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Space Ponies in General
- Always Lawful Good: Mykan claims that the Space Ponies are this. Their actions, particularly their treatment of Ace Ray, prove otherwise.
- Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: Everyone in Unicornicopia dresses up in ridiculous Power Rangers bodysuits.
- Holier Than Thou: Starfleet has strong shades of this. They're seen questioning the morality of everything except their own actions.
- Informed Attribute:
- They're stated to be superior in intelligence to Equestrians but no character figures out that a metallic creature giving off no life readings and shooting Eye Beams attacking a dam is just a robot until its innards are exposed. The author gives the excuse that they've somehow never encountered robots before but that just only shows how unimaginative Starfleet is; it would be like real people encountering a winged, fire-breathing reptile and not realizing it's a dragon.
- In this blog, the author compares Equestria to Colonial America and Unicornicopia to the distant future. However, Space Ponies have no teleporters, healing rays and artificial planets and not even modern technology such as mobile phones, submarines, nukes and automobiles.
- Magic Knight: Applies to all the winged unicorns, especially Rhymey.
- Master Race: The Space Ponies and their "god" known as Grand Ruler are seen as that. They themselves have no problem calling others out on how inferior they are to them because they live on the ground alone.
- Petting Zoo People: They're depicted as having humanoid bodies with pony heads stuck on top.
- You Are Number 6: Everyone's got a serial number on their chest (cutie marks being another thing that the author either didn't like or understand. Or both).
The Grand Ruler's student, who, unlike other Space Ponies, is unable to use magic.
- Author Avatar
- Birthday Hater: Due to his fifth one being the day all other members of his race were killed by Serpentari.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: To compensate for his lack of magical ability, the Grand Ruler trains him intensively to be physically stronger and faster than the other characters. Somehow, he still finds himself tuckered out by carrying crates and baskets of vegetables.
- Death by Origin Story: His parents.
- Deus ex Machina: The Uniforce.
- Expy: He is basically a male version of Twilight Sparkle.
- Flat Character
- Informed Ability: He has been stated to be extremely strong yet he never makes a dent on any monsters. Against other ponies, his strength is more or less equal, even getting knocked down by a possessed Cheerilee at one point.
- Last of His Kind: Is an Enticorn, explaining his lack of magical ability inherent to alicorns.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Nearly always his first method of attack.
- The Load: Despite his physical strength, most of the villains use magic and his inability to use magic is quite a liability in battle. Anytime he finishes a battle is with his Uniforce.
- Superpowered Evil Side: While his Enticorn powers make him nearly as strong as Celesto, he has a difficult time controlling himself
- Un-Sorcerer: Until he starts wielding the Uniforce. And discovering his Enticorn origins.
- When All You Have Is a Hammer: If he gets anything done at all, it's going to be with the Uniforce or (earlier on) the Rainbow Rod.
Grand Ruler Celesto
- Author Avatar: His design is directly lifted from the author's OC cosplay and Word of God even states that he's voiced by him.
- When he came up with the concept for the first time, Celesto was even going to be named Mykan.
- Big Good
- Expy: He is basically a male version of Princess Celestia.
- Informed Attribute: He's stated to be stronger than Celestia and yet Twilight in the finale did more damage to Tirek than Celesto could, who supposedly is way stronger already, was supported by an army AND had Celestia and Luna's magic.
- Insistent Terminology: He is referred to as a "Three-Horned Alicorn", rather than a tricorn.
- It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: According to Mykan, Celesto's name is pronounced "CHE-les-tow".
- Man Child: He likes to play hopscotch.
- Meaningful Name: The author says he chose "Celesto" because it means "heavenly." It is not a genderfipped version of "Celestia."
- Mundane Made Awesome: Playing hopscotch to a disco remix of "Pop Goes the Weasel".
- Parental Substitute: For Lightning. Not that their relationship has any significance on the overall plot.
