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Other Background PoniesThere 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.
Other ponies and their tropes
- All There in the Manual:
- Apple Stars's collector card◊ reveals that she "loves to spend time talking with her friends!"
- Banana Fluff's collector card reveals that she "collects pretty gems to make jewelry!"
- Berry Dreams's collector card reveals that she "loves playing games with her friends in the park!"
- Cherry Fizzy's collector card reveals that he "loves to tell jokes and riddles to his friends!"
- Comet Tail's collector card reveals that he "runs so fast that he looks like a shooting star!"
- Helia's collector card◊ from the Crystal Games expansion set to the CCG reveals that Thunderlane "once saw her fly for five hours straight without taking a break or breaking a sweat".
- High Spirits' collectible card says that "sometimes [she] can get so excited that she can't stand still. And by 'sometimes' I mean ALL the times'.
- Lilac Links's collector card reveals that she "always wears a good luck charm!"
- Lucky Star's card◊ says that "her school's hoofball team won every game she cheered at".
- Meadow Song's collector◊ card◊ reveals that he "is so musical and friendly!"
- Peachy Pie's collector card◊ reveals that she "loves baking sweet treats for her friends! She's always testing out new recipes for them to try."
- Royal Riff's collector◊ cards◊ reveal that he "makes up songs to sing together with friends!"
- Sunny Daze's So Soft toy's box◊ reveals that as a newborn, she "love[d] to laugh and play all day!" (It's unknown if she still does.)
- Sunny Rays's brushable toy's box◊ and her collector cards◊ reveal that she "has a lot of bright ideas. Her friends can always count on her to help them solve problems!"
- Twilight Sky's collector◊ cards◊ reveal that he "loves to play guessing games with friends!"
- Tropical Storm(one of several Derpy palette swaps in "Winter Wrap Up")'s molded toy◊ reveals her eye color.
- The iOS app Ruckus Reader's storybook Rarity Loves Fashion reveals that South Pole (one of the large Canterlot unicorn stallions from "The Best Night Ever") is a movie star who Rarity made clothes for.
- Unfinished screenshots (one of them higher-res than the show itself) from "A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2" posted by The Hub's Facebook page show the twelve hornblowing unicorns much less obscured by magic auras, making the eight who've only appeared as those hornblowers more clearly visible.
- Ace Point the Tennis Pony's cutie mark is always hidden under his shorts, but Word of God says that it's "Balls," "TENNNIS [sic] balls."
- Alliterative Name: Lilac Links, Lyrica Lilac, Peachy Pie, Parcel Post, Pursey Pink, Royal Riff, Silver Spanner, and Silverspeed.
- Ascended Extra:
- Chocolate Sun (one of the large Canterlot unicorn stallions from "The Best Night Ever" and "Sweet and Elite") is included in the Card Creator game on Hasbro and The Hub's websites.
- Sunny Daze and Peachy Pie, schoolmates of the Cutie Mark Crusaders. Despite (at the time) only appearing for two scenes in one episode and having no lines aside from small gasps, they each have a toy version of some sort (with radically different appearances, but still): Sunny Daze has a So Soft Newborn toy while Peachy Pie has a molded toy(which is a palette swap of Pinkie Pie) and a collector card. They are two of the few background ponies to have in-show names and share them with G3 ponies, so that might have helped.
- Sunny Rays is included in the Pony Wedding brushables (with art that matches her in-show appearance in design if not in color) as well as the Waves 5 & 8 Blind Bags. Not bad for a pony who only appears at the beginning of one episode!
- Lemony Gem is one of the seven brushable toys in the Friendship Is Magic Favorite Collection from the Toys "R" Us exclusive Collector Series. In the "Neigh Anything" story arc of the comic books (where her name is spelled "Lemony Gems"), she gets a supporting role as one of Princess Cadance's high school buddies who ended up marrying former Jerk Jock Buck Withers.
- Berry Dreams from "Fall Weather Friends", Lilac Links from "The Show Stoppers", Banana Fluff from "Sisterhooves Social", and Apple Stars from "A Friend in Deed" all have molded toys in Blind Bag Wave 7, and Tropical Storm from "Winter Wrap Up" is also getting a molded toy. Note that these five ponies have only appeared in one shot each.
