Characters / Friendship Is Magic: One-Shots
aka: Friendship Is Magic-One Shots

These are characters who have each only appeared in one episode and sometimes a cameo in another. Nevertheless, they've played an important role in one episode.

Characters here are arranged according to their single major role. Spear Carriers, a specific kind of One-Shot Character, belong to the special background ponies page. Villains and Monster of the Weeks, a more antagonistic variant of One-Shot Character, belong to the Antagonists page.

Determining a one-shot:
  • They have played an important role in one episode.
  • If they played another major role then they now belong to the Supporting Cast pages.
  • If they are only Spear Carriersnote  then they belong to the Special Background Ponies page.
  • They are still considered one-shots if their previous appearance(s) have been background roles.
  • They are still considered one-shots if they have been appearing as background characters since their major role.

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Season 1

    Hoity Toity
Who is responsible?!
Voiced by: Trevor Devallnote 

Owner of the Best of the Best Boutique in Canterlot, he's looking for the newest fashions for Equestria.

  • Brutal Honesty: He absolutely crushes Rarity during her first fashion show.
  • The Cameo: He pops up in the audience during Fashion Week in "Rarity Takes Manehattan".
  • Caustic Critic: He's appalled by the second batch of dresses Rarity made and makes no secret of it, though Rarity herself considered them the ugliest dresses she'd ever made and was deeply embarrassed with having to show them to him. He's considerably more positive when convinced to give her original designs a chance and exuberantly praises Rarity afterwards and places a rush order for a dozen of each.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's merciless if somepony's designs are not up to his standards. However, if he thinks they have legitimate talent, he will do everything in his power to help them.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Based on fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld... white hair in a ponytail, sunglasses, high starched collar and a hand fan for a cutie mark... but with a heavy Long Island Lockjaw inflection to his voice, making him sound like actor Jim Backus.
  • Odd Friendship: While not really seen, some sources have said that he and Spike are friendly acquaintances.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His name is spelled as "Hoity-Toity" on the cover of a Hoof Beat magazine in the Lone Star Comics variant Cover RE of the upcoming Issue #1 of IDW's comic books.

    Photo Finish
She'll make you a Picture Perfect Pony.

A famous fashion photographer obsessed with looking for the next big star in fashion.

She has a human counterpart in the Equestria Girls universe; go here for tropes pertaining to the Human Photo Finish.

  • Ascended Glitch: She has the same cutie mark as Twilight Sparkle. This was originally just one of the show's Bloopers, but her and Hoity Toity's trading card ran with it.
  • The Cameo:
    • Shows up at the same art show as Rarity in Season 2 during Rarity's song in "Sweet and Elite".
    • Later appears in the opening to Season 4 to take the group photo. She also shows up among the Fashion Week audience alongside Hoity Toity and Sapphire Shores in "Rarity Takes Manehattan" during the same season.
    • Her human counterpart makes numerous non-speaking appearances in Equestria Girls as a student. Like her pony version, she has an interest in photography, shown setting up a camera in the gym during preparation for the dance, then later later taking photos during the dance itself. In the sequel, she gains a speaking role with the same voice and accent as her pony counterpart.
  • Cool Shades: Never seen without them, much like Hoity Toity, although unlike Hoity, we don't see her lower them.
  • Incoming Ham: "I! Photo Finish... HAVE ARRIVED!!"
  • Funny Foreigner: Speaks with a vaguely German accent. Either it's a Shout-Out to The Incredibles' Edna Mode or maybe Karl Lagerfeld's accent that Hoity Toity didn't have was transferred to her.
  • Large Ham: Every sentence is a declarative statement and often accompanied by cameras flashing.
  • Leitmotif: Which plays whenever she's on screen.
  • Moe: In-Universe: She is a huge fan of this, as evidenced in her debut episode. All of the pictures she takes of Fluttershy specifically are her looking either shy, downcast or otherwise "I need a hug".
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Her pageboy haircut and sunglasses make her a caricature of Anna Wintour, the famously bitchy and eccentric editor-in-chief of Vogue. Fans calling her "Pony Gaga" can be chalked up to Small Reference Pools. The oversized sunglasses and white mane give her an alarming resemblance to The Fame album cover.
  • Not So Different: Photo Finish is in many ways a Character Exaggeration of Rarity; she has an even more overt foreign accent, is about 20% hammier and can be just as pushy and absorbed in her work as Rarity. She's even taken with Fluttershy, Rarity's closest friend.

    Little Strongheart
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...

Debut: "Over a Barrel"

Voiced by: Erin Mathewsnote 

A 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.

    Chief Thunderhooves
Debut: "Over a Barrel"

Voiced by: Scott McNeilnote 

The Leader of the Buffalo tribe, he was 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 learned 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 Mc Coolname: "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 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 took him down.
  • Tastes Like Friendship: He makes peace with the Appleloosans after discovering how delicious their weapons are.

Season 2

    Doctor Stable / Doctor Monitor 
Voiced by: Peter Newnote 

A 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.

    Iron Will
Iron Will's my name, training ponies is my game!
Voiced by: Trevor Devallnote 

A boisterous minotaur who runs a motivational seminar that helps meek ponies like Fluttershy become more assertive. Of course, his lessons aren't free...

