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Little Strongheart: Wait! Please accept my apologies for what happened on the train, we didn't mean for anyone to be hurt.
Rainbow Dash: Yeah, right.
Little Strongheart: We only wanted the tree. The settler ponies have overtaken the land and have planted an orchard all over it! Because of their thoughtlessness, we can no longer run over our traditional stampeding grounds...
Rainbow Dash: Yeah, right.
Little Strongheart: We only wanted the tree. The settler ponies have overtaken the land and have planted an orchard all over it! Because of their thoughtlessness, we can no longer run over our traditional stampeding grounds...
Debut: "Over a Barrel"
Voiced by: Erin MathewsnoteA buffalo calf from a tribe of buffaloes in Appleloosa. She is first seen participating in a train heist with a herd of other fellow buffalo tribesmen. Rainbow Dash confronted her during the heist on top of the train but she escaped along with the cart they were after (with Spike still on board unbeknownst to them). After befriending Spike, Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie, she tried to reason with the Chief of her herd and the Apple-loosians on how to settle their differences.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She may be sweet and compassionate but that doesn't mean that she can't take care of herself if she needs to (in fact, we see the "Beware" part before the "Nice" part).
- Cute Bruiser: Comes with being a buffalo naturally, but she's nimble enough to jump onto a moving train and fast enough to temporarily outspeed a flying Rainbow Dash while running.
- Everyone Loves Blondes: One of the reasons for her popularity.
- Indian Maiden: Just a calf but faster and just as strong as any of the other buffalo in her tribe. As for calming influence? She's the only dove in a tribe of hawks.
- Meaningful Name: Strong enough to defeat Rainbow Dash, compassionate enough to see the settlers' point of view and attempt to find a solution without resorting to violence, and she's little.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: A young buffalo who can hold her own ground.
- She's a Man in Japan: In the Polish dub, she's referred to as male. What's ironic is that she's voiced by a woman anyway.
- Smurfette Principle: She seems to be the only female buffalo in her tribe.
- Stealth Pun: She's a buffalo gal.
Debut: "Over a Barrel"
Voiced by: Scott McNeilnoteThe Leader of the buffalo tribe. He's quite angry at how the Apple-loosians planted apple trees over his tribe's stampeding grounds, which had been theirs for a very long time. Eventually he, his tribe and the settler ponies learn the value of compromising.
- Appeal to Tradition: His main argument to why he was so opposed to the settlers planting apple trees over his tribe's stampeding grounds.
- "Awesome McCool" Name: "Thunderhooves" invokes an image of loud and frightening power.
- Badass Baritone: He has a deep voice, as is appropriate for a big chief.
- Braids, Beads and Buckskins: The Buffalo tribe all wear eagle feathers, but as the leader he gets to wear a huge headdress that makes him appear even bigger then he already is.
- The Leader: A Headstrong type. His initial solution to the problem is "steal trees" and his later solution is attacking.
- Large and in Charge: He's even bigger than the other buffalo, and dwarfs the other characters. His head alone is as large as a pony.
- Lightning Bruiser: Just like other bison, once he gets going, he moves like a freight train. Then a Pie in the Face takes him down.
- Tastes Like Friendship: He makes peace with the Appleloosans after discovering how delicious their weapons are.
Doctor Stable/Doctor Monitor
Debut: "Read It and Weep"
Voiced by: Peter NewnoteA no-nonsense unicorn doctor who takes care of Rainbow Dash after she breaks her wing.For the original Caramel, see the background ponies page.
- Badass Bookworm: While not as physically imposing as the hospital guards, he can hold his own in a chase and be very threatening if necessary.
- Good Is Not Dumb: While he's genuinely concerned when Rainbow comes back into the hospital groaning, he quickly sees through her ploy (even if he misunderstands why she's doing it).
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: He is only wearing the upper half of a doctor's uniform.
- No Name Given: He isn't named in the show itself.
- Stock Costume Traits: The good doctor wears a regular doctor's uniform except that he isn't wearing any pants.
Voiced by: Vincent TongnoteA unicorn with a pink-frosted donut cutie mark, Pony Joe (or Donut Joe) is an old acquaintance of Twilight Sparkle back in Canterlot. Spike stays at Joe's donut shop during "The Best Night Ever", drowning himself in hot chocolate and donuts with extra sprinkles after the rest of the Mane Six go their separate ways at the Grand Galloping Gala to pursue their own goals instead of hanging out together. Joe later appears as one of the bakers entering the National Dessert Competition in "MMMystery on the Friendship Express", having created a confection called Donutopia. Later still, he makes another appearance in "Just for Sidekicks", selling donuts on the train, and again in "Amending Fences" at his donut shop.
- Aerith and Bob: "Joe" is a remarkably simple name in a town with Twilight, Rarity, Rainbow etc.
- All There in the Manual: According to the shirt◊ and◊ bag Pony Joe's, his donut shop is open 24 hours a day. Until "MMMystery on the Friendship Express", his ownership of said donut shop had also only been mentioned by said licensed merchandise.
- Ascended Extra: His only appearance in Season 1 consisted of two lines in a single scene.
- The Bartender: Even though he isn't exactly a bartender, "The Best Night Ever" treats him as one.
- Big Beautiful Man: Notably larger than the other ponies, and Rarity said he'd look good in a tux. Pinkie Pie might think so as well, since it was her Imagine Spot that put him in one to begin with and most of that imagine spot features mares hanging off of him constantly.
- Drunk on Milk: Spike treats his chocolate drinks and donuts as if they were alcoholic beverages. In fairness, Spike could be one of those people who gets loopy when he's had too much sugar which chocolate drinks and doughnuts with sprinkles would definitely cause.
- I'll Tell You When I've Had Enough!: He has this exchange with Spike in "The Best Night Ever" with him playing the part of The Bartender and Spike as The Alcoholic.Spike: Hey! Pony Joe! Another donut...
Joe: Don't you think you've had enough?
[Spike slams his cup]
Spike: Another donut! Extra sprinkles!
- Large Ham: In "MMMystery on the Friendship Express", he's pretty determined to ensure that his donut shop becomes famous FOREVER!
- Meaningful Name: "Joe" is slang for a cup of coffee, which is often served with donuts. It's also slang for being ordinary, an "Average Joe".
- Old Friend: He has known Twilight Sparkle and Spike for some time before they moved to Ponyville.
- Sudden Name Change: He was called Pony Joe in "The Best Night Ever", then had his name out-of-nowhere revised to Donut Joe when he reappeared with a bigger role in "MMMystery on the Friendship Express". Since both names were only used once each (he's called just "Joe" most of the time), it isn't clear which name is correct; "Donut Joe" is newer, but "Pony Joe" had also been used by fan-designed licensed merchandise beforehand. The remainder of the latter episode just calls him Joe (and for simplicity's sake, so does this very wiki).
- Supreme Chef: His "Donutopia" is a city made of donuts and irresistably delicious.
- Tuxedo and Martini: In Pinkie's Imagine Spot in "MMMystery on the Friendship Express", he is a James Bond-style secret agent with the tux and the gadgets and the beautiful mares clinging to his legs.
Gustave le Grand
Debut: "MMMystery on the Friendship Express"
Voiced by: Mark OlivernoteA griffon baker with a French-esque accent and one of the contestants in "MMMystery on the Friendship Express".
- Alliterative Name: Gustave le Grand.
- Bilingual Bonus: Translated from French, his name means "Gustave the Great".
- The Cameo: He first appeared in Hasbro's Web Game My Little Pony Friendship Express Train™ Puzzle Adventure (in screenshot #28◊, which is from "MMMystery on the Friendship Express").
- Dastardly Whiplash: In Pinkie's Imagine Spot, to further exaggerate his supposed villainy.
- French Jerk: Comes off at this to begin with because of his bragging and is considerably exaggerated on Pinkie's Imagine Spot. Eventually he turns out to be way nicer than his first impression hinted.
- Gratuitous French: He speaks English but a few French terms sneak in.
- Keep It Foreign: Was renamed Gustavo in the French dub and was given an Italian accent.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Comes with being a griffon.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: His name is a riff on that of the French scientist Gustave le Bon.
- Non-Mammalian Hair: Despite his front half being that of a bird, he has a mustache. On his beak.
- Supreme Chef: His Exceptionally Exquisite Éclairs are aptly named.
- Toothy Bird: A griffon with teeth in his bird's beak.
Debut: "MMMystery on the Friendship Express"
Voiced by: Jan RabsonnoteA mule baker and one of the contestants in "MMMystery on the Friendship Express".
- Alliterative Name: Mulia Mild.
- The Cameo: She first appeared in Hasbro's Web Game My Little Pony Friendship Express Train™ Puzzle Adventure (in screenshot #28◊, which is from "MMMystery on the Friendship Express").