- Physical God: Or at the very least, a child of one.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Invoked and Averted. While he takes constant care of the ecosystem of Unicornicopia, he does not go into battle when Titan shows up the first time, despite being the only one able to stop him. The author later tried to excuse this by explaining that the Grand Ruler had faith in his prized student, Lightning. Problem is, Lightning can't use magic and the only reason he did not die is that he conveniently discovered he can summon the Uniforce.
- Stellar Name
- The Archer: Wields a bow.
- Death by Origin Story: Her parents.
- Expy: Of Rarity.
- Flat Character: She loves Lightning and astronomy. That's it. The latter only comes up a couple of times.
- Informed Ability: She knows about the stars, but it is never shown that she actually uses her knowledge to good use or that she does any scientific research.
- Meaningful Name: She likes astronomy, and has a Stellar Name.
- Palette Swap: She is according to recent videos just a Rarity clone, but not as shallow as the original. He has tried to cover this up by... slightly darkening her coat, which he feels "ruins the design".
- Plagiarism: She is just Rarity.
- Satellite Love Interest: We never learn much about her other than her interest in astronomy, which is practically forgotten after her introduction. She doesn't even appear in the author's video of character bios for the fic!
- Stellar Name: See Meaningful Name above.
- Two Girls to a Team: With Krysta.
- "I fail to see why you mockme for the way that I talk.My entire family speaks in rhyme.We have been doing so for a very long time."
- Beta Couple: With Fluttershy.
- Expy: Of Muffy Mouse.
- Family Theme Naming: As it turns out, his entire family has rhyming names. The Odd Name Out is, ironically, Rhymey himself.
- Flat Character: He rhymes. That's all.
- Informed Ability: It's been stated that he makes great poetry. The few works we see, however, are too simple and generic to be called "great".
- Meaningful Name
- No, You: After Ace Ray complains about Rhymey's rhyming, Rhymey protests that his rhyming is perfectly natural, capping it off with this couplet."There is nothing wrong with what I do.But I would say something is wrong with you."
- Palette Swap: He's just Fluttershy with a horn, clothing, yellow tail, mane and a different hairstyle.
- Rhymes on a Dime: He rhymes absolutely everything, from ordinary conversations to attack names even to grunts of pain. Unfortunately, they're not good rhymes.
- Art Attacker
- Flat Character: His personality is that he makes art.
- Lonely Rich Kid: As revealed in Starfleet Magic IV, painting was Artie's way to express frustration over the fact that his rich parents ignored him.
- Meaningful Name: Unlike the rest of the cast, this trope is averted in Artie's case. Starfleet Magic IV reveals that his real name is Arthur.
- Simple Staff
- "Feeling hungry, this guy doesn't make food, he makes a symphony of sensations that melt in your mouth and sooth your appetite."— From his profile
- Demoted to Extra: He was a core member of the team in the initial series, was removed for several stories and when reintroduced in My Brave Pony: Star Fleet Magic III, was a minor character. The Deviant ART remake brings him back, not as a member, but as a recurring background character.
- Flat Character: He's a chef, and that's about it.
- Meaningful Name
- Put on a Bus: He only makes one appearance in the third "season".
- Supreme Chef: His talent, described as follows on his profile.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He dosn't play any role in the sequels. According to Word of God that`s because he had no idea how to use him anymore.
Dyno and Mite
- Always Identical Twins
- Drop the Hammer
- Expies: Of Mas Y Menos.
- Flat Characters: Their personality consists of them speaking a couple of Spanish words and liking to blow stuff up.
- Gratuitous Spanish: One of their main distinguishing traits.
- Meaningful Names
- Playing with Fire
- Single-Minded Twins
- Stuff Blowing Up: Liking to blow stuff up is their other main distinguishing trait.
- Catch Phrase:
- "Satisfactory, most satisfactory."
- And to a lesser extent, "(other adjective), most (other adjective)".
- He also had "Well, now who's a fool?" if one of his inventions doesn't work as planned (usually explosively).
