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Wind Runner/C-009, the Cyborg Hurricane
Alignment: Neutral Good
Type: Cybernetic Pony/Superhero
Faction: The 00-Cyborgs (Leader)
The person that would become the famed cyborg superhero, C-009, was originally an orphaned Earth pony named "Wind Runner". He was a doorstep foal that was left at a church by his dying mother, and was subsequently taken in by the kindly priest who lived in the church. While he was fortunate to have a loving father, Wind Runner's status as a half-Neighponese bastard made him the target of scorn from almost everyone, including other foals, who bullied him for being a half-breed. This caused Wind Runner to become an angry and distrustful youth at a young age.
One day, Wind Runner came home to find his adoptive father's church on fire. He attempted to rescue his surrogate parent, only to discover that the stallion was shot and killed while he was away. When firefighters arrived and saw Wind Runner at the scene, they mistook him for a criminal, and called the police. Wind Runner went on the run for a time before he was caught and sent to a juvenile correction facility for his false crimes. An attempt to escape with the help of a fellow delinquent went horribly wrong, resulting in Wind Runner washing up on a beach after he fell off a cliff into the seas trying to evade pursuing police. By some lucky chance, Wind Runner was found by agents of Black Ghost. a secret international organization of war profiteers and "death merchants", and he was turned into a cyborg in their attempt to revolutionize the arms race by producing pony-machine hybrids.
He was later woken up from his sedative gas-induced sleep by a telepathic voice coming from C-001, a fellow cyborg. With C-001's help, Wind Runner escaped from Black Ghost's captivity, discovering in the process that he had been heavily modified to the point where he became a living weapon. To his great fortune, Wind Runner also discovered that there were eight other cyborgs just like him who also wanted to escape. Together with his new friends as well as a repentant Black Ghost scientist, Dr. Gilmare, Wind Runner took out the people who transformed him and confronted the leader of Black Ghost, Skull, with the ensuing battle causing Black Ghost's headquarters to go up in flames. Unfortunately for everyone, it wasn't the end, as there are numerous Black Ghost facilities in every country and settlement. Wind Runner then vowed to lead his friends against Black Ghost so they wouldn't hurt anyone else with their schemes.
As a famed superhero, Wind Runner is made easily recognizable by the yellow scarf wrapped around his neck; his bright red military uniform; and his perpetually windswept mane. Many "TV shows" in the Second Age served as fictional adaptations of his adventures, but due to how grim and violent they actually were, the shows were often toned down as to not traumatize child viewers. Even long after his death, Queen Dazzleglow and Indostruus, the god of Innovation, have been taking care that he is not forgotten by publishing records of his deeds to confirm his existence to people of the Fourth Age.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Being a half-Neighponese Heroic Bastard, he was bullied and scorned by almost everyone, initially causing him to be distrustful and angry. This echoed how his character inspiration, Joe Shimamura/009, faced similar ridicule for being half-Japanese. He later got over it after forming a surrogate family with his fellow cyborgs and the scientist who helped them escape Black Ghost.
- Arch-Enemy: Wind Runner sees Black Ghost as his primary enemy, due to how they up and turned him into a cyborg without his consent. After he was freed by the other 00-Cyborgs, he initially opposed Black Ghost to avenge his unwilling transformation. Eventually, after he Took a Level in Kindness, he began to oppose Black Ghost for more altruistic reasons, desiring to prevent them from ensnaring innocent people into their schemes. The feeling is mutual, as Black Ghost has faced significant losses because of him.
- Captain Ersatz: Of Joe Shimamura/009 from Cyborg 009. Wind Runner's backstory is a combination of backstories from various adaptations - his history of being bullied for having mixed blood, and being sent to a juvenile correction facility comes from the original manga; while his situation of being framed for a murder/arson case he didn't commit came from the 2001 show, Cyborg 009: The Cyborg Soldier. They even have similar appearances, abilities, and close relationships with their loved ones.
