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The main protagonist of the fanfic series.
- Absurd Phobia: Despite being the Element of Courage and having faced several deadly threats without batting an eye at them, the one thing he fears the most that he has never conquered, that he has had since before he met Twilight, are sock puppets.
- Adaptational Badass: He was just a simple royal guard in canon, where as in this fic, he has mysterious powers that let him stand up to someone as powerful as Discord.
- Ascended Extra: He had a few brief cameos here and there in canon. Here, hes the main protagonist.
- Bluff the Impostor: He tricks Chrysalis when she was disguised as Cadance, asking her if she remembered when she taught him how to fly and he crashed into a carrot dog stand. When she says she remembers, Flash reveals that never actually happened, he crashed into Shining's backyard while he and Twilight were watching.
- Calling the Old Man Out: He is not happy when Misty Veil and Trail Blazer arrive in Ponyville, and explain to him why they left him at the orphanage in Canterlot. He does calm down eventually, but he doesnt completely forgive them.
- Death Is Cheap: He dies after he eats one of Sugar Belles muffins, his soul creeps out of his mouth, but Pinkie Pie brings him back to life by sucking it up in a vacuum and shoving it back into him.
- First Kiss: Sunset Shimmer steals his first kiss by forcing one on him when she confronts him in the band room, which she mocks him over. Flash eventually has his real first kiss with Twilight after they finally confess their love for each other.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: He received a giant X shaped scar across his chest during his battle with Sombra.
- Heroic BSoD: After he lost to Cold Steel, he refused to talk to anyone, let only even face them. He then snuck out of the Crystal Empire in the morning to train to become stronger.
- Named After Someone Famous: He is named after the legendary hero Flash Magnus, with Trail Blazer saying his family is descended from him.
- Oblivious to Love: Both he and Twilight are completely unaware of the feelings that they have for each other. Its not until The Knight of Friendship, when he finally realizes that he loves Twilight.
- Related in the Adaptation: He and Scootaloo are revealed to be siblings.
- Sexy Discretion Shot: The last line in chapter five of The Knight of Friendship describes it as a night that Twilight and Flash will never forget. The next chapter all but spells it out that they did indeed sleep together.
- "Shut Up" Kiss: On the giving end to Twilight. When Flash is preparing to go on his first solo map mission he and Twilight argue over whether he should bring his sword Lightbringer or not. Flash cuts the argument short by grabbing Twilight and pulling her into a long deep kiss. This ends up winning him the argument, since Twilight allows him to take his sword afterwards.
- That Man Is Dead: Downplayed at first. When he finds out that his real name is Flash Relic, he decides that since hes been called Sentry his whole life, that hell stick to being called by that name rather than his original name.
- It gets played straight in season 4 when his real parents arrive in Ponyville, and tells them straight to their faces that Flash Relic died in the orphanage that they left him in when it burned down. Though he eventually regrets it, and apologizes later on.
- This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself:
- In season two, he starts having bad dreams, and Luna for unknown reasons cant enter them, so she tells his friends that he has to figure them out himself.
- In The Knight of Friendship, Grand Hoof tells his friends that he needs to find a reason to become a Royal Knight on his own.
- Took a Level in Badass: He takes several over the course of the series.
- Early in season 1 he is given his own Celestic Gear, a weapon of the Royal Knights, allowing him to face more powerful enemies.
- During "A Canterlot Wedding" he finally achieves the "Theta Mode".
- In The Knight of Friendship he finally discovers his mysterious powers are connected to the Sacred Light and learns how and when he can properly use them, eventually allowing him to defeat Cold Steel and officially become a Royal Knight.
- Would Hit a Girl: While suffering his Heroic BSoD in The Knight of Friendship, he quickly becomes angered when Twilight begins pelting him with snowballs over his attitude, until he just shoves her to the ground and pins her, screaming at her to stop.
- Anguished Declaration of Love: Her Love Confession to Flash is while she and Flash are in the middle of an argument with each other while Flash is suffering from a Heroic BSoD due to losing to Cold Steel and she pelts him with snowballs while screaming he isn't acting like the Flash she knows. It eventually escalates to Flash angrily tackling her and pinning her down, screaming at her to stop it. While he has her pinned, Twilight finally starts sobbing and confesses her love to him.
- Crash-Into Hello: Just like in canon, this was how she met Flash.
- Ear Ache: A Running Gag in the series is her using her magic to yank on Flashs ear. Usually when he is annoying her or when she forces him to do something.
- Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: When Flash tells her that she doesnt understand his feelings after he lost to Cold Steel, she starts pelting him with snowballs, while screaming that hes not acting like the Flash that she knew and fell in love with.
- Love Confession: She confesses to Flash that she loves him after he pins her down and shouts at her to stop pelting him with snowballs.
- Noodle Incident: When she asks Flash what the afterlife was like, he tells her that it was nice, and that Goldie 1 through 12 say Hi.Twilight: One through twelve?
- Oblivious to Love: Both she and Flash were completely unaware of their feelings for each other. When Flash runs away during The Knight of Friendship, it takes some convincing from her friends and Cadance to help her realize that she loves Flash.
- Sexy Discretion Shot: Chapter 6 in The Knight of Friendship all but spells it out that she and Flash slept together in the cave that they were taking shelter in, after she shoots down Rainbow Dashs suggestion for Cadance to use the memory potion for her to see Flash and Twilights confession.
- "Shut Up" Kiss: On the receiving end from Flash. When he is preparing for his first solo map mission they end up arguing over whether he should bring his sword Lightbringer or not. Twilight argues against it, believing it shouldn't be necessary for a friendship mission, only to be cut off when Flash grabs her and pulls her into a long deep kiss. She concedes the argument to Flash after the kiss.
- Locked Out of the Loop: He is completely unaware of the Love Triangle going on between him, Rarity, and Lightning Blitz. He is also not informed that Rarity has chosen Lightning Blitz after she and him made a bet during "The Ultimate Ponyville Diet" that he would go on a date with her if she didn't give up on exercising to lose weight for an entire week.
- Love Triangle: He doesnt know that Lightning Blitz is also gunning for Raritys affections. He also doesnt know that Rarity has chosen Lightning Blitz over him as of "The Ultimate Ponyville Diet".
- Throw the Dog a Bone: While usually a Butt-Monkey and Dogged Nice Guy, he is able to spend Hearts and Hooves Day with his crush Rarity.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Springer. The two are described as best friends and share activities together like reading comics, but they also get on each others nerves a lot. Spike is often annoyed with Springer acting high and mighty due to being able to help out more than Spike himself can and Springer regularly calls out Spike on his selfishness and greed. At the end of the day they both care about each other though.
