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* AnyLastWords: Jewelius poses this question to [[spoiler:Celestia during her hanging, expecting her to [[CassandraTruth try and tell everypony about his evil actions to deaf ears]] like the other prisoners just did to no avail. Knowing it will get her nowhere and that everypony has lost all faith in her, Celestia instead makes a heartwrenching apology speech to Twilight and the angry crowd, taking full responsibility over everypony who lost their lives and is suffering now because of the invasion she inadvertently allowed to happen. Twilight and the entire crowd are so touched that they start demanding Jewelius to spare Celestia as she prepares to {{face death with dignity}}]].

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* AnyLastWords: Jewelius poses this question to [[spoiler:Celestia during her hanging, expecting her to [[CassandraTruth try and tell everypony about his evil actions to deaf ears]] like the other prisoners just did to no avail. Knowing it will get her nowhere and that everypony has lost all faith in her, Celestia instead makes a heartwrenching apology speech to Twilight and the angry crowd, taking full responsibility over everypony who lost their lives and is suffering now because of the invasion she inadvertently allowed to happen. Twilight and the entire crowd are so touched that they start demanding Jewelius to spare Celestia the deposed princess as she prepares to {{face death with dignity}}]].


** The 12th chapter has also a subverted example when Fluttershy asks from the crowd [[spoiler:who will raise the sun if Celestia is executed]]. The crowd does become thoughtful, but Jewelius quickly dispels their uncertainties with a NewEraSpeech about why [[spoiler:they'll be better off without the alicorns to rely on]].

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** The 12th chapter has also a subverted example when Fluttershy asks from the crowd [[spoiler:who will raise the sun if Celestia is executed]]. The crowd does become becomes thoughtful, but Jewelius quickly dispels their uncertainties with a NewEraSpeech about why [[spoiler:they'll be better off without the alicorns to rely on]].


* DistaffCounterpart: [[spoiler:Jewelius is essentially a stallion version of Queen Chrysalis whose schemes parallel with hers. Chrysalis tries to marry Shining Armor while turning him along with Princess Celestia, the Mane Five and Spike against Twilight, while Jewelius intends to marry Twilight whom he manipulates to turn against her brother, mentor and friends.]]


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* SpearCounterpart: [[spoiler:Jewelius is essentially a stallion version of Queen Chrysalis whose schemes parallel with hers. Chrysalis tries to marry Shining Armor while turning him along with Princess Celestia, the Mane Five and Spike against Twilight, while Jewelius intends to marry Twilight whom he manipulates to turn against her brother, mentor and friends.]]


** When Jewelius decides to [[spoiler:wipe out Ponyville's population along with the heroes]], not only is [[MinionWithAnFInEvil Shackle]] horrified and Vivian [[NotSoStoic looking uncomfortable]], but even [[{{Sadist}} Hildread]], who has never before shown to have had any trouble with carrying out her master's plans, is [[EvenEvilHasStandards appalled]].
You know the villain is going too far when all of his most trusted minions are thinking so!

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** When Jewelius decides to [[spoiler:wipe out Ponyville's population along with the heroes]], not only is [[MinionWithAnFInEvil Shackle]] horrified and Vivian [[NotSoStoic looking uncomfortable]], but even [[{{Sadist}} Hildread]], who has never before shown to have had any trouble with carrying out her master's plans, is [[EvenEvilHasStandards appalled]].
appalled]]. You know the villain is going too far when all of even his most trusted minions are thinking so!brutal minion thinks so.


* DrivenByEnvy: [[spoiler:Jewelius sets the entire Changeling invasion and all the torment the heroes endure in motion because he wants to upstage Celestia and Cadance after all the years he spent seething at the recognition they enjoyed.]]



** When Jewelius decides to [[spoiler:wipe out Ponyville's population along with the heroes]], not only is [[MinionWithAnFInEvil Shackle]] horrified, but [[{{Sadist}} Hildread]] and [[TheStoic Vivian]] are both [[EvenEvilHasStandards uneased]]. You know the villain is going too far when all of his most trusted minions are thinking so!

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** When Jewelius decides to [[spoiler:wipe out Ponyville's population along with the heroes]], not only is [[MinionWithAnFInEvil Shackle]] horrified, horrified and Vivian [[NotSoStoic looking uncomfortable]], but even [[{{Sadist}} Hildread]] and [[TheStoic Vivian]] are both Hildread]], who has never before shown to have had any trouble with carrying out her master's plans, is [[EvenEvilHasStandards uneased]].appalled]].
You know the villain is going too far when all of his most trusted minions are thinking so!


