Characters: Friendship Is Magic-Supporting Cast
These characters have appeared in multiple episodes and often play important roles in the lives of the Mane Cast and the Cutie Mark Crusaders. Most of them live in Ponyville.
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A beige Earth pony with a wavy gray (naturally pink
) mane and tail, Mayor Mare
is a somewhat ineffectual leader who doesn't seem to carry as much authority as Twilight, the official representative of Princess Celestia in Ponyville.
- Alliterative Name: If you include her title.
- All There in the Script: Her and Time Turner's trading card, a couple of shirts featuring her, Gameloft's My Little Pony game, and the Tie-In Novel Twilight Sparkle and the Crystal Heart Spell have made her Fan Nickname "Mayor Mare" Ascended Fanon. It's also used in the fourth issue of IDW's Friendship is Magic comic book series, but without showing her.
- Authority in Name Only: Played with, as while Twilight Sparkle tends to have more "weight" than her, both Celestia and Luna recognizes Mayor Mare as an authority figure and treat her with such respect.
- Cool Old Lady: Or at least middle-aged lady.
- Likely just wanting to be seen as one. Age and gray hair likely being seen as an Authority/Status symbol for office holders.
- A Dog Named Dog: In a land populated largely by ponies, she's a mare named Mare. Kind of fitting, given that the town she's Mayor of is named Ponyville.
- Dye Hard: "Ponyville Confidential" reveals that her mane and tail are naturally pink.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: Her name has been used by several different sources, but the show itself has only called her by her title, even in the credits.
- Expy: She looks like a duller and older version of Flitter Flutter in G3.5 and even shares a job with her. Plus her mane and tail are naturally pink, similar to Flitter Flutter's pink-and-purple.
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Played with:
- In "Dragonshy", she's nowhere to be seen, and it's Twilight who informs the townsponies about the dragon smoke and Princess Celestia's orders to her to solve the problem.
- In "Winter Wrap Up", the only duty of her office that Mayor Mare exercises is to give an inspirational speech that fails to motivate the town to get their job done on time, but after Twilight shows that she has better organizational skills than the rest of the town, Mayor Mare is seen to work just as hard as everypony else through the night.
- In "A Bird in the Hoof", her request to speak with Celestia was enough for the princess to cut the party short.
- In "The Best Night Ever", she apparently went to Canterlot for the Grand Galloping Gala (the beginning of it, at least).
- In "Lesson Zero", she's seen relaxing outside (until she notices the commotion).
- In "Luna Eclipsed", she's the one behind Nightmare Night's celebrations.
- Power Hair: Her mane seems to be tied into a tight bun in the back.
- Promotion to Opening Titles: Starting in Season 4.
- Punny Name: She's the mare of Ponyville. A Stealth Pun in the show, since her name is only All There in the Script.
- Repetitive Name: Her title and name are very similar.
- Rose-Maned Mare: This was proven in "Ponyville Confidential".
- Ruling Couple: Implied during the episode "A Friend in Deed" where she's shown next to a stallion of her age with a scroll Cutie Mark that implies an administrative talent. A young mare with a hammer Cutie Mark (implying she's a judge) is with them, hinting she's their daughter.
- Stealth Pun: Following from her All There in the Script Punny Name, she's the old gray (maned) mare. And if she seems ineffective at her job, it's because she ain't what she used to be.
- Vague Age: Unlike with the Cakes (whom Wordof God has specifically stated to be middle-aged), her exact age is difficult to pin down. Her mane and tail are only dyed gray, and "A Friend in Deed" shows her with what might be a husband and an adult daughter, though it's possible they may simply be other members of the town council.
- An issue of the official comics show her going to the same high school as Cheerilee, Shining Armor and Cadance. So she might be in the pony equilavent of her twenties.
- You ALL Look Familiar: Not usually, but when she's shown from overhead in "Suited For Success", "The Best Night Ever" and "A Friend in Deed", multiple copies of her appear at once.
- Younger than She Looks: Her mane and tail are naturally pink, and she dyes them gray; though she may simply be embarrassed by the color.
- The comic book seems to suggest she's the same age as Cheerilee!.
Voiced by: Brenda Crichlow
A mysterious zebra who lives in the Everfree Forest. Most of the ponies distrust her at first because of her unusual appearance, and her seemingly cryptic warnings don't help her reputation
. Afterwards, she becomes a helpful ally towards the ponies, using her knowledge of magical herbs and creatures to assist the six.
- Alliterative Name: Zecora the Zebra.
- As Long as It Sounds Foreign: Word of God is that they wanted Zecora to be speaking authentic Swahili in "Bridle Gossip", but they didn't have the time or resources. Instead, they got the voice actor to make up some African-sounding gibberish. Lauren Faust said that she likes to imagine Zecora is speaking Zebra in lieu of Swahili.
- Badass: She lives in a place that other ponies consider an Eldritch Location, only in part because it's filled with dangerous plants and animals like cockatrices, Ursa Minors and Majors, Timberwolves and Poison Joke. She isn't bothered in the slightest by her dangerous "neighbours".
- Bifauxnen: While Zecora is clearly female, she has the same squared off muzzle and lack of eyelashes as a male pony. This helps convey her foreign nationality compared to the ponies of Ponyville.
- Bilingual Bonus/This Is My Name on Foreign: "Zecora" means "zebra" in the Oromo language of Ethiopia.
- Black Cloak/In the Hood: Zecora wears an eerie cloak with a face-concealing hood during her debut episode. It can be inferred she wears it for protection, as the road to her hut crosses through a large patch of Poison Joke.
- Character Tic: She mostly speaks her sentences in rhyme, with a few exceptions. Her debut episode also gave her a habit of digging at the ground sometimes, but this seems to have faded out.
- Shown Their Work: Her digging habit in her first episode? Zebras in the real world do that to find water. As for why she dropped it? As shown below, when it comes to other species of horse, digging at the ground is a sign of impatience and annoyance. She'd be forced to drop this habit if she wanted the townspeople to be more open to her.