A creature known as a Jakhowl. He is found and saved by Flash in the Everfree Forest and becomes his partner.
- Accidental Pervert: While he is experiencing a Hedgehog Day loop and investigating Rainbow Dash to see if she accidentally caused the explosion in town, he spies on her and Soarin in her home. He gets a closer look inside, seeing the two together, only to be horrified at what he sees them doing together. His dry remarks after witnessing this, and the reveal the two are in a Secrt Relationship, imply Springer accidentally witnessed them having sex.
- Expy: Is one for Riolu and Lucario.
- Honorary True Companion: To the Royal Knights. Springer is already partners with Flash, works alongside Iron Core after he moved to Ponyville, and Ruby Scarlet knows he is a force to be reckoned with due to being familiar with Jakhowls in general. During the Doom Raizer arc, after Springer saves the Royal Knights and defeats Shade, Skybreaker is impressed and offers to recommend Springer become an official Royal Knight to the princesses so he can become their equal. Springer declines though, saying he does not need a title to continue fighting by their side, but Skybreaker says the offer will always be open if he ever changes his mind.
- The Last of His Kind: Springer is the first Jakhowl seen in Equestria for over a thousand years. It is confirmed in The Forgotten Darkness, where it is revealed that nearly all the Jakhowls were sacrificed to create the Alicorn Amulet in the past, and Springer's egg was the Sole Survivor due to his egg being protected thanks to a spell cast on it by Princess Luna.
- Like Father, Like Son: Princess Luna realizes this is why Springer reminds her so much of her old partner Sharp Paw, because Springer is his son and thus acts just like his father did.Princess Luna: No wonder you remind me of Sharp Paw. You are just like him...just like your father.
- Suddenly Voiced: He could only communicate with Flash in the first season, but early in the second he gains the ability to talk and can speak to everyone else.
- Super Mode: Like all Jakhowls, Springer has a "battle form" that is essentially what his adult form looks like that doubles his strength and power. He first achieved the form when he battled Shade during the Doom Raizer arc, and Ruby says that after proper training it becomes his default mode instead of his smaller form. Springer later achieves a second mode, called a Mega form, after he is powered up by the Rainbow Power from the Mane 7.
- Tell Me About My Father: At the end of The Forgotten Darkness after learning he is the son of Sharp Paw and Calm Paw, he asks Princess Luna and Ruby Scarlet, the only two living ponies who knew his parents, if they can tell him more about them someday.
- Token Minority: He is the only non-pony part of the Defenders of Ponyville. Later, he is also the only non-pony sent on the Royal Knights mission during the Doom Raizer arc.
- Deceased Parents Are the Best: As implied in canon, her parents have passed on.
- For Want of a Nail: In the canon The Last Roundup, Applejack tried to sneak out at night to avoid telling everyone about how she didnt win a blue ribbon at the Canterlot Rodeo. Here, Flash catches her, and convinces her to come clean, once everyone is awake.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Out of all the Mane Six, she is the most angry of them all with Misty Veil and Trail Blazer for leaving Flash and Scootaloo off at orphanages.
- Birds of a Feather: Defied. She assures Wild Smile that she wouldnt date Cheese Sandwich, specifically because hes so much like her.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: She tells Misty Veil and Trail Blazer straight up to their faces that she would not throw a party for them for being the worse parents in existence because they dont deserve it. When Pinkie Pie says she wouldnt throw a party for you, you know shes really pissed.
- For Want of a Nail: In canon, she was made wing pony to Lightning Dust. Here, thanks to Soarin convincing Spitfire to change her mind, she gets made lead-pony instead.
- Rage Breaking Point: She slowly grows frustrated with Lightning Dust's bad attitude and disobedience, all because she was upset she wasn't made lead-pony. She manages to keep her cool for the most part, but when Lightning almost gets her friends killed and brushes it off because they aren't her friends, she loses her cool and tackles Lightning, pinning her down and yelling at her that caring about others is basic "ponanity".
- Saying Too Much: While she, Cadance, and the rest of the girls list a few times they have disagreed with the ones they love to help Twilight accept her feeling for Flash, Rainbow mentions how she and Soarin still get along even though he loves pies and she hates them, forgetting that Pinkie Pie is right next to her and has been giving her pies for years.
- Secret Relationship: She and Soarin became a couple during her time at the Wonderbolt Academy, but kept it a secret from everyone, including Rainbow's friends and Soarin's teammates since they didn't want anyone to think Rainbow was getting special privileges. They eventually go public with their relationship after Springer discovers it and encourages them to come clean with everyone, saying it isn't good to build their relationship through lies and secrets.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She maybe the nicest pony in existence, but that wont stop her from calling out Misty Veil and Trail Blazer for leaving their children off at orphanages.
- Living Emotional Crutch: Its thanks to her that Iron Core is able to defeat Longhorn, as well as helping him move on from the deaths of his parents.
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- She calls out Misty Veil and Trail Blazer for leaving Flash and Scootaloo at the orphanages when they were born.
- She calls Rarity out on her claims that shes an expert at romance, despite not having gone a date herself.
- The Bet: She makes a bet with Lightning Blitz in "The Ultimate Ponyville Diet", on whether she can make it through an entire week of exercise without quitting. The loser needs to do whatever the winner wants for an entire day without complaints. Rarity wins and forces Lightning to ask her out on a date.
- But I Read a Book About It: She claims to be an expert on romance and what to do on a date due to reading tons of romance novels, despite having never actually been on a date herself.
- Dramatic Gasp: She she purposely does one after Lightning Blitz asks her out on a date, after she forced him to due to winning their bet, while declaring how "sudden" it is, before "accepting".
- Green-Eyed Monster: She admits in "The Ultimate Ponyville Diet" that she is jealous that she is one of the only two members of her group of friends (the other being Applejack) who has not found a lover for herself.
- Irony: She refused Lightning Blitz's offer to go out on a date with him when they first met, with him being very rude and flirty to her the entire time. However, she is the one that takes the initiative in beginning a relationship with him, forcing him to ask her out when she wins a bet against him, teasing him about it the entire time with seductive looks and brushing her tail under his chin, and happily "accepting" him this time.