  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: He wears a necktie, nose-ring, headset and nothing else.
  • Adaptational Villainy:
    • As the boss of Level 3 of The Hub's Web Game Adventure Ponies
    • He's not especially villainous, but in the comics he still joins Radiant Hope's legion of doom and in fact has one of the most important roles (stealing the Crystal Heart, a national treasure), as well as teams up with Queen Chrysalis.
  • Anti-Villain: Of the Designated Villain variety. His episode presents him as the antagonist, and it appears that Hasbro considers him one of the series' villains if the villains poster and Adventure Ponies is anything to go by. However, he isn't evil at all. His intentions are not in the least malicious and he learns from his encounter with Fluttershy.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: One of his lessons is this trope — take confidence by taking charge!
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Anyone would like the name ''Iron Will" and it is especially appropriate for a motivational speaker.
  • Badass Baritone: As befitting his muscular appearance he sports a very deep voice.
  • Badass Boast: All his mantras qualify as this.
  • Deuteragonist: Of "Putting Your Hoof Down", for all intents and purposes (he learned his own lesson after all).
  • Exact Words: "If you are not 100% satisfied You. Pay. Nothing!" He's reasonable enough to stick by them.
  • Expy: His voice sounds almost like Mr. Satan from Dragon Ball Z. He also appears to be based on Hulk Hogan and a number of other professional wrestlers (see No Celebrities Were Harmed).
  • Gentle Giant: To a degree: he threatens that he wants to hurt Fluttershy for not paying for the seminar, and rips the planks she used to board up her cottage, but then proceeds to give a gingerly knock. Also, he's not below using a very girly basket to go grocery shopping with.
  • Graceful Loser: When Fluttershy claims she doesn't owe him any money because she's not satisfied with the results from his seminar, he proves to be a minotaur of his word. He even considers it a learning experience he might integrate into his lessons.
  • Hammer Space: Where did he get that basket from?
  • Hidden Depths: At first glance, he looks like an abusive jerk trying to scam people with a fake self-help seminar. Turns out he's surprisingly well-behaved, emphatic and a bull of honor, plus his seminar truly worked. The only problem is that it worked too well. Even when he's struggling with Rarity and Pinkie Pie, he only used a fraction of his strength and he politely knocks at Fluttershy's door instead of smashing it as the audience is lead to believe he's going to do.
    • In IDW's Friends Forever #10, we discover Iron Will is married with a son that looks up to him (perhaps too much), and that Iron Will is a gourmet chef.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He would have been well within his rights to demand payment from Fluttershy, had he not included the "100% satisfied or you pay nothing" guarantee in his seminar.
  • Hot-Blooded: Played with. On one hand he's a large personality that frequently shouts, but he has the presence of mind not to hurt the mares or break down Fluttershy's door.
  • Incoming Ham: Iron Will's entrance involves artificial smoke, dramatic spotlight, fireworks, a well-time cape reveal, a theme music sounding like "Eye of the Tiger", and him flexing his muscles before he's even start talking. The whole work.
  • Insistent Terminology: He's not a monster; he's a Minotaur. Notably, he isn't the one to insist on the terminology — of the three times it comes up, Fluttershy corrects the others when he isn't around, and when Rarity says it to his face she corrects herself.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he was a bit forceful on getting Fluttershy to pay up (then again, it was around a few days since the seminar), he's reasonable enough to stick by his Exact Words. He even plans on using his encounter with Fluttershy as an inspiration for his next seminar.
  • Large and in Charge: His goat minions don't come up to his knees.
  • Large Ham: He flexes in some way every time he talks. Even Pinkie Pie is confused by it.
  • A Load of Bull: A minotaur.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Traditionally, the Minotaur (literally, "the bull of [King] Minos") is a creature (unique, not a species, much like the original Pegasus) with the head of a bull and the body of a man, or at least somehow part man and part bull. Iron Will fits the first description down to the waist, below which he has hooves and a bull's tail, not uncommon in modern renditions of minotaurs. With a bipedal posture and one-third human body, or at the very least human hands and arms if that's interpreted as an upright bull's torso, he's the closest thing to a human the series has seen so far.
  • Mooks: Not the evil types. He has goats that serve as his equipment crew and security.
  • Mythology Gag: Fittingly for a Minotaur, he's first encountered inside a hedge maze.
  • Foil: A positive example for Fluttershy. He's much more assertive and gregarious than the meek, introverted pegasus.
  • Mr. Fanservice: A flexing guy that never wears a shirt. For more emphasis on the fanservice ?
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Iron Will appears to be an Expy of motivational speaker Tony Robbins. Also Mr. T, Hulk Hogan, Randy "Macho Man" Savage and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and the inspirational style of Courage Wolf.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: His inspirational Catch Phrases. To name a few:
    Iron Will: When somepony tries to block, show them that YOU ROCK!

    Iron Will: Never apologize when you can criticize!
  • Real Men Wear Pink: That's a cute little shopping basket he's got there.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Invoked with the tufts of fur on his shoulders, which resemble the remains of ripped off sleeves.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Speaks fluent goat.
  • Stealth Pun: He's a minotaur who endorses becoming a bully to earn respect.
  • Third-Person Person: The way he says his name.
  • Too Important to Walk: His goat minions carry him around.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: He has a large chest and brawny arms but small legs.
  • The Voiceless: His goat minions seem incapable of speech. They only do bleating sounds. Iron Will seems to understand them perfectly.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Iron Will tosses Rarity and Pinkie Pie aside (into the mud in the case of the latter) and is willing to threaten to beat up Fluttershy if she doesn't pay him the fee — although this was probably a boisterous bluster for effect.

Voiced by: Vincent Tongnote 

A 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 
Voiced by: Mark Olivernote 

A griffon baker with a French-esque accent and one of the contestants in "MMMystery on the Friendship Express".

  • 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.

    Mulia Mild 
Voiced by: Jan Rabsonnote 

A mule baker and one of the contestants in "MMMystery on the Friendship Express".

Season 3

    Ms. Peachbottom
Voiced by: Patricia Drake

A 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.
  • 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 for her age.
  • 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.

Season 4

    Prim Hemline 
Voiced by: Ashleigh Ball

Manehattan's premier fashion critic, and the host and judge of the Fashion Week competition.

    Cheese Sandwich
The super-duper party pony, that pony is ME!
Debut: "Pinkie Pride"

The 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.
  • 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: Unlike the Mane Cast's previous rivals.
  • Fun Personified: 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 entirely of him trying to out-goof her.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Bell

A famous travel writer with a knack for starting all sorts of new trends across Equestria.

  • 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.

Voiced By: Brian Drummond

A 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 very 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.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Seriously, not one single breezy except him seams 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.

    Silver Shill
Debut: "Leap of Faith"

A 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"?

Season 5

    Trouble Shoes
"Just my luck"

Voiced by: Jim Miller

A 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.
  • Badass Baritone: Via Jim Miller (who also voiced King Sombra).
  • 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, 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 mares/stallions and would give Big Mac or even Princess Celestia a run for their money. His features are designed 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.

    Tree Hugger
"I meet a lot of different creatures, each one of them perfect and unique."
"Radical to meet you. Really digging your vibe."

Voiced by: Nicole Oliver

A very mellowed-out earth pony who is good friends with Fluttershy. Tree Hugger is never one to raise her voice, and always talks about the wonderful nature of things around her. She's a member of the Equestrian Society for the Preservation of Rare Creatures, and met with Fluttershy during the latter's trip to study the Breezies.

  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Has prominent large and thick red eyebrows, unusual in comparison to other ponies' designs.
  • 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.

    Grandpa Gruff 
"Well tough tailfeathers! No refunds!"

