Corona and her ForcesThe eldest alicorn, Corona the Tyrant Sun, and her minions. Corona's goal is to conquer Equestria. Her minions vary in loyalty to her, and not all of them share her goals...
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Corona / Celestia
Alicorn. The Tyrant Sun. Wants to take over Equestria, and is the single most dangerous threat to Equestria as a whole that we yet know of. Older sister of Luna. Completely insane, immortal, and even more powerful than Luna. Speaks in early modern English. Real name is Celestia (and demands to be addressed as such).
- A God Am I
- Anti-Villain: Type III.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Often, as comes of being an insane alicorn. No problem around that can't be solved by her magic, usually in the form of fire and plenty of it, but especially in the last act of The Return of Tambelon. Having regained all her magic, she refuses to return the Element of Friendship to Luna, declaring that their alicorn might will be enough to deal with Grogar. Luna has to take advantage of her being distracted to steal it back.
- Berserk Button: Do not call her Corona, do not treat her disrespectfully, do not blame her for anything, do not dare thinking her rule would be anything but just and righteous, do not mock her speech... the list goes on and on. Even after she's mellowed out, don't dare suggest she might need help. She'd been (relatively) polite towards Cadenza until then.
- Big Damn Heroes: She makes a dramatic entrance at Tambelon, putting a dent in Bray's smug exterior and smashing apart the force of golems he had. Of course, the Bearers aren't exactly grateful...
- The Caligula: Once she went completely nutso, Corona started having everything in Canterlot painted gold. Including the ponies.
- Characterization Marches On: When Corona first appeared, she was a mad, ravening psychopath who shouted at the drop of a hat, refused to even entertain the idea she was wrong or listen to any appeals to reason, and was ready and willing to do terrible things to regain her "rightful" throne. As the Lunaverse has progressed, however, Corona has become somewhat more introspective, subtle, and open. She still thinks she's in the right, but is willing to talk and listen to others, make what are (to her) reasoned arguments about why she should rule, and is also actively working towards minimizing the bloodshed and violence that will be required to take the throne.
- Catchphrase / I Am the Trope: "I am the SUN!"
- Celibate Hero: Well, not "hero" at the moment, but part of the reason Corona is so offended by Cheerilee's flirting at her is because she finds the very idea of a peasant flirting with her outrageous. Being a thousand years out of touch does that to a pony. She does mention, when discussing Cadence, that she and Luna had tried in the past to have children, to no luck.
- Comically Missing the Point:
- Corona's idea of reassurance is... lacking. Specifically, her idea of reassuring Cadenza that she's not a threat is lacking any kind of awareness of how reassurance works. Telling a gal "when I take over your country, as I shall inevitably do, you'll be spared" is not really the kind of thing that makes someone trust you.
- Likewise, her idea of apologizing to BonBon consists of "sorry for abducting you, it was wrong... because it turned you against me."
- Cue the Sun:
- In the first episode of the first season, the sun rising without Luna's intervention is the sign that Corona has escaped.
- At the end of the first episode of the second season, Luna offers to let Celestia raise the sun, and Celestia accepts the offer, providing a sign that Celestia is beginning to recover her mind.
- The Dreaded: It's extremely difficult to grasp just how afraid of her most ponies are. When forced to choose between stopping Corona and stopping a necromancer who's already slaughtered an entire civilization, the Elements choose to stop Corona - twice, in the same fic. It backfires both times.
- Enemy Mine:
- With the Lunaversesix against Grogar. That's she's even willing to cooperate with them speaks volumes about how much of a threat he is.
- And again with Luna during Contest of Champions.
- And once more during Past Remnants.
- Entertainingly Wrong: Part of the reason she's so distrustful of Luna in the modern day and age was because Luna had used some of Tirek's power to become Nightmare Moon and fight her. Corona didn't know the Elements of Harmony had purged her of the dark magic when they banished her, and believes up until the Bearers angrily tell her on Tambelon that Luna's still corrupted.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- The thought of Luna actually working with someone like Grogar horrifies her.
- After Tambelon, she becomes driven to more peaceful methods, and has to put her foot down when Terror Wing and Kindle want to attack Ponyville, and the Bearers, directly.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Or Totally Bug-Nuts Insane Cannot Remember How Good Works. When the Element Bearers get the Elements working, Corona goes on a rant about how only the powerful can be kind, loyal, generous, joyful or honest. And then when Trixie declares how friendship is, y'know, the big one, Corona just yells about how she's never heard such nonsense in her life.
