweet unicorn with dreams of greatness to the jaded, hateful, cynical dragon of the Storm King.
- Vague Age: Her stature and mannerisms seem to imply that she's at least a few years older than Twilight Sparkle and the Mane Six, which places her somewhere close to Cadance and Shining Armor's ages.
- Villainous Friendship: The Stormy Road to Canterlot shows that she and Grubber have some manner of friendship as he was the first to react to her unstable magic with amazement rather than fear.
- Villain Song: "Open Up Your Eyes", a song about trying to convince Twilight that friendship is meaningless and that the only one you can rely on in today's world is yourself.
- When She Smiles: Her genuine, post-Heel–Face Turn smile is adorable.
- Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: The way Tempest leans in close to whisper it in Pinkie's ear indicates that she's not too proud of her birth name "Fizzlepop Berrytwist". On the other hoof, Pinkie thinks it's the best name ever.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Storm King got Tempest Shadow under his employ by promising to restore her horn if she helped him gather all the magic of Equestria. Once he has, Tempest asks him to uphold his end of the deal, but he refuses just because he can. He outright tells Tempest she was nothing more than a pawn for him to use before attempting to kill her. It is implied that the Storm King suspected that Tempest would pull this trope on him, though whether she would actually do this is never revealed.
"Oh, I love pie!"
Voiced by: Michael PeñaA pug-faced hedgehog that serves in the Storm King's army as Tempest's sidekick. Grubber talks a big game to make up for his short stature, but would really like nothing more than to sit back and relax with a good snack.
- Bumbling Sidekick: Serves as this to Tempest, and the Storm King by extension.
- Butt-Monkey: What do you think when you get electrocuted by Tempest and never get to eat your cake? The Prequel comics don't help either.
- The Creon: Grubber got to being the Storm King's right-hand man in the prequel comic by having no ambition of power, unlike the prior second-in-command Strife. Given how he was originally just a lowly janitor on the Storm King's ship, he's more than happy staying at his current position.
- Evil Counterpart: Grubber is a small animal sidekick with a big appetite, much like Spike, except he's much more cowardly and certainly not as kind.
- Extreme Doormat: After being betrayed by his previous number two in the prequel, the Storm King promotes Grubber to the role as he'll clearly have no such ambitions.
- Funny Animal: He's a walking, talking hedgehog-like creature.
- Good Costume Switch: The credits show that he has replaced the shirt with the Storm King's symbol he wore through the whole film with a shirt with a piece of cake on it.
- Heel–Face Turn: The credits reveal that he turned good along with Tempest and the Storm Guards. The illustrated picture book elaborated on this: Tempest, following her redemption, asked him to come with her as he'd been her only real friend while they were evil.
- Hero Worship: The Great Princess Caper shows that Grubber quickly came to idolize Tempest for her strength and fierceness, and wanted to become her sidekick.
- Minion with an F in Evil: His profile describes him as "a good guy put in a bad situation".
- Mix-and-Match Critters: He is a hedgehog-like creature with the face of a pug.
- Number Two: He is the Storm King's second-in-command in the prequel comic, promoted to this role after the Storm King was abandoned by his previous, more treacherous Number Two. This may have just been temporarily as Tempest seems to have that role in the movie with Grubber reduced to her Bumbling Sidekick
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: Believe it or not, he's a member of a hardened warrior tribe. Unfortunately for him, he lacks the physical size to live up to the title.
- Running Gag: He is constantly trying to eat various pieces of cake throughout the film, only to get hurt in some way or the cake ruined. He finally gets a taste of some cake only to get captured by Celaeno's crew for discovering their Trojan Horse plan.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Once The Storm King makes his entrance in the throne room, Grubber gives a quick bow before running for the door to leave Tempest with him.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: Grubber provides most of the comedy for the bad guys to balance Tempest's serious attitude. Once The Storm King appears in the third act, Grubber runs out of the throne room to keep the climax serious. He's also absent from the final battle since he was captured by Calaeno's crew for discovering their plan.