- Love Triangle: Minor example; Rarity is the only Mane character who has been shown to have two potential love interests, in the form of Spike and Lightning Blitz. She still has moments with Spike like from canon, and even spent Hearts and Hooves day with him in season 2. Lightning Blitz started out as an Abhorrent Admirer towards her, who disgusted her with his rude behavior towards her and her friends, but after his HeelFace Turn and moving to Ponyville in season 3 the two make amends and form a close friendship, spending a lot of close moments together. She eventually makes a choice, and has Lightning Blitz ask her out on a date after winning a bet against him.
- Smooch of Victory: She visits Lightning Blitz while he is recovering from saving Canterlot from being destroyed by an exploding crystal, and happily kisses him on the cheek as part of her thanks to him for saving her and everyone close to her.
- The Tease: Just like in canon, she is willing to resort to using her charms to get her way, including flirting and seductive glances. When she does it to Spike though, Lightning Blitz actually warns her it is a bad idea lead him on like that, since she knows he already has a crush on her. She later ends up doing this to Lightning himself, when she meets with him to collect her "reward" for winning a bet against him before revealing she wants him to ask her out on a date.
- Calling Your Attacks: They all shout their attack moves when using their Celestic Gears.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Most of them have tragic backstories explaining why they chose to become Royal Knights.
- Elemental Powers: Each of them specializes in a different elemental magic.
- Elite Mooks: Good guy version. Theyre considered above the Royal Guard, and answer directly to the princesses.
The leader of the Royal knights, and Flashs mentor.
- The Atoner: He reveals to Flash in The Knight of Friendship, that he became a Royal Knight to atone for his past.
- A Father to His Men: He cares deeply about the knights under his command, including Cold Steel.
- Catchphrase: Before he goes into battle, he tells his enemies "count up your sins" as a warning, since they'll need to explain them all when they get to the other side. Because Grand is the leader of the Royal Knights, it has led to the others using the phrase themselves from time to time.
- Moment Killer: He ends up accidentally ruining a moment between Rarity and Lightning Blitz, walking in on the two of them as they are enjoying each other's company and asks to speak with Lightning alone. Downplayed since the two of them aren't annoyed by this and agree to speak again later.
- My Greatest Failure: He feels completely responsible for how his son, Doom Raizer, and grandson, Lightning Blitz, had turned out. He eventually grows out of it, after Lightning Blitz saves his life, and he realizes that Doom Raizer will never own up to his own mistakes.
- Retired Badass: He is eventually forced to retire from the Royal Guard due to old age and is honorably discharged by Celestia and Luna. Downplayed since he says even if he is no longer a guard he is still a knight, retaining his leadership over the other knights, joining the Ponyville Defenders as their newest member, and saying he can still give lectures to new guard recruits whenever he is in Canterlot.
- Supporting Leader: He is the leader of the Royal Knights, one of the main forces of good in the series, but he is still only a supporting character while Flash is the main protagonist.
- Dishing Out Dirt: He specializes in earth magic.
- Evolving Weapon: His gear gains the ability to change from its regular spear form to a set of armor, complete with spikes that can be shot and a spearhead on his tail that can change into different weapons.
- Expy: He is one for Gajeel.
- The Power of Hate: Longhorn tried to convince him that the only way Iron Core was ever going to defeat him, was to muster up as much hatred as possible. It didnt work out because...
- The Power of Love: Iron Core realized that his hatred for Longhorn was holding him back, and he defeated him, not for his hatred for Longhorn, but for his love of Fluttershy.
- Revenge Before Reason: He tried to hunt down Longhorn and his gang by himself, once he got word of his location. After almost getting himself killed, and Fluttershy taken hostage, he immediately drops it, as he realizes that it was holding him back from defeating Longhorn.
- Super Mode: After realizing that his thirst for revenge against Longhorn was actually holding him back, he decides to stop fighting for revenge and start fighting to protect everyone he loves, like Fluttershy. This causes his Celestic Gear, Peacemaker, to evolve, changing from its standard spear form to a suit of armor.
- Supporting Leader: After becoming an official Royal Knight, he takes over leadership of the Ponyville Defenders, due to now outranking Flash and Lightning.
- Took a Level in Kindness: He starts out as a huge jerk, but after moving to Ponyville he slowly starts to chill out, especially after befriending Fluttershy and starting a relationship with her.
- You Killed My Father: His reasoning for hunting down Longhorn, was because he murdered his parents.
- Artificial Limbs: He has a mechanical right wing.
- Blow You Away: He specializes in wind magic.
- Jerkass: He starts out hostile towards Flash, because of how he reminded him of himself when he was younger.
- Took a Level in Kindness: He warms up to Flash after the Doom Raizer arc.
- You Remind Me of X: The reason why he started out hostile towards Flash, was because he reminded him of himself when he was younger. He grows out of it after the Doom Raizer Arc.
First Aid and Heather Bloom
- Battle Couple: Subverted. They arent married, but theyre really good at fighting as a team together.
- Combat Medic: They are the Royal Knights medics, and theyre good fighters as well.
- Green Thumb: Heather Bloom specializes in plant based magic.
- Platonic Life-Partners: The two arent married, but they travel around together, and care deeply for one another.
- Cool Boat: He captains a Magitek ship called the Mighty Leviathan that can submerge.
- I Did What I Had to Do: How he justifies nearly drowning a group of pirates to get information that he needed when Twilight called him out on it.
- Making a Splash: He specializes in water magic.
- You Killed My Father: His reasoning for hunting pirates is because his parents were killed by pirates.
- Expy: She is one for Erza.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Ruby was in the Crystal Empire when King Sombra's curse made it disappear, and was thus lost along with it. She returned along with it and has missed a thousand years worth of events, including the disappearance of the Jakhowls and Luna's banishment. Though it is downplayed due to it not really effecting Ruby emotionally, and she happily reunited with her old friend Princess Luna.
- Gemstone Assault: She specializes in crystal magic.
- Original Character: She replaces Radiant Hope from the comics. Unlike Radiant Hope, she gives up on Sombra once she sees that he has gone too far.
A Royal Knight who is investigating a Cult.
- Cynicism Catalyst: He was taken in by a royal guard named Noble Banner. When Noble Banner was sent on a mission to the Badlands, he never came back, which lead to Cold Steel to become the apathetic pony that he is now.
- Dark and Troubled Past: His village was destroyed by bandits, who killed his parents and almost killed him too, before his magic protected him and killed the bandits. He was forced to survive on his own for years before he was found and helped.
