Characters: Friendship Is Magic: Mane Family Members
aka: Friendship Is Magic-Mane Family Members
Just because the Mane Six are True Companions
doesn't mean they don't have family that love them dearly. Quite a few direct family members have appeared in supporting roles or cameos.
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The Apple Family
The clan which Applejack belongs to. A huge herd that works several apple farms all across Equestria.
See The Cutie Mark Crusaders
for Apple Bloom, Applejack and Big Macintosh's younger sister.
Shared Family Tropes
- American Accents: All of them have Southern Drawls, to varying degrees. The exception would be the distantly-related Manehatten branch; the Oranges speak in a posh "Hamptons" accent and Babs Seed talks like she's from the Bronx.
- Badass Family: The main Apples for sure as well as their Appleloosa relatives.
- The Clan: Applejack's family is HUGE. All of them work in apple farms and they work together to maintain their family business. In special occasions they gather together in one of these farms to assist the local Apple family prepare for a celebration. In the first episode's case: The Summer Sun Celebration. In Season 3, it's a family reunion, which takes place once every hundred moons.
- Good Old Ways / Ludd Was Right: They prefer to make cider using simpler machines as opposed to the Flim-Flams' more powerful cider maker.
- Sibling Team: Applejack and her siblings often do the farm's chores in pairs, or all together as a team for harder, more exhausting stuff.
- Theme Naming: Almost all of their names are somehow related to apples or foods made from apples.
- We Are Song: The episode "Pinkie Apple Pie" features "Apples to the Core", where Applejack and her family sings about what a tightly knit unit they are, no matter what may come around to tear them apart.
"But still only one pony, and one pony plus hundreds of apple trees just doesn't add up."
Voiced by: Peter New
Big Macintosh is Applejack's older brother, a red earth pony with an orange mane and freckles. While most of the Apple clan live scattered around Equestria, he stays at Sweet Apple Acres with his sisters and Granny Smith.
- As cavity-inducing as it is, lovestruck Big Macintosh is pretty adorable.
- Human Big Mac has some pretty cute dancing skills; you can see them in the final crowd shot during the "Helping Twilight Get the Crown" song.
- Ascended Extra: Although he was a named recurring character from the very beginning, he never did much. Season 2 saw a large increase in his screentime to the point where he even got an episode centered around him (and Cheerilee). And he spoke.
- Audience Surrogate: At the end of "Lesson Zero", he gladly ran off with the Smartypants doll despite not being hypnotized. An adult male happily owning a toy intended for little girls. Sound familiar?
- Badass: See Charles Atlas Superpower below. Also the time he sent a lot of ponies flying.
- Badass Baritone: He has a very deep voice. He also knows how to use it as the Ponytones' bass.
- Berserk Button: Never, ever disrespect him or his relatives, even if you're related to him. Apple Bloom and her friends learned this the hard way in "Ponyville Confidential" when Big Mac discovers that the Cutie Mark Crusaders are Gabby Gums.
- The Big Guy: The biggest and strongest in the Apple Family.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: We see how tenderhearted he is almost as much as we see how strong and tough he is.
- Brutal Honesty: See Blunt Yes and Deadpan Snarker.
- Beware the Quiet Ones / Beware the Nice Ones: He gives a mighty "The Reason You Suck" Speech to the Cutie Mark Crusaders after finding out they were Gabby Gums. You can feel both the anger and disappointment in his voice when he's giving them their chewing out. Made even more relevant by the fact he's usually The Quiet One, so his scolding is significant in showing how far the CMC had screwed up.
- Catch Phrase: "Eeyup" and "Nope."
- Characterization Marches On: He didn't become The Quiet One until after "Applebuck Season".
- Charles Atlas Superpower: All that farm work over the years has made him into one of the physically strongest characters on the show. He can buck a tree with a tap of one hoof and provides most of the muscle when raising a barn. Taken Up to Eleven when he's under the influence of Love Potion (actually Love Poison). While Cheerilee was powered up enough to effortlessly smash through doors, Big Mac was strong enough to rip a two-story house out of its foundations without hardly missing a step. But for some reason he had trouble merely walking with a large cake on his back — although that may be more a matter of balance than strength....
- The Charmer / Chick Magnet: Unofficially, the fans love to paint him like this, but the episode "Luna Eclipsed" had a short scene where Big Macintosh was proudly pulling a cart with three young mares on it. Dialogue in "Hearts and Hooves Day" suggests that he's one of the most eligible bachelors in Ponyville. He's just shy. Issues 9 and 10 of the IDW comic has him attracting all sorts of attention, including from Luna. He's too busy looking for nails to even notice.
- Cool Big Bro: To Applejack and Apple Bloom.
- A Day in the Limelight:
- Deadpan Snarker: It's hard NOT to be this when most of your dialogue consists of "Eeyup."
I'll take a bite out of this job by day's end! Big Macintosh:
Biting off more than you can chew is just what I'm afraid of. Applejack:
Are you saying my mouth is making promises my legs can't keep? Big Macintosh: Eeyup
- Depending on the Artist: Occasionally his Cutie Mark includes four stars; it's normally sparkle-free, and a development image for the My Little Pony mobile game from Gameloft specifically states that "Stars are not part of Big Macintosh's cutie mark design."
- Does Not Know His Own Strength: Normally he does, as he clearly uses just a fraction of his strength to buck apples from a tree, but certain things can cause him to forget.
- Expy: A very weird case. First, he's based on the Big Brother ponies in G1, and his general design strongly resembles G3 Applejack, down to his coat color but minus the green mane and tail and checkered blanket.
- Fast Tunnelling: While he's corrupted during Discord's reign in "The Return of Harmony - Part 2". It's unknown if he's normally capable of it.