- Speech Impediment: He speaks with a noticeable lisp that's only present in the movie.
- Sweet Tooth: Mentions liking pie, and also takes a bite of the cake the Mane Six use to sneak back into Canterlot.
- Vile Villain, Laughable Lackey: Grubber is a comical, cowardly, unthreatening hedgehog. But he works for the dead-serious Tempest Shadow and her threatening-but-not-quite-so-serious Storm King boss.
- Villainous Friendship: In The Stormy Road to Canterlot, he and Tempest are the closest thing anyone has to being friends in the Storm King's service, since he was the first not to be alarmed by her dangerously unstable magic.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He disappears after the Mane Five and their friends sneak back into Canterlot. Though if the credits are to be believed, he has reformed along with Tempest and most of The Storm King's army and is partying with the ponies. Though the credits are not meant to be taken seriously, book adaptations have depicted him as reforming and becoming friends with Spike.
The Storm Guards
The army of hulking, Faceless Mooks who serve as muscle and enforcers for the Storm King and Tempest Shadow.
- Achilles' Heel: As dangerous and threatening as they are, Spike's fire breath is a major factor in their defeat.
- Anti-Magic: They use shields that stop magical bolts.
- Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: Like their king, they're bipedal, white-furred, apelike creatures visually reminiscent of yetis. They're a much more hulking and bestial take on this trope than the Storm King is, though.
- Crippling Overspecialization: The Storm King's forces are equipped with Anti-Magic equipment, a reasonable choice when coming to invade a city of unicorns. This helps them take over Canterlot fairly easily, but it seems to just be okay at dealing with anything else and nigh useless against fire. When the heroes and their allies Storm the Castle in the Final Battle, Rarity is the only magic user and she primarily uses it to fight indirectly, so his army no longer has any considerable advantage.
- Faceless Goons: Their identical face plates and uniforms make them indistinguishable from each other, making it easier to visually portray them as just another obstacle for the heroes to overcome rather than individual characters in their own right.
- Heel–Face Turn: Several Storm Guards are shown joining in the festivities during the credits sequence. Though they are unlikely to be canon, but in the actual movie, one of them is reformed by Fluttershy. Even without the credits in mind, the Storm King pulled a What Measure Is a Mook?/You Have Outlived Your Usefulness on them, so even if the Storm King didn't die, it's unlikely they would be on his side for long.
- Law of Chromatic Superiority: Tempest has two Storm Guards with unique red crests and red-fringed tails following her around as a sort of honor guard. They're not seen doing anything particularly notable, but their unique color scheme and status as Tempest's private guards still set them apart from the faceless rank-and-file.
- Logical Weakness: Their fur-covered bodies make them highly vulnerable to fire.
- Man on Fire: When the heroes storm the Storm King-held Canterlot Castle, Capper fends off the Storm Guards attacking them by using Spike as an impromptu flamethrower and dousing them in flames. This results in said Storm Guards running around in panic while their backs are blazing merrily with Spike's green fire — and one Guard simply falling over, completely engulfed by flames.
- Militaries Are Useless: While they presumably defeat the forces of Canterlot (an even bigger offender of this trope), said forces never even appear on-screen, and the Storm Guards are ultimately routed by a thirteen-member Ragtag Bunch of Misfits.
- Mooks: They're an army of evil, Faceless Goons who exist for the dual purpose of acting as the bad guys' muscle and getting mowed down by the heroes in the climax.
- The Unintelligible: The only sounds they make on-screen are grunts and gibberish. Two do briefly speak in the final battle; One says "goodbye" after Fluttershy comforts him, and another screams "I can't see!" when Skystar throws Shelly and Sheldon into his eyes. They seem to speak English more in the Prequel Comics.
- Top-Heavy Guy: Their torsos and arms are hulking, heavily built and muscular, but their legs are comparatively very small and thin.
