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"Priceless!"
"'Make sense'? Aww, what fun is there in making sense?"

Voiced by: John de Lancie

This dopey-looking but deceptively manipulative and sinister draconequus, a spirit of disharmony, once ruled Equestria in a reign of terror and chaos until Celestia and Luna discovered the Elements of Harmony and turned him into a statue for what they thought was forever. After 1000 years, he breaks free and sets out to tear the bonds of friendship between the Elements' new bearers to secure his eternal freedom. However, he underestimates the strength of their friendship and is promptly returned to his stony prison. He is later freed and reformed by the Mane Cast (namely Fluttershy) after Princess Celestia finds a more constructive use for his powers, but still manages to find ways to cause trouble.

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     Background and Characterization 
  • Adorkable: Downplayed, but after his Heel–Face Turn, Discord has few moments that show how dopey and socially awkward he is, with best example being his dumb jokes in "Make New Friends but Keep Discord". His love for Fluttershy seems to bring out this side of him in general — when he admits to Tirek that he is mostly helping the ponies for Fluttershy, he makes an incredibly goofy face and in "Discordant Harmony", he constantly talks about how excited he is for the tea party he is organizing.
  • Aesop Amnesia: In "Dungeons & Discord", he forgets the lesson he learned when he first became Fluttershy's friend — namely, that friendship requires compromise. He spends most of the episode trying to have fun at Spike and Big Macintosh's "guys' night" his way, and lashes out when they refuse to play along (although this is slightly justified by the fact that he considered himself above "sidekicks" like them).
  • The Ageless: He states he's several eons old.
  • And I Must Scream: According to him, he was fully aware of being a statue during his imprisonment. This happens to him again after being beaten and resealed. Despite this, he awakens only mildly annoyed from the ordeal in both cases.
  • Anti-Hero: Has become this following his Heel–Face Turn. Most notably in the season four premiere, where he knows exactly what's going on but doesn't tell our heroes anything or help them. Then again, he doesn't hurt them, he points them in the right direction, and teaches Twilight a lesson about princesses and friendship, but he does it in the most offensive way possible. In short, he may be reformed, but he's still a Jerkass.
  • Anti-Villain: After his debut, whenever he antagonizes somepony, he's no longer malicious about it and/or now has some friendship-based motive. And even his relapse in "Twilight's Kingdom" ends in him seeing his error.
  • Becoming the Mask: Pretends to be reformed by Fluttershy to trick her, but after discovering she really does see him as her friend, he ultimately can't bring himself to do something that would destroy that friendship.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Winning against his mind games. In which case he will promptly cheat to win.
    • Things not going as he planned in general. Every time there's been a hiccup in his plans, he's responded by throwing what amounts to a tantrum. Even after his Heel–Face Turn, Discord STILL shows signs of this, as his plan to ruin Twilight and Cadance's day not going as planned resulted in his grumbling like an annoyed child.
    • Being an Attention Whore, he seems to get exceptionally riled up by being ignored or rejected. This is only elevated with his Heel–Face Turn, since he now understands friendship and has no intention of losing it.
    • Being laughed at also gets him riled up; In "Make New Friends but Keep Discord", the Grand Galloping Gala attendees laugh at him after Maud Pie pulls a No, You on his comedy act, angering him. And in "Dungeons & Discord", Big Macintosh laughing at him when his roleplay character "Captain Wuzz" accidentally turns his fingers into parsnips drives Discord to trap Big Mac in a bubble.
  • Beware the Silly Ones:
    • Discord might have a silly personality and appearance, but he's an extremely skilled Manipulative Bastard with reality-warping powers and is a lot more dangerous than his personality and appearance would imply. By the end of his first episode, he's done more damage than all the previously introduced villains combined.
    • The Season 4 finale gives us a small glimpse of how he would handle a straight-up, (relatively) no-nonsense fight. He has Tirek chained up in less than five seconds and would have solved the entire conflict had Tirek not been manipulative enough to (temporarily) persuade him to return to villainy.
    • As the Season 6 finale shows, any chance of Fluttershy being potentially hurt infuriates him. He is bored when he hears of the changelings having captured most of the powerful ponies... then he learns that includes the Mane Six, particularly Fluttershy. He drops the silliness and quietly asks Starlight where they have taken her.
  • Blue and Orange Morality:
    • What "makes sense" to him doesn't make sense, which does make sense. Confused yet?
    • He honestly doesn't get the whole friendship thing until Fluttershy makes the Last-Second Chance work.
    • He attempts to claim some moral high ground by saying that for all the terrible things he did, at least he never turned ponies to stone. This may sound hypocritical until you realize that for an embodiment of chaos, being denied the freedom to move and act, and being completely under someone else's control, would be the most terrible fate imaginable. Whatever he did to any pony, at least they were able to act on it.
    • In "A Matter of Principals", Spike points out that Discord can care about others but still play tricks on them — usually in the name of "testing" them.
  • Break the Haughty: The "Twilight's Kingdom" 2-parter hits him with this. After betraying the Mane Six to Tirek and thinking he's found a new friend and gained the freedom to cause chaos, Tirek reveals that he was just using him and promptly drains his magic. He then twists the knife further in by telling him that the medallion he gave him was his brother's and it was worthless. The perpetually snarky and seemingly unflappable Discord is so thoroughly broken that he can't bring himself to even look at the gang, knowing full well that he royally screwed up.
  • The Bully: Removing the Mane Six's wings and horns looks like a bully taking someone's lunch money. In general, Discord tends to enjoy lording his incredibly powerful reality-warping abilities over mortal ponies, and humiliating other people for his own amusement. Even after his Heel–Face Turn, he's periodically slipped into disturbing bouts of sadism when he doesn't get his way: like trying to banish Tree Hugger to another dimension forever out of jealousy, trapping Spike and Big Mac inside a board game so he can torment them for not letting him make their 'guy's night' all about him, and endangering the students at Twilight Sparkle's school because he was jealous she left Starlight Glimmer in charge and not him.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Beneath his Cloudcuckoolander status and overall silliness, Discord is one of the most powerful creatures in Equestria and actually highly intelligent.
  • Brought Down to Normal:
    • Suffers from this temporarily after Tirek double-crosses him and steals his powers in "Twilight's Kingdom". As a defining stage in his Character Development, he surprisingly is far less sorrowful about this than the fact it proves their friendship wasn't real and his remorse that he has betrayed his true friends. With Tirek's defeat he regains his abilities.
    • Suffers from this again in the Season 6 finale, when entering Chrysalis's territory; she happens to have a big-time Power Nullifier in her hive.
    • For a different definition of "normal", he does this to himself in "Discordant Harmony", where, in an attempt to make his place more inviting to Fluttershy, he tames the chaos inside of his house to something more akin to Fluttershy's cottage, dresses himself up in more formal attire, and speaks and acts far more orderly. Unfortunately, this nearly causes him to fade away, and by the time he catches on that this is an issue he's no longer solid enough to just snap his fingers and do something chaotic to bring himself back, playing the original trope straighter.
  • The Caligula: His reign over Equestria was a time of madness and suffering, and he causes incredible mayhem once he takes over again.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: "Perhaps we haven't met. I'm Discord, spirit of chaos and disharmony. Helloooo?"
  • Chaos Is Evil:
    • Zigzagged in canon. Played straight in that his status as "Spirit of Chaos and Disharmony" is initially used to portrayed him as a villain; a Mad God who turns the world in a Cloud Cuckoo Land and wreaks havoc on people For the Evulz. Subverted in that he ultimately is redeemed and becomes a friend to the Mane Six, whilst still being a Cloudcuckoolander Reality Warper who revels in chaos and nonsense.
    • Inverted in one comics story, where he becomes his polar opposite; the Order Spirit Accord. In this guise, he portrays the trope's Inversion, "Order Is Evil", by pointing out that individual personality and thoughts are a form of chaos and seeking to grant Equestria "true order" by brainwashing everyone into a single homogeneous Mind Hive. The only way to stop him is to reverse him back into Discord.
  • Character Development: While Fluttershy taught him that he desired willing companionship, it is a betrayal of a presumed ally, plus Twilight's example that teaches him the character and loyalty of his companions is more important than them letting him do whatever he wants. This turns him from a being who saw friendship as a restrictive burden with benefits into one who's begun to see it has its own value.
  • Character Tics: He has several.
    • He has a tendency to stroke his beard when contemplating something.
    • He tends to rub his claws together whenever he's planning.
    • Whenever he's particularly annoyed, he face-palms, then runs that hand down his face, briefly stretching it.
  • The Chessmaster: He pulls several very successful plans during his "game" with the group.
  • Classic Villain: Fits all of the criteria as a Wrath and Pride villain before his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He makes Pinkie Pie look like a dullard.note  Fitting, considering he's the spirit of chaos and discord.
  • Complexity Addiction: Being a Reality Warper, he could just teleport his problems away (or something). But given his Hedonistic personality, he just loves his Awesome, but Impractical gags too much. This comes back to bite him more than once (he didn't have to give the Mane 6 a chance to recover the Elements in his debut, he could've just warped Tirek back to Tartarus right away instead of merely handcuffing him for fun (thus leaving himself open to Tirek's manipulation) in "Twilight's Kingdom," etc.).
  • The Corrupter: He emotionally breaks the Mane Six, then brainwashes them into jerks.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: He gets angry when Fluttershy invites Tree Hugger to the Grand Galloping Gala instead of him. He does everything he can to drive Tree Hugger away, and even threatens to banish her to another dimension until Fluttershy calls him out on it.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Discord may be a goofy jokester, but he's also a nigh-omnipotent Reality Warper who can erase you from existence in a instant. Just ask Tirek and the changelings.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: As he points out, chaos is not necessarily evil, and a necessary counterpoint to tyranny. Not good either, but he has capacity for both.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The single biggest one in the entire show. Given he doesn't appear in a whole lot of episodes, that's saying a lot.
  • Dimension Lord: "Discordant Harmony" implies that his powers are linked to his dimension, as he accidentally risks erasing himself by altering it too much. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (IDW) Issue 57 confirms that yes, Chaosville is the source of his powers — when Pinkie accidentally invokes Hijacking Cthulhu in there during one of his absences. By taking over as its ruler, she cut off his connection to it and deprived him of his powers, forcing him to rely on Twilight and co. in order to even return to it.
  • The Dreaded: When Princess Celestia is genuinely intimidated by someone, they're truly a force to be reckoned with.
  • Dystopia Justifies the Means: His goal is nothing less than plunging Equestria into never-ending chaos for his own amusement. He's done this before, and Celestia's words imply it was far from pretty. That and the cries of pain in the background as she gives his back story tell you all you need to know.
  • Easily Forgiven:
    • Downplayed. Nopony forgives him except Fluttershy, and he had to earn that by toning down his chaos and fixing a mess he made. Furthermore, Celestia decided to leave the Elements with their bearers, "just in case".
    • Played a lot straighter in "Twilight's Kingdom Part 2" when Twilight and the others still considers him a friend despite helping Tirek. Tirek and even Discord himself lampshade this, both wondering how they could possibly forgive him after what he pulled.
    • Played for Laughs in some of his limelight episodes. He's still a Comedic Sociopath, and does atrocious things due to not quite fully grasping the whole empathy thing. This is always met with a stern scolding at worst and An Aesop about his behavior.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Perhaps the most classic example in the show.
    • No one knows where he came from. The most we might know is a "college" he mentioned with the Smooze; whether he was serious or not isn't clear.
    • His motives are nonsensical and incomprehensible.
      Discord: Make sense? Aww, what fun is there in making sense?
    • He's bizarre-looking and can change his appearance at will.
    • His magic is very powerful and incomprehensible; only the Elements of Harmony and a highly power-charged Tirek have been able to match him (although other individuals such as Twilight, Celestia, the Tatzlwurm (an Eldritch Abomination in its own right), and Zecora demonstrate that it is possible to affect him to an extent).
    • He is able to break a pony's minds by Mind Raping them, either through subtlety or with force.
    • He lives in a bizarre, chaotic dimension, and he can open gateways to another live-action dimension with puppets. Each can be considered an Eldritch Location.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • When he appears in the stained glass windows, he demonstrates a sense of humor and mystery, as well as great knowledge of things about the Mane Cast which he had no apparent way of finding out.
