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Ponyville: The Lunaverse Six
- Adaptational Badass: Lifted from background and minor characters into heroes.
- Authority in Name Only: Their distinction as the Elements of Harmony doesn't give them much political clout.
- Slightly changed as of the end of At the Grand Galloping Gala. They have what's known as the Right of Approach, which means that if they want to see Luna, only she can turn them away - they can't be stymied by secretaries, guards, or whatever. Previously only Equestria's viceroys have had this power.
- Badass Normal: Compared to the Mane Six (Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie most of all), most of the Luna Six are relatively normal ponies who are the Elements of Harmony.
- The Determinator: None of them, not even the languid Trixie, are quitters.
- Fire-Forged Friends: While most of them were at least familiar with each other beforehand, it was the shared adventure against Corona that truly brought them together.
- Five Mare Band: Although the divide isn't clean and there is significant overlap depending upon the situation.
- Trixie is The Lancer. Oddly for a lancer, she's also The Hero.
- Lyra is a variation on both The Smart Mare (she's "the bard" and knows a lot about magical theory) and The Big Mare (when spellcasting)
- Raindrops is The Big Mare (physically).
- Ditzy Doo is The Chick, as well as Team Mom.
- Carrot Top is The Chick while doing some time as The Smart Mare.
- Cheerilee is The Leader, though she also doubles as The Smart Mare.
- Theory Tunnelvision: Prior to The Return of Tambelon, they were all completely incapable of seeing Corona as anything other than a scheming, malicious monster who needs to be put back in the sun. It's most pronounced with Ditzy, though she does at least have a reason.
- True Companions
The Element of Magic, the personal student of Princess Luna an the representative of her Night Court to Ponyville. Trixie is extroverted, but abrasive; outgoing, yet insecure. She is talented and knows it, and she wants everypony else to know it as well. She can be difficult to get along with at the best of times, but now that she has true friends, she is determined to keep them.
- Accent Relapse: Returns to a French Creole accent (she was raised in Neigh Orleans) when she gets drunk or annoyed.
- Allergic to Routine: In "Up and Automaton", she reveals that she's become so used to the chaos Ponyville goes through on a regular basis that she's actually engaging in a game of stealth hug with Pinkie to keep from going mad with boredom during a surprisingly uneventful week.
- Awesome, but Impractical: Her flying carpet, which in addition to not being all that fast, is also difficult to use and power.
- Bad Boss: She has a habit of being unintentionally inconsiderate, abusive, and condescending to those under her employ. After her encounter with Zizanie, she sought to subvert this trope with Pokey to incredibly mixed success.
- The Big Easy: Is originally from Neigh Orleans.
- Big Ego, Hidden Depths
- Bizarre Taste in Food: Big time.
- Blackmail: Early on, she attempts to use this frequently. She's just not good at it, at all. On one occasion, Octavia's attempt to claim she's being blackmailed by Trixie falls flat on its face because of this.Octavia: She lacks the political acuity to blackmail a tree-stump.
- Book Dumb: Mild example. She's rather well-read in politics and history as a Luna's student, but not so much in magical theory.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: A capable sorceress, but entirely unwilling to learn new spells unless she absolutely has to.
- However, she does practice the spells she already knows constantly, giving her extremely fine control over them.
- Butt Monkey: Horrible things happen to her on a regular basis. In fairness, some of it is deserved.
- Bystander Syndrome: Suffers from this during the first few episodes by virtue of not being all that heroic.
- Cargo Ship: Has shades of this In-Universe with Monsieur Bourbon.
- Carnivore Confusion: She has eaten meat in the past, but never from anything sapient. Her friends sometimes have trouble comprehending this distinction.
- CelibateHero/Asexuality: One scene in Helping... Hands? implies her to be a virgin, and indeed she seems to be unnerved by the sex in general:
- In The Night After, she is disturbed when she (and most of the neighbors, in all likelihood) hears Bon Bon and Lyra going at it; a few weeks later, in Helping...Hands?, she is still embarrassed by the experience.
- In A Hard Bargain, Cheerilee's off-hand comments about the "fun" her parents used to have make Trixie squirm.
- This gets actually discussed in Tales of Ponyville, where Cheerilee mistakes Trixie's celibate tendencies for being a Chaste Hero and decides to give her The Talk.
- Word of God is that she's not adverse to forming close Platonic relationships, but anything physical is right out.
- Character Development: Before the events of Longest Night, Longest Day, and for a good chunk of that story as well, Trixie really wanted to be a corrupt, scheming manipulator in the Night Court. She just wasn't very good at it. Her friendship with the other Elements of Harmony has changed her dramatically for the better over the course of several months, though At the Grand Galloping Gala reminds us that there are many nobles in Canterlot who still vividly remember her as an egotistical, politically clumsy Jerkass.
- Conspiracy Theorist: For Trixie, unless it's one of the other Elements, there is no gesture that cannot be construed as the product of the machinations of members of the Night Court in a bid to gain control of one or more of the Elements. Fortunately or unfortunately, she is frequently right.
- Also unfortunately, for all her paranoia she doesn't realize just how corrupt the Night Court is as a whole.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Dreadful Musician: According to Lyra, who is admittedly an expert.
- Embarrassing Second Name: she was teased for the name "Lulamoon" as a foal due to the allusions to a song Skip to My Lou.
- First-Name Basis: ... which is why she prefers Trixie.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: Examined during "The Hero of Oaton", but ultimately played straight in "Foalish Misadventures" where she (with some lip service to the other Elements of Harmony) takes full credit for curing Ponyville of its enchanted, drunken stupor, failing to mention Dinky or the other foals that made it possible.
- Fights Like a Normal: Never really learned a lot of attack spells, so she in battle she mostly relies on illusions to disorient and distract her enemies while she sneaks in under invisibility to buck them in the ribs.
- This is highly effective, however, as Ispelu Magikoa found out.
- The Hero: A relatively flawed variant.
- Hot for Teacher: Has had a few erotic dreams involving Princess Luna in the past, though she's none too proud of them.
- To Cheerilee, With Love ends with her thinking that she might have a crush on Luna, although ultimately this is not the case.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: Frequently deals with stress by spending quality time with Monsieur Bourbon.
- I Told You So: Commissioned a song about this trope that incorporates several languages and is composed of over a dozen verses with the last one purely consisting of haughty laughter.
- In Vino Veritas: When drunk, Trixie becomes more laid-back and sociable, starts speaking in Neigh Orleans accent and prefers to be called Lulamoon. She tends to treat "Lulamoon" as a separate personality altogether, and isn't fond of the fact that her drunk self is far more likable than she is.
- Innocently Insensitive: Towards Lyra, in thinking that she's a Starving Artist.
- Invisibility: Trixie possesses several ways of doing this with magic and she is very good at it. A second spell will cancel out the sound her hooves make when trotting.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Especially around foals; Trixie seems to make a special effort to be nice to them, especially Dinky Doo.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Much to the consternation of her much nicer and humbler peers.
- Large Ham Title: The Great and Powerful Trixie, though mostly only during stage shows or when other wise trying to be overly impressive.
- During The Hero of Oaton she comes up with several more.
- Licked by the Dog: Trixie's fans and friends will argue against attacks toward her character... to a point.
- Magical Accessory: Trixie is quite adept at making these, though it's not an instant process, frequently taking several hours.
- Magic Hat: Used for traditional sleight of hand magic and acts as a magic portal to send her letters directly to Princess Luna's study.
- Manipulative Bitch: and not always too subtle in it.
- Master of Illusion: While she can learn just about any spell, she tends to favor illusion magic. This might have to do with her cutie mark talent being at least as much stage magic as "real" magic.
- The Mentor: Has been teaching Dinky unicorn magic, sleight-of-hoof, and showmareship.
- Evil Mentor: Dinky's picked up a few of Trixie's personality flaws as well.
- Missing Steps Plan: There are only two real concrete parts to most of Trixie's plans. The outcome where she will be handsomely rewarded for her brilliance and a beginning so elaborate and daring that it fools both her friends and herself that they won't be winging it all the way to the end.
- No Hero to His Valet: Dinky and Pokey are her usual assistants, but even though they like her well enough, the two know better than to take what she says at face value. The same can be said for Trixie's other friends.
- Poisonous Friend: Played with due to her less than altruistic mindset tempering the Stupid Good tendencies of her friends and coming in handy against the more devious villains of the Lunaverse.
- Power Copying: Trixie learns spells "by ear"; that is, she learns how to cast spells by watching other ponies casting spells. The downside to this is that she's not very good at learning spells from spellbooks, the normal way.
- Pragmatic Hero: What she eventually becomes.
- Properly Paranoid
- Sociopathic Hero: On her worse days.
- Stage Magician: Following in her grandfather's hoofsteps, though it's more of a hobby.
- Third-Person Person: Occasionally, though not as often as her Maneverse counterpart, and mostly only when she's deliberately trying to be dramatic.
- Token Evil Teammate
- Weak, but Skilled: Not overly powerful for having a special talent in magic, but she's creative and fluent caster and fast learner.
- When All You Have Is a Hammer: In contrast to canon!Twilight, who can perform a very wide variety of spells, but not very well, Lunaverse!Trixie has a few select spells she can cast very effectively.
- You Need to Get Laid
The Element of Generosity and a carrot farmer. While hard-working and compassionate friend, her selfless and introvert nature make her a bit too generous in a business sense. As a rather struggling low-scale farmer, she's envious of the Apple clan and their success.
- Accidental Hero: Unintentionally prevents Zizanie from escaping in The Grand Galloping Gala by opening a door.
- Alchemy Is Magic: Carrot Top knows how to make a wide variety of potions and elixirs using her knowledge of plants, everything from sticky bombs to smoke gas to even minor healing poultices.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: She envied the success of Sweet Apple Acres, but is deeply conflicted when the town turns against the Apples during Carrot Top Season.
- The Chick
- Death Glare: Wishes she had this sometimes, up to and including having actual Eye Beams. Not only can she not really pull it off, however, but in fact most ponies don't even realize that they're being glared at by her.
- Averted once (well, sans Eye Beams) - in a staring match with Tirek, no less.
- Envy: A little, mainly towards the Apple Family's success and general ease in life. It can lead her to take stupid risks she might otherwise be too savvy to avoid.
- Extreme Doormat
- Fertile Hooves: All earth ponies possess this, but it's most pronounced in Carrot Top and other ponies with farming marks.
- The Generic Guy: Some fics, those written by GrassAndClouds2 more than most, tend to emphasize how little she stands out compared to the others.
- Averted in The Return of Tambelon and Contest of Champions, particularly the latter where her knowledge of plants and mixing alchemical recipes make her an incredibly useful pony as The Healer, as well as something like the team's artillery.
- Green Hoof: She knows a lot of stuff concerning plants, both tame and wild and even those of the Everfree Forest.
- It's Personal: In Elements of Insanity, she takes the fact that it's Twilight's choice for Generosity who's on a rampage personally.
- Perpetual Poverty: For much of the first season, due to a combination of trying to compete against the titanically powerful Apple Trust and her lack of business savvy.
- Serious Business: Her one vice is taking care of her mane. So she is appalled at the idea of Trixie using a simple "all-in-one" shampoo for her own mane.
- Shrinking Violet: Not on Fluttershy-levels, but is somewhat a doormat.
- Taking Advantage of Generosity: She tends to be the victim of this...
- Unknown Rival: She's not even a blip on the Apple Trust's radar...
- Workaholic: Not to the same extent as Ditzy Doo, but Carrot Top has a difficult time just sitting still and doing nothing.
The optimistic, knowledgeable and responsible school teacher for Ponyville and the Element of Laughter. Needs to get out more. Foalhood friend of Lyra; sister of Berry Punch.
- Badass: Easily the most Badass member of the Lunaverse Six.
- Bi the Way: Was once accidentally married to a female roommate, and cheated on her with a stallion, so she's most likely bisexual. She's also been in relationships with both Big Mac and Rarity. As well as a one-time with Notary (they were drunk, and it was before she became Greengrass's secretary).
- Not to mention a threesome in her past, according to Hero of Oaton and Tales of Ponyville.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Slow to anger, but when she does, even Raindrops is afraid of getting in her way.
- Cool Teacher
- Crazy Fish Lady: According to the Hero of Oaton, Cheerilee has so many fish that she's long since run out of names and had to switch over to an alpha-numeric system of identification.
- Kindhearted Fish Lover: She's not really obsessed with her fish to the point total social isolation, but she does seem to be worried about being perceived as such by others.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Earns the Element of Laughter by making sex jokes about Corona.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Heavily vandalizes her own school due to the establishment mandating more inservice days. In her defense, she was magically intoxicated, as were the faculty and PTA members that were cheering her on.
- Former Teen Rebel: Tales of Ponyville reveals that when she had a very interesting youth.
Trixie: "Like lock-picking?"Cheerilee: "And embroidery."
- And she picked up lots of useful skills and met many interesting persons back in those days.
- Genre Savvy
- Horrible Judge of Character: Oaton makes a point of noting she's not very good at reading ponies. Later on, in Up and Automaton, she supports an old friend who is a complete moron.
- The Leader: Tended to take this role in Longest Night, Longest Day, usually being the one to come up with plans of action.
- Married to the Job: But wouldn't mind a life outside it.
- Non-Giving-Up School Guy: Do not try to skip school. Scootaloo tried it once, and Cheerilee found out. According to Scoots, she chased the filly "halfway to Cloudsdale" before catching her.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Scootalong to the Cheer not only revealed her relation to Berry Punch, but also what her own full name is: Blackcherry Lee Punch.
- The Smart Mare
- Troll: Flirts with Corona to mess with her. It's surprisingly effective.
- You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: Seriously, she's terrifying.
The Element of Kindness and a ever hard-working mail mare in Ponyville's post office, who knows everypony and wants everypony to get along. Single mother and would fly to the end of the universe for her dear daughter, Dinky Doo.
- Almighty Janitor: Isn't a post master, but knows every detail in the job well enough to claim the office her own "Castle Doo".
- Claustrophobia: Not known to do well in enclosed spaces; this causes problems when having to rescue Trixie in Through the Fire and Flames.
- Education Mama: The idea of Dinky getting hurt is one thing; the idea of Dinky settling for less because Mommy is a dimwit worried about nothing gets to be quite another.
- Friend to All Living Things: Whether it's her Element or just her general niceness, normal animals can't bring themselves to harm Ditzy.
- Good Is Not Soft: She's the Element of Kindness, but push her too hard and you'll find out that Kindness is not the same thing as weakness.
- Good Parent: "Fact: Dinky Doo has the best mother in the world, and Dinky Doo is fully aware of this."
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Was reluctant to accept the Element of Kindness at first because of her teenage affair with Sparkler's (and Dinky's) father, which led to a pregnancy and the divorce of Sparkler's parents.
- The Klutz: suffers from strabismus, which makes her coordinating and flying difficult.
- Mama Bear: Don't even think of hurting her daughter. Otherwise you might just end up being dropped from the sky.
- My Beloved Smother: In "Exam Jitters", she shows signs of becoming overly protective when an accident she couldn't possibly have foreseen leaves her so worried about protecting Dinky that she lies her ass off about how horrible Manehattan is when Dinky gets the chance to attend an elite school. Cheerilee is not ecstatic.
- Not So Different: The real reason she finds it difficult to forgive Corona for kidnapping Dinky. It took her the longest time to admit it but what scares her most about Celestia is that an alicorn with a Mama Bear complex who sees all ponies as her children has more ability to run riot than a mere letter carrier.
- Perpetual Poverty: Between the relatively low salary from her postal work, the various expenses associated with being a single parent, and her desire to build up some savings for Dinky, Ditzy has to be pretty careful with her money.
- Photographic Memory: Not quite, but Ditzy almost never forgets anything.
- Ship Tease: Some minor ones with Big Mac.
- Team Mom
- Took a Level in Badass: Undertakes some combat training in Contest Of Champions, emphasizing her special talent of sensing wind currents.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Muffins.
- Turn the Other Cheek: She rarely gets angry even if somepony acts like they'd deserve it, instead treating such occasions with motherly patience.
- Workaholic: She works long, somewhat stressful days, capable and willing to do most tasks in the office... due to the low salary and family to support.
The Element of Loyalty, Lyra is a laid-back, easygoing musician and (suitably) utterly devoted friend. In the beginning of the story, she returned to her home town Ponyville with Trixie after studying three years in Canterlot, reuniting with her longtime marefriend Bon Bon.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: While patient and thorough in what she does, she can be also carefree and has some problems with deadlines. She also seems to be stronger than Trixie in terms of raw magic power.
- Casual Kink: It's implied that she and Bon Bon have occasionally done things to "spice up" their love life.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Bon Bon.
- Genki Girl: She is frequently excited and energetic. That her diet is so sugary probably has a hand in the matter.
- Good People Have Good Sex: Unfortunately for anyone who lives near them, Lyra and Bon Bon are very loud, and very enthusiastic.
- Has Two Daddies: As shown in Dinner with the Folks.
- Lethal Chef: The reason why Bon Bon cooks for both of them.
- Magic Music: she's a professional musician, and has studied magic in Luna's school for Gifted Unicorns.
- Secret of Andalantis also mentions spellsongs, aka. literal magic music, as her specialty in spellcasting.
- Mare Child: She can act incredibly childish for her age, refusing to eat anything other than candy, or going along with Bon Bon's plan to drop a bucket of water on an already rain-soaked Cheerille on threat of not getting brownies.
- Not a Morning Person: She tends to sleep through the mornings, so she's not so good with them. Hilarity Ensues on more than one occasion where she's forced to get up out of her comfort zone.
