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  • Made of Magic: Many such entities are mentioned. They are described as magical Boltzmann Brains, beginning their existence as formless entities created from random fluctuations of the magic field of the world, achieving order and complexity by sheer chance, followed by sapience and intelligence.
    • Elementals are magical entities spawned from natural events and processes, and are the most common magical entities in-universe due to natural processes being generally more energetic and frequent in occurrence.
    • Ethereals are magical entities spawned from magical patterns imprinted/reflecting the thoughts, feelings and emotions of mortal races. These ranges from tulpas and ghosts, to angels and daemons.
    • All the deities in the setting are essentially Pure Magic Being of divine proportions, and many start out as Elemental and Ethereal entities. The big difference is their magic is magic as a fundamental force of nature, undiluted and capable of effecting reality on a completely different level than mortals can.
    • It is strongly implied that the incorporeal souls of sapients in the universe are made of magic as well.
    • Tulpas are also made of magic, being created as living embodiments of the desires, emotions, beliefs, and thoughts of mortals. Their nature depends on what created them, but generally benevolent Tulpas exist, with the strongest of them being created by The Power of Love like Queen Fantasia. Evil Tulpas do exist, however, and people like the enigmatic Medicine Seller work as Tulpa hunters to exterminate them.
  • Mad Scientist:
    • King Metrinii Lyonesse is this, building all kinds of chemical weapons and devices. His finest creation, the Despoiler Toxin, is a notable example of his horrific work.
    • His brother, King Brachion Lyonesse, is this as well, specializes in creating all kinds of biological weapons, from abominable monsters to horrific pathogens.
    • Crazy Ant is a benevolent example. He outright admits he's a mad scientist, but is generally a good person who just wants freedom to build whatever he wants to without it being used for evil. That being said, he does not like anyone who starts veering into the bad side of this trope For Science!, with the worst offenders being permanently exiled and other countries being shown a magical list of the offenders' crimes, effectively blacklisting them. In his words, he's insane, not "a psycho".
    • Dr. Toxikon wasn't this trope originally, but after snapping he becomes one.
  • The Magic Comes Back: Equus' magical and fantastical elements returned with a spectacular flourish during the Third Age of Known History, when the Background Magic Field of Equus (And implied the rest of the nearby cosmos) experienced a massive spike in energy levels, resulting in a highly wonderous age of highly magical civilizations and fantastical races old and new returning to Equus. Even in the current Fourth Age of Known History, there is still enough magic for a world where Physical Gods walk the earth, monsters and demons are common nuisances and threats, and mages work with scientists to solve the mysteries of the universe. While it is still implied these periods come and go in cycles, something occurring at the end of the 'Void Aeon' in the Second Age was a major cause of the Third/Fourth Age period of magic.
  • The Magic Goes Away: Equus experienced one of this during the Second Age of Known History - the time of 'Tales Seven' - to the point the technological civilizations at the time considers sorcery and fantastical creatures as myths (And where they did pop out on occasion, analyzed them in non-fantastical terms). It was hinted that a decline was already taking place during the First Age, even though there were still plenty to go around for Megann and the Paradise Ponies. During the Second Age, most of the more fantastical races of Equus had retreated to neighbouring habitable planes and Pocket Dimensions. It is heavily implied that these periods comes and goes in cycles.
  • Magic Hair: Often a hallmark of divinity, especially for Alicorns, who are once mortal ponies that Ascended. As they grow "older", the Alicorns eventually develop so much innate magic that it starts leaking into their manes and tails, which makes them constantly ripple and changes so they develop the properties of (or are related to) what each individual Alicorn embodies.
    • Double-subverted with Golden Scepter, an antediluvian Alicorn Emperor. His mane and tail in his "true" form are made of black spatial, ethereal energy that show of scenes of twinkling stars and yellow giant-type stars. His "default" form has normal yet twinkling black hair.
    • Upepo, a Zebrafrican Giraffe goddess, has a mane and tail made of miniature tornadoes, which fits her being the living embodiment of Wind.
    • Post-Ascension, Prince Sparkling Wing's mane and tail became ethereal, resembling wispy, dark purple clouds. It's rather appropriate, since he's the Alicorn god of Weather.
    • King Baarish, the Elephant god of Water, has orange, perpetually looping hair that mimics the properties of water itself.
