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Characters: Friendship Is Magic: Background Ponies – Common Ponies
aka: Friendship Is Magic-Background Ponies-Common Ponies
Determining a Common Background Pony:
  • Their character design have many Palette Swapped and/or Race Swapped versions.
  • You can often see many clones of themselves occupying the same scene.
  • Their characterization is not very consistent.

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Mares

The most common and popular Recurring Extras in the show. They make up the majority of the population in a crowd scene more than colts, fillies and stallions and are often pulled into gag scenes and other background character roles. You will often see them jumping from one scene to the next as if they are teleporting or two (or more) of the same pony in the same scene sometimes appearing with slight variations in design such as being of a different race or a different cutie mark that they usually possess.

    Earth Pony Mares 

Berryshine / Berry Punch

"I don't know about you, but it takes more than a cup of orange juice to get ME going in the morning."

A.k.a. the Overly Protective Parent Pony. An Earth Ponynote  famous for her scene in "Call of the Cutie" as the pony who drank directly from the punch bowl and for whisking a unicorn filly (who is presumed to be her daughter named "Ruby Pinch") into her house as Zecora wanders around Ponyville in "Bridle Gossip". She's a popular pick for gag scenes and Funny Background Events for the show's crew... especially storyboard artist Sabrina "Sibsy" Alberghetti, who's responsible for her "Call of the Cutie" scene. According to her collector card, she "loves berries more than any pony!" Before the show aired, and thus years before Hasbro's blind bag waves 3 & 9 and Enterplay's trading card series 2 respectively gave Berryshine/Berry Punch her All There in the Script names (the latter being an Ascended Fanon Fan Nickname), Lauren Faust called her Pinot Noir.

An analysis on Berry is available on the analysis page.

Cherry Berry

"Showpony business is tough..."

A pink Earth pony with a yellow mane, purple eyes, and a cutie mark of a pair of cherries. She's apparently in charge of the renting out the Twinkling Balloon. In "Apple Family Reunion", she appears in one shot at the hoedown, but isn't included in the family photo. According to her brushable toy's box and her collector card, she "thinks that breakfast, lunch and dinner should always be served with a cherry on top!" and "is so cheerful all the time!"

Golden Harvest

"We couldn't fit it all in..."

Voiced by: Cathy Weseluck (in "Swarm of the Century")note 

An Earth Ponynote  with (usually) an orange mane and carrotnote  cutie mark. Fans may recognize her from several pieces of fan-art featuring her as Derpy's roommate/best friend, usually with her fridge being emptied. While the two have been seen alongside each other in the show a few times, it's unknown if they really are friends or emptied fridges are involved. In "Apple Family Reunion", she appears in one shot at the hoedown, but isn't included in the family photo.

An analysis on Golden "Carrot Top" Harvest is available on the analysis page.

Sweetie Drops / Bon Bon

Lyra Heartstrings's right-hoof-mare.
"Go ahead, try one of your jokes out on me. I laugh at everything."

Debut: "Friendship Is Magic - Part 1"
Speaking Appearance: "Call of the Cutie"note , "Green Isn't Your Color"note , "Lesson Zero"note , "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000"note , "Putting Your Hoof Down", and The Merch Bon Bon Voice; (Human Counterpart) My Little Pony Annual 2013 Equestria Girls story

An earth pony with a cream coat, mixed purple/pink mane and tail with three bows as her cutie mark. Has become a bit infamous for her several speaking appearances and as with other background ponies, her voice does not stay the same in any of these appearances. Is often seen alongside Lyra Heartstrings. In "Apple Family Reunion", she appears in one shot at the hoedown, but isn't included in the family photo.

