Characters: Friendship Is Magic: Applejack
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"This is your sister Applejack, remember? The loyalest of friends and the most dependable of ponies?"
An earth pony from the huge
Apple family, a herd that runs multiple apple farms across Equestria. Applejack helps run Sweet Apple Acres, the ancestral farm of the family. Sensible and down to earth, she's admired for her honesty and integrity. However, she also has a bit of a stubborn streak at times.
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Characterization and Background
- Determinator: She becomes this especially if/when her stubbornness gets the better of her...particularly in "Applebuck Season".
- Era-Specific Personality: Friendship Is Magic's Applejack is one of Ponyville's best athletes. Her First Gen counterpart is..... not. G1 Applejack was a Disaster Girl type of character, constantly getting herself in trouble for doing things she was NOT supposed to do, or causing (unintended) mayhem around her, thanks to her clumsiness, HUGE appetite for apples, and her lack of "Horse Sense". Like every other pony, Applejack isn't immune to clumsiness or slapstick. Her athleticism doesn't stop her continuing the role of Iron Butt Monkey.
- The Everymare: She's the most normal of her group of friends, albeit still by comparison only. This leads to Fridge Brilliance as to why the character has become Out of Focus or eclipsed in her own episodes; her more reserved personality allows for less potential to trigger plot lines and dilemmas designating her to secondary roles such as The Straight Man most of the time. In the first season she was more Hotblooded and arrogant, a likely reason she had more lead roles early on.
- Everypony Hates Mathematics: Averted in the episodes "Fall Weather Friends" (instantly adding 17 seconds and a 5 second penalty to get 22 seconds as her time for the Barrel Weave) and "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000" (she instantly realizes that losing the money from selling cider will cause the farm to go under financially.) Played for laughs in "Applebuck Season"; when Big Macintosh points out that harvesting the entire orchard is too big a job for one pony, Applejack retorts, "Don't you use your fancy mathematics to muddy the issue!"
- The Face: The most prominent member of the Apple family in Ponyville due to Big Macintosh's quiet demeanor and Granny Smith's age.
- Family Business: Growing and selling apples along with all the myriad methods of preparing them. Applejack takes this very seriously; her primary interest in the Grand Galloping Gala is setting up a stand there.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: A light example in Season One. Big Mac and Twilight soon learned how easy it is to offend the usually chirpy and warm natured AJ. She mellowed out in later seasons.
- Honor Before Reason:
- In "Applebuck Season", she struggles to keep all of her promises (and turning down help) despite being stretched to her limits. She nearly worked herself to death through exhaustion.
- In "The Last Roundup", she's so ashamed at her failure to win any rodeo events that she decides to start a new life in another town and refuses to return to Ponyville until she earns enough to replace the prize money she failed to win.
- Hotblooded: While still often a voice of clarity, Applejack was more confrontational and short fused in her earliest appearances and prone to act before thinking (usually with Rainbow Dash or Rarity as a catalyst for her temper). While she's much more reserved in later episodes, she still has evident bouts of this.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Utilized with her work overzeal. When given a difficult task, Applejack can be rather pig-headed and arrogant, refusing help from others. Ultimately she is only insecure about her strengths and reliability, and takes letting someone down very hard (even when the person in question is far less upset about it). Also plays into her Team Mom role; while she is usually kind and understanding to others' shortcomings, she has great difficulty accepting her own.
- Knight Templar Big Sister: She is shown to be very overprotective and strict in protecting Apple Bloom in "Bridle Gossip" and acts extremely paranoid and hostile to Zecora at the thought of her harming her. This trait is toned down in most later episodes, where she is more of a Cool Big Sis.
- The Lad-ette: Applejack cringes at the thought of wearing excessively feminine clothing, like what she was forced to wear in "Look Before You Sleep", but she's been perfectly fine with her Gala and wedding attire, as well as the cloak Rarity made for her in "Secret of My Excess".
- The Lancer: Applejack seems to be taking on this role, which isn't a big surprise, given that she seems to have been The Hero before Twilight.
- Metaphorically True: She's the element of honesty, but that doesn't mean she has to tell the whole truth.
- Ms. Vice Girl:
- Applejack's stubbornness helps when she's in a tough spot, but it also gets her in trouble on a regular basis, most notably in "Applebuck Season" where she refuses to admit that she needs help, and when it interferes in attempts to negotiate with the Buffalo in "Over A Barrel".
- In the first season she had a short temperament, often getting over-defensive or vindictive with someone she believes has insulted or provoked her. She is clearly more level headed than Rainbow Dash and Rarity, though still ended up in a vicious Escalating War with both after they wound her up. She also snapped at Big Macintosh and Twilight after they accidentally offended her, driving the latter to tears (her reactions after both suggest she was aware she put her hoof in her mouth). This is far less evident in later seasons, where she is more level-headed.
