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 FamilyThe 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 NewBig 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.
- Also, when he goes swimming, he wears water wings and a duck-shaped inner tube.
- 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....
- Clueless Chick Magnet: Dialogue in "Hearts and Hooves Day" suggests that he's one of the most eligible bachelors in Ponyville, and "Luna Eclipsed" had a short scene where Big Macintosh was proudly pulling a cart with three young mares on it. Issues 9 and 10 of the IDW comic has him attracting all sorts of attention from mares, including Fleetfoot, Sweetie Drops, and even Princess Luna. However, he's largely oblivious to all of the attention, and when he is aware he seems frightened by it. Presumably he's too shy.
- 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."Applejack: 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.
- First-Person Smartass: The IDW comics that focus on him give him this trait. He's got a few surprisingly snarky moments in his narration, even if he never voices it out loud.
- 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.
"Now wait you fellers, hold it! / You went and oversold it! / I guarantee that what you have there won't compare / For the very most important ingredient can't be added or done expedient / And that's quality, friends, Apple Acres' quality and care!"
Voiced by: Tabitha St. GermainApplejack'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.
- She says this trope by name in one panel of the comic as seen here
- 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.
- Really Gets Around: According to the "Friends Forever" comics, back when she was young, she had a lot of boyfriends before she finally settled down with her unnamed husband. It's even plot relevant to the issue in which it's revealed; one of her most notable relationships was a Sibling Love Triangle between the Jonagold Brothers, who ended up refusing to ever speak to each other again because she couldn't choose one of them. Guilt over that prompts her to try and keep Flim and Flam from going the same way over a mare named Marion, as she doesn't like the idea of watching that same scene again, even as an outsider.
- 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.
- Visual Pun: She's often seen in a rocking chair, which of course makes her a rocking horse.
- 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.Granny Smith: 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.
Debut: "Over a Barrel"
Voiced by: Michael Daingerfieldnote (in "Over a Barrel")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.
- Catchphrase: "AAAAAAPPLE-LOOSA!" (whinny)
- 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 Motor Mouth 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
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.
- All There in the Manual: Uncle Mosely Orange's collector◊ cards◊ reveal that he "loves to have fancy parties!"
- All There in the Script: Uncle Orange's name, Mosely Orange, has only been used in the toyline; specifically, in the fourth and sixth waves of Blind Bags.
- Beauty Mark: Aunt 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?"
Debut: "Sweet and Elite"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
Debut: "Family Appreciation Day"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.
Debut: "One Bad Apple"
Voiced by: Brynna DrummondA 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. As of Bloom and Gloom, she finally gained a Cutie Mark: A pair of scissors with the handles resembling an apple.
- 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.
- Evil Redhead: Or at least, she starts out this way.
- 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.
- Hidden Depths: Her special talent rather unexpectedly turns out to be mane styling, with a scissors cutie mark; this is also Hilarious in Hindsight due to her My Little Pony Friends Forever story, with Babs resisting to getting a hair cut and even escaping from a stylist.
- 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. Apparently, overcoming this trouble is what finally lead to her gaining her cutie mark: A pair of scissors, which is supposed to signify a talent in mane styling.
- 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.
- Punny Name: Lampshaded in the CMC's song about her.
- Even after gaining her cutie mark (a pair of scissors), Babs's full name (Barbara) is similar to "Barber" (someone who cuts hair).
- Put on a Bus: Last seen in Apple Family Reunion which was in the third season. Hasn't shown up in the show since, though has made more appearances in the comic book.
- 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.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Apple Bloom's Girly Girl because of her bronx attitude and Apple Bloom's hairbow. Despite this, she managed to find her calling in something that's typically viewed as feminine (hair styling).
- 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.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: She bullies the CMC so that she won't have to suffer from the pain of being bullied again.
- Youthful Freckles: She's the CMC's age.
Aunt Applesauce and Apple Rose
Debut: "Apple Family Reunion"
- Embarrassing Nickname: "Applesauce" isn't her real name, it just refers to when she lost her dentures in a vat of apple jam.
- False Teeth Tomfoolery: Applesauce's dentures just won't stay put.
- Good Old Ways: They prefer sewing by hoof to a sewing machine.
- Grande Dame: Applesauce is this, sometimes making her the butt of Apple Rose and Granny's jokes.
- Granny Classic: Like Granny Smith; see her entry.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Also like Granny Smith, they were much better-looking in their youth.
- Long Lived: Since Aunt Applesauce is Granny Smith's aunt, this may make her even older then Granny Smith. Unless there was a large gap between Granny's mother and Aunt Applesauce's ages...
