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They are the antagonists of the show. They activelynote  seek to conquer Equestria, bend its pony denizens to their will and eliminate those who stand in their way of world domination, such as the Princesses and the Elements of Harmony.

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    Universal Tropes 

  • All There in the Manual: A lot of what happens to the villains beyond their initial appearances that the show doesn't cover (save the Season 5 finale, which were Alternate Timelines) is covered in the comic book series. Likewise their pasts are shown as well in the mini-series, My Little Pony: FIENDship Is Magic. Though if they're considered canon or not is up to interpretation.
    • Queen Chrysalis is revealed to have been blasted far away from pony civilization and into a town of sickeningly cute kitten creatures. She and her kind feed on them and take over their village before she tries to take revenge on Twilight for her defeat by kidnapping the CMC, hoping to force Twilight into becoming her new servant. It fails when Twilight beats her in a battle and Chrysalis is imprisoned. She manages to escape some time later after tricking Twilight into freeing her. After the events of "To Where and Back Again", Chrysalis still remained at large and wouldn't show up again till "The Mean 6" in the main series before finally becoming a threat once more following her team up with Grogar, Tirek and Cozy Glow.
    • Whatever force that turned Luna into Nightmare Moon has it's army, the Nightmare Forces, kidnap Rarity to use as it's new avatar to attack Equestria. It fails and is seemingly permanently dissipated when Luna and the Mane Six convince Rarity that they'll never abandon her and, with no more fear or resentment to feed from, is vanquished. It also reveals she spent her 1000 year banishment giving nightmares to ponykind as revenge, explaining her infamy despite how quickly she was defeated in the show.
    • Sunset Shimmer's redemption and story was shown in the following Equestria Girls movies, Rainbow Rocks and Friendship Games. But the comics go into more detail about her past with Celestia, how she ended up in the human world and her first encounter with the Humane Five.
    • King Sombra manages to regain his form from one of his pieces left over after being initially vaporized with the help of Radiant Hope, a Crystal Pony who was his childhood friend. He manages to reclaim the Crystal Empire and defeat the heroes, before revealing his endgame is to free his true kind, the Umbrum or Shadow Ponies, from underneath the Crystal Palace. Thanks to Radiant Hope acting as his Morality Chain who convinces him he doesn't have to be evil, however, he turns on and reseals the Umbrum nearly at the cost of his life. The princesses save him and Sombra gains a true pony form, redeeming him and allowing him to be with Radiant Hope, as they set out on a journey through Equestria to restore Princess Amore, a pony Sombra had crystallized and smashed during his evil days in the past. This was rendered non-canon later following the season 9 premiere however which had Grogar bring him back to life. note 
  • Antagonist Abilities: Most of the villains are armed with "unfair" powers, including:
  • Apple of Discord: In the second half of season 9, Chrysalis, Tirek and Cozy Glow work to undermine the friendship between the three pony tribes. By the time of "The Ending of the End", the three races have become so divided that it causes the Windigos to return.
  • Arc Villain: They each act as the main antagonist of a particular story arc, variably at the beginning or end of a season.
  • Bad Future: Each past Arc Villain gets a different one where they rule supreme due to the absence of the Mane Six during the Season 5 Finale.
    • Nightmare Moon is shown ruling over an endless night in Equestria.
    • Discord is shown tormenting Celestia and Luna from afar, ruling over a truly chaotic Equestria.
    • Queen Chrysalis also appears to be ruling over Equestria, Twilight and Spike get caught up in her and her changelings trying to stop out La Résistance.
    • King Sombra regains his complete power over the Crystal Empire, re-enslaves the Crystal Ponies, brainwashes them into being his personal army, and then set out to conquer Equestria.
    • Twilight and Spike see Lord Tirek destroying a forest from afar. They don't stick around long enough to know just what else he has done in this timeline.
  • Beauty, Brains and Brawn: The members of Grogar's Legion of Doom. Cozy Glow (Beauty) is a Deliberately Cute Child who uses her cuteness to fool others, Chrysalis (Brains) is an intelligent queen who came extremely close to conquering Equestria twice, and Tirek (Brawn) seeks to regain his "huge physique" after being freed from Tartarus.
  • Beyond Redemption: All the members of Grogar's Legion of Doom are deemed to be this by Celestia during the season 9 finale, due to all their crimes and their refusal to ever stop or change their ways. As a result, Celestia, Luna, and Discord turn the three of them to stone as punishment for all they have done.
  • Bright Is Not Good: Starlight Glimmer and Cozy Glow are ponies, and naturally very bright colored and cute as all the others. They end up being majorly dangerous villains. Starlight Glimmer subverts this, however, and Cozy Glow plays it totally straight.
  • Character Death: As far as "death" goes for the series at least. In the Season 9 finale, Chrysalis, Tirek, and Cozy Glow are deemed irredeemable, and are subjected to the harshest PG punishment possible: Being turned to stone, presumably for eternity.
  • Dark Is Evil: Aside from Discord, Starlight Glimmer and Cozy Glow, every villain incorporates black into their color schemes and otherwise has a dark appearance (though Chrysalis can transform into a form that isn't dark).
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: In the S9 finale, Tirek, Chrysalis and Cozy manage to sow distrust in the pony species, making them so resentful and fearful of each other that it weakens the guard around the castle and prevents aid from coming to the Mane Six when they take the heroes on, and mock Twilight and state that fear is more powerful then friendship since self-preservation is likewise a thing. While not wrong, they fail to take into account two things. 1) The unity of the pony species is the only thing keeping the Windigos from reappearing and freezing the land. Even with all the power at their disposal, the fact that the three likewise can't get along meant their plans for conquest were doomed from the get go if they had indeed triumphed over the heroes, which would've ensured Equestria's destruction. And 2) Fear is not the end all be all emotion they think it is and can be overcome given enough time. Once the students of the friendship school rouse their respective races to fight for their survival, nearly all of Equestria's creatures come to support the Mane Six in the final battle, not only saving them but giving Twilight enough time to realize how to defeat the villains.
  • Enemy Mine: This is ultimately the agreement that Tirek, Cozy Glow, and Chrysalis come to in season 9. Once they start bonding they realize they hate Twilight and her friends more than they hate each other and are willing to work together to destroy them. However, they refuse to become friends out of pride and refusal to accept the Magic of Friendship, and none of them can agree to a long-term alliance without being the leader of the group themselves. They agree to keep working together until they can betray Grogar and destroy their common enemies, then they can rule separately and go back to trying to destroy each other as well. By the time of the finale, their alliance begins to break apart due to their own in-fighting, since they are running out of common enemies to face together.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: No matter how close they come to victory, The Power of Friendship (and occasionally The Power of Love) blindsides them and spells their doom after they've written it off as empty hope. Grogar on the other hand realizes this weakness and attempts to use this to his advantage, by getting his own group of villains to work together. That doesn't work either.
  • Evil Is Bigger: Most of the major villains are bigger then the average pony. Starlight Glimmer and Cozy Glow are the exceptions, since the former is a semi-ordinary unicorn and the latter is a pegasus filly. Ultimately, Starlight ends up pulling a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Evil Is One Big, Happy Family: Zigzagged. When Grogar forms his Legion of Doom, the individual members are a bunch of raging jerks barely kept together by Grogar's threats of violence. They do prove capable of working together and bonding over their mutual hatred of the heroes, though.
  • Fangs Are Evil: To date, every major villain except Starlight Glimmer has fangs. Or in Discord's case, a fang. Later averted with the changelings (save Chrysalis) who perform a Heel–Race Turn and ditch the fangs in the Season 6 finale "To Where and Back Again".
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Enforced. A general rule of thumb considering the subject matter. The villains are only allowed to do three things: 1) Appear 2) Cause trouble and maybe 3) Come close to winning. When it comes to actually succeeding, that just isn't happening. About the most "victory" they can get is getting away after their defeat, but it is costly, and trying again will only result in inevitable failure once more. Grogar's Legion of Doom doesn't even get the chance to try again.
  • The Good Guys Always Win: The villains come close to victory, some come closer than others, but in the end, they always lose. If they ever manage to subvert defeat and come back for another round, they usually end up becoming good guys themselves. Discord and Starlight Glimmer being the prime examples.
  • Lack of Empathy: None of them show much care for anyone threatened or harmed by their actions. Even the changelings, whom feed off love, only regard it as food, and were blindsided by it being used against them.
  • Monster of the Week: The villains more or less show up at the beginning or end of the season and then very rarely show up again, usually to be the monster of the week once more.
  • Mysterious Past: Many of them have very little back story, if any at all. Chrysalis, Sombra, and Cozy Glow are the most notorious examples of this. The Friendship Is Magic comics fill in the blanks for most of them, though the comics are Loose Canon.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The list goes: Nightmare Moon, Discord, Queen Chrysalis, King Sombra, and Lord Tirek. Subverted with Starlight Glimmer and Cozy Glow, but then that's the entire idea. Starlight Glimmer then ends up subverting this again when she truly becomes a good guy, but Cozy Glow... doesn't.
  • Near-Villain Victory: These guys admittedly come dangerously close to victory. That's about it though when it comes to their overall success. They don't get much credit beyond that.
  • Obviously Evil: Scroll down the page; none of these characters could be mistaken for heroes (except for Cozy Glow, who actually used to be on the One-Shots page). Even Starlight Glimmer looks creepy thanks to The Unsmile she's constantly giving.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Save for Queen Chrysalis, Starlight Glimmer and Cozy Glow, every villain so far has been an old enemy of Celestia's that was defeated and sealed away years ago, and has now broken free. Grogar was defeated and sealed before Celestia and Luna's reign. Although, in the comic series, Chrysalis applied for this when she was defeated and imprisoned within her own castle at the end of her arc, temporarily putting her out of commission until the FIENDship Is Magic micro-series. It eventually turns out that according to FIENDship Is Magic, Queen Chrysalis and her minions were this trope. Celestia defeated them in the past and sealed them in a volcano until they eventually escaped by tricking a dragon.
  • Shadow Archetype: Each villain embodies certain themes that are total antithesis to the shows theme of friendship. Nightmare Moon embodies jealousy, Discord is disharmony, Chrysalis is selfishness, King Sombra is tyranny, Tirek is pride, Starlight Glimmer is resentment, intolerance and vengeance, and Cozy Glow is manipulation through false friendships.
  • Story-Breaker Power: If the show wasn't rated TV-Y and didn't have strict rules to follow, they'd easily end it if they wanted. The villains have clearly proven to be exceptionally powerful and cunning, even more so than the Ponies, but someone or something always sidewinds them to their defeat.
  • Take Over the World: While their motivations for doing so vary, inevitably their goals are to conquer Equestria and/or depose Celestia and Luna.
  • The Social Darwinist: In "The Ending of the End — Part 1", Chrysalis, Tirek and Cozy Glow's gloating to Twilight has shades of this, telling her that in the face of fear it is everyone for themselves and there is no room for friendship.
  • Too Powerful to Live: In general, the main villains tend to be so powerful and aggressive that leaving them around after their debut episodes isn't an option, as the magnitude of the threats they present and their generally... unreasonable... attitudes would force the story to keep revolving around them and their actions if they remained active afterwards. As such, they are almost always removed or neutralized once their two-parter is over, with a few exceptions including the alternate timelines in "The Cutie Re-Mark", to allow the show to return to the light comedy, slice of life and less life-or-death adventures that make up the bulk of its episodes.
    • Nightmare Moon, a match for Celestia in terms of power and devoted to her goal of casting Equestria into eternal night, is turned back into Luna at the end of the premiere. She only briefly returns in dreams and flashbacks afterwards.
    • Discord is easily the most innately powerful of the villains, and can seemingly ignore anything done to him by anything beyond the Elements of Harmony or Tirek's Mana Drain. He's turned back into a statue at the end of "The Return of Harmony" and brought back to imprisonment, and only returns when his Heel–Face Turn removes his status as someone whom the main characters would have to oppose.
    • Queen Chrysalis, who mounted a full invasion and takeover of Equestria's capital, is hurled out of the country by a magic blast. After her return a few seasons later, she remains at large, but with her threat level severely diminished by the loss of her army and kingdom after their Heel–Face Turn. She is finally turned to stone for her crimes.
    • King Sombra, who tyrannized the Crystal Empire with plans to expand, gets Killed Off for Real. And in his return seasons later, he managed to brainwash countless ponies, destroy the Tree and Elements of Harmony, and nearly initiated a one-pony takeover of the Crystal Empire and Equestria as a whole before getting Killed Off for Real again.
    • Tirek, who managed to drain the magic of every pony in Equestria and Discord to boot, becoming temporarily the most powerful being in Equestria, is stripped of his power and sent back to Tartarus. He also receives the stone treatment for eternity.
    • The Pony of Shadows, a shadowy Animalistic Abomination whose powers are never fully explored but who plans on taking over the whole world, is convinced to abandon his dark powers and goes back to being a normal pony, with said dark powers being sealed away.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Nightmare Moon is the one aversion since the show had yet to set its tone, everyone since has been increasingly this. Queen Chrysalis has the honor of being the trope's page image.
  • You Can't Thwart Stage One: The villains always succeed in their most basic plans and gain an advantage. Come the end, however, inevitable failure begins taking over and it all comes crashing down.

    Nightmare Moon 
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"From this moment forth, the night will last FOREVER! AHAHAHAHAHAAA!!"

An evil and wicked creature born from dark magic fueling Princess Luna's jealously and bitterness. Her desire to create a never-ending night forced Princess Celestia to use the Elements of Harmony to imprison her in the moon, seemingly for eternity. However, after one thousand years, the stars help her to escape, and this time she attacks first, leaving Equestria stuck on night time. After a short rampage, she is defeated and purified of her darkness by Twilight Sparkle and her friends.

In the comics, it turns out that Nightmare Moon was the product of Luna being corrupted by an outside entity preying on her unhappiness in having her night ignored, nor was she the first. FIENDship Is Magic #4 had her corrupt the inhabitants of the moon into the Nightmare Forces, who would enable her return. See the Expanded Universe characters page for more.


  • Adaptational Villainy: From the comics, FIENDship Is Magic has her, in one issue, do more evilness than in all her appearances on the show. She played a False Friend to the Nyx, corrupts them into the Nightmare Forces, and spent her entire 1000 year imprisonment plaguing ponykind with nightmares as revenge. Contrasts the show, which is reducing the evil she was implied to have achieved or be capable of.
  • Affably Evil: In her Bad Future from "The Cutie Re-Mark – Part 2". She's surprisingly polite and reasonable for an evil megalomaniac.
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: Say what you will about her level of evil, in the "The Cutie Re-Mark - Part 2" her Bad Future is the least horrifying of the major villains (arguably excluding Discord's), and she's actually quite reasonable and polite with Twilight (though her intentions are still quite clearly sinister, and she does take Spike hostage).
  • Alto Villainess: Voiced with a low-pitched female voice.
  • Arch-Enemy: Treats Celestia as this. The Mane Six are viewed mostly as annoying children and the challenges she sends them are largely indirect and non-deadly. When she and Celestia faced off 1000 years ago however, Nightmare Moon wanted nothing more than to kill her immediately.
  • Arc Villain: The main antagonist of the opening two-parter.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Nightmare Moon is admittedly a pretty awesome name.
  • Beam Spam: Her first act after transforming is to start randomly blasting everything in sight with her magic. It's also her main means of attack against Celestia.
  • Beneath the Mask: The evil and confident Nightmare Moon was actually a scared pony who missed her sister.
  • Big "NO!":
    • She does this when she is blasted with the Elements of Harmony, twice.
    • She also does it when Twilight escapes from her Bad Future in "The Cutie Remark, Part 2".
  • Bling of War: Decked out in an elaborate helmet, gorget (collar) adorned with Luna's moon sigil, and boots with a fleur-de-lis pattern.
  • Cain and Abel: The Cain to Celestia's Abel.
  • Classic Villain: Envy and Wrath.
  • Cold Ham: In her first appearance especially. Even in her more reserved moods, Nightmare Moon gleefully plays to her audience.
  • Dark Is Evil: In contrast to Luna being The Sacred Darkness.
  • Dark Action Girl: She manages to hold her own against Celestia, which forces her to use the elements to seal her away.
  • Dark Magical Girl: She is driven to evil by jealousy and eternal loneliness, gets a Plot-Relevant Age-Up and green eyes, dons a goth-esque outfit, and is promptly sealed away for a thousand years. When she escapes, she uses her powers to fight the even younger Magical Girl sent unwittingly to redeem her, who defeats her with The Power of Friendship and reunites her with her sister.
  • Darth Vader Clone: Her backstory is somewhat similar to Anakin Skywalker's, her status as a Fallen Hero who pulls a Heel–Face Turn, and her design (her black and blue armour and deep voice) and relationship to her sister.
  • Decomposite Character: Her goal is somewhat similar to G1 Tirek's.
  • Depending on the Writer: In the comics, She is the product of something possessing Luna. The cartoon presented her transformation as purely Luna's decision and power at work, and has yet to even imply that outside forces were involved. Albeit the cartoon does show Luna having a shocked expression as she begins transforming, indicating at the very least that she did not intend to become Nightmare Moon or did not realize what would happen when she did. Product of something possessing Luna or not, the way the black mist appears around Luna as she begins transforming suggests that whatever turned her into Nightmare Moon did not come from Luna herself. However, Jim Miller would say during an AMA on twitter that Nightmare Moon is simply Luna's dark half born from burying her feelings and resentment towards her sister until it became Nightmare Moon, and thus was always part of Luna.
  • The Dreaded: During her absence she has become ponykind's boogeyman. "Nightmare Night" is dedicated to how scary she is.
  • Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: She quickly learned where the Elements of Harmony were and could get to them much faster than the Mane Cast. She had no reason to even bother with the Mane Cast at all, let alone try to deal with them indirectly through proxies, traps and illusions. Yet she went after them anyway, and in doing so helped prove their worthiness to wield the Elements.
  • Driven by Envy: According to the Creation Myth, the problem started when she grew jealous of how their subjects went out and enjoyed the daytime but slept through her beautiful nights.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Her first appearance presented her as more of a Cold Ham with a deep reserved voice. After Princess Luna's personality had been established, later appearances made her more of an evil mirror of her, as well as benefitting from the show's increasing Animation Bump and gaining more details to her design such as fangs.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • For both Celestia (sun/moon, day/night, etc.) and Luna (see The Sacred Darkness).
    • Her Shadowbolts form is this to the Wonderbolts.
  • Evil Former Friend: Towards Princess Celestia. She used to be a co-ruler, prior to her Face–Heel Turn.
  • Evil Is Bigger: Turning into Nightmare Moon makes her about the same size as Celestia.
  • Evil Is Hammy: While hammy, "Luna Eclipsed" subverts this by showing Luna was hammier before she turned evil.
  • Evil Laugh: A big fan of it; see her page quote.
  • Evil Plan: Eternal Night, with an era of evil as a side dish! Not to mention it would've actually killed every living thing under the sky.
  • The Evil Princess: She is in a literal sense an "evil princess", but her position seems to (and was supposed to) be that of a queen. There isn't anyone higher in position than hers to overthrow with the exception of her equal and fellow princess, Celestia.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Has a throaty, regal and commanding voice.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: Hers look more like dragon eyes than pony eyes.
  • The Fair Folk: Nightmare Moon's legend post-Elements was told like this. Disguise yourself so she can’t recognize you, give her a candy offering so she could fill her stomach with that instead of you, and above all, never piss her off. Only then she may just might decide against devouring everyone on Equestria... until next year, that is.
  • Fangs Are Evil: Nightmare Moon's original design didn't have fangs, but the Nightmare Night portrayals of her do. Beginning with Season 4's flashback to Luna's transformation, her design was updated to include fangs.
  • Fisher King: Naturally, when she seizes control of Equestria, the land is plunged into never-ending darkness.
  • Fleur de Lis: Her boots and collar appear to have this integrated into their design.
  • Fusion Dance: The fusion of Luna and the Nightmare Forces, as revealed in the comics.
  • God of Evil: Downplayed; there is nothing evil about night or dreams (again see The Sacred Darkness) but she uses them for evil.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Even though she's called a princess, her power, as with Celestia, is that of a queen. Word of God states that it was due to Executive Meddling to prevent this very trope from being invoked that Celestia and Luna were given the title of Princess. Nightmare Moon remains a straight example of this regardless of title change.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: She was born of Princess Luna's resentment of her sister, Celestia, being appreciated more than her. Her actions left Celestia the universally loved Big Good and her being banished and forgotten; backfiring in every way.
  • Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: Glowing Eyes of Doom with Hellish Pupils, definitely evil.
  • Good Wings, Evil Wings: Has feathery wings like any Pegasus, but they're drawn with a noticeably more bat-like outline.
  • Hellish Horse: Unlike Luna, she's truly malevolent and frightening.
  • Hellish Pupils: Has vertically slitted pupils.
  • Hot Goddess: For the same reason as Princess Celestia and Princess Luna, considering that Nightmare Moon is their Evil Counterpart.
  • Large Ham: Like most of the villains in this show, she loves to ham it up and particularly when making declarations of victory.
  • Meaningful Name: She rules the moon and is most certainly a thing of nightmares. "Sleepless in Ponyville" revealed Luna has power over dreams, meaning her evil self can give others nightmares.
  • Menacing Stroll: Performs a brief one towards Celestia shortly after her transformation.
  • More Than Mind Control: According to the comics, Luna was corrupted by being told she could use Nightmare Moon's power to force ponies to respect the night like she desired.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Nightmare is enough.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: When Twilight Sparkle sets off with her new friends to find the Elements of Harmony, they only have a partial idea of what they are looking for. Nightmare Moon's attempts to stop them provide the clues that are needed to figure out the rest of the missing information. With the comics in consideration, this may be justified. For when Nightmare Moon tried to stop Twilight and her friends, Luna may have been Fighting from the Inside.
  • The Night That Never Ends: Her ultimate goal.
  • Offstage Villainy: The Bad Future where she rules is implied to be worse than King Sombra's or Queen Chrysalis's. From what we see of it, it is the most peaceful and intact (not even showing the damage Word of God claimed eternal night would bring), and she shows less cruelty to her subjects and others than any other villain.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Twilight Sparkle discovers the sixth element of magic and the mane six proceed to use the Elements of Harmony to stop her.
  • One-Winged Angel: Serves as this for Princess Luna.
  • The Power of Hate: According to Word of God, she came to be because Princess Luna envied her sister to the point of irrational hatred.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: In the bad future where she was victorious and rules over Equestria, she's the only villain who's even remotely pleasant to her subjects. After all, how can they adore and admire her if she treats them with scorn and cruelty?
  • Prehensile Hair: Her mane and tail are made up of the purple smoke stuff she's also capable of entirely transforming into; it can move as she pleases. She most notably uses her mane to flick Rarity on the chin when she makes her appearance in Ponyville.
  • Psycho Electro: Her lightning powers accompany her hammy moments.
  • Punny Name: Nightmare Moon.
    • She went mad from jealousy and The Mare of the Moon was a lunatic.
    • Also her change of name. Luna is Latin (and Spanish) for "moon".
    • The dark areas or "seas" of our moon are all named "Mare something-or-other". It's too bad they're not pronounced the samenote .
  • Repressive, but Efficient: In The Cutie Re-Mark, the Bad Future in which Nightmare Moon succeeded in taking over Equestria has her running the kingdom as a functional society, unlike all the other villains' futures. She's also notably the only one to have members of the Mane Six willingly helping her.
  • The Resenter: She's jealous of her sister gaining attention from everypony since they're awake to see the sun rise, but not when she raises the moon.
  • Retcanon: Given she was originally defeated before doing anything worse than briefly KO Princess Celestia, it's nigh-impossible to rationalize Nightmare Moon's infamy and Princess Luna's guilt demonstrated in "Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep?" unless one accepts Nightmare Moon's actions in the comics as canon.
  • Sanity Slippage: In the Bad Future where she won in "The Cutie Remark," she's noticeably more manic, with a constant bug-eyed expression.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: She was sealed in the Moon for a thousand years as "The Mare in the Moon".
  • Self-Duplication: Combined with Voluntary Shapeshifting. Nightmare Moon transforms into a fictional trio called the Shadowbolts based on Rainbow Dash's idols, the Wonderbolts, in order to distract her from helping her friends. However, only the female member speaks (in Nightmare Moon's voice), so it is also possible that the two male members are non-sentient dummies or she couldn't make a convincing male voice for them.
  • Shadow Archetype: According to Jim Miller, she's literally this for Luna: her psychological shadow that eventually overtook her as its own personality.
  • Shock and Awe: She uses lightning to escape the Summer Sun Celebration in the second episode.
  • Shout-Out: To Maleficent. "STAND BACK, YOU FOALS! BWA-HAHAHAHAHAHA!"
  • Spell My Name with an "S": "Nightmare Moon" has been used by Hasbro and its toy line, by the trading cards, by The Hub, by WeLoveFine, and by Lauren Faust, while "Night Mare Moon" has been used by Hasbro, by at least one episode synopsis, by Lauren Faust, and partially by the single-volume storybook adaptation of the pilot episodes.
  • Split Personality: Jim Miller describes her as being a separate personality born from Luna's repressed feelings and resentment, implying this trope.
  • Starter Villain: The first villain in the series, and only lasted long enough to establish the friendships, and show their abilities and personalities, which the series would build on.
  • Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum: Word of God confirms that ponies couldn’t grow food without sunlight, which would ultimately kill off everything. It's unknown if she knew or cared about the consequences.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: A literal case in the comics, as Nightmare Moon was born from evil magic taking over Luna. In both continuities, Nightmare Moon is larger, more powerful, and eviller than Luna.
  • Super Smoke: Can transform into smoke to move more rapidly and then reform.
  • That Man Is Dead: During their first confrontation, Celestia begs "Luna" to stop her rampage and lower the moon. Her sister responds with: "Luna? I am Nightmare Moon!"
  • To Create a Playground for Evil: According to Lauren Faust, this is what Nightmare Moon's eternal night would have resulted in. Confirmed in the IDW comics as the goal of the Nightmare Forces.
  • Tragic Monster: Whether Luna was trapped, hapless in Nightmare Moon, or to some degree complicit with her, Luna was aware enough of her wrongdoings that she developed a major guilt complex once freed. Also this to Celestia, as the fight against her was one of the only two times in the show she was reduced to tears.
  • Tranquil Fury: Has a brief moment of this during her confrontation with Celestia, striding calmly out of a cloud of smoke with sinister background music playing.
  • Unflinching Walk: In "The Cutie Remark, Part 2" she casually strolls through the Everfree forest, blasting timberwolves with her magic and carrying a chained-up Spike behind her, all without breaking stride for even a moment.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Could you believe someone as insane as she is used to be sweet, socially awkward Princess Luna?
  • Villainous Legacy: Nightmare Moon frequently acts as this for stories focusing on Princess Luna, since Luna is constantly trying to redeem herself for her past actions. For example, "Luna Eclipsed" has Luna trying to overcome her bad publicity and the shadow of her evil counterpart.
  • Vocal Evolution: Her voice is deeper and more sinister in the pilot than in her later appearances, which have her speaking nearly the same as the restored Princess Luna.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Takes on several different forms throughout the episode, including a thorn to enrage a Manticore and the Shadowbolts to tempt Rainbow Dash.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Se was born from the jealousy and resentment Luna felt towards Celestia for their subjects loving her day and shunning the night, and deep down she still wants to be seen as her sister's equal and receive the same love and devotion she got. This is highlighted in the Deviations comic; when the cast says Prince Blueblood is almost as bad as her, Nightmare Moon is horrified and protests she just wants them to appreciate her and her night. She essentially talks herself down into being Luna again as the Mane Five reassure her they do love her night, and maybe it's not too late to make up with Celestia, either.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Her official toy is relatively show-accurate, but she's given a purple mane. Justified, as a mane made of stars is pretty hard to translate into a Real Life sharable format.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: A Blue mane with a space pattern of stars flowing in it as well.

