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If a Pegasus Unicorn Princess named Luna gets taken by the Dark Presence, and serves as its Avatar through Nightmare Moon, then you're in... Night Springs!Think about it. The "dark magic" that had captured Luna (like, say, Barbara Jagger) possibly feeds from her Leitmotif: darkness and night. It seems more or less crucial for it, just like the DP (which is in fact a literal case). In both universes, it's visible form consists of black/dark purple blobs. It can take a story's minor protagonist and make her disappear from the plot altogether, making her the Macguffin (like Princess Celestia, or Alice Wake). Luna has the power to bring eternal night, and Nightmare Moon!Luna plans to do so (unlike Normal!Luna). Nightmare Moon!Luna is able to a) manipulate wild animals' behaviours (through a possible array of factors, such as the thorn), b) destroy bridges (seriously, the DP always destroys bridges) through levitation, c) play mind-whammy on characters to make them budge (the trees with the scary faces), and most importantly d) can probably 'take' characters, can teleport them to the scene (like regular Taken (Nurse Birch), only this time it was done with the "Shadowbolts", who may or may not have been an actual stunt-flying group before being taken) and use them as marionettes (like Rose Marigold), and Luna can be 'exorcised' from her possession by an intensive and bright source of light and colour (Friendship-Magic, in this case. Perhaps a Flare Gun would have done it too). That she didn't carry away any permanent damages of sanity after said possession can be explained by the fact that the DP only 'touched' her (just like Alan Wake), which means that it was able to control it's thoughts and perception, but did leave enough liberty for her to use her special ability, this being controlling the night-day cycle (as opposed to Wake's writing talent). And hey - both scenarios take plays in tv shows ("Previously on Alan Wake / My Little Pony")!
What happened to Luna will happen to CelestiaBecause, honestly, I so want to see her "Nightmare Sun" form.
Alternately, What happened to Luna will happen to TwilightMay be a bit too dark for the show, but now that Twilight's an alicorn but still young and insecure, she would be vulnerable to whatever corrupted Luna. Unlike Celestia, we've seen a lot of Twilight's insecurities that the magic could play on (imagine lesson zero times a thousand). Also, this prevents a neat, elements of harmony based solution.
Princess Celestia wanted Nightmare Moon to escapeShe's the one who stopped Twilight Sparkle from trying to prevent it, after all. If she was really the heartless tyrant some people seem to think she is, she'd have wanted to make sure her sister stayed locked up, not welcomed her back. My guess is that she sealed Luna away because without the sixth Element of Harmony, that's all she could do. After a thousand years of guilt and loneliness, she just wanted her sister back.
Nightmare Moon didn't escape at all.Nightmare Moon had an awfully orderly escape. The stars converged exactly on schedule, at a preordained date and time, and in perfect symmetry, just as the prophecy foretold, and even foreillustrated. Now, what's a simpler explanation, that somepony had a precisely accurate psychic vision that rogue stars, acting of their own agency and for no apparent reason, would assist in the escape of a, ahem, lunatic, or that the pony who cast the spell just wrote down how it would end? Celestia, who loved her sister dearly, would not imprison her forever. She cast the spell to seal Luna in the moon, and in doing so ordained the date, time, and mechanism of her release. Knowing Luna would not listen to her, she made plans to train a protégé who could wield the Elements of Harmony and knock some sense into her wayward sister, and wrote the books of "prophecy" to facilitate that end. In essence, 1000 years wasn't a prophecy — it was simply Nightmare Moon's sentence.
Nightmare Moon is a fusion of Princess Celestia and Princess Luna.This assumes that the tale (Mare in the Moon) was wrong to begin with, meaning that Luna doesn't become Nightmare Moon, and it was just a tale told by the winner of the fight. And the fight went like this: Princess Celestia was truly angry at Luna for something she did or tried to do, banishing her to/into the moon as punishment, possibly in a time Celestia was far less mature and understanding, and only had her power in her favor to prove herself right. Further proof is that Luna seemed to fear her, and was very sorry afterward; Celestia must have been a monster when mad, but Luna truly loves her big sister. And as for how is Nightmare Moon a fusion of the sisters, it's all in Celestia's disappearance and reappearance times: she disappears after being a confirmed appearance at Ponyville for the celebration and right under their eyes, and reappears after the burst of rainbow and light caused by the elements, freeing the sun. Also, it's awfully convenient that Nightmare Moon put Twilight Sparkle and friends under the precise circumstances to produce the Elements of Harmony later on...
Nightmare Moon is Derpy.Luna is just a fall pony tricked into believing she did the deed. Ever notice how Derpy seems to show up everywhere? That's because she's watching, looking for weaknesses in the Elements of Harmony and preparing her next master plan.
Night Mare Moon's one thousand year imprisonment on the moon was a Karmic punishment.When she first revealed her plans to make the night last forever, she said, "The moon is the only thing you'll see for a thousand years!"
Nightmare Moon's evil isn't gone or destroyed.It was absorbed by the Mane Cast and it is corrupting them. Every time one of them feels extreme rage or acts crazy, it is because of the same power that was corrupting Luna. And this Dark Side is growing stronger...
Nightmare Moon was actually Princess Luna's nightmare (building on the idea, above, that the two are not the same pony). Also, who is Princess Celestia, anyway?Luna was very jealous, but unable to bring herself to upset The Harmony to do anything about it. Denying her feelings, she pushed them down until they gave her bad dreams, and finally Nightmare became strong enough to take over. This essentially means Luna was sick, not evil, which agrees with the show's White and Grey Morality. When Luna said she was sorry, it wasn't for what Nightmare almost did, but that she hid her feelings and created her (although it hasn't been stated in the show, lets assume that she was getting therapy on the Moon instead of just locked in a closet).
Princess Luna was Nightmare Moon!I know it sounds like a crazy conspiracy theory, but think of it, my fellow ponies! Celestia introduced her sister of which we have never heard before to us right after Nightmare Moon appeared, and then mysteriously vanished again. Isn't that a strange coincidence? And she gave her responsibility for the moon. The moon, don't you get it? I tell you, there's some crazy conspiracy going on behind our backs, fellow ponies! So, never stop asking questions! The truth is out there!
Nightmare Moon is magically aged-up version of Luna.Word of God states that Luna is not fully grown yet and that her adult form will look less like Nightmare Moon, which means that NMM is a warped version of her future self. When she tried to rebel, she thought that the ponies did not respect her and her night because she was the younger sister, so she used magic to make herself older. Unfortunately, the magic enhanced the negative aspects of her personality. Thus, the elements of harmony were needed to counteract the negative personality to bring her back to normal.
Nightmare Moon was an Eldritch Abomination born of Luna's jealousy.The reason she could overwhelm Celestia was due to being possessed by a horror which seized her in a moment of weakness and made her sublimely powerful. Only the Elements of Harmony could seal the horror back up and free Luna. (Admittedly this is one I used for a fanfic...)
At some point, we'll get to see Celestia's take on the Nightmare Moon form.Apparently, Nightmare Moon was not Luna's true form, just an evilized version of her. We'll get to see a evilized version of Celestia, which will an appropriate evil name. (Like Hell Horse or something like that.) There are two ways this can go down:
Nightmare Moon was Princess Luna's Heartless.
Nightmare Moon was banished, but Princess Luna went voluntarily.Although Nightmare was dominant, Luna was still present. The banishment was more like a time out or a "go to your room" situation (Luna & Nightmare are both embodiments of the night and controlled the Moon, before Celestia took over). Nightmare was a vengeful aspect that wanted eternal night and thought nothing of the consequences, but Luna would have known what would happen if that were allowed and wasn't able to stop it. Celestia won by using the Elements of Harmony, but it was Luna that helped keep Nightmare on the Moon, wanting to keep her evil, dominant side from hurting anypony.
Nightmare Moon/Luna built a Lotus-Eater Machine on the moon.In an effort to keep her sanity during imprisonment, she created an illusionary paradise for herself on the moon. She had a small, but grand and majestic lunar kingdom, filled with subjects that deeply loved her and her night. The illusion's backstory for the subjects is that they were a resistance force that formed after Nightmare Moon/Luna's banishment, but were banished to the moon themselves and helped their princess build her new kingdom. Most of her years of imprisonment were spent there happily, and Nightmare Moon/Luna eventually came to believe it was real. However, it was eventually destroyed by the clashing personalities of Nightmare Moon and Luna. Sometimes one would be dominant over the other, and the paradise would alter a bit to make the dominant one happy. (For example, one day Nightmare Moon would be in control, and an illusionary Celestia would be captured and killed. The next day, Luna would be in control, and she and Celestia would spend the day together, having made up long ago.) The lack of continuity eventually caused the dream to collapse, leaving a heartbroken and furious Nightmare Moon alone for the rest of the sentence.
Princess Luna was possessed by some dark force, possibly another world.When Luna saw noone was out enjoying the night, her negative feelings left her wide open to some dark spirit. It possessed her, transforming her into a warrior of darkness. It would explain the size difference between Nightmare and Luna.
Nightmare Moon is/was a Dark Passenger possessing Luna.
Remember that bit with Nightmare Moon in the hourglass?That was the result of Nightmare Moon testing the limits of her prison. As centuries went by and it weakened, Nightmare Moon was able to appear in Equestria for a few brief seconds in random places, unable to really do anything but look menacing (at first, though she later was able to influence Equestria in small ways) or be detected by most people. There were a few cases where she'd appear right behind other ponies, without them noticing anything but an odd chill in the air. Her reflection in the hourglass was one of her final such appearances, with Twilight and Spike too busy to notice anything. Yes, I did just turn Nightmare Moon into the Slender Mane.
Nightmare Moon was incapable of removing the Elements Of Harmony from their resting place herselfThis is why she just didn't head on ahead and destroy them, even though she knew their location. Either because she wasn't one of the proper weilders or maybe some spell put on them by her sister or the fact she was evil, Nightmare Moon was incapable of removing them from where they were kept. Thus why she kept trying to stop them from reaching them, if they couldn't reach them, they weren't a threat to her. She let them alone once they reached them so she could swoop in and grab them like she did, because once they were moved whatever protection was on them was broken. By that point, she decided to kill two birds with one stone and destroy the Elements and her enemies all at once.
Banishing Luna/Nightmare Moon to the moon was really the only option Celestia had.In order for the Elements of Harmony to be used to cleanse someone, there has to be at least two wielders. This is because the elements embody The Power of Friendship, which has the power to heal in the MLP universe. Since Luna became Nightmare Moon, she lost her connection with the elements and the relationship between her and Celestia became disharmonious. Celestia was the only one left who could use the elements, so she obviously had to be the one to stop Nightmare Moon. However, as she was alone, she could not heal Nightmare Moon. Since she did not want to kill her sister or turn her into stone, Celestia sent her to the moon. While such an act restored the natural harmony of the world, it destroyed the bond between the sisters. Since Celestia used the elements to destroy a relationship instead of creating one, she too lost her connection with the elements. Therefore, Celestia had to find others to wield the elements in order to save her sister.
Nightmare Moon used to be Luna's playful persona.Based on the leak info about Luna's episode, ponies' Holloween is called "Nightmare's Night" so it wouldn't be that hard to guess that Luna is a trickster and use to go out once a year to play tricks on ponies, kinda like a pony Loki. Even Nightmare Moon on the show seems to more Laughably Evil and an Evil Overlord most seem to think she is.
Nightmare Moon is still alive and wellIt is quite clear from what we have seen of them that the Eo H are incapable of killing. Most likely, when NMM possessing Luna was blasted by them, it merely separated the two. Part of Season 2 will be about the Big Bad trying to bring her/it back to physical form.
Princess Luna and Nightmare Moon were originally two seperate entities, fused together by the Elements of HarmonyWord of God states that an outside force transformed Luna into Nightmare Moon, originally, Nightmare Moon was an Eldritch Abomination that possessed Luna and used her body as a "host" for the Nightmare Moon entity. When Nightmare Moon was defeated, the Elements of Harmony did not destroy her, but more rather, fused her and Luna into one being. This explains why Luna always referred to herself as "we" in Luna Eclipsed, referring to both Luna and Nightmare Moon, this also explains why Luna sounded like two different people talking when she used the THE TRADITIONAL ROYAL CANTERLOT VOICE, because it was both Luna and Nightmare Moon speaking simultaneously.
Nightmare Moon's first attempt at eternal night lasted several months or even years.Nightmare Night indicates that Nightmare Moon is remembered as a very influential and terrible figure in Equestrian history, even if the details are all jumbled. If Nightmare Moon's first attempt at eternal night (before Celestia banished her to the moon) only lasted the hours or days that her second attempt seemed to, then she wouldn't have been remembered nearly as much, and some ponies probably wouldn't even know her name. Rather, it was a very dark time in Equestria's history, with widespread famine and roving monsters of the night terrorizing Equestria's citizens.
"You ponies are just the most fun I've had in eons"
The stars that aided Nightmare Moon's escape were the other 4 Ancient Wielders of the Elements of Harmony.I'll be honest here, I don't know where this would go, I'm just putting it here because Princesses are involved:// There are six elements. As far as we've seen, you need a specific team of six to use them. Celestia and Luna are both members of the old team. That leaves four slots open. How many stars were there? Four.// Since I'm here, I might as well put what I think the princess were, too. Celestia was wearing the Element of Magic Tiara in the Intro Story, so we know she's the Magic in the six. Luna was probably Loyalty, and I base this entirely on the fact that it took the entire team to catch Graynbow Dash in Return of Harmony Part 2.
The story of the Blanks has something to do with the creation of Nightmare moon
The entire "Nightmare Moon" scenario was the final scene of an elaborate LARP.We've all seen that Celestia is a bit of a troll, right? (The episode with the teacup and the phoenix, anypony?) Assuming Luna has a similar sense of humor, her plot to create The Night That Never Ends was just another game to the two goddesses, with Nightmare Moon as Luna's Player Character. (Being immortal, a thousand years is probably the normal length for a game to them.) "I missed you so much, big sister" is just Physical God -speak for "Good Game". Of course, Even Jerkass Gods Have Standards, hence Celestia's treatment of Discord.
Nightmare Moon is a mask of NyarlathotepAs in the Cthulhu guess below, except for the fact that NMM actually spoke to her victims. Furthermore, the assorted "tests" she put the Mane Cast through were his way of toying with them.
Nightmare Moon will be the main villain but...Spend most of the season in her smoke form, unable to manifest physically. After she was beaten and purged from Luna, she's been searching for a way to get a new body and her revenge. Many of the bad events in the preceeding season will be revealed to be her doing as attempted revenge. Her plan will revolve around trying to create herself a body free of any good influence, and it will be revealed that Luna was holding her back previously, thus why she doesn't want a body with a pre-existing mind in it.
Nightmare Moon is Cthulu.Locked some place cold and dark (Moon/Depths of Ocean), incredible powers, will escape when the stars are right, treated as myth by the local civilization (Ponyville/Everyone who hasn't been involved in anything) but known by foreigners (Zecora/cults) and people who read far too much (Twilight/?), it's form is sort of comprehensible but aspects are well beyond what people can grasp (Mane and fact she's an Alicorn / Giant octopus-dragon-man Starfish Alien).
Nightmare Moon secretly wanted to be defeated.
Nightmare Moon was Luna all along.To be sure, it may have been a Luna who wasn't exactly in her right mind anymore thanks to whatever evil outside influence one wants to credit for it. But there was no demonic possession or anything of that sort going on, nor did Nightmare Moon spontaneously split off of the 'real' Luna as a separate personality; there was only one pony underneath the mask all the time. This actually explains Nightmare Moon's actions in the pilot just as well as any other theory — not so much any sort of dedicated Evil Overlord or Omnicidal Maniac as simply a fed-up filly goddess who's finally managed to send her big sister to her room after being stuck in her own for a thousand years and who's not going to put up with anypony ignoring her anymore ever...
