Characters: Friendship Is Magic: Animal Companions
aka: Friendship Is Magic-Animal Companions
My Little Pony
toys traditionally come with pets, so it's no wonder why each of the Mane Six, Spike, and Princess Celestia have their own iconic pets, who really are characters unto themselves. Most of them seem to have qualities that are opposite of their owner in some regard
, yet also highlight another aspect of their owners
For other animal characters, sapient or not
, please see the Other Background Characters page
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A cute little White Bunny
, Angel Bunny is Fluttershy's main animal companion. Not only does Angel help Fluttershy with tasks but he also makes attempts to bring the Pegasus out of her shell. Although adorable, Angel can be quite direct when interacting with others and if he doesn't like you, he will
let you know, as Spike soon discovers when given the task of looking after him.
- Ambiguous Gender: Throughout the entire first season, his gender was never stated on the show and Dummied Out text from Adventures in Ponyville even called him female. However in the second season episode "The Return of Harmony, Part 2", Fluttershy says "good boy" to him which confirms that he's male.
- Beleaguered Assistant: A more benign example. It must be just a little bit frustrating having to deal with someone like Fluttershy.
- Breakout Character: Compared to the other animal companions, Angel gets far more screentime and appears in many more episodes than they do, and has a bit more of a character beyond "Fluttershy's token pet".
- Butt Monkey: Discord really gave him hell in "Keep Calm and Flutter On".
- Comic Roleplay: Roleplays as a coach like Rainbow Dash during a training montage from Fluttershy, even wearing a similar hat and whistle.
- A Day in the Limelight: In issue 23 of the main comic series, he leads the other pets on a mission to stop a creature who's hypnotized all of Ponyville to destroy their dam.
- Death Glare: Gives one to the Cutie Mark Crusaders when their Gabby Gums article makes Fluttershy cry.
- Depending on the Artist: Strangely he has eyelashes in "The Return of Harmony, Part 1" and "The Return of Harmony, Part 2".
- Depending on the Writer: Whether he comes across as selfish and even abusive or a stern friend of Fluttershy varies by episode. If there's a consistent personality behind it all, it's probably of the Jerk with a Heart of Gold variety.
- Destination Defenestration: Does this to Fluttershy over a salad in "Putting Your Hoof Down". (Yes, he defenestrates both the salad AND Fluttershy.)
- Disembodied Eyebrows: Or Disembodied Whiskers — his whiskers don't actually touch his body.
- Domestic Abuser: His treatment of Fluttershy makes him look like one in "Putting Your Hoof Down". In that episode he demands she make him a special meal, slaps her when she refuses, and then kicks her out when its not perfect. He pays for this later...
- Fluffy the Terrible: Just because his given name is "Angel", doesn't means that he won't be a mean rabbit.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: The Pet Nobody Likes — even the other animal companions seem to dislike his bad attitude. Receiving a group Death Glare from the other pets for his bratty behavior is one thing, but being able to make Gummy, the emotionless alligator, join in on the Death Glare is another thing entirely.
- Hypocritical Heartwarming: Angel can be quite mean to Fluttershy, but he will not tolerate anyone else being mean to her. Perfectly exemplified in "Ponyville Confidential" with the Death Glare he levels on the Cutie Mark Crusaders, as if to say "Nopony makes her cry but me!"
- Implied Death Threat: Receives a non-verbal one from Owlowiscious after he promises to cause trouble for Spike. He's rightfully intimidated, since bunnies are typically prey for owls.
- Ironic Name: Most of his behaviour is far from angelic.
- Jerkass Has a Point: In "Just For Sidekicks", Spike realizes this when he's called out by Angel on the train because Spike was more concerned about getting gems than he was about his duty to take care of Angel and the other pets. Spike apologizes for this and Angel cuts him some slack.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Seems to average about here; for all his attitude, he does seem to genuinely care about Fluttershy, and sometimes his attitude compensates for her lack of it.
- The Lancer: As shown in "A Bird in the Hoof" and "The Ticket Master", he acts like a secretary/nanny for Fluttershy in a Shout-Out to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. He also takes on the role of a coach to Fluttershy in "Hurricane Fluttershy" to help her train for the hurricane.
- Loyal Animal Companion: Normally accompanies Fluttershy in her daily duties as shown in "The Ticket Master" where he prepares a salad and in "Dragonshy" and "Winter Wrap Up" where he helps Fluttershy care for the animals. He's at his most loyal in "Hurricane Fluttershy", when he comforts her when she's distraught.
