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  • I Know You Know I Know: A more serious example than most: Blackthorn notes that Dr. Toxikon revealed his plans to the Summer Court prematurely and thus knows they'll plan around his plans, and thus all he has to do is plan around their plans. He then notes he's probably planned for them planning around him planning around them planning around his plans. This is more serious as it shows how much of a battle of wits it is.
  • Immortality Begins at 20: Subverted with divines, as they simply age very differently than mortals do while still being immortal, and only growing Stronger with Age.
    • Twilight's current form is just starting an entirely different aging process, and Celestia and Luna, while not having physically aged in over a thousand years, are not yet remotely close to fully grown.
    • The considerably older Luminiferous is a "Titan"-type Alicorn (well, Alicorn-offshoot, since he's a clone made by Morning Star with intentions to use his "son" as a weapon). As such, he's not only larger, but has a natural gradient to his wings they don't, and is incredibly ancient.
    • Mzazi's (who's over 4 million years old) true form is a giant by normal pony standards, has a mane composed entirely of lightning, and has eight wings, which she explicitly states as just how Alicorns grow. Further evidence to Mzazi's claims is Luminiferous being about to start growing his second set of wings.
    • Ascending Dawn is also another Titan-type Alicorn, but it's stated in his entry that he's far older than Luminiferous, having six wings while Luminiferous is about to gain four. This doesn't necessarily mean that he's more powerful, and Ascending Dawn admits that Luminiferous is more powerful than he is due to his innate potential.
    • While younger than Mzazi, Golden Scepter, an antediluvian Alicorn Emperor from the ruined Alicorn Civilization, is still much older than both Luminiferous and Ascending Dawn, and currently the oldest divine member of the Church of the Stars. His true form is that of a six-winged Alicorn with a mane and tail being made of black spatial energy that shows off stars and yellow giants, and his wings have feathers made of holy fire. It's mentioned in his entry that an eighth pair of wings is on the way. His "default" form, however, is implied to resemble a rather normal two-winged Alicorn, which he presumably takes when around mortals.
  • Immortal Ruler: There are plenty of these guys in the setting, due to Equus having dozens of divine pantheons that are not seen in canon. Most deities even have their own realm which they rule over.
    • The Alicorns in general are this for the entirety of Ponykind, even its mutated subraces. The most prominent examples would be the Royal Princesses of Equestria, Princess Cadence of the Crystal Empire, and Queen Dazzleglow of the Glimmering Isles.
    • The Changeling Progenitors have ruled over Changelingkind for millennia since the founding of their race. The Progenitors' Royal Children also help in the ruling, though in their case they're Semi-Divine due to one parent being mortal.
    • King/High-Prince Thorax of the Autumn Court is an unusual example, since he's a newly-ascended Royal Changeling. Nevertheless, due to the unique circumstances of his rise in status, he has the same agelessness that is shared by his fellow Royals. He also is largely inexperienced in ruling due to his origins as a lowly drone of Chrysalis's hive, which has caused both Blackrose and Blackthorn to send him their children so they could advise him on how to rule.
    • The Dragon Lords of the Dragonflights could also fit the bill, though their subjects are similarly long-lived and they have a term-limit.
    • Subverted with the sibling rulers of Bitaniya, King Strazha and his younger sister, Queen Vesna. While they had respectively been blessed by Temnobog and Belyolen to be their divine champions, they are simply Long-Lived and thus can still die despite each possessing a much longer lifespan than the average mortal Deer. Belyolen states that both Strazha and Vesna can become immortal, as several similarly empowered individuals had done in the past, but the choice is really up to them.
  • Immune to Fate: Luminiferous, as a God of Self-Determination, has the ability to 'Reject Fate.' This amounts to being able to break prophecies and reject any inevitable fate he doesn't want to happen. It's also a major influence on his philosophy, that anyone, mortal and divine, has the power to Screw Destiny and make their own fates in order to grow into their own potential.
  • Impossible Theft: King Asbolus Lyonesse is known for this, often stealing weapons his brothers intended to use to kill him before they even knew he was aware of their presence.