- Power of Trust: she inspires Octavia to overpower Blueblood's mercenaries, even though she's a mile away. Octavia knows that Lyra would have faith in her, and that's all she needs.
- The Reliable One: As the element suggests, she's more or less everypony's friend.
- Sweet Tooth: Ice Hearts claims she tends to eat mostly ice cream.
- Taking the Bullet: She takes one for Cheerilee in Longest Night, Longest Day. Luckily, it proves her to be the Element of Loyalty, and she's fine.
- Waiting for a Break: Implied, when Trixie tends to think her as a Starving Artist (especially in earlier stories) and invokes this trope to get her to do favors. Eventually subverted as Lyra does make a living with her music.
The Element of Honesty, Raindrops can come across as stable and slightly dull. However, underneath the surface she's got a great deal of anger issues just ready to explode. She's a member of Ponyville's weather patrol, and takes her job very seriously, though she also enjoys it thoroughly.
- Be Yourself: How her Element most often shows itself with her. Raindrops isn't incapable of lying, though she's not good at it. Rather, Honesty to her means not hiding who and what you really are (note that this is different from not "controlling" it), and always doing what you know is right, because it's right.
- Berserk Button: Inverted. Rain is pretty much the only thing that lets her stop being angry.
- The Big Mare
- Big Sister Instinct: Threatening Snails is a good way to get her truly pissed off at you.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: She is a closet romantic, big time.
- She also doesn't exactly like her anger issues and wishes that she could live without them.
- Brutal Honesty: How her nature as the Element of Honesty often presents itself.
- Deadpan Snarker: Easily the equal of Trixie in this regard.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Pretty much anything gets her angry, including her parents' various quirks, or even her little brother's fondness for bugs. She constantly has to try and repress it as best she can. The non-canon story In the Heat of the Moment revealed that she has a clearing in Whitetail Wood where she sometimes goes to just vent all her frustration by running laps and breaking stones (also useful when her heat comes up); this was adapted into canon by the story Hero of Oaton.
- Happy Rain: She loves playing in the rain, to the point of singing about it while splashing around in puddles and mud.
- Hidden Depths: On the surface, Raindrops seems to be a dour or angry pony all the time who mostly wants to just do her job and occasionally yell at things - or break them. However, Tales of Ponyville, Of Hearts and Hooves, and various other stories have greatly expanded her character. She cares deeply about her family, especially her brother; hates her anger issues and is always looking for ways to control them; loves rain and trashy romance stories; and has a surprisingly fragile psyche.
- Mighty Glacier: Slow and clumsy for a pegasus, but stronger than many earth ponies - she can break rocks with her bare hooves.
- Never Live It Down: The one time she really lost it and assaulted somepony - a classmate at Summer Flight Camp - led to broken bones and hospitalization. The foal she assaulted still walks with a limp and still has a restraining order on her. She had to live with the reputation until her family moved away from Cloudsdale, but she still regrets it.
- Serial-Killer Killer: Sorely tempted to become this in Just Us Little Ponies. Fortunately, Cheerilee, Max, and Duty talk her down.
- Suppressed Rage: Due to what happened in the past, she does her best to control her temper.
- The Stoic: But she has her limits.
Ponyville: Friends, Family, and Associates of the Lunaverse Six
Amethyst Star, "Sparkler"
Unicorn. Jeweler. Prefers the nickname "Sparkler" amongst those she likes. Dinky's half-sister on their father's side.
- Broken Bird: victim in her parents' messy divorce
- Fire-Forged Friends: In a sense, with Dinky Doo, her half-sister. The two are both innocent victims of a scandal involving their parents, and the shared pain - and opening up to each other - seems to have brought them closer together
- Friendly Address Privileges: Only her friends call her Sparkler. Which works as a sign of warming terms between her and Ditzy, when Ditzy calls her that. It's still on a bit uncomfortable territory, however.
- In-Series Nickname
- We Used to Be Friends: She and Trixie used to hang out back in Canterlot. Trixie at least considered her a friend.
Earth pony, Cheerilee's sister. Owns a soda shop and bar. Is also something of a social alcoholic.
- The Alcoholic: A mild example. She's fine normally, but she tends to lose control at parties.
- The Mentor: To Carrot Top, for the farm competition. As she explains, Carrot Top can farm, but Berry Punch knows how to put dishes together.
- Popularity Power: Applejack paid bitterly for publicly insulting Berry's profession, as Berry is the town's most popular party animal right along Pinkie.
Earth pony. A confectioner and Lyra's marefriend.
- Beware the Nice Ones: While usually nice pony, she can be pretty temperamental when stressed enough. She's also rather protective of Lyra. "Helping... Hands?" turns out to be a very bad day for her.
- Break the Cutie: She was kidnapped by Corona, along with several others. It left her completely terrified of Celestia in any way shape or form.
- Casual Kink: She and Lyra occasionally do things to "spice up" their already vigorous love-life. Lyra draws the line at being turned back into a human for experimentation.
- Childhood Friend Romance: Known each other since childhood, hooked up as teenagers.
- Genre Savvy: Without either of them explaining it to her, she quickly ascertains Trixie and Lyra's plan to perform at the concert despite the latter still being stuck as a human. Undaunted, she tries to strangle Trixie anyway.
- Insane Troll Logic: When making brownies, she demands brown eggs, despite Lyra and the farmer she gets the eggs from pointing out it doesn't make any difference.
- Muggle: Bon Bon is an ordinary confectioner, and is actually more than a little terrified at the thought of Lyra going out to fight evil, especially since she's afraid one day Lyra might not come back.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Word of God states Bon Bon is Lyrasexual and wouldn't care about what gender she is.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Out-of-universe. Bon Bon's name was spelled "BonBon" throughout early Lunaverse stories, while later ones use "Bon Bon" instead (Word of God is that Rainbow Double Dash simply didn't like how spellcheck tends to highlight the first "bon" in "Bon Bon", but he got over it). Some stories instead use "Bonbon" or "Bon-Bon".
- The name of her candy store is also constantly changing: The Confectionarium or Bon Bon's Bon Bons are both used.
Unicorn, Ditzy Doo's daughter. School-age filly who is wise for her years, but also still fundamentally a kid. Works at Fluttershy's on weekends.
- Cheerful Child
- The Cutie
- Cute Witch: Friendship is Magic, so her mark in making friends also lets her cast just about any kind of spell.
- Future Badass: In the questionably canon story, "I'll See You Soon". She's been mentored by both Trixie and Twilight and seems to have the raw power of Twilight coupled with the innate understanding of magic possessed by Trixie, as evidenced by her casually traveling back in time to ask for marriage advice. She's also apparently close friends with Princess Celestia. No, you read that right.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She doesn't like sharing Trixie's attention. Trixie notices, and is worried she might be a bad influence on Dinky.
- Kid Sidekick: Trixie's little assistant in her stage magic shows.
- Large Ham Title: Has gone by "The Great And Powerful Dinky" a few times.
- The Leader: Type II/IV hybrid among the "Foal 6" in Foalish Misadventures, charismatic enough to get the aid of children who otherwise wouldn't have anything to do with one another, and levelheaded enough to identify the problem and keep them on task.
- Magnetic Hero: Able to befriend virtually everyone she meets. She even gets a cutie mark in making friends.
- The Power of Friendship: Played for laughs during "Foalish Misadventures" as every time she tries to evoke this trope, the other foals make mention of certain incidents where they worked together to accomplish things and failed anyway. She changes her tune a bit and says that friendship can make almost anything possible.
- Wise Beyond Her Years: Dinky's no genius, but she's really mature for her age.
Pegasus. Animal caretaker, extreme introvert, but friends with Ditzy, Dinky, and Rainbow Dash. Real name Fluttering Posey.
- Broken Bird: Just as in the Mane Six's world, Flight School was a never-ending source of torment and misery for the poor dear. Based on her terror that her Crash-Into Hello with Thunderlane will lead to another round of mockery despite his probably thinking that she's an unusually shy tourist, she still bears the scars.
- Whatever happened to her when she tried to fill in for her aunt in the Night Court left her so broken that even years later just hearing the words "Night Court" sends her into a panic attack.
- Character Development: Eventually grows more comfortable around Carrot Top after CT gives her the antidote for Poison Joke. Later, in Tales of Ponyville, she not only allows herself to be taken out to the spa, but starts to develop a friendship with Rarity without the aid of one of her existing friends. And in Season 2 in A Concert For Ponyville gathers the courage to perform in the concert with her birds and Octavia.
- Friend to All Living Things/Nice Guy: Implied in Return of Tambelon to be just as kind as her canon counterpart.
- The Mentor: It's implied in Return of Tambelon that she helped teach Ditzy Doo how to be kind.
- Noodle Incident: The details of exactly what happened when she served as her aunt's Night Court proxy for a summer are still vague, but it's implied that that's what made her the Shrinking Violet she is now. Even years later just hearing the words "Night Court" sends her into a panic attack.
- Secretly Wealthy: Daughter of a rich and influential industrialist family, who chose to live quietly on ground as a animal caretaker. Her parents support her financially.
- Shrinking Violet: Up to Eleven. RDD designed her "basically the same, but without Flutterbitch", thus lacking all of her canon assertiveness. She's now practically devoid of all social interaction except Ditzy, Dinky and Rainbow Dash.
Earth pony inventor, friends with Cheerilee. Not very bright at all.
- Ditzy Genius: Grinding Gears is a genius. He is also ludicrously naïve, and clueless, believing Trixie's objections (that golems were always dangerous and destructive) might have been because he was an earth pony... and didn't realise why she might've taken offense at that. He also gives the map to his assistant... and forgets where they were supposed to meet up.
- Too Dumb to Live: Holy mother of... it might take a list.
- First, he comes up with a design for an improved model of golem, brushing off all those other "incidents" as the result of negligence. He then proceeds not to make sure the new design will avoid anything similar.
- During the design process, at no point does he submit the designs for inspection by competent, qualified officials.
- He designs it to be able to absorb ambient magic, to speed up recharging time.
- While designing it, he gets frustrated with a difficult design component, unaware golems take on the emotions of those designing them.
- And to cap it off, rather than having it controlled by a scroll or a painted on word, he carves it into the design, meaning it can't be easily removed. And what word is it? "Live", which the golem takes as an immediate excuse to, yup, go on a violent rampage.
Unicorn. Trixie's secretary/assistant. He shall pierce the Heavens with his horn!
- Determinator: His special talent is noted to be perseverance.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Particularly proud of his abnormally long and sharp horn, and spends a lot of time polishing it.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick / Crazy-Prepared: He's very good at his job, and always carry copies of every legal form from the disaster relief book. With Corona on the loose, Trixie in charge, and Ponyville being... Ponyville, they get a lot of use.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: He's always willing to take a stab at one.
- Large Ham: When not snarking or throwing puns, he tends to quote Kamina. You can guess the rest.
- Mundane Made Awesome: His special unicorn magic is a horn sharpening spell, which helps him to pierce through things. Thus far he's used it to open a locked door. Played for Laughs when he only ends up stuck himself.
- Servile Snarker: Part of his resumé when taking a job working under Trixie.Pokey: If you become too much, I’ll be ready to bring you back down with a … piercing remark.
- Shout-Out: If not obvious yet, Pokey's characteristics have many links to Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, with determination, quoting and the horn as an allusion to a drill.
Unicorn. Raindrop's little brother. Idolizes Trixie due to her magic shows.
- Adorkable: The way he looks up to his big sister in Griffin Over The Line is just precious.
- Bug Catching: His primary hobby.
- Friend to Bugs: To astounding levels. And anything small and wriggly, really. At one point, he even managed to charm a tarantula.
- Genius Ditz: While appearing kinda daft, Snails has shown a surprising knowledge of botany and other wildlife. Justified as he spends a lot time in the woods, and Raindrops has made sure he knows about dangerous and/or poisonous plants and animals.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: In a farming community like Ponyville, Snail's ability to communicate and negotiate with insects makes him worth his weight in silver bits.
- Hot for Teacher: Openly admits to finding Trixie hot, though that was before she tutored him.
- Nightmare Fetishist: He'd love to flood his whole home with bugs and he dreams of making them even bigger.
Earth pony, and Bon Bon's sister. Has a speech impediment.
Ponyville: Other Adults
Pegasus, one of Raindrops' coworkers
Earth pony. Local head of the Apple Trust corporation. Deeply concerned about the well-being of her enterprise.
- Berserk Button: Harming a member of her family, even if it's her bigger brother.
- Cool Big Sis: Tries to be one for Applebloom. It doesn't always work out so well, as seen in Carrot Top Season.
- In the Blood: It's implied in "Carrot Top Season" that Applejack's Moral Myopia tendencies aren't unique to her - it appears that many other members of the Apple Trust have them as well.
- Lonely at the Top: her relentless work for securing the Trust's productivity has left her isolated from the community, who view her greedy and selfish.
- Moral Myopia. Honestly seems to believe that Sweet Apple Acres is vital to the town's future. This leads her to believe that anyone who wants to compete with her wants ponies to starve to death.
- Skewed Priorities: The reason that that's nuts is because it makes her look like an elephant screaming about the peril that a mouse represents.
- Ironically, this has infected other members of the Trust as well, as none of the other Trust farms will stop the competition to help her search for her sister.
- Properly Paranoid: After Zecora's curse ruins several of Ponyville's farms, Applejack's preparations do ensure that Ponyville's citizens will have enough to eat until they can rebuild.
- Shrouded in Myth: The reason that she cannot see that is that she's based her whole life on a family legend on how the Apples saved Equestria centuries ago. The legend's accuracy is debatable; its effect of her isn't.
- Irony: According to the real legend (at least as far as Granny Smith claims), Equestria was saved by the farms banding together and helping each other out. Which is exactly what Carrot Top and the other small farms are doing now, and what Applejack is so opposed to.
- Thicker Than Water
Earth pony farmer
Earth pony, Applejack's big brother. A strong, stoic stallion of few words and a good heart.
- Gentle Giant: Is pointed by Applejack to be too soft to be the head of the Trust.
- Hidden Depths: He has a bounty hunter license. And he doesn't have it just for bragging rights.
- He also speaks Caballerian (i.e. Spanish).
- Ship Tease: Has had a few with Dame Ditzy.
- They Fight Crime: With Caramel.
- The Quiet One
- The Worf Effect: Suffers this in Up and Automaton.
Pegasus. Makes perfume and other scented products, runs a shop in town.
Pegasus, one of Raindrops' coworkers
Earth pony farmer. One of the more grouchy ones.
- The Alcoholic: Applejack mentions he gets drunk and starts fights a lot.
Earth Pony and Big Macintosh's friend who works in Sweet Apple Acres.
- The Klutz: acts the role in A Hard Bargain to get information of Parley's suspicious-looking thugs.
- TheLancer/Sidekick: in his and Bic Mac's Adventure Duo.
Carrot Cake and Cup Cake
Earth ponies. Married couple who own a bakery and employ Pinkie Pie.
Pegasus, nominal assistant weather manager, second to Rainbow Dash. Does not take pressure well.
Earth pony. Surfer. Which makes one question why he's in Ponyville, as the entire province it's in is land-locked.
Daisy, Lily, and Rose (the flower trio)
Three melodramatic earth pony friends who run a flower business together.
- Comical Overreacting
- Drama Queens
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: They're so close together that many mistakenly think they are sisters.
- Those Three Mares
Pegasus. Her special talent is napping.
Earth pony, Diamond Tiara's father. Rich business pony.
Earth Pony. Grandmother of Applejack, Big Macintosh and Apple Bloom.
- Cool Old Lady
- Insubstantial Ingredients: Knows how to extract a smile to put in a potion.
- Is That What He Told You?: She tells Carrot Top how the Apples really 'saved' the kingdom. Instead of Applejack's version of how the Apples saved the country due to overwhelming strength, the Apple Trust started out as a small farm that had gotten its neighbors to band together in a time of crisis.
- Really 700 Years Old: Implied. In the above-mentioned scene Carrot Top also wonders that Granny Smith told the story as if she had been there herself... hundreds of years ago. Downplayed mildly in that she actually looks like an old mare.
Earth pony mare. Unofficial head of the non-Apple Trust farmers
- Brutal Honesty: She likes Carrot Top, and supports her, but states she shouldn't have entered a competition and asked for help if she wasn't sure she would win.
- The Leader: Green Grape's voice counts more than any other farmer in a debate. Also, a glance from her can get everyone else to hush up.
Earth pony, father of Scootaloo. Owner and proprietor of the local Wagon Repair shop.
Earth pony. Mayor of Ponyville.
- Noodle Incident: Was once a boxer.
Ponyville's retail agent
Pegasus. Former member of the Royal Guard, he was injured in a skirmish with griffins. His special talent is following orders to the letter.
Earth pony. Hyperactive party-loving pony who's always ready to throw another party. And another. And another. And...
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Trixie calls her out on her not stopping to do things like finding out what ponies really like or telling them what's going on before bounding off on a sugar-fueled tangent.
- Drop the Hammer: Bashes a Cragodile with a Sledgehammer when it threatens Gummy.
- Genki Girl: Duh.
- Insanity Immunity: Truth is a scourge has no noticeable effect on her.
- Morality Pet: Prince Blueblood actually refers to her as his conscience once they get together.
- Reality Warper: Still seems to possess most of her Pinkie powers, despite not being an Element.
- Reality Ensues: Since she's not the Element of Laughter in this continuity, and often forgets to take other ponies' wants into account, her behavior tends to come across as bothersome rather than delightful.
- Ship Tease: with Prince Blueblood, after the Grand Galloping Gala. It's even inspired a couple romance stories.
