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  • Gaia's Vengeance: This trope applies to any nature deity who gets pissed off by uncaring, destructive entities.
    • Battryu, being a Battra Expy and the embodiment of Nature's "Wrath" as opposed to his twin, Mothryu, who is Nature's "Mercy", is more or less the personification of this. Thankfully, with the exception of the incident that awakened him in modern day, he's not nearly as hard on modern Equus, due to them generally being good about caring for the environment.
    • A literal case in the Nature Giant goddess Gaea, who was so furious with Grogar's destruction of Equus's forests that she went on a destructive rampage. Grogar lost a majority of his forces and was forced to flee into the Shadow Realm.
  • Gambit Pileup: This is essentially what happened when Dr. Toxikon decides to finally make his move and take his revenge against the Summer Court of Changelings - resulting in possibly the biggest game of Xanatos Speed Chess in all of Equus history with plans within plans with plans needed at the bare minimum to be able to keep up with all of this plotting and scheming.
  • Gentleman and a Scholar:
    • Changelingkind in general, particularly the Royal Changelings, notably in direct contrast to the barbaric and simple Dragonkind, whom they and many others see as their antithesis. Both good or ill, Changelingkind emphasize heavily on intelligence, knowledge and culture when not obsessed with survival and secrecy, all of which are encouraged by their Progenitor parents. Notable examples of the trope include Changeling Queens Acanthosomatidae, Odonata and Ithomiini as well as their hives. Changeling King Lepid, Thomisus and Pholcidae from the Summer Court are more in the Wicked Cultured variety, although even their less flamboyant and more aggressive brothers are also quite sophisticated by most standards.
    • Toxikon learned to be this from the Changelings, being a civilized dragon and brilliant scientist. Unfortunately, the trauma of the Changelings attempting to commit genocide against his people, as well as the Dragons themselves refusing to change their Might Makes Right mentality, slowly turned him into a monster instead.
  • Genius Bruiser:
    • Dr. Toxikon is a 5,000 year old dragon with multiple degrees and doctorates, being the world's only dragon scientist, and able to rival the Summer Court in cunning. This makes him every bit as deadly as that combination would imply, and he proves capable of taking all of Changeling Kind head on with a chance of actually winning.
    • Like her canon self, Ember uses a combination of intelligence, strength, and skill to overcome her opponents, unlike her fellow dragons who believe in using pure strength to dominate their foes. This is what partially allows her to defeat Dr. Toxikon when she teamed up with Thorax.
  • Gentleman Thief:
  • Giant Foot of Stomping: The fate of anyone who antagonizes a Giant or Dragon, assuming they weren't eaten.
    • This was the fate of Golden Chalice, who charged at a Sauropodian Queen in a war chariot. His armies surrendered and left rather quickly.
    • The Jotunn love goddess Elske once confronted a group of Propagare cultists and their forces by crushing one army with her hooves, then sitting down on another while explaining Propagare's deceptions to two mortal Deer kingdoms. As for the cultists themselves, most of them were slowly crushed to death.
  • Our Giants Are Bigger: Prominently mentioned, with the Codex going into extensive detail in explaining their various behaviors and cultures, revealing they have considerable Hidden Depths than most small races assume they have other than just being violent, over-sized brutes.
    • Cyclops in the Codexverse are complete opposites of what they are depicted both in-universe and in real-life, being a highly civilized race of artisans, scholars and Badass Pacifist individuals who prefer not to use violence to solve problems unlike most other Giants. They're very disappointed that the actions of their exiles had tainted outsiders' perception of them to be nothing more than pony-eating savages.
    • Nature Giants, among some of the biggest Giants on Equus, are a race of druids attuned to nature ruled over by a theocratic matriarchal monarchy. They use to be more friendly to Tinies, but a terrible experience with Grogar and Tambelon's desecration of their domains in the First Age irrevocably ruined their relationship with Tinies outsiders and promptly lead to their continued isolationism to this day.
    • The Grand Griffons are a demigod race of giant Griffons who are directly or indirectly descended from the gods of Griffonkind, specifically Boreas and Astra of the Northern Griffon Pantheon. Honorable and noble, they go out of their way to protect innocent Tinies and serve as allies, guides and teachers of many great heroes of the Tauren Peninsula where they are primarily based, next to Griffonnia.
    • Queen Colossos' Empire is a Giant civilization of nomadic warriors who conquered much of the continent of Terra Equus at its height which eventually went to war against the Crystal Empire after a disastrous First Contact.
