Characters: Friendship Is Magic-Expanded Universe
aka: My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic IDW
Friendship is Magic
has a small, but growing Expanded Universe
. The IDW comics
and Equestria Girls
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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Characters that play a major role in the G4 spin-off movie My Little Pony Equestria Girls
and related media. The human versions of 5 of the Mane 6 seen in the film essentially have the same tropes as their pony versions.
The main antagonist of My Little Pony Equestria Girls
, she was once one of Princess Celestia's most promising students. She steals the Element of Magic while Princess Twilight and friends are staying at the Crystal Empire and escapes through a mirror that serves as a portal to another world, kicking off the plot. The IDW comics expand on her life in Equestria as Celestia's student and how and why she entered the human world.
Her voice actress has confirmed Sunset will return in Rainbow Rocks. She'll apparently get to sing this time. (Sunset that is, her actress does Twlight's singing
- Alliterative Name: Both her first and last names start with "S".
- Alpha Bitch: As both a pony and a human.
- Ambition Is Evil: Her desire to become a princess drove her to villainy when she couldn't make it happen.
- A Pupil of Mine Until She Turned to Evil: Celestia took her on as an apprentice shortly before Twilight. Things weren't progressing as quickly as she wanted, so she fled through the mirror. However, it's made very clear in the prequel comic that she was a bad apple from the start, and Celestia was well aware of this and promptly disowned her once things got out of hand.
- Big Bad: Of the Equestria Girls movie.
- Berserk Button: Her jealousy hit a breaking point when Rarity called Twilight a real princess.
"Oh, yes. She's so very special!"
- She also seems to despise apple cider.
"Fizzy apple cider?! Ugh! This is my coronation, not a hoedown!"
- Berserker Tears: Right before you see Sunset Shimmer transform into her demon form, you can briefly see a trail of tears on her face. Whether this was from pain or terror though isn't clear.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Applejack says one of her plots is acting nice and then humiliating the person she "befriends".
- Black Eyes of Crazy: Gains these in her demon form.
- Blondes are Evil/Evil Redhead: Fulfills both requirements with her hair colors.
- Blue Orange Contrast: Her color scheme is primarily orange and red with some yellows, contrasting Twilight's lavender, violet and blue.
- Color-Coded Wizardry: Her magic aura is a greenish teal that matches her eye color.
- 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. Notably her first appearance as a pony toy on display had her wearing it, which concealed the fact of whether she was a earth pony or unicorn until her toy box was revealed.
- Dark Magical Girl: Albeit a good bit more unpleasant than the usual for this trope. given her backstory and magical powers (as a unicorn, at least), this fits.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Or at least, Twilight encourages her human friends to invoke this after Sunset repents.
- Devil in Plain Sight: She a massive jerk and doesn't bother to hide her dislike for anyone.
- 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.
- Her second appearance as a pony, between the release of the Equestria Girls trailer and the premiere of the Equestria Girls movie, is in Gameloft's My Little Pony Licensed Game, after being hinted at in promotional clue images for the game posted by official Facebook pages.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Sunset threatens to destroy the portal to Equestria if Twilight doesn't give up her crown, but this fails because Twilight would rather be stuck forever in an alternate reality than give Sunset the power of her element.
- Even Evil Has Standards: She has Spike kidnapped in order to lure Twilight to her. However, she balks at the idea of actually hurting him and lets him go as soon as Twilight asks.
- Evil Counterpart/Foil: Twilight's second one after Trixie, based on her attitude and her backstory.
- Her name is basically an alternate interpretation of Twilight Sparkle, and they were both students of Princess Celestia. Then it turns out that she craved power to get what she wanted, because she didn't know how to make friends, instead driving everyone away. To drive the point home she is voiced by Rebecca Shoichet, Twilight's Singing Voice. Her brushable (and currently only) pony toy is in a pair of waves with the rest of the Mane Six with her in Twilight's place signifying how she drove their alternate selves apart.
- The comic further hammers it in. Much like Twilight at the beginning of the series, Sunset prefers to study over socializing with others (said others even being the same ponies who invite Twilight to Moondancer's party). The difference is that while Twilight is polite and modest when she refuses ("Oh sorry, girls. I got a lot of studying to catch up on."), Sunset's refusal makes her come off as very smug ("I have better things to do than socialize). When she first sees the magic mirror, she sees herself as an Alicorn Princess in it, whereas Twilight actually becomes one.
- The same comics also imply that Celestia was grooming her to become a Princess, implying she may have intended Sunset Shimmer to receive the Element of Magic, not Twilight. But Sunset Shimmer was too selfish and power-hungry and Celestia realized she didn't have the right temperament to be a true princess.