- Deus ex Machina: More often than not, Brain just happens to have some sort of gadget that just happens to be perfectly suited for dealing with whatever jam the heroes have gotten themselves into. The biggest example is the rocket ship that the crew uses to escape Unicornicopia's Earth-Shattering Kaboom, which happens to work perfectly despite being completely untested.
- Einstein Hair: His artwork shows him with this hairstyle.
- Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal
- Fun with Acronyms: He invents a tracking device called TERRIFIC (The Elemental Radar Receptor In Finding Interesting Characters).
- The Load
- Meaningful Name
- Quintessential British Gentleman
- The Smart Guy
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: She seems to have disappeared completely after the first story. Explained in the Deviant ART version that she retired after the end of Season 1.
- Expy: Of Dimitria from Power Rangers Turbo. Appearance-wise, she is to Mayor Mare what Starla is to Rarity.
- Figure It Out Yourself: Her shtick. All she can do is talk in questions, which gets redundant when she starts talking like that even in regular conversation. This sounds familiar somehow...
- Flat Character
- Shout-Out: Named after the species/homeworld of a Power Ranger mentor; see Expy above.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: She doesn't play any role in the sequels. According to Word of God that`s because he had no idea how to use her anymore.
Dr. Penny Sisi Sillion
- Expy: Of Nurse Redheart.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Downplayed. Normally, she's perfectly benign, but it takes a certain kind of doctor to prescribe Mind Rape as a cure for mental issues. Also falls into this for an episode of Season 2 due to changeling possession.
- Punny Name: Her name is a pun on penicillin. Her middle name is a pun on "CC" (cubic centimeter, a frequently used unit of measurement for medicines).
- The Alcatraz: She serves as the warden for one of Starfleet's prison planets.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Falls victim to this at the hands of the changelings. Lightning Dawn and Twilight have to snap her out of it.
- The Bus Came Back: Despite being a high-ranking Starfleet member and being only the 3rd character shown to be able to use the Uniforce, she is only mentioned once in passing after her one appearance in II. After a long absence, Cerise makes another appearance at the beginning of VI.
- Deus ex Machina: Zigzagged. While she can use the Uniforce and did use it to save the day in her first appearance, she's generally the one that needs help.
- Identical Stranger: Described as being very similar to Cadence.
- Series Continuity Error: First appears under the name Cerise Wonder, but her second appearance uses Cerise Magenta.
- The Worf Effect: Despite being acknowledged as a powerful Starfleet officer in charge of a Penal Colony and able to use the Uniforce to boot, both of Cerise's appearances so far have her needing to be bailed out of trouble by the main cast.
- Chickification: She is a fairly competent leader and mage in canon, but here she's stuck playing second fiddle to Lightning Dawn.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: She dies in Lightning's arms.
- Distress Ball
- Killed Off for Real: In "season" three.
- Leeroy Jenkins: On occasion, including the one that gets her killed. Clearly she's been learning from Lightning.
- Spirit Advisor: Twilight becomes one to Lightning after her death.
- Took a Level in Dumbass
- Distress Ball
- Flanderization: She's only defined by her love of fashion. She is portrayed as constantly forcing makeovers on those who don't want them, being rather more self-centered and materialistic, and whining quite a bit. As well, while Rarity in the source material could be a Drama Queen at times (and could she ever), here she tends to overreact to everything.
- The Magic Touch: In one part of My Brave Pony: Star Fleet Magic II, she essentially gets the Midas Touch. Anyone who's heard of King Midas should know where this is going.
- Took a Level in Dumbass
- Flanderization: She is portrayed as being so annoying that even her friends groan at her. She's also shown to be a bit of a crybaby.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: In canon, Pinkie Pie is something of a Genius Ditz. Here, she loses the "genius" part of the equation to Flanderization.
- Woman Child: Due to losing her Hidden Depths.
- Beta Couple: With Rhymey.
- Friend to All Living Things: One of the few canon qualities she still has.
- Ruptured Appendix: This is why she has a Sick Episode and is nearly killed by a changeling in the hospital, even though ponies don't have appendixes.