- Flanderization: In "Applebuck Season", his first speaking role, his dialogue was normal. Ever since, nearly every word out of his mouth has been either "Ee-yup" or "Nope", though he does get the occasional short line. In "Hearts and Hooves Day", a love potion causes him to say a fair amount of unbearably sappy dialogue. The same episode also sorta kinda justifies his usual silence by Apple Bloom saying he's shy. He eventually got some more dialogue in "Ponyville Confidential", where he chews out the CMC.
- Genius Bruiser: Applejack gets frustrated with his "fancy mathematics", and he knows the therapeutic pressure points for Granny Smith's muscle spasms. To top it off, when "discorded", he became incredibly stupid, acting more like a dog than a pony. Notice that for the Mane Six, the same effect reversed their core personality trait, a.k.a. their very Element.
- Gentle Giant: Big Macintosh is not only one of the tallest members of the main cast, he's also noticeably bulkier and way stronger than the other male ponies seen so far (with the exception of appleloosa earth ponies and Canterlot unicorns). Still, he's very nice, calm and gentle, as his collector card◊ states.
- Hidden Depths:
- Sure he's super strong and usually quiet, but who knew he can sing?
- In the IDW comics it's shown that despite him being a Stallion of few words, he actually has very much going on in his mind (much of the narration is him thinking about what to do).
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: He's noticeably taller than Cherilee when the Cutie Mark Crusaders try to pair them up.
- Hunk: Appears to be the pony equivalent of one, and it's how he tends to be portrayed in "humanized pony" fanart.
- Iconic Item: In the show, he is almost never seen without his horse collar.
- In-Series Nickname: "Big Mac". Used not-at-all in Season 1, twice in "The Cutie Pox", and extensively in "Hearts and Hooves Day".
- The Juggernaut: When sufficently motivated to get somewhere, nothing short of Celestia herself is going to stop him. In "Hearts and Hooves Day" he pulled a cart full of anvils and the two oxen towing it while skipping without noticing. It took being tethered to a full-sized, two-story house to make him pause for a second... and then he ripped the house out of its foundations and dragged it with him as he continued frolicking around.
- Large and in Charge: Implied by Applejack during "Bridle Gossip" when she threatened Apple Bloom with telling Big Macintosh on her after the filly defied Applejack's authority.
- Manly Tears: When Applejack's farewell letter is read aloud in "The Last Roundup".
- Nice Guy: One of the nicest, which is why the CMC thought he'd be perfect for Cherilee's special somepony.
- Noodle Incident: It's never explained when or how he was injured in "Applebuck Season". One fan theory postulates that it may have something to do with the conversation heard in the opening to "The Ticket Master". Applejack states she has a bet with Macintosh and if she won, "he's gonna walk down Stirrup Street in one of Granny's girdles." It's also been suggested that he injured himself trying to work the "saggy old plow".
- Not So Stoic: When he found out that the Cutie Mark Crusaders were Gabby Gums and posting fake stories of Applejack and him, he gives them a piece of his mind, and it isn't pretty.
- The One Guy: Was promoted to this slot (which he shares with Spike, the two of them usually trading off) in Season 2.
- OOC Is Serious Business: If he's speaking in complete sentences, things are not well.
- Pair the Spares: Invoked: He gets paired up with Cheerilee in the episode "Hearts and Hooves Day", by the Cutie Mark Crusaders.
- Promotion to Opening Titles: As of the second opening (introduced in "Lesson Zero").
- Promotion to Parent: Often acts as a father figure to his sisters, especially in Apple Bloom's case; whenever an older Apple sibling has to give the youngest one a very stern lecture, Big Macintosh is usually the one in charge. In "Bridle Gossip" when Apple Bloom wouldn't listen to her about staying away from Zecora, Applejack threatened to "Tell Big Macintosh on you!" Plus, in the original pitch bible, he was the farm's legal owner, only allowing Applejack to handle most of the administration since she has more social skills and he's more comfortable at doing most of the hardest physical chores.
- The Quiet One: Big Macintosh rarely talks and when he does, he only says the bare minimum. He almost never raises his voice, not even when he's noticeably upset — a rare exception is when he articulately chewed out the Cutie Mark Crusaders for their actions in "Ponyville Confidential".
- Real Men Wear Pink: He didn't need Twilight's "Want It Need It" spell to want her old childhood doll.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Despite his red coat, this is inverted as he's the blue oni to Applejack's red.
- Rule of Funny: He can drag houses with ease or send dozens of ponies flying over the horizon, but he can barely lift up Applejack's backpack or a cake. Whatever's funnier.
- She's a Man in Japan: Apparently, some of the foreign language translations on his collector card◊ call him female. Seeing as the other stallions' cards apparently do the same thing, it almost certainly wasn't intentional, and most likely isn't indicative of those languages' dubs of the show.
- Ship Tease:
- After the madness of "Hearts and Hooves Day" dies down, the last scene of the episode is Cheerilee and Big Macintosh going on a picnic. Whether they're going on an actual date or just teasing the Cutie Mark Crusaders is left open.
- He's also seen walking with Cheerilee in the episode "Just For Sidekicks".
- The IDW comics ship tease him and Luna. Luna even kisses him on the cheek!
- Shrinking Violet: Apple Bloom mentions that he's too shy to ask somepony out, which is why he spends all his time working on the farm.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: While they have a lot in common, he's noticeably calmer and more patient than his stubborn little sister. It's also hinted that he's smarter.
- The Silent Bob: Particularly in the second season, where Big Macintosh is usually voiceless except for saying "Eeyup" and "Nope". His expressions speak volumes, though, and he did explicitly refuse the Flim-Flam Brothers's bad Apple Cider deal. Occasionally, he will be about to say something and then suddenly someone will interrupt him as a gag.
- Smarter Than You Look: The Smart Guy of the Apple family as well as The Big Guy. Applejack gets exasperated with his "fancy mathematics".
- Spell My Name with an S: There's been much debate and confusion over whether the second part of his name is spelled McIntosh (which is primarily used by the toyline, comic books, series guidebook, and would fit the apple name pun better) or Macintosh (which the sometimes-typo-y Season 3 credits use). Both have been listed as trademarks, the former by the toyline and the latter by the trading cards.
