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Characters: Friendship Is Magic: Fluttershy

"Sometimes we all just need to be shown a little kindness."

Voiced by: Andrea Libman, Blu Mankuma (Season 1, Episode 9, "Bridle Gossip"), Alvin Sanders (speaking) and Marcus Mosely (singing) (Season 4, episode 14, "Filli Vanilli" )

A Pegasus from Cloudsdale who is just as shy as her name suggests. Gentle and kind, she has a natural way with animals but has trouble dealing with other ponies due to her Shrinking Violet nature. Still, don't even think about hurting her friends.

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  • Acrophobic Pegasus: In early episodes Fluttershy was afraid of heights despite having the ability to fly. Said fear of heights also appears in flashbacks to her childhood. Justified, as she's noted in-universe as being a weak flier under normal circumstances (though she's demonstrated that she's actually capable of being much stronger when pushed).
  • Adorkable: All you have to do is express interest in wanting a pet and she's all over you with a menagerie of animals to offer up as potentials.
  • All-Loving Hero: When you're the Element of Kindness, it comes with the package. She's willing to give everyone the benefit of the doubt, up to and including Discord.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: It's well-established that Fluttershy was bullied while growing up in Cloudsdale. The only pegasus that ever stood up for her, much less befriended her, was Rainbow Dash. This led to her Performance Anxiety; she's far more comfortable amongst her animal friends, and can only show off her true skills before other ponies when danger is imminent.
  • Apologizes a Lot: It's like she was brought up in a culture where apologizing is the social grace for everything you ever do.
    Rarity: (exasperated) Oh, what now?!
    Fluttershy: (completely sincere) Oh, sorry. I thought the "Open" sign meant you were open, but I must have been mistaken.
  • Badass: The thing involving a dragon that Rainbow Dash did to earn her Badass cred?, Fluttershy topped that in the same episode.
    • Badass Adorable: THE ultimate cute pony. Second to none and the definition of the trope for this series.
    • Badass Pacifist: Don't let her timid demeanor fool you: If you upset her enough to spur her into action, she will kick your ass and she won't have to resort to violence to do it.
      • She stares and talks down a dragon and then a cockatrice that was in the process of petrifying her to protect her friends from harm.
      • She calms down Cerbeus when it invades Ponyville by giving it a belly rub. That's right, the guardian of the underworld is no match for Fluttershy. Granted, Cerbeus is domesticated, but she was also the only pony in town not the least bit terrified of him.
      • In the second part of "A Canterlot Wedding", she joins the other Mane Cast in fighting off an army of foes, despite her visible trepidation in doing so. Yet she holds her own by faking out the enemy and using her shyness to cause one to trip up.
      • She reformed Discord by being nice to him and then threatening to withhold her friendship.
    • Submissive Badass: She isn't one to argue with anyone and will mostly comply with her friends' wishes despite her hesitance, but she'll get the job done regardless.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: She's as beautiful as she is kind.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Animals running from her and not wanting to be her friend will send her off the deep end.
    • Threatening her friends isn't a good idea.
    • Threatening colts or fillies in front of her is an even worse idea.
    • In "The Return of Harmony - Part 2", the idea of Discord emerging triumphant is enough incentive for Fluttershy to stop crying and push herself to her physical limits while the ponies are chasing Rainbow Dash.
      Twilight Sparkle: If you can't catch her, Discord wins!
      Fluttershy: That. Big. Dumb. MEANIE!
    • Fluttershy also really loathes bullies, which makes sense when you consider what her childhood was like. The Mane-iac learns this the hard way at the end of "Power Ponies".
    Fluttershy: Are you kidding me!? I mean, I know you're evil and everything but you'd hurt a teensy, little, harmless firefly!? REALLY!? Well you're just a great...big...MEANIE! THERE! I SAID IT! WHAT MAKES YOU THINK YOU'RE SO SPECIAL!? LIKE THE RULES OF COMMON COURTESY DON'T APPLY TO YOU!? WHY DON'T YOU TRY PICKING ON SOMEPONY YOUR OWN SIZE!? (unleashes an angry *ROAR*)
  • Beware the Nice/Quiet Ones: She hardly ever gets angry but when she does...
