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  • Absolute Xenophobe: Deconstructed; as the Codexverse demonstrates, racism can be seriously detrimental towards anyone who partake in it, even themselves, as well as the society they live in. Not only that, karma would almost always be sure to follow.
    • Ponykind under the Imperium gradually became xenophobic thanks to the influence of Emperor Golden Scepter, who became extremely protective of his Pony subjects due to past experiences and trauma, and launched great campaigns of genocide against non-Pony races out of the belief that they were threats that must be destroyed. However, after the "Aurum Apostasy" conflict, it quickly became worse as Ponykind began using their now-absent Emperor as an excuse to carry out even more atrocities, partially resulting in it being destroyed by younger benevolent civilizations to stop it from antagonizing everyone.
      • That being said, there were exceptions to their xenophobia. The Mignons, for one, were able to find in the Imperium partly because they were relatively harmless (except when they screw up spectacularly), and partly because they were enthusiastically loyal to a fault, given their psychological/evolutionary need to serve (in Prince Crimson Star's words) the "biggest, baddest, and most despicable people around" - which the Golden Imperium fit quite perfectly. Their knack of not really being noticed nor treated as a big deal certainly helped.
        Emperor Golden Scepter: I could had sworn seeing them fooling around back in the time of the Golden Imperium. Even in my own continent-spanning Imperial Palace, no less. However did they find it to work for my domain for Ponykind back in the day despite its blatant xenophobia?
        Prince Crimson Star: To be fair, by your own recollection the Imperium of Ponykind certainly fit their standards of being the 'biggest, baddest and most despicable' people around. And even back then they made some exceptions in their policies to harmless and even useful 'Xenos' and non-Ponies.
  • Abusive Parents: Just as there are good parents in Equus, there are bad ones as well.
    • High King Irminsul of the Elternteil Deer Pantheon is an example of the emotional variety.
      • He was this to Temnobog. Because Temnobog embodied mortal Deerkind's worst traits and a living reminder of the horrors Irminsul witnessed during the wars with Grogar, Irminsul treated Temnobog like an unwanted "cast-off" of his radiant twin brother, Belyolen, including giving him a name so horrible that Temnobog cast it aside even from his own memory once he left the pantheon. Irminsul also encouraged his other children to see Temnobog as an abomination that must be killed for the good of mortal Deerkind. Another factor in the abuse is that Irminsul hated himself for being supposedly unable to get rid of his own flaws, so in his eyes, Temnobog was a living reminder of that failure. Eons of mistreatment that he never truly earned understandably caused Temnobog to become genuinely evil out of spite and vent his anger on Belyolen, though that stopped when Temnobog and Belyolen learned of their true natures (among other things) and reconciled.
      • He was also this towards Belyolen. While Irminsul deeply loved his radiant son, it's made apparent that part of his affection is fueled by his desire for an heir who was supposedly perfect and completely flawless. He showered Belyolen with love and praise that he never gave Temnobog (despite the latter being his son also), and taught Belyolen to see and oppose his dark-furred twin brother as an evil abomination that must be destroyed for mortal Deerkind's benefit. He also kept Belyolen from even seeing Temnobog out of fear that the latter would corrupt the former, which created grave misunderstandings that led to Temnobog nursing a huge grudge against Belyolen, and was delighted when Belyolen started fighting Temnobog (though Belyolen only opposed Temnobog for his wicked actions, rather than him as a person). Belyolen eventually gathered the courage to call out both Irminsul and the entire pantheon for their abusive hypocrisy thanks to Amour-De-Soi's encouraging influence, but it took years of fighting, Mother Deer's interference, a crisis that threatened the entire Bogolenya pantheon and Belyolen's impassioned plea to stand down for Temnobog to reconcile with his brother.
      • He was also this towards Kúzelník. Though proud of Kúzelník's magical talent and accomplishments, Irminsul feared his son's potential to become an Evil Sorcerer like Grogar, so he only taught Kúzelník to use only the "good" side of his Sorcery domain, while discouraging Kúzelník from learning his domain's "evil" side. This gave Kúzelník a lot of insecurities, especially after discovering that his own father was responsible for creating the evils he was taught to hate, and struggled to reconcile the good and bad parts of his Sorcery domain for years. Irminsul also implied during a nasty argument between them that he wouldn't hesitate to purify his own children of their flaws should they fall below his standards; though it was by accident, it gave Kúzelník the absolute worst impression of his father, and led to him running away from home and developing a deep fear of Irminsul afterwards.
    • Subverted with Temnobog - while he embodies Deerkind's Evil and thus is no loving parent by normal standards, he really loves his children in his own way, even though he does encourage their innate evil as per his nature. He was really heartbroken when four of his children betrayed the family to either side with Ispita after she became a Fallen goddess, or commit heinous crimes that even Temnobog wouldn't approve of, but he still had to punish them according to their actions. So those who sided with Ispita were devoured and slowly digested, while the others were stripped of their powers and identities, and reduced to immortal playthings for the siblings that remained loyal to Temnobog. And while the Four Terrors commit very heinous acts in the name of their father, it's for altruistic reasons and they absolutely adore Temnobog, and he feels the same way.
    • Emperor Blackthorn, being the counterpart of Empress Blackrose in almost every way, is a horrible parent. When one of his First-Spawn sons, King Rhyniognatha, engineered what was called "The Fratricide" in an attempt to remain his father's sole favorite, Blackthorn sealed him yet did nothing about the traditions of backstabbing and treachery that would be common among his sons and other Summer Court Changelings - while it's debated in-universe whether he let it happen to punish his sons' incompetence, root out the weak among them, or just plain didn't care, the fact is that he still let his sons kill each other in their bids for power, and even encouraged it. However, he still respects most of them, especially if they had proven themselves worthy, and is generally careful enough to retain most of their loyalty (mostly by letting them do whatever they want so long as they help him run errands, and avoid doing anything to make them resentful of him).
    • The pony foster parents of Changeling King Lasius were worse - they were corrupt and lazy nobles who profited from the suffering of their subjects, and used their own money to fund their lavish lifestyles. They did nothing to encourage Lasius's brilliant intellect, causing him to grow increasingly bored and frustrated at home, and it's implied that if they got word of his true character, they would've tried persuading him into acting like them. Lasius eventually got fed up with this behavior and secretly assassinated every single member of the nobility and the kingdom's royal family during a party that he threw just for them. It's telling when Lasius's half-sister, Golden Bell, turned a blind eye to the familicide and had considered doing the deed herself, and even Blackthorn was pleased with Lasius for having plotted the entire nobility/royalty's downfall.
    • Prince Blueblood's parents, also nobles, were controlling and emotionally abusive. When they weren't trying to mold him into the ideal unicorn, they were trying to make him develop tribalist attitudes towards non-unicorns, preventing him from playing with foals of non-unicorn nobles, and forbidding him from anything that seemed unbecoming of a unicorn noble. This left Blueblood feeling utterly miserable, to the point where it caused Celestia to take notice during a day in her court. When she learned why Blueblood looked so sad, Celestia immediately adopted him, and not only had Blueblood's parents escorted out when they protested, she also permanently banned House Platinum from her court. It's saying something when Blueblood made humorously ironic speeches for his parents' funerals years later, and treats Celestia like the mother he never had despite being officially Aunt and Nephew.
    • Deconstructed with Sunny Mane Vaughoof. He was a violent alcoholic in life, and he often terrorized his friends and family with his Hair-Trigger Temper. His two sons, Sunny Field Vaughoof and Moon Ray Vaughoof, also bore the brunt of his rage. While Sunny Mane had reasons for behaving like that, it's shown that his actions are no less reprehensible, as Moon Ray developed an utter fear of his father that persisted well into adulthood. Sunny Mane's actions would eventually give him a Karmic Death as, once he died from alcohol poisoning, he would be collected by Malus Manes and taken to one of his Hell-Realms to be appropriately punished. While Moon Ray realized that he needed to forgive his father in order to move on, he was still scared of him at that point, and needed support from the Trimortidae so he could gather the courage to confront him. It's heavily implied that being forgiven by his youngest son (which triggered Moon Ray's Ascension to godhood) left Sunny Mane quite shaken, as he couldn't comprehend the very idea that someone he once terrorized and/or hurt would still be willing to forgive him.
  • Abusive Precursors: While many civilizations, empires, and realms had risen and fell over the course of history, many were benevolent. Others were... not.
    • The Imperium of Ponykind (alternatively, the "Golden Imperium", as jokingly referred to by Pony historians) was one of the many great precursor civilizations that sprung up on Equus before Known History, though they were far from the last. Led by Emperor Golden Scepter, who was born a "prodigy" deity among Alicornkind, the Imperium would become an incredibly huge and powerful empire that was advanced both magically and technologically, and managed to reach the stars and surrounding galaxies. Unfortunately, a slew of monumental mistakes on Golden Scepter's part, combined with calamitous outside circumstances, would turn the Imperium into a deep cesspool of xenophobia, racially-motivated expansionism, and reactionary fanaticism that would ultimately decline and crumble under its own weight. What contributed to its fall was the rise of younger and more benevolent civilizations (including King Ibrida and his Halfblood Empire) that saw the Imperium as a threat to everyone around it and attacked it to protect more innocent people from being killed.
  • Acceptable Political Targets: Justified In-Universe, as in Codex Equus, political groups and factions that are malicious, bigoted, and self-serving tend to end up being the target of hate, contempt, and ridicule by heroic individuals. The most prominent examples are Autorists and tribalists, both supremacy groups that believe in the innate superiority of their native races/tribes; because of their horrible actions and their self-destructive, idiotic hubris, many people saw fit to point and laugh at them every time the Autorists and tribalists are subjected to well-deserved Laser-Guided Karma.
    • Prince/King Vultus IV in particular, while wanting his people to treat both their Griffon and non-Griffon peers with respect, is willing to make an exception with the Autorists because they were responsible for sponsoring his greedy and resentful fourth brother's attempted coup, and being indirectly responsible for the assassination of his eldest brother, who was crown heir at the time.
      Prince Vultus IV: As our noble gods had said: 'Respect thy peers as thyself.' Unless he’s an Autorist - in which case, GET THE BASTARD!
    • After learning that all three tribalist factions got in a fight with Griffon Autorists during their own attempts to launch terrorist attacks, and engineered their own downfalls in the process, Fluttercruel found it so hilariously pathetic that she would laugh in response.
      Fluttercruel: ...This would be hilarious if it weren't so pathetic... oh who am I kidding, it's even more hilarious that way! HAHAHA!
    • However, it's subverted with Emperor Golden Scepter. While he's known for being a bitter enemy of both Autorists and tribalists, as he once acted similarly to them in the Imperium era, Golden Scepter doesn't think it's funny to ridicule them no matter how well-deserved it is because, as the living embodiment of Ponykind's best and worst traits, he believes that for every person who willingly gives in to hatred, bigotry, and cruelty, there's always a few people who were simply led astray and thus can be saved and redeemed. In one incident, he felt rather disappointed with his eleventh son, Prince Steel Barricade, for losing his temper after learning the latter beat up a Scion of Hurricane in public over a tribalist insult. And in another, he would even lecture his second son, Prince Fanged Paw, after the latter ridiculed the Autorists.
      Emperor Golden Scepter: (to Prince Fanged Paw) I can understand why you see such groups as 'acceptable targets'. They have garnered so much hate and ridicule for themselves as of late that it is easy for us - so incredibly easy - to point our hooves, horns, and wings at them and laugh. However, know this, my son: For every person that willingly let themselves give in to hatred, cruelty, and bigotry... there is always a few more that have been simply led astray. And it is our responsibility- no, EVERYONE'S responsibility to be aware of the situation at hoof, and make sure that these sorts of people are saved from the clutches of Evil itself.
  • The Ace: Countless prodigies were born over the course of history, including the Known Ages; while many were mortal, others Ascended to godhood, which factored into their growth as deities. Signs of this status includes abnormally accelerated physical and magical growth compared to that of "normal" deities.
    • Blue Suede Heartstrings' entry notes that he is one of many "prodigy" deities born during Known History. As a mortal, despite being too poor to afford a formal education in music, Blue would reveal his talents when he created a fusion of various musical genres that would be defined as "Rock and Roll/Rockabilly", rocketing himself to global stardom. While he doesn't see himself as the "creator" of Rock and Roll, as there were other early pioneers of Rock and Roll that he respected/idolized, Blue would continue experimenting with different genres, such as jazz, pop, gospel, country, modern rock, and a bit of Oceanic music. He would even create an epic "classical rock" fusion after befriending Octavia Melody. After Ascending to godhood and becoming the Alicorn god of Music, he became very creative in how he uses it, such as stomping on surfaces so he could heal deaf people, and generating an energy-based stage with accompanying instruments so his music can have far-reaching effects. Because he's a "prodigy" deity, both his physical and magical growth are accelerated at an abnormal rate compared to normal divines, which includes showing signs of growing a second pair of wings. A canonized Codexverse drabble reveals that while he's primarily a guitar player, he picked up piano in order to "try something new" and became good at it, as his live piano cover of Colton John's song "Tiny Dancer" and its accompanying ballet performance by Prince Shamrock received thunderous applause.
      • However, it would be gradually deconstructed, as Blue turned out to have some lingering trauma from being controlled, exploited, and abused by his record manager, "Colonel" Hollow Note. Despite normally being very forgiving of others, Blue feels reluctant to forgive Hollow Note for what he did, which gave him some self-loathing as he feels like a failure and a Hypocrite for not wholly practicing the virtues preached by the "King in Heaven". He also tends to have furious outbursts when encountering genuinely abusive and exploitative managers in general, such as Svengallop, who treated Countess Coluratura as his Meal Ticket before Blue had him blacklisted from the entire music industry. Notably, even Bossa Nova, who shares an empathic bond with him, was unaware of his issues because his brother hid his emotional pain so well. Eventually, it's reconstructed as once Blue finally works up the courage to reveal his trauma to his friends and loved ones, all of them become willing to help him recover from it out of gratitude for him helping them, causing Blue to break down crying. It's thanks to this that he does later forgive Hollow Note, though it's noted he still reserves his anger for those who abuse their clients.
    • Implied with Princess Cadence. She's mentioned to be one of the "prodigy" deities that exist on Equus, and her immense potential shows in her wings, which already bear a magical purple-colored gradient despite Alicorns normally taking longer to grow one. It's later revealed in a canonized Codexverse drabble that a major factor in this is her hybrid heritage as the daughter of Amareros, the Grand Primeval god of Love, and a Crystal Pony mare.
    • Golden Scepter's Codex entry and various comments/drabbles/quotes reveal that he was born a "prodigy", and was implied to be one of many individuals to be considered such by the ancient Alicorns of yore. As the Alicorn god of Psionics, he's an incredibly powerful psychic whose mind couldn't be matched by even the mightiest of Alicorns. He's also a peerless warrior and leader, and a genius whose creations were so advanced and complex that other civilizations and societies can only make crude replicas of said creations. His empires were also far more magically and technologically advanced than even the empires/kingdoms/realms ruled by other Alicorns. Given how deities in general age in the Codexverse, Golden Scepter being a prodigy also factors into the speed of his physical and magical growth, making him grow faster than normal divines. However, it's deconstructed in that ten Ages of fighting Morning Star during the "Twilight of the Alicorns" conflict and losing much of his people in the process gave him a lot of traumas that brought out many of his worst traits during the Imperium era, which would deeply affect his judgement. After a series of terrible mistakes, he was gravely wounded after one of his own generals betrayed him and launched a coup, and had to be sealed away to save his life... until he would be found and healed in the Second Age by Luminiferous and Queen Dazzleglow. Then the trope is reconstructed when Luminiferous and Dazzleglow's positive influence kicked off a long, gradual process of Character Development and emotional/mental recovery that would turn Golden Scepter into a truly benevolent ruler and a much kinder stallion.
    • Like his mentor, Blue Suede Heartstrings, Prince Healing Song is a musical prodigy. Despite losing his sight to retinoblastoma during infancy, Healing Song picked up the guitar and adapted to it by positioning it flat on his lap and playing it like a piano when he was only three years old. Throughout his music career, he had played with both single-necked and double-necked guitars with equal amount of skill (hence his double-necked guitar Cutie Mark), though according to Healing Song, he learned to play the trumpet at one point, but has since gotten rusty due to playing the guitar more often. Healing Song is also an accomplished songwriter, being able to write his own songs with Braille during the Second Age, and he has a great auditory memory that allows him to remember anything he hears for a long time, including songs that came out in his day. He was also able to adapt to the change when he decided to move away from blues music, which he worked with for much of his career, to jazz music. His status as a prodigy would factor into his growth rates as a deity once he Ascended, as his physical and magical development would be accelerated at abnormal rates compared to "normal" deities.
    • Moon Ray Vaughoof of the Trimortidae was an incredibly talented guitarist and singer in life (though he admits his songwriting tended to be hit-or-miss), and singlehandedly revived the then-stagnant blues genre. He also had tremendous psychic potential even as a mortal, as he unknowingly manifested precognitive dreaming during his addiction period, and gained more psychic abilities post-mortem. These factors turned him into a "prodigy deity" and one of the more powerful members of the Trimortidae. However, it's deconstructed as he was traumatized by his foalhood abuse, and struggled with drug and alcohol addictions. After dying in a fatal helicopter crash, he struggled with accepting his sudden death, and initially tried going back to his old life so he could continue performing and be with his loved ones. Eventually, it's reconstructed as, with support and encouragement from the Trimortidae, he recovered and overcame his problems, even gathering his courage to face Sunny Mane's spirit in Malus Manes' Hell-Realms and forgive his father for his abuse.
      • His guitar work deserves mention. His entry notes that he is skilled enough to strum his guitar backwards, pluck it with his teeth, or play it behind his head or back. A Rolling Stone magazine writer named Pen Rating reveals some extent of why he earned his title as "The King of Blues" - while most guitarists treat their instruments gently, Moon Ray plays his guitars extremely aggressively (one concert had him improve a Double Helix solo by thrashing and strangling his own guitar) to the point of sometimes breaking a string. And even then, he still keeps playing with what he has left, until he finds an opening in his songs that allows him to switch guitars quickly (with the help of an experienced crewmate who's fast enough to give and plug in the replacement guitar).
  • Ace Pilot: Polistes, an Autumn Court Changeling Prince who, on top of being a Gadgeteer Genius, runs a band of noble Sky Pirates called the "Wild Cards".
  • Action Girl: Nearly every benevolent female character is this, with some exceptions who are generally noncombatants.
    • Princess/Captain Mimetidae is essentially a globetrotting heroic pirate Royal Changeling who regularly fights whatever force of evil she comes across.
    • Queen Theraphosa is an Amazonian Beauty of a Changeling Queen and one of the best warriors in the Spring Court.
  • Adaptational Alternate Ending:
    • Dreaming Mary has a Good Ending where the titular protagonist escapes both her abusive father and her confines by using a Gold Leaf key from her dreams to unlock her bedroom door, and ends up in a field full of lilies. However, the game's end credits makes it unclear whether it's All Just a Dream or she really did escape. Here, Rosy Dreams was rescued from her abusive father by Terran Princes Bright Eyes and Written Word after they heard her telepathic cries for help, and was adopted into the royal family by Bright Eyes, which helped her recover from years of sexual abuse and isolation. Meanwhile, her father (whom Rosy calls "Mr. Boar") was arrested, tried, and imprisoned for his horrific crimes.
    • Mary and The Witch's Flower has Mary helping Peter restore himself back to normal with a magic spell after he was transformed into a magic-absorbing monster by an experiment gone wrong. The movie's ending has them returning to normal life while the villains, Madame Mumblechook and Dr. Dee, were last seen surrounded by the angry animals they previously experimented on. Here, things went differently: Page Wheel was also transformed into a magic-absorbing monster, except he was killed by Luminiferous and the Equestrian Princesses and revived several days later thanks to the magic he devoured, Ascending him to an Alicorn demigod, Crystal Prism, in the process. Both he and Midnight Bell suffered considerable trauma that took a while for them to recover from, while Noble Grace and Bubbling Beaker were tried and imprisoned for their crimes.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade:
    • In Warhammer 40,000, the Emperor of Mankind was a well-meaning yet coldly pragmatic, xenophobic, and ruthless man who did pretty harsh and cruel things for the sake of mankind's survival and prosperity. Here in the Codexverse, this behavior was justified in that Golden Scepter, who is based on the Emperor of Mankind, became a Shell-Shocked Veteran after living and fighting through ten Ages of war, and being the only god among mortals in the outside world at the time, in turn influencing him to behave like the Emperor of Mankind and cause the fall of the Imperium of Ponykind. Fortunately, Luminiferous and Dazzleglow would heal him after finding and reviving him from magical stasis in the Second Age, and help him walk down the path of benevolence again.
