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"Loved And Lost" is a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Fan Fic written by EquineAvenger.

A retelling and extended version of "A Canterlot Wedding", only that it doesn't end well with our heroes.

First off, the Changelings have been stopped, but the damage to Canterlot has been done and the wedding is cancelled. Prince Jewelius, another nephew of Celestia and younger cousin of Cadance, holds all of the ponies responsible for the disaster. He then has the three princesses removed from power and all of them, including the Mane Five, Spike, and Shining Armor exiled from Equestria while he takes the throne for himself. With the fate of Twilight Sparkle unknown, the group of outcasts decide to return to Equestria to find their beloved unicorn friend and earn back their lives. But Jewelius is determined to get rid of them no matter the cost.

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This fanfic provides examples of:

  • Accusation Fic: A major one for the Mane Five, Shining Armor, Celestia, and Spike. Jewelius' role is essentially to make sure they personally suffer more severe consequences than they did in canon, forcing them to think about their misdoings very seriously and give Twilight more profound apologies. With their personal reputations marred, they have to go through pain before they're able to reconcile with Twilight and clear their names.
  • Adaptational Villainy: The Royal Guards are usually loyal to Princess Celestia in the show's canon. Here, they turn against her and Shining Armor due to Jewelius' manipulations. Some of them cause trouble in Ponyville even when not ordered so by Jewelius. In fact, they aren't even against the idea of massacring Ponyville! However, this is subverted with the revelation that after banishing the heroes, Jewelius had many of the injured guards who remained loyal to the princesses murdered and replaced with criminals bribed to be loyal to him. The one guard who dares to question the idea to attack Ponyville is promptly thrown out of a window by Jewelius.
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  • Adaptational Wimp: Played a bit with Queen Chrysalis who was a full-on Big Bad in the canon "A Canterlot Wedding", but is more of a Big Bad Wannabe in this story. She learns about the wedding and the caves under Canterlot from Jewelius who also lures Cadance into an ambush, allowing Chrysalis to steal her identity. The canon doesn't indicate that she needed any quisling to directly provide her with all her information or to capture Cadance. She's also outmatched by Twilight during their duel in the 13th chapter, though it should be noted that by that time it's been a week since she had the power-up needed to defeat Celestia.
  • Adult Fear:
    • Shortly after the Changeling invasion, Night Light and Twilight Velvet, the parents of Shining Armor and Twilight Sparkle, mysteriously disappear from Canterlot, and no sign of them is found after a week of searching. Both of their adult children are very concerned for them, especially with the revelation of them being captured by Jewelius just to force their daughter to obey him should she turn against him. As for the parents themselves, they have very little information about the events happening outside their cell, but they do know that their son has been branded a traitor and banished from Equestria.
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    • For Shining Armor the revelation that his emotionally manipulated sister has accepted the proposal of a sociopath who makes it clear to him that she's nothing but a pawn and a broodmare to him, and she feels so betrayed by her elder brother that she has disowned him and adamantly refuses to listen to his warnings regarding said sociopath.
  • An Aesop: When things go bad, take responsibility for your own role in the events that led to them happening.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: The Mane Five (even Rainbow Dash and Applejack) resort to tearfully begging for mercy when Jewelius sentences them to slavery.
  • Alternate Universe Fic: Prince Jewelius takes the conflicts of "A Canterlot Wedding" further, making the plot longer, darker and deeper.
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: After Twilight is manipulated to reject her former loved ones and take Jewelius as her new mentor, she accepts his proposal to become his queen. However, once he reveals his true colors to her and tells her what he actually wants out of their marriage, she rejects him in disgust. In response, he forces her to remain compliant by threating the lives of her parents (whom he captured specifically in case Twilight rebelled against him). Fortunately, the Changeling disguising himself as Raven Inkwell helps Twilight out of this predicament by releasing her parents.
  • And This Is for...: Cadance when she gives Jewelius a magic blast in the 13th chapter.
    Cadance: That was for ruining my wedding!
  • Anti-Villain:
  • Any Last Words?: Jewelius makes this question to Celestia during her hanging, expecting her to try and tell about his evil actions to deaf ears like the other prisoners just did. Knowing it will get her nowhere, she instead makes a heartwrenching apology speech to Twilight and the angry crowd, taking full responsibility over everypony who lost their lives and suffer now because of the invasion she inadvertently allowed to happen. Twilight and the entire crowd are so touched that they start demanding Jewelius to spare Celestia as she prepares to face death with dignity.
  • Arch-Enemy: Hildread seems to regard Shining Armor as hers, for she makes her hatred of him clear the moment she first appears and takes delight from mocking and torturing the disgraced captain who expelled her from the Royal Guard due to her exceeding brutality. She confesses during the climax that she has always hated him and considered him too soft to be a competent Captain of the Royal Guard. Notably, she refuses to admit being wrong when he calls her out of a villainous action she personally isn't comfortable with.
  • Armored Villains, Unarmored Heroes: Jewelius and his cronies don battle armors for the final battle, while the heroes fight without armor to protect Ponyville (not that they'd have access to any armor as fugitives). Lieutenant Shackle is the only villain who doesn't wear an armor, and she's the only one who switches sides.
  • Armor-Piercing Question:
    • When Jewelius calls out Shining Armor after the Changeling invasion, he pressures the captain to answer whatever or not he disowned his sister entirely because of Chrysalis' manipulations.
      Jewelius: And you, Captain Armor! What possessed you to allow such a monster to walk through the castle right under your nose? Especially after receiving a warning from your own sister, whom you coldly dismissed!
      [the guards and wedding guests gasp]
      Shining Armor: I... I can explain.
      Jewelius: Very well then, explain what came over you to disown your beloved sister and deem the safety of everypony in Canterlot less important then your precious wedding? Or was it the work of the changeling that made you so foolish as to betray your own flesh and blood as well as all the ponies you swore to protect as Captain of the Guard?
      Shining Armor: [hangs his head in shame] No, I made my own decisions.
      Jewelius: Then you are guilty. You're a disgrace to the guard!
    • As the discredited heroes try to expose their Cassandra Truth about Jewelius having worked with and double-crossed the Changelings and now intending to kill Cadance in the 12th chapter, Twilight and the angry crowd refute them with several disproving questions.
      Rainbow Dash: ...he double-crossed them! Just ask Chrysalis herself!
      A stallion: You're telling us to ask a creature who lies and deceives ponies to clarify the truth?!
      Rainbow Dash: Oh.
      Applejack: Jewelius is nothin' but a self-servin' rat with no loyalty tah anypony but himself! And if ah'm tellin' you it's true, then ya'll know it must be. Ah'm the Element of Honesty.
      Twilight: So when you said we were best friends, you were being honest?
      Applejack: Of course, sugarcube.
      Twilight: And are best friends supposed to have each other's backs?
      Applejack: [getting nervous] Yes.
      Twilight: Then why did you all turn your backs on me when I needed you the most, after everything we've been through together, after learning a lesson in never taking a friend's concerns lightly? Or was I never your friend to begin with, just a means to an end?
      Applejack: I... I...
      Twilight: Sorry, girls. It was fun while it lasted.
      [...]
      Rainbow Dash: Okay, maybe we should've been a little more focused on other things besides the wedding planning. But you have to admit, Twilight, the way you were acting didn't make things any better.
      Twilight: My brother said that the wedding was 'something that obviously wasn't important to' me. Well, did it ever occur to the eight of you that this wedding was important to so many other ponies, not just you?
      [the fugitives are again at a loss for words]
    • The 12th chapter has also a subverted example when Fluttershy asks from the crowd who will raise the sun if Celestia is executed. The crowd does become thoughtful, but Jewelius quickly dispels their uncertainties with a New Era Speech about why they'll be better off without the alicorns to rely on.
    • In the following chapter, Twilight herself gets one from Queen Chrysalis who plants in her mind a seed of doubt about Jewelius and whatever or not Cadance is safe. The Changelings use their chance to flee as Twilight tries to decide if she should shrink the Changelings again or go to make sure Cadance is alright.
      Chrysalis: What are you going to do, Twilight? Stop the evil changelings or save your old foalsitter? What if I'm not lying this time? You could be truly responsible for something horrible to happen to Cadance this time?
    • The climax has another subversion when Shining Armor asks from Hildread if she calls massacring Ponyville's inhabitants protection of Equestria. She looks uneasily around but quickly hardens her heart and takes comfort from her delusions.
  • Artificial Limbs: Hildread is a Pegasus whose right wing is completely metallic.
  • Ascended Fridge Horror: Ponies do suffer serious injuries during the Changeling invasion, including most of the royal guards, and once they're told how Celestia, Shining Armor and Twilight's friends failed to realize Chrysalis was impersonating Cadance, they accept it when Jewelius brings the failed protectors down for putting them all in danger. Though the injured guards are actually murdered on Jewelius' orders, it's easy to make the public believe their injuries were too fatal. When one week has passed since the invasion, a filly tells that her parents are still in the hospital due to injures caused to them by the Changelings.
  • Asshole Victim: Jewelius finally gets his just desserts in the 18th chapter when he is Eaten Alive by the Changelings.
  • The Atoner: Lieutenant Shackle performs a Heel–Face Turn during the Final Battle, but she's so guilt-ridden that she willingly goes to jail with a vow to be a better pony after her sentence is served.
  • Badass Boast: While fighting Garble in the arena, Rainbow Dash makes one on behalf of Fluttershy. The latter proves her right when her anger overrides her fear, prompting her to beat up Garble's friends.
    Rainbow Dash: Fluttershy maybe a little timid sometimes, but when she needs to be, she has proven to be one of the bravest ponies I've ever met.
  • Bad Boss: In the 13th chapter, Jewelius smacks a guard who just helped him up in the face, furious over the heroes' escape. In the 17th chapter, he throws another guard out of a window, simply for questioning if he's going too far with his decision to mass-murder all the inhabitants of Ponyville.
  • Batman Gambit:
    • Jewelius uses the tensions between Twilight and everypony else as well as Chrysalis' actions to dethrone Celestia.
    • The Staging the Eavesdrop example below is another example.
  • Battle Butler: Vivian to Jewelius. She knows impressive karate moves and is talented enough with her magic to give Rainbow Dash a run for her money.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Cadance gets injured after sneaking into the castle with the group of exiles. When Celestia says that none of them knew it would happen, this causes Twilight — who has been manipulated by Jewelius — to lash out at her former loved ones.
    • Jewelius really hates it when Cadance and/or Celestia are openly praised/loved in his presence. He's initially able to rein in his anger before he can act on it, but as time goes on, he stops restraining himself to the point that he smacks Twilight's cheek and later threatens Canterlot's citizens by decreeing that anypony who sympathizes with the fugitives will be accused of treason and severely punished.
  • Big Bad: Jewelius, the main antagonist of the story. He is the one who orchestrated the attack on Canterlot so he could overthrow Celestia, striking a Big Bad Duumvirate with Chrysalis whom he helped to infiltrate Canterlot through the underground caverns. After he double-crosses Chrysalis to become the only ruler of Equestria, the heroes spend the majority of the story trying to unravel his manipulations and set right the things he messed up. After Chrysalis escapes from Jewelius' dungeons and fails to get even with him, she keeps low profile until the heroes have cornered him in the climax. After killing him, she tries to assume the main antagonist role, only for Shining Armor and Cadance to finally blast her and the Changelings away as per canon.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Though it's not revealed until the 11th chapter, Jewelius originally told Chrysalis about the wedding, so they joined forces to take control of Equestria together. However, Jewelius broke their partnership off when he saw in Twilight a way to claim all the power for himself, making it a full-blown Evil vs. Evil situation for the rest of the story.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Chrysalis veers into this territory, for she's defeated in the fic's first quarter, and Jewelius causes the main problems of the story. She started her canon plan when Jewelius approached her, and she was able to sneak into Canterlot and steal Cadance's identity with his help and inside information. However, she was unaware that she was just a pawn to Jewelius who proves himself to be more competent as a manipulator and successfully double-crosses her when he decides he can gain more from her downfall. In one of the 11th chapter's flashbacks, he even privately criticizes her for endangering their plan by making Twilight suspicious with her imperfect impersonation of Cadance. Though Chrysalis escapes from Canterlot's dungeons and everypony (except for Jewelius himself) is afraid of a new Changeling invasion, she's unable to win Twilight when the unicorn blocks her way to Jewelius, so she retreats to plan from the shadows. After the heroes defeat Jewelius' forces and corner him, Chrysalis sweeps in and takes her revenge on Jewelius. She then attempts to take the main antagonist role back, only for Shining Armor and Cadance to give her the canon defeat that has been delayed only because of Jewelius' plot interferences.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Shining Armor is determined to see his sister safe and sound to atone for the way he renounced her and banned her from his wedding. When Jewelius (who has just revealed his true evil nature) announces that he and Twilight will be married, Shining Armor becomes enraged and tells Jewelius to stay away from Twilight (even though Twilight disowned him in the previous chapter).
    Shining Armor: YOU STAY AWAY FROM MY LITTLE SISTER!
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Just as Celestia is about to be publicly hanged in the 12th chapter, Luna appears from the crowd to cut the rope.
    • The heroes end up saving each other several times during the Final Battle; Twilight prevents Hildread from delivering the final blow to the downed Shining Armor, who in turn prevents Hildread from striking his sister with her sharp metal feathers. Finally, just as Jewelius is about to decapitate the bound Celestia with a telekinetically held sword, Cadance magically blasts the sword away.
  • Big "SHUT UP!":
    • Twilight screams this in the 12th chapter after refusing to listen to her friends and brother's pleas about Jewelius' true nature, all while breaking down into tears and crying. This earns more ire for the heroes from the angry crowd who sympathize with Twilight.
    • After he drops his polite facade, Jewelius uses a big "SILENCE!" in four instances.
    • Hildread yells this to Shining Armor when she argues with him about her righteousness in the climax.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: In the first four chapters of the story, Jewelius is presented as a humble and noble stallion, who is nice to Twilight. However, in the fifth chapter, he drops this façade and usurps Celestia.
