While the comic features the older selves of certain immortal characters from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, the majority of the characters are either ponifications of Star Wars characters or new background characters.
- Action Mare: Given the choice between hacking a computer terminal and bushwhacking somepony, she chooses the violent option without hesitation.
- Badass Normal: She's an earth pony, her cutie mark talent is "doesn't get hurt", and she's the only actual combatant in the group. Not so normal anymore, given that she's now a princess-in-training.
- Break the Haughty: After becoming complacent about her ability to shrug off any sort of damage, she gets her cutie mark taken away and basically has to relearn all her skills without invulnerability.
- Curtains Match the Window: Brown mane and eyes (an unusual color for a mare).
- Cute Bruiser: She prefers the hooves-on approach to combat.
- Expy: Of Kyle Katarn.
- Good Is Not Nice: She casually insults her allies and threatens to turn them into pudding or glue, defrauds them of their wages, and constantly tries to extort extra money out of the Rebel leadership for her mercenary services.
- The Infiltration: She's first encountered in an Imperial officer's uniform.
- Insistent Terminology: She prefers 'Rebel Agent' to 'spy.'
- Jerkass: She's the least nice of all the regular cast. Prior to the start of the adventure, she spent a week knocking out the same earth pony officer to get her red keycard (nopony else noticed).
- Lack of Empathy: She views Imperial officers as walking keycards, even when the poor ponies are obviously no threat to anyone.
- The Napoleon: It's hard to see sometimes, but she is (or was until she got half-princessed) the shortest of the comic's protagonists, and by far the most aggressive.
- One Mare Army: Implied, although she says she can't take on an entire Star Destroyer single-hoofed.
- Publicly Discussing the Secret: She admits to being a spy without bothering to check who might be listening.
- Trademark Clothing: Her red saddle (based on the pauldron that Kyle Katarn wears).
- The Worf Effect: Gets beaten up by the Huntress and loses her cutie mark as a means of establishing just how scary Nightmare Flutterbat is.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Thinks she's a videogame character (as opposed to most of the other ponies, who are vaguely aware that they're toons).
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Despite finding adventure mildly distasteful, she's the first to jump at the chance to save somepony. Including her nominal enemies.
- Drama Queen: When escaping from blaster fire, her primary concern is that her mane will get frizzy.
- Finger Gun: She brandishes her horn threateningly despite not having any known offensive magic.
- Little Miss Snarker: One of the girliest ponies of the cast, and also the most likely to deliver a particularly scathing line.
- Magic Music: Her cutie mark talent.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Despite not being a scientist at all, she ends up becoming the Alliance's resident expert on the Smooze, and is given the task of releasing the princesses from the Triptych. She also picks up a smattering of codebreaking and lockpicking from listening to Wind Whistler talk to poids and computers. To be fair, all of these disciplines involve acoustics, and to be fairer, she's not really very good at any of them.
- Wakeup Makeup: Averted - when emerging from a shower after falling into a garbage compactor, she is using multiple beauty tools to restore her coiffure.
- Cowardly Lion: Her cutie mark possibly refers to her tendency to quiver like a leaf in response to the slightest danger.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Seems to have no expressions other than abject terror... until the party cannon comes out.
- Cute as a Bouncing Betty: Her 'party cannon' is a refitted concussion rifle, which she makes clear is just as dangerous as the real thing (she wears ear protection and safety glasses to fire it). It's also painted pink and purple, and covered with daisies.
- Painting the Medium: Her 'Leafy Sense' is depicted by yellow block letters behind her, indicating just how scared she is.Cookiecutter: "Just stop... onomatopoeing all over the place."
- Spider-Sense: She gets the shivers when she senses somepony is going to endanger her.
- Stop Being Stereotypical: Her response to any queries involving party pony technique.
- Team Chef: Cooking is her special talent, which she leverages to devastating effect against the officer corps of the Nightmare Moon.Cookiecutter: "What did you put in these?"Maple Leaf: "A secret blend of eleven herbs and spices."Spring Clean: "And fifty gallons o' sleeping potion."
- Arbitrary Skepticism: Despite living in a universe where magic is a part of everyday life, where the effects of vacuum exposure don't affect ponies whose identities need to be clearly visible to the reader, and where there is sound in space, Moontear doesn't believe in the Elements of Harmony.