- Half-Human Hybrid: Half-pony hybrid, at least. Although it's never brought up, being a mule, by definition she would have a donkey father and a pony mother.
- Ninja: In Pinkie's Imagine Spot she has the sneakiness, the outfit and the sword.
- Larynx Dissonance: She's voiced by a male in a falsetto.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Between her name and her profession, she certainly brings to mind Julia Child.
- Supreme Chef: She can make a life-sized moose statue out of chocolate mousse.
Debut: "Games Ponies Play"
Voiced by: Patricia DrakeA tourist from Mustangia who comes to visit the Crystal Empire for vacation. She just so happens to arrive in the same train on the same day the Equestria Games Inspector, and she ends up getting mistaken for the inspector instead.
- Abhorrent Admirer: Prince Shining Armor is absolutely horrified when she hits on him, since he's already married.
- All There in the Script: The credits only list her as "Games Inspector" (even though that's who she isn't) and her Flash file doesn't have a name either, but the closed captions on the DVD Princess Twilight Sparkle name her Ms. Peachbottom. This was the original name apparently for the real Games Inspector, and had been used as a Fan Nickname for the tourist.
- The Cameo: She makes a brief appearance at the train station in "Uncommon Bond".
- Character Tics: She stretches out her legs and nervously trots in place when her claustrophobia kicks in. She mentions that she has mustang blood (mustangs are free-ranging horses), which could explain it.
- Claustrophobia: She suffers from a case of this. Also altocelarophobia, a fear of high ceilings.
- Curtains Match the Window: Green eyes with a green mane.
- Genki Girl: She's quite cheerful and energetic. It's not revealed how old she is, however.
- Hair Decorations: The pink band tying up her mane.
- Lightning Bruiser: When she runs, she can effortlessly plow through anything in her path without even noticing it. Rainbow Dash of all ponies gets exhausted trying to catch up to her, while she isn't even winded.
- Mistaken for Special Guest: The only thing she and Equestria Games Inspector Ms. Harshwhinny have in common is that they carry a flower-pattern suitcase. Unfortunately for the welcome committee (i.e., the Mane Cast), that's all they know about the inspector before meeting her. She just so happens to be the first pony of that description they see... even though she looks and acts nothing like a sports official. Even her suitcase gives her away, as it has a big rip in one side.
- Multicolored Hair: Her mane and tail have streaks of lighter green.
- Nice Gal: Despite some mild hostility and suspicion she initially has towards the seemingly random bunch of ponies who welcome her as soon as she gets off the train to the Crystal Empire, she turns out to be one of the nicest, cheeriest ponies anyone could ever hope to meet.
Debut: "Rarity Takes Manehattan"
Voiced by: Ashleigh BallManehattan's premier fashion critic, and the host and judge of the Fashion Week competition.
Debut: "Pinkie Pride"
Voiced by: "Weird Al" YankovicThe self-proclaimed "super duper party pony" who travels Equestria to throw the biggest, most spectacular parties wherever they're needed. He shows up in Ponyville in "Pinkie Pride" where he unintentionally runs afoul of Pinkie Pie, the town's resident party planner.
- The Ace: He's a party pony who manages to out-party Pinkie Pie and manages to instantly befriend all of the ponies in Ponyville.
- Always Someone Better: This is how Pinkie Pie feels about him. It turns out that he also feels this way towards Pinkie to a certain extent, as she's the type of party-planner he aspired to be in the first place.
- Anti-Villain: To call him a villain at all would be a stretch, as his cheerful and pleasant demeanor are genuine, and he shares Pinkie's creed of sharing the joy he experienced as a colt to others, albeit on a grander scale. Pinkie butts heads with him merely because she's afraid his charisma will lure her friends away from her, and the only reason he agrees to Pinkie's "goof-off" at all is because goof-offs are Serious Business. That, and she called him "boneless".
- Broken Ace: His back story reveals his ability to make great parties came from a young Pinkie Pie who inspired him to break out of his shyness and eventually make friends.
- The Cameo: At the end of "Twilight's Kingdom Part 2", along with the rest of the ponies who gave the Mane Six their keys.
- He also makes a brief appearance in the movie during "We Got This Together".
- Companion Cube: He has a rubber chicken named Boneless, who he talks to regularly. It was one of the rubber chickens Pinkie Pie dropped during her juggling act at one of her parties when they were both young. He also has a backup chicken named Boneless 2 after giving Boneless 1 away to Pinkie.
- The Drifter: When not in "party mode", he's a parody of this archetype.
- Friendless Background: His own overwhelming shyness as a colt prevented him from making friends and was depressed until he saw one of Pinkie Pie's parties. Plus, his only companion was his rubber chicken.
- Friendly Rivalry: He and Pinkie Pie respect each other's talent as party ponies and get along quite well by the end of "Pinkie Pride", in contrast to many of the Mane Cast's other rivals.
- Fun Personified: He gives Pinkie Pie a run for her money as being the super-duperiest partying-est pony of all, by Pinkie's own admission.
- Ham-to-Ham Combat: His "goof-off" with Pinkie consists of them constantly trying to one-up each other with a series of escalating, over the top cheery songs and party shenanigans.
- Hero Antagonist: He's a nice guy genuinely trying to make people smile like Pinkie does, but his Innocently Insensitive actions end up inadvertently undermining Pinkie's self-esteem.
- Infinite Supplies: You really gotta wonder what kind of budget Cheese has to throw his massive parties. Or really where he keeps it all.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Cheese Sandwich isn't merely "Weird Al" Yankovic in voice; he also has the curly brown hair (more in line with Al's "classic" look), the lanky stature, the dimples, the colorful shirt, the accordion, etc. Even his colt self has the huge, thick glasses Al wore when he was younger before getting corrective eye surgery.
- Innocently Insensitive: He doesn't mean to outshine Pinkie Pie at party throwing; he's just great at doing what they both love and gets swept up in all the attention.
- Keet: He claims to have been this ever since he was a colt, which raised some of his peers' eyebrows until he threw his first pony party. In truth he was actually a Shrinking Violet with a Friendless Background who resolved to change his life around after he attended his first party with Pinkie.
- Large Ham: He's either deadpan serious while still narrating about parties, or goofy and off-the-wall, enough to rival Pinkie.
- More Dakka: Not only is his Cheese Supreme Cannonball Surprise bigger than Pinkie's party cannon and mounted on a tank, in The Movie he helps Pinkie build the gigantic Easy Bake Confetti Cake Cannon.
- My God, What Have I Done?: His reaction when he finds out he's upsetting Pinkie Pie and making her feel unneeded.
- Nice Guy: He's great with kids and adults, even letting a foal keep some free party decorations, and immediately sets to make amends with Pinkie when she becomes convinced Cheese is more welcome as Ponyville's party planner than she is.
- Nobody Calls Me "Chicken"!: "Right, Boneless?"
- Poor Communication Kills: In his defense, the info he withholds from everypony seems like a touchy subject matter for him to talk about, but had he sooner revealed to Pinkie Pie that she was his childhood idol and that he was hoping to impress her, she wouldn't have gone through so much grief thinking he was trying to take her place in Ponyville.
- Quirky Curls: He has a curly, bouncy mane and tail, making him look like his voice actor "Weird Al" Yankovic. It also gives him a certain resemblance to Pinkie.
- Reality Warper: Like Pinkie, he can break the laws of physics. He's shown stopping in midair, then later jumping into a picture during his introductory song, and he can move around off-screen faster than realism allows.
- The Rival: Pinkie declares him to be hers at party planning when he replaces her as the headliner for Rainbow Dash's birthday party.
- Rivals Team Up: After they work out their differences, the two join forces to make an even bigger and better party than ever.
- Spear Counterpart: He's a male Pinkie Pie in practically every aspect: both have similar curly manes, a passion for throwing parties, and a love of random silliness and music. He even has a "Cheesy Sense" that lets him sense whenever a party is being planned, much like Pinkie's Pinkie Sense. Justified as it was Pinkie herself who inspired him to be more like her as a colt.
- Spider-Sense: Just like how Pinkie has a Pinkie Sense to predict vague and immediate events, Cheese has a Cheesy Sense to detect where a party is needed and how epic it's going to have to be.
- Stepford Smiler: To a certain extent. It's clear that he still carries around some insecurity from his lonely childhood, which he lacks the confidence to be honest about until the situation demands it.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: He shifts between being, well, "Weird Al" Yankovic to a hardened Clint Eastwood-type character straight out of a certain Spaghetti Western film series at the drop of a hat. Even funnier is that he never stops talking about throwing parties while in his "Ice" personality.
- Superior Successor: After Pinkie admits he's the funniest party planner, she decides to let him take her place. It becomes a more literal trope when he reveals Pinkie was his original inspiration.