Nightmare Moon was caused by/actually one of the ChangelingsThink about it. She and Queen Chrysalis (so named in the script by the writers) both share dragon eyes, are powerful enough to take down Celestia, of all ponies in a straight-up fight, and they're both shapeshifters. Heck, Nightmare Moon is like them in another way as well, given that the Changelings feed on love in truly horrible fashion and Nightmare Moon desired the love of her subjects so much that she nearly destroyed Equestria with The Night That Never Ends.
The Nightmare Night traditions are the result of legends about Nightmare Moon and the changelings being combined.Originally, the heroic (if scary) Princess Luna would defend the ponies from disguised spirits that wanted to gobble them up, and was given treats as thanks. After Luna became Nightmare Moon, that changed to her eating anyone who couldn't disguise themselves, and being given tribute so that she wouldn't eat them anyway.
Nightmare wouldn't have just caused eternal night in Equestria, but eternal day in the country to the EastThis explains the urgency of her appearance—a long night is somewhat manageable, the ecosystem can be sustained with magic or technology, and since it was during the Summer the worst that could happen would be an early Winter, as long as they don't put her defeat off for more than a week or so. But the next country over was baking, and suffering from sudden and (if it had been kept up) irreversible climate change, risking turning it into a desert. That's why Celestia was so hasty in the legends, and so efficient in the pilots—for the sake of their neighbors. A future two-parter may consist of eternal day being caused in Equestria, not because of Celestia, but because Osiris had imprisoned Ra and was causing eternal night in Camelu. The Elements would have to be sent, since they are unique across the world, to set things right.
The legend of the Mare in the Moon is about as obscure to ponies as the origin legend of Jack-o'-Lantern is to us.That is, everyone knows what Nightmare Moon/a jack-o'-lantern is, but nobody cares much to find out where the tradition came from.
Nightmare Moon is actually the result of a Fusion Dance between Princess Luna and a Windigo.Luna is younger, thus probably weaker and less experienced than her sister - if she wanted to overthrow Celestia she would need the aid of a powerful and ancient entity. Windigos are spirits of hatred, and Luna certainly must have provided a great food source for them. If she were to merge with one said Windigo would see its powers increase thousand-fold, furthermore it would never need to hunger again. Windigos bring blizzards, Luna's plan would have resulted in The Night That Never Ends - now a neverending night would also lead to neverending winter, thus hiding the Windigo's presence quite well. Harmony would have killed the Windigo, therefore Nightmare Moon, as soon as they realized Luna's sister's plan of using the Elements against them, teleported themselves to the only area Celestia would not chase them to: The Moon. Celestia then used the Elements of Harmony to create a force field around the moon in order to prevent Nightmare Moon from escaping. Nightmare Moon could also only be defeated with the advantage of surprise - they did not expect the Elements to actually work, and by the time they realized the Elements were restored it was already too late. The Windigo was destroyed and Luna freed, weakened, but alive. The legends about Nightmare Moon, told to foals on Nightmare Night, are based on the Windigos' behaviour of feeding on hatred, as during Luna's rise and (short) reign these creatures became ubiquitous again, and back then rumour of Nightmare Moon's true identity was spreading.
Nightmare Moon was trying to use the Elements on Celestia.It apparently takes the entire team of wielders to use the Elements, so neither would have been able to use them on their own. Both thought that using the Elements on the other would get them what they wanted. Both were wrong.
The Alicorn Amulet is connected to Nightmare Moon.Either she made it or used it at first to overpower Celestia's control of the sun and moon to enable her to make eternal night, but eventually became so thoroughly corrupted that she didn't need it anymore and cast it aside. Come on, it's an Alicorn based artifact that corrupts the user the longer its utilized.
Nightmare Moon's armor is the source of Luna's possession.While they seem like they're going with the idea that Princess Luna was possessed, I hate the idea that she didn't have some agency in her corruption. Perhaps in her move for recognition, she sought out a powerful artifact to enhance herself, and picked up the Nightmare Armor. Although she had heard of the risks, she believed she could keep control. This obviously backfired.
Gilda will have a Woobie past episode.Wherein we are shown that she is insanely jealous, antagonizes everypony and everybody, and clings to Rainbow Dash so much because her childhood was a very bad one. Her parents suffered extremely rocky relationship problems, which led to a divorce, which led to a string of new boyfriends, another divorce, numerous schools (and little time to make friends in any of them), till a much-needed break and Crowning Moment of Heartwarming when she gets custody with her "Daddy" (one of her mom's nicer and honestly affectionate boyfriends). Then yet another painful (if temporary) separation when Gilda has to be sent to Flight Camp. Flight Camp is even worse, where the drive for competition and not being in the loser bracket drives Gilda to be good simply because she's afraid of being stuck as the odd-one-out again. Their graduation, and Gilda's being presumably geographically separated from one of her only friends in her entire life contributes to her present day personality.
Gilda will return in a later episode.The moral for said episode will be how anyone has a chance of redemption.
Glida will return and Rainbow Dash will find out how mean she really was to her friendsThe episode ended without Rainbow Dash finding out Glida had treated two of her friends, including the shy, timid one who even she knows is too sensitive for a simple prank. Rainbow Dash will find this out and where it goes from there depends if Glida is a villain in that episode or going to be given a shot for redemption. But I can bet Rainbow Dash will be ticked.
The falcon from "May the Best Pet Win" will become Gilda's pet.
Gilda took Iron Will's courses when she was younger, or at least the same family of self-help lessons.She wasn't a full-on Fluttershy in terms of getting pushed around, but as the odd one out in Equestria was still frustrated with shoddy treatment. It's just that unlike Fluttershy, she never had a My God, What Have I Done? moment and continued to live life as an overbearing jerk around those she didn't respect.
Gilda will get/has a job as a Foreign Wrestling HeelA foreigner with a bad attitude? Check. In good physical shape? She can keep up with a flying Rainbow Dash, so check. Excuse to frequently assault people? Check. Excuse to be a complete jerk? Check.
Gilda's parents work for the Griffon Diplomatic CorpsGilda doesn't really like ponies (apart from Rainbow Dash) at all, so why is she still in Equestria? She probably isn't familiar enough with the Griffons homeland to think of it as home, having grown up in Equestria. That is also why few other griffons appear in the series: Their natural dislike of ponies keeps them away if they lack a good reason to remain in Equestria proper.
Gilda will have a "The Reason You Suck" Speech/Motive Rant/Shut Up, Kirk! on why she never contacted Rainbow Dash after the events of Griffon The Brush OffIt'll involve some Leaning on the Fourth Wall and hypocrisy bits that detail how pony society has to wrap everything up within an afternoon, otherwise they'll never get over it, or how hurt feelings are treated like the end of the world while the actual end of the world is little more than an inconvenience in their minds, or how when she makes Fluttershy cry, she's the embodiment of all that is evil, but physically assaulting her or almost killing her (repeatedly) is something Dash can do with impunity, or when she gets upset at a party and blames the most obvious suspect then tries to leave with the only person she knows, she's this horrible person, but Dash and co. can make national headlines destroying events that likely took months of preparation and effort, but they get to laugh it off because their victims were snooty aristocrats.
The writers forgotten about GildaGiven the fact that Gilda hasn't appeared since Season 1 nor being mentioned unlike Trixie. It's highly possible that the writters have forgotten about her.
Gilda will come back...in a Roaring Rampage of RevengeBUT with a twist: Gilda will come back to settle things with Dash, but then she discovers what Fluttershy did to Dash in Dragon Quest...for how much of an arrogant, rude and overly possessive Jerkass she is, Gilda would never do something like that to a friend, and she's promptly disgusted that one of Dash's new friends could do it, especially after being informed about how Dash has been protective of her for years. Gilda will look for her, and this time Fluttershy will have VERY good reasons to cry...
At Rainbow Dash's request, Cadance will do her "remind the targets of their love" spell on GildaRD, perhaps wanting to give Gilda a second chance (c'mon, Element of Loyalty, ditching one of her oldest friends the moment she becomes inconvenient, over behavior less extreme than what her friends and she herself have personally done?), asks Cadance for help. She does, and RD and G make up, but this has the potential to backfire spectacularly. Not only does it not address the root of the problem (Gilda's disdain for Rainbow Dash's friends/ponies/small towns), but should Gilda realize they messed with her head, she's probably not going to react well. Big McIntosh and Cherilee were rather understanding when the CMC slipped them the love poison. Gilda's probably going to have to be restrained just to keep her from clawing Rainbow Dash's/Cadance's eyes out.
Gilda is half pony.
Trixie has been to the zebra homeland.She once referred to herself as the "greatest equine who ever lived" rather than simply the greatest pony. This suggests she's met equines that aren't ponies. Her traveling show has likely taken her to all sorts of foreign lands.
Trixie has a Inferiority/Superiority complex.
Trixie is Bipolar.We've only seen the "Winning" sides of Trixie in her show, but once the mania wears off, we see an entirely different side of her that's more in line with some of the Iron Woobie fanon.
Trixie had to live with an abusive family member for a time.Think about it. She and Eddy share alot of things in common. They're always out to prove they're better then everyone else. In the Ed, Edd n Eddy movie, it's revealed Eddy's brother is an abusive Complete Monster, which is what caused him to gain an inferiority complex. If the above WMG is true, it could be possible that Trixie gained her inferiority complex in the same way.
In contrast with the above WMG, Trixie use to have a family member she idoled.Maybe a big brother or sister who was exceptionally good with magic. She could have probably been very close to them, and maybe something happened like they died in an accident, or the more kid friendly version of them just disappearing one day. She probably gained her 'better than everyone' attitude because most of the spells she was taught were probably from that family member, and thus doesn't want to ruin their name by letting them be outdone.
Trixie is a reincarnation of Nightmare Moon.It's been said that something or someone caused Luna to become Nightmare Moon. Assuming that it's a thing, when the elements of Harmony purified Luna, the evil Nightmare Moon personality got separated from her. The elements can't outright destroy anything though (they either seem to seal you away or purge you of evil) The light magic from the elements diluted Nightmare Moon and gave her a new body. Memory-less, this new unicorn is an egotistical jerk due to the evil within her. Should she ever combine with pure darkness though, we might see a resurrection of Nightmare Moon.
Trixie will return, seeking redemption.Trixie wasn't all bad, but just too full of herself. In season 2, she will return seeking to amends, even if she doesn't realize it herself at first. And if Twilight ends up moving closer to being Celestia's heir, gaining wings or such, then Trixie would restore the original balance by replacing Twilight as one of the two unicorns in the Mane Cast.
Or, alternatively, she will seek revenge.After having proven that her greatness and power were just empty bluffs, Trixie realizes how powerless she really is and decides to seek real power through magic. However, her hunger for power brings her to the point where all she cares about is power and she'll even break laws and manipulate (and even harm) others just to become even more powerful. Eventually, she puts her power to the test by not just defeating but destroying an Ursa Major thus becoming a Complete Monster. But, she doesn't care even the slightest. Thus, she develops a god complex and changes her stage name from "The Great and Powerful Trixie" to "The ''Almighty'' Trixie." She then plans to get revenge on Twilight Sparkle, overthrow Princesses Celestia and Luna and claim Equestria all for herself.
If Trixie ever shows up again, it will be revealed that the Mane Cast does not remember her name.Partly because it would be hilarious, and partly because it's the best way to annoy someone like Trixie. Oh, they'd remember who she is, they just won't be able to remember her name.
Trixie will defeat an Ursa Major.
Trixie has two older sisters, named Dixie and Pixie.Trixie's parents were a pegasus and an earth pony; likewise, the eldest sister, Dixie, is an earth pony, while the middle sister, Pixie, is a pegasus. However, at least one parent was part unicorn, a trait that manifested in Trixie, much like Pound and Pumpkin cake were born of earth ponies. Growing up was hard for Trixie; she was raised in a low class area (indeed, Dixie has a confederate flag cutie mark, and embodies the worst redneck traits), and her sisters mistreated her for being the odd pony out. Dixie was an outright bully, albeit slow-witted; Pixie was more clever and malicious, but fortunately had too short of an attention span to make the torment unbearable. It was being picked on like this that gave Trixie the cruel streak and the inferiority complex she now has, compelling her to one-up other ponies to prove her worth. When her powers developed, she used them to humble her sisters, before leaving home with the goal of becoming a famous magician. Once she was rich and successful, she could hold it over her siblings' heads forever. However, her misadventure in Poneyville was a harsh setback. A future epsiode will have a defeated Trixie returning to the family home, where the older sisters will be introduced. News of her humiliation will have traveled ahead of her, and her sisters will begin mocking her for it. When Trixie challenges them to do better, they'll travel to Poneyville to antagonize the Mane 6; Trixie will have provided them with information regarding their abilities, using them as pawns in her plan for revenge. At first, their underhanded tactics will give them an edge, but they'll be defeated when Twilight notices their constant infighting, and tricks them with a ler's you and her fight ploy. While they're busy with each other, the Mane 6 will easily boot them out of town. The three will leave Poneyville, squabbling all the while.note
Trixie took courses from Iron Will.She too used to be timid and unassertive. And as with Fluttershy, Iron Will's methods worked just a little too well.
Trixie's suffering from a mild variant of Cutie Mark Failure Insanity Syndrome caused by a partial rejection of her talent.Trixie's talent is item crafting. Her cutie mark is a wand. She travels in a nifty stage coach. Her fireworks are impressive. Her hat and cape practically make her character. And her Ursa story she's using a wand. However, Trixie has ambitions of being the greatest unicorn mage ever under her own power, something she can't do if she relies on focus items. So while she uses her items in the show, she has to beat any heckler under her own power to prove this to herself. The reason is is that she wants to be the Equestrian equivalent of James Bond, the mare on the field saving the day, rather than Q, the pony in the background who makes stuff for the cooler ponies.
Trixie is a changeling.In "Ponyville Confidential", Trixie is revealed to have a Dark Secret.
Trixie was one of Queen Chrysalis's disguises.This one is self explanitory: They both have the same voice actor, both of them boast about doing very important things (Trixie defeating the Ursa Major, Chrysalis and her army taking over Equestria), and both of them are jerks. Kind of.
Trixie actually did defeat an Ursa Minor.However, it was by accident and she knows that in the grand scheme of things, accidents don't count.
Trixie will turn out to be a Not-So-Harmless Villain.I have no idea what she'll do, though.
"Trixie Lulamoon" is only a stage name.Her real name is something she considers embarrassing or just doesn't want to be associated with, and so she made up a cool-sounding pseudonym.
Trixie masterminded all the popularity about her.Since she was originally planned to be a one-shot character, she devised a plan to become more popular among fans in hopes of returning in another episode to get a one-up on Twilight. Seth on Equestria Daily, who helped her Ensemble Darkpony status, is either her minion or a fake alias she goes under. Whenever there's an upcoming episode about a new pony showing up (Mysterious Mare Do Well and the Canterlot Wedding come to mind), or someone brings up the possibility of a new pony joining the Mane Cast, there are immediately guesses that the pony will be her.
Trixie will be The Dragon to King Sombra.If this is the case, King Sombra would've probably took her under his wing promising her with the power she desires as long as she is willing to help his cause.
Trixie's story about being shunned by everyone and having to work on a rock farm is as phony as her Ursa Major story.Works on a rock farm and barely makes a living, but has enough gold to pay for an Artifact of Doom without blinking? Come on, people. She's Trixie. We all know she's not above lying when it benefits her, and the Alicorn Amulet amplified all her negative traits to the max. She probably made up this sob story to make Twilight Sparkle feel bad. Alternatively...