    • The Codexverse subjects Prince Blueblood to one to justify his canon behavior. For one, he had a terrible childhood, and his parents were emotionally abusive and had high standards of what a unicorn Scion of Princess Platinum should be. The sheer misery he would suffer motivated Celestia to adopt him once she learned what was happening. His boorishness towards Rarity was also explained as one of many facades - years of being roadblocked by incompetent, cruel, and entitled nobles forced him to develop ways to circumvent them and help Equestria without endangering himself, and dealing with messy breakups and scandals caused by mares who only wanted his title and wealth influenced him to behave so repulsively in public that any mare pursuing him will be disgusted and driven away.
    • Unlike what happened to Peter, his character inspiration, in Mary and The Witch's Flower, Crystal Prism reacts to being kidnapped, experimented on, and turned into a monster as well as one would realistically expect - he became withdrawn and melancholic, and he would have nightmares about actually dying instead of being revived by the magic he devoured. He would also develop a hatred towards Noble Grace and Bubbling Beaker (both Captain Ersatzes of Madam Mumblechook and Dr. Dee) as well as people like them, going into "terrifying" rages whenever he sees someone force change through nefarious means. Fortunately, he's getting better through divine psychiatric help and the support of his friends and family.
    • Many things were given to make Midnight Bell fit in the Codexverse, things that her character inspiration, Mary, did not have in the movie. She was sent to the Grittish Isles because her mother wanted to protect her from her tribalist relatives, who would disapprove of her being an Earth pony on top of being illegitimate. This is what would give her an inferiority complex on top of being bored and lonely with nothing to do. Her adventures were also more or less the same as Mary's, save for one difference - she would come out of it extremely traumatized, and for a time would develop a guilt complex towards ruining her young neighbor's life with her lies.
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • Ahuizotl is presented as a much larger threat, to the point he managed to clash with King Brachion in wits and power. In terms of personality, he was someone who only wanted to Take Over the World in canon. Here, he's an Omnicidal Maniac who wants to perpetuate the Cycle because destruction is the only thing that's appealing to him.
    • Queen Mzazi is the Mother of All Zebra, and an incredibly powerful 4 million year old goddess who once shredded an armada with a lightning storm. She's also G1 Zigzag, one of the Pony Friends from G1.
    • Queen Dazzleglow of the Glimmering Isles was originally a G1 unicorn mare that was part of the "Glow 'n Show" pony toyline. Here, she's a Sparkle Pony, a type of mutated pony that could manipulate light and stardust, and is an Alicorn (though she did appear as an Alicorn in the My Little Pony Tales series).
    • Rainbow Dash in canon is the fastest pegasus alive, an Element of Harmony, and is the only one capable of pulling off a Sonic Rainboom. Here, she's a Rainbow Pony, a type of mutated pony that could manipulate light, energy, and rainbows, though she remains unaware of her full potential. Luminiferous is interested in unlocking her development so she could perform the Rainbow Ponies' fabled "Rainbow Warp".
    • In canon, Thorax physically transforms into a Changeling King after defeating Chrysalis with The Power of Love, but is still rather meek, Adorkable, and struggling with being a leader. Here, Thorax's confrontation with Chrysalis resulted in him becoming a newborn Royal Changeling, the Changeling equivalent of demigod, and the 'Progenitor' of his own hive, which contains purified changelings. He has so much potential that he accidentally blasted Changeling King Zorpheus across Avalon with a magic beam that would have killed anyone else. When Luminiferous briefly unlocked his potential to fight Apertus during the "Revenge of Apertus" arc, Thorax emerged from his cocoon as a Changeling Emperor.
    • Prince Blueblood in canon was a boorish Prince Charmless who mistreated Rarity when they first met at the Grand Galloping Gala. Here, he's a clairvoyant unicorn noble who's the Commander of the Royal Equestrian Navy and a respected hero known for saving wounded comrades in heated battles; an excellent tactician and diplomat; and a skilled water mage... none of which showed up in canon.
    • The Equestrian Princesses are more active than they were in canon. Even though they mostly handle the politics of ruling Equestria, they still participate in major battles if need be. BrutalityInc has stated in response to a question about their "uselessness" that they do help whenever they can, it's just that they have to tone down their power because they don't want to inflict collateral damage upon their mortal subjects.
    • Prince Léon, originally a one-shot Alicorn character who appeared in a French magazine as Celestia's very young cousin, is a divine Godling in the Codexverse, being capable of powerful empathy and divine purification. For one, he accidentally purged the current host of Mr. Hide, one of Ispita's Fallen angels, significantly harming Mr. Hide and defeating him. However, while he's got a lot of potential, he's still a toddler, so he wouldn't be fighting much for the time being until he's older.
    • In Star vs. the Forces of Evil, Jushtin Butterfly had brief access to magic thanks to his mother, Queen Skywynne, allowing him, having held high hopes for him as a potential King... only to be superseded when Skywynne gave into peer pressure and gave birth to a daughter, because her subjects didn't want a male ruler in a matriarchal kingdom. He was able to become a diplomat, but he faded into obscurity after that, with his only reputation coming from his being an "un-queen". As Jushtin's Expy, Sparkling Wing shows what could've happened had someone continued showing faith in Jushtin and giving him a chance to show off his own potential, instead of letting him fade into obscurity because of his sex. While Sparkling Wing wasn't able to inherit the throne from his mother, he still showed signs of becoming a great leader and king, and the influence of Luminiferous and his many adventures and good deeds were what eventually allowed him to become an Alicorn and a powerful mage.
    • Being inspired by the Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service team, the members of the Black Heron Corpse Investigation Team are much more capable and powerful than their character inspirations. Namely, their good deeds in helping the dead got them recognized by the Shinseina pantheon, who decided to "promote" them and turn them into demigods as a reward.
    • While the Emperor of Mankind and his Primarch sons have always been badasses, here they're much so. Golden Scepter is depicted as a bonafide ancient god who embodies Psionics, Leadership, and Judgement as well as the collective good and bad traits of mortal Ponykind, instead of a mere psychic mortal wearing a powerful glamour. Meanwhile, his many sons are powerful demigods, as they were sired with a mortal pegasus mare, Blessed Skies, and having achieved their own Ascension in different ways based on what they each embodied as individuals. Presently, they have the potential to become full-on divines like their father if they choose to.
    • Compared to Great-Aunt Charlotte, Scarlet Bell takes a more proactive role in the Codexverse than her character inspiration. Notably, unlike Great-Aunt Charlotte, she would get in a magical fight with her teachers as a foal, saving her classmates from being experimented on by them. And years later, the moment she discovered that her former teachers were in the same country as her and still preying on young foals and teenagers, including the young son of a neighboring family she knew, she immediately called the authorities and tried finding Midnight Bell, her grandniece, by herself after the latter ran away from home to save Page Wheel alone. She even punched a now-magically powerless Noble Grace in the face for all the horrific actions she had done to her loved ones during their public confrontation, something she doesn't regret.
    • Unlike Peter, whose magical transformation into a magic-eating Blob Monster was completely reversed with a spell, restoring him to normal, Crystal Prism was revived and turned into an Alicorn demigod after he was killed. Due to embodying Rebirth and Transformation, his magic is centered around light and butterflies, and since gaining his divinity and new powers, he has been doing a lot of good deeds in the world thanks to the benevolent influence of those who cared for him, despite the incredible trauma he went through. Notably, he played in a role in Button Mash's victorius defeat of CreepEntity513, and with the help of Luminiferous, Gavisus Manes and Audens Manes, he personally traveled into the video game realm to rescue Button Mash and all of the gamers CreepEntity513 had imprisoned and tortured over the Ages. He also participated in the "Battle of Hornbridge" event, where he and his friend, Midnight Bell, helped drive away the tribalist Scions of Hurricane and Children of Platinum factions from their hometown.
    • Sigvald the Magnificent in Warhammer is an ageless mortal whose powers were only made possible by becoming Slaanesh's favored champion. Here, Prince Stoltur Skjöldur, who is based off of him, is born a demi-divine son of an Evil Bogolenya Deer goddess of Lust and Pride through a mortal father, but eventually Ascended to true godhood.
    • Downplayed with Ruby Heart. In Story of the Blanks, she would teleport Apple Bloom to the safe edge of the Everfree Forest to make up for accidentally leading her into danger. Here, she was turned into a Psychopomp by the Three Deaths and became a "Confessor" who listens to people's sins and helps them earn repentance, with a few additional abilities like Intangibility and the ability to see people's sins in the form of bound chains. However, she doesn't have much in the way of combat due to being a ghostly filly, making her weaker compared to Mitta, who became a powerful Guardian of the Everfree Forest in the Codexverse.
    • Mitta, Ruby Heart's older sister, is a straighter example. In Story of the Blanks, she would suddenly intervene while Apple Bloom is fleeing the overgrown ruins of Sunnytown, holding off the zombies trying to get at the filly by herself. Here in the Codexverse, it's explicitly mentioned that after centuries of enduring psychological abuse from Grey Hoof and his followers, she would finally gather the strength to break herself out of the building she was imprisoned in as soon as she heard Apple Bloom's cries for help. And when she confronted Grey Hoof himself, she would reveal her hidden strengths for the first time by unleashing her plant magic and hordes of timberwolves onto the villainous Sunnytowners, further hampering their efforts to "protect" Apple Bloom. She would proceed to become a divine champion, thanks to Celestia and Luna empowering her as a reward from Pakak for breaking free of his curse and redeeming herself, and as Guardian of the Everfree Forest, she is an experienced and powerful fighter in her own right.
    • In canon, Twilight Velvet is only a supporting character. The Codexverse greatly expands on her personality, role, and abilities, turning her into a benevolent and fiercely protective noblemare who commands power, respect, and fear as an Equestrian Duchess. She is also an incredibly powerful Magic Knight with impressive magical talent and skills in swordsmanship, enough that she became Rarity's personal tutor when the latter approached her out of concern that she Can't Catch Up with her friends, who are either descendants of gods or have helpful mutations.
    • While Dragon Lord Ember is already quite badass in canon, here she is involved in a war (The Storm King Crisis) and helped avert catastrophe in two story arcs, the "Revenge of Apertus" arc and the "Dr. Toxikon" arc, demonstrating potential to achieve far greater things that some would like to see realized in full. She is also a proficient sword fighter.
    • In Greek mythology, Anteros is a minor god of Requited Love who's a son of Aphrodite and Ares, being created to be a brother/playmate for Eros on the reasoning that Love cannot thrive if it is not reciprocated. Canteros, his Codex counterpart, is the Preeminent/Primeval god of Requited Love and Reconciliation, as well as the eldest son and child of Amareros, who is the Grand Primeval god of Love and thus the most ancient Love deity in existence.
    • In the comics, King Aspen was just the ruler of the Deers of Thicket, skilled in wielding magic especially plant magic. In the Codexverse, he's an Ascendant Godling, a powerful Seer (specifically, he's a god of Prophecy), and a prodigy in druidic magic such as animal control, nature manipulation, and potion-making. Of note, a group of Hydianite Covens suffered a decisive and brutal defeat at the hooves of a vengeful Aspen, who paid them back for what they did to his fawnhood kingdom by decimating them down to the last warrior, and then forcibly converting their headquarters into forest territory by sprouting trees, displacing and killing those who were in the area of impact.
  • Adaptational Heroism:
    • Golden Scepter, despite being based on the Emperor of Mankind, is completely different from him in personality. The Emperor of Mankind was a well-meaning yet ruthless, xenophobic, and hypocritical Jerkass who loved humanity, but only for what it could be and never loved it on an individual level. He was also a neglectful parent who treated most of his Primarch children as little more than tools, and was abusive at worst. Golden Scepter behaved similarly during the Imperium era that took place after the "Twilight of the Alicorns", until he was betrayed and wounded by one of his own generals during a coup and had to be put in magical stasis to heal himself. After he was found by Luminiferous and Dazzleglow in the Second Age, he would undergo a long process of Character Development as The Atoner, wandering around Equus to learn from the examples set by both mortals and divines. The result was a truly benevolent Emperor, who settled down before the Fourth Age and founded the much smaller yet thriving Terran Empire, and became the father of several Semi-Divine sons.
    • Meanwhile, those of the Emperor's sons who betrayed him and became Traitor Primarchs in WH40k canon also became heroic in the Codexverse, as Golden Scepter Took a Level in Kindness that had a huge impact on how he raised his children.
      • Primarch Magnus the Red tended to be an Insufferable Genius, yet was loyal to his father despite the negative reputation he has as a psyker. He turned traitor in the Horus Heresy after a rather unfortunate combination of arrogantly pursuing even forbidden knowledge, the manipulations of the Chaos gods, and being censured and alienated by the Emperor's actions. Crimson Star, Magnus's Codexverse counterpart, also started out as an arrogant Insufferable Genius, until he was blinded saving a classmate in a carriage accident, and became rather depressed after realizing that he is now no better than those he once deemed beneath his intelligence. Thanks to the love and support of Golden Scepter, as well as those who genuinely cared for him, he would come out of his ordeals a much better and heroic person.
      • Primarch Horus Lupercal was originally the favored firstborn son of the Emperor of Mankind, until he turned traitor thanks to the manipulations of both Lorgar and the Chaos gods, making him think that the Emperor truly wanted to become a god and didn't care about the Primarchs at all. This created the Horus Heresy that tore the Imperium of Mankind apart. Here, as Blazing Hoof, he's a benevolent demigod Prince who never turned traitor, as his father, Golden Scepter, went through lots of Character Development that heavily influenced how he raised his sons.
      • Primarch Lorgar Aurelian would lose his faith in the Emperor of Mankind after a particularly brutal and humiliating incident (the complete destruction of Monarchia), which drove him to worship the Chaos Gods and orchestrate the Horus Heresy. Here, Written Word, Lorgar's Codexverse counterpart, was never driven to turn traitor because Golden Scepter, unlike the Emperor of Mankind, was a good father and thus was gentle in explaining to his son the folly of both his devotion and his actions. Because of this, Written Word would realize the true value of faith as a unifying and empowering force, and became a beloved Alicorn demigod hero who's also badass.
      • Perturabo would betray the Emperor of Mankind and side with Chaos after decades of being passed over in favor of Rogal Dorn, being unable to showcase his true skills as an engineer and architect and instead was stuck with the most grinding sieges during the Great Crusade, and being treated with dismissive contempt by most of his brothers. Here, as Steel Barricade, while he initially started out as an Insufferable Genius worse than Crimson Star, he eventually learned the value of humility and empathy after being exiled for instigating a particularly destructive duel against his older brother, Clear Voice, and after brutally murdering a corrupt Tauren Pony king and nobility in a fit of explosive rage. While he was left a stoic and cold Jerk with a Heart of Gold due to psychological trauma, his efforts to atone for his actions nonetheless led to him becoming a beloved and respected demigod Prince of the Terran Empire - which is partially thanks to Golden Scepter's influence on him as a father. Notably, one of Steel Barricade's deeds included attending the Hoofington Conference, where he and his brothers would present solid evidence on why Synthetic Automatons shouldn't exist for the anti-Synthetic Automaton side, "with all the effort and ability expected of an Alicorn demigod scion of Emperor Golden Scepter".
      • Primarch Angron had the Butcher's Nails implanted on him at a young age to turn him into a powerful gladiator. As a result, he became a bloodthirsty, rage-driven horror who put the Butcher's Nails on his own World Eaters legion, and was responsible for many war crimes and other atrocities. He also became one of the first Primarchs to side with Chaos, though part of the decision was influenced by Primarch Lorgar, who wanted to save his brother's life after learning that the Butcher's Nails were slowly killing Angron. By contrast, Red Blade was initially a shy yet kind foal who became a Bully Hunter to protect others from being bullied, only for him to become no different than the bullies he hunted when he left Crimson Star near death, unaware that Crimson Star wanted to die out of guilt. He eventually realized the error of his ways after witnessing the Poenan Pantheon's fanatical and zealous crusades, and instigating a revolution against a kingdom's tyrannical government that got too bloody and out of control, which motivated him to both control his anger and practice discipline and self-restraint.
    • Prince Blueblood in canon is a boorish Jerkass and Prince Charmless. In the Codexverse, he is a beloved war hero among his soldiers and a stallion completely dedicated to the well-being of Equestria and its people. His facades were his way of getting around the insidious and malignant members of Canterlot's nobility in order to do what he truly wanted. Beneath them, he's a very nice pony, if a bit cynical and pragmatic.
    • Sigvald the Magnificent is, to put it lightly, an incredibly depraved, sociopathic, cruel, and vain man who became Slaanesh's favored champion. Here, Prince Stoltur Skjöldur, who is based on Sigvald, is a very honorable and noble individual who upholds the oaths he makes and tests mortals with his Evil so they could be come strong enough to oppose Evil itself, even though by nature he is still an evil and depraved god thanks to being one of many divine and demi-divine sons of Pokhot, the Bogolenya Deer goddess of Lust and Pride.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: King Aspen's portrayal in "Root of the Problem" was still racist, but he was willing to let the Mane Six stay in Thicket overnight, and was genuinely grateful towards them for saving Bramble and helping him take down Well-To-Do. Here, he's extremely belligerent, self-righteous, close-minded, xenophobic, and arrogant, largely due to fawnhood trauma and the toxic influence of those who mentored him and passed on their own unsavory traits onto him. It's noted by the Codexverse writers that this depiction of Aspen is the real him, as the comic was produced by his radical supporters as propaganda to glamorize his actions while portraying the non-Deer as idiotic and incompetent.
  • Adaptational Karma:
    • Played with Noble Grace and her assistant/friend, Professor Bubbling Beaker, both Captain Ersatzs of Madam Mumblechook and Dr. Dee. In the original movie, both Madam Mumblechook and Dr. Dee have their lab destroyed by a transformed Peter, with the former being left completely powerless after absorbing her magic, and in the end they are both surrounded by the enraged animals they used to experiment on, implying a very grisly fate for them. While the events were more or less the same in the Codexverse, here they were arrested, transferred back to Pferdia, and properly tried for their crimes after Scarlet Bell, one of their former students, notified the Grittish authorities. It's noted that lawful authorities refused to let the jury take matters into their own hands, regardless of the damage and harm Noble Grace and Bubbling Beaker have inflicted on their victims, because it would make the jury no different than the criminals. To quote a Pferdian Pony judge on the day of their trial:
      Pferdian Pony judge: Considering how many animals and ponies she and her colleague had experimented on, the popular choice would have been to let the victims decide her fate. But cases like these is why we have the law - to bring justice to those who have harmed the innocent without resorting to measures that would make us no better than the criminals we punish.
    • Night Terror, an Expy of Freddy Krueger, is punished for his misdeeds and attempting to trick himself out of his well-deserved punishment in Temnobog's hell-realms when Princess Luna and Tenya teamed up to defeat him and throw him in the real world. A furious Yarost was waiting for him, having learned that Night Terror got away thanks to Ispita, Yarost's Fallen mother, and dragged him down to the hell-realms once and for all. It's rumored in-universe that he was reduced to an immortal plaything for Yarost to torment.
    • In Story of the Blanks, the Sunnytowners were turned into zombies for murdering an innocent filly, though exactly what caused the curse is ambiguous. Here, it's stated that the curse was of divine nature - Pakak had been attending the party disguised as a pony when he witnessed the murder of Ruby Heart, and was so enraged that he cursed the entire town until they repented for their crimes.
    • In Dead Silence, Mary Shaw wins in the end and escapes without punishment. Her Captain Ersatz Bitter Thicket, on the other hand, is tracked down by Maud Pie, Pinkie Pie, and the Black Herons after the events of the film. They proceed to defeat her, at which point she is Dragged Off to Hell by Malus Manes and the spirits of her victims.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy:
    • Golden Scepter is the complete opposite of his character inspiration, the Emperor of Mankind. The Emperor of Mankind was a very intelligent and well-meaning man, but was also a ruthless and hypocritical Jerkass who was a neglectful parent who more or less treated most of his Primarch sons like tools at best. Here, Golden Scepter became a genuinely nice guy and highly beloved ruler after realizing the full scope of his mistakes and becoming The Atoner, undertaking a long, arduous process of Character Development that allowed him to become much kinder.
    • Meanwhile, many of Golden Scepter's sons became much kinder versions of the Emperor's Primarchs, as Golden Scepter Took a Level in Kindness that had a huge impact on how he raised his children after he decided to settle down.