    • Princes Jiniri gained this post-Ascension. Her hair as the mortal Razzaroo was three-tone, being colored green, faded pink, and white. After she became an Alicorn goddess, her hair retained its colors, but it became rippling sand with a golden tint.
    • Because of their sheer power, all of the Terran Princes had their own magic change their manes and tails to represent what they embodied after they Ascended.
      • Post-Ascension, Fanged Paw's hair started taking on the properties of disruptive energy, and as a result it crackles and ripples rather chaotically. Some even mistook it for lightning.
      • Post-Ascension, Crimson Star became one of the first of his brothers to have his hair change much earlier than expected because of the sheer psionic power he possessed. As a result, his mane and tail gained a perpetual ripple and showed signs of a spatial appearance like his father's hair like stars and even suns.
      • After becoming a demi-Alicorn god, Written Word's white mane and tail transformed into rippling, ethereal, and wispy white clouds. It fits, as he is a powerful and skilled wind mage. The white patches on his blue pelt also became ethereal, making him look like a walking patch of the bright sky.
    • Queen Dazzleglow' mane and tail is described in Tales of Equestria as being made of rippling blue and white energy. Her pelt is also dotted with stars, and a ring of stardust constantly encircles her.
    • Princess-Regent Merula's mane and tail are both described as being made of silver-colored magic post-Ascension.
    • Princess Brightglow's mane and tail are made of pink and purple energy, and are both described as being made of the same ethereal matter as Dazzleglow's. However, when angered, her hair transforms into burning flames due to her heat-based magic.
  • Magnetic Hero: Often justified, whether through exceptional social skills, a supernatural ability, or other means.
    • Prince Sparkling Wing is described as such in his entry. As a mortal teenage pegasus stallion, he was rather infamous for having an interracial entourage, which included Griffon and Yak nobles and princes, and an elderly commoner stallion named "Whizzbag". And after he became an Alicorn, he continued down this path, attracting people to him with his words and defusing conflicts all over Equus. Justified, as he had the social skills and silver tongue required to be this trope, and is also a natural empath.
    • Though the "Hero" part varies with each individual, Royal Changelings are known for an aura of charisma that could draw Common Changelings towards them and inspire their loyalty. It takes a considerable amount of effort (like being too much of a tyrant) to spoil it and turn the Common Changelings against them, something cited as one of the reasons behind Chrysalis' downfall.
  • Man-Eating Plant: Some are mentioned in the Exotic Wildlife section.
    • The Dangler Tree, which lures its prey into its vicinity with a scent that stimulates hunger, catches them with long, 'dangling' stalk-like carpels which secretes a strong adhesive compound and drags them into its flower-like feeding pods, within which they are digested. While extremely dangerous, they are still cultivated by the likes of Zebras and Changelings for both defense against intruders and harvesting various chemicals they produce for both medicinal and industrial applications.
    • The infamous Ya-Te-Veo is also mentioned in the entry as a distant relative of the Dangler Tree, found in Zebrica.
  • Manipulative Bastard:
    • Emperor Blackthorn of the Changeling Summer Court is described as a consummate deceiver and masterful schemer, who had manipulated entire civilizations and even pantheons of gods for his own inscrutable agendas. His Changeling King sons are more or less chips off the old block themselves, with various places on the morality scale.
    • The entries also strongly imply the Changelings as a whole has this as their hat, for good (in the case of the Seelie Courts) or ill (in the case of the Unseelie Courts).
    • Propagare, being the God of Propaganda, is naturally this as part of his portfolio and very successful at it.
  • The Masquerade: The Changelings kept one for eons, but Chrysalis's mad quest for power and subjugation of all non-Changelings, and Thorax's action of seeking asylum in Equestria as well as his Ascension during his confrontation with Chrysalis, caused it to be broken. Thorax in particular is most notable since he has the potential to break their species-wide curse.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: The Terran Empire's royal family consists of Golden Scepter and his nineteen demi-Alicorn sons, all whom were sired through his now-deceased mortal pegasus wife, Empress-Consort Blessed Skies. This is based on the fact that the Emperor of Mankind had genetically-engineered/produced twenty-one Primarchs, minus the two lost Primarchs. The fact that Golden Scepter birthed only sons had not gone without comment from Trixie Lulamoon, who once visited the Terran Empire and discovered, to her dismay, that the royal family contained only divine Alicorn stallions. The Radiant Emperor himself found her subsequent response so hilarious that he laughed in acknowledgement.
