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Right you are, Princess. And as Queen of the Changelings, it is up to me to find food for my subjects. Equestria has more love than any place I've ever encountered. My fellow changelings will be able to devour so much of it that we will gain more power than we have ever dreamed of!
~ Queen Chrysalis explaining her true plot.
There is no revenge you could ever conceive of that will come close to what I will exact upon you one day, Starlight Glimmer!
~ Chrysalis swearing revenge on Starlight Glimmer for defeating her.
~ Queen Chrysalis's last words in the series before a giant cupcake drops on her and her teammates.

Queen Chrysalis (or also simply known as Chrysalis) is one of the main antagonists of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

She appears as the main antagonist in the Season 2 finale "A Canterlot Wedding", the Season 6 finale "To Where and Back Again", the Season 8 episode "The Mean 6", and one of the three main antagonists of Season 9 (alongside Tirek and Cozy Glow). She is also a supporting antagonist in the Season 5 finale "The Cutie Re-Mark" and the overarching antagonist in the Season 6 episode "The Times They Are A Changeling". She was also featured as the main antagonist in IDW's first comic arc, The Return of Queen Chrysalis, as a supporting antagonist in the ninth comic arc, Siege of the Crystal Empire, the main antagonist of The Guardians of Harmony in the IDW specials and one of the two main antagonists (alongside Megatron) of My Little Pony/Transformers.

She was the Queen of the Changelings who seeks to feed her subjects' hunger for love and later expand her rule across Equestria in the process. She then lost this title after the Changelings realized that they didn't need to feed on love to survive, have been replaced by Thorax. She later becomes a member of the Legion of Doom, consisting of Lord Tirek and Cozy Glow, and was formally led by "Grogar", who was actually Discord in disguise. After they dispose of Discord and learn of his secret, Queen Chrysalis and her teammates make one final attempt to conquer and destroy Equestria but were defeated by the Mane Six and their allies.

She started out as the archenemy of both Twilight Sparkle and Princess Cadence, and later also became Starlight Glimmer's archenemy when she helped convince her hive to turn on her. In the end, after being defeated by Twilight and her friends for the last time, she remained as Twilight, Cadence, and Starlight's arch-nemesis.

She was voiced by Kathleen Barr, who also voiced Trixie Lulamoon in the same series, Kevin and Marie Kanker in Ed, Edd n' Eddy, Eris, Laverna, Gwyllion, and Lydia in the Barbie series, Enchantra Yagami in Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch, Gelorum in Hot Wheels: AcceleRacers, and Roodaka in Bionicle 3: Web of Shadows. In her other forms, she was voiced by Britt McKillip in her Princess Cadance disguise, and Ashleigh Ball in her Applejack disguise. In the Japanese dub from the series, she was voiced by Kaori Nazuka, who also voiced Zonda in Azure Striker Gunvolt and Margaret Mitchell in Bungou Stray Dogs.


Chrysalis while still whole.

Queen Chrysalis is a changeling and thus a shapeshifter who is capable of taking many forms. But her true changeling form has black chitin, sharp fangs, a pair of insectoid wings, holes in her legs, and no visible cutie-mark at all (like any changeling). Unlike the rest of her kind, however, she is much taller and also has dark green eyes with vertical slit pupils, a twisted and gnarled unicorn horn, a teal mane and a tail, a greenish saddle, bluish-green rib plate, and a small, black crown tipped with blue beads. Interestingly, her eyes have a double pupil: a vertical slit one within a normal round one. Her voice has a layered quality as if two people were speaking in sync. Her limbs and her torso are extremely skinny.

In the distant past, her horn wasn't gnarled and her mane, wings, and legs didn't have holes in them until Princess Celestia defeated her in battle, giving her her current appearance.

When Chrysalis first appeared, she spends the entirety of "A Canterlot Wedding - Part 1" and the beginning of "A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2" in the form of Princess Cadance. Only the occasional flashes of her own green eyes and the color of her magic differ from that of Cadance's own. Her bridal gown was also different from Cadence's.

In one alternate future created by Starlight Glimmer, Chrysalis disguised herself as Applejack, but with a more messy mane and tail.

While disguised as Crackle Cosette, she appears as a regular unicorn with an olive coat, red mane, green eyes, and green magic. She has a cutie-mark in the form of a ladybug standing above three leaves and is usually seen sporting a camera.

After enhancing herself with the Bewitching Bell, the sclera in her eyes become yellowish-green, the tip of her horn constantly glows, her crown becomes a tiara that stretches down to her chin with the black part turning green and two extra beads, her wings grow larger, and she gains green horseshoes and a chest plate.


Queen Chrysalis' evil grin.

Chrysalis is best known for being manipulative, sadistic, cruel, and merciless. Being the Changeling Queen, she is easily the most skilled member of her race when it comes to using her powers to manipulate others, convincing everyone except Twilight of her Cadance disguise, despite not even bothering to act like the real one, also using said disguise to turn everyone against Twilight. She enjoys the suffering and misery her actions tend to cause others as well, taking satisfaction in shaming Twilight for being suspicious of her actions and telling her that no one will bother looking for her after trapping her, as well as taunting her friends for ignoring her suspicions until it was too late. However, when she is in a position of strength or has an advantage over her enemies, she will immediately take the opportunity to egotistically boast about herself and her success, which tends to result in her defeat.