- On a different note, Twilight Sky has two different molded toys as an Earth pony despite his Pegasus version being much more common in-show than his Earth pony version—out of the four episodes he appears in ("Green Isn't Your Color", "Hearth's Warming Eve", "Hurricane Fluttershy", and "Games Ponies Play"), he's only an Earth pony for some shots during the first of those episodes.
- Purple Wave, whose sole appearance so far was in Rarity's Imagine Spot from The Ticket Master, has a molded figure and collector's card in Blind Bag Wave 11.
- Honey Rays, a one-shot Sassaflash palette swap on the weather team in Winter Wrap-Up, has been featured in the Cutie Mark Magic Charm Wings brushable line, and before that,the ninth wave of blind bags.
- Along with the aforementioned Berry Dreams, the other two Iron Pony cheerleaders from "Fall Weather Friends", Charged Up and Lucky Star, have also recieved collectible cards.
- Sunshine Petals, the flower vendor from "Rarity Takes Manehattan", has a brushable doll in the Ponymania Friendship Blossom box set.
- Badass Adorable: During one shot in "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000", one earth pony mare (who makes multiple other appearances, but without her cutie mark visible and/or without any cutie mark) is shown with a hammer & lightning cutie mark, which inspired the Fan Nickname "Mjölna" (after Thor's hammer Mjölnir), though it's replaced with a sandwich cutie mark in the very next shot.
- Canon Immigrant: Cherry Spices was a toyline exclusive until the episode "Equestria Games". She also appeared in Issue 9 of the IDW comics.
- Cool Helmet: The mares depicted in this Hub commercial.
- Cool Shades:
- Creator Cameo: Director Jayson Thiessen is the voice of Ponyville Hospital's security guard Night Watch from "Read It and Weep" and of the teacher Professor Bill Neigh from "The Crystal Empire - Part 1".
- Expy: A stallion who appears in the background of one shot during "A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2" has drawn comparisons to Harry Potter and/or Kenji Setou, though he's much more likely to be based on the former than the latter (if either).
- Fish Eyes: "Piña Colada" (Berryshine's little sister) does this at one point in "Luna Eclipsed". Ironically, she's standing next to Fire Chief, Fanon daughter of Derpy, when it happens.
- Gender Flip: Comet Tail is a stallion, while his G3 counterpart is a mare.
- High-Class Glass: Caesar, one of the recurring "high society" ponies, sports a monocle and top hat.
- Large Ham Announcer:
- Little Miss Badass: Archer's cutie mark is a bow and arrow which would imply her special talent is archery. Moreso when you consider that they don't even have fingers with which to pull back the strong (or even nock the arrow). And unlike Fire Chief, she's an Earth Pony so no magic for this little filly!
- Nice Hat:
- No Celebrities Were Harmed:
- Official Couple:
- Ponet is heavily implied to be with Lightning Bolt in "Hearts and Hooves Day".
- Strawberry Cream is heavily implied to be with Golden Harvest in "Hearts and Hooves Day", though the shot before that shows her with Caramel instead (however, an even earlier shot shows Caramel with Sassaflash).
- Silver Script is heavily implied to be with Parasol in "Hearts and Hooves Day".
- Paparazzi: Appear in "Green Isn't Your Color", "The Best Night Ever", and "The Mysterious Mare Do Well".
- Rainbow Lite: Roy G. Bow/Spectrum, a stallion who's usually a Pegasus, has a three-colored rainbow in purple, orange, and yellow as his cutie mark. A couple of other Pegasi have three-colored rainbow cutie marks too: the mare Q. T. Prism (blue/orange/yellow) from "Winter Wrap Up" and the stallion Prism Glider (purple/orange/yellow) from "Hurricane Fluttershy".
- Spell My Name with an "S":
- Closed captions spell Sunny Daze's name as "Sunny Days".
- An Italian sticker activity booklet spells Peachy Pie's name as "Peachie Pie".
- Suddenly Voiced: Meadow Song has no clear lines until "Putting Your Hoof Down" (if his Pegasus version, who has a clear line in "Sonic Rainboom", is considered a separate character).
- Helia gets a speaking role at the beginning of "Rainbow Falls". This role was scripted as Blossomforth, which she is a Palette Swap of, but the latter pony was relegated to the background and remained voiceless.
