Characters: Friendship Is Magic: Expanded Universe
aka: Friendship Is Magic-Expanded Universe
Friendship Is Magic
has a small, but growing Expanded Universe
. The IDW comics
and Equestria Girls
are currently the main source of EU Canon, but Hasbro has plans to release some chapter books as well. This page is for all the little Canon Foreigners
that show up here and there.
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Characters that play a major role in the G4 spin-off movie My Little Pony Equestria Girls
, its sequel Rainbow Rocks
and related media.
"When the crown and its power are mine, Twilight Sparkle will be sorry she ever set hoof into this world."
Once one of Princess Celestia's most promising students, she eventually went rogue and fled through a magic mirror to another dimension: the human world
. Her theft of Princess Twilight's crown (i.e., her Element of Magic) is what kicks off the plot of the film. By the sequel
, however, she recognizes the error of her ways and becomes a friend of the Humane Five.
- Adorkable: Now that she's reformed, in Rainbow Rocks she looks and acts endearingly awkward at times.
- Alliterative Name: Both her first and last names start with "S".
- Alpha Bitch: As a human, she's been the queen of Canterlot High for three years and treats everybody in school as beneath her.
- Ambition Is Evil: Her desire to become an alicorn princess drove her to villainy when she couldn't make it happen.
- A Pupil of Mine Until He Turned to Evil: She is Princess Celestia's former pupil, and Twilight Sparkle's predecessor in that role. When Celestia's tutelage did not turn out be the easy path, she "turned cruel and dishonest," abandoning her studies and pursuing power in more unsavory ways.
- The Atoner: In Rainbow Rocks she's repentant for her behavior in the first film and is trying to make an effort to becoming a better person.
- Aura Vision: In Rainbow Rocks, she seems to be the only one able to see the green smoke people give off when the Dazzlings feed on them. It's what tips her off that they're using magic in the cafeteria.
- Big Bad: Of the first Equestria Girls movie.
- Berserk Button: Her jealousy hits a breaking point when Rarity calls Twilight a real princess.
Sunset Shimmer: Oh, yes. She's so very special!
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Applejack says one of her plots is acting nice and then humiliating the person she "befriends".
- Blondes are Evil: Part of her mane/hair is blond, anyways, so it fits. Combines this with Evil Redhead. But only at first.
- Break the Haughty: Being defeated and forced to face a) just how awful she really was and b) that she really wasn't ready for the Elements basically destroys her arrogance.
- The Cameo:
- She first appeared at the 2013 New York Toy Fair as a pony toy, overshadowed by all the Princess Twilight merch and fan-favorites getting toys.
- Her second appearance as a pony, between the release of the Equestria Girls trailer and the premiere of the Equestria Girls movie, is in Gameloft's My Little Pony Licensed Game, after being hinted at in promotional clue images for the game posted by official Facebook pages.
- The Coats Are Off: In Rainbow Rocks, she flings her coat off when she prepares to join the Rainbooms in fighting the Dazzlings.
- Color-Coded Wizardry: Her magic aura is a greenish teal that matches her eye color.
- Cool Mask: Though all the basic brushables in the Crystal Princess Celebration line have masquerade masks, she's to date the only character who's appeared as a pony solely in those waves. Notably her first appearance as a pony toy on display had her wearing it, which concealed the fact of whether she was a earth pony or unicorn until her toy box was revealed.
- Crucified Hero Shot: In Rainbow Rocks, she takes this pose when she rises into the air to transform into her Anthro-form.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Though how is unknown, she has an awareness of what's been going on in Equestria including the Elements of Harmony. Seeing the five bearers of the Elements minus Twilight in the other world were friends, she went about turning them against each other to foil The Power of Friendship at its source. Unfortunately for her Twilight gets the group to reconcile.
- Dark Magical Girl: Albeit a good bit more unpleasant than the usual for this trope, given her backstory and magical powers (as a unicorn, at least), this fits.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Or at least, Twilight encourages her human friends to invoke this after Sunset repents. And clearly moreso in the sequel as the Humane Five are perhaps her only true friends at CHS despite her attempts at redemption to the rest of the student body.
- Deuteragonist: In Rainbow Rocks. While Twilight is still The Hero and the Rainbooms are the protagonists, the film is just as much about Sunset regaining her confidence and overcoming her self-doubt as it is the Rainbooms fighting the Dazzlings.
- Devil in Plain Sight: She a massive jerk and doesn't bother to hide her dislike for anyone, yet still manages to come off as a well-meaning student to the principal and vice-principal.
- Drunk on the Dark Side: Sunset takes a few levels in psycho and hamminess when she finally gets the crown and is transformed by its magic. Prior to it, she was nasty but had some standards and operated on a more rational level.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: She spends most of Rainbow Rocks being hated by everyone in the school and being forced to watch from the sidelines as her friends fight and yet, through it all, she tries her very best to shed her old self and try to become as supportive to her friends as possible. This eventually works out by the end when she joins the Rainbooms in defeating the Dazzlings, leading to her bad reputation beginning to dwindle and her staying in touch with Twilight through her book.
- Easily Forgiven: Zigzagged in Rainbow Rocks. On the one hand the Human Five have genuinely forgiven her and accepted her as a friend after seeing that she really has changed and wants to redeem herself, but the rest of the school still clearly hates her and even the Cutie Mark Crusaders seem nervous when she approaches them. However, in the first film Sunset stole a powerful magical element from another dimension and used its power to transform into a demon and try to brainwash the students into an army to conquer Equestria. The rest of the school may not have forgiven her for it, but it remains that she's gotten off very light after what she did.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Sunset threatens to destroy the portal to Equestria if Twilight doesn't give up her crown, but this fails because Twilight would rather be stuck forever in an alternate reality than give Sunset the power of her element.
- Even Evil Has Standards: She has Spike kidnapped in order to lure Twilight to her. However, she balks at the idea of actually hurting him and lets him go as soon as Twilight asks.
- Evil Counterpart: Twilight's second one after Trixie, based on her attitude and her backstory.
- Her name is basically an alternate interpretation of Twilight Sparkle, and they were both students of Princess Celestia. Then it turns out that she didn't know how to make friends, instead driving everyone away. To drive the point home, she is voiced by Rebecca Shoichet, Twilight's singing voice. Her brushable pony toy is in a pair of waves with the rest of the Mane Six with her in Twilight's place, signifying how she drove their alternate selves apart.
- The comic further hammers it in. Much like Twilight at the beginning of the series, Sunset prefers to study over socializing with others (said others even being the same ponies who invite Twilight to Moondancer's party). The difference is that while Twilight is polite and modest when she refuses ("Oh sorry, girls. I got a lot of studying to catch up on."), Sunset's refusal makes her come off as very smug ("I have better things to do than socialize."). When she first sees the magic mirror, she sees herself as an Alicorn Princess in it, whereas Twilight actually becomes one.
- The same comics also imply that Celestia was grooming her to become a Princess, implying she may have intended Sunset Shimmer to receive the Element of Magic, not Twilight. But Sunset Shimmer was too selfish and power-hungry and Celestia realized she didn't have the right temperament to be a true princess.
- Evil Is Burning Hot: Her sun motif (sunburst cutie mark, red/yellow hair and flame design on boots) serves to parallel Twilight's star theme. She also gains Flaming Hair and fireball magic in her demon form.
- Evil Redhead: Red with yellow-orange streaks, but she still qualifies.
- Expy: Her design and name are similar to those of G3 Earth pony Sunshimmer, while her status as an arrogant unicorn who believes herself superior mirrors Trixie, especially since both are presented as Evil Counterparts to Twilight. She also takes it upon herself to drive the human counterparts of Twilight's friends apart so they can't unite against her, similar to Discord.
- Fatal Flaw:
- Sunset Shimmer's is Greed and Pride. When she was still Celestia's star pupil, things didn't progress as quickly as she wanted them to, so she became bitter and angry. She eventually found the magic mirror and disappeared from Equestria. On the other side, she established herself as the Alpha Bitch of the school. Not content with controlling the school, she stole Twilight's crown so she could amass an army of brainwashed teenagers with which to take over Equestria.
- In the sequel, her fear to speak up causes numerous problems to grow worse.
- Fiery Redhead: Downplayed. She's ambitious and proud and has a nasty Berserk Button, but avoids being straight Hot-Blooded.
- Foil: To Twilight in Rainbow Rocks. They share the burden of everyone having expectations of them and being an outsider to the Humane Five, but while Twilight is busy trying to live up to their expectations and doesn't realize the group's tensions, Sunset deals with people still hating her for her evil ways and recognizes the problems the group faces but avoids confronting them over it.
- Friendless Background: She admits at the end of the movie that she doesn't know anything about friendship, only knowing how to drive others away. The prequel comic shows that ponies did try to be friends with her, but she thought they were too beneath her and shunned them.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Though it's not that they dislike her, in Rainbow Rocks there's still tensions between her and the Humane Five. They're friends, but they're still not comfortable around her or her around them. Come the end of the film this status is thoroughly dispelled.
- Full-Name Basis: Is on the receiving end of this treatment. Contrary to most other characters with two-part names, Sunset is always referred to by her full name by others, and has no nickname or shortened form of her name that she goes by in lieu of her full name either.
- Good Costume Switch: A downplayed but thematic version, in Rainbow Rocks she flings her coat off when she helps the Rainbooms fight the Dazzlings, also making it clearer she's wearing a different top than her typical sun-emblem one underneath. The loss of the black clothing makes her look significantly more benevolent than with it.
- Green Eyes: Strictly speaking her eyes are "cyan", right between green and blue, but she errs more to the green side with the symbolism of her being a magically empowered antagonist.
- Heel-Face Turn: After she is defeated in the climax of the first film, she tearfully admits that she knows nothing about friendship, and accepts the chance to make amends. This lasts into Rainbow Rocks, where she actively tries to overcome her bad reputation, and even helps the Humane Five defeat the Dazzlings at the end of the film.
- Heel Realization: Getting turned into a demon by the Element of Magic, only to have that power wrested from her and she get blasted by the Power of Friendship, truly opens her eyes to how horrible a person she is. Rainbow Rocks shows that she's learned her lesson, even having Sunset refer to her past self as a "raging she-demon".
- Hidden Depths: At the end of Rainbow Rocks, she shows she can sing and rock a mean guitar.