- Evil Is Burning Hot: Her sun motif (sunburst cutie mark, red/yellow hair and flame design on boots) serves to parallel Twilight's star theme. She also gains Flaming Hair and fireball magic in her demon form.
- Expy: Her design and name are similar to those of G3 Earth pony Sunshimmer, while her status as an arrogant unicorn who believes herself superior mirrors Trixie, especially since both are presented as Evil Counterparts to Twilight.
- Flaming Hair: Gets this in her demon-form.
- Fatal Flaw: Sunset Shimmer's is Greed and Pride. When she was still Celestia's star pupil, things weren't progressing as quickly as she wanted them to, so she became bitter and angry. She eventually found the magic mirror and disappeared from Equestria. On the other side, she established herself as the Alpha Bitch of the school. Not content with controlling the school, she stole Twilight's crown so she could amass an army of brainwashed teenagers with which to take over Equestria.
- Friendless Background: Heavily implied. At the end of the movie, she admits that she does not know anything about friendship, implying that she never had any real friends prior to the movie.
- The comic prequel shows that some ponies did try to be friends with her, but she thought they were too beneath her and shunned them. So this trait was her own doing.
- Heel-Face Turn: After she is defeated, she tearfully admits that she knows nothing about friendship and that manipulating others, and accepts the chance to make amends.
- Hidden Depths: In the prequel comic book, she may or may not have an interest in journalism. She tells Pinkie at one point she started writing for the school newspaper because she thought it would be fun. It's hard to tell if she's being sincere as the reader doesn't know its Sunset doing the interview at that point, and the ending implies she interviewed the Mane 5 just to find out a way to break their friendship later.
- Hypocrite: She points out to Twilight Sparkle a couple of times that she doesn't belong in the human world, while ignoring the fact that she herself is a pony from Equestria.
- I Just Want to Be You: Twilight got everything that Sunset wanted to obtain, and now Sunset aims to take it all from her.
- Informed Ability: Her ability to manipulate people is not shown explicitly, but the IDW annual comic fleshes out her preparations a bit more.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Her human form bears an uncanny resemblance to her voice actress, Rebecca Shoichet.
- Insufferable Genius: She undoubtedly has great magical talent, and she doesn't hesitate to let others know it.
- It's All About Me: She believes she deserves power and recognition and is willing to call out or stomp out anyone who thinks otherwise.
- Jerkass: She's prideful, arrogant, and acts stuck up and rude towards her peers.
- Jerkass Realization: At the end, though only after she was beaten.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: It helps that, before she was beaten, she had become a demon which made her even MORE evil than before, since prior to the transformation she at least didn't want to physically hurt anyone, whereas afterward she was threatening murder.
- Jumped at the Call: It's implied Celestia planned for her to become a Princess once she was ready, but she was too ambitious and power-hungry, and her eagerness to claim the title made her unsuitable.
- Kick the Dog: "You really are pathetic! It's no wonder your best friends are all stray animals!"
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: "Spoiler alert! I was bluffing when I said I was going to destroy the portal!"
- Light Is Not Good: Bright yellow and her cutie mark is a sun much like her mentor Princess Celestia. She's a thief and a jerk. She also has a teal aura.
- Multicolored Hair: She has a red and yellow mane. In fact, her whole color scheme is similar to Spitfire. Or ketchup and mustard.
- One-Winged Angel: Close to the climax, she puts on Twilight's crown and transforms into demon-like being with wings, Flaming Hair and Black Eyes of Crazy.
- Origins Episode: An 8-page short story comic from IDW details her origins in Equestria. It was first available in the San Diego Comic Con 2013 version of Issue #9 of the ongoing and will be released to a wider audience in the first issue of the My Little Pony Annual, which focuses on Equestria Girls in October 2013.
- Our Demons Are Different: Turns into one in the end, being corrupted by the Element of Magic. She can also turn her minions into demons.
- Pet the Dog: She literally refuses to hurt Spike, a dog, saying "I'm not a monster!"
- Playing with Fire: Tries to fry the Mane Six with a fireball once she gets the crown. This proves to be her undoing.
- Power Echoes: In her demon form her voice gains a faint echoic effect.
- The Power of the Sun: Implied by her cutie mark, at least, which also helps to further her connection to Princess Celestia. When she attacks the protagonists at the end, she uses a bright golden fire attack.
- Pragmatic Villainy: She admonishes Snips and Snails for wrecking the Fall Formal decorations. Not because it's evil — she'd ordered them to do it, in fact — but because they overdid it and in doing so endangered her plans.
