Friendship Is Magic has a small, but growing Expanded Universe. The IDW comics are currently the main source of EU Canon, but Hasbro has plans to release some chapter books as well. This page is for all the little Canon Foreigners that show up here and there.
IDW ComicsAgain, the main source of Expanded Universe canon is currently IDW's comic books, so it's introduced a few new characters. It's even introduced a couple of new races!
Characters currently listed in the series they debuted in first.
A pair of Changelings with unique armor. They appear to be the heads of Chrysalis's guards and in Issue #3 keep tabs on the Mane Six pairs that don't have the magic map that Twilight has (which allows Chrysalis to spy on her).
- Custom Uniform: What sets them apart from the other Changelings; one of them has green armor with black swirls on it, the other has a more detailed version of the armor the Mook Lieutenants from the show, with a few added Spikes of Villainy.
- Early-Bird Cameo: The green armored one actually appeared in Issue #2, but he didn't do anything other than take an order.
- Mook Lieutenant: They're not quite Co-Dragons, their main role is simply to talk to and laugh with Chrysalis.
- Pragmatic Villainy: As quoted above, one of them second-guesses Chrysalis's plan for revenge because they already found a convenient source to feed on.
A cave troll that appears in Friendship Is Magic Issue #2. He scares the girls at first, but he's really just a big lovable brony who wants to play with PO-NAYS.
- And Call Him "George"!: Treats the ponies like they were brushable dolls, and quotes the Trope Namer in regards to one of the fake ponies Rarity makes.
- Expy: He looks a lot like the Abominable Snowman from the classic Looney Tunes cartoons.
- Gentle Giant: He's enormous and strong, but only wants to brush and collect pony dolls and is happy to leave the main characters alone when they make him some new ones.
- Shout-Out: A cave troll... in an abandoned mine? Where have we heard that before?
- Tuckerization: Named after show storyboard supervisor "Big" Jim Miller.
Multiple different huge spiders who appear in Issue #2 as an obstacle for the Mane Six when traveling though the mines, most of them sporting hats and even have their own "cutie marks".
- Badass Mustache: Their fangs look like old-timey mustaches.
- One of them is blonde, gray, and has one eye off to a side, like Derpy the pony. Apparently, every species has one...
- Also, the giant spider bears more than a little resemblance to Jamie Hyneman, complete with trademark beret.
- Giant Spider: Of course.
- Large and in Charge: Most of them are about pony-sized, their leader however is as big as the cave troll encountered earlier in the issue.
- Nice Hat: Most of them. Spider-Derpy doesn't have one by default, so it takes Applejack's.
A race of adorable, loving cat-like creatures who are more than happy to make friends with all who enter their lands. Their homeland was conquered and converted into the Changeling Kingdom soon after the events of "A Canterlot Wedding".
- The Chew Toy: It's obvious Cook and Price wanted to create a species so sugar-sweet that readers could enjoy watching the Changelings take them apart without the writers having to invoke any sympathy.
- Crapsaccharine World: It's ironic how such cute beings could cherish such a precarious existence in the My Little Ponyverse, of all places.
- Doomed Hometown: The land was pretty ideal for Chrysalis and her changelings as not only did it provide love for them to feed on, it gave them a new base of operations which they took over within days. By the time the Mane 6 arrive, the place is a shadow of its former self with green gloop covering the houses and ground. Not to mention the castle looming ominously over the once-happy village.
- The Farmer and the Viper: The Changelings aren't in their lands for five minutes and they welcome them with open arms and offer their Queen cake. It ends very badly for them.
- The Pollyanna: The changelings massacre the cute kittens till there's only a few of them left, convert their homes to their needs (basically everything being covered in their green gloop) and then round up the remaining population so they can later be eaten. They still keep on being affectionate and kindhearted, even after all that's happened to them.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: They're adorable, and very friendly.
- Self-Parody: A clear parody of the Gang of Critters trope and the MLP franchise as a whole.
- Too Dumb to Live: They tend to be a bit too friendly to newcomers. Even when they're being threatened.
Malevolent spirits of darkness that inhabit the Nightmare Dreamscape, they're the main antagonist of the second Story Arc of the main series. They return using the power of the new moon to cause trouble for the bearers of the Elements of Harmony. My Little Pony: FIENDship Is Magic reveals they were originally the Nyx, creatures tasked with creating dreams, whom Nightmare Moon corrupted.
- Accidental Misnaming: One of the spirits keeps calling Shadowfright "Larry", much to his annoyance. It turns out to be the name of that Nightmare's host.
- Beauty = Goodness: The Nyx look a whole lot nicer before and once freed of the Nightmare Forces influence.
- Break Them by Talking: Shadowfright pulls this on Rarity, weakening their resolve enough to become a new Nightmare Moon. He then does on Princess Luna by claiming this was her fault and by refusing to become Nightmare Moon again, they were "forced" to corrupt another in her place. While the Mane Six shut this down, it left her demoralized enough to keep her from being a threat until the ending.
- By the Lights of Their Eyes: It's the only part of their bodies that aren't completely black.
- The Corruptible: They proved to be this for Nightmare Moon, but to what extent is unclear. Doran had enough control to secretly act against Nightmare Moon but nothing else, Jerome had to be reminded to act evil and was apparently able to break his corruption in part through his own resolve.
- Dark Is Evil: They're associated with the night just like they were when merged with Luna. And they come in a variety of dark colors as well.
- Demonic Possession: This seems to be the only way they can get things done: preying on the negativity of others to take control of their bodies. They also take possession of the moon's wildlife, which is evidently simpler.
- The Dragon: Their leader Shadowfright, though he seems to be in charge whenever they don't have a queen.
- Dream Weaver: Their job was to create dreams for everypony.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Nightmare Moon initially corrupted them by lying that ponies don't appreciate their work.
- Expy: Beings that feed on fear and also were revealed to have possessed a hero in the past by preying on their fears, turning that hero into a villain. Nope, definitely not Parallax.
- Feathered Fiend: Shadowfright has an uniquely avian design, and stands above the rest in evil deeds and hierarchy.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: They have the power to revive Nightmare Moon and are the main reason she's a threat, but lack (save two) character, backstory, or motive (later given in Fiendship is Magic).
- Genre Blind: Since they've never seen a pony in person, they were unaware Nightmare Moon wasn't one to trust.
- Living Shadow: They're a collection of beings that look like flaming shadows.
- Lunacy: They can draw power from the moon.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Shadowfright in particular, also their speech bubbles are in red & black.
- To Create a Playground for Evil: They wish to create a Nightmare Kingdom.
- Tom the Dark Lord: One of the Nightmare Forces self-identifies as Shadowfright even though his name is Larry. Nightmare Moon only calls him Larry; he doesn't object, he just looks embarrassed. It really is Larry, as it turns out.
- Your Worst Nightmare: They induce this in their potential hosts.
Using Rarity as a vessel, this new Nightmare Moon intends to finish what the original promised the Nightmare Force, starting by eliminating those who thwarted her the last time.
- Arc Villain: Of the comics second Story Arc (Issue #5 to #8), being its driving force behind it despite only showing up halfway through.
- Bling of War: Dons Gem-Encrusted golden armor for the battle against Ponyville.
- Breakout Character: Slightly, least in terms for the comics. While she never makes another physical appearance, usually whenever a conversation comes up about past villain threats, she surprisingly is always listed among the rogues despite being a comic only character.
- Break Them by Talking: She's fond of this.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Incapacitates Luna with one shot.
- Dark Is Evil: She's the main villain and the one who's actually black (seeming grey in some scenes due to lighting) compared to the merely dark colors of the Nightmare Forces.
- Decomposite Character: Her existence portrays Nightmare Moon/the entity that created her as a separate being from Princess Luna, which the show treats as a mere alter ego of Luna. Note that Lauren Faust planned this for the show, but left before it was implemented.
- Demonic Possession: She makes it clear she is in control with Rarity suppressed.
- Doomed by Canon: Twilight Sparkle is still a unicorn in this arc, Rarity is A-OK when Twilight becomes an Alicorn, its no spoiler that Nightmare is defeated and Rarity saved.
- Evil Is Bigger: Towers over Luna and the other ponies.
- Exotic Eye Designs: Has diamond-shapes in them on top of her glowing, Hellish Pupils.
- Faux Affably Evil: Carries an air of class and confidence that increasingly gives way to petty anger as she's increasingly thwarted.
- Flaw Exploitation: The reason she chose to possess Rarity (despite Fluttershy seeming easier) was she had hidden insecurities that made her the most "willing" to give herself over.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: She briefly reverts to normal when Spike seems to get though to Rarity.
- Hyde Plays Jekyll: Impersonates Rarity in a Lotus-Eater Machine to sway Spike to her side. This behavior, plus her not recognizing the Fire Ruby, is enough to expose the ruse.
- Kick the Dog: Belittling the Mane Six, Spike and Luna? Understandable given the threat they pose. Belittling her perfectly loyal and effective subordinate Shadowfright? Not so much.
- Laser-Guided Karma: She goes out of her way to mock Spike's attempts to save Rarity and his feeling for her. Guess who and what proves decisive in stopping her.
- Lotus-Eater Machine: She can create positive dreams as well as nightmares.
- More Than Mind Control: She originally possessed Princess Luna by convincing her she could use their power to force ponies to respect her night. She then possessed Rarity by making her fear her friends would disregard her generosity but as the Nightmare Force's queen, she'd always be appreciated. It's soon clear this control is not as good as expected, with bits of Rarity emerging when confronted by Spike and Sweetie Belle. It's the Mane Six and Spike getting thought to Rarity that they would never abandon her that outright breaks Nightmare's possession.
- Skunk Stripe: Gains some à la Bride of Frankenstein.
- Taught by Experience: After underestimating the Mane Six the first time, she sought to abduct and possess one of them (after determining who would be most susceptible) so they couldn't use the Elements of Harmony on her. Then when the remaining Mane Six block her attempts to psych them out, she has the Nightmare Forces overwhelm them and locks them in magic-proofed cages to keep them from interfering.
- That Man Is Dead: No sooner does she say this of Rarity than Spike proves otherwise.
- Tragic Monster: Much drama comes from the prospect of fighting Rarity and what's become of her. Once they get through to Rarity, it's clear she is not enjoying it either.Rarity: Please, no! I don't want to go back! It was so cold and lonely - and I wasn't helping anypony! I was hurting them. Help!
- Walking Spoiler: Her name, appearance, and anything beyond her being the return of Nightmare Moon gives away the big twist of the arc.
Shining Armor and Poindexter/Gizmo's geeky friends at Canterlot Academy. Gaffer is a cream/white unicorn with a 8-sided die as a cutie mark, and 8-Bit is a grey pegasus with a Space Invader-like cutie mark. The two work together with Shining and Poindexter to help Shining try to win over Cadance's heart on the night of the big polo championship game.
Canterlot Academy's top polo player and school bully. He is what stands in the way of Shining from getting Cadance to come to the dance with him.
- Jerk Jock: To the extent of being an Affectionate Parody. Think of every 80s jerk jock from the 90s, yep, that's him.
- Romantic False Lead: Obviously he and Cadance don't end up together.
- Sore Loser: His biggest weakness.Shining Armor: Hes one of those stallions that has to win... and he has to be the star of the game or he loses his mind.''
- Took a Level in Kindness: The present-day Buck is a lot nicer then he was in the flashback, and even seems to be friends with Shining.
Applejack's cousin and the main antagonist of the main prequel story featured in the 2013 Annual comic from IDW. She appears to be the older sister of Babs Seed (who herself has been Age Lifted to AJ's age). What happened to her after the comic is never explained.
- Alpha Bitch: Was the resident school bitch before Sunset entered the picture. She wasn't quite as bad though, just worrying more about status and what not and thinking everyone should just stick to their own cliques.
- Breaking Speech: Delivers a rather nasty one to Fluttershy and AJ how they're pathetic on trying to be their friends. It works for a time till the first Canterlot High soccer game when Pinkie has Fluttershy volunteer to pass out streamers and she nearly starts insulting her again. Rarity and AJ shuts Babs and her down that time, chastising the both of them for their rude behavior when Fluttershy clearly didn't deserve it.
- The Cameo:
- In the Holiday Special, Sunflower is apparently still going to school after the events of Rainbow Rocks as she appears in one panel among a bunch of students getting angry at Sunset.
- We get a glimpse of the Pony Sunflower in the Friends Forever issue focusing on Granny Smith & the Flim Flam Brothers.
- Canon Foreigner: An odd case since she's the major "not-in-the-movies" character other than human Babs. Word of God says she's Babs' sister, which would mean her pony counterpart is the one pony Babs mentioned in "One Bad Apple". Pony Sunflower makes a cameo (along with many other IDW Canon Foreigners) in the Granny Smith and Flim Flam Brothers issue of Friends Forever alongside pony Babs.
- Hair Decorations: In the shape of a sunflower, naturally, also invoking Flower in Her Hair.
- Humble Pie: Fluttershy notices she has a pet dog in her purse that looks sickly and, being an animal expert, tries to offer some advice on how to care for it but Sunflower just insults her instead. However, near the end of the story, her neglect of the poor pooch catches up to her and she has to own up and take it to the animal clinic where Fluttershy works when it's condition worsens. Having an almost pleading expressions when she comes in, though Fluttershy is more then happy to help her.
- Jaw Drop: After Rarity and AJ chastise her for her behavior and leave her and Babs to be with Fluttershy.
A Type 1 — Brutish — Pirate that serves at the antagonist for the Issue #13-14 arc.
- Artificial Limbs: He has a peg leg
- Badass Normal: Give the guy credit, he faced down the Mane 6 in a sword fight and kept em at bay. He only lost because Spike managed to drop a coconut on him.
- Expy: Of Jack Sparrow unsurprisingly, both in looks, similar backstory (his crew turning on him twice), and having a magical object for treasure hunting (the Map of the Wandering X)
Whether or not they are meant to be the Sea Ponies of earlier generations is unknown, but there does exist a race of ponies in the sea. Jewel is one of them, the "treasure" that Hoofbeard seeks.
- Continuity Nod: The mermares and the "mantahawk" they summon to help the ponies back home are elements featured earlier in the Gen 4 picture book, "Under the Sparkling Sea".