- Defrosting the Ice Queen: He starts warming up to Flash after he helps him save a town from a greedy unicorn named Gold Hoof, which turned out to be the mission that the map had sent Flash out on.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: He is a Royal Knight and is loyal to all the princesses, including Twilight, but he quickly gets on everyone's bad side with his bad attitude, treating other ponies as tools rather than living beings.
- Hero Antagonist: He is a Royal Knight and is therefore loyal to the princesses and Equestria, but he serves as the main obstacle to Flash finally becoming a Royal Knight in The Knight of Friendship. This is mostly just him acting as an invoked Designated Villain by virtue of being Flash's opponent for his test, but his bad attitude towards Flash and views of only seeing his fellow ponies as tools to be used don't earn him any friends among the group. His "The Reason You Suck" Speech towards Flash and brutal defeat towards him in their first fight is also what drives him to a Heroic BSoD.
- An Ice Person: He specializes in ice magic, and he based his fighting style off of Ruby Scarlets crystal magic, but modified it to make it his own style.
- Jerkass: Being hard on a new recruit is one thing, but he openly insults Flash, calling him a lost cause and a worthless criminal who has no reason to become a knight. He also insults Grand Hoof afterwards, saying he has disgraced the knights by making Flash his apprentice.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Grand Hoof concedes that as much of a jerkass that he is, he was right about Flash not having a reason to join the Royal Knights.
- Know When To Fold Them: During Flash Sentrys Heroic Rematch with him, Cold Steel forfeits the match, when he realizes that he wont be able to defeat him while hes borrowing the power of the Sacred Light.
- Lack of Empathy: Downplayed: He admires Ruby Scarlet, and is loyal to the princesses. That said, he looks down on ponies who he sees as lost causes, and is adamant that Flash has no right to join the Royal Knights.
- A Million Is a Statistic: He only views others based on how useful they could be in protecting Equestria. He also doesnt consider Equestria to be made up of the ponies that live in its borders, as he says: Ponies come and go. Twilight has to hammer it into his head that without the ponies living in Equestrias borders, it would be nothing but land.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He gives one to Flash during their battle, explaining how he has relied too much on others to win his battles, and about how he has no real reason to join the Royal Knights. He ends up on the receiving end of this himself during their rematch, when Flash breaks down the flaws in his view of ponies as tools and seeing Equestria as just the land and not the citizens.
- Vagueness Is Coming: He tried to interrogate members of a cult that he was investigating, but all he got out of them was a warning that a shadow is coming to consume the world, and that Flash Sentry may be involved in it.
- What the Hell, Hero?: He tears Grand Hoof a new one after he defeats Flash in their battle. Declaring that he disgraced the Royal Knights for making someone as unworthy as Flash his apprentice.
- Ascended Extra: In canon Scootaloo was just one of the Cutie Mark Crusaders, a group of supporting characters, and she was the one that took the longest to have a focus episode or have her backstory explored. Here, she is revealed to be Flashs long-lost little sister and thus has much more focus than she originally did in canon.
- Easily Forgiven: When she reunited with her birth parents, Trail Blazer and Misty Veil, she holds no grudge against them for leaving her and Flash at separate orphanages and for being out of their lives for several years, unlike Flash who who tears into them for what they did to him and everyone else they meet who always bring up how they essentially abandoned their kids. She is just happy to have them in her life and quickly bonds with both of them.
- Related in the Adaptation: She and Flash are revealed to be siblings, while in canon no connection between them is ever established.
- Not So Different: She is similar to Flash in that they were both seen as outsiders to other ponies due to being different, who nobody wanted anything to do with and only saw the worst in. This caused Flash to be the first one to approach her and speak to her, and refused to believe anything bad about her without actual proof.
- Adaptational Heroism: In canon, she remained a minor antagonist for her first few appearances and didnt become better until becoming friends with Starlight. Here, she changes much quicker thanks to her friendship with Flash, and ends up becoming Princess Lunas student.
- Ascended Extra: In canon, she didnt become a regular occurring character until season six. Here, she becomes a regular occurring character in season one.
- Can't Catch Up: She views herself as a rival to Twilight Sparkle, and when she became an alicorn, she saw this as a sign that she will never be on Twilights level.
- An Ice Person: She started learning ice magic after she had an adventure in an enchanted comic.
- Love Triangle: She briefly partakes in one between herself and Twilight for Flash. She tells Twilight she has plans to ask out Flash on a date during "Magic Duel", which causes Twilight to become jealous of her. Though Trixie bows out when she and Twilight realize Flash is clueless about both of their feelings for him and she decides to wait a bit longer before asking him out. Though she gives Twilight a friendly warning that she better ask Flash out herself eventually, because she wont wait forever. Twilight and Flash do eventually become a couple, dropping this plot point.
- Related in the Adaptation: She claims her family tree can be traced all the way back to Starswirl The Bearded.
- Alliterative Name: Soarin Skies
- Ascended Extra: He was just a supporting Wonderbolt in canon, receiving a few speaking lines in a few episodes but never really being the main focus of any episode. Here, he is best friends with Flash Sentry, introduces the Theta State, and he and Rainbow Dash have plenty of Ship Tease moments together to the point they become a couple.
- Broken Pedestal: Wind Rider was the pegasus who inspired him to become a Wonderbolt when he was a colt, and saw him as his hero. After finding out that he framed Rainbow Dash to protect his record, he stopped looking up to him, and had him punished for his actions.
- For Want of a Nail:
- His presence during the events of Wonderbolt Academy, leads to Rainbow Dash being made a lead-pony instead of Lightning Dust.
- Thanks to being in a relationship with Rainbow Dash, hes not as harsh towards her in Rarity Investigates when she gets framed by Wind Rider, and he makes sure that the rest of the Wonderbolts dont jump to conclusions like they did in canon.
- Named by the Adaptation: Soarin has no last name in canon, here his full name is Soarin Skies.
- Reasonable Authority Figure:
- He is the second-in-command of the Wonderbolts and often has his head on straight when it comes to making decisions. Not only is he friendly to just about everyone, he is willingly to call out Spitfire when he feels she is making a mistake.
- He sides with Rainbow Dash when Wind Rider frames her for giving Spitfire a fake letter saying that her mother was sick. He also makes sure that the rest of the Wonderbolts do not automatically side with Wind Rider without any evidence that Rainbow Dash may be guilty.
- Rescue Romance: He gets a crush on Rainbow Dash after she saves him and his teammates during Sonic Rainboom.
