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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: Happens quite frequently in-universe, on account of the sizeable number of strategic geniuses and manipulative schemers in the setting which often run into or opposed each other.
    • 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 one of the biggest game of Xanatos Speed Chess in all of Equus history with plans within plans within plans needed at the bare minimum to be able to keep up with all of this plotting and scheming. The whole pileup is even compared with that of an elaborate sword-fight by the duelists at night, each move and counter-move equivalent of sword blows clashing and sparking in the dark.
  • 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. If the god-eating is successful, however, the deity can acquire their eaten foe's power and perhaps even add their domains into their nature.
  • 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.
    • Iniquitous and Fairytale, the Vicearch of Malregnar and the Virtuecrat of Vertusia respectively are both this, as do the yet unnamed sovereign who embody the 'Neutrality Between Them'. The interesting thing about the two are that both of them either started out mortal, or originated from mortals - the former once an ordinary but brilliant mare who rose to power through meticulous preparations, daring audacity, unparalleled ruthlessness, undaunted resolve and just enough luck, all to gain the means to bring her once disparate and destitute lands to greatness (and horrifically punish those who she felt responsible for their pitiful states), remade into a reflection of her own dark glory; while the latter were The fusion of seven legendary empowered mortal heroines which embodied their combined virtuous traits, and upon being resummoned back into the world Ages later as an independent being dedicated herself to building a kingdom/world that would make her 'mothers' proud.
  • A God I Am Not:
    • Golden Scepter was extremely uncomfortable with being worshiped as a god, as he believed that religious faith can hamper one's true potential and bring them to ruin. He would deal with this in various ways.
      • During the Imperium era, he took the extreme route and tried destroying Ponykind's faith in gods, even destroying temples made in his name. However, the fact that Golden Scepter demanded total obedience from his followers rendered this moot. Notably, this led to an incident where he torched a prosperous city down to its very foundations simply because its people praised him as a god, and harshly rebuked and humiliated the founder/builder of said city, who was then one of his most ardent followers, for promoting religious faith. He would later call the incident "one of the worst mistakes in the infinitely long list of failures I have created during my incredibly long life".
      • While he has mellowed out significantly in the Fourth Age, he still wants his mortal subjects to think for themselves, which resulted in public worship of him and his family being officially banned in the Terran Empire. When he learned that one of his sons, Written Word had secretly joined the priesthood, he would set him straight by deconstructing his motives and explaining to Written Word why his attempts to help their mortal subjects wouldn't work in the long run. This would lead to Written Word accepting his folly and realizing the true value of faith, warranting his Ascension.
    • The Alicorn Princesses don't particularly like being outright worshiped, despite their genuine divinity. How much they're this trope varies though. It is noted that even when they were in their home realm, Celestia, Luna, and their parents were merely 'common' Alicorns, whereas they would be rightly seen as gods and sovereigns by mortals anywhere else.
      • While all Alicorn Princesses hate being worshiped, Celestia is the only one who's prominently shown to this dislike. She doesn't hate religion per se, seeing it as a necessity that helps guide her subjects in bettering themselves, but otherwise being treated as a goddess makes her uncomfortable. It's implied that her feelings partially stem from the Nightmare Moon incident, where a combination of her own pride/ignorance and her allowance of her subjects shunning Luna's night led to the birth of Nightmare Moon.
    • Justified with Blue Suede Heartstrings. As a colt, Blue and his family were regular churchgoers despite their constant poverty, and it was religion that influenced him to become humble and compassionate later in life. He refused to be called "the King [of Music/Rock and Roll]" because he believed that both a higher power (speculated to be the god Equus) and certain talented individuals, such as Black Domino, were far more deserving of his titles. And when he Ascended to godhood, Blue saw it as a huge irony as he is now part of the higher power he always revered, and chose to appear as a mortal and intermingle with his mortal fans because he didn't want to be treated any differently for being divine - even refusing a spot in the Church of the Stars' pantheon despite being more than qualified for it. Many gods and goddesses have attempted to make him act, look, and dress accordingly to his divine station upon discovering what he actually is, but his humility means he always refuses them.
  • God in Human Form: One ability that the divines of Equus have. It's usually out of necessity, as their true forms can have serious effects on mortals just by mere presence, but sometimes the divines often take mortal forms to connect with their worshipers/subjects.
