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    Princess Celestia 
The De facto ruler of Equestria, and one of its more dangerous inhabitants. She is the sister of Luna, Alicorn of the Night, and one half of the Equestrian Diarchy.
  • Accidental Misnaming: Like Helianthus, she calls Tarnished Teapot "Mr. Teakettle".
  • The Atoner: For bullying Luna and making fun of the dark spots of fur surrounding her moon cutie mark when they were both younger. It's one of the reasons why she's so accosting towards her sister.
  • Badass Boast: Occasionally, when she needs to get a point across. One of her more epic ones is:
    Princess Celestia: I am the cosmic light and my power is near-infinite. You will exhaust yourself should you keep running from me. Should you flee into the stars, know that I will find you. I am an uncountable, unconquerable number of suns that span entire galaxies.
  • Big Brother Bully: Gender-inverted. Apparently she was one to Luna when she was younger, calling her "Stain" in reference to the dark markings surrounding Luna's moon cutie mark. She has been trying to make up for it, but Luna had also been trying to suppress her memories of it, magically or otherwise.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In Princess Twilight Sparkle And The Sorcerous Symbiosis, Celestia unwittingly interrupted a kidnapping attempt on Sumac when she arrived to give some slightly belated birthday wishes, which starts off the story as Twilight writes her a letter of gratitude. She does it again later, sort of, when she finds Twilight and her friends have conducted a series of experiments with Sumac's Super Empowering power and have devolved into bickering over who gets to keep him; she declares the end of the experiments and takes Sumac home to his mothers.
  • Big Eater: Like in canon. Doesn't help that magic in this 'verse tends to wear away at the user's energy.
  • Crossword Puzzle: Filled in in pen, and with no help from anypony. She's apparently on a 200-year perfect streak.
  • Complete Immortality: So long as a sunnote  burns or its heart survives, Celestia cannot be slain.
  • Death by Childbirth: She reckons she's died more times in foalbirth than in battle.
  • Drop the Hammer
  • Friend to All Children: Celestia is very good around foals, and loves them dearly. When she meets Esmeralda at the end of A Basket, a Blanket and a Bundle of Bills, she immediately goes from very grumpy (after listening to the "The Reason You Suck" Speech given to Buttermilk) to very motherly. Yet she couldn't even properly care for Corbie, Nuance, and Radiance due to work.
  • Gilded Cage: Celestia sees her position as an alicorn ruler as this, being more of a ball-and-chain that's keeping her imprisoned with all its trappings than something she really enjoys.
  • Gods Need Prayer Badly: Is an Enshrined being, meaning she gains power from worship. Since she's a benevolent ruler who cares about her pony subjects, this isn't a problem for her. Luna on the other hand...
  • Hidden Depths:
  • Inhumanable Alien Rights: Subverted in her treatment of Limey; Celestia believed that, since Limey is a sentient object that was converted from her draconequus friend, he deserved to be treated with respect and dignity, which was why she attempted to befriend him while he was still alive. On the other hand, Celestia's elders only saw Limey as a weapon and a subject of experimentation in order to study the draconequui better and punished Celestia for humanizing him. It's her elders' actions that caused Celestia to see herself as morally superior to her elders.
  • Large and in Charge: Much like her canon self, she's the largest female ruling Alicorn. After Gosling Ascends, she becomes the second-largest Alicorn in general.
  • Lady of War: Graceful, benevolent, and queenly... and totally capable of kicking ass.
  • Magic Knight: Has the raw power of a Physical God, the magical lore of an immortal, and still shows up in full plate ready for the melee.
  • Nervous Wreck: In The Sun Also Surprises, Celestia was completely wracked with fear and worry over how her potential blind date would go. Hearing that her blind date partner (Gosling) was also feeling the same way provoked feelings of sympathy out of her.
  • Parents as People: Celestia, Gosling, and Luna want to be good parents for their kids, but their royal duties constantly keep them away from home, resulting in said kids feeling neglected and suffering through a string of broken promises, and in Radiance's case, let themselves take inspiration from potentially bad influences. By the time Twilight decides to foalsit, Corbie, Nuance, and Radiance have several issues that Twilight acknowledges have been there before they reached her castle.
  • Physical God: Goes with being an Alicorn Princess whose life force is linked to all the suns in the universe.
  • The Power of the Sun: In fact, because of the unique circumstances of her ascension, the power of many, many suns.
  • Princesses Rule: Naturally, she's part of the Equestrian diarchy with her and Luna being ranked Princesses.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: You don't rule for over a thousand years of benevolence without becoming this.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: In Princess Twilight Sparkle And The Sorcerous Symbiosis, she gives one to Twilight and her friends after investigating who was messing with her Sun and causing disasters all over Equestria, and finds the group bickering over Sumac.
    Celestia: "What has been going on here? What strange, reckless magical experimentation has been going on? Dimensional rifts from here to our west coast have been torn open and there are monsters everywhere! Everywhere! Odd magical disturbances have been popping up everywhere from here to there and all of them bear Sumac’s peculiar magical signature! My sun has been tampered with, and worst of all... worst of all... I arrive and all of you have fallen prey to sorcerous greed! How long until one of you might have tried to snatch poor Sumac and run away?"
  • Resurrective Immortality: How her Complete Immortality manifests if her body takes sufficient trauma. According to Word of God, each successive body was more resistant to corruption and disease, as her body adapted to what killed her last time.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: As well as running Equestria (a more than full-time job), she studies strange magic, and gets involved herself when necessary.
  • Soul Power: The primary practitioner of Animancy. She's the reason why some of her golems are running around.
  • Spider-Sense: Sensitive to destiny's "wibbles". She refers to it as her alicorn's intuition.
  • Spot of Tea: While despairing over the state of ponykind, she claims the one good thing that came out of civilization was tea.
  • Too Much Information: Her reaction to Cadance revealing her Casual Kink in The Sun Also Surprises.
  • Trickster Mentor: Even more so than in canon material.
  • The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: Initially. Underneath Celestia's mask of grace and serenity is a mare with her own wants and needs, and she sees her position, and the duties that come with it, as a Gilded Cage. But she gets better over the course of The Sun Also Surprises and The Perilous Romance Of Swans thanks to Cadance and Gosling.

