Note: Any tropes found here relating to canon characters are best considered as existing simultaneously with their in-show traits. The character pages for the Mane Six are already quite long and do not need to be reproduced.
The Royal Family
Regarding her evil counterpart's crimes as a personal affront, Equestria's noble alicorn ruler pledges to aid humanity take down the Solar Tyrant.
- Adaptational Badass: In the reboot, Princess Celestia is more competent and less prone to breakdowns, unlike the emotional wreck that she was in the original.
- A God I Am Not: Although the ponies regard her as such, Celestia makes no claim to being a goddess.
- Angst Nuke: Try Angst Tunguska when Celestia absorbs Marcus's memories, she's so horrified by what she sees that she flies to "Ponguska, Sibearia" and, following a rage-filled "Reason You Suck" Speech to her evil opposite, creates an explosion that results in a massive crater.
- This has the potential to happen again if she puts too much mental and physical stress on herself.
- Berserk Button: Don't abuse the word "harmony".
- Big Good: Naturally, as she's the ruler of Equestria and seen as the embodiment of goodness.
- Break the Badass: Marcus' memories, and literally everything to do with the war. So far, in her grief over what she's seen, she's destroyed a lake in the aforementioned Angst Nuke, and at least three mountains upon seeing the unfortunate fate of TCB Twilight.
- Determinator: While Marcus' memories are sapping her sanity and she's been under a lot of stress lately, she's very determined to fight.
- Deus Exit Machina: After the Scribe reveals that her soul didn't fully come together during the three tribes' epiphany on Hearth's Warming Eve, putting it in danger of fracturing under severe trauma, Celestia agrees to undergo a spiritual healing in preparation for the final battle.
- The Glomp: Gives both Marcus and Stephan a comforting bear hug when she sees just how traumatized they both have been by the war on a couple separate occasions.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: When she and Marcus link their minds together, she willingly takes in and endures everything there was to bear... until she sees that TCB Twilight and the other Elements took part. Then she wakes up from the mind link, screams bloody murder, and teleports right out of there. Fortunately, Luna and Cadance track her down and help her regain her bearings.Princess Celestia: You told the truth! My little ponies, they did that!?
- Then there's her reaction to the events of "For Whom The Bell Tolls", which leads to her blasting apart several mountains in anger.
- Grew Beyond Their Programming: If Discord is to be believed, she and Luna were only meant to move the sun and the moon, not to actually rule over the ponies. A Sun in Winter reveals that Sint Erklass intends for them to do precisely this, by teaching them how to rule and protect their kind.
- Heroic BSoD: Princess Celestia has one when she sees her counterpart's actions in Marcus's memories. Her reaction is... destructive.
- Light Is Good: As she is the Sun Princess and hasn't been corrupted by Tirek.
- Mama Bear: To her subjects, especially towards Luna, Cadance, and Twilight.
- My Greatest Failure: Carries a lot of emotional baggage from her long, long years of ruling the ponies, right down to the fact that she was not even supposed to be their ruler in the first place.
- Not So Stoic: Celestia in this story isn't quite as calm and collected as on the show (though it is somewhat justified by her not reacting well to seeing the horrors of the war and what her counterpart did to her subjects).
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Gives Marcus a chance to explain himself so as to understand what his issue is.
- She's Back: To being the way most ponies see her, in "Sons of Legacies, Part 3". See Took a Level in Badass.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Due to absorbing Marcus' memories. She hasn't taken them well, to say the least.
- Sweet Tooth: Especially pronounced in her childhood.
- Took a Level in Badass: Emotionally, in "Sons of Legacies, Part 3", she steps up to the plate and vows above all else to be the leader Equestria deserves.
- "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: Yes, the Princess widely regarded as ponykind's "mother" is one to her own "mother", the alicorn Faust. A perceived sense of Parental Favoritism is implied to play a major role in this, since while Discord was created by Faust herself, Celestia and Luna came much later from the mind of Faust's avatar, the Scribe.
- You Keep Using That Word: TCB Celestia claims that her xenocide of the humans is her way of spreading harmony, much to Prime Celestia's disgust.Princess Celestia: Don't even say the word harmony! What you're doing is nothing of the sort!
Queen Celestia: You poor thing. Has he really filled your mind with such delusion in so little time? They're just misguided, resisting because they don't know the harmony we can bring them.
Princess Celestia: (Royal Canterlot Voice activated) I SAID TO NOT ABUSE THAT WORD!
- You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: When pushed past her breaking point, she can and will make you utterly regret crossing her. It is further suggested that you not abuse the word "harmony" in her presence. It will end badly.
As Princess Celestia's younger sister, Luna is the first Prime Equestrian to be sent to Earth so they may forge an alliance.
- Bi the Way: When reminiscing about her past, it's stated she married three stallions during her pre-Nightmare Moon years, as well as had "flings" with both stallions and mares.
- Break the Badass: When she's forced to see the Potion Experiments.
- Dark Is Not Evil: As she's the Moon Alicorn Princess and is one of the good guys.
- Grew Beyond Their Programming: If Discord is to be believed, she and Celestia were only meant to move the sun and the moon, not to actually rule over the ponies. As revealed in A Sun in Winter, this was due to Sint Erklass' raising them to be such.
- Informed Attribute: The Scribe claims she is the more cool-headed of the Royal Sisters. Very little evidence is provided in the text to back up this statement.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Cadance, who is also her descendant.
- Kill Me Now, or Forever Stay Your Hand: She disproves Queen Celestia's lies to the PHL that she and Discord are the Tyrant's accomplices by willingly placing her forehead against the barrel of Kraber's magically enhanced firearm, which, even if it didn't kill her, would leave her with significant brain trauma.
- No Indoor Voice: Taken Up to Eleven when she announces to the resistance that she and Prime Equus are here to help them.
- Pragmatic Hero: She's well aware that Prime Catseye and her crew of "Loyalists" will try to screw everything up at some point, so she sends guards out to keep a close eye on her.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Shaping up to become one like her big sister.
- Despite her reservations about what Catseye and her followers might do, Luna is not willing to abuse her power to get rid of them beforehand. Part of it is that she does not want Catseye to become a martyr to anyone sharing similar anti-human views.
- The Sacred Darkness: Mixed with Dark Is Not Evil.
- Superpowered Evil Side: Nightmare Moon. Comes back in full force after she witnesses the memories of TCB Twilight's experiments on humans.
- Unstoppable Rage: After fishing around in TCB Twilight's mind to get information and witnessing how the TCB Elements were corrupted and how the ponification potion was developed, Luna flies into this and transforms into Nightmare Moon.
Celestia's niece (and Luna's descendant) and Twilight's old foalsitter, Cadance is the latest alicorn princess to emerge in Equestria.
- Actually Pretty Funny: Despite Cadance's hatred of Queen Chrysalis, she can't help but laugh at the latter's remark on how Trixie is as much Stephan's maiden as his horse.
- Bait-and-Switch:Cadance: (to Chrysalis) "Don't call me Candy, you fiend. I haven't forgotten how you tied me in a bundle and let your drones have their way with me."(Look under Berserk Button to learn what actually happened.)
- Berserk Button: She can't stand being called "Candy" ever since Chrysalis tormented her by turning her horn into a stick of candy for the drones to feed on.
- Comes Great Responsibility: Is still trying to get accustomed to her new responsibilities as the newest alicorn princess.
- Happily Married: With Shining Armor, which makes their counterparts' situation all the more gut-wrenching.
- The Heart: For the Princesses, she is the emotional center. It fits her as the Princess of Love.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Luna, who is also her ancestor.
- Naïve Newcomer: Apart from still getting acclimated to what it means to be an immortal, Cadance also stands in for the audience when Celestia first tells the story of Faust and Tirek.
- Rightful King Returns: To the Crystal Empire.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: She's genuinely afraid of the fact that she's going to outlive everyone she's ever cared for.
Twilight Sparkle's older brother and the commander of Equestria's armed forces.
- Cool Big Bro: For Twilight Sparkle. She adores and looks up to him greatly.
- Happily Married: With Cadance.
- Suddenly SHOUTING!: The usually even-mannered Shining gets really angry when Icewind mouths off to him.
A pegasus stallion, lieutenant in the Royal Guard, husband to Aquamarine Glimmer and father of Comet Tail. He's not at all happy to find out about his family's counterparts' fates.
- Action Dad: He's a Royal Guard and a father on top of that.
- Adult Fear: Imagine losing control of your own thoughts, compelled to become an unquestioning soldier for a mad tyrant at the cost of driving your family away and forcing your spouse and young daughter into becoming soldiers and killers. As a result, Gale is in a lot of emotional pain.
- Establishing Character Moment: Firmly sets himself as a Papa Wolf when he rants about Queen Celestia's genocidal war pushing TCB Comet into a soldier's life - the last thing he'd want his beloved daughter to be.
- Future Me Scares Me: All he knows about his counterpart's fate is that he is under the control of a geas, which made TCB Gale drive his family away.
- Good Parents: He loves his daughter dearly and just wants her to be safe and happy.
- Happily Married: To Aquamarine.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Of a sort. Kizuna Tallis fantasy cast Misha Collins as Gale's voice actor and Gale's design (second-last) does bear some resemblance to Collins (mostly how his mane is styled).
- Papa Wolf: In his first appearance in the main story chapter "Training Days: First Month", he goes off on an angered rant stating he would rip Queen Celestia to shreds himself for pushing TCB Comet Tail into the life of a soldier, and does not want his own daughter to go through the same.
People of Equestria
- Action Girls: Downplayed. While they've gone through plenty of adventures and are a bit tougher than the usual pony, it's clear they were only able to subdue a rampaging Marcus at first by nothing but sheer luck, plus incredible determination and resourcefulness on Twilight's part. The "Sons of Legacies" arc also shows they're still pretty innocent and uncomfortable with the idea of killing. Learning to let this go is part of their training to become true soldiers.