- Pstandard Psychic Pstance: When she brainwashes the Canterlot High students into becoming her zombie army.
- Rage Breaking Point: Sunset snaps after Twilight calls her bluff and the others praise her as a princess.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: As a human, she wears a black jacket and boots to accent her fire theme.
- The Resenter: It's brief, but the way she reacts when Twilight is praised as a princess by her friends, as well her constant insistence that the Element of Magic is her crown, shows that she resents Twilight for achieving everything she could not. Made more apparent by the IDW origin comic, which shows that she desired the same power Twilight earned.
- The fact that Twilight had never asked for the crown just makes it ironic. At the same time, it's probably why Twilight ended up becoming a princess and she didn't — she never wanted it yet proved she deserved it, unlike Sunset who wanted it yet proved undeserving of it.
- Satanic Archetype: Rebelling against her world's Physical Goddess? Ambition and pride leading to her falling out of said Physical Goddess' favor? Transforms into a powerful red-skinned demon who wants to launch an all-out war against the Physical Goddess? Suddenly, her Fan Nickname Sunset Satan is far more fitting than it needed to be.
- Shadow Archetype: A prodigy like Twilight, but lacks Twilight's understanding of friendship, making her unfit to be crowned a princess of Equestria — something she doesn't understand, and won't accept.
- When one thinks about the beginning of the series, Twilight was a lot like her. Too focused on her studies, not willing to make friends, etc. The only difference was that Twilight was willing to open up over time and starts learning there's more to life then studies and things books can't teach her, steering her off the path Sunset took.
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Has partly red hair and green eyes.
- Smug Smiler: She has a constant grin of superiority at all times... except in a presumably old photo of her looking genuinely happy when winning a formal crown.
- Smug Super: She mocks Twilight as an inferior replacement when Twilight doesn't know what effect her Element of Harmony will have on the human world. Twilight turns this back on her when Sunset proves she doesn't really understand the Elements of Harmony, and thus cannot control their power.
- Superpowered Evil Side: Sunset herself, while still a nasty person, still had standards and outright refused to harm Spike. Her demon form, however, is a murderous psychopath who tries to fry Twilight and her friends without a second thought.
- Super Mode: Sunset has been confirmed to return in Rainbow Rocks, and gets a half-pony form along with the rest of the main cast.
- Teleporters and Transporters: She shares Twilight's ability to teleport. In fact, she pulls the same trick on Twilight that Twilight herself used on Nightmare Moon in the pilot.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Sunset Shimmer seems to take a few levels in psycho when she finally gets the crown and is transformed by its magic. Prior to it, she was nasty but had some standards and operated on a more rational level.
- You Are Not Ready: When Sunset Shimmer demands that Princess Celestia make her a princess, Celestia's response is that being a princess must be earned.
We've got to stop running into each other like this!
Voiced by: Vincent Tong
A spiky blue haired fellow that seems like a nice enough guy. His cutie mark (or the human equivalent of one) seems to be a shield with a lightning bolt. In the pony world, he's a Pegasus Royal Guard, while his human counterpart is a guitar player that Twilight befriends during her stay at Canterlot High.
Prior to the reveal of his name, fans called him "Brad" in honor of some silly parody videos
. "Dreamy Cutebottom" has also been used, inspired by a joking Twitter message from Meghan McCarthy in response to the Brad name.
- Adorkable: The ending makes it pretty clear that he's this.
- All Guitars Are Stratocasters
- Boy Of The Week: He's effectively this. While he and Twilight didn't really have much of a romance to begin with, just a Meet Cute or two and a single dance, his pony-self's two subsequent appearances in Season 4 were nothing more than cameos in which they didn't acknowledge eachother.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Temporarily, when Sunset Shimmer hypnotizes him and the rest of the students to be her army in taking over Equestria while she's in One-Winged Angel form. He's the first person to be snapped out of it.
- The Cameo: In Luna's IDW micro-series oneshot, while she is checking up on the royal guard. And in the show itself, he's one of Cadence's escorts on the train to Ponyville in "Three's A Crowd" and announces the arrival of two visiting royals in "Twilight's Kingdom Part 1".
- Crash into Hello: A bit of a Running Gag in the movie. He lampshades the trend a couple of times both as a human and a pony.
- Curtains Match the Window: Blue hair and blue eyes.
- Dreamworks Face: His human counterpart is doing this in his official render... which is at odds with his actual personality. See Nice Guy below.
- Interspecies Romance: While they're both human at the time, he apparently dated Sunset Shimmer and developed a liking for Twilight Sparkle, both who are normally ponies.