    Princess Luna 
Alicorn of the Night, and sister to Princess Celestia. She is the other ruling half of the Equestrian Diarchy.
  • All of the Other Reindeer:
    • Part of why Luna is still not as popular as Celestia is because ponies still remember her stint as Nightmare Moon, and refuse to forgive her for it. In Perilous Romance, Moreh Quiet Knish calls out the First Tribes for shunning one of their goddesses, and not showing Luna the love and support she needed after trying to redeem herself for so long.
    • Gosling's epiphany in Perilous Gestation lends to the reason, too: Ponies generally favored Celestia and her sun because of the ancient belief that Dark Is Evil while Light Is Good. Because the moon, and by association, Luna, are associated with darkness, Luna must be evil. The idea of them being a major part of the reason why Luna turned into Nightmare Moon went over ponies' heads.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Subverted in Perilous Romance. It's revealed that Luna has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, something that is new at the time, and it might explain her fits of melancholy and mood swings. Gosling speculates it may be why Luna often falls back into ancient speech patterns. However, it's more complicated than it appears.
  • Bawdy Song: As revealed in Spring Broke, Luna authored some dirty poetry before her banishment. They're still read in the present day.
  • Big Eater: Grew up in much leaner times, so is quite happy to make use of the fact food is now plentiful.
  • Broken Bird: Her time as Nightmare Moon and being sealed in her own moon led to a lot of psychological trauma. Ponies shunning her and her moon as if they're still evil lent to a big part of her brokenness, too. Unbreaking her is one of Cadance's goals, and part of the reason she introduces Gosling to Celestia.
  • Casting a Shadow: Naturally, as the Alicorn of the Night, she knows darkness magic.
  • Character Development: Because of her guilt over becoming Nightmare Moon and causing so much suffering, Luna sabotages her own relationships because she sees herself as unworthy of love an affection. Much of Perilous Romance and its sequel, Perilous Gestation has her learning that she is indeed worthy of such things, which ends with her finally making love with Gosling.
  • Complete Immortality: So long as a single speck of moon dust survives, so will Luna. It doesn't even have to be from the Equestrian moon.
  • Creepy Good: Several other characters comment on it.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Naturally, as the Alicorn of the Moon and Night.
  • Death Faked for You: Celestia told the Equestrian public, as well as Luna's twin sons, a lie that Luna was killed in the fight by the evil entity Nightmare Moon so everyone could find closure and move on.
  • Divine Parentage: She's the (still living and present) ancestor of House Sparkle (Twilight Sparkle, Shining Armor), House Lulamoon (Trixie), and House Dark (Dim Dark and a few other "good" relatives).
  • The Dreaded: She is a Terror Hero, and her Wardens are, too. Invoking her name or the Wardens is a surefire way to induce Oh, Crap! reactions from anypony.
  • Dream Weaver: As in canon, she can enter other ponies' dreams.
  • Fearless Fool: Has apparently never retained a body longer than a century due to being careless, though she feels differently about her present one due to the Elements' influence.
  • Gods Need Prayer Badly: Like her older sister, Luna is Enshrined, and when Equestria isn't worshiping her properly, she suffers. When she became Nightmare Moon, all of her temples have been torn down and her religion forgotten, leaving her form and magic somewhat stunted when she was restored to goodness. Gosling works very hard to fix this.
  • Gratuitous German: After being exposed to Stinkbug.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: Suffers greatly during puberty, hence her desperate concealing of her state.
  • If I Can't Have You...: Likely the reason why Luna as Nightmare Moon murdered her and Celestia's previous husband, Bronze Blaze. She's torn up after learning the truth and visiting his grave.
  • In the Blood: Her time as Nightmare Moon has cursed her descendants, forcing them through madness and isolation before they can achieve greatness. This pattern can be seen with Twilight Sparklenote , Trixienote  and Dim Darknote .
  • Lunacy: Wields the power of Equestria's moon, and many other moons throughout the cosmos.
  • Missing Mom: To her sons, Castor and Pollux, who lived a thousand years ago. They were told that their mother was "killed" by Nightmare Moon because Celestia couldn't bear seeing their reactions to the truth, and she wanted them to have a way to gain closure and move on.
  • Must Have Caffeine: Champions the noble cause of coffee in Equestria.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: Luna never had the chance to mourn her previous husband, Bronze Blaze, other than hearing that he died fighting Nightmare Moon. When she hears exactly who killed him, she's devastated with grief and guilt.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Survives getting a building dropped on her without notable harm.
  • Physical God: An Alicorn Princess who is linked to not just Equestria's moon, but every moon in the universe and beyond. Due to the conditions of her Resurrective Immortality, the only thing that will kill her would be an Omnicidal Maniac.
  • Quantity vs. Quality: Biological example; whenever she has foals, Luna's children end up with raw, potent magical talent, where as Celestia births many foals with average to pitiful magic. Celestia envies her sister for this.
  • Reality Ensues:
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: After having a really bad day, Gosling rips into Luna after she criticizes him, informing her that her arrogant attitude is the reason why ponies preferred her older sister Celestia over her. While she's initially hurt, Luna grows to respect Gosling as the only pony who stood up to her.
  • Resurrective Immortality: If her body takes too much damage, her Complete Immortality takes this form. As this also results in Came Back Strongnote , this means that Celestia's protectiveness has actually made Luna weaker. This was also how she survived being blasted by the Elements of Harmony as Nightmare Moon, as it was supposed to kill her.
  • The Sacred Darkness: As the Alicorn of the Night and the Moon, she represents darkness.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Celestia, natch. It's even represented by their control over two different cosmic bodies (Sun and Moon).
  • Speak Ill of the Dead: Her opinion of the deceased Arcturus Lulamoon was... less than favorable.
  • Stronger with Age: Unfortunately, her carelessness with Resurrective Immortality has meant she's usually weaker than Celestia.
  • Terror Hero: Maintains an entire stable of these called the Wardens, as well as being one herself.


First Appearance: The Sun Also Surprises

A completely normal Pegasus guardspony who, thanks to Princess Cadance's influence, ends up marrying Princess Celestia. However, due to an ancient law stating that one who courts a ruling Princess must marry both, he ends up marrying Princess Luna as well.