- Beware the Nice Ones: All of them, but Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy are especially determined to do whatever it takes to defeat their counterparts and help humanity in the Calm Before the Storm side-story. Justified because it hit their Berserk Buttons, Fluttershy's being her anger at the existence of that kind of cruelty, Twilight's at how the Newfoals are destroying history and knowledge, and Pinkie Pie's her horror and outrage at how the Newfoals just have this hollow happiness forced inside them.
- Break the Cutie: All of them go through this in varying degrees.
- Nice Girls: Which Marcus is rather surprised to find out, considering what their TCB versions are like.
- Out of Focus: Disappeared from the story for quite a while as Marcus was making his way to Canterlot Castle. They reappear in the "Sons of Legacies'' arc to begin their training.
- Took a Level in Badass: What they plan to do by training with Stephan.
- Training from Hell: Willingly undergo this (physical and magical training) to become more efficient fighters.
- Berserk Button: Do NOT call her stupid.
- Deconstruction: In-Universe, Twilight provides Spectrum's famous scientific rant on why Equestria manifesting in the middle of one of Earth's oceans would be impossible.
- Heroic BSoD: Gets more than one of these throughout the story, but most especially when Marcus first tells her about what Queen Celestia is doing to the humans and when she finds out what TCB Spike went through.
- Interspecies Friendship: Develops one with Dr. Grimnebulin due to their similar thirsts for knowledge and discovery.
- The Leader: Within the Element Bearers, Twilight is considered their unofficial ringleader.
- Mama Bear: For Spike. She is utterly enraged and horrified when she sees his TCB counterpart horribly injured from being extensively tortured by the Imperials.
- The Smart Guy: Aside from her magical knowledge, Twilight also becomes inspired to study the Elements of Harmony themselves to figure out what makes them tick.
- Suddenly SHOUTING!
- First happens when she demands that Dr. Grimnebulin tells her about the source of TCB Spike's horrific condition.
- She gets into this mode again when she gets vocally fed up with Stephan's domineering attitude when he demands to know why she's wasting time on studying the Elements' properties.
- Badass Normal: Being an Earth Pony qualifies her as this.
- The Big Guy: Shares this role with Rainbow Dash.
- Knight In Sour Armor: But not too sour.
- Living Lie Detector: Being the Element of Honesty helps her pick up well when someone's fibbing.
- Took a Level in Cynic: Learning of mankind's dangerous world and the brutality of the war in general has rubbed off on her quite badly. She even suggests it may be a good idea to give the Prime Equestrians a right to bear arms.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Rarity.
- The Big Guy: Shares this role with Applejack.
- Butt-Monkey: Rainbow's sustained the most injuries in her circle of friends, and they're not Amusing Injuries either.
- Daddy's Girl: It's stated she has a close relationship with her father Prism Flash.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Admits that she can be a jerk at times, much to Marcus' shock.
- Leeroy Jenkins: She blindly rushed to attack TCB Trixie and it bites her in the ass very hard.
- Big Sister Worship: For her sister Maud.
- Break the Cutie: Hit harder by it than any of her friends. Much as Princess Celestia's ethereal hair turned pink, Pinkie's mane has gone flat for a while now.
- Odd Friendship: Develops one with Kraber. For perspective, her counterpart ponified his wife and children.
- The Pollyanna: Added Stepford Smiler tendencies in the wake of trauma aside, you can't quite get Pinkie Pie's bipolar nature down; she's still the most prone to silliness of the Mane Six.
- The Heart: Spectrum's Rarity is even more of a Heart than Fluttershy is, expressing views on the opposite side of the fence from Applejack's about The Power of Trust.
- I Know Karate: As a result of her Training from Hell, she becomes more willing to get her hooves dirty.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: After Stephan's abduction by Short Fuse, Rarity spends a lot of time being her usual fretful self, but when the moment comes to fight, she's actually quite frightening.
- Silk Hiding Steel: She's the first of the Bearers given a chance to prove her combat skills when she encounters Caballeron's gang.
- Sherlock Scan: Performs one early in the story to explain how Marcus ingrained his runes into his body. Complete with deerstalker hat, no less!
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Applejack.
- What Does She See in Him?: Wonders aloud, to Minus' face, why the other mare would marry Short Fuse. Minus patiently explains that it's a long story.
- Apologetic Attacker: It's Fluttershy, of course she's this while fighting Caballeron's gang! Although, she does crack a smile at finally avenging herself on some bullies.
- The Chick: Amongst the Bearers, Fluttershy fits this role the best.
- Friend to All Living Things: Aside from her love of animals, Fluttershy is utterly disgusted with the flagrant disregard for life the Empire has, and during a debate with Weaver, she also handily points out that humanity's warlike culture is the result of living on a much harsher and inhospitable world without the direct guidance and protection of a higher benevolent being.
- The Heart: Naturally. She's kind, gentle and empathetic to all living beings.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: Fluttershy's response at seeing the crimes committed by the Solar Empire isn't to curl up and die..."We're going to try and understand what we're fighting for," Fluttershy said with a determined tone. It was so rare to see her like this, but at the same time, it wasn't shocking.
- Nature Is Not Nice: But she can live with that.
A mint-green unicorn living in Ponyville, with a strange fixation on mythological beings known as humans...
- Break the Cutie: Not only does her discovery of what's happening to Marcus's homeworld and her counterpart's death shake her up, there's also realizing how close she could've come to being an Unwitting Instigator of Doom like her TCB counterpart.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: She's hinted to be nearly as gifted as Twilight, but would much rather sleep in late, settle down with her villager girlfriend and pursue fantasies about humans than do any "serious" studying. Yet ironically, the reason she never rose to the same heights as her counterpart is that she chose to practice for the Canterlot Royal Orchestra, whereas TCB Lyra slacked off and went scuba-diving.
- Childhood Friends: With Twilight.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Downplayed, but it's there alright.
- The Cloud Cuckoo Lander Was Right: Yep, humans are real. And now Equestria has to go to war with its dark twin.
- Covert Pervert: One of her first thoughts upon seeing Marcus' hands is imagining what she could do to Bon-Bon with such limbs.
- Dare to Be Badass: This quote from her inner narration in Calm Before the Storm says it all:Lyra could never live up to the uptime version of herself. She could never bring two worlds together single-hoofedly, but by Celestia she was going to try.
- Dramatic Irony: The one time she chose not to be a lazy bum really made all the difference.
- For Want of a Nail: Her life is rather different from her TCB counterpart's. For one thing, she never went on a scuba-diving trip to the Galloping Sea...
- Morality Chain: When Marcus first arrives in Prime Equestria, her presence keeps him in check long enough for him to give the Mane Six a chance. It isn't completely effective, since Marcus temporarily discards her upon realizing she isn't the Lyra he knew, but it's the first step towards Prime Equestria coming to Earth's aid.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Or rather, "My God, what did I almost do?" upon learning that her TCB counterpart unearthed the Bag of Tirek.
- Nice Girl: One of the kindest characters in the setting.
- Plucky Comic Relief: She isn't the most sensible of mares, though she does have her more serious moments.
- The Pollyanna: Initially.
- Sixth Ranger: To the prime Elements of Harmony.
- Training from Hell: Willingly undergoes this under Stephan's tutelage to help humanity.
One of Ponyville's Forest Rangers, Daring Do's first sidekick and an acquaintance of Fluttershy's.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Vocally defied by her, though it may be played straighter than she'd care to admit. Minus isn't blind to Short Fuse's flaws, and it took them six years to marry. When Rarity questions this, Minus acknowledges she's got a strange home life, yet she believes that Fuse's qualities as a husband just about exceed his character deficiencies.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Is a nice and amiable forest ranger, but don't cross her. Caballeron's gang learned that the hard way.
- Birth/Death Juxtaposition: Of a sort. When she discusses her future baby with Fuse, neither of them know of Berry's tragic death yet. As their conversation broaches what name to give the child if it's a girl, chances are they'd go on to call her "Berry".
- Dating Catwoman: She's the sympathetic wife of the antagonistic Short Fuse.
- Forgot the Call: Subverted. One of Caballeron's gangsters makes the mistake of assuming that after Fuse unintentionally stole her memory, he kidnapped her and "turned her into a lovely housewife". As it happens, Minus does know about their past, even if she can't remember everything, and she's still more than capable of Good Old Fisticuffs.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Compared with Fuse, by definition, though little suggests she's that much smaller than the average pony.
- In Harm's Way: Minus is a thrill junkie, which goes some way to explaining her attraction towards Fuse's hot-headedness.
- Morality Pet: To her husband.
- Nice Girl: She acts very polite and amiable around Fluttershy and Rarity (even when the latter is criticizing her marital choices), and must possess an almost saintly patience for dealing with someone like Fuse.
- No Accounting for Taste: Her husband Short Fuse isn't exactly the most likable pony, but she loves him all the same.
- Pintsized Power House: A short and petite pony... who is also a former sidekick of Daring Do's.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers a short yet scathing one to Queen Chrysalis, pointing out that the Changelings' amnesty by the new Equestrian government is due to convenience, and that if the circumstances were different, her husband instead could have been one of humanity's shadier allies against the Tyrant.
- Retired Badass: Who'd have thought a Ponyville resident would own legitimate badass credentials as a former Daring Do sidekick?
- Seen It All: Neither the humans nor anything else weird surrounding Ponyville fazes her.
- Workaholic: Apparently prefers a good evening's relaxation to a full two weeks' holiday.
A young mare running a teashop in Canterlot. She is an old friend of Icewind from his schooldays, and through her father Captain Green Fields has certain connections with the Royal Guard.
- Ascended Extra: First mentioned in "The Answer: Part 2". Even then it's her Solar Empire counterpart.
- Childhood Friend Romance: Subverted with Icewind. He does think of her as elegant and attractive, but finds her too well-mannered to be an enduring romantic interest. Played straight in regards to Winter Truce, but it's also something of an on-again-off-again kind of situation.