- Humble Pie: Her defeat at the end of Equestria Girls leaves her lying broken and begging for forgiveness at the bottom of a crater. By the sequel, her haughty tone has reduced considerably.
- Hypocrite: She points out to Twilight Sparkle a couple of times that she doesn't belong in the human world, while ignoring the fact that she herself is a pony from Equestria.
- I Choose to Stay: After the events of Equestria Girls, she decides to stay in the human world rather than return to Equestria, largely to atone for her actions (and possibly too ashamed to face Celestia again). Celestia even mentions this in the comic during the Reflections arc.
- I Just Want to Be You: Twilight got everything that Sunset wanted to obtain, and now Sunset aims to take it all from her. The thing is, Twilight earned the honor, Sunset feels she should have it but obviously was trying to take the easy way to get it.
- Informed Ability: Her ability to manipulate people is not shown explicitly, but the IDW annual comic fleshes out her preparations a bit more.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Her human form bears an uncanny resemblance to her voice actress, Rebecca Shoichet.
- Insufferable Genius: She undoubtedly has great magical talent, and she doesn't hesitate to let others know it.
- It's All About Me: She believes she deserves power and recognition and is willing to call out or stomp out anyone who thinks otherwise.
- Jerkass: She's prideful, arrogant, and acts stuck up and rude towards her peers. At least until her Heel-Face Turn.
- Jumped at the Call: It's implied Celestia planned for her to become a Princess once she was ready, but she was too ambitious and power-hungry, and her eagerness to claim the title made her unsuitable.
- Karma Houdini: Sure, in Rainbow Rocks she's been redeemed and everyone except the Humane Five hates her. And if she were the usual mean girl Alpha Bitch that would be a fitting punishment. But then Fridge Logic kicks in and you remember how at the end of Equestria Girls she mind-raped her schoolmates into being her personal army and then tried to kill Twilight simply for having gotten in her way. Take that into consideration and being the outcast actually seems a pretty light punishment.
- Kick the Dog:
Sunset Shimmer: (to Fluttershy) You really are pathetic! It's no wonder your best friends are all stray animals!
- Light Is Not Good: Bright yellow and her cutie mark is a sun much like her mentor Princess Celestia. She's a thief and a jerk. She also has a teal aura.
- Multicolored Hair: Has red and blond stripes in her mane.
- Never Live It Down: The school has not forgotten her previous evil ways, especially the fall formal. Though she's a genuinely better person now, a mere mention of the event brings Death Glares beaming down on her from all over the gym. It doesn't help that her friends end up bringing the incident up by accident throughout the film, since it's an important part of how they became friends (though ''they'' at least realize what they're doing and how much it makes her uncomfortable and apologize).
- One-Winged Angel: Close to the climax, she puts on Twilight's crown and transforms into a raging she-demon with wings, Flaming Hair, Black Eyes of Crazy, fire powers, a booming voice, and the power to turn others into demons.
- Orange/Blue Contrast: Her color scheme is primarily orange and red with some yellows, contrasting Twilight's lavender, violet and blue.
- Origins Episode: An 8-page short story comic from IDW details her origins in Equestria. It was first available in the San Diego Comic Con 2013 version of Issue #9 of the ongoing and will be released to a wider audience in the first issue of the My Little Pony Annual, which focuses on Equestria Girls in October 2013.
- Pet the Dog:
- She literally refuses to hurt Spike, a dog, saying "I'm not a monster!"
- A sure sign she's reformed in the sequel; in her first scene, she helps wipe off Fluttershy's face. Throughout the rest of the film she's shown watching the Rainbooms perform while holding Spike.
- The Power of the Sun: Implied by her cutie mark, at least, which also helps to further her connection to Princess Celestia. When she attacks the protagonists at the end, she uses a bright golden fire attack.
- Pragmatic Villainy: She admonishes Snips and Snails for wrecking the Fall Formal decorations. Not because it's evil — she'd ordered them to do it, in fact — but because they overdid it, and in doing so, endangered her plans.
- Pstandard Psychic Pstance: When she brainwashes the Canterlot High students into becoming her zombie army.
- Rage Breaking Point:
- Sunset snaps after Twilight calls her bluff on destroying the portal to Equestria and the others praise her as a princess.
- After all the shunning she's got during Rainbow Rocks despite truly trying to make amends, she finally boils over when Trixie compliments Sunset on her tackling Rainbow and calling it a fit of jealousy. The outburst is hard enough to make her cower under it.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: As a human, she wears a black jacket and boots to accent her fire theme.
- Reformed, but Rejected: Even though she turns over a new leaf at the end of the first movie, most of the students of Canterlot High School continue to hold a grudge against her in Rainbow Rocks, with only the Humane Five willing to stand anywhere near her. By the end of the film, however, more students have been shown to forgive her.
- The Resenter: It's brief, but the way she reacts when Twilight is praised as a princess by her friends, as well her constant insistence that the Element of Magic is her crown, shows that she resents Twilight for achieving everything she could not. Made more apparent by the IDW origin comic, which shows that she desired the same power Twilight earned.
- Satanic Archetype: Rebels against her world's Physical Goddess; ambition and pride leads to her falling out of said Physical Goddess' favor; and transforms into a powerful red-skinned demon who wants to launch an all-out war against the Physical Goddess.
- Shadow Archetype:
- A prodigy like Twilight, but lacks Twilight's understanding of friendship, making her unfit to be crowned a princess of Equestria — something she doesn't understand, and won't accept.
- Less of this in the sequel; she's learned a thing or two about friendship since the first film. She does however gain a shadow herself in the form of Adagio, who is like the old Sunset, but even more of a Jerkass, and with far more threatening abilities.
- Shrinking Violet: Has started to become one by the time of Rainbow Rocks, as the events of the first film heavily humbled her and left her the victim of hatred from the entire school. As a result she has no friends (or that we see, a social life at all) outside the Humane Five, is uncomfortable being the center of attention, and watches the Rainbooms fall apart without interjecting because she feels it isn't her place to get involved. It's telling that when she shrinks down, she gets slightly knock-kneed and starts rubbing her arm, just like Fluttershy in the last film. Her Character Development has her reverse her descent and get over her fears, stepping into the spotlight in a more positive way than before.
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: She's the main antagonist of the film, an aspirant to the title of Princess, and Twilight Sparkle's dark foil.
- Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: The teasers and tailers for Rainbow Rocks show her plenty enough, but the posters and covers for the various DVDs and music album leave her out even though she plays a major role.
- Single Girl Seeks Most Popular Guy: The only reason she dated Flash was to increase her popularity, which is why in Rainbow Rocks she tells Rarity not to feel bad for her when she talks about Flash's obvious feelings for Twilight.
- Sixth Ranger: Becomes this to the Humane Six after becoming good. It's in full effect in Rainbow Rocks; she's their friend but is clearly an outsider to the group and isn't fully comfortable around them, or vice-versa. She finally manages to overcome the mutual awkwardness by the climax of the film.
- Smug Smiler: She has a constant grin of superiority at all times... except in a presumably old photo of her looking genuinely happy when winning a formal crown.
- Smug Super: She mocks Twilight as an inferior replacement when Twilight doesn't know what effect her Element of Harmony will have on the human world. Twilight turns this back on her when Sunset proves she doesn't really understand the Elements of Harmony, and thus cannot control their power.
- Spanner in the Works: Let's face it, she's the main reason the Dazzlings lost due to the fact that they thought nothing of her. It's her that helps rally (albeit with help from Spike and DJ Pon-3, but still) the Humane Six to combat them and her that gives the band their Heroic Second Wind when the Dazzlings nearly overpowered the heroes in the final battle.
- Superpowered Evil Side: Sunset herself, while still a nasty person, still had standards and outright refused to harm Spike. Her demon form, however, is a murderous psychopath who tries to fry Twilight and her friends without a second thought.
- Take Over the World: During the climax, she reveals her plan is to use the Element of Magic to brainwash the students of Canterlot High and turn them into an army to march through the portal and conquer Equestria.
- Teleporters and Transporters: She shares Twilight's ability to teleport. In fact, she pulls the same trick on Twilight that Twilight herself used on Nightmare Moon in the pilot.
- Took a Level in Kindness: She takes several between the first movie and Rainbow Rocks, though only the Humane Five believe it is genuine. Although there is a notable moment after she crashes Rainbow Dash's performance when even they seem to doubt her sincerity. The Dazzlings attempt to exploit this and fail.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Subverted; as a shallow Alpha Bitch who is motivated by petty jealousy and acts like a bully, Sunset is a major step down from previous villains and much more in-line with what would be expected from a typical "girl" show. Played straight when she gets her hands on the Element of Magic, transforms into an absolutely nightmarish demon, and reveals her plan is to brainwash the school's students into an army to invade Equestria.
- When She Smiles: As mentioned above, the first photo of her winning the formal crown shows her having a very pretty smile. Now that she has been reformed, we get to see that smile more often in Rainbow Rocks.
- You Are Not Ready: When Sunset Shimmer demands that Princess Celestia make her a princess, Celestia's response is that being a princess must be earned.
The Humane Five
The human counterparts of Twilight's friends in Ponyville, collectively known as the Humane Five to differentiate them from their Mane Six counterparts. They were once all close friends, but Sunset Shimmer drove them apart and only a few of them talk to each other now. With Twilight's intervention they reunite to help her defeat Sunset. In Rainbow Rocks
the five have formed a rock band, the Rainbooms.
Most tropes pertaining to their Equestria Prime counterparts
apply to them as well.
- Alternate Self: To Twilight's Ponyville friends.
- Apple of Discord: They were tight friends once. A few well-worded texts and emails from Sunset Shimmer broke them apart when they each thought the others had turned their backs on them.
- The Big Guy: Pinkie Pie, wacky event planner who just wants to have fun. Drummer of the Rainbooms.
- The Chick: Fluttershy, quiet Shrinking Violet who writes songs. Plays the tambourine.
- Five-Man Band: They form one, as in this alternate world they haven't met the human counterpart of Twilight and it's just the five of them. Also reflected in their positions in the Rainbooms.
- Flanderization: We see enough of them to confirm they're pretty much just like the ponies Twilight knows, but they don't establish their own individual characters beyond that and don't have three seasons of Character Development to show how they got this way. However, there are some differences between them and their pony counterparts that show they aren't completely the same. Rainbow Dash is the most blatant example: she hasn't undergone the Character Development her pony self has over three seasons, so she's much more arrogant and cocky than fans are used to seeing from Pony!Rainbow.