Pegasus. Weather manager of Ponyville and slacker extraordinaire. Friend of Fluttershy's, constant headache for Raindrops.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Excellent weather mare, but doesn't seem to take her job too seriously.
- Deconstructed in Carrot Top Over The Line, where it's found out that she was put in the weather manager's position by Flutteshy's father, and doesn't feel she even deserves the job.
- The Caretaker: For Fluttershy, as her oldest friend and under the orders of her father, Thunderous Posey.
- An Offer You Can't Refuse: Posey also made sure to point out that if Rainbow wouldn't take the job, he would force her mother to do it.
- Jerk Ass
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Diagnosed as a cause of her issues in At the Grand Galloping Gala.Raindrops: "That buck-all attitude is half the problem with the weather captain we’ve got back in Ponyville. She’s got connections in Cloudsdale, she knows she won’t ever be fired… so it means she can goof off and be lazy whenever she wants."
- It also works the other way round. Since she got her position via Thunderous Posey's interference instead of through her own skills, she doesn't believe she's actually able to do her job, and hence never even tries.
- Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Abuses her weather manager position in Griffin Over The Line.
- In Tales of Ponyville, she sees no problem with ruining everypony's day with lots of unscheduled rain if it means Fluttershy can go to the spa without having to deal with passersby.
Unicorn. Fashion designer. Very generous, but potentially hiding a manipulative nature.
- Bi the Way: Still gushes over Blueblood, but dated Cheerilee briefly.
- Cuteness Proximity: Upon meeting Fluttershy for the first time, she immediately starts gushing over her and making plans to have her model... without getting her consent, or noticing how uncomfortable she's making the shy pegasus.
- Green-Eyed Monster: At times shows shades of this over Pinkie being in a relationship with Blueblood.
- Lesbian Vampony: Becomes this in the non canon Costumes fic where a magical mishap turns everypony into their costumes and she winds up biting Trixie.
- Taking Advantage of Generosity: Played with: while she can still be quite generous herself, she isn't afraid to invert this to make others perform certain favors for her...
Earth pony. Farmer.
- Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: When Carrot Top states she hopes to win a competition based on skill, rather than who she is, Red Onion just laughs.
Pegasus. Fire chief of Ponyville. He's an older professional firepony who leads a crew of volunteers.
Pegasus. Post Master for Ponyville (and therefore Ditzy Doo's boss).
- Badass Bystander
- Benevolent Boss
- A Father To His Employees: And ready to love and tolerate the shit out of anypony who threatens his employees.
- The Nicknamer: He calls his baseball bat "Love & Tolerance" and his sledge hammer "Gentle Persuasion".
Pegasus, one of Raindrops' coworkers
Pegasus, weather pony, had a fling with Carrot Top, now friend
Unicorn. Magical prodigy of immense power and knowledge. No social skills to speak of (but she is starting to get better). Formerly wanted by the law of Equestria for wrecking the town and currently serving a term of community service as the town's librarian. Shining Armor's little sister.
- Accentuate the Negative: When trying to explain to Spike why Trixie and the rest of the Luna Six aren't worthy bearers of the Elements, Twilight lists all of their flaws while blanking out on any sort of positive traits they might have.
- Accidental Public Confession: In her shock at the climatic events of Boast Busted, she blurts out that she summoned the Ursa Minor to Ponyville just to get revenge on Trixie in front of everypony present. Public opinion promptly turns against her.
- Adaptational Villainy: The whole Lunaverse basically started with the switch in roles of Trixie and Twilight.
- Anti-Villain: Despite the antagonistic role, she's essentially a well-meaning pony who's just misguided by her mechanical worldview and inability to see the other side of the coin.
- The Atoner: After Crisis on two Equestrias.
- Big Brother Worship: Her respect for Shining Armor is not only why she selected Silverstar as her 'superior' element of Harmony, it's why she rejected the idea that some lazy musician could possibly be the Element of Loyalty when someone like BBBFF would be a much better fit.
- Break the Haughty: As of her latest appearance (in the Mane Six's world), starting to realize that it could just be that Trixie just happened to be in the right place at the right time.
- Broken Ace: probably the strongest unicorn sorceress in whole Equestria. Is also socially inept and has no life outside studying, and more or less cares only about learning even more magic.
- Broken Pedestal: Was actually looking forward to meeting the bearer of the Element of Magic... until she actually met Trixie.
- Can't Hold Her Liquor: During her official "Welcome to Ponyville" party, Twilight baffled Berry Punch by getting stinko on kiddie cocktails.
- Dramatically Missing the Point: Her stated reason for hating Trixie is that the charlatan and her band of thugs failed to do what Luna "clearly" intended them to and banish Corona back into the Sun. Once she does the "right" thing, she's quite confident that Luna will reward her. (To be fair, she's like most Equestrians in that she hasn't the blindest idea that Luna wants to cure Corona of her madness; she just has more ability to make a mess of things trying to save the world.)
- Failed a Spot Check: Without friends to calm her down or ground her in reality, she tends to miss the obvious when it's staring her right in the muzzle.
- Fatal Flaw: Cannot — will not admit she could ever be wrong about anything, for to acknowledge one mistake would open up the potential of others. She eventually admits it though.
- Friendless Background: This is Twilight if she never went to Ponyville. A socially awkward shut in who never learned the magic of friendship and spent her whole life in the pursuit of knowledge.
- Ignored Epiphany: During Chance Encounter, she allows as how perhaps she could have handled her meeting with Trixie better for a second or two but dismisses the possibility. It takes until she goes to the Mane Six's world for the realization she'd played her cards atrociously to stick.
- In Spite of a Nail: Despite her original rocky start with the locals, she's the local librarian and, since she's the only pony to smash things to try to make amends, making friends with some of the townsfolk.
- Mistaken for Racist: One of the more spectacularly graceless things Trixie did when the two of them first met was provoke Twilight into saying something borderline tribalist; given that she'd later tell Tootsie Flute flat out that Dinky and Snail's blood was not impure merely because they have a Pegasus for a parent despite what her parents told her, this is something Trixie has to live down.
- No Social Skills: Like M!Twilight, but Up to Eleven.
- Not Helping Your Case: Really doesn't do herself any favors in Boast Busted.
- The Rival: Views herself as such to Trixie after Boast Busted, eventually planning on forming her own Elements of Harmony to prove her superiority.
- They Just Dont Get It: Twilight cannot understand how Trixie could be the element of magic when she isn't even more powerful than herself, and admits she can't understand Trixie's explanation that its her connection to her friends that makes her worthy and not how many spells she knows.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Played with. when Twilight finally comes to live in Ponyville, she's convinced everypony there will hate her. Turns out that Ponyville gets attacked by monsters so much, though, that nopony really cares all that much, and the fact that she's actually come back to try and make amends actually puts her a leg-up over some of the other things Ponyville's had to deal with
- Real Name as an Alias: When recruiting ponies to form her own team (excluding the first), Twilight introduces herself Tenebrosity Scintillation which is a long winded synonym of her real name.
- Ron the Death Eater: Just how villainous she actually is has been under debate ever since Boast Busted. In-universe, though the ponies of Ponyville remember what she did with the Ursa Minor, they don't particularly hold it against her given how often this kind of stuff just happens in Ponyville.
- Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: She has studied an exceptional variety of spells, unfortunately she completely ignored all social skill along the way.
- Shadow Archetype: Trixie is an extroverted showoff and kind of a jerk, but also afraid of being left alone and willing to work on her flaws; Twilight is an introvert, reclusive and socially inconsiderate and doesn't think she needs friends, nor sees her flaws as a problem.
- Start My Own: More or less the core of her plan in Elements of Insanity. While that fic is still unfinished, Twilight later laments in Crisis on Two Equestrias that it didn't turn out so well, not that such an outcome should be all that surprising.
- Technician vs. Performer: The technician to Trixie's performer, particularly in Magic Tutor.
- Teleportation: Her mastery of this enables her to evade capture and keep running away from her problems and issues rather than facing them.
- Her thesis, which let her graduate from Luna's Magic Academy, had to do with the theory behind enabling extremely precise teleportation targeting (An Empirical Study of Translocation: Analyzing Conjurational Variables to Enable Teleportation Arrivals Within .5 thou. A thou is 1/1000th of an inch.)
- The Glass Kingdom actually states that she is considered the foremost expert on teleporation magic in the world.
- Tired of Running: Comes to this conclusion at the end of Crisis, deciding to turn herself in and face the consequences of her actions."No more running, no more hiding," which seems to have become her new Survival Mantra.
Earth pony. Window repair pony for Ponyville.
- First-Name Basis: With Trixie.Trixie shook her head, wondering for the hundredth time how she was on a first name basis with the window-repair pony.
- Recurring Extra: Mostly appears or is mentioned whenever Trixie's window is broken.
- Soft Glass: Has started stocking a special safe-break glass for Trixie's window.
Ponyville: Other Foals
Pegasus-unicorn hybrid who doesn't like how the other foals think she's a wise princess-to-be and would rather stick to pottery.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: The other foals act like this around her, even though she's pretty sure she's not actually a princess.
Earth pony. Applejack's little sister. Very defensive of her family.
- Adorably Precocious Child: Mild example. While she's still child at heart, she has carried the pressure for the Trust's future from a little foal. Applejack wishes she could grow up without the burden.
- Thicker Than Water
Pegasus. Friends with Featherweight. Kind of loud.
- No Indoor Voice: Her mom says she sounds just like a princess.
Earth pony. Very rich.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Can't admit her feelings to Scootaloo, no matter how hard she tries.
- Daddy's Girl: Oh, so much.Filthy Rich: “Now, if anypony asks, I spent seven hundred bits on your mother and a hundred and fifty on you, okay, honey?”
- Her solution to a crisis? Scream for dad (she's annoyed when it doesn't work).
- Depending on the Writer: Exactly how much of a jerk DT is depends on the story. "Just Us Little Ponies" has her descending all the way from Jerk with a Heart of Gold to plain old Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk.
- Even Jerks Have Standards: Is horrified when, Raindrops, in Eye of the Hurricane, makes Snails cry.
- Not that this stops her bullying him some months later, though.
- Everyone Can See It: Well, not everyone, but Lyra and Bon Bon realize that she has feelings for Scootaloo almost immediately when they come to buy an apology gift for Cheerilee.
- Hidden Depths: Her special talent is accessorizing, and she hates it when others think that it means that she's only good at wearing jewelry (basically, she knows what goes best on who and such).
- She's a bit nicer than she first appears.
- Jerkass Façade: A lot of her behavior is a cover for the fact that she has No Social Skills.
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: Thanks to her occasional Pet the Dog moments and Sympathetic P.O.V. in Scootalong to the Cheer.
- No Social Skills: Scootalong to the Cheer reveals that most of Diamond Tiara's abrasiveness and hostility is a defensive facade to cover up her insecurity and awkwardness around other ponies. Especially Scootaloo.
- Pet the Dog: After confirming several times that Dinky really did earn all those bits by herself with hard work, compliments her on a job well done. (Though she also makes it very clear she doesn't want that being spread around at school, obviously!)
- Puppy Love: Has a MASSIVE crush on Scootaloo.
- Rescue Romance: Was "saved" by Scootaloo from a phony kidnapping some time before Trixie arrived in Ponyville.
- Sour Supporter: Tends to fall into this role in stories that group her with other foals.
- Spoiled Brat
- Tsundere: towards Scootaloo.
- PyroManiac: Loves fireworks a lot.
Earth Pony. Moves to Ponyville about halfway through Season 1.
- Pirate: His favorite role in the foal's pick-up LAR Ping. His family appears to be one of the few Equestrian families in the maritime business.
- Ship Tease: With Dinky. They've been shown to get married in at least two different possible futures.
Pegasus. Friend of Sweetie Belle and underachiever, at least insofar as school work is concerned.
- Bizarre Taste in Food: Uses liquid rainbow as dip. (As in, the stuff not even canon Pinkie Pie could handle.) Her dad wonders how her digestive system takes it.
- Book Dumb: Balances between this and Dumb Jock.
- Drives Like Crazy: Ask anypony if she drives way too fast with her scooter.
- Fearless Foal: Always comes up with new ideas for crazy (offscreen) stunts or adventures.
- Missing Mom: Her mother died a year before the Longest Night, Longest Day happened.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl/Those Two Foals: with Sweetie Belle.
Earth pony. Also very rich.
- Even Jerks Have Standards: Is horrified when Raindrops, in Eye of the Hurricane, makes Snails cry.
- Yes Filly
Unicorn. Snails' best friend.
- It Amused Me: The reason he starts changing the colors of his classmates' coats and manes at the end of "Magic Tutor". That, and Snails was sick at home.
Unicorn, Rarity's little sister, friend of Scootaloo.
- Epic Fail: At one point she borrows Scootaloo's scooter and gets stuck in a tree. Not even she is sure how it happened.
- Precocious Crush: Has it bad for Cheerilee. She admits her feelings in "To Cheerilee, with Love", but Cheerilee gently turns her down.
- Straight Filly
- Tomboy and Girly Girl/Those Two Foals: with Scootaloo.
Unicorn. Skilled at magic.
- Racist Grandma: Tribalist parents, actually. They believe that pureblood unicorns have stronger magic than unicorns born from mixed-tribe unions (the truth is that unicorns with unicorn parents are simply more likely to pick up magic outside of school).
- Wise Beyond Her Years: She knows a lot of the terminology of unicorn biology, which none of her classmates do (she insists it's necessary to know them in order to perform magic).
Canterlot: Night Court Royalty and Nobility
- Corrupt Politician: A depressingly large number of them.
- Engineered Public Confession:Gets this pulled on them en masse due to "Truth is a Scourge".
- Nobles Who Actually Do Something: For better or worse, they do frequently do "something".
- Underestimating Badassery: They tend to get this from ponies who think they're just paper-pushers. The junior-ranked nobles tend to get this even from other nobles. But most of the nobles we've seen, even the Barons, have proven themselves to be quite powerful when they need to be.
- Vicious Cycle: Luna has seen it become infested by greedy, selfish 'nobles' before. Several times, in fact. Since she's unwilling to risk Jumping Off the Slippery Slope, she purges it through entirely legal means every few generations, fully aware future members will give into temptation again.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: After cutting a deal with Zizanie and realizing that the corruption is worse than she could have thought, Luna reminds the Night Court that the Mayors of the towns and cities of Equestria could easily form a new, BETTER government than the one that currently exists.
Princess Luna Equestris
Alicorn. Ruler of Equestria, shephard of the moon, and caretaker of the sun. Trixie's teacher in the art of magic and politics. Corona's younger sister. Immortal and incredibly powerful.
- Berserk Button: Whatever you do, don't screw up performing the 'Symphony for Moon and Sun'.
- Colony Drop: Can call down the stars if she needs to utterly destroy something.
- Dark Is Not Evil: even if she has a bit dubious reputation.
- Despair Event Horizon/Heroic B.S.O.D.: Suffered one after she banished Corona to the Sun, spending the next twelve years in a drunk, depressed rampage neglecting her responsibilities for Equestria. It took years of her to pull herself together and start stabilizing the kingdom from its near collapse.
- Dirty Old Woman: Not all the time, but when she needs to be, Luna can out-filth anyone, as happens at one point in Oaton.
- Drowning My Sorrows: Spent the first twelve years after Corona's banishment Wandering the Earth as a depressed drunkard.
- Everything's Better with Princesses:
- Badass Princess: Super-strong, super-tough, super-fast, magic enough to call down meteor strikes, and millennia of experience fighting off Equestria's enemies.
- Princess Classic: More or less her default role these days.
- Politically Active Princess: Although somewhat less so than she probably should be, due to her fear of repeating her sister's fall.
- Fatal Flaw: Low self-confidence, primarily because she knows how close she was to becoming the villain if Celestia hadn't done so first. This is why she allows the Vicious Cycle of corruption in the Night Court to continue, because she is terrified that she isn't strong enough to avoid Jumping Off the Slippery Slope. She gets called out on it in At the Grand Galloping Gala:“You’re not scared of being seen as a tyrant, you’re scared of becoming one, even though you never would. You’re so afraid – that you’d rather just let Equestria go through these cycles then risk taking any real action, using any of your power. You’re afraid. All the time, you’re afraid. You’ve become used to it. You’re scared of yourself.”
- The Fettered: Knows full well about the corruption in the Night Court, but steadfastly adheres to the law of the land instead of claiming autocratic power because that is how her sister fell.
- Friend to All Children: Trixie mentions that Luna likes children in Longest Night, Longest Day.
- Good Is Not Nice: She can be amazingly harsh and direct when the need requires it. Not to mention destroying the lives of ponies who failed the play the Symphony of the Moon and Sun, regardless of their reasons for playing it.
- Word of God is that between the two, Luna is actually far more capable of cruelty and malice than Celestia. The worst Celestia will ever (intentionally) do, no matter how much you piss her off, is kill you, and quickly at that. Luna's the one who comes up with creative punishments designed to make you suffer.
- Good Is Not Soft: Her immediate thought when Tirek appears on Tambelon? Try and destroy the entire island.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: Her reaction to dealing with all the wannabe Celestia impostors a scant twenty years after her sister's banishment.
- Nailed To The Wagon: Unfortunately, she previously used a pair of Royal Commands to ensure she never overindulges, meaning her retainers are forced to deny her.
- I Should Have Been Better: She opens the Grand Galloping Gala by personally apologizing to the citizens of Ponyville for letting the Night Court get as out of control as it did.
- Living Forever Is Awesome: While she is saddened to see friends and acquaintances and even the occasional lover die, Luna accepts that she is immortal and does not regret it. Ponies die and she does not, and that's just how things are. Word of God is that this is in fact the default view of alicorns.