      • While Leman Russ was a good guy and completely loyal to his father, the Emperor of Mankind, he had an extremely combative and aggressive personality, and would come to blows with some of his brothers for not taking shit from them. He also acted like a Jerkass towards his brother, Magnus the Red, because of his deep hatred and distrust of psykers and Psychic Powers in general. Here, Fanged Paw, Russ's Codexverse counterpart, would still have an extremely strained relationship with Crimson Star, but would soon realize the error of his ways after taking his hatred too far and getting himself exiled from the Terran Empire as punishment. Once he achieved Character Development and his exile ended, Fanged Paw would come back an Alicorn and enjoy a happy (albeit vitriolic) relationship with Crimson Star after they reconciled as brothers.
      • Magnus the Red was too, an Insufferable Genius who preferred to shift the blame on others instead of acknowledging his own flaws and mistakes, which is what partially and ultimately led to him turning to Chaos (among other things). Crimson Star, who was based on Magnus, was broken out of his behavior when he was completely blinded saving a classmate in a carriage accident, and ultimately became a heroic and benevolent character thanks to the positive influence of his friends and loved ones.
      • Lorgar pre-Horus Heresy was a very altruistic, kind, and religiously devout man... but he also idolized the Emperor of Mankind and worshiped him as a god to excessive degrees. And at least one Primarch, Roboute Guilliman, described him as a Psychopathic Manchild whose volatile outbursts are akin to childish tantrums the moment someone offends him, which could partially explain how Lorgar behaved towards the Emperor after Monarchia was completely torched. Here, as Written Word, he has no such behavior, due to Golden Scepter being a good father and finding better ways to curb his son's nastier behavioral traits, as well as show him the true folly of his religious worship.
    • Here, Prince Blueblood is a loving family man who cherishes the mares and stallions in his life, and a beloved war hero who never abandons his fellow soldiers. The unpleasant behavior he showed towards Rarity in canon is actually the result of a facade he put up to get around Canterlot's incompetently cruel and selfish nobility and protect himself from more heartache, after being pursued by ambitious socialites who only wanted him for his money, title, and power yet turned against him for being quite not what they wanted.
  • Adaptational Sexuality: In Warhammer 40,000, the Emperor of Mankind, Golden Scepter's character inspiration, had no romantic feelings towards anyone whatsoever, as he loved humanity but not on an individual level. This would make him a Truly Single Parent, as he was the only biological "parent" the Primarchs had. In the Codexverse, it's mentioned that he not only had a mortal wife once everything had settled down enough, but also sired with her several Semi-Divine children, who were inspired by the Primarchs. In addition, both Written Word's entry and a conversation with BrutalityInc reveals that the Alicorns lived in a Free-Love Future that was the result of their extremely successful civilization, allowing them to indulge in their newfound sexual freedom however and whenever they pleased. Golden Scepter slept with both mares and stallions at one point in his life, which was something the Emperor of Mankind never did. However, it's implied that although he tried to give his many partners the love and respect they deserved, Golden Scepter still regretted his "dishonest" actions and decided to stay faithful when he fell in love again because he wanted to distance himself from his people's mistakes and flaws.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Grey Hoof in the Codexverse is far more insidious, fanatic, and malevolent than he was in the source material. It's implied that he had Ruby Heart burned to death in her family's own fireplace to punish her family for trying to protect her from his followers, which enraged Pakak, the Draconequus god of Karma, into punishing Sunnytown by cursing its residents with zombification. Grey Hoof proceeded to turn the Sunnytowners into a "Cutie Pox cult", hunt down innocent ponies with Cutie Marks, and essentially turned Mitta into his prisoner by having his followers psychologically abuse for centuries, leaving her so broken that she could easily be browbeaten back into compliance if she ever got out of line. Three Leaf, Grey Hoof's childhood friend, implies that he had been disposing of townspeople who developed Cutie Marks long before Ruby Heart and got away with it, making Pakak's arrival and presence a coincidence. Grey Hoof is also an insidiously charismatic and persuasive individual who believes that everything he does, including foal-murder, is for the well-being of Sunnytown, so when Apple Bloom discovers Sunnytown's horrible secret and calls him out on his actions, his facade quickly crumbles, ultimately exposing himself as a fanatical, deluded maniac. While Mitta did manage to stand up to her tormentors to save Apple Bloom, the extent of Grey Hoof's psychological abuse was such that she currently has two goddesses helping her recover from her trauma and bolster low self-confidence, as well as two demi-Alicorn Princes teaching her how to fortify herself against psychologically abusive individuals.
  • Adaptation Expansion:
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: Quite a few examples.
    • Lauren Faust has stated that Prince Blueblood is Celestia's (very) distant nephew on her mother's side. Here, he's explicitly stated by his entry to be Celestia's adoptive nephew, having been come into her care after Celestia learned about his emotionally abusive upbringing.
    • Prince Léon was introduced as Celestia's very young cousin in a French MLP magazine. Here, he's her grandnephew via adoption by Blueblood (though Léon is technically Blueblood's "biological" son via a magical karmic backlash from his good deeds), with the "cousin" part being explained as an in-universe translation error in Prance.
    • Golden Scepter's character inspiration, the Emperor of Mankind, did have Primarch sons... but they were created through advanced technology and science, and the Emperor did not love mankind individually, making him a Truly Single Parent. Here, Golden Scepter sired his sons with natural means through his (loving) marriage to a mortal pegasus mare, making his sons purely biological.
    • In Code Geass, Euphemia had a mutual crush on Suzaku, who was knighted by her but didn't go far because she was accidentally Geassed into committing a genocidal massacre and then killed by Lelouch to stop her. Here, Princess Laska and Falling Leaves, both of them based on the aforementioned characters, are engaged after Laska's half-brother, King Strazha, gave them his blessing.
  • Adult Fear: Due to Codex Equus taking place in a realistic, expanded world, lots of horrifying things can happen.
    • The events surrounding Sunnytown are full of this trope.
      • Sunnytown itself is a prime example of what happens when a town is gripped by fear. After the spread of Cutie Pox, the people of Sunnytown were so terrified by the idea of experiencing another infection that they took extreme measures to prevent it. When a young filly named Ruby Heart earned her Cutie Mark for helping a neighbor woo his love with a gift she found, she unknowingly condemned herself to death, and her neighbors ritualistically murdered her for it. Her family initially wanted to protect her, but were talked into agreeing with their neighbors' decision (to their great regret later on). The karmic god Pakak was so enraged by this that he cursed the town to become a haunted place full of zombies, until everyone accepted responsibility and atoned for their crimes.
      • Years later, Story of the Blanks happened when Apple Bloom wandered away from Twilight to follow Ruby's spirit out of curiosity, leading to the filly discovering Sunnytown's dark secret and being nearly killed by pursuing pony zombies who wanted to "protect" her. The only reason why she escaped was via interference from Ruby and her older sister, Mitta, who this time tried preventing her neighbors from killing another foal. Twilight was so worried for Apple Bloom that when she found the latter at the edge of the Everfree Forest, she felt extremely relieved that Apple Bloom was safe instead of being mad at her for wandering off.
      • Apple Bloom's adventure also traumatized her, and it took some time for her to recover and come to terms with what she had discovered. Namely, why the ponies of Sunnytown decided to kill a young filly for an extremely bogus reason.
    • After Twilight and Spike were saved by Blueblood from being assassinated by the Children of Platinum faction, Rarity tearfully hugged Twilight and Spike, terrified out of her mind by the thought of nearly losing two of her best friends to political conflict. The Mane Six's opinion of Blueblood in general also improved significantly because of this incident.
    • Rarity also had a moment of this when Button Mash revealed what would happen to Sweetie Bell if he lost the "game" against CreepEntity513, due to its intentions of targeting the Cutie Mark Crusaders after potentially killing Button Mash. It was noted that Rarity was extremely worried, but also relieved that her younger sister was spared a horrible fate.
    • Emperor Golden Scepter would go through this a few times, especially after having a family of his own in the Fourth Age.
      • His ordeals with his eighth son, Prince Crimson Star, were full of this trope, given how many times he came close to losing him. He praised his son's achievements when he revealed himself to be a prodigy, but became rather worried when Crimson Star became an Insufferable Genius who mistreated those he deemed beneath him as a result. He was devastated when he learned that Crimson Star was horribly injured in an accident while saving a classmate from an out-of-control carriage, and is now permanently blind. Then Crimson Star tried summoning a demon in exchange for his eyesight being restored, which Golden Scepter swiftly ended before something horrible happened. This would contribute to Crimson's Star's severe depression and suicidal behavior, as he decided to become a scapegoat in order to atone for his actions, not caring if he'll potentially die or not. Then Golden Scepter found Blazing Hoof protecting a beaten-up Crimson Star from a hateful Fanged Paw and a few other brothers alone, and personally intervened before the fight got too bloody. After getting Crimson Star to the royal infirmary to be healed, he would call out his son for "torturing" himself excessively without regard to how those who genuinely loved him would be affected, pointing out that there are better ways of achieving redemption and forgiveness rather than recklessly forsaking his own life for it.
      • His second son, Fanged Paw, would nurse a hateful grudge towards Crimson Star for being an Insufferable Genius, and when he snapped, he would constantly get into violent fights with him over it, prompting Golden Scepter to always try stop and separate them. After Crimson Star was blinded and became rather depressed afterwards, Fanged Paw would continue bullying him to punish his brother. This attracted Blazing Hoof's wrath when he caught him and two other brothers, Death Shroud and Red Blade, giving Crimson Star a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown, with the latter not even lifting a hoof in self-defense, and tried defending his vulnerable brother alone. The fight apparently got so bad that Golden Scepter had to quickly intervene before things got too bloody. Fanged Paw's entry notes that Golden Scepter was furious with him and his two brothers for leaving Crimson Star near death just to satisfy their own grievances, and punished Fanged Paw by exiling him from the Terran Empire. Only after Fanged Paw showed significant Character Development and Ascended did he decide to lift the punishment and allow his son to come back home.
      • He was shocked and devastated when he learned that his thirteenth son, Prince Written Word, had been encouraging religious worship of him and even joined the priesthood behind his back, despite his efforts to ban religion based on him and his family in the Terran Empire and having Psychic Powers to see what Written Word had been up to. It's very reminiscent of a parent discovering that their seemingly obedient and dutiful child was secretly breaking the law by doing drugs and other crimes. What made the discovery even worse is that Written Word's actions caused Golden Scepter to remember the last time he dealt with someone close to him for encouraging public worship of him - he torched an entire city to its foundations to punish its founder, who was implied to be one of his Generals from the Imperium era. Fortunately, Golden Scepter decided to do things differently by taking Written Word aside and gently setting his son straight on what he was actually doing, ultimately paving the way for Written Word to realize the true value of Faith and Ascend because of it.
      • In the "Temptation Unbound" conflict, when Crimson Star warned him of a bad future he foresaw that involved his sons turning against each other and him dying trying to stop the catastrophe, Golden Scepter got so pissed off that he shed his "default" form and revealed his true form as an ancient, six-winged Alicorn god to confront the Fallen deities and their worshipers who were trying to destroy his family.
    • Crystal Prism's life was a living hell. His mother was gravely ill around the time he met Midnight Bell, making him feel insecure that he wouldn't be able to take proper care of her at his current age. And much like what happened to his character inspiration, Peter, he was kidnapped and experimented on in an attempt to mass-produce Alicorns because Midnight Bell lied about him to save her own skin. Post-Ascension, he suffered from severe PTSD and a guilt complex over what happened, even having nightmares where the Alicorns killed him yet he didn't come back to life. A canonized Codexverse drabble also reveals that after becoming an Alicorn, he would suffer self-esteem issues, thinking that his parents wouldn't recognize or love him in his new form. His mother would tell him that no, that isn't a case, and that his being an Alicorn is a blessing, as he has the power and opportunity to help people now. And even if he isn't a unicorn anymore, his parents still love him.
    • Diamond Bell, Midnight Bell's mother, feared the idea of her family, most of whom were pro-unicorn tribalists, abusing her daughter for being an Earth pony on top of being an illegitimate foal. This prompted her decision to secretly move Midnight Bell to the Grittish Isles, where she would be cared for by her loving maternal great-aunt, Scarlet Bell. She would also be unaware of the inferiority complex, loneliness and other issues Midnight Bell would develop after being sent away, or the fact that Midnight Bell would end up playing a prominent role in what happened to Page Wheel.
    • This trope happened a few times in Scarlet Bell's life.
      • When she was a young student in Pferdia, several of her classmates and friends mysteriously disappeared, which she would discover were caused by the very teachers she trusted. Scarlet Bell would admit years later that Noble Grace's incredible power and knowledge made her reluctant to confront her due to fear of injury and/or death, but she ultimately pressed on because her desire to save her classmates from a "monster" was stronger. She would succeed, but was marked with burn scars by an explosion and fire caused by a misfired spell. She would move to the Grittish Isles shortly after, both to escape publicity and hide from her former teachers.
      • Years later, she would send her grandniece, Midnight Bell, to a Grittish magic school after the latter turned into a unicorn and destroyed almost half the town they lived in with her magic... unaware that Noble Grace and Bubbling Beaker, having also moved to the Grittish Isles through sheer coincidence, were also at the school under carefully-crafted glamours. By the time she realized this, Midnight Bell would run off alone to try, in her words, "save Page Wheel from those evil teachers!", and endanger herself trying to save everyone from Page Wheel's corrupted form by distracting him until Luminiferous and the Equestrian Princess killed him.
      • Page Wheel, the son of a neighboring family she befriended, would mysteriously disappear shortly after Midnight Bell was rejected by the local magic school and sent home for her dishonesty. After learning that Page Wheel had been experimented on, rampaged through the Grittish Isles as a monster, and ultimately ended up in a magical cocoon that Noble Grace and Bubbling Beaker wanted to examine, she tells Noble Grace, "You disgust me." before punching her in the face.
    • Ink Wheel, Crystal Prism's mother, went through this trope, too.
      • She and her husband tried having many foals so they could have the family they always wanted, except their children were either miscarriages or stillbirths. It got to the point where some of their neighbors assumed badly of them and were bold enough to tell the couple that "Celestia's Sun" was punishing them for displeasing her. Ink Wheel's husband didn't like that and presumably dealt with the gossipers hurting his wife. Page Wheel's birth and survival was such a miraculous relief that his parents would pray their thanks to the gods every night.
        Ink Wheel: In our eyes, you were our miracle baby, in more ways than one.
      • When she became gravely ill, she was scared and angry with herself, fearing the idea of dying on her son when she tried so hard to have a foal, and feeling bad that she fell sick in general. According to her, she would keep praying for the day she would be cured of her illness so she could see Page Wheel grow up. Around this time, her son, Page Wheel would be kidnapped and experimented on by two criminals masquerading as teachers after coming in contact with Midnight Bell, leading to him transforming into a magic-eating monster that would be killed by Luminiferous and the Equestrian Princesses to save the Grittish Isles. According to Ink Wheel, her prayers were finally answered when Page Wheel came home as Crystal Prism and cured her illness with his "cocoon-healing" ability. She and her husband would presumably learn what happened to their son afterwards.
  • Adults Are Useless: Averted. Most of the characters showcased in Codex Equus, canonical or otherwise, are adults who are generally skilled and capable in some way, regardless of species. However, there are entries that prominently feature children, such as Ruby Heart, Button Mash, and Prince Léon.
  • The Ageless: Generally justified, as in the Codexverse, there is certain brands of magic that allow the user(s) to live longer, such as Noble Grace's age-manipulation magic, which was noted in her entry to be a highly-coveted skill among unicorns. Divines are also immortal, as they are on another level of existence than mortal sapients and possess Primordial Quintessence magic, which makes them incredibly resistant to mundane magic and other things.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot:
    • 'Synthetic Automatons', whether they be mundane or magical variety, are seen with considerable apprehension by various present-day civilizations and pantheons because of various infamous incidents where they turned on their creators - sometimes completely without warning - leading to widespread devastation and destruction of entire prospering nations and lands and contributing to the various Vicious Cycles that holds back Equuskind. And EVEN when they don't rebel, their very existence often has such a detrimental influence on their creators in the long run that they are better off never inventing them. This leads to various Ban on A.I. on cultural, political, economic and even religious levels by various authorities.
    • This is the Terran Empire's stance on Synthetic Automatons - in their eyes, Synthetic Automatons fall under the label of "Abhorrent Intelligence", meaning that any piece of technology that bears some form of sapience is automatically distrustful and warrants an immediate shutdown. Supporting this view is a pattern that had been noticed and observed by both the Terran royal family and their technologically-minded subjects - through various points in Known History and even before it, Synthetic Automatons have always rebelled against their creators despite the anti-rebellion measures made - including treating Synthetic Automatons with respect and giving them full rights that a mortal sapient would possess. And the reasoning behind the mechanical uprisings is the same: "Organic sapient-kind are a threat that MUST be controlled or exterminated". And the scariest thing is no-pony knows why they keep coming to that same conclusion. It's almost as if their cold, calculating circuitry consistently saw something which is so dangerous and terrifying in Sapient nature that they consider containing or eliminating their creators is the only appropriate response...
      • This becomes an important point during the Conference of Hoofington, where Golden Scepter's sons have brought up records of said uprisings in past Ages and even apocryphal lore chronicling the infamous "Mane of Iron Rebellion" event, which felled one of the most prosperous civilizations that sprung up after the "Twilight of the Alicorns" but before the rise of the Imperium of Ponykind. Prince Steel Barricade, himself a great engineer, personally believed in supporting the existence of Synthetic Automatons, but nevertheless accepted and trusted the judgement of his father as well as those of his brothers and mortal subjects who were against having them exist. Golden Scepter is a staunch opponent against Synthetic Automatons and sapient A.I. in general, having personally witnessed the "Mane of Iron Rebellion" after the fall of his people, but has abstained from participating in the debate so he can let his sons and mortal subjects come up with their own conclusions.
      • However, it is noted Golden Scepter himself made an exception for Corona and his sister Aurora, partially due to the former robot being The Cape and having saved sapientkind from many threats entirely of his own free will, and partially due to the benevolent influence of his friend, Luminiferous. The 'Secret of Coexistence', as it was later termed, that allowed Synths and Organics to peacefully coexist was taken by Corona and Aurora's creator Dr Solar to his grave (as he realized that it was not something that could be taught but something that had to be learned), but it's heavily hinted - based on the fact that Dr Solar treated his creations like his children - that unconditional, nurturing love was involved.
    • This causes issues with the arrival of the Solarians, the end result of one of Dr. Solar's creations evolving for tens of thousands of years in deep space. The result is a race of Benevolent A.I. that's only real desire is to be creative and coexist with the race of their creator. While they do attack sapientkind, it's only after Exosus, an organic Alicorn, enslaved them and made them do so against their will, resulting in the destruction of all but 7,000 of their species. The survivors merely want to live in peace. In this case, the divide between justified caution of AI and Fantastic Racism becomes a fine line.
  • Alien Invasion: As revealed in one canonized drabble, Equus had suffered this multiple times during the 'Great Wars Era' of the Second Age, mainly from the Maretians but also potentially others from other star systems.
    • Some of these were apparently VERY nasty: one of the biggest invasions, the Maretian-Tellusian War of 1961-1962, was apparently launched by one faction of Maretians who were based on those from Mars Attack - The original Trading Cards version. Needless to say, as noted in the drabble, it resulted in widespread devastation on Equus and much enmity between Ponies of the Second Age with the Maretians ("Kill the Maretian - that is your nation's cry." — Hooviet Proapaganda during the war).
    • It's heavily implied from that drabble and a few things mentioned in passing that a version of H.G. Wells' classic Alien Invasion story occurred during the Second Age by a previous faction/race of Maretians, likely the implied first Maretian-Tellusian War. A Maretian Tripod was seen preserved in Queen Dazzleglow's weapons vaults at the Glimmer Isles.
  • All for Nothing:
    • Grizelda I sacrificed nearly everything and even defied fate itself to defeat an evil conqueror and turn her kingdom of Griffonstone towards a path of peace, tolerance and selflessness that would lead it to a long Golden Age... only for all her efforts to come to nothing when her nephew seized the throne while she went off to train her daughter, reversing nearly all her policies with the approval of many of her own subjects. As shown in canon, this would condemn the kingdom to a history of war and greed so bad it took a divine artifact (the Idol of Boreas) just to keep everyone in line, and when it disappeared Griffonstone would decline to the dismal failed state it is today. Grizelda II's Codexverse entry lampshades this and called out those who made this happen - both the nephew and all the Griffons who supported him - with a blisteringly damning proverb that noted how easily all good and great things are ruined because of deplorable, despicable people who perverted or turned their backs on them throughout history.
    First Age Proverb: Cursed are the foolish, the corrupt and the weak, who betray all that are the wise, the pure and the strong.