  • Black Knight: Commander Hildread used to be in the Royal Guard before she was expelled for unnecessary brutality. As the head of King Jewelius' army, she firmly believes she protects ponies better than Shining Armor or the princesses with her extreme methods. She even dons an intimidating black battle armor for the final battle.
  • Bling of War: Jewelius dresses himself in a golden battle armor for the Final Battle, while Vivian dons a silver one.
  • Both Sides Have a Point: When Twilight finally has her Jerkass Realization and reconciles with her friends, brother and mentor, she as well as all of them admit they each played a role in their falling out at the rehearsal (with Twilight having given reason for everypony to believe she was only jealous, and everypony else not being attentive enough to realize until it was too late that something more serious than mere stresses of wedding preparation was going on) as well as in Twilight falling for Jewelius' manipulations and disowning her loved ones in retaliation. Everypony chooses to blame only themselves (or in the Mane Five and Spike's case, each other collectively) for their own failings while comforting and assuring each other that none of them was entirely to blame for anything.
  • Break Them by Talking: When Hildread catches the Mane Five in the tenth chapter, she gives them a cruel lecture about how pathetic they are and unworthy of Twilight's friendship. The lecture works in demoralizing the mares until Fluttershy notices the chandelier hanging above Hildread and the guards, prompting her to shut up Hildread and drop down the chandelier.
  • Broken Pedestal:
    • Princess Celestia becomes one to Twilight and the citizens of Canterlot due to Jewelius' manipulations. This starts to become remedied at her Public Execution when she gives them all a touching apology speech in which she takes full responsibility over her failures.
    • Shining Armor is hit with this too, as the royal guards start to despise him for what has happened (though it turns out many of the loyalist guards are murdered and replaced by lowlifes). In fact, Twilight, who had always looked up to him when she was a filly, loses all love and respect for him due to his treatment of her and disowns him when he, the Mane Five, Spike and two of the princesses return to Canterlot.
    • The Mane Five become these as well after Jewelius manipulates all of Canterlot into thinking they are traitors.
  • The Brute: Commander Hildread to Jewelius' conspirators. She's sadistic, believes in using brutality to ensure peace and order, and she's Shining Armor's equal as a fighter.
  • Cain and Abel: Jewelius and Cadance are a cousins example. Though Cadance is loving toward her younger cousin, Jewelius hates her more than the other heroes because she's more adored than he is. When he figures out that she hasn't died in her banishment, he devices a plot to have her killed in a way that won't make him look suspicious.
  • The Caligula: Jewelius initially presents himself as an arrogant yet sane ruler, but as things get out of his control, "Holy King Jewelius I" shows himself to be a sociopath who delusionally regards his reign to be superior to that of the princesses and can't stand it when ponies adore them. He forces the entire town of Ponyville to strive under raised taxes and trading prohibitions as petty retribution to Twilight's friends, willfully focuses on hunting down the fugitive heroes at the expense of preparing against a new Changeling invasion even though the fugitives have become the public's smallest concern, and decides to decree the act of sympathizing the fugitives as treason, which ultimately makes Canterlot's citizens really wish the princesses were back in power. He also gets engaged to Twilight in hopes of getting powerful continuers for his legacy, but he admits that if he discovered an even more powerful unicorn mare, he'll get rid of Twilight through a staged accident. He eventually leads his army to wipe out Ponyville's inhabitants along with all the heroes as the ultimate statement of his rulership, even though unlike him, none of his chief minions are okay with this. When one of his guards questions the extremeness of such an act, Jewelius throws him out of the throne room's window. Oh, and he demotes Prince Blueblood to his personal servant and replaces the banners that depict Celestia and Luna's symbol with those that depict a proud-looking illustration of himself.
    Jewelius: If I can't control this nation through propoganda, then I'll just have to control it through fear.
  • Call-Back:
    • Rarity is sentenced by Jewelius to work for the Diamond Dogs again, and he provides them with a muzzle to prevent her from irritating them with her complaints. They take great delight from rubbing this in her face.
    • Garble appears to challenge Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy in the arena, mentioning that if Spike was there, he'd make him pay for what happened during their last encounter.
    • As with many other "A Canterlot Wedding" accusation fics, everypony forgetting the lesson of not dismissing a friend's concerns too quickly is brought up a few times.
  • The Cameo: Prince Blueblood has a brief non-speaking cameo in the 12th chapter, reduced to serving his cousin Jewelius.
  • Cassandra Truth: In addition to the canon example of Twilight's warnings about the false Cadance, the ponies who didn't believe her — Shining Armor, the Mane Five, Spike and Celestia — get in a twist of irony one of their own about the evil nature of King Jewelius which they try to tell Twilight and Canterlot's citizens.
  • Chain Pain: Lieutenant Shackle is a unicorn who uses her magic to control chains, utilizing them as whips and makeshift snakes.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • In the second chapter, Jewelius shows Twilight a difficult shrinking spell that can be used on many beings at once. Before Shining Armor and Cadance can blast the Changelings away, Jewelius reveals a jar of glass, and Twilight uses the spell to shrink all the Changelings and trap them inside the jar.
    • The wedding cake toppers Spike plays with and receives upon his banishment are used in the climax to prevent Jewelius from escaping in his chariot.
  • The Chessmaster:
    • Turns out Jewelius planned for the Changeling invasion to happen on Shining Armor and Cadance's wedding day; it was all a ploy to have the princesses overthrown and exiled, along with the Mane Six, Spike and Shining Armor.
    • The canonical Queen Chrysalis escapes from Canterlot's dungeons with her army and leaves one disguised Changeling behind to help Twilight (after she has come to her senses) in escaping to Ponyville with her parents and the Elements of Harmony. After Jewelius is cornered by the heroes, Chrysalis appears and has her Changelings kill the traitor, attempting then to subdue the heroes who are exhausted from fighting his minions. Unfortunately for her, Shining Armor and Cadance blast the entire Changeling army out of Equestria by Twilight's suggestion.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Jewelius first conspired with the Changelings to take down his royal family. Then he betrays the Changelings by assisting Twilight in bringing them down, only to nonetheless discredit the other heroes and seize the throne. He afterwards continues lying to Twilight and Canterlot's citizens about the discredited heroes, betraying his promises of a better era by gradually letting his true monstrous nature show and doing nothing for the escaped Changelings. He convinces Twilight to agree to marry him only to gain powerful continuers of legacy, confessing that if he'd happen to meet a more powerful unicorn mare, he'd get rid of Twilight before marrying the other mare. As Jewelius himself admits, there's a reason his cutie mark is a gold-hilted dagger.
  • Continuity Nod: When Jewelius is orating Canterlot's citizens into supporting him, Celestia quietly tells the others to run.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: Jewelius is able to manipulate Twilight into thinking her friends and mentor only used her for their own desires and that her brother has moved on from her. She becomes very distrustful of them and doesn't much question Jewelius' harsh rule. Fortunately, she hasn't turned completely apathetic to the ponies' needs, and she gradually comes to her senses.
  • Crime-Concealing Hobby: Jewelius has traveled a lot to explore and learn more about Equestria. His true reason for doing that has been to find a way to get the throne for himself. He learned about the Changelings and the caverns beneath Canterlot through these travels, and once he was told the date of his cousin's wedding, he traveled to the Badlands to forge an alliance with Queen Chrysalis and provided her information about the caverns.
  • Crystal Ball: Vivian uses one to show Twlight her captured parents.
  • Dark Action Girl: In addition to the canonical Queen Chrysalis, there's Vivian and Commander Hildread. Lieutenant Shackle is a decent fighter too, but she's not villainous enough to qualify.
  • Darker and Edgier: Much more than the actual episode itself, with the main characters being sentenced to slavery, a public hanging that's narrowly interrupted, a large number of injured military figures being murdered simply for staying loyal to the usurped royalty, and an army attacking a small town with the orders to wipe out all the inhabitants. And those are only the most notable examples.
  • Dark Magical Girl: Twilight gains several DMG traits after she falls in with Jewelius' manipulations. Deeply hurt that her brother, friends and mentor abandoned her at the wedding rehearsal for trying to protect her brother (as well as by the resulting sense of loneliness), Jewelius convinces her that they only used her and never really cared about her, so she devotes herself to serving Jewelius as his apprentice and fiancée, unaware that he is the one who's shamelessly taking advantage of the magical prodigy. Adopting a sullen disposition, she doesn't much act on her conscience when it comes to Jewelius' more questionable activities, and though she hasn't stopped entirely caring about her former loved ones, she's very reluctant to trust them as they try to get through to her. Realizing the truth leads her to have major feelings of guilt which her loved ones need to alleviate by assuring her she's not entirely responsible for what has happened, allowing her and her friends to use the Elements of Harmony with their renewed friendship.
    Twilight: I was taught friendship is magic, but now I find out that there was no friendship. I don't know what to do with my life anymore.
  • Darwinist Desire: After seizing the throne, Jewelius intends to marry Twilight, expecting a powerful unicorn like her to bear him powerful offspring to continue his legacy (though he admits that he'd get rid of her were he to find a more powerful unicorn mare).
  • Death by Woman Scorned: Jewelius ends up being killed when the Changelings eat him on the orders of Queen Chrysalis as revenge for tricking her into thinking they were villainous sweethearts and double-crossing her.
  • Destination Defenestration: Jewelius throws a guard out of a window for questioning his plan to massacre the entire population of Ponyville.
  • Devoured by the Horde: Chrysalis directs her Changelings to eat Jewelius whose heart has no love for them to eat.
  • Did You Actually Believe...?: This is Jewelius' answer to Chrysalis' Wham Line in the 11th chapter.
    Jewelius: Oh Chrysalis. Did you really think I'd let a despicable animal like you by my side?
  • Dirty Coward:
    • Jewelius is this under his arrogance, for he never actually takes part in fights. When he just keeps yelling the order to reimprison the heroes from the safety of his booth and the escaped Queen Chrysalis sneaks up on him, he panics and runs for his life while yelling for Twilight to save him. Once the heroes have defeated all his minions and blocked all his escape routes in the climax, he pathetically tries to bargain for his life with hollow promises.
    • Garble's friends Clump and Baff think they have nothing to fear from Fluttershy as they chase her around the arena. However, once she becomes enraged and knocks out Clump, Baff tries to flee.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Combined with A Taste of Their Own Medicine. After Cadance gets hurt, Twilight lashes out at her former loved ones by giving them an earful of how hurt she felt after they abandoned her at the wedding rehearsal and traps them in a bubble as payback.
  • The Dragon: Vivian, Jewelius' assistant is this to him as she is more skilled with her magic and is even able to take on Rainbow Dash.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: While canonically this was the case mostly with Cadance and Twilight, all the good guys go through a lot of pain in this fic before they're able to make reconciliations and get everything sorted out, with the delayed wedding of Shining Armor and Cadance taking place in the epilogue.
  • Easily Condemned: Just as Twilight's friends, brother and mentor were quick to believe her suspicions regarding "Cadance" were only vilification of a possessive little sister, the entire city of Canterlot — including the entire Royal Guard (or so it seems) — is quick to believe the claims of Jewelius (a prince who's often absent from Canterlot) that the princesses, the Royal Guard's captain and five of the Element Bearers allowed the Changelings to attack due to negligence born out of sheer selfishness. This is somewhat justified by the fact that the invasion — which occurred despite Celestia and Shining Armor's high safety measures — was only just narrowly stopped with a high count of casualties, so the emotions are still high. Tricking Twilight into turning on her loved ones requires a week of not seeing them and constant manipulation from Jewelius while her heartache from the falling out is still fresh.
  • Electric Torture: Cadance is subjected to this while she's trapped in the medical wing.
  • Emotionless Girl: Vivian is always composed, never displays sadistic pleasure, and almost never expresses moral indignation. The closest exceptions to this are the slightly remorseful tone she uses while she speaks about wiping out the injured royal guards who haven't sworn loyalty to Jewelius as well as the anxious looks she gives when Jewelius announces his intention to massacre the entire population of Ponyville.
  • Enemy Mine: While Twilight didn't know it at the time, Chrysalis had one of her scouts disguise himself as Raven Inkwell and stay in Canterlot. That way, when Twilight finally realizes how evil Jewelius is, the Changeling is able to help her save her parents and get both them and the Elements of Harmony out of Canterlot.
  • Establishing Character Moment: As soon as Hildread first appears, she makes her arrogance and hatred toward Shining Armor crystal clear before she proceeds to beat up the former captain with sadistic pleasure. Lieutenant Shackle in turn acts like a professional guard before the appearance of her commanding officer whose orders she nervously follows, and she turns her pitying gaze away from Shining Armor's torture.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Commander Hildread, a Pegasus pony with a metal wing and Shining Armor's rival, is sadistic and enjoys torturing innocents. However, once Jewelius decides to launch an attack on Ponyville, she feels uneasy and disturbed with the plan about committing mass murder.
    • Vivian obeys Jewelius in every vile decision of his, but she does display some pity for the injured royal guards she's ordered to wipe out and looks at him anxiously when he decides to wipe out the entire town of Ponyville.
    • Applejack and Pinkie Pie have to row a galley ship where many of their fellow galley slaves are convicted criminals. They're disgusted with the two mares of what they've heard about the wedding disaster.
      A galley slave: Selling out all of Equestria for a wedding?! And I thought I was bad.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Though Twilight turns hostile toward her brother, friends and mentor due to Jewelius' manipulations, she takes no enjoyment from their misfortunes or the public whipping Shining Armor endures. Also, though she doesn't voice her objections until later on, she doesn't really agree with the way Jewelius seems to become obsessed with ruining the fugitives' lives to the point of making the entire town of Ponyville suffer for their mistakes and doing nothing for the escaped Changelings.
  • Evil All Along: Jewelius is revealed to be truly evil in the 11th chapter as he reveals his true colors to the imprisoned heroes, as well as a traitor by using the Changelings to attack Canterlot.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good:
    • Jewelius doesn't understand why Twilight or Canterlot's citizens would want to forgive the dishonored heroes and start speaking against him after everything he has done to make sure they'd hate the fugitives. When he's begging all the heroes to spare him, he offers to reorganize the wedding so that the Mane Five can be bridesmaids and Twilight the best mare, failing to realize that none of them have any intention to let their moral compass be blinded by such trivial things again.