While her goals are driven by a desire for absolute power and control, she justifies her actions with a more "selfless" desire to provide sustenance for her subjects, who would wither without being nourished by the love of others. However, she is rather small-minded in helping her subjects, wanting them to see her as the only thing capable of sustaining them while completely ignoring alternate methods, like sharing love, that would ensure them better. As such, she openly despises any attempt to convince her minions otherwise, utterly banishing and shaming Thorax for wanting to become friends with ponies. She is ultimately stubborn enough to outright reject the idea of friendship and Starlight's offer to change her ways, meaning that enjoys being evil and hates redemption, and instead swears vengeance upon her for overthrowing her.

In the season 8 episode "Mean Six", Chrysalis starts to show signs of insanity, such as bragging about her plans to lifeless pictures of the Mane Six, possibly due to the loneliness she's endured since her hive's uprising. Her madness is more evident in "The Beginning of the End", where she cackles maniacally while carving Changelings' faces into stumps to talk to. She also showed fear when she is awed and intimidated by "Grogar", having heard stories of the villain's reign of terror, although at one point became amused by his defeat at the hooves of Gusty the Great. However, she does still held her grudge against ponies, as she angrily refused to say something nice about them. At the end of the episode, her laughter, along with that of Cozy Glow and Tirek, is less maniacal and more reluctant.

In "Frenemies", she is only concerned about her vendetta against Starlight Glimmer. and didn't like getting along with Tirek and Cozy Glow until she needed to team up with them. Chrysalis also believes that the magic of Friendship is like a "disease" and that she will not let it "infect" her like it did her kingdom. Chrysalis along with Tirek and Cozy Glow then decided to betray "Grogar".

"Enough! Or the dragon's wings get plucked!"

In the season 9 three-parter finale, Chrysalis shows off her sadism and brutality more than any other villain in FiM, approaching the level of G1 villain Tirac, by threatening to dismember Spike. Chrysalis shows a little interest in hunting down Twilight, mocking Tirek for believing that she's still a threat to them. She also never cared about the problem with Windigoes, even liking the idea where Equestria will be frozen into a wasteland, believing it was the only way that ponies will submit to her. Unlike Tirek and Cozy who remained fearful, Chrysalis remained defiant after being de-powered, believing that friendship cannot defeat them until she tried to attack the heroes in rage when she was petrified for good.

However, she does some brief moments of compassion. This is shown when she catches Cozy, so she wouldn't get injured. That said, it's unknown whether she does care about her allies or she only expressed concern for pragmatic reasons.

In the comics, Chrysalis' personality is most similar to her depiction in the series, only she is typically seen as being more comedic. She has a tendency to implement cynical humor into her activities, and openly mocks her enemies to comical effect. Her temper is noticeably shortened as well, being unable to remain composure when annoyed by the Cutie Mark Crusaders for several hours.

Chrysalis seemingly splatters an innocent kitten.

Despite this, she is shown to be even more cruel and sadistic than in the show. Her Fiendship is Magic issue shows her ransacking cities and draining people of love while taunting a king (whose bride she had impersonated) that she never loved him. She completely crossed the line by seemingly outright murdering one of the citizens of Wuvey-Dovey Smoochy Land in front of the Cutie Mark Crusaders and later threatening to dispose of them, due to having no use for them once the Mane 6 were in the Changeling Kingdom. She also revealed that she planned to brainwash Twilight into serving her before making her drain all of her own friends of their love, with it being heavily implied that she would also have her kill them afterward. She was also the only one who was aware of Radiant Hope's true plan to bring back Sombra and was the only villain she recruited who showed no remorse for her actions, with her only issue with the Umbrums' return being that they would destroy Equestria and there would be nothing left for her and her minions to feed on. She is also vain enough to be offended and outraged when Twilight calls her "old".