- Ludd Was Right: They prefer sewing by hoof over using them new-fangled sewing machines Applejack sets them up with.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Applesauce, according to Granny Smith.
- Parasol of Prettiness: Applesauce mentions hers got ruined by Apple Rose and Granny using it to bust open a pinata.
- Regal Ringlets: Apple Rose's mane and tail are styled into old fashioned barrel curls.
- Textile Work Is Feminine: They have been working on the family quilt for years.
- Southern Belle: Aunt Applesauce is an elderly version of this trope; the accent and the quilt and the genteel decorum, etc.
Debut: "Pinkie Apple Pie"
Voiced by: Peter NewA 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)noteThe 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 and Gameloft'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:
- 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.
- Wensley, Candy Apples, 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, Apple Honey and Lavender Fritter's also in the ninth wave of Blind Bags, and Wensley and Candy Apples' in Wave 11.
- 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:
- Red Gala's molded toys and collector cards all depict her as a Palette Swap of Pinkie Pie.
- Peachy Sweet's molded toys and collector cards all depict her as a Palette Swap of Pinkie Pie with a different-looking cutie mark.
- Apple Bumpkin's molded toy and collector card◊ (from the third wave of the Blind Bags) both depict her as a Palette Swap of Applejack with a different eye color.
- Golden Delicious's molded toy and collector card◊ (from the fifth wave of the Blind Bags) both depict him as a differently-colored unicorn mare Palette Swap of Rarity with a different cutie mark, based on G3 Golden Delicious.
- Apple Fritter's molded◊ toy◊ and collector card both depict her as a Palette Swap of Applejack.
- Caramel Apple's molded toy◊ and collector card both depict her as a Palette Swap of Pinkie Pie.
- Apple Honey's molded toy depicts her as a Palette Swap of Pinkie Pie.
- Lavender Fritter's molded toy depicts her as a Palette Swap of Applejack.
Twilight Sparkle's FamilySee 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 Night Light.
Prince Shining Armor
"You've gotta stop saving my rump like this. It's starting to get embarrassing."
Voiced by: Andrew FrancisPrince 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.
- Adorkable: He has his moments. Particularly when he was younger◊. It must run in the family.
- Affectionate Nickname: He calls his little sister Twilight Sparkle "Twily" for short.
- All There in the Manual: His and Cadance's trading cards list Love as their Element of Harmony (which isn't part of the cards' Official Fan-Submitted Content). In the initial release, said Element of Love is also listed as his pet, due to a misprint. Maybe he has a pair of lovebirds.
- Aloof Big Brother: Subverted. In his first appearance in Twilight's song, he looks very stern for a few seconds, then he smiles, proving that he and Twilight were very close.
- Ascended Fanboy: He greatly admired the Canterlot Royal Guard in his youth. He eventually became their leader.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Shining Armor is the Captain of the Royal Guard, and is one of the more powerful ponies in the show, outside of the four Princesses, seen when he covered all of Canterlot in a magical barrier and maintained it for several days.
- Awesome McCoolname: Considering he's the Captain of the royal guard (meaning that calling him a knight wouldn't be terribly inaccurate) and that he's married to a princess, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more appropriately awesome name for him.
- Badass: He'd need to be to perform his specialty, see Barrier Warrior.
- Badass in Distress: Twilight has to help him out of trouble in both "A Canterlot Wedding" and "The Crystal Empire". Lampshaded at the end of the latter:Shining Armor: You've gotta stop saving my rump like this. It's starting to get embarrassing.
- Barrier Warrior: His special talent is defensive magic (as such, his Cutie mark is a shield emblazoned with a magical starburst). Specifically, he can conjure a force field that can encase all of Canterlot. His ability with that spell is such that not even Twilight Sparkle can match him, though maintaining it for a long time causes him to suffer migraines.note
- Battle Couple: With Cadance. In "A Canterlot Wedding", they use The Power of Love to save Canterlot from Queen Chrysalis and her Changeling army; in "The Crystal Empire", he throws her like a javelin at a critical moment.
- Been There, Shaped History: According to the tie-in comics, it was his rock performance to woo Cadance that got Vinyl Scratch her cutie mark when she was fascinated by the music.
- Berserk Button: Whatever you do, don't ever disrespect his wife Cadance. Twilight learned this the hard way when she called out Queen Chrysalis who fooled everyone else with her impersonation of Cadance during the wedding rehersal.
- Big Brother Instinct: While very (justifiably) afraid of Sombra, he doesn't hesitate to take him on head-to-head to buy time for Twilight and her friends to escape.
- The Captain: He's captain of the Royal Guard.
