The Characters of The Rejuvenation Play. Beware of Spoilers!
Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Applejack, Rarity, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie and SpikeThe Bearers of the Elements of Harmony, guardians of Equestria and quirky mares about the town.
- Badass Crew: So far shaping up to be this. They are unafraid to face Cascadius and his Mercenary Army and Princess Celestia seems to believe they're ready.
- The Dreaded: They seem to be one of the only things in Equestria, barring the Doctor, that Cascadius genuinely fears.
- Nice Girls: In the early story, all six of them are shown to be very kind and helpful towards the protagonists.
- Rainbow Dash is one of Derpy's best friends and tries her best to look out for her.
- Pinkie Pie welcomes the Doctor and Dinky to Sugarcube Corner.
- Fluttershy informs Mayor Mare of the attack on Carrot Top and got Rainbow Dash to put out the fires.
- Rarity arrives at Invitro Hall to make Derpy's dress.
- Applejack comforts Fleur and gives her advice on how to improve her relationship with Fancy.
- And though Twilight is too engrossed in her studies during the Derpy and the Doctor's struggles, she does show a lot of affection and concern towards Shining Armour and Cadence.
- The Power of Friendship: It wouldn't be My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic without this.
Twilight SparkleBearer of Magic and Princess of Ponyville
- Badass Bookworm: It's Twilight Sparkle.
- Everything's Better with Princesses
- Hidden Depths: Seemingly has quite a bit of understanding of politics and military matters, judging by how she takes charge in Boulette.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Employs very cautious and careful methods in dealing with the mercenary threat and overrules the Boulettan military's wanton wish to invade unconfirmed threats. Granted, she can't do much against the mercenaries other than wait it out but she at least keeps a level head.
Rainbow DashBearer of Loyalty
- Action Girl: Knocks down two thugs fairly easily.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Eager to take the fight to Cascadius and tries to start a fight with anti-Equestrian Boulettans.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Meets up with Gilda in a bar in Boulette. And takes to battle with her against Bloodhound.
- Hot-Blooded: It's Rainbow Dash.
ApplejackBearer of Honesty
- Action Girl: Disarms a thug with little effort. Then goes up against Hed'Kika and nearly lays him low with a single kick.
- Death Glare: Gives one to the Boulettan thugs.
- Nice Girl: Helps out Fleur in Intriguing and rescues a foreign mare being accosted by thugs in Boulette.
- Team Mom: It's Applejack.
- The Stoic: Despite Twilight being the most level-headed, Applejack seems to be the most composed when faced with the threat of the mercenaries.
- Tranquil Fury: In contrast to Rainbow Dash, when faced with the same thugs, having interrupted their victimising of a foreign mare, calmly tells them to get lost before she feels the wish to get violent.
RarityBearer of Generosity
- Damsel out of Distress: Against Corax. Though she is initially terrified of being dismembered and cannibalised, she uses the lacerations Corax is inflicting on her as a means of stimulating her nerves, thus regaining control of her magic, whereupon she completely flattens the distracted mercenary.
- The Fashionista: It's Rarity.
- Interspecies Romance: It's...implied...she reciprocates Spike's feelings for her.
FluttershyBearer of Kindness
Pinkie PieBearer of Laughter
- Fourth-Wall Observer: Of course.
- The Gadfly: Enjoys asking her friends awkward or private questions.
- Genki Girl: It's Pinkie Pie.
SpikePonyville's local Dragon and Twilight Sparkle's No. 1 Assistant
- Adorkable: It's Spike.
- Lovable Nerd: Huge fan of comics and debates with Angel (Somehow) about their themes and scenarios.
- Not So Different: When forgiving Angel, he reminds himself that he gave Colgate quite a hassle the first time he was pet-sat.
- Turn the Other Cheek: Forgives Angel for the trouble he gave him during his pet-sitting.
- Dumbass No More: In a sense. When they suspect Diamond Tiara of slandering Derpy, they realise that they shouldn't simply make accusations without proof, demonstrating they've learned a lot of responsibility through their various adventures and accidents.
- Honorary True Companion: Gift Dinky with a CMC cloak, naming her an honorary Crusader.
- Nice Girls: Are dedicated to helping Dinky, Pipsqueak and any other friend in need.
- Shipper on Deck: Like most of their friends, they seem to find Dinky and Pipsqueak's Puppy Love cause for celebration.
Derpy DooPonyville's muddle-headed mailmare.
- Good Parents: What she is aspiring to be, like her actual parents were to her.
- The Klutz: She gets better when Dinky's around. It's a sign of how bad she's feeling at Invitro Hall when Dinky nearly gets hurt because of a clumsy mistake.
- Mama Bear: She's willing to stand up to Countess Glass to protect her foal.
- Noble Fugitive: Although in this case the pursuit is more social and political than literal.
- The Woobie: Poor Derpy has it tough.
- Before the story begins, she was born to loving parents who disappeared when she was a filly. She was then taken in by her aunt and cousins who physically and verbally abused her constantly and sent her to Glanders Gate when she tried to go to the authorities. Finally running away at sixteen years old, she came to Ponyville and struggled to keep her job with her clumsiness. Finally, at a party in Manehattan with Berry Punch, she gets very drunk, has a one-night stand, ends up pregnant and has no idea who the father is.
- In The Rejuvenation Play, she suffers a Maternity Crisis during the Rejuvenation Play, several months earlier than expected, and is clearly terrified that something's wrong with the foal. She screams out to the Doctor, the stallion who's been helping her through her depression. Luckily, he arrives and everything's sorted out.
- In Old Fences it's shown just how abusive and cold-hearted her aunt acts towards her, ordering her to return to Invitro Hall and ''dispose'' off her filly. When the Countess and Cascadius send an assassin after Carrot Top and Mayor Mare, she's traumatised and wracked with guilt. Terrified for her friends and for the Doctor, she's forced to pull a Break His Heart to Save Him and return to her old home where her aunt and cousins promptly continue abusing and mocking her incessantly.
- In You Shall Go To The Gala, she nearly has a breakdown when Dinky's nearly hurt due to her clumsiness. Upon arriving at the Gala, things start to look up for her but she's clearly very hurt by the insults thrown at her by Blueblood, Jet Set and Upper Crust. Then she runs into her aunt who furiously drags her from the Gala and viciously beats her while declaring her friends will suffer for her actions. Thankfully, Fancy Pants, the Doctor and Celestia put a stop to it. Finally, she finds out the Doctor is really Dinky's father. This, however, turns out to be something she's very thankful for.
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- Accidental Public Confession: While very distressed, he accidentally reveals he's Dinky's father to Mayor Mare, following the attacks on Carrot Top and Lady Justice.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Given who he's based off, this is a given.
- Good Parents: He's definitely shown to be one for Dinky.
- I Choose to Stay: At the end of The Rejuvenation Play when he reveals he's actually Dinky's father.
- My Greatest Failure: He views his failure to prevent the attack on Laurelore claiming so many lives as this.
- Noodle Incident: It's never mentioned what, exactly, he did with or to Princess Platinum to make her so angry at him to the point where she sends angry letters full of profanity across time and space!
- Not That Kind of Doctor: He is less than helpful during Derpy's delivery, despite his best efforts.
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: His response to the Countess trying to buy him off is a short, simple ''Go buck yourself''
- The Woobie: Definitely during the flashback to his first confrontation with Cascadius. He witnesses a great disaster in Canterlot, barely manages to save Princess Laurelore, is captured by Cascadius, tortured for days (Involving, but not limited to, having both back legs broken and a heavy iron nail hammered into his forehoof to keep a manacle in place), is powerless to stop the Bearers being slaughtered and, finally, has to pull a Taking You with Me on Cascadius to protect Equestria, culminating in chopping off his own forehoof to keep him down and hanging from the drop by a horribly dislocated foreleg, crying for his fallen friends.
Dinky DooSeven year-old Daughter of Derpy Doo and the Doctor.
SparklerYoung lantern-maker and unofficial adopted daughter of the Doo family.
- Big Sister Instinct: She seems pretty protective of Tootsie Flute. As [[Jerkass Dodger]] finds out.
- Cool Big Sis: To both Tootsie Flute and Dinky.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Implied. She and her sister weren't born in Ponyville and she doesn't speak about her past.
- Insufferable Genius: Has an unfortunate habit of pointing out everything that looks fake whenever she watches a movie.
Tootsie FluteYounger sister of Sparkler and classmate and twin-sister figure of Dinky Doo.
The Doctor's Associates
ColdbloodA hipposaur international detective, lover of Spinning Jenny and associate of the Doctor.
- Badass Gay
- Expy: Of Vastra
- Interspecies Romance: With Jenny.
- Katanas Are Just Better
- Lipstick Lesbian
- Proper Lady
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Has shades of this, seemingly untroubled at having to kill a foal if it means stopping Marephistallion.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Lectures the Doctor on the dangers of having a child that Marephistallion could possess or any number of his old foes could harm.
Spinning JennyAn international detective from Trottingham, lover of Coldblood and associate of the Doctor.
BlunderbussA Demolition Dog international detective and associate of the Doctor.
- Ax-Crazy: A heroic example, Blunderbuss has an instinctive need to either destroy anything he sees or make it into a weapon in order to destroy anything else he sees.
- BFG: Likes guns, the bigger the better.
- Blood Knight
- Expy: Of Strax
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Rigged the Doo family's toilet to explode at the first sign of dissent and offered to fit Dinky's rubber duck with nerve-gas canisters.
- Genius Ditz: He's not particularly socially-aware or even very sane but he's a master engineer as his weapons prove.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath
- My Instincts Are Showing: Coldblood orders him to 'sit' when he gets carried away, prompting him to do immediately. He finds it degrading.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Can't bring himself to attack a possessed Pipsqueak. Apparently this goes for his entire species as pups are sacred to the Demolition Dog dens.
Jack HeartthrobAn international detective, renowned Lady's Stallion and associate of the Doctor.
K9A robotic dog and creation and associate of the Doctor.
CelestiaThe Princess of the Sun and beloved monarch of Equestria
- Berserk Button: Threaten, harm or kill her subjects and she will not rest until you are made to pay.
- Big Good
- Everything's Better with Princesses
- The High Queen: A close enough case. She definitely comes more into her element, particularly during the first half.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Besides kind words, she demonstrates firm judgement on many occasions.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Consistently.
- In The Rejuvenation Play, she appears at the Ponyville Rejuvenation Festival, is quick to realise there's something wrong with Derpy, calls upon the Doctor and then volunteers to help, though her efforts aren't needed.