    • Blue Suede Heartstrings often appears as a mortal from various races because he's quite humble, and doesn't want to be treated any differently than he does his friends/fans. And as the Alicorn god of Performance, he's quite capable of changing his appearance, voice, and masking his own Primordial Quintessence, allowing him to pull this off easily. Many gods and goddesses have tried getting Blue to look, dress, and act accordingly to his divine station upon learning what his true form is, but Blue's humility means that he always refuses them.
    • Played with Golden Scepter in regards to his Alicorn form. His entry mentions that he has a "default" form, one that resembles a normal Alicorn stallion with twinkling black hair. His "true" form is much more eldritch - an extremely ancient, six-winged Alicorn with black spatial energy for hair and feathers made of holy fire. Presumably, he uses his default form often when around mortals, though being a "normal" Alicorn still means he's already considered a god to mortals. In the Second Age, however, he played it straight by appearing as a mortal Earth pony stallion. This is so that no one would suspect his true race or his royal Emperor status while he observed all of Ponykind's deeds and accomplishments during his quest for atonement.
  • 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.
  • Our Gods Are Different: In the Codexverse, deities as a whole are Made of Magic and come in three categories: Elementals, Ethereals, and Ascendants. Deities can be born from various cosmic, abstract, and elemental phenomena, and generally start out as simple lifeforms that gradually develop a complex sapience and intelligence as they grow, until they obtain godlike power and status. However, as shown by many Codex entries, it is possible for mortals to Ascend to godhood, hence the Ascendant category, by achieving a certain level of apotheosis and enlightenment that would later influence the domains they would get after Ascending. Deities are capable of assuming physical forms and biological reproduction, spawning Elemental/Ethereal/Ascendant hybrids depending on the type, and unlike mortals, their aging processes are completely different - deities only become more powerful and eldritch as they grow older, with the oldest of them being feared and incomprehensible to mortals. This aspect of divinity is especially prominent with Alicorns, who gain more wings and an ethereal, eldritch appearance the older they get, with Queen Mzazi and Emperor Golden Scepter being two such examples of ancient Alicorns. Because of the relative accessibility to godhood for mortals, many mortal factions/individuals have tried creating shortcuts to godhood or streamlining the process to make it a little easier to undergo, with the Alicorn Ascendancy being one such example of these attempts. However, because of the complex nature of Ascension and divinity in general, many of said attempts had failed disastrously.
  • 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. The Terran Empire is also one despite being named... well, an empire, as its ruler, Golden Scepter, made it smaller than its fallen predecessors and encouraged both racial harmony and independent thinking among his mortal subjects.
  • 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.
    • Played realistically with Golden Scepter. While he is still far from perfect, he's a good father to his many Semi-Divine sons and loves them all, but is also willing to call them out for unsavory behavior and discipline them when necessary. This is largely thanks to the benevolent influence of those he befriended as well as his deceased mortal wife and Empress-Consort, Blessed Skies, who taught him to always treasure the memories and friendships he made with others. It's also a stark contrast to his character inspiration, the Emperor of Mankind, who at best was a well-meaning yet neglectful and manipulative parent.
      • In regards to Prince Crimson Star, he still loved his son even after the latter was blinded saving a classmate in a carriage accident, and has praised his intellectual and magical achievements on several occasions, as he encouraged the intellectual Ascension of Ponykind. But he was also willing to call his son out for unsavory behavior and discipline him when necessary. Notably, after Crimson Star let himself be beaten up by his hateful brother, Fanged Paw, out of depression and guilt towards his previously arrogant behavior, Golden Scepter made it clear that he will not stand by and watch his son forsake his own life and torture himself excessively for the sake of atonement, and pointed out that there are better ways for Crimson Star to achieve redemption than turning himself into a scapegoat. In addition, after his son was blinded, Golden Scepter made sure that Crimson Star would still have a future to look forward to by teaching him how to use his magic/psychic abilities to "see", and hiring specialists to help him craft books, texts, and scrolls that only his son can still read. It was thanks to his influence that Crimson Star was able to properly redeem himself and make amends with those he had wronged, becoming an Alicorn in the end.
      • His relationship with Written Word is also loving, regardless of the things the latter had done. After invoking Parental Sexuality Squick in his sons with his stories of both the Alicorns' Free-Love Future and his own sex life, he would later apologize to Written Word for traumatizing him and his brothers. When he learned that Written Word went behind his back and broke the law banning public worship of the Terran royal family by becoming a priest, Golden Scepter set his son straight by gently deconstructing his motives and explaining why his attempts to help won't work, as well as telepathically showing Written Word his own memories regarding religion. This would lead to Written Word doing some soul-searching, which would eventually land him in a backwater Pony kingdom that he ended up liberating from demons and the corrupt religion they created. Golden Scepter was noted to have become "proud beyond measure" after learning that Written Word became an Alicorn and personally saw the results of his son's adventures for himself, which told him that his son finally matured and saw the truth in what he was trying to teach him.
