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Historical FiguresThose who have great historical importance in Equestria's history and lore.
- Posthumous Character: As all of these characters lived centuries in the past at minimum, they are (usually) assumed to be long deceased by the time the show's events take place.
Pillars of Old EquestriaSix legendary heroes that defended Equestria from evil in the long distant past.
- Arc Hero: They collectively act as this for Season 7. Three individual episodes spotlight them in turn before they're all mentioned in the season finale, and during the airing of Season 7 the "Legends of Equestria" comic mini-series showed more of their adventures. The main series comics also had a three-party story arc that ended with foreshadowing of the season villain, the Pony of Shadows, that is their ancient enemy.
- Badass Crew: They were the Mane Six of the ancient era, a group of heroes that travelled Equestria fighting evil and darkness together.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Meadowbrook is namedropped in Season 5's "The Cutie Map" and Sunburst names the other four in "The Crystalling - Part 2", though calling Flash Magnus "Flash Prance." However, it took until Season 7 for any of them to be shown in person. The Legends of Magic comic book also focuses on each of them for an issue, in coordination with the show; the mini-series was released over the same time that Season 7 was airing.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: In the Season 7 finale they're pulled out of Limbo and back to Equestria, now a thousand years displaced.
- Foil: Each of them is a parallel to the Mane Six, represented through one of the group idolizing them and being familiar with their legends. This is a major plot point in the Season 7 finale; they can't use the Elements of Harmony, so they have to each pair up with one of the Mane Six to combine their powers in tandem.
- Star Swirl is an asocial magical prodigy who leads the group, like Twilight.
- Flash Magnus is brave and boisterous, like Rainbow Dash.
- Rockhoof is a stalwart physical powerhouse, like Applejack.
- Somnambula is perky and optimistic, like Pinkie Pie.
- Mistmane is beautiful and self-sacrificing, like Rarity.
- Meadowbrook is compassionate and in touch with nature, like Fluttershy.
- Precursor Hero: As a group they were the defenders of Equestria from the forces of darkness before the Mane Six became the bearers of the Elements of Harmony. In fact their championed virtues would be planted as the seed that eventually became the Tree of Harmony that bore said elements.
- Real After All: Save for Star Swirl, the six of them have faded into legends that people question if they're even true. Turns out, yes they are, and they really lived over a thousand years ago.
- Sixth Ranger Traitor: They believe the "seventh" member of their group, Stygian, became this. They're partly right; he became the Pony of Shadows, but only because they cast him out over suspicions of his plans to duplicate their powers, which he was going to do just so he could fight alongside them as an equal, not for anything evil.
- Void Between the Worlds: They cast themselves into Limbo along with the Pony of Shadows to bind him there.
Star Swirl the Bearded
First Mentioned: "Luna Eclipsed"
Debut: "Shadow Play - Part 1"
Voiced by: Christopher BrittonThe father of the amniomorphic spell and mentor to Clover the Clever, this influential yet obscure unicorn created more than 200 spells and was the most important conjurer of the pre-classical era. A wing in the Canterlot Archives (the most secure section, in fact) and a shelf in the Canterlot Library of Magic are both named after him. Twilight Sparkle dressed up as him for Nightmare Night during "Luna Eclipsed".
- The Archmage: He is an obscenely powerful mage considering that Twilight calls him the "most important conjurer of the pre-classical era".
- Badass Grandpa: Time travel makes his exact age unknown but he is definitely old and even Celestia is cowed when he gets angry. No small feat when you remember Celestia is a Physical God.
- Beware the Silly Ones: His depictions in the main-series comics may make him seem like a senile old stallion, but threaten the safety of Equestria and (as the Sirens and Tirek both found out) he will put the hurt on you. Neither is he afraid to tell Celestia off when she happens to do anything reckless.
- Cloudcuckoolander: In Issue #17 of the IDW comic series, Luna considers Star Swirl to be more like Pinkie Pie; we later see in flashbacks to he and Celestia exploring alternate dimensions via a magic mirror that Luna is not far off point, with Star Swirl not quite as random as Pinkie but a lot more hyper than one would have expected.
- Not he himself, but Twilight dresses as him for Nightmare Night becoming a "Crossplayer" by doing so.
- Exaggerated in "Three's a Crowd", where Twilight not only dons her old costume again to go to an exhibit dedicated to Star Swirl, but she's also surrounded by other ponies dressed as him, checking out the stands themed after Star Swirl the Bearded.
- Depending on the Writer: Because Star Swirl is The Ghost in the TV show apart from the occasional in-series artist's rendition, his entire character is ripe for interpretation whenever he does appear, giving some wildly inconsistent portrayals across the franchise. In the Reflections comic arc, he's a borderline Genius Ditz who strikes a balance between Twilight and Pinkie Pie's personalities. In FIENDship Is Magic, he's The Comically Serious who breaks into a rap with the same gravitas as one would expect Gandalf. And in Legends of Magic, he is a classic Mentor Archetype. This even extends to his design, which either shows him mustachioed or not, while his coat ranges from white (season 4) to blue (Rainbow Rocks) to gray (everywhere else).
- Expy: Of Dumbledore and Gandalf... along with a lot of other wizards.
- Famed In-Story: He is a really big deal in Equestria, from having library wings named after him to ponies cosplaying as him to visit his fan conventions. On the other hand, it's more likely that he's a really big deal to eggheads like Twilight since her friends didn't recognize her costume as him.
- Gender Flip: The toyline's Star Swirl has always been female, even in G4, but the name is used for a male character in this show.
- The Ghost: Played with. He's been mentioned a lot in the show, but every depiction of Star Swirl himself so far has been stylized artwork of some sort. He appears for real in the official tie-in comics.
- Locked into Strangeness: The book The Journal of the Two Sisters reveals that, before Celestia and Luna began doing it, it fell to teams of unicorns uniting their magic to control the sun and moon every day. Star Swirl's white hair resulted from him trying to do it himself when no other unicorns could be found at the time; before then he was brown-haired.
- Lonely at the Top: Implied in "Magical Mystery Cure"; a famous mage who created 200+ spells and is still studied in the modern day, yet according to Celestia he "didn't understand friendship" the way Twilight did, and thus he failed at crafting his final spell.
- The Magnificent: "The Bearded".
- The Mentor: He was this to Clover the Clever, one of the founders of Equestria, as well as both Celestia and Luna back when they were in their early days of princesshood.
- My Greatest Failure: FIENDship Is Magic shows that he wanted to redeem the Sirens, believing their abilities could have been used for good, but failed. Unable to defeat them in battle either, he was forced to use his last resort and banish them to the human world.
- Mystical White Hair: His mane and beard are white (although the last two might just be because he's old).
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Seems to do this a lot in the comic series. In the Reflections arc, he really should've destroyed his notes after realizing the trouble dimension hoping would cause to the multi-verse. This led to Celestia managing to re-create the spell and the events of the arc that followed. In the Fiendship mini series, when he couldn't beat the Dazzlings, he's forced to banish them to the human world. Granted it weakened them but they still had power to cause discord and, what's more, put them in close proximity to the magic portal where they felt Equestrian magic and kicked off the events of Rainbow Rocks. (Really, it's a miracle they didn't find the portal itself.) Lastly, his trying to warn people to stay away from the tainted pond via a sign in Chrysalis's story ended up splitting the tree holding her and her kind and unleashing them across Equestria the first time.
- Odd Friendship: With Scorpan, who had arrived in Equestria to conquer it with his brother Tirek before coming to love the ponies' lifestyle.
- Pals with Jesus: He was around when Equestria was founded, and was Celestia's personal advisor, as shown in issue 17 of the IDW comic and The Journal of the Two Sisters.
- Plot Tumor: He was mentioned a few times in Season 2 as a particularly powerful and famous historical sorcerer. Expanded worldbuilding over the series' run establishes him as one of the founders of Equestria, a personal friend and mentor to Celestia and Luna, and connected in some manner to several major antagonists.
- Posthumous Character: He helped found Equestria a thousand years ago: obviously he isn't around anymore. The Journal of the Two Sisters says that Star Swirl was studying time travel and age magic, so there's a very slim chance he may be alive due to such magic, but it's unlikely.
- Ultimately subverted. He is very much alive but trapped outside of space and time. Twilight and her friends manage to undo the spell that sent him there.
- Precursor Hero: He didn't just conceive lots of unicorn magic in his days, but also fought against evil creatures on his own, as shown with the Sirens in Rainbow Rocks that he banished to the human world.
- Robe and Wizard Hat: He wore a deep blue robe and broad-brimmed, pointed hat, both decorated with stars and moons. Twilight wears all of these on Nightmare Night to emulate him.
- Shoot the Dog: During the flashback sequences of the Reflection storyline, Star Swirl was less than pleased that Celestia was using the dimensional mirror without him just so she could visit with the alternate universe version of King Sombra, especially since he had warned her that crossing over too much could create a dimensional paradox that would threaten the stability of both worlds. He then sealed the mirror shut, which sent Celestia running off in tears. Even though they later reconciled, it was stated that their relationship afterwards was never the same.
- Spell Book: Yep, he has one. It's his Secret Diary.