- Creepy Good: There's no doubt of her good character but her sense of style, where she lives and her habit of speaking in rhyme creeped the local ponies out.
- Cross Cultural Kerfuffle: Her above mentioned Character Tic of digging at the ground is mistaken by the ponies as a threat posture. If one reflects back over the previous episodes, it's strongly implied that pawing at the ground genuinely is a threat posture amongst ponies (Twilight Sparkle and Nightmare Moon are shown pawing the ground before attacking each other in the second episode). This then leads to Fridge Brilliance as to why the character tic was dropped; upon being able to talk to ponies, Zecora would have learned that pawing the ground means "I am about to attack you" in pony body language, and would stop doing that in order to stop seeming like she's randomly threatening ponies.
- Cute Witch Doctor: Fits the mold, considering she's adorable and lives in the Everfree Forest far from civilization and has all manner of magical herbs and exotic decor in her hut. She is knowledgeable in potionmaking, strange properties of plants, and odd creatures.
- A Dog Named Dog: "Zecora" means "zebra".
- Fantastic Racism: A victim of it in her initial episode; the Ponyvile ponies boarded themselves up when she came to town because she was "strange" and "different". Luckily for her, her début episode is about proving this attitude wrong.
- Fish Eyes: Her molded toy from the Miniature Collection's Spa Pony Set has these.
- Friend To All Foals: She leads the foals around on Nightmare Night. This makes sense when you consider the fact that Apple Bloom, who's a filly, was the first to befriend her.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Appears to have glowing sinister yellow eyes sometimes when her face is hidden under her cloak, though that could just be the perception of the mane cast seeing her as an "evil enchantress".
- Good All Along: Looked sinister at first, but it all turned out to be a misunderstanding.
- The Hermit: Lives alone in the Everfree Forest, where few other ponies would dare set hoof.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: At the end of her debut episode, her wish for friends comes true when the ponies finally befriend her. By the episode "Luna Eclipsed", it would seem that the town has embraced her, as she leads an event on Nightmare Night.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Apple Bloom, the first pony to make friends with her, is still the pony that has the most screentime with her.
- Large Ham: "Beware, BEWARE, you ponyfolk!"
- Magical Zebra: She can brew potions with all manner of fantastic effects, and she also displays a few abilities that seem to indicate that magic isn't necessarily limited to unicorns. However, unlike classical uses of this trope, that doesn't mean she's an automatic problem solver for things the Mane 6 can't handle — she specifically notes she can't do anything to stop a parasprite infestation, for example.
- Master of Illusion: In "Luna Eclipsed", Zecora tells the fillies about Nightmare Moon and uses green dust to conjure up illusions of her.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Whether she's a herbalist with a talent for illusions and stagecraft or capable of outright spells is unclear. Given where she lives, the line can be hard to draw.
- Mentor Archetype: Word of God is that she was meant to be an alternate mentor to Twilight Sparkle but the de-emphasis of adventure stories in the first season (because slice-of-life stories were easier to write quickly) caused the idea to fall through. She finally takes this role in "Magic Duel" where she trains Twilight in magic and being a Guile Heroine for her rematch with Trixie.
- Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: Though unlike most examples, the town ponies sees her every month when she comes into town, but the fact she lives alone in the woodds (the Everfree Forest no less) that everypony fears makes everypony unfairly assume she's an evil witch.
- Out of Focus:
- She is mostly absent from Season 1, appearing only in "Bridle Gossip" and "Swarm of the Century".
- Averted in Season 2, as she's had several small roles in several episodes. In Season 3, she plays a major role in "Magic Duel", finally taking her place as Twilight's mentor.
- Poor Communication Kills: When it came to the Poison Joke, if she'd just told the ponies it was a poisonous plant instead of speaking in cryptic rhyme to an already suspicious and fearful group, then the rest of the episode would have gone a lot differently. It's possibly justified by the fact that she was new in Ponyville, so she was still learning pony language.
- Promotion to Opening Titles: Starting in Season 4.
- Rhymes on a Dime: Particularly impressive in "The Cutie Pox", where she sets herself up to make a rhyme with "tooth" before she sees that Apple Bloom chipped her tooth (From Apple Bloom's posture, it was an easy guess).
- Although there was a gag in the main MLP comic #9 where she noted (In rhyme, naturally) that she needed a moment to think up a rhyme for her next comment.
- Spell My Name with an S: Closed captions spell her name as "Zakora".
- Stealth Hi/Bye: How she exits at the end of "The Cutie Pox".
- Translation Convention: When alone in her hut, she talks to herself in English, even though her first language appears to be the pseudo-Swahili she yells in when pissed.
- What Could Have Been: Zecora's original name was "Shaman".
The Ponyville Schoolhouse's teacher. An Earth pony, Miss Cheerilee sports a cherry-colored coat with a pink/cherry mane topped with a kind and cheerful attitude. While "Call of the Cutie
" implies that Cheerilee was a teenager during the pony fashion equivalent of the Real Life 80s
, Rarity's flashback in "The Cutie Mark Chronicles
" (along with a picture that's part of the toy Ponyville Schoolhouse) shows that Cheerilee is young enough to have gone to school with Rarity.
- Adults Are Useless: Despite her being friendly, she doesn't notice or attempt to stop Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon from bullying the Cutie Mark Crusaders (except in the episode "Ponyville Confidental", when she punishes Diamond Tiara).
- All There in the Script: Until Season 2, her name had only come up at all in the toyline and the Expanded Universe (specifically, in the toys and the iOS Games Twilight Sparkle: Teacher for a Day). It was first mentioned on the show in "Lesson Zero", and she was first addressed by name in "The Cutie Pox".
