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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.

  • American Accents: Daisy Jo sounds like she's from Wisconsin. Not surprising, given that state is known for its 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: 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.

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.

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. "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.

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". They invoke Furry Confusion the most since they don't talk but are able to operate electric devices and wear ties.

  • Animal Eyes: Goats have horizontal pupils, a rarity among most animals, and a fact carried into the design of MLP's goat characters.
  • Furry Confusion: They don't talk, but wear clothing and seem to employed by Iron Will, and display a fairly high degree of intelligence. It doesn't help that later 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.

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.

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.

The Griffonstone Griffons

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 Wildlife: Just like before, their plumage and fur comes in a variety of colors.
  • 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 storied history. But since losing their idol, they've stopped caring 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.
  • Only in It for the Money: They don't seem to give a care about anything unless it involves money.
  • 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.
  • 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