- The Stoic: He's very calm and rarely fazed by anything.
- Super Strength: Even among earth ponies, who have greater physical strength than others, he is in a class of his own. Notably, Pulling a house while hopping, or shaking off a Dog Pile of Doom so hard he threw some of the participants over the horizon.
- Theme Naming: His name is a reference to the "McIntosh Red" apple with red and green skin (the same colors as Big Macintosh's coat and Cutie Mark).
- What Did I Do Last Night?: What Am I Doing in a Pit, on a Mattress, with a Mare? The Love Poison cooked up by the CMC led to such an awkward situation.
- Working Class People Are Morons: Averted, as the cartoon constantly implies that he's smarter than his sisters. Also, in the original pitch bible, Big Macintosh owned and ran Sweet Apple Acres while Applejack managed the day-to-day affairs.
- Writing Around Trademarks:
- Originally, he was going to referred to as Big Mac in casual conversation, but that would have caused too much trouble with trademarks. In some episodes, he is referred to as "Big Mac", most notably, "Hearts and Hooves Day", but only after he has already been called "Big Macintosh" in the same scene.
- He was also going to be called "Big Apple" and he would be the current boss of Sweet Apple Acres, which itself would be "Big Apple Orchard". However, trademarked or not, it didn't pass in the legal department, so both were changed to their current names.
Applejack's, Apple Bloom's, and Big Macintosh's grandmother. Age has done a number on this green Earth Pony, and while she's not crippled or senile, she's getting there. Despite this, she still manages to continue her role as the matriarch of the Apple family.
- Aerith and Bob: "Smith" in a family of Apple Bloom, Applejack and Big Macintosh. The Apple family also features names like Red Gala, Red Delicious and Golden Delicious. On the matter, Word of God said that ponies don't have surnames like humans do.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Grandparent: To Apple Bloom in "Family Appreciation Day". At the end of the episode she gains the respect of all the fillies and colts in Apple Bloom's class.
- Ascended Extra: Since Season 2, she's gotten a sharp increase in screen-time and spoken lines.
- Blind Mistake: Her poor eyesight causes her to mistake Gilda's tail for a rattlesnake.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Her methods for preparing the Zap Apples to be harvested sometimes take this to a literal level; hopping in a bunny suit while singing to water.
- Catch Phrase: "Move your caboose!"
- Cloudcuckoolander: Definitely comes off as this at times, especially during Season 2. It turns out that there is method to her madness.
- Cool Old Mare: In many of her appearances but for a specific example we have "Sleepless in Ponyvile". She is the only pony not affected by Scootaloo dashing by; in fact, she dodges in a way to allow one of Scootaloo's trick stunts. Looks like she's learned from experience.
- Crack! Oh My Back!: According to her granddaughter Applejack, Granny has a "saggy ol' hip" that needs to be replaced. Her joints creak audibly whenever she walks, and in "The Show Stoppers" and Applejack's Imagine Spot in "The Ticket Master", she's seen using an adult walker to move around. Her toys also give her a walker.
While she's corrupted during Discord's reign in "The Return of Harmony - Part 2", she tap-dances on her hind legs. It's unknown whether she is more mobile than she usually appears, if Discord fixed her hip as part of his reality warping or didn't, but made her dance nonetheless. Her higher mobility in the second season implies that she got her hip replaced in between seasons, but it isn't mentioned in show, so take that as you will. The "more mobile than she appears" is given more credibility in "Leap of Faith", when the "cure-all" placebo hints that she is still a lot more limber than she believes she is. At least as far as swimming and moving in the water is concerned.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: In the IDW comic, when Ponyville stands up to the Nightmare Forces, Granny Smith reveals she actually is a decent fighter.
- Curse of The Ancients:
Granny Smith: Confangled modern doohickeys.
- Depending on the Artist: She's wrinklier than usual in "The Show Stoppers" and Applejack's Imagine Spot in "The Ticket Master".
- Early-Installment Weirdness: Granny Smith was very weak, slow, frail, and definitely senile during her debut in the pilot. She got a significant increase in mobility and lucid moments during Season 2, but her senility was still there. By Season 3, her mind is sharp as a knife and she has the vitality of a young mare.
- Expressive Ears: She's old and weak, so her ears are floppy.
- The Fog of Ages: Because of her old age, her memory is fragile and she tends to forget things all the time. However, it's been shown she's got a memory like a steel trap when it comes to important family events.
- Good Old Ways / Ludd Was Right: She prefers the family to make cider without the use of more powerful machines.
- Granny Classic: A textbook version of this — the sleep cycle, the achey back, the long stories, etc.
- Handbag of Hurt: With Rainbow Dash on the receiving end.
- Hidden Depths: She's literally responsible for the creation of Ponyville. Those wacky habits of hers? They're necessary to make her legendary Zap Apple jam the best it can be.
- I Was Quite a Looker: When she was young. she looked like a cross between her granddaughters.
- Long Lived: How old isn't known, but she predates Ponyville itself, which is stated to be a few hundred years old (assuming that part wasn't retconned).
- New Technology Is Evil: Played for laughs at Granny's expense as she can't figure out how to use a simple tin megaphone. She tries talking by the wrong end, then slaps it around trying to figure how to use it, and finally ends up poking her eye with it.
Granny Smith: Is this thing on?
(to Big Macintosh) I don't think this thing is on.
(to the megaphone) Hello! What is the...e...
(Big Macintosh whispers to her)
(Granny slaps the megaphone into the correct position)
You have to say so. Confangled modern doohickeys.
- Nopony Calls Me Chicken: In "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000", with a camera angle ripped straight out of Back to the Future, no less.
- Odd Name Out: Theme-naming or not, she has the most mundane and human-sounding name in the whole show, only being rivaled by Trixie and Pony Joe.
- Passing the Torch: she appears to be passing her role of matriarch of the Apple family onto Applejack as evidenced in "Apple Family Reunion" when she gave her the responsibility to organize the event.