Powers and Abilities

  • Changeling Biology: As a Changeling, Chrysalis is naturally imbued with various different abilities.
    • Shapeshifting: Like other changelings, Chrysalis can take the form of anybody she desires, perfectly mimicking their voices and appearances, even gain their clothing when transforming into them, although her personality and magic color will still remain the same.
    • Love Draining: Chrysalis can naturally drain the love and affection out of a pony or animal, both feeding her and leaving her victim weak and frail. Additionally, unlike most Changelings, the love she drains also enhances her own abilities as well, draining Shining Armor's love for Cadance alone making her powerful enough to defeat Celestia. In the comics, Chrysalis' love draining can also expand to magic as well.
    • Enhanced Durability: As shown in both the television and comic continuities, Chrysalis and her Changelings can survive being blasted away thousands of feet and landing directly on the ground. With other characters, it is heavily implied that a fall of said magnitude, if much less, would be fatal, meaning that the Changelings can endure far more punishment than regular ponies. Though it is possible she recovered with her wings in the show, she also survives the explosion of her throne unscathed. It is possible she is completely impervious to any form of damage, though this could also be from becoming powerful after feeding off love.
    • Flight: Chrysalis can fly for long distances without tiring.
  • Magic: Chrysalis possesses some of the most powerful magic in the entire series, rivaling the likes of Princess Celestia, Princess Luna and Twilight Sparkle. When Tirek absorbed her magic in his second form, he was able to assume his third form which took the consumption of many unicorns, pegasi, and earth ponies' magic.
    • Magical Blasts: Chrysalis, like almost all other unicorns and alicorns, can fire extremely powerful magic blasts at her opponents.
    • Pyrokinesis: Chrysalis can summon magic green fire.
    • Mind Control: Chrysalis can influence the mind and thoughts of anyone around her by use of a mind control spell, which she used on Shining Armor, Lyra Heartstrings, Minuette, and Twinkleshine.
  • Biological Manipulation: Chrysalis is implied to have the ability to either manipulate her body in ways other than her shapeshifting or have little to no bones, as she can bend her limbs in ways impossible for other ponies and turn her neck a full 360 degrees.
  • Intimidation: Chrysalis is a master of intimidation. She was capable of frightening her entire species in submission, and could scare away several creatures following her on Mount Everhoof.
  • Immortality/Longevity: In the comics, Chrysalis is stated to have been alive for hundreds, if not thousands of years without showing any signs of aging, making her one of the oldest characters in the series.


  • Poor Acting: Chrysalis does not always do a good job acting like the pony she is impersonating, as her behavior while disguised as Cadance made Twilight suspicious of her. Also, her magic remains the same color even when in disguise.
  • Arrogance: Chrysalis is extremely arrogant and conceited. Whenever she feels like she's already won, she leaves herself open, which has led to her defeat several times.
  • Love Dependency: It is implied that, like other changelings that have not transformed, she grows weaker if she does not feed off love for a long time.



Like all antagonists in MLP, Chrysalis doesn't have any friends, she only cares about herself, and her only main goal is to take over Equestria ever since she was little, but she does have allies but she doesn't consider them as friends, she considers most as servants.

Lord Tirek

Chrysalis and Tirek.

Chrysalis and Tirek share a strong relationship, as they learn to rely on each other, but it didn't start off that way. Chrysalis appears to hear about Lord Tirek before they met in the Season 9 premiere and is forced to team up with him and Cozy Glow.

At first, she and Tirek are hostile toward each other, such as when Tirek tried to steal her magic one time and the fact that they bicker a lot. However, she did learn to tolerate him during the events of "Frenemies", and they begin to finally get along over their shared hatred of Twilight and her friends. When they reached the mountain, they can't get past the barrier protecting the entrance to the cave so they can get the Bewitching Bell. So Cozy suggests to Tirek to borrow Chrysalis's magic to penetrate the shield. Chrysalis assumed this to be a betrayal at first before Cozy explains the real reasoning why he has to take her magic. Chrysalis was genuinely concerned and worried that Tirek will leave both Chrysalis and Cozy behind after he gains her magic. However, Tirek, for the first time in his life, holds his end of the bargain by returning Chrysalis's magic to her, much to her shock and surprise.

It was almost thanks to Tirek's action of honor that almost help Chrysalis realize the importance of teamwork. However, Chrysalis snapped out of it, claiming not to befriend Cozy and Tirek for the sake of not falling to the 'disease' that is friendship. However, she does hold her pact with her team and came up with a plan to dispose of "Grogar", unlock the Bell's power, and take over Equestria. Tirek suggests that if they win, they will destroy each other for whoever takes over Equestria.

In "The Ending of the End - Part 1", Chrysalis reveals that once Equestria is conquered and their enemies defeated, they will all rule their kingdoms alone once more. She was even forced by Cozy Glow to compliment Tirek and she groans, simply saying "he's ... red". They also share a brief disagreement on how to deal with the returned Windigos as Chrysalis thinks that she will use the Windigos to her advantage and once Equestria is a frozen wasteland, she will use her magic to defeat the beasts and ponies will hail her as a hero that they will do anything she wants. Tirek considers her plan unwise and suggests they deal with the threat now.

In the end, they continue to trust each other and help fight the Mane Six, before they were both defeated.

Cozy Glow

Queen Chrysalis and Cozy Glow

Similar to her relationship with Tirek, she shares a strong one with her fellow teammate Cozy Glow as well. Also, just like Tirek, she and Cozy didn't get along at first as they bicker a few times. She also gets annoyed by her own ego and selfishness, even if Chrysalis also shares this trait as well.

However, unlike Tirek, she never heard of Cozy Glow and it is unknown if she questioned the fact that she is just a little filly. But she does learn to cooperate with Cozy, seeing her as a worthy ally. She even saved Cozy before she slipped and almost fell off of Mt. Everhoof, showing rare compassion toward her. It was also Cozy Glow who convinces Chrysalis to come up with an evil plot to turn everypony against each other, after they found out the true source of the Mane 6's magic of friendship and they manage to succeed on it, for a short time anyway.