Voiced by: Richard Ian Cox

Gilda'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.

    Doctor Whooves/Time Turner
The Sole Survivor of Gallopfrey.note 
"Great whickering stallions!"

Debut: "Friendship Is Magic – Part 1"
Speaking Appearance: (Normal Version) "Call of the Cutie" and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (IDW) Issue #9 story Zen and the Art of Gazebo Repair; (Pegasus Version) "Sonic Rainboom"
Major Role: "Slice of Life"

Voiced by: Brian Drummond (normal version in "Call of the Cutie")note , Tabitha St. Germain (Pegasus version in "Sonic Rainboom")note , and Peter New ("Slice of Life")

A brown earth pony with an hourglass cutie mark and one of the few recurring male background ponies to appear as early as the first season. He helped out at Sweet Apple Acres during Winter Wrap Up, bought an apple from Apple Bloom in "Call of the Cutie" (then promptly ran away in fear), may or may not have a Pegasus relativenote , and may or may not play the banjo and/or the violinnote . However fans swear up and down he is in fact the Doctor regenerated as a pony, or at least the Equestrian equivalent of the Doctor, leading to countless crossover fan works (in which Derpy is generally his Companion). He's Mayor Mare's official timekeeper, but that doesn't stop fans (or the IDW comic for that matter) from putting a sonic screwdriver in his hoof (it helps that IDW has also obtained the rights to Doctor Who comics). His voice actor in Slice of Life did in fact confirm that he played the character with the view that he is, in fact, the Doctor regenerated as a pony,

An analysis on Dr. "Time Turner" Hooves is available on the analysis page.

  • Absent-Minded Professor: In "Slice of Life", when Derpy asks for his help, he gets so caught up in showing her his experiments that he completely forgets what she asked him.
  • Adaptation Name Change: At one point, his two All There in the Script names seemed to be a case of this, as The Merch by Enterplay only referred to him by the trademarked name Time Turner while The Merch by Mighty Fine referred to him by the Ascended Fanon Fan Nickname Dr. Hooves. The Merch by Mighty Fine now uses both names, making it a case of Sudden Name Change. The name "Doctor Hooves" is also used in the official The Elements of Harmony: Friendship Is Magic guide book.
  • Affectionate Nickname: His name is officially "Doctor" but Derpy just calls him "Doc".
  • All There in the Manual: His and Mayor Mare's trading card reveals that he is the Mayor's official town timekeeper, "the pony responsible for keeping Ponyville's clocks in sync, setting the hourglass for cider competitions, and all things timey-wimey." The Elements of Harmony: Friendship Is Magic guide book also gives his name as "Doctor Hooves".
  • Alliterative Name: Time Turner
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: He averts this. In a world filled with brightly colored ponies, his coat and mane colors are plain brown, like a perfectly normal horse. This is why he stands out.
  • Ascended Extra: He and Mayor Mare share a trading card, and he's given an actual role beyond "Doctor Who Parody".
  • Ascended Fanon:invoked
    • The Hot Topic cover to the IDW comic issue #1 forgoes all subtlety, putting him in front of the Tardis... and with Derpy as his companion! The one for #2 goes even further: trademark scarf, fobwatch, and a TARDIS-shaped streetlight next to a Weeping Pegasus. The Issue 1 cover was also made into a T-shirt.
    • The 9th comic book issue used a background gag as a Doctor Who reference (to be exact, to the episodes "Human Nature", "The Family of Blood" and "Utopia") and to make clear he's the Doctor, just having regained his memories.
      Dr. Hooves: This watch is ME!
    • "Slice of Life" made his friendship with Derpy canon and also made a number of other references to Doctor Who (time travel, long life, catchphrases and iconic accessories) plus what we get to see of his house is clearly made to resemble the interior of a Tardis.
  • Character Tic: In "Slice of Life", he'll violently shake his head back and forth for a second or so whenever he's been distracted and is trying to get back on track.
  • Depending on the Artist: Ponies that usually bear the same cutie mark and coloring as Dr. Hooves have appeared throughout the series with slightly varied physical appearances. This is often used to support the theory of his being a Doctor Who shout-out since these could easily be explained as different regenerations. The most common one is a brown adult Earth Pony but variants include:
  • Expy: Dr. Hooves isn't the only one who resembles the Doctor due to the fact that the Doctor has regenerated a number of times now thus having more than just one appearance.
    • Dr. Hooves, the first one to appear, bears a resemblance to 10th Doctor David Tennant mainly due to his brown coloringnote , hairdo and the hourglass cutie marknote . He was the most well known due to the fact that he appeared in the same year the 10th Doctor regenerated.
    • In "The Best Night Ever", "Sweet and Elite", "MMMystery on the Friendship Express", and "A Canterlot Wedding – Part 2" there's a yellow-haired blue pony with (usually) the same cutie mark who looks like the 5th Doctor Peter Davison.
    • In "Sweet and Elite", there's a black and grey pony (also with an hourglass cutie mark) that appeared that (most likely coincidentally) resembles either the 11th Doctor Matt Smith or the 2nd Doctor Patrick Troughton (who fans have ponified his name into "Patrick Trotton"). He was the first Doctor look-a-like to be spotted more prominently by fansnote  after a long time since the end of season one and got a lot of attention from it, spawning a new speculation that Dr. Hooves has regenerated into him. This was later referenced by the licensed shirt 9 10 11, giving the black and grey pony the All There in the Script name Doctor Whooves XI and specifying that Dr. Hooves is Doctor Whooves X (as well as introducing a Canon Foreigner Doctor Whooves IX).
    • Also in "Sweet and Elite", a different Pinprick was spotted by fans at the garden party. His safety pin cutie mark was replaced with the hourglass cutie mark and he now wears a red jacket which makes him resemble the 3rd doctor Jon Pertwee.
    • In the second 4-issue arc of the main IDW comic, besides the show-version (Tenth Doctor, David Tennant) appearing with his tie, there's another one with a fez (Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith), and later one in a fedora and with a long scarf (Fourth Doctor, Tom Baker).
  • Fandom Nod:invoked
  • Hypocritical Humor: The Merch portraying him as Dr. Hooves makes his laughing at the concept of time travel in "It's About Time" seem like this. He probably knew everything would be fine.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Derpy, who's canonically hundreds of years younger than him.
  • Large Ham: Oh yes. He's basically the Fourth, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors combined into a super large ham. According to Word of God, his personality is primarily based off the Tenth, with elements of Eleven and Nine thrown in.
  • Measuring the Marigolds: He apparently sees everything, even a game of bowling, as equations.
  • Noodle Incident: Apparently, his fascination with science started with a traumatic incident when he was a foal. The fandom, of course, thinks this was the destruction of Gallifrey
  • O.C. Stand-in: He is depicted by fans as the Doctor himself, regenerated as a pony, with Derpy Hooves as his most frequent companion. He's often shipped with Derpy, often making him the father of her daughters. Curiously, in Fanfics it's different. The most well-known, largest and six-star-rated fics (Timerlords and Terror, Dragon Mountain 12 and Doctor Whooves Series to name a few) depict the Mane Six (especially twilight) as his companions with not a single mention of Derpy. It seems that this is divided between Fanfic and Fan-art communities, each with their own continuity. His voice actor also went with the depiction of Doc being the Doctor himself.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Is revealed to be this in Episode 100 when talking to Derpy/Muffins.
  • Roadside Wave: He accidentally splashes mud on Apple Bloom and Sweetie Belle when running by during the song in "Hearts and Hooves Day".
    Scootaloo: He might do [as Cheerilee's boyfriend]!
    Apple Bloom & Sweetie Belle: If he weren't so splashy
  • Scarf of Asskicking:
    • As another Shout-Out to Doctor Who, one of the tie-in comic's variant covers for Issue #2 has him wearing a certain iconic scarf.
    • Naturally, in "Slice of Life", this is all he has left to wear to the wedding after he is unable to get his suit tailored in time.
  • Spell My Name with an "S":
    • "Time Turner" is spelled as "Time-Turner" on the cover of a Hoof Beat magazine in the Lone Star Comics variant Cover RE of the upcoming Issue #1 of IDW's comic books.
    • "Dr. Hooves" was originally spelled as "Doctor Whooves" (and is still spelled that way in the instances that weren't updated). Doctor Whooves would be correct for a Doctor Who reference, since calling the show Dr. Who and calling the Doctor Dr. Who is a big no-no in the fandom.
    • His name is labeled as "Dr. Whooves" according to the new Hot Topic toys.
  • Sudden Name Change: His trademarked name "Time Turner" and his Ascended Fanon Fan Nickname "Dr. Hooves" have both been used by Mighty Fine's licensed merchandise and the brony-oriented trading cards, and the latter appears in the official The Elements of Harmony: Friendship is Magic guide book. In the mobile game, his name was changed from Time Turner to Dr. Hooves in an update, while Dr. Whooves was used in the My Little Pony Project 2012 New York presentation.
  • Time Lord: Given how his voice actor revealed that he played the character with the view in mind that he's the Doctor regenerated as a pony.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: According to his trading card he's officially responsible for all things timey-wimey.
  • Writing Around Trademarks: Celestia only knows what the The BBC would think about a pony calling himself the Doctor or Doctor Whooves being owned by an American toy company, but the issue has been avoided in several ways so far. Instead, they go for a cute Harry Potter reference. On his official Funko vinyl figure, he's named "Dr. Whooves". How they got away with that is anyone's guess.