- Undying Loyalty: This is what the Storm King wants from them, which is why he appears as a Benevolent Boss in the prequel comics. Once he stops using Pragmatic Villainy after his Near Villain Victory, it's extremely unlikely they'll have any loyalty left, even if the credits with their Heel–Face Turn aren't canon.
- What Measure Is a Mook?: Subverted. At first this seems to be averted as he was a Benevolent Boss to them (For his own ends, but still.). But in the climax, he creates a storm with no regard to their lives. (Possibly because they are no longer of use to him now that he can take over the world as a One-Man Army) This may have caused their Heel–Face Turn in the credits.
"Capper's the name. Charming's my game."
Voiced by: Taye DiggsA conniving cat con artist who calls Klugetown his home. Capper lost everything he had when he tried scamming the local crime boss, and has since resorted to swindling others just to make ends meet.
- The Artful Dodger: The prequel comic shows he lived his whole life gleefully stealing from the streets of Abyssinia. By the start of the movie, however, he's pretty sick of it and only continues doing it because he feels he has no other choice.
- Badass Longcoat: He wears a long, tattered red coat. Rarity fixes up a bit of the tatter and adds a few gold buttons as thanks for getting the Mane Six out of a tight spot.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Getting his coat fixed up by Rarity and being asked nothing in return causes Capper to second-guess his plan to betray them. He nearly falls back into his old ways when interrogated by Tempest over the Mane Six, but one look at the shiny buttons Rarity gave him kicks off his complete Heel–Face Turn.
- Becoming the Mask: He starts out as a False Friend to the Mane Six so he can sell them off and wipe away his debt, but spending time with them ends up bringing out the good in him.
- Cat Folk: He's an Abyssinian, the franchise's version of humanoid cat people. Generally, he resembles an upright cat more than a catlike humanoid — besides his hair and hands and a broadly anthropomorphized face, his body is mostly catlike; he even has fully digitigrade legs and claws at the tips of his fingers.
- Cats Are Mean: At first, he is a manipulative criminal who pretends to be Mane 6's friend out of selfish motivation. He grows out of it.
- Cats Are Snarkers: He gets a snarky line there and there.
- The Charmer: He's a conman, so you have to expect he's skilled at getting others to do what he wants. Rarity is noticeably flattered, much to Spike's ire.
- Con Man: He is of the song-and-dance variety, much like the Flim-Flam Brothers from the show. It's not entirely by choice, though, since he's in some serious debt to Klugetown's biggest crime lord, and conning the Mane Six is the only way he can make a living.
- Dark and Troubled Past: The prequel comic shows that Capper was a Street Urchin from Abyssinia who fled his home alongside his best friend, Chummer, after the Storm King invaded. They eventually made their way to Klugetown where they made a living scamming others until Chummer ultimately betrayed and abandoned Capper, not wanting to give up a life of crime as Capper did, leaving him on his own.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Not really evil, but Capper is technically a criminal in a crime-filled town. Rarity fixes up his coat for him, prompting him to immediately ask what the catch was. She merely replies it's just thanks for helping her and her friends out. Capper is confused by this since as far as he knew, no one does anything for anyone for free.
- Eureka Moment: During the battle in Canterlot he, Spike and the Mane 5 are surrounded by Storm Guards. He glances down at Spike and remembers that Spike's a fire-breathing dragon and the Storm Guards are covered in fur.Capper: Hey, ain't you a fire-breathing dragon?
Capper: (laughs as he uses Spike as a flamethrower)
- False Friend: He starts as one to the Mane Six, saving them from the rest of the town and guiding them to his home while singing about how great a friend he is, while planning to sell them to repay his debt. He becomes a real friend to them once Rarity repairs his coat at no charge and tries to keep Tempest from finding them.
- Funny Animal: An anthropomorphic bipedal cat.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: He wears a Badass Longcoat and nothing else.
- Heel–Face Turn: While no means a pure bad guy, he goes from scamming the Mane Six to becoming their ally.