- Artistic Age: Appears as a filly in Rarity's flashback during "The Cutie Mark Chronicles", implying she's about the same age as Rarity. (Cheerilee isn't identified in the episode, but the Ponyville Schoolhouse toy has a picture that shows filly Cheerilee wearing the same costume as in the episode, which all but confirms her identity.)
- Ascended Extra: Cheerilee was fairly popular in G3, so Hasbro made her the 8th pony of a Happy Meal toy set from McDonald's. She's also included in a later set.
- Breakout Character: Season 2 is slowly turning her into one because of her central role in "Hearts and Hooves Day"
- Chekhov's Gunman: After making a few appearances in Adventures in Ponyville, she remained a silent background pony who happened to be in the opening. Then at the beginning of "Call of the Cutie", she suddenly got a single long scene that gave her an important job and a personality.
- Cool Teacher: The CMC think it is travesty that such an amazing teacher is not beating off suitors with a stick. The first part of Sweetie Bell's song states that she's 'the best teacher we could hope for'.
- Demoted to Extra: In Season 3, the only times she ever shows up are in background appearances in "One Bad Apple", "Sleepless in Ponyville", and "Just for Sidekicks". Her schoolhouse is never shown, and she never even gets a single speaking appearance. What's more, in season 4 she's practically the only notable member of the supporting cast not to receive a Promotion to Opening Titles; especially odd is that Photo Finish does, despite appearing far less.
- The Eighties: Played for laughs when Cheerilee shows to her class a picture of her younger self wearing typical (and gaudy) 80s attire.
- '80s Mane: "Yes I know, but honestly; that's how everypony was wearing their mane back then."
- Embarrassing Nickname: Creates one without intending to ("Blank Flank") which quickly catches on and is used by the school bullies to humiliate Ponies who lack a Cutie Mark.
- Era Specific Personality: G3 Cheerilee is Rarity's adviser and is mature. G3.5 Cheerilee loves to play, read stories to her little sister Scootaloo, and comb her friend's manes in fancy different styles. FiM Cheerilee is a young adult with a calm and responsible personality and is in charge of educating Ponyville's fillies and colts.
- Expy: Of G3 and G3.5 Cheerilee.
- Friend to All Children: It goes with the territory, considering she's loved by all her students, but even Spike seems to like her before she gave him a hat for his birthday.
- Friend to Bugs: In the toys at least; the Cheerilee toy is accompanied by a ladybug.
- Genki Girl: As described by Nicole Oliver, she's much more upbeat than her other role of Princess Celestia.
- Genre Savvy: She's quick to realize that she's being set up with Big Mac. Though nopony would have been counting on a love potion.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: She's a good deal smaller than Big McIntosh, which is extremely noticeable when the Cutie Mark Crusaders try to set them up together.
- I Was Quite a Fashion Victim: Could also be considered a self-deprecating call-back to the more...ill-advised G1 My Little Ponies.
- Misplaced Kindergarten Teacher: Zigzagged. The exact age of her students are in question because they're a different species. She talks like a kindergarten teacher to them but explains setting concepts (like history and biology) more akin to a middle school teacher, and on the blackboard she often has advanced planetary physics equations.
- Ms. Exposition: She often fills this role in the episodes she's in, such as explaining what a cutie mark is to a classroom almost full of students who already have theirs.
- Nice Girl: She was nice enough to give Spike a hat on his birthday.
- Nice Hat: She doesn't wear one, but has one in her grocery bag (a white fedora with a red band and feather) and gives it to Spike on his birthday.
- Off Model: Quite a few animation errors have happened with her, the most common one being the top of her normally two-toned mane becoming solid-colored.
- Old Maid: She tries to hide her frustration, but it's clear she isn't happy about being one, or at least having attention being brought to it.
- Pair the Spares: A literal case, as the CMC pairs her up with Big McIntosh in the episode "Hearts and Hooves Day" because she didn't have a date and Big McIntosh was the only "good" stallion they could find available at that moment.
- 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.
- Pink Means Feminine: Her body and hair qualify for this.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Most of the time she can be counted on to manage her class.
- Rose-Maned Pony: Warm and compassionate type.
- Schoolmarm: A textbook example of this; the only teacher in a rural community school that consists of one room.
- Stepford Smiler: She displays a type A during "Hearts and Hooves Day" when the CMC bring up her Old Maid status.
- Her human counterpart displays a borderline type C, given how she actively tries to hide her irritation from a technologically inept Twilight.
- What the Tartarus Am I Doing in a Pit, on a Mattress, with a Stallion?
- You Don't Look Like You: Her second fully-molded toy depicts her as a Palette Swap of Pinkie Pie; her cutie mark looks different in most stock art and all of the other toys (strangely, the stock art used on most of the toys' packaging has it match the show instead of those toys); her first fully-molded toy and her collector◊ card◊ both depict her as a Palette Swap of Applejack.
Mr. & Mrs. Cake
Mr. Carrot Cake and Mrs. Cup Cake are a middle-aged Earth Pony couple. They own Sugarcube Corner, the bakery where Pinkie Pie works, holds her parties, and resides as their live-in helper. Kind and friendly, this older couple has shown saintlike patience for Pinkie Pie's antics... especially after the poisonous muffins fiasco (though that wasn't her fault) and Pinkie's appetite at the beginning of "Swarm of the Century". So far, they're one of the few married couples seen in Ponyville. As of "Baby Cakes
", they're now parents to baby twins Pound and Pumpkin Cake.
- Adaptation Name Change: The toyline refers to Mrs. Cup Cake as Mrs. Dazzle Cake.
- Alliterative Name: Both of them!
- All There in the Script: Until Season 2, their first names had only been revealed by Word of God and used by the German and Swiss Nickelodeon and German Nick Jr. websites. They were first referred to by their full names on the show in "Baby Cakes".
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Mrs. Cake's mane looks like pink frosting.
- Benevolent Boss: To Pinkie Pie. They let her use the highest floors of Sugarcube Corner as her home, and think of her as a daughter.