    Octavia Melody
Our Elegant Classical Musician being stoic as usual.
"How am I meant to practice with a monster invading Ponyville?"

Debut: "The Best Night Ever"
Major Role: "Slice of Life"

Voiced by: Kazumi Evans

A classy gray earth pony with a pink treble clef cutie mark. She plays the cello as part of quartet performances at Canterlot's Grand Galloping Gala and garden party, respectively during "The Best Night Ever" and "Sweet and Elite", and also cameos in at least two issues of IDW's Friendship Is Magic comic book series. After her debut, fans loved her classy look and initial deadpan reaction to Pinkie Pie on stage so much that she's become one of the most popular musician ponies. According to her and DJ Pon-3's trading card, "You can find Octavia at garden parties and galas performing prim and proper classical music on her cello."

An analysis on Octavia is available on the analysis page.

  • Bowties Are Cool: She's always wearing a pink one. She even wears it while wearing a toga at a party!
  • Elegant Classical Musician: She's certainly got the look of one, and her trading card suggests she's one.
  • Impractical Musical Instrument Skills: How does she even play her cello with her hooves anyway?
  • Lead Bassist: She's the most popular member of the band. She even takes the lead (with the camera focused on her) on their second appearance in "Sweet and Elite".
  • Nobody Loves the Bassist: Inverted. So much so that the fandom pays little to no attention to the rest of her band, which has led to her appearing in out-of-show media without any of her bandmates.
  • Not So Stoic: Her appearances in the show have thus far show her being mostly calm and professional, only scowling slightly when Pinkie ruins her cello. However, the comics have shown her having fun at a party (which Vinyl Scratch is DJing), being a badass when time calls, and being downright grumpy when the Cutie Mark Crusaders steal her band's cart complete with Red Eyes, Take Warning.
  • O.C. Stand-in:
  • Suddenly Voiced: Her human counterpart in Rainbow Rocks has a line in one scene, which was her first speaking appearance. Before Rainbow Rocks, both the pony and human versions of Octavia have had lines in the comics. She made her speaking debut as a pony in "Slice of Life".
  • Wolverine Publicity: For a character with the same amount of screen time as Vinyl Scratch, she also shows up in plenty of promotional materal.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Her icon in Gameloft's My Little Pony game uses fanart of her as a filly.

    Sweetie Drops / Bon Bon
Lyra Heartstrings's right-hoof-mare.
"There is nothing like a best friend, is there?"

Debut: "Friendship Is Magic – Part 1"
Speaking Appearance: "Call of the Cutie"note , "Green Isn't Your Color"note , "Lesson Zero"note , "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000"note , "Putting Your Hoof Down", and The Merch Bon Bon Voice; (Human Counterpart) My Little Pony Annual 2013 Equestria Girls story
Major Role: "Slice of Life"

Voiced by: Andrea Libman ("Slice of Life")

An earth pony with a cream coat, mixed purple/pink mane and tail with three bows as her cutie mark. Has become a bit infamous for her several speaking appearances and as with other background ponies, her voice does not stay the same in any of these appearances. Is often seen alongside Lyra Heartstrings. In "Apple Family Reunion", she appears in one shot at the hoedown, but isn't included in the family photo.