    • The Gigantes of the Taurus Peninsula Giant Lands are mentioned as one of the most prominent on Equus, with a warrior culture based around honour. Their chief deity is Terraton, the god of earth, battle and honour.
    • The Giants of Light are this among the 'Visitors', with a culture which sees it a duty for them to battle evil monsters and threats and be benevolent defenders of Tinies and other races. Due to their small numbers, this makes evil individuals among them extremely rare. They have also sired hybrid giant demigods such as Lysets Far and Legate Anela, who would become heroes in their own right.
  • Giant Spider:
    • Cuddle Spiders are the size of a medium-sized dog. They're also adorable, friendly, and make great pets sustained by their owner's affection and love. They're the domesticated version of a now long-extinct species of love-sucking, wolf-sized spiders that were far less friendly. Not surprisingly, they were inspired by Lucas the Spider.
    • More traditional ones live in the Giant Lands, where proportionally to giants they're the same size as normal ones are to ponies. When they somehow get out of the Giant Lands, however, they're a much bigger problem.
  • Giver of Lame Names: The First Age Ponies are noted as having not been very creative in the naming department, thus why some pony subgroups are named "Happy Tail" and they called Cutie Marks "Rump Designs".
  • The Glomp: Arlequin, Pakak's daughter and Discord's niece, found out her father was no longer Sealed Good in a Can. She took this trope Up to Eleven by launching herself half way across Equestria and giving him the 'biggest hug tackle in history.' Literally, she set the world record.
  • Glory Hound: Implied with Ematha of the old Orosian pantheon. As a war goddess, she embodies those who callously throw away the lives of their soldiers in order to achieve "beautiful" victories. This eventually disgusted Bellamos so much that he disowned her as his adoptive parent.
  • God-Eating: A common occurrence in the Codexverse as it is in various Mythologies in RL, made possible thanks to the generally eldritch nature of the gods' forms. It is considered one of the four major ways one god can defeat another in a Divine Conflict and the second most popular after Sealing them away, because it gives the gods a lot of options with their adversaries, whether it be just imprisoning them in their belly, drain them slowly and steadily as a replenishing supply of extra divine power, or digest and absorbing them completely to take everything from them and safely dispose of them without causing a catastrophic meltdown of their dying forms. You have to be much stronger or weakened your enemy god enough however or they'll cut/blast their way out.
  • God-Emperor: Generally justified, as there are many benevolent deities (or not) of Equus who are also sovereigns of their own kingdoms.
    • The Changeling Progenitors, Blackrose Avalon and Blackthorn Lyonesse, are this, being respectively the Empress and Emperor of Changelingkind as well as their divine biological parents. However, they are not together, as Blackrose detests Blackthorn and sees him as an Abhorrent Admirer, and rule over separate Changeling courts.
    • The Equestrian Princesses are all immortal Alicorns who are capable of powerful feats of magic, even Cadence, though she's technically not part of Equestria due to ruling the Crystal Empire. They all rather prefer their subjects don't see them as gods.
    • Queen Dazzleglow and her sisters once ruled over the kingdom of Kerajaan Cahaya in the Second Age, and now have emerged from sleep to continue their job in the Fourth Age.
    • Golden Scepter is quite literally a very ancient and powerful God-Emperor, which isn't surprising since he's based on the Emperor of Mankind. While his origins are rather spotty, it is known that he was once mortal, and he was the supreme leader and judge of one of the most successful and advanced empires, until Morning Star became a Fallen god and betrayed his people, starting the "Twilight of the Alicorns" conflict that lasted for ten Ages. After that, Golden Scepter would help the survivors rebuild and founded the Imperium of Ponykind... but unfortunately his traumas from the war would catch up to him and deeply affect his judgement, to the point of becoming little more than a well-meaning yet hypocritical and ruthless Jerkass and a divine tyrant. Most notably, he wanted his mortal subjects to stop seeing him as a god and to stop treating him as such, to the point where he would destroy temples dedicated to the gods and even put an entire city to the torch for worshiping him. After he was gravely wounded by one of his own generals in the brutal "Aurum Apostasy", he would be sealed away until the Second Age, where he would be found and healed by Luminiferous and Dazzleglow. This would kick-start the long process of going through massive Character Development, eventually becoming much kinder. By the time the Fourth Age rolled around, he established the much smaller yet thriving Terran Empire, which is currently still ruled by him and his many Semi-Divine sons.
  • God of Evil: Several are described in detail, with varying levels of evilness.