Starlight Glimmer

Chrysalis captures Starlight Glimmer

Since the events of the Season 6 finale, Chrysalis and Starlight had a very poor relation to the point that she considers Starlight her arch-nemesis and vows revenge on her. The feeling is mutual with Starlight being disappointed when Chrysalis refused to reform.

They share a brief battle in "The Ending of the End - Part 1" before she managed to defeat her (but didn't really count) thanks to absorbing the real Grogar's magic in the Bewitching Bell. However, Starlight Glimmer managed to be set free and helps take part in the final battle against Chrysalis and her teammates. After her defeat, she probably hates Twilight more than Starlight now.


Discord with Chrysalis, Tirek, and Cozy Glow

Chrysalis has admitted in "Frenemies" that she used to admire Discord when he was evil before friendship ruined him. In the Season 6 finale, Queen Chrysalis and her Changelings have captured the leaders of Equestria, which included Fluttershy, which made Discord angry at Chrysalis and went with Starlight Glimmer, Trixie, and Thorax to go rescue Fluttershy and the others. However, the Changelings managed to capture Discord and Chrysalis traps him in a cacoon. But Discord managed to escape after Chrysalis was defeated and dethroned from her position as Queen, swearing vengeance upon Starlight Glimmer in the process before she went into exile. Since then, Discord and Chrysalis have become enemies.

In the Season 9 finale, she and her fellow villains are surprised when Discord is revealed to be Grogar all along after she and her teammates betray him and took his magic. Chrysalis decides to let Discord go as she considers him not a threat without his magic. However, she was unaware that Discord will warn the others of their plan to attack Equestria, thus ruining the Legion's chances for a surprise attack. But they did manage to knock down Twilight and her friends, even Discord as well while Twilight teleports away after her friends urge her to escape. While the ponies were captured and trapped in cages, Discord was in chains and Chrysalis mockingly calls him, "Grogar". The remorseful Discord managed to almost trick Chrysalis into telling her how to use his chaos magic, but Tirek tells her and Cozy that Discord is lying. But after Discord insults Tirek, the Centaur blast him, causing a chain of events that led to Twilight's friends escaping. Later, Discord helps the Princesses turn her and her teammates to stone, as little payback and to make sure they never come back, making the villains defeated twice for the last time.

The Mane Six

Queen Chrysalis and the Mane Six.

Queen Chrysalis is one of the biggest enemies to the Mane Six, especially Twilight Sparkle, whom she interacted with the most out of the Mane Six and also her arch-nemesis along with Starlight Glimmer.

She sees Twilight Sparkle as a threat to her plans in the Season 2 finale, where she poses as Cadance to "marry" Shining Armor so that she can take control of Canterlot and eventually all of Equestria. Twilight is suspicious of her even when she posed as Cadance, mostly due to her different attitude and personality from the real Cadance. Chrysalis soon traps Twilight Sparkle in the caves beneath Canterlot. But before she can go with her evil plan, Cadance and Twilight manage to escape and expose the truth, which included Chrysalis's true identity. Chrysalis has her minions battle the Mane Six, and they manage to successfully capture them and returned them to her. Chrysalis taunts Twilight that she is the only one who is suspicious of her behavior, while the rest of her friends were too caught up in wedding preparations. Soon, Chrysalis and her army are defeated by the combined efforts of Cadance and Shining Armor's love for each other.

Later in the series, Chrysalis manages to secretly capture all of the Mane Six, thus making her one of the few villains who almost managed to beat the Mane Six, although she clearly didn't defeat them because they're still alive and they're only captured, they'd possibly get out eventually, besides she didn't do it herself, her army was just lucky to get them one by one by her order. However, she is again defeated by Starlight Glimmer, Thorax, and her own hive who turned against her and the Mane Six are free. Now disposed of her position as Queen, she swears vengeance on not only Starlight Glimmer, but the Mane Six as well.

She later teams up with Lord Tirek and Cozy Glow for the sake of getting revenge on Twilight and her friends and conquering Equestria. She and her fellow villains manage to overwhelm Twilight and her friends. Chrysalis reveals to Twilight that she and her teammates have turned all the pony races against each other to bring hatred across Equestria to make sure they don't get any backup friends, or any rainbow laser magic to be strong enough to help this time. She even taunts Twilight over the fact that fear is stronger than friendship as she, Tirek, and Cozy prepare to finally defeat and kill Twilight, as Rarity saved her, as Twilight's friends were captured while Twilight escaped.

However this time, Chrysalis didn't go after her, telling Tirek that she is no threat. However, once Twilight's friends escape, Chrysalis managed to get the rest of the prisoners back in their cells before they deal with the rest. The Mane 6 comes back with Twilight, as Chrysalis taunts tell the ponies how they can't accept they've been defeated, but Twilight tells her they'll never be defeated as long as they never give up or have friends behind their backs. During the fight, Chrysalis fights against Pinkie as she distracts her, and then fights Spike and Rarity in a fit of desperate rage. Chrysalis then cowardly captures Spike and threatens to pluck out his wings, just to get Twilight and her friends to surrender and stop fighting them, fearing that they'll win again.

