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These are characters that started off as villains or bullies, but through friendship and their own desire have managed to move away from their awful ways. Now they may still be a little rough around the edges and might even still be kind of jerks, but they are trying to be good and in the end will do the right thing.

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  • Being Evil Sucks: To one extent or another they all find that staying evil/bad only results in their own misery or loneliness and the "benefits" are just not worth that, motivating them to change.
  • Easily Forgiven: Several of them commit pretty atrocious deeds in their villainous run, but get accepted with maybe a small bit of lingering distrust at worst. In cases such as Discord, it is even lampshaded they did very little to deserve redemption.
  • Heel–Face Turn: The degree of their being heels vary, but all eventually wind up on the side of good.
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: In a series with shockingly heinous villains, they had something that made them less so then others, leaving their redemptions on the table.
  • Reality Ensues: Even after they reform, they still tend to backslide or make bad choices at times, because even a genuine change of heart doesn't automatically reverse the habits of a lifetime.
  • Reformed, but Not Tamed: Just because they're no longer evil doesn't mean that they are goody-goodies. Discord still likes his trickery, Trixie is still a braggart etc. As Spike puts it, "he (Discord) may be reformed but he's not that reformed".
  • Rousseau Was Right: Their reformations have set a high bar for how much cruelty one can redeem themselves of.


    Gilda the Griffon
"This is your idea of a good time? I've never met a lamer bunch of dweebs in all my life!"

Voiced by: Maryke Hendriksenote 

A griffon and an old friend of Rainbow Dash's from flight camp. Rainbow Dash sees her as a Cool Big Sis, but Gilda thinks she's vastly superior to all the ponies save Rainbow and enjoys picking on them. She returns in Season 5's "The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone" when Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie visit the griffon kingdom.

  • Adaptation Name Change: The Hub's synopsis of "Griffon the Brush Off" refers to her as Grizelda; Lauren Faust says "her original name was Grizelda, but it didn't pass legal."
  • Aerith and Bob: Gilda is friends with Rainbow Dash and trying to avoid Pinkie Pie.
  • Alliterative Name: Although she's never referred to as "Gilda the Griffon" in-universe. This would have been even more true of her originally planned name "Grizelda". From what we hear in "The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone", this appears to be true with all griffons, whose names all start with a "G".
  • Alpha Bitch: She has elements of this trope, such as the bitchiness, though she's more tomboyish than most.
  • Badbutt: She's portrayed as being rougher than Rainbow Dash, but with an even heavier dose of Totally Radical and some copiously kid-friendly insults to go with it.
  • Berserk Button: Becomes visibly incensed whenever anypony laughs at her, even in good fun.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Rainbow Dash thought Gilda was like her; brash and cocky but overall a Nice Girl. She legitimately was one before she Took a Level in Jerkass, but they patched up that relationship.
  • Break the Haughty: Pinkie Pie's party eventually does this to her, thanks to her coincidentally triggering all of Rainbow Dash's pranks.
  • Broken Pedestal: To Rainbow Dash. She shouldn't have bullied Rainbow's other friends behind her back in the first place. The pedestal is rebuilt after she (Gilda) helps save her and Pinkie's lives.
  • The Bully: Shunning Pinkie Pie and driving Fluttershy to tears.
  • The Bus Came Back: She reappears in "The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone" in Season 5.
  • The Cameo:
    • She is briefly seen in a Flashback during "The Fault in Our Cutie Marks", giving Gabby a letter to deliver to Rainbow Dash.
    • She also appears during Gallus's flashback in "The Hearth's Warming Club", taking part in the griffons' Blue Moon Festival.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Sees Pinkie Pie as a third wheel in her relationship with Rainbow Dash and tries driving her off.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In "The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone" she's evolved into this, with a dash of Silent Snarker.
  • Evil Counterpart: To her old flight school friend Rainbow Dash, who has her arrogance and brashness without being a jackass all the time. She got better.
  • Fantastic Racism: She considers ponies in general to be "lame". Could also count as a Stealth Pun, as Greek Mythology states that griffins and horses are natural enemies. She gets better in "The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone".
  • Fire-Forged Friends: While minor, the events in the Abysmal Abyss have made her this with Pinkie Pie and helped rekindle her friendship with Rainbow Dash.
  • Freudian Excuse: Played with. "The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone" reveals she was bullied as a kid in flight camp before Rainbow Dash became her friend to protect her from bullies. However, that's not the reason she's a grump now; the entire griffon species has an excuse that their once proud and prosperous kingdom has become a dump.
  • Friend or Idol Decision: In "The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone", she's torn between risking Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie's lives, or trying to retrieve an ancient relic of the griffons. Of course, she saves the ponies, letting the idol fall.
  • Hero of Another Story: "The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone" ends with her being tasked with introducing friendship to the griffon species, all by herself.
  • Humiliation Conga: During the party at the end of "Griffon the Brush-Off", she gets pranked repeatedly. Rainbow Dash claims this wasn't on purpose, but just "dumb luck" that Gilda set them all off.
  • Interspecies Friendship: Gilda, a Griffon, is friends with Rainbow Dash, a Pegasus, at least until they had a falling out at the end of "Griffon the Brush Off". They reconcile their friendship during the events of "The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone".
  • Jerkass: Rude, shunning, drives ponies to tears, etc.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In "The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone", Pinkie Pie picks up there really is a decent griffon underneath all the cynicism and snark.
  • Kick the Dog: Take your pick: trying to sabotage Pinkie's friendship with Rainbow, scaring Granny Smith out of her wits, or bullying Fluttershy until she cried. For Pinkie Pie herself, it's the last one. She was the victim of the first and witnessed the other two.
  • The Lad-ette: One thing she has in common with Rainbow is tomboyish-ness.
  • Genre Motif\Leitmotif: Gilda's entrance and establishing character moments are backed with hair metal-esque guitar chords.
  • Lethal Chef: Her griffon scones are hard as rocks, even causing Pinkie Pie to lose some teeth when she eats one. A little baking powder fixed that, though.
  • Meaningful Name: The name Gilda means "gilded" or "golden". This may not seem like much until you remember the old phrase "All that glitters isn't gold", which hits Genius Bonus territory when you remember that during her entrance, Gilda seemed like a cool and awesome friend, but turned out to be a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing which proves the phrase "don't judge a book by its cover". However, in "The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone", she proves she does have a Hidden Heart of Gold.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: She's half Feathered Fiend and half Panthera Awesome.
    Pinkie Pie: What's a griffon?
    Rainbow Dash: She's half eagle, half lion.
    Gilda: And AAAAAALL awesome!.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Bizarrely, Gilda seems to be friendlier than most griffons, if only to a very minor degree; she was capable of befriending an outsider (Rainbow Dash), even if that friendship temporarily went sour due to her possessiveness, and in Griffonstone, she actually shows some concern for her fellow griffons, such as Grandpa Gruff. When Pinkie and Dash leave Griffonstone, they trust her enough to leave the task of teaching the other griffons friendship to her.
  • Noisy Nature: She can both screech like a red-tailed hawk and roar like a lion.
  • Our Gryphons Are Different: With a Stealth Pun made based on other depictions of griffons: Granny Smith mistakes Gilda's tail for a snake.
  • The Prankster: Unlike Pinkie and Rainbow, she has no reservations about scaring others for her own amusement. Of course, as the saying goes, she can dish it out but she can't take it.
  • Prehensile Tail: While taking a bite out of an apple she stole, the hair on her tail grips it like she had an extra pair of fingers hidden under them.
  • Pride: She doesn't hold back on how awesome and superior she thinks she is compared to the ponies. This fits with Animal Stereotypes common to both eagles and lions; being apex predators associated with royalty, they tend to have pride and a superiority complex as Fatal Flaw.
  • Shadow Archetype:
    • To Rainbow Dash. While both are athletic show-offs and proud of it, Gilda is a complete Jerkass to everypony she encounters except Rainbow Dash. While Rainbow ends up backing off of pranking Fluttershy when she realizes Fluttershy would take it the wrong way, Gilda yells at the poor pony just for bumping into her. Finally, while Rainbow Dash is perfectly happy with making new friends, Gilda only cares about Rainbow and looks down on everypony else.
    • Also to Pinkie Pie, considering they both like sweets, playing pranks, and hanging out with Rainbow Dash. The difference is that Pinkie Pie pranks others out of fun and to share a laugh with others, while Gilda does it to push others around. Furthermore, like Pinkie, she bakes for a living.
  • Shrinking Violet: She was very withdrawn when she was younger.
  • Smug Snake: Her expressions when she ditches Pinkie Pie and flies up into the sky to avoid her. Clearly she has no idea who she's dealing with.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Her episode cemented the fact that her species is spelled "griffon" within the franchise, instead of "griffin" or "gryphon".
  • Super Speed: This is the only way she could keep up with Rainbow Dash.
  • Sweet Tooth: "Vanilla lemon drops! Don't mind if I do!"
  • Tomboy: Like Rainbow Dash she is competitive in sports and has a crude/cocky demeanor.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Although still evidently a jerk, her first reappearance in about four seasons shows that underneath her cynicism and snark, she is actually a decent person- to the point where she risked her life and sacrificed the Idol of Boreas to save Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie from falling to their deaths.
  • Toothy Bird: When the expression requires it, she not only gains teeth but also lips that extend far beyond her beak.
  • Totally Radical: Talks like this. For example, anyone who isn't cool in her book is called a "lame-o", "dweeb" or "doofus". Though this is gone in her second appearance.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: When she first arrived in Junior Speedsters flight school, she was very shy and withdrawn. Rainbow Dash standing up for her changed that.
  • Vegetarian Carnivore: A weird example; Gilda's a mix of two animals that are known for being carnivores, and yet she has a taste for apples and vanilla lemon drops.
  • We Used to Be Friends: She and Rainbow Dash by the end of her first appearance. This also convinces Gilda to help Rainbow in her second appearance. "The Fault in Our Cutie Marks" shows that she and Rainbow have been sending each other letters since then, having fully rekindled their friendship.
  • When She Smiles: Her genuine smiles when she's finally rekindled her friendship with Rainbow are surprisingly adorable.
  • Would Hurt a Child: She has no problem pushing Spike out of her way at her party.
  • X-Ray Sparks: When she gets shocked by Pinkie's joy buzzer at the party.

Debut: "Boast Busters"

Voiced by: Kathleen Barr

The Great and Powerful Trixie Lulamoon is a blue unicorn who boasts about and greatly exaggerates her magical powers. Initially arriving in Ponyville as a traveling showmare, she was embarassed when Twilight defeated a monster Trixie was powerless before, when earlier she boasted she was famous for defeating one. Trixie returned in "Magic Duel", using an Amplifier Artifact called the Alicorn Amulet to boost her magic so she could challenge Twilight on more equal footing, but she was thwarted.

In Season 6, Trixie became friends with Starlight Glimmer and was moved up to a semi-recurring role. She and Twilight still really don't get along.

She also has an Equestria Girls counterpart; tropes specific to this character go to her dedicated entry.

