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  • Balance Between Good and Evil: Believe it or not, Hyrule is actually sustained by a Cycle of Good and Evil. Blood Fang, who works for Temnobog, will always try to conquer Hyrule so it'll motivate heroes in becoming strong enough to oppose evil, and will get rid of any villain who tries interfering. Inevitably, Gleaming Shield and Radiant Primrose will always rise up to confront Blood Fang and keep his evil in check, allowing Hyrule to rebuild. Ironically, Blood Fang was a bully-turned-hero in his past life as Blood Feather, but Demise's evil fucked things up when he possessed him.
  • The Chosen One:
    • Many stories and legends in Hyrule portray Gleaming Shield, Radiant Primrose, and Blood Fang as central figures in the middle of a great conflict - Blood Fang will always try to conquer Hyrule, while Gleaming Shield and Radiant Primrose will always be the heroes who defeat him.
    • Similarly, the aforementioned three are always represented by the pieces of the "Triforce of Virtue" - Gleaming Shield will always be Courage, Radiant Primrose will always be Wisdom, and Blood Fang (supposedly) will always be Power.
  • Divine Conflict: Many of the stories surrounding Hyrule is that it's embroiled in a repeated battle between Radiant Primrose, the mortal reincarnation of the antediluvian Alicorn Queen, Hylia the Wise, and Blood Fang, the godlike "reincarnation" of both Demise, a greater demon, and Blood Feather, a mortal Earth pony and ally of Gleaming Shield and Radiant Primrose. In the middle of it is Gleaming Shield, who often tips the scales in Radiant Primrose's favor to save Hyrule from being conquered.
  • Doom Magnet: No matter what the heroes do, Hyrule is always attacked by Blood Fang, who true to his epithet attempts to conquer it for himself. In the eyes of Temnobog and his Temnoist worshipers, this is actually a good thing, since the cycle of Evil and Good ensures that Hyrule will always recover and prosper through the benevolent actions of its heroes and the Evil that motivates them to stay good.
  • The Good Kingdom: Hyrule is portrayed as a kingdom with fertile lands, ruled by a benevolent Queen (in lifetimes where Radiant Primrose isn't a Princess) or King (in lifetimes where Radiant Primrose's father is ruling instead).
  • Holding Out for a Hero: If things go pear-shaped and Blood Fang is coming, Hyrule's people can always rely on Gleaming Shield and/or Radiant Primrose's various incarnations to save the kingdom from destruction.
  • Matriarchy: Subverted. In lifetimes where Radiant Primrose is a princess, her father, the King, rules Hyrule until she's older and capable enough to take the throne.
  • Rule of Three:
    • Hyrule's emblem is the "Triforce of Virtue", which consists of three triangles representing Courage, Wisdom, and Power. The people who represent these virtues are Gleaming Shield, Radiant Primrose, and (supposedly) Blood Fang, respectively.
    • The most important figures of Hylian legends are also three people, being (again) Gleaming Shield, Radiant Primrose, and Blood Fang. Their adventures and clashes have been recorded since Known History and even before it.

    Gleaming Shield, the Hero of Time 

Character: Heroic

Alignment: Neutral Good

Type: Swordsman/Hero/Wanderer/Reincarnation(?)

Faction: Unaffiliated


The fabled 'Hero of Time', Gleaming Shield is an enigmatic figure who had been spotted throughout Known History and perhaps predates even it.

The story of Gleaming Shield could be traced back to a legend of an antediluvian Alicorn Queen named Hylia, who fell in love with the first Gleaming Shield, a mortal knight. When the knight fell in battle against demons that were ravaging the world, Hylia died of grief, but not before praying that they will always find each other again, no matter what life or form they take up. This is attributed to resulted in both the first Gleaming Shield and Hylia reincarnating on Equus ever since, over and over again, allowing their love, and his heroism, to transcend time itself.

Various legends throughout recorded him living many different lives, in many different forms, but several things remained consistent in virtually every incarnation: that in every era he appeared, he will eventually take up a call to oppose whatever malignant force threatening the world at that time, and find his way to Hylia's mortal incarnation, Radiant Primose, who will also always appear and will always be either become his best friend or lover.

