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  • Ultimate Blacksmith: Queen Odonata is this, her father being a Kirin and her using it as outlet for her anger at being a target of Fantastic Racism. She's so good even some of the Summer Court have tried to commission her and she does most of the Spring Court's metal working.
  • Unskilled, but Strong:
    • Queen Odonata is the Ultimate Blacksmith of the Changelings, and has enormous physical strength from that role and also has a powerful Nirik form on top of it. However, she doesn't have much in the way of actual skill, with her sword slash being more like a baseball bat swing. However, her Weapon of Choice, a giant forge hammer, doesn't require all that much skill.
    • The newly-ascended Changeling King Thorax is incredibly young by Royal Changeling standards, and his meek and friendly disposition makes him not really all that keen on fighting... but his ascension has made him incredibly powerful, to the point he accidentally blew Zorpheus across Avalon Valley with a magic beam, leaving him unconscious in a crater with a cracked carapace. And that was because Zorpheus has a natural, insanely high defense, it's noted it likely would've been a One-Hit Kill on many other Changeling Royals. It's been stated and shown repeatedly that because Thorax is willing to let go of his people's racism against Dragonkind and forgive those responsible for perpetuating it, he has much greater potential than even the most experienced Royal Changelings, with his future potential being a Changeling Emperor that heavily resembles Emperor Blackthorn himself.

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  • Vertebrate with Extra Limbs:
    • Naturally very common, with winged races being the most obvious.
    • Alicorns, naturally, but Up to Eleven with the fact that as they age they start growing additional sets of wings. The 4 million years-old Mzazi has eight wings.
  • Vestigial Empire:
    • The Crystal Empire became one as a result of a war against a realm of Giants, although it was showing signs of decadence, arrogance and stagnation by the time war broke out. Many of its mistakes and the actions it took to survive the war ultimately contributed to its decline and collapse.
    • Queen Colossos' Empire, said realm of Giants, also went into decline partly as a result of that conflict, although they apparently had it much better than the Crystal Empire.
    • The Empire of Trot, one of the Crystal Empire's rivals, also had it bad, reduced to little more than a collection of squabbling hedge realms and petty kingdoms that were easy pickings for Queen Chrysalis and her Hive, as mentioned in her MLP Fiendship is Magic issue, starting with Timbucktu and finally ending with the city of Trot itself.
    • Both above empires and the Principalities of Equestria were the three biggest successor states of the classical Equestrian Empire, whose declined and collapse climaxed at the beginning of Discord's reign and the five-centuries long Age of Chaos. Wonder if there's a link between the two events...?
    • The Empire of Zinari is noted for its unusually rapid decline after the reign of Queen Parabola, leaving behind only its Portal Network and much of its stupendous wealth hidden in vaults across the world, one of which would eventually be discovered by Daring Do and Fluttershy as depicted in Issue 32 of the MLP Friends Forever comic.
  • Vicious Cycle: One of the prevalent themes of Codex Equus - no matter how successful, heroic, benevolent, and prosperous a species or civilization is, it would always fall to internal flaws and outside forces... though fortunately, benevolent forces are working to break them, most prominently the Church of the Stars.
    • The most prominent of these cycles is the Changeling-Dragon feud, which was rumored to have started with the "Burning of Amorea" conflict because of Dragonkind's greed and cruelty. While Changelingkind's reasons to hate them are understandable, the grudge has become so bloody, vicious, and enduring that it ended up hurting those who had nothing to do with the conflict, such as Princess Apertus and Dr. Toxikon, and creating Tragic Villains from these individuals. Almost every single non-Changeling deity had called out both Changelingkind and Dragonkind for their actions, and even Luminiferous made it a point to show off the future potential Thorax and Ember had as friends and gods-in-the-making, so both races will know just how much they are squandering to fuel an ultimately detrimental and petty grudge. Even Thorax himself pointed out that Changelingkind's desire to survive at all costs is rendered moot if they constantly do something that's opposite of survival, and he and Ember are so sick of the violence that they instead forgive the elders of each other's races for their actions. This created a magical karmic backlash that resulted in the "birth" of Princess Lampyridae/Firewing, who is seen as the greatest hope for Changelingkind and Dragonkind reconciling.
    • The curse that Pakak placed on Sunnytown revolves around this by exploiting the Pony inhabitants' paranoia, cruelty, hatred - during a magical simulation of that fateful party, the Sunnytowners are given a choice of either persecuting and killing Ruby Heart for earning a Cutie Mark, or acknowledging their actions as wrong and accepting Ruby Heart's accomplishment. If they choose the former, then they are forced to repeat it for potentially all of time. If they choose the latter, then they are freed from the curse and cured of their zombification... which is exactly what Pakak intended.