- Me's a Crowd: One of her abilities is to split herself into multiple. Very handy, as it allows her to not only handle multiple meetings or tasks simultaneously, but she can send one of herself out into the world disguised as a mortal pony in order to get a break from the stresses of ruling.
- Not So Different: On occasions, but especially in flashbacks, she displays several negative traits of her apprentice, Trixie, including Manipulative Bitch tendencies, reflexive fondness for lying or avoiding the truth, a nasty temper when slighted, and a high dependency on alcohol. On a more light-hearted note, she also shares Trixie's dislike of paperwork and love of foals.
- Physical God
- Praetorian Guard: Her Night Guard. Their signature appearance (bat wings, slitted eyes, tufted ears, and fangs) is stated to be the result of a glamour on their armor. It's also noted that their job is actually to protect those around Luna, as she is more than capable of defending herself, but anything that would meaningfully attack her is probably going to do so in such a way as to put innocent lives at risk in the process.
- Princess Incognito: Is known to occasionally disguise herself as a mortal pony (or more than one, as in Longest Night, Longest Day) so that she can interact with her subjects as their equal rather than as their ruler.
- Really 700 Years Old: Like Corona, she's so old that even she's forgotten her exact age, yet physically she appears young enough that Shining Armor thought she looked cute in glasses (much to his own consternation).
- Sinister Scythe: Nightbringer, her favored weapon. According to legend, the blade is forged of starmetal and moonlight.
- Thicker Than Water: Continuously tries reaching out to Corona at every opportunity, to little avail.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Trixie tells her this in At the Grand Galloping Gala.
Unicorn. Leader of House Starlight. Father to Twilight Sparkle and Shining Armor, and husband of Twilight Velvet.
- Benevolent Boss: Is willing to trust his employees, within reason.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Thanks to what happened to Twilight Sparkle, he apparently wants all of Ponyville to suffer. Ditzy calls him out on it in At the Grand Galloping Gala, using her own motherhood to deflect his Thicker Than Water excuse.
- Irrational Hatred: Of Trixie. She wasn't entirely to blame for Twilight becoming a wanted fugitive, yet he despises her for it all the same.
- By the end of At the Grand Galloping Gala, however, he's realized his mistake once it's shown that his hatred of Trixie is just a symptom of concern for Twilight. While he won't ever be friends with Trixie, he stops hating her.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: Briefly, and aimed directly at Trixie. Otherwise, he tried to be a Reasonable Authority Figure (or as close as could be managed inside the Court).
- Papa Wolf
- Silly Trixie, Idealism is For Fillies: When Trixie tries to call him out for his Disproportionate Retribution, he just shrugs and makes a pithy comment about how she doesn't understand how the Night Court works.
- Super OCD: He doesn't much like it when things are out of place. At all.
Vicereine Twilight Velvet
Unicorn, heir of House Starlight. Mother of Twilight Sparkle and Shining Armor, wife of Night Light. By family tradition she looks after her house's province of Latigo.
- Badass: The mare manages to hold her own in a verbal pissing contest between Puissance, and gets away with it.
- Modest Royalty: Attends a function held by another Vicereine in a remarkably simple-looking dress.
Pegasus. Leader of House Optiebeurs-Golo. Aging but extremely powerful member of the Night Court. Utterly ruthless in defending her position.
- Bad Boss: Will fire employees for minor slip-ups, or not adjusting a budget just the way she wants.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Tries to act like a sweet, loving grandmother towards her great-grandson, Flicker, but the minute he questions her the mask slips.
- The Collector
- Collector of the Strange: Word of God is that she loves to collect rare and valuable things, and ponies too. She's especially fond of pegasus-unicorn hybrids, since they are very rare (only five or in existence at any given time) and they look kind of like alicorns.
- Treasure City shows that she has at least two pegacorns (including one that looks almost exactly like Celestia), an earthicorn, a descendant of King Sombra (who has his shadow powers), a 4-winged pegasus, a null pony, and a half-pony, half-windigo hybrid.
- She's had seven foals; Word of God is that this is a natural extension of her desire to collect.
- At the Grand Galloping Gala even suggests that she collects provinces. She is the vicereine of both Califurlong and Palomino. For comparison, every other noble we've met has been in charge of only one province.
- In Climbing the Mountain, Max gives her a birthday present: a rock from the top of a certain tor that is too steep for most ponies to climb, and surrounded by wind patterns that make flying unsafe. It's one of the few times she's actually shown as being impressed by something.
- Control Freak: She insists it's her right to name her great-grandson, as opposed to the kid's parents.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: She doesn't believe unconditional love exists, nor does she understand why it'd be worth having, or even how it works.
- Evil Matriarch: Some of her kids tried to oppose or supplant her. They're all exiled far from Canterlot or worse.
- Evil Old Folks
- It's All About Me: Puissance seems utterly incapable of understanding any viewpoint that isn't her own, or that anyone could be doing something that isn't about her. Case in point, she believes the Elements of Harmony will (not might) try and separate her from Ice Heart, before they've even met him. And at that point all of them, save Cheerilee, believe she's okay.
- Large and in Charge: She's mentioned as being very tall for a Pegasus, and she's a vicereine.
- Manipulative Bitch: She finds rare and unique ponies, gives them all they could want or need, all the possible comforts they could ask for, and all they have to do is love her unconditionally.
- She also happens to be a member of several government committees and cabinets, and unofficially controls several more.
- Manipulative Bastard: Her special talent is authority, and she's really good at getting people to go along with her point of view. And then there's the ponies of The Vault.
- Meaningful Name: In more ways than one. Puissance is a kind of horse competition involving difficult (but limited) jumping stunts. Puissance is also an obscure word meaning 'power'.
- Taken Up to Eleven in At the Grand Galloping Gala, where her full name is revealed to be Puissance Noctilucent Optiebeurs-Golo. Optiebeurs Golo is the name of the horse that currently holds the world record for the puissance jump.
- Please Put Some Clothes On: Wants this of Luna in At the Grand Galloping Gala. Not out of modesty at all; in fact, she fears being made to look like a fool out of touch with the commoners.
- Rich Bitch: Insanely, ludicrously rich, and with all the empathy of a rock.
- Spoiled Brat: As a foal, her parents told her she would want for nothing. Several decades later, and the only thing that's changed is her age.
- Try to Fit THAT on a Business Card!: She has almost a hundred different titles which she's acquired (or just bought) over her life. And in a formal situation, she naturally requires them to be read out in full.
- Yes-Man: Surrounds herself with these. Anyone who expresses a different opinion from her is lucky if they just get cowed back into line.
Earth pony. A kind and just Courtier (or at least as kind and just as the Night Court gets) who is responsible for Canterlot province itself.
- Motor Mouth
- Mundane Luxury: Since her family controlled the Canterlot region before it was the capitol, she's basically the only pony with enough Canterlot real estate to "waste" space on things like gardens.
- The Spymaster: 'Climbing the Mountain' verifies that she directs the spies of the Royal Diplomatic Corps.
Archduke Bobbing Fisher
Unicorn. Another powerful member of the Court. Archduke of Rushia, with particular ties to the industrial city of Stalliongrad.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive
- Drop the Hammer: He's seen wielding a big warhammer in 'Just Us Little Ponies' and 'Climbing the Mountain'. Word of God is that he's very skilled with it.
- Evil Sounds Deep: His creator said that he thinks of Fisher sounding similar to Johan Schinkler, a bass singer with a very deep voice.
- Fantastic Racism: He's a diehard tribalist who is morally offended that non-unicorns have as much power on the Court that they do. In 'Climing the Mountain', he refers to Baron Mounty Max's goat secretary, Mrs. Grobnar, as his pet.
- He also assumes that the Eyrie (a griffon-majority settlement founded a century or so back in Nulpar by refugees from the Kingdoms) must secretly be a fifth column for the Griffin Kingdoms, despite the fact that every living inhabitant is an Equestrian citizen by birth.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: What he said at the Gala cost him a lot of respect from several members of the Night Court.
- Husky Russkie: Described as having a build more commonly found on earth ponies.
- Hypocrite: Condemns Posey for her treatment of Fluttershy, while he's on incredibly shaky grounds with his own wife.
- Irrational Hatred: For Trixie. He sees her as a lazy loafing layabout who squandered the opportunities Luna gave her and is recklessly endangering the nation by refusing to train for the battle with Corona everyone thinks is coming.
- Knight Templar
- Laser-Guided Karma: Was forced out of his Ministry of War for his abuse of power, and after an entire story (and more) of him excusing every horrible thing he did on the basis that it's for 'the greater good' and is the 'righteous' thing to do, is caught in the middle of a criminal scheme and exposed by an actual righteous pony.
- Mother Russia Makes You Strong: Spent four years in Stalliongrad, without any of his House's resources. This helped build him into the strong zealot he is now.
- Not So Different: Exactly the same kind of tryant as Corona, except on a smaller scale. Even has the exact same justification for his actions.
- The Paranoiac: He's completely paranoid that a single lapse on his part will result in the utter devastation of Equestria by Corona. The fact that she hasn't been going around the country burning everything in sight just doesn't register with him.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Or at least that's how he tries to justify his actions. In truth his morals are so skewed by his own twisted biases, that his sense of what's "right" has little to no resemble to anything of the sort. In Fisher's mind the prosperity and security of the nation is paramount, even at the expense of freedoms and safety of its citizenry.
- Smart Ponies Play Chess: Word of God is that he's a fantastic player who hates to lose. He's also one of the more clever politicians in the Court.
- Totalitarian Utilitarian
- You Have Failed Me: Implied to happen to Captain Lightning, once he gets her to vote a certain way for what turns out to be a bogus reason.
Duchess Fragrant Posey
Pegasus. Duchess in the Night Court, related to Fluttershy.
- Mama Bear: Wants to take Trixie to task for 'threatening' Fluttershy and temporarily abducting one of her chickens. The problem is that when Fragrant heard of this, she didn't understand that Trixie barely knew who Fluttershy was, and what she did know made her feel sorry for her.
- And during the Gala, Archduke Fisher comes clean with his opinion that Posey should be trying to force Fluttershy into a political position. Posey's good-will towards him disintegrates, and several months later, she's still angry at him.
- Mentor Ship: With Naïve Newcomer Mounty Max.
- Old Shame: In-universe. She once accepted a bribe early in her career and, after Luna's asking if there is one honest pony in the Night Court, has the decency to say "No".
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Read Trixie the riot act for the incidents that flipped her Mama Bear switch, but was also willing to give her a little benefit of the doubt when Trixie gave her side of the story and swore that she bore Fluttershy no ill will.
- Sexy Mentor: Max certainly thinks so.
- Token Good Teammate: Or at least as close as can be managed with the Night Court.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: She looks pretty similar to an older Fluttershy.
Earth pony, Politician. A young and aggressive member of the Night Court.
- Accentuate the Negative: His special talent of weeding makes him very good at finding ponies' weaknesses. He is lousy at noticing a pony's strengths. His inner monologue about Trixie in At the Grand Galloping Gala paints her as a seething mass of flaws and vices, copmletely ignoring all of the virtue she has displayed.
- At Least I Admit It: When confronted with his manipulative behaviour, he goes with this route. Even to Lyra and Bon Bon, when they're telling him they don't care about the machinations of the court.
- Bad Powers, Bad People: His cutie mark talent makes him very good at breaking other ponies down. Not so much at building them back up.
- The Bus Came Back: After last being seen running into the night in "At the Grand Galloping Gala", he shows up again in "Just Us Little Ponies".
- Bus Crash: Narrowly averted. We find out in JULP that he almost died a few months after the Gala while he was still offscreen, but Max and Greenmeadow were able to rescue him just in time.
- Caneighda Eh: The Duke's province.
- The Chessmaster: How he apparently works.
- Crazy Enough to Work
- Deadpan Snarker: Gets in his licks.If the court stopped getting rewards for things they didn't do, half of them would starve to death.
- Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: (to Luna, as a result of Truth is a Scourge kicking in) "You useless cow."
- Engineered Public Confession: Offers to push Baron Max off the Court in exchange for Duke Fisher's help in regaining his influence, while he knows Baron Max is nearby and able to overhear the whole thing. The idea was to sacrifice his own position (which he couldn't really do anything with) in exchange for knocking Fisher out of the Court and giving Max a nice leg up. Max, however, makes it clear that he's not going to allow Greengrass to cheat him into power, and tells Luna not only what Greengrass did but why he did it.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: His father was a pony who continuously placed the welfare of the nation before himself, and spent fifty years doing everything he could for Equestria, and virtually nothing for himself. Not only does Greengrass think he was a loser, but he doesn't understand that his dad was trying to help others, as opposed to simply amassing power for himself. Also, when Lyra confronts him At the Grand Galloping Gala, he expresses the view that he cannot imagine the Element-bearers not wanting to use their status for political gain.
- Evil Is Petty: Briefly considered sending Octavia to the Mild West for being The Mole, before coming up with something much worse.
- Expy: His profile specifically states that in a lot of ways, he's essentially a pony version of Xanatos.
- I'll Never Tell You What I'm Telling You: Courtesy of Truth is a Scourge, he tells Luna how he plans to remove her from power, at length, against his will.
- Irrational Hatred: Not for his enemy Trixie, but for traitors in general. He'll fire incompetent employees, but he will obliterate ones that betray him, even if the betrayal wasn't successful or meaningful.
- Jerkass: Other moral failings aside, Greengrass is just generally a smug asshat.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Massive Multiplayer Scam: At least one of his cons works like this.
- Odd Friendship: With the honest and earnest Baron Mounty Max, after Max helped him with the Sun Cult.
- Persona Non Grata: Retains his title and seat on the Court after the Gala, but everypony knows that Luna despises him, causing him to lose all of his influence and alliances among the other nobles.
- Trickster Mentor: Likes to think of himself as being this for Baron Max.
- Undying Loyalty: His one virtue. While he'll obliterate traitors, he'll go to the ends of the world for his loyal employees.
- When the Sun Cult captures Notary, he embarks on a plan that he thinks will cost him everything—his seat in the Court, his title, even his life—and goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge that annihilates the Canterlot chapter of the cult. By the end of it, their headquarters is in flames and the entire Canterlot chapter of the Sun Cult has been destroyed.
- Villain Exit Stage Left: At the end of 'At The Grand Galloping Gala'.
- Visionary Villain: He wants to control Equestria like his own garden, tending to it and helping it 'grow' into something far greater and more glorious than its current state.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Vanishes near the end of 'At the Grand Galloping Gala'. he shows up again in 'Just Us Little Ponies'
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: His special talent is weeding. As in, finding objects' weaknesses and exploiting them to his advantage, if not outright disposing them.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Actually gets a bit of this in Climbing the Mountain when Baron Max is trying to convince him to join the group of nobles who are working to find a way to improve the Night Court. Max finds out about his Visionary Villain status and argues that since his goal, self-serving as it is, involves Equestria being better for everypony else as well, he can't be all bad.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Subverted. Trixie thinks this of him, but it turns out not to be true.
I'm still walking around, but I can't grow in Equestria or even Caneighda now—Luna won't let me. Really, from a plant-based perspective, I'm more of a rotting tree that hasn't quite fallen over yet than anything else. But you, Max, you are another rare flower, the kind the Court hasn't seen in centuries. If my destruction fertilizes—"
- In fact, his reaction to Notary being captured by the Sun Cult is to launch a massive scheme which involves him letting himself be abducted by the Cult in order to infiltrate their organization, blow up their weapons stores, and utterly annihilate the Canterlot chapter.
- However, he has a tendency to inflict this status on ponies he hires the minute they stop being immediately useful to him, utterly destroying their careers or lives.
- Actually inflicts this on himself in Just Us Little Ponies. Having realized that Luna will never restore his influence, he deliberately does something very illegal in such a way that Mounty Max is bound to catch him, thus allowing Mounty to boost his career at the expense of the remnants of Greengrass's own political position.
Unknown tribe. Plays chess with Fragrant Posey.
Marquis De Salade
(The former) Count Greenmeadow
Greengrass's father. Now retired. Not thrilled about the direction his son took with his life.
- Grumpy Old Man
- Percussive Maintenance: Is willing to give Max advice about issues in the Court, but if Max does something he thinks is stupid, his usual response is to bonk him on the head with a cane.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: His special talent is completing things.
- Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: He can be this way towards those whom he thinks are being stupid or immoral.
Count Shiny Copper Coin
Earth pony. A noble of the Court. His county includes the land inhabited by the tiny village of Oaton.
- Anti-Villain: Type II. He wishes that he didn't have to engage in the activities that are harming Oaton, but can't see any other course of action for what he needs.
- Big Brother Instinct: One of the main reasons for his alliance with the Lumber Guild is to find his little sister Tarnished and bring her back home.
- Impoverished Patrician: His parents drove the family so deep into debt before he came to power that he's forced to work with criminals and smugglers just to try to slow the bleeding.
- Speech Impediment: Has a stutter that he can suppress with effort.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: With Cheerilee, a status that he actually shares with his sister, Tarnished.
Countess Tarnished Copper Coin
Unicorn, Shiny Copper Coin's sister, old friend of Cheerilee.
- Friend to All Living Things: It's her special talent. Including at one point, a pair of basilisks.
- Identical Stranger: Not exactly identical, per se, but in low visibility conditions, she can look an awful lot like Trixie.
- Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: She ran away from home after Cheerilee went back to Ponyville to become a teacher.
- Shrinking Violet: When she's not crazy, she's not very good with others.
- This Is Your Brain on Evil: As a result of living in a shrine to Tirek.
- Yandere: As a result of the shrine's corruption, her thoughts for Cheerille get amplified dangerously.