While it is implied that he may not be the only one, Gleaming Shield truly lives up to the definition of the 'Eternal Hero', fated to always be there to stand against Evil and find his love forevermore.
  • Anti-Hero: The Erobreseg Deer see him as a Type 1, the "Classical Anti-Hero". Fitting their beliefs on the cycle/balance of Good and Evil, they interpret Gleaming Shield as a well-meaning yet flawed person who had to work to become the paragon he is known as in modern times. True to form, their legends reveal some of his unsavory traits, such as his selective mutism, and his tendency to commit vandalism and break into people's homes to steal their money for personal use, all things that Link does himself.
  • Canon Character All Along: It's implied that Gleaming Shields is "Quarter Hearts", a fan nickname given to the green hat-wearing background pony who's pulling a wagon full of gems from "Flutter Brutter". According to rumors, he was living in Ponyville making a living as a miner.
  • Character Development: Implied; the Erobreseg Deer herds believe that he's just a flawed person like any other, who had to work to overcome his own flaws in order to become the noble and righteous paragon he's revered as in modern times.
  • Cool Sword: His main weapon is a mystical sword called "Sword of Hylia", otherwise known as the "Master Sword" in modern times. It was said to have been forged by Hylia herself to counter the numerous demons that were ravaging Equus. Because of its divine origins, the Master Sword can cleave through demons and evil creatures easily, as well as purify corrupted areas when it's planted into the ground.
  • Elective Mute: He almost never speaks unless spoken to, leading many to theorize that he has selective mutism. Hilariously, this leads to a Not Helping Your Case moment when he's arrested for crimes too many to count and his silence puts him at risk for being nailed with contempt of court.
  • Eternal Hero: Like the character he's based on, Gleaming Shield is considered to be this from the legends surrounding him, an 'Eternal Hero' fated to reincarnate across time to oppose evil in various forms and finding his way to his similarly reincarnated 'Eternal Love'. He even has an 'Eternal Foe' in Blood Fang, an evil Magic Knight and overlord who remained his most consistent adversary in many reincarnations.
  • Eternal Love: Has one in the reincarnations of the fabled Alicorn Queen Hylia, the divine lover of the first Gleaming Shield and whose grieving prayer that she and her lost love, fallen in battle against demons, will always find each other no matter what form or place resulted in him becoming the Hero of Time. Her mortal incarnations, Radiant Primose, always do find their way to Gleaming Shield or are found by him, and became close friends/love in their adventures.
  • Expy: Of Link, being (mostly) silent heroic figures who wear green and use swords as their main weapon. His backstory as a mortal knight who would enter an endless cycle of reincarnation after death thanks to a grieving goddess would come from the Skyward Sword manga adaptation.
  • Happily Adopted: Implied. After losing his parents to a plague that ravaged Skyloft, he became a surrogate brother to the first Radiant Primrose, whose mother also died from said plague. This is what led to them becoming childhood friends.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Much like Link, Gleaming Shield wields a powerful holy sword that can cleave through demon hordes and other monsters easily. It can also purify corrupted areas when its blade is planted into the ground.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: Played for laughs; his constant thievery and vandalism (among other things) eventually get him arrested and tried in court. His trademark silence doesn't improve his situation any.
  • Kleptomaniac Hero: A personality flaw of his. He's somewhat infamous for being a money-grubber, sneaking into people's home and stealing/breaking their things so he could earn money to buy the things he needs. While Dragons respect this trait, other cultures tend to leave it out. Hilariously, this is deconstructed when he gets arrested and ends up in court for 257 counts of breaking and entering as well as a whopping 760 counts of theft and burglary.
  • The Lost Lenore: His first incarnation was this to the fabled Alicorn Queen Hylia, to the point she died of grief after her mortal lover died in a war. This was what resulted in him becoming the Hero of Time, as it was Hylia's prayer before she perished that they will always find each other no matter what life and form they take which resulted in him becoming fated to be reincarnated for eternity, to always be there to find her and fight evil as an Eternal Hero.
  • Made of Magic: One interpretation is that he's a powerful Tulpa much like the goddess of Punishment, Poena. He was born from a combination of the despair of those who were subjugated by a pig-like monster, and their subsequent prayers for a hero to come save them.
  • Magic Music: While he's generally said to be a poor mage who's unable to use magic without the aid of enchanted artifacts, he is a skilled musician and has used ocarinas, batons, and lyres. Some rumored feats he has done was turn night into day and vice-versa, create storms, and control time.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: Shares this dynamic with Radiant Primrose and Blood Fang as the "In-Between". While Gleaming Shield is a noble hero whose deeds have been recorded and turned into legends, in reality he is a flawed individual who has done some pretty shady things in the meantime, such as breaking into people's houses to steal their money for themselves.