      • From what was seen in his interactions with his oldest son, Blazing Hoof, Golden Scepter is quite patient and is willing to teach Blazing Hoof important lessons if he thinks he needs them.
    • 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" despite having not done anything to warrant it at the time.
  • 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.
      Emperor 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.
  • Greaser Delinquents:
    • Subverted with Blue Suede Heartstrings, who is based on Elvis Presley himself. He is an Alicorn god who usually appears as a mortal, with his most preferred form being a unicorn stallion who bears the trademark pompadour, black leather jacket, and sunglasses. His entry notes that his appearance and popularity played a direct role in birthing the Second-Age Greaser movement, and after the Second Age itself ended, his reputation endured long enough that he inspired another movement in the Fourth Age. However, he has sometimes appeared in flashy outfits during concerts, and personality-wise, he's very humble, kindhearted, and friendly to almost everyone he meets. Ironically, he's also devoutly religious even after Ascending to godhood, and worships a deity that is believed by many in-universe to be the ancient god Equus, whom he calls "The King in Heaven". Many gods and goddesses have tried making him dress appropriately according to his divine station after discovering his true form, but being so humble, he always refuses to comply.
    • Floral Forte, the oldest member of the Dazzling Divas group, is a straighter example. She prefers to dress like a Greaser, and this has transferred onto her "Magical Filly" outfit, which has a mix of Greaser attire and Scottish/Trottish-style clothing. Her entry notes that her outfit has led to a bit of joking between her and Blue Suede Heartstrings, who became the Dazzling Divas' patron deity and mentor figure. Personality-wise, she is also a Jerk with a Heart of Gold as typical for Greasers - she can be rather hot-tempered, confrontation, rude, and rebellious, which contrasts with the kind and motherly side she shows around her friends, and has often gotten in trouble at school for getting into fights with bullies. Despite this, she's a good person at heart and always tries to help others even when her own life is at risk.
    • Subverted with Blue Goldstone. While he's an Alicorn god, his most preferred form is a tall and lanky Earth pony stallion with a golden-haired pompadour and a gold leather jacket. His entry notes that his Greaser getup was part of his attempts to emulate Blue Suede Heartstrings, who birthed the Greaser movement in the Second Age. However, personality-wise, he's generally humble, shy, and mild-mannered, with his worst flaws being only his inability to see Blue, his idol, as less than perfect until he learned to grow past it. The fact that he often appears as a Greaser makes his death rather ironic, as he was killed trying to save a high school classmate from being harassed by a gang of actual Greaser delinquents. His entry notes that many older gods and goddesses have tried making him look and dress appropriately to his age and divine station, but he always refuses due to feeling rather uncomfortable with wearing royal Alicorn barding/regalia.
    • Subverted with Bossa Nova Heartstrings. Like Blue, his younger identical twin brother, he appears as a Greaser whenever he takes the form of a mortal unicorn stallion, wearing a black leather jacket and styling his mane into a pompadour. However, he's an Alicorn god of Death, and being raised by Gavisus influenced him to become as cheerful and benevolent as his adoptive father. His entry also notes that despite his divinity, he generally prefers to look more casual so the deceased and dying could accept and trust him more.
  • 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.

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  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Many characters are blond and/or have yellow fur, though it's generally played with as the morality of individuals can vary despite their hair and fur colors.
    • Double-subverted with Prince Fanged Paw, Golden Scepter's second-oldest son. He initially resented Crimson Star so much for being an Insufferable Genius that he eventually let his own hatred influence him into leaving his younger brother near death with a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown, resulting in him getting exiled from the Terran Empire. After achieving Character Development and becoming an Alicorn, he would forgive his brother and apologize for his actions, and become a truly benevolent Prince.
    • Prince Léon's hair is multi-colored, and part of it is the same blond color as Blueblood's. He's also a very trusting Cheerful Child and an Alicorn toddler who embodies Innocence and Altruism.
    • Prince Healing Song is described as having a blond mane and tail, with his mane somewhat resembling a mullet that he later cut short after he got older. After he Ascended to godhood, his hair turned into rippling golden Psionic energy (which he admits surprised him as he was expecting it to be made of sound energy like Blue's hair is). Much like his divine mentor, he's a very humble, compassionate, and friendly stallion who is a talented musical prodigy and a very good teacher to his students. He is also a Big Good for Equus overall due to being a member of the Church of the Stars.
