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Discord

Voiced by Draginite/Mic Roe Pony

The god of Chaos. Unlike his canon self, who was redeemed through kindness and friendship, this Discord remained sadistic and a nigh-unrepentant monster. His actions in Equestria started off the entire Pony POV series.


  • Amnesiac Dissonance: His amnesiac self really fears all those dreams/memories of what he might have done in, essentially, a past life.
  • And I Must Scream: Shares the same fate as his canon self. Ironically, being Taken for Granite is normally a subversion in this universe. It's actually just being in a calm, peaceful, perfectly sane zen-like state the entire time. It's only this for Discord because he can't stand being sane and peaceful, so it's torture for him.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Nominally of Chaos, self-proclaims as Disharmony, but best described as Deconstruction (No, not that trope).
  • Archnemesis Dad: With his 'daughter' Fluttercruel.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: Invoked: He blocks the heroes from stopping Gilda's fight with Nightmare Nhilis so that the heroes can rest even though it will result in Gilda getting badly beat up, because he knows Celestia and Luna would never do it no matter how much the heroes need it.
  • Bad Samaritan: Saves several ponies during G3, not because he was being nice, but because wanted to throw a wrench in the status quo by allowing them to exist.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Being Out-Gambitted tends to send him into a rage. So does actually being hurt.
    • Diamond Tiara seeing the memories of his good self tends to send him into a violent rage.
    • For that matter being reminded of him and Shady's happy times as a mother and son tends to really get to him. However, it seems ultimately to be less it peeves him off and more he's scared of it.
  • Body Surf:
    • The reason Celestia didn't just shatter his statue when he was defeated originally. If you destroy his statue, or actually kill him, his spirit is free to possess somepony elses, as Wind Whistler (Celestia initially refuses to tell Twilight whether it was her or Galaxy for fear that it'd taint their memory by association with Discord, but Dark World eventually confirmed it was her), found out the hard way after Celestia's aunt Galaxia makes the mistake of shattering his statue. He then proceeds to twist her body into a copy of his own.
    • It's revealed he did this to escape his statue prison the second time by having Diamond shatter him. He then took to Sharing a Body with her.
    • After Rumors, he can no longer do this due to His Parents changing the rules.
  • Big Bad: Of the Disharmonized series and the finale arc. He's also the Big Bad of Origins, being a prequel explaining his Start of Darkness.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Part of what makes this incarnation of him so vile and evil is just how lighthearted he takes all of his horrific actions, up to and including multiple genocides.
    • He justified his genocide of the Hippocampi with the excuse that his card game was running on long.
  • Brainwashing: Can brainwash people to become the opposite of themselves, but has no control over them.
  • Butterfly of Doom: Claims himself to be this in the Finale Arc. Of couse, given the fact that he was originally meant to represent change in the status quo, this possibly not that far off.
  • Cannibalism Superpower: He's as powerful as he is because he ate his own brother! And the avatar of his father, but that one is only slightly less horrific because Havoc told him to do it.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: A rather serious version, even referring to himself as a 'sadistic hedonistic psychopath'. It's implied he's afraid of admitting he can be good, given his reactions to various references to the possiblity.
  • Create Your Own Hero: Literally! His actions directly lead to Twilight Sparkle even existing in the first place! Also, he literally created Fluttercruel himself, who he'll have to contend with now that she's an Element of Harmony.
  • Create Your Own Villain: It turns out he's an example for Celestia. He uses this as part of a Hannibal Lecture to Luna as he was defeated.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He's done a lot of regrettable things, but also has had a lot of regrettable things done to him.
  • Deader Than Dead: His ultimate fate: he allows Dissy to fully take over as he's reincarnated through Pinkie Pie, destroying the original Discord for good and completely.
  • Death by Adaptation: He allows himself to be erased and Dissy to be reincarnated through Pinkie Pie, meaning the original Discord is gone permanently.
  • Deliver Us from Evil: Very twisted male version. His 'adoption' of Diamond Tiara ultimately does lead to him gaining some measure of a Heel Realization, though not enough to stop him from being a villain or to do what's actually best for her.
  • Despair Gambit: Done to Diamond Tiara to both make her free him and to make her his Nightmare ally. Unfortunately for Discord, he actually started to genuinely love her as his family and isn't as happy with the end result as he hoped he would be.
  • Did Not Think This Through:
    • He's Discord, so by nature he really thinks the consequences of his actions through to the point he's literally inflicted a genocide purely out of this trope. Even he admits giving his Pinkie Pie clone army knock off Concept Killing Spears wasn't his smartest ideas and has second thoughts about it, though only after a partial Heel Realization.
    • Creating his Detachments to fight the heroes turns out to be this: he's very inexperienced with it and as a result several of his Detachments go out of his ability to control. Wind Whistler (or Discord's hallucination of her) calls him out on it: he could barely control himself while whole, what made him think he could do it separated? Also, while he's currently a spirit inside Diamond, his Detachments are very much physical. This isn't a problem at first...until Scootaloo uses the cape she got from Entropy to permanently erase Goatcord, damaging Discord himself.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Invoked. Discord tries to pass him off as this to Bon Bon and even used his Rewriting Reality endgame to make it seem like this and portray himself as a misunderstood prankster. No one buys it with Bon Bon pointing out that even if he didn't realize it, Discord did do awful things. This hits him hard.
  • Dual Boss: His detachments Deercord and Dragocord fight together, unlike the rest of them. They don't work well together however.
  • Dystopia Justifies the Means: Even worse than the canon version, his actions are portrayed a lot worse.
  • Enemy Mine:
    • While the Mane Six didn't know it, he and Diamond helped against the Changelings because Chrysalis's victory would've ended poorly for them.
    • He briefly forms one with Twilight (though tries to pretend he isn't) to defeat the resurrected Destruction (who manifested via Discord's Lioncord avatar and Came Back Wrong).
  • Enemy Without: In addition to Dissy, his use of Detachments results in Destruction briefly becoming this for him.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • As horrible as he is, he considers being a 'craddle robber' as something he wouldn't do. Or at least doesn't find it fun.
    • Even he realizes it probably wasn't the smartest idea giving the army of revenge crazed Pinkie Pie clones knock off Concept Killing Spears wasn't his smartest idea.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Is it ever.
  • Evil Is One Big, Happy Family: Despite him saying otherwise, he wants this trope and has attempted to achieve it. Unfortunately for him, it never works out as he planned. Shady was miserable and ultimately betrayed him out of love for him, he broke Diamond too well for his tastes, and ultimately by the end he's come to have a Heel Realizaton and can't really enjoy it anymore.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Is treated as such by the story. His advent in the MLP: FIM verse is described here like something out of a Cosmic Horror Story. He's not the only one of his kind, but he's the worst of them.
  • God of Evil: Well, one of them. Also Deconstructed, as everyone hates him and You Can't Go Home Again is in effect because of his status as this trope.
  • Gone Horribly Right: His plan for turning Diamond into a Nightmare goes too well and she ultimately usurps him as the Final Boss despite not actually betraying him so much as refusing to back down when he wants to.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good:
    • Outright stated by Twilight as his main weakness. Its stated in "Origins" that he's the only Draconequus completely incapable of comprehending love, even his father Havoc can.
    • Shady turning on him is also the same way. He believed she'd never turn on him because she loved him as her son, giving him a truly loyal The Dragon. In the end, he pushes this too far and she decides to stop him because she loves him but refuses to let her family blight the world any long. He doesn't take this well.
    • In "Mind Games Part 2", he outright tells Diamond Tiara there's something in everypony else's eyes he simply is incapable of comprehending no matter how hard he tries. So he decided to just ignore it and continue playing his games.
    • "Mind Games Part 5" reveals that, at the very least, Good!Discord comprehended love, and thus Discord might, but he outright refuses to accept the fact he does, because if he did, he'd be forced to face how wrong his actions towards those who genuinely loved him were, something he refuses to do.
    • After he felt pity for the crippled leader of an alien invasion and gave him a gift in the form of one day of perfect health, Discord ranted on and on about it because he couldn't understand why he felt bad for the man. Even his own acts of goodness baffle him!
    • During the finale, he tries to make peace with Pinkie Pie by offering to resurrect Minty...which would involve ripping out Twilight's soul and remaking Minty from it (probably unmaking Twilight in the process). He genuinely can't understand why Pinkie Pie is horrified by the idea.
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: Type 2. Doesn't even begin to describe all of the things he did, both in the past, present, and the Bad Future where he won.
  • Evil Mentor: To Diamond Tiara. He also had one in the form of Morning Star.
  • Evil Overlord: Especially in "Epilogue"
  • Face–Heel Turn: He was still a psychopath, but he used to work with the other Draconequi and Alicorns in maintaining the universe. Then he discovered he was a sadist and that's when things went south. Then he was reborn on earth and the personality born as a result was a good guy and friend of the G1 ponies...until Evil!Discord reawakened, ate his good self, and began his thousand year reign of chaos and suffering.
  • False Friend: Inverted, Discord tells Diamond upfront they're only using one another...but ultimately by the end of his gambit, Discord genuinely comes to care for her, but being Discord is too selfish to stop while he still could.
  • Fallen Angel: Is the only truly evil Draconequi and considered evil even by their standards, with the majority of his own family hating him for one reason or another.
  • Finishing Move: Tends to use Destruction's power as this if he actually wants to kill someone.
  • For the Evulz: Pretty much the only reason he does anything.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: By deity standards as it were. He went a Bratty Half-Pint who was last seen being dragged away by the ear to his parents by Luna (though he was still a psychopath, even then) during the Cosmic Retcon of the G3 world to an Evil Overlord ruling Equestria with an iron fist who's outright stated as at least partly responsible for the near extinction of the Alicorns, a race supposedly equal to the Draconequi.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Of most of the series, as even though he spends most of it Sealed Evil in a Can, the series revolves around recovering from what he did.
    • It turns out that quite a few of the G1 villains were his "toys", Arabus, Squirk, Catrina, and Somnambula were apparently all some of his pawns, though Squirk was given the Flashstone by Strife, Discord just helped him retrieve it.
  • Heel Realization: Bon Bon manages to trigger a partial one, but it's Scootaloo erasing his insanity and Celestia and Luna managing a few Armor-Piercing Question and Armor-Piercing Response remarks that manages to finally break it. While he's still acting as a villain, he prepares to just leave, but Diamond is having none of it.
  • Hell of a Heaven: Being Taken for Granite is actually surprisingly pleasant for the average person, you just peacefully contemplate your place in the universe, mentally compose poetry, and generally remain in a peaceful, zen-like state and aren't even traumatized when you're freed. But because Discord hates all of that, it's an And I Must Scream fate for him.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Tends to do this to himself a lot.
    • One deserves mention for how extremely long it took to come back and bite him in the tail. He saved Pinkie Pie and Minty in the G3 world from Princess Luna so he could "play" with them more (and because of how outright chaotic Pinkie is). Pinkie, of course, became the Element of Laughter, but Minty ends up dying of blood loss. Pinkie then merges her spirit with that of the G1 Twilight, giving birth to Twilight Sparkle. It took several thousand years to come back and bite him in the tail, but boy did it ever!
    • Giving Shady, who he believed was his loyal The Dragon who'd never turn on him because she loved him as her son, an Element Of Chaos, Despair. In the final battle of "Origins" when she performs a Heel–Face Turn, that same Element makes her impervious to his magic because despair is the absence of hope, something draconequi magic can't effect.
    • Sending off his Detachments backfires, both because several them go out of his control, but exposing a piece of him in Goatcord allows Scootaloo to use the cape Entropy gave him to permanently damage Discord by erasing Goatcord.
  • Hope Is Scary:
    • Discord isn't exactly the bravest sort when confronted with something that can genuinely harm him, but the thing that seems to terrify him more than anything is the idea that there might be hope of him being redeemed and he's not purely evil. The reason for this is he uses being purely evil and irredeemable as an excuse for the awful things he's done (ie 'I never had a choice to be good, so why should I try?'), and thus if he ever actually admitted he was capable of being good, he'd actually have to accept he had no excuse. This is most pronounced when it comes to his memories of Paradise Estate and his Dissy persona, who was a genuinely good person and thus proof he's not irredeemable, which has caused a Freak Out! in him several times.
    • During the final battle following his Heel Realization, he changes his mind and accepts Hope is part of Chaos.
  • Internal Reveal: Subject to several of them:
    • Who he possessed when his original mortal body was killed was revealed to be Wind Whistler in Dark World, but the prime verse cast don't learn that until they find her discarded corpse after he did a Body Surf into Diamond.
    • The audience is aware he's one of the masterminds of the Rumors Arc from the get go, or even free, but the characters don't find out until quite a bit into it.
  • I've Come Too Far: Seems to be part of his mentality after his Heel Realization, as he believes all he has left is to make a big finale at this point.
  • Kill It with Ice: One of his few real weaknesses. Draconequi can't effect ice directly because its created by taking away heat and their magic doesn't work on something born from the absence of something. He loses this weakness as a spirit, but also lost his ability to body surf.
  • Lack of Empathy: He literally sold his conscience on E-Bray. To Q.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • As 'Wind Whistler' (actually the aspect of him representing reason) points out: Scootaloo erasing his insanity and changing hi, against his will in a way that makes him feel violated is him finally being on the receiving end of his favorite game.
    • Corrupting Diamond Tiara into a Nightmare blows up in his face when he finds out too late he can no longer control her.
  • Last of His Kind: Was believed to be this after the Alicorn/Draconequi War. He's not, but his species has little interest in causing trouble.
  • Literal Split Personality: As a Draconequus, he's capable of creating Detachments of himself, avatars who are whole versions of their component animals each representing an aspect of their personality. The problem is, Discord's too selfish to actually pull it off. He manages it during the Finale Arc, but as pointed out, he can barely control himself when he's complete, so he has little to no control over his Detachments and several of them don't do as he wants them to do.
  • Logical Weakness: He can constantly respawn the animated statues in Canterlot Castle Garden, but when Fluttershy (as Princess Gaia) physically removes them from the battlefield (by sucking them into the puppets and then dismissing them, apparently sending them to her realm), they're gone for good. Discord is a Draconequus: he can only rearrange matter, not create it like an Alicorn, so with the puppets physically gone its beyond his power to simply make more.
  • Love Redeems: Subverted. Celestia's romantic love and Shady's maternal love both fails to redeem him. Double Subverted in, while it takes awhile, his paternal love for Diamond ultimately does redeem him enough that he allows Dissy to perform a Split-Personality Takeover.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Reveals to Diamond Tiara that she's descended from Shady's family, making him her very distant uncle.
  • Master-Apprentice Chain: Of the evil variety. He was taught the art of manipulation by Morning Star, the Concept of Evil, and goes on to become an Evil Mentor to Diamond Tiara.
  • Me's a Crowd: Discord uses his Detachments during the Final Battle, creating Goatcord, Griffcord, Batcord, Quetzalcord, Dragocord, Deercord, Seacord, Lioncord, and Eris, each one representing an aspect of himself. Celestia notes that Discord never used them before, as his ego was too gigantic to allow it until he had his partial Heel Realization.
  • Middle Child Syndrome: Although never explicitly mentioned in the series, being sandwiched between an older brother and sister, and younger brother and sister likely affected him similarly to Trixie. Proved by when he's reborn into a fulfilling life on the Paradise Estate, that among other things, he's an only child.
  • Mommy Issues: Namely, he both loves Shady in a very twisted way and is terrified of her for representing his potential to be good, his worst fear.
  • Monster Sob Story: Deep down he misses his mortal mother and Paradise Estate, but due to his own actions can never have the happy ending he threw away back.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: As if his normal name wasn't bad enough, his full name is revealed to be Discordance Apophis Typhon, as in the God of Darkness and Chaos from Egyptian Mythology and the "Father of All Monsters" from Classical Mythology.
  • Narcissist: has a grandiose sense of self-worth, to the point at times using the phrase 'sometoy' to refer to ponies, has zero empathy for anyone not named Discord, and the implication he's not as great as he thinks he is (especially proving it in some fashion) is a major Berserk Button.
  • Never My Fault: Discord's Fatal Flaw: he can't stand the idea of accepting responsibility for his actions and will actively avoid it to the point of absurdity. It's later implied it isn't simply refusing to do so, but being genuinely scared of doing so, with Wind Whistler stating he has hypengyophobia, the Fear of Responsibility.
  • Near-Villain Victory: As in canon. In the Finale he manages this in the second chapter.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: His actions have actually healed some pre-existing problems characters had. It's also revealed that he destroyed the Rainbow Of Light, creating the Elements Of Harmony, the only thing capable of defeating him.
    • Turns out he was savvy enough to erase part of it, the Element Of Trust, to prevent it from being used against him. Unfortunately for him, that merely allowed Celestia and Luna to combine it with The Power of Friendship to create the Elements, but that's another trope.
    • In the Epilogue timeline, it's implied that the memory games he plays with Twilight will eventually allow Twilight Tragedy to learn how to overthrow him.
    • Oh, it gets better. Back during the end of the G3 world, he decides to save Pinkie Pie and Minty from Luna's wraith, sparing their existence. Pinkie Pie goes on to become an Element Of Laughter in the new timeline. Minty? She dies and Pinkie merges her spirit with that of the G1 Twilight, creating our Twilight!
  • Nigh Invulnerable: It took getting kicked in the face several thousand times at the speed of sound just to bust out his tooth. However, it seems he's not as invulnerable as his species CAN be, as his siblings Destruction and Strife are much more durable and Strife displayed a massive Healing Factor Discord doesn't seem to have. The reason for this has yet to be seen.
  • Nothing Can Stop Us Now!: Has a bad habit of declaring victory before he's actually won and believing he's invulnerable. This lead to his defeat on multiple levels. He'd believed he'd already driven Luna mad and turned her back into Nightmare Moon. This allowed her to easily manipulate things to defeat him without him knowing. Probably also counts in the Epilogue timeline, where he technically has won, but his games with Twilight are implied to ultimately be his undoing because he things the only way she can possibly get free of his control is if he wills it.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Back in the G3 universe when Luna told him that she was going to tell the Elders what he'd been doing, including his father, Havoc. Considering his father is an Eldritch Abomination and Anthropomorphic Personification of Mass Hysteria whose tooth is twice the size of Discord, it's no wonder he was scared.
    • Has this reaction to Chrysalis becomes complete and turns into Queen Cadenza, at which point he tells Diamond to get the heck out of there. The main reason for this is that an experienced Goddess of Harmony is obviously bad news for him and Diamond. Doubly so when she senses and nearly petrifies Diamond.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Stays out of causing direct havoc during Rumors, though he does a lot of 'remodeling' around the World Tower. Justified as he's actively avoiding confronting the heroes. He was also futilely trying to spend quality time with Diamond. Also, his Dissy personality was sabotaging him without him knowing after Bon Bon proves to still calls him out on being a selfish monster even after being literally made to see him as a good guy.
  • Our Monsters Are Weird: Whenever he's had a chance to actually establish his rule, he tends to have a collection of these. Normally of the Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot variety. He even had an army of Ninja Pirate Zombie Robots during his first reign.
  • Out of Continues: The Draconequi have the ability to Body Surf if their physical manifestations are killed by anyone but a member of their own family. Discord has abused this both to survive being killed by Galaxia and to escape his prison into Diamond Tiara. However, the Elders strip their children of this ability precisely because of Discord's abusing it while it's not benefited his benevolent siblings very much, meaning if he dies again it will stick and he's going back to his parents.
  • Papa Wolf: Surprisingly towards Diamond Tiara. He ends up abandoning Nythy to his fate for threatening to leave Diamond to be petrified by Queen Cadenza.
  • Parental Abandonment: Created Fluttercruel then just kind of didn't acknowledge her existence. Turns out he never meant to do so and in fact didn't even know she existed until the Wedding, and has no idea how he made her in the first place.
  • People's Republic of Tyranny: Has a habit of referring to himself by titles implying an elected office, despite being a complete tyrant, likely because "King" or "Emperor" would make sense in such a case.
  • Pet the Dog: Played with and possibly Subverted. He saved Pinkie and Minty back in the G3 universe, but he justifies it by saying she was just so chaoic he couldn't resist keeping her around to play with a bit and Minty was just saved so he could play with her because she was on the "delete" list.
    • One of the few things that was clearly a Pet the Dog moment was hypnotizing Surprise to get out of the area before he began his reign, though considering he'd just completed his Split-Personality Takeover, it may simply have been what was left of the good personality doing its last good deed before vanishing.
    • To the surprise of many, one of his first acts upon being freed is to fulfill his promise to Diamond Tiara and restore Screwball's sanity. Though once more, it's hard to assume he's doing this out of true compassion, since he pretty much says he's only keeping his word because he swore to his Elders he would, and as we've seen before, it's not a good idea to tick his Mother off.
  • Physical God
  • Psycho for Hire: According to very Loose Canon, the Draconequi were basically the Shiva of the multiverse, destroying things to permit a Cosmic Retcon in the event the universe is dying. The others at least had some degree of empathy for the ponies in that world and didn't like it, for various reasons. Even Destruction didn't like it and apologized to a pony for what he had to do. Discord? He was having the time of his life doing whatever he pleased because the timeline was doomed anyway.
  • Raise Him Right This Time: Shady raising him is a rather painful subversion. Even though she wasn't aware she was raising a monster, it looked like she'd actually make him good. Unfortunately, it failed...
  • Reality Warper: He's Discord, this goes without saying.
  • Riddle for the Ages: Which aspect of his personality Eris represents. She's more than happy to explain, but the heroes don't want to now what part she is.
  • Satanic Archetype: Pretty much the Equestrian equivalent. Turns out he learned his Manipulative Bastard skills under Morning Star, a Fallen Alicorn who represents the Devil Tarot.
  • Rewriting Reality: Seems to be his grand plan: going beyond his Reality Warper abilities into straight up altering creation into a grim, dark hell hole.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Is sealed away in stone at the beginning of the Reharmonized Series.
  • Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: When he arrived in Equestria, he was born through G1 Shady, and spent several decades suppressed inside his own mind while a much nicer Discord was in control. He finally got out by eating his good personality.
  • Sharing a Body: Is eventually revealed to have escaped his statue prison the second time by having Diamond shatter him, then took up co-ownership of her body with her.
  • The Sociopath: Displays some...Troubling Unchild Like Behavior when he was young such as turning Flutterponies into Parasprites so he could make them eat each other. Though by his species standards, this may be closer to the "torturing small animals" stage. Its explained in "Origins" that while the other Draconequi, even his father Havoc, are capable of one way or another comprehending love, Discord is incapable of comprehending it.
  • So Proud of You: Admits he's actually proud of Fluttercruel. While she assumes the worst, Diamond implies it's for completely different reasons and he on some level wishes he hadn't been a horrible parent.
  • Sore Loser: Like canon, Discord doesn't know when to admit defeat. Havoc mentions to Celestia, Luna, and Twilight that this is a bad problem for his son: "Concepts have no room to be sore losers."
  • Split-Personality Takeover: How he entered the world, through being born by a moral mare, resulted in a kindhearted, split personality who was genuinely kind. Unfortunately, the real Discord's personality won out in the end. However, it later turns out Dissy might be Not Quite Dead and recent events may be causing him to re-emerge. He intentionally allows Dissy to permanently take control in the end, with the original Discord personality ceasing to exist.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: In the Epilogue timeline. Though it's implied in Applejack's Reharmonizing that he eventually gets defeated by Twilight, who used his own games to Out Gambit him.
  • The Last Dance: Essentially his motive for the final battle: he's had a Heel Realization and can no longer enjoy his games, so he decides to go out with a bang in an epic final battle. He's called out on his selfishness for dragging Diamond Tiara along with him, and ultimately decides to just retreat peacefully instead of die...unfortunately Diamond Tiara had other plans.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Gets a massive one in the Dark World, thanks to Nightmare Paradox. To emphasize how bad it was, it got to the point where she was forced to stop torturing him for a while because his nerves had stopped firing, and as she knows, torture is pointless if the victim can't even feel it.
  • Troubling Unchild Like Behavior: He was a child during the end of the G3 universe. Taking part in a Cosmic Retcon is apparently a perfectly acceptible thing for a Draconequi child to do, but enjoying it is not. In fact, he's the only member of his species or the Alicorns that actually like it. And his response to feeling bad about realizing Luna will never accept him? Go find some more Flutterponies to turn into Parasprites so he can make them eat each other! Though it should be noted, by Draconequi standards, its the fact he does this solely For the Evulz than the act itself.
  • True Final Boss: For everyone.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Is a nigh omnipotent Reality Warper, but due to that, never bothered to really learn a thing about hand to hand combat.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: The second time around, not the first time. First time he was pretty much a Sociopath who got worse with age, the second time he was a good child for his mother Shady until his evil persona resurfaced. Discord ultimately allows himself to cease to exist and his sweet kid self to be the basis for their Reincarnation.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Went completely berserk when Mimic knocked out his tooth in the past.
    • Turns out the real breakdown began just before that when she revealed the bridge between Ponyland and Earth has been destroyed, foiling his plans to head to the human world once he's bored with Equestria. He's reduced to babbling for a few moments and is left so furious the rest of the battle that he can't fight effectively. He also has a breakdown when Shady pulls a Heel–Face Turn and turns against him, unable to understand why she is.
    • When his attempt to further break down Diamond Tiara's mind allowed Diamond to see his memories of growing up a happy and loving child with his pony mother, Shady (Diamond's ancestor), Discord completely flips out.
  • Villains Never Lie: He actually does fufill his end of the bargain with Diamond Tiara (namely, curing her mother) once he's freed. Though it seems he originally wasn't intending to, but because he swore to the Elders he had to keep his end of the deal.
  • Villainous Friendship: Develops quite a bit of sentiment for his liberator in the process of getting busted out, resulting in a Type 2. Though trying to cultivate a more reciprocal Type 1.
  • Villain Song: Gets one in "Origins", a version of You're Only Second Rate he sings while overpowering and killing Galaxia.
  • The Voice: To Diamond Tiara.
  • We Used to Be Friends: He and Celestia were once friends, then Discord discovered his sadistic pleasure in others' misery. By the time of the Alicorn and Draconequi War, Discord had become a sadistic monster with absolutely no regard for life, Celestia, or even his own race.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Despite otherwise being willing to ruin ponies' lives in all kinds of horribly sadistic ways and is near omnipotent, Word of God has confirmed Discord tends not to actually kill ponies. Not because killing is beneath him, it certain isn't, and he does actually kill several ponies personally or indirectly, he prefers keeping them alive so he can "play" with them longer.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Even children weren't spared his cruelty. In "Epilogue", he has absolutely no qualms about sending his Dragon to kill a bunch of foals.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Implied: his family decidedly don't agree with what he does, and Dark World (and Havoc himself) imply that should he ever return to the Spirit World, his family is waiting for him with several billion consecutive death sentences (and that was for a Discord who turned good). He's definitely ''not' welcome with his family any more.
  • You Killed My Father: Is heavily implied to be the reason Luna and Celestia are the Last Of Their Kind.
    • Turns out he's not entirely responsible nor accurate, but is more than happy to take credit for it. He did kill their earthly mother and what they believed was the last surviving member of their race, however.