    Trixie Lulamoon: It's nothing but a SAUSAGE FEST in here!
  • Matriarchy: Zigzagged. While benevolent queendoms tend to be very common in Equus, with the rulers being benevolent deities or demigods, patriarchies and mixed-gendered governments and societies do co-exist with them.
    • The Spring Court Changelings are ruled by Empress Blackrose and her daughters, with the large majority of the latter being Queens. They are famous for being benevolent rulers, being the positive counterparts of the patriarchal Summer Court... however, some of them are also flawed, displaying haughty, patronizing attitudes (especially towards Autumn Changelings, who they tend to treat as ungrateful children for "rejecting" their love and protection). Most of them are also racist towards Dragonkind, being willing to shun and mistreat two of their sisters for having draconic traits. Even Blackrose herself messed up in huge ways that got even non-Changeling deities calling her out for her wrongdoings.
    • Like in canon, Equestria is ruled by the Royal Alicorn Sisters, Princess Celestia and Princess Luna, with Twilight being added after her Ascension. They veer heavily into the Enlightened type, with the entire country being a Sugar Bowl, and stallions are just as important as mares in social and political standing. Notably, Celestia's adoptive nephew, Blueblood, is a Prince-Regent who is the head of the Equestrian Navy and takes over leadership of the country should his aunts be occupied or incapacitated in some way.
    • Kerajaan Cahaya and, by extension, the Glimmering Isles are ruled by Queen Dazzleglow, who is also aided by her sister, Princess Brightglow. Queen Dazzleglow is also the head of the Church of the Stars and its related pantheon, though she credits her father for having come up with the idea. However, the Church's priests and clerics, both male and female, also have a high standing in the kingdom, with Star Echo, the Head Priest/Cleric, having equal political power as Dazzleglow herself and is even magically linked to her.
    • Hyrule is famously ruled by Radiant Primrose, who is a Queen in some lifetimes. However, it's subverted since her predecessor is a King, her father; in lifetimes where she's a Princess, the kingdom is ruled by her father until she is of age. How well her father rules varies with each legend.
    • While Neighpon has been ruled by a male shogun in the past, he fell into insanity and corruption, influenced by one of his court mares and leader of the Hydianites, Matron Dākusutā. Currently, Neighpon is ruled by Empress Nadeshiko, who consistently proves herself to be a Reasonable Authority Figure.
    • The Nature Giants are ruled entirely by mares, with the eldest of them called "Garránbhean". This is because Nature Giants worship Gaea as their deity, which caused them to believe that Women Are Wiser, and thus the mares of their species serve as religious and political leaders in each Grove community. At the head is a Nature Giant Queen who is revered as Gaea's prophetess. Stallions can have political power, but only if there's no legitimate female candidates. However, Nature Giants are extremely distrustful and dismissive of "Tinies", assuming them to be foolish, uncaring pawns of Grogar, who once nearly destroyed Equus's ecosystem for his empire. Anyone who believes otherwise are either suppressed or exiled permanently from the Groves.
    • Prince Sparkling Wing of the Church of the Stars was born in a Third-Age kingdom that was strictly matriarchal, with a Single Line of Descent that only includes royal inheritance between mother and daughter. His mother, Queen Silver Clock, was initially content with having a son and encouraged him to learn magic, having high hopes for him as a potential Sorcerer-King. However, his subjects refused to accept a stallion on the throne and pressured Silver Clock into having a daughter, which resulted in the birth of Rising Sun, causing Sparkling Wing's claim to the throne to be automatically superseded in favor of the "true" heir. Following Rising Sun's death in a war against Griffons, the throne would be passed down to her daughter, Queen Obsidian Star.
    • Since its founding, the Crystal Empire has been a matriarchy ruled by benevolent Empresses, and the customs hadn't changed much despite its switch to the Princess rank system. Shining Armor, who is a Prince-Consort via his marriage to Princess Cadence, gets a lot of flak for being a glorified "throne-warmer" whose only real purpose as unicorn royalty is to produce female heirs for his Alicorn wife. Naturally, this would enrage his mother, Twilight Velvet, who doesn't take kindly to insults made about her children and went after those who spoke of Shining Armor in such a way.
