|“||Make sense? Oh, what fun is there in making sense?||„|
|~ Discord's famous phrase.|
|“||I liked it better my way, but… I guess when you're friends, you can't always have things exactly your way all the time, eh?||„|
|~ Discord's first reformation.|
|“||Tirek tricked me into believing he could offer me something more valuable than friendship. But there is nothing worth more. I see that now. He lied when he said that this medallion was given as a sign of gratitude and loyalty. But when I say that it is a sign of our true friendship, I am telling the truth.||„|
|~ Discord's second and final reformation.|
|“||I'm so sorry. It made so much sense in my head. Twilight defeats her worst enemies and is filled with confidence. I truly did have the best intentions. I swear I'll make it up to you.||„|
|~ Discord apologizing to the Mane Six.|
|“||Together forever. I can't think of anything that they would want... less!||„|
|~ Discord's final quote in the series.|
Discord is a recurring character in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. He started out as one of the major antagonists, but then became a supporting protagonist after becoming friends with the Mane Six; especially Fluttershy.
He is voiced by John de Lancie, who also played Q and Santa Claus. When disguised as Grogar, he is voiced by Doc Harris. In the new series My Little Pony: Pony Life, he is voiced by Peter New, who also voices Applejack's older brother, Big MacIntosh.
PersonalityDiscord has the traits of a typical on-and-off hero.
As the incarnation of chaos and disharmony, Discord professes great inclination to these two subjects. Every movement he performs is related someway with this. He possesses an outrageous sense of humor, often grazing the madness, which is strengthened by his powers of reality-bending.
He is a mischievous, sneaky, wacky trickster who effortlessly pulls pranks on his targets through the use of his powerful magic, illusions, and hypnotism; however, he has learned to consider his victims' feelings more.
He has a huge sense of showmanship and drama, preferring to be playful towards his victims before getting down to business. He specifically enjoys dressing up with different outfits from time to time. Discord has a fondness of making idioms and expressions literal, such as "my ears were burning" or "when pigs fly." He amuses himself with his magical mischief, hardly at the cost of others. Fortunately, after having had his fun, he will switch it back to normal. He will also gladly spread fun chaos to anypony he can to create happiness and cheer in Ponyville.As an omnipotent entity, Discord considers himself above all of the rest, diminish magnitude to every setback presented before him, including those which suppose a threat to him. It could be said that Discord suffers from a superiority complex, something that has to lead him to find himself trapped in a rocky prison twice. However, after every defeat, he learned from his mistakes. After his first escape, he did exaggerate the Elements' power and tried to get rid of them. However, his overconfidence implied his failure once more when after corrupting the Mane Six, he thought they were not a menace anymore. He has absolutely no sense of vengeance as he had no desire to seek revenge on Princess Celestia for imprisoning him. After the Mane Six petrify and later revive him from his stone form, he had no interest in taking revenge on them for beating him once again. In "Keep Calm and Flutter On," upon Celestia's request, Discord was released from his stone form by the Mane Six to give him a chance to behave himself. He has begun to mellow out after meeting Fluttershy and admitting he has never had a real friend before, preferring to remain best friends with the ponies instead of thriving in total mischief and will aid them from time to time.
However, despite this, come "Make New Friends but Keep Discord," Discord still apparently struggles with understanding the concept of friendship and still shows his mischievous, problematic, and self-centered traits, feeling he was replaced by Fluttershy's new friend Tree Hugger and that Fluttershy no longer cared for him just because she had chosen to bring Tree Hugger over him. As well, he brings the Smooze as his friend to the Gala, knowing about the Smooze's benevolent, but rather obstreperous, troublesome, disruptive, and dangerous nature, intentionally trying to cause mischief just to make his point to Fluttershy.
He is known to be more "playful", intent on playing and tricking his victims rather than destroying them as was seen in "The Cutie Re-Mark," Celestia and Luna are at his mercy, being forced to act in a mock circus and he does not seem to have any intent on destroying them.