    • Can also double for his first appearance in person which begins with ominous music, storm clouds, and an evil laugh before melting back into daylight and him laughing at the frightened ponies like his arrival was a good prank.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • In the Best Gift Ever special, he is just as disgusted with Flim and Flam's shoddily-made Hearth's Warming dolls as everypony else, zapping two of them out of existence.
    • In the comics storyline "Cosmos", the pre-reformation Discord was deeply unnerved by the extremes Cosmos would go to. He ultimately sided with the Royal Sisters and their allies in order to seal Cosmos away.
    • In "The Beginning of the End - Part 1". Even Discord is surprised when Celestia announces that she and Luna will pass the reigns of power to Twilight and her friends in only a few days time.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Princess Celestia. She is the current ruler of Equestria, has great magical powers and takes the well-being of her subjects seriously and values good relationships between them, but isn't above a little mischief. Discord, on the other hand, is the former ruler of Equestria and uses his powers to torment the ponies and break their friendships.
  • Evil Is Hammy: It's John de Lancie playing a much more malicious version of Q as a cartoon dragon.
  • Evil Overlord:
    • Ruled Equestria over 1,000 years ago. Celestia implies his rule was far from pretty — the stained glass window depicting his rule shows a cackling Discord dangling three helpless ponies on puppet strings over a pit of fire. He becomes this again during his brief reign over Equestria after being freed.
    • In one alternate future in "The Cutie Re-Mark", Discord returns to power unopposed, and turns the current sovereigns, Princesses Celestia and Luna, into his personal clowns to torment in payback for his original defeat by them.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Averted; while John de Lancie does have a deep voice, he doesn't give Discord a commanding, threatening tone, but a jovial, excited, and sarcastic one, suiting his deceptive characterization. De Lancie has said his recordings are sped up to make Discord talk faster, resulting in his natural bass being lost. In his first appearance, there are instances where his voice drops to a more threatening, ominous tone, usually when he's doing something particularly malicious. However, follow his reformation, this aspect mostly disappears.
  • Exact Words: Twists and turns are indeed his master plan, but he never says the Elements are in the maze. They are, however, "back where you began." Twilight finds them in her book on the Elements. Take a guess what the very first frame of the very first episode shows.
  • Expy:
    • Of Star Trek's Q, admitted by Word of God.
    • Following his redemption he starts shapeshifting himself more often, including into pop cultural figures, making him similar to the Genie from Aladdin. "Three's a Crowd" serves to hang a lampshade on this by making him blue for the duration of the episode and giving him a Disney Acid Sequence of a musical number.
  • Extreme Omnivore: When he gets a glass of chocolate milk, he drinks the glass, then throws away the milk. Which explodes. Confirmed in "Keep Calm and Flutter On", when he foils Twilight's plan to magically reform him by eating the pages to her spell books.
  • Face–Heel Turn: In "Twilight's Kingdom – Part 1". He turns back to face by the end of part 2.
  • The Fair Folk: He doesn't look much like an old-school fairy, but he definitely has a lot of their more malevolent features. Despite possessing Reality Warper powers, he delights in playing mind games with the ponies as well as manipulating them into his power, even though he can just hypnotize them right off the bat. He's also not above ignoring the rules he sets for others or ruthlessly undermining his game to suit his own ends.
  • Fair-Play Villain: Poses as one, but subverted — he sets up a game where he claims he'll allow the ponies to search the maze for the Elements of Harmony, then Mind Rapes them to make them lose, also knowing the Elements were never there anyway. Lampshaded when Twilight tells him he didn't play fair, and Discord replies she's obviously forgotten he's the spirit of Chaos and Disharmony.
  • The Farmer and the Viper: Is on both the giving and receiving ends of this in "Twilight's Kingdom – Part 2". Though ultimately subverted in that being betrayed after his own betrayal of the Mane Six ultimately leads to him to finally understand the meaning of friendship and cement his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Fatal Flaw: Pride — he can't see a threat when it's staring him in the face and is confident he's always in control of the situation. He sits down and lets the Mane Six activate the Elements of Harmony to petrify him, not realizing until it's too late that it's actually going to work, and a flashback to how Luna and Celestia beat him shows he just stood there and mocked them as they used the Elements, which is why his original pose as a statue was one of laughter. In his spotlight episodes, what really ticks him off more than anything else is being made to look foolish. It also bites him in the Season 4 finale, when Tirek provokes a Face–Heel Turn by playing to his ego, convincing him that becoming friends with ponies has tamed him and he's too powerful to be reined in by their ways.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Discord treats the ordeal as a "game" and seems good-natured... then we see the absolute joy he takes in manipulating and breaking the Mane Cast. However, he eventually becomes genuinely Affably Evil at worst, courtesy of Fluttershy.
  • Fisher King:
  • Flaw Exploitation: His MO for breaking ponies. He loses thanks to the heroes taking advantage of his flaws.
  • Foil: To Twilight Sparkle. They're as opposed to each other as ever, what they have in common is that they're learning new roles as good guy and princess respectively, and both are trying to be better friends. Discord's successes in such is the one thing humble to a fault Twilight has ever shown jealousy over. "Twilight's Kingdom" has them both questioning their roles, and it's their mutual realizing the value of friendship that lets them save the day and complete their development into those roles.
  • Forgot About His Powers: In "The Break Up Break Down", he briefly indulges in a childish struggle with Spike over a telescope, forgetting that he could either use his powers to take it from Spike, or just conjure up another for himself.
  • Forgiven, but Not Forgotten: The Mane Six don't hesitate a second to accuse him of being behind the Everfree Forest overtaking Ponyville in "Princess Twilight Sparkle". Even Fluttershy isn't entirely willing to take him on his word that he's not responsible. And technically, he was.
  • For the Evulz: While he may do things because it amuses him, he's not above doing terrible things to achieve that goal. He clearly acknowledges morality as a thing, but, true to the trope, he doesn't care about it in any way other than how he can exploit it for his own ends. Subverted as of "Keep Calm and Flutter On", when he has a Heel Realization. After that, while still a Jerkass, his actions tend more towards It Amused Me than this trope.
  • Freudian Excuse: With his powers, he's used to getting whatever he wants, the second he wants it. Because of this, he tends to not take it very well when he is refused.
  • Friendless Background: Unsurprisingly, given his past as an Evil Overlord, but officially confirmed in his second appearance via Freudian Slip.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Even after he claims to be reformed, no-one, barring Fluttershy, does more than tolerate him. This is because, even if he's not deliberately antagonistic anymore, he's still a mischievous Jerkass. In his case, he's kept around because he's too powerful for anyone to get rid of, and with maybe a little hope that he'll learn from everypony else's example and become less of a troll.

    Season 4 deconstructs this by showing how it'd feel like to be this. Because Fluttershy can be considered his only real friend while the others tolerate at him at best, Tirek is able to manipulate Discord by acting very amicably and furthermore, by taking Discord's feelings and thoughts into consideration, asking him what he wants to do. As of the end of "Twilight's Kingdom", he seems to be gaining more acceptance, and by "What About Discord?", the other ponies no longer have qualms having fun with him, and he instead moves on to having friendship conflicts with side characters like Spike, Big Mac and Trixie.
  • God of Chaos: The spirit of Chaos and Disharmony, which he remains so even after his Heel–Face Turn.
  • God of Evil: Closer to God of Chaos and Disharmony, but a much more literal example than Nightmare Moon. Not only is he truly evil, but his powers are far more god-like than hers were, and he claims to be several eons old. However, this is eventually subverted, as he eventually is reformed and comes to truly embrace the importance of friendship (although he still remains rather chaotic).
  • Good Feels Good: Celestia tells him as much at the end of the second issue of Friends Forever, which he spent trying to help the Cutie Mark Crusaders get their cutie marks.
  • Good Hurts Evil: A variant born of the "Chaos Is Evil" trope. In both the IDW comics and the cartoon, Discord has tried making himself more directly orderly, and both times it has backlashed on him seriously. In the comic, inverting his personality to become Accord ultimately turns him back into a villain again, as he seeks to spread order by forcibly assimilating the world into one giant Mind Hive. In the season 7 episode "Discordant Harmony", forcibly changing his realm to be more orderly because he thinks that Fluttershy wouldn't like it as chaotic as is nearly kills him.
  • Good Is Boring: Considers harmony and good to be no fun; disharmony and broken friendships are hilarious! Though he still seems to enjoy himself doing (somewhat) good deeds in "Princess Twilight Sparkle". Tirek uses this to convince him to Face–Heel Turn. In some episodes he finds a middle ground by being a Trickster Mentor or playing good natured pranks, but still almost always seeps in a bit of mean spirited Trolling.
  • Good Is Not Nice:
    • Yes, Discord is officially reformed, but he's still a bit of a Jerkass who likes to annoy the Mane Six (especially Twilight) for lulz and rarely does anything to help them in a crisis, even if they directly ask him. Spike sums him up best.
      Spike: Discord's reformed, but he's not that reformed.
    • In the comics storyline "Chaos Theory", a rare cosmic event transforms Discord into Accord, a spirit of pure order. Accord is both affable and polite... but quickly decides to brainwash every pony in Equestria into thinking and acting the same in order to achieve what he believes is true order. Then played with some more when it's revealed that the event didn't transform him. Discord transformed himself into Accord because he felt that no-one liked him as he was and sought to change himself.
  • Graceful Loser:
    • "Well played, Fluttershy. Well played."
    • Also shown in "What About Discord?": After having his own tactics bounced back at him, all it takes is a small peace offering from Twilight for him to accept his punishment and pull the Mane Six into a Group Hug, laughing merrily as he does.
  • Great Gazoo: Fits the bill quite nicely post-reformation. He still makes the fabric of reality cry uncle before his power, but is now more of a petty trickster than a malevolent Mad God like before.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: In "Make New Friends but Keep Discord", he doesn't handle Fluttershy taking her new friend Tree Hugger to the Grand Galloping Gala instead of him very well at all. Ultimately, he gets so fed up with Tree Hugger that he tries to throw her into another dimension. His eyes even glow with green flames, making him a literal example of this trope.
  • Guilt-Ridden Accomplice: After switching allegiances to Tirek in "Twilight's Kingdom", he has visible moments of looking uncomfortable or remorseful at the after effects even prior to Tirek betraying him. He can't bear to watch as Tirek drains Fluttershy.
  • The Hedonist: He lives for self-gratifying pleasure. Kind of a given, since he embodies chaos.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Heel in the season 2 premiere, turns to Face in mid season 3. Fluctuates between heel and face throughout 4, goes to Heel in "Twilight's Kingdom – Part 1" and goes back to and seems to stay at Face in Part 2. He went back to being a Heel in "Make New Friends but Keep Discord", but became a Face again in "What About Discord?" By some implications in the comics, he may have acted good and bad alternatively in ancient history. He is immortal and all.
  • Heel Realization:
    • "I guess when you're friends, you can't always have things exactly your way all of the time."
    • He has a bigger one in "Twilight's Kingdom" when Tirek tricks him into betraying Fluttershy and Equestria. While he shows signs of second thoughts the entire time, it truly hits home when Tirek stabs him in the back... just like he did to Fluttershy. As he puts it, he had both magic and friendship, and now has neither because he sold out his friendship. After Tirek is defeated, he gets both back.
    • In "Make New Friends, but Keep Discord", he realizes that he "May have overreacted" by threatening to send Fluttershy's new friend Tree Hugger to another dimension.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Downplayed by the end of "Keep Calm and Flutter On" in the sense that while he has ultimately pledged that he'll use his powers for good, everyone except Fluttershy is still understandably cautious toward him. Especially shown in "Princess Twilight Sparkle" where everyone but Fluttershy suspects that Discord had something to do with the Everfree Forest invading. Turns out they are right, just not in the way they were expecting.
  • Heroes' Frontier Step: "To Where and Back Again" gives us the first example of Discord doing something genuinely heroic (joining the mission to save the captured Mane Six and Royal Family), with no sign of doing it out of self-interest or for his own amusement.
  • Humiliation Conga: After thinking he's attained total control of the world and considering the Mane Cast to be no more than an amusing distraction, he watches in shock as those same six completely obliterate his Evil Plan, return Ponyville to normal, and turn him back to stone with an Oh, Crap! look frozen on his face — all in the span of less than a minute.