- Hidden Depths: Despite his smooth talking and confidence, he's deeply insecure about his role as a petty thief.
- Improvised Weapon: During the final battle he uses Spike as a makeshift flamethrower.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Capper starts out as a sarcastic, sneaky Con Man, but after the Mane Six (mostly Rarity) show him some kindness, he shows his more helpful, friendly side.
- Nice Hat: At the end of the movie, Rarity gives him a top hat (and a matching cloak).
- Prehensile Tail: During his song, he's seen picking up three orange fruits with his long tail.
- Pyro Maniac: If his reaction to using Spike as a makeshift flamethrower during the climax is any indication, he might be one.
- Significant Wardrobe Shift: For most of the prequel comic, Capper simply walks around naked. However, after Chummer's betrayal and being stranded in Klugetown, he dons his red coat to symbolize his cynical transformation.
- Then Let Me Be Evil: After getting betrayed by his best friend and left in Klugetown in the prequel, he decides to stay in the life of crime he tried to escape.
- Three... Two... One...: When helping the Mane Five and their new friends sneak into Canterlot, he is initially turned away by the guards, but warns them what might happen if the Storm King doesn't get the cake he ordered. He then silently counts down from three and points at the entrance right when the guards move to let him pass without even looking at them.
Voiced by: Brian DobsonThe crime boss who runs Klugetown. He holds a tight leash on Capper, who wound up in serious debt to him after a swindle gone wrong.
- Asshole Victim: Gets electrocuted by Tempest when he gushes over how cute she is. Given that he was cheerfully planning to buy the main characters as slaves only moments before, it's hard to muster up much sympathy for him.
- Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Otherwise, he's a Badass in a Nice Suit.
- The Don: In the prequel comic, Verko claims that "every lowlife, knave, and villain who ever picked a pocket" in Klugetown answers to him.
- Funny Animal: He's a bipedal naked mole rat in clothes.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: Despite various humiliations, he remains in charge of Klugetown. But in My Little Pony (Gameloft), it's revealed shortly afterward he attempted to arrest Capper and Celeano, who in turn convinced the rest of Klugetown, who also hated him, to rise up and kick him out.
- Mugging the Monster: Verbalizes his curiosity about how much he could sell Tempest for, complete with cutesy-talk and petting. Given that it's Tempest, it doesn't end well for him.
- Nice Hat: Never seen without his top hat.
- Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Does not appear in any of the trailers.
- Too Dumb to Live: He openly mocks and denigrates Tempest Shadow, the Storm King's second in command and a fearsome general and combatant whom everyone else — with good reason — treats with fear and respect. Verko's reaction to seeing her is to causally start inspecting her like livestock for sale, squish her cheeks and talk about about purchasing her like she was a pet, all while Tempest grows more and more visibly furious. Doubly so given the fact Klugetown uses Storm Bucks (and thus is under the Storm King's control), meaning he really should know better. When he asks her "what can [she] do?", she promptly blasts him with her violent and unstable magic. Downplayed in that he doesn't actually die, exactly, although he still ends up looking like he caught a thunderbolt with his face.
"Let's show these little ponies how it's done!"
Voiced by: Zoe SaldanaThe parrot-like leader of the pirates. Once proud and daring explorers of the skies, Celaeno and her crew were roped into the Storm King's service as mere postal carriers. It takes a certain group of six pony stowaways (plus one dragon) to rekindle her zest for adventure, making her an invaluable ally.
- Action Girl: She helps retake Canterlot by fighting off a bunch of the Storm King's guards.
- Affably Evil: Despite being a pirate (formally working for the Storm King), she's quite a friendly fellow to her allies and willing to help the heroes in need.
- Alliterative Name: With her title, her full name is Captain Celaeno.
- Ambiguous Species: Unlike most of the Petting Zoo People to appear in the story, it's unclear what her species is, though she's clearly some kind of bird. Fans have taken to calling her a harpy while some promotional works claimed that she was a parrot.
