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Main characters aside, every season features episodes focused on the exploits of more minor characters. A younger trio of pony characters (Apple Bloom, Scootaloo, and Sweetie Belle) who call themselves the "Cutie Mark Crusaders" and share adventures trying to discover their talents in life and receive their "cutie marks" until the season five episode "Crusaders of the Lost Mark", where they finally receive their cutie marks. The alicorn princesses (Celestia, Luna and Cadence) frequently aid—and are aided by—the Mane Six in their service to the citizens of Equestria. Beginning in season, the (mostly) reformed Discord becomes a reluctant ally of the Mane Six to which he occasionally causes mischief while struggling to become a better friend to them. Beginning in season six, the reformed villain Starlight Glimmer becomes a recurring character as Twilight's protégé. Beginning in season eight, the leaders of Equestria's allied nations send five of their heirs to Equestria to receive an education from Twilight.