- Secret Relationship: He and Rainbow Dash became a couple during her time at the Wonderbolt Academy, but kept it a secret from everyone, including Rainbow's friends and Soarin's teammates, since they didn't want anyone to think Rainbow was getting special privileges. They eventually go public with their relationship after Springer discovers it and encourages them to come clean with everyone, saying it isn't good to build their relationship lies and secrets.
- Strong and Skilled: He explains that after he joined the Wonderbolts he eventually reached his physical limits, which stopped him from getting any better. He eventually trained his mind through meditation and achieved the Theta State, allowing him to enhance his information and senses for a few seconds. This makes him one of the best flyers in the Wonderbolts, and he proves he is skilled enough to beat Rainbow Dash in their first race.
- Was It All a Lie?: After he learns how his former idol and mentor, Wind Rider, tried to frame Rainbow Dash and have her expelled from the Wonderbolts, he wonders if he was always like that and if everything he ever told him, the advice that inspired him and helped make him who he is, was all a lie.
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- He argues with Spitfire when he sees that she is planning to make Lightning Dust the lead-pony instead of Rainbow Dash. Spitfire thinks that Soarin is only arguing in Rainbow's favor because he is in love with her, but Soarin convinces her that she is playing favorites with Lightning Dust because she reminded Spitfire of herself when she started out, and makes her realize that being made a wing pony instead of a lead-pony was the best for her, just like it should be for Lightning.
- He is a bit upset with Rainbow Dash when she confesses that she faked her injuries to avoid picking between flying for either Ponyville or Cloudsdale. Though in this case he just seems more disappointed than anything and quickly goes along with her when she resolves to fix everything.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: He tells Rainbow Dash this when she says she is starting to feel stressed about being a lead-pony at the academy. He says he felt the exact same way when he was a lead-pony and he turned out just fine, and he already can tell she is ten times the leader he ever was. This reassurance also leads to them sharing a kiss and becoming a couple.
- Get Out!: When she finally has enough of Lightning Dust's lack of teamwork and the tornado incident that almost killed Rainbow's friends, Spitfire kicks her out of the academy and yells at her to leave immediately.Spitfire: I SAID DISMISSED! GET OFF OF MY RUNWAY AND LEAVE THIS ACADEMY NOW!
- Rage Breaking Point: She explodes into a fit of rage at Lightning Dust after she shows no remorse or regret for nearly killing ponies with a tornado, and tried to pin the blame on her.
- You Remind Me of X: Lightning Dust reminded her of herself, which was why she was going to make her lead-pony instead of Rainbow Dash. Soarin talked her out of it, and convinced her to make Rainbow Dash lead-pony instead.
- Chekhov's Gun: He randomly mentions that Flash has the rare triple Z blood type when the two are battling. Later in season 2, Flash remembers this when he realizes he and Scootaloo share the same blood type, meaning he can donate his blood to her in a transfusion. Flash later thanks Discord for this when he is released, saying that it saved Scootaloo.
- Freudian Excuse: Flash reasons that Discord acted the way he did in the past, and pulls so many pranks on everyone in the Present, is because he thinks nopony wanted to be near him before and he just wanted some attention, and didn't care if it was only through anger and fear.
- Hidden Depths: He reveals in The Knight of Friendship to have some knowledge on the Sacred Light, saying it has been part of his species' culture since he was born from a union of two creatures, one from the Sacred Light and another from the Corrupting Shadow. He never mentioned it sooner because he didn't know that Flash had a connection to the Sacred Light previously.
- Not So Different: Flash realizes that he and Discord have more in common than he realized at first. They both were ignored by everyone in the past due to being different from others, and as revealed in The Knight of Friendship they both have a connection to the Sacred Light, though in different ways.
- Pass the Popcorn: He eats a tub of popcorn (and parts of the tub itself) while watching Flash and Cold's rematch. When he is called out on this, he says that he is a nervous eater and doesn't want Flash to lose again.
- Villainous Breakdown: During his battle with Flash and Springer in The Chaos and Disharmony, he has a massive meltdown when Flash continues to talk down to him by calling everything that he has done boring and unfunny, even laughing at him. Discord quickly loses his cool and goes berserk.
- Yin-Yang Bomb: The Knight of Friendship reveals that he came into being between a union of a lifeform created by the Sacred Light, and a lifeform created by the Corrupting Shadow.
Grand Hoofs grandson and ally to the Royal Knights.
- Abhorrent Admirer: Was originally one for Rarity. He flirted with her when they first met only because he liked her for her beauty, but she rejected his advances on her due to his rude behavior and finding his fashion sense disgusting. Subverted when Rarity starts to warm up to him after he changes is ways and moves to Ponyville, with the two of them forming a close friendship.
- Antagonistic Offspring: He plays a variant of this with his grandfather Grand Hoof originally. He sees him as an old fool for making a nobody like Flash Sentry his apprentice instead of him, and also resenting him for what happened to the rest of his family due to what he saw as his neglect. He eventually gets over this attitude after he is defeated by Flash and Iron, and the Alicorn Amulet is destroyed, and he seeks to atone to Grand for his attitude. He ends up playing this completely straight to his father Doom Raizer, siding with the Knights against him.
- The Bet: He makes a bet with Rarity in "The Ultimate Ponyville Diet", on whether she can make it through an entire week of exercise without quitting. The loser needs to do whatever the winner wants for an entire day without complaints. Lightning loses and is forced to ask Rarity out on a date.
- Big Damn Heroes: He makes his return during the Doom Raizer arc in season 3. Assisting the Royal Knights from the shadows until he makes his presence known, stopping his father Doom Raizer from killing Flash.
- Bonding Over Missing Parents: He ends up connecting with Big Mac, who lost both his parents years ago, since he lost his mom at about the same age.
- The Bully: He bullied Flash for years out of jealousy that a street rat like him was made Grand Hoofs apprentice instead of him.
- Bully Turned Buddy: He was a bully to Flash for years out of jealousy for Flash being picked as Grands apprentice, and this attitude extended to anyone Flash was friends with. After his HeelFace Turn, Lightning becomes a close ally to Flash, seeking to make up for his attitude towards him.
- Calling the Old Man Out:
- He does this to his grandfather at first, for how badly he treated his father, Doom Raizer, and because of how he chose Flash Sentry to be his apprentice instead of him.
- He then gives one to his father, during his Big Damn Heroes moment, after he had a Heel Realization about his actions at the Battle of Canterlot.
- Calling Your Attacks: Similar to the Royal Knights, he shouts several attack names.
- Double Entendre: When he first meets Rarity he asks her out by telling her they should go "make some sweet music" away from the others. Rarity immediately turns him down.
