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  • Kaiju: Many, including Dracozilla and Yamata no Orochi.
  • Karma Houdini:
    • The Changeling Summer Court apparently got away Scot-free with many of the war crimes they committed during the Storm King Crisis, being on the side of the victorious international coalition and being too powerful to hold them accountable. What atrocities did they actually committed against the Storm Empire during the Crisis remains to be seen, although so far King Macrodontia of the Summer Court is mentioned to have 'ravaged' their territories near Cervidia and Jotunnheim.
    • Subverted with the Summer Court's attempted genocide on Dragonkind during the Time of Broken Scales (in retaliation of the Burning of Amorea); 5,000 years later, Dr Toxikon nearly succeeded in returning the favour on all of Changelingkind in response, and even though he ultimately failed the Summer Court got pretty damaged as a result.
  • Karmic Death:
    • Changeling King Lasius's foster noble family, as well as the local royalty and the aristocracy, were horrendously lazy and incompetent, and used their wealth to fund their lavish lifestyles rather than help their extremely impoverished subjects. Lasius got so fed up with their behavior that he murdered them all during a welcoming party he threw for Emperor Blackthorn, and used their palaces and statues (all the way down to the founder) to pave and repair his foster kingdom's roads. His half-sister, Golden Bell, turned a blind eye while her family died because she too, was sick of their behaviors.
    • The Propagare cultists Elske encountered were trying to stir up distrust and hatred so they could start a war between two Deer realms. After stomping on one part of their armies and sitting on another, Elske proceeded to slowly crush them to death with her hooves so they'll be an example of what happens when people give in to hatred.
    • Golden Chalice was a Griffin warlord who tried to invade and conquer the peaceful kingdom of Sauropoda, having severely underestimated what a society of large, sapient dinosaurs are truly capable of. He was instantly killed when Queen Immensa stomped on him once.
    • Much of the old Orosian pantheon behaved little more than irresponsible, arrogant, and spoiled children, causing unnecessary deaths with their petty squabbles and extreme intolerance to even minor infractions. They eventually died in an event of their own making, the "Twilight of the Orosians", with several people making a point to show that the gods had brought their deaths upon themselves. Likewise, no one cried when the new and more benevolent Orosian gods stepped up to take their place.
    • The Alvslog royal family that raised King Brachion cast him out when it was discovered he was a dormant Royal Changeling, forcing him to survive in a forest where dangerous predators lived while he's still a child. When he completed his Errance and became good at biological experimentation, he proceeded to return and utterly destroy his foster family for abandoning him, killing a good number of them and razing their Alvslog forest kingdom to the ground to make way for his new Hive.
    • One of the purified Changelings turned out to be a Chrysalis-loyalist who pretended to side with the ascended Thorax so he could undermine the latter's authority by framing him for the deaths of several unpurified Changeling children. He was caught by hidden Summer Court agents and given to Changeling King Brachion, who would experiment on him.
    • Night Terror, a serial killer from the Deer realms who is the villainous Expy of Freddy Krueger, was fatally burned alive by the grieving parents of the young fawns he killed. However, he managed to cheat his way out of hell by making a secret deal with Ispita, causing his soul to end up in the dream realm instead. Yarost was enraged when he discovered this, due to his hatred of oath-breakers and Ispita in general, and helped Princess Luna and Tenya find and confront Night Terror. When Night Terror was made powerless, defeated, and thrown to the real world by the two goddesses, a furious Yarost was waiting for him, with no other way out of what awaited below. Temnobog himself lampshades how Night Terror was Too Dumb to Live by thinking he could worm his way out of his rightfully-deserved punishment.
    • Void Traveler, a Second-Age villain who tried to destroy Equus in the name of his "master" by putting it in a black hole, ends up completely obliterated by a few residents of the planet. As Princess Stitching Time and Queen Cosmosglow said, "Your time is up."
    • Bolezn infected an entire Deer kingdom with a devastating plague for its blatant disregard for proper hygiene, and then infiltrated the castle of a royal Deer, Prince Prospero, who arrogantly assumed he can use said plague to Kill the Poor. Under the guise of a noble who dressed up like a plague victim, Bolezn infected Prince Prospero as well as the various nobles and royalty who took shelter in his castle rather than help their subjects, leaving them to die a slow, agonizing death while their food and wealth were pillaged by Bolezn's subordinates/followers for their master to enjoy.
  • Karmic Jackpot:
    • Hearth, as well as several benevolent members of the old Orosian pantheon, end up surviving the Twilight of the Orosian Gods because of their compassion, and the Tauren Peninsula became better for it.
    • Button Mash's success over CreepEntity513 was largely due to two things - his friendship with Crystal Prism, the young Alicorn demigod of Rebirth and Change, allowed Luminiferous to give him a trinket that would lend him his future potential even if Luminiferous himself isn't there to empower him, the antediluvian Alicorn having been tipped off by Crystal's troubling vision of Button Mash being pulled into another dimension. Button Mash's bravery and willingness to expose CreepEntity as a mere bully gave its numerous victims hope that they can be freed from their confinement and suffering, so they empowered Button Mash even after he was (temporarily) turned into an Alicorn. One of CreepEntity513's victims was revealed to be Button Mash's idol, an Earth pony stallion named "King", who was also pulled into CreepEntity513's video-game dimension yet lacked the courage to face him.