  • Accent Relapse: Gosling speaks with a natural Manehattan accent, but Sleet schooled it out of him because she didn't want her son talking like a hoodlum. It reemerges him when stressed or passionate about something; Celestia finds it extremely attractive. After Cadance heals him and experiences a magical surge from overabundance of love, Gosling's accent stayed.
  • All of the Other Reindeer:
    • Gosling was shunned by the First Tribes for being a child born out of wedlock, and so was Sleet for birthing him. Moreh Quiet Knish later calls out his people as well as himself, for not learning forgiveness and rejecting their own during a great time of need.
    • In his high school days, Gosling was accused of being gay by all of his classmates because Skyfire Flash spread nasty rumors about him when he refused to hook up with her.
    • Later, he gets the same treatment from his fellow Signal Corps soldiers, who jeer about him being the spoiled pet of Princess Celestia. They shortly get their asses chewed out by Sergeant Shamrock.
  • Ambadassador: While Blueblood and Shining Armor defeated the Lord of Shades on the Grittish Isles, it was Gosling who brought the islands together. Gosling thinks he did nothing special, but Twilight thinks otherwise.
  • Badass Bookworm: He's in the Guard because he wants to get the scholarship and study history.
  • Badass Crew: Ends up leading one containing Seville Orange, Hush, and Hotspur.
  • Breeding Slave: Discussed in Perilous Romance; quite a few ponies make comments about Gosling being potential breeding stock, and Luna herself mentioned that had Equestria still remained in medieval times, Gosling would've been a pampered consort whose only purpose is to be a glorified piece of property and baby-maker for the Royal Sisters much like his deceased predecessor, Bronze Blaze.
  • The Charmer: Knows how to say just the right words to make mares (and stallions) blush. It's saved him a couple of times during interactions with Princess Luna.
  • Communications Officer: His role in the Guard is in the Signal Corps.
  • Complete Immortality: After his Ascension as the Alicorn of Happiness, in the same vein as Celestia and Luna; so long as happiness exists, so will Gosling.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: In dealing with Skyfire Flash, his ex who slandered him twice, Gosling foregoes giving her well-deserved karma and instead gives her an offer; either she join the Royal Guard for twenty years and receive financial benefits in hopes that it'll help invoke Character Development, or go to jail for life for the crime of slandering a member of the royal family.
  • Disappeared Dad: His father does not appear, and Sleet is explicitly a single mother (and has been for most or all of Gosling's life).
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Exploited; he's hot, and knows it, giving him an edge when dealing with the public.
  • Eternal Love: With his ascension into the Alicorn of Happiness, Gosling's relationship with the Royal Sisters has turned into this.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: When he makes an innuendo to a roomful of press, one fifth of the room fainted. Several of them were stallions.
  • From the Mouths of Babes: Invoked deliberately in A Day in the Cookie Court; Gosling established the Cookie Court for little foals to petition their problems to him because he believes that adults are too cynical and set in their ways to make a change, and that helping foals would help them put more trust in the government, and come easily about petitioning problems. Although it is met with sharp derision from critics, it works, as one Earth pony filly was able to come to Gosling with a problem about an Exchequer agent refusing to fund her school because Earth ponies don't need an education.
  • Gentle Giant: Gosling has become quite large after becoming an Alicorn, larger than even Celestia herself, but he's still the beautiful, charismatic, friendly pony at heart.
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: In Foalsitting Follies, Gosling believed himself to be useless because the only thing he did in the Grittish Isles was talk to people and bring them together, while Shining Armor and Blueblood did all the fighting. Twilight makes him see reason with a Dope Slap, and tells him the more important thing was that he united the islands after a period of strife.
  • Head-Turning Beauty: Gender Flipped from its usual presentation, but he manages to turn the head of nearly everyone around him, even Lemon Hearts.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: Having been a pegasus for a good majority of his life, Gosling's grasp of magic post-Ascension is rather clumsy, and even his telekinetic grip is clumsy. Radiance mentioned that he accidentally turned him into goo once.
  • Large and in Charge: Post-Ascension, Gosling has become the largest of the Alicorns, towering over even Celestia, who is quite large herself. He's also one of the driving forces in Equestrian government.
  • Magnetic Hero: Due to his beauty and friendly charisma, he ends up attracting a Badass Crew, as well as a crowd of nobles willing to back up Celestia during Mister Mariner's Xanatos Gambit plan.
  • Malicious Slander: Subjected to this twice.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: With Celestia and Luna, who are both immortal alicorns, while he's just a regular pegasus. Then it inverts to Eternal Love after he gains immortality and ascends into the Alicorn of Happiness.
  • The One Guy: While he's not the only male Alicorn (there's Sumac), he's the only male Alicorn that is currently ruling. All the other Alicorn rulers of Equestria (including the Crystal Empire) prior to his ascension had been female. It's later averted in Lies, Damn Lies, And Statistics after Shining Armor, a unicorn and co-ruler of the Crystal Empire, becomes an immortal Alicorn.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Apparently Gosling helped unite the Grittish Isles after it was affected by the villainous Lord of Shades. He thinks it's less impressive than what Shining Armor and Blueblood had done during the trip, but Twilight assures him that achieving diplomacy is a huge accomplishment in its own way.
  • Parents as People: Gosling, along with his two wives, genuinely wants to be a good parent, but his royal duties constantly keeping him away from home resulted in his children feeling neglected and left a string of broken promises, leaving the triplets Corbie, Nuance, and Radiance as messed up as they were by the time Twilight decided to foalsit them.
  • Polyamory: Both Celestia and Luna are his wives, due to an ancient law that if one decides to propose to one of the Ruling Sisters, he/she would have to marry the other Sister as well. It was never repealed.
  • Physical God: Turned into the immortal Alicorn of Happiness by Foalsitting Follies. As long as happiness and joy exists in Equestria, so does he.
  • Remember When You Blew Up a Sun?: While Gosling is worrying about his diplomatic skills, Twilight reminds him of the end of A Darkness Softly Creeping, where he talked a darkness elemental to death.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Gosling, through his marriage with Princesses Celestia and Luna, is a Prince by default, a title that becomes more appropriate after he becomes the Alicorn of Happiness by Foalsitting Follies. The list of accomplishments under his wings is staggering.
  • Running Gag: Every time he gets on a train, it is attacked. Every time.
  • Sins of Our Fathers:
    • Gosling was a child born out of wedlock, and the First Tribes shunned him simply for existing. Their Moreh, Quiet Knish, later calls out his people for being quick to condemn others and not thinking to help Gosling and Sleet during their time of need.
    • Later defied and averted with Skyfire Flash; a major reason why Gosling refused to bring her to trial for slander is because her foal would be punished for the mother's crimes, just like he was.
  • That Wasn't a Request: In A Day in the Cookie Court, when Gosling hears about an Exchequer agent refusing to fund a school for Earth ponies, he makes it clear to the guards that he wants to have a "face to face chat" with the Exchequer agent, and that if the pony refuses to come, he'll still have to attend court anyway.
  • Talking the Monster to Death: Gosling did this in A Darkness Softly Creeping, talking down the darkness elemental that was tormenting Moonlight.
  • Undying Loyalty: Every single pony who works under him. He himself is loyal to the ruling Princesses (Celestia and Luna) as well.
  • What You Are in the Dark:
    • Gosling could have chosen to have his revenge against Skyfire Flash and make her pay for spreading gay rumors in high school that inflicted quite a bit of psychological damage that took years to resolve with counseling. But when he learned that his ex was pregnant, he instead chose forgiveness and went with the Cruel to Be Kind option, because he didn't want to inflict Sins of Our Fathers on Skyfire's son just like the First Tribes had done to him for being a bastard.
    • Gosling also could have chosen to be angry and rail at Moreh Quiet Knish about the First Tribes' mistreatment of him and Sleet, but instead chose to be polite about it. This display of politeness impresses Quiet Knish so much that he did a Shaming the Mob speech towards the First Tribes, pointing out that a single mother who had a child out of wedlock raised Gosling better than the First Tribes did.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With all his friends. Even more so than usual for the Weedverse, and it earns them complaints from more upright ponies.

