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[[caption-width-right:350:Our heroines [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Spike]][[note]]From Left to right: First row: Fluttershy and Spike. Middle row: Rarity, Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, and Pinkie Pie. Top Row: Rainbow Dash[[/note]]]]
The [[FanNickname Mane Six]]. These are our heroines. From trying to get along at a slumber party to [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu defeating]] {{Physical God}}s of darkness and chaos, these girls overcome just about any obstacle with the [[PowerOfFriendship Magic of their Friendship]]. They're cute. They're awesome. They're the embodiment of the Elements of Harmony.

Oh, [[Main/TagalongKid and Spike]] is here too.

Return to the character index [[Characters/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic here]].
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!!Tropes specific to an individual Mane Character should go on their own, dedicated page.
[[index]]
* [[Characters/FriendshipIsMagicTwilightSparkle Twilight Sparkle]]
* [[Characters/FriendshipIsMagicSpike Spike]]
* [[Characters/FriendshipIsMagicApplejack Applejack]]
* [[Characters/FriendshipIsMagicPinkiePie Pinkie Pie]]
* [[Characters/FriendshipIsMagicRainbowDash Rainbow Dash]]
* [[Characters/FriendshipIsMagicRarity Rarity]]
* [[Characters/FriendshipIsMagicFluttershy Fluttershy]]
[[/index]]