      Jewelius: [to Twilight who's calling him out of his irresponsible rule] It seems to me that despite the atrocious and traumatic betrayal you experienced at the wedding rehearsal, you still have feelings for those so-called ponies. You forget who it was that remained by your side during that time, took you in, and made you my student and future queen. And this is the thanks I get for all I've done for you?!
    • Queen Chrysalis shows further how she fails to understand love; she allows Jewelius to trick her into thinking they're villainous sweethearts and is genuinely surprised by his betrayal. How can she expect to be loved by a guy from who she's literally unable to drain love to feed on?
  • Evil Costume Switch: When Jewelius decides to slaughter all of Ponyville's inhabitants along with the heroes, he and his minions replace their normal attires with battle armors. Only Shackle retains her normal uniform, and even though Jewelius is the only one who has absolutely zero qualms about the attack, Shackle is the only one who decides to stop continuing the attack and redeem herself.
  • Evil Counterpart: Jewelius to Twilight. Both of them are inquisitive, charismatic, closely connected to Equestria's ruling royalty, and they have a purple color motif as well as a reliable assistant. However, Jewelius gathers knowledge through his travels and makes acquaintances solely for his own benefit, and he has none of Twilight's caring or noble traits. They used to play as foals with Princess Cadance who treated both of them like they were her younger siblings. Twilight was thought to be a Green-Eyed Monster in regards to Cadance, but it's actually Jewelius who holds extreme hatred toward Cadance just because of her popularity. Twilight adores Cadance (the real deal, that is) to the point that Jewelius is unable to destroy the high esteem Twilight holds in regards to her even though he manages to corrupt her into disowning her brother, mentor and friends. Jewelius hates his cousin Cadance and aunt Celestia because he feels they've wronged him by being more loved than him, and after the falling out Twilight has with her brother, mentor and friends at the wedding rehearsal, Jewelius manipulates her to feel like they've taken advantage of her. However, Twilight gradually stops holding a grudge against her brother, mentor and friends who all try to get through to her, forsaking all the fallacies she has in favor of reconciling with her loved ones. Jewelius in turn refuses to abandon his delusions or take up the chances to reconcile with his family members he has betrayed.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Jewelius tricks Chrysalis into trusting him and double-crosses her after he decides that using Twilight in usurping the throne is more advantageous to him. He afterwards plans to subjugate the Changelings as a Slave Race and have Chrysalis killed like an animal. The tables are turned when he's defeated and surrounded by the heroes; Chrysalis appears and has her Changelings kill the scheming coward and weakling.
  • Evil Is Petty: Jewelius proves himself to be quite spiteful after he becomes a king. He gifts Spike and later Rarity with specific items (the wedding cake toppers and Rarity's bridesmaid dress, respectively) just to rub salt in the wound after they're banished. He makes Ponyville's inhabitants suffer through raised taxes and trading prohibitions, excusing that the "traitorous" Mane Five's home town needs to be made an example of when in reality, he just hated it when Rarity claimed nopony would possibly want to ruin "such a glorious event like the wedding of the wonderful Princess Mi Amore Cadenza". Even his entire hatred of Cadance and Celestia boils down to petty jealousy.
  • Evil Mentor: Jewelius makes Twilight his student after he becomes king. And he's definitely not a good influence on her.
  • Evil Nephew: Jewelius has his aunts Celestia and Luna mercilessly overthrown and banished from Equestria. He admits to have resented Celestia for years, nearly has her publicly hanged, rejects her reconciliation offer and comes close to beheading her himself.
    Celestia: I don't understand. The nephew I raised would never be so cruel to anypony, especially his own family!
    Jewelius: The nephew you thought you raised never existed! Love, family, friendship! You think I really cared about all of that?! I only choked down all those 'happy' moments while standing in yours and Cadance's shadows! But no more. Now I will be the only one who will cast the biggest shadow!
  • The Evil Prince: What Jewelius proves himself to be. He started the Changeling invasion specifically to steal Equestria's throne which he has desired for years. Too bad for him he's not content with simply exiling the princesses, but lures them back in order to murder them himself and turns down the last chance Celestia gives him of ruling Equestria as the princesses' equal.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Chrysalis is Jewelius' enemy as much as of the heroes because he betrays her during the invasion he convinced her to commit with him.
  • The Exile: While Shining Armor and the Mane Five are sentenced to slavery, the three dismantled princesses and Spike are just exiled outside of Equestria.
  • Expy: Jewelius borrows some aspects and lines from several Disney villains, especially Scar to the point of dying the same way. He is even similar to Prince Hans in ways that make them seem good at first, but show their true colors later on and are revealed to be Evil All Along.
  • Face Death with Dignity: When being escorted to the gallows, Celestia doesn't try to resist or speak about the Cassandra Truth to deaf ears like Jewelius expects her to. Instead, she chooses to apologize to Twilight and everypony else for failing them and the casualties of the invasion, raising the sun for the last time. This moves the crowd and Twilight so much that they no longer want to go through with the execution, but Jewelius remains set on his course. Fortunately Luna saves her sister just in time.
  • Failed a Spot Check: When Jewelius lures the heroes into a trap, he's so gung-ho on being able to murder Celestia and Cadance himself that he doesn't realize that he didn't capture Luna until she stops Celestia's execution.
  • Fake Arm Disarm: Shining Armor uses his shield spell to destroy Hildread's metal wing during the final battle when she attempts to attack Twilight.
  • Falling Chandelier of Doom: When Hildread and some guards corner the Mane Five and Cadance, Fluttershy covers their escape by dropping a chandelier on the bad guys, leaving them entangled in diamond chains.
    Applejack: Good thinkin', Fluttershy.
    Rarity: But what a waste of a perfectly beautiful chandelier.
  • Fatal Flaw: Jewelius's pride and shortsightedness end up screwing him several times over. Even though his coup is successful and he managed to destroy the reputations of the Mane Five, Spike, the princesses, and Shining Armor, he tricks all of them into returning to Canterlot so he can reveal his evil actions to them and personally guarantee Celestia and Cadance die. When he and his minions capture most of the exiles, he's so giddy over it he completely forgets about Luna note , allowing her to save Celestia before she can be hanged and free the exiles from their restraints. Then, when the Changelings and the fugitive heroes escape Canterlot at the same time, Jewelius puts off the new Changeling threat in order to focus on hunting down the heroes despite knowing that Chrysalis is out for his blood and everyone being more concerned about the Changelings. Not only does this help Twilight see how evil Jewelius really is and has Canterlot's citizens begin to want Celestia and Luna back in power, him foolishly ignoring the Changelings results in his gruesome death.
  • Fix Fic: The fic was written in order to bring to a full circle certain issues the author didn't think were properly resolved in the canon episode. This includes everypony's negative feelings from the falling out at the rehearsal as well as the consequences of Celestia's decision not to postpone the wedding and get the threat of unknown attackers out of the way first. Attention is also given to the feelings of the original bridesmaids who suffered by being hypnotized and trapped underground with Cadance and Twilight.
  • Foil:
  • Foreshadowing:
    • There are hints of Jewelius' true nature before his true colors are revealed. For example, in the second chapter, he has a happy façade when Pinkie announces that she and her friends are the new bridesmaids. However, once Rainbow Dash and Rarity brag about Shining Armor's shield and the wedding, none of the Mane Six notice an angry glare form on Jewelius' face, hinting his hidden jealousy of Cadance. He also tells Vivian that they may have to make some changes to their plans for usurping Celestia.
    • In the third chapter, after everypony abandons Twilight, Jewelius spies on Chrysalis imprisoning her. Once Chrysalis has left, Jewelius starts forming a plan with a very serious expression on his face.
    • Just before the invasion, Chrysalis is surprised that Vivian helped Twilight and Cadance out of the caves by Jewelius' orders. He gives Chrysalis a Psychotic Smirk right before she and the other Changelings are shrunk, and she afterwards tries to say something while pointing at Jewelius.
    • While lying to Twilight about her loved ones' true motivations, Jewelius claims that what sealed their fates is that they chose to ignore the reality and see the world the way they wanted it to be. Jewelius himself ignores the need to prepare against the escaped Changelings as he obsessively tries to find and destroy the heroes. When his minions are defeated and he's cornered by the heroes, the Changelings take their chance to appear and kill him.
  • Forgot About His Powers: Celestia and Luna are almost never shown using their powerful magic to make things easier for the fugitives. The most offensive thing they do is using non-lethal spells to stun or knock unconscious Jewelius' guards in the 13th chapter. While this is justified by their unwillingness to hurt their former subjects, would it be too much to make escaping easier with teleportation?
  • For Want of a Nail: The plot of "A Canterlot Wedding" proceeds like it does in canon, up until the Changeling army has been defeated and Jewelius takes the throne for himself by bringing to public knowledge the mistakes of all the other heroes than Twilight. Also, before the wedding couple can blast the Changelings out of Equestria, they're defeated and imprisoned when Twilight uses on them the shrinking spell Jewelius showed her. The twist of Twilight being the one who stops the Changelings has the side effect of Shining Armor and Cadance being easier for Jewelius to condemn since they cannot appeal to being the ones who saved the day. They get to do it in the climax after Jewelius is killed and only the Changelings remain to deal with.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Vivian, Jewelius' assistant, wears glasses and supports him in every villainous thing he does and with very little emotion to show.
  • Freudian Excuse: Jewelius seems to have the fact that he's less known and popular than the princesses or the Element Bearers. It doesn't justify his cruelties though, especially since he throws in Celestia's face her offer of ruling as the princesses' equal.
  • Gladiator Games: Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy are forced to fight as gladiators in the Dragon Lands' new coliseum as part of Jewelius' treaty with the dragons. While the crowd is eager to see them going down, the two Pegasi are able to hold their own against the increasingly tougher opponents until they're rescued.
  • Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: A minor example occurs when Fluttershy wonders for what reason Jewelius would want to make the lives of Ponyville's inhabitants hard for something she and the other heroes did. Rainbow Dash gives her the obvious answer: spiteful sadism.
  • Gray Rain of Depression: When the disgraced heroes are being taken away from Canterlot, it's very rainy and there's thunder.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Jewelius seems to be jealous of his aunt and cousin since he "stands in their shadows", so he sets off to cast a bigger shadow.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: In the 12th chapter, the incarcerated Chrysalis tries to fool a patrolling guard with the disguise of Jewelius and then a crying filly. While he's savvy enough not to fall for that, he gets too close to the cell, allowing Chrysalis to knock him unconscious by slamming his head against the bars and steal his keys.
  • Hate Sink: Jewelius is intentionally written to be as hateful as possible in order to give the readers somepony to hate instead of any of the heroes. This is achieved with his exceeding cruelty, sadism, hatred of his aunt and cousin as well as his obsession of ruining his family and the heroes' public image to the point of making Ponyville suffer and wiping out the injured royal guards who remained loyal to the princesses, as well as his total lack of remorse for any of this.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Lieutenant Shackle, who was never comfortable with the attack on Ponyville, is convinced to turn against Jewelius, and she assists in getting the Mane Six together so that they can petrify his army with the Elements. However, she chooses to go to prison out of guilt and be a better pony after she has served her sentence.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity:
    • Celestia, Shining Armor, the Mane Five, Spike and Luna become these (especially in Canterlot) when Jewelius holds them responsible for how the Changeling invasion could have taken place. Fortunately they don't have this status in Ponyville since the town has gone through rough times because of Jewelius.
    • Subverted with Cadance. While Jewelius holds her responsible for allowing Chrysalis to take her place and banishes her as well, it's revealed a week later that Canterlot's citizens haven't stopped loving her.
    • After Twilight has turned against Jewelius, he tries to make her this as well. It fails immediately, and Canterlot's citizens actually become more sympathetic to the other disgraced heroes now that Twilight has joined their cause.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • Celestia is implied to be suffering one in the sixth chapter from the shock of suddenly losing her authority and prestige partly due to her own decisions. She remains silent for the entire sentencing scene while Luna and the others try to speak for themselves.
    • Twilight suffers this when she finds out how evil Jewelius truly is and that she helped another monster seize the throne, destroy her friends, teacher and brother's public image and turn her against them.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: When Jewelius tries to escape in his chariot, it fails because the wedding cake toppers he gave Spike to torment him in his exile are wedged into a wheel by Spike. He's afterwards Eaten Alive by the Changelings he double-crossed, and following their escape, foolishly ignored in favor of the heroes.
  • How We Got Here: The story begins with Celestia and Luna in different parts outside of Equestria (Celestia in a desert and Luna on top of a mountain), both lowering the moon and raising the sun. Then the main story starts about a week earlier.
  • Human Hammer-Throw: Fluttershy finishes the beatdown she gives to Garble's friends by spinning Baff around in the air from his tail before throwing him on top of the unconscious Clump.
  • Hypocrite:
    • Jewelius in more than one way. He admonishes the heroes for being overly focused on the wedding when there was a threat of an attack in the air. He himself gets so caught up tormenting his prisoners that he forgets about Luna who wasn't imprisoned with the others, allowing her to rescue Celestia from hanging. He also willfully dismisses the renewed threat of the escaped Changelings and focuses entirely on destroying the heroes. This bites him in the flank big time in the end. Also, for all his talk about the ponykind needing to be strong enough to fend for itself without the aid of the alicorns and the Elements of Harmony, he himself is a coward who has a lot of cunning and no power, letting his more powerful allies (one of whom is the Element of Magic) to fight for him. The argument he gives Twilight of the banished heroes choosing to ignore the reality in favor of their fantasies ends up fitting him due to his delusions of grandeur and stubborn refusal to acknowledge the escaped Changelings as a threat.
    • During their duel in the climax, Vivian admonishes Rainbow Dash of offering to a stranger blind loyalty to the point of giving her friend the cold shoulder. The Element of Loyalty concedes Vivian's point, but then she says Vivian is in no position to preach about blind loyalty while she serves a monster like Jewelius without objection.