  • Adaptation Name Change: Until the Tie-In Novel Pinkie Pie and the Rockin' Ponypalooza Party made it a case of Sudden Name Change, her two names were a case of this, with "Sweetie Drops" (listed with a trademark symbol in blind bag wave 7) being used by more-official sources and "Bon Bon" (listed with a trademark symbol in trading card series 2) being used more but by less-official sources.
  • Alliterative Name: Bon Bon — the same words, in fact.
  • All There in the Manual:
    • Her collector card reveals that she "knows sharing treats makes them taste sweeter!"
    • Gameloft's My Little Pony game specifies that the trio of objects depicted by her cutie mark are bows.
  • Ascended Fanon:invoked Sweetie Drops/Bon Bon and Lyra Heartstrings have often been portrayed as roommates in fanon in addition to being good friends. The Bon Bon card in series 2 of Enterplay's trading cards made this All There in the Manual.
  • Cast Herd: With Lyra Heartstrings, in the show as well as in IDW's Friendship Is Magic comic book series and in The Merch.
  • Expy: Her design resembles G1 Bon Bon from My Little Pony Tales. Naturally fans nicknamed her just that, and it became Ascended Fanon in the Gameloft game, closed captions for "Call of the Cutie", and Enterplay's trading cards.
  • Jerkass: She is seen as this by some due to being grumpy in several scenes, though mostly it's understandable that she'd be displeased.
    • For example, Apple Bloom dumps some apples into her bag, saying she put them there and trying to force her to buy them, hoping it will get her an apple selling cutie mark. As an apology for Apple Bloom's rudeness, Applejack is forced to satisfy her by giving her the baskets full of apples on and under the cart, free of charge.
    • Also implied in her second spoken appearance. She comes into Rarity's store right after the then-famous Fluttershy busts in and bluntly tells Rarity she's never heard of her in a rather condescending voice.
    • She is one of the three to insult the Flim Flam Brothers' cider after the quality control is turned off.
    • "Putting Your Hoof Down" has her as someone who isn't happy with the "new, improved" Fluttershy who is taking her assertiveness training too far.
    • Again, it's not that any one moment is unforgivable or even wrong, but if you're a background pony with little to work from, you might get a reputation as a grouch if you're displeased about something in three of the five times you get a line.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: A victim of this in "Putting Your Hoof Down". Who didn't cheer on when Fluttershy bucks the trash of carts over her and Cherry Berry?
  • Large Ham: Her five voices so far have been over the top in cartoonishness: French, Valley Girl and Jewish Mother, among others.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Her cutie mark is of bows, but can be seen as being of wrapped candies. Guess which one she's named after?
  • OC Stand In: She is depicted by fans as either a candy maker or a voice actress who is best friends or in a relationship with Lyra Heartstrings.
  • Spell My Name with an S: "Bonbon" is used by Gaia Online.
  • Sudden Name Change: The Tie-In Novel Pinkie Pie and the Rockin' Ponypalooza Party unexplainedly mentions both of her names, "Sweetie Drops" in chapter 3 of the story itself and "Bon Bon" in one of the bonus activity pages.
  • Those Two Girls: Almost always seen alongside Lyra.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: In "Over a Barrel", she wears a masculine top hat while Lyra Heartstrings (as a cerise-eyed earth pony) wears a feminine bonnet (also seen briefly in "Luna Eclipsed"). However in "Green Isn't Your Color", Sweetie Drops is the one that becomes a fangirl of a fashion model.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Her voice is surprisingly deep in "Call of the Cutie" but it's a lot higher (and sounds more like a Valley Girl) in "Green Isn't Your Color". It changes once again in "Lesson Zero", this time sounding kinda like Olive Oyl. As of "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000", it's even deeper than her first appearance. "Putting Your Hoof Down" goes back to her Valley Girl voice from "Green Isn't Your Color". Her series 2 trading card suggests she tries a lot of different voices to help break a rotten string of bad luck.
  • What Could Have Been:invoked A production image displayed as a promotional image showed that she was still named "Bon Bon" during the production of her toy. But the name was changed to "Sweetie Drops", presumably because Hasbro couldn't trademark the former name for the toyline.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Her blind bag figure is a Crystal Pony palette swap of Applejack, while her brushable toy's mane is lavender and magenta rather than blue and pink, which ironically more resembles G1 Bon Bon.

Shoeshine

"We get it! Move on!"

Voiced by: Tabitha St. Germain (in "Hearth's Warming Eve")note 

A blue Earth pony with a periwinkle mane, magenta eyes, and a cutie mark of a pair of horseshoes. In "Apple Family Reunion", she appears in one shot at the hoedown, but isn't included in the family photo. According to her collector cards, she "is understanding and listens to her friends!" Before the toy line gave Shoeshine her official All There in the Script name, she was given the Fan Nickname Linky.

Daisy / Flower Wishes

Debut: "Friendship Is Magic - Part 1"
Speaking Appearance: (solo roles) "The Ticket Master" (one of Twilight's ticket stalkers), "The Mysterious Mare Do Well" (bystander admiring Mare Do Well's heroism), and "Family Appreciation Day" (saucepan merchant)

Voiced by: Andrea Libman (in "The Mysterious Mare Do Well")note 

A daisy-themed Earth pony. In the toyline she "has a beautiful garden. She grows flowers in every color of the rainbow!" and that she and Blossomforth "have a tea party for two!". She is most notable as one of the flower trio.

To see tropes about her group, the Flower Trio, go to the Special Background Ponies page.

  • Adaptation Name Change: The toy line refers to Daisy as Flower Wishes; the show has only referred to her as Daisy once while the toys have continued to refer to her as Flower Wishes, and Flower Wishes is also the name of a G3 pony, so it's very possible that Daisy's correct name is Flower Wishes.
  • All There in the Manual: Her collector cards reveal that she "has a beautiful garden. She grows flowers in every color of the rainbow!" The Friendship Celebration Collection's box reveals that she and Blossomforth "have a tea party for two!"
  • Ascended Extra: She's one of the seven brushable toys in the Friendship Is Magic Favorite Collection from the Toys "R" Us exclusive Collector Series.
  • Cast Herd: One of the more common ones in the show. Daisy also shows up alongside male earth pony Goldengrape ala Lyra Heartstrings & Sweetie Drops. They even go to the Grand Galloping Gala together!
  • Expy: Daisy's toy name, Flower Wishes, was also the name of a G3 pony.