After being betrayed and depowered by the Legion of Doom in "The Ending of the End," Discord was forced to warn the Mane Six and the Royal Sisters of the incoming threat and admit he brought them back for his plan to help boost Twilight's confidence. Though they are all immensely disappointed with his poor planning and putting every pony in Equestria in mortal peril, he constantly tries to justify his actions through his good intentions. It was not until he was imprisoned with the heroes that he fully realized his mistake and vowed to make up for it, which he ultimately did by risking his life to trick Tirek into releasing the prisoners and staying behind to keep the legion occupied while the Mane 5 and Spike escape. Even after getting his powers back, he showed a new sense of humility as he bowed before Twilight for proving her worth as the new ruler of Equestria. However, he was vengeful towards the Legion for betraying him, as he was the one who suggested that turning them all into stone would be the ultimate punishment for them since it meant spending all of eternity together, and helped Celestia and Luna in doing so.While ultimately a thoughtful, goodhearted friend, he can sometimes be a braggart, selfish, stubborn, and a bit of a liar. Despite enjoying chaos and mischief, he can become easily annoyed if things do not go his way.
Discord naturally and instinctively causes mischief, so he thrives on the unexpected and unpredictable; he finds order to be boring and turgid and is horrified of the idea of something being "tidy and mundane, living life as expected" and does not like clichés. Therefore, Discord has made it his personal goal to cause as much chaos, mischief, and unpredictable madness as possible; he does it all for fun, with a slapstick sense of humor. Being a symbol of chaos, he dislikes order, cleanliness, and predictability. However, he has taken orders before, as well as cleaning up (i.e. taking a shower) and has been somewhat predictable at times. In "Discordant Harmony," Fluttershy states she is pretty sure Discord hates gravity; however, this is inaccurate as he is aware of the necessity of gravity and likes it (as long as he can cause mischief). Overall, he will indulge in these things, despite his chaotic persona. Discord is above Good and Evil, which he finds equally boring, though he does seem to lean towards good as he intends no malice in his tricks, only to make them exciting and unpredictable. He wanders from place to place (even moving through dimensions) to "make things more lively" (i.e. wreaking chaos) wherever he deems the situation to be boring. He dislikes routines (especially repeated), clichéd situations, and everything boring, but acts out of a love for pranks rather than actual malice. As a trickster, Discord is very mischievous, cunning, and deceptively intelligent.
Ironically, he has a habit of telling bad or unfunny jokes, often in stand-up comedy. This is demonstrated in his comedy act in "Make New Friends but Keep Discord," in which he makes a fool of himself on stage telling jokes that nobody laughs at. In "To Where and Back Again - Part 2," he uses a stand-up comedy act to distract the changeling's guards.
He also despises being given the nickname "Dipcord," taking it very personally. This could stem from a troubled past.
He uses fewer contractions in his vocabulary oftentimes, giving him a somewhat sophisticated, charismatic, archaic tone to his status as a "chaos god".
Discord is a draconequus. He has the head of a pony (even though his head is more goat than pony). He has a deer antler, goat horn, goat fang, goatee, and mane. He has a right lion paw, a left eagle claw, a right light purple bat wing, a left light blue pegasus wing, a right light green lizard foot, and a left deer antler.
While disguised as Grogar, Discord appeared as a large blue ram with yellow eyes and red pupils, a white mane, tail, and eyebrows, long blue horns and hooves, and sharp fangs protruding from the bottom of his mouth. He wore a red collar with big golden studs and a single chain link at the center where his magic bell once was.
Discord received positive feedback from fans and others and was one of the most loved main characters of the series.
He has remained a very popular character since his debut in Season 2. The character has been praised for being entertaining, funny, and for his admittedly admirable chaotic abilities. Most consider Discord to be the best antagonistic character of the series in his debut episode as he was praised for being a trickster and for actually coming very close to winning in the end. His voice actor John de Lancie was also praised for his talented voice acting and the fact that Discord is based on Q, another character that de Lancie played in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Interestingly enough, de Lancie confirmed that his voice was sped up and pitched a bit higher in the series. Despite this, he is still praised for bringing the character to life.