* EasilyCondemned: Just like Twilight's friends, brother and mentor were [[MadeOutToBeAJerkass quick to believe her misgivings regarding "Cadance" were only vilification of a possessive little sister]], the entire city of Canterlot -- including the entire Royal Guard [[spoiler:([[ThePurge or so it seems]])]] -- is quick to believe the claims of Jewelius (a prince who's often absent from Canterlot) that the princesses, the Royal Guard's captain and five of the Element Bearers allowed the Changelings to attack due to negligence born out of sheer selfishness. However, this about-turn is somewhat justified by the fact that the invasion -- which occurred despite Celestia and Shining Armor's high safety measures -- was only just narrowly stopped with a high count of casualties, so the emotions are still high. Besides, [[NotHelpingYOurCase the heroes all but confirm Jewelius' claims by trying to run away right after he has publicly promised to rectify the consequences of their blunders]].

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* EasilyCondemned: Just like Twilight's friends, brother and mentor were [[MadeOutToBeAJerkass quick to believe her misgivings regarding "Cadance" were only vilification of a possessive little sister]], the entire city of Canterlot -- including the entire Royal Guard [[spoiler:([[ThePurge or so it seems]])]] -- is quick to believe the claims of Jewelius (a prince who's often absent from Canterlot) when he claims that the princesses, the Royal Guard's captain and five of the Element Bearers allowed the Changelings to attack due to negligence born out of sheer selfishness. However, this about-turn is somewhat justified by the fact that the invasion -- which occurred despite Celestia and Shining Armor's high safety measures -- was only just narrowly stopped with a high count of casualties, so the emotions are still high. Besides, [[NotHelpingYOurCase the heroes all but confirm Jewelius' claims by trying to run away right after he has publicly promised to rectify the consequences of their blunders]].


** [[spoiler:When Jewelius tells Twilight's imprisoned loved ones that he'll marry her and [[DarwinistDesire father through her a powerful line of heirs]], he offhandedly mentions that if he happens to discover an even more powerful unicorn mare, he'll likely [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident stage an accident for Twilight. When he reveals his true colors to her, he gloats that excluding her, nearly all his pawns have outlived their usefulness.]]

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** [[spoiler:When Jewelius tells Twilight's imprisoned loved ones that he'll marry her and [[DarwinistDesire father through her a powerful line of heirs]], he offhandedly mentions that if he happens to discover an even more powerful unicorn mare, he'll likely [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident stage an accident for Twilight.Twilight]]. When he reveals his true colors to her, he gloats that excluding her, nearly all his pawns have outlived their usefulness.]]


* TheOnlyWayTheyWillLearn: In the 11th chapter, Shining Armor is [[ATasteOfTheLash publicly flogged]] by Commander Hildread. Twilight tries to come to her brother's defense by questioning whether his punishment is too harsh and saying that he never meant for all of these terrible things go happen. However, she relents after Jewelius tells her that Shining must be taught a lesson.

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* TheOnlyWayTheyWillLearn: In the 11th chapter, Shining Armor is [[ATasteOfTheLash publicly flogged]] by Commander Hildread. Twilight tries to come to her brother's defense by questioning whether his punishment is too harsh and saying that he never meant for all of these terrible things go to happen. However, she relents after Jewelius tells her that Shining must be taught a lesson.


*** Not only does Shining Armor become brainwashed by Queen Chrysalis as per canon, but his wedding is forcibly cancelled, he's stripped of his title as Captain of the Royal Guard, and Hildread beats him up. After he's bitterly disowned by his little sister, he [ATasteOfTheLash endures a brutal public flogging]] for "disgracing" the Guard and learns that [[spoiler:many of his friends in the Guard been murdered and his sister emotionally manipulated and deaf to his warnings is engaged to a sociopath who's ready to [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness kill her if he finds her to be an inconvenience]]]].

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*** Not only does Shining Armor become brainwashed by Queen Chrysalis as per canon, but his wedding is forcibly cancelled, he's stripped of his title as Captain of the Royal Guard, and Hildread beats him up. After he's bitterly disowned by his little sister, he [ATasteOfTheLash [[ATasteOfTheLash endures a brutal public flogging]] for "disgracing" the Guard and learns that [[spoiler:many of his friends in the Guard been murdered and his sister emotionally manipulated and deaf to his warnings is engaged to a sociopath who's ready to [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness kill her if he finds her to be an inconvenience]]]].


