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  • An Ice Person: Various mortals and divines in the Codexverse can wield ice magic.
    • Rhiannon's Moon domain grants her the use of ice magic, much like how Cernunnos' Sun domain grants him the use of fire magic. Unfortunately, due to initially living in a forested environment, she's only able to send cool breezes through hot days and keep certain foods chilled. After leaving home and becoming a Coltic goddess, she has no such restraints holding her back.
    • Prince Stoltur Skjöldur, one of Pokhot's sons, is an incredibly talented ice mage, though not to the level of High King Kaldr of the Hoyklan Deer pantheon, the latter being a much older, experienced, and powerful deity of Winter. As such, Stoltur can radiate an aura of extreme cold, freeze his opponents into ice blocks, and summon blizzards, though he is best in creating ice barriers that can withstand even the strongest attacks. He has been known to even use his barriers offensively, such as bashing and crushing his enemies, producing ice spikes on his barriers to impale his opponents, and covering his front hooves with small yet hard ice bubbles to enhance his strikes. Fittingly, he is also born with a white pelt, and his beauty is described as being incredibly handsome, yet "cold and unnatural", and on top of that he has a natural talent in magic over ice and freezing, which he could use for both offensive and defensive purposes. As his ice magic comes from embodying Pride, it is a reflection of how pride itself can empower and protect, but also corrupt and harm those who have them.
    • One of High King Kaldr's domains is Winter, so naturally he has ice powers. Among his capabilities are generating massive snowstorms and blizzards, firing beams of freezing cold, and weapons creation. Because he embodies the winter season, he's immune to cold, and is responsible for overseeing the transition to winter in his mortal realms.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: Either played straight or averted, due to the prevalence of fraternal twins and the chances of them being born than identical twins.
    • Played straight with Blue Suede Heartstrings and his older brother, Bossa Nova Heartstrings. Due to being identical twins, they look almost exactly the same in both their mortal and divine forms, save for a few differences - Blue has a dark blue mane and tail, and his Cutie Mark depicts a red, heart-shaped guitar. His true form as an Alicorn god has wings with a dark blue gradient, and his hair is made of dark blue energy soundwaves with light blue musical bars and notes running through them. His Cutie Mark has the same halo of notes as Bossa Nova's does, except the guitar part of his Cutie Mark is flanked with white wings. Meanwhile, Bossa Nova has a dark red mane and tail, and his Cutie Mark depicts a skull-shaped guitar. His true form as an Alicorn god has wings with a dark red gradient, and his hair is made of dark red energy soundwaves with bright orange musical bars and notes running through them. His Cutie Mark has the same halo of notes as Blue's does, except the guitar part of his Cutie Mark is flanked with black wings.
    • Averted with Eiríni and Dikastís. Despite them being twin brothers, they are fraternal as they're significantly different from each other in appearance - Dikastís is a muscular Aload divine with a red pelt and a black mane and tail, while Eiríni is a white-furred and white-haired divine Cyclops whose pelt and hair changes colors whenever he accesses his two SuperModes.
    • Played straight with Changeling Queens Mara and Bunta. Mara and Bunta are considered rather unusual among Royal Changelings in that they're born identical twins. Because of this, they look exactly the same, except for the colors of their magic - Mara's is red, while Bunta's is blue.
    • Averted with junior Equestrian Princesses Gold Lily and Sterling, who are fraternal twins, with Gold Lily being marginally older. Gold Lily has a gold pelt, a multi-colored blue, pink, and purple mane and tail, and a blue Cutie Mark depicting a pair of hearts intertwined within two circles. After Ascending to demi-godhood, she gained pink wings that is noted to be part of a hereditary birthmark common in her family line. Meanwhile, Sterling has a light purple coat, a rainbow-colored mane and tail, and a Cutie Mark depicting a white diamond with light radiating off of it. After Ascending to demi-godhood, she gained dark blue wings that is noted to be part of a hereditary birthmark common in her family line.
    • Averted with Queen Aoide and her younger sister Princess Mese, who are fraternal twins. Mese has a light purple pelt with a mane made of orange, pink, and silver emotional energy, and her Cutie Mark is a pink pan flute. Because she never managed to Ascend to true godhood like her sister did, Mese remained a demi-goddess and is rather short because of this, though other benevolent deities like her mentor, Blue Suede Heartstrings, are interested in training her so she could Ascend to true godhood and catch up with her twin sister. Meanwhile, Aoide has a pink pelt and a blue mane and tail made of magical sound energy with purple and silver streaks running through them, and her Cutie Mark is a saxophone. Her Ascension to true godhood during the end of the Third Age, combined with absorbing wild magic trying to contain the magical meltdown caused by the Castle of Music's deteriorating state, rapidly accelerated her physical and magical growth to the point where she's slightly taller than Celestia despite her young "age" as a goddess.