- Knight in Shining Armor: As a pony, his job as a royal guard seems to invoke this motif, complete with being a love interest to a princess.
- Nice Guy: He's an all-around nice guy and helps Twilight and her friends a little bit.
- Only Known by Initials: When we first glimpsed him via leaks, he was just "FS".
- Satellite Love Interest: Not that he's much of a love interest to begin with. He looks nice, helps Twilight twice, plays a guitar, generally seems to be a Nice Guy, was Sunset Shimmer's ex-boyfriend, and his equine counterpart is a guard in Cadance's castle. And that's all we ever know about him.
- Ship Tease: Twilight develops a crush on his human counterpart, but the romance is mostly downplayed to ship teasing. The movie ends with a little Ship Tease with Pony!Flash.
- What Happened to the Mouse? Despite the movie's Ship Tease ending mentioned above, Word of God says he isn't going on to be in the following fourth season of FiM. However, he did make cameos in two episodes. A non-speaking cameo in "Three's a Crowd" and a speaking cameo in "Twilights Kingdom Part 1", announcing the arrival of a pair of royals at the Crystal Palace. Jim Miller decided to include him as a nod. Neither writer of the episode (Megan McCarthy and Ed Valentine) most likely knew about this.
- 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.
Applejack's cousin and the main antagonist of the main prequel story featured in the 2013 Annual comic from IDW. She appears to be the older sister of Babs Seed (who herself has been Age Lifted
to AJ's age).
- Alpha Bitch: Was the resident school bitch before Sunset entered the picture.
- Canon Foreigner: An odd case since she's the major "not-in-the-movie" character other than Human!Babs. If she is indeed her sister (the comic doesn't outright says this, just that she and Babs are AJ's cousins) this would mean her pony counterpart is the one Pony!Babs mentioned "One Bad Apple".
What's a high school without students? While a few students at Canterlot High are easily recognizable as the human counterparts of secondary characters, most are new characters. At the beginning they're divided up into different cliques - the athletes, the dramas, the techies, the eco-kids, the fashionistas, and the rockers. They stick to their own groups because of Sunset Shimmer, but come together later thanks to Twilight Sparkle.
- Expy: Averted; while some of the students have similar color schemes to certain background ponies in Friendship is Magic but different eye colors and "cutie marks" on their clothes (one of the athletic girls, for example, looks like a dead ringer for Cloud Kicker, but has a soccer ball cutie mark), they weren't based off of background pony designs.
- The Fashionista: The group Normal Norman belongs to, and its implied Rarity hangs out with them a bit (which would make sense) since she sits with them at the start of the cafeteria song
- Kids Are Cruel: When they make fun of Twilight when an embarrassing video of her is leaked.
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
"PWETAH HAR ON DAH PWETAH PONAY!"
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
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. Apparently, every species has one...
- Also, the giant spider bears more than a little resemblance to Jamie Hyneman, complete with trademark beret.
- 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.
"Why drain her? We have plenty of these guys left."
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
You're my shnookums, whatever you are!
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 Cook and Price 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.
- Crapsaccharine World: It's ironic how such cute beings could cherish such a precarious existence in the My Little Ponyverse, of all places.
- Doomed Hometown: The land was pretty ideal for Chrysalis and her changelings as not only did it provide love for them to feed on. It gave them a new base of operations which they took over within days. By the time the Mane 6 arrive, the place is a shadow of it's former self with green gloop covering the houses and ground. Not to mention the castle looming ominously over the once-happy village.
- 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.
- Self-Parody: A clear parody of the Gang of Critters trope and the MLP franchise as a whole.
- Too Dumb to Live: They tend to be a bit too friendly to newcomers. Even when they're being threatened.
The Nightmare Forces
"And you will help... more than you ever dreamed."
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.
- Accidental Misnaming: One of the spirits keeps calling Shadowfright "Larry", much to his annoyance. It turns out to be the name of that Nightmare's host.
- And I Must Scream: Rarity mention how cold and lonely it felt while being possessed by Nightmare Moon. One can only wonder what it must have felt like for Luna who was posses far longer.
- Bigger Bad: They are retroactively made this for the show's two-part pilot.
- The Dragon: Their leader Shadowfright, though he seems to be in charge whenever they don't have a queen.
- Black Magic: They're made of it.
- Body Snatcher: They targeted Luna to create Nightmare Moon and eventually Rarity to create Nightmare Rarity.
- The denizens of the moon, as well.
- 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, which is evidently simpler.
- Eldritch Abomination: They're shadow beings in the vein of Sombra's shadow form.