  • Adaptation Name Change: At one point, the two parts of her name seemed to be separate names, as everything but the toy line only referred to her as Trixie while the toy line only referred to her as Lulamoon. Hasbro rectified this by having subsequent toy releases refer to her as Trixie Lulamoon.
  • The Adjectival Superhero: She's "The Great and Powerful" Trixie.
  • Adorkable: Following her Heel–Face Turn, her hammy antics and failed attempts to seem impressive come off as awkwardly endearing.
  • All There in the Manual:
    • The European version of her Wave 4 collector card reveals that she "has a favourite star!" (Her other out-of-show descriptions don't reveal anything that isn't apparent from her appearance in "Boast Busters".)
    • It's stated by Lauren Faust herself that Trixie once attended the School for Gifted Unicorns, just like Twilight and Sunset did.
    • The Ultimate Guide book confirms that Jack Pot, the Las Pegasus stage magician from "Grannies Gone Wild", is Trixie's father.
  • All There in the Script:
  • Always Someone Better: Her view on Twilight Sparkle, after the Ursa Minor incident.
  • Anti-Hero: Her Season Six-onward appearances have her in this role: she (mostly) means well and cares for her friends, especially Starlight, but she's still vain, self-centered, and often oblivious to how her actions affect others.
  • Anti-Villain: In "Boast Busters", she doesn't do anything villainous — even if she is an arrogant show-off. In "Magic Duel", most of her wrongdoings are the amulet's fault.
  • Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better: Believes this wholeheartedly, and says so word-for-word. In practice, though, she doesn't actually outdo anypony, just humiliate them with their own tricks.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Or Arrogant Magician Girl in her case. She brazenly shows off her magic tricks and dares anyone to do better than her. Justified as she is a show pony and "Challenge Acts" have been used by many magicians in Real Life.
  • Attention Whore: As her career path should be a hint to, Trixie loves attention and showing off.
  • "Awesome McCool" Name: Her full name is Trixie Lulamoon, which is a pretty great name for a performer.
  • Ax-Crazy: While under the influence of the Alicorn amulet and while enslaving Ponyville.
  • Badass Boast: Such as her Ursa Major victory.
  • Becoming the Mask: She originally befriended Starlight as a means of one-upping Twilight, but quickly developed genuine feelings of friendship for her.
  • Brainwash Residue: It takes a short while for the Alicorn Amulet's corruption to wear off after it's been removed, but afterwards she does change for the better.
  • Break the Haughty: As a result of Twilight showing her up in "Boast Busters" she became a laughing stock, couldn't make a living with her performance, and had to work on a rock farm. Initially this made her furious at Twilight; eventually she accepts her humble pie and becomes a nicer pony.
  • Breakout Character: She began as a one-shot Villain of the Week, but received a massive amount of fan attention and got a sequel episode in Season 3.note  Season 6 saw her come back to become friends with Starlight Glimmer, netting her a major role for the season finale, and she was bumped up to supporting cast from Season 7 on. In the expanded universe, she's made repeated cameos in the comics and been the focus of a couple story arcs, and her human counterpart in the Equestria Girls series has been a recurring supporting character since it began.
  • The Bully: Initially starts out as this by embarrassing other ponies, and Magic Duel makes her even worse when she's under the corruption of the Alicorn Amulet. She mellows out considerably at the end of the episode and her later appearances show it stuck.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Despite being a "reformed" villain she still has a habit of causing problems and being rude to others who are clearly stronger than her.
    • In "No Second Prances" she clearly causes Twilight a very hard time just for the heck of it. This is one of the four main royal figures in the country and one of the most powerful ponies alive; she only got off easy because this is Twilight we're talking about. She even continues to do this in "To Where and Back Again – Part 1" where she is clearly happy Starlight wanted her to come to her old village with her rather than Twilight.
    • During the Season 6 finale, "To Where and Back Again – Part 2" she engages with a lot of Snark-to-Snark Combat with Mad God Discord, insulting his intelligence and saying he has an annoying personality.
    • Though unintentional, her attitude to not care about the problems she causes and not even apologize for them angers Starlight in "All Bottled Up".
  • The Caligula: She becomes this in "Magic Duel" under the corrupting influence of the Alicorn Amulet. You know she's far gone when she stops trusting wheels.
  • The Cameo: She makes a brief appearance in the beginning of the movie setting off fireworks during the song "We Got This Together" with Starlight Glimmer in the background, and playing with her during the end credits.
  • Cartesian Karma: The sole truly evil things Trixie has ever done were while she was under the influence of the Alicorn Amulet, which turned her into a megalomaniac. Otherwise, she's just a rather harmless braggart. Nonetheless, the inhabitants of Ponyville (including Twilight Sparkle, the Princess of Friendship herself) were still distrustful of her in her next appearance, "No Second Prances", despite the regrets she expressed. Admittedly, they likely also know that Trixie intentionally saved up for the amulet with the express purpose of humiliating Twilight, giving them reason to dislike her outside of the corruption the amulet later caused. There is also the fact that before the amulet, her act consisted of her challenging others to contests of talents and rather than beat them, she just uses their tricks against them to humiliate them while also building herself up. She may have regretted her actions under the amulet, but she doesn't seem remorseful for her obnoxious attitude and performance. As Twilight lampshaded when called out on it by Starlight, she did forgive her, but that doesn't mean she has to put up with her being an infuriating egomaniac.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Her appearance in "No Second Prances" sets her up to take the stage as one of the Main Characters in "To Where and Back Again".
  • Color-Coded Wizardry: Her natural magic aura is pink, but the Alicorn Amulet makes it turn red.
  • Commonality Connection:
    • With Starlight Glimmer, both of them being reformed antagonists who struggle to make friends because they are judged on what they did in the past and they share a similar snarky, playful sense of humour.
    • She quickly connects with Sunburst in "Uncommon Bond", due to a shared love for stage magic.
  • Commuting on a Bus: An inversion. Even though she's been promoted to recurring character, Trixie is still a travelling showmare who goes all over Equestria performing out of her wagon. Thus, while she's in-town for when she has to appear in an episode, Trixie usually doesn't appear very often otherwise and can be presumed to be out on the road.
  • Companion Cube: "Road to Friendship" reveals that she sees her wagon as this, calling it her "only friend on the dark and lonely nights on the road", and is horrified when Starlight trades it away behind her back.
  • Cowardly Lion: The Season 6 finale reveals that Trixie very easily panics when dealing with "princess-level" threats, though it doesn't stop her from trying when she is one of the ponies left to do something.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • At the receiving end against the Ursa Minor.
    • Delivers this in the beginning of "Magic Duel", and is on the receiving end of one at the end of the episode.
  • Cute Witch: Dresses the part for her stage act with a hat and cloak.
  • Determinator: Not when it comes to external threats, but when it comes to her stage magic, she refuses to give up on a new trick, even if her life is on the line. Shown in "No Second Prances" when she refuses to give up the Moonshot Manticore Mouthdive despite not having Starlight to save her, and in Trixie and the Razzle-Dazzle Ruse when she refuses to give up on a stunt despite a curse slowly turning her body into a statue.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu??: In "To Where and Back Again", she shows no qualms over insulting Discord himself, even before his powers are negated by Chrysalis's throne.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: When Trixie reveals that she originally only made friends with Starlight to get back at Twilight, she tries to recover, saying that she really felt a genuine connection after using Starlight — and then adding in that "beating Twilight is just a bonus!" She then recognizes that she's only making herself sound worse.
  • Driven by Envy: In "No Second Prances", she confesses to Starlight that she's jealous of Twilight for being better than her. In fact, that was the initial reason she befriended Starlight, to show up Twilight (though she does develop genuine feelings of friendship for her).
  • Drunk on the Dark Side: Her Alicorn Amulet increases her power, but also makes the user Drunk with Power.
  • Easily Forgiven: Twilight Sparkle forgives her for her heinous actions at the end of "Magic Duel". Granted, she was under the influence of a corrupted artifact, but why would she use such a dangerous item in the first place? Though this is subverted somewhat in "No Second Prances", as Twilight tries to stop Starlight from being friends with Trixie because she doesn't trust the latter not to be a bad influence. Both ponies call her out on this.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Once she's free from the Alicorn Amulet, she's truly remorseful of how badly she treated everypony while under its influence.
    • She's willing to let Fluttershy's beavers leave the barrier freely, despite her having no reason to do so.
  • Evil Counterpart: Presented as one to Twilight. Trixie has magical powers but exaggerates and boasts to prop up her ego, while Twilight has superior powers but is humble and doesn't want to show off. It goes into full Evil territory when she wears the Alicorn Amulet, gaining even greater power to rival Twilight and using it to conquer Ponyville and enslave Twilight's friends. The "Reflections" arc in the comics take it even further by implying in a Mirror Universe, it was Trixie, not Twilight, who became an alicorn princess.
  • Evil Is Hammy: She has a very high strung and volatile personality.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: She is warned the Alicorn Amulet is dangerous, but takes it anyway to increase her power. The result is it corrupting her mind and turning her from (reasonably) bitter to a sociopathic trigger-happy tyrant.
  • Evil Laugh: She does this (while corrupted by the amulet) when she wins a magic duel to Twilight.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: She claims to have defeated an Ursa Major, but can only mildly annoy an Ursa Minor.
  • Fallen-on-Hard-Times Job: After her humiliation in Ponyville, she has to temporarily become a rock farmer to make ends meet.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Trixie and Discord constantly get on each others nerves in "To Where and Back Again", even while they are working together to help rescue the Royal Family and Mane Six. By the end of the journey, they are on (somewhat) better terms and seem to have at least grudging respect for one another.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: You think that "Trixie", being a cute name as it is, would mean that she's a nice pony? You'll be wrong.
  • Foreshadowing: The Gameloft commercial showcased a less antagonistic Trixie before she reformed and joined the supporting cast.
  • Freudian Excuse:
    • After being humiliated by Twilight, Trixie was considered a laughing stock around Equestria. This prompted her to return to Ponyville later to get revenge for ruining her life (even though it was her own fault to begin with). The Alicorn Amulet also makes its user go Drunk on the Dark Side, turning her from bitter to cruel.
    • She admits to being jealous of Twilight's magical power in "No Second Prances", and eventually that she befriended Starlight Glimmer and got the idea of one-upping Twilight.
  • Friendless Background: If her remark in "No Second Prances" regarding Starlight being her "first friend" is to be believed, Trixie has never known true friendship before.
  • Friend to All Children:
    • Inverted. The children seem to like her, but she isn't nice to them.
    • Played straight in the IDW comics, with Trixie being much nicer than before and even starting an Inter Generational Friendship with Babs Seed.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Thanks to the Alicorn Amulet, she goes from a stage magician barely powerful enough to annoy an Ursa Minor to a near-unstoppable tyrant who defeats Twilight and enslaves Ponyville.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: She requires very little provocation to fly off the handle.
  • Having a Blast: She has the ability to summon fireworks, which seems to be one of her few unique skills.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door:
    • Depending on the Writer, other pieces of expanded universe material suggest that Trixie might not be completely reformed. The Twilight Sparkle and the Crystal Heart Spell chapter book has her pulling pranks and scamming ponies alongside Gilda, and in Issue #9 of the IDW series she puts on a puppet show version of the Ursa Minor incident, except that it glorifies her and demonizes the Mane Six.
    • She's back at it again in "No Second Prances" where she lambasts Twilight Sparkle for failing to forgive her, before acting highly antagonistically and proving Twilight right to do so with some very underhanded motives. She eventually learns her lesson, but as usual provides no reassurance that it will stick.
  • Hero of Another Story: Has become this in the comics post-Heel–Face Turn. It's clear she goes around Equestria on her own adventures and even helps out ponies, crossing paths with the Mane Six here and there for a team-up.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Starlight Glimmer is her best friend, "great and powerful assistant" and otherwise the most important pony in her life. Despite her intense fear of changelings, she'll give one the benefit of the doubt if Starlight vouches for them.
  • Hidden Depths: During the chaos of her debut episode, instead of freaking out and running away when the Ursa shows up, she is ready to at least attempt to live up to her exaggerations on stage.