- Southern Belle: Fits the bill, given her father's status as a senior Royal Guard. Given what we see of him previously, it's not unlikely that her family owns a plantation as well.
- Spoiled Sweet: Comes from a rich family but is one of the sweetest characters to be seen in Spectrum so far.
- Spot of Tea: Her talent is this, as evident from her teashop.
On Equus Prime, Trixie is one of the few ponies whose life hasn't gone that much better than her counterpart's.
- Break the Haughty: Not quite, though halfway there. She's appropriately humble without being overly grovelling around Princess Luna, however.
- Comically Missing the Point: When Luna buckles down to provide a (half-true) explanation of what's been going on with her counterpart, Trixie's first reaction manifests as delighted astoundment that she has a boyfriend, although this is more of a coping mechanism.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: Certainly not to begin with, as she gets simply holed down in the Canterlot Dungeons for her attempted theft of the Alicorn Amulet. Later on, Luna takes Trixie under her wing as her personal student, provided she stay in line.
- Dare to Be Badass: Upon accepting Luna's offer to be her Personal Student, Trixie requests that she may also learn from her counterpart. Luna, painfully aware of the state the Blue Spy is in, grudgingly agrees.
- The Fall Guy: After TCB Trixie murdered Berry Punch while under brainwashing, the Alliance planned to pin the blame on Prime Trixie by passing her off as a Loyalist. In the end, they decide not to go through with it.
- In Spite of a Nail: In one version of the chapter where Trixie is invited to be Luna's Student, her new cellmate is Starlight Glimmer.
- It's All About Me: This is Trixie, what did you expect? Although, once Luna has offered her the chance to study as the Night Princess's Student, Trixie shows concern for what'll become of Luna in the war.
- Locked in the Dungeon: Her first appearance in the story is as a prisoner of the Canterlot Dungeons for her attempted theft of the Alicorn Amulet.
- Reality Ensues: In this Equestria, Trixie's schemes upon the Alicorn Amulet end up getting her arrested and sent to prison. Even if Amethyst hadn't warned the PHL as to the location of the Amulet she created, thus inadvertently driving Trixie to attempt stealing it in a fit of rage, the conscious intent to wield a powerful and dangerous magical object for personal gain would warrant some jailtime.
- Third-Person Person: Unlike her TCB counterpart, Trixie hasn't dropped this tic.
- Unwitting Pawn: Nearly gets turned into one for the Alliance. Luna feels considerable guilt over it.
A unicorn mare from Baltimare who is none-too-thrilled with her TCB counterpart's fate.
- Future Me Scares Me: She is more than just a little unnerved at seeing her counterpart in battle and is especially not thrilled with how Uptime Aqua let her Comet become a Child Soldier.
- Good Parents: All she wants is for her daughter to be safe and protected. She also notes wanting to give TCB Comet Tail a comforting hug for everything she's gone through.
- Happily Married: To Gale, which makes their counterparts' situation all the more heartbreaking.
- Mama Bear: She's utterly appalled when she sees TCB Comet fighting on the frontlines and absolutely will not let her own daughter become the same.
- Meaningful Name: Moreso than her counterpart. Her name is related to jewelry and it's stated Aquamarine had a job as a jeweler, though she's had to temporarily change occupations for the war effort (in this case, enchanting crystals and gems for the PHL's weapons).
- Shipper on Deck: A mild one for Comet and Frost Wind.
A pegasus filly, daughter of Gale and Aquamarine Glimmer. She takes humanity's arrival well, absorbing their culture and art with gusto, but also starts getting some bad ideas about her counterpart's life.
- Adorkable: Gets quite hyper when she geeks out over things she likes.
- Break the Cutie: A mild case occurs when she sees the "Dispatches" and "Broken Mirror" sections of the human culture exhibition.
- Cheerful Child: In stark contrast to her TCB counterpart, Prime Comet is more or less a normal and well adjusted little girl who dearly loves her family, especially her father (whereas TCB Comet disowned her own out of anger and bitterness).
- Daddy's Girl: She adores her father and he adores her right back. It's pretty cruelly ironic considering her counterpart angrily disowned her own father.
- Fangirl: Becomes a huge fan of all kinds of human music and movies.
- Future Me Scares Me: Inverted. She sees her counterpart as a brave and badass hero, much to her parents' horror.
- Nice Girl: She's a sweet and kind-hearted filly who loves her family and friends.
- Puppy Love: She and Frost Wind show shades of this when they meet for the first time.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: With Frost; she's much more outgoing and extroverted compared to him.
A kind pegasus mare, she is the mother of both Winter and Frost and the aunt of Stellar.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Aquamarine and Gale. Interestingly Played With, as she's not much older than either of them, and her oldest son is already in the Royal Guard.
- Good Parents: To both Winter and Frost.
- Nice Girl: A sweet, friendly and personable mare who gets along quite easily with everyone.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Her speech on the "Dispatches" section of the human culture exhibit is considered to be very jarring to say the least.
- Shipper on Deck: Wholeheartedly supports Comet and Frost's blossoming friendship.
- Shout-Out: She's a grown-up version of Snowdrop, who still has her eyesight.
A little pegasus colt, brother of Winter Truce and cousin of Stellar Wind. He's rather shy, but that doesn't stop him from making a new friend in Comet.
- Adorkable: He's very shy and meek, but can get quite sweet when he comes out of his shell.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Downplayed. His shyness is a source of annoyance for Winter, but Frost himself never goes out of his way to make his brother's life miserable.
- Cheerful Child: When he lets loose, that is.
- Family Theme Naming: Like his brother and mother, his name is related to wintertime.
- Fanboy: For Sint Erklass. He's well on the way to becoming a Disney fanboy as well.
- Irony: Wonders how any pony could continue staying in the Solar Empire when his own counterpart is still stuck there. In fairness, a small colt wouldn't be able to make it far anyway.
- Nice Guy: Shyness aside, he's a sweet little colt.
- Puppy Love: With Comet Tail.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: With Comet; he's quieter, more introverted and rather shy compared to her.
- Shrinking Violet: He does learn to come out of his shell with Comet's help.
Loyalist ConspiracyNot everypony in Prime Equestria is eager to help mankind in its time of need, hence certain Equestrians band together to undermine the war effort and pave the way for the Empire to "liberate" them from what they see as Nightmare Moon's takeover attempt.
- Anti-Villain: Frankly, many of them qualify. Though petty prejudice is involved, the group is largely motivated by concern for their countrymen and loved ones.
- Five-Man Band:
- Not So Different: For better or for worse, their actions can be read as toned-down versions of the I Did What I Had to Do behavior displayed by the story's other resistance factions (PHL, HLF and Equestrian Resistance).
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: A splinter faction of the group succeeds in kidnapping Stephan Bauer.
- Quirky Miniboss Squad: Originating as they do from the more "innocent" Prime Equus, the Loyalists' narrative purpose is to be antagonistic enough for the heroes to lay a smackdown upon and sympathetic enough to be treated less harshly than the Solar Empire (which in this series is relatively speaking, but still). Plus, their presence introduces conflict into the Training Days Arc while the Alliance is still busy preparing to attack the Solar Empire.
- Villain Has a Point: Icewind and Exit Strategy are prone to moments of this, whatever their own sins.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Catseye and her followers believe they're Defectors From Decadence squaring off against a coup staged by Princess Luna/Nightmare Moon; the reality is rather different.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: They're really not the heroic resistance they think they are nor are they really as effective as they like to think themselves to be.
The Prime Equestria counterpart of one of the PER's founding members, Catseye is a unicorn historian with a rather, let's say, "revisionist" approach to ponies' and humans' shared history. Not many people like her, but she does have followers.
- Absolute Xenophobe: Aside from her hateful views on humans, she doesn't have a high opinion of the other races on Equus, especially the griffons and dragons.
- Ad Hominem: She calls TCB Lyra an "indolent little pervert" and several other insults when the latter's spirit comes to her in a dream and tries to make her see reason. Lyra just shakes them off.
- Arc Villain: Plays an instrumental role as an antagonist in the "Training Days" arc, seeking to undermine the heroes' efforts as they prepare for the assault on the Solar Empire.
- Boomerang Bigot: Catseye's prejudices extend to half-pony hybrids of other species, when she herself is a half-pony hybrid. She also hates that part of herself, taking great measures to keep her heritage hidden to pass off as a pure unicorn.
- Expy: Modeled in looks after Chatoyance's pony avatar.
- Everyone Has Standards: With shades of Noble Demon thrown in. Catseye may be fully supportive of mankind's forced conversion, but the idea of actually killing humans, or taking one hostage, makes her flinch.
- Fantastic Racism: She believes only ponies are truly pure and good, and isn't a fan of "multiculturalism".
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Wears glasses and is a hardline xenophobe who is unsympathetic to the plight of the humans.
- Freudian Excuse: Being a hybrid, she led a rather troubled childhood brought on by some Half-Breed Discrimination.
- The Idealist: In spite of her childhood experiences, Catseye clings to the idea that ponies are fundamentally more worthy than other races and hopes to win acceptance by promoting this worldview.
- The Kirk: To Icewind's McCoy and Exit Strategy's Spock.
- Best exemplified once Stephan is taken hostage by Short Fuse. Strategy argues for the coldly-logical option of pushing all responsibility onto Fuse, but Catseye, who's debating over which course of action to take, realizes that Icewind's sense of loyalty would oppose this idea.
- The Leader: Assumes the role of an activist leader, with varying degrees of confidence or success.
- Light Is Not Good: Her coat color is white. However, Word of God states that she dyes her coat to hide her half-pony heritage.
- Pass Fail: She's a half-pony/half-zebra hybrid who dyes her coat to appear as a pureblooded unicorn.
- The Rival: To Lyra in their college days. The resentment isn't completely unjustified, though, since Lyra was a wealthy slacker, while Catseye had no choice but to work hard to make it somewhere in life.
- Rousing Speech: Makes a pretty effective one during the first Loyalist meeting.