- Interspecies Romance: Jewel with Hoofbeard, a Earth pony.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Again, Jewel with Hoofbeard. The rest of the mermares had disapproved of them being together and forced Jewel to come with them. It was only due to the magic map he was able to keep track of them. The Mane Six eventually manage to convince the meremares to let the two stay together with Twilight adding extra help by giving Hoofbeard gills.
A magical bookworm that begins eating through Twilight's books, causing mayhem in both the book and outside worlds.
- Anti-Villain: He's not really evil, just ignorant of his actions and a little too driven to find his goal. He even states he likes books. After Twilight tells him this, he admits he didn't want to hurt anyone and, once granted the ability to make it right, starts fixing his messes.
- Freudian Excuse: He's eating stories because there are none with worms as the heroes and he wants to find one that does.
- One-Winged Angel: The more stories he eats the more huge and grotesque he becomes. When he starts helping the Mane 6, he reverts to his original form.
- Reality Warper: In both worlds. In the book world he changes how the story goes, even taking out lead characters that were meant to be in it. This causes the characters to show up in the pony world via cocoons and start running amuck.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Given the fate of the library after Tirek destroyed it, it's a big question whether he survived or not.
The leader of the book villains when they arrive in the pony world.
- Expy: Of the Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty.
- Fangs Are Evil: Sports some fangs in her mouth to pretty get across the point that, yes, she's evil.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: Her name makes this pretty obvious.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: Effectively.Queen: You think you can just bloop me away?! I'm the Queen of-(bloop)
- Kneel Before Zod: Is seen making Macintosh do this at one point.
- No Name Given: No proper name anyways. She's only referred to by her title from the books she comes from.
- Only Known By His Nickname: As stated, she's just known as the "Evil Queen of Trottingham"
- Take Over the World: It may not be her world, but it's a new one ripe for the picking. Plus she's a villain, it's what they do.
- Debut:: "Reflections"
The "Reflections" arc features an Alternate Universe where good and evil have been reversed. Equestria is ruled by the just and merciful King Sombra who defends his kingdom from the diabolical Celestia and Luna.
- Arc Villain: Mirror Celestia and Luna serve as this for the "Reflections" arc.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: A wanted poster of Big Macintosh shows that he's a Baron, complete with Beard of Evil. Later, we see a more aristocratic Granny Smith by his side and she definitely seems to be far from the kindly old lady of the main universe. Another poster hints that the Apple Family has ties to Cosa Nostra.
- Barrier Warrior: Mirror Sombra's powers are mostly defensive in nature.
- Beauty = Goodness: Chrysalis is a good guy in this universe, and looks significantly more cuddly. She's even immortalized in a stained glass window as a paragon of love.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: The sisters share equal power in their schemes.
- Big Good: Mirror Sombra plays this role.
- Bizarro Universe: Every role in this universe is filled by its polar opposite in the prime universe. Interestingly, it's not entirely moralities that are reversed, but primary character traits. For example, Derpy isn't evil in the alternate world, she's simply stoic and intelligent instead of a happy-go-lucky Ditz and is apparently wise enough to earn a stained glass window.
- The Cameo: Several of them don't have any role in the story or even any lines, showing up just long enough for us to get an idea of what they're like. Per Word of God, even four issues isn't enough space to give enough world building for the main story and devote any real time to everyone's favorite minor characters appearance in the mirror universe.
- Deal with the Devil: Mirror Celestia offers to Mirror Sombra the safety of main universe's Celestia and allowing her to stay with Sombra in exchange for the spell that would allow her access to main universe Equestria. He refuses not only because he does not wish for the main universe Equestria to suffer the same fate as his kingdom, but because he's smart enough to know that Mirror Celestia would do anything to have complete control over both worlds.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: In this universe, Trixie personifies humility and was able to become an alicorn princess.
- FaceHeel Turn:
- In the past, Mirror Luna was actually very sociable and very much acquainted with Mirror King Sombra during a time when Luna was not. However, when Nightmare Moon was defeated and Luna returned to rule by Celestia's side in the main universe, Mirror Luna defected to Mirror Celestia's side.
- Mirror Sombra forces himself into one at the end when he uses the Elements of Harmony to draw out the evil in Mirror Celestia and Mirror Luna absorb into himself, forcing him to become similar to the feral King Sombra of the main universe. In turn, the now evil free Mirror Celestia and Mirror Luna go through a HeelFace Turn.
- Granny Classic: Mirror Chrysalis has the appearance of one of these.
- Greed: Mirror Celestia's main trait. Not enough that she has near control of her world, she tries to take over the Prime one as well.
- Heroic Sacrifice: When it's shown that the crystal-encasing plan will affect the main Celestia as well, Mirror Sombra uses the Elements of Harmony to instead take in the evil of Mirror Celestia and Luna within himself, essentially turning him into the Sombra from the main verse.
- The Judge: Mirror Flim and Flam. They're apparently good enough to warrant a stained glass window representing fairness.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Mirror Luna's choice of wardrobe. Rarity is unimpressed.
- Slouch of Villainy: Mirror Celestia does not sit on her throne. She drapes her whole body over it as though it were a bed.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Mirror Sombra with the main universe Celestia.
- The Stoic: Mirror Derpy appears to be a stoic scholar, instead of the lovable ditz we know her as.
- Superhero: Mirror Discord, or "Sir Discord" as he is called by Mirror Sombra, who goes by the name "Captain Goodguy" when he dons a typical superhero outfit, complete with cape, mask, and spandex.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Mirror Sombra. Rarity, to no-one's surprise, notices this. Fluttershy, to everyone's surprise, notices this too. And of course, Celestia falls for him at first sight.
- Team Killer: Mirror Celestia does this when she notes whatever pain her counterpart feels so will she and vice versa. So she willingly injures Mirror Luna and in turn, harms the Prime Verse Luna to get Prime 'Verse Celestia to back down.
- Debut: "Manehattan Mysteries", #21
The head of police in Manehattan.
- Da Chief: A little gruff and one to jump to conculsion given the circumstance but respectful nonetheless.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: When it seems that Trixie can't prove her innocence, some last minute quick thinking from Babs catches the real thief Officer Flufflles. Stablemaker hears Babs out how the thief managed to make off with the real diamond and frame Trixie. He realizes it's all legit and let's Trixie off while apologizing for not believing her.
A notorious thief in Manehattan.
- Ambiguous Situation: Did Rough Diamond take someone else's identity as an officer, or was she always pretending to be a cop? This isn't made clear. Also, is Rough Diamond her real name?
- The Chessmaster: Manipulates the very investigation meant to catch her.
- Just One Little Mistake: Babs notices that Officer Fluffles' cutie mark is smudged. That alone allows Babs to figure out that the police officer is the thief they're looking for.
- Master of Disguise: She robbed a bank while disguised as Princess Luna. And it turns out she was one of the police officers all along.
- Spy Catsuit: She wears what looks like a catsuit, along with hoof gloves, mask and goggles.
- Phantom Thief: Nopony even knows what she looks like.
- We Will Meet Again: Says this much to the heroes once she's caught.Rough Diamond: You darned do-gooders! I'll get you for this! I swear! Rough Diamond will return!
The antagonist of Issue #23 and a Kelpie, a serpentine creature whose song is capable of hypnotizing all who listen to it. She uses this song to place all of Ponyville under her control to destroy the dam, leaving only the pets of the mane six to stop her.
- Anti-Villain: Was motivated by saving stranded water sprites.
- Easily Forgiven: Despite placing all of Ponyville under control to destroy a dam that would have flooded the town, she is very quickly forgiven because she was helping her water sprite friends. Rainbow Dash points out how ridiculous this is.
- Mind-Control Music: Her song is capable of putting all ponies under her control. However, the pets seem to be unaffected by it.
- Sea Monster: Cassie has a very serpentine-esque look to her.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Twilight points out she was trying to do good, but with poorly though-out methods.
A group of villains who banded together after one too many defeats at the hooves of the Power Ponies. This team of villains include the Mane-iac, Pharaoh Phetlock (an Egyptian pharaoh-themed villain with his own personal set of Mummy Mooks), Long-Face (an evil mime who enjoys spreading sadness through chemicals), High Heel (a shoe thief with her own set of shoe-themed gadgets), Smudge (a strange pony-like creature with some shapeshifting capabilities), and Shadowmane (an infamous thief). Tropes pertaining specifically to Mane-iac should go here.
- Badass Normal: High Heel and Shadowmane. They don't have any powers like Mane-iac and Smudge nor do they utilize chemicals or mooks like Long-Face and Pharoah Phetlock, but they make up for it with their gadgets and athleticism.
- Black Cloak: Shadowmane sports one as part of her attire. With a small dagger holding it together.
- Breaking the Fellowship: The Power Ponies realize that they're no match for them when they're together, so they decide to break them apart.
- Combat Stilettos: High Heel. Not only does she wear them, but she can throw them at her enemies like batarangs.
- Emo: Long-Face. Being sad is kinda his thing.
- Enemy Mime: Long-Face's appearance evokes a mime.
- Expy: Long-Face is one of Scarecrow considering he is a creepy looking supervillian obsessed with a single emotion who uses chemicals to induce that emotion in others.
- Femme Fatale: High Heel is called one by the narrator and her appearance certainly evokes the image of one.
- Flechette Storm: Shadowmane tosses several knat the guards when the League of Villainy escapes.
- Incoming Ham: In true Super Villain fashion, Pharaoh Phetlock's introduction involves him and Mummy Minions driving a car through a building while laughing evilly.
- Knife Nut: Shadowmane's Weapon of Choice are her throwing knives. One is always found around her neck and she tosses several of them at the guards when the League of Villainy escapes.
- Mooks: Pharaoh Phetlock has his Mummy Minions to aid him.
- Shout-Out: Shadowmane is somewhere between this and an expy, being a mixture of Catwoman as a villain and the Arrowverse character of Malcolm Merlyn.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Smudge. He doesn't show off these powers very often especially once he gains Masked Matter-horn's beam abilities, but he is shown to be able to change his size and coil his entire body around Radiance.
A bull cattle rustler who's trying to take over Canter Creek and its pepper ranch after the original owner, Chili Pepper, suddenly went missing.
- Brutish Bulls: He's a literal cattle rustlers, a foul-tempered outlaw bull trying to take control of Canter Creek through ruthless attacks, arson and fear tactics.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He and his crew show up in the Friends Forever series trying to rob Applejack and Rarity's carriage before showing up in the main comic series proper. They even lampshade it when they see the two again.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: He can be set off rather easily.
- Made of Iron: When he comes into Canter Creek after Twilight has set a trap for him. He sets them all off but is entirely unfazed and just plows through them.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Rather then take the ranch by force, he actually tries to do it the legal way and just wait out the deadline while making a camp near the property. Granted he still terrorizes the Canter Creek residents, but only as a way so they won't fight back against him before the deadline hits.
- Surrounded by Idiots: His posse aren't quite as mean as he is and he usually has to get them back on task when they're distracted.
- Top-Heavy Guy: From a design standpoint when he stands on two legs.
- Villainous Breakdown: Has one when he realizes he can't legally own the Chili Pepper's ranch anymore after the Mane 6 stall him long enough to get the ranch registered as a national landmark.
- Would Hit a Girl: As Rarity and Applejack found out the hard way.
The current Sheriff of Canter Creek.
- Determinator For the most part, he has been holding off Longhorn before the Mane 6 show up but not without damage to the town.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice
- Nice Hat: Even lampshaded when Rarity, going googly eyed on first site of him ask where he got it. AJ dryly responds it's the same as hers.
- 10-Minute Retirement: Combined with Heroic BSoD, after Twilight's plan fails, he all but gives up. But upon hearing AJ's plan in the next issue, he eventually returns to help and takes back his post once everything said and done.
An internet persona that spread the secrets of everybody in Canterlot High School, turning the school against itself. On top of that, they framed Sunset Shimmer for their own actions, continuing to spread the secrets of CHS even after their goal had been achieved.
- Apple of Discord: The secrets spread over Anon-A-Miss posts start causing lots of arguments and infighting in Canterlot High School.
- The Bully: They made Sunset Shimmer a scapegoat by making everybody believe that she was the one spreading the secrets, and they continued to do this even after the main goal was done.
- Evil Is Petty: Apple Bloom began Anon-A-Miss because she wasn't invited to a sleepover.
- G.I.F.T.: An in-universe example. Their ability to spread chaos and hatred among the students of CHS is because of the anonymity of the internet.
- Gone Horribly Right: They intended to spread secrets to get back at Sunset Shimmer over petty jealousy. Even after that was done, the secret spreading didn't stop. During their confession, Anon-A-Miss admits that things got out of control.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Their motive is jealousy over Sunset Shimmer getting more attention from the Rainbooms than them. They confess as much during a Motive Rant.
- Heel Realization: They eventually get what they want with all of the secret spreading. However, the secrets continue to spread even after they've achieved their goal, seeing the situation spiral out of their control and continuing to make Sunset's life worse. This ends up prompting their confession.
- Kids Are Cruel: The revelation that the users of Anon-A-Miss are high school students makes them very fitting for this trope, considering what they did. Even more so when it turns out they're the human Cutie Mark Crusaders.
- Motive Decay: Even after getting what they wanted, they didn't stop allowing the secrets to be posted online.
- Punny Name: Anon-A-Miss — "anonymous."
- The Unfought: Anon-A-Miss is never directly confronted by the characters, mostly because they're a username handle among thousands of similarly anonymous users. So even if they did fight Anon-A-Miss, they wouldn't be fighting the actual users of it.
- Walking Spoiler: Knowing they're even a thing in the comic they appear in makes it clear that it's not just a holiday special...
A tribe of deer that live in the Thicket, a kingdom hidden at the heart of the Everfree Forest. They are led by King Aspen. Other deer include the king's son Bramble, and an older deer named Blackthorn.
- Berserk Button: Destroying the forest or trees in general. Bramble raises a major fuss when the Mane 6 knock down a tree to cross a gorge. And King Aspen nearly doesn't bother to talk to the Mane 6 when they get to his kingdom just on account of being ponies.
- Break the Haughty: Near the climax, Aspen is blackmailed into humiliating servitude under Well-To-Do in exchange for Bramble's life.
- Can't Argue with Elves: Ponies can barely get a word in whenever the deer speak.
- Complexity Addiction: Aspen seems to rule by making things much more complicated than they have to be. Which only becomes even more apparent after Blackthorn (temporarily) takes over.
