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  • Odd Job Gods:
    • Cultura is the Draconequi Goddess of Popular Culture. While certainly a weird thing to be based on, it has some impressive powers, such as being able to copy the powers of fictional characters, summon puppets of them to do her bidding, and trap her enemies in fictional scenarios. She also possesses encyclopedic knowledge of popular culture, all of it, which makes her a pretty skilled manipulator.
    • Vehere is the Griffon Goddess of Modern Transportation and Travel. As with Cultura, this is more impressive than it sounds. She's incapable of getting lost (unless he wants to), has encyclopedic knowledge of vehicles, has a photographic memory, and can recreate any vehicle she's cataloged in her scrapbook from thin air, as well as create the means for them to travel wherever she likes. This includes things like tanks. She also can teleport, but she prefers to take the long route.
    • Downplayed with Entasi, who is the Minotaur God of Strength and Victory on top of being the God of Sports. He gets unlimited stamina and incredible agility out of that part of his portfolio.
    • Munditia is the goddess of Hygiene and Sanitation, who has the power to clean literally anything, including the body of toxins and poisons, pollution, and even the soul.
  • Omnicidal Maniac:
    • Ahuizotl is one, being a nihilist who feels destruction is the only thing that gives life meaning. This is a huge reason why he wants to perpetuate the Cycle and attempted to kill Queen Dazzleglow, until Daring Do stopped him.
    • King Xestobium is genocidally insane to the point of trying to detonate the entire 'Ring of Fire' in his attempt to kill off the Dragon species as well as the Summer Court, which would also trigger a mass extinction event via volcanic ice age, which he may have known about but no longer cared. There's implication that he had no intent to survive this himself, making him far more sympathetic than Ahuizotl, who kills because he sees death as a natural part of "The Cycle", and that it amuses him.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Dr. Toxikon is one, with his plan thus far involving an in depth knowledge of psychology, biotechnology, and chemistry, and also has invented machines for construction. Justified, as he's a Dragon and thus had 5,000 years to learn and pursue degrees.
  • One-Gender Race: Subverted with the Alicorns; it's popularly believed that due to the abundance of female Alicorns, Alicorns in general are primarily female, and as a consequence, it is also believed that fillies and mares are more "worthy" and "capable" of Ascending, with proof lying in the fact that powerful mares like Princess Twilight Sparkle have often been chosen to Ascend. However, there do exist male Alicorns in the Codexverse, albeit at a far lower number, and when the infant Alicorn Godling, Prince Léon Blueblood, was officially introduced to the public by Celestia, some saw Léon as a threat to Equestria's existing social hierarchy simply because to his gender. Luminiferous would firmly and soundly disprove this notion, stating that he has mentored both mares and stallions alike, and not all of them Ascended. The Equestrian Princesses agreed with him, adding that anyone becoming an Alicorn is a cause for celebration. It is also speculated by BrutalityInc that even before its fall, the Alicorn civilization did have males, but at a very low number as did their mortal counterparts.
  • One-Man Army: 'Visitors' have attacked both a Cloven base and Hive Brachion to save a Sparkle Ponies that were believed to be their offspring. Both did so alone and were effectively unstoppable. This is justified, as Visitors are implied to be aliens with power and technology that exceeds those of Equus.
  • One-Winged Angel:
    • Dreadmares possess the ability to do this if they gather enough fear, fusing with their Terror to become a living storm shaped like a serpent. The first example of this was the mutant Dread.
    • Zinabi, the previous Top God of the Abyssinian Pantheon, does this after his opponent Jegina, the Abyssinian God of Courage and Heroism, managed to knock him off his feet and wound him in their duel for the throne of their pantheon. Zinabi sheds his A Form You Are Comfortable With for his pure divine form, a titanic, Abyssinian-shaped storm singularity of cataclysmic power. Jegina follows suit shortly there after (after luring the battle to an area were mortals wouldn't be harmed), becoming a being of pure golden, heroic energy.
    • Bolezn, Temnobog's second-youngest son and the embodiment of Gluttony, Greed, and Pestilence, has the ability to turn into a gigantic version of himself that's made of both fleshly and gem-plated insects/vermin. In this form, his powers are increased tenfold, and he's extremely hard to hit since parts of him can fly away to avoid attacks. Once he's done, however, he takes a while to rest and recover. Bolezn thinks that "One-Winged Angel" isn't an accurate way to describe his form, though, because if he really did go one-winged, he wouldn't be able to fly at all.
