Disclaimer: The information on this page may not be canonical as this Character Page is part of the Just for Fun section for the "Daring Do" franchise, a series of books within a show introduced in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. While some of the characters and tropes are canonical from the show, others are strictly fan creations.
The Big Bad of the series; a strange creature based on a creature from Hayan mythology who leads a horde of cats.
- Abusive Parents: Claims to have had these as part of his Freudian Excuse in Unity, but it turns out to be a lie to distract Daring and her siblings.
- Arch-Enemy: Of Daring Do.
- Big Bad: Of the Daring Do series.
- Big "NO!": Of course he had to release one of these.
- Bond Villain Stupidity
- Cats Are Mean: Has a number of dangerous big cats—and one cute white kitten—as his Evil Minions. He also has some feline features, especially his hind legs.
- Right-Hand Cat: The white cat, which he likes to pet.
- Closet Geek: Seems to be a secret fan of the comic book "Sasquatch Mafia", but isn't telling anypony.
- Complexity Addiction: He often overthinks his plans, meaning Daring can have fun slipping out through a loophole.
- Diabolical Mastermind
- Evil Is Hammy
- Evil Versus Oblivion: Several plots in the EU has Ahuizotl joining forces with Daring to stop a world-ending threat. Even though he's had apocalyptic designs himself, those plots involve gaining godlike power first so he could survive the resulting devastation. Threats like the Smooze don't allow for such possibilities.
- Freudian Excuse: Ahuizotl gives one of these in Unity, about how he was neglected by his parents and abused by his many siblings. Ultimately subverted when it turns out he was just using the tale to distract the Do siblings.
- Hijacked By Ahuizotl: Daring Do and the Cove of Candles was originally played up as featuring a completely new antagonist, the ghost of Blackmane. Guess who shows up two thirds of the way through as the real villain?
- Really, this ends up happening in pretty much every book except Alicorn's Shadow, Legacy of Nightmare Moon and Spear of the Windigos.
- By the time Ring of the Marengeti came out, they didn't even bother pretending anymore. Ahuizotl's minions show up in the very first chapter, and even on the cover.
- Joker Immunity: The writer(s) attempted to kill him off in Temple of Nightmare Moon; two books later, he was back from fan demand.
- Large Ham
- Let's Get Dangerous!: While always a high threat, when he drops the hamminess and goes professional he becomes nigh-unstoppable.
- Manipulative Bastard: Becomes a lot more keen on manipulation.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: His body looks like a cross between a black panther and an ape, with feline hind legs and simian arms. However, he also has a weird, elongated head, and yet another simian hand on his tail.
- Necromancer: Some of the Expanded Universe works have him go after artifacts which would let him control the dead. Notably in Ruby of the Blank Village.
- Almost... The Pikmin from The Gardener's Garden managed to overpower him through sheer numbers. He managed to survive though.
- Our Monsters Are Weird
- Pragmatic Villainy: His team-ups with Daring in the Expanded Universe usually involve self-preservation as his goal. Even his schemes to destroy the world involve him acquiring godlike power first so that he might survive the resultant destruction.
- Prehensile Tail
- Real Men Wear Pink: Plenty of male villains have a Right-Hand Cat, but not many have one so adorable.
- Take Over the World: That, or destroy it.
- Worthy Opponent: Ahuizotl comes to consider Daring Do one of these. The feeling is not mutual.
- Would Hit a Mare: He's perfectly willing to take Daring on in combat, devise numerous elaborate Death Traps for her to give her disproportionate Cruel and Unusual Deaths, and in one book, he completely curbstomps Derring in combat.
- Would Hurt a Child: In addition to engaging in schemes that if successful, would result in countless deaths in populated areas, he steals a dragon egg as part of his schemes in Silver Monkey and uses it as a hostage, forcing the dragon's cooperation.
- You Have Failed Me: If a subordinate doesn't accomplish their mission or duty they won't do it again.
Ahuizotl has an assortment of feline companions with which he threatens Daring and others.
- Legacy Character: His kitten, Mr. Tibbles, has to be constantly replaced so he has a cute little kitten to stroke menacingly.
- Panthera Awesome: A tiger, a panther, a cheetah, a lynx, and an adorable little white kitty cat.
- Right-Hand Cat: Ahuizotl likes to pet Mr. Tibbles menacingly, in all his incarnations.
Ambassador Gregory HawkwingsDaring's quest to recover the Griffon's Goblet required her to deal with the griffon embassy, something that put her in contact with this guy. He constantly insults Daring and other ponies, and his incompetence hinders her investigations in the griffon territories.
Played by William Featherton in the film series.
- Alphabetical Theme Naming: Like many Griffonstone natives, ex-patriots and descendants, his given name begins with the letter 'G'.
- "Ass" in Ambassador: First class one.
- Bullying a Dragon: He insults Daring Do even though she is a tough and famous adventurer while he's a fat, lazy incompetent. It got worse when he confronted all three siblings and still refused to relent.
- Chubby Chaser: Pictures of his wife indicates he likes them fat. It's also why he's suspected of having an affair with Silvia.
- Even Jerkasses Have Loved Ones: It's shown in the series that, whatever the type of love shared between Hawkwings and Silvia is, it's legitimate. It's best showcased in Temple of Nightmare Moon where he not only has the Overprotective Dad moment mentioned below but also willingly goes into a terrible situation after a Villain Over for Dinner scenario with Mareton.
- Averted in Idol of Boreas when he finds out what happened with his cousin, King Guto.
- Fat Bastard: It's a wonder he can still fly.
- Flanderization: Little more than a nuisance in canon, his (few) appearances in the Expanded Universe usually put him as a full-on villain.
- Freudian Excuse: While never having been a good griffon by any measure, later books reveal in his backstory that he could at least muster up sleazy, used-cart salespony levels of charisma. Then his mother-in-law died and his marriage pretty much fell apart afterwards, and as such couldn't be bothered any more.
- Jerkass: Very much so.
- Last-Name Basis: Almost nopony calls him Gregory.
- Nepotism: His assignment to Equestria was done by his cousin.