- Demoted to Extra: They've only have background, story-irrelevant appearances after their debut, with their one line of dialog since Lampshading this.
- Depending on the Writer: Deer have been consistently portrayed as non-sapient in the show. The non-sapient deer also appeared in other issues of the comic, seemingly in place of the sapient, without any explanation for the discrepancy.
- Easily Forgiven: Despite downright invading Equestria, Celestia forgave Aspen on the reasoning that it gave her some action.
- Expy: They're essentially Tolkien elves as deer.
- Fantastic Racism: Not very fond of ponies.
- The Fair Folk: The Equestrian equivalent of elves. And just like elves in most media, they have a very low opinion of other species.
- They argue of Well-To-Do lumbering operation destroying the forest yet see no problem in using their magic to send out vines to pony settlements that have nothing to do with the conflict.
- They treat Tempest Shadow with scorn and distrust despite also being guilty of attacking Ponyville and Canterlot.
- The Marvelous Deer: King Aspen.
- Meaningful Name: They're all named after different types of trees.
- Our Elves Are Better: They're deer. And they're adorable!
- Poor Communication Kills:
- King Aspen communicates with Celestia through messenger birds. When Well-To-Do starts his construction, Celestia suddenly stops replying. This leads King Aspen to believe Celestia either sided with Well-To-Do, or simply doesn't care. Ironically the reason she can't respond is because his vines have ensnared both Luna and her, preventing her from doing so. Even though the two princesses do get free, the birds he does send later are intercepted by Well-To-Do's henchmen.
- This is generally their main problem in a nutshell. Their temper usually gets the better of most of them and, as soon as someone does something they don't like, they figure they're not worth their time to talk to. For example: The Mane 6 weren't deliberately trying to destroy a tree when crossing a ravine but rather just work with what they had. Bramble, while making a good point about animals that live in the tree, only told them after they had done it and only after going on a tirade rather then just calmly explaining the situation. Likewise, Aspen was more than willing to jump into war with the whole of Equestria over an assumption that all ponies were at fault for most of the forest's destruction and Twilight could just barely convince him to try alternatives before then.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Blackthron is a least a lot more tolerable to deal with then his fellow deer.
- Took a Level in Kindness: The mobile app quest involving them shows they've mellowed out since the events of the comic, and have constructed an embassy in Ponyville. King Aspen and Blackthorn also appear in issues 61 and 62, both acting much happier and respectful.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Their efforts stem from trying to protect the forest and its inheritance, but have little regard for anyone else.
- Wrong Context Magic: Twilight is shocked that the deer are able to conjure magic with their potions. Blackthorn criticizes her for thinking only ponies are capable of using Equestrian magic, and compares their methods of magic to those of zebras.
A minotaur who's cutting down a chunk of the Everfree Forest for an amusement part.
- Affably Evil: He actually comes off as a nice guy despite being the villain.
- A Load of Bull: He's a minotaur, a humanoid with the head and hooves of a bull. Notably, he's one of the only two minotaurs anywhere in canon.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Only cares about making money (or "progress" as he calls it) and not at all concerned with the damage he's doing.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: Subverted. He gets eaten by a hydra, but survives due to only being swallowed whole. He's last seen trying to sell some of said hydra's innards as property to another eaten creature.
- Greed: His usual defining trait — he wants profit, riches and land for himself, and his attempts to gather them are what drive the story's plot.
- Lack of Empathy: He shrugs off the damage to life he's causing in the forest.
- Large and in Charge: Well considering how big Iron Will was when we met him, it's not a surprise.
- Ancient Evil: She is so ancient the Princesses never even learned of her.
- Big Bad: Of "Siege of the Crystal Empire", as she's responsible for everything that happens there.
- Domain Holder: Just like how Sombra was seemingly able to Reality Warp the Empire at his peak, she and the other Umbrum — while magically prevented from actually leaving their Pocket Dimension without outside intervention — still seem able to alter their appearances inside, enable non-Umbrum characters to enter and leave at will, and possibly even affect time itself within (given Hope's The Ageless-ness while living there).
- Expy: Just as Sombra has often been compared to Sauron, Rabia is essentially the Equestrian version of Morgoth.
- Greater-Scope Villain: For "The Crystal Empire" and "Fiendship is Magic #1" Is King Sombra's mother and sent him to be the Umbrum's mole in her plan to release then while being unable to directly act. Becomes the actual Big Bad of "Siege of the Crystal Empire".
- Eldritch Abomination: The leader of the Umbrum, and the biggest and most threatening.
- Large and in Charge: Is Sombra's mother and leader of the Umbrum, and dwarfs the rest of her kind.
- Leaking Can of Evil: She was able leak Sombra out of their imprisonment. And leak others in to manipulate them.
- Long Game: Her plan to free the Umbrum has been at least a millennium in the making.
- The Man Behind the Man: Is this to King Sombra.
- Meaningful Name: Her name is the Spanish word for "anger". Fittingly, her daughter's name is the same tongue's word for "wrath".
- Mysterious Past: She created King Sombra. Her origins, as well as the rest of the Umbrum Forces, on the other hand, are a mystery.
- One-Winged Angel: Is first seen in the form of a small fairy-like creature, but eventually reveals her true monstrous form.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Is sealed in the Shadow Prison with the rest of the Umbrum until Sombra frees them.
- Stupid Evil: When Twilight and Cadance "helpfully" suggest that she finish them off via sadistic, Complexity Addiction method (that would obviously lead the Umbrum right into a trap), she... gleefully agrees. Despite Sombra's Only Sane Man warning, no less.
- Ultimate Evil: At first, the only interaction anyone has with her is hearing her voice and then seeing her disguised form. It isn't until Issue Three of "Siege of the Crystal Empire" that we actually see what she looks like, and she's every bit as monstrous as implied.
- Affably Evil: He's a genuinely polite, well-intentioned, friendly and likable person. Even his Evil Scheme is born out of a genuine belief that what he's doing is actually helping ponies.
- Assimilation Plot: When he goes out of control, he decides that the most effective way to give ponies the Order they seemingly desire is to absorb them all into one homogeneous Mind Hive, where everypony would think, act and feel exactly the same.
- Graceful Loser: As befitting of his nature, he takes his defeat in stride and bids the heroes a gracious farewell.
- Irony: Discord created Accord because he became convinced that ponies would always believe Chaos Is Evil and so distrust him. Accord then shows that Order Is Not Good.
- My God, What Have I Done?: When Starlight shows him that his order isn't any better then Discord's chaos. He realizes she's right and willingly agrees to allow Discord to return.
- Order Is Not Good: He shows that "Order" can be as "evil" as Discord's "Chaos" was. After all, individuality is a kind of Chaos...
- Order Versus Chaos: Is the Order to Discord's Chaos — and the Utopia Justifies the Means to his once-World Gone Mad.
- Reality Warper: Justified — he's Discord's Split Personality.
- Split-Personality Takeover: Does this to Discord, sealing him away in the deepest part of their shared subconscious.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: His entire rationale behind exterminating individual personalities and differences of opinion is that this imposition of Order will bring an end to the emotional pain that comes from disagreements.
A unicorn stallion with the ability to make ponies forget things by erasing the contents of books theyve read.
- Arc Villain: He's the antagonist of the "From the Shadows" story arc.
- In the Hood: Wears a brown cloak with a hood that covers both his face and his Cutie Mark.
- Properly Paranoid: The Stinger heavily implies Shadow Lock's ancestor is about to return, just as the former feared. However, thanks to Twilight's advice, Shadow Lock now decides to actively research said ancestor to become Crazy-Prepared for such an event.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Shadow Lock's motive for erasing all of those books? He's actively trying to prevent a possible return from his ancient ancestor Stygian, also known as the Pony of Shadows.
An old acquaintance of Discord's who was so chaotic that even he couldn't handle her. Having been sealed away in the stars for over a thousand years, her return begins when one of the six gems is found, and through it, she possesses Twilight Sparkle. She plans to restore herself to her former glory and is dedicated to ruling Equestria with Discord by her side.
- Abhorrent Admirer: A very villainous example; she wants to rule Equestria alongside Discord and believes he'll come back to her, even when he makes it clear he's reformed.
- Achilles' Heel: Normally invulnerable to all but the highest level magic, but the way she was sealed contained most of her magic in the stars she was imprisoned inside of. As a result, even upon becoming whole again, removing and destroying them renders her completely powerless.
- Artifact Domination: Sealed away, she takes the form of six purple gemstone stars that possess anyone powerful enough to host her. The Princesses are vulnerable, and Big Mac and Zecora become possessed as well.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: In the past, after Discord abandoned her, she turned herself gigantic and went on a rampage trying to retrieve him. In the present, she does this again once she fuses with the Princesses, Zecora, and Big Mac.
- Ax-Crazy: She doesn't mind hurting or even killing ponies to get her kicks.
- Bad Powers, Bad People: Much like Discord, her magic allows her to distort everything around her to her will. Unlike Discord, she completely revels in how destructive she can be, and gets irritated when Discord isn't willing to go as far as she does.
- Big Bad: She is the antagonist of her own story arc.
- Big "NO!": Gets one when Discord feeds Spike the last star gem.
- Chaos Is Evil: Unlike Discord, she plays this completely straight, reveling in causing destruction and death in the name of her idea of chaos. Subverted by the end of the arc, where she reveals to Discord that she's not a spirit of chaos like him, but of malice.Cosmos: "What goes better with malice than chaos! And if chaos won't join me as my companion, you can sit at my feet as my dog."
- Child Hater: She set an orphanage ablaze (with the foals still in it) in the past, and calls the Cutie Mark Crusaders "filthy creatures" in the present.
- De-Power: The star gems she was sealed inside of now permanently contain her power, so when the heroes remove them and Spike destroys them by eating them, she's left completely powerless, allowing Discord to easily banish her to the moon.
- Deface of the Moon: After Discord banishes her to the moon, she immediately sets to vandalizing Luna's moon-rock gardens.
- Demonic Possession: The six stars allow her to possess whoever wears them, but only certain kinds of ponies are susceptible to their effects.
- Eldritch Abomination: She came from the same dimension Discord lives in, chaos naturally overtakes the world in her wake, and she's powerful enough that Discord alone can't reverse the effects of her powers. And that's all before the horrifying fusion she makes of herself and the possessed ponies.
- Entitled Bitch: As she reveals later she doesn't so much as wants Discord's love as just wants him by her side just because as beings of Chaos (Discord) and Malice (herself), they should go well together just for the sake of it. When Discord finally gets through to her that he's long since change his ways, she tries to cowtow him by force.
- The Exile: Once the ponies are freed from her power and she's stripped of her power by having the stars now containing her power destroyed, Discord wastes no time in banishing her to the moon.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: She can't understand why Discord would let himself be reformed, or why he could never be as destructive as her.
- Evil Tainted the Place: Very literally; chaos naturally follows in her wake, transforming architecture and nature around her into twisted forms more suitable to her.
- Eviler Than Thou: To Discord during their brief alliance, being much more powerful, dangerous and evil than he was, and definitely the one calling the shots. Being the Spirit of Malice, she outright believes he's meant to serve her, willingly or not.
- Fangs Are Evil: While her fangs aren't as long as Discord's one fang, her expressions with them are far more sinister.
- Filler Villain: As she's exclusive to the comics, her actions ultimately leave little impact by the end.
- Fusion Dance: Once she's resurrected, she decides she's not done with the ponies she's possessed, and fuses them into herself.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She attacks Fluttershy upon finding out she was the reason Discord reformed.
- Hellish Pupils: She has slit pupils and yellow sclera. They manifest in whoever she's possessing when she's angered.
- Horns of Villainy: Two long, pointed horns.
- Horrifying the Horror: You know this girl is bad news when even pre-HeelFace Turn Discord is terrified of her. How bad? He willingly partnered with Celestia, Luna and the royalty of other lands that were chasing him (believing he was the cause of the chaos at the time) and pleaded them to help him take her down the first time.
- Made of Evil: She's the Spirit of Malice; evil isn't just what she does, but what she is.
- Mind-Control Eyes: Those under her possession get pink eyes with heart-shaped pupils. When Cosmos is angered, they turn into her eyes.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: She has a dragon-like head and wings, a cobra's hood, bird talons for arms, a feline body, and a scorpion tail. Once she fuses with the Princesses, Big Mac, and Zecora, a number of their traits — such Zecora's stripes, Big Mac's legs, Luna's wings, Celestia's tail and Cadance and Twilight's manes — are slapped onto her as well.
- Nightmare Face: When angered while possessing another pony, more of Cosmos' facial features begin to emerge. It's not pleasant.
- Production Throwback: She inherits her name from the development of My Little Pony: The Movie, where "Cosmos" was the character that later developed into Tempest Shadow.
- Reality Warper: She's implied to be even more powerful than Discord; rather than transform everything chaotic manually, chaos magic seems to follow in her wake, even when she doesn't have her physical form. It was even feared that her initial rampage would have destroyed the fabric of existence itself.
- Rejection Affection: Even after Discord teamed up with his major enemies just to get rid of her, she still pursues him romantically.
- Sadist: Horrifying and sadistic magic is her specialty. Comes with being the Spirit of Malice.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Her essence was divided and placed into jewels that formed the Andalusian constellation. A comet knocked those jewels back down to Equestria, with those who wore them being possessed by Cosmos.
- Slasher Smile: Every smile of hers is this.
- Talking to Themself: Because she's possessing several bodies at once, she has a tendency to talk to herself while retaining the possessed pony's quirks, such as Zecora's rhyming or Big Mac's "Eyup". In a humorous twist, this tends to annoy the other versions of herself who don't prove fans of the other hosts' speech patterns.
- Villainous Breakdown: After her power is destroyed, she's left pathetically trying to declare it isn't over on her hands and knees before Discord banishes her to the moon.
- Villainous Crush: She wants Discord to be hers, and she won't take "no" for an answer. She means it literally when she means hers, as she'd prefer him as a companion but is fine to have him as a possession.
- Would Hurt a Child: The moment Discord turned on her was when she transformed an orphanage filled with children into a towering inferno with thrones on the roof, prompting Discord to jump in and save them.
- Yandere: She tends to give off this vibe whenever she's speaking to Discord, usually in a very possessive manner. She's also very displeased when she finds out that Fluttershy is the reason he's reformed.