- Catch Phrase: "Twily!"
- Cool Big Bro: Twilight describes him as her "Big Brother Best Friend Forever" (before she moved to Ponyville).
- Cool Pet: A misprint in the initial release of his trading card lists his and Cadance's Element of Harmony, Love, as also being his pet.
- Curtains Match the Window: Both are blue.
- Custom Uniform: He gets special purple armor that's of a different design than the other guards.
- Death Glare: Shoots one to Queen Chrysalis before he and Cadance kick her flank.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Alongside Princess Cadance, he casts a spell fueled by The Power of Love to defeat Queen Chrysalis and her army, even after Chrysalis had defeated Celestia. The only reason Chrysalis stood a chance against Celestia at all was because the love for Cadance she'd absorbed from Shining Armor was stronger than Celestia's magic.
- Dork Knight: The comics show him to be this in his teenage years given the dungeons and dragons analog he played while a trainee (and Cadance suggests he's still this to some degree).
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: In "Games Ponies Play" where he's the trainer for the Crystal Empire athletes.
- Et Tu, Brute?: How disappointed he must have felt when his sister, whom he chooses for the Best Mare post, straight out accuses Cadance as evil. Turns out Twilight was right all along, even if it never occurred to her that this "Cadance" was an imposter.
- Four-Star Badass: He's the Captain of the royal guard, which seems to be the closest thing that Equestria has to a Military.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: He can fire these from his horn.
- Genius Bruiser: The cover for one of the comics◊ shows his high school yearbook. His photo lists LARP club, Math club, Chess club, and Cross Country. Expanded upon in issues 11 and 12 of the comics, where he is part of a gamer group playing games like Oubliettes & Ogres, and Hocus Pocus: The-Get-Together in high school, and is apparently a talented musician, playing the Flugalhorn and the Keytar.
- Happily Married: With Cadance. His love for his fiancée/wife empowered Chrysalis to god-like levels.
- Hidden Depths: The comics have revealed that he was part of the cross country team, LARP club, chess club, gaming club, math club, and an avid flugelhorn player. He also plays Equestria's version of Dungeons & Dragons.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Princess Cadance seems trustworthy enough, even if she ain't in her best behavior. As it turns out, that's not how Cadance acts. It was Queen Chrysalis disguised as Cadance. Justified, as Chrysalis was brainwashing him.
- Knight in Shining Armor: He's Captain of the Royal Guard, and he's named after this trope. His cutie mark even matches it.
- Leitmotif: Heard at various points in "A Canterlot Wedding". In Part 1, it can be heard when he's first shown in the present day, when Twilight first comes to his house, and when he's explaining things after Twilight bumps into him. In Part 2, it can be heard when he's first shown in the Previously On segment and when Twilight straightens his badge.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Meta-example; he was showcased as an upcoming toy months before his relationship to Twilight Sparkle was revealed.
- Magic Knight: Seeing as he's Captain of the Royal Guard and a unicorn. Usually earth ponies tend to be strong but magically inept while unicorns tend towards squishy wizardry, but Shining Armor is strong both physically and magically.
- Meaningful Name: He's a knight in... yes, but the Shining part makes his name share a light theme with Twilight Sparkle, while Armor refers to both his duty of defending Canterlot and his force field spell.
- Names to Trust Immediately: He's named after the phrase "Knight in shining armor" and absolutely lives up to it.
- Nice Guy: One of the nicest, and Twilight will prove it to anyone who says otherwise.
- The One Guy: Not in general, but he is the only male pony to be released in the main brushable toy line or the Fashion Style brushable toy line.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: The blue to Cadance's pink.
- Punny Name: He is a knight in shining armor...
- Purple Is Powerful: His Royal Guard armor is purple and his magenta magic aura — equivalent to Twilight Sparkle's.
- Remember the New Guy: He was very, very close to Twilight Sparkle and her only friend growing up. The first time we hear of him in-series is about 51 episodes in.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Is now Prince Shining Armor, having married Princess Cadance. He also coaches the Crystal Empire's team for the Equestria Games and handles announcing duties during the big event.
- Sand In My Eyes: When Twilight becomes an alicorn and is crowned princess, Shining Armor maintains that he's not crying. They're not tears, it's "liquid pride". Totally different thing.
- Satellite Character: Most of his personality is centered around his relationships with Twilight and Cadance, and in the six episodes he's appeared in, he hasn't had a whole lot of development or displayed any particularly notable character flaws. His focus comic book moves him away from this.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: In comparison to his sister, Twilight is the one who enjoys being a librarian while he himself is a Captain of the Canterlot Royal Guard.