    • Blue Goldstone of the Trimortidae described as having a golden-yellow mane (and tail) that he styles into a pompadour as part of his Greaser getup, though after he Ascended, both his mane and tail turned into rippling Courage energy. He also has golden markings all over his pelt. He's a mild-mannered, shy, and humble Alicorn who helps those who died heroically pass on, and though he has flaws, he is accepting of them and works to improve himself because of his flaws.
    • Crystal Prism has radiant gold hair. Even as a mortal unicorn colt, he still had blond hair, though it was a dirty yellow color. He's also a heroic Alicorn demigod, albeit still recovering from the severe trauma he went through.
  • 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.
  • Handicapped Badass: Being a World of Badass, the Codexverse has some disabled characters kick ass by getting around their own disabilities.
    • Despite being completely and permanently blind (even metaphysical healing can't fix it), Prince Crimson Star of the Terran Empire was still able to learn physical combat and use long-ranged magitek weapons. His psychic potential and capabilities haven't diminished at all, either, and in fact gained more abilities after being blinded to make up for his disability. In battles, he would even team up with Fanged Paw and help out his older brother by calculating how many magical foes Fanged Paw will face with his ability to sense magic, predicting when and where an enemy will attack with his foresight, and lessening the burden by shrinking large crowds of enemies with magical barrages. He also serves as the "sniper" of the duo, despite being capable of close combat himself, as Crimson Star's patience and disciplined precision allows him to pick off hidden enemies and stragglers that Fanged Paw might have missed.
    • As a baby, Prince Healing Song was blinded when he was struck with retinoblastoma, forcing the doctors to surgically remove his infected eyes and replace them with prosthetic ones. However, this did not stop Healing Song, as he would establish himself as a beloved music prodigy. When War Rock tried to attack him out of Revenge by Proxy to hurt his rival, Blue Suede Heartstrings, Healing Song refused to back down and instead gave War Rock a scathing "The Reason You Suck" Speech that left him unnerved and angry, distracting him long enough for Blue to arrive and drive War Rock away. When he fell terminally ill with cancer, Healing Song would Ascend to godhood on his deathbed as a reward for his good deeds thanks to a disguised Luminiferous. As an ancient Alicorn god and "prodigy deity", he is incredibly powerful, and has lots of abilities that both allow him to make up for his blindness and kick lots of ass, such as strong Psychic Powers and Magic Music. He is still limited by his blindness, though, and his pacifist beliefs and preference for supportive combat roles has kept him from fighting effectively at times.
  • 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 has an ability called "cocoon healing", in which he encases the wounded in magical cocoons that heals injuries and eliminates most curses. How long it takes depends on the severity of their condition, with reviving the dead taking several days or longer.
    • Medik, appropriate to his name and epithet as "The Healing Warrior", is the Bogolenya Deer god of Combat Medics and Healing, so naturally he possesses the power to heal. However, 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.
    • Golden Scepter, a surviving antediluvian Alicorn Emperor from the ruined Alicorn Civilization, has the both psionic healing and the power to heal people through holy fire, using the latter 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.
    • Golden Scepter's thirteenth son, Prince Written Word, can do this to a degree with his wind magic by forcefully closing wounds, and gently delivering breathable air to those whose injuries make breathing difficult. Meanwhile, his Faith domain gives him proper healing magic, though its potency and effectiveness depends on how much faith and trust he has in himself and his allies, and vice-versa.
    • Saint Sweetheart possessed this power as her unique ability from the Shield of Love. Due to her learning holy magic, the two mixed to make this power ingrained in her genetics to the point even returning the Shield didn't make her lose it. It was then passed on down her bloodline and her descendants still have it today.
    • Princess Soleia's domain of Rest comes with the ability to heal people who are resting and recovering from injury. This includes speeding up the healing of dormant deities.
  • 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.
    • All nineteen Princes of the Terran Empire are biological sons of Golden Scepter, an extremely ancient Alicorn god who is essentially a prodigy by the standards of Alicornkind, being an incredibly powerful psychic, a peerless genius and warrior, and a very competent leader who founded three empires in his lifetime. In addition, he's regarded as a legendary war hero even among the Alicorns, who were all saved from complete extinction thanks to his efforts. His sons don't fall very far from the tree, as each of them have become beloved and respected heroes in their own way after doing something that involves what they each embody. Furthermore, it's believed in-universe that all of Golden Scepter's sons represent some facet of him, such as his Psychic Powers, his ruthlessness, his wrath, his idealism/hope, or his conviction.