- Vague Age: While the real Weird Al is solidly into middle-age by the taping of this episode, Cheese Sandwich is very near in age to the Mane Six.
- Walking the Earth: He roams Equestria looking for places in need of parties where he'll gladly lend his assistance. Naturally, he sets off on his way when his job in Ponyville is done.
Debut: "Simple Ways"
Voiced by: Doron BellA famous travel writer with a knack for starting all sorts of new trends across Equestria.He has a human counterpart in the Equestria Girls movies, first appearing in Friendship Games as a Crystal Prep student.
- Abhorrent Admirer: From Applejack's POV, see below for why.
- Adorkable: See his awkward attempts to woo Applejack and blend in on Sweet Apple Acres and be amused.
- Cool Shades: Given his Hipster status, this should come as no surprise.
- Dogged Nice Guy: He overplays his interest and knowledge of farm life and apples to woo Applejack, even going so far as to reinvent himself as a farmpony.
- Has a Type: Prefers strong, tomboyish mares over refined, stylish ones.
- Hipster: According to Rarity, he knows what's going to be hot before it's tepid, and his cutie mark is some kind of argyle-pattern.
- Innocent Bigot: Trenderhoof (a unicorn) comments to Applejack that he admires "the work ethic of Earth ponies". Applejack is clearly not amused.
- Innocently Insensitive: He completely overlooks Rarity's advances while fawning over Applejack. He also thinks Derpy is unappreciated.
- It's All About Me: Subverted. He's totally insensitive to others right up to the point when he's explicitly rejected to his face, whereupon he backs down immediately and shows remorse. So while he tends to think about himself most of the time, he can also be considerate to others; he's just not good at seeing when it's needed. A real "It's All About Me" character would have been offended at rejection.
- Meaningful Name: His name references his tendencies as a trend-setter, but it's also a play on "tenderfoot", a slang term for someone unused to rural or outdoor life. Despite his crush on Applejack and subsequent overplayed interest in farm life, he's clearly out of his element on Sweet Apple Acres.
- Mr. Vice Guy: Applejack and Rarity acknowledge he's not a bad pony by any means, but he's incredibly clueless and overbearing in his obsession with farm life.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Word of God has called him the "Anthony Bourdain of Equestria".
- Oblivious to Love: Rarity's otherwise obvious attraction to him flies right over his head.
- Stalker with a Crush: A mild version of this to Applejack.
Debut: "It Ain't Easy Being Breezies"
Voiced By: Brian DrummondA tiny fairy pony-like creature called a Breezie. He was one of a group of them that got separated from the others during their return trip to the portal to their home. Unlike the other Breezies, he's desperate to get home before the portal closes.
- The Cameo: At the end of "Twilight's Kingdom Part 2", along with the rest of the ponies who gave the Mane Six their keys.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Lets one in his own language off when the others don't seem to want to leave Fluttershy's cottage.Applejack: What'd he say?
Fluttershy: [blushing] I'd... rather not say.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: He insults the other Breezies, calling them stupid and incompetent. This behavior is partially because he's more worried about getting back home than they are.
- Evil Wears Black: Downplayed — Seabreeze is the only Breezie who dresses in black, and he's the only one who's constantly angry. However, his anger is justifiable since he's just trying to get back home to his family.
- Happily Married: Implied when we see his family at the end of the episode; his first instinct is to smile warmly at his wife and hug his kid tightly.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's rather mean and constantly shouts at the other Breezies, but underneath it all, he's truly a good guy who's simply frustrated over his group being stuck in Ponyville, especially considering the fact that he has a wife and child waiting for him. The problem is simply that he jumps straight to berating the others, and he learns that positive reinforcement is often a better way to get through to people. Unless his group of breezies only started their habit of slacking off when they reached Fluttershy's house, they've been getting on his nerves for a long time. His lack of patience is considerably more understandable with that in mind.
- Only Sane Man: A little more abrasive than most, but he is the only one among the Breezies who's focused on going back home.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Despite his hair color (and huge eyelashes), he never actually acts girly.
- Speaking Simlish: The Breezies all speak a strange blend of Scottish and Swedish, but Seabreeze is able to speak English and acts as their translator.
- Spock Speak: Seabreeze does not use contractions when he speaks.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Seriously, not one single breezy except him seems to give a rat's ass about returning home, escaping a world clearly not fit for them and delivering that pollen which is supposedly very important for the whole community. It's easy to see why he would get so frustrated.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Fluttershy teaches him that being firm and yelling at others should only come as a last resort when he's unable to get through to them, and he starts helping and encouraging the struggling Breezies instead.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Subverted; it seems like he's this at first, as he yells at Fluttershy when she was taking care of him and the other Breezies, but after she rescues him from a swarm of bees he immediately and repeatedly thanks her.
- Violent Glaswegian: Between his temper and his mix of Scottish and Swedish accidents, Seabreezes fits this quite well.
Debut: "Leap of Faith"
Voiced By: Ian James CorlettA silver pony who was The Shill in Flim and Flam's Medicine Show. His part was to pretend to be ill and then be "cured" due to the Tonic. After Applejack comes clean, he decides to mend his ways.
- Adorkable: Short, nerdy looking, cowardly, yeah he has all the qualities.
- Affably Evil: Really the only "evil" thing about him is that he's allied with the Flim Flam Brothers and helping them with their scheme. At the end of the episode, he becomes a full-blown Nice Guy thanks to Applejack helping him redeem himself.
- The Cameo: At the end of "Twilight's Kingdom Part 2", along with the rest of the ponies who gave the Mane Six their keys.
- Heel–Face Turn: After Applejack teaches him a lesson in honesty. He makes good on it at the very end of "Twilight's Kingdom", having set up a stand to sell wigs and costumes.
- Lovable Coward: When confronted by Applejack about the tonic, he stammers, escapes with a smokescreen and then hides behind the brothers, trembling in terror all the while. Awww...
- Megane: Subverted. He's cute and wears glasses, but it later turns out that the glasses are fake.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Shill has a very Jimmy Stewart-like down-to-earth voice that would be very convincing as part of the confidence scheme.
- The Shill: Was one in the Flim Flam brothers' scheme, as evident in his name.
- Shrinking Violet: Initially. He's like a male Fluttershy.
- Throwing Off the Disability: He throws off a pair of crutches after drinking the tonic. Lies, all lies.
- Unfortunate Names: Really, who would name their child "Shill"?
"Just my luck"
Debut: "Appleoosa's Most Wanted"
Voiced by: Jim MillerA very large pony that's been causing all sorts of accidents at various rodeos all over Equestria. It turns out that he means well, but not only is he very clumsy, he's also very unlucky. Ever since he was young, he always wanted to be a rodeo star, but his clumsiness kept him from really making it as a rodeo pony.
- Acrofatic: He is shown to be this at rodeos in spite his massive size and clumsiness.
- Blessed with Suck: For most of his life, he considered his special talent to be this (see Born Unlucky).
- Born Unlucky: His cutie mark is an upside-down horseshoe (which is considered unlucky since it is believed that the luck would drain out if a horseshoe is held that way), so he believed for a long time that bad luck was his lot in life.
- Catchphrase: "Just my luck..."
- Cursed with Awesome: His klutziness makes him an excellent rodeo clown.
- The Eeyore: Due to his really long streak of bad luck, he's appropriately jaded.
- Gentle Giant: While he is mistaken for a criminal by nearly everyone else, he's actually extremely polite and soft-spoken.
- The Giant: He's one of the biggest ponies in the show, Clydesdale-sized.
- Good All Along: Everypony thought he only appeared at rodeos to disrupt them, earning him a reputation of being a criminal. It turns out that he wanted to be in the rodeo business, but his clumsiness caused him all kinds of trouble.
- The Klutz: He's a very clumsy pony, constantly breaking things or knocking them over by mistake, which has caused him a great amount of misfortune.
- Non-Standard Character Design: He is by far the largest pony character on the show, twice as tall as most other character. He would tower over Big Mac and give even Princess Celestia a run for her money. His features are based off a Clydesdale horse, including the facial markings, coloring, and fetlocks.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Applejack and the Appleoosans fear that he would kidnap the Cutie Mark Crusaders and they think just that when they see the Crusaders with him. Turns out he's actually a nice guy who befriends with the Crusaders and listens to their help into accepting his cutie mark.
"Radical to meet you. Really digging your vibe."
Debut: "Make New Friends but Keep Discord"
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Has prominent large and thick red eyebrows, unusual in comparison to other ponies' designs.
- The Cameo: Has a brief appearance in "On Your Marks" and in the movie.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Tree Hugger is always mellowed-out in her own little world, even when under attack by a giant blob monster.
- Dreadlock Rasta: Her reddish mane and tail are styled like this, even for the Grand Galloping Gala.