- Shrinking Violet: Another canon trait she still has, although it's subject to Flanderization.
- Sick Episode: When she comes down with appendicitis.
- Bad Dreams: As a result of having to kill her own brother.
- Break the Cutie: So, so much, starting with Fratello and going downhill from there.
- Cain and Abel: The Abel to Fratello's Cain. Unlike the Trope Namers, she ends up having to kill him rather than the other way around.
- The Chew Toy: The amount of abuse heaped on her through the series is staggering.
- Distress Ball: Perhaps even more so than the other princesses.
- Imperiled in Pregnancy: Which eventually results in her Convenient Miscarriage.
- Brainwashed: To like Starfleet and feel sorry for attacking his sister in the original version. In the updated version, he's "merely" sent to an insane asylum instead.
- Cain and Abel: The Cain to Skye.
- The Complainer Is Always Wrong: He falls into this, as well as Strawman Has a Point. He gets kicked off the Wonderbolts for complaining about Starfleet, and is portrayed as a loser who lounges around the house all day - even his own sister disagrees with him and has little sympathy. He ultimately ends up getting arrested after threatening to kill his sister in a fit of rage, and (in the original version) is brainwashed to like Starfleet. However, he comes off as more accurate than the author intended regarding Starfleet's flaws and failures.
- Flanderization: In his first appearance, he does hate Starfleet, but has other priorities such as his sister. By the time of My Brave Pony: Star Fleet Magic III, all he does is rant about his hatred of Starfleet and hates his sister.
- I'll Kill You!: Says this to Skye after she declares him to be as bad as the evil they face, which results in him being officially declared a criminal, beaten and arrested.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After essentially being brainwashed in the original version, he reacts this way to memories of his past actions.
- Rage Within The Machine: One of the only Equestrian ponies who isn't completely wowed by Starfleet. Quite the opposite, really.
- Straw Loser
- Ungrateful Bastard: What we're meant to think of him as.
- Would Hit a Girl: Beats up his own sister while threatening to kill her.
- The Cracker: He successfully breaks into the main computer system of one of Starfleet's prisons.
- The Complainer Is Always Wrong: Whenever he tries to complain about Starfleet, everyone around him starts shooting him down.
- Rage Within The Machine: Hates Starfleet with a passion. He could almost be the protagonist of a story in a Dystopia setting."Some day, the truth is going to come out, and people will see you freaks for what you really are!"
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For Ace Ray, of all people.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: He only meant to release some of the prisoners to show Starfleet up. Instead, he ended up releasing all of them, setting many of their enemies loose.
- Butt Monkey: An entire chapter is dedicated to her getting constantly wet in the fight with a water monster.
- Captain Obvious: Upon meeting Rhymey, a character who speaks entirely in rhyme, she remarks "Wow, he sure does love rhyming." Not long after, she wanders into a restaurant and remarks upon how hungry everybody is.
- Demoted to Extra: She is acknowledged maybe once or twice in My Brave Pony: Star Fleet Magic III despite being the main character's best friend. However, she does get a few more appearances later on.
- Deus ex Machina: The Uniforce.
- Dumb Blonde: Most likely unintentional, but she certainly does come off as one.
- Expy: Is named after the main character of Ferngully and appearance-wise is pretty much Fluttershy with her mane and coat color swapped, and in human form.
- Fairy Companion: For Lightning. Named after a certain other animated fairy.
- Flat Character
- Identity Amnesia: Krysta isn't even her full name, just the partial fragment she remembers. She's Queen Krystalline of the world of Luminous.
- The Load: She's more of a hindrance to the others than anything.
- Magic Knight
- Plagiarism: In a Youtube video introducing the characters her design was a recolor of a Deviant ART picture depicting Fluttershy as a human.
- Super Strength: Word of God said she can lift 3,000 times her own weight.
- Too Dumb to Live: Decides to follow a strange orb of light with the voice of the bad guy, promising her to tell her where she comes from.
