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 page.
  • 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 aquaintances.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • Genre Savvy: Understands that Fluttershy's Moe appeal will win the crowds.
  • 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...

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 McCoolname: "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.

    Prince Blueblood 
Don't be fooled by that look. He's not as charming as you hope
Voiced by: Vincent Tongnote 

Princesses Celestia and Luna's far-removed nephew. A white unicorn with a gold mane, he is Rarity's dream stallion. Rarity falls in love with him at first sight only to find out he's a self-obsessed jerk.

  • Adaptation Name Change: One of the French magazine stories refers to him as Vladímir.
  • All There in the Manual: The show only calls him Celestia's nephew (which would make one think that he's Luna's son somehow), but his trading card clarifies that his relation to Celestia and Luna is far removed. Lauren Faust had previously stated that he's "the great great great great great great great great great great great (and probably more greats) nephew on Celestia's and Luna's mother's side, about 52 times removed, roughly speaking."
  • Blonde Guys Are Evil: The way he mistreats Rarity easily qualifies him for this.
  • Blue Blood: His only "good" point is his royal connection.
  • The Cameo: Shows up at a ship christening with Rarity in Season 2 during Rarity's song in "Sweet and Elite". Amazingly, he manages to avoid acting like a jackass in that episode.
  • Entitled Bastard: See It's All About Me below.
  • Everything's Better with Princes: Averted in practice as this guy does NOT make things better in any way possible.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: His eyes represent his narcissistic and snobbish personality.
  • It's All About Me: Expects people to do things for him, even shown as he wasn't willing to do any chivalrous acts to Rarity.
  • Jerkass: Repeatedly proves himself to be one in his behavior toward Rarity. Using her as a shield to keep himself from being splattered with cake is the very last straw.
  • No Name Given: The first time he "appeared" which resulted in the Fan Nickname of "Prince Astron". His real name was revealed in the Season 1 finale.
  • Meaningful Name: He's called "Blueblood" because of his Blue Blood.
  • Narcissist: Thinks very highly of himself. Also, see Royal Brat below.
  • Prince Charmless: He lacks any and all forms of gentlemanly behavior expected of a prince and especially the chivalric reverence accorded to a lady.
  • Princely Young Stallion: The Spoiled Brat type though at first he seems like a Prince Charming type.
  • Picky Eater: Considers Applejack's tasty apple treats unworthy of him, denigrating them as "common carnival fare".
  • Rich Bastard: Implied because he's a prince and an asshole.
  • Royal Brat: Rarity calls him a "royal pain" because he's so stuck up and selfish.
  • The Scrooge: Took Rarity to Applejack's apple treats cart but expected Rarity to pay for it.
  • Shadow Archetype: He's the male version of Rarity without any of her good qualities. He essentially expects Rarity to treat him the same way she expects him to treat her. The difference, of course, is that at first Rarity is willing, if grudgingly so, to accede to Blueblood's requests, while Blueblood never does a thing for Rarity.
  • Something About a Rose: Rather than give it to Rarity, he puts it in his own buttonhole.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: In the Expanded Universe, at least — Léon, Princess Celestia's 4-year-old cousin from one of the French magazine stories, looks like Prince Blueblood as a Pegasus unicorn Palette Swap of Rainbow Dash. Blueblood and Léon even have the same Cutie Mark!
  • Upper-Class Twit: See either Royal Brat, Prince Charmless... or all the other tropes on this list.


Season 2

    Filthy Rich 
Voiced by: Brian Drummondnote 

Diamond Tiara's father and one of the richest ponies in Ponyville. Every time a Zap Harvest comes around, he collects the first 100 jars of Granny Smith's signature Zap Apple Jam to sell at his store Barnyard Bargins. Apparently, Filthy Rich also has business dealings with the rest of the Apple family as well as he has been seen talking turkey with Big Mac once.

  • Embarrassing First Name: Cheerilee calls him by his first name in front of her class and quickly corrects herself.
  • Good Counterpart / Good Parent: If anything, he's aware of Diamond Tiara's rotten personality and it's obvious that he wants to fix it.
  • Honest Corporate Executive: It's implied that he founded Ponyville's equivalent to Wal-Mart. He did this by forming a partnership with the Apple Family and expanding his products until his store became one-stop shopping. He manages this all while being very respectful to his suppliers, and seems to have a genuinely friendly relation to Granny Smith.
  • Last Name Basis: He prefers to be called "Rich", for obvious reasons.
  • Meaningful Name: He's extremely wealthy, and his cutie mark (three money bags) and necktie (marked with a dollar sign) emphasize this fact.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: He looks just like what Gregory Peck would look like if he were ponified.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Unlike his spoiled daughter, he is quite amicable and respectful, and he doesn't approve of her rude behavior towards the Apple family. (Granny Smith played a key role in launching both the Rich family business and the entire town. As it is, Granny is still his most important produce supplier, so his disciplining of Diamond Tiara at the end of "Family Appreciation Day" obviously is at least partially motivated by his desire to keep Granny on good terms with him for business purposes.)
  • Theme Naming: Filthy Rich and his grandfather Stinkin' Rich.