  • Not Helping Your Case: In one hilarious incident, he was arrested and tried for various crimes too many to list, and when he doesn't talk, the judge advises him that silence will put him at risk at being tried for contempt of court as well. Naturally, Gleaming Shield responds with more silence.
  • Not So Above It All: Because of his deeds, he is often rightly depicted as The Paragon, a compassionate stallion, and a hero without peer by those who admire him... but he also vandalizes things and supports himself by breaking into people's houses and stealing their money, along with other precious belongings they have.
  • Parental Abandonment: According to legend, the second Gleaming Shield lost his parents to a deadly plague that ravaged the floating island of Skyloft. After that, the parents of his following various incarnations are never mentioned.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: An alternative route for his relationship with Radiant Primrose. Even if they don't end up as a couple, they're equally likely to remain close childhood friends.
  • Reality Ensues: His famous money-grubbing tendencies, as well as going into people's homes to break things that don't belong to him and other questionable things that were regarded as Video Game Cruelty Potential, eventually led to him being arrested and tried for various crimes too long to list. His selective silence also puts him at risk for contempt of court as well.
    Judge: ... 257 counts of breaking and entering, 438 counts of property damage, 760 counts of theft and burglary, 1000+ counts of illegal vigilantism, 19 counts of questing and saving the world without a hero's licence, 126+ counts of weapon purchase and possession without a weapons licence, and last but not least, gem mining and trading without a licence. How does the defendant plead?
    Link: "..."
    Judge: I must remind you refusing to answer a question from the judge counts as contempt of court. And believe me, considering the list of charges that is inadvisable. One must wonder how you managed to accumulate so many charges within a single lifetime, Mr Quarter Hearts...
  • Red Baron: Usually known as "The Hero of Time".
  • Reincarnation: Of the original Gleaming Shield, a mortal knight who was the lover of Queen Hylia, and in turn caused her to die of grief when he was killed by demons during a war. Because of Hylia's prayer, no matter what form he took, he's always the same Gleaming Shield.
  • Reincarnation Romance: Has one with Radiant Primose, the mortal reincarnations of the fabled Alicorn Queen Hylia, whose prayer is that they will find each other no matter what life or form they find themselves in. This has been repeated since then across countless ages and reincarnations.
  • Rightful King Returns: He has been said to participate in one such plot, helping an usurped queen named Onyx Flare return to her rightful throne by using his ability to transform into a wolf. Said ability was gained either through fell magics, or a part of natural Changeling shapeshifting. This referenced the events of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: As part of Hylia's dying prayer to always remain with her mortal lover no matter what form they both took, Gleaming Shield and his many incarnations is always destined to look for the equally many incarnations of Radiant Primrose, who is always Hylia in mortal form. If they start develop romantic feelings, then it's always with each other.
  • Sword and Sorcerer: He's always the courageous, sword-wielding knight to compliment Radiant Primrose, the wise and powerful sorceress.
  • Unwitting Pawn:
    • One interpretation of Gleaming Shield. The Clovenists like to portray him as an extremely naive fool who is manipulated into serving tyrants via benevolent facades, so he could be their living weapon. The first Radiant Primrose, Hylia's mortal reincarnation, also wrongly believed that the first Gleaming Shield was just a pawn for Hylia to use against the demon hordes, causing her to break down while thinking that she's guilty by being her descendant. It's noted, however, that every incarnation of Gleaming Shield has been a close friend of the Princesses/Queens he served under.
    • On the other hand, Gleaming Shield has been an unwitting pawn for Blood Fang. The plots he had been manipulated into because of his Eternal Foe vary - in one incident, he was tricked into getting a magical artifact that granted great power, and Blood Fang made off with it while he was put in a magical sleep for seven years. When not actively trying to incapacitate him in some way, Blood Fang instead manipulates anyone who tries conquering Hyrule by setting them up for failure, thus leaving them vulnerable to Gleaming Shield when he arrives to stop them.
  • Weapon of Choice: While he is capable of using most weapons, his most famous one is the ancient Sword of Hylia, also known as "Demon's Bane" and the "Master Sword", which was supposedly crafted by Hylia herself.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Implied to be his response to the first Radiant Primrose's Heroic BSoD. After she came to the wrong conclusion over Hylia's intentions and actions, causing her to believe she's guilty by being related to her, Gleaming Shield forgave her and presumably assured her that how she acted is different to how Hylia acted.