    • House Twilight is a noble family that contains blood descendants of two First Age heroes: Twilight the Wisher and Twilight of Paradise Estate. It's noted that members of House Twilight tend to have strong magic in their blood, as their ancestors were powerful mages themselves. Twilight Velvet and her two children, Shining Armor and Twilight Sparkle, are of this House.
    • Prince Blueblood is descended from Princess Platinum, a unicorn ruler and one of three "Founders of Equestria. Ironically, Blueblood is the White Sheep of his family because, despite his boorish public facades, he is a truly heroic and benevolent Prince who wants to help Equestria. The other members of House Platinum, including his birth parents, were implied to follow Platinum's ideals before she changed her ways, as his birth parents were emotionally abusive and tried to encourage tribalism in him, and one of his surviving relatives was mentioned to have joined the Children of Platinum tribalist faction before she was exposed and arrested by Blueblood himself.
    • Prince Léon, a divine Alicorn toddler, is technically Blueblood's "biological" son, as he was born from the magical karmic backlash that came from an increasing number of his father's good deeds.
  • Hero of Another Story: While characters from canon have their adventures, elsewhere on Equus there are many other heroes having their own adventures:
    • The Sisterhood of Magical Fillies is a global organization of Magical Fillies who fight demonic beasts and monsters. One group among the Sisterhood is the Dazzling Divas, a group of musical themed heroines living on the island nation of Corporatum who had to save it from the evil Elephant Witch, Ivory Towers, and her demonic backer, Don'yoku.
  • 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 Badass Upgrade: Many historical figures in real life become badass once they're adapted into the Codexverse.
    • Blue Suede Heartstrings is based on Elvis Presley, one of the most famous rockstars of his time. They are musicians who are also former soldiers who served during World War II. However, while Elvis continues to be remembered as an influential figure in the development of both rock-and-roll and modern rock, he's also remembered for his degrading career and obesity in his later years, ending with a rather Undignified Death. By contrast, Blue would meet Luminiferous during a very low point in his life while he was still relatively young. The pep-talk he received from Luminiferous motivated Blue to quit his job as a career musician and travel around the world, doing good deeds until he became an Alicorn god of Music and Humility (something he sees as ironic due to his religious background).
    • Bossa Nova Heartstrings, Blue's older identical twin brother, is based on Jesse Garon Presley, Elvis Presley's older identical twin brother who came out stillborn. While he came out stillborn like his character inspiration, Bossa Nova was adopted by the Three Deaths, giving him a (rather large) surrogate family of his own. His noble upbringing influenced him to eventually become something great - an Alicorn god - despite being dead, and being a Death god means he's still rather powerful despite not being a "prodigy" deity like his younger brother.
    • President Theddeus Moosepelt is based on Theodore Roosevelt, who is venerated for his reforms and was something of a Renaissance Man when he was alive. Here, he served five consecutive terms (Franklin D. Roosevelt served four terms as President), and was responsible for various reforms, including the federal income tax, workers' rights, monopoly/trust-busting, electoral reform, prohibition of alcohol, universal suffrage, desegregation of the Federal Government, and greater civil rights for minorities. It's noted that many of his reforms had been met with mixed or considerable success.
  • Historical Hero Upgrade: In-universe.
    • This is often the case with Irminsul, father of Temnobog and Belyolen, and High King of the Elternteil Deer Pantheon. The morally pursitic Alvslog Deer herds portray him as a benevolent divine stag who loved his mortal and divine children, and was absolutely justified in shunning and mistreating Temnobog... but in actuality, Irminsul is a well-meaning, yet deeply flawed person with a multitude of issues, as he emotionally abused Temnobog for simply being born "evil" and encouraged toxic behaviors in his other "benevolent" children.
    • 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.
  • Hollywood Tactics: Subverted hard. Virtually every military conflict depicted in the Codexverse thus far features application of tactics in battles and strategies in the wars themselves by the combatants. Every instance of a failure in military tactics is pointed out in the entries with virtually no known exceptions. This is best exemplified by the 'Notable Events' entries of Queen Colossos' War, where the Giants of Queen Colossos' Empire, subverting the fantasy stereotype of Giants being stupid, over-sized brutes, pulled off masterstrokes of military strategy that practically annihilated the then mighty Crystal Empire's powerful armies in a single week and overran 2/3 of their holdings in the continent they were fighting on.