    • Grogar, the ancient tyrant of Tambelon from the First Age is a Fallen Deity of Dark Magic, a Control Freak who believe mortals are too incompetent to rule themselves and thus seek to take over and control the world, starting by taking over Tambelon whilst still a mortal necromancer. A consummate master of Dark Magic with powers themed after the Seven Deadly Sins. He has not been seen since the First Age and is believed to had been defeated or destroyed, but time will tell...
    • Emperor Blackthorn of the Changeling Summer Court doesn't go out of his way to cause evil (and views himself Above Good and Evil), but is still an extremely amoral chessmaster who had manipulated entire civilizations and even pantheons of gods over throughout history to advance his own inscrutable agendas, caring little for anyone else other than his female counterpart, Empress Blackrose, and sees everyone who doesn't have his respect to be little more than pawns for his schemes. Most of his own Royal Changeling demigod sons are also ruthless schemers, conquerors and tyrants to a fault.
    • Temnobog is an interesting subversion. While unapologetically evil, reveling in causing suffering, he operates on a unique philosophy which rationalizes evil as an integral part of the world, as much as good, and that both good and evil are needed to define one another and balance each other out for the world to function properly. As such, he's perfectly fine with co-existing with his good twin brother, Belyolen, with whom they co-rule the Bogolenya Deer Pantheon. He embodies evil as a testing force, driving the good and worthy to rise up against it while weeding out the evil and unworthy, whom he would then torment/devour in the afterlife. The only outright villainous thing he is up to is trying to destroy his father, High King Irminsul of the Eltenteil Deer Pantheon, whom he understandably hates for treating him as nothing more than Belyolen's "cast-off".
    • Out of the eight children Temnobog had with Ispita before the latter's fall into evil, the Four Terrors remain "good". While they're unapologetic with their evil like their father, they use their horrific talents for constructive purposes, spreading evil as a way to test the strength and will of heroic mortals. They respect those who manage to defeat them, and if the heroes die trying, they let their souls pass on to the afterlife instead of dragging them down to hell as evil gods typically do. Despite their bad reputation, most of their family members and fellow gods tolerate and even respect them for the roles they play.
    • Orochi, the eight-headed Dragon god of evil, tyranny and darkness takes the cake. He broke with his Parents after being refused a Dragon Lord title (Reserved for mortal dragons), descended upon Neighpon (Right after the Warring States period), and apart from being briefly driven away by a mortal samurai, Neighgi, wielding a magic sword, proceeded to conquer the Eight Great Islands and plunge it into a time of suffering and tyranny. He demanded sacrifices in form of innocent daughters that he would devour just For the Evulz, have armies of evil mortals and yokai terrorize and rule the place in his name, allied himself with other Fallen Deities like Rabia, and generally made life in Neighpon miserable for everyone. It took the combined might of Princess Celestia (who disguised herself as Amaterasu), the Neighgi's descendant Susaneigho wielding his ancestor's sword, the Neighponese deities and their followers, and even Nightmare Moon indirectly helping to finally see his defeat and destruction.
    • Zkáza the Destroyer is a Fallen Draconequu of Pollution, Decay and Destruction who had come to love destruction and ruin for its own sake, especially by tricking mortals into doing it to themselves and feeding upon the results. During Discord's reign he followed his sister Ispita to join Discord's side, though was forced to rein in his desires to bring down all civilizations as Discord wanted them around to toy with. Like Ispita, he was eventually sealed away by Pakak with the help of the Deer Pantheons and other trickster deities, being sealed inside a great tree where he remains to this day. Word of God is that he is basically a mix of Hexxus of FernGully: The Last Rainforest with Zarm from Captain Planet.
    • Rabia in this universe is a Goddess, namely of Primordial Darkness.
    • The Tyrannos Pantheon is composed of Gods representing various aspects of tyrannical regimes.
  • God of Good: Several noble deities are mentioned besides the Alicorn Princesses. Most of the deities of Equus are of this disposition.
    • Belyolen, co-Top God of the Bogolenya pantheon, is a true paragon and the living embodiment of all of Deerkind's positive traits. Unlike his former Elternteil neighbors, who were patronizingly arrogant people who painted themselves as "benevolent", Belyolen is so compassionate that he was rightly disgusted with his family and peers' emotional abuse of his younger twin brother, the God of Evil Temnobog, and left to form his own pantheon to get Temnobog away from them. He was also willing to forgive and reconcile with him even though Temnobog did terrible things to spite him, because he already accepted him as his blood sibling.
    • Also from the Bogolenya pantheon, Lestnamatya (Mother Deer) personally goes out of her way to check up on her and her fellow deities' mortal followers while the others are busy elsewhere.