    • Yarost's ultimate form is an enormous, hulking, bloodthirsty dragon-like monster with black and red scales; rows of teeth literally made of sharp swords; long, spiraling horns; a spiky clubbed tail; two pairs of wings; and spikes made of flames. In this form, Yarost's physical strength and endurance are both enhanced tenfold, and his proficiency with fire magic increases, making him an absolutely devastating powerhouse that could potentially bathe Equus in blood and fire if he chooses to. However, he sees it more as a Clipped-Wing Angel form since it makes him more prone to rage and is incredibly destructive, and using that much power would only repeat the death and destruction he had previously caused in his grief, and only saves it for absolutely dire situations.
      Yarost: I would rather fight my enemies in my weakest form first, than go all out and devastate the Deer realms with just a few strikes.
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: A common enchantment for magical artifacts of enormous power.
    • The Elements of Harmony, as in canon, are this, as are the Lights of the Seven Royals of Friendship Gardens. These are implied to be very similar powers.
    • The Enchanted Throne of Friendship Gardens contains the Majestic Power, the magical power of the strongest mortal pony to ever live (heavily implied to be Queen Majesty), but will only give it (and thus the throne of Friendship Gardens) to one worthy. It's given it to heroes throughout history in times of great need, most recently Fluttershy, but most return it due to having no interest in ruling. Only Queen Sunsparkle has ever claimed it for any length of time, though she gave it up for a worthy successor to use so she could help those pony colonists who got stranded in space.
  • Opposites Attract: Taken Up to Eleven with Válka and his wife Mier, who are a War God and Goddess of Peace respectively. Mier balancing out Válka is one reason why he's the only one of his three siblings to not fall to evil. They're also Sickening Sweethearts and deeply in love with each other.
  • Order vs. Chaos: Many conflicts between beings, factions and powers carries vibes of this.
    • On top of it being amusing, Discord's destruction of 'The Ones Before' in Amorea and many other civilizations is described as especially beneficial to the Draconequus as they are bastions of order and stability whose existence is quite anathema to a Spirit of Chaos.
    • The 500-years long "War Against Chaos" around 2,500 years before the present day of Equestria is essentially one, where a 'Celestial Alliance' of deities, immortals and races fought to contain the then-villainous Discord, his accomplices and their 'Disorder Lords' who had taken over the Equestrian subcontinent and wanted to takeover/remake the rest of the world. No guesses for who stands for Order and Chaos in this fight.
    • The Progenitors of Changelingkind, personal animosity to Discord aside, are more or less foils to Discord in similar ways, both being the parents, originators and overarching rulers of [WIP]
  • Origins Episode: The Storm King Crisis features one for the title villain.
  • Orochi: A major villain in Neighpon's history, and his return is a major focus of many stories set there.

  • The Paragon:
    • Jegina, the Abyssinian God of Heroism and Courage, is this, seeking to be an ideal hero and inspiration for his kind. He's compared to a comic book superhero, even more so after becoming his Pantheon's Top God.
    • Luminiferous, despite being created to be the Anti-Christ, ultimately chose to be this: he's God of Perfection, and unlike his father sees this as a call to be an ideal for others to be inspired by and strive to be rather than to lord over everything that's not him. He's regarded by others to be his father, as he should have been.
    • The Deer god Belyolen was intended by his father, High King Irminsul, to become a divine force of good and benevolence. To that end, he attempted to cast a ritual on his then-unborn son to get rid of all his flaws and darker urges, so only compassion would be left. Unfortunately, this resulted in the birth of Belyolen's younger twin, Temnobog, the living embodiment of everything Irminsul tried to destroy. While he was favored and respected by his family and fellow gods, Belyolen did not agree with Temnobog's emotional mistreatment, and after he overheard his family considering the option of killing Temnobog altogether, he rebelled by shaming his family for their arrogance and abusive hypocrisy, and left with several of his brothers and sisters to form the Bogolenya pantheon. This in turn makes him a true paragon, unlike his petty and hypocritical family and peers.
    • Gleaming Shield and his various mortal incarnations are often lionized in-universe as this, being the Eternal Hero who will always rise up to rescue his Princess/Queen, Radiant Primrose, and defeat his Eternal Foe, Blood Fang. However, while he is a noble hero, the truth is that he's a flawed individual who had to work to become the celebrated paragon he is today, something that is accepted by the morally tolerant Erobreseg Deer herds. Others try to make him "perfect" by editing out his flaws altogether from their stories of him.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Many deities, especially those with Karma as their domains, tend to dish this out to punish evildoers.