* TheOnlyWayTheyWillLearn: In the 11th chapter, Shining Armor is [[ATasteOfTheLash publicly flogged]] by Commander Hildread. Twilight tries to come to her brother's defense by questioning whether his punishment is too harsh, but she relents when Jewelius tells her that Shining must be taught a lesson.

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* TheOnlyWayTheyWillLearn: In the 11th chapter, Shining Armor is [[ATasteOfTheLash publicly flogged]] by Commander Hildread. Twilight tries to come to her brother's defense by questioning whether his punishment is too harsh, but harsh and saying that he never meant for all of these terrible things go happen. However, she relents when after Jewelius tells her that Shining must be taught a lesson.


* CueTheSun: [[spoiler:As Celestia prepares to be hanged after apologizing to Twilight and everypony else for letting them down, she raises the sun to bring morning to Equestria for the last time. Her words alone garner forgiveness from Twilight and Canterlot's citizens, but seeing the morning sun causes them all to beg for Jewelius to spare Celestia who [[ShootTheRope ends up being rescued by Luna]] who also releases the other imprisoned heroes. From here begins the gradual process of Jewelius' downfall and the heroes' fortunes taking a turn for the better.]]

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* CueTheSun: [[spoiler:As Celestia prepares to be hanged face the gallows after apologizing to Twilight and everypony else for letting them down, she raises the sun to bring morning to Equestria for the last time. Her words alone garner forgiveness from Twilight and Canterlot's citizens, but seeing the morning sun causes them all to beg for Jewelius to spare Celestia who [[ShootTheRope ends up being rescued by Luna]] who also releases the other imprisoned heroes. From here begins the gradual process of Jewelius' downfall and the heroes' fortunes taking a turn for the better.]]


** After the fugitives [[spoiler:along with the Changelings]] escape, Twilight wants to pardon her dishonored loved ones so that she can forgive them on how they wronged her as well as apologize for her outburst, believing that they've been punished enough and learned their lesson.

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** After the fugitives [[spoiler:along with the Changelings]] escape, Twilight wants to pardon her dishonored loved ones so that she can forgive them on how they wronged her as well as apologize for her outburst, believing that they've been punished enough and have learned their lesson.


* PrinceCharmless: [[spoiler:Jewelius]] proves to be the biggest example. He [[BitchInSheepsClothing tricks Twilight into trusting him]] and [[TheUsurper successfully seizes the throne]] after discrediting the heroes.

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* PrinceCharmless: [[spoiler:Jewelius]] proves to be the biggest example. He [[BitchInSheepsClothing tricks Twilight into trusting him]] and [[TheUsurper successfully seizes the throne]] after discrediting the heroes.heroes, proving himself to be a [[TheCaligula narcissistic colt of a king]].



* WellIntentionedExtremist: Though it's not closely examined, Vivian claims to be this in her MotiveRant, saying that [[WeHaveBecomeComplacent ponies entrust their protection too much to the alicorns and the Elements of Harmony]] and need to be independent the same way she thinks they were before Celestia and Luna started ruling them. Though she's wrong to think Jewelius' rule will give the ponykind any independence, her stated motivations may be sincere, given her utter lack of sadistic tendencies, [[TheStoic highly impersonal demeanor]], and two moments of [[EvenEvilHasStandards displaying distaste]] for her master's decision to [[spoiler:murder a large number of fine military ponies just because they haven't sworn loyalty to him, and later all of Ponyville's inhabitants along with the heroes too]].

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* WellIntentionedExtremist: Though it's not closely examined, Vivian claims herself to be this in her MotiveRant, saying that [[WeHaveBecomeComplacent ponies entrust their protection too much to the alicorns and the Elements of Harmony]] and need to be independent the same way she thinks they were before Celestia and Luna started ruling them. Though she's wrong to think that Jewelius' rule will give the ponykind any independence, her stated motivations may be sincere, given her utter lack of sadistic tendencies, [[TheStoic highly impersonal demeanor]], and two moments of [[EvenEvilHasStandards displaying distaste]] for her master's decision to [[spoiler:murder a large number of fine military ponies just because they haven't sworn loyalty to him, and later all of Ponyville's inhabitants along with the heroes too]].