    • Pakak the Trickster, Draconequu Spirit of Mischief and Karma, fought against his elder brother Discord during his reign to protect mortals and sealed away Ispita, the Fallen Draconequu of Temptation.
    • Queen Mab II the Floral Queen, mother deity of the Breezies with powers over flowers, acts as Team Mom for the Cosmic Council and is kind and compassionate. Just don't threaten her people or call her small and weak. She also is the Superior Successor to her own mother, Queen Mab I, a Primeval-ranked Fae goddess who went completely insane due to a personal familial tragedy and never recovered from it.
    • Mier the Peacemaker is a member of the Bogolenya Deer Pantheon and Belyolen's oldest daughter, whose entire portfolio is spreading peace, love and unity to mortals and gods, and despite being an Actual Pacifist will put herself in harm's way to stop wars. Her songs can calm the bloodlust of combatants in battles, while her shields can tank all but the strongest divine attacks. She's famous in-universe for doing what was supposed to be impossible; namely, breaking the Draconequu God of War Válka out of his Berserker rage and calming him down, which eventually leading to both of them fall in love and marry, saving Válka from descending into evil like his brother and sister did in the process.
  • Godzilla Threshold:
    • Both incarnations of Dracozilla, the Codexverse-expy of Godzilla, were once a terrible threat to Neighpon, but the threat poised by other kaijus - most notably the demonic kaiju spawns of Orochi, the Fallen dragon god - often lead to Dracozilla more often then not becoming critical in saving the Eight Great Islands despite the damages kaiju fights cause, especially after the second Dracozilla become more heroic and less antagonistic.
    • During 'Queen Colossos' War', as the Giants continue to attack and ravage the rest of the Crystal Empire, it is alleged that some the Crystal Pony nobles seriously considered letting Rabia and the Umbrum out of their magical prison beneath the Crystal Empire capital, either hoping they could bargain with her and her ilk to help them for whatever price they demand, or simply in hopes that they could take the Giants with them when all hope is lost. Crystal Empress Coronam flatly refused to even consider such an option, possibly because the means of breaking the seal was long lost, partly because it would sully their founder's legacy, and partly because she considers letting something as evil as Rabia out for any reason to be too horrible even in the face of the Giants' onslaught
    • If a Deer kingdom in the lands of the Erobreseg Deer Herds become so corrupt and evil as a whole, and all attempts to right their ways completely fail, the Bogolenya Deer Pantheon would consider evacuating all the remaining good Deers from the realm before sending the Four Terrors, the dreaded divine children of Temnobog, and their divine and demonic servants to destroy the kingdom in its entirety. Because the results of their rampage is utterly horrific, and by its end ''absolutely nothing'' will remain but charred desolation and all the condemned will be dragged to Temnobog's realm for eternal torment, 'Calling the Terrors' is often only used as an absolute last resort by the Bogolenya to prevent the fallen realm from becoming a danger to other lands of their mortal children as a moral and physical threat.
    • Toxikon poses such an existential threat to Changelingkind that Zoraptera actually proposes an Enemy Mine with King Brachion, as the two of them are the only ones capable of keeping up with Toxikon's Crucible Virus in its countless forms.
  • The Good Kingdom: Sauropoda and Kerajaan Cahaya are portrayed this way, being successful and relatively peaceful realms that are ruled by benevolent monarchs.
  • Good Parents: For every case of Abusive Parents, there's always someone who raises their children with love, biological or not.
    • Despite being his adoptive Aunt, Celestia is Blueblood's ever-loving and supportive mother in all but name. It got to the point where Blueblood regarded her as his "true" parent rather than his emotionally abusive and controlling birth parents. When ponies raised a stink about Blueblood being royalty despite not being an Alicorn, Celestia responded in a press conference that Alicorn or not, she'll always love her "darling Bluey". Her good parenting would pay off when Blueblood became one of the first few who cheered her on during her fight with the "False Deity" tulpa Tyrantlestia, which gave Celestia the strength to verbally break her enemy and obliterate her with sun magic.
    • Emperor Golden Scepter is a good father to his many Semi-Divine sons, which is largely thanks to the influence of his deceased mortal wife and Empress-Consort, Blessed Skies, who taught him to always treasure the memories and friendships he made with others. This is a stark contrast to his character inspiration, the Emperor of Mankind, who at best was a well-meaning yet neglectful and manipulative parent.