He later becomes a recurring character since Season 3 and became one of the series' major characters. Initially, his reformation scene in "Keep Calm and Flutter On" was criticized for being too rushed. However, in Season 4, Discord continues to be a mischievous anti-hero, thus fixing that flaw. His friendship with Fluttershy is also praised for being adorable and sweet as she is his first true best friend. Some even shipped Fluttershy and Discord to the point that "Fluttercord" became one of the most famous shippings of the series. Even the series itself acknowledged this in a joke in Season 9's "She Talks to Angel." Discord's friendship and chemistry with Spike and Big McIntosh were also praised. There are only a few episodes where Discord has been criticized in: The episodes are Season 5's "What About Discord?" and Season 8's "A Matter of Principals." In both episodes, Discord came out to be a bit too harsh in both of them. In "What About Discord?", he purposely makes Twilight jealous that she did not get to spend any bonding time with her best friends just to teach her a lesson that even she can get jealous and recognize those feelings. In "The Matter of Principals," he almost puts the Young Six in danger while he is coaching and purposely insults Starlight Glimmer for not being qualified enough to be in charge of a school, making Starlight blast him in anger. However, despite those two episodes, the rest of the episodes that Discord has been involved have received mostly positive reviews.
Before it was revealed that Discord was posing as Grogar, the character of "Grogar" received mixed reviews. Many were hyped to see another famous G1 antagonist revamped in G4 and were expecting him to be one of the series' biggest, most evil, and most dangerous villains. However, some complained that "Grogar" hardly served any purpose in the series. The twist with Discord turning out to be Grogar gathered mixed responses from the fandom so far. Some have hoped that Grogar would finally be able to appear in the series after lobbying for the move for so long and so, the revealing of Discord to be Grogar caused disappointment. Others have commented they did not mind the twist as most of the attention had gone towards the Legion of Doom anyway and that Grogar himself had little presence to be taken seriously.
Furthermore, some fans expressed anger towards Discord for his plan. Some even claimed that what he did was unforgivable and felt the gang let him off too easily. They also got upset with Discord for helping Celestia and Luna turn the Terrible Trio into stone. They felt that since Discord freed Tirek, Queen Chrysalis, and Cozy Glow in the first place, he had no right to suggest the punishment; forgetting he merely did not think things through and his heart was in the right place.
Despite all of this, Discord remained as one of the most popular and fan-favored characters of the entire series.
Powers and Abilities
As an embodiment of chaos and mischief, Discord is borderline omnipotent. He has manifested several abilities and skills throughout the series – abilities he has shown so far include:
- Hybrid Physiology: As a draconequus, Discord has a body made of different parts of animals and creatures.
- Nigh Omnipotence: The source of his reality-warping abilities and among other powers, is the power to be near the pinnacle of omnipotence, which makes him the most powerful character to be seen in the series. He would also flawlessly restore anything to its original state, possess a complete (or almost complete) and utter collection of powers, heal or fix anything without fail, or even control space-time, or cosmic elements at will if given the proposition.
- Chaos Magic: Discord can alter reality in many ways and control the laws of nature and the physics of the world with his magic. It can also erase the magic of others, such as Starlight Glimmer.
- Reality Restoration: As shown in some episodes (namely "Keep Calm and Flutter On" and "To Where and Back Again Part 1"), Discord can restore reality to its original state. Whichever is more efficient, this counts as the power to balance his reality affecting magic or a counteractive ability to use against other reality warpers.
- Size-Shifting: Discord can vary in size from very large to be small enough to fit in a pony's ear.
- Shape-Shifting: Discord can take many odd forms, some of which defy physics or parody characters.
- Gesturify: Sometimes, Discord has to require the use of snapping his fingers whenever it comes to most of the reality distorting powers he owns by far. Otherwise, they would not function correctly as he expects them to. This is a sub-power that comes with his magic in general.