Twilight Sparkle's favorite author, she wrote the One-Hit Wonder Canter in the Sky before going into obscurity. She currently works at the Royal Archives, where Twilight helps her for a few days after injuring her leg.
- Canon Discontinuity: "Daring Don't" etablishes A.K. Yearling as Twilight's favorite author. Then again this could be before she knew about A.K and even then she could still be one of her favorite authors.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Starts out quite rude and callous to Twilight but she warms up to her over time seeing that she has a love of books.
- Grumpy Old Man: A rare female example of this trope.
- Punny Name: She's jaded alright with her outlook on life. But the name also is a pun on J. D. Salinger, a famous recluse author that the story is inspired by.
- We Used to Be Friends: Princess Celestia reveals that she used to be friends with her before Jade's success, though thanks to Twilight that friendship seems to be renewed.
Mischievous little creatures that feed on negative emotions, one pair set up a dark cloud over Ponyville and cause problems for Rainbow Dash in her spotlight comic. Though their names aren't given in the comic proper, the writer Ryan Lindsay stated he had named them Big Boy and Runt.
- Emotion Eater: They feed on sadness, hatred, and other sorts of negativity. Positive emotions, on the other hoof, defeat them.
- Goggles Do Nothing: One of them wears a pair of goggles and quotes the trope when they're defeated by the happiness Rainbow Dash caused with her Sonic Double Rainboom.
- Good Hurts Evil: They can only be defeated by positive emotions.
- In the Hood: The slightly larger one wears a hoodie.
- Nothing Can Stop Us Now!: Begins to feel this way after Rainbow repeated attempts to stop them fail. They even come to enjoy her attempts because her desperation feeds them. This bites them in the butt when Rainbow goes for the Sonic Double Rainboom and they do nothing to attempt to stop her.
A group of ponies lead by Wheat Grass and Flax Seed who own a farm outside of Ponyville and make all-natural health & beauty products. In Rarity's spotlight comic, she spends a few days there to relax after answering an ad for a new "wellness center". Hilarity Ensues.
- Cordon Bleugh Chef: Wheat Grass' "crazy healthy food" is just plain, normal regular food. It looks and tastes weird because she's just a terrible cook.
- Hunk: Tempeh is quite the manly pony and popular with the mares, even Rarity is quite smitten with him when they first meet. Too bad he's a tad single minded...
- Land Poor: Flax Seed and Wheat Grass own the land where their communal farm is built, but they don't have much money and when Rarity meets them, they are about to lose their home because of a debt they have no way possible to pay.
- Meaningful Name: All four named ones — Flax Seed, Wheat Grass, Tofu, and Tempeh — are names of foodstuffs that would be considered part of a natural lifestyle. Even more so with Tempeh's fascination with soy, as the food tempeh is a soy-based product. This latter aspect also alludes to the fact that Tempeh and Tofu — both soy-based products — are brothers.
- New-Age Retro Hippie: All of them.
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: They don't like money and try to charge as low as they can for their fantastic beauty products, which is the root of their financial difficulties.
- Thousand-Yard Stare: This is Flax Seed's default expression, since he's always stoned out of his mind.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Tempeh. Soy. The guy will give you 8 hours of the entire history of soy without you even asking.
- Verbal Tic: Flax Seed constantly says "like" every other word... even when being chased by bees!
Praiser Pan: Craft!
A Caustic Critic stallion in Canterlot that appears to be one of the judges at Princess Celestia's Extreme Art Contest. He is overly harsh, as indicated by his cutie mark, a hatchet taken to a painting canvas.
- Beatnik: He dresses in a beret, a black scarf, and rectangular glasses, along with a trim goatee and moustache. He may not speak beat, but certainly derives from the beat culture.
- Caustic Critic: He only has negative things to say about all the entries he sees — at least until Celestia comments positively on Fluttershy's, and then he's quick to change his tune.
- Ironic Name: He pans art much more than he praises it.
- Meaningful Name: As an art critic, he is appraising of art, but giving it a pass most of the time (panning it).
- Punny Name: His name could also be read as "Praise or Pan" which is ultimately what any critic will do.
- Opinion Flip-Flop: He promptly changes his mind on Fluttershy's work as soon as Celestia express admiration for it.
Equestria's silliest star and Pinkie Pie's idol, Ponyacci is an old, famous clown who's forgotten more things about comedy than most ponies ever learn. After a long, tiring but happy career of clowning and spreading happiness, he must accept he has become too old to perform and it's time to retire.
- Cartoon Juggling: One of his many skills.
- Cool Old Guy: This old stallion can give Pinkie Pie a run for her money and she absolutely idolizes him for that.
- For Happiness: All he wants to do in life is make ponies laugh.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Pinkie Pie at the end of the story.
- The Last Dance: His show in Ponyville was meant to be his last one and he certainly goes out with a bang. Though Pinkie convinces him that while he can leave the spotlight, there's not reason he can't pass on his skills to others. Allowing him to keep making other happy as he always has.
- The Mentor: After he gives Pinkie Pie some constructive criticism on her own clowning, she suggests he become a teacher. He opens a clowning school in Ponyville, extremely happy that he can pass his special talent onto a new generation of clowns. Twilight asks Pinkie why she doesn't sign up for the school herself, to which she replies she's already learned a lot from Ponyacci.
- One-Man Band: His skills can top even Pinkie Pie's.
- Sad Clown: Much to the surprise of Pinkie Pie. However, he's not sad because he's a clown, he's sad because his old age is forcing him to give up clowning and as a result on making others laugh.
- Shout-Out: To Pagliacci. His first (out of costume) appearance even references the famous joke: Pinkie Pie sees him looking sad, and tells him that Ponyacci could probably cheer him up.
- Stepford Smiler: When he's performing. He eventually gets better.
A mimicker that can take the shape of anything except ponies, who befriends the CMC. Her default form appears to be a large, filly-sized blue gem with eyes; the blue eyes appear on any other object that she copies.
- Ambiguous Gender: It's brought up that the girls don't know if Imp really is a "she", or even has a gender being a shapeshifting rock, but they settle on referring to Imp as a girl.
- In-Series Nickname: The Mimicker is given the name "Imp" based on the species' scientific name, Globulus Improbulus.
- Shapeshifting: Her race can take the shape of anything except ponies.
- Starfish Language: Her only dialogue appears as musical notes.
An old friend of Princess Celestia and a professor at the princess' School for Gifted Unicorns. Though an important part of Celestia's past, she has grown senile and has become the target of much gossip.
- Be Yourself: Whether she's aware or not of what most think of her currently, it's likely she doesn't care. She is who she is and is comfortable with that. Celestia uses this as part of a Batman Gambit to show the others why she's still fit to be a teacher.
- Eccentric Mentor: Shows all the signs of being this when she was younger. Celestia attempts to prove that she's still this, even as her senility becomes less and less of an act.
- Eye Scream: Took a rather nasty hit to the left eye during the war against the shadows. She didn't lose it and could still see out of it, but wouldn't be able to fully open it for the rest of her life.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Her damaged left eye is really the only flaw on an otherwise beautiful young mare.
- Never Mess with Granny: Her mind might be mostly gone, but she's still willing to go into battle alongside Celestia and kick massive amounts of pastry butt (with an Offhand Backhand no less).
- Scars Are Forever: She received a scar on her left eye during the siege of Canterlot which never fully healed.
- Retired Badass: She aided Princess Celestia to fight off a siege of Canterlot and can still pull off some impressive magic.
A group of creatures Spike purchases from a comic book so he can have a pet. Initially very tiny, Spike finds a way to make them grow, but soon get out of hand.
- But Now I Must Go: They choose to leave to seek further enlightenment in the world after Spike and the library taught them everything they know.
- Cool Pet: They're initially pretty duldrum, but they become this once Spike begins feeding them various magic formulas to make them larger and then they begin evolving (becoming amphibians and sapient). So much so that they leave to seek out further enlightenment once Spike taught them everything he knows.
- Expy: Of Sea Monkeys, small crustaceans that were advertised in ads of comic books.
- Uplifted Animal: Over the course of the story, they go from tiny specks in an aquarium to a sapient race thanks to the various magic formulas Spike taught them and later Spike's own teachings.
Princess Celestia's Royal Scheduling Advisor that helps Princess Luna keep on track when she takes over for the day. Has since appeared in other comics as a general royal aide to the princesses.
- Beleaguered Assistant:
- Takes on this role to Luna, trying to keep her on-task and on-time as Luna grows increasingly bored and distracted by the duties she's attending. Presumably he averts it with the more serious and responsible Celestia.
- In the final issue of the Friends Forever series, he ends up having to put up with both Celestia and Luna's bickering. Not helped when Crystal Ball ends up tampering with the spell that was meant to temporarily take away their powers and causes their squabbling to intensify.
- The Cameo: Shows up during the start of the Reflections arc helping Luna keep up the ruse that Celestia was still around.
- Meaningful Name: "kibitz" is a verb that has two meanings: to give unhelpful and/or unwanted advice, and to informally chat and gossip. The former certainly fits his role while he's helping Luna, the latter ends up being more ironic since he's incredibly formal and stuffy.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Per Word of God, part of Kibitz's personality is based on Tim Gunn.
- Straight Man: Remains steadfast in his duties no matter how reckless Luna gets.
- Super OCD: Maybe not as bad as Twilight, but clearly becomes uncomfortable with going off the schedule. At one point, he is forced to leave Luna alone when he realizes he has the wrong color of highlighter for an upcoming meeting.
- Trickster Mentor: Comes off this way at the end of the Luna Mirco story when Celestia teases that he could've went easier on Luna. He counters that a princess has to be ready for any type of responsibility thrown at them. Sure enough, this did indeed come into play during the "Reflections" arc when Luna had to take over for Celestia when she went missing.
An opossum that Luna adopts as her pet.
One of the competitors in the desert making contest Pinkie enters into in order to re-open her restaurant.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: In a more friendly version of this, she catches on that Pinkie and AJ are trying to deliberately lose so that she can win. She requests however they do it fair and square in the spirit of competition.
A very competitive pony who is denied entry into the desert-making contest when Applejack accidentally takes her spot.
- Disproportionate Retribution: After being denied entry into the contest, she comes back with a frosting projecting gun intend on freezing everyone in frosting.
- Getting the Boot: Marine gets this twice on her attempts to discredit Applejack from security. Taken Upto Eleven in that she is bucked by two guards at the same time (meaning that she is getting kicked by four hooves) and that both guards were unicorns that could have used their magic to remove her from the place in a more dignified manner. It's no wonder why she got insane by the climax of the story.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Marine Sandwich gets "frozen" in her own icing when her gun explodes.
- In the Hood: Introduced wearing a red hood. Though it could be the curtain that AJ ran into while trying to deliver Granny Smith's pie.
- Jerkass Has a Point: As unhinged as she is, she does have every right to be upset with Applejack taking her place (albeit accidentally), as she did earn the spot that Applejack took. The fact that Applejack tried to sabotage herself, which was also going to affect Marine's credibility as a chef, and that she keeps getting humiliated with every attempt to prove her claims, only makes it worse for her mental health.
- Mad Artist: She's a "food performance artist" who seems to be a bit unhinged. She goes berserk when she thinks Applejack deliberately impersonated her, and at the climax attacks the contest with a frosting gun.
- Mistaken For An Impostor: She keep trying to claim she's the real Marine Sandwich but is constantly thrown out of the building each time.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Pinkie and Truffle beat her by jamming her frosting gun, causing it to overload and explode frosting onto her.
- Palette Swap: Take Fluttershy and swap out all the yellows and pinks for lots and lots of gray and you've got Marine Sandwich.
- Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises: Her reaction when she realizes her frosting gun is about to explode. It's literally frozen on her face afterwards.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Is repeatedly humiliated and denied her rightful spot due to circumstances beyond her control, finally snapping and seeking revenge on everypony involved.
The other contestants of the competitions — Summer Van Der Hoof and Blade Sparxx — and the judges, which include a griffon named Vermouth Roux, a buffalo name Big Angie and an unnamed pony.
- The Big Guy: Angie who even shields her fellow judges when Marine attacks the competition.
- The Comically Serious: Vermouth Roux is extraordinarily stiff and straight-laced, alternatively haughtily disapproving of the silliness around her and taking very strange things at face value.
- Expy: Blade Sparxx is pretty much Guy Fieri. While the judges are obviously a female version of Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and a female version of Randy Jackson.
- The Fashionista: Summer who basically cooks what "exclusive" to her which is basically what's popular. It winds up backfiring when the final round they're told to present their favorite dessert and she has a breakdown because she doesn't really have one.
- No Name Given: The pony judge.
- Playing with Fire: Blade Sparxx's solution to cooking: Add more fire! It comes in handy when Pinkie and Tuffle need a light for Pinkie's party cannon against Marine.
A mare that Flim and Flam both took a liking to, causing the two of them to fight.
- Did Not Get the Girl: The brothers fought over her so much that she dumped the both of them.
- Expy: Of Marian from The Music Man. Her design resembles Marian's actress, Shirley Jones, from the film of the musical, and when the Flim Flam brothers explain their time with her it's pretty much a ponified version of the Music Man with two Harold Hills instead of one.
- Love Triangle: Flim and Flam fight over her.
- The Cameo: Shows up in Issue 33.
A filly at Junior Flyers Camp whom Rainbow Dash takes a particular liking to.
Two unicorn detectives investigating the mysterious fires in Fillydelphia.
- Deadpan Snarker: Hard Case, even at the princess of night, he doesn't let up on the snark. By The Book likewise gets in a little quip as well
- Good Cop/Bad Cop: Pretty much their dynamic. By the Book is usually the more reasonable and rational of the pair while Hard Case is blunt and cynical.
- Grumpy Bear: It's explained that Hard Case doesn't sleep very often and, combine with working on crimes, is why he's so mean.
- Pet the Dog: Hard Case initially admits he doesn't apologize after Spike cracks the case and proves no dragons were in involved in the random fires through Phillydelpha. But then he goes on and hugs Spike, admitting he was wrong.
- Seen It All: When Luna defends Spike's investigating Dragon Town instead of the police. Hard Case predicts that Spike just ran into a girl who convinces him that the culprit behind the fires isn't a dragon but with no solid proof to back it up. Sure enough, Spike arrives, tell them his theory and that he got it from Mina but has no proof to his claim.
A young female adult dragon that runs a comic book store in the Dragontown part of Fillydelphia, who helps Spike recognize the tensions between the dragons and ponies in the town.