- Berserk Button: Do not mention Rainbow Dash around her if you value your continued well-being.
- Cloning Blues: She was cloned from Rainbow Dash's DNA, explaining why she doesn't take it well being compared to Dash.
- Distinguishing Mark: Or lack thereof - her physical differences from her clone template, particularly not having the same cutie mark, are the main highlights of her tragic backstory.
- Don't Call Me "Sir": Despite taking advantage of her rank and social position at every opportunity, she doesn't like her pilots to defer to her.
- Expy: Of Rainbow Dash, and both Soontir Fel and his son Jagged from the Star Wars expanded universe.
- Fantastic Angst: Suffers from Parental Neglect due to not being identical to Rainbow Dash, and is resentful of both Dash and her mother as a result.
- Honor Before Reason: Her loyalty to the ideals of Equestria trumps all other considerations, including (especially) her personal safety.
- After witnessing the smoozing of Halteraan at close quarters, she determined to report General Jackboot for war crimes to the highest military authority in the sector - who happened to be General Jackboot.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Not-so-secretly considers herself one.
- Parody Sue: She's a send-up of the 'Dash Clone' fanfiction archetype.
- The Rival: To Wind Whistler.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: While she doesn't always act like a spoiled aristocrat, she is very conscious of her status as the richest pegasus in the Galaxy and believes that this makes her more important than she actually is.
- Tsundere: Type one, focused on Wind Whistler.
- Unkempt Beauty: Looks much cuter with bedhead.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: She believes she's the heroine of some epic romantic drama rather than a background character in an action-comedy cartoon.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Implied. Her older sister is an instructor at the Imperial Academy, whereas she is assigned to a top-secret mobile superweapon.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Has a magpie's instincts when it comes to shiny objects. Taken Up to Eleven when she first sees a flutterpony.
- Bag of Holding: Her overpacking skills are legendary and defy such considerations as mere geometry.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite her constant babble being detrimental to other ponies' sanity, she's extremely useful as a source of important intelligence and she usually has the right tool for even unusual jobs (for instance, she just happened to be carrying two spare engine pods for Cookiecutter's ship around in her 'inventory').
- Cloud Cuckoolander: She's a pony kender, with similar ideas about optimism and personal property.
- The Cuckoolander Was Right: She's nowhere near as airheaded as she appears.
- Curtains Match the Window: Orange mane and eyes.
- Expy: Technically of Crix Madine, but actually of the Lucky Charms mascot.
- Funetik Aksent: She speaks in a stereotypical Irish accent, mainly 'me' for 'my', 'ye' for 'you,' and 'o' for 'of'.
- Genki Girl: Almost always cheerful, with no 'off' button (unless someone manages to temporarily break her brain, requiring a hard reboot).
- Motor Mouth: Has a tendency to speak in a tangible Wall of Text.Cookiecutter: Now we don't have to worry about being overheard.Maple Leaf: Just premature deafness.
- Mr. Vice Guy: She's a hoarder and a kleptomaniac.
- Narrative Profanity Filter: She herself doesn't have one, so another speech bubble conveniently obscures anything too crude for family viewing.Spring Clean: Sunbutt's shiny ar-Jackboot: What's all this here ruckus?
- Pungeon Master
- Red Herring: She keeps a literal one in her saddlebag, next to the lampshade.
- Sticky Hooves: In addition to being a hoarder, she's an unrepentant kleptomaniac, with a tendency to appropriate anything that might be considered a 'collectible' regardless of present ownership.
- Action Mare: Despite declaring such things to be illogical, she develops a taste for daredevil antics after meeting Moontear.
- Bad Liar: She doesn't have the imagination to tell even small lies convincingly. She's better at omission.
- Grey and Gray Morality: An early draft of the script had her telling Moontear "I never claimed to be the good one of us." She has no particular moral interest in either side of the conflict and only fights for the Rebellion because she believes this is what Moontear wants her to do.
- Only Sane Mare: Or would be, if it weren't for the fact that oddball is normal for this universe.
- The Rival: To Moontear.