- Spell My Name with an "S": "Star Swirl" and "Starswirl" have both been used, but given that it came from a list of stuff pre-approved by Hasbro, it's presumably supposed to be spelled the same way as the toyline's Star Swirl.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Gives one to Celestia in the Reflections storyline of the comics for allowing her romance with the alternate universe Sombra to cloud her judgement and leading her to risk the stability of both worlds.
- Wizard Beard: Why do you think he's called Star Swirl the Bearded? A long beard is a must for this archetypal wizard. In the book seen in Rainbow Rocks, his beard is truly humongous and occupies most of the illustration.
"Rockhoof was known far and wide for his incredible strength. But he didn't start out that way..."
Speaking Appearance: "Shadow Play - Part 2"
Voiced by: Matt CowlrickA scrawny earth pony from a seaside village that dreamed of nothing more than joining the warriors of the Mighty Helm that protected it, Rockhoof entered legend when he saved his village from an eruption with nothing but a shovel and sheer determination.
- Acrofatic: Zig-Zagged briefly in Legends of Magic. After a lifestyle of partying makes him fat, he shows off some athletic prowess saving two Helms and running down a mountain. Other than that, his weight impedes his ability to deal with the cherufe on the volcano and it prompts him to get back in shape.
- Big Eater: In Legends of Magic, he takes this to comical levels — most of his nights out are spent taking on one eating challenge after another, ranging from scarfing down bowls full of oats and mountains of bread to literally eating his way out of a pit full of corn. Deconstructed when destiny calls and his eating habits have caught up to him.
- Boisterous Bruiser: At the end of his segment and in Legends of Magic, he is almost always posing, yelling his dialogue, eating and drinking to excess, and kicking ass.
- Braids of Barbarism: Rockhoof, a pony famous for his great strength and hailing from a culture visually inspired by medieval Scandinavia, sports a long braid in his mane in his bulked-up form.
- Determinator: Despite his initial lack of strength, and knowing full well that the odds were against him, Rockhoof put everything he had into digging the trench to save his village. His determination was rewarded by his sudden increase in strength.
- Fat Comic Relief: Rockhoof becomes this in the comic due to his excessive partying, and the village ponies even mock him when he first steps into view. His armor is way too small, flies are buzzing around him, he tires easily when climbing the mountain and he gets burned by a cherufe while retreating from the volcano.
- Fast Tunnelling: After his massive gain in strength, he became fast enough to dig his trench at running speed.
- Growing Muscles Sequence: Rockhoof magically becomes bigger and stronger, apparently just from being willing to risk his life to save his village from an erupting volcano.
- Hot-Blooded: Both his greatest strength and his Fatal Flaw. His tendency to launch himself into everything he does with all his heart is clearly what made him a hero, but it also leaves him with little sense of proportion.
- Mr. Vice Guy: In Legends of Magic. He is a genuinely brave and heroic character, but gluttony and pride nearly prove his undoing.
- Undying Loyalty: Like all three legendary figures from "Campfire Tales", he displays great loyalty towards something. In his case, it's his village, which he worked desperately to save from the volcano even at risk of his life.
- The Voiceless: Rockhoof doesn't speak a word during his story.
"Mistmane was a very promising young sorceress. She was as talented as she was beautiful and kind..."
Voiced by: Ellen-Ray HennessyA famous unicorn sorceress, Mistmane was the most beautiful pony in her homeland, but sacrificed her beauty to perform a powerful spell to heal her land.
- Animal Talk: She able to do this by the time of her appearance in Legends of Magic, and teaches Luna how to do it too. It's noted as not being based on speech, but in the ability to read body language and think more deeply about context.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Mistmane was the most beautiful and gentlest unicorn in the land, and also a magical prodigy who could employ some very impressive and powerful magic in a duel.
- Cast from Lifespan: Non-fatal version. Mistmane cast a spell that restored the beauty to her land at the cost of her own youth and beauty.
- Fertile Feet: Late in life, Mistmane causes flowers to grow from the ground wherever she walks.
- Greater Need Than Mine: Mistmane willingly gives up her own beauty to restore beauty to her home. The gesture is so selfless and heartfelt that it changes Sable Spirit for the better. Is it any wonder as to why this is Rarity's favorite legend?
- Holding Back the Phlebotinum: It's noticeable that despite being a unicorn with a very prominent horn, Mistmane never uses her magic in her Legends of Magic appearance. She even holds off from using telekinesis, preferring to manipulate objects with her own hooves.
- Magic Hair: Her mane constantly flows, as if unaffected by gravity, not unlike Celestia and Luna's. This is most likely a sign of her high level of magic.
- Undying Loyalty: Like all three legendary figures from "Campifre Tales", she displays great loyalty towards something. In her case, it's towards her old friend Sable Spirit, whose beauty she restores alongside the land's even after seeing how cruel she had become.
- World's Most Beautiful Woman: Mistmane, before sacrificing her beauty to restore that of her homeland, was (at least according to Rarity) the most beautiful unicorn alive.
- Wutai: The land Mistmane comes from is heavily influenced by Oriental culture, especially imperial-age China, from the architecture to the way the local ponies dress to the background music.
"A long time ago, before the Wonderbolts were even founded, Flash Magnus was a lowly cadet in the Royal Legion..."
Voiced by: Giles PantonA Pegasus soldier from the Cloudsdale Royal Legion, Flash Magnus earned fame after a pair of dragons captured his companions, at which point Flash bravely put himself at risk to distract them so that the remaining soldiers could mount a rescue.
- Ash Face: After leading the two dragons into a huge stormcloud, Flash Magnus is seen covered in ash from being struck by lightning.
- Honor Before Reason: His sense of honor seems determined to drive him into foolish decisions, and Ironhead always tries to argue him out of them. Still, his courage and ability to inspire others always helps him beat the odds.
- Implausible Boarding Skills: At a few points, Flash Magnus uses the shield Netitus to briefly surf on the dragons' fire breath.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: When acting as bait to diver the dragons, Flash Magnus is given Netitus, a legendary fireproof shield, to protect himself from the dragons' fire breath.
- No One Gets Left Behind: Whether it's his own companions or griffon civilians, Flash Magnus will never abandon anyone to an uncertain fate.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: In his Legends of Magic appearance. After being ordered not to assist the griffons in dealing with the powerful storm heading their way for fear of provoking war, he goes off to rescue them anyway and his fellow squad members follow suit.
- Undying Loyalty: Like all three legendary figures from "Campifre Tales", he displays great loyalty towards something. In his case, it's his companions, to point of putting himself at great risk by drawing the dragons' attention to himself to allow for their rescue. His loyalty is especially notable, as his is the favorite legend of Rainbow Dash, the bearer of the Element of Loyalty.
- We Need a Distraction: Flash Magnus offers himself as live bait to lure the dragons away from the cave, so his companions can rescue the prisoners.
"Like her fellow villagers, Somnambula didn't have much, but she used what she had to keep others from giving up hope..."
Debut: "Daring Done?"
Speaking Appearance: "Shadow Play - Part 2"
Voiced by: Murry PeetersThe namesake of a village in Southern Equestria, Somnambula was a Pegasus who became honored by her people as a symbol of hope in the darkest of times after outwitting a wicked Sphinx who terrorized their land.
- Adaptational Heroism: Somnambula was a villain when she appeared in My Little Pony and Friends. Here, she's a historical hero who had an entire town named after her in memory of her bravery and hope.
- Adaptational Species Change: The original Somnambula was a human witch; this version is a pegasus.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Her comic appearance has her acting in a totally casual and unhurried manner to a giant snake eating the entire army and several villages, several characters noting in exasperation that she doesn't seem to be taking it seriously. She eventually demonstrates that she knows exactly what she was doing, and never saw the need to panic because she had the situation totally under control the whole time.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Legends of Magic shows her to be about as out-there and nonsensical as Pinkie Pie.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Somnambula's headdress and clash with a sphinx mark her namesake village as Equestria's version of Egypt. Said village also has traits of an actual Egyptian village or town, most of its residents seem to wear kohl, and it is located near ancient pyramids. Further, her homeland was explicitly ruled by a Pharaoh in her time.
- Hope Bringer: For the village of Somnambula, the eponymous heroine becomes the very embodiment of hope through her selfless actions, with a gigantic statue of her serving as a reminder of her legacy. Thus, it is hardly surprising why the villagers hate Daring Do for accidentally destroying that statue during one of her adventures.
- Nice Girl: Even before defeating the Sphinx, Somnambula was already famous by her kindness, that inspires the prince to help his starving subjects.
- Plucky Girl: Bravery and optimism are her main characteristics. She kept a positive attitude during the Sphinx's rule and didn't back down from facing her to save the prince and her people.
- The Smart Girl: It's uncertain how much of an education she's had, but she's a excellent lateral thinker with a good memory and eye for details. She even appears to have a decent working knowledge of magic.
- Unfazed Everymare: While the other pillars are magic users and warriors, Somnambula is just a plucky village girl that gets involved with magical threats and deal with them without batting an eye. According the comics, the prince invited her to move in to the palace as a counselour, but she chose keep her simple life along with the other villagers.
