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  • War for Fun and Profit:
  • Warrior Poet:
    • Queen Acanthosomastidae, the Cavalier Queen. On top of being one of the best warriors among the Changeling Queens, she's also among the greatest patrons of Changeling art and high culture, having authored, painted and directed many works of literature, artwork and theatrical productions. Unsurprising, considering who her father is an expy of.
  • Warrior Prince:
    • Prince-Regent Blueblood is a powerful water mage and an experienced Navy soldier (now Commander), and thus is extremely capable of defending himself. During his long career, he fought off numerous assassins, who were rumored to have been sent by Blueblood's rivals and enemies in Canterlot, and he has healed scars as proof of the incidents. He also directly participated in the Storm King Crisis, rallying what was left of the Equestrian military with Shining Armor, directing war efforts against the Storm Navy, and even fought off a few Storm Troopers to protect his friend, Fancy Pants and his wife, Fleur-De-Lis.
    • Prince Vultus IV is a hammy and proud yet heroic and benevolent warrior. He is notable for being a skilled fighter despite not being a demigod, whose loudness is so profound that it can actually stun enemies and trigger avalanches. In one notable incident, he opposed his treacherous fourth brother for killing their oldest brother in a bid for the throne, and fought and killed him by braining him through the helm. It's not surprising, since he was based on Prince Vulcan (who was also played by BRIAN BLESSED).
    • Despite not technically being royalty anymore, since he was superseded from his family's royal line of succession and left home to learn under Luminiferous, Prince Sparkling Wing still kept his title. He's also a powerful and capable fighter and mage, but he prefers diplomatic solutions and is sickened by the thought of killing, so he mostly fights in defense/support unless warranted.
  • Was It Really Worth It?: Luminiferous informs the Changelings of what their Fantastic Racism causing them to ruin the lives of Queen Acherontia, Dragon Lord Vulcan, and their daughter Apterus cost them: the family's love may have given them the hope for a cure for their curse a millennia earlier as Thorax did in modern day. He then asks them if losing that was really worth continuing their blood feud with the dragons. Even the Summer Court finds it difficult to say it was. His lending Ember and Thorax their future potential was also a more subtle case of this, essentially showing both sides of the feud the potential they were squandering with their refusal to move on.
  • Weather Manipulation: Several divine and mortal individuals have the power to shape and influence the weather itself.
    • Most of Prince Sparkling Wing's magic is based around this, which is appropriate since he's the Alicorn god of Weather. He usually generates clouds to transport non-winged sapient creatures away from war zones and make hiding places for his allies for surprise ambushes, but he could also create miniature twisters and weaponize thunderclaps by having his clouds filled with rapidly-expanding heat, magic or otherwise. He can also summon rain for water-based attacks and lightning for quick, precise strikes, but being a Martial Pacifist, he normally doesn't go on the offensive unless the situation warrants it.
  • We Have Become Complacent: A common theme around utopian, advanced, powerful, and/or morally puristic societies is that they would always end up becoming complacent and indulgent no matter what they do.
    • Temnobog is disgusted by societies that become overly Good, since the absence of Evil will cause its inhabitants to forget why they're Good and think that they can do whatever they want because they're Good, unwittingly becoming the very Evil that they defeated in the first place. He even believes that Queen Dazzleglow's attempts to break the Cycle would result in a complacent Equus, except no, she also believes in Constructive Evil and wants people to break the Cycle so everyone would be able to fight the... thing that's lurking in the Cosmic Void. On the other hand, Temnobog also opposes societies that have become overly Evil, and will not hesitate to let the Four Terrors, his surviving divine children, raze and burn such societies to the ground as punishment for their extreme Evil.
    • Temnoist followers are also against societies promoting the absence of Evil/Good, as they believe that Good cannot exist in the absence of Evil and vice-versa, and the consequences of such a thing will be worse, than if Good and Evil existed together. So while they are feared and reviled as agents of Evil, Temnoists believe that by promoting Evil, they help good people become strong enough to oppose Evil, thus in turn allowing the Cycle of Good and Evil to continue.
    • Dr. Toxikon sees the Dragonflights as complacent, arrogant, and stagnant, because they have become so confident in their own power that they refuse to learn new things and/or cooperate with other races. A prime example would be Dragon Lord Brutus, who emphasizes his people's focus on brute strength rather than intelligence and skill - he lost rather quickly. The reason why Toxikon praised Ember so highly is because she is one of few Dragons who averted this trope, yet he also became frustrated that no one else is willing, or don't want to listen to Ember's progressive ways.