!!Tropes shared by multiple Mane Characters
* [[ActionGirl Action Mares]]: All the main ponies are prepared to get into a fight and handle themselves well if they have to.
** AmazonBrigade: This is especially true when compared to the main characters of previous generations: G1's ponies seemed to be helpless without [[TokenHuman Megan]] and G3's ponies had virtually no conflict to begin with.
* BadassAdorable: Almost all of the main characters qualify, but in different ways.
** Twilight Sparkle is a BadassBookworm.
** Applejack is a BadassNormal.
** Rainbow Dash is straight-up {{Badass}}.
** Rarity is a DamselOutOfDistress.
** Fluttershy is a BadassPacifist.
** Pinkie Pie is a BewareTheSillyOnes.
** Spike is either a BadassNormal or a BadassUnintentional.
*** Ramped up to BadassNormal [[AdaptationalBadass in the comics.]]
* BadassCrew: Even without the Elements of Harmony, they can accomplish some impressive tasks when they work together.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: They are all pleasant and supportive towards others, but don't push their buttons. [[TakenForGranite Discord]] and [[DraggedOffToHell Tirek]] learned that the hard way.
* BreakTheCutie: They all experience this at some point, and then Discord comes along and takes this UpToEleven.
* BreakTheHaughty: At the same time, there are a lot of times where all of them (even Pinkie and Fluttershy) act overconfident ''at best'', and they receive proper comeuppance for it.
* CharacterDevelopment: The cast has undergone character development as the series has gone on; Twilight has become less socially awkward, Fluttershy more assertive, Rainbow Dash less arrogant and more genuinely confident (rather than mere bravado), Applejack more willing to accept the help of others, Rarity more willing to get her hooves dirty, Spike being kinder and more intelligent, and even Pinkie Pie has had more of her character revealed. Several of them have also gotten closer to achieving their dreams or otherwise risen in social standing; Rarity has seen success in the fashion world as well as in upper-crust socialization, Rainbow Dash has been to the Wonderbolt's flight camp, and Twilight became an alicorn.
** Rarity and Dash have also become closer to many of their friends, or have seen marked changes in how they relate to them. Dash with Pinkie Pie, Scootaloo and Fluttershy. Pinkie Pie was initially pegged by Dash as annoying, Fluttershy as a weak burden and Scootaloo was largely unnoticed. Rarity with Spike, Sweetie belle, Applejack and Fluttershy. With Spike she has grown more affectionate with him in a rather sisterly manner, with Sweetie Belle she seems to have grown more patient, with Applejack more understanding of their differences and less forceful with Fluttershy but still encouraging her to go outside of her comfort zone.
* CircleOfFriendship: When they activate the power of the Elements of Harmony, and later their Rainbow Powers, they form this.
* ColorCodedCharacters[=/=]ColorMotif:
** Twilight is associated with the coming of the night, so Twilight Sparkle is purple and mainly has dark colors. May also indicate how PurpleIsPowerful and SupernaturalIsPurple.
** Fluttershy is timid, so naturally, she's yellow. The pink flowing mane and tail also shows her more feminine side. Her colors are also evocative of springtime.
** Pink is a cheery fun color, so Pinkie Pie is well... pink.
** Rarity is a white color while having a dark purple mane, leading to a regal appearance.
** Rainbow Dash loves to fly, so naturally her colors represent the day sky. Her body is sky blue while her mane and tail are rainbow colored.
** Applejack's colors (orange body and blond mane) seem to imply that she's been out working in the sun for a long time.
** Spike's colors, green and purple, are homages to both his boyish, naive nature (green) and his friendship/little-brother ness to Twilight (purple.) (Also green is his greed.)
* CoolBigSis
** Applejack and Rarity have little sisters who both look up to them and think they're the coolest ponies in town.
*** See [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E5SisterhoovesSocial our page on the episode "Sisterhooves Social"]] for a note on the slightly rocky start to Rarity's CoolBigSis status, though. She makes it up in a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
** Pinkie Pie, being that she is friendly to nearly everypony, is naturally this to all of the younger characters.
*** When Apple Bloom is down in the dumps about not getting her cutie mark, she invites her to bake cupcakes.
*** When Spike wants to help announce a race, but sees that Pinkie has already taken up the position, she invites him to co-announce.
*** On [[HalloweenEpisode Nightmare Night]], she chaperones all the fillies and colts.
*** She enjoys playing with the baby Cake twins. She also learns to be more nurturing when she's tasked with babysitting them while mom and dad are away on business.
*** She even tries to this with Fluttershy who, being a year older, is not amused.
** Fluttershy herself gets the admiration of the Cutie Mark Crusaders after [[MamaBear saving them from a cockatrice]].
** Rainbow Dash is this in [[HeroWorshipper Scootaloo]]'s eyes, although this is also {{averted|Trope}} by WordOfGod, who says that she probably wouldn't be the best big sister in the world. However she gets moments of this towards Fluttershy in later episodes and [[spoiler: officially becomes Scootaloo's surrogate big sister in "Sleepless in Ponyville".]]
** Twilight Sparkle acts as a CoolBigSis towards Spike, but their relationship may be more mother/son-like then Big sister/Little brother-like.
%% The Cool Horse trope applies only to horses that exist primarily to provide fast transportation for their owners. A Cool Horse is an accessory, like the High Fantasy equivalent of a Cool Car. The ponies in this show are characters unto themselves, and while they have pulled vehicles or transported others, that is not their most defining trait.
* CoolPet: All of the main characters have one. [[Characters/{{Friendship Is Magic-Animal Companions}} See here for info on them]].
%% Deadpan Snarker should not be mentioned here, as fewer than half of the main characters qualify. If you disagree, take it to the following thread: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=1331473451059167100&page=7#173
* TheCutie: All of them, but especially Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie. Yes, even Rainbow Dash.
* DependingOnTheWriter: While the Mane Cast all have consistent defining traits, the extent they are played or exaggerated varies from episode to episode. This can make all the difference between them playing {{The Straight Ma|n}}re or a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} (both of which all seven have played at least once).
* {{Determinator}}: These are some stubborn ponies. See their respective pages for more detail.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: They have defeated two {{Physical God}}s, an AlienInvasion, an EmpoweredBadassNormal tyrant, and a tyrannical centaur with the combined magical power of the entire country ([[spoiler:including the Princesses and Discord]]) all incredibly powerful threats to Equestria.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: By Season 4, the cast has saved Equestria multiple times, got publicly honored and knighted by Celestia the second time, restored Princess Luna to her true self after a thousand years, reformed a MadGod, and Twilight is now an alicorn Princess. Yet no one outside Canterlot ever seems to remember any of this unless it's a plot point. Spike gets this worse than the others, since even the Princesses seem to have trouble remembering his deeds.
* DynamicCharacter: Most episode stories feature them growing as characters, and it mostly sticks for future episodes.
* EnsembleCast: Twilight is undoubtedly the main character of the show, but she is no more likely to be the focus of an episode than the other five (excluding [[ADayInTheLimelight Spike.]]
* FireForgedFriends: While all the ponies had broad knowledge of the others' existence beforehand, and some were explicitly shown to have known each other (such as Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash going to the same Flight Camp), it's also implied that some of them wouldn't have associated with each other prior to the series (such as [[RedOniBlueOni Applejack and Rarity]]), so for most of them, their first significant activity together was saving the world from Nightmare Moon.
%% Do not re-add Five Man Band. It does not work for the following reasons. 1.) too many members. 2.) each one can fit more than one role. 3.) By word of Fast Eddie, a five man band has to be four males and 1 female and this cast is six females and 1 male.
* {{Foil}}: Each one of the seven contrasts each of the other six in some way, some more prominently than others.
* HiddenDepths: One of the greatest things about this cast is the fact that they [[RoundedCharacter all have different dimensions to their personalities]].
* IdiotBall[=/=]SmartBall: In the SliceOfLife stories, each pony tends to take turns either causing or solving the big conflict or hazard for the episode, usually according to their personality.
* LargeHam: Some are more apparent than others (eg. Rarity and Rainbow Dash rarely ''aren't''), but all of them like ChewingTheScenery when the time fits.
* MasterCharacterHeroines:
** Twilight Sparkle: ''Athena: The Father's Daughter''.
** Applejack: ''Hera: The Matriarch''.
** Pinkie Pie: ''Persephone: The Maiden''.
** Rainbow Dash: ''Artemis: The Amazon''.
** Rarity: ''Aphrodite: The Seductive Muse''.
** Fluttershy: ''Demeter: The Nurturer''.
** On the MasterSupportCharacters side, Spike fits the role of ''Best Friend''. Or Hephaestus: Works with Fire.
* MeaningfulName: All of the mane 6's (and Spike's) names describe some aspect of of their personality and/or look.
* NotMyLuckyDay: Whichever pony's turn it is to have ADayInTheLimelight, expect them to drive themselves into a grand scale HumiliationConga from one of their shortcomings or oversights. Even outside that, all seven characters have occasional ButtMonkey roles.
* NotSoDifferent: Despite their diverse personalities, all of them have a tendency to be overconfident at best or prideful at worst, leading to a lot of BreakTheHaughty.