- Graceful Ladies Like Purple: It was already true for the pony character, but even more obvious for human Rarity since she wears clothes all the time. She's the most feminine of the group and her usual skirt and boots are purple, as well as her nightgown and several other outfits.
- Hair Decorations: Rarity and Fluttershy wear hair decs shaped liked three diamonds and a butterfly, respectively, mirroring their pony counterparts' cutie marks.
- Hammerspace Hair: Being human doesn't stop Pinkie from stashing things in her hair, like a clipboard, a plate of cookies or her drumsticks.
- Instant Cosplay Surprise:
- Rarity shows her skill at this in the first movie by putting Twilight into a new dress and a blonde wig in a blink of the eye.
- Pinkie Pie pulls out one in "Shake Your Tail!" by making her friends (and herself) wear grass skirts and leis in a flurry of flowers. They look rather puzzled after the fact.
- It's All About Me: Rainbow Dash has to constantly be reminded that the Rainbooms is not just her band, and one of her songs is just her singing about how awesome she is.
- The Lancer: Applejack, the level-headed rival to Rainbow. Plays the bass guitar.
- The Leader: Rainbow Dash, headstrong flavor and the most athletic. Lead guitar of the Rainbooms.
- Limited Wardrobe: Their everyday clothes for both movies and the shorts are always the same. However, we see them in plenty other outfits, including formal dresses (at the Fall Formal), nightwears (for the slumber party) and scenic costumes for performing as the Rainbooms. Rarity herself leans toward Unlimited Wardrobe with the various extravagant clothes she's seen wearing at one time or the other.
- Magical Girl: With the power of the Equestrian magic given to them by the Element of Magic, they can shift into human-pony hybrid anthro forms, gaining pony ears, longer hair tied into ponytails, and for Rainbow and Fluttershy, wings. The novelization also gives Rarity a unicorn horn, but not the actual film. In their transformed state they gain magical powers, though the exact nature of them so far hasn't been nailed down.
- Magic Music: Once they form a band, the residual Equestrian magic in them manifests through music. They come to use it fully during the Battle of the Bands against the Dazzlings at the end of Rainbow Rocks, blasting the Sirens' manifestations with showers of Cutie Marks-shaped sparks through their instruments.
- Magic Skirt: All five wear skirts normally. Of course, given the age bracket for the franchise, those skirts conceal everything.
- Poor Communication Kills: Contrary to Twilight's Ponyville friends, this group has a problem being open with each other about their feelings. The group never would have split up if they had actually talked to each other and found out about the emails and texts Sunset sent between them, but apparently never did and just assumed they had been betrayed, and simply avoided each other altogether. Then in Rainbow Rocks they're annoyed with the behavior of their bandmates in various ways, but keep quiet and grumble to themselves instead of saying something, causing the bitterness to fester and finally erupt in an argument during the climax of the film.
- Power Makes Your Hair Grow: In their anthro forms their hair grows into a very long ponytail, reaching past their waists. The pun is very much intended.
- The Power of Rock: Though it's more likely just the genre the showrunners focused on, it seems to be specifically rock music that triggers their transformations.
- Prehensile Hair: Pinkie can pop the cap off a bottle of cider with her forelock.
- Rapunzel Hair: As part of their anthro forms.
- Sigil Spam: Sort of. As humans they don't have cutie marks on their skin, naturally, but those symbols of their pony alter-selves can be found everywhere on their possessions: clothes, boots, hair decs, schoolbags, nightwears, musical instruments, laptops, etc. We've only seen Pinkie Pie's bedroom so far, and unsuprisingly there are balloon motifs on the walls and on her bedcover. (She also seems to have hearts as a secondary motif, like on the pajamas she lends to Twilight.)
- Silly Walk: Pinkie Pie sometimes hop around instead of just walking, with a Wacky Sound Effect, mirroring her pony alter-self pronking gait.
- Sixth Ranger:
- Twilight Sparkle, newcoming outsider. Back-up vocals in the Rainbooms.
- Sunset Shimmer replaces Twilight in the same role and adds another guitar at the end of the film.
- Skirt over Slacks: Rainbow Dash wears a pair of biker shorts under her skirt.
- The Smart Guy: Rarity, The Fashionista who designs their outfits. Plays the keytar (since a regular piano was impractical).
- The Southpaw: Both versions of Fluttershy seem to favor their left hand/hoof, but it's not surprising that it applies more heavily to human Fluttershy.
- Sudden Anatomy: A minor case; the art style normally doesn't depict the characters as having nails, but that doesn't stop Rarity from putting nail polish on herself and Fluttershy in a scene of Rainbow Rocks.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Rainbow Dash. It's even more obvious than as a pony; here she's a soccer player and wears Modesty Shorts under her skirt.
- Touched by Vorlons: After the events of the first film, they still have some bits of Equestrian magic left in them, causing them to shift into their anthro forms when they play. It also makes them immune to the Dazzlings' Mind-Control Music, at least until they start breaking apart.
- Unusual Ears: In their pony forms they have ears on the top of their heads poking through their hair, their human ears apparently vanishing.
- Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: How their lifestyle is starting to look if the films really do get their own spin-off show as rumored.
- We Used to Be Friends: Before they finally talk things out and come together again, the group is still clearly bitter at each other for their perceived betrayals.
- Winged Humanoid: Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy's anthro forms.
"We've got to stop running into each other like this!"
Voiced by: Vincent Tong
A spiky blue-haired fellow that seems like a nice enough guy. He's a Pegasus Royal Guard in Equestria, while his human counterpart is a guitar player that Twilight befriends during her stay at Canterlot High.
- Adorkable: He has his moments, like walking right into a door when starting his date with Twilight or asking her friends about her in Rainbow Rocks.
- All Guitars Are Stratocasters: His instrument is designed as one.
- Boy of the Week: He's effectively this. While he and Twilight don't really have much of a romance to begin with, just a Meet Cute or two and a single dance, his pony-self's subsequent appearances in Season 4 and the comics are nothing more than cameos, one of which where he only fleetingly acknowledges Twilight. He gets another chance to be her love interest though in Rainbow Rocks.
- Brainwashed and Crazy:
- Temporarily, when Sunset Shimmer hypnotizes him and the rest of the students to be her army in taking over Equestria while she's in One-Winged Angel form. He's the first person to be snapped out of it.
- Happens thanks to Hate Plague along with the rest of the school, though he spends a much longer time under Dazzlings' control. Because he's normally such a nice guy, his moments are the hardest to stomach, especially when he blows up at Twilight and calls out Sunset when she tries to tackle Rainbow Dash.
- Competition Freak: Though everyone in the school gets hit with this through the Hate Plague, it seems to have hit him (and Trixie) the most, going from Nice Guy to Jerkass and taking more and more levels in it as the movie progresses as he tries to push his band into the finals (and doesn't take it very well when he fails).
- Crash into Hello: A bit of a Running Gag in the movie. He lampshades the trend a couple of times both as a human and a pony.
- Curtains Match the Window: Blue hair and blue eyes.
- Dreamworks Face: His human counterpart does this in his official render, which is at odds with his actual personality.
- Hate Sink: Largely his role in Rainbow Rocks, as he spends most of the film under the Dazzlings' spell and is especially nasty when under it.
- Interspecies Romance: While they're both human at the time, he apparently dated Sunset Shimmer and developed a liking for Twilight Sparkle, both who are normally ponies.
- Kick the Dog: He has two separate moments to really capitalize just how much effective the Dazzlings' Hate Plague is.
- The first is when he chews out Twilight for choosing to join the Rainbooms when he was working so hard to win the competition.
- The second is when Sunset tackles Rainbow Dash to prevent her from summoning her magic. This leads everyone to believe she's gone back to her old ways and Flash decides to rub it in by saying "Now there's the bad girl we all love to hate!"
- Knight in Shining Armor: As a pony, his job as a royal guard seems to invoke this motif, complete with being a love interest to a princess.
- Nice Guy: He's an all-around nice guy and helps Twilight and her friends a little bit. This makes his time under the Dazzlings' Hate Plague all the more tragic.
- Satellite Love Interest: Not that he's much of a love interest to begin with. He looks nice, helps Twilight twice, plays a guitar, generally seems to be a Nice Guy, was Sunset Shimmer's ex-boyfriend, and his equine counterpart is a guard in Cadance's castle. And that's all we ever really know about him.
- Ship Tease:
- Twilight develops a crush on his human counterpart, but the romance is mostly downplayed to ship teasing. The movie ends with a little Ship Tease with Pony!Flash.
- In the first movie it was mentioned he dated Sunset Shimmer, but nothing more is done with this. In the sequel his relationship with Sunset is brought up again when it's clear he still has a crush on Twilight, though Sunset claims she never had feelings for him.
- Recurring Extra: His pony counterpart has become this outside the Equestria Girls movies.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair makes him look like he walked out of an anime of some kind, made all the more obvious since he appears to have a relatively normal human skin-tone.
From left to right: Sonata Dusk, Adagio Dazzle, Aria Blaze.
"We sing, like, all the time! It's how we get people to do what we want." Voiced by:
Kazumi Evans (Adagio Dazzle), Maryke Hendrikse
(Sonata Dusk), Madeline Merlo (Sonata Dusk singing), Diana Kaarina (Aria Blaze), Shylo Sharity (Aria Blaze singing)
The main villains of My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks
, a trio of Evil Diva
Sirens from Equestria. They use Mind-Control Music
to create hatred and conflict between beings, and feed on the negative energy their victims produce in the process
. They were banished to the human world from Equestria, which heavily weakened their powers and trapped them in human bodies. After witnessing the events of the first film, they arrange for a Battle of the Bands
at Canterlot High in the hopes of finding the source of the magic they felt and using it to regain their full power. They consist of leader Adagio Dazzle and her two cohorts, Sonata Dusk and Aria Blaze.
- '80s Hair: Adagio. Look at it. It's like she just walked out of an episode of Jem!
- Alpha Bitch: Adagio comes of as this, being the leader and most abrasive of the three.
