Characters: Friendship Is Magic: Rarity

Not just another Jane Doe.

"A unicorn needs to be more than just muscle. A unicorn needs to have style. A unicorn is not a unicorn without grace and beauty!"

Voiced by: Tabitha St. Germain
Singing by: Kazumi Evans

A unicorn with an eye for fashion and a generous spirit, Rarity is a beautiful clotheshorse. A huge fan of Fairy Tale-style romances and Happily Ever Afters. While there's nothing new about a girl's cartoon having a fashion-focused character, Rarity breaks from this stereotype in that instead of following trends, she creates them as the owner and lead designer of Ponyville's premier dress shop: the Carousel Boutique. As of Season 4 she appears to be diversifying into interior design.

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    Characterization and Background 
  • Anti-Hero: Her vanity and occasional self-centered attitude indicate antihero material. She's temporarily a Nominal Hero in "The Return Of Harmony" when she falls into Discord's trap of taking a big boulder mistaken for a diamond.
  • Attention Whore: Rarity is a benign example, as she enjoys being in the spotlight, and loves ponies admiring her appearance, but then, she's a fashion designer, so it's part of her job. Her generosity and kindness make this more of a quirk than a negative trait most of the time.
    • Most prominent in the "Sonic Rainboom" episode, where she overshadows Rainbow Dash while showing off her magic butterfly wings. Her shame and chagrin after she realizes what she's been acting like is proportionate to her previous attention whoring, and she is suitably apologetic.
  • Badass: Don't be fooled by her feminine appearance. She's as willing to get into action as Rainbow Dash and Applejack.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: She's as beautiful as she is generous.
  • Berserk Button: After Rarity states that she's above challenging Trixie:
    Trixie: Ooooo; what's the matter? Afraid you'll get a hair out of place in that rat's nest you call a mane?
    Rarity: Oh, it is ON!
    • Best not to threaten Spike in her presence either.
  • Break the Cutie: On multiple occasions. Her first fashion show with Hoity Toity is a great example of this. And let's not get into what happens in the comics.
  • Break the Haughty: Her "fall from grace" when her temporary wings melt high in the sky right before Rainbow Dash saves her life.
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  • Character Development: Even though she doesn't have a true character arc, she is probably the character who has changed the most since her introduction in the pilot. More so than many of the others, the lessons she learns tend to stick. As a result, her spotlight episodes tend to feature new issues each time.
    • She has become much more patient with Sweetie Belle since the events of "Sisterhooves Social", as shown in "For Whom the Sweetie Belle Toils".
    • Her relationship with Applejack has grown from bitter enmity in "Look Before You Sleep" to reluctant respect in "Sisterhooves Social" to close friends in the fourth season – by the time of "Simple Ways" and especially "Trade Ya", the two's riffing on each other clearly comes from a position of mutual admiration.
    • She is more willing to get dirty as shown by "Sisterhooves Social".
    • Contrasted with her behaviour in "Sonic Rainboom", the song Becoming Popular depicts her handling attention better as she remains a gracious guest.
    • She has become more explicitly supportive of her friends in later seasons. "Bats!" in particular shows this, as she is the first of the cast to back up Applejack's side of the argument.
    • She has grown closer to Spike, treating him like a little brother.
    • She is less forceful with Fluttershy compared to her behaviour in "Green Isn't Your Color", but she still encourages her to come out of her shell, as shown in "Filli Vanilli".
    • The only lesson which has not been shown to stick is that she will still lie to avoid disappointing a friend. But, as of the end of Season Four, that flaw of hers has not been addressed; in fact, none of the ponies have demonstrated learning that one. This could be interpreted to mean she learns her lessons better, but it is too opaque to say.
    • The tie-in comics make use of the lesson she learned in "Sweet & Elite", she is also somewhat less thrilled with High Society than she was in Season One, as shown by the Fluttershy Micro.
  • Cute but Cacophonic: She's pretty and she's a talented designer, but her voice when she's whining is the most grating thing you'll hear in all of Ponyville and she knows it. She uses it to invoke Pity The Kidnappers in "A Dog and Pony Show", after which her abductors let her go with crates full of jewels. The fact that she is generally considered the best singer is somewhat ironic.
  • Crazy Cat Lady: Discussed in "Suited For Success". Rarity does indeed own a cat, Opalescence, but she does not fit the stereotype as she is usually fairly levelheaded and sociable. However, in this episode, the trauma from her first fashion show being a failure leads to her becoming a recluse, and this exchange…
    Twilight Sparkle: Ugh... now what do we do?