  • Hypocrite: In "The Break Up Break Down", Discord claims that love isn't real, like all things "warm and fuzzy". He apparently doesn't count friendship among those things. Spike seems to acknowledge this, even claiming at one point Discord is just "putting on a front."
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: He tries this on multiple occasions with the Mane Six, particularly Twilight Sparkle.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends:
    • At the end of "Keep Calm and Flutter On" this is the main reason why he's upset when Fluttershy says that she doesn't want to be his friend. Luckily, he wins her over in the end but he didn't know or care he felt this way until he actually had a friend to lose.
    • Seen even more in "Princess Twilight Sparkle", where Fluttershy is able to talk him out of his old tricks after the Elements are lost, meaning that losing her friendship is literally the ONLY thing keeping him in check.
    • In "What About Discord?" he shares a weekend of fun with the Mane Five, and gleefully reminisces with them via inside jokes. When the others no longer laugh at those jokes, and leave Discord out of one they make with Twilight, Discord quickly breaks down in sorrow.
    • Despite thinking of Spike and Big Mac as beneath him, and tormenting them when they refuse to spend their "guys' night" the way he wants to, Discord is dismayed and ashamed when he learns they only invited him because they felt sorry for him, and not because they thought he was "cool".
    • In the comics arc "Chaos Theory", He chooses to become Accord after his antics at the beginning of the story result in him being rejected by the ponies. He believed his new self might be better accepted than he ever was.
  • I Meant to Do That: His Trickster Mentor moments are plainly this. When the Mane Six learn friendship lessons, they do so in spite of Discord, not because of him, but he has no problem with taking credit for it.
  • Immortal Immaturity: He's centuries old (not counting the thousand years he spent as a stone statue), but usually acts like a bratty kid.
  • The Imp: Following his Heel–Face Turn. He's actually a lot like Mr. Mxyzptlk now as he is still quite the Troll, just no longer malicious thanks to a new sense of honor.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: While Discord generally prefers to act like he's above the ponies, there are times that show hidden insecurities in him.
    • This usually presents itself whenever he feels like his friendship with Fluttershy is threatened, with him often going too far in his attempts to preserve it.
    • As episodes like "What About Discord?" and "Dungeons and Discord" show, he doesn't take it well when others don't think he's funny or "cool", quickly becoming saddened or ashamed.
    • Several episodes (and the Best Gift Ever special) show that Discord doesn't react well when he's excluded or left out of things. Despite his haughty, trouble-making nature, he really does want to spend time having fun with others. Getting him to admit this instead of acting out can be difficult though.
  • It Amused Me: The main reason he toys with the Mane Six before he corrupts them. Also, the chaos he spreads is less malicious than breaking their friendship.
  • It's All About Me: "It's all about my lulz" is more accurate, but the principle is still the same. The biggest part of his character development in his second appearance, is learning that having friends means it isn't always about himself.
  • Jackass Genie: His Sadistic Choice to Rainbow Dash: either watch the foundations of her home crumble without her, or continue wandering aimlessly in his labyrinth. However, he never says which choice is right, or that Cloudsdale is the home that would crumble without her. Rainbow goes to save Cloudsdale, letting Discord have his way with Equestria, paying special attention to Rainbow's new home of Ponyville, his "chaos capital of the world".
  • Jerkass Gods: He's the spirit of Chaos and Disharmony. However, he is more than a plain old Jerkass. Even after reforming, he's mischievous at best.
  • Jerkass Realization:
    • In "Twilight's Kingdom" he sells out all of Equestria to Tirek after being tempted with a promise of power and ruling over it. Unfortunately, Tirek is a Card-Carrying Villain who betrays Discord and absorbs his magic once Tirek decides the Chaos Lord has outlived his usefulness. That makes Discord realize how much of a jerkass he's been and that he betrayed his real friends for nothing.
    • In "Make New Friends But Keep Discord", he realizes he went too far with his jealousy over Fluttershy taking Treehugger to the Grand Galloping Gala instead of him. He also realizes that he treated the Smooze (whom he'd only invited to try and make Fluttershy jealous) terribly the whole night, and apologizes to all concerned.
    • In "Dungeons & Discords", he considers himself superior to Spike and Big Mac, and is a total jerk to them when he has to hang out with them and play a role-playing game with them. When it comes out that Spike and Big Mac also consider themselves superior to Discord in a sense but deal with this compassionately by feeling sorry for him, trying to be nice to him and including him in their game, Discord realizes what a jerk he's been in comparison and actually apologizes to them.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • After his reformation, he still finds amusement in trolling the ponies. Though, he's also helpful in his own twisted way when he teases Twilight about her leaving her friends just because she's now a princess and not revealing until the end that he was the one behind the Plunder Seeds invading Ponyville.
    • Likewise, though he is willing to play tricks on the other ponies, he still keeps his promise to Fluttershy not to cause too much trouble since he still values her friendship.
    • In "Three's a Crowd", he speaks highly of Fluttershy (when she's not around to hear it) and reveals that they've been writing letters to each other.
    • He has several flashes of guilt for his betrayal of the ponies in "Twilight's Kingdom" and is flat-out remorseful when he makes another Heel–Face Turn, not even believing he's worth being shown friendship anymore.
    • His interactions with Twilight qualify as this. Though he often taunts and tries to humiliate her, there are signs that he genuinely respects her and sees her as a friend, and most of his long-term pranks revolve around helping her learn a lesson or do the right thing.
    • In "The Break Up Break Down". Despite scoffing at the idea of love, and showing little sympathy to Big Mac's romantic woes, he is genuinely angry at Sugar Belle for "breaking up" with Big Mac, and ultimately sabotages her cart so the two can reconcile.
    • In the Best Gift Ever special, he pouts over supposedly not being invited to the celebrations. However, he is respectful enough to not try and force his way into the proceedings, instead being intent on making sure Fluttershy gets a "quality" gift.
  • Just Toying with Them: Since he's more powerful than anyone else, obviously it would be boring to use those powers straightforwardly to beat them.
  • Kick the Dog: Often. The best example is in "The Return of Harmony – Part 2", when he gives a Big "YES!"/Victory Pose after realizing he's broken Twilight Sparkle.
  • Kick the Morality Pet: Fluttershy is saddened by his betrayal, and he taunts her for it. This would later become his personal biggest shame.
  • The Klutz: He's not nearly as graceful when he's depowered, since he's so much used to float or teleport to move around rather than actually walking anywhere. In "To Where and Back Again – Part 2", he trips on a rock and faceplants.
  • Lack of Empathy:
    • His reaction to Twilight crossing the Despair Event Horizon? To give a Big "YES!" and celebrate.
    • Ultimately subverted during his second appearance, though it takes a lot for him to realize what it means to care for someone else. "Make New Friends But Keep Discord" shows that his trouble with empathizing with others is something he's aware of and trying to work on improving.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • In "Three's A Crowd", Discord spends the entire episode faking an illness to Troll Twilight and Cadance and ruin their day; he even makes Applejack and Rarity sick as part of the act. Then the Tatzlwurm sneezes on him, making him sick for real. Lampshaded in the end:
    Applejack: I don't wanna go sayin' you got what you deserved...
    Rarity: Well, I have no trouble saying it. You got what you deserved!
  • Laughably Evil: He's fun to watch, that's for sure, but he's more like The Joker in this respect, as it just makes him more creepy and disturbing. After his Heel–Face Turn, he... well, he's still this, in more of a Poke the Poodle fashion.
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: In his "Cutie Re-Mark" Bad Future, while he does invoke World Gone Mad on Equestria, he's visibly far-less cruel and much-more juvenile than the other villains (e.g. — he merely turns Celestia and Luna into clowns and chases them for fun; meanwhile, the other villains are warmongering People of Mass Destruction, and Nightmare Moon's payback on Celestia involves a lunar And I Must Scream).
  • Light Is Not Good: Much of his reality-warping and teleportation are accompanied by a bright light. Somewhat subverted when he turns good, but he's still a Jerkass.
  • Mad God: He even provides the page image; did you expect the spirit of chaos to be sane?
  • Manchild: After his Heel–Face Turn, the psychopathic part slowly fades away, but he's still dangerous and childish.
  • Manipulative Bastard:
    • Tricks the Mane Six to go on a (fruitless) search for the Elements of Harmony, separates them, and uses trickery and magic to turn them into the opposite of their personality, thus making the elements useless against him. Fortunately for everyone but him, he fails to account for Princess Celestia and Twilight's friendship letters.
    • In "Keep Calm and Flutter On", his new Master Plan is to pretend he's reforming so that Fluttershy wouldn't agree to use the Elements against him. At the end of the episode, he makes Fluttershy promise she wouldn't use her Element and drops all pretense entirely, certain that she will keep her word. Ironically, his new Spanner in the Works is... himself, as he realizes friendship is more important to him than he had given it credit for.
    • It gets inverted in "Twilight's Kingdom" where he's for once on the receiving end of this from Tirek.
  • The Matchmaker: Briefly in "The Break Up Break Down". He tries to get Big Mac over his seeming break up with Sugar Belle by introducing him to Skellinore, a female version of the skeleton ponies from Ogres & Oubliettes.
  • Morality Chain: In "Princess Twilight Sparkle" the Mane Six have to give up the Elements of Harmony to save the day. When Discord hears this, the tone of his voice implies "No one can stop me now..." Except Fluttershy. She immediately tells him to stop thinking like an Evil Overlord and help them clean up, which he does. Although it ends up not being enough to stop him from being talked into aiding Tirek.
  • Morality Pet: Fluttershy awakens his inner "sweetheart" during his second appearance, by virtue of her being the first real friend he ever made. In the end, he can't bring himself to throw Equestria into chaos again knowing it'd cost him her friendship. At least, not until Tirek convinces Discord he can have it both ways by becoming friends with him, though even then he finds betraying Fluttershy visibly difficult.
  • Moral Myopia: Has absolutely no qualms about sadistically torturing innocent ponies mentally and physically, turning all of Equestria into a World Gone Mad, driving everypony insane, and generally doing whatever he wants to for his own amusement with no sense of morality... but gives Celestia a What the Hell, Hero? for turning him to stone for the aforementioned acts.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • When he realizes he truly does value Fluttershy as his friend and just alienated her with his actions.
    • Ultimately feels this way about betraying Equestria to Tirek, when he realizes that Tirek was never really his friend at all.
  • My Greatest Failure: In the Season 6 finale, the means by which the changelings are able to capture him implies that failing Fluttershy and making her cry back in the Season 4 finale is the thing he feels the deepest remorse about and is determined to never let happen again.
  • Mysterious Past: While this applies to most of the antagonists on the show to a certain degree, Discord is the most mysterious. Discord's past prior to ruling Equestria is never explored in any real detail, either on the show or in the expanded universe, and he was one of the only antagonists to not be given an issue in Fiendship Is Magic. It is unknown how Discord became the lord of chaos, or if there are other draconequui.
  • Narcissist:
    • He seems to love his own image, as seen with the "repaired" lamp or the altered glass windows.
      Discord: Congratulations. You've found the one thing in Equestria that can match my face for sheer beauty.
    • In "Dungeons & Discord", he considers himself to have "the best name in the universe," and is unwilling to take on a character role different from his own in Spike and Big Mac's game.
    • Humorously, he and Trixie have a highly argumentative relationship due to their mutual massive egos and love of the spotlight.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: When Twilight Sparkle complains about the hedge maze being taken away, he corrects her error in reasoning by proving he never said the Elements were in the maze, instead of keeping quiet and letting her continue to believe they've already lost because of his cheating. He is completely aware of this and never lets Twilight know that the Elements won't work if the team isn't completely united. In fact, he was banking on their failure increasing their despair to the point where it will drive them apart permanently, thus granting him long-term security from the only viable threat to his power. It still comes back to bite him, as the Elements are ultimately used to defeat him later on.
  • Nominal Hero: After being "reformed", he becomes this as he helps the heroes, but only because he cares about his one friend, Fluttershy. He remained a Jerkass and had no qualms of using trickery on the heroes to get what he wants. After his permanent Heel–Face Turn, he becomes an Unscrupulous Hero and overtime, gets more heroic in the later seasons.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Among the Big Bads, he's the least inclined to fight directly (Nightmare Moon, Chrysalis, Sombra, and especially Tirek and Starlight all have action scenes ranging from brief to lengthy); at most, he just sticks around to watch his Powers Do the Fighting. Justified, as he's primarily The Trickster.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Often slithers up against the Mane Six and presses his face against theirs; also tends to caress their muzzles and sometimes wraps his serpentine body around them. He especially loves touching Twilight's face, more often than not pinching her cheeks or pulling on her lips.