  • Holy Burns Evil: Many dangerous entities can be hurt by purification magic, whether it is held by mortals or divines, especially those who embody Purification.
  • Holy Hand Grenade:
    • 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.
    • Written Word, Golden Scepter's thirteenth son, inherited his power of purification from him, but unlike his father, whose powers manifest as holy fire, Written Word's powers manifest as light. While it, too, burns away corrupt influences, which makes him a nightmare against demonic and other fell individuals, it can also eliminate certain poisons from an afflicted target(s)' body. It's noted that as he continues experimenting with his powers, Written Word has since weaponized them in a few ways to differentiate himself from his father, such as throwing "shards" of purifying light from a distance, or manifesting it as other weapons such as spears, staffs, and maces.
  • 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 Warriors: In the Codexverse, mortal Ponykind has been shown to grow and adapt to whatever deadly and catastrophic situation had been thrown at them. And the other races of Equus aren't slouches in the war department either.
    • 'Second Age' Ponykind was apparently so good at it, later Ages nicknamed them as 'the Lords of War'. The weapons they left behind are far more advanced and destructive than most weapons produced in the 'Fourth Age' up until the 'Final Ragnarok' Arc, the sheer variety and effectiveness unnerved even the War Gods of the present Age. The most prominently featured time period of the Second Age was known as the 'Great Wars Era', which saw multiple global conflicts between various superpowers and against hostile outside forces.
    • Even before the Second Age Ponykind had shown a capacity for conflict and conquest. One example would be the Golden Imperium that predated the Known Ages, having sprung up from the ashes left behind by the ruined Alicorn Civilization and other civilizations that came after it. Led by Emperor Golden Scepter, it became one of the most militant and military powerful civilizations on Equus, with historians debating whether it covered the entire world or Ascended to the stars. This isn't too surprising, considering how the Golden Imperium is based on the 40K Imperium of Man, one of the most militant and militarily powerful factions (by necessity) to ever exist in fiction.
  • Humanity on Trial: As it turns out, the Dark Crystal Crisis was this in a fashion. After the many, many wars of the Second Age (called the Great Wars Era for good reason) end up creating enough sin and evil to give Dark Crystal a way to escape her prison, the Grand Primevals watch vigilantly to see if sapientkind's virtue can stand against its sins that both liberated Dark Crystal and which she herself embodies, and thus refuse to interfere as she prepares to destroy the world. This is noted as being because sapientkind both created Dark Crystal to begin with and were the ones to collectively reawaken her, therefore to stop her would be to let sapientkind shirk the consequences of their actions. The Tales Seven's refusal to give up and managing to resurrect themselves by sheer Heroic Resolve as well as a great many heroes and villains uniting to help stop her causes them to decide sapientkind has passed, and give the Seven the power to defeat Dark Crystal as a reward.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Many instances; since deities have a different biological nature in the Codexverse, they stop aging the moment they achieve godhood, only becoming more eldritch and Stronger with Age over centuries and even millennia. This especially applies to Alicorns - according to Mzazi, the older they are, the more they start becoming eldritch in nature, depending on what they embody. Signs include a wing color gradient, multiple wings, elemental/ethereal manes and tails, elemental/ethereal wing feathers, a mutated Cutie Mark, and/or increased physical size.
    • Golden Scepter is one, being an "Antecedent"-ranked Alicorn god. While he's capable of assuming the "default" form of a normal-looking white Alicorn with black hair, his true form is described in his entry as such - an incredibly ancient and extremely powerful Alicorn god with three pairs of wings made of holy fire, and a mane and tail made of black spatial energy, showing off scenes of stars and yellow giants. He also has a Holy Halo shining behind his head, something that's noted by his entry to be also present in his "default" form. However, Golden Scepter is also a benevolent example, as he is a Reasonable Authority Figure who rules the Terran Empire as its God-Emperor, a loving husband and father of nineteen demi-Alicorn sons, and a Living Legend who is responsible for many more heroic acts in the eyes of the rest of the world, including saving Alicornkind from extinction during the "Twilight of the Alicorns" conflict.
    • Queen Mzazi is also one, being a fellow "Antecedent"-ranked "Zebralicorn" yet is older than Golden Scepter. While capable of assuming a 'normal' Zebralicorn form or even a mortal form to mingle with her peers or her children, her true form is that of a massive Zebralicorn who is gigantic by Pony standards, with eight wings and a pink and green mane and tail made out of lightning storms. Her wing feathers also resemble lightning. According to her, such an appearance is the result of her eons of uninterrupted growth, and Alicorns like Celestia, Luna, Cadence, Twilight and Luminiferous would also develop similarly eldritch traits at around her age. Despite her supernaturally eldritch appearance, though, she's both a very benevolent goddess and a highly-respected Queen, and loves her mortal Zebra children.