- The Spock: Like her equivalent in My Little Pony 'n Friends, Wind Whistler is less emotional (except where Moontear is concerned) and values logical thought more than her fellow ponies.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Despite her protestations that all her actions are perfectly logical, she has a tendency to act irrationally and more heroic (and even *gasp* to quip) around Moontear.
- Tinman Typist: While technically not a robot, Wind Whistler can interface with computers just by whistling at them, yet she still modifies the Nightmare Moon's navigational computers by hoof.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: In addition to being an immigrant from the wrong canon, she is completely unaware that she lives in universe governed by cartoon logic rather than common sense.
- Ambidextrous Sprite: Notably, the artist attempts to limit his appearances to showing the left side or full front view of his face to avoid having the scar on his chin appear on the wrong side.
- Big Brother Mentor: To Skywalker, as in the original film, but without the complication of the incestuous love triangle.
- Expy: Of Han Solo.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: One of Han Solo/Harrison Ford's trademark characteristics is his lopsided facial expression. While this is difficult to reproduce with cartoon ponies, the attempt is nevertheless made.
- Rugged Scar: In an attempt to make a pony look like Harrison Ford.
- Art Evolution: She underwent a major redesign between volume 1 and volume 2, mirroring the costume redesign between movies.
- Badass Cape: It's a cloak of magical darkness that replaces the mystically wavy mane and tail that a normal alicorn princess would have, but it looks capey.
- Black Knight
- Darth Vader Clone: Most tropes that apply to Darth Vader also apply to her.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Still true, but averted as a trope because the comic assumes the reader already knows this, and instead attempts to confuse people about Dark Feather's real identity.
- Painting the Medium: Speaks in black speech balloons with red outlines.
- Secret Identity: Several characters are convinced that Dark Feather is really Rainbow Dash, and is hiding her true identity for presumably treasonous reasons.
GrowlbeakkaThe Millennium Phoenix's griffon copilot.
- Expy: Of Chewbacca.
- The Voiceless: Has never been given occasion to speak in the comic. Furthermore, griffons can speak Equestrian, but don't because of Honor Before Reason.
- Expy: Of Leia Organa.
- Heroic Lineage: She's the granddaughter of Princess Cadance and Shining Armor.
- Informed Attribute: Despite being an alicorn, we are told by Spring Clean that Lace can barely light a glowbulb with her magic. Apart from her attempt at Beam Spam having little effect on a dianoga, the only actual evidence seen of this is the fact that she didn't break herself out of prison.
- Not So Stoic: She's normally very calm and collected, even when surrounded by stormhoofers, but it doesn't take much to crack the veneer.
- Rightful King Returns: According to the Rebel Alliance, as the legitimate heir to Princess Celestia's throne, the rulership of the galaxy should belong to her.
- The Usurper: How the Empire views her.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Literally to Lace (although which of them is the elder is unknown, but she's far less mature than the princess), and figuratively to Can Soda.
- Berserk Button: Being called 'kid.'Skywalker: I'm not a goat.
- Expy: Of Luke Skywalker.
S-PK3 and 4N-6LTwo poids with a tendency to get caught up in the action whether they want to or not.
Admiral Pie Tin
- Abandon Shipping: Originally created with composite characteristics of Big Macintosh and Marble Pie, at a time when that was the preferred fandom pairing, implying that he was their descendant. When Big Mac indicated a preference for a different mare, all that changed from the comic's perspective was the top of Pie Tin's family tree. A thousand years is a long time, after all.
- Expy: Of Firmus Piett.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Expanded universe material aside, Admiral Piett appears more like an inoffensive bureaucrat than the admiral of the deadliest star fleet in the galaxy; Pie Tin was designed to appear similarly harmless.
Redshift & Blueshift
- Butt-Monkey: The only reason Blueshift was written at all was because the action had moved off of Redshift's ship.
- Running Gag: Their primary purpose in life is to be comically concussed and see stars (the actual meaning of their cutie marks).
- Those Two Guys: They are broadly representative of the average Imperial. Redshift is the idealistic recruit who believes she's doing the right thing, and Blueshift is the cynical bureaucrat who turns a blind eye to all the bad stuff the Empire does because it's not her problem.
- Good Is Not Nice: As Spring Clean points out, she's even meaner than Cookiecutter.