- Evil Is Hammy: Her spouting of threats and demanding ponies to acknowledge her royal sovereignty can be highly entertaining, when it's not menacing.
- Go Mad from the Isolation: As Zecora notes, a thousand years stuck in the sun with only yourself for company wouldn't do anyone any good, let alone somepony who was already insane to begin with.
- HeelFace Brainwashing: A villain-on-villain example mixed with Villainous BSoD and My God, What Have I Done? below, as RainbowDoubleDash has confirmed that Discord working his magic on Corona is what will restore Celestia to normal.
- Heel Realization: Partially, after Tirek's approval fills her with shame. Although she still refuses to admit that she should not be the unchallenged queen of Equestria, she realizes that she has been going about her plans the wrong way and decides to simply overthrow Luna at Canterlot with as little bloodshed as possible.
- Hidden Depths: As Cadenza points out to her in "From The Depths", underneath the anger, and the aloof mask over that, she is in a tremendous amount of fear and pain from the choices she's made.
- Hold Your Hippogriffs: Expressions like "gone straight to the Sun" are used where a more normal world might use something like "gone to Hell."
- Hope Spot: For the readers, in the questionably canon story I'll See You Soon. In the last chapter, taking place 20 years in the future, we see a sane, level-headed, restored-to-her-position-as-a-diarch Princess Celestia having a normal (for them) conversation with an adult Dinky Doo.
- I Gave My Word: Insane and poorly tempered though she may be, Celestia is honest. She openly said she wouldn't be the one to break the temporary alliance with the Element Bearers, and in fact, she doesn't.
- I've Come Too Far: Summed up by Cadenza in their encounter, though Celestia doesn't respond to it.Cadenza: You know you're defeated, that you can't win, but you just keep fighting.
- Kick the Dog: A Chance Encounter shows Corona at her nastiest and most spiteful, commanding Zecora to kill Twilight Sparkle, as revenge for Shining Armor taunting her, before amending it to simply capturing her.
- Knight Templar Parent: What she seems to be evolving into. According to her, Luna and the Bearers are disobedient fillies who need to sit in the corner and let Mommy Celestia run everything, because that's the way it should be.
- Licked by the Dog: Is able to persuade the Element of Magic to replenish her reserves on Tambelon.
- Light Is Not Good: Her every step causes small flames, her eyes glow with power, her body is suffused with light, her cutie mark is the sun... and she is arguably the greatest threat to Equestria.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: A maniacal pony who tried to conquer everything under the Sun because Mortals Are Stupid and will never have the thousands of years of experience she has.
- Mad God: In the ten minutes since she escapes the sun, she imprisons Luna, takes children hostage, and threatens to murder lots and lots of people if they don't obey her.
- Mama Bear: In The Return of Tambelon, Ditzy realizes that it wasn't Greed, as told by the story, that drove Celestia insane, it was compassion for all living things in a world that wants to destroy all of it.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Stated by RainbowDoubleDash to be Corona's fate. Discord will use his magic to show her exactly what she's become, and the resulting Villainous BSoD will restore Celestia to normal.
- No Indoor Voice: Still uses the Royal Canterlot Voice, though by the time season 2 rolls around she's started to realize she maybe doesn't need to use it as much, especially when addressing her troops.
- Pet the Dog: At one point during the non-canon Nightmares Yet to Come, she tells Smoke to take the night off, after Kindle insists on staying up well after midnight.
- Physical God
- Power Floats: At the height of her power, Corona can remain airborne through sheer magical might, rather than just flapping her wings.
- Really 700 Years Old: Like her younger sister Luna, she has forgotten her exact age beyond "millennia", though the difference in age between Luna and Celestia is less than ten years. No word as to whether she looks cute in glasses, though.
- Redemption Rejection: Luna offers her sister a chance to start over at the end of Longest Night, Longest Day, but the mare's mind is to far gone to even consider it.
- Every time they've met since then, Luna keeps on trying, and Celestia keeps on rejecting. However, Celestia no longer rejects the notion out of hoof, and often tries just as hard to convince Luna to see things her way.
- Self-Serving Memory: On their first reunion in a thousand years, Corona lays the blame for everything that went wrong at little sister's hooves, even as Luna points out ponies turned against her because she held their families hostage and threatened to burn Canterlot to the ground when they didn't do as she asked, with no involvement from Luna herself.