Lily Valley

A flower-themed Earth pony who is always seen wearing a white lily flower on her mane. She is notable as one of the flower trio, her "The horror! The horror!" scene and the starving pony with a dunce cap.

To see tropes about her group, the Flower Trio, go to the Special Background Ponies page.

Rose / Roseluck

Debut: "Applebuck Season"
Speaking Appearance: (solo roles) "A Friend in Deed" (florist)

A rose-themed Earth pony. In the toyline she "loves to pick pretty flowers and wear them in her hair!". She is most notable as one of the flower trio.

To see tropes about her group, the Flower Trio, go to the Special Background Ponies page.

    Pegasus Pony Mares 

Lightning Bolt

A white Pegasus with a blue mane, blue eyes, and a cutie mark of a dark cloud with a lightning bolt.

Cloud Kicker

A lavender Pegasus with a blonde mane, pink eyes, and a cutie mark of a sun with a white cloud.

Raindrops

...Keep falling on my head.note 

Derpy's most common Palette Swap. A yellow pegasus with green hair and a raindrops cutie mark, she's known for sharing quite a few scenes with Derpy in Season 1, including the famous "Feeling Pinkie Keen" scene. She also has a memorable viking costume in "Luna Eclipsed" and becomes a cadet at the Wonderbolt Academy in "Wonderbolts Academy" (like some other common Pegasi), serving as Thunderlane's wingpony.

  • Badass Adorable: She doesn't necessarily do anything badass in "Luna Eclipsed", but of all the things she could have dressed up for on Nightmare Night, she chose a viking. Awesome. Also, in "Wonderbolts Academy" she clears clouds with kung fu kicks.
  • Cast Herd: In Season 1, she's often seen flying alongside Derpy, though Season 2 seems to have separated them a little bit.
  • Curtains Match the Window: The same shade of cyan.
  • The Klutz:
    • The scene in "Feeling Pinkie Keen" never showed who exactly dropped all that stuff on Twilight Sparkle, and it's implied to be both her fault and and Derpy's.
    • She's also responsible for the first tornado failing in "Hurricane Fluttershy". Or at least the first to falter, and collide with another pony in the process.
  • OC Stand In: She is depicted in fan work as Derpy's co-worker and friend in the delivery business. She also likes bread, specificially a baguette, with varying degrees love for it from a simple liking to Lyra-tier levels of obsession. Her cutie mark have also inspired fan depictions of her of having some sort of connection to the rain.
  • You Gotta Have a Green Mane

Rainbowshine

"Ditzy Doo accidentally went north to get the southern birds!"

Voiced by: Tabitha St. Germain (in "Sonic Rainboom"note  and Trevor Devall in "Rainbow Falls" (credited as "Food Pony 2"))

A purple Pegasus with a pink mane, pink eyes, and a cutie mark of a three-colored rainbow. She's best known as the pony who gave us the name Ditzy Doo (Derpy's alternate name). According to her collector card, she "loves to leap into the sky!" Before the toy line gave Rainbowshine her official All There in the Script name, she was given the Fan Nickname Rainbow Day.

Sassaflash / Emerald Gem

A turquoise Pegasus with a cream-colored mane, orange eyes, and a cutie mark of a pair of lightning bolts. According to her collector cards, she "loves watching clouds blow across the sky!" Before the toy line and Gameloft's My Little Pony Licensed Game respectively gave Sassaflash/Emerald Gem her official All There in the Script names, she was given the Fan Nickname Wind Whistler (after the similar-looking G1 pony).

Parasol/Showers

A yellow Pegasus with a pink mane, orange eyes, and a cutie mark of a trio of umbrellas.

Orange Swirl

"They're fighting over that doll!"

Voiced by: Cathy Weseluck in "Lesson Zero", Ashleigh Ball in "Rainbow Falls"

A yellow Pegasus with a pink mane, rose-colored eyes, and a cutie mark of a trio of tornadoes. Was nicknamed Dizzy Twister before the Collectible Card Game officially named her.

Sprinkle Medley

"Hoofs down, cakes up!"

A greenish-blue Pegasus with a teal mane, blue eyes, and a cutie mark of a white cloud with rain. She is named after the G1 pony Medley due to their similarities in color scheme and race.note 

Merry May

A green Pegasus with a pink mane, pink eyes, and a cutie mark of a trio of suns. According to her collector cards, she "loves all flowers, especially spring daisies!" Before the toy line gave Merry May her official All There in the Script name, she was given the Fan Nickname Flora.

    Unicorn Pony Mares 

Lemon Hearts

"I'll give you two bits for that cherry."

A yellow unicorn with a blue mane, raspberry-colored eyes, and a cutie mark of three hearts. She's notably the very first background pony to appear in the series (outside of the opening). According to her collector cards, she "is loving and kind! She always takes time to show her friends how much she cares." According to the Friendship Celebration Collection's box, she and Pepperdance "play together in a band!"

Twinkleshine

"Moondancer is having a little get-together in the west castle courtyard. You wanna come?"

