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Other Background Ponies

There is a whole stable of other background ponies who recur throughout the series. These ponies aren't quite as common, tropable, or popular as the above ponies, or we simply haven't gotten around to giving them their own entries. Some of them, too, have made their marks on the fanbase, if not to the extent of the more prominent.

To see a comprehensive list of most ponies (background and otherwise) from the show, go to the Friendship Is Magic Wiki.

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Non-Pony Background Extras

These characters act and are used just like background ponies except for the simple fact that they're not ponies. Some of the hoofed species on this list currently fall into Furry Confusion territory seeing as many of them are seemingly treated as any other domesticated animal yet at the same time can talk with the ponies or act in a rather civilized manner.

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The Cattle

"Oh my! Begging your pardon, Applejack, but Mooriella here saw one of those nasty snakes. And it just gave us all the willies, dontcha know."note 

The cows from "Applebuck Season", "Boast Busters", "A Friend in Deed", "One Bad Apple", and "Sleepless in Ponyville" produce Ponyville's daily supply of fresh milk, but they get spooked by snakes easily. The oxen from "Hearts and Hooves Day" and "Apple Family Reunion" pull carts.
  • Furry Confusion: They live on farms and are corralled and milked in the same exact way as real-life cows... except that they can speak, and by all indications they're just as intelligent as the other ungulates who run their farms, which the show portrays as unambiguously intelligent human-like people.
  • National Stereotypes: Their Wisconsin mannerisms and thick accents mark them as a play on the stereotypical association of the U.S. state in question with the milch cattle farms and the dairy industry.
  • No Name Given: With the exception of Mooriella and Daisy Jo.

The Mule

"None taken."

Voiced by: James "Wootie" Woottonnote 

A polite and friendly fellow who isn't easily offended. He appears in Applebuck Season", "Hurricane Fluttershy", and "One Bad Apple".
  • Cool Shades: He wears a pair in "One Bad Apple".
  • Creator Cameo: His one line (used in both "Applebuck Season" and "Hurricane Fluttershy") was provided by one of the show's co-directors.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: By implication. Being a mule, he would logically be the child of a donkey jack and a pony mare.
  • No Name Given: He's never referred to by name by other characters, and he's simply listed as "mule" in the credits.
  • Present Company Excluded: In the first two seasons, there's a minor running gag of the characters using the word "mule" in a derogatory sense like we would in real life... before realizing that an actual mule is in hearing and apologizing.
    • This happens for the first time in "Applebuck Season":
      Twilight Sparkle: [concerning her friend Applejack] That pony is as stubborn as a mule!
      Mule: [snort]
      Twilight Sparkle: No offense.
      Mule: None taken.
    • Done again in "Hurricane Fluttershy":
      Rainbow Dash: Be cool, or be a mule! No offense.
      Mule: None taken.
    • Subverted in "One Bad Apple" — the same set-up as before is used where a pony, Diamond Tiara, refers to Babs Seed as being "too cool for mule" and the mule hears and takes notice. However, unlike the previous two times, Diamond Tiara does not apologize or even appear to notice — which is admittedly perfectly in-character for her.

The Buffalo Tribe
"If you say so, Spike. Catch ya later, bro."

Voiced by: Ashleigh Ballnote 

A Buffalo tribe led by Chief Thunderhooves appears in "Over a Barrel". In "The Return of Harmony Part 2", Discord's reign of chaos includes a trio of buffalo ballet dancers who appear in and around Ponyville. The tribe is also shown on the licensed shirt Daring Do.

For Chief Thunderhooves and Little Strongheart see the One-Shots page.
  • Accidental Kidnapping: They accidentally kidnap Spike when they make off with the train car containing Bloomberg — they were only after the tree, and did not know Spike was sleeping in there.
  • Braids, Beads and Buckskins: Purposely invoked and even commented on by Rarity who found their accessories intriguing.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: They're heavily based on the Native Americans, specifically tribes that inhabit the American Great Plains.
  • No Name Given: None of the buffalo besides Chief Thunderhooves and Little Strongheart is named in the episode or in the credits.
  • Palette Swap: All the buffalo, besides Chief Thunderhooves and Little Strongheart, use the same Flash model as each other, recolored to have either brown, russet or tan fur to make scenes with their tribe less visually monotonous.
  • This Means Warpaint: They paint their faces with designs of white, orange, red and turquoise warpaint before storming Appleloosa.