- Two Girls to a Team
- What the Hell, Hero?: When Twilight expresses qualms about killing Starfleet's enemies.Krysta: "Twilight, I like you, but… sometimes I think you really need to wake up and stop kidding yourself."
- Remember the New Guy: He is Krysta's adopted son, who suddenly appears with no foreshadowing in My Brave Pony: Star Fleet Magic II, Episode 1. When asked about why he suddenly appears, Mykan answered "New characters get thrown in all the time (everyone knows that)".
The protagonist of Human in United Equestria.
The initial main antagonist.
- Author Avatar: Theorized by some to be a personification of the author's hatred of Friendship is Magic.
- Back from the Dead: Suddenly returns in the Season 1 finale and returns again in The Movie.
- Big Bad
- Card-Carrying Villain: He introduces himself as Emperor of Chaos and Nightmares, but most of the time does nothing besides gloat on his throne.
- Disproportionate Retribution: He got his face disfigured in his past and got shunned by everyone for his hideous looks afterwards. Years later, he kills his entire species and starts to destroy parts of the multiverse for no other reason, than that it is fun.
- Evil Sorcerer
- Expy: Of Wiseman and No-Heart.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: He has all power and wants to destroy Unicornicopia just so he can spread chaos and destruction over reality, just because. His dialogue is dripping in clichés and there is nothing unique about his appearance at all. Being Stupid Evil and going with the first Saturday morning cartoon plot his minions come up with doesn't help matters.
- I Want Them Alive
- Informed Ability: Is called the Emperor of Nightmares and an unstoppable evil... but then gets blown up multiple times in his premiere fanfic alone.
- Multiversal Conqueror: According to the author. See Card-Carrying Villain to realize what he really is.
- Obviously Evil
- Orcus on His Throne
- Sealed Evil in a Can: At least till he breaks out from his dimensional prison.
- Self-Made Orphan: He killed his father for more power.
- Not anymore. While it is possible he still killed his family, after the rewrite, he just simply killed his entire planet.
- Unexplained Recovery:
- After being blown up halfway through the story.
- Later, it turns out he survived getting THROWN INTO THE SUN and becomes the Big Bad of The Movie.
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: He insists on keeping Lightning Dawn alive so he can take his powers. However, Lightning is also the only one who can stop him in the first place...
Mysterious, Dementia, and Rep-Stallion
Titan's minions, and the main cause of the attacks on the heroes in the first story.
- An Ice Person: Some of Dementia's attacks invoke this.
- The Brute: Rep-Stallion.
- The Dark Chick: Dementia.
- Living Shadow: Mysterious.
- Shock and Awe: Rep-Stallion's power.
- Shout-Out: Most of their attack names come from the PS2 video game Orphen: Scion of Sorcery.
- Sinister Scythe: Rep-Stallion's weapon.
- Super Smoke: Smoke of Pain, one of Mysterious's powers.
- Terrible Trio
- Vain Sorceress: Dementia's obsession with her looks is her defining trait.
- Villain Team-Up: With Nightmare Moon.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Because he is a Living Shadow, Mysterious gets hurt by standing in any form of light.
- What Measure Is a Non-Pony?: They are artificial beings and considered not worth rescuing by the heroes when the reality they fought in starts to collapse around them and they are too weak to escape.
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: In one chapter, Rep-Stallion is ready to deliver the killing blow towards Lightning, when Titan calls him back for no reason at all. If he had just given him five more seconds, the hero would have been dead. Titan later explains that this is because he wants Lightning alive so he can take his powers. Not exactly the smartest plan when Lightning is the only one who is able to defeat him and he's conquered worlds without the Uniforce before.
- Big Bad: Of My Brave Pony: Star Fleet Magic II.
- Generic Doomsday Villain
- Heel–Face Turn
- Villain Decay: From a queen with a relatively benign relationship with her subjects working to keep them fed to a Generic Doomsday Villain who sits back to let her minions do all the work, keeps the fruits of their labor for herself, and embraces We Have Reserves.