- Create Your Own Hero: If Black Ghost hadn't murdered his first adoptive father in such a way it made him look like a criminal when he arrived, or even found him after he fell into the seas and washed up on a beach, he would've died during his fateful escape from the juvenile correction facility he was sent to for false crimes, or remained on the run for the rest of his life.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Much like his character inspiration, Wind Runner was an orphan who was left on the doorstep of a church by his dying mother, and was taken in by the priest. His half-Neighponese heritage caused him to be bullied and scorned, turning him into an angry and distrustful colt. One day, he came home to find his adoptive father shot to death and the church on fire. The firefighters who arrived at the scene thought Wind Runner was the culprit and called the police on him. His attempt to escape from a juvenile correction facility led him to the hands of Black Ghost when he fell off a cliff trying to evade police and washed up on a beach, and was subsequently turned into a 00-Cyborg.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Inverted. Thanks to Black Ghost, he turned from a lonely kid who was bullied for being half-Neighponese and was framed for a grave crime he didn't commit, to a powerful 00-Cyborg and one of the most influential superheroes of the Second Age.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Described as such. Because of the harassment he endured as a colt, Wind Runner was initially angry and unable to trust people, and only cared about stopping Black Ghost for turning him into a weapon. He also "wasn't always the nicest person" to those he saved from Black Ghost's clutches. However, it's later averted - as he continued to oppose Black Ghost, he eventually rediscovered his innate compassion, causing him to become a Nice Guy much like how Joe Shimamura/009 was depicted in some adaptations of Cyborg 009.
- Knight In Sour Armor: Despite having suffered wrongly at the hooves of other ponies as a colt for being a half-breed bastard, and Black Ghost being ruthlessly manipulative enough to Kick the Dog by ensuring that he fails, Wind Runner never gives up in his efforts to oppose them and save innocent lives whenever he can. As a result, he wins just as much as he fails. Initially he only cared about stopping Black Ghost for the harm they caused him, but he eventually Took a Level in Kindness.
- The Leader: Serves as the field leader of the 00-Cyborgs. What made him so effective against Black Ghost was the realization that he and his fellow cyborgs accomplished much more when working together than when they went alone, so he kept everyone together with his experience, altruism, and charisma while directing them to positions that'll give them advantages in any battle. As a result, Black Ghost has faced significant losses while fighting their runaway weapons.
- Lightning Bruiser: In addition to having his natural Earth pony strength enhanced by Black Ghost's cybernetics, Wind Runner's Acceleration Mode makes him a devastating opponent.
- The Magnificent: "C-009, the Cyborg Hurricane".
- Parental Abandonment: Wind Runner's mother died giving him up for adoption, while his birth father's fate is unknown. His first adoptive father, a kindly priest, was killed by Black Ghost agents, but Wind Runner's discovery of the crime ensured that he would be wrongfully framed for their crimes. Presumably, this trope is why he came to see Dr. Gilmare, a repentant ex-Black Ghost scientist, as a beloved father figure.
- Peek-a-Bangs: One of his recognizable traits; his mane is constantly hiding one eye no matter what he's doing.
- Posthumous Character: Implied along with the rest of his team, given how the Second Age was destroyed by the Void Aeon. Queen Dazzleglow and Indostruus have been publishing records of his adventures so his legacy wouldn't be forgotten, and to show the public the potential benefits of Second Age technology.
- Red Baron: Known as "the Cyborg Hurricane" in his lifetime. He got his epithet for being extremely fast to the human eye, making him appear as a hurricane of destruction (for the bad guys, obviously).
- Scarf Of Asskicking: He constantly wears a long, bright yellow scarf around his neck, and is a powerful cyborg pony who has dealt significant blows to Black Ghost's operations. This is what partially made Wind Runner recognizable to the public.
- Super Speed: His "Acceleration Mode" - once he presses a switch located in one of his back teeth, Wind Runner can run almost at light-speed, going so fast that to some people, he looks like he's teleporting. However, it's not infallible as other cyborgs can sense when he's using Acceleration Mode, and have caught up with him on occasion.
- Took a Level in Kindness: At first, because of his traumatic childhood, Wind Runner was a distrustful and angry stallion. He only cared about stopping Black Ghost for what they did to him, and tended to act like a jerk to the people he saved. However, opposing Black Ghost for so long caused him to rediscover his innate compassion, causing him to fight for more altruistic reasons.
