Characters: Friendship Is Magic-Expanded Universe
Friendship is Magic
has a small, but growing Expanded Universe
. The IDW comics
are currently the main source of EU Canon, but Hasbro has plans to release some chapter books as well. This page is for all the little Canon Foreigners
that show up here and there.
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Again the main source of Expanded Universe
canon is currently IDW's comic books
, so its introduced a few new characters. Its even introduced a couple of new races!
Jim the Cave Troll
Debut: Issue #2
A cave troll that appears in Friendship is Magic
Issue #2. He scares the girls at first, but he's really just a big lovable brony
who wants to play with PO-NAYS.
The Gangster Spiders
Debut: Issue #2
Multiple different huge spiders who appear in Issue #2 as an obstacle for the Mane Six when traveling though the mines, most of them sporting hats and even have their own "cutie marks".
- Badass Mustache: Their fangs look like old-timey mustaches.
- The Cameo: One of them is blonde, gray and has one eye off to a side, like Derpy the pony. Apperantly, that condition affects all species...
- Giant Spider: Of course.
- Large and in Charge: Most of them are about pony-sized, their leader however is as big as the cave troll encountered earlier in the issue.
- Nice Hat: Most of them. Spider-Derpy doesn't have one by default, so it takes Applejack's.
Debut: Issue #2 (Green armored), Issue #3 (Purple armored)
A pair of Changelings with unique armor. They appear to be the heads of Chrysalis's guards and in Issue #3 keep tabs on the Mane Six pairs that don't have the magic map that Twilight has (which allows Chrysalis to spy on her).
- Custom Uniform: What sets them apart from the other Changelings; one of them has green armor with black swirls on it, the other has a more detailed version of the armor the Mook Lieutenants from the show, with a few added Spikes of Villainy.
- Early-Bird Cameo: The green armored one actually appeared in Issue #2, but he didn't do anything other than take an order.
- Mook Lieutenant: They're not quite Co-Dragons, their main role is simply to talk to and laugh with Chrysalis.
The Cute Citizens of Wuvy-Dovey Land
Debut: Issue #3
A race of adorable, loving cat-like creatures who are more than happy to make friends with all who enter their lands. Their homeland was conquered and converted into the Changeling Kingdom soon after the events of "A Canterlot Wedding"
- The Chew Toy: It's obvious the caricaturists wanted to create a species so sugar-sweet that readers could enjoy watching the Changelings take them apart without the writers having to invoke any sympathy.
- Crap Saccharine World: It ironic how such cute beings could cherish such a precarious existence in the My Little Ponyverse, of all places.
- The Farmer And The Viper: The Changelings aren't in their lands for five minutes and they welcome them with open arms and offer their Queen cake. It ends very badly for them.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: They're adorable, and very friendly.
- Too Dumb to Live: They tend to be a bit too friendly to newcomers. Even when they're being threatened.
Debut: Micro Series #1: Twilight Sparkle
Twilight Sparkle's favorite author, she wrote the One Hit Wonder Canter in the Sky
before going into obscurity. She currently works at the Royal Archives, where Twilight helps her for a few days after injuring her leg.
Debut: Micro Series #2: Rainbow Dash
Mischievous little creatures that feed on negative emotions
, one pair set up a dark cloud over Ponyville and cause problems for Rainbow Dash in her spotlight comic.
The Nightmare Forces
Debut: Issue #5
Malevolent spirits of darkness that inhabit the Nightmare Dreamscape, they're the main antagonist of the second Story Arc
of the main series. They were the ones that caused Luna to become Nightmare Moon, and they return using the power of the new moon to cause trouble for the bearers of the Elements of Harmony.
- Bigger Bad: They are retroactively made this for the show's two-part pilot.
- Big Bad: Their leader Shadowfright.
- Black Magic: They're made of it.
- Body Snatcher: They targeted Luna to create Nightmare Moon and eventually Rarity to create Nightmare Rarity.
- By the Lights of Their Eyes: It's the only part of their bodies that aren't completely black.
- Dark Is Evil: They're associated with the night just like they were when merged with Luna. And they come in a variety of dark colors as well:
- Demonic Possession: This seems to be the only way they can get things done: preying on the negativity of others to take control of their bodies. They also take possession of the moon's wildlife.