    • Golden Bell, the pony half-sister of Changeling King Lasius, is one of his strongest allies and was extremely disgusted by her family's lazy incompetence, hedonism, and greed, with the only reason why she didn't kill them herself being that Lasius did it first. She ended up being the Sole Survivor of her entire family, and trusted with a high position in the local government after Lasius inherited the throne.
    • The Dragon/Changeling hybrid goddess of Foregiveness, Princess Lampyridae/Firewing, was born when Thorax and Ember stopped Dr. Toxikon and decided to utterly reject the racial Dragon-Changeling feud by forgiving each other's people and elders for their heinous actions. It was noted in her entry that the karmic backlash was so enormous that it spawned Lampyridae/Firewing in the form of an infant, making her Thorax and Ember's "biological" daughter since they work so well together.
    • Prince Léon, the first male Equestrian Alicorn and the newest addition to the Equestrian "pantheon", was born from the karmic backlash of Prince Blueblood's good deeds despite his Jerkass masks, making him the living embodiment of this trope. And as such, he embodies his "biological" father's innocence and compassion that he was forced to bury in order to deal with Canterlot's corrupt nobles. It's expected by both Celestia and Luminiferous that lots of good things will happen to Blueblood, too, if he continues raising Léon like a good father (which he currently is).
    • Despite the horrific experiences she went through, Ruby Heart forgave her neighbors for killing her as well as her family for not protecting her (they were persuaded and threatened into standing by and watching). As a result, she was "promoted" by being turned into a psychopomp, becoming Grief's apprentice, got her family and a few of her remorseful neighbors to redeem themselves, and earned quite a few friends in both mortals and divines who are all willing to protect her from more hard-lined individuals like Poena.
    • Scarlet Bell's childhood actions in opposing two morally/mentally bankrupt teachers and saving her classmates from their horrible experiments would result in Pferdia lauding her as a hero, though she would shortly move to the Grittish Isles to escape the attention and protect herself from potential retribution. Years later, after learning that Noble Grace and Bubbling Beaker have also moved to the Grittish Isles to escape the law and continue their work, she promptly called the authorities and attempted to find her grandniece, Midnight Bell, who ran off alone to save a kidnapped Page Wheel. Her intervention not only got Noble Grace and Bubbling Beaker arrested, but also saved Midnight Bell and Page Wheel from them, especially the latter, as he was being revived in a magical cocoon at the time and was rendered a sitting duck. This would also result in Scarlet Bell becoming acquainted with an Alicorn demigod once Page Wheel was healed and Ascended as Crystal Prism.
    • Ink Wheel and her family would become good friends with Scarlet Bell sometime after the latter moved to the Grittish Isles. Ink Wheel's son, Page Wheel, would later become an Alicorn demigod after coming in contact with Scarlet's maternal grandniece, Midnight Bell, which would prove handy in curing his mother's sickness as Page Wheel, now Crystal Prism, gained the ability to heal by encasing people in magical cocoons temporarily. Scarlet Bell herself would also intervene on Page Wheel's behalf by protecting him from Noble Grace and Bubbling Beaker while he was cocooned, potentially saving his life in the long run. As a result, Ink Wheel quite enjoyed bragging to her neighbors about how she became the mother of a young Alicorn, much to her son's embarrassment.
    • Emperor Golden Scepter's genuine efforts in redeeming himself for his crimes and achieving Character Development would eventually reward him come the Fourth Age.
      • His compassionate and empathetic treatment of Temnobog, the Bogolenya Deer pantheon's God of Evil, led to them becoming good friends as Golden Scepter was still willing to reach out to Temnobog despite his inner evil, and treated the latter like a person instead of a corrupted and evil cast-off of his radiant brother, Belyolen, that everyone else saw him as. Because of this, Temnobog and his surviving children, the Four Terrors, would interact closely with Golden Scepter and his demi-divine sons years later.
      • Being a good father towards all of his nineteen demi-divine sons, regardless of the difficulties he would experience in raising them, would eventually lead to them Ascending to demi-Alicornhood and becoming powerful and highly-respected heroes in their own right. This is especially impressive since in Warhammer 40,000, the Primarchs fractured because of the Emperor of Mankind's rather lousy parenting, causing almost half of them side with the Chaos Gods while a few loyal ones ended up dead or missing.
  • Karmic Transformation: This is Pakak's shtick, since he's a Karmic Trickster whose powers fluctuate depending on his target(s) morality and good/bad karma. However, he always makes sure to include a Curse Escape Clause to ensure their atonement.