- Family Business: The two of them run Sugarcube Corner together.
- Fat and Skinny / Chubby Mama, Skinny Papa: Cup Cake is the former, and Carrot Cake is the latter.
- Gingerbread House: The bakery roof is literally shaped like a gingerbread house with two cupcakes and a slab of rock candy on top.
- Happily Married: They've never once been seen fighting. When the Foal Free Press said they were splitting up, they were as shocked as everypony else.
- Like A Daughter To Us: Pinkie may not be their biological daughter, but they still love her like she is.
- Malt Shop: For Ponyville's standards, their place acts like this for kids and couples.
- Masculine Lines, Feminine Curves: Mr. Cake is very angular, particularly in his jaw, and Mrs. Cake is quite plump.
- Nice Hat: Mr. Cake is just about always seen wearing his short cylindrical hat.
- Panicky Expectant Father: Normally, Mr. Cake keeps an impeccable aspect, but when his twins are finally born he looks as if he were returning from war with his messy hair, untied bowtie, and unshaven beard.
- Parental Substitute: While Pinkie Pie isn't their daughter, Word of God confirms that they still see her as such.
- Perma Stubble: Mr. Cake gets an awesome version of this while he's waiting for the birth of his twins.
- Promotion to Opening Titles: Starting in Season 4.
- Supreme Chef: The cartoon presented them as this very early on, but their Marzipan Mascarpone Meringue Madness (MMMM for short) definitely cemented them as Supreme Chefs. Just hearing Pinkie Pie describe it created an uncontrollable urge in nearby ponies to eat it.
- Unto Us a Son and Daughter Are Born: Pound and Pumpkin Cake, respectively.
Pound and Pumpkin Cake
Mr. and Mrs. Cake's twin babies. Pound is a Pegasus colt and Pumpkin is a Unicorn filly, explained by Mr. and Mrs. Cake having Unicorn and Pegasus ancestors respectively. Pinkie adores them as new playmates.
- Babies Make Everything Better: Subverted; the twins are cute and all, but, as Pinkie found out the hard way, they require a lot of responsibility. Particularly when the Pegasus and Unicorn genes kick in.
- Brainy Baby: Both babies are incredibly intelligent for their age.
- Brother-Sister Team: Even at the age of one month, they're inseparable.
- Child Prodigy: Rainbow Dash guesses (correctly) that Pound will be "all over the place" once he starts using his wings, and Rarity says that baby unicorns get strange magic surges that come and go. Those comments imply that the babies' are getting a temporary boost but only future appearances will tell for sure. It's also suggested for Pound Cake is that the only reasons he flies so well so young is a combination of his Super Strength and the fact that he still has a body small enough for his wings to carry. Scootaloo and filly!Fluttershy have/had the inverse — that is, wings too small to carry their bodies.
- Color-Coded Wizardry: Pumpkin's magic aura is light blue, just like her eyes.
- Cross-Dressing Voices: Pound Cake is male and both the actresses are female.
- Expies: For Pebbles Flintstone (Pumpkin) and Bam-Bam Rubble (Pound). Pumpkin even has Pebbles' hairdo (with a bow instead of a bone).
- Hollywood Genetics: Mr. Cake's great-great-great-great-grandfather was a Unicorn and Mrs Cake's aunt's-second-cousin-twice-removed was a Pegasus; "that makes sense right?" Lauren Faust confirmed similar scenarios were possible during Season 1.
- Innocent Prodigies: They don't mean to cause Pinkie Pie such grief but are too busy exploring their abilities to notice until the end, where they douse themselves in flour to make up for it.
- Leitmotif: They sort of have one, but it's more of an indicator to show the audience that they're about to get into trouble.
- Meaningful Name: Pound Cake. Guess what he likes to do?
- My God, What Have I Done?: They have a limited version of this when their antics reduce Pinkie Pie to tears.
- Oral Fixation: Pumpkin is constantly trying to chew on anything she can get her hooves on.
- Parental Bonus: Mr. Cake's not-entirely-convinced plea: "That makes sense, right?"
- Genius Bonus: Made doubly funny if you notice that Mrs Cake's "aunt's-second-cousin-twice-removed" is only related to Pound Cake by marriage, not by blood.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Pound is strong enough to lift and carry an adult pony at high speeds in flight.
- Silent Snarker: They are snarky when they're silent.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Pumpkin is colored exactly like her father.
- Superpowerful Genetics: According to Mr. Cake, a pony of one type can have offspring of another type, depending on the family tree.
- Wall Crawl: Pound can achieve this using his flight.
- Wild Magic: Pumpkin has impressive magic for being only one month old, levitating herself and passing through solid objects.
Snips & Snails
Two Unicorn colts with a penchant for making trouble.
- Adaptation Name Change: The toyline refers to Snips and Snails as Snipsy Snap and Snailsquirm. Presumably, either Snips and Snails are respectively short for Snipsy Snap and Snailsquirm or Snipsy Snap and Snailsquirm are respective In-Series Nicknames for Snips and Snails; neither explanation is official.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Downplayed on the "badass" part, but this still applies because the two aren't very bright.
- "Boast Busters" Snails is one of the few unicorn foals who's been shown using magic (albeit with difficulty) and can buck Snips pretty far in Ponyville Confidential. They can also run quickly and don't slow down when Spike gets dragged along, adding weight. They also both go into the Everfree Forest at night. Given how the mane six are shown to be scared of that place, day or night, that's pretty brave. In their case, it's closer to Too Dumb to Live considering what happened next.
- In "Magic Duel" they're shown to be strong enough to pull a wheel-less cart with Trixie on it. It took them a lot of effort, but they still got her where she needed to go (and were being threatened with a whip at the time).
- The Ditz: Snails is inarguably the least intelligent character on the show but strangely enough, he's the only Unicorn in his class shown using magic, even for a basic spell.