* WhamEpisode: Chapter 11 reveals that [[spoiler:Jewelius has been [[EvilAllAlong evil even before the story began]] and [[GreenEyedMonster hated Celestia and Cadance for "overshadowing" him for years]]. He told Chrysalis about the wedding, joined forces with her, and helped her to infiltrate Canterlot through the caverns before he dumped her and manipulated Twilight into becoming his pawn]].

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* WhamEpisode: Chapter 11 reveals that [[spoiler:Jewelius has been [[EvilAllAlong evil even before the story began]] and [[GreenEyedMonster hated Celestia and Cadance for "overshadowing" him for years]]. He told Chrysalis about the wedding, joined forces with her, and helped her to infiltrate Canterlot through the caverns before he dumped her and manipulated Twilight into becoming his pawn]].



** During her [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech outlash]] toward her former loved ones in the tenth chapter, Twilight declares the other Element Bearers were never her friends, much to their shock. This is one of the first signs of the emotional manipulation Jewelius has subjected her to.

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** During her [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech outlash]] toward her former loved ones in the tenth chapter, Twilight declares that the other Element Bearers were never her friends, much to their shock. This is one of the first signs of the emotional manipulation Jewelius has subjected her to.



*** Jewelius shocks the heroes further by answering his own question about [[spoiler:how Chrysalis knew about the wedding and the caverns beneath the castle]].

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*** Jewelius shocks the heroes further by answering his own question about a couple of questions nopony has asked yet: [[spoiler:how Chrysalis knew about the wedding and the caverns beneath the castle]]. castle]]?



** Cadance does a subtly downplayed version; while saddened by what she has heard about the confrontation at the rehearsal, she's understanding and never angry with Shining Armor or the others. However, she tells him [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDWIssue11To12 what role Twilight played in them becoming a couple years ago]] and informs him that he must make amends with Twilight before they're going to be married. Though she says this gently, he takes it for an ultimatum.
* WomanScorned: [[spoiler:While Jewelius and Chrysalis worked together, she thought they were in an UnholyMatrimony and [[DidYouActuallyBelieve honestly didn't expect him to double-cross her]]. After he helps Twilight in imprisoning her, she desires revenge on him, and for that end, she makes [[NiceJobFixingItVillain Twilight to begin doubting him]] and secretly helps the heroes in gaining an advantage over him. When she comes to claim her revenge, she doesn't appreciate it when he calls her his love in order to get her help and [[DeathByWomanScorned orders her Changelings to eat him]].]]

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** Cadance does a subtly downplayed version; while saddened by to learn what she has heard about the confrontation happened at the rehearsal, she's understanding and never angry with Shining Armor or and the others. others for not believing Twilight. However, she tells him [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDWIssue11To12 what role Twilight played in them becoming a couple years ago]] and informs asks him that he must to make amends with Twilight before they're going to be they get married. Though she says this gently, he takes it for an ultimatum.
* WomanScorned: [[spoiler:While Jewelius and Chrysalis worked together, she thought they were in an UnholyMatrimony and [[DidYouActuallyBelieve honestly didn't expect him to double-cross her]]. After he helps Twilight in imprisoning her, she desires revenge on him, and for that end, she makes [[NiceJobFixingItVillain Twilight to begin doubting him]] and secretly helps the heroes in gaining an advantage over him. When she comes to claim her revenge, she doesn't appreciate it when he calls her his love in order to get her help and [[DeathByWomanScorned orders her Changelings to eat him]].]]



** Shining Armor has no trouble trying to engage in a hooffight with Hildread.

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** Shining Armor has no trouble trying to engage engaging in a hooffight with Hildread.



** [[spoiler:Jewelius originally helped Chrysalis in carrying out her canon plan so that they would rule Equestria together. However, after Jewelius spent time with Twilight and secretly witnessed when Chrysalis sent her into the underground caverns, he came up with a new plan. He first sent Vivian to subdue the brainwashed bridesmaids so that Twilight and the real Cadance could come to expose Chrysalis. Then he had Twilight to subdue all the Changelings by shrinking them with [[ChekhovsGun the spell he showed her earlier]] after the other heroes' efforts to stop the Changelings fail. And finally, he tricked everypony into thinking all the heroes but Twilight are to blame for the disastrous invasion ever happening.]]
** In the 13th chapter, after [[spoiler:Luna [[ShootTheRope saves Celestia from hanging]] and frees the Mane Five, Shining Armor and Spike, the escaped Changelings distract Jewelius' soldiers, so the heroes run to the medical wing to rescue Cadance. When they reach the door, however, Jewelius and Vivian are waiting for them, and Vivian subdues them all with a petrifying spell, even though Jewelius was caught off guard by all these unexpected turns. He decides to adapt by murdering Cadance and framing the escaped heroes for it. The only reason this fails is because [[DamselOutOfDistress Cadance is free of her restraints]] and [[BewareTheNiceOnes ready to pulverize]] her traitorous cousin]].