Trixie paid for the Alicorn Amulet with fake gold.Her speciality is tricks and illusions, so it wouldn't come as a surprize if that "gold" she paid with ended up disappearing the very next day.
Corrupted!Trixie didn't restore Pinkie's mouth like the rest of them after the first Magic Duel because she was really, really offended at Pinkie's comment."You're lucky someone like you could get a job on a rock farm" can be translated, especially to someone under a corrupting influence, as "You're not good enough for the job you took to avoid starving". Trixie did that to Pinkie to give he a taste of what she had to go through. Also, Pinkie's voice can get grating if you're not used to it.
Trixie's going to end up working for/apprenticed to Princess LunaIt's at least a semi-popular bit of fanon, so we might as well throw it out there. Here's one possibility of it playing out:
Trixie will officially join the Mane Cast... but only as a result of Alicorn Twilight
Trixie is a direct descendant of Starswirl the BeardedIt would be supremely ironic if it turned out that Trixie, whose magical abilities are mediocre at best, was descended from one of the greatest spellcasters in Equestrian history. Additionally It could even provide an explanation for why she wants to be considered the most magical unicorn in Equestria, by way of her wanting to escape her legendary ancestor's shadow (and even if everyday ponies don't know who Starswirl is, her family probably never shuts up about it).
Trixie and Iron Will are this shows ultimate villain coupleSearch your heart you know it to be true
Trixie was kicked out of Celestia's School for Gifted Unicorns.Word of God is that she got her education there. But after attending such a prestigious school, you'd think she could get a better job then rock farming. Trixie never completed her education, since her attitude got her kicked out of the academy.
Trixie's the daughter of ponified equivalents of the Ice King and Ice King.Saw this and was inspired.
Trixie is jealous of Twilight Sparkle.She has an Inferiority Superiority Complex. The only reason she singled out Twilight for revenge was because she saw how skilled Twilight was at her magic. Trixie only challenged Twilight so she could prove that she was the best at magic and felt that Twilight was better than her.
Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon
Silver Spoon is Octavia's sister.
Silverspoon is Related to Hoity Toity.Most likely, She's his daughter. Why is she living in Ponyville instead of Canterlot? Because her parents are divorced. Silverspoon lives with her mom (let's call her "Platinum"), but both of her parents try to win her over with gifts, favors, and the like, and as a result she has become a spoiled brat.
Diamond Tiara comes from a neglectful and/or emotionally abusive family.She is always wearing a tiara on her head (a freaking tiara, rather than a bow or ribbon or headband), a ploy to get attention. She becomes visibly distressed at the prospect of being upstaged at her own Cutecinera and having people pay more attention to the CMC than herself at said event. She and Silverspoon briefly mention how awful it would be to be "not special," and she is constantly going on about her Cutie Mark in her debut episode. This could mean one of two things: Her family places absurdly high expectations on her and expects her to be supremely special, important, and to stand out above everyone else—which is partly why she wears her tiara. When she fails to meet said expectations, when other ponies are paid attention to over her, her parents berate and punish her. Alternatively, no one in her family pays attention to her, so her talk of being special and her need to be noticed is because of that—she just wants someone to love and pay attention to her.
Silver Spoon's special talent is heroin.Not only is her name Silver Spoon, but her cutie mark is also a silver spoon, which is a tool used in cooking heroin. Diamond Tiara is her biggest customer and a huge addict, or as they like to call it, a "sugarlump rump." This is also why Silver Spoon and Diamond Tiara hang out all the time and became friends. As to why they constantly act like total brats, they're either high (so they don't care), or going through withdrawal (and highly agitated because of it).
Diamond Tiara's and Silver Spoon's Special Talents are not being Alpha Bitches.Diamond Tiara is actually a natural with accessories, particularly jewelry. She may even end up opening a shop in competition, or partnership with Rarity's Carousel Boutique. Silver Spoon is a great chef, focusing entirely on Upper Crust fine dining. The kind that comes in small portions at high prices, Like we saw in Applejack's flashback in The Cutie Mark Chronicles. The reason they're both Alpha Bitches anyway is that they think their High-Class Special Talents make them better than everypony else.
Silver Spoon has a Freudian Excuse/Start of Darkness for her mistreatment of "blank flanks" in her brother.She has an older brother who is a unicorn. Unfortunately, he was born with a mental and magical disability. Dedicated therapy unlocked his magical ability at an early age… unfortunately his power was never able to escape from his horn, limiting him to transforming how own horn (perhaps initially painfully). Due to his somewhat limited abilities, he got near enough to "capping out" that he got his cutie-mark at a VERY young age when he transformed his horn into a spoon shape to feed her shortly after she was weened. Her cruelty towards blank-flanks is partially backlash against others who explained to her why it was actually a SAD thing that her brother had his mark. Perhaps he was even bullied on the subject. In any case, the nickname "Spoonicorn" was either a term of endearment by his family, or of mockery by other children.
Diamond Tiara's a colt.Her special talent is being a Drag Queen. She's even convinced herself.
There will be a Spoof Aesop where Silver Spoon and Diamond Tiara learn not to look down on the CMC for not having their marks yet.They will instead learn to look down on them for all the devastation they have wrought in their wake on their quest to find their marks.
Diamond Tiara is a unicorn.An unexpected magic surge turned her horn into the tiara, and that's how she got her name. I mean, how else did it stay when Apple Bloom caused the strong wind in Cutie Pox by flying with the loopdy-hoop?
Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon don't hate Blank Flanks.They hate Apple Bloom. Personally. They want to needle her as much as possible (though Diamond Tiara is much more dedicated to this). So they pick on her and by extension her friends. They mainly leave Twist alone now because the Blank Flank thing is a primary source of her anxiety, and Apple Bloom seems to have ditched her anyways as far as we know.
Corollary to the above: Why DT hates Applebloom.I assume this is a personal grudge between DT and AB, and Silver Spoon is there because of her friend.
Silver Spoon isn't as mean as she seemsShe's just going along with Diamond. Maybe she's afraid of being a bully of her so she acts like one too, maybe she was friends with her in a time before she became a bully and doesn't want to break their bond.
Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon are trying to goad Apple Bloom into trying to kill them.Not because they have a death wish. Far from it. They've seen Apple Bloom's immense capacity for failure at whatever she tries to do, and the collateral damage she causes in her wake. Her trying to kill them means her tendency to fail will protect them from her attempts.
Silver Spoon is worse than she seemsAs in she's behind Diamond Tiara's Alpha Bitch personality and seems more smug in personality. She even disrespected the presentation of Diamond Tiara's dad. She may be using Diamond Tiara as a means to torment ponies while distracting them from herself.
In relation to the above Silver Spoon's fear of her mother being told about her actions may have sinister motivesHer mother might be dead for all we know and her mother's "room" might actually be a place where Silver Spoon holds certain plans(possibly of even backstabbing Diamond Tiara) she doesn't want known.
Diamond Dogs are lithovores and eat gems like dragons
The Diamond Dogs Rarity encountered were recently-fired miners, and/or trying to set up a scavenging ringDespite kidnapping her in broad daylight, the mutts let Rarity go just because she was annoying, and seem to be using Rarity's magic to find scattered pockets of gems down in the tunnels. The kidnapping bit was only for intimidation, because nopony with sense would get into their racket willingly. ("Hey, we need some help bumming around in an abandoned mine; want to help us find some gems?")
The Diamond Dogs are ruled by a DukeHe is thin, white, always impeccably dressed, and a very nasty character indeed.
The Diamond Dogs wanted those gems for reasons other than greed.They might've wanted to cash in those gems to get something they really needed, like bathtubs or a cleaner home.
The Diamond Dogs will return with their tails between their legs
The Diamond Dogs from season 1 are the last remnants of their civilization.
Discord cannot be defeated.Because he is not evil, but a force of nature. Discord is the spirit of chaos and chaos is inherent to the world. Sealing him away was actually a huge mistake. Sure bad things happened, weather was stormy and animals were wild and unpredictable, but that's the way the world is supposed to be. Without him, the ponies had to take care of everything themselves and their world could no longer support itself without their intervention. His initial rampage at the beginning was because he was just so happy to finally be free he'd had so much energy pent up (and a little of it was just venting). Once he's amused himself, he will go about his own business, popping back every now and then to challenge the only ones he ever really had fun playing with.
Discord's only real powers are deception and illusion.Rarity's diamond is actually just a regular rock, the critters he uses to persuade Applejack with are basically just puppets. These are clues that all his other powers are little more than glamors and illusions: the crazy weather,the stuff with the animals, the unicorns and pegasi losing their horns and wings, but notice the earth ponies don't lose anything because they have nothing visible for his magic to act upon. And of course, the Elements of Harmony are still sitting there in the box, never having left. He merely waited for Celestia to move them to cast a concealment spell and then actually told the ponies that in his own riddling way: "...then find the elements back where you began."
Discord has Hellish powers and may be the equivalent of My Little Pony Satan.We already know Discord can manipulate ponies. In the released season 2 pic, where they're in a hallway, stained glass windows can be seen in the background. In one of them, we can see Discord as a puppeteer controlling the strings of an earth pony, a unicorn, and a pegasus. More interesting, though, is that the ponies appear to be hanging over a pit of FIRE, and they seem to be in incredible pain. (and if you listen closely when Celestia tells the Mane Cast about him, you can here ponies screaming in pain in the background) He may be the pony equivalent of Satan, a Hellish monster with dark powers that wants to make ponies miserable.
Discord is the Last of His Kind.Considering how he has been labelled a Draconequus, rather than just Discord. This has implications that at one point, there were more than one of them. Whatever happened to the rest of them?
Discord is trying to test the mane cast, to see if they are ready for the real Big BadIf they eventually pass the test and defeat him, good, that means they will be prepared for the Big Bad (And Discord probably has a backup plan to survive.) If they fail, then eternal chaos is a light punishment compared to what the true Big Bad will do to Equestria...
Discord's powers will revolve around The Power of HateDiscord is, by virtue of meaning, the opposite of harmony, thus he's already partly the antithesis of the heroes' source of power. Since this is a show were the heroes power literally runs on the Power of Friendship, what better foe than one whose powers are the result of the opposite of friendship? Hatred. Discord literally means "the strife between people" (one meaning). Maybe he's an Anthropomorphic Personification of it or something, but his powers could revolve around hatred. Maybe he'll try to breed hatred between the heroes and break apart their friendship so they can't use the Elements Of Harmony against him, but that backfires by making their friendship stronger than ever. For irony, perhaps his actions end up uniting all of Equestria against him and he has a Villainous Breakdown when he realizes that. A possible way to defeat him would be Forgiveness, he wants to be hated so he'll be stronger, having no hate towards him would weaken him enough for the Elements Of Harmony to be used to reseal him.
The Elements of Harmony sealed away Discord for goodWhen Celestia and Luna originally used the Elements, it wasn't strong enough to seal him for good. His grandiose pose when we first saw him in stone suggests that he already knew that it would only be a matter of time before he returns to Equestria and wreak havoc. This is why he underestimated the mane six when they came together again with the Elements. He thought it would be just like last time and that he would just be taking another short break. However, when they fired the Rainbow of Light, he realized too late that this one would actually seal him away for good, thus when he returned to stone his pose and expression this time was that of pure shock.
Discord is color-blind.He can only see different shades of grey. That's the real reason why he didn't notice that Mane Six were no longer under his spell at the end of episode 2.
Discord's personality-shift spells don't work on ponies who are already greySo Pinky's sisters are perfectly safe. Her parents however...
Discord is an avatar of Nyarlathotep.As a messenger of Azathoth, his ultimate goal is to bring Chaos to the universe. After taking out Humanity at some point, his attentions are now focused on ponies. Fortunately for them, the Elements of Harmony are able to shut him out so long as they are active.
Discord is incapable of accomplishing his ultimate goal, since his plan is unsound.Alright, let's say that Discord manages to defeat, brainwash, and/or kill anyone who could be a threat to his plan. He then proceeds to create a world of perfect chaos, where every single thing is chaotic, disharmonized, and generally makes no sense. But in a world where nothing makes sense, everything makes sense. By creating a world of perfect disharmony, Discord will have created a world of perfect harmony. Discord has never had this pointed out to him, or gotten far enough in his plan to realize this on his own. OK, I stole this idea from 8-Bit Theater, but I think it fits.
Remember Discord's pose he took when Celestia first made him Taken for Granite ?
Discord was created by humans.Following from the WMG theories that Equestria is Earth after humans go extinct, Discord was created by the animosity and disharmony during the war that ended humanity. Either that, or Discord was created through ill-advised magic or science, and caused that war himself.
Discord was created by other Animals.He was going to be their avatar of revenge against ponykind for living magical, lavish lifestyles. They took the best attributes of themselves and combined it into one being, but the resulting spell drove it wild and created Discord. He slaughtered and scattered the various tribes of animals that he was meant to represent and turned to ponies next. For a long time, Celestia was unable to stop him. She went on a soul-searching journey and found five Animals, remnants of the tribes that created discord. A Griffon of loyalty, a dragon of generosity, an antelope of kindness, a goat of laughter, and she was the element of honesty. But they were never friends, at least not to Celestia. She was young and hotheaded and only cared to save her people from Discord. She didn't realize how special these "animals" were to her until it was too late. They had defeated Discord, but Celestia lost what could have been her very best friends.
Discord is telling the truth when he says he doesn't turn ponies into stone, but it's not because he has standards.From his perspective, turning people into stone is simply boring. Stone is static and unmoving, and cannot spread chaos on it's own, unlike Discord's other alterations. Discord doesn't hate the concept of Taken for Granite because he has standards. He hates it because he thinks he can come up with better ideas.
Discord was trying to turn the Elements of Harmony into the Elements of Discord.If the Elements of Harmony were simply a threat to his existence, Discord would've just made them vanish with a thought; but that would be too easy. Instead, he performed Mind Rape on these 6 ponies and waited. Discord's tricks would've facilitated a Face-Heel Turn for each of them, souring the Elements the moment they'd use them. In fact, if the real Rainbow Dash had been there the first time rather than Spike, the Elements would've belonged to Discord, and the universe would've truly been at his disposal.
Discord was originally a statue.The Elements of Harmony's friend beam can't do anything to harm other creatures, that's why they could only send Nightmare moon to the moon, and later, return her back to normal. That said, it didn't petrify Discord; it only returned him to his original form. However, that means there are now two forces of evil out there that are liberated.
Discord was created by the ongoing disputes of the Gods.Originally, there were many racial deities, but the ongoing feuds of how to run their respective lands led to conflict. Discord was born of those conflicts, and took the amalgamated forms of the other gods to mock them. Then he systematically purged the other gods (which is why we never hear of any Buffalo, Cow, Dog, Dragon, Griffon, etc gods during these worldwide crises) and even members of the Royal Pony Sisters extended family. That's why he ruled Equestria and not the world. He was trying to draw Celestia and Luna into open conflict with him where he could crush them. He didn't expect the Elements of Harmony though.
Discord may have been defeated, but he's still an immediate threat.The episode immediately after Discord's defeat, Twilight went crazy, and displayed some very Discord-like tendencies. My theory is that, even after Discord's physical body was turned to stone, some part of him remained, at least in Twilight if not the other Element-wielders. I believe this is also what happened to Luna/Nightmare Moon; after defeating Discord the first time, she was altered/possessed by Discord.
Discord is a genetically engineered being...... Just like Luna and Celestia. Thousands of years ago, some scientists (were they pony? Were they human? Or something else? WE MAY NEVER KNOW) strived to create the "perfect being". Luna and Celestia were far from the only creations, but they were the most successful. Discord was initially declared a success, but since he's made up of so many different creatures, he had a mixed-up nature that made him crazy. (similar to how if you breed dogs from two different breed classes, they're often conflicted on their behavior) He easily broke out of the facility, killed the scientists, and took over the world. After a while, Luna and Celestia stood up to him. The reason they didn't kill him was pity, they knew it wasn't his fault he was so messed up. They intended to find something that could help him so he wouldn't have to stay stone forever, but their responsibilities to the rest of the world just kept getting in the way, not to mention the Nightmare Moon fiasco which made it even harder for Celestia to work on many things at once. It's one reason Celestia set up the institute of magic, as she hopes that one day, maybe another unicorn will find something to help him.