- Sadistic Choice: Between supporting Short Fuse's kidnapping of Stephan, or leaving him at the PHL's tender mercies.
- Sympathy for the Hero: During the aforementioned dream, she shows signs of feeling bad about the Dream-Reitman's abuse of the Dream-Lyra... which is then subverted after she accuses Lyra of using the death of her parents for self-righteous justification. And promptly double subverted thanks to hints she has doubts about Reitman's character.
- Take That!: To Chatoyance yet again. Her physical appearance is a dead ringer for Chat's unicorn avatar on Fimfiction, and Luna's summary of Catseye's work is this to Chatoyance's writings.Luna: I've read her work, and I am frankly unimpressed with how one-sided she is in her approach, research and confusion of fact with opinion... her theories are the worst kind of popular hype, her methods are sloppy and her conclusions highly questionable... as are her embarrassingly childish responses to criticism.
- The fact she's a hybrid who hates her heritage and takes great measures to deny and hide it is a not-so-subtle reference to Chatoyance being a transwoman with a reputation for coming off as rather misandric.
- Unholy Matrimony: With Icewind. She's initially hesitant for fear of him discovering her half-pony nature, but goes for it after the first Loyalist meeting proves a stirring success.
- Unwitting Pawn: To the Solar Tyrant, who's operating in Prime Equestria through Weaver.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She is at least convinced she's one.
A pegasus who resigns from the Royal Guard after Prime Equestria and the other nations of Equus side with mankind, believing his country to have fallen under the sway of monsters.
- Affably Evil: His scene with Chamomile Brew shows that apart from his beliefs, Icewind is very well mannered, if a bit brash.
- Defector from Decadence: His belief that he is one serves as his primary motivation.
- FaceHeel Turn: Unwisely performs it in public, alerting Luna to the possible threat he and other like-minded individuals pose.
- Fantastic Racism: Towards humans, griffons and Changelings in particular. It's probably best to label him as a pony supremacist.
- Future Loser: Vinyl claims that she killed his TCB counterpart before she ever became an actual soldier.
- Hidden Depths: His scene with Chamomile shows that far from being a diabolical villain, he's still a polite and friendly stallion apart from his beliefs against humanity.
- Insane Troll Logic: His reasons for resigning from the Guard don't count (see Villain Has a Point), but his conclusion that humans haven't killed each other off yet due to being too busy feasting on other races does. Even Catseye privately remarks that it's a sweeping generalization.
- Insignia Rip-Off Ritual: Shining Armor orders him to do a self-imposed variation on this by removing his whole uniform. He willingly obliges.
- Manipulative Bastard: Covertly manipulates the emotions of his schooltime friend Chamomile Brew, causing her to worry over their mutual friend (and in Chamomile's case, love interest) Winter Truce. It's hinted that Icewind is trying to sway Chamomile and Winter's loyalty to the Loyalists'/Solar Empire's cause.
- The McCoy: To Catseye's Kirk and Exit Strategy's Spock.
- Number Two: To Catseye.
- Pet the Dog: Word of God states that his affection for Catseye is genuine.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: His talk with Chamomile hints that the Changelings' invasion of Canterlot had a pretty bad effect on him. Confirmed by Word of God.
- Unholy Matrimony: Doesn't take long before he starts flirting with Catseye.
- Villain Has a Point: Icewind's conviction is greatly helped by being partially based on legitimate points. For one thing, humans are a warlike species, many of the races that Prime Equestria is allying with have shown less-than-friendly intentions in the past, and it is suspicious for Princess Celestia to retreat from the public eye not long after the humans arrive.
- Villainous Valor: The guy's alignment may be misplaced, but talking back to a pony as intimidating as Princess Luna is a sure sign of courage.
- Villainous Virtues: Loyalty.
- Villains Out Shopping: "Woven Within Details" shows him visiting a schooltime friend's teashop in Canterlot.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: What he does, he does in the name of Celestia, one version of which is a xenocidal maniac, while the other was unavailable to contradict him at the time.
One of the few dissenting Royal Guards who chooses not to openly defect, Strategy is an intelligent unicorn who offers the Loyalists some troubling insight on human history.
- Hidden Depths: It would seem she's interested in zebra culture, having served as a bodyguard for Equestria's ambassador to one of the zebra tribes.
- Keeping the Enemy Close: How she operates and explains her analysis of humanity.
- The Mole: She's a Royal Guard training under Major Bauer while serving as a Loyalist informant.
- Moral Myopia: After being introduced delivering a lengthy diatribe about human crimes and hypocrisy, Strategy's next appearance has her advise Catseye to either support taking a hostage, or leave another pony in the hands of the humans. However, this could also be read as a Not So Different moment to the PHL, who've been driven to Shoot the Dog due to Sadistic Choices several times.
- Ms. Exposition: Weaver counsels her to visit New New York's greatest library and do research on humans that way, hence giving the Loyalists a means to know more about Earth than they would otherwise.
- The Profiler: Strategy breaks down human history and culture piece by piece. Cue several paragraphs on why she thinks all of mankind, without exception, sucks.
- The Smart Guy: Very well-read for a low-ranking corporal.
- The Spock: She puts on a facade of cool emotional detachment, which comes close to slipping at times.
- Warts and All: While her arguments are, unsurprisingly, biased to paint humanity in a negative light, they are equally based on hard, solid fact. Notable instances include Mahatma Gandhi condoning rape, and the Moon Landing occurring at a time the world felt threatened by nuclear armageddon.VoxAdam: I wanted Strategy to provide more reason to condemn us than generic "they are not very nice" arguments, thus I did a lot of my own research to dissect the achievements that we as a species commonly pride ourselves in. Gandhi's and Mother Teresa's unsavoury statements? Christopher Columbus's responsibility for the destruction of the Taino people? The Space Race being motivated by the competition of the United States of America and the Soviet Union? All of it is true. Obviously it isn't the whole truth. But then, neither is the "nice" side, the side which most people prefer to remember.
- Wicked Cultured: She's one of the bad guys, and has interest in studying other cultures.
Ponyville's burly and thuggish earth pony brickmaker, who's set on causing trouble for the PHL and their allies.
- The Brute: Was a former criminal and is the strong guy of the Loyalists.
- Everyone Has Standards: Fuse is appalled by his old gang's plan to cut up the tatzlwurm-incapacitated Discord for drug ingredients, compounded by their Only in It for the Money attitude toward the humans' presence on Equestrian soil.
- In a weird way, one could interpret his perspective on humanity as this, since as a pony from the harsher world outside Equestria, he's got more awareness than the other Loyalists about how sheltered the country truly is.
- Family Values Villain: Claims to be a family stallion whose wife keeps him grounded.
- Defecting for Love: Starting with a dash of My God, What Have I Done?, Fuse left Caballeron's gang after Minus sustained an amnesia-inducing blow to the head at his hooves, something he felt terribly guilty about.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Catseye, Icewind and Strategy don't have a very high opinion of him.
- Humiliation Conga: Once he's captured Stephan, from that point onward, hardly anything else goes right for this guy.
- Hypocrite: Fuse chastises Icewind for his conspicuous behavior in talking back to Luna, then goes on to kidnap Stephan, a high-ranking human soldier.
- Immigrant Patriotism: He wasn't born or raised in Equestria, yet he's fiercely protective of the place.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: The Loyalists' meeting almost goes awry when he causes friction by insulting Icewind, a former Royal Guard. Still, once Catseye manages to defuse the situation, he is the first to make peace and breaks off the Death Glare he had going with Iceland.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Amongst other things, losing part of his memory thanks to Weaver's tricks is belated karma for what he did to Minus, though in fairness, she is aware of their history and he worked to compensate for his actions.
- Locked in the Dungeon: He's been there, and even for Prime Equestria, he doesn't remember it as a pleasant experience.
- And then his former gangmates lock him inside his own kiln once he's no longer useful to them. It's a bit of Laser-Guided Karma, too, as the kiln was previously stated to be his favorite place in the brickyard.
- Love Redeems: Played With. This being Equestria, he is quite likely Happily Married and less of a nuisance than he used to be. But when the humans and their pony allies arrive on the scene, his idea of dealing with them has all the subtlety of a sledgehammer to the skull.
- Lower-Class Lout: Purposefully downplayed according to Word Of Vox to avoid Unfortunate Implications. He's smart enough to know Equestria's laws (thanks to his own brushes with it) and thus realizes that the Loyalists could be seen as traitors to the Crown, and manages to ambush a skilled human combatant using stolen knockout gas. That said, Fuse does fit the archetype of the prejudiced hick who regards any kind of change with open suspicion and hostility in many respects.
- Meaningful Name: As is the norm for ponies, though it's actually kept willingly subdued in his case, having earned a criminal record out of it.
- Actually turns out to be subverted, since his native name is apparently along the lines of "The Candle That Burns Half as Bright".
- Papa Wolf: Hardly the most sympathetic example from the audience's perspective, yet he's obviously dismayed at seeing Stephan and Trixie (two hardened killers) close to the Cutie Mark Crusaders.
- Pet the Dog: His interaction with Blackberry counts, as he warns the young doctor that actual risk-taking and a gangster's lifestyle isn't the same as in the books. And then there's his love for his wife.
- Retired Outlaw: He's a former member of Doctor Caballeron's gang.
- Right Hand vs. Left Hand: Fuse's successfully pulled-off plan to capture Major Bauer may have gone down better with Catseye if only he'd thought to tell her first.
- Sitcom Archnemesis: By the standards of the brutal Spectrumverse, he doesn't really rise above this status towards humanity, though it's also tied in with a Not-So-Harmless Villain moment at Stephan's expense.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: Learning from Minus that she's pregnant. Though saddened at the thought he won't see his wife for a while, Fuse remains hopeful he'll get released early enough to watch his child grow.
- Token Evil Teammate: Probably the Loyalist one could most straightforwardly label as a petty thug. Even then, the Well-Intentioned Extremist aspect is still in play.