    • Silver Clock, a unicorn queen from the Third Age, was a very loving mother and adored both of her two kids - she wanted her son, Sparkling Wing, to be a great ruler, and tried bringing out his potential by encouraging him to learn magic and making him her official heir to the throne. However, her subjects didn't want to accept a male ruler on the throne, due to the kingdom being matriarchal, and heavily pressured her into having a daughter, which resulted in the birth of Rising Sun. And even then, she tried raising Rising Sun as best as a mother could manage, despite tradition dictating that she favor her daughter over her own son. She also reportedly sobbed out of joy when she learned through a letter that Sparkling Wing became an Alicorn during his travels with Luminiferous.
    • Kaldr, High King of the Hoyklan Deer pantheon, became a good father for both Flœrð, a divine Jotunn stag, and Mjolna, the Alicorn goddess of Thunder. Flœrð especially applies since he was prophesied to bring about Ragnarok for the Hoyklan pantheon out of bitterness and envy, but Kaldr refuses to kill or mistreat a child because of fate and decided to raise the trickster god with love and care instead, resulting in Flœrð becoming heroic and well-adjusted. He even tries to protect Flœrð from those who want to kill him because of said prophecy, noting that it'll not only perpetuate the Vicious Cycle associated with Ragnarok, but also make him similar to Irminsul, who claimed to be "benevolent" yet abused Temnobog just for being born "evil" even though he hadn't really done anything to warrant it.
  • Good Powers, Bad People: Fik’iri, the Abyssinian Goddess of Love and War, has powers similar to Cadence's. She's a also Jerkass God who uses those powers to torment her followers for cruel and spiteful reasons by making the ones they love fall in love with others, or to make people have sex with her and often without their consent. It got to the point where her own worshipers had to hide their faces with veils whenever they pray to her so they wouldn't get unwanted attention simply by being attractive.
  • Götterdämmerung: There are several instances where even entire divine pantheons have been wiped out, though it's usually because they acted like Jerkass Gods towards their worshipers and thus had karma bite them in the collective ass, sometimes fatally.
    • The "Twilight of the Alicorns" event was a very brutal, enduring, and bloody civil war that lasted for ten Ages. It has been stated in Golden Scepter's entry that the Alicorns gradually became so arrogant, complacent, and high-hoofed from their successes that they in turn became blind to their own corruption, giving birth to the treacherously evil Alicorn, Morning Star. The result was the Alicorn Civilization being irreparably damaged, and a massive chunk of the Alicorn population being killed off, with the survivors going into complete seclusion from the outside world to replenish their numbers. Golden Scepter was one of those few who refused to go with them, which set him on the path of breaking free from his people's mistakes and going through Character Development to become a genuinely benevolent ruler as the Alicorns saw themselves as. He would even admit to Temnobog years later that both Morning Star's betrayal and the fall of the Alicorn Civilization were perhaps the best things that happened to him and his people.
      Temnobog: A divine utopia of complete benevolence and fairness, with nothing but success to truly motivate them? No wonder your people fell. They've been sitting on their laurels for so long that they eventually became blind to their own corruption... until one of them snapped, that is.
      Golden Scepter: ..I suppose you are right, Dark One. Even I was blind to it, as hard as I tried... Perhaps... perhaps Morning Star's betrayal and the destruction of my home were the best things that ever happened to the Alicorns, and me as well.
    • The Old Orosian pantheon that watched over the Tauren Peninsula was nothing more than a group of arrogant, hypocritical, petty, and spoiled children who often bickered among themselves, had extreme responses towards even perceived insults and disobedience, and callously used their powers to do whatever they wanted, often making their own mortal worshipers their pawns in their petty squabbles. The result was the "Twilight of the Orosians", where it was implied that they were eventually killed by mortals who got fed up with the cruel treatment and actively opposed them. Bellamos, who was created from the violence of their senseless wars, let it happen as he correctly believed that the pantheon brought it upon themselves, while those who managed to survive were the few benevolent Orosian deities who would go on and make a new pantheon to replace their predecessors.
  • Grey and Gray Morality: "Queen Colossos' War" - the ancient conflict between an empire of Giants and the Crystal Empire 1,500 years ago is portrayed as this. Its outbreak was caused by a chain of unfortunate misunderstandings, which was in turn caused by bad luck, cultural attitudes and mortal failings that spiraled out of control. Neither side are portrayed as completely saints or sinners, completely at fault nor completely blameless, and in-universe it is ultimately considered to be "A disaster of monumental proportions" for everyone involved.