  • Adaptation Name Change: Until the Tie-In Novel Pinkie Pie and the Rockin' Ponypalooza Party! made it a case of Sudden Name Change, her two names were a case of this, with "Sweetie Drops" (listed with a trademark symbol in blind bag wave 7) being used by more-official sources and "Bon Bon" (listed with a trademark symbol in trading card series 2) being used more but by less-official sources. Season 5's "Slice of Life" reveals that both names are correct. She's a secret agent named Sweetie Drops but her Secret Identity as a Ponyville citizen is Bon Bon.
  • Alliterative Name: Bon Bon — the same words, in fact.
  • All There in the Manual:
    • Her collector card reveals that she "knows sharing treats makes them taste sweeter!"
    • Gameloft's My Little Pony game specifies that the trio of objects depicted by her cutie mark are bows.
  • Ambiguously Gay: With Lyra. Fan depictions of them as a couple aside, the showrunners and Hasbro have done a lot of un-subtle hints the two are in a relationship, including a Valentine's for the show showing them hugging, a heart-shaped iris out of a Friendship Games short starring them, and some rather suggestive gazes and touching in "Slice of Life", though in-universe both state that they are simply the best of friends.
  • Ascended Fanon:invoked Sweetie Drops/Bon Bon and Lyra Heartstrings have often been portrayed as roommates in fanon in addition to being good friends. The Bon Bon card in series 2 of Enterplay's trading cards made this All There in the Manual.
  • Cast Herd: With Lyra Heartstrings, in the show as well as in IDW's Friendship Is Magic comic book series and in The Merch.
  • Expy: Her design resembles G1 Bon Bon from My Little Pony Tales. Naturally fans nicknamed her just that, and it became Ascended Fanon in the Gameloft game, closed captions for "Call of the Cutie", and Enterplay's trading cards.
  • Hero of Another Story: "Slice of Life" reveals that she's a secret agent on a deep cover mission in Ponyville, whose exploits include taking down a Bugbear.
  • Jerkass: She is seen as this by some due to being grumpy in several scenes, though mostly it's understandable that she'd be displeased.
    • For example, Apple Bloom dumps some apples into her bag, saying she put them there and trying to force her to buy them, hoping it will get her an apple selling cutie mark. As an apology for Apple Bloom's rudeness, Applejack is forced to satisfy her by giving her the baskets full of apples on and under the cart, free of charge.
    • Also implied in her second spoken appearance. She comes into Rarity's store right after the then-famous Fluttershy busts in and bluntly tells Rarity she's never heard of her in a rather condescending voice.
    • She is one of the three to insult the Flim Flam Brothers' cider after the quality control is turned off.
    • "Putting Your Hoof Down" has her as someone who isn't happy with the "new, improved" Fluttershy who is taking her assertiveness training too far.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: A victim of this in "Putting Your Hoof Down". Who didn't cheer on when Fluttershy bucks the trash of carts over her and Cherry Berry?
  • Large Ham: Her five voices so far have been over the top in cartoonishness: French, Valley Girl and Jewish Mother, among others.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Her cutie mark is of bows, but can be seen as being of wrapped candies. Guess which one she's named after?
  • O.C. Stand-in: She is depicted by fans as either a candy maker or a voice actress who is best friends or in a relationship with Lyra Heartstrings.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": "Bonbon" is used by Gaia Online.
  • Sudden Name Change: The Tie-In Novel Pinkie Pie and the Rockin' Ponypalooza Party! unexplainedly mentions both of her names, "Sweetie Drops" in chapter 3 of the story itself and "Bon Bon" in one of the bonus activity pages.
  • Those Two Girls: Almost always seen alongside Lyra.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: In "Over a Barrel", she wears a masculine top hat while Lyra Heartstrings (as a cerise-eyed earth pony) wears a feminine bonnet (also seen briefly in "Luna Eclipsed"). However in "Green Isn't Your Color", Sweetie Drops is the one that becomes a fangirl of a fashion model.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Her voice is surprisingly deep in "Call of the Cutie" but it's a lot higher (and sounds more like a Valley Girl) in "Green Isn't Your Color". It changes once again in "Lesson Zero", this time sounding kinda like Olive Oyl. As of "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000", it's even deeper than her first appearance. "Putting Your Hoof Down" goes back to her Valley Girl voice from "Green Isn't Your Color". Her series 2 trading card suggests she tries a lot of different voices to help break a rotten string of bad luck.
  • What Could Have Been:invoked A production image displayed as a promotional image showed that she was still named "Bon Bon" during the production of her toy. But the name was changed to "Sweetie Drops", presumably because Hasbro couldn't trademark the former name for the toyline.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Her blind bag figure is a Crystal Pony palette swap of Applejack, while her brushable toy's mane is lavender and magenta rather than blue and pink, which ironically more resembles G1 Bon Bon.

    Lyra Heartstrings
She's excited to see so many tropes!
"With you by my side, I knew we could get it done!"

Debut: "Friendship Is Magic – Part 1"
Speaking Appearance: "A Canterlot Wedding – Part 1" and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (IDW) story The Fall of Sunset Shimmer
Major Role: "Slice of Life"

Voiced by: Britt McKillip ("A Canterlot Wedding – Part 1"note ) and Ashleigh Ball ("Slice of Life")

A mint-green unicornnote  with a lyre cutie mark, and arguably the second most famous background mare, next to Derpy. She seems to have been made with Funny Background Events in mind. She's been spotted happily waving hi to Twilight early in the pilot episode, jumping up and down excitedly, mugging for the camera, and sitting on a bench like a human being among other things. Is often seen alongside Sweetie Drops/Bon Bon.

An analysis on Lyra Heartstrings is available on the analysis page.