  • Not So Different:
    • To Twilight Sparkle. The rebellious and self-centered prankster of chaos is a tremendous contrast to the no-nonsense and altruistic Princess of Friendship, but they have both challenged each other as the cerebral, educated member of the group, and tend to cause a lot of problems for themselves with their occasional hubris and childish temperament. Discord also takes perverse pleasure systematically demonstrating Twilight is capable of irrational jealousy in "What About Discord?", just as he had been in a previous scenario.
    • His more harmless pranks tend to amuse Pinkie Pie, even when he was a villain. As of Season 5 he's started getting Rainbow Dash in on his fun as well. Since both of them have been established as The Prankster, this makes sense.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: At first, he only seems mischievous by doing things like making cotton candy clouds that produce chocolate rain. Then he steals the Elements of Harmony, and things just get worse from there.
  • Not So Invincible After All: It generally takes the Elements of Harmony to shut him down long-term, but there have always been signs that it's not entirely impossible to counter his powers. Twilight is able to cancel out his Psychic Strangle on her friends and partially undo his chaos magic with a force field, Celestia successfully prevents him from stealing away the Elements the second time he is released, he is shown to be affected by the Tatzlwurm's sneeze, a super-charged Tirek is able to restrain him with telekinesis and drain his magic, and an Anti-Magic field is able to nullify his powers entirely. Additionally, his My Little Pony: Friends Forever issue with Luna reveals that he is just as vulnerable as anypony else in his dreams (though he can still keep others from entering his in the first place).
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • After going through a brutal Break the Haughty moment by Tirek's betrayal, Discord's voice loses all its snide haughtiness, showing that he's genuinely remorseful for his actions this time.
    • In "Make New Friends but Keep Discord", he shows a brand of anger he's never actually exhibited before, from quiet discontent to full-blown raging, with none of the joviality and joke-making he usually invokes.
    • In "What About Discord", Twilight becomes freaked out when Discord is actually getting along well with the other ponies.
    • He drops all notion of silliness and playfulness when he learns the Changelings have kidnapped Fluttershy. He is furious and spends no time teleporting himself, Starlight, Trixie and Thorax to the Changeling Kingdom.
  • Order vs. Chaos: This is his conflict with the bearers of the Elements of Harmony. However, it's more Harmony vs. Disharmony, Harmony in this case being more compromise and working together while Disharmony is self-centered and breeds strife and hatred between them. Discord, obviously, is Disharmony incarnate. Until his Heel–Face Turn, that is — after which, the spectrum shifts more toward Balance Between Order and Chaos, and his Chaos (as long as it's the Good kind) is ironically accepted as another part of Harmony.
  • Physical God: Is all but directly said to be one, only ever being referred to as a "spirit", but his incredible reality-warping powers make him one of the most powerful forces seen in the G4 franchise. Among his other powers, he's strong enough to break Celestia's magical barriers, overrides both sisters to control the sun and moon himself, can shapeshift and teleport, can duplicate himself several times over, can create impressive illusions and/or flat-out alter reality to a very great degree, can open rifts in time and space and created an entire pocket dimension to live in.
  • Poke the Poodle: In comparison to all the harm he inflicted on the Mane Six in "The Return of Harmony", his actions in "Keep Calm and Flutter On" are somewhat tame. Justified because if he went to the big stuff the Mane Six would petrify him again. Also, if he did any major puppy-kicking, he probably would have come off as too Easily Forgiven at the end.
  • Pragmatic Villainy:
    • Unlike a certain princess, he doesn't turn ponies into stone! This has nothing to do with morals; he's "chaos", and chaos is "active", so turning ponies to stone is just too boring.
    • His friendship with Fluttershy was initially part of a plan to cause chaos under her nose, until he came to genuinely care for it. Even then, he admits that he was only being a good guy for the sake of it, letting Tirek tempt him.
    • The "Discord's Magical History Tour" comic reveals he helped topple a evil regime long before his Heel–Face Turn, likely because he viewed it as "boring".
  • The Prankster: When he's not breaking ponies or driving them insane, he's making unruly clouds and chocolate rain.
  • Pride: His Fatal Flaw. Even after reforming, it's still a major part of his personality.
    • In "Dungeons & Discord", he initially scoffs at the idea of hanging out with Spike and Big Macintosh, believing he is above "sidekicks" like them. Learning that they only invited him because they felt sorry for him (since Fluttershy and the others were away, and he was alone) comes as a complete shock to him, and he actually manages to swallow his pride and apologize for thinking he was better than them.
    • In "A Matter of Principals", he feels left out over never being invited to visit the School of Friendship. Rather than admit this to anypony, he sends the Mane Six on a fake map mission and causes trouble for temporary headmare Starlight when she refuses his suggestions on how to "improve" the school. Even when Starlight realizes he did all that because he felt left out, Discord weakly attempts to act like that wasn't the case.
  • Psychopathic Man Child: While he's aware of his actions and how horrific they are, he has nothing better to do than have whimsical and nonsensical fun at the expense of other characters, no real business to take care of, and no compassion for the beings he's toying with to restrain him. His reactions to not getting his way is normally quite childish, such as performing a Rage Quit, pouting, or throwing a temper tantrum, depending on how bad he's been beaten that time.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He carries a pink umbrella and at one point wears a pink robe. There's also his pink cotton candy clouds. Plus when he remakes a broken lamp in his image, it's wearing a pink tutu.
  • Reformed, but Not Tamed: Despite his Heel–Face Turn at the end of "Keep Calm and Flutter On", his mischievous streak is still intact, and he's not above pulling the occasional prank or voicing his amusement at whatever chaos befalls Ponyville without his direct input.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Inverted. Because his reign over Equestria was such a time of suffering, and Celestia and Luna battled him to become rulers themselves, there is no reason that the general Equestrian public shouldn't have a basic idea of him, but nopony except Celestia and Luna have any idea of his existence, not even Twilight, who is very well-versed in history. This is most likely a case of Legend Fades to Myth since his reign was both very long ago and he himself is more of a primal force of nature than even Celestia and Luna.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: After allying with Tirek during "Twilight's Kingdom" and helping him steal pony magic, he ends up drained of his own magic and cast aside like yesterday's garbage. This ends up inspiring a genuine change of heart in Discord and firmly cements him as a friend of the Mane Six.
  • Riddle Me This: He loves giving riddles to challenge people.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Supernatural Powers!: Spirit of Chaos; not big on rules.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Discord had been imprisoned in a stone statue by Celestia and Luna since ancient times for the suffering his rule brought everyone in Equestria. The Cutie Mark Crusaders release him by creating discord (fighting) in front of it, giving him the power to break free from his weakened prison. He's put back in his can at the end of Part 2. The Mane Six eventually release him and reform him.
  • A Sinister Clue: He tends to favor the eagle talon he has for a left arm when snapping or holding things.
  • Sissy Villain: He shows some feminine traits, such as cross-dressing.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Played with. He's not a small name when it comes to the power he wields, as he's arguably the most powerful note  creature in Equestria. But he seems to expect people to find him personally charming and hilarious as well, when mostly they just think he's obnoxious. Best seen in "Dungeons & Discords", where he's shocked to learn that Spike and Big Mac, who he considers far beneath his notice, only invited him to join their game night because they felt sorry for him.
  • Smug Snake: His plan to deal with the Elements of Harmony is a genuinely well thought-out one, and he's quite effective and cunning in achieving his goal. However, he quickly grows complacent as soon as he thinks he's won, and refuses to take Twilight and her friends seriously until it's too late for him.
  • Smug Smiler:
  • Smug Super: Since he's far more powerful than most characters in the series, he doesn't see anyone as a threat and tends to see everything as a game. The fact that he never takes Twilight and her friends seriously eventually leads to his undoing. It also lead to his defeat in ancient times. He was so sure of himself he didn't even make a move to fight Celestia and Luna when they showed up, resulting in them turning him to stone with the Elements. It also leads to him being drained of his magic by Tirek.
  • The Sociopath: He doesn't care who or what he hurts so long as it's entertaining to him. He's also sadistic and quite the Manipulative Bastard. He dials it down after Fluttershy befriends him. Still, he proved sociopathic enough to sell her and everypony else out for what seems a better offer, even if he had some regret over it. It takes this blowing up in his face for him to genuinely lose it.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Zig-zagged. He has a deep voice and he can make it quite menacing, he mostly speaks in a jovial, excited, and sarcastic tone. See Evil Sounds Deep for more information.
  • Spoiled Brat: His words imply this is because he's so used to getting everything he wants due to his powers that he thinks he can get away with anything. Also shown in his reactions when things don't go his way: in "The Return of Harmony" his response to Fluttershy beating his mind games is to basically Rage Quit and he throws what amounts to temper tantrum at Fluttershy telling him off in "Keep Calm and Flutter On". He gets somewhat better after she befriends him.
    Discord: You think you can boss Discord around?! You think I'm going to turn all this back just because you say so?!
  • Sweet Tooth: He sure likes to make sweet and tasty food while he's causing chaos.
  • Taken for Granite: What the power of the Elements of Harmony does to him.
  • Time Abyss: All we know is that he was imprisoned by the Elements of Harmony some time before Nightmare Moon appeared a thousand years ago. He states that he's "eons" old; in astronomy and geology, an eon is half a billion years or more, but immortal beings in fiction use the word much more loosely. In "Make New Friends but Keep Discord", he describes himself as "centuries" old, so he probably isn't that old, but still pretty old.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Post Heel–Face Turn. He's not evil anymore, but he's still a mischievous Troll who only helps out when and if he feels like it, and the cast aside from Fluttershy don't trust him. "Twilight's Kingdom" then deconstructs this — turns out when you team up with a former villain with nothing to ensure his cooperation but the honor system, The Power of Friendship can only do so much. Especially if he is only really friends with one pony and the others... really don't try to understand him (though he didn't make much of an effort to endear himself to anypony but Fluttershy). Now that he's truly learned how valuable friendship has become to him, he seems to look at subverting this trope and becoming genuinely good.
  • Too Clever by Half: He is well aware he's a powerful Reality Warper and never views anyone as much of a threat to him as a result, not even the Mane Cast. This is ultimately his downfall. He's so confident he's broken up the Mane Cast, he never considers they'd be able to regroup and truly use the Elements of Harmony against him.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: By the end of his second appearance, he finally realizes what it means to care about someone else. Takes another one at the end of "Twilight's Kingdom", having learned an even bigger lesson in friendship. From then on he pretty much takes another level with each appearance.
  • Tranquil Fury: While he is usually just annoyed or tends to sulk like a spoiled child, nothing has made him truly mad until Fluttershy is kidnapped along with the rest of the important ponies in the Season 6 finale. His eyes narrow and he becomes dangerously calm and serious.
  • The Trickster: Discord treats his fight with the Mane Cast as a game and enjoys messing with their heads. He laughs at the shock taking away their wings and horns causes them. Unlike some other tricksters, he also has a more malicious aspect which is barely hidden beneath the surface.
  • Trickster Mentor:
    • Seems to fancy himself something like this by the end of the season 4 premiere: He knows all along what is causing the Everfree Forest to run wild, but keeps silent because he doesn't want to "rob Twilight of an important lesson about being a princess." He is also the one who suggests they speak to Zecora for guidance, and convinces Twilight to return to her friends, albeit by insinuating her new title has gone to her head; see Jerkass Has a Point above. He also guides Twilight to focus on opening the Tree of Harmony chest while at the same time, bookmarks certain sections of the Mane Six's Friendship Journal pertaining to five of the keys.
    • He continues doing this in several other episodes as well. Notably, he seems to be "trickster" first and foremost and "mentor" more as an afterthought — he likes using the excuse of teaching some character (usually Twilight) a "friendship lesson" even when it is quite clear to everybody that he was really mostly getting his kicks out of ruining someone's day. He usually gets called out on this, and sometimes even gets his schemes turned around on him.