    • Isati of the divine Abyssinian pantheon is a feline equivalent. Much like the similarly ancient Golden Scepter and Mzazi, she can assume a "casual"-looking divine form when around mortals, but her true form is described as as a huge (though smaller than Mzazi, who's older than her) and ancient saber-toothed lioness whose mane burns in a shape that makes her head resemble the summer sun, while her tail and fur also burn constantly. However, as is the case with most ancient divines, she is a very benevolent, motherly, and even playful individual who loves both her divine and mortal children, and will protect them from even her own tyrannical children if need be.
    • Queen Andromeda's true divine form as a Celestial Pony goddess is described as a much larger mare with six wings, and a mane and tail made of solar storms. It's noted that in this form, she looks rather similar to Golden Scepter, whose true divine form is also a six-winged Alicorn, except his hair is made of black spatial energy and his wings are made of holy fire.
    • The god of Requited Love, Canteros, often appears as one due to being so old. Like his father, Amareros, it's implied that he's really an Eldritch Abomination who often changes his appearance because his true form might affect the sanity of even lesser divines. His most favorite form to appear in is that of a tall and handsome blue Alicorn with a shimmering pelt, huge yet beautiful iridescent butterfly wings (with the maximum being ten), a rippling mane and tail made of iridescent light blue energy, a Holy Halo made of rainbow-colored light, and a "Cutie Mark" depicting a flock of butterflies in the shape of a heart with some flying away. Despite his eldritch appearance, however, he's a benevolent god devoted to spreading Love and giving mortals their happy endings.
  • 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. This contributes to the Vicious Cycles that kept Equuskind down as so long as no one takes up responsibility for their crimes, they are doomed to never learn and repeat their sins and 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.
  • Humble Hero: There are many individuals of this type in the Codexverse, despite the setting being a World of Badass.
    • As stated by her folder entry quote and Codexverse entry, Scarlet Bell, known as "the Whistleblower", is rather humble and only sees herself as an ordinary pony who did the right thing. In fact, it's partially because of this that she moved to the Grittish Isles and lived a quiet life in Hornbridge, wanting to get away from the public attention she received for her actions as a filly. Furthermore, she serves as a living example of the potential for people to do good in the Codexverse, regardless if they're legendary heroes or not.
    • Blue Suede Heartstrings is a justified example. Much like Elvis, Blue had a devoutly religious upbringing, and his humility became one of his defining traits. He hated being called "the King [of Music/Rock and Roll]" because he thought there were certain individuals who more than deserved his titles, and after Ascending to godhood, he preferred to appear as a mortal because he didn't wanted to be treated differently for it. Appropriately, one of his divine domains is Humility, which he uses to help redeem prideful individuals. It also led to him becoming friends with Fluttershy Posey of the Mane Six, being legendary individuals who are humble despite their great powers and positions. However, Blue's humility is also one of his biggest weaknesses - because of his experiences with arrogantly abusive celebrities/managers in the Second Age, Blue often gives himself too little credit even when it's well-deserved. To this day, Blue's friend, Prince Stoltur Skjöldur, the Deer god of Evil and Pride, has been encouraging him to have a little more pride in himself, as having too little pride is as bad as having too much. Many benevolent deities, including Queen Dazzleglow, are interested in Blue because of his humility, which they believe might help Equus break free of the malicious/complacent arrogance that is keeping it vulnerable to various disasters and cycles.
  • 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. Mass production versions were later invented as well.
    • 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.
    • Other mecha referencing various series have also been introduced, including the Megazords, 'Shinka' Robos, Deus Excellion, Yuusha-Oh and Mobile Suits.
    • The Third Age had Crystal Titans, magical crystal golems filling roughly the same role as Mobile Suits did in the Second Age. However, where those were Real Robot Genre styled, the Crystal Titans are Super Robot Genre inspired. While most were destroyed, it turns out Kimono/Kouyou either rebuilt or repaired hers, Amethyst Serenity. The Kamili Empire managed to find one named Topaz Unity with its armor and framework mostly intact, and rebuilt it with Forth Age technology to serves as their trump card.
