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
that show up here and there.
Again, the main source of Expanded Universe
canon is currently IDW's comic books
, so it's 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.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Given the fate of the library after Tirek destroyed it, it's a big question whether he survived or not.
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.
Debut: My Little Pony Friends Forever #8 (Cameo), My Little Pony Friendship is Magic # 25
A nasty bull cattle rustler whose trying to take over Canter Creek and it's pepper ranch after the original owner, Chili Pepper, suddenly goes missing.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He and his crew show up in the Friends Forever series trying to rob Applejack and Rarity's carriage before showing up in the main comic series proper. They even lampshade it when they see the two again.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: He can be set off rather easily.
- Made of Iron: When he comes into Canter Creek after Twilight has set a trap for him. He sets them all off but is entirely unfazed and just plows through them.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Rather then take the ranch by force, he actually tries to do it the legal way and just wait out the deadline while making a camp near the property. Granted he still terrorizes the Canter Creek residents, but only as a way so they won't fight back against him before the deadline hits.
- Surrounded by Idiots: His posse aren't quite as mean as he is and he usually has to get them back on task when they're distracted.
- Top-Heavy Guy: From a design standpoint when he stands on two legs.
- Villainous Breakdown: Has one when he realizes he can't legally own the Chili Pepper's ranch anymore after the Mane 6 stall him long enough to get the ranch registered as a national landmark.
- Would Hit a Girl: As Rarity and Applejack found out the hard way.
Debut: My Little Pony Friendship is Magic # 25
The current Sheriff of Canter Creek
- Determinator For the most part, he has been holding off Longhorn before the Mane 6 show up but not without damage to the town.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice
- Nice Hat: Even lampshaded when Rarity, going googly eyed on first site of him ask where he got it. AJ dryly responds it's the same as hers.
- 10-Minute Retirement: Combined with Heroic BSOD, after Twilight's plan fails, he all but gives up. But upon hearing AJ's plan in the next issue, he eventually returns to help and takes back his post once everything said and done.
Debut: My Little Pony Friendship is Magic # 27
A tribe of deer that live in the Thicket, a kingdom hidden at the heart of the Everfree Forest. They are led by King Aspen. Other deer include the king's son Bramble, and an older deer named Blackthorn.
- Berserk Button: Destroying the forest or trees in general for both. Bramble raises a major fuss when the Mane 6 knock down a tree to cross a gorge. And King Aspen nearly doesn't bother to talk to the Mane 6 when they get to his kingdom just on account of being ponies.
- Can't Argue with Elves: Ponies can barely get a word in whenever the deer speak.
- Expy: They're essentially Tolkien elves as deer.
- Hypocrite: They argue of Well-To-Do lumbering operation destroying the forest yet see no problem in using their magic to send out vines to pony settlements that have nothing to do with the conflict.
- Fantastic Racism: Not very fond of ponies.
- The Fair Folk: The Equestrian equivalent of elves. And just like elves in most media, they have a very low opinion of other species.
- The Marvelous Deer: King Aspen.
- Meaningful Name: They're all named after different types of trees.
- Our Elves Are Better: They're deer. And they're adorable!
- Poor Communication Kills: King Aspen communicates with Celestia through messenger birds. When Well-To-Do starts his construction, Celestia suddenly stops replying. This leads King Aspen to believe Celestia either sided with Well-To-Do, or simply doesn't care. Ironically the reason she can't respond is because his vines have ensnared both Luna and her, preventing her from doing so.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Blackthron is a least a lot more tolerable to deal with then his younger brother and father.
- Strawman Has a Point: While the anger could've been handled better especially when Twilight apologized for it, Bramble does make a point that the trees are homes to some of the woodland critter.
- Wrong Context Magic: Twilight is shocked that the deer are able to conjure magic with their potions. Blackthorn criticizes her for thinking only ponies are capable of using Equestrian magic, and compares their methods of magic to those of zebras.
Debut: My Little Pony Friendship is Magic # 27
A minotaur who's cutting down a chunk of the Everfree Forest for an amusement part.
"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. Has since appeared in other comics as a general royal aide to the princesses.
- Beleaguered Assistant: Takes on this role to Luna, trying to keep her on-task and on-time as Luna grows increasingly bored and distracted by the duties she's attending. Presumably he averts it with the more serious and responsible Celestia.
- Meaningful Name: "kibitz" is a verb that has two meanings: to give unhelpful and/or unwanted advice, and to informally chat and gossip. The former certainly fits his role while he's helping Luna, the latter ends up being more ironic since he's incredibly formal and stuffy.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Per Word of God, part of Kibitz's personality is based on Tim Gunn.
- Straight Man: Remains steadfast in his duties no matter how reckless 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.
- Trickster Mentor: Comes off this way at the end of the Luna Mirco story when Celestia teases that he could've went easier on Luna. He counters that a princess has to be ready for any type of responsibility thrown at them. Sure enough, this did indeed come into play during the "Reflections" arc when Luna had to take over for Celestia when she went missing.
Debut: Micro Series #10: Luna
An opossum that Luna adopts as her pet.
Debut: Friends Forever #1
One of the competitors in the desert making contest Pinkie enters into in order to re-open her restaurant.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: More friendly version of this, she catches on Pinkie and AJ are trying to deliberately lose so she can win. She requests however they do it fair and square in the spirit of competition.
Debut: Friends Forever #1
A very competitive pony who is denied entry into the desert-making contest when Applejack accidentally takes her spot.
- Disproportionate Retribution: After being denied entry into the contest, she comes back with a frosting projecting gun intend on freezing everyone in frosting.
- In the Hood: Introduced wearing a red hood. Though it could be the curtain that AJ ran into while trying to deliver Granny Smith's pie.
- Mistaken For An Impostor: She keep trying to claim she's the real Marine Sandwich but is constantly thrown out of the building each time.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Pinkie and Truffle beat her by jamming her frosting gun, causing it to overload and explode frosting onto her.
Equestria Super Chef Contestants and Judges
Debut: Friends Forever #1
Pretty much what it say. The other contestants of the competitions: Summer Van Der Hoof and Blade Sparxx. As well as the judges which include a griffon named Vermouth Roux, a buffalo name Big Angie and an unnamed pony.
- The Big Guy: Angie who even shields her fellow judges when Marine attacks the competition.
- Expy: Blade Sparxx is pretty much Guy Fieri. While the judges are obviously Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and a female version of Randy Jackson.
- No Name Given: The pony judge.
- Playing with Fire: Blade Sparxx solution to cooking, add more fire! It comes in handy when Pinkie and Tuffle need a light for Pinkie's party canon against Marine.
- The Fashionista: Summer who basically cooks what "exclusive" to her which is basically what's popular. It winds up backfiring when the final round they're told to present their favorite dessert and she has a breakdown because she doesn't really have one.
Loop De Loop
Debut: Friends Forever #11: Rainbow Dash and Spitfire
A filly at Junior Flyers Camp who Rainbow Dash takes a particular liking to.
- Motor Mouth: She talks so much that her speech balloons have a noticeably smaller font than anyone else's.
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.
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- 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.