    Dandy Lion 
Trixie Lulamoon's estranged mother.
  • Abusive Parents: Her father was not a good man. Unfortunately, she would later become one herself to her daughter, Trixie.
  • Asexual: Just like her daughter. It led to many suicide attempts due to having the duty to continue the family line.
  • Babies Make Everything Better: Believed this, leading to Trixie. She was wrong.
  • The Chain of Harm: She was subjected to abuse and pressure from her own father, who wanted her to have children to continue the family line, which led to her attempting suicide many times because of her asexuality. When Trixie was born, she assumed that things would get better, only for the effects of her father's abuse to influence her into treating her daughter the same way.
  • Interrupted Suicide: Many, in her youth, due to being asexual yet forced to conceive foals for her House by her father.
  • Overly Long Name: Lady Dandelia Lion Lulamoon.
  • Troubled Abuser: She abused Trixie because her father abused her and pressured her in turn.
  • Upper-Class Twit: Not as bad as many examples, but definitely has the arrogance of this trope.

    Arcturus "Caper" Lulamoon 
Trixie's grandfather, and the deceased patriarch of House Lulamoon.
  • Abusive Parents: And an abusive grandparent.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Well, since he's dead, Luna does this for Trixie via Speak Ill of the Dead.
  • The Chain of Harm: Though currently dead, his actions started off a generation of abuse by putting tremendous pressure on Dandy Lion to bear foals for their House, which led to the asexual Dandy attempting to commit suicide multiple times. Dandy finally managed to have Trixie through Night Light, making her daughter a half-sibling to Twilight Sparkle and Shining Armor, and she assumed everything would get better... only for Dandy to start abusing Trixie as well because of the harmful effects Arcturus's behavior had on her.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Dandy Lion may have been a bad parent to Trixie, but Arcturus was ultimately responsible for influencing her to become that way.
  • I Want Grandkids: Deconstructed and played for drama. He was very keen on continuing the family line, which led to the asexual Dandy Lion commit suicide more than once, and once her daughter, Trixie, was born, she would become just as abusive as her own father.
  • Posthumous Character: Dies before he's ever seen on-screen, though the influence he had on his family is still there.
  • Seer: Probably, but it's uncertain. He was either a very skilled trickster with a knack for guessing right, or a true chronomancer, but it's impossible to know for certain.
  • Sentimental Drunk: The only times he showed affection to Trixie was when he was very drunk around Hearthswarming.
  • Time Master: Again, probably, although it is explicitly stated that he could have been faking it.


First Appearance: Whatever Way The Wind Takes You

A Draconic Pegasus working for the Night Guard, he ends up falling in love with and marrying Gloomy August.

  • Affectionate Nickname: Is called "Wormy" by his wife, Gloomy August.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Not usually vulnerable to this, but, to his shock and dismay, falls afoul of Megara's.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Despite being a draconic pegasus working for the Night Guard, he is not a villain.
  • Fantastic Racism: Really not fond of manticores, which is understandable given his and Gloomy's experiences with them. Fortunately, Megara, a young pony-manticore hybrid, is too adorable for him to dislike.
  • Friend to All Children: He might be big and scary, but he truly loves children, and after finishing his service to Luna, goes to work for Foal Protection Services because of this trope.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Polite, kind and gentle. And a Warden. If you have come to his attention for the wrong reasons, then if you are very lucky you might get a second chance. Either way, you won't get a third.
  • Heroic Vow: Has sworn ten years of service to Luna.
  • Hypnotic Eyes: Uses these to read memories, as well as to help calm those he's dealing with and, occasionally, to provide discreet advice.
  • Mandatory Motherhood: He's not overly bothered by it, but he is expected to find a pegasus mare to have foals with.
  • Retired Badass: After his term of service is over, although he instead starts working for Foal Protection Services.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero: Named after wormwood, a bitter-tasting, medicinal plant. While he's not soft, he means well. His hypnotic powers also requires him to "worm" his way into anypony's minds and calm them as a method of healing.
  • Uneven Hybrid: Like all draconic pegasi.

    Twilight Velvet 
Twilight Sparkle's mother, and a champion of reform in Equestria. Also arguably the most powerful mortal mare alive.
  • Action Mom: Remains cool and collected under pressure, even while the train she's on is under attack.
  • Adaptational Badass: Twilight Velvet in canon was a supporting character. Here, she's a powerful bureaucrat fighting for internal reform.
  • Badass Bureaucrat: The main champion of reform.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's a good mother, unfailingly friendly and polite, tends to keep her head down, and is generally unobtrusive. She also, through deft politics and bureaucracy, has got royalty as her daughter and daughter-in-law, her son is the Captain of the Guard and the husband of an Alicorn Princess (who is also the aforementioned daughter-in-law), her husband runs several Ancient Traditions and she herself is in charge of Equestria's social services. There is a reason some people think her the most powerful mare in Equestria.
  • Cool Old Lady
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With her husband, Night Light.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Shown particularly keenly in When Consequences Come Home and A Basket, a Blanket and a Bundle of Bills, wherein every sentence is either sage advice or snark. Or, occasionally, both.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Being nice and playing by the rules didn't work, so now she uses blackmail and other underhanded tactics.
  • Happily Married: To Night Light, who was her childhood friend. Even despite knowing of Trixie's existence, she still loves her husband.

    Night Light 
Twilight Sparkle's father, and apparently a completely normal member of the nobility.

    Seville Orange 

First Appearance: The Perilous Romance Of Swans

A newspaper photographer that Gosling rescues and befriends, and he later ends up being Gosling's personal link to the press.

  • Affectionate Nickname: Calls Twilight Sparkle "Dollface" and "Sugar Sparkle" in Down With The Pastryarchy.
  • Badass Pacifist: He's not a fighter, but he's right behind Gosling, taking photos and getting the word out that needs getting out, even in the face of death threats or combat.
  • Camera Fiend: During the train fight against the Equalists, Seville kept snapping photos with his camera while under protection from the Night Guard, despite the combat and death threats he received.
  • Fantastic Racism: Seville's been on the receiving end of this due to being an Earth pony.
    • In Spring Broke, Seville mentions that sometimes the ponies he wants to interview refuse to speak with him on principle of his tribe. Butter Fudge sympathizes with him on this.
    • In his debut in Perilous Romance, he was attacked by a unicorn journalist, who wanted to put him in his place by giving him a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown. Forntnuately, Gosling intervened and promptly had his guards throw Seville's attacker out of the castle.
    • It's discussed in Down With The Pastryarchy, where Seville reveals that despite all his accomplishments in the newspapers, it's his assistants that get hailed as reporters, while he's treated as the cargo-carrier. Later on, while trying to protect a hungover Twilight from being harassed by a rude pegasus reporter, Seville is violently shoved aside to make way for a "real" reporter. This is when Twilight snaps.
  • The Last DJ: Has something of this trope about him, being an Intrepid Reporter of the old-school, valuing the truth over spin, putting him at odds with his superiors, at least until he's hired by Gosling (although then he has to contend with Raven's expectations). He's a little young to be a full example though, being new to the scene, rather than an old hand, and by the time he is an old hand, he's managed to revive his philosophy of journalism.
  • Non-Action Guy: Really not a fighter. Justified, as he's a staunch pacifist.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Ends up marrying both Pinkie Pie and his longtime crush, Twilight Sparkle, in Las Pegasus in Down With The Pastryarchy.
  • Scars Are Forever: Due to risking his life to document important events and even getting threatened over it, his body is covered in permanent scars.
  • Screw Destiny: His mark is for orange farming. He decided he'd be a reporter anyway, despite having to face tribalism on the job.
  • Tagalong Reporter: Becomes this for Gosling after the latter rescues and hires him.