- Fantastically Indifferent: Tree Hugger is completely unfazed by Discord, not even remembering his face when they meet a second time. She claims this is because she meets rare creatures on a regular basis. She is, however, freaked out by the live-action Mexican sock puppet in the other dimension.
- Flower in Her Hair: She normally wears a yellow bandana with white flowers on it. For the Gala, she wears a circlet of flowers around her head. Quite fitting with her hippie persona.
- Furry Reminder: Tree Hugger's singing is rather like a horse's whinny, albeit more tuneful than one.
- Granola Girl: She spends a lot of time talking about auras, vibrations, and nature. Plus, her Meaningful Name is Tree Hugger. She also adopts yoga postures while modeling.
- Leitmotif: Sitar music plays whenever she talks.
- Mellow Fellow: Very relaxed and unfazed by threats and abrasiveness. She forgives Discord ridiculously quickly for trying to throw her into another dimension.
- New-Age Retro Hippie: She looks and talks like a archetypal hippie, and her speech is usually accompanied by the sound of a sitar.
- Nice Girl: Despite her eccentricity, she is incredibly forgiving and polite from what is seen of her.
- Not So Stoic: The normally relaxed Tree Hugger is understandably terrified when Discord tries to send her to another dimension, and even then in a rather subdued manner considering.
- Public Exposure: She has a cameo in "On Your Marks" doing nude modeling for painters. Of course, ponies don't usually wear clothes, so it's used more as an ironic gag.
- Stealth Pun: While doing the above-mentioned modeling, one position she takes is known as "tree" in yoga.
- This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: Her avant-garde singing is the only thing that can calm the Smooze down.
- Totally Radical: Tree Hugger's speech is peppered with jargon appropriate for a Granola Girl, including "radical", "mellow", and "groovy", as well as an occasional Like Is, Like, a Comma.
"Well tough tailfeathers! No refunds!"
Debut: "The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone"
Voiced by: Richard Ian CoxGilda's grandfather who lives with her in Griffonstone. He recounts the legend of the Idol of Boreas to Pinkie and Rainbow Dash. He also has a secret recipe for Griffon Scones.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Gilda seems to see him as this, and indeed he comes off as a bit senile.
- The Cloudcuckoolander Was Right: Gilda dismisses the Idol of Boreas as a legend and thinks her grandfather is crazy for believing it, but it turns out that it was indeed real.
- Eye Scream: His left eye is blind with a long scar running across it.
- Glory Days: Constantly reminisces about and longs for the days when Griffonstone was a great and mighty empire.
- Greed: Just like all Griffons, he will only help others if he receives monetary gain from it.
- Grumpy Old Man: A very curmudgeonly, surly Griffon.
- Jerkass: Though he's a little less jerky than most of the Griffons we see.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Implied given the way Gilda talks about him.
- Lethal Chef: His scone recipe looks even worse than equalized Sugar Belle's muffins. Though a little baking powder makes it turn out good.
- Mister Exposition: Explains the history of the griffons, and describes to the main characters the fate of the MacGuffin and its location.
- Large Ham: Gets rather dramatic when talking about the Idol of Boreas.
- Our Gryphons Are Different: He has the standard "half-lion, half bird" setup, but his bird half looks more like a vulture than an eagle (though he might just have gone bald).
- Parental Substitute: Possibly for Gilda, seeing as we never see her parents.
- Pride: A trait of all Griffons, though he seems to be the only one who still believes in it.
- The Storyteller: He tells Dash and Pinkie Pie the legend of the Idol of Boreas and Gilda implies that he does that a lot.
Voiced by: Kazumi EvansA unicorn who was also one of Twilight's old friends in Canterlot. After Twilight left for Ponyville, she became a recluse who only focused on studying.
- Adjusting Your Glasses: As a bespectacled unicorn, Moondancer adjusts her slipping glasses with her magic or her hooves.
- Adorkable: Once you've gotten past the bitter outer shell, you find a pony who's really just as dorky as Twilight.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Has huge red eyebrows which rival Tree Hugger's.
- Bookworm: Exaggerated to the point of being unhealthy. All she does after Twilight leaves for Ponyville is study, study, and study some more. She always has her nose in a book, until Twilight finally gets her back out of her shell, though, presumably she's still a bookworm after. Just a better adjusted one.
- The Cameo: She makes an appearance in the beginning of "The Cutie Re-Mark-Part 1" listening to Twilight's orientation.
- She is also seen as a filly in "Celestial Advice" during Celestia's flashback, and in the movie during the song "We Got This Together", but without her sweater and with her original manestyle.
- Chekhov's Gunman: She's first mentioned as the host of a party that Twilight blows off in the very first episode of the series. She's first important to the plot in season 5, and it turns out that Twilight's reaction to her invitation really affected her.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: While she convinced herself that she didn't need friends, secretly she really did.
- Loners Are Freaks: When Twilight Sparkle think you are studying too much, you are definitely a candidate for this trope. The intense isolation also made her rude.
- Messy Hair: Apparently, Moondancer gave up on grooming as well as having friends.
- Nerd Glasses: Moondancer wears a pair; they're even held together by tape.
- Never Be Hurt Again: After Twilight, the pony she considered her best friend, didn't show up for her first party and moved to Ponyville without a word, Moondancer was so heartbroken that she decided friendship just wasn't for her.
- Palette Swap: Younger Moondancer is this to the then-unicorn Twilight, and she's a hair tie, a pair of wings, and a bit of height away from this in the present. This emphasizes how similar they were until the start of the series.
- Reality Ensues: Viewing Twilight as a close friend meant Moondancer was far less quick to forgive Twilight not attending her party than those friends who knew Twilight wasn't that interested in friendship.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: After suffering in silence for most of the episode, she finally lets Twilight have it about how devastated she was about Twilight not coming to her party, after she'd taken such a personal risk in coming out of her shell.
- Shadow Archetype: She's basically what Twilight Sparkle would have become if Twilight had shut out everyone and focused only on studying.
- Skunk Stripe: Her mane and tail have the same kind of coloring that Twilight has, only reversed (a purple and lighter purple in mostly raspberry hair, instead of pink stripes in purple hair).
Debut: "Rarity Investigates!"
Voiced by: Sidika LarbesSpitfire's mother. Originally believed to be ill, forcing Spitfire to miss a Wonderbolt practice session to take care of her. Her unexpected, healthy appearance at the practice touches off the mystery.
- Strong Family Resemblance: She uses the same color scheme as her daughter.
Debut: "Rarity Investigates!"
- I Would Say If I Could Say: She can't provide many details about the customer Rarity is trying to track down, because they were almost completely hidden by clothes.
- Only Shop in Town: Her shop is the only one in all of Canterlot that sells the specific type of cake used to distract the castle guards.
Debut: "Made in Manehattan"A well-known costume designer who was a community leader, mentor to Coco Pommel and one of the main ponies behind the Midsummer Theater Revival. Moved out of Manehattan to be closer to her grandfillies.
- 100% Adoration Rating: The value of her good works in the community is one of the only things the Manehattan ponies can agree upon.
- The Ghost: Doesn't appear in person in the episode, but we do see photos of her, though.
- Meaningful Name: "Charity Kindheart" is sure a fitting name for a pony renowned for her community works.
Debut: "The Hooffields and McColts"
Voiced by: Ellen KennedyThe matriarch of the Hooffields, one of two feuding clans inhabiting a valley in the Smokey Mountains.
- Apron Matron: No apron, but she fits the criteria of the trope well enough: tough, authoritative, and the undisputed leader of her clan. Very much a mother figure, too, enough so to earn her her name.
- Buffy Speak: Ma Hooffield loves gerunding Edible Ammunition.
- My God, You Are Serious: Exclaims this about apologizing to the McColts when confronted by Twilight about hiding the Hooffields in the apology cake.
Debut: "The Mane Attraction"
Voiced by: Lena HallApplejack's childhood friend who rose to stardom as the most famous pop singer in all of Equestria. Unfortunately, she is at the thrall of her terribly stuck-up and demanding manager.
- Affectionate Nickname: Applejack shortened her name to "Rara" while they were at camp together, which she comes to see as her "real" name over the "Countess" title Svengallop gave her.
- Alliterative Name: Her stage name "Countess Coloratura" is this; ordinarily, she has Only One Name.
- Always Someone Better: Pinkie Pie comments that she's ahead of Sapphire Shores as the top pop singer in Equestria.
- Friend to All Children: Her favorite part of her concerts is meeting school ponies afterward.
- Horrible Judge of Character: She sticks up for Svengallop despite him clearly walking over everypony else and complimenting his own work on her shows rather than her actual singing, since he's still important at making sure everything goes smoothly. She's quick to dump him after Applejack reveals just how much he's been abusing his position, though.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Her normal look makes her a dead ringer for the raven-haired Lena Hall.