- Expy: Beings that feed on fear and also were revealed to have possessed a hero in the past by preying on their fears, turning that hero into a villain. Nope, definitely not Parallax.
- 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.
- Well they mostly prey on her self-confidence which is enough to posse her, so its more of a case of resolve. It becomes obvious Nightmare Moon doesn't have complete control of her body as through the story arc, glimpses of the original Rarity keep managing to surface (specifically when Spike and Sweetie Belle try to get through to her). When the Mane 6 and Spike assure Rarity they would never betray her, it breaks the possession.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast/Tom the Dark Lord: One of the Nightmare Forces self-identifies as Shadowfright even though his name is Larry. Nightmare Moon II only calls him Larry; he doesn't object, he just looks embarrassed. It really is Larry, as it turns out.
- 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.
Gaffer and 8-Bit
-Both together with Poindexter, in response to Shining's love-stricken reactions.
Debut: Issue #11
Shining Armor and Poindexter / Gizmo
's geeky friends at Canterlot Academy. Gaffer is a cream/white unicorn with a 8-sided die as a cutie mark, and 8-Bit is a grey pegasus with a Space Invader
-like cutie mark. The two work together with Shining and Poindexter to help Shining try to win over Cadance's heart on the night of the big polo championship game.
/ Poindexter, see the Background Ponies pages
- Nerd: Both.
- Schizo Tech: 8-Bit's name and cutie mark begs the question if computers and video games exist.
- Unexpected Character: It turns out that Gaffer is possessed by Sam from Quantum Leap, his task being to get Shining Armor and Cadance together so he can leap.
Debut: Issue #11
Canterlot Academy's top polo player and school bully. He is what stands in the way of Shining from getting Cadance to come to the dance with him.
Lemony Gems and Diamond Rose
See the Background Ponies - Others page
for Lemony Gem(s)
and the Toyline Exclusive page
for Diamond Rose.
Debut: Issue #13
A Type 1 Pirate
that serves at the antagonist for the Issue #13-14 arc.
- Artificial Limbs: Peg-leg
- Badass: Give the guy credit, he faced down the Mane 6 in a sword fight and kept em at bay. He only lost because Spike managed to drop a coconut on him.
- Expy: Of Jack Sparrow unsurprisingly, both in looks, similar backstory (his crew turning on him twice}, and having a magical object for treasure hunting (the Map of the Wandering X)
- Eye Patch Of Power
- Gold Tooth
- Half-Pony Hybrid: Twilight uses her magic to give him gills so he'll be able to be with Jewel and be able to come back on land when he wishes.
- Interspecies Romance: With Jewel, a mermare.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Jewel since the mermares don't approve of him at first.
Jewel and the Mermares
Debut: Issue #14
Whether or not they are meant to be the Sea Ponies of earlier generations
, there does exist a race of ponies in the sea. Jewel is one of them, the "treasure" that Hoofbeard seeks.
- Continuity Nod: The mermares and the "mantahawk" they summon to help the ponies back home are elements featured earlier in the Gen 4 picture book, "Under the Sparkling Sea".
- Interspecies Romance: Jewel with Hoofbeard, a Earth pony.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Again, Jewel with Hoofbeard. The rest of the meremares had disapproved of them being together and forced Jewel to come with them. It was only due to the magic map he was able to keep track of them. The Mane 6 eventually manage to convince the meremares to let the two stay together with Twilight adding extra help by giving Hoofbeard gills.
Debut: Issue #15
A magical bookwork that begins eating through Twlight's books. Causing mayhem in both the book and outside worlds.
- Anti-Villain: It's not really evil, just ignorant of his actions and a little too driven to find it goal. He even states he likes books. After Twilight tells him this, he admits he didn't want to hurt anyone and, once granted the ability to make it right, starts fixing his messes.
- Freudian Excuse: He's eating stories because there are none with worms as the heroes and he wants to find one that does.
- One-Winged Angel: The more stories it eats the more huge and grotesque it becomes When it starts helping the Mane 6, this reverts it.
- Reality Warper: In both worlds, in the book work it changes how the story goes even taking out lead characters that were meant to be in it. This causes the characters to show up in the pony world via cocoons and start running amuck.
Debut: Issue #15
The leader of the book villains when they arrive in the pony world.
The "Reflections" arc features an Alternate Universe
where good and evil have been reversed. Equestria is ruled by the just and merciful King Sombra who defends his kingdom from the diabolical Celestia and Luna.
- Arc Villain: Mirror Celestia and Luna serve as this for the "Reflections" arc.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: A wanted poster of Big McIntosh shows that he's a Baron, complete with Beard of Evil. Later, we see a more aristocratic Granny Smith by his side and she definitely seems to be far from the kindly old lady of the main universe. Another poster hints that the Apple Family has ties to Cosa Nostra.