First Appearance: The Perilous Romance Of Swans

A draconic pegasus who ends up part of Gosling's Badass Crew.



First Appearance: The Perilous Romance Of Swans

A pegasus assigned to protect Gosling, and who ends up part of his Badass Crew.

  • The Atoner: For murdering his wife and her lover in a crime of passion. It's why he's in the Night Guard.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: Bodyguards Gosling, who would later become the Alicorn of Happiness.
  • Death by Woman Scorned: Gender-inverted; he murdered his wife for cheating on him, as well as his wife's lover in a crime of passion. He ended up regretting it, and became The Atoner.
  • Hot-Blooded: He's very emotional and easy to anger. It's what led to the death of his wife after he caught her with a stranger.
  • Meaningful Name: Hotspur can easily be spurred into reckless action, if his past was any indication.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Not massively, but he certainly plays up his accent and plays down his intelligence.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: His mouth is kind of salty.
  • Your Cheating Heart: His wife cheated on him with another stallion behind his back; when he caught her in the act, he murdered both her and her lover. He ended up regretting it and joined the Night Guard to atone for his crimes.

    Prince Blueblood 
The Equestrian royalty's Hate Sink, and a complete Upper-Class Twit... except it's all an act. He's actually deliberately taken the role to divert fire from Celestia and Luna, and it acts as a useful cover for his role as The Spymaster.
  • Brains and Bondage: With Raven, Celestia's personal assistant.
  • Deadpan Snarker: One of his primary weapons for dealing with the press.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: A double-subverted example; Blueblood acts like a complete ass in public, but it is only to direct public negativity away from the Princesses and onto himself. Behind the scenes, he's much nicer and his good intentions are there.
  • Hate Sink: An invoked, in-universe example; Blueblood's role is designed to be a public hate target for the Royal Sisters. Unfortunately for Blueblood, his unicorn apprentice, Nuance, interpreted this trope as the standard for all unicorns and acted like one, too in an attempt to emulate him, with disastrous results.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Everything he does in public is all an act. He's a completely different pony behind the scenes.
  • Immortality Seeker: Averted. In Foalsitting Follies, Gosling mentions that Blueblood, along with Shining Armor, refuses to become an Alicorn because they want to show that unicorns can make a difference. Twilight Sparkle wishes they would change their minds, however. In Perilous Romance, Blueblood admits he hadn't thought about becoming an Alicorn at all until the subject was brought up.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He acts like the complete Upper-Class Twit he was in canon, and reveals his true self behind the scenes.
  • Political Correctness Gone Mad: Blueblood exploits this in The Perilous Romance Of Swans, in response to the press attacking Gosling's age. According to the traditions of his minority group, Gosling is an adult (or enough of one to get married), and Blueblood suggests that the attacks on his age are veiled discrimination against the group, forcing the press to drop it or be labeled bigots.
  • Prince Charmless: Subverted; he's actually not, but acts like an ass in public so it'll divert political fire away from the Royal Sisters and cover up his own activities.
  • Relationship Upgrade: After sharing a sadomasochistic relationship with Raven for a time, they both get drunk and copulate normally without the BDSM equipment, which leads to them deciding they're going to get married and have children.
  • Sadist Teacher: After taking on Nuance as an apprentice, the public starts seeing Blueblood as this, giving the previously hated Nuance some much-needed sympathy. He's actually a Stern Teacher.
  • The Spymaster: Alongside Raven, though Raven holds the real authority.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Frequently expresses the sentiment.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Likes being hurt, which is why he's able to survive being the monarchy's Hate Sink, and his relationship with Raven.
  • Upper-Class Twit: Subverted; it's an act to divert hate to himself instead of Celestia and Luna, as well as keep attention away from his activities as a spy master.
  • Zero-Approval Gambit: The reason why he's an in-universe Hate Sink; it's to redirect political and public fire from the Princesses onto himself, so they wouldn't be distracted from their royal duties. Being a target of hate also means that no one will know that he's The Spymaster. At the end of Perilous Romance, however, Blueblood decides he has enough of doing it and takes up mentoring instead.

    Raven Inkwell 
Princess Celestia's personal assistant. In an ongoing relationship with Prince Blueblood.
  • Badass Bureaucrat: You don't get to be Princess Celestia's assistant without being more than a little of this.
  • Brains and Bondage: With Blueblood.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Alongside Blueblood, who has a mouth of his own.
  • The Dreaded: Known as the Day Terror to the ponies working under her.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Towards the end of Perilous Romance, Raven and Blueblood end up having sex without the BDSM elements, and decide to get married. Blueblood mentions they're gonna have to change things in their relationship a bit, so any future foals they have wouldn't think they're disrespecting each other.
  • Sadist: She's got a good lid on it, but she does enjoy causing pain, which makes it fortunate she's in a relationship with Blueblood, and not anyone else.
  • Smart People Play Chess: With Shining Armor, via correspondence.
  • The Spymaster: Alongside Blueblood.

    Chesty Mc Puller 

First Appearance: The Perilous Romance Of Swans

An old soldier working for the guard.


First Appearance: A Basket, a Blanket and a Bundle of Bills

An earth pony whose feather fetish resulted in a lot more responsibility than he wanted.