- Meaningful Name: Given the "role" he (sometimes) plays in Fluttershy's life (a conscience or "guardian angel"), his name is actually perfectly chosen.
- Nice Hat: He wears one while training Fluttershy in the episode "Hurricane Fluttershy".
- Non-Human Sidekick: Non-Pony Sidekick to Fluttershy.
- Non-Indicative Name: He is anything but an angel.
- Opposites Attract: He is more outgoing and direct than Fluttershy. It's possible that he has taught Fluttershy to be more assertive as Fluttershy was even more shy and withdrawn before she found Angel.
- Perpetual Frowner: One gets the idea that he's always upset because of it.
- Picky Eater: He demands that Fluttershy makes him a salad with a cherry on top, and won't eat it otherwise. He gets over it by the end of the episode, when Fluttershy makes him try some normal vegetables, and he loves them.
- Pride: Given his behavior and smug facial expressions, this could be seen as a major character flaw of his.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: To Fluttershy.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: But don't let it fool you; if you act stupid or annoy him, he'll let you have it.
- Sarcastic Devotee: To Spike eventually in "Just for Sidekicks". He still snarks but doesn't make things worse anymore.
- The Scrappy: In-universe and out. He's hated by the fans for being an outright Jerkass, and in "Just for Sidekicks", it's apparent that the other animal companions don't like him either. At one point, it looked like Owlowiscious threatened to EAT Angel if he ever gets out of line.
- Silent Snarker: He's very good at showing his exasperation without words.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis:
- Towards Spike in "Dragonshy". When Spike is charged with taking care of Angel, the rabbit immediately stomps on the dragon's head repeatedly and that's just for starters. It doubles as an inside joke to Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans.
- In "Keep Calm and Flutter On" he has a lot of moments like this with Discord, namely trying to get the couch back from him.
- Species Surname: First revealed in Dummied Out text from Adventures in Ponyville, and later used by Fluttershy in the episodes "Dragonshy", "Putting Your Hoof Down", and "Keep Calm and Flutter On".
- Speech-Impaired Animal: He resorts to charades in "Keep Calm and Flutter On" to warn the ponies of a disaster. It takes a couple tries.
- Spoiled Brat: Comes across this way in "Dragonshy" when he throws a temper tantrum over Fluttershy gently urging him to eat slower, or in "Baby Cakes" where she can't babysit for the Cakes because he wants a picnic. Though to be fair, Fluttershy did promise him and it is common for someone to be angry if a promise broken. Even more so in "Putting Your Hoof Down" when he places unreasonable demands on how he wants his salad, and slaps Fluttershy when he doesn't get his way.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Usually what he averages out to. He's spoiled and a bit of a jerk to Fluttershy, but in the end he loves her and wants nothing more than to help her.
- Took a Level in Badass: In issue #23 of the comic (see A Day in the Limelight above.)
- Took a Level in Jerkass: His treatment on Fluttershy in "Putting Your Hoof Down". He slapped her face and kicked her out of her own house. Why? Because the salad with whipped cream and a cherry on top had no cherry!
- Took a Level in Kindness: In "Hurricane Fluttershy" Angel is seen comforting Fluttershy, stroking her mane and even coaching her with the rest of the critters in her training to fly faster.
- Tough Love: He gives to Fluttershy every so often when he tries to help her out.
- Tsundere: A Type-A male example. He is often abrasive to Fluttershy but he's worse to everyone else, doesn't like being separated from her and, when she needs it, he is sweet and comforting.
- Ungrateful Bastard: When Fluttershy wasn't able to buy him the cherry for the recipe he wanted and she only managed to make him the salad without the cherry, he throws the food and her out the house.
- Vague Age: Thanks to his general cuteness, it's difficult to gauge Angel's real age. Sometimes he acts like a toddler and other times like an adult. If he is an adult, this could explain his reaction to Fluttershy's coaxing in "Dragonshy" since it would be exasperating for an adult to be told with a woobie voice to eat slowly.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Fluttershy, he being the one who acts nasty.
- White Bunny: Duh.
- Would Hit a Girl: Over a cherry, no less.
Applejack's dog. She's extremely useful with her herding skills.
- Adaptation Name Change: The British and French magazine stories Applebuck Season and La récolte d'Applejack (Novelizations of "Applebuck Season") respectively refer to her as Jackaroo or Jackeroo.
- Empathy Pet: Winona's mood tends to reflect whatever mood Applejack is feeling.