    • In "Dragonshy", despite being terrified of facing a full-grown dragon, she suddenly develops the wherewithal to make said dragon back down and even whimper after seeing what it's done to her friends.
    • From Fluttershy's character video: "But don't be fooled. Although she is timid, she is a determined pony with admirable strength. She always defends those who are treated unfairly."
    • The "admirable strength" part of that description was played with hilariously in "Lesson Zero". Twilight tries to see if Fluttershy is having one of her Cowardly Lion moments only to find her beating the crap out of a bear three times her size and then killing it by snapping its neck. (She was really giving the bear a chiropractic session.) Twilight and the audience no doubt shared a moment of shock.
    • Pushed to its logical extreme at the Grand Galloping Gala. Like Pinkie, she doesn't take rejection well.
    • Brought up once again in "Putting Your Hoof Down", where it becomes downright terrifying.
    • There's "Magic Duel", which sees her eerily threatening Twilight if one of her spells screws up on any of the Pegasus' animal friends.
    • In "The Crystal Empire", when the Crystal Ponies ignore her, Fluttershy reveals an absolutely chilling Kubrick Stare!
    • In "Power Ponies", she basically acquires the same power set and trigger as The Incredible Hulk. Don't make her angry. You wouldn't like her when she's angry.
  • Brutal Honesty:
    • In "The Ticket Master" and "Suited for Success", if somewhat obliviously.
    • She gives a scathing speech to Pinkie Pie and Rarity in "Putting Your Hoof Down" in regards to their chosen careers.
  • Character Development: A subtle one but post-Discord corruption and throughout Season 2, she becomes more assertive and willing to get physical. Of note, she did a Limit Break while dragging a hot-air balloon, the bear wrestling sequence, shouting loudly and engaged in an off-screen tussle with Twilight, dragging Rainbow Dash off to her house, and becoming a valid target for RD's cake prank, as well as participating in its retaliation.
  • Chewing the Scenery: Even she has her moments of this. "You're... going to LOVE ME!!!!!"
  • Cowardly Lioness: She's usually a pushover, terrified of danger, and happily admits to being "weak and helpless", but get her protectively angry and her willpower multiplies by a factor of a million.
  • Cute and Psycho: Normally a sweet and gentle pony, but when she gets pushed to her limits, she's scary.
    • As seen in "Best Night Ever",
    • She also has severe anxiety issues due to being bullied as a foal, as can be seen here.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Noticing Spike helps draw her out of her shell when she first meets Twilight. In a flashback, landing on the ground for the first time and seeing all the cuddly animals is enough to make her burst into song.
  • The Cutie: Most fans believe not loving Fluttershy borders on some sort of criminal act. She provides the page image.
    • Justified further by "Hurricane Fluttershy", a by-the-book Break the Cutie Fluttershy episode.
  • Determinator: When it comes to helping others whom she cares for, she'll do whatever it takes to make them happy.
    • This is proven in the episode "Best Night Ever". She WILL make all of the animals love her, one way or another.
    • She will not let "That...big...dumb...MEANIE!!", a.k.a. Discord, win , even if it means having to outfly Rainbow Dash (who from what we've seen so far is the fastest flyer in the country) while towing two other ponies in a hot-air balloon.
    • She stares down a cockatrice that is using its gaze attack to turn her to stone and it works!
  • The Eeyore: When her self esteem is at its worst. Granted it sometimes laps over, to the point she's so insistent on how pathetic she is, she's outright gleefully nonchalant about it!
  • Era-Specific Personality: G4 Fluttershy is very shy. G3 Fluttershy was an earth pony and a shutterfly, basically making her an earlier Photo Finish. Let that simmer for a moment.
  • Extreme Doormat: Given her shy personality, she is naturally passive and unassertive a lot of the time.
    • Lampshaded, parodied and called by name in "Putting Your Hoof Down". The whole episode is about Fluttershy becoming more assertive.
