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The Apple Family
The family which Applejack belongs to. A huge herd that works several apple farms all across Equestria.
See The Cutie Mark Crusaders
for Apple Bloom, Applejack and Big McIntosh's younger sister.
Shared Family Tropes
- American Accents: All of them have Southern Drawls, to varying degrees. The exception would be the distantly-related Manehatten branch; the Oranges speak in a posh "Hamptons" accent and Babs Seed talks like she's from the Bronx.
- Badass Family: The main Apples for sure as well as their Appleloosa relatives.
- The Clan: Applejack's family is HUGE. All of them work in apple farms and they work together to maintain their family business. In special occasions they gather together in one of these farms to assist the local Apple family prepare for a celebration. In the first episode's case: The Summer Sun Celebration. In Season 3, it's a family reunion, which takes place once every hundred moons.
- Good Old Ways/Ludd Was Right: They prefer to make cider using simpler machines as opposed to the Flim-Flams' more powerful cider maker.
- Sibling Team: Applejack and her siblings often do the farm's chores in pairs, or all together as a team for harder, more exhausting stuff.
- Theme Naming: Almost all of their names are somehow related to apples or foods made from apples.
Voiced by: Peter New
Big McIntosh is Applejack's older brother, a red earth pony with an orange mane and freckles. While most of the Apple clan live scattered around Equestria, he stays at Sweet Apple Acres with his sisters and Granny Smith.
- Adorkable: As cavity inducing as it is, love struck Big McIntosh is pretty adorable.
- Ascended Extra: Although he was a named recurring character from the very beginning, he never did much. Season 2 saw a large increase in his screentime to the point where he even got an episode centered around him (and Cheerilee). And he spoke.
- Audience Surrogate: At the end of Lesson Zero, he gladly ran off with the Smartypants doll despite not being hypnotized. An adult male happily owning a toy intended for little girls. Sound familiar?
- Badass: See Charles Atlas Superpower below and also this.
- Berserk Button: Never, ever disrespect him or his relatives, even if you're related to him. Apple Bloom and her friends learned this the hard way in "Ponyville Confidential" when Big Mac discovers that the Cutie Mark Crusaders are Gabby Gums.
- The Big Guy: Class 2 type.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: We see how tenderhearted he is almost as much as we see how strong and tough he is.
- Brutal Honesty: All the time.
- Beware The Quiet/Nice Ones: He gives a mighty "The Reason You Suck" Speech to the Cutie Mark Crusaders after finding out they were Gabby Gums. You can feel both the anger and disappointment in his voice when he's giving them their chewing out.
- Catchphrase: "Eeyup" and "Nope."
- Characterization Marches On: He didn't become The Quiet One until after "Applebuck Season".
- Charles Atlas Superpower: All that farm work over the years has made him into one of the physically strongest characters on the show — or it could be just genetics, since other earth ponies with "obvious" hoofs managed to draw a 6 wagon passenger train for days at full speed.
- He's also able to shake off a Dog Pile of Doom so hard he threw some of the participants over the horizon.
- He also managed to pull a cart full of anvils and the two oxen towing it while skipping without even noticing. It took being tethered to a full sized, two-story house to make him pause for a second... and then he ripped the house out of its foundations, dragging it with him as he continued frolicking around, while in thrall from a love potion.
- He does have a hard time balancing a large cake on his back, though.
- The Charmer/Chick Magnet: Unofficially, the fans love to paint him like this, but the episode "Luna Eclipsed" had a short scene where Big McIntosh was proudly pulling a cart with three young mares on it.
- Dialogue in "Hearts and Hooves Day" suggests that he's one of the most eligible bachelors in Ponyville. He's just shy.
- Cool Big Bro: To Applejack and Apple Bloom.
- A Day in the Limelight: An episode centered on him was pitched, but was turned down.
- Deadpan Snarker:
I'll take a bite out of this job by day's end! Big McIntosh:
Biting off more than you can chew is just what I'm afraid of. Applejack:
Are you saying my mouth is making promises my legs can't keep? Big McIntosh: Eeyup
- Depending on the Artist: During some scenes in "Friendship is Magic - Part 1", "Winter Wrap Up", "Sisterhooves Social", "MMMystery on the Friendship Express", "Just for Sidekicks", "Spike at Your Service" and "Magical Mystery Cure", as well as on WeLoveFine's Big Mac Brony shirt, bag and hoodie, Big Mac Brony Hoodie and Everypony art print, his Cutie Mark includes four stars; it's normally sparkle-free, and a development image for the My Little Pony mobile game from Gameloft specifically states that "Stars are not part of Big McIntosh's cutie mark design."
- Does Not Know His Own Strength: Normally he does, as he clearly uses just a fraction of his strength to buck apples from a tree, but certain things can cause him to forget.
- Expy: A very weird case. First, he's based on the Big Brother ponies in G1, and as his general design, it strongly resembles G3 Applejack, down to his coat color but minus the green mane and tail and checkered blanket.
- Fast Tunnelling: While he's corrupted during Discord's reign in "The Return of Harmony - Part 2". It's unknown if he's normally capable of it.
- Flanderization: In "Applebuck Season", his first speaking role, his dialogue was normal. Ever since, nearly every word out of his mouth has been either "Ee-yup" or "Nope", though he does get the occasional short line. In "Hearts and Hooves Day", a love potion causes him to say a fair amount of unbearably sappy dialogue. The same episode also sorta kinda justifies his usual silence by Apple Bloom saying he's shy. He eventually got some more dialogue in "Ponyville Confidential", where he chews out the CMC.