    • In "The Beginning of the End - Part 2", Discord fakes a serious injury in the final fight against Sombra to provoke Twilight into overcoming her confidence issues and turning him into ash. It's implied by Rainbow Dash's knowing "That's Discord for you!" line that this is also why he's hardly ever lifted a finger to help when it would've been most convenient.
  • Troll: From the first line of dialogue he speaks, he makes it clear that he has fun messing with ponies just for the fun of doing it. From Season 4 onward, even when he's on their side, he still goes out of his way to annoy them for the lulz.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Due to his power, he views everyone as amusing distractions at best, blinding him to the fact they potentially could beat him. This becomes his undoing, as he counts Celestia and the Mane Six out far too early and refuses to treat them as a threat afterwards. He also seriously underestimated what Tirek was capable of.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Fluttershy, post-Heel–Face Turn, due to her being his very first real friend.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Despite Fluttershy showing him nothing but kindness throughout Season 4, he betrays her along with all the rest of the Mane Six to Tirek in the Season 4 finale. Twilight calls him a friend and saves him from Tirek despite his betrayal of them, and he ends up apologizing to her for what he did. Yet, in later episodes he continues to manipulate and toy with Twilight for fun as if nothing happened (granted, it lacks the genuinely malevolent bite that it had in his debut, instead being more along the lines of The Gadfly; though it's still quite a jerk move).
  • Villain Decay: While he is still as powerful as he was in his premiere, Discord's evil has been downplayed since season 3 because of his Morality Chain. Tirek pointing this out to him is the motivation for Discord's Face–Heel Turn to try and reclaim his former glory, but he has reformed more than he realizes and just doesn't have it in him anymore.
  • Wacky Guy: Albeit one initially more actively malicious than most, but he's certainly wacky.
  • Welcome Back, Traitor: In the season 4 finale, Discord betrays all of ponykind to the most titanically dangerous threat it has ever faced, and gleefully enjoys doing so until he gets backstabbed himself... and yet Twilight still rescues him with the rest of her friends. This is crucial to the episode's Double Aesop and is what turns Scorpan's medallion into Twilight's Plot Coupon. Towards the end, when the Mane Six are having a Group Hug and a guilt-ridden Discord is nervously waving from off to the side, Twilight uses her magic to pull him into the group, making this trope literal.
  • World's Strongest Man: While he's never actually described as this, his individual (i.e., default and unamplified) magic being the most widespread — combined with him giving Celestia and Luna more trouble in the past than any other villain of that time — implicitly qualifies him as this.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He has no problem picking up Twilight Sparkle and dropping her, or abrasively tapping Fluttershy on the head when she resists his taunts to make her angry.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • In "Twilight's Kingdom", he trapped Spike in a bubble and let it float up high before it popped, which would have hurt Spike if Rainbow Dash hadn't caught him.
    • In "A Matter of Principals", he has no problem scaring and endangering the School of Friendship students with his antics.
  • Yandere: In "Make Friends But Keep Discord", Discord becomes jealous of Fluttershy hanging out with a new pony and inviting her to the gala instead of Discord. He tries to make her jealous by bringing his own friend and tries getting her attention, complete with him wedging himself between Fluttershy and Tree Hugger. Not to mention him boasting about how close he and Fluttershy are in order to drive Tree Hugger away. Things get worse when he attempts to send her to another dimension so that he will be Fluttershy's only friend.

     Appearance 
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Discord is the spirit of chaos and disharmony, something he visually represents by being composed of bits and pieces from a lot of different creatures. It's actually implied that he doesn't just represent chaos, but that on some level he is made of chaos — if nothing else, if he stops being chaotic he will quite literally stop existing (although he can be restored by introducing even small amounts of chaos to his vicinity).
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Part of his silly appearance.
  • Color-Coded Wizardry: As revealed in the season 4 finale, Discord's magic is apparently colored purple plaid.
  • Cool Shades: Has green-framed ones in "The Return of Harmony – Part 1" and red-framed ones in "The Return of Harmony – Part 2". Would count as Sinister Shades, but he doesn't do anything particularly sinister while wearing either pair. He's also seen with 3D glasses in "Princess Twilight Sparkle".
  • Cute Little Fangs: He has one next to his creepier body parts; all part of the "disharmony" effect.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Part of his chaotic look. See Mad Eye and Mix-and-Match Critters.
  • Good Wings, Evil Wings: Has mixed angelic (pegasus) and demonic (bat) wings, one of the more sinister types, further adding to his asymmetric look and theme of disharmony.
  • A Head at Each End: In "The Return of Harmony Part 2", Discord briefly appears to have a head at both ends of his body while taunting Twilight.
  • Holy Halo: He sometimes makes an angel halo appears atop his head when he's pretending to be doing good; he rarely is, of course. Funnily, with the one he sports while talking to Tirek, he chases it as if an annoying bird.
  • Lean and Mean: His main body is serpentine and he is a jerkass.
  • Mad Eye: One of his eyes is sized differently and more deranged than the other.
  • Meaningful Name: Discord (chaos) is the polar opposite of harmony. Though it becomes a bit ironic after his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: He is truly a chimera. To further cement that he is chaos incarnate, Discord looks generally like an Eastern dragon, but with the head of a goat (not a pony as Cheerilee would have you believe), one goat horn, one stag horn, one fang, the tongue of a snake, the mane of a horse, a snake-like torso covered with eagle feathers, one eagle talon, one lion paw, one batwing, one bird wing, one green dragon leg, one horse leg, and a red dragon tail. Even his species name is a combination of "dragon" and "horse".note 
  • Morphic Resonance: He can take many shapes on a whim, but he often retains some aspect of his true Draconequus form, notably his antlers, lopsided tooth and yellow/red eyes, or some aspect of his Fashionable Asymmetry, if only with the colors. In the episode "Twilight's Kingdom – Part 1", it is downplayed when turned into a stallion, as it would give him away, but he still keeps the overall color scheme of his head (including that of his mane, not to mention his unicorn horn is the same blue color as his goat horn).
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: You just know that an entity called "Discord" can be nothing but trouble, especially when the heroes are the bearers of the Elements of Harmony.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Despite his title of the "spirit" of chaos, Discord possesses a physical form, one that remains even after his magic has been removed or nullified, and is vulnerable to certain illnesses.
  • Paper People: The very first appearance of Discord is under a stylized, two-dimensional shape moving over stained-glass windows in the royal Canterlot castle.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His irises are red, and there's hardly a minute goes by he's not doing something evil, or at least troublesome. They narrow and glow when he learns that Fluttershy was kidnapped. He looks downright menacing and shows just how pissed he is.
  • Red Right Hand: Anyone made up of thirteen different creatures has to be evil.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: He is part dragon after all, and he also moves and coils quite snake-like at times (especially in "What About Discord?" where he actually turns into a giant rattlesnake, before shedding the scaly skin). All of this highlights his evilly chaotic nature.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: He's a Jerkass God with white hair. Eventually, the ponies find there's some gold buried in that black heart of his.
  • Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: Combined with his red irises, this marks him as particularly mischievous.

     Abilities 
  • Achilles' Heel:
    • Normally only the Elements of Harmony are powerful enough to match or contain him long term. In addition, his pride can get the better of his judgment — Discord is always convinced he's in complete control of a situation. For the most part he is, but on the rare occasions when the situation proves him wrong, he's pretty easily toppled.
    • Even without the Elements (or Rainbow Power), it's still possible to affect him on a smaller scale. Twilight proves this with her Anti-Magic barrier near the end of "The Return of Harmony," Celestia proves this with her protective spell on the Elements in "Keep Calm and Flutter On," Cadance proves this with her health-preserving barrier in "Three's a Crowd", the Tatzlwurm proves this with its seemingly magic-hampering infection in the same episode, and Zecora proves this by brewing a potion that can break his presumed spell on Twilight's friends in "What About Discord?".
    • His magic may be on a power scale that distorts reality itself, but it's still magic. A fact which a powerful enough magic drainer could take advantage of, or that makes it vulnerable to an Anti-Magic field...
    • "Discordant Harmony" heavily implies he and his Pocket Dimension are linked Fisher King/Fisher Kingdom-style. And giving the place too much Order can cause him to be erased.
    • In Friendship is Magic #57, Pinkie Pie stumbles into Discord's realm by accident, and over time, manages to gain control over it. This causes Discord to lose most of his powers. He is incapable of returning to his home on his own, and even remarks that it's like someone has "changed the locks".
  • Badass Finger Snap: Much like de Lancie's old role as Q, he frequently snaps his fingers to appear nonchalant while warping reality.
  • Breath Weapon: In The Hub's Web Game Adventure Ponies!. Confirmed to be able to breathe fire in canon as of "Three's a Crowd".
  • Break Them by Talking: Combines this and Hypnotic Eyes to brainwash the Mane Cast. Worth noting is he doesn't have to do this, as his supernatural mind control works just as well without it; he just gets a sick kick out of it.
  • Dimensional Cutter: In "Make New Friends but Keep Discord", after growing increasingly irritated with Tree Hugger over the course of the episode, he raises his eagle claw, audibly sharpens it, and uses it to slice open a portal to another dimension to throw Tree Hugger into.
  • Disintegrator Ray: In Best Gift Ever, he fires a white beam of light from his finger that totally eradicates Flim and Flam's "Holly the Hearth's Warmer" dolls, leaving only scorch marks behind.
  • Emotion Eater: It's implied that the Cutie Mark Crusaders fighting in front of his statue prison (creating discord) gives him enough power to break free.
  • Flight: Discord can fly by flapping his mismatched wings. However, considering how ridiculously small they are compared to his body mass, there are strong hints his flight is entirely magical. Indeed, once drained of magic by Tirek, or within an Anti-Magic field, he's ground-bound.
  • Green Thumb: Has seeds called Plunderseeds that grow into large vines that feed on magic. They would end up causing trouble long after he was sealed.
  • Hate Plague: One of his abilities is breaking friendships.
  • Hypnotic Eyes: What he uses to brainwash the Mane Six. It works for most of them, except for Fluttershy.
  • Imagination-Based Superpower: His magic works this way, allowing him to summon and transform objects in almost any way he pleases, with no obvious limit as to what it can do.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: Demonstrates a larger variety of spells than any other character in the series so far.
  • Master of Illusion: A rare example of this trope overlapping with Reality Warper; his method of corrupting Rarity and Rainbow Dash is closer to an illusion than true Reality Warping.
  • Mind over Matter: An ability that's easy to disregard considering his various greater powers, but he can also use telekinesis at will, both on items or living beings. Unlike with unicorn magic, there is no visible aura around what he manipulates.
  • Mind Rape: How he corrupts four of the Elements; he messes with their heads. The fifth he had to brute-force brainwash her.
  • Mundane Utility:
    • When not spreading Chaos, his reality-warping powers are mostly used for mundane tasks like making chocolate milk, especially his telekinesis. In "Dungeons & Discord", they are used to turn a tabletop game into a LARP.
    • In "Discordant Harmony", he makes an entire tree sprout up out of the ground... so he can use one of its branches as a toothpick.
    • In "The Break Up Break Down", Spike calls in Discord to quickly bake a pie Big Mac made for Sugar Belle. Discord is understandably a little annoyed at being summoned for such a minor task.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: He has the power to sense magical disturbances in Equestria.
  • Playing with Puppets: Discord's favorite trick. If you look at the windows in the Equestrian palace as Princess Celestia talks about Discord, Fluttershy sees one of them with an image of Discord holding ponies up with puppet strings screaming over a pit of fire. Look at the same window after he's helped Tirek banish the first three alicorn princesses and has begun re-making the windows. The "three tribe" ponies have been replaced with the three alicorn princesses.
  • The Power of Hate: He is the antithesis of the Elements of Harmony, which run on the Power of Friendship. As such, he's able to get stronger from strife and fighting between ponies. The Cutie Mark Crusaders getting into a fight in front of him is what grants him enough strength to break free from his weakening stone prison. Though some have theorized that the Crusaders' fight was not a cause but a consequence of Discord's impending breakout and that they were in truth his first victims. Whatever the case, Discord thrives off hate magic, using it to undermine The Power of Friendship.
  • Pulling Themselves Together: He can detach his body parts at will and reassemble them later. Notably, he falls into pieces while pretending to be under the "blue flu" in "Three's a Crowd", and splits his head from his neck to receive a medal in "Celestial Advice".