    Spoiler Character 1 

Dissy

The good side of Discord. Unlike Discord, he has compassion and empathy, and is living proof that Discord is not completely irredeemable. The possibility of him emerging, even at all, terrifies Discord.


  • The Dreaded: Only to Discord, and for a very specific reason - Dissy's the proof Discord can be good, something Discord seems terrified of admitting to himself. As a result, Discord typically tries his hardest to pretend he doesn't exist and the idea he's still in him turns a dream into a Catapult Nightmare.
  • Enemy Within: Implied to have been the one helping the CMC after Discord's emotions and repressed guilt caused him to re-emerge.
  • Helpless Good Side: Subverted; Dissy was mainly helpless because Discord buried him deep within his own subconsciousness. Once he manages to gain enough pull to begin acting again, he's a good bit of help to the CMC.
  • Nice Guy: Dissy's a sweet kid, in complete contrast to Discord.
  • Not Quite Dead: Dissy as eaten by Discord and presumed destroyed, but as time goes on it becomes apparent that he was buried, not destroyed and at least one Dark World loop involved him and Discord reuniting if his words are to be believed. The Final Arc implies Discord's growing guilt he refuses to face caused him to re-emerge and help the CMC and company. He's ultimately the sole remaining personality after Discord allows himself to be erased so Dissy can be the basis for his Reincarnation through Pinkie Pie.]]
  • Raise Him Right This Time: Tragically averted the first time, as the original Discord personality resurfaced and took back over. Played Straight when the original Discord allows himself to cease to exist and Dissy to be the one to Reincarnate through Pinkie Pie.]]
  • Reincarnation: Is the part of Discord to do this via Pinkie Pie.
  • Split Personality: Dissy is Discord's. Unlike most examples, Dissy was born from Discord refusing to accept that he and his innocent mortal self were the same person.
  • Split-Personality Takeover: Discord willingly allows him to do this in the end and become the sole personality and basis for their Reincarnation.
  • Walking Spoiler: His existence is deeply connected to Discord's back story.

    Spoiler Character 2 

Pinkie Pie Clone Army

An army of mirror pool clones of Pinkie Pie, rescued from Oblivion by Discord.


  • Badass Army: They're an army of Pinkie Pie clones.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Discord later admits that using them as his army and giving them Concept Killing Spear knock offs wasn't his brightest choice, even if he does care for them. In fact, it might be in part because he does care for them and Luna is willing to kill them because of the spears.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: They love each other, and that's part of how Silver Spoon convinces them to stand down.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Due to their experiences, they're Discord and Diamond's minions. While they're convinced to step down, they ultimately are still loyal to him.
  • Freudian Excuse: They're the Mirror Pool Clones that Heart World!Twilight unknowingly sent to Oblivion who have been struggling to survive there until Discord saved them. They're understandably bitter about that.
  • Me's a Crowd: They're literally an army of 49 Pinkie Pie clones. Though they all have individual names now.
  • Our Angels Are Different: They're technically Discord's angels by virtue of being his Yokai.
  • Ret Gone: They're given knock-off Concept Killing Spears by Discord, who later realizes that wasn't a bright idea.
  • Revenge by Proxy: They try to get revenge on the native Twilight and company for their Twilight unknowingly sending them to Oblivion. Silver Spoon ultimately talks them down.
  • Toon Physics: Like the original Pinkie, they have this ability.
  • Undying Loyalty: To each other and to Discord and Nightmare Diamond, who saved them from Oblivion. They ultimately back down in part because Discord was having second thoughts and Silver Spoon was the one person they trusted due to being Diamond's friend.

    Loneliness 

Morgan (Fake)/Loneliness

Voiced by: Pauline Snell, Louis Badalament (in her psychotherapist form)


    Princess Gaia 

Nightmare Whisper, The Kindest Of Lies

Voiced by Mewsel


  • Affably Evil: While she is a villain trying to take over the world, she's still called the kindest of lies for a reason and genuinely friendly due to being Fluttershy.
  • And I Must Scream: Voluntary case.
  • Animal Eye Spy: Justified as animals she uses are essentially extensions(Avatars) of herself, complete with her color scheme.
  • Anti-Villain: To the point where Princess Celestia states that, as Princess Gaia is an extension of Fluttershy, her powers could not kill any living being, even accidentally.
  • Assimilation Plot: In a way, as while she tries to bring everyone into her version of the world, she only assimilates the negative parts and fears people have, not their entire being.
  • Big Bad: Of season 2.
  • Breath Weapon: Nightmare Whisper can emit a beam of pure suffering from her mouth, which she uses on Rainbow Dash, essentially invoking her Despair Event Horizon.
  • Chained by Fashion: Her true Nightmare form has spiked shackles and torture devices on her fore and hind legs and around her neck. The spikes point inward and connect to her open CHEST.
  • Dark Messiah: Nightmare Whisper is Fluttershy's character as Messianic Archetype taken to a literal and "more assertive" extreme. It took Pinkie Diane Pie sharing in her suffering to snap her out of it.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: The second Big Bad, with Chrysalis becoming the next one after her defeat.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Her true form, Nightmare Whisper, the Kindest Of Lies. A permanently tearful pony the size of a Ursa Minor with a vaguely draconic body and claws covered in sweat with a spiral horn bleeding out of her forehead. She has inverted spike shackles around her neck and ankles, all connecting to a perpetually burning and blackened portion of her open chest which houses in a red orb an undead foal version of Fluttershy.
  • Evil Diva: Her songs can hypnotize ponies, both her own voice and through her birds.
  • Evil Virtues: Love, Passion, Responsibility
  • Fallen Heroine: Is a post Go Mad from the Revelation Fluttershy.
  • Fountain of Youth: Tries to turn everypony into foals as part of her attempted utopia.
  • Getting Smilies Painted on Your Soul: Pretty much her entire deal. Princess Luna remarks that if Princess Gaia had actually given ponies a choice, they'd have stampeded to her side rather than seeing her as a villain.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Nightmare Whisper is Fluttershy who has been forced (accidentally) by Fluttercruel to face the fact that Nature Is Not Nice and that her kindness and morality are not natural.
  • Green Thumb: Can manipulate plant life, a power she also bestows upon her Knight, Cheerilee.
  • I Reject Your Reality: Like most Nightmares, only she can literally reject reality via Lotus-Eater Machine and reality-warping magic.
    Applejack: (resisting Gaia's Lotus-Eater Machine) Ah have a family in reality Ah have to think about...Ah can't spend my life dreamin' my life away...I made mah choice, that was then, this is now: that's the honest Truth.
    Princess Gaia: That annoying wicked spark of truth will simply have to go. Don't worry, mommy will clean out that awful infection and heal it right up.
  • Ironic Echo: Many ponies still refer to Fluttershy as Princess Gaia after her Heel–Face Turn, but in this case their admiration is genuine and they honestly love her.
  • Irony: The one suggestion her friends gave which she refused to accept? Applejack's suggestion to tell her followers the truth about her utopia. We see a universe where she and the Princesses actually rule a true utopia together and she's truly Princess Gaia, not Nightmare Whisper. What's the difference? She listened to Applejack and her followers' support of her allowed her to slowly conquer the suffering she'd sealed away…
  • Killer Rabbit: This is essentially what her army is.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: Her first attempt at her utopia is to put everyone into separate fantasy worlds custom tailored to their desires.
  • Marionette Master: She uses puppets as workers to help build her little Ponyville playground (based on the G3 Ponyville). It's unknown as to what happened to them after Nightmare Whisper was defeated.
  • Master of Illusion: Kindest of Lies, remember?
    • Though as a side note, she is not the ultimate master of illusion. That title would most likely belong to Princess Anasi, Concept of Trickery and Storytelling.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Granted, she intended to do good, but the good she actually did had nothing to do with her motivations. Turns out a day of painless foalhood was just what the doctor ordered for a lot of ponies after Discord's Mind Rapes.
  • One-Winged Angel: Nightmare Whisper.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: She is the child, having sucked the entire world's sins into herself.
  • Sugar Bowl: She turns the Everfree Forest into one while using it as her home base. Among other things, the trees turn yellow with pink flowers, the trees start growing incredible amounts of fruit, and the carnivorous animals turn into peaceful herbivores.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Of Fluttershy. Though her power is boosted even further by the Elder Horn.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Even as a Nightmare, Fluttershy is too kind to murder someone, even indirectly. She even says that she'll heal up everypony once she's finished removing Applejack's Living Lie Detector ability. Celestia actually points this out, as of all the Nightmares that she's aware of, in this universe or any other, Nightmare Whisper is the only one who won't kill, and even if she reduces pregnant ponies into foals, the unborn foals in them still remain as spirits in the fog instead of being outright obliterated.
  • Totalitarian Utilitarian: Her plan is to turn all ponies into foals, initiate what is basically an Assimilation Plot and become the Foal of Omelas, with herself as a Messianic Archetype to bear the suffering of the entire world in order to remove Natural Selection once and for all. When Twilight tries to call her out about this, she replies with the quote "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few", and Twilight can't even refute the logic of it.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: Wants to create a utopia no matter what the cost.
  • Villain Song: Gets two. The first one is a ponified version of "Come Little Children" from Hocus Pocus. The second (two versions) is a Dark Reprise of Fluttershy's "So Many Wonders" song about means justifying utopia. Both serve the purpose of hypnotising her targets.
  • Walking Spoiler: Her name is covered, what do you think?
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Her goals are good, her methods and ultimate ends are not.
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    Nightmare Mirror 

Nightmare Mirror the Cruelest of Truths/Alternate Applejack

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  • Alternate Self: She's an alternate Applejack, who lost Apple Bloom to Sunny Town's zombification curse.
  • The Assimilator: Nightmare Mirror seeks to absorb all the "imperfect" Applejacks, so that she may manifest in reality.
  • Catchphrase: "Absurd."
  • Create Your Own Villain: Her world's Twilight refusing to save Apple Bloom because "there's no such thing as curses or zombies" caused Applejack to snap and turn into Nightmare Mirror.
  • Eldritch Abomination: More so than other Nightmares, as she's an attempted Multiversal Conqueror.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: She has eyes on her wings! Lots of them!
  • Freudian Excuse: It's implied she went "Nightmare" as a result of living in a timeline where Apple Bloom didn't escape the events of Story of the Blanks, or at least one Applejack composing her did.
  • Hypocrite: Subverted. As mentioned below in her speech, she reveals that she had been completely dishonest herself in her methods, and makes no justifications for it. Once she achieved her goal of making it impossible to lie, she leaves the "honest" world she created.
  • Oh, Crap!: Gets this directly before getting blasted with the Elements of Harmony, wielded by six alternate Applejacks.
  • Knight Templar: Her goal was to wipe out dishonesty across the entire multiverse, but as two of her other alternate selves pointed out, this was a rather unwise idea.
  • Magical Eye: Nightmare Mirror can look into somepony's eyes and force them to realize the worst truths about themselves, driving them into Despair Event Horizon. She apparently uses this power to force various Applejacks to join her. She uses this ability on Orangejack, but Applejack is fortunately able to snap her out of it.
  • Multiversal Conqueror: States to have already succeeded 42 times before Applejack and Orangejack manage to take her down.
  • No Place for Me There: In yet another timeline where her only real goal was to make it so that it was physically impossible to lie, after she had achieved her goal after 1,000 years, she had one last thing to say to Equestria.
    Nightmare Mirror: Attention ya all ponies of Equestria and everywhere! And all ya other folk too out there! The Nightmare of Truth Speaks! Long have Ah worked to cleanse the hearts and minds of every pony alive of deception and usin' the truth to her own means. Ah'm happy ta say, yer free. Lies' grasp is gone from ya. The road ahead won't be easy, not at all. But Ah believe in ya. And that ain't no lie. But for now, right now, there's something mighty important ya all gotta do! There is a criminal in Equestria, worse than any other since Discord! They have brought pain and unhappiness to countless innocent ponies to establish themself. And this here monster must be made to face justice. This criminal's name, is Nightmare Mirror! Also known as the Cruelst of Truths! Also known once as Applejack! And Abigail Jacqueline Apple The Fifth Of the Fifth line! And once the Element of Honesty! This vile criminal, this monster, has imposed her will upon innocent ponies for centuries, and irrevocably changing their free-will to suit how she believes it should be! The very idea of what it means to BE a pony has been rewritten because of her meddling! She is selfish and cowardly beyond all reason! She must be shown no mercy! She is a hypocritical nag who has tried to hide from the truth that she was still the stubborn farm mare she has always been even as she has forced all others to face the reality of the world and the reality of themselves. She must be brought down, dead or alive. Either stripped of all her power and prestige, and made to face justice for her many crimes against free-will, ponykind, and the world. Or eliminated and obliterated so none may take up her belief that forcing their will upon others is justified ever again! Or simply both in whichever order is most effective. She must not be remembered as a martyr or a hero! She is a criminal and must be removed from power! Her good intentions, nor her grief at her actions excuse or pardon them in the slightest! And it is an insult to those she has trampled on to think so otherwise! This filth must not be granted pity or compassion! Do not let 'er escape with her ideas to another world for her to corrupt! This must end here and now! This Is Truth!
  • Only Sane Man: Her Dark World incarnation is fully aware that she and her friends are crazy, she knows that she's extreme, she knows that she's making innocent ponies hurt, she knows that she's a hypocrite for working with Nightmare Whisper, the Kindest of Lies, she knows how many times she and the other Nightmares have murdered ponies who have done nothing to deserve it, and she knows that she's earning herself a nice pretty harness on the devil's big ride in Pony Hell. Of course, she still thinks it's going to be worth it if the Nightmares are able to get the ending they want, so she's not letting these facts stop her at all.
  • Physical Goddess: Strangely, she actually reverts back not into Applejack, but into an Alicorn version of her. Turns out, as revealed later, the Elements complete Alicornification on a Nightmare born from a normal pony.
  • Start of Darkness: In one chapter, we see one alternate version of Applejack from an alternate Equestria where Apple Bloom never escaped that village in the Everfree. Zombie!Apple Bloom is brought back home, begging for help. Applejack rages at Twilight to save her sister from Black Magic and undeath, only for Twilight to say, "There's no such thing as curses or zombies!", which leads to Alternate!Applejack saying:
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Of Applejack, but not from the Pony POV universe. The entire side story was devoted to stopping her from becoming this.
  • Villainous Breakdown: She usually speaks calmly with no trace of accent, but the more things begin to fall apart, the more she begins to slip.
  • Villain Song: Kendell 2 wrote one for her. See it here.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: She comes from a universe where Apple Bloom never escaped Sunnytown and even after rescuing her, Twilight's stubborn refusal to accept Zombies exist keeping her from focusing on restoring Apple Bloom drives the Applejack who became her over the edge to become a Nightmare dedicated to eradicating all dishonesty in the multiverse.