The Sheep
"You coulda just asked."

Woolly animals that come in different colors. "Sisterhooves Social" shows a flock of white and black sheep presumably kept at Sweet Apple Acres for their wool. "Dragon Quest" shows a few wild black sheep up in the snowy mountains, one of whom lets Spike hitch a ride on him. In "Party Pooped", another flock halts Pinkie's train by loitering on the tracks.

"The Crystal Empire - Part 1", "The Crystal Empire - Part 2", and "Games Ponies Play" show some tiny ewes of various colors in the Crystal Empire.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: The Crystal Empire's tiny ewes, whose wool comes in pink, lilac and cyan pastel colors, and with teal and lilac skin.
  • Blinding Bangs: The black sheep's wool hangs over their foreheads, completely obscuring their eyes.
  • Furry Confusion:
    • The regular sheep are as intelligent as the ponies and the other intelligent species in the show — at the very least they're capable of speech — but unlike the other species who are unambiguously portrayed as civilized people, they are shown living like regular sheep do, as livestock on farms... except they're just as intelligent as the farmers in this instance.
    • In regards to the Crystal Empire's tiny ewes, however, it's not clear whether they're this trope or they're actually just animals.
  • Happiness in Slavery: When Applejack and Apple Bloom corral them, the sheep complain about being chased in and of itself rather than being chased into a pen.

The Goats

One shows up as a pet at Fluttershy's cottage in "May the Best Pet Win!", "Magical Mystery Cure", and "Princess Twilight Sparkle - Part 1", and two others appear as Iron Will's assistants in "Putting Your Hoof Down" and "Once Upon a Zeppelin". They invoke Furry Confusion the most since they don't talk but are able to operate electric devices and wear ties.
  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Iron Will's assistants wear ties (one red and one blue), name tags, microphone headpieces and nothing else, matching Iron Will's own black tie and headpiece.
  • Animal Eyes: Goats have horizontal pupils, a rarity among most animals, and a fact carried into the design of MLP's goat characters.
  • Extreme Omnigoat: Iron Will's goats can be seen in "Putting Your Hoof Down" munching on each other's neckties and, at one point, Pinkie's tail. In "Once Upon a Zeppelin", when Iron Will and one of the goats are reclining on deck chairs and drinking from hollowed pineapples, the goat just takes a large bite out of the pineapple instead.
  • Furry Confusion: They don't talk, but wear clothing, use furniture and seem to employed by Iron Will, and display a fairly high degree of intelligence. It doesn't help that other episodes show goats as animals in Fluttershy's menagerie.
  • Intelligible Unintelligible: They only make braying noises, but Iron Will seems to understand them just fine.
  • No Name Given: Iron Will's assistants are not referred by name in either episode they appear in, and since they don't talk they're not named in the credits either.
  • The Unintelligible: They can only bleat, but they're understood by Iron Will anyway.

The "Puddy Tat"

Appears in "May the Best Pet Win!", "Read it and Weep", "Magical Mystery Cure", My Little Pony: Equestria Girls (counterpart), "Daring Don't", and a San Diego Comic-Con 2012 poster.

Equestria Games Griffon Team

Appears in "Rainbow Falls" and "Equestria Games".

A set of nameless griffons who competed in the Rainbow Falls relay team qualifying round. We see more in this picture of presumably the actual games.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Ponies don't have a monopoly on strangely colored beings. One of the griffons on the team is colored pink and maroon, another is solid purple and third is cyan with teal head and wing feathers.
  • Our Gryphons Are Different: They're the only non-ponies in the relay competition, and some are also much more brightly colored than griffons tend to be in fiction.