    Fluttershy: Um... panic?
    Rainbow Dash: That's your answer for everything!
    Applejack: Well, we can't just leave Rarity like this!
    Pinkie Pie: She'll become a crazy cat lady!
    Twilight: She only has one cat.
    Pinkie: Give her time...
  • Damsel out of Distress: "A Dog And Pony Show" is probably the best example, but she demonstrates this pretty much every time she gets in trouble.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Any humor she makes that doesn't involve her being a Large Ham involves her being this.
  • Determinator: When she wants to finish a dress, nothing's going to stop her... except multiple commitments to high-society gatherings.
  • Drama Queen: To the point that she provides the trope's page image. Prone to histrionics when she's under stress, the girl can summon a fainting couch as she desires. In particular, her breakdown in "Suited For Success" is legendary. She's self-aware about this, though, and lampshades it in "Lesson Zero".
  • Doing It for the Artinvoked: Implied by her career as a fashion designer and clothier. It can't be easy trying to design and sell clothing to a race of beings that has No Nudity Taboo and who only seem to wear clothing for professional reasons or on special occasions.
  • The Empath: She is the holder of the Element of Generosity for a reason. Not only can she perfectly read the rest of the cast most of the time but she is ready to throw everything away to help them or a stranger in an instant.
    • She was the only pony to notice Rainbow Dash's stage fright in "Sonic Rainboom"
    • She seemed concerned about Twilight early on in "Lesson Zero".
    • She was perfectly happy to help find gems for the Diamond Dogs (despite the fact that they kidnapped her and dragged her underground) but became extremely irritated when they wanted her to dig them up, lug them around in an extremely heavy cart with a rusty and tight harness, and generally were abusive slavedrivers towards her.
    • She put up with quite a few mistakes from Sweetie Belle before losing her temper completely and even then, she regretted it hard and fast.
    • She recognizes Fluttershy's true motivations almost immediately in "Filli Vanilli".
  • Etiquette Nazi: A more benign one; while she can get exasperated by ponies being "rude", she can move from this and maintain civility and friendship with relative ease and she honestly believes it is for their own good.
  • The Fashionista: Played with in that Rarity is never seen gushing about shopping or poring over fashion magazines. Instead she's written as a (somewhat haughty) professional artist whose medium happens to be clothes. When she's working, her demeanor changes entirely: She's overjoyed to be in her element and won't stop or cut corners until the customer has exactly what they want no matter how hard she has to work. This was a specific intention by Word of God to satisfy Hasbro's desire to have clothes to accessorize the toys while still providing a completely counter character to the stereotype: "We portray her not as a shopaholic but as an artist."
    • The Expanded Universe, having different writers, occasionally gives her an interest in shopping. In The Hub's game Adventures in Ponyville, one of the problems she needs help with is that she was overloaded with sweets while shopping at Sugarcube Corner and forgot to pay for some that she had already eaten. In the Sparkle World story Rain, Rain Go Away!, she goes shopping with Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie and even says "I love shopping!"
  • The Finicky One: Being a perfectionistic Neat Freak with Super OCD tendencies, she qualifies.
  • Gem-Encrusted: Half the clothes she makes glitter with the stuff.
    • Invoked in "A Dog and Pony Show", when Sapphire Shores specifically requests that her outfits be this way (each with a different color scheme).
    • Justified, due to the fact that gems were heavily involved in her getting her Cutie Mark (she was magically drawn by her horn to a gem-filled rock and promptly used said gems to jazz up outfits for a school play, to great praise).
  • Good Feels Good: She is really truly happy when she helps other people. This is exemplified when she goes to extreme lengths to design dresses for her friends to their exact specifications even though they are incredibly tacky by the final revision. Her "I Am" Song "Generosity" permanently cements that she loves to help others, believing that if you help them, they'll remember your kindness and repay you in their own way.
  • Greater Need Than Mine: It's the element she bears.
  • Greed:
    • In the two-parter episode, "The Return Of Harmony", her love of gems and accessories is turned against her by Discord.
    • It also derails her efforts to charm away the dragon in "Dragonshy".
    • In contrast, her kindness subdues Spike's own Greed in "Secret Of My Excess" (if somewhat obliviously).