    Discord 

    Queen Chrysalis 
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"First, we take Canterlot! And then, all of Equestria!"

Debut: "A Canterlot Wedding"note 

Voiced by: Kathleen Barr

The former Queen of the changelings, creatures that can transform into other ponies and feed on their love for sustanance. She masquerades as Princess Cadance during the Season 2 finale in a bid to conquer Equestria, but is discovered by Twilight and defeated by Cadance and Shining Armor. She returns in the Season 6 finale with a more ambitious plan, but her subjects turn on her and follow Thorax as their new leader, causing Chrysalis to flee swearing revenge.

She appears in IDW's comic books as the main antagonist through the first four-issue Story Arc, and makes several subsequent appearances.


  • 0% Approval Rating: In the Season 6 finale, Queen Chrysalis is abandoned by her subjects after learning from Thorax that they don't need to steal love anymore, and are no longer hungry. Once adored by her subjects, Chrysalis promptly becomes their enemy when King Thorax takes over.
  • 100% Adoration Rating: The comic book made obvious that her changelings are very content with her as their ruler because Chrysalis is an effective leader and takes on herself the duty to provide food for her subjects. They are close enough as to joke and share a few laughs together with their Queen. It quickly plummets to zero in "To Where and Back Again" after she decides "It's All About Me!" and the entire changeling species pulls a Heel–Race Turn, except for her.
  • Abnormal Limb Rotation Range: She can turn her head 360 degrees, both horizontally and vertically. The effect is very unsettling.
  • All There in the Script: Her name isn't mentioned in her debut episode and was initially revealed by Word of God. The comics and show have since used it.
  • And I Must Scream: In the finale, she is forever turned to stone along with Cozy Glow and Tirek for their crimes against Equestria.
  • Apple of Discord: In "The Summer Sun Setback", Chrysalis transforms into a unicorn and briefly gets the firework troupe to turn on Twilight by insisting that, as unicorns, they are better than other ponies and should be doing more with their magic than just making pretty-colored things.
  • Arch-Enemy: Has the distinction of being the most frequently recurring major adversary faced by the ponies.
    • In the comic, she was focused solely on Twilight since she was the one who stopped her plan the first time. with the crux of her revenge being that she would drain Twilight and make her destroy her friends.
    • Following her defeat in "To Where and Back Again", Chrysalis now considers Starlight Glimmer to be this. She is intent on making Starlight suffer for turning her hive against her. And indeed, in the S9 finale, she goes after her personally.
  • Arc Villain: Of the second season's finale, the sixth season's finale, and the first arc of the IDW comics.
  • Bad Boss:
    • As shown in My Little Pony: FIENDship Is Magic, she thinks nothing of punishing a commander for complaining by throwing him to his death in a lava pool and then promoting a random new changeling to take his place.
    • In the Season Six finale, it's implied Chrysalis knew all along that Changelings take on stronger forms through sharing love, but deliberately conditioned and misled her subjects to steal love instead, thus preventing them from satisfying their hunger and completing their Metamorphosis. Chrysalis would then be free to abuse her authority and influence as well as take advantage of the Changelings' constant starvation to maintain control and power over them to further her own goals. She wasn't happy at all with Thorax for coming up with the idea to share love, and branded him a traitor.
  • Battle Trophy: That distorted black tiara she wears? According to FIENDship Is Magic #5, it was originally the golden crown of King Orion of Timbucktu, which she stole and magically warped after conquering his city, which is when she started calling herself Queen Chrysalis rather than just Chrysalis.
  • Beam-O-War: Chrysalis is able to cast an offensive magical beam, and thanks to draining Shining Armor's love she can overpower even Princess Celestia!
  • Benevolent Boss:
    • While she is a sadistic bitch to just about everypony else, she seems to care to some extent about her subjects. She is the only major antagonist in the show whose primary motivation (at least according to her) is to do something for others (that is, to find food for the changelings), while most of the others have motivations centered on themselves. Naturally, the fandom took this and ran with it.
    • This comes up again in FIENDship Is Magic — while being imprisoned, Chrysalis tells the Mane Six that she has no-one left to talk to because she sent all her minions into hibernation, so that they would not waste their energy in vain. Rainbow Dash remarks that it's a surprisingly noble act coming from her. She may have been lying in order to gain the ponies' sympathy and facilitate her escape, since as soon as the opportunity presents itself the whole army is shown to be very much awake. Either that, or Chrysalis has a way to wake up the changelings instantly. If she had been informed the Six were coming, she may also have woken them up ahead of time in anticipation of an escape attempt.
    • "To Where and Back Again" rather decreases this perception, since she was implied to have knowingly kept her subjects in a state of constant starvation so as to control them with promises of food.
  • Beyond Redemption: Of the members of Grogar's villain alliance, she gets this the most. Tirek was at least motivated by wanting to live up to his father and shows brief snippets of favorable traits like caring for his family, only hindered by his Moral Myopia. Cozy is a Bratty Half-Pint with delusions of power. But Chrysalis utterly revels in being evil. She was offered a chance to change by Starlight, and could've joined her hive in becoming less evil. But she completely refused because it wouldn't be on her terms. Chrysalis wants to rule by any mean necessary, and anything like friendship or selfless love she'll completely scoff at because it's not something she values. Because of this, the characters agree by the series' end that Chrysalis has to go down, one way or the other. Being turned to stone by Celestia, Luna, and Discord is proof of their commitment to stopping her.
  • Big Bad: By virtue of being the most active antagonist. She set off the conflict of "A Canterlot Wedding" by kidnapping and impersonating Cadance in order to conquer Equestria; and that of "To Where and Back Again" by kidnapping the princesses and Mane Six to, once again, conquer Equestria. She's also the Big Bad in the first arc of the tie-in comics, and returns in Season 8 as a major villain again, but is Demoted to Dragon in Season 9 until the finale, where she becomes part of a Big Bad Duumvirate along with Tirek and Cozy Glow.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With Tirek and Cozy Glow during the series finale after Grogar is revealed to be Discord.
  • Big Bad Friend: Towards the Mane six and Princess Celestia when she's disguised as Cadance in the Canterlot Wedding arc.
  • Big "NEVER!": In "The Beginning of the End – Part 2", when Cozy Glow suggests she say something nice about ponies as part of a team-building exercise.
  • Big "NO!":
    • In classic villain tradition, she gives one just before her defeat by the real Cadance and Shining Armor.
    • She gives another one in "Frenemies", upon realizing she, Tirek and Cozy Glow are on the verge of becoming friends.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: As Cadance, she acts snotty and unpleasable. This is what tips Twilight off that it's not really Cadance. To her credit, she does do a better job pretending to be a sweet-natured photographer in "The Mean 6", though.
  • Bizarre Taste in Food: In "Frenemies" she casually eats a cupcake that Tirek had regurgitated her magic onto.
  • Brainwashed: She magically brainwashes Shining Armor to feed off his love for Cadance and prevent him from maintaining the force-field stopping her minions from invading Canterlot.
  • Body Horror: In the S6 finale, she makes her entrance by crawling from between a few cocoons like a...well bug and twisting her neck 360 degrees as she speaks to Starlight.
  • Breakout Villain: Season 9 notwithstanding, most major villains of the show don't make an appearance after the season premiere or finale there they featured, and if they do return it's usually to be reformed. Chrysalis, however, did return to be a major villain again after her initial appearance, and then returned in a singular episode afterward before joining Season 9's Villain Team-Up. She's also the antagonist of the inaugural story arc of the official comics, and later in their run joins another Villain Team-Up. This overall makes Chrysalis the most persistent and recurring villain the Mane Six have.
  • Broken Pedestal: "Frenemies" reveals that Chrysalis once admired Discord, before friendship "ruined" him.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: In Frenemies, she takes part in the Villain Song titled "Better way to be bad".
  • The Chessmaster: As she points out, she outsmarted everyone, even Celestia, in "A Canterlot Wedding". The Mane Six are a little more wise about this in the comic, but she still leaves them with no choice but to play into her hands.
  • Classic Villain: Pride and Ambition. She fails her first attempt to take over Canterlot out of the perception that she understands love better than Shining Armor and Cadence do as a source of power, and gets blasted out of the city for it. Then, her pride leads her to reject Starlight Glimmer's offer to join the rest of the changelings in turning good, wanting to be the one in charge and to have all of Equestria to herself. And ultimately leads to her downfalls when she doesn't kill Twilight when she has the chance due to wanting to break her spirit first.
  • Color Motif: Dark green. Her hive has shades of dark green, and her magic aura is a Sickly Green Glow. In color psychology, dark green stands for greed and selfishness. She deliberately misled her former subjects and kept them starving to keep herself in power, which come Season 6, cost her everything but her life.
  • Companion Cube: As a sign of her Sanity Slippage, she's taken to talking to cut-out logs with faces on them. Once she's pressed into Grogar's service, it's shown in "Frenemies" she now spends her time talking to a specific purple log (very likely all that's left of Mean Twilight) and gets defensive when the other members of the Legion of Doom point it out.
  • Control Freak: Seen mainly when she's disguised as Cadance, but given how her insectoid appearance and control of an insectoid pony army both strike similarity to that of a Bee Queen, this can be seen as thematically justified. Her Control Freak tendencies were what kept her (now former) subjects literally starving for love and unable to achieve their final Metamorphosis. Once the changelings break free from her, Chrysalis ends up with nothing but her life.
  • The Conqueror: Her comics incarnation seems to have this trope as her MO during her first rampage a thousand years ago, having conquered at least two other kingdoms before Princess Celestia finally stepped in and decisively defeated her.
  • Cool Chair: Her throne. It doubles as a Power Nullifier strong enough to block even Discord's magic.
  • The Corrupter: In "The Summer Sun Setback". With a few choice words, she is able to convince Fire Flare and her fireworks troupe to refuse to perform for the celebration, on the grounds that it is supposedly beneath unicorns like them.
  • Crocodile Tears: Whenever someone calls Chrysalis as Cadance out on her questionable ways, she bursts into fake tears and accuses that they "just want to ruin her special day". Fools everypony, even Princess Celestia. Except Twilight Sparkle.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Despite being a villain, there's no denying Chrysalis is quite pretty for a bug-like creature.
  • Dark Action Girl: Is notably the first villain to win a straight-up fight with Celestia.
  • Defiant to the End: Chrysalis is not one to go down easy.
    • In season 6 finale, she was more then willing to keep fighting after after her throne was destroyed, only wisely backing down when it was clear she was outmatched. Though utterly refused to be reformed and opted to escape for the time being.
    • In the show's Grand Finale, she's the only villain who continues to scream at the heroes after being de-powered (whereas Cozy and Tirek back down immediately). Chrysalis even makes a final lunge at the Princesses and Discord as she's being turned to stone.
  • Demoted to Dragon: In Season 9, she goes from a recurrent Big Bad to one of Grogar's flunkies. This is until the finale, when Grogar is revealed to be Discord and she instead becomes part of a Big Bad Duumvirate.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: Not the most obvious example, but the very first time we see her in disguise, she smiles wickedly, and then proceeds to treat everypony around her like crap. Thankfully for her, everypony readily writes it off due to the circumstances except Twilight Sparkle.
  • Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: By teleporting Twilight Sparkle away at the end of "A Canterlot Wedding Part 1", she single-handedly derails her own entire plan. At that point, Twilight — the only one to see through her ruse — has been discredited, rebuked and abandoned by absolutely everyone she cares about: her beloved mentor, her friends, even her own brother. In fact, Twilight has become convinced that she is the one who made a mistake and that "Cadance" is the real deal. The Queen's victory is all but assured — the sole threat to her has been neutralized and emotionally broken. Instead, she ends up not only confirming to Twilight that she was right all along and giving her a Heroic Second Wind, but on top of that, she leads her straight to the real Cadance.
  • Didn't Think This Through:
    • Her revealing herself during "A Canterlot Wedding" in full view of Celestia is another moment. While she ends up winning the ensuing battle thanks to the strength of Shining Armor's love, it's clear that she was worried about the matchup. A much safer way would have been to stall for time waiting for the Changeling army to break the shield before confronting Celestia and overwhelm her with sheer numbers without unnecessary risks.
    • In "The Mean 6", Queen Chrysalis's plan to steal the Elements of Harmony is hampered considerably by the fact she has no idea where they're specifically being kept — she knows they're somewhere in the Everfree Forest, but that's as close as she's been able to find out. Chrysalis also doesn't know how to use the Elements, she just knows they are attuned to the Mane Six somehow, and also assumes her knockoffs will be able to wield them. She also believes the Mean Six will be as loyal to her as her hive once was, but in practice, she can barely control them, with the group ultimately rebelling against her.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?:
    • She won a Beam-O-War with Princess Celestia after absorbing enough of Shining Armor's love. Even she was shocked at her victory (because according to the comics, Celestia was the only one who ever decisively defeated her before). Unfortunately for her, the exact same love is used by Cadance and Shining Armor to return the favor.
    • In "To Where and Back Again", she outdoes herself Up to Eleven by capturing all of the Royals, all of the Element-bearers, and eventually even Discord — courtesy of her Power Nullifier throne.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: She serves as this in the midseason finale for Season 8, though unfought and never even noticed. Her appearance is the setup for the actual villain, Cozy Glow.
  • Enfant Terrible: While we don't see her as a child, she admits she's dreamed of watching her minions ransack a city, causing mass panic and suffering, since she was small. According to FIENDship Is Magic, she was never technically a child, being the last of the changelings to be spawned from their "mother plant", effectively born into her current state of mind.
  • Engineered Heroics: In "The Ending of the End — Part 2". Upon seeing the Windigos return, she suggests that the villain wait until they turn Equestria into a wasteland before vanquishing them, believing the ponies will be so grateful for the act that they'll do whatever she wants.
  • Et Tu, Brute?:
    • Completely beating the one pulled by Twilight's brother, friends, and mentor when Twilight straight out accuses her of being evil while she masquerades as Princess Cadance, after she pulls a Wounded Gazelle Gambit to alienate Twilight from them, she returns and imprisons Twilight underground, ultimately confirming her suspicions. Lampshaded later on when she takes pleasure in gloating about how Twilight's peers were too caught up in their wedding planning to give Twilight's suspicions any consideration, thus allowing her plan to carry on smoothly.
    • In "Frenemies", she screams "Betrayal!" when she thinks Tirek and Cozy Glow are going to permanently steal her magic.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good:
    • Despite gaining strength from feeding on love, Chrysalis has no concept of the true power of the emotion, to the point where she scoffs at Cadance's statement that her love will give Shining Armor strength.
    • In "The Mean 6", Chrysalis consistently refers to the Elements of Harmony as a "weapon" and sees them as nothing more than a tool to take down all who oppose her, rather than mystical artifacts powered by friendship. She also believes that the Mean Six would be capable of wielding them simply because they're copies of the original Element Bearers, not realizing that the Elements run on The Power of Friendship and require their bearers to both have a strong bond (which the Mean Six don't) and embody the virtues that the Elements represent (which the Mean Six definitely don't).
    • In "Frenemies", she believes that Starlight Glimmer "corrupted" her hive.
    • In the finale, After she's depowered, she's still carrying on that friendship won't save the heroes... despite the obvious proof that it just did even when Triek, Cozy and she had boosted magic backing them.
    • In general her main deal is essentially just about raw power and nothing else. Any defeat she takes, she'll always make an excuse that her enemies "cheated" through some other means rather then admit their power for what it truly is and can't fathom it being more beyond a base concept.
  • Evil Counterpart: To both Princess Cadance (both empowered by love) and Princess Celestia (tall, powerful queen with The Chessmaster streak). As of Season 6, she becomes this to the newly appointed changeling king Thorax, with him being a benevolent leader with a majestic form, while Chrysalis is selfish and cruel with a holed, withered body.
  • Evil Gloating: She saves most of it for when she's alone or when it's smart to do so. Both season finales that she appears in see Chrysalis engage in gloating when she's almost won.
  • Evil Laugh: Engages in this, especially when the odds favor her.
  • Evil Plan: Impersonate royalty, invade the rest of Equestria, and transform the country in a love buffet for herself and her subjects. She likes this plan so much that she uses it twice.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: When the Windigos show up as a result of her, Cozy Glow, and Tirek dividing the three pony types again, Chrysalis is the only villain who wants to let them stay so she and the others can "save" the ponies from them in order to get them to easily submit to her rule. Tirek and Cozy Glow do not approve of this plan.
  • Famous Last Words: "You think friendship will save you? We will always return! Nothing will ever stop —"
  • The Farmer and the Viper: Issue #3 of the comic shows that Chrysalis and her changelings landed in a village of happy kittens who welcome them with open arms, and they immediately conquer it and drain the love from them, turning them into husks.
  • Fatal Flaw: Two of them — her Pride and her Control Freak tendencies. Chrysalis has come close to winning multiple times, but her inability to recognize threats and her need to control her minions with an iron hoof always spells her doom.
    • Her impersonation of Cadance to take over Canterlot failed when she let the real Cadance embrace Shining Armor, freeing him and letting them combine their powers to cast them out of Canterlot while Chrysalis sneers it won't work.
    • Her plan in Season 6 failed when her deception to the changelings was revealed and she didn't get rid of Starlight and Thorax when she had the chance, allowing them to demonstrate what happens when they share love rather than feed on it, blowing up her throne, her hive, and turning the changelings against her.
    • Her plan in the first arc of the comics fails when she underestimates just how powerful the comet has made Twilight and tries to fight her only to be summarily crushed.
    • Her season 8 plan fails because of her inability to command respect from the Mean Six, and when she tries to bully them into submission she just drives them to side with Mean Twilight against her.
    • In "Frenemies", she tries to get up the mountain her own way. While capable, the mountain winds ultimately prevent from continuing and she's forced to regroup with Tirek and Cozy. When the three start to bond, she's the first to reject they become friends, seeing it as a "disease" since it would mean she would have to agree with Twilight's ideals. Something her pride won't let her do.
    • In the S9 finale, when the villains have Twilight at their mercy. Tirek is quick to point out to just finish her while they can. Chrysalis is the one to reject it, claiming she wants to keep her alive to break her spirit first. Naturally this backfires when her friends manage to rescue her and lead into the events of the climax and in turn, their final defeat.
  • The Fighting Narcissist: Very haughty, but it's not about her appearance. In her Villain Song she declares "I could care less about the dress!" This is also her biggest weakness, as her self absorbed nature blinds her to flaws in her plans.
  • Final Boss: Successfully backstabs Grogar/Discord to become the final villain of the series, sharing the role with Tirek and Cozy Glow.
  • Giggling Villain: She giggles rather menacingly when she's overlooking her handiwork.
  • Glamour Failure: When posing as Cadance, her eyes briefly flash to their true form. She also lacks the same color magic aura as Cadance, but no-one seems to notice.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: The first sign something is off with Cadance is her eyes lighting up green.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!:
    • She resembles an Alicorn (albeit a twisted, insectile one), she calls herself "Queen", and she's evil. Also, in a literal example of this trope, Celestia tries to fight her once she reveals herself. However, Chrysalis had absorbed enough of Shining Armor's love to defeat Celestia at that point. She's the first villain ever to physically defeat Celestia (though it's implied Discord could do so if wanted to).
    • In the Season Six finale, it's implied Chrysalis knew the Changelings were starving, but deliberately misled them and made them suffer constant hunger just for the sake of having control over them. As when Thorax showed the Changelings how to love, she refuses to join them, pretty much cementing her evil, callous, two-faced attitude. She eventually loses her throne and status as Queen when Thorax overthrows her.
  • Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: She has green eyes with vertically slitted pupils that are more like those of reptile than those of a pony.
  • Goth: Her sinister, eerie and broken appearance makes her stick out in a cheerful cartoon.
  • Goth Girls Know Magic: She has a gothic appearance and is a capable magic caster, able to shapeshift and fire magic beams from her horn.
  • Handshake Refusal: In "To Where and Back Again", when Starlight offers her a hoof up and chance at redemption, Chrysalis slaps her away, refusing her chance to be good.
  • Harmful to Minors: Kills a Luvcat in front of the Cutie Mark Crusaders in the comics.
  • Hellish Pupils: They're almost reptilian. One way to tell it's her in disguise is looking at the eyes when they briefly shine and reveal this.
  • Hidden Depths: "Frenemies" reveals that she finds the feeling of having others being there for her to be pleasing. She had this feeling back from when she had her hive, and has it again when she nearly befriends Tirek and Cozy Glow.
  • Hoist by Her Own Petard:
    • Became as powerful as she did from Shining Armor's love for Princess Cadance, which she notes is stronger than she imagined. In the end, Cadance and Shining Armor let her have it with that same love.
    • In the comics, she intended to drain Twilight Sparkle of her magic once the supernatural-enhancing Secretariat Comet caused her powers to reach their peak. The thing is, the comet bolstered Twilight as well, and she knows destructive spells beyond anything that Chrysalis had ever expected.
    • In the Season 6 finale, she attempts to drain Thorax of his love to show the others what happens to traitors. She didn't expect Thorax to actually share his love with her, leading to her defeat.
  • Honey Trap: In "Frenemies", Chrysalis disguises herself as a female ophiotaurus to both "save" Tirek and Cozy Glow from the male and to get a free meal by seducing him and draining his love as he falls for her.
  • Horns of Villainy: As a grotesque perversion of an alicorn, Chrysalis's horn is long, twisted, and gnarled.
  • Horny Devils: The changeling race as a whole are based on the succubus and incubus: grotesque demons that shapeshift into a pony's loved ones to get close to them and drain their life force. Chrysalis, as their queen, is no exception.
  • Horrifying the Horror: In "Frenemies", she is approached from behind by what looks like a cloud of shadow with eyes. She scares it off by hissing at it.
  • Humiliation Conga: Her defeat at the end of the comics. While she clearly survived, she received a humiliating defeat at the hands of Twilight and she and her army were temporary trapped inside of the very castle they were using as their evil lair, and were forced to endure a giant singing and dancing Pinkie Pie doll as a guard. She ultimately arose from this humiliation at the end of FIENDship Is Magic, but still, this was definitely not one of her proudest moments.
  • Hypocrite: Several times in "Frenemies".
    • She openly complains about how Grogar has done practically nothing since gathering the Legion of Doom together. This in spite of the fact that, before Grogar summoned her, she had been spending all her time sitting alone in a forest, doing nothing but rant about wanting revenge on her enemies.
    • During the Villain Song, she mocks Tirek over how badly he was defeated in the past, in spite of the fact that she has suffered more defeats than him (which required far less effort for the heroes to do so).
    • She also dismisses teamwork as a "fad". The only reason her hive was so effective in the past was due to swarming their enemies through sheer numbers, a tactic that requires heavy teamwork.
    • While mocking Twilight, she claims the Princess of Friendship has "made a detailed list of all the ways [she's] a failure". Chrysalis is really in no position to criticize the failings of others.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: As Cadance, she nuzzles, clings to, and otherwise gets really close to Shining Armor. Just her keeping up the pretense of being a bride-to-be, right? Nope! She also does the same to the mannequin serving as her surrogate groom during her Villain Song (where there is nobody around to fool), despite singing about how she "doesn't love the groom", and indulges in a little privacy invasion towards Shining Armor after she's transformed and revealed herself, though in this last case she probably did it to mock the real Cadance.
  • I Have Your Wife: In the comic, she ensures that the Mane Six will obey her orders by holding the Cutie Mark Crusaders hostage.
  • Imposter Forgot One Detail: She doesn't understand Twilight's "Sunshine" rhyme that she used to sing with the real Cadance, which results in the latter being suspicious of her. Her snide behavior during the wedding preparations also rings extremely false to Twilight, who remembers a very sweet, positive and caring Cadance.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: "The Mean 6" sees Chrysalis at her most pathetically inept, failing to command respect from the Mean Six, spending the episode trying to keep them on-task as they want nothing to do with her, and then being betrayed and overpowered by the evil Twilight. There are moments where you just feel sorry for her having to deal with them.
  • Insect Queen:
    • Queen Chrysalis is the leader of the insectoid/equinoids called changelings, who imitate other ponies and feed on their love. Her goal is to take over Equestria and use the land as a virtually infinite food source for her colony. Aside from this image, there's no evidence regarding their reproductive methods that she fills this role in any fashion other than symbolism. This is further compounded by her origin story, which states that she was born amongst the first of the changeling hordes.
    • This is no longer the case as of the Season 6 finale, as Chrysalis is defeated and is ousted as the leader of the Changelings, who are now taken lead by the new Changeling King Thorax.
  • Irony:
    • She is powered by love, yet her first defeat was caused by a spell powered by love She also has no concept of love outside of its use as a food source.
    • As of season 9, she is the only changeling who hasn't changed.
  • It's All About Me: The Season 6 finale reveals that she was misleading her own kind into stealing love rather than sharing it in order to continue exerting her own influence over them the entire time. Naturally, it bites her in the flank — when Thorax and Starlight Glimmer teach the Changelings how to share love, which results in their Heel–Race Turn and permanent Metamorphosis, the Changelings no longer see her as their Queen and turn against her.
  • It's Personal: It's worth noting the sheer number of ponies who have handed her a defeat, and who she has vowed to destroy. At present that list includes Celestia, Twilight, Cadance, Shining Armor, Starlight Glimmer in the wake of the latter costing her her kingdom in the Season 5 finale and Thorax. She sure is good at making friends...
    Queen Chrysalis: There is no revenge you could ever conceive of that will come close to what I will exact upon you one day, Starlight Glimmer!