- Animalistic Abomination: In their true forms they are visually merhorse sirens. Similarly to the Windigos they're extremely powerful, ancient entities that consume hatred and use it to power themselves up, have the ability to warp minds with just their song, and being alien from both an equine and human perspective, looking more like aquatic Windigos than ponies.
- Attention Whore: Part of their motivation is to make people adore them, and it even shows up in the lyrics of "Welcome to the Show".
- Awesome McCoolname: Their names are very awesome for a trio of singers.
- Bad Powers, Bad People: With the ability to use Mind-Control Music, and with them being Emotion Eaters feeding off negativity, is it any surprise they're bad guys? They even manage to get the Rainbooms to argue, allowing them to twist and absorb The Power of Friendship.
- Batman Gambit: Their ultimate gambit for getting the magic of the Rainbooms is to not do anything themselves, but give a nudge to others to do what they want. They make Celestia and Luna declare the Rainbooms the winners in the semi-finals over Trixie, after Trixie gave a much better performance. Trixie is so angry and bitter that, with a bit of coaxing, she locks the group below stage so she can take their place. With the group locked in a room together over several hours, the tensions that have been brewing between them finally reach the surface and they begin arguing, finally falling victims to the Dazzlings and allowing their magic to be absorbed.
- Beta Bitch: Aria comes off as this, being the second-most abrasive of the three.
- Big Bad: Adagio Dazzle is the villain of Rainbow Rocks, with Sonata Dusk and Aria Blaze as her Co-Dragons.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Compared to Adagio and Aria, Sonata is relatively friendly, but she is still just as evil as the rest of them.
- Blondes are Evil / Evil Redhead: Adagio Dazzle has a mix of both colors.
- Breaking Speech: Adagio and Aria try to do this with Sunset, pointing out that none of the Rainbooms want her in the band, and imply that they're worried her unpopularity will make her a liability. They also deliberately remind Sunset of her past actions, stating that their plan's aren't so different.
- Classical Mythology: The writers drew from the sirens of Greek mythology as the villains' theme. Turns out that's precisely what they are too.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Sonata. She's often focused on something other than the trio's Evil Plan (like lunch), although she is level-headed and works along with them when the time calls for it, à la when they're performing a song.
- Color-Coded Characters: Blue for Sonata, orange for Adagio, and purple for Aria. Those colors are reflected by their siren spirit-manifestations in the final battle, assumedly looking like their true forms.
- Compressed Hair: At one point we see them wearing hoodies◊; do not ask how those incredible hairstyles fit into those small hoods.
- The Corrupter: Even when they aren't outright hypnotizing people into fighting, they're coiling around troubled (like Sunset) or begrudged (like Trixie) individuals, whispering hateful speeches into their ears.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Adagio. The Dazzlings are able to place Principal Celestia and Vice-Principal Luna under their control to prevent the Rainbooms from warning them and are to pull the right strings to make the Rainbooms look bad while continually pushing the other students into further conflict with each other. The constant conflicts the Rainbooms are subjected to, both within the group and from others, eventually leads to them turning on each other, feeding them with greater magic than they've ever had (and her realizing that the Rainbooms had magic was smart too).
- Deadpan Snarker: Adagio and especially Aria, who is usually the first to deal with Sonata's antics and will even snark towards Adagio.
- De-power: Their banishment was an attempt to do this. While it did weaken them considerably, it didn't fully work. Shattering their red gems does; without them they have awful singing voices and can't channel their magic, leaving them just ordinary girls.
- The Ditz: Sonata Dusk is this by far: she's is completely Sarcasm-Blind when Adagio tells them how much she loves being banished in the human world, and also blurts out their true nature when they're supposed to be undercover.
- The Dividual: Are essentially one character storywise, and never seen apart.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Adagio's relationship with her Co-Dragons is similar to Sunset's relationship with Snips and Snails. When she calls Sonata and Aria idiots, Sunset just kinda stares at them like she's seen it all before. Adagio herself is basically every bit as selfish as Sunset was (to the point that when Sunset sees them dividing the school she's visibly uncomfortable), only she has the magic talent to be terrifying rather than just a bully.
- Dumb Is Good: Averted. Sonata is never treated at anything but another evil villain.
- Emotion Eater: Similar to the changelings, the Dazzlings grow stronger by feeding on hatred and disharmony (rather than love), which produces a green mist that they absorb through their red necklaces. The amount of magic in the world seems to influence this power, however; before Equestrian magic is introduced to the human world, their helpings amount to what Aria describes as "fast food" rather than "a meal".
- Enthralling Siren: This is the basis for their design and they follow many of the tropes that come with being one, including Mind-Control Music.
- Evil Counterpart:
- As a band they're this to the Rainbooms, having a heavier and darker style while spreading the opposite message to the Rainbooms' songs about Friendship (and Rainbow Dash). And like the Rainbooms, once they absorb enough power from their audience with their singing, they transform into hybrid forms between their human and Equestrian bodies.
- Adagio herself is basically Sunset from the first movie, only even more of a Jerkass and with far more threatening abilities.
- Sonata's ditzy spaciness makes her seem a lot like a villainous version of Pinkie Pie, even having a similar voice. She even similarly pops in and out of the frame in different places when the trio taunts Sunset, and when everyone else finds Snips and Snails' rap awful, Pinkie and Sonata are getting into it.
- Evil Divas: They dress like Idol Singers just like every other character who appears on stage, yet they have the additional ability to use their Mind-Control Music to get others to do their bidding.
- Eviler than Thou: Not only does Adagio prove to be more diabolical than Sunset ever was, she pretty much rubs it in her face that they'll succeed where Sunset failed in the previous movie and mockingly tells her that no-one will remember her actions when they're done with CHS.
- Evil Laugh: Downplayed, but Adagio indulges in one at the end of the "Under Our Spell" song.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Adagio and Aria have fairly deep voices. Sonata, on the other hand, has a high-pitched voice.
- The Exile: They've been banished from Equestria for spreading disharmony to empower themselves and trying to take over. The human world doesn't possess nearly as much magic power for them to feed on — until Twilight brings Equestrian magic with her in the first film, that is.
- May or may not be intentional, considering the film's 1980s aesthetic and Hasbro connection. A Jerkass musical trio consisting of an abrasive leader with yellowish hair, a smart-alec Beta Bitch sidekick and a blue-haired member with a different temperament than the other two? Are talking about The Dazzlings or The Misfits?
- They are also similar to the Tremaines. Adagio is Lady Tremaine, Aria is Drizella, and Sonata is Anastasia.
- Face Palm: Sonata Dusk's stupidity inspires this to both her teammates at different points.
- Faux Affably Evil: Adagio gives this vibe off; after getting angry and grabbing Sunset by the arm she gives an extremely fake smile and laugh.
- Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Adagio's normal outfit is a tight-fitting purple jumpsuit, and Aria's outfit is so tight and so form-fitting it might as well be one.
- Graceful Ladies Like Purple: All three have various tones of purple in their clothes, both the casual ones and the scenic costumes for the finals — especially Adagio, for whom it's the whole outfit. They are also quite feminine and alluring, as befitting of sirens.
- Half-Human Hybrid: When they regain their full power, the Dazzlings look similar to the Hybrid forms of the Mane Six, but they have fin-like wings instead. They also summon their more serpentine Siren forms from their gems.
- Hartman Hips: Their outfits all prominently emphasized their hips, helped by the fact they tend to swing them a lot when they sing.
- Hate Plague: Their singing compels the students of Canterlot High School to turn a friendly musical showcase into a hyper-competitive Battle of the Bands, shattering up the harmony the Humane Six managed to achieve in the first film.
- Humanoid Abomination: They're not human, merely turned into human form like anything else that crosses the worlds. However, unlike Twilight and Sunset, they retain some degree of their magic, and some of their inhuman traits (like glowing green eyes) manifest at times, giving them this vibe. This effect is amplified when they regain their true power, gaining fin-like wings, glowing red eyes, and fangs.
- In the Hood: Before acting out their Evil Plan, the three wear hooded jackets while using their Mind-Control Music... and somehow manage to hide their impressively gigantic hair.
- Kick the Dog: When Sunset confronts them they explicitly bring up her past actions and imply that her friends didn't invite her into the band because they don't really care.
- Lady of War: Aria features shades of this during the final scene, sporting the most feminine outfit of the three as well as the most graceful stance after her real form has been summoned.
- Lame Comeback: Sonata's specialty.
Sonata: You are the worst!
- Make Me Wanna Shout: Adagio uses it against Twilight and then Aria and Sonata join in to blow away the Rainbooms. The Shout itself sounds like an Ethereal Choir.
- Manipulative Bitch: Are this to Trixie; they persuade her to trap the Rainbooms when they were the ones who pulled strings to ensure the Rainbooms got ahead.
- Meaningful Name:
- Adagio, sonata, and aria are all types of musical styling. Adagio is a type of tempo that indicates a song is to be played slowly (fitting most of their songs having a slow, hypnotic beat), a sonata is a musical piece played without vocal accompaniment, and an aria is a vocal piece played without instruments.
- On top of that, their band's name (and Adagio's surname) matches their modus operandi of dazzling the whole student body.
- Mega Twintails: Aria Blaze sports these. It's a wonder how she can hide them so well under her hoodie.
- Mind-Control Music: Their powers are based on this: by singing, they place their victims under a spell that turns their listeners against each other.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: In their true forms, they mix fish traits with those of horses, as typical of Hippocampi. Not pony traits, though; there's nothing cute about scaly merhorses with rows of sharp teeth.
- Ms. Fanservice: Downplayed due to the all-ages nature of the franchise, but still present. The three have slow, slinky movements, including a lot of swinging of their hips; they have melodious voices, and alluring gazes. When telling the group about them, Twilight specifically mentions the legends said the three were beautiful. Being sirens, it all comes with the territory as part of their allure.
- Multicolored Hair: All three of them. Adagio has orange and yellow hair; Aria violet and aqua green; Sonata pale blue and dark blue.
- Near Villain Victory: By the end, they have the entire school under their control and bickering amongst each others and the Rainbooms fighting amongst each other with Twilight and Sunset looking on helplessly locked underneath the stage with no way out. Had not Spike and Vinyl Scratch freed the group and given them a sound system to fight back, the Dazzlings would have won.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Adagio caresses other students' faces and heads as she's "seducing" them into making the concert into a battle.
- Not So Different: Adagio is basically Sunset Shimmer from the first movie, only even worse.