  • Hypocrite Has a Point: Vivian, the unquestioning assistant of Jewelius, admonishes Rainbow Dash of blindly supporting the false Cadance to the point of turning her back on her friend Twilight. Dash chooses to acknowledge that Vivian is right before pointing out the hypocrisy.
  • "I Can't Look!" Gesture:
  • If Only You Knew: Luna reveals in the 15th chapter that when she was first introduced to Cadance and Jewelius, she sensed a darkness stirring in the prince's heart, but she dismissed it, believing it to be just a lingering effect from her recently ended time as Nightmare Moon. Now she feels she could have prevented the misfortunes that have happened if she had looked into the matter (though Celestia assures her she's not to blame).
  • Ignored Epiphany: Hildread isn't comfortable about attacking Ponyville, but when Shining Armor questions if she thinks it's right, she has an uneasy expression before she hardens her heart and lets her delusions guide her actions.
  • I Have No Son!: A sibling variant. Due to Jewelius poisoning her mind, Twilight disowns Shining Armor after she's tricked into thinking that he and the others caused Cadance to get injured and also in retaliation for his disownment of her at the wedding rehearsal and for banning her from coming.
  • I Have Your Wife: Jewelius has Night Light and Twilight Velvet captured shortly after the Changeling invasion to be used as leverage in case he loses his grip over their daughter. He uses that card when Twilight Sparkle finally realizes how evil he is, but it's made null when Raven Inkwell (actually a disguised Changeling) helps Twilight by releasing her parents.
  • Incredible Shrinking Man: By using the spell Jewelius showed her earlier, Twilight turns all the Changelings tiny enough to trap the entire army inside the glass jar Jewelius reveals. They're back to their normal size and imprisoned in cells later, though.
  • I Reject Your Reality: Jewelius convinces Twilight that her friends, brother and mentor refused to see any truth in her suspicions because they lived in this mindset.
    Jewelius: They don't care about the truth. They want to see the world the way they want it to be. The reality of things frightens them so they'd rather ignore it than accept it. And in the end, it was that kind of backwards thinking that sealed their fates.
  • Ironic Echo: Plenty of ironic echoes are said following the Changeling invasion and Jewelius' takeover.
    • After the banished heroes are taken away, Jewelius uses Chrysalis' line "This day has been just perfect!" Chrysalis uses that line again after her Changelings have killed Jewelius and she prepares to take down the heroes who are exhausted from fighting his minions.
    • When Shining Armor is being taken to slavery, he mulls over Twilight and says something she said after she was left at the rehearsal.
      Shining Armor: I could've gained a wife. But instead... I just lost a sister.
    • When Twilight chews out her former friends, brother and mentor for (seemingly) getting Cadance hurt (thanks to Jewelius' manipulations), she finishes by using their parting words from the wedding rehearsal. After she has left, Jewelius appears and exchanges with Shining Armor the same words Twilight exchanged with Chrysalis before being imprisoned by the latter.
      Shining Armor: Twily-
      Twilight: And you can forget about me calling you my BBBFF anymore! In fact, I don't even have a brother. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go check on the princess.
      Celestia: Twilight, I-
      Twilight: You have a lot to think about.
      [after Twilight has left, Jewelius appears]
      Shining Armor: I'm sorry.
      Jewelius: You will be! [laughs wickedly]
    • When Jewelius finally shows Twilight his true colors, he cruelly reminds her of the reassurance she gave him in the second chapter; ponies would surely recognize him if he did something spectacular. Of course she didn't mean that spectacular to be something utterly devious.
    • In the climax, Jewelius calls Chrysalis his love while begging for her help. Before she orders her Changelings to eat him, she reminds him he called her a despicable animal in the 11th chapter.
  • Irony:
    • Jewelius helped Chrysalis to sneak past Shining Armor's magic barrier by showing her the entrance of the crystal caverns. Later the fugitive heroes escape from Canterlot by using those same caverns, and this seems to never cross Jewelius' mind.
    • Jewelius plans to have Celestia hanged and remembered with hatred. However, she dispels the public hatred felt toward her by making a highly remorseful and apologetic final speech and submitting to being hanged. Even if Luna hadn't saved her, Jewelius would have made her a martyr by executing her despite the objections of Twilight and Canterlot's citizens.
  • Is That the Best You Can Do?: Said by Hildread when she gains the upper hoof during her final duel with Shining Armor.
    Hildread: Ignorant, pampered, lovesick colt! Is this the best you've got?
  • It's All About Me:
    • Jewelius cares ultimately only about his wants and his "glorious rule". Noted by Fancy Pants when Jewelius wants to focus on the disgraced heroes instead of the escaped Changelings.
      Fancy Pants: What is this obsession with those ponies? Aren't a few of them members of your family? Don't you feel any sort of concern for them?
      Jewelius: They dared to oppose MY rule! Any and all traitors to the new king of Equestria must and will be punished!
      Fancy Pants: So this is about you?!
    • The discredited heroes are accused of putting the wedding before everypony's safety out of selfish desires by Jewelius and his supporters. Though this is mostly hurtful slander, the remorseful Mane Five and Spike do admit that their excitement over their wedding roles made them insensitive toward Twilight and her concerns. One of Twilight's Armor Piercing Questions forces them (as well as Shining Armor and Celestia) to concede that they also forgot to consider the feelings of Canterlot's other ponies who were torn between waiting for the wedding and being concerned over the unknown attackers who managed to attack anyway.
  • It's All My Fault:
    • All the disgraced heroes feel guilty about their mistakes concerning the entire wedding fiasco, but Shining Armor and Celestia have the worst of it, even after they learn about Jewelius' role in it.
      Applejack: Sorry, Princess. We let ya' down again.
      Shining Armor: No, I did this. I was supposed to make sure Canterlot was safe. But I let Chrysalis impersonate Cadance and trick me with her obvious lies. I even let her turn me against my own sister. Twilight was right.
      Celestia: No, Captain. I'm supposed to be the wise high ruler of Equestria with thousands of years of experience. But I couldn't even tell the difference between my own niece and an obvious imposter. I failed as a ruler, I failed as an aunt, and I failed as a teacher. I'm an absolute failure.
      Pinkie Pie: Hey, don't take all the credit. We helped too.
      Fluttershy: We turned our backs on our best friend when she needed us the most.
      Rarity: All for the chance to participate in a stupid wedding that was doomed to failure.
      Rainbow Dash: Some friends we turned out to be.
    • After her Jerkass Realization, Twilight holds herself entirely responsible for unwittingly helping a tyrant take control of Equestria as well as letting Jewelius manipulate her into renouncing her loved ones who were trying to warn her. Fortunately, as she expresses these thoughts while reconciling with everypony, they own up to their own errors while assuring her that she's not entirely at fault.
  • It's Quiet... Too Quiet: When the fugitive heroes go to seek sanctuary from Ponyville, they find the town to be unusually quiet. Turns out this is because the townsfolk are afraid of encountering in the streets Jewelius' guards who might rough them up.
  • Jerkass:
    • Jewelius is this when his true colors are revealed.
    • Same goes for Hildread, whose cruelty is unmatched.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • Overlapping with Villain Has a Point. Jewelius and Hildread continuously remind in a condescendingly belittling manner the dishonored heroes how their shortsightedness made it easy for Chrysalis to impersonate Cadance and Jewelius to corrupt Twilight against them. The heroes don't deny the truthful part of this criticism.
      Hildread: You all should've stayed where you were and never come back.
      Pinkie Pie: No way, we heard the rumors about changelings in the castle. We couldn't just ignore them and leave our friend, Twilight, in danger!
      Hildread: [laughs mockingly] You really are the funny pony! Because I heard you all didn't have any problems ignoring her warnings about the imposter bride and abandoning her at the wedding rehearsal! You all really need to stop playing heroes because you're not! Well, not anymore. You chose to ignore all the obvious signs of danger and focus more on what you could've gained if the bride had been the real thing, and as a result, you hurt your best friend, put all of Equestria in danger, and destroyed your own 'heroic' reputations all because you wanted to play dress up for a beast!
      [Hildread continues laughing as the ashamed Mane Five silently acknowledge her point]
    • When the corrupted Twilight coldly refuses to listen to her former loved ones' Cassandra Truth, she brings up (as the first one) the fact that her former friends didn't live up to their promise of taking her concerns more seriously. This makes them immediately realize how justified she probably feels not to trust them anymore. When Rainbow Dash points out in their defense how unproductively Twilight was throwing around her accusations, the unicorn retorts by asking if her friends, Shining Armor or Celestia ever considered that they weren't the only ones for whom the wedding was important. They cannot offer any defensive answer for that, remembering the citizens who ended up suffering because of the invasion taking place in the midst of the wedding. After Twilight has her Jerkass Realization and reconciles with her friends while blaming only herself, they own up to their errors while acknowledging that her earlier points were correct.
    • Chrysalis of all ponies manages to get Twilight to doubt Jewelius' trustworthiness by mockingly yet truthfully telling her that he's trying to get rid of everypony who would threaten his rule and will get rid of Twilight once he has gotten all he wants out of her, like he did to Chrysalis herself.
  • Jerkass Realization:
    • Celestia as well as Twilight's friends and brother are given a more profound one than they were shown to have in the canon episode. When the fugitives are reunited following their banishment, Cadance tells how she first came to date Shining Armor with some covert assistance from Twilight's part. This revelation makes the already remorseful Shining Armor feel even more horrible about throwing his sister out of his wedding, and the Mane Five realize better how self-centered their behavior was.
      Fluttershy: Twilight wanted you two to be together forever!
      Applejack: All this time, we've only been thinkin' about how much the weddin' meant to us and not how much it meant to Twilight.
      Pinkie Pie: Some friends we are.
    • The heroes' Jerkass Realization extends to Canterlot's ponies who ended up suffering from the invasion they inadvertently allowed to happen through their obliviousness. When their names are cleared, they apologize to the public who also apologize to them for blindly spurning them under Jewelius' rule. The Mane Five also apologize to the original bridesmaids for shamelessly replacing them and offer their positions back, only to be forgiven and allowed to keep them.
    • Twilight herself has this once it dawns on her how right the loved ones she has turned against were about Jewelius and his evilness. To be fair though, she has by that time already begun to consider she might have been too harsh on them, wanting to both forgive them for their earlier treatment of her and apologize for her own behaviour toward them. The bombshell of Jewelius proving their claims about him true leads her to blame only herself when she seeks out her loved ones and reconciles with them.
  • Just Between You and Me: In the 11th chapter, with the heroes (except for Luna) imprisoned and Cadance at the infirmary, Jewelius shakes the prisoners by bragging that he goaded Chrysalis into attacking Canterlot before using Twilight instead to take the throne, has hated and been jealous of his royal family for years, intends to marry Twilight for powerful offspring, has murdered the injured royal guards who remained loyal to the princesses, will kill Cadance and shall have Celestia hanged tomorrow.
  • Just Desserts: Jewelius is Eaten Alive by the Changelings because, as Chrysalis says, since he can't offer them love to feed on, everything else will have to do.
  • Karmic Death: Jewelius is Eaten Alive by the Changelings whom he tricked to assault Canterlot and betrayed, begging pathetically for his life like the coward he is.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Jewelius makes his first one when he blames Cadance for the invasion on the grounds that Chrysalis took her by surprise by impersonating Jewelius and stole her identity. At the very least the accusations he throws at Celestia as well as Twilight's friends and brother have some legitimacy, but it's just plain ignoble to blame Cadance for being tricked with the disguise of her favorite cousin, especially because she suffered by being imprisoned in the caverns. Doubly so because it was he and not Chrysalis who knocked her unconscious.
    • When Cadance tries to gently reason with Jewelius and uses her love spell on him, he laughs cruelly and calls the spell a pathetic trick. He also refuses to answer Shining Armor's concerned questions regarding Twilight's state, smiling sadistically as the panicking big brother is taken away.
    • After banishing the heroes, Jewelius sends to Spike the wedding cake toppers and Rarity her bridesmaid dress, for no other reason than to rub salt in the wound.
    • When Hildread is leaving Spike exiled in a dark forest, he tries to ask about Twilight in hopes of being able to send his apologies to her. Unsympathetic to the remorseful baby dragon's feelings, Hildread viciously yells in his face before giving him the wedding cake toppers and leaving.
    • Then there's the entire thing of making the lives of the entire town of Ponyville miserable as well as murdering all the injured royal guards who continued swearing loyalty to the princesses. When Jewelius decides to massacre all of Ponyville's inhabitants, he throws a guard out of a window simply for questioning this decision.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: During the climax, Jewelius attempts to decapitate Celestia who's bound by magic-proof rope, only for Cadance to stop him.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch:
    • The first time Queen Chrysalis is seen after her failed invasion, she has been brutally tortured by Jewelius' underlings. The imprisoned heroes aren't sorry for her in the slightest after her actions ruined their and everypony else's lives (though she reveals that Jewelius is to blame as well).
    • During the climax, Chrysalis takes her revenge on Jewelius by having her Changelings eat the treacherous tyrant alive.
    • On a smaller scale, Jewelius is revealed to have made Prince Blueblood his servant. The self-absorbed prince is implied to suffer the king's anger for failing to serve as wanted.
  • Knife Nut: Hildread can throw from her metal wing razor-sharp metallic feathers.
  • Knight Templar: Commander Hildread believes that cruelty and ruthlessness are at times required to maintain peace and order, but she's needlessly sadistic about it. Even though she doesn't like the idea of massacring all the inhabitants of Ponyville, she ultimately chooses to cling to her delusions rather than accept being wrong.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • The Mane Five, Shining Armor, Celestia and Spike trying to tell Twilight a truth she doesn't believe is meant to be this for not believing what she tried to tell them about Queen Chrysalis, as the author explains at the end of the 12th chapter.
      Some of you may be quite disturbed by Twilight's dark change in character and the misfortunes happening to her friends, brother, and mentor. But if you think about it a little, what just happened to them in this chapter is a bit karmic. They all refused to listen to Twilight's suspicions about the evil bride and in the end she was right. Now they're the ones trying to tell Twilight that her new friend and mentor is evil, but due to Jewelius's manipulations, she won't listen to them. They're going through the same treatment they gave Twilight.