  • Half-Human Hybrid:
    • 'Sparkle Ponies' are believed to be this between Equestrian ponies and the 'Mysterious Visitors.' However, others believe they may simply be Mutants. This includes Queen Dazzleglow and her sisters, which results in many of them seeking out and worshiping them. According to Dazzleglow as well as Princess Brightglow, two of their sisters "returned to their father", further implying this trope.
    • Princess Apterus is a Dragon/Royal Changeling hybrid. Unfortunately, the Fantastic Racism between her parents' species, as well as the abuse of a particularly cruel Changeling King, ruined her life and eventually turned her into an insane rampaging monster.
    • Queen Odonata is a Kirin/Changeling hybrid, though much like Apertus, she has enough draconic traits that caused some of her more racist sisters to shun, bully, and abuse her. Fortunately, she was prevented from following Apertus with the intervention of benevolent family members, especially her older brother Puck, who ultimately inspired her in taking up weapon-smithing.
    • All Royal Changelings are racial hybrids, due to being sired by a Changeling Progenitor and a member of a mortal species. This makes their mistreatment of Princess Apertus and Queen Odonata extremely hypocritical, as they're both hybrids just like their relatives.
    • The Four Terrors are Deer/Draconequus hybrids, born from an unholy union between Temnobog and his now ex-girlfriend, Ispita the Deceiver. As such, all of them have different animal traits that pertain to their portfolios and what they embody.
  • Hates Baths: Queen Pentatomidae really hates bathes, to the point she made it a part of her hive's rules that no one has to take bathes if they don't want to, and rarely (if ever) takes one herself. As a result, her entire hive is The Pig Pen. Blackrose affectionately calls Pentatomidae 'her Stinkbug'. She apparently smells so horrid even Moufette, a Top God for the Skunk pantheon, can't stand to be around her. Strangely enough, the goddess of Hygiene is best friends with Pentatomidae, though she wishes the Queen and her hive would bathe more often.
  • Healing Hands: Since Equus is a borderline Death World, sapient creatures with healing powers have become a necessity in order to recover from various disasters.
    • Crystal Prism possesses "cocoon-healing", in which he heals the wounded and sick via magical cocoons that restore them completely anew.
    • Medik, appropriate to his epithet as "The Healing Warrior", is the Bogolenya Deer god of Combat Medics and Healing, so naturally he possesses the power to heal, though he can't restore lost limbs or bring back the dead. He often applies his healing magic actively by flying directly into war zones with his angels and heal wounded soldiers.
    • It's mentioned in Belyolen's entry that he has healing powers, which is appropriate as he embodies Contentment. This comes in handy when he heals Queen Vesna Svetilo on the day of her coronation, allowing her to walk for the first time in several years after she was crippled from the waist down by assassins who killed her mother.
    • After she ascended the Bitaniyan throne together with her older brother Strazha, following their parents and uncle's deaths, Queen Vesna was blessed by Belyolen and gained the power of healing to counteract Straza's magical curses.
    • Emperor Golden Scepter, a surviving antediluvian Alicorn from the ruined Alicorn Civilization, has the power to heal people through holy fire, using it to burn away impurities and accelerate natural healing with warmth.
    • Princess Laska, the younger royal Bitaniyan half-sister of King Strazha, has healing magic that comes from being a devout worshiper of Mier, the Bogolenya Deer goddess of Peace, which suits her pacifistic personality.
  • Heroic Lineage:
    • The Starswirls is actually a long line of heroic sorcerers whom had served and protected Equestria for countless generations. The fellow founder of Equestria, Starswirl the First, is a distant ancestor of the Starswirl who would become a member of the Pillars. It is not known as of this moment whether any of his line still exists apart from the returned Pillars!Starswirl.
    • Flash Lightning is the distant ancestor of Flash Magnus from around the Founding Era, having fought alongside Commander Hurricane against Dread. It seems Flash Magnus had heroic material from the get-go...
    • Princess Stitching Time is the immortal daughter of Dame Patch, who was originally a G1 pony from the Second Age and a member of the heroic Tales Seven. She briefly fell into evil as Final Epoch over grief towards the Second Age's destruction, but she became good again after her mother talked with her and she was purified by the Elements of Harmony.
  • Higher-Tech Species: The 'Visitors' are this according to accounts, something Firestorm outright addresses following his sighting. However, they're at least benevolent towards Equus, as it's pointed out that had they meant Equestria harm, they could have conquered it long ago. Visitors have gone on Roaring Rampage of Rescue to protect Sparkle Ponies, who seem to be hybrids, and singlehandedly managed to rescue them from the Cloven Empire and Hive Brachion, showing they're far above what Equus is currently capable of.