    Radiant Primrose, Hyrule's Guiding Light 

Character: Heroic

Alignment: Lawful Good

Type: Seer/Matriarch

Faction: Hyrule (Founder and Sovereign)

"Fight bravely and Hyrule shall shine brightly once more!"

  • Anti-Hero: Most likely Type 1, the "Classical Anti-Hero", a view that the Erobreseg Deer herds have of Gleaming Shield. Despite being known for her graceful wisdom and benevolence, she is at times feisty, bossy, and even hot-tempered. Thus, she too, had to work in order to become the beloved monarch of Hyrule that she often is.
  • Barrier Warrior: It's noted in her entry that she can create powerful barriers, whether through Psychic Powers or light magic.
  • Captain Ersatz: Of Princess Zelda, being benevolent and wise royal women with unmatched magical power, a close relationship with the Eternal Hero, and their tendency to get kidnapped. However, her personality itends to vary with each incarnation, so while she appears serene, wise, and benevolent in some lifetimes, she becomes hot-headed and brash yet well-meaning in others.
  • Damsel in Distress: Through many lifetimes, Radiant Primrose has been the victim of kidnappings, attempted human sacrifices to revive the Eternal Foe or some other monster, and other horrible situations that require Gleaming Shield to save her. This is deconstructed in-universe by her many detractors, especially the Clovenists, who see her as a grossly incompetent mare and often ask why she always relies on someone to help her when she has the power and wisdom to bust herself out. However, it's reconstructed with the justification that while bad things do happen to her on a frequent basis, it's only because either she's put in a situation that leave her with little to no option to act, or she's incapacitated by enemies stronger than her. It's also theorized that having a dead or missing mother means that Radiant Primrose's magic training is woefully incomplete, allowing her to be overpowered easily. What her detractors ignore is that part of her wisdom is deceiving her enemies into thinking she's weak, knowing when to wait before acting, and trusting those with unique abilities she doesn't have to help her. All these factors are what allow Radiant Primrose to show her true potential during the "final battle" once Gleaming Shield rescues her, to the doom of many villains.
  • Founder of the Kingdom: The first Radiant Primrose founded Hyrule, named after the dead Alicorn Queen, Hylia.
  • Heroic BSoD: The first Radiant Primrose once suffered this after learning of Hylia's story and came to the wrong conclusion about the Alicorn Queen's actions regarding the original Gleaming Shield, thinking that Hylia actually used him and started the reincarnation cycle as a way to get rid of the demons. This made her see herself as guilty because she's descended from Hylia. She recovered thanks to Gleaming Shield forgiving and encouraging her.
  • The High Queen: Since the founding of Hyrule, Radiant Primrose and her many incarnations have been hailed as wise and benevolent rulers (if made Queen), something that was inherited from Hylia who was similarly beloved when she was alive.
  • Holy Hand Grenade: She can wield light magic that is capable of purifying corruption, as she is the mortal reincarnation of Hylia the Wise. She is noted to have the ability to temporarily imbue weapons so they can do the same thing.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Some incarnations of Radiant Primrose have developed a feisty, bossy, and even hot-tempered personality, especially if she was raised outside of royalty by commoners. According to one legend, the "worst" she has been was when she treated Gleaming Shield with rude disdain to feel better about herself after failing to awaken her divine magic despite years of training... until she saw Gleaming Shield still choosing to save her despite the cold treatment. This caused her to realize how selfish and antagonistic she was behaving, and she apologized to Gleaming Shield.
  • Light 'em Up: Much of her magic, due to being Hylia's mortal reincarnation, revolves around holy light, though they are of psychic nature as well. Some of her capabilities include making light barriers, healing injuries/curses with light, purifying corrupted areas, and communing with light spirits to do her bidding.
  • Mind over Matter: Capable of powerful, far-reaching telekinesis.