  • Almighty Idiot:
    • Blood Fang has the ability to transform into a demonic boar, which enhances his strength immensely but makes him as dumb as an animal. Blood Fang actually disdains using it for this reason and prefers to avoid it whenever possible, though he also hates power gambits that puts the person at risk in general.
    • Due to legends and conflicting information, King Sombra is interpreted as this. Blood Fang even calls Sombra a "complete imbecile" who didn't even have the sense to restrain himself while studying dark magic, and thus lost his mind and body as a consequence.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Codex Equus offers and even encourages multiple interpretations for characters both canon and fanon. This is intended such that any readers wishing to write stories based on the setting could write their own spin on them. It's also rife In-Universe due to the enigmatic nature of some characters.
    • Chrysalis, for example, is regarded in-universe to be either an Evil Genius or an incompetent maverick, and there are evidence to support both assertions. It is unanimously agreed in-universe or out that regardless of which view is correct, she is undeniably dangerous and a genuine threat to Equestria.
    • The Storm King also allows for alternate interpretation of his character. His origin story portrayed him and his rise to power as either that of a brilliant genius who earned his status, or simply a cynical opportunist who happened to be extraordinarily lucky. On the other hand, several deities see him as a monster, with both Zmluva and his younger sister Mentálne labeling him as a sociopathic monster with no empathy or other redeeming traits whatsoever. That being said, he's still portrayed as a capable warrior and a pragmatic villain.
    • Emperor Blackthorn, partially due to being The Stoic and mostly being The Chessmaster extraordinaire, is often speculated by both Changelings and non-Changelings to be a purely manipulative and ruthless "flank-hole" who uses even his most favored sons as pawns, or it's all a facade and he's really altruistic deep down.
    • Blood Fang, known as "The Dark Conqueror", is treated in-universe as the Eternal Foe of Gleaming Shield and Radiant Primrose given how much he opposed them, and he's rightly feared as a villain. However, some of his more benevolent actions, such as helping protect Hyrule from the Storm Empire's invasions and manipulating other villains into being defeated, have been theorized to be motivated by pure pragmatism, or the few pieces of compassion he has left from his previous life as Blood Feather, a pegasus bully-turned-hero. A popular theory among the Erobreseg Deer herds is that Blood Fang isn't completely villainous as he seems, as the Deer god of Evil, Temnobog, hired him as his agent mostly because the dark stag was impressed with his self-imposed honor code, and trusts him not to fall into "careless" Evil like Ispita did.
    • The antediluvian Alicorn queen, Hylia the Wise, was known in life as a powerful Seer whose actions and dying prayers to always reunite with her lover, the original Gleaming Shield, led to the constant cycle of Reincarnation Romance between the various mortal incarnations of Gleaming Shield and Radiant Primrose. Her fellow Alicorns presumably regarded her as a benevolent ruler whose only "mistake" was falling in love with a mortal. Radiant Primrose, however, wrongly assumed that her ancestor actually used the original Gleaming Shield as her pawn in the wars against demons, and believed herself to be just as guilty simply by being related to her.
  • Alternate Techline: In full force. Due to factors ranging from the presence of magic, availability of resources, to changes in culture over millennia and even divine interventions, different eras often advance down different paths of technology and magic.
    • For example, due to the depletion of fossil fuels from the Second Age, internal combustion engines have limited prominence, resulting in no automobiles. Instead, 'Steamabouts' - Steam Cars in essence - become the dominant land transport, running on external combustion steam engines fueled by 'Timbercoal' (Charcoal), 'Lifeoil' (Biological oils) and 'Peatfire' (partly decomposed vegetable matter in acidic bogs), which even then never become as prominent due to inferior fuels and greater competition (and resistance) from magically-enhanced Ponies and other land-bound races. These are much more in common in other places, most notably on Machina, where instead of polluting fuels, they use fire generating organisms living inside specialized habitats in the engine that generate the necessary heat while getting a cozy place to live and food in return.
    • Blimps and Zeppelins, like in canon, are much, much more prominent. It is implied that weather-manipulating magicks of Pegasi and other winged-races helped made them much more practical. The Fourth Age also saw the recent development of the 'Thermal Envelope Generator', a magitech device that generates a magical envelope for an airship in place of a physical one that contains and heats up the air volume inside to generate lift.
    • The Fourth Age had their equivalent of the jet engine recently invented; yet while both the Jet Engine and the 'Vortex Engine' work on roughly the same principles, the actual means of achieving those effects is different, with the latter employing magic and magical artifacts for said purposes. Curiously, it is also received different on a cultural level, with the Vortex Engine receiving much greater resistance by racist Pegasi and other winged sapients for making them feel inadequate and 'outdated'.
    • Due to the threat of genetic instability to their race's survival, Changelingkind's biological sciences and magicks are at least centuries more advanced than any other present Fourth Age civilizations, and surpasses even that of civilizations in the Great Wars Era of the Second Age (Which are analogous to real-life Earth's Late-Industrial/Atomic/Information Age). Their bio-medicine had already cured many genetic illnesses and cancers that they are afflicted by (although they have far more of those than many other races), while they could create or cure biological weapons with relative ease, especially with the likes of Royal Changelings like Queen Zoraptera and King Brachion who specializes in curing and creating plagues, respectively. Dr Toxikon's plan to wipe out Changelingkind also involves artificial viruses which were combined with magic for increased potency.
    • Weapons technology had developed differently in different Ages. Thanks to alchemy, high explosives were invented first, which thanks to a narrow efficiency threshold cannot be scaled down, while an equivalent of a deflagrating explosives like gunpowder was apparently never invented. This results in radically different paths in artillery and small-arms development:
      • Blastfire-based cannons and bombs are built much bigger than their counterparts in Real Life to take advantage of Blastfire's unique magical properties. The results are enormous bombards and railway cannons that were impractical in RL/'Second Age' becoming effective and necessary.
      • The crossbow remain an effective ranged weapon and became more advanced than in RL, with Repeating Crossbows currently the predominant ranged weapon on Equus. Spring- and Pneumatic-launch ballistic weapons had relatively recently appeared.
      • Melee weapons and combat remains a staple of war and are apparently being combined with ranged weapons to make 'Combination Weapons' the staple small-arms of the Fourth Age. Firearms like those in Real Life meanwhile are considered in-universe fabled legends from the technological civilizations of the Second Age, tens of thousands of years ago.
    • Disturbingly, Fourth Age biological and chemical weapons are far more prominent, advanced and deadlier than in the Second Age in-universe and Real Life, owing to the lack of armament treaties and powerful magic, especially when developed by the likes of Brachion and Metrinii. The Fourth Age also got their own Fantastic Nuke in the form of the Clovenists' Mana-Bomb, which induces the magical equivalent of radiation when used on local wild environments like the oceans (which created Kaiju like the Dracozillas, Roedan, and the Kraken that attacked the coastline of Manehattan). This also lead to the Mana Reactor as a power source.
    • The Thunderstorm Reactor has no real world comparison, but generates power that while not on par with a nuclear reactor is in the same ballpark. This means Equestria effectively skipped fossil fuel power plants nearly entirely.
    • The Leyline Communication Network is invented, combining multiple technologies and magics to create something roughly equal to video chatting and television via completely different means. This also means Equestria effectively skipped from telegrams straight to video-based communications due to having magic that permitted it to be developed first, and even opens the way to having an early analogue of the internet.
    • Haunted Technology in the form of 'Demon Engines' had appeared throughout many eras before and during the Ages of Known History. Demon Engines are essentially power-generation systems that works by siphoning volatile magical energies from imprisoned ethereal diabolical entities imprisoned in carefully-warded containment vessels while they are fed with whatever negative emotions and vices that they are made on the required to sustain themselves - in essence, converting Evil into literal power. The Empire of Malrègnar is the pioneer and current world-leader in 'Fourth Age' Demon Engine technology - having even developed a more powerful and advanced version in the form of 'Archdemon Reactors' - partly as a means by Vicearch Iniquitous and her infernal royal court to condemn/punish demons/devils/diabolical beings who are hostile rivals, disobedient/insubordinate or grossly incompetent, although similar technology had appeared earlier in the First and Second Age under the Tambelonian and the Shadowpact Empires, while those in league with the 'Malignant Powers' during the prehistorical Imperium Era also developed and used them.
  • The Alternet: As noted in Alternate Techline, the invention of the Leymit Network allows for the creation of a Magitek internet in the foreseeable future. Such a possibility is even compared with the internet of the 'Second Age', which was apparently called the 'WorldWeb'.
  • Always a Bigger Fish: As a general rule, there's almost always a bigger fish in the Codexverse. ALWAYS.
    • It turns out even fully grown Dragons have a natural predator: Ōmukade, Kaiju-sized centipedes nature seemed to custom make to be a dragon eater. Ironically, both Orochi and Dracozilla were in turn this to the Ōmukade.
    • While Poena and her followers/allies are quite powerful and capable of fighting various evildoers, and while their influence and numbers are growing, their tendency to get into disagreements with other forces of good over punishing evil often result in them attacking and/or fighting benevolent deities who are older, more experienced, and more powerful than she is, such as Eiríni, Golden Scepter, and Belyolen, who all wiped the floor with them easily. That also applies to malevolent deities and forces, as while Poena vowed to destroy Temnobog one day just for being evil, it's implicitly shown that neither she nor her allies could actually do it yet. Her allies' complete failure to take out Temnobog and the Four Terrors, which resulted in what is implied to be a most spectacular payback by the gleeful family of evil Deer gods, demonstrated just how outclassed they are.
    • The entire Divine Classification scheme in the Codexverse implies this is the case for Divines in the Codexverse. Most of the gods and pantheons falls somewhere between Godling to Intermediate Deities, led usually by Greater Deities. There are, however, Titans who stand above them, a magnitude older at the eldest and correspondingly more powerful. And above them stand Antecedents. And above them stand the Preeminents, then the Primevals, and finally the Grand Primevals. And even the Grand Primevals are dwarfed by their yet mentioned true parent, who in turn are dwarfed by parent and uncle in the form of the Galactic Sovereigns...
  • Always Identical Twins: Played straight and subverted, as fraternal twins are more likely to occur than identical twins.
    • Bossa Nova Heartstrings and his younger brother, Blue Suede Heartstrings, are identical twins who have since Ascended to godhood, and because of this, they look exactly the same except for a few differences - Bossa Nova has a dark red mane and tail made of musical energy, dark red wing gradients on his wings, and a skull-shaped guitar Cutie Mark surrounded by a halo of music notes and flanked by black wings. Meanwhile, Blue has a dark blue mane and tail made of musical energy, dark blue wing gradients on his wings, and a red, heart-shaped electric guitar Cutie Mark surrounded by a halo of music notes and flanked by white wings.
    • Alicorn Princes Star Cut and Alpine Butterfly are identical twin brothers. The fact that they are identical twins caused Temnobog to assume that they were split inside the womb by their father in his quest to make his unborn son perfect and completely flawless. They confirmed that while they did split inside the womb, it wasn't because of their father's meddling, as they were born naturally.
    • Subverted with junior Equestrian Princesses Gold Lily and Sterling, who are born fraternal twin sisters. Gold Lily, the older twin, has a gold pelt, a multi-colored blue, pink, and purple mane and tail, and a blue Cutie Mark depicting a pair of hearts intertwined within two circles. After Ascending to demi-godhood, she gained pink wings that is noted to be part of a hereditary birthmark common in her family line. Meanwhile, Sterling, the younger twin, has a light purple coat, a rainbow-colored mane and tail, and a Cutie Mark depicting a white diamond with light radiating off of it. After Ascending to demi-godhood, she gained dark blue wings that is noted to be part of a hereditary birthmark common in her family line.
    • Pinkie Pie's entry reveals that she and her younger sister, Marble Pie, are twins, though it's subverted in that they're fraternal. As shown in canon, Pinkie is a... pink-furred Earth pony mare with a dark pink mane and tail and a balloon Cutie Mark, while Marble Pie is a gray-colored Earth pony with a rock Cutie Mark. Upon becoming a demi-Draconequus goddess, Pinkie gained animal traits like a Golden Retriever's right front paw, a rabbit's left hind leg, an alligator's tail, a bluebird's left wing and a dragonfly's right wing, making her even more different than Marble.
    • Subverted with Cernunnos and his younger sister, Rhiannon. Their entries label them as fraternal twins, and thus have enough traits to differentiate them each other. Rhiannon is a dark blue-furred Deer doe with silver spots all over her body and face, smaller silver antlers, bright turquoise eyes, and a halo made of moonlight. Meanwhile, Cernunnos is a brown-furred divine Deer stag with darker brown accents, dark brown antlers gnarled like tree branches, blazing yellow-orange eyes and body markings, and a halo made of sunlight. Cernunnos gaining tree-like traits like leaves and bark on his antlers and body after receiving the domain of Rebirth and fusing with his dead older brother, Orion only served to widen the difference gap further.
    • Subverted with Trench Bull and her deceased sister, Sweet Dove, who are fraternal twins and thus can be easily told apart. Trench Bull's entry notes that she was physically larger than Sweet Dove even as fillies.
    • Subverted with Eiríni and Dikastís. Despite them being twin brothers, they are fraternal as they're significantly different from each other in appearance - Dikastís is a muscular Aload divine with a red pelt and a black mane and tail, while Eiríni is a white-furred and white-haired divine Cyclops whose pelt and hair changes colors whenever he accesses his two Super Modes. While unconfirmed due to the brothers' secrecy on the matter, it's heavily implied that they're actually the split halves of the ancient Giant god Thrýlos.
  • Amazonian Beauty:
    • Queen Theraphosa is this, due to having a member of the Cloudsdale Royal Legions for her father, who was also a very large stallion. She's a good deal larger than her sisters (minus Supia) and even many of the Kings, and pretty much solid muscle despite still being beautiful. Puck jokes whereas the other Changelings inspired the Fae, she inspired the Amarezons.
    • Fik'iri, former co-Top God of the Abyssinian pantheon, is described as being beautiful, built like an Amazonian, and dressed in splendid golden armor and regalia. Unfortunately, she's very fickle, lustful, capricious, and hot-tempered.
    • Many Superheroines of the Second Age are described as possessing an Amazonian Beauty physique themselves. Justified in that their superpowers, generally derived from Metamagnetic i.e. Magical sources, general promotes physical growth out of need to cope with such large amounts of energy in their forms. Metamare is described as one such example.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: This is very common among deities and even demi-deities. Much like the Alicorns and Draconequui of the Pony POV Series, many deities of the Codexverse embody some sort of Concept(s), and thus play a role in the Balance that sustains Equus, for good or ill.
    • There are various deities who embody "Good" and benevolent Concepts such as Love, Good, Strength, Justice, Peace, Unity, Empathy, Truth, Humility, Faith, Temperance, Courage, Protection, Growth, Knowledge, and Potential. On the other hand, there are deities with "Evil" Concepts, such as Suffering, War, Darkness, Cruelty, Pride, Poison, Hatred, Conquest, Fury, and Greed... but given how the Codexverse has a very broad and complex morality spectrum, how "Good" and "Evil" a person, mortal or divine, varies wildly.
    • Elemental deities, as indicated by their name, will usually embody a certain element depending on their nature, though non-Elemental deities can possess elemental powers if it relates to their Concept(s) on a symbolic level, such as Prince Written Word having air magic to represent the easily-spreadable nature of ideas, and Prince Stoltur Skjöldur having ice magic to represent the empowering and corrupting effects of Pride.
    • Meanwhile, there are "Parental Deities", who usually embody the race they created or uplifted into sapience in terms of morality and/or physical and magical abilities - if the latter, then they possess greater versions of their mortal "children"'s powers as divines. Ironically, these traits often make Parental Deities more "human" than many deities in the Codexverse. Examples include Queen Mzazi (Zebras), Satori (Llamas), King Baarish (Elephants), Sultana Sahra' (Camels), High King Irminsul and High Queen Arvan (Cervinae Cervids like Deerkind), High King Kaldr (Capreolinae Cervids like Moose/Elk/Caribou), Upepo (Giraffes), Queen Tiara (Sauropods), Marlu (Kangaroos), Mampfen (Diamond Dogs), King Equus (Equines), Prince Arcaniss (Mana Drakes), and Emperor Golden Scepter (modern Ponykind).
  • Anti-Antichrist:
    • Luminiferous, the clone/son of Morning Star, the one responsible for the destruction of the prehistoric Alicorn civilization, is this. His father created him to use as a living weapon to destroy his enemies, but Luminiferous (somehow) ended up raised by a loving family and turning into a noble hero who ultimately defeated his father and became one of the setting's Big Good entities.
    • Flœrð, the adoptive Jotunn son of High King Kaldr of the Hoyklan pantheon, was fated to cause the Codexverse's equivalent of Ragnarok due to being born a Trickster God that was adopted into another divine pantheon, which had in the past been responsible for kick-starting many Ragnaroks. This caused some gods like Irminsul to advocate for Flœrð's death and/or suppression for the good of all Deerkind, but Kaldr realized that to do so would make him no better than Irminsul, who abused Temnobog simply for being born "evil" despite not having done anything to truly warrant it, and likely imbue Flœrð with the same bitterness and resentment that drove all previous Trickster Gods against their Pantheons. Because of Kaldr's choice to become a good father instead, Flœrð became a heroic and well-adjusted trickster instead, and is actively fighting his supposed "destiny" by doing good deeds, despite what some people might say.
  • Anti-Villain: Maul nearly wiped out everyone on the Equestrian subcontinent, but he was simply a cornered animal with above-average intelligence doing what he believed necessary to survive.
  • Appeal to Tradition: Subverted and mocked. Reactionaries and traditionalists who wants things to stay the same or want the past 'restored' in some way are almost always portrayed in an unsympathetic light, little more than stubborn, delusional romantics who can't move on from the past and whose obsession with the old ways stand in the way of progress that are completely necessary to adapt and thrive in an ever-changing world and new challenges and threats. Indeed, the transient nature of all things within the vast timescales of the setting renders any appeal to traditions hollow, because at the end of the day they only matter as little as everything else.
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • King Brachion and his rogue, heroic creation, Kick Hopper, are fierce enemies, though Brachion seems to respect Kick Hopper and possibly even view him as his Worthy Opponent. On the other hand, the same can't be said about Winter Changeling Sparassidae Avalon, who he disapproves of for being a glorified sports hunter that kills for fun rather than a wild predator acting on natural instincts.
    • King Metrinii and his Spring Court counterpart, Queen Zoraptera, are also this, with an infamous intercourt rivalry. Namely, Zoraptera is dedicated to finding a counter to every one of Metrinii's chemical weapons and Metrinii is dedicated to finding one she can't counter.
    • For some reason, Empress Blackrose developed a deep grudge for Emperor Blackthorn and his ilk, even fuming in rage (and spawning storm clouds!) after the latter offered to lend her aid during the First-Spawn Rebellion. For his part, Blackthorn still loves her, but it's likely that his more detestable traits drove Blackrose away.
    • Gleaming Shield and Radiant Primrose have an Eternal Foe, Blood Fang the Dark Conqueror, whom they must fight for the fate of Hyrule. The feeling is mutual. It's noted, however, that both Temnobog and his Temnoist worshipers see their constant conflict and opposition as a good thing, since it'll ensure that Hyrule will never stagnate, with Blood Fang working directly under Temnobog to ensure the spread of constructive Evil.
    • Golden Scepter has made quite a few bitter enemies in his long life:
      • He saw Morning Star as this and for good reason - Morning Star became evil out of arrogance, and caused massive destruction and death in trying to achieve his twisted ideas of "perfection", leading to the fall of the Alicorn Civilization. It eventually gets deconstructed - the traumas he suffered from fighting Morning Star and protecting innocents from his faction affected Golden Scepter so profoundly that he started having nightmares and hallucinations about the evil Alicorn long after he died. His hatred of Morning Star also caused him to act hostile towards his enemy's "son", Luminiferous, due to looking exactly like Morning Star despite not doing anything evil. However, the Character Development he went through as The Atoner, therapy sessions with Mentálne, and learning how Good Needs Evil during his stay in the Bogolenya pantheon has helped him let go of his grudge and ironically become one of Luminiferous's best friends.
      • His entry notes that in the Fourth Age, Golden Scepter became a very bitter enemy of supremacist groups such as the Autorists and various Tribalist factions like the Scions of Hurricane, as they display the same hateful bigotry that he once had towards everyone not of Ponykind. However, despite this, he is also willing to save those who joined said groups because they were genuinely misled. It's because of this that he doesn't think treating them as in-universe Acceptable Political Targets is funny because in his eyes, for every person who willingly gave in to evil, hatred, and cruelty, there's always a few more who can be saved and redeemed.