  • The Face: For non-ponies only. Otherwise she's a Shrinking Violet. For example, in "Dragonshy", Twilight's plan for dealing with a dragon boils down to: 1.) Escort Fluttershy to the dragon's cave and 2.) have her talk with it.
  • Flat Joy: Her cheering in "Sonic Rainboom" is spirited and heartfelt, but done so softly it's hard to tell until Rainbow Dash pulls off the stunt.
    Fluttershy: (breathes in heavily) Yayyy.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic: introverted, compassionate and docile.
  • Fragile Flower: As a filly she was even more vulnerable then she is in the pilot. It didn't take much to hurt her feelings or make her cry. That's why Pinkie gave her prank immunity. As explained in Character Development, she is growing out of it.
  • Friendless Background: Her life in Cloudsdale wasn't a happy one. The only friend she had alongside her is Rainbow Dash, until the day when she meets the animals.
  • Friend or Idol Decision: Inverted during "Green Is Not Your Color" as Fluttershy accepts becoming a famous model (which turns her life into a living hell) because she thinks that Rarity will feel sad if she refuses to do so.
  • Friend to All Living Things: She takes this trope literally; she loves the ugly or mean creatures just as much as the nice cute little critters.
    • Friend to Bugs: Yes; even them. Perhaps especially them; she referred to a Parasprite as "the cutest thing ever." During "May the Best Pet Win!", she suggested several bugs as potential pets, including a cricket, a ladybug, a monarch butterfly and a wasp. Her cutie mark is butterflies, which is about as close to having "friend to bugs" literally written all over her as a pony can get.
    • "Keep Calm and Flutter On" takes this trope Up to Eleven by having her befriend and reform Discord! Yes, the Master of Chaos and Disharmony is no match for the power of Fluttershy's kindness. Well played, Fluttershy. Well played.
    • The only exceptions are adult dragons, whom she's afraid of, but even then she'll comfort them when they stop acting hostile.
    • Inverted in the episode "The Best Night Ever", when the animals she tries to interact with run away from her instead.
  • Gollum Made Me Do It: In "Putting Your Hoof Down", Fluttershy referring to 'Old' Fluttershy and 'New' Fluttershy has very strong echoes of this.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Iron Will's assertiveness training seminar was unfortunately a little too effective on Fluttershy; she turns into a jerkass. After driving her friends to tears she tones down the aggressioon while keeping the confidence.
  • The Heart: This is her Element of Harmony; kindness.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Her self-esteem is so crappy that, despite her heroic deeds in Season 1, when Discord tries to break her by convincing her that her friends consider her weak and useless, she agrees with everything he says!
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Fluttershy has quite the eye for sewing and fashion trends, which she demonstrates in "Suited for Success" to Rarity's shock.
    • Her micro comic also shows her to be very artistic, creating fabric sculptures with deep meaning behind them. Occasionally when talking about other technical subjects Fluttershy has a tendency to launch into very pretentious Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness filled explanations, complete with snobbish expressions and a upturned nose. She displays no signs of this anywhere else.
    • Spends most of Season 1 having her flying capabilities made out to be of poor compared to most other Pegasus Ponies. Then in the second part of "The Return of Harmony", we find out she's able to come close to matching Rainbow Dash in speed when she has to. While Rainbow Dash was carrying two dead weight ponies, she was towing two deadweight ponies and a hot air balloon...imagine her speed unladen.
  • Honor Before Reason/I Gave My Word: Averted in "Keep Calm And Flutter On", when Fluttershy refuses to use her element of harmony to stop Discord from ruining Sweet Apple Acres because she promised she wouldn't use it against him beforehand, even though she's genuinely mad at him for breaking his promise to fix everything. This action is a key point considering that it allows Discord to see that Fluttershy's friendship was something worth keeping and chooses to fix Sweet Apple Acres of his own accord.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: In the two-parter episode, "The Return Of Harmony", she is the only one who doesn't fall to Discord's attempt to break her by talking. A frustrated Discord finally resorts to "brute force" Brainwashing.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Similar to Pinkie, Fluttershy almost never means harm, but some of her polite remarks can come out cynical or belittling in a particular light, especially due to her occasionally poor social skills.