Discord is actually just another victim.He was never evil to begin with, or a Draconequus, just an alicorn prankster. Like Pinkie Pie, however, he knew when a prank would be too much. However, one day, while he was up rearranging the stars (probably into some juvenile statement), he was attacked by some dark force that wormed its way inside him. Though the attack seemed to have no effect at first, his pranks eventually started to get more vicious. Then he decided that it didn't matter if anyone else laughed, as long as he got a laugh. He went around, sewing chaos everywhere, and drawing power from the conflicts he caused. The dark force fed off this power, making Discord more malicious. As he grew more malicious, he caused even greater chaos to draw power from. A negative feed-back loop was formed. The dark force eventually began affecting his physical form, gradually twisting him into the monster we know him as now. By the time the other alicorns figured out what had happened, he was too powerful for them to stop. He proceeded to wipe the alicorn civilization from the planet, until six young alicorns discovered the Elements of Harmony. By the time they engaged Discord with their new found power, the darkness in him was too powerful to be purged, but they managed to seal him in stone. During the battle, four of the six were fatally wounded, and during the sealing, a small portion of the darkness broke away and took up orbit around the moon. The two remaining alicorns, Celestia and Luna, last of their kind, preceded to rebuild civilization using the lesser pony races: earth, pegasus, and unicorn (and sea?). The darkness eventually returned and attacked Luna, but Celestia, having seen the signs of corruption in Discord (particularly the first physical manifestation, those draconic eyes), banished her sister to the moon, isolating her from any source of power for the darkness to feed on, and giving her time to find new bearers for the Elements of Harmony. Since the darkness in Luna wasn't nearly as strong as it had been in Discord, Luna could be purified, but if she had been allowed to corrupt more thoroughly, her form would have also twisted, though retaining a lunar them, as opposed to Discords chaotic theme.
There are cultists of Discord.Because every Evil God needs a group of complete lunatics thinking he's the best thing ever. Surely there must be some cultists of Discord as well, worshiping him and maybe even making sacrifices to him in order to give him the strength to break out of his stone prison. Some of those would be sadists and masochists who revel in pain and suffering, and some others might simply be complete loonies (a bit like Pinkie Pie) who are simply into all the random events Discord can make happen, like the chocolate rain clouds. Possibly one of the later villains could be one of them or a whole group of them.
Discord was driven mad by the "normal" world.Think this through. If Discord is chaos personified, imagine how mind-raping the "normal" world must be for him. With all the organization and structure of the world, he should react the way we do to Eldritch Locations (i.e. getting mentally screwed over). The world drove Discord insane (by his standards), which is why he makes as much sense as he does, much the same way that Eldritch Locations bring their disorder to our minds. After all, his Evil Plan to destroy the mane cast's friendship required planning, structure, and, most importantly, order.
Discord was originally a Chaotic Neutral Spirit Of Chaos.Discord was originally the true spirit of Chaos, as in the balance between chaos and order. He was meant to provide the chaos needed to get the world to work as it needed to. However, eventually, he began to question why he needed to hold back on his fun just to work in harmony with the rest of the world when he had the power to do whatever he wanted to, and decided to do just that, turning Chaotic Evil. He then proceeded to conquer Equestria and turn it into his World of Chaos. It was at this point he was dubbed the Spirit Of Disharmony, as he'd gone from an entity filling it's proper place in the world to one destroying everything For the Evulz and disrupting harmony. With his defeat, the world no longer had him to provide the chaos to power nature (thus why the ponies have to do everything), but Celestia promotes enough Chaotic Good in her subjects to counterbalance his absence on a social level. Alternatively, Pinkie Pie is his replacement and doesn't know it.
Discord literally could do nothing once the Elements were activated.The Elements represent harmony, while Discord represents disharmony. And yet the Elements have proved to be more powerful than him on two occasions. When they're actually activated, their power exceeds his own. For the same reason Celestia and Luna couldn't take control of the moon and sun from him once he'd messed with him, he can't effect or counter the Elements with his Reality Warping powers because they're stronger than he is.
The vision Discord showed Rainbow Dash of Cloudsdale will come true.Cloudsdale will crumble, but it will be because of a different villain. Perhaps in the next two-parter.
Celestia and Discord will turn out to have been lovers before he was imprisoned.And even in the present there will be tons of Foe Yay.
Discord will return as a less menacing recurring villain.Don't take this the wrong way, I don't think it's a good idea to make him Lighter and Softer for the sake of having him stick around more permanently. That said, the writers have created an amazing character and it would be a shame to let him go after just two episodes. He may escape once again, but perhaps tone down the craziness a little, if only to avoid being imprisoned in stone again.
Twilight: Discord! You've unleashed your chaos upon Equestria once before, and we won't let you do it again!
Discord: Oh, what a poor first impression I must have made! I admit it - I overdid it a little back then. It's just that I hadn't seen any proper chaos in such a long time! Anyway, I've had a lot of time to think—one tends to have a lot of time on their hands when they're frozen in place—and I realized that neither of us are going to get what we want if I keep messing everything up!
Twilight: None of this matters to you, Discord! We're putting you back where you belong!
Discord: Oh, haha! How cute. No—you see, you never had a choice. As I mentioned, I've had some time to think, and I've learned from my mistakes. You won't be getting one over on me this time, Twilight.
Twilight: Grr! Stop stalling! Come on, girls! *prepares friend beam*
Discord: Forgive me! Here I was, thinking I was being a good neighbor and warning you. Toodles! *teleports*
Pinkie Pie: *gasp* Does this mean we get chocolate rain again?
If Discord ever appears again the mane six will outright kill him.Either with the fires of friendship or some other way since its clear that turning him to stone doesn't work and unlike Luna, He can't be redeemed in any way.
Any image of Discord can become Discord.Like the Weeping Angels of Doctor Who, Discord can spontaneously arise from any depiction of him. The original spell that Celestia and Luna cast using the Elements of Harmony over a thousand years ago didn't turn him to stone as such, it suppressed this effect, so that when they destroyed his current incarnation, he stayed dead until the spell wore off at the start of Season 2. The statue of Discord in the Canterlot statue garden was literally just a statue until it became Discord himself. He didn't mess with the stained glass windows in Canterlot Tower - the depiction of him in one of the windows animated and became him, stuck in the windows. Celestia didn't destroy the statue and the windows because no matter how much damage Discord could do if he materialized in Equestria, it would be worse if he materialized inside Celestia's memory.
Discord was created/magically elevated to combat an entity embodying Order.Ancient Equestria was once ruled by a tyrannical figure, whose rigid laws imposed divisions and hierarchy among ponies. His extreme, draconian rule led to the unicorns/alicorns powering/making Discord to counteract it. The Draconequus' chaotic abilities eventually drove the entity away, freeing the populace, but without any real opposition Discord's chaotic tendencies soon took over and he began to subject all of Equestria to his cruel whims. The Elements of Harmony were thus created by Celestia and Luna not only to defeat Discord, but also to embody a unifying force that was neither order nor chaos.
Discord was created/magically elevated by the Elements of Harmony.The Elements of Harmony work in strange ways. In this case, Discord was fashioned in a time when Equestria threatened to be torn apart. Civil unrest, wars from outside, famines, freezing winters, scalding summers, plagues, monsters, volcanoes, earthquakes... all of these were ceased, and their chaotic energies were combined into a single entity. Why? So the Royal Princesses (or, perhaps, more ancient wielders of the Elements) could banish discord from Equestria. Naturally, there was some time limit, and he was turned to stone upon returning.
Discord is the brother of Celestia and Luna.The three had been created one at a time to rule Equestia together, but each had to be raised as a child and go to a school to learn how to rule before they could do it, Discord was grown up long before Celestia, who didn't want to rule until Luna was grown up. He then began to rule on his own, and because he was the spirit of chaos he caused a horrible Crapsack World due to the lack of the harmony his sisters were supposed to control. When both sisters were grown up, they thought he was causing so much unredeemable chaos that instead of learning to rule together as they were meant to they turned him to stone to get rid of the chaos altogether. Celestia was so ashamed of him that she refused to mention that he was her brother, and he was so secretly mad at her that he didn't bother to mention she was his sister. It is because of his sociopathic chaos causing nature that he was somehow a mismatch mutation instead of an Alicorn, it's also possible he altered his own appearance so no one would assume he was related to the Alicorn sisters. Word of God said the sisters have no other siblings, but it makes sense for Celestia to want to deny being related to Discord.
This comic is true.Because if it is, that means Discord is coming back. Squee!!
Remember that throne Discord had?That's Twilight's chair. It is a chair that is near and dear to her heart. Therefore, Twilight wants Discord to get out of her chair.
The Cutie Pox was Discord's doing.The paleo-pony period could be the time where Discord's reign happened, so it could be possible.
The Windigos were Discord's minions.Beings that feed off of hatred and drove wedges between the three tribes? What better minions for a being personifying Disharmony? Either he was pulling the strings behind the scenes and arrived shortly after Equestria's founding and conquered it or they were remnants of his rules that survived his downfall.
Discord isn't really a Draconequus.There's probably a race out there called "draconequus" (Mix-and-Match Critters, or perhaps just look like it), but Discord isn't a member. He probably just looks like a draconequus, and the ancient ponies didn't know better; or, he claimed to be a draconequus to obfuscate his true nature as a Spirit of Chaos and Disharmony.
To add to the above: Discord does not have a "true" form.I read on the Princess WMG a theory that the princesses only manifest into the form of ponies for convenience's sake. Discord seems to be either on par, or more powerful than them, so it stands to reason that he is very similar. I propose that the Draconequus is a mythical race found in old pony tales (just because you live in a world made of magic, doesn't mean there are no still mythological beasts) that a formless chaos being found out about. He knew the form frightened ponies (if he was being serious), or was hilarious to them (if he was being ironic). So, the once formless chaos being created a physical form similar to the being found in pony mythology, and made it a new, horrifying, reality.
Discord knew Celestia growing up.We do not know how old Celestia/Luna are, but they are old enough so that their actions can enter the realm of folk culture. After all, wouldn't the ponies remember if Nightmare Moon was going to bring eternal night if it had happened within their parent's lifetimes? Rather than have characters like Spike speculating on whether or not it's an 'old ponies tale'? So obviously both Celestia and her sister are significantly old. Discord never specifies how old he is, save the 'eons' comment he makes. Eons are typically indefinite large periods of time, and even then, they are often used colloquially in speech. Celestia also makes no comment about Discord usurping power from her, only her and Luna defeating him, and then (presumably) coming to power. We can assume that Celestia wasn't in power then because she was too young. With that established, we can speculate on what their relationship was. Perhaps This video is true. Maybe Discord was a social outcast isolated by his physical appearance (perceived as a deformed pony, even? Since that's how his statue was described), and only befriended by Celestia. His reign of terror could be attributed to his own weird 'chaos' morality and a desire to 'get back' at the ponies that were cruel to him.
Discord is Fegelein.FEGELEIN! FEGELEIN! FEGELEIN!
You think Discord's outward appearance was strange?Chances are that his insides make even less sense. Including, but not limited too:
Discord's defeat by CelestiaEquestria is apparently older than both Celestia and Luna, and before then the unicorns controlled the heavens. Equestria is still hyper ordered back then, too ordered for ponies to live without cooperating, so if Discord is the spirit of natural chaos it means he was sealed away even before the founding of Equestria. Discord must have come from somewhere, and sense he is so powerful and immortal it makes more sense for him to be as old as time itself than being created sometime after the founding of Equestria.
The prince's love poison was supplied by DiscordThe story says "something about a dragon", "chaos reigned", and "a kingdom collapsed". After his creation/arrival/, his first act were to disable to the royalty so the kingdom by giving the prince the love poison (maybe as part of a Deal with the Devil) would descend into chaos, the perfect opportunity for him to seize the throne.
Discord breaking free of his stone confinment was because the CMC where fighting so close to him
The reason why Discord corrupted Fluttershy telepathically?He didn't simply choose to corrupt her that way after using mundane methods on the rest of the ponies - Fluttershy is just too nice to be corrupted without supernatural means, so Discord just used his magic.
Discord is from Taurtarus.In the episode "It's About Time", Cerberus appears and Twilight informs that he is the guardian of Tartarus, which is apparently where a bunch of evil creatures are sealed. In Greek mythology, where he comes from, Cerberus guards Hades, which can be viewed as an equivalent to Hell in some aspects. Discord was one of the evil creatures sealed in Tartarus, but he grew very powerful and managed to escape. He was too powerful to be put back so he was turned to stone.
If Discord comes back in Season 3, he'll be redesigned.He'll have body parts from Season 2 antagonists, like maybe:
Discord is Q.
Discord was created by Q.
Discord has permanently corrupted the cast.We've seen most of the characters have at least one major freak out in season 2, often outright acting like they did under Discord's control. I think that he has driven them all permanently mad, and that they'll slowly grow madder and madder with time. Twilight in Lesson Zero, outright losing her mind. To a lesser degree in It's About Time. Fluttershy in Putting Your Hoof Down, acting almost identical to how she did under Discord's influence. Rarity in Sweet&Elite, ignoring her friends for material gain. Applejack in The Last Round Up, running away and lying to all of the others. Rainbow Dash in Mare Do Well, Not to mention the rather OOC actions of the rest.
Discord is a genetic creation by the Umgah.I came up with this theory because Well, look at him, he looks like something the Umgah would make! I think that the Umgah created him to do havoc on planet of Equestria as a practical joke and while Discord was doing his Chaos the first time, you can bet those blobies were laughing so hard!
Discord and Celestia were once best friends.But, at some point, something happened to him and he became corrupted, possibly through magical means. Celestia didn't have the heart to kill him so she had him turned to stone, with the slim hope that someday, she can find a way to restore him to his good old self again.
Discord turns to stone if there's no Disharmony for him to feed on.He was freed thanks to Disharmony happening right in front of him and got progressively stronger as things progressed, or at least seemed to. He draws his power from Disharmony and blasting him with the Elements of Harmony is blasting him with the antithesis of his own power, draining it all from him.
Discord is a corrupted Star Swirl the BeardedSimilar to the above genetic engineering WMG, to further test the limits of magic, Star Swirl dabbled in experiments outside of public view. His last experiment was to turn himself into the perfect being, giving him the magic, strength, and speed of some of the best animals in Equestria while still not completely changing his physical appearance (Summoning his wings when he wanted to fly, for example). Unfortunately, the experiment went out of control and turned him into the draconequus we all know and love. Upon his transformation, Star Swirl believed that he can further his studies despite his form to test the limits of the world, but felt that the harmony between ponies was getting in his way, so he sought to inject chaos into the world. Over time, his mind deteriorated and, in the end, lost sight of his original goal, becoming more focused on chaos and disharmony, eventually adopting the name Discord. However, because he kept his more unethical experiments to himself, everypony assumed he had died when Discord appeared and because his publicly distributed studies helped further develop unicorn magic, his name tends to be more fondly remembered.
Discord never was an actual "spirit of chaos" to begin with.He was simply lying about that all along to make himself sound that much more impressive and important. He's really just a super-powerful jerkass of unknown origin who has no actual essential function in the setting; the whole "chaos" thing is at least in part merely an act to mess with the usually order-loving ponies' minds.
