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The Manticore is a creature which lives in Equestria.

Description

Made up of the body of a lion, a scorpion tail, and two bat wings, it is a fearsome looking creature which proved quite capable of shrugging off the attacks of multiple ponies.
PONIES-GONNA-DIE

Girls, I don't think it wants to be friends.

The one encountered lived in the Everfree Forest, attacking the main cast in Friendship is Magic, Part 2 due to Nightmare Moon’s wounding of the beast with a magical thorn. Once comforted by Fluttershy, it allowed her to remove the thorn, and the the beast proved quite friendly afterwards. This suggests that, despite their appearance, Manticores aren’t always aggressive.

Appearences

Mythology

The Manticore is a legendary creature or Persian origin, traditionally made up of the body of a lion, a human head with three rows of sharp teeth, and a voice like a trumpet. Made famous in popular culture by the roman naturalist Pliny the Elder, it subsequently appeared in medieval heraldry and several bestiaries.

Trivia

The
475px-Manticore Derpy Sketch

Lauren Faust's original sketch.

idea of a dangerous beast soothed by kindness (and that kindness being the removal of a thorn) is a very famous stock plot, originated in the story of Androcles and the Lion.

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