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  • Abusive Parents: Just as there are good parents in Equus, there are bad ones as well.
    • High King Irminsul, leader of the Elternteil pantheon, was one. He originally intended to make his then-unborn son, Belyolen, into a complete God of Good by casting a divine ritual that would get rid of Belyolen's darker urges and flaws. When this resulted in the birth of Temnobog, Irminsul shunned and emotionally abused his younger son out of disgust while encouraging his family and peers to do the same, fearing that Temnobog's mere presence would "taint" the benevolence of the pantheon. He would also prevent the radiant Belyolen, who he favored, from connecting with Temnobog and taught him to view his dark twin as "inferior" because of what he embodied. Naturally, this led to utterly miserable Temnobog hating his brother for being loved and praised, to the point where his grudge would not be amended until years later. Belyolen also secretly grew disgusted with their family's abuse, but it wasn't until he overheard his parents and some of his siblings considering the option of killing Temnobog altogether that he confronted his family and shamed them all for their blatant hypocrisy and arrogance, stating that by abusing Temnobog who didn't do anything to warrant his mistreatment, they became no different than the evils they opposed. This moved his brothers and sisters into regretting their actions and siding with Belyolen, who left home to create the Bogolenya pantheon so he could give Temnobog the love, protection, and respect he believed his brother deserved. Things between Belyolen and Temnobog are good now since they buried the hatchet and reconciled, but Temnobog now focuses his hatred on Irminsul and tries to harm him if he thinks he could get away with it, while Belyolen, despite still loving his family and trying to keep the peace between the now three Deer pantheons, tries to keep the Elternteil deities at an arms' length because of their harmful attitudes, even warning his parents that as long they continue to display said attitudes, they are not welcome around him or the Bogolenya pantheon. Irminsul's actions also enraged Luminiferous, who called him out on enforcing his twisted ideas of perfection onto his child to the point of irreversibly warping them, and stated that he's also no different from the evil, narcissistic Alicorn Morning Star, who also believed in perfection without flaws. Mentálne speculates that Irminsul suffers from some form of Psychological Projection, being unable to get rid of his own flaws and venting his feelings on Temnobog for being a living reminder of his failure... either that, or he's "just a big jerk."
    • Subverted with Temnobog - while he embodies Deerkind's Evil and thus is no loving parent according to mortal 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).
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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 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 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, 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, 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.
    • 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.
  • 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, 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.
  • Adaptation Expansion:
    • How Sunnytown became cursed. The original game implied its inhabitants became cursed because of their crime of murdering an innocent filly for earning a Cutie Mark, but doesn't elaborate further. Here, it's explained that Pakak, the god of Karmic Mischief, was responsible, having been so enraged by the murder that he cursed Sunnytown to become a haunted place full of undead until the people accepted responsibility and atoned for their crimes.
    • Instead of a mere sisterly spat in canon, the Nightmare Moon incident was implied in the Codexverse to be a bloody Civil War that pitted mortal Equestrians against each other out of loyalties to either Celestia, or Luna/Nightmare Moon. And while Celestia's involvement in Luna's corruption was left ambiguous, it's implied that Celestia did have a part in Luna's bitterness and envy, either through neglect, being truly unaware of Luna's feelings, or actively encouraging their subjects to shun Luna's night so she would have the spotlight to herself. Celestia's heartbroken reaction to Tyrantlestia accusing her of being a a selfish bully to Luna lends some truth to it.
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: Several.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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 RL Earth's Late-Industrial/Atomic/Information Age). Their biomedicine 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 Cannons and Bombs are built much bigger than their counterparts in Real Life to take advantage of Blastfire's unique magical properties; the crossbow remain an effective ranged weapon and became more advanced than in RL; 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).
  • Always a Bigger Fish: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • King Brachion and his rogue, heroic creation Kick Hopper are this, 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 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, irresponsible, and extremely intolerant 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.

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  • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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).
  • 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.
    • 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 Bad:
    • 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.
    • Dr. Toxikon for the "Toxicon Strikes Back" story.
  • 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 is this. 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...
  • 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 t 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.
    • 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 barely tolerated him because he's his son.
  • 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" - 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 the ponies responsible, 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.
  • Black and White Insanity: 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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, 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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