- In You Shall Go To The Gala, she is willing to hear Lyra and Colgate's plea to send Derpy back to Ponyville, helps the Doctor in working up the courage to reveal he's Dinky's father, reprimands the Countess and her daughters for their treatment of Derpy and sends them from the gala, allows the guests from Ponyville stay at the School For Gifted Unicorns Dormitories, uses her authority to give the Doctor custody rights over Derpy and Dinky and sentences the Countess to seven years house arrest.
- In Intriguing, she cannot impede in the political campaigns Fancy Pants and Nitpick are struggling in but when a firestorm at Bittsburgh breaks out, she and Sunset Shimmer head straight to the city and largely save it from destruction. After which, she returns, delivers judgement to the defeated villains, rewards the heroes and gives Fancy the push he needs to propose to Fleur (Even supplying him with a ring!).
LunaYounger sister to Princess Celestia and Princess of the Moon.
Mi Amore CadenzaMysterious alicorn, taken in as Princess Celestia's ward, now Princess of the Crystal Empire.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: She's able to hold her own in a fight against hardened killers with Beam Spam strikes and uses her powers to turn Fancy's monocle into a tracker.
- Heroic BSoD: When she finds the ''message'' left for her by Cascadius, the family photo from Twilight Sparkle's bedroom, impaled by a knife.
- Smooch of Victory: Rewards Shining Armour with these after the events of Intriguing.
BluebloodPrince of the realm, descended from the first Unicorn rulers and infamous layabout.
- A Lady on Each Arm: How he enters the story in Intriguing.
- Benevolent Boss: It's mentioned that he can be very generous to those who service him well. He and his valet, Conkers, have a pretty good relationship.
- Casanova Wannabe: Is certain that Fleur has always held feelings for him and tries to flirt with one of Photo Finish's models with limited success.
- Dirty Coward: He is...less than willing to join in the Siege of Quartzwald against the Jotnar Warhost.
- The Ditz: He is consistently unaware that certain ponies are insulting or lying to him.
- Even Evil Has Standards: When Fleur launches her distress signal he realises he's done something terribly wrong and needs to fix it. Of course, he's still a coward, so he goes to get Fancy Pants rather than acting himself.
- HeelFace Turn: After he finds out what Nitpick tried to do to Fleur.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's as smug and self-interested as he is in canon but it becomes clear that his friends mean a lot to him and he's nowhere near as repugnant as the villains.
- Lazy Bum: He spends most of his time at the Hanoverian Club, drinking and cavorting with young mares. At Quartzwald, he won't even bother to use his magic to help moving crates, much less his hooves.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Experiences this when he realises he's put Fleur in danger.
- What an Idiot!: It takes a special kind of stupid to believe the word of a stallion like Nitpick.
Royal Guard3rd Royal Palace Grounds Platoon
Shining ArmourSergeant of the 3rd Royal Palace Grounds Platoon (Later Captain-General of the Royal Guard and Prince of the Crystal Empire)
- The Cavalry: He and his platoon come to the hero's rescue quite frequently.
- Covered in Kisses: At the end of Intriguing, courtesy of Cadence, leaving him panicking about how he can't show up for drills like this and asking her how to remove the lipstick.
- Hero of Another Story: Has this going. Contrasts his lack of achievement in the show.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: To his platoon. When Flash Sentry ends up in trouble, Shining doesn't hesitate to properly punish him but still saves him from a far worse penalty at the hooves of Nitpick
- Sergeant Rock: He is a brave and selfless officer, beloved by his platoon.
- Four-Star Badass: Is addressed as Captain-General by Peregrine suggesting he's the official Commander-In-Chief of the Equestrian Armies and has earned the title.
- Worthy Opponent: To Bloodhound after their duel.
BlockbusterCorporal of the 3rd Royal Palace Grounds Platoon.
- The Big Guy: She's very tall and often relied on to apprehend criminals as she does with Earwax and Culverin.
- The Chick: Zigzagged. She's not the only mare in the platoon, but she's the only mare shown.
- The Comically Serious: She rarely ever looks happy.
- Embarrassing Nickname: 'Busty', courtesy of Comet Tail. Berserk Button
- Expy: A Gender Flip of Stud Muffin◊.
Flash SentryPrivate in the 3rd Royal Palace Grounds Platoon.
- The Bet: Lands him a lot of trouble at the start of Old Fences
- Butt-Monkey: Comes close to being this. Shining regularly puts him on Punishment Detail for his various mess-ups and Timber Spruce ends up tricking him into cross-dressing.
- Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Wears the biggest grin Shining's ever seen when they chance upon Lemon Hearts and Alma Rose locked in embrace.
- Lovable Rogue: Fits the bill. He loves to fool around and regularly teases and jests with his comrades.
- Noodle Incident: Was apparently set upon by Sunset and the Dazzlings in an orgy. Apparently they 'jumped him'. He seems more annoyed by the fact that his colleagues find it hilarious.
- Those Two Guys: He and Stumbler often work together.
- Totally Radical: In front of Fancy Pants, prompting Shining Armour to chastise him.
StumblerPrivate in the 3rd Royal Palace Grounds Platoon.
- Cluster F-Bomb: While headbutting Morion.
- Expy: Of Silver Quill's Clutterstep◊. Though he has a patch over his eye rather than a ring.
- The Klutz: Given who he's based off, this is likely. He's mentioned to have accidently stumbled into Sir Cumbersome's gang of thugs and pretended he was one of them to find out about The Plan.
- Those Two Guys: Him and Flash Sentry often work together.
- Use Your Head: Upon Morion, repeatedly, while wearing a helmet.
Timber SprucePrivate in the 3rd Royal Palace Grounds Platoon.
Comet TailPrivate in the 3rd Royal Palace Grounds Platoon.
PeregrineColonel in the Equestrian Royal Guard and acting-Commander of the battalions reinforcing Boulette
- Animal Motifs: His name and colour scheme are reminiscent of a falcon.
- Four-Star Badass
- The Mentor: Was this to Shining Armour who later ended up outranking him.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Towards both Shining Armour and Twilight Sparkle.
- Sophisticated as Hell: Maintains a very polite dialogue in Twilight Sparkle's company but cusses like a sailor among his guard.
Blizzard WindLieutenant in the Equestrian Royal Guard.
- Berserk Button: Threatens a racist Boulettan with death.
- The Cavalry: The first on the scene to rescue Twilight Sparkle from Threadbare and Almogavar.
- Commanding Coolness
- Official Fan-Submitted Content: Created by a reader of the series.
- Shout-Out: Numerous shout-outs to Ghost Rider which the creator is an fan of.
- This Is Unforgivable!: Toward the mercenaries.
- Whip It Good: Wields a chain-whip as a weapon of choice.
- Vapor Trail: Leaves streaks of fire across the ground when flying at top-speed. He mentions this is the reason they didn't want him in the Wonderbolts.
Loli BeatsLieutenant in the Equestrian Royal Guard.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Genki Girl: A trait that makes her and Pinkie very good friends.
- Lipstick Lesbian
- Official Fan-Submitted Content: Created by a reader of the series.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Is a thestral and explains the difference between them and batponies.
- Red Is Heroic: Doesn't just wear red but decorates her entire room with it.
- Techno Wizard: Zigzagged. She's mentioned to the computer expert among the Royal Guard at Boulette but requires Pinkie's help in cracking the financial details of Royal Flush to uncover his corruption. Hilarity Ensues.
JupiterLieutenant in the Equestrian Royal Guard.
MontagueLieutenant in the Equestrian Royal Guard.
OrionSergeant of the 2nd Royal Palace Grounds Platoon.
Star HunterSergeant in the Royal Guard.
Royal Canterlot Council
Fancy PantsHead of the Royal Canterlot Council (And later Lord Minister) of Canterlot, Lord of Briefly Manor and true gentlecolt.
- Ambadassador: Was apparently, this in his youth, fighting his way out of an ambush with Lady Cadence in North Onageria and aiding a zebra king he knew at school in fighting off slavers.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Master Duellist, impeccably dressed
- Benevolent Boss: Very much. His entire household are devoted to him.
- Big Damn Heroes: Multiple times.
- In You Shall Go To The Gala, he comes to Derpy's rescue and dishes a well-deserved "The Reason You Suck" Speech toward Countess Glass before ordering her to apologise and leave the gala.
- In Intriguing, he hears of Nitpick's capture of Fleur from Blueblood and speeds off to the Lower Gardens, dressed in his ancestor's military uniform and armed with a Sword Cane, fighting off Nitpick and his cronies.
- Death Glare: Poor Jet Set. He really shouldn't have tried being Devil's Advocate for Countess Glass.
- Gentleman and a Scholar: He's shown to be very learned.
- The Good Chancellor: Promoted to this, in practice if not in title, gaining the position of Lord Minister, a role last held by Star Swirl the Bearded
- Heroic BSoD: After Nitpick blackmails him to dump Fleur and abandon his political ambitions.
- Nice Guy: He is a pleasant and magnanimous chap by all accounts.
- Out-of-Character Alert: When he isn't wearing his monocle, something's wrong...very wrong!
- Sword Cane: Upon his outfit for a fundraiser which also happened to be his ancestor's military uniform.
CarcassonneFormer Electoral Candidate for head of the Royal Council (Now Lady Magistrate and Representative of Boulette)
- Action Girl: Very much so. She's perfectly prepared to face down Bloodhound and his associates alone and graduated top of her class in elemental magic.
- Alpha Bitch: Back at the School For Gifted Unicorns.
- Expy: Was essentially the equivalent of Sunset Shimmer to Cadence.
- Freudian Excuse: Was apparently The Un-Favourite in her family, always overshadowed and mocked by her elder sister and was brought up to try and be the best no matter what.
- Hot-Blooded: It hurts her political campaign sufficiently that she resigns her candidacy just before the story begins.
- I Hate Past Me: She doesn't gloss over the fact that she was a Jerkass back in her school years.
- Jerk Ass Realization: After her resignation, realising where and how she's gone wrong over the years.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Has this going. She remains a little caustic and patronising but definitely has warmed to the protagonists.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Doesn't think highly of Boulettan traditions.
- Parody Sue: Word of God suggests she was originally intended to be this.
- Reformed Bully: One of her main traits.
- Took a Level in Kindness: When Cadence is willing to give her another chance.