    • It's mentioned in Golden Scepter's entry that despite being the most successful and greatest of Equus's Equine children, and having the most widespread civilization to the point where it's still mentioned in stories and legends, even Alicornkind still fell to stagnation and corruption. Having crafted an extremely successful society in every way, the Alicorns had almost nothing else to motivate them, and what seemed like the behavioral norm for Alicorn rulers (acting like regal, stoic, and wise rulers who are also emotionally distant to their subjects) is actually quite toxic, since it only encouraged superior and high-hoofed attitudes. Naturally, this would lead to their fall at the hooves of Morning Star's faction, their civilization becoming irreparably ruined as the result of ten Ages of war. Golden Scepter would admit to Temnobog that even he was not exempt from the corruption despite his awareness and his attempts to avert it, and sees the "Twilight of the Alicorns" conflict as the best thing that happened to him and his people.
    • The Imperium of Ponykind was rumored (and speculated) to have covered almost the entirety of Equus, or even spread to other planets across the stars. However, as it continued to expand, it began to stagnate, largely due to Golden Scepter's traumas and harsh methods in ruling, as well as the complacency his Pony subjects would experience due to living in a vastly successful and expansionist empire. Golden Scepter's absence after the "Aurum Apostasy" conflict due to injuries and being put into a magical stasis caused his Pony subjects to use him as their excuse to continue their xenophobic, vicious, and fanatical ways, leading to its end at the hands of more benevolent kingdoms, empires, and organizations.
    • It's also stated in Golden Scepter's entry that this trope is the reason why he nearly died in the battle against his traitorous general, Aurum Lupus. As an ancient Alicorn living among mortals, he became complacent with his power, and thus never considered the idea that his mortal subjects could empower themselves to oppose him in any way. After he was unearthed in the Second Age by Luminiferous and Dazzleglow, and healed with Kerajaan Cahaya's medicine, he vowed never to let himself slip up or underestimate his subjects again.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Generally deconstructed, since good intentions or not, those who turn to shady and unscrupulous methods to achieve a noble goal still get painted as monsters who didn't bother to think of an alternate and safer option.
    • In Crystal Prism's backstory as Page Wheel, there's the unicorn mare Noble Grace, and her assistant Bubbling Beaker, an Earth pony. The two of them were highly beloved and effective teachers, but they were also criminals who kidnapped and experimented on young foals and teenagers because their inner potential made them more likely to become great individuals, so they sought to make Ponykind the best it could be by replicating the process of Ascension and mass-producing Alicorns. However, what makes them monstrous and insidious is that they use their reputations and their students' admiration and respect of them to lure said students into participating in their experiments and believing that the end-results will turn out okay, while they themselves genuinely believe that what they're doing is for the good of Ponykind and Equus as well. As a result, they are opposed and brought down by those who are rightly horrified by their actions, such as Scarlet Bell and her maternal grandniece, Midnight Bell. The only holder of their "legacy" would be Page Wheel, who was turned into Crystal Prism because of them, but he was left incredibly traumatized by his experiences and he would ultimately go against the destiny that Noble Grace and Bubbling Beaker intended for him, thanks to benevolent individuals encouraging him to forge his own path.
    • Much like his character inspiration, Battryu is devoted to protecting Equus, but only Equus. As Nature's Wrath, he sees all the occupying races as a blight to the ecosystem and won't hesitate to kill everyone if they upset the balance in any way, innocents be damned.
    • Dr. Toxikon was a victim of the "Time of Broken Scales" and created a plague that will kill off a very large majority of Changelingkind and Dragonkind because he saw both races as stagnant and unable to move past old grudges. In his eyes, only the younger, open-minded generations are deserving to live on Equus. While it did result in the Summer Court getting devastated, Dr. Toxikon is still seen as a genocidal monster, and those who sided with him are just as reviled by heroic-minded people.
    • Poena, the Mistress of Punishment, is an ethereal deity of retribution born from the vindictive emotions and thoughts, imprinted into patterns within the background magical field, of downtrodden and oppressed Ponies of a kingdom whose tyrannical rulers often get away with their crimes. Born as a Tulpa from these vindictive yearnings for justice, she believes that justice should be without mercy or pity. It gets deconstructed while she ends up with a following of hotblooded young deities who are equally frustrated with their older superiors' indifference and failures, perceived or real, she often clashes with more merciful individuals who she believes are too "soft", and, as the dark Deer god Temnobog warned, she often runs the risk of becoming as monstrous and evil in her ruthless pursuit of justice. In one notable incident, Poena fought the god of mercy, Eiríni, over the fate of an evil Minotaur warlord and ended up lying unconscious in a crater. She also tried swaying the filly psychopomp, Ruby Heart the Confessor/Redeemer, to seeing her side so she could use the latter's "Chain Sight" ability to detect sinful individuals... but thankfully Ruby had friends who are willing to protect her from hard-lined and puristic people like Poena.