- Eldritch Abomination: They're shadow beings in the vein of Sombra's shadow form.
- Fusion Dance: Of the Power Booster kind; their system of Demonic Possession.
- Living Shadow: They're a collection of beings that look like flaming shadows.
- Lunacy: They can draw power from the moon.
- The Man Behind the Mare: For Nightmare Moon.
- More than Mind Control: They took control of Luna by convincing her they could give her the power to please her subjects, then Rarity by promising that they would never reject her.
- My Name Is Not Durwood: One of the spirits keeps calling Shadowfright "Larry", much to his annoyance.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast / Tom The Dark Lord: It isn't clear which is his real name, but one of the Nightmare Forces self-identifies as Shadowfright but is called Larry by one of the others.
- Nightmare Moon II only calls him Larry, he doesn't object, he just looks embarrassed.
- The Power of Hate: Yet another villain (or group of villains) that uses it.
- To Create A Playground For Evil: They wish to create a Nightmare Kingdom.
- Your Worst Nightmare: They induce this in their potential hosts.
The Hippie Ponies
Debut: Micro Series #3: Rarity
A group of ponies lead by Wheat Grass and Flax Seed who own a farm outside of Ponyville and make all-natural health & beauty products. In Rarity's spotlight comic, she spends a few days there to relax after answering an ad for a new "wellness center". Hilarity Ensues
- Cordon Bleugh Chef: Wheat Grass' "crazy healthy food" is just plain, normal regular food. It looks and tastes weird because she's just a terrible cook.
- Hunk: Tempeh is quite the manly pony and popular with the mares, even Rarity is quite smitten with him when they first meet. Too bad he's a tad single minded...
- Land Poor: Flax Seed and Wheat Grass own the land where their communal farm is built, but they don't have much money and when Rarity meets them, they are about to lose their home because of a debt they have no way possible to pay.
- New Age Retro Hippie: All of them.
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: They don't like money and try to charge as low as they can for their fantastic beauty products, which is the root of their financial difficulties.
- Thousand Yard Stare: This is Flax Seed's default expression, since he's always stoned out of his head.
- Verbal Tic: Flax Seed constantly says "like" every other word...even when being chased by bees!
- Trademark Favorite Food: Tempeh. Soy. The guy will give you 8 hours of the entire history of soy without you even asking.
IDW Background Ponies
Like the show, the comics have their own stable of incidental characters (fan-favorites from the show still show up, of course). Since the artists draw them individually on the spot instead of pulling them out of a Flash Library, there's actually quite a bit of variety, though most of them are just Shout Outs
- The Cameo: See pretty much every other trope in this entry.
- Captain Ersatz: Quite a few of them are Pony versions of characters from... anything and everything.
- Creator Cameo:
- An Earth pony version of artist Andy Price appears, accompanied by a unicorn version of his wife Alice Price and by their cats Sam, Spooky, Tabitha, Boris, Bela, and Mina.
- A unicorn version of writer Katie Cook appears, later accompanied by a mule version of her husband Ryan Cook.
- Sibsy's variant cover for the Rainbow Dash issue of the Micro-Series has the Original Character of her co-worker on the show Raven Molisee (Snowdrop), as well as her current boyfriend (and popular brony musician) Andy "MandoPony" Stein.
- Expy: See Lawyer-Friendly Cameo below.
- Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: A Pegasus mare described by artist Andy Price as "a shout-out to original MLP Firefly from the ponies 'established 1982'" appears. The page doesn't show her eye color, but her coat color, mane and tail color, cutie mark, and tail bow all match G1 Firefly's. If it really is G4 Firefly, this marks her first appearance in a My Little Pony work since The Eighties!note
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Since the bases of the Captain Ersatz ponies mentioned above were played by live-action actors, they're also partly modeled after Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Tom Selleck, Donald Sutherland, and Jason Lee, respectively.
- Andy Price's Applejack variant cover for Issue #1, has Vinyl Scratch in the background. In her record collection? "The Hoof Beats".
- Recurring Extra: Andy Price, the massive Fringe fan that he is, has made sure to slip in an "Observer" pony in every issue he's worked on thus far.