- Expy: Of Zecora, who herself is an expy of Yoda. Also of Zonama Sekot.
- Eccentric Mentor: As a zebra, she talks in rhymes, but likes to change things up a bit every so often with triplets, limericks, and on one occasion, a sonnet.
- Mooching Master: At one point, she drinks the hayshake that Cookiecutter is imagining.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: She's not only the same colors as Discord, but her hair braid is Discord's beard - she removes it and replaces it on his chin when she starts turning back into himself.
- Secret Identity: Double layered: Discord isn't Zonama, he's the entire planet. Zonama is just a mouthpiece.
- Sink-or-Swim Mentor: She gives Cookiecutter a basic crash course in alicorn magic and then sends her to fight a Nightmare who personally defeated nearly all the other alicorn princesses, including Princess Luna on the basis of two weeks' training.
- Trickster Mentor: She readily admits that most of the training routines she puts Cookiecutter through are for her own amusement.
- Witch Doctor: Her look and demeanor are obviously based on Zecora.
- Weapon Across the Shoulder: The only practical way of carrying her enormous concussion-rifle-turned-party-cannon.
Ginger Molasses Cookie ('Ginger Snap')
- Action Mare: Or at least tries to be. Slightly limited by the strength of her horn beam, which at normal power is barely more than a punch on the nose, although with effort it can be strong enough to break glass.
- Space Police: It's not clear what sort of authority she actually has outside of Brandalore, but she acts as though she has jurisdiction pretty much everywhere, and no-one has challenged her on that yet.
- Technical Pacifist: Brandalorians are supposed to be peaceful. Ginger Snap's interpretation of 'peaceful' is closer to 'walk softly and carry a big stick.'
- Wrench Wench: She redesigns her own armor in her spare time, builds and reprograms poids, and is good with locks.
- Abusive Parents: Perceived, at least. Harvest Moon is actually quite a doting parent, but not being a particularly warm individual, primarily shows it by giving her daughter an allowance that can buy entire planetary systems; her intractability on the subject of Rainbow Dash, however, leads Moon Moth to believe that she doesn't care about anything but money.
- Played straight as an adult; having cloned herself a daughter from Rainbow Dash's genetic code, she is so disappointed by Moontear's physical and psychological differences from Rainbow Dash that she becomes genuinely abusive.
- Antivillain: Her ostensible goal is the same as Rarity's - justice for Rainbow Dash and the restoration of peace and honor to the galaxy. However, her methods involve funding terrorism, undermining the government, and attempting to discredit and murder the Princess of Friendship.
- Black and Gray Morality: She's a treacherous, selfish, obsessive and spoiled liar who fights for the freedom of all ponies to be ruled by a benevolent hereditary autocrat, as opposed to a malevolent democratically elected autocrat.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Her mother Harvest Moon (who she despises for her betrayal of Rainbow Dash's memory more than her trade in the suffering of other ponies) is actually quite indulgent towards her, and the few efforts at discipline she imposes are half-hearted at best. She also automatically exonerates Moon Moth from any suspicion of wrongdoing and blames her friends instead (resulting in Sirocco Song being banished from Cloudsdale for covering for one of Moon Moth's rebellious escapades).
- Expy: Of Mon Mothma.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Having been tricked into believing that Twilight Sparkle is a Nightmare, she signs Twilight's death warrant without hesitation.
- Rebellious Spirit: As one might expect from a fan of Rainbow Dash.
- Babies Ever After: Author's notes have confirmed that she eventually has twelve daughters, of whom Wind Whistler is the youngest.
- Happily Married: To Captain Typhoon.
- Antihero: She's a professional thief and con artist who briefly got a taste for honest living before having it brutally ripped away again.
- Deadpan Snarker: Developed over years of putting up with Edelweiss's horseapples.
- Knight In Sour Armor: Life has repeatedly dealt her poor cards, and she doesn't trust anyone except Edelweiss (and to an extent, Sirocco). Still, she feels compelled to do the right thing even when it's to her disadvantage.
- The Cavalry: At the end of both the Tack of the Clones and Season of the Puppy story arcs, he bursts in rescue the POV characters at the head of a cohort of soldiers.