    • This is what happened to the Cutie Pox-phobic ponies of Sunnytown - after ritualistically killing an innocent filly named Ruby Heart for getting a Cutie Mark, an enraged Pakak (who had been attending the party as a pony) revealed himself and cursed everyone involved into becoming zombies to reflect their monstrous actions. In addition, they are forced to relive a magical simulation of the fateful day every year, and are unable to leave Sunnytown until they take responsibility and atone for their sins. It's noted in Grey Hoof's entry that he was among the first to become zombies, being directly responsible for Ruby Heart's death and the murderous fervor of Sunnytown towards Cutie Marks.
  • Karmic Trickster: Pakak is the literal god of this trope, being the Draconequus Spirit of Mischief and Karma.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch:
    • Changeling King Brachion is infamous for conducting extremely horrific and unethical experiments on innocent people, save for a few occasions:
      • His foster family, a royal group of Alvslog Deer, cast him out and left him in the forests to die when he was discovered to be a dormant Changeling, while he was still a colt. Years later, after finishing his Errance, he would return to unleash his revenge upon his family for their abandonment by corrupting the king into tyranny, killing off most of his family with his bio-engineered monsters, and turning the survivors into his test subjects.
      • After Summer Court agents spotted a purified Changeling in Thorax's hive that turned out to be a Chrysalis-loyalist, they secretly transferred him to Brachion's hive. Brachion proceeded to turn the Changeling traitor into his test subject to see what exactly caused Thorax's ascension into a Royal Changeling.
    • Blood Fang, Gleaming Shield/Radiant Primrose's Eternal Foe who's known as "The Dark Conqueror", has been known to manipulate the heroes numerous times to forward his goals of conquering Hyrule. On the other hand, quite a few villains get manipulated by him, too.
      • He turned Malus Tenebris into his pawn by appearing to him as a "god", and "blessed" Malus with great power so the evil usurper could conquer Hyrule and cover Equus in twilight... only for Blood Fang to betray him towards the end and leave him at the mercy of Gleaming Shield and his ally, then-usurped queen Onyx Flare, realizing that Malus's plans would have massive repercussions if they came to pass. This became Blood Fang's undoing, though, as Malus snapped his own neck in spite and despair, killing Blood Fang as well due to having established a magical bond to "bless" Malus in the first place.
      • During the Storm King Crisis, he approached one of the Storm King's generals who conquered Hyrule so he could make a request about a possible alliance, which was presumably accepted. Later on, the general realized too late that Blood Fang secretly set him up, resulting in his armies being utterly massacred and him falling to the combined might of Gleaming Shield and Radiant Primrose. When asked why he helped Hyrule instead of trying to conquer it as usual, Blood Fang responded:
        Blood Fang: Only a naive and mad fool such as the so-called 'Storm King' would try lay eyes on a territory that I called dibs on first.
    • Bolezn, one of the Four Terrors, once infiltrated the castle of a Deer Prince while a masquerade party was going on, dressed as a plague victim, which would've been a bad thing to do since the kingdom was being ravaged by a deadly plague outside... that Bolezn himself created to punish said kingdom for their blatant disregard for proper hygiene. He also infected everyone inside the castle and made them die slow, agonizing deaths, also a fitting punishment since the Deer Prince in question, Prince Prospero, arrogantly thought he could use Bolezn's plague to Kill the Poor, while the local nobility and royalty would rather hide out in Prospero's castle than help their infected subjects. Bolezn does admit later he somewhat regrets crashing Prospero's party since he wanted to join in the festives, but "duty calls, I guess".
  • Kill on Sight:
    • The Dyvaos have such an order on them nigh-universally. This is for good reason: they're malfunctioning ancient bio-weapons that if allowed to reproduce and propagate can and almost have destroyed life on Equus. They're the reason their creators aren't around anymore and Gamarea and the Guardian Beasts of Neighpon were literally created to stop them from doing it to anyone else.
    • Ispita has a similar order; having betrayed her own principles as a constructively Evil goddess to follow "diabolical" Evil, Temnobog fell out of love for her and not only punished two of his children who sided with her by eating them alive, he also ordered his surviving children to hunt down and kill her should she be spotted in the various Deer realms.
  • King in the Mountain:
    • Queen Dazzleglow, the ruler of the lost kingdom of Kerajaan Cahaya, sealed herself away to awaken and prevent the destruction of her world from repeating itself. Daring Do awakens her, but it's more complicated than that: she's not returning to stop one specific disaster, but break the Vicious Cycle of civilizations rising, then being completely destroyed that has repeated throughout Equus's history. Due to her having never been removed from power, she is also still the ruler of Kerajaan Cahaya, and begins rebuilding her kingdom with Sparkle Ponies flocking to her as their new Goddess.
    • Justified with Emperor Golden Scepter, though not of his own will. He was very active up until the Imperium era, after which he disappeared. This is because, after a slew of terrible mistakes that resulted from the traumas affecting his judgement, Golden Scepter was gravely wounded in a violent coup kick-started by General Aurum Lupus, who saw him as a divine tyrant and rebelled to oust him, and was put in magical stasis to save his life. However, everyone gradually forgot about him, and he ended up sleeping through even the entire First Age until he was found, revived, and healed by Luminiferous and Dazzleglow in the beginning of the Second Age.
