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Princess Celestia (Part 1)
Celestia is a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing.She invited the ponies to the Gala with the intention of humiliating themselves for her own amusement.
Princess Celestia and Lady Rainicorn are distantly related.Both have royal titles, both seem to be made of rainbows to some extent. Maybe they're distant cousins. Another possible theory is Lady Rainicorn is Celestia's great-great-great etc. grand-daughter. The time-span is so long that Rainicorn's kind have lost their wings, but can still "fly" by manipulating light. Yeah, I don't have a whole lot of evidence behind this theory.
Princess Celestia used to be Princess DaymareBefore Nightmare turned crazy, while she still ruled the nighttime alone, her sister Daymare ruled the day. After Nightmare was sealed in the moon, Daymare changed her name to fit with her new responsibility towards the entire celestial sphere, instead of just the daytime.
Princess Celestia is part Phoenix
Princess Celestia is grooming Twilight Sparkle as her replacement.And, by proxy, will turn her into a flying unicorn much like herself when she proves worthy.
Celestia plans to turn Twilight Sparkle into another winged unicorn.By deliberately invoking Power Gives You Wings. This ties into the series being Merchandise-Driven; if it sticks, fans would want/feel they have to buy a new, winged Twilight Sparkle to match the one on the show. Also, this could also provide a bit of Body Horror for Twilight and require an adjustment period, with Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy helping her learn how to fly and fearing being socially outcast based on her strange new appearance. (This being Ponyville, such fears would be largely unfounded.)
The Summer Sun Celebration is Luna's birthdayLongest night of the year were everyone stays up, and the main reason Luna went evil-ish was everyone sleeping through the night.
The people denouncing Celestia as a tyrant were right. Celestia rules Equestria with an iron hoof.Through careful application of her own skilled magic, which lets her manipulate the earth and heavens, she has created a rather dystopian monarchy. Under Celestia's rule, a caste system has formed; a matriarchal hierarchy has been put into place, where the magical unicorns outrank the flying pegasi, and everybody is above the average, non-magical ponies. Celestia herself is above everything: A goddess incarnate, she appears as a winged unicorn, a completely unique creature beyond the powers of nearly everything around her, save for the Elements of Harmony, a strange magic beyond her control. In this story, Celestia has groomed Twilight, a talented young bookworm, as her "student," and discreetly tasked her with analysis of the power of friendship magic, something Celestia has never controlled. At the end of every episode, a loyal, naive Twilight writes to Celestia with her findings on the magic of friendship. (It should be noted that this troper is not a follower of the older series; if this is a restatement of some other canon description of the caste system and power-hungry princess, please leave a comment.)
In the pilot, Princess Celestia wrote her letter to Twilight in advance.She responded very quickly, and the response is a little vague, never mentioning Nightmare Moon at all.
Twilight is Celestia's daughter... kind of.Long before the rebellion of princess Luna, and possibly before Celestia became so powerful, Celestia had a daughter who was killed in some sort of magic related accident. A dragon attempted to save her, but received mortal wounds in the process. When Celestia finally reached the two, they were already doomed. In a stunning display of arcane magic, Celestia cast their souls to be reincarnated some day. The spell could only guarantee reincarnation in some way. the time until the reincarnation, the location, and the heritage were all uncontrollable, though because she set both the dragon and her daughter to be reincarnated in the same spell, the two were bound by destiny in their next life. Fast forward at least a thousand years, and Twilight turns up in an orphanage, And a dragon egg turns up at the royal palace in Canterlot. Spike, as a dragon with strange properties, remembers his past life and retains most of his knowledge, including the events of his and his destiny to guard Twilight, making him surprisingly intelligent for an infant dragon. Twilight is taken under the guardianship of Celestia in private, where either directly as an adoptive mother or indirectly as a teacher and mentor, she is raised by Celestia.
Twilight Sparkle is Princess Celestia's avatarBecause the Princess can't use the Elements of Harmony anymore she imbued a newborn filly with some of her essence in time for Nightmare Moon's release.
Princess Celestia is actually Amaterasu in a horse incarnationPrincess C controls the sun, and her servants directly manipulate the plants, weather, animals, and seasons. In Ōkami, Amaterasu was shown to be able to do most if not all these things. They are also both female, white with physical characteristic unlike regular versions of their species, and act as rulers, either as goddess or princess. They even look kind of alike, if you replace Amaterasu's fire with a rainbow, as seen here ◊ and here ◊
Celestia is properly Princeps, not PrincessEquestria has overtones of Ancient Rome, at least the royal palace does. Celestia rules not because of her birthright, but because she is the first among equals. She's called a princess in the show because kids wouldn't know what a princeps is.
Princess Celestia plans on turning Twilight Sparkle into a Pegasus Unicorn by taking over her bodyThe reason why the Princess has lived so long is that she takes over her student's body once every thousand years. The whole Nightmare Moon story is a setup to find a proper vessel and the Elements of Harmony is the final test of the worthiness of that vessel. Luna is in on because being sealed up in the moon means she doesn't have to parasitically take over another pony's body.
Princess Celestia went through a tyrannical phase, but grew out of it.She's had over a thousand years to grow and change. The trauma of having to fight her own sister and ultimately sealing her away, meaning she also had to shoulder responsibility for manipulating the moon on top of the sun, reallllly didn't help. On top of that, if she had friends fighting alongside her to help wield the other Elements of Harmony, she had to watch them grow old and die while she kept on living, continuing her duties with no end in sight. So she found ways to... cope. Some healthier than others. However, she eventually realized she had become distressingly similar to Nightmare Moon. Despite presenting a pretty and idealistic image to her subjects, inwardly she had grown cold and detached, viewing them as mere subjects where once she would have counted some of them as friends. She also came to understand the sort of bitter loneliness and frustration that led to her sister's betrayal in the first place. Gradually, Celestia grew from wearing the queenly mask into an honestly benevolent ruler. With Luna's return, she hopes to reconnect with her as well and hopefully keep her from falling back into the same pitfalls and temptations.
The way everyone acted toward Celestia in "A Bird in the Hoof" is a veiled parody of how the fandom acts towards Lauren Faust.With perhaps some parody of "Celestia is a tyrant" WMG's thrown in.
Princess Celestia has a Bene Gesserit style breeding program that produced Twilight SparkleShe bred her and Luna's bloodlines over the past millennium to produce a pony that could defeat Nightmare and/or become her successor. Twilight's friends could have been bred as well, probably descendants of Celestia's mortal friends.
Celestia is slowly overtaking TwilightRemember the line from the opening: I have always wondered what friendship could be. This does not describe twilight, because as we saw in the pilot, she was quite dismissive of the concept. But it's still said with her voice, so how could this be? Easy; Celestia is supplanting Twilight, so she can properly understand friendship.
When she had the Elements of Harmony, Celestia's element was Laughter.Besides 'Trollestia,' there's the fact she does laugh a lot, the way she makes fun of her subjects being overly adoring and attentive with the tea, the fact her pet/friend Philomena is such a troll... However, a thousand years without her sister for company after her friends died, the strain of looking after a kingdom 24/7 instead of half the time and having to control both day and night have worn on her. Now that her sister is back and Twilight Sparkle's adventures seem to be making her feel young again, she will start acting more like Pinkie Pie as she returns to her old self.
The sun was not Celestia's original cutie mark.When the mane six get their magical jewelry during the Elements of Harmony sequence, the gems match their cutie marks. This may mean that Celestia's original cutie mark, before some Noodle Incident we'll never see, was that purple diamond set into her armor/harness and crown.
Celestia doesn't want to be a Princess"Bird in the Hoof" seemed to be invoking a bit of Stop Worshipping Me. Maybe she just happened to be an immortal unicorn-pegasus who could control the sun and unintentionally attracted a throng of worshippers who insisted she rule them (and she chose the title "Princess" because she didn't like "God-Empress", just like how the emperor of Mankind hates having his own subjects call him God-Emperor just because of his vast psychic energy).
Celestia was hiding her depression for centuries until being reunited with Luna after so long.I can see it: right before using the Elements of Harmony to seal Nightmare Moon away, Celestia sheds a Single Tear, knowing that her sister Luna would have to be sealed away. After learning that the 6 fillies that would bear the Elements have been born, she sees this as a Hope Spot and decides to teach Twilight Sparkle, the future bearer of Magic, which helped her earn her Cutie Mark. And after reuniting with Luna after 1,000 years, Celestia was no longer living with the pain of being separated from her sister.
Celestia invented the Sonic Rainboom.Only two Ponies have rainbow coloured hair and Dash said the move was a legend before she proved it could be done. Given Celestia's age (and the apparent inability of ponies to record history) it is possible that she came up with the move when she was young and impulsive but stopped using it, perhaps due to the trauma of her sister going nuts, causing it to fall into myth.
In "Swarm of the Century", Princess Celestia knew exactly what was going on.It seems unlikely that Equestria's ruler wouldn't know what a parasprite is, given how dangerous those creatures can be. And she probably saw that Ponyville was in trouble from the air. When she saw polka-playing Pinkie Pie's parasprite parade go by, she put two and two together and, figuring they had everything in hand, used having to go to Fillydelphia to let the ponies save face and get to work rebuilding the town.
By sending Twilight to Ponyville to get some friends, Celestia also tries to find new friends herself, "by proxy" if you will.The real reason why Celestia cannot just find new friends herself is that nearly all other ponies behave completely afraid and subservient to her, as seen when Mr. and Mrs. Cake kept refilling her tea cup in "Bird in the Hoof", and you cannot build an intimate friendship on that. So, by sending her "faithful student" to find some friends, she hopes that those friends might eventually also become friends to herself.
Princess Celestia planned everythingShe's trying to teach Twilight (and maybe her friends too) everything about friendship for one or more of the previously mentioned reasons and the entire season so far has gone Exactly as planned.
Princess Celestia had her own party crashed so she could finally be casual with Twilight's friendsThroughout the season she has attempted to meet ponyville casually, attempting to be treated like a normal citizen and trying to really get to know Twilight's friends. Every time beforehand, her attempts were ruined by either circumstance or citizens taking her "casual" visit far too seriously, making her nigh unapproachable to them. After Twilight and her friends regrouped fully shamed at the doughnut shop, Celestia sincerely thanked them for screwing around with the aristocracy and in general making the night fun for once, making her appear as less a goddess or royalty, and more as just another pony. After the credits rolled, Celestia spent hours with the mane cast in the shop as a peer in their eyes and in the process she made some of the first real friends after hundreds of years of the aristocracy sucking up to her in canterlot.
Relating to the above, Celestia will be more candid with the mane cast in season 2.With the mane cast being friends on a personal level, and Luna able to fill in for her days off, Celestia will occasionally sneak out of Canterlot. Either disguised for a day with her friends, or just quickly popping into the library undisguised for a short visit. Though she will be more personable and commonly occurring, she will still have the same effect on the viewer as she did in season one because of how understated her appearances will be when casually showing up. troll throughout the series, I wouldn't put it past her to do that.
In "The Best Night Ever", Celestia had another reason for going to the donut shop: saving the ponies.Shortly after the Gala was ruined, warrants were put out for the arrest of the main cast. (Or at least some of them: Rarity, Rainbow Dash, and Fluttershy were probably the ones that caused the most damage.) While the ponies were telling Spike about what had happened, the police (or city guards, same difference) were amassing outside the shop and ready to bust in and arrest them. Celestia intervened, gave the cast a royal pardon, and assured the police that she would deal with the situation personally.
Princess Celestia is secretly a Kamen Rider.Well, she has a sibling who reappeared with a name relating to darkness and the moon. And she's associated with the sun...
Princess Celestia really did raise Spike after Twilight hatched his egg.Spike and Twilight had only been paired together for a year or two prior to the pilot because Princess Celestia thought he would have a good influence on her and encourage her to lighten up. "Official Canterlot Business" is really code for "Young man, come home and visit your mother."
Celestia arraigned a marriage between Twilight Sparkle and Prince BluebloodNeither pony knows it yet, but Celestia intends for the two of them to marry and produce a foal of noble birth (Blueblood's part) and immense magical powers (Twilight's part). Then this foal will become the next ruler of Equestria.
Celestia was a bigger prankster than Pinkie Pie as a filly.There's a reason for the nickname Trollestria after all. And I like to imagine that Celestia has only mellowed out somewhat with her age, and as a young energetic filly? She must have been absolutely brutal with her pranks.
Celestia is a fusion of the last group to wield Elements of HarmonyWhich is why she's a godlike Unicorn-Pegasus
Celestia was planning to use Twilight and her friends ever since the Sonic Rainboom.The day before the Summer Sun Celebration seems a bit late to be implementing a plan to save the world. When Dash's first Sonic Rainboom indicated a connection between the six friends, Celestia detected the connection (as she is wise in the ways of the Magic of Frienship), and knew that this was her best bet for stopping Nightmare Moon and rescuing her sister. That was her main reason for taking on Twilight as her primary student (in addition to her general magical aptitude), and she also started monitoring the others at this point - she may have been responsible for Pinky moving to Ponyville, for example. She made sure that those five would be the people Twilight met on her first tour of Ponyville, and the rest proceeded as planned.
Celestia not only told Ditzy/Derpy to go west and north to get the southbound birds so as to add her brand of 'merriment' to the Winter Round-up, she also paid her to drop all that stuff on Twilight Sparkle for cheap laughs.Even a master-mind genius prankster like Celestia can't be everywhere spreading mirth. That means that she'd need a stooge or five hanging around to help mess with her subjects' heads; my guess is that someone with strabismus is being punished for some mild misdemeanor with community disservice.
Derpy/Ditzy is Celestia in disguise.Why else do we see the adult version of her hanging around when Twilight got her cutie mark? It could well be that Celestia does the occasional bit of covert surveillance on the Bearers of the Elements in her original form: a bluish-gray pegasus pony with a blond mane and amber eyes. The derped eyes and crazy antics are just her way of having fun.
Celestia is grooming Twilight for a high-ranking position at court.Related to the WMG above that Celestia is grooming Twilight to be her successor, but different. After all, why would an immortal Goddess-Princess need a successor? Besides which, if Celestia has no foals of her own, her legal heir would be her younger sister, Luna. No, she's training Twilight to someday hold an important political position at court: Hoof of the Princess. Think about it: at the premiere social event of Equestrian society, Celestia kept Twilight at her side all night while all the other guests made their obeisances. That's basically a declaration to the entire aristocracy of Equestria that they should get used to the idea of bowing to Twilight Sparkle. Also, Celestia didn't just send Twilight out to make friends just so that Twilight would be happier; she wanted Twilight to learn how to recruit political allies. And why Ponyville? It's a place where the previously sheltered Twilight could learn more about the lives of pony commoners. And what has Twilight been learning? How to manage and govern ponies. Just look at the events of "Winter Wrap-Up".
Most of Equestria is descended from CelestiaInspired by this side-story to Progress.
Part of the reason Celestia arranged the Mane Cast to attend the Gala was to have geuninely good people thereThe only genuinely good people we see at the entire thing are the Wonderbolts, everyone else seemed to really be a high and mighty Jerk Ass (especially Prince Blueblood). She's been to the Gala over and over again for centuries and probably saw the exact same thing over and over again. Not only did she want to spice things up a little, she wanted to make it nicer by inviting people she knew were genuinely good.
Discord is Celestia's old Boyfriend.Just getting this out there before the Season 2 Premier. Nine more days!
Celestia has been dead since Episode 2Luna killed Celestia off-screen as revenge and took her place. Discord will be posing as Luna so that nopony will wonder why Luna hasn't appeared since her return. The two will be working together to destroy the main cast so both can conquer the world.
Discord and Celestia used to date.Their dialogue when Discord was in the stained glass just made me think of it, what with the way he's light and teasing while she is having none of it. I imagine she still holds some lingering attraction to him on a physical level.
Celestia was actually corrupted in Return of Harmony Part 2She only sent back the Friendship Reports to get rid of what she now considered junk and to make life difficult for Spike. It just so happened that the corrupted Celestia unconsciously gave Twilight what she needed to get her friends back and fix everything.
Princess Celestia didn't send any of the letters back.Celestia had no idea the mane cast was acting the way they were, so why would she even bother to send those letters back to her? It was all Discord's doing. His influence caused Spike's mail sending whatever to be chaotic and send the letters back to him. Since this wasn't done normally, it's probably why Spike was in so much pain.
Celestia can perform the Sonic Rainboom...I got nothing for reasoning, but then again this WMG doesn't need much explanation.
Celestia knows Twilight has some "issues" but doesn't get her a psychologist because she's been treating them herself indirectlyThe Season 2 Ep.3 breakdown that Twilight suffered from probably was a symptom of an older issue, hence being triggered by children laughing, and the fixation on the punishment being sent back to kindergarden, and is something Celestia is aware of. The reason Celestia was so mad when she came was because she had hoped support from her friends would of prevented Twilight from relapsing, and because she had hoped having friends would help ween Twilight from being both dependent on her acknowledgement and obsessed with her. She jumped on the opportunity of "Group Friendship Reports" because it would help all of them learn more about and support each other so that situations like the ep.3 breakdown don't happen again.
Celestia is not Luna's sister.......She is her mother.
Princess Celestia (Part 2)
Celestia only teases for goodCrazy I know but listen to me while she does make things harder, in the end things DO always work out for the best.