  • Medieval Stasis: Generally seen in a negative light, and those that are stuck in them are viewed with contempt or pity, depending on whether they have it willingly or not, if not the cause of it altogether.
    • Implied heavily with the 'Desolation Cycle' Theory. The reason why the tech level of pretty much every sapient race in Equus has never advanced past The New '10s over 45,000 years of Known History (For comparison, the Sumerians who were credited as the first human civilisation were only 5000 years old.) is due to Dragons constantly razing any advanced civilizations to the ground for their riches. How it works is that the more a civilization advances in terms of sophistication, advancement and enlightenment - and with it, wealth and prosperity - the probability of it attracting the attention of greater numbers of Dragons seeking to plunder it increases exponentially, which in turns increases the level and intensity of Dragon activity and level of association, until it reaches a tipping point where it all becomes certain apocalyptic hordes of Dragons will descend upon it and annihilate it and all other civilizations of the era in rapine and plunder, forcing everyone to start from scratch. The theory is already strongly hinted to be completely accurate In-Universe, as during the brief retreat of Dragonkind from the world by the start of the Second Age allowed Equus to progress to the Information Age and beyond, and the 'Time of Broken Scales' attempted genocide by the Summer Court Changelings is coincided with Fourth-Age Equus moving into the Industrial Age, giving both enough time to progress pass the point beyond the capability of singular or multiple Dragons to destroy them. This implies that throughout history, Dragons are responsible for long periods of stagnant and cyclic civilizations that never moved past the Medieval Era due to their greed. This may also be why Dragon Lord Ember and others like her, and the Free Dragons like Mina's folk, may be the best hope for Dragonkind in the Fourth Age as they have the ideals to avert this trope in the future for the sake of everyone.
    • In addition to the 'Desolation Cycle' theory, there are many other factors that had been attributed to the existence of a medieval stasis, from forces beyond anyone's control, various Vicious Cycles of conflicts among mortals and gods, to a simple lack of incentive.
  • Merger of Souls: One theory about Emperor Golden Scepter's origins proposed in-universe by tabletop game writers is that he's the collective reincarnation of various Pony mages, wizards, and sorcerers, which explains why he embodies Ponykind. Golden Scepter reportedly laughed at the theory's utter ridiculousness and praised the game writers' creativity.
  • Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: There are many reasons and ways by many individuals of questionable morality and sanity to try and destroy the world. A few, unfortunately, nearly does so completely unintentionally, thus demonstrating the sheer difficulty the heroic faces in breaking the 'Cycle' dooming individuals, civilizations and races throughout Equus' history.
    • Ambassador 'Screaming' Ninny from the Diamond Dog Underhold of the Rex Dynasty proved to be such a inconceivably stupid, inept and bigoted jerkass that he nearly started a world-devastating conflict between Dragonkind and the Diamond Dog races by insulting the heck out of an unamused Dragon Queen Tiamat. His track record up to that climatic moment REALLY has to be seen to be believed in terms of just how much damage he caused just by existing.
  • A Million Is a Statistic: Subverted hard with the Changeling-Dragon Conflict. Despite the sheer scale of the blood feud, involving almost the entirety of the two races/civilizations, many individuals of Changeling and Dragonkind suffered terribly throughout the aeons-long, generations-spanning grudge, demonstrating the horror and costs of the Cycle of Revenge on a personal level. Some of these individuals - Xestobium, Apterus and Toxikon among the most prominent - would end up becoming tragic villains and monsters who would wreck terrible vengeance upon both races, becoming living symbols of the conflict's ultimate consequences.
  • Missing Mom:
    • Justified with Empress-Consort Blessed Skies, the mother of Golden Scepter's demi-divine sons. Blessed Skies was a mortal pegasus mare, and the fact that her husband and children are both immortal meant that she would eventually be outlived by them, even with life-extending technologies. This would contribute to Written Word's initial Crisis of Faith and increasing feelings of Broken Pedestal towards Golden Scepter, as he believed his father could have helped her Ascend and grant her immortality, yet didn't.
    • Justified with Diamond Bell, Midnight Bell's mother. She was absent for a majority of Midnight Bell's life because she secretly had her daughter transferred to the Grittish Isles, where she would live under the care of great-aunt Scarlet Bell. She and her "common" husband remained in Equestria in the meantime, working until they had enough money to move and reunite with their daughter.