Just as they were about to finally defeat and kill Twilight and her friends with a powerful magic beam to finally get their vengeance and have them out of the way, they were saved by an army of all the allies in Equestria. Twilight gives one big speech as the rainbow laser magic returns and charges up Twilight, her friends, the Student Six, and the Pillars, to zap and drain all the villains' power from the bell. As Chrysalis gets completely enraged, foolishly not accepting she's a failure and that friendship is always stronger than her, she yells and swears vengeance on Twilight that they'll always come back, only for a giant cupcake to land on her and her teammates, finally making her shut up. Celestia, Luna, and Discord made sure they'll never come back by turning her, Cozy, and Tirek into stone, as Chrysalis desperately foolishly tries to attack the heroes for the last time, but eventually gets defeated twice again once and for all.


King Sombra

Queen Chrysalis and King Sombra

Chrysalis and Sombra don't interact much, but Chrysalis has heard of him, as did other characters. The only time they met was in the Season 9 premiere, which is after Sombra was resurrected and teleported to Grogar's lair. Chrysalis mistakes Sombra for summoning her and her other fellow villains before "Grogar" shows up to reveal he was the one who brought them. During the scene, Chrysalis stands next to Sombra. Sombra refused to join "Grogar's" newly formed team and left to conquer Equestria on his own.

Before "Grogar" forcefully sends him to the Crystal Empire, Sombra boasts to Chrysalis and the others that he alone can defeat those who oppose him, much to Chrysalis's annoyance. However, she did ask about Sombra to "Grogar" later, but "Grogar" reveals Sombra's failure in the crystal ball and warns them that could happen to them also if they doubt his plans. This forces Chrysalis to reluctantly join "Grogar". However, she soon plans with the other villains to betray the ram. It is possible that despite being annoyed by him and having one scene together, she did admire him.


Chrysalis received critical acclaim from critics and fans of the series. She was once regarded as "best villain", alongside Discord, by many, who loved her for being darker and having more epic battles than her two predecessors (as well as some praising her appearance and song). Chrysalis gained more popularity when Discord lost some due to his redemption, although Discord has since regained much of his popularity. She has appeared in some fan videos.

Some have written fanfics that depict her as more sympathetic than depicted in the show. In Season 6, it is confirmed that the changelings do need the love energy to survive, or are at least severely weakened without it, but it's also established that there are ways of getting love energy without hurting anyone. She simply made it seem that way as a means of solidifying her position as their queen.

The reception to Chrysalis is likely the reason she returned in the Season 6 finale when the creators seemed to decide against it for several seasons. Once again, Chrysalis's role in Season 6 received positive reviews, with fans saying that she came up with a brilliant plot to secretly kidnap almost all of the series' main protagonists, which included the Mane Six, the Princesses, Spike, and later Discord and Trixie. Again, she came close to actually winning in the end. However, she is once again defeated and overthrown by Thorax and Starlight Glimmer, setting all of the captured free, and Starlight tries to give Chrysalis a chance of redemption and continue being the leader her subjects deserve. However, she refuses and escapes, swearing revenge upon Starlight Glimmer and becoming a recurring villain in the later seasons.

Her portrayal in Season 8 has gathered mixed reviews as she only appeared in "The Mean Six" and she created the Mean Six to do her bidding, but they soon betray her in the end. Fans were expecting her to think of a much smarter plan and a more epic return, which is why this episode is considered the weakest episode she appeared in.

In Season 9, Chrysalis has gathered positive reviews once more as fans praised her chemistry with Lord Tirek and Cozy Glow. Some fans even ship Chrysalis with Tirek as they act like parents toward Cozy Glow, especially in the song "A Better Way To Be Bad". Fans also praise Chrysalis's epic battle with Starlight Glimmer. Her final defeat though has gathered a mixed reaction. Most have accepted her final fate as they enjoyed Chrysalis as a villain and that she is irredeemable. However, others have wanted to see Chrysalis redeemed and were disappointed by the fact that she was turned to stone.

In the end, she remained as one of the most beloved and popular villains in the series.