- Barrier Warrior: Mirror Sombra's powers are mostly defensive in nature.
- Beauty Equals Goodness: Chrysalis is a good guy in this universe, and looks significantly more cuddly. She's even immortalized in a stained glass window as a paragon of love.
- Big Good: Mirror Sombra plays this role.
- Bizarro Universe: Every role in this universe is filled by its polar opposite in the prime universe. Interestingly, it's not entirely moralities that are reversed, but primary character traits. For example, Derpy isn't evil in the alternate world, she's simply stoic and intelligent instead of a happy go lucky Ditz and is apparently wise enough to earn a stained glass window.
- The Cameo/Mythology Gag: Several of them don't have any role in the story or even any lines, showing up just long enough for us to get an idea of what they're like. Per Word of God, even four issues isn't enough space to give enough world building for the main story and devote any real time to everyone's favorite minor characters appearance in the mirror universe.
- Deal with the Devil: The Mirror Celestia offers to mirror Sombra the safety of main universe Celestia and allowing her to stay with Sombra in exchange for the spell that would allow her access to main universe Equestria. He refuses not only because he does not wish for the main universe Equestria to suffer the same fate as his kingdom, but because he's Genre Savvy enough to know that Mirror Celestia would do anything to have complete control over both worlds.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: In this universe, Trixie personifies humility and was able to become an alicorn princess.
- Face-Heel Turn: In the past, Mirror Luna was actually very sociable and very much acquainted with Mirror King Sombra during a time when Luna was not. However, when Nightmare Moon was defeated and Luna returned to rule by Celestia's side in the main universe, Mirror Luna defected to Mirror Celestia's side.
- Granny Classic: Mirror Chrysalis has the appearance of one of these.
- Heroic Sacrifice: When it's shown that the encasing plan will affect the main Celestia as well. Mirror Sombra uses the Elements of Harmony to instead take in the evil of Mirror Celestia and Luna within himself. Essentially turning him into the Sombra we know from the main verse.
- The Judge: Mirror Flim and Flam. They're apparently good enough to warrant a stained glass window representing fairness.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Mirror Luna's choice of wardrobe. Rarity is unimpressed.
- Slouch of Villainy: Mirror Celestia does not sit on her throne. She drapes her whole body over it as though it were a bed.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Mirror Sombra with the main universe Celestia.
- The Stoic: Mirror Derpy appears to be a stoic scholar, instead of the lovable ditz we know her as.
- Superhero: Mirror Discord, or "Sir Discord" as he is called by Mirror Sombra, who goes by the name "Captain Goodguy" when he dons a typical superhero outfit, complete with cape, mask, and spandex.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: Mirror Sombra. Rarity, to no one's surprise, notices this. Fluttershy, to everyone's surprise, notices this too. And of course, Celestia falls for him at first sight.
Those are books. Don't know if you've seen them before, Twylek. Young ponies these days don't read.
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.
- Canon Discontinuity: "Daring Don't" etablishes A.K. Yearling as Twilight's favorite author. Then again this could be before she knew about A.K and even then she could still be one of her favorite authors.
- Grumpy Old Mare: A rare female example of this trope.
- Punny Name: She's jaded alright with her outlook on life. But the name also is a pun on J. D. Salinger, a famous recluse author that the story is inspired by.
- We Used to Be Friends: Princess Celestia reveals that she used to be friends with her before Jade's success, though thanks to Twilight that friendship seems to be renewed.
"Ah, another fine morn to bask in the haunting glow of the ruination and melancholy of these poor equine fools."
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. Though their names aren't given in the comic proper, the writer Ryan Lindsay stated
he had named them Big Boy and Runt.
- Emotion Eater: They feed on sadness, hatred, and other sorts of negativity. Positive emotions, on the other hoof, defeat them.
- Goggles Do Nothing: One of them wears a pair of goggles and quotes the trope when they're defeated by the happiness Rainbow Dash caused with her Sonic Double Rainboom.
- Nothing Can Stop Us Now: Begins to feel this way after Rainbow repeated attempts to stop them fail. They even come to enjoy her attempts because her desperation feeds them. This bites them in the butt when Rainbow goes for the Sonic Double Rainboom and they do nothing to attempt to stop her.
The Hippie Ponies
"Did you know the flax seed... the grain, not me, is like, beneficial to your aura?"
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.