* OnlyTheChosenMayWield: Only they can wield the Elements of Harmony now. Celestia and Luna, while they once did, can't anymore.
* PalsWithJesus:
** They are close to Princess Celestia, due to one of them (Twilight) being her personal student.
** Literally the case by the Season 3 finale, after Twilight becomes an alicorn princess.
* PersonalityPowers: {{Justified|Trope}} in the case of their connection to the Elements of Harmony in that each pony displays the trait named by the elements of harmony.
* PintSizedPowerhouse: These ponies may be little, but they've all displayed impressive feats of strength, with Applejack and Rainbow Dash as the top contenders.
* [[HumansAreFlawed Ponies are Flawed]]: A good part of their appeal is that while they are sweet ponies at heart, each has one or more cardinal flaws that she needs to learn to work on OncePerEpisode. Unfortunately for them, Discord knows every one of them.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: While it's of course also a main theme of the show in general, these six ponies in particular are capable of some pretty amazing feats whenever they remember to set aside whatever minor differences they may have that episode and work together as friends. The ultimate last-resort expression of that is, of course, using the Elements of Harmony to deliver a {{combined energy attack}} capable of easily defeating {{Physical God}}s (complimentary WorldHealingWave optional), though it's worth keeping in mind that this has so far proven truly ''necessary'' only twice in the show's run.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: They're a graduate student taught by a {{Physical God}}dess, a baby dragon with ambiguous heritage, a stubborn apple farmer, a hyperactive baker, a brash sound barrier-breaking flyer, a prim and proper fashion designer, and an overly shy animal caretaker. Not only have these TrueCompanions defeated two gods with their [[OnlyTheChosenMayWield Elements of Harmony]], but Celestia seems content with letting them take care of a stubborn dragon whose smoke threatens Equestria.
* RedOniBlueOni: Such pairings exist between all members of the mane cast. From most red to most blue, the cast would be as follows: Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Applejack, Spike, Rarity, Twilight Sparkle and Fluttershy. This is given the following evidence (the Red Oni is listed first followed by the Blue Oni):
** In general:
*** Spike and Twilight Sparkle.
*** Rainbow Dash and Twilight Sparkle.
** During an episode:
*** Applejack and Twilight Sparkle ("[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E4ApplebuckSeason Applebuck Season]]")
*** Applejack and Rarity ("[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E8LookBeforeYouSleep Look Before You Sleep]]"; this is reversed in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E5SisterhoovesSocial Sisterhooves Social]]")
*** Applejack and Fluttershy ("[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E7Bats Bats!]]")
*** Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash ("[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E5GriffonTheBrushOff Griffon the Brush Off]]", although Pinkie does have a turn as Blue Pony in the pranking spree)
*** Pinkie Pie and Spike ("[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E13FallWeatherFriends Fall Weather Friends]]")
*** Pinkie Pie and Twilight Sparkle ("[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E15FeelingPinkieKeen Feeling Pinkie Keen]]", "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E24MysteryOnTheFriendshipExpress MMMystery on the Friendship Express]]")
*** Pinkie Pie and Applejack ("[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E13HearthsWarmingEve Hearth's Warming Eve]]")
*** Rainbow Dash and Applejack ("[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E13FallWeatherFriends Fall Weather Friends]]")
*** Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy ("[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom Sonic Rainboom]]", "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E13HearthsWarmingEve Hearth's Warming Eve]]", "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E22HurricaneFluttershy Hurricane Fluttershy]]")
*** Rainbow Dash and Rarity ("[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom Sonic Rainboom]]")
*** Rarity and Fluttershy ("[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E20GreenIsntYourColor Green Isn't Your Color]]")
*** Rarity and Twilight Sparkle ("[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E13HearthsWarmingEve Hearth's Warming Eve]]")
*** Spike and Rarity ("[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E19ADogAndPonyShow A Dog and Pony Show]]")
*** Twilight Sparkle and Fluttershy ("[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E22ABirdInTheHoof A Bird in the Hoof]]")
* RomanceGenreHeroines: According to Creator/LaurenFaust, the main girls are based around these:
** [[MagicKnight Twilight]] [[BadassBookworm Sparkle]] is The Librarian.
** [[GenkiGirl Pinkie]] [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Pie]] is The Free Spirit.
** [[BadassNormal Applejack]] is The Boss.
** [[ShrinkingViolet Fluttershy]] is The Nurturer.
** [[{{Tomboy}} Rainbow Dash]] is The Crusader.
** [[TheFashionista Rarity]] is The Waif (though she also has shades of The Seductress).
** On the RomanceGenreHeroes side, [[HypercompetentSidekick Spike]] fits nicely as The Best Friend.
* SanitySlippage: [[http://whybronies.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/11389-applejack-demotivational-fluttershy-pinkie_pie-rainbow_dash-rarity-twilight_sparkle.png As showcased here]], everypony has danced on the further edges of sanity at least once in the series. More frequently, Twilight is prone to freaking out if her SuperOCD kicks in, and Rarity is very prone to histrionics when things look bad.
* SheCleansUpNicely:
** They all looked wonderful in their dresses at the Grand Galloping Gala.
** Their dresses for the royal wedding in the Season 2 finale suited them nicely as well.
** Spike looks rather dashing in a tuxedo.
* SuperMode: [[spoiler:More or less what the Rainbow Power amounts to.]]
* StrawmanBall: When not pulling the IdiotBall itself, it is usually one of these characters that will give a negative opinion of how to handle the Aesop of each episode. This is shared pretty evenly between all seven due to spotlight rotation, though Twilight Sparkle and Rainbow Dash, [[CommanderContrarian being the more cynical and temperamental of the bunch]], represent this ''slightly'' more often.
* TokenTrio:
** Two trios for the price of one -- two pegasi, two earth ponies, and two unicorns [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg (and one dragon)]].
** Changed up at the end of Season 3, after which we have not two unicorns, but one unicorn and one alicorn. However, there are now three ponies with wings, three without.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Both Rainbow Dash and Applejack are considered tomboys, and are paired with either Rarity or Fluttershy to achieve this dynamic.
* TownGirls: The six form this type of trio x2. Rainbow Dash and Applejack are the tomboys, Rarity and Fluttershy are the girly girls. Pinkie and Twilight are the in betweens.
* TrueCompanions: Despite their differences, it's clear they have a strong bond between them and it grows stronger throughout the series.
* VagueAge:
** All of them are old enough to live alone (Applejack's case is justified by the fact she works on a family farm), have jobs, and hold major roles in Ponyville community activities like Winter Wrap-Up, yet emotionally they are [[WordOfGod officially]] [[http://comments.deviantart.com/5/35510074/1770555388 "young adults with a maturity level of anywhere from 12-18"]], which explains such things as Twilight's appreciation of slumber parties, Rarity's [[ThinksLikeARomanceNovel thinking like a fairy tale]], etc. They are sentient ponies, not humans, so it would make sense if age with ponies in the MLP universe is viewed very differently from our own. They mostly seem to range between what modern, real-world humans would consider mental ages 17-21. Except Pinkie Pie, who is the living embodiment of 6-year olds' birthday parties, but even she can act as a responsible adult when the need arises.
** It's further complicated with Spike, who is younger than the rest of the mane cast but older than the Cutie Mark Crusaders, and is also a different species. He's constantly referred to as a "Baby Dragon", but emotionally acts more like 10 to 12. He has a full time job, with what are actually pretty extreme hours, is out of whatever mandatory education exists in Equestria, and the residents of Ponyville and beyond treat him like an adult pony. Good luck figuring that out.
** Made less vague in ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls Equestria Girls]]''. The fact that their human counterparts are high school students indicates that they are around their teens, although the human counterparts might not accurately reflect their ages.
** It's likely that their human counterparts are aged down from their true age (early 20s) as we have many adult characters also as teenagers such as Big Macintosh, Vinyl Scratch, Photo Finish, Derpy, etc while some characters are aged up (the CMC). So they could very well be anywhere from 18 to 23.
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%% LOOK CAREFULLY: If it happens to multiple characters in only one episode, you could put the trope in that episode's recap in the Episode Guide.
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[[caption-width-right:350:Our heroines [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Spike]][[note]]From Left to right: First row: Fluttershy and Spike. Middle row: Rarity, Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, and Pinkie Pie. Top Row: Rainbow Dash[[/note]]]]
The [[FanNickname Mane Six]]. These are our heroines. From trying to get along at a slumber party to [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu defeating]] {{Physical God}}s of darkness and chaos, these girls overcome just about any obstacle with the [[PowerOfFriendship Magic of their Friendship]]. They're cute. They're awesome. They're the embodiment of the Elements of Harmony.