- You Are Number 6: As the latest 00-Cyborg to be made, Wind Runner was given the serial name "C-009". It's something that he eventually accepted after freeing himself from Black Ghost's control.
Alignment: Lawful Good
Type: Superhero/Ideal Hero/Paragon
Faction: The Paragons (super-team, Co-Founder) and other super-teams
"The truth about Metamare is that in the end, she is just a mare; just a Pony, nothing more. Whatever she is and wherever she came from, she is like everypony else: somepony who possess talents who wants to do good for the world with them. If all of us can do that, and make the world a better place, then anypony can be Metamare."
Debuting in the year of 1938, Metamare is one of the earliest, greatest and most respected superheroes of the Second Age, if not the greatest, period. Born on a doomed world, she was sent by her parents to Equus in hopes she would survive and thrive, where she developed incredible abilities as a result of her body being exposed to Equus' magical energies.
Despite being from another world and possessing powers akin to a god, Metamare is defined by her humility, kindness, compassion and respect for life as well as her selfless dedication to do good for the world, serving as a shining example of not only what her people were, and what the people of her adopted homeworld could be, leaving behind a legacy that would inspire generations in the Ages to follow.
- The Ace: Considered one of the greatest, if not the greatest superhero of the Second Age.
- All-Loving Hero: Was this due to her kind and compassionate nature, having such a respect for life and other beings that she is said to never truly hated any-pony, not even her enemies, always willing to forgive (within reason) and appeal to the best of others. This earned her the love of many and even grudging respect from her most implacable foes.
- Explicitly stated to be the reason she even became good friends with one of the Tales Seven, Starlight; both share the same love for others and nurturing protectiveness of all life.
- Amazonian Beauty: Described as a 'Tall, stunningly-beautiful Amarezon' with bronze-coloured mane/tail and earthly-coloured hide. This would normally pose problems for her civilian/true identity Gentle Touch if not for her costume's ability to 'compress' her form.
- Batman Can Breathe in Space: Implied, as she has Super-Endurance so long as she is Metamagnetically (Magically) charged, meaning she might not need to breathe, sleep, eat like normal Ponies do.
- Beware the Superman: Averted and defied. She's incredibly aware of the possibility of going down that route, and it's implied part of the reason for her deep devotion to and staying connected with Ponykind is borne out of both the ever-prevalent fear of becoming a symbol of hatred and fear if she misuses her power even for a moment, and of her nature as an "alien" from a now dead planet warping her perception of the world she's currently living in until she becomes something indifferent and even monstrous to Ponykind - which given her power is an absolutely terrifying prospect. Fortunately, history showed that she never became this and remained the Ideal Hero, The Cape and The Paragon she was and always strive to be.
- Big Good: Like Superman, she became this for the Second Age. Her influence is so great that it even reached beyond that particular Age, as the Fourth Age's Shadow Sentinel/Captain Umbra Wing cites her as one of the reasons why sapientkind tends to idolize superheros and other exemplary individuals.
- Bio-Augmentation: Some of her more exotic abilities is stated to had been the product of highly advanced genetic-engineering her people developed to imbue themselves with many Metamagnetically (Magically) fueled powers. Her parents took it Up to Eleven by engineering as many powers as they could afford to into their daughter to maximize her chances of survival on Equus.
- The Cape: Is essentially this as a superheroine of the Second Age, complete with a platinum/white cape for her costume.
- Captain Ersatz: Guess who. More specifically, she resembles Superman as portrayed in Grant Morrison's critically-acclaimed AllStarSuperman.
- Clark Kenting: Averted as it was not necessary, since her costume came with abilities of its own that could help her disguise her form and modulate her powers, much to her civilian convenience.
- Common Comicbook Costumes: Her costume is a form-fitting, lightly-armoured ceremonial wear she inherited from her true parents (Like Superman's modern day costume), predominantly red with blue with golden accents/adornments, a platinum/white insignia/emblem with a platinum/white cape. Said encrusted insignia/emblem - resembling a stylized 'Star of Salvation' found in many cultures - is also the 'smart device' built into the costume that imbues it with many unique abilities, from storing itself inside a pocket dimension that Metamare could summon and unsummon at will, 'compress' and disguise Metamare's form for her civilian life, help modulate her powers, temporarily assume a battle-armour form for her most intense battles, and other things.