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** [[spoiler:Jewelius originally helped Chrysalis in carrying out her canon plan so that they would rule Equestria together. However, after Jewelius spent time with Twilight and secretly witnessed when Chrysalis sent her into the underground caverns, he came up with a new plan. He first sent Vivian to subdue the brainwashed bridesmaids so that Twilight and the real Cadance could come to expose Chrysalis. Then he had Twilight to subdue all the Changelings by shrinking them with [[ChekhovsGun the spell he showed her earlier]] after the other heroes' efforts to stop the Changelings fail. And finally, he tricked everypony into thinking all the heroes but Twilight are to blame for the disastrous invasion ever happening.]]
** In the 13th chapter, after [[spoiler:Luna [[ShootTheRope saves Celestia from hanging]] and frees the Mane Five, Shining Armor and Spike, the escaped Changelings distract Jewelius' soldiers, so the heroes run to the medical wing in order to rescue Cadance. When they reach the door, however, Jewelius and Vivian are waiting for them, and Vivian subdues them all with a petrifying spell, even though Jewelius was caught off guard by all these unexpected turns. He decides to adapt by murdering Cadance and framing the escaped heroes for it. The only reason this fails is because [[DamselOutOfDistress Cadance is free of her restraints]] and [[BewareTheNiceOnes ready to pulverize]] her traitorous cousin]].



* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: In the 17th chapter, Twilight and her loved ones trade reassuring words with each other to make each other stop taking all the blame for the way the villains caused them to turn on each other.

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* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: In the 17th chapter, Twilight and her loved ones trade reassuring words with each other in order to make each other stop taking all the blame for the way the villains caused them to turn on each other.



** [[spoiler:When Jewelius tells Twilight's imprisoned loved ones that he'll marry her and [[DarwinistDesire father through her a powerful line of heirs]], he offhandedly mentions that if he happens to discover an even more powerful unicorn mare, he'll [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident stage an accident for Twilight]].]]

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** [[spoiler:When Jewelius tells Twilight's imprisoned loved ones that he'll marry her and [[DarwinistDesire father through her a powerful line of heirs]], he offhandedly mentions that if he happens to discover an even more powerful unicorn mare, he'll likely [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident stage an accident for Twilight]].Twilight. When he reveals his true colors to her, he gloats that excluding her, nearly all his pawns have outlived their usefulness.]]


*** Not only does Shining Armor become brainwashed by Queen Chrysalis as per canon, but his wedding is forcibly cancelled, he's stripped of his title as Captain of the Royal Guard, and Hildread beats him up. After he's bitterly disowned by his little sister, he [ATasteOfTheLash endures a brutal public flogging]] for "disgracing" the Guard and learns that [[spoiler:many of his friends in the Guard been murdered and his sister emotionally manipulated and deaf to his warnings is engaged to a sociopath who's ready to [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness kill her if he finds her to be an inconvenience]]]].



** Despite having the honor of stopping the Changelings herself, Twilight is [[CorruptTheCutie emotionally manipulated]] to lose all love and trust toward her brother, friends and mentor for how they shunned her at the wedding rehearsal, becoming unhappy yet accepting of Equestria's [[TyrantTakesTheHelm new questionable ruler]] who [[spoiler:has all along faked being her friend and possible love interest heirs for his legacy]] and is open to the possibility of [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident killing her "accidentally"]] and marrying a more powerful unicorn mare should he meet one]]. Once Twilight realizes the truth, she's [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone utterly mortified with herself]] and [[ItsAllMyFault places responsibility on herself alone]] when she reconciles with her loved ones and sets out to work with them in order to set things right.
* TroubledFetalPosition: After being freed of the Diamond Dogs' muzzle, Rarity gives them off-screen a reminder of why they don't like to hear her complaints. They're left shaking in this position.
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: After maing himself Equestria's king, Jewelius legalizes slavery, [[spoiler:[[ThePurge wipes out all the Royal Guards who remain loyal to the dismantled princesses]], fills the ranks with bribed convicts]], raises Ponyville's taxes, bans any trading with the town, and tries to make the public falsely believe that he has the situation with the [[spoiler:escaped Changelings]] under his control.