- Genki Girl: As Spike soon found out, Winona is very frisky. Just like real Border Collies.
- Heroic Dog: She's awesome at herding cattle and can keep up with her owner and given how fast and strong Applejack is (strongest of the mane six and second in land speed only to Cartoon Physics-empowered Pinkie Pie), that's saying something. She doesn't herd rabbits very well though... or at least, she's as competent as her handler.
- Loyal Animal Companion: Naturally, being a dog and all. In "Just for Sidekicks", while her high energy and rambunctiousness still cause problems for Spike, she still follows his orders without question.
- Meaningful Name: Possibly a coincidence but "Winona" means "first born daughter", a description that fits Applejack.
- Nice Girl: She was the first pet to respond to Spike when he called for them.
- Perpetual Smiler: This dog is always happy even when under a industrial strength hair dryer.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: As a Border Collie, it comes with the territory. Even when she's flattened by the wind force of an industrial-sized blowdryer.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Her adaptation-changed name has been spelled as "Jackaroo" by the British magazine and as "Jackeroo" by the French magazine.
- You Don't Look Like You: The toys and their art depict her as a puppy and she's even referred to as such in the description of the Applejack toy.
- You Need a Breath Mint: According to Twilight Sparkle she does.
Rarity's fluffy Persian cat; often referred to as "Opal" for short. Although Rarity adores her, the feeling doesn't appear to always be entirely mutual.
- Audible Sharpness: When Opal decides to deploy her claws in anger, it usually produces the classic knife-unsheathing sound.
- Berserk Button: Do NOT try to steal Opal's toy mouse. It pisses her off so much that even a falcon and an eagle are terrified of her.
- Butt Monkey: If Opal is on screen, you can expect something bad or annoying is going to happen to her. She gets soaked with cold water, simply because Rarity needed an excuse to be unable to chat to her friends. Oh, and just two episodes before, she got her toy mouse taken away from her twice at least. And she ended up wearing a sweater, simply because it fell on her. And during the "Art of the Dress" song, Rarity is constantly taking away bits of fabric Opal is lying on, leading to exceptional dizziness.
- Cats Are Mean: Played with. She is playful and affectionate towards other ponies (particularly Fluttershy), can hang around other pets without much trouble and is very appreciative of Rarity's dressmaking talents. However, she's not always kind to Rarity or Sweetie Belle, occasionally latching onto the former's flank with her claws and slashing off a hank of the latter's mane. Her finicky behavior could be explained as annoyance at the rough treatment Rarity doles out to her absentmindedly when "in the zone".
- Cats Are Snarkers: Although Opal doesn't talk, her meows and facial expressions combined give off this trope's feel.
- Cats Hate Water: She's peeved when Rarity soaks her to make her look ill in "Sweet and Elite".
- Cat Smile: After slicing off a hunk of Sweetie Belle's mane, she gives a "lol, u mad?" smirk.
- Cat Stereotype: Her coat is white, so she's female. She's a Persian cat, so she's a snob.
- Cat Up a Tree:
- Rainbow Dash leaves her stuck in a tree in an attempt to force Rarity to come outside and see the surprise her friends have prepared for her. Opal may or may not have been in on The Plan.
- Again at the start of "May the Best Pet Win!", although this is more disdain for the company of the other pets than anything else.
- The Chew Toy: The series loves abusing her; mostly at the hooves of her kind-hearted but sometimes absent-minded owner.
- Defeat Means Friendship: She and Tank are now friends of a sort after Tank outsmarted her and withstood her fury in his debut episode.
- Empathy Pet:
- In "Suited for Success" she mirrors Rarity's feelings at some points. Examples include purring happily at the first batch of dresses, hissing at the second batch and showing embarrassment at the fashion show. She also showed some affection towards Hoity Toity at the second fashion show.
- In "Sweet and Elite", Opal acts to a degree as Rarity's conscience, trying to remind her of her commitment to the dress for Twilight she was supposed to be making when instead Rarity opts for the fancy engagements with Canterlot's elites.
- Fat Cat: While it looks like this is the case and would make sense given her Spoiled Brat characterization, "Sweet and Elite" showed when Opal got wet that she's actually really skinny, and is just very fluffy.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: To Rarity. She often attacks the designer, but also tries to get her to do the right thing.
- Killer Rabbit: The episode "May the Best Pet Win!" showed that even birds of prey are afraid of going against her.
- Leitmotif: Ravel's "Bolero" in "Sweet and Elite".