Raven InkwellSecretary of the Royal Canterlot Council
- Badass Bureaucrat: Is not afraid to give Nitpick a subtle but prominent "The Reason You Suck" Speech and is unafraid of what the Glass Family can do.
- Beleaguered Bureaucrat
- I Need a Freaking Drink: Has shades of this when she decides to take the rest of the mares out for drinks after winning Derpy's custody battle.
- Odd Friendship: With Bustle Bloomers.
Earl GreyFather of Pokey Pierce, Perry Pace and Ponet Pierre and member of the Royal Canterlot Council.
- Easily Forgiven: For calling off the investigation of the murder of Fancy's parents and spying on him. With the fact that the Countess was threatening his family, and that he still went ahead and nominated Fancy for Chairstallion, the Princess and Fancy Pants are content not to punish him.
- Happily Married: Though they've lived separately for some time, he and his wife, Crochet Doily, still love each other and their children very much.
- I Have Your Wife: How the Glass Family keep him in their control.
- The Mentor: Fits this role to young Fancy Pants.
- The Mole: Unwillingly.
- Shout-Out: He's based off WhiteFangKakashii's Pokey Pierce Family Portrait◊.
Fine LineMember of the Royal Canterlot Council.
Jet SetMarquis Du Pompé and member of the Royal Canterlot Council.
Princess Celestia's School For Gifted Unicorns
Minuette ColgatePonyville's local dentist and graduate at the School For Gifted Unicorns
- Adaptational Name Change: Her fan name is her middle name and what most ponies around town call her.
- Berserk Button: Similar to her good friend, Twilight Sparkle, she values The Power of Friendship and gets rather violent if any of her friends are hurt. It takes almost all her friends restraining her to stop her attacking Countess Glass at the Gala having seen Derpy beaten and dragged out.
- Heroic Lineage: Is apparently descended from an ancient Canterlot family called the 'Van Tancrems' (Dutch for 'Toothpaste')
- Nice Girl: Towards Derpy in You Shall Go To The Gala.
- Pimped-Out Dress: At the Gala. Courtesy of Rarity.
Lemon HeartsGraduate of the School For Gifted Unicorns
Photo FinishProminent Canterlot photographer and Large Ham
- Beware the Silly Ones: She might seem like a crazy, hammy fashionista...and she is...but she's far from harmless as Cringeworth and Cumbersome's thugs discovered.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Her and most of her crew. They're a quirky bunch of fashionistas, but they've managed to survive the rest of Canterlot's fashion industry trying to drive them out of business, and if one of their own is threatened, well...
- Crazy-Prepared: Has shades of this.
- Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: How she gets the assistance of Cringeworth.
- Destination Defenestration: Deals this to a journalist she finds in the changing rooms.
- Doing It for the Art: She hates the conformist, profit-orientated circle of the Canterlot Fashion scene and is working on making it more diverse and meaningful.
- Dynamic Entry: This is Photo Finish but crashing a carriage through a wall is quite something, even for her.
- Gratuitous German: She's mentioned to either be Farman or Haustrian.
- Large Ham: Yes!
- Mama Bear: She takes good care of her models.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Sort of. While she's high-strung and demanding at the best of times, she's surprisingly fair-minded, knows talent when she sees it and firmly believes in helping those who help her.
- Ship Tease: With Hoity Toity.
Fleur de LisBudding model, daughter of Ponyville Ice-Cream Ponies and love interest for Fancy Pants.
- Action Girl: Develops into this, being one of the only ponies to defeat Cascadius!
- Damsel in Distress: When captured by Nitpick in the Lower Gardens. Though she makes up for it by casting through a containment ring to help Fancy, promting a Heroic RRoD
- Hidden Depths: She's actually very well-read and has some head for strategy, giving Photo Finish the idea to hold the shoot at Briefly Manor both to save on resources and to thwart their opponents.
- Older Than They Look: In Intriguing, she looks like she could be (just) underage, but is actually 26. This makes her 33 after the Timeskip.
- Pimped-Out Dress: At the gala.
- Took a Level in Badass: By Intriguing.
- The Woobie: She goes through a lot of mess.
- Author Avatar: His name is the same as the screen name of the author. This is not a coincidence.
- Motor Mouth: When he gets going on historical events.
- Self-Deprecation: Well, given his status as Author Avatar...Dawnwind: Nopony else has nothing better to do with their lives than look through and write up all the balls-aching curd that he enjoys so much!
- Badass Crew:
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: All of them seem a little quirky.
- ShoutOut: Most of them are based off Beauty and the Beast as well as the works of P. G. Wodehouse
Grand Duchess Bustle BloomersFancy Pant's domineering but ultimately compassionate aunt.
- Cool Old Lady: Demonstrates herself to fit the bill quite nicely.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Expy: A very clear one of Aunt Agatha. Right down to the West Highland Terrier.
- Good Is Not Nice: While she remains a force of good, the measure of just how frightening she can be comes into play when she lets Countess Magnifying Glass know, in no uncertain terms, that she is looking for any excuse to make her suffer and that she may have 'friends who don't mind blood on their hooves'.
- Grande Dame
- Evil Matriarch: Subverted. While she's stern, patronising and ruthlessly pragmatic, she's never been outright mean to her nephew or any other members of her family.
- Family Honor: Very important to her.
- Never Mess with Granny: Knocks out four thugs under Sir Cumbersome before he can even blink.
- Pet the Dog: Aside from her literal petting of her pet terrier, Horatio, she does seem willing to reward Fleur for protecting her nephew even if she disapproves of their relationship and is very friendly towards Raven Inkwell.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Explains to Fancy that while she doesn't think highly of him wanting to marry Fleur de Lis, she wouldn't at all object to their friendship.
- So Proud of You: At the end of Intriguing now that Fancy Pants occupies a position directly in the Royal Palace.
TombolaButler of Briefly Manor
- Battle Butler: Goes toe-to-toe with Sir Cumbersome Clout.
- The Comically Serious
- The Jeeves
- Nice Hat
- Not So Above It All: Jumps on his hind-legs and cheers when Fleur accepts Fancy's proposal.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: He disobeys Fancy's instructions not to speak with Fleur in order to save their relationship.
- With Due Respect: Seems to be Verbal Tic of his as, with an employer like Fancy Pants, it's not really needed.
Mrs Fuss PotHousekeeper and Cook of Briefly Manor
- Kindly Housekeeper
- Never Mess with Granny: Pitches in at the defence of Briefly Manor.
- Not Now, Kiddo: Firmly scolds Tinny Can for pestering Fleur about what happened in the Lower Gardens. Though, seeing as Fleur was almost raped, it may be a case of Not in Front of the Kid.
- ShoutOut: To Mrs Potts.
- A Spot Of Tea: Her cure for everything.
- Team Mom: Of Briefly Manor. She was a nanny to Fancy Pants and so takes a certain motherly role around him.
Mr GrufflebyCaretaker and Driver of Briefly Manor
- Ass Shove: Prescribes this as a useful attack manoeuvre against any enemy and instructs Tinny Can on the subject.
- Cool Old Guy
- Dirty Old Man: A more innocent example, he's clearly looking forward to the fashion shoot at Briefly Manor for obvious reasons, to Mrs Fuss Pot's disapproval.
- Expy: Of Corporal Jones quoting 'They do not like it up 'em'.
PlumetteMaid of Briefly Manor.
- Action Girl: Wields a pair of tonfas while defending Briefly Manor.
- Everything Sounds Sexier In Prench: She's Prench/Chineighse.
- Ship Tease: With Ramekin
- Smooch of Victory: Pulls Ramekin into one after Briefly Manor's successfully defended.
RamekinWaiter of Briefly Manor
- Ship Tease: With Plumette.
- Undying Loyalty: To Stained Glass. He was among the several servants who resigned in protest after he was committed.
MactrowelGardener of Briefly Manor
- Brave Scot
- Undying Loyalty: Like Ramekin, he left Invitro Hall after Magnifying Glass had her own father committed. While at working at Invitro Hall, he kept a steely eye on Count Stained's prize-winning cabbages.
- Violent Glaswegian: A fairly benevolent example but very useful for fending off the paparazzi.
Tinny CanMrs Fuss Pot's nephew who helps around the Manor.
- Children Are Innocent: Doesn't quite understand what Mr Gruffleby means by 'They do not like it up 'em'...until the fight at Briefly Manor where Sir Cumbersome is subjected to it.
- Innocently Insensitive: Is excited to know how Fancy rescued Fleur from Nitpick in the Lower Gardens. Considering she was almost raped, his aunt is right to stop him.
- Tagalong Kid
Merry WeatherMayor of Ponyville
- Adaptation Name Change: 'Mayor Mare' is apparently short of for Mayor Merry Weather (Her parents were Pegasi)
- Adaptational Sexuality: She's a lesbian, married with three children.
- Badass Bureaucrat
- Crazy-Prepared: Has shades of this, having a button-activated trapdoor in front of her desk, and preparing a Produce Pelting during the Play to bring any wayward actors in line.
- Happily Married: With Lady Justice.
- Tranquil Fury: Upon finding out what Countess Magnifying Glass put Derpy through.
Ms Cheerilee's School
CheerileePonyville's resident teacher.
PipsqueakSmall, unimposing colt from Trottingham who's fallen head over hooves for Dinky.
- Adorkable: Is about as nervous and awkward around Dinky as equinely possible.
- Dating What Daddy Hates: Subverted. He grows comparitively distant towards Dinky after his mother makes her disapproval known.
- Not So Different: He started liking Dinky when the class came up and presented what their parents do for a living. Pip's mother washed clothes and Dinky's delivered mail.
- Puppy Love: He has fallen hard for Dinky. It appears to be reciprocated, although she's better at keeping it together in face of her crush.
- Shrinking Violet: Around Dinky quite a lot.
TungstenBlue Murder's treasured son and best friend of Pipsqueak.
- Berserk Button: Don't bring up the direct-to-video sequels of Ogres and Oubliettes. Apparently, they weren't very good.
- Cool Big Bro: Though he has no relation, he rather fits this trope with Pipsqueak, being significantly older than him. Word of God suggests Blue Murder is Pipsqueak's godmother.
- Hollywood Nerd: Personality-wise. Despite his fervent obsession with Ogres and Oubliettes, he doesn't seem overly awkward or dorky.
- Shipper on Deck: Is implied to be encouraging Pip to go out with Dinky.
- Voice Changeling: One of his main skills is impressions of Ogres and Oubliettes characters.