- Little Black Dress: For the music festival, Rara wears a simple but elegant black frock with a sheer skirt that shows off her cutie mark.
- Meal Ticket: Svengallop uses Coloratura to reap the perks of stardom and pamper himself.
- Mysterious Veil: Part of her on-stage ensemble, with her discarding it at the end showing her embracing her true personality instead of Svengallop's created persona.
- Nice Girl: While she may look like a snobby prima donna at first, Rara is actually quite friendly and humble pony who appreciates her fans.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Her "Countess" persona is basically Lady Gaga ponified in both appearance and music style.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: She was still using her childhood nickname Rara when she met Svengallop, who gave her the name Countess Coloratura, the "Countess" part not optional. By the end of the episode, she's Rara again, meaning she hasn't gone by her real name since she met Applejack.
- The Prima Donna: She comes of as this before it is revealed that it's actually her manager who is ridiculously demanding.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Inverted as for her performance she keeps her appearance as simple as possible, as opposed to the heavy makeup, black eyeliner, dark veil and gaudy clothes she was wearing before.
- Tears of Joy: While singing "The Magic Inside", Rara cries with happiness at being her true self while doing what she loves for the first time in years.
- True Beauty Is on the Inside: Certainly implied with Coloratura's plain and simple appearance at her performance.
- We Used to Be Friends: Downplayed with Applejack since they merely lost touch rather than outright splitting up, and they're both happy to see each other again. She nearly threatens to cut things off for real when Applejack starts badmouthing her manager, but they patch things up when the Mane Six prove to her how horrible he really is.
Debut: "On Your Marks"
Voiced by: Travis TurnerA skilled dancer who has yet to earn his cutie mark due to his crippling stage fright, who becomes one of the first beneficiaries of the newly empowered Cutie Mark Crusaders.
- Alliterative Name: Tender Taps.
- Curtains Match the Window: He has a purple mane and purple eyes.
- Dancing with Myself: He seems to do it more often than walking because he loves dancing that much.
- Nice Guy: He comforts and encourages Apple Bloom after her failed attempt at dancing.
- Performance Anxiety: He needs the CMCs' help to overcome his fear of performing in front of other ponies, which earns him his cutie mark.
- Shrinking Violet: Only as far as Performance Anxiety. When it comes to talking to new ponies, he isn't shy at all.
- Spoofing in the Rain: Though not actually in the rain, he does both the lamppost twirl and the backflip from "Make 'em Laugh".
Dragon Lord Torch
Debut "Gauntlet of Fire"
Voiced by: Matt CowlrickThe original Lord of the Dragons, who by dragon customs must soon abdicate his throne and has set up an extremely difficult challenge — the Gauntlet of Fire — to select someone worthy of taking his place.
- Abdicate the Throne: Torch has essentially reached the end of his "term" as Dragon Lord, and must soon abdicate and choose a new Dragon Lord.
- Actually Pretty Funny: When Ember copies his Large Ham shouting, telling the other dragons to "AGREE WITH [TORCH]!" and then says she's kidding and not planning to make that her thing, Torch lets out a loud laugh.
- Armored Dragons: Always seen wearing black plate armor.
- Breath Weapon: Naturally, as a dragon, he can breathe fire, and fitting his size and name, his breath weapon is quite the impressive torrent of scorching flames.
- The Cameo: An ambiguous example in "Campfire Tales". One of the dragons in Flash Magnus's story very greatly resembles a pre-Dragon Lord Torch sans armor or crown. If it really is him, his presence in a story set centuries or more in the past is justified by the long lifespans of dragons. He seems smaller than the current Torch, but again this could easily be explained by the Stronger with Age trope.
- Gigantic Adults, Tiny Babies: Dragon Lord Torch is almost as tall as a mountain, whereas his daughter Ember is maybe twice as tall as Spike.
- Happiness Is Mandatory: When Torch wants you to feel a particular emotion, he will let you know it, and you will spontaneously and sincerely feel that emotion.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Is extremely loud and demanding, but also a Reasonable Authority Figure with a So Proud of You mindset toward his daughter, Ember.
- Large and in Charge: Torch is the leader of the dragons, and by far the biggest dragon in the Dragon Lands. He's close in size to the humongous Ursa Major.
- Large Ham: He says just about everything at the top of his lungs. And if his subjects aren't emoting the way he wants, he is not shy about letting them know.Torch: BE SAD!
- No Indoor Voice: Let's just say that Torch really likes shouting.
- Overprotective Dad: According to Garble, he would eat anyone who has any thoughts about Ember.
- Really 700 Years Old: If it is indeed him in Flash Magnus's flashback from "Campfire Tales" and not a similar-looking dragon, then Torch is much more than a millennia old — which wouldn't be that surprising for a dragon. Note that this could make him potentially even older than Celestia and Luna.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Torch is willing to let Spike leave (and later return) without incident after Spike puts up a decent argument both times, and ignores the other dragons when they laugh at the idea of him competing, just warning that all dragons compete at their own peril. While he initially forbids Ember from competing in the Gauntlet of Fire because he thinks she isn't a "big, strong" dragon and thus can't win, when she competes anyway and wins he's angry with her, but backs down when she points out she still won, proving that strength and size isn't everything. Finally, while the other dragons openly hate ponies, Torch doesn't vocalize the same hatred and doesn't seem to have caused any trouble for Equestria during his reign.
- Rent-a-Zilla: Torch is the largest dragon yet. For comparison, individual phalanges of his claws are twice the size of princess Ember, who herself is taller than most ponies.
- So Proud of You: After getting over the fact that his daughter Ember participated in the contest against his wishes, Torch acknowledges that she has the strength and wisdom to be an excellent leader.
- Stronger with Age: His cameo in "Campfire Tales" (if it's him) portrays Torch as much smaller in Flash Magnus's time. He's still a huge dragon in comparison to pegasi, but not as humongous as in the present day. This would be easily explained by this trope, as dragons in fantasy are often expected to grow bigger and bigger as they age.
- Your Size May Vary: Torch initially appears to be quite colossal; the rest of the dragons, themselves generally taller than the average pony, barely take up space in the palm of his hand and are slightly smaller than one of his eyeballs. However, in one scene in the same episode he debuts in, he's shrunken down to a degree that the other dragons are about as tall as his snout, and in a cameo in a later episode he's shrunken further so that his head is the size of one of the smaller dragons.
Voiced by: Alan MarriotA newspony from Manehattan, he is writing a review on the Grand Opening of Rarity's newest boutique. He interviews the Mane Six (and others in relation to the opening) to get the scoop on how the Opening came to pass.
- All There in the Script: His name is only given in the credits list.
- Intrepid Reporter: He goes out and interviews all the ponies possible in relation to Rarity's new boutique, from the Mane Six to Coco Pommel and even Plaid Stripes.
- Meaningful Name: Lede's form of journalism shows the actual review last, while the interim mess caused by the Mane Six in getting the Grand Opening ready is given top billing, essentially what "burying the lede" means in journalistic terms.
- Shout-Out: He is basically J. Jonah Jameson ponified.
Voiced by: Alan MarriotThe Manehattanite landlord of the building Rarity has her boutique in. An apparently affable fellow who soon forces Rarity to hire his daughter to work in her store.
- Collector of the Strange: He collects miniature doll furniture.
- The Mafiya: Lighter and Softer version. He speaks with a heavy Russian accent and wears a track suit jacket and gold medallion. If Rarity doesn't hire his daughter, he'll put her out of business — not through physical harm or damage to the shop, but by jacking up the rent and forcing her to close.
- Nepotism: Forces Rarity to hire his daughter or he'll raise the rent until she can no longer afford to pay it.
- Non-Specifically Foreign: He has an ethnic accent which at times sounds Russian, at other times Eastern European, and ranges in between.
- Real Men Wear Pink: He looks rather macho, yet has no problem admitting his love for miniature doll furniture.
Voiced by: Lili BeaudoinMr. Stripes' daughter whom he forces Rarity to hire. Her unique personality tries Rarity and the rest of the Mane Six's patience as they prepare the store's Grand Opening.
- Adorkable: Her appearance and personality both invoke this, from placing a car horn above the door to signal an arriving customer to her fascination with spoons as clothing.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Like her father, she sports rather bushy eyebrows.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Plaid Stripes is an eccentric who comes up with impractical ideas.
- Daddy's Girl: Her father basically forces Rarity to hire her, and when Applejack turns down her idea of "spoon clothes," she goes right to him, and he wastes no time giving Applejack an earful.
- Hair Decorations: Her big green scrunchie.
- Impossibly Tacky Clothes: Her name is Plaid Stripes and her big idea is clothing made of spoons. She also wears a plaid jacket with a thick fuzzy pink collar, and uses spoons for earrings.