  • Abusive Parents: Averted. Copper's a loving and doting father for the infant Esmeralda, who was dumped on his doorstep by her pegasus mother who he had a one-night stand with. But because he's a single dad in a loosely matriarchal society, ponies either assume he's a pedophile looking to prey on a young filly or he's a terrible parent who needs a mare to raise his daughter properly, which leads to several bad outbursts when informed that it's the mother who was abusive. Copper reveals in an interview with Seville in Spring Broke how damaging this social bias is, not only in terms of getting financial and medical benefits.
  • The Atoner: He wants to atone for his period of irresponsibility by raising his baby foal Esmeralda right.
  • Bumbling Dad: Starts as this, but improves rapidly.
  • The Everyman: Not quite, but his talent is for being an average member of the workforce. Circumstance has caused him to reach higher.
  • Fragile Speedster: Copperquick's not as strong as earth ponies tend to be, but he's very, very fast. This led to a surprised reactions when he kept telling other ponies that no, he isn't a pegasus.
  • Good Parents: Copperquick becomes a very good father for Esmeralda, always striving to resolve his own shortcomings to raise and love her well, Unfortunately for him, the mere fact that he's an unmarried stallion with a foal makes him a target of societal bias, which seems to think All Abusers Are Male.
  • House Husband: Despite ending up with Buttermilk at the end of his debut story, he remains Esmerelda's primary caregiver, partially because neither he nor Buttermilk would have it any other way, and partially because they're trying to demonstrate just how broken the system is for single fathers, which means he can't (officially and initially, at least) stop being a single father.
  • Parents as People: Copperquick had been an immature stallion whose feather fetish and lack of sexual knowledge in general caused him to knock up a random pegasus mare just for her looks, leading to Esmeralda's birth. And the hardships of raising a foal on his own, combined with trying to pass university, not to mention that social services don't exist for single fathers at all and that there's social stigma against single fathers, made Copper's life even more difficult. He struggles to change himself for his daughter's well-being and raise her right, but it's an uphill battle.

    Miss Buttermilk Oddbody 

First Appearance: A Basket, a Blanket and a Bundle of Bills

A worker at Foal Services under Twilight Velvet.

  • Badass Bureaucrat: She certainly takes after Velvet, her boss.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: She viciously deconstructs Butter Fudge's conservative worldview when the opportunity arises. To Butter Fudge's credit, she listens. Later on, she calls out both of her parents for the same reasons during dinner, which leads to Mighty Midge having an epiphany and having his first fight with his wife.
  • Genki Girl: Described as "a squirrel trapped in a pegasus body". She's notably less bad when not on enormous amounts of caffeine or sugar.
  • Heroic BSoD: Spends a chapter or two in a very deep funk after receiving a very scathing speech from an Obstructive Bureaucrat. Fortunately, Copperquick was there for her.
  • Hot Librarian: Due to her bun, glasses, and beauty, she gets seen as one, much to her embarrassment.
  • Is This Thing Still On?: She forgot that the hairpin recorder she wore to expose an Obstructive Bureaucrat Velvet was looking for was still on while she had a very emotional and intimate conversation with Copperquick. When she realizes what happened, she freaks out, thinking she'll get fired for breaking protocol with a client... only for Velvet to reveal that she approves.
  • Must Have Caffeine: Possibly the most extreme example in the Weedverse, which is saying a lot.
  • Sweet Tooth: When she gets sugar, she eats a *ton* of it. The result is the same effect that caffeine has on her.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: She receives a very scathing one from an extremely Obstructive Bureaucrat, who calls her a leftist whose cutie mark isn't fit for the legal business, among other things. It distresses her so much that it sends her into Heroic BSoD territory for a while. Fortunately for her, she had Copperquick's support, and the hairpin recorder she still had in her hair recorded the entire speech as evidence for Velvet and Princesses Celestia and Cadence to act upon.

    Cielo del Este 

First Appearance: A Basket, a Blanket and a Bundle of Bills

The mother of Esmeralda Verde, Copperquick's foal. She was one of Sapphire Shore's former dancers who got into a one-night stand with Copperquick because of his pegasus fetish.

  • Abusive Parents: She's the sole reason why Esmeralda is cognitively underdeveloped and suffering from psychological issues during infancy. She called her daughter a lot of not-nice names, threw in a lot of Parental Neglect that left Esme very clingy and prone to meltdowns, and once she grew tired of her, she dumped Esme on Copperquick's doorstep. Unfortunately for Copperquick, because of the societal bias that comes from being in a loosely matriarchal society, Copperquick is often blamed for not raising Esmeralda right, and react badly when informed of Cielo's actions.
  • Alpha Bitch
  • Beauty Is Bad: She's a beautiful pegasus exotic dancer, and an utterly shallow mare whose treatment of her daughter left Esme underdeveloped and riddled with issues.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Subverted; she was mentioned getting into a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown by a fellow dancer, which among other things gave her a black eye.
  • The Ghost: She's never seen, but her co-workers and boss mention her in a very unfavorable light.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: She received one from a fellow dancer for treating Esmeralda poorly. Sapphire mentioned she got a black eye, too.
  • Parental Neglect: Neglected then abandoned Esmeralda, leaving her foal a Nervous Wreck with stunted development while still in infancy.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Fled to Las Pegasus so she wouldn't have to deal with Copperquick, her ex-lover, or the responsibility of paying for Esme's child support.
  • Stage Mom: Tried to get Esmeralda into "The business".

    Sapphire Shores 

First Appearance: A Basket, a Blanket and a Bundle of Bills

Cielo's old boss. She knows of Esmeralda's situation, and does not appreciate Cielo's behaviour towards her daughter, so she gladly helps out Copperquick whenever she can.

  • Mama Bear: After Cielo began mistreating Esmeralda, things got heated.
  • Uncle Pennybags: Not objectively massively wealthy, but significantly more so than Copperquick, and supplies him with much needed help.

The daughter of Celestia and Gosling, and one of a set of triplets with Nuance and Radiance. As with all of Celestia's births, there was one of each pony race. Corbie is the pegasus.
  • Adorkable
  • Big Brother Instinct: Displays this despite she and her siblings being triplets. Even as a child, despite Nuance picking on her constantly, Corbie loves him and cries whenever Radiance beats up Nuance, even trying to get him to stop. As they grew older, Corbie's relationship with Radiance worsened and she grew protective of Nuance, being wary of her Earth pony brother whenever he appears.
  • Big Eater: Deconstructed; when she pigged out on ice scream with Spike in Foalsitting Follies, it made her violently ill and causes her to both vomit and poop all over the place.
  • Combat Pragmatist: How she beats Radiance in a brawl, lifting him into the air and dropping him. When Radiance calls her on it, she quotes his own statements about doing whatever it takes to win.
  • The Cutie: As a foal, whether she'll outgrow it is yet to be seen.
  • Daddy's Girl: Adores Gosling, her father.
  • Furry Reminder: She's a pegasus, and demonstrates several birdlike behaviours, including pecking at food and hoarding shiny things.
  • Like Father, Like Son: She has inherited her father's love of and aptitude for history.
  • Motor Mouth: Much like Pinkie, but toned down somewhat.
  • Nerd Glasses: Gets picked on by Nuance for them, along with being a pegasus.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Like most young pegasi, Corbie is a clingy creature. She doesn't outgrow it.
  • Parental Favoritism: The subject of adoration for Gosling. And it shows.
  • Reality Ensues: Pigging out on ice cream is naturally gonna make someone quite ill, as Corbie found out the hard way.
  • Security Blanket: Her spoon. It was originally a third-place trophy Gosling won in an ice cream-eating contest.
  • Wants a Prize for Basic Decency: A downplayed and discussed example. In Foalsitting Follies, Corbie wants an ice-cream for being good, an attitude that bothers Twilight, who wants her to do good things for the sake of being good. Corbie learned this off her father, who describes diplomacy as the "art of rewarding ponies for doing good". Twilight's attempt to turn this back on Corbie by engaging in a negotiation doesn't work as well as she hoped, although they arrive at an acceptable compromise.