Celestia had a pink mane when she was younger.Since we now see Luna having the flowing energy mane like Celestia has, as opposed to the regular mane in her first appearance, it's possible that Alicorns start off with a regular mane and get an energy one when they get older. In the storybooks recounting old tales involving the princesses, Celestia is always colored pink. It would also explain why the toy version of her is pink as well.
Celestia became a troll when she first tried to connect with her subjectsIn Luna Eclipsed, Luna was only really embraced when she embraced their fear of her and started intentionally scaring them, maybe Celestia went through something similar after Luna was banished.
Celestia will be corrupted by the same force that turned Luna into Nightmare MoonShe will be far more powerful and dangerous than Luna was, however Luna will figure into the conflict by, via the concepts behind a lunar eclipse, be able to temporarily block or even completely negate Celestia's powers for a long enough period that the Mane Cast can wham her with the Elements of Harmony.
Princess Celestia has other reasons for the Friendship Reports.It could be, bear with me, it could just be me, but Princess Celestia has been around for more than a millennia, and seen the ponies living by everyday, being friendly and living in harmony. Could it be possible that the reason that the Princess actually asking Twilight to give her the Friendship Reports would be that she's never had any... friends? Think about it: she's been around for a long time, but because of her status as sovereign ruler of Equestria, every other pony out there wouldn't treat her like a friend, but someone outside that circle: ponies are subconsciously afraid of her. Not to say that she hasn't made the effort, but since she's royalty, every time she tries, it just doesn't work out properly: she's always treated like the Immortal God-Empress of Marekind she is against her will than the Mare-Next-Door you ask to hang out with you at the doughnut shop. It could be, in my opinion, that Twilight is essentially there to scout the Magic of Friendship that she's been missing out all these years, and essentially (at least by proxy) make Twilight's friends her friends as well. In my eyes, Celestia really, really wants to make friends and enjoy life as her student Twilight is, but ultimately cannot because of what she is. I think deep inside she wants to buck apples with Applejack; try on new dresses with Rarity; race and tussle with Rainbow Dash; party like it's 1999 with Pinkie Pie and giggle about that studly Big Mac with Fluttershy. Twilight's letters serve a double purpose in this sense: for Twilight, it's a lesson to be learned; for Celestia, it's a little window to a world she knows she can not enter.
The "friendship reports" were created to be Celestia's eyes and ears all over her realm.I imagine that Celestia has a "protege" in every corner of Equestria periodically sending back intelligence in the form of heartwarming life lessons learned so C. can both get a psychological profile of her subjects and ensure nopony is planning a rebellion.
Celestia's only ever turned Discord to stoneDiscord simply mistook ordinary statues Celestia moved into her garden as other enemies she had turned to stone. While ordinary statues would be a more logical thing for Discord to conclude, he might have thought that there's no way Princess Celestia would seriously just toss him in an ordinary garden and put ordinary statues around him. Of course, applying logic to Discord is also pretty invalid since what fun is there in making sense.
The normally calm and in-control Princess Celestia will suffer a MASSIVE mental breakdown.She was incredibly serious in the first episode of this season, so maybe it'll show a more expressive side of Celestia. And since all the Mane Six have had a mental breakdown in some form during Season One, there's a possibility that Celestia could wind up having her own meltdown. For whatever reason, it could vary.
Someone will prank Princess Celestia by painting her pink.As a nod to the toys. Also, Celestia loves to do small pranks on others now and then.
Pink!Celestia is not really Celestia, but is another pony.
They will kill off Celestia by the end of the season.See Mentor Occupational Hazard .
Celestia is trying to start InstrumentalityShe wants to make all ponies one, which is why she is researching friendship.
Celestia was lying about Discord being the former ruler of Equestria, and the real story is much more tragic.It's clear that she and Discord have a past together, and she expresses a serious and stern attitude about and towards him, however, it's possible that she may have a skeleton in her closet about him. If anything, Discord didn't become the Spirit of Chaos and Disharmony until something happened between him and Celestia. They were probably former friends, and he betrayed her at some point, or he had a crush on her, but she turned him down and called him a "freak". Needless to say, Celestia's rejection broke him. Eventually, he went crazy, and went around manipulating ponies and spreading disharmony and unhappiness with his incredible power, claiming that if he can't be happy, than no one else can. Celestia and Luna then turned him into stone with the Elements of Harmony, which were discovered and used LONG before then, and Celestia made up the story of him ruling Equestria before she and her sister stood up to him after discovering the Elements of Harmony to cover up this shocking secret.
Celestia is the mother of Helios. Both are white color Alicorns. Both have connection to the sun, Celestia controlling it and Helios being named after the Greek God. Both of them care deeply for a person with a Moon theme and also have connections to Magical Girl.
Fancy Pant's fillyfriend was Celestia in disguiseNote the unusual character design and pink hair.
Alternatively, Fleur de Lis is Celestia's bastard daughter.The father might even be Fancypants, since there is technically nothing indicating that Fleur is his wife/girlfriend. Her affections could be explained by saying she's family. Being such a decent fellow, Fancy gained Celestia's favor in his youth and fathered a daughter by her.
Celestia will be taken over by the same evil force that took over Luna.Like Luna, she will take an "evil" form and go by something along the lines of "Hellfire Sun", flaming mane and all. Luna will enlist the help of the Mane Cast so they can use the Elements of Harmony and purge the evil from Celestia like they did with Luna.
Celestia was deliberately keeping Twilight friendless.Celestia knew Twilight was to become the Element of Magic, and had an idea on who else could become the other Elements, and they were in Ponyville. Celestia couldn't afford to let Twilight have other friends (Spike functioning more as family) that could compete with Twilight's affections and ability to recognize the proper Elements.
Celestia couldn't use the Elements of Harmony.The reason why she keeps saying "the elements aren't bound to her anymore" is because the Elements require at least two ponies for their expression; they're all the things that make up a good friendship. When Luna was banished to the Moon, Celestia lost her only real friend.
Celestia only gave Twilight one extra ticket because she figured only Rarity wanted to actually go to the Gala.Let's assume that Twilight wrote some letters between "The Elements of Harmony" and "The Ticket Master," and so Celestia knows the personalities of the Mane cast pretty well. Let's look at how she would expect them to respond:
Princess Celestia really needs Twilight Sparkle to study friendship for her......because she doesn't quite understand how the Elements of Harmony work. When she first used the Elements thousands of years ago, she had five friends (who have since died, most likely) that made it possible, but none of them knew they were the literal elements. Celestia had no idea why the Elements of Harmony worked, just that they did. She of course, began to study it, and came to understand it to some degree, but by then she needed someone new to wield the elements while she studied them, since she no longer could.
Princess celestia was once the bearer of the Element of Generosityher necklace and crown have the same diamond shape on them as rarity's element. As the crown looks like twilight's element, but with a diamond instead of a star, this suggests that it was once the main element of an earlier group, much like friendship/magic is the main element of the current group. The diamond suggests that she once had a diamond cutie mark, much like rarity's. and, this is kind of a seperate one, but when she ascended to become the god-princess, the sun overwrote her old cutie mark, as she first and foremost is the bringer of the sun, as opposed to something before that.
Princess Celestia isn't actually a troll/jerk/insert derogatory statement here.Yeah, yeah, blasphemy. But I'm sick and tired of how everyone treats her like she's Pony-Hitler...
Had the Flim-Flam bros. won and kept the popularity of the ponies, Celestia would have vetoed their victory due to the closeness of the ApplesThis might seem weird, but take this into consideration: Not only would the very pony that kickstarted Ponyville have to move, but also a holder of an Element of Harmony. I don't think Celestia would approve of splitting up the Elements.
The Celestia toy is Celestia's evil formHence its a garish pink, and says vapid and vain things.
Princess Celestia actually isn't the Chessmaster the fandom likes to make her out to be.I'm willing to give her having had a hoof in arranging things for the return of Nightmare Moon, seeing how she had advance warning there (and may in fact have known how long the banishment would last right from the start) and would have had good personal reasons to want to be prepared. Most everything since, though, can just as easily be explained by her centuries if not millennia of job experience in dealing with surprises as they happen (while maintaining the Royal Canterlot Poker Face for the benefit of her subjects, of course).
Celestia did not banish Nightmare Moon the first time.Godly power aside, nopony can wield The Power of Friendship alone. Nightmare Moon was actually banished by the Mane Six during a time-traveling escapade. Celestia took the credit in order to prevent a time paradox, and used this knowledge to seek out the Mane Six and arrange for them to get together, hence how she knew that Twilight would easily find five other Element Bearers in Ponyville.
In "Royal Canterlot Wedding", Princess Celestia knew that Cadance was a Changeling.She and Luna knew about the Changelings, and knew that they would be attracted to the Royal Wedding, so that was why security was so stringent. She noticed her niece acting strangely and watched her, but it wasn't until Twilight arrived that Celestia knew for certain. The only reason she didn't do anything about it at first was because she wanted Twilight and Shining Armor to learn to trust each other more. She didn't tell Luna about Cadance because she thought that the socially awkward and formal pony would overreact and spoil the plan.
Princess Celestia is extremely out of practice when it comes to combat.Which is why she lost so badly in her only on screen fight. A thousand years of benevolent rule really doesn't help one get ready to rumble.
Celestia was holding back in her Beam-O-War with ChrysalisRemember the world made of cardboard? Celestia is that powerful. If her attack was too strong, it would have destroyed Canterlot Castle and killed everypony inside. She believes that her own defeat with little destruction will be preferable to defeating Chrysalis with massive destruction. This will probably lead to an I Am Not Left-Handed moment where she does unleash her full power out of sheer desperation.
Princess Celestia is the Invisible Pink UnicornThe toymakers keep screwing up and making the pink visible.
Celestia is Yukari YumakoBasically Yukari and Celestia are both well respected rulers of magical lands, are both huge trolls, have long flowing hair, are elegant, Yukari literally means purple which is one of Celestia's hair colours, they both own weird magical pets and they both have a close friendship with one of the main characters Long story short I think it would make sense if Celestia was either a reincarnation or ponified version of Yukari.
Celestia's natural coat color is pink.And her toy color has been accurate all along.
Celestia isn't as strong as she should be.This is a bit out there, but it makes sense. Celestia's duel with Chrysalis is proof enough. Celestia is over a thousand years old, and has most likely learned more than enough spells to wipe Chrysalis off the face of the planet. But she didn't. My theory is that since Celestia hasn't had to do much magic other than teleportation and levitation in the past thousand years, she's lost part of her power.
The letters Twilight sends to Celestia are intended to help the Princess with social awkwardness.She has never had a friend, being a goddess, and she hasn't had a sister in a millennium. When taking Twilight under her wing to control her amazing powers, that was the first time she'd ever really gotten close to anyone. Most of what she says is just copypasta Princess-like stuff that she'd just become accustomed to, but when the little unicorn wants to form a relationship with her mentor deeper than that of a subject and her ruler, Celestia realizes for the first time that she has completely forgotten normal etiquette. The original deal with getting Twilight to Ponyville was to help with Nightmare, and the stuff with learning about friendship was as much for Twilight as it was for the Princess, but the letters are solely Celestia's attempt to improve her own character. And it seems to be working, judging by her more recent dialogue.
Celestia has Twilight learning about friendship solely for Twilight's own sake.Think about it, being immortal, You'd think Celestia would already know at least half of the lessons Twilight has sent her, and it's been made clear that even before Twilight even met Celestia that Twilight was more focused on her studies than on friends. And Twilight's years living with Celestia likely gave Celestia plenty of time to analyze Twilight's behavior, and Celestia could have already figured how Nightmare Moon's return was gonna happen and figured how she could take 2 bird with one stone in both getting her sister back and helping Twilight be more sociable with what she already pulled off in the first episode. And therefore Celestia might've had Twilight do these friendship reports as a means of helping Twilight be more sociable in a way that she'd be most comfortable with.
Celestia is actually the evil vet from Courage the Cowardly Dog.Which is why everyone gets sent to the moon.
Celestia was formerly Sundance from G1...And G1 and G4 are actually in the same continuity. Sundance is a pony that's depicted with a white coat and pink mane, much like Celestia is commonly portrayed as when she's young, and is Megan's One Special Pony. At some point, Megan stopped returning to Ponyland, and the harmony between the ponies crumbled, resulting in the story seen in Hearth Warming Eve. After the founding of Equestria, Discord decided to arrive and screw everything up. A rebellion lead by Sundance to use the Rainbow of Light on Discord failed, and he put a bounty on her head. This caused Sundance and her accomplice, the former Baby Moondancer, to change their names to Celestia and Luna, and go into hiding. (Which may make Luna and Celestia Not Blood Siblings.) While in hiding the discover the Elements of Harmony and (through some magical contrivance) they become Alicorns and immortal- chosen by the Elements to lead Equestria into harmony. (This doesn't apply to the Mane6, because they were chosen to be holders of the Elements, not rule Equestria.) (Sorry if there are any holes relating to the G1 continuity, I'm not very knowledgeable on G1, beyond the Escape from Katrina special.)
Celestia has been severely weakened by Twilight.This theory goes with Lesson Zero and the royal wedding. Celestia is over a thousand years old, meaning she's had a lot of time to learn loads of spells. She'd even be able to master combat spells, even though they'd be rare in Equestria. Fast forward to the royal wedding and Chrysalis absolutely DESTROYS Celestia, she didn't even seem to try. But if you go back to the Lesson Zero episode, you see that Twilight's strong enough to brainwash an entire town full of ponies to obsess over something smaller than her head. It must've taken a hell of a lot of power for Celestia to get rid of that power. Thus, her easy loss to Chrysalis in Canterlot. Twilight has unintentionally weakened her mentor through her own special talent, which makes sense if you think about it.
Celestia was the Element of MagicOne, she's shown wearing the crown in the opening of the first episode, but she was wearing all six at the time. She seems to use some of King Sombra's magic in the season 3 premier while explaining things to Twilight. She copied it from him like Twilight can copy magic.
Celestia had Chrysalis stage the invasion of CanterlotFirst, there's the Changeling's Giant Space Flea from Nowhere status, in contrast to all other threats in story which are resurfaces of sealed evil from over a millenium ago. Then there is the inconsistisies in both Chrysalis' plans for domination and her defeat. And, of course, there's how easy it was for Celestia to lose and how the changelings just happened to know to keep the Elements of Harmony out of play. Celestia suspected that the Crystal Empire would return soon, and she knew she would have to stop Sombra again when it did, this time for good, but that Twilight and/or Cadence would have to be the ones to do so. So she went to the Badlands and found the changelings, and talked Chrysalis into leading a false coup on Canterlot during the wedding as a test/lesson for Cadence and Twilight to see if they had what it took. Chrysalis agreed 'cause it meant a solid meal and a chance to scare some poor schmucks for a day, and if the trip home left some bruises, it was Worth It. Luna was kept out of the loop because she wuld have protested such a risky and underhanded trial, and now she's doubly pissed Big Sister's rescue scheme. Deadpan Snarker Large Hams with a thing for the macabre and seem to prefer brute force solutions to problems. However the possession works, it seems to take preexisting traits and make them more inclined towards evil, as opposed to simply turning you into an outright Card-Carrying Villain. So if we ever got a Nightmare Celestia, she'd be charming, polite, and relentlessly calm except for the rare moments when you catch her off guard.
Celestia genuinely didn't know King Sombra was loose or that he was as dangerous as he was.Celestia mentions Sombra, but doesn't warn Twilight about him or give her the Elements. Keep in mind, Celestia's knowledge of the Empire is also limited, so she likely didn't know of the Crystal Heart either. She and Luna imprisoned Sombra and the Empire vanished, but it's possible Sombra was taken off guard and defeated before he could show off his Dangerously Genre Savvy to the Royal Pony Sisters. Shining Armor and Cadence didn't seem to know about Sombra's return either until they actually got there (they were on the way when Twilight was dispatched). Celestia may have thought it was possible King Sombra would return, but she believed Twilight and company would be more than a match for him if he did. She didn't know of the traps he'd set or how dangerous they were, or that it'd take an ancient relic to destroy him. Unlike Discord, who's her archenemy, all she knew about Sombra was he was a horrible tyrant and had some degree of black magic she managed to learn. The fact Sombra had set so many traps and how dangerous they'd be, as well as what Sombra himself could do (such as spreading dark crystals across the entire empire in seconds and nullify unicorns' magic). Finding out he'd come within a hairsbreadth of winning was as much a surprise to her as everyone else.
Princess Celestia makes the stained glass windows that show the triumphs of the Mane Cast.Everyone needs a hobby.
In "Return of Harmony", Celestia didn't purposefully send the friendship reports back to Spike in order to restore Twilight.Instead, she was sending them back because Discord had "discorded" her. In her altered mindset, she came across her student's letters and started sending them back in disgust. This, of course, led to Discord being defeated.
Celestia was different during Luna's exile.Throughout the series we've seen Twilight having panic attacks over how her mentor might react to relatively benign situations. Generally written off as Twilight's usual OCD antics, what if they are in fact indicative of actual past behavior on Celestia's part? Imagine, if you will, Equestria, 1000 years to the day prior to episode 1. Princess Celestia, having ruled alongside her sister since Discord's defeat, is forced to banish Luna to the moon to quell an uprising that would (presumably) have spelled doom for the land. Having had this tragic breakdown in the one stable relationship in her eternal life, she takes the full duties of the diarchy and soldiers on, continuing their work toward making Equestria the paradise they had dreamed of alone. We know that royal etiquette and behaviors were not as amiable back then as now, so for all we know the years of emotional isolation and stresses of rule and keeping the sky running took their toll on her. This would be the Celestia that took Twilight under her wing. A Celestia with all the Chessmaster tendencies and occasional sternness of the current one in a hard shell. She may very well have banished other ponies and imprisoned them in the place they were banished to. Magic Kindergarten is probably just Twilight overreacting though...