  • Jerkass: She's sadistic, controlling, vengeful, and evil, even compared to other changelings. She couldn't even hide it when impersonating Princess Cadance, which everyone (sans Twilight) passed over as stress for their wedding.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • The Mane Six and Celestia would've been able to stop her if they had listened to Twilight, as she cruelly points out. This even prompts a Jerkass Realization from Applejack at least.
    • During the Sombra arc in the comics she's really on point, and gives an entirely accurate "Reason You Suck" Speech to most of the cast.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk:
    • In FIENDship Is Magic, she looks utterly broken by her defeats, acts like she's so tired of them that she's seriously considering reforming, and seems to show a surprising level of concern for her subjects. This turns out to be an act, which ends with Chrysalis giving a questionably honest backstory implying she was always pure evil just to twist the knife.
    • In "To Where and Back Again", all of Chysalis' prior motives had a Blue and Orange Morality excuse, she was only looking for a source of love for her Changeling subjects, right? Wrong. Thorax and Starlight Glimmer reveal this to a total lie. Chrysalis couldn't care less about the well being of the Changelings. She was misleading them to steal love all along, when sharing love is what get them fed. The Emotion Eater thing was only to her own benefit and nothing more. This Kick the Dog moment was huge and damaging, as it forces the Changelings to realize they were just being used and they quickly turn on their former queen, rescue their captives and destroy her plans. Cementing this is the fact that Chrysalis is the only Changeling to refuse to turn over a new leaf.
  • Karma Houdini:
    • Escapes unscathed in both My Little Pony: FIENDship Is Magic and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (IDW) Issue 34 to 37, and doesn't even carry any regret whatsoever to mitigate this with.
    • Played with in "The Mean Six", as while she spends most of it as an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain dealing with her evil clones of the Mane Six and nearly gets overpowered by the traitorous Mean Twilight, she ultimately ends up no worse off at the end than at the beginning. She even figures out where the Tree of Harmony is (even if she couldn't take the Elements like she planned). However, she didn't get any comeuppance for nearly destroying the Mane Six's friendship as they remain unaware they've been dealing with evil clones.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: In "To Where and Back Again": she not only receives another love-powered defeat, but Thorax overthrows her and becomes the Changeling King. While Chrysalis escaped, she's lost her Power Nullifier throne, her entire army, and is now completely alone, destroying most of the threat she formerly had. By Season 9 she's a shambling wreck, alone and suffering Sanity Slippage.
  • Kick the Dog: Chrysalis was never confused of being a good guy anytime soon with her callous attitude, but "To Where and Back Again" reveals that Chrysalis couldn't care less about the well-being of her own changeling subjects, as she was only using them for her own selfish goals. The Changelings don't waste time making her pay for it.
  • Kids Are Cruel: According to a line from her Villain Song, she's been dreaming of pulling off a plot like this since she was small.
  • Lady of Black Magic: She's the former queen of the changelings, and has no problem using magic against Princess Celestia.
  • Large and in Charge: The normal changelings are the size the rest of the ponies in the show; she's as a big as Celestia.
  • Large Ham: Par for the course of big-name villains in this show. She even gets a Villain Song in her first appearance!
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • In "A Canterlot Wedding", she disguises herself as Princess Cadance while keeping the real one imprisoned underground, so that she can launch a full-scale invasion of Equestria and gain love from her captured victims. She and her changelings end up love-blasted across the Equestrian border into next week when Twilight Sparkle helps free the real Princess Cadance, allowing the latter to reunite with Shining Armor and perform their aforementioned attack.
    • In "To Where and Back Again", while gloating her victory over Starlight Glimmer's party, she reveals that she was keeping her subjects literally starved for love, right in front of said subjects. This leads to her getting love-blasted again when Starlight encourages Thorax to "give her all of it!", causing Thorax to transform as well as the other Changelings to side with him after he leads by example. Not only does this free everyone from their imprisonment, it also destroys Chrysalis's throne and leaves her powerless, leaving her vastly outnumbered against the combined forces of Starlight Glimmer, Discord, the Mane Six, the Alicorn Princesses, and their allies that are all glaring down at her. What's more, the transformed Thorax and his Changelings are now willing to fight back should she show up again.
    • The setup for Season 9's conflict has her gang-pressed into the service of a vastly more powerful villain. She's ordered around, physically beaten up and cowed into submission the same way she treated her own hive.
    • In the series finale, she is petrified along with Tirek and Cozy Glow, and Discord remarks that they'd all hate that more than anything.
  • Laughing Mad: Has a crazy sounding laugh after losing most of her hive.
  • Lean and Mean: Is considerably more spindly than an Alicorn.
  • Leader Wannabe: In "Frenemies", she attempts to assume command of Grogar's Legion of Doom.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: This is the main reason she taunts Twilight Sparkle right after she imprisons her in the Canterlot Caves right next to the real Princess Cadance; Chrysalis was hoping for a fight between them. It almost works, but Cadance uses a Trust Password to convince Twilight that she's the real deal.
  • Manipulative Bitch:
    • She gleefully points out in her Villain Song that she fooled everyone.
    • Her backstory in FIENDship Is Magic #5 shows her quite skilled at the art of verbally luring her foes into traps, aided with a bit of Hypnotic Eyes if just to push them in the right direction.
    • Season 6 reveals that she has been deliberately misleading her people to further her own goals, leaving them literally starving for love. This later bites her in the flank when Thorax and Starlight Glimmer make the changelings see through her deceptions.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • A chrysalis is the hard shell that envelops a caterpillar before they become a butterfly and Chrysalis, like all the other changelings, is a bug-like pony creature. On top of that, the fake Cadance is exactly that: the shell that hides her true form. She and her subjects also imprison ponies in giant green cocoons.
    • Her name takes on a darker meaning once it's revealed that her methods were keeping the Changelings from reaching their final form. The race as a whole couldn't move forward until they shed Chrysalis.
  • Meaningless Villain Victory: In "The Mean 6", she discovers the location of the Tree of Harmony. The Tree's destruction in "The Beginning of the End" and rebirth in "Uprooted" nullifies any advantage this may have gotten her.
  • Morphic Resonance:
    • Even when in a shapeshifted form, she seems to keep the Sickly Green Glow of her magic.
    • Her photographer disguise in "The Mean 6" also has a strand of hair that falls across her face.
    • In "Frenemies", her cragadile, goat and ophiotaurus forms, Chrysalis retains her distinctive blue-green eye color (and the goat form has the same hair strand). While this is absent in her ursa form, several of its component stars shine the same color as her eyes. Only her roc form doesn't bear any signs of her usual appearance.
  • Musical Spoiler: Very, very subtle one only a trained ear could catch. The song "B.B.B.B.F. Reprise" ends in a Deceptive Cadence. The moment the song ends, "Cadance" walks over and appears to comfort Twilight before showing her true colors. The original song ends in an Authentic Cadence.
  • Narcissist: Deeply arrogant and full of herself. Even after she is cast out by her former minions, she still stubbornly refers to herself as a "queen", despite having no kingdom to rule anymore.
  • Near-Villain Victory: On two occasions.
    • In "A Canterlot Wedding", she succeeds in mesmerizing Shining Armor, and uses the power of his love to overpower Princess Celestia herself. Her hive then invades Canterlot, successfully preventing the Mane Six from reaching the Elements of Harmony. But her victory is short lived, as Twilight frees Cadance while Chrysalis is busy gloating. Cadance uses her love to free Shining Armor from Chrysalis's influence, and together, they are able to force Chrysalis and her hive out of Canterlot.
    • In "To Where And Back Again", Chrysalis and her hive succeed in capturing the Mane Six, the royal family, and even Discord, leaving only Starlight Glimmer and Thorax left. With Chrysalis's Anti-Magic throne nullifying her powers, Starlight is helpless, and Chrysalis starts to devour all the love within Thorax, which would make her even stronger. It is at that moment that Starlight gets the idea to tell Thorax to share the love within him. This results in Thorax overpowering Chrysalis and transforming into a new, stronger form. With Starlight's prompting, the other changelings follow suit, rejecting Chrysalis in favor of Thorax, and forcing her to flee.
  • Never My Fault: All of her defeats come about from either underestimating her enemies or mistreating her minions, but she never recognizes these faults as her own, and instead blames the heroes for beating her and her minions for not living up to her expectations.
    Chrysalis: Servants always fail you in the end!
  • Not So Above It All:
    • A throwaway gag in the Friends Forever comics shows that Chrysalis has started a petition to have herself added to a Mount Rushmore-esque sculpture featuring the princesses. She's the only one who's signed it.
    • In Frenemies, she agrees to attend the villain meeting when she hears there will be cupcakes.
  • Not So Different: Starlight Glimmer notes how she and Chrysalis are not all that different in how they tried to rule over their own subjects. Indeed, both of them kept others in line by denying them a part of their true forms and by brutally dealing with any dissenters or traitors. Starlight even offers Chrysalis a redemption at the end, knowing that when she rejected the same offer, terrible things happened. Unfortunately, Chrysalis ended up acting exactly like Starlight in the same situation, rejecting the offer and running off much to Starlight's dismay.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Her reaction to realizing that a Heart Beat-Down is about to hit her head on.
    • Gets this again in the comics once she realizes that Twilight is just as empowered by the comet as she herself is.
    • In the comic story The Siege of the Crystal Empire, she reacts with this when finding out the real plan was to free the Umbrum.
    • In "To Where and Back Again", she has this again when her hive transforming causes her throne to be destroyed, along with the throne room itself. She has a bigger one when she erupts from its ruins, hissing and ready for a fight... only to be faced with all the ponies she captured who have now been freed, including all five Alicorn Princesses, the Elements of Harmony, the Master of Chaos, her freshly redeemed (former) subjects, and the now Changeling King Thorax.
    • She has this look in "The Mean 6", when Mean Twilight is overpowering her in their clash of magic.
    • In the finale, where everypony lends their friendship to power the Mane Six.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • In the comics, Queen Chrysalis seems to be on good terms with her changeling subjects, and even shares a laugh with them (albeit at the misfortune of their enemies) now and then. Granted, these are her minions, who delight in preying on others as much as she does... though she's completely willing to dunk a changeling that almost got them all killed into a lava pit. She claims they survived, most likely.
    • In "The Beginning of the End - Part 1", she expresses concern when Grogar berates Cozy Glow for not knowing his name. And, in "Frenemies", she catches Cozy Glow when the latter is blown away by wind.
  • Physical God: Notably the first Big Bad level villain to not be a god already, but becomes as powerful as one by the end of her first appearance. The comics indicate her usual level of power is close to Twilight's, which is still rather formidable, and FIENDship Is Magic shows that Celestia defeated Chrysalis is a straight fight at some point in the past.
  • Pity the Kidnapper: In the comics, she kidnaps the Cutie Mark Crusaders in order to lure the Mane Cast into her trap. They proceed to annoy her such she uses that as prompt to get the Mane Cast to hurry because she doesn't know how much more she can take. By the time they reach her, she's near her breaking point.
  • Power Echoes: After assuming her true form, there's a slight echo to her voice in "A Canterlot Wedding." All subsequent speaking roles don't have this.
  • Pragmatic Villainy:
    • In the comics, even she thinks releasing the Umbrum is a bad idea, because they would destroy the emotions changelings feed on.
    • In "The Mean 6", when Mean Twilight asks Chrysalis why she didn't just attack her enemies when she was close to them, Chrysalis responds that the Mane Six and their allies have defeated the entire changeling army in the past. Even if Chrysalis had the element of surprise, fighting the Mane Six and Starlight Glimmer alone was likely going to end badly.
    • In "Frenemies", she reveals that she coccoons her victims because she doesn't drain all of their love in one go, instead prefering to leave some left for the following day.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Played with. Chrysalis mentions that everything she has done is just part of her duty as changeling Queen to feed her people. Still, she enjoys making others suffer and sacking Canterlot far too much. The comics further subvert this trope, revealing that Queen Chrysalis has a vengeful and sadistic streak that has nothing to do with serving her subjects. And "To Where and Back Again" subverts this — she's been deliberately starving her subjects all along; the true way for them to be nourished involves sharing love, whereas the Emotion Eater method has only been to her benefit.
  • Really 700 Years Old: The FIENDship Is Magic comics reveal she's over a thousand years old. Unlike most other antagonists from back then, though, she seems to have actually lived through all that time.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Chrysalis gleefully points out how gullible the ponies were to her manipulation in "A Canterlot Wedding", that they were all to busy preparing for the event they never noticed what she was planning. She also points out Twilight was the only one who realized something was wrong, and that if they had only listened to her, they wouldn't be in their predicament.
  • Redemption Rejection:
    • At the end of "To Where and Back Again", she's offered the chance to redeem herself by Starlight Glimmer, and share love rather than steal it. Chrysalis briefly considers it, but refuses, slapping away Starlight's hoof and vowing vengeance.
    • In "Frenemies," she briefly remarks how Good Feels Good when she has to work with Tirek and Cozy Glow. However, when Chrysalis realizes what's going on, she lets out a Big "NO!" and declares that friendship is "a sickness".
  • The Remnant: She becomes this after being ousted by Thorax and having the rest of the Changelings revolt against her.
  • Revenge:
    • In "To Where and Back Again", she is seeking vengeance on ponykind for her defeat the first time she invaded, with her main targets being the Royal Family and the Mane Six since they were responsible for it. At the end, she vows revenge once more for losing her kingdom, her subjects, and her revenge on the Royal Family and Mane Six after being the only Changeling to refuse redemption, with her new target being Starlight Glimmer, the one responsible for her defeat this time.
    • She attempts to carry out her revenge in "The Mean 6", creating copies of the Mane Six in hopes of having them steal the Elements of Harmony and using them to destroy the Mane Six while Starlight watches — then destroy her, too.
    • If you count the comics, Return of Queen Chrysalis was her attempt for said wedding defeat the first time.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: It's her duty to provide food sources for her people, and she single-handedly makes it possible for the changelings to invade Equestria. Ironically, her duty comes back to bite her in the flank when she reveals she has been starving them on purpose for her own schemes.
  • Sadist: While she has some degree of responsibility for her swarm, she clearly gets a kick out of the suffering she causes, to the point of looking at her army attacking Canterlot and stating it's something she's dreamed of (since she was a child, no less).
    • In the season 9 finale, she is shown to be the most sadistic of the Legion of Doom, perfering to torment their prisoners and make everypony watch their heroes become broken rather than destroying them outright like Cozy and Tirek want. She is also the only one who wants the Windigos to stay so that they can "save the day" after the land becomes a frozen wasteland, basically wanting them to suffer until they beg for her rule.
  • Sanity Slippage: She has slowly lost her mind while she has been alone in exile, and she wasn't exactly all there to begin with. She has a conversation with herself while talking to inanimate pictures she took of the Mane Six, just to rant about her evil plan and declare how she will have her revenge. "The Beginning of the End – Part 1" shows that she's gotten even worse since then, carving images of unreformed changelings onto logs and ranting madly to them about how she will have her revenge on Twilight and her friends.
  • Smug Snake: Again, her Fatal Flaw is her Pride.
    • Her plan in Season 2 is certainly a good one and she competently carries it out. Still, her impatience and vanity are established early on. She is too distracted by the sight of her victorious forces to care about the heroes she feels are already beaten. She's wrong. She also messes up when she sends Twilight Sparkle to the same caverns where she imprisoned Cadance (allowing the former to rescue the latter). To top that, she retains her arrogant mannerisms even when impersonating Cadance, which is what tips Twilight off in the first place. In the comics, for all of her planning, she didn't bother to consider that Twilight's magic would be powered up by the comet just like her own... or that Twilight's ensuing destructive potential could exceed her own.
    • Happens again in "To Where and Back Again" when she pretty much had planned ahead for her revenge against the Mane Six and Royal Family, and felt that with her Power Nullifier throne keeping them powerless, along with anyone who tried to rescue them, she feels her victory is assured this time, and moves to drain Thorax of all his love energy by force. Thanks to Starlight reminding him of giving it of his own free will, this ends up costing Chrysalis everything but her life, including her throne, the Swarm, her hostages in the Mane Six and the Royal Family, and her revenge.
  • The Sociopath: While she can feed off of love, she herself seems incapable of feeling it and outright admits there's no love in her heart (something she'd also said in her Villain Song). She's also a Manipulative Bitch, impatient, impulsive and narcissistic. The comics further this by showing her destroy entire civilizations and threaten children with amusement, switch between this and a more comedic mood with little provocation, and constantly fail to acknowledge or learn from her mistakes. This ends up costing her everything but her life in the Season 6 finale.
  • The Starscream: At the end of "Frenemies", she and the other members of the Legion of Doom agree to keep Grogar's bell for themselves and plot against him.
  • Super Mode: Upon absorbing Grogar's bell's magic, she gains a new, powered up transformation to go with Cozy Glow's Alicorn form and Tirek's upgraded form.
  • Sweet Tooth: In Season 9, Cozy Glow manages to bribe Chrysalis into joining a teamwork meeting with the promise of cupcakes. In the very next scene, we see Chrysalis gleefully munching one.
  • Taken for Granite: Her ultimate fate, along with Tirek and Cozy Glow. Even though Chrysalis tries to lash out one last time at the heroes, she can't escape the petrification spell, and is turned into a statue.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Her alliance with the other members of the Legion of Doom is just barely held together by Grogar's threats of violence.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: When she gets into a Beam-O-War with Celestia, she cringes in preparation of being fried, and is just as surprised as everpony else when she wins. FIENDship Is Magic makes this even more justified; she's been on the receiving end of Celestia's beams in the past, which is why she and the other changelings have their holey, melted looking forms.
  • Timed Power-Up: Seems to be how her love drain works as opposed to Tirek's Mana Drain that seems to provide a permanent power boost. While absorbing Shining's love did give her a huge, godly power boost... by the time she met Twilight again in the comics, it was already gone, and her power had been reduced to what seems to be her default state (around Twilight's level of strength). In Season 8, she slowly finds herself on the losing end of a Beam-O-War with Mean Twilight (who at best couldn't be any stronger than Alicorn Twilight) and would have been defeated if the Tree of Harmony hadn't reacted.
  • Unreliable Expositor: Chrysalis's account of her and her races' origins has the Plot Hole of how she would know what happened before being "born". It's possible the flashback is only experienced by readers (it's the only one without narration) and/or she was lying about their being Made of Evil to mock Twilight Sparkles attempts to reform her.
  • The Vamp: Poor Shining Armor was wrapped around her hoof because of brainwashing. In the comics, devastated the city of Trot at least partially by doing the same to Emperor Incitatus.
  • Vampire Monarch: Queen of a race of Emotion Eaters who specialize in Vampiric Draining.
  • Verbal Tic: When disguised as Cadance, she tends to give an "Ah-huh" when annoyed or unimpressed.
  • Villain Ball:
    • Right after she convinced everypony of Twilight Sparkle's suspicions of "Cadance" was merely her being jealous, her response to Twilight's apologies was to trap her in a cave with the real Cadance and sic them on each other. This proves her evilness and put the two ponies who would wreck her plan back into play, which she could have avoided by making nice to or ignoring Twilight onward.
    • In the comics, Chrysalis forced Twilight to agree to teach her powerful magics by holding her friends hostage, and was about to brainwash her into being genuinely loyal. Too bad she gloated she was going to sic Twilight on her friends during said brainwashing, cue Twilight fighting it off and delivering a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
    • In "To Where and Back Again", Chrysalis has already pretty much won. She has the Mane Six, the Royal Family, and the Master of Chaos as her trophies, cocooned on the ceiling of her throne room, home to her Power Nullifier throne, spies in Canterlot, Ponyville, and the Crystal Empire disguised as said captives, feeding on the love for them from the citizens, captured their ragtag rescue party, and prepares to drain Thorax of his love energy before killing him for treason. She doesn't expect Thorax giving her his love energy of his own free will to lead her Swarm into following suit, resulting in the destruction of her throne, freedom of her hostages, and costing her everything but her very life, including her revenge, which was the main reason for her return in the first place. She does not take this very well.
    • She also didn't think replacing Starlight with one of her servants was even worth the effort. That oversight led to her plan falling apart, as Starlight was able to convince the changelings to follow Thorax's example, costing Chrysalis control over her hive.
    • If Chrysalis had actually taken the time to actually try Thorax's example of sharing love, she most likely would've remained Queen of the Changelings. Alas, as per usual Chrysalis chose evil over doing the smart and reasonable thing and branded Thorax a traitor. Thorax returns, Chrysalis is defeated, her revenge plot against the Royal Family and the Mane Six goes up in smoke, and the Changelings turn wise to her deception and side with Thorax. Chrysalis is ousted as the queen and lost everything except her life.
  • Villain Decay:
    • She starts out as a major threat, with her first two major appearances in the show being her coming within a hair's breath of winning and conquering Equestria, and she actually succeeded in one Bad Future during the season 5 finale. But by the end of "To Where And Back Again – Part 2" she has lost her entire army and has become an exile of her own race. Her appearance in "The Mean 6" shows she has started to lose her mind, talking to herself and planning her revenge on the Mane Six and Starlight. Her plan to take the Elements of Harmony for herself with clones of the Mane Six completely fails when her imperfect clones betray her and are destroyed by the elements, and by not understanding how the elements work her plan was effectively doomed from the start. Neither she nor the Mane Six even realize that they are in the same area and completely miss running into each other, so her plan really just ended up being a small inconvenience for the Mane Six that brought them even closer together. Her only consolation prize is that she figures out where the Elements are being kept.
    • Inverted in "Frenemies". After spending her last few appearances on the back hoof with her army gone, reduced to an fugitive with a questionable loss of sanity, nearly being overpowered by Mean Twilight, and being brought into Grogar's service, she gets a chance to shine with showing off her shapeshifting abilities.
    • Completely thrown off in the series finale where she and the other members of the Legion of Doom successfully backstab Grogar/Discord to become the Final Bosses, and frighteningly competent ones at that.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left:
    • In "To Where and Back Again", when Chrysalis is defeated and Starlight offers her a second chance, she rejects it, swears revenge, and runs away.
    • In "The Mean 6", when the titular clones she creates are destroyed by the Tree of Harmony and her plans ruined, she once again swears revenge and flees, without the Mane Six even knowing she was still out there.
  • Villainous Breakdown:
    • In the comics. When being overwhelmed by Twilight Sparkle's comet-enhanced powers, she's reduced to a dazed, stammering wreck who's trying desperately to convince her foe that she's unbeatable. To add insult to injury, she's practically on the verge of defeat, so said argument has been proven invalid by this point.
    • Once she loses her throne, swarm, hostages in the Mane Six and the Royal Family, and pretty much her revenge against them thanks to Starlight Glimmer and the new Changeling King Thorax, she is livid and swears a new vendetta against Starlight for ruining her revenge plot before making good on her escape.
    • In the finale, after everypony lends the Magic of Friendship to the Mane Six to defeat her, Tirek and Cozy Glow (despite trying to turn ponies against each other), she screams that she doesn't care how strong their friendship is, they'll never stop trying to take over Equestria.
  • Villainous BSoD: She doesn't seem to have taken the above well, judging by the insane scrawlings in the castle she was temporarily imprisoned in. Subverted, while Chrysalis is violently focused on Twilight, she hasn't lost her mind at all, and it was an act to manipulate Twilight into letting her and her minions escape.
  • Villainous Friendship: In "Frenemies", she proves capable of bonding with Cozy Glow and Tirek over their shared hatred of the heroes (although she quickly shakes off the idea of actually becoming friends, instead favoring a temporary alliance until they can overthrow Grogar).
  • Villain Song: Her half of "This Day Aria" is her gloating about the imminent success of her Evil Plan and how she cares nothing for "her" groom. There's a Dark Reprise later focusing on her true motives.
  • Virtue Is Weakness:
    • She laughs at the idea of actually loving someone.
    • In "Frenemies", she voices the opinion that the magic of friendship is "like a disease", and refuses to let it "infect" her.
  • Voice of the Legion: In her first appearance her voice was underscored by a subtle, insectoid buzzing. However, this was removed in all subsequent appearances.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Like all changelings, but she comes with a dramatic Transformation Sequence.
  • We Can Rule Together: Tries to pull this on Twilight in the comics. It doesn't work. It should be noted that Chrysalis planned to drain Twilight's love to make her a willing servant, which is more thought-out than most instances of the trope.
  • We Will Meet Again: After her defeat in "To Where and Back Again", Chrysalis flees into the desert, vowing to one day come back to exact her vengeance on Starlight for taking her hive from her. She tries to make good on this promise in Season 8 but fails, and once again seeks her vengeance before fleeing.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • In the comics, she makes it very clear that once she doesn't need the Cutie Mark Crusaders anymore, she does not plan on letting them go...
    • In the show's season 6 finale she has her changelings kidnap Spike and Flurry Heart, both of whom are babies.
    • She threatens to tear Spike's wings off in order to make the Mane Six stand down. She and the rest of the Legion attempt to kill him alongside the Mane Six anyway.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: While most of her plan was likely formulated from the get go, she's able to work things she didn't expect (such as Twilight catching on and accusing her) into it and twist them to her advantage (use a Wounded Gazelle Gambit to turn everyone against Twilight in a single move).
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King Sombra in his pony form.
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King Sombra in his shadow form.
"My Crystal slaves..."