Oh, [[Main/TagalongKid and Spike]] is here too.

Return to the character index [[Characters/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic here]].
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!!Tropes specific to an individual Mane Character should go on their own, dedicated page.
[[index]]
* [[Characters/FriendshipIsMagicTwilightSparkle Twilight Sparkle]]
* [[Characters/FriendshipIsMagicSpike Spike]]
* [[Characters/FriendshipIsMagicApplejack Applejack]]
* [[Characters/FriendshipIsMagicPinkiePie Pinkie Pie]]
* [[Characters/FriendshipIsMagicRainbowDash Rainbow Dash]]
* [[Characters/FriendshipIsMagicRarity Rarity]]
* [[Characters/FriendshipIsMagicFluttershy Fluttershy]]
[[/index]]

!!Tropes shared by multiple Mane Characters
* [[ActionGirl Action Mares]]: All the main ponies are prepared to get into a fight and handle themselves well if they have to.
** AmazonBrigade: This is especially true when compared to the main characters of previous generations: G1's ponies seemed to be helpless without [[TokenHuman Megan]] and G3's ponies had virtually no conflict to begin with.
* BadassAdorable: Almost all of the main characters qualify, but in different ways.
** Twilight Sparkle is a BadassBookworm.
** Applejack is a BadassNormal.
** Rainbow Dash is straight-up {{Badass}}.
** Rarity is a DamselOutOfDistress.
** Fluttershy is a BadassPacifist.
** Pinkie Pie is a BewareTheSillyOnes.
** Spike is either a BadassNormal or a BadassUnintentional.
*** Ramped up to BadassNormal [[AdaptationalBadass in the comics.]]
* BadassCrew: Even without the Elements of Harmony, they can accomplish some impressive tasks when they work together.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: They are all pleasant and supportive towards others, but don't push their buttons. [[TakenForGranite Discord]] and [[DraggedOffToHell Tirek]] learned that the hard way.
* BreakTheCutie: They all experience this at some point, and then Discord comes along and takes this UpToEleven.
* BreakTheHaughty: At the same time, there are a lot of times where all of them (even Pinkie and Fluttershy) act overconfident ''at best'', and they receive proper comeuppance for it.
* CharacterDevelopment: The cast has undergone character development as the series has gone on; Twilight has become less socially awkward, Fluttershy more assertive, Rainbow Dash less arrogant and more genuinely confident (rather than mere bravado), Applejack more willing to accept the help of others, Rarity more willing to get her hooves dirty, Spike being kinder and more intelligent, and even Pinkie Pie has had more of her character revealed. Several of them have also gotten closer to achieving their dreams or otherwise risen in social standing; Rarity has seen success in the fashion world as well as in upper-crust socialization, Rainbow Dash has been to the Wonderbolt's flight camp, and Twilight became an alicorn.
** Rarity and Dash have also become closer to many of their friends, or have seen marked changes in how they relate to them. Dash with Pinkie Pie, Scootaloo and Fluttershy. Pinkie Pie was initially pegged by Dash as annoying, Fluttershy as a weak burden and Scootaloo was largely unnoticed. Rarity with Spike, Sweetie belle, Applejack and Fluttershy. With Spike she has grown more affectionate with him in a rather sisterly manner, with Sweetie Belle she seems to have grown more patient, with Applejack more understanding of their differences and less forceful with Fluttershy but still encouraging her to go outside of her comfort zone.
* CircleOfFriendship: When they activate the power of the Elements of Harmony, and later their Rainbow Powers, they form this.
* ColorCodedCharacters[=/=]ColorMotif:
** Twilight is associated with the coming of the night, so Twilight Sparkle is purple and mainly has dark colors. May also indicate how PurpleIsPowerful and SupernaturalIsPurple.
** Fluttershy is timid, so naturally, she's yellow. The pink flowing mane and tail also shows her more feminine side. Her colors are also evocative of springtime.
** Pink is a cheery fun color, so Pinkie Pie is well... pink.
** Rarity is a white color while having a dark purple mane, leading to a regal appearance.
** Rainbow Dash loves to fly, so naturally her colors represent the day sky. Her body is sky blue while her mane and tail are rainbow colored.
** Applejack's colors (orange body and blond mane) seem to imply that she's been out working in the sun for a long time.
** Spike's colors, green and purple, are homages to both his boyish, naive nature (green) and his friendship/little-brother ness to Twilight (purple.) (Also green is his greed.)
* CoolBigSis
** Applejack and Rarity have little sisters who both look up to them and think they're the coolest ponies in town.
*** See [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E5SisterhoovesSocial our page on the episode "Sisterhooves Social"]] for a note on the slightly rocky start to Rarity's CoolBigSis status, though. She makes it up in a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
** Pinkie Pie, being that she is friendly to nearly everypony, is naturally this to all of the younger characters.
*** When Apple Bloom is down in the dumps about not getting her cutie mark, she invites her to bake cupcakes.
*** When Spike wants to help announce a race, but sees that Pinkie has already taken up the position, she invites him to co-announce.
*** On [[HalloweenEpisode Nightmare Night]], she chaperones all the fillies and colts.
*** She enjoys playing with the baby Cake twins. She also learns to be more nurturing when she's tasked with babysitting them while mom and dad are away on business.
*** She even tries to this with Fluttershy who, being a year older, is not amused.
** Fluttershy herself gets the admiration of the Cutie Mark Crusaders after [[MamaBear saving them from a cockatrice]].
** Rainbow Dash is this in [[HeroWorshipper Scootaloo]]'s eyes, although this is also {{averted|Trope}} by WordOfGod, who says that she probably wouldn't be the best big sister in the world. However she gets moments of this towards Fluttershy in later episodes and [[spoiler: officially becomes Scootaloo's surrogate big sister in "Sleepless in Ponyville".]]
** Twilight Sparkle acts as a CoolBigSis towards Spike, but their relationship may be more mother/son-like then Big sister/Little brother-like.
%% The Cool Horse trope applies only to horses that exist primarily to provide fast transportation for their owners. A Cool Horse is an accessory, like the High Fantasy equivalent of a Cool Car. The ponies in this show are characters unto themselves, and while they have pulled vehicles or transported others, that is not their most defining trait.
* CoolPet: All of the main characters have one. [[Characters/{{Friendship Is Magic-Animal Companions}} See here for info on them]].