  • Missing Mom: Justified with the mother of the first Radiant Primrose, as she died during a plague that halved Skyloft's population. After that, every single incarnation of Radiant Primrose is either missing or dead for unknown reasons. It's speculated that the mother's absence is what resulted in Radiant Primrose being left incompletely trained in terms of magic, allowing enemies with greater magical experience to overpower her.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: One flaw of hers is to go by gut instinct over what she believes is best, despite her better judgement, which leads to some of her decisions blowing up in her face. A notable incident had her send one incarnation of Gleaming Shield back in time, physically reverting him to a child, so he could have the childhood she believed he deserved. Unfortunately, this left Hyrule completely defenseless against the Eternal Foe and his minions, with no other hero being able to stop him.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: Shares this dynamic with Gleaming Shield and Blood Fang as the "Nice". Radiant Primrose is the most benevolent and honorable of the three, doing her best to rule Hyrule and protect the kingdom from those who wish to conquer it. She does tend to act like a Jerk with a Heart of Gold in a few lifetimes, but those instances are few and far in-between.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: An alternative route for her relationship with Gleaming Shield. Even if they don't end up as a couple, they're equally likely to remain close childhood friends.
  • Psychic Powers: Among her abilities are precognition, telepathy, telekinesis, creating barriers, healing, and communing with light spirits to do her bidding.
  • Red Baron: Known as "Hyrule's Guiding Light" due to her wise and benevolent rule.
  • Reincarnation Romance: Has one with Gleaming Shield, the mortal reincarnations of a mortal knight and the lover of the antediluvian Alicorn Queen, Hylia the Wise. After the original Gleaming Shield was killed in a war by demons, the grieving Hylia prayed that they will find each other no matter what life or form they find themselves in. This has been repeated since then across countless ages and reincarnations.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Every single incarnation of Radiant Primrose has been active in ruling Hyrule and helping Gleaming Shield protect it from attempted invasions made by Blood Fang and other enemies.
  • Seers: She's known for having powerful foresight, which enables her to make the best decision for any situation. This is one ability inherited from Hylia.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: As part of Hylia's dying prayer to always remain with her mortal lover no matter what form they both took, Radiant Primrose and her many incarnations is always destined to look for the equally many incarnations of Gleaming Shield, who is the reincarnation of Hylia's knight and mortal lover. If they start develop romantic feelings, then it's always with each other. This is largely why Radiant Primrose turned down Blood Feather's affections (among other things).
  • Sins of Our Fathers: After wrongly coming to the conclusion that her ancestor, Hylia, was actually a well-intentioned manipulator who used Gleaming Shield as part of a complicated plot to defeat the demons, she had a Heroic BSoD, believing herself to be just as guilty for being related to her. She eventually got over it after Gleaming Shield forgave and encouraged her.
  • Sword and Sorcerer: She's always the wise and powerful sorceress to compliment Gleaming Shield, who's always her courageous, sword-wielding knight.
  • Telepathy: Capable of far-reaching telepathy, which is how she's able to contact Gleaming Shield's various incarnations.
  • Weapon of Choice: She's often wielding the Bow of Hylia, another ancient weapon supposedly crafted by Hylia herself.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: It's heavily implied to be the reason why she turned down an offer to be turned into an Alicorn as a reward for her good deeds and wise benevolence. Reportedly, she justified her decision with the answer, "It would be most unfair if I was chosen to become immortal but my friend [Gleaming Shield] wasn't." It's notable since her many-times ancestor, Hylia, experienced this trope after her mortal lover, the original Gleaming Shield, died, causing her to also die from grief.
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman: Implied; some of her subjects believe her beauty to be so radiant that she puts Princess Celestia to shame.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Implied to be what happened after the first Radiant Primrose suffered a Heroic BSoD regarding the nature of Hylia's actions. Gleaming Shield forgave her for her "crime" even though she's entirely innocent, and presumably told her that how she acted as a person is different than how Hylia acted.