Viscount Prince Blueblood
Unicorn. Viscount in the Night Court with a vendetta against Trixie for reasons unknown.
- Demoted to Extra: In the earlier stories he was intended to become the primary political antagonist for Trixie, before Duke Greengrass took over and expanded the role to include the entire Lunaverse Six.
- Evil Counterpart: To Trixie, in regard to her Element of Magic. Both are minor political figures, but while Trixie uses her talents to help others, Blueblood's only interests are himself and restoring his family line to prominence.
- Gut Feeling: His special talent is "direction", and expresses itself this way. As long as he follows his instincts and doesn't get too caught up in his own attempts at scheming, he tends to benefit.
- A good example is at the Gala, when he accepts Pinkie Pie as his companion for the night. Since she keeps Zizanie and Raindrops from getting close enough to poison him with the Scourge, and she drinks his (spiked) punch before he can, he is spared from the effects of the Scourge. She even turns out to be a good influence on him in the long term when they officially become a couple.
- Hidden Depths: His "Longest Night" side story shows that he's highly devoted to restore his family's old status, and he was the first in line to gather the unicorn nobility to help the Royal Guard against Corona.
- Trope's even mentioned by name by Zizanie.
- His Name Really Is "Barkeep": Played with. Prince is his real name, but not his actual title.
- How the Mighty Have Fallen: His ancestor had (presumably) sided with Corona, which brought the whole family into unpopularity in the Night Court. The whole Blueblood line has ever since worked to earn back their Family Honor.
- Morality Chain: Pinkie Pie acts as his conscience in later works.
- Old Shame: In-Universe. The above-mentioned past with Corona.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: He's actually depicted as being reasonably politically savvy, if underinformed. He's simply outclassed by serious players like Greengrass.
- Pet the Dog: In "Pinkie and Blueie Twoie", gives his butler Hearthwarming Day off to spend with his family and convinces Pinkie's family to reconcile with her.
- Ship Tease: with Pinkie Pie, after the Grand Galloping Gala. It's even inspired a couple romance stories.
- Theme Naming: The Blueblood family make a habit of naming their children after ranks of nobility.
Viscount Silver Shackles
Unknown tribe. Head of the Police and Jail Committees of the Night Court.
Daughter and heiress of Baron Rolling Fields. Was in a relationship with Baron Mounty Max, but he broke it off upon learning of her corruption.
- Cast from Hit Points: How her (illegal) spell to help her father retain his mind works.
- Justified Criminal
Baron Mounty Max
Earth pony. Junior member of the court. Naive, and would rather be rock climbing.
- Action Hero: Despite being a noble, he tends to wind up in situations where he gets into physical fights. He's disrupted at least two major crime sprees and fought the leader of a group of bandits, and those are just the ones we know of. He even finds himself wondering how other nobles manage to go months at a time without ending up in mortal danger.
- Determinator: He doesn't have much martial training, if any, so on the occasions when he gets into a fight with another pony like his duel with Fisher in Climbing the Mountain, his fighting style basically amounts to tanking whatever his opponent is hitting him with and stubbornly refusing to stay down.
- The Ditz: Max is a nice pony, undeniably, but he does have a bad habit of not necessarily thinking things through. Like that time he decided to wrestle an elk, elks being several times larger and stronger than almost every pony.
- The Hunk: Somehow managed to win a prize in the Mr. Equestria competition. He was one of the judges.
- "Leave Your Quest" Test: Has twice been offered the chance to exchange his Barony for a Knight Erranthood. Has turned it down both times, because he knows that while he'd be a lot happier as a Knight Errant, he can do more good for more ponies as a Night Court noble.
- Mentor Ship: With the far more experienced Duchess Posey.
- Naïve Newcomer: To the Night Court.
- Nice Guy: Even before getting his own stories, his few appearances had shown him to be very friendly and approachable.
- Odd Friendship: With Duke Greengrass, after the business with the Sun Cult.
- The Paladin: Turning into this. He almost gets himself killed to save Greengrass, a criminal whom Max detested, because it was the right thing to do. Then he risked his life saving a bunch of captured criminals from execution, even going hoof-to-hoof with some of the terrorists responsible, again because it was the right thing to do.
The Late Baron Rolling Fields
Baron of Houhynym. Slowly slipping into senility, despite the best efforts of his daughter. Friends with Baron Max.
Baronetess of Opelick
An equine of ambiguous species who may be able to predict the future.
A Diamond Dog who runs a teahouse which is largely patronized by elders of a variety of species.
An extremely skilled forger
- Death Trap: By Volk's conspiracy
Smuggler with a heart of gold, and friend of Cheerilee
- Death Trap: By Volk's conspiracy
Track star who is secretly the Cat-Eyed Colt, a famous cat burgler who retired twenty-five years before the Lunaverse begins.
- Death Trap: By Volk's conspiracy
Flim and Flam
Two con-artist unicorns.
- Con Man
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: They were utterly baffled that Carrot Top saved the Apples crops from the Farmslayers (which had the benefit of rendering their blackmail scheme useless).
- Laser-Guided Karma: They abducted Apple Bloom. This was the final straw for Greengrass, who was worried that he'd be blamed (since they were technically working for him at the time). He thus had them sent to jail and put in solitary confinement so they can't tell anyone he hired them.
- Put on a Bus: After they screw up in a major way, Greengrass frames them for treason and has them arrested.
- Those Two Bad Guys
Leader of a team of mercenaries hired by Blueblood to waylay Octavia.
A charmer and seducer working for Greengrass.
Head of the Canterlot branch of the mafia
Canterlot: Government Employees
A page working for Viceroy Night Light.
- False Friend: To Paperweight.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Night Light favors Paperweight, as she works harder and does better jobs than Bellemane. Bellemane feels that she works hard enough, and that this is unfair.
A unicorn working for Shiny Copper Coin obsessed with hitting on ponies
- Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Strongly subscribes to this.
- Re Assigned To Antarctica: Eventually he hit on somepony he shouldn't have, and got reassigned to the Griffon Embassy. Not that it stopped him hitting on ponies in the slightest, though.
- Refuge in Audacity: He actually tries hitting on Princess Luna, in the middle of a party. She then manages to say something so hideously smutty he turns bright red and has to have a strong drink.
Unicorn. Shiny Copper Coin's head bodyguard.
- Butch Lesbian
- Covert Pervert: For all the grief she gives her co-worker, Bootheel, her inner monologues tend to focus heavily on how attractive she thinks Raindrops is.
- Jerkass: She's first introduced being incredibly rude and condescending toward the villagers of Oaton.
- Undying Loyalty: To Shiny.
Goat. Baron Max's secretary
- Never Mess with Granny: When Archduke Fisher's bodyguard, the Volk, tries to taunt her, she responds by eating his magic.
Warden of Foalsome Prison
Unicorn, one of Shiny Copper Coin's houseguard, Cut'n'Dry's brother.
- Nice Guy: He's much more easy-going than his sister.
Earth pony. Greengrass's secretary and assistant.
- Husky Russkie: Subverted.Despite being from Moscolt, she's not physically imposing in the slightest.
- Hyper-Competent Sidekick
- Mother Russia Makes You Strong: Subverted. Whatever she learned in Rushia was more about stealth and being sneaky than strength.
- The Nondescript: Ponies have a hard time remembering or focusing on Notary while she's present.
- Servile Snarker
Court Musician Octavia Philharmonica
Earth pony, cellist and Lyra's mentor. Primarily performs for the Night Court and its members. A native of Chenneigh.
- The Atoner: After Musicians and Dreamers. However, she doesn't expect any forgiveness for betraying her friend.
- Badass: See Fighting from the Inside. Octavia managed to throw off Thrash Metail's brainwashing attempts with The Power of Rock after hearing one good metal concert. Before that, she lasted about two hours through sheer force of will.Octavia: (after escaping from Thrash Metail's brainwashing attempt) I will crush you! There won't be enough of you left to bury!
- Double Agent: Until was spotted by Greengrass in Symphony for Moon and Sun.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: A musical version. Deconstructed during A Concert For Ponyville when the naturally reclusive Fluttershy clams up to Octavia's teaching style, leading to a fallout between the two. It's only when Trixie convinces Octavia to be more gentle with her that the two start making progress.
- Elegant Classical Musician: And how.
- Fighting from the Inside: She's been the victim of attempted brainwashing by two foes so far: a squad of mercenaries who try to immobilize her by flooding her mind with paralyzing, despairing thoughts, and a metal musician who uses magic music to try to force her to love his mediocre works. She fights them off both times. As one commentator noted, she has a mind like a steel trap.
- Intrinsic Vow: Nothing can make Octavia Philharmonica pass off bad music as good. Not even mind control.
- The Mentor: to Lyra.
- Odd Friendship: With the hyperactive, over-excited Paperweight.
- The Power of Friendship: What snaps her out of Emoter's Emotion Bomb. She may not be an Element, but Lyra is, and her friendship with Lyra is enough to invoke the Magic of Friendship.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Paperweight's red.
- Silk Hiding Steel: A soft-spoken, elegant, refined artist. But make the mistake of pushing her too far, and she will wreck you.
- Super Senses: her hearing is very, very good. Even if render yourself invisible and inaudible, she can sense your presence via sensing the surrounding echoes, as Trixie learned.
Ox and Bear
Earth pony and unicorn, respectively. Greengrass's bodyguards.
Servant oh Vicereine Puissance.
- Canon Immigrant: From The Cadanceverse.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When she abandons her cheerful personality and resigns in a huff, it's because she's been altered by a Discordian.
Page working for Viceroy Night Light
- Fangirl: Of Thrash Metail.
- Genki Girl
- Odd Friendship: With the reserved, serious Octavia.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Octavia's blue.
Vicereine Puissance's chief of staff, and her bodyguard when Puissance is on her own territory. A pegasus-unicorn hybrid who looks almost exactly like Corona. Hated and feared by most who see her but 'loved' by Puissance, she will do anything for her master.
- Badass: Took on a Windigo, and put up a pretty good fight against it.
- Bodyguard Crush: Truly loves Puissance.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has some nasty ones on one side of her face.
- Grumpy Bear: Labelled as such by the Vault residents. And they're the closest things she has to friends.
- I Reject Your Reality: Honestly believes that everypony is jealous of Puissance because of her money, and how much the Vault ponies love her.
- Playing with Fire: Not helping the Corona comparison.
- Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: You have to wonder what would drive a mother to name her filly "Solar Flare" in a world that fears the Sun as much as the Lunaverse.
Archduke Fisher's personal bodyguard
- Actually a Doombot
- The Dragon: To Fisher
- The Mole: The end of Just Us Little Ponies reveals that, not only was Volk the head of the conspiracy in that story, and not only was he behind the Sun Cult cell that almost killed Greengrass and Notary, but he's possibly a changeling as well.
- Never Found the Body: There's a reason for that.
- No-One Could Survive That: This is said about him after the column he is standing on collapses in 'Just Us Little Ponies'. Turns out, Volk could in fact survive that.
- Praetorian Guard
- The Starscream: It's revealed at the end of JULP that the real goal of the plan was to bring down Fisher, Equestria's Minister of War and one of the few ponies most capable of dealing with Volk's real employers—the changelings. And he succeeded handsomely.
- Unexplained Recovery: Averted. While he survives a great fall in 'Just Us Little Ponies', a reason is implied—that he's a changeling and can shapeshift into a form with wings. Also, while he's given a limp by Max earlier in that story, he doesn't actually recover from it.
- The Unfought: In his first appearance as the conspiracy leader in 'Just Us Little Ponies', he sends machines to attack the ponies in the train tunnels. He doesn't actually fight anypony himself until the airship docking bay showdown, and even then, he doesn't put up much of a fight. Possibly because he's a changeling and so isn't as good a fighter as the real Volk.
- Villain Exit Stage Left: Slips away at the end of 'Just Us Little Ponies'.
Archivist of the Royal Library
Discordian Unicorn. Spy, illusionist and a shape-shifter who worked for multiple members of the Night Court.
- Body Horror: Of all of the ponies freaked out by her using her power to the fullest (and thus making herself look like a draconequus), she was the most disturbed of the lot.
- Humiliation Conga: Her time as Trixie's assistant. She thought Trixie treated her like that due to having seen through her disguise... only to learn that Trixie did it unintentionally, just being her usual self.
- Involuntary Shapeshifting: Gains draconequus traits when overusing her chaos magic.
- Master of Disguise
- Master of Illusion: She's really skilled at making her illusions subtle and hard to spot.
- Meaningful Name: Her name is a French word that was chosen on purpose. "Ill-feeling"
- The Mole: pretending to be an applicant for the job of Representative's assistant.
- One-Winged Angel: It's a moth's wing. She also has a moth's antenna, a gorilla's arm, a tiger's paw, a changeling's hind leg, a tiger's eyes, and an ankylosaur's tail.
- Power Degeneration: Using her chaos magic warps her body and, to a lesser extent, her mind.
- Reality Warper: In a limited fashion. She was able to break Trixie's illusions and temporarily take away her horn. She was even able to slip out of one of Shining Armor's containment spells.
- In the Lunaverse, Chaos magic can be neither controlled nor contained, only directed. Fortunately discordians like Zizanie simply lack the raw power needed to become true Reality Warpers
Unicorn. Advisor to Luna. Appears to be a fashion-obsessed nitwit, but is actually the head of the Shadowbolt spy operation.
- Adaptational Badass: In canon, he's just a celebrity, in the Lunaverse, he's Luna's personal spy on the Night Court.
- Damned by Faint Praise: Utilises it when talking with Carrot Top and Applejack, pointing out how the former risked her farm on the promise of giving Ponyville farmers a new irrigation system, and Applejack... just offered to let Carrot Top stay at her house for a few days if she lost. It stops Applejack's attempted glad-handing in its tracks.
- Obfuscating Stupidity
- Gone Horribly Right: His cover as a rich idiot is so good that he's fooled his own daughter, which has put some serious strain on their relationship.
- Rich Idiot with No Day Job: a rich but naïve noble without any specific position nor property and Princess Luna's ears and eyes for the darker side of the Night Court, with tons of connections beneath the surface.
Fleur de Lis
Unicorn. Fancy Pant's companion. Appears to be an airhead. Emphasis on "appears".
- Fan Nickname: Referred to in the comments section as "Upside-Down Fleur" due to how she usually goes about talking to Octavia. An "Ask Upside-Down Fleur" tumblr has been suggested.
- Master of Disguise
- Mysterious Mentor: to Octavia.
- Obfuscating Stupidity
- Reformed Criminal: a former burglar. She still knows how to climb castle walls and disguise herself, however.
- Trophy Wife
Unicorn. Captain of the Royal Guard, Twilight Sparkle's older brother.
- Barrier Warrior: Acts as a center-point in Canterlot's defense field against Corona, albeit with practically every unicorn in Canterlot helping to boost the spell. Even so, by himself his barriers are strong enough that even Twilight can't break through them without cracking the universe in the process.
- Big Brother Instinct: Cares very deeply for Twily, his LSBFF.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: His taunting of Corona provoked her into nearly wiping Canterlot off the map as a show of force. In Shining's defense, Corona does have a Hair-Trigger Temper anyway, but before he'd done that she'd been perfectly willing to take Canterlot without bloodshed.
- Ship Tease: Him and Cadenza get along really well from their first meeting.
- Troll: Waited till Corona was mid-sentence to interrupt her. That almost proved disastrous.
Shadowbolt. Formerly assigned to investigate Archduke Fisher. Went rogue and began abducting criminals with Volk and Goliath
- Expy: Shares a lot of features with Light Yagami of Death Note, including his 'kill all the criminals' plan and his intelligence.
- Knight Templar
- Well-Intentioned Extremist
Pegasus. Head of the Wonderbolts.
General Quicksilver (retired)
Pegasus. Former general in the Equestrian military, and long-time friend of Baron Rolling Fields and Count Greenmeadow.
- Dirty Old Woman: Blatantly eyes up Mounty Max when they meet, and claims that she's like a ship. Not good for much unless she's full of... sailors.
Brigadier General Morning Star
Tribe unknown. Presumably male.
- The Hunk: At the time of Carrot Top Season he was voted most handsome officer in the Equestrian army.
The first musician to try the Symphony for Moon and Sun, excluding the composer Maestro. His ending emphasized Luna's strength and raw power.
Pegasus metalhead who is good enough to impress even Octavia.
The second musician to try the Symphony for Moon and Sun. Her ending emphasized Luna's cunning and intelligence.
See 'Canterlot: Night Court Staff and Servants
Sweet Song's agent and brother, who wants only to see her fail.
- Always Someone Better: he's got some talent in music, but compared to his sister...
- Big Brother Bully
- The Caretaker: to her sister, and hates it, as he feels she's holding him back from the successful career he wished for himself.
- Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: His plan for Sweet Song's concert. If she succeeds, he'd get the credit as her primary caretaker while she'd embarrass herself by being mentally disabled. If she fails, it would be the end of her career and he'd be able to get rid of her. He didn't account that Luna might figure out he put her up to it.
- Jerk Ass: He briefly considered just leaving to have his own life, but instead agreed to become his sister's agent specifically to ruin her life, taking pleasure in the fact that his actions make her cry uncontrollably at night and ultimately ruining her love of music.
The forty-ninth musician to try the Symphony for Moon and Sun, and the only such musician still alive when Octavia finally completed the work. Her ending emphasized Luna's despair and the sheer destruction of the battle.
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: in-universe. Compared to the previous attempts, her rendition of the symphony is a lot darker and sadder, focusing on Luna's Despair Event Horizon. She went a bit too far, however, describing it in almost nihilistic light.