    • Played with shrewdly in "Just For Sidekicks". As part of Spike's fee for taking care of Opal, she gives him a very small ruby (which a smitten Spike adores anyway). While the other larger gems from the rest of the ponies are spent on minor things such as donuts and train tickets, Rarity's ruby was valuable enough to pay for an enormous and very powerful hair dryer.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: In "A Dog and Pony Show", she states that a lady is never jealous. However she spends most of "Green Isn't Your Color" (the very next episode) being jealous of Fluttershy's new-found popularity. She notices this quickly and is disappointed in herself for it.
  • Heroic BSOD: She suffers a breakdown after being chewed out by Hoity Toity.
  • Hidden Depths: Lauren Faust and her crew intentionally tried for this to make her less stereotypical.
    • Her intro sets her up as very concerned about fashion and personal appearance. Then in the Everfree Forest, she defies Beauty Is Never Tarnished by lopping off her own tail and giving it to a very depressed sea serpent to cheer him up. Promptly Lampshaded by Twilight's stunned reaction at having her first impression shaken so suddenly.
    • Ironically, considering her line of work, she's probably the most physically-inclined Unicorn we see (that isn't a Royal Guard). For instance, she bucks a manticore in the face during the pilot, shows off some impressive martial arts skills in "Return Of Harmony", and displays amazing athletic aptitude in the Sisterhooves Social. In short, she's a lot stronger than she looks.
    • She also values generosity to a high degree, both when giving and receiving. She is shown drooling over the ruby Spike gives her; however, as much as she loves its beauty, it has sentimental value to her as well since it was a gift from her "widdle Spikey-Wikey".
    • Her "I Want" and "I Am" songs display typically exclusive traits. "Becoming Popular" shows her loving attention and congratulating herself on being at the top of High Society. "Generosity" shows her loving to help others and having a charitable outlook on life. In "Becoming Popular", she supports items dismissed by the Canterlot Elites, showing that she enjoys using her social position to be a charitable patron.
    • In the tie-in comics, the Nightmare Forces choose her as the easiest of the Mane Six to break emotionally and transform into a second Nightmare Moon. The Nightmare Forces lampshade that Fluttershy seemed an easy target, but Nightmare Moon implies that Rarity has crippling self-esteem issues over someone more talented than her outdoing her and replacing her in the circle of friends.
  • Hoist By Her Own Petard: Played with. Three times she's gotten herself into severe trouble but it's never done by ego or pride; instead it's either her generosity getting the best of her or her work being so good that it has unforeseen consequences.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Rarity is a common source of this: she'll suggest a calm and reasonable response to something ("really, it's not so bad") only to explode once it offends her personally ("I'LL DESTROY HER!"), or call someone a "drama queen" from atop her fainting couch. However, she's self-aware enough to acknowledge the fact most of the time.
  • Jerkass Realization: Rarity often displays a Genre Savvy ability to recognize her faults or behavioural problems at an early stage, compared to most of her friends who stubbornly refuse to accept their wrongdoings until they reach explosive points. It is more her attempts to improve on herself that are the source of conflict for her.
    • More often she realizes her behavioural faults after causing the conflict (for the sake of conflict) but without needing to be told that what she did was wrong, whereas the other ponies usually need it pointed out to them by another. This autonomy also reinforces her desire to improve herself.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: More like "Heart of Gold with occasional Jerk tendencies". She's primarily nice, but she let her greed derail an attempt to speak with a dragon, nearly ruined Twilight's slumber partynote , and stole the spotlight from Rainbow Dash during the Best Young Flyers competition. She also took advantage of her friends to help her replace her first line of dresses for Manehattan's Fashion Week, only realizing (and regretting) it afterward. However she more than made up for it, preserving her Heart of Gold.
  • Large Ham: Whenever she goes into histrionics. Which is to say, a lot of the time she speaks.
  • Milking the Giant Cow: Gets like this when she turns on the ham.
  • Motor Mouth: This is how she escapes the Diamond Dogs; running her mouth in the most annoying way possible.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: Her vice is vanity. She often displays humorous superficiality and fusses over neatness and can sometimes get carried away by her love of attention. Still, far from being perpetually self-centered, she can be very considerate towards others and her caring for her friends is perhaps the strongest motivation she displays.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: She has this twice. First in the episode "Sisterhooves Social" and in the episode "Rarity Takes Manehattan".
  • Neat Freak: Obsessed with cleanliness and keeping things in order.