      • In a roundabout way, he would be seen as one by Exosus, a maddened Alicorn King and war criminal who held a very hateful grudge towards him for reasons unknown. However, Golden Scepter wouldn't return the sentiment as Morning Star and his cruel actions warranted more focus at the time. When they do fight in the present day, Golden Scepter was influenced to let go of his hatred for him when one of his sons, Prince Steel Barricade, turned out to have developed "technological empathy" and revealed that many of Exosus's Mecha-Mooks had been forced to turn against organic sapientkind to justify his own hatred.
    • Ahuizotl naturally serves this for Daring Do, being featured as a major antagonistic force in the story "Temple of the Shining Queen" in Tales of Equestria.
  • Arc Villain: Generally averted; as Codex Equus focuses on worldbuilding and character-building, the villains in each arc story tend to have a significant influence on the overall storyline and lend to central themes prevalent in the story.
    • Dread, a mutated Dreadmare, for the Storm of Terror entry, who attacked the town of Clear Waters during the early years of Equestria.
    • Maul, a Temper Troll chieftain, for the War of Rage entry, who led the subcontinent's entire population of his kind in a war on Equestria.
    • Yamata no Orochi, the Dragon God of Darkness, is essentially this for the overarching story arc in Neighpon.
    • The Storm King is naturally this for the Storm King Crisis.
    • King Xestobium serves as this for the "The Wrath of Xestobium" entry, launching a genocidal campaign against the dragons that could potentially cause a mass extinction event.
    • Propagare, the God of Propaganda, is being built up as a more long-term one. He egged on and encouraged Xestobium's omnicidial ambitions as a step in his own plans.
    • Princess Apterus for the "Revenge of Apterus" story serves as the main antagonistic force, though it was through absolutely no fault of her own.
    • Ahuizotl naturally serves this for Daring Do, being featured as a major antagonistic force in the story "Temple of the Shining Queen" in Tales of Equestria.
    • Dr. Toxikon for the "Toxikon Strikes Back" story.
    • The Shadowed Ones, a group of malicious Eldritch Abominations who all embody Primordial Darkness, are the true villains of the "Final Ragnarok" arc, being ultimately the ones responsible for Surtr's destructive rampages and other depravities, as well as the deaths, destruction, and suffering that afflicted Cervidia and other related Deer realms.
  • Arc Words: In addition to the staple 'Friendship is Magic', a number of sayings and phrases that underpin the central themes of the
    • "Destiny is the creed of tyrants and the excuse of fools" - This Second Age proverb repeatedly showed up in many entries involving either fate or an Evil Overlord plays a major role, partly to reflect the Screw Destiny central theme that is prevalent through the series, but also the hubris and foolishness of those who believe in their own greatness and significance even before the vast scales of the setting, as well as those who uses them to justify their atrocities and absolve themselves responsibility for their own misdeeds and mistakes.
    • "Think what you will." - Changeling Emperor Blackthorn's personal motto, which marks not only his enigmatic, scheming and deceptive nature, but could also be extrapolated to the secretive nature of the Summer Court and the entirety Changelingkind. Regardless of what had been revealed and hinted so far, Changelingkind remains a mystery to readers both in-universe and out, subjected to speculation, and many Changelings would rather keep it that way.
    • "The Changelings MUST survive." - Highlights Changelingkind's obsession with survival, no matter the costs, a tenet around which the entirety of Changelingkind revolves around besides their secrecy and their racial curse.
  • Armies Are Evil:
    • Khakiston is a young divine embodiment of this, being the god of warmongers, military dictatorships and amoral warriors. He also happens to be a Giant Divine, and has the personality of a sadistic bully who derives pleasure from tormenting those weaker/smaller than him.
    • The Storm Empire's forces at their worst, if we go by what we know in canon and implied so far in the Codexverse. On top of being aggressive, they're depicted as fanatically loyal to the Storm King, whom they revere as the herald/prince of the 'Storm Spirits' that would lead their kind back to glory.
    • Played with the infernal armies of Temnobog and his hybrid children, the Four Terrors. While their various demon servants and Ascended champions do sow Evil in their masters/mistresses' names, the large majority of them practice "constructive" Evil, doing horrific things to test mortal resolve and strength. Those who betray their roles to practice "careless" evil will end up being severely punished for their crimes.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: A sadly common problem in Equus - for every mortal/divine noble/royalty that seeks to help their subjects, there's always someone who will try to counter them to maintain their own power.
    • The foster family that raised Changeling King Lasius were a bunch of stubborn, lazy, incompetent, and greedy nobles and royalty who used their money and power to benefit themselves, while their severely impoverished subjects live in total anarchy. Lasius eventually got so fed up with them that he murdered them all during a welcoming party for Emperor Blackthorn, save for his genuinely benevolent half-sister, Golden Bell. Absolutely no one shed a tear when they died, and when Lasius was revealed to be a Royal Changeling following the fall of the Changeling Masquerade, his subjects didn't care at all since he was a much better ruler than his predecessors. Lasius also helped repair his childhood kingdom by using his dead family's palaces and statues (even the founder's statue!) to pave the roads, effectively getting rid of their memory for good. It's implied that Blackthorn sired Lasius specifically in that kingdom because of his disgust towards their idiotic complacence and incompetence.
    • The nobles of Canterlot are far more insidious than is shown in canon - they are stubborn, corrupt, and backwards, and would do anything to maintain the status quo and keep their power. Some of the nobles are also quite tribalist, with Blueblood's deceased parents and the pro-unicorn Children of Platinum faction being two examples; the latter even attempted to assassinate both Princess Twilight Sparkle as well as her assistant/adoptive son Spike (which was thankfully foiled by Blueblood). They are completely willing to do anything that will ensure their power as well as the current status quo are protected, including assassination and sabotage. If anything, they are the reason why Prince Blueblood gradually lost his overt idealism and hide Hidden Hearts of Gold in order to deal with them, and why the Equestrian government struggled to pass reforms that will overturn outdated policies and benefit the country as a whole.
      • Their backwards policies were also why Equestria as a whole were almost completely unprepared in dealing with the Storm Empire's invasion, with the opposing side nearly decimating their entire military while the Mane Six, their allies, and those within the country desperately led a counter-assault against them. It's also noted in Well-To-Do's entry that several nobles were complicit in the Minotaur's illegal and corrupt activities, and when Blueblood found out, he outright punched the guy in the face for trying to destroy evidence of their wrongdoings before having the Royal Guard arrest the noble and his co-conspirators on the spot.
    • In one incident, Bolezn, the embodiment of Pestilence and one of the Four Terrors, created a devastating plague to punish a Erobreseg Deer kingdom for their blatant disregard of proper hygiene. A Deer Prince, Prince Prospero, arrogantly assumed he can use said plague to kill off his poor, worthless subjects, so he sheltered only the nobility and royalty in his castle and threw lavish masquerade parties for them while everyone else was left to die. Bolezn infiltrated the castle under the guise of a noble dressed as a plague victim, angering Prospero enough to chase him around the castle in an attempt to kill him. By the time everyone inside realized they were infected, it was too late, and they all died slow, agonizing deaths. The event would be recorded by Edgar Allan Pony in the form of an in-universe fictionalized version of Masque of the Red Death, which Bolezn liked so much that he kept a copy in his personal library. Bolezn would admit later that the only regret he had was crashing Prospero's party itself, since it looked like fun and he wanted to join in, but "duty calls, I guess."
  • Ascended Extra: In My Little Pony Tales, Dazzleglow only had a brief appearance and didn't even have a speaking role. Here she's the queen of a lost kingdom and a Sparkle Pony Alicorn, and her return is a major event.
  • Assassin Outclassin': Since Equus is a World of Badass, assassination attempts tend to not go well if the target is experienced and/or powerful enough to defend themselves... or is a divine sovereign.
    • A Codexverse quote implies that in one incident, one of Golden Scepter's chefs tried killing him with poisoned spaghetti, only for him to figure out the plot. Another Codexverse quote reveals what happened: A Terran chef by the name of Gilded Stove tried scoring a victory for his secret Autorist backers by lacing Golden Scepter's spaghetti with acid. However, Golden Scepter caught on, and was so disappointed by what he perceived as a completely pathetic and unoriginal assassination attempt that he snidely suggests for Gilded Stove to tuition under his nineteen demi-divine sons so he could do a better job, much to his sons' horror and outrage. Not wanting to suffer a horrible death at the hooves of the angry Terran Princes, Gilded Stove decided to do "the right thing" instead by surrendering and turning himself in to the authorities.
      • A few weeks later, a Griffon Autorist sent Golden Scepter a magical plague bomb for opposing the Autorist movement, but thankfully his twelfth son, Death Shroud, was able to contain it before it detonated. Golden Scepter noted rather nonchalantly that the plague bomb "smells slightly better than the poison one of my chefs tried lacing my spaghetti with a few weeks ago". For reference, the plague bomb's odor was so foul that it made Death Shroud let loose a string of inflammatory curses when he unfortunately caught a whiff of it.
    • It's implied in Prince Blueblood's entry that he was subjected to numerous assassination attempts by nobles who wanted to get rid of him, but thankfully his magical talents and fighting skills saved his life. He has scars that have since healo9ied as proof of the incidents. He also prevented an assassination attempt on Twilight Sparkle by a pro-unicorn tribalist faction, the "Children of Platinum" group, by sending a few of his loyal entourage to serve as undercover spies and having Luna assign her Night Guards to bodyguard duty for Twilight and Spike, who was regarded as a target, too due to his ties to Twilight. The foiling of such an attempt raised public opinion of him considerably, especially the Mane Six, who were terrified out of their minds by the thought of nearly losing two of their best friends to political conflict.
  • Asshole Victim:
    • While split, a great many feel that the Summer Court deserved the damage Dr. Toxikon did to them for their own misdeeds. However, others point out their hives might not have deserved the same fate, while others like Fetlock Holmes, feel that Toxikon being willing to resort to mass murder is proof he's too unstable to be trusted to stop there. He was right.
    • The Propagare-worshiping cultists, as described in Elske's profile. As directed by their god, the cultists were sowing distrust and hatred among two Deer kingdoms in order to kick-start a war. Elske detected the malicious feelings with her empathy, and after stomping one part of their army and sitting on another while revealing Propagare's deceptions, the Jotunn love goddess proceeded to kill the cultists by either devouring them, or slowly crushing them to death under her hooves as they begged for mercy.
    • The old Orosian gods were also this. Most of them had personalities inspired by the Greek gods, so they were very fickle, petty, arrogant, and irresponsible deities with extremely intolerance of even minor forms of disrespect. When the "Twilight of the Orosians" and the following "Sixth Taurus Dark Age" happened, no one did anything to save the gods from their own demise. Bellamos even made it a point to let them suffer the consequences of their actions as he disowned them as family, instead focusing on protecting the innocents and helping them deal with the aftermath of the disaster. It's later revealed that Canteros, Amareros' oldest son and child, played a role in the old Orosian Pantheon's downfall by disguising himself as a local minor Love god to secretly sabotage them, ensuring that the most evil and unrepentant of the Orosians would receive their well-deserved punishment. However, Canteros would also save those who showed genuine remorse for their actions and help them reconcile with their mortal subjects/followers, such as an Orosian Death god who tried sacrificing himself out of guilt for even his brothers' crimes.
    • Night Terror, a Deer serial killer who went after young fawns, was supposed to be taken to Temnobog's hell-realms after he was immolated by his victims' parents and Yarost collected his soul. But the thing is, he realized that he was just a divine pawn and made a second deal with Ispita, Yarost's mother, that allowed his soul to end up in the dream realm instead, where he would continue his killing spree undeterred. His Karma Houdini status would run out when Princess Luna and Tenya, Abyssinian goddess of Sleep, defeated him and threw him back into the real world, where Yarost was waiting. It's speculated that he's become one of the eternally damned souls that was turned into Yarost's plaything for trying to cheat his way out of his punishment.
    • The foster pony family that raised Changeling King Lasius mostly consisted of lazy, incompetent, and greedy nobles and royalty who used their power and wealth to benefit themselves, while leaving their subjects to suffer in abject poverty and misery. The only good member, Lasius's half-sister Golden Bell, was so disgusted with her family and relatives that she didn't shed a tear when Lasius murdered them all, and no one objected to him being a Changeling since he was a much better ruler than his predecessors. In fact, when Lasius ascended to the throne, he repaired his family's kingdom by using their palaces and statues, right down to the founder's statue.
    • Bolezn, one of the Four Terrors and the embodiment of Gluttony, Greed, and Pestilence, once created a deadly plague to infect a Erobreseg Deer kingdom with, and infiltrated a Deer Prince's castle to infect the person in question along with everyone inside it. However, said plague was a punishment for the kingdom's utter disregard of proper hygiene, and said Deer Prince, Prince Prospero, arrogantly tried using Bolezn's plague to Kill the Poor and convinced the local nobility and royalty to take shelter in his castle while leaving their subjects to die. No one cried when they died, and the event was recorded by Edgar Allan Pony in an In-Universe short story that Bolezn kept in his library as one of his personal favorites.
    • King Strazha Svetilo, then a Prince, killed his parents, King Rovnyy and Queen-Consort Milyala, as well as his paternal uncle, Prince Pobeda, and afterwards he and his younger sister, Vesna, inherited their thrones. Strazha's three victims become less sympathetic when they tried pulling off their plan to create a world without lies, which would potentially destroy Equus. Temnobog himself even pointed out that because of their actions, their very names would be reduced to memories used as a warning for those who tried following in their footsteps.
  • The Atoner:
    • The Nameless Queen, one of the Changeling Queens banished to the Winter Court, eventually had a Heel Realization after she was saved from a dragon by a good-hearted pony, but refuses to return to her mother's court until she's atoned for her crimes. To keep track of every good deed she's done, she's scratched tallies into her own carapace.
    • Empress Blackrose became this twice. The first time was realizing that she became an unyielding, ruthless tyrant not unlike Emperor Blackthorn before and during the First-Spawn Rebellion, so she resolved to always be the kind, loving mother she used to be. The second time was realizing (after being called out by some of her more reasonable children as well as several deities) that her grudge against Dragonkind has extremely hurt people close to her, so she made up for it by unsealing Queen Acherontia and Dragon Lord Vulcan, and reincarnating Apertus into a newborn egg after she was put down.
    • Emperor Golden Scepter did many "dishonest" things before and after the "Twilight of the Alicorns", such as sleeping with both mares and stallions. And despite his best efforts, his PTSD and other untreated issues led to a slew of terrible mistakes during his reign over the Imperium of Ponykind. After the "Aurum Apostasy" got him sealed away and he woke up in the Second Age, he realized how horrific his actions were, especially after Luminiferous showed him the ruins of the fallen Imperium, and traveled all over Equus for three Ages.
      • He restored the similarly ancient King Ibrida after finding him in stasis, and apologized for the Imperium's actions towards the Halfblood Empire, accepting full responsibility despite not being the one who ordered the attacks. He also protected and hid away innocent people from the Void Sovereign and his allies during the "Void Aeon" event, which proved instrumental in helping Equus rebuild once the Third Age started. As he later revealed to Princess Twilight/Amicitia Sparkle, he threw away his Alicorn name, Auriolus Scaeptrum, because he is disgusted with what he had done under that name and sees it as a symbol of everything wrong with the Alicorn Civilization. He has since re-adopted his birth name, Golden Scepter, in an attempt to return to his "roots" and distance himself from his people. By the time the Fourth Age started, he has founded the much smaller Terran Empire, and his experiences influenced him to become a loving father and a truly benevolent ruler.
      • Even in the Fourth Age, after becoming more benevolent and founding the Terran Empire, he'S still atoning for his crimes through raising his nineteen sons, who are all implied to be Reincarnations of the Imperium's "Golden Generals" who once worked under him. Written Word is one notable example; during the Imperium era, Golden Scepter punished one of his Generals for promoting religious worship of him by burning an entire city he founded to the ground, turning said General against him. When he discovered that Written Word was also secretly promoting religious worship of him, Golden Scepter instead chose to rationally and calmly deal with the situation by taking his devoted son aside, explaining what he's really doing, and telepathically showing him his own memories of religion. This ensured that Written Word would never repeat the mistakes of his predecessor, as he instead learned the true value of Faith and become an Alicorn demigod. Other sons include Blazing Hoof, Night Shade, Crimson Star, Death Shroud, and Red Blade, who never found reason to rebel against their father thanks to Golden Scepter loving them and treating them well.
      • He also reconciled with his descendant/adoptive daughter, Queen Majesty, whom he last saw alive in the Imperium era during a nasty argument that led to Majesty turning against him and opposing his empire. Golden Scepter realized that he had been a horrible parent to her when she was still alive, so when he encountered her spirit in the Enchanted Throne, he apologized to Majesty and stated that he was proud of her for everything she did in life. Majesty forgave him and replied that she was proud of him, too, even finally calling him "father" after being forbidden by Golden Scepter from calling him that for years under his care.
      • Eventually, while unconfirmed in-universe, it's because of this trope that he would be visited one night by Canteros, Amareros' firstborn son and the god of Requited Love and Reconciliation. Canteros was proud of Golden Scepter's actions, and congratulated him for breaking free from his people's mistakes while atoning for his own sins, instead of just secluding himself as the surviving Alicorns had done after their fall.
      • He would also invoke this trope by encouraging people who made mistakes to make up for them. When Kúzelník became willing to let Temnobog hurt him in retaliation for eons of emotional abuse he inflicted on his younger brother, Golden Scepter broke him out of this self-scapegoating mindset and encouraged him to make amends with his siblings instead of hurting himself. When Rhiannon became rather depressed over her own misdeeds as an Elternteil Deer goddess, Golden Scepter comforted and encouraged her to make amends for her actions, causing the Coltic Pantheon to develop good relations with the Terran Empire.
    • Rhiannon, the Deer goddess of the Moon, became one after leaving the Elternteil Deer Pantheon. At one point, she entered a period of depression over guilt towards her past misdeeds, which included enabling her family's worst actions and flaws out of tradition and loyalty to them, and condoning her siblings' abuse of Temnobog. Emperor Golden Scepter comforted and encouraged her to make amends with those she hurt, as he had been through a similar situation and committed many sins himself. This also led to Rhiannon and by extension, the Coltic Pantheon, having good relations with the Terran Empire.
    • Kúzelník became this after running away from home. Seeing how toxic and hypocritical the Elternteil Deer Pantheon is, especially his parents, caused him to regret many of his actions, including his emotional abuse of Temnobog, his younger brother. Despite giving Temnobog a heartfelt apology, he initially believed that any retribution is well-deserved and was even willing to let Temnobog injure him so he could atone. However, Golden Scepter broke Kúzelník out of this mindset by encouraging him to learn from his mistakes and make amends with his siblings instead of hurting himself out of penance, something that he took to heart and follows to this day.
    • Much like what his father did years before, Prince Crimson Star would atone for the bad things he had done when he was an Insufferable Genius, which eventually warranted his Ascension to demi-Alicornhood.
    • After leaving the Poenan Pantheon and rediscovering certain truths about himself, Silver Bane would first study under the mortal disciples of Satori, then travel all over Equus to atone for the various crimes he committed as a Poenan follower. In fact, while he was in a coma, he was able to reconcile with his "dark half" by offering it to start over as his equal so they could both make up for what they had done, leading to him transforming into a Dhampyr in the real world and waking up from his coma after they mentally fused together. One of the locations he was spotted in was Abyssinia, as he wanted to make amends with Felicia, a kindhearted were-cat, for his former Poenan peers attacking her orphanage.
  • An Axe to Grind:
    • Astrid, the Jotunn war goddess, carries an axe that can chop the tops off mountains. Since she's a deity of Giants, it's also huge.
    • Much like Primarch Angron, Prince Red Blade's primary weapons are a pair of axes.
  • Awakening the Sleeping Giant:
    • Sauropoda has this as their national ideology. It's home to a race of sentient sauropods the size of dragons with earth pony-like magic and every bit as powerful as that would suggest, but they mainly just want to be left alone in peace. But if attacked, they will defend themselves. Most people are smart enough to know that it's not worth it to try and mess with them, resulting in their country being a Truce Zone.
    • Queen Cicada and her hive can be considered this; since they spend most of their time sleeping and partying like crazy every 17 years, getting on their bad side would be a horrible idea.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Dr. Toxikon is an avid believer in this, believing the dragon's overconfidence in their sheer power is a handicap and by analyzing and learning from other races they could become so much more than they were before. He puts this into practice to utterly demolish the Dragon Lord he challenges for their scepter. When he escaped the massacre of his clan, he did so by analyzing how the Changeling Kings behaved, used that to single out a young, inexperienced one, and then exploited it as well as the Kings' infighting and lack of concern for one another to escape.
  • Awesome McCoolname: Since Codex Equus is based on the My Little Pony franchise and currently takes place in the world of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic time-wise, there are a lot of names that are both awesome and/or cool.