Voiced by: Nicole Oliver, Cathy Weseluck, Tabitha St. Germain (all three in "Friendship Is Magic - Part 1")note , and Andrea Libman (in "A Canterlot Wedding - Part 1")note 

An off-white unicorn with a pink mane, blue eyes, and a cutie mark of three five-pointed stars. She's notably the first background pony to speak in the series, inviting Twilight to a get-together in the pilot episode. According to her brushable toy's box and her collector card, she "dreams about being a famous movie star. Drama. Comedy. Action. She loves it all!" and "loves playing games!" Before the toy line and Gameloft's My Little Pony Licensed Game gave Twinkleshine her official All There in the Script name, she was given the Fan Nickname Twinkle.

Minuette

BRUSH YOUR TEETH.
"Me too!"

Voiced by: Cathy Weselucknote 

A blue unicornnote  with a half-gray/half-dark blue mane and an hourglass cutie mark. She was part of the trio of ponies that invited Twilight to a party in the pilot, making her one of the first background ponies to appear in the series and the Ensemble Darkhorse of that little group. While she didn't speak then, she eventually got a few lines in the Season 2 finale. According to her collector cards, she "is always on time with the help of some magic!" Before the toy line gave Minuette her official All There in the Script name, she was given multiple Fan Nicknames, including Colgate (due to her mane's resemblance to striped toothpaste) and Romana (due to her cutie mark sparking speculation that she might be a Time Lord like Dr. Hooves or possibly one of his companionsnote ).

  • All There in the Manual: Her collector cards reveal that she "is always on time with the help of some magic!"
  • Color-Coded Wizardry: Her magic aura is shown as blue in the play in "Hearth's Warming Eve" and as pink in "A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2".
  • Curtains Match the Window: Her eyes match half of her mane in the show and all of her mane in the Blind Bags.
  • Fandom Nod:invoked
    • In Hasbro's Comic-Con 2011 poster/desktop background, she is seen showing an unique "dentist's smile" not shared by any of the other characters.
    • In "Luna Eclipsed" she wore a pink surgeon's uniform (complete with a head mirror, a stethoscope and a medical mask). It's unknown what type of surgeon she was supposed to be but it's possible that she was dressed as a dental surgeonnote .
    • Her series 2 card makes nod to fans' Time Lord portrayals of her (stating "some ponies say she's good enough to lord over time itself"), as well as dental-related portrayals of her (mentioning "her bright, shining smile" and stating "This is one pony you can't just brush aside").
  • OC Stand In: She is depicted by fans as a dentist or at least an enthusiast of all things dental who carries a toothbrush of varying size to brush unsuspecting ponies' manes with.
  • Punny Name: As part of her overall time theme, her name is similar to the word "minute" (fitting her hourglass cutie mark and her punctuality).
  • Suddenly Voiced: Minuette has no clear lines until "A Canterlot Wedding - Part 1".
  • Those Two Girls: With Twinkleshine.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Her voice in "Trade Ya!" sounded male.

Lyra Heartstrings

She's excited to see so many tropes!
"I love them!"

Voiced by: Britt McKillipnote 

A mint-green unicornnote  with a lyre cutie mark, and arguably the second most famous background mare, next to Derpy. She seems to have been made with Funny Background Events in mind. She's been spotted happily waving hi to Twilight early in the pilot episode, jumping up and down excitedly, mugging for the camera, and sitting on a bench like a human being among other things. Is often seen alongside Sweetie Drops/Bon Bon.

An analysis on Lyra Heartstrings is available on the analysis page.

Amethyst Star

"Aren't you milking this a bit?"

Voiced by: Cathy Weselucknote 

A purple unicorn with a tri-diamond cutie mark, she made her first appearance alongside Lyra Heartstrings in the pilot episode. She had a notable appearance as captain of the animal team in "Winter Wrap Up" but other than that fans didn't really notice her much until "Sisterhooves Social" which showed her as the sister of popular background unicorn filly Dinky Hooves. (This means several fans consider her Derpy Hooves' other daughter, often adopted to explain their apparent narrow age difference). She even gets her own scene in "The Mysterious Mare Do Well" in which she has a picnic with background unicorn filly Tootsie Flute and Rainbow Dash attempts to help her open a peanut butter jar but ends up needing her assistance to open it. According to her collector cards, she "loves to dance when she hears music!" Before the toy line gave Amethyst Star her official All There in the Script name, she was given the Fan Nickname Sparkler (after the similar-looking G1 pony who was the basis for an early design of Rarity).

Sea Swirl

"Cool! A bowling cutie mark!"

A pale pink unicorn with a blue mane, rose-colored eyes, and a cutie mark of a pair of dolphins. According to her collector card, she "loves to go swimming in the ocean!" Before the toy line gave Sea Swirl her official All There in the Script name, she was given the Fan Nickname Seafoam.


Stallions

Being a show catering to young girls, a larger population of female characters is to be expected. However, unlike previous incarnation of My Little Pony, there is a much larger stable of stallions in the show compared to previous cartoons. They function the same way as the mares, colts and fillies, filling crowd scenes and playing background character roles. They are often used in more masculine roles such as cart pullers, sports, and construction workers among other things. The second season saw an increase in the number of stallions.