    • Jewelius is killed by the Changelings whom he set to invade Equestria, double-crossed, and stubbornly refused to consider as a threat after they escaped from his dungeons.
  • Let No Crisis Go to Waste: Immediately after Twilight has stopped the Changelings' invasion, Jewelius turns the entire city of Canterlot against all the other heroes by telling half-truths about their mistakes and bringing up the damages both the structures and ponies suffered because of these mistakes. Promising to be a more responsible ruler than the princesses, he makes himself Equestria's king and turns the princesses, Shining Armor and Twilight's friends into public enemies. He himself caused the invasion by striking an alliance with the Changelings to take over Equestria with them, but he decided he'd gain more out of thwarting the invasion by helping Twilight Sparkle and pinning the blame on all the other heroes rather than settling for ruling as Queen Chrysalis' partner.
  • Let's Split Up, Gang: The fugitives sneak into the castle and come across an intersection of three hallways in the tenth chapter. They split into three groups and take the three different routes to reach the library because "a big group is too easy to spot". The group of Celestia, Spike and Shining Armor reaches the library and finds Twilight without being noticed, but the rest are discovered by Hildread and reach the library when Cadance pulls a You Shall Not Pass! on Hildread. Unfortunately, she's injured by a surprise attack of Jewelius, and the others are arrested when the angry and hurt Twilight detains them with a magic dome.
  • Love-Interest Traitor:
    • Jewelius to Twilight. He stirs in her affections toward him with his adorable and considerate facade as well as by showing more empathy toward her than everypony else, even singing "Love is in Bloom" and dancing with her. After he has manipulated her to lose all trust in her brother, friends and mentor, he eventually convinces her to accept his proposal and become his queen. In reality, he's only taking advantage of her and wants the magical prodigy to bear him powerful offspring to continue his legacy. He's also open to the possibility of arranging an accidental death for her so that he can marry an even more powerful unicorn mare if he happened to find one.
    • Before encountering Twilight, Jewelius was this to Queen Chrysalis as well. Managing to trick her into striking with him a partnership of villainous affection despite the fact that she couldn't drain love from him, he helped her to infiltrate Canterlot so that they could conquer Equestria together. However, he decided that Twilight Sparkle — a magical prodigy far younger and possibly more powerful than the Changeling Queen — would be a more valuable pawn, so he broke his partnership with the Changelings and helped Twilight in stopping their invasion. His betrayal was a genuine surprise to Chrysalis, and she tries to get revenge on him after she escapes from his dungeons, succeeding in the climax.
  • Made a Slave: To punish them for their "treason", Jewelius sentences the Mane Five and Shining Armor into slavery, with Applejack and Pinkie Pie becoming galley slaves, Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy being given to the dragons as gladiators, and Rarity being sent to work in the Diamond Dogs' mines along with Shining Armor.
  • Magitek: While imprisoned, Shining Armor, Rarity and the princesses have devices on their horns to prevent them from using magic. Also, the Royal Guard subdues Celestia with magic-proof rope during Jewelius' coup, and later, during Jewelius' attack on Ponyville, a net made of that rope is shot onto her.
  • Make an Example of Them: When Ponyville is striving under Jewelius' raised taxes and trading prohibitions, he sends his guards to teach a lesson to ponies who go against his unfair rules. Mayor Mare doesn't dare to elaborate further what this entails.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Jewelius convinces the city of Canterlot that Celestia, Shining Armor, the Mane Five and Spike have betrayed Equestria by allowing the Changelings to attack. He even takes advantage of Twilight's sadness and uses it to turn her against the Mane Five, Spike, Shining Armor and Celestia. He also tricked Chrysalis, another example of this trope, into thinking she was in a relationship of villainous affection with him, and his betrayal of her came as a genuine surprise to her. It's telling how skilled you are at manipulation when you trick like this a vile villainess who cannot drain love from you, and without any mind-control spells.
  • Mask of Sanity: In the first four chapters, Jewelius portrays himself as a sane Nice Guy quite convincingly, and while he acts arrogantly after he takes over the throne, he's sure to give Twilight and the public seemingly sound logical arguments to justify his decisions. However, once things start going against his liking, he gradually stops caring about hiding his mad irrationality.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Lieutenant Shackle supports Jewelius, but she never has half of Hildread's ruthlessness or Vivian's apatheticness. She performs a Heel–Face Turn when the assault on Ponyville proves to be too much for her conscience.
  • The Mole: Jewelius stroke a partnership with Queen Chrysalis to invade Equestria together on Cadance and Shining Armor's wedding day. He helped her to sneak into Canterlot by telling her how to enter the caverns underneath the castle, and he lured Cadance into a trap, allowing Chrysalis to take her place. Nopony, even Twilight, suspects him of anything foul. However, after Jewelius decided that he'd gain more out of making Twilight his pawn, he helped her and Cadance out of the caves to expose Chrysalis, aiding Twilight in detaining the Changelings with the shrinking spell he showed her, but immediately afterwards he pins the blame for the invasion on all the other heroes and steals the throne.
  • Must Make Amends:
    • After they're exiled, the Mane Five, Spike, Celestia and Shining Armor all have this mindset about their treatment of Twilight and inadvertently letting the Changeling invasion take place. When they hear that some escaped Changelings who might have stolen Jewelius' identity are planning to get revenge against Twilight, they decide to return and help Twilight, seeing it as their chance for redemption. Little do they know that they are actually heading into a trap set by Jewelius.
    • Twilight is hit with this too when she realizes that her loved ones she has turned against were right about Jewelius' evil nature, prompting her to seek them out and make reconciliations.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • Shining Armor greatly mopes about disowning Twilight, and it's made worse when Cadance reveals to him how Twilight secretly helped him to get together with Cadance years ago.note  Celestia and Twilight's friends also regret trusting Chrysalis over Twilight and in the process, causing misery to Canterlot's citizens by failing to prevent the invasion.
      Celestia: Oh, my faithful student, I miss you so much. If only I had listened to you.
    • Twilight when she finally realizes how evil Jewelius truly is, and that her former friends, mentor and brother were right about him and the fact that she helped another villain gain control of all of Equestria.
    • Lieutenant Shackle when she does her Heel–Face Turn during the Final Battle.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Vivian, Jewelius' personal assistant, always carries out her master's will even though she's not sadistic or very emotional otherwise. She does express some pity for the injured Royal Guards he orders to be murdered, grows concerned over Jewelius' mental state in the 17th chapter, reacts to his decision to wipe out the entire town of Ponyville with uneased expressions, and is horrified when he kills a guard just for making a wrong question. When Rainbow Dash points out how hypocritical it is of Vivian to judge her of blind loyalty while she serves Jewelius who started the entire Changeling invasion, Vivian acknowledges that to be true and goes on to explain that she serves Jewelius because she thinks he can bring ponies independence to guarantee their own protection without the alicorns or the Elements of Harmony.
  • Mythology Gag: An abbreviated version of the comics' backstory of how Cadance and Shining Armor met each other and became a couple as teenagers is told in the ninth chapter.
  • Never My Fault: After losing the trust of Twilight and Canterlot's citizens, Jewelius blames it on the heroes. Never mind that he stopped working on his lies and let his true selfish nature shine. Notably, despite having let go of her hatred toward the fugitives, Twilight was willing to support Jewelius as long as he started acting like a responsible ruler. That ended when he proved true the fugitives' Cassandra Truth about him by heartlessly gloating to Twilight.
  • New Era Speech:
    • Jewelius makes one of these to Canterlot's citizens when he's taking the power away from the heroes.
      Jewelius: Hear this, my beloved subjects. I, Prince Jewelius, have an important announcement to make. Many of you are probably wondering how such vile creatures invaded our city when it looked so secured. I will now reveal the truth. This disaster was a result of foolish, selfish, irresponsible, and easily preventable acts of failure in the line of duty, and they were all committed by our princesses, our captain of the guard, and five of our beloved Elements of Harmony! [the citizens and wedding guests gasp] There was a lingering threat made to Canterlot, but instead of putting aside the wedding and dealing with it, they chose to only focus on their materialistic ambitions, and NOW look what's happened! [the citizens look at the damages] This act is the ultimate treason against our people! Our kingdom will no longer be put in danger by fools who have no idea what they're doing! It is high time ponykind took care of themselves and not entrust their safety to false idols! On this, Princess Mi Amore Cadenza and Shining Armor's wedding day, I vow to uphold our nation's peace and security!
    • He makes another one when Celestia is about to be publicly hanged.
      Applejack: Ya'll don't seriously want Celestia ta be executed, do yah?
      Fluttershy: Who will raise the sun?
      [the crowd becomes pensive]
      Jewelius: Those are great questions. But if you all remember from our history, unicorns were able to raise the sun and the moon before the Two Sisters came to power. Back then we were strong; we didn't rely on so-called 'all powerful' alicorns or ponies wearing cheap jewelery to make sure our lives were safe and bliss. Over time, we've become soft and too dependent on others we thought to be more powerful. It is time for ponykind to get out of the shadows that we think protect us and begin the dawning of a new glorious era! The real Elements of Harmony are not in six random mares, they're within all of us. It's time for ponykind to all come together! We will work as one big progressing force and I will lead you in the coming days!
      The crowd: All Hail Jewelius! All Hail Jewelius! All Hail Jewelius!
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: The moment Twilight has shrunk the Changelings and Celestia says that she has a real wedding to put together, Jewelius starts calling out everypony else but Twilight while the wedding guests and the Royal Guard witness this. Celestia takes no action to restrain Jewelius and offers only a flimsy excuse to explain her mistakes. When he has made his New Era Speech to Canterlot's citizens, Celestia tells everypony to run. Not only the escape attempt fails, but it gives serious plausibility to Jewelius' slander about the heroes.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!:
    • Jewelius should have known better than to indulge in Evil Gloating and throw entirely to the wind the facades and manipulations that got him onto the throne in the first place. Doing this first with the disgraced heroes and later Twilight helps them realize who their true enemy is. Also, when he snaps at Canterlot's citizens for starting to want to welcome all the dishonored heroes back to the society, they start really wishing the princesses were still ruling them.
    • Chrysalis planting a seed of doubt into Twilight's mind in the 13th chapter is one of the first steps for Twilight to realize how unwell things are in Jewelius' hooves.
  • Noble Fugitive: Celestia, Luna, and Cadance are this for the majority of the story thanks to Jewelius' manipulations.
  • Nobody Here but Us Statues: While sneaking in the castle, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy avoid a guard's detection by posing as three characters in a painting.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Jewelius does a lot of scheming and manipulation, but he does nothing physical himself, relying on his allies to fight for him. The only exceptions to this are throwing a guard out of a window and trying to decapitate the subdued Celestia during the climax, only for Cadance to stop him.
  • No-Sell: Cadance tries to make Jewelius reasonable by using her love spell, but it has no effect on him. The Changelings aren't able to drain love from him either because he holds no love towards anypony.
  • Not Helping Your Case:
    • Right after Twilight has shrunk the Changelings, Jewelius calls the other heroes out of their mistakes while the wedding guests and some guards are present. Taken aback by his unexpected hostility, they're unable to properly defend themselves against his aggressive accusations of them being foolish and selfish. When he addresses the ponies in Canterlot's streets and vows to rectify the heroes' mistakes, Celestia tells the others to run... which only helps to make them look as guilty as Jewelius says.
      • Celestia herself offers no other defense than the claim that everything would have been solved differently if Twilight had gathered evidence to back up her accusations. Unfortunately, this choice of words gives the impression that she's trying to blame Twilight for everything. As Jewelius correctly (if one-sidedly) makes clear, the lack of evidence from Twilight's part was neither the source or the only factor for the disastrous course of events.
    • When Twinkleshine calls the heroes out of not caring about her, Minuette and Lyra's disappearance, Shining Armor tells them what excuses Chrysalis gave for replacing them with the Mane Five: that they only wanted to meet Canterlot's royalty. Shocked and hurt that anypony believed such slander, Twinkleshine bursts into tears, and Shining Armor earns more ire for himself from the three mares' sympathizers.
  • Nothing Can Stop Us Now!: This is said in the climax by Queen Chrysalis right after her Changelings have killed Jewelius and she prepares to take down the exhausted heroes. She's proven wrong when Shining Armor and Cadance blast them out of Equestria.
    Queen Chrysalis: Now with that slimy, double-crossing usurper out of the picture and the heroes weakened, NOPONY CAN STOP US NOW!
  • Not So Stoic: The ever composed Vivian reacts to Jewelius' decision to massacre all of Ponyville's inhabitants by making uneased looks. She's also as shocked as everypony else when he throws a guard out of a window for making a wrong question.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: Jewelius convinces Twilight and Canterlot's population that he's doing what's best for everypony by bringing down the rulers under whose rule the Changelings managed to attack as well as making examples out of them and the other ponies who are responsible for it. His true motives are ambition, hatred and sadism.
  • Not What I Signed on For: Shackle commits her Heel–Face Turn during the assault on Ponyville because such evil isn't the reason she pledged herself to Jewelius.
  • Offing the Annoyance: Jewelius, angry over the loss of the public and Twilight's support, decides to assault Ponyville. When a guard joins Lieutenant Shackle in questioning the morality of this idea, Jewelius throws the poor guard out of a window.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • The heroes have a collective one when it hits home that Jewelius is removing them from power by denigrating them.
    • When Fluttershy switches from scared into furious in the arena and knocks out Clump, Baff becomes scared and tries to flee. As Garble sees his two friends being beaten by Fluttershy, he has a Jaw Drop, and right before Rainbow Dash floors him, he gulps.
  • Oh, No... Not Again!:
    • This is Rarity's reaction to being sentenced to work as the Diamond Dogs' slave.
    • Shining Armor says this during the climax when he's once again out of power to use his shield spell against the Changelings. Luckily Cadance lends him the power.