    • The 'People's Empire of the Cloven' is this as a geopolitical Great Power of Equus. The Clovenists under the People's Regents, People's Secretaries and People's Counsuls genuinely wish to free Equus from all corrupt, reactionary and despotic rulers, and build a better future of progress and prosperity for all people regardless of race or identity. Unfortunately, they've become very zealous, militant and expansionistic, believing their dream is only possible by bringing everyone under Clovenism and greatly distrust the good intentions of even the benevolent rulers and governments of other nations, making them much feared or hated across the world. Their unfettered pursuit of progress also caused them to make terrible mistakes and unleashing powers they can't even comprehend, let alone control, to their own and the world's detriment. Their good intentions are also not shared by all their subjects or allies, who used Clovenist cause as an excuse to commit evil crimes or even manipulate the Cloven Empire's actions as a means to their sinister ends.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Happens during the "Revenge of Apertus" incident, in which Empress Blackrose herself, the many Royal Children of the Spring Court (though not all), and a number of the dragons (at least the ones who qualify as heroes) received a number of these a millennia ago for what they did to Queen Acherontia and Dragon Lord Vulcan out of Fantastic Racism and fear of what their hybrid daughter could become, despite both of them doing nothing wrong to warrant such a punishment and Apertus being only a child at the time. Even non-Changeling deities were absolutely disgusted with what the perpetrators had done.
      • Mothryu, known as the most benevolent of the Neighponese Kaiju, outright refused to do more than evacuate the innocents caught in Apertus's path.
        Mothryu's Priestesses: "Was the Slaver King the only one who descended on her hive, with the intent of spilling a child's blood for no other reason but her heritage, and fear of what she may do? Was it him alone who decided to try and destroy a marriage approved of by the Grand Primeval of Love out of hate? Was he the one who sealed her parents away, rather than confront the racial hatred that has been allowed to fester? Mothryu will defend the innocent, and she will ferry them away here... but most of you are not innocent."
      • Mothryu's twin, Battryu, on the other hand, was more blunt about it.
        Battryu's Priestess: You made your bed, now lay in it.
      • Even some of Empress Blackrose's morally good children joined in on the calling out. Queen Pentatomidae, after previously begged her family to spare her sister and her dragon husband, pointedly expressed her displeasure by avoiding them for five centuries; Princess/Captain Mimetidae punched her own mother in the jaw (which Blackrose allowed) before storming off for two centuries; Puck would stay with his mother, but even he was incredibly disappointed.
        Prince Puck:Remember when Choice said what you did to Acherontia would have consequences? Well those consequences just leveled an entire Summer King's territory in a day by itself and is tearing a trail of destruction towards one of our sisters... I hate to say I told you so... but I told you so.
      • Choice itself would visit both Changeling Courts and the Dragonflights and remind them of the "poor" choices they had taken with Apertus and her parents, ending with the final note that the consequences would catch up to them. When King Thomisus insisted they were "above the consequences", Choice would apparently laugh in his face.
        Choice: Do you have any idea how many times I have heard that? More than a number exists to count. Do you know how often it has been correct? Never.
      • Luminiferous, while more disappointed than angry, nevertheless informed the Changelings and Dragons that had they not cruelly punished Queen Acherontia and Dragon Lord Vulcan for falling in love for each other, or treated Apertus like a disgusting abomination that deserved to be treated like garbage and/or be killed, they would have reached the potential that Thorax and Ember had already obtained. The Changelings in particular were told that the consequences of trying to satisfy a racial grudge had resulted in the delay or even potentially permanent squandering of a cure to their Curse. His Badass Boast when unlocking Thorax and Ember's potential also had shades of this trope.
        Luminiferous: Before you are the members of your kind who have rejected this aeons-long grudge. Behold: the potential of those who have moved past the limitation you have chained yourself down with. Now, Sanctified One, brilliant Daughter of Torch: Arise! Borrow the potential that waits for you at the next dawn!
  • Winged Unicorn: The Alicorns, much like in canon. The Alicorns in Codex Equus are immortal and incredibly powerful, and as they get older, they gain extra traits such as new wings and/or a wing gradient. However, it's implied that all Alicorns were once mortal ponies - BrutalityInc has stated that he wanted to make his own take on the Alicorns, combining official canon descriptions of the Alicorns being merely long-lived with the fanon interpretation of Alicorns as bonafide gods. However, it's zigzagged in that Alicorns don't specifically have to be ponies, as there have been members of other equine species that Ascended to Alicornhood.