    • Her everyone-will-be-watching speech to Rainbow Dash in "Sonic Rainboom" was partially what drove Rainbow Dash into a panic attack complete with Troubled Fetal Position.
  • Ironic Fear: She's afraid of… a lot of things, but since she's a Pegasus, the one that fits here is her fear of heights.
  • Karmic Protection: Like Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy's shyness tends to excuse her from her more Jerkass moments, although it doesn't always apply. Granted the fact she is a Butt Monkey in every other area makes it excuseable.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: It comes with the territory considering that she's a Friend to All Living Things. Rarity's cat Opal would agree.
    • Lampshaded by Rarity, to whom Opal has not taken a liking.
      "Well, you should have a picture of Opal as a cutie mark instead of those butterflies."
  • Knight Templar: A mild case when it comes to protecting her animal friends as she threatened and intimidated Twilight Sparkle during her routine with them in "Magic Duel".
  • Let's Get Dangerous: At least two examples.
    • In "Dragonshy"see her confrontation with the dragon and In "The Stare Master" when her talking down the cockatrice.
    • In "The Return of Harmony - Part 2" See the change from "I just can't go any faster (tears)" to "I won't let that big meanie win! (zoom)"
    • She has more subtle moments as well. In "A Dog and Pony Show" she throws off the attacking Dig Dogs just as effectively as the others and in "Princess Twilight Sparkle" she pulls off some surprising aerial agility to outmaneuver some dangerous plants.
  • Lovable Coward: She can get dangerous when the time calls for it but most of the time she is scared of her own shadow, and downright adorable because of it.
  • Mama Bear:
    • She defeats a cockatrice to protect the Cutie Mark Crusaders.
    • Also towards her friends. She's willing to stand up to a full grown dragon (which she has justified fear of) when it hurt her friends.
  • The Matchmaker: Of a not-romantic type. One of the few things that will elicit an enthusiastic and energetic response from her is that you want a pet. When Rainbow Dash suggested she might eventually want a pet, Fluttershy proceeded to drag Dash off to her cottage so she could introduce her to the various and sundry animals she's caring for at the moment.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Yes, really. For some reason, the writers/animators appear to see her as a chance to employ subtle, Betty Boop -esque innuendo, particularly in "The Super-Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000" and "Hurricane Fluttershy".
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Her reaction to making Rarity and Pinkie Pie cry after she takes her assertiveness training too far.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Is just about the only pegasus on the show who isn't in some way boastful or arrogant.
  • Nice Girl: While still not completely immune to Jerkass Ball moments, she is the most consistently sweet natured of the mane cast.
  • Not Afraid To Petrify: She defeats a cockatrice as it's actively turning her to stone to save the Cutie Mark Crusaders.
  • Not so Above It All: While she is the most incorruptably nice pony of the lot, she can't be perfect and does have occasional moments of weakness that are neither from pressure or enforced acts against character (she shares the other ponies' initial hostility to Zecora for example, and also is one of the culprits in eating the Cakes entry for the National Dessert Competition). In most cases she is apologetic afterwards.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: When Fluttershy confuses meanness with assertiveness in Putting Your Hoof Down, one of the first sign she's about to go off the rails (compared to previous cases of assertiveness/meanness where it was justified) is that she starts using her wings more often at ground level. Usually Fluttershy only flew either because she really needed to or because Rainbow Dash had conscripted her.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: She turned into a fruit-vampire in, "Bats," and also she didn't become 100% pony again, so there's a little fruit-vampire in her.
  • Performance Anxiety: Spelled out in full in "Hurricane Fluttershy" - She can show great flying if it's an emergency, but put her in front of an audience, and she can barely fly. It has to do with her being bullied as a filly.
    • Best displayed in "The Return of Harmony - Part 2" wherein she manages to catch Rainbow Dash while towing a laden hot air balloon (Dash was going full speed, for the record).