- One-Winged Angel: While they remain humanoid, they take on anthro forms when their true power is awakened. They can also summon projections of their true forms to fight for them.
- Opportunistic Bitch: They're (well, mostly just Adagio) quite good at taking advantage of every opportunity they encounter to further their plans.
- Outside-Context Villain: While enemies like them are expected in Equestria, they're in the human world, where Sunset is the only villain to ever appear with any kind of magic before.
- Pragmatic Villainy: When it came time to announce the finalists for the Battle of Bands, the Dazzlings manipulated Celestia and Luna to have the Rainbooms be in the finals despite performing poorly due to sabotage. They did this so that it would cause an uproar amongst the student body, making them hate the Rainbooms even more and allow the Dazzlings to feed off this hatred. It would also allow them manipulate Trixie to trap the Rainbooms underneath the stage, setting up the final trap that would allow the Dazzlings to feed off the Rainbooms' magic.
- Really 700 Years Old: They look pretty good considering it was Star Swirl the Bearded who banished them, making them several centuries old at best, more likely over a millennium.
- Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: Whatever they actually are, they were banished to the other world specifically because it sealed their true power which would otherwise wreak havoc in Equestria. The plan was their powers wouldn't work at all, but unfortunately not.
- Sexy Walk: This is their default mode of walking, and even when standing still they tend to sway in place alluringly.
- Shadow Archetype: Adagio is like Sunset before she reformed, but even nastier and with actual magic to pursue her ambitions with. Adagio actually points out the similarities during their second confrontation.
- She's Got Legs: Most notable with Adagio and Aria.
- Singing Voice Dissonance: Aria Blaze has a rather gruff voice when speaking, but it's much higher and softer when singing. This is apparently because they need their red gems to sing.
- Sirens Are Mermaids: Well, merhorses.
- Slasher Smile:
- Adagio flashes these a lot, most famously when she first senses the Equestrian magic the events of the first film unleashed and realizes what it means for the trio.
- Both Aria and Sonata get to do this too at the end of "Under Our Spell", though they make it look more silly than scary.
- The Social Darwinist: Part of their musical message.
You're a star and you should know it
Yeah, you rise above the rest
It doesn't matter who you hurt
If you're just proving you're the best
- Spikes of Villainy: Adagio has them on her Hair Decorations, belt, anklets, and inexplicably sticking out backwards from the heels of her boots. Sonata has them on her wrist bands. Aria also has pointy star-shaped hair decs.
- The Starscream: Aria has shades. Though she doesn't outright defy Adagio, she constantly questions her plans and is uncomfortable taking orders from her.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Adagio feels that having the abrasive Aria and the ditzy Sonata doesn't make her banishment to the human world any more bearable. She practically invokes the trope when talking to Sunset.
Adagio: You'll have to excuse them. They're idiots.
- Take Over the World: It's implied that they want to absorb the leftover Equestrian magic from the Rainbooms to regain their full power and conquer the world so they can have all the negativity they could ever need, and make everyone adore them.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: They may be working together, but it's clear the three really can't be considered friends. Aria and Sonata particularly seem to upset each other, and both of them annoy Adagio when they get going at each other.
- Unknown Rival: Played with. The Dazzlings and the Rainbooms each know the other is the enemy and the one to defeat, but they each don't know the other knows, nor do they know the other's plans to defeat them. As a result the two groups spend the film hiding their powers from each other until the climax to avoid blowing their cover until they're ready.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Not as dark as some previous villains, but the fact remains they're a trio of Emotion Eaters who plan to brainwash and enslave all of Canterlot High. And the rest of the world, once they absorb the magic of the Rainbooms and become strong enough to do it. Also note their anthro-forms, in contrast to the Rainbooms, are decidedly demonic in appearance with leathery, fin-like wings, fangs, and Glowing Eyes of Doom.
- Villain Exit Stage Left: When their red gems break, they run away.
- Villain Song: "Let's Have a Battle (of the Bands)", "Under Our Spell", and part of "Welcome to the Show", including the opening, the other part being sung by the Rainbooms against them.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Thanks to their singing enthralling the school including staff, everyone loves them and thinks they're delightful girls, and readily agree with anything they say.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: There is no set plan when they come to CHS, but they prove good at taking advantage of opportunities as they find them with the ultimate goal of finding the source of the magic they sensed. Such acts include using the school talent competition to begin a Battle of the Bands so they can regularly sing to the school and keep them under control, and making Celestia and Luna declare the Rainbooms the winners over Trixie in the semi-finals so they can manipulate Trixie into disposing of the group.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair:
- Aria has violet and aqua green hair.
- Sonata has two-tone blue hair.
The Post-Credits Character
A character that appears in the The Stinger
for Rainbow Rocks
. The previously unseen human-verse counterpart of another character originally from Equestria, she's been investigating Canterlot High and is certain there's something odd going on there.
- Alternate Self: She's the counterpart of a previously established Friendship is Magic character, Twilight Sparkle herself.
- Foreshadowing: She was hinted at in the first movie. Human Pinkie did ask Twilight if she had a twin, saying that she had seen a similar person, and it only makes sense that she has a counterpart since all her other friends do.
- Nerd Glasses: Thick, black rimmed one. Not unlike the glasses Prime!Twilight Sparkle wore in "Lesson Zero".
- Labcoat of Science and Medicine: Sports one, clearly establishing her as a scientific character. It, the glasses, and her messy hair help make her look distinct from Princess Twilight-in-Human form.
- Small Role, Big Impact: She's on-screen for less than thirty seconds in a post-credits scene. But everything her appearance implies is summed up during that time.
- The Stinger: Makes her debut at the end of Rainbow Rocks.
- Walking Spoiler: In case you couldn't tell...
Applejack's cousin and the main antagonist of the main prequel story featured in the 2013 Annual comic from IDW. She appears to be the older sister of Babs Seed (who herself has been Age Lifted
to AJ's age).
- Alpha Bitch: Was the resident school bitch before Sunset entered the picture. She wasn't quite as bad though, just worrying more about status and what not.
- Breaking Speech: Delivers a rather nasty one to Fluttershy and AJ how they're pathetic on trying to be their friends. It works for a time till the first Cantorlot High soccer game when Pinkie has Fluttershy volunteer to pass out streamers and she nearly starts insulting her again. Rarity and AJ shuts Babs and her down that time, chastising the both of them for their rude behavior when Fluttershy clearly didn't deserve it.
- Canon Foreigner: An odd case since she's the major "not-in-the-movie" character other than Human!Babs. If she is indeed her sister (the comic doesn't outright says this, just that she and Babs are AJ's cousins) this would mean her pony counterpart is the one Pony!Babs mentioned "One Bad Apple".
- Humble Pie: Fluttershy notices she has a pet dog in her purse that looks sickly and, being an animal expert, tries to offer some advice on how to care for it. Sunflower insults her instead, however near the end of the story she has to own up to her neglect and takes it to the animal clinic where Fluttershy works.
- Jaw Drop: After Rarity and AJ chastises her for her behavior and leaves her and Babs to be with Fluttershy and AJ.
What's a high school without students? While a few students at Canterlot High are easily recognizable as the human counterparts of secondary characters, most are new characters. At the beginning they're divided up into different cliques — the athletes, the dramas, the techies, the eco-kids, the fashionistas, and the rockers. They stick to their own groups because of Sunset Shimmer, but come together later thanks to Twilight Sparkle.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: It bears repeating, even when not based on actual pony characters, the CHS students have a wild range of skin tones.
- Curtains Match the Window: It's rather common for the various unnamed characters to have eyes and hair colors matching.
- Expy: Averted; while some of the students have similar color schemes to certain background ponies in Friendship Is Magic but different eye colors and "cutie marks" on their clothes (one of the athletic girls, for example, looks like a dead ringer for Cloud Kicker, but has a soccer ball cutie mark), they weren't based off of background pony designs.
- The Fashionista: The group Normal Norman belongs to, and it's implied Rarity hangs out with them a bit (which would make sense) since she sits with them at the start of the cafeteria song.
- Kids Are Cruel:
- When they make fun of Twilight when an embarrassing video of her is leaked.
- In the sequel they're quite vicious to Sunset Shimmer and instantly turn on the Dazzlings when they're defeated.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: They have a quite varied range of hair colors, even for those with more human skin tones.
Again the main source of Expanded Universe
canon is currently IDW's comic books
, so its introduced a few new characters. Its even introduced a couple of new races!
Jim the Cave Troll
"PWETAH HAR ON DAH PWETAH PONAY!"
Debut: Issue #2
A cave troll that appears in Friendship Is Magic
Issue #2. He scares the girls at first, but he's really just a big lovable brony who wants to play with PO-NAYS.
The Gangster Spiders
Debut: Issue #2
Multiple different huge spiders who appear in Issue #2 as an obstacle for the Mane Six when traveling though the mines, most of them sporting hats and even have their own "cutie marks".
- Badass Mustache: Their fangs look like old-timey mustaches.
- One of them is blonde, gray, and has one eye off to a side, like Derpy the pony. Apparently, every species has one...
- Also, the giant spider bears more than a little resemblance to Jamie Hyneman, complete with trademark beret.
- Giant Spider: Of course.
- Large and in Charge: Most of them are about pony-sized, their leader however is as big as the cave troll encountered earlier in the issue.
- Nice Hat: Most of them. Spider-Derpy doesn't have one by default, so it takes Applejack's.
"Why drain her? We have plenty of these guys left."
Debut: Issue #2 (Green armored), Issue #3 (Purple armored)
A pair of Changelings with unique armor. They appear to be the heads of Chrysalis's guards and in Issue #3 keep tabs on the Mane Six pairs that don't have the magic map that Twilight has (which allows Chrysalis to spy on her).
- Custom Uniform: What sets them apart from the other Changelings; one of them has green armor with black swirls on it, the other has a more detailed version of the armor the Mook Lieutenants from the show, with a few added Spikes of Villainy.
- Early-Bird Cameo: The green armored one actually appeared in Issue #2, but he didn't do anything other than take an order.
- Mook Lieutenant: They're not quite Co-Dragons, their main role is simply to talk to and laugh with Chrysalis.