- Deflector Shield: Able to do this once she learnt how to externalize the various Metakinetic or MK-Fields to shield her surroundings as well as herself. One surround her at all times just above her skin which provides one-half of her nigh-invulnerability, just like Superman.
- The Determinator: Noted as part of her character; she dedication to selfless good means she will never stop fighting to save Ponies and make the world a better place.
- Doomed Hometown: Her yet-named homeworld, like Superman's Krypton, was destroyed by a barrage of bolides flung from the star system's edge by a wandering black hole hitting it at relativistic velocities. And like Superman, Metamare's scientist parents sent her to Equus, making her the Sole Survivor and Last of His Kind.
- Flying Brick: Her powers of flight, super-strength, and incredible endurance, as per her inspiration, basically made her this. Most of it comes from manipulating 'Metakinetic' (Magical telekinetic) fields.
- Freeze Ray: Or rather, 'Cold Ray' once her developed matter manipulation abilities to the point she can alter atomic vibrations around her by touch, beams or fields. Like Captain Cold with his Cold Gun, she does this by eliminating movement from particles altogether to generate freezing temperatures. She can also inverts this by ramping up atomic vibrations in her surroundings via 'Hot' beams, touch and fields.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: As her powers developed, she develops ability to channel photons and charged particles to generate this. Unlike Superman, who fires only laser beams from his eyes, Metamare generates them through her magic/MK-fields from her head and forehooves.
- A God I Am Not: She never sees herself as as a goddess despite having powers akin to one, thanks to the compassionate and loving upbringing she received. She is also honestly quite scared of what happens if she starts seeing herself as one. It is not yet known how she handled those who worshiped her.
- Good Parents: Has one in Loving Care, the headmistress of the orphanage Gentle Touch/Metamare grew up in. She never feared nor judged her when her powers began manifesting and encouraged her to do selfless good with it. Her nurture of Gentle Touch ultimately contributed to the rise of one of the Second Age's greatest superheroes.
- Hand Blast: She's able to fire charged particle beams from sheaths of her MK-Fields surrounding her front hooves.
- Hollywood New England: Or rather, the New Trotland region of the Federal Republic of Ponyland, the Second Age's version of the USA. Metamare landed and grew up there, making her a New Englander/'New Trotlander' in contrast to Superman's Kansas background.
- Humble Hero: For all she can do, she ultimately sees herself as just a mare; just a Pony with extraordinary talents who puts them to good use for the betterment of all, and is of the opinion that if everypony could do the same with their talents to make the world a better place for everyone, then anypony can be Metamare.
- Ideal Hero: Explicitly classified as this, and she lives up to it.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Despite her personal fears of losing it and becoming corrupted by her power, like Superman at his best Metamare was and remained pure and good through her entire life and career. It's implied in her backstory that was the result of a lot of efforts made and events happened which properly prepared her morally and emotionally for the role as a super-heroic paragon of virtue, so her incorruptibility was at least justified.
- Kryptonite Factor: Much like Superman, Metamare is not without weaknesses.
- Cold Iron, the bane of old-school Fae, is an allotrope of iron which with its magically-disruptive properties can also disrupt Metamare's Metamagnetically(magically)-fueled powers. It is however difficult to synthesize, especially in the Second Age
- Magic-nullifying substances and artifacts in general can also depower and hurt her, like the 'Darkstone' composing Chrysalis' Throne in the time of Equestria.
- Metamare is effectively powerless even without Anti-Magic substances and weapons if cut off from sources of (magical) energy for long enough.
- Many of her superpowers could be turned against her. Rival-turn-ally Shadow Sentinel famously used Sensory Overload against her during their first encounter.
- Like Superman, she possess no explicit immunity to powerful mind control or influence, although Superman did eventually developed psychic shielding...
- At the end of the day she is (and knows she is) as fallible as any mare, capable of failing and making mistakes that hits her harder than any force or weapon could, which could be exploited.