- Probability Alteration/Logic Control: Discord can make extremely unlikely events occur within his vicinity and alter the laws of logic to his whim.
- Telekinesis: Discord has enough telekinetic skill to lift the entire Mane Six magically.
- Hypnotic Magic: Discord can corrupt others and is skilled at hypnotic magic. He can even outright take control of some pony's mind, though he prefers not to.
- Telepathy/Nigh Omniscience: In "The Return of Harmony," Discord somehow knew the Mane Six's names, strengths, and weaknesses without ever having met them before. In "Keep Calm and Flutter On," he reveals he heard everything about Celestia's plan to reform him while imprisoned in stone. He also knew about Twilight's princess coronation and the "Winter Wrap Up Song," despite not being there. He also knew how Twilight felt about her role as a princess. However, he did not predict that Tirek would betray him, so he is not omniscient nor even semi omniscient. As well, he tends to forget things as he still is not perfect, despite his powers. He has even seen the Cutie Mark Crusaders, though he has never really met or interacted with them and therefore does not know who they are.
- Fourth Wall Awareness: Discord is aware he is in a cartoon, even though he does not explain he does. He has even referred to others as secondary characters.
- Teleportation: One of his most used abilities, Discord can teleport from one place to another, as well as teleport people or objects and make objects disappear out of thin air. He can also teleport across alternate dimensions, such as the real world of Ogres and Oubliettes and his dimension, summon individuals from anywhere to his location, or transport himself to somepony else's location without knowing exactly where they are. This appears to be his main method of transportation as he is shown frequently to detest walking and most other forms of travel.
- Creation: Discord is skilled with creation magic. He can create creatures, objects, and plants at will, including powerful magical creations like the Plunderseeds.
- Levitation: Discord can float in the air.
- Flight: Discord can fly using his wings. He can also achieve a supersonic flight similar to Rainbow Dash's.
- Replication: Discord can create copies of himself, other people, or objects.
- Animation: Discord can bring any inanimate object to life.
- Appendage Generation: Discord can grow extra body parts.
- Anatomical Liberation: Discord can make parts of his body come apart and can move them while detached so. He once used this to remove Celestia's tail without her noticing, though he did re-insert her tail afterwards.
- Object Possession: Discord can possess inanimate objects. He can also appear magically in various objects.
- Transmogrification: Discord can alter the appearance of creatures and objects, such as giving rabbits deer legs, making a squirrel and a rabbit large and hulking, and turning apples into oranges and oranges into apples.
- Matter Ingestion: Discord can consume matter, such as glass, a painting, a teacup, and a telephone without any negative side effects.
- Portal Creation: Discord can open portals to different dimensions by using his eagle claw to cut through the fabric of reality or open a portal to grab things in another point in location.
- Disease Generation: Discord can infect others with any kind of disease and illness.
- Pyrokinesis: Discord can generate blue or green flames. He can also create images using blue flames.
- Smoke Generation: Discord can display creating an amount of smoke to cover a background.
- Color Alteration: Discord can fade others' colors, including his own. He also changed his color to blue to make it look like he had the "blu flu" or change himself into green and turned a tablecloth from white to red by touching it.
- Thought Manifestation: Discord can show his thoughts by using clouds of smoke.
- Enhanced Strength: Discord is deceptively strong, enough so to take a tree out of the ground and taking a big rock out of the ground with just one arm.
- Enhanced Durability: Discord can take blasts from dark magic without injury.
- Enhanced Hearing: Discord can hear from a distance away.
- Weather Magic: Discord can control the weather by making rain clouds go crazy, causing thunderstorms, or creating cotton candy chocolate rain clouds.
- Animal Control: Discord can control the animals' behavior by making them go wild unnaturally.
- Daytime Control: Discord can control celestial objects at will to bring about daytime or nighttime.
- Gravity Control: Discord can make things float into the air and make objects lighter or heavier. He can undo the gravity of an area to make things float above the air.
- Time Travel: Discord can project himself and others into events that have happened in the past.