  • Monster Progenitor: Many powerful monsters, gods and other beings, apart from being the first and most powerful of their kind, they also create lineages and races in their own image either incidentally or deliberately.
    • Empress Blackrose and Emperor Blackthorn are this for the Changeling species, the former spawning all the Changeling Queens and the latter spawning all the Changeling Kings (Thorax being the one exception). Thorax actually ascended into this, since he "created" a new breed of purified Changelings by inspiring his hive-mates to follow his example, though he's a newborn infant by divine standards and hasn't yet got to the progenitor part yet.
    • Prince Arcaniss of the Draconic Pantheon and the Church of the Stars is the creator of his own species/race of Dragons, the Manadrakes. Arcaniss' birth/adoptive parents Queen Tiamat and King Bahumet are also the parental deities for the entirety of Dragonkind and also many of their gods.
    • The many, many Count Dracolts throughout history are the first of their own vampiric kind and often also the creators of their own lineages of vampires.
    • Terraton, a mighty Giant god in the Taurus Peninsula, is the creator of the proud and powerful Gigantes, one of the many Giant races of the land known for their honourable warrior culture.
    • Princess Jiniri, formerly Razzaroo of the Third Age, is the mother of the modern Genies, who are (mostly) benevolent wish masters like herself.
  • Morality-Guided Attack:
    • Pakak, being Spirit of Karma, can convert people's good karma into blessings or bad karma into curses. The more of it they have, the more powerful a spell he can perform.
      • Despite Discord being far stronger than him, he managed to rip out one of his fangs with Discord's own evil in the fight that saw Pakak get sealed away.
      • He used the Sunnytowners' sin of murdering an innocent filly to fuel a curse that transformed everyone involved in the crime to become zombies for eternity, forced to repeat the day of their cursing every year until they break their cycle of fear, and accept Ruby Heart and her Cutie Mark. Those who don't repent are stuck that way until the potential end of Known History and Time.
    • Malus Manes, being the God of Death representing the deaths of the wicked, has the ability to turn the evil of souls he's claiming against them, either by increasing in strength, or creating chains forged from their own evil that weight them down proportionally to how much they have performed.
    • Eephus, the Griffon God of Cheating, Poor Sportsmanship and Trickery, can launch powerful baseball attacks which homes in on honourable and fair opponents, battering them and zapping them of their will to fight. One of the many ways the chatty cheating cat-bird fights dirty in battle...
  • Morality Kitchen Sink: Black, White and everything in between are represented. Characters often have a variety of complex motives and traits which make them straddle the line and blur the definitions between them. Absolutes are often seen in a bad light, as it implies either a shallowness in moral character or a detached nature that makes them hard to sympathize.
    • Both Temnobog and his surviving children, the Four Terrors, are firmly and unapologetically evil, swathed in darkness... but he's doing this for a constructive purpose, working with his brother to balance good and evil, challenging good and noble to prevent stagnation and complacency, while weeding out the morally weak and corrupt whom he only 'blessed' to be used to pawns to preserve the balance, whom he would punish in the afterlife once they had outlived their usefulness...
  • Morality Pet: Many individuals would become these for amoral or even villainous characters over the course of history, often ending up humanizing the latter in the end. This is justified as one of the themes of Codex Equus is morality, and how people can be influenced by certain people and circumstances.
    • Luminiferous would serve as a positive, humanizing influence for Emperor Golden Scepter after the latter's reemergence in the Second Age, teaching him kinder and more benevolent ways of interacting with his mortal subjects and making him realize that his then-current behavior was toxic and high-hoofed. This is justified in that Golden Scepter had been subjected to a tragically unfortunate combination of war-related PTSD, untreated psychological issues, and immortality-based loneliness before the Known Ages, so when he reemerged in the Second Age, he was essentially a very broken stallion. Luminiferous's compassion would gradually rub off on him and reawaken the best parts of himself, influencing Golden Scepter to atone for his past crimes and seek therapeutic help from Mentálne, the young Bogolenya Deer goddess of Psychology. He would also, because of Luminiferous, ease up on his Fantastic Racism towards Synthetic Automatons and develop a respect for the heroic Automaton, Corona and his sister, Aurora.