  • Nerves of Steel: Played with. Rarity goes into amusingly over-the-top histrionics over the most minor of things, and she's as vulnerable to Heroic BSOD as any other mane cast member. However, in the face of actual danger, she's often unflappable.
    • It shows up in her interactions with Prince Blueblood and Sweetie Belle. Despite the abuse both have put her through (though Sweetie Belle is well-meaning), she puts up with most of it. It's only after a constant onslaught that she snaps and even then she just gets mad instead of suffering Sanity Slippage like some of the others have.
    • The best illustration of this is when she gets captured by a rampaging dragon. While she's concerned about the safety of her friends, and her cape, she starts chewing the dragon out while being held in its tail.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: Does this in "Suited for Success" when Applejack shows surprise that Rarity can make dresses for the six of them "lickety split". She also does something like this in "Sonic Rainboom"; a giddy sort of "Wha ha haaa!" She just was so impressed by how pretty her wings looked. It's only a little off from an Evil Laugh, which just shows how much she's lost it.
  • Nobody Touches the Hair: She has this opinion in general but as early as the second episode she was willing to defy it.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Most of the time she has a pretty good grasp on this but when she's excited or agitated, she can get rather close to the person she's talking to. This is seen best with her behavior around Twilight in very early episodes (she pokes Twilight with her horn to spur her to help out Rainbow Dash), but it crops up again when she's grilling Fluttershy about how to improve her dress.
  • The Perfectionist: Played straight, discussed, and subverted over the course of the series. Her dresses have to be perfect, but this plays to her generous nature rather than ego – she desires to please her clients (like Sapphire Shores) and her friends, and tries to fit their definition of perfection.
  • Personality Powers: Her special talent involves working with gems, and her personality lines up with that by having aspirations of class and a love of beauty.
  • Pride: In her appearance, making it an easy target for anyone looking to bring her down a peg.
  • Proper Lady: Elegant, poised, able to conduct herself in society, and she never gets her hooves dirty unless there's a really good reason, like wanting to make things up to her little sister.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Her reaction to discovering Sweetie Belle was one-third of Gabby Gums: Whereas most ponies shunned the Cutie Mark Crusaders, she gave Sweetie Belle a well-earned scolding, used her own snooping through Sweetie Belle's bags to make the point about invasion of privacy, and finished by asking if what they were doing was truly worth their Cutie Mark. This prompts the Crusaders to start making amends.
    • She actively fights back her temper with Sweetie Belle throughout "Sisterhooves Social"; it's not until Sweetie Belle herself snaps that Rarity does.
  • Self-Made Man: Rarity didn't grow up wealthy and refined; her parents are middle-class at best. She got that way by working hard to improve her skills (she made five elaborate costumes using a sewing machine at the pony equivalent of 11 or 12), getting her own shop in Ponyville. Now she sells clothes across all of Equestria. She doesn't have any employees; all her work is done by her.
  • Skewed Priorities: While she won't let her friends down, Rarity will sometimes put her fashions or her love of gems above other concerns, including her own life.
    • In "Dragonshy", she's much more interested in acquiring a dragon's treasure then she is in stopping him from blanketing Equestria in smoke.
    • In "Secret of My Excess", she accosts a giant rampaging Spike that has kidnapped her for tearing her new robe, calling it a "crime against fashion". She also couldn't care less if he eats her as long as he doesn't get her fire ruby necklace.
    • In "A Canterlot Wedding", as the others strip off their bridesmaids gowns and race to recover the Elements, Rarity makes sure to collect the gowns before they hit the floor.
    • "Simple Ways" shows that it isn't just fashion or gems. She went out of her way to re-invent her original vision for a festival and even re-invent herself as a "country pony" to impress a crush.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: She (technically Twilight) provides the page quote. Underneath her silky lady-like appearance is a formidable mind and steel will.
    • In "A Dog and Pony Show", she had the Diamond Dogs wrapped around her hoof by the time the others arrived to 'rescue' her.
  • Stepford Smiler:
    • In "Suited for Success" when her friends don't like the first dresses, she hides how crushed she is and tries her very best to satisfy them.
    • This is also how she repeatedly stops herself from losing her temper at Sweetie Belle in "Sisterhooves Social".
    • The Nightmare Forces exploit this in the second comic arc.