- Last of His Kind: Played with. While she's far from being the last Pony Equine, she's the Sole Survivor of a population that has become so technologically, medically, and biologically advanced that it makes normal Ponies, who are their ancestors, look fragile and "backwater" by their standards. So far it is not known if she has any fellow survivors, but she did have a hybrid daughter with a Pony husband down the line.
- Meaningful Name: 'Meta-' means something that is beyond or after the existing order, which fittingly describes her powerful might. Her civilian name 'Gentle Touch' also fittingly encapsulated her kind and compassionate character, as well as her herculean capacity for self-control.
- Mind over Matter: Technically it's her body and cells that generates various Metakinetic or MK-Fields which can be externalized and eventually she developed conscious control over. She starts out merely able to perform tactile telekinesis as part of lifting things with her super-strength so large buildings and vehicles don't collapse the moment they are picked up, but once her powers grown and are mastered further, she was able to telekinetically grab and throw things at a distance. And her matter-manipulation abilities really took off once her super-senses reaches microscopic and atomic levels, able to heat and freeze environments by manipulating atomic vibrations and mold objects' shapes through tactile and non-tactile fields.
- My God, What Have I Done?: When she used her powers to take revenge against some bullies who were tormenting her and horribly mangled the hoof of one of them, she was horrified by what she had done. The childhood incident would be used by her as an example of what happens if she lost control even for a moment.
- My Greatest Failure: Even Metamare is not perfect, and the few failures and mistakes she have ever had and made haunts her deeply, perhaps more so than others.
- The first of the few times she had lost control of her Super Strength led to her mangling the hoof of a bully tormenting her and other kids out of anger. Needless to say, she was horrified, leading to her developing incredible self-control and subconscious mental blocks over her powers during her life.
- Nice Guy: Like Superman, Metamare is this.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Like Superman, Metamare's powers rendered her virtually indestructible and notably increased as time passed and her powers developed. At the start of her career she could tank anything up to a bursting shell like Golden Age Superman; later in her career, she could shrug off city-busting nuclear weapons and more without a scratch like Superman from Silver Age onward.
- Not Quite Dead: No one knows what happened to her, though given her biological immortality and powers she may still be alive, fighting for peace, freedom and life for all somewhere out there. Void Traveller's entry showed she was still alive at the least in the final battle against Void Traveller, which took place tens of thousands of years after her appearance at the end of the Second Age. She also took part in the Final Battle with the Void Sovereign, and was still around by the end of it.
- The Paragon: Was sent to Equus to become this for the Ponies by her own parents, in hopes they would not follow her doomed homeworld and people's hoofsteps, and she does not disappoint. She believes firmly in the potential that exists in every-pony can be like her if they use it to make the world a better place, and does everything possible to inspire them towards it by example. It's implied that she got this mindset from her surrogate mother, Loving Care, as well as the antediluvian Alicorn god of Potential, Luminiferous, who was the mysterious "Mentor" mentioned in her backstory.
- Parental Abandonment: Justified. Her home planet was doomed to be destroyed, and its leaders didn't lift a hoof to help evacuate the local populace, being content to wallow in their wealth and power until the moment of death. Metamare's parents saved her from going down with them by sending her to Equus on a rocket built just for her, so she could help avoid the catastrophic complacency that doomed her people. Because of her mysterious arrival and lack of knowledge of her origins, she was put an orphanage, whose headmistress adopted and raised her like her own daughter.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Since at the height of her power she could casually move mountains and even moons and travel at relativistic velocities, Metamare was this. And like Superman, she was very conscious of it and afraid of what destruction she could inflict if she ever lost control.
- Photographic Memory: Implied as part of her super-intelligence and bio-enhanced biology. Metamare's recorded superheroic career lasted for a century and a half and she still remain more or less herself; which wouldn't be possible if she did not maintain her memories somehow.
- Pro-Human Transhuman: Pro-PONY Transequine. Despite her people being so advanced they see normal Ponies as fragile and backwards in comparison, she always saw herself as just a mare with unique talents, and is almost entirely selfless in using them for the good of all who doesn't have them.
- Reinforce Field: The other-half of her nigh-invulnerability comes from internal MK-Fields that reinforces her body from all but the most extreme forces. Implied that they can be externalized considering large objects don't just collapse on their own mass when Metamare picks them up.