- Genius Bruiser: Applejack gets frustrated with his "fancy mathematics", and he knows the therapeutic pressure points for Granny Smith's muscle spasms. To top it off, when "discorded", he became incredibly stupid, acting more like a dog than a pony. Notice that for the Mane Six, the same effect reversed their core personality trait, aka their very Element.
- Gentle Giant: Big McIntosh is not only one of the tallest members of the main cast, he's also noticeably bulkier and way stronger than the other male ponies seen so far (with the exception of appleloosa earth ponies and Canterlot unicorns). Still, he's very nice, calm and gentle, as his collector card◊ states.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: He's noticeably taller than Cherilee when the Cutie Mark Crusaders try to pair them up.
- Hunk: Appears to be the pony equivalent of one, and it's how he tends to be portrayed in "humanized pony" fanart.
- Iconic Item: In the show, he is almost never seen without his horse collar.
- In-Series Nickname: "Big Mac". Used not-at-all in Season 1, twice in "The Cutie Pox", and extensively in "Hearts and Hooves Day".
- Large and in Charge: Implied by Applejack during "Bridle Gossip" when she threatened Apple Bloom with telling Big McIntosh on her after the filly defied Applejack's authority.
- Manly Tears: When Applejack's farewell letter is read aloud in "The Last Roundup".
- Nice Guy: One of the nicest.
- Noodle Incident: It's never explained when or how he was injured in "Applebuck Season". One fan theory postulates that it may have something to do with the conversation heard in the opening to "The Ticket Master". Applejack states she has a bet with McIntosh and if she won, "he's gonna walk down Stirrup Street in one of Granny's girdles." It's also been suggested that he injured himself trying to work the "saggy old plow".
- The One Guy: Was promoted to this slot (which he shares with Spike, the two of them usually trading off) in Season 2.
- OOC Is Serious Business: If he's speaking in complete sentences, things are not well.
- Pair the Spares: He gets paired up with Cheerilee in the episode "Hearts and Hooves Day".
- Ship Tease: After the madness dies down, the last scene of the episode is Cheerilee and Big McIntosh going on a picnic. Whether they're going on an actual date or just teasing the Cutie Mark Crusaders is left open.
- He's also seen walking with Cheerilee in the episode "Just For Sidekicks".
- Promotion to Opening Titles: As of the second opening (introduced in "Lesson Zero").
- Promotion to Parent: Often acts as a father figure to his sisters, especially in Apple Bloom's case; whenever an older Apple sibling has to give the youngest one a very stern lecture, Big McIntosh is usually the one in charge. In "Bridle Gossip" when Apple Bloom wouldn't listen to her about staying away from Zecora, Applejack threatened to "Tell Big McIntosh on you!". Plus, in the original pitch bible, he was the farm's legal owner, only allowing Applejack to handle most of the administration since she has more social skills and he's more comfortable at doing most of the hardest physical chores.
- The Quiet One: Big McIntosh rarely talks and when he does, he only says the bare minimum. He almost never raises his voice, not even when he's noticeably upset – a rare exception is when he articulately chewed out the Cutie Mark Crusaders for their actions in "Ponyville Confidential".
- Real Men Wear Pink: He didn't even need Twilight's "Want It Need It" spell to want her old childhood doll.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Despite his red coat, this is inverted as he's the blue oni to Applejack's red.
- Rule of Funny: He can drag houses with ease or send dozens of ponies flying over the horizon, but he can barely lift up Applejack's backpack or a cake. Whatever's funnier.
- She's a Man in Japan: Apparently, some of the foreign language translations on his collector card◊ call him female. But seeing as the other stallions' cards apparently do the same thing, it almost certainly wasn't intentional, and most likely isn't indicative of those languages' dubs of the show.
- Shrinking Violet: Applebloom mentions that he's too shy to ask someone out, which is probably why he spends all his time working on the farm.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: While they have a lot in common, he's noticeably calmer and more patient than his stubborn little sister. It's also hinted that he's smarter.
- The Silent Bob: Particularly in the second season, where Big McIntosh is usually voiceless except for saying "Eeyup" and "Nope". His expressions speak volumes, though, and he did explicitly refuse The Flim-Flam Brothers's bad Apple Cider deal.
- Smarter Than You Look: The Smart Guy of the Apple family as well as The Big Guy. Applejack even gets exasperated with his "fancy mathematics".
- Spell My Name with an S: There's been much debate and confusion over whether the second part of his name is spelled McIntosh (which is primarily used by the toyline and would fit the name pun better) or Macintosh (which the sometimes-typo-y Season 3 credits use). Both have been listed as trademarks, the former by the toyline and the latter by the trading cards. Here is a list of the various spellings of his name.
- Uses of the "McIntosh" spelling:
- Uses of the "Macintosh" spelling:
- Uses of the "Mcintosh" spelling:
- Uses of the "MacIntosh" spelling:
- Uses that don't specify capitalization and thus could be either of two of the above four spellings:
- The Stoic: He's very calm and rarely fazed by anything.
- Not So Stoic: When he found out that the Cutie Mark Crusaders were actually Gabby Gums and posting fake stories of Applejack and him, he gives them a piece of his mind, and it really isn't pretty.
- Super Strength: Pulling a house while hopping.
- Theme Naming: His name is a reference to the "McIntosh Red" apple with red and green skin (The same colors as Big McIntosh's coat and Cutie Mark).
- What Am I Doing in a Pit, on a Mattress, with a Mare?