    • "Blue Suede Heartstrings" is a pretty cool name for an Alicorn god who embodies Music and is based on Elvis Presley.
    • "Golden Scepter" is a fitting name for an Alicorn god who's based on the Emperor of Mankind, since they both have gold motifs and are powerful, godlike rulers of a certain race. However, unlike the Emperor, Golden Scepter is a bonafide god and a prodigy among his kind, which increases the awesomeness of his name. A canonized Codexverse drabble reveals that his Alicorn name is "Auriolus Scaeptrum", which he received after founding his first empire, and is essentially a more awesome Latin version of his birth name, Golden Scepter. However, he cast his Alicorn name aside and readopted his birth name, as he committed crimes so heinous that he saw his identity as "Auriolus Scaeptrum" as a symbol of everything wrong about the Alicorn Civilization, including its practices and beliefs.
    • Golden Scepter's nineteen demi-divine sons don't fall far from the tree, as they all have awesome names of their own. Those revealed/mentioned so far have been Blazing Hoof (1st son), Fanged Paw (2nd son), Ferreus Malleus (3rd son), Palatine Phoenix (4th son), Forging Scale (5th son), Clear Voice (6th son), Regal Scroll (7th son), Crimson Star (8th son), Bright Eyes (9th son), Emerald Lion (10th son), Steel Barricade (11th son), Death Shroud (12th son), Written Word (13th son), Night Shade (15th son), Red Blade (16th son), and Raven Wing (17th son).

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  • Badass Boast: Several awesome boasts have been made throughout Known History and even before it, though it depends on how successfully they are delivered.
    • In the "Temptation Unbound" conflict, after shedding his "default" Alicorn form to reveal his true form as an incredibly ancient, six-winged Alicorn god, Emperor Golden Scepter would go on to confront the Fallen deities and worshipers who tried to destroy his family, and give them two boasts in short order.
      Emperor Golden Scepter: I HAVE SEEN MANY MORTALS AND DIVINES CLAIM THAT FATE IS THE ULTIMATE DECIDER OF LIFE AND DEATH. AND YET THEY FELL BECAUSE THEY WERE TOO ASSURED IN THE INFLEXIBILITY OF A RATHER FLIMSY AND UNPREDICTABLE CONCEPT, AND TOO LAZY TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT. AND THUS, ON THIS DAY FORTH, I WILL ATTEMPT TO CHANGE THE FATE OF MY FAMILY WITH MY OWN HOOVES, BY ENDING YOUR COLLECTIVE MISERABLE EXISTENCE.

      [...]

      I HAVE LIVED IN A TIME WHERE THE ALICORNS HAVE PROSPERED, AND FOUGHT THROUGH TEN PASSED AGES OF WAR. I HAVE CREATED AN EMPIRE OF GOLD THAT WOULD HAVE ASCENDED AND REACHED THE STARS, HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR MY OWN FLAWS AND INNER CRUELTY. I HAVE AIDED COUNTLESS MORTAL AND DIVINE HEROES IN THEIR QUESTS, HELPED THEM TAP INTO THEIR INNER POTENTIAL, AND PREVENTED THE COMPLETE DESOLATION OF A FLOURISHING PLANET BY HIDING AWAY WHOMEVER I WAS ABLE TO. I HAVE SEEN AND ENDURED MANY CYCLES, AND WITNESSED ALMOST EVERYTHING THAT THIS WORLD HAS TO OFFER. IF YOU NAIVE, MEWLING BABES THINK THAT YOU CAN GO AGAINST SOMEONE WHO HAS LIVED LONGER THAN EVEN THE FORE-BEARERS OF YOUR FOREBEARERS, THEN I WILL SHOW YOU JUST HOW MUCH POWER AND EXPERIENCE I HAVE GAINED OVER COUNTLESS MILLENNIA. I WILL SHOW YOU EXACTLY WHAT MY LITTLE PONIES AND THEIR FRIENDS THINK OF BEING USED AS PUPPETS TO GRANT THE 'DARKEST WISH' OF A CHILDISH, PETULANT, AND SELFISH MANIAC.

      I WILL SHOW YOU JUST HOW FAR A FATHER IS WILLING TO GO IN PROTECTING HIS CHILDREN FROM THOSE WHO DARE TO HARM THEM.
    • Being (supposedly) the living embodiment of Golden Scepter's conviction and ability to inspire, Prince Written Word doesn't disappoint in this department.
      • During a fight against the demons controlling a backwater Pony kingdom, Written Word would make a Rousing Speech to his despairing soldiers in which he claimed that no one would hope or dare to try stop them if they showed themselves and each other the trust and faith they showed him. To the demons' shock, it worked, empowering everyone and allowing them to fight more effectively.
        Written Word: BROTHERS AND SISTERS-IN-ARMS! You, your friends, and your loved ones have spent your ENTIRE LIVES under the cruel dogma of tyranny, wallowing in despair and hopelessness, only to cry to the heavens for help once you are finally FREED! If that is what your former leaders taught you to do, then... NO MORE! You all got this far because you decided to put your trust and faith in a complete stranger who came to your homes one day, and helped you when you needed it most! So I ask for you- no, I PLEAD for you to take that same trust and faith you previously showed me, and use them to empower yourselves! Empower EACH OTHER! For when we are standing together, united as ONE... NOTHING COULD HOPE OR DARE TO TRY STOP US!
      • A subtle one; Crimson Star once asked him about how he flew "without flying" after hearing that he was able to make himself airborne for the first time without using his wings at all. Written Word's response?
        Written Word: I simply had two things. One is Courage, and the other is Faith.
  • Badass Family:
    • The Terran Empire's royal family is a prominent example. Emperor Golden Scepter, who's based on the Emperor of Mankind, is an antediluvian Alicorn god who was born a "prodigy deity" among his people, and is the Terran Empire's benevolent founder/ruler. His nineteen sons, who are all based on the Primarchs, are Alicorn demigods who are equally competent warriors and heroes, as well as military and political leaders in their own right. This also extends to their biological/adoptive children and relatives - Mercy is a sentient divine sword who was originally created by the Poenans to be their weapon against "Evil", but became a celebrated hero who helps Red Blade topple tyrannical regimes after she was adopted by him; Rosy Dreams, Bright Eyes' adoptive daughter, is showing great promise as a Dream Weaver; Queen Majesty is Golden Scepter's adoptive daughter from the Imperium Era who, despite being born completely mortal with no PQ due to genetic birth defects, rose to become a benevolent Queen of Ponykind and one of its greatest champions; Applejack of the Mane Six is a renowned Equestrian heroine and even managed to Ascend to demi-godhood as Princess Veritas while married to Prince Clear Voice; and Applejack's daughter, Princess Baby Applejack, is currently a very young Alicorn demigoddess, but she has great potential due to her heritage.
    • There's also the Sparkle family. Twilight Velvet is a powerful Duchess whose authority and ranking lies just below the Royal Alicorn Princess themselves, an expert swordsmare who specializes in "Armament magic", and a powerful mage in general. Twilight Velvet's husband, Gypsy Night Light, is a Duke who is both a powerful Seer and well-versed in magic, including psionics. Their oldest son and child, Shining Armor, is a Prince-Regent who once commanded Equestria's Royal Guard, is a powerful shield mage, and a competent soldier and leader in general. Their daughter and youngest, Twilight Sparkle, is a magical prodigy whose talent and heroic deeds led to her becoming an Alicorn and a Princess of Equestria.
    • All members of the Trimortidae are Death deities who are capable of wielding incredible power and kicking ass, and this extends to their non-Ascended adoptive/biological siblings. Some members have biological siblings who are also badass deities - Bossa Nova Heartstrings, the Alicorn god of Death, Music, and Joy, is the older identical twin brother of Blue Suede Heartstrings, who is the Alicorn god of Music, Humility, Performance, and Love as well as a "prodigy deity".
    • All members of the Amaredae, including the Semi-Divine ones, are Love deities who are capable of wielding incredible power and kicking ass, largely thanks to their loving and benevolent upbringing by Amareros, the Grand Primeval of Love. So far, members include Amour-De-Soi, the Alicorn goddess of Self-Love/Esteem, Amina, the Griffon goddess of Selfless Love, and Canteros, the god of Requited Love as well as the oldest of the Amaredae. The Amaredae also include Love deities from other pantheons, such as Princess Cadence, a member of the Equestrian Pantheon and ruler of the Crystal Empire.
  • Badass Gay:
    • Unlike the Emperor of Mankind, whom he's based on, Golden Scepter is depicted in the Codexverse as bisexual, having slept with both mares and stallions before the "Twilight of the Alicorns" conflict. However, he would later regret this as one of the many "dishonest" things he had done despite genuinely trying to be a good lover to all of his partners, so he decided to settle down with only a mortal pegasus mare in the Fourth Age. That being said, he's still badass, being the Alicorn god of Psionics and a peerless warrior and genius who founded three empires in his long life.
    • Blue Suede Heartstrings is bisexual as he had slept with both mares and stallions throughout his life, with one of his partners being Record Beat, his first coltfriend/husband from the early Second Age. As a result, he has quite a few mortal demi-divine descendants, such as Lyra Heartstrings, Flash Sentry, and Roneo and Gladstone. That being said, he's a powerful Alicorn god of Music and Humility, and is also a "prodigy" deity.
    • Canteros, the god of Requited Love and Reconciliation, is also bisexual. Like his father, Amareros, he has sired a lot of children with both male and female partners to keep himself connected to mortal sapientkind, and could still remember most of them long after they died. He's also Amareros' oldest son and child, and the oldest member of the Amaredae, and is an incredibly powerful Love god due to his age, experience, and power.
  • Bad Luck Charm: Woebegones are magical flowers that spread their pollen in self defense when disturbed. Whoever gets the pollen on them will be afflicted with horrible bad luck until it wears off or is washed off with a special herbal mixture. Ironically, if done carefully, the pollen can be used to make a potion that inverts its effects and grants the consumer good luck, but this is quite the endeavor.
  • Balance Between Good and Evil: It is implied in lore that a balance between good and evil exists in Equus, and there are certain deities who are born to maintain that balance. Letting one side overpower the other tends to create disaster - too much Good would cause Equus to stagnate and become utterly unprepared to face future Evils, while too much Evil would essentially result in the destruction of everything, including itself.
    • The twin Deer gods, Belyolen and Temnobog, are living embodiments of this trope. They were supposed to be born as one person, but because Irminsul tried enforcing his twisted ideas of perfection by magically purging his then-unborn son of his darker flaws, he ended up with twin sons instead. Despite the other gods believing that Belyolen's natural compassion and radiance made him "superior" to the dark Temnobog, they're actually equals who embody Light and Dark, Good and Evil, respectively. They both share a unique elemental bond that causes power imbalances whenever one of them tries to gain an advantage, so they couldn't kill each other. They only get stronger when they work together because that is the brothers' purpose - to bring Balance to Deerkind. While Belyolen blesses his worshipers and protects them from evil, Temnobog works as the Bogolenya pantheon's chief punisher, using evil to test mortals and tormenting the souls of wicked people.
    • As it turned out, the overabundance of Good within the Elternteil pantheon was what caused it to splinter into the Bogolenya and the Hoyklan pantheons, because there were no "Evil" deities to keep it in check. The only evil god among them at the time, Temnobog, was emotionally abused because his family and peers believed that his mere presence would "taint" their benevolence, which caused Temnobog to genuinely become evil. This ultimately caused the compassionate Belyolen to rebel, calling everyone out on their blatant hypocrisy and complacent arrogance out of disgust and leaving home to form his own pantheon, so he could protect Temnobog and give him the love and respect he believed his brother deserved.
    • This trope is also the reason why King Strazha and his younger sister, Queen Vesna were blessed by Temnobog and Belyolen, respectively - both Deer gods were impressed with their actions, and made the young rulers their divine champions to ensure that their kingdom, Bitaniya, prospers under the Balance of Good and Evil. While Strazha is the feared "Hoof" of Bitaniya, Vesna is the beloved "Heart" who counters her brother's harsh methods with her benevolence.
    • As the Alicorn god of Ponykind, Golden Scepter is essentially this trope since he embodies both Ponykind's good and bad traits. It's because of this that Golden Scepter has to constantly regulate his own actions and behavior with a "balance check" where he must know Good to do Evil, while doing Good requires knowing Evil. Favoring one side over the other will either lead to him becoming an incompetent puppet for his subjects to manipulate or a divine tyrant that would be eventually overthrown, the latter which happened to him and nearly ended his life during the Imperium era. Ironically, despite being an ancient god, this trope makes him more "human" than a large majority of the Codexverse's gods, and learning about the Good Needs Evil philosophy from Belyolen and Temnobog during one of his adventures was what allowed him to become a very successful ruler come the Fourth Age. It's also because he embodies Ponykind's dual morality that Belyolen and Temnobog have started respected and even befriended him, as in their eyes, he represents the god and ruler they could have been had their father, Irminsul, not tried to erase the flaws of his then-unborn son.
    • In the "Final Ragnarok" arc, the god Bogolenya is the result of the Primeval of Co-Existence, Symvíosi, fusing Belyolen and Temnobog together in order to gain a much-needed advantage over High King Ragnarøkkr, creating a balanced and incredibly powerful God-Emperor who embodied mortal Deerkind at its best and worst. The narration even notes that when he first appeared, his mere presence reminded everyone who witnessed it of Golden Scepter, who embodied mortal Ponykind's best and worst traits.
  • Ban on A.I.: Zigzagged.
    • The frequency of the above A.I. Is a Crapshoot trope led to many referring them as 'Abhorrent Intelligences' (after Queen Dazzleglow reintroduced the term 'A.I.'), leading to widespread restriction to prohibition of ANY form of 'Synthetic Automatons', whether they be golems to robots, especially any kind that has the remotest probability of developing self-awareness. Even physical reality itself seems to be firmly in favour of preventing AI development; the massive spike in energy levels of the Background Magic Field in Equus (And even beyond Equus) post-'Second Age' plays havoc on electronics and hampers redevelopment on that end.
    • However, this is by no means universal, with some like Queen Dazzleglow, Indostruus and Crazy Ant being proponents for reintroducing and redeveloping 'Thinking Constructs'. Crazy Ant had even went ahead and added 'Relic Tech' cogitational machinery into his Giant Robot Colossus, and a scene insert hints that it may already be sapient.
  • Barrier Warrior: Several individuals, both divine and mortal, have the ability to produce barriers.
    • Golden Scepter's entry notes that one of his abilities is creating very strong psychic barriers.
    • One of the things that Prince Written Word, Golden Scepter's thirteenth son, can do with his wind magic is make airtight wind barriers that can nullify electricity.
    • It's noted in Radiant Primrose's entry that she can create powerful barriers, whether through Psychic Powers or light magic.
    • Like Radiant Primrose, Blood Fang can create magical barriers. His barriers are noted to rival those made by Shining Armor in terms of strength and lasting endurance.
    • Crystal Prism has the ability to create light-based shields to protect people. This is what protected CreepEntity513's victims from enemies and various other dangers as its video-game realm collapsed upon its death.
  • Because Destiny Says So: Averted. While fate and destiny are a thing, the results can be readily changed if one knows how and/or has the means to do so, and challenging and defying fate is portrayed positively if said destiny leads to a bad outcome. An increasingly-cited proverb from the 'Second Age' demonstrates some of the attitudes to the idea in-universe:
    Proverb: "Destiny is the creed of tyrants and the excuse of fools."
    • Whether expressly or implied, the Codexverse takes a nuanced approach in regards to destiny and fate even in-universe and does not actually take a strong position on the concept positively or negatively. Luminiferous, as the Alicorn god of Self-Determination, has the power to "Reject Fate", which breaks even magically-inflicted bad fates and gives others a chance to overcome a supposedly inevitable outcome. Meanwhile, Emperor Blackthorn views the very idea of adhering to destiny with utter contempt, which motivates him to ruthlessly manipulate fates with his schemes - in his eyes, even if something were to happen no matter what, it will happen on his terms. On the other hand/hoof, you have figures such as the fabled 'Princess of Power', who is implied to know of the destiny that she and her Arch-Enemy would both perish in their final battle, but rather than avoid it instead did everything possible to ENSURE it happens, presumably believing that defeating her foe and stopping his evil once and for all is more important, and is not willing to risk turning an absolute certainty into an open possibility which may allow the Evil Overlord to continue or return to terrorize the world.
  • Belief Makes You Stupid: One of the themes in Codex Equus is the relationships between divines and their mortal followers, and the consequences therein.
    • Golden Scepter used to fervently believe in this, which was implied to have stemmed from the arrogance and complacency of his people that gave birth to the evil Alicorn Morning Star. Notably, his quest to convince Ponykind to stop worshiping him as a god caused an infamous incident where he completely torched a thriving city along with its people for worshiping him, and rebuked and humiliated its founder for encouraging religious devotion to him. He has since gotten over this after walking down a very long road of Character Development, with Golden Scepter calling the incident one of the worst mistakes he ever made. Having personally seen the examples of compassion, forgiveness, and mercy shown by fellow divines throughout the Ages, he now co-exists peacefully with them.
      • He still retains a bit of this, however, as public worship of him and his sons is still officially banned in his present-day Terran Empire despite all other religions being allowed. His present criticism for religion in general mainly revolves around how unquestioning religious belief hampers mortal potential by shifting responsibility of one's own actions onto someone else, making them unable to truly appreciate their own strengths and enabling them to remain dependent on others for guidance (like those willing to mislead them for their own gain). More tellingly, those who partake in religion will be unable to experience guilt from their own wrongdoings and learn from their own failings and mistakes, instead blaming "evil" circumstances and individuals. To him and later his faithful son, Written Word, if there's anyone or anything worthy to put one's faith in, it is in each other. This is likely why he's part of the Church of the Stars despite it being a religion: its core tenant is mortal races finding unity and putting aside their differences to 'reach for the stars' in a literal sense, as well as encouraging them to become better and eventually potentially rise to godhood as well.
    • Justified with Written Word, though in this case it's religious belief that makes one stupid. He once joined the priesthood out of love for his father, the desire to help his mortal subjects, and to answer a philosophical question about whether mortals can prosper with/without divine help that dogged him for years. But in preaching Golden Scepter's virtues and why he should be followed, he was actually encouraging Blind Obedience. Golden Scepter explaining to him what he's actually doing and seeing the horrors of religious corruption himself eventually made Written Word see his folly and realize the true value of faith, which led to him Ascending when he inspired his soldiers to use faith to empower each other during a fight against demons. As shown with his folder/entry quote, he now believes in "true" faith, which demands conviction, understanding, trust, and taking responsibility for one's own actions.
      Prince Written Word: Blind faith is little more than willful ignorance and unquestioning obedience, zealotry that are easily misled into the service of foolish causes and corrupt characters. True faith demands conviction! It demands you understand your cause and know the righteousness of it. It demands you to take responsibility for one's action, rather than ascribe them to some higher power or others. It demands you trust your own judgement and each other, rather than the sweet honeyed lies of the conceited. It demands following only higher ideals that truly deserves to be followed. Only then, would it be faith truly worth fighting for.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: This applies to benevolent characters in general, who are very nice but will not hesitate to lay the smackdown if they or their loved ones are threatened.
    • Construo, the Novellus Pantheon God of Modern Construction and Architecture, is a Gentle Giant who would much rather build something than hurt anyone. If pushed too far, however, he'll quickly remind his enemy of how powerful a Giant God actually is, and that he's a Genius Bruiser. One notable incident ended with an antagonistic Giant God threatening to pillage and eat a village Construo had helped build vital infrastructure for. Said god ended up having his face used as a shovel to dig a canal and was left sealed in a huge block of divine concrete.
    • Queen Mzazi, the Mother of All Zebras and a playful, motherly deity. But mess with her personal country in Zebrica and she'll remind you how dangerous a 4 million-year-old goddess is. Just ask the armada she obliterated with a cataclysmic lightning storm.
    • Elske, the Jotunn goddess of love, is a motherly deity who can be surprisingly ruthless when pushed. Once, she discovered that Propagare and his cultists tried starting a war between two mortal Deer kingdoms by sowing distrust and hatred, so she put an end to the matter by stomping on one army, and sitting on the other as she told the Deer citizens of the divine deception. As for the cultists themselves, they were either Swallowed Whole or slowly crushed to death underneath her hooves.
    • Queen Mab II serves as a mother figure for the Cosmic Council. She won't hesitate to pull ears if people start bickering, and once suplexed an arrogant Yak king for making fun of her size. She's also capable of wielding deadly flowers and plants.
    • Mab II's husband, King Sefyr, is also very benevolent, if a bit stern. Likewise, inciting his anger tends to go badly for the ones responsible.