The son of Celestia and Gosling, and one of a set of triplets with Corbie and Radiance. As with all of Celestia's births, there was one of each pony race. Nuance is the unicorn.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Is called "Nooncy" by Quiet Dark.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Subverted. He has (well researched) ADD, but it's never named or described In-Universe because Equestrian psychology has yet to properly describe the condition.
  • The Apprentice: Is apprenticed to Blueblood, as by publicly making him the Hate Sink's whipping-boy, it earns him some much-needed public sympathy. Plus, Nuance can genuinely learn a lot from Blueblood about politics.
  • Big Brother Bully: Justified. While he's not much older than Corbie due to being triplets, Nuance resents her happiness and how she has their father and everyone's attention, so he tries to ruin it for his sister through insults. He also bullies Corbie because he has no other way of dealing with Radiance's vicious bullying. However, he secretly feels guilty and ashamed over it. Once they're older, the positions are switched around, with Corbie protecting Nuance from Radiance, and much more equal partnership between Nuance and Corbie.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Has become one for Steadfast, due to a lot of enforced Character Development by Dim and Blueblood.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: He's so bad that Celestia uses him as an example to discourage fooling around among her students. Part of his behavior stemmed from living in a wealthy but emotionally absent home, his own feelings of resentment and low self-esteem, and dealing with an antagonistic brother. Fortunately, he outgrows it.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Subverted; he's ADD, not lazy, despite Corbie's accusations. But when a project engages him, he's quite competent.
  • Control Freak: He tries to be one, but with very little actual power, so he ends up stuck in bad behaviors of panic and lashing out. Part of why he's such is because his own family situation was not ideal, with his parents (Celestia, Gosling, and Luna) constantly gone and emotionally absent, something that Nuance, as a colt, has no control over. Part of helping him is giving him something he can control, his relationship with Quiet Dark and her father.
  • Character Development: Nuance is trying to overcome his extreme brattiness, controlling tendencies, low self-esteem, and other psychological problems through his relationship with Quiet Dark, and being tutored by Dim Dark and Blueblood. The optional epilogue in A Knight To Remember reveals this trope to be an invoked example - because Dim and Nuance are Not So Different, Dim has been keeping up a facade as a Sadist Teacher and preventing him from seeing Quiet so it'll force Nuance to improve himself for Quiet's sake, the same circumstances that happened to Dim. By House Of The Rising Sunflower, Nuance has become a more or less tolerable pony.
  • Commonality Connection: Although their shared trauma initially caused Nuance to hate Steadfast, post-Character Development he's come to bond with his younger half-brother.
  • Fantastic Racism: Believes himself superior to his siblings because he's a unicorn. This puts him in bad relations with them, especially Radiance, who roughs him up every time he does. He's been trying to get out of this trait as of late.
  • Freudian Excuse: Most of Nuance's bratty behaviors comes from living with constantly absent parents and broken promises to stay with their kids, his own resentment over a lack of talent, and being constantly bullied by his physically stronger brother, Radiance, who also throws emotional abuse into the mix.
  • Hidden Depths: Nuance feels inept compared to the bright and talented unicorns that attend Celestia's school; he constantly feels humiliated by the servants whenever they clean up after his bed-wetting; he constantly feels neglected due to his father and mothers focusing more on their royal duties, and their constantly breaking their promises to spend time with them; and he has to deal with Radiance in addition.
  • Inept Mage: Despite his attempts to prove otherwise, Nuance is not a talented wizard. His weak magic is apparently a genetic problem that occurs whenever Celestia decides to have foals and births unicorn offspring.
  • Karma Houdini: Radiance sees Nuance as one for not being "punished enough" and believes he's faking things to garner sympathy, so he tries to do the disciplining himself. However, Nuance wasn't faking most of his behaviors. When Pebble makes Radiance see that with the Perspective Shift Stick, he is overcome with guilt for his actions.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Nuance sees himself as this in A Knight To Remember, inspired by reading tales of chivalry, but he's a little lacking, character-wise. It's what makes Dim Dark sees Nuance as Not So Different, and part of a big fantasy that Dim and Luna cooked up in their plan to invoke Nuance's Character Development.
  • Little Brother Is Watching: Nuance got much of his behaviors from Blueblood, whose Hate Sink act Nuance believes to be real and the ideal standard of unicornhood, so he tries to emulate it. It only paints him as a Bratty Half-Pint.
  • Love Redeems: Several characters are hoping (with good reason) that his relationship with Quiet Dark works out for this reason (including Quiet herself). This is the reason why the events of A Knight To Remember came about.
  • Neat Freak: Becomes seriously distressed when dirty, which can cause nosebleeds, which of course, makes him dirtier.
  • Not So Different: A physically weak unicorn, inspired by tales of chivalry, born into a powerful lineage, with much to atone for and a Love Interest who wants to save them. Dim Dark or Nuance? This actually helps him, as Dim has a great deal of sympathy for him, and becomes invested in helping him, not that he can actually ever *know*.
  • Pride: His defining vice, shared with Dim Dark. The entire story, A Knight To Remember, happened as part of a plan to rectify this.
  • Parental Favoritism: Nuance is the favorite foal of Princess Luna, who expresses her desire to teach him how to do magic. One of the defects suffered by Celestia's children is weak magic, if the offspring is a unicorn.
  • The Resenter: Nuance resents a lot of things - Corbie, for being so happy and having their father's attention; the fact that he's living in a place inhabited by Alicorns and where powerful unicorns train under Celestia every day; Radiance, for constantly and viciously bullying him (even though Radiance is not completely wrong); and his sickly Earth pony brother, Steadfast, for representing everything that is unfair with Nuance's life. He's slowly growing out of it.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Being arrogant and hostile to Corbie has turned Radiance against him. The feeling is mutual; part of why Nuance hates Radiance is because the latter also bullies him a lot, physically and emotionally.