    Strife 

Strife

Voiced by Dana Detrick

A female draconequi god, and the living personification of conflict and survival.


  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Of Natural Selection, conflict, competition and survival of the fittest.
  • Blood Knight: She is the personification of conflict after all. A surprisingly mild example, while she clearly enjoys fighting, she never outright fights solely to fight and all of her actions have some logic behind them.
  • Blue and Orange Morality:
    • Not surprising considering what she represents. She can get rather infuriated by things such as Pacifism and putting pleasures first. However, it's far more complex a morality. See below for more details. It's why she still manages to be a Hero Antagonist despite being Natural Selection incarnate. It should be noted that she doesn't hate doctors or the concept of helping one another survive, quite the opposite. Strife cares about survival first and for most.
    • It should be noted, while she's fine with killing for reasons of survival, she does not condone murder or senseless violence, and isn't fond of those who do so claiming it is in her name. She's outright disgusted with those who try to kill others without giving them any chance to survive. Her own fight with the G3 ponies was to provide them an enemy to fight against for survival, rather than simply fading away in the dark with no hope.
  • Cool Big Sis: Rancor seems to think so. If nothing else, she gave her her spear as a birthday present. Makes sense, considering their Concepts go hand in hand.
  • Dark Is Evil: Subverted, she only pretends to be evil while she's actually an example of Dark Is Not Evil.
  • Didn't See That Coming: The only successful attacks done to her are ones where she expected one thing only to be attacked in a completely different manner. Unfortunately, the one time they got a chance to One-Hit KO her with the Rainbow Of Light, they didn't do this and she makes note they might have actually won if they had.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • Despite being Conflict incarnate, she considered the Concept Killing Spear too dangerous for the mortal world. After all, one of the Alicorns (the demigod of love, to be specific) was killed by a mortal...
    • The world Discord's endgame rewrites things into disgusts her because it doesn't even try to give its targets a chance for survival.
  • Evil Virtues: Honesty, Honor (of the samurai type), Love, Loyalty, Resourcefulness, Responsibility. Subverted in that she's not actually evil.
  • Final Boss: For the G3 timeline. Portrays herself as this and takes many cues from video game boss battles.
  • Good All Along: She had good reasons for what she did, or is at least implied to.
  • Good Is Not Nice: By her species' standards, Strife's benevolent and wants life to thrive and grow, but being what she is, she's not nice by any stretch.
  • Hero Antagonist: Seemingly Invoked. Her last words to Celestia imply she played the bad guy so the survivors of the G3 world could at least fight for their own survival instead of simply fading away without any chance to defend their right to exist.
  • Hopeless Boss Fight: The only reason the heroes could even hurt her is because she held back. She had no intention of letting them win, implying she only let them fight her at all so they'd at least go down fighting for their own survival as opposed to fading away into nothing. Once they actually manage to truly hurt her, she pulls out all the stops and kills everyone but Star Catcher/Celestia in short order.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Mortis, Alicorn god of Death; they've even had children together and are apparently married.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Kills the surviving friends of Star-Catcher one by one as a way to traumatize Star-Catcher into regaining her memory. Note that none of them were on the erase-list of G3, because they were reborn anyways. She just insisted on doing it this way, instead of allowing Cadence to do it peacefully.
    • It should also be mentioned that she thought this was actually a Pet the Dog, since she thought giving them the chance to fight to the bitter end for their survival was better than watching destruction come and being able to do nothing about it. It's left up the air as to rather or not she was right or not.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Can be very manipulative when she needs to be, though generally in a more positive direction than her brother.
  • Meaningful Name: In addition to her first name, Word of God has confirmed her middle name is Zelus (her last name is Typhon, just like her brother, who has eager rivalry as part of his domain in Greek mythology.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: She is an draconequus after all. Anyway, her left arm is a wolverine's, her right arm is a Tasmanian devil's, her left wing is a dragon's, her right wing's an eagle's, her left leg's a wolf's, she has the tail of a killer whale, and her right leg is that of a tiger.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Case in point; Thistle Whistle shatters every bone in her body and kills herself ramming her full speed, Strife just gets disrupted enough to cancel her attack. Also, she's capable of healing pretty much anything by erasing the damage from existence.
  • Neck Snap: Kills a rumors-spawned Predator this way.
  • Not So Above It All: Despite being serious and no-nonsense most of the time, she bet Anarchy $20 that their newest sibling would be a girl. And won.
  • Oh, Crap!: When the G3 survivors manage to turn her paw to stone with the Rainbow of Light, something she didn't expect. Though this quickly turns to respect for them managing to do so.
  • Only Sane Goddess: Out of her family, she seems to be the most level-headed and the only one to actually think their actions through before performing them. Her father actually admits in comments she's the only one of the Draconequi to take their job seriously. It makes sense, because she's the oldest of the Draconequi children and the most experienced.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Despite being the personification of the Cruel Side of Nature, she does have a few moments of these that don't seem to be twisted by her Blue and Orange Morality. One that stands out is her genuinely not wanting to tell Pandora that D___t (their elder brother who Pandora idolized) was a dangerous Well-Intentioned Extremist and not the good Draconequus she thought he was. She even states it's rare for her to feel that way about anything.
    • According to Celestia, on one world where ponies had died out but left behind clockwork ponies that eventually learned how to think and feel, Strife spoke in their defense and petitioned to let them continue to survive and grow, to the point of asking Fauna Luster herself for them to be categorized as alive.
  • Physical Goddess: She's a draconequus after all, though isn't as strong as Discord, probably because of the power boost he got from eating both Destruction and Havoc's avatar during the Draconequi-Alicorn War.
  • The Power of Friendship: Ironically, given her status as the Spirit of Natural Selection, is a believer in this. In fact, her entire understanding of love is based on the desire to help others survive.
  • Reality Warper: She is Discord's sister after all. But she's not as powerful as he ends up being, considering he ate two other Draconequi to become that powerful.
  • Social Darwinist: Naturally, she is the Anthropomorphic Personification of Natural Selection. Which is actually portrayed rather realistically. She doesn't believe in the strong rule or crush the weak, only that survival is the most important factor. If something helps a species survive, she's all for it. In fact she outright hates the concept of murder and violence for the pure sake of it that ultimately serves no other purpose.
  • So Proud of You: She was delighted when Clover the Clever, Private Pansy, and Smart Cookie managed to, against all odds, defeat the Windigos by summoning the Fire of Friendship and ensure the survival of all the ponies on Equus.
  • Spanner in the Works: Her actions indirectly lead to the creation of Twilight Sparkle and allowed Pinkie Pie to survive her fight with Luna, eventually leading to her brother Discord's defeat. But given she had the foresight to realize Luna would eventually succumb to her anger and regret it the rest of her life, she may have had more control over events than is made apparent.
  • Taken for Granite: Narrowly avoids the fate that ultimately befalls her brother Discord when Star Catcher uses the Rainbow Of Light against her. Her hand even gets turned to stone, something she outright says she can't just reverse like she did everything else. It's implied she is capable of undoing it, but chooses to keep it as a scar of battle.
  • Theme Naming: All of her body parts are carnivorous predators.
  • Trickster Mentor: To Princess Luna and possibly Celestia.
  • Villain Song: Given one by kendell2 here.
  • Worthy Opponent: She has a great deal of respect for anyone actually able to stand up to her, even going so far as to have her sister Pandora compose a sonnet in the honor of Thistle Whistle's Heroic Sacrifice against her.

    General Makarov 

General-Admiral Makarov/The Shadow of Chernobull/Nameless

Voiced by: Arthus 850


  • Anti-Magic: He's able to create force field spells with this effect, as if someone tries to use magic to disrupt them, they begin sucking it out of them. His Death Dome spell produces the same effect when magic is used inside it, even his own, which is why he used it to set up a physical fight with Shining Armor. However, it seems to only work on one type of Pony magic at a time, as Thunderchild's lightning bolt broke it, causing the spell to backfire on him.
  • The Assimilator: Consumes the existence and imaginations of deer and ponies to make himself stronger and become a more complete entity. Word of God refers to him as an 'existence vampire'.
  • "Ass" in Ambassador: Is the ambassador for the Empire... and decidedly a terrible person.
  • Arch-Enemy: Is one for Shining Armor in his arc.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: As Shining Armor finds out the hard way.
    • He was also able to fight head on with Chrysalis despite her Hunger Tarot giving her resistance to his powers and came close to killing her.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For:
  • Beneath the Mask: His Large Ham, charismatic personality hides a ruthless maniac willing to slaughter innocents for simply not knowing his name. And under that is a reality-twisting, predatory Cosmic Horror with no mind of its own period.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Not knowing who he is. He goes from calm and composed to having an almost childish temper tantrum for Shining Armor not knowing who he is.
    • Also, when things don't go as planned, though he tends to recover quickly...then claim everything went according to plan.
  • Beware the Silly Ones:
  • BFG: Has a gold plated one.
  • Big Bad: Of Shining Armor's Arc.
  • Big Entrance: He even has it accompanied by a choir performing Ominous Latin Chanting.
  • Bishōnen Line: It's first form after escaping Pandora's Box was a vaguely equinoid Living Shadow. His current, more powerful form is a handsome Cervacorn.
  • Bling-Bling-BANG!: His BFG is gold plated.
  • Cain and Abel: Sort of. He performed a genocide on the Changelings, likely including Chrysalis. Chrysalis was also created by Pandora, making them for all intents and purposes brother and sister. Though in this case, Abel is just as bad as Cain.
    • It's later revealed he and Dima are half-brothers, with Makarov once more being the Cain to Dima's Abel.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Shining is stated to be the only one who has a chance of killing Makarov, but according to Mother Deer, if he does Makarov's alterations to the timeline wouldn't be undone. Thus Shining needs Makarov alive to lure the Wolf to him so he can be erased from existence along with his alterations.
  • Charm Person: Makarov has a constant version of this going. His entrance and closing speech make the entire room applaud, only for Cadence to wonder why the heck she was clapping in the first place. Especially during the latter, which was supposedly so mind-numbly boring that Shining Armor got clinical approval to have it erased from his memory. It's later revealed he has some sort of mind magic that causes it and powerful enough to override protective spells against it. For some reason, Shining Armor seems immune, though Cadance was able to beat it back when she learned of it. This is eventually revealed to be because of Makarov's true nature and Shining Armor being Immune to Fate is why he's unaffected.
  • The Chessmaster: Just check out his plan to capture Shining in part 6 of the arc. Though he seems to be trying to pass himself off as a better one than he actually is by saying, when one failed, the backup was his 'true' plan the entire time.
    • It's even said later he's playing his own superiors like puppets.
  • Clipped-Wing Angel: Transforms into Father Deer after absorbing the explosion of his Iron Curtain...unfortunately for him, the Wolf shows up and has his scent, so it doesn't do him any good.
  • Co-Dragons: Has four, who were ponies he turned into Alicorn Cyborgs.
  • Compensating for Something: He has a giant golden airship and tends to wield very large guns. The characters name-drop the trope.
  • Complexity Addiction: Has at least 4 different plans for a simple attempt to kill Shining Armor. Sure, Shining survives, but it still seems a tad overboard.
  • Cool Airship: Has a gigantic golden airship called the Daedalus. Most of the cast believes he's Compensating for Something.
  • Dark Messiah: Was basically created by the Hooviets to lead them out of their downward spiral after the disastrous Dragon/Hooviet War and to world conquest. He's actually an entity actively trying to fulfill their wishes, making him qualify even more.
  • Deader Than Dead: Is erased from existence by the Wolf. Even more so than any other character to suffer this fate: when most beings are erased, their Light of Existence returns to Fauna Luster to be reborn. Makarov didn't have a Light of Existence, so his existence was ended completely.
  • Devour the Dragon: While ironically all four of his Co-Dragons are dead at the time, he appears to consume a large number of his remaining underlings to prepare for the Final Battle with Shining and Misfit, finishing his last meal right in front of them.
  • Dirty Communists: (Officially) The second highest ranking member of the Hooviet Empire (he's actually playing his 'superiors' like puppets), which is based off of Soviet Russia (with inspiration taken from Nineteen Eighty-Four), assuming the Father Deer isn't just a figure head.
  • Diplomatic Impunity: Is stated to exploit his diplomatic immunity for his own nefarious purposes. A lot.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: After his demise at the claws of the Wolf, Shining still has the Wolf itself to deal with.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: His reaction to Shining Armor not knowing who he is? Trying to assassinate him as a primary plan, with subjecting him to a Fate Worse than Death as a plan B.
  • The Dragon: Officially, he's the second in command of the Hooviets despite being the Big Bad of the arc.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: His superiors haven't even appeared, and on top of that its stated he's playing them as his pawns. So even though he's The Dragon, he's still the acting Big Bad of the arc both as The Heavy and in the threat he poses.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: Officially, he's not the boss of the Hooviets and merely the second in command. However, he's the one pulling the strings with his own goals.
  • Eaten Alive: Meets his end when he is torn apart and his existence devoured by the Wolf.
  • Eldritch Abomination: By the time we actually see his true form, it's become this instead. The result is what Shining can only describe as a gigantic, constantly shifting, vaguely equine shaped mass of shadows (which look at Shining) with Glowing Eyes of Doom and the voices of his victims constantly screaming from within him. And that's just what Shining is able to describe, as both times he gets a look at it, he has a Freak Out! resulting from just how unearthly and disturbing this thing is.
  • Emotion Eater: While he eats the existence of his victim, he's also stated he eats their imagination, and his victims were chosen because of their imagination. According to Reznov, this is because he has no imagination of his own.
  • Evil Is Hammy: He arranges for his Big Entrance to be accompanied by Ominous Latin Chanting for crying out loud.
  • Evil Is Petty: He considers the act of simply not knowing who he is punishable by death, or worse. And when it's clear destroying a village is more trouble than it's worth, he keeps trying solely for this reason.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: A truly sickening version. His ultimate goal is to paint himself as the hero of the story and all his innocent victims as the villains, committing innumerable atrocities to do so.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Is ripped apart by the Wolf, not truly dying until it bites down on his throat. The fact he's literally falling apart as his stolen Lights of Existence leak out of him makes it even more disturbing.
  • Faux Affably Evil: On the surface, he seems polite and likable. However, it doesn't take much to make the mask crack and reveal the twisted monster beneath.
  • Fed to the Beast: On the receiving end of a rare Heroic version when Shining traps him inside his own Death Dome with the Wolf.
  • The Fighting Narcissist: While it's more about his personal accomplishments and position than his appearance, he fits this. Not knowing who he was was judged by him as a sin punishable by death, or a Fate Worse than Death.
  • Four-Star Badass: Is both a General and an Admiral, and is one of the strongest physical fighters in the series.
  • General Ripper: An insane Hooviet General willing to sink quite a lot of resources into murdering people over personal slights. He only gets worse as time goes on.
  • Glamour Failure:
    • His Charm Person powers don't work on Shining Armor or anyone with Mother Deer's blessings.
    • When Dima sacrifices himself to save Gilda instead of living to the final showdown Makarov intended for him (something Dima knew he was doing), Makarov is so enraged that his scream of anger devolves into an inequine roar and Shining briefly sees a mismatched thing flash over his memories of Makarov, implying for a moment the Shadow of Chernobull's disguise failed completely.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: His eyes become white light in his true form or when he's preparing to devour someone.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: He was created by Pandora to be essentially a storybook character that would maintain its fantastic traits in the real world. Instead, it began twisting any story it was put to focus solely on it, which is why she sealed him away.
  • The Heartless: Fed off of and is trying to fulfill the Hooviets' dreams of world conquest. Naturally, he doesn't particularly care if they're still around to see it.
  • Humanoid Abomination: He's actually an entity called the Shadow of Chernobull that the Hooviets accidentally released from Pandora's Box and who took the form of the Super Soldier they were trying to make. He also eats ponies' existences and imaginations.
  • Hybrid Monster: Half-unicorn, half-deer, and notably the only half deer to hold a high rank in the empire. It's later revealed he's an artificial hybrid made as a Super Soldier by the Hooviets. According to 15, he's what's called a "Cervicorn".
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: Utilizes this for the Final Battle, producing a literal arsenal's worth of weapons out of nowhere as it goes on. Justified by his powers.
  • It Only Works Once: The lightning that defeated him in Columbia and Shining's shield magic thwarted him in the second confrontation. He eats a pony with a lightning Cutie Mark to counter the former in the second confrontation and brings special ammunition to the third to counter the latter.
  • It's All About Me:
    • He more or less considers himself the most important being on the planet. He was even like this before becoming Makarov, to the point when Pandora tried to introduce him to the Realm of Legions, he became a Black Hole Sue. When released into the mortal world, he proceeds to try and take over the 'story' and make himself the star.
    • This is best shown by its Villainous Breakdown in the Realm of Legends after assuming the form of an Alicorn princess before being defeated by an army of fictional heroes and about to be sealed away by Pandora.
    I'm the archetype of the perfect pony, the perfect princess, I should be in every story! They should all be about me! They should all go the way I want! Everyone should love me!!!!''
  • Jerkass Genie: The Shadow of Chernobull is trying to fulfill the Hooviets' desires for a Super Soldier and world domination...but has no intentions of letting them be the ones running the show, even deciding to destroy their capital and take over himself.
  • Karmic Death: After spending his entire existence eating people's existences, his own is devoured by the Wolf.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Shining's arc was pretty light-hearted until he came around. Even more so with the reveal of what he REALLY is.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: When the Wolf finally catches up to him, all his stolen power and Existences do is prolong his demise by forcing it to rip all of them out of him before it can Ret Gone him instead of doing so instantly.
  • Last Villain Stand: With all his superweapons destroyed, his plans in ruins, and having had almost all of his stolen Lights of Existence torn out of him by the Wolf, what's left of him stops running and fights the Wolf like a cornered beast in a futile attempt to survive.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's very fast, very strong, and very tough. Due to his nature as a Parody Sue, he tries to be perfect in all ways, so little surprise he'd be this.
  • Living Shadow: His true form appears to be this.
  • Loophole Abuse: The Wolf is supposed to erase entities like him before they can cause trouble, normally being shown to erase them as soon as they arrive. Makarov was so dangerous because he was created by Pandora, and thus exploited it's rule to not erase the creations of other Concepts as a fail safe to prevent people like Morning Star or D___t from using it to their own ends. So until Shining helped it catch his scent, Makarov slipped through the cracks and proved exactly why the Wolf's job is so important by becoming a world endangering threat.
  • Make Wrong What Once Went Right: The Hooviet Empire was supposed to have collapsed after the Hooviet/Dragon War. However, the Shadow of Chernobull escaped its prison and altered history so they rebuilt instead and it could become Makarov.
  • No Biological Sex: His true form seems to be this, as his previous incarnation in the Realm of Legends was female.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Delivers a pretty brutal one to Shining Armor. He probably would've beat him to death had Thunderchild not arrived.
  • No Name Given: The Shadow of Chernobull seems to be a nickname for the thing he REALLY is. Justified as Pandora hadn't had a chance to name it before it caused so much trouble in the Realm of Legends, so she had to lock it in her box.
  • One-Winged Angel: Reveals his true form in an attempt to eat Shining Armor.
  • Overly Long Name: His full name and title is Supreme Marshal of the Imperial Armed Forces, General-Admiral Solomon Azure Raven Makarov.
  • Parody Sue: Of the Villain Sue trope, according to Word of God. Kind of shows in his name and some of his traits, as well as his tendency to claim his back up plans were his plan on all along so he can act like he didn't really lose at all.
    • This later revealed to be because he's not actually a pony, but something Pandora created and sealed in Pandora's Box until the Hooviets accidentally released it. It now seeks to fulfill the most common desire present at Chernobull when it was unleashed; to make the perfect Super Soldier, thus why it became Makarov and why he has sue traits.
    • He was also a Parody Sue of a Black Hole Sue back when he was first created.
  • Persona Non Grata: General Shepard (not to be confused with the Shepard in Cadence's fleet) states this is one of the things that he's been threatened with as a result of his attack on Shining Armor. In multiple countries. This is apparently enough to get him to back off...for now.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: During one of his fights with Shining and Dima, he makes a homophobic (or interracial) insult. Lampshaded by Shining:
    Shining Armor: And now we can check 'being politically incorrect' off the villain cliche checklist.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Despite his demeanor and position, he gets furious very easily when slighted, getting enraged that Shining didn't know much about him. He also threw a fit when Thunderchild interfered in his plan. The psychopathic part is the fact he considers not knowing who he is punishable by a Fate Worse than Death.
  • Reality Warper: While the extent isn't seen, he's able to do impossible things like make a cloud explode by shooting it with a gun (something the Interviewers point out is physically impossible) and replace himself with a robot moments before getting shot in the head.
  • Ret Gone: Meets his end when he's erased by the Wolf, removing him from history.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Was imprisoned in Pandora's Box after she created him until the Hooviets set him free, after which he started consuming ponies and deer's existences before taking the role of the Super Soldier they sought to create.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Had his own parents covertly murdered. This was so the Shadow of Chernobull could give itself a tragic backstory.
  • Shock and Awe: Has the ability to redirect lightning and use lightning spells. It's implied he ate a pony with lightning as their special talent to counteract how he lost in Columbia.
  • The Sociopath: Is a narcissistic maniac who's willing to kill (or worse) anyone who so much as forgets his name and is willing to slaughter entire villages to get what he wants.
  • The Soulless: He lacks a Light of Existence of his own (though he still seems to BE a Shadow of Existence, meaning he sort of has half a soul), so he's spent his entire existence in the mortal realm consuming those of others.
  • Spacetime Eater: Word of God refers to him as an 'Existence Vampire', due to his habit of eating people's existences.
  • Super Soldier: Sandgriff theorizes he might be one, and Makarov does nothing to make that statement unlikely. This is later confirmed by Reznov to be the truth - Though Reznov also reveals the truth is something far more sinister than that and that his power comes from all the imaginations and existences he's consumed.
  • This Cannot Be!: He normally avoids this, merely saying that whatever set back he just suffered was part of his plan. Played Straight when one of his Co-Dragons, Saharnoj Vaty manages to fight off his control with The Power of Love.
  • To the Pain: When describing the Fate Worse than Death he has planned for Shining.
  • Ultimate Lifeform: What the Hooviets seemed to have desired creating him and what the thing he really is seems to desire to become.
    The Shadow of Chernobull: PERFECTION MUST STAND ALONE. PERFECTION CANNOT BE TAINTED BY DISSENT AND INDECISION. PERFECTION IS NOT A COMMITTEE. PERFECTION IS ONE ABOVE ALL.
  • Villainous Breakdown:
    • Has a brief one when Thunderchild throws a wrench in his works.
    • Has another one when Shining manages to hold off an entire artillery barrage aimed at his forces and the Rebel Deer.
    • His final one starts when Dima lets himself die, ruining his script. He just gets worse as Shining's forces make more and more advances against him, and finally falls apart completely when the Wolf shows up to claim him.
    • Also had one in a flashback to when it had taken on the form of an Alicorn Princess in the Realm of Legends, its first defeat at the hands of an army of fictional characters, and its being sealed away by Pandora.
    I HATE YOU! NO ONE RESPECTS ME! I DESERVE EVERYTHING!!! You cheat! Everyone love me! Love me! I am the hero! I should decide how the story should be! You villains! I hero! Love... me...
  • Villainous Crush: He sleazily hits on Princess Cadence, and his Villain Song mentions forcing her to be his concubine is his secondary goal besides world domination.
  • Villainous Legacy: His attempt to kill Chrysalis and wipe out the Changelings is what gave Chrysalis knowledge of the Heart World, enabling her to become a much more dangerous threat in the Wedding Arc, well after his defeat.
  • Villain Song: Gets one in 17.1, but it's so awful Shining loses interest and stops listening about two verses in. The song can be found in full here. According to the song writer, it was made intentionally bad to reflect his status as a Parody Sue.
  • Wave Motion Gun: Has a spell that works as such.
  • Who Are You?: To Thunderchild when he throws a wrench in his works. Shining Armor replies with some nice snarky comebacks while Thunderchild blushes with pride.
  • Winged Unicorn: Was this in the Realm of Legend before its first defeat. Makarov tries to transform into Father Deer before his final defeat as well.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: More 'your existence is mine'.