- Parental Substitute: For her grandchildren, because the parents are never seen.
- Plucky Girl: When she was a kid. She was brave enough to go into the Everfree Forest on her own.
- Retired Badass: She was played as an old senile pony for laughs, and then she was revealed to have been responsible for the founding of Ponyville because she braved the Everfree Forest on her own, thus instantly gaining the respect of school-bully Silver Spoon. In the IDW comic, she shows some of the Nightmare Forces that she's actually a lot tougher than she looks.
- Running on the Spot: Played straight during "Griffon the Brush Off" and then immediately subverted as Granny "runs" away at a snail's pace.
- Senior Sleep Cycle: Seen through the series, but especially played when Granny is chaperoning some kids during Nightmare Night.
Granny Smith: I should have been asleep five hours ago!
- Supreme Chef: Her Zap Apple jam is legendary. Ponies travel from miles away to buy it and it literally put Ponyville on the map. The reason that Diamond Tiara can live in luxury is because it was the first thing her great-grandfather, Stinkin' Rich, ever sold.
- Theme Naming: She is named after Granny Smith apples. These apples are green colored (the same color of Granny's coat) and are favored to use in baking apple pies and tarts. (Granny's cutie mark).
- The Unintelligible: "Griffon the Brush Off" contained her only dialogue that didn't consist of senile muttering (to us if not to the rest of the Apple Clan) in the entire first season. Season 2 has given her quite a few more.
- Vague Age: OK, she's old, but exactly how old? She claims to have been one of the founders of Ponyville, which according to the episode "Winter Wrap Up" is a town several centuries old.
- When Elders Attack: Granny Smith is old, frail and senile, but she still can deliver a considerable wallop.
- When I Was Your Age: In the comics.
I remember back in my
day we didn't have squeaky boards n' our out buildin's. Things were built bettr'. 'Course, eve'thing was new
on account of we had to build it all with out own four hooves. And we didn't have fancy things like hammers...we had to pound in nails with out teeth! Uphill! Both ways!
- You Don't Look Like You: A stock vector◊ commonly used on the Facebook page and on her blindbag trading card shows a younger-looking Granny Smith wearing glasses.
Applejack's cousin who lives in the newly-settled Apple-loosa. Is quite proud of the new settlement, but is also willing to listen to both sides of the conflict between the Apple-loosians and the resident herd of Buffalo.
- Determined Homesteader: Although he's more sensitive to the buffaloes' plight than most of the townsfolk.
- Furry Reminder: Neighs a lot, especially when mentioning AAAAAAAPPLE-LOOSA!
- Green Eyes: Like the majority of the Apple Family.
- Keet: See below.
- Motor Mouth: He's extremely eager to show the ponies just how amazing "AAAAAPPLE-LOOSA!" is.
- Nice Hat: As is common for a resident of "AAAAAAPPLE-LOOSA!"
- Nice Guy: while being kind does seem to run in the apple family, Braeburn seems to be the only resident of "AAAAAPPLE-LOOSA!" who actually seems to be interested in hearing BOTH sides of the conflict that's happening in his town.
- The Pioneer: He ventured into the wide open plains to start the settlement of "AAAAAPPLE-LOOSA!"
- Pretty Colt: Yes. As much as an animated pony can be.
- Theme Naming: As with most of the other Apple family members, Braeburn is named after a variety of apple. In fact, it's a hybrid derived from the Granny Smith.
- Vocal Dissonance: His "Uh-huh" in "Apple Family Reunion".
Aunt and Uncle Orange
Applejack's aunt and uncle who live in Manehattan
. Unlike the rest of the family, the Oranges live a high class, posh lifestyle. Whether they grow oranges or not isn't clear. According to the Blind Bags, Uncle Orange is named Mosely Orange.
- Odd Name Out: Along with Hayseed Turnip Truck and Peachy Sweet, they're among the few members of the family whose names aren't related to apples.
- Theme Naming:
- To drive the difference in lifestyle home, we are comparing apples and oranges.
- While it might be coincidental, there's another layer to it when you consider that they live in a counterpart of New York City... a territory once owned by the Dutch who are associated with the color orange. New York is also nicknamed the Big Apple.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Applejack's flashback states they wanted her to clean up from farm girl to socialite.
- Upper-Class Twit: Not as extreme an example as Prince Blueblood, but they place great importance on high fasion and proper upper class etiquette and parties.
- You Don't Look Like You: Uncle Mosely Orange's molded toys and collector cards all depict him as a Palette Swap of Big Macintosh.
Hayseed Turnip Truck
"It's me, Hayseed Turnip Truck! We met at the big hoedown in Ponyville last month?"
An Earth pony with buck teeth who wears a baseball cap with a turnip on it and a dirty white T-shirt. His cutie mark is three turnips. Hayseed works as a window washer in Canterlot in "Sweet and Elite"
and appears in Ponyville in "Sleepless in Ponyville"
. "Apple Family Reunion"
sees him attending said reunion and even being included in the family photo, revealing him to be part of the Apple Family. While not the brightest, he appears to be nice, greeting and complimenting Rarity when he sees her. In the Expanded Universe
, a short feature in IDW Publishing
's My Little Pony Micro Series
Issue #3 suggests that he started working in Ponyville, had a crush on Rarity but couldn't get her affection, and so moved to Canterlot to start his own business to be able to show his success to her.
- Adorkable: His entrance is dangling from cables and extending a hoofbump to Rarity.
- Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Does a cross between a hair-tousle and a noogie to Rarity's hat while proudly talking up what a big-deal dressmaker she is in Ponyville.
- Alliterative Name: Only 2/3 of his name.
- Determinator: The reason he's in Canterlot is so he can work hard and be a successful guy that can also impress Rarity.
- Did Not Get the Girl: His back story states he has a crush of Rarity but he could never get her attention.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Towards Rarity.