    • Prince Léon, Blueblood's adoptive son, is an "Ethereal" deity who, according to Blueblood, Ascended into an Alicorn at the moment of birth. This makes him the only male Equestrian Alicorn in the Equestrian pantheon.
    • The Equestrian Princesses are prominent examples.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Played with Crystal Prism. Currently he's a demigod who looks like a teenage Alicorn, but chronologically he's still as young as the colt he once was and sometimes acts like his actual age. The reason why he tends to act mature and wiser than his age is because he went through a lot of bad experiences that required therapy to recover from, causing him to experience Character Development at the same time.
  • Womb Level:
    • In one of the Alvslog/Erobreseg Deer Herd's legends, the trickster god Narren had to enter the body of his (quite literally) Evil Uncle Temnobog in order to rescue his grandfather, High King Irminsul of the Eltenteil Deer Pantheon, whom Temnobog had de-powered and devoured as part of a partricidal revenge plot. Whilst in Temnobog's body, he had to avoid, trick or otherwise get through the countless other damned souls, disobedient demons and enemy deities (Including two of Temnobog's own children) that Temnobog had eaten over the ages to reach his grandfather. No shrinking is involved, but the narration made it clear that this is possible due to the bodies of the gods being 'quite different' from those of mortals, depicted as Bigger on the Inside and apparently planes/realms in their own right.
  • Women Are Wiser: Zigzagged. Due to Equus being heavily matriarchal in some places, women in general have a tendency to be wiser, more compassionate, and more intelligent than males, mortal or divine. Supporting this are the various queendoms that dot Equus, as they're shown to be thriving underneath the rule of a queen. However, this does not automatically mean that women are "better" than men, as they are shown to be just as capable of being stubborn, racist, patronizing, arrogant, and evil as men. Men, meanwhile, can be as wise and compassionate as their female counterparts.
  • The Worf Effect: At their height, the Crystal Empire's military, backed by their sorcerous powers and enchantments, enabled them to reconquer much of the old Equestrian Empire's territories and enforce their rule over much of the known world with their Crystal Legions. Their devastating defeats at the hooves of the Giants during the Crystal Empire's war with Queen Colossos' Empire demonstrated just what sort of foe they had picked a fight with.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Gamarea struggling with a single adult Dyvaos is explained as him not being fully grown yet and he doesn't bond with a pony until the very end of the fight when Yearling finally does. He then instantly kills the Dyvaos in one hit.
  • World Building: The entire purpose of the story is to provide this for Equus as a whole, with emphasis of expanding and adding details to many facets of the setting; for example, the Changeling civilization is vastly expanded, revealed to be far older and much bigger than just ex-Queen Chrysalis and her former hive with the four Changeling Courts.
  • Worthy Opponent:
    • King Brachion sees Kickhopper as this, due to him managing to survive everything the king has thrown ate him.
    • Ahuizotl sees Daring as his exclusive one. He explains to Brachion this is because he expects other demi-gods and deities to be able to rival him, but a mortal who can is a far more interesting and exciting foe. Brachion seems to feel the same about Kickhopper.
    • Emperor Blackthorn complimented on the Changeling Courts' enemy Dr Toxikon's skills during the 'Crucible Crisis', being able to repeatedly out-wit and out-gambit nearly all the Changeling Courts - an entire Sapient species known for their guile and cunning - for much of the Crisis and nearly succeeding in destroying them.
    • It's implied that Yarost, Temnobog's oldest son and the Deer god of Fury and Hatred, has this relationship with Blood Fang, an evil Alicorn who constantly tries to conquer Hyrule and is Temnobog's agent. Whenever Blood Fang visits the hell-realms, he and Yarost would spar, and they have a mutual respect of each other.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • Before his first death, Night Terror was a Serial Killer that went after children. He was eventually burned alive and killed by the angry, grieving parents of his victims... though his deal with Ispita allowed him to evade Yarost, Temnobog's oldest son, and continue his killing spree undeterred in the dream world... then Princess Luna and Tenya confronted and defeated him, ending with Night Terror being thrown into the real world where Yarost was waiting for him.
    • Sunnytown. The occupants of that place were extremely Cutie Pox-phobic, and killed a young filly named Ruby Heart for gaining a Cutie Mark. Pakak was enraged, and cursed the entire town for their crime to become zombies, never truly able to rest until they accepted responsibility for their crimes and atoned honestly. Pakak was noted to have not shown any remorse for what he had done.