    Father Deer 

  • All There in the Manual: The majority of information given about him comes through this, with him just being mentioned off and on as the Shadow Dictator of the Hooviets who ultimately doesn't exist.
  • God-Emperor: What he's said to be. Subverted in that he doesn't exist.
  • God of Evil: While the Hooviets claim he's a God of Good, the Hooviets' 'Greater Good' that he supposedly represents is a military dictatorship where freedom is pretty much nonexistent. Regardless, the Hooviets worship him with a cult-like mentality even though he doesn't exist.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Subverted. While he's supposedly Makarov's superior, Makarov is playing his bosses as pawns and it turns out Father Deer doesn't even actually exist.
  • Invented Individual: The Hooviet Empire made him up for their propaganda machine. While even many outside the Empire believed he existed, he's most certainly nonexistent.
  • Shadow Dictator: Mentioned as the supposed leader of the Hooviet Empire, he's not seen and in fact doesn't even exist.
  • Winged Unicorn: He's supposedly the deer equivalent. Turns out he's not, because he's just a construct of the Hooviet propaganda machine.

    Changelings 

  • Always Chaotic Evil: Subverted. They're racist xenophobes, but they aren't inherently evil, nor are they incapable of realizing the error of their ways.
  • Expy: As a whole, they seem based off Father and the Homunculi to a degree.
  • Happiness in Slavery: A LOT of changelings think of this in regards to them mind controlling ponies. Mostly cause the ponies' are brainwashed so they have no choice BUT to be happy about being slaves and letting the nice changelings do all the hard nasty thinking for them.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Both halves of the hive attempt to do this (or believe they are) by feeding themselves to their chosen Queen, though Cadence's supporters are closer to this trope. Chrysalis's half is stopped by the heroes, Cadence orders her half not to do it.
  • Human All Along: It's eventually revealed they're not a separate species, but a fourth tribe. It's also implied that they're the result of whatever Discord did to the Flutterponies.
  • Last Villain Stand: After their plans are foiled, their masquerade shattered, and most of their higher ups and brainwashed slaves captured or freed, they barricade themselves in Canterlot Castle for a final fight with the rebellion.
  • No Blood Ties: Before Chrysalis came to power, they were this by law. Chrysalis reformed things to let them have families.
  • Obliviously Evil: Many of them, due to a combination of Fantastic Racism and being mislead by their various queens. Part of their punishment is being forced to face the harsh reality of what they did.
  • Politeness Judo: A changeling disguised as Octavia asked Vinyl Scratch to take off her sunglasses to have a look if there's something in 'Octavia's' eyes.
  • Reality Ensues: Unlike the cartoon, when the changeling make their heel-race turn, there are actually changelings who LIKE being bullies, and swear their loyalty to Chrysalis' adopted daughter Princess Pitcher Plant instead.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: Invoked and subverted. One changeling literally tries to do this to the Lov Cats. Not only does it not work, said 'clowns' are Lethal Joke Characters.
  • Species Loyalty: Consider the hive the most important things. Also contributes to their Fantastic Racism towards other beings.
  • Unwitting Pawn: As a whole for Queen Chrysalis, who is manipulating the entire species for her own ends.
  • Villainous Valour: They're very loyal and determined for the most part, despite being villains at first anyway.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: They're called the Changelings for a reason. Though they do have some limits, and Thorax is explicitly a Mutant who can turn into nonliving things, which Changelings normally can't do. Queens seem to have much more effective shapeshifting than the normal ones.
  • White Man's Burden: At least some of the changelings think they're saving pony kind from itself, and ponies should be thankful the changelings want to make all their choices for them.
  • You Are Number 6: Used to do this, but Chrysalis abolished it and let them all have names.
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    Chrysalis 