- Expy: Of Captain Typho.
- Happily Married: To Sirocco Song.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Set up to look like one of these (her character model is based on Livia Drusilla from I, Claudius, and according to Moon Moth her habits include bribery and poison), but everything she does is to secure economic supremacy for her house and especially her daughter. Moon Moth, being a rebellious teenager, doesn't properly appreciate this.
- President Evil: Amoral, at the very least; roughly 100% of Kapalomino's industry is focused on activities that are so illegal in Equestria, even Cloudsdale can't get away with them.
- Card-Carrying Villain: She and Maxilla are the only Nightsisters who actually act like this; the others are basically Punch Clock Villains who've read the Evil Overlord List.
- The Chessmaster: She was Black Sun's agent during those times when Princess Celestia was still mostly in control of her own mind; as such, she orchestrated events across the galaxy that would eventually ensure that the galaxy went to war and force the Nightmare to the surface.
- Insect Queen
- Manipulative Bastard: She prefers to get others to do her dirty work, even though she could easily take their shape and do it herself.
- Makes sense considering that she's trying to start a war, and the best way to do that is to make the belligerents believe it was their own idea.
- Really 700 Years Old: It's not clear how old she is, but she's been a willing partner of the Nightmare Force for at least 300 years.
Twilight SparkleSee her mane character page for most tropes applicable to Twilight Sparkle. Tropes specific to this comic are:
- Expy: Of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Quite apart from having trained the pony who would one day become Dark Feather, she also misjudged who the real host of the Nightmare Force was, leading directly to the Pone Wars, the fall of all of the rest of her closest friends except Rarity and Rainbow Dash to darkness, and the Galactic Civil War.
- Really 700 Years Old: She's now the same size as Princess Celestia and has her own power-enhanced mane and tail effects.
- Spirit Advisor: Officially to Skywalker, but she has paid some attention to the background ponies on at least one occasion.
General Jackboot/ApplejackSee her mane character page for most tropes applicable to Applejack. Tropes specific to this comic are:
- Composite Character: She's an Expy of both Grand Moff Tarkin (in her role as the commander of the first Nightmare Moon) and General Grievous (being a cyborg with a cough).
- Cyborg: Like General Grievous, Jackboot is an armored cyborg with organic parts visible under her plating.
- Exact Words: She's still the Element of Honesty, so if she wants to be deceptive, it has to take this form (she never actually said that she wouldn't smooze Halteraan if Lace told her where the rebel base was).
- Knight of Cerebus: She's the first villain who gets to be overtly villainous, and manages to be menacing in spite (or possibly because) of her countryisms and labored breathing.
- Really 700 Years Old: Element Bearers get the same immortality clause (and stature) that alicorns do.
- Spirit Advisor: To Moontear, who was given her Element Seed at the end of A New Horse (but who thinks she's a hypothermia-induced hallucination).
- Weaksauce Weakness: Defeated by the self-admitted weakest pony armed with a plate of apple pancakes (which, admittedly, had been spiked with enough sleeping potion to knock out an army).
RaritySee her mane character page for most tropes applicable to Rarity. Tropes specific to this comic are:
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: She's been chained up in the Nightmare Moon's targeting section for decades and the worst damage to her coiffure is a few split ends.
- Exposition Diagram: This and Flashback are her preferred method of infodumping, although her reliability as a narrator is dubious.
- Expy: Of Count Dooku, although unlike Dooku, she is neither evil nor playing one side against the other.
- Ms Exposition: Her primary role is to explain the backstory.
- Powered by a Forsaken Child: She's an integral component of the Nightmare Moon's targeting system.
- Really 700 Years Old: Element Bearers get the same immortality clause (and stature) that alicorns do.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: In addition to being the leader of a planet (and later, an interstellar army) and designing all her own clothes, she's plainly also dabbled in medicine and cybernetics.
- Spirit Advisor: To Spring Clean, although less in a mentorship relationship and more as an opportunity to carry on her Ms Exposition duties.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She started the Pone Wars, allegedly for a good reason.
The Huntress/FluttershySee her mane character page for most tropes applicable to Fluttershy. Tropes specific to this comic are:
- Bat Out of Hell: As 'the Huntress,' she's a huge version of her 'Flutterbat' form, and seems to have given up vegetarianism.