- He does this with Silvia too.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: An ambassador, to be specific, but he's definitely obstructive, so it still counts.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: Relations between griffons and ponies weren't particularly good at the time (due to some serious postwar screw-ups), so the position was considered a joke. It's implied he was sent so that he could have a cushy job and unless he tried to kill somepony, his obnoxiousness wouldn't be enough to damage the few standing treaties there were.
- Overprotective Dad: The interaction between him and Darrin after the latter hit on Silvia in Temple of Nightmare Moon has shades of this. While normally just a fat, obnoxious coward who tries to throw his perceived political weight around, the small, overweight weasel actually made the much bigger and stronger Darrin cringe in fear by showing off his griffon-born claws and liberally using of the term "gelding". Though the dialog is somewhat ambiguous leading readers split on whether he's angry Darrin's hitting on his daughter, or his mistress.
- Pet the Dog: After Platinius saves him from Mareton:*Weakly after being choked* "Remind me to give you a pay raise."
- Smug Snake: The guy's only real defense against retribution for his behavior is the threat of firing and blacklisting for his own employees, or diplomatic fallout against Equestrians. Storm Talon fell under neither of these categories and proceeded to give him a much deserved smacking.
The Night Wings
A vicious group of griffon ninja seeking to overthrow the Sieyrie Lione government. They were aiding Ahuizotl in retrieving the Griffon's Goblet and would have served as the arm through which Ahuizotl would have controlled the griffon lands.
- Arch-Enemy: Like all ninja, pirates.
- Conservation of Ninjutsu: Lampshaded: "Why is it the less of you there are, the harder you get?!"
- The Bad Guy Wins: In the Expanded Universe, they become an anarchist group and in the aftermath of Arimaspi's theft of the Idol of Boreas, manage to thwart any attempt to retrieve the artifact.
Dr. CaballeronDaring's most direct adversary, in the field of archaeology at least, is not adverse to selling artifacts to the highest bidder. Portrayed by Antoneigh Bandmareas in the film series.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Comes from a old Sadille family.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Always around to swoop in on Daring's latest expedition, but can't compare to the likes of Ahuizotl.
- Dirty Coward: Is never willing to get hooves dirty himself, always relying on his goons for the heavy lifting.
- Exit, Pursued by a Bear: Last seen in Seven-Sided Chest, being pursued by a Cipactli.
- Greed: His sole motivation in archaeology.
- Headdesk: Has a tendency to bemoan the incompetence of his henchponies by banging his head against nearby objects. Sometimes he even does this when he himself is the incompetent party.
- Running Gag: Any time he tries to use a comrade's Weapon of Choice, it will go hilariously wrong.
Dr. Caballerons henchponiesWhile Dr. Caballeron has a number of Mooks that he acquires through various means and that dont get much development, three of them are reoccurring, developed characters who generally appear whenever Dr. Caballeron does.Tropes that apply to them as a group include:
- Calling Card: Often leave notes (at crime scenes or otherwise) for Daring Do to find with one of their signature knives stuck through the top. (Or theyll even throw the knife with the note attached while making a getaway.)
- Catchphrase: Two that are ubiquitous to the group and usually spoken in unison:
- Well get her next time- while mourning their recent failure
- Were blasting off again! whenever their Cool Airship is punctured
- Cool Airship: Has all the comforts of home in its tiny cabin, including a hot tub apparently. Unfortunately it also has a tendency to be punctured Once Per Appearance.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Spear of the Windigos reveals that they are this. Except Rough Stuff, whos resistant to being forged.
- Impossibly Cool Weapon: All of them have one of these.
- Jack-of-All-Trades: Between the three of them, one of them will happen to possess whatever odd skill is required by the plot.
- Made of Iron: Since their role in the Daring Do stories tends to be mostly comic relief, theyre far more likely to walk away from things like explosions, balloon crashes, and long falls off cliffs relatively unharmed than most characters, Depending on the Writer.
- Omniglot: Theyre not as proficient as Daring, but between the three of them (and Dr. Caballeron) at least one of them will have at least passable skills in whatever language they need to communicate in.
- Villainous Friendship: Each of them (including Dr. Caballeron but excluding Rough Stuff) will always be there for the others. Doesnt stop them from insulting, hitting, or otherwise abusing each other on a regular basis.
- Weapon of Choice: Each of them have their own, unique weapon, but the weapon all four of them (including Dr. Caballeron) use is throwing knives. The knives are even Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: red handles for Dr. Caballeron, blue handles for Interrobang (He wants the red ones, though), sparkly purple handles for Snazzy Shades, and black handles for Rough Stuff. (At least in theory; in practice, Rough Stuff tends to just throw whichever color knife he happens to grab first, to the horror of the other three.)
InterrobangOne of Dr. Caballerons reoccurring henchponies. Formerly a member of the police force in the made-up town of Tailsburg, he was kicked out because of his questionable methods. Disgruntled, he released the most high profile criminals in Tailsburgs jail at the time (Dr. Caballeron, Rough Stuff and Snazzy Shades) and the four of them joined forces.
- Cannot Talk To Mares: Tends toward The Unintelligible when a cute mare is around. Depending on the Writer, this may be a problem hes already overcome.
- Casanova Wannabe: The only member of Dr. Caballerons team whos even interested in mares (Dr. Caballeron thinks theyre a waste of time, Rough Stuff is a loner, and Snazzy Shades is too in love with himself) and he has no luck attracting any of them. Sometimes its because hes too socially awkward around females, but often its because one of his friends interrupts him and says/does something to turn the girl off, or Freaky Kiki shows up.
- Fire of Comfort: Lights these to calm himself when hes scared or depressed.
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: For all his Improbable Aiming Skills with throwing knives and his whip, all he does with guns and cannons (including the ray gun hes trying to learn to use) is break the scenery around the good guys and occasionally shoot his friends.
- In-Series Nickname: The other members of Dr. Caballerons team, especially Snazzy Shades, call him Terry. He tries to get them to use Terror instead, but with no success. A Running Gag has him introduce himself to impending victims of his with My name is Interrobang or as my friends like to call me, The Terror, only for one of his friends (again, especially Snazzy Shades) to interrupt and say they actually call him Terry.
- Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: What his cutie mark is in.
- Jack-of-All-Trades: Most obviously vehicles, but he also has plenty of mechanical know-how and other skills picked up during odd jobs that he held before joining Dr. Caballeron. Considering some of the more unusual skills he has, one has to wonder just what kind of odd jobs these were.
- Pyro Maniac: He seems to be making an effort at self-therapy and doesnt set things on fire unless he okays it with Dr. Caballeron first, but he does love watching things burn. He and Snazzy bond over a shared love of fireworks.
- Ray Gun: Carries one around in an attempt to diversify. Has had no success yet.
- Universal Driver's License: Hes driven planes, boats, the teams airship, and even a machine called a motorcycle that a pair of trouble-making minotaurs left unguarded and that Interrobang claimed hed never seen before, and hes done it with style. He even once managed to drive Swinn and Dells wagon halfway across a city even though, being an earth pony, he shouldnt have any way to propel it.
- Whip It Good: His signature weapon, an enchanted whip that changes size to fit his needsand wraps itself tightly around its target, whether to swing himself around the scene (its strong enough to hold up four full grown stallions!) or to snag his foes. Two buttons on the handle activate other modes. One is a Whip Sword; the other is on fire. The former can also be used to get his whip to stick to smooth walls.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Trope Namer. Every time he sees one he either attempts to Kill It with Fire or runs away screaming.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Unless the girl is Daring. Or Derring. Or, actually, any girl who attacks him first. Then he doesnt care.
- This is probably most obvious with Freaky Kiki, whom he wont ever attack even though he hates her.
Rough StuffAnother of Dr. Caballerons reoccurring henchponies. After training at the Dragons of Fire dojo for most of his adult life, he got sick of waiting to be granted the honor of wielding a Master Weapon, so he just stole one for himself. After a short crime spree, he was arrested in Tailsburg, where he met the other members of the group.
- Aesop Amnesia: No matter how many times Interrobang and Snazzy Shades prove that yet, in fact, they are competent and yes, in fact, Rough Stuff cannot do without their skills, Rough Stuff continues to insist that hes the only henchpony Dr. Caballeron needs.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Most of his abilities are attributed to years of training. Not all of it was physical though
- Combat Pragmatism: Far more concerned with usefulness and practicality than how cool evil or permissible something is in sharp contrast to all his associates. Most notably, hes the only one who doesnt care about fashion. He only wears his tan jacket because its a good place to keep his throwing knives and Master Weapon, and he adamantly refuses his friends attempts to give him a makeover.
- Enlightenment Superpowers: The explanation for his more superequine abilities is meditation and/or earth pony magic or whatever.
- Fauxlosophic Narration: Prone to this.
- Jack-of-All-Trades: His cutie mark indicates that hes a master of all fighting styles. Martial arts, wrestling, firearms, swords, throwing knives, quarterstaff, nunchucks
- Meditation Powerup: Does this a lot, sometimes before charging at a door or wall that needs to be broken down.
- Offhand Backhand: Offhoof Backhoof to enemies and allies alike.
- Only Sane Man: Sees himself as the Only Sane Pony.
- Scars Are Forever: Has a small scar over his left eye that he doesnt want to talk about.
- Super Reflexes
- Super Senses: Supposedly has honed his earth pony magic so that the earth itself tells him things. Thats the way he puts it, anyway.
- The Friend Nobodylikes: Insists hes not friends with any of the others and their relationship is strictly professional. The rest of them seem oblivious to his refusal to care about them, probably because they all treat each other pretty much the same.
- The Stoic
- Weapon of Choice: The Master Weapon, a gadget that looks like a small piece of wood but can transform into a sword, dagger, quarterstaff, nunchucks, blowgun, and even a basic, one-shot energy pistol (that needs a day to recharge).
- Wolverine Claws: Wears a pair. Theyre standard issue at the Dragons of Fire dojo.
Snazzy ShadesFormerly a Stage Magician, Snazzy Shades tried to take his show on the road to make more money. Unfortunately, the crowd in Tailsburg was not very impressed by his performance, and accused him of hiding a unicorn backstage. Furious, he proceeded to pick the pockets of all the audience members, and would have gotten away with it too if he hadnt then stayed to brag about it to his victims. He was promptly arrested, and see the above two characters.
- Blind Without 'Em: His sunglasses are not exactly corrective lenses, but since he never takes them off (even while he sleeps!) sometimes when they get knocked off he claims hes blinded without them.Snazzy Shades: The world is too dazzling for my beautiful eyes to view unprotected!
- Cards of Power: His weapon of choice, besides his glitter grenades, fireworks, and sparkly throwing knives, is an enchanted deck of cards, possessed by an imp named Joker. Snazzy either points the deck menacingly at his foes, smirking, and flicking the top card at them, or just throws the whole stack at people when hes flustered. The damage dealt depends on the suit and the number, with higher numbers seeming to equal more pain. Clubs stun the opponent, spades knock the opponent back, diamonds sting, hearts confuse and disorient the opponent. The face cards of each suit have enhanced powers, which Joker himself shows up to deal out: a jack, queen, king or ace of clubs makes Joker chase the opponents wielding a club; if the suit is spades, Joker will dump a pile of sand on the opponent; diamonds, Joker imprisons the foe in a glass shield of force that can only be broken from the outside; hearts, Joker makes the opponent fall in love with its own reflection. And when a Joker shows up, Joker gets to do whatever the hay he wants to his unfortunate victim.
- Catchphrase: Lots of them
- Thats so unFABULOUS!
- You are denying me my passion!
- Mad Libs Catchphrase:
- If youre going to do [whatever] , do it in style!
- Itll be [word that means pretty] with a capital [shortened version of the word that also means pretty], most often Itll be FABULOUS with a capital FAB!
- Oh, my beautiful [body part], whenever hes even slightly injured. Often its just Oh, my beautiful coat/mane/tail! If he doesnt say this, its usually an indicator that hes been seriously injured.