- Sinister Sentient Sun: She is the reason all Equestria fears the sun.
- Stepford Smiler: Celestia was good at hiding just how badly she was slipping, only being slightly more tetchy whenever Luna actually did show up, until it was too late.
- Sweet Tooth: It's what she regards as her one weakness.
- Troll: On meeting Cheerilee in the Crystal Empire, Celestia looms over her... and hugs her, as repayment for Cheer's previous lewd comments to her. It manages to leave her temporarily catatonic.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: She believes to be the only one capable of protecting Equestria. Which requires her to take absolute control of everything under the Sun.
- Villainous BSoD: Combined with HeelFace Brainwashing and My God, What Have I Done? above. RainbowDoubleDash has confirmed that Discord will use his magic to show Corona just what she's become, she'll say "My God, What Have I Done?" and Celestia will be restored.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Played with. Corona does not regret being immortal, but as a natural immortal she views ponies as gnats. Far from thinking of them as expendable and unimportant, however, she believes that she is the only one who can protect them from everything that would want to hurt them — it's her burden to bear. In other words, she doesn't regret her immortality, so much as regret that everypony else isn't immortal.
- Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: After being banished to the Sun for a thousand years, her grasp on Equestrian is a bit outdated. She begs to differ on her command of the tongue.
- As of The Return of Tambelon, she has gotten better about this. She does tend to slip back into archaic Equestrian when stressed.
A sentient greater jinn from the Naquahn Caliphate. Enslaved by Cheerilee to guide the party to the Army Of Smoke And Fire. Later captured by Kindle and brought to Corona, who offered her friendship.
- Amulet of Dependency: Her bound item, an anklet with three gems set into it. It acts as a focus for the magic that holds her together, but also allows the wearer to control her.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Got into a fight with a (very) drunk Princess Luna a thousand years ago, when the alicorn demanded she restore Celestia's mind, something Yangin couldn't do. Even while (very) drunk, Luna was too strong for the djinn, who only got away with giving her a black eye.
- Deadpan Snarker: She's very sarcastic, pretty much all the time.
- Elemental Embodiment: Unlike most jinn, she can command all four elements, though she's best with fire and earth.
- FaceHeel Turn: Maybe. When Kindle took her bound item to Corona, Celestia gave it to Yangin, and asked Yangin to join her. We don't see whether she took the offer. Shadow and Crystal shows she did, in exchange for Celestia finding her sister.
- Meaningful Name: Her name translates as "choking fire".
- Odd Friendship: She's the only being Celestia currently calls a friend.
- Only Sane Man: Sees herself as such to Corona's forces. She's not exactly wrong on that score.
- Personality Powers: She finds using water magic extremely difficult. It's just not in her nature.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Cheerilee using her bound item to control her stirred up a huge amount of controversy, both in and out of the story.
A mechanical Minotaur golem powered by magic. Invented by Grinding Gears, it quickly went on a rampage around the Everfree Forest until it was dismantled by Trixie and her friends. Zecora recovered its head and plans to rebuild it to serve Corona.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: It's an artificial being whose first act was to go on a murderous rampage for basically no reason. Granted, its creator was a moron, but that's not really an excuse.
- A Load of Bull: Modeled after a Minotaur.
- Always Chaotic Evil: Golems are notorious for twisting even the simplest and most mundane of orders to ensure a violent and destructive outcome. To elaborate, Hostile's sole order was to "Live"; a directive it interpreted as "pulverize anything and everything that I wish."
- An Arm and a Leg: Lost both of its arms during its first fight with Big Mac. Since they were magic too, they quickly reattached themselves to it.
- Bull Seeing Red: Thanks to the heavy beating Big Mac gave it, it has a particularly violent reaction whenever something red comes into view.
Pegasus stallion. Leader of the Manehatten chapter of the Sun Cult. Overjoyed that his beloved Princess Celestia has come to purge the kingdom of wickedness.
- Ax-Crazy: He makes a deal with the Fae for a death-mist, getting pretty gleeful at the idea of using it to kill Luna and the Night Court.
- Cannot Tell Fiction from Reality: His first appearance shows Kindle wasn't playing with a full deck of cards even before Corona showed up. His inner monologue has him treating another actor playing Luna as being the actual thing.