The Cute Citizens of Wuvy-Dovey Land
Debut: Issue #3
A race of adorable, loving cat-like creatures who are more than happy to make friends with all who enter their lands. Their homeland was conquered and converted into the Changeling Kingdom soon after the events of "A Canterlot Wedding".
- The Chew Toy: It's obvious Cook and Price wanted to create a species so sugar-sweet that readers could enjoy watching the Changelings take them apart without the writers having to invoke any sympathy.
- Crapsaccharine World: It's ironic how such cute beings could cherish such a precarious existence in the My Little Ponyverse, of all places.
- Doomed Hometown: The land was pretty ideal for Chrysalis and her changelings as not only did it provide love for them to feed on, it gave them a new base of operations which they took over within days. By the time the Mane 6 arrive, the place is a shadow of its former self with green gloop covering the houses and ground. Not to mention the castle looming ominously over the once-happy village.
- The Farmer and the Viper: The Changelings aren't in their lands for five minutes and they welcome them with open arms and offer their Queen cake. It ends very badly for them.
- The Pollyanna: The changelings massacre the cute kittens till there's only a few of them left, convert their homes to their needs (basically everything being covered in their green gloop) and then round up the remaining population so they can later be eaten. They still keep on being affectionate and kindhearted, even after all that's happened to them.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: They're adorable, and very friendly.
- Self-Parody: A clear parody of the Gang of Critters trope and the MLP franchise as a whole.
- Too Dumb to Live: They tend to be a bit too friendly to newcomers. Even when they're being threatened.
The Nightmare Forces
And you will help... more than you ever dreamed.
Debut: Issue #5
Malevolent spirits of darkness that inhabit the Nightmare Dreamscape, they're the main antagonist of the second Story Arc
of the main series. They were the ones that caused Luna to become Nightmare Moon, and they return using the power of the new moon to cause trouble for the bearers of the Elements of Harmony.
- Accidental Misnaming: One of the spirits keeps calling Shadowfright "Larry", much to his annoyance. It turns out to be the name of that Nightmare's host.
- And I Must Scream: Rarity mention how cold and lonely it felt while being possessed by Nightmare Moon. One can only wonder what it must have felt like for Luna who was possessed far longer.
- Bigger Bad: They are retroactively made this for the show's two-part pilot.
- Black Magic: They're made of it.
- Body Snatcher: They targeted Luna to create Nightmare Moon and eventually Rarity to create Nightmare Rarity. The denizens of the moon, as well.
- By the Lights of Their Eyes: It's the only part of their bodies that aren't completely black.
- Dark Is Evil: They're associated with the night just like they were when merged with Luna. And they come in a variety of dark colors as well.
- Demonic Possession: This seems to be the only way they can get things done: preying on the negativity of others to take control of their bodies. They also take possession of the moon's wildlife, which is evidently simpler.
- The Dragon: Their leader Shadowfright, though he seems to be in charge whenever they don't have a queen.
- Eldritch Abomination: They're shadow beings in the vein of Sombra's shadow form.
- Expy: Beings that feed on fear and also were revealed to have possessed a hero in the past by preying on their fears, turning that hero into a villain. Nope, definitely not Parallax.
- Fusion Dance: Of the Power Booster kind; their system of Demonic Possession.
- Living Shadow: They're a collection of beings that look like flaming shadows.
- Lunacy: They can draw power from the moon.
- More Than Mind Control: They took control of Luna by convincing her they could give her the power to please her subjects, then Rarity by promising that they would never reject her. They mostly prey on her self-confidence, which is enough to possess her, so it's more of a case of resolve. It becomes obvious Nightmare Moon doesn't have complete control of her body as through the story arc, glimpses of the original Rarity keep managing to surface (specifically when Spike and Sweetie Belle try to get through to her). When the Mane Six and Spike assure Rarity they would never betray her, it breaks the possession.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast / Tom the Dark Lord: One of the Nightmare Forces self-identifies as Shadowfright even though his name is Larry. Nightmare Moon II only calls him Larry; he doesn't object, he just looks embarrassed. It really is Larry, as it turns out.
- The Power of Hate: Yet another villain (or group of villains) that uses it.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Shadowfright in particular, also their speech bubbles are in red & black.
- The Shadow Behind the Mare: For Nightmare Moon.
Gaffer and 8-Bit
Debut: Issue #11
Shining Armor and Poindexter/Gizmo
's geeky friends at Canterlot Academy. Gaffer is a cream/white unicorn with a 8-sided die as a cutie mark, and 8-Bit is a grey pegasus with a Space Invader
-like cutie mark. The two work together with Shining and Poindexter to help Shining try to win over Cadance's heart on the night of the big polo championship game.
/Poindexter, see the Background Ponies pages
- Nerd: Both.
- Schizo Tech: 8-Bit's name and cutie mark begs the question if computers and video games exist.
- Unexpected Character: It turns out that Gaffer is possessed by Sam from Quantum Leap, his task being to get Shining Armor and Cadance together so he can leap.
Debut: Issue #11
Canterlot Academy's top polo player and school bully. He is what stands in the way of Shining from getting Cadance to come to the dance with him.
Lemony Gems and Diamond Rose
Cadance's high school BFFs. See the Background Ponies - Others page
for Lemony Gem(s)
and the Toyline Exclusive page
for Diamond Rose.
Debut: Issue #13
A Type 1 Pirate
that serves at the antagonist for the Issue #13-14 arc.
- Artificial Limbs: Peg-leg
- Badass: Give the guy credit, he faced down the Mane 6 in a sword fight and kept em at bay. He only lost because Spike managed to drop a coconut on him.
- Expy: Of Jack Sparrow unsurprisingly, both in looks, similar backstory (his crew turning on him twice}, and having a magical object for treasure hunting (the Map of the Wandering X)
- Eye Patch Of Power
- Gold Tooth
- Half-Pony Hybrid: Twilight uses her magic to give him gills so he'll be able to be with Jewel and be able to come back on land when he wishes.
- Interspecies Romance: With Jewel, a mermare.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Jewel since the mermares don't approve of him at first.
Jewel and the Mermares
Debut: Issue #14
Whether or not they are meant to be the Sea Ponies of earlier generations
is unknown, but there does exist a race of ponies in the sea. Jewel is one of them, the "treasure" that Hoofbeard seeks.
- Continuity Nod: The mermares and the "mantahawk" they summon to help the ponies back home are elements featured earlier in the Gen 4 picture book, "Under the Sparkling Sea".
- Interspecies Romance: Jewel with Hoofbeard, a Earth pony.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Again, Jewel with Hoofbeard. The rest of the mermares had disapproved of them being together and forced Jewel to come with them. It was only due to the magic map he was able to keep track of them. The Mane Six eventually manage to convince the meremares to let the two stay together with Twilight adding extra help by giving Hoofbeard gills.
Debut: Issue #15
A magical bookwork that begins eating through Twlight's books. Causing mayhem in both the book and outside worlds.
- Anti-Villain: It's not really evil, just ignorant of his actions and a little too driven to find it goal. He even states he likes books. After Twilight tells him this, he admits he didn't want to hurt anyone and, once granted the ability to make it right, starts fixing his messes.
- Freudian Excuse: He's eating stories because there are none with worms as the heroes and he wants to find one that does.
- One-Winged Angel: The more stories it eats the more huge and grotesque it becomes When it starts helping the Mane 6, this reverts it.
- Reality Warper: In both worlds, in the book work it changes how the story goes even taking out lead characters that were meant to be in it. This causes the characters to show up in the pony world via cocoons and start running amuck.
Evil Queen of Trottingham
Debut: Issue #15
The leader of the book villains when they arrive in the pony world.
The "Reflections" arc features an Alternate Universe
where good and evil have been reversed. Equestria is ruled by the just and merciful King Sombra who defends his kingdom from the diabolical Celestia and Luna.
- Arc Villain: Mirror Celestia and Luna serve as this for the "Reflections" arc.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: A wanted poster of Big Macintosh shows that he's a Baron, complete with Beard of Evil. Later, we see a more aristocratic Granny Smith by his side and she definitely seems to be far from the kindly old lady of the main universe. Another poster hints that the Apple Family has ties to Cosa Nostra.
- Barrier Warrior: Mirror Sombra's powers are mostly defensive in nature.
- Beauty Equals Goodness: Chrysalis is a good guy in this universe, and looks significantly more cuddly. She's even immortalized in a stained glass window as a paragon of love.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: The sisters share equal power in their schemes.
- Big Good: Mirror Sombra plays this role.
- Bizarro Universe: Every role in this universe is filled by its polar opposite in the prime universe. Interestingly, it's not entirely moralities that are reversed, but primary character traits. For example, Derpy isn't evil in the alternate world, she's simply stoic and intelligent instead of a happy-go-lucky Ditz and is apparently wise enough to earn a stained glass window.
- The Cameo: Several of them don't have any role in the story or even any lines, showing up just long enough for us to get an idea of what they're like. Per Word of God, even four issues isn't enough space to give enough world building for the main story and devote any real time to everyone's favorite minor characters appearance in the mirror universe.
- Deal with the Devil: Mirror Celestia offers to Mirror Sombra the safety of main universe's Celestia and allowing her to stay with Sombra in exchange for the spell that would allow her access to main universe Equestria. He refuses not only because he does not wish for the main universe Equestria to suffer the same fate as his kingdom, but because he's Genre Savvy enough to know that Mirror Celestia would do anything to have complete control over both worlds.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: In this universe, Trixie personifies humility and was able to become an alicorn princess.
- Face-Heel Turn:
- In the past, Mirror Luna was actually very sociable and very much acquainted with Mirror King Sombra during a time when Luna was not. However, when Nightmare Moon was defeated and Luna returned to rule by Celestia's side in the main universe, Mirror Luna defected to Mirror Celestia's side.
- Mirror Sombra forces himself into one at the end when he uses the Elements of Harmony to draw out the evil in Mirror Celestia and Mirror Luna absorb into himself, forcing him to become similar to the feral King Sombra of the main universe. In turn, the now evil free Mirror Celestia and Mirror Luna go through a Heel-Face Turn.
- Granny Classic: Mirror Chrysalis has the appearance of one of these.
- Heroic Sacrifice: When it's shown that the crystal-encasing plan will affect the main Celestia as well, Mirror Sombra uses the Elements of Harmony to instead take in the evil of Mirror Celestia and Luna within himself, essentially turning him into the Sombra from the main verse.