  • Impossibly Cool Weapon: Crazy Ant brought a 'gatling crossbow' to the Battle of Infernos, which is a gigantic steam-powered weapon with multiple full-sized crossbows on a rotating center axis. As if that wasn't enough to qualify, he made all the heads explosive to compensate for poor accuracy. Notably, it's this trope In-Universe, as said weapon was so oversized he needed a steam powered Powered Armor just to use it... and not only was it a prototype that was deemed unfeasible to ever make more of, but every attempt to replicate it resulted in catastrophic failure. It is deduced the only reason Crazy Ant was able to use it effectively was because he's insane, which Crazy Ant himself agrees with.
  • In Harmony with Nature:
    • Ironically enough, Indostruus, the God of Industry and Modernization is this. He originally was smug and self-righteous, but seeing his concept abused and misused to destructive ends by groups like the Cloven Empire caused him to realize he was wrong. He now works in harmony with the nature-aligned deities to ensure progress happens, but in such a way to not cause havoc with nature.
    • Befitting their name, Nature Giants are greatly attuned with nature, and even worship Gaea, a nature goddess, with their society being heavily matriarchal on the reason that Women Are Wiser due to Gaea's influence. While they're the most dedicated to protecting Equus's ecosystem, this trope also makes them extremely haughty, isolationist, xenophobic, and distrustful of "smallfolk", seeing themselves as the rightful caretakers of nature while the other mortal races are uncaring, selfish, and destructive.
  • Innocent Aliens: The 'Visitors' appear to be this, having no ill will towards Equus despite being a race of high tech aliens. They even saved the life of Spitfire's grandfather, Firestorm, during a sighting. One evidently did attack a Clovenist base, but is believed to have very good reasons for doing so.
  • I Reject Your Reality: Generally held in utter contempt in-universe, especially when done willfully and not due to insanity, and almost always a major characteristic of an unsympathetic, destructively evil villain.
    • BrutalityInc has stated that this is the deal with tribalist Evil Reactionary factions such as the Scions of Hurricane, the Children of Platinum, the Guardians of Puddinghead, and so on. They will deny everything that contradicts their worldview, denying them as "Fake Information", and even blame others for their own problems. Lying to themselves is also almost second nature to them and likely contribute to their undoing.
    • Grey Hoof genuinely believes that he's doing good by "protecting" ponies from Cutie Pox infection, which actually means he kills them just like he did Ruby Heart. However, he's so deeply insane that he constantly rejects Ruby's attempts to redeem him, still seeing her as an infected monster that needs to be killed. Ruby would later admit to her friends, Midnight Bell and Crystal Prism, that as much as she's dedicated to being a Confessor and helping redeem people, she eventually gave up on Grey Hoof after realizing that he wouldn't change.
    • Changeling culture and society abhors anyone of their own race doing this to the point of considering it an offence punishable by exile to the Winter Court, as denying reality is seen as detrimental to their own kind's survival, since reality will never accommodate their worldviews. This ironically makes Changelingkind, which thrives by necessity upon deceiving non-Changelings, one of the more (internally) objective and honest cultures on Equus as much as it is among the most secretive and mysterious.
  • Irony:
    • Despite the ancient, bloody feud between their species, it's suggested the Dragons and Changelings actually complement one another extremely well and would be better off allies instead of enemies. It seems Luminiferous has specifically chosen Thorax and Ember to raise up as proof of this fact, empowering them twice to act on it. Notably, when lent his future potential, Thorax became a Changeling Divine, something even the power-hungry Summer Court had long wrote off as impossible for anyone to achieve, implying the feud really is just holding everyone back.
    • Golden Scepter initially hated Luminiferous for looking exactly like his old enemy, Morning Star, an evil Alicorn who betrayed his people and ruined the Alicorn Civilization out of deep narcissism. However, after going through Character Development and becoming much kinder through his journeys across Equus, he would accept Luminiferous as the noble person he really is and become one of his close friends.
  • It Is Beyond Saving:
    • If a Deer kingdom is falling into sin, the Bogolenya deities will send a warning, with Zmluva, Mier and Válka's youngest son, serving as the herald who offers a Last-Second Chance for the kingdom to change its ways. If it doesn't, then the good citizens are evacuated before Temnobog marks the sinful kingdom with his "Black Sigil" and sets the Four Terrors upon it. What happens afterwards is considered so horrifying that the kingdom is nothing but a gigantic scorch mark that remains cursed for several generations, serving as a dire warning for those who fall into sin.