- Thicker Than Water: she played the symphony in order to help her family.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: out of all the failed performers of the symphony, Piano was probably most content with the outcome. She's also the only one alive to witness when Octavia stops the line of failed attempts by finishing the piece properly, gaining somewhat a closure for her own work too.
- It's implied that Luna would have given her another shot at the Symphony, but she really didn't want to push her luck.
- Xanatos Gambit: She knows that if she plays the Symphony, it will get Luna's attention. Even if Luna castigates her for playing it wrongly, she'll still have to talk to Piano, and Piano will get a chance to plead her family's case.
Unicorn. The twenty-seventh musician to try the Symphony for Moon and Sun. His ending emphasized Luna's magical prowess and skill.
The twelfth musician to try the Symphony for Moon and Sun. A scam artist. Her ending was flashy and glitzy, with no further themes.
The thirty-ninth musician to try the Symphony for Moon and Sun. Mentally disabled, and can do little besides play the violin. Her ending mimicked the existing music as closely as possible.
- Friend to All Living Things: After her brother's mistreatment ruined music for her, she developed an interest in caring for animals in its place.
- The Rainmare: more or less only thing she can do is play violin.
A mysterious musician who has recently skyrocketed to popularity in Canterlot.
- Artifact of Doom: The Guitar of the Sirens he used to control others has a tendency to corrupt the wielders.
- Heavy Metal: In a technical sense. He's not actually that good, as Crescendo and Octavia both discover.
- It's All About Me: Thrash feels entitled to success and glory, and feels everyone should love his music because he is the one who plays it.
- Magic Music
- Mind-Control Music: How he got so popular. His music is actually sub-par, but the guitar prevents them from noticing it when his music is played live.
- The Power of Rock: Can brainwash ponies with his metal music.
- The Rock Star
- Small Name, Big Ego: He acts like he's one of the greatest musicians to ever live, but rather than try and actually work on his sub-part performance, decided to try and just use magic to make everyone think he's good. He's utterly incapable of accepting the idea that someone couldn't love his work, leading Octavia to wonder if before she'd come along if he'd even had to deal with a negative opinion before.
A nation to the south of Equestria that is closely allied with them, and is ruled by Princess Cadance, Luna's daughter.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: To Italy and Rome, in culture if not historical points. The Cavallian language is simply Italian, and their capital city is Roam. They're known for their wine, and their aqueducts are famous across the continent of Cissanthema.
Mi Amore Cadenza
Alicorn. Princess of Cavallia, a land to Equestria's southeast. Apparently once believed herself to be the reincarnation of all things good about Celestia. All tropes below apply to her appearance in An Early Reunion, 980 years before the rest of the Lunaverse, unless otherwise stated.
- Badass Princess:
- Benevolent Boss: To her retainer, Cartasole. He's explicitly identified as an indentured servant (not quite, but basically, a slave) in the comments of An Early Reunion, but Cadence treats him with respect and care, even going so far as to try and protect him when it looked like Luna was going to try and kill her and all the other Celestia impersonators.
- Bi the Way: An Awkward Day, set approximately 700 years after An Early Reunion, has her mention that one of her previous spouses was a mare.
- Though, note that this is quite common in the Lunaverse.
- Break the Cutie: Learning she isn't Celestia, and that the real Celestia is a raving nutjob who's first encounter with her ends with Celestia threatening to burn out her mind and enter it makes a severe dent in her cheerful persona. She does eventually recover, though.
- A Day in the Limelight: An Early Reunion is a distant prequel to the Lunaverse, taking place 980 years before the first episode, and focuses on the then-twenty-year-old's Mi Amore Cadenza's first meeting with Princess Luna.
- Does Not Like Spam: She hates peas. Hate hate hate hate hate hates them. Her first thought on being declared an Alicorn was to consider burning every pea farm in Cavallia to the ground, only to consider that this was probably an overreaction. Nonetheless, on being confirmed as an alicorn by Luna, her first decree was to never have peas again.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": Played with. Her adoptive parents named her Mi Amore Cadenza, and Luna wants to call her either Cadenza or Cadence since she doesn't believe that she really is Celestia reborn. Cadence, for her part, wants to be called Celestia.
- There's a good reason Luna doesn't believe that Cadence is Celestia reborn. The epilogue of the story reveals that Luna is Cadence's mother. Sort of.
- A God Am I: Averted. Cadence's specific goal in An Early Reunion is basically to become the deity of the sun, but she continuously demonstrates herself to be kind, caring, maybe a little ditzy, but in all ways, even if not necessarily right for the job, certainly not a bad candidate, and a far cry better than what her predecessor had become.
- Goal in Life: Hers, she believes, is to reclaim her throne in Equestria as the alicorn in charge of the sun; she's trying to prove herself to Luna as a result.
- "I Want" Song: An Early Reunion opens up with Cadence, believing herself to be Celestia, singing about her goal of coming to Canterlot and reclaiming what she believes to be her rightful throne.
- Jumped at the Call: Grew up as an earth pony, but around when other foals were earning their cutie marks, she manifested her horn and wings. She was told that she was the reincarnation of all that was good in Celestia, and has accepted this as fact and is eagerly looking forward to becoming the sun deity.
- Light Is Good: The one example of this trope in a setting where the opposite is generally true; her heraldry and colors specifically invoke the image of a rising or setting sun.
- Living Forever Is Awesome: Though the last chapter of An Early Reunion made mention that, after her first husband died, she did have a brief period of regreting her immortality, she eventually recovered, and now views her immortality as a positive thing. She regrets every friend and lover who dies, but refuses to let it get her down, instead viewing her life as a progression of one good time to another.
- Mayfly-December Romance: She married Cartasole after the events of An Early Reunion, but outlived him due to being immortal. She's noted to have had other romances over the centuries, with Shining Armor hinted to become next.
- Any pony who wants a long-term commitment with her gets "The Talk" about what it means to love an immortal. That she will be saddened when they pass away, but her heart will eventually open itself up to the possibility of new love with someone else. This does not in any way diminish the love she feels for those she is with, though, or for those who have come before.
- Mistaken for an Imposter: Played with. Was one of about thirty ponies all claiming to be Celestia reborn. Luna thought that they were all imposters and had them all arrested after giving them a "The Reason You Suck" Speech. However, when Cadence made her presence known, Luna realized that she was an alicorn - though not necessarily Celestia reborn - and had her and Cartasole instead brought into Canterlot castle as guests.
- Naïve Newcomer: While she was prepared to become the princess, she had no real idea of how much of a Crapsack World Equestria had become, nor does she remember what the era of Corona had really been like.
- Never Grew Up: In a sense. Despite being 20 years old in An Early Reunion, and so a full adult, Cadence has yet to earn her cutie mark.
- She does earn it a few years later, though, specifically around the time that Cartasole proposed to her.
- Physical God: Is an alicorn, just like Luna, but she is very young, and grew up as an earth pony, so her powers at the moment are largely unexplored.
- The side-story An Awkward Day showcases a much more mature and confident Cadenza, after 700 years of getting comfortable with her power and role as Cavallia's princess. By that point, she's capable of flying faster than sound, casting powerful spells casually, and using the Royal Canterlot Voice if she feels the need.
- The later story From the Depths has her do battle with Squirk, a bona-fide Eldritch Horror who previously had fought both Luna and Celestia to a near-standstill. Cadenza wins. Alone.
- When an extraordinarily powerful black dragon invaded Cavallia around 300 years ago looking for a thief who had stolen from his horde, Cadenza didn't even break a sweat in stopping him.
- Poke the Poodle: In Chapter 1 of An Early Reunion, the owner of an inn and tavern was rude to her when she let slip that she believes that she is Celestia reborn, this being a mere 20 years after Celestia went insane and tried to take over Equestria. Her response?“When I am Princess again, thou shalt regret thy actions! I will visit ruination upon thy business! I shall…I shall give it a poor review and none shall wish to dine here!”
- The owner then points out that the Celestia they knew would have burned the place down.
- The Power of Love: As in the maneverse, Cadance's special talent is love. However, it's clarified that her talent is all love - romantic love, the love between friends and family, the love of a citizen for his or her country, and so on. Additionally, she cannot create love, only clarify or help it grow. Her special talent also gives her some degree of awareness and sensitivity to all other emotions, as well.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: A dragon once invaded Cavallia, going after a thief who'd stolen something from their horde. After beating the dragon down, Cadenza heard him out, found the thief and made him return what he'd not managed to sell off already.
- Sliding Scaleof Idealism Versus Cynicism: Well towards the idealist side; arguably, in fact, one of the most positive characters in the entire Lunaverse, exceeded only by Dinky.
- Spoiled Sweet: In Cavallia, she's treated as something of a messiah, and has lived a life of comfort and luxury ever since she discovered her alicorn nature. She also looks forward to being a Princess and feels that luxury and comfort are hers by right. However, she is courteous, kind, not very good at making threats, and seems to want to genuinely help ponies.
- This doesn't change with time, as the last chapter of An Early Reunion and the side-story An Awkward Day show.
- Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: Throughout An Early Reunion, but then every noble character speaks that way to get the point across that it takes place 980 years ago.
A nation to the east of Equestria and the north of Cavallia, chiefly defined by its Fantastic Racism and its paranoid opposition to everything Equestrian and/or Cavallian.
- Fantastic Racism: Zaldia is virulently unicorn-supremacist. Three-quarters of the population are unicorns. The earth ponies that comprise most of the remaining quarter are kept in deliberate ignorance as a quasi-slave caste, while the pegasi were long ago driven out into Cavallia and Equestria.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Linguistically, the Zaldians used the Basque language, spoken in parts of northern Spain and southern France. Culturally, however, they're modeled on Tsarist Russia, with the Guarsai standing in for the Okhrana. However, they are also mentioned as maintaining a series of small colonies spanning from Shouma (China), Gia Suc (southeast Asia), and Farasi (Africa), making them also partially inspired by colonial Portugal.
- The Paranoiac: For centuries, Zaldia has defined itself almost entirely by its fear of and opposition to Equestria, to the point where basically anything Equestria does is automatically at least suspicious and probably nefarious, and constant action and vigilance must be taken to ensure that Equestria never gains the upper hoof over them because the Equestrians are surely waiting just to pounce on them or, at the very least, weaken them in some way.
The Archmage of Zaldia and a master diviner. Made a deal with Corona for help in overthrowing the King of Zaldia and taking the throne himself.
- Anticlimax Boss: In-universe. Despite being the Archmage of Zaldia, he's primarily a diviner, not a battlemage. When he and Trixie go toe-to-toe, they end up being pretty evenly matched.
- Designated Villain: Invoked, by him. While his stated goals as king (toning down Zaldia's Fantastic Racism, ending the ridiculous feud with Cavallia) are ones that Equestria would support, making a bargain with the Tyrant Sun and framing Trixie and Lyra for treason was more than enough to make him a legitimate enemy.
Ispelu Magikoa's apprentice and a changeling drone pretending to be a deep-cover agent for the Guarsai.
- The Ending Changes Everything: The revelation that he's actually a deep-cover Guarsai agent puts a very different cast on a lot of his actions.
- Then the epilogue reveals that he's actually a changeling drone, working to disrupt Zaldia's defenses.
- Heel–Face Turn: Pulls a wholly unexpected one in Chapter 6 of The Glass Kingdom, when he reveals himself as a Guarsai agent and arrests Ispelu Magikoa.
- Jerkass: Accuses Trixie of trying to bribe him, tells the Guarsai agent she speaks poor Prench (Trixie is practically Prench/Equestrian bilingual), and generally is rude to Trixie for no good reason.
- Jerkass Façade: Maybe. It's unclear whether his behavior was part of his cover or not.
An earth pony musician in Zaldia, considered one of the best on the entire continent. Plays the zither
- Evil All Along: Actually the changeling hivelord in command of the invasion of Zaldia.
- Nice Guy: About the only Zaldian Lyra and Trixie encounter who isn't a colossal jackass.
- You No Take Candle: Since he can't speak Equestrian, he and Lyra converse in Cavallian, serving as the musician's lingua franca. But he's not much good at Cavallian, either (though then again, neither is Lyra).
King of Zaldia
- The Good King: According to Ohar, he's a very progressive, friendly sort. Of course, we only have Ohar's word on that. And given the state of Zaldia, it's not much to go on.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives quite a long one to Kristal Zati at the end of The Glass Kingdom, pointing out every flaw in the Guarsai's plan to reveal Ispelu Magikoa as a traitor.
- The speach, however, is somewhat undercut by the epilogue's revelation that Zati wanted the Guarsai to lose power in Zaldia...since that makes a changeling invasion easier.
A member of the Guarsai
- State Sec: Essentially his job. However, he appears to be reasonable and friendly when dealing with Trixie and Zati's "mix-up".
A city in the clouds where Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy come from
Pegasus. Mother of Rainbow Dash, works for the Posey family.
Pegasus. Wealthy weather industrialist, father of Fluttershy
- Overprotective Dad: His daughter wants to live on the ground? Sure, he just arranges somepony to watch over her... by making sure her closest friend moves there to take care of her.
The Dragon's Forge
The homeland of dragons in the Lunaverse, located in the Western Wilderlands. It's a three-mile wide volcanic caldera surrounded by jungle and a pool of lava in its center, with a tall black spire made of obsidian coming from the center of that pool.
Spike, Overlord of All Dragons
Baby dragon. Introduced as Zecora's friend. Was dragged along with her to work for Corona, but ran away due to how scary Corona is. Somewhat snarky.
- Artifact of Doom: Spike got his claws on the Alicorn Amulet after finding it washed up in a river.
- Bad Ass Adorable: Shows up in chapter 3 of The Great Dragon Coronation...as the Overlord of All Dragons.
- Break the Cutie: Poor Spike. First his oldest and only friend hands him over to a mad alicorn, who proceeds to warp Spike's mind and body to use as a weapon. So Spike runs away, and has to deal with the awfulness of being a baby dragon on his own, in the Everfree. By the time he reappears, it's made pretty clear Spike's developed some nasty abandonment issues.
- Power Corrupts: It's a known drawback of the Alicorn Amulet. However, Spike does manage to shake it off before anything truly serious happens, and does an excellent job of resisting it in the meantime.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In A Chance Encounter.
- Token Good Teammate: Really doesn't like Corona, and only sticks with her because of his friendship with Zecora. This doesn't last long, however.
- Took a Level in Badass: Somehow between A Chance Encounter and The Great Dragon Coronation, Spike managed to become the Overlord of All Dragons. As a reminder, dragons value strength, and the Overlord has to be able to defeat any challengers. Of course, the Alicorn Amulet really helped in that regard.
A strange forest next to Ponyville in which the plants and animals take care of themselves, without needing pony caretakers. Location of the ancient Castle of the Alicorn Sisters.
Three sirens (names unknown) who live in the Everfree Forest. Surprisingly pleasant for beings who want to lure ponies into a river so that they can drown, and then eat them.
An urban city.
Unicorn. Dinky Doo and and Amethyst Star's father. Cheated on his wife, May Bell, with Ditzy Doo (which is how Dinky was born).
Manetelli and Mareio Luca
Two mafiosi who are abducted by Volk's group and almost killed.
- Asshole Victim: To the point where Raindrops is genuinely tempted to just let them die.
- Death Trap
- Dirty Coward
- Enemy Mine: Subverted. Despite Volk's group trying to kill both them and Max, they not only skip out on helping Max against them, but Manetelli actually tries to flee entirely.
- I Surrender, Suckers: Manetelli allows Max to save his life so that he can be taken back to jail, then pulls a knife and tries to flee arrest. Fortunately, Max's backup was waiting outside.
- Karmic Death: They both almost get one from Volk's group, and Mareio additionally almost gets one from Raindrops.
Unicorn. Castor Cut's ex-wife and Amethyst Star's mother. Divorced Castor Cut after his affair with Ditzy was revealed.
The largest nation on the continent, and the most powerful except for Equestria itself. The Kingdoms are most a loose collection of feudal fiefs ruled by local warlords, but the griffins can and will align into a more cohesive union when circumstances dictate.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: To the Holy Roman Empire and Germany, and also Medieval Ireland to an extent. The Griffin language is largely shown to be German, although West Griffin is described as sounding like Russian instead. The Griffins elect High Kings during crises but for the most part are very independent, with individual kingdoms vying for power against once another.
Griffin, Rainbow Dash's friend. A jerk with a heart of more jerkiness and a bad influence on Rainbow Dash.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Getting into a fight with Raindrops convinced Gilda that "Dropsy" was a really good friend... Nopony's really sure how that happened.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: As briefly explained by Trixie during her plan to force Gilda to leave town, supposedly griffin culture works this way (though it's more about posturing than actual violence) and is sort of what Gilda is appealing to.
- Blatant Lies: Gilda is making patent abuse of cultural dissonance to weasel out of a well deserved beating while contently forgetting to mention that by griffin standards any 'friendship' would place her as clearly subservient to Raindrops.
- Deliberate Values Dissonance: between pony and griffin cultures is supposed to be at least partly the reason for her bad behaviors and attitude, though Word of God has it she's still something of a hooligan even by griffin standards as well.
- Fantastic Racism: She makes it rather apparent that as a rule she has no respect for ponies, even going so far as to say, "All ponies look the same to me, each as lame as the next," although she's quick to point out that Rainbow Dash is the exception.
- Worthy Opponent: views Raindrops as such, though more so out of fear than respect.
Zebra/pony hybrid who bears a grudge against Trixie for reporting on his criminal brother to the police
- Even Evil Has Standards: When he loses, he is approached by Zecora and offered a position at Corona's side. He refuses on the grounds that although he dislikes Luna's choice of apprentices, she is still a fair and competent ruler and that although he is a lawbreaker, he draws the line at treason.