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** Despite having the honor of stopping the Changelings herself, Twilight is [[CorruptTheCutie emotionally manipulated]] to lose all love and trust toward her brother, friends and mentor for how they shunned her at the wedding rehearsal, becoming unhappy yet accepting of Equestria's [[TyrantTakesTheHelm new questionable ruler]] who [[spoiler:has all along faked being her friend and possible love interest interest. She agrees to marry him, unaware that Jewelius [[DarwinistDesire only wants her to birth for him powerful heirs for his legacy]] and is open to the possibility of [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident killing her "accidentally"]] and marrying a more powerful unicorn mare should he meet one]]. Once Twilight realizes the truth, she's [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone utterly mortified with herself]] and [[ItsAllMyFault places responsibility on herself alone]] when she reconciles with her loved ones and sets out to work with them in order to set things right.
* TroubledFetalPosition: After being freed of the Diamond Dogs' muzzle, Rarity gives them off-screen a reminder of why they don't like to hear listen to her complaints. They're left shaking in this position.
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: After maing making himself Equestria's king, Jewelius legalizes slavery, [[spoiler:[[ThePurge wipes out all the Royal Guards who remain loyal to the dismantled princesses]], fills the ranks with bribed convicts]], raises Ponyville's taxes, bans any trading with the town, and tries to make the public falsely believe that he has the situation with the [[spoiler:escaped Changelings]] under his control.



* VillainBall: [[spoiler:Jewelius successfully usurps Equestria's throne, destroys the public images of most of the heroes, paints himself as the [[VillainWithGoodPublicity respected Holy King]], and has Twilight Sparkle under his hoof, with her as his student and fiancée. This doesn't satisfy him enough though, so he lures the banished heroes (who all [[ItsAllMyFault feel themselves to be utter failures]] without knowing about his role in the invasion) back to Canterlot and [[JustBetweenYouAndMe reveals everything to them out of a need to gloat]] and his desire to kill his aunt and cousin. After they, as well as the Changelings, have escaped, he destroys his own credibility by refusing to divert his attention from the heroes to the Changelings (when the public is more concerned about the Changelings' threat) and letting his true sociopathic nature to show. By the time he assaults Ponyville, not only has Twilight Sparkle returned to the heroes' side and brought the Elements of Harmony to their disposal, but the entire city of Canterlot has realized they were better off under Celestia's rule.]]

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* VillainBall: [[spoiler:Jewelius successfully usurps Equestria's throne, destroys the public images of most of the heroes, paints himself as the [[VillainWithGoodPublicity respected Holy King]], and has Twilight Sparkle under his hoof, with her hoof as his student and fiancée. This doesn't satisfy him enough though, so he lures the banished heroes (who all [[ItsAllMyFault feel themselves to be utter failures]] without knowing about his role in the invasion) back to Canterlot and [[JustBetweenYouAndMe reveals everything to them out of a need to gloat]] and his desire to kill his aunt and cousin. After they, as well as the Changelings, have escaped, he destroys his own credibility by refusing to divert his attention from the heroes to the Changelings (when the public is more concerned about the Changelings' threat) and letting his true sociopathic nature to show. shine. By the time he assaults Ponyville, not only has Twilight Sparkle returned to the heroes' side and brought the Elements of Harmony to their disposal, but the entire city of Canterlot has realized that they were better off under Celestia's rule.]]



** Jewelius and his supporters ''don't'' let the dishonored heroes forget that if they had given more attention to the false Cadance's actions (whatever by giving Twilight the benefit of the doubt or being attentive themselves) instead of having their heads entirely in their wedding plans, they could have unmasked Chrysalis and prevented the Changeling invasion (which had severe consequences to Canterlot's ponies) before it began. Jewelius and Hildread also scold them for behaving this singlemindedly when there was in the air a threat of unknown attackers, and they didn't bother to postpone the wedding to deal with the threat first. Though it turns out that [[spoiler:Jewelius helped Chrysalis to infiltrate and used her failure to seize the throne for himself]], the heroes take to heart the usurper's criticism regarding their shortcomings.
** When the Mane Five ask from Jewelius how he was able to sway Twilight to his side, he answers matter-of-factly that in comparison to them, he put more effort in acting like he actually considered Twilight's worries instead of quickly putting them down to jealousy/overreaction. It also helped that he tried to settle the confrontation at the rehearsal peacefully by suggesting Twilight's outburst was only a case of a big misunderstanding, only for Celestia to shush him immediately.