- Crossdresser: While shopping in the worlds most awesome clothing store in Somnambulas dream world, he stops to admire a frilly dress in a store window, loudly praising its beauty and saying how its the most beautiful outfit hes ever seen. Dr. Caballeron, Interrobang, and Rough Stuff become increasingly disturbed until its revealed that Snazzy was admiring his own, masculine outfit in the reflection in the store window.
- Comfort Food: Milk. Hes been known to down whole cartons when hes upset. Sometimes he even seems to be drunk on it somehow.
- Distracted by My Own Sexy: Any time he passes a reflective surface (even when hes running away from something) he stops to give himself a compliment.
- Distracted by the Luxury: Has a tendency to stare at precious gems or other sparkly stuff, entranced, and occasionally whispering creepy words to himself like my precious.
- Escape Artist: One of the reasons even Rough Stuff puts up with Snazzy is that hes the one most able to break them out of jail when they are arrested yet again.
- Everything's Better with Sparkles: He loves his glitter. He even has a set of custom grenades that explode in a fine shower of sparkly sleeping powder; he calls them glitter grenades.
- Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry: Also loves gemstones.
- Flower Motifs: White roses, which he often pulls out of Hammerspace while monologuing so he can pose dramatically.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Even more so than his companions. He can even throw multiple projectiles at once and still have them all land on target.
- Improvised Zipline: Finds excuses to do these even when its more practical to get around another way. Sometimes he has Interrobang use his whip for the line.
- Motifs: Being both a former stage magician and a Narcissist, he makes a lot of posters of himself. Most of them focus on his three famous symbols:
- Narcissist: Seems genuinely uninterested in romance with anypony else, since no mare could ever compare to himself. Despite all the self-worship he obviously exhibits, hes not completely unaware of the sufferings he causes others, as the end of Spear of the Windigos shows.
- Raven Mane, Ivory Coat
- The Dandy
- The Ditz: The level of idiocy is often Depending on the Writer, and in some stories he even seems to be using Obfuscating Stupidity.
- The Gambler: Not only is he knowledgeable about all kinds of card games, but any other game that anypony would possibly bet money on. And as long as the game doesnt require any athleticism greater than throwing skills, he always wins, by hook or by crook. So none of his friends ever want to play with him.
- The Nicknamer: Seems incapable of calling ponies by their full name. The names he comes up with often then get picked up by his colleagues. Some examples:
- Dr. Caballeron is Cabbie or Ronnie (because of the ron at the end).
- Interrobang is Terry.
- Rough Stuff is Stuffy.
- Tightrope Walking: Is sometimes shows with an unnatural sense of balance.
- Too Dumb to Live: As a rookie in Spear of the Windigos, he certainly was this. After all, its not a bad idea at all to put on a menacing-looking diamond necklace called the Windigos Frozen Soul. Fortunately he survived, and now he always asks Dr. Caballerons permission before wearing any artifacts the team finds.
Freaky KikiA pegasus mare who knew Interrobang since Kindergarten! and was convinced from the moment she lay eyes on him that he was the one for her. The feeling is not mutual. Shes been following him ever since, convinced that Interrobang misses her.
- Abhorrent Admirer: Its not so much that shes ugly as it is that her level of devotion creeps Interrobang out. Not to mention she refuses to leave Interrobang alone voluntarily.
- Berserk Button: Attacking or flirting with Interrobang. See below
- Feather Fingers: Can somehow curl her wingfeathers into fists. And then hurt ponies with them.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Presumably Freaky Kiki isnt her real name, but its what Interrobang calls her and no one knows to call her differently. Freaky Kiki usually refers to herself as your (Interrobangs) honey dumpling!
- Scarily Competent Tracker: She somehow manages to follow Interrobang all over the globe.
- Selective Obliviousness: Never catches on to Interrobangs attempts to flirt with other mares, but often reads romantic language into things mares say to him.
- Stalker with a Crush
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Press her Berserk Button and she will pummel you with all six limbs, ignoring your pleas for mercy, until you are out cold.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: Doesnt make Interrobang appreciate her any more, though.
- Yandere: Shows shades of this on occasion.
- Your Favorite: Knows Interrobangs favorite everything. Which, rather than endearing her to him, just creeps him out.
A menacing griffon who is the leader of the Night Wings. He is figured prominently on the cover of Griffon's Goblet.
Played in the film series by Clawrence Fishbone.
- Highly Visible Ninja: Defied. "If he dressed like that, you'd know he was a ninja."
- Master Poisoner: Loves his toxins.
- Multi Wielding: When fighting Platinius, he wields a weapon in both talons, his tail, and his wings.
- Ninja: Of the old-school unobtrusive infiltrator kind. Actually how he killed the old leader.
- You Kill It, You Bought It: Took control of the Night Wings by killing the old leader.
The Great Intellect
- Eldritch Abomination
- Hidden Agenda Villain
- Karma Hoofdini: Escapes unharmed at the end, though Expanded Universe authors Marevyn Haysman and Hinny Lincolt have hinted at a return.
- The Man Behind the Man: To Ahuizotl, in a subversion of what would become the traditional Hijacked by Ganon.
- Nothing Is Scarier: A disembodied consciousness (though it may have a body somewhere) that is only shown communicating by possessing Ahuizotl and Daren. It scares the horseapples out of Daring and Rayback, giving the latter nightmares for months.
The Wooden Mask
A Wooden Mask with dark secrets to it, and a corrupting influence.
- Artifact of Doom
- The Corrupter
- Evil Mask
- Nothing Is Scarier: There are hints in the book making it appear that the Mask is actually very self-aware, but this fact is never elaborated upon in full detail. Also interesting in that both sides of Coco Pie are terrified of the mask.
The malicious and insane King of Zogin. Introduced in Platinum Crown.
Played by Malcolm McTrottell in the film adaptation.
- Expy: Of the infamous Roaman Emperor Incitatus.
- The Incitatus: An obvious take on the historical Incitatus...
- Incitatus' Ergaster: ... right down to making his pet ape a senator.
An underground organization whose motives are cloaked in mystery. Daring Do runs into their agents now and again on her adventures, but they only take a prominent role in Ring of the Marengeti.
