Characters: Friendship Is Magic: Supporting Cast
aka: Friendship Is Magic-Supporting Cast
These characters have appeared in multiple episodes and often play important roles in the lives of the Mane Cast and the Cutie Mark Crusaders. Most of them live in Ponyville.
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PonyvilleThese are the characters that live in Ponyville and thus tend to show up the most.
Voiced by: Cathy WeseluckA beige Earth pony with a wavy gray mane and tail, Mayor Mare is a somewhat ineffectual leader who doesn't seem to carry as much authority as Twilight, the official representative of Princess Celestia in Ponyville.
- Alliterative Name: If you include her title.
- All There in the Script: Her and Time Turner's trading card, a couple of shirts featuring her, Gameloft's My Little Pony game, and the Tie-In Novel Twilight Sparkle and the Crystal Heart Spell have made her Fan Nickname "Mayor Mare" Ascended Fanon. It's also used in the fourth issue of IDW's Friendship Is Magic comic book series, but without showing her.
- Authority in Name Only: Played with, as while Twilight Sparkle tends to have more "weight" than her, both Celestia and Luna recognizes Mayor Mare as an authority figure and treat her with such respect.
- Cool Old Lady: Or at least middle-aged lady. She likely wants to be seen as one. Age and gray hair are seen as an Authority/Status symbol for office holders.
- A Dog Named Dog: In a land populated largely by ponies, she's a mare named Mare. Kind of fitting, given that the town she's Mayor of is named Ponyville.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: Her name has been used by several different sources, but the show itself has only called her by her title, even in the credits.
- Expy: She looks like a duller and older version of Flitter Flutter in G3.5 and even shares a job with her. Plus her mane and tail are naturally pink, similar to Flitter Flutter's pink-and-purple.
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Played with:
- In "Dragonshy", she's nowhere to be seen, and it's Twilight who informs the townsponies about the dragon smoke and Princess Celestia's orders to her to solve the problem.
- In "Winter Wrap Up", the only duty of her office that Mayor Mare exercises is to give an inspirational speech that fails to motivate the town to get their job done on time, but after Twilight shows that she has better organizational skills than the rest of the town, Mayor Mare is seen to work just as hard as everypony else through the night.
- In "A Bird in the Hoof", her request to speak with Celestia was enough for the princess to cut the party short.
- In "The Best Night Ever", she went to Canterlot for the Grand Galloping Gala (the beginning of it, at least).
- In "Lesson Zero", she's seen relaxing outside (until she notices the commotion).
- In "Luna Eclipsed", she's the one behind Nightmare Night's celebrations.
- Power Hair: Her mane seems to be tied into a tight bun in the back.
- Promotion to Opening Titles: Starting in Season 4.
- Punny Name: She's the mare of Ponyville. A Stealth Pun in the show, since her name is only All There in the Script.
- Repetitive Name: Her title and name are very similar.
- Ruling Couple: Implied during the episode "A Friend in Deed" where she's shown next to a stallion of her age with a scroll Cutie Mark that implies an administrative talent. A young mare with a hammer Cutie Mark (implying she's a judge) is with them, hinting she's their daughter.
- Stealth Pun: Following from her All There in the Script Punny Name, she's the old gray(-maned) mare. If she seems ineffective at her job, it's because she ain't what she used to be.
- Vague Age: Unlike with the Cakes (whom Wordof God has specifically stated to be middle-aged), her exact age is difficult to pin down. Her mane and tail are only dyed gray, and "A Friend in Deed" shows her with what might be a husband and an adult daughter, though it's possible they may simply be other members of the town council. An issue of the official comics show her going to the same high school as Cheerilee, Shining Armor and Cadance. So she might be in the pony equilavent of her twenties.
- You ALL Look Familiar: Not usually, but when she's shown from overhead in "Suited for Success", "The Best Night Ever" and "A Friend in Deed", multiple copies of her appear at once.
- Younger than She Looks: Her mane and tail are naturally pink, and she dyes them gray; though she may simply be embarrassed by the color. The comic book seems to suggest she's the same age as Cheerilee!
Debut: "Bridle Gossip"
Voiced by: Brenda CrichlowA mysterious zebra who lives in the Everfree Forest. Most of the ponies distrust her at first because of her unusual appearance, and her seemingly cryptic warnings don't help her reputation. Afterwards, she becomes a helpful ally towards the ponies, using her knowledge of magical herbs and creatures to assist the Six.
- Alliterative Name: Zecora the Zebra.
- As Long as It Sounds Foreign: Word of God is that they wanted Zecora to be speaking authentic Swahili in "Bridle Gossip", but they didn't have the time or resources. Instead, they got the voice actor to make up some African-sounding gibberish. Lauren Faust said that she likes to imagine Zecora is speaking Zebra in lieu of Swahili.