%% Deadpan Snarker should not be mentioned here, as fewer than half of the main characters qualify. If you disagree, take it to the following thread: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=1331473451059167100&page=7#173
* TheCutie: All of them, but especially Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie. Yes, even Rainbow Dash.
* DependingOnTheWriter: While the Mane Cast all have consistent defining traits, the extent they are played or exaggerated varies from episode to episode. This can make all the difference between them playing {{The Straight Ma|n}}re or a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} (both of which all seven have played at least once).
* {{Determinator}}: These are some stubborn ponies. See their respective pages for more detail.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: They have defeated two {{Physical God}}s, an AlienInvasion, an EmpoweredBadassNormal tyrant, and a tyrannical centaur with the combined magical power of the entire country ([[spoiler:including the Princesses and Discord]]) all incredibly powerful threats to Equestria.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: By Season 4, the cast has saved Equestria multiple times, got publicly honored and knighted by Celestia the second time, restored Princess Luna to her true self after a thousand years, reformed a MadGod, and Twilight is now an alicorn Princess. Yet no one outside Canterlot ever seems to remember any of this unless it's a plot point. Spike gets this worse than the others, since even the Princesses seem to have trouble remembering his deeds.
* DynamicCharacter: Most episode stories feature them growing as characters, and it mostly sticks for future episodes.
* EnsembleCast: Twilight is undoubtedly the main character of the show, but she is no more likely to be the focus of an episode than the other five (excluding [[ADayInTheLimelight Spike.]]
* FireForgedFriends: While all the ponies had broad knowledge of the others' existence beforehand, and some were explicitly shown to have known each other (such as Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash going to the same Flight Camp), it's also implied that some of them wouldn't have associated with each other prior to the series (such as [[RedOniBlueOni Applejack and Rarity]]), so for most of them, their first significant activity together was saving the world from Nightmare Moon.
%% Do not re-add Five Man Band. It does not work for the following reasons. 1.) too many members. 2.) each one can fit more than one role. 3.) By word of Fast Eddie, a five man band has to be four males and 1 female and this cast is six females and 1 male.
* {{Foil}}: Each one of the seven contrasts each of the other six in some way, some more prominently than others.
* HiddenDepths: One of the greatest things about this cast is the fact that they [[RoundedCharacter all have different dimensions to their personalities]].
* IdiotBall[=/=]SmartBall: In the SliceOfLife stories, each pony tends to take turns either causing or solving the big conflict or hazard for the episode, usually according to their personality.
* LargeHam: Some are more apparent than others (eg. Rarity and Rainbow Dash rarely ''aren't''), but all of them like ChewingTheScenery when the time fits.
* MasterCharacterHeroines:
** Twilight Sparkle: ''Athena: The Father's Daughter''.
** Applejack: ''Hera: The Matriarch''.
** Pinkie Pie: ''Persephone: The Maiden''.
** Rainbow Dash: ''Artemis: The Amazon''.
** Rarity: ''Aphrodite: The Seductive Muse''.
** Fluttershy: ''Demeter: The Nurturer''.
** On the MasterSupportCharacters side, Spike fits the role of ''Best Friend''. Or Hephaestus: Works with Fire.
* MeaningfulName: All of the mane 6's (and Spike's) names describe some aspect of of their personality and/or look.
* NotMyLuckyDay: Whichever pony's turn it is to have ADayInTheLimelight, expect them to drive themselves into a grand scale HumiliationConga from one of their shortcomings or oversights. Even outside that, all seven characters have occasional ButtMonkey roles.
* NotSoDifferent: Despite their diverse personalities, all of them have a tendency to be overconfident at best or prideful at worst, leading to a lot of BreakTheHaughty.
* OnlyTheChosenMayWield: Only they can wield the Elements of Harmony now. Celestia and Luna, while they once did, can't anymore.
* PalsWithJesus:
** They are close to Princess Celestia, due to one of them (Twilight) being her personal student.
** Literally the case by the Season 3 finale, after Twilight becomes an alicorn princess.
* PersonalityPowers: {{Justified|Trope}} in the case of their connection to the Elements of Harmony in that each pony displays the trait named by the elements of harmony.
* PintSizedPowerhouse: These ponies may be little, but they've all displayed impressive feats of strength, with Applejack and Rainbow Dash as the top contenders.
* [[HumansAreFlawed Ponies are Flawed]]: A good part of their appeal is that while they are sweet ponies at heart, each has one or more cardinal flaws that she needs to learn to work on OncePerEpisode. Unfortunately for them, Discord knows every one of them.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: While it's of course also a main theme of the show in general, these six ponies in particular are capable of some pretty amazing feats whenever they remember to set aside whatever minor differences they may have that episode and work together as friends. The ultimate last-resort expression of that is, of course, using the Elements of Harmony to deliver a {{combined energy attack}} capable of easily defeating {{Physical God}}s (complimentary WorldHealingWave optional), though it's worth keeping in mind that this has so far proven truly ''necessary'' only twice in the show's run.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: They're a graduate student taught by a {{Physical God}}dess, a baby dragon with ambiguous heritage, a stubborn apple farmer, a hyperactive baker, a brash sound barrier-breaking flyer, a prim and proper fashion designer, and an overly shy animal caretaker. Not only have these TrueCompanions defeated two gods with their [[OnlyTheChosenMayWield Elements of Harmony]], but Celestia seems content with letting them take care of a stubborn dragon whose smoke threatens Equestria.
* RedOniBlueOni: Such pairings exist between all members of the mane cast. From most red to most blue, the cast would be as follows: Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Applejack, Spike, Rarity, Twilight Sparkle and Fluttershy. This is given the following evidence (the Red Oni is listed first followed by the Blue Oni):