- Nepotism: She got a job working for Rarity because her father is the building's landlord, and he blackmails Rarity into hiring her or else he'll jack up the rent to the point where she'll be forced to close down.
- Nice Girl: Even though she works in Rarity's store due to the influence of her father being the landlord, she doesn't flaunt this and honestly tries to do her best, despite her questionable choices and personality.
- Spoiled Sweet: Her father gets her everything she wants whenever she wants it, including through force and coercion, but she remains a genuinely sweet and friendly filly who sincerely wants to help Rarity's store, even if her ideas aren't always the best.
Debut: "Spice Up Your Life"
Voiced by: Lee TockarThe host at the Tasty Treat, an exotic restaurant in Canterlot that's fallen on hard times. He's very bitter about his restaurant's ill luck and wants to throw in the towel and close up shop, something that brings him in conflict with his daughter, who wants to try and keep it open.
- Alliterative Name: Coriander Cumin.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: His eyebrows are very noticeably thick and bushy.
- The Cynic: He's very bitter and pessimistic about the bad luck and financial difficulties the Tasty Treat has gone through, and it's clear he doesn't expect it to remain in business for much longer.
- Epiphany Therapy: He gets one after Saffron cooks a spicy flat noodle soup to cheer him up after the failed attempt with Zesty Gourmand. The memories of cooking it for her and cooking together overall helps him snap out of his cynic funk.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: He's very clearly meant to the pony equivalent of Indian.
- He Cleans Up Nicely: Rarity forces him to wear a modern waiter ensemble complete with a groomed mane and moustache to impress Zesty Gourmand. He reverts to his traditional clothing and manestyle later.
- Meaningful Name: He's named after two spices typical of Indian cooking, appropriately for his job at a Fantasy Counterpart Culture Indian restaurant.
Debut: "Spice Up Your Life"
Voiced by: Diana KaarinaThe chef at the Tasty Treat, Saffron wants to keep the restaurant open despite it having fallen on hard times, and is angry that her father is too bitter and defeated to try to do so.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Like her father, she's very clearly Indian.
- Meaningful Name: Saffron is a spice common in Indian cooking, and masala is a general name for any mix of spices in Indian cuisine. A good name for a chef at a Fantasy Counterpart Culture Indian restaurant.
- Missing Mom: Her mother is neither seen nor referred to in the entirety of her and Coriander's appearance.
- Nice Girl: In contrast to her father, Saffron is cordial to others and remains optimistic that the Tasty Treat can survive. Of course, her patience can't help but be tested by Coriander Cumin's cynicism.
- Quirky Curls: Her mane and tail are voluminous and full of curls, and she wants to keep her family's restaurant exotic and unique.
- Supreme Chef: Her food may not be up to the standards of the local Caustic Critic, but everyone who actually gives it a taste instantly knows it's delicious.
Debut: "Stranger Than Fan Fiction"
Voiced by: Patton OswaltA stallion Rainbow Dash meets at a Daring Do convention. At first, he seems to like Daring Do as much as Rainbow does, only for her to learn that he only likes the first books and disavows the later series as having too much impossible action. Much to his surprise, he soon becomes entangled in a real Daring Do adventure.
- And You Thought It Was a Game: He thinks the adventure is an advertised Daring Do "adventu-cation" being offered at the convention, only to learn much later it isn't.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: Where to begin. He lives in a world where a pair of princesses are responsible for raising the sun and moon every day, a Reality Warper almost destroyed the kingdom before being stopped by six ordinary ponies (one of whom he's talking to), magic is commonplace, and he thinks that a series of adventure novels are unrealistic.
- Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: When Rainbow and Daring Do see a way out of the flooding temple in the roof, all he asks is if Daring ever doesn't escape out of the top of a temple, which Rainbow and Daring glare at him for. He also says he told for them to go around the Cipactli, not over it, after they escape.
- Cosplay: He's cosplaying as Daring Do at the convention, including fake wings the first time we see him. As such, it's not entirely clear if the grayscale of his mane and tail is his natural color, or if he dyed them to look like Daring Do.
- Fan Boy: Of Daring Do, though kept rather realistic if a bit radical. He's basically what real-life fans are like, complete with liking a rather unimportant side character and writing lots of fanfiction.
- Fanon Discontinuity: In-universe and lampshaded example: He says all the books past the first three of the series are beneath him and he refuses to acknowledge their continuation of the plot.
- First Installment Wins: In-universe example. He only likes the first trilogy and puts the rest of the series in Fanon Discontinuity.
- Flat-Earth Atheist: The main reason Quibble Pants doesn't like anything later than the first trilogy is that he doesn't consider the later works' fantastical elements and impossible feats to be realistic, even though he is a talking pony in a High Fantasy setting where magic, monsters, ancient evils and epic adventures are common and hard-to-miss things and events.
- Genre Savvy: Much to his chagrin, as the predictability of recent Daring Do novels sail beneath his intellect, souring his love for the series. He even manages to be this once he's caught in the midst of a real Daring Do adventure, nonchalantly solving a puzzle for Daring Do and then criticizing the simplicity of it.
- Ink-Suit Actor: His hairstyle, facial features, and mannerisms are a dead giveaway for his actor.
- Insufferable Genius: Quibble Pants is clearly a very intelligent pony and very capable in situations where problem-solving skills and cleverness are required, but his confidence in his own intelligence and insight leads him to be very arrogant, tactless and snarky at the same time.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Is way too arrogant and stubborn, but in the end, he realizes that different ponies just have different opinions.
- Meaningful Name: To quibble is to argue about trivial matters. The "Pants" at the end is similar to its alternate British definition of rubbish or nonsense. His cutie mark is even a speech bubble reflecting his penchant for criticism.
- Oh, Crap!: His reaction on seeing the Cipactli and finally getting it into his head that the whole escapade is real.
- Reality Is Unrealistic: He falls into this a few times when believing that the whole adventure is a Daring Do LARP, like dissing Caballeron's accent as "all over the place".
- Ship Tease: With Rainbow Dash, their initial interactions at the convention looking very much like a date. Afterward, when their different opinions over the Daring Do series are known, their constant bickering can easily be seen as Unresolved Sexual Tension.
- Shout-Out: His rants about Daring Do mimic elements of his voice actor's rants about Star Wars.
- Tempting Fate:
- He complains of the "adventu-cation" and claims the only thing it needs is some giant monster. Cue the Cipactli rising up behind him.
- Before that, he remarks that if he were really in a Daring Do adventure, he'd step on the wrong plank of the Rope Bridge at exactly the wrong moment, which he does (before he even finishes his sentence).
- They Changed It, Now It Sucks: In-Universe, this is Quibble Pants' opinion of every Daring Do book after the first trilogy, thinking that they're Actionized Sequels that overlook puzzles and problem solving in favor of gratuitous and (to him) unrealistic action scenes.
- This Is Reality: Like most everypony else at the convention, Quibble Pants believes the Daring Do adventures are fiction. He's extremely skeptical of Rainbow's claims to the contrary, to say the least, even when they're kidnapped by Cabelleron and his thugs, get stranded in a jungle, meet the real Daring Do, and explore an ancient temple, thinking they're in an elaborate reenactment... until they encounter the Cipactli.
- Too Dumb to Live: He gets dragged into a real Daring Do adventure and spends more than half of it thinking it is just a lame "adventu-cation", thinking the real Caballeron has a bad accent and any traps are because of bad safety. He doesn't even realize when he sets off a temple's deadly traps when he's busy ranting and ignores Rainbow and Caballeron when they try telling him to stop. This almost gets him killed a couple times.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: He is thoroughly familiar with every single trope used in Daring Do books (and indeed action-adventure books in general) but he believes they only exist in fiction. The episode is quick to prove him wrong. He becomes normal Genre Savvy after meeting Daring Do, and becomes useful.
Debut: "The Fault in Our Cutie Marks"
Voiced by: Erin MatthewsAn enthusiastic griffon from Griffonstone, Gabriella (or Gabby to her friends) travels to Ponyville to seek out the Cutie Mark Crusaders and obtain both a purpose in life and a cutie mark.
- The Ace: While trying to find out her special talent, Gabby is extremely good at everything she tries.Cutie Mark Crusaders: She's so good at things, it's frightening.
- All Animals Are Dogs: A minor example. While she was waiting for the Cutie Mark Crusaders at their club house, she scratches herself with her back leg just like a dog would, even though she has talons that she could have used just as easily.
- Bad Liar: It seems the only thing Gabby can't do is lie convincingly.