Queen Chrysalis/Kifuko/Queen Cadenza

  • Accidental Public Confession:
    • She first reveals herself in a rage trying to atomize Blueblood for foiling her plans at the Wedding.
    • Later, Scootaloo grabbing Sweetie Belle and diving through a window results in her chasing her...forgetting to put her disguise back on in her panic, revealing herself in full view to Canterlot.
  • Adaptational Badass: A trained fighter and became Queen by killing her predecessor in one on one combat. She's also considerably better at acting than her canon self. Makarov's Changeling genocide putting them in a limbo state where she was able to see the Heart World and the events of the Wedding there also increased her threat level and being placed outside of time allowed her to interact directly with and brainwash Half Light Dusk.
  • Adaptational Villainy: She was already pretty sadistic in canon, but it was at least implied that she cared about her people. Not so much here, where she's just using them to further her own goals, as well as breaking Twilight even further than she did in canon by brainwashing AJ and Spike as well and having them chew her out when Twilight tries to expose her, breaks the legs of Twilight's mother when she tries to defend her children, and forces Twilight and Shining Armor to fight to the death, among other things.
  • A God Am I: Her ultimate plan is to become a being stronger than Discord by using a rune to rip the emotions out of all of Equestria and channeling them into herself. That fails, but she eventually succeeds by letting herself be hit with the Elements... but soon discovers that divinity isn't just power.
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: Despite not being a saint herself, and her manipulations of the Changelings, after defeating Cocoon, she proceeded to reform the stagnant system of the Changelings, allowing everyone to have names instead of simply numbers, giving "Deviants" (mutant/abnormal changelings) full rights and allowing parents to raise their own children, as well as other reforms and generally being more competent than Cocoon. Even the Unicorn Interviewer, who was brainwashed by Chrysalis, is forced to admit that compared to Cocoon, Chrysalis was an improvement.
  • Appeal to Force: Believes in this rather strongly, especially after becoming complete and turning into Cadenza.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Became Queen by killing Cocoon.
  • Asshole Victim:
    • Queen Cocoon was one for her. She also implied she ended up strangling a pimp of some sort in Zebrafrica to death for crossing her.
    • While Makarov was a monster in his own right and it ultimately made Chrysalis stronger, Chrysalis undoubtedly deserved the And I Must Scream fate Makarov's Ret Gone of the Changelings inflicted on her (the rest of the changelings, however...).
  • And Then What?: Apparently she never really thought about what she'd do after becoming an Alicorn.
  • Badass Boast:
    • Gives an epic one to the Unicorn Interviewer after the latter is freed from her control:
    "I knew fate would contort and twist back upon itself before ever allowing me to claim my hard earned victory. But tell fate this, Half-Light Dusk. If the game will cheat before letting me win, I simply have to change the rules. I WILL stand on equal footing with her. I will no longer be her or anyling else's slave. Not her, not Cocoon's, not my flesh, and most certainly not that mad creature that thinks himself king of everything. He's next on my list. So tell me I am doomed, tell me I have no chance of winning, that I never had any chance of winning, I've heard it many times before, and I have proven them all wrong! I always grant those who look down on me their just reward. Send me to Hell and I SWEAR by every changeling that has ever lived, I will devour it from the inside out like a cancer! Tell me an infinite number of others have made the same boast and failed and were but toys for Havoc in the end, I will be the one to make that boast reality! Lock the gates of Heaven and I will break through them! Dump me in Oblivion and I will claw my own way out! I've come too far, I have struggled for too long, to see all I have made with literal sweat, blood, and tears, to crumble to dust now. I refuse to lose!"
    • Gives one to Fluttercruel at one point after Fluttercruel tells her she'll kill her.
    Chrysalis: Much more powerful and fearsome beasts than you have made that promise when I was an insignificant nothing, they're dust, I'm not. But some of you are about to be. Enough speeches. Run if you want, you won't get far.
  • Bastard Understudy: Discussed: she's completely aware of this trope and was actually fully accepting of the prospect of dying because of it. She views it as simply nature.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Ultimately succeeds in becoming complete and transforming into an Alicorn...but finds out too late that power wasn't all it came with. Cue a major Villainous Breakdown and Sanity Slippage when she discovers the Elements gave her a heart in addition to her new divinity.
  • Benevolent Boss: Played with. Comparable to the other villains and Queen Cocoon, she treats the Changelings well and is a good queen. However, she's only doing so out of Pragmatic Villainy, as she needed a loyal army, and it's made clear she's mainly doing the invasion because it's what she wants.
    • And she is not above killing her subjects as part of her plans or to let out her frustration like Bumblebee nearly finds out. Ironically she is STILL a better boss then Cocoon.
  • Berserk Button: She does not seem to take being underestimated well.
    • Throwing wrenches in her plans.
    • She didn't take Scootaloo retrieving Sweetie Belle well.
  • Big Bad: Of the Wedding Arc.
  • Bishōnen Line: Her final form after going One-Winged Angel is an Alicorn, namely an Evil Twin of Cadence. This is also her true, complete form, as she was born from Cadenza's Shadow of Existence.
  • Blank Slate: Her ultimate fate: she's reduced to an innocent infant (implied to be by Sweetie's genuine love and the will of the Alicorn Elders) with the Chrysalis personality and memories wiped clean. Of note, unlike most Alicorns reduced to infants, she lacks a Cutie Mark, meaning she's truly this trope.
  • Boomerang Bigot: She actually loathes the Changelings, despite being one herself. However, she also has some sense of self loathing, but for different reasons.
  • Brainwashing: Can do this, though it works very differently from Discord's. While he can brute force it, she can't and like all Changelings has to be 'let in' first, but she also has direct control over them whereas he does not. She also gets a lot more mileage out of her power than her canonical self.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: While recounting her origin story to The Interviewers, she dismissed almost every character she met as unimportant and only bothered to remember the names of a few like Queen Cocoon and her childhood friend Maua. Even her parents only get called Mother and Father.
  • Butterfly of Doom: Witnesses her canon self's attack while 'dead' thanks to Makarov, and changes her plans accordingly. She failed to take this trope into account, and as a result her new choices changed the ones caused by other characters, creating new problems for her that blindsided her. While in the short term it lets her occupy Canterlot for longer than she did in canon, in the end rather than being driven off so she could return to launch another attack in the future, she meets her end and is effectively left Deader Than Dead.
  • Cain and Abel:
    • The Abel to Makarov's Cain, the two having both been created by Pandora. However, in this case, Abel was just as bad as Cain.
    • Since she's the original Cadenza's Shadow of Existence and Cadence is her Light of Existence, in a spiritual sense they're 'twin sisters' as Chrysalis puts it, making Chrysalis the Cain to Cadence's Abel.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: She claims that she's "much worse than a devil" and her guards once referred to her as "your evilness".
  • Clothing Damage: When she transforms into her true form, as in canon, her wedding dress is destroyed.
  • Creepy Child: Given her canon Villain Song, naturally, but here we actually see her as a child in her Origins Episode. She actually wasn't as psychotic as This Day Aria made her out to be, however...until the Horror Hunger set in and she took her father's survival of the fittest mentality to their logical extreme and started devouring ponies' emotions to state herself. However, her Sociopathy is still present even as a child and the fact its downplayed is what makes her this trope.
  • The Corrupter: Is this to Sweetie, seemingly having grown attached to her while she's brainwashed, but opting to corrupt her into her loyal right hand mare than become better for her.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: Once more, to Sweetie Belle.
  • Deader Than Dead: Her ultimate fate is being reduced to an innocent infant. This is depicted as most of her soul being vaporized, leaving only the little good in it remaining. According to Word of God, while this gave her soul a second chance, 'Chrysalis no longer exists, not even as a spirit.'
  • Dead Guy on Display: Cadence sees a vision of what will happen if she wins, and it sees her do this to all of the divine incarnations on Equus, Tiamat included.
  • Death by Adaptation: While she's reincarnated, Chrysalis herself ends up being Deader Than Dead due to Death of Personality.
  • Death of Personality: Chrysalis' ultimate fate: she's wiped clean except for what little good there was in her. According to Word of God, this essentially makes 'Chrysalis' by all accounts dead, despite her soul getting a second chance.
  • Delirious Misidentification: Invoked: she leaves a secondary spell on Twilight so when her brainwashing is broken she sees Cadence as Chrysalis.
  • Despotism Justifies the Means: While her potential victory WOULD be a Dystopia by nature and she's a sadist on Discord's level, her true motivation is simply to have power and control.
    Chrysalis: I'm doing this only for power? YOU BUCKING BET I LOVE POWER TO TARTARUS! The more control you have, the less you need to fear going hungry the next day. The less you're a slave! It's natural!
  • Determinator: Due to her outlook on the world, she simply will not give up, no matter how much things were stacked against her.
  • Didn't See That Coming:
    • She didn't see Lyra, Bon Bon, Moth, Twinkle Shine, Minuette, Prince Blueblood, and Arcane Spell throwing wrenches in her plans.
    • She didn't see Trixie still being alive coming either, she'd thought her army had killed her and thus was taken offguard when she turns up in time to throw a massive wrench in her works. It turns out to be another example of this trope at work, as she didn't expect the changelings sent to kill her might actually have a problem with murdering someone in cold blood.
    • She assumed being hit with the Elements could defeat her (thus why it was her last resort), but didn't once think they might actually give her a heart. This results in her having a mental breakdown when it occurs to her she's now got a conscience.
  • Dramatic Irony: When she was a foal, and was Shapeshifter Mode Locked as a Zebra, she had a phobia of insects, completely oblivious to the fact that she was one herself.
  • Emotion Eater: Naturally, though according to her she's got this worse than other Changelings.
  • Enemy Without: To Cadence. She was created by Pandora from Cadence's cast-off Shadow of Existence.
  • Empty Shell: Feeding at maximum tends to leave her victims this. Her first victims were her parents. Her ultimate goal is to do this to all of Equestria.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Outright shoots down the idea of her ever having a Villain Team-Up with Discord and seems to outright loath him. If only because the world would be as bad for her as everyone else.
    • She also considered what Makarov did to her and the Changelings so horrific that even she wouldn't wish the fate on anycreature else.
    • She was fully intending to kill Kabuto once he was no longer useful and never made any intention to stop Changelings from trying to kill him in revenge, implying even she hated him.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: One of her traits that carries over from her canon self even after she gets a heart.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Lone Ranger thought he was using the Changelings in his plans, Chrysalis was way smarter than him and played him like a fiddle.
  • Evil Twin: She was born from the original Cadenza's Shadow while Cadence was her Light, so when the Elements of Harmony complete her and turn her into an Alicorn, she's identical to Cadence besides her eye color, magic color, and Cutie Mark.
  • Evil Mentor: Seems to have become this for Sweetie Belle.
  • Evil vs. Evil:
    • Against Queen Cocoon. She even admits she's not so much sickened by Cocoon's cruelty as her incompetence.
    • Also her fight with Makarov was this.
  • Explaining Your Powers to the Enemy: She arrogantly tells Cadence that as an Alicorn, they have the powers of all the pony tribes, including Changeling Voluntary Shapeshifting, allowing Cadence to turn their battle into a Shapeshifter Showdown.
  • Expy: To some degree, of Father from Fullmetal Alchemist. Both were created in experiments using a cosmic force and both's final plans are almost identical.
    • In fact, her cutie mark as an Alicorn is the Ouroboros symbol the Homunculi of the series had on their bodies.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: After becoming 'whole' and turning into Queen Cadenza, she genuinely becomes Cadence's Evil Twin and is no longer simply impersonating her. She's no less evil or monstrous as she was before, with the only real difference being forced on her by the Elements rather than any conscious change of heart.
  • Fantastic Slur:
    • Refers to non-changelings as "cattle".
    • Ironically was once on the receiving end of this during Queen Cocoon's reign due to her unusual eyes, being called a 'Deviant', which is why she was Made a Slave.
  • Frankenstein's Monster: Is Pandora's, having been created in an experiment with the remains of Cadence's Shadow of Existence she discarded after her defeat by Amicitia at the dawn of time. Her Origin Story even begins with a quote from the book. She's not entirely happy about this status.
  • Fighting a Shadow: Is capable of infusing her Changelings with her essence and thus some of her powers, letting her use them like puppets, though not nearly as powerful as she is. She first did this to trick General-Admiral Makarov during their fight. She also uses it to lure the mane cast into a trap, but Cadence was using an Avatar as well.
  • For the Evulz: While fairly pragmatic, she's still a Sadist and relishes the pain she causes. But the big difference between her and Discord in this regard is the enjoyment she gets from her evil deeds is a bonus rather than the point.
    Twinkle Shine: Why are you torturing the poor mare like this?!
    Moon Dancer: Because she gets off on it.
    Queen Chrysalis: Oh, immensely. But don't think for an instant I'm doing this SIMPLY because I enjoy bringing order to chaotic little minds. You disappoint me Moon Dancer.
  • Freudian Excuse: Subverted. Her foalhood was actually pretty happy and while her Horror Hunger did motivate her, she simply decided it was her nature and there was no point in fighting it. It was the actions she took to state it on her own were what made everyzebra reject her (they'd actually loved her before). She actually mocks the idea.
    Queen Chrysalis: The rest of my settlement saw what I had done. They were terrified of me, they called me a monster, they threw rocks at me and banished me from the settlement, and I, a poor lonely pariah with nozebra in the world...oh I can't say it with a straight face! Haha! They loved for me it! They called me a hero!
    • While it doesn't grant her any sympathy, she implies her true reason for what she does is her fear of being enslaved again.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Started out as a little Zebra in a small village in the middle of nowhere, then became vampiraic monster draining everypony she could get dry of their love but still remaining little more than a local menace until she became a slave to Queen Cocoon, considered so low on the pecking order she was only good for entertainment. By the end of her Origins Episode, she's killed off the Changeling Queen and taken over the hive, becoming the Big Bad level threat she's known as.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: From the ponies' perspective, she's most certainly this. From the Changelings perspective, this is Double Subverted. She seems to be generally a good leader and saved them from Queen Cocoon, but ultimately, Chrysalis only cares about herself and sees the Changelings as pawns, so her benevolence is simply Pragmatic Villainy.
  • Hearing Voices: Begins hearing Maua talking to her after Applejack and Applebloom give her a Heart Beatdown via Applejack's truth vision powered up by the Power of Love shared by the Apple Family.
  • Heel-Face Mind Screw: Her original personality is destroyed and replaced by an innocent newborn with only what goodness she had in her black heart.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: While she most certainly planned to take over Canterlot, it's revealed that was no longer her endgame. What that endgame is has yet to be revealed, but the Changelings don't seem aware of it from her words.
  • Hoist by Her Own Petard:
    • Instead of brainwashing Minuette, Twinkle Shine, and Lyra like in canon, she simply fired them. While she no longer needed them anyway (now having brainwashed Twilight instead of imprisoning her) and it quietly got them out of the picture, this allowed them to find their way to Moon Dancer and free her from Chrysalis' mind control without her knowledge. They end up saving the heroes in a Big Damn Heroes moment, letting them escape and begin plotting to stop her.
    • Her first real defeat of the arc comes when the newly freed Applejack turns her truth vision (which she'd been forcing the poor mare to use against her friends with sadistic glee the entire fight scene) on her, turned Up to Eleven by the Power of Love.
    • Her becoming an Alicorn not only results in a mental breakdown, but due to her Alicorn form looking identical to Cadence with a few minor differences, allows Cadence to prove they're related and challenge her for the throne.
    • Her attempts to exploit her knowledge of how things went in the heart world ultimately cause a ripple effect that ends in her own demise rather than simply being driven off.
  • Horror Hunger: Her taste for love fell into this when she was younger.
  • I Die Free: Is resolute about preferring this over being captured, as she sincerely fears ever being enslaved again.
  • It's All About Me:
    • Rationalizes sucking her parents and even her best friend Maua dry more or less as 'I was hungry, they were food' without an ounce of remorse and generally doesn't care who she has to hurt to move forwards.
    • Shown later when she admits to a captured Celestia that she's more or less playing the Changelings as tools to get what she wants.
    • This is so ingrained into her character that feeling empathy when the Elements force her to grow a heart causes her to lose it.
  • Imposter Forgot One Detail: A different detail than in canon (she actually knows the Sunshine, Sunshine chant). She gives Blueblood a "The Reason You Suck" Speech to get on the Elements' goodside, causing Twilight to become suspicious of her as the real Cadence is The Empath and would never hurt her cousin that badly (Cadence ironically did when she was a foal, but has since become closer to her cousin).
  • I've Come Too Far: Despite genuinely gaining a Morality Pet in Sweetie Belle, she ultimately refuses the filly's plea for her to give up after she's freed, as Chrysalis refuses to let go of her ambitions when they're so close to fulfillment.
  • Klingon Promotion: How she became queen by killing Cocoon. Notably she fully expects to one day die to her chosen heir the same way.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: She and Brainwashed!Sweetie Belle spend the entire time Applejack is under her control Mind Raping her (via attempted Breaking Lectures and psychically forcing her to repeat what she wants her to think) as well as forcing her to Mind Rape others with her truth vision. When Applejack is freed by Applebloom, the sisters use the Power of Love the Apples have to supercharge her truth vision and give Chrysalis a taste of her own medicine.
  • Lima Syndrome: Develops this for Sweetie Belle. Unfortunately, she tries to corrupt Sweetie to be like her rather than become better for Sweetie and can't bring herself to stop when Sweetie begs her to once freed. Though Word of God has asked readers to do a What If? showing what might have happened.
  • Long Game: Has planned her invasion since she first became Queen of the Changelings.
  • Love Redeems:
    • Subverted; her love for Sweetie Belle doesn't redeem her, and instead leads to her trying to corrupt Sweetie.
    • Double Subverted later, Sweetie's love is implied to be what allows Chrysalis to experience Reincarnation and become a Blank Slate filly.
  • Kick the Dog: Has a few moments.
    • One that stands out is her rubbing it in the now brainwashed Applejack's face how badly she messed up. Then taking it a step further by forcing her to tell the assembled ponies at the wedding it was her fault.
    • How about spending three days torturing the poor mare for no other reason but that she can.
    • Forcing Twilight to fight her brainwashed brother to what she intended to be the death for no other reason than spite and that she happened to be 'expendable' to take her frustrations out on.
  • Knight of Cerebus: For the Reharmonized Timeline proper. After while previous villains could be dark, they were either a limited threat (such as Loneliness, who was confined to Trixie's mind) or Anti-Villain (such as Nightmares Whisper and Mirror), Chrysalis is a sadistic and competent Sociopath with a sizable body count and gets considerably more use out of her mind control than her canon self. She also seems to have obtained knowledge she simply shouldn't have, much to the Interviewer's shock. The only mane series villains on her level are the ones from the SA Arc.
  • Made a Slave: By Queen Cocoon when she was younger. This is part of her motivation for seeking power, believing that it can prevent it from happening again.
  • Manipulative Bitch: As in canon, but with a twist here: she's manipulating her own kind for her own ends.
    • It turns out the entire invasion was a game of Xanatos Speed Chess by her in an attempt to become a complete being.
  • Monster Sob Story: As rotten as she is, a series of tragedies helped make her what she is now, and had Cocoon never enslaved her, it's likely Chrysalis as she is now would have never existed.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: It turns out the surprise she had in place to deal with any Nightmares that might show up was a magic rune. Twilight figured out how to turn it into an anti-Chaos rune to weaken Discord during the Final Battle, well after Chrysalis is Deader Than Dead.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Has this reaction when Queen Cocoon reveals she's a lot stronger than she appears.
    • Has another when Applejack's truth vision is revealed, but manages to take advantage of Applejack's politeness with it to brainwash her.
    • Has yet another when she realizes Celestia is still stronger than her in this universe and she is about to lose the Beam-O-War.
    • Has one when she realizes Applejack and Applebloom are about to give her a truth based Heart Beatdown using their family's Power of Love.
    • Her biggest comes when Cadence frees Shining Armor. Considering what happened in the heart world when that happened, it's no surprise.
    • She has another one when she realizes Cadence can challenge her for the changeling throne.
  • One-Winged Angel: As in canon, she reveals her true form upon being revealed.
  • Outside-Context Problem: Invoked. Both she and Cocoon did their best to insure the Changelings were myths at best to the rest of the world (thought Cocoon did it out of cowardliness). Chrysalis did it so when they attacked, they'd blindside their enemies completely. So far it's served her well.
    • In a bit of irony, it's the Inverse that starts causing her plan to unravel: the ponies that for one reason or another weren't on her radar have a Misfit Mobilization Moment.
  • Peggy Sue: Deconstructed. The real reason for her upgraded threat level: when Makarov used his powers to kill off the Changelings, her unique existence as a piece of Cadence let her see the Heart World and see the flaws in her plans, allowing her to rework them. However, she was so assured that the things she saw in the heart world were what she had to worry about, she's blindsided by a number of things that weren't involved in the original Wedding at all, and some of her actions to avoid the problems her canon self ran into cause new problems to rise up. She's still good at adapting to the situation and remains more dangerous than canon, but it didn't make her the Game-Breaker she thought it would.
  • Playing Possum: Uses her shapeshifting to do this after Celestia actually wins the Beam-O-War, allowing her to take her off guard and defeat her.
  • The Power of Acting: Prides herself as an actress, and is considerably more skilled at it than her canon self.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Her being a Benevolent Boss to the Changelings seems to be primarily this.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality. Invoked. She points out that many of her own qualities she's called out for would be praised in a hero.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Falls somewhere between Type B and Type C. She is genuinely powerful, intelligent, and royalty, but has a childish sadism to her. Once she actually manages to occupy Canterlot, she simply uses the power she now has to play sadistic games with her slaves almost like a child playing with dolls. It honestly makes her even more frightening.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Prince Blueblood, seemingly to try and get on the Bearers good sides (though the audience knows Blueblood is a better pony now, the Mane Six do not). This is notably her first major screw up, as it is what makes Twilight realize something is wrong, since Cadence would never do it and leads to Blueblood becoming a Spanner in the Works.
  • Reincarnation: A more traditional version. She dies after being defeated, but is reduced to an innocent infant and a Blank Slate, giving her soul a second chance but being by all accounts the 'death' of Chrysalis.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Treats the Changelings well partly out of a desire to prove she's better than her predecessor (whom she loathed) and partly because she's manipulating the Changelings as tools for her own agenda and needs them to like them. She doesn't actually care about them, and is generally shown to be a Sadistic Sociopath.
  • Not So Different: Utterly despises Discord, but ultimately, is very similar to him in many ways.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Played with. While she does order her minions to do most of the work, she did take an active part at the start of the invasion and used a body double under her direct control to fight Cadence...who was ironically using an Avatar herself.
  • Raise Him Right This Time: Cadence and Shining adopt her infant self with the intent of doing this.
  • Redemption Rejection: Nothing except reincarnating her as a Blank Slate can get her to change her ways.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Outright admits forcing Twilight to fight her brainwashed brother or watch Sweetie Belle kill herself is revenge for Applejack and Applebloom's Heart Beatdown on her and they're out of her reach, and in her mind Twilight is expendable.
    Chrysalis: "This is punishment, because of you and those like you, my beautiful tapestry has been mangled. I tell a lie, I'm just clopped at you for taking Sweetie Belle's favorite playmates. And since I can't torture Applejack instead (or better yet that rotten sister of her's who ruined everything), I'll punish the little brain-dead stooge who ruined everything the last time.
  • Sadist: As in canon, she seems to get a kick out of hurting others.
    • She took the time to rub the now brainwashed Applejack's Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! moment in her face.
    • Also shown when she sets up a duel to the death between Twilight and Cadence and gleefully watches the result.
  • Sanity Slippage:
    • After having Applejack Mind Rape her with her truth vision powered up by the Power of Love the Apple Clan has, Chrysalis begins to experience this. She starts hearing the long dead Maua talk to her and begins referring to events she knows as a Peggy Sue openly.
    • Also happens when Applejack makes her realize the Elements of Harmony didn't just cause her to become an Alicorn, but gave her a heart.
  • Screw Destiny: Deconstructed. Her attempts to change her fate from that of her Heart World counterpart only end up sealing it even further, and she quite possibly ended up making things even worse for herself. Considering Half-Light Dusk, who knows such things, tried to convince her to perform a Heel–Face Turn, it's entirely possible she could have changed her fate by turning good, but instead chose to continue her evil ways.
  • Seamless Spontaneous Lie: She's a natural at these, which is kinda important given she's a Changeling.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Her first victims were her own parents who she left Empty Shells, though it was accidental. However, she didn't seem too bothered by it and justified it to herself as them not being dead because they were still breathing and moving.
  • Shapeshifter Showdown:
    • Being a Changeling, this happened during her rebellion against Cocoon. Their battle eventually becomes this as well, with Chrysalis winning.
    • After Cadence discovers that she can shapeshift too, their battle quickly becomes this.
  • The Social Darwinist: Her father was a hunter by trade and taught her about survival of the fittest, which she took to heart and used to justify her feeding on others. Notably, this is not simply an excuse: she genuinely believes it to the point she fully expects her heir to devour her someday.
  • The Sociopath: More prominent than in canon.
    • One of the things that make her a Creepy Child in her Origins Episode is how realistically she acts like a real young person who would grow up into one of these, including torturing insects she finds in her room as a filly. She also has shown some degree of trouble with impulse control, another sign of this.
    • She's no longer this, as a result of her alicornification reviving the conscience she'd killed. Ironically, her new-found empathy causes a Villainous BSoD that makes her even crazier. She hasn't had much time to process her new empathy though.
  • The Social Darwinist: Chrysalis planned to eventually set Sweetie Belle and Pitcher Plant against each other to see which one would replace her as queen. Who she fully anticipated to possibly kill her to take the throne.
  • Soulless Shell: Was born from this: after being defeated by Amicitia at the beginning of time, Cadenza shed her Shadow of Existence to incarnate. Chrysalis was that shed shell, and still somehow had enough will to live left to impress Pandora enough for the Draconequus to try and complete her.
  • Taking You with Me: Was fully expecting the Changelings to kill her for killing Cocoon but felt it was Worth It to kill off the lazy slug. Subverted in that killing the queen earned her a Klingon Promotion.
  • Tarot Motifs: The Hunger, an alternative deck number 11.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Spent most of her early life believing she was just a zebra suffering from a form of Horror Hunger, only to find out she's a Changeling when the others of her kind found her.
  • Troubling Unchild Like Behavior: As a filly in her first life, she had a habit of ripping bugs' legs of and leaving them in spider webs.
  • Underestimating Badassery: One of her biggest flaws is constantly dismissing "background characters" as unimportant and not taking them into consideration when forming her plans.
  • Victory Is Boring: A vision Cadence sees of her potential future sees her become fat and lazy with nothing to do.
  • Villainous Breakdown:
    • Has one in response to Blueblood rescuing Cadence. While she manages to regain control of things, she still spends most of the chapter openly furious that Blueblood of all ponies ruined her plans.
    • Has another brief one when Trixie shows up and ruins her sadistic game with Cadence and Twilight.
    • Has a major one when Applejack escapes her control thanks to Applebloom, flying into a psychotic rage and trying to murder her. After receiving a Heart Beatdown via the Power of Love between the Apple Family and Applejack's Truth Vision, destroying her ability to tell herself 'my past is dead', she not only goes Laughing Mad for a moment, but begins hearing hearing the long dead Maua talking to her.
    • It turns out that she was exaggerating her previous ones in order to get the Elements to blast her so she could become an Alicorm, but her Villainous BSoD from realizing she now has empathy triggers another one.
  • Villainous BSoD: The Elements of Harmony cause her to grow a heart in addition to turning her into an Alicorn. She doesn't take finding this out well.
  • Where I Was Born and Razed: Either killed or left everyone in the village she was born an Empty Shell.
  • Wicked Witch: Is referred to as one, and fits rather well. She'd also been accused of being a witch as a foal, due to her seduction and draining zebra, resulting in her friend Maua being accused of being her familiar as well.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Justified: she didn't kill Cadence when she had her as a prisoner because they're literally two halves of the original Cadenza. Chrysalis wasn't sure if she could survive killing her.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Set one up by setting up body doubles of her and her captives to go to a theatre in Canterlot, which was to lure the heroes into a mass ambush. However, she also remained at the Castle guarding Celestia with her real minions, ready to ambush the heroes should they strike there. Lastly (if her words are correct), she had Kabuto set up as a trap onto himself to surprise them should they try to defeat him and take out the last foreman of the rune. No matter which bait the heroes took, they'd be running into a trap of some sort. The end result nearly kills all the heroes (including Misfit Actual, who she didn't even know about) and requires Applebloom and Weaver to perform actions that they fully know might kill them to thwart the plans.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: The entire invasion was a ploy for her to become an Alicorn.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness:
    • Fully intended to have Kabuto killed once he was no longer useful. In this case, it's because even she can't stand him. Kabuto was aware of this, but also aware he was far from helpless against whoever was sent to kill him.
    • Gave Lone Ranger to Kabuto to play with once his role in her plans was over with. This was mainly for pragmatism, as Lone Ranger's endgame was explicitly to wipe out the Changelings and thus wouldn't be on her side after the invasion, thus the moment his usefulness was over, she disposed of him.
    • Defied. She no longer has use for the Changelings after ascending, but if it weren't for Cadence and the heroes stopping her, she'd have just up and left them to her heir.
  • You Kill It, You Bought It: Became Queen by killing her predecessor Cocoon. She actually wasn't aware the title changed hooves this way, she just wanted to kill off Cocoon and was fully expecting the Changelings to kill her afterwards. She fully expects to be on the receiving end of this trope from her heirs and is fine with that.