  • Klingon Promotion: In Equus, sometimes the only way to advance in life is to kill someone higher up the ranks and take their place, with all the power and prestige that comes with it.
    • Changeling King Lasius inherited the throne in the kingdom he grew up in by killing off both the entire nobility and royalty for their lazy incompetence. Fortunately for the people, he turned out to be The Good King who introduced to them a higher quality of living.

  • Large Ham:
    • Entasi rivals Discord in terms of sheer ham, in part due to being a Minotaur god.
    • Crazy Ant fully embraces his status as a Mad Scientist, including the hammy parts of it. When using his gattling crossbow at the Battle of Infernos, he apparently never stopped laughing manically until it ran out of ammo, setting the in-universe world record for longest continual maniacal laugh.
    • Prince Vultus IV is called "The Loud" because of his extreme hamminess. His voice is so loud that it triggers avalanches, and he even weaponized it by stunning people with his shouts.
    • Prince Fanged Paw is literally large, being a tall demi-Alicorn Prince who towers over his mortal subjects. He's also described as a Boisterous Bruiser-type person who can be loud, dramatic, and outspoken, to the point where one of his younger brothers, Prince Steel Barricade, suggested they should find him based on who's the loudest if he ever gets lost in crowds. It's because of this trope that he was able to befriend King/Prince Vultus IV and the god Clamos over their sheer volume and ham.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • Pakak has this as an explicit power. He can convert a person's good or evil karma into spells, either giving them a great blessing or a terrible curse. Apparently he tore out one of Discord's fangs using his own evil during their fight when he was sealed. And after he learned that some Cutie Mark-phobic ponies from Sunnytown murdered a young filly for getting a Cutie Mark, he cursed everyone to live as zombies until they took responsibility and atoned for their crimes. He was noted to have felt not a shred of remorse for doing it.
    • Choice warned the Changelings and Dragons that their actions against Queen Acherontia and Dragon Lord Vulcan out of Fantastic Racism and paranoia would inevitably have consequences and come back to bite them. Cue the two's hybrid daughter returning a millennia later, royally ticked off and on the warpath against them for what was done to her family. Notably, even Mothryu pointed out this was something they brought on themselves to the point she refused to do more than evacuate the innocent civilians from her warpath.
      • Empress Blackrose received this for mistreating her daughter, Queen Acherontia, out of disgust towards her relationship with a dragon as well as her hybrid daughter - many of her children called her out on her actions, with Princess/Captain Mimetidae outright punching Blackrose in the jaw before she cut off contact with her family for a few centuries. Queen Pentatomidae, who was close to Acherontia and even begged Blackrose to spare her sister during the persecution, pointedly avoided the Spring Court for longer at a whopping 500 years. Puck also pointed out that Choice told them what the consequences of their racism would be, yet they didn't heed the deity's warning, capping off with "I told you so."
    • The Clovenist Empire had committed a few share of atrocities - when their Mana Bomb ocean tests resulted in the birth of a few Kaiju, they refused to take responsibility for it. And when they attempted to experiment on the Sparkle Ponies, some of them ended up killed by an enraged Visitor. As a result, most countries dislike or hate the Clovenists with a passion, with the Neighponese wind god Kazekami calling them "honourless cowards".
    • One reason why the Elternteil pantheon splintered was because they shunned and emotionally abused Temnobog for being born "evil", even though he personally didn't do anything evil to them at the time, while they favored Belyolen because he was born the pure and benevolent god they wanted. To ensure that Belyolen wouldn't be corrupted, they taught him to see Temnobog as "inferior" and prevented him from even seeing his brother, forcing him to watch as Temnobog endured more abuse until he snapped. This came to a head when Belyolen overheard some of his family discussing the idea of getting rid of Temnobog entirely, upsetting him so much that he confronted his entire family and called them out on their arrogance and abusive hypocrisy, pointing out that they became no better than the evils they opposed by abusing a child for being born "wrong" in their eyes, while also shaming himself for not protecting or helping Temnobog when he needed it. This inspired many of his brothers and sisters to leave the Elternteil pantheon out of guilt and shame, spawning both the Bogolenya and Hoyklan pantheons. It's noted in Belyolen's entry that the Alicorn Primeval of Self-Love, Amour-De-Soi, helped Belyolen act on his decision by encouraging him to do the right thing out of disgust towards his family's arrogant complacency.
    • Two disgraced teachers and criminals, Noble Grace and Bubbling Beaker, tried replicating the Ascension process so they could help Ponykind tap into its collective inner potential by luring/kidnapping and experimenting on young foals and teenagers who have great talent/potential. This backfired on them in a huge way.
      • The first time literally blew up in their faces when one of their students, Scarlet Bell, confronted and fought them to save her classmates from a "monster", and the resulting fight created a huge fire after Noble Grace's spells misfired. However, they would evade the law by secretly traveling to the Grittish Isles and laying low over there for a number of years, with Scarlet Bell none the wiser until years later.