- Working Class People Are Morons: Averted, as the cartoon constantly implies that he's smarter than his sisters. Also, in the original pitch bible, Big McIntosh owned and ran Sweet Apple Acres while Applejack managed the day-to-day affairs.
- Writing Around Trademarks:
- Originally, he was going to referred to as Big Mac in casual conversation, but that would have caused too much trouble with trademarks. In some episodes, he is referred to as "Big Mac", most notably, "Hearts and Hooves Day", but only after he has already been called "Big McIntosh" in the same scene.
- He was also going to be called "Big Apple" and he would be the current boss of Sweet Apple Acres, which itself would be "Big Apple Orchard". However, trademarked or not, it didn't pass in the legal department, so both were changed to their current names.
Applejack's, Apple Bloom's and Big McIntosh's grandmother. Age has done a number on this green Earth Pony, and while she's not completely crippled or senile, she's getting there. Despite this, she still manages to continue her role as the matriarch of the Apple family.
- Crack! Oh My Back!: According to her granddaughter Applejack, Granny has a "saggy ol' hip" that needs to be replaced. Her joints creak audibly whenever she walks, and in "The Show Stoppers" and Applejack's Imagine Spot in "The Ticket Master", she's seen using an adult walker to move around. Her toys also give her a walker.
- Though while she's corrupted during Discord's reign in "The Return of Harmony - Part 2", she manages to tap dance on her hind legs. YMMV on if she is more mobile than she usually appears (although possibly with And I Must Scream implications) or Discord fixed her hip as part of his reality warping.
- Her higher mobility in the second season implies that she got her hip replaced in between seasons, but it isn't mentioned in show, so take that as you will.
- Curse of The Ancients:
Granny Smith: Confangled modern doohickeys.
- A Day in the Limelight: "Family Appreciation Day"
- Depending on the Artist: She's wrinklier than usual in "The Show Stoppers" and Applejack's Imagine Spot in "The Ticket Master".
- Early Installment Weirdness: Granny Smith was very weak, slow, frail, and definitely senile during her debut in the pilot. She got a significant increase in mobility and lucid moments during Season 2, but her senility was still there. By Season 3, her mind is sharp as a knife and she has the vitality of a young mare.
- Expressive Ears: She's old and weak, so her ears are floppy.
- The Fog of Ages: Because of her old age, her memory is fragile and she tends to forget things all the time. However, it's been shown she's got a memory like a steel trap when it comes to important family events.
- Good Old Ways/Ludd Was Right: She prefers the family to make cider without the use of more powerful machines.
- Granny Classic: A textbook version of this.
- Handbag of Hurt: With Rainbow Dash on the receiving end.
- Hidden Depths: She's literally responsible for the creation of Ponyville. And those wacky habits of hers? Most of it is necessary to make her legendary Zap Apple jam the best it can be.
- I Was Quite a Looker: When she was young. she looked a bit like a cross between her granddaughters.
- Long Lived: How old isn't known, but she predates Ponyville itself, which is stated to be a few hundred years old (assuming that part wasn't retconned).
- New Technology Is Evil: Played for laughs at Granny's expense as she can't figure out how to use a simple tin megaphone. She tries talking by the wrong end, then slaps it around trying to figure how to use it, and finally ends up poking her eye with it.
Granny Smith: Is this thing on?
(to Big McIntosh) I don't think this thing is on.
(to the megaphone) Hello! What is the...e...
(Big McIntosh whispers to her)
(Granny slaps the megaphone into the correct position)
You have to say so. Confangled modern doohickeys.
- Nopony Calls Me Chicken: In "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000", with a camera angle ripped straight out of Back to the Future, no less.
- Odd Name Out: Theme naming or not, she has the most mundane and human-sounding name in the whole show, only being rivalled by Trixie and Pony Joe.
- Parental Substitute: For her grandchildren.
- Retired Badass: For the most part, she was played as an old senile pony for laughs, and then she was revealed to have been responsible for the founding of Ponyville, instantly gaining the respect of school bully Silver Spoon.
- Running on the Spot: Played straight during "Griffon the Brush Off" and then immediately subverted as Granny "runs" away at a snail's pace.
- Senior Sleep Cycle: Seen through the series but especially played when Granny is chaperoning some kids during Nightmare Night.
Granny Smith: I should have been asleep five hours ago!
- Supreme Chef: Her Zap Apple jam is legendary. Ponies travel from miles away to buy it and it literally put Ponyville on the map.
- Not to mention that she was the reason that Diamond Tiara can live in luxury, because it was the first thing her great-grandfather, Stinkin' Rich, ever sold.
- Theme Naming: She is named after Granny Smith apples. These apples are green colored (the same color of Granny's coat) and are favored to use in baking apple tarts (Granny's cutie mark).
- The Unintelligible: "Griffon the Brush Off" contained her only dialogue that didn't consist of senile muttering (to us if not to the rest of the Apple Clan) in the entire first season. Season 2 has given her quite a few more, however.
- Vague Age: OK, she's old. But exactly, how old? She claims to have been one of the founders of Ponyville, which according to the episode "Winter Wrap Up" is a town several centuries old.
- When Elders Attack: Granny Smith is old, frail and senile, but she still can deliver a considerable wallop.
Applejack's cousin who lives in the newly-settled Apple-loosa. Is quite proud of the new settlement, but is also willing to listen to both sides of the conflict between the Apple-loosians and the resident herd of Buffalo.
