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Other Background Ponies
There is a whole stable of other background ponies who recur throughout the series. These ponies aren't quite as common, tropable, or popular as the above ponies, or we simply haven't gotten around to giving them their own entries. Some of them, too, have made their marks on the fanbase, if not to the extent of the more prominent.
To see a comprehensive list of most ponies (background and otherwise) from the show, go here
Other ponies and their tropes
- All There in the Manual:
- Alliterative Name: Lilac Links, Lyrica Lilac, Peachy Pie, and Royal Riff.
- Ascended Extra:
- Chocolate Sun (one of the large Canterlot unicorn stallions from "The Best Night Ever" and "Sweet and Elite") is included in the Card Creator game on Hasbro and The Hub's websites.
- Sunny Daze and Peachy Pie, schoolmates of the Cutie Mark Crusaders. Despite (at the time) only appearing for two scenes in one episode and having no lines aside from small gasps, they each have a toy version of some sort (with radically different appearances, but still): Sunny Daze has a So Soft Newborn toy while Peachy Pie has a molded toy and a collector card. They are two of the few background ponies to have in-show names and share them with G3 ponies, so that might have helped.
- Sunny Rays is included in the Pony Wedding brushables (with art that matches her in-show appearance in design if not in color) as well as the Waves 5 & 8 Blind Bags. Not bad for a pony who only appears at the beginning of one episode!
- Lemony Gem is one of the seven brushable toys in the Friendship Is Magic Favorite Collection from the Toys "R" Us exclusive Collector Series. In the "Neigh Anything" story arc of the comic books (where her name is spelled "Lemony Gems"), she gets a supporting role as one of Princess Cadance's high school buddies who ended up marrying former Jerk Jock Buck Withers.
- Berry Dreams from "Fall Weather Friends", Lilac Links from "The Show Stoppers", Banana Fluff from "Sisterhooves Social", and Apple Stars from "A Friend in Deed" all have molded toys in Blind Bag Wave 7, and Tropical Storm from "Winter Wrap Up" is also getting a molded toy. Note that these five ponies have only appeared in one shot each.
- On a different note, Twilight Sky has two different molded toys as an Earth pony despite his Pegasus version being much more common in-show than his Earth pony version—out of the four episodes he appears in ("Green Isn't Your Color", "Hearth's Warming Eve", "Hurricane Fluttershy", and "Games Ponies Play"), he's only an Earth pony for some shots during the first of those episodes.
- Badass Adorable: During one shot in "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000", one earth pony mare (who makes multiple other appearances, but without her cutie mark visible and/or without any cutie mark) is shown with a hammer & lightning cutie mark, though it's replaced with a sandwich cutie mark in the very next shot.
- Cool Helmet: The mares depicted in this Hub commercial.
- Cool Shades:
- Creator Cameo: Director Jayson Thiessen is the voice of Ponyville Hospital's security guard Night Watch from "Read It and Weep" and of the teacher Professor Bill Neigh from "The Crystal Empire - Part 1".
- Expy: A stallion who appears in the background of one shot during "A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2" has drawn comparisons to Harry Potter and/or Kenji Setou, though he's much more likely to be based on the former than the latter (if either).
- Fish Eyes: The filly (Berryshine's little sister) who dresses up as a ladybug for Nightmare Night does this at one point in "Luna Eclipsed". Ironically, she's standing next to Fire Chief, Fanon daughter of Derpy, when it happens.
- Gender Flip: Comet Tail is a stallion, while his G3 counterpart is a mare.
- High-Class Glass: Caesar, one of the recurring "high society" ponies, sports a monocle and top hat.
- Large Ham Announcer:
- Little Miss Badass: Archer's cutie mark is a bow and arrow which would imply her special talent is archery. Moreso when you consider that they don't even have fingers with which to pull back the strong (or even nock the arrow). And unlike Fire Chief, she's an Earth Pony so no magic for this little filly!
- Nice Hat:
- Caesar, one of the recurring "high society" ponies, sports a top hat and monocle.
- Lily Dache, a Palette Swap of Silver Spoon who appears once at Diamond Tiara's cuteceaņera in "Call of the Cutie".
- No Celebrities Were Harmed:
- Official Couple:
- Paparazzi: Appear in "Green Isn't Your Color", "The Best Night Ever", and "The Mysterious Mare Do Well".
- Rainbow Lite: Roy G. Bow/Spectrum, a stallion who's usually a Pegasus, has a three-colored rainbow in purple, orange, and yellow as his cutie mark. A couple of other Pegasi have three-colored rainbow cutie marks too: the mare Q. T. Prism (blue/orange/yellow) from "Winter Wrap Up" and the stallion Prism Glider (purple/orange/yellow) from "Hurricane Fluttershy".
- Spell My Name with an S:
- Closed captions spell Sunny Daze's name as "Sunny Days."
- An Italian sticker activity booklet spells Peachy Pie's name as "Peachie Pie."
- Suddenly Voiced: Meadow Song has no clear lines until "Putting Your Hoof Down" (if his Pegasus version, who has a clear line in "Sonic Rainboom", is considered a separate character).
- Valley Girl: Two earth pony mares from "Putting Your Hoof Down".
- The Voice: The Wonderbolts Derby announcer from "Sweet and Elite".
- Wrench Wench: During one shot in "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000", unicorn mare Silver Spanner (who makes multiple other appearances, but without her cutie mark visible) has a wrench cutie mark.