      • The second time, after Midnight Bell made some more lies out of stress and to save face for her initial dishonesty, Noble Grace and Bubbling Beaker would try again with Page Wheel, a unicorn colt they kidnapped and experimented on under the false belief that he was a Child Prodigy. Page Wheel became a magic-devouring monster that not only caused a lot of damage in his rampage through the Grittish Isles, but he also left Noble Grace completely powerless by draining her of all her magic, revealing her true age as a very elderly mare. Noble Grace herself would also be confronted by a now-elderly Scarlet Bell, who was completely disgusted with her former teachers for not learning anything from their previous failures and continuing her horrific experiments, and even decked her in the face for it. At the end of the day, Noble Grace and Bubbling Beaker were arrested, tried, and put away for their crimes, with an angry Luminiferous chewing them out for their actions while showing them their own potential that they squandered. As a final nail in the coffin, Page Wheel, who Ascended to become Crystal Prism after his death and revival, would ultimately go against their intended purpose for him to be the living symbol of a "New Age" for Ponykind, having been encouraged to Screw Destiny by benevolent individuals such as Golden Scepter.
    • Many of High King Irminsul's actions would come back to bite him in the flanks in various ways.
      • After emotionally abusing his dark son, Temnobog, and treating him like Belyolen's unwanted cast-off for being born an "evil" god his entire fawnhood, Irminsul would be devoured by Temnobog himself years later; though Narren eventually rescued him, Temnobog still got his consolation prize in the form of seeing Irminsul be humiliated over being "bested" by his evil son. Even after his Heel–Face Turn, Temnobog still remained quite resentful of his father, and the only reason Irminsul isn't dead yet is because of Belyolen's benevolent influence on his younger twin.
      • His treatment of his more beloved son, Belyolen, was loaded with blatant favoritism and hypocrisy as he tried grooming Belyolen to be a ruler without flaws, and taught him to shun everything "dark" and evil, which means mistreating and even killing his own twin brother for the benefit of mortal Deerkind. This eventually caused Belyolen to rebel by calling out his entire family, Irminsul included, and then leaving with both Temnobog and a significant portion of the Elternteil Deer Pantheon who regretted their horrible actions, leaving the once-mighty pantheon much smaller than it once was. It's noted that while Belyolen still loves his father, their current relationship is quite strained, and Belyolen tries to keep his father at a distance since he doesn't want his father's toxic beliefs affecting the Bogolenya Deer Pantheon.
      • He ended up being the unfortunate babysitter of the young divine Diamond Dog, Scrappus, who gave him and his family hell by acting like a Bratty Half-Pint incarnate while staying over in the Elternteil Deer Pantheon's divine realm. What made this karmic is that he constantly treated Temnobog like an evil abomination who shouldn't be born despite doing nothing to deserve it, only to end up with a non-evil divine child who turned out to be a real brat. Due to his great hatred for his father, Temnobog remains the only person (besides Prince Shamrock) who developed a liking for Scrappus.
      • He also gets a chewing-out from Luminiferous, who is rightly enraged with him for enforcing his twisted ideas of perfection onto his unborn son and defiling/killing him in the womb. Luminiferous even states that he's no different from the evil, narcissistic Alicorn, Morning Star, who also believed in perfection as the absence of flaws.
      • After trying to visit Belyolen and Temnobog, he ended up getting into a heated argument with his twin sons, and said horrible things about Temnobog, the non-Deer Bogolenya deities, and their "bastard" hybrid children. This enraged a visiting Golden Scepter so much that he confronted Irminsul in his true divine form and humiliated him by giving him a vicious "dressing-down" in front of everyone. This left Irminsul so terrified of Golden Scepter that he avoids visiting the Bogolenya Deer Pantheon out of fear of bumping into him again.
      • In addition, a Codex Equus researcher named Jade Shell would gather information about his misdeeds and compile them into an entry that was later published, causing everyone who read it to react in disgust and anger while his own reputation tanked even further. In Jade Shell's words, if he was willing to purify his unborn son for having something he didn't like, what's stopping him from doing it to others? Because of this, Temnobog now respects her for having the courage to write about his hated father despite the Elternteil Deer Pantheon and the Alvslog Deer Herds' rampant arrogance and xenophobia.
    • One Elternteil deity insulted and demeaned Bolezn to the point of making the latter cry, enraging his siblings to the point where Yarost chased after the offending deity as a literally burning stag, and punched the guy in the face just before the other Bogolenya deities successfully restrained him. Belyolen, while massively displeased with his nephew because of the repercussions it might have for both the Bogolenya and Elternteil Deer pantheons, ultimately let Yarost go scot-free because he later acknowledged that if Temnobog was insulted, he wouldn't hesitate to defend him as well.