- Ascended Fanboy: Clearly has a thing for Princess Luna as well as other villains and characters, and shipping them. (If anything, an Expy of the brony fandom). And then she gets to actually meet Luna as a sign of appreciation for helping to mend relations between ponies and dragons.
- The Cavalry: When Spike needs help putting out a fire to a street caused by a Fire Snail and rescuing the ponies still sleeping. She rallies her fellow dragons to come to the rescue.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Calls out Spike for thinking all dragons are evil based off the few he met, pointing out that there are pony bad guys to.
A young filly that Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon employ to help in a scavenger hunt against the CMC
- Expy: Of Velma from Scooby-Doo. If it wasn't for the name, she'd pretty much be a pony version of her.
- Kid Detective: The main reason she was picked was due to her detective skills which helped during the hunt.
- Meganekko: Wears glasses that cover the the whole of her face.
- Punny Name: Named after Nancy Drew of course.
- Token Good Teammate: Naturally to Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon, in fact she isn't at all mean, got along well with the CMC and Twilight. Even Silver Spoon enjoys her company.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: In the final leg of the hunt, she trips and falls. Tiara, more focused on beating the CMC, leaves her behind and forces Silver Spoon to do the same.
A pegasus pony that attended flight camp with Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy. Currently lives in Phillydelphia, where she is part of their weather patrol team.
- The Bully: When she was young.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Took till the end of the story to prove it.
- Delinquent Hair: Her mane is dyed green and blue with black highlights.
- Gang of Bullies: She is seen with several other ponies in Fluttershy's flashback.
- Non-Standard Character Design: She has piercings, wild black make-up, and her mane and wings are dyed. Also, while the other ponies have visible eye colors, Cirrus's eyes are completely black.
- School Yard Bully All Grown Up: Fluttershy suspects her to be this. Ultimately subverted. Cirrus apologizes for bullying her all those years ago and presents Fluttershy with an award for her various accomplishments since moving to Ponyville.
- Spikes of Villainy: She wears a collar and bands around her legs covered in spikes.
One of Equestria's top fashion magazine editors. She's heard enough about Rarity's success to come to Ponyville and see her joint wedding gown-and-catering services that she's set up with the cakes. Her assistant, Bright Bridle, is never too far behind.
- Beleaguered Assistant: Her assistant, Bright Bridle. pretty much has to put up with her every whim. Practically a Yes-Man.
- Expy: She's an even more explicit caricature of Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour than Photo Finish was. People only thought she's based on Lady Gaga because of Small Reference Pools.
- The Fashionista: Another in a long line of ponies that covers fashion in Equestria.
A journalist who Applejack and Fluttershy run into while trying to enjoy a camping trip, who claims their spot is the living grounds of a mythical beast called the Pigasus.
- Accidental Public Confession: She thinks Applejack and Fluttershy are trying to horn in on her story and rants to them that she was the one who came up with the Pigasus myth. However she does it right in view of the rest of the public.
- Cassandra Truth: She reveals she made up the story about the Pigasus in the hopes of drawing in crowds and getting a story. Ironically there really is such a creature.
- Chased by Angry Natives: After her lie is exposed to a crowd of creature seekers, she's forced to run when they come after her. They still managed to catch her regardless.
- Intrepid Reporter: Very determined to get her stories even if she has to make them up.
- Jerkass: Very aloof and especially loves to try to humiliate Applejack whose trying to get the crowd off Fluttershy and her's camping ground.
Three unicorns who managed to steal Rainbow Dash's wings in the hopes of using them in a potion to make themselves Alicorns.
- Dramatically Missing the Point: They think Twilight got her wings by stealing it from a Pegasus, not realizing she earned the right to be an alicorn. What's more, even if they do make the potion and drink it, it'll just grant them wings, and not turn them into true alicorns like they want.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: After they're defeated, they think Twilight is being "haughty" for preventing them from getting wings. Twilight shoots back that 1) their attempt to become alicorns by stealing a pegasus' wings wasn't right to begin with and it was her duty to stop them as a princess regardless; 2) she earned the right to be a princess and their methods wouldn't have made them true alicorns at all; and 3) they were robbing from her friend, Rainbow Dash.
- Laser-Guided Karma: They stole Dash's wings, so Twilight punishes them in kind by taking away their magic... if only temporarily.
- Terrible Trio: Indeed, they're a trio of villainous ponies.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: The first straight-up villainous character from the Lighter and Softer spin-off. They're willing to steal a pegasus's limbs and livelihood just so they can fly (essentially Organ Theft) and have no qualms about attacking a princess in the process, either.
- Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Goldcap and Zappityhoof are one thing. But Decepticolt? Really?
A young filly that attends the Gala sleepover. She recently received her Cutie Mark, but its shape, a skull head, has gotten her ridiculed.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Her cutie mark has gotten her ridiculed and as such she has low self esteem.
- Body Horror: While her power is a useful talent, it is rather disturbing being able to showcase someone's bones out in the open. Even Luna feels uncomfortable when Thestra does it to stop the Mirrorca, although she encourages her to put it to good use to help others.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: She doesn't really see much use for her magic. But when encountering the Mirrorca, her power stripped it of its mirror coating and allowed Luna to take it out.
- Ocular Gushers: Cries waterfalls when Luna and the CMC find her due to being scared after getting lost in the castle.
- X-Ray Vision: What her talent is. It allows her magic to view a pony's bones and comes in handy against the Mirrorca.
Two fillies that attend the Gala sleepover. Give Thestra no end of grief for her cutie mark.
- The Bully: Pretty much what they are to Thestra: messing up her crafts, making her fall down during a tightrope exercise and mocking her Cutie Mark.
- Jerkass: The two give Thestra no end of grief through the start of the sleepover and make her fall down on purpose during a team activity just to make her look bad.
- Karma Houdini: We don't see them get punished on screen, though the CMC gave Thestra a list of pranks to pull on them if they continue giving her trouble.
- Kids Are Cruel: Big time.
Maud Pie's rival in rock science and studies.
- Arch-Enemy: Maud proclaims her as such, usually always taking credit for Maud's finds.
- Cheaters Never Prosper: Buys up tickets to a blimp to keep Maud from using it and cuts the rope to a bridge over a cavern to prevent Maud from following. Neither help her win in the end.
- Expy: Of Belloq. She even quotes the "There is nothing you possess that I cannot take away" line.
- Girl Posse: Had two nameless and voiceless mares that follow her around.
- Ironic Echo: Claims she has some something Maud doesn't: Passion. These words are thrown right back in her face when Rarity and Maud beat her to the crystal cave.
- Near-Villain Victory: She almost reached the caves before Maud did, but Maud manages to find a shortcut through a tunnel and Rarity and her get to the cave just seconds before Treasure does.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After seeing that Maud beat her to the crystal cave. She proclaims she's giving up archeology and going back to law school.
A crow that helped the buffalo by going to the sun and bring them fire to produce spring. However in doing so, her feathers turned black and she lost her voice. Regardless, her feathers are needed to help bring about spring which is why the buffalo summoned Dash to help them.
- Dark Is Not Evil: In the current day she looks like a big crow, but she's just as friendly as she was in the past.
- Giant Flyer: She's a crow-like bird with the wingspan of a small sailplane.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: She helped out the buffalo but at the cost of her losing her voice and her feathers turning black due to having to balance her speed when bringing back the sun fire to the buffalo through the freezing cold.
- Really 700 Years Old: Just as old as Celestia and Luna if not more so and still kicking in the present day.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Dash was supposed to give her a tribute from the buffalo in exchange for some of her feathers, but she lost it during the journey with Little Brave Heart. When Dash meets her and explains what happened, she only asks for a bit of Dash's hair.
An earth pony who works with a traveling stage show.
- Cowgirl: Looks the part considering she's part of a wild west show.
- Legacy Character: She's not the first pony to bear the name "Calamity Mane" as Cherry likewise bore the title years ago. Though if that's her real name or not is never revealed.
- Nice Girl: Very kind and didn't even get mad when she overhears that Bull shouldn't have replace Cherry since she know Bull isn't saying it out of animosity toward her.
The leader of a traveling stage show that bears his name, and a former associate of Cherry Jubilee.
- A Father to His Men: Calamity mentions that he's like a father to her.
- Ill Man: Has fallen sick with the Equine Flu by the time his troupe reach Dodge Junction. It likewise is what gets Cherry calm down when she finally goes to confront him, which in turn finally gets them to talk and reconcile.
- Poor Communication Kills: He was in love with Cherry and asked to marry her, but a miscommunication between the two drove them apart and they still assume the other abandoned them in the present time. They eventually square things out when fate forces his troupe to stop at her cherry ranch.
A sentient house that's been kidnapping random ponies.
- Genius Loci: Some residual magic allowed it to sprout legs and move on its own.
- Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: Turns out, the reason it's taking ponies is because it misses its previous owners who raised a family within it and eventually passed away. As such it's attracted to people that love parties, since those were the most precious times it shared with its family. Pinkie and Cheese manage to convince it that it can continue to pick up ponies that love parties, but of their own volition, and that it has to let them leave of their own free will.
A pegasus bar owner of an outpost on the Yaket Mountain Range near Mt. Everhoof.
- Bad-Guy Bar: Seems to run one but it's mostly due to several species either in need of shelter from the snow, running away from something or gruff folks doing deliveries for him. Otherwise he's pretty friendly and apparently doesn't discriminate since one of his patrons is a changeling.
- The Bartender: Serves as this for the outpost, even serving cider from the Sweet Apple Acres.
- Flying Postman: Not him, but his outpost serves as this for them as it does delivery services for rare plants used in medicine.
- Nice Guy: Pretty friendly colt all around and seems to respect all species, even worrying about the welfare of his flyer - i.e: Soarin - when he came flying in too fast in a blizzard.
- Nice Hat: Wears one.
Fiendship is Magic
For the Canon version of King Sombra, see Friendship Is Magic: Major Villains.
The former evil King of the Crystal Empire. King Sombra is not a real pony, but a "shadow pony" created by the Umbrum forces to infiltrate and conquer the Crystal Empire. He was adopted by the Crystal ponies with no memory of his true self and lived an otherwise normal life until he uncovered his origins and went insane, becoming the king of monsters he is feared as in present times. He was defeated by Twilight and her friends upon his return, but was eventually revived in "Siege of the Crystal Empire" and purified of his shadow powers, transforming him into a normal pony for a second chance at a normal life.
- All of the Other Reindeer: According to FIENDship Is Magic #1, before Sombra learned who he really was, he was just a quiet orphan colt who wasn't very good at talking, and so he got constantly picked on by all of the other foals in the orphanage.
- Animalistic Abomination: He's a writhing mass of animate shadow, Black Magic and hatred that happens to assume a partially equine form on occasion. According to his back-story comic, he's an offshoot of an entire race of similar Eldritch Abominations called the Umbrum that was sculpted into a pony shape to eventually subvert the Crystal Empire from within, indicting that the living shadow is actually his true form.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: FIENDship Is Magic takes this to the logical conclusion by depicting him as a pony born of darkness and shadow for the purpose of destroying the Empire.
- Anti-Antichrist: Despite being the Umbrum's Chosen One and Heavy — he's always despised his (not-)inevitable role, only finally embracing it out of a bitter and broken You Can't Fight Fate mindset. At least until IDW #37 — where he ends up invoking Screw Destiny after all and betraying the Umbrum, consequently getting a long-sought-after Redemption Earns Life fate alongside Radiant Hope.
- Anti-Villain: Yes, he's ruthless toward his enemies, but only due to his upbringing that eventually drove him to invoke Then Let Me Be Evil; and even then, he still has Even Evil Has Standards moments. He even invokes HeelFace Turn in the end.
- Arc Villain: Of "Siege of the Crystal Empire".
- Back from the Dead: He's restored to life during the "Siege of the Crystal Empire" arc.
- Black Magic: His magic generates black crystals and is powered by hatred and fear.
- Break the Cutie: He grew up unwanted in the Crystal Orphanage, constantly passed over by potential parents, bullied by all of the other foals at the orphanage, plagued by visions of his becoming an evil monster, painfully paralyzed every year on the Crystal Faire, and finally had his only friend become a princess-candidate, which he realized meant his prophecy was likely to come true as well. When he finally learned where he came from, he just... snapped.
- Casting a Shadow: He was turned to shadow by Celestia and Luna so now he takes the form of a giant, amorphous shadow being. The comic's origins reveal that it's not so much that the sisters turned him into a shadow-form as that they reverted him back into one.
- Cool Crown: Wears a silver circlet with a red gem. After his HeelFace Turn, the gem turns green.
- Cultured Badass: He's quite the avid reader.
- Cursed with Awesome: Played with. Turning him into living darkness was Celestia and Luna's doing, though whether he's more powerful in this form than in his true form is anyone's guess. On one hand, he's less of a flesh-and-blood pony and more of a manevolent force of nature which makes him much harder to fight directly. On the other hand, he's little more than a beast in shadow form while his Crazy-Prepared status suggests he was far more intelligent before. However, with FIENDship Is Magic revealing he's a splinter/agent of the Umbrum, he wasn't so much changed into a living shadow as that the shadow is his true form, and Celestia and Luna merely reverted him back to it after he spent so much time disguised as a unicorn.
- Death Glare: Gives a nasty one to Twilight when she hits Hope by accident.
- Demoted to Dragon: He's ultimately been just a pawn of his mother Rabia from the beginning.
- Early Adaptation Weirdness: Sombra was still evil here, but only because he was mistreated by his peers and manipulated by his "mother", and in the end he gets a second chance at life as a normal pony. In the actual show, however, he remains a pure evil Generic Doomsday Villain who shows absolutely no signs of any sympathetic or redeeming traits.
- The Emperor: Following his conquest of the Empire and beginning his conquest of Equestria, he prefers to be styled "Emperor" Sombra.
- Evil Makes You Monstrous: He has a sharp, curved, red horn that looks like a dagger, red eyes with slitted reptilian pupils, fangs, and an etherial black mane. When using his magic, the sclera of his eyes turns from the standard white to an eerie glowing green with toxic purple mist wafting from them. As shown in the comics, he originally looked like a normal unicorn with green eyes, a normal horn and mane, and no fangs, and took on this corrupted form when his mother (via a red crystal) awakened his Umbrum powers. Following his reformation when his powers are purified, he looks normal again.