Draconequus are what ponies call Discord's race.Discord's species may have a very different language of that the ponies. If ponies represent Western Europeans, then Discord's race may represent Asians as Discord looks very much like an Eastern Dragon. Perhaps in Discord's kind language they call themselves longs (chinese word for Dragon)
When Discord returns, there will be a Villain SongConsidering that his voice actor has worked into music, it'll be a damn shame that he didn't sing. If he does sing, that I hope that Discord's Villain Song will also be the most badass songs ever.
Discord's ultimate defeat would result an Alas, Poor Villain situation.It is implied, if not fully shown that his power from hate. Plus, considering his name means "strife between people" Twilight (most likely) would deduct that because Discord's The Last of His Kind. And since there's no other Draconequus left, he strives making other races miserable because the jealousy and if he can't be happy, then no one else will. Similar to that of Envy from Fullmetal Alchemist, he breaks down into tears.
Granny Apple wasn't being forced to dance on a weak hip.She was voluntarily dancing on a perfectly healthy hip. Discord thought that a spry old mare would be hilarious to watch, and then got bored of her without bothering to make her hip worse. He's not cruel, he's only the Element of Chaos. If he provided consistently negative effects, that wouldn't be very inconsistent of him, would it? Providing more chocolate milk rain after seeing Pinkie enjoy it, and never changing up the precipitation patterns beyond the rain of cola in Cloudsdale, provides evidence for this.
If Discord returns, he'll be (permanently?) defeated by a Logic Bomb.Being chaotic with perfect consistency is hardly being chaotic at all. With the ponies knowing his tricks and having a stronger friendship from lasting through his earlier round of social discord, he'll no longer have a leg to stand on once Twilight (or whomever) takes away his "perfect" record of chaos.
Discord is a Well-Intentioned Extremist.Let's face it. Nobody does things for no reason, and Discord, no matter how chaotic he looks and behaves, may be no exception. He may believe that most ponies are perfectionists (like Twilight Sparkle) who try too hard to control as much in their lives as possible. Thus, he creates chaos to counterbalance it all in hopes of restoring the balance between order and chaos and making everypony understand that not everything can be controlled.
Discord's mistakes and Kick the Dog moments were intentional.Discord is not a being of chaos as such. He was introduced as an avatar of conflict. And he can't have conflict without an opponent, and as such, he cannot a) do anything that would make the game Unwinnable for his opponents, or b) allow his opponents to give up. Why did he tell anyone where the Elements really were? Because they couldn't defeat him if they couldn't work it out, and there's no conflict if one side can't win. Why didn't he destroy the letters or block the teleport? Because the letters were the only thing that kept the conflict going! Extending that last part, maybe Celestia had nothing to do with sending the letters, and it was all Discord making his puppets dance.
Discord does have an understanding of friendship, he just views it to be a shallow thingGrowing up, it's possible that Discord did have friends (for the sake of this WMG, i'll just say that these friends were Celestia and Luna), however when he drifted apart from his friends, he came to the conclusion that friendship is a trivial thing that can be easily broken. Discord adopts this cynicism towards all aspects of the Elements of Harmony, and his breaking apart of the main cast has him project his views on the elements onto Twilight and her friends.
Going from the theory above about Discord understanding friendship, the elements will drain Discord of his powers, and he will eventually form an unusual friendship with Twlight Sparkle.When Discord escapes again, it's possible that he won't be nearly as caviler when it comes to dealing with the elements bearers. Instead of using trickery like last time, he'll resort to brute force and will attempt to utterly break Twilight and her friends to an even greater degree than he attempted to last time. When his attempts to split up the main cast and push them past the point of no return blow up in his face, all the resentment and negative emotions he's built up throughout the eons comes spilling out. In an impassioned diatribe he questions the main cast and asks them how they can fight on despite everything that's he's done. They give a speech about persisting despite all looking bleak, and then proceed to activate the elements again. The Elements of Harmony, sensing the inner turmoil inside Discord that he had concealed the last time he escaped, decide not to imprison him again but to strip him of his powers. Now bereft of his reality warping, he's easily apprehended and incarcerated. Twilight Sparkle, ever the curious researcher, decides to try and investigate Discord in regards to his thought process and in regards to his species and what not. Discord initially accepts, seeing it as another opportunity to break Twilight. However, he eventually begins to open up to the young unicorn and start to make a gradual change for the better, and even teach her a few things. This scenario could lead to the exploration of a ton of themes for example....
Discord will pull a Redemption Equals Death or a kid friendly version of it.Half of the fandom views him as an unforgivable demon while the other half gives him a pair of leather pants. If it was the latter, then he'll remember the friendship he had from the theory above. Prompting his Big Damn Villains moment at the cost of his life/power/some other variation.
Discord is Wyrm.Think about Wyrm's goals, and how both Discord and Wyrm's magical seals were broken. This also explains Discord's serpentine shape and how he got his horn. The cockatrice in Stare Master was his herald.
Discord was/is a Yandere for Celestia.Going by the theory that he was ostracized by other ponies and only befriended by Celestia, he fell in love with her because she was kind to him. She probably didn't return his feelings, or loved him back but eventually broke up with him. Either way, he at first wrecked havoc in Equestria to get her attention, but eventually started causing chaos just for fun.
Going by the WMG above, Queen Chrysalis will attempt to make use of Discord's obsession with CelelstiaShe will bring to the surface whatever twisted form of love Discord may still harbor for Celestia, exploit it, and use it to drain him of his power. Chrysalis was powerful to defeat Celestia by absorbing Shining Armor's love, imagine how powerful she'd be if she were to absorb Discord's power. In addition, it would also be oddly fitting for someone to play off Discord's doubts and manipulate them the way he did with the Mane six.
Discord chose soap for the roads......so that Derpy Hooves would fall into his trap.
Discord is a Shardholder.Brandon Sanderson's Cosmere has great beings split from the God Beyond, Adonalsium, known as Shards. These Shards are identified by the trait that they exemplify most- Odium, Ruin, Devotion, Preservation. Specifically, Discord is the Shardholder of Discord, or perhaps Chaos, like Vin or Ati on Scadrial.
Discord will return. And it will be awesome.There have been rumors of Discord returning. If these are true, his return will go like this:
Discord created Snowflame.Not that we'll ever see him, but I say he did. Discord just decided to create the most insane being possible, and then decided to go and send him to a different dimension because he didn't want to get the show cancelled.
Upon successful reformation in the upcoming episode, Discord will occasionally assist and/or fight alongside Twilight Sparkle and her friends.For example, Discord might help Twilight Sparkle and her friends defeat future villains in Season 3 and/or 4. Perhaps this is Princess Celestia's plan all along; to help restore the balance between harmony and chaos. ((WMG: Discord is Spike and Sweetie Bells son.)) after they got married Sweetie Bell gave birth to Discord how was a kind careing soul how grew up listing to his aunts stories but then something very very bad happend. Sweetie was killed by a dimoned dog who thougt she was her older sister enraged by this Discord went on a rampage. Spike tried to calm his son but Discord turned on him blameing for failing to save Sweetie forceing a fight. Twilight sent Discord into the anicent past as the last option left after he mortaly wound spike how later died from his wounds.
Discord Will Be A Recurring Character In Season 4.Given that the latest episode has shown that Discord has at the very least, started going down the road to redemption, and given that The finale of the current season has been confirmed to not be a multipart episode, it's possible that the writers will have Discord around a bit more in the next season. For starters, the premiere will answer why Celestia needed Discord reformed. But, this option would allow the writers to explore a lot of other facets of Discord's character. Such as his origins, how he came to rule Equestria, and how he'll interact with other ponies on more cordial terms.
Discord is a ProteanFrom Pathfinder Protean are serpentine outsiders from the Chaotic Neutral plane, Discord somehow became trapped in Equestria and went mad
Discord's reformation will backfire on Princess Celestia.Having experienced the joy of friendship, he'll try to make more friends. Friends that aren't a stick-in-the-mud like Fluttershy. Friends that appreciate his jokes and jibes. Friends that have ideas on how to upset pony life.
Discord's magic is needed to turn Twilight into an AlicornHey, if he take wings away, he sure can give them.
Discord is not reformed, he simply put a sheep's clothing on.seriously, it can't be that the most dangerous and powerful villain of the series, comparable to Darkseid for DC or Unicron for Transformers, simply got redeemed in one episode, not to mention his 'redemption' sounds and looks pretty forced. considering he's a Mad God and that it was pretty clear that despite his goofy appearance and over the top antics he was pure evil, he's probably also a Misanthrope Supreme who lacks empathy and simply laughs at the concept of friendship. also, we know that Discord is a Manipulative Bastard: finding himself on the razor's edge of behaving or being turned back to stone and being unable to Mind Rape the Mane 6, he pretended to agree, then he bewitched the beavers to cause the flood...it was his exact purpose to be discovered all along, meanwhile he acts like a jerk toward Fluttershy and then changes his attitude to make her believe it's actually working. as the flood is discovered(Just as Planned), he purposefully acted like a jerk(turning the flood into an ice skating ring) and gloated to provoke Fluttershy, knowing she's have been hurt and declared him not her friend anymore. he then pretended to be actually sorry because now he cares for her friendship and fixes everything. now that everybody believes him reformed, he is free to act out of surveillance, probably now he is carefully planning something very big(opening the gates of Tartarus, manipulate kingdoms to start a war, put the pony subraces against each other, release another Eldritch Abomination or two, et similia) to wreak havoc on the land and get his revenge. and reveal to the Mane 6 that he trolled them. Since Twilight is going to be crowned as a Princess, he may crash the crowning and corrupt her into a new Nightmare Moon. Or, since he can't corrupt the Elements anymore, he will awaken someone who can...
Conversely, Discord will actually complete his Heel-Face Turn.This won't change his overall personality much — he'll stay a trickster, simply a more benevolent one once he well and truly internalizes that Good Feels Good and he can nonetheless still have fun along the way. He probably won't become a main character (unless John de Lancie somehow becomes available as voice actor for the duration), but as a sort of eccentric faerie grand-uncle who does things like dropping by for tea with a side order of practical jokes from time to time he'd certainly work well enough.
Discord used to go by the name of Starswirl the Bearded.As shown in the season 3 finale, Starswirl had been working on a very powerful spell, one that apparently fulfills a creature's true destiny. I propose the obvious conclusion that Starswirl may have very well completed the spell, though something may have gone wrong somewhere, to cause him to turn into the lovable force of chaos we know today. Now whether the spell was considered a failure because it went against his true destiny, thus chaos. Or if he did complete it himself, but it is considered a failure to Celestia because it turned someone she probably cared for into her greatest enemy for thousands of years to come, it's anyone's guess.
Theories as to why Discord wasn't at Twilight's coronation.
Discord is the embodiment of Pride as well and wants to complete a set of the seven deadly sins by corrupting ponies.Discord is Pride, Twilight and Rainbow Dash are Sloth (Despair used to be a deadly sin before it was replaced by sloth) Rarity is greed and Lust, Pinkie is gluttony and she and Fluttershy share wrath. Applejack is also Pride and he could recruit Trixie and Gilda as envy.
Celestia wanted Discord reformed as insurance.Discord's reformation seemed a little out of place. Why was it so important that he be changed to suit her wishes? Quite simple: Celestia was taking a necessary precaution towards Twilight's magic. After the Sombra incident, Celestia and Luna are holding the book that contains Star Swirl the Bearded's destiny switching spell. Celestia needed a backup plan in case Twilight couldn't fix the spell, which would probably be a cakewalk for Discord to clean up.
Discord used to be a lot more evil back in the day.You know that one stained glass image, the one where he dangles ponies above a pit of fire (and faint screams can be heard in the background)? Doesn't that seem a little... dark for a villain whose most evil contribution was to turn some ponies into jerkwads? Suppose Discord was far more evil a long time ago and was a murderous Mad God instead of a Trickster Archetype, until he thankfully got bored of that when he realized dead ponies don't move anymore and therefore are, in fact, not very entertaining.
Discord is Eris.Eris was the Greek God of discord. Her Roman name is Discordia. Discord is male because he/she got bored of being female.
Discord has a Multiple Choice Past.He's a god of chaos and discord, so contradictory origins would just plain fit. Each of the parts of his body come from different origins, due to literal having multiple origins. Theoretically, this means that any and every Wild Mass Guessing about Discord's origin is canon, so long as this one is.
The pony statues next to Discord were what made Discord in a truly evil being.Originally, Discord used to be a true Chaotic Neutral threat, being the Spirit of Chaos instead of Chaos and Disharmony. The statues were ponies who, whether intentionally or unintentionally, revealed to Discord that he could fun through tormenting ponies instead of just trolling them. Since Discord thinks acting morally equals causing chaos, it would be totally okay to make Equestria Hell on Earth so long as it's chaotic, insane and hilarious. The real question is if those statues/former ponies meant it or not.
Discord likes the Everfree Forest, and it's the reason he chose Ponyville as his capital.Ponyville seems a random choice for a capital, but remember what's right next to it. The only place in Equestria where nature works on it's own without anyone to direct it. Discord has a natural appreciation for the place.
Discord bears a Thou Shalt Not Kill code...... but rather than out of moral considerations, he has it because bringing the dead back to life is beyond even his abilities. Tying into one of the WMG's given above - at the very least, he's aware of the fact that corpses aren't really much fun to play with after a while. But more than that, the very idea of death may be something that disturbs him on a fundamental level. It's a reminder that no matter how much of a Reality Warper he is, there are things even he has no power over - if he gets too rough with his toys, a higher power will come and take their souls away, and there's jack squat he can do about it.
Discord cannot approach the Tree of HarmonySince it's basically his polar opposite, the Tree of Harmony could cause some adverse reaction if Discord ever got near it (and possibly vice-versa) . Anything ranging from mild discomfort to soul pains/ actual physical pain or weakening of his powers the closer he got to it.
Everything that happened with the Tree of Harmony was Exactly as Planned.Discord doesn't really care about the Everfree Forest overrunning Equestria - he can do the same thing with his own powers, as long as the Elements of Harmony aren't around to stop him. By planting the Plunder Seeds, he created a threat that could only be resolved by returning the Elements to the Tree. Now that the Elements are back in the Tree, nothing can stop him from ruling Equestria, which was his plan all along, once he realised that Celestia and Luna had the Elements and were about to overthrow him. Only his friendship with Fluttershy is holding him back now.
The Flim Flam Bros.
The Flim Flam brothers were conjoined twinsIt seems from their cutie marks that it looks like the same one, just divided. Maybe twins have a special connection cutie mark wise?
The Flim Flam brothers will hold a grudge against the Apple Clan for 'ruining their livelihood'.In pure 'Never Our Fault' fashion, they'll blame Applejack and her family for the bad press resulting from their actions during "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000". Rather than acknowledge their own actions are responsible, they'll paint themselves as the victims.
The Flim Flam brothers will try and ruin the Apple Clan's reputation in another town.Which Applejack and the others won't know about until they're visiting that area for some reason, leading to a Hero with Bad Publicity plot.
One of the Flim Flam brothers is Trixie's ex-boyfriend.It ended explosively and they've been on the run for their lives ever since. Part of the reason that they wanted Sweet Apple Acres is so they could turn the place into a veritable anti-Trixie fortress. There's no logic to this, I just think it'd be funny.
The Flim Flam brothers' cutie marks are fake.Their cutie marks suggest some kind of affinity for growing or cooking with apples, yet the plot suggests that their talents are more about being Gadgeteer Genius Snake Oil Salesponies than anything else. They certainly don't seem to care about the actual art of cidering for its own sake. More likely, they use magic to conceal their true cutie marks (which are probably bottles of snake oil) and cover them with an illusion of a cutie mark appropriate to whatever trade they're trying to ply this time.