The Breezies

Tiny fairy-pony-like creatures. They need a light breeze to magically fly on delicate damselfly-like wings. They migrate to remote locations to collect pollen and must migrate back to their world before the portal to their world closes.
  • Adaptational Wimp: In G3, they can easy lift a filly. But here, a swing of a hoof can make enough of a gust to blow them away.
  • Bioluminescence Is Cool: The tips of their antennae glow in the dark.
  • Everything Is Trying to Kill You: It really isn't easy being a breezie.
  • Lilliputians: They are "...So tiny." They're like insect-winged ponies, but the size of a small bird.
  • Mouse World: The Breezie's home resembles a miniature town of sorts, hidden behind a magic portal behind a waterfall in a remote region.
  • Mushroom House: Their hidden home dimension is filled with mushrooms of this sort, with caps with glowing blue undersides. Unusually, however, the homes don't seem to be in the stems themselves. Instead, the tall, thin stems only have a doorway at their base, while multiple windows dot the broad caps high in the air, with the impression being that the living areas are only in the caps and the stems are mostly for access.
  • No Name Given: With the exception of Seabreeze and the yellow Breezie with a green mane, which Fluttershy refers to as Twirly, none of the Breezies in the group are named.
  • Noodle People: Compared to regular ponies, their appendages are extremely thin and slender.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: They're ponies with fairy-like features such as insect wings and long antennae.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Not always to the extremes this trope takes sometimes, but their manes and tails are much larger, proportionally, than a pony's — the shortest fill as much volume as the rest of the head, and the longest ones are easily three or four times longer than the rest of their owners' bodies.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: They are noted to be this by several ponies.
  • Speaking Simlish: The Breezies' language sounds like a vaguely Swedish/Gaelic gibberish.

The Griffonstone Griffons
The Griffons doing what they do best... not getting along.

The griffons were once a race of lion/eagle hybrids who were extremely greedy and squabbled over their treasure, until they acquired an idol known as the Idol of Boreas. This idol united the Griffons and they became a proud and noble society. But disaster struck when a creature known as the Arimaspi stole the idol and lost it. Without the idol, they've backslid to their greedy squabbling ways.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Not to the same extent as the griffons in the Equestrian Games team, but their feathers have highlights in a variety of colors, including pink and mint green, in shades that you don't really get in real-life birds.
  • Greed: This is the biggest vice of present-day griffons, as they won't bother to help anyone without paying them first.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: They were once a proud race with a great kingdom and a storied history. Since losing their idol, they've stopped caring about anything beyond personal gain and went into decline.
  • Jerkass: Without their Idol of Boreas to unite them, they've simply stopped caring about others and Griffonstone isn't really a nice place to live.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: More so than griffons seen in previous episodes. Besides mixes of lion with eagle/generic large raptor, some Griffonstone griffins have the hindquarters of tigers or the forequarters of owls.
  • Only in It for the Money: They don't seem to give a care about anything unless it involves money — in fact, they are entirely willing to leave people stranded and helpless in the wilderness if they aren't paid to do otherwise.
  • Our Gryphons Are Different: They seem to operate an autonomous state in Equestria, although the degree to which they have an actual state is... questionable. They're also extremely greedy. Unlike the griffons from the Equestrian Games team, they also have more variety in which kinds of big cats or birds of prey their bodies incorporate.
  • Wrong Side of the Tracks: Present day Griffonstone is in shambles and isn't a nice place to live. According to Gilda, a lot of them scrounge what they can to have enough bits to leave this dump.

The Yaks

The Yaks are bovines that hail from Yakyakistan, a place so northerly and remote that no Pony has ever been to it. They wish to form an alliance with Equestria, but they can come off as... belligerent.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: When things don't meet their standards, they tend to rampage and smash things.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Similar to the Buffaloes, the Yaks have a culture that is similar to the culture of the people living where Yaks are found. In the Yaks' case, the Mongolians and other central Asian people (although actual Mongolians don't break everything when they get mad).
  • Hulk Speak: The Yaks aren't exactly eloquent in their English.
  • Jerkass: When they first arrived in Ponyville, anything they didn't agree with was met with an over-the-top meltdown. However, once they met an understanding with the ponies, they've softened to Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: They love to resort to physical violence whenever they get the chance to.

Other Animals

These are the other species that inhabit Equestria. They are mostly non-sapient, but they display some behavior that suggests otherwise. Most of Ponyville's animals appear to be under the care of Fluttershy. They can also be potential companions for ponies.

Alternative Title(s): Friendship Is Magic-Background Ponies-Others