  • Historical Hero Upgrade: In-universe.
    • This is often the case with Irminsul, father of Temnobog and Belyolen, and High King of the Elternteil pantheon. The morally pursitic Alvslog Deer herds portray him as a benevolent divine stag who can do no wrong, but in actuality Irminsul is a well-intentioned being with a multitude of issues, and emotionally abused Temnobog for simply being born "evil".
    • This often occurs with Gleaming Shield as well, with many sapient races depicting him as a completely noble and righeous paragon of heroism while removing any unsavory traits he may have had, such as his money-grubbing and thieving tendencies.
    • Belyolen, Irminsul's radiant son, is often depicted a pure and righteous individual who acts as Temnobog's superior and treats his brother as nothing more than a wicked servant that must be kept in line. In reality, he deeply loves Temnobog despite his innate Evil nature, since they were born divine equals and two halves of the person they could've been, and they share co-leadership of the Bogolenya pantheon.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: In-universe, this is often the case with Temnobog among a portion of the Deer herds. While he is a God of Evil and acts unapologetically about it, he works side by side with his twin brother to test mortals and punish the wicked, and his animosity towards his father has sympathetic reasons behind it. The Deers of the Alvslog Herds often portray him as a purely evil villain who is a "lesser servant" of Belyolen and whose childhood mistreatment was rightfully earned, which are among the many details they get wrong. This is because the very idea of evil itself playing by the rules is baffling, blasphemous even.
  • Holier Than Thou: Deconstructed. A common problem with many great races/civilizations/deities of Equus is that because of their power, competence, and influence in the world at large, they believe that they have the moral high ground and everyone should submit or agree with them, or else.
    • Many of the Royal Changelings have this attitude, including the Queens of the Spring Court. Because they're all children of a Changeling deity, the Royal Changelings feel they're automatically entitled for the right to rule. And because they're bigger, stronger, and more powerful, they believe that only they know what's best for their subjects. They hate dissension because they think the perpetrators are being "ungrateful" for rejecting their ruler's love and protection, and because it undermines their royal legitimacy. This, combined with Fantastic Racism towards Dragonkind, creates a toxic Vicious Cycle that only creates more harm than good. Fortunately, the only Royal Changeling who averts this trope is Thorax, whose former background as a lowly drone played in his favor as he was able to make multiple interracial friendships, and form his own hive of purified Changelings.
    • The Nature Giants carry a pessimistic, distrustful view of mortals because of what Grogar had done to Equus's ecosystem to fulfill his desire to take over the world. They believe that all "smallfolk" are inherently destructive, short-sighted, and indifferent to nature, only caring about themselves. Therefore, only the Nature Giants are capable of preserving nature. Anyone who says otherwise are suppressed or permanently exiled to prevent societal upheaval (if a Nature Giant decides to leave home).
    • The Elternteil Deer pantheon pre-schism was this. Because the pantheon heavily contained benevolent deities, with no "evil" deity to keep them all in check, they were biased against anything they perceived as "evil" and like to think of themselves as "wise" and "benevolent", largely due to their mortal worshipers' praise going to their heads. The most prominent example is High King Irminsul, who emotionally abused Temnobog and treated him as Belyolen's evil, unwanted cast-off, while encouraging his family and peers to do the same. It got to the point where the extremely compassionate Belyolen got fed up with the toxic behavior, especially after he overheard them considering killing Temnobog altogether, and shamed everyone for their arrogance and abusive hypocrisy, before leaving to form the Bogolenya pantheon. It's noted that Belyolen was helped by the Alicorn goddess of Self-Love, Amour-De-Soi, who was disgusted with Temnobog's abuse and encouraged Belyolen to do the right thing. The childhood treatment also left Temnobog with a lot of mental scars that are still being resolved, even with Amour-De-Soi's help.
  • Holy Burns Evil:
    • Crystal Prism has the ability to produce magical cocoons that both heal and purge people/objects of mundane curses and dark magic.
    • Prince Léon is noted to have some degree of divine purification, as he unknowingly purified a cursed hoof mirror that stokes the vanity of its user just by touching it. By the time a worried Blueblood and Raven Inkwell found him, Léon was nibbling on the now powerless hoof mirror as if nothing happened.