  • Humble Pie: What she doles out to those who challenge her claims by taking whatever task they challenged her with and twisting it to her own ends. She staunchly refuses to eat the piece that's served up to her after Twilight deals with the Ursa Minor. When Twilight outwits and tricks her in "Magic Duel", Trixie gets served another piece and this one takes.
  • Iconic Outfit: Her magician's cloak and hat.
  • I Gave My Word: In "Student Counsel" Trixie promises Maud that she and Starlight will bake a cake for her "Spring Sols-tastic" party. When an overworked Starlight suggests just buying one, Trixie refuses on these grounds.
    Trixie: ...the Great and Powerful Trixie always keeps her promises!
  • Ignored Epiphany: Downplayed example, but Trixie states in "To Where and Back Again – Part 1" that the trick to mistakes you make is to forget about them and move on. While this is good advice for some things it also means she never learns from the mistakes she makes.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Her constant boasting and reliance on practical tricks is to cover up that she has little talent with real magic, especially compared to ponies like Twilight and Starlight.
  • Innocently Insensitive: In "All Bottled Up" she keeps riling Starlight up without realizing it.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Doesn't trust wheels after taking over Ponyville during her season 3 return. This is one of the signs that the Alicorn Amulet is driving her mad.
  • In-Series Nickname: Starlight Glimmer calls her "Trix".
  • Insistent Terminology: She prefers to be called "The Great and Powerful Trixie" at all times.
  • Insufferable Genius: She has honest magical talent. The problem is that she won't shut up about it, grossly exaggerates what ability she has, and uses it to lash out at anyone who tells her off. The IDW Comics imply she might have the potential to be on Twilight's level, as her alternate self became an alicorn. Once she actually gets magical training from Starlight, she is shown to be capable of some impressive magic like teleporting the entire Cutie Map a respectable distance away.
  • In the Hood: At the beginning of "Magic Duel" to avoid attention.
  • Invocation: After getting magic lessons from Starlight in Season 7, she has a tendency to shout the spell she does (or tries to do). After learning a transformation spell she shouts "Teacup! Teacup! Teacup!" when turning things into teacups, and when trying to cast a teleportation spell in "To Change a Changeling", she shouts "Teleportation spell, go!"
    Trixie: Teleportation spell, go! Teleportation spell, go! [gasps] Teleportation spell—!
    Starlight Glimmer: Ugh! Why do you keep doing that? You know it doesn't work that way.
    Trixie: I know, but this is my process!
  • Irony:
    • Her claims of being the most powerful unicorn who ever lived are meant to be painted as extreme narcissism and boasting, but for a brief period, thanks to the artifact, she might very well have been in the running.
    • She loses to Twilight in her rematch thanks to trickery and sleight of hoof, which is supposed to be her specialty.
    • Trixie initially played Unknown Rival to Twilight during her villainous run, who was about the only pony who didn't want to show her up for being narcissistic. Following her Heel–Face Turn and befriending Starlight Glimmer, Twilight is her Sitcom Arch-Nemesis and finds Trixie's boastfulness most insufferable out of anyone (though they manage to be far more friendly with each other starting from season 7).
  • It's All About Me: The reason why she likes to calls herself "Great and Powerful". She gradually becomes more selfless following her Heel–Face Turn.
  • Jerkass: How well she rose to the challenges of other ponies is debatable; the thing she definitely did was humiliate anyone that talked back at her while she was boasting. The Alicorn Amulet turns it Up to Eleven.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • Becomes this by the end of "Magic Duel". She's still a boastful ham, but no longer showing it in people's faces or humiliating them.
    • She acts terribly all through "All Bottled Up", being consistently insensitive, rude and uncaring towards Starlight Glimmer, who's supposed to be her best friend. The thing is she's absolutely horrified when Starlight finally calls her out on this, having not realized the severity of her actions.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Her main scheme in "No Second Prances" is to irk Twilight Sparkle by stealing Starlight Glimmer from spending time with Twilight. Unfortunately, for better or worse, Starlight is just an innocent third wheel, who is still in the throes of trying to learn how to make genuine friends and upon learning that Trixie was playing her for a fool, runs off crying. While Trixie did go through a certain degree of Becoming the Mask with regards to spending time with Starlight, it isn't until she blurts out her original goal and hurts Starlight that the actual Heel Realization kicks in.
  • Lack of Empathy:
    • She's a little too eager to humiliate Twilight, who even Trixie's defenders admit wasn't doing anything wrong, and takes pleasure in humiliating Applejack and Rarity, who only defend their friends.
    • Taken Up to Eleven when she's influenced by the Alicorn Amulet which turns her into a sociopath. Once it's removed and has time to wear off, she feels terrible and helps Twilight with her performance out of gratitude.
    • "All Bottled Up" indicates that Trixie doesn't even realize how annoying she is, or the impact of her actions on others.
  • Large Ham: Justified, as she is a show pony. Even after she makes a Heel–Face Turn and is genuinely apologizing for her actions, her presence is still larger than life.
  • Lethal Chef: In "Student Counsel", the cake that she and Starlight bake for Maud's party is pointy, jagged, crooked and hard enough for the metal utensils to bend on contact. Sunburst points out that the cake isn't supposed to be sharp.
  • Lovable Coward: Though normally full of herself, she goes to pieces in the face of actual danger. Notably this doesn't stop her trying to confront it... despite looking ready to wet herself the entire time. In "To Where and Back Again", from the moment the changeling threat is revealed, she spends most of the two-parter shaking, screaming, hyperventilating or outright panicking. She still manages to demonstrate plenty of courage when it is really needed, however.
  • Mad Libs Catch Phrase: She usually calls herself "the Great and Powerful" but she occasionally substitutes for "Great and Apologetic" or "Great and Unscareable".
  • Magicians Are Wizards: All Unicorns have some degree of magic, but Trixie augments hers in her stage act with fireworks and smoke bombs.
  • The Magic Touch: In Trixie and the Razzle-Dazzle Ruse, she gets the ability to turn anything she touches into glowpaz, a rare and incredibly valuable gem after being accidentally cursed by Rarity.
  • The Magnificent: She's more than happy to tell you she's the GREAT and POWERFUL Trixie! The Gameloft app also literally calls her the Magnificant.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • The name "Trixie" means "bringer of joy", and she is first and foremost an entertainer.
    • "Trixie" is also a shortened version of the name "Beatrix", which means "voyager" or "traveler" — fitting for a traveling showpony.
    • "Trixie" sounds like "tricksy", meaning devious. Plus her specialty is performing tricks.
    • The name "Lulamoon" references her cutie mark, which includes magic sparkles in a shape resembling that of a crescent moon.
  • Miles Gloriosus: Trixie is legitimately talented, but not nearly to the degree she claims. She claims to be mighty enough to defeat an Ursa Major, and when Applejack, Rainbow Dash, and Rarity challenge her to a duel, she defeats them by interfering with their own tricks rather than by displaying superior skill. When Snips and Snails lead an Ursa into Ponyville, Trixie runs away, and only fights back when urged to by her adoring fans. She fails miserably, forcing her to admit that all of her amazing tales were just lies to make her look more important.
  • Mugging the Monster: When the crowd doesn't respond to her open challenge, the first pony she tries to pick a fight with is Twilight Sparkle. The only reason Trixie doesn't get her flank handed to her on the spot is because, again, it's Twilight Sparkle.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • After the Alicorn Amulet is removed and its corruption wears off, she shows genuine remorse for her behavior and apologizes to Twilight.
    • In "No Second Prances", Trixie befriends Starlight Glimmer as a way of trying to beat Twilight at something, but genuinely likes Starlight for herself. When Starlight finds out about Trixie's ulterior motives, she runs out in tears and Trixie feels so guilty she sheds Tears of Remorse.
  • Mystical High Collar: She wears a robe with one as part of her magic act.
  • Mystical White Hair: Trixie has this sort of hair, though with shades of light blue and it goes with her motif as an amazing magician.
  • Narcissist: She puts herself above others, exaggerates her talents ("I'm the Great and Powerful Trixie"), constantly lies to make herself sound better and often cheats (buying the amulet) to get what she wants. She has next to no shame about any of this, and being called on it will only make her Attention Whore harder.
  • Never My Fault: In "Magic Duel", she lays the blame for her fall from grace entirely on Twilight's shoulders. While it's true Twilight showed her up, she only had to do it because Trixie falsely bragged to all and sundry about defeating an Ursa Major, leading two of her more impressionable fans to prove her "greatness" by bringing the Ursa Minor to Ponyville. But Trixie flat-out refuses to acknowledge that her own lies led to her undoing.
  • Nice Hat: A shiny and decorative wizard hat.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Trixie's eye design is unique compared to other ponies: her pupils have only one catchlight and her lashes protrude outward. Most other ponies have two catchlights (foals have three), and their lashes stay inward. However, starting with "To Where and Back Again", she is depicted with the traditional eye design.
  • No Sense of Direction: In "Student Counsel", Trixie guides her friends all around the Everfree Forest, but ends up leading them to right back where they started. Starlight even lampshades how they've gone in circles.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Originally little more than a pompous buffoon in "Boast Busters", the Alicorn Amulet gives her the power and sociopathy to outmatch Twilight and take over all of Ponyville in "Magic Duel".
  • Opinion Flip Flop: In "To Change a Changeling", she initially agrees wholeheartedly with Starlight's claim that Pharynx is a "lost cause". But after the newly-transformed Pharynx (who had overheard them talking) brings up Starlight's words in front of the whole hive, Trixie acts outraged, calling Starlight out for saying that.
  • Parental Abandonment: Possibly. The unicorn magician Jack Pot in "Grannies Gone Wild" is strongly implied to be Trixie's father—which is confirmed in the Ultimate Guide and supervising director "Big Jim" Miller's Twitter. But Big Jim further implies that Jack Pot doesn't even know he has a daughter. Of course, how seriously this suggestion should be taken is another question entirely.
  • Passive-Aggressive Kombat: In "To Where and Back Again – Part 1", she takes great delight in Starlight inviting her to go with her to her old village instead of Twilight. Trixie "praises" Twilight for her "wisdom", making sure to emphasize how she's Starlight's best friend.
  • Pride: Why else would she give herself a title like "the Great and Powerful"? Her friendship with Starlight has curbed this somewhat, as she freely admits to her friend that she's made mistakes in the past (although this is inverted later on when Starlight later asks her to repeat this statement; Trixie initially mumbles it through gritted teeth, clearly not happy to say it again).
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: Trixie appears in the opening to Season 8 in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment during the Establishing Shot of the School of Friendship.
  • Punny Name: She is a magician, she does tricks. Tricksy. Trixie.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: When apologizing to Twilight at the end of "Magic Duel".
  • Purple Is Powerful: Her eyes, hat, and cloak.
  • Pyrrhic Villainy: In "No Second Prances", Trixie manages to keep Starlight from going to Twilight's dinner with Celestia and cites it as a victory over Twilight since Starlight chose to help her instead. But after Starlight runs off crying, Trixie realizes that her "win" is meaningless if it cost her a genuine friendship.
  • Reality Warper: When using the Alicorn Amulet, she becomes capable of advanced spells that all have varying effects on reality. Case in point, she uses a spell that conjures a cursor and computer trash bin to remove and delete Pinkie Pie's mouth. And in "All Bottled Up", Starlight helps her master a Transformation Ray, this time via her own power.
  • Redemption Promotion: After her redemption, she shows she's much more competent, such as her Smoke Outs working correctly and even helps save the world. After getting magic training from Starlight, she shows some pretty impressive magic.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The Alicorn Amulet in "Magic Duel" gives her red eyes. It also tints her magic red.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: There's a minor version of this with the police chief as her actions in Ponyville (alongside finding the real Ostlerheimer Diamond in her hat) are what convince him Trixie is the jewel thief despite her attempts at showing that she has changed.
  • Revenge: Her primary motivation in "Magic Duel".
  • Robe and Wizard Hat: Her stage outfit, which she also wears in day-to-day life as often as not, consists of a light purple cape clasped with a gem and a broad-brimmed, pointed hat of the same color, both decorated with blue and yellow stars.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: Her title from the Gameloft app, Trixie the Magnificant.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: In "A Horse Shoe-In", she tries to use her friendship with Starlight Glimmer to land a job as vice-headpony of the School of Friendship. It goes disastrously; said friendship allows her to last longer than she would/should have otherwise, but ultimately she cannot make up for her sheer incompetence and is denied the job.
  • Shadow Archetype:
    • For Twilight Sparkle. Trixie's an utter braggart and flaunts her abilities, while Twilight treats them like no big deal and is quite friendly and afraid of looking like a showoff.