- Would Hit a Girl: His own wife, which should perhaps come as no surprise, except... this was actually long before they got married, and there's no sign he's done it again since. For added context; Fuse used to be a henchman of Doctor Caballeron's, while Minus was Daring Do's first sidekick, so landing a punch on her meant striking a capable opponent and had nothing to do with misogyny.
Though she's yet to wash off the stain of being Ponyville's local drunk, Berry Punch tries hard to do what's right for her daughter.
- The Alcoholic: Trying very hard not to be, going so far as to drink berry juice rather than cider, even at a tavern.
- A bit of Fridge Horror kicks in when you remember her counterpart thanked the Newfoals for helping with her overcoming her drinking problem. This is a younger Berry Punch, and she will probably fall into this pattern again, unless she finds the right kind of help.
- The Complainer Is Always Wrong: Catseye sure thinks so.
- Connected All Along: She is Cheerilee's sister. The audience don't find this out until the chapter in which she gets killed.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Not as level-headed as her sister, although Berry apparently did have the good sense to drop Ruby off at Cheerilee's whenever she was in a bad state. Then the discovery that Cheerilee's counterpart had close ties with humanity complicated matters...
- Killed Off for Real: Ends up getting killed in "Only Human" when her paranoia lands her in the crosshairs of the Blue Spy's rampage and the PHL's attempts to defuse the situation.
- Mama Bear: The moment the Spy directly threatens to kill Ruby, all of Berry's meekness melts away. It works for long enough to free her daughter from the attacker's clutches...
- My Beloved Smother: She just wants to protect Ruby from harm. However, her somewhat paranoid nature causes her to fall in with the wrong people.
- Peer Pressure Makes You Evil: In spite of everything, she ends up going along with the Loyalists.
- Shrinking Violet: Rather weak-willed and shy, until her daughter is threatened...
- Token Good Teammate: Well, it may be a stretch to call the Loyalists "evil" so much as "misguided", but Berry is the one to raise the most objections during their meeting, and she's more uncertain and intimidated than outright bigoted against humans.Berry: All this talk about how evil the humans are... you're kind of scaring me.
- This is interesting given how quickly TCB Berry fell headfirst into Holier Than Thou Blind Obedience. However, it is also implied that she might have had a visit to a re-education center.
One of the smarter and more artistically-inclined Loyalists.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: A minor example, wherever his synaesthesia is concerned. On the other hand, there are things he sees a lot more clearly than most.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: Noteworthy is generally a Non-Action Guy, but as said below...
- Musical Powerup: ... hearing music fills him with determination.
- Nice Guy: For the most part, Noteworthy acts very polite and patient towards most people, even when he's under pressure.
- Stiff Upper Lip: It requires a lot to truly rattle him.
- Tastes Like Purple: He has a magical form of synaesthesia which cause him to interpret certain sounds and emotions as colors, or colors as sounds.
- Theater: His exact job description isn't stated, but he's said to do work involving the stage.
- Threat Backfire: The effect of Discord's horrific lightshow in New New York on him. Instead of being persuaded of the Empire's evil, Noteworthy is left unimpressed by the ostentatiousness of it all and comes to suspect the humans are trying too hard because they have something to hide.
A young medical student who joins the Loyalists, essentially just because.
- Ambiguously Gay: Though this character's orientation is never important to the story, Short Fuse thinks of him as a "nancy colt".
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: While not all that down-to-earth, he's apparently pretty good at his chosen studies in medicine.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: During the Loyalists' first meeting, few of the questions he ask have much practical value, focusing on issues such as what the group should call themselves.
- HeelFace Turn: After being shown kindness from the PHL member who captures him.
- Rebel Without a Cause: He doesn't seem very hostile towards mankind, yet nor does he give off the impression of being so aware of the situation as a whole.
- Spear Counterpart: In name and general behavior towards Pinkie Pie, per Word of Vox.
- Tag Along Kid: How the Loyalists treat him, the Running Gag being that he's a young adult studying for a medical agree, yet somewhat childish in his attitudes.
- Token Good Teammate: Isn't really a hateful person, and quickly changed his tune on humans after getting to really know some on a personal level.
Alliance of the Concordia Maxima
Leaders of Equus
The Queen of the Changeling Hive, who has more than a few bones to pick with Celestia, but may have to put her vendetta aside for the time being.
- Bad Boss: Highlights include her polishing her forehoof on Aphid's horn, or using Thorax as a footrest. Weirdly, the drones do not seem to mind, though whether this is due to Happiness in Slavery or Blue and Orange Morality is unclear.
- Characterization Marches On: In her first appearance, Chrysalis was quick to be shut down by Marcus and one of her elders. Since her reintroduction in "Only Human", the Changeling Queen has been a relentless source of sass who absolutely will not let anyone walk over her.
- Eating the Enemy: How she disposes of the Blue Spy. It's in the dreamscape, and she is an emotion-eater, so this is a softer example than most, but she does then follow up by mentioning this is what she does "to all the naughty drones". As it's Chrysalis, mind, she could just be saying that for the hell of it.
- Enemy Mine: She may despise Celestia with a passion for banishing the changelings out of Equestria and into the Badlands, but is willing to join forces with her to help stop TCB Equestria.
- Even Evil Has Standards: She balks at Shining Armor's accusation that she raped him while she was disguised as Cadance, and is even rather insulted that he would think such a thing. And of course, she's also disgusted at what Queen Celestia's doing.
- Evil Matriarch: Sincerely wants to feed her people, but does so without regards for the needs of others. Her argument with one of the Changeling elders suggests that not all of them agree with her methods.
- Faux Affably Evil: In spite of her goofy, carefree demeanor, this is still the same mare that tried to starve Cadance to death.
- Foil: In two respects -
- To Queen Celestia: Whereas the Solar Tyrant commits unnatural, horrific acts of mass Mind Rape to control people, Chrysalis possesses a natural link to the minds of her drones and, while villainous, prefers to inflict more "cartoony" forms of suffering on those who cross her.
- And to Discord, to the point that she almost acts closer to his incarnation in the show's canon. Going against Spectrum's Discord's claims there's a good reason for what he does, Chrysalis' actions are based almost purely on her own selfish amusement.
- The Gadfly: Seems to love using her shapeshifting to get under others' skin.
- Giggling Villain: If something makes her laugh, she'll go for it, heedless of how much trouble it may cause others.
- The Hedonist: Unless she feels personally invested, Chrysalis will disregard the gravity of most situations to pursue her own pleasure.
- Jerkass: Not as overt as others, but it's there. For all her talk of the greater good for her hive, there is no denying that Queen Chrysalis has got a mean streak a mile long.
- Mama Bear: Although she isn't actually the biological mother to most of them, Chrysalis' title amongst her hive is 'Queen Mother', and so too she acts as one to them.
- Not in This for Your Revolution: Somewhat; she's partly motivated by her disgust with Queen Celestia's actions, and another part is out of preserving her hive since the TCB Changelings were all killed off by the Newfoals' poisoned love, with TCB Chrysalis herself living the last few years of her life out in loneliness and solitude.
- As of beginning talks with Pineapple Cutter, Chrysalis looks well on the way to backstabbing the Alliance altogether.
- N-Word Privileges: In terms of her Self-Deprecation. Chrysalis will freely have fun at her own expense, but she does not take kindly to others trying to mock her...
- The One That Got Away: Yes, not only did Fancy Pants, of all stallions, use to be her lover, she may have had true feelings for him in return. However, by her own admission, her desire to get back at Celestia would likely have put an end to their idyll, had they stayed together.
- Pragmatic Villainy: She is only joining the Alliance for her hive's preservation.
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: Engages in it with Discord after he gets hospitalized for tatzlwurm poisoning. Not even him slapping her rear with his tail puts her down for long, as she gets her own back by shaking it at him on her way out.
- Token Evil Teammate: Nor will she let you forget that she enjoys being evil, for all that there are lines she won't cross.
- Troll: And proud of it.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Or so she says.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Chrysalis really enjoys calling out her allies on their instances of self-righteous or hypocritical behavior. It isn't the she cares for ethic reasons, it just amuses her to make them uncomfortable.
The king of the dragons, and a grown-up version of the MLP franchise's G1 Spike.
- HeelFace Turn: Was Tirek's minion before turning against him, joining Megan and the Dream Valley ponies to vanquish him.
- Identical Grandson: If Discord is correct, King Spykoran is Spike's grandfather.
- I Did What I Had to Do: He maintains he took the best course of action with dealing with the Bag of Tirek.
- My God, What Have I Done?: To keep the Bag of Tirek from corrupting or harming anyone else again, he had to kill the Dream Valley ponies, as well as the Six Princesses, and then cover the land in ash and lava to bury Tirek's castle, hoping to erase it from history altogether. When an Equestrian archaeologist tries to take the bag with him back home, Spykoran attacked the ship, sinking it. He still remembers their faces and screams, and can't even take his hundred-year nap.
- Purple Is Powerful: And an incredibly rare color to be found on dragons.
- Shout-Out: His backstory is basically the same as found in The Elements of Harmony and the Savior of Worlds.
The ruler of the reindeer and the "Spirit of Hearth's Warming and Bringer of Gifts".
- Amazing Technicolor Population: He's a giant red stag, not a color you're likely to find on real life reindeer.
- Badass Santa: Is Equus' Santa Claus figure, and is not afraid to fight for a noble cause.
- Big Good: To all of the reindeer, but his role is more prominently up front in A Sun in Winter.
- Dissonant Serenity: Greets and speaks with an Eldritch Abomination as if he's treating with a guest.
- Friend to All Children: As befitting a Santa Claus expy, he is a bringer to gifts to all children in Equus. And of course, seeing the human children that were being hurt and harmed by the Solar Empire's campaign enrages him greatly.
- The Marvelous Deer: Is a giant red stag with enormous antlers. He is even modeled after the Spirit of the Forest from Snow White and the Huntsman.