- The Ghost: Their 'Glorious Leader'. Never appears in any of the books, but is always mentioned whenever the Hoofstapo appear.
- Nice Hat: Apparently a symbol of rank. High-ranking agents wear fedoras, but mooks wear newscolt caps.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: They only favour unicorns.
- Theme Naming: Each named agent's name ends in 'X' (Helix, Codex, Spandex...)
A Legendary Pirate Pony with a treasure hoard that is said to be worth tens of millions of bits.
Played by Ian McMane in the film series.
- Antiquated Linguistics: When you're trapped for hundreds of years, it's hard to keep up with changes in language.
- Anti-Villain: Type I and II. His diary revealed that he's rather tired of being stuck on the mortal plane for hundreds of years, wanting to rest in peace.
- Berserk Button: You DON'T. TAKE. HIS. TREASURE.
- Bored with Insanity: His diary shows Sanity Slippage, at first showing his anger and misery at being trapped on the mortal plane, before degenerating into incomprehensible scribbles... Then it goes right back to his normal handwriting, implying this is the case.
- Flying Dutchmane As the legend goes, Blackmane was cursed to languish among his ill-gotten gains for all eternity. It's True.
- Greed: His fatal flaw. His inability to overcome it is what keeps him trapped on the mortal plane.
- Pirate Parrot: He's got one... it translates his more arcane combinations of Pirate lingo and old-style speech into plain Equestrian.
- See You In Tartauros: His final words to AhuizotlBlackmane: Death'll come for ye soon enough, beastie. An' when it does, I'll be waitin'.
- Talk Like a Pirate: To the point of occasional incomprehensibility.
- Villain Team-Up: Ahuizotl is revealed to be the one who dropped the hints that brought Daring to the cove in the first place.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: What happens to Blackmane once Ahuizotl appears. It doesn't stick
Deborus Mane NagridgeThe new President at the Royal Canterlot University, introduced in Cove of Candles. While seemingly capable at her job, she is noted as being a Unicorn Supremacist (though she can at least tolerate Pegasi not named Daring or some variant thereof). She sets out to reorganize the University and has a vendetta of principle against Daring. She spends a inordinate amount of time obstructing and working against Daring. She is revealed to have been a pawn of Ahuizotl in The Temple Of Nightmare Moon, and had long since given him the keys to the University's security system, as well as sponsored the exhibit that was a recreation of the eponymous temple Ahuizotl needed for his "eternal night" ritual. She is promptly killed off when Ahuizotl has no more need of her.
Played by Mareyl Stirrup in the film series.
- 0% Approval Rating: From both fans and all but a select few of her subordinates at the University.
- Critical Research Failure: In-Universe. Justifies her racism against Earth Ponies by claiming that Princess Celestia rejects the inferior Earth Pony form (and by extension all non-ponies). Some plays go so far as to include a cut to Princess Celestia face-hoofing after Nagridge makes this claim. Princess Celestia has gone on record numerous times stating that she embodies all three kinds of ponies (though admits the Earth Pony connection is harder to visually recognize).
- Death by Irony: Is killed by Mareton... an earth pony.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Taking the chronology of the Expanded Universe into account, her appearance in Cloudfall Conspiracy is this, where she appears on the University Board during Masra's hearing.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Her family and Page and Header. Daring uses this to point out how she was a less horrible pony than Mareton, much to his agitation.
- Evil Is Petty: While undermining Daring is part of her overall goals, she also cuts funding to "useless" Earth Pony studies and wastes a lot of time trying to get Professor Storm Talon fired because to her, he is a filthy chimera.
- Evil Trot: Speaks with a fake Trottingham accent.
- Foil: To Doctor Tabula Rasa.
- Hypothetical Fight Debate: One of her only equinizing traits is her fondness of joining Page and Header in their silly debates.
- Kick the Dog: Has a lot of scenes like this.
- Killed Mid-Sentence
- Killed Off for Real
- Mind Control: Her appointment as president involved drugging the right ponies to get her into her position.
- The Mole
- The Nagridge: Trope Namer
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: She is a thinly veiled Expy of controversial Equestrian Governor Maggie "The Iron Mare" Thadder.
- Not So Above It All: Despite her exterior as a rough, dictatorial, openly-speciest hard-flank, she is not above silly discussions with Page and Header on who would win between various historical and mythical figures (though she always favors unicorns over everything else, going so far as to claim Starswirl the Bearded could single-hoofedly crush Discord while blinded and deprived of his staff).
- Politically Incorrect Villain: She has made more than a few disparaging statements about Earth Ponies and those with Earth Pony blood in them (she apparently authored a propaganda booklet called "Earth Pony Magic: Real or Delusions?" under a pseudonym), and calls Professor Storm Talon a filthy chimera to his face. Other fun statements she's made include calling Zebras "Dirt Ponies", Abada "Wannabe Unicorns", Minotaurs "Bipedal Monstrosities", Diamond Dogs "Filthy Mongrels", and other hoofed sentients like mules, cows and sheep "lesser races". She even refers to the ape god Margarita as a filthy monkey.
- Redemption Equals Death: Probably.
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: Her attempts to reorganize the University were forceful and ham-hoofed.
- Villain Team-Up: In Temple of Nightmare Moon, one of her subordinates suggests that she consider working with Ambassador Hawkwings to get rid of Professor Storm Talon. Nagridge rejects the idea for all the obvious reasons (they are both racist against each other, Hawkwings is an idiot, has a competent subordinate who would be working against them, and if all goes wrong, Hawkwings could hide behind his Diplomatic Impunity while leaving her out to dry).
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: With hints of being Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves.
Noteworthy SmithAn artist who runs the mob in Baltimare. Appears in Trident of the Sea Ponies, Ring of the Marengeti, Buffalo Burial Ground, Wrath of Hammerhoof, Sad Statue. He is also one of the few canon characters to make an appearance in the Blood Diamonds series, and is in the first three Blood Diamonds stories. He is murdered in Worship in Fear.
Played by Horsey Conneigh Jr. in the film series.