    Earth / Pegasus / Unicorn Pony Stallions 

Dr. Hooves / Time Turner

The Sole Survivor of Gallopfrey.note 
"If I buy some apples, will you leave me alone?!?"

Debut: "Friendship Is Magic - Part 1"
Speaking Appearance: (Normal Version) "Call of the Cutie" and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (IDW) Issue #9 story Zen and the Art of Gazebo Repair; (Pegasus Version) "Sonic Rainboom"

Voiced by: Brian Drummond (normal version in "Call of the Cutie")note  and Tabitha St. Germain (Pegasus version in "Sonic Rainboom")note 

A brown earth pony with an hourglass cutie mark and one of the few recurring male background ponies to appear as early as the first season. He helped out at Sweet Apple Acres during Winter Wrap Up, bought an apple from Apple Bloom in "Call of the Cutie" (then promptly ran away in fear), may or may not have a Pegasus relativenote , and may or may not play the banjo and/or the violinnote . However fans swear up and down he is in fact the Doctor regenerated as a pony, or at least the Equestrian equivalent of the Doctor, leading to countless crossover fan works (in which Derpy is generally his Companion). He's Mayor Mare's official timekeeper, but that doesn't stop fans (or the IDW comic for that matter) from putting a sonic screwdriver in his hoof (it helps that IDW has also obtained the rights to Doctor Who comics).

An analysis on Dr. "Time Turner" Hooves is available on the analysis page.

  • Adaptation Name Change: At one point, his two All There in the Script names seemed to be a case of this, as The Merch by Enterplay only referred to him by the trademarked name Time Turner while The Merch by Mighty Fine referred to him by the Ascended Fanon Fan Nickname Dr. Hooves. The Merch by Mighty Fine now uses both names, making it a case of Sudden Name Change. The name "Doctor Hooves" is also used in the official The Elements of Harmony: Friendship is Magic guide book.
  • All There in the Manual: His and Mayor Mare's trading card reveals that he is the Mayor's official town timekeeper, "the pony responsible for keeping Ponyville's clocks in sync, setting the hourglass for cider competitions, and all things timey-wimey." The Elements of Harmony: Friendship is Magic guide book also gives his name as "Doctor Hooves".
  • Alliterative Name: Time Turner
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: He averts this. In a world filled with brightly colored ponies, his coat and mane colors are plain brown, like a perfectly normal horse. This is why he stands out.
  • Ascended Extra: He and Mayor Mare share a trading card, and he's given an actual role beyond "Doctor Who Parody".
  • Ascended Fanon:invoked
    • The Hot Topic cover to the IDW comic issue #1 forgoes all subtlety, putting him in front of the Tardis... and with Derpy as his companion! The one for #2 goes even further: trademark scarf, fobwatch, and a TARDIS-shaped streetlight next to a Weeping Pegasus. The Issue 1 cover was also made into a tee-shirt.
    • The 9th comic book issue used a background gag as a Doctor Who reference (to be exact, to the episodes "Human Nature", "The Family of Blood" and "Utopia") and to make clear he's the Doctor, just having regained his memories.
      Dr. Hooves: This watch is ME!.
  • Depending on the Artist: Ponies that usually bear the same cutie mark and coloring as Dr. Hooves have appeared throughout the series with slightly varied physical appearances. This is often used to support the theory of his being a Doctor Who shout-out since these could easily be explained as different regenerations. The most common one is a brown adult Earth Pony but variants include:
  • Expy: Dr. Hooves isn't the only one who resembles the Doctor due to the fact that the Doctor has regenerated a number of times now thus having more than just one appearance.
    • Dr. Hooves, the first one to appear, bears a resemblance to 10th Doctor David Tennant mainly due to his brown coloringnote , hairdo and the hourglass cutie marknote . He was the most well known due to the fact that he appeared in the same year the 10th Doctor regenerated.
    • In "The Best Night Ever", "Sweet and Elite", "MMMystery on the Friendship Express", and "A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2" there's a yellow-haired blue pony with (usually) the same cutie mark who looks like the 5th Doctor Peter Davison.
    • In "Sweet and Elite", there's a black and grey pony (also with an hourglass cutie mark) that appeared that (most likely coincidentally) resembles either the 11th Doctor Matt Smith or the 2nd Doctor Patrick Troughton (who fans have ponified his name into "Patrick Trotton"). He was the first Doctor look-a-like to be spotted more prominently by fansnote  after a long time since the end of season one and got a lot of attention from it, spawning a new speculation that Dr. Hooves has regenerated into him. This was later referenced by the licensed shirt 9 10 11, giving the black and grey pony the All There in the Script name Doctor Whooves XI and specifying that Dr. Hooves is Doctor Whooves X (as well as introducing a Canon Foreigner Doctor Whooves IX).
    • Also in Sweet and Elite, a different Pinprick was spotted by fans at the garden party. His safety pin cutie mark was replaced with the hourglass cutie mark and he now wears a red jacket which makes him resemble the 3rd doctor Jon Pertwee.
    • In the second 4-issue arc of the main IDW comic, besides the show-version (Tenth Doctor) appearing with his tie, there's another one with a fez (Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith), and later one in a fedora and with a long scarf (Fourth, Tom Baker).
  • Fandom Nod:invoked
  • Hypocritical Humor: The Merch portraying him as Dr. Hooves makes his laughing at the concept of time travel in "It's About Time" seem like this. He probably knew everything would be fine.
  • OC Stand In: He is depicted by fans as the Doctor himself, regenerated as a pony, with Derpy Hooves as his most frequent companion. He's often shipped with Derpy, often making him the father of her daughters. Curiously, in Fanfics it's different. The most well-known, largest and six-star-rated fics (Timerlords and Terror, Dragon Mountain 12 and Doctor Whooves Series to name a few ) depict the mane six (especially twilight) as his companions with not a single mention of Derpy. It seems that this is divided between Fanfic and Fan-art communities, each with their own continuity.
  • Roadside Wave: He accidentally splashes mud on Apple Bloom & Sweetie Belle when running by during the song in "Hearts and Hooves Day".
    Scootaloo: He might do [as Cheerilee's boyfriend]!
    Apple Bloom & Sweetie Belle: If he weren't so splashy
  • Scarf of Asskicking: As another Shout-Out to Doctor Who, one of the tie-in comic's variant covers for Issue #2 has him wearing a certain iconic scarf.
  • Spell My Name with an S:
    • "Time Turner" is spelled as "Time-Turner" on the cover of a Hoof Beat magazine in the Lone Star Comics variant Cover RE of the upcoming Issue #1 of IDW's comic books.
    • "Dr. Hooves" was originally spelled as "Doctor Whooves" (and is still spelled that way in the instances that weren't updated). Doctor Whooves would be correct for a Doctor Who reference, since calling the show Dr. Who and calling the Doctor Dr. Who is a big no-no in the fandom.
    • His name is labeled as "Dr. Whooves" according to the new Hot Topic toys.
  • Sudden Name Change: His trademarked name "Time Turner" and his Ascended Fanon Fan Nickname "Dr. Hooves" have both been used by Mighty Fine's licensed merchandise and the brony-oriented trading cards, and the latter appears in the official The Elements of Harmony: Friendship is Magic guide book. In the mobile game, his name was changed from Time Turner to Dr. Hooves in an update, while Dr. Whooves was used in the My Little Pony Project 2012 New York presentation.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: According to his trading card he's officially responsible for all things timey-wimey.
  • Writing Around Trademarks: Celestia only knows what the The BBC would think about a pony calling himself the Doctor or Doctor Whooves being owned by an American toy company, but the issue has been avoided in several ways so far. Instead, they go for a cute Harry Potter reference. On his official Funko vinyl figure, he's named "Dr. Whooves". How they went away with that is anyone's guess.