"Mystical and masked, she came in the night and cured everything from hoof cough to fur blight..."
Voiced by: Mariee DevereuxKnown to most as a world-renowned earth ponynote sorceress who possessed eight mystical items, Mage Meadowbrook moonlighted as an elusive masked healer called the "Mystical Mask", traveling Equestria to heal the rarest and most terrible of diseases.
- Alchemy Is Magic: Meadowbrook was an earth pony, and thus couldn't use the flashier and more direct kind of magic usually seen on the show. Instead, she seemed to specialize in brewing cures and potions, which was evidently sufficient to earn her the appellation of "sorceress" and "mage".
- Arboreal Abode: Before she left to travel Equestria to cure disease, Meadowbrook lived with her mother inside a hollow tree in the bayous of the Haysead Swamps.
- His Name Really Is "Barkeep": She's addressed as "Mage" in the IDW comics, and she's known as a sorceress and healer.
- I Have Many Names: Besides Mage Meadowbrook, she is also widely known in the modern day as the Mystical Mask, and at least Zecora and Fluttershy are more familiar with her by that title than by her given name.
- The Medic: She was a skilled healer, and was famous for traveling all over Equestria to cure dangerous diseases and epidemics.
- Mythology Gag: She shares her name with a G3 pony, which also happened to be one of the names Lauren Faust considered for Fluttershy.
- Shrouded in Myth: More so than the other Pillars. Her feats have been carried on as stories of legendary healers so disparate that even the studious Twilight wrongfully thought of her as an Eastern Unicorn. It took a lot of book reading to connect the pieces and find a lead on who she really was and where she once lived.
- Plague Doctor: She wore a birdlike mask is visually reminiscent of the beaked masks worn by historical plague doctors, and healers in her time likewise wore such masks to avoid catching sick themselves. Her origin story also focuses on curing a dangerous disease that was ravaging her hometown, like the historical plague doctors would try to find a cure for the Black Death as it ravaged Europe.
- Retcon: Twilight calls her an Eastern unicorn in "The Cutie Map", but when she makes her debut, she's an earth pony straight out of the Deep South.
Founders of Equestria
- Alliterative Name: Star Swirl the Bearded. Also Clover the Clever, Princess Platinum and Private Pansy if you include titles.
- Beleaguered Assistant: To say that the assistants were annoyed at the behavior of their leaders would have been an understatement.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: The assistants took out the Windigos and saved Equestria. As always, this involved blasting them with weaponized friendship. Notable because it was accidental.
- Fantastic Racism: This was an unfortunate trait of the three races before they were united under Equestria's founding: The Earth Ponies resented the Pegasi and Unicorns for messing with the weather and their demands for food. The Pegasi were angry at the Earth Ponies for not being able to grow food and the Unicorns were viewed as too haughty by the other two. This is especially evident in the leaders.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Each of the three leaders of the pony races had this kind of relationship with their assistants, with the leaders being red while the assistants were blue.
Clover the Clever
- Ambiguous Gender: Although the character is played by Twilight, no gender pronouns are used to address Clover. The Journal of the Two Sisters implies that Clover the Clever is female, while Princess Celestia And The Summer Of Royal Waves implies Clover is male.
- Expy: Possibly of G2's Clever Clover.
- Ambiguous Gender: Averted. Due to the "princess" title she is the only role in the play that is definitely one gender.
- Ermine Cape Effect: Wears only her royal robes, due to the Limited Wardrobe of the episode.
- Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Her gown is purple and she is the princess of the magic-using tribe.
- Nerves of Steel: Princess Platinum may seem flighty, but faced down a angry Luna and her manticore pet with only a tremble in her voice.
- Pimped-Out Dress: Her ermine-trimmed gown.
- Princesses Rule: Possibly; we never see her father and she's the one who goes off to found Equestria, not him.
Debut: ""Hearth's Warming Eve"One of the founders of Equestria and the leader of the Pegasi. Played by Rainbow Dash in the Hearth's Warming Eve pageant.
- Ambiguous Gender: Hurricane is referred to as "sir"note multiple times as well as being named a "brute" (an insult which is usually Always Male) throughout the play but Pansy calls Hurricane "her" multiple times and the role is played by the female Rainbow Dash. The Journal of the Two Sisters describes Commander Hurricane as male, though.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: Hurricane is both intimidating and appropriate.
- Blood Knight: Hurricane is fond of battle because this was an era when pegasi were more interested in conquering than competitive flying.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Much like Rainbow Dash who plays him, Hurricane seems rather full of himself and prone to fighting.
- Cross-Cast Role: According to The Journal of the Two Sisters, he's male but was played by the female Rainbow Dash in the Hearth's Warming Eve pageant. Justified because Rainbow Dash is also a major tomboy, so she can settle into a masculine role rather well.
- General Ripper: To contrast Princess Platinum, he's a military-style Jerkass.
- Hot-Blooded: Princess Platinum (Rarity) once refered to him as Commander Hothead.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: After the Windigos' defeat he tones down the jerkness and values friendship.
- Mean Boss: To Private Pansy for the pushing and abrasive orders.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: According to the play, Hurricane's love of battle and conquest was typical of pegasi at this point in history.
- The One Guy: According The Journal of the Two Sisters, Commander Hurricane was the only stallion amongst the six founders.
- Shrinking Violet: Like her actor, Pansy was a shy and timid pony.
- Straight Man: To Hurricane by reacting meekly to all the military posturing.
- Unfortunate Name: Contrasted with her commanding officer's. On its own "Pansy" wouldn't be too bad as a pony name... but "Private Pansy" is possibly the worst name imaginable for a military setting.
- The Caligula: A mild example before the Windigos' defeat; a leader who is annoyingly quirky instead of dangerously insane.
- Genius Ditz: According to The Journal of Two Sisters post-Character Development and founding of Equestria she turned out to be this, never losing her quirkiness but employing it in smarter ways. Luna suspects her of Obfuscating Stupidity.
- Insane Troll Logic: If Pinkie's interpretation of the character is anything to go by, Puddinghead runs on this. She was elected because she can think outside of the box, which means she can also think inside the chimney. Can you think inside a chimney?
- Nice Hat: Wears a bowl of pudding on her head, hence her name.
- No Sense of Direction: Believes wearing an upside-down map on her face is all the direction she needs. Of course whether it's upside or not is irrelevant; the world is round; there is no up or down.
- Pointy-Haired Boss: It's a wonder the earth ponies managed to function with her in charge. To make matters worse? She was ELECTED!
Debut: "Hearth's Warming Eve'One of the founders of Equestria and secretary to Chancellor Puddinghead. Played by Applejack in the Hearth's Warming Eve pageant.
- Honest Advisor: Always speaks his/her mind to Puddinghead.
First Mentioned: "Twilight's Kingdom"The brother of Tirek. Scorpan and Tirek came from a distant land to take over Equestria and its magic a very long time ago, but Scorpan came to appreciate Equestria after he befriended Star Swirl the Bearded and the other ponies. He tried to convince Tirek to join him, but he refused, so Scorpan alerted Celestia and Luna of his plans and Tirek was imprisoned in Tartarus, while Scorpan returned home to his own land.
- Adaptation Species Change: In the original special, Scorpan was a human prince transformed into a monster by Tirek. G4's Scorpan's a natural-born gargoyle.
- Adaptational Heroism: While the original Scorpan did assist in Tirek's defeat, this one is the active cause of his brother's downfall.
- Cain and Abel: The Abel to his brother's Cain.
- The Ghost: He doesn't appear in the episode himself, but still plays a pivotal role in his brother's imprisonment and indirectly, Tirek's second imprisonment.
- Heel–Face Turn: He was going to take over Equestria alongside his brother, but he befriended Star Swirl the Bearded.
- Last-Second Chance: Tried this with his brother. After his Heel–Face Turn, he tried to convince Tirek not to continue their original plan, but Tirek wouldn't listen, leaving Scorpan with no other choice but to get his brother imprisoned in Tartarus.
- Love Redeems: Of the friendship type of love, as Star Swirl's friendship along with other ponies resulted in his redemption.
- Memento MacGuffin: He had given his brother a medallion. Tirek would later give it to Discord as a sign of their friendship and trust. Tirek was lying and it meant nothing to him. The medallion would become Twilight's key.
- Mythology Gag: Based on Scorpan from the G1 special, where he was one of Tirek's minions who eventually made a Heel–Face Turn.
- Odd Friendship: With Star Swirl the Bearded — a former would-be conqueror and tyrant became friends with one of the most important figures of the nation he set out to overtake.
- Our Gargoyles Rock: According to the comics, he's a gargoyle, like his mother.
- Related in the Adaptation: Scorpan was Tirek's minion in the original special. Here, he's Tirek's brother.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He was last heard to have returned to his homelands shortly after Tirek's initial imprisonment. Given that this was several centuries ago, his current status and whereabouts are unknown.
First Mentioned: "The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone"The first king of Griffonstone, who united the griffons with the golden Idol of Boreas.
First Mentioned: "The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone"The fourteenth and last king of Griffonstone.