- Meaningful Name: Her collar is decorated with an opal.
- Odd Friendship: With Tank, the slow and clumsy turtle.
- Opposites Attract: She's as aggressive and confrontational as Rarity is gentle.
- Punny Name: Though it may be coincidence, her name is pronounced similarly to "Herbal Essence", and given Rarity's well-groomed and stylish mane...
- Silent Snarker: In "Stare Master", when Sweetie Belle says "Maybe I can be good with animals too," Opal gives her a lopsided manecut and smirks as if to say "lol, u mad?"
- Slap, Slap, Nuzzle: She literally does this to Tank in "Just for Sidekicks".
- Snarky Non-Pony Sidekick: To Rarity.
- Spoiled Brat: Rarity adores Opal and lavishes luxuries on her, which seems to do nothing for her bad temper and destructive nature.
- Super OCD: Her care-list involves meals being served at very specific intervals timed to the minute, and she can't sleep unless the room is at an exact temperature. Though how much of this is Opal's preference and not Rarity projecting her own OCD issues is unclear.
- Tsundere: Towards Tank. "Just for Sidekicks" shows her being affectionate towards him and her typical behavior towards others, but only after smacking his head once.
A tiny toothless baby alligator who belongs to Pinkie Pie. He tends to bite or snap at anyone or anything near him but never does any damage. The alligator usually spends his time staring into space and doing nothing except when he's blinking, swimming around in the bathtub or playing with a balloon.
- The Chew Toy: He goes through a lot in "Just for Sidekicks", and literally becomes this when Winona is seen chewing on him.
- The Comically Serious: His peaceful stare is hilarious next to Pinkie Pie. Also, for some reason, he can baa like a sheep.
- Cool Pet: While he does less than most of the other ponies' pets, he's an alligator which is exotic enough to be cool. His entertainment value doesn't hurt his coolness factor either.
- Empathy Pet: Not to Pinkie, of course, but it has been speculated he's this in a by-proxy sense for Pinkie to her older sister, Maud. For a majority of the series, it seemed that Pinkie had elected to adopt such an emotionless creature either as ironic humor or as a Foil to contrast to her hyper-bubbly personality, but after the episode "Maud Pie", it makes more sense that she keeps him as a reminder of her stoic sister, who she adores more than anything in the world.
- Fish Eyes: Gummy's eyes are rarely focused on the same location, just like real alligators.
- Intelligible Unintelligible: Played with. Gummy only blinks and bites, but Pinkie Pie acts like she can understand what he is saying. It becomes apparent that she's merely guessing. Being a fellow reptile, Spike seems to be able to communicate, but Gummy doesn't give any acknowledgement.
- Loyal Animal Companion: To the point that he seems to possess the same Reality Warper abilities as Pinkie Pie.
- Meaningful Name: He has no teeth as pointed out in his introduction.
- Never Smile at a Crocodile: Subverted; he's harmless.
- Not So Stoic: Narrows his eyes in disapproval at Angel in "Just for Sidekicks". Not much of a change, but it's enough to get his feelings across. He's also visibly happy when Angel retrieves Spike's gem to stop Spike's stomach from rumbling and giving away their position on the train. Normally these wouldn't count for much, but seeing as Gummy shows no emotion at all most of the time...
- Opposites Attract: Gummy has a zen-like calmness about him even when biting in rapid-fire succession while Pinkie Pie is literally bouncing with joy and excitement.
- Purple Eyes: A light shade of purple, with an obvious reptilian design.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Who would have thought an alligator could be so cute?
- The Stoic: He just stands there, staring a hole right through the screen...
- Theme Naming: In addition to his Meaningful Name, he also matches his owner in sharing the name of a type of sweet treat: Pinkie Pie and Gummy candy.
- Typical Cartoon Animal Colors: Real alligators are not that bright of a green. It's made very obvious in "Pinkie Pride" when a scene cuts to Gummy as a real baby alligator, whose hide is a much duller hue.
Click here to see her resurrected form.
Princess Celestia's pet phoenix
. She initially appeared unwell, so Fluttershy birdnapped her to make her feel better. Of course, she never actually needed
the medical attention on the basis of being a phoenix — so she made herself the most uncooperative patient ever for the hell of it.
- Back from the Dead: Like all depictions of phoenixes, she burns herself when she dies and rises from the ashes.
- Cool Pet: Don't let the picture fool you, She's actually a phoenix.
- The Dog Is an Alien: She's a prankster and pretends to be a sickly parrot much to Fluttershy's consternation.