Celestia's special talent is magic.Her special talent is not raising the sun, but rather, it's magic. Raising the sun is simply her signature spell, just as Rarity's gems are a signature in her fashion designs.
Celestia had an ulterior motive in releasing Discord.Celestia mentions that her attendance is required at something called the Royal Summit in Canterlot. 'Royal Summit' sounds like an event that would involve the worlds most influential and powerful politicians all gathering in one place. So it kind of seems weird timing on her part to release a foe who, in his first episode, caused Celestia to visibly shit a brick. What's her game?
Celestia released Discord to avoid having him (inevitably) escape later, under worse circumstancesWhen he's freed accidentally, Celestia says that the reason for the spell breaking was that she and Luna were no longer connected to the Elements of Harmony. So... now that the bearers of the Elements are no longer the incredibly-long-lived-if-not-immortal Celestia and Luna, but several normal, mortal ponies, the spell keeping Discord contained probably would have become breakable again as soon as one of them died! Which, from Celestia's long-lived perspective, would be happening worryingly soon: for the last thousand years she'd thought she could safely ignore him, but suddenly he was a pressing concern again, despite being "contained". And not only that, but it would happen at the worst possible time, when there wouldn't even be six Elements available to contain him again. Finding a replacement (or, more likely, six new bearers, since they all have to be friends for it to work) would probably be a long and difficult task, and meanwhile Discord would be running amok. And it would keep happening, over and over, because the new bearers would probably also be mortals. Having to deal with a new reign of terror every few decades or so is obviously an untenable situation, so Celestia decided to nip it in the bud by releasing him in a more controlled way. And if they had failed to reform him, she probably would have just waited a year or two (long enough for the Mane Six to grow and learn, and hopefully have a better shot, but not so long there'd be much danger of one of them dying in the meantime) and had them try again.
Princess Celestia is two-facedShe is genuinely kind and gentle toward her friends and loved ones, but she's more than happy letting them get away with criminal behavior when it's directed toward ponies she doesn't know/like. Even when Twilight mind controlled the entire town over some imagined concern, she was glad to have an excuse not to punish her any more harshly than a stern lecture, or when Luna almost destroyed the country, she wanted an excuse to not have her face treason charges. Meanwhile, her tacit approval of the Mane Cast's complete ruination of the Grand Galloping Gala is couched in the "I was bored of it" excuse, but when you realize she's the most powerful and beloved public figure, any excuse about how much she doesn't like it rings hollow because she's got enough influence that people would be tripping over themselves to accommodate her. She seems to hold the snooty, upper cruft people in contempt, but it goes beyond the standard "I've dealt with these obnoxious people for the last thousand years, give me some slack" route, and right into "I will happily let grievous physical harm happen to these people I don't like before I will ever consider approaching them with my concerns like a mature adult". Perhaps it's the concept of familiarity breeds contempt (and the last thousand years, she's become very familiar with these people indeed). The novelty of the Mane Cast amuses her, and as such is more than happy to ignore their more extreme, dangerous and contemptible behavior.
What Celestia did with anyone who rebelled against her.Why haven't there been any rebel groups trying to take down Princess Celestia? Because she killed them all. Their deaths were used as examples of why you should never displease your princess.
Celestia is actually Lauren Faust in disguise.
Lauren Faust is actually Celestia in disguise.
Celestia had good reasons for wanting to reform DiscordPart of it is that he's practically a chaos-timebomb ticking down until his next escape, not to mention that the statue's location is practically next to Canterlot (which it, of course, needs to be to keep an eye on him). The second reason is that Discord is fully aware while in statue form, and Celestia probably knew this. No matter how evil he was, she couldn't justify doing that to a creature. She decided it was better to try and reform him than let even more hatred grow inside him and keep panicking over when his next outbreak would come for the rest of her life, and dump this burden on the next generation when she died.
Princess Celestia is gay and has spent some time in the closet.Which is where the phrase "By Celestia's beard!" came from. (Please don't take this seriously.)
Celestia is a Big Eater.The photo of her gorging herself in Ponyville Confidential was legitimate and an accurate portrayal of her eating habits. Princess Celestia is frigging enormous compared to the other ponies and has an appetite to match.
Celestia planned for the Elements to transform Twilight.She asked the Mane 6 to reform Discord as an excuse to get Twilight to keep the Elements nearby; if they failed, "for safety," if they succeeded, "just in case." She then sent Twilight Starswirl's spell, knowing she would read it near the Elements, cause the cutie mark swap, force Twilight to learn the magic of friendship, and use the conveniently nearby Elements to transform her into an alicorn. Princess Celestia planned the whole thing for Twilight's ascension.
Celestia stole her name from another male entity who was just as harsh towards punishment as everyone feared Celestia would be.The term "By Celestia's beard!" implies there was a male with Celestia's name and considering everypony's fear of Celestia preforming harsh punishments on ponies that failed her it's likely the male Celestia was a tyrant who mistreated ponies and ended up getting his name stolen by Princess Celestia as a trophy.
Celestia had a ulterior motive for Ascending TwilightNamely...it was her way to apologize for what happened at the Wedding. Discord threw the seeds in an attempt to disarm the Elements. It took 1000 or so years too long, and by that time, he got unsealed, resealed, unsealed again, and turned good. Celestia never explained why they should turn Discord good, but from her wording when the Mane Six gave away the Elements, it's a pretty good guess that she knew about the seeds and turned Discord good just to avoid him wreaking havoc once everything is said and done.
Princess Celestia glows in the dark.She is the embodiment and controller of the Sun and day. Why wouldn't she?
Celestia is every bit as kind and benevolent as she appears, if mischievous.She's just prone to going to extremes because she's the most powerful pony in all of Equestria and the burden of protecting Equestria falls mostly onto her shoulders because she's the ruler. She'd rather go to the extremes of banishing threats to the moon and encasing them in stone or ice, rather than risk them massacring her subjects or torturing them without any mercy, both physical torture and mental torture as well as brutal enslavement. She's not a Magnificent Bastard, she's not a Complete Monster, she's not a Troll, she's an immortal physical pseudo-godddess with a sense of humour (she'd have to have one, being ages old) and the great burden of protecting all of her subjects from threats. She doesn't intend to groom Twilight into ruling after her, because Word of God states Twilight won't outlive her friends. She's grateful for Twilight and her friends because, for the first time in literally thousands of years, she (and Luna) are not the only ponies who can defend Equestria. Her subjects are that much safer. With the Elements back in the Tree of Harmony, there's not a good chance she'd call in Twilight and her friends since they can't defeat villains like they did with them.
Celestia teases and borderline pranks her subjects because she's trying to get them to relax around her.She's trying to get them to relax, but all she does is make them more nervous, except it seems her royal guard, her sister, and the Mane 6. She's also totally the one who started the "By Celestia's beard!" thing (which, pray tell, where did it even come from, meta-wise?). That, or Luna started it either as a way to try and insult her sister, or once in their original castle, Luna set off one of the traps (again) and her actual words were garbled by falling/being stuck in a stone chute/hole, and what the passing guard heard was "by Celestia's beard!" when in reality, Luna was cursing her sister for scaring the crap out of her again, or the sisters were playing games as fillies, and that was one of Luna's ingenious lines (while dressed as a pirate) and it somehow got out, but no matter what, Celestia found it hilarious and encourages its use.
Princess Celestia didn't become a tyrant after sealing her sister......but instead became the Alicorn equivalent of Princess Azula prior to her Villainous Breakdown: She grew incredibly paranoid, constantly looking over her shoulder for possible usurpers and assassins, relying on extremes to dealing with opponents and opposing forces rather than be diplomatic, sleeping with a dagger under her pillow (if at all), banishing anyone who even so much as looked at her funny, isolating herself and forbidding herself from making friends, and dreading each day as if her sister would come back and finish her. It wouldn't be until decades later that she would get over this phase after seeing the effect it has on herself, her subjects and her kingdom.
Princess Celestia's Gambit Roulettes are not actually luck-based.As shown in part 1 of "Twilight's Kingdom", Princess Celestia has at least intermittent access to oracular visions. If you have an informational advantage on this kind of level, you can set up what would be a Gambit Roulette to anyone else, but is a Xanatos Gambit to you because you're psychic.
Princess Celestia was the person that wrote the book of prophecies from the pilot.Which, oddly enough, means that she knows that her visions can be thwarted, and actually plans on trying to change some.
Celestia is a(n exceptionally sane, self-aware, and benevolent) Witch and Equestria is her Labyrinth.The multitude of beings that inhabit Equestria might either be humans who had stumbled in or well-crafted familiars - the more developed and nuanced the character the more likely the former is the case. Despite this, Celestia herself had somehow realized what she was and tries to protect and guide those that come under her care. In addition, the Mane Six accomplish all the on-screen adventures largely on their own because Celestia herself is doing the Cosmic Horror -esque heavy lifting at the "edges of Equestria" that arise more or less at the same time. Heck, Twilight and company might even be what's keeping Celestia from subconsciously turning Equestria into the typical Witch Labyrinth Acid Trip Dimension.
Luna turned evil for the reason not written accurately in legends?In another way to say, legend covers some facts. I won't say that the legend is fake, but possibly the legend covers the key element and just gives official explanation. Yes, official explanation: It means that it is not the true story behind.
Luna is currently working to try and improve her image.Fans have speculated that Luna is busy taking her duties of controlling the night again. Now, there's no reason for her not too, but assuming that works the same as Celestia's magic, she should be able to go with her during princess duties. (Like say, she should have been there during "Swarm of the Century" and "Sonic Rainboom".) This is because Luna understands that she's spent a thousand years as one of Equestria's boogeyponies, and even a pardon from Celestia won't change that opinion overnight. (And even if it did, Luna would probably want to redeem herself anyway, assuming that she's The Atoner.) Luna is currently traveling Equestria, doing as many good deeds as she can. She may or may not be using her Nightmare Moon form for this, mostly because Nightmare Moon would make a good Batpony.
Nightmare Moon and Princess Luna are not the same pony.'Nightmare Moon' is actually a sort of magical symbiote that manipulated Princess Luna's jealousy and resentment to control her. She was the blue mist that was impeding the groups journey through the Everfree Forest, and she feeds off of negative emotion, which is why she wanted it to be eternally night - so she could feed off of Equestria's fear. She's not as powerful on her own, though, which is why she had to take control of other things, or create illusions, instead of just outright stopping the ponies. As for why she didn't use princess Luna's magic, She could still control Luna when they were first released and the resentment for locking her away was still strong, but after 1,000 years alone Princess Luna missed her sister too much for Nightmare Moon to control her, until the ponies got close and Luna was afraid of being trapped again.
Luna acquired her Nightmare Moon form and powers through a Faustian Bargain with a villain that will play a large role in season 2.
Luna won't be at the Grand Galloping Gala because she'll be busy working.The Gala is on the 21st of an unmentioned month. The 21st of December is the longest night of the year. The episode that takes place during the Gala is titled "The Best Night Ever" (emphasis mine). Coincidence? Perhaps not.
Spark-per-spark, Luna is more powerful a magic user than Celestia.When Luna, as Night Mare Moon, enacted her rebellion, her magic was strong enough to block Celestia from rising the sun. Luna herself was so powerful, Celestia had to resort to an external source, the elements of harmony, just to be able to contain her. This, of course, assuming Night Mare Moon was a fabrication of her own magic, and not an external source as well.
Luna occupied her thousand year sentence on the moon by building.Between her powerful magic, unlimited building materials, and centuries of free time, Luna eventually took up building while on the moon. At first simple structures for practice, perhaps a small village of houses built out of moon dust. With generations of experience, she began larger projects. skyscrapers, statues. Eventually, setting her sights on something to call her Magnum Opus, a gigantic temple built out of large, intricately carved moonstones. Sprawling for miles in all directions with fully glassed windows made from fired moon dust and shaped like a giant unicorn head visible from earth, it became her home for the rest of her sentence. Unfortunately, gravity back on terra firma made all her building experience worthless when she returned, as everything she learned to build would collapse under its own weight in Equestria.
We'll get an episode where the main cast joins Luna on a trip to the moon.It'll involve a lot of soul searching for Luna and the main ponies forgiving her. Also, we'll probably get to meet Luna's moon rock buddies. The reason for the trip? I dunno.
Princess Luna will become a villain again.Because nothing has changed. In a climactic Motive Rant, the lack of her being mentioned at all through Season 1 will become a plot point, showing how the ponies still don't appreciate her even when appropriate (such as during the meteor shower), as well as the number of events that Celestia attended but she wasn't able to (since she has to sleep during the day). Adding onto that will be an accusation leveled at Celestia, a completely accurate one: that she only ever talked about things and never actually did anything to resolve their problems. This will lead into the lesson that attempts at reasoning and offers of friendship are not always enough - you have to actively solve problems rather than trying to convince people to ignore them.
During the Gala, Luna was hiding as part of a plot by Celestia to liven up the Gala in case Twilight and co. couldn't.Celestia managed to convince Luna of the wonders of trolling, and the two hatched a plan: if Twilight and her friends were unable to liven up the party sufficiently, then Luna would stage a return of Nightmare Moon. Then one thing would lead to another and they'd have a great laugh about it afterwards.
Princess Luna has been spending the first season FIGHTING CRIME!Batmare!
The reason Princess Luna wasn't at the Grand Galloping Gala was...She simply didn't want to go. Let's consider that Celestia remarked that the Gala is "Always terrible", and it seems to be a stuffy posh event of the obnoxious aristocracy. It's likely that...
Princess Luna is still evil.Her supposed "redemption" is actually the first step in an elaborate Evil Plan to seize the throne of Equestria.
Princess Luna is training offscreen in how to be a PrincessThe reason why Luna hasn't appeared so far is becasue she is trying to train herself in how to show a non-godly visage to the population. After recovering from the Elemental attack, she and Celestia realized that Luna has no experience how to act with mortal ponies, at least in a way that doesn't result in instant idolatry/mass hysteria. While both of them are immortal, sleepless, hungerless (how otherwise she could survive in the moon), multi time existential, near omnipotent, omniscient (day/night) beings who mere presense could crush a mere pony in seconds; after Nightmare Moon Celestia worked hard for eons in how to repress and appear only as regal and noble instead of Godlike, wile Luna at her best can come as quite... "accidentally disturbing", like creating matter out of thin air (food, houses, palaces and geographic locations), reading minds and dreams, remembering things from the Future, mass population teleportation, existing in two planes of reality simultaneously and so on. After a year she is sent to Ponyville to show her results to the mane cast and is what kicks the second season plot.
The Great and Powerful Trixie was in fact Princess Luna in disguise.This is why we didn't see Luna for the rest of the first season. She had been away a long time, needed to get an idea of what the new social norms were, and she's been doing it by observing ponies without their knowledge (even taking on a jerk persona in order to remain hidden). Trixie was only one of several disguises she wore. When you see an odd clone or a recolor in the background, it's her.
Princess Luna has spent the entire first season in hiding.For someone who really cares about the people, being forgiven is one thing, but forgiving yourself is much harder. Between guilt at having become Nightmare Moon and fear of being shunned by pony society, she's spent the time since her return hiding out in her room. Celestia has been sharing Twilight's letters with her in an attempt to coax her younger sister out of her shell. That and she needs to catch up on technology and other aspects that are new last she was here.
Princess Luna was at the Grand Galloping Gala.She was there, but just off camera. She wasn't at the doughnut shop later because she had remained at the Gala to see to the other guests after the disaster. She may have been present for other events during the season as well, but just off camera.
The dangers the ponies faced in the pilot were Luna Fighting from the Inside, not Nightmare Moon's original plan.Nightmare Moon was more than powerful enough to defeat a little gang of ponies searching for the resting place of the elements, but instead she elected to send obstacles in their paths that ironically helped Twilight put everything together at the end to activate the Elements. Rather than these simply being Nightmare Moon attempting to scare them off and failing, each of the obstacles was actually a Secret Test of Character Luna was able to put together in hopes that a pony could overcome all of them and therefore be able to use the elements when they reached them. The Nightmare Moon persona was unaware that she was actually enabling a Nice Job Fixing It, Villain moment, but Luna had set the entire second episode up in hopes of freeing herself from whatever it was that had transformed her.
If need be, Luna can summon Ursa Majors to do her bidding.Because it would be cool.
Luna allowed herself to be locked up in the moon.In a moment of weakness, when she was off guard, she was taken over by the evil force against her will. The real Luna was still inside, almost completely helpless to the force. But Luna knew the force was more powerful than Celestia, so she resisted the force long enough for Celestia to take action. Even with Luna resisting, Celestia couldn't purge the force from her sister, so she had no choice but to imprison her in the moon until she could find a way to defeat the force. Celestia was heartbroken and spent centuries trying to find just the right ponies to wield the Elements of Harmony. She knew that six different ponies wielding the elements would be stronger and more powerful than just herself. (since the ponies have to be in HARMONY with each other for them to work) She managed to find the right ponies, all linked together from an early age by the Sonic Rainboom event to begin with, just in time before Nightmare Moon escaped. They were able to purge the evil force successfully and Celestia and Luna were reunited.