- Badass: She lives in a place that other ponies consider an Eldritch Location, only in part because it's filled with dangerous plants and animals like cockatrices, Ursa Minors and Majors, Timberwolves and Poison Joke. She isn't bothered in the slightest by her dangerous "neighbours".
- Bifauxnen: While Zecora is clearly female, she has the same squared off muzzle and lack of eyelashes as a male pony. This helps convey her foreign nationality compared to the ponies of Ponyville.
- Bilingual Bonus / This Is My Name on Foreign: "Zecora" means "zebra" in the Oromo language of Ethiopia.
- Black Cloak / In the Hood: Zecora wears an eerie cloak with a face-concealing hood during her debut episode. It can be inferred she wears it for protection, as the road to her hut crosses through a large patch of Poison Joke.
- Character Tic: She mostly speaks her sentences in rhyme, with a few exceptions. Her debut episode also gave her a habit of digging at the ground sometimes, but this seems to have faded out.
- Creepy Good: There's no doubt of her good character but her sense of style, where she lives and her habit of speaking in rhyme creeped the local ponies out.
- Cross Cultural Kerfuffle: Her above-mentioned Character Tic of digging at the ground is mistaken by the ponies as a threat posture. If one reflects back over the previous episodes, it's strongly implied that pawing at the ground genuinely is a threat posture amongst ponies (Twilight Sparkle and Nightmare Moon are shown pawing the ground before attacking each other in the second episode). This then leads to Fridge Brilliance as to why the character tic was dropped; upon being able to talk to ponies, Zecora would have learned that pawing the ground means "I am about to attack you" in pony body language, and would stop doing that in order to stop seeming like she's randomly threatening ponies.
- Cute Witch Doctor: Fits the mold, considering she's adorable and lives in the Everfree Forest far from civilization and has all manner of magical herbs and exotic decor in her hut. She is knowledgeable in potionmaking, strange properties of plants, and odd creatures.
- A Dog Named Dog: "Zecora" means "zebra".
- Fantastic Racism: A victim of it in her initial episode; the Ponyvile ponies boarded themselves up when she came to town because she was "strange" and "different". Luckily for her, her début episode is about proving this attitude wrong.
- Fish Eyes: Her molded toy from the Miniature Collection's Spa Pony Set has these.
- Friend to All Foals: She leads the foals around on Nightmare Night. This makes sense when you consider the fact that Apple Bloom, who's a filly, was the first to befriend her.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Appears to have glowing sinister yellow eyes sometimes when her face is hidden under her cloak, though that could just be the perception of the mane cast seeing her as an "evil enchantress".
- Good All Along: Looked sinister at first, but it all turned out to be a misunderstanding.
- The Hermit: Lives alone in the Everfree Forest, where few other ponies would dare set hoof.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: At the end of her debut episode, her wish for friends comes true when the ponies finally befriend her. By the episode "Luna Eclipsed", it would seem that the town has embraced her, as she leads an event on Nightmare Night.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Apple Bloom, the first pony to make friends with her, is still the pony that has the most screentime with her.
- Large Ham: "Beware, BEWARE, you ponyfolk!"
- Magical Zebra: She can brew potions with all manner of fantastic effects, and she also displays a few abilities that seem to indicate that magic isn't necessarily limited to unicorns. However, unlike classical uses of this trope, that doesn't mean she's an automatic problem solver for things the Mane Six can't handle — she specifically notes she can't do anything to stop a parasprite infestation, for example.
- Master of Illusion: In "Luna Eclipsed", Zecora tells the fillies about Nightmare Moon and uses green dust to conjure up illusions of her.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Whether she's a herbalist with a talent for illusions and stagecraft or capable of outright spells is unclear. Given where she lives, the line can be hard to draw.
- Mentor Archetype: Word of God is that she was meant to be an alternate mentor to Twilight Sparkle but the de-emphasis of adventure stories in the first season (because slice-of-life stories were easier to write quickly) caused the idea to fall through. She finally takes this role in "Magic Duel" where she trains Twilight in magic and being a Guile Heroine for her rematch with Trixie.
- Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: Though unlike most examples, the townsponies see her every month when she comes into town, but the fact she lives alone in the woods (the Everfree Forest no less) that everypony fears makes everypony unfairly assume she's an evil witch.
- Out of Focus:
- She is mostly absent from Season 1, appearing only in "Bridle Gossip" and "Swarm of the Century".
- Averted in Season 2, as she's had several small roles in several episodes. In Season 3, she plays a major role in "Magic Duel", finally taking her place as Twilight's mentor.