    • For Rarity, considering that they are both unicorns with a lot of pride and they have younger males that are interested in them. The difference is that Rarity is very nice to Spike on the whole, whereas Trixie was pretty mean to Snips and Snails after they had done what she wanted.
    • For Rainbow Dash, since they are both blue mares that are admired by children, love to show off their talents, and often let their ego get the best of them, but while Rainbow Dash is indeed a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, Trixie is undoubtedly a Jerkass. This makes it rather surprising that two end up working quite well together in Friends Forever #6; it probably helps that Trixie, at this point, is much nicer than before and acts a bit more like Rainbow Dash, a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
    • The positive aspect of the trope also comes into play: Trixie shows off her abilities to great personal satisfaction and wins a good deal of appreciation from her audience (presumably, before her ego got too big, her audience liked her even more). Twilight wants to use her magic and take pride in it, but is holding herself back for fear of being seen as a braggart. (The events of "Winter Wrap Up" may have given her a wrong impression of Ponyvillian expectations of magic.) At the end of the episode, Twilight learns that it is okay to indulge in her talents as long as she doesn't let it go to her head, thus embracing Trixie's positive qualities while rejecting the negative ones.
    • The IDW Comics take this a step further by having it revealed a Mirror Universe version of Trixie was the one who became a heroic Alicorn instead of Twilight, which implies Trixie could potentially have been just like Twilight if things had been different. Ironically enough, her mirror counterpart is the Element of Humility.
  • Shared Family Quirks: Aside from sharing a strong resemblance with her father Jack Pot, both of them work as stage magicians, and both even use the same smoke-bomb escape tactic.
  • Shock and Awe: She can create a raincloud to shock ponies with. Unfortunately, it isn't enough to subdue a humongous bear.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis:
    • To Twilight. It is one-sided initially, though after she starts to befriend Starlight Glimmer, Twilight's distrust (and mild own jealousy) towards Trixie comes into play. Still being an infuriating Smug Snake towards Twilight doesn't help either. Though this aspect of their interactions fade from season 7 onwards, with the two being genuinely friendly and respectful toward each other.
    • She enters into this dynamic with Discord in "To Where and Back Again", the two constantly bickering with and mocking each other.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: All she can do are simple magic tricks and a few mean-spirited telekinetic pranks (at least until Starlight starts teaching her), but she talks down to everyone, including the Mane Six, who defeated Nightmare Moon and don't brag about it.
  • Smoke Out: She loves making a departure by blowing up a smoke bomb, though initially it doesn't last long enough to completely cover her exit. When she tries it in "Magic Duel", she runs away and trips over herself. In "To Where and Back Again – Part 1", Trixie uses a smoke bomb to help her and Starlight Glimmer escape from Starlight's old village. This time, it works, as the smoke lingers longer and makes the ponies cough and clutch their eyes, so the two are far away by the time they recover. In "Part 2", she gets to put her smoke bombs to good use inside the hive, with Thorax's help, to confuse a changeling patrol.
  • Smug Smiler: A condescending smirk to everyone.
  • Smug Super: Doesn't hesitate to boast about her superior skills, regardless of the fact that she isn't as good as she claims. Taken Up to Eleven once she gets her hooves on the Alicorn Amulet.
  • The Southpaw: Trixie tends to favor her left hoof when gesturing. Her Equestria Girls counterpart is explicitly left-handed.
  • Spanner in the Works: Serves as one in the Nightmare Knights comic. She spends most of the comic being distracted from the actual mission, and Eris effortlessly beats her and throws her into the prison cell with Daybreaker and Tempest. With Tempest having just convinced Daybreaker to switch sides and the Shock Collar broken, Trixie creates illusionary shock collars, allowing them to get close to Eris without attacting suspicion.
  • Stage Magician: Her profession. Her cutie mark is even a Magic Wand! Granted, genuine magic does exist in this world (and Trixie herself wields it), but few ponies make a magic act out of it. She backs it up with tools such as smoke bombs.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: With her dad, Jack Pot (who's confirmed to be Trixie's dad in secondary sources). They could almost be gender-swapped clones, with their identical coloration and very similar manestyles. Most other parent-child pairs on the show don't look nearly this much alike.
  • Supernatural Is Purple: Her clothes are purple to help her image of being a great sorceress. She also has Purple Eyes.
  • Taken for Granite: In Trixie and the Razzle-Dazzle Ruse, the Gem Hoof curse Rarity accidentally casts on her slowly transforms her into a glowpaz statue. By the end of the book, over half her body is solid before Starlight finally gets the cure to her.
  • Talking in Your Sleep:
    • In "To Where and Back Again – Part 1", as Starlight Glimmer is trying to wake up Trixie to get her help, Trixie mutters "Yes, Princess Celestia, I'd love to perform for peanut butter crackers." This also counts as a Mythology Gag to My Little Pony: Equestria Girls (2013).
    • Trixie is shown again talking in her sleep in "Road to Friendship". According to Starlight Glimmer, she's rehearsing her whole show all night long.
  • Third-Person Person: Only when she wants to emphasize how great and powerful she is. Which is always. Perhaps the only challenge she wouldn't have been able to twist to make the other pony look bad would be referring to herself in the first-person.
  • Too Important to Walk: She pulls this on Snips and Snails, who have to drag her around on a carriage without wheels.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In the IDW Comics, where she learns to use her tricks in more practical ways, like aiding in Ponyville's defense against the Nightmares, and assisting the Manehattan's police in the capture of an evasive jewels thief; in the latter case, this also shows that her stage magician's abilities are becoming more appreciated as well.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: She goes from a stage magician who's ineffectual at backing up her claims in "Boast Busters", to a pure Jerkass who changes ponies For the Evulz in "Magic Duel". The result of the Alicorn Amulet both increasing her powers and corrupting her.
  • Took a Level in Kindness:
    • After losing the Alicorn Amulet and being brought back to normal, she is genuinely remorseful and attempts to tone down her ways, in her own way of course.
      Trixie: Don't you think the "Great and Apologetic" Trixie is the most magnificent and humble pony you've ever seen?
    • Continued in the IDW Comics, where she's seen at a party of Rarity's and plays a role in protecting Ponyville from the Nightmare Forces. Later in the comics, she asks for Rainbow Dash's help with getting her out of Diamondia and they work fairly well with each other (minus a bit of snarking from time to time) and aids the police and later Applejack, Rarity, Fluttershy, Apple Bloom, and Babs Seed in apprehending a major jewel thief.
    • In "No Second Prances", she makes a genuine friend in Starlight and even realizes the majority of her conflict with Twilight Sparkle at that point is for petty reasons. She's considerably more heroic after this point.
    • In the Season 6 finale, she sacrifices herself to the Changelings to protect her friends and give them a chance to stop Queen Chrysalis.
    • "Uncommon Bond" shows her at her friendliest yet, as she quickly forms a bond with Sunburst, plays a game with her former nemesis Twilight, and even brings Maud Pie into the Group Hug at the episode's end.
    • When she defends Gallus in front of Grandpa Gruff in "A Horse Shoe-In", it shows that she definitley cares about the students of The Friendship School.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Twilight originally didn't want her as Starlight's first new friend because she was afraid Trixie would have this affect on her. She turns out to be correct as Trixie later blurts out she originally only made friends with Starlight to get back at Twilight before she became friends with Starlight for real. This is prominent in "All Bottled Up", when Trixie's uncaring attitude for problems she causes and selfishness continue to anger Starlight to the point she bottles her anger to stop from hurting Trixie's feelings, which has an unhealthy impact on Starlight as her continued stress slowly exhausts her. Zigzagged though as Trixie wasn't doing it on purpose to Starlight and apologizes when she finally blows up at her.
  • Transformation Ray: After Starlight helps her master this spell in "All Bottled Up", she's clearly having a blast creating teacups left and right.
  • Troll: In "No Second Prances", she turns some of Twilight's silverware into a sculpture of herself, just to annoy Twilight. On a grander scale, most of the episode's plot is a long con by Trixie to try and befriend Starlight Glimmer as a way to rub Twilight the wrong way. This, unfortunately, backfires spectacularly and any genuine goodwill Trixie was building up (as even she herself admits was there) with Starlight almost gets squandered by her ulterior motives.
  • Trrrilling Rrrs: When she calls herself "The Great and Powerful TRRRRRRIXIE!!!"
  • True Blue Femininity: Inverted. Like Rainbow Dash, her coat is blue but she is not particularly feminine.
  • Ungrateful Bastard:
    • After Twilight saves her, and the rest of Ponyville, from an Ursa Minor, she just says Twilight will never be as good as her and runs off. When she returns in "Magic Duel" she blames Twilight for ruining her with the Ursa Minor incident, even though she lied about being able to beat it herself to make herself look better.
    • When she returns once again in "No Second Prances", she admits that she is still jealous of Twilight despite how she saved her from the Alicorn Amulet's corrupting effects. She even admits that the reason she made friends with Starlight Glimmer in the first place was to have her choose Trixie over Twilight so she could finally beat Twilight at something, until she actually became real friends with Starlight.
  • Unknown Rival: Well, not "unknown", but she has this dynamic with Twilight after her Heel–Face Turn. Twilight considers Trixie a nuisance at worst and a friend at best, whereas Trixie is still not quite over their old rivalry from their "Magic Duel" days. When Starlight brings up that Trixie has "settled for being second-best", Trixie is visibly annoyed by the idea.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Once she gets a proper magic teacher in Starlight, she shows capable of some very impressive and powerful magic, implying she actually is far more powerful than she seemed but lacked the knowledge to properly utilize it. Even after Starlight teaches her, she's is still inexperienced with her magic especially in stressful situations.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: She clumsily runs off at the end of "Boast Busters", then returns in "Magic Duel" before leaving in much the same fashion, albeit on much better terms with the townsfolk.
  • Villainous Breakdown: When Twilight seems to overpower her during their rematch in "Magic Duel".
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: She and Starlight have become this as of Season 7. Her attitude and disrespect often get on Starlight's nerves to the point where Starlight tries to literally keep her anger bottled up to keep Trixie from knowing. They later begin to throw jabs at each other, like Trixie saying she could reform a rogue changeling faster if she worked alone, and Starlight saying Trixie has accepted she's second best compared to Twilight.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Her magical ability is leagues behind Twilight's, but the tricks she can do are accomplished with a quickness and efficiency that Twilight usually only has on her better days and in routine telekinesis. The most likely explanation is that she has practice and finesse in everything she does already, while Twilight is still constantly pushing for a new, more challenging spell. The weak part of this can also be debated. Outside special cases like Twilight and Shining Armor, she's actually stronger than the average unicorn, and unlike the average unicorn, she has a wide array of tricks. Starlight Glimmer sincerely calls her the greatest magician in the world at least. She later gets actual training from Starlight, after which she manages some impressive magic, though she still needs practice with a few of her spells.
  • Weather Manipulation: Her one genuine act of powerful magic is to summon a thundercloud above the Ursa. It is woefully underpowered and only serves to anger her target, but the act itself is a decent display of power.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: The Alicorn Amulet gives her tremendous power, but also turns her into a power-mad and insane despot. She has Snips and Snails pull her chariot without wheels because she doesn't trust wheels.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: In "Magic Duel", we're shown the Ursa Minor Incident ruined her magic career and her life, forcing her to work on a rock farm just to make ends meet. This results in her trying to get revenge on those that she blames for it all. While it doesn't justify anything she did in the episode, she didn't do much to deserve that. She's also corrupted by the Alicorn Amulet into a tyrant. She's restored in the end and makes a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Would Hurt a Child: When she returns to Ponyville, she torments a number of children, especially Snips and Snails (they were the ones who awoke the Ursa Minor, leading up to her fall) because she was corrupted by the Alicorn Amulet.
  • You ALL Look Familiar: Multiple Trixies (all lacking cutie marks) appear in a shot from "Bridle Gossip" and "The Return of Harmony – Part 1".
  • You Don't Look Like You:
    • The toy line and some of The Merch lack the peculiarity of her eyes.
    • Her brushable toy's box gives her an additional bit of mane in front of her horn.
    • Her molded toys and collector cards all depict her as a Palette Swap, usually of Rarity but in one toy's case of Twilight Sparkle.

    Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon
The duo laughs at your pathetic attempts at getting a cutie mark.note 
Voiced by: Chantal Strand (Diamond Tiara), Shannon Chan-Kent (Silver Spoon)

Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon are Spoiled Brats who regularly tormented the Cutie Mark Crusaders, teasing them over not having their cutie marks yet.

  • Alliterative Name: Both of them, though Diamond Dazzle Tiara has only been referred to as Diamond Tiara outside of the toy line.
  • All There in the Script: Diamond Tiara has a middle name, "Dazzle", which has only been used in the toyline; specifically, in the Miniature Collection's Class of Cutie Marks Set.
  • Alpha Bitch: Diamond Tiara is the bitchy one out of the two.
  • Arc Villain: They serve as this during the CMC's Story Arc to find their cutie marks. They stop being antagonistic the same episode the CMC get their marks.
  • Attention Whore: Both of them, Diamond Tiara especially.
  • Beneath the Mask: Diamond turns out to be under a metric ton of stress due to her mother's perfectionism, and to secretly envy the CMC for their friendship and still having their future ahead of them.
  • Beta Bitch: Silver Spoon follows Diamond Tiara's lead.
  • Be Yourself: This is an Aesop that Diamond Tiara learns. Because she was always a mean bully, she lost not only the election, but her only friend as well. Diamond Tiara leaned that she doesn't have to act like her mother to gain the respect of her classmates. She learned to be herself.
  • Blowing a Raspberry: Diamond Tiara does this in "Ponyville Confidential".
  • The Bully: They take pride in demeaning the CMC for their lack of cutie marks.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Both fillies do this while teasing the other fillies. Tiara gets a particularly cruel one after Apple Bloom trips at the party.
  • Cool Crown: Diamond Tiara wears a diamond tiara.
  • Daddy's Girl: Diamond Tiara is one of only two fillies paying attention to her dad's presentation during "Family Appreciation Day". Indeed, she hangs on his every word with an adoring look on her face.
  • Da Editor: Following Namby-Pamby's graduation, Diamond Tiara serves as the editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, the Foal Free Press, until the position is stripped away from her and given to Featherweight.
  • Demoted to Extra: Despite patching things up with the Cutie Mark Crusaders, Diamond Tiara has made only a few voiceless appearances in the background during the sixth season and onward. Silver Spoon meanwhile has appeared even less, showing up for all of two seconds throughout the same season. It's especially odd since Diamond Tiara's parents have both continued to make speaking appearances in the show while she's remained silent. note  During Season 8, Silver Spoon makes a brief cameo in "Marks for Effort", but Diamond Tiara doesn't appear at all.
    • Diamond Tiara makes a brief appearance in one page of the Ponyville Mysteries comics, where she has an understandably testy reaction to the CMC accusing her father of committing arson.
    • Four real-life years after her redemption, she finally gets an important role in the Spirit of the Forest comic series, where she acts as a Morality Pet for her father and convinces him to embrace environmentally responsible logging practices.
  • The Dividual: A pair of bully side characters. Diamond Tiara stepped out of this in "Ponyvile Confidental" because she appeared on her own in a major role.
  • Don't Tell Mama: Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon are terrified of being ratted on when Babs Seed threatens to tell their mothers about their attitudes. After meeting DT's mom in "Crusaders of the Lost Mark", this is justified.
  • Enfant Terrible: Diamond Tiara shows shades of this (until her redemption), a key example being in "Ponyville Confidential", wherein she outright states that she cares about nobody else's feelings but her own.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Diamond Tiara is shocked when Silver Spoon is the first pony to applaud Granny Smith's story to the class in "Family Appreciation Day". Then, in "Crusaders of the Lost Mark", she doesn't vote for Diamond after being rejected in helping out with her school presidential campaign.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: The one time Diamond Tiara is seen smiling out of (ostensibly) pure happiness is during a business lecture by her father that has put the rest of the class to sleep.
  • Evil Counterpart: Diamond Tiara, not evil per se, is this to Apple Bloom. They are both leaders of the town and relatives of important business ponies, but unlike Apple Bloom, Diamond Tiara can be extremely bossy and demanding. She lacks the empathy and compassion Apple Bloom has for a leader ("Feelings, I don't care about feelings!!").
  • Expy: In the same way that the Cutie Mark Crusaders are the MLP-verse Powerpuff Girls, Diamond Tiara is their Princess Morbucks.
  • Fantastic Slur: "BLANK FLANK!"
  • Flat Character: Unlike Diamond Tiara, who at least has Hidden Depths and got some Character Development in the end, there's not much more to Silver Spoon beyond being a generic Beta Bitch. It does not help that, like Scootaloo, we know nothing of her family.
  • Foil: "Crusaders of the Lost Mark" makes it clear that Diamond Tiara's this to the Cutie Mark Crusaders. While they were having a hard time dealing with not having cutie marks, Diamond Tiara was struggling with having a mark that she didn't fully understand and was unable to use effectively until the Crusaders helped her. It's heavily implied that she's mean partly out of jealousy.
  • For the Evulz: This seems to be their most likely motive for bullying the Cutie Mark Crusaders as it hasn't been explained why they do so. This finally gets elaborated on in "Crusaders of the Lost Mark". Diamond Tiara was raised to be condescending to everyone who wasn't in high society by her snooty mother and Silver Spoon was simply tagging along (possibly because of Diamond Tiara's clout).
  • Freudian Excuse: Diamond is a Spoiled Brat due to the upbringing by her mother, Spoiled Rich; Silver merely follows her along.
  • Full-Name Basis: Neither of them are ever referred to as simply "Silver" or "Diamond" in-universe.
  • Funny Background Event: In "Pinkie Pride" the two are shown ordering ice cream treats. Silver Spoon's milkshake is more elaborate than Diamond Tiara's small bowl of ice cream. Annoyed, DT knocks her own food onto the ground and moves to drink the milkshake. Then she gets swept up in the Crowd Song, and Silver Spoon drinks her milkshake anyway.
  • Giggling Villain: At the CMC's regular failure.
  • Glasses Girl: Silver Spoon is most recognizable for the large glasses that she is always wearing.
  • Handshake Substitute: It involves a double high and low hooves followed by a knee bump and finishing it with a butt bump while saying this phrase in unison: "Bump, bump, sugarlump rump!"
  • Hate Sink: Diamond Tiara's main purpose for being in the show seems to be a Jerkass with few entertaining and no sympathetic qualities so the viewers can hate her (or at least love to hate her). In fact, despite having a good deal more appearances than many of the show's villains, she shows less humanity (so to speak) than many of them and has taken no steps towards redemption until season 5 that is.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • For her first couple of appearances, Diamond Tiara is just haughty and vindictive towards her peers, but in "Ponyville Confidential", she shows she's a very organized and demanding leader that gets things done and is quick to praise employees when they met her high standards, albeit still being insensitive and snide. She shows that same ability to organize a crowd of foals in "Twilight Time", and she doesn't resort to blackmail or insults this time around. Instead she smooth-talks everyone, including the CMC. "Crusaders of the Lost Mark" runs away with this trope, revealing she acts this way as a result of her emotionally abusive mother berating her into being the best and improving her reputation no matter the cost.
    • "On Your Marks" shows Silver Spoon taking the lead in a baking class Apple Bloom is attending.
  • Hoist by Her Own Petard: Their attempts to humiliate Apple Bloom and the Cutie Mark Crusaders normally end up backfiring and earning Diamond Tiara (and sometimes Silver Spoon) a Humiliation Conga.
  • Humble Pie: In "Call of the Cutie" and "The Cutie Pox". This continues in "Family Appreciation Day", although unlike the previous two times, only Diamond Tiara got it; Silver Spoon did something nice and didn't get karmic retribution this time. Diamond Tiara gets slapped in the face with a dish of Humble Pie once more in "Ponyville Confidential" (Silver Spoon barely appears in the episode).
  • Hypocrite:
    • Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon have shades of this. They make fun of other ponies for not having a cutie mark, and yet in their debut episode Diamond Tiara is having a party for recently receiving hers.
    • In another episode, both girls insult Apple Bloom about her cutie mark being hoops. Even without Apple Bloom demonstrating how awesome her skills are at using hoops, one has to question what kind of talents one excels at with cutie marks like a tiara and a spoon. It turns out that Diamond actually does feel that way about her mark, until she actually manages to figure out it means Leadership.
    • In "One Bad Apple", their reason of bullying the Crusaders is blown out of the water when they accept Babs Seed (who doesn't have a cutie mark).
    • Both of them are earth ponies but in "Flight to the Finish", they tease Scootaloo (who is a pegasus) for not being able to fly.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Diamond Tiara has these to go with her lack of empathy and ruthless editor streak.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Diamond Tiara has a huge ego and is constantly bragging about it...but is mainly acting that way to cover how stressed and demeaned she is by her mother and has a lot of issues underneath it.
  • Jerkass: Both go out of their way to insult and belittle Apple Bloom and Twist about not having their marks yet instead of having fun at their own party. "Crusaders of the Lost Mark" revealed that Diamond Tiara only acted mean because that's how her mother (an even bigger bully than she is) taught her to act; she knows her behavior is wrong, and she wants to change but doesn't know how, though she eventually finds out how and Took a Level in Kindness.
  • Kick the Dog: Diamond Tiara blackmailing the Cutie Mark Crusaders in "Ponyville Confidential" is a sign that she still isn't a very nice character, even if she did praise their work as Gabby Gums.
  • Kids Are Cruel: To varying degrees. Diamond Tiara shows no pity to anyone except her father. Silver Spoon once applauded Granny Smith's story.
  • Lack of Empathy: Diamond Tiara. The only compassion she's ever shown is for her father and Silver Spoon; she doesn't seem to give a darn about anypony else at all. She gets better.
    Sweetie Belle: But the gossip we've been printing is hurting everypony's feelings!
    Diamond Tiara: (outraged) Feelings?! I don't care about "feelings"!
  • Laser-Guided Karma: They often (but not always) get struck by this.
    • "Call of the Cutie" — For trying to embarrass Apple Bloom, they end up getting embarrassed at Diamond Tiara's own party.
    • "Family Appreciation Day" — For bad-mouthing Granny Smith, Diamond Tiara is forced by her dad to help with the Zap Apple rituals.
    • "Ponyville Confidential" — For running a hurtful gossip column and blackmailing the CMC, Diamond Tiara gets demoted to working the printing press.
    • "One Bad Apple" — For convincing Babs to become a bully, they get told off by her at how much they suck for being bullies and fall into a mud puddle.
    • "Flight to the Finish" — For trying to ruin the CMC's act to win a competition, they lose.
    • "Twilight Time" — For mocking the CMC, they get put in their place by Twilight.
  • The Leader: Diamond Tiara's real special talent is leadership.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Diamond Tiara becomes this after her Heel–Face Turn.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Diamond Tiara, in "Family Appreciation Day", for shooting down Apple Blooms' attempts to avoid the day and in "Ponyville Confidental" for blackmail.
  • Mean Boss: During her tenure as editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, Diamond Tiara has no problem blackmailing the Cutie Mark Crusaders into creating more Gabby Gums stories even though they don't want to because of all the ponies that have been offended by the stories.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Silver Spoon comes from the idiom "born with a silver spoon in one's mouth", which means to be born into wealth.
    • Diamond Tiara's name means exactly what you think it means. Diamond's turns out to have a different true meaning: her actual Special Talent is leadership, so her name is signifying her being a leader. Further, diamonds are formed when coal is exposed to tremendous pressure — and it is eventually revealed that Diamond Tiara is being put under a lot of pressure by her overbearing, perfectionist mother.
  • Missing Mom: "One Bad Apple" implies that Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon have mothers but they haven't been seen or even mentioned otherwise. Inverted with Diamond as Spoiled Rich is finally introduced.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Silver finally abandons Diamond after she didn't let her contribute to her presidential campaign in "Crusaders of the Lost Mark".
  • Multicolored Hair: Diamond Tiara has purple-and-white swirled hair. Silver Spoon also has a noticeable stripe of lighter gray in the middle of her mane.
  • Not Bad: Diamond Tiara sings part of "Pinkie the Party Planner" where she admits Pinkie is good at throwing parties. Pinkie isn't sure how to react but settles for a thank you.
  • Oh, Crap!: Have a priceless one in reaction to Babs Seed threatening to tell their parents on them.
  • Out of Focus: Following "Crusaders of the Lost Mark", they have both been relegated to non-speaking background appearances.
  • Pet the Dog: Each of them has at least one moment of this.
    • "Family Appreciation Day" — Silver Spoon was the first one applauding Granny Smith's story about the founding of Ponyville. On the flip side, Diamond Tiara was the only one to take interest in her father's story while nopony else in class was.
    • "Hearts and Hooves Day" — Diamond Tiara receives a Hearts and Hooves Day card in class. It helps that she is genuinely thrilled to have gotten one.
    • "Ponyville Confidential" — While buried beneath mounds of Kick the Dog, Diamond Tiara does compliment the CMC's work as Gabby Gums and depends on them to get her good stories despite them being Blank Flanks.
    • "Pinkie Pride" — Diamond Tiara literally sings praises about Pinkie Pie. Although this is counteracted by DT trying to take Silver Spoon's milkshake for herself while she's singing.
    • "Twilight Time" — Despite their selfish motives behind it, Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon are a lot friendlier to the CMC in this episode than any other episode prior to "Crusaders of the Lost Mark", giving them a good reputation with all their other classmates and even inviting them to a private pool party at Diamond Tiara's house, with the two of them chilling out with Sweetie Belle at said party, apparently not bothered to be hanging out with Blank Flanks. Even when they mock the CMC again towards the end, it's due to enjoying seeing the Crusaders' own Laser-Guided Karma over what they had done wrong.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Diamond Tiara's body is a pinkish color and the outfit she wears for her cute-ceañera is pink.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: In Season 8, the two appear in a blink-and-you'll-miss it moment alongside Cheerilee near the start of the intro.
  • Recurring Character: Notable in that they were the only antagonists to make speaking appearances in more than two episodes (provided you count two-parters as a single episode) until "Keep Calm and Flutter On" when Discord returned. They're also the only antagonists in every season.
  • Rich Bitch:
    • If Silver Spoon's name is any indication, she might have a family based on old money.
    • As found out in "Family Appreciation Day", Diamond Tiara's wealth only goes back a few generations. Her great-grandfather worked his way up to gain said riches by selling Zap Apple Jam made by Granny Smith herself.
  • Satellite Character: Although Diamond Tiara can be perfectly antagonistic on her own (as seen in "Ponyville Confidential"), Silver Spoon is never seen without Diamond Tiara around.
  • Skunk Stripe: They both have these, but Diamond Tiara's is more noticeable.
  • Smug Smiler: It's Diamond Tiara's default facial expression because of her cutie mark.
  • The Social Expert: Diamond Tiara's special talent is in leading others, which makes her a convincing and influential speaker and skilled at organizing teams.
  • The Sociopath: Diamond Tiara ticks a surprising number of boxes considering her age and the age bracket of the show. She's manipulative and charismatic, as well as a chronic liar, shows little empathy or remorse for the bad things she does, and is incredibly narcissistic. Then subverted with "Crusaders of the Lost Mark", where it is revealed she only acts this way as a result of the pressure put on her by her mother. Come the end of the episode she's legitimately friendly and kind, having broken out of her shell at last.
  • Spoiled Brat: Averted. Diamond Tiara's own father doesn't approve of her insolence and is quick to lay down the law on the few occasions he gets involved in Diamond Tiara's bullying. Sadly, by the end of season three, it's only happened once.
  • Spoiled Sweet: What Tiara becomes after her Heel–Face Turn. She starts using her family's wealth and her talent as a leader to help others as opposed to being a Spoiled Brat.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero: Both of their cutie marks match their names exactly. Which really makes no sense unless their special talent is Narcissism. Subverted for Diamond Tiara when its eventually revealed her mark is symbolic of her ability to influence others. Silver Spoon is also shown to have talent for cooking in "On Your Marks", which would explain the spoon.
  • Teacher's Pet: Diamond Tiara tries to be this to Cheerilee, but it backfires (or simply passes over Cheerilee's head). Considering the way Ponyville's school system functions in "Call of the Cutie", it's probably the latter.
  • Took a Level in Kindness:
    • In "On Your Marks", they are shown happily baking a cake with another filly.
    • In "The Cart Before the Ponies", Diamond Tiara is seen helping her butler Randolph in the building of her derby cart (when the old her would have simply made him do all the work), and even checks to make sure he's okay after the big pile-up.
    • In "The Last Crusade", Diamond Tiara happily waves at the CMC during their appreciation day.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: They were always seen together making fun of kids, though you can take the "Bad" out of it after their heel-face-turns.
  • Tragic Villain: "Crusaders Of The Lost Mark" reveals, in addition to being made to act as she did by her abusive mother, Diamond Tiara wanted to be a better pony, but had no idea how. She finds out how.
  • Ungrateful Bitch:
    • When it's revealed that she's only rich in the first place thanks to Granny Smith, Diamond Tiara still tries to humiliate her and Apple Bloom and shows absolutely no gratitude.
    • Subverted with Pinkie, who, while begrudgingly, she admits did a good job planning her party. It seems that Diamond is capable of gratitude... if you're not related to her nemesis.
  • Valley Girl: Both of them. Which gets, like, totally mocked by Scootaloo.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Diamond Tiara sounds much older than she is in "Ponyville Confidential".
  • Vocal Evolution: Diamond Tiara's voice sounded older and raspier in "Ponyville Confidential".
  • Villains With Good Publicity: They're so popular that no pony in Ponyville tries to stand up for The Cutie Mark Crusaders when they bully them. They eventually lost this in "Crusaders Of The Lost Mark".
  • Wealth's in a Name:
    • Diamond Tiara's name references both her wealth ("Diamond") and her tendency to boss and order others around ("Tiara", referencing crowns and thus authority).
    • Silver Spoon's name is derived from how people born into wealth and advantage are said to have been born with a silver spoon in their mouth.
  • When She Smiles: Diamond Tiara proves to have one of the sweetest pony smiles out there when she finally gives up the smug smirk she normally uses.

The only thing worse than ponies is a pony-loving troper!
"When I'm in charge, the first thing I'll do is get revenge on those puny ponies!"

Debut: "Dragon Quest"

Voiced by: Vincent Tong

The ringleader of a group of teenage dragons. He viciously hates ponies and considers Spike more of a pony than a dragon, due to his upbringing among ponies resulting in him acting completely contrary to how Garble thinks dragons should act. He serves as a recurring antagonist to Spike when the show visits the Dragon Lands, before eventually reconciling with him in "Sweet and Smoky".