Discord is responsible for Luna becoming Nightmare Moon.Think about it - first, Luna and Celestia take notice of how Discord is making Equestria a terrible place to live. They find the Elements of Harmony to stop him. Discord recognizes that he's unable to overcome the elements when they're being used against him. So before the two turn him to stone, he takes advantage of Luna's place as being in charge of the moon and being the younger sister, setting Luna up for her Face Hoof Turn, knowing that it'll cause Luna to go bad and that Celestia will be forced to banish Luna. This in turn sets up Celestia to loose control of the Elements when she's forced to rely on other ponies to become connected to them, allowing Discord his opening to escape and a second shot at victory. What's more, as long as they're given to ponies who aren't as immortal as Celestia and Luna, it means from now till the end of time he'll have a new opportunity once per generation to get free when a new set of ponies is needed to wield the elements and the spell is broken again.
The reason Luna hasn't appeared is...She's simply nocturnal. Very few of the episodes have taken place at night, even fewer (two) in Canterlot. Luna is the one in charge of the night, Celestia the day. The reason we see Celestia all the time is the majority of episodes take place during the day, when Luna is asleep. When Celestia goes to sleep, Luna takes over as acting royality through the night and governs Equestria during that time. The two sisters spend time together in early mornings and late evenings (twilight) when both would be awake. As for why she wasn't at the Gala? She's younger physically than her sister, whose to say she's not younger emotionally and simply wouldn't like going? As for how Celestia managed to do this alone for 1000 years, she probably just slept and was awakened if anything came up. Luna, being the younger sister, would've naturally been tasked with less things than her older sibling anyway, so less offical stuff probably happens at night.
There will be an episode detailing the events that led up to Luna becoming Nightmare Moon and being sealed in the moon.There's a TON of WMG on the issue already, it's a big topic of discussion among fans. Not only could it be a cool episode, it would please a lot of fans who really want to know the details and clear up all the guessing on what happened that night, AND give more insight on the relationship between Luna and Celestia.
Luna is a Nightmare Fetishist.In the upcoming Luna episode, Luna will be trying to change the scary image she has in the eyes of the other ponies in Ponyville. This will be difficult for her though, not just because of her time as Nightmare Moon, but also because she actually really loves the dark and the macabre. Not because she's evil, but simply because it intrigues her. As a goddess of the night, she's naturally drawn to dark, spooky things.
Luna will be presiding over Nightmare Night because it's a Nighttime eventNow that Luna's back, she wants to resume her previous role of bringing forth the night, and by extension presiding over nighttime events. Furthermore, whatever ceremony or event she presides over will be spectacular, greater than anything Celestia ever did when she presided over these events in Luna's place. That will help gain more Ponyville goodwill.
Luna is every bit as mischievious as her sis, but prefers scares over pranksCelestia has a mischievious streak, whose to say it's not a family trait? Considering Luna's Big Entrance is decidely frightening and one of the clips shows what's apparently her taking on a scary form to frighten the mane cast, it seems she likes giving people a good scare, but mostly just as harmless fun. On this note, it'll be explained that she invented Nightmare Night in the first place due to this belief.
Luna is a Goa'uldCome on, you heard that voice.
The reason Luna's mane changed between seasons...... is that it reflects her general power level at the time. Bear with me here, this is different than her regaining power between seasons. We've seen lots of fanart with a younger Celestia having a plain pink mane. Perhaps her mane has its celestial glowy-ness during the day, when it would make sense for the, y'know, sun goddess to be more powerful. In turn, Luna's mane would be plain during the day and all glowy at night, since she'd have more power at night.
Luna is a female alicorn version of Thor.She's loud, speaks in Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe and has a tendency to cause random lightning and thunder.
Star Swirl the Bearded was Luna's apprenticeThis is how she knew about him, who ever he was.
All is not well for the Mare in the MoonWhen asked by Twilight if it was a good thing that she was purified by Harmony, she gives a kinda non-nonchalant "Yeah, of course. I've never been happier." Maybe I'm reading into this to much, but it seems like there still is something still lurking under the surface.
Luna is nocturnal.Luna sleeps during the day, and Celestia sleeps at night.
Night Mare Moon was just a fictional persona that Luna made up.She was just a scary, boogeyman-type villain she created for the Nightmare Night celebration, and she ended up Becoming the Mask when her jealousy (and that outside source of evil) took over.
If Princess Celestia is a horse incarnation of Amaterasu, then Princess Luna is a horse incarnation of Bayonetta.You know it's true.
Luna is the Equestrian goddess of death.That is part of why she is so feared. She thinks of death as a rest and release, and as a necessary part of the natural order, so she doesn't understand why all the other ponies fear it, and hence her, so much.
Princess Luna created Nightmare Night herselfLuna's sense of humor is more towards the scary than her sister, so she invented a night time holiday centering around fun scares. On a related note, we'll find out Celestia invented the April Fools Day analog.
Luna wasn't banished to the Moon—she was banished to the Warp.Nightmare Moon was a manifestation of the Ruinous Powers in Luna—it happens that the Warp Portal manifested on the Moon as a coincidence. After her freedom from the Ruinous Powers, Luna spent the rest of Season 1 on a crusade of penance, protecting Equestria from the enemies of Pony, seeking to atone in blood—that of the enemy, or her own.
The Reason for Luna's Mane-over.The first time we see her (in episode 2) is during the day. Her powers may have been diminished. We will see her in Season 2 during Nightmare Night, in all her nocturnal splendor - hence the wavy mane.
Luna was almost cured before her thousand years of imprisonment were up. Then came the astronauts..."UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU... John Madden John Madden John Madden John Madden John Madden John Madden... ? ! ? ! ? ! ? ! ? ! ? ! ? ! ? !... Here comes another Chinese earthquake! Aeiou. Aeiou. Aeiou." It would be enough to drive anyone insane. See?
Luna played a role in defeating Nightmare Moon. It's been proven that the Elements won't work if there isn't a strong bond between the wielders, so there's no way Celestia could've defeated Nightmare Moon singlehoofedly. Here's how I think it went: Luna was told by the evil force that possessed her that everypony would love and adore her if she agreed to her terms. Luna agreed, but realized that this was a very bad idea very quickly. With Celestia helpless to do anything and Nightmare Moon repressing Luna's personality so she can't interfere, Nightmare Moon made the night last for years, causing many ponies to starve to death (as well as forcing poor Luna to watch and rubbing it in her face that it was essentially her fault). Eventually, Celestia could no longer stand to watch her people suffer, but also couldn't bring herself to betray her sister. When she finally decided to confront Nightmare Moon, the Elements failed after her first attempt. To Celestia and Nightmare Moon's surprise, however, Luna managed to take control of Nightmare Moon long enough to help Celestia banish Nightmare Moon to, well, the moon, knowing full well that she would be trapped with her. After a tearful goodbye between the sisters, Celestia and Luna used the Elements of Harmony to defeat Nightmare Moon, sending Luna away with her. As such, I believe Luna was The Atoner long before she was saved by the Mane Six.
Nightmare Moon is capable of invading ponies' mindsNightmare Moon had a much easier time fitting in with modern Equestria and she had a custom-made temptation for Rainbow Dash. Meanwhile Princess Luna, despite having over a year to learn modern customs still had trouble. Nightmare Moon invaded the minds of the modern Equestrians for modern speech patterns and had sufficient confidence to use them.
The monsters in the Everfree Forest are part of Luna's purview.Luna's appearance on Nightmare Night indicates that she has a strong affinity with the scary and macabre. Being responsible for looking after all of the scary stuff in the Everfree Forest seems right up her alley. Also note how the Everfree Forest has gotten less and less dangerous ever since Luna came back, from "Nopony who goes in has ever come out" to "Going to visit Zecora, brb". Part of her royal duties have been to get the place better under control.
Luna's appearance changes between season 1 and season 2 because she has "phases," just like the moonIt makes sense, doesn't it? Her kind of small, weak-looking form in the second episode could be her "new moon" form (which actually fits very well with her "newly redeemed" status at that moment) while her taller, more powerful-looking form in "Luna Eclypsed" could be more like a half moon or even a waxing crescent.
Twilight's findings about Friendship are being used for Luna's rehabilitation.Initially, I took Celestia's giving Twilight Sparkle the mission to study friendship a thinly veiled way of giving the dutiful pony what she wanted but would never actually ask for. But on reflection, another idea occurs to me. Celestia's proven to be the type who never has just one angle. While Twilight's "mission" is partly a reward, it does in fact serve a practical purpose. Twilight Sparkle's Aesops are being used with Luna to help rehabilitate her and encourage her to reintegrate into pony society.
Luna really REALLY hates Celestia.It's pretty much fanon, and they've never been seen on screen together, just once Luna collected her mind after the whole Nightmare Moon debacle, she realized how HORRIBLE Celestia is.
Luna has a pet Moon Rabbit.If Celestia can have a Phoenix for a pet, what's stopping Luna from having a mystical pet of her own?
Luna is fond of children.Princess Luna has a soft spot for children. While her interactions with Pipsqueak (rushing to his rescue when he fell into the apple bobbing bucket and at the end) might be enough for this, the reasoning for this WMG is something else entirely. Luna's Face-Heel Turn was motivated by jealousy and anger towards Ponies she felt were not appreciating her night. But, what's the one type of person who will consistently do all they can to stay up as late at night as possible? Children who want to stay up past her bedtime. Thus, Luna has a soft spot for kids because they make the most effort to see her nights than anypony else.
Luna is FAR more powerful than her sisterThe sun is but the nearest star to a habitable planet, which Celestia controls. However, Luna controls the night, and all the MILLIONS OF BILLIONS OF STARS. Not to mention comets, asteroids and even other planets. Luna has the potential to rule the entire universe, but Celestia is keeping her in check. Not to mention, a direct hit from the Harmony rainbow of friendship would certainly mellow anypony out.
A cohesive theory for everything that happened to Luna.The reason Nightmare Moon spoke normally was that Luna was dormant during her imprisonment on the moon and NM could observe the goings-on of Equestria and thus update her speech when she returned. Luna also spoke normally during her short line in the pilot because she was a) shell-shocked and momentarily forgetting the Royal Canterlot Voice, and b) still retaining some NM influence there, so it took time for her normal way of talking to come back. Later, Luna was going through rehabilitation, and still weak. She was bored during her lessons on the new Equestria, and when her flowy mane came back, she used some of her power to escape the castle one night, not knowing it was actually Nightmare Night.
Luna's appearance changes in time with the lunar cycles. Or the lunar cycles are dependant on Luna's appearance.There's been plenty of different versions of Luna about, including her "Nightmare Moon" phases. Perhaps she cycles through them depending on the shape of the moon.
Cerberus is Luna's pet.Looks intimidating but is really friendly? Check. Has a somewhat scary but ultimately necessary duty? Check. And a spiky collar really does fit in with Luna's sense of style.
Luna actually sleeps in or on the moon."A Canterlot Wedding, Part 1" had her arrive from outside the force field around Canterlot to relieve Celestia for the night, and when she appears again at the end of Part 2 asking whether she's missed anything it seems clear that she must have spent the day somewhere else altogether again because she would have noticed the Changeling attack right quick if she'd been in or near Canterlot at the time. This would also help make sense of why Nightmare Moon was imprisoned on the moon instead of anywhere else: Celestia basically had nothing more to do than send her sister to her already-existing room and lock the door for a thousand years! (By extension, it's quite possible that Celestia's 'bed' is the actual sun, explaining where she was during most of the Season 1 pilot and why her return just so happened to coincide with the sun rising again.)
Mass guessing about where Luna spends her days, GO!
Luna actively participated in the battle for Canterlot.She flew down from the castle and single-handedly beat down countless Changelings while defending her subjects. Why doesn't she remember it? Because she was sleepwalking at the time. Hence, she made her royal asswhooping with her eyes closed while shouting something incoherent about a petrol shortage.
Princess Luna was added to "A Canterlot Wedding - Part 1" and "A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2" at the last minute.There was so much fan outcry at her absence from the series in general, and especially her absence in the promos for the finale. The production team noticed these comments (How couldn't they?) and to avoid an Internet Backlash they quickly recorded a couple of lines of dialogue and threw her into a couple of scenes. In the first half she is only seen from a far distance and her line in the second half is a Lampshade Hanging of her absence. In both halves nopony even speaks to her and they barely glance at her.
Princess Luna was the primary fighter before her banishment.Her general demeanor and temper suggest that she's quicker to resort to violence, and being known as a quick tempered bruiser would help explain why she more feared than her more graceful sister. Celestia's win-loss record also implies that she wasn't the stronger fighter.
Luna has her own palace somewhere else in Equestria, complete with her own capital around it.Canterlot is Celestia's capital and palace, Luna's is elsewhere and is considered Equestria's capital at night. It's still under construction/reconstruction after her banishment and thus why she has to come to Canterlot to rule the Night at present.
Nightmare Moon isn't evil per se so much as a misguided yang to Princess Luna's yin.Might there be a future episode where Luna might be forced to tap into that power even though she's apparently scared to death of it?
Luna has been acting as Regent for the Crystal Kingdom.The plan was always to put Cadance in charge, but a number of laws prevented her from taking the throne until after being married. To keep things running smoothly, Luna acted as Regent until Cadance and Shining Armor were ready.
Luna Uses a Different Sort of Magic than Celestia
Luna's forming her own ieam in case the Element holders are corrupted.
King Sombra is the reason Luna became Nightmare MoonWe learned in the opener of Season Three that 1000 years ago the Crystal Empire vanished and King Sombra was banished to the north by Celestia and Luna. We also know that 1000 years ago Nightmare Moon was banished to the moon. But, from the brief flashback at the beginning of the episode, we can see Luna was not yet Nightmare Moon when banishing Sombra. Which means her corruption probably happened shortly afterward. Notice what happens when Cadence's magic cuts off part of Sombra's horn and it falls to the ground inside the Crystal Empire. What does it do? It immediately begins to darken and corrupt everything around it. And what is Nightmare Moon but a darkened and corrupted version of Luna? Something happened during that fight, perhaps a stray black magic blast or even a piece of Sombra ended up inside Luna. Also note, Sombra only comes back after Luna is purified of her darkness by the Mane Six. Maybe that darkness didn't just poof. Maybe it went home...
Princess Luna will eventually return to her Nightmare Moon coloring.The Elements of Harmony just de-aged her. The legends at the very beginning shows both Celestia and Luna being the same height, which they aren't now. Luna's grown from the normal-pony-sized, flat-maned alicorn she was when she was first de-aged by the Elements, and now she's significantly darker, taller, and her mane is flowy. Gradually, her fur will turn black (as Celestia's presumably turned from rosy to white), and her mane to the floaty star thing. Luckily for Luna, this process is gradual enough that everypony will have time to get used to it rather than fleeing in terror every time they see her. (A sort of "watched pot never boils" effect.)
Luna has attempted to create wishing stars.At one point, Luna got desperate enough for approval and affection that she resorted to bribery by creating magical stars that could grant wishes. The idea was that through the use of wishing stars, ponies would come to appreciate her and her night. Unfortunately, she was never quite able to perfect them, and they ended up as Literal Genies. The trial run was a complete disaster, forcing Luna to remove them from the night sky. This served to humiliate her and bring her one step closer to becoming Nightmare Moon.
Luna will end up leaving Equestria to found a moon colony.At New York Comic Con, one of the writers mentioned that they'd like to make an episode involving Luna's "abandoned moon colony". (Evidence: here.) This guess is basically my attempt to figure out how that could go down. Once again, Luna gets frustrated that she's essentially still in her sister's shadow. This time, she tries to be more mature about it and comes up with an alternative solution: she'll gather up some ponies to colonize the moon. It will also be revealed that she had attempted something similar in the past, but that plan fell apart for a number of reasons, and Nightmare Moon spent her exile living in the unfinished colony. After an episode or two of struggling to hold the thing together, Luna succeeds in founding a stable community and finds herself feeling pretty fulfilled. She ends up deciding to stay on the moon to govern. This would serve a couple of purposes. From a storytelling perspective, it acts as a conclusion to Luna's character arc, letting her finally escape the shadows of her sister and Nightmare Moon. It would also explain why she doesn't show up very often, and doesn't necessarily preclude her from showing up in future episodes. From a merchandising perspective, a moon colony full of adorable little ponies is a pretty good springboard for toy-selling.
If Luna ever engages in Ham-to-Ham Combat with someone, the universe will be destroyed by a Ham Singularity.That's why she's never met any other hams onscreen. During the Nightmare Night incident, Rarity was kidnapped by the royal guards and smuggled out of town.
Princess Luna didn't have her Dream Walker abilities back before she became Nightmare Moon.If feeling unappreciated was a major factor in driving her to become Nightmare Moon (or letting her become vulnerable enough to whatever corrupted her), then one wonders why she wouldn't visit ponies in their sleep for recognition. It might mean that she simply didn't know how back then.
Princess Luna is Granny Pie.She taught Scootaloo to face her fears, just as she taught Pinkie (and probably a lot of other fillies both before her exile and after her return). Connection is further evidenced by return of Nightmare Trees in Scootaloo's first dream.