- Driven by Envy: The whole reason why he bullied Flash was because he felt that he stole something that should have been his. i.e. Being Grand Hoofs apprentice, and the Celestic Gear that his mother created.
- Expy: He is based on Laxus.
- HeelFace Turn: After Flash defeats him in the Battle of Canterlot and destroys the Alicorn Amulet, Lightning changes his ways to seek redemption for his action.
- Honorary True Companion: After his reformation he becomes the newest Defender of Ponyville along with Flash, Springer, and Iron. He now acts as an ally to the Royal Knights, but is not an official knight himself. His help is categorized as "community service" to make up for his past crimes, essentially giving him the responsibilities of an apprentice knight but none of the perks or bonuses that come with it and zero chance of being promoted.
- I Hate Past Me: After he returns and officially joins the Denfenders, he expresses disgust with the way he acted in the past whenever it is mentioned. This includes bullying Flash, his disrespect to Grand Hoof and the princesses, trying to take control of Equestria himself, and his sleazy attitude and harassment toward mares like Rarity.
- Irony: He asks Rarity out on a date when they first met, but is turned down by her due to his rude behavior towards her and her friends while trying to flirt with her. But later, she is the one that takes the initiative in their relationship by forcing him to ask her out again when he loses a bet against her, and constantly teases him during it with seductive glances and gestures.
- Knife Nut: His main weapons are several small knives and daggers. He is able to focus his lightning magic though them and uses them to teleport to various points.
- Love Triangle: He is also interesting in winning Raritys affections just like Spike is, but Spike has no idea Lightning is giving him competition. Lightning ends up as the one Rarity chooses as of "The Ultimate Ponyville Diet".
- Ship Tease: He is given a few moments with Rarity. Originally only flirting with her due to finding her the most attractive of her group of friends, he eventually comes to respect her once he moves to Ponyville and they are shown interacting several times. She even visits him after he helps save Canterlot from some criminals and happily kisses his cheek to thank him for saving everyone.
- Shock and Awe: He specializes in lightning magic.
- Unknown Rival: He is one for Spike. They have both shown interest in Rarity and have formed close friendships with her, but Spike has no idea that Lightning is interested in winning her heart the same way he is. Thus, Spike is kept Locked Out of the Loop when Rarity chooses Lightning Blitz and the two go out on a date together.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Minor example; he warns Rarity that it isn't a good idea to lead Spike on the way she does, using his crush on her through flirting and seductive glances to get him to do stuff for her. Rarity acknowledges he is right but simply says desperate times call for desperate measures.
- Awesome by Analysis: During his fight with Shift, he manages to quickly analyze how Shift's density shifting powers work and the logical weaknesses that come along with them and quickly comes up with a strategy to beat him.
- Expy: He is based on Freed.
- Jerkass: He keeps this trait longer than anyone else in Lightning's gang, including Lightning himself. After Lightning's exile from Canterlot, he continues to hold a grudge against Grand for what happened to him, and talks down to him whenever he is mentioned.
- Translator Microbes: He has a spell that can translate just about any written text in existence. However, in The Knight of Friendship, the spell fails to work on translating some runes that Trail Blazer and Misty Veil had written down from a temple that they discovered.
- Expy: He is based on Bickslow.
- Friend to All Children: He showed that he is really good with children, when he used his puppets to entertain Pumpkin and Pound Cake.
- Friendly Enemy: He is pretty friendly with Pinkie Pie, even as he attacks her at the Battle of Canterlot. The 'Enemy' part is dropped entirely afterwards.
- Green-Eyed Monster: He is extremely jealous of Cheese Sandwich when he arrives in Ponyville, and learns that he became a Party Pony because of Pinkie. This is mainly driven by his fear that the two of them will become a couple.
- How Dad Met Mom: He is actually terrified of this idea, since if he and Pinkie ever get married and have kids they'll eventually ask how they met and he'll need to explain he attacked Pinkie at the Battle of Canterlot while trying to help their Evil Uncle take over Equestria.
- Expy: She is based on Evergreen.
- Taken for Granite: She has a forbidden spell that lets her turn others into stone. However, it works best when she knows what species the victim was when she uses it, such as when she used it on Cadance, the spell began to fall apart, because she wasnt born an alicorn.
Misty Veil and Trail Blazer
- Adventure Archaeologist: They explore lost and hidden ruins, searching for the origins of life in the world.
- Badass Normal: Trail Blazer is just a normal pegasus, unlike his son, and he cant use magic like Misty Veil. But that wont stop him from taking on timber wolves to protect his wife and daughter.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Everyone who meets them are not particularly happy to see them. When they first met them, the Mane Six all called them out on their abandonment of Flash and Scootaloo.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: They had lost their memories on the circumstances of Flash and Scootaloos births. The Knight of Friendship reveals that whatever was causing it was removed when Tirek stole their magic.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: They reveal themselves to Flash and Scootaloo in season 4 when Misty Veil stops having visions. While Scootaloo was excited to see them, Flash... Was not.
- Seers: Misty Veil was born with the ability to see into the future. She was only able to see up to a certain point however, and she was somehow unable to see King Sombra in her visions.
- Vagueness Is Coming: Misty Veils final vision involves an armored stallion with wings and a horn.
Princess Cadance and Shining Armor
- Everyone Can See It: Everyone, but Twilight, knew that they were dating because of how they made goo-goo eyes at each other.
- It Runs in the Family: When Shining Armor finds out at the last second that Flash and Twilight are now in a relationship and admits he had no clue they felt that way about each other, Cadance angrily uses her magic to pull him by the ear and drag him away while calling him a Meathead. Everyone else is left to think that it runs in Twilights family.
- My Greatest Failure: Cadance spent years trying to get Twilight Sparkle and Flash Sentry to realize their feelings for one another, but she eventually gave up on them. Later on in The Knight Of Friendship, she considers not being there when Twilight and Flash finally realized their feelings for each other to be her new greatest failure.
- Secret Relationship: Defied. They were barely even trying to keep their relationship a secret, but everyone, sans Twilight, could tell because of how they made goo-goo eyes at each other.
- Shipper on Deck: Cadnace spent years trying to get Twilight and Flash to hook up, but their Oblivious to Love made it outright impossible. With some help from Twilights friends, she was finally able to get Twilight to realize that she romantically loved Flash.