- Meaningful Name: His name is based on the Dutch version of the spirit of Saint Nicholas.
- Nice Guy: Very much so.
- Parental Substitute: He served as one for Celestia and Luna when they were foals, and still has a parental level of care and concern towards them. He's also this for his granddaughter Elsa.
- Rousing Speech: Gives one to his troops in "Training Days: First Days, Part 2".
- Santa Claus: Or an Expy thereof, anyway.
- Screw Destiny: Turns out his intent to shelter and groom Celestia and Luna for eventual leadership of Equestria goes directly against the Scribe's plans.
- Time Abyss: Is even older than Celestia and Luna.
"The Snow Maiden", Sint's granddaughter, arch-mage, and chief counselor.
- And I Must Scream: She's both an inversion and a subversion. Her consciousness is bound to a magical cloak courtesy of Discord trying to save her from an illness, and seizes control of the body of whomever wears the cloak. In theory, the wearer should be subjected to this, but Elsa's hosts consider it the highest of honors to be the new vessel for the granddaughter of Sint Erklass and don't mind putting their lives on hold for her. Elsa, meanwhile, feels shame over having to do this for her own survival.
- Big Good: While not apparent, the fact that Sint turns to Elsa to pass judgement on the Solar Empire suggests she holds this role to the reindeer.
- Chekhov's Gunman: She was first mentioned (not by name) back in "Sanguine Meetings and Bloodied Past", before making her full appearance fifteen chapters later.
- Deuteragonist: For A Sun in Winter
- An Ice Person: As befits her title.
- Magic Mirror: Can create one with her powers in which she can converse with the soul of her current host.
- Soul Jar: Elsa's soul is bound to a magical cloak - the current wearer becomes the reigning "Snow Maiden" and their consciousness merges with Elsa's.
- Time Abyss: While not stated explicitly, she is the scion of an immortal and stated to have been Celestia and Luna's nanny in their youth.
- Winter Royal Lady: A double example: she clearly draws upon Elsa from Frozen, but her familial connection with Sint and her "Snow Maiden" title come from Snegurochka, a Russian mythological figure who was later recast by the Soviet Union as granddaughter and sidekick to Ded Moroz (Father Frost), their nonsecular Santa.
The elder shaman of the zebra tribes.
- Druid: The zebras as a whole are this, but Elder Shaman Quagga most especially. He's especially knowledgeable in matters of the soul's health, and it's this knowledge that confirms there is no cure to the Newfoals' condition. Other than mass euthanasia, anyway.
- Ethnic Magician: To an extent.
- Savage Piercings: Has several of these.
- Witch Doctor: Has the look of one and is a grand shaman.
The pack leader for a large group of civilized Diamond Dogs who agrees on behalf of his race to aid in the battle.
- Heroic Dog: Is the leader of the largest pack of Diamond Dogs known in Equus and is fighting for a good cause.
- Meaningful Name: Named after the Latin word for dogs.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: He expresses annoyance with any Diamond Dogs that "go rogue" and cause trouble for the ponies and other races.
The current leader of the Griffon Empire.
Vanhoover - PHL Trainers
The lead trainer and a martial arts expert hailing from Indonesia.
- All Asians Know Kung Fu: He's trained in the martial arts group known as silat.
- Badass Normal: Holds his own against a Brainwashed and Crazy Blue Spy.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: As both Ana and Harwood noted. It's pretty unnerving.
- Hidden Depths: He's actually quite educated in spite of his rugged looks, to Ana's surprise.
- Only One Name: As seen above.
- Only Sane Man: Pretty sane and far more professional compared to both Ana and Harwood.
A snarky British soldier, serving as Vanhoover Company's medical officer. He is also one of the surviving crew members of the Mamayev Kurgan.
- Cannot Tell a Joke: Ana certainly thinks so.
- Elites Are More Glamorous: Part of the SAS team that raided the Mamayev Kurgan.
- The Gadfly: Loves to get on Ana's nerves.
- Hidden Depths: Surprisingly much more empathetic than his Hidden Heart of Gold-hiding facade might imply.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He may be excessively teasing in regards to Ana, but it's obvious he and Ana share a close bond.
- The Kirk: To Ana's McCoy and Jaka's Spock.
- The Medic: Albeit one that doesn't seem to pay much attention to hygiene, as Ana pointed out.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Ana.
- Action Girl: She doesn't fight directly, but she pinned down the SAS personnel sent to take the ship with sniper fire and indirectly led to their capture.
- Adorkable: Yes. Her train of thought is all over the place. Special mention goes to her thoughts on meeting Marcus Renee and getting to talk to Vinyl Scratch.
- Ambiguously Bi: Her interactions with Sparkler seems to imply something more intimate than a simple friendship.
- Ambiguously Human: It's only implied, but The Beatification of Lyra Heartstrings reveals that she's at least old enough to know Sparkler in the past.
- Animal Motifs: Reindeer. Her voice has been invariably described as doe-like by multiple characters.
- Ascended Extra: Was just another crew member in Adrift, and goes on to serve as the main human POV character in the Ponyville Hostage Crisis arc.
- Audience Surrogate: Serves as this for the Hostage Crisis Arc.
- Badass Adorable: Just look at her.
- Badass Normal: Both her and her rifle - an unaltered Arctic Warfare Super Magnum.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Goes right into the heat of action in Ponyville when it becomes clear that the Blue Spy is Brainwashed and Crazy and an active threat to innocent civilians.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: Stellar remembers her as this, at one point accidentally whacking him with one of her rifles. She's much less clumsy when she reappeared in the main story chapter "The Board is Set", but at one point almost whacked Jaka with her rifle. And then there was the Blackburn incident (see Epic Fail below).
- Deadpan Snarker: At times. She seems to have picked this up from her friend Harwood.
- Epic Fail: She somehow got herself lost in Blackburn, using the London Underground. Afterwards, Harwood teases her about her tendency to get lost in train stations - she also got herself lost in Grand Central as well.
- Expy: Her physical description and name makes it clear she's one of Princess Anna.
- Fiery Redhead: Strawberry blonde, technically, but it's close enough.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Harwood. They were on opposing sides initially, but by the time of Equus Prime's entry into the war they are close - if constantly bickering - friends.
- Friendly Sniper: Very much so.
- Friend to All Children: Yes. She is very fond of children, and bonded with Ruby, who is the child of Loyalist Berry Punch. In fact she is so instinctively protective of children that she was all too willing to blow the Blue Spy's head off when it becomes clear that she's not herself and an active threat to the civilians of Ponyville.
- The Heart: See Nice Girl below.
- Hidden Depths: She's apparently a chemist talented enough to synthesize Dr. Whooves' flameless fireworks.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With the teenaged Sparkler. Subverted as The Beatification of Lyra Heartstrings implies that Ana knew Sparkler in the distant past.
- The McCoy: To Harwood's Kirk and Jaka's Spock.
- Mysterious Past: Not quite as much as Sparkler, but this seemingly mundane sniper has her own secrets. It's heavily implied that she's far older than she looks, having known Sparkler in the past. To give an idea, Sparkler is older than Celestia and Luna.
- Noodle Incident: The incident with the PER preacher, her encounter with Pineapple Cutter, and most of her time in Indonesia counts. How or when she found out about Amethyst Star's secret counts as well.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Stellar learned that the hard way.
- Not a Morning Person: She's not very good at sleep schedules.
- Nice Girl: Perhaps the nicest PHL-associated character shown thus far. Stellar remembers her as the only one of the smugglers to talk to him at length.
- Odd Friendship: With Stellar and later on Harwood. The Beatification of Lyra Heartstrings reveals that she has something going on with Sparkler that may or may not stretch back centuries.
- Older Than They Look: Looks about twenty; she's actually nearly thirty-one. To put that in perspective, she's older than Kraber. The Beatification of Lyra Heartstrings reveals that she is, in fact, much much older than she seems.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: She drops all pretenses of being nice and straight up confronts the Blue Spy personally over her killing Berry.
- The Pollyanna: Compared to most of the other characters, she is a bucket full of sunshine.
- Punch-Clock Villain: She doesn't seem all that threatening as a smuggler from Stellar's recollection of her.
- Secret Keeper: One of a very few individuals to know of Amethyst Star's status as an alicorn.
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: Her dialogue with Harwood is often laced with this.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Cuts the Spy off in the middle of her speech with a furious tirade.
- Talking to Themself: At times, her train of thought implies this.
- Thinking Out Loud: Some of her thoughts are spoken out loud obliviously. Jaka lampshades it.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Firmly believes in this - the only problem is she often finds herself forced to commit a fatal shot. When the Spy kills Berry, in front of her child, no less, however, Ana sees it as an unforgivable offense and Moral Event Horizon - compelling her to break her rule and attempt to give the Spy her comeuppance, brainwashed or not.
- Unexpected Character: Her appearance in The Beatification of Lyra Heartstrings.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With fellow Mamayev Kurgan survivor Thomas Harwood. The two bicker often, but they're clearly inseparable friends.
- Walking Spoiler: The Beatification of Lyra Heartstrings turns her into one of this. Namely, how or when she found out about Amethyst Star's secret.
- Weapon of Choice: A pre-war Arctic Warfare Super Magnum rifle. In spite of the increasingly powerful rifles available, Ana has decided to keep her trusty rifle in service.
Vanhoover - Superior Officers
A pegasus stallion and a young Royal Guard lieutenant with a rather quirky family.
- Ascended Extra: His first "appearance" was in Joy to the Worlds, where his Solar Empire counterpart was just briefly mentioned by his little brother.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: His nickname, actually - he's apparently referred to as the Winter Soldier thanks to his cool demeanor and coat colour.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Chamomile Brew, but it's also noted to be an on-again-off-again situation.
- The Comically Serious: He's rather stiff and a sore thumb compared to the rest of his zany family.
- Deadpan Snarker: He has a sharp wit, especially regarding his cousin Stellar.
