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Villain Overview
(laughing) 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 is one of the main antagonists of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. She is the (former) queen of the Changelings who seeks to feed her subjects' hunger for love and later expand her rule across Equestria in the process.

She appears as the main antagonist in Season 2's two-part finale "A Canterlot Wedding", Season 6's two-part finale "To Where and Back Again", the Season 8 episode "The Mean 6", and one of the three main antagonists of Season 9 (alongside Lord Tirek and Cozy Glow). She was also featured as the main antagonist in IDW's first comic arc, The Return of Queen Chrysalis, as an antagonist in the ninth comic arc, Siege of the Crystal Empire and was the main antagonist of The Guardians of Harmony in the IDW specials.

She is even now the archenemy of Starlight Glimmer, after her defeat in the finale of Season 6.

She is voiced by Kathleen Barr, who also voiced Trixie, as well as Britt McKillip in her Princess Cadance disguise and Ashleigh Ball in her Applejack disguise.


Queen Chrysalis is a changeling and thus a shapeshifter who is capable of taking many forms. 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.

In her true changeling form, she has black skin, sharp fangs, a pair of insectoid wings, holes in her legs, and no visible cutie-mark like any changeling. Unlike the rest of her kind, however, she also has dark green eyes with vertical, dragon-like 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, dragon-like one within a normal round one. Her voice has a layered quality, as if two people were speaking in sync, and she stands as tall as Celestia. Her limbs, along with her torso, are extremely skinny.

After enhancing herself with the Bewitching Bell, her eyes become yellowish-green, the tip of her horn constantly glows, her crown stretches itself down to her face with the black part turning green and two extra beads, her wings grow larger and she gains green horse shoes.


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Queen Chrysalis' evil grin.

Chrysalis is best known for being manipulative, sadistic, arrogant and selfish. 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 trapping Twilight and telling her that no one will bother looking for her. 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.

Her goals are driven by both a desire for power and control, and the more "selfless" desire to provide for her subjects, who would wither without being nourished by the love of others. However, she is rather small-minded in her desire to help her subjects, wanting them to only see her rule as capable of sustaining them, 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 becoming friends with ponies and "betraying" her. She is ultimately stubborn enough to outright reject the idea of friendship and Starlight's offer for her to change her ways, swearing vengeance on everyone who defeated her.

In the season 8 episode, Mean Six, Chrysalis starts to show signs of insanity, such as bragging 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 manically while carving Changeling faces unto 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. 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 the Tirek and Cozy Glow then decided to betray Grogar.

In the comics, Chrysalis' personality is mostly 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. Despite this, 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 is also vain enough to be offended and outraged when Twilight calls her "old".

Powers and Abilities

  • Changeling Biology: As a Changeling, Chrysalis in 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 trainsforming 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 was capable of intimidating her entire species in submission, and could scare away several creatures following her on Mount Everhoof.
  • Immortality: 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. This is canon in the show seeing as that she had heard of Grogar and his reign.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Chrysalis seems to take a long time in coming up with plans, as after her defeat at the end of Season 2, it took her four seasons to return, and afterwards she does not return for revenge until one season later.


Chrysalis 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.

Despite her taking a fall over a mountain and seeming unable to use her wings, a scenario she is unlikely to survive, most fans refused to even consider the possibility of Chrysalis's death out of love for the character. This was later repeated with King Sombra even though he was disintegrated onscreen. Meghan has been silent about Chrysalis but confirmed Sombra's death. It was because of this that the IDW comics (which may or may not be canon) brought her back in their first arc, both because fans wanted her to return and because many of the writers themselves are bronies and pegasisters.

Chrysalis has since been outshined by Tirek, whose battle is more epic than hers, although in a complete reversal of the Chrysalis and Sombra scenario, many were disappointed that he wasn't killed, and some, out of hate for the character, have speculated that Cerberus eats him as punishment for sending the princesses to Tartarus, or that he was killed either the first time or second time he was sent to Tartarus.

Some have written fanfics that depict her as more sympathetic than depicted in the show, saying that she only did what she had to do to survive (although Cadance and Chrysalis state that she consumes love to gain power, and the Elements of Harmony book says that she and her subjects crave destruction). 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.

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. In the end she survives and escapes while swearing revenge making her one of the few returning major villains not to be reformed and becomes a recurring villain in the later seasons which made her more popular.

Episodes and Appearances

Appearances on 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



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.
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 Sparkle: It's not your fault. She fooled everypony.) Hmm, I did, didn't I?
~ Queen Chrysalis taunting everyone for not believing Twilight Sparkle and unwittingly allowing her plan to continue.
(Twilight Sparkle: Your spell! Perform your spell!) (laughs) What good would that do? My changelings already roam free.
~ Queen Chrysalis revealing to Shining Armor about the invasion.
(chuckles) What a lovely but absolutely ridiculous sentiment.
~ Queen Chrysalis taunting Shining Armor and Princess Cadance about their 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 barganing 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.
(laughs) 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 Glimmer: What plan? Why did you do all this?!) 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 Glimmer: What if you didn't have to?) Ridiculous! The hunger of changelings can never be satisfied! (Starlight Glimmer: 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!) 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 wanting to lead the mission.
As if anything on this mountain is scarier than I.
~ Queen Chrysalis after scaring off shadows.
Just so we're clear, I didn't save you because I like you. I did it because... because I... (Cozy Glow: Neeeeeeed us?) 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?) I always save a little for the next day. (Cozy Glow: You cocoon all of your... meals?) 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.


  • 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). To date, she is the not the only singing major villain, as this trait was taken by the Dazzlings, Starlight Glimmer, Principal Cinch and Shadowbolts.
  • Queen Chrysalis is one of the few recurring major villains alongside Lord Tirek, King Sombra, Cozy Glow, and Grogar.
  • Queen Chrysalis is regarded (along with King Sombra, Tirek, the Storm King, Grogar, and perhaps Cozy Glow) as one of the most evil and cruel My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic villains. However, Nightmare Moon is shown to be just as evil as them in the Season 4 premiere and the Season 5 Finale.
  • Fans of the show often tied Queen Chrysalis with Discord as the most popular villain in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic back in Season 2. But when Lord Tirek arrived in Season 4 and the Dazzlings in Rainbow Rocks, they outshine them both. But both Discord and Chrysalis remained popular to fans.
  • Queen Chrysalis and the Changelings may be based off of 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 episodes "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 Elements of Harmony book. 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 named was finally mentioned in the show.
    • In both the comics and the series, Fluttershy is the first pony to mention her name.
  • Chrysalis's defeat by an energy explosion caused by the power of love mirrors the defeat of Wiseman from Sailor Moon and Lamia from Stardust, although unlike them she is not disintegrated but sent flying into the distance in a similar style to Team Rocket. Also unlike them (but like Team Rocket), she survives.
  • 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.
  • It has been revealed that Queen Chrysalis will appear in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Journey of the Spark (the fan-made movie of the series).
  • 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 appearing (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.
  • It is unknown what effect the Elements of Harmony would have had on her, whether it would turn her to stone like Discord, whether it would destroy her like the Crystal Heart did to King Sombra on account of being pure evil, or whether, due to her apparent invulnerability, she'd be immune or resistant to it like the Pony of Shadows. It is implied the Elements would destroy King Sombra, although he was faking his death at the time.
  • Seasons 1, 3, 4, and 7 are the only seasons in which she does not appear.
  • 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.
  • In Season 9, Chrysalis, along with 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, are the third major villains to be the main antagonists of the 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 be the main villains of the 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.


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