- Evil Sorcerer: He's a powerful magical creature called an Umbrum, and he's an evil conqueror.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: He was actually created by a race of Eldritch Abominations called the Umbrum to set them free, so he was technically a Nightmare all along — but he grew up as an orphan foal unaware of his true nature, so this trope is still played straight.
- Gemstone Assault: Can create jagged, dark crystals.
- Good Hurts Evil: The Crystal Heart prevented him from ever going to the Crystal Faire when he was younger every time it was held, keeping him paralyzed with pain whenever it was held.
- Go Out with a Smile: Attempts this in IDW #37, after his HeelFace Turn — believing that the Crystal Heart should finish him off for his past crimes and relieved that not only are Hope and the rest of Equestria safe from his kind, but he also (in a way) finally got to achieve his childhood dream of attending the Crystal Faire. However, the Princesses — seeing his change as genuine — combine their magic to revive him as a normal Unicorn and give him a second chance.
- HeelFace Turn: He does so at the end of the "Siege of the Crystal Empire" arc in the comics, after realizing he's become the monster he saw in the Crystal Heart from a thousand years prior.
- Hulking Out: Heavily implied to be far stronger post-escape in the episode(s) "The Crystal Empire" — as reinforced by his Living Shadow form's region-wide size in said episode(s) — likely making his Hulk Speak there part of this.
- Humanoid Abomination: Just look at his Pony form. Does that look like any natural Unicorn to you? note
- Karmic Death:
- He turned the previous ruler into crystal and shattered her, making his first defeat at the hooves of Twilight and her friends all the more karmic.
- This trope is later subverted, when Sombra himself arranges the circumstances for his permanent death to reverse his treacherous actions and redeem himself before it's too late. He stoically accepts a Redemption Equals Death scenario as his proper punishment for being a killer and an usurping tyrant, before the Princesses intervene.
- Killed Off for Real: Subverted, when Hope uses her magic to restore him, and he implies in said arc he could have returned on his own without Hope's help; it would have years for him to regenerate to the point he could assume a physical form again, but he would have gotten to that point eventually.
- Literally Shattered Lives: Pulled this on Princess Amore.
- Magical Eye Streamers: He has purple smoke coming out of his eyes.
- Morality Pet: Radiant Hope is this to him.
- Mortality Ensues: After his HeelFace Turn at the end of Siege of the Crystal Empire, the Princesses combine their magic to transform him into a normal Unicorn so that the Crystal Heart can no longer harm him.
- Mysterious Past: At first, he was found on the edge of the Empire, repeating the word "Sombra". Even he didn't know where he'd came from, for many years, until he finally found out that he was created by the Umbrum to set them free.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: One of his monikers is "The King of All Monsters".
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: Begins his FaceHeel Turn by invoking a thorough Literally Shattered Lives on Amore, then casting a Dead Man Switch curse on the Empire before Celestia and Luna can even reach him. And once he learns Radiant Hope has the Crystal Heart, he runs off to fight knowing nothing can stop him; he releases the other villains, takes Shining Armor out of the fight, empowers Chrysalis to defeat Twilight and then seals Twilight's magic, and petrifies Celestia and Luna as soon as they let their guard down; and he's the only Umbrum who objects to Rabia's sheer Villain Ball, instead wanting to be safe and finish the heroes ASAP. And any mistakes he does make are due to circumstances and/or Even Evil Has Standards, never Bond Villain Stupidity.
- Not Quite Dead: His spirit lived on inside the remnant of his horn, allowing Radiant Hope to revive him the "Siege of the Crystal Empire" arc.
- Orcus on His Throne: He's originally very proactive after his resurrection in the comics, but after he achieves his goals, frees the Umbrum and is rejected by Radiant Hope he is shown simply slumped upon his throne while others make decisions for him. He briefly objects when his mother takes hold of the Villain Ball, but remains otherwise passive and uncaring.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: He's got a black body and a red horn and cape, and he's not a nice fellow.
- Redemption Earns Life: At the end of "Siege of the Crystal Empire", Sombra finally pulls a HeelFace Turn and makes a Heroic Sacrifice to banish his Umbrum brethren from the kingdom, consigning himself to be killed by the Crystal Heart for a second, permanent time in the process. Ironically, it's that act of genuine contrition that convinces the princesses (who have every reason to hate him) to give the Shadow King a second chance as a real unicorn stallion instead of letting him be destroyed like they would have otherwise.
- Redemption Equals Death: Surprisingly averted. During the climax of "Siege of the Crystal Empire", Sombra finally has a change of heart and chooses to defy his fate as a world-ending monster by reinitating the Crystal Heart, banishing the Umbrum from the Empire and consigning himself to be killed by the heart's light a second time. Sombra stoically accepts his fate as a proper punishment for being an enslaving tyrant and a killer, and instead feels content that he finally got to see a Crystal Faire and spend a bit more time with Hope. At the last second however, Hope and the princesses revive him as a proper unicorn, forgiving him for his sins and giving him a second chance to forge his own path.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: His pupils are bright red, and he's a villain. They turn green after his HeelFace Turn.
- Same Character, but Different: King Sombra is written very differently throughout the franchise: hes an ominous Generic Doomsday Villain in his first appearance, a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds lashing out at the world in his story arc in the comics, and a pompous Smug Snake badass tyrant in his second major appearance in the series.
- Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: According to FIENDship Is Magic, his fate is one. He took over the Crystal Empire because he had a persistent vision that it was his destiny, and never really given any indication that he was wrong to think that You Can't Fight Fate. Eventually Radiant Hope points out that the same vision had her as a Princess... which never came true, as she ended up rejecting that destiny. This convinces Sombra that he can do the same, and he accepts his destruction with a smile. (Which actually ends up as Redemption Equals Life.)
- Sorcerous Overlord: He's a powerful magician and conquers the Crystal Empire on three different occasions.
- Spared by the Adaptation: He gets to be turned into a mortal pony for a second chance at life along with Radiant Hope. In contrast, his canon self is vaporized again in the Season 9 premiere, with no indication that he's coming back for a third round.
- Taking You with Me: As he was being sealed, he cursed the Crystal Empire to disappear for 1000 years.
- Then Let Me Be Evil: He actually Used to Be a Sweet Child until an apparent confirmation that You Can't Fight Fate and, in all honesty, little reason to remain on the side of good provoked him into embracing his nature as the Umbrum's avatar.
- Tomato in the Mirror: The moment he learned he was not truly a pony, but a shadow monster.
- Uniformity Exception: He has no cutie mark. Mainly because though he was created as a pony, he could never get a cutie mark since he was a shadow pony.
- Used to Be a Sweet Child: He was a very quiet and meek colt when he was young.
- The Usurper: He took over the Empire after turning its previous ruler, Princess Amore, to crystal and shattering her.
- Was Once a Man: Inverted: his backstory has him learn that he was always a shadow monster, he was just stripped of that knowledge and forced into the shape of a unicorn to serve as The Mole. His later transformation into a shadow was just him reverting to his true form.
- Wicked Cultured: He's revealed to have quite the collection of artifacts and books hidden in a private, Pocket Dimension-like chamber.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Amazingly, despite his pretty-much pure evil incarnate depiction in the show, the comic of his back story makes him out as this. Just a sweet, shy little orphan colt with no idea of where he comes from, bullied by everyone save for his one friend, and never adopted. Then he discovers the truth of his origins and it breaks him; he decides "Then Let Me Be Evil" and embraces his destiny as the dark conqueror of the ponies he once wanted to be friends with.
- Would Hit a Girl: He had no problem turning Princess Amore to crystal and shattering her in the past.
- You Can't Fight Fate: The biggest reason he became a monster? Because the Crystal Heart showed him a vision that he would become one.
A filly crystal unicorn that befriends a young Sombra while he stayed at an orphanage. The two considered themselves quirky outcasts from the other colts and fillies, and developed a special friendship through the years. When Sombra becomes afflicted with a strange condition that painfully paralyzes his body on the annual day of the Crystal Faire, Radiant Hope stays with him, and in one case, uses her magic to prevent Sombra from turning into his shadow form. This gives her her cutie mark resembling a caduceus, reflecting that her powerful magic is able to restore nearly any aliment a pony can suffer, and leads her on a path towards becoming a Princess of Equestria. When Sombra finally turns evil, she attempts to warn Princesses Celestia and Luna, and she is outside of the Crystal Empire when Sombra causes the Empire to disappear. In the main series Siege of the Crystal Empire, Radiant Hope enlists the questionable help of other villains to help her restore Sombra to his corporeal self with her magic.
- All-Loving Heroine: She still wanted to help Sombra, despite he banished her home for one thousand years and tried to release the Umbrum.
- Anti-Villain: Not evil, but she is pretty naive and The Unfettered when it comes to her goal.
- Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Her role in stopping Sombra (revealed to be an equinoid abomination) and the Umbrum caused her to lose everything she loved. It's so bad that her reappearance has her revive Sombra to take her actions back, putting everything in jeopardy.
- Childhood Friend Romance: She was friends with Sombra back when they were foals, and that friendship changed into something more when both reached adulthood.
- Cruel Mercy: Receives this from Sombra, who cared for her too much to harm her, instead arranged for the Crystal Empire to disappear in part to make her spend the rest of her days without her home and people as revenge for her role in his defeat.
- Defector from Decadence: An oddly villainous example. She reveals that the Crystal Heart stated she was meant to be a Princess. But she gave it up to be with Sombra.
- Didn't Think This Through: Her entire plan in the Siege of the Crystal Empire arc via recruiting villainous characters, one of which is Queen Chrysalis, and promising them Equestria all for the sake of restoring Sombra and freeing the Umbrum and backstab at least Chrysalis. Not only was this a completely risky move as Chrysalis likely wouldn't have honored their agreement and there was no guarantee Radiant — without the Umbrum, at least — could stop her (keep in mind that in the past, Chrysalis — despite her complacent Villain Ball moments — had fooled the entirety of Canterlot (save Twilight), beat Celestia in a fight, and — in the final "FIENDship" comic — outwitted Twilight to escape her prison). But the whole plot was completely unnecessary since, as Cadance points out, Cadance was willing to listen to her if Radiant had simply talked to her which could've ended the conflict more peacefully.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: Was destined to become a princess.
- The Extremist Was Right: While her methods left much to be desired, her goal to redeem Sombra, which everyone in and out of universe deemed insane, actually succeeds.
- Fallen Hero: Seemingly becomes one in Siege of the Crystal Empire, manipulating several known antagonists — including Queen Chrysalis — into helping her steal the Crystal Heart — essentially making her a traitor to her own people — so that Sombra can return.
- Fatal Flaw: Her naive nature was what kickstarted everything. Also presumably not trusting the others (though she may have a reason for that.)
- Healing Hands: Well, healing horn. Her special talent appears to be able to cure nearly any aliment that a pony might come down with, including being able to prevent the impact the Crystal Heart had on trying to destroy Sombra. As noted below, it's the first time we've seen anyone being able to do such a thing.
- Healing Magic Is the Hardest: She is the first character we've seen in MLP with explicit healing magic and capabilities beyond just making brews or medicine. It's implied that real healing magic such as hers is pretty rare. However, she is very good at it, enough to where she was Princess material.
- The Heavy: Of Siege of the Crystal Empire. Rabia and the Umbrum are the ultimate villains of the Arc, but she sets the plot into motion by assembling the Legion of Doom and orchestrating the titular siege of the Crystal Empire.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Subverted. On the one hoof, she does ally with several characters that ranges from shady to malicious (except for Iron Will), especially Chrysalis, to get Sombra back. On the other hoof, said army was just one massive distraction for her real plan and given that virtually all of them are bad to various degrees, it does mean there is little issue in using them as pawns. If nothing else, she definitely planned to backstab Chrysalis. And while the Umbrum seem like a race of Obviously Evil beings, Rabia (their queen) did spend a thousand years convincing Raidant Hope otherwise (including altering their forms, and given that she's Sombra's mother, she's definitely skilled at manipulating.
- Last of Her Kind: Becomes the last Crystal Pony by end of Somba's story in Fiendship Is Magic. Subverted when the Crystal Empire returned.
- Love Makes You Dumb: Her actions in The Siege of the Crystal Empire are guided by her affection for Sombra, which lead to some severe results.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: She was a rather eccentric girl with a very strong imagination, but full of laughter, life and a desire to have fun. Lampshaded in that she does mention of dreaming of manic pixies.
- Morality Pet: She is this to King Sombra. He gets annoyed with her, but cannot bring himself to hurt her and very much threatened to crush Chrysalis so she try anything against Raidant Hope. When Twilight Sparkle tries to hit him, but she takes it instead, he was clearly enraged and released the umbrum, while he was hesitant before.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Realizes this when the Umbrum reveal their true nature and that she's been unwittingly helping them. After Sombra unleashes them and they take over the empire, she's less then pleased that she'll be the princess to a bunch of monsters. Luckily her words get through to Sombra who proceeds to re-seal them.
- Shadow Archetype: Designed to be to Twilight. Both are powerful purple unicorns whom are so prodigious in their field that they were considered worthy enough to be princesses and deeply care about their friends. However, the writers talked about how Twilight has never truly been in a position where she had to choose between morals and her friends (bar some very questionable decision-making moments in the comics). Radiant meanwhile watched the gradual breakdown and FaceHeel Turn of her best friend, all for some admittingly understandable reasons. Radiant chooses him over conventional morality and being The Unfettered, does whatever it takes for him.
- Skilled, but Naïve: An interesting example and potentially subverted. She is quite powerful and skillful in healing magic (being the only explicit healer we've seen and strong enough to be considered Princess-material.) However, she is quite naive and unfettered with her approach. A lot of problems arise from her naivety and may have been easier resolved if she listened more. At the same time, she has little reason to trust the Princesses and may believe they wouldn't understand (given her background, she has a point in not trusting them.) And while she did recruit an army of various villainous and shady individuals (and Iron Will), it's clear she is only using them as a distraction (and given that it's an army of miscreants, she has no real reason to care for their well-being, allowing her to focus on her goal) and even planned to backstab Chrysalis. So perhaps she is not as naive as she seems.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Her being this to Sombra doesn't end well. Subverted at the end of the Siege of the Crystal Empire arc where she finally gets to be with Sombra after he's revived as a normal pony.