  • Adaptation Name Change: At one point, the two parts of her All There in the Script name seemed to be separate names, as the toy line only referred to her as Heartstrings while WeLoveFine only referred to her by her Fan Nickname Lyra. Hasbro rectified this by having subsequent toy releases refer to her as Lyra Heartstrings, which carried over to her and Golden Harvest's trading card and has since been made official in the show as of the episode "Amending Fences".
  • All There in the Manual:
    • Her brushable toy's box and her collector cards reveal that she "loves to play! She finds a way to have fun no matter where she goes" and "sings and plays all day!"
    • She's apparently best friends with Golden Harvest.
  • Ambiguously Gay: With Sweetie Drops/Bon Bon. Fan depictions of them as a couple aside, the showrunners and Hasbro have done a lot of un-subtle hints the two are in a relationship, including a Valentine's for the show showing them hugging, a heart-shaped iris out of a Friendship Games short starring them, and some rather suggestive gazes and touching in "Slice of Life", though in-universe both state that they are simply the best of friends.
  • Anthropomorphic Zig-Zag: Used for a couple of Funny Background Events in the show. The most famous incident is when she was sitting on a bench like a person and she was also seen holding a fast food drink cup with her hoof when she could have been using her unicorn magic to levitate it. Other than those two times she's usually on all fours or jumping like all the other ponies. "The Mysterious Mare Do Well" shows her, her Palette Swap Amethyst Star, and Minuette standing up on their hind legs to cheer for Mare Do Well (and since the shot Minuette appears in shows her as a Lyra Heartstrings/Amethyst Star Palette Swap, it's likely that the pose was designed for one or both of them).
  • Ascended Extra: The Pony Wedding line includes a brushable toy of her, and she and Golden Harvest share a trading card.
  • Ascended Fanon:invoked After her Wave 3 Blind Bag All There in the Script name was revealed to be "Heartstrings", most fans opted to compromise by making "Heartstrings" her surname, i.e. "Lyra Heartstrings". This was incorporated into her brushable Wave 5 Blind Bag versions. This is also one of the first times Hasbro has used a Fan Nickname for an official pony toy.
  • Cast Herd: With Sweetie Drops; in the show as well as on the Comic-Con 2011 poster/desktop background and the There's A Pony For That shirt and art print.
  • Color-Coded Wizardry: In the play in "Hearth's Warming Eve", her magic aura is shown to be gold.
  • Exorcist Head: At the beginning of Rainbow Dash's Imagine Spot during "The Ticket Master", one Lyra Heartstrings in the back turns to face the camera for a split second then immediately turns her head back the other way, and it keeps spinning as an error box indicating the animation error flashes on and off.
  • Expy: Her color scheme and cutie mark resemble G3 Bee Bop.
  • Depending on the Artist: A Pegasus mare sporting Cloud Kicker and Merry May's design and Lyra's color scheme appeared in "Sonic Rainboom". Months after the episode was aired, fans became fully aware of her and dubbed her as "Skyra". She is often paired with "Bon Voyage/Bons Away" (Bon Bon/Sweetie Drops also has a pegasus version with a different design but her exact color scheme).
  • Felony Misdemeanor: She starts crying when a parasprite eats her pie while Sweetie Drops just looks surprised.
  • Flower in Her Hair: Very briefly in "The Ticket Master", with grayish indigo eyes.
  • Funny Background Event: Even more than Derpy. The most common gag is an animation that has her jumping up and down grinning at the camera, usually from behind a group of other ponies. This is probably why she cameos in the otherwise Pegasus-only city of Cloudsdale in "Sonic Rainboom" as it makes for a good cheering animation.
  • Genki Girl: Judging by her tendency to jump up and down and the manic grin she often has while doing so as well as by her All There in the Manual descriptions.
  • Harp of Femininity: Her cutie mark is a golden lyre which implies that she is good at playing one. How feminine she is debatable.
  • Hero of Another Story: It hasn't escaped many fans' notice that she shows up almost everywhere Twilight goes even when Twilight's nowhere near Ponyville. Her very first appearance is in Canterlot with Twilight's classmates and she even shows up in Cloudsdale in "Sonic Rainboom", making her the only non-pegasus outside the main cast to appear in that episode (not counting the Earth Ponies-turned-Pegasi like Time Turner and Caramel, or her own Pegasus variant). The two exceptions so far are "The Last Roundup" where she didn't appear in Dodge Junction but was back in Ponyville before Twilight and friends set off and (like nearly every other Equestrian BG pony) she didn't visit the Crystal Empire in the Season 3 premiere.
  • Informed Ability: Her cutie mark would suggest she's a musician but she has yet to be seen playing a musical instrument in show (though the harp player in Octavia's band has the same cutie mark). Her collector cards say she "sings and plays all day" (and she does indeed sing in the show) but mention nothing about playing a lyre or harp! (The "plays all day" part likely doesn't refer to playing an instrument, judging by her other All There in the Manual descriptions.)
  • O.C. Stand-in: She is depicted by fans as having a fascination with the human race, a dream of someday having a pair of hands on her hooves, is best friends or in a relationship with Sweetie Drops/Bon Bon, a lyre player and a rival of Octavia.
  • Off Model: She occasionally appears without her horn and/or with cerise eyes.
  • Skunk Stripe: Has a white streak through her mane & tail.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Lyra Heartstrings has no clear lines until "A Canterlot Wedding – Part 1" (except in the Italian and Polish dubs, which respectively give her clear lines in "Friendship Is Magic – Part 1" and "Call of the Cutie").
  • Those Two Girls: Almost always seen alongside Sweetie Drops/Bon Bon.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: In "Over a Barrel", she (as a cerise-eyed earth pony) wears a feminine bonnet (also seen briefly in "Luna Eclipsed") while Sweetie Drops/Bon Bon wears a masculine top hat. However, in "Green Isn't Your Color", Sweetie Drops is the one that becomes a fangirl of a fashion model.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: A few of her Funny Background Events (in "Fall Weather Friends", "Putting Your Hoof Down", and "Magic Duel") have featured her with a hay smoothie.
  • True Companions: With Golden Harvest, according to their trading card.
  • Was It All a Lie?: She doesn't take it well that Bon Bon had a whole secret life she never talked about.

    Prince Rutherford 
If things not perfect Yaks get mad! Yaks always get mad when things not perfect!

Debut: "Party Pooped"

Voiced by: Gary Chalk

A Yak prince from the northerly Yakyakistan. He and his escorts were invited to Ponyville to form an alliance between Yakyakistan and Equestria. To say that the prince is... particular about things is an understatement.

    Twilight's Canterlot Friends 

Common tropes

  • Ascended Extra: They were all used as nameless background characters in seasons 1-4. Now they've evolved into their own characters.

Lyra Heartstrings

See her own folder

Lemon Hearts
"I'll give you two bits for that cherry."

Voiced By: Tabitha St. Germain in "For Whom the Sweetie Belle Toils" and Ashleigh Ball in "Amending Fences"

A yellow unicorn with a blue mane, raspberry-colored eyes, and a cutie mark of three hearts. She's notably the very first background pony to appear in the series (outside of the opening). According to her collector cards, she "is loving and kind! She always takes time to show her friends how much she cares." According to the Friendship Celebration Collection's box, she and Pepperdance "play together in a band!" It's revealed in "Amending Fences" that she works in Canterlot Palace as an event planner.