Voiced by: Jim Millernote  ("The Crystal Empire – Part 2"), Alvin Sanders ("The Beginning of the End")

A snarling, black-hearted unicorn king who ruled over the Crystal Empire and enslaved its inhabitants long ago. Celestia and Luna banished him and turned him into a living shadow, but not before he hid the Crystal Heart that protected the empire and caused it to vanish with him. After a thousand years, Sombra returns with plans to continue what he started.

For the IDW version of King Sombra, see Friendship Is Magic: Expanded Universe.


  • 0% Approval Rating: As the lengths he goes to maintain control of the Crystal Empire condemns its inhabitants to a life of neverending misery and he makes them unable to remember anything about life before his reign, yeah that's inevitable.
  • Advancing Wall of Doom: He is one in "The Crystal Empire", continuously advancing towards the empire he once ruled.
  • Almighty Idiot: His shadow form, while very huge, powerful, fluid, and able to spread with only a single fragment of his horn, is only capable of speaking short sentences and phrases and charging forward, in contrast to the highly-prepared sorcerer he once was. But still downplayed in that he still shows signs of It Can Think — e.g.: singling out Shining Armor for some Power Nullifier crystals, waiting for Cadance to run out of stamina, activating his final trap once Twilight's presence signals him, etc.
  • Always Someone Better: Out of all of Grogar's Legion of Doom, Sombra seems to easily be the one with the most powerful (innate, unaugmented) abilities. Yet as powerful as his magic is, he doesn't even register as an annoyance against Discord, who's essentially a Physical God. Until he manages to catch Discord off-guard by forcing him into Taking the Bullet for Fluttershy. Only it turns out Discord was faking being injured from that as well.
  • Ambiguous Situation: In the S9 premiere, he's brought back to life and goes on to try his luck at taking over Equestria by himself. However in the finale, we find out Discord was Grogar the whole time which brings into question if this was the real Sombra or a duplicate created and controlled by Discord's magic. Considering Discord barely had any trouble dealing with him, wasn't hurt after being hit by his magic and Discord's whole "testing Twilight" deal. That does point to signs of the latter but the series never really goes into details once Discord tells the others about the other villains once they turn against him since no one questions him about Sombra.
  • And I Must Scream: Been on both ends of it. Celestia and Luna inflicted this upon him by turning him to living shadow and sealing him in ice for a thousand years. This was because his reign over the Crystal Ponies amounted to this for the poor things.
  • Animalistic Abomination: Sombra's pony form has charcoal grey fur with an ethereal black mane and tail, no Cutie Mark, an upward-curved red horn, red eyes with rhombus-shaped pupils, and fangs. He can also turn into living darkness at will, spawn jagged black and red crystals, and can Mind Rape others into being his slaves by forcing them to witness their greatest fears.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: While not a literal example like Discord, both his role in the episode and McCarthy's description of the character make him out as more of a living embodiment of Fear rather than a pony.
  • The Arch Mage: Not a lot of backstory, but he seems to be this considering the traps he set up.
  • Arc Villain: Of "The Crystal Empire" and "The Beginning of the End."
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: He's so powerful that he ruled the Crystal Empire with an iron hoof because the Crystal Ponies were too terrified of him to challenge his reign.
  • Back from the Dead: He's revived by Grogar's magic. It doesn't stick; Sombra eventually gets turned to dust thanks to the Magic of Friendship used by the Mane Six.
  • Bad Powers, Bad People: He uses dark unicorn magic powered by hatred and fear. To no one's surprise, he's an Evil Overlord. A major part of his characterization in the comics, where he invokes this. He's literally Made of Evil, so being a bad person is pretty much the only option for him.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He ultimately serves as this during "The Beginning of the End". Sombra does manage to accomplish quite a bit — he destroys the Elements of Harmony and the Tree of Harmony with his dark crystals, and manages to conquer both the Crystal Empire and Canterlot with little effort. However, it's made clear that Discord could have beaten Sombra any time he wanted, and the only reason Discord held back was to try and prove a point. By the end of everything, Sombra ends up Deader Than Dead, turned to dust by the Mane Six and their Magic of Friendship. Grogar predicted this would happen, and uses Sombra's failure as a warning to the rest of his Legion of Doom not to go against his plan, ultimately making Sombra nothing more than an example. Even Sombra's destruction of the Tree of Harmony only helped to make it stronger come "Uprooted", where it grows into the Treehouse of Harmony thanks to the Young Six. This ultimately means Sombra's attempt to Take Over the World amounted to absolutely nothing.
  • Big Entrance: Sombra really knows how to make a dramatic entrance, as shown in pretty much every one of his appearances.
  • Big "NO!": Twice during "The Beginning of the End".
    • In Part 1, he yells this when Cadance recovers the Crystal Heart.
    • In Part 2, it's the last thing he says before being vaporized by the magic of friendship.
  • Bizarre Taste in Food: After brainwashing the Cakes he has them bake him a black licorice fruitcake to celebrate his conquest of Equestria. Pinkie despairs that it's the worst cake she's ever seen.
  • Black Magic: His magic generates black crystals and is powered by hatred and fear.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Twice in "The Beginning of the End — Part 2".
    • He traps the Mane Six in a ring of crystals, but intentionally passes up the chance to turn them into his brainwashed slaves, preferring instead to leave them with their "greatest fear" of him conquering Ponyville. This gives the Mane Six the chance to escape and ultimately defeat him.
    • After seemingly wounding Discord, he simply stands there and mocks the Mane Six as they tend to him, rather than take the opportunity to attack them while they're distracted.
  • Canon Discontinuity: His return in season 9 invoked this on his appearances in the comics, which brought him back much earlier, and took him in a very different direction.
  • Casting a Shadow:
    • He was turned to shadow by Celestia and Luna when he was defeated the first time. He took the form of a giant, amorphous shadow being upon his return.
    • His magic is explicitly stated to be dark and malevolent in nature. He can cast spells that make people see their worst fear, trap people with dark crystals, and brainwash people into slavery with corrupting armor.
  • Characterization Marches On: In his vastly expanded screentime in "The Beginning of the End", King Sombra is characterized as being more pompous and self-indulgent than he was in "The Crystal Empire", where he was more creepy and far less talkative.
  • The Chessmaster:
    • The steps he took to keep the Crystal Heart from being found in the first place imply that he considered ponies of all races to be able to find it. In fact, most of the threat that he poses is a result of his actions before the episode even started.
    • In "The Beginning of the End", he weaves a fairly complex plan for taking out the Bearers. His conquest of the Crystal Empire is a feint — by taking over the Empire, he draws the Bearers into taking the Elements and coming to obliterate him, obfuscating his true goal and letting himself lose their encounter in order to make them think they have won and let their guard down. When the main characters think they have defeated him, he follows them to the Tree of Harmony, destroys the Elements at their source, and takes out the chief threat to his conquest of Equestria. His plan relies heavily on the main characters behaving as he predicted and tricking them into thinking that they actually defeated him the first time — and it works.
  • Cold Ham: Despite his minor screentime and lines and his seriousness, his dragon-like roars and Evil Laugh still give him some flair; and just look at his Red and Black and Evil All Over motif. Very apparent in his comic book appearances, where rage is pretty much the only emotion he can reliably express; normally he's pretty morose, delivering hammy lines with little real enthusiasm.
  • Cool Crown: He is a king, after all, so it's only natural he has one.
  • The Corruption: Contact with him sealed Shining Armor's magic. Later, when a fragment of his own horn is cut off and lands inside the barrier, he uses it to spread a plague of dark crystals over the Crystal Empire despite being unable to enter himself. The sole purpose of his dark magic seems to be corrupting and controlling the crystals of the Crystal Empire.
  • Crazy-Prepared: He doesn't actually do much in "The Crystal Empire", because he doesn't need to — he pre-emptively took great measures to make sure nopony could find the Crystal Heart. The Heart was hidden in a room atop his castle, which the Crystal Ponies were afraid to enter, and the Heart was ringed by an alarm that immediately alerted Sombra if anypony approached it. And then, getting to the room with the Heart requires climbing an impossibly-long staircase that would take hours to summit, the door to the staircase is protected by an illusion spell that shows anypony who tries to step through it a vision of their worst fear instead of letting them pass through, and the passage to the door is hidden by another illusion spell that can only be dispelled with Sombra's brand of Black Magic, which is very dangerous and very difficult for anypony to try conjuring. Finally, he erased all memory of the Crystal Heart's existence from the minds of the Crystal Ponies and destroyed written records of its existence.
  • Creator Cameo: His few lines and other noises were provided by storyboard supervisor "Big" Jim Miller in "The Crystal Empire."
  • 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.
  • Dark Is Evil: He's a dark shadow cloud and The Dreaded.
  • The Dark Times: His rule over the Crystal Ponies, as explained by Celestia, is outright slavery (see his above quote). Even after being freed, the Crystal Ponies shudder in fear at the memory of his rule.
  • Deader Than Dead: His second death in "The Beginning of the End". While he was broken apart into pieces by the Crystal Heart in his first appearance, the second time sees the Mane Six using the Magic of Friendship to obliterate Sombra into dust.
  • Death by Irony: He ends his first appearance by being obliterated by his former slave race.
  • Death Cry Echo: Instead of the Big "NO!" previous villains were accustomed to using.
  • Death Glare: He has one so terrifying that the Crystal Ponies shudder just thinking about it.
  • Demoted to Dragon: Defied in Season 9, where he refuses to work for Grogar and runs off to fight Equestria on his own.
  • Despotism Justifies the Means: Unlike Discord, he sees his victims as slaves instead of playthings and goes to great lengths to maintain control of the Crystal Empire and keep the Crystal Ponies under his hoof through fear and dark magic.
  • Didn't See That Coming: What repeatedly spoils Sombra's plans is that he overlooked a small detail he didn't think of.
    • In "Return of the Crystal Empire", his traps only seemed to account for somepony coming to look for the Crystal Heart alone; because Twilight brings Spike with her, he's able to get the Crystal Heart even when she's trapped after springing the trap and bring it to Cadance.
    • In "The Beginning of the End", it becomes apparent Sombra predated the Elements of Harmony, or at least doesn't know the Mane Six are their wielders. He thinks that because the Crystal Heart is under his control, nothing can hope to stop him, and then the Mane Six storm in with the Elements and blast him. While he makes a comeback by destroying the Elements and the Tree of Harmony, he doesn't realize the six embody the Elements and don't need the gemstones themselves to call on the power, which destroys him a third time.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: He sets up as this for the final season, as he's the first villain the Mane Six have to face before Grogar and his Legion of Doom.
  • The Dreaded: The Crystal Ponies don't want to remember his rule, and shudder in fear at the thought of it. This is why he hid the Crystal Heart in his palace; he knew they'd be too afraid of him to look for it there.
  • Ermine Cape Effect: When he was in his physical form, he wore a red ermine-trimmed cape.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • To the Crystal Heart (and thus Cadance). He's a being of shadow whose magic is fueled by The Power of Hate and fear while the Crystal Heart is powered by the light, love, and hope of the Crystal Empire.
    • "The Cutie Re-Mark" plays him up as one to Celestia in his timeline. They're the leaders of their respective nations in the war for Equestria, they both tower over their subjects, he's dark and male where she's light and female, he's a cruel, merciless tyrant where she's a benevolent and compassionate leader, he seeks to enslave Equestria while Celestia fights to keep this from happening and they're the most powerful fighters and magic-users in their respective sides.
  • 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.
  • Evil Overlord: This is what he was before Celestia and Luna overthrew him; a tyrannical slavemaster of the Crystal Empire.
  • Evil Plan: He was banished from his domain and he's back to reclaim it and re-enslave the Crystal Ponies.
  • Evil Sorcerer: Has extremely powerful black magic.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: The few times he speaks it is like this. (Unlike Discord, this is played completely straight.)
  • Evil Tastes Good: Licks his lips in anticipation of whatever he intended to do to Spike when he caught him.
  • Evil Tower of Ominousness: Used his powers to convert the Crystal Castle into this during the peak of his villainy. And it remains his best weapon during his Present Absence, courtesy of some tricky Black Magic effects and traps that he preemptively rigged it with.
  • Eye Motifs: The imagery of Sombra's glowing green eyes is a recurring symbol of his. In his shadow form at first the only recognizable feature is his eyes (later he's able to form a proper head), when the Crystal Ponies try to remember their past and remember Sombra, they're shown to see a vision of his eyes, and those under the influence of his dark magic, either channelling it or being subject to his spells, have their own eyes glow green like his. In the Bad Future where he almost conquers Equestria, his brainwashed soldiers wear helmets that give them the same glow.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death:
    • He is shattered to pieces in "The Crystal Empire". Even more shocking is if one looks closely, some parts of him hadn't turned to crystal. It's particularly noticeable in that he's the only villain aside from the Windigos to actually be destroyed and unlike with other villains of the show, nothing is said to imply that he's not dead, so we can assume he's Killed Off for Real. You can even see his severed horn flying toward the screen! Word of God confirms that he is dead.
    • He's resurrected in "The Beginning of the End" by Grogar, but ends up getting killed again by the Mane Six wiping him out with the Magic of Friendship. This time, he vanishes into dust as he's hit with a World-Healing Wave and Grogar chooses not to resurrect him again.
  • Famous Last Words: "NO! This can't be possible! Your magic can't defeat mine!! I DESTROYED THE SOURCE OF YOUR POWER!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!"
  • Fangs Are Evil: Even creepier because this guy is supposed to be a unicorn.
  • Fatal Flaw: Pride. He's very confident in his abilities, spurning Grogar's offer of an alliance due to the belief that he can conquer Equestria on his own. While he comes close to succeeding, his refusal to take out the Mane Six when he has the opportunity (believing they're not a threat to him) ends up costing him dearly. When the Mane Six are seconds away from finishing him, he still rants about how their magic can't be a match for his, being completly unable to accept the truth.
  • Fisher King: Under the influence of his dark magic, the sky turns dark and all the shiny crystals in the Empire turn jet black. In addition, his reign causes fear and hatred to resonate throughout all of Equestria, amplified by his dark crystals.
  • Flat Character: At first, his characterization is nonexistent, especially in comparison to the show's other villains, and there is barely any backstory for him to speak of. But more than that, he doesn't have any meaningful interaction with the other characters! This trope is fully averted in the series during Sombra’s second major appearance in “The Beginning of the End”, where he’s characterized as being a very pompous, theatrical, ambitious and smug stallion, who nonetheless is a formidable despot who retains his pre-established manipulative streak, preferring to strike where his opponents are at their most vulnerable when they least expect it, and loves to taunt his enemies about their impotence in comparison to his own strength.
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  • Generic Doomsday Villain:
    • He is built up as being a huge threat to the Crystal Empire, and is also revealed to have set up an intricate security system to prevent anypony from getting the Crystal Heart in the past, but other than that, his characterization is nonexistent, especially in comparison to the show's other villains, and there is barely any backstory for him to speak of. This isn't helped by him speaking very little and not having any meaningful interaction with the other characters and spends most of the two-parter as more of a wave of blackness rather than an actual character. The show treats him more like a powerful malevolent force than a character in his own right. According to Word of God, he was intended to be more of a menacing and terrifying presence lurking over everything. In other words, fear itself.
    • "The Cutie Re-Mark – Part 1" builds on this a bit by showing a Bad Future where the Mane Six weren't around to stop his return, but this story that explicitly ranks the danger levels of the show's major villains still puts him at the very bottom... though only in the sense that his is the most "normal" world. In Sombra's future, Equestria is slowly being bled dry as Sombra's legions of slave warriors push on to conquer it as he conquered the Crystal Empire — in contrast, Nightmare Moon has placed Equestria under The Night That Never Ends and is implied to be slowly going insane, Chrysalis has enslaved all ponies to use as food and forced the survivors to flee into the Everfree Forest, Discord has turned the world into Cloudcuckooland and Tirek is just laying waste to everything. The only other villains with a similarly vanilla Bad Future are the Flim-Flam Brothers, who've turned Equestria into a polluted, over-industrialized wasteland.
    • This trope is wholly averted during Sombra's second major appearance in the show in "The Beginning of the End", where a fully restored King Sombra is ironically shown to be a very talkative villain and is given a lot more characterization, building on what was already established about his personality. He's confident in his own skills to the point of pompousness and hubris, he loves to taunt his foes about their inadequacies compared to his own strength and humiliate them to destroy their morale, and he's shown to be very cunning and manipulative, lulling his enemies into a false sense of security before striking their most vulnerable points when they least expect it to get ahead.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's a Crazy-Prepared No-Nonsense Nemesis who's practically a living World-Wrecking Wave.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: His eyes glow green and are trailed by a purple aura.
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors: His crystals are colored black in contrast to the technicolor crystals found in the empire.
  • Good Hurts Evil: Can be repelled by Cadance's shield of light and love, and contact with it cuts him like a blade. By contrast, normal ponies are completely unaffected by contact, so that may have been a side effect of his shadow form.