- Family Theme Naming: Like his brother and mother, his name is winter-themed.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Cousins actually, but he is the responsible and straitlaced one to Stellar Wind's foolish.
- Future Me Scares Me: Aside from the actions his counterpart committed against the humans, it's also heavily implied that TCB Winter was killed in action against humanity. In a subversion, we never do learn exactly what he did.
- Good Is Not Nice: He's condescending towards others, but he makes it clear to Comet that in spite of his behavior, he holds Equestria's values in a high regard.
- Icy Blue Eyes: As befitting his rather distant personality.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Downplayed with Gale. He's not much younger than Gale, but his mother is only slightly older than Aquamarine and his little brother is the same age as Comet.
- Insufferable Genius: He's thought of as having the air of someone viewing the rest of the world as idiots.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He acts abrasive and arrogant, but his attitude towards his brother implies that he worries for Frost's well-being. He's also the one to reassure Comet on Equestria's stance against the Empire.
- No Social Skills: He has a rather stiff way of speaking, and fails to pick up on social cues immediately.
- Not So Stoic: Often finds himself exasperated with Stellar's behavior, and gets unnerved when Pineapple Cutter butts in on their conversation.
- Only Sane Man: Often plays this role in his family.
- Pet the Dog: After a somewhat abrasive introduction, Winter is the first to reassure Comet that the combined forces of the PHL and Equus' armies will make the Empire pay for its crimes.
- The Stoic: Compared to his family, he's very calm and collected.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Believes himself to be in this situation.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: According to Chamomile and Icewind. It stemmed from something that cost him his father, to the point that he was downright unbearable to hang around at his worst.
Vanhoover - Rank & File
One of Ana Bjorgman's friends in Vanhoover Company, a griffon with great ambitions.
- Big Fun: The first thought which crosses people's minds when they meet him is how fat he is. The second thought tends to be how much of a softy he is.
- Gentle Giant: One of the most easy-going griffons you'll ever encounter, and one of the largest.
- Hidden Depths: According to Ana, he's a good singer.
- I Just Want to Be Badass: He isn't lacking in credentials thanks to his training, yet Wolfsschanze hopes to one day take it a step further by participating in the Griffon Tournament.
- No Indoor Voice: Not in the mornings, at any rate.
- Stout Strength: Well, he is a griffon putting the best of his abilities to use in a war.
After being given his marching orders, Prince Blueblood seeks to turn a new leaf by joining the fight.
- Adorkable: When geeking out over pirate games or navigation, Blueblood shows he can be this.
- Break the Haughty: Albeit rather to the extent of Disproportionate Retribution, when Discord turns him to stone for his disrespectful behavior towards Marcus and the foreign ambassadors, a cruel act which almost backfires once Queen Celestia begins using his nightmares to seek a foothold into the dreamscape of Equus Prime.
- Butt-Monkey: Doesn't have an easy time of it, trying to improve himself.
- Entitled Bastard: This is Blueblood we're talking about, so needless to say, he behaves as one in his first appearance. Even after he improves, traces of his self-centered mentality remain, though it manifests more through pomposity than actual entitlement.
- Fallen Princess: Rare Male Example. As part of his punishment, Blueblood has had his inheritance cut off from him.
- Fantastic Racism: Downplayed. Blueblood isn't really prejudiced, just sheltered and still a bit egotistical after his release from petrifaction. Once he actually spends time around humans and other races, he quickly takes an interest in them.
- Freudian Excuse: He didn't have such a positive relationship with his father, although other characters are quick to point out this alone doesn't excuse all his misdemeanors.
- Hidden Depths: Blueblood earned his cutie mark for his skills in navigation, a talent which finds its place in a company with an airborne division.
- Naked People Are Funny: This trope still gets pulled on him somehow, despite the fact that ponies are Accessory Wearing Cartoon Animals at best. As a noblepony, Blueblood feels very self-conscious about not wearing any attire amidst a large crowd, something which makes him uncomfortable when he has to shower with the rest of the company, an act he mentally describes as leaving him feeling "exposed".
- Taken for Granite: Gets petrified for two months straight in consequence of acting like an entitled twit when there's a war on.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Cadance remembers him as such, and he was friends with Lyra, Twilight and Moondancer, too, so there may be something to it.
A female Changeling drone, Vanhoover Company's "fixer" and a queen of sorts to her own private kingdom within the company.
- Book Dumb: No reader, but she knows the ins and outs of Vanhoover Company like no-one else does.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Early-Bird Cameo: She's one of the Changelings present during the hostage crisis. Her real name is Aphid.
- Fangirl: Morning greatly looks up to Queen Chrysalis, wanting to be like her. As it happens, Chrysalis appreciates it when Morning fans her wings to provide a breeze.
- Genki Girl: Perpetually peppy and upbeat, as well as a tease.
- Shrinking Violet: Downplayed in her Changeling form, as she is far quieter than she is in her disguise.
- Meaningful Name: The morning glory flower is well known for the hallucinogenic properties of its seeds.
- Odd Friendship: Winter Truce is as annoyed by her as he is entertained.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Everybody calls her Morning Glory.
- The Quiet One: Bordering on The Speechless in her Changeling shape.
- Motor Mouth: It's the complete opposite of how she acts while in disguise, hinting at a less self-confident personality than she likes to project.
Beings of Equus
The former king of the Crystal Empire.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Marcus calls him out on this. Your mileage may vary on how much of a threat he is, but Big Bad he is not.Marcus: "We never saw you as a serious threat, unless we got really unlucky. You were just an inconvenient obstacle. You weren't even a player."
- Black Magic: Sombra's magic is powered by negative emotions.
- Crazy-Prepared: Just like in canon.
- Demonic Possession: He possesses Marcus, using Mind Rape to feed on his emotions.
- Evil Overlord: Well, yeah.
- Love Makes You Evil: He blames the fact that Luna didn't return his feelings as part of why he went evil. Discord lampshades this and calls it tired and cliché.
- Mind Rape: His specialty.
- A Pupil of Mine, Until He Turned to Evil: He was Luna's personal student.
- Sorcerous Overlord: Practiced Dark Magic and ruled and enslaved an empire.
- Teacher/Student Romance: He had an unrequited crush on Luna, and his turn to evil contains a mixture of her not returning his feelings, sending him to the Crystal Empire, and trying to find ways to extend his lifespan. Discord even remarks on how trite this is.
- This Cannot Be!: When the heroes manage to defeat him.
- Villainous Breakdown: When he loses, he tries to get a last blow on the heroes, but to no avail.
- Voice of the Legion: He speaks with his own voice when possessing Marcus.
Strange times make for strange bedfellows, including the Royal Sisters' old enemy, the Lord of Chaos, who agrees to join forces with them to take down Queen Celestia.
- A God Am I: Averted, interestingly enough."Will there be a time for us so-called gods to stand away from this world and watch them grow on their own?"
- Anti-Villain: While he's the embodiment of chaos and is far from nice, he was created to balance the sisters. However, he went a tad too far.
- Achilles' Heel: A dose of tatzlwurm venom, administrated in by Weaver via poisoned blade, is enough to badly cripple him when he tries to rescue a captured Stephan from the Loyalists. Amusingly, this becomes a literal case of Worf Had the Flu, as the poison fails to kill Discord but does leave him with a very bad cold.
- Dimensional Traveller: Has the power to do this, and the side story Multiverse Journey centers on his exploits to find Earth. He describes The Void Between Worlds as tasting orange.
- Drama-Preserving Handicap: Because let's face it, the hostage crisis in "Woven Within Details" would have wrapped up after five seconds flat without the venom.
- Enemy Mine: Is willing to put his enmity with Celestia and Luna aside to help them stop TCB Equestria.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Discord considers the alicorn Faust to be his mother, and she is one of the few beings he truly loves and cares about.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Not only is he disgusted with what Queen Celestia is doing to the humans, but even he's frightened of Tirek (which is justified by Discord having met Tirek as a child, and it wasn't pretty).
- HeelFace Turn: Over time, he does fully come around to be on the heroes' side, even calling himself "an old sinner".
- Hypocrite: Remember how Discord sought to claim moral superiority over Celestia on the show for not turning people to stone? Yeah, that doesn't stop him from doing just that to Prince Blueblood.
- Jerkass: Yes. Though not without a few Pet the Dog moments, Discord is, more than once, a jerk towards others (especially Celestia).
- A Lighter Shade of Black: Next to Queen Celestia.
- Never My Fault: Although his intentions could be considered benign, Discord had a bad case of this in the earlier chapters when he refused to acknowledge the damage he caused in attempting to bring Earth-like levels of "chaos" to Equus, and his own role in what he accuses Prime Equestria of turning into. His trip through the multiverse finally forces him to reconsider this view somewhat, and come "Sons of Legacies, Part 1", he readily admits his own mistakes and apologizes to Celestia for placing all of the blame on her.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He attributes Prime Equestria's Medieval Stasis to Princess Celstia's desire to let the ponies live in harmony, which he claims has only made them complacent and overly dependent on her and presumably, ill-prepared for their war with TCB Equestria. However, the Princesses only took power because they felt it was their responsibility to clean up the damage Discord's carelessness with his chaos caused in the first place, leading to the misunderstanding and conflict between them that has lasted to the present day. To put it simply, both parties are equally guilty of failing to stick to the Scribe's plan for Equestria's future.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Naturally.
- Odd Friendship: With Marcus.
- Pure Is Not Good: He's a rambunctious, destructive embodiment of pure chaos, but he's also the only one able to resist the lure of Tirek's Bag, something which not even Celestia or Lyra could do.
- Took a Level in Kindness: In "Sons of Legacies, Part 1", he actually genuinely apologizes to Celestia for accusing her of coddling the ponies and for refusing to admit responsibility for his own role in what Prime Equestria has become. In "Part 3", he also admits he can see why Celestia nearly lost her marbles when he takes a look into Marcus's psyche.