- Stupid Sacrifice: Takes the bullet for Sombra from an enraged Twilight...when Sombra just shrugged off another beam of comparable strength and is far stronger and more durable than she is, meaning all her actions did was make Sombra mad enough to release the Umbrum.
- The Unfettered: Came off as this when it comes to freeing the Umbrum and reviving Sombra. She's willing to promise three ponies a chance to dispose of ponies she's never even met, betray her homeland, stab the Princesses in the back, and sell out Equestria to Queen Chrysalis (though she was gonna backstab her so clearly not that unfettered.) if it accomplishes her goals and shows next to no regret for any of it until seeing the Umbrum's true nature.
- Unwitting Pawn: To the Umbrum. Rabia spent the last thousand years convincing they were Not Evil, Just Misunderstood. Given that Sombra went through the same thing, it explains why Radiant Hope would fall for it.
- White Mage: Her special talent is incredibly powerful healing magic.
A Crystal unicorn that rules the Crystal Empire at the time of King Sombra's rise to power. According to the Journal, her special talent was triggered on discovering the Crystal Heart, leading Princesses Celestia and Luna to have her in charge of the Crystal Empire to protect it. She plays a major role King Sombra's story in the Expanded Universe My Little Pony: FIENDship Is Magic comic.
- Adaptational Intelligence: In contrast to her Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! moments in both The Journal of the Two Sisters and FIENDship is Magic #1, the Guardians of Harmony arc reveals that she once pulled a Good Counterpart version of King Sombra's Crazy-Prepared-ness and hid away a MacGuffin stockpile that can only be reached by passing an illusionary Secret Test of Character. Because of this, Shining Armor manages to acquire a potion that proves crucial in repelling yet another Changeling invasion.
- All-Loving Hero: She has a heart filled with love and compassion, so much so that she has the special talent that allowed her to activate the Crystal Heart. To say nothing of her knowing Sombra was an Umbrum agent all along but still allowing him to live in her kingdom, as she trusted he could be made to accept good. Unfortunately, being all-loving doesn't make her especially wise.
- Broken Pedestal: Became this to Sombra, who cements his FaceHeel Turn by leaving her literally broken. Radiant Hope seems to follow once she learns of her mistake and it's implied that it was this that led to Radiant Hope not trusting the other Princesses
- Hero of Another Story: Like Celestia and Luna, she had her own adventures before becoming ruler.
- Literally Shattered Lives: Sombra shatters her into pieces to cement his place as usurper-king, though he implies she could potentially pull herself back together and come back to life in the future.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: A habit of hers, having spectacularly screwed up in each of her appearances. In The Journal of the Two Sisters it's revealed the crystal heart was from the hoard of a sleeping dragon, who was subsequently rather unhappy when he woke up and required Celestia to smooth things over. In Fiendship is Magic #1 she knew all along what Sombra really was, but trusted that he could be swayed to embrace his inner potential for good. A brilliant idea and all, but she did absolutely nothing to convince him of that, instead leaving him to go through massive suffering as a colt (to be fair, she wanted to give him a normal life). The result is Sombra embracing evil and Radiant Hope reviving him 1000 years later once she "learns" about her actions. That mistake threatened the Crystal Empire three times over.
- Screw Destiny: Advocates to Sombra that he can do this to his fate to turn evil. Unfortunately, his anger that she did nothing to help him in his ongoing torment is the last straw before he embraces it.
- Taken for Granite: Well, crystal, specifically. Sombra petrifies her in order to seize her throne.
- Unicorn: An extremely tall and slender one, somewhat like Princess Celestia but without wings or an ethereal mane.
- Walking Spoiler: Because of the precise role she plays in the Sombra's Origins Episode, it's nearly impossible to detail her tropes without giving out key information away.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Sombra calls her out for knowing the reasons for his suffering yet leaving doing nothing to help him.
- Winged Unicorn: Averted. Despite the expectations one may have due to Princesses Celestia, Luna, Cadance and Twilight Sparkle, Princess Amore was only a unicorn. She still has an alicorn-like build, though.
An implicitly outcast elderly centaur mage and hermit, who tutored Tirek in the dark arts.
- Asshole Victim: Tirek pulls a You Have Outlived Your Usefulness on him and leaves him for dead. Considering that he abducted an innocent Unicorn for cruel magical experimentation, this may very well be the only good thing that Tirek has ever done.
- Black Magic: He is an Evil Sorcerer, so naturally he practices this, and it's implied it's what got him outcast. He tutored Tirek in the same magic.
- Evil Mentor: Tirek at least learned the Mana Drain spell from him, and presumably learned a lot more as well.
- Mana Drain: Pioneered this ability and taught it to Tirek.
- Predecessor Villain: To Tirek.
- Shout-Out: Named after Maurice Sendak, the author of Where the Wild Things Are.
- Villainous Legacy: Tirek's motive and actions in Twilight's Kingdom all trace back to him, by which time he may no longer exist.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Like Tirek, he has white hair, but he's also emphatically evil.
Tirek and Scorpon's parents and the former rulers of his kingdom. King Vorak is a centaur, while Queen Haydon is a gargoyle.
- Canon Immigrant: King Vorak is name-dropped in the series finale when Discord mocks Tirek as having daddy issues.
- Cute Monster Girl: Queen Haydon is more of a cute monster woman given her age and attractive appearance.
- Dark Is Not Evil: They were both fearsome looking, like Tirek himself, but were actually benevolent souls and wise leaders.
- Gender Equals Breed: Averted. They have two children, one centaur and one gargoyle, but those children are both male.
- The Good King: They ruled their land kindly and well, and sought only peace with Equestria.
- Good Parents: Fairly reasonable and tried to raise their sons well. Scorpon took after them and made friends with the ponies. But Tirek was just a bad seed, swayed by the dark magic Sendak taught him.
- Interspecies Romance: Vorak, a centaur, is happily married to Haydon, a gargoyle.
- Oh, Crap!: King Vorak isn't happy when he sees Sendak has kidnapped a unicorn from Equestria.
- Properly Paranoid: King Vorak had Tirek spied on and tried to limit him from learning magic for fear he would abuse his power. In light of what Tirek became...
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Vorak averts the Genre Blindness that many other depicted leaders in the series show, being willing to use spies (pretty decent ones at that) in order to make sure that his son who demonstrates Sociopathic tendencies can't learn enough magic to fully act on them. Furthermore, once Sendak risked an international incident with Equestria, he immediately orders him punished and personally sees that relations get fixed.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Played with. Vorak is far from ugly (and, in fact, looks pretty good for an older fellow), but still looks quite gruff in comparison to the absolutely lovely Haydon.
A living stormcloud who serves as the Storm King's second-in-command, although he has interests of his own.
- Cumulonemesis: A living, cloud-like creature who serves as the Big Bad's treacherous second-in-command.
- The Dragon: He's the Storm King's second-in-command and the main organizer of his military enterprises.
- Dragon with an Agenda: Unbeknownst to the Storm King, Strife plans to betray and abandon him as soon as his master's plans no longer align with his own. Whatever those plans may be, however, the Storm King punishes him before he can make good on them.
- Et Tu, Brute?: Despite going on about avoiding friendships to avoid being betrayed, the Storm King is still shocked and angered when Strife gives him away to the pirates — friendship or not, he still gave Strife his trust.
- Number Two: To the Storm King, until his betrayal of the latter.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He's last seen being hurled off the Storm King's ship, which given that he's essentially a floating cloud he likely survived. As he does not appear and is not mentioned in the movie, his eventual fate is left unclear.
Capper's childhood friend and fellow street urchin in their native Abyssinia. Chummer and Capper stow away on an airship during the Storm King's invasion of their home, which is later captured by pirates and re-seized by the Storm King. In the confusion, the two friends remain stranded in the deserts near Klugetown, far from home.
- The Artful Dodger: He and Capper were street orphans in Abyssinia and managed to thrive on stealing from street vendors. Chummer is perfectly happy with the idea of doing this for the rest of his life, to the point where he abandons his best friend just for suggesting they settle down somewhere for once.
- Cat Folk: He's a humanoid, digitigrade tabby cat.
- Et Tu, Brute?: Capper is rightfully devastated when Chummer, his closest friend and companion, betrays and abandons him.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Soon after betraying Capper, Chummer loses "their" airship and is forced to leave with nothing — just like how he left Capper.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: After the airship crash, a trail of pawprints can be seen leading away from the wreckage of his crashed airship after he ditched Capper. As this is the last seen of him, it's unknown whether or not he survived in the desert long enough to find civilization.
An earth pony traveler that meets and befriends Tempest in the lands south of Equestria.
- Hold Your Hippogriffs: Played with — after years spent away from Equestria, he's gotten so used to using regular terms like "anybody" that he has to consciously correct himself and switch to using "anypony" when chatting with Tempest.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He's last seen as he helps distract the Storm King's forces long enough for tempest to escape. While Tempest herself doesn't get very far before running into the Storm King, it's never shown or discussed if Rambler was captured or managed to escape himself.
The no-nonsese leader of the Mighty Helm and Rockhoof's commanding officer.
- Bifauxnen: To the point where she could even be mistaken for a Big Beautiful Man.
- The Captain: She commands the Mighty Helm, and does a pretty good job of it. Its her admonishment that convinces Rockhoof to get it together, and she easily keeps up with him on the trip up the mountain.
- Peek-a-Bangs: She covers her right eye with her mane.
An old, glum wizard that Somnambula finds sitting by himself at the end of the giant snake's gut, wallowing in depression due to having accidentally created said giant snake in the first place.
- Deadpan Snarker: As part of his role as a cynical foil to Somnambula, he gets a few dry zingers to complement her cheerful forthrightness.Somnambula: Oh, there you are. Hey, you look like a wizard!
Old Wizard: Wow, it's not just you necklace, you are bright.
- Foil: To Somnambula. He's cynical and ill tempered where she's bubbly and upbeat. Further, his defeatist attitude and desire to simply wallow in his guilt rather than try to fix his predicament contrast Somnambula's much more proactive attitude, as well as reinforcing her stories' message about not giving up on hope.
- My God, What Have I Done?: His reaction to having accidentally created a giant snake while trying to rid himself of a pest. He considers himself an old fool and failure, and wants to be left in the snake's gut to feel sorry for himself. He seems to get over his depression by the end, when Somnambula figures out how to shrink the snake back down and rescues the ponies trapped in its gut.
- Robe and Wizard Hat: The hat is brimless, and both it and the robe are decorated with an unusual eye motif in addition to the more traditional stars, but otherwise a typical example.
- Wizard Beard: He has a long, wispy white beard sprouting from his chin.
- Wizard Classic: He wears a robe and a conical (but brimless) hat, both decorated with eye and star motifs, and a long beard. His flashback when he tells Somnambula where the snake came from also shows a preference for studying magic and potions in seclusion.
Discord's "cousin" and the lord of chaos of an alternate reality, who has far more destructive tastes than Discord ever did. She runs the "Chaos Casino" where various villains gather from alternate realities. Eris steals Princess Luna's magic and enslaves an alternate version of Daybreaker, intent on selling both to the highest bidder.
- Asshole Victim: Daybreaker seemingly kills her at the end of the arc, but considering her actions, it's hard to feel sorry for her.
- Bad-Guy Bar: She runs a casino that only allows villains to enter.
- Big Bad: Of the Nightmare Knights mini-series.
- Break the Haughty: Over the course of the final battle, Eris goes from the haughty Lord of Chaos to terrified, powerless, and begging on her knees for Luna's mercy. Thankfully, Luna doesn't want to hurt her. But Daybreaker does.
- Chicken Joke: Tempest Shadow attempts to taunt Eris with one of these, but Eris hits back with a threat.Tempest Shadow: Why did the chicken cross
Princess Eris: You know, I've heard this one before, but the real question I want the answer to iswhy did the pony cross the chicken?
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Inverted, Eris has Chronic Getting Backstabbed Disorder. Every ally she's made has eventually betrayed her, stretching all the way into her backstory. To be far she's smug, unpleasant and naïve, which makes it pretty irresistible.
- Curb Stomp Cushion: Suffers a pretty one sided and undignified defeat, but to her credit she holds off Daybreaker easily, and even holds her own when Tempest, Stygian and Trixie join in. If Capper hadn't chosen that moment to backstab her, she might have won.
- Dream Weaver: Stealing Luna's magic grants her this ablity, which she uses to imprison Capper and Stygian in their own worst nightmares.
- Dirty Coward: She begs for mercy and lies that the Pony of Shadows hurt her in an attempt to elicit sympathy when she's defeated.
- Evil Gloating: Eris is a little too fond to this, to Tempest's annoyance.
- Eviler Than Thou: Eris looks down on her "cousin" Discord's antics, believing chaos is better used to spread destruction rather than playing pranks and making it rain chocolate milk. Ironically, she's ultimately dealt with much easier than him once her Staff and Luna's magic are no longer hers.
- For the Evulz: Eris stole the journal of her world's Star Swirl the Bearded, preventing the Pillars from imprisoning the Pony of Shadows, in order to ensure the chaos he inflicted would continue.
- Implausible Deniability: After being overpowered, Eris claims that she's only the way she is because she went mad during the years she'd spent imprisoned by the Pony of Shadows. This excuse ignores the fact that she intentionally arranged for the Pony of Shadows to continue his initial reign of terror, all for her own amusement.
- Killed Off for Real: Implied. Daybreaker blasts her out of the castle and into the distance with a blast of fiery energy, and there is no indication that she survived.
- Laser-Guided Karma: After allowing for the alternate Pony of Shadows to continue his reign of terror for her own amusement, Eris was imprisoned by him, who used her power to enhance his own.
- Living Battery: The alternate Pony of Shadows used Star Swirl's spell book to turn Eris into one of these when she refused to help him conquer their Equestria.
- Mind Rape: When the captive Tempest Shadow refuses to answer Eris's questions, Eris forces her to relive the day she lost her horn, with Tempest's childhood friends replaced by her current teammates, and Eris in place of the Ursa Minor.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Not to the same extent as Discord; she has a humanoid avian body (similar to Captain Celaeno) with bat-like wings and ram horns.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Eris locking up Trixie in the same room as Tempest and Daybreaker proves instrumental for her defeat: Trixie creates an illusion of Daybreaker's Shock Collar to replace the one Tempest broke, allowing Daybreaker and the rest to get close enough to Eris without attracting her suspicion.