- Meaningful Name: All four named ones - Flax Seed, Wheat Grass, Tofu, and Tempeh - are names of foodstuffs that would be considered part of a natural lifestyle. Even more so with Tempeh's fascination with soy, as the food tempeh is a soy-based product. This latter aspect also alludes to the fact that Tempeh and Tofu - both soy-based products - are brothers.
- 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 mind.
- 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.
: "This isn't art. This is cr--"
Debut: Micro Series #4: Fluttershy
A Caustic Critic
stallion in Canterlot that appears to be one of the judges at Princess Celestia's Extreme Art Contest. He is overly harsh, as indicated by his cutie mark, a hatchet taken to a painting canvas.
- Beatnik: Dresses in a beret, a black scarf, and rectangular glasses, along with a trim goatee and moustache. He may not speak beat, but certainly derives from the beat culture.
- Caustic Critic: Only has negative things to say about all the entries - at least until Celestia comments positively on Fluttershy's, and he's quick to change his tune.
- Meaningful Name: As an art critic, he is appraising of art, but giving it a pass most of the time (panning it).
- Ironic Name: He pans much more than he praises art.
- Punny Name: Could also be read as "Praise or Pan" which is ultimately what any critic will do.
- Opinion Flipflop: Praiser changes his mind on Fluttershy's work as soon as Celestia awards her a prize for it.
"Ms. Pie, I've been a clown for a very long time. Why, I was treading the boards before you were even born!"
Debut: Micro Series #5: Pinkie Pie
Equestria's silliest star and Pinkie Pie's idol, Ponyacci is an old, famous clown who's forgotten more things about comedy than most ponies ever learn. After a long, tiring but happy career of clowning and spreading happiness, he must accept he has become too old to perform and it's time to retire.
- Badass Grandpa: Despite his old age, he puts on a hell of a show at his final performance with loads of acrobatics and juggling. He also apparently once beat a rampaging bear with a rubber chicken.
- Cartoon Juggling: One of his many skills.
- Cool Old Guy: This old stallion can give Pinkie Pie a run for her money and she absolutely idolizes him for that.
- For Happiness: All he wants to do in life is make ponies laugh.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Pinkie Pie at the end of the story.
- The Mentor: After he gives Pinkie Pie some constructive criticism on her own clowning, she suggests he become a teacher. He opens a clowning school in Ponyville, extremely happy that he can pass his special talent onto a new generation of clowns. Twilight asks Pinkie why she doesn't sign up for the school herself, to which she replies she's already learned a lot from Ponyacci.
- One-Man Band: His skills can top even Pinkie Pie's.
- Sad Clown: Much to the surprise of Pinkie Pie. However, he's not sad because he's a clown, he's sad because his old age is forcing him to give up clowning and as a result on making others laugh.
- Shout-Out: To Pagliacci. His first (out of costume) appearance even references the famous joke: Pinkie Pie sees him looking sad, and tells him that Ponyacci could probably cheer him up.
- Stepford Smiler: When he's performing. He eventually gets better.
Debut: Micro Series #7: The Cutie Mark Crusaders
A mimicker that can take the shape of anything except ponies, who befriends the CMC. Her default form appears to be a large, filly sized blue gem with eyes; the blue eyes appear on any other object that she copies.
Debut: Micro Series #8: Princess Celestia
An old friend of Princess Celestia and a professor at the princess' School for Gifted Unicorns. Though an important part of Celestia's past, she has grown senile and has become the target of much gossip.
- Be Yourself: Weather she's aware or not of what most think of her currently, it's likely she doesn't care. She is who she is and is comfortable with that. Celestia uses this as part of a Batman Gambit to show the others why she's still fit to be a teacher.
- Eye Scream: Took a rather nasty hit to the left eye during the war against the shadows. She didn't lose it and could still see out of it, but wouldn't be able to fully open it for the rest of her life.
- Eccentric Mentor: Shows all the signs of being this when she was younger. Celestia attempts to prove that she's still this, even as her senility becomes less and less of an act.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Her damaged left eye is really the only flaw on an otherwise beautiful young mare.
- Never Mess with Granny: Her mind might be mostly gone, but she's still willing to go into battle alongside Celestia and kick massive amounts of pastry butt (with an Offhand Backhand no less).
- Scars Are Forever: She received a scar on her left eye during the siege of Canterlot which never fully healed.
- Retired Badass: She aided Princess Celestia to fight off a siege of Canterlot and can still pull off some impressive magic.
The Sea Beasts
Debut: Micro Series #9: Spike
A group of creatures Spike purchases from a comic book so he can have a pet. Initially very tiny, Spike finds a way to make them grow, but soon get out of hand.
- But Now I Must Go: After Spike teaches them, they choose to leave to seek further enlightenment in the world.