  • Only Sane Man:
    • Subverted with Jewelius. He's the only pony who actually bothers to talk seriously with Twilight about her misgivings and acknowledge some things don't feel to be right. He also suggests at the rehearsal that Twilight's actions were born out of a serious misconception and not real spite, but nopony listens to him. Even when he drops all pretences of politeness and steals the throne after the Changelings are defeated, he's still right to point out to the rejoicing heroes that due to the casualties and damages born out of the invasion, the time is not appropriate to start planning a new wedding. It ultimately turns out that Jewelius was in Chrysalis' plans all along and only played things in his own favour.
    • Fancy Pants when it comes to Canterlot's population. He's one of the first ponies to protest against the Public Execution of Celestia after hearing the remorseful final speech of the former princess. After all the Changelings have escaped, he actually argues against Jewelius when the latter wants to focus on finding the escaped heroes at the expense of preparing against a new Changeling invasion.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • When Rarity receives her bridesmaid dress from Jewelius who wants to taunt her with the painful memories it gives her, she's so disgusted with herself that she destroys the dress she was once proud to have made, much to the others' surprise.
      Rarity: I traded my best friend for THIS?! [throws the dress into fire] I am the Element of Generosity, but I failed to represent that during the wedding. That is a mistake I fully intend to rectify!
    • Twilight bitterly renouncing her brother, mentor and friends in the tenth chapter as well as claiming their bonds with her were never true is a major forewarning to how cynical she has become in one week. This is revealed to be a cause of Jewelius using her heartache from the events of the wedding to turn her into his loyal pawn.
    • When Jewelius decides to wipe out Ponyville's population along with the heroes, not only is Shackle horrified, but Hildread and Vivian are both uneased. You know the villain is going too far when all of his most trusted minions are thinking so!
  • Pet the Dog:
    • During his outburst towards the heroes, Jewelius doesn't hold Twilight responsible for the invasion and tells her in a softer tone that she's done enough for one day (that is, shrinking the Changeling army). This along with all the rest of his kindness toward her is just to sway her into trusting him.
    • After Twilight is confirmed to have taken a level in jerkass and disowns Shining Armor, he is publicly flogged. Twilight takes no enjoyment from it at all and tries to speak on his behalf at one point, showing that despite her anger, she hasn't stopped entirely caring about her brother.
    • Though Vivian carries out her master's order to wipe out all the injured Royal Guards who are still loyal to the dismantled princesses, she expresses some pity for the fine military ponies she's ordered to kill.
  • Power-Strain Blackout: Twilight soon after she has used a spell Jewelius showed her to shrink the entire Changeling army. She wakes up only after her friends, brother, and the princesses are exiled.
  • Prince Charmless: Jewelius proves to be the biggest example. He tricks Twilight into trusting him and successfully seizes the throne after discrediting the heroes. He instills harsh laws and cuts off all trade routes from Ponyville.
  • Produce Pelting: A downplayed version occurs in the 12th chapter. A filly whose parents were injured by the Changelings during the invasion blames Celestia for it and throws one egg in the alicorn's face. While the crowd is otherwise unsympathetic toward Celestia, nopony follows the filly's example.
  • Properly Paranoid:
    • When the banished heroes learn that the Changelings are planning revenge against Twilight, Luna is afraid it may be a trap, so she decides to hide in the shadows when they return to Canterlot. Sure enough, it is a trap, and if Luna didn't hide herself, Celestia wouldn't have been saved from the gallows.
    • In the 15th chapter, Luna regrets that she did not adopt this attitude and do some digging instead of dismissing the darkness she sensed in Jewelius' heart upon first meeting him as a mere aftersensation from her time as Nightmare Moon.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Jewelius, at the end of the day. While able to present himself as reasonable, he basically wants to outshine the rest of the royal family out of petty jealousy, exacting disproportionate revenge for simple comments and caring only about himself. It's best shown when he lets his anger get the better of him.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Jewelius gives one to Chrysalis right before Twilight shrinks her along with the other Changelings.
  • Public Execution: Jewelius sets Celestia to be publicly hanged in the 12th chapter. The angry crowd initially supports this, but Celestia's remorseful and apologetic final speech causes them and Twilight to have second thoughts. Jewelius carries on with the execution despite the objections. Fortunately, Luna appears from the crowd to cut the rope.
  • The Purge: Jewelius has Hildread and Vivian find out the members of the Royal Guard who were injured during the Changeling invasion and continue swearing loyalty to the dismantled princesses. After seeing the long list, Jewelius has these guards murdered as casualties of the invasion and replaces them with criminals whose loyalty he has bought. In the climax, he launches an attack on Ponyville with the intention to wipe out the townsfolk along with the heroes.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Subverted with Jewelius. He's a prince and wears a purple royal suit that has gold patterns. However, while very clever and a master manipulator, he doesn't have exceptionally powerful magic, and he's in his heart a Dirty Coward who leaves all the action to his allies/pawns.
  • Rage Against the Mentor: The "The Reason You Suck" Speech Twilight gives Celestia (as well as her brother and friends) in the tenth chapter.
    Celestia: Twilight, I-
    Twilight: You have a lot to think about.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • The fic brings up the potential collateral damage of the Changeling invasion and the repercussions it can be used to cause for the heroes. As soon Twilight has stopped the invasion, Jewelius turns the public attention to the damages the city suffered and exposes the mistakes made by the other heroes. The citizens are quick to believe his exaggerations and turn on the heroes. While this may be jarring, the survivors of such large-scale attacks — especially when they or their loved ones suffer for it — search for people to accuse not only from the attackers but also from the authority figures who are in charge of security. By acting like he cares about the collateral damage and giving explanations to what led them to happen, Jewelius offers the perplexed people a direction to follow. As for the civilian casualties, Celestia is called out a week later by a filly whose parents were injured by the Changelings and are still in the hospital.
    • When Jewelius rebukes Shining Armor in front of the wedding guests for disowning Twilight, the captain decides that honesty is the best policy and confesses in shame that Chrysalis had no influence over that action of his. Unfortunately, admitting that you disowned your own sister at the eve of your wedding for trying to warn you is not likely to earn you sympathy, even if you are remorseful. Especially when the people hearing this don't know the full story, and the discussion is being led by a manipulator who's more than willing to twist the truth to his own advantage. The admission is also taken sadly by Twilight herself, making it easier for Jewelius to manipulate her.
      • In a similar way to the above, Shining Armor tells straight-out to the original bridesmaids what lies Chrysalis used to fire them. This only confirms that he believed the hurtful slander spoken about them, and the resulting mortification and anger makes them unwilling to listen to his explanations further.
    • At first it seems like the entire Royal Guard has sworn loyalty to Jewelius at the drop of a hat. However, it's revealed in the 11th chapter that most guards suffered serious injuries during the invasion, and many of them continued swearing loyalty to the dismantled princesses. On Jewelius' orders, they were murdered and declared to be casualties of the invasion, allowing Jewelius to fill the greatly decreased ranks with criminals whose loyalty he bought for himself.
    • Rainbow Dash tries to convince Canterlot's ponies to have Chrysalis verify the heroes' Cassandra Truth. The suggestion is immediately shot down because no-one is going to trust the word of a villain who has proven herself to be deceptive. In response Applejack tries to appeal to her own status as the Element of Honesty to convince everypony that she's telling the truth about Jewelius. It fails because of her fresh reputation as a traitor and a fair-weather friend as well as the fact that everyone in Canterlot has stopped giving value to the Elements of Harmony.
    • Jewelius gets to see that while you can sway someone into supporting you, you cannot make them utterly discard long-upheld beliefs or bonds just like that. He gets Twilight to trust him by acting understandingly toward her while she gets the cold shoulder from her brother, mentor and friends. He then separates her from them before reconciliations can be made and gets her to stop trusting them while he can manipulate her as he sees fit for one week, without the exiles or Twilight's parents around. However, while Twilight vents out her feelings of anger and hurt toward her former loved ones, she's faced with incidents that contradict Jewelius' claims.note  After venting her feelings, Twilight starts doubting and thinking. She eventually defies Jewelius' order of lying to ponies who trust her and decides that she wants to reconcile with her loved ones and that Jewelius has much to learn about responsible ruling. Likewise, Canterlot's citizens become disillusioned with the smoke and mirrors of Jewelius and want back the wise ruler who has reigned for as long as they can remember.
    • After the Changelings have escaped, Jewelius refuses to acknowledge the urgency to prepare against them and directs all his efforts in taking down the heroes. Unlike what he seems to be thinking (and as proven in the climax), Chrysalis is not going to just wait as long as he likes for another chance to get revenge against him after she failed to reach him once. Not to mention the suspicions he instills through this behavior in Twilight and Canterlot's citizens who all acknowledge the Changelings to be a bigger concern than the fugitive heroes.
    • During the final battle, Vivian goes into a Motive Rant of how Equestria has become weak under the rule of the alicorns and the Elements of Harmony. This gives Rainbow Dash enough time to knock her unconscious.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • When Cadance is injured and Twilight — who has already been manipulated and corrupted by Jewelius — believes her former loved ones are responsible, she gives them all a harsh earful that mirrors the one she received at the rehearsal, letting them know how much she's been hurting since then. She also does this as an act of revenge for the way they treated her.
      Twilight: How could you have let her be put in danger? Hasn't she been through enough already?
      Celestia: Twilight, we didn't know what would happen.
      [Twilight gets extremely angry]
      Twilight: Yes, you didn't know. Just like you didn't know about the bad behavior she was showing during the planning for the wedding! Just like you didn't know about the strange spells she was constantly casting on my brother, which obviously weren't headache healing spells! Just like you didn't know what that display of crocodile tears at the rehearsal was meant to do! Just like you didn't know she was imprisoning ponies who were becoming obstacles in her plan in the caverns underneath the castle, like me! And just like you didn't know that she was the EVIL queen of an army of shapeshifting insect like monsters bent on devouring all the love in Equestria! Well, I know one place that they won't be able to find any real love!
      Shining Armor: Twily, I-
      Twilight: You know, King Jewelius was going to let her back into the kingdom. It would've been easy and nopony would've gotten hurt. But you all had to follow your own selfish instincts and mess everything up again! Well no more!
      [Twilight imprisons her former loved ones in a magic dome]
      Applejack: Twilight, please don't do this!
      Fluttershy: We're your friends!
      Twilight: No you're not! You only hangout with me because my connections could help you. You never cared about me or anypony else! I can't believe I fell for it for so long.
      Shining Armor: Twily-
      Twilight: And you can forget about me calling you my BBBFF anymore! In fact, I don't even have a brother. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go check on the princess.
      Celestia: Twilight, I-
      Twilight: You have a lot to think about.
    • In the 11th chapter, the disgraced heroes get another one from Jewelius as he gloats about the way their obliviousness made it easier for him to turn Twilight against them and steal the throne.
      Applejack: You Snake! How were you able to fool Twilight when Chrysalis wasn't?
      Jewelius: Simple. I did the one thing none of YOU did. I listened to her and gave her the benefit of the doubt. I was THERE for her! I was her friend! But after you all broke her heart and abandoned her at the wedding rehearsal, she became a lot easier to manipulate. And now, I have her completely under my control. I didn't even need to use a mind control spell either!
      Shining Armor: You... you used my sister, and the changelings! You're responsible for all of this!
      Jewelius: Whoa, calm down. I didn't manipulate any of you into making yourselves look like fools. You chose to believe the lies of an imposter over the one pony who made any real sense during all that stupid nonsense. And in the end, Twilight was right about everything. Well, except one thing: she thought all of you were her friends! Now THAT couldn't had been farther from the truth! [laughs with Hildread as the heroes silently admit he's right] How does it feel to know just how much damage you've caused?
    • While facing Hildread in the climax, Shining Armor tells her he kicked her out of the Royal Guard because she has always been exceedingly brutal and delusional with her extreme beliefs, with her act of preparing to massacre innocent ponies on the orders of a tyrannical usurper being the ultimate proof of this.
      Hildread: I hate you, Shining Armor. Always have. You were always too soft and weak to hold the rank of Captain of the Royal Guard. You never had the brains or the guts to do what was necessary to ensure the security of Canterlot. But now I will do what you could not.
      Shining Armor: You never could understand that brute strength is not always the answer. That is not the way of Equestria.
      Hildread: SHUT UP! I am the guardian of this great nation. I protect the ponies that live in it!
      Shining Armor: Is that what you call this? Protection?!
      Hildread: [looks around uneasily but then hardens her heart] Traitors to the King must be punished.
      Shining Armor: Traitors?! These are innocent ponies! This is a massacre ordered by that vile usurper you call a king!
      Hildread: Everything we've done was absolutely necessary! And if I have to destroy you in order to maintain peace and order in Equestria, so be it.
      Shining Armor: Your extreme desires and methods have blinded you to the fact that you're causing more harm than good. This is why you were kicked out of the guard.
      Hildread: I WILL CRUSH YOU!
    • Celestia, Cadance and Twilight tell Jewelius separately yet in a complementary way how disappointed they are in the prince who has thrown away the love of everypony else out of a selfish lust for power.
      Celestia: I'm afraid it is you who will not be remembered for your greatness but your arrogance, Jewelius. You, like many others before you, have underestimated Twilight and her friends and the Magic of Friendship. And that will cost you dearly! [...] You let your selfish desires turn you into a monster.
      [...]
      Cadance: I finally understand, cousin. Why the changelings weren't able to feed on your love and why my spell didn't work on you. It's because you have no heart to feel love and therefore no love to give!
      Jewelius: What, are you going to kill your own flesh and blood?
      Cadance: The cousin, brother, I knew died a long time ago. His heart anyway.
      [...]
      Twilight: You had a loving family, loyal friends, everything a pony could've wanted. Why wasn't it enough for you?
  • Rebuilt Pedestal: It doesn't come to pass in an easy way, but by the end of the story, all the disgraced heroes have regained their social standing after they've exposed Jewelius' secret evil crimes, saved Ponyville from his army as well as all of Equestria from the escaped Changelings, and publicly apologized for their personal screw-ups that made it possible for the disastrous Changeling invasion to occur.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Downplayed with Vivian. Her tail and mane are black, she wears a red and silver outfit, and her horn's magical aura is red. However, while she's impersonal and acts as Jewelius' personal assistant, she isn't sadistic like he or Hildread, serving Jewelius out of a misguided sense of loyalty instead of true malice.