- Bubble Imprisonment: Discord can imprison others in magic bubbles, which is a similar trait to Tirek once he had drained Discord of his magic.
- Prehensile Tail: Discord can use his tail to hold things and can make his tail tuft into a hand.
- Cartoon Physics: Like Pinkie Pie, Discord can use cartoon physics by stretching his limbs, deflating like a balloon, moving very fast, turning his mouth upside down, and appearing out of unexpected places.
- Magic Imbalance Detection: Discord has the natural ability to sense major disturbances in magic, such as magic being stolen or transferred into others.
- Immortality: Discord is somewhat immortal as he has stayed in his stone prison for thousands of years without dying, even though he will die eventually. He claims himself to be centuries old and is also much older than Celestia and Luna.
- Clairvoyance: Discord can use his crystal ball to see and watch over anypony or anything in Equestria.
- Necromancy: Discord can bring the deceased back from the grave as he did with Sombra, but it seemed he had to draw symbols into the ground to do so.
- Energy Blasts: Discord can shoot large beams of dark energy that can blow a hole in the wall or shoot white energy beams from his fingertips to zap away objects.
- Petrification: Discord can turn others to stone as demonstrated with Tirek, Queen Chrysalis, and Cozy Glow.
- Master Trickster: Discord likes to deceive others and have them do his bidding without even realizing it. However, there have been times where he gets caught tricking them.
- Old Prime: Despite his age, Discord is skilled at many things, such as water and ice skating.
Discord's strengths are many while his weaknesses are very few. Attacking him head-on is usually doomed to fail as he can easily thwart any assault through his magic. However, he is vulnerable to the Elements of Harmony, which have successfully turned him to stone twice in "The Return of Harmony Part 1 and 2." Using the Elements also dispels all of his magic, returning things to their rightful places and shapes.
He has also been shown to be vulnerable to other entities of immense power, such as a sufficiently-empowered Tirek. This is most likely due to Tirek's anti-magic properties being capable of shutting down Discord's magic when sufficiently empowered or simply because Discord did not have time to realize he was being betrayed before he was drained of his magic. Similarly, a sneeze from the Tatzlwurm was able to infect him with a severe illness he was not able to cure himself.
One important weakness of Discord is his ego – he tends to be extremely overconfident and so assured of his invincibility that he will not go all-out against enemies. He learns from this mistake and while disguised as Grogar, he brushes off King Sombra's overconfidence and ego. Also, his tendency to underestimate opponents means he can be taken by surprise and beaten before having the chance to react. While intelligent, he is not susceptible to being tricked as in "Twilight's Kingdom Part 1 and 2," he fell for Tirek's proposition to become allies, not suspecting Tirek would betray him in the end. Also, before befriending the Mane Six, he secretly always wanted a best friend, which allowed Fluttershy to sway him towards befriending the ponies.
As demonstrated in "Discordant Harmony," if Discord stops exhibiting his usual mischievous behavior and starts to act "normal" instead, he will lose his abilities and slowly fade from existence. Fortunately, Fluttershy managed to make him return to his normal state before this could happen, thus saving his life. This is why he should not avoid his position of what he represents (or at least for a long time). However, what happens after he fades out remains unknown for the time being.
Discord is weak to anti-magic in general as he could not counter the Changelings' anti-magic, though (as is common with omnipotent characters) his weaknesses come and go as "plot demands". This is done to prevent Discord from basically winning every battle the ponies may come across save for the most extreme examples (as Starlight even mentioned Discord could, if he wanted, defeat the entire Changeling army by sneezing had they not utilized anti-magic, making the threat null and void).
Episodes and Appearances
- Discord is similar to Q, another character portrayed by John de Lancie. However, one difference between the two is that Discord was far more mischievous in his first appearance, as well as his usage of less contractions in his daily vocabulary.
- Many fans have actually tried requesting to Hasbro that they revise Discord's dialogue to such capacity.
- Discord is the second character in the series to reveal their true good colors (the first being Nightmare Moon) and the first to have been redeemed via non-magical means (without the use of the Elements of Harmony).