- Reality Warper: Much like Discord, she can manifest objects out of thin air, alter the form of matter, and create illusions. However, she appears to be much weaker than him in terms of her actual power, as without her staff or Luna's stolen power she's no match at all for Daybreaker or Luna, while Discord exceeds both by a huge margin.
- Smug Snake: She almost makes the cut, but despite being pretty powerful and cunning she's eventually done in by her unpleasant personality, arrogance and tendency to underestimate her foes. She even tops it off by proving a Dirty Coward in defeat.
- The Starscream: The Pony of Shadows had the captive Eris create a special collar that would allow him total control over Daybreaker. Eris instead used the collar to make Daybreaker her servant, and together, they destroyed the Pony of Shadows.
- Super Gullible: As Daybreaker points out, for someone so practiced in deception, she is very bad at recognizing it, never suspecting that Capper had only pretended to side with her in order to a switch the orb containing Luna's magic with a fake.
An alternate version of Celestia who was fully corrupted by the Pony Of Shadows alongside her sister Luna, who became in turn permanently became Nightmare Moon. Eventually she was captured and forced under the control of Eris, becoming a security guard at her casino.
For information on the dream version of Daybreaker, see Friendship Is Magic: Others.
- Alternate Self: Essentially she's a version of Celestia from a world where the Pillars couldn't defeat the Pony of Shadows and she, along with Luna, were the ones that got corrupted.
- Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: Daybreaker gets the honor of taking out Eris.
- Black Eyes of Crazy: She has dark red sclera close to this effect.
- Cain and Abel: The Cain to her version of Luna. Even as Nightmare Moon, Luna manage to shake off the Pony of Shadows control of her and turned against him. However, rather then join her sister in defeating him, Daybreaker turned on and... killed Nightmare Moon to be the Pony of Shadows only successor.
- The Dark Side Will Make You Forget: Has no memories of her time as Celestia or the fact that her sister used to be Luna.
- Dragon Ascendant: Daybreaker takes over the Casino after killing Eris.
- Demoted to Dragon: Under Eris' control, Daybreaker is forced to become a security guard at her casino.
- Evil Counterpart: To Celestia.
- Evil Is Burning Hot: She has power of fire.
- Evil VS Evil: In the past, the alternate Nightmare Moon attempted to betray the Pony of Shadows, only for Daybreaker to fight and kill her. She eventually shares this distinction with Eris as well.
- Enemy Mine: After her collar is broken she willingly teams up with the Nightmare Knights to usurp Eris. She lets the heroes leave when they're done, but makes it clear that she's not intending on reforming.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Since she's in the Daybreaker persona permanently, she constantly has red eyes.
- Flaming Hair: Her hair is a massive flame of fire.
- Fangs Are Evil: Always seen sporting fangs in her mouth.
- Identity Amnesia: It seems that whatever the Pony Of Shadows did to her, it resulted in Daybreaker having no memory of her past as Celestia.
- Might Makes Right: Essentially the reason she takes out Nightmare Moon since, due to serving under the Pony of Shadows, this implanted this belief in her, thus believing her weak. It's also the reason she doesn't accept Luna's offer as well.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Daybreaker kills Eris the moment she gets the chance after being her unwilling servant for most of the arc.
- Playing with Fire: Daybreaker's main power.
- The Power of the Sun: Daybreaker's powers are fully restored upon defeating Eris, signified by the sun rising over the landscape.Daybreaker: "Do you now that collar kept me from accessing the power to control the sun? It takes a little while to raise it when you haven't done it in centuries, but it's dawn now."
- Redemption Rejection: Daybreaker refuses Luna's offer to reform and rule honestly, instead electing to take over the castle Eris left behind.
- Replacement Goldfish: Daybreaker reveals she was just trying to fill the void left by her dead sister Nightmare Moon with Luna. She eventually realizes that Luna is not the mare she knew, and rejects her attempt to play on their familial relationship.
- Shock Collar: Eris forces her to wear one of these; one which inflicts painful electric shocks upon her when she acts against Eris's orders. The moment it's destroyed she immediately unleashes her wrath upon her.
- Super-Powered Evil Side: Is this for Celestia.
A version of Twilight Sparkle who is seen performing at Eris's casino. She quickly develops a rivalry with Trixie.
- Alternate Self: Of the mainstream Twilight Sparkle; Rather than being an alicorn princess, she is a unicorn stage magician (like Trixie). Considering it's implied she came from the Mirrorverse, that's not surprising really.
- Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better: She and Trixie quickly decide to compete to see who is the most "great and powerful".
- Evil Is Hammy: Like the pre-reformation Trixie, she has a very high strung and volatile personality.
- Large Ham: One more thing she has in common with Trixie; She likes to announce how great she is for all to hear.
- No, You: Invoked during the argument between her and Trixie.Trixie: Nobody is as skilled as the Great and Powerful Trixie!
Twily: Hey! Stop stealing my thing! I'm the Great and Powerful Twily!
Trixie: That sounds ridiculous!
Twily: You're ridiculous!
- Shout-Out: It is indicated that she might be the same Anti-Twilight from the Mirrorverse Arc, as upon meeting Trixie, she briefly mistakes her for the one from her world, referring to her as Princess Trixie. The Mirrorverse version of Trixie is in turn shown to be the Princess of Humility.
An earth pony transfer student at the School of Friendship who joins the Young Six in their very first sporting event.
- Arc Villain: Of the Feats of Friendship arc.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She comes off as nice and friendly, but is actually rotten underneath.
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: To Cozy Glow. Both are ponies who are students at the School of Friendship, display Fantastic Racism towards non-ponies and are secretly evil. However, while Cozy was a filly, Swift Foot is a teenager.
- The Cameo: See every other trope in this entry.
- Captain Ersatz: Quite a few of them are Pony versions of characters from... anything and everything.
- The first issue gives us The Blues Brothers from Saturday Night Live, Thomas Magnum from Magnum, P.I., Matthew Bennell from Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and Earl Hickey from My Name Is Earl appear.
- Issue #5 gives us pony versions of Sailor Moon & Sailor Jupiter and Mabel Pines, the later even gets a name: Maybelle.
- There's also the notably recurring Observer who appears in the very first issue and then make recurring appearances in other issues.
- More examples can be found here
- Creator Cameo:
- An Earth pony version of artist Andy Price appears, accompanied by a unicorn version of his wife Alice, and by their cats Sam, Spooky, Tabitha, Boris, Bela, and Mina.
- A unicorn version of writer Katie Cook appears, later accompanied by a mule version of her husband Ryan.
- Sibsy's variant cover for the Rainbow Dash issue of the Micro-Series has the Original Character of her then-coworker on the show Raven Molisee (Snowdrop), as well as her then-current boyfriend (and popular fan-musician) Andy "MandoPony" Stein.
- Sibsy's OC Wild Fire pops up in the background now and then.
- Expy: See Lawyer-Friendly Cameo below.
- Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: A Pegasus mare described by artist Andy Price as "a shout-out to original MLP Firefly from the ponies 'established 1982'" appears. The page doesn't show her eye color, but her coat color, mane and tail color, cutie mark, and tail bow all match G1 Firefly's. If it really is G4 Firefly, this marks her first appearance in a My Little Pony work since The '80s![[note]] Firefly had already appeared in The New '10s as one of the British Dolly Mixtures toys from G3 and on The Merch for G1. G4 Firefly◊ was originally meant to be in the Friendship is Magic show, but Hasbro had lost the rights to most G1 ponies (except Applejack), and so Firefly was changed into Rainbow Dash.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Since the bases of the Captain Ersatz ponies mentioned above were played by live-action actors, they're also partly modeled after Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Tom Selleck, Donald Sutherland, and Jason Lee, respectively.
- Andy Price's Applejack variant cover for Issue #1, has Vinyl Scratch in the background. In her record collection? "The Hoof Beats".
- Recurring Extra: Andy Price, the massive Fringe fan that he is, has made sure to slip in an "Observer" pony in every issue he's worked on thus far.
- Unknown Character: Everything we know about Applejack's great uncle Honeycrisp is that he was a lumberjack. He was only mentioned once in Issue #3.
Characters from the manga adaption.
An earth pony and resident of Ponyville. She's definitely not a space pony.
- Alien Among Us: What Pinkie Pie believes she is, and eventually the Cutie Mark Crusaders think the same.
- Conqueror from the Future: She's working with one. Whether she knows he's evil is debatable, however.
- Expy: Possibly of Stardancer, a G1 pony, down to having very similar cutie marks.
- Faux Affably Evil: The Cutie Mark Crusaders suspect her of this when they see just how nice she is around town. Turns out she isn't, she's just a regular Nice Girl. However, Scootaloo insisting on her behaving so nice and normal to cover a secret isn't entirely wrong.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: She's from the future, and is studying the ponies and Ponyville of the past on behalf of a mysterious "Master".
- Hair Decorations: A star-shaped one, by her right ear.
- Horrible Judge of Character: She seems completely unaware that the "Master" pony she works for is evil, seeing his Evil Laugh as him just being really happy.
- Red Herring: She makes a lot of them, deliberately to lead others to suspect she's a space pony, and not from the future.
- Red Herring Mole: The Cutie Mark Crusaders suspect her of being The Mole for space ponies, planning on attacking Ponyville. But as it turns out, space ponies aren't real. Future ponies are.
- Weirdness Magnet: A seemingly ordinary earth pony that Pinkie Pie passionately believes is from outer space.
Characters from storybooks.
- Artifact of Doom: The source of her power was an amulet similar to the Alicorn Amulet.
- The Ghost: Is only mentioned in a flashback and does not make any sort of present day appearance in the book.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She lived alone and was jealous of the nearby earth pony village for the love they had for each other.
- Hate Plague: Caused one for the earth pony village nearby.
Princess Celestia's cousin, ruler of the underwater city of Aquastria from picture book Under the Sparkling Sea.
- All There in the Manual: The dust jacket of the Under The Sparkling Sea book mentions that both Princess Celestia and King Leo sit on the "Cosmic Council", but this isn't elaborated on anywhere.
- Mix-and-Match Critter: King Leo is a Mer-lion. A lion-like head and a fish-like body. How he's related to Celestia isn't known.
- Stellar Name: Given his cousins' connection with certain Luminaries, someone had the Western Zodiac in mind when writing the story.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Allows Rainbow Dash to take Arrow's place after he tears his fin.
A sister and brother pair of seaponies.
The fastest Mer-Mare in the Sparkling Sea. At first she was cold towards the Equestrian Ponies and Spike, but later on she warmed up to them, especially Rainbow Dash
- Defrosting Ice Queen: After being saved by Rainbow Dash from a rockslide, she warms up to her.
A bashful Narwhal who lives in the Seagrass beds of Aquastria. He is friends with the sea creatures there and was befriended by Twilight, Spike and Fluttershy.
The Sparkling Sea is home to some unusual lifeforms, many of which resemble a cross between a land animal and a sea animal.
- Giant Flyer: The Manta-hawks. They serve as transport to the Sparkling Sea. Though they're more like giant swimmers.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Nearly all of the named creatures. Manta-hawks (manta ray and hawk), Crabbits (crab and rabbit), Jellyflies (jellyfish and butterfly) and Star-mice (sea stars and mice).
- Our Mermaids Are Different: The Water-Weasel looks like a weasel with a fish-like body. The Fox-Fin is a fish with a fox-like head.
Braze is a villainous zebra who tries to steal the Half-Gilded Horseshoe from Rainbow Dash.
- Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Evidently, not even zebras are exempt from this. Braze is described as having flame-like red, orange, and yellow stripes as opposed to white and black.
- Meaningful Name: His name is the word "zebra" with its letters rearranged. "Braze" also means "to burn or temper in fire", befitting of his powers.
- Odd Name Out: On a meta level; He's the only zebra in the My Little Pony franchise whose name does not start with a "Z".
- Playing with Fire: He has pyromantic abilities, and is able to create ropes made of fire. He can also apparently control how hot they are, since he can tie up ponies with said ropes without burning them to death.
A unicorn new to the fashion world who is apprenticing under Rarity's tutelage. Idolized Rarity to the point where she starts to imitate her.
- Does Not Like Spam: She detests Bedazzle berry tarts, but she hides that fact from Rarity, since Rarity loves them. Rarity is quick to figure this out.
- Fangirl: A huge one of Rarity who takes it too far.
- Identical Stranger: Charity happens to look a lot like Rarity, save for having a mint green mane. Even her cutie mark appears to be very similar to Rarity's (three blue gems shaped like hearts instead of diamonds). It reaches the point where, after dying her mane, she gets mistaken for Rarity when she delivers Rarity's chorus outfits.
- Irritation Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery: She already looks similar to Rarity and is a huge fan, but she takes it further throughout the course of the book, dying her hair and trying to mimic Rarity's speech patterns.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Rarity has to give her errands just so she can actually get some breathing room for a change.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Inverted. While she loves fashion and, in general, likes many of the same things Rarity does, she also has a tomboyish side, wanting to join Rainbow Dash in a cannon ball contest and wanting to learn how to apple buck from Applejack (and got the hang of it pretty quickly, according to Applejack). However, she tries to hide this side so she can impress Rarity.
There have been several short stories & comics found in various little girls' magazines. They all use copy-and-paste stock art and the writing, to put it lightly, is not up to the same standards as the show & IDW comics. Their canonical relevance is debatable and next to nothing, but for the sake of completion here are the characters that appear exclusively in them.
- Palette Swap: He's a recolor of Big Macintosh, to the point of wearing a recolor of Big Mac's horse collar.
Two unicorn mares appear in Les surprises de l'amitié/Das Überraschungsfest from Panini's French and German My Little Pony magazines.
A four-year-old cousin of Princess Celestia's (and presumably Princess Luna's) who appears in one from Panini's French My Little Pony magazine.
- Ambiguous Gender: Appears to be female but has a male name. Is the only Alicorn we've seen with visible hooves and is either one of the few female ponies with visible hooves or the only male alicorn.
- Artistic Age: Is a Rainbow Dash Palette Swap despite being so young.
- Palette Swap: Of Rainbow Dash with a horn.
- The Smurfette Principle: Inverted. Across all forms of media, comics, and books licensed by DHX or Hasbro; Léon is the only confirmed and named alicorn colt.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: Basically looks like Prince Blueblood as a Pegasus unicorn Palette Swap of Rainbow Dash. Léon and Blueblood even have the same cutie mark!
- Winged Unicorn: He's an alicorn.