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Fleur dis Lee

  • A Day in the Limelight: Is the viewpoint character/protagonist for Anchor Foal: A Romantic Cringe Comedy.
  • Bi the Way: Offers her services to stallions and mares without discrimination and has indicated she can enjoy sex with both. This may border on Extreme Omnisexual, but possibly only on a professional level: there's been hints that she's been with someone from one of the other species at least once — which could have been nothing more than serving as their escort hire.
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  • Blackmail: She favors a form of Sexual Extortion — the ability to know exactly what a pony likes, even for those things which would normally be kept concealed, can give her a lot to work with. However, Celestia points out that she's not very good at it: while Fleur was able to collect funds, Celestia's investigations found enough ponies who were willing to talk to give the Princess enough evidence to convict.
  • Boxed Crook: As part of her informal sentencing, she's outfitted with an enchanted titanium bracelet that contains a powerful tracking spell. It can pass for jewelry, but it also doesn't come off. (There's also some minor workings present to prevent fur damage and fungal infections.)
  • Complexity Addiction: Downplayed. It might look that way at first when Fleur would rather try to learn who the other Bearers are on her own rather than simply asking Fluttershy, but she doesn't want to give off the appearance of prying and shut the pegasus down. This doesn't get any better when she learns that at least part of Ponyville will actively protect the Bearers from such inquiries, trying to let them lead normal lives.
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  • Crazy-Prepared: She had a mentor who trained her how to do a lot of different things. Like setting those really nasty compound fractures where the bone breaks through the skin. Or defeating an ostrich with her bare hooves.
  • Cross Cultural Kerfuffle: Alongside speculation about what her apparent origins in Protocera, the griffon nation, have caused for her interactions with Equestrian ponies, in chapter 20, she makes the mistake of offering some of her Protoceran Pony Cuisine to a pegasus customer whilst trying to be friendly. She's morbidly impressed at the result: she didn't know it was possible for a pegasus to simultaneously fly and projectile vomit.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Something very, very nasty happened to her when she was a little filly. She mentions in chapter three that she didn't earn her mark normally; it's something she developed as a result of something that happened. There's also been evidence that she was homeless for a time: she regards an abandoned building as a potential means of sourcing shelter. And there may be a dead mentor in play... Chapter 18 reveals she was once forced to consume Thought Poison, a horrifically nasty toxic compound that causes intense pain in sapients (and a swift, but painless, death in non-sapients). In chapter 19, she's horrified when she realizes that she sent Zipporwhill off with Snowflake without first using her Talent to check that he isn't a pedophile. Fans have speculated that she may have been a filly prostitute.
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  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: In chapter seven, despite being absolutely terrified of Discord, she still manages to snark at him quite extensively — mostly because she refuses to let him see just how afraid she is. This is then partially deconstructed at the moment he leaves: Fleur immediately collapses into the grass and lies there trembling for as long as she can get away with, and gets to suffer multiple nightmares as soon as she goes to sleep.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Is absolutely outraged to hear that Celestia isn't paying the obviously poverty-stricken Fluttershy anything for being a Bearer of Harmony. Likewise, she had every intention of playing her role as matchmaker to Fluttershy dead straight, considering the idea of deliberately setting her up with somepony she won't get on with to be reprehensible.
    Sun and Moon, what kind of monster kicks somepony into a fight with Nightmare and doesn't even pay...
  • Fluffy Tamer: Well, it's not so much "taming" as "terrifying Angel Bunny into avoiding her and never daring to try his usual bully routine" in chapter four, where she achieves this feat by sweetly informing she cares about his life to the exact same extent he cares about hers, and then giving him a toothy grin.
    • It's been noted that she seems to know an unusual amount about animals. Fleur isn't on Fluttershy's level, but she's capable of recognizing several examples of species behavior and has indicated she's served as a veterinarian's assistant at least once.
  • Friend to All Children: Sees innocence as something which has to be protected at all costs, and so has a soft spot for the young. She's also extremely careful around any child whom she knows to be developing a crush on her, trying not to encourage or hurt them.
  • Hidden Depths: After actually setting up in Ponyville, Fleur starts showing there's a lot more to her than just a blackmailing escort. (Which doesn't mean she isn't keeping an eye out for future blackmail material.)
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Fleur managed to turn her talent, which boils down to the rapid deduction of a pony's exact sexual interests, into a formidable tool for finding blackmail. She's also capable of using it as an extra sense in its own right, and could rewrite any number of books on sexual psychology.
  • It's All About Me: Genuinely can't see why all of her blackmailing was wrong and why she deserves to be punished.
  • Mortality Phobia: One of Fleur's defining traits. Her inner monologue shows her to be obsessed with time: when she's thinking over what Celestia did to her, it's the effective loss of the time she spent in Canterlot that she fixes on, and she instantly and categorically rejects Time Turner upon seeing that his mark is an hourglass — a rejection only enforced by finding out his name.
    • Invoked in chapter 19, when she considers her mission, and then logically wonders what Discord would do if, say, Fluttershy died on a mission.
  • Pet the Dog: Despite the Cutie Mark Crusaders running into her, she's very patient and understanding with them, warns them that they don't want to experience what she went through to get her mark, and promises to keep quiet about their whole "accidentally chased a deer into town" misadventure.
    • Also, she's extremely patient with Fluttershy, and outraged on her behalf both at the idea that Celestia is giving her no financial support and when she believes Celestia is forcing Fluttershy to have foals.
  • The Pornomancer: Fleur's Talent is an extremely narrow and specialized form of empathy that lets her quickly and completely identify and understand a pony's sexual desires. It really adds something to an escort's career when they can do exactly what a client most desires before that individual ever asks — and knowing a pony's darkest desires can provide a wealth of blackmail material.
  • Raised by Orcs: Fleur's acceptance of the cycle of predator and prey, and her own attitudes about the importance of not being prey, has resulted in speculation that she was actually raised by griffons, hence her far more aggressive and cynically pragmatic mentality, compared to the softer ponies around her. Pretty much confirmed in chapter 20, where it reveals that she genuinely likes Protoceran Pony Cuisine... aka, "vegetables cooked with meat, so they absorb the flavor". She even considers it comfort food.
  • The Rival: Downplayed, but it's implied she's one of many ponies who feels this way about Photo Finish: Fleur hates the fashion agent for tricking innocent models out of all the money they earn for their modelling. In this case, Photo Finish hates Fleur right back for having evaded this fate by actually reading the fine print before signing, and used her own contacts to cause a little early damage to Fleur's escort career. (Fleur states that the photographer is a leading cause of models transitioning to escorts because a lot of ponies decide that if they're going to spend their lives getting screwed, they might as well get paid for it.)
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: Mocks the concept of Honesty being important enough to deserve a position as one of the Six Elements, to the point that finding out this was true actually gave her a genuine laugh.

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