Episodes and Appearances

Appearances in the Show

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

Season 2

Season 5

Season 6

Season 7

Season 8

Season 9


Friendship is Magic


Friends Forever

My Little Pony: FIENDship is Magic

Nightmare Knights

My Little Pony/Transformers



Ah, ah, ah. Don't want to go back to the caves, now do you? Ever since I took your place, I've been feeding off Shining Armor's love for you. Every moment he grows weaker and so does his spell. Even now, my minions are chipping away at it. [laughs] He may not be my husband, but he is under my total control now.
~ Queen Chrysalis revealing her plan of keeping Shining Armor under her control.
Soon, my changeling army will break through. First, we take Canterlot. And then, all of Equestria!
~ Queen Chrysalis threatening to take all of Equestria.
Ah! Shining Armor's love for you is even stronger than I thought! Consuming it has made me even more powerful than Celestia!
~ Queen Chrysalis after she defeats Princess Celestia.
Chrysalis: It's funny, really. Twilight here was suspicious of my behavior all along. Too bad the rest of you were too caught up in your wedding planning to realize those suspicions were correct! [laughing]
Applejack: Sorry, Twi. We should've listened to you.
Twilight: It's not your fault. She fooled everypony.
Chrysalis: Hmm, I did, didn't I?
~ Queen Chrysalis taunting everyone for not believing Twilight Sparkle and unwittingly allowing her plan to continue.
Twilight: Your spell! Perform your spell!
Chrysalis: [laughs] What good would that do? My changelings already roam free.
~ Queen Chrysalis revealing to Shining Armor about the invasion.
What a lovely but absolutely ridiculous sentiment.
~ Queen Chrysalis taunting Shining Armor and Princess Cadance about ⁶their love.
~ Queen Chrysalis' first defeat.
What a lovely village you chosen to stage your little resistance. It looks absolutely delicious!
~ Queen Chrysalis to Zecora.
I know you don't want your charges hurt. Come quietly to the dungeons of Canterlot and I promise to leave the others alone.
~ Queen Chrysalis bargaining Zecora.
We thought too small last time. One ponynapped princess wasn't enough. With all the most beloved ponies of Equestria taken care of, nopony can stop us!
~ Queen Chrysalis about her second plan.
One little pony all by herself. Oh, how will I ever prevent this daring rescue?
~ Queen Chrysalis.
Don't mention that traitor's name in my kingdom! He was a fool to leave and even more a fool to return! When I find him, he'll learn just what happens to those who betray the hive!
~ Queen Chrysalis about Thorax's betrayal.
Very clever. And clearly, Thorax revealed to you the secret of my throne. I can't have powerful ponies using their abilities against me. Even with your rather embarrassing little rescue attempt, everything has gone according to my plan.
~ Queen Chrysalis taunting Starlight Glimmer.
Starlight: What plan? Why did you do all this?!
Chrysalis: So I could feed, of course! By replacing the most beloved figures in Equestria, my drones will be able to store all the love meant for them and return it here to me. Everypony will do as
I command, and my subjects and I will feed on their love for generations!
~ Queen Chrysalis revealing her plan to Starlight Glimmer.
Starlight: What if you didn't have to?
Chrysalis: Ridiculous! The hunger of changelings can never be satisfied!
Starlight: Exactly! Thorax left the hive and made a friend. He
shared love, and now he doesn't need to feed. You don't have to live your lives starving all the time!
Chrysalis: You know
nothing of the changelings or what it takes to be their queen! I decide what is best for my subjects, not some mewling grub!
~ Queen Chrysalis brushing off Starlight Glimmer's point of sharing love.
Yes, I know! We have been planning this for quite some time. [laughs] Oh, thank you, Applejack. My spell can create a copy of anypony I desire. All I need is an image and a piece of the pony. Oh, and this. Why copies, Rarity? Because Princess Twilight and her friends control the Elements of Harmony, the most powerful weapon in all Equestria. Which means you… will… be… able… to… use… them… too! And serve me! Together, we will destroy Twilight Sparkle and her meddlesome friends! Of course, I haven't forgotten Starlight Glimmer! She stole my hive. Turned my subjects against me! So I'll take her friends away while she watches! And then, I'll destroy her! [maniacal laughter] With the Elements under my control, I'll build a new hive of Earth ponies, unicorns, and Pegasi, and I will rule as Queen once again!
~ Queen Chrysalis plotting to take control of the Elements of Harmony and Equestria.
Servants always fail you in the end! Just wait, Starlight. I will have my revenge!
~ Queen Chrysalis swearing revenge again while lamenting her betrayal from the Mean Six.
One day, you'll see! I will defeat Twilight Sparkle and her friends! [cackles] And they will pay for stealing my kingdom!
~ Queen Chrysalis talking to a changeling carving on a log.
Chrysalis, queen of the changelings! Or at least I will be, when I'm restored to my rightful place! Why did you summon me? What do you want?!
~ Queen Chrysalis meeting Lord Tirek and Cozy Glow.
Ha! Until Gusty the Great rose up and banished you.
~ Queen Chrysalis amused by Grogar's defeat by Gusty the Great.
Because they cheat!
~ Queen Chrysalis attempting to justify the reason for her defeats.
~ Queen Chrysalis affirming her loyalty to "Grogar".
Are you planning on attacking anypony anytime soon? If not, I don't know why I'm wasting my time here. I am a queen, you know?
~ Queen Chrysalis to "Grogar".
It's been weeks, and Grogar's done nothing! It's not healthy to hold on to all of this rage! I could lash out at any moment.
~ Queen Chrysalis about "Grogar".
I have come close to ruling Equestria several times. Perhaps I should be the one to lead us.
~ Queen Chrysalis wants to lead the mission.
As if anything on this mountain is scarier than I.
~ Queen Chrysalis after scaring off shadows.
Chrysalis: Just so we're clear, I didn't save you because I like you. I did it because… because I…
Cozy Glow: Neeeeeeed us?
Chrysalis: Yes.
~ Queen Chrysalis gives in to team up with Tirek and Cozy Glow.
Cozy Glow: Why are you doing that? Didn't you already drain it of love?
Chrysalis: I always save a little for the next day.
Cozy Glow: You cocoon all of your… meals?
Chrysalis: Of course.
~ Queen Chrysalis to Cozy Glow.
Discord was really something until friendship ruined him.
~ Queen Chrysalis about Discord.
The Magic of Friendship is like a disease! An infection that spreads to those around you! I watched it infect my hive! I will not let it get me!
~ Queen Chrysalis' view of friendship.
Grogar is too powerful. Something must be done about that. Let Grogar think we're his loyal servants. In the meantime, we'll hatch our own plan.
~ Queen Chrysalis convincing Tirek and Cozy Glow to betray "Grogar".
We just aren't as powerful as you.
~ Queen Chrysalis to "Grogar".
Forget about that old bell. You were right. We're so much more powerful… when we work as a team.
~ Queen Chrysalis along with Tirek and Cozy Glow plot to betray "Grogar".