    • Justified with Mentálne, the Bogolenya Deer goddess of Mental Healing. Due to her being an adorable young fawn, people who are otherwise evil and/or mentally broken often show their softer sides to her. Notably, Cosmos, the mad Serpent of Obsession, began showing a kinder and more playful side when around her. Of course, since she's the goddess of Mental Healing and Psychology, Mentálne is instrumental in helping her clients heal from mental and emotional traumas, turning them into better people. It was also because of her that Temnobog was able to get the help he needed in dealing with his emotional abuse, and that his hostile encounter with his former Elternteil peers was prevented from devolving into a full-blown fight.
    • During the "Temptation Unbound" event, Crystal Prism would form an Odd Friendship with Katastrofa, Ispita's youngest son and child. Because his foresight only lets him see bad outcomes, Katastrofa's normally quite apathetic and nihilistic, believing that he's only good at causing destruction. However, when around Crystal Prism, he would display a kinder, and more creative and intelligent side. This is justified, as it is believed in-universe that Katastrofa's domain of Creation is similar to Crystal Prism's domain of Rebirth, so naturally they would hit it off.
  • Morton's Fork: One of the Central Themes of the Codexverse is that despite attempts made by both mortals and divines to escape the consequences brought about by immutable aspects of the world and sapient nature, they would sometimes end up with the same undesirable outcome. In other words, there are no easy ways out of many unfortunate situations, and not even the Magic of Friendship can solve everything.
    • Princess Luna explains to Crystal Prism in a conversation that the reason why she and Celestia can't just get rid of their reactionary, incompetent and corrupt nobility that's holding Equestria back from much-needed reforms is because of this trope. Even though they're goddesses who can move celestial bodies, they can't rule Equestria alone, so they must hire middle-ponies to carry out their orders and balancing the interests of many without sinking into tyranny (and even if they did, it'll only complicate things further). Inevitably, sapient and structural weaknesses in the socio-political order means increasingly less worthy elites with greater influence would inevitably have their interests trump everybody else's. This ends up locking Luna and Celestia in a stalemate: if they try steamrolling through their nobility to pass their reforms, the nobility will decry the Princesses as "tyrants" and try to overthrow them, thus leading to more corruption and incompetence if their thrones are successfully taken. A similar outcome will also happen if they let the nobles do as they please in vain hope that at least one or two of them will try improve an increasingly hopeless situation, as according to Luna, genuinely benevolent and principled nobles are becoming a very rare breed with each generation. When Crystal Prism despondently wonders if it means they'll have to put up with selfish, entitled, and tyrannically cruel elites forever, Luna assures him that it is possible to fix this and build a better system that would last longer and work better... though Luna, unlike her sister, is personally willing to use more extreme ends to achieve this result.
    • Trying to break out of the "Ragnarok" cycles is a horrific example - if you try deviating from the Shadowed Ones' planned cycles in any way, they will receive a Cruel and Unusual Death. If you try not doing anything... you still get a Cruel and Unusual Death, because a few members of the Shadowed Ones, as well as their allies, have a special ability that curses their victims to a very grim fate no matter what they do. This was the state of the Nine Realms (including Cervidia) for thousands of millennia as was decreed by the Shadowed Ones, who relied on the "Ragnarok" cycles both for survival, and to get sadistic amusement from watching their mortal and divine victims die over and over again. Fortunately, their gradual complacency from being unchallenged, as well as various factors that they didn't plan for, would play a huge part in their Karmic Death at the hooves of those they tormented.
  • Multiple-Choice Past:
    • Crazy Ant has done this, rightfully knowing that not informing the Spring and Summer Court of his origins is in his best interests. Taken Up to Eleven with the fact he made his autobiography a Choose Your Own Adventure story. And even then, no one is sure if any past it details is his real one.
    • Cosmos, the Serpent of Obsession, has once notably announced that if she did have a past, she would rather have it "multiple choice".
  • The Music Meister: The Great Song Bird are a species of this. Their song compels anyone who hears it into spontaneously bursting into song when they try to talk, and are rather mischievous. The only way to get one to leave is to beat it in a singing duel.
  • Must Make Amends:
    • Elske Titanna, the Jotunn goddess of Love, loves eating sinful realms and kingdoms, but she always makes sure to evacuate the children first. She knows that the children had homes and families in the places she devoured, so she makes up for it by adopting them and letting the kids grow up in her divine realm, where they are immune to all harm.