- Cool Pet: Though it takes some magic growth formula before they started becoming cool. Sadly, just like Pee Wee, they don't stay very long.
- Uplifted Animal: Over the course of the story, they go from tiny specks in an aquarium to intelligent creatures thanks to the various formulas Spike feeds them.
"Let's not call them 'the peasantry', Princess. It's not endearing."
Debut: Micro Series #10: Luna
Princess Celestia's Royal Scheduling Advisor that helps Princess Luna keep on track when she takes over for the day.
- Straight Pony: Remains steadyfast in his duties no matter how wreckless Luna gets.
- Super OCD: Maybe not as bad as Twilight, but clearly becomes uncomfortable with going off the schedule. At one point, he is forced to leave Luna alone when he realizes he has the wrong color of highlighter for an upcoming meeting.
Debut: Micro Series #10: Luna
An opossum that Luna adopts as her pet.
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
For Sweet C
ream Scoops, Sugar Grape, Cherry Spices, Barber Groomsby, Tealove, and Bumblesweet, see the Toyline Exclusive page
- The Cameo: See 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, 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.
- Sibsy's variant cover for the Rainbow Dash issue of the Micro-Series has the Original Character of her then-coworker on the show Raven Molisee (Snowdrop), as well as her then-current boyfriend (and popular fan-musician) Andy "MandoPony" Stein.
- Sibsy's OC Wild Fire pops up in the background now and then.
- 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 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
- 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.
Debut: My Little Pony: Under The Sparkling Sea
Princess Celestia's cousin, ruler of the underwater city of Aquastria from picture book Under the Sparkling Sea
- All There in the Manual: The dust jacket of the Under The Sparkling Sea book mentions that both Princess Celestia and King Leo sit on the "Cosmic Council", but this isn't elaborated on anywhere.
- Our Mermaids Are Different: King Leo is a Mer-lion. A lion-like head and a fish-like body. How he's related to Celestia isn't known.
- Stellar Name/Punny Name: I'm sure that given his cousins' connection with certain Luminaries that someone had the Western Zodiac in mind when writing the story.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Allows Rainbow Dash to take Arrow's place after he tears his fin.
Coral and Arrow
Debut: My Little Pony: Under The Sparkling Sea
A sister and brother pair of seaponies.
Debut: My Little Pony: Under The Sparkling Sea
The fastest Mer-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
Debut: My Little Pony: Under The Sparkling Sea
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.
- Big Damn Heroes: He manages to save Arrow with his horn as the hapless sea pony was about to get sucked into a whirlpool after tearing his fin.
- Friend to All Living Things: He's almost the Aquastrian equivalent of Fluttershy.
- Shrinking Violet: Although he is a bit quicker to come out of his shell.
Creatures of the Sparkling Sea
Debut: My Little Pony: Under The Sparkling Sea
The Sparkling Sea is home to some unusual lifeforms. They resemble a cross between a land animal and a sea animal
Braze is a villainous Zebra who tries to steal the Half-Gilded Horseshoe from Rainbow Dash.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Evidently, not even zebras are exempt from this. Braze is described as having flame-like red, orange, and yellow stripes as opposed to white and black.
- Playing with Fire: He has pyromantic abilities, and is able to create ropes made of fire (and can apparently control how hot they are, since he can tie up ponies with said ropes without burning them to death).
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: He has blood-red eyes.
A unicorn new to the fashion world who is apprenticing under Rarity's tutelage. Idolized Rarity to the point where she starts to imitate her.
- Does Not Like Spam: She detests Bedazzle berry tarts, but she hides that fact from Rarity, since Rarity loves them. Rarity is quick to figure this out.
- Fangirl: A huge one of Rarity who takes it too far.
- Identical Stranger: Charity happens to look a lot like Rarity, save for having a mint green mane. Even her cutie mark appears to be very similar to Rarity's (three blue gems shaped like hearts instead of diamonds). It reaches the point where, after dying her mane, she gets mistaken for Rarity when she delivers Rarity's chorus outfits.
- Irritation Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery: She already looks similar to Rarity and is a huge fan, but she takes it farther throughout the course of the book, dying her hair and trying to mimic Rarity's speech patterns.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Rarity has to give her errands just so she can actually get some breathing room for a change.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Inverted. While she loves fashion and, in general, likes many of the same things Rarity does, she also has a Tomboyish side, wanting to join Rainbow Dash in a cannon ball contest and wanting to learn how to apple buck from Applejack (and got the hang of it pretty quickly, according to Applejack). However, she tries to hide this side so she can impress Rarity.
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