** In general:
*** Spike and Twilight Sparkle.
*** Rainbow Dash and Twilight Sparkle.
** During an episode:
*** Applejack and Twilight Sparkle ("[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E4ApplebuckSeason Applebuck Season]]")
*** Applejack and Rarity ("[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E8LookBeforeYouSleep Look Before You Sleep]]"; this is reversed in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E5SisterhoovesSocial Sisterhooves Social]]")
*** Applejack and Fluttershy ("[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E7Bats Bats!]]")
*** Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash ("[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E5GriffonTheBrushOff Griffon the Brush Off]]", although Pinkie does have a turn as Blue Pony in the pranking spree)
*** Pinkie Pie and Spike ("[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E13FallWeatherFriends Fall Weather Friends]]")
*** Pinkie Pie and Twilight Sparkle ("[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E15FeelingPinkieKeen Feeling Pinkie Keen]]", "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E24MysteryOnTheFriendshipExpress MMMystery on the Friendship Express]]")
*** Pinkie Pie and Applejack ("[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E13HearthsWarmingEve Hearth's Warming Eve]]")
*** Rainbow Dash and Applejack ("[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E13FallWeatherFriends Fall Weather Friends]]")
*** Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy ("[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom Sonic Rainboom]]", "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E13HearthsWarmingEve Hearth's Warming Eve]]", "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E22HurricaneFluttershy Hurricane Fluttershy]]")
*** Rainbow Dash and Rarity ("[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom Sonic Rainboom]]")
*** Rarity and Fluttershy ("[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E20GreenIsntYourColor Green Isn't Your Color]]")
*** Rarity and Twilight Sparkle ("[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E13HearthsWarmingEve Hearth's Warming Eve]]")
*** Spike and Rarity ("[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E19ADogAndPonyShow A Dog and Pony Show]]")
*** Twilight Sparkle and Fluttershy ("[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E22ABirdInTheHoof A Bird in the Hoof]]")
* RomanceGenreHeroines: According to Creator/LaurenFaust, the main girls are based around these:
** [[MagicKnight Twilight]] [[BadassBookworm Sparkle]] is The Librarian.
** [[GenkiGirl Pinkie]] [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Pie]] is The Free Spirit.
** [[BadassNormal Applejack]] is The Boss.
** [[ShrinkingViolet Fluttershy]] is The Nurturer.
** [[{{Tomboy}} Rainbow Dash]] is The Crusader.
** [[TheFashionista Rarity]] is The Waif (though she also has shades of The Seductress).
** On the RomanceGenreHeroes side, [[HypercompetentSidekick Spike]] fits nicely as The Best Friend.
* SanitySlippage: [[http://whybronies.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/11389-applejack-demotivational-fluttershy-pinkie_pie-rainbow_dash-rarity-twilight_sparkle.png As showcased here]], everypony has danced on the further edges of sanity at least once in the series. More frequently, Twilight is prone to freaking out if her SuperOCD kicks in, and Rarity is very prone to histrionics when things look bad.
* SheCleansUpNicely:
** They all looked wonderful in their dresses at the Grand Galloping Gala.
** Their dresses for the royal wedding in the Season 2 finale suited them nicely as well.
** Spike looks rather dashing in a tuxedo.
* SuperMode: [[spoiler:More or less what the Rainbow Power amounts to.]]
* StrawmanBall: When not pulling the IdiotBall itself, it is usually one of these characters that will give a negative opinion of how to handle the Aesop of each episode. This is shared pretty evenly between all seven due to spotlight rotation, though Twilight Sparkle and Rainbow Dash, [[CommanderContrarian being the more cynical and temperamental of the bunch]], represent this ''slightly'' more often.
* TokenTrio:
** Two trios for the price of one -- two pegasi, two earth ponies, and two unicorns [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg (and one dragon)]].
** Changed up at the end of Season 3, after which we have not two unicorns, but one unicorn and one alicorn. However, there are now three ponies with wings, three without.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Both Rainbow Dash and Applejack are considered tomboys, and are paired with either Rarity or Fluttershy to achieve this dynamic.
* TownGirls: The six form this type of trio x2. Rainbow Dash and Applejack are the tomboys, Rarity and Fluttershy are the girly girls. Pinkie and Twilight are the in betweens.
* TrueCompanions: Despite their differences, it's clear they have a strong bond between them and it grows stronger throughout the series.
* VagueAge:
** All of them are old enough to live alone (Applejack's case is justified by the fact she works on a family farm), have jobs, and hold major roles in Ponyville community activities like Winter Wrap-Up, yet emotionally they are [[WordOfGod officially]] [[http://comments.deviantart.com/5/35510074/1770555388 "young adults with a maturity level of anywhere from 12-18"]], which explains such things as Twilight's appreciation of slumber parties, Rarity's [[ThinksLikeARomanceNovel thinking like a fairy tale]], etc. They are sentient ponies, not humans, so it would make sense if age with ponies in the MLP universe is viewed very differently from our own. They mostly seem to range between what modern, real-world humans would consider mental ages 17-21. Except Pinkie Pie, who is the living embodiment of 6-year olds' birthday parties, but even she can act as a responsible adult when the need arises.
** It's further complicated with Spike, who is younger than the rest of the mane cast but older than the Cutie Mark Crusaders, and is also a different species. He's constantly referred to as a "Baby Dragon", but emotionally acts more like 10 to 12. He has a full time job, with what are actually pretty extreme hours, is out of whatever mandatory education exists in Equestria, and the residents of Ponyville and beyond treat him like an adult pony. Good luck figuring that out.
** Made less vague in ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls Equestria Girls]]''. The fact that their human counterparts are high school students indicates that they are around their teens, although the human counterparts might not accurately reflect their ages.
** It's likely that their human counterparts are aged down from their true age (early 20s) as we have many adult characters also as teenagers such as Big Macintosh, Vinyl Scratch, Photo Finish, Derpy, etc while some characters are aged up (the CMC). So they could very well be anywhere from 18 to 23.
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29th May '14 10:03:13 PM Twiddler
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** Changed up at the end of Season 3, when we will have not two unicorns, but one unicorn and one alicorn. However, there are now three ponies with wings, three without.

