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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" exposits on her views on Heart's Warming as a pointless holiday and how she plans to remove it.
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 that she is wrong for thinking that Hearth Warming is just a silly excuse for candy and presents, and encourage her to see the value in friendship and joy behind the candy and presents.
- 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.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Not said directly but the Spirits of Hearth's Warming Presents and Yet to Come tell Snowfall off for her plan to erase Heath's Warming Eve. The former talks about all the fun she's missing and how the holiday itself is part of "making Equestria a better place". The later straight-up condemns her for her action that will result in an Endless Winter.
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, is that Hearth's Warming and everything related to it, such as friendship, is a waste of time that would be better spent studying.
- 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 is a knight in black armor because he abandoned his king. This is dishonorable even if it was because the king allied with an Evil Sorcerer.
- 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: In their debt episode, they're played up as being this to the Wonderbolts, largely through their attempts to separate Rainbow from the other characters and wearing what would later turn out to be a dark variation of the Wonderbolt uniforms. In practice, the fact that they were only around for one scene and didn't do much beyond boasting about their flying abilities means they didn't really have the chance of narratively establishing themselves as this.
- Hive Mind: The Shadowbolts are in fact Nightmare Moon separated into three bodies, but still acting as a singular being.
- One-Shot Character: They are only in the second half of the series 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.
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. It was invoked by her friends to "take her down a peg".
- 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 since her identity is hidden and she appears and disappears out of nowhere.
- 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.
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: She very literally tears through the obstacle course to win for Applebloom.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Almost every other pony in the episode — including the CMC, Rainbow Dash and all but one of the judges — catches on the "Orchard Blossom" is Big Mac in a wig and a dress as soon as they meet. The judges still let them compete because they don't feel it's an issue that Apple Bloom is competing alongside her brother, so their own realization doesn't come into play until the end of the episode.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: She speaks in drawn-out sentences littered with fancy words, a complete contrast to Big Mac's usual "eeyup/nope" routine.
- Southern Belle: She speaks with a pronounced Southern drawl, and presents the personality of a refined lady from the rural upper class.
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.
- Awesome McCoolname: Daybreaker has to easily be the most badass name in the history of MLP.
- 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 (except when making a Emerging from the Shadows entrance).
- 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 11, 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.
- Companion Cube: Applejack takes care of Bloomberg as if it were her own child. She even tucks it in a bed and tells it bed time stories.
- I Call It "Vera": AJ calls it Bloomberg.
- Nonstandard Character Design: Bloomberg is drawn in a much more detailed style than the other apple trees in the show. It has a fuller and more "realistic" crown instead of the stylized apple-shaped crowns other apple trees have, its canopy has visible leaf outlines instead of being a uniform light green, and it has more and more detailed apples and a more detailed bark texture than other apple trees. This is most visible once it's replanted in Appleloosa's orchard, standing out rather sharply amidst the other, more generic trees.
- One-Shot Character: It only appears in "Over a Barrel".
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 comes out as a perfectly shiny, faceted, flawless diamond the size of a small car after Rarity rips it out of a boulder with her bare hooves. It was later revealed to be just a giant boulder with an illusion spell cast on it.
- Companion Cube: Rarity loves the big thing so much that she treats it as if it were alive until the spell on her and the boulder is 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 a more sarcastic 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: It only appears in "The Return of Harmony — Part 2".
- Shattering the Illusion: Twilight and co. manage to break the spell, making Rarity see that the precious thing she though she was carrying truly is really just a worthless builder.
- 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.
- In "Uncommon Bond", when Maud and Sunburst are talking by the Mirror Pool, in one shot we see two Boulders next to her.
- Ironic Name: Boulder. It's a tiny pebble.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe 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.