  • Guttural Growler: In his first appearance, he doesn't speak much aside from growls and snarls.
  • Hellish Pupils: He has rhombus-shaped pupils, and instead of being black, his are red.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • He tries to reach Spike and the Crystal Heart by launching into the air on a crystal pillar, reverting back to his pony form in the process (either from regaining strength or simply being close to the Crystal Heart). This leaves him standing on said pillar, several hundred feet in the air without his far more agile Living Shadow form, giving him no way to escape the Crystal Heart's energy wave.
    • Being so horrible to the Crystal Ponies makes it worse. It's why they had no qualms about killing him when the opportunity presented itself.
  • Hulk Speak: Seems to have been a side effect of his long imprisonment or his smoke monster transformation, the ninth season reveals he was once capable of complete speech.
  • I Can Rule Alone: He refuses to work for Grogar, instead opting to conquer Equestria on his own. This ends predictably and disastrously, and Grogar uses him as an example of what happens to those who defy him.
  • I Know What You Fear: Sombra boasts this, using his mind manipulation magic to show Twilight a vision of her friends being brainwashed into his slaves, and of Celestia and Luna being corrupted into Daybreaker and Nightmare Moon.
  • Implacable Man: Celestia, Luna, Shining, and Cadance can only delay him without the Heart. Even that doesn't destroy him for good, though, and his spirit eventually reforms.
  • Inexplicably Awesome: The comics aside (which are Broad Strokes canon to the show), there's no explanation given for how Sombra is so strong. His various powers, including fear illusions and anti-magic crystal barriers, are capable of affecting alicorns like Twilight and Cadance, and he's even able to survive being blasted by the Elements of Harmony, then destroy the Tree of Harmony and shatter the Elements. This would make Sombra one of the most powerful unicorns in known history, possibly even above Star Swirl the Bearded.
  • It's All About Me: He is the only villain to immediately reject Grogar's idea for a Villain Team-Up, claiming he doesn't do "ours", only "mine", and claims he can defeat the Mane Six himself.
  • Karmic Death: Given his viciousness and the sheer scale of his intended atrocities, it's fitting that he's the only antagonist thus far to die.
    • Double subverted in that he returns alive in Season 9, but gets wasted once again by the Mane Six.
  • Killed Off for Real:
    • Meghan McCarthy confirmed at Unicon 2013, making him the only character to actually die on the show. However, the comics and some merchandise leave it ambiguous, and in the comics his spirit lived on inside his horn.
    • In "The Beginning of the End," he's hit with this again as the Mane Six use Magic of Friendship to wipe him out, this time permanently. Grogar uses Sombra's death as an example of why his Villain Team-Up is necessary.
  • Kneel Before Zod: After Sombra conquers the Crystal Empire, he puts Shining Armor, Cadance, and Flurry Heart in chains and orders them to kneel before him. Shining and Cadance comply, Flurry doesn’t.
  • Large and in Charge: His shadow form's full self is massive, surrounding the entire Crystal Empire. And his pony form is about the same size as Celestia.
  • Leitmotif: He has a pretty ominous one. It definitely serves to give what screen time he has a good deal of impact.
  • Living Shadow: His state when he begins his first revival is to return as one of these, before he reforms his own body. He retains elements of it when fully resurrected in Season 9, able to shapeshift into clouds of darkness and back at will.
  • Literally Shattered Lives: What happens to him upon his defeat.
  • Magical Eye Streamers: One of his most distinctive physical features is the pair of streamers of purple smoke that trail from the corners of his eyes, one of the signs that he is not a regular pony anymore. This trait is extended to any being under the influence of his dark magic.
  • Make an Example of Them: Grogar doesn't punish Sombra for abandoning the proposed Villain Team-Up, even sending him right to the Crystal Empire to start his attempt to take over the world alone. Grogar allows this knowing Sombra would fail, and uses his Deader Than Dead defeat at the hooves of the Mane Six as a warning to the other villains to not defy him.
  • Man of Kryptonite: He can spawn Power Nullifier crystals seemingly at will.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • "Sombra" means "shadow" in Spanish, Portuguese, and Galician. It becomes even more meaningful when the Princesses turn him into a Living Shadow when overthrowing him.
    • It also sounds like "Somber", which makes no small amount of sense. The comics reinforce this interpretation, where bar a few moments of triumph and satisfaction, he's mostly miserable and depressed about his fate.
  • Mighty Glacier: He's extremely powerful, and his Living Shadow form can get large enough to surround an entire kingdom. However, he also moves like an Advancing Wall of Doom, and it seemingly takes him a while to react properly to anything that catches him off-guard; therefore, he excels at things like Crazy-Prepared-ness and Long Games to compensate.
  • Mind Rape:
    • He did this to the Crystal Ponies a thousand years ago. Not only are they incapable of remembering anything before his rule, they're left in a perpetual state of unhappiness and despair. The former is implied to be psychic, but the latter might be mundane, considering his treatment of them.
    • He also booby-trapped the door to the Crystal Heart to do this to whoever tried to enter it, trapping them in a vision of their greatest fear to prevent them from going further.
    • He attempts this on the Mane Six in "The Beginning of the End – Part 1", but the Elements of Harmony allow them to break free.
  • Mysterious Past: Absolutely nothing about his backstory or the reasons behind his great power in pony form is remotely hinted at.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: As listed above, his name is one.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: His destruction of the Tree of Harmony in "The Beginning of the End" doesn't completely kill it so in "Uprooted" it's able to reach out to the Young Six for help and when they build a memorial tree-house from its remains it regenerates and grows into a larger and stronger form with a large tree-house in it. In other words, by breaking the Tree's old form, Sombra ultimately helped the tree gain an even stronger form.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: What makes Sombra so dangerous aside from his magical prowess is that he likes to be simple and direct when dealing with obstacles.
    • In "The Crystal Empire", Sombra constantly probes the shield for weaknesses and tries to get inside the moment he finds one. When he senses Twilight approaching the Crystal Heart, he immediately imprisons her inside a field of anti-magic crystals. Then while slowly fill the Empire with his dark crystals and savoring his impending victory, when he notices Spike carrying the Crystal Heart, he makes a beeline straight for him.
    • The Crystal Heart, the one thing that could stop him, was protected extremely well behind numerous different illusion spells, and the entrance to the passage to where it was kept was hidden with Black Magic, something that very few ponies aside from him know how to use. He also ringed the Heart itself with a protection spell that alerts him the second somepony approaches it, and he took steps to erase all knowledge of its existence from memory.
    • Revived and returned to Equestria in his full power in "The Beginning of the End", Sombra takes over the Crystal Empire in minutes, brainwashing the ponies he finds and making them march behind him as he walks toward the palace and moves in. Powerful ponies he can't control, like Cadance and her family or the Mane Six, he quickly traps them with fear illusions or anti-magic crystals. When confronted by Discord, Sombra just starts blasting magic at him, which only doesn't work because Discord is a Physical God who can neutralize all of his attacks.
  • Not So Above It All: After brainwashing the entirety of Ponyville into becoming his army, Sombra has the Cakes bake him a congratulatory cake.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • He has this reaction to realizing the Crystal Heart is being powered up.
      King Sombra: What? No... no! Stop!
    • He also has this reaction when the Mane Six nullify his dark magic with the magic of friendship after he destroyed the Elements of Harmony.
      King Sombra: How? This shouldn't be possible! Your magic cannot defeat mine! I destroyed the source of your power!
  • One-Man Army: Lacks Mooks; but compensates with size, power, and Crazy-Prepared-ness.
    • However, he does use an army in his Season 5 Bad Future — albeit out of pragmatism rather than any apparent weakness (he still easily defends himself via Great-Wall-of-China-sized Gemstone Assault against a group of Royal Guards, for example).
  • Power Echoes: When he talks, he has this effect on his voice.
  • Power Nullifier: He seals Shining Armor's magic during their encounter, which keeps Shining from using his shield spell to help to keep him out. And his last trap is an Anti-Magic Crystal Prison that prevents Twilight from just teleporting away with the Crystal Heart.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Despite the Heart being his Achilles' Heel, it's heavily implied that he didn't just smash it — instead hiding it via all those traps — because he wants to convert it from The Power of Love to The Power of Hate. "The Crystalling" reveals yet another reason that keeping it intact was beneficial to him; without it, he would've lost both his base of operations and his Slave Race to eternal winter.
  • Present Absence: Despite his minor screentime, his Black Magic effects and traps still let him pose a major threat.
  • The Power of Hate: According to Celestia, his magic is based off of fear and hatred. This is pretty much the only thing sustaining him in the comics. Normally he's fairly depressed and miserable, with his only displays of emotion being rage when his enemies move against him, and occasional grim satisfaction when he gets revenge on those who have hurt him.
  • Race Against the Clock: The only thing keeping him out of the Crystal Empire is Cadance's love spell, which is slowly failing. The moment the shield goes down, we get to see exactly why it was so important to keep him out. He starts covering the Crystal Empire in his dark crystals in seconds.
  • Reality Is Unrealistic: Sometimes a horse will have fanglike teeth, called "wolf teeth".
  • Reality Warper: He once turned the whole Crystal Empire into a Mordor (and starts to do so again in the present), he made it completely vanish for over an entire millennium, and the layout of his Booby Trapped path to the Crystal Heart shows that he can even create Pocket Dimensions. In "The Beginning of the End," it's revealed that he can also create his Mind Control helmets (first seen in "The Cutie Re-Mark") from thin air.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: His color scheme in pony form.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: A literal case, as simply remembering his eyes causes one of the Crystal Ponies to shudder. When he's enraged, the red overlaps the green, turning his entire iris and pupil red.
  • Refuge in Audacity: How he takes over the Crystal Empire again in "The Beginning of the End". While most other villains scheme and plan ahead of time, Sombra just walks up to the palace and moves in, brainwashing the Crystal Ponies he meets along the way into a new army. Cadance and Shining Armor barely have time to get word to Twilight that he's back before he captures them, and by the time Twilight and her friends arrive, Sombra is lounging on the throne with the royal family in chains.
  • Resurrected for a Job: By Grogar in Season 9. Sombra immediately decides to do his own thing, which ends in his second death.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: In the dark future shown in "The Cutie Re-Mark – Part 1", King Sombra leads his enslaved, brainwashed troops into battle himself, dueling the princesses and their army.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: King Sombra serves as this in "The Beginning of the End" for Grogar's Legion of Doom. Grogar resurrected him and brought him to his lair to recruit him along with Chrysalis, Tirek, and Cozy Glow, but Sombra refused to work with any of them and declared he could win on his own. As a result of his arrogance he is killed once again and his defeat only serves to reinforce Grogar's claim that they can only win by working together.
  • Same Character, but Different: King Sombra is written very differently throughout the franchise: he's 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.
  • Satanic Archetype: His initial takeover of the Crystal Empire (stated to be Equestria's Cosmic Keystone kingdom) was similar to Lucifer's first rebellion in Heaven from Paradise Lost; his subsequent exile (to be sealed underground in ice) reflected the deepest part of Hell from The Divine Comedy; and his Taking You with Me curse upon the Empire reflected Lucifer/Satan's Revenge by Proxy introduction of sin among humanity, and his fearful and depressing Present Absence over the Crystal Ponies was similar to how Satan is described as "prowl{ing} about like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour," both examples being in The Bible.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Was turned into a Living Shadow and imprisoned in the northern ice by Celestia and Luna. They were at least more thorough than with Discord.
  • Scary Black Man: A large, dark stallion whose I Know What You Fear powers make the "Scary" part literal. He's also The Silent Bob, complete with a Badass Baritone whenever he does speak.
  • The Silent Bob: A break of tradition from every other villain from before, he surprisingly speaks very little, mainly growling like a monster. At one point during the comics he notes that Queen Chrysalis Talks Too Much.
  • Slasher Smile: His default expression.
  • Slave Race: What he turned the Crystal Ponies into. He even calls them his "Crystal slaves" at one point.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He is very arrogant. When he seemingly defeats Discord, he states that he is more powerful than him, completely ignoring the fact that Discord was clearly winning and Sombra just got in a lucky shot because of him Taking the Bullet for Fluttershy. Even more so when it's revealed Discord was faking defeat.
  • Smug Snake: He arrogantly states to Grogar that he'll take over Equestria alone, with Sombra believing himself to be powerful enough to do so. He was almost right. Throughout the Season 9 premiere, he's very smug and boastful about how easy it was to deceive and overpower the Mane Six, taunting them and their friends at every opportunity, partly to destroy their morale and keep them under his heel, partly to feed his own ego, and partly because he loves making other ponies squirm. When he finds the throne room at Canterlot castle empty, he immediately assumes Celestia and Luna (the ones who defeated him the first time) fled rather than face him, and has no problem believing he is capable of besting Discord.
    Twilight: Discord, I'm so glad you're okay, we can't beat him without you!
    Sombra (smirking): Heh, you couldn't beat me with him either.
  • Sorcerous Overlord: The traps that he set imply that he used to be a mighty sorcerer when he was still the Emperor.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Word of God has confirmed the spelling to be "Sombra" (matching the in-show pronunciation), yet a tweet by Hasbro's My Little Pony Twitter spells it as "Somber" (which proves to be a Meaningful Name in its own right, as "somber" means "unhappy" — much like the Crystal Ponies affected by his spell). Both words ultimately derive from the Latin word "umbra", meaning "shadow".
  • Suddenly Voiced: He's much less of The Silent Bob in "The Beginning of the End," speaking in full, complete sentences and prone to boasting about his strength as a conqueror.
  • Supernatural Is Purple: His eyes are constantly trailed by a purple aura.
  • Taking You with Me: As he was being sealed, he cursed the Crystal Empire to disappear for 1000 years.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: Compared to the other villains, poor Sombra’s defeats usually involve him being graphically destroyed into oblivion.
  • This Cannot Be!: As he faces his defeat in "The Beginning of The End", he rants that it "can't be possible".
  • Tin Tyrant: He wears metal armor in his unicorn form.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: In "The Beginning of the End," he's become a lot more overconfident and gung-ho than before (when he was a Properly Paranoid Trap Master). This leads to him being indirectly Made an Example of by Grogar.
  • Trap Master: The sheer number of traps he set qualify him for this.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: He shows no gratitude to Grogar for bringing him back to life, dismissing his idea for a Villain Team-Up so he can rule by himself.
  • Villainous Breakdown: In "The Beginning of the End," once the Mane Six manage to nullify his magic without the Elements of Harmony. He actually sounds like he's on the verge of tears as he desperately tries to deny his impending defeat.
  • Villainous Legacy: "Uprooted", which takes place after the season 9 premiere, deals with the loss of the Tree of Harmony from Sombra's actions. Ironically him destroying the Tree's old form helped it get stronger thanks to the Young Six.
  • Walking Wasteland: Can spread shadows and dark crystals to affect the land around him.
  • World's Strongest Man: He's likely by far the most powerful unicorn to have ever lived that we know of (assuming he can even still be called a unicorn given his sharp teeth, flaming eyes and lack of cutie mark). He is so powerful that Twilight stated that she and her friends wouldn't be able to beat him in a straight up fight. He is far more powerful than Starlight Glimmer, effortlessly placing her under his control along with the rest of Ponyville. For reference's sake, Twilight is an alicorn, the bearer of the Element of Magic, and a prodigy who has been studying magic all her life, and Starlight is able to rival or slightly surpass her in power. Both of them are just under Starswirl the Bearded in power, who is regarded as the most powerful unicorn wizard in history. Sombra seems to be above them all, and Twilight is only able to start matching his attacks when she's full of Heroic Resolve and drawing from it to boost her own magic power.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He has no problem trying to attack (and possibly kill) Princess Cadance when she and Spike have the Crystal Heart.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • Tries to attack (and possibly kill) Spike with absolutely no hesitation once he sees he has the Crystal Heart. He even licks his lips at the prospect of doing so.
    • The opening for season 9 shows him abducting Flurry Heart to get Cadance and Shining Armor to stand down.
  • Xanatos Gambit: His booby-traps to prevent ponies from reaching the Crystal Heart. They keep them out? Good, the one thing that can stop him is out of reach. They reach it? It sets off a trap allowing him to begin growing his dark crystals inside the castle itself, even if he himself can't enter, as well as trapping the pony who found it. Cadance invokes Deflector Shield? He waits until she's too tired to continue. She stops to rest? He reaches the Empire sooner. In fact, even his Establishing Character Moment (in the flashback hologram) was one: If he beats Celestia and Luna, good; but if they beat him, his Dead Man's Switch curse takes the Empire with him and nullifies their victory. In "The Beginning of the End", he feigns defeat at the Mane Six's hooves in order to trick them into letting their guard, allowing him to destroy the Tree and Elements of harmony.
  • You Monster!: Celestia refers to him as having a "heart as black as night." Radiant Hope also says as much when he shatters Princess Amore into pieces, and Sandbar denounces him and Cozy Glow as two ponies worse than Yona.
  • Your Size May Vary: He is taller in "The Cutie Re-Mark" than he is in "The Crystal Empire", although that could just be because of the camera angle.