- Troll: This is Discord we're talking about here.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: He was rather close in childhood to his "mother", Faust. Unfortunately, the lack of socialization he had at the time (given that Equus was a post-apocalyptic wasteland) caused him to never really mature emotionally or learn to understand The Power of Friendship.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He claims to be one, but a few Armor Piercing Questions and his experiences while travelling the multiverse force him to rethink this position.
- Youre Not My Mother: He doesn't say it outright, but the Scribe mentions during her monologue that he doesn't hold her in the same regard as their mutual creator, Faust. Sure enough, when Discord later meets her again, he can't help teasing her by knocking on her console.
The last of the original alicorns, Faust waged a centuries-long battle with Tirek before leaving her mark on the world in the shape of an avatar known as the Scribe.
- Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence: In fact, the Scribe is just one of several planes Faust ascended to, the Tree of Harmony being another.
- The Chessmaster: Faust herself prepared for any eventuality of Tirek's return to power. Since Evil Only Has to Win Once, this wasn't successful in every universe... but now one version of Tirek has brought ponykind into contact with some dangerous potential allies in the human world...
- Deus Est Machina: Can't do much to directly help, but will give advice where it's needed.
- Disappointed in You: She isn't very pleased at how Discord, Celestia and Luna have deviated from her plans, Celestia in particular for assuming leadership of the ponies, acquiring the Elements of Harmony ahead of time and locking away both her siblings. She lets it slide because there are more pressing matters to attend to.
- From a Certain Point of View: It's implied she's being economical with the truth when she denies knowledge of how TCB Lyra obtained the "redeemer" rune.
- Genetic Memory: The guardian of all ponykind's collective memories.
- God Is Good: However...
- Good Is Not Soft: The Scribe is benign in the grand scheme of things, but her methods are somewhat befitting the Old Testament.
- Guardian of the Multiverse: Shares in the knowledge of every single pony throughout The Multiverse, which leads the Princesses and Discord to consult their version of the Scribe on the subject of a powerful rune given to Marcus by TCB Lyra.
- Last of Her Kind: The last of the original alicorns in fact.
- Light Is Good: Is surrounded by a blinding white light with a pure white coat, and is a good and benevolent being.
- Ms. Exposition: Both incarnations have given info dumps about Equestria's history and other important details behind Tirek, the princesses and Discord's origins, and other things.
- The Needs of the Many: She's perfectly willing to leave living creatures to die or even provoke their mutation in the name of rebuilding the alicorn race and Equus' ecosystem. And then there's the possibility she decided that sacrificing TCB Lyra and millions of lives was needed to finally defeat Tirek.
- Pet the Dog: An accidental example. While she did create the timberwolves, she also accidentally facilitated the creation of the domesticated dog in the process.
- Precursors: Faust herself is the last of the original alicorn race.
- Sealed Good in a Can: In order to keep existing, which also places a limit on what she can do.
- Shout-Out: To Lauren Faust, obviously.
- Tangled Family Tree: It's revealed that Celestia and Luna were also created from small portions of Clover the Clever, Smart Cookie and Private Pansy's souls during the events depicted in "Hearth's Warming Eve". Lampshaded by Discord."As if this family tree wasn't complicated enough," Discord sighed, holding up a bonsai with bizarrely arranged branches. "Now I'll have to use the non-Euclidean bonsai..." He threw the tree off to the side, where it exploded.
- Truly Single Parent: Celestia, Luna and Discord are revealed to be her creations/brain-children. Considering that Discord calls Faust his "mother", this would technically make him Celestia's and Luna's brother. He even calls their trip at the end of "Sons of Legacies, Part 3" to seek her out "a good old fashioned family reunion."
- The Watcher: Albeit more due to a strong case of God's Hands Are Tied than indifference.
- Adventurer Archaeologist
- Anti-Hero: Pragmatic Anti-Hero.
- Friend or Idol Decision: Between the Alicorn Amulet and her sidekick Minus, Daring chose the Amulet. Minus has yet to forgive her for it.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- My Greatest Failure: Abandoning Minus to pursue the Amulet at a time when Minus needed her most, having lost her memory.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: This incarnation of Daring has quite a few regrets in her past, starting with the loss of Minus' friendship and going through the unwitting disaster she wrought on Cihuateto's home valley.
- Not in This for Your Revolution: She agrees to aid the PHL in researching the Castle of Two Sisters mainly for the thrill of the discovery.
- The Smart Guy
- We Used to Be Friends: Her attempt to patch things up with Minus doesn't go well, since the latter is still unhappy at being abandoned by her years earlier.
The pegasus second-in-command of the Manehattanite gang who regularly oppose Daring Do.
- The Brute: A burly, thuggish meatbag on wings.
- Foil: He's a lot like Short Fuse, down to the accent, but without Fuse's redeeming qualities such as his love for Minus.
- Humiliation Conga: Gets put through a brutal one at the hands of Sergeant Jaka, culminating in Minus stuffing him into a crate, ready for delivery to prison.
- No Honor Among Thieves: Even though Fuse was the one to call him in for help, Locksmith has no qualms about having Fuse stuffed into his own kiln as soon as he flairs a better deal.
- Number Two: To Doctor Caballeron.
- What Are You in For?: After his arrest, we last see him asking this to Prime Trixie.
- Would Hit a Girl: He reserves the worst of his abuse for one of the female Loyalists.
Third-in-command to Doctor Caballeron, a white unicorn never seen without a truncheon.
- Catchphrase: "The house always wins."
- Genius Bruiser: Contrary to Short Fuse or Locksmith, he's articulate and shows a capacity for thinking ahead.
- Light Is Not Good: Yet another white unicorn of questionable moral alignment.
- Signature Weapon: His truncheon. It doubles as his tie!
- Unholy Matrimony: There are hints that he and Cihuateto are lovers.
- The Worf Effect: Both Noteworthy and Rarity get the upper hand on him before he can dish out any real violence.
A major enforcer of the Caballeron Gang, an earthmare from outside Equestria with certain uncanny powers...
- Dark and Troubled Past: Prior to becoming a cihuatetotl, she was a mother who lived a happy life with her husband and child. Then they died, and she mutilated herself in grief. And after that, having found some fulfilment in her new spiritual role, Daring Do stole an artefact which was key to the well-being of her village.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: That's right, she's essentially a pony Aztec. Some of the other characters remark on it.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Did she really die and come back to life, or is that aspect of her tale an embellishment based on her beliefs?
- Noble Demon: She's got a greater sense of honor than the rest of the gang, not that it helps the heroes much.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Cihuateto is her title, not her name.
- Power Tattoos
- Shown Their Work: Macua is a cihuatetotl. In Aztec mythology, cihuateteo were the spirits of mothers who had died in childbirth. Since the Aztecs regarded childbirth as a battle, these mothers were honored as fallen warriors, and their spirits were said to strengthen men in battle.
- Unholy Matrimony: Possibly lovers with Blackjack.
Elsa's younger sister, one of the two princesses of Adlaborn at the time of Celestia and Luna's birth. A thoughtful, cheerful, romantic doe with a penchant for chemistry. She has long since passed away by the time of the main story.
For tropes relating to her present day host, see Anastasia Bjorgman.
- A Day in the Limelight: The starring character of A Sun in Winter.
- And I Must Scream: Subverted. She voluntarily subjects herself to become Elsa's host. She also doesn't seem to mind existing as a spirit latching onto Ana Bjorgman's own.
- Ascended Extra: Previously, she only appeared in scattered mentions by her sister and grandfather. In Sun, she's the main character.
- Expy: Of Princess Anna.
- Fantastic Racism: Downplayed, as she mistrusts ponies only because of their continuing squabbles down in Equestria.
- Fiery Redhead: Has streaks of red in her mane, and very passionate.
- Foregone Conclusion: Though the circumtances are unknown, she will eventually become Elsa's first host.
- Hidden in Plain Sight: For the readers, that is. The "voice" inside Ana's head is her.
- Past-Life Memories: Her living within Ana's mind leads to this for the sniper, as shown in The Beatification of Lyra Heartstrings.
- Posthumous Character: Long dead by the time of the main story. Or so we are led to think.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With Elsa. The Snow Maiden is calm and subdued. Anna is very passionate.
- Walking Spoiler: There's a good reason why: She's inside Ana's head.
- Youthful Freckles: She's younger than Elsa, and has a freckled patch around her muzzle.
A malevolent entity imprisoned under Sint Erklass' castle.
- Armor-Piercing Question: Tries this against Sint, regarding the foals. It doesn't work.
- Big Bad: For A Sun in Winter.
- Eldritch Abomination: A shifting, satanic figure imprisoned within an enchanted snowglobe.
- Evil Counterpart: Going by the classic interpretation, it's this for Sint Erklass.
- He Who Must Not Be Seen: Most of its form is obscured behind its prison, though a horned head and its yellow eyes can be seen at times.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: While it plans to do something with the infant Celestia and Luna, it has yet to reveal anything.
- "It" Is Dehumanizing: The narrative refers to the Krampus as an it, and its gender is never mentioned.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Imprisoned in a giant, magically reinforced snowglobe, with enchanted snow binding it to its cage whenever it tries to escape.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: A piercing yellow eye can occasionally be glanced from within its prison.
- Ultimate Evil: Played With; we know that Tirek is the true Big Bad of Spectrum, but The Krampus' motivation remains mostly unknown, and we don't get a clear look at what it looks like behind the translucent globe.
The legendary six founders of Equestria. They bore witness to Celestia and Luna's birth.
- A Day in the Limelight: Princess Platinum appears at the end of A Sun in Winter's first chapter. To an extent, all six of them appear in the chapter Setting it Right from the main story.
- Fantastic Racism: Princess Platinum, Chancellor Puddinghead, and Commander Hurricane were all bigoted towards the other pony tribes until they got better.
- Posthumous Characters
- Shipper on Deck: Platinum gently teases her cousin, the first Blueblood, to seek out Elsa Erklass.