- Secret Identity: Her real name is Gentle Touch, and she was raised in an orphanage ran by a headmistress named Loving Care. It is not yet known what her true parents named her.
- Smug Super: Defied. While she does have enough power and experience to pass herself off as a goddess in the Second Age, a time where technology is at its strongest, her upbringing ensures that she remains humble and responsible enough to use her powers in positive constructive ways. She also fears hurting the innocent with her power in any way, even accidentally, which is why she often doesn't go all out while fighting criminals, villains, and other evildoers. The only time she did go out was when she used her powers to retaliate against a bully who was tormenting her in her childhood days... and quickly regretted it so much that it led to the development of incredible self-control and focus on protecting the weak.
- Super Healing: Supercharged by Equus' magic, Metamare can rapidly heal on the (rare) occasion she is wounded and is immune/resistant to most radiation, toxins and pathogens. It goes to the point she was biologically immortal.
- Superman Substitute: Explicitly written to be this, with similar origins and role, but also differs in many ways.
- Notably has shades of Conner Kent/Superboy and Matrix Supergirl in terms of origins and/or abilities, and some other Superman Substitute characters like Supershock from Powers (Though thankfully Metamare didn't go absolutely nuts like he did)
- Superman, or rather Superpony, actually exists in-universe as a comic-book character, and hilariously debuted on the exact same day as Metamare (And became even more of a runaway success). There's also the fact that Shining Armor, Princess Twilight Sparkle's older brother, owns the "Superalicorn" comic-book made in the Fourth Age.
- Superpower Lottery: Like Superman, she won it big, as she has a large variety of powers listed in her folder. Justified as Metamare's people were very advanced and performed Bio-Augmentation on themselves to imbue many abilities, and to maximize her chances of survival, Metamare's parents engineered as many of these superpowers into their child as they could afford. Needless to say, once she finds a bountiful source of magic/metamagnetic energy to fuel them from Equus (Which were all but drained on her homeworld), her powers really took off.
- Super Senses: Part of her powers from her onset, eventually able to sense into microscopic and atomic levels.
- Super Supremacist: Averted and defied with a passion. Her great power and alien heritage, especially when raised in an environment whose inhabitants are far weaker than her, have given her many opportunities to veer into believing in her own superiority. But her loving upbringing, combined with a childhood incident where she horribly injured one foal while fighting back against her bullies, made her realize just how deadly she can be if she applied the wrong mindset. So she applies her power in a positive way by using it to protect the innocent, while holding herself back to prevent collateral damage and unnecessary deaths. This also led to her philosophy of Thou Shalt Not Kill - having grown up raised by loving individuals made her appreciate life and also made her incredibly reluctant to take a life, though she will do it if she absolutely has to.
- Super Strength: Capable of this as part of her Flying Brick power-set, able to move mountains and moons at the height of her career.
- Super Team: Co-founder and part of many super-teams, including the Justice League analogue, the Paragons.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Inspired this code among other Second Age superheroes. Her respect for life resulted in her developing an absolute refusal to take the life of sapient beings and avoid killing even non-sapient beings if she could help it. While this had led to conflict with those heroes who are sill willing to kill, she does reasonably recognize and accepts the necessity of it if there is no other choice.
- Tranquil Fury: Due to her kind and compassionate personality, she is patient and understanding, and very slow to anger. Pushed far enough, however... This is seen when a heavily wounded and newly-Ascendant Diamond Glow sacrifices herself to drastically weaken the Void Sovereign, causing Metamare to go into this and use her full strength to tear into the Eldritch Abomination.
- Ultraterrestrials: She and her entire race is speculated in-universe to be this, owing to her looking so much like a Pony and implied to have raised a family. Given Equus' very long history had resulted in there being many Precursor civilizations from Ponykind alone, some of which may had explored and colonized other worlds before even the Four Ages of Known History, it is not inconceivable that they may had descended from one such advanced colonizing civilization and forgotten their origins. All but confirmed in a scene-insert depicting what is heavily hinted to be her parents sending her to Equus just before their world's end.