    Spoiler Character 3 

Kifuko


  • Amnesiacs Are Innocent: Due to having no memory of being Chrysalis, and thus all of her misdeeds and malice, she's simply an innocent little filly.
  • Amnesiac Dissonance: Has no memory that she's Chrysalis' Reincarnation, and as a result is simply an adorable, happy little filly with none of her previous self's malice.
  • Cheerful Child: In contrast to her previous incarnation.
  • Mix-and-Match Critter: She's a Zebra Alicorn, presumably due to Chrysalis having been born to two Zebras and then becoming an Alicorn before being 'rebooted' into Kifuko.
  • Physical Goddess: Being she's a newborn Alicorn and all.
  • Reincarnation: A more traditional example, as she's Chrysalis' soul given a second chance at life without any of her previous memories.
  • Tarot Motifs: The Passion, a purified version of her former Tarot, The Hunger.
  • Walking Spoiler: The fact that Chrysalis becomes her completely spoils the reveal that Chrysalis dies and is subsequently reincarnated.

    Queen Cocoon 

  • Adipose Rex: Is so fat and bulbous from her gluttony that she has to be carried around by slaves. Or rather that's the facade she puts on, she's quite capable of moving.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Turns out her appearance of an overweight sloth that can't even leave her throne is a facade and she's actually a lot stronger than she appears. Lampshaded by Chrysalis, who admits she'd forgotten that Cocoon wouldn't have stayed queen for very long if she wasn't powerful.
  • Bad Boss: Has not only lead the Changelings close to ruin with her incompetence, but is willing to devour her underlings for very minor faults. She wasn't always like this, but her love for her people drove her insane and turned her into a terrible ruler.
  • Big Bad: Of Chrysalis' Origins Episode.
  • Bishōnen Line: Her final form after going One-Winged Angel is more or less a clone of Chrysalis herself.
  • Body Surf: After being killed the first time, her spirit cheats death by transfering into an unborn clone and speeding up its growth, though greatly decreasing its life span. She also intended to take Chrysalis' body if she'd won.
  • The Caligula: Was not a good queen in the least. Bonus points for being more or less confirmed to be insane. She wasn't this bad in the past, but her love and fear for her Changeling subjects drove her insane.
  • Defiant to the End: While she begs for mercy before hoof, she dies trying to choke Chrysalis to death as Chrysalis consumes her.
  • Emotion Eater: Naturally, given she's a Changeling.
  • Evil vs. Evil: While Chrysalis opposed her rule and fought against her, Chrysalis wasn't a saint herself, having already drained numerous innocents and killed her entire village before ever meeting her. She ultimately loses.
  • Fantastic Slur: Deviant, for any Changeling that shows some form of mutation.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: The Changelings were on the verge of dying under her.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Chrysalis thought she was just a fat slug who couldn't even leave her throne and killing her once she reached her would be an easy feat. A few seconds later she's having to avoid getting torn apart by a dragon-sized Lightning Bruiser.
  • Kaiju: Her One-Winged Angel form.
  • Knight Templar Parent: Her being this to the Changeling race as a whole is what eventually drove her to the paranoid madwoman Chrysalis fought.
  • Impossible Task: Tries to execute a young Chrysalis via this. Chrysalis wins by killing her opponent before the fight.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Is a lot faster than she looks. Despite being the size of a dragon, her One-Winged Angel form's attacks are Chrysalis described it as 'trying to survive inside a meat grinder'.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Maternal example. She genuinely loved the Changelings like a mother loves their children, but her fear for them gradually grew into complete insanity as the years went on, leaving her so insane she nearly destroyed the Changelings by incompetence.
  • The Masquerade: Was dedicated to one of these to keep the Changelings' existence secret.
  • My Beloved Smother: Used to be this towards the Changelings according to Hercules. Deconstructed as her fear for her 'children' eventually drove her insane.
  • One-Winged Angel: When Chrysalis tries to kill her, she reveals she had herself altered through Changeling biotechnology and proceeds to transform into a dragon-sized insectoid monster and nearly kills Chrysalis.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Is so fat that she can't move and needs carried around by slaves. Subverted, as she's actually faking it.
  • Predecessor Villain: To Queen Chrysalis, being the Changeling Queen before her.
  • Shapeshifter Showdown: Has one with Chrysalis. She ultimately loses.
  • Sanity Slippage: According to Hercules, she used to be a benevolent ruler that, if nothing else, loved her Changelings too much. This fear for her hive gradually drove her insane, turning her into the monster she was when she died.
  • Smug Snake: Has a very high opinion of herself.
  • Smug Super: Turns out she's very capable of backing it up.
  • Time Abyss: She's so old that the Changelings don't even remember if she's their original Queen or not. This is because she extended her life in a large number of ways.
  • Villainous Glutton: Is bloated and fat from all the love she consumes.

    Death Stalker 

  • Apologetic Attacker: Genuinely comes to like Twilight after serving her while she was brainwashed, and thus apologizes to her when they come to blows later.
  • Death Seeker: Assumed by Twilight during their fight, but unconfirmed.
  • Groin Attack: On the receiving end of one from Twilight. Notably, he was in female form at the time, but Twilight points out that the Groin Attack only hurting guys is a myth.

    Digger Wasp 

Digger Wasp/Long Haul

  • Big Brother Instinct: Towards his sister. It gives him what seems to be a magic surge when he's defeated by Misfit and fears for her safety..
  • Co-Dragons: Seems to share this role with General Hercules, being the brains to his brawn.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Genuinely loves his sister Jewel Wasp, to the point of Big Brother Instinct. He even asks Misfit if they'll hurt her after being defeated.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Is surprised that Equestria doesn't believe in genocide or hurting civilians. Not being tortured when captured and interrogated also surprised him.
  • Evil Genius: Times everything down to the letter in his head and is the Changeling's chief communications officer.
  • Idiot Ball: He took Discord's vision of a Bad Future where the changelings were subjected to genocide because of his failures entirely seriously after Discord was sealed away.
  • The Mole: Served as a high ranking spy for Queen Chrysalis in the Royal Guard.
  • Mole in Charge: His Long Haul disguise was in charge of Canterlot security, which is a vital part of her Evil Plan.
  • Not So Stoic: Upon being defeated.
  • Obliviously Evil: He sincerely believed that ponies were genocidal and would wipe the Changelings out on sight. He has a Villainous BSoD when informed this is not the case.
  • The Stoic: Is described as having always been cold and calculating in part due to what Discord did to him on the day of chaos, showing him (from his perspective) a Bad Future were the Changelings were subjected to genocide.
  • Villainous BSoD: While also being sedated at the time, he responds to being told Equestrians don't believe in genocide (and thus Discord's vision of the future was Blatant Lies), his response is a speechless look of shock.
  • Villainous Valor: Refuses to go down quietly when defeated by Misfit and keeps fighting until he has no energy left to fight WITH and has been restrained, all to try and protect his sister and his queen.

    Kabuto 

  • 0% Approval Rating:
    • Half the hive views him as The Dreaded, the other half hates him (according to Digger Wasp). In fact, even Chrysalis doesn't like him, and ordered Digger Wasp to kill him once the invasion is complete.
    • After he's Brought Down to Normal and captured, they have to keep him separate from the other Changeling prisoners to prevent them from trying to kill him.
  • Alchemy Is Magic: Subverted, he uses magic and alchemy combined. This makes him quite dangerous. He even has an alchemy circle as a cutie mark when he's turned into an Earth Pony.
  • And I Must Scream:
    • Some of his experiments seem to imply this.
    • From his perspective, his Karmic Transformation counts.
    • And then there's his final punishment by Cadence after she becomes Queen, the same fate Celestia once warned would have occurred to Fluttershy if her actions as Nightmare Whisper hadn't been reversed — sealed inside the sun, in agony, for a period of time no less than the equivalent of how many years of life he's stolen from his victims.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: You don't become a Master in the Changeling Hive without being able to back it up.
  • Badass Boast: Gets a good one when Misfit confronts him.
    Kabuto: Have you figured it out cattle? You didn't trap me: I am the trap.
  • Bastard Understudy: There's some implications he's this to Chrysalis. Of course Chrysalis was planning to kill him as well, something Kabuto might have realized.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Doesn't like ponies thinking they're smarter than him.
    • He also does not like someone making jokes about his full name (Kabutomushi). He tries to impale Gag for doing it.
  • Brought Down to Normal: He's turned into an Earth Pony after his One-Winged Angel form is dispelled.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Doesn't remember how many he's tortured and killed, and simply doesn't care.
  • Cast from Lifespan: His One-Winged Angel form is not only very love-intensive, it actually takes away a part of his lifespan.
  • Co-Dragons: Turns out to be on the same level as Digger Wasp and far more dangerous than he looks.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Subverted... to a degree. He does much of what he does For Science! and to sate his sadism, he also does use enough of his experiments to benefit the hive to make sure he's too useful to kill.
  • The Dreaded: Digger Wasp at one point mentally comments that the half the changeling hive that doesn't hate him fears him.
  • Driven to Suicide: After being turned into an Earth Pony, he apparently tried to kill himself, and had to be restrained.
  • The Empath: As a changeling, he can sense emotions. After he's Brought Down to Normal, this is one of the reasons he views his new Earth Pony state as an And I Must Scream fate, feeling like everyone is a zombie.
  • Evil Genius: Is a Mad Scientist, but seems capable of keeping up with Twilight in conversation. And then there's his alchemy knowledge.
  • Expy:
    • Basically a changeling version of Mayuri Kurotsuchi.
    • He's also similar to (and named after according to Word of God) another Kabuto.
    • Also, a mad scientist based off of a bug (though an insectoid rather than an arachnid), who is hated and feared by his "comrades," and seems to have his own agenda? Who does that remind you of? (For bonus points, when asked about it, the author said that Tarantulas actually was another inspiration for Kabuto.)
  • Faux Affably Evil: Has a rather cheery and upbeat personality for a psychopath, keeping it while discussing the horrific experiments he has planned for the mane cast one Chrysalis is finished with them.
  • Genius Bruiser: Due to heavily altering himself, he's actually this.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Weaver uses the same potion he used to go One-Winged Angel to fight him, then hold him in place while Misfit injected him with a neutralizing agent. This results in his mutations going haywire and transforming him into an Earth Pony.
  • In the Blood: Turns out he inherited his Mad Scientist traits from his father, the previous holder of his post, who decided to raise and train the young Kabuto himself so he could succeed his position. Though it seems that his father was more the Well-Intentioned Extremist kind of Mad Scientist.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: Variation. He never calls others by their real names except Chrysalis, instead using their species and a number or, in the case of the Bearers, this Element of Harmony.
  • Karmic Transformation:
    • Misfit neutralizing his One-Winged Angel form causes a Superpower Meltdown resulting in one of these, turning him into an Earth Pony. It's even lampshaded.
    • To make it even more karmic, it's revealed that he had converted numerous ponies against their will, so he's getting a double-dose of his own medicine! And that's not even mentioning how those forcefully converted lost their ties to the air, land, etc., like he lost his own abilities.
  • Lightning Bruiser: His One-Winged Angel form.
  • Knight of Cerebus: He's this trope for Misfit's story during the Wedding. A Faux Affably Evil Mad Scientist who casually talks about performing monstrous experiments on his own kind and innocent ponies, he's also an incredibly dangerous opponent due to experimenting on himself. He's also such a threat that he not only nearly kills Misfit Actual, but Weaver has to nearly kill herself to stop him.
  • Mad Doctor: Has medical knowledge. Unfortunately, he enjoys using that for sadistic medical experiments. This fact really ticks Garnet off, especially since her medical training allows her to better understand just how twisted some of his stuff is. He's this to the point that when Discord's endgame hits, the only difference between him and his 'corrupted' self is his actions are now legal and he's always been an Earth Pony. For reference, said actions are performing a lobotomy. On Sweetie Belle.
  • Madness Mantra: An entire paragraph of his loose canon chapter after his defeat has him mentally repeating "this is madness" over and over again.
  • Mad Scientist:
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Mentions having a PHD. Of course, if it's from a proper university, it's probably not under his actual name.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Has four spider-like limbs implanted in his back that can extend from his back and end in dangerous points. His One-Winged Angel form has at least eight arms each ending in a blade.
  • Not Brainwashed: Part of what makes Sweetie Belle so scared when about to be given a lobotomy by him in Discord's Villain World is that even if she somehow convinced him things weren't right (the way to break the curse) he'd still do it anyway because he was always a Mad Doctor.
  • Not So Different:
    • Tries to pull this on Garnet, due to both being doctors. Garnet strongly disagrees.
    • After his defeat, he theorizes that each of the individuals Chrysalis surrounded herself with represent a different part of her personality, with himself representing her intellect and refusal to let morals get in the way of her desires. He also starts to understand her views on fate.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: During his introduction he was portrayed as quite the monstrous changeling, but later appearances played his interactions with Twilight for laughs at his expense. His next appearance, however, plays his psychopathic nature for horror to show how genuinely frightening he would actually be and showing Twilight was very wrong for underestimating him. He also reveals he's done enough genetic alterations to himself to make himself a serious threat. By the time he's defeated, he'd nearly killed Misfit and required a Heroic Sacrifice from Weaver (though she lived) to beat him.
  • One-Winged Angel: During his fight with Misfit, he reveals he's done the same thing to himself that Queen Cocoon did (and was the one who did it to her), using an alchemy potion as a catalyst.
  • Older Than He Looks: Thanks to modifications he made to himself based off the DNA of a family of Earth Pony converts, he's very long-lived. In fact, apparently he's roughly the same age as Granny Smith!
  • Playing with Fire: Has some fire powers, like all Changelings. Combined with his alchemy and magical knowledge, he can make this very dangerous.
  • Playing with Syringes: Loves his dangerous medical and scientific experiments.
  • Professor Guinea Pig: Has performed a number of experiments on himself, though normally after going through a number of test subjects in the process. This trope is what makes him so dangerous, as he's got a large number of superpowers at his clawtips. This backfires when Garnet manages to make an agent to neutralize his One-Winged Angel form, resulting in him suffering a Superpower Meltdown from all the experiments going haywire.
  • Psycho for Hire:
    • You get the feeling he'd be a Mad Scientist even if it wasn't his job.
    • Discord and Nythy decided to use him as a Mad Doctor performing lobotomies. Sweetie Belle notes part of the reason this is bad for her is that unlike the other enemies the Crusaders face, he's Not Brainwashed (except thinking he's always been an Earth Pony) and would have done this anyway. Discord even shows disappointment in his defeat, as ponies as rotten as him are hard to come by.
  • Sadist: Seems to share this trait with his queen.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: His ultimate fate: imprisonment in the sun for all the years his victims would have lived if he hadn't killed them. Unlike some examples, this isn't because he was too dangerous to kill, but rather Cadence believed Thou Shall Not Kill but still felt this monster's deeds warranted this punishment.
  • Shapeshifter Swan Song: When he has his Superpower Meltdown, he has one of these before his Karmic Transformation.
  • Token Evil Teammate: To the Changelings. While they're the bad guys, Kabuto and Chrysalis are the only two who are true sadists rather than being driven by Fantastic Racism or misguided beliefs. He's also the only Changeling to be given an And I Must Scream fate for his crimes. Deconstructed, as it also means his side can't stand him and only tolerates him because he's useful to them, and Chrysalis fully intended to have him killed when he was no longer useful to them.
  • The Sociopath: Is considered one by Changeling standards.
  • Shapeshifter Mode Lock: His One-Winged Angel form's neutralization causes a reaction that turns him into an Earth Pony, permanently.
  • Superpower Meltdown: Misfit neutralizing his One-Winged Angel form with a chemical Garnet mixed up results in one of these due to how heavily he modified himself, the end result turning him into an Earth Pony.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Invoked. His plan was to trick whoever came after him into coming prepared for his guards to be a problem, not realizing how powerful he actually is.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • Apparently asked for Neatly Spell to 'study'. Thankfully, Misfit defeated him before he had the chance.
    • And then there's trying to give Sweetie Belle a lobotomy when he returned in the Final Arc. Thankfully she escaped and beat him.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Chrysalis despises him, and had ordered Digger Wasp to kill him after the invasion was over and he was no longer needed.