- The Charmer: Effortlessly manages to get Raindrops Squeeing within minutes of conversation, and eventually manages to sleep with her. It wasn't all part of some fiendish plan, he legitimately had feelings for her. But the whole "working for your greatest enemy, whom you despise" is always going to be a romance-killer.
- Church Militant: The Sun Cult as a whole owing to its belief that one day, Luna will be punished for overthrowing Celestia.
- Depending on the Writer:
- One that happens in the same story even. During "Voice of the Sun", the early chapters portray him as being capable of making valid, calm and rational points. The later chapters written by TalonAndThorn make him a bit more prone to mad shouting and ranting.
- Meanwhile, "Lords and Ladies" portrays him as being far more unhinged than before, aforementioned death-mist deal aside, he also tries getting the fae to brainwash Raindrops for him.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Kindle was originally a slightly weird actor from Manehatten with a Celestia obsession. After Corona's return, he's become her chief underling outside of Zecora.
- The Fundamentalist: His prescription for society's ills is pretty much the same as Corona's: put a power-hungry maniac with a distinct allergy to admitting when she's in the wrong in charge.
- Large Ham: He was an actor, after all. He's prone to dramatically shouting about how great Celestia is. Even she thinks sometimes he could stand to put a sock in it when he starts delivering news in overly dramatic fashions.
- Loony Fan: For Celestia. Emphasis on "loony".
- Loved I Not Honor More: He loves Raindrops, but his Queen must come first. Which is also why he doesn't reciprocate Smoke's feelings, if he even acknowledges them.
- Major Injury Underreaction: During a fight between himself and Lyra, some of his ribs get broken, and possibly more. He tries shrugging it off until he gets back to his Queen, before passing out.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Outside of giving it to Raindrops when they first meet, his full name "Kindling Wind" has never come up, literally everyone calls him "Kindle" even Corona.
- Playing with Fire: Thanks to a boon of Corona's, he can generate small fires by flapping his wings.
- We Can Rule Together: Or, in his case, We Can Serve Celestia Together, which he tries putting forth to Raindrops. Somehow, she's not taken.
A unicorn who used to work with Kindle while he was an actor, and followed him into Corona's service because of her crush on him
- All Love Is Unrequited: Her feelings for Kindle are obvious to damn near everyone but Kindle himself, who just thinks of her as being like a sister.
- Berserk Button: Insulting her craft. She explodes at Trixie when the mare does so.
- Did Not Get the Girl: Decided that, if Kindle's not going to return her affections, then she's going to use her one request from the fae to get rid of them, allowing her to at least get over him if not ensuring she'll Never Be Hurt Again.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Becomes psychotically enraged toward Raindrops after she and Kindle do the deed. The not-quite cannon "Hearth's Warming Helper" implies she may have attacked gals Kindle has previously dated before...
- Hopeless Suitor: She never had a chance. She may love Kindle, but Kindle only cares about serving Corona.
- Theme Naming: She has a sister named Mirrors.
Blind, aged dragon who wants revenge on Luna for killing most of his family when they tried to invade Equestria shortly after Corona's fall.
- Artifact of Doom: [[spoiler:He has some Salamanders steal the Rainbow of Darkness.]
- Breath Weapon: In addition to his dragonfire, he gains the ability to vomit pure liquid Evil after unwittingly swallowing the Rainbow of Darkness.
- Curbstomp Battle: Against another dragon, Sjach, in The Great Dragon Coronation. Sjach was half his age, almost as large, universally regarded by other dragons to be a potential Overlord himself, and not blind or crippled in any way. There was no point when he was winning against Solrathicharnon.
- Eye Scream: He became blinded because, while in a mood about Luna killing his family, he stared into the sun for an entire day.
- Handicapped Badass: Despite being almost totally blind, he's strong and cunning enough to harass Luna and get away with it, even if he knows he can't straight-up defeat her.
- Lightning Bruiser: When he wants to, he can move so fast he can even take Luna by surprise.
- Manipulative Bastard: He has some kind of plan for the downfall of Luna. It's slowly beginning to come together throughout Season 2. It involves stealing the Rainbow of Darkness...
- Meaningful Name: His name means "He Who Swore Revenge Against The Sun".
- The Power of Hate: Solrath is old, even by dragon standards. He possibly would have died of old age some time ago, but his sheer hatred for Luna keeps him going.