Diamond Tiara Rich and Silver SpoonTwo reformed (Mostly) bullies at Ms. Cheerilee's
- Closet Geek: Diamond Tiara secretly plays with Ogres and Oubliettes figures.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Diamond Tiara may have picked on almost every foal around but she's never made fun of Derpy, seeing as she owes the mailmare a favour. This goes for the entire Rich family as well.
- When the two of them are set to tease Dinky about Pipsqueak's feelings for her, they decide not to owing to the fact that it's her birthday.
- Puppy Love: Silver Spoon is mentioned to be going on romantic walks with Featherweight.
Lyra HeartstringsLocal music teacher and graduate at the School For Gifted Unicorns
- Action Girl: During Nitpick's failed attack on Ponyville, Lyra takes a pretty active role, finding Nitpick himself trying to run and dragging him back into the fray.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Has a problem early in You Shall Go To The Gala on working up the courage to ask Bonbon out.
- Cool Teacher: To Tootsie Flute.
- Genki Girl
- Good People Have Good Sex: She and Bonbon get up to some rather interesting stuff in the bedroom.
- Lipstick Lesbian: Is attracted and later in a relationship with Bonbon.
- Nice Girl
- Pimped-Out Dress: At the Gala. Courtesy of Rarity.
- Shipper on Deck: For Derpy and the Doctor.
Bonbon/Sweetie DropsLocal confectionary-store owner and former Equestrian Secret Agent
Berry PunchLocal grocer and Hard-Drinking Party Girl, younger sister of Cheerilee, lover of Colgate and mother of Ruby Pinch.
- The Alcoholic: Mentioned to be this in the past. With the help of Cheerilee, Colgate and Ruby, she got better.
- Butch Lesbian: With Colgate.
- Good Parents: Despite her uneasy past, she fits this bill, Ruby being one of the reasons she stopped drinking as hard as she did.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl
- Shipper on Deck: For Big Mac/Cheerilee
- Talk to the Fist: Tries to put up a fight against Balisong without much success.
Pepperdance del PapricanaCaballeran-born Ponyville dancer.
- Canon Immigrant: She's appears in the toy-line but hasn't ever made an appearance in the show so far. She's mentioned to be a cousin of Cayenne Pepper who appeared in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic S5 E14 "Canterlot Boutique".
- Gratuitous Spanish: A running theme of hers.
- Spicy Latina: Seems to be this.
- Nice Girl: Helps out Derpy a lot at the Gala.
- Pimped-Out Dress: At the Gala. Courtesy of Rarity.
Bourbon Blend, Florentine WaferPonyville Ice-Cream Ponies and parents to Fleur de Lis
- Good Parents
- Gratuitous French: With Bourbon Blend.
- Gratuitous Italian: With Florentine Wafer.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Bourbon is stated to be huge and Florentine, though not small, is described as 'waif-like'.
- Papa Wolf: The moment they find out it's Nitpick who stands before them, they are on him like a shot.
- Heavy Sleeper: Big Mac is apparently this, but the only time it's been relevant was an exception.
- Honorary Uncle: To Berry Pinch, after her mother's attempts to get him and Cheerilee together.
- Tranquil Fury: His response to discovering that Ruby Pinch was delivered a tape of her mother being subjected to Cold-Blooded Torture, on top of everything else that happened recently.
- Broken Bird: Has shades of this. If Dodger is anything to go by, Nancy has had it tough.
- The Dog Bites Back: Finally decides to get Dodger out of her life after seeing him taken down a peg by Sparkler.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Has this going with Blue Murder.
- Overprotective Mother: Hints of this. She's very apprehensive of Pipsqueak spending too much time with the Doo household.
- Domestic Abuse: Very much so for the latter as demonstrated in the Interlude.
- The Alcoholic: Quite apparent. He enters with a bottle of liquor and ends up smashing it against the wall in a fury.
- Asshole Victim: Is subject to being blasted out of the Hospital by Sparkler and then left in the dirt without his wallet and keys by his wife. Considering the abuse we've seen him dish out towards Pipsqueak and the fact that he was perfectly willing to harm Dinky and Tootsie for trying to stop him, it's pretty cathartic.
- Foil: To Countess Magnifying Glass. Both are utterly self-centred and abusive toward the meek and mild child under their care, uncaring of who knows it. But while the Countess acts in an austere and arrogant way, threatening Derpy with her considerable influence most of the time, Dodger is generally more brutish, hardly in control of himself at the best of times and it's clear his lifestyle has nearly ruined him and his wife.
- Hate Sink: In the span of one paragraph he threatens three of Ponyville's cutest and most innocent denizens with violence and inflicts it on one of them.
- Hypocrite: He openly cheats on his wife but rages at Pipsqueak upon seeing Dinky and Tootsie beside him.
- Jerkass: Oh big time. He's only in the last two paragraphs of the Interlude and in that time he savagely insults and threatens Pipsqueak, hits Tootsie Flute (He was aiming for Dinky)and prepares to beat Pipsqueak while the colt is lying in a hospital bed.
- Would Hurt a Child: Hits Tootsie Flute in the back of the head, aiming for Dinky when she tried to stop him harming Pipsqueak.
- Your Cheating Heart: He unrepentantly states he was with a prostitute before the events of the Interlude.
QuimperColonel of the Boulettan Guard.
- General Ripper
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Demonstrates highly xenophobic sentiment and not-so-subtly chides Lafayette's sexuality.
- Smug Snake: Sees Boulettan military officers as far superior to the Equestrian Royal Guard in terms of experience (Confusing the wish to start a war with the capability to win it if his 'strategies' are anything to go by).
- War Hawk
- WhatAnIdiot: Outwardly encourages starting unprovoked attacks on the home cities of Tybalt, Miura and Lambassar, despite the mercenaries having little to do with their places of origin. Twilight doesn't think highly of the idea.
LafayetteCaptain of the Boulettan Guard.
Banana RepublicCommunications Officer at the Crossfort, killed by Gringore.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: "Looks like Banana Republic had to SPLIT...Geddit?"
- Oh, Crap!: His courage swiftly fades away when he sees what Gringore did to the SWAT team.
- Sacrificial Lamb: Lives and dies solely to demonstrate how insane Gringore is.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: If the Mercenaries needed him alive, it's possible he was involved in Royal Flush's secret dealings with Cascadius and his subsequent betrayal.
The Deeprisen Expedition
- Cunning Linguist: Is trusted with the translations.
- The Coroner: Is the one to examine Fortissimo's body and identify the true cause of death.
- Professional Butt-Kisser: Daring appears to hold this opinion of him.
- Sacrificial Lamb: Is the first of the party to die, due to infection from the wound he takes opening the door, or at least, that's what everyone assumes. He was actually strangled.
- Wound That Will Not Heal: Takes one opening the door to the ruin.
Magnifying GlassDerpy Doo's abusive aunt and head of the influential Glass Family of Invitro Hall in Canterlot.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Is the head of one of the most ancient and noble families in Canterlot. She is also a horribly abusive and conniving mare who is seemingly prepared to commit treason to satisfy her wishes.
- Big Bad: She definitely fits this tropes during the first half of the storyline (Focussing on Derpy and Dinky)
- Enraged by Idiocy: Several times in Intriguing.
- Evil Aunt: To Derpy.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: She can't understand why the Doctor could love Derpy, much less want to raise her foal.
- Evil Matriarch: Of the Glass Family
- Hate Sink: She has absolutely no redeeming qualities and is unpleasant to just about everypony whenever she has the opportunity.
- Humiliation Conga: In You Shall Go To The Gala. While attempting to beat her niece for appearing at the Gala against her commands, she and her daughters are interrupted by Fancy Pants, their superior in title and reputation. He then proceeds to thoroughly dress them down and orders them to return to the Gala and publically apologise to Derpy. Celestia is just as unamused by their conduct and they're forced to head home on hoof in the pouring rain.
- It's All About Me: Largely. She talks constantly about the reputation of her family but it's quite obvious her concern doesn't extend beyond herself.
- Jerkass: To put it lightly!
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: At least in contrast with her husband, Countess Magnifying Glass has no qualms in hiring professional assassins to kill any threat that presents itself.
- Sanity Slippage: Her seven year house arrest has not been kind to her. She is a nervous wreck who will do anything to get back at the heroes.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Firmly relies on this trope.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Also relies on this. She attempts to bribe the Doctor to abandon Derpy. It doesn't work.
- Smug Snake: Although she's no slouch, in a story with Cascadius she's just out of her league. It takes a while for her to realise this.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Invoked repeatedly. To be fair, while she's not as smart as she thinks she is, she's definitely ahead of her co-conspirators by several miles.
- Villainous Breakdown: Numerous times in You Shall Go To The Gala and Intriguing. After the timeskip she's basically lost it entirely.
- Whip It Good: Technically it's a riding-crop. Which she enjoys using on those who irritate her.
NitpickCountess Magnifying Glass's husband, Canterlot's Lord Magistrate and running for Royal Council Chairstallion.
- Attempted Rape: Nitpick assaults Fleur while she's working at the theatre. She reports him, resulting in a scandal. After she begins showing up again due to her relationship with Fancy Pants, Nitpick begins viewing her as The One That Got Away and tries several more times.
- The Bet: Lost his old estate, Lausenhaus Court, in one.
- Big Bad Wannabe: It's quite obvious that he is forced to rely on his wife to avoid trouble and get ahead. She's just as unhappy about this as he is.
- Hanging Judge: Is shown to be this towards those he thinks beneath him.
- Hate Sink: He is as vile and self-interested as his wife and lecherous to boot. You certainly know when a character is deplorable when they receive a "The Reason You Suck" Speech from Prince Blueblood!
- Henpecked Husband: Evidently.
- Large Ham: In court. Flash Sentry thinks he should become an actor.
- Never My Fault: He maintains that Fleur was trying to seduce him at the theatre.All that mane and make-up on a mare of your status? My dear filly, you may as well have worn a price-tag.
- No Honor Among Thieves: He wastes no time in trying to pin his crimes on Sir Cumbersome and Earwax.
- Professional Butt-Kisser: To Blueblood.
- Upper-Class Twit: He is not a smart stallion.
- You Have Failed Me: His ultimate fate.
Monocular, BinocularDaughters of Magnifying Glass and Nitpick.
- Animal Motifs: Their plain but heavily made-up faces are described as 'fish-like', while on their illustration, Monocular appears somewhat baboon-like and Binocular looks very porcine.
- The Bully: Gleefully take part in their aunt's abuse of Derpy.