- Expy: Of Asajj Ventress. Also of Drusilla.
- Killer Rabbit: She's Fluttershy. Fluttershy. She's the reason there aren't any more alicorns.
- Knight of Cerebus: By far the most terrifying villain in the story, in part because of knowing what she used to be like.
- Our Vampires Are Different: As on the show, she's not actually an undead bloodsucking fiend (at least, not the 'bloodsucking' part. Maybe. She does occasionally eat bugs).
- Painting the Medium: In addition to the usual visual effects, the arrows of her speech bubbles are spiky and distorted.
- Before she becomes a Nightmare, her speech bubbles are surrounded by butterflies (indicating that she's not all there, mentally), which turn into bats when she's really upset.
- Really 700 Years Old: Like the others, she's still an Element Bearer, and therefore immortal.
- She's also a revenant (though she still calls herself a vampire), brought back to life prematurely with Twilight's magic, with some major physical and mental side-effects.
- Wave Motion Gun: Uses a supernatural energy ray to shoot down intruding ships.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: She became a Nightmare because she wanted to bring an end to the Pone Wars.
- According to the author's background notes, her start of darkness took place centuries earlier, when circumstances forced her to become the Empire's spymistress during the Umbrum Wars. The prospect of having to do it all over again was what sent her over the edge.
- It didn't help that she became a hermit after Twilight brought her back to life, and over centuries convinced herself that her loneliness was all Twilight's fault.
- The Worf Effect: Her first appearance involves beating Cookiecutter, who is normally invulnerable to physical damage, within an inch of her life.
Dark Side/Pinkie PieSee her mane character page for most tropes applicable to Pinkie Pie. Tropes specific to this comic are:
- Expy: Of Palpatine/Darth Sidious and Mas Amedda.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Prior to the conclusive reveal of her identity, she used the 'Pony of Shadows' appearance, totally black apart from glowing yellow eyes.
- Painting the Medium: Unlike the rest of the characters, who use the Komika font face, she uses Comic Sans.
- Slasher Smile: Mentioned by name by Applejack. If anything, Dark Side has amplified Pinkie's aggressively cheerful characteristics.
Rainbow DashSee her mane character page for most tropes applicable to Rainbow Dash. Tropes specific to this comic are:
- Determinator: Keeps trying to fight Black Sun even though she can barely stand up.
- Expy: Of Qui-Gon Jinn, although in-universe everypony thinks she's Darth Maul.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: According to the official record, she became a Nightmare, nearly killed Applejack, and tried to kill Princess Celestia. Most core-world ponies believe this, while most rim ponies (especially the pegasi) regard it as Imperial propaganda. The truth (or lack thereof) of this story was one of the leading causes of the Pone Wars.
- Really Gets Around: She's had at least eleven foals over her lifetime (almost certainly more), nine of which went on to found the Ten Houses of Cloudsdale. She has so many descendants that she can't keep track of them.
- Red Herring: Several characters are convinced that she is the true identity of Dark Feather. Turns out she's not - well, not exactly.
Ex-Princess LunaSee her character page for most tropes applicable to Luna. Tropes specific to this comic are:
- Broken Bird: Literally - she's hiding out on a swamp planet after her horn was broken.
- Expy: Of Yoda.
- Power Makes Your Hair Grow: Conversely, loss of power reverts you to your season 1 design.
- The Worf Effect: Her defeat serves to display the Huntress's power.
Black Sun/Princess CelestiaSee her character page for most tropes applicable to Celestia. Tropes specific to this comic are:
- Big Bad: Since the POV characters are unable to appear in the climactic scenes of the movie, she provides an alternative threat for them to face (or run away from).
- Eldritch Abomination: She's the 'core body' of the Nightmare Force, all the other recent Nightmares having been just stepping stones to the true goal.
- Fallen Hero: The Nightmare Force's modus operandi.
- Long Game: The Nightmare Force has been after Celestia since before Luna became Nightmare Moon - in fact, banishing her sister was the crack that ultimately allowed the Nightmare Force to worm its way into her heart.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: And they do.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Cadance turned her to crystal before she transformed completely, until Gracenote was tricked into letting her out.