- My Greatest Failure: Under his rule the Idol of Boreas was lost to Arimaspi and the Abysmal Abyss.
- Beauty to Beast: She attempted a spell to make herself beautiful that backfired on her, turning her from a pretty young mare into an ugly old nag.
- Foil: To Mistmane. They have diametrically opposite views on beauty — Sable Spirit is obsessed with external, physical beauty and takes it from others by force, while Mistmane values the beauty spread by one's actions and dedicated her life to spreading it in the lives of others. Their transformations are also in contrast. Sable Spirit accidentally made herself look old and hideous while trying to make herself beautiful, and spent the rest of her life resenting this. By contrast, Mistmane willingly gave up her youth and beauty, and did so selflessly for the sake of others.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: She became a tyrannical ruler who hoarded everything beautiful in her country, due to her bitterness over her transformation.
- The Good Queen: She is said to have become a much better queen after her Heel–Face Turn, ruling with kindness and compassion.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She was jealous of Mistmane's beauty and magical prowess, which led to her trying to cast a spell that would make her more beautiful. After this worked badly and made her hideous instead, her bitterness and jealousy drove her to seize the throne, oppress her subjects and take everything beautiful for herself.
- Heel–Face Turn: She underwent one after Mistmane's Heroic Sacrifice also restores her good looks as well, becoming a kind benevolent ruler.
- The Resenter: Towards Mistmane. Her entire character is driven by her jealousy towards her friend’s beauty, popularity and talent at magic.
Debut: "Daring Done?"The prince of Somnambula's homeland. He attempted to stand up to the sphinx that was terrorizing it, but was captured and had to be rescued. Afterwards, he made Somnambula one his closest advisors as a reward for her deeds.
AncestorsLong-dead (presumably) relatives of various characters or rather just characters from the past who are not necessarily historical figures.
The Smith Family
See Mane Family Members.
Granny Smith: Matter of fact, the first thing he ever sold was my Zap Apple Jam!
Debut: "Family Appreciation Day"An Earth pony stallion, grandfather of Filthy Rich and great-grandfather of Diamond Tiara.
- Family Theme Naming: Stinkin' Rich and his grandson Filthy Rich.
- Posthumous Character: Presumably. Although he's mentioned in "When the Apple Lies" as still alive by the time Applejack and Big Macintosh were teens.
- Self-Made Man. Started off poor but became rich by selling Granny Smith's Zap Apple Jam.
- Unfortunate Names: He must have been a bully magnet in school.
Grub Hooffield and Piles McColt
Debut: "The Hooffields and Mccolts"The ancestors of the Hooffield and McColt families. They were the first to arrive to the Smokey Mountain valley and wanted to preserve it while taking care of the animals. Their disagreement on how to do it soon escalated to sabotage and eventually the feud their descendants still fight.
- Construction Is Awesome: Piles McColt's talent was in construction and building, which was passed to the rest of his family.
- Eat Dirt, Cheap: Grub ate a hoofful of dirt to test if the ground was fertile and apparently enjoyed it.
- Escalating War: First they have a disagreement on how to best preserve the valley, then subtly sabotage each other, followed by outright doing so until finally they had started a feud that lasted generations.
- Green Thumb: Grub Hooffield's talent was farming, which was passed to the rest of his clan.
- Orange/Blue Contrast: Just like their descendants, Grub had a warm colored coat, and a curly mane, beard and tail, while Piles had a cool colored coat, and a straight mane, beard and tail.
Ghost Story CharactersFictional characters who appear in Ghost Stories.
The Olden Pony
Debut: "Sleepless in Ponyville"
Voiced by: Tabitha St. GermainA creepy old mare from a ghost story where she hunts ponies while searching for her missing horseshoe. She only appears in Scootaloo's nightmares after she hears the story.
- Black Cloak: A somewhat tattered one at that for the spookiness.
- Madness Mantra: "Who's got my rusty horseshoe...?"
- Nightmare Fuel: In-Universe for Scootaloo.
- Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: While creepy, all she wants is her missing horseshoe. Returning it will result in a "thank you" and her leaving contented. Of course, that was just in Scootaloo's dream after conquering her fears. If the Olden Pony is an established Equestrian folk tale figure, she might still be thoroughly evil in the commonly told stories.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Adding to how ominous she looks.
The Headless Horse
the Headless Horseman. It only appears in a ghost story told by Twilight and then later during Scootaloo's nightmares after she hears the story from Rainbow Dash.
- Ambiguous Gender: Always referred to as an "it" (though Scootaloo's nightmare gives it a body that seems to match Princess Luna's).
- Continuity Nod: The story of the Headless Horse was first told in "Look Before You Sleep" and was told again, with more relevance in "Sleepless in Ponyville".
- Expy: The Headless Horseman.
- Fridge Logic: In-Universe; Applejack questions how it can move without a head, or where its brain is.
- Headless Horse: Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
- Nightmare Fuel: In-Universe, for Scootaloo.
Power Ponies CharactersCharacters who appear in the Power Ponies comics Spike reads. The Power Ponies are a group of superheroes who fight to protect the city of Maretropolis from villains, criminals, and other evildoers. Spike and the Mane Six are temporarily dragged into an enchanted issue of the comic, taking on roles from the story and facing a villain who they must defeat in order to escape.The actual Power Ponies only appear in the IDW MLP Annual 2014 comic. They match the pony types that played them in the episode (except that Masked Matter-horn is a unicorn, not an alicorn), but are different colors and don't get along as well as the Mane Six. Also, Humdrum is an earth pony colt instead of a baby dragon.
note who can fire all sorts of energy beams from her horn. Twilight Sparkle fills this role when trapped in the Power Ponies comic.
- Alliterative Name: Masked Matter-horn
- An Ice Person: She can fire a freeze ray from her horn.
- The Leader: The leader of the Power Ponies.
- Not So Above It All : The loudest voice for teamwork in the annual story, but it's shown repeatedly that her own ego is just as much a problem as that of the others.
- Playing with Fire: Is known to use a heat beam.
- Punny Name: "Matterhorn" is the name of one of the highest mountains in the Alps. Here, it's to indicate her horn can create matter.
- Shout-Out: Toward Cyclops with a side of Iceman.
- Amulet of Concentrated Awesome: Where she gets her weather abilities from.
- Blow You Away: Can create tornados.
- Large Ham: As expected of a Thor/Storm Expy, she can be very boisterous.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: According to a trading card, Zapp is actually a princess of a tribe far from Maretropolis. She intends to go back to rule someday, but remains in the city to be a Power Pony.
- Shock and Awe: Her signature power.
- Shout-Out: For Thor and/or Storm.
- Spock Speak: In the annual, she is given a very eloquent yet boisterous speech pattern, further cementing her parallels with Thor and Storm.
- Amulet of Concentrated Awesome: Gets her power from a gemstone bracelet.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Rather unexpectedly, when the Power Ponies need to rebuild the machine that took their powers, it's Radiance who does all the work. Many of her constructs also seem to have a mechanical or construction theme.
- Imagination-Based Superpower: She can create constructs of purple force shaped as everything needed for the situation at hand. Rarity's creations all had a "girly"/"stylish" aspect; Radiance in the comic seems to go with mechanical-based objects supplemented by lots of bows.
- Shout-Out: Toward Green Lantern. Also, her constructs are purple-colored, similar to the Sapphire Star corps.
- Spoiled Sweet: Much like Rarity, she's self-obsessed and vain but still a true blue hero.
- Alliterative Name: Mistress Mare-vellous
- Battle Boomerang: Her "hoofarangs", which latch onto other ponies' hooves and stop them in their tracks.
- Empathic Weapon: She's psychically connected to her lasso, which moves wherever and however she wants it to.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: She's called "Mistress" and specializes in restraining ponies... mmmh.... She's based on the bondage-heavy Wonder Woman, after all...
- The Lancer: She spends a lot of the 2014 annual story clashing with Masked Matter-horn over the leadership role. She also has abilities almost directly counter to hers.
- Leader Wannabe: She clearly lacks respect for Masked Matter-horn, and actually takes charge several times (much to Matter-horn's displeasure).
- Perpetual Frowner: The 2014 annual gives her a constantly angry face that wouldn't look out of place on a '90s Anti-Hero.
- Punny Name: A cross between "mare" and "marvelous".
- Shout-Out: Toward Wonder Woman (her name and lasso), with a touch of Batman (her "hoofarangs").
- Attack Reflector: The beam from the Mane-iac's superweapon just bounces back of her.
- Brawn Hilda: The animators pulled no punches in designing transformed Saddle Rager.
- Chewing the Scenery: Figuratively and Literally when she Hulks Out.
- Hulking Out: Her main power.
- Power Makes Your Voice Deep: Her voice is much deeper when she's hulked out.
- Shout-Out: Toward the Incredible Hulk.
- Super Strength: Once Hulked Out, of course. She utterly trashes the Mane-iac's superweapon, tearing off metal like it is paper.
- You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: As the Mane-iac learns first-hand.
- Adaptation Species Change: Spike, a dragon, plays the role of Humdrum but the 2014 annual shows that Humdrum was actually a pony. Then again, the true appearance of the Power Ponies were never shown until then.