    • There was an incident where Poena tried to recruit Ruby Heart to her side so the ghostly filly would accept her morally puristic version of justice, and to gain access to her "Chain Sight" ability. When Ruby refused, even comparing her to the extremist Grey Hoof, Poena got mad and tried attacking her, only to be blocked by Crystal Prism and Princess Twilight.
    • Since his "birth", Prince Léon has been a walking target for both tribalist factions, who see him as a freak of nature and a divine tyrant in the making, and evil/corrupt deities like Ispita and the Tyrannos pantheon, who see him as a threat since his empathy can help turn their victims/followers away from their infleunce. However, said deities also see potential in Léon as a corrupted god, since his magic also means he can be used as a wheel to spread corruption and tyranny on a wider scale. Thankfully, Léon has loved ones willing to protect him, especially his adoptive father, Blueblood, and the Equestrian Princesses.
    • Many of Noble Grace's victims were pony foals and teenagers because in her eyes, they are brighter and hold much more potential than they do as adults. Years ago, she experimented on the classmates of a young Scarlet Bell, motivating her to try save them despite her fear of getting killed or crippled by her own teacher. In the present day, after moving to the Grittish Isles, she would experiment on a young Page Wheel, leading to his Ascension as Crystal Prism, though ironically it wouldn't be the experiments that did it - it would be the magic that Page Wheel absorbed while in his corrupted monster form.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child:
    • Elske, the Jotunn goddess of Love. She'll happily eat sinful/hateful cities and kingdoms, but she always spares the children; even taking them under her care afterwards to make up for eating their families and homes. Her more merciful diet is said to be catching on with mortal Giants.
    • Polistes and the Wild Cards, by virtue of their white-hat pirate ways. In one notable incident, a heist abroad a luxury cruise ship was interrupted when a heavily pregnant mare went into labor. Polistes spared the mare and her husband from being robbed and even had his crew help deliver a healthy foal. The newly-made parents reportedly shook his hoof out of gratitude.
  • Wretched Hive:
    • The criminal state of Abyssinia from the 2017 movie is justified here - the Abyssinian deities, Zinabi and his consort Fik'iri, let the country be assimilated into the Storm Empire to "punish" the people for poor worship. As a result, Abyssinia fell abject poverty by the time Twilight Sparkle and the Mane Six arrive there.
    • This is also what Hyrule would've become if it officially became a territory of the Storm Empire. Fortunately, Blood Fang secretly manipulated and sabotaged the general responsible for conquering Hyrule, leaving him completely vulnerable against Gleaming Shield and Radiant Primrose, who both killed him.
    • It's noted in Golden Scepter's entry that this is what the Imperium of Ponykind eventually became. After Golden Scepter was gravely wounded in the "Aurum Apostasy" conflict and put into magical stasis, the Imperium gradually forgot about their Emperor, and in his absence, it turned into a wretched hive of racism, paranoia, viciousness, and religious fanaticism that used Golden Scepter as a figurehead to justify the people's selfish goals. In the end, the Imperium was destroyed by more benevolent kingdoms, empires, and civilizations, ending its threat to Equus. Years later, after he was found, revived, and healed, Golden Scepter would use his actions during the Imperium era as an example of what not to do as a ruler.

  • Xanatos Gambit:
    • The Summer Court as a whole is very good at this, as implied by what we know so far about them, due to many Kings inheriting their patriarch's scheming intelligence as well as being pragmatic and genre-savvy compared to many other evil overlords.
      • Naturally, said Patriarch, Emperor Blackthorn, is implicitly a master of these owing to being the Sovereign of Schemes. In-universe, this trope is named after him - a 'Blackthorn Gambit'.
    • Dr. Toxikon also managed to master this and its variant below, to the point that he could challenge the Summer Court and Changelingkind as a whole. In testimony of his brilliance, Emperor Blackthorn himself notes with a hint of pity that if Toxikon isn't so set in destroying them all, he would relish playing a game of Go with him like the ones he normally play with Dragon King Bahumet.
    • Dragon King Bahumet is implied to be just as good, given he managed to hold the namesake behind the 'Blackthorn Gambit' himself and his schemes in check thanks to his vast age, wisdom and experience (up to tens of millions of years). This also hints at Blackthorn's own prowess at these gambits, given he manages to keep up with a being as wise and powerful as the Father of all Dragons; the implication is that he's just that good.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: The entire confrontation between Dr. Toxikon, the Changelings, and the Dragons (mainly Ember and Bahamut) is this, with all sides being incredibly intelligent and rapidly adjusting their plans.


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