    Blood Fang, the Dark Conqueror 

Character: Villainous

Alignment: Lawful Evil

Type: Sorcerer/Warrior/Conqueror/Demigod(?)

Faction: Unaffiliated

"Hero? I've outlived more "heroes" than you can possibly imagine."

Much like Radiant Primrose and Gleaming Shield, Blood Fang is an enigmatic figure whose name has been held by several individuals throughout history. It is rumored that his "ancestor" was Blood Feather, a pegasus bully who used to torment one of Gleaming Shield's past incarnations, but became his steadfast ally when he witnessed the latter's bravery. Despite Blood Feather's heroics, he ended up falling when the evil spirit of a greater demon possessed him to get to Gleaming Shield and Radiant Primrose; Blood Feather's good side eventually took control long enough to kill himself with Gleaming Shield's sword.[WIP]
  • Almighty Idiot: Averted as much as possible. Despite being a power-hungry conqueror, Blood Fang is against anything that might run the risk of ruining his own intelligence and sanity, which is why he doesn't do certain things like turning himself into a powerful yet mindless demon boar. He also loathes anyone who ends up falling into this trope in general, as it's a sign of their recklessness and incompetence; a prominent example would be King Sombra, who Blood Fang called a "complete imbecile" for studying too much dark magic and becoming insane as a consequence (though granted, his perception was warped by legends and conflicting information). It's implied that his staunch opposition on the matter stems from his hatred of careless/destructive Evil as Temnobog's agent, and that he wants to conquer Hyrule, not destroy it.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Much like his character inspiration, he's a villain who wants to gain power and conquer Hyrule. However, he wants to do it in a way that doesn't compromise his intelligence and sanity, or conquer Hyrule and leave Equus destroyed (or at least, irreparably damaged) in the process.
  • Arch-Enemy: He's the "Eternal Foe" Gleaming Shield often clashes with in their various incarnations, and the same goes for Radiant Primrose and her incarnations. The feeling is mutual.
  • Badass Boast: Twice.
    • His folder quote, taken straight from Hyrule Warriors, has him boasting that he has outlived more heroes than people could possibly imagine.
    • When asked why he helped free Hyrule from its occupation by the Storm Empire instead of conquering it as usual, he answered that, "Only a naive and mad fool such as the so-called 'Storm King' would try lay eyes on a territory that I called dibs on first", while also making it a jab at the Storm King's competence.
  • Barrier Warrior: Like Radiant Primrose, he can create magical barriers. His are noted to rival those made by Shining Armor in terms of strength and lasting endurance.
  • Captain Ersatz: Of Ganon/Ganondorf. Like Ganon/Ganondorf, he is a powerful Magic Knight capable of physical combat and great feats of magic, as well as being an Evil Overlord who tries to conquer Hyrule multiple times. And like Ganon/Ganondorf, he has two "Eternal Foes" in the form of a swordsman and a princess/queen. However, his disdain of taking on a magical boar form to fight his enemies is likely a Take That! towards games where Ganon has been depicted as a pig demon, often being little more than an Almighty Idiot. And while he's the main villainous force that Gleaming Shield and Radiant Primrose must confront for the fate of Hyrule, he has done good things, such as manipulating and getting rid of villains if their plans clash with his, or put Hyrule and Equus at risk of being destroyed.
  • Clipped-Wing Angel: How he sees his magical boar form. While it does enhance his physical strength immensely, it comes at the cost of reduced intelligence and sanity, and Blood Fang isn't willing to use something where the cons outweigh the benefits. According to his writer, he tried it once and vowed, "Never again" afterwards.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: According to one legend, Queen Onyx Flare tried to confront him. It didn't work, as despite being at the height of her power, Blood Fang was more powerful in comparison, resulting in their fight ending quickly and tragically.
  • Dual Wield: When not using a greatsword, he fights with twin blades a la Ganondorf's Wind Waker incarnation, which is noted to be impossible without telekinesis. It's rumored that his combat training came from the bandit family that raised him.
  • Enemy Mine: It's implied that he helped Gleaming Shield and Radiant Primrose oppose the Storm Empire (besides keeping them from conquering Hyrule, obviously) because he genuinely sees the Storm King as a "naive and mad fool".
  • Enraged by Idiocy:
    • Downplayed in one incident - He once tried to conquer Hyrule, only to notice that Gleaming Shield didn't show up at all. When Radiant Primrose admitted that she magically reverted the Eternal Hero to a child so she could give him a normal childhood, Blood Fang was more shocked than angry, but he did call her action "the stupidest idea in the entire history of Equus". Radiant Primrose surprisingly agreed with him.
    • Played straight in another incident - one pony mistook him for King Sombra, causing Blood Fang to go on a short rant about how Sombra is a "complete imbecile" for studying too deeply into dark magic to the point where he lost his mind and body in the process. Granted, his perception of Sombra was influenced by fictionalized legends and conflicting information about the guy...
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Despite being a feared villain, he has an honor code, whether out of pragmatism or the few remains of compassion he has left from his previous life as Blood Feather.
    • He opposes "omnicidal maniacs" since their plans would involve planet-wide destruction either for the sake of destruction itself, or to remake Equus in their own image. This is also the reason why he doesn't resort to their methods despite ensuring that he'll finally conquer Hyrule, seeing it as "too much trouble".
    • While he has incapacitated Gleaming Shield on numerous occasions, such as tricking him into magically falling asleep for seven years, he has refused to outright kill him even though it'll prove advantageous for his plans. This also goes for Radiant Primrose, as he never does anything to her beyond holding her prisoner. This is because if he killed them both, Hyrule and Equus would end up suffering things much worse than anything he could inflict in the long run.