    • A Scion of Hurricane called Prince Steel Barricade a "disgrace" to his face for being a former pegasus who Ascended, and supporting "traitorous" pegasi such as Fiery Flight and others like her. Steel Barricade would snap as reactionaries are one of his Berserk Buttons, and proceeded to give the Scion a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown in public. However, Reality Ensues as while many people thought the Scion "deserved it", Steel Barricade's brothers had to pull him away before the situation escalated, and Golden Scepter was rather disappointed with his son for losing his temper, despite having no love for tribalists himself.
    • In numerous instances, many members/followers of the Poenan pantheon, including Poena herself, often end up being punished by benevolent forces and individuals who are rightly disgusted and angry with their cruel, merciless, and excessive methods of exacting Justice.
      • A group of Poenan deities tried assassinating Temnobog under the belief that killing a God of Evil will "save" Equus. Belyolen, Temnobog's kindhearted older twin brother, would quickly defeat the assailants and warn them that while he's willing to forgive them, he won't be as merciful should they try again. Sure enough, the Poenan allies try again, this time going after the Four Terrors as well. As punishment, Belyolen gave the group to a gleeful Temnobog and his family, who all proceeded to punish their would-be killers as they saw fit.
      • Golden Scepter, ruler of the Terran Empire, would publicly decry the Poenan pantheon as a group of "deluded extremists", offending them so much that Poena led a small group of divine/mortal followers against him. They would get their collective ass kicked when Golden Scepter revealed that he is a much more powerful, older, and experienced god than he looked, resulting in a swift defeat. In addition, they're further humiliated when Katharsis showed up to take pictures and sent the photos to everyone the Poenan pantheon had wronged in the name of "Justice".
      • A canonized Codexverse drabble reveals that a group of young Poenan followers tried attacking Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon for being former bullies because they saw a "greater evil" waiting to emerge, despite the two having atoned for their actions. This would earn them the wrath of Prince Fanged Paw, Golden Scepter's second-oldest son, who proceeded to thrash and humiliate them for trying to go after those he deemed his "protectorates".
  • Last Stand:
    • Audens Manes has this as an explicit power: as the Goddess of the Valiant Deaths, she can empower a dying mortal with enough life to perform one last heroic act before dying. The power is even called "Last Stand".
    • The 'League of Domination Crisis', the last major crisis event before Princess Twilight's ascension as the sole ruler of Equestria, is this for Equestria and many of its allies as the League of Domination, composed of newly-empowered Lord Tirek, Ex-Queen Chrysalis and Cozy Glow made an all-out attempt to take-over Equestria and destroy all their enemies. Surprisingly, it is noted that this was a Last Stand for the three Evil Overlords themselves.
  • Last Villain Stand:
    • King Xestobium, with his hive defeated, endgame ruined, himself having been battered and bloodied in the final battle, and now confronted by both Changeling Gods, ultimately picks up a sword and charges them, despite knowing it will be the end of him and he can't win.
    • The League of Domination (Lord Tirek, Ex-Queen Chrysalis and Cozy Glow)'s ultimate attempt at conquest is portrayed to be this for them as it is a Last Stand for the allied forces of Harmony. Like in canon, all three villains were on the verge of utter defeat: Both Lord Tirek and Cozy Glow had been captured and imprisoned in Tartarus. Chrysalis has lost everything except her own life, hiding out in a remote jungle and slowly going mad from isolation. They would had been doomed were it not for Grogar II's rescue. Realizing none of them could succeed alone and they would not have another chance like this again, they would team up to empower themselves and rally substantial amount of villainous forces to their banner, kick-starting the crisis. The relevant entries made it clear that this was, for all intents and purposes, their desperate, last-ditch attempt to finally win, claim revenge on their enemies and Take Over the World. They were correct in realizing it to be this trope too, considering the outcome and their ultimate fate.
  • Legion of Doom: Several villainous factions are formed over the course of Codexverse's Myth Arc, especially as a 'Time of Trials' arrive and the forces of harmony and disharmony ramp up their efforts in opposing one another. As their existence demonstrates, the good guys are not the only ones who can unite their efforts under a common cause or when endangered by a greater threat, even if the bad guys' nature would likely make such alliances inherently unstable, frequently step on each other and prone to infighting.
    • The canonical alliance between Lord Tirek, Cozy Glow and Chrysalis is known in-universe as the 'League of Domination', and while they are the top three members, there are also an additional number of individual and groups of villains allied, associated or assimilated into the faction, as well as whole armies of minions, making it even stronger and more numerous than the show's portrayal. And the League itself survived their founders' ultimate defeat, albeit splintering into different factions without their commanding presence.
    • The Tyrannos Pantheon led by Propagare and include the likes of Censura, Arma, Khakiston and others are a divine version of this, made up of deities whose domains cover tyrannical and dictatorial concepts.
    • A canonized drabble hints Temnobog, the Dark One and Emperor Blackthorn, patriarch and master of the Summer Court (And Propagare's mentor), are planning to form an alliance of Evil Deities and followers themselves to create a new world order that would serve as a counterweight to the Cosmic Council, an insurance against rival/upstart destructively evil/Fallen deities and a means of advancing all their ruthless, villainous self-interests.