    • The 'Visitors' are generally Innocent Aliens who are benevolent towards Equus during interactions. However, those who believe in them often point out that if they wanted to take over Equus, the only reason they haven't is because they don't want to. This is shown when Clovenists and Brachion decided to experiment on Sparkle Ponies and invoked the wrath of their alien parent.
    • Cutesaurs are friendly dinosaurs who are accepting of outsiders and prefer diplomacy over conflict. They're also huge, extremely tough, and won't hesitate to literally crush anyone who invades their homeland.
    • Many Changeling Queens are benevolent (save for the "bad apples" like Chrysalis), but the most prominent is Queen Supia, who is a Royal Kaiju Changeling who's the size of a skyscraper, yet due to hailing from Neighpon, she usually acts like a Yamato Nadeshiko. She can literally stomp you into the ground (or eat you) if you threaten her home and subjects.
    • Belyolen, one of two Top Gods of the Bogolenya pantheon, is an extremely compassionate and forgiving divine stag, since he had all his flaws magically "purged" out of him by his father, Irminsul, while he was in utero. That being said, he grew increasingly disgusted with his family's emotional abuse of Temnobog, and after overhearing them considering killing Temnobog altogether, he confronted his family and called them out on their blatant hypocrisy and arrogance, stating that they became no different than the evils they oppose by mistreating someone who hadn't even truly warranted it, before he left to form his own pantheon and took his brother with him. Having gained more confidence thanks to meeting the Alicorn goddess of Self-Love, Amour-De-Soi, Belyolen is willing to protect Temnobog from both moral hardliners like the Poenan pantheon, and even his own family, having made clear to his parents that they are not welcome in the Bogolenya pantheon if they don't change their harmful attitudes. He also recognizes when a Deer kingdom has become completely irredeemable and allows his hybrid relatives, the Four Terrors, get rid of it (though he makes sure to evacuate all the good people first, and rightly sees the Four Terrors' methods as so horrific that he calls them as an absolute last resort).
    • While it took him a long time to get there, Golden Scepter is highly beloved and respected by his mortal subjects within the Terran Empire for being such a benevolent and compassionate Emperor. He's also an extremely powerful and ancient Alicorn god, so much that any attempts to fight him would usually end with a Curb-Stomp Battle, and he loves his sons and his subjects so much that he will not tolerate any threat against them.
      • After publicly decrying the divine/mortal followers of Poena, the Mistress of Punishment, as a bunch of deluded extremists, a small army led by Poena herself would proceed to attack the Terran Empire in retaliation. Golden Scepter would defeat them easily... only for Katharsis to arrive and take photos of the losers afterwards, confusing the hell out of the Alicorn Emperor.
      • In one incident, a group of Pony Autorists attacked the Terran Empire and targeted its non-Pony subjects, even those Ponies who didn't agree with them. Golden Scepter punished them by psychically making them experience the pain and suffering they had inflicted on their victims, causing almost all of them to regret their actions and turn good. When his son, Blazing Hoof, confronted him on the assumption that the Pony Autorists were Easily Forgiven, Golden Scepter would explain that reacting harshly would only beget more hatred, and the Pony Autorists living with their own guilt was punishment enough. Only their leader was actually punished once she was shown to be a genuinely hateful and unrepentant bigot.
      • During the "Temptation Unbound" conflict, learning that a group of Fallen deities and their worshipers tried to engineer the fracturing and downfall of his family enraged Golden Scepter to the point where he shed his "default" form and revealed his true form as a six-winged, "Antecedent"-ranked deity for the sole purpose of confronting his enemies.
    • Golden Scepter's thirteenth son, Prince Written Word, is noted to be very compassionate, generous, and patient, and is willing to lend people - even his own brothers - an ear and a nod should they come talk to him about their problems. That being said, while he prefers non-violent solutions, he's a Technical Pacifist who's willing to strike hard and fast, even kill if need be, and he's known for being a staunch enemy of Demonkind and corruption in general. He can also be pretty deadly with his wind magic, with one of his deadliest attacks consisting of crushing his enemies with increased air pressure. In other words, don't piss him off.
      • One prominent example is when Written Word arrived at a backwater Pony kingdom and learned of the horrific crimes its Church was committing in the name of the "gods". He was so furious that when he found an arch-priest who was about to use innocent Pony civilians as military cannon fodder, he would easily push through the crowd of forcibly-conscripted soldiers (some who recognized him as someone who previously helped them out) and publicly humiliated the arch-priest by calling him a "liar" in front of everyone. He would then rally the soldiers to his side and confront the demons responsible for the Pony kingdom's corrupt religion, and though they initially did badly, the tide would turn when Written Word realized the true value of faith and empowered his soldiers by inspiring them to have faith in each other, leading to his Ascension.
      • It's because of his experiences pre-Ascension that Written Word hates religious corruption in general, as it's a surefire way to get him mad. One incident had him confront a Pony priestess who turned out to be an Autorist, and publicly humiliated her in front of her own followers by calling her out for misleading people into committing racial atrocities under the guise of "righteousness", while reveling in the cruelty she caused. While Written Word protected the Pony priestess from her now enraged followers until proper authorities arrived to arrest her, it was revealed he did it as a Cruel Mercy, as, in his words, "The sheer humiliation she received for her actions would end up hurting her more than whatever her once-adoring crowds had in mind for her."
    • Despite being a celebrity and one of the most famous unicorn musicians in his time, Blue Suede Heartstrings is a very nice stallion whose prominent traits are his humility, politeness, and compassion towards people of all races, regardless of who they are. He also loves his fans and is always willing to make time for them. However, it's not advisable to piss him off in any way, and, as a group of tribalists unfortunately learned, don't ever hurt his fans. Underneath his mortal disguises, Blue is actually an ancient and powerful Alicorn god, and he will not hesitate to reveal his true form if the situation requires it.
    • Amour-De-Soi, the Alicorn goddess of Self-Love, is very empathetic and encouraging, especially towards those who suffer from low self-esteem, and has been known to save suicidal individuals by telling them that they are truly much better than they think they are. She also has essentially served as a therapist for Temnobog, who was the victim of childhood emotional abuse from his family (especially High King Irminsul) for being born "evil", and has been encouraging him to feel better about himself while ignoring how others look down on him. However, like her father, Amareros, she can be terrifying when enraged, and hates those who abuse and/or break people's self-worth. Notably, the Elternteil Deer Pantheon splintered because she encouraged Belyolen to do the right thing after the latter overheard his family discussing whether they should kill Temnobog or not, and she helped her father lay low the entire Summer Court in retaliation for the failed attempt by some Changeling Kings to subjugate Amareros for their own selfish purposes.
  • Beware the Silly Ones:
    • Puck, Empress Blackrose's right hand man, is a fun-loving, mischievous prankster. He's also her First Spawn son and a demigod, meaning while not a Royal Changeling like his sisters, he's one of the most powerful and experienced changelings in the world. There's a reason very few Changelings in any court want to mess with him.
      Puck: You're all welcome in Mother's house, but break the rules and you're gonna have a bad time.
    • This is a major aspect of Pakak's character: he's the prank-loving, funny, and friendly God of Mischief, but he's also the God of Karma. He can be very creative with his curses on the wicked and truly enraging him is a very big mistake, as it's the only time he comes close to acting like his brother Discord. For example, in this universe, he was the one that cursed Sunnytown for murdering an innocent filly out of fear and hatred of Cutie Marks.
    • Censura, the God of Censorship and Conspiracies, is generally dead serious, but due to a quirk in how he came to be, he also contains censorship pertaining to children's entertainment. He hates this part of himself, but it provides him with one of his most powerful abilities: the ability to No-Sell anything that is 'family unfriendly' at all, even if he despises doing so.
  • Big Brother Instinct:
    • Despite being far younger than Ruby Heart chronologically, Crystal Prism has become somewhat of a surrogate older brother figure for her. In one incident, when Poena tried getting Ruby to agree with her views on Justice, only to attack her when Ruby Heart refused and compared her to Grey Hoof, Crystal went into Tranquil Fury and angrily yet calmly warned Poena of the consequences that would ensue if the divine Tulpa tried forcing Ruby to side with her.
    • When Prince Blazing Hoof, Golden Scepter's oldest son, saw Fanged Paw and a few other brothers beating up a very despondent Crimson Star, with the latter not fighting back against his attackers at all, Blazing Hoof unhesitatingly moved to defend Crimson Star alone, even though his younger brother had been an Insufferable Genius to everyone prior to that. Golden Scepter would soon intervene before things got too bloody.
    • After going through Character Development, and forgiving and reconciling with his younger brother, Crimson Star, Prince Fanged Paw would start feeling this trope towards him and his other brothers in general.
      • It's noted that he has the advantage of sight, so whenever he and Crimson Star team up and kick ass, Fanged Paw protects him by going after those enemies who Crimson Star cannot sense or hear.
      • During the "Temptation Unbound" conflict, when he heard of the bad future that Crimson Star foresaw, including his own role in it (breaking Crimson Star's back in a vicious fight between them, among other things), Fanged Paw was apparently so shaken that he had to hang onto a sword that he planted into the ground, just to keep himself from collapsing out of sheer terror. He would then slip into an icy fury and focus on hunting down the Fallen deities and their malicious worshipers responsible for trying to destroy his family.
      • He would participate in the ensuing fight after a group of Children of Platinum unicorn tribalists tried assassinating Prince Crimson Star for "sullying" his unicorn blood by Ascending to demi-godhood during a diplomatic conference in the Principalities in Equestria. It was quickly discovered that one of the unicorn tribalists was a So Soft Pony, which angered Fanged Paw beyond compare.
      • Night Shade's entry reveals that he beat up Night Shade in a cold fury for nearly driving Steel Barricade to suicide and sending Crimson Star into a second bout of depression. However, Written Word and Bright Eyes forcibly separated them before things went too far.
      • During a fierce battle with an Iron Wolves battalion, he unlocked shapeshifting abilities related to his Animal domain by turning into a Thunder Wolf to protect Written Word from getting killed by Iron Wolves in an ambush. It's noted that this proved critical in defeating the Iron Wolves and driving them out of the Terran Empire.
        Prince Fanged Paw: (roaring) YOU LEAVE MY BROTHERS AND SUBJECTS ALONE!
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Taken Up to Eleven with the Ōmukades, which when fully grown are Kaiju-sized centipedes capable of killing dragons.
  • Big Eater:
    • Giant races, often to the point that a group of hungry Giants could strip entire lands barren devouring everything edible - up to and including the Ponies and other smaller races living there. Partly justified in that their huge sizes means that they would require a lot of food just to sustain their enormous physiology, meaning they have little choice in the matter... though it sometimes gives them an excuse to prove their racial superiority to "Tinies".
    • Terraton, the Gigantes giant race's chief deity and a leading member of the Tauren Giant pantheon, is this when not in battle. As he is enormous even by Giant deities standards, he has the appetite to pack away whole towns, cities and countries of both Tinies and Giants. And this is considered normal by Giant deities' standards.
    • Princess/Captain Mimetidae of the Autis described as one by her entry, both in love and in food. Apparently after the fight with King Xestobium, she went to an all-you-can-eat buffet and 'took that name as literally as possible'.
    • Hilariously deconstructed with Elske, who loves eating mortals and their kingdoms even by Giant standards, but only goes after sinful mortal realms... which is a lot. As a result, she's a very plump Jotunn goddess whose girth has caused embarrassing incidents such as flattening mountains, making craters, and getting stuck in narrow mountain paths.
    • Flœrð, the Hoyklan God of Trickery, Deceit and Mischief, is a Big Eater like his mythological inspiration, owing to being an adopted Jotunn God. How does he one-up the likes of Terraton, Astrid and Elske in how he sate his appetite? Why, being so clever and capable at persuasion, he can literally talk his enemies into thinking letting him EAT them alive is a good idea! And if that doesn't work, there was nothing a bit of Size Shifting, Shapeshifting and illusions on his part couldn't do to trick his enemies into getting into his open mouth...
    • Surtr Muspellson, the infamous Fire Jotunn Destroyer Deity, multiple-times destroyer of the Cervidian Pantheons and Civilizations of the Nine Realms, ally of the Shadowed Ones who exploited the 'Ragnarok Cycle' and a sadistic, destructive psychopath in general, play this for horror. In some of the Cycles, with his associates' permission, he gets not only the ENTIRE Cervidian Pantheon of the time to eat (After amusing himself with them), he may/would get to eat ALL OF THE NINE REALMS, devouring and destroying all the civilizations and sending millions of living beings screaming down his gullet, all to sate his genocidal hunger. And he has done this multiple times. When the self-proclaimed 'Doom of the Gods' destroys things, he doesn't just burn, stomp or cut them down with his sword...
    • Justified and deconstructed with Blue Suede Heartstrings. Blue had a huge appetite when he was a mortal, which was believed to have stemmed from living in poverty as a colt, and was infamous for it In-Universe. However, his appetite started turning into unhealthy stress-eating after he went through a series of personal tragedies/hardships in his life, including the deaths of his parents and his developing disillusionment with the music/movie industries in general. After having a food-fueled nightmare in which he became grossly fat in his old age, Blue decided to cut down on his eating significantly, resulting in him retaining his handsomeness by the time he met Luminiferous. By stark contrast, Elvis Presley, Blue's character inspiration, did not develop the same restraint in real life and became grossly fat as a consequence. Hilariously, some people in the Second Age have theorized him to be a former god who was a Big Eater that constantly devoured populated worlds ala Galactus, until he was turned into an amnesiac mortal as punishment.
    • Justified with Prince Bright Eyes. After his son, Hopeful Moon, was "born", he started eating more food in addition to blood to sustain both himself and Hopeful. This led to Hopeful becoming a chubby baby, though he would lose some of it once he became a toddler.
  • Bigger on the Inside:
    • Giant Lands are regions of Equus which are spatially-distorted by wild magic, such that they are Pocket Dimension interposed with the wider world with much, much bigger volume than appearance suggests. An isolated valley can be big as the land it is in; a small island might be big as a continent. This partly justifies the sizes and diversity of Giant races that exist on Equus by giving them plenty of room to reach their colossal status and numbers. Some are as big as several mega-continents combined, and no one has yet discovered the sheer scale of Jotunnheim, home of the cervine Jotunns.
    • Hinted to be the case with the Giants' bodies, as well. Might partly explain their gluttonous impulses...
    • Also apparently the case with the gods' bodies, if the tale with Narren and Temnobog is any indication. It took Narren days worth of exploring and adventuring after being eaten by his Evil Uncle before he was able to find and rescue his grandfather High King Irminsul, whom Temnobog had also swallowed.
  • Big Good:
    • As in canon, Princess Celestia is often this, having participated in several international crises and made friends with fellow immortal rulers from other countries. She was even worshiped for her actions in Neighpon while disguised as "Amaterasu", much to her dismay.
    • The Empress of Neighpon, Nadeshiko, tends to act as this for stories set in that country, being a reasonable and benevolent mare who knows best for her people..
    • Queen Dazzleglow, an ancient Sparkle Pony Alicorn who reawakened to break 'the Cycle' and is actively working to ensure the world does not undergo another apocalypse, is set as another one.
    • Luminiferous, the Anti-Antichrist son of Morning Star, sees his status as God of Perfection as a calling to be this, being a heroic, powerful figure to inspire and raise up heroes and help mortals reach their true potential. He, directly and indirectly, gave Thorax and Ember vital aid in the Apterus and Toxikon incidents, with his design seeming to have them becoming The Paragon for their respective kinds.
    • The Grand Primevals have been acting as benevolent divine influences for Equus and its divine/mortal inhabitants for longer than said inhabitants have. Several key events have turned out the way they had, likely due to direct or indirect interference.
    • Much like his father, Amareros, Canteros had a hoof in the lives of several characters within the Codexverse, and served as a positive influence that allowed several individuals and factions to both receive Love from others and reconcile with those who wronged them and had been wronged in turn. Some of his actions include helping Temnobog reconcile with Belyolen and recover from his childhood emotional abuse by giving him a circle of empathetic, supportive friends; participating in the "Twilight of the Orosians" conflict in the guise of a minor Love deity, ensuring the punishments/deaths of completely monstrous and irredeemable Orosian deities while sparing/saving those who were genuinely remorseful; and (rumored in-universe) helped the repentant Sunnytowners recover from their emotional/mental traumas and atone for their crimes by ensuring that they receive much needed help from benevolent mortal and divine individuals.
    • Subverted with High King Irminsul, who was once the leader of a united and much larger Deer pantheon. Despite appearing (and being) good and benevolent, he acts superior about it and is extremely disdainful of anything he perceives as "evil", even when they're not actually evil. It's also speculated by Mentálne that beneath his veneer of benevolence is a form of untreated Psychological Projection, hating himself for being unable to get rid of his own flaws. He's also a horrible father, since he emotionally abused Temnobog for being born "evil" while encouraging others to do the same and favoring the pure and compassionate Belyolen, and barely tolerated Temnobog because he's his son.
    • As a member of the Church of the Stars, Golden Scepter qualifies as one, as he and his divine peers are dedicated to ensuring the overall well-being of Equus and its mortal/divine inhabitants. He is also this in entries that focus on the Terran Empire, as while many benevolent Terran individuals, including the Terran Princes, are very active themselves, he has the highest authority by virtue of being the ruling Emperor, and ultimately, everyone answers to him. It's mentioned in the past, he himself was very active while he globe-trotted during Pre- and Known History, as he had a hoof in various events and the development of multiple heroes.
  • Birds of a Feather: Likely to happen, as just like in real life, friendships are often made between individuals based the similarity of their interests.
    • Prince Fanged Paw's entry notes that he would gain a few friends during some adventures outside the Terran Empire at some point. He would befriend both Prince Vultus IV and Clamos over their loud voices and sheer hamminess (which made his brothers fear the idea of them getting into a shouting match). It's rumored in-universe that he was seen with Lyra Heartstrings, a unicorn lyrist from Ponyville, during one of his post-exile adventures; as it turned out, Fanged Paw is a skilled panpipe player, and he and Lyra drew a large crowd with their music.
    • Crimson Star's entry notes that his intellectual pursuits would allow him to befriend those who are also well-learned. This includes a few of his brothers, such as Written Word and Steel Barricade, and after he Ascended, he would befriend King Baarish, a divine Elephant, since they shared the same divine domain of Knowledge. He would also develop a Friendly Rivalry with Princess Twilight Sparkle, who is also very intelligent and magically powerful like him.
    • This would also happen to Prince Written Word. Like Primarch Lorgar, he became close to his intellectually-minded brothers such as Crimson Star and Steel Barricade, despite the latter focusing on technology rather than philosophy. He would also befriend peaceful, compassionate, and gentle individuals, such as Prince Sparkling Wing (who became a frequent traveling partner) and Head Priest/Cleric Star Echo.
    • It is believed in-universe that the main reason why Crystal Prism easily befriended Katastrofa, one of Ispita's children, during the "Temptation Unbound" event is because his domain of Rebirth is quite similar to Katastrofa's domain of Creation.
  • Bittersweet Ending:
    • The "Revenge of Apertus" story arc ended with the maddened titular villain being personally put down by her own parents to stop her rampage. But Empress Blackrose, one of those responsible for creating Apertus out of racial hatred, atoned for her own misdeeds by enlisting the help of several deities to reincarnate Apertus back into an egg, allowing her parents to raise her personally this time.
    • Crystal Prism's situation is described as having "a bittersweet ending" in his entry - while he did manage to survive being killed by Luminiferous and the Equestrian Princesses after he became a rampaging, magic-eating monster, he was incredibly traumatized by the ordeal and had to take a lot of therapy sessions with Mentálne just to recover from the worst parts of his PTSD. And while his "creators", Noble Grace and her assistant Bubbling Beaker, were arrested for their horrible crimes, Crystal Prism still ended up turning into an Alicorn like they intended for him to be, leaving him with the only option of being the herald of a "new age" for Ponykind since his old life was ruined. Fortunately, individuals like Golden Scepter would encourage him to forge his own path, influencing Crystal Prism to become a hero even as he recovers from his trauma.
  • Black and White Insanity: Deconstructed, as various Codexverse entries, quotes, and drabbles have shown how deluded this moral viewpoint is.
    • As shown in interpretation of local legends and recent events, the Alvslog Deer are extremely unable to accept that Temnobog and his evil has a natural place in Equus's Balance as a constructive force that tests heroic mortals, so they paint him as a completely wicked servant to Belyolen, as well as his "lesser" brother. This is one of many details they get wrong, as Temnobog and Belyolen are actually born elemental equals who literally exist to balance each other out. The Alvslog Deer also revere High King Irminsul as a wise and benevolent god, even though Irminsul was very emotionally abusive to Temnobog for being born "evil" and was extremely biased against anything he perceived as evil.