Twilight Velvet and Night Light
- Death Glare: Twilight Velvet gives one to Misty Veil and Trail Blazer when she first meets them in The Knight of Friendship.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Twilight Velvet is not happy to meet Misty Veil and Trail Blazer in The Knight of Friendship. She calls them out for abandoning their children, and does not accept their reasonings for doing so.
- Beyond Redemption: Ruby Scarlet declares him this when he reveals that he killed Princess Amore.
- Evil Former Friend: He and Ruby Scarlet used to be friends, before his FaceHeel Turn.
- Immune to Fate: For reasons unknown, he never showed up in Misty Veils visions.
- Near-Villain Victory: He is the closest to have ever come to killing Flash, as even with Rubys help, he was still much too powerful for him.
- Adaptational Villainy: While she was never a good pony to begin with, shes even more of a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing in this fic than she was in canon.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Just like in canon, she starts out on good terms with Rainbow Dash, but she makes it clear that she has no interest in making friends. When Rainbow Dash is made lead-pony instead of her, she drops the In Sheeps Clothing part entirely, and becomes openly hostile towards Rainbow Dash, and disobeys every order she gives her to try to one-up her instead.
- Driven by Envy: She spends the remainder of her time in the Wonderbolts Academy trying to one-up Rainbow Dash, to prove that she was more worthy to be lead-pony than Rainbow Dash.
- Lack of Empathy: She doesnt care that her actions nearly got some ponies killed, and is only upset that she wasnt made lead-pony.
- Never My Fault: She refuses to take responsibility for the fact that she almost got some ponies killed, and blames it all on Spitfire for not making her lead-pony.
- We Will Meet Again: After Spitfire kicks her out of the Wonderbolt Academy, she swears to Rainbow Dash that she is going to make her pay for this one day.
- You Remind Me of X: Soarin says that the whole reason why Spitfire tried to make her lead-pony at first, was because of how she reminded her of herself.
Grand Hoofs son and Lightning Blitzs father.
- Antagonistic Offspring: He hates his father Grand Hoof, blaming him for everything wrong that has ever happened to him in his life due to his neglect.
- Berserk Button: He explodes into a fit of rage when Grand Hoof mentions Daisy. Declaring that he has no right to say her name.
- Beyond Redemption: Grand Hoof gives up on him near the end of Season Three when he realizes that he will never accept his faults.
- Et Tu, Brute?: He is horrified when Lightning Blitz arrives and sides with his grandfather after calling him out on his actions.
- Expy: He is partly based on Ivan Dreyar.
- Hates Their Parent: He despises his father, Grand Hoof, and blames his negligence in his life for everything that has ever gone wrong in his life, including the deaths of his wife and mother.
- I Have No Son!: He disowns Lightning Blitz, after he sides with his grandfather.
- Never My Fault: While he is right that Grand Hoof wasnt the best at raising him, he refuses to acknowledge that some of his actions were entirely of his own doing.
- Rage Breaking Point: He reacts violently when Grand Hoof tells him that his wife and mother would have been ashamed of him if they saw him now.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He built a weapon of mass destruction, in the hopes that Equestria would be able to use it in case something were to happen to Princess Celestia. Celestia, however, felt that the weapon was too dangerous, and had him arrested for building it.
A batpony who served Doom Raizer.
- Glass Cannon: His poison is incredibly toxic, as even the smallest dose can kill. When Flash fights through the pain that his poison causes long enough, however, hes able to take him down in just one shot.
- Poison Is Corrosive: His poison is so potent that it can corrode through just about any substance. So when the Royal Knights lock him up, they use Ruby Scarlets crystals to hold him down, as his poison cant corrode through it.
- Poisonous Person: Like all bat ponies, he developed his naturally occurring poison at the age of 10 that gradually gets more potent as he gets older. However, his poison was unusually more potent than normal, to the point that normal neutralizers wouldnt work, and it eventually got so potent, that the other bat ponies tried to kill him.
A changeling who served Doom Raizer.
- Antagonistic Offspring: She didnt start out as one, but when she overheard that her mother, Chrysalis, was planning to kill her because she feared that she was becoming too powerful to control, she fled the hive with plans to eventually return and overthrow her mother.
- The Bus Came Back: She makes a brief appearance during "Retirement" as one of the prisoners being transported to a new secret prison in the crystal mountains. Unlike Electra and Banshee though, she is unable to escape and is immediately recaptured.
- Tyke Bomb: Chrysalis intended to groom her into a weapon, but she grew beyond her expectations, and began viewing her as a threat to her rule.
A minotaur who served Doom Raizer.
- Blood Knight: He doesnt care about Doom Raizers plan, and is only in it for a good fight.
- I Fight for the Strongest Side: When he is defeated by the Royal Knights, he immediately surrenders once Tidal Wave, Iron Core, and Skybreaker are sent after him, as he declares that they are stronger than him.
A bull who was responsible for the death of Iron Cores parents.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He cannot understand how Iron Core defeated him with love instead of hate.
- The Power of Hate: He tried to tell Iron Core that the only way he was going to defeat him was to muster up as much hatred as he could. Iron Core did try this at first, but then realized that it was actually holding him back, and instead defeated him with his love for Flutterhsy.
- Super Serum: He was searching for a rare plant that grants the user increased strength. He succeeds in getting it, but Iron Core still defeats him when he realizes that his hatred for Longhorn was holding him back, and his love for Fluttershy gave him strength.
A Trickster, a species that opposed the Jackhowls a thousand years ago.
- Arch-Enemy: He is this to Springer. With both of them as the last of their respective races, who were also arch-enemies, Shade is determined to destroy Springer and everything he loves.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Subverted. Hes a dangerous and competent threat on his own, but he knows full well that someone or something greater than him is out there, which is why he chose to remain in prison for now.
- Cheaters Never Prosper: Shade constantly tries to take shortcuts to gain power instead of letting it come naturally by training like Springer does, and is regularly beaten by him.
- Shade allowed himself to be subjected to Doom Raizer's experiments to gain his battle form instead of unlocking it naturally, in other words, he cheated to get it. Springer ends up gaining his own battle form naturally, being the youngest Jakhowl to ever gain one, and when the two battle forms clash for the first time Springer curb-stomps him.
- In The Forgotten Darkness, Shade builds a machine to slowly drain the Mane 7 of their magic to power himself up with a new Alicorn Amulet. When he has Springer on the verge of defeat, the Mane 7 use their Rainbow Power to power up Springer, giving him his Mega form and once again defeating Shade.