    • The 'Legion of Gloom' that's increasingly mentioned in post-Lo D entries appears to be a prominent one formed just before or after Twilight's ascension as sole ruler of Equestria, and is making increasing amount of troubles and attacks. Also, the Autorists from the Griffon Kingdom of Talonia are backing them with ulterior motives.
  • Light 'em Up: Various individuals, both divine and mortal, have the power to manipulate light.
    • Crystal Prism is described as having a developing talent in light magic, and some of his capabilities include firing searing light beams, creating barriers and light-based illusions, and having butterflies made of light guide him and his allies through dark places. He can also blind and disorient people with light through magical flash-bangs, manipulation of reflective surfaces, and channeling his light magic through his own body so he looks brighter than he initially is. During his rescue of Button Mash and the victims of CreepEntity513 from its collapsing game realm, he made a series of light-based platforms so they could cross a bottomless chasm and enter a portal into the real world.
    • One of Belyolen's divine domains is Light, so naturally he has light-based magic. He gets stronger during daytime and the Summer season, where light is most abundant. It's noted that whatever he can do, Temnobog can also do thanks to having similar capabilities with his darkness magic. Appropriately, Belyolen is described by his entry as a light-pelted stag who's always surrounded by a halo of light.
  • Living Legend: Many, since Codex Equus revolves around the inhabitants of a planet that's also a World of Badass.
    • It's noted in Prince Sparkling Wing's entry that after leaving his childhood kingdom to travel with Luminiferous as his student, stories and legends about him would pop up throughout the Third Age, telling of a lavender-pelted pegasus stallion who would resolve conflicts all over Equus and manipulate the skies themselves. It's what later led to Sparkling Wing meeting Queen Dazzleglow in the Fourth Age post-Ascension, having heard of said legends and was interested in his potential role in breaking "The Cycle".
    • A conversation with BrutalityInc reveals that Golden Scepter is seen as a heroic legend among both Alicornkind and the rest of Equus, being not only a peerless genius and powerful psychic whose mind is said to be unmatched when compared to even the mightiest of Alicorns, but also an incredibly competent ruler who founded three empires in his lifetime. He's also a beloved war hero who personally fought against Morning Star, and protected and hid away those who didn't want to participate in the war, saving Alicornkind from complete extinction. However, he's not without detractors - many Alicorns see Golden Scepter as "eccentric" for choosing to stay behind and help rebuild Equus after the war rather than go into seclusion to help his people regain their former glory, and his actions during the Imperium era made him a very controversial figure even by the Alicorns' standards.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: And the cast is only getting bigger and bigger with every entry. Justified; Codex Equus is mainly about coming up for lore about Equestria and the world at large, which inevitably involves introducing lots of characters to make things that happened in the canon show seem more plausible.
  • Lost Technology: Given the sheer time scales involved in the Codexverse (45,000 years worth of history for the 'Four Ages of Known History' by themselves), many innovations, technological, magical, both or other things entirely had been created by the various civilizations arose throughout the ages. When those civilizations fell, so too went the knowledge of how to create them, leaving only relics and rumours with which savants of later days would attempt to piece together and recreate those lost marvels. Assuming that they're not so dangerous that they're best to be left forgotten...
    • 'Firearms' from the Second Age - when Equus had an Atomic/Information Era and beyond technological civilization - are considered something of a holy grail in weapons technology. Gunpowder as we know it has not been reinvented by the Fourth Age, and it's heavily implied that attempts to recreate it is heavily discouraged if not outright prevented by the Powers That Be - up to and including the Gods of Equus - in an attempt to reduce conflict and bloodshed, resulting in an Alternate Techline where melee-weapons and shields remain relevant in war, ranged weapons are dominated by crossbows and 'pneumatic-catapults', and 'Blastfire' is used for cannons and bombs instead.
    • Prince Steel Barricade's entry mentions foresight-based technologies such as the Acuity from the Imperium era, and the various Cutie Mark-predicting 'supercomputers' owned by the Alicorns of yore. BrutalityInc would point out that such technologies were of the "Looks good on paper yet bad in practice" sort of ideas in that the prediction models were either flawed, were unable to factor in certain things into their predictions, or both. Furthermore, Steel Barricade's entry states that the construction and use of foresight-based technologies in general was what contributed to the fall of great kingdoms and organizations, including the Alicorn Civilization, as their creators used them to help get certain outcomes and control their subjects' lives and futures as they saw fit, something that Golden Scepter had personally witnessed. When he found that Steel Barricade managed to build his own working version, he was proud of his son's accomplishment yet disapproved of what he created, and had Steel Barricade dismantle his project permanently after explaining to him why using foresight-based technologies would be detrimental for mortal and divine sapientkind in the long run.