- Shining Goodness: "Shining" is the first part of his name, and he is a loyal guard of Celestia.
- So Proud of You: Of Twilight when she becomes an Alicorn and a Princess.
- Unreliable Narrator: He relates the story of how he and Cadance got together in the comics. He embellishes for the sake of storytelling.
- White Stallion: He checks all the status symbols; leader, knight, and prince.
- The Worf Effect: Despite being physically in his prime, exceptionally gifted in magic, and the only major character with military training, he tends to fare poorly against villains. It's more of a case of Worf Had the Flu against Queen Chrysalis, since she deliberately targeted him beforehand, and he and Cadance are the ones who kick her flank.
- You Shall Not Pass: In the Season 3 premiere, he stays behind to slow down Sombra so his sister and the others can escape to the Crystal Empire. He survives, but Sombra manages to implant dark crystals into his horn, blocking him from casting any spells for the rest of the two-parter.
- You Gotta Have Blue Mane: His mane and tail are striped in three shades of blue.
Twilight Sparkle's Parents
Twilight Velvet: Oh, you know my Shiny? We're going to his flugelhorn recital tonight. He's just so talented!"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, and the official trading card game confirmed the father's name of Night Light.
Night Light: He's going to make some young pony very happy one day!
Night Light: He's going to make some young pony very happy one day!
- Absurdly Youthful Parents: They haven't aged a bit since we last saw them in Twilight Sparkle's filly flashback. They practically look the same age as their grown-up children, except for subtle bags under their eyes.
- All There in the Manual: Twilight Velvet's collector◊ cards◊ and Gameloft My Little Pony Licensed Game description reveal that she "loves writing stories about adventures!" The comic book even shows a "Daring Do" award, which led many to believe Twilight Velvet was the author of Daring Do. This was later disproven with the introduction of A.K. Yearling in "Daring Don't", while Word Of God shrugs that the "Daring Do" award is just a name for a prestigious writing award.
- All There in the Script: The mother's name, Twilight Velvet, has only been used in the fourth and sixth waves of Blind Bags, in Gameloft's My Little Pony Licensed Game, and in the Collectible Card Game, which later confirmed her husband's name as Night Light.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: To Shining Armor when he was younger. Calling him "Shiny" and using baby talk at him in front of Cadance.
- Baleful Polymorph: They briefly get turned into potted plants by their daughter in "The Cutie Mark Chronicles".
- Expy: Twilight Velvet is very clearly based on the original G1 Twilight◊ down to the cutie mark and hair colors. The father resembles a G1 German pony named Nachtlicht. Translated? Nightlight.
- Furry Reminder: Night Light whinnies when encouraging his daughter to accept Celestia's offer of becoming her personal student.
- 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 given names in the merchandise: Twilight Velvet's name was given first in the toyline (as a mini-figure), then in Gameloft's mobile game, and later the TCG. However, Gameloft passed up the chance to give Night Light an official name, listing him only 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. The TCG expansion The Crystal Games later confirmed his name.
Pinkie Pie's Family
Shared Family Tropes
Voiced by: Terry Klassen (Igneous Rock, the father)noteA 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 their names: 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 NilsonPinkie's older sister, who has a thing for rocks. Unlike her sister, Maud is very stoic, quiet, and reserved. 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".
- Aloof Big Sister: Subverted. Despite her stoic personality, she and Pinkie are actually very close; she doesn't express herself as exuberantly at Pinkie does.
- Ambiguous Disorder: She has many traits that can make her seem rather "off", such as her slight pauses before speaking with others, her rather Literal-Minded responses to others' statements, her rare display of emotion and her almost narrow-minded obsession with rocks. Unfortunately, these traits also make her seem almost unrelateable to anypony but Pinkie.
- Ascended Extra: Of Pinkie's sisters, she alone gets to be the main focus for an episode.
- Badass Bookworm: Beneath her cold exterior, she's not only getting a "rockorate" (a scientific degree of some sort) and writing her own poetry, but can also reduce rocks to rubble with her bare hooves.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: She may give off an emotionless, deadpan demeanor, but when Pinkie Pie is in danger, she demonstrates the lengths and strength she would go for her family.
- Big Sister Instinct: She will literally move mountains if Pinkie is in danger.
- The Bore: The Mane Six minus Pinkie have a hard time connecting with her just because she's so boring to them.
- Brutal Honesty: A trait of hers that Pinkie inadvertantly acknowledges.Maud: (drinks apple cider) It tastes like apples.
Pinkie: I told you she was super honest!
- Canon Immigrant: She's first mentioned (though not by name) in the Pinkie Pie and the Rockin' Ponypalooza Party chapter book.