- Dragon with an Agenda: He was perfectly willing to work with Doom Raizer, but only because it allowed him to come closer to accomplishing his own goals.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Shade made his first official appearance in "The Misadventures of Springer 2: Dreams of a Jakhowl", but he makes an early appearance in "Dragon Quest", stalking Springer while disguised as a black dragon.
- Enigmatic Minion: None of Doom Raizers subordinates had any idea of what his plan was, but Springer could tell from reading their aura that they all hated him.
- Expy: Of Zorua and Zoroak in his battle form.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Friend is too strong of a word, but none of Doom Raizers subordinates liked him due to him having his own agenda.
- Hero Worship: He worships Dark Mist, the previous leader of the Tricksters, to the point of speaking of him as if he was a god. It is revealed in The Forgotten Darkness that Shade was actually handpicked by Dark Mist himself to destroy any Jakhowls that survive his final plan. Shade even rants that once his mission is complete he will become the second Dark Mist and continue his legacy. He is also enraged when Luna tells him she will make sure Dark Mist is only remembered as the dumbest Trickster ever whose stupidity almost killed both the Jakhowls and Tricksters.
- Know When To Fold Them: He cuts his losses when it becomes clear that the situation is not going in his favor. He also does this in The Forgotten Darkness when he warns that a shadow is coming to consume Equestria.
- Lack of Empathy: He doesnt care if his tricks get people hurt, as long as he gets a kick out of it.
- Last of His Kind: The Forgotten Darkness reveals that the Jackhowls, and the Tricksters were used in a sacrificial ritual to create the Alicorn Amulet. Shade was part of a contingency plan from Dark Mist to be the Sole Survivor should any of the Jackhowls remain.
- Self-Restraint: He has a way to break out of prison whenever he wants, but because he knows that a shadow is coming to consume the world, hes going to stay out of its way for now.
- Super Mode: Like all Tricksters, Shade has a "battle form" that is essentially what his adult form looks like that doubles his strength and power. He allowed himself to be subjected to Doom Raizer's experiments so he could have his battle form unlocked for him instead of doing it himself naturally.
- Vagueness Is Coming: His final line in The Forgotten Darkness is that a shadow is coming to consume Equestria, and that hes going to remain in prison for now, to stay out of its way.
- Villain: Exit, Stage Left: In his first two major appearances during "Dreams of a Jakhowl" and the Doom Raizer arc, he escapes even after he is defeated by Springer. His luck finally runs out in The Forgotten Darkness when he is once again defeated by Springer, but is captured and thrown in prison for his crimes. Though he claims he can escape whenever he wants he decides to stay so to stay out of the way of a greater evil for now.
A unicorn who terrorized a town at the edge of Equestria.
- Asshole Victim: He gets killed by his business associates before Flash and Cold can arrest him. Not that anypony would shed a tear over him though.
- Expy: Hes based off of Gato.
- Loophole Abuse: How he keeps Cold and Flash from arresting him.
- Sadistic Choice: He tries to get out of the mess with Cold and Flash "legally" by putting them and the entire village into one. He orders them all to sign documents that absolve him of all the crimes he has committed and force them to hand over their village and land to him, also making it so the Royal Knights can't arrest him. If they refuse to sign he'll blow up the bridge the town has been building with the paper bombs he planted on the support beams and have his thugs drop a child, Swift Growth, into the sea, making it so they can't save both of them at once. His plan fails when Cold Takes a Third Option, destroying the documents he tried to make them sign, freezing the support beams solid to render the paper bombs useless, and having Flash save Swift when he was dropped by the thugs.
- Villains Want Mercy: When his business associates activate a kill switch on him, he pleads for Cold and Flash to save him.
- Posthumous Character: They are all long dead now. They are mentioned several times by characters who knew them in the Present, but they only actually appear in flashbacks.
Grand Hoofs wife, and Doom Raziers mother.
- I'm Dying, Please Take My MacGuffin: She created the Celestic Gear, Light Bringer, and gave it to Grand Hoof on her death bed in the hopes that it would find a rightful wielder.
Doom Raizers wife and Lightning Blitzs mother.
A royal guard who found Cold Steel and brought him back to Canterlot.
The former leader of the Jakhowls.
- Deceased Parents Are the Best: Long before it was revealed that he was Springer's father, it was stated he was Princess Luna's partner and the former chief of the Jakhowls before they disappeared, with Luna and Ruby having nothing but praise to say about him. When it is revealed that Springer is his son, Flash is enthusiastic that Springer's dad was the head of all the Jakhowls and Springer asks Luna and Ruby if they can tell him more about him and Calm Paw someday.
- The Leader: He was the chief of the Jakhowls in the past.
The former leader of the Tricksters.
- Batman Gambit: He had anticipated that Sharp Paw would connect every Jackhowls aura together in their battle, and gave Vile Rune the signal to start the ritual.
- Blue and Orange Morality: He had a very warped sense of morality compared to the Jackhowls.
- Lack of Empathy: He didnt care that the battle would result in the extinction of his species, so long as the Jackhowls were gone.
- Pragmatic Villainy: He was more than willing to work with Vile Rune if it meant accomplishing his goals to eliminate the Jackhowls. He even lets a young Shade become part of a contingency plan should any of the Jackhowls survive.
- Taking You with Me: He figured that if taking out the Jackhowls meant taking out his own species, than so be it.
- Villainous Legacy: It is because of him that the Jakhowls are nearly extinct, with only Springer remaining. His contingency plan also made it so Shade would remain to kill any remaining Jakhowls and continue the Trickster legacy without him.
A unicorn who sought to overthrow the alicorns in the past.
- All for Nothing: He spent years researching for a way to surpass the power of the alicorns. When he created the Alicorn Amulet, which was the culmination of his research, he found out the hard way, that he was still no match for Luna.
- Ambition Is Evil: His ultimate goal was to overthrow the alicorns. It didnt work out, because the Alicorn Amulet was nowhere near powerful enough to allow him to defeat Luna.
- Antagonistic Offspring: Despite his fathers best efforts, he refused to back out of the path he went down, and continued studying dark magic.
- Lack of Empathy: He didnt care how many times his father tried to warn him of the consequences of his actions, as he continued committing crimes and studying dark magic to try to surpass the alicorns.
- Power Up Let Down: He created the Alicorn Amulet in the hopes that he could take on the alicorns. It didnt work, as Luna was still far more powerful than him, and easily wiped the floor with him.
- Villainous Legacy: The Alicorn Amulet was his creation, and Lightning Blitz eventually discovered it, and tried to use it to take over Equestria.