- Beauty Mark: Has a mole under her left eye.
- Bird People: She has the head and tail of a parrot, and talons for her hands and feet, but no visible wings.
- Contralto of Danger: Much like Tempest, she has quite a deep female voice — courtesy of Zoe Saldana.
- Dressed to Plunder: She sports traditional pirate attire such as a tricorn hat, a golden earring, and a crystal peg leg.
- Feet-First Introduction: Her first appearance is punctuated by an initial focus on her talon brace and peg leg stomping across the deck of her ship.
- Good Costume Switch: Celaeno and her crew start out wearing plain black uniforms issued by the Storm King. When Rainbow Dash persuades them to go back to their old ways, they ditch the uniforms for their pirate duds.
- Handicapped Badass: Even though she's lost one leg and is wearing a metal brace on her remaining foot, she can hold her own in close combat.
- Harping on About Harpies: Her design appears to be largely influenced by the harpies (part-bird/part-woman) of Greek mythology, even being named directly after one of them. She takes after her bird half than her human half, having the head and talons of a bird, but lacking wings and having a humanoid anatomy. She also has Pointy Ears similar to how griffons are sometimes depicted.
- Karmic Thief: The prequel comic establishes that she and her crew only stole from the Storm King and no-one else.
- A Mother to Her Men: The prequel comic shows that she sees her crew as family and cares about them more than any amount of treasure. She does everything she can to minimize the risks in their work, and when the Storm King catches them and offers her the position of right hand creature, but says the crew will be relegated to cargo haulers, she accepts the offer to join to keep her crew safe but turns down the offer of a high rank in favor of staying with her crew.
- Nice Hat: A large tricorn with an equally oversized feather in it as befitting a pirate captain.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: She's a pirate, but only targeted the Storm King's forces.
- Pirate Girl: And she is the captain.
- Pirate Parrot: Played with. She is a pirate, but doesn't simply have a parrot; she is a parrot.
- Punch-Clock Villain: She and the crew initially appear to be loyal servants to the Storm King when they come inches away from tossing the Mane Six overboard, but as soon as the lunch bell rings, she turns out to be a decent bird lady stuck in a situation she doesn't want to be in. A Pep-Talk Song from the ponies is all it takes for her to get her on their side.
- Retired Badass: The Storm King has forced her and her crew to retire from pirating, making them message carriers instead. It takes a pep talk from the Mane Six to remind her how awesome she used to be.
- Seadog Peg Leg: She has a crystal peg on her lower right leg. While she's working for the Storm King, it's just a plain old wooden leg.
- Sky Pirate: Matching her avian appearance, she commands an airship.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Her name is misspelled as "Caelano" at the Toy Fair 2017 panel.
note The crew also appears in the prequel comics, where it's portrayed as being rather more numerous than in the movie.
- All There in the Script: The pirates' names are all given in the script and credits. Notably, two of them (Mullet and Squabble) have different names in the final draft of the script than during development (Grin and Murdock).
- The Big Guy: Boyle is the largest and burliest of the parrots.
- Bird People: Like their captain, they resemble humanoid parrots with a second set of claws instead of wings. Unlike their captain, however, they also have long, bony reptilian tails instead of feathery bird tails. Their portrayal in the comics also makes them resemble a variety of parrot species, with crew members resembling cockatoos and hyacinth and blue-and-yellow macaws appearing among the other green pirates.
- Chef of Iron: Lix is the ship's cook, and a proud pirate in her own right.
- The Chick: Lix, by virtue of being the only female besides Celaeno and a caring, motherly presence.
- Dressed to Plunder: They have a lot of the typical pirates' attire and accessories, most visibly Boyle's hook hand and Mullet's eyepatch.
- Expy: Squabble is one for Ed the Hyena due to his fish eyes and voicelessness.
- Eyepatch of Power: Mullet has the standard pirate's eyepatch.
- Fish Eyes: One of Squabble's distinguishing features are his eyes, which never point in the same direction and never seem to focus on anything.