    • Averted with Trench Bull and her deceased sister, Sweet Dove, who are fraternal twins and thus look nothing alike. Trench Bull's entry notes that for one, she was physically larger than Sweet Dove even as a filly.
    • Played straight with Belyolen and Temnobog, co-rulers of the Bogolenya Deer Pantheon. They look almost the same due to being two halves of the god they should've been, except while Temnobog is a dark-furred, red-eyed stag with sharp, jagged antlers and iron armor, Belyolen is a white-furred stag with slender antlers and golden armor.
    • Averted with Rhiannon and her older brother, Cernunnos. They are fraternal twins, so they have enough traits for them to be easily identified. Cernunnos gaining tree-like traits like leaves and bark on his antlers and body after receiving the domain of Rebirth and fusing with his dead older brother, Orion only served to widen the difference gap further.
  • 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 which eventually happens, as they grow out completely sometime after Prince Twilight Sparkle is included in the Church of the Stars' pantheon.
    • 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 a fourth pair of wings is on the way, giving him eight wings like Mzazi once fully grown. His "default" form, however, resembles 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, and in the past they have created the Alicorn Civilization, which was implied to be a huge network of empires, kingdoms, and realms. The most prominent examples of modern-day Alicorn rulers would be the Royal Princesses of Equestria, Princess Cadence of the Crystal Empire, Emperor Golden Scepter of the Terran Empire and Imperium of Ponykind, and Queen Dazzleglow of Kerajaan Cahaya in 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 by establishing their own Hives, 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 co-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 their mortal subjects. 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.
  • As an Ascendant Godling, King Aspen possesses the same immortality as other divines, allowing him to rule Thicket for so long. This wasn't apparent in the canon comics he originated from.
  • 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.
  • Inspirationally Disadvantaged:
    • Averted and deconstructed with Prince Healing Song. Despite being blinded during infancy, he still managed to become a famous and beloved musical prodigy. And against all odds, he Ascended to godhood while on his deathbed, dying from cancer. At the same time, he's flawed like everyone else - while usually a humble Nice Guy, he's willing to joke about himself, and can get rather sarcastic and blunt, especially when people insult and/or patronize him. He also feared dying one day, but his friends helped him accept his mortality. Healing Song himself hates the "Inspirationally Disadvantaged" stereotype because it creates the toxic belief that disabled people who don't push themselves beyond their limits are automatically helpless and lazy. If a disabled person manages to Ascend to godhood like he did, then it happens and is not related to their disability in any way, though it's still an achievement worthy of praise. This motivates Healing Song to teach his students how to succeed while acknowledging their own limits.
    • Averted with Guiding Light. While he's blind and has several abilities and skills to make up for it, it's noted in his entry that the Shinseina pantheon chose to Ascend him (as well as his friends) solely because of his compassion and altruism, and they taught him many things so he could fulfill his role as a Death god despite his disability. Their desire to turn him into a benevolent and proper god stems from the fact that they find a few of his flaws (namely his cynicism, morbid sense of humor, and opportunistic greed) off-putting and potentially detrimental to any good he might do as a demigod. Guiding Light also gets irritated whenever someone pities him and/or gives him special treatment for being blind, and is close to his friends in the BHCIT despite their constant ribbing because they treat him as part of the group rather than an invalid.
    • Averted with Spell Cyclone. She is a paraplegic Magical Filly and requires a wheelchair to get around, which would normally make her an easier target in Meridia, so she developed her sniping skills and magic to make up for this. She hates the idea of pushing herself beyond her normal limits in order to be something of worth to others, a view shared by Prince Healing Song, who is blind and would later become her friend. She welcomes Maelstrom's insults because it means the latter really cares for her and treats her like an equal.
    • Averted with Prince Crimson Star. Originally, he wasn't blind, but he was such an Insufferable Genius that after he was blinded saving a classmate from a runaway carriage, he was rather depressed by it, and eventually came to believe that his blindness was a "punishment" for his own foolishness. He did manage to become an Alicorn demigod later on, but it's because he made amends for his bad behavior and used his knowledge and talents for good, not because he became disabled. In addition, despite his royal demi-divine status and great power, he is flawed like any other person, and his relationships with some of his brothers, like Fanged Paw, can get vitriolic.