  • Super OCD:
    • Demonstrated in "Look Before You Sleep" where she shows an obsessive attention to detail, bordering on the compulsive. By the end of the episode, it's explained as her being attentive to small details in contrast with Applejack's attention to big details with both being necessary and neither alone sufficient for all-around sensible action.
    • She spends half a day trying to fix Twilight's bird nest in "Winter Wrap Up" and eventually breaks down in tears because it's so appalling.
    • In "Green Isn't Your Color" with the outfit Fluttershy is going to model.
    • If you look closely during her first freak out in "Lesson Zero", she straightens out a rug.
    • Proved beyond a shadow of a doubt in "Sisterhooves Social" where she goes ballistic any time Sweetie Belle messes with anything of hers. Including, ironically, when her little sister "helpfully" tidies up the "organized chaos" of her "inspiration room".
  • Temporarily a Villain: The closest she's come to being the bad guy is in the episode, "Inspiration Manifestation," in which she goes crazy from being able to make things with her mind from a book and tries to make the whole town fabulous, and then the whole world. There's also the time in the comics where she became the second Nightmare Moon.
  • Thinks Like a Romance Novel: She imagines meeting Prince Blueblood to play out like a fairy tale. It doesn't.
  • Vain Sorceress: Rarity's pride and obsession with her appearance combined with her magical abilities sometimes borders on this description.

    Appearance 
  • Color-Coded Wizardry: Objects affected by her magic have a pale blue glow.
  • Cool Crown: Briefly wears one during "Sweet and Elite". She wears a different one while playing Princess Platinum in "Hearth's Warming Eve", and a golden tiara is part of her Grand Galloping Gala ensemble.
  • Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry: Her cutie mark shows it, and use of gems is part of her special talent/trademark.
  • Gem-Encrusted: Loves jewels and gems and can use her horn to detect them. "The Cutie Mark Chronicles" shows that her penchant for covering her designs with jewels started when she was young. It's suggested that most jewels are so common in Equestria they're considered nothing more than pretty rocks. Spike eats them by the bowlful.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Her mane and tail and several of her outfits. In "Griffon the Brush Off", when it's time to play Pin the Tail on the Pony (which she states is her favorite game), she asks for the purple tail.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Her eyes represent her kind and generous personality, albeit having a few jerk traits.
  • Meganekko: She wears what appears to be some sort of reading glasses while she's designing clothes. It should be noted that reading glasses are basically magnifying lenses, and many people in professions that require a high degree of manual dexterity, such as tailoring, will wear reading glasses even if they have good vision.
  • Nerd Glasses: Of the cat-eye variety, and with bright red frames. Of course, on her they look fashionably retro.
  • Nice Hat: She enjoys making and wearing a variety of very nice hats.
  • Nonstandard Character Design:
    • She is one of the only ponies with a shaded mane. This is likely because her mane is so intricately coiffed that without the shading, it would look like a mess. The fashionista would be appalled.
    • Rarity is also one of the only ponies to have eyelashes in groups of four (though they aren't real). Nearly all the other ponies have eyelashes in groups of three if they have them at all.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Doesn't wear one around town but her fashion choices amount to this when we see her at work. She's particularly fond of Gem-Encrusted things.
    • When she meets Twilight in the pilot, she tries to stuff her in one.
    • Designs a horde in "Suited for Success" with some turning out better than others. Mind you, that's what her friends have demanded of her and she's too nice to point out the flaws while making them.
    • She also wears one in the episode "Sonic Rainboom" when she enters the Young Fliers competition.
    • She designed another one for Twilight in "Sweet and Elite" and wore several herself.
  • Rapunzel Hair: The only one of the mane six whose mane and tail can challenge Fluttershy's in length. However, since hers is usually curled, it's hard to say whose is actually longer.
  • Regal Ringlets: Her tail as befitting someone with high class.
  • Sleep Mask: She sleeps with one, as seen in a couple episodes.
  • True Blue Femininity: Her magic aura, as well as the gems in her cutie mark, her eye color, and her choice of eyeshadow.
  • Tsurime Eyes: Highlighted by her blue eyeshadow.
  • Twitchy Eye: Whenever she gets stressed, and when she undergoes outright Sanity Slippage in "Inspiration Manifestation" and the Bad Future of "For Whom The Sweetie Belle Toils".
  • Unkempt Beauty: Rarity is one of the cleanest and prettiest ponies around, but she also looks great while dripping wet.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: Has a wide assortment of pretty dresses, hats, and accessories... all self-designed.