Aunt and Uncle Orange
Applejack's aunt and uncle who live in Manehatten
. Unlike the rest of the family, the Oranges live a high class lifestyle. Whether they grow oranges or not isn't clear. According to the Blind Bags, Uncle Orange is named Mosely Orange.
- Odd Name Out: Along with Hayseed Turnip Truck and Peachy Sweet, they're among the few members of the family whose names aren't related to apples.
- Theme Naming: To drive the difference in lifestyle home, we are comparing apples and oranges.
- While it might be coincidental, there's another layer to it when you consider that they live in a counterpart of New York City... a territory once owned by the Dutch who are associated with the color orange.
- Not to mention New York is also nicknamed the Big Apple.
- They Clean Up Nicely
- Upper Class Twit: But not as extreme an example as Prince Blueblood.
- You Don't Look Like You: Uncle Mosely Orange's molded toys and collector cards all depict him as a Palette Swap of Big McIntosh.
Hayseed Turnip Truck
"It's me, Hayseed Turnip Truck! We met at the big hoedown in Ponyville last month?"
An Earth pony with buck teeth who wears a baseball cap with a turnip on it and a dirty white T-shirt. His cutie mark is three turnips. Hayseed works as a window washer in Canterlot in "Sweet And Elite
" and appears in Ponyville in "Sleepless in Ponyville
". "Apple Family Reunion
" sees him attending said reunion and even being included in the family photo, revealing him to be part of the Apple Family. While not the brightest, he appears to be nice, greeting and complimenting Rarity when he sees her. In the Expanded Universe
, a short feature in IDW Publishing
's My Little Pony Micro Series
Issue #3 suggests that he started working in Ponyville, had a crush on Rarity but couldn't get her affection, and so moved to Canterlot to start his own business to be able to show his success to her.
- Adorkable: His entrance.
- Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Does a cross between a hair-tousle and a noogie to Rarity's hat while proudly talking up what a big-deal dressmaker she is in Ponyville.
- Alliterative Name: Well, only 2/3 of his name.
- Curtains Match the Window
- Did Not Get the Girl: Apparently, his back story states he has a crush of Rarity but he could never get her attention.
- Determinator: The reason he's in Canterlot is so he can work hard and be a successful guy that can also impress Rarity.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Towards Rarity.
- Good Ol' Boy: A positive version of this, from what we see.
- Horrible Judge of Character: After Jet Set and Upper Crust insult Rarity's fashion and walk off with their noses in the air, Hayseed waves good bye to them, saying to Rarity, "Well they seemed real nice!"
- Meaningful Name: Hayseed Turnip Truck is a stereotypical country bumpkin (a "hayseed") who seems rather slow and oblivious (as if he "just fell off the turnip truck").
- Nice Guy
- Odd Name Out: Along with the Oranges and Peachy Sweet, he's among the few members of the family whose names aren't related to apples.
- Uptown Girl: He's a lowly handyman with a crush on a fairly well-off fashion designer.
The Smith Family
Granny Smith's parents and brothers, which by extension makes them the Apple Siblings' great-grandparents and granduncles. Only seen during flashbacks in "Family Appreciation Day
" and during flashbacks and in old photos in "Apple Family Reunion
- Anachronism Stew: Despite sewing machines being new-ish technology in "Apple Family Reunion", Granny's mother's cutie mark is a sewing machine something like a hundred years previous in the Family Appreciation Day flashback.
- No Name Given/Unnamed Parents: Granny Smith never refers to these members of her family by name (the closest she comes is calling her father "Pa").
- Posthumous Characters: Presumably.
Voiced by: Brynna Drummond
A young filly from Manehatten who visits Ponyville and her cousins Applejack and Apple Bloom to escape being teased as a blank flank. Instead of befriending her cousin and fellow blank flank Apple Bloom, she starts causing problems for her and the Cutie Mark Crusaders. Eventually she sorts things out with the Crusaders, and joins them as the group's honorary fourth member.
- Aerith and Bob: Her first name is part of a Punny Name, but it's also a shortened form of Barbara.
- American Accents: Sounds like she's from Equestria's answer to the Bronx.
- Big Sister Bully: Of the cousin variety towards Apple Bloom. She gets better.
- Boomerang Bigot: She bullies the Crusaders for not having their cutie marks, despite not having one herself. Of course, she only does it to avoid being bullied herself.
- The Bully: Becomes this in "One Bad Apple". She even becomes friends with Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon. Doesn't last, though.
- Cain and Abel: The Cain to Apple Bloom's Abel.
- Character Tics: Blowing her mane out of her eyes, and flicking her tail over her flank whenever her lack of a cutie mark is brought up.
- Country Cousin: Inverted; she visits the rural Ponyville from the suburban Manehatten.
- Easily Forgiven: Despite giving the Cutie Mark Crusaders hell, they automatically forgiven her, and even apologized to her first!
- Evil Counterpart: To the Cutie Mark Crusaders; she hates being called a blank flank by Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon, but instead of standing up to them, she joins them in picking on the Cutie Mark Crusaders. In the end, though, Babs reverses her attitude and becomes a Crusader herself, even standing up to Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon.
- Foals Are Cruel: She's quite relentless in hunting the Cutie Mark Crusaders around Ponyville.
- Freudian Excuse: Babs was bullied in Manehatten for not having a Cutie Mark, and only joined Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon to avoid suffering the same heartache in Ponyville.
- Girl Posse: Forms one with Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon.
- Heel Face Turn: After learning not to be a bully. Notably the first antagonist in the series to make one completely willingly.