  • Lovecraft Lite: The planet Equus could be best described as A World Half Full, colored with optimism and hope. On one hand, it's crawling with Ancient Evils and other antediluvian horrors of incomprehensible morality, and out of the various ancient pantheons and deities that watch over Equus, some of them are known to be insane, selfish, petty, and tyrannical towards their mortal worshipers and subjects. Entities such as Tulpas, demons, and even divines, can literally come to life from the natural processes and thinking minds of mortal sapients. Even some civilized sapient races such as Giants and Dragons are arrogant, domineering, and cruel enough to torment those smaller and weaker and them, causing other races such Ponies, Griffons, and Changelings to live a precarious existence where everything and everyone is trying to kill them for various reasons. Equus is also set on a metaphorical "timer" of the Vicious Cycle kind - various mortals and divines struggle with breaking free of the natural and inevitable consequences of certain actions, self-imposed or otherwise. Meanwhile, a select few are hurrying to make sure that everyone is strong enough to fight and defeat the Void Sovereign, a Mad God who is currently sealed in the Cosmic Void and will bring everything to the void once he's freed. On the other hand, various Codexverse entries have shown that despite the things that plague mortal sapientkind, they make up for it through sheer adaptability, cleverness, resourcefulness, ingenuity, and determination, allowing them to come out on top in the end. It is also shown that both mortal and divine sapientkind are capable of friendship and love, allowing them to defeat enemies just by cooperating with each other and showing positive emotions that various evil individuals couldn't and wouldn't understand. But perhaps the greatest advantage of all is that through adversity and hardship, mortals can even become benevolent gods and goddesses themselves through their deeds and character.
  • Love Goddess: There are many deities on Equus, both male and female, who embody Love and its various aspects.
    • Blue Suede Heartstrings is the Alicorn god of Love, since it became one of his domains post-Ascension, though in his case he embodies Philia Love, known as the love shared between friends. He can see the friendships shared between sapient creatures as magical rope that become increasingly frayed if the friendship(s) in question is damaged, allowing him to seek out those with troubled friendships so he can mend them. He also has the ability to magically sever the ropes of friendship, but only uses it in dire situations such as freeing those who had been magically coerced into subservience by evil individuals, and helping people get out of abusive friendships that they can't by themselves. His entry notes that while his actions have led to friends becoming lovers, he has stated that friendship is a crucial step that leads to romantic love, as reaching that stage requires the development of long-established trust, respect, and faith for all people involved. It's also thematically tied to how he broke free from both the toxic music/media industries of his time and the people associated with said industries, and gained more friends by staying true to himself, thanks to the influence of benevolent individuals like Luminiferous.
    • The most likely account of Cosmos' Mysterious Past has her being a love goddess of a forgotten pantheon who tried to reach out and reform Discord. Unfortunately, she failed, as Discord saw through it and turned it around by seducing her instead and transformed her into an evil, monstrous being who is hopelessly obsessed with him. There are evidence to suggest this as her portfolio covers Love and she retains some powers over it, albeit now twisted into an embodiment of obsessive and profaned love.
    • The Amaredae is an entire group of Love-based deities, consisting of the divine sons and daughters of Amareros, the Love Primeval.
      • As the firstborn son and child of Amareros, Canteros is a Love god who embodies the concepts of Requited Love and Reconciliation. He reaches out to people whose desires for love go unanswered, and helps lovers who are separated by cruel and fickle deities reunite with each other. He also serves as a mediator and peacemaker for couples that have broken up, helping them acknowledge their flaws and where they went wrong so they could repair their relationships. However, Canteros has another aspect as the avenger of unrequited Love, and harshly punishes those who ignore the pining of others or break their hearts for their own amusement. His entry notes that his domains can also apply to friends, as friendships are a platonic form of Love.
      • Amour-De-Soi is an Alicorn goddess who embodies Love, though in her case, while she does have the abilities typical of a Love-based deity, she embodies the concepts of Self-Love and Self-Esteem. Because of this, she has been reaching out to self-loathing and despairing individuals from even the brink of suicide so she can save them, and help teach them how to love themselves. That being said, she treats both narcissists and the concept of Narcissism with great contempt, seeing them as perversions of Self-Love entirely.
    • Elske is one, since she has powerful empathy and all of her divine domains involve Love in some form. Though unlike Princess Cadence, who inspires tame affection, Elske inspires the hot-blooded romance variety, invoking such passion in mortals that they tend to get completely caught up in the moment... until it wears off, that is.
    • Prince Bright Eyes, the ninth son of Emperor Golden Scepter, is a Love god who specifically embodies Storge Love, known as the love shared by families. Through this domain, his psychic empathy is enhanced further, and he gravitates towards those who love their families very much or are falling out of love with them. In addition, he can see the bonds that tie people together as family. This gives him the ability to help fix these bonds if their relationships are deteriorating or forcibly broken by those who separate family from their own kin. However, he can also sever these bonds, which he uses to help free people from toxic, abusive families. As the embodiment of Storge Love, Bright Eyes is empowered by the presence of familial love and grows stronger when there's a massive abundance of it, though the opposite can happen if there's so little.


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