Luna's archaic mannerisms in "Luna Eclipsed" were her idea of For Nightmare Night I'm Going As Myself.The one and only episode to date in which we've seen her use "old-fashioned" speech and the Royal Canterlot Voice is...the one showcasing Equestria's equivalent of Halloween, when everypony traditionally dresses up and acts in their best mock-scary fashion, interestingly enough. Coincidence?
Luna actually always was a Dream Walker, even before Nightmare Moon...it just ultimately didn't do her any good.Because whatever may be true for innocent foals, adult ponies weren't particularly comfortable with the idea of one of the Princesses being able to peek into their dreams at night any time she wanted (and with them presumably unable to do anything about it, either). Let's face it, if you're not currently dealing with some dream-related emergency in which just about any help is welcome, then that concept is prime Paranoia Fuel...and so Luna was ultimately not all that welcome in most pony's dreams, either!
Luna woke up Rainbow Dash to go save Scootaloo in "Sleepless in Ponyville".When Scootaloo freaks out and runs off into the forest, Dash is still fast asleep, wearing earplugs, showing no signs of waking up. Minutes later, she's wide awake and coming to the rescue. Maybe Luna snuck into her dreams and told her to wake up and talk to Scootaloo about what's troubling her?
Luna will turn evil in Season 4…sort of.The recent preview for Season 4 shows Princess Luna confronting Twilight Sparkle, saying she will be the only Princess. However, at the end of the episode it will turn out to have been a test by Celestia and Luna to see how Twilight would act in a situation where someone close to her turns evil.
Luna is very close friends with Sapphire Shores.They're such good friends that Luna is allowed to visit Sapphire's studio whenever she wants. Alright, confession time. I find the idea of Luna creeping around wherever she wants, as implied by the episode, to be more than a little creepy. Hence this guess.
The Royal Pony Sisters
Winged unicorns aren't a naturally ocurring race - the princesses are just incredibly skilled unicorn sorceresses with a host of enchantments on top.Note how they're called unicorns in the S1 opening. Also, unicorns used to raise the sun and the moon, according to the Hearth's Waming eve play. All it takes to become a princess pony are these spells:
Princess Celestia created Nightmare Night as a way to soften Princess Luna's image when she returned.Princess Celestia always held out hope that her sister could be redeemed, and was always looking for ponies to wield the Elements of Harmony to save her once she was freed from the moon. In the meantime though, what better way to keep her sister's memory alive, while not completely retconning what she had done? Why not create a fun holiday around Nightmare Moon? As a tribute to her sister's macabre tastes and love of the night, the holiday would involve dressing up in scary costumes and would be primarily celebrated at night. The legend of Nightmare Moon gobbling you up if you did not present her with candy could be used to promote Villain Decay and ensure her sister would have an easier time being accepted when she got back. Even with the false starts, you will note that Nightmare Night was the perfect time for Luna to make her return. Indeed, it's quite possible that Celestia deliberately had Luna stay out of the public eye until then, conveniently explaining her absence in the show, because she knew that's when she would be best accepted. Just as planned!
Celestia and Luna became goddesses after defeating Discord (and related guesses)I'm not sure if this is the correct page to put this guess on, and its actually a theory that is several different guesses that are related. Any way, here it is. As Discord is obviously an ancient and powerful god of chaos it only makes sense that there is a god/goddess of order called harmony. Earth's management of seasons and weather ect. seem somewhere between Celestia's rule and what happened when Discord broke free so it only makes sense that things are supposed to work on a balance between chaos and order. So in the beginning Discord and Harmony governed the world together, and there was balance, so things were much as they are on Earth. Eventually Discord defeated Harmony and attempted to destroy her, but as she was a Goddess she couldn't be destroyed completely and she lived on in the Elements of Harmony. This is alluded to when Nightmare Moon attempts to destroy the elements, but they live on in the mane cast. So anyway, now that Discord was in control things were even more chaotic than they where in the Return of Harmony, but still nature processes went on, just without any logic. Things really sucked and so the world needed to be saved. Discord heard somesort of prophesy that it would be an Alicorn who would defeat him, so he tried to kill all the Alicorns, but somehow Luna and Celestia survived the genocide. Together with a group of four other friends they found the elements of harmony and turned Discord to stone to avenge the alicorns. However, the destruction of chaos was not a good thing, as the natural chaos that kept things going ceased to exist and natural processes such as the sun and moon raising and setting stopped, so Equestria had a major problem. Celestria learned to manage the sun and Luna learned how to manage the moon, solving the problem, giving them their cutie marks, and turning the sisters into Goddesses. The ponies now had to manage the lack of chaos through order, which is why the ponies change the seasons and manage the weather. However, just as the defeat of Harmony didn't get rid of all order the defeat of Discord didn't get rid of all chaos. The area of Equestria that still had enough chaos to function on its own became the Everfree Forest, so named as it is the only region still free from order. Discord, being the cunning manipulator that he is managed to twist Luna to the point where he was able control her, and under his semi-possession which is also seen in the return of harmony he turned Luna into Nightmare Moon. Celestia couldn't purge Discord from Luna and turn Nightmare Moon back into her normal self as her party lacked Luna's element, and Celestia didn't want to kill Nightmare Moon as she was still Luna and still her sister, so she partly bound Luna using the five elements of harmony and banished her to the moon for a thousand years, after which she would be free, but a new set of bearers of the elements of harmony would be formed and they would be able to purge Luna. So the reason Nightmare broke free after a thousand years was not because there was some funky alignment of the stars that let Nightmare Moon break free, but because Celestia let her free so that she may be defeated and turned back in to Luna.
The Princesses are not actually sisters by bloodRather, they're "sisters" in the sense of being female members of a formal group. Ages ago, there was a method by which normal ponies could magically become alicorns, and all alicorns were members of a mystical/religious/political group which ruled over Equestria and who took responsibility for the heavens. However, internal conflicts caused trouble and disaster, and eventually the group was whittled down until only two remained... and then, of course, one.
The Canterlot Sculpture Garden doesn't actually contain any sculptures......They're actually ponies who were Taken for Granite by Celestia. Discord does appear to accuse Celestia of this with one of his lines directed at her: "It's quite lonely being encased in stone, but you wouldn't know that because I don't turn ponies into stone!"
Celestria and Luna are not responsible for raising the Sun and Moon........they are instead responsible for rotating the planet; assuming the sun is still 1.3 million times the size of the planet, it's a less impressive feat than actually moving the sun, but still godlike. This is the ONLY power ANY of the ponies have that are far reaching outside of Equesteria if the previous WMGs above are correct, with Celestria being forced to do double duty after Luna was imprisoned during her Face-Heel Turn.
Celestia and Luna are refered to as Princesses because they actually are Princesses.It's not just because girl focused cartoons generally have princesses instead of queens, it's because these two physical Gods, while ruling the kingdom, are still relatively lower ranking members of the local pantheon. The king and queen (or kings or queens) are either their parents or grandparents depending on how old they are and how high up they are on the Pantheon's food chain, are the creator gods, and, as this is a Hasbro property, may be this universe's manifestation of Primus and Unicron.
A twofer: Luna and Celestia aren't ponies, but horses; horses are basically "cave ponies."Celestia and Luna achieved goddesshood before the rise of ponies, and bred/induced intelligent ponies from horse stock. Horses have either gone extinct, outbred and outclassed by the intelligent and magical ponies, or they are much rarer now and used as pets or servants. Actually suggesting that the Princesses are divine horses is likely to get accusations of blasphemy flung about unless you're in the right crowd. Celestia doesn't mind being called a horse (she is!), Luna is still a little self-conscious about it.
Celestia and Luna are the founders of all three pony racesThese two are the only winged unicorns in the (apparent) world, and being at least 1,000 years old, they are also the oldest. One day, they decided to braid their manes together, The very second the manes touched, out tumbled the first pegasus, earth pony, and unicorn. That is how the first generation came into being, but once Luna was banished, Celestia had to instruct the ponies on how to do it "the other way".
Celestia and Luna are NOT all-powerful, immortal deities.I realise quite a lot of fans would BLAM me for suggesting such a Heresy, but just hear me out. Think about how they make use of titles like "Princess"; regardless of their internal reasoning for doing so, such a title still implies a dynastic succession of monarchs, something which can really only happen if said monarchs are capable of dying (okay, I guess you could suggest that Celestia and Luna's parents simply stepped down or something, but where would they be now in that case? would we be expected to believe that the geriatric old King and Queen are rotting away in some isolated castle chamber?). I think it's entirely possible to assume that the Princesses, and by extension, all Equestrian monarchs, are something more akin to Tolkien's elves— "enlightened" beings who wield extraordinary arcane powers and cannot die of old age, but are still vulnerable to disease, weapons, growing weary of life, etc...that said, the suggestion is not that they're any less powerful in terms of the things they can do— merely that they are not one-of-a-kind, probably have parents who met some unfortunate end in the very distant past (remember, in the story told in the pilot, Celestia and Luna were already in charge a thousand years ago), and are only immortal in the sense that they cannot die of natural causes.
The Reason We Never See Celestia and Luna's Parents is because of Copyright Laws (spoilers for YU+ME: dream )... for you see, Equestria is actually Nod. The current queen of Equestria was a very young girl who killed Don by mistake, yet was somehow still chosen by Nod to rule. She used her newfound powers to turn all the residents of the regular dream world into ponies (several thousand dream years has lead to them forgetting their true forms- after all, Equestrains don't seem to be very good at keeping track of history), found her prince charming, and had two daughters (who are the ones who actually have all the responsibility). But we never learn this, because in revealing her true appearance, we'd see her swirly eye and hair- and Rosalarian is not allowing them to do that for some reason or other. (why they don't just use a Lawyer-Friendly Cameo or the like is beyond me)
Celestia and Luna are the Nobody and Heartless, respectively, of Equestria's true ruler.Equestria was, in fact, one of the first worlds visited by Xehanort when he did his experiments. He only succeeded in creating a single Heartless (and Nobody, by accident) before he was forced to flee.
Alternatively, Nightmare Moon is Luna's Heartless; Chrysalis is her Nobody.In Kingdom Hearts, Heartless are created when people give into the darkness in their hearts. In Fi M, Luna becomes Nightmare Moon for a similar reason. Celestia returns Luna to normal in the second episode in the same way that Kairi restored Sora in the first Kingdom Hearts game, which suggests that Celestia is a Princess of Heart in this continuity.
Celestia Didn't banish Luna to the moon, she only banished Nightmare moon.Nightmare moon was the combination of Luna's powers and jealousy, since Celestia was unable to separate the jealousy by itself, she had no choice but to lock away the manifestation of her sister's powers. The Luna that was left behind was a feeble, barely alive husk, and was kept locked away in the royal palace to be cared for until her powers lost the evil taint. When Twilight and her friends wielded the elements of harmony, they successfully removed the Taint, and Celestia was able to re-unite Luna with her powers.
Celestia and Luna are the same pony."Celestia" and "Luna" are two sides of the pony goddess's personality. Celestia is the goddess's "light" side, which places a great emphasis on friendship, whereas Luna is the "dark" side, more self-centered, focused on the austere beauty of the night and looking inward to herself. The myth that tells of Celestia banishing Luna to the moon using the Elements of Harmony actually represents the goddess using the Elements of Harmony to strengthen her light side and repress her dark side, allowing her to usher Equestria into a thousand years of prosperity and friendship. This involves locking some of her essence away in the moon, in the form of Nightmare Moon. She allows the spell to last for a thousand years, hoping that in that time, she'll be able to find a way to reconcile her two sides.
Celestia and Luna are the only survivors of the "war of the heavens"When Equestria was first made, there were bountiful alicorn gods and goddess that controlled all the natural cycles. One for the weather, the changing of seasons, the tides, caring for the animals, and so on. War broke out between these gods for some reason (Let's say the weather god and the seasons god got into an argument about when to start the coldness of winter) The gods all took sides, with the exception of Celestia, who only wanted to protect the then-infant Luna. The war killed everyone (and the sheer chaos of it all may have resulted in Discord) except Celestia and Luna, who were in hiding, and the severely wounded King of the gods, who had his powers significantly drained and now only controls what goes on in Everfree forest. Since then, they've had to teach the mortal ponies how to change the seasons, create weather, and all that other stuff.
Celestia (or Fluttershy) would be a perfect Sugar Wiki mascot, and Luna would be a perfect Darth Wiki mascot.
Luna and Celestia have a brother.And his job is moving the planet to ensure proper distribution of geo-thermal heat.
Luna and Celestia are actually the same ageIts just that the sun is naturally bigger than the moon.
Princess Celestia proclaimed the Summer Sun Celebration out of regret.Twilight tells Spike that the night of Nightmare Moon's return will be the thousandth year of the Summer Sun Celebration, which means, if Nightmare Moon's exile was exactly a thousand years, that the holiday was the anniversary of her banishment. Now, at the time, everypony probably thought it was a celebration of the return of the sun after Nightmare Moon's rebellion. But how do the ponies celebrate the holiday? By staying up all night. And why was Princess Luna so envious of her sister in the first place? Because everypony slept through the night and as such didn't appreciate her labors. So after banishing her sister, how did Princess Celestia commemorate the event? By commanding all her subjects to stay up all night long. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if it wasn't a way of making her subjects atone for the sin of failing to appreciate Princess Luna properly.
The Summer Sun Celebration is Celestia's alarm clock.Instituting a celebration of the sun the same year that Celestia had to banish her beloved sister does seem rather tactless, doesn't it? There is, however, a good reason. Celestia knows when her spell will end (hence the "prophecy," which is really just notes on how the spell worked) and wants to have a reminder in place. So she started an annual celebration, putting on a show for everypony, and making sure that part of the tradition is keeping track of how many there have been. The whole festival came into being because Celestia couldn't find a countdown calendar that had a picture she wanted to look at for a thousand years.
The guards standing next to the throne in the opening sequence are Elite Guards.Similar to Emperor Palpatine's red royal guard, these are specially trained guards, used as a last defense. Yet they never travel with her...
The Elements of Harmony are a system for creating new Alicorns by fusion of a Pegasus, a Unicorn, and an Earth PonyCelestia and Luna were once the six previous holders of the Elements, and are cultivating, intentionally or not, the mane cast to follow them in Ascension, with Twilight Sparkle being given particular focus due to the keystone nature of Magic in the process. Presumably one of the new alicorns will be formed by Twilight, Rainbow Dash, and Applejack note to create the Celestia-type "stronger and larger" of the pair, while the other will be Rarity, Fluttershy, and Pinkie Pienote , forming the Luna-type "smaller and less raw power but specializing in a different vital function" of the pair.
Celestia trapped Luna in the moon when she was a young fillyLook at the intro in the first episode. If that's accurate, then look at their size difference. Celestia and Luna are the same size. Luna didn't get any smaller or younger, so Celestia just got larger and older.
The Mare on the Moon WAS just a legendCelestia noticed that her beloved student had lots of potential, but was becoming more and more isolated from her fellow ponies.... by choice. No matter how much she insisted on her to get some friends, she basically ignored her and continued studying vigorously. She decided to pull a Batman Gambit and used the old legend of the Mare on the Moon, which actually spoke of her sister Luna, who ruled on the other hemisphere, just as her rules over Equestria. She pulled some strings to make Twilight meet exactly five ponies(That's why she gave the list) and gave her sister precise instructions to make Twilight "realize" that her new friends and herself carried the Elements of Harmony. While Luna acted her part, she was on the other hemisphere(Where exists a legend of the Mare in the Sun) moving the sun and moon. That's the reason Luna doesn't appear after this, as her visit was over and she returned to her country.
Both Princesses are Horses, Not PoniesIt would explain the longer legs and differently shaped muzzles
The Princesses' parents.....were a white unicorn and black Pegasus. Their mother was a white royal unicorn with great magical powers, but was still mortal and her sister, their aunt, was the one destined to take the throne, and it is her bloodline where Prince Blueblood hails from. Since she was the second born princess she wasn't raised to be as regal and formal and spent her life travelling Equestria and the neighboring lands. She learned and possibly created many of the spells Twilight studies, including the false wings. She cast it on herself and went to a Pegasus town, possibly Cloudsdale and met a handsome black Pegasus stallion. They, hooked up, and the mixing of their magic blood created terribly powerful fillies, who than took over the royal house.
Celestia and Luna both are capable of emulating space-based weaponry.Celestia can order some sunlight to redirect itself onto an enemy. Of course, she probably has to be in space to ask personally enough, and might need a ground-based spotter. One of her less known titles (in fact deliberately covered up for strategic and diplomatic reasons a while after the time she granted it to herself) is Hammer of Dawn. Luna herself is known as "The Lunar Lance" although nothing has ever come up where she found it necessary to drop a shooting star on anything in anger. Even when she was Nightmare Moon, she wanted to RULE, and thus collateral damage was undesirable. She was too demented to fully realize that no sunlight would condemn the world to death by starvation since crops couldn't grow. Both receive cooperation from their brother, Abyss, Lord of the Seaponies in that he clears out enough deep ocean of fish and such for them to do a little target practice with their respective weapons.
Celestia and Luna aren't gods, just ponies with very rare talents.Celestia and Luna hail from a time when alicorns were rare but not unheard of. They managed to learn how to control the sun and moon (or possibly even created them themselves), and that's how they earned their cutie marks. Since the ability to control the sun and moon is so rare, they had to find some means of immortality, otherwise Equestria would be without the sun and moon until another pony who could control them happened to come along. They use the golden apple tree mentioned in Best Night Ever to keep themselves young until they can find successors. They're currently desperately training Twilight and Trixie as their successors, so they can finally die.
