The best thing about it, the powers are mine!!
~ Lavan, as he was singing his own villain song.

Lavan is one of the antagonists in the 1986 My Little Pony'n Friends cartoon series. He is the main antagonist in the four-part Season 2 premiere "The Quest of the Princess Ponies". He is a malevolent lava demon.

He was voiced by James Earl Jones, who also played Darth Vader in Star Wars: A New Hope, Thulsa Doom in Conan the Barbarian, Ommadon in The Flight of Dragons, The Emperor of the Night in Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night, and the Levram Wizard in the 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series.


Lavan is extremely power-hungry and cruel demon who believes that power is all that matters and seeking it above all else. He is also shown to be abusive, violent and dangerous, often abusing Sludge and trying to kill the Princess Ponies on more than one occasion. He hates the Ice Orcs, at one point threatening to kill their leader Gnash.


Lavan kidnaps the Princess Ponies and steals their magic wands, since they contain all the magic in Ponyland. He tried to use them to transform himself into an all-powerful crystal being. It did not work so well at first, upsetting the balance of Pony Land.

He then kidnapped the six Princess Ponies (except Princess Tiffany who flew away) and ordered his minions to throw the Princess Ponies into a lava pit, but they escaped. Lavan began his crystal transformation but was informed by his henchman Sludge that they escaped.

Lavan attacked him, and later found Spike, the Princess Ponies, and his enemy Gnash, and imprisoned them in the dungeon, from which they were released by Sludge, who was tired of Lavan's abuse.

While Lavan's abuse of the wands began turning Pony Land to crystal, Lavan completed his crystal transformation. When the Princess Ponies found the wands, drained of power, Lavan attacked them, but they escaped after Princess Tiffany and Megan arrived.

They found the Heart of Pony Land, which was used to recharge the wands, but Lavan attacked them. Sludge knocked him into the lava, from which he emerged again only to be frozen by Gnash. By the time he broke free, the Princess Ponies had their wands back. Working together, they used their magic to send Lavan's rainbow beam back at him, destroying him.



  • Lavan bears slight resemblance in appearance to the slime monster Crud. Their minions, Sludge and Smudge, have similar voices and names as well.
  • Lavan is the second My Little Pony villain to unambiguously be destroyed, the first being Tirek. Counting the Smooze, Lavan is the third (the fates of Hydia, Squirk, and Beezen are unclear).
    • His death is similar to that of G4's King Sombra, who turns to crystal and shatters to pieces.
    • Of all the My Little Pony characters in G1 and G4 to die, Lavan is the only one whose death is directly alluded to after it happens. Megan says "He's gone" and Princess Primrose says "Lavan is no more".


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Friendship is Magic
Apple Bloom's Shadow | Ahuizotl | Arimaspi | Bugbear | Changelings | Chimera | Cockatrice | Dr. Caballeron | Diamond Dogs | Discord | Dragons (Dragon Lord Torch, Garble, Sludge) | Flim Flam Brothers | Gladmane | Grogar | Hydra | King Sombra | Legion of Doom (Queen Chrysalis, Tirek & Cozy Glow) | Mane-iac | Maulwurf | Mean Six | Nightmare Moon | Parasprites | Pony of Shadows | Puckwudgies | Roc | Sable Spirit | Shadowbolts | Snips and Snails | Sphinx | Starlight Glimmer | Svengallop | Tantabus | Tatzlwurm | Timberwolves | Vampire Fruit Bats | Windigos | Wind Rider

Equestria Girls
Dazzlings (Adagio Dazzle, Aria Blaze & Sonata Dusk) | Juniper Montage | PostCrush (Kiwi Lollipop & Supernova Zap) | Principal Cinch | Snips and Snails | Sunset Shimmer | Vignette Valencia | Wallflower Blush

Generation One
Beezen | Bray | Catrina | Crunch the Rockdog | Dragon Gang | Erebus | Flores | Grogar | Hydia | King Charlatan | Krang | Lavan | Princess Porcina | Queen Bumble | Raptorians | Reeka & Draggle | Rep | Somnambula | Squirk | Tirac | Zeb

Accord | Bad Apple | Chupacabra | Cosmos | Mane Six | Nightmare Rarity | Princess Celestia | Pseudocorns | Rabia | Shadowfright | Swift Foot | Vampiric Jackalope

My Little Pony: The Movie (1986): Hydia | Reeka & Draggle | Smooze
My Little Pony: The Movie (2017): Storm King | Tempest Shadow | Grubber | Storm Creatures

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