- Valley Girl: "Surf" and "Turf" from "Putting Your Hoof Down".
- The Voice: The Wonderbolts Derby announcer from "Sweet and Elite".
- Wrench Wench: During one shot in "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000", unicorn mare Silver Spanner (who makes multiple other appearances, but without her cutie mark visible) has a wrench cutie mark.
- Youthful Freckles: Helia, the Blossomforth Palette Swap from "Hurricane Fluttershy", "The Crystal Empire - Part 2", "Magic Duel", "Apple Family Reunion", "Rainbow Falls", and "Equestria Games".
Non-Pony Background ExtrasThese 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.
"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
Debut: "Applebuck Season"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.
Debut: "Applebuck Season"
Voiced by: James "Wootie" WoottonnoteA 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!
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.
- This happens for the first time in "Applebuck Season":
The Buffalo Tribe
"If you say so, Spike. Catch ya later, bro."
Debut: "Over a Barrel"
Voiced by: Ashleigh BallnoteA 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.
"You coulda just asked."
Debut: "Sisterhooves Social"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.
Debut: "May the Best Pet Win!"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"
Debut: "May the Best Pet Win!"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.
- Right-Hand Cat: To Ahuizotl.
- The Runt at the End: Comes last in a team composed of a tiger, a black panther, a cheetah and a lynx.
Equestria Games Griffon Team
Debut: "Rainbow Falls"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.
- 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
- 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.
Debut: "Party Pooped"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 AnimalsThese 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.
- Ambiguous Gender: Any of the ones who aren't referred to as "he" or "she".
- Ascended Extra:
- The bow-wearing bunny from "Dragonshy" makes multiple appearances in the toys, pretty much taking the place of Angel Bunny.
- The owl from "May the Best Pet Win!" might be the same one from "Stare Master". It at least appears to be the same kind, and no other owls of that kind have appeared in the series.
- The bat from "May the Best Pet Win!" might be one of the same ones from "Winter Wrap Up". It's at least the same kind.
- Canon Immigrant: A few of the animals who were originally just toys have gone on to appear in the animated segments of toy commercials (though they still haven't appeared in the actual show): the mouse from this commercial and the hedgehog, butterfly, and chipmunks from this commercial.
- Cool Pet:
- Feather Fingers: A few of the birds in "May the Best Pet Win!".
- Furry Confusion: The very idea that ponies which are considered pets themselves in Real Life (heck; the name "My Little Pony" is an indication of this) are able to own pets. Almost all of them are near the level of sapience as their owners.
- Gentle Giant: The bear often seen at Fluttershy's place have all the marking of one, as he gets along fine with much smaller critters.
- Invented Individual: Harry the bear is seemingly invented by Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy in "Party of One", though Hot Topic & The Hub's Hot Minute interview with Fluttershy has her mention an actual bear named Harry, hinting he is the bear seen from Season 2 onward.
- Messy Pig: Several seem to live at Sweet Apple Acres, where they are fed kitchen scraps and bruised apples. Apparently they're kept because ponies have a thing for truffles.
- Noble Bird of Prey: "May the Best Pet Win!" features several because Rainbow Dash is looking for the coolest pet. One of them is an eagle who advances to the finals due to its power and majestic bearing.
- No Name Given: With the exception of Elizabeak from "Stare Master", Hummingway and possibly Mr. Mousey from "A Bird in the Hoof", Harry, and Little Piggington from "Spike at Your Service".
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: A number of them.
- Smelly Skunk: Fluttershy has skunks among her other animal friends that she looks after at her cottage and skunks also make appearances in various episodes where they are shown to live up to their smelly reputation when they spray.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: The bow-wearing bunny from "Dragonshy" accompanies the Fluttershy and Fashion Style Fluttershy toys, similarly to Angel Bunny.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: One bunny seen at the beginning of "Dragonshy" and in the toys.
- White Bunny: Angel isn't the only one.
- You ALL Look Familiar: Some white bunnies are indistinguishable from Angel Bunny.
- You Don't Look Like You: In the toys and their art, the bow-wearing bunny from "Dragonshy" looks less like Angel Bunny than in the show.