  • Reality Warper: He can do just about anything. For instance, he holds out a glass under a cotton-candy cloud that rains chocolate milk, and it fills up from top to bottom rather than bottom to top. He then proceeds to drink the glass. Not the milk; the glass itself. He then throws the milk over his shoulder and it explodes (darkening the area rather than lighting it up). And of course, that was after he warped Equestria into a surrealist mess that fit his aesthetic preferences better than the boring old version with gravity and normal weather and roads that aren't made of soap and such. He's a crazy one, that Discord.
  • Rubber Man: Given his impressive array of powers, this one might seem minor, but he can stretch out his arms, tail, and serpentine body at will. May fall more into the cartoonish Extendable Arms trope sometimes, though.
  • Self-Duplication: Discord can create doubles of himself at will for whatever task at hand, like a Hold Up Your Score gag, or even simply illustrate a point in the conversation. For example, a Dastardly Whiplash-styled double appears in "What About Discord?", to contrast his "old self" with the current one. "Discordant Harmony" reveals that he often conjures them so he can have someone to bounce ideas off of. In the Best Gift Ever special, he uses this to demonstrate how he'll be spending Hearth's Warming having "quality time" with himself, having a duplicate appear so they can sadly walk away together.
  • Size Shifter: He can change size just as readily as he changes form. Often as part of his pranks or his Trickster Mentor shtick, turning into a literal shoulder angel/demon for ponies. He also uses it twice to evoke Shameful Shrinking.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Now that he's no longer considered as evil as when he was first introduced, his vast powers could potentially be used to easily solve most problems. Except that being a spirit of chaos, he's just as likely to do so as when he was out-and-out evil (that is, he isn't, although he's less likely to be the cause of said problems). Discord's game-breaking power is actually put in check in the Season 6 finale, as he falls prey to an Anti-Magic field created by Queen Chrysalis, her throne in particular. So Discord can't use his powers even if he wants to, in this case, motivated to saving Fluttershy. The fact that he doesn't appear in the Movie speaks volumes.
  • Superpower Lottery: Reality Warper, Complete Immortality, Voluntary Shapeshifting, etc.
  • Super Strength: At one point, he uproots a tree with his bare claws like it is nothing (while pretending to be ill and "unable to lift a spoon").
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Played with in issue #57 of the main comics. Discord, having always been all-powerful by default, has never needed to study magic; so he has to go to Twilight for help when he starts to mysteriously lose his powers. However, during his Wizard Duel with Chaosville!Pinkie Pie — a David vs. Goliath scenario where he's the former, and she's the latter — he wins by tricking her into exhaustion (a common Weak, but Skilled tactic).
  • Villain Teleportation: Utilizes this more often than walking; it goes well with his lack of personal space to teleport in someone's face.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Is capable of transforming into anything he desires, though he seems incapable of hiding (or simply unwilling to hide) some of his traits such as his horns. See Morphic Resonance.

     Relationships 
  • Beast and Beauty: The Beast to Fluttershy's Beauty - Fluttershy is a small, adorable pony, while the easiest way to describe Discord is "Dragon-Equine Chaos Spirit with a twisted sense of humor."
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: The reason Discord became Fluttershy's friend, and values her friendship above all others; Fluttershy was the first being to ever call him a friend, and treat him as such.
  • Category Traitor: "Frenemies" reveals that the non-reformed villains see him as this; Tirek calls him a "turncoat" and gleefully reminisces about how he tricked Discord into helping him, while Chrysalis claims he was "really something" before friendship "ruined" him.
  • The Champion: He clearly fancies himself as such for Fluttershy, as he becomes livid when Chrysalis captures her in the season 6 finale.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Discord and Trixie's egos clash quite a bit in "To Where and Back Again", even while they are working together to help rescue the Royal Family and Mane Six. By the end of the episode, they are on (somewhat) better terms and seem to have at least grudging respect for one another.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: He's eons old, so he's bound to have this with just about everypony by default.
    • With Fluttershy by the end of his second appearance, who continues to be his strongest relationship to this day.
    • And again with Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle, and Scootaloo as of Friends Forever #2.
  • Odd Friendship:
    • The first pony he ever befriends? Fluttershy. It becomes the subject of "Discordant Harmony" when his insecurities about it (caused when other ponies keep commenting on it) have him try and put a lid on his chaos. It nearly kills him. Fluttershy manages to save him and points out it doesn't matter if their friendship doesn't make sense to others, it means a lot to both of them.
    • Has this with the CMC in the comics, although he acts like a child and they can cause a lot of chaos. Their main point of bonding seems to be that the CMC love new experiences, which the creative Reality Warper can supply in copyright-skirting spades.
    • Basically anytime Discord forms a genuine friendship (which is admittedly quite rare) it turns into this. Another example is his friendship with mindless, amorphous blob Smooze.
    • With Spike and Big Mac. The thought of hanging out with a quiet farm pony and Twilight's young assistant doesn't appeal to Discord at first, but they eventually form a genuine bond and share regular "Guys' Night" activities from then on.
    • With Starlight Glimmer. She's all about control, while his entire raison d'être is Chaos. Yet, after their adventure against the Changelings, he tries to get Twilight to assign Starlight to him as a student, while she finds herself laughing at his playful antics.
  • Only Friend: For a fair while after his Heel–Face Turn, Fluttershy was the only one who could stand him (though he got occasional friendly gestures from Pinkie Pie). He seems to be edging out of this and gaining some positive bonding with the other ponies however, even they're still Vitriolic Best Buds at best.
  • Ship Tease: With Fluttershy
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis:
    • While his friendship with all the ponies is vitriolic at best, it is no-nonsense Twilight Sparkle that distrusts and loses patience with him the most, which tends to only make her his favorite target for pranks and heckling. There is a blatant sign of sympathy between the two, however, especially following "Twilight's Kingdom".
    • He also becomes one for Trixie after the Season 6 finale, as their egos come to blows quite a lot.
  • Villainous Friendship: He genuinely hopes his partnership with Tirek will count as such, even viewing the medallion he gives him as a token of their friendship, only to find out he is just using him.
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     Other 
  • Actually Pretty Funny: While his gags are usually seen as annoying or hurtful by the other characters, he still gets the odd chuckle every now and then. In "What About Discord?", Twilight is left dumbfounded when the other ponies are in hysterics over his antics.
  • All for Nothing: He certainly feels this way in "The Beginning of the End - Part 2", after all his attempts to get Twilight to realize she is ready to lead Equestria have been disrupted by Celestia deciding to delay transferring the reins of power to her for a little while longer.
  • All-Powerful Bystander: In Siege of the Crystal Empire, he admits to feeling too lazy to fight the Umbrum directly. So he just makes Fluttershy's animals gigantic enough to fight in his stead, then goes on his merry way.
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: The mane cast are given a big party in Canterlot celebrating his defeat, complete with a stained glass window depicting it.
  • Annoying Patient:
    • During most of "Three's a Crowd". When he actually does become sick at the end he seems to be a bit less demanding, but that could either be because we don't see him that long, because he was intentionally being annoying as possible when faking it, or because Fluttershy is taking care of him now and he likes her enough that he doesn't want to drive her round the bend with unreasonable requests.
    • Dowplayed in "The Beginning of the End - Part 2". While still pretending to be wounded by Sombra's attack, he requests a lot of things from Fluttershy.
  • Apology Gift: When Twilight saves him from Tirek even after he betrayed them, Discord gives her the pendant Tirek tricked him with, but as a real sign of friendship this time. Him giving Princess Celestia flowers later on could also be this (and/or Flowers of Romance for shippers). He also tries to give Futtershy a flower after she implies he should apologize. She hits the flower out of his paw, however, because she meant for his apology to be directed at Tree Hugger instead.
  • Arc Villain: Of "The Return of Harmony" two-parter and, to a lesser extent, the "Princess Twilight Sparkle" two-parter. In "Twilight's Kingdom" he's Demoted to Dragon by Lord Tirek.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
    • He enjoys causing chaos in Equestria, Mind Raping the Mane Cast, and bringing chocolate rain to Ponyville.
    • Brought up again in "Keep Calm and Flutter On" as the Mane Cast cite reasons to Celestia why they don't relish the idea of working with Discord, "Turning them into the opposite of their true nature", "Turning Ponyville into Chaos Central" and "Had Chocolate Rain with not a dollop of whipped cream to be found."
  • Artifact Title: His name has become somewhat an artifact after his reformation, since he is no longer evil nor causing disharmony among ponies (not too much, anyways), but he is still called Discord.
  • Bad Future: In "The Cutie Re-Mark – Part 2", he is briefly shown ruling over a World Gone Mad version of Equestria as the Mane Six/Elements of Harmony were not there to seal him, having even turned Princesses Celestia and Luna into his personal clowns to torment for eternity as payback for his original defeat by them centuries prior.
  • Batman Gambit:
    • In the My Little Pony: Best Gift Ever special, he sets up Rainbow Dash to bring a winterchilla (an animal that turns into the giant, savage winterzilla when night falls) to Ponyville, so Fluttershy can be the hero of the day by taming it.
    • In "The Beginning of the End - Part 2", he mentions his affection for Fluttershy to get Sombra to attack her, so he can pull a Taking the Bullet for his Wounded Gazelle Gambit.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: He uses each of the Mane Cast's specific Element of Harmony against them: he tells Applejack the truth about them splitting up, but not how it happens; he laughs, first with, then at Pinkie Pie; he "generously" gives Rarity a giant (fake) diamond; he tries being overly kind to Fluttershy (but she's too nice — he has to resort to Mind Rape); he tests Rainbow Dash's loyalty between home and the world; and, finally, breaks Twilight through her friends. However, both of his defeats are the result of being beaten using one of his own tactics (Flaw Exploitation in the first, manipulation in his second).
  • Big "NO!": He does this after getting blasted with the Elements of Harmony.
  • Big "WHAT?!": He invokes this in "Dungeons & Discord" after finding out he was only invited to "Guys' Night" because Spike and Big Mac felt sorry for him.
  • Big "YES!": He does this in "The Return of Harmony" after confirming that he's pushed Twilight past the Despair Event Horizon.
  • Breakout Character: Discord first appeared as the Big Bad of the two-parter "Return of Harmony" as essentially a chimeric version of Q, and was so Crazy Awesome that many fans couldn't help but fall in love with him. Although Taken for Granite at the end of his debut, he was revived in season 3 to be successfully redeemed (of sorts) by Fluttershy, and was promoted to recurring character in season 4.
  • The Cameo:
    • A version of Discord briefly appears in "The Cutie Re-Mark - Part 2", in a Alternate Timeline where he was able to take over Equestria and turn Celestia and Luna into his personal clowns.
    • In "A Royal Problem", he is seen in a dream, having a pillow fight with the Smooze.
    • He appears during the credits of the movie.
  • Changing Clothes Is a Free Action: As shown in his second appearance, he can don outfits at will.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Much like Celestia's ability to raise the sun, Luna's ability to raise the moon, and Cadance's ability to make people fall in love, Discord can detect the flow of magic in the Universe. This means, whenever necessary, he can tell when something big and magical is happening, or when someone has lost their magical abilities. This comes in handy a few times, most notably in "Princess Twilight Sparkle" and "To Where and Back Again".
  • Could Say It, But...: In the Season 4 premiere, after the girls tell Twilight to go back to Ponyville against her wishes out of concern for her safety, Discord convinces her to go back to help them in his own... special way.
  • Creepy Circus Music: His Leitmotif incorporates a particularly sinister version of this.
  • Cry Cute: In "Keep Calm and Flutter On" He sheds a Single Tear with Puppy-Dog Eyes when he learned that Fluttershy does genuinely care for him as a friend and that he almost destroyed their friendship.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: He gets the better of the Mane Six numerous times before they finally return the favor.
  • Cutting the Knot: After trying and failing to break Fluttershy, he opts to straight-up hypnotize her.
  • The Dark Times: His rule before the time of the show is referred to as a time of endless suffering by Celestia.
  • Deal with the Devil: Sells out Equestria to Tirek in exchange for complete freedom to do what he wants. However, not only does his guilt keep bothering him, Tirek stabs him in the back.