The Flim Flam Brothers are screwedThey just made an enemy of the largest family of Apple Farmers in Equestria, who are tight knit. Just how do you think the Apple Clan is going to react to being told about these two jerks who tried to swindle their kin out of house and home?
The Flim Flam Brothers are either related to or members of the Apple family.If the cutie marks aren't fake, that is. They could be extremely distant relatives, or the black sheep of the family. The reason the other Apple family members didn't recognize them could be that they either never met them or had never known they had MORE family members.
The Flim Flam Brothers and Trixie are siblings.A pair of unicorns show up with a strange vehicle, touting how incredible and famous they are (yet apparently no one in Ponyville has ever heard of them?), put on a Large Ham -ish performance and earn the adoration of nearly everyone for this...and despite clearly having skill, overtout it and...well, act like jerks for the sake of acting like jerks? Pumpkin and Pound, not to mention the Pie family and even the Apples themselves, show that pony colorations/body types can vary wildly in a family. They're just too similar for it to be a coincidence.
The Super Speedy Cider thingamawhatsit... wasn't always that.The Flim-Flam brothers simply retrofit it for whatever function the town they visit next will need it the most for. Their cutie marks are probably press-on since they don't have any relevance to their names. And the unicorn magic will plug up any engineering faults left over from the modifications.
And the engineers responsible for those modifications?The ponies with the hammer and wrench cutie marks, of course. They've been in Ponyville for some time, as MOLES.
The Flim-Flam brothers are psychopaths.Not Hollywood psychopaths, like Mr. Blonde or Anton Chigurh, the kind you're more likely to come across in real life. Flim and Flam possess a glib and superficial charm that wins the townsfolk over, but underneath those affable exteriors lurk hearts without a shred of empathy and minds without conscience. Look how much delight they take in rubbing their victory in the Apples' faces. The brothers live a parasitic existence, preying on others' hard work and reaping the benefits without any effort themselves, and once they've made good use of their victims, they drop them like hot biscuits and move on to repeat the cycle.
The Flim-Flam brothers are idiotsThey had a machine that could tripple apple cider production and the first thing they do when they roll into town is piss off the family that supplies the apples. Granted, they might have been planning on swindling the Apple Family out of everything from the start but they way the went about it fails to even count as Pragmatic Villainy. Who did they think was going to run the farm? Growing and harvesting is hard work! Kicking out the ponies that know how to do what they can't (or are too lazy to do) is just bad business. Had they tried being upfront and fair, it might have ushered in the new age of Cider for Everyone! they were boasting about and everyone could have walked away happy.
The Flim Flam brothers are VERY experienced when it comes to being run out of town.Given their personality and business ethics, it doesn't take long before an angry herd of ponies come after them no matter where they go.
The Flim Flam brothers are painting themselves into a corner.There are only so many ponies you can cheat and swindle before the reputation (and angry mob) starts following you wherever you go.
The "Flim Flam" brothers regularly change names/identities.As noted above, they keep discarding and taking up new names/identies because the cons they pull don't always work. Even if it does work, they have to take the Quick Bit option and grab as much money as possible before running as soon as possible because there are angry pony mobs looking for them for previous cons.
Flim and Flam learned business ethics from whoever made the foundation for Berry Punch's house.Or that house never had foundations at all. Probably didn't need it. Wasn't that big.
Flim and Flam are lazy geniuses who may have an opportunity to learn to actually be good business men.The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000 was an amazing machine that needed only the magic of a pair of unicorns to function. It could out produce the Apple Family (minus the Mane 6) and produce high quality cider. They only started producing crap cider when they panicked and increased power/turned off the quality control. If they made more, and found another way to power them (wind power?), and didn't give into laziness and decide to try ripping people off again, they could be well respected business ponies, who don't have to make a mad dash out of town every week. More so if they decided to work with the Apple Family rather than supplant them.
Flim and Flam's cutie marks reference their preferred style of swindling.Either that Flam takes what he can and Flim prefers just a sustainable, repeat-business-allowing slice (supported by Flam turning off the quality control system, and Flim may have been making a point to his brother with the comment that they'd need to get out of town at the end since nopony would buy their cider, i.e., pointing out the unsustainability) or that Flim leaves just a small slice and Flam takes only what won't be noticed (this interpretation doesn't really have any support, as far as I saw).
The Changelings have their own kingdom and culture.This is indeed possible due to them, and not just Chrysalis, showing intelligence and understanding beyond that of a presumed "hive mind", because if that was the case, they would have been able to tell that Fluttershy was passing herself off as one of their own. Their kingdom and culture and society could be revealed to based off that of similarities to Oriental cultures, like Japan and Korea, the rationale for this mainly how Chrysalis' designer, Rebecca Dart was inspired by the work of manga artists Junko Mizuno and Hideshi Hino. Therefore, if we see the Changeling Kingdom in the show it can potentially enable the show writers and animators to explore some East Asian art, architecture and culture. And picture this: Changeling Samurais!
The Changelings have a translation error.When they say "love" they mean "blood". So they feed on blood. That's what the fangs are for.
Changelings have been around for the entire series.They've just been mimicking normal ponies the entire time, and done nothing to draw attention to themselves. Any of the background ponies could be changelings.
Changelings are actually the largest minority in Equestria.But most of them are law abiding citizens that just use their shape shifting powers to fit it. Since they only feed off of the love that their friends and family feel towards them, they don't really draw attention to themselves.
Everypony is a Changeling.But some of the them have become the mask.
The Changelings are actually what remains of the Flutter Ponies, after their race was twisted by some horrible curse.Despite their obviously monstrous nature, they still bear many basic similarities to ponies, and have insectile qualities and comparative magic as well. It's possible they were once ponies themselves who were... changed... by something. Perhaps they are all that remain of Flutter Ponies in modern-day Equestria?
The Changelings ARE Flutter Ponies who were twisted by Discord.Because doing something like this for the sheer lulz is very much in his character.
The Changelings ATE the Flutter ponies.Which is why there aren't any in the FiM setting. They also ate the seaponies. The reason that the Queen didn't kill Cadence or Twilight is because she didn't want to run out of ponies again.
There are no Flutter Ponies in G4. The closest thing we'll get is Changelings.Just because.
The Changelings first made their appearance in Story of the Blanks.You know... As the residents of Sunny Town?
The Changelings are blanks that escapedThey where twisted in a different way then those who became blanks.
Changelings can feed on familial and platonic love, not just romantic love.Queen Chrysalis was able to defeat Princess Celestia because she was drawing power not only from Shining Armor's love for his fiancée, but also from Princess Celestia's love for her niece.
Changelings are aliens.That's why nopony but Cadence knows about them (Cadence only knows from Chrysalis herself, being her first victim). Their nature allows them to travel through space with no need for spacecraft (like the Zerg Swarm, for example). They invade every inhabited, advanced planet they encounter, feast on the emotions of the locals while wreaking chaos, and leave after slaughtering the whole population, off to the next world. Shining Armor and Cadence's spell didn't just blow them out of Canterlot and Equestria - it blasted them all the way off into space. They look superficially like ponies for the same reason why many aliens in most media look at least partially humanoid. They know Equestria's language because of either some kind of telepathy, or because the Queen has been masquerading as a pony and preparing the invasion long enough to learn it (the other Changelings may not even know it at all, the only time they speak, they just imitate the sound of Twilight Sparkle's voice).
Chrysalis is not the only Changeling Queen.She rules only one single Hive out of potentially many more, presuming the popular Hive fanon concept is canon, which may not necessarily be the case.
Chrysalis was killed on impact after being thrown out of Canterlot or by the force of the blow itselfChrysalis was hit with enough force to send her sailing out of Canterlot at extremely high speeds. Either she was mortally wounded by the impact itself, or hit the ground far in the distance at near super sonic speeds in an uncontrolled landing.
Chrysalis was NOT killed on impact and will be returning for revenge!Come on, Team Rocket survives this kind of fall every week. And Queen Chrysalis has wings! She will definitely be coming back for another round, and this time she will be smarter and harder to unmask.
Chrysalis was NOT killed on impact, but will NOT be returning for revenge.It's the Queen's duty to provide food for the swarm. She may have failed to give the swarm Canterlot, but she'll still give them food.
The threat made against Canterlot that Shining Armor mentioned was NOT made by Chrysalis.She isn't the type that openly announces her coming. Also, without the threat, the Force Field wouldn't have been there in the first place. Making a threat so Shining Armor raises a force field, then controlling him and draining his love so that he drops it again doesn't make a lot of sense. She discovered Equestria as a source of energy just coincidentally at the same time someone entirely else made a threat to Canterlot. That's why she had to control Shining Armor in the first place.
The Changelings came from another dimension.Specifically, a parasitic dimension where time doesn't flow normally and space is in a constant flux. This dimension "attaches" itself to others and feeds off the emotions, lifeforce and other energies until it is no more then a husk. Then it moves onward.
The Changelings take on the basic shape of the most dominant life-form when visiting new worlds.They looked like ponies in this case, but had they visited the human world, they would look more human-like.
The Changelings come in millions of varieties, all able to copy the appearance of what it looks like.That is, there are the basic pony-Changelings, then griffon-Changelings, dragon-Changelings, Changelings for most species of animal, etc. Their eventual goal is to replace every living thing on Earth.
The Changelings and the alicorns share a common ancestor.Mostly because all the Changelings had horns and wings, not just their Queen. Maybe Changelings are "fallen" alicorns, or their equivalent of demons?
The Changelings are just thatSnatching foals and replacing them with their own offspring (or possibly full-grown changelings) is their usual MO - overt action like in the episode happens rarely. This wasn't mentioned because the intended audience would never have slept again.
Queen Chrysalis was once an alicornShe has the same basic bodytype as the rest of the princess ponies. Perhaps Queen Chrysalis took over and corrupted one.
If Chrysalis returns, she'll no longer have her swarm and her goal will be to rebuild itWhen she was last seen, her Changelings were hurled in all directions at super sonic speeds. Her swarm has been scattered to the winds and she can't reform it. So she comes back, assumes a different form, and tries to get enough love energy to begin reproducing like an insect queen to rebuild it. This may involve an Alien Shout-Out, with her transforming into a form resembling a Xenomorph Queen.
Chrysalis is already back by the end of the episode.She's impersonating Princess Luna, who was in fact fighting the Changelings off screen but was overpowered as well. So the 'Luna' we see arriving for the real wedding and innocently asking whether she's missed anything is in fact just Chrysalis in a new mask...
Queen Chrysalis was the first queen of the Crystal EmpirePretty straightforward. Not only does the two names sound alike, but it is also said that the Crystal Empire's first queen started the Crystal Fair. A fair said to; "Renew the spirit of love and unity in the empire". Sounds pretty convenient for a creature who feeds off of love.
Changelings feed on the magic of love, not the emotion.Consider: Friendship, and by extension love, is magic, right? Well...that means that friends and lovers regularly (and for the most part probably unconsciously, simply by reflex) exchange actual magical energy with each other, and it's likely this exchange that justifies The Power of Friendship and/or Love in the setting. Enter the Changelings, who can metabolize exactly this form of magic (but not automatically others, which explains why Shining Armor's shield and Twilight's magical bolts affected them normally) by intercepting the 'friendship beam' without giving anything back in return and quite likely even have the ability to tease more power out of a suitable 'donor' than they would normally readily send out on their own...
Crashing the Wedding was the changelings' plan, but it wasn't just for a quick nip.Consider the following; The Changelings have been planning this for a damn long time, scouts have been taking quick nips at Equestria here and there, but not enough for the entire race. So the Queen makes an executive call and they start to put a plan together. Princess Cadence is planning a high profile wedding with Shining Armor, captain of the guard, so they abduct her, and use their love for each other to stage a massive invasion, with the Queen being placed on the inside as Cadance and the shapeshifter troops gathering. But it wasn't enough just to screw around and feed off the chaos of the attack, when they can best feed off sustainable emotions of the strongest variety. No, they were after something, and Celestia led them right too it when she told the manes to get the Elements of Harmony. Celestia either broke the spell she had on them after Discord bypassed it, or allowed access to the 6 of them if they were indisposed, but if the Changlings could mimic the 6 and get to Canterlot Tower before the manes could blaze a trail, they would get first crack at the most powerful magic known to Ponydom, and the ultimate tool of serenity. You give emotion eaters that sort of power, and they could very well never go hungry again. Granted it may cause the Third Impact, but hay, at least everypony is happy, right?
Changelings can turn ponies into more changelings.Drain somepony of all their love, and they become another loveless monstrosity. Because it would be cool if it worked that way.
Changelings used to be subjects of Princess Luna.Way back in the backstory, Luna turned into Nightmare Moon because she felt she wasn't getting enough love. What if she needed that love for more than just herself? After Nightmare Moon's defeat at the hooves of Celestia, the changelings fled Equestria to find new sources of love. As they went centuries without making any real trouble, the mortal inhabitants of Equestria came to think of them as just legends, and Celestia thought that they were not a threat without Nightmare Moon/Luna to lead them, or even that they had gone extinct. After a millennium of fending for themselves, changeling society and possible even biology changed enough to account for any unfamiliarity Celestia may have had with them. Possible reasons for why they didn't rejoin Luna-
Princess Luna is Queen Chrysalis
Queen Chrysalis was the one who corrupted Luna and was behind Discord's escape.
If Queen Chrysalis returns, it will be Celestia's turn to kick her flankChrysalis outright says the only reason she won is because she'd gotten that power up. She'll already have expended it by the next time she appears and Celestia, still fuming from what Chrysalis did to her little ponies before, will show what would've happened if Chrysalis hadn't had that power up.
Ponies that have been drained too much turn into Zombies.Sorry Spike, zombie ponies are looking more and more likely. Better find a shotgun or work on your fire breath.
A changeling will become a new Mare-Do-Well.She'll be under the impression that the original was another changeling herself. Bonus points if she outs herself as a changeling and starts calling herself the Martian Marehunter.
For most of the series, the Changelings were trapped in Tartaros.But then Cerberus ran away in "It's About Time"...just long enough for at least one swarm to slip out. Nobody noticed their escape at the time because (a) there are no guards in Tartaros itself (the inmates are too dangerous), (b) they're shapeshifters, and (c) they didn't go on a rampage straight away the way some other escapees might have, so when they suddenly attacked Canterlot they came out of the left field for everypony.
Changelings can only impersonate living ponies.Chrysalis left Cadence alive only because she needed her alive in order to adopt her form - otherwise, it would be a pretty silly move. She also left Twilight alive, so that a changeling could copy her and hence insert itself into Celestia's trusted circle.
Queen Chrysalis DID make the threat, because it's exactly what she needed.Shining Armor is not just a trained captain of the royal guard, but also the most powerful Barrier Warrior in Canterlot, if not all of Equestria. You'd think someone with defense magic of that power would be capable of protecting himself from mind control. Posing as his fiancee would add an oportunity, but a lot could still go wrong. She first made the threat so that he'd overexert himself maintaining the barrier, weakening him to the point she could control him. This also fixed the problem of Celestia and Luna. Even with The Power of Love there was no gurantee she'd be able to defeat Celestia, much less both her and Luna at the same time. The threat put them on guard, leaving them with 12 hour vigil shifts, as we saw them swap at one point, while trying to get in sleep and basic functions of their job in the process. This removes Luna from the fight, and leaves Celestia at less then full power. The attack would be more unexpected without the threat, but making an announcement allowed her to stack the deck much more firmly in her favor.
A good Changeling will eventually join the mane cast.The episode that introduces him/her will play out like Zecoras introduction episode but the Aesop will not be "don't judge the appearance" but instead it will be "don't judge someone based off of what others do."