- Lame Comeback: For all their time spent insulting and mocking Derpy, they aren't particularly witty.
- Fat and Skinny: Monocular is thin and Binocular is fat...or the other way round.
- Spoiled Brat: Their main trait.
- Upper-Class Twit: Certainly seem to be.
Cumbersome CloutNitpick's friend and political supporter and Baronet of Loutly Towers.
- Dirty Coward: He doesn't stay long at Briefly Manor.
- The Dragon: To Nitpick.
- Drop the Hammer: Wields a sledgehammer on the assault on Briefly Manor, intent on smashing the statue of Knickerbocker. He never gets the chance, however.
- Dumb Muscle: He is very large and isn't particularly clever.
- Jerkass: He is rarely seen being willfully nice to anypony.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Doesn't like lower-class ponies and hasn't a very high opinion of mares either.
- Professional Butt-Kisser: To Blueblood.
- Those Two Bad Guys: With Nitpick during Intriguing.
- Upper-Class Twit: He's a single-minded, blustering oaf.
- Would Hit a Girl: Claims that social climbing if a good enough reason to beat a pony bloody, even more so if they're a mare.
- You Have Failed Me: His ultimate fate, shared with Nitpick.
EarwaxNitpick and Magnifying Glass's private lawyer.
- Amoral Attorney: Is not above falsifying evidence or bribing, duping and threatening ponies to support his claims.
- No Honor Among Thieves: When it's clear that the Glass family won't get him out of prison, he spills the beans on their plans.
- Oh, Crap!: When he finds out that the weekly Magnifique Fashion Magazine has Fleur's profile, making his false story about her background unpublishable.
- And soon afterwards when Shining Armour finds the photos he was holding onto.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: His response to Celestia's entrance in Intriguing. He makes it quite clear that he can't help the Countess if the Princess is involved.
- The Smart One: In comparison with Nitpick and his cronies, though that's not saying much. He's the only one who thinks revealing the grand scheme to Fancy Pants might not be such a good idea but is won over at the thought of satisfaction.
- Smug Snake: It sure as hell grates on Fancy Pants.
- You Have Failed Me: His ultimate fate, shared with Nitpick.
Morion, Culverin, ArquebusNitpick's bodyguard. An Earth Pony, a Unicorn and a Pegasus respectively.
- The Brute: They all fit this trope but special mention goes to Morion, the toughest and possibly the most sadistic of the trio.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: It's all but stated that Morion plans to have his way with Fragrant Magnolia and Silvanberry. Thankfully, this is prevented by Stumbler.
- The Smart One: Arquebus appears to be the smartest of the three, not being spotted sneaking into the hospital and having Earl Grey and his family at his mercy fairly easily. Unfortunately for him, he forgets about the nurse.
- The Tooth Hurts: Morion plans on pulling out Fragrant Magnolia's teeth for biting him.
- Would Hit a Girl: It's shown that Morion and Culverin have no quarrel with assaulting Fleur with hooves and magic.
- You Have Failed Me: Their ultimate fate, shared with Nitpick.
CringeworthSir Cumbersome Clout's valet.
- Butt-Monkey: Whether it's his allies or his enemies, everypony seems to find any excuse to pick on him.
- Gonk: His illustration hardly looks like a pony!
- Professional Butt-Kisser: Is sycophantic to a high degree.
Glanders Gate Asylum
BittersweetHead of Glanders Gate Asylum.
- Affably Evil: He is flawlessly polite and could easily be mistaken for a kind pony.
- Blue and Orange Morality: His Motive Rant suggest he sees mental illness, of any kind, as similar to a foal's misbehaviour, requiring punishment in order to make them learn. The worse the 'misbehaviour, the more painful the punishment.
- Evil Genius
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Wears spectacles that give his eyes a certain dead look.
- Hate Sink: The keeper of an illegal asylum who firmly advocates Cold-Blooded Torture as a means to treat mental illness.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate
- Neat Freak: Shows signs of this, being highly displeased that dust is gathering in his desk and ordering the asylum relentlessly sanitized.
- The One That Got Away: Seems to see Derpy as this, believing he could have 'fixed' her if he had more time with her.
- The Shrink: Fits this role.
HelleboreThe domineering matron of Glanders Gate.
- Berserk Button: Don't show disrespect towards Doctor Bittersweet when she's close-by.
- The Big Guy: She is stated to be very large.
- To the Pain: Her illustration shows her holding a drill and preparing to use it.
- Undying Loyalty: She seems very loyal to Doctor Bittersweet, any attempt to show impertinence toward him enraging her.
Lightning DustFailed Wonderbolt turned informant in Cloudsdale for the Asylum and the Mercenaries.
The Cult Of Piggsicorn
The Grand Gorging Council Of The TroughMasters of the Cult of Piggsicorn.
- Affably Evil: The only named one so far, Bloatula is very reasonable with Cascadius.
- Big Eater: Their servants constantly shovel fermenting fruit into their mouths.
- Brotherhood of Funny Hats: When idle they give off this vibe. When not idle, however
- Fat Bastard
- The Grotesque: Not only are they ridiculously obese and have to be carried around in palanquins but are also riddled with ulcers and open sores owing to their unhealthy lifestyle.
- Omniscient Council of Vagueness: See above.
- Smug Snake
Royal FlushFormer Senator of Boulette in league with the Cult and the Mercenaries, press-ganged into more direct service.
- Butt-Monkey: For the Mercenaries.
- Can't Kill You, Still Need You: The only reason he's still alive. So Cascadius and the Cult settle for his wife and daughter.
- Corrupt Politician: Used Cascadius's Mercenaries to get elected.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He has a wife and daughter. While the former is not highly elaborated on, it's clear he cares quite a bit about his daughter, something Cascadius takes advantage of.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Was very enthusiastic about victimising non-Boulettans and forcefully breaking from the rest of Equestria.
- Too Dumb to Live: He betrays the Mercenaries who got him his seat in power. Subverted as he's kept unharmed. His wife and daughter, however, aren't so lucky.
- Ungrateful Bastard: The Mercenaries see him as this for trying to sell them out after they got him in power.
TrilbyRoyal Flush's daughter and newly-made Oracle for the Cult of Piggsicorn.
ThreadbareThe Cult of Piggsicorn's most capable hitpony.
- BFS: His weapon of choice; a double-ended glaive.
- The Dreaded: Among Cascadius's hardened mercenaries!
- Facial Horror: Rarity observes his face resembles torn gunnysack. Most ponies actually think it's a mask at first-glance.
- Mouth Stitched Shut
- Psycho for Hire: For the cult.
- Serial Killer: A proficient one to earn Cascadius and Najiva's approval.
- The Voiceless: Different to the Echo Squad, Threadbare actually has his lips sown shut.
The Mercenary Army
CascadiusMysterious mercenary leader who has murdered countless innocents across a seemingly millennia-long lifetime and a mortal enemy of Doctor Whooves.
- Affably Evil: Mostly. It takes a lot to break his composure.
- And Your Little Dog, Too!: Deliberately works to kill the loved ones of everyone who opposes him, to discourage further opposition.
- Anti-Magic: Makes use of a powder that has this effect on ponies, with a side of Mind Rape. It was invented by Sombra, and Cascadius' access to it following the Crystal Empire's banishment tips off Celestia to his presence.
- He actually gained this knowledge many centuries ago when he captured and tortured a sixteen-year old Sombra for information!
- Benevolent Boss: He seems quite chummy with his fellow Mercenaries, treating them like students.
- Big Bad: Certainly shaping up to serve this role in the second half of the story.
- Consummate Professional: to the point where his frustration with Countess Glass's lack of such an attitude causes him to seize control of the operation at the end of Intriguing.
- Crazy-Prepared: Obsessed with preparing for every situation.
- Cultured Badass: Appreciates fine music, expensive alcoholic beverages and ancient history. He even tortures Fancy Pants while playing Gymnopedie No. 1 on a record player.
- The Dragon: To Countess Magnifying Glass.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Forcibly takes charge by the end of Intriguing, sick of the Countess' meddling screwing up his plans to do what she hired him for.
- The Dreaded: Amongst those who know him.
- Escaped from Hell: Cascadius' first meeting with the Doctor ends with him being dropped into Tartarus. It wasn't his last meeting.
- I Have Many Names: Is sometimes referred to as The Paymaster. He went by the name Downriver when fighting for the Lunar Republic in the Civil War and by the name Trojan when fighting for Marephistallion the Deceiver. An old Earth Pony faith calls him the "Warmonger".
- Knight of Cerebus: He is definitely the most threatening villain so far.
- Madeof Iron: Catches an iron poker swung with such force that it bends around his hoof with no apparent effect.
- Master of Disguise: The Doctor describes his as this. It's shown when Cascadius rapidly switches disguises during his attack on Laurelore, well enough to fool a crack squad with a Wounded Gazelle Gambit.
- Professional Killer: ...In My Little Pony...
- Really 700 Years Old: He is very old, old enough to have fought the Doctor and Celestia several times in the past.
- Rescued from the Underworld: How Cascadius escaped Tartarus. Marephistallion the Deceiver attempted to build an army by recruiting the prisoners there, and Cascadius was amongst them.
- Tranquil Fury: A theme of his, contrasting with Countess Glass's ranting and raving.
- Underestimating Badassery: Defied. He's very careful to research the Elements' capabilities properly. To his frustration, there's still a lot he can't predict.
- Un-person: Celestia attempted this with Cascadius for his crimes the last time he showed up, and not just with mundane means, she used a very powerful spell to erase every record in the known world. The Doctor later believes it to have been a mistake, allowing him to hide much more effectively.
- Villainous Breakdown: Despite his usual unflappable attitude, he definitely broke down when the Doctor pulled a Taking You with Me at the Pit of Tartarus
- War for Fun and Profit: Quite happily murders a former employer in order to force a region into civil war he can profit off.
- We Need a Distraction: A recurring theme of his. He will quite happily cause a disaster somewhere close by, however many lives are lost, simply to distract or waylay his opponents.
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Defied by Cascadius. He will shoot first chance he gets, provided a more convenient means of disposal does not exist. Lampshaded by the Doctor to the Mane 6...Whenever you face one of these major threats, you all make mistakes on your first try. Thats fine. Thats normal. But the thing about Cascadius is he doesnt give you a second try.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: A trick he uses several times.
BloodhoundCascadius's foremost lieutenant.
- Animal Motif: Clue's in the name. Though his speckled coat and spiky mane more resembles a hyena.