  • Death by Irony: He uses the group's personality flaws and his knowledge that the Elements of Harmony won't work if their friendship is destroyed to break them. In the end, it's his own personality flaw — being too prideful to believe they're a genuine threat to him — combined with that knowledge that renders him incapable of realizing that the Elements of Harmony are working for real until it's far too late. His Fatal Flaw was also what defeated him the first time, as he was too prideful to realize until it was too late that Celestia and Luna could actually defeat him now.
  • Defeat Means Friendship:
    • Defied; he sarcastically tells the Mane Six to "friend" him before they turn him back to stone.
    • A variation in "Keep Calm and Flutter On". There he's defeated by friendship.
  • Despair Event Horizon: After Tirek turned on Discord, the poor thing is utterly devastated by the fact that he backstabbed all of Equestria and possibly destroyed his friendships for absolutely nothing. When Tirek attempts a Hostage for MacGuffin gambit, Discord is the only one not telling Twilight to not to fork over the Alicorn powers because he's crossed this line.
  • Didn't See That Coming:
    • In his first appearance he plans for everything except two things: first, that Celestia will send Twilight Sparkle her letters back, breaking her out of her Heroic BSoD and pulling her back from the Despair Event Horizon; second, that Twilight will somehow free and reunite her friends and wield the Elements of Harmony against him. The first he couldn't see coming at all; the second he doesn't even consider a possibility.
    • It's shown in "Princess Twilight Sparkle" that he didn't see the existence of the Elements of Harmony coming either.
    • In "Keep Calm and Flutter On", his plan is to take advantage of Fluttershy's hospitality and kindness to drive a wedge between her and her friends, thus rendering the Elements of Harmony ineffective against him. However, while he fully expected Fluttershy to put up with his antics, he never expected her to genuinely like him and consider him a friend.
    • He also doesn't recognize the Tatzlwurm in "Three's a Crowd".
    • He did not expect Lord Tirek's betrayal in "Twilight's Kingdom – Part 2".
    • In "To Where and Back Again — Part 2", he is aware of the changelings' tricks. When one is disguised as Fluttershy while he is separated from the rest of the group, he's smart enough not to fall for it, but he becomes shocked when an entire group of Fluttershys appear in front of him and the first one points out it might be possible the real Fluttershy could be among them somewhere. After the incident with Tirek, Discord can't bear potentially abandoning Fluttershy and is captured as a result.
    • In "A Matter of Principals", he wasn't expecting Starlight to actually apologize to him after all the trouble he caused her.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: In Best Gift Ever, he seems to genuinely believe Hearth's Warming Eve is an "exclusive, pony-only holiday". This is despite the fact that Spike regularly takes part in it (not to meantion the season 8 episode "The Hearth's Warming Club" showed the Young Six being invited to Twilight's castle for the event).
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: According to the "Discord's Magical History Tour" comic, while he can Time Travel practically whenever and wherever he wants, one thing he lacks is the power to actually change history.
  • Evil Laugh: He often mixes it with or switches it to an "Oh; that's just hilarious!" kind of laugh, but it's still undeniably evil. He's also capable of producing a very menacing one if he feels like it, such as when he's freed from his prison.
  • Evil Plan: Return Equestria to its former state as a world of endless chaos.
  • Fading Away: In "Discordant Harmony", this is the end result of Discord making himself orderly to make Fluttershy more comfortable in his home. As the episode progresses, he becomes more and more transparent and his behavior more and more bland and robotic, until he fades to the point that his hands pass directly through objects when he tries to touch them and he is no longer capable of performing magic. Since Discord is a creature of pure chaos, being orderly is quite literally destroying him. Fluttershy is eventually able to reverse the fading by acting in chaotic, random ways until Discord regains enough physical presence to create chaos on his own again.
  • Fiction 500: Technically — "Discordant Harmony" shows him casually creating piles of bits from nothing to pay various ponies for his tea-party supplies, confirming that money is no object to him.
  • Final Boss: He's the boss of Level 6 of The Hub's Web Game Adventure Ponies!.
  • Flat "What": This is his reaction in "A Matter of Principals" when Starlight apologizes to him.
  • Foreshadowing: There are subtle displays of character in "The Return of Harmony" that suggest his Heel–Face Turn isn't totally sudden:
    • After breaking Twilight, he tries to convince her to just give into chaos and have fun with him. When a despondent Twilight refuses, he gives a brief forlorn, rejected look... before quickly returning to his merriment.
    • It is Fluttershy he had the most trouble corrupting, her vigilant kindness eventually frustrating him to the point that he breaks off from his mind games and just corrupts her by force.
  • The Genie Knows Jack Nicholson: Has made the odd reference to real world culture in his reality-warping antics. In "What About Discord?" he does a pretty perfect imitation of Bob Ross.
  • The Glomp: In his more sentimental moods, Discord can get surprisingly affectionate with the Mane Six, sharing warm hugs with the ponies in "What About Discord", "Twilight's Kingdom" and "To Where and Back Again". In the Best Gift Ever special, he hugs Rainbow Dash tightly when she invites him to Hearth's Warming.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Celestia sends him, of all people, to recapture Tirek in the season 4 finale. It backfires horribly, as not only does Discord betray them, but once Tirek has absorbed enough power even Discord is not immune to being drained of magic.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Certainly did so when Celestia and Luna sealed him away a thousand years ago, as he's got a big open-mouthed smile when Cheerilee's class looks at the statue. Does not do so when the Mane Six seal him away. We see this later on and find out he was laughing because he didn't realize they were a threat to him at all until the Elements had already turned him to stone.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Of "Princess Twilight Sparkle", albeit something of an accidental version. He planted the Plunderseeds just before Celestia and Luna defeated him the first time. However, the Seeds end up take far longer to kick in than he anticipated; and by the time they actually do, his priorities have already changed into those of an Anti-Hero.
  • Heroic BSoD: He suffers a minor one in "To Where and Back Again – Part 2" when a group of Changelings all disguise themselves as a crying Fluttershy, and one of them points out one of them might be the real Fluttershy. Discord doesn't know what to do and is captured.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • He lets the Mane Six find the Elements of Harmony, knowing they can't use them since he has destroyed their friendship at this point and allows them a "free shot" at him, aware it will fail. He tries to repeat this a second time, only to realize too late that their friendship is back together. Heck, Applejack tells him this, but since he turned her into a liar, he doesn't believe her because he thinks she's still lying.
    • It happens again in "Three's a Crowd", when he gets Twilight and Cadance to travel to the edge of Equestria to fight a giant worm and get a magical flower to cure his sickness. Turns out he was faking the sickness to mess with them, but mere moments after he reveals his ruse, the worm that Twilight and Cadance had fought re-emerges and sneezes on him, making him sick for real.
    • In "What About Discord?" he convinces the rest of the Mane Six to leave Twilight out of a weekend of fun, then gleefully rubs their new inside jokes and reminiscing in her face as she struggles to contain her jealousy. Once his ruse is revealed, the Mane Six develop an inside joke of their own, leaving Discord out. Since Discord had genuinely had fun and bonded with the others, being left out makes him feel as bad as Twilight did.
  • I Gave My Word: Promised Fluttershy that he'd lay off the chaos for their friendship, and even once the Elements are gone, he keeps it.
  • Ignored Epiphany: In "Twilight's Kingdom", Tirek's betrayal and Twilight's demand that Discord be freed in return for her magic convinces Discord that there is nothing more valuable than friendship, and he tells Twilight that he truly is her friend. However, later episodes show him risking his friendships through his selfish behavior (and having little interest in making new ones), and continuing to toy with and poke fun at Twilight for his own amusement like nothing ever happened.
  • Irony: In "The Break Up Break Down", Discord, a Reality Warper and Mad God, claims to be a "realist."
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • Subverted when he tries to call Princess Celestia out on turning him into stone in front of the Mane Six. He only avoided things like that because it wouldn't be any fun for him.
    • Played straight in the season 4 premiere, when Twilight has returned to Ponyville without her friends, because they feel that with Celestia and Luna gone, Equestria can't afford to lose another princess. Discord needles her about it, and Twilight runs off angrily to rejoin her friends.
    • Shown again in "Three's a Crowd" after Twilight learns Discord faked his illness; he says he did that to test if she really saw him as a friend. Whether or not he lied about his reason, he's right that Twilight has never proved she sees him as a friend. Her befriending her, up to that point, had in fact been solely for pragmatic purposes and she was very open about it.
    • Once again in "What About Discord?", where he correctly points out that Twilight not dealing with her jealousy of him because she doesn't want to admit that she's jealous or can even become jealous at all is a problem and one that she needs to address.
    • In the Best Gift Ever special. While he wasn't being nice about it, Discord was right when he pointed out to Rainbow Dash that getting a candle as a Hearth's warming gift for Fluttershy, a pony who has many fluffy (and therefore, flammable) animals at home, isn't the best idea. He also points out out that Rainbow, having known Fluttershy since they were kids, really should have a better idea of what to get her. It makes Rainbow decide to get her something else.
    • In "The Beginning of The End - Part One"; He's not wrong about calling out the same predictable process that happens every time Twilight has one of her panic attacks; her friends comfort her, saying everything is going to be fine and she doesn't believe them. He is also technically correct in pointing out that using the Elements of Harmony to stop the returned Sombra doesn't count as the Mane Six doing it themselves (and also that they defeated him before without them).
  • Kansas City Shuffle: The hint he gives is "Twists and turns are my master plan, then find the Elements back where you began", causing the Mane Cast to search the maze for them... except he never says the Elements are in it; it's just a ploy to lure them into his trap.
  • Kryptonite Factor:
    • Certain kinds of wards, like Celestia's on the Elements upon his second release. Likewise, in the Season 6 finale, Chrysalis's domain is revealed to contain a Field Power Effect that negates all non-Changeling magic (chaotic or otherwise).
    • Also, he's shown to be vulnerable to the Tatzlwurm's disease.
    • Season 7's "Discordant Harmony" shows that either being around or causing too much order (it's not clear which) note  has serious negative consequences for Discord. When he forcibly changes his chaotic home realm to be more sane and orderly out of a desire to please Fluttershy, it ends up sapping away his life, causing him to start fading away into nothing. Fluttershy ends up having to reset Discord's realm back into a World of Chaos before Discord dies.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: His riddle is "Twists and turns are my master plan; then find the Elements back where you began". Where do they find the Elements? In the reference guide which was the very first thing we saw in the very first episode, literally back where the series began.
  • Genre Motif: The music when he appears consists of circus music. The first theme song however, can be heard here.
  • Longing Look: Toward Fluttershy. He sometimes looks smitten when mentioning her, and sometimes even in front of her, but she doesn't seem to notice. Whether it's romantic or platonic remains debatable, but he definitely feels something strong when she's around.
  • Lovecraft Lite: He's an eldritch abomination with reality-warping powers and is at odds with anything resembling logic and order, but he's eventually redeemed and most of his antics are Played for Laughs since then.
  • Not Bad: He holds this opinion towards Trixie in "To Where And Back Again — Part 2", declaring her use of her smoke bombs to evade the changelings "not exactly great and powerful, but effective", and later admitting that some of her illusions were "slightly above average".
  • Not Me This Time:
    • In "Princess Twilight Sparkle", everyone but Fluttershy immediately suspects that he was behind the Everfree ordeal. Discord immediately denies having anything to do with it. This is ultimately subverted at the end when he accidentally reveals that he was the cause of it... just much later than intended.
    • The Flashback at the beginning of the "Cosmos" comic arc shows him invoking this, as the chaos that was currently happening was actually the work of Cosmos herself.
  • Oh, Crap!: He gets that very look just before the Elements of Harmony hit him full force.
  • One-Man Army: He is very possibly the single most powerful being in all of Equestria. Even Princess Celestia and Princess Luna stood no chance against him without the Elements of Harmony. In "To Where and Back Again", it is said that if it hadn't been for Chrysalis's Anti-Magic throne, he could have defeated the entire Changeling hive effortlessly on his own.
  • Operation: Jealousy: He brings the Smooze to the Grand Galloping Gala as his guest in order to make Fluttershy jealous. When it becomes clear it isn't working, he stuffs the Smooze in a closet.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: His species name is draconequus and, while he's more of a chimera, he seems to be at least partly modeled off an eastern dragon. His left leg and part of his tail also seem to be those of a dragon.
  • Pass the Popcorn:
    • At the beginning of "The Return of Harmony – Part 2", he finds the sight of Twilight's bickering friends to be so entertaining that he gets a movie theater seat with a bag of popcorn to properly enjoy the show.