- Good Ol' Boy: A positive version of this, from what we see, a sweet country boy.
- Horrible Judge of Character: After Jet Set and Upper Crust insult Rarity's fashion and walk off with their noses in the air, Hayseed waves good bye to them, saying to Rarity, "Well they seemed real nice!"
- Keet: His dialogue with Rarity is both energetic and endearing.
- Meaningful Name: Hayseed Turnip Truck is a stereotypical country bumpkin (a "hayseed") who seems rather slow and oblivious (as if he "just fell off the turnip truck").
- Nice Guy: Friendly to Rarity and doesn't hold a grudge against Jet Set and Upper Crust.
- Odd Name Out: Along with the Oranges and Peachy Sweet, he's among the few members of the family whose names aren't related to apples.
- Uptown Girl: He's a lowly handyman with a crush on a fairly well-off fashion designer.
The Smith Family
Granny Smith's parents and brothers, which by extension makes them the Apple Siblings' great-grandparents and granduncles. Only seen during flashbacks in "Family Appreciation Day"
and during flashbacks and in old photos in "Apple Family Reunion"
- Anachronism Stew: Despite sewing machines being new-ish technology in "Apple Family Reunion", Granny's mother's cutie mark is a sewing machine something like a hundred years previous in the Family Appreciation Day flashback.
- No Name Given / Unnamed Parents: Granny Smith never refers to these members of her family by name (the closest she comes is calling her father "Pa").
- Posthumous Characters: Presumably because we don't see them at the reunions.
Voiced by: Brynna Drummond
A young filly from Manehattan who visits Ponyville and her cousins Applejack and Apple Bloom to escape being teased as a blank flank. Instead of befriending her cousin and fellow blank flank Apple Bloom, she starts causing problems for her and the Cutie Mark Crusaders. Eventually she sorts things out with the Crusaders, and joins them as the group's fourth member.
- Aerith and Bob: Her first name is part of a Punny Name, but it's also a shortened form of Barbara.
- American Accents: Sounds like she's from Equestria's answer to the Bronx.
- Big Sister Bully: Of the cousin variety towards Apple Bloom. She gets better.
- Boomerang Bigot: She bullies the Crusaders for not having their cutie marks to avoid being bullied for the same reason.
- The Bully: Becomes this in "One Bad Apple". She even becomes friends with Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon. Doesn't last the episode.
- Character Tics: Blowing her mane out of her eyes, and flicking her tail over her flank whenever her lack of a cutie mark is brought up.
- Country Cousin: Inverted; she visits the rural Ponyville from the suburban Manehattan.
- Easily Forgiven: The CMC instantly forgive her bullying and grant her full membership in the CMC.
- Though the comics reveal she still feels she has to fight every day to prove she's truly reformed, and she forms a kinship with Trixie over it.
- Evil Counterpart: To the Cutie Mark Crusaders; she hates being called a blank flank by Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon, but instead of standing up to them, she joins them in picking on the Cutie Mark Crusaders. In the end, Babs reverses her attitude and becomes a Crusader herself, even standing up to Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon.
- Foals Are Cruel: She's relentless in hunting the Cutie Mark Crusaders around Ponyville.
- Freudian Excuse: Babs was bullied in Manehattan for not having a Cutie Mark, and only joins Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon to avoid suffering the same heartache in Ponyville.
- Girl Posse: Forms one with Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon.
- Heel-Face Turn: After learning not to be a bully. Notably the first antagonist in the series to make one completely willingly.
- Heel Realization / My God, What Have I Done?: When she finds out the Cutie Mark Crusaders protected her despite how awful she'd been to them. Hits harder when she realizes her bullying almost made them bullies too.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: This is the reason she joins Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon when she first comes to Ponyville in order to avoid being bullied. Later, she leaves them and becomes friends with the CMC's instead.
- Jerkass Façade: She puts up a bad attitude as a defense mechanism when bullied by Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon. She drops it after joining the CMC.
- Knight of Cerebus: For the CMC episodes. While Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon's bullying is never Played for Laughs, Babs's is played far more seriously, is more realistic, and most definitely Played for Drama. Fitting, as the episode was made to deal with the issue of bullying.
- Little Miss Badass: Bullying the CMC's and taking their float isn't what gets her this description, but realizing the error of her ways and standing up to Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon to defend the CMC's definitely is.
- Off Model: During one shot in the barn-raising song in "Apple Family Reunion", her eyes are colored orange when they're supposed to be green).
- Peek-a-Bangs: Has this hairstyle, hence why she tends to blow her hair out of her eyes.
- Peer Pressure Makes You Evil: She gets bullied a lot in Manehattan for being a blank flank, so when Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon start picking on her, she decides to become a bully.
- The Quiet One / Shrinking Violet: She's pretty meek and doesn't talk much when she first meets her cousin. She gets much more talkative once she turns to the "dark side".
- Redheaded Bully: Temporarily bullies the CMC.
- Sixth Ranger: By the end of her debut episode, she becomes the fourth member of the Cutie Mark Crusaders. As she gets ready to go home to Manehattan, she promises to start up a branch of the club there. By the time of "Apple Family Reunion," she has already found two prospective new members at her school.
- Smug Smiler: When she joins Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon's bullying, she sports one of these to show her "in crowd"-ness.
- Stealth Pun: When her name was first revealed, fans wondered why her name simply wasn't "Bad Seed", as the pun is too obvious. She isn't a bad seed, she just looks like one.
- Theme Naming:
- The bad seed of the family.
- The Babs Seed Catalog, a famous gardening catalog that covers a wide variety of seeds, including apples.
- Punny Name: Lampshaded in the CMC's song about her.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Apple Bloom's Girly Girl because of her bronx attitude and Apple Bloom's hairbow.
- Unfortunate Names: Not a problem in show, but most older (and some younger) fans can't say her initials without snickering.
- Used to Be a Sweet Filly: Until she was constantly bullied for being a blank flank and becomes a bully to avoid being bullied herself. She gets better.