- He is the first being in the series so far who has been proven to be completely immune to Fluttershy's stare, the second being Flash Bees. Given that the stare has in the past reduced a full-grown dragon into submission and overpowered the magical stone gaze of a cockatrice, Discord shrugging it off like it was nothing is a testament to his incredible power.
- He made a cameo appearance in the first-ever fan-made My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic episode "Double Rainboom" as a front cover of the book Blossom was reading in the ending credits.
- He is mentioned in the fan-made My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic mini-film titled My Little Dashie.
- Discord can be seen in the intro of Seasons 4 and above inside Fluttershy's house and later in her animal sanctuary.
- It is implied Discord was meaner in the past; one stained glass showed him dangling screaming ponies over a fire.
- He is one of the most powerful characters in the series; the others are Celestia, Luna, Sombra, and Tirek.
- According to the Elements of Harmony book, his friendship with the ponies was done so new stories could be told with his character and to turn him from the known enemy into the "not-always reliable ally".
- Discord lives in a chaotic dimension called Chaosville, which is first shown in "Make New Friends but Keep Discord."
- Discord is the only major character to have been a threat to Equestria more than twice in the series. Nightmare Moon, Tirek, and Sombra were imprisoned a thousand years ago, returned, and were reformed, permanently re-imprisoned and destroyed by the end of their episodes while Starlight Glimmer was the main antagonist of both the Season 5 premiere and finale, reforming in the latter, and Chrysalis has so far appeared twice in the Season 2 and 5 finales. Discord was a threat four times: Before being turned to stone thousands of years ago, in the Season 2 premiere, in Season 3 before Fluttershy befriended him, and in Season 4 when Tirek convinced him to betray the ponies.
- Discord's disguise as Grogar is the third character to be a revamp of a G1 villain, the first being Tirek and the second being the Smooze.
- Discord has rarely ever been in any true danger from any major antagonist in the series, even after befriending the Mane Six, claiming he could easily end all of Equestria's conflicts if he wanted, but actively choosing not to allow the Mane Six to learn and grow instead. The only time when he has ever been successfully overpowered by a villain was by Tirek and later the Legion of Doom (though even then, it required trickery on their part to achieve this victory).
- Discord appears to be a very good actor, such as posing as Grogar. As Grogar, he acted much more seriously and short-tempered. The only time Grogar is ever comedic is in the non-canon Discovery Family Instagram posts called "The 'Most Evil' Q&A Ever. Here, Grogar claimed himself to be the "greatest, most powerful sorcerer the world has ever seen", but is jealous of Penn and Teller. He also shares his Instagram selfies taken at real-world locations. This fits Discord's personality very well, even when he was in his Grogar disguise.
- There were a few hints that Grogar was Discord in disguise:
- In "The Summer Sun Setback," he watched as Twilight was with her best friends, then said how she might be ready for whatever comes next.
- Discord did not seem at all surprised in "The Beginning of The End" when he read Twilight's letter of Sombra's return.
- Grogar's overall design somewhat resembles Discord, though this led many fans to initially believe that Grogar created Discord or that he was Discord's father.
- It is hinted that Discord may have had a troubled childhood.
- It is currently unknown how tall Discord is.
- A heavily modified version of Discord is the main antagonist of Hotdiggedydemon's .MOV series.
- Fans have picked up on the Satanic elements present in Discord's character, notably his being an omnipotent, malevolent trickster and tempter who stands opposed to Order and Harmony itself. Many depictions of Discord thus cast him as the Ultimate Evil present in Equestria (in other words, he is depicted as the series' equivalent to Satan). In many fanworks, he has been portrayed as much more sinister in stark contrast to his portrayal on the show.
- Most other depictions cast him and Chaos as a necessary force that balances Order. Usually, fans may straight-up portray him as a good-natured and fun-loving guy (this is often accompanied by depicting Princess Celestia as an oppressive tyrant). Arguably, this version has outshone the previous dark versions.