  • 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 Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: The concept behind the Second-Age frozen dessert, 'Dragon's Breath'. The original version, based on the real-life Dragon's Breath, called for dipping fruit-flavored cereal balls into liquid nitrogen, seemingly for no other reason than to be trendy. While it became a hit among young, adventurous Ponies, it also attracted controversy due to its health hazards and incidents where Ponies had been hospitalized for mishandling/consuming it incorrectly. Hawkers tried putting up instruction signs to inform customers how to eat/handle Dragon's Breath correctly, but some Ponies ignored the signs because they assumed nothing's going to happen and, according to Blue Suede Heartstrings/Prince Caerulus Melodia, couldn't be bothered to read anything in the first place. When information about Dragon's Breath reached the Fourth Age, many correctly pointed out how dumb it is to lace food with dangerous chemicals to make it more 'exotic'.
    Princess Amicitia Sparkle Equestria: Who thought it was a good idea to put liquid nitrogen in FOOD?!
  • 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 a friend and associate of his air pirate renegade brother, Prince Polistes, 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.
    • Prince Fanged Paw would feel this way towards his younger brother, Crimson Star, for a time. Crimson Star being an arrogant jerk in general and treating his younger brother with cold contempt for developing "Disruption" magic caused Fanged Paw to hate him so much that he was constantly getting into violent fights with him. After Crimson Star was blinded saving a classmate from a runaway, out-of-control carriage, Fanged Paw took it as a chance to bully and torment his younger brother even after Crimson Star fell into a severe depression. This came to a head when Fanged Paw, together with Death Shroud and Red Blade, delivered a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to Crimson Star, even nearly breaking his horn; as Crimson Star essentially became suicidal and let everyone he had wronged retaliate against him as they saw fit, he would have died from his injuries had Blazing Hoof not intervened and saved him. Golden Scepter would also intervene, and he was so furious with Fanged Paw that he psychically showed him the sheer emotional torment Crimson Star was going through, causing him to regret his actions to the point where he accepted being exiled as punishment. He would later learn to let go of his grudge and forgive Crimson Star for what he had done, which allowed him to reconcile with Crimson Star after he Ascended and his punishment was lifted.

  • 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 giving them poor worship services. They were overthrown by the benevolent members of the Pantheon for this.
    • The Old Orosian deities 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/perceived 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, 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.
    • Despite his good intentions and his efforts in being a good ruler, Golden Scepter would end up becoming little more than a divine tyrant after coming out of the "Twilight of the Alicorns" event with ten Ages worth of psychological trauma, including nightmares and hallucinations of Morning Star, a Fallen Alicorn who was his Arch-Enemy up until his death. Living as the only Alicorn among mortals at the time gradually caused Golden Scepter to feel extremely lonely, to the point where he kept secrets from his mortal subjects and allies because he felt only he knew what was best for them, and researched ways for said subjects to Ascend because losing so many friends and loved ones caused him to fear Death itself. These factors would bring out his very worst traits which, in turn, would deeply affect his judgement and create a slew of terrible mistakes, such as burning down a city to its very foundations for engaging in public worship of him, kick-starting military campaigns that were little more than vicious genocides of non-Pony races, and manipulating even his closest allies however he pleased. This would lead to one of Golden Scepter's Generals, Aurum Lupus, launching a coup that would be called the "Aurum Apostasy" in a well-meaning attempt to overthrow him, and Golden Scepter was gravely injured and sealed away after killing Aurum Lupus for his treachery and barely putting an end to the conflict.
      • He continued being this to a degree after he was found and restored from stasis in the Second Age. Despite realizing the error of his ways, and genuinely trying to learn from both his past actions and the examples of mortals/divines, Golden Scepter still acted in a very stoic and cold manner at the time, believing that doing so is part of a proper and "ideal" standard for Alicorn rulers. Unfortunately, he looked rather dour and pitiless to other ponies, to the point where some would flee his presence in terror whenever he appeared. Luminiferous would explain to him why acting that way is wrong, causing Golden Scepter to realize later that his behavior, which largely stemmed from the practices and beliefs of his people, was actually extremely toxic, arrogant, and high-hoofed. By the time the Fourth Age started, Golden Scepter has averted this trope, having atoned for his past and become a truly benevolent god and ruler of the Terran Empire, and even fathered nineteen demi-divine sons, whom he helped Ascend at some point in each of their lives.