    • Part of the reason why Luminiferous took in the newly-ascended Crystal Prism as his student is because, back when Crystal Prism was a unicorn colt named "Page Wheel", both Luminiferous and the Equestrian Princesses worked together to destroy a magic-absorbing monster that was rampaging in the Grittish Isles. None of them knew that the monster was a transformed Page Wheel until after they killed it, and they deeply regretted not looking for a way to restore Page Wheel back to normal.
  • Mutants: Genetic mutations even get their own entry, with it being noted throwing magic into things makes things a lot more complex.
    • Dreadmares are rare mutated Boogeymares. Dread was a mutant Dreadmare, dubbed a Dreadmare Emperor, with pony-level intelligence and much stronger than normal.
    • In Changeling cultures, mutants are referred to as 'Deviants', and is often looked on with fear and rejection by the rest of their kind due to how unstable the Changeling genetic structure is. Chrysalis in particular hated them due to her racial supremacist views and had decreed their extermination during her reign. Thorax was one due to his ability to shapeshift into inanimate objects, something he hid from the rest of his hive until his and his hive's Purification. His hive ended up gaining it as well, and his brother Pharynx is also a mutant with his natural combat form.
    • As it turns out, Rainbow Dash is one. She's a Rainbow Pony, a mutant with a genetic mutation that lets her metabolize light into energy and mana, which are know for their super speed. However, even by their standards she's extremely fast, though she is unaware of everything the mutation would allow her to do. Luminiferous is interested in bringing out her potential so she could perform the legendary "Rainbow Warp".
    • Applejack, Fluttershy, and Zecora are also mutants, though of a much less phenomenal degree than Rainbow. They possess the very common "Happy Tail" gene, and thus have Prehensile Tails. Happy Tail mutations are also very common in Equus.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • In Crystal Prism's backstory, both Luminiferous and the Equestrian Princesses reacted in horror when they killed a dangerous magic-eating monster that was rampaging through the Grittish Isles, only to discover too late that they killed a transformed foal when they found the body of a unicorn colt, Page Wheel. Fortunately, Page Wheel survived when his magic revived and Ascended him by incubating him in a magical cocoon, but the damage was done. Part of the reason why Luminiferous took Crystal Prism in as his student is to make up for his mistake.
    • This trope is both invoked and played straight with Golden Scepter.
      • After Luminiferous showed him the ruins of the Imperium of Ponykind, Golden Scepter realized that he became no better than Morning Star or his fellow Alicorns during his Imperium-era rule, which convinced him that he was a "monster". However, Luminiferous points out that his ability to feel remorse towards his actions proves that he's actually not a monster, and that there's still hope for him to redeem himself and break himself out of the Vicious Cycle of greatness, stagnation, and corruption. This led to Golden Scepter becoming The Atoner and started a much-needed process of Character Development, becoming much kinder as a result.
    • Golden Scepter also invoked this reaction in a Fourth-Age group of Pony Autorists that attacked his empire by making them feel the tormented emotions of their victims. Those who genuinely regretted their actions and surrendered were let go with a gentle yet firm warning, while the leader was noted to be severely punished after she continued to indulge in her hatred and twisted ideas of supremacy.

  • Never My Fault:
    • The Kraken and Dracozilla incidents were caused by the Clovenists' Mana Bomb tests. While it seemed like they genuinely didn't anticipate the consequences of such actions, the Clovenists grumbled how Equestria is eager to make them their scapegoat for everything once evidence of the kaiju attacks were traced back to their Mana Bombs, very much displaying this attitude.
      Shchi Kasha: Let me guess: This is somehow OUR fault, again. I suppose it’s only natural that the foreign bourgeois would scapegoat us for all their problems. At this rate, I won’t be surprised if we’ll end up being blamed for milk getting spoiled...