- Handicapped Badass: All of them, to varying degrees (Boyle's hand, Mullet's eye, the end of Lix's tail, Squabble's walleyes and beak), but it doesn't stop them from beating back the Storm King's troops once they reach Canterlot. Many of the additional pirates from the prequel comic are also portrayed with similar prosthetics, sporting things such as hook hands, peg tails and prosthetic beaks.
- The Lancer: Mullet is Celaeno's first mate.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Unlike Celaeno, who is strictly in Bird People territory, her crew has a dash of Lizard Folk thrown in with their reptilian tails. Birds are dinosaurs, after all...
- Punch-Clock Villain: They only do the bidding of the Storm King to get paid and because they believe they have no other choice. If the clock says they are allowed a break (they only get one a day), they have an immediate change of heart.
- Satellite Character: They're never seen without Celaeno, and don't get much characterization beyond "they are her crew".
- Swiss Army Appendage: Boyle can replace his missing right hand with anything the situation calls for.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Lix's pink feathers are about all the indicator you'll get that she's a female.
- The Voiceless: Squabble doesn't speak, but squawks.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: In the prequel comic, the crew were greater in number, with several additional members. In the movie itself, the crew number only five (counting Celaeno), with all the other members from the comic nowhere to be found.
"I guess there is one small thing we can do for you."
Voiced by: Uzo AdubaThe ruler of Seaquestria, the kingdom of the seaponies. Novo had to evacuate her people to their current location after their original home, Mount Aris, came under threat from the Storm King's forces. Although she insists she and her people are happy with their new, secluded lives, she can't deny how much she misses their old way of life.
- Achilles in His Tent: She was going to change her mind and help Twilight and the others, but Twilight's attempt to take her pearl caused her to expel the Mane Six from her kingdom.
- Berserk Button: Don't take advantage of her hospitality, and certainly don't try to take her pearl. Tempest found this out the hard way in The Stormy Road to Canterlot. Twilight also found out the same, getting all of them banished far from Novo's kingdom.
- Bystander Syndrome: Novo would much rather kick back and relax in her safe, underwater kingdom than take any direct action against the Storm King again. Justified as their previous home was conquered by him and his troops.
- Forgiveness: She appears to have forgiven Twilight for trying to steal her pearl, despite being upset by her actions, but she stayed to enjoy the festival after arriving to get Skystar, and if the credits are to be believed, talked friendly with Celestia. Justified as Twilight helped save the world again and beat the Storm King, who was the reason she and her subjects were hiding in the first place. When they meet again during the comics storyline "Convocation of the Creatures!", Novo greets Twilight warmly, and is grateful to her for defeating the Storm King and allowing her kind to come out of hiding. And in the show's eighth season, she allows for her niece, Silverstream, to attend Twilight's School of Friendship.
- Get Out: After she catches Twilight trying to steal her pearl she declares that the ponies don't deserve to be one of them and changes them back to normal while they are still underwater.
- The High Queen: She's a kind and majestic queen who is ultimately on the same side as the Mane Six, making her the series' first major aversion to God Save Us from the Queen! and Princesses Rule.
- Our Mermaids Are Different: She's a seapony, a horse with the lower half of a fish, formally known as a hippocampus. She wasn't always one, however; she was originally a hippogriff (half-horse, half-bird) who transformed herself and her entire race to hide from the Storm King.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Despite any initial reluctance, Novo eventually comes around to answer the Mane Six's call for help against the Storm King. Unfortunately, it doesn't last long due to catching Twilight attempting to steal her pearl.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: When Tempest tries escaping with her Pearl of Transformation in the prequel book, Novo personally hunts her down and throttles her against a wall.
- Sassy Black Woman: At times, she could give Sapphire Shores a run for her money in this department. E.g., when she gets exasperated with Skystar, and when she mentions her "seaweed wrap".Queen Novo: Did I not say don't tell them? But hey, I'm just the queen. Don't mind me.