    Sunset Shimmer 

    Lord Tirek 
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"How does it feel, knowing that soon every pegasus, unicorn and earth pony will bow to my will?"
"I am Lord Tirek. And I will take what should have been mine long ago."

Voiced by: Mark Acheson

Long ago, Tirek and his brother Scorpan came to Equestria with the intent to steal the magic of every pony and Take Over the World. Scorpan however learned friendship from Star Swirl the Bearded, and helped the ponies seal Tirek in Tartarus. However, when Cerberus left Tartarus undefended, Tirek broke free, and is now ready to pick up where he left off.

Extended Universe comic My Little Pony: FIENDship Is Magic #2 explains that of his centaur race, a young Tirek possessed even more magical ability than his father King Vorak. Already thirsty for power, his goals turned towards Equestria after seeing the power that unicorn ponies possessed when hermit Sendak the Elder returned from his travels with an abducted unicorn. The comic shows that Tirek's mother, Queen Haydon is a gargoyle like his brother Scorpan, and that Discord was a member of Vorak's council, explaining their previous familiarity.

For tropes applying to his G1 counterpart, see My Little Pony TV Specials.


  • 0% Approval Rating: Backstabbing the only being on his side will do that. Not that he cares; he seems to like earning the hate of every victim he thinks is powerless to stop him. He does gain Chrysalis, Cozy Glow, and Grogar as allies in Season 9, though.
  • Adaptational Badass: The G1 Tirek was no pushover, but his main threat came from his army, which he created with the Rainbow of Darkness. This time around, Tirek is an army unto himself.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Very downplayed. The G1 version of Tirek was pure evil with no redeeming qualities. This iteration, while still a villain, has a small scrap of honor in him. He loves his grandmother, honored his agreement to give Chrysalis her magic back, and, in a surprisingly nice moment, caught a bird in his hand after it was blown away by the Canterlot castle defenses and allowed it to fly free instead of hurting it. He even came close to reforming in "Frenemies" before Chrysalis snapped him and Cozy Glow out of it.
  • A God Am I: While the show doesn't directly state it, this is more or less what his plan amounts to. In a world where ponies need magic to control the forces of nature, Tirek draining them would give him control over the rise and fall of the sun and moon, allow him to manipulate weather freely, and he'd be the only creature able to grow the crops the ponies need to feed themselves. Given he drains Discord as well, he might also gain Reality Warper powers.
  • All Your Powers Combined: He eventually absorbs the powers of hundreds of earth ponies, unicorns, and pegasi, giving him super-strength, the ability to fire beams of magic, and he can fly. It isn't shown what further power he got from Discord.
  • Amulet of Concentrated Awesome: He wears a golden pendant around his neck, which he grants to Discord. Subverted when he tells Discord it was a gift from his brother and is worthless to him, and the amulet holds no power. Double subverted when Discord gives it to Twilight when she frees him, and it becomes the sixth key to the chest from the Tree of Harmony.
  • And I Must Scream:
    • While not explicitly stated, if what's shown is accurate, he's spent over one thousand years trapped in one place in Tartarus, unable to escape or do anything and fully aware. Not to say he didn't deserve it.
    • In the season 9 finale, Tirek is turned to stone along with Chrysalis and Cozy Glow for their crimes against Equestria.
  • Arc Villain: Of the Season 4 finale. Defeating him requires the Mane Six to open the chest from the Tree of Harmony, and his defeat resolves Twilight's season-long character arc of figuring out her place as a new Princess in Equestria, so Tirek acts as the culminating event in those story arcs as well.
  • Arch-Enemy: Tirek seems to have a particular hatred for Discord. He took great pleasure in betraying him and calls him a turncoat. It’s also implied that the two of them have personally met before and not on good terms.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: At full strength he's almost as big as an Ursa Major.
  • Badass Baritone: The stronger he becomes, the deeper his voice gets.
  • Badass Beard: As he gets stronger, he sports a damn cool one.
  • Bad Vibrations: When he becomes massive enough, his steps shake the earth as he walks.
  • Beard of Evil: A long white one to be exact.
  • Bicep Kiss: He is prone to doing this in season 9 whenever he regains some of his former strength.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With Chrysalis and Cozy Glow during the series finale after Grogar is revealed to be Discord.
  • Big Red Devil: Is a massive centaur with red skin and large horns who is also a Satanic Archetype.
  • Black Eyes of Crazy: He has a pair of these, and they come with pupil-less glowing yellow irises.
  • Berserk Button: He does not like being compared to his father, King Vorak. Discord bringing him up (and claiming that Tirek feels like he can never measure up to him) is enough to make Tirek attack him in a rage.
  • The Brute: Though he's more than capable of using his head, mostly he prefers to strong-arm his victims. After he drains Discord's chaos magic, he barely uses it, instead almost entirely using sheer physical force against Twilight during their clash. And once he has the Alicorns' magic, he simply rampages around, destroying the landscape, simply because he can. This continues in Season 9, where in contrast to Sombra and Chrysalis who demonstrate more finesse with their powers, Tirek's approach to any problem is to try and smash it or blast it (though he is smart enough to use his brain against any problem he can't simply manhandle).
  • The Bus Came Back: Tirek appears in a major role for the first time since the Season 4 finale in Season 8 for the "School Raze" two-parter.
  • Cain and Abel: He's the Cain to Scorpan's Abel.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: In Frenemies, he joins in the Villain Song titled "Better way to be bad".
  • Chekhov's Gunman: It was implied that the Pony of Shadows seen in "Castle Mane-ia" was Tirek.
  • The Chessmaster: An enemy too strong to drain that could lock him back up in a heartbeat? Convinces him to join his side, then disposes of him once he has become powerful enough to drain him. The last alicorn between him and the power he needs to rule the world? He makes sure to have bartering chips in reserve in case of a stalemate.
  • Composite Character: While he shares his appearance, deep booming voice, general frightening presence, and many personality traits with G1 Tirek, his plan is similar to G1 Lavan, and his powers to Arabus.
  • The Corrupter: He convinces Discord to turn on the ponies and help him drain their power, telling him that in becoming their friend he's suppressing his true nature and is just imprisoned in a different manner for it.
  • Daddy Issues: Discord implies that Tirek uses the power he gains from draining magic to compensate for his inability to earn the approval of his father.
  • Decomposite Character: His original goal is given to Nightmare Moon.
  • Demoted to Dragon: In Season 9, he goes from the Big Bad of Season 4 and the Greater-Scope Villain of Season 8 to one of Grogar's flunkies. This is until the finale, when Grogar is revealed to be Discord and he instead becomes part of a Big Bad Duumvirate.
  • Despotism Justifies the Means: His 'everypony will bow to my will' comment implies Tirek's ultimate goal is a world were he has all the power and everyone else has none.
  • Didn't See That Coming: As a consequence of his long imprisonment, Tirek isn't fully up to date on current events. (For example, he's surprised to learn that there is a fourth alicorn princess.) Because of this, he is repeatedly blindsided by this trope, but usually proves very good at rolling with the punches. However, in the end, it catches up with him when he doesn't realize the Mane Six still have a trump card left in the form of the Harmony Box.
  • Didn't Think This Through: He is initially ecstatic to learn that the Mane Six will be trapped with him in Tartarus for all eternity, but soon changes his tune when he realizes that he is trapped in Tartarus with the Mane Six for all eternity.
  • Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?: He successfully got Discord to his side by promising to let him go back to the way he was. Note that he was barely powerful enough to do anything at this point, and Discord had just defeated him in about ten seconds flat. Once he gets strong enough, he takes Discord's power too.
  • Dragged Off to Hell: He was imprisoned in Tartarus for his crimes until he escaped. He's ultimately dragged back in the end, but is freed once more by Grogar in the Season 9 premiere.
  • The Dreaded: Everyone is terrified of him. Upon having a prophetic dream of his return, the next thing Celestia does is call in the other Princesses, explain to them what's going on, and sic Discord on him before he gains any more power.
  • Escaped from Hell: Quite literally in a ClassicalMythological sense, as he manages to escape Tartarus.
  • Establishing Character Moment: He walks up to a unicorn in an alleyway during the dead of night, introduces himself as "no friend" in the creepiest voice imaginable, and drains the hapless unicorn of his magic.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: In "Frenemies", Cozy Glow mentions that Tirek talks to his "Gram-Gram" in his sleep, which is the only redeeming quality Tirek has displayed thus far. Tirek immediately screams not to bring his Gram-Gram into their argument.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk he may be, but Tirek does have one rule — trust and loyalty. He despises Scorpan for turning on him, and is outraged at Discord not telling him there was a fourth princess (Twilight) and turns on him soon after. When Twilight demands the release of her friends, Tirek is surprised and disgruntled she includes Discord under that definition in spite of him betraying them. Also, he does release them all as he agreed, so at least he kept his word.
    • Zigzagged in "School Raze": Despite believing that Cozy Glow's plan to send all of Equestria's magic to another realm was wasteful, he gladly went along with it, since it meant the ponies would suffer.
      • Played straighter in "Frenemies" when asks if draining all the magic was a bit excessive.
  • Evil Is Burning Hot: Tirek's magic is fire-based, or at least gives off the impression of being fiery.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • In a sense, he and his brother, Scorpan, are ones to the Royal Pony sisters. They originally came to Equestria to conquer it, but Scorpan befriended the ponies, changed sides and tried to convince Tirek to do the same. When Tirek refused to do so, Scorpan had no choice but to imprison him.
    • To Discord; Tirek is a mash-up of at least two mythological creatures (A centaur with minotaur-like features such as bull horns and cloven hooves), and both are very good Chess Masters to an extent. But Discord eventually reformed because he realized how wonderful it is to have friends while Tirek sees friendship as weak and pathetic and remains as evil as ever.
    • To Celestia; Tirek has a demonic appearance which contrasts with her angelic one. He and Scorpan are shown to be princes in FIENDship Is Magic, making them even more this.
  • Eviler Than Thou: He pulls this on Discord after convincing him to pull a Face–Heel Turn, only using him to regain his lost strength before telling him You Have Outlived Your Usefulness.
  • Evil Is Hammy: "WHERRRRRRE IS YOUR MAGIIIIIIC?!?"
  • Evil Is Petty: He teaches Cozy Glow how to drain Equestria of magic just because he knew the Mane Six would trap themselves in Tartarus trying to figure out the cause, even though otherwise it in no way benefits him to do so. He even lampshades how wasteful it is, considering his M.O.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy:
    • The main reason he gets as powerful as he does as quickly as he does is because Discord uses his own powers to hand him Equestria on a platter. Celestia even mentions the only reason the Alicorn princesses can't smack Tirek down as a last resort is that they can't beat him while he's under Discord's protection. For all his trouble, Discord gets his powers stolen the moment Tirek is strong enough to just take them.
    • Hits Discord with this again during the finale when he teams up with Chrysalis and Cozy Glow when his plan to use the trio to boost Twilight's confidence backfires when they turn out to be far more dangerous and cunning than he realized.
  • Evil Mentor: Turns out he's been acting as this for Cozy Glow.
  • The Evil Prince: FIENDship Is Magic reveals he was an actual prince of the centaurs, adding ambition to his many sins, and showing part of his motive was resentment over his father's (completely justified) holding him back from power, fearing what Tirek would do with it. The series finale brings this into main canon, while also revealing Tirek has a bit of a inferiority complex towards his father King Vorak.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: His voice is rather feeble-sounding at first, but it becomes deep and booming later on.
  • False Friend: To Discord.
  • Famous Last Words: "Don't let them escape!"
  • Fatal Flaw: Greed. His stealing Discord's power despite him still being an ally who likely would have willingly aided him leads to their defeat.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Acts friendly and polite with Discord, even congratulating him on escaping imprisonment. It continues into the next episode, but is limited to Discord. He drops the act once he no longer needs Discords aid, backstabs him, and mocks Discord for trusting him.
  • Final Boss: Successfully backstabs Grogar/Discord to become the final villain of the series, sharing the role with Chrysalis and Cozy Glow.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • In "It's About Time", Twilight muses over the catastrophe that could result from the ancient abominations locked in Tartarus breaking out. Celestia confirms that he's been loose since "It's About Time" when Cerberus left his post; he's just been too weak to be a threat until now.
    • In "School Raze", he refers to Twilight as the Princess of Friendship when she and her friends confront him. Since he was reimprisoned immediately before Twilight gained that title, this was an early indicator that Tirek had been in contact with somepony on the outside world.
  • Four Is Death: He goes through four forms, each one getting bigger, and each time making his horns grow.
  • Freudian Excuse: Discord implies that the reason Tirek takes magic from ponies is because he uses the power he gains from it to compensate for the fact that he was never able to earn approval from his dad, King Vorak.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: While he was born an Evil Prince, he was a normal, if talented member of his race. He eventually becomes a near all powerful threat to Equestria. By the end of his time as Arc Villain he's stronger than Discord.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's a Manipulative Bastard good enough to play Discord like a fiddle, but in his penultimate form has enough strength to ram straight through a mountain and lift a slab of rock bigger than he is with little effort.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: His eyes glow yellow.
  • Godzilla Threshold: How dangerous is Tirek? Enough for Celestia to ask Discord to defeat him!
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Of the Season 8 finale "School Raze". He's still locked up and virtually powerless in Tartarus, but it was his advice that allowed Cozy Glow to enact her plan, and she uses fear of Tirek to trick the Mane Six into trapping themselves in Tartarus with him.
  • Greed: His hunger for power is one of his defining features.
  • Hand Behind Head: He does this in "The Beginning of the End-Part 2," out of nervousness in joining Grogar's plan.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: He has a huge ego and feels entitled to whatever he desires...but Discord suggests part of his driving force is feeling he's inferior to his father, King Vorak. The fact this provokes Tirek enough to try and blast him then and there suggests this is indeed true.
  • In Name Only: While he does look somewhat similar, his voice, motivations, and personality are all much different then his G1 counterpart. Still that provides very little comfort when the ponies are confronted by a hellbeast.
  • In the Hood: Starts out wearing a hooded robe, framing the upper half of his face in shadow. Justified, as being a centaur he can't blend in without some method of hiding himself.
  • It Amused Me: He justifies answering Cozy Glow's inquiries about how to drain magic from Equestria by claiming he was "bored".
  • Having a Blast: Attacks with fiery blasts of magic from between his horns.
  • Hades Shaded: His skin tone starts off a dull brown and then grows to a bright red as he gains power.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He sets the stage for his own defeat when he gives Discord his medallion, which is passed on to Twilight when she demands Discord's freedom, turning it into the sixth key that unlocks the Tree of Harmony chest and grants the Mane Six their Rainbow Power. Downplayed in that no-one could have seen it coming and Tirek had no way to know this would bite him in the flank.
  • Horror Hunger: His Mana Drain seems to resemble this, as he literally swallows a unicorn/alicorn's magic, leaving them an empty-eyed, blank-flanked shell of their former self.
  • Hulking Out: Initially appearing as scrawny old centaur, but when he starts absorbing magic he gets bigger and more muscular. By the time he fights Twilight, he's turned into a walking tank with his arms growing so big that they break the wrist bands in the picture shown.
  • Hypocrite: He despises his brother for turning against him, yet he uses and betrays Discord without a second thought.
  • Insistent Terminology: He's very insistent on being called Lord Tirek.
  • It's All About Me: He wants power for himself, he hates his brother for having moral qualms and turning on him and getting in his way. He also constantly refers to the magic of Equestria as being "his", considering it to have always belonged to him in the first place. This explains him stabbing Discord in the back.
  • It's Personal: Destroying Twilight's home made him this for Twilight, prompting her to go berserk on him. Notably, unlike previous villains that did this, the act that warranted this reaction stuck.
  • Jerkass: He's so power hungry he doesn't seem to care if getting what he wants leaves Equestria lifeless. And he will back stab anybody who works with him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Seems to start a Villainous Friendship with Discord when he gave the medallion of his brother Scorpan, but he later back-stabs him while saying that the medallion is worthless to him because he hates his brother for "betraying" him. He sees his companionship with Discord just as disposable.
  • Kick the Dog: After draining several earth ponies of their magic in "The Summer Sun Setback", he steals a pie from a food cart.
  • Killer Gorilla: His upper humanoid half looks somewhat simian, especially when he grows a crest-like mane.
  • King Koopa Copy: First averted then played straight. Initially, Tirek is weak and scrawny, but later starts fitting the mold after absorbing magic, growing bigger, stronger, and more monstrous and brutish. Tirek's magic is fire-based and he kidnaps several characters, including all three Alicorn Princesses.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: In "Frenemies", he's the only one of the Legion of Doom who takes Grogar's warnings about Mount Everhoof being impossible for any single being to transerve alone seriously. When they actually get there and get a good look at it, he just builds a camp and relaxes while the others try and fail to scale the mountain themselves and waits for them to come back. In the finale, he and Cozy Glow immediately back down when they're depowered.
  • Large and in Charge: The more magic he absorbs, the larger he becomes. Once he's drained Twilight and thus has absorbed the magic of all four Alicorn Princesses, he's starting to reach Ursa Major size.
  • Laser-Guided Karma In the series finale, he is petrified along with Cozy Glow and Chrysalis, and Discord remarks that they'd all hate that more than anything.
  • Large Ham: His hamminess grows proportionally with his size.
  • Lean and Mean: He starts off a scrawny monkey-like figure, then grows stronger as he absorbs magic.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Despite his immense power, he's also fast in his penultimate form.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Having been sealed in Tartarus for hundreds of years, and then hiding while recovering his strength after his escape, he's not entirely caught up on everything that's happened since his imprisonment, resulting in him being repeatedly surprised. That he quickly adapts and becomes the biggest threat Equestria has ever seen is a testament to his intelligence.
  • Love Is a Weakness: Views friendship in this light, believing his brother Scorpan and Discord were weak minded for allowing friendship to change them. Considering what world this is, he's proven wrong.
  • Magikarp Power: Rare villainous example, see One-Winged Angel.
  • Mana Drain: Has the power to drain others of their magic. At first he can only drain unicorns, but he grows stronger each time, and starts moving on to pegasi, earth ponies, alicorns, and even Discord. "Frenemies" reveals he can also release the magic he's absorbed willingly, and that he can't absorb magic from nonliving things.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He effortlessly manipulates Discord, himself a master of this trope. He also makes sure to keep Discord on his side; Whenever Discord showed signs of faltering, Tirek would quickly take steps to appease him, either by offering him the chance to "have a little fun", or giving him his brother's medallion as a false symbol of his gratitude and loyalty.
  • Might as Well Not Be in Prison at All: He's so cunning and manipulative that he can start a scheme to potentially doom Equestria, even while he's locked in Tartarus and kept in his powerless form. Thanks to being pen pals with Cozy Glow, he almost succeeds in removing all magic from Equestria, despite not even leaving his cage.
  • Mind over Matter: After he starts gaining power he displays this.
  • Miracle-Gro Monster: A side effect of his Mana Drain.
  • Mix-and-Match Critter: As a centaur, Tirek has the lower body of a horse and a humanoid torso, but also with traits of a bull (horns, nose ring, hoofs) and of an ape (at first rather baboon-like in his weakest form, and then more gorilla-like as he gains power).
  • Moral Myopia: Is willing to suck the life out of an entire country to get what he wants and cause untold suffering, as well as stab Discord in the back, but holds a grudge on his brother Scorpan for betraying him, ignoring the fact Scorpan outright tried to talk him out of it before hand and was ignored, leaving Scorpan with no other choice. He also expresses disgust that Twilight considers Discord her friend despite his backstabbery, though given he had openly expressed friendship as an empty virtue, this may have been the point.
  • Narcissist: After being restored to one of his more powerful forms (courtesty of Grogar donating some magic for him to eat), he briefly flexes his muscles and kisses his biceps. In "Frenemies", he has a portrait of his fully-powered form in his quarters.
  • Never My Fault: Shows continual hatred and bitterness towards his brother Scorpan, never even considering the fact Scorpan offered him a Last-Second Chance and tried to talk him out of their plans and thus it's entirely Tirek's own fault Scorpan was forced to betray his brother. He also believes his defeat at the Mane Six's hooves was a result of them being "annoyingly lucky".
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: In "School Raze", Tirek tells the Mane Six who his pen pal in the School of Friendship is because he doesn't think they'll ever escape Tartarus. As a result, they know who to confront once they get back to the school.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: By the time he fights Twilight, he can take hits from massive energy beams that rip trenches in the ground, slams through a mountain, gets sent into the ground by an energy attack that buries him and caught in explosions that leave massive craters... all without a scratch.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: There's still a little bit of ham in him, but by the standards of most MLP villains he's frighteningly straightforward. He's not even much of a sadist, generally preferring to dispose of his opponents quickly and efficiently and THEN maybe indulge in some light taunting.
  • Not So Above It All: In Frenemies, he momently breaks from his normal seriousness and joins in a Villain Song with Cozy Glow and Chrysalis, even dancing a bit towards the end and sticking a pose.
  • Obviously Evil: All of the [MLP] villains qualify, but most of them had some degree of subtlety. Tirek stands out in the fact in just how blatantly evil he is. You can tell he's trouble just by looking at him.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: In the Bad Future where he wins, there doesn't appear to be anything left for him to rule, because he's just going around destroying everything with sadistic glee. In Season 9 Sombra, Chrysalis, and Cozy Glow are all motivated by a desire for conquest and a thirst for revenge, while Tirek seems to just want to completely obliterate Equestria For the Evulz.
  • The One Guy: In Season 9, he is the only male besides Grogar in the Legion of Doom among Cozy Glow and Chrysalis.
  • One-Man Army:
    • He starts off small and weak as a result of his imprisonment, but as he starts growing stronger he drains hundreds of ponies of their magic, dozens at a time. Even charged up with the power of Celestia, Luna, and Cadance, Twilight is barely able to fight him to a standstill.
    • In the series finale, Tirek seems to be by far the most powerful of the Legion of Doom after the three of them absorb the power of Grogar's bell. Even after being powered up by the bell, Cozy Glow was quickly defeated by the Mane Six using only their own innate talents with no special magical assistance, and Starlight Glimmer was able to match Chrysalis blow-for-blow, while Tirek was able to effortlessly defeat Starswirl and the Pillars of Equestria, and in the final battle he's ultimately the one who defeats the combined armies of Equestria and its neighboring kingdoms with a single magical blast.
  • One-Winged Angel: Starts out as a weak, frail creature but the more magic he consumes, the larger and more powerful he becomes (his hair also grows out, giving him a Badass Beard, and his horns go from little stubs to almost as long as his arms) and his appearance becomes more menacing. His final form is almost the size of an Ursa Major.
  • Only Sane Man: He seems to be by far the wisest and most sensible of the Legion of Doom. When sent to retrieve Grogar's bell, he's the only one to sit back and scope the problem out while the others dive in head first and fail repeatedly. Also, ironically despite his intention to destroy Equestria instead of rule it, in the series finale he's the only villain to be wise enough to realize that the Windigos would be the real winners if the villains succeeded in their plans, and thus were a problem that should be dealt with, while Cozy Glow and Chrysalis were too focused on defeating the ponies to realize that if the 3 of them actually won, the Windigos would turn Equestria into a barren wasteland and render their victory a case of Pyrrhic Villainy.
  • Our Centaurs Are Different: For one thing, this one is the My Little Pony equivalent of Satan. His upper body is more simian than human, which goes with the show's policy to never include any humans or part-human creatures.
  • Our Demons Are Different: He's not from Hell, he's from Tartarus. And he wasn't even born from there in the first place.
  • Out of Focus: Compared to the other Arc Villains up to the Pony of Shadows, Tirek doesn't get much attention after his defeat. Nightmare Moon appears in frequent cameos and flashbacks, Chrysalis and Sombra feature prominently in the comics and in the Season 5 finale, and Discord and Starlight reformed and joined the main cast. Tirek, however, only rarely gets namedropped and got a very brief cameo in the Season 5 finale. He finally returns in the season 8 finale.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Case in point: an attack aimed at Twilight manages to blow Golden Oak Library to kingdom come and his battle with her devastates the landscape.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • While he considers Cozy Glow a nuisance, he does let her hide behind him when she's scared without a complaint, expresses concern when Grogar berates him for not knowing his name, and takes the time to explain to her who Grogar is.
    • In "Frenemies", he honors his word and returns Chrysalis' powers to her despite having a golden opportunity to betray her and take said powers for himself.
    • In "The Summer Sun Setback", he catches a bird that was blown away by Canterlot castle's fan defenses.
  • Physical God: By the end of his stint as Big Bad, he's become stronger than Discord and Nigh Invulnerable.
  • Power Makes Your Hair Grow: Rare case where getting more power causes his facial hair to grow (into a Badass Beard). It's not until he's near the height of his power that the hair on his head grows too.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: While still a monstrous individual, of the Legion of Doom he's also the most pragmatic and least likely to partake in pointless sadism that might bite them in the butt and suggest reasonable plans. This includes calling for the Windigos to be immediately dealt with rather than trying to exploit them and risk losing control of the situation.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Tirek mocks Discord for trusting him to actually share his power once everything is said and done, basically calling him an idiot for throwing away everything to get nothing in the end.
    • Discord eventually throws one back at him the season nine finale by calling him pathetic for using magic to compensate for his fear that he could never measure up to his father King Vorak.
  • Reality Warper: After stealing enough magic (especially Discord's), he demonstrates shades of this twice: by summoning a portal to Tartarus (to trap Celestia, Luna, and Cadance), and then by summoning Twilight's friends trapped in giant orbs (to force her into a Sadistic Choice). He even cements the latter with a Badass Fingersnap of his own, possibly to mock Discord after stealing his magic.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: His character design invokes much use of red and black, and he's definitely not a hero.
  • Related in the Adaptation: In G1, Scorpan was Tirek's minion. In this version, they are brothers, despite appearing to be different species.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Pulls this on Discord, and was genuinely confused as to why Twilight would still consider him a friend.
  • Satanic Archetype: He came from another realm to conquer Equestria, but was defeated and sealed in Tartarus. Now that he's back he's considered the most powerful threat the kingdom has ever seen, and he manipulates Discord into helping him, only to turn on him once he no longer needs him. At the height of his power he even looks the part, with a white beard, red skin, horns, and of course, hooves.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: He was originally trapped in Tartarus; now he's out. He's re-sealed at the end of the finale.
  • Shadow Archetype: Like Discord pre-Character Development, he's self centered, holds a grudge when slighted despite his own evil deeds, considers Friendship to be a worthless thing, and is a Manipulative Bastard of the highest order. Unlike Discord, instead of allowing a friend (Discord, ironically) to change him, he stabs said "friend" in the back at the first opportunity, something Discord originally couldn't bring himself to do until convinced to by Tirek. Fittingly, it's Discords fully embracing the value of friendship that leads to Tirek being vanquished.
  • Shapeshifter Swan Song: After being hit by the Mane Six's Wave Motion Gun.
  • The Sociopath: Feels no empathy for anyone he hurts as long as he gets his way, and will manipulate anyone he pleases to serve his ends. He's basically Discord if he didn't reform. If even Discord finds you repulsive, you definitely fit this trope.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: At the end of "School Raze", he is able to interpret Cerberus's whining as a complaint about how "boring" it is in Tartarus with the Mane Six gone.
  • The Starscream: At the end of "Frenemies", he and the other members of the Legion of Doom agree to keep Grogar's bell for themselves and plot against him.
  • Super Toughness: In his penultimate form prior to draining Twilight, his power was such that even the combined power of the Alicorn Princesses could only match him equally. By the end of it he is completely unharmed, only annoyed that he was not strong enough to get what he wanted by brute force.
  • Taken for Granite: His ultimate fate, along with Chrysalis and Cozy Glow. He gets Depowered, is said to be Beyond Redemption by Celestia, then turned to stone, presumably permanently.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: His alliance with the other members of the Legion of Doom is just barely held together by Grogar's threats of violence.
  • This Cannot Be!: His reaction to the Mane Six obtaining their Super Mode and No Selling his Wave-Motion Tuning Fork after he drained their magic.
  • Time Abyss: He has spent over a thousand years imprisoned in Tartarus, and may be even older than that, as it's implied he and Discord may know each other.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: His Hulking Out eventually makes his arms bigger than his legs.
  • Treachery Cover Up: Tirek is forced by Cozy and Chrysalis to give back the earth pony magic he stole as to avoid Grogar learning of their little "road trip" to Canterlot.
  • Villain Decay: Tirek started as one of the most powerful and successful villains in the entire franchise. During his debut he showed his strength and his wit, playing Discord like a fiddle before disposing of him when he no longer needs him, and draining all the magic in Equestria for himself. In season 8 though he is once again reduced to his weak shriveled form and trapped in Tartarus, forced to rely on Cozy Glow for revenge. Even when the plan they make works and the Mane Six and Spike are trapped in Tartarus, he can only celebrate for a few minutes before he finally realizes that he has actually trapped himself with them for all eternity, and agrees to help them escape when he can't take Pinkie annoying him any longer. The Season 9 premiere reduces him to one of Grogar's toadies, but he spends the season crawling back up to his status as a respectable villain by backstabbing him, taking his bell for himself, and becoming one of the Final Bosses along with Cozy Glow and Chrysalis.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Suffers the expected screaming fit as the Mane Six overpower and drain him.
  • Villainous Friendship:
    • Started one with Discord but only for the sake of manipulating him.
    • The Season 8 finale reveals that he and Cozy Glow are pen pals. She tries to get him to become friends with Chrysalis as well.
    • In "Frenemies", he proves capable of bonding with Cozy Glow and Chrysalis over their shared hatred of the heroes.
  • Villain Has a Point: Tirek sees through Cozy Glow's attempts to hide her true nature by acting cute and innocent, saying that she has attempted to manipulate both him and Chrysalis the same way she did with Twilight and her friends, and that she shows her true colors whenever she doesn't get her way.
  • Villainous Legacy: In "Castle Sweet Castle", the episode is all about Twilight and company dealing with the aftermath of his rampage, but Tirek never appears and is never even mentioned.
  • Villain Song: "Better Way to Be Bad", along with Chrysalis and Cozy Glow in "Frenemies".
  • Virtue Is Weakness: He sees friendship as another form of imprisonment.
  • Wave-Motion Tuning Fork: His magic is generated in the space between his horns, though it still comes from the same point over his head even in his weaker, hornless form.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Implied to be the reason that he takes magic from others; deep down, he's afraid of not living up to his father's expectations.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: He has a white beard and starting with his penultimate form has a white mane, but is worse than Discord ever was in terms of sheer evil.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Tirek has no problem with physically manhandling Celestia, as well as Twilight, whom he throws into a mountain followed by tackling her through it. Likewise, when offering Twilight's friends in exchange for the alicorns' magic, the clearly implied bargain is the magic for their lives.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Tirek has no problem holding Spike hostage, with the implication he'd be completely willing to kill the little dragon along with Twilight's other friends if it gets him what he wants. Of course, given his G1 counterpart threatened to decapitate Spike, this should come as no surprise. He also has no issues shaking Cozy Glow around roughly when he gets particularly annoyed with her.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Tirek is repeatedly caught off-guard throughout the two-parter due to acting on faulty information, but proves very adept at rolling with the punches.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Once Discord has helped Tirek become powerful enough, Tirek drains him as well.

    Adagio Dazzle 
See My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Villains (Specifically, the folder marked "The Dazzlings (The Sirens)")

    Starlight Glimmer 

    The Pony of Shadows 

    The Storm King 
See My Little Pony: The Movie (2017) (Specifically, the folder marked "The Storm King")

    Chancellor Neighsay 

    Cozy Glow 
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"With Twilight and her lackeys out of my way, all of Equestria will bow to me! The future Empress of Friendship!"

Voiced by: Sunni Westbrook

A Pegasus filly who attends the School of Friendship and has more to her than meets the eye.