- Heel Realization/My God, What Have I Done?: When she finds out the Cutie Mark Crusaders protected her despite how awful she'd been to them. Hits harder when she realizes her bullying almost made them bullies too.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: This is the reason she joins Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon when she first comes to Ponyville in order to avoid being bullied. Later, she leaves them and becomes friends with the CMC's instead.
- Jerkass Façade: She puts up a bad attitude as a defense mechanism when bullied by Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon. She drops it after joining the CMC.
- Knight of Cerebus: For the CMC episodes. While Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon's bullying is never Played for Laughs, Babs's is played far more seriously, is more realistic, and most definitely Played for Drama. Fitting, as the episode was made to deal with the issue of bullying.
- Little Miss Badass: Bullying the CMC's and taking their float isn't what gets her this description, but realizing the error of her ways and standing up to Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon to defend the CMC's is what earns her this description.
- Off Model: During one shot in the barn-raising song in "Apple Family Reunion", her eyes are colored the same as Apple Bloom's (orange, but they're supposed to be green).
- Peek-A-Bangs: Has this hairstyle, hence why she tends to blow her hair out of her eyes.
- Peer Pressure Makes You Evil: She gets bullied a lot in Manehatten for being a blank flank, so when Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon start picking on her, she decides to become a bully.
- The Quiet One/Shrinking Violet: She's pretty meek and doesn't talk much when she first meets her cousin. She gets much more talkative once she turns to the "dark side", though.
- Redheaded Bully: Temporarily.
- Sixth Ranger: By the end of her debut episode, she becomes the fourth member of the Cutie Mark Crusaders. She heads back to Manehatten in the end, but she plans on starting a Manehatten branch of the CMC there.
- Slasher Smile: Sports one when threatening to tell Silver Spoon's and Diamond Tiara's mothers about how they treat the CMC.
- Smug Smiler
- Stealth Pun: When her name was first revealed, fans wondered why her name simply wasn't "Bad Seed", as the pun is too obvious. She isn't a bad seed, she just looks like one.
- Theme Naming: Seems like she's the bad seed of the family.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Apple Bloom's Girly Girl.
- Unfortunate Names: Not a problem in show, but most older (and some younger) fans aren't going to be able to say her initials without snickering.
- Used To Be A Sweet Filly: Until she was constantly bullied for being a blank flank and becomes a bully to avoid being bullied herself. She gets better though.
- When She Smiles: At the end of her debut episode, she befriends the CMC and experiences true happiness which is much more appealing than her regular Slasher Smile is, considering her actual smile is outright adorable.
- Vocal Dissonance: She looks to be about the Cutie Mark Crusaders' age, but her voice sounds significantly deeper than even Scootaloo's.
- Youthful Freckles
Aunt Applesauce and Apple Rose
Granny Smith's aunt and favorite cousin, respectively. They seem to be around as old as her.
Voiced by: Ashleigh Ball
(Apple Dumpling), Andrea Libman
(Apple Leaves), Peter New (Half Baked Apple) and Terry Klassen (blue pony)note
The Apples of Ponyville have a LOT of relatives, but so far we mostly only know their appearances and/or names. In "Friendship is Magic - Part 1
", Applejack names off Apple Fritter, Apple Bumpkin, Red Gala, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Caramel Applenote
, (Uncle) Apple Strudelnote
, Apple Tartnote
, Baked Apples, Apple Brioche and Apple Cinnamon Crisp, in addition to her immediate family. Later, in "The Ticket Master
", she mentions "Apple Brown Betty! Uh, the dessert. Not my auntie." Later still, Apple Dumpling, Apple Leaves, and Half Baked Apple appear in "Apple Family Reunion
". According to the Blind Bags, one apparent member is named Peachy Sweet, and according to Gameloft
's My Little Pony
game, one member is named Apple Cobbler. The Blind Bags also give Red Gala and Apple Bumpkin the respective names Crimson Gala and Apple Dazzle. For Applejack's great uncle Honeycrisp, see the Expanded Universe page
- Adaptation Name Change:
- The Blind Bags refer to Red Gala as Crimson Gala and Apple Bumpkin as Apple Dazzle.
- The Meet the Apple Family! trading card◊ refers to Caramel Apple as Caramel Apples.
- Alliterative Name: Apple Brown Betty.
- All There in the Manual:
- Apple Bumpkin's collector◊ card reveals that she "is so loyal to her friends!"
- Red Gala's collector◊ cards◊ reveal that she "gives everyone treats when she visits!"
- Golden Delicious's collector card◊ reveals that he or she "loves acting like a movie star!"
- Peachy Sweet's collector◊ cards◊ reveal that she "is always smiling wherever she goes!"
- Apple Fritter's collector card reveals that she "loves to give homemade gifts to her friends!"
- Caramel Apple's collector card◊ reveals that she "loves to watch movies with her friends!"
- All There in the Script:
- Apple Dumpling, Apple Leaves, and Half Baked Apple's names have only been used in the credits of the episode "Apple Family Reunion", which don't even specify who's who.
- Peachy Sweet's name has only been used in the toyline; specifically, in the fourth and sixth waves of Blind Bags.
- Apple Cobbler's name has only been used in Gameloft's My Little Pony game.
- Depending on the Artist: In different manners on several occasions, the most major examples being a few of them sometimes appearing as unicorns: Red Gala with a different mane/tail style near the end of "A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2", and a couple of the unnamed fillies at the end of "Apple Family Reunion".
- Gender Flip: Golden Delicious is a stallion in the show and WeLoveFine's All Of Apple Acres art print, but a mare in the Blind Bags. G3 Golden Delicious was also a mare.