Pinprick

Yeah, dance to the beat! Stomp those hooves! Pop those balloons!.note 

A blue, white-maned unicorn with varying attributes: his eyes have been gold, amber, and blue; his cutie mark has been a safety pin and an hourglass; and his horn has been normal-sized and unusually long and sharp. His most memorable appearances have been in "Call of the Cutie" (where he happily pokes out a set of balloons Apple Bloom was hiding behind) and "Sweet and Elite" (where he wears a red jacket that gives him a resemblance to the Third Doctor, which coupled with his hourglass cutie mark has led some to believe he too is a Time Lord). Before Enterplay's Collectible Card Game gave Pinprick his official Ascended Fanon All There in the Script name, he was given the Fan Nicknames Pokey Pierce (for his 3-second balloon popping scene, which was the first time he had a visible cutie mark and the first time he was shown with his unusually long and sharp horn) and Perry Pierce.

Cherry Fizzy

Just chilling, because soda is better when it's chilled.
"Are you okay?"

Voiced by: Terry Klassennote 

A light tan Earth pony with a black mane, green or blue eyes and a cherry cutie mark. In "The Cutie Mark Chronicles", he delivers Spike's egg to Twilight Sparkle during her exam, and talks to Twilight in the following present-day scene. Can be seen in several other episodes in crowd scenes. Also appears in "A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2", alongside Caramel, Noteworthy and Meadow Song. He was released as a toy in the seventh wave of blind bags.

Goldengrape

"So, a pegasus, an earth pony, and an alicorn walk into a barn...."

A yellow Earth pony with a blue mane and grapes cutie mark. He's mostly known for appearing several times with Daisy whenever she's not hanging out with the other flower ponies, sort of like a hetero version of Lyra Heartstrings & Sweetie Drops; though their relationship isn't entirely clear it's assumed they're a couple. While he doesn't have any speaking lines, he does growl at Twilight Sparkle during "Over a Barrel". According to his collector card, he "loves telling and hearing jokes." Before the toy line gave Goldengrape his official All There in the Script name, he was given a couple of Fan Nicknames, Sir Colton Vines III and Green Grapes.

Noteworthy

This is what he normally looks like. This is what he's infamous for. 
"Aww, we just switched!"