    • Temnobog and his children, the Four Terrors, are very big on this, due to their views on the nature of evil. Even before his reconciliation with his brother, Temnobog would curse those who he thought deserved it, bringing opposition from his good-hearted twin brother, Belyolen.
    • Pakak, being a trickster god who embodies Karma, can be pretty brutal when he's punishing the wicked for their crimes, but never more than is deserved by their evil deeds. Just ask Sunnytown.
    • Being the in-universe embodiment of the Catharsis Factor, Katharsis likes to deliver humiliating Laser-Guided Karma to those who angered her. This does not mean she's a goddess of revenge, as she humiliates villains and other evildoers as a way to bring closure to situations and make them look pathetic in front of their victims.
    • Changeling King Brachion of the Summer Court utterly destroyed an Alvslog Deer kingdom with an army of Changeling soldiers and biologically-engineered monsters on it, all to pay the royal family back for leaving him in a dangerous forest to die because he was a dormant Royal Changeling. The rumored things he did to his family were the stuff of nightmares, from subjecting his surrogate parents to horrific experiments to hunting, ravishing and eating his own surrogate siblings in forms of predatory beasts.
    • Polistes did this twice.
      • After Blackthorn offered a chance to get revenge against the pegasi fanatics who tried to lynch him and his mother, he launched a plan where he secretly warned and evacuating the villagers who had nothing to do with their neighbor's crimes under the guise of "scouting" the place. When Blackthorn's raiders arrived to burn the village to the ground, they found that the place was deserted, save for the pegasi fanatics who were tied and blindfolded.
      • After learning that director Colton Marentino (a pony verison of Quentin Tarantino) was abusing famed Griffon actress, Helga Greywing, and essentially holding her prisoner within her own trailer, Polisties launched the incredibly daring "Stolen Starlet Caper", rescuing Helga under the pretense of a kidnapping while he and his Wild Cards crew were disguised as cameramen. Then, after treating Helga to the celebration of her life on his airship, he helped her stage a dramatic escape that would not only increase her public standing as a hero, but also disgrace and blacklist Marentino after Helga exposed him for the abusive brute he is.
  • Personality Swap: As in G1, Frazzits do this to those they effect.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Many beings of Equus are capable of causing almost apocalyptic amounts of damage whether through their powers, their deeds or simply by their very existence.
    • Diamond Dog Ambassador 'Screaming' Ninny is a hilariously pitiful and shocking entry of this trope, held up in-universe as the definitive example of just how dangerous an otherwise ordinary individual could be just by being a stupid, arrogant, bigoted jerkass with too much authority in his claws - As in, 'world-threatening' level of dangerous. To note, he ruined his Underhold in his brief tenures as an incompetent and reactionary royal official, triggered wars and worsened international crises just by being at diplomatic conferences for five minutes, and insulted Dragon Queen Tiamat so badly he nearly caused a world-wrecking conflict between the Dragon and the Diamond Dog races. That's right, he's such an idiot and flankhole his very existence nearly caused the end of the world as they know it.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Despite being an Omnicidal Maniac who hates his own people and wants them destroyed, Xestobium shows some degree of kindness to both Polistes and Metamorphosis for being the only two of his brothers he ever actually liked due to being much more noble than their kin.
    • Dr. Toxikon chose to spare Thorax and his New Changelings his genocide because of Ember and Thorax's friendship.
    • King Brachion was so impressed by Fluttershy's refusal to break from learning the horrible truth about nature that he was willing to sponsor her animal sanctuary, being a Royal Changeling who is rich in bits. He also kept Fluttershy's thank-you letter as a treasured keepsake (as well as one of many closely-guarded secrets).
  • Physical God: An entire section of the codex is devoted to cataloging these. The Alicorn Princesses are confirmed as such. Deities in the Codexverse are defined by being composed and wielding Primordial Quintessence - magic in its basest, purest form as a primal force of nature.
  • The Pig Pen: The Changeling Queen Pentatomidae and her entire hive are this. Pentatomidae told her mother that when she was queen, she'd never make her hive take baths. She wasn't joking. They smell so bad they can make an unprepared pony pass out, and Moufette couldn't stand her despite being a skunk.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse:
    • Queen Mab II, the Mother Goddess of the Breezies, isn't much bigger, being as big compared to them as Celestia is to a normal pony. A Yak king assumed her small size meant she was weak. He was promptly suplexed straight through the floor. Tiny or not, she's still a Goddess.