  • Queen Chrysalis shares the main antagonist role with Lord Tirek and Cozy Glow, since she and her cohorts have a more personal connection to the heroes than any other antagonist in the show, even before they teamed up.
  • She is the first major villain in the series to have a song (though the Flim Flam Brothers had a song before her, they were minor villains). She later shares a song with other main antagonists, Lord Tirek and Cozy Glow, in the episode "Frenemies".
  • She is the second most recurring unreformed main antagonist in the series, appearing in 11 episodes. The first is Cozy Glow and the third is Lord Tirek. Despite this, she appeared in more seasons than any other antagonist in the series, appearing in 5 seasons.
  • Queen Chrysalis is one of the most popular and beloved villains of the series, having many fan art, fanfictions, merchandise, etc.
  • Queen Chrysalis and the Changelings may be based on Sinisteeds, dark, horse-like creatures who thrive on feeding off of love and emotion in the novel Gossamer by Lois Lowry.
  • Chrysalis is slightly similar to the Harry Potter antagonist, Lord Voldemort, whose final duel with Harry Potter inspired that of Chrysalis and Celestia. Voldemort's inability to love may be mirrored by Chrysalis's line about "not having any room for love in her heart".
  • Her name was never mentioned in her main episode "A Canterlot Wedding", but was given by one of the show's creators and mentioned on the episode's script. She is also named in media such as the book about the Elements of Harmony. Outside of the title, her name was first mentioned in the comic by Fluttershy, although it is unclear how the ponies know her name. Twilight does not refer to her by name when she mentions "the changeling queen" in the Friendship Journal. In "The Cutie Remark: Part 1", her name was finally mentioned in the show.
    • In both the comics and the series, Fluttershy is the first pony to mention her name.
  • The fiery dome she creates around Twilight looks similar to the one created by Zelda from The Swan Princess 3.
  • One of her voice actors, Kathleen Barr, also voices another villain from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, the Great and Powerful Trixie. She also voiced the minor antagonist Hoops, when he's an adult.
    • Prior to the release of the episode, there was speculation that "Cadance" would turn out to be Trixie in disguise, out for revenge on Twilight.
    • She also does the voice of Roodaka from Bionicle, who is often compared to Chrysalis as the sinister queen of an insectoid race. Her voice is nearly the same.
  • Some fans speculate that Queen Chrysalis was once a special breed of pony (possibly a flutterpony from Generation 1) who was cursed to turn into a Changeling.
  • On page 11 of Friends Forever Issue #8, a sign under the Mount Monument observation deck reads "Sign the petition to add Queen Chrysalis to the monument" and bears Chrysalis' fresh signature, which in turn strongly suggests they have since recovered and are back to plotting and causing trouble for Equestria.
  • Queen Chrysalis is one of the four major villains who weren't outcasted before their actual appearance (Nightmare Moon was sent to the moon, Discord was turned into stone, King Sombra was trapped in the ice, Sunset Shimmer went to the human world, the Plunderseeds were held by the Tree of Harmony, Lord Tirek was imprisoned in Tartarus and the Dazzlings were banished to the human world), the other three being Starlight Glimmer, the Storm King, and Cozy Glow.
  • In her FIENDship is Magic debut, she becomes the second antagonist that physically attacks Twilight, the first being Tirek.
    • Also, in her FIENDship is Magic comic, she becomes the second villain to appear victorious over the main characters, the first being the human versions of the Flim Flam Brothers.
  • Chrysalis's defeat in Season 6 is similar to Vexus', as they were both insect-like entities who were the malevolent monarchs of their own races, up until one of their own revealed that they had been lying to their own people to keep them under control, and so they were forced to flee and swear revenge against the hero who they deemed responsible for their loss of power.
  • Somehow, she recognizes both Tirek and Sombra when "Grogar" brings them together. It is unknown whether she witnessed their attempts at taking over Equestria in the present (or sent changelings to do so), or whether she was around a thousand years ago before their imprisonment. Chrysalis mentions Sombra has "returned"; it is unclear whether she referred to his imprisonment in ice a thousand years ago or his death in Season 3.
  • Of all major villains, Chrysalis has had the longest run without reforming, first appearing in Season 2 and has remained unreformed for the remainder of the series. Only Nightmare Moon and Discord appeared before Chrysalis, but Nightmare reformed in the second episode, and Discord reformed a season after his first appearance. The closest Queen Chrysalis ever reformed is in the Season 9 episode "Frenemies", but she realizes and stopped in her tracks, refusing to befriend Lord Tirek and Cozy Glow after working together to get the Bewitching Bell. However, she is still willing to team up with them so she can defeat her enemies and conquer Equestria.
  • In Season 9, Chrysalis, Tirek, and Cozy were thought to be secondary antagonists while "Grogar" is the main antagonist in Season 9. However, this all changed in the finale as "Grogar" is revealed to be Discord and thus, Chrysalis and her allies took over as the main villains of the season.
  • Queen Chrysalis, alongside Lord Tirek respectfully, is the third major villains to be the main antagonists of a whole season in Season 9; the others are Starlight Glimmer in Season 5 and Cozy Glow in both Season 8 and 9. This makes all four of them the main villains of a whole season.
  • She is the only villain to serve as the main antagonist in three two-part episodes. Starlight Glimmer, King Sombra, Lord Tirek, and Cozy Glow were each the main villain twice.
  • Chrysalis, Tirek, and Cozy Glow are the final antagonists of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
  • Chrysalis was made to be a foil to Starlight Glimmer, which make sense since:
    • Both led groups that shared in this belief and also used lies and make-up to make these groups believe they were one of them
      • Starlight was the leader of an unnamed village whose residents willingly gave up their cutie-marks after she convinced them to do so. She covered her own cutie-mark with a false equal sign and used the "Staff of Sameness", which was an ordinary stick, in her removal ritual.
      • Chrysalis was the queen of the Changeling Kingdom whose race is made to believe that they have to feed on love to survive.
    • Both use fear and intimidation to get their way.
    • Both were eventually exposed for the frauds they were when their make-up was washed off by the main heroes, who were previously stripped of their abilities, making them lose all their supporters
      • Fluttershy tried to splash water on Starlight to expose her, but she dodged it. However, some of the water washed off some of the paint, which prompted Party Favor to wipe the rest of it off, causing him and the rest of the town to turn on her and retrieve their cutie-marks.
      • Starlight encourages Thorax to share the love with Chrysalis; which he transformed into a new form of changeling with her entire race following the same suit as him, realizing that they don't need to feed on love to survive.
    • Both were eventually offered redemption from protagonists
      • During their final confrontation, Twilight told Starlight to turn on the new leaf and give friendship a chance. Because of this, it worked out very well which led Starlight to redeem herself and became Twilight's personal student until the season 7 premiere.
      • Starlight offers Chrysalis a chance of redemption, but she refuses and swears vengeance on her.
    • Because of this, Chrysalis can be represented what Starlight could've become if she didn't move on with her life nor accepted Twilight's offer of friendship, and instead allowed her anger and violence to consume her.
  • At the end of comic issue #102, Chrysalis's statue begins to crack, implying that she (and possibly Tirek and Cozy Glow) may escape imprisonment one day. It is currently unknown if any Generation 5 material or official statements will follow up on this.