- Darker and Edgier: He's a bastard in canon, but given the literary freedoms that Blood Diamonds afforded the author, he's even worse.
- Diabolical Mastermind
- The Don
- Wicked Cultured: He's very big on great art and classical music. He's also a mob boss. In the Blood Diamonds series, as per its Darker and Edgier nature, he's implied to have particularly nasty tastes.
- Would Hurt a Child: He has ordered children murdered to cover up his crimes. Blood Diamonds all but states that that isn't even the worst he does to children.
Page and HeaderTwo unicorns working under Nagridge, and possibly the only ones who can stand her without being related to her.
Played respectively by Mackenzie Croup and Lee Araberg in the film series.
- Beleaguered Assistant: In the Expanded Universe, they've become Dr. Flux Capacitor's aides as condition for their release. They're not happy with this.
- Big Damn Villains: Despite their reservations, when they see Maretron threatening Dr. Flux Capacitor, they grab him and run to safety.
- Break the Haughty: Finding out their boss is working with one of Equestria's enemies, almost getting executed for treason because of said boss, being blacklisted by most of the scholarly community for their actual crimes, and then working for dotty Dr. Flux really took the wind out of their sails.
- Call-Back: The Tirek Trilogy calls back to their Nightmare Moon vs Tirek debate.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minders: They serve as this to Flux Capacitor. They are far from happy with this situation.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Despite their politics and loyalty towards Nagridge, they express legitimate discomfort with Nagridge working with Ahuizotl, and actually tender their resignation when it turns out she's been using them and Daring for Ahuizotl's plan in Temple of Nightmare Moon.
- Fate Worse than Death: Working for Dr. Flux Capacitor. They actually consider breaking their parole at times even if it would likely result in their execution.
- HeelFace Turn: Well, Heel Neutral Turn. Even after the fallout with Professor Nagridge, they're still racist jerks, but after everything went to hell for them, they're too tired and terrified of breaking parole to try and cause any trouble.
- Hypothetical Fight Debate: The two discuss assorted mythological mashups, like who would win in a fight between between Nightmare Moon and Tirek.
- They're still at it in the Expanded Universe, adding Fuergott, Krastos and the Assembler into the mix.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: They have the same political leanings as Nagridge.
- Servile Snarker: While they do believe in the cause and work for Nagridge loyally, they do like taking a few potshots when she's being too overt.
- Those Two Bad Guys: They're always together.
- You Are Number 6: The secret society they belong to don't have their members address each other by name in a meeting, but rather a randomly assigned number. Page is 21, Header is 24.
IntiThe main villain in Legacy Of Nightmare Moon and one of the few times Ahuizotl wasn't the villain. He is a dragon who sought to capture the power of Nightmare Moon and use it to Take Over the World, starting with Equestria.
Voiced by Ian McCloppen in the film series.
- An Alicorn Am I: Briefly gains control of Nightmare Moon's Power.
- Be Careful What You Wish For
- Evil Is Not a Toy: That power rightfully belongs to Nightmare Moon. She does not like others using it...
- Fate Worse than Death In the end of the story, Inti is made an example of: rendered immortal wrapped in burning chains made from stars and bound to the sky as a living constellation. Forever. It is said that on Nightmare Night, if the night is cool, cloudless and slightly breezy and you listen very closely you can just barely hear Inti beg Nightmare to show mercy and let him die.The dragon cowered, terrified, as the demon advanced upon him. Nightmare Moon smirked. "So, you wish for the power of the evening's heaven, my reptilian friend? The power of the stars? My power?" she asked Inti as she trotted over to him. The dragon began shivering as she slowly approached. Nightmare Moon stopped in front of Inti, lowered her head to his ear and whispered to him in a voice that only they two could hear, a voice dripping with pure malice and colder than the depths of space itself: "Then you shall have it."
- Hoist by His Own Petard
- Knight of Cerebus
- Light Is Not Good
- One-Winged Angel: His brief stint with Nightmare Moon's power, when added to his own, gave him gold and silver patterns across his scales, a second pair of wings, and two additional heads.
- The Power of the Sun: Has powers of light and can shoot fireballs (moreso than normal dragons).
- Power Parasite: Inti tries to take Nightmare Moon's power for himself while she is imprisoned in the Moon. He did not seem to realize that she was still far from helpless, much to his regret.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: He figures prominently in the Expanded Universe Star Quest Trilogy, still harboring the uncleansed taint of Nightmare Moon but no longer bound by her power. He's ticked.
- Rule of Scary: Once the facade of civility comes off, the scenes leading up to the end ride heavily on this.
- Tempting Fate: When in his full An Alicorn Am I mode, he declares his intent to consume the power of the sky, starting with the moon. This is when Nightmare Moon springs her trap.
Commandant RexCommandant Rex is the Alpha of the Diamond Dogs in Shrine of the Silver Monkey. Cool and collected, he was working with Ahuizotl to recover the Silver Monkey's treasure as tribute to a dragon warlord. He doesn't like Ahuizotl at all, especially due to his cat minions.
Tony Hay originated the role in a radio production of Shrine of the Silver Monkey and later reprised it via magical hologram in the film adaptation of same. Due to Jay's untimely death, David Bowwow will play Rex in any future appearances, (starting with Trials of Unity) dubbed over by David Haye. note .
- Back from the Dead: In Vaults of Celestia, it turns out he's become a revenant, an angry, vengeance-driven corpse in remarkably good condition.
- Badass Boast: While Neck Lifting Ahuizotl: "My mistress has ordered me to work with you to find the treasure. Try that again and you'll doing so in a body cast."
- Body Horror: Although his will is strong enough to survive Celestia's turn attempt long enough to seek cover, it melts the flesh off his face and turns part of him into a charred skeleton.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: He's implied to be as strong as he is because he trains with his dragon overlord.
- Combat Pragmatist: The first time Ahuizotl dropped his ham routine and tried to assert dominance over him, Commandant Rex had his elite guards chuck diamond knives at Ahuizotl to throw him off balance for a split-second, which was long enough for Rex to grab him by the throat.
- Determinator: Vaults of Celestia shows that not even death can keep him from his duties to his mistress. He even powers through Celestia's attempts to turn him.