Celestia and Luna assumed that Discord was dead.They weren't experienced enough at the time to realize he might have survived. And by the time they were, they had good reason for assuming otherwise: Discord hadn't shown any activity for much longer than Nightmare Moon did, and when Nightmare Moon was banished and eventually came back, it was only one user of the elements, whereas with Discord it was two. In fact, you need six to take down Discord for good.
Celestia and Luna were Discord's secretaries.I don't know, I just think it's funny.
Discord made Celestia and LunaThe original six bearers of the Elements of Harmony tried to stop him and he fused them into the two sisters for fun. Which backfired spectacularly.
Celestia and Lunas respective elementsCelestia=Laughter Luna=Kindness
Celestia and Luna are mutants.
Celestia and Luna never wielded the full power of the Elements of Harmony.That requires six ponies, one embodying each element. With just the two of them, they could only turn Discord to stone rather than either getting rid of him altogether or reforming him, and carrying all of the Elements by herself, Celestia could only seal Nightmare Moon, not cure Luna. That was why she impressed the importance of friendship on Twilight Sparkle — only a group of friends could bring her sister back.
Celestia and Luna have always been the supreme rulers and never "usurped" the throne. Discord's "reign" was merely that of unleashing havoc.If anything, the land was in peace before he came along. Celestia and Luna (and maybe even their family, if they did have one) had always ruled as the Princesses over Equestria, and it was a peaceful reign until Discord invaded. Discord was never truly the former "absolute ruler" of Equestria to begin with. It was mentioned that he did rule, but that doesn't always have to mean being the actual ruler of a country. In this case, he was just responsible for a powerful reign of terror and anarchy among the ponies without any real sense of authority and there was no one that was able to stop him from doing what he wanted, because of his immense power and trickster nature. It doesn't mention that he actually HAD supreme control over all of Equestria, just that he had brought an "eternal state of unrest and unhappiness" with him. And before you mention Celestia and Luna stepping up to him, they had to discover the Elements Of Harmony first BEFORE they could petrify him. And since he became free, he is now plotting to take over as revenge for being imprisoned in stone.
Celestia wasn't just protecting Equestria in the pilot; she was also protecting Luna.If it had come to a fight without the Elements of Harmony Twilight stood a solid chance of killing her. The birth of a unicorn whose power rivals the princesses' is both a mystery and a closely guarded secret, so not even Twilight knows, but Nightmare Moon was able to tell; that's why she ran away and tried to stop the ponies indirectly.
After "Return Of Harmony", Celestia and Luna launched the Discord statue into space.That way, if Discord becomes free again, he'll be far enough away that they can arrange for defenses before he manages to find his way back. Space is very big, after all. Luna could arrange for the statue to find an orbit that would make it easy for astronomers to keep track of it.
Celestia and Luna have empathic connections with the sun/moon and stars.Let's say someone tries to Hurl It into the Sun. Depending on what the object is, the effects on Celestia could vary from itchy eyes or a headache. Solar flares make her a bit grouchy.
There will be a Cutie Mark Crusaders episode featuring how Celestia and Luna got their Cutie MarksWell we've found out how the Mane Cast got theirs, and "Call Of The Cutie" ended with Celestia reading Twilight's letter and the camera zoomed in on her Cutie Mark as she thought about it. It'd certainly be intresting.
Celestia and Luna's parents were lost in a great battleTheir father wasn't cosmos, he was the Sky, protecting his daughters and their mother from the chaos of the cosmos. His power wore thin as time went on. Ultimately, he sacrificed himself to protect life on this planet. Earth fought back by supporting the sky, and lost a majority of her powers, save the Everfree forest. The eternal chaos was vanquished. Celestia Luna, and the ancestors of all ponies were forced to organize. Everything King Nimbus and Queen Tierra were responsible for, the seasons, the animals, the weather, The plants, were all failing on their own. Celestia and Luna were the only ones powerful enough to control anything beyond the sky, so they control night and day and some parts of the seasons. The Pegasus ancestor vowed to manage the weather. The Earth pony Ancestor vowed to maintain the plants and animals. The unicorn ancestor vowed to study magic, and learn to wield it in the most beneficial ways for their fellow equines.
Queen = Unified, Princess = SharedThe title of "Queen" implied that the realm is ruled over by a single individual dictator. However, there is no limit to how many Princesses a kingdom can have. Celestia and Luna likely chose to restrict their royal title to such in order to divide Equestria's authority equally, thus preventing any animosity based on authority issues. Following Luna's banishment to the moon, Celestia retained her title of "Princess" for both convenience's sake and to symbolically retain the shared authority with her sister, awaiting her eventual return and reinstatement.
Neither Celestia nor Luna are aware that Luna was corrupted by an outside force into turning into Nightmare MoonCelestia and Luna both threat her return to normal as if she'd actually done something wrong, Celestia begging her to end their fighting and Luna asking for Forgiveness, and her upcoming appearence has her as The Atoner. Plus, the legend makes Luna out as a Green-Eyed Monster ultimately corrupted by her own bitterness. Celestia didn't write history wrong, she just wrote what she knew, that her sister got bitter and jealous then turned bad, not that she was corrupted by an outside force. Neither of them know that anything more than her being overwhelmed by jealousy was the cause. For Luna, it was simply a "what was I thinking?" reaction to her actions. She doesn't know why she acted like that but believes she did it of her own accord. They may have realized this afterwards when they could think it out or realize later when that outside force shows itself.
Twilight Sparkle is a descendant of the Royal sistersSometime before attaining Goddesshood, Celestia and Luna each bore foals. Celestia's foals were all white unicorns, and Luna's foals were all black or bluish unicorns. Several thousand years later, Twilight's Father is born from Luna's offspring, and her mother is born from Celestia's offspring. Never before have the sister's foals interacted. Thus why it was destined for Twilight to become an alicorn.
Celestia and Luna have no parents.They are the embodiment of cosmic forces, and so coalesced out of primeval chaos. They are sisters because they are the embodiments of paired and corresponding forces; also, the DNA of their physical bodies may be similar as would be normal siblings'. Corresponding to this, the reign of Discord was actually a period of primeval chaos and darkness, out of which the princesses created light and order, effectively bringing the universe into being. The story Celestia told to Twilight and her friends is just a highly simplified account of the creation, because only Twilight might be able to understand the more complicated version, and there just wasn't time.
Celestia and Luna are genetically engineered beings.They were created by a group of scientists who wanted to make a superior being by using the DNA of many of the creatures that lived in Equestria's World. Luna and Celestia were not the only ones, but they were the most successful. Obviously they were made by combining the DNA of all three pony species and maybe even other creatures. Discord was one of these experiments, made up of several creatures, making his nature so mixed up he could never think straight. Making everything else chaotic was the only way he could feel normal. He was extremely powerful, which is what the scientists wanted, but since he was so screwed up in the head he was deemed a failure. Like Mewtwo in the first Pokemon movie, he went crazy, killed off the scientists and broke out, and then proceeded to take over the land. After some time, when Celestia and Luna discovered the Elements of Harmony, they overthrew him, took over, and proceeded to fix things up and make life better for the other creatures in Equestria. The reason they didn't kill him was pity, they knew it wasn't his fault he had such a chaotic nature. They intended to find a spell that could help him, but their responsibilities to the world kept getting in the way. It got even harder when Luna became Nightmare Moon and Celestia had to do things on her own for a thousand years. One reason Celestia opened up the institute of magic was in hopes that another unicorn could find a way to help Discord. She couldn't continue as much magic study on her own anymore, but there are many talented unicorns and she believes they can do something. She questions if the magic of friendship can help, which is why she continues to ask Twilight for letters. Celestia, Luna, and Discord were far from the only beings created in the experiments. There are other experiments, with huge variety in appearance and abilities. Some may even be as powerful as Celestia, Luna, and Discord. They range from benevolent to malevolent, and we will see more of them in future episodes.
Celestia and Luna were the very first ponies to receive cutie marksThey did so when they ascended to godhood, and they then blessed the three races of unicorns, pegasi, and earth ponies with the ability to receive cutie marks.
THE TRADITIONAL ROYAL CANTERLOT VOICE was phased out after Celestia and Luna sealed DiscordWith all the chaos and unrest during Discord's rule, Celestia and Luna needed a commanding voice to reach out to the ponies of Equestria, possibly continuing for some time after sealing away Discord. However, when everything was established and peace began to settle in, Celestia slowly began to tone down her voice and try to become more acquainted with the all ponies. Luna, however, could not adjust, which became one of the factors that turned her into Nightmare Moon.
The Princesses have two "selves" One to appear more regal, and their true formThe Grown-up horses are an illusion created by the sisters to inspire awe and obedience. However, they change back into their younger, less impressive selves in private. It's easier to do this during the princesses respective "times". Luna's magic is stronger at night, and Celestia's is stronger during the day. Celestia actually deeply struggles to keep up her royal facade during the Grand Galloping Gala, so she just greets everyone as they come in so she can retire to her chambers once all the guests have arrived. We have yet to see Celestia's true form, but the fan artists seem to have a pretty good idea of what it looks like.
The Princesses are Pure Magic BeingsNightmare Moon spent most of Episode 2 immaterial or shapeshifted. It just doesn't seem likely that if Luna were simply possessed it would have that much power over her body. And considering that both Celestia and Luna have shimmering, semi-translucent manes it looks more and more like they only maintain a physical form for their subject's convenience.
THE TRADITIONAL ROYAL CANTERLOT VOICE and other archaic forms of speech were only used by the high court to address their subjectsVery much like how many languages have polite, formal variations of speech, only taken to the hammiest extreme. It is not, however, used by ponies of the same rank or family - hence why Luna apologies to Celestia in plain modern English (which to her would have been colloquial slang). Using Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe with a normal speaking voice would still have been considered polite, but lacked the noble dignity of the VOICE. Nightmare Moon, meanwhile, was boisterous enough but didn't have the pseudo-Shakespearean quirks, which would have made her seem haughty yet uncouth in her original time.
Guesses about the bat-winged ponies who pulled Princess Luna's chariot.
The royal guards are actually magical constructs created by the princesses.Each of it's members all look the same. That's very unusual for a non-background pony. They also almost exclusively appear whenever one of the princesses are around/nearby or have recently left. Why isn't there a royal guard any place else? Especially in Ponyville where it is in close proximity to an extremely dangerous forest. That's also very strange. Also Princess Luna as Nightmare Moon has demonstrated that she has the capability to divide and shapeshift herself into several ponies. If that is the case then it is highly likely that Princess Celestia also possess this kind of power. This opens up a new perspective whenever you see a royal guards: They are actually magical puppets and tools of the princesses to manipulate things and events to suit their plans.
The Royal Guard are ordinary ponies enchanted to look like that. A Bird in the Hoof seems to confirm that they're not just made out of magic, since Rainbow Dash asked if she could join up. Implying three things, if RD isn't wrong: 1: They had a life before signing up 2: They get paid, so they probably have free will, days off and individuality 3: They accept females into their ranks, though we haven't seen any yet So, how come they all look the same? Magic. Celestia and Luna magically transform them into perfect soldiers (maybe only while they're on duty, keyed to their armor?), so they can focus on accepting the most loyal, rather than the most physically fit. This also makes them identical, so no-one can be sure who they are (for reasons similar to why SWAT teams and special forces wear masks), and might even change their race (this is why we haven't seen any earth pony guards, and also handily explains where Luna's bat-ponies came from).
The Princesses are Composite Characters of The Mane Six. Celestia has Applejack's diligence, Rainbow Dash's mischievousness and loyalty and Pinkie's love of fun and parties. Luna has Fluttershy's social awkwardness, Twilight's by-the-book attitude (Traditional Royal Canterlot Voice, anyone? Trapped for a thousand years or not, there is no way Luna couldn't have noticed that nopony talks like that in Canterlot anymore) and Rarity's desire to be noticed and hamminess.
The Princesses are Fused LifeformsThere are six Elements of Harmony, and three categories of pony, Unicorn, Pegasus, and Earth Pony. In the past, six ponies, two of each type, in a group similar to Twilight's [[Nakama]] banded together to defeat Discord. But the amount of power it took caused the original six to fuse into two new beings, the alicorns. This is also why Luna and Celestia lost the connection to the Elements of Harmony.
The Princesses' parents are known as Queen Gaia and King Chronos.Or as their children prefer to call them, Mother Nature and Father Time.
The Princesses were behind all the special effects for the Hearth's Warming Eve pageantEspecially the Windigos. The only thing they didn't do was the Fire of Friendship, which they let Twilight do on her own.
The Princesses came into being from ponykind's belief in them."Hearth's Warming Eve" shows the ponies of the newly founded Equestria putting up a flag depicting Celestia and Luna, even though the events described took place long before their reign. The Princesses - being a combination of unicorns, pegasi and earth ponies - were originally merely a symbol for the unity of the three pony races. As time went on, ponies formed a mythology around them and began to worship their image as deities. Eventually, the Princesses became Physical Gods due to the principle of Clap Your Hands If You Believe, saved Equestria from Discord and became its rulers.
The sisters/princesses are the founders of EquestiaNote the flag that was planted in the Winter's Hearth play. The story either omitted or is partially corrupted. If ommission then the three "servants" succeeded their masters into rule and became the three Alicorns. If corruption, then there was ever only three ponys. The "rulers" of the play were given all the negative aspects and sympathetic "servants" were added for narrative purposes. Either way the results is the same. Celestia was the unicorn for near certain. Luna could go Earth or Pegasus. Cadance can't be placed directly till she appears in show. Maybe Celestia suggested relevant roles to the Mane Six based on this.
The princess are the purified WindigosThe Windigos are beings that feed on disharmony to create snowstorms and coldness. Once the first founders of Equastria created the Hearth's Warming Eve. Ala Nightmare Moon, instead of destroying them, they were purified and became the princesses. If enough disharmony occurss between their subjects, they will revert back.
The princesses are descended from Princess PlatinumWith her title, it just makes sense. Plus, the alchemical symbol for platinum is the sun symbol joined with the moon symbol. Perhaps Rainbow Dash was crossplaying and Commander Hurricane was male, and perhaps he and Princess Platinum came to more than simply tolerate each other, resulting in the two alicorns we've seen.
The princesses were born to regular, mortal parents.Something incredibly strange happened during the mother's pregnancy, a rare and magical event, that caused the fillies to be born as immortal Alicorns with god-like powers. They may have even had mortal siblings. This would explain why they have non-Alicorn relatives.
Luna and Celestia do have other Alicorn relatives.Like Luna and Celestia, they have powerful magic that they use to control major natural events to help keep the planet and Equestria running. However, they have to live on all parts of the world to do so, and they can only get together on major events, which is why we rarely see them.
Celestia and Luna both have a a team of nine elite guards.They train the cadets and play war games in their spare time.
The title of "princess" is a case of Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp".The role and functions of the position are equivalent to that of a queen (or co-queens, given we have two of them), but because this is not Earth, for whatever reason the position has the title of "princess."
The Princesses' family/relationshipsLuna and Celestia both have direct descendants living in Equestria that come from ancient affairs from thousands of years ago. "Taller" ponies are the result of Alicorn blood, and an Alicorn will rarely be born to parents with Alicorn heritage, e.g. Princess Cadence. Twilight and her brother are unique because their parents are both direct descendants of each princess- their father is related to Luna and their mother, Celestia. Shining Armor takes after Celestia and Twilight takes after Luna (Shining Armor is taller and lighter than his sister, and Twilight is smaller, darker, and more reclusive.)
Luna and Celestia are exactly equal in power.Though their individual aptitudes likely vary. The end result of this is that in order for one of them to defeat the other, they require a boost from an outside power source. Luna tried fusing with the evil force that turned her into Nightmare Moon to overpower her sister, but was trumped by Celestia when she used the Elements of Harmony.
Celestia and Luna can spend only small amounts of time around each other.They are the Sun and the Moon, the Day and the Night. Their meetings are but fleeting.
The Princesses imprisoned their divine predecessors and the Windigos and a host of other creatures in TartarusIt's how that section of the Underworld was primarily used in the Greek myths.
Celestia's position was once just a local position elected from all available alicorns before the population of Equestria grew and spread and the alicorn race died out.With Luna on the moon and Lauren Faust-pony only existing in the meta-continuity, Celestia was still elected for a while but since there were no other candidates the election process slowly faded away. The position which she and Luna used to share and trade off was eventually escalated when Equestria was re-designated as a principality, but kept the name even when Equestria's state status was upgraded to a kingdom and then an empire. Their former position as leaders of the city of Equestria, now only a set of ruins in the Everfree Forest, is still their position, but the job title and region over which their subjects have settled had changed. Now not only is the formerly-ultimate elected position of Mayor below the position of Princess of Equestria, but so is Hereditary Princess, Prince, King, and Queen. This all happened since the original events of Nightmare Moon overshadowing Luna and being sent to the moon, thus implying that once Celestia's sister Luna was banished while serving in her official capacity, she was Night-Mayor Moon, the Mayor in The Moon.
Celestia and Luna are Changelings.Just not evil ones. The reason they're so powerful and immortal is because they're loved by an entire nation. They call themselves Princesses because the Changelings already have a queen.