- Unknown Character: Everything we know about Applejack's great uncle Honeycrisp is that he was a lumberjack. He was only mentioned once in Issue #3.
Characters that will play a major role in the upcoming G4 spin-off movie My Little Pony Equestria Girls
A mare who "knows a magical path to faraway adventures! Years ago, she was also a student of Princess Celestia." She has a yellow coat and red & yellow mane, with a yin-yang sun cutie mark. A human version of her appears in Equestria Girls
, seemingly as the movie's main antagonist.
- Alliterative Name: Two "S" names!
- Alpha Bitch: Her human version appears to be one.
- Cool Mask: Though all the basic brushables in the Crystal Princess Celebration line have masquerade masks, she's to date the only character who's appeared as a pony solely in those waves.
- Early-Bird Cameo: She first appeared at the 2013 New York Toy Fair as a pony toy, overshadowed by all the Princess Twilight merch and fan-favorites getting toys.
- Evil Counterpart: Twilight's second one after Trixie apparently, based on her attitude and her backstory.
- Multicolored Hair: She has red & yellow mane, in fact her whole color scheme is similar to Spitfire.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Her name is similar in meaning to Twilight Sparkle, is a former student of Princess Celestia, and her brushable pony (and currently only) toy is in a pair of waves with the rest of the Mane Six with her in Twilight's place. This led to a lot of speculation, but regardless she hasn't been confirmed to be in the main show at this time and Word Of God has made it clear that Twilight isn't being replaced, especially now that she's seemingly the antagonist of Equestria Girls.
A spiky blue haired fellow that Twilight Sparkle meets in the Alternate Universe
of Equestria Girls. Seems like a nice enough guy. His cutie mark (or the human equivalent of one) seems to be a shield with a lightning bolt. His official name is unknown; an image of Twilight and him was leaked under the filename "ts_fs.png" (with his apparent initials soon being claimed to stand for Flash Sentry or Flash Shield), and he's been Fan Nicknamed
- Crash into Hello: How Twilight meets him, he seems to take it well enough and is nice enough to help her up on her feet.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair makes him look like he walked out of an anime of some kind, made all the more obvious since he appears to have a relatively normal human skin-tone.
Characters from storybooks
A Wicked Witch
that used an an amulet to drain the love from the Earth Pony village that adopted Cadance. Cadance confronted and defeated her with The Power of Love
. Appeared in Twilight Sparkle And The Crystal Heart Spell
- Artifact of Doom: The source of her power was an amulet similar to the Alicorn Amulet.
- The Ghost: Is only mentioned in a flashback and does not make any sort of present day appearance in the book.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She lived alone and was jealous of the nearby earth pony village for the love they had for each other.
- Hate Plague: Caused one for the earth pony village nearby.
- Wicked Witch
Princess Celestia's cousin, ruler of the underwater city of Aquastria from picture book Under the Sparkling Sea
The fastest Sea-Mare in the Sparkling Sea. At first she was cold towards the Equestrian Ponies and Spike, but later on she warmed up to them, especially Rainbow Dash
A bashful Narwhal who lives in the Seagrass beds of Aquastria. he is friends with the sea creatures there and was befriended by Twilight, Spike and Fluttershy.
There have been several short stories & comics found in various little girls' magazines. They all use copy-and-paste stock art and the writing, to put it lightly, is not up to the same standards as the show & IDW comics. Their canonical relevance is debatable and next to nothing, but for the sake of completion here are the characters that appear exclusively in them.
From No Way Too Far
A stallion appears in one (Scanlated
as No Way Too Far
) from Panini's German My Little Pony
- Palette Swap: He's a recolor of Big McIntosh, to the point of wearing a recolor of Big Mac's horse collar.
From Apple Blooms großes Abenteuer
Four Pegasi appear in Apple Blooms großes Abenteuer
as Apple Bloom's Big Adventure
) from Panini's German My Little Pony
From A Bright Idea
Eight mares appear in one (Scanlated
as A Bright Idea
) from Panini's German My Little Pony
From Les surprises de l'amitié
Two unicorn mares appear in Les surprises de l'amitié
from Panini's French and German My Little Pony
A four-year-old cousin of Princess Celestia's (and presumably Princess Luna's) who appears in one from Panini's French My Little Pony