- Dogged Nice Guys: To Trixie, for whom they are consistent fans despite her haughty behavior.
- Early-Bird Cameo: First appeared in Applejack's game from Adventures in Ponyville, thus earning a bad reputation among players for their thieving ways.
- Expy: Snails looks like a taller male version of G1's Squirmy.
- Fan Boys: They're Trixie's biggest fans in "Boast Busters", and they're shown to be members of the Rainbow Dash Fan Club in "The Mysterious Mare Do Well". If you look carefully, they are the only members of Rainbow Dash's fan club to have t-shirts with Rainbow Dash's picture in a heart. Combined with their possible crush on Trixie, they might have a thing for blue mares.
- Fat and Skinny: Snips is short and round while Snails is tall and slender.
- Fearless Foals: They went into the Everfree Forest at night to try to find an Ursa Major to help Trixie look good for Ponyville.
- Free Range Colts: They both go all alone in the middle of night into the Everfree Forest.
- Gag Haircut: When the duo get their rumps stuck together with bubble gum, the haircut they get to cut the gum out leaves them with bald patches on their butts and tails.
- The Klutzes: The famous gum chewing incident had them stuck together.
- Light Is Good: Snails can use light magic, and him and Snips are overall pretty good (if really stupid) guys.
- Meaningful Name:
- Precocious Crush: The standalone version of Applejack's game from Adventures in Ponyville has hearts appear over them when the player runs towards them to chase them away. The hearts are most likely just a replacement for Adventures in Ponyville's Friendship Sparkles but still...
- Also, while they haven't been canonically confirmed to have a crush on Trixie, there's room for interpreting them as such, given the extent of admiration they have for her, their knee-jerk responses to any insinuation that she'd lie, and their semi-stalkerish ways...
- Stalker With/Without A Crush: ... such as wanting to talk to her after the show, even when she makes clear she'd rather be left alone, etc...
- Promotion to Opening Titles: Starting in Season 4.
- Shadow Archetype: To Spike, considering they are all young kids who are fond of older mares (Rarity for Spike, Trixie for Snips and Snails), and also have their bouts of clumsiness at times, but unlike Spike who is usually more helpful than not, Snips and Snails inadvertently cause more trouble than they fix in the long run.
- Those Two Guys: They're never apart, have little bearing on the plot, and mostly exist for comic relief.
- Too Dumb to Live: Going by themselves into the lair of an Ursa Minor; they're lucky Twilight calmed it down. If one is feeling more charitably inclined, Children Are Innocent.
- Vague Age: They're seemingly older than the CMC. While they're still in school, they aren't in the same class as the Crusaders, they know some magic, and seem to have entered puberty.
- Youthful Freckles: Snails.
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. Like Apple Bloom, Peppermint
Twist starts "Call of the Cutie
" without having discovered her mark and gets teased for it. She gets her cutie mark in the same episode (off-screen): a pair of candy canes due to her love of making candy.
- Adaptation Name Change: The toyline refers to her as Twist-a-loo. Presumably, either Twist is short for Twist-a-loo (which would make her full name Peppermint Twist-a-loo) or Twist-a-loo is an In-Series Nickname for Twist; neither explanation is official.
- Adorkable: The glasses, niceness, the lisp, the Sweet Tooth.....
- All There in the Script: Peppermint, the first part of her name, has only been used by Gameloft's My Little Pony game (which doesn't even use it all of the time).
- Cheerful Child: "I've got thome peppermint thticks. I made them myself! They'll make you thmiiile!"
- Expy: Of G1 Twist.
- Her appearance has a noticeable resemblance to Pepper Ann.
- Innocently Insensitive: When Twist gets her Cutie Mark, she brags about it to Apple Bloom, unaware that Apple Bloom got devastated and hurt because she felt that she was the only filly who doesn't have one.
- Redheads Are Uncool: She shows several stereotypically nerdy traits, such as a curly red mane and tail, pale coat, large, large glasses, and a nasal speech impediment (she has a hard time pronouncing W's and S's). She is the last one in her class to get her cutie mark before the Cutie Mark Crusaders.
- Sweet Tooth: "Ith it a powdered donut? Becauth that thounds delithouth!"
- Thpeech Impediment
- Supreme Chef: Her special talent is making candy.
- Trademark Favorite Food: It's uncertain if she loves eating peppermint sticks... ahem; "Peppermint Thtickth" as much as she loves making them.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: She appeared to be a good friend of Apple Bloom's in "Call of the Cutie", but ever since Apple Bloom hooked up with the Cutie Mark Crusaders, poor Twist has only talked to her once since then. This may be due to voice actor Alexandra Carter's move to Philadelphia rendering her unable to voice the character further.
The Canterlot Royal Guard
Click here to see Luna's pegasus guard
Click here to see a Canterlot Library nighttime unicorn guard
Canterlot's defenders who serve under Shining Armor. These armored stallions show up wherever Canterlot needs extra security and also serve as the Princesses' personal bodyguards. Pegasus guards are usually seen escorting the princesses or as royal flying carriage pullers. Unicorn guards are generally seen around Canterlot and performing some ceremonial procedures. Earth pony guards are hardly ever seen; only a few have appeared.
- Audible Sharpness: Their wings. The second season gives us evidence that Pegasus wings can be that sharp.
- Badass Baritone: In the rare occasions they speak, it's usually a deep voice of authority.
- Blade on a Stick: The only weapon they've been seen wielding, so far.
- British Royal Guards: The show has its own version of the trope; The Princess Royal Guards of Equestria are as disciplined and stoic as the British Royal Guards. Rainbow Dash annoys them, making small talk and funny faces; the guards don't react to her at all. They only moved a muscle when Fluttershy tries to enter the building they were guarding and when Rainbow Dash convinces Philomena to tickle their noses.