    • High King Irminsul of the Elternteil pantheon is implied to possess divine purification, as he tried to purify his then-unborn son in the womb to make him a god of all that is pure of good. He ended up creating Belyolen and Temnobog instead, which ultimately led to the Elternteil pantheon itself splintering into two sub-pantheons partially because Irminsul's emotional abuse sickened some of his children enough for them to leave. Irminsul's actions also enraged Luminiferous, who called him out on enforcing his twisted ideas of perfection onto his child and stated he was no different from his own evil, narcissistic father, Morning Star.
    • Belyolen, the "Good" half of the Bogolenya pantheon's leadership, also possesses divine purification, which helps counter Temnobog's magical curses.
    • The Sword of Hylia, popularly known as the "Master Sword", was said to have been forged by the antediluvian Alicorn Queen, Hylia the Wise. It can purify corrupted areas just by sticking the blade into the ground, and cleave through hordes of demons like tissue paper, earning another epithet as the "Demon's Bane". It is owned by Gleaming Shield and his various mortal incarnations.
    • Similarly, the Bow of Hylia can fire light arrows that purify and incapacitate even greater demons. It is currently owned by Radiant Primrose and her various mortal incarnations.
    • Radiant Primrose herself also wields light magic that is capable of purifying corruption, as she is the mortal reincarnation of Hylia the Wise. She is noted to have the ability to temporarily imbue weapons so they can do the same thing.
    • Golden Scepter, a surviving antediluvian Alicorn Emperor, has the power to use holy fire, which allows him to purge corrupt influences from his targets. This is what allowed him to protect people from being used as hosts for the Void Traveler, and also rescue those who fell under the thrall of Ispita the Deceiver and her various children/allies.
  • Hopeless War: Many wars depicted in the series ultimately becomes this, with disastrous consequences even for the victors, which goes with the overall theme of the folly and futility of conflict. The worst part is that more often than not, the conflicting sides are often depicted such that they could both achieve so much had they worked together as allies instead of enemies.
    • The aeons-long, generation-spanning Changeling-Dragon blood-feud is fast becoming this by the Fourth Age, with villains and forces unleashed as a result of the toxic enmity between the two implacably-opposed races threatening to wipe out both sides and take the whole world with them. It's noted to be so bloody, vicious, and long that when Thorax and Ember forgave the other's species and elders for their actions that spawned the conflict, it created a magical karmic backlash that birthed the Dragon/Changeling hybrid goddess, Princess Lampyridae/Firewing, who embodies Forgiveness and Spiritual Healing as concepts. Various benevolent individuals, such as Luminiferous, Thorax and Ember, and even more moderate Changelings and Dragons hope that Lampyridae/Firewing will finally end the blood-feud and bury the hatchet for good.
    • 'Queen Colossos' War' - a conflict between the Crystal Empire and an empire of Giants, ultimately devolved into this, with the Crystal Empire nearly destroyed and even the empire of Giants coming out of it scarred and its rise stillborn.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: A common theme in Codex Equus that great evils are often the result of mortal failings, which then get blamed on some external cause to cover up said failings.
    • The Dracozillas caused much death and destruction in Neighpon (though Dracozilla Jr. got better), but ultimately the Clovenists were responsible for their births when their Mana Bomb tests irrevocably mutated much of Equus's ocean life. The Clovenists had refused to take responsibility for both incidents and even denied approving the Mana Bomb tests in the first place.
    • This heavily applies to Tulpas, since they are Made of Magic and birthed through the collective thoughts, emotions, and actions of mortals. Prominent examples include Father Deer, who was created by the Clovenists in an attempt to make a god completely loyal to their cause except it backfired; and Tyrantlestia, who was born from the Equestrians' belief that the real Celestia is a tyrant, fueled by rumors and propaganda surrounding the Equestrian Princesses' supposed "inaction" during the Storm King Crisis.
    • The enigmatic Medicine Seller is of this opinion. While dangerous and/or evil Tulpas need to be stopped for the good of Equus, they're ultimately created by the depraved and cruel acts of mortals. This is largely why he has low sympathy for anyone even as he protects them.
  • Humongous Mecha:
    • Crazy Ant made one called 'Colossus' to act as Machina's guardian. When not protecting Machina, Colossus is used to stomp holes into the laboratories of those who participate in unethically cruel experiments, and that's the best punishment that can be done. Silver Screw, Crazy Ant's Vice-Engineer and Deadpan Snarker extraordinaire, also has the privilege to use Colossus and has occasionally done so in situations that got personal.
    • Toxikon's final weapon, God Slayer, is this by normal size standards, though for an adult dragon it's closer to a Mini-Mecha. It was made Changeling-proof, but coordinated teamwork between Ember and Thorax allowed them to destroy it.


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