- Blood Knight: He duels Shining Armour to a standstill and then faces down Cloud Kicker and Flitter alone and heavily wounded to buy his allies time to escape.
- Cultured Badass: He produces an authentic knife and proudly details its history...right before using it to kill a stallion.
- The Dragon: To Cascadius
- Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: He seems to find what Trilby's being put through as well as various instances of murder and torture rather funny.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has one that goes all the way across his face diagonally. Apparently, a griffon put it there.
- Machete Mayhem: His preferred close-combat weapon.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast
- Villainous Friendship: With Cascadius, hugging him warmly, teasing him, asking about their friends and pleasantly regaling him with stories of torture and brutality.
- Would Hit a Girl: Has a habit of this so far. He once burned a senator's daughter half-to-death when he stiffed him and seemed all too ready to horribly murder Fleur and Carcassonne...though he could simply enjoy killing in general.
BalisongA young but hardened Fillypino mercenary.
- Awesome Aussie: She was raised in Horsetrailia and speaks with the accent and colloquialism. She is also able to decapitate a timber wolf with a single swing of her glaive.
- Battle Boomerang: Her weapon of choice, though it's called a Glaive.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Early in the story, she comes across as sane and sensible when compared to the likes of Bloodhound, Corax and Gringore but, as she later proves, she may be just as bad, if not worse than the rest of them.
- The Dark Chick: Fills this role.
- Dreadlock Warrior
- Even Evil Has Standards: Is not a fan of Corax's...habits...
- Getaway Driver: Fills this role at the Storming of the Crossfort, driving an airship.
- Kick the Dog: Ambushing and torturing seven of Ponyville's citizens is bad enough. But after capturing three of them (Caramel, Cherry Berry and Berry Punch), she films the footage of their brutal tortures and sends it to their relatives (Dr Stable Horse, Lemon Zest and Ruby Pinch).
- Psychotic Smirk: Possesses one when finding captives.
- Sadist: Certainly seems to be in the basic sense of the word.
- Smug Snake: Around Trixie, seemingly confident that there isn't a thing she can do against her.
- Torture Technician
- Unusual Euphemism: Repeatedly curses with the word 'Scud'.
Blue MurderA formerly-retired mercenary from Trottingham.
- Action Mom: Kind mother to Tungsten. Also a battle-hardened mercenary working as an interrogator for a collapsing regime.
- Badass Normal: She, of all the mercenaries, has very little to set her apart and make her look distinctly threatening. Yet she is, most definitely, a threatening individual.
- Boring, but Practical: When faced with Crullion she simply hits him in unguarded but vital spots, rendering physically unable to fight, rather than match him strength for strength.
- Broken Bird: Has shades of this.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Her second greatest skill.
- Cold Sniper
- Consummate Professional
- Disproportionate Retribution: A 13 year old colt bullied Tungsten and broke his O&O set, Blue Murder tortured him to death.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Tungsten means everything to her and apparently is still grieving for her dead husband.
- The Gunslinger: Has incredible aim, capable of shooting two targets two times each in swift succession without looking!
- Mama Bear: Is very, very protective of her son.
- Not in Front of the Kid: Works very hard to keep Tungsten from finding out about her job.
- One Last Job: She wants this trope to be in play by Call To Arms. Cascadius can't promise it.
- Retired Monster: Attempts this during Call To Arms but, as Shadowplay points out, she's working as an interrogator for a fascist police-state while qualified for many other, less harmful jobs.
- The Unfettered: In contrast to her psychotic compatriots, Blue Murder rarely shows much emotion in battle.
CoraxA half-insane, Shaking-Spear-spouting cannibal.
- Affably Evil: He is, by far, the most affable of the mercenaries, treating Rarity with courtesy and offering reassuring words even while he is preparing to cut her up for food.
- Benevolent Boss: Treats his ghouls very kindly, giving them generous shares of his meals.
- Creepy Crows: Makes use of the motif.
- Fattening the Victim: Sometimes. Other times he settles for clean kills (Reminiscent of a hunter) suggesting that, despite being a cannibal, he's not an outright sadist.
- Freudian Excuse: As far as anyone knows, he lost his family in a war as a foal, was captured and left to starve to death in a cage until he literally slid through the bars and glutted himself on the flesh of his captors.
- I'm a Humanitarian: This is one of his main traits that sets him apart from his comrades. He is actually very skilled at the art (In practice similar to real-life humans cooking meat) but it still creeps out some of them.
- Lean and Mean: Despite his incessant eating of his victims, he is painfully thin.
- Meaningful Name: 'Corax' is Greek for crow.
- Our Ghouls Are Different: Possesses an artefact giving him control over them.
- Team Chef: Is actually a fantastic cook that doesn't force his comrades to partake in his eating habits.
- Wicked Cultured: Constantly quotes Shaking-Spear and fervently admires the stallion.
GringoreA chainsaw-wielding, laughing Fourth-Wall Observer.
- Bond One-Liner: "Looks like Banana Republic had to split...Geddit?"
- Chainsaw Good
- Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: Clearly.
- Expy: So you Gender Flip Joker and give her a chainsaw...it's as frightening as it sounds.
- Fourth-Wall Observer: Constantly making references to real-world media.
- Laughing Mad: Laughs maniacally as she kills her victims.
- Psycho for Hire: Is, quite possibly, the most insane of the Mercenaries.
- Slasher Smile
BovrilA BFG weapons expert and engineer from New Eweland.
- Affably Evil: When he tests his weapons out, he is always calmly and kindly assuring his victims they won't feel any pain...He's not always right.
- The Engineer
- Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: Refers to the Ludicrous Gibs of his latest test subject as 'Corax's Pasta Sauce'...He later admits that was a bit low-brow and apologises.
- Tested On Ponies: His designs most certainly are.
ShadowplayAn Ib'Xianese batpony who acts as a messenger.
- Affably Evil: Seems quite polite most of the time.
- Brutal Honesty: Despite the above, he points out how Blue Murder is Not So Different from the others.
- Burn the Witch!: The ponies of the village he grew up in tried to do this to him and his parents. He escaped.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Is rather angry when Royal Flush decides to betray the mercenaries he hired.
- Handicapped Badass: Lost an eye as a child. It doesn't seem to have impeded his capabilities.
- Knife Nut: Is apparently an expert with knives.
MiuraA former Shogunate Secret Police Official.
- Bring It: At the crossroad, surrounded by guards, demands they fire at her.
- Enraged by Idiocy: Takes issue with Gringore's absurdity, particularly in killing somepony they needed alive.
- Katanas Are Just Better
- Off with His Head!: Is fond of this.
- Shout-Out: Her background is partly based on The Shinsengumi
- The Stoic
- Tattooed Crook: Of a sort. She has blue kanji painted on her teeth
TybaltAn escaped slave, turned bandit leader.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Has shades of this.
- The Gunslinger: Fits this role nicely.
- Nice Hat: With a band of hunting trophies.
- Nice to the Waiter: Pays a vagrant for borrowing his coat.
- The Nicknamer: Gives his colleagues code-names. Usually without their approval.
- Rollerblade Good: Uses rollerblade-like spurs to move on two back-hooves while firing.
- Would Hurt a Child: Put a city called Sugarcandy to siege and hung one foal from every landowner's family.
MustaleskiA Poatsulan crackshot and athlete.
- Animal Motifs: Her name is Finnish for 'Black Widow', matching her colour scheme.
- Authority Equals Asskicking
- Consummate Professional: Seems very serious yet shows signs of enjoying her job a little too much.
- Expy: Seems based on Xenia Onatopp, though she's Scandinavian, not Russian.
- Murderous Thighs: Once used them to crush a Minotaur's neck!
- Sexy Scandinavian
AlmogavarA Zebrican spy and duelist.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: By Lost Reflections, he's become a fully-fledged member of the Mercenary Army and commanding others. His simple but effective tactics nearly bring down Twilight Sparkle with very little effort.
- Blade on a Stick: A halberd is his choice of weapon.
- Handicapped Badass: Is mentioned to be one-eyed and yet kills an enemy officer in a duel, nearly kills Twilight Sparkle and charges into battle with the Royal Guard unafraid.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Just for Pun though he wears red.
- Bald of Evil
- Cool Sword: If his name is anything to go by.
- Dirty Coward: His only instances so far have been urging Almogavar to be careful and running from the Royal Guard.
- Jerkass Has a Point: He's right to be afraid of Twilight Sparkle, Threadbare and Blizzard Wind.
- Tattooed Crook: Has a blue stripe painted over his eye.
- An Axe to Grind: His weapon of choice.
- The Brute: Arguably among Cascadius's forces. He doesn't seem particularly tactical.
- Green and Mean
- Scary Teeth: Two of his molars on his lower jaw have been replaced with sharp tusks.
- ShoutOut: Mentioned to be based off the orcs from Warhammer. He even gives a cry of 'WAAAGH!'
Najiva Antaheen Guptata Sri.The Glamourling Grand Master of the Echo Squad.
- Animal Motifs: Snakes
- Dark Chick: Has this going. Very glamorous and implied to have a romantic history with Cascadius.
- Evil Virtues: Very concerned about the honour of the Echo Squad, hence why she appears after the pretender fails so miserably.
- Meaningful Name: Najiva is Hindi for 'female snake'.
- Try to Fit THAT on a Business Card!: Her full title means 'Mistress of Undending Silence'
- Voice for the Voiceless: Uses an undead cobra as a mouthpiece.
- Affably Evil: Well-mannered and is always smiling in a way that is described as 'fatherly'. He is also a mass-murderer capable of wiping out dozens of ponies in moments.
- Cloth Fu: His primary weapon of choice.
- One-Man Army: By far the most effective of the four assassins sent to storm the Crossfort, killing an entire sniper division, bringing down helicopters and single-handedly evacuating, capturing every survivor on the way.
- An Axe to Grind: Her preferred weapon of choice.
- Blood Knight: Certainly seems to revel in the destruction of her enemies.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Half her face seems to have shrivelled by some unknown means.
- Horny Vikings: She and the Jotnar Legion have this going. Doubly so since she's a caribou.
- Take That!: As far as headcanon goes, she grew up under the equivalent of King Dainn's rule (Named Drainn) from Fall Of Equestria. She fought off any attempt to rape her, was thrown into a gorge to die, returned decades later with an army and tortured Drainn and his followers to death.
- Tin Tyrant: Goes about battle in heavy iron armour.