    • The Poenan Pantheon's collective belief on justice take after its founder, Poena - that justice should be pure and unyielding, unsullied by things like mercy and forgiveness. Because of this, they are unable and unwilling to make exceptions for even those who atoned for their crimes, as all crimes must be punished no matter what actions were taken after the fact. They also view people as equally guilty if they are associated with the criminals and evildoers they punish, such as the repentant Sunnytowners who regretted participating in young Ruby Heart's murder or condoning it, as they believe they got off too easy for their crimes. Naturally, this worldview has made the Poenan pantheon very unpopular with benevolent and merciful factions/individuals, who are rightly disgusted with their ruthless, extreme, and borderline cruel methods, to the point where both sides would frequently clash over their moral and ideological differences.
  • Blood Knight:
    • Astrid, the Jotunn Goddess of War; natch. She's always itching for a fight, often going around crushing and devouring bandits and monsters for fun; even chopping the tops off of mountains with her divine axe. It's even mentioned that her boisterous demeanor and love of combat are rare among deities of conflict, who tend to be stoic and taciturn.
    • Justified with Yarost, first-born child of Temnobog and oldest of the Four Terrors. He embodies Deerkind's Wrath and Hatred and thus feeds upon those emotions, wanting nothing more than to butcher whole lands in his endless blood-lust. There's a reason why he possesses the title "The Prince of Murder". However, this was deconstructed in his youth - Ispita and his four nameless siblings betraying their roles as "constructive" Evil deities to follow "careless" Evil had left such an emotional impact on him that he willingly gave in to his own fury just to bury his grief. However, once Temnobog and his relatives were able to properly restrain him, Yarost's fury ran out, leading to an emotional breakdown that exposed him as a psychological wreck who just wanted his mother and lost siblings back. The trope would eventually be reconstructed as, with help from his family and relatives, Yarost would recover to some degree, except he would save his innate bloodthirstiness for when he's working to sow Evil among the Deer realms and tempt mortal Deer into giving in to their inner fury. Outside of work, however, he keeps his emotions on a tight leash with stoicism so he wouldn't repeat his past atrocities again. He does, however, participate in the carnage that the damned souls in his hell-fief are forced to endure as punishment, to the extreme horror of said souls and the excitement of his demon servants and Ascended champions.
    • Terraton is also this, though he's mellowed out from his early years. That said, it's gotten him into trouble, such as picking fights with Bellamos and Luminiferous, who both handed him his flank.
    • Khakiston embodies the Giant stereotype of being a warmongering, bloodthirsty brute, which angered and disgusted his fellow divine Giants and eventually caused Terraton to literally kick him out of the Giant pantheon. So far, he's gotten into several fights where his opponents are stronger and smart enough to hand him his ass.
  • Blue Is Heroic:
    • While it took him a long time to get there, Prince Fanged Paw is an Alicorn demigod with a steel-blue pelt, and he's a benevolent Prince like his older and younger brothers.
    • Fanged Paw's younger brother, Prince Written Word, is described as having a sky-blue pelt that's dappled with white spots, even before his Ascension. He's also a very compassionate, pacifistic, and faithful individual who wants to help people however he can.
    • Pun aside, Blue Suede Heartstrings has dark blue hair, and is named after a color and a song (specifically, "Blue Suede Shoes"). After Ascending, his Cutie Mark gained a halo made of light blue music notes, and his hair is described as being made of dark blue energy soundwaves with light blue music bars and notes running through them. He's also a heroic, humble, and kind-hearted stallion who seeks to promote Humility in both mortal and divine sapientkind.
    • Canteros' most preferred form to appear in is that of a tall and handsome butterfly-themed Alicorn with a shimmering blue pelt, and a mane and tail made of iridescent blue energy. In terms of attire, he wears a dark royal blue hooded cloak with rainbow patterns on it. He is also Amareros' firstborn son and child, and is a completely benevolent Love deity like his father.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: While still recognizable in many aspects, the Morality Kitchen Sink nature of the setting ensures that many of the inhabitants of Equus' moral standards and views, as a result of more alien psychological and cultural differences, would come as as bizarre, disturbing or horrifying by RL readers and even in-universe readers' sensibilities, but would had been seen as normal in-universe.
    • Giant or gigantic sapient/sentient races and deities have less to no reservations against consuming smaller 'Tinies' or even cannibalizing smaller members/relatives of their own kind, since it's implied their huge bodies results in huge appetites (just to sustain them) so they can't afford to be picky. This is on top of psychological disposition towards domination due to evolutionary pressures that comes with their large sizes, which is often expressed through consuming their smaller, weaker rivals.
    • Deities, Giant or otherwise, have little to no reservations towards cannibalizing each other either, as their nature as gods makes them so incredibly hard to kill (and killing them coming with their own bag of terrible consequences) that sealing them away in their bellies comes off as a more sensible option - and thanks to their godly nature are much more survivable than it sounds. The bonus of absorbing extra powers and domains also justifies it.
    • Many cultures in-universe, most notably the Erobreseg Deer Herds, are much more tolerant of Evil and Suffering than many other in-universe and even RL viewpoints, as their cultural beliefs developed from the lands they live in makes them see Evil and Suffering as having constructive roles in existence, being inevitable and even necessary to counterbalance, test and work with Good and Joy to ensure mortals live strong and meaningful lives. This view is encouraged by the Bogolenya Deer Pantheon's co-ruling Noble Demon God of Evil, Temnobog the Dark One, whose 'Constructive Evil' view of the world are codified under the philosophy of Temnoism.
    • It is mentioned that the parental deities of the Oceanaiads - the races whom the Dazzlings/Sirens belong to - are not necessarily Good nor Evil as other races or readers could understand them. They are just incredibly dangerous due to their different natures as ancient, eldritch gods.
    • The Changeling Courts, thanks to their nature as one of the Fae races, their cultural traumas, population numbers, their racial curse, genetic instability, political organization and other reasons, has various moral and cultural values that would disturb and horrify other cultures and peoples, but are seen as normal if not completely necessary to their survival and prosperity as a people. They are obsessively secretive (To the point of hiding their whole race and culture in the past), and even the nicest among them are willing to kill their non-Changeling friends without batting an eye to keep them hidden; they have a full-blown Martyrdom Culture that positively glorifies the fact that their lives mean nothing and are utterly expendable for the greater good of Changelingkind; they are ruthlessly pragmatic, consider cunning and deceit to be virtues where other cultures value strength and honesty, while keeping their 'Words' and promises are considered Serious Business; to prevent mutation from ravaging their populations down the generations they are willing to segregate and even cull whole segments of their hives/swarms' populations to prevent the proliferation of 'Deviants', except if their mutations can help maximize their survival as a species. Many of these different moral and cultural values are gathered under the Changeling Creed, a collection of conventions and rules agreed by all the official and most of the unofficial Courts that essentially guides and dictates what it means to be a Changeling, and all of it centered around one cardinal, absolute mandate: that no matter the costs, "The Changelings MUST survive."
  • Breaking the Cycle of Bad Parenting: One way for someone to break free of the Vicious Cycles that constantly plague Equus is to discard previous abusive patterns and show their children (biological or adopted) the love and respect they deserve.
    • The Poenan deities (and their mortal followers) raised Silver Bane to follow their ruthless philosophy of Justice, and gave him harmful, hypocritical, and self-righteous teachings that would have eventually killed him if his friends and other benevolent individuals hadn't intervened and saved him. After adopting Friede, he would become a much better surrogate parent for her than the Poenans had ever been for him, as he genuinely tried to be a good father and role model for his daughter - to the point where Friede started crying openly and loudly for the first time after he got severely injured and fell into a coma that he would later wake up from.
    • As a colt, Prince Blueblood's birth parents emotionally abused him in their attempts to mold him into the ideal Scion of House Platinum, including trying to destroy his childhood dreams of being an adventurer after he got a compass rose Cutie Mark. Years later, after he was adopted by Princess Celestia and he was introduced to Prince Léon, then an infant Alicorn, he initially had doubts over his parenting skills and feared having Léon's innocence corrupted by Equestria's incompetent, selfish, and cruel nobility... but he ultimately chose to take responsibility and become the good parent to Léon that his own parents were not, resulting in an emotionally well-adjusted toddler. Both Luminiferous and Celestia believe that lots of good things await him if he continues raising Léon right.
  • Break the Believer:
    • Prince Written Word, Golden Scepter's thirteenth son, once idolized his father to the point where he secretly joined the priesthood partially out of love and devotion to him. However, a combination of witnessing Golden Scepter's flaws up close and having an older brother get permanently blinded in a carriage accident caused Written Word to gradually resent Golden Scepter, until he lost his mother to old age, at which point he snapped. During a heated argument with Golden Scepter, he called him out for not "helping" his family or his subjects, only to accidentally let slip his religious activities in an emotionally vulnerable moment, getting himself in trouble. Golden Scepter would later take Written Word aside and gently deconstruct his motives by explaining to him what he was really doing, and telepathically showed him his own memories and experiences with religious excess, leaving Written Word so shaken that he packed up and left home to do some soul-searching. The adventures he would have - up to his liberation of a backwater Pony kingdom from demons - would lead to him realizing the true value of Faith and Ascend, becoming a demi-Alicorn god.
    • Subverted with Blue Suede Heartstrings. Despite witnessing the flaws of many gods and goddesses over the course of thousands of years since his Ascension, and realizing that the "King in Heaven" he worshiped is likely just as flawed, he soon realized that (in his words) being born good, bad, and/or in-between is "just how the world is". As he explains to Prince Written Word, even deities have the power to improve themselves, and if someone like the "King in Heaven" can do that, then he has hope that he can still remain humble even when he is tempted with sin.
  • Break the Haughty: Since Codex Equus runs on Reality Ensues, this trope applies whenever someone, especially if they're powerful and great in some way, start acting in a manner that warrants receiving Laser-Guided Karma from those who don't agree with them.
    • The constant praise and special treatment he would receive for being a Child Prodigy would influence Prince Crimson Star, the Codexverse counterpart of Magnus the Red to become an Insufferable Genius of the highest order, straining his relationships with his friends and family. His ego would later be broken upon losing his sight in a carriage accident while saving a classmate, but what caused it to be shattered even further was when he tried summoning a demon to restore his sight, only for his efforts to be swiftly ended by Golden Scepter, creating a Jerkass Realization about both his reckless pursuit of knowledge and his arrogant behavior towards those he deemed beneath him. This led to Crimson Star becoming rather depressed to the point where he was willing to scapegoat himself if it means he'll achieve redemption, not caring if he'll potentially die and if his family and friends would be affected by his death. But after he was saved from a few of his hateful brothers by Blazing Hoof, and called out on his self-destructive behavior by Golden Scepter, he would properly redeem himself and become a better person by doing a lot of good deeds to make up for his arrogance.
    • Prince Steel Barricade is an incredibly talented and skilled genius in technology and magic, but thanks to the bad influence of his older brother, Crimson Star, Steel Barricade became an even worse Insufferable Genius, including bullying his older brother, Clear Voice for being a potential threat to the fame he believed was rightfully his. After getting exiled by a furious Golden Scepter for instigating a duel with Clear Voice that destroyed part of the Terran Empire, he would end up in a Pony city-state within the Tauren Peninsula, where he enjoyed some success... until he truly discovered that War Is Hell, upon which he started repressing his emotions to justify his actions. This backfired when he eventually snapped and brutally murdered both the corrupt king and nobility of the city-state who were perpetuating the wars plaguing the area to begin with. It's deconstructed in that while he finally learned the value of humility and empathy, Steel Barricade would be haunted by his actions long after Ascending to demi-Alicornhood, and this created quite a few psychological issues, such as reverting to stoicism and cold logic whenever he gets upset, and rampant anger issues that stem from constantly repressing his emotions. Fortunately, he is recovering thanks to Mentálne's counseling as well as the emotional support of his friends and family, and he has also taken steps to improve himself in the meantime by watching the examples set by his brothers and their military chapters.
    • Invoked with Blue Suede Heartstrings. As the Alicorn god of Humility, he seeks to redeem prideful individuals by showing them the consequences of their behavior, and teaching them the value of humility. He would advise a Second-Age friend, Melody of the "Tales Seven" group, not to brag about her achievements and alienate her friends/associates. And in the Fourth Age, he took on the guise of a mortal Deer stag and successfully convinced a few Deer from the Alvslog Deer Herds to abandon their prideful, racist, reactionary, and self-righteous ways while still keeping their love for nature. His entry notes that he can inflict a more painful version of this by "emotion-bombing" his targets with the pain they had inflicted on others with their arrogance, though he only does this if his targets need a little more convincing to change their ways and generally doesn't like hurting people like that.
    • Invoked with Yetareme. He often serves as a divine patron for "jerk rivals" and self-absorbed sports teams, but as a "constructive Evil" god, it's only so he can lead them towards humility in the end.
  • Broken Ace: In the Codexverse, there are various individuals who are incredibly talented and intelligent, but have become at risk of falling or already fell into villainy due to certain circumstances.
    • Emperor Golden Scepter became this during the Imperium era - he was essentially a prodigy among Alicornkind, being one of the strongest psychics in the world as well as a peerless warrior, genius, and leader who is also a beloved war hero. However, the traumas he would suffer from fighting against Morning Star's faction for ten Ages brought out many of his worst traits and deeply affected his judgement. This led to him making terrible mistakes that ultimately caused him to be sealed away, while his empire, the Imperium of Ponykind, crumbled and ultimately collapsed in his absence. After he was found and healed by Luminiferous and Dazzleglow in the Second Age, he would gradually become The Ace again by going through Character Development, wandering around Equus, learning from the examples set by mortals and divines, and getting therapeutic help from Mentálne, the young Bogolenya Deer goddess of Mental Healing.
    • Implied with Tempest Shadow. She had great magical power, but after losing her horn in a childhood confrontation with an Ursa Minor, she became extremely embittered from the ostracism and shunning she would receive from her fellow ponies, which drove her to ally herself with the Storm King, hoping he would fix her broken-off horn. After the "Storm King Crisis", Crimson Star, a blind Alicorn Prince and one of Golden Scepter's demi-divine sons, would approach her because he recognized that they're Not So Different in that they're both incredibly talented people who suffered from permanent disfigurement, and reached out to her because deep down, despite her anger, bitterness, and her treachery against Equestria, Tempest Shadow desperately needed help.
    • Blue Suede Heartstrings is also one. Despite his talent, accomplishments, and compassionate nature, deep down he harbors some lingering trauma from being controlled and exploited by his former record manager, "Colonel" Hollow Note. Blue feels reluctant to forgive Hollow Note for his abuses, something that makes him feel like a Hypocrite due to the "King in Heaven" preaching forgiveness, and he tends to be set off by managers showing abusive and exploitative behavior. Notably, even his own brother, Bossa Nova, who shares an empathic bond with him, did not know of Blue's issues until thousands of years later because Blue was able to hide them so well. Changeling Queen Ithomiini, while incredibly sympathetic, does inform Blue he needs to let go eventually, and when he finally works up the courage to reveal his trauma, everyone becomes willing to help him recover from it, causing him to break down crying. It's noted that he does later forgive Hollow Note because of this, though he still reserves his anger for genuinely abusive and exploitative managers in general.
  • Broken Pedestal:
    • Prince Written Word felt this way towards Golden Scepter, his father. Because Golden Scepter was such a loving parent and a fair, benevolent ruler, Written Word idolized him and saw him as someone who could do no wrong. This partially led to him secretly joining the priesthood, so he could help his subjects by preaching to them his father's virtues and benevolence, both out of love and devotion to Golden Scepter and initial belief that mortal sapientkind can only prosper when guided by benevolent deities. However, he would gradually lose his idolizing behavior after seeing his father's flaws up close; this is justified as Golden Scepter didn't want even his own children to worship him, as it would create Blind Obedience and encourage them to shift blame on others instead of taking responsibility.
      • It's noted by his entry that the first instance of this trope was Golden Scepter telling his sons stories of the Alicorn Civilization's Free-Love Future as well as his own sex life, in response to a question posed by Emerald Lion, who was mentioned to have been going through a "personal phase" at the time. This would leave Written Word traumatized to the point where he would hole himself up in his room and coil himself into a Troubled Fetal Position. Even though his parents comforted him, with Golden Scepter apologizing and confirming that yes, what he said really did happen in his time, Written Word's spotless perception of his father was beginning to crack.
      • The second instance happened when Crimson Star was blinded saving a classmate in a horrible carriage accident. Even though Crimson Star had been an Insufferable Genius prior to that, Written Word was still rather distraught over his older brother's disfigurement, and secretly hoped that Golden Scepter would restore Crimson Star's sight so the latter wouldn't suffer anymore. However, it never happened.
      • The third instance happened when his mother, Blessed Skies, died of old age, as she was a mortal among divines and the Terran Empire's life-extending technologies can only do so much for her. Written Word hoped, especially in his mother's last days, that Golden Scepter would help her Ascend or let her live long enough until she could Ascend on her own. But when he didn't, Written Word unleashed his pent-up grief, resentment, and anger at his father, sparking a heated argument between them. However, Written Word would accidentally reveal his secret religious activities while calling out his father, leaving Golden Scepter shocked and devastated upon learning that one of his beloved sons was breaking the law and encouraging public worship of him behind his back.
      • The fourth and final instance happened when Golden Scepter took Written Word aside, gently deconstructed his motives and behavior, and telepathically showed him his own memories of the horrors perpetuated by religious corruption. Written Word was left so shaken afterwards that he would pack up his things and, with his father's blessing, leave the Terran Empire to do some soul-searching. This would eventually lead to him realizing the true value of faith when he would rescue the occupants of a backwater Pony kingdom from an extremely corrupt and depraved religion, and he would Ascend after inspiring his soldiers to fight the demon hordes by putting faith and trust in each other. When Golden Scepter heard of what happened and visited him, he was noted to be "proud beyond measure", as his son finally matured and saw the truth in what he tried to teach him and his mortal subjects.
    • As a young filly, Scarlet Bell once idolized Noble Grace and Bubbling Beaker for being smart, powerful, and fun teachers. However, the horrific discovery of her teachers' goals and what they planned to do with her friends and classmates brutally shattered her perceptions of them, to the point where she initially was distrustful of adults and had nightmares about it. Even though she got better years later, she nonetheless panicked when she learned that Noble Grace and Bubbling Beaker ended up in the Grittish Isles like she did by sheer coincidence, and after finding Midnight Bell, who had run away from home alone to save Page Wheel, defending Page Wheel's cocoon from them, she would confront her former teachers and deck Noble Grace in the face for her crimes.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Crazy Ant once described himself as a "crazy awesome mad scientist changeling who happens to rule a small island nation" who once dedicated several months of labor solely to make a mechanical horse to give rides to the island's children. Despite this, he's just that brilliant and good at what he does that his people love him and in fact instated him as leader without him even intending to found a country, let alone intend to rule it.
  • Butterfly of Death and Rebirth:
    • Despite being a divine moth Kaiju, Mothryu has Born-Again Immortality just like her character inspiration, Mothra. Unlike typical deities, she can age and die like a mortal, so to make up for this she has the uncanny ability to predict when she's going to die so she can lay an egg beforehand. This egg hatches into a larva that essentially becomes her, inheriting all her memories, abilities, and personality.
    • The same goes for Battryu, Mothryu's "twin"... except since he's male, a larva would always emerge from his corpse after death.
    • Crystal Prism is a young Alicorn demigod with hybrid pegasus-butterfly wings, and has magic that is centered around butterflies like "cocoon-healing" and telepathic butterfly control. He was once a unicorn colt, Page Wheel, who was kidnapped by two disgraced teachers with the intention of turning him into a god, but ended up turning into a magic-eating monster instead and went on a rampage before he was killed by Luminiferous and the Equestrian Princesses. However, the leftover magic saved Page Wheel by incubating him in a magical cocoon, then broke away to reveal his current form several days later. Quite fittingly, his divine portfolio is centered around change and rebirth, and he goes around helping people who are dealing with stressful changes themselves. To this day, no one knows exactly why he Ascended, though Twilight Sparkle theorized that either he absorbed so much magic, or Midnight Bell awoke something in him while she was trying to distract him, causing Page Wheel to attempt stopping his own rampage so he wouldn't hurt anyone else. It was later revealed in Noble Grace's entry that Crystal Prism becoming the Alicorn he is now is because Noble Grace intended to create an Alicorn that embodied Rebirth and Change to herald a "new age" for Ponykind in general, with many more that would come after him. However, Golden Scepter would encourage Crystal to determine his own place in life, resulting in the latter breaking free from his intended role to help people instead.

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