  • All There in the Script: He was unnamed in "Dragon Quest" but was named in the script. He gets named in dialogue in "Gauntlet of Fire".
  • Arch-Enemy: For Spike. Spike has traveled to the Dragon Lands four times, and all four times he has ran afoul of Garble and had to put him in his place. The feeling is mutual on Garble's part, too — he hates ponies, but he especially hates Spike as a "pony-loving dragon."
  • Arc Villain: With "Dragon Quest" and "Gauntlet of Fire," he serves as this in the Dragon Lands episodes (he also makes a brief appearance in "Shadow Play", as an obstacle for Spike and Rainbow Dash to overcome). He appears in an antagonistic role one last time in "Sweet and Smoky", and is reformed by the end of that adventure.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He's the leader of his gang and he's the toughest of them. In "Gauntlet of Fire" he comes within reach of getting the Bloodstone Sceptre and being crowned the new Dragon Lord, and he got to that point by surviving a gauntlet of Death Traps that no other dragons except Spike and Ember finished nearly as quickly.
  • Beatnik: He is a beat poet. Of course, he doesn't want to tell anyone about it out of fear that other dragons will make fun of him. The only exception to that is Smoulder, at first.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He has some lofty ambitions, namely becoming Dragon Lord and leading an invasion to conquer Equestria. Also, being a dragon makes him a legitimate physical danger. However, he has no real power and is rather stupid, so there's little chance of him ever actually becoming a real threat. As much as he wants to become otherwise, Garble is just a brute and a bully.
  • Bait the Dog: In "Dragon Quest" he seems to be warming up to Spike as Spike proves his worth. Then Garble leads him to find and destroy some phoenix eggs For the Evulz, and it turns out he really is just a Jerkass after all.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: "Sweet and Smoky" reveals that he's been a Cool Big Bro to Smolder since they were kids, he has a love of poetry and he picks on Spike to cover up his insecurities and look good to his "friends".
  • The Bully: He's a very rude and mean-spirited teenage dragon who loves to pick on other creatures he considers to be soft, weak and puny to show off his own strength, even other dragons (which Spike can attest to).
  • Butt-Monkey: In "Gauntlet of Fire", he's repeatedly shown to be an idiot and gets tons of physical abuse.
  • Character Development: Garble finally receives some in "Sweet and Smoky", going from being a one-note dumb muscle bully to having actual motivations for his behavior and Hidden Depths nobody could have seen coming.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: As punishment for his behavior, Spike orders him to go home and hug every dragon he sees on the way, and not tell anyone why.
  • Cool Big Bro: While still being a jerk, Garble gets along well with Smolder, even opening up to her with his poetry.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Averted; despite getting bested by Spike and his friends thrice, he remains as antagonistic as ever. However, his Cool and Unusual Punishment can be considered a comical Deconstruction of this.
  • Denser and Wackier: In "Dragon Quest" he was a stock thug and bully, and at times could be rather unsettling. In "Gauntlet of Fire" he's still wrathful and thuggish, even more so in fact, but he acts more like a blithering Sitcom Arch-Nemesis for Spike. This characterization sticks when it comes to his next appearance in "Shadow Play", and his semi-sympathetic role in "Sweet and Smoky".
  • Determinator: Garble might be a jerk, but he sure is persistent, coming in third at the Gauntlet of Fire behind Spike and Ember and well ahead of the rest of the pack.
  • Dirty Coward: In "Shadow Play - Part 1", Garble tries to run away when Rainbow Dash grabs the rock he threw at Spike and tosses it right back at him. The best part is that, if you look closely at the trajectory, there's no way he would have been hit if he didn't flee, but Rainbow Dash obviously anticipated his reaction.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In "Gauntlet of Fire", his plan after winning the title of Dragon Lord is to take revenge on the ponies. The only crime the ponies committed against him in his prior appearance was to dodge his gang's charge, resulting in them crashing into a tree. For that, Garble is perfectly willing to loot Equestria of its riches, then burn it to the ground.
  • Dumb Muscle: He's strong, but not too bright.
  • Easily Forgiven: After being Spike's bully and Sitcom Arch-Nemesis since Season 2, "Sweet and Smoky" ends with Spike burying the hatchet with Garble after he learns about his insecurities and Garble finally does a selfless deed.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: As his sister, Smolder likes to call him 'Gar-Gar', which he would very much like to keep on the down-low.
  • Eureka Moment: He has one during the climax of "Sweet and Smoky". When the dragons are breathing fire onto the cold, overdue eggs to hatch them, Garble figures out they can make the flames hotter by making the dragons laugh. So he grabs his bongo drums and performs his beat poetry in-front of everyone to get them to laugh uncontrollably.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: As much as he hates Spike, when Spike gets the Bloodstone Sceptre and becomes the (temporary) Dragon Lord, Garble reluctantly kneels and then follows his orders.
  • Eviler Than Thou: He's this to the other dragons. They're jerks who brag about abusing ponies, but only in the spirit of being bullies; Garble desires outright war with Equestria. They also generally have at least some reason for attacking the heroes (having part of their horde stolen, being kicked in the face, etc.) or don't understand they're causing trouble, or in the case of his group are following his lead. Garble, however, does things For the Evulz and out of Fantastic Racism taken to an extreme until his reformation in "Sweet and Smoky".
  • Fantastic Racism: He hates ponies. When other dragons are joking about stealing from them, Garble darkly sneers that when he's Dragon Lord he'll lead the dragons in an invasion of Equestria, taking what they want and burning what they don't. In "Celestial Advice", Twilight's fantasy chooses him as to represent her worry about some dragons hating ponies (namely bodyslamming Starlight into a lava pit), and Spike doesn't argue.
  • Flanderization: "Gauntlet of Fire" considerably ramped up his hate of Spike and ponies. Presumably his first encounter with them going south is to blame. His occasional dimness is also now exaggerated into outright Butt-Monkey levels.
  • Foil: From "Dragon Quest" to "Sweet and Smoky", Garble serves as a foil to Spike and his evolving attitudes. Considering how self-conscious and suggestible Spike was about his identity as a dragon living amongst ponies in the early seasons, Garble serves as a glimpse of what Spike might have become if he had made different choices. Over the years, Spike has become a lot more secure in his masculinity, accepted his unorthodox upbringing of being raised by ponies, paid respect to the virtues of friendship and love, and refuses to be ashamed of his more feminine interests, allowing his values to constantly evolve. Meanwhile, Garble is a much more superficial dragon who loves to shame other people for not reaching his standards of dragonhood, he shuns affection and kindness as weakness and only takes up tough, edgy, stereotypically masculine interests for the sake of posturing, he buries any part of himself that wouldn't allow him to conform, and he builds his entire identity around being what he and his gang figure a rough, brutish dragon ought to be, keeping himself a shallow, one-dimensional caricature and a static character. By "Gauntlet of Fire", it's very apparent that Spike has started to surpass him in terms of maturity (despite Spike being the younger dragon), and the maturity gap between them is even more noticeable in "Sweet and Smoky", when Garble is just as childish as ever and seemingly hasn't changed at all in years. Even Fluttershy acknowledges that Spike is a much more well-adjusted person than him.
  • For the Evulz: The guy wants to kill a nest of Phoenix eggs for fun. He tops this in his second appearance where he wants to demolish Equestria.
  • Four Is Death: Inverted. He pulls a Heel–Face Turn at the end of his fourth direct appearance.
  • Freudian Excuse: "Sweet and Smoky" finally provides him with one. He acted like a bully all this time because he was hiding his sensitive side, out of fear of being mocked by his friends, and acted like the toughest dragon around to compensate for it. It is also suggested that he picked on Spike so much because Spike's open sensitivity reminded Garble of his own repressed nature.
  • Grumpy Bear: Even when he's not actively being a Jerkass (to the point of being disturbingly murderous), he has a gruff personality and surliness seems to be his default mood.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After he's successfully convinced that he should be less superficial and shallow and accept every part of himself, Garble decides to give up bullying people and he uses his special talent to help save some unhatched dragon eggs.
  • Heel Realization: In "Sweet and Smoky", Fluttershy and Smolder help Garble to realize how much of a hypocritical prick he's repeatedly been to Spike, while masking his own insecurities, which finally causes him to have an attack of conscience.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He has a non-lethal example in "Sweet and Smoky". He willingly humiliates himself in-front of the other dragons by performing his beat poetry so that they will all laugh at him and their flames will become hot enough to make all the dragon eggs hatch. Subverted afterwards when Ember calls him the Hero of the Dragon Lands for this action, negating any mockery that could be thrown at him.
  • Heroes' Frontier Step: After spending most of his appearances in the series being at best a brute and a bully, and at worst a murderous, sadistic sociopath, in the episode "Sweet and Smoky" not only does he reform, he also performs an amazing act of heroism. This episode reveals that he's Smolder older brother and that he genuinely cares for her. It's also revealed that most of his bullying and jerk behavior was to hide his insecurities, keeping his beatnik poetry a secret from his friends and continuing to bully Spike throughout the episode. When Smolder and Fluttershy call Garble out on his actions, pointing out that Garble has been kicking around Spike to appear tough and masculine in front of his crew, while covering up his own sensitive interests for fear of mockery, where Spike is brave enough to be himself, he admits their point. But the thing that redeems him is when he learns that the dragon eggs need heat to hatch, and Spike gives him the idea to read his poetry to the dragons. Most of the dragons start to laugh, causing their fire breath to get hotter, and soon the eggs start to hatch. He's willing to subject himself to the humiliation and mockery he's dreaded would come with his passion in order to ensure the survival of the baby dragons. Garble finally admits his sensitive side to Spike and apologizes for his past behavior.
  • Hidden Depths: Garble is a beatnik poet. The reason these depths were hidden was because he was afraid of being mocked by the others dragons in his gang for it.
  • Humiliation Conga:
    • At the end of "Gauntlet of Fire", Spike orders him to hug every dragon he meets on his way back home and not to tell them why.
    • Experiences a short but effective one in "Shadow Play - Part 1"; first, he is bested in Lava Surfing by the "pony-loving dragon" he hates, then Rainbow Dash grabs the rock he threw at Spike and throws it back at him, briefly pinning Garble by the tail. After that, Rainbow tricks him into putting down Flash Magnus's shield on the pretense of a race up the cliff. Not only does Rainbow take the shield, but she still manages to ascend faster than him (even while carrying both the shield and Spike), both outsmarting and out-flying him.
  • Hypocrite:
    • Despite firmly believing that "dragons don't do helping", he doesn't hesitate to beg Spike for help when he gets trapped under a boulder in the early stages of the Gauntlet.
    • Gets angry at Rainbow Dash for just swiping Flash Magnus's shield and running instead of racing him... because Spike already beat him for the shield and he refused to keep his word.
    • In "Sweet and Smoky". Garble picked on Spike for being weak, in spite of the fact that he had been trying to hide his own "weakness" from his gang. Even after admitting his love of poetry, he laughs at the idea of Spike being strong.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In "Shadow Play - Part 1" Garble gets annoyed at another dragon for explaining a joke at his expense; in "Gauntlet of Fire", Garble himself had the habit of explaining his own (lame) attempts at humor.
  • Hypocrisy Nod: Smolder and Fluttershy are quite rightly pissed when they learn that Garble has been kicking around Spike to appear tough and masculine in front of his crew, while covering up his own sensitive interests for fear of mockery, and unlike previous instances of Garble being chewed out, he finally considers what they have to say and reluctantly agrees with it.
  • I Lied: Garble races Spike for Flash Magnus's shield, but when Spike actually wins, he instantly refuses to keep his word and tries to beat Spike up. It's little wonder Rainbow Dash doesn't trust him to keep his word in their race and just snatches the shield and flies off while he's not looking.
  • Ineffectual Loner: Going along with "Gauntlet of Fire's" moral, Garble, despite being a very effective competitor in his own right, can't compete against Spike and Ember working together, both in the actual race to the Scepter and in their fight later.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: In his second appearance he's promoted from a mere bully to a Big Bad Wannabe. Unfortunately for him, the Butt-Monkey role comes with the promotion (though his bullying ways make the "sympathetic" part kind of a stretch).
  • Insistent Terminology: In "Sweet and Smoky". When Garble admits to Fluttershy that he's a poet, he claims that he is not a "flowery, namby-pamby poet", he is a "beat" poet.
  • Irony: In most of his appearances, Garble seemed to be the one calling the shots for his gang. But in "Sweet and Smoky, he's shown to actually follow their lead in appearing to be a "tough dragon".
  • Jerkass: Most dragons tend to be unpleasant, and Garble is the worst of all.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Smolder certainly believes Garble to be this, since he was apparently a good brother to her in the past, and after a good scolding, he does ultimately prove that he's capable of growing up and making amends for his past actions.
  • Laughing at Your Own Jokes: When he amuses himself with a joke about Spike's size.
    Garble: But I've wasted enough time making small talk. Get it? Heh-heh, because you're too small to win this. Heh, I'm funny.
  • Law of Chromatic Superiority: Among the teenage dragons, the red one is The Leader.
  • Living a Double Life: "Sweet and Smoky" reveals that while he acts as a bully most of the time, in private, he's a poet.
  • Loophole Abuse:
    • Although Dragon Lord Ember had commanded the dragons not to attack ponies, Garble still tries to attack Spike because she didn't say anything about "pony-loving dragons". Spike points out the flaw in this logic, claiming that hurting the friend of a pony wouldn't do wonders for dragon-pony relations either, but Garble is still willing to take the risk.
    • He then gets a taste of his own medicine; when Rainbow and Spike demand the Fireproof Shield of Flash Magnus from Garble, he refuses, citing "finders keepers". Later, after Garble puts it down under the pretense of a race with Rainbow to the top of the lavafall, she promptly grabs it while his back is turned and bolts, with Spike saying "finders keepers" as they fly away.
  • MacGuffin Guardian: Garble unwittingly ends up in this role in "Shadow Play" by finding the Netitus shield and clinging to it when Rainbow Dash and Spike come to retrieve it. They play along with his Lava Surfing challenge at first, but when it becomes obvious he's not going to keep his part of the deal, Rainbow just tricks him into letting go of the shield and they dash away with it.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Garble means "to distort the meaning of a message". Garble is a distorted representation of his kind that convinced Spike he was the norm.
    • "Sweet and Smoky" takes this in a different direction; In hiding his true self from all but his sister, Garble was misrepresenting himself all along.
  • The Nose Knows: Garble has a keen sense of smell and can recognize ponies by scent. He almost discovers Rarity and Twilight's presence this way in "Gauntlet of Fire".
  • Not Helping Your Case: Once Smolder learns that Garble has been picking on Spike and angrily questions Garble about it, all Garble says in his defense is a nervous "only when you're not looking". He also says he would be a target of bullying otherwise and that Spike deserves it for being a weakling anyway, which just earns him a "The Reason You Suck" Speech from Fluttershy.
  • No True Scotsman: Because Spike was raised by ponies and has a very different set of values from normal dragons, Garble doesn't consider him a true dragon and thinks of him as more of a pony than a dragon. Of course, Garble himself isn't exactly a typical dragon either, being much more openly sadistic and murderous, and as a result of this mentality convinced Spike that all dragons were like him.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: He came dangerously close to becoming the next Dragon Lord, which, given his plans, would have been very bad news for Equestria.
  • One Degree of Separation: "Sweet and Smoky" reveals he's Smolder's brother.
  • Pet the Dog: When Garble gets his Eureka Moment on how to save the dragon eggs, observing the dragon's laugh fire, he quickly credits Spike for the idea after Spike says that the laugh fire could "burn somepony", petting him on his head and calling him his nickname.
    Garble: Burn... Good idea, Spikey-Wikey!
  • Rape, Pillage, and Burn: Minus the rape, obviously, this is Garble's plan for Equestria should he become Dragon Lord.
    Garble: We'll take whatever we want from Equestria and burn the rest!
  • Real Men Hate Affection: He frequently scorns Spike for being soft, girly and oversensitive by dragon standards, and he always tries to put on a front of being tough, strong, manly and untouchable to his gang. "Sweet and Smoky" finally divulges the downsides of Garble keeping up that facade.
  • Reformed Bully: After being thoroughly shamed by Fluttershy and Smolder, Garble finally acknowledges that he's been a shallow, cowardly hypocrite who's stifling his own passion for faux acceptance among his peers, and he gives up his bullying ways for good to make amends with Spike and embrace every aspect of himself.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: Spike's sarcastic quips fail on him.
    Spike: It's nice to see you, too, Garble.
    Garble: I didn't say it was nice to see you. It's not. I don't like you. Was I not clear about that?
  • The Sociopath: He has signs of being one.
    • While dragons are harsher than ponies, Garble is openly sadistic and has no empathy for anyone, even those that are kind to him. He's also shown a manipulative side towards Spike on several occasions. He even checks the "tortures and kills small animals" aspect by trying to kill a nest full of phoenix eggs for kicks, later showing that murderous streak extends to other sapient lifeforms — his plan of action in "Gauntlet of Fire", should he become dragon lord, is quite directly to sack and torch Equestria, whereas the other dragons want much more harmless things.
    • During Twilight's Fantasy Sequence where Starlight becomes friendship emissary to the Dragon Lands and subsequently gets tossed into a pool of lava by Garble, Spike doesn't question the possibility (or even the likelihood) that he'd try to outright murder Starlight, only Starlight's (in)ability to handle him.
    • An alternate interpretation of his Ungrateful Bastard moment below is that he only pretended to be unable to move the boulder by himself, just so he could have an extra opportunity to humiliate Spike.
  • Sore Loser: When Spike manages to beat Garble in lava surfing, Garble not only refuses to hand over the shield of Flash Magnus, but attempts to attack Spike.
  • Stupid Evil: He's a Big Bad Wannabe with a history of For the Evulz moments that have inevitably backfired, and he still refuses to learn his lesson. He finally does in "Sweet and Smoky".
  • Super Toughness: A known fact already for dragons, but "Gauntlet of Fire" shows that Garble is very sturdy, notably when he survives being hit by an obstacle spike which would have skewered a pony.
  • Teens Are Monsters: The worst of the dragons shown so far (until Sludge in Season 8) is just a teenage bully. He's also decidedly not above attempted murder, and even the heroes are aware of it to the point Spike doesn't doubt he'll try and murder Starlight, if not for Starlight's ability to handle him.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: He's pinned under a boulder during "Gauntlet of Fire" and calls for help after noticing Spike nearby. After Spike helps push the boulder off of him, Garble just laughs that he knew Spike would do it, and insults him before kicking sand all over him.
  • Unmanly Secret: He considers his love of poetry to be this, even though several other characters argue otherwise.
  • Would Hit a Girl: In "Gauntlet of Fire", he throws down with Princess Ember without hesitation.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He has no problem pushing around Spike, who's only a baby, and also plots to steal and smash some phoenix eggs just because he can.
  • Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: Garble's eyes have yellow sclera and tiny pupils. Yellow eyes is a trait shared by some other dragons, but certainly not all.