- Empathy Pet: Reflects Celestia's more... mischievous side.
- Feather Fingers: Until those feathers drop off as well, leaving what looks like actual fingers...
- Fiery Redhead: Literally, when she's reborn.
- Incurable Cough of Death: This is why Fluttershy birdnaps her.
- It Amused Me: According to Celestia, the reason behind Philomena's melodramatic behaviour is she was having fun with tormenting poor Fluttershy.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: After she's reborn, she gives Fluttershy one of her feathers as a thank-you gift.
- Meaningful Name: Philomena comes from the Greek words philos (friend) and menos (strength); together meaning "friend of strength".
- Never Say "Die":
- According to Celestia, Philomena "must renew herself".
- When she burns up in front of the Mane Six, Twilight explains to Celestia that "there's been a terrible accident".
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Her extremely dumb and erratic behavior were fake; she was just having fun at Fluttershy and Twilight's expense.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: She temporarily wears a mustache to evade Twilight and Fluttershy when they are chasing her.
- Perpetual Molt: Justified for once; Philomena losing feathers is taken as a sign she's unwell.
- The Phoenix: As stated multiple times on this very page.
- Picky Eater: Fluttershy learns this the hard way.
- Playing with Fire: She's a phoenix so she has fire power as a innate talent.
- The Prankster: Acted like a dramatic, terminally ill soap opera character just to mess with Fluttershy's head. Celestia implies that this isn't the first time Philomena has played a trick on somepony like this.
- Shout-Out: Fluttershy meets Philomena when she's at Death's door; Philomena bursts into flame and dies when her owner isn't there and Fluttershy feels incredibly guilty until Celestia explains the nature of a phoenix.
- Shown Their Work: When she's revived as a healthy phoenix, take a look at her beak. If you know anything about birds, it suddenly makes perfect sense that she'd hork up the seed she was given; that's pretty obviously a raptor's beak. To put it another way, Philomena's a carnivore. It gets better if you know enough about the original Greco-Egyptian Phoenix myth: phoenix would feed only on dew/ the waters of the Nile, and so living off water would be the only creatures never to harm another living thing in their lives, not even a plant, and thus live innocent and so could be re-born (note, the earliest Egyptian phoenix myths might have been based on sightings of Flamingos, who sieve algae out of water, live in burning hot deserts and raise their young in salt-flats conditions that would kill most birds from heat-stroke). So you'd not expect a true Phoenix to eat at all.
- Spell My Name with an "S": "Philomena" is the trademarked spelling used on her trading card, but it's also been spelled as "Philomeena" (by Hasbro here, here, and here) or "Philemena" (in a storyboard for "A Bird in the Hoof").
- Toothy Bird: Shown to have teeth in her beak in her debut episode.
A brown owl who befriends Twilight Sparkle and becomes her No. 2 Assistant. He keeps Twilight company when she has to stay up past Spike's bedtime.
In "May the Best Pet Win!"
, Rainbow Dash seeks out a pet to have for her own by holding a contest. While initially unimpressed by a hapless tortoise that Fluttershy insists Rainbow admit as a contestant, Rainbow Dash is won over when he's the only one to stop and help her during the final contest after her wing gets pinned under a huge boulder. As a result, she's inspired to declare the tortoise whom she names "Tank" as the winner and her new pet.
A tiny phoenix chick that hatched at the end of the episode, well after his parents and siblings were driven away from their nest. Spike found his egg and almost smashed it on orders from the leader of a dragon gang, but decided to take it home with him and raise it. A series of pictures in the Cold Open
of "Just for Sidekicks" (a pet-centric episode) shows that Spike has since returned Peewee to a pair of phoenixes to be properly raised.
- All There in the Manual: His trading card◊ refers to him using male pronouns, which reveals that he's a boy.
- Ambiguous Gender: Since he only hatched at the end of the episode, it wasn't until the trading cards that his gender was revealed, and it's still impossible to tell from the show alone.
- Appropriated Appellation: A couple of the dragon bullies mocked Spike as looking more like a "Peewee".
- Cool Pet: The coolest of the Mane Cast's pets because he's a phoenix chick.
- Egg MacGuffin: His egg was the only one not already hatched at the time of the dragon raid. When ordered to smash it, Spike refused because it reminded him of his own origins. After the ordeal was over, Spike took it home to raise it as his own.
- Out of Focus: Only hatched at the very end of his debut episode, and had been Put on a Bus offscreen by the next time he was even referenced in the show.