- Color-Coded Wizardry: Yellow-green, light blue, or bright yellow for "normal" unicorn guards, silver gray for the Canterlot Archives unicorn guards.
- Creator Cameo: The Pegasi in "A Bird in the Hoof" and one unicorn in "It's About Time" are voiced by director Jayson Thiessen.
- Dark Is Not Evil: See below
- In addition to the bat-winged pegasus guards, the nighttime Canterlot Library guards have darker armor than their gold-armored counterparts.
- Evil Counterpart: Luna's royal guards and carriage. Although they're just evil looking than genuinely evil.
- The Changelings from "A Canterlot Wedding" are genuinely evil counterparts. Some of them are shown wearing armor with the same color scheme as the Lunar Pegasus Guards.
- Fan Nickname: Fans have recently begun referring to the bat-winged pegasi as "Thestrals".
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: The pegasi that brought Luna into Ponyville have bat wings instead of the usual bird wings.
- Praetorian Guard: They serve as the Princesses' personal bodyguards.
- The Quiet One: They only talk when necessary which is rare in the show.
- Red Shirts:
- They try to subdue Nightmare Moon in the pilot, but are subdued themselves.
- Again in "The Canterlot Wedding" where they are quickly slimed into submission by the Changeling Army.
- Serious Business: You will almost always see them wearing a serious face whenever they appear. Cremonial duty is very important you know.
- Averted by one of the guards in the Canterlot library who catches Twilight sneaking around in "It's About Time"; he cheerfully greets her and opens a door for her before going on his way.
- Winged Unicorn: One of Twilight Sparkle's flashbacks during "A Canterlot Wedding - Part 1" shows three guards (two light, one dark) with unicorn horns and Pegasus wings; Word of God says that this was a Blooper.
- You ALL Look Familiar: There are different kinds and colors of them, but the differences between most of them stop there. The unicorn guards have two different uniforms.
The most talented flyers in all of Equestria and Rainbow Dash's idols. The Wonderbolts perform at the Grand Galloping Gala every year and also served as celebrity judges for the Best Young Flyer Competition in Cloudsdale.According to the official guidebook
the team has at least twelve members: Blaze, Fire Streak, Fleetfoot, High Winds, Lightning Streak, Misty Fly, Rapidfire, Silver Lining, Soarin, Spitfire, Surprise and Wave Chill.
Tropes which apply to the entire group
- Adaptation Name Change: One of The Hub's alternate stories of how Rainbow Dash got her cutie mark refers to them as the Blue Thunders.
- Badass in Distress:
- Very briefly in "Sonic Rainboom" when Rarity punches them during their attempt to save her from falling to death.
- Again in "Secret to My Excess", though the situation is somewhat less dire.
- Big Damn Heroes: In addition to being performers, they're Equestria's rescue team as seen in "Sonic Rainboom" and "Secret of My Excess". Too bad they fail in both situations.
- Cool Shades: Their uniforms at the Wonderbolt Academy come with these.
- Fan Nickname:
- Over on Tumblr, the Ask A Pony community accepted the third Wonderbolt judge that gets saved by Rainbow Dash as "Misty" (long before it became part of her official All There in the Script name), and Fleetfoot was given the first name "Echo" (days before Fleetfoot was named in show). Tyco for the one with the orange and really light yellow hair, and Ariel, the one with curly blue hair, are gaining in popularity.
- "Doc" (Not to be confused with Dr. Hooves, see Background Ponies) is a popular nickname for the one with gray hair resembling Doc Brown.
- Less popular but still used are Blaze for the orange haired one. The name Rapidfire was used in the Derby during "Sweet and Elite" and identified as male. Doc and Soarin (who wasn't mentioned by name) were the only stallions in the race (animation errors aside). There's another Wonderbolt who looks like Soarin so the name has been used for him.
- Glass Cannon: They are incredibly fast and agile, and at full speed their wings can cut through dragon scales like knife through butter, but a single hit from Rarity was enough to send three of them plummeting to their (almost) death. Makes sense since horses kick a lot harder than humans can and Rarity Knows Kung Fu.
- Latex Space Suit: What their blue uniforms appear to be.
- Multicolored Mane: Three of them have this.
- Mildly Military: More like ambiguously military. They've never been referred to as military, are separate from Equestria's actual military, and Rainbow Dash's attempts to gain entry make it seem more like a civilian organization, albeit one with high standards. On the other hoof, they are loosely inspired by the Blue Angels, so many fans think of them as part of Equestria's military. When it comes to actual discipline, they'd be loose compared to Equestrian's Royal Guards, but have decent standards for a group of professional athletes and stuntponies.
- Nice Ponies: They are superfamous celebrities, but they keep a humble attitude and are openly friendly towards their fans; in fact, they were the only nice ponies around during the Grand Galloping Gala. Besides Rarity, they were the only guests who didn't think themselves were too good for Applejack's apple treats.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: The Wonderbolts are likely based on the US Navy Blue Angels, resembling them in colour scheme, profession and flying style, while their name recalls the Thunderbirds.
- No Name Given: All of them except Soarin, Spitfire, Fleetfoot, Rapidfire, Misty Fly and Surprise.
- OC Stand In: It's starting to become a trend on Tumblr to start blogs for the unnamed Wonderbolts. They're on the same level as most background ponies...perhaps even lower since they show up less than say Derpy or Lyra and even their cutie marks are a mystery but they still receive Fanon.
- Opaque Lenses: Their goggles.
- Razor Wings: Probably a by-product of natural Pegasi abilities; sharp enough to shave a dragon if they feel like it.