- Massive Numbered Cousins
- Nice Hat: Uncle Apple Strudel as well as any of them when in Appleloosa or Dodge Junction.
- No Name Given: With the exception of those listed above.
- Odd Name Out: Along with the Oranges and Hayseed Turnip Truck, Peachy Sweet is among the few members of the family whose names aren't related to apples.
- Parental Abandonment: Applejack, Apple Bloom and Big McIntosh's parents are never shown nor even mentioned in the show. Lauren Faust and crew never did figure out what to do with them.
- When You Coming Home, Mom and Dad?: Ideas were discussed among the crew concerning this. One such idea is that their parents are "traveling salesponies or explorers" which would mean that they just rarely come home due to their occupation and...
- Deceased Parents Are The Best: This is one of the possibilities that Lauren would've liked to use, that their parents "simply passed away somehow", but she knew all too well that "it would have likely been deemed too sad for a kids' show".
- True Companions: The family remains very close-knit. Have fun trying your schemes in the future, Flim and Flam.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Peachy Sweet and some of the unnamed Apple Family members who attend the reunion in "Friendship is Magic - Part 1" aren't included in the family photo at the end of "Apple Family Reunion", even though she and one of them do attend the reunion in the latter episode.
- You ALL Look Familiar:
- The Apple Family Reunion in "Friendship is Magic - Part 1" includes some of them more than once but since they're all related, they could just be identical relatives. A couple of pairs of them do have different mane colors.
- Cutie marks aside, Caramel Apple, Red Delicious and Golden Delicious respectively look exactly the same as background ponies Golden Harvest (Carrot Top), Goldengrape and Cherry Fizzy, though Cherry Fizzy sometimes also has a different eye color.
- You Don't Look Like You:
Twilight Sparkle's Family
See The Princesses
for Princess Cadance, Shining Armor's wife and thus Twilight Sparkle's sister-in-law.
Shared Family Tropes
- Badass Family: Twilight Sparkle and her friends have defeated two Big Bads. Shining Armor is the captain of the Royal Guard whose magic is strong enough to create a barrier around an entire city with only minor difficulty, and with the help of his wife, Cadance, and The Power of Love, defeated a third Big Bad. Cadance's magic alone was able to shield the entire Crystal Empire from Big Bad #4, and The Power of Love as wielded by Shining Armor and Cadance is superior to even Celestia, who is Cadance's aunt, which adds her and Luna to the Badass Family as well.
- Blue Blood: The social status of their parents is unknown, but Twilight Sparkle and her family are surely among the supreme elite of Equestria, with Twilight being the personal protege of Princess Celestia and her brother being at once Captain of the Guard, Husband to Princess Cadence, and Governor of the Crystal Empire.
- Color-Coded Wizardry: The family magic aura seems to be violet-purple. It's possible Nightlight has a different color, since unicorn auras tend to go with their color scheme somehow, but that remains a mystery for now.
- Theme Naming: There appears to be some sort of light theme going on. Twilight Sparkle, Shining Armor, Twilight Velvet, and Twi & Shining's dad is a clear Expy of G1 Nightlight, thus fans tend to call him that.
Prince Shining Armor
Prince Shining Armor is a white unicorn stallion with a blue mane and a shield cutie mark. He's Captain of the Canterlot Royal Guard and a prince of Equestria through marriage to Princess Cadance, but more importantly, he's Twilight Sparkle's older brother. They were very close when they were younger, but started to grow apart when she moved to Ponyville, thus why we don't see him until the Season 2 finale.
- Actor Allusion: This isn't the first time Andrew Francis has voiced a captain of the guard.
- Affectionate Nickname: He cals his little sister Twilight Sparkle "Twily" for short.
- All There in the Manual:
- Aloof Big Brother: Subverted. In his first appearance in Twilight's song, he looks very stern for a few seconds, then he smiles, proving that he and Twilight were very close.
- Ascended Fanboy: He greatly admired the Canterlot Royal Guard in his youth. He eventually became their leader.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: See The Captain and All There in the Manual.
- Awesome McCoolname: Considering he's the Captain of the royal guard (meaning that calling him a knight wouldn't be terribly inaccurate) and that he's married to a princess, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more appropriately awesome name for him.
- Badass: He'd need to be to perform his specialty, see Barrier Warrior.
- Barrier Warrior: His special talent is defensive magic (as such, his Cutie mark is a shield emblazoned with a magical starburst). Specifically, he can conjure a force field that can encase all of Canterlot. His ability with that spell is such that not even Twilight Sparkle can match him, though maintaining it for a long time causes him to suffer migraines.
- It's not clear from the episode whether it was maintaining the spell, or whether that was an excuse and the headaches were from some combination of being under Mind Control and an all-you-can-eat buffet for Chrysalis.
- Battle Couple: With Badass Princess Cadance. They use The Power of Love to save Canterlot from Queen Chrysalis and her Changeling army in the first act we actually see them as a couple doing, considering the rest of the time it was with Cadance's impostor.
- Then later, he throws her like a javelin at a critical moment.
- Berserk Button: Whatever you do, don't ever disrespect his wife Cadance. Twilight learned this the hard way when she called out Queen Chrysalis who fooled everyone else with her impersonation of Cadance during the wedding rehersal.
- Bishōnen: Very pretty looking for a unicorn.
- The Captain: He's captain of the Royal Guard.
- Cool Big Bro: Twilight describes him as her best friend (before she moved to Ponyville).