    General Hercules Beetle 

  • Anti-Villain: Seems to be a Type IV. He lacks the Changeling's Fantastic Racism and seems to even admire the ponies to a degree, and admits he would prefer a peaceful resolution to the conflict to come. It's not that he thinks the changelings invasion is right (he seems not to). However, he swore an oath to both Queen Cocoon and Queen Chrysalis and refuses to break it, meaning unless Chrysalis calls off the invasion, he's duty bound to serve her.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He's the second in command of the Changelings a reason. The Interviewers refer to him as 'the second most dangerous Changeling in existence' and he lives up to it.
  • Being Evil Sucks: Sometimes he wishes that he didn't lack the typical Changeling Fantastic Racism, and wishes that Chrysalis had taken Sweetie's Last-Second Chance, as while he hopes for a peaceful solution, he still feels bound to obey the Queen.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Do not insult his Queen where he can hear you. He also seems to hate disrespect to royalty in general.
    • As his reaction to the triplets shows, he also hates traitors.
  • The Brute: While not dumb, he seems to be very physically strong, able to hold back the Angry Mother Lemon and beat it in what seemed to be melee combat.
  • Co-Dragons: With Digger Wasp.
  • Determinator: Even after his One-Winged Angel form is defeated, he keeps going until he's literally unable to fight any more.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Considering he earned a name and his position, he was likely always a badass, but Kabuto did some sort of modification with him that seems to provide him with Instant Armor on his forelegs.
  • Expy: His abilities and more noble nature are reminiscent of Greed. In fact, after going One-Winged Angel, he refers to himself as the "Ultimate Shield" of the Changelings.
  • Fantastic Racism: Subverted, he actually seems to lack this and openly admits he's glad the ponies fought back. This is due to the fact that Chrysalis, a supposedly inferior Deviant, managed to defeat Cocoon. He admits that sometimes he wishes that he did feel like that, so that he wouldn't feel guilt about fighting the ponies.
  • A Father to His Men: One of his traits. It's part of the reason he views Goliath as the "foolish sibling" and objected to his brother's promotion, since he feels that looking out for the troops under your command should come before seeking glory.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Seems to share this dynamic with his brother Goliath. However, both seem to think they're the responsible sibling and the other is foolish. Given what we see of Goliath later (chronologically), Hercules seems to be the responsible one.
  • Graceful Loser: Once he's forced to stop by being unable to continue, he's quite accepting of his defeat.
  • Honor Before Reason:
    • Despite lacking the typical Changeling Fantastic Racism and his hope for a peaceful resolution to the conflict, he feels bound to the oath he gave to Chrysalis. Word of God describes him as almost too honorable.
    • The one are where he doesn't apply this is combat, as he is not afraid to "fight dirty". Even then he tries to attack non-lethally though.
    • He gets called out on his loyalty towards Chrysalis a couple times, with Thunderchild and Trixie pointing out that he should be following the spirit of the oath, not blindly following Chrysalis.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Holds back against Fleur because he can see she's too blinded by rage to think straight and tries to talk her down. He only pulls out his actual strength when she proves incapable of being talked down. It turns out he's got a One-Winged Angel form that's far stronger, but was saving it to fight Luna, presumably for similar reasons Kabuto stated with his own One-Winged Angel form.
  • The Juggernaut: His One-Winged Angel form is this, taking a massive amount of firepower to finally beat, basically requiring everything the heroes had to finally break his shell.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong:
    • Unlike most Changelings, he doesn't seem to buy into their Fantastic Racism (stating this is due to Chrysalis, a Deviant, defeating Queen Cocoon) and is actually glad the ponies fought back, but took oaths to Chrysalis and Cocoon he refuses to break, even though he's aware they're not saints. This is due to Chrysalis having saved the Changelings and him feeling indebted to her and the person Cocoon once was.
    • He gets called out for this a couple times, with Fluer saying he should have at least tried to steer Chrysalis onto the right path, and Thunderchild arguing that he should have focused more on loyalty to his species.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: He can cover his forelegs in Instant Armor thanks to Kabuto's alterations, making them this and allowing him to block almost anything. One-Winged Angel form is covered head to toe in it, and durable enough to withstand nearly everything Trixie's group and Misfit hit him with, including a bazooka and being lit on fire.
  • Noble Demon: Is by far the most benevolent Changeling still on Chrysalis' side, only following her out of loyalty rather than sadism or belief in their Fantastic Racism. The Interviewers point out that he was simply an enemy soldier, not a true villain and that the main difference between him and his Dark World self was he was on the heroes side.
  • Noble Top Enforcer: Is The Dragon to Chrysalis, but lacks the Changelings' Fantastic Racism and feels the ponies had a right to fight back. However, he swore his loyalty to Chrysalis and thus still supports her plans, even if he admits she's no saint. He also shows regret that Chrysalis didn't take the Last-Second Chance Sweetie Belle offered. Word of God even describes him as one of those for whom it's a shame that they're on the wrong side.
  • One-Winged Angel: Can transform into an incredibly powerful form, courtesy of Kabuto.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: After he injures Fancy Pants, he and Fluer give each other one — her about what she sees as hypocrisy in his Noble Demon status, and him over how her Unstoppable Rage is just endangering herself and her teammates.
  • Running Gag: He keeps referring to Celestia and Luna as Queens.
  • Stone Wall: Seems to describe himself as such. His One-Winged Angel form backs this up, being incredibly strong and very tough.
  • Super Soldier: Was modified by Kabuto and is by far the Changelings' most powerful soldier. His One-Winged Angel form has armor that can tank a bazooka hitting him head on without much damage.
  • Super Strength: From a Changeling perspective, he's able to match an Earth Pony in a test of strength, something Changelings simply aren't strong enough to do. It's unclear if this strength increases when he goes One-Winged Angel or if he can just better use it when he doesn't need to worry about blocking.
  • Super Toughness: Is stabbed repeatedly, shot with dozens of spells, has a wall collapse on him, and is generally pounded but just keeps getting back up.
  • This Cannot Be!: Subverted for the most part, he respects it when the opponent is able to pull one over on him and generally congratulates them. Also subverted when his shell is pierced. At first he's in a mixture of disbelief and being impressed, but quickly puts together how they did it and commends them for being clever and living up to his expectations.
  • Touché: His reaction to realizing the heroes outsmarted him and are about to nail him with an all out assault, including a large bomb planted on his chest. When the result pierces his supposedly invincible shell thanks to their plan throughout the battle, he's genuinely impressed and takes his defeat in stride.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Hercules is savvy about this, saying that if you don't respect your foes, you can underestimate them, and that is the greatest advantage you can give them.
  • Undying Loyalty: To the Queen, though it seems to be the position more than who's in it. It's later revealed this was due to an oath he took to both queens. Word of God even says that if things had been different, him being a Bearer of the Element of Loyalty wouldn't have been an impossibility.
  • World's Strongest Man: Most changelings are no match for an Earth Pony in a test of strength, being more stealth based in their skill set. Hercules is an exception to this, being able to tie with an Earth Pony strength wise. The Interviewers also call him 'the second most dangerous Changeling alive' after Chrysalis and considering she's now rebooted into an innocent infant, this likely makes him the strongest pure Changeling around.
  • Worthy Opponent: Has this attitude to the rebels, primarily due to his belief that underestimating an opponent is foolish and general nobility. As a result, he has no problem showing his enemy respect when they prove capable of fighting him instead of saying This Cannot Be!.

    Pitcher Plant 

  • Dragon Ascendant: An Alternate Timeline shows her rising to Big Bad status after Chrysalis dies. She does this in the prime timeline as well, becoming the new queen of the remaining Changelings still loyal to her with implications she'll take Chrysalis' place in this universe's version of the season 6 finale. She makes an attempt at doing Chrysalis's actions from the Revenge of Queen Chrysalis offscreen, but was defeated.
  • Evil Prince: Was Chrysalis' chosen heir to the throne before Sweetie Belle took her place to a degree.
  • Happily Adopted: Is Chrysalis' chosen heir and seems pretty content with this.
  • Minor Major Character: Pitcher Plant is introduced as a changeling egg that hatches early due the nursery getting caught up in the cross fire of Chrysalis' duel with Queen Cocoon, Chrysalis being distracted by a moment of uncharacteristic empathy at her being forced into a world she never asked to be in. She's mentioned off hand once or twice during the wedding Arc as Chrysalis' nominal heir, and later is mentioned to have taken the reign of leadership of changelings who have rejected Cadence's reforms. She makes an appearance in Amicitia's Visit To Grim Dark Worlds (the changeling victory timeline of the heart world) as a main villain, but she never appears on screen as an adult at any point in the main series nor does she have any dialogue. Justified, as she's far less experienced than her adopted mother.
  • Morality Pet: Is one of the very very few beings Chrysalis has ever shown genuine kindness or compassion to. It unfortunately isn't enough to redeem either of them.
  • Overlord Jr.: Was Chrysalis' adopted daughter and heir who ransacked the Castle of anything she felt of value along with any Changelings loyal to her and departed to lead the "true Changelings". Word of God even states Chrysalis raised her better than she thought.
  • The Remnant: Takes command of a number of Changelings still loyal to her and departed the hive for the Castle of Darkness from G1, declaring herself the Queen of the "True Changelings." Also known as the Black Hive Changelings.
  • Villain of Another Story: Becomes Chrysalis's Dragon Ascendant, but is disconnected from the main story and her villainy occurs offscreen.

    General Lone Ranger 

  • BFG: Whips one out when the Mane Six come to arrest him. It proves useless when Rarity uses her magic to sabotage it.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: Believes he was this with Chrysalis. Unfortunately for him, he's completely out of his league.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He caused a ton of trouble and was a dangerously unstable madman, but Chrysalis was way out of his league and he was the one who got burned in the end. By the time he's confronted by the Mane Six, he's so psychologically and mentally worn down he's easily defeated.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Actually had two in his backstory. The first was when he saw the Mane Six exiting Discord's maze having seemingly failed to stop Discord, destroying the faith he once had in them as heroes. The second, and what ultimately drove him to his breaking point, was the death of his son.
  • Death Seeker: It's implied that he wanted to die as the end result of his plan, as well as when Rarity saves him after having attacked him to teach him a lesson. Whether he wanted to be remembered as a glorious war hero or just had nothing left to live for after his son died is left up to the readers.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Not toward himself per say, but he believed many ponies viewed upon the Royal Guard as a laughing stock and or a failure.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The death of his son was what drove him over the edge from being merely a crank into outright treachery. He also wanted to make ponies respect the Royal Guard, as he was convinced everyone thought they were a joke.
  • General Ripper: He went mad and tried to help the Changelings conquer Equestria just to prove that the Guard needed more funding and deserved respect.
  • Guilt-Free Extermination War: He tries to invoke this with his plan to destroy the Changelings and 'wake up' Equestria. Thunderchild has none of it, outright telling him he's insane.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He rants about the need to kill one's enemies to the point where Rarity slits his throat to teach him a lesson. She binds it shut afterwards and saves him. He also wanted to blow Discord's statue apart after beating Chrysalis, which would have allowed Discord to possess his body.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Wanted to start a war with the Changelings, going so far as to deliberately cripple the Royal Guard to make it easier for them to conquer Equestria. Why? To prove that Equestria needed to be ready for just such an event! Justified, as he is insane.
  • Monster Protection Racket: He thought he was doing this with the Changelings. Chrysalis was smarter than he expected.
  • Only Sane Man: Deconstructed. He thinks he's this because he alone seems to realize that Equestria needs a better army, and to depend less on the Elements of Harmony to save everypony's bacon when things go wrong. This lasts until Pinkie Pie explains to him that he's wrong, and that's not the kind of a story this is. During the Day of Discord, when virtually everypony else was driven bonkers, Discord approaches him, and he actually says he's ''fine'' as is before heading off. He was the only pony who Discord did not change (Scootaloo avoided it by luck and Cranky managed to make Discord Rage Quit), yet it's clear it's because Lone Ranger was already disturbed. We see what patterns of thought emerge when one is shoved into this role. Furthermore, the attributes that make him stand out as an OSM is the same that drives him to do many questionable and downright despicable things, incapable of realizing that he was in the wrong.
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: He is convinced that the only way to deal with a cruel and heartless world is to be even more cruel and heartless.
  • Slashed Throat: Gets one from Rarity to show what his kind of thinking really entails. Of course Rarity and company are smart enough to know how to do it nonfatally and had no intention to kill him.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gets one from Digger Wasp after he's arrested. He finds out that the Changelings were never fooled by him, were ready to kill him if need be, and basically lead him by the nose the whole time. It's enough to cause him to simply collapse.
  • This Is Reality: Deconstructed. He outright tells the Mane 6 that their ideas of friendship and such is unrealistic in this sort of setting and even tells them 'Viva reality!' before attempting to kill them. The deconstruction comes from the fact that while his argument may ring true to him (and some of the audience), it utterly fails because of the type of setting and him not really understanding his reality.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Unknown to him, Chrysalis was playing him like a fiddle and he was never the one in charge.
  • Workaholic: Originally he was no more than this, but the unending stress of his position finally wore him down to the point of insanity. But even then he refused to become violent until his son Ranger gets killed.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: His policies would probably work in a darker and more realistic setting, but this isn't it.
    • Word of God actually responded to a comment in that Lone Ranger's rant and failure of a plan was a large and extended Take That! toward those trying to make normally child-aimed or family-friendly franchises darker or more 'realistic.'
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Chrysalis handed him to Kabuto as soon as he was no longer a useful pawn to her, which would've been a death sentence had Misfit Actual not found and saved him by beating Kabuto. Ironically, he's not even met or fought by the heroes prior to this, with the actual fight happening later on after the Changelings are beaten.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Downplayed as he doesn't seem to realize the full rammifications at the time, but during the Day of Discord, when Discord approached him, he actually said he was fine as is. If the spirit of Chaos thinks you're okay the way you are while driving everyone else completely insane, that is a very bad sign of your sanity and state of being.

    Umbra Breeze 

Umbra Breeze/Nyarlathotrot/Obsidian Zephyr


  • Always a Bigger Fish: As powerful as he is, his parent and the other Elders are much stronger than he is. When his plan results in Azerhorse being furious with him, he and his siblings are terrified and have no choice but to accept his 8-billion year banishment decree.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: Attempts this while fighting the newly ascended Alicorn Applejack by assuming a form that's mockery of an Alicorn.
  • Berserk Button: He is not happy to be denied a good tragedy. His entire motivation is Revenge on Amicitia for saving many worlds under his control, something that he's still furious about. 'Embarrassing' him is another one, as Sweetheart killing his Whispering Plague incarnation and becoming Famed In-Story for it is the reason he utterly loaths Applejack so much.
  • Big Bad: Seems to share this role with his cousin Discord during the Finale Arc.
  • Bishōnen Line: Fuses all of his Avatars together to fight Applejack (because his Avatars hate her that much)...and becomes a Ponigyptian stallion with a Living Shadow. While still an Equineoid Abomination, it's certainly less monstrous than most of his Avatars. He explains this is his FIRST Avatar.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Is defeated by Applejack and the first of the Big Bad Duumvirate to fall.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Give he's apparently one of Discord's cousins, he's most likely this trope. His formal introduction as a villain in the finale definitely has a Lovecraftian feel to it. He's Nyarlathotrot, so he definitely qualifies. Most of his Avatars also seem to count.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He seems to genuinely care about his son, King Sombra. When the Rewriting Reality plan ends up freeing Sombra, he expresses joy and pride at the fact Sombra is free, married to Radiant Hope, and ruling the Crystal Empire, and wishes him happiness in everything he does.
  • Evil Knockoff: Seems to like this trope.
    • Creates a demonic wolf-like creature named Moon Howler that he dubs his Blank Wolf, intended to do the same thing for his twisted world as the normal Blank Wolf does for the true one.
    • Sends a trio of corrupted versions of the Crusaders after the CMC. In this case the trio are actually Shadows from G3 who preferred the role over Oblivion. The CMC ultimately defeat them and fuse with them.
    • His Nightmare Forces flood is also basically this, well an 'eviller' knockoff, as it functions like the IDW and turns ponies into Nightmare-like beings, but without any of the other pony race's attributes.
    • His final form to fight Applejack is one of these, seeming to be a twisted Alicorn with a number of nods to Applejack herself.
  • Evil Is Petty: His entire motivation for taking part in the Finale Arc is revenge on the original Amicitia for saving the worlds under his control even after she died. He also shows this by despising Applejack big time simply because she's the Reincarnation of the one who killed him when he was the Whispering Plague. Justified, given he's the personification of the Shadows collective dark side and desire to make grim dark stories, which would include Revenge Fics.
  • Fatal Flaw: Wrath. He is a very vindictive being and holds grudges for a very long time. He outright admits this when defeated.
  • God of Evil: He's Nyarlathotrot, the creator of the Grim Dark worlds.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: It is hinted that he was also Obsidian Zephyr, the creator of King Sombra. Eventually confirmed, and he considers him his son.
  • Hate Sink: Lampshaded; he points out he's this, but only because the Shadows made him to be.
  • Hive Mind: His words and Abandon's imply this is the case with his multitude of Avatars.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He intended to use the Rumors to plunge Amicitia's golden world into darkness and suffering. Applebloom ends up hijacking it and not only destroying it, but making the world better than it originally was, the exact opposite of what he wanted.
  • Hope Crusher: He's the Spirit of Tragedy, so it's little surprise he enjoys putting ponies in hopeless, impossible to win situations to invoke this.
  • Humanoid Abomination: He's only been seen in pony form at the moment. His first Avatar also counts, being a Ponigyptian stallion with constantly changing eyes (going from milky white, to normal, to Hellish Pupils) and a Living Shadow. He's also capable of Reality Warper abilities.
  • I Am Legion: Refers to himself this way at times, referring to him and his multitude of avatars.
  • I Have Many Names: Nyarlathotrot, Umbra Breeze, Obsidian Zephyr, Nurse Dark Crystal, Upepo Shetani, Night Gale, the Pharaoh of #43/#15. There's a reason he's called God of the Thousand Masks.
  • Internal Reveal: The audience is aware that he's an Outer Concept fairly early on, but the characters don't find it out until well into the Rumors Arc.
  • Karma Houdini: Subverted. While he's a Concept and thus immortal, he admits he'd have paid a price even if he won but thought it'd be Worth It if he won (which he didn't). In addition his parent is enraged by his actions humiliating their family and punishes him.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Manipulates Cheerilee and Alula for a plan of his and Discord's.
  • Me's a Crowd: Shows this ability. Such as being Nurse Dark Crystal and Night Gale at the same time. His words implies each of his multitude of Avatars forms a Hive Mind, and Abandon mentions he's never seen so many Nyarlathotrots in one world before. When he fights Applejack, her merges all of them together into his original Avatar because his Avatars can't decide which one should kill her.
  • Moral Myopia: Shows very open rage at Amicitia saving his worlds from his evil, calling her a thief. This is despite the horrid things he does to her Golden World out of petty revenge. He also utterly loathes Applejack for Sweetheart stopping him when he was the Whispering Plague despite how many ponies he killed in that form.
  • No Name Given: Umbra Breeze seems to be an alas of some sort, his true name hasn't been mentioned. He's revealed to be Nyarlathotrot.
  • One-Winged Angel: After Applejack transforms into Veritas and starts gaining the upper hand, he transforms from his prime avatar into a twisted mockery of an Alicorn.
  • Persona Non Grata: His parent banishes him (and the rest of his family who partook in his Evil Plan) from the Pony POV series multiverse for 8 billion years in universe time (or the end of the universe, whichever comes first) as punishment for humiliating their family.
  • Pitiful Worms: He says ponies are less than bacteria to him.
  • Rage Against the Author: At one point, he turns away from the heroes and gives a HUGE rant directly to the readers, insulting and threatening them and calling them hypocrites for creating him yet condemning his actions, even though he's doing his duty of creating Grimdark worlds for them.
  • Reality Warper: When his Avatars merge into one and become his first Avatar, he makes it clear he's quite capable of this.
  • Revenge: Turns out part of motivation is revenge on Amicitia for stealing so many Grimdark Worlds from him.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Amicitia is long gone by the time he has a chance for revenge, so he decides to just ruin her golden world for spite. In particular, he stuffed Twilight full of nearly every grimdark version of her possible.
  • Spontaneous Weapon Creation: His first Avatar seems to really love doing this with military weapons.
  • The Sociopath: Has no regard for Diamond Tiara's life and only views her as a tool to get the result he wants.
  • Sore Loser:His reason for what he does? The original Amicitia purified a number of his worlds and robbed him of the ability to corrupt worlds with their happy endings, so he took Discord's offer just so he could ruin her golden world out of spite. It's also why he hates Applejack so much: Sweetheart beat him when he was the Whispering Plague, and Applejack's her Reincarnation.
  • This Was His True Form: Applejack defeats him by literally kicking his soul out of the universe, it's shown to be a mass of darkness and tentacles with a single red eye. His avatar promptly reverts back to it's prime form from the twisted mockery of an Alicorn he'd assumed as well.
  • Two Aliases, One Character: He's Obsidian Zephyr (King Sombra's creator) and Nyarlathotrot were all one and the same, but it wasn't until several chapters into the Finale Arc this was revealed and each was introduced separately. According to Word of God, he was also the red crystal that created King Sombra in the IDW Comics. Fitting, as Nyarlathotep is known as the 'God of 1000 Faces', something Nyarlathotrot keeps according to Word of God and Nyalathotep refers to himself as such.
  • Villainous Breakdown: After Twilight's freed by the CMC, he goes berserk, ripping apart a gallery and screaming his head off because his Revenge by Proxy on Twilight was foiled.
  • Villainous Legacy: After Veritas literally kicks his soul out of the universe and defeats him, it's revealed he left a couple defenses in the villains' Evil Lair to try and kill the CMC, including a quartet of 'Godkillers' and his art gallery with its curator who tries to drive them to suicide.
  • Villain Song: While we don't see him, the Crusaders hear him singing a version of Terror Time, which Word of God confirmed was him.
  • Villain Team-Up: His dialog with Discord implies that their alliance is this rather than a minion, working with him towards some common goal. He doesn't appear very loyal to his cousin, as he nearly abandons him and Nightmare Diamond when Queen Cadenza nearly petrified Diamond because he considered the result as satisfying as what they're planning.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Threatens Discord with this when the Rumors plan is all set up, but he calls his bluff that he can't get rid of him as Discord's invite is the only reason he's able to perform his plan at all.