- Cuddle Bug: Gabby is quite... demonstrative in her affections, and catch all three Crusaders in a Bear Hug several times.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Thorax. They're each the Token Good Teammate of their respective species, both of which have a very bad reputation among ponies. They also befriend the young Famed In-Story heroes of two pony communities where they are both well liked at the end of their introductory episodes (The Crystal Empire for Thorax and Ponyville for Gabby). Plus they both promise to promote the values of pony society (specifically friendship) among their respective species. Also they were both shaped from watching events that happened earlier in the series; Thorax saw the mane six fighting the changelings with the power of their friendship, and he decided that he wanted true friendship; on the other hand, Gabby was present when Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie were in Griffonstone spreading friendship and noticed their cutie marks glowing which caused her to decide that she wanted a cutie mark.
- Dream-Crushing Handicap: Gabby wants a cutie mark. As she and the Crusaders find out, it doesn't matter how badly Gabby wants it; griffons simply can't get cutie marks.
- Dudley Do-Right Stops to Help: Gabby just can't stop herself from helping others, even if they reject her kindness (as it happens with the other griffons) or if she's in a hurry to leave herself, as she should have done to avoid the Cutie Mark Crusaders finding out the truth about her "cutie mark".
- In many ways, she's the griffon version of Derpy; they're both messengers/mail workers, nice and cheerful girls, and with problems to fit with their peers, Derpy being a Walking Disaster Area and Gabby being the Token Good Teammate for the whole of Griffonstone.
- She can be considered a griffon version of Pinkie Pie as well; Genki Girl, with No Sense of Personal Space, and her whole life is dedicated to helping others and making them happy.
- Friendless Background: Gabby felt out of place among most other griffons, who are mostly a bunch of foul-tempered loners who'd reject her attempts to be friends with them all. It's downplayed because the griffons treat everyone they meet with equal disdain, so they don't single her out for being different.
- Genki Girl: Gabby's default mood is energetic and delighted, and it takes a lot to bring her out of it.
- Large Ham: She can get quite dramatic during her Genki Girl moments.
- Lying to Protect Your Feelings: She lies to the Crusaders, saying that she got a cutie mark, in order to make them think that they succeeded, all to make them feel better.
- Meaningful Name: "Gabby" means talkative, and she can certainly get pretty chatty.
- Mix-and-Match Creatures: While she, like the other griffons, claims to be half lion and half eagle, her bird head and general color pattern resembles a peregrine falcon's... one of Earth's fastest birds, perfect for a quick-messenging/mailing job.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Gabby is a Nice Girl living in a Jerkass society.
- Nice Girl: A griffon who only wants to help people, no matter what.
- No Sense of Personal Space: She loves getting into people's faces and giving bear hugs, as the Cutie Mark Crusaders repeatedly experience.
- Renaissance Man: She has demonstrated a broad range of talents from music to math and from ship-building to cake-baking.
- Verbal Tic: She has a tendency to repeat words for emphasis.
Debut: "Top Bolt"
Voiced by: Emmett HallA talented rookie in the Wonderbolt cadet camp, Sky Stinger is proud, brash and absolutely confident in his flying abilities and chances of becoming a Wonderbolt — even though his confidence may be more than a bit misplaced.
- Asleep in Class: Falls asleep while in Twilight's flying theory class — partly because of his belief he doesn't need what the class teaches, partly because Twilight's lectures seem to have that effect on people.
- The Cameo: Alongside Vapor Trail, he appears in the background of a couple of shots in the Wonderbolt headquarters in "Parental Glideance" and "Secrets and Pies".
- Freudian Excuse: His grandstanding and attention-seeking personality is due at least in part to having grown up as one of several siblings, constantly competing for their parents' attention.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He is snarky and full of himself, but he genuinely cares for Vapor Trail.
- Middle Child Syndrome: Since he's the middle child in a family with four sisters, two older, two younger, getting attention from his parents was pretty... difficult.
- Outnumbered Sibling: As seen in the flashback to his and Vapor Trail's childhoods, Sky Stinger is the only colt among his siblings, and he has at least four sisters.
- Platonic Life-Partners: With Vapor Trail. They have been friends since their childhoods and their friendship seems to be the most important bond in their lives, though there is nothing to indicate any sort of sexual attraction between them.
Debut: "Top Bolt"
Voiced by: Rhona ReesSky Stinger's lifelong friend, Vapor Trail is a rather lackluster flier, and does not have much confidence in her athletic abilities — something that may be more of a hindrance to her than actual physical prowess.
- The Cameo: Alongside Sky Stinger, she appears in the background of a couple of shots in the Wonderbolt headquarters in "Parental Glideance" and "Secrets and Pies".
- Freudian Excuse: Her retiring personality and aversion to the spotlight seem to be due, at least in part, to her being an only child constantly fussed and fawned over by her parents whether she wanted to be or not.
- Gosh Darn It to Heck!: When Vapor Trail accidentally confesses to Twilight and Rainbow that she's been helping Sky with his flight, she quietly exclaims "Ah, sugarcubes!"
- Nice Girl: Vapor is shown to have a very polite personality.
- Oh, Crap!: When Rainbow announces that the Wonderbolt cadets will have to go through solo trials, since she’s not very confident in her ability to fly well on her own and since she knows that Sky Stinger will do badly without her helping him.
- Platonic Life-Partners: With Sky Stinger. They have been friends since their childhoods and their friendship seems to be the most important bond in their lives, though there is nothing to indicate any sort of sexual attraction between them.
- Properly Paranoid: Her belief that Sky Stinger would take badly to being told that his "talent" depended entirely on the help Vapor has been giving him on the sly and that revealing this to him would be a bad idea proved to be entirely correct.
- Shrinking Violet: Downplayed. She has confidence issues and doesn't like attention. However, she seems to step out of it when the situation calls for it; for example, she tells Sky Stinger the truth about his flying rather bluntly once coerced, and has no problem holding a grudge against him in later scenes for how he yelled at her, both things we rarely if ever see characters like Fluttershy doing.
- Wind from Beneath My Wings: Vapor Trail has been using this to boost Sky Stinger's flying performance for years, without him noticing.
- Ascended Extra: She appeared in a minor role for a single scene in "Secret of My Excess", but ended up playing a much more central role in "Fluttershy Leans In".
- Friend to All Living Things: She loves all animals, even if caring for them makes her tired.
- Kindly Vet: Exaggerated trope
- Meaningful Name: "Fauna" refers to animal life.
- Nice Girl: She loves all animals and is on very good terms with Fluttershy. Even through she is tired because she has to take care of all the animals, she never gets angry or raises her voice.
- Sudden Name Change: She was not named in her first appearance ("Secret of My Excess"), and the collectable card game and Gameloft mobile app named her "Mane Goodall". "Fluttershy Leans In" named her "Doctor Fauna".
Debut: "Hard to Say Anything"
Voiced by: Vincent TongAn earth pony singer from Our Town who's trying to woo Sugar Belle and shortly becomes Big Mac's rival in love.
- Adorkable: Surprisingly enough, at the end of his debut episode, it's shown that while he may be good-looking and charismatic, he is pretty insecure when it comes to actually interacting with girls. Even before that, he shortly becomes this at the end of his musical number, as he awkwardly tries to give Sugar Belle flowers with a goofy but adorable smile on his face
- The Charmer: Played with. He can try and charm a pony as much as he wants, and he's certainly popular with the ladies, but he can't talk to girls at all (although the CMC start helping him with that).
- Chick Magnet: Until the musical number, Sugar Belle doesn't dislike him, Sweetie Belle is implied to have a Precocious Crush on him and, even if he loses to Big Mac, the Crusaders remind him that he has a trio of fangirls obsessed with him.
- Did Not Get the Girl: Zig Zagged Trope. Sugar Belle chooses Big Mac, but any of his three fangirls will be happy to replace her.
- Failed a Spot Check: He has no idea he has a trio of beautiful admirers following him everywhere until Sweetie Belle points them out to him.
- Graceful Loser: When the CMC tell him Sugar Belle is Big Mac's new special somepony, Feather Bangs gracefully admits defeat.
- Hair Flip: Constantly. He even lists his ability to flip his mane as one of his skills. At the end of the episode, the CMC do it too, imitating him.
- Instant Fan Club: Feather Bangs' trio of fangirls that always follow him.
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: Rare male example. He is popular, attractive and acts rather pompous in public, but in the end, he is a pretty Nice Guy.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: He's pretty clearly inspired by Justin Bieber.
- No Social Skills: He has trouble making conversation when not imitating a pop star.
- Oblivious to Love: He's so busy trying to win Sugar Belle he doesn't realize he's already got three other beautiful mares swooning over him.
- Pair the Spares: At the end, the CMC agree to help him woo one of his fangirls.
- Pretty Boy: A stallion equivalent.
- The Rival: Big Mac's main opponent in gaining Sugar Belle's affections.