  • Redemption Rejection: During the climax, Celestia gives Jewelius a chance to stop the attack on Ponyville and make atonements, even promising that if he wants so, he can rule Equestria as the princesses' equal so that he won't have to feel himself overshadowed by them. All she gets in response is cruel laughter from Jewelius who doesn't want to share power before she's subdued by a magic-proof net.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Hildread has dark red eyes, and she's not nice by any means.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Jewelius intentionally sets himself up as one for Twilight. He acts more emphatically toward her than everypony else, even when she's abandoned at the wedding rehearsal. After he has banished the other heroes away, he convinces her that they never really cared about her and offers her a new purpose in life as his apprentice. By the time one week has passed, she has accepted his proposal to become his queen. However, she gradually stops being angry at her former loved ones and decides to mend fences with them as well as convince Jewelius to reconcile with his usurped royal family. However, once she realizes how evil he actually is, she severs all ties with him and fully reconciles with her friends, brother and mentor.
  • The Reveal: It's revealed in the 11th chapter that Jewelius has been Evil All Along and hates his aunt Celestia and cousin Cadance for "overshadowing" him. He told Queen Chrysalis about the wedding, joined forces with her, and helped her to infiltrate Canterlot by telling her about the underground caves only he knew about. However, after he spent time with Twilight and decided her to be a more valuable pawn to him, he broke off his alliance with the Changelings and helped Twilight to stop them while making it look like everything was the other heroes' fault. He then used Twilight's heartache from being abandoned by her brother, friends and mentor to manipulate her to forsake them.
  • Russian Reversal: The narration jokes about the Changelings eating Jewelius by stating that they "had a meal fit for a king, or a king fit for a meal".
  • Sadist: Hildread likes to inflict pain. Jewelius turns out to be an even worse case of this, for Hildread at least feels uneasy about massacring the entire population of Ponyville.
  • Sadistic Choice: Chrysalis gives Twilight one in the 13th chapter; will she shrink the Changelings again or go to make sure Jewelius isn't doing anything evil to Cadance? Twilight is so conflicted that the Changelings use their chance to escape, so she starts running toward the medical wing.
  • Scarpia Ultimatum: A G-rated example. When Twilight finally realizes how evil Jewelius actually is and breaks off their engagement, he reveals that her parents are in his dungeons and threatens to make them look like victims of the Changelings if she doesn't remain by his side. She complies for her parents' sake, but the Changeling who disguises himself as Raven Inkwell frees Twilight from this predicament by rescuing her parents that same night.
  • Seize Them!:
    • Jewelius gives this order in the fifth chapter when the heroes attempt to escape.
    • In the 11th chapter, Celestia gives this order from her cell to two guards when Jewelius reveals himself to be a traitor. She's only mocked and told that they're actually criminals who have replaced the murdered Royal Guard who remained loyal to her and whose loyalty Jewelius has bought for himself.
    • Jewelius keeps ranting this order when the heroes are freed of their restraints in the 13th chapter.
  • Shamed by a Mob:
    • When Celestia is subdued by the Royal Guard, the wedding guests do nothing but shoot resentful glares at her, already believing Jewelius that the invasion was her fault. Celestia is crushed, wondering if she's feeling the same way Twilight felt when she was shunned by everypony at the rehearsal.
    • In the 12th chapter, Celestia as well as Shining Armor, the Mane Five and Spike are brought to a square for Celestia's execution. They get themselves insulted and reproached by Canterlot's angry citizens and Twilight who refuse to believe their Cassandra Truth. Celestia even gets an egg thrown in her face by a filly.
  • Shameful Strip: Though no stripping happens on-screen and no-one brings it up in-story, all the royal accessories the princesses normally wear are taken from them by the time they're sentenced into exile.
  • Short-Lived Leadership: Jewelius' reign that started through scheming and ended mostly due to idiotic villainy last only one full week.
  • Shoot the Rope: Luna saves Celestia from hanging by severing the noose with an energy blast.
  • Shout-Out: Now has its own page.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!:
    • Fluttershy retorts to Hildread's Breaking Speech before she drops a chandelier on her and the guards.
      Hildread: To think, Twilight Sparkle considered you all her best friends. What kind of pony would risk everything she cares about for the sake of her worthless, pathetic, annoying so-called friends?!
      Fluttershy: Twilight would!
    • During the climax, Jewelius attempts a Breaking Speech on the captured Celestia, but she interrupts the following Evil Laugh with a "The Reason You Suck" Speech about her evil nephew's arrogance and underestimation of the Mane Six and the Magic of Friendship.
      Jewelius: Just accept it, you've lost and I will make sure that you will go down in history as the worst ruler Equestria has ever had. The very mention of your name in a positive light will be punishable by death! [laughs maniacally]
      Celestia: I'm afraid it is you who will not be remembered for your greatness but your arrogance, Jewelius. You, like many others before you, have underestimated Twilight and her friends and the Magic of Friendship. And that will cost you dearly!
  • Shut Up, Kirk!: Hildread's ultimate response to "The Reason You Suck" Speech Shining Armor gives her during the climax is to suppress all uncertainties and attack him.
  • Sickbed Slaying:
    • When Cadance is injured and imprisoned in the medical wing, Jewelius plans to have her killed while making it look like everything was done to save her. After the other fugitives escape and try to rescue her, they're caught by Jewelius and Vivian who then attempt to murder Cadance and frame the escaped heroes for it. Fortunately, Cadance has just managed to free herself.
    • It is revealed in the 11th chapter that after the heroes were banished, Jewelius had a (long) list made of the injured royal guards who continued swearing loyalty to the princesses. They were then killed and marked as casualties of the Changeling invasion, allowing Jewelius to fill the greatly decreased ranks with criminals whose loyalty he has bought for himself.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Lieutenant Shackle, the Token Good Teammate of Jewelius' supporters, has light green eyes as well as a dark red tail and mane.
  • Slave Galley: Applejack and Pinkie Pie are sentenced by Jewelius to work as galley slaves.
  • Skewed Priorities:
    • Once Twilight has stopped the Changelings and Celestia tells her she has a real wedding to put together, Jewelius uses that moment to bring up the disastrous consequences of the invasion as well as the mistakes made by the heroes (other than Twilight) to show everypony else how crazy the heroes are to plan a new wedding right after they inadvertently allowed the Changelings to conquer Equestria.
    • After the entire Changeling army and the fugitive heroes have escaped, Jewelius stubbornly refuses to do anything to prepare against the Changelings — who, especially their Queen, have a score to settle with him — before he's finished with the heroes. Not only this helps Twilight and Canterlot's citizens to realize what he truly is, but he's left completely helpless once the heroes have defeated his army and cornered him, allowing Chrysalis to swoop in and take her revenge.
  • Smug Snake:
  • The Sociopath: Jewelius turns out to be under his considerate facade a conceited and manipulative monster who's willing to cause death and ruination out of spite or to get rid of a small group of ponies. He's been secretly jealous of his aunt and cousin for years, resenting them for "overshadowing" him when neither of them has given any plausible reason for this bitterness. He delights in inflicting psychological pain to his enemies and egotistically regards his tyrannical rule to be glorious and superior to that of Celestia. He also cares nothing for anypony beyond their usefulness to him.
  • So Proud of You: When Twilight eventually reconciles with Celestia, the latter says she's proud her student has forsaken Jewelius' toxic influence and returned to her true self.
  • Staging the Eavesdrop: Under Jewelius' orders, Hildread and Shackle go to Spike's new lair under the pretense of searching for escaped Changelings who might have stolen Jewelius' identity and are planning to get revenge against Twilight. Spike is allowed to hear this "secret", prompting him to gather the other heroes and return to Canterlot for Twilight, just as Jewelius intended.
  • The Stoic: Vivian, as explained in the Emotionless Girl section above.
  • Sudden Principled Stand: After being turned against nearly everypony dearest to her by Jewelius, Twilight does very little against his corruption, feeling that there isn't much she can do. However, when he orders her to lie to Canterlot's citizens by saying that the situation with the recently escaped Changelings is under his control, she goes against his instructions and tells the crowd what's the situation really. This lands her with Jewelius into an argument that gets her to finally realize how truly evil he is.
    Twilight: Everypony in Canterlot has been deceived once already. I was not taught to lie, especially to ponies who trust me.
  • Sympathy for the Devil:
    • When Hildread's defeated, Shining Armor feels sorry for his ruthless yet dedicated rival.
      Shining Armor: You really could've been a good protector of Equestria. Maybe someday, you'll learn the error of your ways and I'll be waiting.
    • For all of Jewelius' evil deeds and well-deserved end, the heroes — especially the three princesses — feel sad that he couldn't have been redeemed.
  • Taken for Granite: The soldiers attacking Ponyville are stopped when the Elements of Harmony are used to temporarily encase them in stone.
  • Talk to the Fist: Rainbow Dash wins her fight against Vivian in the climax by kicking the unicorn who's making a Motive Rant in the face.
  • A Taste of Their Own Medicine: When Twilight thinks Cadance's been injured because of her former friends as well as Shining Armor and Celestia bringing her back to Canterlot, she gets even with them by angrily chewing them out before coldly leaving them at Hildread's mercy, just like they ditched her at the wedding rehearsal (with Ironic Echoes included).
  • A Taste of the Lash: In the 11th chapter, Shining Armor is whipped by Hildread as an example to the Royal Guard he's charged of disgracing.
  • Tempting Fate: Just as the slave driver blusters to Applejack and Pinkie Pie that they shall spend the rest of their lives in the galley and no miracle will change that, he's subdued by Celestia who frees the two mares.
  • That Man Is Dead: Cadance comes to this conclusion about the cousin she thought she knew when she confronts Jewelius during the climax.
    Cadance: I finally understand, cousin. Why the changelings weren't able to feed on your love and why my spell didn't work on you. It's because you have no heart to feel love and therefore no love to give!
    Jewelius: What, are you going to kill your own flesh and blood?
    Cadance: The cousin, brother, I knew died a long time ago. His heart anyway.
  • They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: Jewelius is a normal unicorn and a sociopath who's even more manipulative than Chrysalis.
    Jewelius: Changelings aren't the only ones capable of putting on facades.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Celestia says this when Jewelius sends his army to assault Ponyville.
  • Thwarted Coup de Grâce: Just as Jewelius is about to decapitate Celestia with a telekinetically held sword during the Final Battle, Cadance blasts the sword away.
  • Token Good Teammate: Lieutenant Shackle, in Jewelius' traitorous coup. She is the only one reluctant to carry out Jewelius' corrupt laws, and has a My God, What Have I Done? moment when she realizes the error of her ways during the attack on Ponyville.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Jewelius completely dismisses the threat of the escaped Queen Chrysalis and her Changeling army, despite several facts; they managed to nearly conquer Canterlot, everypony is more concerned about them than they're concerned about the heroes, and Chrysalis, a villainess more powerful than Jewelius, has an ax to grind with him and tries to kill him immediately after her escape. This foolishness ends up costing Jewelius not only the loyalty of Twilight and Canterlot's citizens, but his life as well. And even earlier, by gloating to the imprisoned heroes — who've all been tricked into thinking they're total failures — about his secret crimes and evil intentions in regards to Twilight, he motivates them — Twilight's friends, mentor and big brother who all desire to make amends with her — to bring him down and save Twilight from his manipulations.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: After Jewelius successfully manipulates her about her former friends, Shining Armor and Celestia's true intentions, Twilight becomes filled with extreme hatred towards them and is even uncaring about her former mentor's Public Execution. Fortunately, she does get moved by Celestia's apology and later realizes just how evil Jewelius truly is.
  • Trading Bars for Stripes: After Jewelius discovered all the injured members of the Royal Guard who remained loyal to the princesses, he ordered them to be killed. He then filled the greatly decreased ranks by recruiting criminals he released from dungeons in exchange for their loyalty.
  • Trap Is the Only Option: When the banished heroes learn about the rumors of escaped Changelings, Luna has a lingering feeling something doesn't match, even considering that there might be a trap set for them in Canterlot. Celestia acknowledges her sister's concerns but chooses to return to Canterlot anyway to ensure Twilight's life isn't endangered. To make sure not all of them end up being caught if something goes wrong, Luna separates herself from the others and sticks to the shadows. This turns out to be a wise precaution, for the rumors were only a part of Jewelius' trap for the heroes, yet by avoiding being caught, Luna is able to rescue her sister from hanging.
  • Trauma Conga Line: After everything bad that happens canonically, the heroes are forced to endure even more pain before they get to enjoy the wedding.
    • The selective revelations Jewelius makes about their mistakes cost Celestia, Shining Armor, the Mane Five and Spike their standing in Equestria's society. After being exiled and sentenced to slavery, they are lured back to Canterlot for a chance to redeem themselves, but they end up being disowned by Twilight for how they treated her and find out a terrible secret; a heartless manipulator has all along been using their beloved friend/sister/student and everypony else to his own advantage. They're unable to convince anypony to believe this discovery until the blunders from the villains' part help to prove them right and give them a chance to reconcile with Twilight, set everything right and clear their names.
      • For Celestia specifically, she becomes nearly killed (twice) by a nephew she never would have believed to be capable of cruelties at least as bad as Queen Chrysalis. She's unable to convince him to choose redemption and has to witness him corrupting her former kingdom and faithful student against her, turning the utter adoration they held toward her into hatred. She nearly becomes publicly hanged, and only by giving her former subjects and Twilight a heartbreaking apology speech she manages to trigger forgiveness in all of them before Luna rescues her from the death of being choked. She also finds out, much to the horror of both Shining Armor and herself, that many of the injured royal guards who remained loyal to them were murdered while they were in banishment. By the time she and the others find refuge in Ponyville, she's starting to lose hope of Twilight coming around and helping them against Jewelius until Cadance urges her not to give up on her faithful student yet.
    • After everything Chrysalis put her through, Cadance is unfairly exiled from Canterlot by Jewelius, her favorite cousin and surrogate little brother. Upon returning to Canterlot, she's attacked, tortured and planned to be killed by Jewelius who has for years hated her simply because of her popularity and convinced Chrysalis to go through with the Changeling invasion on Cadance's wedding day.