  • Woman in White: Her extremely-light-grey coat color, emphasizing her refined nature as well as her cleanliness.

    Abilities 
  • Action Fashionista: For a prim & proper dress maker, she sure isn't afraid to get in a fight.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Like most unicorns, she has only been seen to use magic pertaining to her special purpose – in her case, beauty and artistry. However, see the entry for "Mind Over Matter" below for the other side of this.
  • Cute Bruiser: Despite being the most lady-like, the few times we've seen her fight she's completely physical in her fighting style, including knocking out Mooks with solid right hooks.
  • Dowsing Device: Her horn is used this way in order to locate gems.
  • Femme Fatale: A benign example but she's not above seducing other ponies to get what she wants.
  • Girly Bruiser: Rarity is very classically feminine and dainty, but she has some rather tomboyish traits, as well. She can do pretty well at sports or physical activities (once she gets over her distaste for dirt and muck), she is quick to accept a challenge, tends to get surprisingly physical in a fight, and is in fact usually one of the first of the Mane Six to get ready to fight. Specifically, she was the first to attack the manticore, was more than prepared to lay down a whupping to protect Spike in "Dragon Quest" and later straight-up slugs a changeling right in the face; all the while looking fabulous.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: Despite her proficiency with levitation, every time she's gotten into a serious fight, she's opted to get her hooves dirty. This may be because (like most unicorns) she has great difficulty using telekinesis on anything that isn't a good deal smaller and lighter than she is (unless it is something that is made to move, like a door), let alone using it with the speed needed to fight.
  • Guile Heroine: Rarity can be pretty crafty when she wants to be; she provides inspiration for the page quote for Silk Hiding Steel.
  • I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: She's good at sweet-talking males into doing things her way.
  • Kung-Fu Wizard: In a fight, she's primarily physical in contrast to Twilight Sparkle, even though both are unicorns with natural magic ability.
  • Lady of War: Her gracefulness and maturity are near constant but the war part is recognized in her fight with the Changelings; knocking one out with a right hook.
    • She first showed this in the very second episode—her first reaction to a manticore leaping at her was to kick it in the face.
  • Master of Illusion: Of a mundane sort. She creates some impressive special effects for her second fashion show in "Suited for Success".
  • Mind over Matter: No other unicorn, not even Twilight, has displayed the ability to telekinetically manipulate multiple small objects with as much precision as Rarity does with her dressmaking supplies.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Unicorns are not known for their physical strength, but Rarity is capable of dragging large carts of gems with ease. She can also carry a rock twice her size on her back.
  • Prehensile Tail: Her tail curls can be used to transport objects (the cake in "Party of One" for example).
  • Social Climber: A more benevolent version. She aspires to be "a lady" and become popular in the higher spheres of society. Not through any unsavory means, but through her merits as an artist and person of good taste. She doesn't notice it, but the show proves to us that it's really much more of a matter of connections rather than genuine talent. That said, the show also displays her merits getting her such connections, such as being the preferred designer of pop star Sapphire Shores.
  • Talking the Monster to Death: She escapes the Diamond Dogs by talking them into submission. She almost did it to the red dragon but was foiled by his treasure hoard. She also attempted to do this to the rampaging Spike in "Secret of My Excess".
  • Weather Manipulation: When she (temporarily) becomes Ponyville's weather pony, she displays this ability. She does not, however, display any skill at it. While she can use her levitation to move clouds the way a pegasus does, she never gets the hang of controlling precipitation and is just plain terrible with thunder clouds.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Perks: She uses her magical abilities for fashion.

    Relationships 
  • Affectionate Nickname: Spikey-Wikey for Spike, after he gave Rarity his cherished fire ruby to make her happy. The nickname stays for the rest of Season 2 and crops up from time to time in Seasons 3 and 4.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Rarity's parents are kind and carefree but they look and behave like a couple of middle-class hicks. Among other things, they dress in gaudy clothes, enjoy eating disgusting food, and don't have even a sliver of Rarity's (or Sweetie Belle's) class.
    • Rarity's mom looks like Peg from Married... with Children and her father may or not may be a gritty Earth Pony since the place his horn would be is always hidden by a gaudy straw hat. That sums it all up – Rarity's lifestyle purposely appears to be completely counter to her parents' behavior.
    • If the Expanded Universe is to be believed, her last name could be Flanks-Crumbles, given that her parents are called Hondo Flanks and Cookie Crumbles, as per the card game.