- Youthful Freckles: The Blossomforth Palette Swap from "Hurricane Fluttershy", "The Crystal Empire - Part 2", "Magic Duel", and "Apple Family Reunion".
Non-Pony Background Extras
These characters act and are used just like background ponies except for the simple fact that they're not ponies. The hoofed species on this list currently fall into Furry Confusion
territory seeing as many of them are seemingly treated as any other domesticated animal yet at the same time can talk with the ponies or act in a rather civilized manner.
"Oh my! Begging your pardon, Applejack, but Mooriella here saw one of those nasty snakes. And it just gave us all the willies, dontcha know."
The cows from "Applebuck Season
", "Boast Busters
", "A Friend in Deed
", "One Bad Apple
", and "Sleepless in Ponyville
" produce Ponyville's daily supply of fresh milk, but they get spooked by snakes easily. The oxen from "Hearts and Hooves Day
" and "Apple Family Reunion
" pull carts.
- American Accents: Daisy Jo sounds like she's from Wisconsin. Not surprising, that state is known for it's dairy industry.
- No Name Given: With the exception of Mooriella and Daisy Jo.
Voiced by James "Wootie" Woottonnote
A polite and friendly fellow who isn't easily offended. He appears in "Applebuck Season
", "Hurricane Fluttershy
", and "One Bad Apple
- Cool Shades: Wears a pair in "One Bad Apple".
- Creator Cameo: His one line (used in both "Applebuck Season" and "Hurricane Fluttershy") was provided by one of the show's co-directors.
The Buffalo Tribe
"If you say so, Spike. Catch ya later, bro."
A Buffalo tribe led by Chief Thunderhooves appears in "Over a Barrel
". In "The Return of Harmony Part 2
", Discord's reign of chaos includes a trio of buffalo ballet dancers who appear in and around Ponyville. The tribe is also shown on the licensed shirt Daring Do
For Chief Thunderhooves and Little Strongheart see the One Shots page
Woolly animals that come in different colors. "Sisterhooves Social
" shows a flock of white and black sheep presumably kept at Sweet Apple Acres for their wool. "Dragon Quest
" shows a few wild black sheep up in the snowy mountains, one of whom lets Spike hitch a ride on him. "The Crystal Empire - Part 1
", "The Crystal Empire - Part 2
", and "Games Ponies Play
" show some tiny ewes of various colors in the Crystal Empire.
One shows up as a pet at Fluttershy's cottage in "May the Best Pet Win!"
, "Magical Mystery Cure"
, and "Princess Twilight Sparkle - Part 1"
, and two others appear as Iron Will's assistants in "Putting Your Hoof Down"
. They invoke Furry Confusion
the most since they don't talk but are able to operate electric devices and wear ties.
- Shown Their Work: Goats have horizontal pupils, a rarity among most animals, and a fact carried into the design of MLP's goat characters.
- The Unintelligible: They can only bleat, but they're understood by Iron Will anyway.
The "Puddy Tat"
Appears in "May The Best Pet Win!
", "Read it and Weep
", "Magical Mystery Cure
", My Little Pony Equestria Girls
(counterpart), "Daring Don't
", and a San Diego Comic-Con 2012 poster
Equestria Games Griffon Team
Appears in ""Rainbow Falls."
A set of nameless griffons who competed in the Rainbow Falls relay team qualifying round. We see more in this picture
of presumably the actual games.
Tiny fairy-pony like creatures. They need a light breeze to magically fly on delicate damselfly-like wings. They migrate to remote locations to collect pollen and must migrate back to their world before the portal to their world closes.
These are the other species that inhabit Equestria. They are mostly non-sapient, but they display some behavior that suggests otherwise
. Most of Ponyville's animals appear to be under the care of Fluttershy. They can also be potential companions for ponies.
- Ambiguous Gender: Any of the ones who aren't referred to as "he" or "she."
- Ascended Extra:
- Big Badass Bird of Prey: "May The Best Pet Win!" features more than one.
- Canon Immigrant: A few of the animals who were originally just toys have gone on to appear in the animated segments of toy commercials (though they still haven't appeared in the actual show): the mouse from this commercial and the hedgehog, butterfly, and chipmunks from this commercial.
- Cool Pet:
- Feather Fingers: A few of the birds in "May The Best Pet Win!".
- Furry Confusion: The very idea that ponies which are considered pets themselves in Real Life (heck; the name "My Little Pony" is an indication of this) are able to own pets. Almost all of them are near the level of sapience as their owners.
- Invented Individual: Harry the bear is seemingly invented by Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy in "Party of One", though Hot Topic & The Hub's Hot Minute interview with Fluttershy has her mention an actual bear named Harry, hinting he is the bear seen from Season 2 onward.
- Messy Pig: Several seem to live at Sweet Apple Acres, where they are fed kitchen scraps and bruised apples. Apparently they're kept because ponies have a thing for truffles.
- No Name Given: With the exception of Elizabeak from "Stare Master", Hummingway and possibly Mr. Mousey from "A Bird in the Hoof", Harry, and Little Piggington from "Spike at Your Service".
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: A number of them.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: The bow-wearing bunny from "Dragonshy" accompanies the Fluttershy and Fashion Style Fluttershy toys, similarly to Angel Bunny.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: One bunny seen at the beginning of "Dragonshy" and in the toys.
- White Bunny: Angel isn't the only one.
- You ALL Look Familiar: Some white bunnies are indistinguishable from Angel Bunny.
- You Don't Look Like You: In the toys and their art, the bow-wearing bunny from "Dragonshy" looks less like Angel Bunny than in the show.