    • Despite having the honor of stopping the Changelings herself, Twilight is emotionally manipulated to lose all love and trust toward her brother, friends and mentor for how they shunned her at the wedding rehearsal, becoming unhappy yet accepting of Equestria's new questionable ruler who has all along faked being her friend and possible love interest. She accepts his proposal, unaware that Jewelius only wants her to birth for him powerful offspring to keep up his legacy and is open to the possibility of killing her "accidentally" and marrying a more powerful unicorn mare should he meet one. Once Twilight realizes the truth, she's utterly mortified with herself and places responsibility on herself alone when she reconciles with her loved ones and sets out to work with them in order to set things right.
  • Troubled Fetal Position: After being freed of the Diamond Dogs' muzzle, Rarity gives them off-screen a reminder of why they don't like to hear her complaints. They're left shaking in this position.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: After declaring himself the King, Jewelius legalizes slavery, wipes out all the Royal Guards who remain loyal to the dismantled princesses, fills the ranks with bribed convicts, raises Ponyville's taxes, bans any trading with the town, and tries to make the public falsely believe that he has the situation with the escaped Changelings under his control.
  • Twitchy Eye: In the flashback scene of the 14th chapter, Jewelius has one when Twilight pleads for him to allow Cadance to return to Canterlot. He has another in the 17th chapter right before he chucks out of a window a guard who questioned him one too many times.
  • Undying Loyalty:
    • Even though Jewelius manages to disgrace Celestia, Luna, Shining Armor, the Mane Five and Spike in the eyes of Twilight and Canterlot's population, he's not as successful in making Cadance lose their esteem toward her.
    • Though the above-mentioned group is scorned nearly everywhere, the town of Ponyville quickly shelters them. It helps that Jewelius has not inspired any loyalty there by making the life there miserable ever since his rise to power.
    • Most members of the Royal Guard who were injured by the Changelings refused to switch their loyalties from the princesses and Shining Armor to Jewelius, so he had them all murdered and replaced by criminals he bribed to be loyal to himself.
    • After Twilight finally turns against Jewelius, he tries to label her as another traitor, but Canterlot's citizens don't believe for one minute that she'd go against him without good reason.
  • Unholy Matrimony: A flashback of the 11th chapter reveals that Jewelius pretended to be in a relationship of villainous affection with Chrysalis while they still worked together. His betrayal was a genuine surprise to her, and she becomes determined to have her revenge after he helps Twilight in imprisoning her.
  • The Unfettered: In his goal to become the only respected ruler of Equestria, Jewelius is ready to manipulate, defame and backstab anypony, kill his loving cousin and aunt out of hatred, murder the injured members of the Royal Guard who haven't sworn loyalty to him, and wipe out a town of innocent ponies just to get rid of a small group of ponies. He does all of this without hesitation or regret, even mocking Lieutenant Shackle for her visible horror over the last one.
  • The Usurper: Jewelius, big time.
  • Villain Ball: Jewelius successfully usurps Equestria's throne, destroys the public images of most of the heroes, paints himself as the respected Holy King, and has Twilight Sparkle under his hoof, with her as his student and fiancée. This doesn't satisfy him enough though, so he lures the banished heroes (who all feel themselves to be utter failures without knowing about his role in the invasion) back to Canterlot and reveals to them everything out of a need to gloat and his desire to kill his aunt and cousin. After they, as well as the Changelings, have escaped, he destroys his own credibility by refusing to divert his attention from the heroes to the Changelings (when the public is more concerned about the Changelings' threat) and letting his true sociopathic nature to show. By the time he assaults Ponyville, not only has Twilight Sparkle returned to the heroes' side and brought the Elements of Harmony to their disposal, but the entire city of Canterlot has realized they were better off under Celestia's rule.
  • Villain Has a Point:
    • Jewelius and his supporters don't let the dishonored heroes forget that if they had given more attention to the false Cadance's actions (either by listening to Twilight or of their own accord) instead of having their heads entirely in their wedding plans, they could have unmasked Chrysalis and prevented the Changeling invasion before it began. Jewelius and Hildread also scold them of behaving this singlemindedly when there was in the air a threat of unknown attackers, and they didn't bother to postpone the wedding to deal with the threat first. Though it turns out that Jewelius helped Chrysalis to infiltrate and used her failure to seize the throne for himself, the heroes take to heart the usurper's criticism regarding their shortcomings.
    • When being asked how Jewelius was able to sway Twilight to his side, he states matter-of-factly that unlike everypony else, he bothered to act like he was actually trying to help Twilight sort out her misgivings instead of just brushing them off repeatedly. It also helped that he tried to settle the confrontation at the rehearsal peacefully by suggesting Twilight's outburst was only a case of a big misunderstanding, only for Celestia to shush him immediately.
  • Villains Want Mercy: As soon as Jewelius is cornered by all the heroes in the climax, he pathetically begs for his life and starts making excuses and promises. When Chrysalis appears with her Changeling army, he begs for her help, only to receive even less mercy.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: When Jewelius takes over Equestria's throne, the entire city of Canterlot is duped into revering him as "Holy King Jewelius I". Fortunately this charade starts slowly to crumble thanks to his excessive obsession in hunting down the disgraced heroes at the expense of taking care of the renewed Changeling threat and poor receipt to facing disagreements. Ultimately zig-zagged; he's not popular in Ponyville at all because he has oppressed the town under the excuse of the Mane Five's home needing to be made an example of.
  • Visual Pun: The insectoid Changelings are turned tiny enough to fit all of them in a glass jar.
  • Wardens Are Evil: Hildread, Canterlot's head jailer who was kicked out of the Royal Guard by Shining Armor due to her exceeding brutality, is one of Jewelius' chief minions, and her sadism is exceeded only by Jewelius himself.
  • We Have Become Complacent: As part of his propaganda against the disgraced heroes, Jewelius claims that the entire ponykind has become too dependent on the protection of the alicorns and the Elements of Harmony. While this is for him only a tool to retain his power, Vivian seems to really believe this rhetoric, for she says during her Motive Rant to Rainbow Dash that ponies need the same kind of independence they had before Celestia and Luna came to power (though as Rainbow Dash states, Jewelius will never bring ponies independence).
  • Welcome Back, Traitor: After Jewelius' manipulations twist Twilight's views regarding her friends, brother and mentor, and her bitterness over their abandonment of her gets the better of her when she mistakenly believes they caused Cadance to become injured, she imprisons them in a magic dome, allows them be arrested, and doesn't do much to help them in their bad predicament. However, once she has her Jerkass Realization and Jewelius proves true her former loved ones' words about his evilness, she seeks out her friends, brother and mentor who all forgive her right away because they don't blame her for being tricked by a guy who successfully tricked everyone.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Though it's not closely examined, Vivian claims to be this in her Motive Rant, saying that ponies entrust their protection too much to the alicorns and the Elements of Harmony and need to be independent the same way she thinks they were before Celestia and Luna started ruling them. Though she's wrong to think Jewelius' rule will give the ponykind any independence, her stated motivations may be sincere, given her utter lack of sadistic tendencies, highly impersonal demeanor, and two moments of displaying distaste for her master's decision to murder a large number of fine military ponies just because they haven't sworn loyalty to him, and later all of Ponyville's inhabitants along with the heroes too.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Due to Jewelius' manipulations, Twilight turns against her former loved ones as payback for their treatment of her at the wedding rehearsal.
  • Wham Episode: Chapter 11 reveals that Jewelius has been evil even before the story began and hated Celestia and Cadance for "overshadowing" him for years. He told Chrysalis about the wedding, joined forces with her, and helped her to infiltrate Canterlot through the caverns before he dumped her and manipulated Twilight into becoming his pawn.
  • Wham Line:
    • During her outlash toward her former loved ones in the tenth chapter, Twilight declares the other Element Bearers were never her friends, much to their shock. This is one of the first signs of the emotional manipulation Jewelius has subjected her to.
      Fluttershy: We're your friends!
      Twilight: No you're not! You only hangout with me because my connections could help you. You never cared about me or anypony else! I can't believe I fell for it for so long.
    • Chrysalis begins the big revelations of the 11th chapter with one.
      Chrysalis: [to Jewelius] I... I thought we were in this together! Why did you betray me?!
      Pinkie Pie: What?! [the other heroes have a Jaw Drop]
      Jewelius: Oh Chrysalis. Did you really think I'd let a despicable animal like you by my side?
      • Jewelius shocks the heroes further by answering his own question about how Chrysalis knew about the wedding and the caverns beneath the castle.
        Jewelius: I told her about them!
    • An in-universe version occurs in the 12th chapter when Celestia breaks her silence by saying "I'm sorry." Nopony — the other heroes, the glum Twilight, the angry crowd, or the smug Jewelius — expected the condemned to be hanged alicorn to commence her final speech with those words.
  • What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: In the second chapter, Jewelius asks the Mane Five to consider if there's anything suspicious about them being given the bridesmaid positions so suddenly. Rainbow Dash and Rarity answer with this trope, respectively appealing to Shining Armor's dome and Cadance's popularity.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Celestia, Shining Armor, the Mane Five and Spike are rebuked of their mistakes a lot by the masses manipulated by Jewelius as well as a corrupted Twilight. Also, the three original bridesmaids get to voice their disbelief over the fact that only Twilight was interested about their disappearance and everypony else just took Chrysalis' word for it.
      Lyra Heartstrings: And you five had the nerve to steal our positions as bridesmaids when we disappeared!
      Pinkie Pie: We didn't steal anything!
      Rarity: They were given to us by the bride!
      Minuette: You mean the fake bride! As if it was hers to give.
      Twinkleshine: We went missing! Didn't anypony besides Twilight find that suspicious? Didn't anypony try to look for us? Why would none of you think to look into that?!
      Shining Armor: She said she fired you all because you were only interested in meeting Canterlot royalty.
      Twinkleshine: How could you believe that lie? I never did anything to anypony!
      [Twinkleshine starts sobbing while Shining Armor is glared and booed at]
      Shining Armor: I didn't mean to hurt her feelings!
      Twilight: But you did! Just like me.
    • Jewelius calling the heroes out in the fifth chapter becomes a double subversion because his status as the Big Bad becomes unconcealed, but the heroes nevertheless admit he's right about how they went wrong.
    • Cadance does a subtly downplayed version; while saddened by what she has heard about the confrontation at the rehearsal, she's understanding and never angry with Shining Armor and the others. However, she tells him what role Twilight played in them becoming a couple years ago and informs him that he must make amends with Twilight before they're going to be married. Though she says this gently, he takes it for an ultimatum.
  • Woman Scorned: While Jewelius and Chrysalis worked together, she thought they were in an Unholy Matrimony and honestly didn't expect him to double-cross her. After he helps Twilight in imprisoning her, she desires revenge on him, and for that end, she makes Twilight to begin doubting him and secretly helps the heroes in gaining an advantage over him. When she comes to claim her revenge, she doesn't appreciate it when he calls her his love in order to get her help and orders her Changelings to eat him.
  • Would Hit a Girl:
    • Jewelius blasts Cadance in the chest, smacks Twilight in the face, and nearly beheads Celestia with a sword.
    • Shining Armor has no trouble trying to engage in a hooffight with Hildread.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess:
    • Jewelius originally helped Chrysalis in carrying out her canon plan so that they would rule Equestria together. However, after Jewelius spent time with Twilight and secretly witnessed when Chrysalis sent her into the underground caverns, he came up with a new plan. He first sent Vivian to subdue the brainwashed bridesmaids so that Twilight and the real Cadance could come to expose Chrysalis. Then he had Twilight to subdue all the Changelings by shrinking them with the spell he showed her earlier after the other heroes' efforts to stop the Changelings fail. And finally, he tricked everypony into thinking all the heroes but Twilight are to blame for the disastrous invasion ever happening.
    • In the 13th chapter, after Luna saves Celestia from hanging and frees the Mane Five, Shining Armor and Spike, the escaped Changelings distract Jewelius' soldiers, so the heroes run to the medical wing to rescue Cadance. When they reach the door, however, Jewelius and Vivian are waiting for them, and Vivian subdues them all with a petrifying spell, even though Jewelius was caught off guard by all these unexpected turns. He decides to adapt by murdering Cadance and framing the escaped heroes for it. The only reason this fails is because Cadance is free of her restraints and ready to pulverize her traitorous cousin.
  • X Marks the Hero: Inverted with Hildread who has an cross-shaped scar on her left cheek.
  • "You!" Exclamation: Cadance does this at the end of her You Shall Not Pass! moment in the tenth chapter, with the exclamation's target being Jewelius.
  • You're Insane!: Rarity yells this in the 11th chapter when Jewelius answers Fluttershy's question about why exactly he's making Twilight's friends suffer.
    Fluttershy: There's still one thing I don't understand. Why are you making the rest of us suffer if it was the princesses you wanted gone?
    Jewelius: It was nothing personal really. Most of you were in the wrong place at the wrong time. However, there was 'who would possibly want to do anything that could ruin such a glorious event like the wedding of the wonderful Princess Mi Amore Cadenza'. Let's just say what you all said that time didn't sit too well with me.
    Rarity: You're Mad!
  • You're Nothing Without Your Phlebotinum: Jewelius says in the 11th chapter to the imprisoned heroes that they're nothing without Twilight standing by them. The Mane Five end up agreeing with that in the 17th chapter when they're unable to come up with a plan to take Jewelius down and Spike remarks that Twilight is their regular Smart Girl. Fortunately, Twilight arrives just then, fully willing to reconcile with everypony, possessing the Elements of Harmony, and having the idea to use their example of reconciliation to remind all of Equestria what friendship is about.
  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle!: The Changeling invasion has been stopped, and Celestia tells Twilight she has a real wedding to put together... then Jewelius drops his polite façade and destroys his aunt, Shining Armor and the Mane Five's public image out of hatred and usurps the former.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: Cadance does this in the tenth chapter, staying behind to fend off Hildread and cover the Mane Five's escape. It leads to her being injured by Jewelius.

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