    • Averted with Blue Suede Heartstrings. One in-universe backstory theory depicted him as this, ala Galactus. According to that backstory, he was once an apathetic and selfish god who constantly ate populated worlds, so he was transformed/reincarnated into an amnesiac mortal and forced to live on Equus as punishment. He gradually Took a Level in Kindness after coming into frequent contact with a single Pony mother and her young son, causing him to appreciate his fellow mortals, and ultimately chose to stay on Equus even after his memories were restored. The reality is that Blue is very humble and compassionate, and only appears in his true form as an Alicorn god when it's absolutely necessary.
    • While firmly on the side of "good", the experiences the Elternteil Deer deities had as a ruling pantheon and their negative interactions with non-Deer individuals/races (especially Grogar I) gradually transformed them into a group of haughty, puristic, self-righteous, reactionary, and racist Deer deities who believe in mortal Deerkind's superiority. Notably, they emotionally abused Temnobog for being born a God of Evil despite not doing anything to warrant it at the time (which later led to the Elternteil Deer Pantheon splintering into three groups), and horribly mistreated Blue Suede Heartstrings for "stealing away" their mortal Alvslog Deer subjects when he was actually convincing them to stop their toxic behaviors without giving up their love for nature. Because of this, both divines and mortals do not like the Elternteil Deer deities, with King Strazha seeing them as deluded people who use noble intentions as an excuse to impose their own deluded fantasies onto others. Even Golden Scepter, who otherwise hopes that Irminsul will see the error of his ways and change for the better, was enraged when he caught the High King spouting horrible things about the Bogolenya Deer Pantheon, and utterly humiliated Irminsul into avoiding the Bogolenya deities entirely. It's rather telling that whenever an Elternteil Deer deity decides to leave their pantheon, many people see and treat it as a sign of redemption - this happened with Kúzelník, Cernunnos, and Rhiannon.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Some heroes and divines in the Codexverse have very prominent flaws, yet they continue to remain benevolent and heroic despite it, even become even greater individuals by overcoming their flaws.
    • Prince Fanged Paw, Golden Scepter's second son, is loud, boisterous, blunt-tongued, and hot-tempered, and often disregards the rules and social niceties he must abide by as a Prince by acting like a total party animal around his mortal subjects. This annoys his brothers as his actions can sometimes create rather embarrassing situations. However, he's very fond of children, and is a talented poet and musician. He also loves his family and is incredibly loyal to them, including Crimson Star, even though they annoy, bicker, and snark at each other a lot.
    • This is what Prince Steel Barricade, Golden Scepter's eleventh son, became after his exile. He is a stoic and coldly logical stallion with a fierce temper, but his entry makes it clear that his demeanor is a psychological defense mechanism he developed in response to witnessing the horrors of war and brutally murdering the corrupt king and nobility of a Tauren Pony city-state he once stayed in. Deep down, he's emotionally broken, suffers from anger issues that he constantly tries to repress, and is haunted by his past actions to the point where he fears relapsing into his old behavior. But, having finally learned the value of humility and empathy, he became a benevolent figure whose notable accomplishment was teaching his former Tauren Pony subjects how to govern themselves, inspiring them to create a highly successful democracy. He also participated in various crises such as the "Storm King Crisis" event, where he protected one of his older brothers, Clear Heart, who he once bullied, from Hydianite covens and their demonic allies. It's noted that he had been receiving psychiatric help from Mentálne, the young Bogolenya Deer goddess of Mental Healing, so he could recover from his traumas and learn how to forgive himself and be more emotionally open.
    • All five members of the Black Heron Corpse Investigation Team are cynical and morbid to varying degrees, and due to living in poverty because of a floundering business, they are incredibly opportunistic and greedy. However, deep down, they are very compassionate and altruistic, and it's mentioned that they collectively suffer Chronic Hero Syndrome and thus they can't bring themselves to say "no" to a person in need, both dead and living, even if it'll inconvenience them financially in the long run. The Shinseina pantheon is currently working on getting rid of the "Jerk" part of the trope so the BHCIT make use of their full potential and become truly benevolent deities.
  • 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 global. There are further pieces hinting at a story line of cosmic proportions pertaining to the Void Aeon and the Void Sovereign.
  • 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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