- We Have Reserves: She finds out about the disadvantage of this mentality the hard way. Namely, when said reserves run out.
The Changeling Captain/Fratello
- Back from the Dead: Fratello's ghost joins back with his replacement robot body.
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul
- I Cannot Self-Terminate: Slips into this on the occasions that Fratello resurfaces.
- Meaningful Name: His full name is Italian (or, more precisely, an Italian "Blind Idiot" Translation) for My Dear Big Brother.
- Overly Long Name: Il Mio Caro Grande Fratello. Now that's a mouthful.
- Remember the New Guy: Turns out the second main antagonist of My Brave Pony: Star Fleet Magic II is Cadance's brother Fratello, who we never heard of before.
- Replacement Goldfish: After Fratello's death, Brain builds a replacement Fratello in My Brave Pony: Star Fleet Magic III.
- The Starscream: Turns out he is a cyborg only pretending to be a changeling, who wants to take over Equestria with his robot army.
- Blood Knight: The closest she gets to an actual character trait, given that we don't get a reason why she is one.
- Flat Character: She is the most extreme example of a flat character. While other characters at least have a backstory and one character trait, she has no characterization at all.
- Green Thumb: With a helping of Poisonous Person.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Finished off by being run through with her own weapon.
- Prongs of Poseidon: The Doom Trident.
- An Ice Person
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Last seen getting buried via a cave-in.
- Dumb Muscle: Granted, none of the villains here are exactly The Chessmaster, but Frosteye still stands out for being derided as this by his fellows.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: His colleagues don't exactly think very highly of him.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: He comes chillingly close to bringing about The End of the World as We Know It via freezing it over, and probably would have succeeded if he didn't feel the need to show up to gloat in front of Starfleet.
- Pony Popsicle: He had been trapped in a frozen cavern for a century by Princess Celestia due to being a mocker.
- Shapeshifter Weapon: Can transform his right arm into an ice lance.
- Anti-Villain: One of the few characters to go beyond 1 trait. Though affiliated with Sombra, she has higher morals than her allies.
- High-Heel–Face Turn: The only one of Sombra's minions to undergo one, but it doesn't last long...
- Love Makes You Evil: Turned to evil because her boyfriend Royce left her.
- Love Redeems: Royce's love for her ultimately triggers her Heel–Face Turn.
- Sword Beam: The Blade Blaster.
- Taken for Granite: Her fate, along with Royce.
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Happens in My Brave Pony: Star Fleet Magic III, Episode 11, where she is called away by Sombra when she is about to kill Royce and Pinkie Pie, though at least there's a reasonable explanation (She already got the Crystal Heart Sombra told her to get).
- Blood Knight: Was born with no knowledge of his family or world, so his life became all about fighting and searching for a worthy opponent. His Blood Knight tendencies eventually led to him betraying Sombra.
- Evil Counterpart: Set up as one for Lightning. Both are powerful beings who lost their family and world at a young age, but while Lightning was taken in by Grand Ruler and taught to use his powers to defend others, Harkin had no such luck and ended up as a nihilistic fighting machine.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: His signature move, Red Rays. Also counts as a Hand Blast.
- A Good Way to Die: To him, being bested by an Enticorn - namely, Lightning - counts as this.
- Magic Knight: He has shades of this.
- Megaton Punch: Harkin's Fists of Fury attack.
- Villain Team-Up: In Episode 16 of My Brave Pony: Star Fleet Magic III, he and Raven team up.
- Worthy Opponent: Harkin sees Lightning as one.
- Crusading Widow: A villainous example, in that her motivation for going after Celestia is to avenge the death of her husband (who was killed in an accident involving her).
- Expy: She is named and based off the Teen Titans character.
- Good Powers, Bad People: Wields the Uniforce despite being a villain.
- Hero Killer: Ultimately the one to kill Twilight Sparkle.
- Lone Wolf Boss: She isn't affiliated with Sombra, targeting Celestia of her own accord.