  • Ascended Extra: She's had a toy since Blind Bag Wave 1 (long before toys of background ponies became the norm) despite being nowhere near as prominent as Daisy or Rose (the other two background ponies in Wave 1). It's unknown whether this has anything to do with her being the first background pony to appear in the show proper.
  • All There in the Manual: Her collector cards reveal that she "is loving and kind! She always takes time to show her friends how much she cares." The Friendship Celebration Collection's box reveals that she and Pepperdance "play together in a band!"
  • Color-Coded Wizardry: Her magic aura is shown as light green in "Hearth's Warming Eve" and as light blue in "Putting Your Hoof Down".
  • Epic Fail: As a filly, she somehow got her head stuck in an Erlenmeyer flask. Her expression in "Amending Fences" says that she doesn't like being reminded of it.

"Moondancer is having a little get-together in the west castle courtyard. You wanna come?"

Voiced by: Nicole Oliver, Cathy Weseluck, Tabitha St. Germain (all three in "Friendship Is Magic – Part 1")note , Andrea Libman (in "A Canterlot Wedding – Part 1")note , and Tabitha St. Germain in "Amending Fences"

An off-white unicorn with a pink mane, blue eyes, and a cutie mark of three five-pointed stars. She's notably the first background pony to speak in the series, inviting Twilight to a get-together in the pilot episode. According to her brushable toy's box and her collector card, she "dreams about being a famous movie star. Drama. Comedy. Action. She loves it all!" and "loves playing games!" Before the toy line and Gameloft's My Little Pony Licensed Game gave Twinkleshine her official All There in the Script name, she was given the Fan Nickname Twinkle.

"Twilight Sparkle, you old so-and-so!"

Debut: "Friendship Is Magic – Part 1"
Speaking Appearance: "A Canterlot Wedding – Part 1", "Trade Ya!" and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (IDW) story The Fall of Sunset Shimmer
Major Role: "Amending Fences"

Voiced by: Cathy Weselucknote , and Rebecca Hussain in "Amending Fences"

A blue unicornnote  with a half-gray/half-dark blue mane and an hourglass cutie mark. She was part of the trio of ponies that invited Twilight to a party in the pilot, making her one of the first background ponies to appear in the series and the Ensemble Darkhorse of that little group. While she didn't speak then, she eventually got a few lines in the Season 2 finale. According to her collector cards, she "is always on time with the help of some magic!" Before the toy line gave Minuette her official All There in the Script name, she was given multiple Fan Nicknames, including Colgate (due to her mane's resemblance to striped toothpaste) and Romana (due to her cutie mark sparking speculation that she might be a Time Lord like Dr. Hooves or possibly one of his companionsnote ).

  • All There in the Manual: Her collector cards reveal that she "is always on time with the help of some magic!"
  • Color-Coded Wizardry: Her magic aura is shown as blue in the play in "Hearth's Warming Eve" and as pink in "A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2".
  • Curtains Match the Window: Her eyes match half of her mane in the show and all of her mane in the Blind Bags.
  • Fandom Nod: Invoked several times.
    • In Hasbro's Comic-Con 2011 poster/desktop background, she is seen showing an unique "dentist's smile" not shared by any of the other characters.
    • In "Luna Eclipsed" she wore a pink surgeon's uniform (complete with a head mirror, a stethoscope and a medical mask). It's unknown what type of surgeon she was supposed to be but it's possible that she was dressed as a dental surgeonnote .
    • Her series 2 card makes nod to fans' Time Lord portrayals of her (stating "some ponies say she's good enough to lord over time itself"), as well as dental-related portrayals of her (mentioning "her bright, shining smile" and stating "This is one pony you can't just brush aside").
    • In "Pinkie Pride" a blink-and-you-miss-it moment in flashback reveals she wore braces as a filly, the only one to do so.
  • Genki Girl: She's VERY upbeat in "Amending Fences" — it's no wonder she and Pinkie Pie are friends...
  • Motor Mouth: She's overjoyed to see Twilight again in "Amending Fences" and barely lets her get a word in while catching up. In addition, she has the most spoken lines out of the three.
  • Nice Girl: Even when Twilight left Canterlot without a word, Minuette didn't hold it against her, and treats her like a good friend the instant she comes back into her life. Minuette is also unfailingly polite around Moondancer in spite of her antisocial behavior, and constantly does her best to spin awkward moments into lighthearted jokes.
  • O.C. Stand-in: She is depicted by fans as a dentist or at least an enthusiast of all things dental who carries a toothbrush of varying size to brush unsuspecting ponies' manes with.
  • One Degree of Separation: Twilight Sparkle didn't know that Minuette and Pinkie Pie were already friends. Minuette visits Ponyville often and was a bridesmaid at Cadence's wedding.
  • Punny Name: As part of her overall time theme, her name is similar to the word "minute" (fitting her hourglass cutie mark and her punctuality).
  • Suddenly Voiced: Minuette has no clear lines until "A Canterlot Wedding – Part 1".
  • Those Two Girls: With Twinkleshine.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Her voice in "Trade Ya!" sounded male.


First Mentioned: "Friendship Is Magic - Part 1"
Major Role: "Amending Fences"

Voiced by: Kazumi Evans

A 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.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: She's first mentioned, as the host of a party that Twilight blows off, in the first episode of Season 1. She's first important to the plot in season 5, and it turns out that Twilight's reaction to her invitation really affected her.
  • The Hermit: Moondancer really didn't take Twilight not showing up to her party all too well.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: While she convinced herself that she didn't need friends, secretly she really did.
  • Loners Are Freaks: Portrayed this way for most of the episode.
  • 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).

    Stormy Flare 
Voiced by: Sidika Larbes

Spitfire'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.

    Cinnamon Chai 
Voiced by: Nicole Oliver

Proprietor of a tea and cake shop in Canterlot. Rarity and Rainbow Dash visit her to pursue a lead in the case.

  • 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.

    Charity Kindheart 

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 grand fillies.

  • 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.

    Ma Hooffield 
Voiced by: Ellen Kennedy

The 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.

    Big Daddy McColt 
Voiced by: Peter Kelamis

The patriarch of the McColts, one of two feuding clans inhabiting a valley in the Smokey Mountains.