- The Judge: Mirror Flim and Flam. They're apparently good enough to warrant a stained glass window representing fairness.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Mirror Luna's choice of wardrobe. Rarity is unimpressed.
- Slouch of Villainy: Mirror Celestia does not sit on her throne. She drapes her whole body over it as though it were a bed.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Mirror Sombra with the main universe Celestia.
- The Stoic: Mirror Derpy appears to be a stoic scholar, instead of the lovable ditz we know her as.
- Superhero: Mirror Discord, or "Sir Discord" as he is called by Mirror Sombra, who goes by the name "Captain Goodguy" when he dons a typical superhero outfit, complete with cape, mask, and spandex.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: Mirror Sombra. Rarity, to no-one's surprise, notices this. Fluttershy, to everyone's surprise, notices this too. And of course, Celestia falls for him at first sight.
Rough Diamond/Officer Fluffles
Debut: Issue #21
A notorious thief in Manehattan.
- Impossible Thief: Able to slip diamonds into Applejack and Trixie's hats without them noticing (though she also leaves a clue to her next heist behind during the latter).
- Just One Little Mistake: Babs notices that Officer Fluffles' cutie mark is smudged. That alone allows Babs to figure out that the police officer is the thief they're looking for.
- Master of Disguise: She robbed a bank while disguised as Princess Luna. And it turns out she was one of the police officers all along.
- Phantom Thief: Nopony even knows what she looks like.
Debut: Issue #23
The antagonist of Issue #23 and a Kelpie, a serpentine creature whose song is capable of hypnotizing all who listen to it. She uses this song to place all of Ponyville under her control to destroy the dam, leaving only the pets of the mane six to stop her.
- Easily Forgiven: Despite placing all of Ponyville under control to destroy a dam that would have flooded the town, she is very quickly forgiven because she was helping her water sprite friends. Rainbow Dash points out how ridiculous this is.
- Mind-Control Music: Her song is capable of putting all ponies under her control. However, the pets seem to be unaffected by it.
- Sea Monster: Cassie has a very serpentine-esque look to her.
The League of Villainy
Debut: 2014 Annual
A group of villains who banded together after one too many defeats at the hooves of the Power Ponies. This team of villains include the Mane-iac, Pharaoh Phetlock (an Egyptian pharaoh themed villain with his own personal set of Mummy Mooks
), Long-Face (an evil mime who enjoys spreading sadness through chemicals), High Heel (a shoe thief with her own set of shoe-themed gadgets), Smudge (a strange pony-like creature with some shapeshifting capabilities), and Shadowmane (an infamous thief). Tropes pertaining specifically to Mane-iac should go here
- Badass Normal: High Heel and Shadowmane. They don't have any powers like Mane-iac and Smudge nor do they utilize chemicals or mooks like Long-Face and Pharoah Phetlock, but they make up for it with their gadgets and athleticism.
- Breaking the Fellowship: The Power Ponies realize that they're no match for them when they're together, so they decide to break them apart.
- Combat Stilettos: High Heel. Not only does she wear them, but she can throw them at her enemies like batarangs.
- Emo: Long-Face. Being sad is kinda his thing.
- Enemy Mime: Long-Face's appearance evokes a mime.
- Expy: Long-Face is one of Scarecrow considering he is a creepy looking supervillian obsessed with a single emotion who uses chemicals to induce that emotion in others.
- Femme Fatale: High Heel is called one by the narrator and her appearance certainly evokes the image of one.
- Knife Nut: Shadowmane's Weapon of Choice are her throwing knives. One is always found around her neck and she tosses several of them at the guards when the League of Villainy escapes.
- Incoming Ham: In true Super Villain fashion, Pharaoh Phetlock's introduction involves him and Mummy Minions driving a car through a building while laughing evilly.
- Mooks Pharaoh Phetlock has his Mummy Minions to aid him.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Smudge. He doesn't show off these powers very often especially once he gains Masked Matter-horn's beam abilities, but he is shown to be able to change his size and coil his entire body around Radiance.
"Those are books. Don't know if you've seen them before, Twylek. Young ponies these days don't read."
Debut: Micro Series #1: Twilight Sparkle
Twilight Sparkle's favorite author, she wrote the One-Hit Wonder Canter in the Sky
before going into obscurity. She currently works at the Royal Archives, where Twilight helps her for a few days after injuring her leg.
- Canon Discontinuity: "Daring Don't" etablishes A.K. Yearling as Twilight's favorite author. Then again this could be before she knew about A.K and even then she could still be one of her favorite authors.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Starts out quite rude and callous to Twilight but she warms up to her over time seeing that she has a love of books.
- Grumpy Old Mare: A rare female example of this trope.
- Punny Name: She's jaded alright with her outlook on life. But the name also is a pun on J. D. Salinger, a famous recluse author that the story is inspired by.
- We Used to Be Friends: Princess Celestia reveals that she used to be friends with her before Jade's success, though thanks to Twilight that friendship seems to be renewed.
"Ah, another fine morn to bask in the haunting glow of the ruination and melancholy of these poor equine fools."
Debut: Micro Series #2: Rainbow Dash
Mischievous little creatures that feed on negative emotions
, one pair set up a dark cloud over Ponyville and cause problems for Rainbow Dash in her spotlight comic. Though their names aren't given in the comic proper, the writer Ryan Lindsay stated
he had named them Big Boy and Runt.
- Emotion Eater: They feed on sadness, hatred, and other sorts of negativity. Positive emotions, on the other hoof, defeat them.
- Goggles Do Nothing: One of them wears a pair of goggles and quotes the trope when they're defeated by the happiness Rainbow Dash caused with her Sonic Double Rainboom.
- Nothing Can Stop Us Now: Begins to feel this way after Rainbow repeated attempts to stop them fail. They even come to enjoy her attempts because her desperation feeds them. This bites them in the butt when Rainbow goes for the Sonic Double Rainboom and they do nothing to attempt to stop her.
The Hippie Ponies
"Did you know the flax seed... the grain, not me, is like, beneficial to your aura?"
Debut: Micro Series #3: Rarity
A group of ponies lead by Wheat Grass and Flax Seed who own a farm outside of Ponyville and make all-natural health & beauty products. In Rarity's spotlight comic, she spends a few days there to relax after answering an ad for a new "wellness center". Hilarity Ensues
- Cordon Bleugh Chef: Wheat Grass' "crazy healthy food" is just plain, normal regular food. It looks and tastes weird because she's just a terrible cook.
- Hunk: Tempeh is quite the manly pony and popular with the mares, even Rarity is quite smitten with him when they first meet. Too bad he's a tad single minded...
- Land Poor: Flax Seed and Wheat Grass own the land where their communal farm is built, but they don't have much money and when Rarity meets them, they are about to lose their home because of a debt they have no way possible to pay.
- Meaningful Name: All four named ones — Flax Seed, Wheat Grass, Tofu, and Tempeh — are names of foodstuffs that would be considered part of a natural lifestyle. Even more so with Tempeh's fascination with soy, as the food tempeh is a soy-based product. This latter aspect also alludes to the fact that Tempeh and Tofu — both soy-based products — are brothers.
- New-Age Retro Hippie: All of them.
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: They don't like money and try to charge as low as they can for their fantastic beauty products, which is the root of their financial difficulties.
- Thousand-Yard Stare: This is Flax Seed's default expression, since he's always stoned out of his mind.
- Verbal Tic: Flax Seed constantly says "like" every other word... even when being chased by bees!
- Trademark Favorite Food: Tempeh. Soy. The guy will give you 8 hours of the entire history of soy without you even asking.
This isn't art. This is cr
Ahhh! Praiser Pan:
Debut: Micro Series #4: Fluttershy
A Caustic Critic
stallion in Canterlot that appears to be one of the judges at Princess Celestia's Extreme Art Contest. He is overly harsh, as indicated by his cutie mark, a hatchet taken to a painting canvas.
- Beatnik: Dresses in a beret, a black scarf, and rectangular glasses, along with a trim goatee and moustache. He may not speak beat, but certainly derives from the beat culture.
- Caustic Critic: Only has negative things to say about all the entries — at least until Celestia comments positively on Fluttershy's, and he's quick to change his tune.
- Ironic Name: He pans much more than he praises art.
- Meaningful Name: As an art critic, he is appraising of art, but giving it a pass most of the time (panning it).
- Punny Name: Could also be read as "Praise or Pan" which is ultimately what any critic will do.
- Opinion Flipflop: Praiser changes his mind on Fluttershy's work as soon as Celestia awards her a prize for it.
"Ms. Pie, I've been a clown for a very long time. Why, I was treading the boards before you were even born!"
Debut: Micro Series #5: Pinkie Pie
Equestria's silliest star and Pinkie Pie's idol, Ponyacci is an old, famous clown who's forgotten more things about comedy than most ponies ever learn. After a long, tiring but happy career of clowning and spreading happiness, he must accept he has become too old to perform and it's time to retire.
- Badass Grandpa: Despite his old age, he puts on a hell of a show at his final performance with loads of acrobatics and juggling. He also apparently once beat a rampaging bear with a rubber chicken.
- Cartoon Juggling: One of his many skills.
- Cool Old Guy: This old stallion can give Pinkie Pie a run for her money and she absolutely idolizes him for that.
- For Happiness: All he wants to do in life is make ponies laugh.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Pinkie Pie at the end of the story.
- The Mentor: After he gives Pinkie Pie some constructive criticism on her own clowning, she suggests he become a teacher. He opens a clowning school in Ponyville, extremely happy that he can pass his special talent onto a new generation of clowns. Twilight asks Pinkie why she doesn't sign up for the school herself, to which she replies she's already learned a lot from Ponyacci.
- One-Man Band: His skills can top even Pinkie Pie's.
- Sad Clown: Much to the surprise of Pinkie Pie. However, he's not sad because he's a clown, he's sad because his old age is forcing him to give up clowning and as a result on making others laugh.
- Shout-Out: To Pagliacci. His first (out of costume) appearance even references the famous joke: Pinkie Pie sees him looking sad, and tells him that Ponyacci could probably cheer him up.
- Stepford Smiler: When he's performing. He eventually gets better.
Debut: Micro Series #7: The Cutie Mark Crusaders
A mimicker that can take the shape of anything except ponies, who befriends the CMC. Her default form appears to be a large, filly-sized blue gem with eyes; the blue eyes appear on any other object that she copies.