- Definitely, but in a different way from Pinkie; she's obsessed with rocks and often randomly says what's on her mind. She also appears to be completely oblivious to the fact that others think that this is strange.
- Even more so for her human counterpart, who also has a pet rock despite lacking the rock farm background.
- The Comically Serious: Her deadpan, serious expression of her incredible feats and odd quirks are comedy gold.
- Companion Cube: Her pet rock, Boulder. Which may or may not be alive. From her appearance in Rainbow Rocks:Maud Pie: Boulder was hungry. (proceeds to pour a box of crackers over the rock)
- Cool Big Sis: To Pinkie Pie.
- Creepy Monotone: How she speaks.
- Deadpan Snarker: She gets a hit in on Discord.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Invokes No, You on Reality Warper Discord.
- Dull Surprise: Her expression is so bland and unengaged, only Pinkie can tell whether she's excited or not.
- Emotionless Girl: She hardly ever expresses emotion, never fully opens her eyes, and always speaks in a deadpan monotone.
- Establishing Character Moment: When she is first introduced, Maud sniffs at a pebble on the ground infront of the Mane Six, immediately classifying it as a sedimentary rock in her emotionless, deadpan voice.
- Extreme Omnivore: She eats a rock at one point.
- Foil: She's a Cloudcuckoolander like Pinkie, but expresses it in a far more deadpan fashion compared to Pinkie's hyperactivity.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: While Pinkie is too immature and childish, making her the foolish sibling, Maud is more stoic and mature, making her the most responsible of the two.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: Her cutie mark is only visible for a couple frames when she is in the middle of rescuing Pinkie. It's a rock.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Pinkie Pie. They even like to share rock candy necklaces!
- Literal-Minded: Doesn't grasp Rarity's metaphor when she asks what her clothes are saying.
- Meaningful Name: "Maud" is short for "maudlin", which means "weakly emotional". On its own, it's an Old Germanic name that means "might" or "strength", which also references her physical power. Her full name, Maud Pie, sounds like "mud pie", which is apropos to her personality towards the Mane Six (i.e., as boring as mud).
- Not So Stoic: The only time she shows emotion is when Pinkie is danger. She also only smiles for Pinkie.
- No, You: Her second appearance gave us this gem:Discord: It's the most basic of jokes!!
Maud: You're the most basic of jokes.
Pinkie: Good one, Maud!
- Perpetual Frowner: She's only ever shown smiling in two separate scenes that aren't even in the same episode.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Ponies in general seem to be stronger than they look, but Maud takes it to an extreme.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Is able to break down solid rock using her forehooves as a jackhammer.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The stoic Blue to Pinkie Pie's energetic Red.
- Remember the New Guy: The mention of Pinkie having a third, older sister came as a surprise in the novel since the rest of her family is clearly seen in a flashback. In "Pinkie Pride", she's in a photograph of Pinkie's first party even though she wasn't present in Pinkie's flashback in "The Cutie Mark Chronicles".
- A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery Inside an Enigma: Rainbow refers to her as a "Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery Inside an Igneous".
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Her stoic personality contrasts to her sister's hyperactive Genki Girl personality.
- The Smart Girl: Is an expert on rocks. The reason she's visiting is because she wants to hang out with Pinkie before she goes to get her "rocktorate".
- The Stoic: Rarely shows any kind of emotion. She even admits she's not as expressive as her sister.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: She's so distant from the Mane Six, it's tough for them to believe she and Pinkie ever get along. However, her love for her sister and ability to literally move mountains for her well-being shine through.
- Super Strength: Destroys a rock by throwing it so hard that the impact is not unlike a bomb going off, and later drills into one with her bare hooves to save Pinkie from being crushed. And more subtly, she has no problem wearing Rainbow Dash's giant rock candy necklace, which even Rainbow herself had to drag along the ground.
- Sweet Tooth: Subverted. She and Pinkie like to share rock candy necklaces, but Maud doesn't really like candy. Instead of eating the necklaces like Pinkie, she saves them in a box.
- Theme Naming: Kind of follows the mineral theme naming the rest of the family follows ("Maud" sounds similar to "Mud").
- Cool Old Lady: 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.
Rarity's FamilySee The Cutie Mark Crusaders for Sweetie Belle, Rarity's younger sister.
Debut: "Sisterhooves Social"
Voiced by: Tabitha St. Germain (Cookie Crumbles) and Peter New (Hondo Flanks)noteRarity'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). They also make an appearance alongside Sweetie Belle at the beginning of "Inspiration Manifestation".
- 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 lady-like 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
Debut: "Games Ponies Play"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.