- Nice Girl: Similar to Twilight, she holds the Jerkass Ball a fair few times, but she is one of the more fair-natured ponies and even her more abrasive moments are often with more selfless intentions than the others. In earlier episodes, she's slightly more arrogant, if still altruistic.
- Only Sane Mare: When Twilight or Spike aren't this, it's usually her.
- Pride: Has a stubborn streak miles wide and hates backing down from any challenge. Also dangerous when fused with her strong sense of justice. When she believes another comrade is acting unfairly, she can become rather self-righteous, and get riled up in her attempts to discipline them.
- Raised by Grandparents: An SDCC interview with the MLP panel revealed that the absence of Applejack's parents is "an important lesson for kids that may happen, but they have some trepidation on how carefully they would need to handle something like that." Lauren Faust outright says they're dead.
- The Reliable One: Famed for this in Ponyville. Though it sadly came to bite her back a couple of times.
- Rightly Self-Righteous: Being the Hot-Blooded Straight Man, she sometimes acts like this. Similar to Twilight however, she has the occasional vice of getting a bit too arrogant about it at times, usually at the cost of her pedestal. See Pride.
- Second Place Is for Losers: She thinks this way, especially in "The Last Roundup".
- Spirited Competitor: Competitve and loves to win but the focus is on sportsmanship; 'wings are cheating' fueled an episode.
- Straight Mare: Generally one of the more sensible, level-headed members of the group, she often falls into this role. Though like everyone else she gets her turn to be a silly pony. See below.
- Stubborn Mule: Once she has decided something, her mind is completely locked on the matter and there's no way possible to make her reconsider, especially when her Honor Before Reason trait gets combined with it. To drive the point home, right after having a frustrating conversation with Applejack, Twilight strikes up a short conversation with a mule who unlike Applejack, is very polite and understanding.
- Tomboy: She's brash and aggressive at times and doesn't care too much about her appearance.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: While she hates anything too frilly or "frou-frou", she was okay with wearing her Gala dress, and has no problem with going to the spa or participating in fashion shows. Plus, she's the Team Mom.
- Undying Loyalty: Applejack is loyal to her friends and family to a fault, and has shown to have little care for her own well being when trying to help them. Often a driving force in her trademark stubbornness is the thought of letting down those around her as well as herself.
- Workaholic: To the point that it nearly kills her. Instead she was merely sleep deprived, exhausted, and seeing double.
- Girlish Pigtails: Sported these when she was just a little foal.
- Green Eyes: Like most of her Apple family relatives.
- Hair Decorations: She wears red scrunchies on her mane and her tail. She used to wear apple-shaped hair clips when she was younger. She swaps out her red scrunchies for green ribbons while in her Rainbow Power form.
- Mane of Gold, Heart of Gold: See her page quote; "loyalest of friends and most dependable of ponies". As noted elsewhere on this page she tends to be the most levelheaded, maternal, etc., of the Mane Cast.
- Never Bareheaded: Even in formal attire, she either sports a variation of her cowboy hat it or sneaks the original onto her head as soon as she gets a chance. Averted in the toys where she is almost never seen with a hat, and during her flashback in "The Cutie Mark Chronicles".
- Nice Hat: She is almost never seen without her trusty brown cowboy hat. One of the barn's closets is stuffed with replacement hats.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Her dinner with her rich relatives in Manehattan proves this, as does every occasion on which she dons formal attire. "Simple Ways" shows that she can be downright gorgeous if she wants to (which isn't often).
- Tomboyish Ponytail: A Visual Pun!
- Youthful Freckles: She had even more as a filly.
- Badass Normal: She doesn't have the powers of a unicorn or the flight of a Pegasus (or Pinkie's reality-warping) but she still accomplishes a great many tasks through strength, will, determination and a healthy dose of stubbornness. Even in the toys, she manages to be badass. The description of her Farm Truck states that "APPLEJACK drives her truck to bring fresh apples to the market. Between deliveries, she likes to practice jumping over fences!" While the wording is a little vague, this could be taken to mean that she does Ramp Jumps in her spare time. (It may also be a Mythology Gag referencing G1 Applejack who used to crash and break fences all the time.)
- Book Dumb:
- Country Music: Turns out she's quite proficient with the banjo.
- Edible Ammunition: She planned to kick some of her apples at the dragon in the episode "Dragonshy".
- Jack-of-All-Trades: In "The Last Roundup", she competed in a national rodeo and, according to Cherry Jubilee, scored in the top four of every event.
- Kick Chick: Granted she is a pony, but she uses her kick far more than anyone else, especially when she knocks apples off of the trees on her farm.
- Master of None: What Applejack thought she was, which was the source of her personal drama for the episode.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: She may be small but she has no problem moving several carts of apples bigger than she is at the same time.
- Prehensile Tail: She uses it to do lasso tricks!
- Supreme Chef: Shown to be an excellent baker when it comes to dishes made with apples.
- Affectionate Nickname: Sometimes calls her closest friends "sugarcube".