    • King Sefyr, Mab II's husband and Father God of the Breezies, is also as small as his wife, but he's a powerful wind deity who at his strongest can create devastating wind-based storms, and is fast enough to run through people. However, he considers Mab II to be more powerful as her flower magic is more useful and versatile in any given situation.
    • Queen Mab I, the mother of Mab II, is a small Fae goddess who not only had a nature-based portfolio, she could also wield Chaos magic like Discord. Her insanity makes her an extremely dangerous foe, using her powers to inflict horrific transformations, warp reality to her whims, and cause "domino effects" that lead to utterly catastrophic disasters for anyone who tries to go after her. It took every Fae to seal her the first time, and it took even more people to defeat her the second time.
  • Powered Armor: As noted in King Strazha and Princess Laska's entries, Knightmare Frames are pilotable "magical power armor" that come with various capabilities. Strazha has been described as being an excellent pilot who has used Knightmare Frames on several occasions, while Princess Laska's Knightmare Frame, Okhranyat, has the ability to produce strong barriers and healing domes for her allies.
  • Power Gives You Wings:
    • Naturally, becoming an Alicorn (if you don't have wings already) gives you this. However, according to Mzazi, the Mother of All Zebra and a Zebralicorn, once they get old enough Alicorns and their derivatives grow additional sets of wings with age. Luminiferous is at the age when he'll begin to grow his second set (being several hundred thousand), while Mzazi has eight sets due to being 4 million years old. Before that they get a gradient to them (which both Mzazi and Luminiferous possess), with Cadence's gradient and the one Twilight gets in Rainbow Power being indicators of them having extraordinary potential.
    • In an inversion, the villainous unicorn trio Decepticolt, Zappityhoof, and Goldencap believed that wings would give them power, and to fulfill their goal of becoming Alicorns, they stole Rainbow Dash's wings by secretly amputating them for their own use. This enraged Princess Twilight Sparkle into sealing/stripping their magic indefinitely as punishment for their actions.
  • The Power of Love:
    • Golden Scepter believes that empathy is the best and most powerful weapon one can have in times where paranoia, hatred, violence, and suffering are prevalent. He explains this to Sparkling Wing after the latter notices how empathy is becoming extremely common all over Equus.
    • It's implied that Elske, the Jotunn goddess of Love also believes in this. After crushing Propagare's cultists underneath her hooves for trying to start a war between two Deer realms, she used her empathy to inspire passionate love to eliminate the hatred and discord in the area completely. Her entry quote also has her say, "And that's why love conquers all."
  • Prince of Pranksters:
    • Arlequin is the literal Goddess of Pranks, and plays lighthearted pranks constantly, even on other gods. She gets it from her father Pakak, the God of Mischief and Discord's brother, who loves her pranks just as much.
    • Prince Puck, Empress Blackrose's eldest son, is a literal Prince due to being a First-Spawn son of the Changeling goddess, Empress Blackrose. He's also a lover of pranks and is usually good-natured about it... but he'll resort to meaner pranks if someone has managed to incur his wrath.
  • Princesses Rule:
    • A double-subversion with the Crystal Empire, back when it was actually an empire. The official title was "Empress/Emperor", but in recent history it switched to a Princess system, which explains why Princess Cadence rules over the empire despite being... well, a Princess.
    • The Equestrian Princesses, Celestia and her younger sister Luna, and Twilight all officially rule Equestria. Justified in that "Princess" is the highest official title in Equestria.
  • Pseudocanonical Fic: Codex Equus is essentially this, with a heavy dose of World Building and Fix Fic.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: The Crystal Empire managed to win victories against the Giants during their war with Queen Colossos' Empire 1,500 years ago, but many of them were wrought at a heavy cost. And it is all but stated at the start that they didn't even win it, merely surviving the onslaught, and the fallout of which would lead to their downfall.
  • Pyrrhic Villainy: In the Codexverse, the inherent self-destructive nature of all things Evil and Villainous meant that no evil or villainy is sustainable in the long run, no matter how robust or how successful they are. The inverse however is also true for all things Good and Heroic, as they'll eventually fall to complacency and stagnation that makes them vulnerable to corruption and destruction, although it'll take much longer since they're not as inherently self-destructive. The only examples of evil AND good that does not fall to this is when both heroism and villainy exists in a harmonious balance.


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