  • Personality Powers: She bears the Element of Kindness, and she has a kind, gentle personality, which is sometimes to her detriment and sometimes to her advantage.
  • Plucky Girl: A stubborn kindness, this one. While she may not be smiling she'll keep her spirits up.
  • The Quiet One: She rarely talks due to shyness and when she did it was so soft others had difficulty hearing her anyways. She grows in confidence and volume over the series.
  • Reluctant Fanservice Girl: It's evident during the events of "Green Isn't Your Color", when she admits she is miserable about all the unwanted attention Photo Finish's attempt at making her a supermodel has brought upon her.
  • Remembered I Could Fly: Now and then.
    • Fluttershy is so terrified in "Dragonshy" that she initially forgets that she can fly instead of climb...and then after an ill-timed snore from the dragon, she is so scared her wings totally lock up, rendering her unable to fly.
    • In "Wonderbolts Academy" she joins the others in panicking when they fall through the air after their hot air balloon is destroyed and they need to be rescued. Afterward she sheepishly remembers that she could've flown to safety.
  • Shrinking Violet: In the pilot she was so shy she couldn't introduce herself to Twilight. Instead she looked downcast, stepped backwards and whispered almost incoherently. Again, she's growing out of it.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Definitely fits the character type; humble, loyal, wise, nurturing, etc. but with a clear touch of iron.
  • The So-Called Coward: She seems like a major scaredy pony right up until someone threatens her friends, at which point, she will become absolutely terrifying.
  • Socially Awkward Heroine: VERY shy, yet still bold in standing up to creatures several times her size.
  • Technical Pacifist: Even though she's very polite and kind, she still smashes Mane-iac's hairdryer weapon to bits in Power Ponies, cementing her as this trope.
  • This Means War!: When she gets mad at someone, you know they've crossed the line and are in trouble now.
    • Taken Up to Eleven in "Putting Your Hoof Down", when she makes a vendetta out of the smallest things, such as the mailman accidentally mixing up her mail with someone else's.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In "Putting Your Hoof Down", she made Pinkie Pie and Rarity Cry. Thankfully, she loses the level quickly.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Rainbow Dash. She's been shown on occasion to do things she normally wouldn't even consider doing just for the sake of Rainbow Dash's happiness, like competing in a national athletics competition or even taking an extended stay away from Ponyville just so Rainbow Dash can complete her Daring Do collection.
  • Unstoppable Rage:
    • In "The Best Night Ever", she threw temper tantrums when the animals refuse to talk to her and then came the stampede in the palace as the animals ran away from her. She screams out that they're going to love her.
    • In "Putting Your Hoof Down" she'd had enough of her neighbors unfair treatment and went to town on them.
    • In "Power Ponies" she literally hulks out after the villain hurts a firefly.
  • Why Did It Have To Be Dragons?: She isn't scared of young dragons like Spike, but is terrified of adult dragons. Someone who is NOT afarid of colossal, territorial, fire-breathing winged lizard whose species isn't known for being friendly towards other species would be called a Fearless Fool.

  • Color-Coded Characters / Color Motif: She's timid and gets afraid very easily, so naturally, she's yellow.
  • Cute Little Fangs: When she becomes a vampire pony. She keeps them, albeit not as pronounced, after the transformation is reversed.
  • Feather Fingers: Briefly displayed that pegasi can use their wings as hands, at least when it comes to opening saddlebags.
  • Good Wings, Evil Wings: She doesn't become evil, but she does have bat wings as a vampire pony.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: The most kind hearted and caring and yes, innocent, of the Mane Six.
  • Long Manes Are Feminine: Pretty, pink, and long enough to hide behind. From certain angles her locks even appear to frame her face in a heart.
  • Non-Standard Character Design:
    • She is the only one of the Mane 6 - and pretty much of all pony characters on the show - with a unique, Tareme Eyes design.