- The Heart: His basic role among the Power Ponies. He always teaches the Power Ponies that if they work as a team, they can achieve anything.
- The Load: He's "totally useless", according to Spike. Subverted in the annual comics, wherein it's shown that while he has no powers, he's still important to the team because he always reminds them of their strength as a team.
- The Millstone: He ended up telling the Mane-iac about the Electro-Orb by accident, putting her Evil Plan into motion.
- Only Sane Man: His real role seems to be this, as in both the episode and the annual he ends up saving the day by convincing the heroes to get it together.
- Plucky Comic Relief: The main reason why he's included in the comic.
- Sidekick: For the Power Ponies, and not a very useful one at that.
- Shout-Out: Of Burt Ward's Robin from the '60s Batman series.
- Superheroes Wear Capes: And occasionally trip on it.
Voiced by: Ellen KennedyA flamboyant supervillain and the Power Ponies' Arch-Enemy, the Mane-iac was the owner of a hair-care product company who suffered an unfortunate accident at her own shampoo factory, giving her mane strange powers while also driving her totally insane. She plots to destroy Maretropolis using the mysterious Electro-Orb.
- Arch-Enemy: For the Power Ponies.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: Rather than outright kill the Power Ponies once they're at her mercy, she instead sets up a Death Trap and turns a blind eye to their "useless" sidekick Humdrum.
- Composite Character: She takes elements from several villains. Like Sedusa, she has Prehensile Hair and an overall hair theme. Like Doctor Octopus, she's a Mad Scientist with superpowered appendages. And she's very reminiscent of The Joker, from her insanity to her green hair to her incessant Evil Laughter to her origin (see From Nobody to Nightmare below).
- Curtains Match the Window: After her accident, both her irises and her mane become green.
- Evil Is Hammy: You can tell she loves being an over-the-top supervillain.
- Evil Gloating: She wouldn't be an over-the-top supervillain without an over-the-top monologue about her Evil Plan.
- Evil Laugh: All the time.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: She was once an ordinary yet power-mad pony who owned a shampoo factory until she fell into a vat of chemicals that was then electrified. When she emerged, she was physically and mentally transformed.
- Giggling Villain: She can pull off a full on evil laugh when pressed, but most of the time just giggles constantly.
- Green and Mean: Her prehensile hair is green.
- Hurricane of Puns: Yeah, the word "mane" loses its maneing after a while.
- Kick the Dog: She loves reminding Humdrum of his uselessness, save when he unintentionally helps her evil plans.
- Large Ham: Gives Discord a run for his money.
- Laughably Evil: She is an intentionally over-the-top and not particularly threatening villain intended as a homage to various similarly campy comic villains in old comics.
- Laughing Mad: Her transformation caused her to go completely insane.
- Mooks: Has plenty of these.
- The Hyena: Her reaction to her plans being ruined, being electrocuted and her hair going out of control? Bouncing around on the floor with a huge grin on her face, cackling madly.
- Poke the Poodle: Her doomsday plan is to... ruin the mane of everyone in the entire city? Okay then.
- Prehensile Hair: Her superpower.
- Pungeon Master: Except her puns revolve around "mane", leading to some repetitiveness.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: After her accident, her pupils turn red.
- Villain Ball: She captures the Mane Six, but thinks Spike is too "useless" to worry about, even ridiculing him about how harmless and pathetic he is. He soon proves her wrong.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair turned green after the accident.
A Hearth's Warming Tale CharactersCharacters who appear in A Hearth's Warming Tale, a Christmas Carol-esque expy that Twilight Sparkle reads to Starlight Glimmer. The story is about a pony who hated Hearth's Warming so much that she tried to cast a spell to make it disappear forever, only to be visited by three spirits that show her how she came to hate the holiday, how ponies enjoy the current holiday, and the consequences of going through with her intended spell, respectively. She sees the error of her ways and turns over a new leaf.
- Adaptational Villainy: While the original Scrooge was certainly not a nice guy at all (until his eventual Character Development), he was merely a cold jerk who just didn't want anything to do with Christmas. Snowfall, however, actively tries to destroy Hearth's Warming Eve with dangerous magic.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: Snowfall doesn't believe the Windigos exist, despite all the other crazy stuff that exists in Equestria, including the spirits.
- Benevolent Boss: She treats her assistant, Snowdash, very well, at least by Scrooge Expy standards. She gets even better after her Heel–Face Turn.
- Composite Character: Of the Grinch and Ebenezer Scrooge. She is disgusted with the holiday and plans to get rid of it so no-one will celebrate it ever again, but undergoes a Heel–Face Turn after being visited by three ghosts who show her the error of her ways.
- The Grinch: She is absolutely disgusted with the holiday that she goes as far as to make it disappear forever, thinking it would make Equestria better. Boy, is she wrong...
- Heel–Face Turn: Just like Scrooge and the Grinch, Snowfall undergoes one after seeing the error of her ways.
- Knight Templar: Snowfall honestly believes that her spell making everypony forget about the holiday would make Equestria better.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Or rather, "My Celestia, What Was I Going to Do?!" as the Spirit of Hearth's Warming Yet to Come shows Snowfall what will happen if she goes through with he spell: The Windigos grow out of control and blanket all of Equestria in eternal winter to the point of causing an ice age.
- Obliviously Evil: Snowfall honestly thought that her spell would make Equestria better, believing the Windigos to be nothing more than a filly's tale and not realizing the threat they actually pose.
- Purple Is Powerful: Snowfall is a powerful unicorn wizard; in addition to having Starlight's usual light-purple coat, her vest and top hat are purple too.
- Scare 'em Straight: After being shown the consequence of going through with her spell, she opens her heart to the holiday and changes for the better.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: She loved the holiday before Flintheart got to her.
- Villain Song: "Say Goodbye to the Holiday".
The Three Spirits of Hearth's Warming
Hippomorphic Personifications of Hearth's Warming in A Hearth's Warming Tale. Known as the Spirits of Hearth's Warming Past, Presents and Yet to Come, they show Snowfall the error of her way by each showing her (in order) how she became cynic in her past, how the ponies of her current time enjoy the festivities and the horrible result of her intended spell to erase Hearth's Warming forever in the future. Portrayed in-universe by Applejack, Pinkie Pie and Princess Luna, respectively.
- Anthropomorphic Zig-Zag: Luna, as The Spirit of Hearth's Warming Yet to Come, appears to be standing on her hind legs the entire time.
- Bad Future: Yet to Come shows Snowfall an Equestria blanketed by an Endless Winter caused by the Windigos after Hearth's Warming was forgotten.
- Black Cloak: The dress of choice for Yet to Come. The bottom of it constantly flows back into itself, and as it sports Luna's coat color and black markings, as well as her wings sprouting from it, it's hard to tell whether it's an actual garment or is part of her body.
- Composite Character: Since there is no Jacob Marley equivalent in the story, Past gives Snowfall the initial warning that the Marley character would have.
- Dark Is Not Evil: The Spirit of Hearth's Warming Yet to Come is a dark and imposing figure with a booming voice. Her looks and scary presence could easily make plenty of straight villains envious. Yet her purpose is entirely benevolent, aiming at discouraging Snowfall Frost to cast the spell by showing her the dire consequences that would result. She's simply not afraid of using Scare 'em Straight as a tactic.
- Disneyfication: Unlike the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, who simply stood silent and imposing, directing Scrooge through a possible future if he didn't change his ways, the Spirit of Hearth's Warming Yet to Come speaks with a booming voice and sings a song about what would become of Equestria if Snowfall completed her spell. This makes the spirit's message easier for small children to understand and is less likely to give them nightmares of silent shadows.
- Expy: Of the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come, of course.
- Fantastic Light Source: Yet to Come is cloaked in darkness until the moment she lights up her horn.
- Fog Feet: For Yet to Come, the bottom of her cloak seems to be ghostly and immaterial, with wisps of smoke curling into themselves constantly, mixing the same colors as Luna's usual mane.
- Friendly Ghost: Presents is naturally the happiest and friendliest of the three. Portrayed by Pinkie Pie is an added bonus.
- Ghostly Chill: Snowfall shivers violently when the immaterial Spirit of Hearth's Warming Past walks through her.
- Ghostly Glide: Yet to Come doesn't walk or fly, but creepily glides around in her long coat.
- Glowing Eyes: Yet to Come initially appears as a completely dark figure, but with glowing white eyes to show she means business.
- The Grim Reaper: Yet to Come (just like the Ghost of Christmas she is an expy of) evokes this, being dressed in a cloak and abnormally tall.
- Incoming Ham: "SNOWFALL FROST! It is I, the Spirit of Hearth's Warming Presents!" While bursting out of a giant gift box to boot. Of course, she's portrayed by Pinkie Pie, so a hammy entrance is a given.
- Intangibility: Past, being a transparent classic-type ghost. Snowfall places her hoof on her and it goes right through. Then, Past literally walks right through Snowfall, causing her to shiver.