- Vocal Dissonance: She looks to be about the Cutie Mark Crusaders' age, but her voice sounds significantly deeper than even Scootaloo's.
- When She Smiles: At the end of her debut episode, she befriends the CMC and experiences true happiness which is much more appealing than her put-on Smug Smiler personality is, considering her actual smile is outright adorable.
- Youthful Freckles: She's the CMC's age.
Aunt Applesauce and Apple Rose
Granny Smith's aunt and favorite cousin, respectively. They seem to be around as old as her.
Voiced by: Peter New
A cousin of the Apple family, whose house is practically a museum of old Apple family relics and heirlooms. She's also the Apples' go-to pony for their family records.
- Ancient Keeper: She's one of the oldest Apples around and keeps a complete record of the family history.
- The Cameo: She briefly reappears during the animal adoption fair in "Filli Vanilli", obtaining more cats.
- Crazy Cat Pony: She owns dozens of cats, including a cheetah.
- Crossdressing Voices: An old female pony voiced by the male Peter New.
- Shared Family Quirks / Strong Family Resemblance: Implied; though it's unrevealed whether or not Pinkie Pie is related to the Apple family, Goldie's shared traits with Pinkie — namely her curly mane, gingerbread house meal, and act of pulling a book from the bottom of a stack without toppling it (which Pinkie did earlier in the episode) — suggest that she is.
- Sweet Tooth: She ate a gingerbread house for lunch.
- Trash of the Titans: Her cabin is so cluttered with junk that it takes her a great deal of effort just to squeeze through the front door.
Voiced by: Ashleigh Ball
(Apple Dumpling), Andrea Libman
(Apple Leaves), Peter New (Half Baked Apple) and Terry Klassen (blue pony)note
The Apples of Ponyville have a LOT of relatives, but so far we mostly only know their appearances and/or names. In "Friendship is Magic, part 1"
, Applejack names off Apple Fritter, Apple Bumpkin, Red Gala, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Caramel Applenote
, (Uncle) Apple Strudelnote
, Apple Tartnote
, Baked Apples, Apple Brioche and Apple Cinnamon Crisp, in addition to her immediate family. Later, in "The Ticket Master"
, she mentions "Apple Brown Betty! Uh, the dessert. Not my auntie." Later still, Apple Dumpling, Apple Leaves, and Half Baked Apple appear in "Apple Family Reunion"
. And in "Somepony to Watch Over Me"
, Granny Smith goes to visit Great Aunt Pine Apple
. According to the Blind Bags, one member is named Apple Honey, one apparent member is named Peachy Sweet, and another apparent member is named Lavender Fritter, according to Enterplay's Collectible Card Game
's My Little Pony
game, one member is named Apple Cobbler, and also according to Enterplay's Collectible Card Game
, one member is named Gala Appleby. The Blind Bags also give Red Gala and Apple Bumpkin the respective names Crimson Gala and Apple Dazzle. There is also evidence that Pinkie's family also has distant ties to the Apple clan, but it remains inconclusive for now. For Applejack's great uncle Honeycrisp, see the Expanded Universe page
- Adaptation Name Change:
- The Blind Bags refer to Red Gala as Crimson Gala and Apple Bumpkin as Apple Dazzle.
- The "Meet the Apple Family!" trading card◊ refers to Caramel Apple as Caramel Apples.
- Alliterative Name: Apple Brown Betty.
- All There in the Manual:
- Apple Bumpkin's collector◊ card reveals that she "is so loyal to her friends!"
- Red Gala's collector◊ cards◊ reveal that she "gives everyone treats when she visits!"
- Golden Delicious's collector card◊ reveals that he or she "loves acting like a movie star!"
- Peachy Sweet's collector◊ cards◊ reveal that she "is always smiling wherever she goes!"
- Apple Fritter's collector card reveals that she "loves to give homemade gifts to her friends!"
- Caramel Apple's collector card◊ reveals that she "loves to watch movies with her friends!"
- All There in the Script:
- Apple Dumpling, Apple Leaves, and Half Baked Apple's names have only been used in the credits of the episode "Apple Family Reunion", which don't even specify who's who.
- Peachy Sweet, Apple Honey, and Lavender Fritter's names have only been used in the toyline; specifically, Peachy Sweet's in the fourth, sixth, and ninth waves of Blind Bags and Apple Honey and Lavender Fritter's also in the ninth wave of Blind Bags.
- Apple Cobbler's name has only been used in Gameloft's My Little Pony Licensed Game and in Enterplay's Collectible Card Game.
- Gala Appleby's name has only been used in Enterplay's Collectible Card Game.
- Deceased Parents Are the Best: This is one of the possibilities that Lauren would've liked to use, that their parents "simply passed away somehow", but she knew all too well that "it would have likely been deemed too sad for a kids' show". Sibsy later confirmed on her Twitter that Applejack's parents were Killed Off for Real, with the shooting stars in "Apple Family Reunion" meant to represent them.
- Depending on the Artist: In different manners on several occasions, the most major examples being a few of them sometimes appearing as unicorns: Red Gala with a different mane/tail style near the end of "A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2", and a couple of the unnamed fillies at the end of "Apple Family Reunion".
- Gender Flip: Golden Delicious is a stallion in the show and WeLoveFine's All Of Apple Acres art print, but a mare in the Blind Bags. G3 Golden Delicious was also a mare.
- Massive Numbered Cousins: Look at this list. These are all Applejack's relatives.
- Nice Hat: Uncle Apple Strudel as well as any of them when in Appleloosa or Dodge Junction.
- No Name Given: With the exception of those listed above.
- Odd Name Out: Along with the Oranges and Hayseed Turnip Truck, Peachy Sweet is among the few members of the family whose names aren't related to apples.
- Parental Abandonment: Applejack, Apple Bloom and Big Macintosh's parents are never shown nor even mentioned in the show. Lauren Faust and crew never did figure out what to do with them.