The son of Celestia and Gosling, and one of a set of triplets with Corbie and Nuance. As with all of Celestia's births, there was one of each pony race. Radiance is the Earth Pony.
  • Aesop Amnesia: The end of Foalsitting Follies unfortunately doesn't appear to have stuck, with later stories showing a very poor relationship with his siblings.
  • Aloof Big Brother: Acts like this in House Of The Rising Sunflower, despite not being any older than Nuance and Corbie. They're none too keen on it, as his earlier actions have cost him a lot.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Deconstructed. Despite not being any older than Corbie, when Nuance starts bullying her he's more than willing to bloody his nose. However, his methods are treated as very serious, such as when Fluttershy goes into Tranquil Fury when she finds out what happened, and it also makes Corbie cry. It's saying something when Fluttershy and Twilight discover that Radiance was influenced by the Royal Guards.
  • Big Brother Bully: Despite being triplets, Radiance really comes off as this to Nuance because he's always willing to antagonize and beat him up whenever Corbie cries, despite genuinely seeing himself as a good brother. However, as noted above, seeing Radiance pummel Nuance makes Corbie cry, too. Nuance mentioned to Spike early in Foalsitting Follies that Radiance once held him underwater in a full bathtub, almost making Nuance drown. As both Fluttershy and Twilight discover, Radiance got his behavior from being around Royal Guards all the time. Pebble calls him out on it through a "The Reason You Suck" Speech, that despite his good intentions, Radiance's willingness to subdue bullies through violence just makes him another bully. After being hit with the Perspective Shift Stick by Pebble and seeing everything from Nuance's perspective, Radiance realizes the cruelty of his actions and screams his apologies. It doesn't stick, with his relationship with his siblings proving very poor as they age, although they are able to work together when needed.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: Downplayed, but he's a violent hugger.
  • Hypocrite: In House Ofthe Rising Sunflower, he claims that a soldier uses any means available, then complains when he loses to Corbie doing just that.
  • Genius Bruiser: Quiet, soft-spoken and strong, but also smarter than Nuance and prone to showing off with it.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Radiance's violent methods in dealing with Nuance (beating him up) are treated as not okay, but Nuance has his fair share of sins, too.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Radiance contributed to Nuance's misery and brattiness by bullying him in an attempt to "punish" his brother for bullying Corbie. For his actions, he is sent to his room by Twilight and forbidden to feel the sunrise after she walks in on one of his beatings, called out and humiliated in front of the other ponies by Pebble who gives him by a "The Reason You Suck" Speech, then forced to experience everything from Nuance's perspective after Pebble hits him with the Perspective Shift Stick.
  • Little Brother Is Watching: The reason why Radiance often acts nasty to Nuance; he grew up in a place where Royal Guards were commonplace, and he liked watching them train and discipline each other. This is the reason why Twilight doesn't want guards around her castle when she foalsits because she recognizes them as negative influences.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After Pebble makes Radiance see things from Nuance's perspective through the Perspective Shift Stick, Radiance finally begins to see the cruelty of his treatment of his brother, and screams to him that he's "Sorry!". It doesn't stick, though, as he fell back to his old ways somewhat.
  • Mr Fix It: Much like Sumac, he has an insatiable interest in gadgetry.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Radiance gives one to Nuance in Foalsitting Follies, which Twilight Sparkle walks in on, and leaves Nuance needing hospital care. It's implied that Radiance does it frequently to "punish" his brother and has no remorse for it, something that Pebble finds extremely disgusting.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Subverted, as Radiance using violence to deal with Nuance is treated very seriously. Not only does he end up making his beloved sister, Corbie, cry whenever he antagonizes Nuance, Radiance ends up coming off as bad as Nuance if not worse, due to his Earth pony strength. Twilight discovers that his mindset comes from being influenced by Royal Guards, and sees it as unhealthy. Pebble is also greatly disgusted as she sees Radiance as no different than a bully, and her using the Perspective Shift Stick on him makes Radiance see everything through Nuance's eyes, which makes him realize how cruel he was being, and he screams his apologies to his brother.
  • Reality Ensues: No matter how much he thinks it's deserved, Radiance's beat-downs and tormenting of Nuance for picking on Corbie are treated as not okay. It makes Nuance feel miserable and more spiteful, it makes Corbie cry, and it paints Radiance as another bully. When he finally realizes the cruelty of his actions through the Perspective Shift Stick, Radiance's guilt is so great that he screams that he's sorry. Unfortunately, according to Nuance in A Knight To Remember, while he stopped beating him up and tormenting him in general, Radiance slipped back into his old ways to a degree. This contributed to his very poor relationship with his siblings as they grew older.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Despises Nuance for bullying their sister. Part of why Nuance hates Radiance is because Radiance always beats him up and at one point almost drowns him in a full bathtub.
  • Sociopathic Hero: Develops into one as he ages, showing little empathy, but very capable of doing what must be done.

    Beans and Toast 
Twins who are assigned to Gosling as his assistants.

    Esmerelda Verde 

First Appearance: A Basket, a Blanket and a Bundle of Bills

Daughter of Copperquick and Cielo de Este, and the result of a one-night stand between her parents. She was neglected by Cielo and ultimately abandoned on Copperquick's doorstep.

Celestia's Majordomo.
  • Honest Advisor: Occasionally takes on the role.
  • Old Retainer: To Celestia. Hasn't slowed him down.
  • Servile Snarker: He has his moments.
  • The Stoic: Completely unfazed by the antics of his regal employers. When he begins walking around with a smile, Raven becomes distinctly concerned he's been replaced by a changeling.

    Fancy Pants 
A recurring noble of House de Culottes, he's competent and trusted by the Crown.
  • Blood Knight: Has become rather fond of the occasional tussle with the rats attacking Canterlot.
  • The Cavalry: Rallies the Canterlot nobility to the Crown's aid during the Mr. Mariner crisis.
  • Happily Married: Seems to be so with Fleur Dis Lee.
  • Mentor Archetype: Acts as a mentor to the new Lord Sundance in House Of The Rising Sunflower.
  • Spot of Tea: One of his early priorities during the the Mr Mariner incident is arranging enough tea to keep the nobility functioning, including himself. He also arranges coffee, but is not a drinker himself.
  • Uncle Pennybags: Used his fortune to create Chateau Nouveau, a building acting as a meeting place, library and any other needed resource for the new nobles.

Daughter of Luna and Gosling, she's a pegasus.
  • Cool Big Sis: Seems to have this kind of relationship with Steadfast, being protective of her sick brother and being the one to make sure he's heard.

Son of Luna and Gosling, he's an earth pony, which means that, as is usual for Luna's broods, makes him very weak.
  • Commonality Connection: Has bonded with Nuance, due to them both being the weaker of their respective broods (although Steadfast came off worst).
  • Divine Parentage: Son of Luna and Gosling, the latter who ascended to become an Alicorn.
  • Irony: He is the son of two immortal Alicorns (one of which was a pegasus before he ascended), which makes his sickly condition all the more tragic.
  • Littlest Cancer Patient: According to Nuance, he's had to fight to live as long as he has. Still, he's doing better than his counterpart in Luna's last brood.
  • The Quiet One: Almost never speaks above a whisper, due to his severe infirmity. Hailstone makes sure he's heard.


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