- Adipose Rex: Is incredibly fat, even for his kind.
- Aristocrats Are Evil
- Hate Sink: And you thought Nitpick was depraved!
- Honorable Elephant: Subverted. While Schnortel is a despicable creature, he's a gomphothere, not an elephants. Elephants in the fic are mentioned to exist and are very peaceful and honour-bound beasts. They were among the first race the Ivorium Empire set about enslaving.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: Has this in mind for Fleur de Lis.
- Jerkass: In contrast with most of Cascadius's allies, Schnortel isn't very courteous towards him or anyone else.
- Medieval Prehistory: Is a gomphotherium, a prehistoric proboscid.
- Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil
Historical FiguresThe Doctor and Cascadius have met before, and when one has Time Travel and the other appears to be immortal (although how is unclear), then that leaves a lot of scope. In general, all characters here are Posthumous Characters.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Wields the Equis Blade against Marephistallion.
- Messianic Archetype: Right down to the nativity plays.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Very proactive in dealing with threats to her citizens.
- Affectionate Nickname: Adamanta is known as "Addie"
- Aura Vision: Nuzzle is able to tell that nothing has lived in Cascadius' cave for a long time.
- Damsel in Distress: Aurora is captured during the fight against Marephistallion, but is rescued unharmed.
- Dwindling Party: How they leave the story.
- Eye Scream: Inflicted on Adamanta, blinding her.
- Face Death with Dignity: Nuzzle and Iris spend their last few seconds hugging each other.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: Cornflower.
- Let's Split Up, Gang: While pursuing Cascadius.
- The One Guy: Zipadee is the only stallion.
- The Archmage: Even when in direct conflict with the person holding the In-Universe title.
- Curiosity Killed the Cast: Caused a massive amount of damage and exposed his scheming by hatching a dragon egg. Fortunately, it works out.
- Famed In-Story
- Friendly Rivalry: With Vorpal Blade
- Grumpy Old Man: Develops into something of one, as seen in Warmonger.
- The Unishment: Is punished for heretical ideas and endangering lives with his curiousity by being made Royal Tutor, a position that effectively becomes equivalent to Minister for Education, giving him the political clout to actually make the reforms he wanted all along.
- 100% Adoration Rating: Was absurdly popular among the common ponies and foreign allies and soon held sway over most of the court.
- The Ace: To quote Aurora-"Politician, Knight, Strategist, Swordsmaster, Archer, Alchemist, Judge, Physician, Architect, Engineer, Diplomat, Poet, Philosopher, Painter, Musician, Dancer, Athlete, Linguist, Chef, Explorer, Martial Artist, Detective, Astronomer, Horticulturalist...It would honestly be easier to list the things he wasnt good at."
- Ambiguous Disorder: From the sound of him, he may have had OCD, accounting for his perfectionism and his apparent need to master so many skills.
- Badass Bookworm
- Cool Uncle: To Midnight Blade.
- Cultured Badass: One of the most famous in Equestrian history, he was one of the pioneers in what was known as the 'Equestrian Renaissance'.
- Defector from Decadence: Hated the way Dunholm worked and the mercenary lifestyle he was brought up in.
- Friendly Rivalry: With Star-Swirl the Bearded.
- Magic Versus Science: As an Earth Pony, he favoured more mundane methods of doing things which is what brought him into rivalry with Star-Swirl.
- The Medic: Famous for finding cures for various epidemics across Equestria.
- No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Word of God suggests Theodore Roosevelt.
- Phrase Catcher: 'What a guy'.
- Renaissance Stallion
- Rescue Romance: Zigzagged. When Lusaira of Erivara was due to be sacrificed to a sea monster, he offered to take her place, leading her to rescue him.
- Fantastic Racism: The one quote we have from him is a diatribe on how the world should not be reordered and unicorn's proper place is at the top of the heap.
- Hate Sink: Becomes one In-Universe, hated by most of his students. The Fictional Counterpart to My Immortal is a text written to demonise him (although Archmage Mimic refuses to let it be filed as historical fiction due to the extremity of the demonisation, amongst other inaccuracies).
- Inept Mage: Despite holding the title Archmage.
- Kicked Upstairs: Despite not having a change in job title, he's effectively demoted to paper-shuffling after Star Swirl's ascent to the role of Royal Tutor, something Star Swirl found deliciously ironic.
- Nepotism: How he holds his title.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: His main job as Archmage, blocking Rememberly's meritocratic reforms.
- Politically Incorrect Villain
- Punny Name
- Unwitting Pawn: The historian Vorpal Blade portrays him as this, and little more, being merely a hedonistic pawn of his family.
- Action Girl: Took to battle herself at least twice.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Despite her grace and generosity, history agrees she could be quite vicious when she lost her temper.
- Broken Bird: After having to execute Auric, she underwent a bout of depression and self-doubt.
- The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: With both her sister, Arsenic, and cousin, Lye.
- The High Queen: Before the Alicorns came, Platinum was seen as the Equestrian equivalent of this trope.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: In-Universe. Apparently, she wasn't as cold and haughty as the events of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic S2 E13 "Hearth's Warming Eve" make her out to be.
- Kicking Ass in All Her Finery
- Nice to the Waiter: Her experience with Clover caused Platinum to make various reforms to help the common folk.
- No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Clearly based off Queen Elizabeth I.
- Proper Lady
- The Dragon: To Pansy
- Historical Villain Upgrade: In-Universe, similar to Platinum above. Apparently his bossiness and meanness were traits Pansy asked him to show in order to keep the tribe together.
- Nice Guy: From what history can tell. Though he had to get tough later.
- No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Of Marcus Agrippa.
- Would Hit A Woman: As long as that mare was speaking ill of Pansy, as his mother was.
Earth Pony Republic
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Uncertain.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: It's implied that at least part of her madness/stupidity was faked to lure her enemies into a false sense of security.
- Gaslighting: Did this to some of her enemies, most notably Carbuncle, faking attempts on his life to propel him into paranoia and eventually cause him to commit suicide.
- The Hedonist
- Historical Villain Upgrade: Inverted, Villain Decay, In-Universe, in contrast to the other two above. While she was as mad as the play depicts, she was far from harmless.
- Stepford Smiler
- Action Girl: White Wolf.
- The Ageless: All of the main three become this by the modern day.
- Ancestral Weapon: Fletcher Fray's bow has a long and storied history.
- Animal Motifs: White Wolf invokes the Noble Wolf motif, as well as the animal's ferocity.
- The Beastmaster: White Wolf has some control over wolves, using them to harry enemy hosts during the Cervine civil war.
- Blow You Away: White Wolf is a pegasus, and skilled with her innate magic.
- Blue Blood: Fletcher Fray is of noble birth, specifically the Armbrusts of Farmany.
- Cadre of Foreign Bodyguards: While Princess Luna's bodyguards, they were this, as none are of Equestrian birth.
- Child Soldiers: Fletcher earned his cutie mark at eleven, when he first took up the ancestral bow against monsters.
- Combat Pragmatist: Midnight Blade is described as this on a strategic level, but even he is disgusted by Downriver's actions.
- Doomed Hometown: Fletcher's home is destroyed by the Gildenpakt, a rebellion against his parents' overlord.
- The Dreaded: In the modern era, they've been busy with the cult of Piggsicorn and, as revealed in the backstory posts, they've had a reputation for a very long time.
- The Engineer: Fletcher is a capable smith and craftsman, forging a prosthetic limb for Conrad, and later maintaining a large collection of warmachines to help pass the time.
- Fantastic Racism: White Wolf came into conflict with King Aspen over this, being an outsider learning the ways of the deer.
- Forest Ranger: Fletcher started out as one, joining the Talforesters in his youth.
- Four-Star Badass: Are commanding the army besieging Olwen, and manage to fight Celestia to a draw during a duel.
- Good Is Not Soft: By modern day they're pleasant company (usually) and stalwart guardians of Equestria. And they are not the Bearers, do not expect mercy.
- Happily Adopted: White Wolf's parents vanished or died when she was young (the details are lost, perhaps deliberately so), but she was taken in by Fallingleaf of the Wolfsong Deer, and seems to consider herself one of them. Certainly, when King Aspen proposes putting her to death, it takes twelve stags to restrain Fallingleaf, and civil war is onlynote averted by her choosing to leave, rather than see harm come to her family.
- Heroic Lineage: Fletcher Fray's father saved his future wife, his grandfather took down 800 Boarzerkers, and an even more distant ancestor took down the Troll King. It's later expanded upon. The more distant ancestor who killed the Troll King? Founded the lineage wielding the Ancestral Weapon, and we get the full story of his parent's Rescue Romance, involving Defeating the Undefeatable.
- Honour Before Reason: Their refusal to stoop to slaughtering civilians is what ends their employment of Downriver.
- Morph Weapon: Fletcher's bow becomes a double-headed spear on command.
- Official Fan-Submitted Content: Created by three readers of the series.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Midnight Blade is a batpony.
- Praetorian Guard: The Knights initially formed as Princess Luna's bodyguards.
- Raised by Natives: White Wolf was raised by deer.
- Shock and Awe: White Wolf, another use of her pegasus magic.
- Slasher Smile: White Wolf is described as having one in historical accounts.
- The Spymaster: Midnight Blade is this for the group, being a poor spy himself, but being very good at planning and manipulation, and providing them the information they need to hunt down Celestia.
- Super Speed: White Wolf, as is to be expected for a pegasus.
- Terror Hero: During the Civil War, exaggerated tales of their exploits and ferocity spread far and wide, and historians generally reckon this was at least partially deliberate.
- True Companions: They've stayed friends despite it being over a thousand years since they first met, before Luna's rebellion.
- Weapon of Choice: Each of them has one: Knives for White Wolf, bows for Fletcher Fray and a double-handed falchion for Midnight Blade.
- Anticlimax Boss: In the Interlude. He possesses Pipsqueak and, momentarily, proves quite formidable against the Doctor and his companions. Then Pipsqueak's asthma kicks in and he's forced to leave his body before he passes out, allowing the Doctor to imprison him.
- Combat Tentacles
- Demonic Possession: To Pipsqueak. It doesn't do him much good ultimately.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Responsible for a lot of villains getting out of Tartarus (including Cascadius), and the effects of his actions occasionally show up (such as his son), but he doesn't have any real impact on the current storyline, due to being (apparently permanently) defeated in the distant past.
- Satanic Archetype: To contrast Laurelore.
- You Have Failed Me: A firm believer in the trope.