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** Jewelius and his supporters ''don't'' let the dishonored heroes forget that if they had given been more attention to critical about the false Cadance's actions (whatever by giving Twilight the benefit of the doubt or being attentive themselves) instead of having their heads entirely in their wedding plans, they could have unmasked Chrysalis and prevented the Changeling invasion (which had severe consequences to Canterlot's ponies) before it began. Jewelius and Hildread also scold them for behaving this singlemindedly when there was in the air a threat of unknown attackers, and they didn't bother to postpone the wedding to and deal with the threat first. Though it turns out that [[spoiler:Jewelius helped Chrysalis to infiltrate and used her failure to seize the throne for himself]], the heroes take to heart the usurper's criticism regarding their shortcomings.
** When the Mane Five ask from Jewelius how he was able to sway Twilight to his side, he answers matter-of-factly that in comparison to them, he put more effort in acting like he actually considered Twilight's worries instead of quickly putting them down to jealousy/overreaction. It also helped that he tried to settle the confrontation at the rehearsal peacefully by suggesting that Twilight's outburst was only a case of a big misunderstanding, only for Celestia to shush him immediately.



* WeHaveBecomeComplacent: As part of his propaganda against the disgraced heroes, Jewelius claims that the entire ponykind has become too dependent on the protection of the alicorns and the Elements of Harmony. While this is for him only a tool to retain his power, Vivian seems to really believe this rhetoric, for she says during her MotiveRant to Rainbow Dash that ponies need the same kind of independence they had before Celestia and Luna came to power (though as Rainbow Dash states, Jewelius will never bring ponies independence).
* WelcomeBackTraitor: After Jewelius' manipulations twist Twilight's views regarding her friends, brother and mentor, and her bitterness over their abandonment of her gets the better of her when she mistakenly believes they caused Cadance to become injured, she imprisons them in a magic dome, allows them be arrested, and does very little to help them in their bad predicament. However, once she has her JerkassRealization and [[spoiler:Jewelius proves true her former loved ones' [[CassandraTruth words]] about his evilness]], she seeks out her friends, brother and mentor who all forgive her right away because they don't blame her for being tricked by a guy who successfully tricked ''everyone'', and because they acknowledge they share a part of the blame in him exploiting her weakened faith in all of them.

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* WeHaveBecomeComplacent: As part of his propaganda against the disgraced heroes, Jewelius claims that the entire ponykind has become too dependent on the protection of the alicorns and the Elements of Harmony. While this is for him only a tool to retain his power, Vivian seems to really believe this rhetoric, for she says during her MotiveRant to Rainbow Dash that ponies need the same kind of independence she believes they had before Celestia and Luna came to power (though as Rainbow Dash states, Jewelius will never bring ponies independence).
* WelcomeBackTraitor: After Jewelius' manipulations twist Twilight's views regarding her friends, brother and mentor, and her bitterness over their abandonment of her gets the better of her when she mistakenly believes they caused Cadance to become injured, she imprisons them in a magic dome, allows them be arrested, and does very little to help them in their bad predicament. However, once she has her JerkassRealization and [[spoiler:Jewelius proves true her former loved ones' [[CassandraTruth words]] about his evilness]], she seeks out her friends, brother and mentor who all forgive her right away because they don't blame her for being tricked by a guy who successfully tricked ''everyone'', and because they acknowledge that they share a part of the blame in him exploiting her weakened faith in all of them.


* StagingTheEavesdrop: [[spoiler:Under Jewelius' orders, Hildread and Shackle go to Spike's new lair under the pretense of searching for escaped Changelings who might have stolen Jewelius' identity and are planning to get revenge against Twilight. Spike is allowed to hear this "secret", prompting him to gather the other heroes and return to Canterlot for Twilight, just like Jewelius intended.]]