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** Changed up at the end of Season 3, when after which we will have not two unicorns, but one unicorn and one alicorn. However, there are now three ponies with wings, three without.
29th May '14 10:02:06 PM Twiddler
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* CharacterDevelopment: The cast has undergone character development as the series has gone on; Twilight has become less socially awkward, Fluttershy more assertive, Rainbow Dash less arrogant and more genuinely confident (rather than mere bravado), Applejack more willing to accept the help of others, Rarity more willing to get her hooves dirty, Spike being kinder and more intelligent, and even Pinkie Pie has had more of her character revealed. Several of them have also gotten closer to achieving their dreams or otherwise risen in social standing; Rarity has seen success in the fashion world as well as in upper-crust socialization, Rainbow Dash has been to the Wonderbolt's flight camp, and Twilight [[spoiler:became an alicorn.]]

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* CharacterDevelopment: The cast has undergone character development as the series has gone on; Twilight has become less socially awkward, Fluttershy more assertive, Rainbow Dash less arrogant and more genuinely confident (rather than mere bravado), Applejack more willing to accept the help of others, Rarity more willing to get her hooves dirty, Spike being kinder and more intelligent, and even Pinkie Pie has had more of her character revealed. Several of them have also gotten closer to achieving their dreams or otherwise risen in social standing; Rarity has seen success in the fashion world as well as in upper-crust socialization, Rainbow Dash has been to the Wonderbolt's flight camp, and Twilight [[spoiler:became became an alicorn.]]