    • In "Cutie Mark Chronicles", we see Fluttershy as a filly and she's noticeably taller and ganglier than her peers. She was older than the other foals we saw in her flashback and this supported by her statement that she's one year older than Pinkie Pie.) Her thinner legs and overall shape mimic the body style of the first generation's Flutter Ponies which had butterfly-style wings. Mythology Gag?
    • Adult Fluttershy shows as well two subtle design differences compared with her friends. One, she is the only character who flaps her wings while she's running and two, she might be the only left-handed character seen in the cartoon (she's seen opening her bag with her left wing and wields a lance on her left).
  • Older than They Look: In the fifth episode, she reveals that she is a year older than Pinkie Pie but her sweet and innocent nature makes her appear a lot younger than most other ponies. See Non-Standard Character Design above for her filly appearance that coincides with this.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: When she was a filly for the extra shyness.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Her mane and tail.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: As of (at least) season 4, she's not above using them to get her way. For example, during "Filli Vanilli", when convincing Big Mac to let her do his voice one last time she puts these on, as well as doing the same alongside Rainbow Dash when trying to convince a trader to go back to his stall during "Trade Ya", though this time it fails to get the intended effect.
  • Rapunzel Mane: Besides maybe Rarity, she has the longest hair out of the main characters and her tail is the only one out of the Mane Six that trails on the ground. This is lampshaded in "Ponyville Confidential", when Gabby Gums accuses her of having tail extensions.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Has red irises as a vampire pony.
  • Rose-Maned Mare: Of a less saturated variety than Pinkie, representing a less intense and more gentle personality.
  • Tareme Eyes: Very noticeable when compared to the others and she is significantly sweeter and more gentle.
  • Twitchy Eye: Seen when she becomes increasingly unhinged in "The Best Night Ever".
  • Vertebrate with Extra Limbs: She's a pegasus.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Almost all of her fully-molded toys and all of her collector cards depict her as a Palette Swap of Rainbow Dash.

  • The Beastmistress: She doesn't use it for combat; mostly organization, but when somepony was in danger she commanded a dragon and a cockatrice to concede and pacified Cerberus by giving him a belly rub.
  • Beyond the Impossible: She outstares a cockatrice, i.e. a creature that turns others to stone by staring at them. All while protecting three young fillies.
  • Death Glare: Yeah; you read that right. After three seasons the only creature that is not terrified out of their mind by "The Stare" is Discord. From unruly chickens to rude dragons, nothing else can withstand it.
    • There may be power behind this beyond just her stare and choice of words: in "Applebuck Season" she apparently harvests all the apples from one tree just by staring at it and, when staring down the cockatrice mentioned aboe, brought the rate of petrification (which is normally instantaneous, as shown when the chicken was petrified right before) to a crawl, before stopping it entirely.
    • Fan depictions of "The Stare" tend to be legitimately terrifying.
  • Fluffy Tamer: Forget Fluffynote , Fluttershy had the original Cerberus, guardian of The Underworld itself, rolling over to have his tummy rubbed in seconds. In the episode Trade Ya! she tames his brother Orthrus. If there's a rule, it might be that she likes and can tame mammalian monsters but not reptilian.
  • Forgot About Her Powers: Fluttershy is shown walking on the ground far more than other pegasi in the show, particularly compared to Rainbow Dash who rarely touches the ground.
    • In "Feeling Pinkie Keen" she and the others are being chased by the Hydra.
    • In "Putting Your Hoof Down", she kicks over a pair of carts driven by some rude ponies because they were blocking her way. Many fans were quick to point out how she could have just flown over them but this would defeat the 'be assertive' point of the episode. Flying over them is something Old Fluttershy would do.
    • It's also been shown in several episodes like "The Cutie Mark Chronicles" and "Hurricane Fluttershy" that she's very self-conscious about her flying ability, especially around other pegasi, who used to bully her about her apparent lack of flying talent.
    • Lampshaded in "Wonderbolt Academy", when she, along with the other Mane cast, are rescued from a mid-air fall by the pegasi cadets, she realizes that she could have flown and sheepishly blushes to her rescuer.