  • Hunter of Monsters:
    • The enigmatic Medicine Seller always claims that he's just that - a simple medicine seller - but his real profession is being a Tulpa exorcist, hunting down Tulpas that are evil and/or dangerous to society and Equus at large. In one notable incident, he was hired by a general of the former kingdom Frater to take down the Tulpa Queen Fantasia, and even nearly killed her in their ensuing fight, but he stopped his attacks once Fantasia revealed her Reasoning.
    • Lysets Far, the hybrid demigod son of Astrid Titanna, often accompanies his mother on her monster hunts when he came of age. He would continue doing so well after he went on to found the 'Light Garrison', which has fighting monsters as part of their portfolio.
  • Hypocrite: Generally deconstructed, as it is seen a sign of moral failure that undermines certain characters' actions and beliefs.
    • Granted, part of his reason for becoming a priest was to answer a question he long wanted to answer, but Written Word genuinely (and naively) wanted to help his subjects by preaching to them his father's divinity and virtue, believing that mortals could only prosper when guided by benevolent deities. This is despite being someone who likes philosophy because it encourages people to think deeply and ask questions that everyone is afraid to ask. Fortunately, Written Word would get better after he was set straight by Golden Scepter, which would lead to him realizing the true value of faith and inspiring his makeshift armies to have faith in each other while they fought a demon horde to liberate a backwater Pony kingdom from its corrupt religion. The result was Written Word turning into a demi-Alicorn god.
    • Noble Grace, a criminal and disgraced teacher, is also one, which is what makes the inherent mental/moral bankruptcy in all that she does and believes in all the more striking once exposed. She encouraged her students to think for themselves, when she persuaded them to participate in her well-intentioned yet cruel experiments by making them believe that ultimately, her actions would result in something good in the end. She also wanted her students, as well as Ponykind in general, to tap into their inner potential and rise above their current capabilities, but her experiments are implied to have injured and even killed many foals and teenagers who took part in them, dashing their potential before they had the chance to fulfill it.
    • This was a very prominent trait of Golden Scepter's during the Imperium era, where he would end up contradicting his words and beliefs with his own actions due to his traumas and loneliness bringing out his worst traits and deeply affecting his judgement. This would ultimately cause the downfall and ruination of the Imperium of Ponykind, as well as him being put in magical stasis for an extremely long time after he was gravely wounded in a coup led by own of his own generals. Fortunately, he would stop this behavior after he reemerged in the Second Age and underwent Character Development.
      • He became extremely protective of Ponykind, and advocated for their supremacy by killing and conquering anything and anyone that might pose a threat to his Pony subjects, including "holy creatures, conquerors, predators, and tyrants". However, the victims of his genocidal military campaigns targeted even innocent people who did nothing to Ponykind, making him no better than those he went after, and had no problem manipulating his own subjects whenever and however he pleased for what he saw as benevolent and noble goals. This would disgust and anger even his closest allies, including one Ultra-Marerine Commander who would call him out on his hypocrisy. It's through Luminiferous's benevolent influence that Golden Scepter came to love Ponykind both collectively and individually, allowing him to become a proper ruler of what he embodied.
      • He fervently believed that Belief Makes You Stupid, and wanted to completely dissuade his mortal Pony subjects from treating him as a god by eradicating the concept of divine faith and destroying temples built in his name. However, he demanded total obedience and loyalty from his subjects, and had no problem using his psychic empathy to Emotion Bomb them into submission. He would mellow out significantly by the Fourth Age, opting to simply ban public religious worship of him and his family in the Terran Empire, and explain to his subjects the folly of what they are doing if they're caught, such as what he had done with his son, Written Word.
      • However, it's subverted with his ties to the Church of the Stars. Despite it being a religion, the Church of the Stars is mainly about encouraging people to follow the values and examples of the deities they worship and improve themselves, even to the point of eventually reaching Ascension themselves. This is something that Golden Scepter wholeheartedly supports, as he had been doing the same thing with his mortal subjects since even before the Alicorn Civilization's fall.
    • Belyolen, co-Top God of the Bogolenya Deer Pantheon, is often accused of being one by many people, especially morally puristic individuals, since he let his "evil" brother be his co-ruler as well as constantly consorting with criminals, sinners, and other lowlifes despite his innate benevolence and holiness. Belyolen would explain to them that since he's the "Good" half of the person he would've been, he's supposed to work together with Temnobog, as Equus benefits best if Good and Evil are constantly cycling to prevent the planet from stagnating. If one concept existed without the other, the consequences would potentially be more devastating than if they existed together.

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