    Babs Seed 

    Sunset Shimmer 

    Starlight Glimmer 

    The Pony of Shadows (Stygian)
"You summon me at your peril, Star Swirl! Once I defeat all of you, this realm will embrace the darkness as I did so long ago!"
Click here to see Stygian. 

First mention: "Castle Mane-ia"
Full debut: "Shadow Play - Part 1"

Voiced by: Bill Newton

A Living Shadow said to be a remnant of Nightmare Moon's magic left behind when she was banished, that haunts the ruins of the Castle of the Two Sisters. In "Castle Mane-ia" it's believed to be just an old legend, but it turns out to have an element of truth to it: the Pony of Shadows was real, and acts as the villain of Season 7's finale "Shadow Play".

The Pony of Shadows was once Stygian, a friend of the Pillars of Equestria, six heroes of the ancient era led by Star Swirl the Bearded. Lacking power on his own, Stygian intended to conduct a ritual to absorb the powers of the Pillars, and for this he was banished from their group. He turned to darkness for power instead, and transformed into the Pony of Shadows. Considering him a great threat to Equestria, yet unable to defeat him directly, the Pillars banished him to Limbo along with themselves.

  • Ambiguous Situation: The shadowy entity in "Castle Mane-ia" was presumed to be the Pony of Shadows, but never confirmed. "Shadow Play" reveals the actual Pony of Shadows looked nothing like it and was sealed away at the time, raising more questions as to what it was.
  • Animalistic Abomination: He looks like a mass of shadows in the shape of a pony.
  • Big Bad: Of the two-part Season 7 finale "Shadow Play".
  • Bond Creatures: As Stygian aptly put it, the Shadow accepted and welcomed him unconditionally when no other pony would.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: As The Pony of Shadows, He's extremely upfront about being evil and wanting to plunge the world in eternal, hopeless darkness.
  • Casting a Shadow: He is called the Pony of Shadows, after all. His magic seems to literally be based on darkness, with the group investigating "dark places", like caves and regions reputed to be shrouded in eternal night, as places where he could draw power.
  • Combat Tentacles: As The Pony of Shadows, His main combat ability is forming these out of shadow. Aside from battle, he used them to destroy Ponehenge and later on to try and prevent Stygian from being released within his form.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: Of the Green-Eyed Monster. The Pillars believed he stole their artifacts due to being jealous of their recognition while he was overlooked. In truth while he was jealous, he only borrowed them to copy their powers so he could fairly earn recognition helping them. It was only the Pillars wrongly assuming the worst of him due to this trope that caused him to become a monster.
  • Demonic Possession: The Pony of Shadows is a dark entity that has taken corporeal form by possessing the body of Stygian.
  • Dark Is Evil: Calls himself the Pony of Shadows, talks a lot about darkness, the sky grows overcast when he appears... yeah he's got this schtick going for him. Subverted with Stygian himself; all he ever wanted was to be as strong as the Pillars, and he only turned to darkness when they rejected him.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: The IDW comics depict him as a drawing at the end of Issue #53 before he appears in the Season 7 finale.
  • Enemy Without: After Stygian is convinced to mend fences with the Pillars, he is pulled out of the Pony of Shadows leaving only its dark husk behind.
  • Evil Brit: Stygian has a soft English accent that remains as the Pony of Shadows.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Stygian was soft-spoken, but gets a much deeper voice as the Pony of Shadows.
  • Face–Heel Turn: He was once a friend of the Pillars, but he turned to darkness after they rejected him.
  • Foil: To Starlight Glimmer. Like her, Stygian was a Seventh Ranger to a group of six heroes who wanted to help them defend Equestria. However, while Starlight is a magical prodigy who ended up using her powers for evil means, Stygian had no power of his own and tried to perform a ritual to gain it, and for it was cast out and turned to evil. Their similarities are a major plot point in "Shadow Play" that serve to help convince Twilight that the Pony of Shadows could be redeemed instead of just banished.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Stygian went from being a normal pony to a major threat in Equestria.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Star Swirl considered it such a threat that he was willing to banish himself and the other Pillars of Equestria to limbo just to bind the Pony of Shadows there too. Later, Star Swirl was willing enough to sacrifice the Elements of Harmony as a Plan B to banish him again.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Stygian just wanted to be powerful in his own right to help the Pillars defend Equestria from great evil. When they cast him out from their group, he ended up becoming one of those great evils himself.
  • Informed Ability: The Pillars speak of him as one of the greatest evils to ever threaten Equestria, one so dangerous they resorted to sealing themselves in Limbo to take him with them. However, he does nothing to demonstrate why he's such a dire threat. This is somewhat justified in that Star Swirl and the Pillars are Unreliable Expositors, and the Pony of Shadows predates most of the other major villains the show has featured; Star Swirl presumes that once the Pony of Shadows was sealed, Equestria had spent the next thousand years at peace, unaware that numerous other great evils sprang up after they were gone. The Pillars probably only considered him a major threat because they didn't have much to compare him to.
  • Jagged Mouth: The Pony of Shadows has fangs that blend into the rest of his face, giving him a serrated silhouette of a mouth.
  • Jossed: In-Universe it's reputed to be a remnant of Nightmare Moon, but it's actually an entirely separate entity predating Nightmare Moon and seeming to have no connection to her. Given the tale was retold over 1000 years of legend with no reliable records of it being kept, it's likely the two villains were combined into one.
  • Leitmotif: His genre theme songs is a mixture of orchestra and ambient music. An of example of one of his genre theme songs can be heard here.
  • Like a Duck Takes to Water: The season 8 episode "A Rockhoof and a Hard Place" reveals that Stygian has taken to writing about his past. This has produced multiple best-sellers, notably giving him the respect he wanted during the time with the Pillars. While he is still weaker by comparison, his time spent with them is paying off more now than 1000 years ago, giving both him and the Pillars more renown.
  • Living Shadow: The Pony of Shadows is a nebulous cloud of darkness in the shape of a pony.
  • Made of Evil: The Pony of Shadows is comprised of a dark, nebulous energy that corrupts those who give themselves up to it and uses their body to ravage the world, feeding off its host's sentiments like resentment and rage. In many ways it is a lot like Nightmare Moon as she was created from Luna's similar feelings of being overlooked and disrespected by her sister. However unlike her, the Pony of Shadows is a separate entity from its host, Stygian, and Stygian himself remains intact and distinct from the shadow energy.
  • Meaningful Name: "Stygian" means "of or related to the River Styx", but is metaphorically used to mean "very, very dark."
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: After the Pillars mistook an attempt to empower himself as an attempt to steal their power and cast him out, he became the Pony of Shadows and tried to wreak havoc on Equestria.
  • Mysterious Past: Applejack's tale of the Pony of Shadows was the only sort of backstory it had at the time, and even then we had no way of knowing if that was really its origin. We don't even know if the hooded figure from the castle is the person from Applejack's legend or someone entirely unrelated. "Shadow Play" later reveals its history in full.
  • Not So Different:
    • Starlight Glimmer invokes this with Stygian, pointing out that she was once a villain, and Twilight helped her, encouraging him to let Twilight do the same for him.
    • The Legends of Magic comic series shows that Stygian is this to Twilight, as they are both scholarly ponies with natural leadership skills. After hearing Stygian's full story, Sunburst suggests that he could have turned out just like Twilight if things had gone differently.
  • Put Them All Out of My Misery: Essentially his goal (as the Pony of Shadows): he wants to make the entire world feel as hopeless as Stygian himself.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The Pony of Shadows was trapped in Limbo by his former friends, and after Stygian is removed from it the dark entity is sealed away in Limbo again. Like Tirek, this imprisonment took its toll and he's been badly weakened by the time he gets out, though still more powerful than Twilight is.
  • Shout-Out: In Name Only to the Lord of Shadows from Castlevania, since its debut episode's title is a Shout-Out to the game.
  • Stone Wall: While he doesn't really show much in the way of offensive powers (at least while weakened by his long imprisonment), he's nevertheless such an Implacable Man that even the Elements of Harmony struggle to stop him (keep in mind that Nightmare Moon, and Discord note  could barely — if at all — resist the Elements' effects).
  • The Symbiote: The actual shadow entity is this. It bonded with Stygian and granted him immense power, but also seems to influence him. However, given Stygian's explanation of where he got it from, it seems it was at least at the time unable to do much without a host and needed him to cause trouble. Also, the spell to banish him was predicted to have the unpleasant side-effect of destroying the Elements of Harmony, and he was able to fight it for a long time — until his host is removed, at which point he is banished almost instantly and without the predicted side-effect.
  • Tragic Monster: Stygian can be considered this due to his backstory... and the fact that, similar to Nightmare Rarity in the comics, much drama in the "Shadow Play" two-parter comes from the prospect of the Pillars (joined by the Mane Six, Spike, Starlight, and Sunburst) fighting their old friend who brought them together in the first place and what's become of him following his transformation into The Pony of Shadows. When Twilight notices Stygian's true form sticking out of the Pony of Shadows' body, and flies inside, it's clear that Stygian (his true personality) is in despair over how his friends apparently betrayed him and can't overcome the darkness on his own.
  • Un-person: Fear of another following in his oath is what drove his descendant Shadow Lock to try and erase all knowledge and memory of his existence, turning him into this in one of the comic arcs, before Twilight and company stopped the well-intentioned unicorn.
  • Villainous Legacy: Among the villains, his historical impact is unmatched. He's the reason that the Pillars of Equestria (including Star Swirl the Bearded) ended up disappearing, thus forcing Celestia and Luna to pick up the slack in protecting Equestria from the likes of Discord, King Sombra, etc. Likewise, he — as Stygian — turns out to have brought the Pillars together in the first place, thus forming the group that would eventually plant none other than the Tree of Harmony.
  • Was Once a Man: The Pony of Shadows was once just a normal pony named Stygian.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Stygian was The Strategist and a friend of the Pillars until he felt beneath the other heroes because despite being a unicorn, he was sorely lacking in both magic and physical strength. It only got worse when his attempt to replicate their artifacts and gain power from them was mistaken for robbery and he was banished from the group.
  • Winged Unicorn: While never addressed as such, The Pony of Shadows takes the form of a black alicorn. His vessel, however, is a normal unicorn.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Like the Pillars, the Pony of Shadows was weakened by his long imprisonment. It's unclear if he managed to regain his true strength come time for the Final Battle or not.

    Chancellor Neighsay
Princess or no, he expects things done by the book.
Voiced by: Maurice LaMarche

The head of the Equestria Education Association. He's a powerful unicorn who wants what he sees as best for Equestria, and insists on doing things by the guidelines he's created. However, he's severely prejudiced towards non-pony intelligent species.