- One-Winged Angel: Not of her own accord, though - she's transformed into yet another giant monster by Melantha.
- Unknown Rival: To Celestia. That is, until she kills Twilight Sparkle.
- Villain Team-Up: In Episode 16 of My Brave Pony: Star Fleet Magic III, she and Harkin team up.
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Notably, she actually does try to just shoot Celestia with a crossbow. It doesn't work, but it still stands out among villains plagued with Complexity Addiction.
King Sombra /Dusk Shine
- Bad Boss: Yells at and threatens his minions quite a bit.
- Big Bad: Of My Brave Pony: Star Fleet III.
- The Bully: In the Starfleet continuity, Sombra was first seen as a bully named Dusk Shine.
- Cheaters Never Prosper: As Dusk Shine, he drugs Celesto's water during a tournament to determine who will guard Celestia. He gets caught, striped of his rank, and banished.
- Generic Doomsday Villain
The Dark King
- Conqueror from the Future
- Create Your Own Villain: Starfleet is directly responsible for the Dark King's existence, as he is a manifestation of "dark energy" from the prisoners that Starfleet tried to rehabilitate.
- Generic Doomsday Villain
- Make Wrong What Once Went Right: The Dark King has conquered most of United Equestria in the future, but faces resistance that prevents him from finishing the job. Thus, he goes back in time to try and prevent Starfleet from winning in the past
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: A darkness-themed villain that lives on a dark planet and has an eccentric group of minions whom he tasks with summoning monsters to stop Starfleet. This description applies to both Titan and the Dark King.
The Dark King's Minions
Composed of Tnaig, Nomed, Ergo, Neila, and Esroh Dab
Twelve Monsters based on the Eastern Zodiac. They are composed of Rat Racer, Big Bull, Flame-Stripes, Bouncer, Dragoon, Dark Scales, Silver Steed, Baa-Baa Black, Chompanzee, Buster Beak, Underdog, and Boar Bottoms
- Acrofatic: Boar Bottoms, especially after Ergo uses "Speed Up" magic on him
- Anti-Magic: Dark Scales can dispel magic, though it's only used to prevent Starfleet from activating Mega Mode.
- Asteroids Monster: Baa-Baa Black
- Blow You Away: Buster Beak
- Boxing... Rabbit?: For some reason, Bouncer fights with boxing gloves.
- Breath Weapon: Flame-Stripes, Chompanzee, and Boar Bottoms all can use these, though in the case of Boar Bottoms, he has to absorb energy beforehand.
- Calling Your Attacks: Zigzagged. 4 of the Cardinals call their attacks, while the rest are completely silent.
- Cards of Power: The name Cardinal refers to the fact that they are summoned from magical cards.
- Casting a Shadow: Dragoon and Dark Scales
- Dishing Out Dirt: Big Bull and Underdog.
- Gemstone Assault: Big Bull's Gem Missile.
- Kevlard: Boar Bottoms.
- Monsters of the Week
- Name's the Same: In the first chapter of Starfleet Magic IV, a minotaur named Big Bull appears in Lightning's nightmare. He isn't the same Big Bull as the Cardinal.
- Playing with Fire: As the name implies, Flame-Stripes.
- Shock and Awe: Buster Beak and Dragoon
- Shockwave Stomp: Aside from boxing, this is Bouncer's other special ability.
- Super Speed: Rat Racer
The Phantom of Magic /Dr. Emil Kudos
- The Dragon: To Tirek
- Love Makes You Evil: Dr. Kudos became evil because a pony named Peach Berry rejected him for another pony with magical powers.
- Phantom Zone: After Tirek turns good, Kudos uses his remaining magic to go to "someplace where things go to disappear", and presumably, will never be seen again.
- Power Parasite: The Phantom's ability allows him to steal the Cutie Marks of other ponies, though unlike most Power Parasites, he does not gain the power he stole.
- Remember the New Guy: Before he became the Phantom, Dr. Kudos was Shining Armor's marriage counselor.