Voiced by: Brian Drummondnote 

A blue Earth ponynote  with a navy blue mane and music notesnote  for a cutie mark. He appears in a few scenes such as clearing the snow during "Winter Wrap Up", and has a somewhat noteworthy animation glitch in "The Best Night Ever" that gave rise to the "Donny Cyclops" meme. According to his collector card, he "is very helpful and remembers everything!" Before the toy line gave Noteworthy his official All There in the Script name, he was given the Fan Nickname Blues.

Lucky Clover

Voiced by: Brian Drummond (in "The Best Night Ever")note  and Andrew Francis (in "A Canterlot Wedding - Part 1")note 

A gray Earth pony with a black mane and clover cutie mark. Like Caramel he's apparently a neighbor of Rarity and helped pull the carriage in "The Best Night Ever". He also shares a scene with Wild Fire in one of Twilight Sparkle's flashbacks in "A Canterlot Wedding - Part 1". In "Apple Family Reunion", he appears in one shot at the hoedown, but isn't included in the family photo.

Caramel / Chance-A-Lot

"I'm not gay."note 
Applejack: Oh good gravy, Caramel lost the grass seeds again didn't he?

Debut: "Winter Wrap Up"
Speaking Appearance: "The Best Night Ever" and "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000"; (Human Counterpart) Equestria Girls: Through the Mirror novelization of My Little Pony Equestria Girls

Voiced by: Brian Drummond (in "The Best Night Ever")note  and Peter New (in "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000")note 

A tan Earth Ponynote  with (usually) a trio of horseshoes cutie mark and one of the few to have a name that isn't just All There in the Script. In "Winter Wrap Up" he loses the grass seeds (according to Applejack, this is a regular occurrence) and looks quite embarrassed by this. "The Best Night Ever" reveals he's a neighbor of Rarity's and he helps pull the girls' carriage to Canterlot. One of the more amusing things about him is that his color scheme and (usually) cutie mark have been used for at least four different ponies which has lead to a lot of jokes and speculation. The Blind Bags give him the name Chance-A-Lot. According to his collector cards, he "is always cheerful and trying new things!"

For the unicorn pony doctor version of Caramel see the One Shots page.

An analysis on Caramel and the various versions of him is available in the analysis page.

Perfect Pace, Time Master

He is the Master and you will obey him.

A blue Earth pony with a blonde mane and (usually) hourglass cutie mark. One of the recurring high society ponies and thus appears in most episodes featuring Canterlot or high society events. Was a judge in "MMMystery on the Friendship Express" for the dessert competition with a cupcake cutie mark for a brief moment. Like every other pony with an hourglass cutie mark, fans originally tied him to Doctor Who, seeing him as either yet another incarnation of the Doctor (usually Peter Davidson/the 5th Doctor) or the Doctor's rival the Master. Eventually, Enterplay's pony card game gave him the official name of "Perfect Pace" and used the card's description and flavor text to make very clear that he is indeed, The Master.

  • Alliterative Name: Perfect Pace.
  • Bowties Are Cool: Is always sporting a red one, even in The Merch.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Blonde hair rarely translates to eye colors, but this pony is the exception.
  • Fan Nickname:invoked "Harold Saddleton" as the Master pony, as a reference to Harold Saxton.
  • OC Stand In: He is depicted by fans as the Master, regenerated as a pony, who has resumed his old rivalry with the Doctor who is now also a pony. Eventually, Enterplay's pony card game took this idea and ran to the hills with it.
  • Sealed Evilina Can: The card game gave him a pocket watch, which he obsesively checks every four minutes. Since he's an expy of John Simm's Master, this means his memories, life energy and infinite evilness are contained there.

Bruce Mane / Neon Lights

A light blue stallion with dark gray hair, blue eyes, and (usually) a cutie mark of three five-pointed stars. While his only appearance in the first season was as an Earth pony ("Bruce Mane"), the second season introduced at least two unicorn versions of him, one of whom ("Neon Lights") is a common background pony. In the fandom, "Bruce Mane" is best remembered for his vague resemblance to Bruce Wayne and "Neon Lights" is best remembered for his "high society" Canterlot outfit that he wore in "Sweet and Elite".

Orion

A white stallion with light blue mane/tail and eye colors and a dark blue cutie mark of the Orion constellation. He first appears as an Earth pony in "The Best Night Ever", and is larger than usual for one scene where he gives Twilight Sparkle a very strong hoofshake. He makes a second appearance in "Sweet and Elite", which is also the first appearance of two unicorn versions of him: one with the same neat mane style as the original Earth pony version, and one with a spiky mane style matching every version's tail style. Both of these unicorns, in turn, make their second appearances in "Hearth's Warming Eve", and the spiky-maned one makes a third appearance in "The Last Roundup". The neat-maned Earth pony version makes third and fourth appearances in "A Canterlot Wedding - Part 1" and "A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2", the latter of which is also the third appearance of the neat-maned unicorn version. One of the two neat-maned versions makes an appearance in "The Crystal Empire - Part 1", the spiky-maned unicorn version makes a fourth appearance in "One Bad Apple", and the neat-maned Earth pony version makes further appearances in "Magical Mystery Cure" and "Princess Twilight Sparkle - Part 1".