    • He betrayed Malus Tenebris and set him up to be killed by Gleaming Shield and Queen Onyx Flare for not just wanting to conquer Hyrule - the evil usurper also wanted to plunge Equus in twilight, which Blood Fang realized would have massive repercussions on Equus as a whole.
    • He also opposed the Storm Empire, and when one of the Storm King's generals conquered Hyrule, Blood Fang manipulated the general so he would eventually end up losing his entire army and be killed by both Gleaming Shield and Radiant Primrose. Given how the country of Abyssinia turned into a Wretched Hive while under the Storm King's jurisdiction, it's no wonder why Blood Fang decided to act then and there.
    • Furthermore, it's implied that Temnobog straight-up hired him as his agent because of his sense of honor. Temnobog wants people like him to ensure that mortal heroes are strong enough to oppose evil, and trusts that Blood Fang will never let himself fall into diabolical evil as Ispita the Deceiver did.
  • Evil Former Friend: If legends and stories are to be believed, he's the reincarnation of Blood Feather, an Earth pony stallion and bully-turned-friend who became a steadfast ally of the first Radiant Primrose and the second Gleaming Shield. It's implied that Demise's possession of Blood Feather left a lasting mark on him long after death, which may be why he as Blood Fang became the villain he is today.
  • Evil Is Bigger: He's always depicted as a tall and imposing figure no matter what form he's in. The most popular depiction of him is a tall, muscular Alicorn covered in scars.
  • Evil Redhead: Much like his character inspiration, Blood Fang has a red mane and tail.
  • Evil Sorcerer: While he's more of a Magic Knight due to his fighting skill, he's still capable of powerful feats of magic much like Radiant Primrose.
  • Evil vs. Evil: While Blood Fang is a villain himself, he will sometimes oppose other villains either out of pragmatism, his own sense of honor, or a hidden soft heart. This became more pronounced with rumors that he's an active agent of Temnobog.
    • A notable case had him use Malus Tenebris (a Captain Ersatz of Zant) as his pawn by appearing to him as a god and "blessing" him with great power. But towards the end, Blood Fang betrayed him (and presumably left him at the mercy of Gleaming Shield and Queen Onyx Flare to be destroyed) when it became clear that the evil usurper intended to plunge Equus in "twilight" after conquering Hyrule. This caused Malus to snap his own neck in despair... which killed Blood Fang as well since he created a magical bond to give Malus his great power in the first place.
    • It's rumored that during the Storm King Crisis, he took out one of the Storm King's generals for conquering Hyrule by approaching him under the pretense of a possible alliance, and then manipulated him from behind the scenes, leading to the general's army being utterly massacred and the general himself being killed by Gleaming Shield and Radiant Primrose. When asked why he helped Hyrule instead of conquering it like usual, he responded, "Only a naive and mad fool such as the so-called 'Storm King' would try lay eyes on a territory that I called dibs on first."
    • He opposes "careless evil" in general, such as "Omnicidal Maniacs" who either try to destroy Equus for fun, or to remake the planet to their liking. He also opposes those who conquer Equus in such a way that it might irreparably damage the planet itself, as shown with Malus Tenebris' case.
  • Evil Versus Oblivion: He opposes Omnicidal Maniacs because their plans will result in the destruction of Equus, and he can't conquer Hyrule if beings like them go unchecked. That and he's also an agent of Temnobog, who also hates Omnicidal Maniacs himself.
  • Freudian Excuse: One in-universe theory offered to justify his ambitious behavior is that he grew up in extremely harsh environments, driving him to conquer more fertile and prosperous lands so he could give himself and his loved ones the good life they weren't able to have.
  • Goal in Life: Like Ganon/Ganondorf, he wants to conquer Hyrule. However, he's willing to oppose other villains if it'll ensure that his goal will be fulfilled.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Defied. He has the ability to turn into a powerful boar-like monster, which increases his physical strength massively, yet he refuses to use it because it comes at the cost of reduced sanity and intelligence. Only if the situation had gone completely pear-shaped does he use it, but he's of the belief that such an ability is not worth the cons.
  • In Their Own Image: Averted. Despite having godlike power and every chance to do so, Blood Fang actually disdains doing this to Hyrule and/or Equus, claiming that it's too much trouble. He also opposes people who try to do this, since it falls under "careless/destructive" Evil that he and Temnobog are trying to prevent.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: While Blood Fang has manipulated his Eternal Foes numerous times, he also did it to villains who tend to be much worse than he is. His most notable victims were Malus Tenebris the Usurper King, and one of the Storm King's generals.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Arguably, one of his greatest traits is his ability to manipulate others. While he has manipulated the heroes, especially his Eternal Foes, he did it to a lot of villains as well.
    • At one point, he tricked Gleaming Shield into retrieving a magical artifact for him, and then left Gleaming Shield to fall into a magical sleep for seven years while he got away with the artifact.
    • He roped Malus Tenebris into becoming his pawn by appearing to him as a god, then deliberately set him up to fail once the evil usurper's plan of conquering Hyrule and plunging the world in twilight is made clear. This backfired on him when Malus Tenebris learned of his "god"'s betrayal and snapped his own neck in despair, killing Blood Fang as well due to the magical bond he established to "bless" him with great power.