- Expy: The way he comports himself, he comes across like some warped combination of Saladin from Princess' Quest VI and MegaBit.
- A Father To His Pack: For all Rex's horrible characteristics (cruelty, kidnapping, slaving, smuggling), he does care for his pack, which is why he deals with Ahuizotl directly instead of sending his minions after him.
- Genius Bruiser: He can dig through the ground like he was swimming through water while giving a lecture on the intricacies of crystal formation.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: In Trial, he's pretty much the only other guy aside from The Assembler to realize the stupidity of the situation, largely because he's far more antagonistic toward Ahuizotl than Daring. He downs most of a flask of chocolate milk to avoid thinking about it.
- Majored In Equestrian Hypocrisy: Despite the reputation of Diamond Dogs as idiotic thugs, Rex is quite well educated.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: He was only working with Ahuizotl because his dragon overlord commanded it. Turns out Ahuizotl stole a dragon egg and was using it as a hostage, though Rex was unaware of this.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: He's smart and cunning and has little interest in gems.
- Neck Lift: He actually pulls this off on Ahuizotl of all creatures. It did ultimately help lead to his ignominious defeat (by forcing Ahuizotl to realize he couldn't underestimate him in the slightest), but it says something about the dude.
- Rule of Creepy: The live chicken dinner, complete with a chilled beverage and a table laid out with fresh linen and polished silverware. All while holding up his end of a conversation without missing a beat.
- Tunnel King
- Weaksauce Weakness: His ultimate downfall involved chocolate pudding.Rex: *delirious* IT'S LIKE DELICIOUS POISON!
- Weapon of Choice: His Diamond-Claw Gauntlets.
- Wicked Cultured
- Big, Friendly Dog
- The Ditz
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain
- Made of Iron: Apart from his fair share of Amusing Injuries, there's also the fact that he lacks the Diamond Dogs' major weaknesses, such as chocolate.
- Science Marches On: Digg is based on the lesser-known Diamond Dog subgroup of Dig Dogs, a bruiser caste rather than the singular oddity Digg was made out to be. The writers were spot on about the biological differences, though.
- Sweet Tooth: Easily bribed by Coco Pie's chocolates, while foreshadowing Rex's eventual downfall.
Commandant Rex's dragon overlord in Shrine of the Silver Monkey, she only makes a few brief appearances including a flashback where she burns down a town of innocent ponies in retaliation to their government joining the war effort.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She dispatches Rex to work with Ahuizotl because her egg was kidnapped.
- Evil Parents Want Good Kids: Implied to be the reason she lets Daring take her egg to Princess Celestia while she was dying.
- Hulk Speak: In Trial, she's following Ahuizotl in the nonsense trial despite her problems being more with Ahuizotl than Daring largely because she's been raised as a zombie, making her diction less than spectacular.
- Kill It with Fire: Standard per most dragons.
- Pride: She doesn't tell Rex about the egg partially because of her fear that Ahuizotl will smash it, but mostly because she was ashamed that even she, a mighty dragon, couldn't keep her egg safe.
- Retired Monster: Inferno was stated to be a war criminal, burning entire towns to a crisp (in the EU, Charity's unit was included in these rampages), and she's not sorry for what she did. However, since becoming a mother, she decided to devote her energies into making her child safe and comfortable rather than hurting others.
- You Have Failed Me: The Diamond Dog guards she had guarding her egg were eaten quite messily.
A huge golden statue of a odd bipedal figure found deep within the shrine of the silver monkey. Ahuizotl brought it to life to dispatch Daring Do, but she managed to finish it off.
- BFS: At one point, it's armed with various giant sharp blades
- Easily Detachable Robot Parts: With the use of her whip, Daring managed to take apart the mechanized monstrosity, but not too easily...
- A Load of Bull: In, "Daring Do and the Redhorn Cult", Koloktos appears once again, but the insane cult rebuilt it with the head of a minotaur. This has caused a stir in the fanbase.
- Mook Maker: It's able to somehow magically produce winged monkeys.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous
- Non-Standard Character Design: It's described in an incredibly alien fashion, having traits resembling that of a "human" from Equestrian mythology.
- Playing with Fire: In its second appearance, Koloktos' minotaur head can shoot violet flames from its mouth, which it uses to incinerate the Redhorn cult leader.
Played by the late Haystack Leaves in the film adaptation of Alicorn's Shadow, after his role was cut from Temple of Nightmare Moon.
- Badass Normal: Is an earth pony.
- Berserk Button: Watch his affability melt away when someone gets between him and his target.
- Being considered lesser than Nagridge also puts him off.
- He also can't stand bigotry
- Big Bad: Of Alicorn's Shadow.
- Dragon with an Agenda: To Ahuizotl in Temple of Nightmare Moon.
- Blue and Orange Morality: In spite of the fact he's one of the more violent of Daring's enemies, he is not without his own code of morality. The problem is, there isn't a single pony in the series that could understand his code of morality. He does respect bravery, commitment and has an utter hatred for ponies that look down on other races. You can tell he utterly enjoyed offing Nagridge.
- Discussed further in the Expanded Universe novel, Daring Do and the Shadow's Heart.Mareton: (to Daring) Evil? Evil implies malevolence. I have simply existed up to this point to witness the throw of the universal die. To see who would become the dominant. As Celestia conquered Nightmare Moon and the combined efforts of your friends conquered Inti, it is to see who the victor is. That is my purpose, at the risk of my own life and others. That is more than simple "evil".
- Discussed further in the Expanded Universe novel, Daring Do and the Shadow's Heart.
- Cultured Badass: When not causing chaos, he's often seen with a book or listening to classic jazz.
- Daring Ploy: Pulls several of these.
- Dissonant Serenity
- Even Evil Has Standards: See Blue and Orange Morality.
- Evil Counterpart: To Daring and Bravado.
- Expy: Word of Celestia says his personality was somewhat inspired by the mane character of A Clockwork Apple... it shows.
- Faux Affably Evil: Don't buy his "politeness" for one second.