Changelings are either symbiotic, or parasited.Those cheese legs are not just for show. They look awfully like moth-eaten clothing, don't they? Changelings are infested with a species of worms, perhaps granting them their shapeshifting powers as a symbiotic tradeoff. Maybe the worms eat their flesh and Changelings depend on eating love to regenerate, or maybe the worms themselves feed on love... but perhaps can resort to eating flesh if left unfed for too long...
The last race targeted by the changelings were humans.Cadence!Chrysalis compared Pinkie Pie's decoration of the reception to that of a "six year old's birthday party" although horses are adults at six, and this seems to be true for Equestrian ponies (Pipsqueak being under a year old, the Cake twins running, flying and doing magic within a month). Now what kind of animal is still a juvenile at that age? Chrysalis may have been ignorant of the maturity rate of the ponies of Equestria and assumed it to be the same as the last sprawling intelligent species her kind drained dry.
Chrysalis was planning to turn Celestia into another changeling queen.She was keeping her in a pupa, which is what contains a young insect metamorphosing into its adult form. Chrysalis may have done this so she could send Celestia out to start another colony to infest another land and repeat the cycle.
Chrysalis didn't get her power from Shining Armor's loveIt doesn't seem likely that his love would be strong enough to beat Princess Celestia. His love is just one aspect of him, and altogether he's weaker than her. She got her power from all the bronies that love her.
Chrysalis wonThis video says it all.
Changelings can only feed off the love of living beings.The magic of love needs to be a mutual bond, not an one way love of one being has to a deceased one. They can put mind control spells and bend the rules, but they cannot create fake love or love of the dead. That is why the Changeling queen allowed the let the princess to live.
Now that the changelings have been driven out of Equestria, we won't see any more duplicate background ponies.Or maybe not. Perhaps not ALL changelings were driven out of Equestria, only Chrysalis' invading swarm.
Chrysalis' Kingdom was starving by the time they arrived in Equestria.This explains why the Queen's plan was a bit rushed. Her swarm had already failed to conquer several countries, and was dying of hunger. The invasion was a desperation move to stop the Changelings from dying out. She had to go for the largest city - Canterlot - to find enough prey to feed the whole swarm, but she had very limited time. That's why she didn't take the time to learn Cadence's personality better and instead relied on brute brainwashing to keep Shining Armor under control. And yes - that means all the changelings have died of hunger after they were expulsed from Equestria.
Changelings don't really look anything like ponies.Their basic form is an amorphous mass of black rotten flesh. However, each time they attack a race they shape their bodies into a basic likeness of that race, because having the basic frame ready makes imitation of specific members of the race faster and easier. That means, had they attacked Earth, changelings would have looked like black insect-winged human zombies.
Changelings are the reason that alicorns are so rare.Long ago, the alicorns were once as numerous as the pegasi, unicorns and earth ponies. One fateful day an alicorn mare had fallen in love with a stallion who was already taken. Using her powerful magic, she secretly kidnapped the other mare and used her magic to assume her form, fueling the spell with the stallion's love for her. The wickedness in her heart corrupted her true alicorn form into the first changeling queen. The kidnapped mare, now drained of all love in her heart, became the first changeling soldier, and the stallion she had deceived became the first changeling drone. Forever stuck as twisted perversions of ponies, the changelings used their powers to assume the forms of other alicorn couples, draining them of their love and turning them into more changeling soldiers. As their numbers grew, they quickly evolved to create cocoons for storing their "food" and future changelings in. In very little time, most of the alicorn population had been transformed into changelings, but only those who weren't of royalty- the changeling queen of the time figured that royal alicorns, such as Princess Celestia, were too risky to attempt assimilation upon, and so they went into hiding to wait for a golden opportunity to strike.
The longer a changeling has been successfully impersonating somepony else, the harder it becomes to break the facade.The swarm that were fought by and impersonated the Mane Six were very easily unmasked, being taken out by being KO'd. However, they were only in that form for a few minutes, tops. Chrysalis, on the other hand, was only unmasked after she revealed herself of her own free will, and it can be assumed that she was impersonating Cadance for quite awhile, possibly a few months. The longer she went without being revealed, the stronger her facade became. Plus, if the duplicate background ponies are changelings, this explains why they've never been unmasked. They've been impersonating somepony else for a long time, for several months. Maybe even years.
Changelings have a weakness to apples.The trading card of Queen Chrysalis warns that someone who rejects Applejack's treats is probable a changeling. Not food in general, but food made by Applejack. Since she puts apples in everything, this implies that the problem is the apples, so they might just have an allergy, or apples might even strip them of their powers.
Parasprites are changeling larvaeUnlike all other species, the changelings/parasprites age out of sexual maturity. The larval stage is the only time that they eat real food, in order to grow and reproduce. After about a year as a parasprite and a metamorphosis, they turn into changelings, which they can exist as indefinitely, as long as they don't starve and aren't squashed. Technically, if you kill all the parasprites, the changelings will eventually die out, because they can no longer reproduce. But we all know how hard it is to get rid of parasprites...
Queen Chrysalis wanted Twilight Sparkle to kill Princess Cadance.It's a popular theory, but it really should be here rather than anywhere else. After banishing Twilight to the same cave system as Princess Cadance, she began taunting Twilight, who started shooting out the crystals she was using to talk to her. She stopped when Twilight blew up the wall that Cadance was behind. Whether Chrysalis knew that Twilight was capable of blowing up walls, where Cadance was at the moment, or if she knew Twilight would find her is unknown.
The Changelings were the results of the Shivans, the Forerunners, the Reapers, or even the Protheans experimenting on Ponies.It would make a lot of sense.
After the crashing of the Royal Wedding and the expulsion of Queen Chrysalis, Equestria and many of her allies have declared that an open state of war exists between them and the Changeling Swarm.And they are going to stop at nothing until the Changelings accept the terms of unconditional surrender or are WIPED OFF THE PLANET ENTIRELY AND DRIVEN EXTINCT.
Changelings are corrupted Alicorns.Once, before Celestia's and Luna's rule, the Alicorns were a plentiful type of pony, similar to unicorns, pegasi, and earth ponies, but they were extremely scornful of the other ponies, thinking the Alicorns were much better than all the others. They loved to make life a living hell for the lesser ponies, even going as far as to learn shapeshifting spells that relied on love to cause chaos within the pony tribes. They eventually found they enjoyed the shapeshifting spell. They did this borderline every time, slowly turning them mindless and mutated. Eventually, all they knew was how to fly, and shapeshifting. They multiplied and caused total chaos within the pony tribes. Celestia and Luna, on the other hand, despite growing up among these monsters, chose not to act like the others of their kind, and instead, fought them. After a long battle, they eventually ran them out of what would eventually be Equestria, calling them Changelings. The Changelings, unable to return(for now), became nomadic, waiting for the chance to return and cause chaos for the lesser ponies. And as for Chrysalis, she was a strong, smart Changeling who was aware of her Alicorn roots. She learned other spells other than shapeshifting, so she could take over the areas the Changelings found. She was crowned queen for her intellect and power.
Queen Chrysalis was originally only after Princess Cadance.Cadance has the ability to project love over large areas, basically giving her the ability to feed massive numbers of changelings at a time. It wasn't until after she had started her plan to kidnap Cadance that Chrysalis realized that she would have a chance at taking over Equestria.
Changelings are the result of the story from "Hearts and Hooves Day".There has to be some connection. An entire kingdom destroyed by love. Plus the princess in the book is depicted as an alicorn.
The mirror pool clones are changelings.When somepony clones their self, they are not making a clone but rather summoning a changeling. The summoned changeling uses this as an opportunity to feed off of love undetected. When Twilight destroyed the Pinkie clones, she did not kill them but rather sent them back to where they were summoned from.
The Changelings are descendants of a Zerg brood that got stranded on Equestria millennia agoThe abundant magic that permeates the planet somehow partially severed them from the Overmind's control, and also affected their divergent evolution, taking them further and further physically from the baseline Swarm. Queen Chrysalis is essentially their Kerrigan: a former native-species member captured and Zergified. Like Kerrigan before her purification at the end of Wings of Liberty, Chrysalis is unconsciously operating under the psychic/genetic commands of the Dark Voice, with the ultimate goals of creating Hybrids of pony and Changeling/Zerg, and of weakening the planet's ability to defend itself when the Dark Voice eventually arrives in the material realm.
Queen Chrysalis is manipulating others to feel sorry for her species.Queen Chrysalis knows that love isn't just romantic or familial, but platonic as well. By making her seem more sympathetic than she actually is, people will start to actually care about her, and thus love her. She will then feed on that love. Yours, to be precise. just because they love each other doesn't mean they'll love you enough to stop their assault. Plus with the love they can feel constantly replenished, you would have the Changeling invasion without any need for stamina. To prevent them becoming too much of a threat, somepony stripped them of their ability to feel love. Whether they were a major threat before or they screwed up royally is up for debate.
King Sombra was there after forming of pony tribes but before Discord.
King Sombra was made by Discord.
King Sombra has nothing to do with Discord.
King Sombra is the reincarnation of Knight Shade from G1.
Alternatively King Sombra is Knight Shade's master Erebus.Erebus was a wizard who looked like a big grey cloud who fed on energy of shadows to power his magic.
King Sombra used to be a ruler of Crystal Empire.
King Sombra's defeat is just another hoax.Most likely, he figured out he couldn't win and decided to try again later or change his goals. So he created a crystal copy of himself and fled into the Arctic wastes where nopony could find him.
King Sombra was Driven to Madness by his defeatLosing his kingdom (even though he was a monstrous ruler) and being condemned to an And I Must Scream fate for a thousand years drove him insane. His dialog consists of roars and short lines because he's gone so insane he's been completely consumed by his lust for power over the Crystal Ponies to the point he nothing else matters to him.
King Sombra has a Horcrux or two.That's why he looks weird. It also means he'll be back.
King Sombra's motivation was fear.Look at how thorough he is in preventing the Crystal Heart from being used. While he was always a power-hungry monster, somewhere along the line, he discovered the only thing that could permanently stop him is the Crystal Heart (by this logic Celestia and Luna didn't mean to turn him into a Living Shadow, they meant to kill him, but the only thing that can kill him is the Crystal Heart). So he crushed the Crystal Ponies spirits for the same reason that Frieza killed the Saiyans, he was terrified of them managing to bring about the one thing capable of defeating him. He went to such lengths to stop the Crystal Heart from being used on him because he was scared of it. Plus, it'd be ironic if someone who utilized fear so much would be motivated by his own fear.
King Sombra has Windigos working for him.There was an awful lot of snow in the arctic wastes surrounding the Crystal Empire, and there weren't any pegasi making it. There was also howling. Both might have been from Sombra, but it also sounds a lot like the work of windigos, and they seem like precisely the sort of creatures who would have been attracted to Sombra's rule.
King Sombra's odd appearance is due to abuse of dark magic.He used to look like any regular unicorn, but much like with Darth Sidious he either had an accident with dark magic that disfigured him, or it's simply the steady abuse of it that gradually changed his features.
King Sombra is not a Crystal Empire native.From what we know, the Crystal Empire has no pegasi nor unicorns. Stands to reason that Sombra, a unicorn, would be foreign. Perhaps the very reason he moved into the Empire was due to their lack of pegasi and unicorns that could have opposed his reign.
King Sombra is related to Luna's Nocturnal Pegasi.They're pegasi with more intimidating features than most, he's a unicorn with more intimidating features, that's probably important.
How King Sombra "cursed" the Crystal Empire.He simply sent the whole place into the future 1,000 years. The Crystal Pony that Twilight talked two said that his rule felt like it was yesterday. That's because to them it was yesterday. To everyone else, it was 1,000 years.
King Sombra was part dragon, part unicorn.This is the reason for his unique horn, the fact that he mostly roars, and how he seems hungry while approching the crystal heart. Dragons eat gems after all.
King Sombra was a normal crystal pony who found an ancient artifact (Unmarked spoilers everywhere!)There are no unicorns or pegasi in the Crystal Empire, for whatever reason, and coupled with the fact that King Sombra specifically wants to take over the Empire, it stands to reason that he used to live in the Empire as a normal pony. One day, he found an ancient, evil artifact that curved like a particularly nasty knife, and kept it because he sensed that it could grant him great power. (In fact, the artifact didn't spring randomly into being. Just as Discord has the Elements (paragons of order and permenance) to balance him out (or vice versa) - and more obviously, Celestia, princess of light, has Luna, princess of dark - the Crystal Heart, a linchpin of love and unity, has the evil horn thing to represent its opposite, hate and inequality. The colors even match - the Heart's main colors are white and blue, and the horn's main colors are black and red. When the Heart was first distilled out of pure crystal magic, the horn/Horn/artifact ended up as a byproduct of the spell, and was hidden in the Arctic so that its powers could not be used for evil, which is admittedly pretty much the only things its powers could be used for. It wasn't destroyed because that would entail destroying the Heart.) Eventually (assuming that in those days, the Empire traded with Equestria, and he knew what a unicorn looked like), he got the idea to attach it to his forehead, I imagine probably painfully. This explains why his horn doesn't look like other unicorns'. It did, in fact, grant him dark magic, but it also insidiously warped his desires. Where before, he had only wanted to rule, now he wanted to destroy the Empire's love and unity. Unfortunately, the one thing that the magic of the horn couldn't do was destroy its opposite, and so Sombra hid it away, hoping it would die on its own. He also locked Cadance in a sort of stasis for a thousand years, explaining why she wasn't there to defeat him and also why we haven't heard of her before Twilight's exposition (Celestia had been keeping her safe in Canterlot). As the Heart's power weakened, so did Sombra's own, until Celestia and Luna could defeat him. (This matching of power levels also explains why Sombra gained his original body back when he came so close to the recharging Heart.) Again, they couldn't destroy the source of his magic, and since they weren't the Crystal Heart (or Cadance, who emobodies it), they couldn't separate it from Sombra, and so the most they could do was reduce him to an incorporeal form and trap him in the ice. Just before his defeat, he triggered one final spell he'd put in place, tying his freedom to the Empire's and making sure they would go into the same stasis as Cadance and return from it in a short amount of time, effectively negating his imminent defeat. Unfortunately for him, Luna got there first, draw on what she'd learned from Star Swirl the Bearded to ensure his imprisonment lasted much longer, so she and her sister would have time to plan. The magics reacted, so while Sombra had set it up for, at most, a year, and Luna tried to extend it to at least a hundred years, the original spell was amplified a thousand times, leading to the 1000-year time warp we see in canon. To the crystal ponies, it's only been a year, hence the comment about "It seems like it was just yesterday!" Fast-forward to the return of the Crystal Heart. As mentioned before, the Heart couldn't destroy the horn. It's physically impossible. It could, however, have no compunctions about destroying the horn's means of doing anything, and summarily did so to Sombra. It's why you see the horn flying off into the distance and not anything else, like his armor or whatever. But back to Sombra, though. He's shown that he's clever, and he made extensive plans for almost everything - traps upon traps to guard the Heart, and so on. So why was his speech so... simplistic? "Crystal Heart, crystal slaves, grrrr!" Well, Luna, when she performed her magic manipulation spell, was unaware of the clause tying the Empire's freedom to Sombra's. She was solely focused on Sombra, and behind her spellwork was the sheer determination to make him go away and stay away. So while the Empire got a thousand years that felt like one year, Sombra got a thousand years in the ice that felt like exactly that. Now, imagine a thousand years stuck with an artifact that you can't get rid of, that has a direct line to your thoughts, and that has exactly one motivation and wants to make it your own. Yeah, Sombra slowly went nuts, and honestly by the time he got out, the only thing holding his thoughts in any semblance of "together" was the horn. Hence, well, "Crystal Heart, Crystal slaves, grrrr."