  • 0% Approval Rating: Despite his attempts to make Equestria safe, none of the ponies appreciate his prejudice towards the non-pony creatures. In fact, the species leaders pretty much hate him. In the Season 8 finale, the ponies attending the School of Friendship immediately turn on him after Cozy Glow reminds them how he shut the school down.
  • Anti-Villain: He just wants to make questionable actions in order to make sure Equestria is safe, nothing personal. He's not a villain or a heroic unicorn, he's in fact neutral. As it all turns out at the end of the eighth season, Chancellor Neighsay has good intentions, it's just the fact that he has a misguided view on what non-pony races really are. Eventually he faces the reality and apologizes for his actions.
  • Amplifier Artifact: His EEA badge allows him to open portals to anywhere in Equestria and cast magic far greater than he would normally be capable of. He first demonstrates this by using the badge to cast a locking spell on Twilight's school (it locks the door and produces a shield that coats the entire building). It doesn't seem to quite get him on the power level of an alicorn, though, as Twilight has no trouble breaking the spell unaided. This turns out to be a plot point in the season finale; while unicorns have lost their magic, the magical artifacts of the kingdom still have some power, letting Neighsay open one last portal to try and go get help from the Princesses.
  • Beard of Evil: Not exactly evil/villainous, but he does possess a stereotypical pointy villain goatee.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: His redemption arises from the Young Six forgiving him and letting him go in an Enemy Mine against Cozy Glow.
  • The Cavalry: At the end of "School Raze - Part 2", he shows up to arrest Cozy Glow along with Princesses Celestia and Luna and the Royal Guard.
  • Cheated Angle: For much of "School Daze - Part 1", his badge is on his left. However, at one point in Part 1 and in his sole appearance in Part 2, it's on his right, as it is in his picture shown here. Even more puzzling when you consider that he's seen from his right at multiple points in Part 1, and only in that one shot is the badge not missing. In addition, the front shots we see of him show that the ribbon the badge is attached to only hangs over one shoulder (usually his left), yet it's always hanging over the shoulder shown to the viewers, regardless of if it's his left or right, or if the badge is visible or not.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Unlike the previous antagonists of each season premiere/finale, he's not a villain with grand designs for world domination or the like. Instead, he's a simple Jerkass who wouldn't feel out of place in the Slice of Life episodes.
  • Dean Bitterman: He is very conservative, insisting that the E.E.A.'s schools strictly follow the guidelines to a "T", and wary of non-pony students, describing them as dangerous. He closes the E.E.A. school of friendship's doors, which prompts Twilight and the other students to re-open the school as an independent, non-accredited academy.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: He is this for Jerkass Has a Point. Fantastic Racism aside, he is very unlikable and makes no effort to warm up to anyone, and shows no respect for Twilight or her methods. That said, he is well within his rights to have the school shut down, and does give a lot of painful truths. For instance, the Mane Six had no idea how to teach their classes within the guidelines, they weren't able to rein in students who were playing hooky out of boredom, and the exchange students caused an accident that demolished one of the school's towers and almost buried several ponies in rubble. When he points this out to everyone, they can't do anything but glare at him because they know he has a point. When Twilight and the rest of the Mane Six end up locked away in Tartarus, he uses the opportunity to remain in charge, completely unaware that nopony likes him at all, and finds this out too late when Cozy Glow provokes the students who admired Twilight into turning against him and locking him in Twilight's office. He ends up recognizing that he needs an attitude adjustment and pulls a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Didn't Think This Through: In the Season 8 finale.
    • Cozy Glow points out to him that Neighsay is basically going around saying that he knows better on how to run the School of Friendship than the Princess of Friendship who was supported by Celestia and Luna. When she phrases it this way out loud to him, Neighsay suddenly starts reconsidering his stance.
    • He declares that with Twilight gone, he is taking over the School of Friendship, and he will run it the way the EEA would. He makes the mistake of announcing this before Twilight's students who all love her and know Neighsay has already shut the school down once before. No prizes for guessing what happens next.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: When Twilight proposes her school of friendship, he misses that the entire point of it is to teach the magic of friendship to other species. Instead, he thinks of it as a way for the ponies to learn to properly defend themselves against other creatures.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He treats Star Swirl with the respect he deserves, amazed and wide-eyed when seeing him in person and speaking highly of him.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Shown twice during the "School Raze" two-parter.
    • In part one, he immediately believes Sandbar when he claims to no longer want anything to do with the rest of the Young Six, never considering that it might be suspicious how Sandbar would suddenly turn against his friends.
    • In part two, he initially believes the Young Six have come to gloat over his situation, and is genuinely confused when told that they're come to free him.
  • Evil Is Petty: Deconstructed; Neighsay takes Twilight running her school without accreditation as a personal insult, which clouds his judgment on matters pertaining to her.
    • He accredited Flim and Flam's school so quickly simply to spite Twilight and her school and enjoyed rubbing it in, which unfortunately turned out to be a bad idea since the Friendship University was a scam.
    • This bites him hard in the Season 8 finale. He triumphantly and proudly declares that he is taking over the School of Friendship in Twilight's absence, and he will run things according to EEA standards as should have been done all along. Unfortunately, this attitude makes it easy for Cozy to turn the students against him because they liked how Twilight ran things.
  • Fantastic Racism: He is shown to be quite bigoted towards other creatures, seeing them as nothing more than threats to Equestria, and he even says that maybe friendship should only be for ponies. His prejudice prevents him from even considering Twilight's ideas, even after he sees that her approach is working because some of the students have formed an Interspecies Friendship. In "Friendship University" he supports Flim and Flam's school because of the pony-only environment and believes that the "ill manners" of Twilight's non-pony students are "contagious". In the first half of the season 8 finale he goes so far as to call them monsters and accuse the Young Six of being behind the magic crisis for no other reason then they are not ponies and imprisons them with no evidence to back up his claims. He also says that, under his control, the School of Friendship will be pony-only "as nature intended". At the end of said finale, however, he gets better.
  • Fatal Flaw: Pride. He's convinced that his way of doing things is the right way, and refuses to be challenged. This leads him to develop a grudge against Twilight for both refusing to run the School of Friendship by EEA standards and allowing non-ponies to attend; even the fact that Celestia herself supports Twilight's decisions does nothing to sway him. In fact, he's so sure he's right that at one point, he states that everypony else will "come to their senses" and agree with him eventually. This mindset ends up backfiring on him during "School Raze":
    • Both Sandbar and Cozy Glow are able to trick him into thinking they're on his side simply by agreeing with his views, allowing them to enact their own agendas right under his nose.
    • When he announces that Twilight's "reign" is over, and that he will be running the school according to EEA standards, he expects the pony students to go along with it without question. Instead, they quickly show concern (since they look up to Twilight and like the way she runs the school), and (with some prompting from Cozy Glow) rise up against him, not wanting him to ruin the school like he almost did before.
  • Foil: To Cozy Glow. Both are antagonists in the Season 8 finale who try to take over the School of Friendship and exhibit Fantastic Racism towards non-ponies. However, their general attitudes and how they go about things are very different. Neighsay is unlikable but somewhat well-intentioned, and eventually pulls a Heel–Face Turn. By contrast, Cozy Glow is charismatic while enacting a plan to seize power for herself, and remains evil after her defeat. While Cozy Glow largely uses prejudice towards non-ponies as a tool to manipulate others, Neighsay's racism is genuine, though he eventually gets past it. Cozy Glow is also pragmatic enough to be a Villain with Good Publicity, intending to keep running the school as Twilight would have, while Neighsay allows his dislike of Twilight to become a personal issue, which clouds his judgment and ends up turning the students against him.
  • Freudian Excuse: As the head of the EEA, he's used to ponies following his rules, which is why he takes Twilight's refusal to adhere to EEA standards so badly.
  • Good Is Not Nice: He may be a speciesist, arrogant jerk, but he genuinely wants Equestria to be a better place. He has no qualms about allying with the Young Six against Cozy Glow and manages to bring in the cavalry.
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Evil: He serves as the "bad" to the main heroes' "good" and Cozy Glow's "evil". While he is a speciesist jerk, he is still loyal to Equestria and allies with the heroes to stop Cozy Glow.
  • Hate Sink: For his Fantastic Racism against the creatures the Mane Six have befriended and his treatment of Twilight, as well as his overall attitude of condescension and stand-offish behavior. He was intended by the show creators to be as unlikable as possible. However, by the Season 8 finale, he comes to realize what a jerkass he was being.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In the Season 8 finale, he finally begins to accept the Young Six and attempts to get Celestia and Luna to stop Cozy Glow. He does succeed with using the last of his magic in his medallion to reach Canterlot and warn them, joining them as they take an entire battalion of Royal Guards on foot to Ponyville, before the return of their magic allows them to fly/teleport there faster to apprehend Cozy and punish her for high treason against her fellow ponies. He also apologizes to Twilight for doubting her.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: In "Friendship University", he aligns himself with the Flim-Flam brothers (a.k.a. known con artists) over Twilight. This is partly because Flim and Flam's Friendship University is apparently pony-only, and his beef with Twilight was largely centered on her teaching members of other species, and because he saw Star Swirl happily studying at and endorsing the university.
  • Insane Troll Logic: A big part of the reason he dislikes Twilight teaching members of other species is because he has somehow concluded that they would then use friendship as a weapon against Equestria, and when Twilight questions how he came to that conclusion, his support is... less than logically sound.
    Neighsay: Ah, yes, how to teach friendship to creatures who will one day use it as a weapon against us.
    Twilight: How could they use friendship as a weapon?!
    Neighsay: You tell me, it's your book.
  • Irony: He fears the consequences of teaching non-ponies about friendship, thinking they would use what they learn against Equestria. It's a pony who uses this knowledge to take over Equestria, and the species he shunned are the ones who ultimately derail the plan.
  • Jerkass: He's a speciesist to all creatures that aren't ponies and chews out Twilight if even a single thing isn't done "by the book".
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Deep down underneath that elitism and speciesism is a decent pony. When magic begins to vanish from Equestria in the Season 8 finale, Neighsay goes to the School of Friendship to warn Twilight, but she's already away to investigate it herself, and as far as Neighsay finds when he gets to the school, Twilight left Cozy Glow in charge and not Starlight. Furious over Twilight leaving the school full of children in the care of a foal, Neighsay forcibly takes command of the school in the name of protecting the students from whatever is happening. The "jerk" kicks back in when he thinks the other species are somehow behind it and so confines the Young Six, suspicious of them for no reason but their species, and only lets Sandbar go when he echoed Neighsay's suspicions as a Fake Defector gambit in order to save his friends. Even then, though, he says he will keep the Six imprisoned until he can contact their guardians to retrieve them, showing no intent to hurt them (though he seems ignorant that this really won't look good when their guardians show up).
  • Knight Templar: He's single-mindedly determined to protect Equestria from the threats posed by other species, and is fully convinced that non-pony species pose a real and constant danger to ponykind. As a result, he's willing to shut down any institution trying to foster diplomacy with other nations and openly antagonize said nations' leaders, evidently failing to realize that he's only encouraging the very kind of conflict he's trying to work against. He sees the error of his ways after the Young Six save him from Cozy Glow's prison.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: He is a speciesist jerk to other species due to seeing them as threats to Equestria, and when he takes over the School of Friendship while Twilight is absent he accuses the Young Six of being responsible for stealing all the magic in Equestria just because five of them are not ponies, without any evidence to back up his claim. This eventually bites him when Cozy Glow convinces the rest of the pony students to rebel against him due to all of them knowing how he will just enforce the E.E.A. rules again and ruin the school. He ends up being restrained to a chair by chains, similar to how he restrained the Young Six, by the students he thought he could trust without question. He is later saved by the Young Six, with Yona getting mild revenge against him by pushing him over backwards hard enough to shatter the chair he's on, further proving his speciesism and paranoia wrong.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: He temporarily shuts down the School of Friendship after listing a series of violations it has made (students skipping school, unqualified teachers, and so on). That, and he sees Twilight as a danger to Equestria because she isn't only helping ponies.
  • Perpetual Frowner: The guy almost never cracks a smile, a signature to his unbending and strict persona. He smiles for the first time in "Friendship University"... while taunting Twilight about there being another friendship school in competition with hers. He finally grows out of this in "School Raze".
  • Pet the Dog: In the first part of the Season 8 finale, he claims he came to the School of Friendship to warn Twilight about magic vanishing from Equestria, and then says that since the school has (as far as he is aware) been left in the care of Cozy Glow, herself a foal, he is taking charge of things in the name of protecting the children. Though in the same sentences he combines this trope with Kick the Dog, since he thinks the non-pony races attending the school are to blame and he has to protect the pony children from them.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: While he always wanted to protect Equestria and therefore was never truly evil his Fantastic Racism against non-pony species is what prevented him from being a hero. It's only when he realizes that said racism is politically incorrect and drops it that he truly becomes a protector of Equestria.
  • Punny Name: His name is a pony-themed pun on "naysay", which is something he does a lot towards Twilight due to not approving of her teaching methods or that she's teaching other creatures besides ponies.
  • Red Herring: He's built up as the Arc Villain for Season 8. He isn't — it's Cozy Glow, allied with Lord Tirek.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After Twilight tells him the School of Friendship will help better Equestria, a fed-up Neighsay retorts with "Or destroy it!" and exits through his portal.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: His outspoken Fantastic Racism almost causes the very kind of international incident he claims to be a Well-Intentioned Extremist against.
  • Smug Snake: His voice is so full of condescension, you can practically see it dripping out of his ears.
  • Spanner in the Works: In the Season 8 finale. Cozy Glow had taken over the school to use it for her own purposes... until Neighsay showed up and took control of the situation, hoping to avoid any chaos at the school in the Mane Six's absence, unaware of Starlight's situation as part of Cozy's scheme.
  • Super-Speed Reading: He is seen browsing through Twilight's school curriculum in a few seconds.
  • Thinking Up Portals: Using his EEA badge, he can open glowing blue-and-black portals to anywhere in Equestria at a moment's notice, instead of employing self-powered magical teleportation that the most talented/powerful unicorns are capable of. This comes into play in the Season 8 finale as a last resort to reach Canterlot and warn Celestia and Luna of Cozy's plans before his medallion is drained of its magic by Cozy's spell. Once he has his magic back, he uses it to reach the School of Friendship at the same time Celestia and Luna arrive there by their restored ability to fly to apprehend Cozy and send her to Tartarus for her crimes.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: After being essentially told to step aside by everyone when Twilight reopens the school, Chancellor Neighsay says that he still considers the school to be a threat to Equestria, and leaves through a portal.
  • Villainous Widow's Peak: His mane sports a prominent one, although being a unicorn the point is a bit obscured by the horn.
  • Villainy-Free Villain: He makes several correction observations on how Twilight's School of Friendship does not meet the proper standards of an educational institution as set by the Equestria Education Association, so he's perfectly in his rights to refuse her school accreditation and shut it down. Where the villainous part comes in is the extreme arrogance and speciesism he exhibits while going about that business.
  • Vocal Evolution: In his first appearance, Maurice LaMarche is largely just doing a copy of his voice for the Brain, but upon his return in "Friendship University" it's gotten deeper and more distinct.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He honestly believes he's looking out for Equestria's best interests, but sees other species as a threat rather than potential allies, even when it's demonstrated that they can get along. As far as he's concerned, the potential for them to be dangerous and to use what they learn against Equestria is too great a risk, and Twilight's school is more likely to destroy Equestria than to better it. In consequence, he said he's doing questionable actions only for the greater good, and that's what doesn't make him a full-fledged villain.


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