  • Guile Heroine: In "Keep Calm and Flutter On," she manages to manipulate Discord into reforming.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Her love and connection to animals (along with the Sonic Rainboom) are what help her find her Cutie Mark. This also gives her the desire to help and protect her friends no matter what. Her connection to animals also applies to mythical animals, effectively making her the one who calms down the giant rampaging beast kicking the rest of the mane cast's flanks.
  • Made of Iron: In "Rainbow Falls", she and Bulk Biceps crash into a mountainside Fluttershy-first with so much force that Bulk creates an indent. She is stuck on him when he flies out but looks not so much pained than surprised. She's perfectly fine in the following scenes.
  • The Medic: She is usually shown healing injured animals.
  • Nature Heroine: Being in tune with nature has saved the lives of her and her friends and the Cutie Mark Crusaders.
  • Not So Weak: Fluttershy is an adorable, cute little Pegasus who is literally afraid of her own shadow. However, despite what Discord and herself think, Fluttershy is a lot tougher than she looks, especially if you hurt her friends.
    • This is also the given reason why the Nightmare Force thinks she would make a terrible host.
    • While she doesn't consider herself much of a flier and has terrible performance anxiety, if properly motivated, she's more than capable of keeping up with Rainbow Dash.
  • The Power of Friendship: When she's alone and confronted by Gilda the Griffon, she's unable to defend herself and bullied into running away in tears but when her friends are in danger, she won't hesitate to risk herself to protect them.
  • Prehensile Tail: During "May The Best Pet Win", it's shown that her tail is strong enough for Angel to ride on it.
    • According to "Bats!", it's also strong enough for Fluttershy to wrap it around a tree branch and have her dangle from it.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Her special talent is communicating with (non-equine) animals on a different level than most ponies. She can also understand them literally. She treats the ones that don't rely on charades as Intelligible Unintelligible and once exclaimed in shock at what was apparently colorful language in beaver.
  • Staring Down Cthulhu: A dragon, and a cockatrice. You know, those things that turn you into stone via looking? There's a reason why she's the page picture.
  • Super Speed‎: Rarely exhibited, but Fluttershy has been shown to be capable of keeping up with Rainbow Dash, most notably in The Return of Harmony Part 2.
  • Talking The Monster Into Submission: She's done this on multiple occasions; a dragon, a cockatrice, Discord.

  • Childhood Friends: With Rainbow Dash. Most of their closeness as adults comes from being pegasi and Cloudsdale natives, but as children, it's unclear whether they even knew each other's names.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder/Morality Chain: The best way to describe her relationship with Discord. If "Princess Twilight" is any indication, she's the most able to reel him in and keep him on task when he threatens to go too far.
    • Has shades of this with Rainbow Dash as well, albeit in a more subtle, dual sided manner.
  • Defeat Means Friendship:
  • Friend to All Children: Proven when she takes care of the Cutie Mark Crusaders.
  • The Friends Who Never Hang: Is almost never seen interacting with Applejack, despite the show repeatedly showing that they're good friends.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Being sweet, kind and caring, (most of the time) Fluttershy represents the "light" half of this in comparison to Rarity.
  • The Load:
    • Seen as this in "Dragonshy". Awesomely defies it by being the one to convince the dragon to go away.
    • Discord tries to paint her this way in "The Return of Harmony". She frustrates him by politely agreeing.
  • A Mare And Her Bunny: Fluttershy is sometimes seen with Angel Bunny.
  • Morality Pet:
    • Ironically for her own pet Angel Bunny. This is averted in "Putting Your Hoof Down".
    • Seems to be acting as one for Rainbow Dash in Season 2, and for Discord in Season 3. She brings out the best in both of them.
  • The Millstone: In "Swarm of the Century" when she decides to keep one of the Parasprites after the ponies get rid of the first batch which starts the vicious cycle all over again.
  • Odd Friendship: She spends a lot of time with Rainbow Dash, with whom she has no interests in common. In fact, both of them dislike quite a lot of the other's interests, resulting in one them dragging the other along. Their closesness stems from the fact that they seem to have known each other since they were at flight camp, though the show has been vague about how well they knew each other back then.