- Spell My Name with an S: Whether their name is two words or one. "Wonderbolts" is used in the title of the episode "Wonderbolts Academy", on Spitfire, Misty Fly & Soarin's collector cards◊ (as a trademark), in Enterplay's trading cards (in the front of the Spitfire & Soarin' card◊'s case, as a trademark), in Ruckus Media Group's iOS app Twilight Sparkle: Teacher for a Day, in Gameloft's My Little Pony game, on Hasbro's My Little Pony Facebook and Twitter pages and in a response◊ by the company's customer service, on The Hub's Facebook page, in Mighty Fine's merchandise and listings of & advertising for said merchandise, in a tweet by show creator Lauren Faust, as well as in six tweets by writer Amy Keating Rogers, while "Wonder Bolts" is used on the Miniature Collection toy sets' boxes (as a trademark), in the British magazine story "The Ticket Master" (a Novelization of the episode of the same name), by Hasbro's My Little Pony Facebook page, as well as by writer M.A. Larson "WonderBolts" has been used in a tweet by writer Meghan McCarthy.
- Spell My Name with a "The": Possibly.
- Vague Age: Their goggles hide whether or not they have bags under their eyes.
- What Happened to the Mouse?:
- Six Wonderbolts performed an acrobatic stunt before the start of the Best Young Flyer Competition. Three of them sat in the stands and were the only ones who tried to rescue Rarity later in the episode. The other three flew off the top of the screen and weren't seen again.
- Again in the Season 1 finale "Best Night Ever", we don't see what happens to Spitfire and Soarin after Rainbow Dash catches the statue. There's also all the other Wonderbolts who Rainbow Dash might've had better luck hanging out with, though her focusing on Spitfire and Soarin makes sense in hindsight now that we know Spitfire is the captain and Soarin may be second in command.
- The Worf Effect: For such an elite group, they have an abysmal track record of doing anything useful in dangerous situations. Somewhat justified as they've never been called even a rescue group, so they're just athletes springing into action.
- You Gotta Have Blue Mane: Soarin and a few others. Additionally a poster seen in "Friendship is Magic - Part 1" shows a stylized depiction of three blue-haired Wonderbolts.
A yellow Pegasus
mare with a fiery looking mane, Spitfire has a laid back and easy going personality in contrast to her appearance. "Hurricane Fluttershy" revealed that she is the leader of the Wonderbolts (as many fans had assumed beforehand). She's getting a partly-translucent toy◊
in Blind Bag Wave 7.
- Broken Pedestal: Briefly becomes one for Rainbow Dash when she seemingly rewards Lightning Dust for her recklessness by naming her The Leader. It doesn't last long, as Spitfire chases after her to give the response that Rainbow Dash didn't stick around for.
- The Captain: Of the Wonderbolts, as revealed in "Hurricane Fluttershy".
- Design Student's Orgasm: Her cutie mark is unusually complex compared to those of other characters.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: At the Wonderbolt Academy, where she likes to intimidate new recruits.
- Fiery Redhead: Generally averted, except when training cadets.
- Flaming Mane: Spitfire's mane and tail resemble blazing flames.
- Meaningful Name: She is named after the WW 2-era Supermarine Spitfire Fighter Plane (perhaps the most iconic plane of the whole war).
- Reasonable Authority Figure: In Wonderbolt Academy Rainbow Dash can't argue with her logic in making Lightning Dust the leader and her the wingpony ("You'll be an unstoppable team") but when Lightning Dust reveals her disregard for the safety of others, she demotes Dust and puts the more levelheaded Dash in her place.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Despite her appearance, she's the Blue to Soarin's Red.
- Same Character, but Different: In her appearances during the first two seasons, she appears fairly laid-back and friendly, especially towards Rainbow Dash (who saved her life when they first met in person). In Season 3 she's a tough-as-nails—though still reasonable—drill instructor who throws insults at new Wonderbolt cadets, Dash being no exception. Justified since they are at a boot camp whereas she was more or less off duty in earlier appearances, so it could just be a front she puts up on the job, and Spitfire has no reason to go soft on her savior.
- She's a Stallion in Poland: Possibly in the Polish dub. She has a male voice in both "Sonic Rainboom" and "The Best Night Ever", but it might just be an extreme case of Cross-Dressing Voices. In "Hurricane Fluttershy", she is voiced by a woman.
- Vocal Evolution: Her voice changes slightly from "The Best Night Ever" and "Hurricane Fluttershy" to "Wonderbolts Academy", due to Spitfire being on duty instead of at a party or casually observing a water tornado.
- You Don't Look Like You: Her and Soarin's trading card lists her cutie mark as the lightning bolt symbol shown on the female Wonderbolts' flight suits (like how Soarin's cutie mark is the winged lightning bolt symbol shown on the male Wonderbolts' flight suits), but "Wonderbolts Academy" reveals that it's a phoenix-like bunch of flames.
He loves pies.
This lovable blue Pegasus stallion despite his goofy personality is one of the best fliers in Equestria. He really
loves pies. He makes a small cameo in "A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2
", dancing with Rainbow Dash and out of his flight suit to boot, instead wearing a uniform that implies he's second in command. He's getting a partly-translucent toy◊
in Blind Bag Wave 7.
- Keet: See Adorkable. He's extremely friendly and really likes pies.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Despite their mane colors, this is inverted as Soarin is the Red Oni to Spitfire's Blue Oni.
- Spell My Name with an S: His name was originally spelled "Soarin'" with an apostrophe, and this spelling has been used by Enterplay's trading card set and Mighty Fine's apparel, but Hasbro's Blind Bags and Gameloft's My Little Pony game have since spelled it "Soarin" without the apostrophe.
- Sweet Tooth: Soarin has a big one for Applejack's pie, considering how fast he eats it at the Grand Galloping Gala.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Pie.
- Tuckerization: He was named after Amy Keating Rogers' son Soren. Rogers was the writer for "The Best Night Ever", which featured the Wonderbolts.
- Vocal Dissonance: He sounds younger than the bags under his eyes imply he is.
- You Don't Look Like You: His toy uses the same mold as the female Wonderbolts' toys, only being indicated as male by sporting the male Wonderbolts' winged lightning bolt symbol rather than the female Wonderbolts' plain lightning bolt symbol.