    • One of the Storm King's generals realized too late that the dark Alicorn who wanted to "ally" with him had deliberately set him up, resulting in his armies being utterly massacred and him being killed by both Gleaming Shield and Radiant Primrose. When asked why he aided Hyrule, Blood Fang proceeded to call the Storm King a fool for trying to claim a territory that someone else called dibs on first.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: Shares this dynamic with Gleaming Shield and Radiant Primrose as the "Mean". Besides being a feared villain, Blood Fang is generally a power-hungry and ambitious conqueror who seeks to take Hyrule for himself, sowing death and destruction along the way. However, he does have an honor code, and is capable of doing acts of Good as he does Evil, due to being an agent of Temnobog.
  • Noble Demon: Despite being a manipulative, ambitious, and ruthlessly intelligent villain, Blood Fang has a sense of honor - he doesn't kill Radiant Primrose and/or Gleaming Shield despite it being extremely advantageous to his plans; he respects those who either give him a good fight and/or try to oppose him even if it's impossible; and opposes "careless evil" as it will result in Hyrule and Equus's destruction if left unchecked. He also refuses to gain power in a way that makes him lose his mind, and remake Hyrule in his own image despite having the power and every chance to do so, stating that the latter is "too much trouble".
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: In a weird way, this is how he treats Hyrule. Blood Fang believes that only he can conquer and rule it, and if he finds out that there's someone wishing to do the same, he personally manipulates things so they'll end up falling on Gleaming Shield's sword. He did this twice in his (many) lifetimes, first with Malus Tenebris (though it backfired on him massively when Malus snapped his own neck in despair, killing Blood Fang as well due them sharing a magical bond), and then with one of the Storm King's generals.
  • Pet the Dog: Despite his evil, he's capable of moments of kindness. It's implied that this is due to the influence of his "ancestor", Blood Feather, who was a bully in life but became a steadfast ally of Gleaming Shield and Radiant Primrose.
    • While he kidnaps Radiant Primrose on a regular basis, he doesn't really do anything to her while she's imprisoned, and even (supposedly) leaves opportunities for her to covertly help Gleaming Shield.
    • While he wants to conquer Hyrule, he doesn't let others do it as many of his rivals turn to be worse than he is. When Malus Tenebris wanted to conquer Hyrule and plunge Equus in Twilight, Blood Fang betrayed him and left him at the mercy of Gleaming Shield and his then-current ally, Queen Onyx Flare. When one of the Storm King's generals conquered Hyrule, Blood Fang personally approached him under the pretense of a possible alliance, and then manipulated things so the general will eventually fall to Gleaming Shield and Radiant Primrose.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: It's speculated in-universe that his more benevolent actions, especially during the Storm King Crisis, were motivated by pure pragmatism, so he'll be the only one who can conquer Hyrule. However, another theory is that he was influenced by remnants of Blood Feather's soul, indicating that for all his villainy, some traces of goodness he used to possess must be still there.
  • Red Baron: Known as "The Dark Conqueror".
  • Related in the Adaptation: Here, Blood Fang is the evil reincarnation of Blood Feather, a bully-turned-friend and steadfast ally of Gleaming Shield and Radiant Primrose. This contrasts the Legend of Zelda games, where Ganon/Ganondorf and Groose are not related, though Groose was theorized by fans to be an ancestor of the Gerudo.
  • Semi-Divine: It's debated in-universe that either he's really a demigod due to how much he can take as much damage as he dishes out, or just a reincarnating mortal who just happens to have an incredible amount of power due to being a born prodigy or having worked to get as powerful as he is. He is rumored to be so powerful that even Queen Onyx Flare couldn't defeat him while at the height of her power. What doesn't help is that he's been popularly depicted as a dark Alicorn.
  • Start of Darkness: It's speculated in-universe that the reason why Blood Fang was driven to conquer Hyrule and ultimately fell to evil is because he and his loved ones lived in extremely harsh environments, motivating him to conquer more fertile lands such as Hyrule so they could have the good life they never had. However, if one were to go further back, the greater demon Demise was also responsible for Blood Fang's evil, having possessed his ancestor Blood Feather in a last-ditch attempt to spite him, Radiant Primrose and Gleaming Shield for his defeat at their hooves. A portion of that same evil stayed with him when some gods reincarnated him after death.
  • Tennis Boss: In-universe; in one incident, his attempt to attack Gleaming Shield with explosive energy balls caused their battle to devolve into a mere "tennis fight" once Gleaming Shield figured out how to use them to his advantage.
  • Unwitting Pawn:
    • Subverted with his relationship with Temnobog. While Temnobog normally manipulates those who ask for his blessings in order to test mortal heroes, he hired Blood Fang specifically to continue testing Gleaming Shield and Radiant Primrose because he was interested in their moral integrity. Blood Fang kept working for him because Temnobog's views were similar to his in some way.
    • Those who end up on the receiving end of Blood Fang's manipulations play it straight, however. While his Eternal Foes, Gleaming Shield and Radiant Primrose, have gotten involved in his plots one way or another, it also happens to villains who set their sights on Hyrule. Blood Fang actually has no interest in letting them conquer Hyrule when he has his eyes on it first, so he secretly sets up his allies for failure which ensures they'll eventually end up on Gleaming Shield's sword. His most notable victims were the evil usurper Malus Tenebris, and one of the Storm King's generals.
  • Winged Unicorn: His most popular depiction is that of a tall, muscular, and scarred dark Alicorn with vivid red hair.


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