- A Very Daring Musical, however, makes him straight-up Affably Evil.
- For the Evulz: Deconstructed in Shadow's Heart. Even the Shadow's Heart Jewel is disgusted by his actions.
- Genius Bruiser: Of the manipulative variety.
- Great Blue Hunter: Exhibits some of these traits.
- Hannibal Lecture: To Daring, Derring, Herpy and Nagridge. Alicorn's Shadow has entry on the Tear Jerker subpage: Derring has a knife to his throat and is marching him towards police custody. Before they leave the building he's used her Daddy Issues and inferiority complex to shut her down and then waltzes out.
- Hero Killer
- Humiliation Conga: After being virtually unstoppable throughout Alicorn's Shadow, Mareton finds himself being taken down a few pegs throughout Temple of Nightmare Moon and Legacy of Nightmare Moon, starting with Platinius busting a chair over his head, then he'd be given a taste of his own medicine by Daring, punched out by Storm Talon, and bucked in the side by Bravado.
- As of Shadow's Heart, the Conga is over...
- Manipulative Bastard: Exploits Derring's emotions to break her will.
- Not So Different: Tries to pull this on Daring. It doesn't work.
- Also tries to pull this again when he pulls an Enemy Mine in Legacy of Nightmare Moon.
- Daring suggest he's this to Nagridge. Drives him furious.
- Noodle Incident: How did he get those scars, anyway?
- Psycho for Hire: Maybe.
- Running Gag: His tendency to make Non-Sequitur Thuds, usually referencing somepony named Marv, whenever he is injured.
- Scars Are Forever: Has a few prominent scars on his back and a smaller one on his snout. They're never discussed in the books, but judging from the new trailer for the new Alicorn's Shadow movie, they will be in the films.
- Slasher Smile
- Social Darwinist
- The Sociopath: A self-aware example of this."I'm not a psychopath, Miss Do, I'm a high-functioning sociopath. Honestly, get it right."
- Wicked Cultured
A baker in Trottingham, appearing in Staff of Star Swirl, he kills ponies and bakes them into Cupcakes. Turns out his real name is Benjamin Gaiter, and you will pity him once you hear his backstory.
Played by Johnny Stepp in both the Bridleway musical Sweeney Trot and in the film of Staff of Star Swirl.
- Creepy Blue Eyes
- Deadpan Snarker
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He loved Appalucy and Linnet Bird, he really did.
- Evil Counterpart: To Storm Talon (see Foil below)
- Evil Trot: Both by accent and name!
- Family-Unfriendly Death: He inflicts one on Lightning Kicker and suffers one himself.
- Foil: Acts as a dramatic one to Storm Talon; both of them are (or were) good men who struggled with self-destructive thoughts after the loss of their families. While Storm was able to find a semi-healthy outlet for his frustration in the war (and less healthy outlets like alcohol and suicidal thoughts), Sweeney had no such luck, which led to his insanity.
- From Nopony To Nightmare: Used to be a perfectly sane and ordinary barber.
- Ignored Epiphany: After learning of Linnet's survival and killing Hoovett, Sweeney sits in the basement for a long time, contemplating whether this is a sign from the heavens of a second chance, and that if he stops now, he might still have a chance for redemption... and then he keeps going.
- I'm An Equinitarian
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He doesn't like griffons. He calls them "feathercats".
- Ripped from the Headlines: He and Mrs. Hoovett were based off Quick Bread and Surprise Cake, respectively. Though, to this day nopony knows exactly how Quick Bread and Surprise Cake died.
- Selective Obliviousness: Sweeney not noticing the girl next door having the same name as his daughter despite her coming into the store on occasion probably had more to do with his refusal to accept responsibility for his crimes. Between being discovered and Mrs. Hoovett's slipping up, he was finally forced to confront reality. Or not, given what he planned to do to his daughter's adopted family.
- He also thinks he could start over by hiding the evidence. This is despite the fact that Mrs. Hoovett told him an expert on horse meat had already revealed he's been selling tainted food. This isn't why he rejects his perceived second chance, nor did he try to spin it as Mrs. Hoovett's fault, he just didn't care anymore.
- Single-Target Sexuality: He's only ever had eyes for Appalucy.
- Start of Darkness: If the death of his wife, Appalucy, wasn't this, his daughter Linnet Bird being taken away from him definitely was.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: His backstory is really quite sad. His wife was killed and his daughter was stolen from him.
- You Have Failed Me: Subverted. When Mrs. Hoovett fails to stop Daring and Storm, she's worried that Sweeney would do her in for failure. She's relieved to find out that he won't. Unfortunately, in her panic, she let slip that she knew about Linnet's fate. That's when the last vestiges of Sweeney's sanity snaps, and he shoves her in the oven.
Sweeney Trot's partner in crime. She has a massive crush on him, but he doesn't appear to have noticed. She was so desperate to make him love her, she allowed him to stay grieving for his lost daughter, Linnet Bird, by not telling him where she was.
Played by Hoofena Bonham Trotter in both the Bridleway musical Sweeney Trot and the film of Staff of Star Swirl
- Betty and Veronica: Averted. She seems to think she's the Betty to Sweeney's deceased wife's Veronica, but the truth is, she's not in the equation at all.
- Evil Trot
- Family-Unfriendly Death: Inflicts several, and later Sweeney shoves her into her own cupcake oven.
- Hurricane of Puns: She's fond of her wordplay.
- I'm An Equinitarian: It's actually her recipes she and Sweeney Trot use.
- Knife Nut: Loves her blades.
- Laser-Guided Karma: She really had that death coming.
- Love Makes You Crazy
- Manipulative Bitch: Lampshaded by Sweeney in The Musical.Mrs. Hoovett, you're a bloody wonder...
- Perky Female Minion
- Psycho Supporter
- Single-Target Sexuality: Towards Sweeney.
A zebra mercenary that Alhuizotl occasionally employs. She appears in The Staff of Starswirl the Bearded, Trials of Unity, and several expanded universe stories.
- Mysterious Mercenary Pursuer: Plays this role in The Staff of Starswirl the Bearded.
- Scary Zebra Mare