- Cool Pet: A misprint in the initial release of his trading card lists his and Cadance's Element of Harmony, Love, as also being his pet.
- Curtains Match the Window
- Custom Uniform: He gets special purple armor that's of a different design than the other guards.
- Death Glare: Shoots one to Queen Chrysalis before he and Cadance kick her flank.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Alongside Princess Cadance, he casts a spell fueled by The Power of Love to defeat Queen Chrysalis and her army, even after Chrysalis had defeated Celestia.
- Not to mention the only reason Chrysalis stood a chance against Celestia at all was because the love for Cadance she'd absorbed from Shining Armor was stronger than Celestia's magic...
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Has shades of one in Games Ponies Play where he's the trainer for the Crystal Empire athletes.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He was showcased and promoted as an upcoming toy long before the episode aired, or even the info about him being Twilight's brother.
- Et Tu, Twilight?: And boy, how disappointed he must have felt when his sister, whom he chooses for the Best Mare post, straight out accuses Cadance as evil.
- Four Star Badass: He's the Captain of the royal guard, which seems to be the closest thing that Equestria has to a Military.
- Happily Married/Official Couple: With Cadance.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Well, Princess Cadance seems trustworthy enough, even if she ain't in her best behavior. As it turns out, that's not how Cadance acts. It was Queen Chrysalis disguised as Cadance.
- Knight in Shining Armor: He's Captain of the Royal Guard, and he's most likely named after this trope. His cutie mark even matches it.
- Leitmotif: Heard at various points in "A Canterlot Wedding". In Part 1, it can be heard when he's first shown in the present day, when Twilight first comes to his house, and when he's explaining things after Twilight bumps into him. In Part 2, it can be heard when he's first shown in the Previously On segment and when Twilight straightens his badge.
- Liquid Pride: Upon seeing Twilight at her coronation to Princess Twilight.
- Love Makes You Dumb: Courtesy of Queen Chrysalis' brainwashing on him.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Meta-example; he was showcased as an upcoming toy months before his relationship to Twilight Sparkle was revealed.
- Magic Knight: Seeing as he's Captain of the Royal Guard and a unicorn. Usually earth ponies tend to be strong but magically inept while unicorns tend towards squishy wizardry, but Shining Armor is strong both physically and magically.
- Meaningful Name: He's a knight in... yes, but the Shining part makes his name share a light theme with Twilight Sparkle, while Armor refers to both his duty of defending Canterlot and his force field spell.
- The Obi-Wan: He, alongside his parents, had been raising Twilight since her early days. He is also the Obi-Wan to Twilight's Anakin.
- The One Guy: Not in general, but he is the only male pony to be released in the main brushable toy line or the Fashion Style brushable toy line.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: The blue to Cadance's pink.
- Purple Is Powerful: His Royal Guard armor is purple, not to mention his magenta magic aura — equivalent to Twilight Sparkle's.
- Remember the New Guy: He was very, very close to Twilight Sparkle; her only friend growing up. The first time we hear of him in-series is about 51 episodes in.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Is now Prince Shining Armor, having married Princess Cadance.
- Sand in My Eyes: When Twilight becomes an alicorn and is crowned princess, Shining Armor maintains that he's not crying. They're not tears, it's liquid pride. Totally different thing.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: In comparison to his sister, Twilight is the one who enjoys being a librarian while he himself is a Captain of the Canterlot Royal Guard.
- Shining Goodness: "Shining" is the first part of his name, and he is a loyal guard of Celestia.
- So Proud of You: Of Twilight when she becomes an Alicorn and a Princess.
- Super Strength: If the Season 3 premiere is any indication of his abilities, able to throw his wife like a javelin.
- White Stallion
- You Shall Not Pass: In the Season 3 premiere, he stays behind to slow down Sombra so his sister and the others can escape to the Crystal Empire. He survives, but Sombra manages to implant dark crystals into his horn, sealing all his magic for the episode.
- You Gotta Have Blue Mane: His mane and tail are striped in three shades of blue.
Twilight Sparkle's Parents
A white and blue unicorn couple living in Canterlot and the parents of the show's main character Twilight Sparkle. Not much is known about them other than that they helped their daughter get enrolled into Celestia's School for Gifted Unicorns after she expressed an interest in magic. They cameo in "A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2
", attending their son Shining Armor's wedding and again at the coronation of their daughter Twilight as a Princess in "Magical Mystery Cure
". According to the Blind Bags, the mother is named Twilight Velvet.
- Fan Nickname: Given how Twilight's father is an expy of the G1 Nightlight, he's been given that name by fans in lieu of an official name.
- Multicolored Mane: Twilight Velvet.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Twilight Velvet is a near-Palette Swap of her daughter, having the same tail shape, and a near-identical mane shape.
- Tears of Joy: Twilight Velvet twice, first at her son's wedding and then at her daughter's princess coronation.
- Unnamed Parents: Both parents are unnamed on the show but the mother is named Twilight Velvet in the toyline.
Pinkie Pie's Family
The Pie Family
Pinkie Pie's parents and sisters after witnessing her first ever party.
Voiced by: Terry Klassen (Clyde)note
There was once a family of Earth Ponies who owned a rock farm outside of Ponyville where there was no talking and no smiling...until the pinkest of their daughters suddenly threw a party and brought laughter and sunshine into their lives. Like Twilight's parents, not much is known yet outside what's shown in flashbacks in "The Cutie Mark Chronicles
" and "Magic Duel
", but the upcoming Tie-In Novel Pinkie Pie and the Rockin' Ponypalooza Party!
will focus on Pinkie and her family. Pinkie has also mentioned her grandmother Granny Pie in "Friendship is Magic - Part 2
" and her Nana Pinkienote
in "Too Many Pinkie Pies
As of "Magic Duel
", at least Pinkie Pie's dad still works the rock farm.