    Rumors Parasites 

  • Achilles' Heel: Their weakness is reminding the person of their true self and doing so will destroy them. Trixie's Imaginary Friend also seemed to be able to harm them simply by contact.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: Subverted. Their mother states that they're only acting on whatever the rumor they're born from dictates. While most are malevolent due to how many negative rumors Umbra Breeze spread, some, like the ones changing Nurse Redheart, are benevolent because they assimilated a positive rumor, and Trixie's imaginary friend Princess Starflower and Pips' crewmate Olo the Owlbear are made of them, but firmly on the heroes side.
  • Blank Slate: They're this when first created. And can be either good or evil depending on what rumor they're acting on.
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: More or less their entire function is to do this.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Lesser ones, but still count, being innumerable reality bending parasites and are offspring of of Shub-Neighurath.
  • Gods Need Prayer Badly: The only straight version of this trope in the entire series: their power is dependent on the number of ponies who believe the rumor they're fused with is true. If no one believes it, they perish. This is why the Nightmare Forces spawned from them was so powerful, due to how many people believed in it until Luna disproved it herself, destroying them. Convincing the one they're infecting they're acting OOC will kill the Parasites infecting them.
  • Invisible to Normals: One needs to have Truth Vision to actually see them in what they really are. They trade this off for combat ability when they transform.
  • Malicious Slander: They're a weaponized version of this. However, it can be subverted if the rumor they assimilate is positive.
  • More Than Mind Control: Their victims believe what they've changed has always been true. And convincing them they're acting out of character will destroy the parasite.
  • Mooks: Are basically Umbra Breeze's. Though due to their nature, this is subverted if they absorb a positive rumor, as positive ones are on the heroes side.
  • Made of Evil: Are composed of eldritch magic and negative rumors rumors. Some seem to have taken on positive rumors and become positive, but those assume the form of fireflies.
  • Nurture over Nature: They're rumors and hearsay given life by Umbra Breeze's curse and given life by his sister...but they're only as good or evil as the rumors themselves. Many are fighting alongside the heroes due to being bonded with positive rumors (like imaginary friends Olo the Owlbear and Princess Starflower, who were given life by the rumors).
  • One-Winged Angel: Some of them seem to be bonded to Shadows of Existence to become dangerous creatures. They can also metamorphose into moth-like horrors in order to fight, though in doing so they become visible and can actually be killed.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: A rather horrifying version, as they alter the host's personality, memories, and even existence to fit the rumor they represent.
  • Rewriting Reality: Their basic purpose is to infect things and twist reality to match the rumor they represent.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: Enforced. They make a person whatever others believed them to be. If somepony is believed to be evil, the rumors will make them evil on a Rewriting Reality level.
  • Tulpa: They're created from things people believe to be true. The more people who believe in it the stronger they get. And when their host is convinced it's false, they perish.

    The Shadow Queen 

The Shadow Queen/Lilith the Witch Queen.


  • Cain and Abel: Is eventually revealed to have a sister who was the first good witch whose family opposes hers.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Considering she's the founder of Hydia's family, it's no surprise she refers to herself as evil. But considering she's an Eldritch Abomination that could destroy the world if she wasn't stopped, it's a lot more menacing from her.
  • Casting a Shadow: Obviously. She was able to cast a veil of shadow over the entire sky powerful enough to prevent a weakened Celestia from raising the sun.
  • Demon of Human Origin: was once a normal human woman before she mutated into the manifestation of pure evil she is now.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Given her general power level and nature, she qualified for this trope.
  • Flawed Prototype: Her original version of the Smooze, the Smoss, was a deadly plague capable of wiping out cities and actually lethal, but also moved comparably slowly compared to the later versions, wasn't Nigh Invulnerable (being capable of being destroyed by fire), and had no form of self defense.
  • The Ghost: Never appears in person, only being mentioned and having a role in Sunset Shimmer's Origin Story. We finally see her origin in Trixie's Origin Story were she served as the Final Boss of the G1 Era. We also learn that she's the First Witch to ever exist and was named Lilith before her defeat reduced her to the shadow we see later.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Naturally, given her nature. She was actually worse as Lilith, to the point even Hydia's family were terrified of her.
  • Greater-Scope Villain:
    • She's this for G1, as she's the First Witch and thus the predecessor to all the witches and warlocks the G1 mane cast fought.
    • She's this for Tirek's Origins Episode, as while she's never seen, her experimentation with the Dark Magic that Morning Star sent to the planet is the cause of all the monsters that Tirek's men face. While not outright said in the chapter, the writer of the chapter has confirmed it was her in the comments.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: According to Celestia, she was ultimately killed when a unicorn turned her minions on her.
  • Immortality Seeker: It's unknown if she was actually seeking eternal life or merely desired to make it so she couldn't be killed, but living forever was her ultimate goal.
  • Leaking Can of Evil: The Alicorn Amulet is the can for the majority of her magic (which was also part of her), which is why it corrupts its user.
  • Made of Evil: As Lilith the Witch Queen, her body was composed of evil magic, so much so that draining most of it out of her left her little more than a shrived husk that crumbled to dust.
  • The Night That Never Ends: Of a different type than Nightmare Moon's version. Her ultimate goal was to cover the world in shadow or kill Celestia (thus snuffing out the sun) so she could live forever in a world of shadow.
  • Omnicidal Maniac:
    • Her ultimate goal was to snuff out the sun or leave the world in shadow, resulting in only her and her shadows being able to survive, but allowing her to live forever.
    • Her actual goal was to suck the life out of the entire world, reducing every living thing either to lifeless stone or her shadowy minions.
  • Physical Goddess: Given what we see her do and what Celestia states about her, she seems to qualify as this. She definitely did at the height of her power.
  • Posthumous Character: Was killed years before the story started.
  • Predecessor Villain: Was the Big Bad for Equestria for some time in the past, attacking several times before finally meeting her end. According to Celestia, she was on par with the villains Twilight's been fighting. She was also this to Hydia and her family, as well as every witch or warlock in G1, as she's truly the First Witch, Lilith. She apparently became the First Witch by being the first being to discover dark magic after Morning Star let it loose on the planet, which she experimented with.
  • Pure Magic Being: Eventually mutated into a being of pure evil magic. This is her undoing, as Magic Star sucking her magic into the Alicorn Amulet was one of the things that killed her.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: She was originally sealed away in a stone coffin until her descendants unleashed her in a Godzilla Threshold moment. Magic Star helped defeat her by sealing her magic in the Alicorn Amulet, leaving Lilith a withered husk after a direct hit by the Rainbow of Light. After returning as the Shadow Queen, she tried to reclaim her power but the Amulet refused her.
  • Time Abyss: Is revealed in Tirek's Origins Episode that she's as old as Tirek and the Moochick, meaning she predates Ponykind!
  • Villainous Legacy: Her family would cause havoc for centuries after her first imprisonment. And then there's the Alicorn Amulet, who her evil corrupted into an Artifact of Doom.
  • Villain Song: We never hear it, but she apparently sang one during the final battle with her army.
  • Was Once a Man: She's Hydia's ancestor and was once human, but by the time we see her, she's become an Eldritch Abomination Made of Evil.
  • Weakened by the Light: Being a being of living shadow, she's naturally weak against light. However, unlike most examples she's capable of creating a veil of shadow over the sky to protect herself. Her army was destroyed and she was forced into retreat when Celestia temporarily turned herself into a miniature sun.

    Somnambula 

    Starlight Glimmer 

  • 100% Adoration Rating: She is loved by all in Our Town. Some of the inhabitants are Changelings who love her so much they rejected Chrysalis and consider Starlight their queen.
  • Anti-Villain: She has the noble goal of wanting to make everypony happy; she's just going about it the wrong way.
  • Boomerang Bigot: She hates her own Cutie Mark, but considers keeping it a necessary sacrifice to maintain her position, since she needs it to remove others' Cutie Marks.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point:
    • One of her teachers told her ponies learn to compromise with each other, but she interpreted it as compromise and equality being the same thing.
    • Her idol, the G2 Starlight, wanted to make ponies equal by bringing out all ponies' hidden potential through granting their wishes, but she only focused on how she wanted to make ponies equal and tries to do it by taking away their potential.
  • Dramatic Irony: When growing up, she witnessed Trixie being bullied for not being as strong as others in magic, witnessed Sunset Shimmer being a snob after she was taken in as Princess Celestia's student, and heard stories of Rainbow Dash being teased when she couldn't demonstrate the Sonic Rainboom a second time. She concluded that they would never change and the only solution to such inequality is to take away all ponies' powers. Little did she know that Trixie, Sunset, and Rainbow all changed for the better.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: When she learns about Sunny Town, she points out she would never kill a pony just for having a Cutie Mark.
  • Freudian Excuse: Although she grew up in a loving family, throughout her life, she witnessed inequality, and her greatest desire was to end it by any means necessary. She was also heartbroken when she discovered Princess Celestia disguises herself as an ordinary pony at times to fit in with her subjects and so Starlight vowed to equalize everypony so she would no longer have to hide.
  • Immune to Mind Control: Deconstructed. She placed so many anti-mind control spells on herself that her brain ended up refusing outside input. This was the reason why she is so stubborn and refuses to see anything that doesn't fit her views on equality.
  • Meaningful Rename: She used to be called Pane Glimmer, but changed her first name to Starlight to honor the G2 Starlight. She read in historical archives that the original Starlight also wanted all ponies to be equal.
  • Order Versus Chaos: Firmly on the side of Order. In fact, Our Town was so orderly that Discord got sick and had to retreat when he tried to approach it during Discorded Ponies. Our Town was also barely affected by Discord's Rewriting Reality plan.
  • Origins Episode: Alex Warlorn wrote a standalone chapter for her.
  • Power Nullifier: As in canon, she developed a spell that allows her to take away a pony's Cutie Mark and replace it with an equals sign, taking away the pony's talents. She can also put the equals sign on a Changeling, and while it doesn't take away its powers, it eventually makes them agree with her philosophy.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: She does not see herself as a villain; she genuinely believes she's making the world a better place and improving ponies' lives by taking away their Cutie Marks.

    The Nameless Filly 
A nameless pegasus filly who suffered a lot of relationship problems, some of which were caused by her. In an extreme fit of selfish spite, she created the Concept-Killing Spear, and used it to vent on love itself, directly causing Cupid's death and the cataclysm that followed. She was noted to be a prodigy in life, but had no remorse for her actions, and her true name was purposely erased from all existence in an attempt to forget her. However, Word of God supports the implication that her Heart World counterpart is Cozy Glow.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Managed to kill Cupid with the Concept Killing Spear. Venus didn't take that very well. She also ended up causing the most devastation to creation to anyone who's not Nightmare Eclipse
  • Child Prodigy: Was incredibly intelligent and magically talented. Unfortunately she used said brilliance to perform one of the most vile acts in history.
  • Children Are Innocent: Subverted. Big time. The Father makes very sure she knew and understood exactly what she'd done, and she still didn't care at all, which is why she ended up in Tartarus.
  • Dragged Off to Hell: Was thrown into Hell by Venus herself. In the alternate timeline where Cupid lives, she was merely eaten by Havoc, whose body makes up Hell itself.
  • Enfant Terrible: Is described as being a child when she killed Cupid. Given her reaction to her crimes, she more than qualifies.
  • Ignored Epiphany: In a timeline where she failed to kill Cupid and was put on trial by the Alicorns, he still speaks in her defense, wishing that he could have spread love to her before it was too late and asking for her to be given one more chance. She feels touched, but still does not feel regret for her would-be crime.
  • It's All About Me: Her murder of Cupid was ultimately her taking out her personal romantic problems (some of which were her own fault) on creation as a whole, and doesn't give a darn incalculable lives no longer exist because of her.
  • Lack of Empathy: She displayed a rather disturbing lack of remorse for the cataclysm she caused by killing a Concept.
  • Love Redeems: Subverted; in the alternate timeline where the Nameless Filly failed to murder Cupid, Cupid still tries to speak in her defense and begs his Elders to give her another chance; though touched, she still remained remorseless. As punishment, Havoc put the Nameless Filly in a "Groundhog Day" Loop with this in mind; the only way she could leave said loop is if she starts loving someone who loves her back. It's... taking a while.
  • Name Amnesia: The criminal who murdered Cupid is only known as the Nameless Filly, after Venus asked Pandora to erase her name from existence.
  • Never My Fault: She never realized that some of her failed relationships were caused by herself, and even if she did, she wouldn't care, preferring to vent on a young love god and brutally kill him.
  • Redemption Rejection: When offered a chance to atone for her crimes, and threatened with Hell if she doesn't, she refuses. In the alternate timeline where Cupid lived, Cupid tried appealing for her during her trial, and begged the Elders to give her another chance. She still refused to atone.
  • Self-Inflicted Hell: In an alternate timeline where Amicitia!Twilight's meddling stopped her from killing Cupid, Havoc creates one for her, where she is placed in a "Groundhog Day" Loop of the day she tried to kill Cupid. If she tries to kill Cupid again, she's automatically stopped and the day starts over. She can only be freed when someone loves her and she loves them in return. Naturally, the first thing she does is try to kill Cupid, and the day starts itself over. So she tries again...and again...and again...and again...
  • The Sociopath: Venus outright says she had no love in her heart, and her reaction to the horrific result of her actions is to basically coldly say 'what's done is done' and feel no remorse or guilt at all. Even in an alternate timeline where she failed, and her would-be victim still speaks in her defense, she still felt no remorse.
  • Troubling Unchild Like Behavior: She created a weapon specifically intended to erase beings it killed from existence with the expressed intent of taking her own relationship problems on love itself... which would be a child demi-god. She then proceeds to show no remorse at all for this act when the Father shows her the devastating consequences.
  • Un-person: Part of Venus's revenge would be to have Pandora see to it no one, even herself can remember her name, appearance, Cutie Mark, or any other identifying traits.
  • Villainous Breakdown: When Lovestruck fuses with Cupid's Shadow of Existence to become the new Concept of Sharing Love, something she thought she had destroyed forever.
  • Villainous Legacy: The damage her act caused took the Concepts a long time to clean up, and the damage she caused made the world worse from the past all the way to modern day.
  • Weapon of Mass Destruction: Creator of the Concept Killing Spear, the most dreaded weapon in creation. If anyone is killed with it, they never existed, and neither did anyone who existed because of them and so on and so forth. When used to murder Cupid, the end result was the greatest number of ponies sent to Oblivion in history until Nightmare Eclipse. Even Strife considers the weapon too dangerous for anyone to wield, and the only reason it hasn't been destroyed yet is only Destruction is capable of it and he was killed and eaten by Discord, who went awol.
  • Worth It: Even as she was sentenced to eternity in Tartarus for her crime, she still took pride in the fact that she had successfully erased the Concept of Sharing Love. When Lovestruck brings it back to the mortal world by fusing with Cupid's Shadow, the Nameless Filly has a Villainous Breakdown when she realizes her killing of Cupid was All for Nothing.
  • You Could Have Used Your Powers for Good: It's acknowledged she was a Child Prodigy and could've gone on to be a great pony. Instead, she created the Concept Killing Spear and murdered Cupid, erasing countless lives from existence.

    The Storm King 

  • Dragon Ascendant: Is revealed to have been one of Tirek's Co-Dragons until the Moochick sealed him away, leading to him becoming his own threat when eventually released.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Is revealed to have been sealed away during the First Age by Moochick.

    Tempest Shadow 

    Watch D. Wotch /Tick Tock 

  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: She is able to replicate her father's work that turned her into a living doll and decides to use on every foal she can get her hooves on, rather than the terminally ill like she was or other use. Justified, as she's insane.
  • Cyborg: Post Cosmic Retcon, she's simply a cyborg with a clockwork heart her father made rather than a Living Toy.
  • Dirty Old Man: Diamond Tiara accuses 'him' of being this to draw attention of the crowd so she can get away.
  • Emergency Transformation: How she ended up a Living Toy.
  • Freudian Excuse: Was terminally ill and her father saved her by turning her into a Living Toy...then died, and so did all her friends in the terminal ward. This didn't do wonders for her sanity.
  • Hypno Pendulum: Her father's cutie mark implies this was his special talent. It's also a red herring.
  • Immortality: Her doll body is implied to be this, along with the others she transformed.
  • Mobile-Suit Human: Uses a mechanical shell of her dead father, despite being a filly.
  • Living Doll Collector: Tick Tock's entire mo. However she has her reasons. Played with as she doesn't actually keep them but sells them where they'll be taken care of.
  • Living Toys: Is one of these, and makes other foals into them so they never have to get sick and die.
  • Never Grew Up: She was given a doll body by her father to save her that doesn't age. She uses a doll shell to masquerade as her father to interact and sell her 'toys to good homes'.
  • Obliviously Evil: Genuinely didn't believe what she was doing was wrong. She acts creepy but is oblivious to how creepy she seems.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Only appears in one short scene as a minor antagonist in the main story, but fans were very interested by 'him'.
  • Ret Gone: Her evil persona never existed due to Applebloom's Cosmic Retcon saving her friends.
  • The Unfought: The fight with her never takes place in the story proper, and rather happened offscreen by Dr. Whooves and Derpy, which is only mentioned in a Loose Canon Recursive Fanfiction.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: She only wanted to make other foals immortal, not understanding the true nature of her actions.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: The problem isn't that she's immortal, it's that the other foals at the hospital weren't, which drove her insane, so she decides she's going to fix that problem...

    The Windigos 

  • Empty Shell: They have no feelings or thoughts of their own and simply exist to carry out whatever orders are given to them. As beings created from Entropy alone without Havoc's half (like the Draconequi), they are incapable of valuing anything.
  • Evil Is Deathly Cold: What else could you call ice spirits that are tiny pieces of an Eldritch Abomination?
  • An Ice Person: Made from Entropy's ice, their collective power is strong enough to create an Endless Winter that no fire or sun can melt. Except the Fire of Friendship, that is.
  • Implacable Man: They're impossible to destroy through normal means. Even teleporting them into the inside of a volcano won't stop them; they'll simply reform and continue carrying out their directive until it's fulfilled. The only thing that can put them down for good is Fauna Luster's Fire of Friendship. Justified, as they're pieces of one of the settings' Top Gods.
  • Literal Genie: Once given a command, they will carry it out in the most straightforward way possible. The downside is that they're impossible to stop once given an order. They interpret Celestia’s order to “end hatred among ponies“ as “destroy all sources of hatred (the ponies in question)”, which swiftly turns into “create an Endless Winter that kills all ponies so hatred can no longer exist“.
  • Logical Weakness: Since they're attracted to hatred as per their orders to end hatred, and their instinct to wipe it out, they can be repelled by an act of love or selflessness, such as Star Swirl the Bearded overcoming his prejudices against earth ponies to adopt an orphaned unicorn foal whose father had been an earth pony.
  • Obliviously Evil: If such a designation as “evil” can be applied to them. They are Empty Shells with no comprehension of right or wrong, and no ability to do anything outside the orders they are given, but if they're given a large-scale command with room for an interpretation that could go horribly wrong...hoo boy.
  • Pieces of God: They are tiny pieces of Entropy, shaped from Celestia's reflections.
  • Rogue Drone: A single Windigo escaped from the Fire of Friendship and spent thousands of years in hiding. It was eventually found by Luna, who filled it with her own alicorn magic, giving it sentience and allowing it to become loyal to her.


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