    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
  • 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 McCoolname: 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. Further, 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.
  • 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.

    Featherweight 

An extremely slender Pegasus colt who just earned his cutie mark, which is a feather. He worked as the main photographer and then as editor-in-chief for the school newspaper.

  • Benevolent Boss: When he becomes editor of the school newspaper he isn't as nasty as Diamond Tiara.
  • Camera Fiend: "Document everything" indeed.
  • Da Editor: After Diamond Tiara has the position stripped away from her, he takes over.
  • Intrepid Reporter: His initial job on the school paper.
  • Karma Houdini: Unlike the Cutie Mark Crusaders and Diamond Tiara, he doesn't get called out for his part in the tabloids. Possibly due to the fact that he only took the photos, and was not responsible for how they were used.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: Karma catches up for three seasons later when he gets sprayed with ink, just like Diamond Tiara, and then spends the rest of the episode like that until it's finally blown off at the end.
  • Meaningful Name: He's thin, light and quick, like a featherweight boxer.
  • Noodle People: He's very skinny compared to other ponies.
  • The Voiceless: Doesn't have any lines at all.

    Joe 
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 a third appearance in "Just for Sidekicks", selling donuts on the train.

    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 exagerated 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.
  • American Accents: She has quite the Dixie accent.
  • Character Tics: She stretches out her legs and nervously trots in place when her claustrophobia kicks in.
  • 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 got exhausted trying to catch up to her, while she wasn'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.
  • Shown Their Work: She mentions that she has mustang blood (mustangs are free-ranging horses), which could explain her Claustrophobia.


Season 4

    Prim Hemline 
Voiced by: Ashleigh Ball

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

    Coco Pommel 
Voiced by: Cathy Weseluck

The long-suffering assistant to fashion designer Suri Polomare, Rarity's rival during Fashion Week.

  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: The below-mentioned hair clip and (unusually for a female character) a collar.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: To Suri.
  • 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.
    • She can also be seen in one shot attending the Equestria Games.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Blue eyes and a blue mane.
  • Hair Decorations: Her flower-shaped hair clip.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Quits working for Suri after seeing the Mane Six's friendship and deciding Suri's "every pony for herself" attitude is wrong. She's rewarded by being given a job working for Rarity's costume designer friend on his next project.
  • Heel Realization: She's touched by how generous Rarity and her friends are towards each other, inspiring her to quit her job.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: She's actually the one doing all the work Suri got credit for.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: They match her mane.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Well, it probably didn't help.
  • Nice Hat: Doesn't wear one, but has one of these for her cutie mark.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Her name is a reference to designer Coco Chanel.
  • Pony Counterpart: Being a put-upon and highly competent assistant to another character, she's basically Spike the dragon as a female pony, except with a much meaner boss. They even share a voice actress.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: During her time as Suri's assistant, she was often seen with a face that makes her look like a kicked puppy.
  • Skunk Stripe: She has a blue mane with a light-blue stripe in the middle.
  • Tareme Eyes: Not quite as noticeable as Fluttershy, but they reflect how kind-hearted she can be.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has a blue mane with a light-blue stripe in the middle.

     Cheese Sandwich 
The super-duper party pony, that pony is ME!

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 Ponified: 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.
  • Irony: Weird Al's character is named Cheese Sandwich. Weird Al himself is a vegan.
  • 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 Pony: 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.
  • Nopony Calls Me Boneless: "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 / Younger Than They Look: 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.

    Trenderhoof 
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.
  • Amazon Chaser / Has a Type: Prefers strong, tomboyish mares over refined, stylish ones.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Seabreeze 
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. 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 

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

    Equal Ponies 
From left: Sugar Belle, Party Favor, Night Glider, and Double Diamond (after their restoration)
Voiced by: Brian Drummond (Double Diamond), Samuel Vincent (Party Favor), Rebecca Shoichet (Sugar Belle and Night Glider)

A whole town full of ponies. They were once ordinary, but Starlight Glimmer made them give up their cutie marks - essentially their unique identities - and convinced them to adopt a lifestyle of mediocrity and sameness.