- True Companions: The family remains very close-knit. Have fun trying your schemes in the future, Flim and Flam.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Peachy Sweet and some of the unnamed Apple Family members who attend the reunion in "Friendship is Magic, part 1" aren't included in the family photo at the end of "Apple Family Reunion", even though she and one of them do attend the reunion in the latter episode.
- When You Coming Home, Mom and Dad?: Ideas were discussed among the crew concerning this. One such idea is that their parents are "traveling salesponies or explorers" which would mean that they just rarely come home due to their occupation.
- You ALL Look Familiar:
- The Apple Family Reunion in "Friendship is Magic, part 1" includes some of them more than once but since they're all related, they could just be identical relatives. A couple of pairs of them do have different mane colors.
- Cutie marks aside, Caramel Apple, Red Delicious and Golden Delicious respectively look exactly the same as background ponies Golden Harvest (Carrot Top), Goldengrape and Cherry Fizzy, though Cherry Fizzy sometimes also has a different eye color.
- You Don't Look Like You:
Twilight Sparkle's Family
See The Princesses
for Princess Cadance, Shining Armor's wife and thus Twilight Sparkle's sister-in-law.
Shared Family Tropes
- Badass Family: Twilight Sparkle and her friends have defeated two Big Bads. Shining Armor is the captain of the Royal Guard whose magic is strong enough to create a barrier around an entire city with only minor difficulty, and with the help of his wife, Cadance, and The Power of Love, defeated a third Big Bad. Cadance's magic alone was able to shield the entire Crystal Empire from King Sombra, and The Power of Love as wielded by Shining Armor and Cadance is superior to even Celestia, who is Cadance's aunt, which adds her and Luna to the Badass Family as well.
- Blue Blood: The social status of their parents is unknown, but Twilight Sparkle and her family are surely among the supreme elite of Equestria, with Twilight being the personal protégé of Princess Celestia (not to mention being promoted to a princess herself) and her brother being at once Captain of the Guard, Husband to Princess Cadance, and Governor of the Crystal Empire.
- Color-Coded Wizardry: In the show the family magic aura so far seems to be violet-purple. In the comics Night Light has a blue aura.note
- Theme Naming: There appears to be some sort of light theme going on. Twilight Sparkle, Shining Armor, Twilight Velvet, and Twi & Shining's dad is a clear Expy of G1 Nightlight, thus fans tend to call him that.
Prince Shining Armor
"You've gotta stop saving my rump like this. It's starting to get embarrassing."
Prince Shining Armor is a white unicorn stallion with a blue mane and a shield cutie mark. He's Captain of the Canterlot Royal Guard and a prince of Equestria through marriage to Princess Cadance, but more importantly, he's Twilight Sparkle's older brother. They were very close when they were younger, but started to grow apart when she moved to Ponyville, thus why we don't see him until the Season 2 finale.
Twilight Sparkle's Parents
Oh, you know my Shiny? We're going to his flugelhorn recital tonight. He's just so talented! Night Light:
He's going to make some young pony very happy one day!
A white and blue unicorn couple living in Canterlot and the parents of the show's main character Twilight Sparkle. Not much is known about them other than that they helped their daughter get enrolled into Celestia's School for Gifted Unicorns after she expressed an interest in magic. They cameo in "A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2"
, attending their son Shining Armor's wedding and again at the coronation of their daughter Twilight as a Princess in "Magical Mystery Cure"
. The toyline gave the mother the name Twilight Velvet.
- Good Parents: They are very supportive of Twilight Sparkle and Shining Armor.
- Multicolored Mane: Twilight Velvet.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Twilight Velvet is a near-Palette Swap of her daughter, having the same tail shape, and a near-identical mane shape.
- Tears of Joy: Twilight Velvet twice, first at her son's wedding and then at her daughter's princess coronation.
- Unnamed Parents: Both parents are unnamed on the show but the mother is named Twilight Velvet in the toyline and in the game. Notably Gameloft passed up the chance to give Night Light an official name, he's just listed as "Twilight's Dad" (he doesn't even have a Dummied Out name), though the place he and Twilight Velvet live in the game is called the Night Light Book Binding House.
Pinkie Pie's Family
Shared Family Tropes
The family photo from "Pinkie Pride" showing all three of her sisters.note
Voiced by: Terry Klassen (Igneous Rock, the father)note
A family of Earth ponies who own a rock farm outside of Ponyville. On this farm, there was no talking and no smiling... until the pinkest of the family's daughters suddenly threw a party and brought laughter and sunshine into their lives. In the show, they've only appeared in flashbacks in "The Cutie Mark Chronicles"
and "Magic Duel"
, but four of them play a major role in the Expanded Universe Tie-In Novel Pinkie Pie and the Rockin' Ponypalooza Party
, which reveals
: the mother Cloudy Quartz, the father Igneous Rock, the gray sister Marble Pie, and the bluish sister Limestone Pie. Enterplay's Collectible Card Game
has affirmed Igneous Rock's name, listing it with a trademark symbol. There is evidence that they have distant ties to the Apple clan, but it remains inconclusive for now.
Three other members of Pinkie's family have been mentioned on various occasions in "Friendship Is Magic, part 2"
, "Too Many Pinkie Pies"
, and Pinkie Pie and the Rockin' Ponypalooza Party
: Granny Pie, Nana Pinkie, and a (then unnamed
) older sister, Maud Pie.
- All There in the Script: All of their names except for Granny Pie, Nana Pinkie, and Maud Pie.
- All There in the Manual: Word of God confirms the individual identities of Marble Pie and Limestone Pie, which Pinkie Pie and the Rockin' Ponypalooza Party itself hints at but doesn't explicitly state.
- Artistic Age: Pinkie Pie's parents... mostly because of their dull color schemes and strict expressions.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: They appear to be Amish because of the somber agriculture thing.
- Named by the Adaptation: They received official names from the Tie-In Novel Pinkie Pie and the Rockin' Ponypalooza Party, most likely due to trademark reasons.