  • It's Personal: Generally deconstructed, as Codex Equus shows how nightmarish, vicious, petty, and brutal a grudge can be to both sides of the grudge and those outside of it when taken to the worst possible extreme.
    • The Changeling-Dragon Conflict shows the sheer nightmarish horror this sort of attitude/grudge would lead to when taken to literally racial/historical levels, with both races having wronged each other and refusing to let go of their grudges. This resulted in terrible consequences for both sides and the world as a whole, with both mortals and non-Changeling/Dragon divines calling out both sides for their extremely petty and shortsighted behavior, no matter how justified they were.
    • During Changeling King Xestobium's rampage, he executed one of his air pirate renegade brother Polistes' friend and associate after interrogating him for information that would aid his genocide of Dragonkind. Needless to say, despite Polistes being one of the few brothers that Xestobium actually liked, Polistes swore revenge and become one of the central participants in the efforts to stop Xestobium. This also extended to Princess/Captain Mimetidae after he beat her in battle and destroyed the island she was trying to stop him from blowing up.

  • Jerkass Gods: Naturally, some evil/corrupt deities exist, though it's Deconstructed in that Reality Ensues in the Codexverse, and they normally lose their worshipers to more benevolent gods because of their heinous actions.
    • The Abyssinian Pantheon was lead by these who would treat their subjects spitefully and cruelly to the point of abandoning them to the Storm King for a petty reasons. They were overthrown by the benevolent members of the Pantheon for this.
    • The Old Orosian Gods were based off the Greek Pantheon, so naturally, like their real-life mythological counterparts, the old Orosian gods acted like irresponsible, arrogant, and spoiled children who waged wars and severely punished their worshipers for minor infractions. As with the Abyssinian, this inevitably bit them in the butt and resulted in their demise, with the few benevolent members of the Pantheon surviving and rebuilding as the Pramanthan Pantheon.
    • It's implied that for all their benevolence, wisdom, and power, and despite being the "greatest" children of the ancient god Equus, who is the father of all Equines, the Alicorns still fell to stagnation and corruption, becoming arrogant, high-hoofed, and distant from their mortal subjects. This is what gave rise to Morning Star, who tried subjecting the planet Equus and its surrounding universe to his own twisted ideas of perfection. The result was ten Ages of civil war that wiped out most of the Alicorns and utterly destroyed the Alicorn Civilization, causing the survivors to retreat in complete seclusion to replenish their numbers.
    • Golden Scepter was this for a time when he ruled the Imperium of Ponykind, due to coming out heavily traumatized by the "Twilight of the Alicorns" and losing so many of his people to Morning Star. However, after he reemerged in the Second Age and wandered across Equus, he gained much-needed Character Development and became a much kinder stallion, allowing him to be a truly benevolent ruler by the Fourth Age unlike his Alicorn peers.
  • Jigsaw Puzzle Plot: On the surface, Codex Equus is just that - a collaborative encyclopedia that takes place in a fictional world, focuses on World Building and character expansion, and rewrites certain things that didn't make sense or were poorly executed in canon. However, the various profiles and entries contain snippets of a larger story, allowing readers to piece together what happened. For example, many characters, both heroes and villains, have been mentioned to have participated in the Storm King Crisis because the titular villain attempted to take over the world, making direct involvement international.
  • The Jinx:
    • Woe-Be-Gones can turn the victim in this, due to the pollen being able to spread to others.
    • Tikuri, the Abyssinian God of Bad Luck, is a black cat capable of cursing those he crosses the path of with bad luck. However, he has a lot of control over it and reserves it for those who deserve it or a weakened version for pranks.
  • Just Eat Him:
    • It is mentioned that eating your opponent is a common tactic in Divine Conflicts, made possible and necessary thanks to the gods' divine powers and nature, just like in Classical Mythology.
    • One in-universe mythical example of above is Deer god of darkness and evil Temnobog's attempt to get rid of his father, High King Irminsul of the Eltenteil Deer Pantheon, swallowing him whole in the form of a dragon after depowering him. He also ate his divine nephew, Narren, who witnessed the act, to stop him from telling anyone of his deed, but that turned out to be what Narren intended all along.
    • Also, the Giants' solutions to many problems involving "Tinies". While most do it out of arrogance and cruelty, some benevolent Giants only restrict their eating habits to evil people and realms that have fallen to corruption.


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