- Big Sister Mentor: Much like Twilight, Applejack often pulls with trope with the CMC, but most often with Apple Bloom, who is her little sister.
- Conflict Ball: Despite often acting as the voice of reason, she arguably has the largest number of Feud Episodes with another pony, most often with Rainbow Dash. This is what leads Twilight to so quickly assume that the two are fighting at one point.
- Cool Big Sis: Often plays this role to Apple Bloom. She seems to play this with a few other ponies as well, most recurringly Twilight.
- Country Fourth Cousin Twice Removed: To Pinkie, maybe.
- Doting Big Sister: She absolutely adores her sister Applebloom and is really good at showing it, though sometimes she can go a little too far with it...
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric: extroverted, confident and stubborn.
- The Friends Who Never Hang: Is seen hanging out with every member of the mane six from time to time except Fluttershy for some reason.
- Intergenerational Friendship: In the toys, she has one with toy-exclusive unicorn filly Star Dreams, seeing as they "love having slumber parties together!"
- Massive Numbered Cousins: Applejack has to pause to catch her breath when she introduces them to Twilight Sparkle.
- Not So Different: While she plays Blue Oni to the impulsive Rainbow Dash, her stubborn streak makes her in turn a Red Oni towards others like Rarity. She shares Rainbow's aggressive or jovial side at times as well, at times even eagerly assisting or joining her with stunts.
- Number Two: In episodes where the entire Mane Six is facing a common problem, Applejack often falls into the role of a second-in-command to Twilight.
- Parental Abandonment: Strongly implied and later semi-confirmed that her parents are dead. Granny Smith is the only parental figure Applejack and her siblings have.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni:
- Applejack is both depending on the situation. She's the Red Oni to Rarity and the Blue Oni to Rainbow Dash.
- She's also the Red Oni to her brother, Big Mac.
- The Rival: Had an occasional (usually) friendly competitive streak with Rainbow Dash early on. Even later, with their "Most Daring Pony" competition in "Castle Mane-ia".
- Team Mom: Highlighted in "Dragonshy" where she demonstrates saintlike patience with Fluttershy's severe timidness. She is also frequently the one shepherding the Cutie Mark Crusaders around, again with saintlike patience.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl:
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With both Rainbow Dash (as an athletic rival) and Rarity (with their clashing fashion sense, or lack thereof in Applejack's case).
- And I Must Scream: In the two-parter episode, "The Return Of Harmony", she is the first victim of Discord's brainwashing, which turns her into a compulsive liar. After Twilight freed her from the spell, she said that she knew what she was doing but she couldn't face the truth.
- Cool Truck: Her Farm Truck from the toys (the Periphery Demographic may not think so, but it wasn't meant to appeal to them).
- Expy: For the original Applejack.
- Fascinating Eyebrow: Used no less than three times in the fourth season, twice reacting to a dubious statement from Discord.
- Genre Motif: Country/bluegrass played on banjos or acoustic guitars. She sometimes gets a motif reminiscent of western movie "riding" themes when she gets into action.
- In-Series Nickname: Her name is often shortened to "A.J." in series.
- Meaningful Name:
- "Apple" is obvious. "Jack" may refer to a jack-of-all-trades; i.e. someone who can do a lot of different things but isn't a specialist.
- Applejack or apple-brandy is a high-proof beverage distilled from cider. It has something of a kick to it (FiM) and also tends to result in less-than-optimal coordination and judgement (G1).
- Meet My Good Friends Lefty And Righty: She calls her back legs Bucky McGillicuddy (her left one) and Kicks McGee (her right one).
- Out of Focus: Compared to the rest of the main six she gets the least episodes as the main character. On the other hand if she's a primary supporting character she gets that honor in spades, due to her maturity and being something of a Team Mom to the others. She also gets the lion's share of episodes shared between two characters (often due to her Conflict Ball moments).
- Spell My Name with an S: Once in a great while, her name will be spelled as "Apple Jack".
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: In season two she and her family have more screen time than any of the other mane cast, even Twilight. On the other hoof, she has more minor roles in most season two episodes, even her own centric episodes often give another character an equally prominent role. In contrast to the first season she was a leading character in several episodes.
- Stealth Pun:
- She has her mane tied up in a ribbon to make her hair into a ponytail. Her actual pony tail is styled the same way.
- She's the Element of Honesty and the tough one of the lot, making her the embodiment of Brutal Honesty.
- She's a pony who's a workaholic, which makes her a literal work horse.
- Theme Naming: Applejack and all of her relatives are named after different types of apples and apple-related items. Plus Uncle and Aunt Orange in Manehattan.
- Vocal Evolution: Her voice was a little higher-pitched in the first few episodes and has gotten deeper over time. This was intentional on Ashleigh Ball's part as she felt Applejack and Rainbow Dash (the other main character she voices) sounded too similar and wanted to separate the two a little.