  • 0% Approval Rating: By the end of "School Raze – Part 2", she ends up with this status when her true colors are exposed to everyone she's fooled. She doesn't seem to care, though.
  • Accidental Misnaming: In "The Beginning of the End - Part 1". Due to her lack of familiarity with him, she initially calls Grogar "Grofar".
  • The Ace: Despite being a filly, she's skilled at cooking, drawing, possibly knitting, and making sculptures, not to mention the Mane Six dolls in "Frenemies" are heavily implied to have been made by her. Made even more impressive by the fact that she doesn't have fingers or a unicorn horn, meaning she primarily has to do these things with her mouth.
  • Alpha Bitch: She takes on this role when running the School of Friendship in Twilight's absence, becoming the most well-liked student in school due to her apparent kindness and cuteness, and manipulating the other students into doing what she wants.
  • And I Must Scream: Cozy Glow is encased in stone with a terrified look on her face along with Tirek and Chrysalis for their crimes against Equestria.
  • Arc Villain: For Season 8, infiltrating the School of Friendship and slowly gathering information to enact an Evil Plan.
  • Attention Whore: When the students of the School of Friendship begin to evacuate the school after an energy bubble begins to explode, Cozy Glow gets frustrated, wanting them to pay attention to her.
  • Ax-Crazy: As the ending of "School Raze – Part 1" clearly shows, especially given her actions and deranged laughter. Even more on display in the finale, where she acts outright psychotic and openly murderous.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Of Grogar's Legion of Doom, in which she's the only foal (albeit an unrepentantly evil one).
  • Badass Adorable: This adorable little filly is a power-hungry mastermind who almost succeded in taking over Equestria.
  • Badass Normal: The first major villain to be a non-magic-user, instead relying on her wits and some magical artifacts, until she uses the magic of Grogar's Bewitching Bell to become an alicorn in the Season 9 finale.
  • Bait the Dog: When the CMC attempt to distract her, she tricks them into going into the School of Friendship's closet, then traps them in it.
  • Batman Gambit: When the magic begins to vanish from Equestria, she plants the idea to investigate Tirek in the Mane Six's head, providing them with the means to get into Tartarus without magic, but not to get out, trapping them.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: She's an adorable filly, but also a sociopathic Chessmaster.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Forms one with Tirek and Chrysalis during the series finale after Grogar is revealed to be Discord.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Don't trust that nice and cute exterior one bit.
  • Blatant Lies: In "Frenemies", she claims that the "real" her is "cute and loveable" and not the annoying Jerkass Tirek accuses her of being, while behaving as the latter.
  • Break the Cutie:
    • Has two moments of this in "Marks for Effort", though the second one is revealed to be a subversion since she was crying Crocodile Tears.
    • Subverted at the end of "School Raze – Part 2", where she's imprisoned in Tartarus as punishment for her crimes now that she's revealed to be The Fake Cutie. But instead of feeling upset about it, she smiles and asks Tirek "Wanna be friends?".
  • Broken Pedestal: Became this to the CMC and the School of Friendship's students after her true colors are exposed to them.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: She's quite willing to admit that she likes being bad. She refers to herself as the "Empress of Friendship" in contrast to Twilight being the "Princess of Friendship", clearly viewing "empress" as being more evil than "princess", as well as openly mocking the Elements of Harmony and gloating over her actions. In "Frememies", she starts the Villain Song titled "Better Way to Be Bad".
  • Catchphrase: Cozy Glow likes to say "Golly!", possibly hinting at her being inspired by Shirley Temple. At one point in "Marks for Effort", she gets Apple Bloom to say it too.
  • The Chessmaster: Fittingly, her cutie mark is a chess piece (a rook, to be precise).
    • In "Marks for Effort", she sets herself up as a False Friend to the Cutie Mark Crusaders, then intentionally fails a test and tells Twilight the CMC tutored her in order to make her think the CMC need to attend the School of Friendship. When Twilight instead bans them from the school, she doesn't let it slow her down, convincing Twilight and Starlight to let them back into the school as teachers by the end of the episode.
    • In "School Raze – Part 2", she is able to convince Chancellor Neighsay she's helping him, and then undercut him when she is able to convince the students to revolt against him and the Student Six later. Combined with her chess-mastery and Batman Gambit in Part 1, the only flaw in her plan was not accounting for the Tree of Harmony to rescue the Student Six, which foils her plan at the very last second. The show lampshades to this trope when Cozy pulls out marionette puppets of the Mane Six while taunting Neighsay about her plan, showing her manipulative skills.
  • Child Prodigy: She's only a filly, but she's smart enough to eventually become Twilight's personal assistant at the School of Friendship. She's also very skilled in a number of activities (such as cooking, drawing and sculpting) and is later revealed to be a highly calculating Chessmaster who hides behind a cute facade.
  • Children Are Innocent: She is portayed this way in all of her appearances prior to "School Raze", which reveals that she is anything but this.
  • A Child Shall Lead Them: "All of Equestria will bow to me! The future Empress of Friendship!"
  • Clipped-Wing Angel: In the series finale, she tries to absorb Discord's chaos magic, but completely loses control of it and humiliatingly has to return it to Grogar's bell.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: She's the first Arc Villain to be a non-magic user (the only magic she uses is through artifacts). Also, unlike the other villains, she doesn't underestimate The Power of Friendship, but her philosophy towards it (more "friends" equals more power) still makes her incapable of truly understanding the idea. And while most other villains scream a Big "NO!" or undergo a Villainous Breakdown when they get defeated, Cozy Glow smiles when she gets defeated.
  • Creepy Child: Her general sociopathy, plan to take over Equestria and the fact that she is working with Tirek out of all people certainly puts her into this category.
  • Cute and Psycho: She traps Starlight, has disturbing mood swings and laughs maniacally while performing a sinister magical ritual.
  • Cute Is Evil: Her childlike appearance and demeanor contrasts heavily with the sociopath she is inside.
  • Death Glare: She directs one at Neighsay quite a few times, though he's not always aware of it.
  • Deceptive Disciple: She was a pupil of Twilight Sparkle and her friends, and apparently one of their model students, before she turned out to be evil and was defeated and imprisoned.
  • Deliberately Cute Child: She intentionally plays the act of a sweet little filly to get to enact her Evil Plan.
  • Demoted to Dragon: In Season 9, she goes from the Big Bad of Season 8 to one of Grogar's flunkies. This is until the finale, when Grogar is revealed to be Discord and she instead becomes part of a Big Bad Duumvirate.
  • Determinator: While Chrysalis is a Defiant to the End and Tirek knows when to fold them, Cozy Glow's biggest quality is that she will stop at nothing to achieve her goals.
  • Deus Exit Machina: Deliberately invokes this. She tricks the Mane Six into trapping themselves in Tartarus using a key that can unlock anything, intentionally not telling the Mane Six that It Only Works Once. This is all so she can go about her Evil Plan without them around.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: She was this from "Marks for Effort" to "School Raze – Part 1", being trusted by everypony around her despite the clear implication that she's planning something bad, at least from a meta point of view.
  • Didn't See That Coming: During "School Raze", she trapped Starlight Glimmer (who had been made acting headmare while the Mane Six and Spike investigated the magic drain) in her magic-draining bubble, then announced to everyone that she had been put in charge of the school. This backfired on her when Neighsay arrived to warn Twilight about the magic drain. He was disgusted to hear Twilight had supposedly left a foal in charge of the school, and saw it as the final incentive he needed to take it over himself.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: She traps Starlight Glimmer, one of the most powerful unicorns in Equestria, in an energy bubble (though, to be fair, Starlight was not at her best, due to being affected by the magic drain Cozy Glow had set in motion).
  • Dissonant Serenity: Is way too cheerful and upbeat for someone who believes she is now stuck in an And I Must Scream situation for all eternity with only someone who finds her annoying for company.
  • Dragged Off to Hell: Happens to her after her Evil Plan is foiled, ending up right next to her pen pal Tirek inside of a cage. She's freed by Grogar in the following episode.
  • The Dragon: Invoked by her. While all three of them have been Demoted to Dragon, she claims Grogar left her in charge of Chrysalis and Tirek while he was away from the lair. The latter two don't seem to buy it, though, knowing her true nature.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: Cozy is well aware of how powerful friendship is, but she completely misunderstands what makes it powerful. Similar to how Chrysalis saw the Elements of Harmony as a weapon, she believes friendship is a tool for her to use to make herself more powerful and the more friends you have, the more powerful you are. This causes her to make hollow friendships with everyone and act as a False Friend to them, just so long as they can benefit her. When she is defeated by the Young Six after they use the real Power of Friendship against her, she openly mocks the Elements of Harmony and claims she can make new friends without them.
  • Elmuh Fudd Syndwome: Cozy Glow speaks with a downplayed version of this, especially when the Crusaders first meet her. It's especially noticeable when she says the words "trouble" and "friendship". It's later revealed that this was just Obfuscating Stupidity.
  • Emerging from the Shadows: Does this at the end of part 1 of "School Raze", when Starlight is captured and her true nature is revealed.
  • Enfant Terrible: Out of her and the other antagonistic fillies we've seen (Diamond Tiara, Silver Spoon and Babs Seed), she is the most deranged, evil, intelligent, and genuinely malicious, intending to take over Equestria instead of (just) being a Jerkass bully. In the end, she proves to be just as outright psychotic as the other major villains. Also unlike them, she is deemed to be so Beyond Redemption that she's imprisoned in Tartarus, and later turned to stone with the likes of Chrysalis and Tirek, possibly forever.
  • Entitled Bitch: She expects ponies to do whatever she tells them to do, no matter how badly she treated them.
  • Evil All Along: She turns out to be the Arc Villain of Season 8, revealed in the season finale.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good:
    • She is unable to understand why the Crusaders would want to help her, thinking that they obviously want something in return.
    • Zigzagged in "School Raze". Cozy Glow is well aware that the power of friendship is the greatest in Equestria, unlike most of the other major villains who scoff at the idea and end up getting blindsided by it. Unfortunately, she is still completely incapable of truly understanding the idea, fixating on the 'power' aspect of it and coveting it for her own as a means to an end, rendering all her "friendships" hollow. As she finds out the painful way.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • To Diamond Tiara... and if you count the fact that DT was once a villain herself, eviler counterpart. Both are fillies with bright pink color schemes who are far from nice to the Cutie Mark Crusaders and seek friendship, but while Diamond Tiara acted mean out of hidden insecurities and made a Heel–Face Turn, Cozy Glow acted all nice and innocent at first, but turned out to be a False Friend not only to the Cutie Mark Crusaders, but to everypony around her, and more of an evil sociopath than Diamond Tiara ever was.
    • Spike is an even better example. Both are the youngest members of their respective groups and are of a different species than the other members, as well as being the Wise Beyond Their Years Only Sane Man, though their teammates often fail to take them seriously. Additionally, both served as Twilight's assistant, and Cozy Glow's brief reign as Empress of Friendship even mirrors Spike's brief reign as Dragon Lord.
    • She becomes one to Sandbar after joining Grogar's Legion of Doom. Both are the only non-magic using ponies of their respective groups, but while Sandbar is laid-back, agreeable, and keeps his friends together when they disagree, Cozy Glow is a sociopath putting on the facade of a Nice Girl and actively exploits it to manipulate and dominate her co-conspirators to her own benefit and is as much a source of bickering in her group as Tirek and Chrysalis, at least initially.
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: While doing a friendship test, she answers the question "Who is the Princess of Friendship?" with "Your Mom".
  • Evil Laugh: Does this after revealing her plan to take over Equestria and has another one after having the School of Friendship's students lock Neighsay in chains.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: This cute, sweet little filly harbors the brain of a devious and manipulative villain that rivals the rest of the franchise's villains.
  • The Fake Cutie: She's certianly cute enough, but this is all a front so that no one suspects her of doing anything wrong.
  • False Friend: To everyone, as she sees friendship as a means to acquire power and thus would make lots and lots of friends to get lots and lots of power.
  • Famous Last Words: "This is bad, isn't it?"
  • Fantastic Racism: In "What Lies Beneath", she exhibits some serious Condescending Compassion towards the Young Six (including Sandbar, since he was friends with non-ponies).
  • The Farmer and the Viper: To thank Twilight for showing her kindness and teaching her about friendship, she imprisons her in Tartarus and attempts to take over her school.
  • Faux Affably Evil: She pretends to be nice and sweet, but only to manipulate people: she only cares about herself.
  • Final Boss: Successfully backstabs Grogar/Discord to become the final villain of the series, sharing the role with Chrysalis and Tirek.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Cozy Glow is a pretty cute name for the kind of pony she is, which is lampshaded by Tirek. She's one of the Final Bosses of the series and proves to be one of the most dangerous villains in the series.
  • Foil:
    • She's basically a filly version of the former changeling queen Chrysalis. Both are manipulative Chessmasters who pretend to be nice in order to fulfill their Evil Plan. But while she pretends to be someone else by shapeshifting into them, Cozy Glow just assumes a different personality, which ironically proves to be more successful than Chrysalis due to the latter's bad acting skills while disguised as Cadance that caused Twilight to be suspicious of her. Also, while Chrysalis has an army of changelings and a throne and proves to be nearly nothing without them, Cozy Glow only has herself, with even her ally Tirek being imprisoned in Tartarus, yet, despite only being a filly, still almost successfully took over Equestria.
    • She also serves as one to Chancellor Neighsay. Both are antagonists who strongly believe in The Power of Friendship, but miss the point and only see it as a means of force. However, their villainous actions vary. Neighsay attempts to prevent friendship from being learned by non-ponies who could potentially threaten Equestria, while Cozy Glow plans to conquer Equestria by taking Twilight's place in an Equestria without magic. Also, while Neighsay eventually makes a Heel–Face Turn, Cozy Glow remains evil after her defeat.
    • Surprisingly, she's also Starlight Glimmer's foil. Both ponies were introduced to the series as seemingly sweet and kind, but turned out to be manipulative and had incorrect views on friendship (as either a ruling class or a means of power). However, while Starlight's actions were out of misguided good intentions, Cozy Glow has nothing but selfish hidden agendas for herself.
  • Foreshadowing: "Marks for Effort" and "What Lies Beneath" both featured some subtle clues regarding her true nature.
    • Her cutie mark is of a rook, symbolizing her nature as The Chessmaster.
    • When the CMC offer to help her, she initially questions it, asking what is in it for them. In the finale, she is revealed to only seek friendship for her own benefit.
    • When guessing the Elements of Harmony, she guesses Generosity and Magic respectively as "intelligence" and "control".
    • Right before she reveals to the CMC that she failed her test, she very briefly displays a smirk.
    • When she visits Starlight for a guidance counseling session, Starlight offers her some "empathy cocoa". Cozy never once drinks any of it, implying she has a Lack of Empathy (which is proven in "School Raze", as she drains all the magic from Equestria, traps the Mane Six in Tartarus, and leaves the Young Six and Starlight to be pulled into another realm along with all of Equestria's magic, showing no remorse whatsoever).
    • Cozy says to Starlight, "I guess I still have a lot to learn about friendship." She turns out to be right, as she sees friendship as a source of power and doesn't understand what it really is.
    • At the beginning of "What Lies Beneath", she is the only student who was excited upon the announcement of Twilight’s upcoming test while the others groaned.
    • During said episode, she shows some Condescending Compassion towards the Young Six by saying that friendship isn't in their nature. This shows that Cozy might not be as nice as she appears to be.
    • At the end of the episode, she tells the Young Six "Just let Cozy take care of everything" and looks at the vent that leads to the Tree of Harmony, complete with a Traitor Shot on her face.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: After being imprisoned in Tartarus, she tells Tirek "Hey neighbor. Wanna be friends?" while sporting a Slasher Smile and looking at the camera, almost as if she's speaking to the audience.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Of Grogar's Legion of Doom, she's seen as annoying by both Tirek and Chrysalis, though it's subverted as they don't get along with each other either and she proves capable of arguing with them as well.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: She crowns herself the "Empress of Friendship" once she gets rid of the Mane Six, Starlight, the Student Six, and Neighsay.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Her manipulation of Rusty Bucket works too well; he comes to care about her so much he refuses to let her to the top of Mt. Everhoof for her own safety.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: She intentionally fails her test so that the Crusaders can become students, openly admitting to Twilight that they tutored her in hopes of "proving" they're bad at friendship. Instead, Twilight believes that the CMC intentionally taught Cozy Glow the wrong answers out of spite for not being allowed to attend the School of Friendship, and outright bans them from the school.
  • Hair Decorations: She wears a little beige bow in her mane and on her tail.
  • Hidden Depths: "Frenemies" reveals that she's a very decent artist.
  • Hypocrite: Twice in the "School Raze" two-parter:
    • In part one, she mocks Smolder for being a "scheming dragon", yet she herself is in the middle of a major scheme to take over Equestria.
    • In part two, while trying to pin the blame for the magic drain on the Young Six, she asks them how "they" could do that after everything Twilight did for them. Twilight had taught Cozy about friendship, and even made her her assistant, and Cozy repaid Twilight by tricking her into getting her and her friends trapped, and taking over Twilight's school for herself.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Deconstructed. Recognizing that friendship is an actual source of magic and power that can be used with the proper knowledge, she aspires to make everyone like her and be her friend.
  • Innocently Insensitive: She can sometimes be this, such as unintentionally getting the CMC expelled from the School of Friendship in "Marks for Effort" and exhibiting Condescending Compassion towards the Young Six in "What Lies Beneath". She turns out to be anything but innocent, though.
  • Insufferable Genius: Shows shades of this in "What Lies Beneath", acting condescendingly towards the Young Six via her vast knowledge as a student. And that's while still putting on her Bitch in Sheep's Clothing act.
  • Interspecies Friendship: With Tirek, whom she is pen pals with. Also counts as a Mayfly–December Friendship, since he's at least a thousand years older than her.
  • Ironic Name: She's anything but cozy.
  • It's All About Me: She wants to take all the magic for herself and only cares about herself, seeing others as a way to get what she wants.
  • Jerkass: Cold-hearted, cruel, deceiving, evil, malicious, and traitorous, Cozy Glow, despite pretending to be otherwise, cares about no one other than herself and is willing to throw even those who care about her under the bus if it means getting what she wants.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk:
    • When the CMC attempt to distract her now that they've found out about her true colors, Cozy Glow acts friendly towards them at first, then distracts them and locks them in a closet and berates them for thinking they could fool her.
    • The Pet the Dog moment she had towards Tirek in "The Beginning of the End", in which she builds a "best friends" rock sculpture of them? Nope, Tirek states that it was just an attempt by her to manipulate him in "Frenemies". The ending of the aforementioned episode making her seem like the Token Good Teammate of Grogar's group by having her attempt to get Chrysalis and Tirek to become friends? That was only for her own selfish benefit and not because she cares about them.
  • Kick the Dog: In "Frenemies", when he refuses to let her get to the top of the mountain, Cozy Glow tells Rusty Bucket that she never actually wanted to be friends with him. Also counts as Brutal Honesty.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: She ends up turning all the students against Neighsay when he tries to take over the School of Friendship during the absence of the Mane Six and run it by EEA rules, leaving to them restraining him to a chair with chains. With him out of the way, she takes over the school herself. Ironically, her treatment of Neighsay caused him to pull a Heel–Face Turn, especially after the Student Six decided to rescue him.
  • Kids Are Cruel: If she's not the most heartless child in Equestria, she's definitely in the running. She traps the Mane Six in Tartarus, traps Starlight in a magical orb, manipulates everyone around her, is a lifeline to Tirek, and briefly removes almost all magic from the entire world.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: She and Tirek both immediately back down in the finale when they're de-powered.
  • Lack of Empathy: Has absolutely no empathy for any living thing other than herself. (Becomes one of her fatal flaws.)
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
  • Leader Wannabe: In "Frenemies", she repeatedly insists that Grogar placed her in charge of the Terrible Trio.
  • Light Is Not Good: Has pastel blues and pink color scheme and a light-based name. Totally trustworthy.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Easily turns out to be the best ever seen on the show. She's spent her entire screentime preparing her Evil Plan and played everyone like a fiddle. In-universe, no one saw her reveal as the Big Bad of the season coming.
  • Misaimed Fandom: In-Universe example. While Cozy Glow knows how powerful friendship is, she interprets it as "make as many friends as possible because that way you'll gain the power to take over Equestria" instead of making friends simply because it's a good thing to do.
  • Morality Pet: Downplayed. Tirek and Chrysalis are dismissive of her, but the second half of "Frenemies" shows that they do care about her to an extent, which is already saying a lot considering how evil they are.
  • Mysterious Past: No one knows where she came from, if her parents are around, or what led her to become evil.
  • Nice Girl: Subverted, as it's just what she pretends to be in order to make more False Friends.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Her entire plan and turning against Neighsay put him in a position where he was rescued by non-pony creatures, showing him that his paranoia and speciesism towards them was wrong, and allows him to make amends with Twilight, even going so far as to use what magic he still has left to go to Canterlot and warn the Royal Sisters of Cozy's plan, having Celestia and Luna bring the Royal Guard with them and Neighsay to arrest Cozy.
  • Not So Different: Cozy's penchant for manipulation and hiding behind a cheerful smile strikes a cord with Starlight Glimmer, who even finds herself a little impressed. She probably should have taken it a little more seriously.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Her pretending that she couldn't remember Tirek's name off the top of her head is one of the most blatant examples of her doing this.
  • Obviously Evil: In a meta sense, anyway. "Marks for Effort" has her demonstrate some rather devious manipulation and planning that Starlight even remarks on, she briefly shows a Slasher Smile when the Crusaders lecture her on the Elements of Harmony, guesses two of the Elements as "intelligence" and "control", and is obviously playing up the Deliberately Cute Child bit more than is real. Subsequent appearances make it increasingly apparent that Cozy is up to something nefarious before her designs for taking over Equestria is revealed.
  • Ocular Gushers: She announces to the CMC that she failed her test by crying with a huge stream of tears.
  • Odd Name Out: "Cozy Glow" doesn't fit the pegasi Fantastic Naming Convention of being flight or weather related, nor is it related to their cutie mark. Her light-based name better fits unicorn magical theme naming. This hints there's something deceptive about her and the greater magical threat she'd pose.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: She was somehow able to outsmart Starlight and trap her in a magic sphere, but it isn't shown or explained how.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • She has this reaction when the Mane Six return from Tartarus and has an even bigger one when she finds herself surrounded by the students, Neighsay, Celestia, Luna, and the Royal Guard, fully re-energized with their restored magic, and all shooting a Death Glare at her for her crimes.
    • Has one in the Season 9 finale when she finds herself outplayed when every ally that Equestria has made, even Tempest Shadow, arrives to stop her, Chrysalis, and Tirek, as she is unable to make any strategic moves due to the sheer number of allies attacking her all at once.
  • Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: She's younger than all of her enemies, except the CMC.
  • Only Sane Woman: Is surprisingly this for Grogar's group of villains in Season 9. As the only one with even a remote understanding of friendship and interest in it, even if it's self-serving, Cozy Glow actively tries to make Tirek and Chrysalis work together as friends rather than engage in petty, prideful squabbling. In "Frenemies", she mentions that Grogar put her in charge of Tirek and Chrysalis.
  • Parental Abandonment: Cozy Glow's parents are never seen or brought up, not even when she gets imprisoned in Tartarus, and it's more or less implied that she somehow raised herself.
  • Perky Female Minion: Once she joins the Legion of Doom in season 9 of the series, Cozy Glow is quite perky and upbeat in comparison to her co-conspirators, especially the brooding Tirek (whom she most often hangs around) and the overly serious Big Bad Grogar.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • She does seem to have some affection for the CMC initially, as she does try to get them enlisted into Twilight's school. She was clearly hoping they would be her allies once she executed her plan. But when this doesn't happen, her affection for them fades and she discards them as friends.
    • Her bond with Tirek seems to be genuine. In the Season 9 premiere, she's even created a "best friends" rock sculpture of the two of them, which she is very happy to show him. She also feels the need to say "No offense, you look great" after mentioning that he is really old.
    • It's later zigzagged in "Frenemies", in which Tirek says that her friendliness towards him was just another one of her manipulations, and that he's not falling for them. In the latter part of the episode, however, she does start to bond with Tirek and Chrysalis over their shared hatred of the heroes, and they learn to work together in order to get Grogar's bell.
  • The Power of Friendship: Zigzagged. She's at least smart enough to recognize that the things people say about "friendship is magic" are correct, given what it's been capable of in the past. The trouble is that Cozy Glow sees friendship as a source of power and a means of control rather than a way to improve oneself.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Considering her true nature as a Manipulative Bitch, the eye color fits nicely.
  • Red Herring: Season eight contains a lot of foreshadowing that she's working with Chancellor Neighsay to undermine the School of Friendship, including that she may have helped Flim and Flam start Friendship University, and in "What Lies Beneath" she makes numerous speciesist comments about the Student Six that echo things Neighsay has said. They have nothing to do with each other at all, and even end up being enemies — Cozy is actually working with Tirek.
  • Redemption Rejection: She is completely unrepentant of her actions and gloats over them. As a result, she is immediately sentenced to Tartarus.
  • Sadist: In both parts of "The Ending of the End", she is all too eager to outnought destroy Twilight and her friends as quickly as possible, relishing the idea.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: She declares that if she can't make more friends and gain more power in Equestria, then she'll just have to do it somewhere else, but is immediately stopped.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: She's by far the smallest and youngest member of Grogar's Legion of Doom, but is also the Only Sane Woman.
  • Shut Up, Kirk!: Before she's arrested, she shuts down Twilight's typical friendship speech by saying that she can get more friends than her, even without the Elements of Harmony.
  • Slasher Smile: Briefly shows one after correctly naming the Element of Magic. Her final shot when jailed in Tartarus gives her an especially cruel one. Since in season 9 her facade is no longer necessary, she begins giving increasingly psychopathic ones as things progress.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: In Frenemies, she declares herself the best between her, Chrysalis, and Tirek and the one who should lead. While it may be a different case when it comes to maturity, she is clearly by far the weakest of the three, being useless for combat situations. She's also a literal example of this, given how non-threatening her name sounds compared to "Lord Tirek" and "Queen Chrysalis".
  • Smarter Than You Look: She first appears to be a naive and simple-minded young filly, but is really an evil manipulator and chessmaster.
    Cozy Glow: Do you three think you can fool me!? I know a diversion when I see it!
  • The Sociopath: She is masterful at faking emotions to manipulate people into doing what she wants, when she cares nothing about them and would throw everyone under the bus in the name of claiming absolute power for herself.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist:
    • While talking to Starlight and Neighsay after she has them trapped in a magic bubble and chained up respectively, she uses a soft yet condescending tone.
    • During "Better Way to be Bad", she sings about how the Terrible Trio comprising of her, Chrysalis, and Tirek will "crush [their] enemies to dust and laugh as they all scream", with a Slasher Smile on her face.
    • In "The Summer Sun Setback", she describes ruining the Summer Sun Celebration as being the "best road trip ever".
  • The Starscream: At the end of "Frenemies", she and the other members of the Legion of Doom agree to keep Grogar's bell for themselves and plot against him.
  • The Stool Pigeon: During the Cold Open of "Frenemies", Cozy Glow tells Grogar that Tirek has left food out again.
  • Sugary Malice: Occasionally displays shades of her sweet facade even after revealing her true colors.
  • Taken for Granite: Her ultimate fate, along with Tirek and Chrysalis. She gets Depowered, said to be Beyond Redemption by Celestia, then turned to stone, presumably permanently.
  • Tantrum Throwing: In "Frenemies", she is reduced to this after being unable to talk Rusty Bucket into helping her, stomping her hooves and screeching about how ponies are supposed to do what she asks them to.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Her alliance with the other members of the Legion of Doom is just barely held together by Grogar's threats of violence.
  • Tempting Fate: She shouldn't have made the remark that not even the Tree of Harmony would be able to stop her when she was in her Near-Villain Victory. Cue said living magical flora intervening and ruining Cozy's plan at the last second.
  • They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: Cozy is an ordinary filly who acts all cute and nice, but is actually evil and manipulative inside.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: In the S9 finale, when the Mane Six, the Pillars and the Student Six combine their friendship energy for one big Combined Energy Attack. She knows full well Tirek, Chrysalis and she are boned, even with the Chaos Magic.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: She was never truly nice in the first place, but in "Frenemies" she screams in fury the second she is denied something, when, as mentioned below, she used to only show her true colors when she believed she was alone. It seems like imprisonment in Tartarus, combined with the failure of her magic draining plan that almost went off without a hitch, did a number on her.
  • Traitor Shot: In "What Lies Beneath", she looks down in a grate at the end of the episode, saying "Just let Cozy take care of everything" to the Young Six.
  • Token Human: Or rather, token pony, since the majority of characters are such. After Sombra's defection and subsequent destruction, she becomes the only pony member of Grogar's Legion of Doom.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Exaggerated. She's a young filly who has no qualms about attempting to take over Equestria as the Empress of Friendship.
  • Underestimating Badassery:
    • As mentioned in Tempting Fate, she didn't expect the Tree of Harmony to still retain its magic and be able to rescue the Young Six.
    • Humorously enough, she does this to herself in the Season 9 premiere, stating that she only couldn't take over Equestria because she's "just a kid", even though she nearly managed to permanently drain all of Equestria's magic and has proved herself to be as much of a competent villain as Tirek, Sombra, and Chrysalis.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: In "The Ending of the End", Grogar's magic turns her into an alicorn with the powers to match, but her lack of experience shows when she is overwhelmed by the Mane Six ganging up on her.
  • Villain Decay: In season 9. In the previous season, she easily manipulated Twilight and the entire School of Friendship into trusting her and doing what she wanted them to do and only showed her true colors when she was alone (or thought she was alone), with hardly anyone suspecting her of foul play until her plan was nearly complete. Now, she is openly hostile whenever she is denied something and other villains only find her cute façade to be annoying. Tirek, being a manipulator himself, has been wise to her attempts to use him ever since they met in Tartarus and informs her she isn't fooling him at all. She is also unable to manipulate Rusty Bucket, a pony who knows nothing of her true nature (though this is only because she chose to reveal her true colors herself). However, this trope is downplayed given that she manages to get Grogar's bell in her possession alongside Chrysalis and Tirek, and finally totally subverted in the series finale when she and the Legion of Doom backstab him and claim the title of Final Bosses for themselves.
  • Villain Has a Point:
    • Even if it was just another one of her manipulations, Cozy Glow is entirely correct in her arguments against Neighsay. When he's going around saying that he knows how to run the School of Friendship, Cozy Glow points out that he's saying he understands friendship better than the Princess of Friendship, who was supported by Celestia and Luna. Neighsay tacitly admits it's hard to counter that point.
    • She is correct that Chrysalis and Tirek need to get along if they want to please Grogar and take over Equestria.
  • Villainous Friendship: In "Frenemies", she proves capable of bonding with Tirek and Chrysalis over their shared hatred of the heroes.
  • Villainous Underdog: She's got a lot stacked against her, being a normal Pegasus with no magical powers (and a filly) but manages to be one of the show's most competent villains through sheer wit and charisma.
  • Villain Song: While Tirek and Chrysalis participate as well, she's the one who sings the most of "Better Way to Be Bad".
  • Villain with Good Publicity: No-one suspects her of trapping the Mane Six in Tartarus, or anything evil she's done for that matter.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Things don't always go according to her plan, but she's quick to improvise.
    • In "Marks for Effort", she didn't count on Twilight banning the Crusaders from the school, but she still finds a way to exploit the situation, manipulating Starlight into deciding the Crusaders are worthy to be teachers, then taking the fall for them so that Twilight will let them back in. Twilight's initial overreaction even works in her favor, since it made Twilight look worse to the Crusaders in comparison.
    • She didn't see Starlight not coming with the Mane Six to Tartarus, but manages to deal with it by trapping her inside an energy bubble. She also didn't see Neighsay interfering with her plans for the School of Friendship, so she turns the rest of the students into an angry mob to get him out of the way, citing what he tried to do in the past.
  • Walking Spoiler: She's the Big Bad of the Season 8 finale, enacting a scheme with Tirek to take over the School of Friendship and absorb the magic of Equestria, and in all her prior appearances she's slowly been gathering intel on how to go about it.
  • The Watson: A rare villainous example. She's too young to have heard of Grogar, allowing him to explain his exploits to her for the audience's benefit.
  • Winged Unicorn: Grogar's Bell upgrades her into one in the finale. She becomes an even bigger one using Discord's chaos magic, but that proves ineffective when she can't figure out how it works.
  • Wise Beyond Her Years: Despite being an Enfant Terrible, Cozy Glow is very mature and wise for her age (in her own way).
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Once a False Friend is no longer needed, Cozy Glow imprisons them in one way or another. Just ask the Mane Six, the CMC, Starlight, and Chancellor Neighsay.
  • You Monster!: Downplayed. In "She's All Yak", Sandbar denounces her and Sombra as two ponies worse than Yona.
  • Youthful Freckles: She has three white "birdcatcher spots" on each cheek, similar to Applejack, which serve to enhance her cute appearance.