- Body Horror
- Child by Rape: Heavily implied. Discord mentions that Serendipity was captured by Cascadius and offered up to Marephistallion as a mate.
- Combat Tentacles: Like his father, though his grow out his back.
- Overlord Jr.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Doctor Poddle.
- Villain: Exit, Stage Left: At the end of the Interlude with Dr Poddle.
- Would Hurt a Child: Along with his unpleasant plans for Pipsqueak, he sends hellhounds after Dinky and Tootsie.
- You Have Failed Me: His father pulls this on him but only in so far as devouring his essence. This does, however, leave him a near-lifeless husk of a pony.
- Berserk Button: He really doesn't like having his inventions insulted.
- Body Horror: He has fused into his containment pod in his suit and now barely resembles a pony.
- Clingy Costume: His armour is designed to never come off. The addition of chaotic magic just made it worse.
- Freudian Excuse: Was born a unicorn with an unresponsive horn and so sought to find a power that could surpass the magic he was denied.
- Fricking Laser Beams: His main attack.
- Giggling Villain
- Mad Scientist: Fits the bill.
- Mini-Mecha: His suit. He has fused with it.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Morlock.
- Villain: Exit, Stage Left: At the end of the Interlude with Morlock.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Judging by his appearance, his unending life isn't an altogether pleasant one. Then again, he doesn't seem to notice.
- Arch-Enemy: To Angel Bunny.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: A gigantic white folewolf. He arrives in command of an army so it's a little different in practice.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Commands Marephistallion's armies with an iron fist. He is also able to fight and almost defeat Princess Luna.
- Bad Boss: Kills a hellhound alpha male for cowardice and threatens the rest of his army with the same.
- Big Bad Wolf: His motif.
- The Brute: Kind of fits this role for Marephistallion's armies but demonstrates a certain amount of wit and cunning.
- Hannibal Lecture: Gives one to Luna
- Never Live It Down: While it seems he was responsible for Angel's behaviour in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic S2 E19 "Putting Your Hoof Down" which led to Fluttershy's change and all it entailed, he promised Marephistallion he'd warp Fluttershy into a berserk, bloodthirsty slaughterer which, evidently, he failed to accomplish.
- You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: At the sight of Angel Bunny facing him down with a pair of firearms
- Defiant to the End: Dies laughing at Laurelore and mocking her for her defeats and the lives Marephistallion has taken.
- Considering what his master does to those who fail him, one can understand why he did this.
- Epic Flail: His weapon of choice.
- Off with His Head!: How he is dispatched, courtesy of Laurelore.
- Speak Ill of the Dead: "Twinkle Wish screamed as she died"
- Mugging the Monster: Led the force to bring down the Bearers. It sort of went south.
- Ludicrous Gibs: The result of his masters tentacles flooding into his body.
- Sacrificial Lamb: His existence pretty much solely serves to highlight Marephistallion's lack of mercy.
- You Have Failed Me: Contrast to Anzu, Carthage returns to Marephistallion who rejects his apologies and kills him via Combat Tentacles.
- BrotherSister Incest: To Rarity's disgust.
- A Fate Worse Than Death: Implied to be their fate at the hands of Tirek after negotiations went sour.
- An Offer You Can't Refuse: Averted. Tirek could and did refuse their offer.
- Mysterious Past: Very little is known about what they looked like or even what species of pony they were.
- Smug Snake: They were apparently this, supposedly descended from the High Hooves who overthrew and banished Rememberly the Bonnycorn and instilling the concept of Proud Warrior Race to Boulette's ponies.
- Too Dumb to Live: They offered Tirek a position of Auxiliary General if he helped them conquer Equestria. Sufficed to say he didn't think highly of that offer.
The Deer Tribes
- The Ageless: They are effectively this, with White Wolf (having been granted a deer's lifespan) barely changing over a millennium, meaning that several deer are not Posthumous Characters, despite being alive during the Equestrian Civil War.
- The Chessmaster: Wintermist Wolfsong shows shades of this, ending a civil war in a week due to careful preparation.
- Cruel Mercy: The Wolfsong clan appears fond of this, removing one or both antlers from those they defeated in the Civil War, destroying their power.
- Fantastic Racism: King Aspen despises all outsiders, bringing him into conflict with the Wolfsong tribe, who take in White Wolf, a pony.
- The Federation: Reorganised into this after their Civil War, each tribe independently governing itself. Previously they were a Kingdom under King Aspen, but after his Fantastic Racism and negligence drives the Wolfsong into open rebellion, he is overthrown.
- Our Elves Are Better: The "Wood Elves" variant.
- Papa Wolf: Runningleaf Wolfsong is protective of White Wolf, to the point where he's willing to threaten civil war to protect her.
- Tribal Face Paint
- Archer Archetype: As is standard for Frays, he's a very skilled archer, something he exploits in his Rescue Romance.
- Childhood Sweetheart: Almenia Von Messer.
- Death by Origin Story: Killed by the Gildenpakt as part of Fletcher Fray's origin.
- Rescue Romance: When Almenia and Ulmora are threatened with execution, he petitions Count Grollen for clemency. When this fails, he challenges Grollen, wagering a signficant portion of his estates as extra incentive. Declaring it to be an archery contest, Grollen substitutes a champion, the undefeated Quarnasan al'Balut.
- Undying Loyalty: To Oberfurst Lombard, despite his weak rulership. This results in the fall of the Armbrust household.
- Archer Archetype
- I Let You Win: Maybe. Historians disagree as to whether Quarnasan let Fabelhart win after discovering the reason for the challenge, or whether Fabelhart won fairly.
- Worthy Opponent: His initial reason for meeting Fabelhart's challenge, and he considers Fabelhart this after the contest.
- Altar Diplomacy: Marries Sothilda to unite South and East Farmany.
- Artificial Limbs: Loses a leg in the breaking of the Siege of Lunich, and has a replacement smithed by Fletcher.
- Divide and Conquer: A technique that he uses, exploiting the Gildenpakt's disunity to prevent any unified resistance to him.
- Forest Ranger: One of the Talforesters, professional monster-hunters.
- Happily Married: To Grand Countess Sothilda.
- Ho Yay: In-Universe, with Fletcher, much to Fletcher's annoyance.Wagensroll, on behalf of Fletcher: Mr Fray wishes it to be known while he and Conrad were good friends, there was nothing sexual in their partnership, he has never once engaged in any intimate relations with the Oberfurst of Farmany and could whoever keeps making that Fanart please Get a bucking life.
- King Incognito
- Roaring Rampage of Rescue: Sets off on one when Fletcher is captured by Vallon. It merges with Roaring Rampage of Revenge when Princess Adalie is murdered.
- Rightful King Returns: The goal of him and Fletcher.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Is a professional monster hunter before ascending the throne.
- What the Hell, Hero?: His annihilation of Neighover strains his relationship with Fletcher.
- A God Am I: Seems to believe himself an alicorn. He's sadly mistaken.
- The Caligula: There's a reason he's the last king of New Hycarion.
- Try to Fit THAT on a Business Card!: Introduced at one point as The Potentate Magnificence, Trueborn Child of the First Heavenly Ruler Of All Living Things, the Exalted King of the Thoroughbred Race, Unquestionable Sovereign of the Known World and All Worlds Beyond, He Who Shall Lead The Pure of Blood and Pure of Mind into the Fabled Land, Master and Commander of the Brave and Perfected Cosmos Legion, Our Noble Emperor Dvinius The Forty-Ninth, Long May He Reign.
- Broken Ace: Ridiculously competent at the arts of kingship...but incredibly vulnerable to vice of all kinds, he couldn't restrain his desires, which lead to his downfall.
- Drunk with Power: After ascending the throne, he quickly becomes corrupt, surrounding himself with Yes Men and neglecting his country.
- Off with His Head!: After manipulating his brother into surrendering his crown, his palace is stormed by enraged mob, ending with this.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He and Tourmalina allow themselves to be captured and killed so that their daughter can be hidden.
- Maligned Mixed Marriage: Falls in love with a Tarpan mare, which causes him to neglect his royal duties and aggravates the existing Fantastic Racism. Ultimately, Thon offers to permit him to marry Tormalina in exchange for his half of the crown. Saumon agrees, and is then immediately forced to flee with his wife.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Grew up in an abusive slum.
- Dirty Old Man: Begins lusting after Melusine in the guise of a dancer.
- Knight Templar
- No Name Given: His real name is lost to history.
- Poisonous Friend: To Silurian, inciting him to violent power plays as his Dragon before seizing control after a crisis of conscience.
- Properly Paranoid: Doesn't buy Melusine's Faking the Dead.
- Secret Police: Ran a powerful one called "the Guillotine".
- Whole Plot Reference: His downfall is a direct parallel to The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
- Would Hurt a Child: His willingness to do so twice turns powerful allies against him (Silurian and Durendal).
- Changeling Fantasy: Was raised by peasants.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Always treated her lovers well, and never mistreated them, even after the relationship ended.
- Faking the Dead: Fakes her death as part of her plan to reclaim Prance.
- Loophole Abuse: Required the Church's blessing to be crowned, but she couldn't have it if she engaged in adultery. So she never married (officially).note
- MadonnaWhore Complex: Defied society's attempt to trap her in the dichotomy.
- Polyamory: Maintained at least two lovers for at least one period of her life.
- Really Gets Around: To some scandal, and the Church of Beata Meria claims she was a virgin all her life. This is a case of In-Universe Politically Correct History.
- Rightful Queen Returns: To Prance, with Princess Celestia's help.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After Marie Rose is captured and abused. All those who mistreated her are publicly disembowelled.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Solidifies her love for Melusine when she attempts to rescue Canette from an unjust punishment..
- Dishing Out Dirt: Possessed a rare talent known as Transfiguration that she used to animate the gargoyles and send messages to Celestia.
- Expy: Takes the role of Quasimodo in Hellfire's The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
- Gender Flip: Female, unlike Quasimodo.
- The Mole: Passes information on Hellfire's actions to Celestia.
- Out with a Bang: Downplayed, but certain (somewhat dubious) sources suggest she died after complications resulting from a broken hip, sustained while with Melusine.
- Expy: To Phoebus from The Hunchback of Notre Dame
- Rabble Rouser: Turns the public of Faris against Hellfire.
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Was dismissed from his position guarding Thon l'Albacar after he refused a bribe to ignore a rape.
- You Shall Not Pass!: After being pushed to breaking point by Hellfire's orders, he defends a school, not falling until all inside have fled.