A blue pegasus with a mostly white mane with a streak of light blue in it, green eyes, and a cutie mark of a winged horseshoe.
She's apparently one of the smaller Wonderbolts, but makes up for it with great speed. She wins the derby in "Sweet and Elite". In the comics, she develops a crush on Big McIntosh after being hit by some fireworks and crashing into him at a festival.
- Ascended Extra: She was only briefly mentioned in the show and could only be identified via a Freeze-Frame Bonus (see below), but shows up in the third Story Arc of the IDW comics as part of a major gag with dialogue and revealing what she looks like without her costume.
- All There in the Manual: IDW Publishing's Friendship is Magic comic book issue #9 reveals her eye color and her cutie mark.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: How she's identified. In "Sweet and Elite" its announced she's the winner of the race, however it's hard to tell which Wonderbolt is Fleetfoot since they move so fast. Pausing at the right moment reveals she's the blue, white maned Wonderbolt.
- Love at First Sight: Instantly falls for Big Mac when she first sees him, though the concussion she got may have helped.
- OC Stand In: Had a rather notable example in the Ask A Pony community with Echo, the blind Wonderbolt. The blog started a few days before "Sweet and Elite" aired. Echo's was popular in that community despite Fleetfoot being little more than a named background pony.
- Off Model: In a wide shot in "The Best Night Ever", she's missing her tail.
- Stalker with a Crush: #10 of the comic portrays her as this to Big Mac.
- You Don't Look Like You: She's playable in Gameloft's My Little Pony game, though her mane is solid light blue, has blue wings, and white nose & ears. Preview demos had the white, blonde-maned Wonderbolt incorrectly labeled as Fleetfoot, so her model may have been changed late in development to closer match the show's Fleetfoot.
Another participant in the "Sweet & Elite" race, Fancypants believed he would win, but Fleetfoot beat him and the other Wonderbolts. Unlike Fleetfoot, which one he is isn't entirely clear other than "not Soarin". it isn't specified
which one he is but he's most likely the gray one with a white mane who appears at the start of, during and at the finish of the Derby; at least one other unnamed male Wonderbolt appears in some shots, but not all of them
A white Pegasus mare with a yellow mane. She resembles Surprise◊
, an early design of Pinkie Pie
(based on G1 Surprise) with a three-purple-balloons cutie mark and purple eyes, and Enterplay's Collectible Card Game
her the same name, after The Elements of Harmony
guidebook listed the name as belonging to a then-unspecified Wonderbolt. She's notably the first Wonderbolt to get a toy, though she's unnamed there
A light yellow Pegasus mare with a bright electric blue mane. She's the third member of the trio of judges who try to rescue Rarity in "Sonic Rainboom", along with Spitfire and Soarin. She's getting a partly-translucent toy◊
in Blind Bag Wave 7. She's also been featured on a couple of pieces of The Merch
; 80sTees has identified
her as Fleetfoot, but this appears to be a case of Cowboy Bebop at His Computer
Rainbow Dash's favorite pony besides the Wonderbolts.
Voiced by: Chiara Zanni
Daring Do Dazzle
is an archaeologist pegasus with yellow fur and a grayscale mane who is the heroine of the adventurous tale of Daring Do and the Quest for the Sapphire Stone
as well as many other titles, a series of books anypony can enjoy. She's actually a real pony who authors the Daring Do series under the name A.K. Yearling, basing her books on her actual adventures.
There's also a highly detailed fictional Daring Do work page
if you are interested.
- Action Mare: "Another day, another dungeon".
- Adventurer Archaeologist: Considering who she's an Expy of, it comes with the territory.
- Adventurer Outfit: Complete with pith helmet.
- Alliterative Name: Daring Do Dazzle.
- All There in the Script: The last part of her name, Dazzle, has only been used in the toyline; specifically, in the Miniature Collection's Daring Pony Story Set.
- Badass: So much that she impresses Rainbow Dash into becoming a fan of her series.
- Badass Adorable: This is a given considering she's a Palette Swap of Rainbow Dash.
- Badass Bookworm : An archeologist and author that can battle several big cats at once.
- Handicapped Badass: In Quest for the Sapphire Stone, her right wing was injured in a crash, rendering her unable to fly.
- Brought Down to Badass: On that note, she loses her ability to fly and becomes Indiana Jones. Flying and she would be almost too good to work as an adventurer archaeologist.
- Character Name and the Noun Phrase: How the titles of her books work.
- Charles Atlas Superpower : Her adventurous lifestyle had made her much tougher than the average pony; she recovers quite fast from most injuries, and when she can´t escape a death trap by skill, she can do it by sheer strength and determination.
- Determinator: Nothing's going to stop her from getting the Sapphire Relic.
- Expy: Ponydom's answer to Indiana Jones mixed with a bit of Lara Croft.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Cargo top but no bottom.
- Hero of Another Story: Literally. She's the author of an autobiographical series that happens usually separately from the main show.
- I Work Alone: Her attitude to Rainbow Dash at first, but she warms up in the end.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Daring comes across as aloof, cynical, and distrusting of others, but at the end, she does warm up a bit to Rainbow Dash.
- Meaningful Name: She is a Doer of Daring Things. Also, probably a pun on derring-do, which she is prone to.
- Nice Hat: It even helps her to escape Ahuizotl's trap!
- Palette Swap: Of Rainbow Dash, down to leaving a greyscale rainbow trail behind her when she flies.
- Real After All: Her adventures are actually autobiographical and not a work of fiction.
- Spell My Name with an S: "Daring Do" is the trademarkednote spelling used on her and Mare Do Well's trading card, the Another day, another dungeon trading card and on the shirt Daring Do, but "Daring-Do" is the spelling used on the cover of Quest for the Sapphire Stone (shown in legible form on her and Mare Do Well's trading card and on the shirt Daring-Do Cover).