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My Little Pony 'n Friends
Ahgg | Beezen | Catrina | Dragon Gang | Erebus | Flories | Grogar | Hydia | King Charlatan | Lavan | Princess Porcina | Queen Bumble | Raptorians | Reeka & Draggle | Somnambula | Squirk | Tirac

Friendship is Magic
Apple Bloom's Shadow | Ahuizotl | Arimaspi | Bugbear | Changelings | Chimera | Cockatrice | Daybreaker | Dr. Caballeron | Diamond Dogs | Diamond Tiara | 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 | Silver Spoon | Snips and Snails | Sphinx | Starlight Glimmer | Storm King | Svengallop | Tantabus | Tatzlwurm | Tempest Shadow | Timberwolves | Trixie Lulamoon | 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 | Trixie Lulamoon | Vignette Valencia | Wallflower Blush

Make Your Mark
Shadowy Alicorn

G4 Comics
Accord | Bad Apple | Blonn Di and Shining Light | Changelings | Chupacabra | Cosmos | Cozy Glow | Daybreaker | Dazzlings (Adagio Dazzle, Aria Blaze & Sonata Dusk) | Diamond Tiara | Discord | Flim Flam Brothers | Grogar | King Diomedes | King Sombra | Mane-iac | Nightmare Forces | Nightmare Moon | Nightmare Rarity | Pony of Shadows | Princess Celestia | Pseudocorns | Queen Chrysalis | Rabia | Rough Diamond | Sendak | Shadowbolts | Shadowfall | Shadowfright | Silver Spoon | Smooze | Snips and Snails | Starlight Glimmer | Storm King's army (Storm King, Tempest Shadow, Grubber & Storm Creatures) | Sunset Shimmer | Swift Foot | Terri Belle | Tirek | Trixie Lulamoon | Vampiric Jackalope

G5 Comics
Discord | Shadowy Alicorn

My Little Pony: The Movie (1986): Hydia | Reeka & Draggle | Smooze | Ahgg
My Little Pony: The Movie (2017): Storm King's army (Storm King, Tempest Shadow, Grubber & Storm Creatures)
My Little Pony: A New Generation: Sprout Cloverleaf