- You Wanna Get Sued?: The hilarious in-universe reason why she was ultimately called META-mare; it was rumoured that she was going to be called 'Supermare', but Ponies changed their minds when they found out that the name 'Super-' is already taken by a comic-book character Superpony whose comic hit the shelves on the exact same day Metamare debuted.
- And the ironic cherry on top of it all? Unlike in Watchmen where the existence of real superheroes led to comic book superheroes going out of fashion, Superpony's sales practically exploded with Metamare around. That's right, having a real-deal Superman Substitute made Ponyland's version of Superman even more popular.
- Badass Normal: Like his inspiration, he is just an ordinary Pony who happened to be an extraordinary genius, and puts it to good use to help his best friend and the world.
- Best Friend: Of Gentle Touch aka. Metamare, having known her since childhood together in the orphanage they grew up in, and was inspired by her to overcome his flaws and become a beloved scientific genius and hero in his own right.
- Captain Ersatz: Is all but stated to be one for Injustice!Lex Luthor, while his name is based on Alexander Luthor Sr of pre-Crisis Earth-3, who is heroic.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Based on his inspiration, he's likely this thanks to his genius.
- Insufferable Genius: Has an ego problem, but unlike canon Lex Luthor never let it go to his head and ultimately choose to use his brilliance for the good of all.
- Mythology Gag: Superman and Lex Luthor began as friends in Smallville during the Silver Age of Comicbooks before the latter went evil. Here, their Ponified analogues remained friends and Lex's analogue remained good, if not better.
- Nice Guy: Given he's likely based on Injustice!Lex Luthor, he's probably this as well, if a bit arrogant.
- Super Intelligence: A genius without peer, and one of the few in the Second Age capable of legitimately outsmarting the similarly super-intelligent Metamare.
- World's Smartest Man: Explicitly stated to be the 'World's Smartest Pony' where Metamare is likely the strongest.
Shadow Sentinel I
Alignment: Chaotic Good
Type: Masked Vigilante/Superhero/Terror Hero/Antihero
Faction: Unaffiliated, the Paragons (Part-Time), the Shadow Alliance/Network
"To fight shadows, I have become it. The trick is not to stare too long into the abyss."
Alignment: Lawful Good
"For everlasting peace!"
An advanced Synthetic Automaton (Or Robot) from the early Second Age, Corona and his sister Aurora are the creations of genius Dr. Solar, an idealistic scientist who believe wholeheartedly that all sapient beings, whether they be robots, organics or otherwise, are capable of peaceful coexistence. Programmed with the 'Three Laws' of Robotics and raised like Dr. Solar's own son and daughter, Both Corona and Aurora managed to defy the infamous tendency for artificial intelligence to turn on their creators, and Corona even became a hero who would spend his existence fighting to maintain the peace between Ponies and Robots throughout the Second Age, even battling those who would try to exasperate the conflict or use robots for their own evil ends, such as the infamous and dastardly Dr. Guiles and his force of corrupted, reprogrammed robots.
- The Ace: He's noted as having been one of the most powerful Synthetic Automatons ever constructed, The Cape personality wise, and even many who are fearful of his kind came to admire and respect him.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Notably averted. He even impressed the then-anonymous Golden Scepter, who had been on one of his many journeys across Equus at the time, to the point of him making Corona and his sister Aurora an exception to his (arguably understandable) distrust and hostility to artificial intelligence.
- Arm Cannon: Can turn both his hooves into energy-blasting cannons.
- Bigotry Exception: Corona and Aurora are notable exceptions to Golden Scepter's staunch prejudice against robots, especially those with sapience. This is rather impressive, considering he developed such feelings as a result of personally witnessing a massive cybernetic revolt by Synthetic Automatons known as the "Manes of Iron Rebellion", which ended one of the most successful civilizations that sprung up after the "Twilight of the Alicorns" conflict, and, to Golden Scepter's grief and anger, nearly drove Ponykind itself to extinction.Golden Scepter: "They were... a few of the good ones. Both credits to their kind."
- The Cape: Had this personality, like his inspiration.
- Captain Ersatz: of Megaman/Rockman from the franchise of the same name.
- Lightning Bruiser: Strong enough to lift at least 60,000 tons, fast enough to dodge lightning, and durable enough to tank the pressure of a gas giant or the heat of a star.