    • The unicorn trio, Decepticolt, Zappityhoof, and Goldencap has this trope as one of their main flaws, aside from laziness and Lack of Empathy. They refuse to believe that their expulsion from Celestia's school was their own fault, or acknowledge their selfish laziness and improve themselves by actually working to become Alicorns. They also blame other Alicorns and accuse them as being entitled pricks who keep the secrets of Ascension to themselves so they could enjoy the power and freedom that comes with being an Alicorn, instead of teaching Ascension to more "worthy" individuals such as themselves, never realizing that it's their selfish laziness and lack of empathy that's keeping them from being Alicorns. This understandably enraged both Twilight Sparkle and Crystal Prism when faced with such accusations, while Luminiferous gave them a "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
    • This trope is what separates Tyrantlestia, a "False Deity"-type Tulpa, and her real, good counterpart, Celestia. Tyrantlestia sees herself as above responsibility, and either tries to justify her horrible actions or pin the blame on someone else, while Celestia seeks to make amends any mistake she has made during her long lifetime. This is what partially causes her epic Villainous Breakdown when Celestia calls her out for being a "one-dimensional bully" who constantly plays the victim. Crystal Prism also notes (based on personal experience and what Mentálne told him) that if someone makes a mistake and they don't feel sorry about it, there must be something wrong with them, which there was.
    • Noble Grace firmly believes that both she and her colleague are in the right because the end-results of their experiments will be benevolent to Ponykind. Therefore, anyone who rightly opposes her actions as moral bankruptcy are in the wrong because they're ignoring the potential good she might do for them, as exemplified by her blaming Scarlet Bell and her grandniece, Midnight Bell, for screwing up her and Bubbling Beaker's work in a Codexverse exchange.
    • During his Insufferable Genius phase, Prince Crimson Star believed that the only thing he was "guilty" of is the pursuit of knowledge in general, while brushing aside any other wrongdoings he had done whenever people brought them to attention. He got better after he was blinded in an accident, shattering his inflated ego.
      Crimson Star: If I am guilty of anything, it is only the pursuit of knowledge!
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Temper Trolls are nigh unkillable by conventional means, as their Healing Factor is powered by the very emotions felt when trying to kill them. Taken Up to Eleven with Maul, who was so pumped up from the conflict around him even when not being fought with those emotions he healed faster than Mistmane and Flash Magnus could harm him. The only way they could kill him was tricking him into sending himself falling off a cliff. The only thing capable of flat out killing a Temper Troll in combat is another Temper Troll.
  • No Biochemical Barriers: Subverted, the fact the Sparkle Ponies may be hybrids of the Visitors and Equestrian ponies is noted as causing much scientific upheaval if true, as it'd mean there would have to be some kind of connection between the two species for it to be biologically possible.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed:
    • Colton Marentino, the brutish movie director who abused famed actress Helga Greywing and essentially kept her prisoner in her own trailer, is a nastier version of Quentin Tarantino. He eventually gets his comeuppance when Polistes "kidnaps" Helga and Helga eventually "escapes" (after doing rehearsals for it) to expose his crimes.
    • A canonized Codexverse quote made by the Fourth-Age Shadow Sentinel/Captain Umbra Wing takes a potshot at one Gilded Screen, who's based on Zack Snyder, known for making Darker and Edgier films as well as his own cynical views on superheroes in general (such as Batman using guns).
  • Non-Ironic Clown: Arlequin, the Goddess of Pranks, Enthusiasm, Optimism with a clown motif, right down to having a clown nose as a biological part of her face. She's a lighthearted prankster and clown who genuinely uses her divine power to make people happy and is a muse of clowns and bards.
  • No-Sell:
    • Choice cannot be bound, captured, or enslaved and any attempt to do so will fail, even by beings as powerful as Discord, due to being the God of Free Will. The only exception is if it desires to be captured and can escape at any time.
    • It's mentioned in his entry that as an Alicorn, Golden Scepter could use his Earth pony magic to enhance his natural endurance, allowing him to tank most attacks that would injure and/or kill semi-divines, or even younger full divines.
  • Nostalgia Filter: Deconstructed, mocked, criticized, and generally held in utter contempt in-universe, to the point that it's considered partly responsible for the Vicious Cycles holding the world back, and if you wear one in the setting you're almost guaranteed to be a deluded Evil Reactionary whose efforts to take the world back to the 'good old days' (Which are almost certainly bad for everyone, perhaps EVEN the Evil Reactionary) are guaranteed to at best fail miserably, at worst could cause the end of the world as we know it. The setting strongly advises readers to take those damn filters off and burn them immediately.
  • Nuclear Nasty: Both Dracozillas and the second Roedan are mutants created by the Cloven Mana Bomb tests and waste dumps. Significantly, the Clovenists refuse to take responsibility for these incidents, instead blaming the Equestrians and other detractors for turning their nation into their scapegoat.


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