Star Hunter / Solar Wind

"It's kinda embarrassing how many constellations I can name..."

A dark blue stallion with light blue mane/tail and eye colors and a white cutie mark of the Orion constellation. He first cameos in "Hearts and Hooves Day" standing next to fellow Pegasus stallion Papermoon, but isn't shown clearly until "Hurricane Fluttershy", in which he impresses Rainbow Dash with his 11.0 wingpower. He appears as an Earth pony at the wedding reception in "A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2", but he's back to being a Pegasus in "Wonderbolts Academy" and "Games Ponies Play". He returns in "Magical Mystery Cure". Before the Collectible Card Game gave Star Hunter/Solar Wind his official All There in the Script names (the first of which is Ascended Fanon), he was given the Fan Nickname Jack Harkness.


Fillies and Colts

There are also children (or "fillies" and "colts" in this case) within the background pony crowd. Almost all of them are fillies; background colts weren't introduced until Season 2, and are nowhere near as common as background fillies. Generally, they (the fillies, at least) don't have set cutie marks — most of their appearances are as blank flanks, and when they do have marks (mostly in "Call of the Cutie") they're often inconsistent. They usually appear in classrooms or any school related scenes, Cutie Mark Crusader episodes or any episode that focuses on one or two of its members. In any other scenes they are almost always seen being accompanied by an adult pony. They usually fulfill younger background roles along with being crowd fillers like their older counterparts.

    Earth Pony Fillies and Colts 

Piña Colada

Is light pink with slightly darker pink hair and has blueish teal eyes.

Aura

Is lavender with teal eyes and hair. Before the closed captions on the DVD Season Two Disc 2 gave Aura her official Ascended Fanon All There in the Script name, she was given the Fan Nickname Half Note.

Noi

Is wheat-yellow colored with very light strawberry blonde hair and has violet eyes. Her Fan Nickname is short for "No Identity" based on her being shown with a lot of cutie marks, which is common for background fillies in general.

    Pegasus Pony Fillies and Colts 

Tornado Bolt

Is gray with dark purple hair and green eyes.

Cotton Cloudy

Is bluish-white with very light cyan hair and lavender eyes.

Alula / Pluto / Princess Erroria

Is cream-colored with light purple hair and bright blue eyes. In fanon, she became the Alicorn princess of errors with a cutie mark and a pet Slowpoke, and this is why she is now Fan Nicknamed "Princess Erroria".

    Unicorn Pony Colts and Fillies 

Ruby Pinch (and variations)

"But Namby-Pamby was a great editor!"

Voiced by: Cathy Weselucknote 

Also known by other Fan Nicknames, including Overly Protected Little Filly (OPLF), Berry Blast, Beery Pinch, and Cherry Daiquiri. A pink unicornnote  and the supposed daughter of Berryshine. Similar to Dinkynote  in that a lot of her popularity comes from her "mother" (only they've been seen together in the show).

Tootsie Flute

Tootsie Flute with her usual cutie mark.
"Lame..."

Yet another Dinky Palette Swap. A teal unicorn filly with a purple mane. She's the only background pony who's been present in Cheerilee's classroom every time that we've seen it, and always has a flower cutie mark on these occasions. Notable scenes include calling Rainbow Dash lame in "The Mysterious Mare Do Well" and finding out her crush likes somepony else in "Hearts and Hooves Day".

Dinky Hooves/Doo

Cheerful little filly, ain't she?

A purple unicorn with blonde hair, little Dinky made her debut in "Winter Wrap Up" cheerfully hopping along during the song. She appears again in "Call of the Cutie" as one of Apple Bloom's classmates who attended the party. Some speculation and a short fanfic later she was dubbed the daughter of Derpy Hooves due to their similar color schemes and since then she's become almost as popular as the Cutie Mark Crusaders. While she and Derpy have never been seen together, she's shown to be the sister of unicorn Amethyst Star in "Sisterhooves Social". Called Fire Chief, after the costume it depicts her wearing, in Gameloft's My Little Pony Licensed Game, but Fan Nicknamed Dinkynote .

  • Curtains Match the Window: The image here doesn't show, but her eyes are only a slightly darker yellow shade as her mane.
  • Fanfic Fuel: A large number of fanfictions depict her and Derpy trying to prove to the Equestrian version of CPS that Derpy is a fit mother in spite of her disabilities.
  • Little Miss Badass: In "Call of the Cutie", her cutie mark most of the time is a bow and arrow, which would imply her special talent is archery. Though other times, it's a picture of a pillow.
  • OC Stand In: She is depicted by fans as Derpy Hooves' daughter. Often serving as a foil to Derpy's silliness (besides Golden Harvest/Carrot Top and Dr. Hooves/Time Turner).
  • Ridiculously Cute Fillies: She and her Palette Swap Tootsie Flute should get special mention for their scene in "Winter Wrap Up" where they both sing and dance with little bunnies during the musical segment.


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