- Tranquil Fury: She never raises her voice when she is angry, but she remains quite imposing and terrifying when she is.
- Transformation Ray: She possesses a magical pearl that can transform creatures into other species, using it on the Mane Six to turn them into seaponies, and Spike into a puffer fish. She used the same method on herself and her people to turn them into seaponies to escape the Storm King's forces.
- Walking Spoiler: She is the "queen of the hippos" the Mane Six are looking for.
"There are so many things we can do!"
Voiced by: Kristin ChenowethThe bubbly seapony princess of Seaquestria, and Queen Novo's daughter. Skystar longs to spread her wings and make new friends after spending too many years cooped up in her undersea home. She gets her wish when she stumbles into the Mane Six in their quest for help against the Storm King.
- Action Girl: Is actually surprisingly effective in a fight. Just ask Storm King's Mooks.
- All-Loving Hero: Is more saddened than angered by Twilight stealing the pearl, and only takes a quick "discussion" with Shelly and Sheldon offscreen to decide it was an act of desperation and to help the ponies out.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Don't let the Genki Girl stuff fool you: she's very capable of kicking tail. Her contribution to the Final Battle includes her throwing around Storm King's Mooks who are considerably larger than herself.
- Beware the Silly Ones: As silly and odd of a person as she is, when she actually fights she proves to be pretty dang effective.
- Cloudcuckoolander: A Genki Girl who, among other things, makes Companion Cubes out of seashells.
- Companion Cube: She spends her spare time befriending seashells and giving them names like "Shelly" and "Sheldon". She weaponizes them by throwing them into one of the Storm King's minion's eyes.
- Curtains Match The Windows: She has Innocent Blue Eyes to match her aquamarine hair-like fin.
- Cute Bruiser: Adorable, sweet, and bubbly... but also surprisingly tough when it comes to a fight. She's strong enough to physically overpower, pick up, and throw the Storm King's much larger Mooks.
- Disappeared Dad: There is no mention of Skystar's father at all in the books or the film.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: Unlike most princesses in My Little Pony, who are handed the title of "princess" by others as both a symbol of authority and a form of knighthood, Skystar is a closer-to-real-life example who is the daughter of a queen, making her a princess by birth.
- Flower in Her Hair: She has a sea anemone in her finny "mane" to this effect. It becomes an actual flower in her hippogriff form.
- Genki Girl: She's bubbly, chatty, and energetic, a classic Kristin Chenoweth character if there ever was one.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Before meeting the Mane Six, Skystar is in a state of intense boredom and loneliness over feeling locked up in her kingdom. It was so bad, she made friends out of inanimate seashells (she named them Shelly and Sheldon).
- I'll Never Tell You What I'm Telling You!: When she's explaining their history to the Mane Six and Spike, her mom interrupts her and forbids her from telling them anymore. She then continues the story, saying if she could tell them.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: She is a Genki Girl, silly, and makes "friends" out of seashells... but when she decides to fight, she can fight.
- Meaningful Name: The name "Skystar" is an indicator that her race actually belongs in the sky, not the sea.
- Nice Girl: Is willing to help the Mane Six in their fight against the Storm King, even after Twilight tried to steal the pearl, and after her mother forbids her.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: She still ends up grounded by her mother even after she helped save everyone.
- One-Winged Angel: Assuming her true Hippogriff form towards the end of the film could be seen as a heroic one: it's a good bit more intimidating than her adorable sea pony form, makes the size difference between her and the Mane Six more apparent (she's about a head taller than them), and is also the point her Cute Bruiser traits show up and she shows herself capable of throwing around the Storm King's Mooks fairly easily.
- Oh, Crap!: She gets one when she is reunited with her mom at the party, and is told that she is "so grounded."
- Our Mermaids Are Different: Just like her mother, Skystar is a seapony (half-horse, half-fish). Also like her mother, she was a hippogriff (half-horse, half-bird) to begin with.