Debut: Micro Series #8: Princess Celestia
An old friend of Princess Celestia and a professor at the princess' School for Gifted Unicorns. Though an important part of Celestia's past, she has grown senile and has become the target of much gossip.
- Be Yourself: Whether she's aware or not of what most think of her currently, it's likely she doesn't care. She is who she is and is comfortable with that. Celestia uses this as part of a Batman Gambit to show the others why she's still fit to be a teacher.
- Eye Scream: Took a rather nasty hit to the left eye during the war against the shadows. She didn't lose it and could still see out of it, but wouldn't be able to fully open it for the rest of her life.
- Eccentric Mentor: Shows all the signs of being this when she was younger. Celestia attempts to prove that she's still this, even as her senility becomes less and less of an act.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Her damaged left eye is really the only flaw on an otherwise beautiful young mare.
- Never Mess with Granny: Her mind might be mostly gone, but she's still willing to go into battle alongside Celestia and kick massive amounts of pastry butt (with an Offhand Backhand no less).
- Scars Are Forever: She received a scar on her left eye during the siege of Canterlot which never fully healed.
- Retired Badass: She aided Princess Celestia to fight off a siege of Canterlot and can still pull off some impressive magic.
The Sea Beasts
Debut: Micro Series #9: Spike
A group of creatures Spike purchases from a comic book so he can have a pet. Initially very tiny, Spike finds a way to make them grow, but soon get out of hand.
- But Now I Must Go: After Spike teaches them, they choose to leave to seek further enlightenment in the world.
- Cool Pet: Though it takes some magic growth formula before they started becoming cool. Sadly, just like Pee Wee, they don't stay very long.
- Uplifted Animal: Over the course of the story, they go from tiny specks in an aquarium to intelligent creatures thanks to the various formulas Spike feeds them.
"Let's not call them 'the peasantry', Princess. It's not endearing."
Debut: Micro Series #10: Luna
Princess Celestia's Royal Scheduling Advisor that helps Princess Luna keep on track when she takes over for the day.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Per Word of God, part of Kibitz's personality is based on Tim Gunn.
- Straight Pony: Remains steadyfast in his duties no matter how wreckless Luna gets.
- Super OCD: Maybe not as bad as Twilight, but clearly becomes uncomfortable with going off the schedule. At one point, he is forced to leave Luna alone when he realizes he has the wrong color of highlighter for an upcoming meeting.
Debut: Micro Series #10: Luna
An opossum that Luna adopts as her pet.
IDW Background Ponies
Like the show, the comics have their own stable of incidental characters (fan-favorites from the show still show up, of course). Since the artists draw them individually on the spot instead of pulling them out of a Flash Library, there's actually quite a bit of variety, though most of them are just Shout-Outs.
For Sweet C
ream Scoops, Sugar Grape, Cherry Spices, Barber Groomsby, Tealove, and Bumblesweet, see the Toyline Exclusive page
- The Cameo: See every other trope in this entry.
- Captain Ersatz: Quite a few of them are Pony versions of characters from... anything and everything.
- Creator Cameo:
- An Earth pony version of artist Andy Price appears, accompanied by a unicorn version of his wife Alice, and by their cats Sam, Spooky, Tabitha, Boris, Bela, and Mina.
- A unicorn version of writer Katie Cook appears, later accompanied by a mule version of her husband Ryan.
- Sibsy's variant cover for the Rainbow Dash issue of the Micro-Series has the Original Character of her then-coworker on the show Raven Molisee (Snowdrop), as well as her then-current boyfriend (and popular fan-musician) Andy "MandoPony" Stein.
- Sibsy's OC Wild Fire pops up in the background now and then.
- Expy: See Lawyer-Friendly Cameo below.
- Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: A Pegasus mare described by artist Andy Price as "a shout-out to original MLP Firefly from the ponies 'established 1982'" appears. The page doesn't show her eye color, but her coat color, mane and tail color, cutie mark, and tail bow all match G1 Firefly's. If it really is G4 Firefly, this marks her first appearance in a My Little Pony work since The Eighties!note
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Since the bases of the Captain Ersatz ponies mentioned above were played by live-action actors, they're also partly modeled after Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Tom Selleck, Donald Sutherland, and Jason Lee, respectively.
- Andy Price's Applejack variant cover for Issue #1, has Vinyl Scratch in the background. In her record collection? "The Hoof Beats".
- Recurring Extra: Andy Price, the massive Fringe fan that he is, has made sure to slip in an "Observer" pony in every issue he's worked on thus far.
- Unknown Character: Everything we know about Applejack's great uncle Honeycrisp is that he was a lumberjack. He was only mentioned once in Issue #3.
Characters from storybooks
A Wicked Witch
that used an an amulet to drain the love from the Earth Pony village that adopted Cadance. Cadance confronted and defeated her with The Power of Love
- Artifact of Doom: The source of her power was an amulet similar to the Alicorn Amulet.
- The Ghost: Is only mentioned in a flashback and does not make any sort of present day appearance in the book.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She lived alone and was jealous of the nearby earth pony village for the love they had for each other.
- Hate Plague: Caused one for the earth pony village nearby.
Debut: My Little Pony: Under The Sparkling Sea
Princess Celestia's cousin, ruler of the underwater city of Aquastria from picture book Under the Sparkling Sea
- All There in the Manual: The dust jacket of the Under The Sparkling Sea book mentions that both Princess Celestia and King Leo sit on the "Cosmic Council", but this isn't elaborated on anywhere.
- Mix-and-Match Critter: King Leo is a Mer-lion. A lion-like head and a fish-like body. How he's related to Celestia isn't known.
- Stellar Name: Given his cousins' connection with certain Luminaries, someone had the Western Zodiac in mind when writing the story.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Allows Rainbow Dash to take Arrow's place after he tears his fin.
Coral and Arrow
Debut: My Little Pony: Under The Sparkling Sea
A sister and brother pair of seaponies.
Debut: My Little Pony: Under The Sparkling Sea
The fastest Mer-Mare in the Sparkling Sea. At first she was cold towards the Equestrian Ponies and Spike, but later on she warmed up to them, especially Rainbow Dash
Debut: My Little Pony: Under The Sparkling Sea
A bashful Narwhal who lives in the Seagrass beds of Aquastria. He is friends with the sea creatures there and was befriended by Twilight, Spike and Fluttershy.
- Big Damn Heroes: He manages to save Arrow with his horn as the hapless sea pony was about to get sucked into a whirlpool after tearing his fin.
- Friend to All Living Things: He's almost the Aquastrian equivalent of Fluttershy.
- Shrinking Violet: Although he is a bit quicker to come out of his shell.
Creatures of the Sparkling Sea
Debut: My Little Pony: Under The Sparkling Sea
The Sparkling Sea is home to some unusual lifeforms. They resemble a cross between a land animal and a sea animal
- Giant Flyer: The Manta-hawks. They serve as transport to the Sparkling Sea. Though they're more like giant swimmers.
- Bunnies for Cuteness: Sort of. The Crabbit is a mixture of a rabbit and a crab.
- Fantastic Foxes: The Fox-fin.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Nearly all of the named creatures. Manta-hawks (manta ray and hawk), Crabbits (crab and rabbit), Jellyflies (jellyfish and butterfly) and Star-mice (sea stars and mice).
- Our Mermaids Are Different: The Water-Weasel looks like a weasel with a fish-like body. The Fox-Fin is a fish with a fox-like head.
Braze is a villainous zebra who tries to steal the Half-Gilded Horseshoe from Rainbow Dash.
A unicorn new to the fashion world who is apprenticing under Rarity's tutelage. Idolized Rarity to the point where she starts to imitate her.
- Does Not Like Spam: She detests Bedazzle berry tarts, but she hides that fact from Rarity, since Rarity loves them. Rarity is quick to figure this out.
- Fangirl: A huge one of Rarity who takes it too far.
- Identical Stranger: Charity happens to look a lot like Rarity, save for having a mint green mane. Even her cutie mark appears to be very similar to Rarity's (three blue gems shaped like hearts instead of diamonds). It reaches the point where, after dying her mane, she gets mistaken for Rarity when she delivers Rarity's chorus outfits.
- Irritation Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery: She already looks similar to Rarity and is a huge fan, but she takes it further throughout the course of the book, dying her hair and trying to mimic Rarity's speech patterns.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Rarity has to give her errands just so she can actually get some breathing room for a change.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Inverted. While she loves fashion and, in general, likes many of the same things Rarity does, she also has a tomboyish side, wanting to join Rainbow Dash in a cannon ball contest and wanting to learn how to apple buck from Applejack (and got the hang of it pretty quickly, according to Applejack). However, she tries to hide this side so she can impress Rarity.
There have been several short stories & comics found in various little girls' magazines. They all use copy-and-paste stock art and the writing, to put it lightly, is not up to the same standards as the show & IDW comics. Their canonical relevance is debatable and next to nothing, but for the sake of completion here are the characters that appear exclusively in them.
From No Way Too Far
A stallion appears in one (Scanlated
as No Way Too Far
) from Panini's German My Little Pony
- Palette Swap: He's a recolor of Big Macintosh, to the point of wearing a recolor of Big Mac's horse collar.
From Apple Blooms großes Abenteuer
Four Pegasi appear in Apple Blooms großes Abenteuer
as Apple Bloom's Big Adventure
) from Panini's German My Little Pony
From A Bright Idea
Eight mares appear in one (Scanlated
as A Bright Idea
) from Panini's German My Little Pony
From Les surprises de l'amitié
Two unicorn mares appear in Les surprises de l'amitié
from Panini's French and German My Little Pony
A four-year-old cousin of Princess Celestia's (and presumably Princess Luna's) who appears in one from Panini's French My Little Pony
- Ambiguous Gender: Appears to be female but has a male name. Is the only Alicorn we've seen with visible hooves and is either one of the few female ponies with visible hooves or one of the few male Pegasus unicorns.
- Artistic Age: Is a Rainbow Dash Palette Swap despite being so young.
- Palette Swap: Of Rainbow Dash with a horn.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: Basically looks like Prince Blueblood as a Pegasus unicorn Palette Swap of Rainbow Dash. Léon and Blueblood even have the same cutie mark!
- Winged Unicorn: He's an alicorn.