- Irrational Hatred: Hates Trixie for turning his brother in for a robbery he tried to commit. The rest of the family believes in a karma-like concept, so they don't outright hate her though. He also seems to associate that hate with her friends.
- After the Mayor kicks him out of town, he summons monsters to attack Ponyville.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Part of what makes him a Not-So-Harmless Villain is the fact that with Voodoo, it's often hard to tell how much of it is actual power and how much is simply smoke and mirrors, or altered Poison Joke. Trixie says he could still be a threat if only about a tenth of what he did had any actual power to it.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Despite the below, he is skilled in Voodoo that Trixie knows is not to be taken lightly and has affected a certain number of characters negatively.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Believes himself to be Trixie's Nemesis. Trixie just thinks he's a pest.
- Smug Snake
- Squishy Wizard: Does not appear to be very strong, and Mayor Mare punches him out at one point.
- Villain Song: Sings a song taken almost word for word from Anastasia when summoning monsters to attack Ponyville. When it's over, he quickly leaves because he doesn't know where the chorus came from.
Equestria's newest province. Tiny, mountainous, and very sparsely populated, this territory only became a province because it was literally so obscure that it wasn't on the map.
- Racist Grandma: She would rather Max stick to his own tribe for romantic relationships.
See 'Canterlot: Royalty and Nobility'
Mayor of Sadlzburg, Nulpar's biggest town.
Max's former marefriend
Filly fangirl of Trixie's
- Anti-Magic: She's got an inverted horn.
- Determinator: She snuck out of her house and went all the way to Ponyville by herself to ask Trixie for help.
- Strong Family Resemblance: His son Sawdust looks like a younger him. And a few of his traits get passed on through his daughter Picturesque.
Unicorn, Sawblade's son, who replaced him after Trixie got him removed
- My Sister Is Off-Limits!: He's more than a little grossed out by the thought of Picturesque and Sheaf doing it with help from magic he'd taught Sheaf.
- Nice Hat: Wears the typical bowler hat of a Lumber Guild worker.
- Visionary Villain: Visionary jerk, at best, really, but his end game is to make Oaton a major city.
Unicorn mayor of Oaton, Picturesque's husband and Bushel's father
- Power Perversion Potential: Used sound-blocking magic to hide him and Picturesque going at it from Sawblade
- Religion of Evil: Oaton was founded by Tirek cultists looking for a place to hide from Luna. Over the years, this has been forgotten, leaving behind nothing more than a vague tradition of isolationism.
- We Used to Be Friends: With Sawdust.
A major industrial city in Rushia, and the northernmost major city in Equestria.
Archduke Bobbing FisherSee under Night Court of Luna: Royalty and Nobility
Head of security for Fisher Mining. Recruited for Volk's conspiracy
- The Big Guy: And how.
- The Brute: Cheerilee can barely damage him, and even Raindrops doesn't want to go hoof-to-hoof with him. She only beats him because the arena is rigged with bombs that he's not smart enough to dodge.
- Dumb Muscle
- Enfante Terrible: While he is an adult, he has the mind of a child
- Husky Russkie
- Mother Russia Makes You Strong
- Psychopathic Manchild: Can come off this way, although he's so childlike he genuinely doesn't understand what he's doing is wrong.
- Throw Down the Bomblet: In addition to being one of the strongest non-alicorn characters in the Lunaverse, he's also got a mortar spell that was strong enough to annihilate heavy-duty train rail.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Insofar as he's capable of having intentions, he seems to genuinely think that he's doing the right thing by getting rid of the 'bad' ponies.
Lord Mayor of Stalliongrad.
Head of Fisher Security. Big sister of Goliath
- Always a Bigger Fish: Juggernaut is apparently even bigger and tougher than Goliath.
- Husky Russkie
- The Juggernaut: Well, duh.
- Mother Russia Makes You Strong
Representative of the Night Court to Stalliongrad. Married to Archduke Fisher. Sister of Hirsute Lord.
A village where Vicereine Puissance keeps most of her warehouses and treasuries. One such treasury, the Vault, holds a collection of rare and unusual ponies.
Null pony. A quiet and loving physician.
- Anti-Magic: All null ponies are immune to unicorn magic.
Bounty Beaux Baker
4-winged pegasus. A disciplined and stern baker.
Half-windigo, half-pegasus foal. Abandoned by relatives when his mother was in the hospital, he's found refuge in the Vault.
- An Ice Pony: His body is partially formed of ice, including an eye, a wing, two legs, and part of his tail.
Earth pony-unicorn hybrid. A silly and energetic scientist.
Pegasus-unicorn hybrid. A hard-working and dedicated artist.
Sea pony. A refined and regal crown princess who was deposed in a coup
TIM (real name Titan Invincibleus Monarch)
Descendant of King Sombra. An irreverent and wise-cracking novelist who enjoys the occasional prank.
- Super Smoke: His inherited power from Sombra.
A mysterious city far removed from Equestria in which the uintatherium live.
Member of Ritter's archeology team
- The Jeeves: To the Watcher.
Member of Ritter's archeology team.
Archeologist and treasure hunter who enters the Lost City in search of loot.
- Adventurer Archaeologist
- Grave Robbing
- Refuge in Audacity: One of the first things he does is try and get the Princesses to sign forms giving him legal rights to all discoveries in Zhalast-Zin, so they won't suspect what he's really after.
A Saurian Emperor who led his people in combat against the alicorns. Currently protects the uintatherium.
- Alter Kocker: Really comes across as an elderly Yiddish man in his conversations with Celestia and Luna, being more concerned with why they never came to visit him more than anything else.
- And Man Grew Proud: He shows Lyra the story of what happened to wipe out the Saurian race.
- Break the Haughty: The extinction of his people and the subsequent period of isolation were this for him, finally allowing him to see just how wrong his actions were.
- Composite Character: A mixture between Azala, leader of the Reptiles from Chrono Trigger and Emperor Xin, founder of the Thassalonian Empire from the Pathfinder campaign setting of Golarian.
- Eye Scream: A just-escaped Discord blinds him, to prevent him seeing what's about to happen...
- Look on My Works, Ye Mighty, and Despair!: In order to restore morale after his forces lost to the alicorns time and time again, he attempted to divert a comet closer to their capital. The resulting cataclysm killed so many Saurians that they soon went extinct.
- Pride: His major sin.
- The Watcher: Well, duh.
Corona and her Forces
Alicorn. The Tyrant Sun. Wants to take over Equestria, and is the single most dangerous threat to Equestria as a whole that we yet know of. Older sister of Luna. Completely insane, immortal, and even more powerful than Luna. Speaks in early modern English. Real name is Celestia (and demands to be addressed as such).
- A God Am I
- Anti-Villain: Type III.
- Berserk Button: Do not call her Corona, do not treat her disrespectfully, do not blame her for anything, do not dare thinking her rule would be anything but just and righteous, do not mock her speech... the list goes on and on.
- The Caligula
- Characterization Marches On: When Corona first appeared, she was a mad, ravening psychopath who shouted at the drop of a hat, refused to even entertain the idea she was wrong or listen to any appeals to reason, and was ready and willing to do terrible things to regain her "rightful" throne. As the Lunaverse has progressed, however, Corona has become somewhat more introspective, subtle, and open. She still thinks she's in the right, but is willing to talk and listen to others, make what are (to her) reasoned arguments about why she should rule, and is also actively working towards minimizing the bloodshed and violence that will be required to take the throne.
- Catch Phrase / I Am the Trope: "I am the SUN!"
- Cue the Sun:
- In the first episode of the first season, the sun rising without Luna's intervention is the sign that Corona has escaped.
- At the end of the first episode of the second season, Luna offers to let Celestia raise the sun, and Celestia accepts the offer, providing a sign that Celestia is beginning to recover her mind.
- The Dreaded: It's extremely difficult to grasp just how afraid of her most ponies are.
- When forced to choose between stopping Corona and stopping a necromancer who's already slaughtered an entire civilization, the Elements choose to stop Corona - twice, in the same fic. It backfires both times.
- Enemy Mine:
- With the Lunaversesix against Grogar. That's she's even willing to cooperate with them speaks volumes about how much of a threat he is.
- And again with Luna during Contest of Champions.
- And once more during Past Remnants.
- Even Evil Has Standards: The thought of Luna actually working with someone like Grogar horrifies her.
- Evil Is Hammy: her spouting of threats and demanding ponies to acknowledge her royal sovereignty can be highly entertaining, when it's not menacing.
- Heel Realization: Partially, after Tirek's approval fills her with shame. Although she still refuses to admit that she should not be the unchallenged queen of Equestria, she realizes that she has been going about her plans the wrong way and decides to simply overthrow Luna at Canterlot with as little bloodshed as possible.
- Hold Your Hippogriffs: Expressions like "gone straight to the Sun" are used where a more normal world might use something like "gone to Hell."
- Hope Spot: For the readers, in the questionably canon story I'll See You Soon. In the last chapter, taking place 20 years in the future, we see a sane, level-headed, restored-to-her-position-as-a-diarch Princess Celestia having a normal (for them) conversation with an adult Dinky Doo.
- I Gave My Word: Insane and poorly tempered though she may be, Celestia is honest. She openly said she wouldn't be the one to break the temporary alliance with the Element Bearers, and in fact, she doesn't.
- Knight Templar Parent: What she seems to be evolving into. According to her, Luna and the Bearers are now disobedient fillies who need to sit in the corner and let Mommy run things.
- Licked by the Dog: Is able to persuade the Element of Magic to replenish her reserves on Tambelon.
- Light Is Not Good: Her every step causes small flames, her eyes glow with power, her body is suffused with light, her cutie mark is the sun...and she is arguably the greatest threat to Equestria.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast
- Mad God
- Mama Bear: In The Return of Tambelon, the Elements of Harmony realize that what drove her to madness was taking on this attitude toward all of Equestria.
- Physical God
- Really 700 Years Old: Like her younger sister Luna, she has forgotten her exact age beyond "millennia", though the difference in age between Luna and Celestia is less than ten years. No word as to whether she looks cute in glasses, though.
- Redemption Rejection: Luna offers her sister a chance to start over at the end of Longest Night, Longest Day, but the mare's mind is to far gone to even consider it.
- Every time they've met since then, Luna keeps on trying, and Celestia keeps on rejecting. However, Celestia no longer rejects the notion out of hoof, and often tries just as hard to convince Luna to see things her way.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: She believes to be the only one capable of protecting Equestria. Which requires her to take absolute control of everything under the Sun.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Played with. Corona does not regret being immortal, but as a natural immortal she views ponies as gnats. Far from thinking of them as expendable and unimportant, however, she believes that she is the only one who can protect them from everything that would want to hurt them - it's her burden to bear.
- In other words, she doesn't regret her immortality, so much as regret that everypony else isn't immortal.
- Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: after being banished to the Sun for a thousand years, her grasp on Equestrian is a bit outdated. She begs to differ on her command of the tongue.
- As of The Return of Tambelon, she has gotten better about this. She does tend to slip back into archaic Equestrian when stressed.
Pegasus stallion. Leader of the Manehatten chapter of the Sun Cult. Overjoyed that his beloved Princess Celestia has come to purge the kingdom of wickedness.
- Church Militant: The Sun Cult as a whole owing to its belief that one day, Luna will be punished for overthrowing Celestia.
- The Fundamentalist: Kindle himself. His prescription for society's ills is pretty much the same as Corona's: put a power-hungry maniac with a distinct allergy to admitting when she's in the wrong in charge.
Blind, aged dragon who wants revenge on Luna for killing most of his family when they tried to invade Equestria shortly after Corona's fall.
- Artifact of Doom: The Rainbow of Darkness.
- Badass Grandpa: Has gone up against Luna twice and has survived both times, which is nothing short of astonishing.
- Breath Weapon: In addition to his dragonfire, he gains the ability to vomit pure liquid Evil after unwittingly swallowing the Rainbow of Darkness.
- Curbstomp Battle: Against another dragon, Sjach, in The Great Dragon Coronation. Sjach was half his age, almost as large, universally regarded by other dragons to be a potential Overlord himself, and not blind or crippled in any way. There was no point when he was winning against Solrathicharnon.
- Handicapped Badass: Despite being almost totally blind, he's strong and cunning enough to harass Luna and get away with it, even if he knows he can't straight-up defeat her.
- Lightning Bruiser: When he wants to, he can move so fast he can even take Luna by surprise.
- Manipulative Bastard: He has some kind of plan for the downfall of Luna. It's slowly beginning to come together throughout Season 2. It involves stealing the Rainbow of Darkness...
- The Power of Hate: Solrath is old, even by dragon standards. He possibly would have died of old age some time ago, but his sheer hatred for Luna keeps him going.
- Revenge Myopia: He doesn't care that his family fired the metaphorical first shot, and arguably doesn't even care about their deaths at all anymore. He wants vengeance on Luna for the heinous crime of refusing to lie down and die, and has privately admitted to himself that if doing so required the death of every single dragon in the world to pull off, it would be a price worth paying.
See The Dragon's Forge
Zebra. Skilled potion-maker and alchemist, also has the gift of prophecy, though how exact is unknown. Always speaks in rhyme. Loyal to Corona.
- Because Destiny Says So: The primary reason that she's working for Corona is that a prophecy said she had to. Beyond the great big crisis, she doesn't know what's going to happen.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Her former friends among the zebra are more than a little annoyed at the damage Zecora's actions have done to their reputation, in addition to just generally seeing her as a stubborn, headstrong sort.
- Never Heard That One Before: Doesn't bother making a pithy comment when Lyra asks her if she has a rhyme for "orange".
- Rhymes on a Dime
- Seer: At least claims to have foreseen the return of Corona, and arrived to Equestria as her servant.
- She also predicts the return of Tambelon, and claims to have freed Corona to prevent something worse.
- Sixth Ranger: worked as a guide for the main six through the Everfree Forest.
- Sixth Ranger Traitor: ... and was quick to inform Corona of their plans, as she is a Sun worshiper.
- Sycophantic Servant: a mix of this and Beleaguered Assistant, as she's genuinely loyal and efficient servant, yet has to work through constantly butt-kissing her arrogant and bad-tempered boss.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She doesn't personally have anything against ponykind. She just has to keep her destiny to serve Corona in mind.
A recruit of Corona's from the griffon tribes.
- The Dragon: He's the muscle of Corona's forces.
- Narm: In-universe, his new name's gotten more than one being snickering at him.
A mechanical Minotaur golem powered by magic. Invented by Grinding Gears, it quickly went on a rampage around the Everfree Forest until it was dismantled by Trixie and her friends. Zecora recovered its head and plans to rebuild it to serve Corona.
- A Load of Bull: Modeled after a Minotaur.
- Always Chaotic Evil: Golems are notorious for twisting even the simplest and most mundane of orders to ensure a violent and destructive outcome. To elaborate, Hostile's sole order was to "Live"; a directive it interpreted as "pulverize anything and everything that I wish."
- An Arm and a Leg: Lost both of its arms during its first fight with Big Mac. Since they were magic too, they quickly reattached themselves to it.
- Bull Seeing Red: Thanks to the heavy beating Big Mac gave it, it has a particularly violent reaction whenever something red comes into view.
A sentient greater jinn from the Naquahn Caliphate. Enslaved by Cheerilee to guide the party to the Army Of Smoke And Fire. Later captured by Kindle and brought to Corona, who offered her friendship.
- Amulet of Dependency: Her bound item, an anklet with three gems set into it. It acts as a focus for the magic that holds her together, but also allows the wearer to control her.
- Elemental Embodiment: Unlike most jinn, she can command all four elements, though she's best with fire and earth.
- Face–Heel Turn: Maybe. When Kindle took her bound item to Corona, Celestia gave it to Yangin, and asked Yangin to join her. We don't see whether she took the offer.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Cheerilee using her bound item to control her stirred up a huge amount of controversy, both in and out of the story.
The Dark & Omnipotent Antithesis
An extremely powerful and psychotic alicorn pony who is devoted to murdering both Twilight and Trixie in Crisis on Two Equestrias.
- Anti-Magic: She can negate and shut down magic, including creating a field over the entire Everfree Forest to stop teleportation. Also has a double meaning, since Friendship is Magic in the MLP universe, and thus Antithesis is much the embodiment of anti-magic along with anti-friendship.
- Ax-Crazy: When she finds out there's two Trixies and two Twilights, she's initially confused, then grows to excited because that means there's more of them to kill, and eagerly asks if there's more yet.
- Card-Carrying Villain:Antithesis: Am I evil just because I want to kill you? Am I evil just because I would rather tear you limb from limb and watch you bleed out one at a time, and I’m genuinely sad I won’t be able to? Am I evil just because after I’m done here I’m going to go to Ponyville and slaughter everypony you four have ever loved out of pure spite?!
Antithesis: *beat* Excellent! I like knowing my place in the world! So few ponies do.
- Combat Sadomasochist: She gets a buzz out of feeling and / or causing pain.
- Dissonant Serenity: When finally dying, oddly enough.
- Equine Abomination: She isn't actually a pony at all, and is the first to admit it.
- Made of Evil: Quite literally made out of distilled hatred and dislike.
- Evil Counterpart: To Twilight and Trixie as well as the Element of Magic itself.
- Flat Character/Generic Doomsday Villain: She has no goal or personality beyond being a psychotic pony that wants to go on a murderous rampage, starting with Twilight and Trixie. Justified, though, in that she is literally created out of the animosity between the two bearers of the Element of Magic and their interdimensional counterparts, and hasn't even existed long enough to start forming any other motivation.
- For the Evulz: Why she wants to kill the Twilights and Trixies from both the Lunaverse and Celestiaverse.