- Villainy-Free Villain: He may be one of the main obstacles standing between Big Mac and Sugar Belle, but his only real flaw is being rather overbearing. The CMC even help him find his own special somepony after Big Mac gets the girl.
Voiced by: Andrea LibmanOne of the three aspiring designers competing in Rarity's showcase. A unicorn who specialises in elegant clothing.
- Pimped-Out Dress: Her style of designing, which calls "elegance and drama" uses fancy decorations such as layered skirts (lots of fabric) and feathers painstakingly sewed into place.
Voiced by: Caitriona MurphyOne of the three aspiring designers competing in Rarity's showcase. A pegasus who specializes in dark clothing.
Voiced by: Michael AntonakosOne of the three aspiring designers competing in Rarity's showcase. An earth pony who designs his clothes to represent "the future".
Debut: "The Perfect Pear"
Voiced by: Bill MondyA firewood salesman from Ponyville. Burnt Oak was a close friend to Bright Macintosh, the father of the Apple siblings, when they were both young.
- The Cameo: He briefly appears in the Cold Open of "It Isn't the Mane Thing About You", where he can be seen in the market talking with Apple Bloom.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Burnt Oak can be seen among the background ponies at the market in the "The Perfect Pear"'s first scene.
- Cool Old Guy: An old woodcutter who was close friends with Bright Mac, and a lover of telling stories.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Burnt Oak seems to be a pony caricature of Sam Elliott. He's even first seen with Jeff Letrotski, referencing Elliott's role in The Big Lebowski.
Debut: "To Change a Changeling"
Voiced by: Bill NewtonThorax's elder brood-mate, Pharynx is the last changeling in the hive to be unhappy with their new lifestyle and to maintain his old natural form, leading to friction with his brother and the rest of his hive.
- Big Brother Bully: Pharynx was one to Thorax when they were grubs, smacking Thorax and calling him weak. That said, he still kept other grubs from picking on Thorax, and seemed to consider picking on his brother necessary to toughen him up.
- Big Brother Instinct: He may be a Big Brother Bully, but, as shown in a flashback, he's also protective of his younger brother and doesn't take kindly to other changelings picking on him. Starlight actually tries to exploit this side of him in order to show the other changelings his good side and get them to accept him.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: In addition to naturally being a large insectoid creature as a changeling, he also shows a preference for taking a massive form resembling a cross between a spider, a fly and a tank when he needs to fight or intimidate someone else.
- Dark Is Not Evil: He's Red and Black and Evil All Over in both forms... but also a Jerk with a Heart of Gold instead of a villain.
- Foil: To Chrysalis. Both are harsh, and stubbornly choose Redemption Rejection in contrast to the rest of the Changelings. But while she believes It's All About Me and has a Lack of Empathy, he's a genuine Jerk with a Heart of Gold who's ultimately willing to make peace with Thorax.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Pharynx is a bully and prefers the old ways of Chrysalis, but he does care about Thorax and the Hive and wants to protect them. He is concerned that their more peaceful lifestyle has made them incapable of fending for themselves.
- Jerkass Has a Point: As rough as Pharynx is, he is right that the Changelings have become far too soft ever since Thorax assumed leadership, cowering and being unable to protect themselves from outside threats.
- Large and in Charge: Befitting his post-transformation position in charge of the hive's defense, he's noticeably taller and larger than the other changelings, second only to Thorax.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Before his transformation — and even during Chrysalis's rule — Pharynx had a purple shell and red crest, seemingly the only changeling to do so. Afterwards, he gains another unique design, halfway between Thorax and the other standard changelings in height and antler size.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over:
- Pharynx retains the Changelings' original black exoskeleton, has a red dorsal fin and tail, and is the Token Evil Teammate of the Changelings under Thorax's leadership.
- After his transformation, he retains a comparatively dark color scheme to other Changelings, dark blue and purple with dark orange accents. He is reformed at this point, but is perhaps still the least soft of the new Changelings.
- The Remnant: He is the last of the rogue changelings who won't accept Thorax's reforms to the hive, who in turn were the last changelings who kept to the lifestyle they used to when Chrysalis was in charge.
- Sibling Rivalry: Despite being brothers, Thorax and Pharynx are strongly at odds with each other over their clashing ideals.
- Stop Hitting Yourself: Pharynx used to do this to Thorax when they were grubs, smacking Thorax in the face with the latter's hoof and asking him why he was hitting himself. This later turns out to be the trick to defeating the Maulwurf — since the only thing that can hurt it through its thick hide are its own attacks, Thorax and Pharynx goad it into slapping and biting itself by hovering next to it or standing on it and dodging before it can hit them. Pharynx explicitly brings up his childhood habit of doing this when he comes up with the plan.
- Tough Love: Pharynx honestly cares for his younger brother: his antagonism towards him, even when they were still grubs, is motivated by the fact that he honestly believes Thorax needs to toughen up for his own good.
Marks and Recreation", where he goes on an anti-cutie mark crusade due to his belief that getting a cutie mark forces you in a box and limits your options in life without you getting a say in it.
- The Ace: He's a skilled and strong flyer, unsurprisingly, and according to Thunderlane, he excels at a variety of other activities as well, though he deliberately downplays them in favor of focusing on flying due to his fear that if he doesn't get a flying cutie mark he can't become a Wonderbolt like Thunderlane is.
- Ascended Extra: Originally, he was a fairly minor background character with all of one spoken line in the show's second season. That was about the extent of his character until "Marks and Recreation", where he became the primary antagonist and had his character and relationships with other characters greatly expanded.
- Badass Adorable: Rumble participates in the tornado making as a little colt. He's also able to start a pro-blank flank movement through sheer force of charisma.
- Badass Armfold: In "Marks and Recreation", he does one just before barging into the CMC's day camp and pied pipering away the other colts and fillies.
- Big Brother Worship: It turns out Rumble wants to be just like his big brother Thunderlane. He's been avoiding doing new things ever since Thunderlane became a Wonderbolt because he is afraid he'll get a mark that will prevent him from becoming a Wonderbolt himself.
- Blessed with Suck: Rumble's view on cutie marks, believing that getting one will force him to do nothing but activities related to his special talent and stop doing other things he enjoys, or frustrating his dream to become a Wonderbolt. In the end, he realizes he was wrong.
- Cultural Rebel: In "Marks and Recreation", he's against the idea that you need to get a Cutie Mark, and believes that it is in fact better not to have one at all.
- Death Glare: He gives a fierce one to the Crusaders when he tells them he doesn't want a Cutie Mark.
- Dream-Crushing Handicap: Related with the above Blessed with Suck, Rumble wants nothing in life but becoming a Wonderbolt, and fears getting a cutie mark that will stop him from pursuing his dream.
- Growing Up Sucks: In a sense. In "Marks and Recreation", he doesn't seem opposed to growing up in general — he's specifically against getting cutie marks and (as he sees it) being forced onto one path in life defined by your special talent.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Rumble's face has the standard filly shape, rather than the blockier snout of other colts.
- Took a Level in Cynic: Between his first and second speaking roles, he goes from being a content colt in the background to being a philosophical enemy of the CMC.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: He was just Thunderlane's little brother in "Hurricane Fluttershy", but by "Marks and Recreation" he has become more openly hostile to the CMC and cutie marks in general.
Debut: "Once Upon a Zeppelin"
Voiced by: Zach LeblancA passenger on the "princess cruise" run by Iron Will, and a big fan of Twilight Sparkle. After winning a competition, he gets to spend the entire day with Twilight and her family.
- Adorkable: Both awkwardly nervous and extremely giddy about being around Twilight.
- Ascended Fanboy: Star Tracker is a fan of Princess Twilight, and after winning a contest gets to spend the whole day with her as an honorary member of her family.
- Honorary True Companion: After winning his prize, Twilight's family treats Star Tracker as another family member. He then subsequently sticks up for Twilight when Iron Will tries to run another princess-themed event.
- Meaningful Name: He follows Twilight (the star of the cruise) everywhere she goes.
- Nice Guy: Despite his habit of getting uncomfortably close to Twilight, he is a genuinely decent colt, thanking her for letting him be an honorary member of her family. He even stands up to Iron Will for her.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Shorter than Twilight, who's shorter than the average stallion.
- No Sense of Personal Space: He has a habit of getting very close to Twilight (even whispering in her ear), which freaks her out. After losing her temper, she accidentally steps on his hoof and gives him a Backhanded Apology. However, she later apologizes to him for real when she admits she was just as wrong to keep quiet about her discomfort before snapping at him.
- Offscreen Teleportation: Star Tracker does this a few times, particularly during the bingo game scene, where he's next to Night Light in one shot and then in the next he's whispering in Twilight's ear, freaking her out.
- Stalker Without A Crush: He gets very close to Twilight, and is clearly devoted to her, but he shows no signs of any romantic interest in her. He's just a very big fan.