    • Establishes one with Discord in Season 3; proof that Fluttershy can strike up a friendship with anyone given time and opportunity.
  • Parental Abandonment: Out of all of the mane six, she is the only one to never have had her parents shown or referenced in any fashion, either directly or indirectly.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: To the Cutie Mark Crusaders when she takes care of them.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Fluttershy's quiet, timid personality makes her 100% Blue Oni to all five of her friends.
  • Team Mom: Mainly towards animals. She houses them and feeds them and nurtures them. Also a Mama Bear in "The Stare Master".
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to her old friend Rainbow Dash's tomboy. This dynamic is best exemplified in "May The Best Pet Win" where Rainbow Dash explicitly states that she wants something that's cool and fast, but Fluttershy initially keeps suggesting creatures that are, as she herself puts it, "cutesy-wutesy."
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: As kind and patient as she attempts to be, nearly every last one of her friends has a tendency to exasperate or terrify her by accident. Her bond with Rainbow Dash is arguably the most abrasive (though also the closest).

  • Butt Monkey: She gets the short end of the stick a lot more often as of Season 3.
  • Children in Tow: There are scenes in both "Griffon the Brush-Off" and "The Cutie Mark Chronicles" where she is seen helping a mother duck lead its ducklings.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Much to her dismay in "Green Isn't Your Color" she has a lot of female fans.
  • Evil Laugh: She's got a pretty good one in "The Best Night Ever", after a night of unsuccessful attempts to befriend the palace animals.
  • Expy:
    • Of G1's Posey, sharing her coloring, mane style and elements of her personality.
    • She's also a lot like G3's Wisteria, who is also very shy and has an affinity for nature.
  • Go Ye Heroes, Go and Die: Tends to draw these, either as the sender or recipient. In "Sonic Rainboom," for example, while trying to help Rainbow get over her Performance Anxiety, she manages to put her in a full on breakdown, and in "Green isn't Your Color," Photo Finish gives her a speech like this simply to draw out her moe side, not caring that she was making Fluttershy miserable.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • She flutters and she's shy.
    • She has a particular place in her heart for butterflies. They're her cutie mark after all.
  • Moe: In-universe example. Photo Finish's entire campaign involves emphasizing this one aspect of Fluttershy.
    • In the Japanese dub Photo Finish actually calls her such at one point
  • Out of Focus: Mostly in the first half of the second season, although in general she appears less often than any of the other main 6 ponies.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Has a habit of doing this the few times she gets genuinely ticked off. This is normally a sign bad things are in store for the target.
    • "How DARE you!"
    • "You're... going to LOVE ME!"
    • "THAT...BIG...DUMB...MEANIE!!!"
    • "I....SAID...NO!!!"
    • "I'm Not...YOUR...FRIEND!!!"
    • " KIDDING ME?!!!"
  • Squee: Done adorably in "The Stare Master".
  • Vocal Dissonance: Like Pinkie (also voiced by Andrea Libman), her voice gets a lot deeper when she starts to cry, as heard in "Hurricane Fluttershy" and "Ponyville Confidential".
  • Vocal Evolution: Andrea Libman's voice for Fluttershy was initially much quieter and almost a perpetual whisper. In later seasons, the character has a lot more volume and enthusiasm, and even sounds a tad goofy.
  • The Voiceless: A small handful of episodes (so far, "Ponyville Confidential" and "A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2" have her appear prominently, but act even quieter than usual (which is saying a lot). There are even spots where you can tell she was supposed to have lines, but where she says nothing - the Pinkie voice must put a serious strain on Andrea.
  • Who Dares?: Right before her Talking the Monster to Death moment: "How DARE you!"
  • Waif Prophet: Shows a bit of this in her conversion of Discord, when she reveals that she understood from the start that he was trying to trick her, but instead got the upper hand by employing her Element (Kindness) as a weapon.
  • Your Answer to Everything: "Uh... panic?"

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