- Rebellious Princess: She would much rather leave Seaquestria and make some friends than abide her mother's warnings and live in isolation.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: She plays a crucial role in helping the Mane Six get the seaponies' support, and even accompanies them on their journey in her original hippogriff form. She even takes part in the Final Battle and proves very effective in combat.
- Spoiled Sweet: She's the princess of her kingdom, and is incredibly kind and helpful to the Mane Six.
- Valley Girl: She has the accent and a typical personality of one.
- You Are Grounded: She arrives to help the Mane Five despite knowing she's going to get so grounded for disobeying her mom. She ends up being correct, as Queen Novo immediately grounds her once they're reunited.
- Youthful Freckles: She has orange freckles in between her eyes.
"I can see a rainbow from your tears when they fall on down."
Voiced by: SiaEquestria's latest and greatest musical sensation. Songbird is brought on to lend her vocal talents at the Friendship Festival.
- Advertised Extra: She's played by one of the celebrity guest stars and featured on one of the posters, yet she serves no role in the overall story.
- Alliterative Name: Songbird Serenade.
- Blinding Bangs: Her mane completely covers the upper half of her face, just like her voice actress.
- Break the Cutie: When the captured Twilight is brought back to Canterlot, she sees Songbird in a cage, sadly singing the lyrics to "Rainbow" until a Storm Guard hits the bars of her cage, forcing her to be quiet. Songbird then shares a sad look with Twilight. Even with her Blinding Bangs, you can tell Songbird is in as much despair as Twilight is.
- Hair Decorations: She has a huge, pink bow on her head, just like Sia.
- Ink-Suit Actor: She is essentially a ponified version of Sia.
- Meaningful Name: Two-fold. Her name obviously references her occupation as a famous singer, but Songbird is also a very appropriate name for a pegasus.
- Multicolored Hair: One half is black and the other blond, matching Sia's current look. Again.
- Nice Girl: She's surprisingly down-to-earth for such a big star. When Twilight accidentally gets some cake on Songbird's outfit, Songbird, rather than be upset, makes a joke about Twilight being "caked in cake".
Spring Rain and Glitter Drops
A pair of unicorn foals seen in a flashback sequence.
- All of the Other Reindeer: They shunned their former friend Fizzlepop after she broke her horn, fearing her now-uncontrollable explosive magic.
- All There in the Manual: Their names are revealed in tie-in material, left out of the film proper. The mobile game also reveals their cutie marks; Spring Rain gets a sun behind a raining cloud, and Glitter Drops gets two stars around a blue ring.
- Ambiguous Gender: Spring Rain has a square muzzle and no eyelashes in the flashback, which normally suggests the character is male. However, in both the mobile game and The Stormy Road to Canterlot, Spring Rain is referred to as female.
- Chromatic Arrangement: Spring Rain is blue, Glitter Drops is green, and Fizzlepop is red.
- Depending on the Writer: In the movie, they are shown to have abandoned Fizzlepop immediately after she lost her horn. However, The Stormy Road to Canterlot shows them to be more patient and understanding, visiting her periodically and trying to help her hide her broken horn. That being said, it's implied that Tempest is an Unreliable Expositor.
- Karma Houdini: They pretty much get off scot free for abandoning Fizzlepop. More justified in The Stormy Road To Canterlot, as they didn't actually abandon her and the flashback in the movie is from Tempest's point of view.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Their abandonment of Fizzlepop began her Start of Darkness towards becoming Tempest Shadow.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Rather than showing gratitude toward Fizzlepop for saving their lives from the Ursa Minor, they freak out about her broken horn and abandon her. The Stormy Road To Canterlot shows differently, but to Tempest, it is.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Had it not been for them abandoning Fizzlepop, she wouldn't have become Tempest Shadow and nearly doomed Equestria.
- Walking Spoiler: To know who they are is to know Tempest's childhood, along with the events that lead to her disillusionment from the magic of friendship.