** Rainbow Dash is this in [[HeroWorshipper Scootaloo]]'s eyes, although this is also {{averted|Trope}} by WordOfGod, who says that she probably wouldn't be the best big sister in the world. However she gets moments of this towards Fluttershy in later episodes and [[spoiler: officially becomes Scootalo's surrogate big sister in "Sleepless in Ponyville".]]

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** Rainbow Dash is this in [[HeroWorshipper Scootaloo]]'s eyes, although this is also {{averted|Trope}} by WordOfGod, who says that she probably wouldn't be the best big sister in the world. However she gets moments of this towards Fluttershy in later episodes and [[spoiler: officially becomes Scootalo's Scootaloo's surrogate big sister in "Sleepless in Ponyville".]]



** Literally the case by the Season 3 finale, after [[spoiler:Twilight becomes an alicorn princess.]]

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** Literally the case by the Season 3 finale, after [[spoiler:Twilight Twilight becomes an alicorn princess.]]



** [[spoiler:Changed up at the end of Season 3, when we will have not two unicorns, but one unicorn and one alicorn. However, there are now three ponies with wings, three without.]]

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** [[spoiler:Changed Changed up at the end of Season 3, when we will have not two unicorns, but one unicorn and one alicorn. However, there are now three ponies with wings, three without.]]
25th May '14 11:07:07 PM Nekron
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25th May '14 11:07:03 PM Nekron
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The [[FanNickname Mane Six]]. These are our heroines. From trying to get along at a slumber party to [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu defeating]] {{Physical God}}s of darkness and chaos, these girls overcome just about any obstacle with the [[PowerOfFriendship Magic of their Friendship]]. They're cute. They're awesome. They're the embodiment of the Elements of Harmony and they're here to Love & Tolerate the crap out of you.

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The [[FanNickname Mane Six]]. These are our heroines. From trying to get along at a slumber party to [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu defeating]] {{Physical God}}s of darkness and chaos, these girls overcome just about any obstacle with the [[PowerOfFriendship Magic of their Friendship]]. They're cute. They're awesome. They're the embodiment of the Elements of Harmony and they're here to Love & Tolerate the crap out of you.
Harmony.
16th May '14 2:39:09 AM Acebrock
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[[caption-width-right:350:[[Our heroines [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Spike]][[note]]From Left to right: First row: Fluttershy and Spike. Middle row: Rarity, Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, and Pinkie Pie. Top Row: Rainbow Dash[[/note]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:[[Our [[caption-width-right:350:Our heroines [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Spike]][[note]]From Left to right: First row: Fluttershy and Spike. Middle row: Rarity, Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, and Pinkie Pie. Top Row: Rainbow Dash[[/note]]]]
16th May '14 2:38:49 AM Acebrock
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[[caption-width-right:350:[[Our heroines [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Spike]][[note]From Left to right: First row: Fluttershy and Spike. Middle row: Rarity, Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, and Pinkie Pie. Top Row: Rainbow Dash]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:[[Our heroines [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Spike]][[note]From Spike]][[note]]From Left to right: First row: Fluttershy and Spike. Middle row: Rarity, Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, and Pinkie Pie. Top Row: Rainbow Dash]]Dash[[/note]]]]
16th May '14 2:38:16 AM Acebrock
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15th May '14 9:01:50 PM Godzillawolf
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* BewareTheNiceOnes: They are all pleasant and supportive towards others, but don't push their buttons. [[TakenForGranite Discord learned the hard way]].

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* BewareTheNiceOnes: They are all pleasant and supportive towards others, but don't push their buttons. [[TakenForGranite Discord Discord]] and [[DraggedOffToHell Tirek]] learned that the hard way]].way.



* CircleOfFriendship: When they activate the power of the Elements of Harmony, they form this.

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* CircleOfFriendship: When they activate the power of the Elements of Harmony, and later their Rainbow Powers, they form this.



* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: They have defeated two {{Physical God}}s, an AlienInvasion, and an EmpoweredBadassNormal tyrant, all incredibly powerful threats to Equestria.

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* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: They have defeated two {{Physical God}}s, an AlienInvasion, and an EmpoweredBadassNormal tyrant, and a tyrannical centaur with the combined magical power of the entire country ([[spoiler:including the Princesses and Discord]]) all incredibly powerful threats to Equestria.
14th May '14 4:42:33 AM Twiddler
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