Celestia and Luna are twins.Celestia being older by only a few minutes. Why does she look so much older? Well, either she stopped aging at a later point than Luna, or she's using a transformation like Luna's Nightmare Moon form. Luna is constantly annoyed by everyone else lording Celestia's slight advantage in age over her.
Alicorn immortality is simply repeated Age SpellsTrixie was able to reverse aging when using the Alicorn Amulet, if the amulet got its name by granting the wearer the power of an alicorn the princesses should be able to do the same thing.
Celestia and Luna originally had each other's cutie marks/destinies until Starswirl switched them.In "Magical Mystery Cure," we see that Star Swirl's unfinished spell scrambled the cutie marks of the mane 6 minus twilight. The Spell seemed to specifically work with the elements of harmony, indicating it was meant for it's bearers. Who were the original bearers of the Elements of Harmony? Celestia and Luna. Since the spell was broken and unfinished, it suggests Star Swirl may have used it once before. Meaning he may have switched around Celestia and Luna's marks, and had no way to undo it. What does this mean? It means that, originally, Celestia was the Pony of the Night and Luna the Pony of the Day. Star Swirl cast his spell, and they switched without being aware of the switch. Think of the implications to the characters, having to suddenly deal with destiny change. We can assume Celestia handled it better, but it would explain so much about Luna. Why did she suddenly resent ponies for fearing and sleeping through the night? Because, before her destiny was changed, she was the princess of the day, and interacted with all the ponies regularly. When she had to go to night, Though she was unaware of the change, deep down in her soul, she must have felt cut off and alienated from all her day time friends. She couldn't put her frustration into words exactly, so she became resentful of being feared at night. And this led her to being susceptible to becoming Nightmare Moon. This also explains some things about Celestia's interest in Twilight. Twilight, defeating Nightmare Moon, in a small way helped to undo the damage star swirl had done. (we have to assume that Celestia did eventually piece together what had happened.) Because of this, that's what gave Celestia hope that Twilight could tackle the defective Spell itself. Being able to undo and repair a millenium's worth of grief? Yeah, that would be enough to earn Twilight her princesshood.
Princess Celestia and Princess Luna are half-sisters.That's why Cadance and Blueblood are described as Celestia's niece/nephew, as opposed to both their niece/nephew. We'll say they've got a common mother (the Fausticorn), but Celestia's father had other children, while Luna's didn't.
Cadence and Twilight will eventually rule Equestria as sisters......-In-Law.
Celestia and Luna kept control of the Sun and Moon to politically disenfranchise the Unicorn population.Because their ability to control day and night was an essential service, the unicorns considered themselves the rulers of the pre-Equestrian country. Back when Celestia and Luna took over Equestria, they would have been the only power bloc that could have contested their position, which would have put the newly saved country at risk. Taking charge of the unicorn duty of turning day and night would have made Celestia and Luna more popular with at least two of the three races, and removed a bargaining chip from the unicorns. As time went by, unicorns would both develop their magical power less as they no longer needed to raise the sun and moon, and lose political power from no longer providing a service. Given what the caste system did to the old country, Celestia and Luna probably viewed it as empowering the other two races, rather than politically neutering one.
The Celetia and Luna have a immortal jellyfish-style immortality.That is, every once in a while, they de-age, lose their flowing manes and look fairly different in the process. That's why Luna looks more like the picture in the storybook when cleansed of Nightmare Moon, while Celestia had that flowing mane, and why they both have flowing manes in the flashback with King Sombra. It also explains why ponies think Celestia is a different person from the Sun Princess, because back when she was saving Equestria from Luna's madness, she was undergoing one of her de-aging phases, so looked completely different.
The Princess do not just rule Equestria; they ARE Equestria.As shown in 'Hearth's Warming Eve', the original three pony tribes had what reasonably seemed to be mortal rulers, and presumably when the three tribes joined to form Equestria, they also had a mortal ruler (or democracy). At the end of the episode, a banner is planted that has two alicorns - very similar looking to Celestia and Luna - with the sun and moon forming a ying-yang symbol, like the one seen in the opener of the series pilot episode. This is somewhat problematic for the show, as it was established in the play narrative that these events occurred before Celestia and Luna were around. However, it could be taken as the ponies, wanting something to represent their new collective unity, used the sun and moon (which would be very important for them - despite the fact that these objects are controllable - as they provide warmth, food, and life to the populace) as symbols along with a pony for each entity with the combined traits of the three pony tribes. Apparently, the magic of the world had a similar idea, as it gifted the new country with two newborn personifications with traits from all three tribes, one with the power to control the sun and the other the moon. Originally, the two were not supposed to rule. Instead, they were supposed to support the country's rulers. However, following Discord's takeover, the sisters decided that, since there was no one else to take the helm of the country, they would rule. They had, at first, decided that they were going to rule only until the country could get back to normal. When it was found that the sisters were very good at ruling and provided a very (relatively) stable environment compared to previous rulers, they were asked to continue ruling by the populace and agreed.
Every Pony born an Alicorn has their own "Mane Six"
Princess Celestia and Princess Luna are fused characters, specifically of the Founders of Equestria
The Tree of Harmony is the source of Celestia and Luna's longevityIn Princess Twilight part 2 we get a good look at the tree of Harmony. The tree's trunk has Celestia and Luna's cutie marks etched into it. This would imply that they are tied to the tree in some way. As it seems to be far, far more powerful that the elements by themselves, It is possible that it is an/the anchor of their magic and if they are connected to a powerful magic font then that would definitely explain how they became immortal. Coincidentally this may also imply that by returning the elements to the tree at the end of the episode the Main Six bound themselves to it as well. As the elements did not shift back to their generic gemstone shapes but maintained the shapes of the main six's cutie marks.
Celestia and Luna ascended from Earth pony to AlicornTwilight ascended from a Unicorn, and (assuming The Crystal Heart Spell book is cannon in this regard) Cadence from a Pegasus, so making the sisters start as Earth ponies would cover all our bases. Plus it would be cool to see that ponies from all three races can and have ascended to Alicorn.
Upcoming characters Princess Cadance and Shining Armor (featured on a display seen during a party at Hasbro's world headquarters)'s roles in the show
Princess Cadance is Celestia and Luna's...
the power of love in equestria.to me it seems logical that when shining armor and princess cadance get married the power of love will:
Princess Cadance rules some other area of the world.Which is why we haven't seen her in Equestria yet.
Princess Cadance is in charge of some major phenomena.Princess Celestia is in charge of rising the sun and Luna is in charge of bring the night. So it's possible that Princess Cadance is also in charge of some major natural event. Maybe she carves the land or controls the tides?
Cadance was one of the last Elements of HarmonyShe's the only other allicorn we've met, so using what we know it's worth suggesting
Cadance's case is essentially the same as that of Cakes' childrenShe's neither ancient, immortal, nor closely related to Celestia and Luna. She was born in modern times to a noble family that had alicorn ancestry, which manifested after some thousands of years. This is probably an extremely rare thing, but Pound and Pumpkin Cake prove that 1) it's possible for a pony to be born a different type than his/her parents, as long as they have an ancestor of that type somewhere in their family tree and 2) that ancestor may even be singular and very far removed. And Prince Blueblood proves that there are ponies alive in modern times with alicorn ancestors. Why shouldn't it work for them the same way? Cadance doesn't have to be in charge of anything like the Sun and the Moon, or ruling any land. Having a lineage tracing back to alicorns (or Celestia and Luna's family) may be all that's required to grant a pony a title of prince/princess (again, Prince Blueblood).
Cadance leads to more Luna.It might be the writers’ wish to make episodes focusing on the immortal elders of our heroines. However, as both the Mane 6 and the CMC are multiples of three, the royal duo wouldn’t fit the show’s formula. Cue princess Cadance, the third alicorn. Hopefully, she will provide a lot of character development to her peers, and we will love her for that. Her marriage with Shining Armor could also make her the “mother” to Luna’s “maiden” and Celestia’s “crone”.
Princess Cadance and Shining Armor are referenced in S 2 E 17, "Hearts and Hooves Day".Sweetie Belle reads from the book Twilight gave her: "Apparently, some prince (Shining Armor) who long time ago whipped up this recipe and gave it to this princess (Princess Cadance) he liked. He meant it to be a love potion, but things didn't turn out so well. There's something here about a dragon (possibly skimming over "Draconequus"), the kingdom falling, chaos reigning (another possible reference to Discord)... Okay, apparently it was all because the prince and princess were so lost in each others eyes that they couldn't perform their royal duties." Additionally, the illustrations in the book they read depict a male pony (with no horn, however), and a female pony with a horn and wings. If this story is a reference to past events, Princess Cadance and Shining Armor may be historical characters.
Cadance is like the cupid of Equestria.Her special talent is to help creatures find their special someone, or at least help find friends. Indicated by her heart-shaped cutie mark. The alicorn in the book was her, and the love potion was part of an experiment that went wrong.
Cadance's appearance will offer some explanation to alicorns in Equestria.There are a LOT of questions to alicorns in the MLP world. Why are there so few? Where do they come from? Are they a special, separate species that happens to be very rare, or do they come into being some other way? Why are they so powerful? Are they truly immortal, or do they just have long lives? When Princess Cadance shows up, at least one question will be answered, or at least, get an implied answer.
Cadance was specifically made into an alicorn for specifically for toy purposes.After redesigning Princess Celestia to actually be white rather then pink, they were left with hundreds of perfectly fine, but inaccurate toys. So they decided to make an upcoming character an alicorn to sell these toys.
Cadance is Evil.Since we would all feel pretty stupid if it turned out she was an antagonist, and we didn't have it in Wild Mass Guessing somewhere.
Cadance had numerous husbands.Being immortal, she knew she was doomed to mourn them all eventually. Yet it has never stopped her from seeking love. After one of her relationships ended in tragedy because of a potion, she did try to be more like Celestia and Luna, but quickly found out that she couldn’t. Her defining talent is to help others find their very special somepony, who sometimes turns out to be herself. Family-wise, she is essentially the Gytha Ogg of Equestria, having great-grand-children in every corner of the principality. This, alas, includes Blueblood.
Cadance wasn't born an alicorn.She started off as a pegasus, a minor noble. She won't discover she's a princess until the events of her debut episode. She'll come down with a case of adult-onset unicorn horn.
Cadance's dark secret is that...
We already met two of Cadance's kids.They are Prince Blueblood and Fleur de Lise, Fancy Pants' trophy wife. They aren't at the wedding because Cadance specifically did not want the former to attend while Fleur was busy with something else and Cadance was respecting her wishes.
Cadance's secret is that she's really, really, really stupid.Her real name is Princess Namby Pamby. The dragons confused Celestia for her because she looks like pink!Celestia. She's dumb enough to have been held back in elementary school all this time.
Cadance is Prince Blueblood's sisterBecause we already have the theory she's his mother.
Cadance is the Princess Goddess in charge of The Fine ArtsBecause her name sounds a lot like Cadence- a sequence of notes or chords comprising the close of a musical phrase.
Cadance will be a Parody SueBecause it would be funny.
Cadance can alter her size at willIn the flashback to Twilight's foalhood she was shown to be barely bigger than the present day Mane cast, suggesting that she's not much older than them. But in "Luna Eclipsed" we saw Luna grow a foot taller and then back to normal as part of her Nightmare Moon disguise. She's probably hundreds, if not thousands, of years old and makes herself look older or younger depending on the situation, i.e. for babysitting it would be most appropriate for her to look like a teenager.
Cadance reincarnates every generation as opposed to the immortality of the Royal Pony Sisters.Assuming Winged Unicorns are some sort of divinity/royalty whatnot of the world, it makes sense that Celestia and Luna are immortal and divine at some level, as they embody the sun and the moon and those aren't going anywhere anytime soon. Cadance could be the embodiment of equinity (humanity) itself, and instead of distancing herself from her little ponies, Cadance lives a mortal lifespan as a mortal pony, then is reborn a new mare, similar to the Dalai Lama or the Avatar of Avatar: The Last Airbender, with her Avatar State being composed of The Power of Love. This one is relatively young, and one of her older selves got in a little trouble with a love potion once.
The Want-It-Need-It spell was Cadance's MagicTwilight is able to copy spells from exposure, and twisted Cadance's love magic to apply to an object with an indeterminate number of targets.
Princess Cadence is an Assassin.
Princess Cadance is also adept at increasing others' friendship and storgé.Agape is an act of the will, so she's more limited in that department.
Princess Cadence will become far more powerful when she gets olderCelestia and Luna are very powerful, but they're adult Alicorns. Cadence is only a little older than Twilight, her full power hasn't manifested yet. When she does get to her full strength, she'll be extremely powerful because she represents Love, which is a close cousin of The Power of Friendship, the most powerful magic in existence (technically speaking, Friendship is Platonic Love, so it might fall under her power as well).
Cadence's faux pas in "A Canterlot Wedding - Part 1" were mostly Twilight being an Unreliable Narrator.Twilight made up her mind that Cadence wasn't right for her brother as soon as she brushed off their Secret Handshake and was generally standoffish towards her at their first meeting. This tainted all of their subsequent interactions, and Twilight interpreted Cadence's behaviour in the worst possible way. Nopony else agreed with her assessment because Cadence's behaviour was actually fairly reasonable for a bride in her position, except for the mind control spell. Twilight was right, of course, but for the wrong reasons. As a related theory...
Queen Chrysalis was accurately portraying an upset Cadance.Because Cadance would always try to be in a good mood while foal sitting, Twilight was unfamiliar with how Cadance would act in those circumstances. Deceptive!Cadance failing to recognize her at first was an actual slip up, but not the other things.
Cadence is not a 'true' Alicorn.Rather, she is a semi-logical extension of Pumpkin and Pound cake's weird genetics. Where they got their unicorn/pegasus traits from old ancestors, Cadence got her wings from Celestia; however, unlike Celestia and Luna, who are combinations of all three races, Cadence is more like a Unicorn with wings attached: she doesn't seem to have the strength of an Earth Pony, and the only time she uses her wings is to glide when she and Twilight are escaping the caverns and rescuing Spike and the Crystal Heart after being hurled by Shining Armor, so it's possible she can't actually fly on her wings, only glide. Of course, she's still a very powerful unicorn, and descended from the Princesses, hence her title. She also isn't a goddess, just a very powerful unicorn whose special talent is something related to love.
Cadence being Twilight's foal-sitter was another of Celestia's tests.In one Word of God Lauren told us that not every unicorn got the egg test, and that Celestia, suspecting that Twilight was the Element of Magic, set it up beforehand. Similarly, Celestia arranged for Cadence to keep an eye on Twilight before then, both to keep an eye on her magic and personality to see how likely that was.
Star Dreams is the daughter of Shining Armor and CadenceShining Armor is white with a blue mane while Cadence is pink with some pink in her mane. To put them together and get a light pink/purple unicorn filly with a blue and pink mane seems about correct.
Cadance's Bridezilla behavior in "A Canterlot Wedding, Part 1" was intended to make her come off as a Parody Jerk Sue.She randomly shows up in the story with close ties to one of the main characters, insists on being called by an impressive but overly-complicated name (Mi Amore Cadenza), she's suddenly the center of attention as soon as she shows up, and almost everyone loves her and fawns over her despite how mean and obnoxious she's being.
Princess Cadencenote is...simply the daughter of a brother or sister of Celestia and Luna whom we haven't seen yet.There will be some fans that consider me a heretic for even suggesting this, but it is the least forced explanation for why she's considered Celestia's niece.
Cadence was originally intended to be the daughter of Fancy Pants and Fleur de Lis.This one is based on Word of Dante stating that she turned into a winged unicorn during development, the ceremony being pretty clearly a unicorn wedding (rings and all), and the fact that while we see no other winged unicorns who could plausibly be her parents show up for her wedding, Fancy Pants does make a small but noticeable background appearance similar to that of Twilight's and Shining Armor's parents. (Note that even if this should be confirmed, whether these two retain any closer relationship to alicorn-Cadence in the finished episode would be at best up in the air barring Word of God or future developments.)
Cadance is the princess of a major territory or province that belongs to Equestria.There's no indication that she's the princess of any other land, and she's distantly related to Celestia and Luna, so it's possible she's indirect Equestrian royalty.
Cadance is Princess Celestia's daughter by Fancypants, and Fleur is her adoptive mother.Being Celestia's daughter makes more sense than being a distant niece, but she calls Celestia her aunt because Fancypants and Fleur-de-Lis raised her.
Princess Mi Amore Cadenza insists on being called Cadance because......she considers Mi Amore to be an Embarrassing First Name.
Cadance will be pregnant in the Crystal Ponies story.And the writers will have Shown Their Work.
Cadance will be suspected of being "The Heir of Sombra"Both Salazar Slytherin and Lord Sombra were evil tyrants that had lived a thousand years before the main story, and taken control over the major location in question. Since Cadance appears to rule over the Crystal Empire, she will be revealed to have some sort of power related to Lord Sombra, which will make everypony suspicious of her. This could also involve an allusion to an exchange from the film of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets:
Princess Cadence is King Sombra's daughterWell, why else would she be ruling the Crystal Empire? And we know that Winged Unicorns have lifespans of over a thousand years. Presumably she ran away just before the empire disappeared.
Princess Cadance has mastered a translation spell.That's why the Mane Six can communicate with the Crystal Ponies.