- Revenge Myopia: He doesn't care that his family fired the metaphorical first shot, and arguably doesn't even care about their deaths at all anymore. He wants vengeance on Luna for the heinous crime of refusing to lie down and die, and has privately admitted to himself that if doing so required the death of every single dragon in the world to pull off, it would be a price worth paying.
Terrorwing / "Terry"
A recruit of Corona's from the griffon tribes.
- Determinator: As Gilda notes, he always accepted every honor duel with his brother, regardless of how hopelessly outmatched he was. She's not certain whether he was determined, or just plain stupid.
- The Dragon: He's the muscle of Corona's forces.
- Freudian Excuse: Hearth's Warming Helper - Team Corona explores his backstory, and it's right here. Between a monstrously abusive dad and big brother, it's kind of amazing Terry's got any marbles to begin with.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: One of the boons Corona gave him. Good if you're not much of a fighter, not so good if you're from a culture that considers scars a sign of honor... and the magic heals all of them.
- Might Makes Right: Raised to believe as such, mainly in the form of getting the crap kicked out of him. Not much help when you're a runt.
- Narm: In-universe, his new name's gotten more than one being snickering at him.
- No Indoor Voice: During "Voice of the Sun", he's near-constantly bellowing everything. Even Kindle thinks it's too much. During "Hearth's Warming Helper", he tries reigning it in when doing shopping for Zecora. Results are mixed.
- Odd Name Out: Pretty much every other griffon has their name begin with "g", including his father and siblings, making his name stand out a little more.
- Real Men Can Cook: As a kid, he was fascinated with cooking. Unfortunately, his father thought this was un-kingly, beat him for it, fired the chef, and posted guards to prevent him going near the kitchens again.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Corona's blessing allows him to recover from just about any injury in a few seconds, but being based on fire magic, it doesn't work if he gets wet.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Part of the reason he joined Corona was because dad was an ass to him, and he wanted to show he was a fighter.
Zebra. Skilled potion-maker and alchemist, also has the gift of prophecy, though how exact is unknown. Always speaks in rhyme. Loyal to Corona.
- Because Destiny Says So: The primary reason that she's been working for Corona, which includes somehow RELEASING her, is because a prophecy said she would. Beyond the great big crisis, she doesn't know what's going to happen.Lyra: Why? Why did you betray us in the Everfree Forest? The sirens, the poison joke... why?Zecora: There are matters larger than you or I, that dictate with whom Zecora allies.Lyra: Whats that supposed to mean?Zecora: When prophecy calls to you by name, it is unwise to ignore its claim.
- Depending on the Writer: Most fics depict Zecora as being antagonistic, but not hostile. A Chance Encounter has her treat Spike as little more than a slave to Corona's will, regardless of his own opinions on the matter.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Her former friends among the zebra are more than a little annoyed at the damage Zecora's actions have done to their reputation, in addition to just generally seeing her as a stubborn, headstrong sort.
- Necessary Evil: She genuinely believes she is saving Equestria from some unknown terrible fate by trying to overthrow Luna and put Corona back on the throne. It's not clear if she never thought of alternate methods that could at least include restoring Celestia, or if Corona's madness is itself how her successful takeover of Equestria will save it from whatever is coming.
- Never Heard That One Before: Doesn't bother making a pithy comment when Lyra asks her if she has a rhyme for "orange".
- Rhymes on a Dime: It even applies to her writing.
- Seer: At least claims to have foreseen the return of Corona, and arrived to Equestria as her servant.
- She also predicts the return of Tambelon, and claims to have freed Corona to prevent something worse.
- Sixth Ranger: worked as a guide for the main six through the Everfree Forest.
- Sixth Ranger Traitor: ... and was quick to inform Corona of their plans, as she is a Sun worshiper.
- Suicide Mission: Her future-sight cannot see beyond the summer of Season 2. She suspects that means she will die there.
- Surveillance as the Plot Demands: Several season 2 fics show her popping up around Ponyville after the latest disaster.
- Sycophantic Servant: a mix of this and Beleaguered Assistant, as she's genuinely loyal and efficient servant, yet has to work through constantly butt-kissing her arrogant and bad-tempered boss.
- Vagueness Is Coming: According to Zecora, something is about to destroy Equestria, and the only way to stop it is for Corona to successfully overthrow Luna. However, we don't yet know what is coming and thus whether or not restoring Celestia will work just as well.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She doesn't personally have anything against ponykind. She just has to keep her destiny to serve Corona in mind.