  • Big Ol' Unibrow: He sports one among plenty other facial hair, not helping his already gruff appearance.
  • Ironic Name: His name is rather non-indicative, in case you couldn't tell.
  • The Long List: Rattles off one involving pumpkin dishes that they have to make using the pumpkins the Hooffields throw at them.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: At one point, he shouts loudly enough to knock down the Hooffield farmhouse from across the valley.
  • Miniature Senior Citizen: Big Daddy McColt is a midget elderly pony, a fact that is made fun of from his very introduction with a "Down Here!" Shot.
  • The Napoleon: Patriarch of the McColt clan and shortest member, and wears a gigantic ten-gallon hat to boot.
  • The Patriarch: Of the McColt clan. He's one of its older members, and very much in charge. He's even called Big Daddy.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: He has a tendency to raise his voice without warning during conversations, mostly each time he says "the Hooffields".
  • With Us or Against Us: When Twilight says she and Fluttershy aren't going to pick sides.
    Big Daddy McColt: If you ain't fer us, yer agin' us.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Doesn't hesitate to get into a Big Ball of Violence with Ma Hooffield. When Twilight freezes them in place, he's about to hit Ma in the head with a wooden mallet.

    Countess Coloratura
Glitz and glam note 
Voiced by: Lena Hall

Applejack'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 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.

Season 6

    Tender Taps 
Debut: "On Your Marks"

Voiced by: Travis Turner

A 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.

    Dragon Lord Torch
"When I want you to laugh, I will say be amused!"
Voiced by: Matt Cowlrick

The 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.
  • Gigantic Adults, Tiny Babies: Dragon Lord Torch is almost as tall as a mountain, whereas his daughter Ember is barely bigger than 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 even larger than Spike was in "Secret of My Excess".
  • 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.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Despite not wanting his daughter to compete in the competition to become the next Dragon Lord, he lets her have the title anyway once she comes back with the Bloodstone Scepter. In addition, Torch is willing to let Spike leave (and later return) without incident after Spike puts up a decent argument. He also doesn't seem to have used his position as Dragon Lord to cause any trouble for the ponies of Equestria.
  • Rent-a-Zilla: Torch is the largest dragon yet. He's even bigger than Spike during his greed-induced rampage. 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.

    Princess Ember
Brains over brawn.
Voiced by: Ali Milner

Dragon Lord Torch's daughter, Princess Ember ran the Gauntlet of Fire against her father's wishes to become the new Dragon Lord, teaming up with Spike along the way.

  • Action Girl: Ember may not be as big or tough as other dragons, but she's still more than capable of running a Death Course inside an active volcano and hold her own against a foe twice her size. Of course, she's a dragon, so it's kind of a given.
  • Blush Sticker: She blushes through her scales when Spike hugs her towards the end of "Gauntlet of Fire".
  • Badass in Distress: Early in the Gauntlet, Ember almost drowns because of her heavy armor and has to be pulled to safety by Spike.
  • Badass Princess: A dragon version who earned her right to rule after going through an insanely dangerous Death Course.
  • Beware My Stinger Tail: The piece of armor on her tail has a spike at the tip, as well as four more spikes.
  • Changed My Mind, Kid: After ditching him earlier, Ember returns to help Spike in the end, after realizing they are friends and their friendship really is important.
  • Full-Body Disguise: Ember paints herself green and dons full-body armor in order to compete in the Gauntlet without being recognized.
  • Genius Bruiser: Emphasizes wit over brute force, yet is still able to fight a larger, male dragon to a standstill.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Ember is an excellent example of this. She accepts friendship, but she doesn't get mushy about it.
  • Hidden Depths: Ember acts tough like most dragons but is far more open and friendly, a concept that even she considers rare among dragons. It's because of this that Spike easily warms up to her and is unconvinced when she says it's every dragon for herself.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Ember wants to be more than simply a princess — she wants to be Lord of the Dragons.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Has this dynamic with Spike. Ember has many traits traditionally associated with males, as she's loud and outspoken, aggressive, competitive, determined and very capable in a fight. Spike, by contrast, has a number of traditionally feminine traits, being more emotional, passive-aggressive, kinder, cooperative and people-oriented.
  • Offered the Crown: Ember is given the Bloodstone Scepter by Spike, becoming the Dragon Lord.
  • Rebellious Princess: Best shown when she ran the Gauntlet of Fire, despite not being as big or strong as other dragons, against her father's wishes, since she believed intelligence could make up for brute force.
  • She Is the King: She receives the title of "Dragon Lord", not "Dragon Lady".
  • Shorter Means Smarter: Except for Spike, she's the smallest dragon competing in the Gauntlet of Fire; and, just like Spike, she's much smarter than the average dragon.
  • True Blue Femininity: She's bright cobalt blue and is one of only two female dragons seen so far in the series (the other being the pink "burping dragon" from the same episode).
  • Tsundere: Ember is a classic Harsh type, putting on a strong front but still being nice and friendly in her own way.

    Buried Lede 
Voiced by: Alan Marriot

A 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.

    Mr. Stripes 
Voiced by: Alan Marriot

The 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.
  • 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.

    Plaid Stripes 
Voiced by: Lili Beaudoin

Mr. 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 genuinely wants to help Rarity's store, even if her ideas aren't always the best.

     Coriander Cumin 
Voiced by: Lee Tockar

The 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.

    Saffron Masala
Voiced by: Diana Kaarina

The 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.

    Quibble Pants
Voiced by: Patton Oswalt

A stallion Rainbow Dash meets at a Daring Do convention. At first, he seems to like Daring Do 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.
  • 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 fanfictions.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: In-universe and lamp-shaded 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.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • 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 right 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.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: He is thoroughly familiar with almost 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 actually becomes useful.

Voiced by: Erin Matthews

An 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 pretty much 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 lying 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 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'.
  • Expy:
    • 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 help others and make 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. 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: 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 : Like every griffon, she's half Panthera Awesome and half Big Bad Ass Bird Of Prey. While she, like the other griffons, claims to be 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.
  • 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.
  • Token Good Teammate: Gabby is a Nice Girl living in a Jerkass society.
  • Verbal Tic: She has a tendency to repeat words for emphasis.

    Sky Stinger
Debut: "Top Bolt"

Voiced by: Emmett Hall

A 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.
  • 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.
  • Outnumbered Sibling: As seen in the flashback to his and Vapor Trail’s childhoods, Sky Stinger was 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, while there is nothing to indicate any sort of sexual attraction between them.

    Vapor Trail
Debut: "Top Bolt"

Voiced by: Rhona Rees

Sky 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.

  • Freudian Excuse: Her retiring personality and aversion to the spotlight seem to be due, at least 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, while 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.
  • Wind from Beneath My Wings: Vapor Trail has been using this to boost Sky Stinger’s flying performance for years, without him noticing.