Princess Cadance is a descendant of the original queen of the Crystal EmpireWhich is why her cutie mark is the Crystal Heart.
Related to the above, regardless of any relation to past rulers, Cadence's destiny was always to become ruler of the Crystal Empire.That is why her cutie mark is the Crystal Heart. When it first appeared everyone assumed it was solely because of her ability to spread love. Not even Celestia, with her self-confessed limited knowledge of the Empire, understood the significance of being able to spread hope and love in regards to the Crystal Empire. Celestia didn't just send Cadence to the Empire because of her abilities, Cadence had her abilities because she was destined to one day be sent there.
Cadance is Luna's daughter.It has been confirmed that Cadance is supposed to be Celestia's niece. Celestia's only known sister is Luna. The conclusion is easily reached.
Cadence isn't immortal.It's not that Alicorns are immortal. It's that there's something unique about Princess Celestia and Luna. There are rare mortal alicorns, but people think the entire line is immortal because the two most famous ones are.
Cadence is a recovered "Chuunibyou"Chuunibyou, or "Eigth-Grader Syndrome", is defined as a sudden outburst of hyperactive imagination among second-year junior high kids and its associated delusions of grandeur. Cadence went through this during her adolescence, which may explain where "Princess Mi Amore Cadenza" originated.
Cadence was frozen.The true royal family were all killed after Sombra took over, but they managed to save Cadence by freezing her in the Arctic ice. She was eventually found by excavators, who reported the find to Celestia. OR, "You've been asleep, Princess, for almost a thousand years." - Hopefully, she didn't have a date.
There's nothing special about Cadance's alicorn-nessIt's a rare condition, but occasionally, a pony will be born an alicorn. Cadance is mortal. She doesn't have super-awesome abilities outside her talent. This will be revealed in an episode with absolutely no fanfare.
Cadance is in charge of relations with other countries.Representing the Power of Love might help.
Princess Cadance originally learned magic from Twilight Sparkle's parents.As shown in Twilight Sparkle and the Crystal Heart Spell, Cadance started out a pegasus pony, not an alicorn. She gained her unicorn horn later and, almost certainly, required at least some instruction in how to perform magic. Whether Celestia could not or would not train her, Cadance sought instruction from unicorns in Canterlot and found Twilight's family. It's through this apprenticeship that she met Shining Armor and became Twilight's foalsitter.
Princess Cadence is descended from the rulers of the Crystal Empire and is part Crystal Pony.Prior to King Sombre's takeover of the Crystal Empire, Cadence's ancestor - daughter of the Empire's true rulers - fled the Crystal Empire. Without the influence of the Crystal Heart she reverted to looking like an Earth Pony, albeit one with a very distinctive, multi-coloured mane. The ancestor got lost in the tundra and would have died if she had not been found by a pegasus stallion who took her in and nursed her back to health. By this point the Crystal Empire had vanished. One thing led to another and the ancestor and the pegasus fell in love and had a kid who was born a pegasus but with the distinctive crystal pony mane. Depending on Cadence's age this child was either her or several generations of descendants later. Cadence was born a pegasus but with the distinctive features of her crystal pony ancestry. Something happened to her parents, resulting in the filly Cadence being found in the forest by Earth Ponies who took her in. The events of Cadence's story then follow, leading to Celestia transforming her into an Alicorn. Celestia recognised Cadence's crystal pony nature and perhaps recognised her as being descended from the Crystal Princess (possibly due to the Crystal Heart in her Cutiemark this is why when the Crystal Empire returned she sent Cadence and Shining Armor to the Empire and why Cadence was made the ruler of the Empire - she IS the Crystal Princess. As her Crystal Pony blood has been diluted she does not remain in her crystal form after the Crystal Heart is restored. Some supporting factors:
Other Equestrian Royalty
Queens are evil.Girls thinking this is so is the official Hasbro reason why Celestia isn't a queen. Maybe that's canon in-universe as well: a past queen was so wicked that all future female rulers avoid the title.
Queen is a reserved title, held vacant for a reason.Like with Kim Il Sung in North Korea, a now-dead Queen holds the title officially, and no other Alicorn is allowed to be the true Queen.
Celestia and Luna have a living parent.Living in the sense that an immortal magical being is truly alive. The King or Queen (or both) are still around in some form, but no longer physically present in Equestria. So, their daughters can't be queen. To that end: the God-Empress of Ponykind is entombed within the Golden Stall. Her power preserves Equestria. To suggest otherwise is unfriendly, and also heresy.
There is no queen because Equestria is undergoing a massive Succession CrisisThere are in fact many Alicorns, and when the Celestia and Luna's parents died it kicked off a war that is still going on after thousands of years.
Celestia is the Queen.Note that she is addressed interchangeably as "Your Highness," the vocative form of princess, and "Your Majesty," the vocative form of queen. Note also that there are constant references to the "royal" palace, the "royal" gardens, etc., not the "princely" palace or "princely" gardens. Clearly, like most monarchs, Celestia holds multiple titles. For comparison, consider that Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain also holds among her many titles "Princess of Wales," although, as per ancient tradition, she permits her son and heir Charles to use the title Prince of Wales; she is also Empress of India, incidentally, but she customarily is referred to as the Queen. Celestia is both Queen and Princess, but customarily uses "Princess" so as not to appear too distant or removed from her subjects, an issue which obviously troubles her enough as it is. Luna, as the foalless Celestia's legal heir, is permitted to use the title of princess in much the same way as Charles is allowed to use the title of Prince of Wales.
Prince Léon, Celestia's nephew from that french comic, is much like Chibiterasu.That is, there was a huge shifting of the balance between good and evil (perhaps the confrontations between Nightmare Moon or Discord). Apparently, him coming into existence was one of the results.
The Princess mentioned in Hearts and Hooves day was another alicorn.The status of alicorns in the MLP universe is unclear, it's never stated that Luna and Celestia are the only ones. If Princess Cadance gets introduced in a future episode, it will confirm that there may be more than two.
There are actually several alicorns, each controlling a different force of nature.Just as Celestia and Luna control the sun and the moon, there are other alicorns controlling different forces of nature. One controls the tides, another controls volcanoes, another controls the moving of continents and the formation of mountains, another controls forest growth, etc. The reason that we've only seen Luna and Celestia so far is because, unlike the other alicorns, they can control their force from anywhere in Equestria. A sea-controlling alicorn must stay by the sea, preventing her from moving far.
None of the Alicorns are related by bloodAs they are so rare, any time an Alicorn is born, it is taken by the royal family and raised in the palace. Why? Because like how a baby unicorn has little control over it’s telekinetic magic, an Alicorn has little control over it’s EARTH-SHATTERING magic. It needs to be raised away from the rest of ponykind, first off to control it, secondly to avoid forming emotional bonds with it’s still-mortal parents and siblings, and finally, to figure groom it as a possible heir to the throne. Celestia and Luna are considered “sisters” because Luna was found when Celestia was still a foal. When the two of them matured, all subsequent alicorns viewed the pair as adoptive aunts.
Prince Blueblood gets his title from the old Unicornian royalty, not his relation to CelestiaOne branch of the family produced the princesses, who are...ahem...horses of a different color. Another produced Blueblood (and possibly Cadance, who got a lucky roll of the heredity dice and has been a cerapter from birth).
Blueblood is Princess Cadence's brother or cousinAnd he acts as suck-up as he does to compensate for his lack of wings, as being a Unicorn Pegasus is the defining trait of royalty - lacking half of that defining trait, he compensates (probably subconsciously and due to the inevitable low self-esteem) by acting as snobby and "royal" as possible.
Most winged unicorns aren't any more powerful than other unicorns, pegasi, or earth ponies.Though having access to all three types of powers probably results in beneficial synergy. Cadence did not display power above the average unicorn or pegasus, though her special spell is extremely potent in the correct circumstances.
Winged Unicorns will always become royalty, or otherwise important.In a fashion similar to diamond trolls from Discworld, they are too important on a symbolic level to fade into the background, regardless of how powerful they are.
Equestria has a lot of Vestigial RoyaltyCelestia lets incorporated nations and peoples retain their titles, resulting in loads of impressive sounding but ultimately meaningless titles.
Alicorns are chosen, rather than bornSufficiently badass ponies are chosen by some sort of deity or magical force to become alicorns. Celestia and Luna ascended after defeating Discord. Cadence, on the other hand, may be ex-military. I just pulled that last one out of nowhere.
Cadence, Blueblood and any other 'nieces and/or nephews' are only related via adoptionWhen Celestia and Luna were rising into power during their fight against Discord, various leaders with titles aligned themselves with the two alicorns. Once Discord was defeated and modern Equestria was founded, Celestia and Luna adopted the ponies that helped them into their family.
Celestia/Luna are not examples of the full alicorn power. Its still possible to go Six Winged Pony formWhich makes the fact that there are 6 in the mane cast a little suspicious.
Becoming a "Royal" Alicorn is different for each type of Pony.Earth Ponies must perform a Great Task. Unicorns must reach Magical Mastery. Pegasus must fly to a metaphorical Higher Plane.
Celestia, Luna (and perhaps Cadence) have paid a price for Immortality via Infertility.Celestia is supposedly over 1000 years old. Possibly the oldest Pony in Equestria. Yet not once in that time did she breed and give birth (that anyone knows of anyway). She seems beautiful (by Pony Standards), powerful, beloved and should have no shortage of potential partners that would be honored to be choosen as her mate. The lack of direct bloodline heirs is telling.
Prince Blueblood is a Changeling.Queen Chrysalis' trading card has a warning that states that anyone who rejects Applejack's treats is likely a changeling. Blueblood spat them out rather than swallow them. His other behavior also fits in rather well with what we've seen of a disguised changeling. So, at some point prior to the Grand Galloping Gala a changeling swapped places with Blueblood in order to infiltrate Canterlot high society. Since the changeling was never made on the basis of their actions, the changeling likely choose Blueblood to swap with because they could copy Blueblood's personality. That, or the changeling made the switch a long, long, time ago.
The alicorns are linked to the classical planets.There are six royal bloodlines, one representing the sun and the moon and five representing the ponyverse equivalents of the planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. Celestia and Luna represent the house of the Sun and Moon, of course, while Princess Cadence is linked to Venus. Cadence probably has siblings/cousins who represent the other planets and have powers similar to her ability to spread and foster love: the scion of Mars would be in charge of Equestria's military and have the power to inspire courage, the scion of Mercury would be in charge of trade and diplomacy and have powers linked to travel and communication, and so on.
Another pair of cerapter sisters ruled Equestria in the past.Or at least other cerapters ruled prior to Celestia. In the second episode, Twilight was unaware that Luna had been Celestia's sister, which implies that another pair of cerapters that could control the night and day had ruled in the past.
The reason that Celestia is a princess and not a queen.Ok yes I know that it is because Hasbro demanded it but I think I have a good in universe reason for it. It is clear from the Hearts warming eve episode that at least kings did exist at one time so it is not much of a jump to assume queens did to. Jump ahead to after Celestia and Luna defeat Discord and in thanks pony society wants to make the sisters their rulers. At first they give the older sister the title of queen and the younger the title of princess. However Celestia feels that defeating Discord was a team effort and that she and her sister should be co-rulers, however she knows that pony society would not accept two queens so instead she takes the title of princess like her sister and they start ruling together. Jump a head to after Luna became Nightmare Moon and was banished. The reason Celestia did not become queen after becoming the sole monarch was 1- to honor her sister and 2- because she hoped one day her sister (Luna not Moon) would come back and they could rule together again.
If we ever see Celestia's and Luna's mother......She'll be (or look extremely similar to) Lauren Faust's alicorn OC. Because that would be just about the most heartwarming thing ever.
Combining the above two WMGs, Celestia and Luna aren't queens because......Their mother (a.k.a. The Fausticorn) is still the Queen of Equestria. Celestia and Luna are just keeping things in order while she's gone. Speaking of which, where in Tartarus is she?!
Prince Blueblood is the way he is because...He can't use magic. Think about it, did you every see him use any? He picked up that rose with his mouth, refuses to open the door, and eats with his hoof (the other incidents can be chalked up to even Rarity didn't think of using magic). Despite being born a unicorn, Blueblood has been incapable of using even the simplest of spells. Therefore half of his attitude stems from his frustration and embarrassment at his weakness. The other half would be just him being the spoiled jerk we know he is. Despite not having magic, he was lucky enough to be born royal, having everything done for him and not having to lift a hoof, so magic isn't a necessity for him. Perhaps if he was born with magic maybe he would be a more respectable pony.
Celestia, Luna, et al. refuse the title of Queen out of respectEither they're honouring the Queen's memory by not taking the title for themselves, or there's a Queen in the Mountain hiding somewhere.
The Equestian royalty represents love.Celestia and Luna represent love between family, Candence and Shining Armor represent romantic love, and Twilight and her friends might in the future represent love between friends.
The Equestrian Alicorns are protectors of the universeEach alicorn could be the protector and maintainer of a trait that serves the universe as a whole. Celestia protects and let the sun rise each day, while Luna does this with the moon. Cadence is the protector of love. If the Twilight-rumors are true and she will become an alicorn, then she would be the maintainer of magic. An alicorn comes into existence when a pony (or maybe a non-equine being) has done a lot to protect the universe and starts to perfected within its subject-matter, they will become alicorns. They could also be alicorns after birth (due to having an alicorn parent, with the rumors of princess Skyla), who need to find out their destiny on their own, or even give up their wings or horn when they find out they will not.
Diamond Tiara will at some point attempt to Buy a royal titleJust to show the audience that being a princess is actually a HUGE responsibility, You can't just go down to the costume store, pick up a 2-bit tiara and claim to be royalty.
Alicorns, while still rare, are much greater in number than just the few we've seen.In the episode The Mysterious Mare Do Well, Rainbow Dash is surprised but not suspicious to find that Mare Do Well had a horn as well as wings. This would indicate that alicorns are not as rare as initially believed. They're still rare, of course, but could number a hundred or more. Most probably aren't as powerful as Celestia and Luna but still probably have important duties and royal status.
True royal status is earned, not given by birth.While Blueblood may be established as a prince, he has no real political power or authority. He has the "prince" title because he was born into it, but the real marker of royalty is alicorn status. If Celestia wants to promote a pony to true royal status, where they have power and authority, she turns them into an alicorn.
The Elements of Harmony play a role in determining the line of succession.
Relating to the above: becoming an Alicorn does not necessarily involve mastery of magic itself, but mastery of one aspect of the Elements of Harmony.In addition to a Great and Important Deed or whatever, which is why Twilight's friends are not alicorns despite being able to represent the elements. Even though the elements were hidden for a while, the concepts they represent could still be relevant. And alicorns could be said to represent the harmony of Earth, Unicorn and Pegasus ponies.
Princess Celestia has a hand in creating the show.
The Princess are based (and possibly chosen) around the Four Loves
The King and Queen of Equestia will Appear in Season 4...
The alicorn princesses are deities instead of (or in addition to) royalty.Obviously related to the above entry, and probably pretty much accepted as canon by most of the fandom, but not really expressed in these terms anywhere else on the page, so I'm putting it here.
Prince Blueblood isn't usually a jerk.He acts like one in public due a number of bad experiences with ponies that only wanted the privileges of being a friend or lover of royalty. And would have acted better with Rarity, had she only made his name to Twilight (thus getting Twilight to forewarn him).
Prince Blueblood's special talent is to move the sun without being crippledAdmit it, if you could do something only a Physical Goddess can without getting crippled (what ultimately happened to teams of unicorns before Celestia took over, according to The Journal of the Two Sisters) you too would start having a big head...
We will meet Queen Chrysalis' daughter, Princess PupaIn order to try and establish a sense of Peaceful Coexistence (doubtfully the word used) between Equestria and the Changeling Kingdom, Chrysalis' daughter, the young Princess Pupa is sent over as an exchange student/take a tour of Equestria. The gang expect the daughter to be a fierce, black-hearted warrior-like princess, but when she arrives (accompanies by armed guard) she is revealed to be a tiny, bespectacled and all around adorably sweet Changeling (add in asthma and the frequent use of inhaler) who could rival Sweetie Belle in terms of giving a viewer diabetes by her sheer cuteness. Of course, we have the usual shenanigans with cultural clashes (bonus points if the Changelings' culture is given an explanation, something from the Far East like Japan and Korea would be really interesting), with a written message/threat by Chrysalis to the Mane Six that if a single hair on Pupa's pig tailed mane is hurt, she'll personally bite their heads off one by one. However, some of the Mane Six decide they want to see if they can pump any secret information about Changeling government and military secrets out of the filly (behind Celestia's back) by sending in the CMC to befriend her. They eventually get nothing and are surprised (despite Pupa's young age and already innocent appearance and demeanor) that she knows little to nothing of her mother's dealings and plans - she doesn't even know about the Canterlot Invasion, which can lead to a classic Fawlty Towers, "Don't mention the war/invasion!" set of jokes. A good twist in the plot is that the CMC and Pupa go missing, and remembering Chrysalis' warning, begin a desperate search for them. Or a good emotional scene where Pupa finds out and believes the CMC used her, only for them to make up again in the end. And she'll be voiced by Tara Strong in her Omi or Boh voice.
King Leo from the books is Celestia's cousin via marriage/political union.He's a sea lion, as in a lion-headed aquatic creature. How does that translate from surface-native pony?