- The Paragon: He's noted to be not only one of the most powerful Synthetic Automatons ever built, but also everything that they could be in a positive sense, to the point where even Golden Scepter, who otherwise hated sapient robots, respected him. This is why Queen Dazzleglow gives Crazy Ant the blueprints to his successor robot Dr. Solar designed: To create a new paragon representing the same thing.
- Power Copying: Like his inspiration, he can hack into other Robots' systems and retrieve data to allow him to use their abilities, albeit with ammo limitation.
- You Are a Credit to Your Race: He and his sister, Aurora, would be credited by a then-anonymous Golden Scepter as "a few of the good ones" after witnessing their heroic personalities and actions, and would even personally help them in their battles against Dr. Guile. This is considered impressive as Golden Scepter has been left extremely jaded and distrustful towards Synthetic Automatons from years of witnessing their revolts, including one that nearly wiped out Ponykind itself.
The Butt Ugly Maretians
- Captain Ersatz: Subverted: as Hasbro actually was in charge of the Butt-Ugly Martians toyline, they're simply ponifications of their canon selves.
- Defector from Decadence: Were sent to invade, but fell in love with the planet and chose to stop their own species' invasion attempts, as well as become friends to the Tales Seven.
- Informed Deformity: Justified: their self given descriptor sounds strange to ponies, as by the standards of Maretian species, including their own, they appear comparably handsome. However, for that exact reason, they're considered extremely ugly by their own the Maretians' own standards.
- Interspecies Friendship: Are a species of Maretian, but befriended the Tales Seven and fought along side them.
- Powered Armor: As in canon, BKM and it's upgraded Ultra form, which in this universe eventually got a mass production version made for Ponykind's use. It stands for something different in the Maretian language, but Patch called it Butt-Kicking Mode and it stuck.
- Super Mode: Their BKM Powered Armor, as while capable fighters without it, it's a huge upgrade in power. They later upgraded it to its Ultra form.
'Tales Seven' & Friends/Family
Dame Patch, the Courageous Knight
Bright Eyes, the Scholar of Justice
Starlight, the Diligent Teacher
Clover, the Humble Seer
Sweetheart, the Loving Peacemaker
Melody, the Enduring Rockstar
Bon Bon, the Faithful Designer
Second Age Villains
The leader of Black Ghost, and the person responsible for creating the 00-Cyborgs.
A global organization of war profiteers and "death merchants". Its main goal is to profit from wars, and it does this by supplying warring countries with their weapons, then sitting back and watching as the countries tear each other apart. The problem is that it's extremely hard to dismantle - Black Ghost has facilities and agents everywhere, waiting for the right chance to stir things up until the situation devolves into full-out war. It is responsible for the creation of the 00-Cyborgs, wanting to produce a line of pony-machine hybrids... but fortunately for the world, it turns out to be one of their greatest mistakes, as the nine ponies who became 00-Cyborgs would escape and rebel against them by opposing their forces at every turn.
- Arch-Enemy: Serves as one for the 00-Cyborgs, since they were responsible for their existence. After the 00-Cyborgs broke free from their control, Black Ghost has faced significant losses against their intended weapons, thanks to their teamwork and Wind Runner/C-009's leadership.
- Create Your Own Hero: If they haven't decided it was a great idea to create cyborgs for profit, some of the greatest superheroes of the Second Age wouldn't exist.
- Dark Is Evil: Is called Black Ghost, and is an evil organization of war profiteers.
Alignment: Chaotic Evil
Type: Destroyer/Nihilist/Parasitic Entity
Faction: Church of the Void
"We were going to destroy ourselves eventually anyway, why not go out to the one thing that will live on? The Void calls and it's time to listen and disappear! Ciao!"
- Body Surf: So long as a piece of him remained, he could possess another host and regenerate.
- Expy: Of Evolt.
- From a Single Cell: So long as anything of him remains, he could potentially regenerate his entire body. Thus it required obliterating his entire body down to the atom to finally kill him.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Sought to destroy all of Equus, and served the Void Sovereign who desire the destruction of everything.
- Power of the Void: Had the ability to create and manipulate black holes.
- The Dragon: Turns out to be this to the Void Sovereign.