    • The cold lands of the Hoyklan Deer pantheon and its divine predecessors have been stuck in a vicious "Ragnarok" cycle since time immemorial - a leader of their pantheon would adopt a trickster god as their child, only to shun and emotionally abuse them when it's revealed that said trickster god has been fated to destroy their pantheon. This would result in Ragnarok occurring anyway, as the trickster god would become so miserable and resentful that they would engineer the end of their adoptive parents and peers out of spite. This would continue repeatedly, with many succeeding trickster gods being killed or suppressed... until High King Kaldr decided to do the right thing by adopting the trickster god Flœrð and treating him like his own son despite the prophecies, even protecting him from those who call for Flœrð's death and/or suppression for the greater good. It's later revealed that the Shadowed Ones have been influencing the "Ragnarok" cycles so they could feed off the energy produced by these cycles, but the actions of Kaldr, Flœrð, and Flœrð's sister Ljóss Hefna would ultimately expose the Shadowed Ones and lead to their defeat, saving the Hoyklan Deer.
  • Victory by Endurance: Wibeti defeats Fik'iri this way: Fik'iri's complacency and hedonism left her with terrible stamina for a deity, while Wibeti's constantly being chased by Moufette gave her great endurance and agility. As a result, while Fik'iri has the advantage at first, she tires quickly and Wibeti still has stamina to spare, negating any advantage Fik'iri had as a war goddess.
  • Villainous Legacy: In the Codexverse, things left behind by villains can be both good and bad.
    • It is noted that despite being exposed and punished for their crimes, Noble Grace and Bubbling Beaker left behind a legacy in Crystal Prism, who was intended to become an Alicorn so he could be a symbol for a "new age" for Ponykind. Crystal Prism bitterly notes how even though their experiments failed, Noble Grace and Bubbling Beaker still got what they wanted out of him, and feels obligated to fulfill the destiny they've laid out for him. Fortunately, Golden Scepter would encourage him to forge his own path, resulting in Crystal's intended destiny being utterly broken. Temnobog also notes that while the circumstances surrounding Crystal Prism's Ascension were bad, his existence is still a positive one that benefits all.
    • After Morning Star fell to evil, he tried subjecting Equus and the surrounding universe out of narcissism, spawning a civil war that lasted ten unnamed Ages. The fallout of his cruel actions would continue to resonate in the present Age and beyond.
      • The destruction of the antediluvian Alicorn Civilization forced its surviving remnants into total seclusion from the rest of the world to recover. This explains why the Alicorns are no longer around in meaningful numbers in canon, save for a few who left or stayed behind.
      • The birth of Luminiferous. Despite his origins as a living weapon, Luminiferous would grow up with a loving family, who influenced him to become a hero instead. After defeating and killing his father, he would wander the world, helping to raise individuals with potential to greatness and fighting evils threatening Equus as a way to 'make up' for all the damage Morning Star caused.
      • Before Luminiferous, Morning Star created many 'incomplete' and 'flawed' Divine children and minions who would continue to cause trouble for Equus in the ages to come, which Luminiferous would spend a lot of time hunting down and defeating. However, not all of his divine children were bad, as Morning Star indirectly created the Glow sisters, who would play an important role in the battle against the Void Sovereign.
      • Golden Scepter, one of the antediluvian Alicorn rulers who survived the war, stayed behind to help Equus, and its mortal and divine residents rebuild, which ultimately led to the creation of the 'Golden Imperium' civilization of yore. Unfortunately, the traumas he would suffer after fighting for ten Ages, with no one to properly help him deal with said traumas, would bring out many of his worst traits that would also deeply affect his judgement. This led to him making terrible mistakes that ultimately caused him to be sealed away, while his Golden Imperium crumbled and collapsed.
  • Villain Song: Propagare sings a version of "Savages" to Xestobium in order to tip him over the edge into carrying out his genocidal ambitions, which Propagare intends to capitalize on. Towards the end, Xestobium himself takes over and finishing the song, signifying the point where he fully gives himself in to his revenge.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds:
    • It's mentioned in Blueblood's entry that he has this relationship with Shining Armor, who is technically his brother-in-law since he sees Cadence as his sister despite being adoptive cousins. Despite being best friends, they constantly snark at each other, and notably, during Shining Armor and Cadence's wedding, he congratulated Shining before not-so-subtly threatening him with bad things to come should he hurt his "Caddy".
    • Guiding Light's entry mentions that he has has this relationship with his friends as well - they constantly get on each other's nerves by ribbing and snarking at each other, but they are nevertheless very good friends and will not hesitate to defend each other. Guiding Light really appreciates this, however, because his friends treat him like a normal person despite his blindness, instead of pitying him and giving him special treatment for being disabled.

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