- Artistic Age: Pinkie Pie's parents... mostly because of their dull color schemes and strict expressions.
- Cool Old Mare: Granny Pie, according to Pinkie.
- Fan Nicknames: The most popular ones are Inkie (gray sister), Blinkie (blueish sister), Clyde (father) and Sue (mother) though there are a lot of others that have been used.
- Like Isabelle Lilly Pie for "Inkie" and Bellamina Marie Pie for "Blinkie" in respect to Pinkie's Pinkamena Diane Pie.
- Alternatively several fans see the gray sister as background pony Octavia from "Best Night Ever" due to a similar (but not exact) color scheme and the way she reacts to Pinkie on stage as if she's used to her sort of behavior.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: They appear to be Amish.
- Nice Hat: Pinkie's father
- No Names Given: All of them except for Granny Pie and Nana Pinkie but judging by Granny and Pinkie's names, it's possible that the family name is "Pie" (supported by WeLoveFine's Pie Family Rock Farms shirt & bag).
- Not So Stoic: The moment when they saw Pinkie Pie's first party. The edges of their mouths were shivering and shaking so much as if they have not smiled in a very long time (if at all).
- OC Stand In: Basing her personality on her character design (her mane, eyes and coat), fans have depicted Inkie Pie as a shy pony with an amethyst geode cutie mark who still works at the rock farm with her sister Blinkie Pie (who now has a gold ore cutie mark). Her gray color scheme have also contributed on some of her depictions as being a melancholic.
- Granny Pie is depicted by fans as a white maned elderly pony with a lighter shade of pink coat due how she seems dear to Pinkie and, based on her song, seems different from the rest of her seemingly uncaring family.
- Peek-A-Bangs: Not a full blown one but Inkie's bangs are long enough to cover 1/4 of her face.
- Prim and Proper Bun: Pinkie's mom.
- The Stoic: The entire familynote until Pinkie introduces them to their first party. It's unclear whether they've completely moved away from this state of mind or have reverted back ever since.
- Stoic Spectacles: Pinkie's mom.
- Tough Love: Pinkie Pie's parents were strict and intent on training their children in the ways of rock farming by giving them hooves-on experience like manually moving an entire field of rocks from one location to another on a regular basis. The way they treated them were no better. As Pinkie puts it: "There was no talking. There was no smiling. There were only rocks."
- Unnamed Parents: See No Names Given above.
- What Could Have Been: Word Of God says that one point they had considered the names "Minced Meat Pie" and "Chicken Pot Pie" for Pinkie's sisters.
See The Cutie Mark Crusaders
for Sweetie Belle, Rarity's younger sister.
A pink unicorn mare and a white stallionnote
couple. Sweetie Belle lives with them; in "Sisterhooves Social
" they leave her in Rarity's care before going on vacation, and in "One Bad Apple
" their house (including Sweetie's room) is shown, with the father Magnum
making a brief cameo fishing outside the house (wearing the same shirt and hat).
- All There in the Manual: Their house appeared in the German magazine comic Einfach rufus before appearing in the show.
- All There in the Script: The Gameloft My Little Pony app gives the father the name Magnum, which was a Fan Nickname
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: They have no class and love gaudy clothes. And they don't even cringe at all at Sweetie Belle's cooking (on top of that, the mother was the one who gave her the cooking lessons).
- American Accents: Magnum has an exaggerated Midwestern accent while his wife seems to be from Joisey.
- Ascended Fanon: Magnum's name.
- Awesome McCoolname: Magnum (meaning great).
- Badass Mustache: Magnum owns one that makes him look like Tom Selleck.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Magnum.
- The Cameo: Magnum is seen in the background of the episode "One Bad Apple".
- Fan Nickname: Magnum's All There in the Script name was originally just one of these, given due to his resemblance to Tom Selleck of Magnum, P.I. Fans also called him "Dr. Fantastic" based on YouTube's automatic captions, similarly to how the Sea Serpent from the second episode got nicknamed "Steven Magnet". Although there's no official acknowledgement about Rarity's mother's name, some fans call her "Pearl".
- Iron Stomach: They truly enjoyed Sweetie Belle's horrible food, which included a glass of cinder (burnt juice) and a bowl of bubbling ooze (it was toast).
- Lethal Chef: Given the mother's comments about teaching Sweetie Belle to cook, either she was being fantastically polite about Sweetie Belle's Epic Fail of a breakfast or is just as bad at it.
- Lovable Jock: Jolly Magnum is a tall, bulky and manly stallion with three American footballs as his Cutie Mark. That or he could be a football coach.
- Either way this trope still applies.
- Nice Hat: Magnum.
- Pink Means Feminine: Rarity's mother's coat is pink.
- Unnamed Parents: Both parents are unnamed on the show but the father is named Magnum in the My Little Pony mobile game from Gameloft.
- Wacky Parent, Serious Child: They're both the wacky parents to Rarity's serious child.
Rainbow Dash's Family
A pony heavily implied to be Rainbow Dash's father appears briefly in a flashback. He is a lavender stallion with a rainbow mane. Rainbow Dash's parents' only explicitly identified appearances have been in The Hub
's non-canon alternate stories of how Rainbow Dash got her cutie mark—see the Miscellaneous page