- Fusion Dance: Takes elements of both Twilight and Trixie for her physical appearance, down to her cutie mark being a combination of theirs.
- Has Four Mommies: The Twilights and Trixies from both the Lunaverse and Celestiaverse.
- Meaningful Rename: Her first choice of name was "Twixie". She quickly ditched it after getting a bad reaction from the Twilights and Trixies.
- Me's a Crowd: She displays the ability to split herself into multiple bodies, though with nowhere near the ease Luna has. It apparently feels painful merging again, akin to pins and needles.
- Power of the Void: Both Trixies note she technically doesn't cast magic, she rips magical holes in existence and spells rush out through them. Her anti-magic spheres are experienced by wrapping the victim in nothingness.
- Taking You with Me: She doesn't, but while dying she states that her one regret is that she didn't take at least one Twilight or one Trixie with her.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Completely averted at her own instance. She regrets nothing she's done, and would have done worse if she could.
- Younger Than They Look: Is created by the shattering of the Element of Magic, meaning that she's only a few hours old at most when she first meets her "mothers".
Tamberlaan donkey prince. Made a deal to Grogar to kill his father, siblings and ponies to become king of Tambelon.
- 0% Approval Rating: A few glimpses of Tambelon before what Grogar did show Bray wasn't at all liked by his subjects. That might have something to do with his winning personality.
- Absolute Xenophobe: Wanted to kill Tamberlaan ponies in order to rule Tambelon.
- Back from the Dead: Returns to life after Grogar is defeated.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: First he betrays his family, the rulers of Tambelon, to Grogar. The he plans to betray Grogar to take Tambelon for himself. He gets a chance to enact the second, too, and takes it. It...doesn't work out.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Gets his soul ripped out by the newly immortal Grogar. Ouch. He gets better... not that it helps him much.
- Dirty Coward: Completely okay with backstabbing, betrayal, and running away.
- Fate Worse Than Death: He comes back to life on Tambelon after Grogar is defeated, but also after everyone else has left. His means of casting spells, however, was destroyed, and his only way to re-create it was accidentally teleported off of the island. Thus, he is trapped on an overgrown forested island save for a ruined city, with no ability to escape.
- Hate Sink: It is pretty impressive than even compared to his boss, who murdered an entire civilisation in an instant, Bray is still more unpleasant and unlikeable by a mile. Probably because he deliberately brought Grogar to Tambelon to kill his siblings.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: His own actions screw him over and trap him on Tambelon with no magic or way of getting off the island.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Twice. First killed by Grogar, then after coming back to life, finds himself trapped in the ruins of the kingdom he helped destroy.
- Royal Brat
- Small Role, Big Impact: Three-fold. He brought Grogar to Tambelon, allowing him to kill the Tamberlaan. He killed Grogar, triggering the final step in the ram's lich transformation. And it was his misfired spell that teleported the world's biggest collection of arcane knowledge to Luna-knows-where.
- The Starscream: Twice, even: he's the one who brought Grogar to Tambelon in the first place, so that Grogar could kill Bray's father and siblings so that he could be King. Nowadays, he wants to overthrow Grogar so that he can rule Tambelon (presumably to have access to its vast libraries of magic or something).
- Unwitting Pawn: Manipulated by Grogar into granting him immortality.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Double subverted. Once Grogar gets his soul back, he informs Bray that he intends to use him as the final sacrifice in Grogar's plan to achieve immortality. The ensuing fight ends with Bray chucking Grogar off of a balcony. The double subversion comes when Grogar survives, reveals that someone had to kill him in order to turn him into a lich, and then kills Bray.
- Weak, but Skilled: His approach to magic.
The Spirit of Chaos. Originally contained in the Tree of Harmony's Evil Counterpart, the Tree of Discord, he was freed by the misguided efforts of an unknown creature and subsequently took the form of a deranged parody of his liberator. Despite having been defeated and contained by Celestia and Luna, he nonetheless holds a sizable presence in the story due to cultists and his own "descendants" trying to either free him or continue where he left off.
- Cardboard Prison: The Maneverse version of Celestia believes that Discord will always render whatever prison he is in as one of these. If it's time for him to escape, then he will escape no matter the measures in place.
- The Dreaded: He hasn't walked the land in millenia, but the very thought of him gives both Luna and the mad Corona pause.
- Eldritch Abomination
- End of an Era: Singlehandedly ended what was considered by many to be Equestria's Golden Age, bringing an end to over three thousand years of prosperity and heralding a much darker and more treacherous era.
- Evil Counterpart: The Lunaverse version of Discord is pointedly the Arch-Enemy of the very concept of Harmony, and the Tree specifically.
- Evil Knockoff: His physical form was modeled after the individual that freed him. Given the patchwork of creature parts that make up his body, it's hard to tell what that poor sap actually was.
- The Ghost: Mentioned many times throughout the Lunaverse's run, including the first episode. No appearances at all yet, though.
- The Juggernaut: One of the Alicorn Sisters is enough to best most foes and together their raw might and prowess were enough to vanquish every threat that came their way. Their need to bolster their abilities with the Elements of Harmony to face him, and the fact that he's the only menace that required this extraordinary measure on their part says a lot about how powerful he was.
Rainbow Double Dash: Within the context of the Lunaverse, there is nothing beyond Discord and the Elements; they're the top-tier movers and shakers... On a scale of 1 to 10, Discord is the guy making the chart, completely outside any kind of power rating...And the Elements of Harmony are even stronger, but limited by the fact that they have no (discernible) independent will of their own and so must be manipulated by (comparatively, even alicorns count for this purpose) mortal beings, who have mortal minds and mortal limitations on what the Elements can do.
- As Word of God puts it:
Demon Ram/Lich. Committed mass genocide to the Tamberlaan 2,000 years ago as part of a ritual to gain immortality.
- A God Am I: Blatantly claims to be a god during his Villainous Breakdown. The Luna-6 are quick to correct this delusion.
- The Archmage: Powerful enough to have challenge Luna and Celestia together two thousand years ago. He lost, but he apparently put up a Hell of a fight. Celestia and Luna have both acknowledged him as likely being the most powerful mortal spellcaster to have ever lived, with only Starswirl the Bearded providing any competition.
- Deadpan Snarker: It's very deadpan, and most of it is directed at Bray. For example, a glimpse of what happened just after he killed near-everyone on Tambelon has him noting that a few beings survived and fled, and that Bray could try and ingratiate himself to them.
- Deal with the Devil: Traded his soul to Tirek in exchange for knowledge to help him gain immortality. He was disappointed to find out that the ritual he had planned required him to still have his soul.
- Evil Overlord: Intimidating fortress in a ruined city? Check. Plan to take over/kill the world? Check. Hordes upon hordes of faceless goons? Check. Fearful sinister second-in-command at his beck and call? Check. Dark magic? Check. The only things he's missing are the quirky miniboss squad, black wardrobe (but then, his fur is soot-gray), and powerful but vulnerable MacGuffin.
- Evil Overlord List: Actually follows it pretty closely, given that he has limited resources and time to work with and enemies that have no interest in negotiating with him. He skips straight to trying to kill the L6, doesn't pontificate about his plans, takes steps to protect himself, and always tries to send overwhelming odds against his enemies. The one exception is his mistreatment of Bray, but that was only because it formed a fundamental part of his plan.
- Notably, however, once he becomes a lich, he stops following the Evil Overlord list, perhaps because he thinks he doesn't need it anymore. It doesn't end well for him, right up to his death being nearly instant after exclaiming "this is impossible! I am a god!"
- Fatal Flaw: Bray considers Grogar's impatience to be his biggest weakness.
- Genre Savvy: "Kill Celestia. Bring me one of the ponies alive, it does not matter which, but I want it unharmed if at all possible. Kill the rest." Comes apart in the end, though; once he's achieved his goal, he starts gloating and showing far more emotion.
- Ironic Echo: Berates Bray before killing him that Bray's goals were always so small compared to Grogar's. Later, though, Luna says that Grogar's goals are so small compared to most of the monsters she's fought.
- Killed Off for Real
- Living Forever Is Awesome: Grogar certainly seems to think so, and achieving immortality is his ultimate goal throughout The Return of Tambelon. And as of Chapter 10, he's pulled it off.
- Our Liches Are Different
- The Necromancer: His power seems to derive from stolen life-force, which he can then use to animate golems. After slaughtering all of Tambelon, he has a lot of life-force to work with.
- Nigh Invulnerable: Already very hard to kill as a lich, but on Tambelon he can't be stopped by anything short of the Elements.
- Place of Power: The sheer number of people he killed on Tambelon created a zone of necromantic energy that augmented his lich transformation.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Victim of one from Luna, who notes that he's hardly the first monster that she's ever fought, and he's not even the first one to seek nor even to gain immortality. He's just the only one who's never had any goal beyond that. For all his power and intelligence, his goals and desires were just so small.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: On account of his not having a soul anymore. They turn back to green when he gets it back.
- Rule of Three: "The Return of Tambelon" details the third time his prison failed over the centuries.
- Un-Person: He is described by Luna that he had done so many atrocities that he had to be erased in history. This is also to deny him the satisfaction of any immortality that he desired, including from being remembered.
- Victory by Endurance: How he plans to defeat Luna and Celestia. Both of them are much better fighters than he is, and either of them has more offensive power, but between his lich transformation and the vast well of necromantic power he created by killing all the Tamberlaan, he is basically indestructible and tireless. He can fight for weeks if he has to. The alicorns can't.
- Villainous Breakdown: Just before his death.
- Your Soul Is Mine: See the details of his Deal with the Devil. And in order to pull off the ritual that would turn him into a lich, he forcibly tool his soul back from Tirek when he got the chance. As a lich, he's able to take the soul of anyone against their will, which even the demonic Tirek can't do.
An ancient Saurian warlord who cheated death by means of a phylactery.
- And I Must Scream: Not only is it his punishment of choice for minions he no longer needs, but he winds up in this state after his final defeat.
- Back from the Dead
- Exact Words: Promissed Ritter the weight of his teammates in gold for helping him to regain his golem body. He turns those teammates into gold.
- Golem: His new form upon resurrection
- Omnicidal Maniac
- Perpetual-Motion Monster
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Disposes of Ritter's team as soon as he's restored.
An Eldritch Abomination from the dawn of time that slept in the deepest bottom of the oceans. Used to rule the seas with terror.
- Eldritch Abomination
- Power Of Hate: His power and magic are mostly pure hatred.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: A lance was used to imprison him in a perpetual sleep.
- Telepathy: His way of communication.
Ice Heart's father. He reappears in Season 2, looking for his son. Seems to communicate via telepathic images.
A demon responsible for causing widespread chaos in Equestria until Celestia and Luna banished him to Tartarus.
- Artifact of Doom: The Rainbow of Darkness is his, until Solrathicharnon has it stolen and takes it as his own.
- Badass: In spite of his massive loss of power and being chained in Tartarus, unable to escape, Tirek still scares Luna enough that she'd be willing to drop a star from the sky onto the island he was on rather than risk him escaping, and even in his weakened state Celestia thought that he still likely had enough power to kill herself, the Luna-6, and Grogar.
- Break the Badass: Luna stole some of his power to become Nightmare Moon. A thousand years later, he's in incredibly poor shape, and utterly horrified at being dragged out of Tartarus by Grogar.
- The Corrupter: Luna states he enjoyed bringing out the worst in others.
- Crazy-Prepared: He hid fragments of his soul all over the place, in the hope they'd absorb negative emotions and become whole beings, at which point they would free him.
- Deadpan Snarker: Even as a broken shell of himself, he still manages to get his snark off at Grogar.I required one hundred ponies, not ninety nine. I cannot be held responsible for your inability to count.
- The Devil Is a Loser: Tirek is probably one of the more evil characters to appear in the Lunaverse. But when he shows up in Tambelon, he's had much better days, looking thin, emaciated, and completely loses it at the thought of being dragged out of Tartarus.
- The Dreaded: At the merest hint of his reappearance, Luna tells the Wingsong to get away, and then prepares to obliterate all of Tambelon, just to prevent his possible escape.
- Evil Counterpart: To Mi Amore Cadenza, due to the circumstances of both her birth and his loss of power. Tirek himself states that Cadenza's soul was forged by the Elements of Harmony themselves to be as unlike him as possible.
- Greater Scope Villain: In The Hero of Oaton and The Return of Tambelon. Played straight in the former, where a shrine to him is responsible for corrupting Tarnished and almost destroying Oaton, but subverted in the latter, where Grogar summons him, takes his soul back from him, and chucks him back to Tartarus.
- How the Mighty Have Fallen: Grogar calls him on it, but Tirek brushes him off.Grogar: You have become nothing more than a wretched, pathetic coward.Tirek: The cowards survive.
- In Love with Your Carnage: He regarded Luna and Corona's battle as "beautiful".
- Know When To Fold Them: To give up one more of the souls he has left would diminish Tirek even further, but he eventually gets "persuaded" to hand Grogar's back to him rather than stay in Tambelon and deal with Luna.
- Made of Evil: To the point where Corona believes that he is more malignant than Discord, even if not as powerful.
- Physical God: At the height of his power, he was roughly equal to Celestia in terms of ability and might. These days...less so.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: He was sealed away in Tartarus long ago. Not to mention those several fragments of his soul lying around the world.
- Try to Fit THAT on a Business Card!: Lord of the Midnight Castle, the Shadow in the Soul, the Tyrant in the Pit, the Liar and the Thief, and the Bringer of the Night That Never Ends.
- Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: To Corona. Him praising her makes her have a partial Heel Realization and decide to simply usurp Luna in Canterlot rather than conquer all of Equestria by force.
The Elements of Failmony
A group of supposed Element Bearers gathered by Twilight Sparkle in the Loose Canon tie-in Elements of Insanity, in order to prove Trixie unworthy of the Element of Magic.
An unfortunate pony better known by her ironic nickname of Lucky. Though not Twilight's original choice for Laughter, was deemed a perfect fit after they spoke.
- Affectionate Nickname: She has a habit of calling Twilight "Tenbs".
- Bizarre Taste in Food: Improvising meals put together from whatever was most heavily discounted has led to her developing lots of... interesting recipes.
- Heaven help us all if she and Trixie ever teamed up to host a dinner party.
- The Bus Came Back: Some time after Twilight's house arrest, Clover got in touch with Twilight and started hanging out with her again, reappearing in Contest of Champions.
- Cannot Tell a Joke
- Deadpan Snarker
- Distaff Counterpart: Of a male background pony with whom she shares her nickname, cutie mark, and coat color.
- Ironic Nickname: She's got plenty of luck, unfortunately it's all bad.
- Meaningful Name: When combined, her nickname and last name are the same as a well-known kids' breakfast cereal. Her first name and cutie mark are even one of the associated marshmallows.
- The Pollyanna: Though not out of naiveté or ignorance. She is all too aware that with her rotten life she would have every good reason to wallow in despair, but instead chooses to meet each and every day with an uncompromising smile."How could that not be the easiest choice in the world to make?"
- Schadenfreude: Is all too aware of this effect, and this is primarily how she brings others cheer: by making them glad they're not her.
Unicorn. The public at large knows her as the generous care-taker of a group of orphans which is why Twilight made the good-faith choice of selecting her as the Element of Generosity. Privately, though, she represents a threat that not even Luna herself seems to be aware of; that's because she and her charges are descendants of Discord himself ready to spread chaos in their ancestor's name.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing
- Body Horror: Using her chaos magic warps her body as well as her mind.
- Breeding Cult: She originally comes form a family that was trying to consolidate the discordian bloodline and in so doing give rise to a new avatar of chaos.
- Game Face
- Orphanage of Love: Runs one as a cover for her true nature.
- Phlebotnium Overload: Ultimately defeated not by any of the heroes but by OD'ing on her own chaos magic.
- Token Evil Teammate
- Villain with Good Publicity
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Lampshaded by Discord. If she wants infinite power, she'd better be prepared for the infinite madness that comes with it.
Loosey Screws and Woody Wittles:
Earth pony mother and her pegasus son. Lossey is the Lunaverse version of the pony who barked like a dog in Read It and Weep. Silverstar selected her to be the Element of Kindness because she was someone noble and good he'd encountered during the unspecified atrocity that led to his current state of self-doubt. Sadly, the horrors of the incident have reduced her to a shell of her former kindly, energetic self despite Lemonhearts' 'healing' her. Her caretaker son is somewhat too ready to forgive Silverstar for his liking...which qualifies him to be her stand-in.
- Broken Bird: Even though she's able to speak again, she's a ghost of the friendly figure she was before the nameless catastrophe that destroyed Silverstar's faith in himself.
A formerly heroic Frontiersman who has become a shell of his former self following a personal tragedy. Twilight's choice for the Element of Loyalty, though the biographies suggest that he'd have made more sense as Element of Honesty.
- Drowning My Sorrows: Sought solace in the bottom of bottles
- Failure Knight
- I Gave My Word
- Knight in Sour Armor
- Replacement Goldfish: Fills an unspoken and unacknowledged void left by Twilie's inability to contact her BBFFF.
A highly enthusiastic pegasus bodybuilder with underdeveloped wings. Twilight deems him the Element of Honesty, though the biographies suggest that he'd have been a better fit for Loyalty.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!
- Dream-Crushing Handicap: His underdeveloped wings and impaired hearing mean he can't become a Wonderbolt or royal guard. Not that he's letting that stop him.
- Dumb Muscle: Percieved as such due to his many quirks.
- Inspirationally Disadvantaged: Invoked: Unable to serve in the military due to his underdeveloped wings and poor hearing, he instead starts trying to inspire the youth of Equestria by demonstrating what hard work can accomplish.
- No Indoor Voice