- Offscreen Teleportation: Predictable since the character is portrayed by Pinkie Pie. Presents disappears after sliding down a pile of gift boxes and pops out of another box moments later. She also uses bursts of Super Speed for pretty much the same effect.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: Aside from being Hippomorphic Personifications of a holiday, each Spirit has characteristics different from the others. Past is the only Spirit that is transparent and pale monochrome-colored like a classic ghost. Presents is seen in a physical state and interacts with background ponies. Yet to Come is the tallest and most foreboding figure.
- Monochrome Apparition: The Spirit of Hearth's Warming Past is gray and semi-transparent.
- No Sense of Personal Space: The Spirit of Hearth's Warming Past walks right through Snowfall while she's talking.
- Power Echoes: Yet to Come is the most imposing and scary of all three spirits. Naturally, she has a booming voice that echoes a lot.
- Powers That Be: As Past explains, Snowfall Frost attempting to cast a spell erasing Hearth Warming Eve attracted the attention of "powerful forces". She stays vague on their exact nature, however.Spirit of Hearth's Warming Past: You don't think a spell like that would get by without some powerful forces noticin'? You got our attention, Snowfall Frost.
- Reality Warper: All three spirits have the power to alter their surroundings in some way to fulfill their mission. Past can fly, controls a lasso or other things by telekinesis, drags Snowfall with her into a Pensieve Flashback and makes a pine tree de-age to a sapling. Presents materializes gifts all over the place and apparently heals a young infirm colt of his lameness to allow him to tap-dance; she also uses Offscreen Teleportation and leans very heavily on the fourth wall (but that's usual for Pinkie Pie). Yet to Come creates illusions to demonstrate her point. Ironically, the first two are portrayed by Applejack and Pinkie Pie, who as earth ponies don't normally have such magic, unlike alicorn Luna, but they're actually manifestations of the Powers That Be.
- Rule of Symbolism: The ponies chosen to represent the Spirits of Hearth's Warming Past, Presents, and Yet to Come. Past, represented by Honest Applejack, shows Snowfall the truth of her past and how it led to her current views on Hearth's Warming; Presents, represented by the Party Pony Pinkie Pie, shows Snowfall the importance of parties and spending time with friends during the holiday; Yet to Come, represented by Princess Luna, formerly Nightmare Moon and still a literal Mare of Night, shows Snowfall the potential nightmare future if the spell to erase Hearth's Warming is completed.
- Silly Rabbit, Cynicism Is for Losers!: The first two Spirits, especially Presents, teach Snowfall this.
- Shout-Out: Presents appears to be modeled specifically after the characterization of the Ghost of Christmas Present in the Ira David Wood theater adaptation of A Christmas Carol.
- That Reminds Me of a Song: Just like her in-universe portrayer, Presents has her sense going off, and says it means that a song is coming up.
- Unexpected Character: Because each of the members of the Mane Six are playing major roles and Twilight is acting as narrator, many viewers were pleasantly surprised that Princess Luna is playing the part of the Spirit of Hearth's Warming Yet to Come.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Not said directly but the Spirits of Hearth's Warming Presents and Yet to Come pretty much tell this to Snowfall concerning her plan to erase Heath's Warming Eve.
Voiced by: William SamplesA cruel teacher from Snowfall Frost's past. He is responsible for Snowfall's dislike of Hearth's Warming by berating her time-wasting on the holiday and to focus her time on the betterment of Equestria.
- Dark Is Evil: His mane and coat are in dark colors and dresses in black and gray. Yep, this guy is evil.
- Evil Teacher: Cruelly berates Snowfall for wasting her time celebrating Hearth's Warming when she should spend it working towards the betterment of Equestria.
- Expy: Of Severus Snape, indubitably. He looks like a ponified Snape, and is a strict and stern teacher of magic, shaping the mind of a young unicorn for the worst.
- The Grinch: Holds Hearth's Warming Eve and all its trappings in withering contempt to an even greater degree than adult Snowfall, although no explanation's given to why he acts this way.
- Jerkass: Professor Flintheart. Telling a little filly the tale of Hearth's Warming Eve is "just a story" while crushing the ornaments she's putting up is just as cruel as telling a human kid there's no Santa Claus while tossing the Christmas stockings in the trash.
- Leitmotif: Professor Flintheart has a grim and serious tune playing anytime he's talking, which pauses when young Snowfall is answering him.
- Meaningful Name: He has a heart of stone (cruel personality, lack of interest in holidays and a no-nonsense attitude), literally.
- Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: The main lesson he teaches Snowfall and the one she has followed ever since.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: He tells Snowfall to work towards the betterment of Equestria. Too bad she took that lesson to heart and tries to make Hearth's Warming disappear, dooming Equestria in the process.
- Villainous Legacy: Professor Flintheart serves as Cynicism Catalyst to Snowfall losing her interest in Hearth's Warming as a filly.
- Crosscast Role: Possibly, In-Universe — as with Rainbow Dash's previous role in the "Hearth's Warming Eve" pageant (as Commander Hurricane), it isn't entirely clear whether Snow Dash is supposed to be male or female.
- Expy: Of Bob Cratchit, as in being the assistant of the protagonist, although she is actually treated well by her boss and is not shown to have a family.
- Sarcasm-Blind: When Snowfall sarcastically tells Snow Dash she should take Hearth's Warming Eve off, Snow Dash rushes out the door before she can even finish.
- Servile Snarker: Snow Dash is described as Snowfall's "loyal assistant," but she isn't above getting in a jab at her boss about Hearth's Warming.Snowfall Frost: Those foolish ponies were ringing those blasted bells outside the window and I lost my concentration!
Snow Dash: Whoa, ponies actually enjoying Hearth's Warming Eve. Where did they get that crazy idea?
Ogres & Oubliettes CharactersA number of characters, NPCs and Player Characters alike, who make up the cast of Spike and Big Mac's Ogres & Oubliettes session, later brought to life by Discord's magic.
Debut: "Dungeons & Discords"
Voiced by: Peter NewAn evil squid wizard who is besieging the last free city in Spiketopia and has kidnapped the beautiful unicorn princess "Shmarity". Defeating him is the goal of Spike and Big Mac's O&O campaign.
- And Now You Must Marry Me: He plans to make Princess Shmarity his bride once the heroes are defeated.
- Dem Bones: A horde of skeleton ponies seems to make up the bulk of his forces.
- Everything's Squishier with Cephalopods: Of the evil cephalopod variety.
- Evil Sorcerer: An evil wizard who seeks to conquer Spiketopia by means of his magic and his undead mooks.
- Magic Wand: He wields two of the kind with a star at the end, one in each of his main tentacles.
- Necromancer: Seems to be this, as all of his minions seem to be animated skeletons.
- Paper People: The Squizard and his minions are represented as drawings on rectangles of paper on the tabletop; even once animated by Discord and life-sized, they are still moving drawings over flat cardboard.
- Robe and Wizard Hat: He's not wearing anything else, but at least the Squizard has the traditional pointy hat, a cape and a Mystical High Collar to show what his trade is.
- Shot in the Ass: The second time that Discord transports himself, Spike and Big Macintosh into the game world, he and Spike defeat the Squizard by shooting him in the rear with Discord's arrow, which had been set on fire by Spike's magic.
Spike, Big Mac and later Discord's in-game avatars: the sorcerer Garbunkle the Magician; Sir McBiggen, a black knight who defected from his king after the latter allied with the Squizard; and the archer Captain Wuzz.
- The Archmage: Garbunkle is a famous, powerful and high-level enchanter with very high skill points, treated by others with the utmost respect.
- Black Knight: Sir McBiggen's character class.
- Defector from Decadence: Sir McBiggen abandoned his king after the latter allied with the Squizard.
- Flat Character: Besides some short intros for Garbunkle and Sir McBiggen early on, they're not given much or any characterization themselves, effectively being just extensions of Spike and Big Mac's characters. Captain Wuzz doesn't even get that much, being just Discord in a costume.
- Magic Staff: Garbunkle carries one with a tip shaped like a hand holding a bead between two fingers.
- Perma-Stubble: Sir McBiggen has a prominent 5-o'clock-shadow.
- Shout-Out: Captain Wuzz's clothing and hair are very reminiscent of Legolas's.
- Wizard Classic: Garbunkle wears and carries the standard wizard robes, hat, staff and beard.
Bogus and Imaginary CharactersThey are sort of like fictional characters, though they're not as straightforward or your typical example of one because their identity and "existence" was fabricated by someone or a group of someones to pose as a real (In-Universe) individual or a group of individuals, or are otherwise figments of other ponies' imaginations and dreams.
Debut: "Elements of Harmony - Part 2"
Voiced by: Tabitha St. Germain (Female Shadowbolt)A trio of pegasus ponies (one female and two males) who look exactly like the Wonderbolts but with a darker-themed uniform. They appeared out of nowhere to tempt Rainbow Dash into leaving her group and join them.
- Collective Identity: The Shadowbolts are actually Nightmare Moon shapeshifted and split into three ponies.
- Continuity Nod: We see the Shadowbolt uniform again in the episode "Luna Eclipsed" as Rainbow Dash's Nightmare Night costume.
- Evil Counterpart: To the Wonderbolts.