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* StagingTheEavesdrop: [[spoiler:Under Jewelius' orders, Hildread and Shackle go to Spike's new lair under the pretense of searching for escaped Changelings who might have stolen Jewelius' identity and are planning to get revenge against Twilight. Spike is allowed to hear overhear this "secret", prompting him to gather the other heroes and return to Canterlot for Twilight, just like Jewelius intended.]]



** [[spoiler:For all of Jewelius' evil deeds and well-deserved end, the heroes -- especially the three princesses -- feel sad that he couldn't have been redeemed.]]

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** [[spoiler:For all of Jewelius' evil deeds and well-deserved end, the heroes -- especially the three princesses -- feel sad that he couldn't have been be redeemed.]]



* ThwartedCoupDeGrace: Just as [[spoiler:Jewelius]] is about to decapitate [[spoiler:Celestia]] with a telekinetically held sword during the FinalBattle, [[spoiler:Cadance]] blasts the sword away.

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* ThwartedCoupDeGrace: Just as [[spoiler:Jewelius]] is about to decapitate [[spoiler:Celestia]] with a telekinetically held sword during the FinalBattle, [[spoiler:Cadance]] blasts the sword away.



* TrapIsTheOnlyOption: When the banished heroes learn about the rumors of escaped Changelings, Luna has a lingering feeling something doesn't match, even considering that there might be a trap set for them in Canterlot. Celestia acknowledges her sister's concerns but chooses to return to Canterlot anyway to ensure Twilight's life isn't endangered. To make sure not all of them end up being caught if something goes wrong, Luna separates herself from the others and sticks to the shadows. This turns out to be a wise precaution, for [[spoiler:the rumors were only a part of Jewelius' trap for the heroes, yet by avoiding being caught, Luna is able to rescue her sister from hanging]].
* TraumaCongaLine: After everything bad that happens canonically, [[EarnYourHappyEnding the heroes are forced to endure even more pain before they get to enjoy the wedding]].

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* TrapIsTheOnlyOption: When the banished heroes learn about the rumors of escaped Changelings, Luna has a lingering feeling that something doesn't match, even considering that there might be a trap set for them in Canterlot. Celestia acknowledges her sister's concerns but chooses to return to Canterlot anyway to ensure Twilight's life isn't endangered. To make sure not all of them end up being caught if something goes wrong, Luna separates herself from the others and sticks to the shadows. [[ProperlyParanoid This turns out to be a wise precaution, precaution]], for [[spoiler:the rumors were only a part of Jewelius' trap for the heroes, yet by avoiding being caught, Luna is able to rescue her sister from hanging]].
* TraumaCongaLine: After everything bad that happens canonically, [[EarnYourHappyEnding the heroes are forced to endure even more pain before they get to enjoy the wedding]].



** Despite having the honor of stopping the Changelings herself, Twilight is [[CorruptTheCutie emotionally manipulated]] to lose all love and trust toward her brother, friends and mentor for how they shunned her at the wedding rehearsal, becoming unhappy yet accepting of Equestria's [[TyrantTakesTheHelm new questionable ruler]] who [[spoiler:has all along faked being her friend and possible love interest. She accepts his proposal, unaware that Jewelius [[DarwinistDesire only wants her to birth for him powerful offspring to keep up his legacy]] and is open to the possibility of [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident killing her "accidentally"]] and marrying a more powerful unicorn mare should he meet one]]. Once Twilight realizes the truth, she's [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone utterly mortified with herself]] and [[ItsAllMyFault places responsibility on herself alone]] when she reconciles with her loved ones and sets out to work with them in order to set things right.

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** Despite having the honor of stopping the Changelings herself, Twilight is [[CorruptTheCutie emotionally manipulated]] to lose all love and trust toward her brother, friends and mentor for how they shunned her at the wedding rehearsal, becoming unhappy yet accepting of Equestria's [[TyrantTakesTheHelm new questionable ruler]] who [[spoiler:has all along faked being her friend and possible love interest. She accepts his proposal, unaware that Jewelius [[DarwinistDesire only wants her to birth interest heirs for him powerful offspring to keep up his legacy]] and is open to the possibility of [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident killing her "accidentally"]] and marrying a more powerful unicorn mare should he meet one]]. Once Twilight realizes the truth, she's [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone utterly mortified with herself]] and [[ItsAllMyFault places responsibility on herself alone]] when she reconciles with her loved ones and sets out to work with them in order to set things right.

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