- Nice Hat: Igneous Rock has one that looks like a cowboy's.
- Not So Stoic: The moment when they saw Pinkie Pie's first party. The edges of their mouths were shivering and shaking so much as if they have not smiled in a very long time (if ever).
- OC Stand In: Basing their personalities on their character designs, fans have depicted Marble Pie as a shy or melancholic pony named "Inkie Pie" with an amethyst geode cutie mark, while Limestone Pie is named "Blinkie Pie" and has a gold ore cutie mark. Alternatively, several fans saw Marble as background pony Octavia Melody, due to a similar (but not exact) color scheme and the way she reacts to Pinkie on stage in "The Best Night Ever" as if she's used to her sort of behavior.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Not a full blown one, but Marble Pie's bangs are long enough to cover 1/4 of her face.
- Prim and Proper Bun: Cloudy Quartz as part of the Amish look.
- Rock Theme Naming: Except for Pinkie herself, her family members are all named after kinds of rocks. Fitting, since they're rock farmers.
- The Stoic: The entire family until Pinkie introduces them to their first party.
- Stoic Spectacles: Cloudy Quartz.
- Tough Love: Pinkie Pie's parents were strict and intent on training their children in the ways of rock farming by giving them hooves-on experience like manually moving an entire field of rocks from one location to another on a regular basis. The way they treated them were no better. As Pinkie puts it: "There was no talking. There was no smiling. There were only rocks."
- Unnamed Parents: Igneous Rock and Cloudy Quartz are both unnamed on the show.
"I don't know if you've noticed, but I don't show my enthusiasm for things quite in the same way my sister does."
Voiced by: Ingrid Nilson
Pinkie's older sister, who has a thing for rocks
. She and Pinkie have been close friends for years, and share a tradition of trading rock candy necklaces. She comes to visit in the episode "Maud Pie".
- Cool Old Mare: Granny Pie, according to Pinkie.
- The Ghost: Though we've never seen her, she was clearly important to Pinkie's childhood.
- OC Stand In: Granny Pie is depicted by fans as a white maned elderly pony with a lighter shade of pink coat due how she seems dear to Pinkie and, based on her song, seems different from the rest of her seemingly uncaring family. Sometimes she's also depicted as an elderly version of Surprise from G1, whom Pinkie Pie was based on.
See The Cutie Mark Crusaders
for Sweetie Belle, Rarity's younger sister.
Rarity's parents, a pink unicorn mare and a white unicorn stallionnote
couple. Sweetie Belle lives with them; in "Sisterhooves Social"
they leave her in Rarity's care before going on vacation, and in "One Bad Apple"
their house (including Sweetie's room) is shown, with her father making a brief cameo fishing outside the house (wearing the same shirt and hat).
- All There in the Manual:
- Their house appeared in the German magazine comic Einfach rufus before appearing in the show.
- Artwork in the "Elements of Harmony" show guidebook show that the father is a unicorn with a rather dashing hair/mane, and that the mother's cutie mark is a trio of chocochip cookies (with one having a bit taken out of it). Unfortunately, they're only identified as Rarity's and Sweetie's parents and given no other names. These visual elements are both affirmed in the episode "Inspiration Manifestation" when they are seen briefly with Sweetie Belle.
- The "Canterlot Nights" expansion of the Enterplay CCG gives the father and mother's names as "Hondo Flanks" and "Cookie Crumbles", respectively. Since this contradicts Gameloft's name "Magnum" (see below), this may be an example of an Orwellian Retcon.
- All There in the Script: The Gameloft My Little Pony app gives the father the name Magnum, which was a Fan Nickname.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: They have no class and love gaudy clothes. They don't even cringe at all at Sweetie Belle's cooking (on top of that, Cookie was the one who gave her the cooking lessons).
- American Accents: Hondo has an exaggerated Midwestern accent while Cookie seems to be from Joisey.
- Awesome McCoolname: "Magnum" (meaning great).
- Badass Mustache: Hondo owns one that makes him look like Tom Selleck (hence his previous name, Magnum.)
- Beehive Hairdo: Cookie Crumbles; it's one more reason her Proper Lady daughter is embarrassed by her.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Hondo Flanks; again embarrassment.
- The Cameo: Hondo is seen fishing in the background of the episode "One Bad Apple", and both are seen at the Ponyville Foal and Filly Fair (minus their vacation clothes and thus actually showing Hondo's horn) in "Inspiration Manifestation".
- Good Parents: Despite being embarrassing, they are shown to be very loving parents towards Sweetie Belle and Rarity, and they do raise them right.
- Iron Stomach: They truly enjoyed Sweetie Belle's horrible food, which included a glass of cinder (burnt juice) and a bowl of bubbling ooze (it was toast).
- Lethal Chef: Given Cookie's comments about teaching Sweetie Belle to cook, she was either being fantastically polite about Sweetie Belle's Epic Fail of a breakfast or is just as bad at it. Considering her cutie mark, it is more likely the former or is simply quite patient with Sweetie.
- Lovable Jock: Jolly Hondo is a tall, bulky and manly stallion with three American footballs as his cutie mark, so he's either this or a football coach. Either way this trope still applies.
- Nice Hat: Hondo wears a straw hat that is clipped in numerous places.
- Pink Means Feminine: Cookie's coat is pink.
- Unnamed Parents: Both parents are unnamed on the show itself.
- Wacky Parent, Serious Child: They're both the wacky parents to Rarity's serious child.
Rainbow Dash's Family
An older male relative of Rainbow Dash's (implied to be her father) who appears briefly in a flashback. He is a lavender stallion with a rainbow mane.
- All There in the Manual: Named Rainbow Blaze in the "Canterlot Nights" expansion for the Enterplay CCG.
- In the Blood: His card quotes him saying that he taught Rainbow Dash everything she knows about flying.
- Multicolored Mane: Exactly the same as Dash's. It's pretty much indisputable proof that they're direct relatives.