- Hive Mind: The Shadowbolts are all Nightmare Moon.
- One-Shot Character: They are only in the second half of the pilot.
- Opposing Sports Team: In the 2013 Annual comic, set in the Equestria Girls world, the Shadowbolts become a rival soccer team to Rainbow Dash's Wondercolts.
- Voice for the Voiceless: The female Shadowbolt speaks for the group. We never heard the other two speak. This is probably because Nightmare Moon can't Gender Flip her voice despite having an excellent shapeshifting ability.
The Mysterious Mare Do Well
Debut: "The Mysterious Mare Do Well"A mysterious masked heroine and supposed rival of Rainbow Dash as Ponyville's hero. She is able to stop runaway carriages, predict when danger will occur, patch up dams with her magic and even fly. It turns out that she's actually Applejack, Pinkie Pie, Twilight and Fluttershy donning a costume designed by Rarity in a ploy to try to break Rainbow Dash's heroism-inflated ego.
- The Ace: She's a mysterious super-heroine superior to Rainbow Dash and with the super strength of an Earth pony, the magic of a Unicorn, the wings of a Pegasus, the ability to predict the future, and near the end, seemingly teleport or be in two places at once. In reality, she isn't ONE at all. It was Applejack, Twilight, Fluttershy, and Pinkie Pie wearing identical costumes and taking turns whenever their individual abilities would be handy.
- Always Someone Better: Fills this role in regards to Rainbow Dash.
- Badass Cape: There was some justification behind it, since it hides the lack of wings on a non-Pegasus.
- Coat, Hat, Mask: The sum total of her costume and for good reason. The coat hides the lack of wings on a non-Pegasus, the hat the lack of a horn on a non-Unicorn, and the mask hides identity.
- Collective Identity: Mare Do Well is actually the rest of the Mane Six ponies, except for Rarity (though she did take part indirectly as the designer of Mare Do Well's costume), posing as a masked super hero.
- Color-Coded Wizardry: Her magic aura is the same red-violet color as those of Twilight Sparkle and her family as well as Amethyst Star (when Amethyst Star's magic aura isn't pink). And for good reason, since Twilight's the only unicorn who played her.
- Compressed Hair: Both her mane and her tail are completely hidden in her costume. Justified, like the rest of her Costume Tropes.
- The Cowl: Her costume and mysterious demeanor certainly invokes this trope.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Much like certain other caped crusaders, she's out to protect Ponyville despite her dark outfit and usually serious expression.
- Dub Name Change: In the Japanese dub, she is called "Dark Mare" instead.
- Foreshadowing: Possibly her being a Winged Unicorn (albeit only in appearance) is one to the fact that Twilight would later become an actual one, especially since Twilight's magenta magic aura is usually fairly unique to her, and Mare Do Well was shown to have wings shortly after using the same magenta magic.
- Nice Hat: Perfect for hiding both the presence, or lack, of a horn.
- One-Shot Character: Only appears in "The Mysterious Mare Do Well".
- Superheroes Wear Capes: Justified; the cape hides the wings.
- The Voiceless: She never says a single word. Totally justified since she was Applejack, Twilight, Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy in disguise and the voice would have given them away. Also used to reinforce her modest and humble nature.
- Winged Unicorn: Appears to be one due to unicorn Twilight and pegasus Fluttershy being among the ponies who played her.
Debut: "Ponyville Confidential"An unseen informant for the "Foal Free Press" (a school newspaper) who reports personal and/or confidential information to the public without the pony's consent.
- Atrocious Alias: Gabby Gums? Really?
- Blatant Lies: "[Twilight] Was a Canterlot Snob", "Rainbow Dash: speed demon or super softie", "The Cakes are splitting up".
- Collective Identity: Gabby Gums is actually the Cutie Mark Crusaders.
- Et Tu, Brute?: When Gabby Gums's identity is revealed, the ponies of Ponyvile don't take it well.
Debut: "Brotherhooves Social"
Voiced by: Peter NewAn Apple cousin from out of town who fills in for Applejack during the Sisterhooves Social... Actually Big Macintosh in a dress.
- Big Beautiful Woman: One of the judges is rather taken with her, at least.
- Brawn Hilda: Tears through the obstacle course to win for Applebloom.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Speaks in drawn-out sentences littered with fancy words, a complete contrast to Big Mac's usual "eeyup/nope" routine.
- Southern Belle: Speaks with a pronounced Southern drawl.
Debut: "Viva Las Pegasus"
Voiced by: Andrea LibmanThe matriarch of the Rich family, visiting Las Pegasus and aiming at buying some of the entertainment complexes. In reality, Fluttershy in disguise as part of Flim and Flam's plan to trick Gladmane.
- Continuity Nod: The Rich family, which includes Filthy Rich, Spoiled Rich and Diamond Tiara, has already been established as among the wealthiest earth ponies.
- Elective Unintelligible: Impossibly Rich only whispers to Flam, who then reports her words. It's on purpose, since Fluttershy's meek voice would be easily recognizable. She also probably wouldn't be comfortable trying to bluff Gladmane, unlike a conpony like Flam.
- Mock Millionaire: Flim and Flam paint her as the matriarch of the Rich family, able to buy out any entertainment complex in Las Pegasus.
- Power Hair: This mane style is most fitting for a rich and powerful mare of importance.
- Theme Naming: She follows the naming model of other members of the Rich family, like Filthy Rich and Spoiled Rich. We don't know if a real Impossibly Rich does exist, though.
- Wig, Dress, Accent: Fluttershy's disguise consists of a green wig, a feather boa, a dress that conceals her wings, sunglasses, and speaking in whispers. Her coat color is still recognizable, though, and Gladmane isn't fooled.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Impossibly Rich has green hair in a style close to Power Hair. In fact a wig that somehow manage to compress Fluttershy's longer pink mane.
Debut: "A Royal Problem"
Voiced by: Nicole OliverThe hypothetical counterpart of Nightmare Moon, Daybreaker is the evil alter ego Princess Celestia could become should she be consumed and twisted by evil like her sister, Luna. She only appears in Starlight Glimmer's dreams after she finds the royal sisters in the middle of a feud, fearing for the worst possible outcome.
- Ax-Crazy: Subtle, due to the tone of the show, but it's still clear that she would have not hesitated to kill anypony who stands in her way, even flat out saying that she should have snuffed Luna out instead of just banishing her.
- Beware the Superman: Imagine the most powerful pony in Equestria realizing she could do anything she wanted, and nopony would be able to stop her. That's Daybreaker. Fortunately, the real Celestia is far too principled to let that come to pass.
- Black Eyes of Crazy: She has dark red sclera close to this effect.
- Breath Weapon: Among her fiery attacks is a searing breath of flames she uses on Nightmare Moon.
- Dream People: Daybreaker only exists in Starlight's anxiety and guilt-induced nightmare of making the royal sisters' fight even worse, but she is also completely aware of Celestia when she temporarily gains Luna's Dream Walker powers, and speaks as though Celestia has the potential to become her in real life. Strangely, Luna is also aware of Daybreaker, and Celestia states she will never let her exist "again", though what this indicates is unknown.
- Evil Counterpart: To Celestia, of course, having none of her benevolence, kindness, or humility, and using the full extent of her magic to subjugate and rule all of Equestria by herself.
- Evil Is Burning Hot: She has Flaming Hair (tail included) and can control fire, powers she uses to hurt and destroy. When she sits on her throne, she fills the entire hall with pillars of flame.
- Evil Is Hammy: Much like Nightmare Moon, Daybreaker wholeheartedly embraces Evil Laughter and over-the-top showing during her appearance, lacking any of Celestia's grace and dignity. During their duel, she even puts Nightmare Moon to shame as she spends most of it laughing and mocking her opponent while Nightmare Moon trades her usual ham for cold anger.
- Evil Versus Evil: Much of her appearance has her locked in a battle with Nightmare Moon when she's not belittling Celestia.
- Fangs Are Evil: Like Nightmare Moon she has pronounced fangs, something Celestia lacks.
- Flaming Hair: Her mane and tail are made of bright yellow flames burning constantly.
- Foil: Being Celestia's version of Luna's Evil Counterpart, she is Nightmare Moon's opposite in every villainous sense. Besides the light-versus-dark visual contrast, they have diametrically opposite motivations for their evil acts: Luna was twisted into Nightmare Moon by feelings of neglect, jealousy and lack of appreciation, whereas Daybreaker is motivated entirely by an overblown sense of self-satisfaction: in essence, Nightmare Moon fell from grace for having too little self-esteem and being overreliant on others for validation, whereas Daybreaker's theoretical fall came from having, if anything, too much self-esteem and choosing to rely on no-one. Their attitudes in their duel are also in stark contrast: Nightmare Moon is constantly scowling and angry, while Daybreaker's emotive range seems fixed on evil laughs and manic grins.
- Hellish Horse: Besides being a nightmare in the literal sense, Daybreaker has a much stronger demonic motif than Nightmare Moon did, including plumes of living flames for her mane and tail and eyes with yellow irises and burnt-red sclerae.
- Hellish Pupils: She has slitted pupils similar to Nightmare Moon's, though hers are jagged.