  • Big Brother Instinct:
    • She threatens to rip the teenage dragons apart if they hurt Spike, who she cares for very much.
    • She goes out of her comfort zone to repair her relationship with Sweetie Belle.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Gets a moment of this with Sweetie Belle in "Ponyville Confidential" by giving her lessons in respecting privacy and refraining from slander.
  • Cool Big Sis: Gradually becomes a mild example after the events of "Sisterhooves Social".
  • Et Tu, Brute?: In "Ponyville Confidential", this is her reaction to Sweetie Belle stealing and publishing her diary to the school paper column. Lampshaded when she speaks this word for word towards her sister.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic – work-focused and obsessed with detail.
  • A Friend in Need: While she might stray every now and then ("Sonic Rainboom"), nothing will stop her from helping her friends when they are in need.
  • Friend or Idol Decision: Nine times out of ten, she will choose friends. (Only nine? She's not perfect.)
    • By the time "Sweet and Elite" rolls around, her friends are expecting it, they understood why she wanted to go for the Idol (it could help her business and fashion credibility amongst some very influential ponies).
  • The Friends Who Never Hang: Given that this series has six (or seven) main characters, and thus 15 (or 21) possible one-on-one relationships, this was inevitable.
    • Her interaction with Rainbow Dash throughout the show is rather limited. Even "Sonic Rainboom", an episode they shared that revolved around Rarity's attempts to support her, barely required them to have a single conversation together. We do, however, see them hanging out in less spotlighted ways, as shown in "Dragon Quest" when they ask Twilight Sparkle if she would like to accompany them to breakfast, and in "Just For Sidekicks" as they are both having an outing with their pets.
    • Rarity almost never interacts one-on-one with Pinkie Pie. As shown in the Red Oni, Blue Oni entry on the main character page, those two are the farthest apart on that spectrum, meaning they are the least likely to get along. In "The Last Roundup", where they are forced together by circumstance, Rarity has to restrain herself from strangling Pinkie. In "Putting Your Hoof Down", although Rarity and Pinkie are together for most of the episode (the only episode thus far where this happens), they do not have much in the way of a conversation without Fluttershy being involved.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Her cat's name is Opalescence or Opal for short. She loves her dearly even if the feeling is not reciprocated.
  • Lady and Knight: According to Spike in "A Dog And Pony Show", she's the lady to his knight. Given her high class aspirations and Proper Lady personality she makes for a Bright Lady.
  • Morality Pet: For Spike, when he rampages through Ponyville in the episode "Secret Of My Excess". She's the one who turned him back into the adorable baby dragon.
  • My Beloved Smother: According to her sister, Sweetie Belle.
  • Odd Friendship: With Applejack, the rough and tumble farmer. In Season 1 they often butted heads about daintiness or uncouth or something else, but after the events of "Look Before You Sleep" and especially "Sisterhooves Social", they became quite close.
    • Interestingly, Applejack has more in common with Rarity than any other member of the cast. Both of them are small business owners who often have to take charge of their younger siblings who love to get into trouble. Both of them believe strongly in hard work and earning their way in the world, though Applejack's labor is more physical and Rarity's more mental. They both are very determined, and both of them are generous with their time (and worldly goods) where their friends are concerned. Both of them are highly skilled at their professions, and both of them do a wide variety of business-related things, not merely a single task (Applejack takes care of all sorts of farm work, including repairs, as well as actually selling her product, while Rarity does all of the sales, accounting, and other activities for her own business, in addition to designing, making, and fitting dresses). In fact, after Rarity, Applejack is the one who picks up the most quickly on how other ponies are feeling.
  • Onee-sama: At her friendliest moments toward Sweetie Belle; an elegant and reserved elder sister whom the younger admires and seeks to emulate.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Like Applejack, she fulfills both roles, acting as a Blue Oni to Applejack and a Red Oni to Fluttershy.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Applejack. Originally, the vitriol was not kind at all. But by the time "Trade Ya" happened, they were still ribbing on each other, but it was obviously in good fun.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: She's the serious child to her wacky parents.

    Other 
  • Decomposite Character: She and Rainbow Dash are ones to the G3 version of Rainbow Dash; G4 Rainbow got the name and color scheme, Rarity got the personality (leaning closer towards the comic version) and love of fashion.