  • Adorkable: Just watch Sugar Belle as she tries to take the mane six's order in her first appearance without interrupting their argument. Or her along with Party Favor and Night Glider squeeing over the mane six's cutie marks once they're in private.
  • All There in the Script: Night Glider, the name of the dark blue Pegasus who tells the Mane Six about the Staff of Sameness, is only given in the show's credits.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: The four pictured to the side in particular; Double Diamond is at first Number Two to Starlight, while the other three are ordinary townsfolk, albeit ones who secretly want their marks again. All four of them play pivotal roles in getting the mane six's cutie marks back and getting rid of Starlight.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Starlight had them brainwashed, stole their talents and cutie marks, preached about how they should all be equal, locked them in a room whenever they showed hints of wanting to have their marks back... and then found herself on the receiving end of some payback when their marks are returned, her plan is foiled, and she gets run out of town.
  • The Evils of Free Will: Starlight has brainwashed them into believing this.
  • Hammerspace: Where Party Favor gets his supply of balloons from.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Double Diamond turns against Starlight along with the rest of the town when they discover she still hasn't removed her own cutie mark.
  • I Choose to Stay: After running Starlight out of town, they decide to stay since it's the only home they have now.
  • Lethal Chef: Sugar Belle is this without her cutie mark, causing Pinkie Pie, a proud Big Eater, to go green after eating her muffins. Once she recovers her original talent (baking delicious sweets), she becomes a Supreme Chef at the town-wide celebration.
  • MacGyvering: Party Favor's talent is the ability to make seemingly anything out of balloons, and have them function just like the real thing.
  • Meaningful Name: All of them, as normal, though Double Diamond's may be a bit obscure: in skiing, a double diamond route is the most difficult type and is only recommended for experts. His "Feel like an air drop?" line refers to a maneuver that only skiers good enough to run a double diamond course can pull off.
  • Number Two: Double Diamond to Starlight Glimmer. He's the first to greet the Mane Six, personally monitors them during their visit, and carries out her orders out of town.
  • Secret Police: Before his Heel-Face Turn, Double Diamond is a one-pony version of this as he watches the Mane Six behind his newpaper.
  • Stepford Smiler: They wear big, creepy smiles when first introduced, tipping Pinkie off that something is seriously wrong with them.
  • Yes-Man: All of them are forced to agree with Starlight on everything.

    Trouble Shoes 

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: Trouble Shoes 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.
  • The Giant: He's one of the biggest ponies in the show, Clydesdale-sized.
  • Gentle Giant: While he is mistaken for a criminal by nearly everyone else, he's actually extremely polite and soft-spoken.
  • 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.

    Tree Hugger 
"I meet a lot of different creatures, each one of them perfect and unique."

Voiced by: Nicole Oliver

"Radical to meet you. Really digging your vibe."

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.
  • Leitmotif: Sitar music plays whenever she talks.
  • New-Age Retro Hippie: She looks and talks like a archetypal hippie, and her speech is usually accompanied by the sound of a sitar.
  • Not So Stoic: The normally relaxed Tree Hugger is understandably terrified when Discord tries to send her to another dimension.
  • 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 
Voiced by: Richard Ian Cox

"Well tough tailfeathers! No refunds!"

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"

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). Basically made canon as of "Slice of Life".

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 tee-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!.
  • British Accents: He has one in Episode 100, "Slice of Life".
  • 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) 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, 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.
  • Large Ham: Oh yes. He's basically the Fourth, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors combined into a super large ham.
  • Measuring the Marigolds: He apparently sees everything, even a game of bowling, as equations.
  • OC 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.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Is revealed to be this in Episode 100 when talking to Derpy/Muffins. This is the Doctor we're talking about, after all.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    DJ Pon-3 / Vinyl Scratch 
Debut: "Suited for Success"
Speaking Appearance: My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (IDW) Issue #9 story Zen and the Art of Gazebo Repair and Issue #10 cover A

An off-white unicorn with a two-tone electric blue mane, magenta eyes, and a pair of eighth notes as her cutie mark. Her in-show appearances to date are in "Suited for Success", "A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2", "Magical Mystery Cure", "Simple Ways", "Testing Testing 1, 2, 3" and "Inspiration Manifestation", most of them having her, well, act as a DJ. She's very popular for a character with less than a minute (in the first season, only a few seconds) of screentime. She shows up a lot in advertisements and official merchandise, and has multiple toys, even being made 2013 Special Edition Pony. According to her and Octavia's trading card, "DJ Pon-3 feels at home behind her turntable, laying down sick beats and wearing her trademark sunglasses."

Vinyl has a human counterpart in the Equestria Girls universe that plays a significant part in the second movie; go here for tropes pertaining to the Human DJ Pon-3.

An analysis on Vinyl "DJ Pon-3" Scratch is available on the analysis page.

    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"
Speaking Appearance: My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks
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.

     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

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.
  • 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.
  • Badass: She's a secret agent working for Celestia.
  • 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?
  • OC 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!"

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.

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

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 once used as background characters in previous seasons, 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."

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!"

Twinkleshine

"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.

Minuette

BRUSH YOUR TEETH.
"Twilight Sparkle, you old so-and-so!"

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.
  • 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.
  • OC 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.

     Moondancer 

First Mentioned: "Mare In The Moon"
Physical Debut: "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.

  • 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 Treehugger'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, being a hair tie 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)

Alternative Title(s):

Friendship Is Magic-One Shots