- It's All About Me: Her goal is to become Equestria's one and only ruler, and anyone who stands in her way is to be disposed of.
- Light Is Not Good: She is still pure white and has control over Equestria's main source of light and warmth, but she is anything but the same kind and gentle ruler as Celestia.
- Playing with Fire: Daybreaker is literally on fire and attacks using gigantic pillars of fire and explosions.
- The Power of the Sun: Her fiery abilities stem from Celestia's control of the sun, and she can produce a solar flare that incinerates everything.
- Pride: Apart from being entirely self-centered, she is also supremely confident in knowing she's more powerful than any other pony, and describes herself as better, stronger, and prettier than Celestia.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Her dark red sclera gives this effect.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The opposite way from the princesses: Nightmare Moon is cold and pragmatic, while Daybreaker is Drunk on the Dark Side.
- Shadow Archetype: She embodies Celestia's negative attributes and turns them Up to Eleven, namely her casual hubris and lack of appreciation for her younger sister.
- Spikes of Villainy: In contrast to Nightmare Moon's armor, which largely consists of swooping curves and rounded edges, Daybreaker's armor is all sharp points and spikes. This even carries into their body designs; Nightmare Moon has round wings and feathers while Daybreaker's are pointed. Nightmare Moon's mane is a circular swirling nebula, while Daybreaker's is a plume of fire flicking out around the edges.
- Super-Powered Evil Side: As Luna has Nightmare Moon, Celestia has Daybreaker, which is Celestia using all of her power without caring who gets hurt, and arrogantly believing herself to not need anyone's help. Instead of jealousy, it draws on Celestia's desire for absolute and unchecked authority where she would never have to rationalize her decisions before acting.
- The Unfettered: Whereas Celestia intentionally keeps her power in check for fear of what it might do, Daybreaker doesn't hold back, unleashing her full power on anyone who crosses her.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: As she describes herself, she is what Celestia could become if she were to realize she had the power to do whatever she wanted and nopony would be able to stop her.
Inanimate ObjectsInanimate objects that other characters have treated like a living individual; a Companion Cube if you will.
Rarity: Applejack! Were you reading a bedtime story to... an apple tree?
Applejack: Heh... Uh... Well, ya know, being replanted in a whole new place is very upsettin' for a tree... An' Bloomberg here is one of my favorites.
Applejack: Heh... Uh... Well, ya know, being replanted in a whole new place is very upsettin' for a tree... An' Bloomberg here is one of my favorites.
Debut: "Over a Barrel"An apple tree Applejack and co. are going to deliver to Apploosa. Bloomberg was her favorite apple tree and takes care of "him" with much love and care that she even tucked him in a bed and read bed time stories to him, much to Rarity's (and possibly the other's) dismay.
Pinkie Pie: Thank you all so much for coming! It means so much to Gummy.
Debut: "Party of One"
Voiced by: Andrea Libman (all of them in different accents)A bunch of random objects who Pinkie Pie talks to during Gummy's "after birthday party" as a replacement for her friends. Pinkie Pie also gave them names (along with accented voices); they are Mister Turnip (a metal bucket with a bunch of turnips inside), Rocky (made up of three consecutively smaller rocks piled on top of each other), Sir Lints-a-lot (a rather large lump of lint), and Madame Le Flour (a big sack of flour). All of them wearing party hats.
- Cross-Dressing Voices: In-Universe. A number of them are supposed to be male.
- Companion Cube: All of them are stand-ins for real ponies because Pinkie thinks she's lost all her friends.
- Everything Sounds Sexier in French: Madame Le Flour has a French accent.
- I Am Very British: Sir Lints-a-lot.
- Imaginary Friend: To Pinkie Pie. They even move on their own in Pinkie Pie's head/imagination (though it's actually her making them move).
- Just a Stupid Accent: Most of them have accents to make them sound foreign but they still speak in English.
- One-Shot Character: Their only appearance in the show is in "Party of One", though they return in Friends Forever #7.
- Punny Name: Mister Turnip (a bunch of turnip in a bucket), Rocky (a pile of rocks), Sir Lintsalot (a big lump of lint) and Madame Le Flour (a sack of flours).
- Replacement Goldfish: To her friends that, as she perceived, left her.
- Simpleton Voice: Mister Turnip has a low and slow voice.
- Talking to Themself: After a while in the party scene we start to see them moving by themselves and talking back to Pinkie. The scene suddenly cuts and we see that Pinkie Pie is doing the voices for them.
- Unexplained Accent: Not sure where Pinkie Pie's ideas for their accents come from, seeing that this isn't Earth... but then again Apple Bloom spoke in French once and Pinkie is more insane than usual in this episode.
- Ventriloquism: So convincing that Rainbow Dash fell for it for a short while when Rocky "confronted" her.
- Voice for the Voiceless: Pinkie Pie does the voices for all of them. Especially when Rocky "confronts" Rainbow Dash (which is actually Pinkie Pie under the table manipulating him and talking for him).
Rarity: Forget it, Twilight. I know what you're up to. The second I go in, you'll have your little minion Spike come and take Tom!
Debut: "The Return of Harmony - Part 1"A giant diamond that Discord use to brainwash Rarity. Initially appeared to be a giant diamond. Rarity couldn't resist the temptation and vigorously dug it out by hoof. She from then on carries it on her back or pushes it around with disregard to its immense weight, greedily guarding it from the others with intense paranoia. To her it looked just like that, a giant diamond, but to others it's nothing more than a large boulder.
- All-Natural Gem Polish: Of massive proportions. It was later revealed to be just a giant boulder with an illusion spell cast on it.
- Companion Cube: Rarity loved the big thing so much that she treats it as if it were alive until the spell on her and the boulder was broken.
- I Call It "Vera": Rarity named the thing on "The Return of Harmony - Part 2". Twilight started to call it Tom as well but in an ironic way.
- Let Us Never Speak of This Again: Rarity's word-for-word reaction once the spell is broken. (Complete with Applejack-induced call back a short while later.)
- One-Shot Character: Only appears in "The Return of Harmony - Part 2".
- Shattering the Illusion: Twilight and co. managed to break the spell, making her see what the precious thing she is carrying truly is.
- Tuckerization: Named after Tom Sales, one of the show's storyboard artists.
Twilight: This is Smarty Pants. She was mine when I was your age, and now I want to give her to you!
Debut: "Lesson Zero"Twilight Sparkle's old and raggedy childhood doll. "She" is a grey donkey rag doll with buttons for eyes (the other eye almost looked like it would fall off any second). She wears a polka dotted pants (thus the "pants" part of her name) and also includes a notebook and a quill (thus the "smarty" part of her name) for, as Twilight Puts it, "when you want to pretend she's doing her homework!" She used the doll in a desperate attempt to write a lesson for Princess Celestia by casting a "Want-It Need-It" spell on it. It went as well as anyone might have guessed. Smarty Pants is currently in the possession of Big Macintosh.
- Apple of Discord:
- Ascended Extra: She'll be getting◊ a molded toy.
- Biting-the-Hand Humor: Twilight Sparkle's description of her old Miss Smartypants doll and its accompanying accessories could be seen as a Take That! at the My Little Pony toys themselves, which perhaps explains why Big Macintosh]] is the one who really loves the toy.
- Creepy Doll: Smarty Pants (granted, only because Twilight is holding it).
- Companion Cube: This is Twilight's first study buddy; complete with her own homework!
- One-Shot Character: Only appears in "Lesson Zero".
- Stealth Pun: Smarty Pants is a donkey. A smart ass, if you will.
Maud: It's a rock. [beat] His name is Boulder.
Debut: "Maud Pie"A small rock that Pinkie's sister Maud Pie introduces as her pet. They sometimes play hide-and-seek together; Boulder usually hides in her pocket.
- Aluminum Christmas Trees: Pet rocks are a thing.
- Big Eater: It's just a tiny pebble, but Boulder apparently devours an entire sandwich in a few moments.
- Companion Cube: Boulder is Maud Pie's pet rock.
- Funny Background Event:
- At the picnic, Maud takes a few bites of her sandwich, and then sets it down, and pushes Boulder her pet rock at it. The scene briefly switches to closeups where AJ offers Maud a muffin, but by the time the shot pulls back, the sandwich is gone and Boulder is all alone on the picnic blanket.
- In "Hearthbreakers", Boulder can also be seen at a corner of the dinner table with its own tiny bowl of Stone Soup.
- Ironic Name: Boulder. It's a tiny pebble.
- May Be Magic May Be Mundane: Despite being shown as nothing more than a ordinary rock, Boulder has had many moments where he is seemingly alive such as wanting to get a post card for his cousin or "wandering off" to hang out with other rocks.
- Mighty Lumberjack: Played for laughs. When Maud asks Boulder if they should leave Ghastly Gorge, Boulder is on a tree stump wearing a knit cap next to an ax and a cord of chopped wood.
- Older Than They Look: Maud reveals that Boulder is 2000 years old, but according to her, he doesn't look a day over 600.
- Snipe Hunt: "Camouflage" — finding Boulder in a field of similar grey rocks. It was in Maud's pocket all the time.