    • He does it again during the season 4 premiere while Ponyville is being overrun by the Everfree Forest.
    • He slowly chews on some popcorn while listening to Twilight making a speech about Starlight Glimmer in "Celestial Advice".
    • He enjoys some popcorn in "A Matter of Principals" while watching Smolder sneezing fire uncontrollably (due to a Dragonsneeze tree he had "hired" as a substitute teacher).
    • In Best Gift Ever, he treats himself to popcorn while watching the Mane Six trying to contain the Winterzilla.. then dispenses with it out of annoyance over them not hitting upon the proper solution.
  • Playing Sick: During "Three's a Crowd", he fakes being sick to "test" Twilight's friendship by seeing to what lengths she'll go to take care of him and accommodate his inane requests.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: Very very sneaky, but check the window of Fluttershy's cottage during her "Sharing Kindness" line in the theme song of the Season 4 opening and beyond. In the season 8 opening, he makes a more noticeable appearance in the background of Fluttershy's animal sanctuary.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Sports one of these when feeling particularly devious.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: His use is split evenly between sarcastic and genuine.
  • Rage Quit: His reaction to Fluttershy beating his mind games is to cease the mind games and outright brainwash her.
  • Recruiting the Criminal: Celestia's "use for Discord's magic" is tracking down Tirek. That's why she released him from his statue form.
  • Reference Overdosed: Too many to name: He has dressed up as Mary Poppins and did a Dumb and Dumber tux ensemble with the Smooze, his Glass of Water song had one cut in Hogwarts, and went full Metal Gear Solid when he entered Sugarcube Corner Solid Snake-style!
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Not as often as Zecora, mind you, but loves handing out torturous riddles. He normally sounds far more menacing while doing so as well.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: He's right for calling out Princess Celestia for turning him to stone, considering that he had never done that to anypony in the past, but it isn't because he was a decent ruler or even because he thinks it's cruel; it's because having a kingdom of stone subjects would be too boring for him.
  • Roaring Rampage of Rescue: His mentality in "To Where and Back Again", when Fluttershy is kidnapped by the changelings.
  • Running on All Fours: He switches to a quadrupedal stance for a boost of speed in "To Where and Back Again – Part 2" when pursued by changelings, but that's only because he cannot use magic to escape otherwise.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Discord's whole motivation for holding the Jerkass Ball in "A Matter of Principals" is that he wanted to be involved with the School. Finally, at the end, he is made vice-principal... but then the Mane Six return, which means Discord won't be vice-principal after all. The episode ends with Discord sighing and throwing away the business cards he'd already made for his new role.
  • Shameful Shrinking:
    • In "Princess Twilight Sparkle – Part 2", he briefly considers the possibility of causing chaos with the Elements of Harmony gone. Fluttershy then scolds him, telling him to help clean up Ponyville if he wants to remain friends, causing him to shrink.
    • He invokes this again in "What About Discord?", shrinking when he feels bad about being left out of the Mane Six's new inside joke.
  • Ship Tease: With Fluttershy. They're shown to spend a lot of time together off-screen (having tea together once a week and exchanging letters), he stares at her quite adoringly even when she isn't looking, strokes her face a couple times, she blushes when he hugs her, even gets jealous when he can't go with her to the gala, to name a few things.
  • Shut Up, Kirk!: Right after Celestia has explained how horrible things used to be thanks to Discord, he reveals himself and they have this little exchange:
    Celestia: Discord! Show yourself!
    Discord: [chuckling] Did you miss me, Celestia? I missed you. It's quite lonely being encased in stone. But you wouldn't know that, would you, because I don't turn ponies into stone!
  • Silly Rabbit, Romance Is for Kids!: In The Break Up Break Down", Discord dismisses Hearts and Hooves Day as just a greeting card holiday and romantic love as an illusion. This opinion seems to change by the end of the episode, where he used his magic to arrange for Big Mac and Sugar Belle to be able to reconcile.
  • Slasher Smile: He briefly sports one when he finally decides to directly engage the newly bonded Mane Cast with his magic.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The spelling of the name of his species, draconequus, has been mangled by both The Hub's web site (Dragonokis) and the closed captioning (draconequis). Word of God is clear on the subject, though, and his trading card and a tweet by Hasbro's My Little Pony Twitter account both use the correct spelling.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: Towards the Mane Six themselves, but more so towards Twilight.
  • Sugar Apocalypse: In the Season 5 finale, Twilight sees multiple Bad Futures for if each villain came to power, and the episode specifically states each future is worse than the one she saw before. Discord is shown here as the worst villain of all (save for the Flim-Flam Brothers), with his reign over Equestria implied to be worse than Sombra, Chrysalis, Nightmare Moon, or Tirek. And it still looks like a crazy World of Chaos instead of the more conventional Dark Worlds shown in the other timelines.
  • Surreal Humor: Thrives on it. This is why he turns Ponyville into a surreal Wonderland.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: The Mane Six are genuinely horrified when Tirek betrays Discord and drains his magic. Even Applejack, who had the most reason to want to punch the guy for the crap he pulled, had no biting sarcasm when she asked him if he saw that coming. And Discord sounds so thoroughly broken when he replies that he didn't.
  • Tarot Motifs: A stained-glass window of Discord has him hanging tied-up ponies over a pit of fire, bringing to mind the Devil card.
  • Taking the Bullet: In "The Beginning of the End - Part 2", Discord throws himself in front of a magic blast from Sombra aimed at Fluttershy, taking the full brunt of the attack. He later reveals that the blast didn't seriously hurt him at all, but he plays up the injury to encourage the Mane Six to finish the fight by themselves.
  • This Cannot Be!: His reaction when the Elements of Harmony are activated after being so certain he's completely broken the Mane Six's friendship.
  • Too Powerful to Live: Given that his powers make him stronger than almost every character in the series we've seen thus far, there's no way that he could stick around without the series ending on a downbeat note. At least until his Heel–Face Turn, but even then his appearances in the show are sparingly at best. After all, the plot would end in seconds if he was free to run around. That said, he has been shown since then to have more weaknesses than expected.
  • Touché: "Well played, Fluttershy, well played."
  • Villainous Breakdown: Twice. First he throws a hissy fit when Fluttershy doesn't give into his mind games. Then he goes from cocky to terrified when he realizes the Elements of Harmony are working again after he becomes so certain he's broken the Mane Six's bond.
  • Villainous BSoD:
    • Undergoes a brief one in "Keep Calm and Flutter On" after realizing how much he's come to care about having a friend.
    • Another in "Twilight's Kingdom" after Tirek betrays him. Rather than the expected Villainous Breakdown over losing his beloved magic, Discord bemoans in earnest heartbreak that he thought their friendship was genuine as Tirek gives his Did You Actually Believe...? speech. Even the ponies he just sold out feel sorry for him after this display.
  • Villainous Legacy: In the "Princess Twilight Sparkle" two-parter, the conflict stems from an old scheme of his coming to threaten Equestria, but he's more or less a good guy at the time and isn't directly involved with the action.
  • Was It Really Worth It?:
    • Does this to himself by asking Fluttershy if she thought he'd think his World of Chaos wasn't worth losing their friendship. To everyone's surprise, including his own, he discovers it really wasn't.
    • Happens again in "Twilight's Kingdom". His expressions constantly show that he's not sure whether selling out Equestria to Tirek to be fully free was actually worth it or not. In the end he decides it wasn't worth it. At ALL. And now his mistake has cost him everything he had.
  • When She Smiles: Normally he's a creepy unnatural Mad God, but when he honestly smiles at the end of "Keep Calm and Flutter On" and "Twilight's Kingdom — Part 2" he suddenly turns into an adorable Ugly Cute puppy.
  • Where's the Fun in That?: "What fun is there in making sense?"
  • Wings Do Nothing: Although he does flap his mismatched wings when flying, they are ridiculously small compared to his body mass, and it's likely he can't fly at all without his Reality Warper powers. Indeed, once drained of magic by Tirek, or within an Anti-Magic field, he keeps to the ground.
  • The Worf Effect: Even he's gotten this occasionally.
    • At the beginning of "Keep Calm and Flutter On", Celestia preemptively casts a new spell to prevent him from (directly) stealing the Elements anymore, and it works — unlike her defenses that didn't even faze him in "The Return of Harmony". However, this is downplayed due to her still not doing anything to him directly.
    • In "Three's a Crowd", the Tatzlwurm's sneeze makes him seriously ill and weakens him severely.
    • Perhaps the most well-known example is when Tirek ultimately betrays him and drains his magic in "Twilight's Kingdom," leaving him completely Brought Down to Normal. Things were actually the other way around at first, until Tirek built up enough strength to be able to do this to him in return (though it still required Tirek draining most ponies in Equestria, including the powerful magic of the Mane Six sans Twilight Sparkle).
    • In "Friends Forever #20", Luna is evidently able to not only just zap him unconscious now, but also wield a Home Field Advantage over him in dreams — the former understandably being a case of averted Talking Is a Free Action, and the latter being a case of what happens when a Reality Warper gets thrown out of his element.
    • His powers are nullified in "To Where and Back Again" due to the Anti-Magic effects of Queen Chrysalis's throne.
    • In Friendship is Magic #57, Discord starts to lose his magic after Pinkie Pie stumbles into his realm and starts bending it to her will — forcing him to face off against her in order to regain control. With his powers still weak, he is distinctly the underdog during the fight — ultimately resorting to Rope A Dope tactics to trick Pinkie into exhausting herself.
    • In the "Cosmos" storyline, Discord is deeply outclassed by the eponymous villainess, whose own Reality Warper abilities were powerful enough to threaten the very fabric of existence.
    • Subverted in "The Beginning of the End Part 2" when he fight King Sombra. after easily blocking all of Sombra's attack, he's seemingly taken down by Taking the Bullet for Fluttershy, but it's later revealed he was merely pretending to be hurt so he could motivate the Mane Six into getting their 11th-Hour Superpower. It's made abundantly clear that he could have easily defeated Sombra himself had he actually taken the fight seriously.
  • World Gone Mad: Equestria's fate after he takes over during his debut episode. The former pastoral Arcadia is promptly turned into a surreal psychedelic mess to suit a Mad God's whims and amusement. The landscape is warped beyond recognition and the ponies themselves are either driven mad in a variety of unique and interesting ways or became helpless pawns in cruel mind games, all to the background of the laws of physics being firmly shoved out the door and told not to come back. This is all highlighted by Twilight being left sane and aware of twisted everything is and having to deal with a nonsensical world, the hateful, one-dimensional parodies her friends were twisted into and Discord's constant mocking.
  • "World of Cardboard" Speech: Gives one to Fluttershy and the others in "Twilight's Kingdom" after being betrayed by Tirek and rescued by Twilight.
    Discord: Oh but you are, Fluttershy. You're the pony that taught me that Friendship is Magic. I had friendship and magic, but now I don't have either.
  • World of Chaos:
    • Once he took over Equestria in "The Return of Harmony", he promptly began turning it into his vision of an ideal, chaotic world. By the end of the episode, this had resulted in an Equestria where the sun and moon switched places in the sky every few minutes and large parts of the landscape had been either patterned like chess sets or floated upside-down above the landscape, and filled with things like roads made of soap, herds of rabbits with grotesquely elongated legs, cotton candy clouds, and ponies twisted mentally into performing various behaviors Discord found amusing. And going by Discord’s comments, that wasn’t even the finished result!
    • Chaosville, the pocket dimension he takes up residence in after his reformation is an even more extreme example. Even at its most extreme, his version of Equestria still had a uniform ground instead of floating in multicolored pieces through the void, and that's before getting to quaint amenities like the weird fauna flying about the place, the bottomless pit, the psychedelic swirls of black and purple making up what's probably supposed to be the sky...
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: In "The Beginning of the End - part 2". After seemingly being critically wounded Taking the Bullet for Fluttershy, Discord pretends to be in pain and low on magic after being hit with Sombra's magic. He is just faking being hurt to get the Mane Six to stop worrying and believe in themselves.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: In "The Beginning of the End Part 2", the seemingly wounded Discord gives this speech to the Mane Six.
    Discord: You lost sight of what's in front of you. You're here, together, willing to give everything you've got for Equestria. Nothing and nopony can ever take that away from you, because that's who you are.

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