    Grogar 
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"I demand that you join me! And together, Equestria will be ours!"

Voiced by: Doc Harris

An evil ram who ruled Equestria in ancient times, before the three pony tribes united as one. Known as "The Father of Monsters," he unleashed a horde or terrible creatures across the land. When the legendary heroine Gusty the Great stole his magical bell, Grogar's reign was brought to an end, but he remained alive in a weakened state. For centuries afterward he has bided his time, gathering his strength in preparation for the day he can make his return and reestablish his dominion over the world. In the Season 9 premiere "The Beginning of the End", Grogar makes his play, gathering other villains to his lair to unite them in one goal — the defeat of Twilight Sparkle and her friends once and for all.

For tropes applying to his G1 counterpart, see My Little Pony 'n Friends.


  • Adaptational Badass: Zigzagged. He was able to escape his imprisonment over time, while the G1 Grogar never did, and he's established as being more powerful than all the other villains and claims he's stronger than Chrysalis, Tirek, and Cozy Glow combined, and the original Grogar was powerful but not to those kinds of levels. However, The Reveal shows he was just Discord in disguise. On the other hand, his bell is able to transform Cozy Glow into an alicorn, empowered Tirek on a level equivalent to hundreds of ponies, and grants Chrysalis a new form and she's able to beat Starlight Glimmer in a direct battle. This leaves it ambiguous as to how powerful he really is. If the magic it contained that did that was the majority Grogar's magic like is implied, then the claims made about his powers are probably accurate.
  • Ambiguous Situation: With the reveal that the real Grogar never escaped his banishment, it's uncertain if he died of old age/starvation and/or dehydration (due to the Pillars not aging or needing sustenance while in Limbo and several creatures having extended lifespans) or is still alive and trapped, it's unclear exactly what's happened to him by the time the series is over. It's also unclear where exactly he was banished to in the backstory.
  • Ancient Evil: He predates the founding of Equestria and the rise of Celestia and Luna.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: His bell, provided one knows the spells for doing so, can drain other beings of their magic, even beings as strong as Discord. This extends to nullifying magical attacks. It can then hold that magic within itself, or grant it to another being. This makes it an all-in-one Amplifier Artifact and Power Nullifier. Finally, the bell itself is said to be indestructible.
  • Art Evolution: Downplayed. Compared to Tirek and the Smooze, who have designs inspired by their G1 counterparts but otherwise are distinct from them, Grogar looks identical to how he did originally, just updated for G4's Flash animation.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: Grogar was banished by Gusty the Great taking his bell.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: For all his power and intelligence, all his accomplishments were due to lesser villains doing all the work. Before Grogar can do anything himself he's blindsided and hapless once said villains turn on him. Then it is revealed he was never actually the real Grogar at all, and was just Discord pretending to be Grogar. The real Grogar never escaped his imprisonment and either died of old age/starvation and/or dehydration or remains imprisoned (due to several creatures having extended lifespans and the Pillars of Equestria not aging or needing any sustenance while in Limbo) thus leaving his final fate ambiguous.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: In Season 7's "A Flurry of Emotions", Grogar, alongside Gusty the Great, is mentioned by name in a storybook Twilight reads to sick foals in a hospital. The ram himself is confirmed real two seasons later.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Set up to be the Final Boss of the series, but it turns out he's actually Discord in disguise and the real Grogar is still banished. Cozy Glow, Tirek, and Chrysalis take over.
  • The Dreaded: How else would you describe an Ancient Evil spoken in legends?
  • The Emperor: He was Emperor of Equestria in ancient times before the three tribes united as one.
  • Evil Counterpart: He's one to Discord. Both are ancient evils who have been forgotten over time and wield immense power, not to mention Tirek has plotted to betray the both of them, but while Discord has learned the value of friendship and is an ally of the Main Six, Grogar has remained evil.
  • Evil Old Folks: He's the oldest threat to Equestria, predating Tirek, and the most vile.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: He's got a very deep, raspy voice.
  • Famed In-Story: Despite being one of the oldest villains to ever appear in the show, Grogar is probably one of the most well-known of them all. Most of the other villains he gathers have heard of his tyranny in the past, with Tirek even claiming he heard of Grogar back when he was young. Ponies in the present also know of him through the story of Gusty the Great, detailing his defeat at the hands of the titular character — although most think of him as just a legend they do know about him and who he is, which is more than can be said for the other villains.
  • Final Boss: "The Beginning of the End" sets him up as the Arc Villain of Friendship is Magic's final season which is the primary media of My Little Pony Generation 4, and he's gathered together several past major antagonists to form a Legion of Doom to defeat Twilight and her friends once and for all. This presents Grogar as the biggest threat the cast has faced, and the last great enemy they must defeat to secure Equestria's safety. Subverted when it's revealed he's still banished and it was Discord impersonating him.
  • For Doom the Bell Tolls: His primary source of power was his bell; Gusty's theft of it weakened him, but he's still here and still strong. He locates the bell in "Frenemies", but the other villains make plans to betray him and hide it again, lying that they couldn't get it.
  • Foreshadowing: Discord's line of how Twilight will be ready for whatever comes her way is a hint that he is actually posing as Grogar.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: While he does have lines, his personality lacks the depth that the other villains have. Even Sombra is a pretentious, arrogant ham. Grogar's personality is mostly that of an opportunistic bully, but his motives are unknown. Even more so when it's revealed he never actually appeared.
  • The Ghost: Since it's revealed that the real Grogar never escaped his banishment. Presumably, Discord impersonated what he looked like, but the actual Grogar never appears on-screen.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: While he never actually appeared, his bell and his power contained within it is what allows Chrysalis, Cozy Glow, and Tirek to become the series' final and ultimate threat.
  • Horrifying the Horror: Grogar is so powerful and violent he intimidates terrifying villains Tirek and Chrysalis.
  • Made of Indestructium: In "Frenemies", Grogar describes his magical bell as indestructible. That's why Gusty the Great was forced to hide it rather than simply destroy it. During "The Ending of the End," not even a huge rainbow blast from the combined powers of Twilight Sparkle, the Mane Six, the princesses, the Student Six, and some of the most powerful residents of all of Equestria is enough to destroy the bell.
  • The Man Behind the Monsters: He's directly responsible for the creation of several monsters and for setting them loose in the world. How many or which ones isn't elaborated on, but it was enough to earn him the title of "Father of Monsters".
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: Is shaping up to be this. So far, he's made his plans clear to his Legion of Doom, explained (and displayed) himself when Chrysalis believed him to be powerless, and whisked Sombra away when he decided to go solo. Needless to say, this combined with his Ancient Evil reputation has quelled the rest of his Villain Team-Up into following him, especially after his winning wager against Sombra.
  • Older Is Better: Grogar is by far the oldest living creature in Equestria, and one of the most powerful. Despite being sealed away, he is able to teleport Chrysalis, Tirek, and Cozy to his lair (the latter two being locked away in Tartarus), revive Sombra, and revitalize Tirek with just a small orb of magic.note 
    Tirek: Grogar is ancient, and extremely powerful.
  • Orcus on His Throne: He is established as an ancient evil emperor from over a millennium ago, who even with only a fraction of his true power is stronger than nearly all the previous villains combined, and claims that after his defeat by Gusty the Great and the loss of his bewitching bell, he has been biding his time and slowly gathering power, waiting for the time to strike back. In the Present, he continues to bid his time even after forming a Villain Team-Up with the previous villains. He spends weeks planning before telling them anything, and simply orders them on a mission to retrieve his bell for him, instead of getting it himself or joining them. This turns out to be justified, as it was Discord masquerading as him the whole time, and he just wanted the three to present challenges that Twilight could defeat. He kept them waiting until her coronation day likely for in-universe Rule of Drama, and he definitely didn't intend for them to actually become dangerous enough to almost win.
  • Primal Stance: A quadrupedal version. He tends to walk with his head and neck slung low, making him appear much shorter than he is and keeping his horns pointed forward.
  • Real After All: He was thought to only be a character made up in a storybook legend, but he is very real.
  • The Red Baron: He's also known as the Father of Monsters and Emperor of Equestria.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Like Cozy Glow, his eyes are colored red.
  • Red Herring: It turns out he's not the real Grogar. Discord was posing as him. The real Grogar never escaped his banishment.
  • Satanic Archetype: Although he lacks Tirek's Big Red Devil look, he's the most ancient evil in Equestria who created many of its most foul creatures. Although he's officially a ram, he looks very much like a goat, an animal often associated with Satan.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: He was defeated and banished from the land that would be Equestria by Gusty the Great before the series started. Turns out he's still banished since his battle with Gusty. He never escaped, Discord was impersonating him the whole time whenever we see him on screen.
  • Shrouded in Myth: He's so ancient and has been out of action for so long that many in modern Equestria have either never heard of Grogar or think he's just a legend. Tirek and Sombra both mention that Grogar was a legend one thousand years ago when they were both young.
  • Supervillain Lair: He has one in the form of a hollowed-out volcano with a ram skull at its mouth, overlooking stone stairs and a circular table with a dark Crystal Ball on it (a dark mirror of the Mane Six's living situation).
  • Take Over the World: He managed to do it once before, but was banished by Gusty the Great.
  • Taught by Experience: Albeit not his own experience, but Grogar claims to have been watching all the previous villains attempt to conquer Equestria and witnessed their defeats against the Mane Six and knows why they have all failed. He realizes that the other villains failed at defeating the Mane Six because of the ponies' strength of unity, and therefore resolves that they will do the same to beat them. When Sombra arrogantly declines and declares he'll beat the Mane Six on his own, Grogar humors him to go ahead and try, correctly predicting Sombra will fail because he didn't heed his warning.
  • That Wasn't a Request: When Grogar outlines his plan to have the villains fight as one unit, he makes it clear that the rest of the villains don't have the option of refusing.
    Chrysalis: What are you suggesting?
    Grogar: I "suggest" nothing. I demand that you join me, and together, Equestria will be ours!
  • They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: Unlike most other ancient villains who are Obviously Evil, Grogar looks rather normal, just a blue ram with a collar, and he's not even very big, about the size of the Princesses. This is a sharp contrast to his power levels, where he seems to outstrip every previous villain except maybe Discord, so when Grogar shows off what he can do and demonstrates how ruthless and vile he is, it's all the more threatening.
  • Time Abyss: Grogar was alive well before the civilizations of Equestria had taken root, and declared himself emperor before the land was even called Equestria. Tirek, one of the oldest creatures in the series, was just a kid when he heard about the legends of Grogar. Cozy Glow lampshades how different Grogar's perspective on time must be if he can disregard a depowering that lasted for millennia as simply a "temporary" setback.
  • Ultimate Evil: The true Grogar fits this: being an outlandishly powerful, unspeakably evil ancient force that never actually appears but his presence is felt.
  • Villainous Legacy: Despite being defeated long ago, his legacy surpass the other main villains. He's also responsible for creating many of the monsters that plague the land. It turns out this Grogar was a disguised Discord using Grogar's reputation to manipulate the other villains to his ends, but it's the real Grogar's Bewitching Bell that enables the villains to be the threat they were in the finale.
  • Walking Spoiler: The Reveal about him in "The Ending of the End" fundamentally changes everything about him, his goals, and his motive. The Grogar seen throughout Season 9 is just Discord in disguise. Discord was trying to prove to Twilight that she was capable of becoming the ruler of Equestria.

Non-Arc Villains

    Ahuizotl 

    Dr. Caballeron 

    The Mane-iac 

    The Tantabus 
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A mysterious force that appears to be made of nightmares, it is more like a phenomenon than an actual character. It was contained within Luna's dreams to prevent it from growing stronger. It grows stronger with every dream it infects and seeks to enter, and infect, the real world with its nightmares.


  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: The Tantabus grows the more Luna keeps reflecting on her guilt of being Nightmare Moon. Near the end of the battle, it takes on the form of a colossal pony and nearly escapes into the real world.
  • Bishōnen Line: Goes from a shapeless mass to a gigantic unicorn-like final form once it's powerful enough to enter the real world.
  • Celestial Body: The cloudy body of the Tantabus looks to be star-filled. It's another hint of its connection with Luna, since it resembles her (and Nightmare Moon's) ethereal mane (with one Match Cut drawing attention to the similarity).
  • Climax Boss: Is this for Luna's Redemption Quest Story Arc, as she defeats it by finally forgiving herself and moving on.
  • Computer Virus: It actually functions kind of like one (or, more accurately, like a computer worm) but for dreams. Normally it's just contained to Luna's dream but if it gains enough nightmare energy, when Luna dreams about a pony other than herself, it now has a "node" that it can infect through the dream space (kind of like exposing an IP address to a worm looking for new targets). And then any other pony who dreams about other ponies connects their consciousness through the dream space and the Tantabus will spread to their dreams too until it infects everyone, gains enough collective nightmare energy, and breaks free of the dream space entirely into reality.
  • Eldritch Abomination: A semi-sentient, formless blob of darkness and stars that lurks in ponies' dreams.
  • Emotion Eater: Feeds on nightmares to grow stronger. However, what it's most powered by is Luna's guilt.
  • Fog of Doom: The original form of the Tantabus, described as blue smoke. At first its small, but by the time it reaches the shared dream, it has become a huge cloud of star-filled darkness.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: The Tantabus started out as simply Luna's self-inflicted punishment for her actions at Nightmare Moon. By the end of the episode, it's grown so powerful that it's not only threatening the dreams of all of Ponyville, but came close to escaping into reality and becoming a concrete threat to Equestria. Played with as well. It literally STARTS as a nightmare. Then it gets worse.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Luna made it to be her self inflicted punishment for her time as Nightmare Moon. It does that, but eventually grows so strong it begins targeting her friends as well.
  • Grew Beyond Their Programming: Luna created the Tantabus to punish herself with nightmares. Eventually the Tantabus decided to move on to other dreamers.
  • The Heartless: Is this to Luna. It the embodiment of Luna's guilt over Nightmare Moon, and the more guilt she feels the stronger it gets. It's only by letting her guilt go that it can be defeated.
  • Made of Evil: Sort of. It's actually composed of nightmare energy that Luna has given form to as penance for succumbing to Nightmare Moon. Thus, typically, it only resides in her own dream. However being linked to the other dream states of the Mane Six, it gains enough power to escape from her dream and infect theirs, at which point it goes on to spread to every other pony in Ponyville. With that much power it has enough nightmare energy to break free of its dream world and into the real world.
  • Nightmare Weaver: Is rampaging through the dream realm causing nightmares. As it turns out, Luna made it to do this to her.
  • Reality Warper: Within the dream realm, it's capable of warming anything besides dreaming people themselves into something out of a nightmare, turning animals, objects and entire houses into monsters with a touch. By the end of the episode, the heroes have to prevent it from escaping into reality and becoming this in truth, as if it were to enter the waking world it would be capable of twisting and corrupting it like it does dreams.
  • Walking Wasteland: Everything the Tantabus touches in the dream world is turned into something horrific.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: Variation. It's a beast dwelling in the dream realm, but if it grows too strong, it'll enter reality and turn that into a nightmare too.
  • Your Worst Nightmare: Its MO. Within an individual pony's dream, the Tantabus quickly changes the dream into something that terrifies that pony more than anything else. That's what Luna made it to do to her.

    Daybreaker 

For the dream version of Daybreaker; see Friendship Is Magic: Others.

For the Alternate version of Daybreaker; see Friendship Is Magic: Expanded Universe.

    The Mean 6 

 
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