  • Era-Specific Personality: FiM Rarity is a young adult with refined tastes, great talent, a generous heart, a strong sense of responsibility and the maturity and sensibility to run a successful business. Her G3 counterpart is a filly who only wants to have fun, needs constant adult supervision, and whose irresponsibility causes a nationwide disaster. Curiously enough in both incarnations, Rarity befriends a baby dragon named Spike.
  • Expy:
    • Strongly resembles the G1 pony Glory, sharing many of the same physical characteristics (light gray unicorn with purple hair and blue eyes). Despite resembling Glory, she's based off Sparkler. Rarity also resembles G3's Rainbow Dash in personality and they both have an accent (though Rainbow's is vaguely British) and say "darling" quite a bit.
    • Similarities in appearance to an Italian variation of Sparkler have also been noted.
    • Also G3 and G3.5 Rarity who is a multicolored filly unicorn. (To be exact, she is the young Princess heir of Unicornia.)
  • Fake Brit: Or rather Fake-fake-Brit, both out-of-universe and in it – Tabitha St. Germain is Canadian and does not speak with an accent anything like Rarity’s exaggerated Mid-Atlantic RP.†  In-universe it's heavily implied that Rarity’s accent is an affectation and part of her fashionista persona – None of Rarity’s family members speak with the accent (although Sweetie Belle puts on a good imitation while making fun of her big sister). Given her mother’s strong Joisey accent and her father's thick Chicago/Wisconsin accent, you can see why she may have changed it to get ahead in fashion.
  • Happily Ever After: As her fantasy during "The Ticket Master" shows, she dreams of meeting her Prince Charming and experiencing her very own. Subverted after learning the Prince Charming is anything but due to his personality.
  • "I Want" Song: "Becoming Popular (The Pony Everypony Should Know)" from "Sweet and Elite".
  • "I Am" Song: "Generosity" from "Rarity Takes Manehattan".
  • Leitmotif: Any scene focusing on Rarity, especially if it's in the Carousel Boutique, is bound to be accompanied by a harpsichord.
  • Oh, Crap:
    • She gets one at the end of "Suited for Success" after Hoity Toity asks her to make a dozen of each dress she just showed to him before next Tuesday. That makes 72 hand-made dresses right after she was pushed beyond her limits to make "only" 11.
    • Again at the start of "A Dog and Pony Show": after Rarity spends all her gem supplies on one dress, Sapphire Shores orders 5 more dresses of the same type.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: When providing Rarity's singing voice, Kazumi Evans doesn't affect the mid-Atlantic accent that Tabitha St. Germain normally gives Rarity. This is most notable during "Winter Wrap Up", though Kazumi seems to be making a much more concerted effort to sing with the accent in later songs.
    • Zigzagged in "Art of the Dress", where she appears to make an effort to use the accent in the first half, but mostly loses it in the reprise. May be justified by Rarity's being stressed out by that point.
    • It's a running joke that she sounds oddly Swedish whenever she's in the middle of a bout of self-pity, riffing off Greta Garbo's "I vant to be alone!" line.
    • Based on her flashback in "The Cutie Mark Chronicles", she didn't start cultivating her accent until some time after acquiring her cutie mark. Though neither she nor Sweetie Belle have the low-class accents of their parents.
  • Out of Focus: In the third season, where she is the only pony lacking A Day in the Limelight and is mostly limited to minor roles. This was then averted in season 4 where she had an episode: "Rarity Takes Manehattan". According to Meghan McCarthy, "Spike At Your Service" was supposed to be that season's Rarity episode, but felt that she came off as a Jerkass, so it was rewritten to feature Applejack instead.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!:
    • "Oh, It. Is. ON!"
    • "Look upon me, Equestria for I! AM! RARITY!"
    • "Of all the worst things that could happen, this is THE! WORST! POSSIBLE! THING!"
  • Smooch of Victory: She gives Spike one after she succeeds in receiving his Fire Ruby, and also when he comes to his senses after he nearly destroys Ponyville in his adult form.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Not necessarily a bad thing but she has thus far received the most Character Development of the six leads.
  • Third-Person Person: Slips into this when she's in the zone.
  • Token Minority: As of the season 3 finale, she's the only unicorn in the group after Twilight's transformation into an alicorn.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Competent as she is in a jam, she tends to flee in panic when her physical appearance is messed up, which was how both the manticore and Trixie were able to best her. She is capable of overriding this in special circumstances, as revealed in the climax of "Sisterhooves Social".