King Sombra had corrupted the Crystal HeartThat's why he kept it instead of chucking it in a volcano or other completely inaccessible location. He needed it, otherwise, he'd just be a relatively normal (if evil and clever) unicorn. That's also why he oppressed the Crystal Ponies, because their misery would feed his power through the corrupted Crystal Heart.
As a variation of the above: King Sombra did use the Crystal Heart for evil, but he had no need to corrupt it.The Crystal Ponies power up the Heart with positive emotions to destroy Sombra, but is it ever explicitely stated the Heart cannot store and amplify negative emotions as well? Sombra put the heart on top of a tower on purpose: it's an excellent place for it to pick up the fear and pain of the oppressed Crystal Ponies. Sombra would then use it to rebroadcast those emotions across the whole Empire even stronger, leading to even MORE fear and pain - a self-sustaining terror generator, a tyrant's dream. Perhaps Sombra even hoped that, if it stored enough negativity, it could unleash a devastating wave of evil that could destroy anything of pure heart in the vicinity.
Having spent a thousand years under the ice, King Sombra forgot how to speak.You know what they say, that if you don't practice a language you'll forget how to speak it? Spending a millenium in the company of only himself and nobody to speak means that King Sombra is REALLY rusty when it comes to language. Since this is the first time in a thousand years that he has anybody to speak to, King Sombra is struggling to come back to grips with speaking.
King Sombra is dead, but he'll still be the Big Bad of the seasonBeing The Chessmaster that he was, Sombra had a number of contingency plans and various other methods, some of which were meant to carry out revenge after his demise. Trixie's necklace is one of these and several more will appear throughout the season, possibly culminating with Sombra attempting to resurrect himself in the Season Finale.
King Sombra corrupted/is the corrupted Equestrian version of Santa Claus, and the Crystal Ponies were his elves.The Empire is in the Far North, and Santa pony is confirmed, or at least his costume is. They both like red. And the Crystal Empire reflects the goodness/evilness across Equestria like Christmas Spirit/Good Will. And, it would be funny.
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King Sombra is Princess Platinum's fatherIt's stated in the play that Platinum is the "daughter of the Unicorn King." Who's the only unicorn with that title we know of? And it explains the whole Princesses Rule issue: of course they wouldn't mention somepony like Sombra in a play for young foals. My theory as to how it happened:
King Sombra was descended from Princess Platinum.This doesn't involve twisting the timeline into a knot.
The King Sombra defeated in the series 3 opening was a clone created from the Mirror Pool.Okay, so people complain that the Sombra we saw in the present was a flat Generic Doomsday Villain, despite the Sombra of 1000 years ago being The Chessmaster. Well, there could be a very good reason for that. "Too Many Pinkie Pies" shows that clones created from the pool are essentially Flanderised versions of the original, taking their most notable traits, turning them Up to Eleven and having no other noticable ones. Well, isn't a Generic Doomsday Villain the natural Flanderisation of an Evil Overlord? As for how it happened: Sombra created one or more clones of himself as part of a Xanatos Gambit (if somepony defeated the real him, he'd have a backup to take his place). Unfortunately, he didn't forsee one of the clones becoming The Starscream and killing him. (Though given the kind of pony Sombra was, it's safe to say he could not have been happier with that outcome.)
King Sombra is Princess Celestia and Luna's father.Alternatively...
King Sombra is the son of Princess Luna.
King Sombra is not a natural being, and was created with lost magic.
King Sombra was actually a previous victim of the Alicorn Amulet.Considering how Trixie was becoming more and more like a tyrant as long as she had the amulet, it would be no surprise if the Alicorn Amulet's previous owners went through a similar transformation. Perhaps King Sombra was once an ordinary unicorn, but then he got a hold of the amulet. His regain of terror was the logical conclusion to the amulet's influence.
Princess Cadance is descended from King Sombra.Sombra was never said to be any kind of usurper, so if Cadance is actually descended from the old Crystal Empire rulers, this is kind of required.
Sombra is Twilight Sparkle's Evil Counterpart.Twilight is stupendously powerful, displaying magical abilities far beyond the norm for unicorns, and the only beings in the entire show that surpass her are either gods (Celestia, Luna/Nightmare Moon, Discord) or got a massive power boost (Trixie and the Alicorn Amulet, Chrysalis and Shining Armor's love, Shining and Cadance working together). Except, that is, for Sombra, who is given no explanation for being a supposedly regular unicorn with power to match the heavy hitters of Equestria. That's because Sombra was once much like Twilight, a unicorn foal with a preternatural gift with magic fueled by a passion for learning and knowledge. Only instead of formal schooling and a wise and patient mentor, Sombra only had himself to teach himself spells, but a large well of magical power coupled with inexperience meant a severe lack of control, and incidents like the Want-It-Need-It spell would have been very common. Eventually, the idea took hold in his mind that he was inherently superior to the "weaklings" that surround him that were so vulnerable to his will, and he grew in power and arrogance until he decided that someone of his superiority deserves to rule. The rest is literally history. This is why formal magic training schools exist, to prevent young unicorns from falling into With Great Power Comes Great Insanity. Furthermore it explains why Celestia has taken such a special interest in Twilight and devoted so much time and effort to teach her all these lessons, because she knows full well what she could become and doesn't want another tyrant on her hooves.
Sombra was motivated by jealousy.It seems evident that Sombra was a blank flank. Supposing he never did find out was he was truly destined to do, possibly exacerbated by All of the Other Reindeer, he allowed himself to succumb to jealousy and turned to dark magic to become far more powerful than any regular unicorn would be capable of under normal circumstances, in an effort to prove that just because he was a blank flank doesn't mean he was useless. Inevitably, he got his keister kicked by Celestia and Luna and sealed beneath the ice, where he had a thousand years for that jealousy to fester and grow.
King Sombra did something to prevent the Princesses from using the Elements of Harmony.Why else wouldn't they just use the orbital friendship cannon with its accompanying World-Healing Wave to purge all of Sombra's work? Maybe because he did something to keep them from employing them. Perhaps he realized that he was utterly screwed, and that no matter what, the Princesses would deal with him permanently. So, he decided to make their victory as Pyrrhic as possible. Perhaps Luna did have followers (a tiny minority), and King Sombra went and massacred them to fill Luna's heart with such grief and rage that she could no longer work her Element/the Elements.
King Sombra cursed Princess Luna at the same time as the Crystal Empire, to ultimately turn her into Nightmare Moon.Look at the timing, both things happened 1000 years ago. Luna travels by Moonlight, but Nightmare Moon turns into a dark cloud, like Sombra. When Sombra was defeated by the Princesses, he must have cast a shard of his horn into Luna, or corrupted her some other way. It turned what was no more than a mild unhappiness at the fact that ponies didn't stay up to appreciate her night, and nurtured it into a corrosive fury. After all, she had other duties, like her Dream Patrols, so it wasn't like she was a one trick pony. Maybe part of the curse was to punish both of them for 1000 years, which he did by getting Luna banished to the moon, and forcing her sister to do it, as well as being separated for 1000 years. Or he just wanted Nightmare Moon to destroy everything. Alternatively, if he had some idea of how long he would take to escpae, he might have set it up so when he came back he'd have an ally. If they had used the Elements against him, he'd also be preventing them from being used again, as it took both sisters working together to use them. He wouldn't have had any idea that six mortal ponies could take their place.
The Alicorn Amulet turned King Sombra into what we saw in the Crystal Empire, (and what Celestia told us about him).The Alicorn Amulet has shown it has the power to warp ponies into cruel monsters.
King Sombra is Only Mostly Dead.The Crystal Heart shattered Sombra into pieces, but his horn was seen to be still intact. He is merely reforming himself from his horn and may return.
King Sombra Cannot DieDuring the episode in which King Sombra was defeated, his horn was severed, but was able to be controlled from a distance and called back to him with no difficulty. What if this is not a feature of being a living shadow, but a result of a spell that Sombra had cast upon himself? Many an evil wizard across many a series has sought a means of true immortality: what if Sombra had found such a means? That would be why he was shattered when he exploded: his body, his TRUE body, is no longer that of a normal pony, but that of an immortal. It can be broken, and scattered to the wind, but it will always find a way to put itself back together.
Sombra Was Once Princess Celestia's StudentA unicorn as powerful as Sombra would not just magically appear out of nowhere (probably). What if Sombra had been Celestia's student a thousand years ago, and had miscast the Destiny swapping spell, when trying to pass the final test before becoming an alicorn, and swapped the destiny of a kind, generous, all around nice Stallion with a black-hearted monster? That would explain why she gave no background on Sombra: if she had, Twilight would have never gone anywhere NEAR that spell for fear that it might make her a monster like him. More importantly, it would mean the reason why Celestia pushed Twilight Sparkle into having friends was so that it would mean that someone other than her student got their destinies swapped.
King Sombra is a crystal pony with an artificial horn.The Crystal Empire used to have only crystal ponies, so either he's not a native, or he is a very clever crystal pony... Creating something like the Alicorn Amulet would give him the power he showed.
King Sombra is related to the Lich.Both are terrifying abominations who seem to hate all life, don't need much characterization to be effective and very cunning. Perhaps, like the Lich, they're a result of a horrific weapon being used to turn them into exceedingly powerful threats. The reason their motives are different are a result of the intent. With the Lich, he was born/mutated with a weapon of mass destruction, so is carrying on its duty. Sombra was given the chemical as a sort of Super Serum, probably issued by himself for the power it would give him.
King Sombra's powers have wreaked havoc on his mind.As mentioned in an above theory, Sombra could've been motivated by fear of his subjects. Maybe he didn't think his rulers liked him and thought it was better to be feared than loved. Maybe he was scared of The Power of Love, as he was unable to utilize it. So Sombra harnessed a new power-the Element of Fear. The reason why Sombra is a force of nature nowadays is because the power of fear destroyed his mind. What was once King Sombra is a shadow of terror who only retains the intention of Sombra(to ensure my subjects remain loyal). Antagonising the ponies either fits into the idea that he's scared of The Power of Love, or simply because fear has a difficult time stopping love(after all, you fear most for your loved ones, and to save said loved ones you will fight through it).
King Sombra is fear incarnate.Hence why he's more force of nature than stallion-he actually is a force of nature. The pony form is either the above theory that he became fear or simply a cheap pony mask. His true, shadowy form come from exploiting the most common of fears-that of the dark(in other words, he's invoking the very reason for the Dark Is Evil trope). He rarely talks and hides his plans/origin both because he knows it makes him harder to beat and he's exploiting the fear of the unknown(meaning he's invoking Nothing Is Scarier). The reason he wants to crush the Crystal Pony's spirits is to ensure a state of absolute terror.
Luna and Sombra were secret lovers.Sombra was obsessed with dark magic, and gave into the darkness at one point, driving him mad. Driven by the desire to be with Luna despite all the rules that forbids them to be together, he invaded the Chrystal Kingdom and crowned himself king, to create a new kingdom where he and Luna could rule together. Luna never got over the loss, and in her bitterness of being forced to banish the pony she once so loved, succumbed to the darkness herself, creating Nightmare Moon.
King Sombra is a Fallen Alicorn-possibly the Alicorn of EarthSombra used to be a noble being, potentially Luna and Celestia's elder/middle brother. While Luna and Celestia were given the duty of keeping the moon and sun respectively aligned with the planet, Sombra was in charge of keeping the Earth alive and controlling its tectonic plates as well as its volcanism. However he became corrupted by his power and lost his wings but still retained all of his power. Fleeing Celestia and Luna, he took over the Crystal Empire so he could build up a powerbase to take over the rest of the World. However, like Sauron he could never be permanently destroyed only banished to the winds due to his presence, like Deathwing's is necessary to keep the Earth running. He also created the Alicorn Amulet to increase his power for when he had his 'inevitable rematch' with his siblings.
Sombra, or how his rule came about, will be addressed in S4As of the premiere Twilight has been seen to use his 'dark magic' on a powerful yet otherwise non-dark potion. Given Zecora's only instruction was that it requires alicorn magic, this doesn't feel like a coincidence. Twilight could have activated the potion using one of her purple beam things and it would have looked fine, but she's quite clearly shown using the magic associated with the Crystal Empire's King. The only time ponies have used Sombra's form of magic to achieve something is when dealing with something Sombra himself is connected to. We wanted background, and got a series of interesting but clumsily-inserted flashbacks. Maybe it's details like the Twilight's choice of spell (along with the Tree, and the locked box at the end) that hint at what we'll really be seeing in this season.
Absolutely NONE of the villains in this show will ever repeat.All villains of this show are one-time-use. They show up, are defeated, and don't come back (not even Nightmare Moon, who in "Luna Eclipsed" was actually Princess Luna with a disguise). Wave good-bye to Discord, Gilda, and the Diamond Dogs because this show is about friendship, not beating bad guys. Expect Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon to remain, but to lose the bratty, snobbish, superior attitudes.
Either Trixie or Gilda will pull a Heel-Face Turn.But they'd be Reformed but Rejected. After proving themselves, the Aesop of the episode would be that some can change, despite their past.
Some of the villains will team up and pull an All Your Base Are Belong to Us on Ponyville.While the mane cast are away, they take control of the town and prepare a trap for the Elements. It would be a A Day in the Limelight for the secondary characters such as Big Macintosh, the CMC, the Mayor, and so on who have to stop the bad guys.
We're going to get a Big Damn Villains moment from previous antagonists like Trixie and GildaThey may be jerks, but I doubt they want to see Discord tear down the walls of reality any more than anyone else.
Other possible Freudian Excuses for the villains.
The Windigos will arise as recurring villains.Shortly after Return of Harmony part 2, Jayson mentioned another villain would be introduced in Season 2. The very nature of the Windigo simply scream "next-big threat": powerful, potent Eldritch Abomination, feeding off of hatred and animosity, and possibly still around. The Windigo race would probably act as a Knight of Cerebus.
The Windigos aren't villainsWithout the Windegos freezing, the fighting of the 3 tribes would of awakened Discord. But due to their freezing nature the tribes worked together and discovered the Fires Of Friendship.
Iron Will and Gilda are the same speciesPonies have Land Air and Magic. Mythologicals have Land and Air.
Iron Will's used to customers trying to bully their way out of not paying.There's a fine line between confidence and overconfidence, and his clients stray too far into the latter all too often. He wants them to learn how to take on the world, but not to the point of thinking they can get away with anything. In fact, he may consider this to be the last lesson for his students: know your limits. His willingness to fight Fluttershy wasn't necessarily a bluff — rather, he was calling her bluff. If need be, he very well could have smacked her around a little, probably while calling her out on getting his lessons all wrong. Her response to this convinced him she wasn't just trying to weasel out of paying, which is why he backed down gracefully.
Iron Will's money back guarantee is a Secret Test of Character.Iron Will is running a business, sure, but he really does care about helping ponies to be assertive. If anypony can stand up to him when he comes to collect his fee, then he lets them go without paying, because that level of assertiveness is what he really wants to see.
If the villains form a Villain Team-Up.Iron Will would be the Token Good Teammate. Alicorn. and in fiction that's usually bad news. He will be Back from the Dead through some means, and will either be an Evil Sorceror, Misanthrope Supreme or He-Man Woman Hater and be very power hungry and crazy.
There will be Evil Counterponies to each of the Mane 6We already have Sunset Shimmer, who might have been faking redemption, and Lightning Dust, who's probably pretty miffed about being kicked out of the academy. Now we just need counterparts towards the other 4 members of the Mane 6.
Ahuizotl is a long-lost relative to the Pokemon AipomI mean, really, guy's got freakin' hand on his tail...
The Big Bad of the Season Finale will be the Pony Of Shadows.Episode 3 seems to imply at the end that there really is a Pony of Shadows, or something similar to one. Even though it's too early to conclude anything, this will most likely be adressed later.
We're bad, and that's good. We'll never be good, and that's not bad. There's no one we'd rather be, then us.