- Poor Communication Kills: When it came to the Poison Joke, if she'd just told the ponies it was a poisonous plant instead of speaking in cryptic rhyme to an already suspicious and fearful group, then the rest of the episode would have gone a lot differently. It's possibly justified by the fact that she was new in Ponyville, so she was still learning pony language.
- Promotion to Opening Titles: Starting in Season 4.
- Repetitive Name: Zecora the Zebra also counts for this.
- Rhymes on a Dime: Particularly impressive in "The Cutie Pox", where she sets herself up to make a rhyme with "tooth" before she sees that Apple Bloom chipped her tooth (from Apple Bloom's posture, it was an easy guess). Although there was a gag in the main MLP comic #9 where she noted (in rhyme, naturally) that she needed a moment to think up a rhyme for her next comment.
- Shown Their Work: Her digging habit in her first episode? Zebras in the real world do that to find water. As for why she dropped it? As shown below, when it comes to other species of horse, digging at the ground is a sign of impatience and annoyance. She'd be forced to drop this habit if she wanted the townspeople to be more open to her.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Closed captions spell her name as "Zakora".
- Stealth Hi/Bye: How she exits at the end of "The Cutie Pox".
- Translation Convention: When alone in her hut, she talks to herself in English, even though her first language appears to be the pseudo-Swahili she yells in when pissed.
Voiced by: Nicole OlivernoteThe Ponyville Schoolhouse's teacher. An Earth pony, Miss Cheerilee sports a cherry-colored coat with a pink/cherry mane topped with a kind and cheerful attitude. While "Call of the Cutie" implies that Cheerilee was a teenager during the pony fashion equivalent of the Real Life '80s, Rarity's flashback in "The Cutie Mark Chronicles" (along with a picture that's part of the toy Ponyville Schoolhouse) shows that Cheerilee is young enough to have gone to school with Rarity.
- '80s Mane: "Yes I know, but honestly; that's how everypony was wearing their mane back then."
- Adults Are Useless: Despite her being friendly, she doesn't notice or attempt to stop Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon from bullying the Cutie Mark Crusaders (except in the episode "Ponyville Confidental", when she punishes Diamond Tiara).
- All There in the Script: Until Season 2, her name had only come up at all in the toyline and the Expanded Universe (specifically, in the toys and the iOS Games Twilight Sparkle: Teacher for a Day). It was first mentioned on the show in "Lesson Zero", and she was first addressed by name in "The Cutie Pox".
- Artistic Age: Appears as a filly in Rarity's flashback during "The Cutie Mark Chronicles", implying she's about the same age as Rarity. (Cheerilee isn't identified in the episode, but the Ponyville Schoolhouse toy has a picture that shows filly Cheerilee wearing the same costume as in the episode, which all but confirms her identity.)
- Her appearance as a filly in Cheese Sandwich's flashback in "Pinkie Pride" also seems to support this. In that flashback, Cheerilee didn't have her cutie mark yet, while Pinkie Pie already had hers. (Again, Cheerilee isn't explicitly named, but the lyrics of the song imply that it's her; she pops into the frame to offer filly Cheese a cheese sandwich right at the line "Cheer was filling up the place.")
- In the Expanded Universe depicted in the IDW comics, Cheerilee is shown as a teenager in the same high school with Shining Armor, Princess Cadence, and Mayor Mare!
- Ascended Extra: Cheerilee was fairly popular in G3, so Hasbro made her the 8th pony of a Happy Meal toy set from McDonald's. She's also included in a later set.
- Breakout Character: Season 2 is slowly turning her into one because of her central role in "Hearts and Hooves Day".
- Chekhov's Gunman: After making a few appearances in Adventures in Ponyville, she remained a silent background pony who happened to be in the opening. Then at the beginning of "Call of the Cutie", she suddenly got a single long scene that gave her an important job and a personality.
- Cool Teacher: The CMC think it is a travesty that such an amazing teacher is not beating off suitors with a stick. The first part of Sweetie Bell's song states that she's "the best teacher we could hope for".
- Demoted to Extra: In Season 3, the only times she ever shows up are in background appearances in "One Bad Apple", "Sleepless in Ponyville", and "Just for Sidekicks". Her schoolhouse is never shown, and she never even gets a single speaking appearance. What's more, in season 4 she's practically the only notable member of the supporting cast not to receive a Promotion to Opening Titles; especially odd is that Photo Finish does, despite appearing far less. However, she has at least received speaking appearances again.
- The Eighties: Played for laughs when Cheerilee shows to her class a picture of her younger self wearing typical (and gaudy) 80s attire.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Creates one without intending to ("Blank Flank") which quickly catches on and is used by the school bullies to humiliate Ponies who lack a Cutie Mark.
- Era-Specific Personality: G3 Cheerilee is Rarity's adviser and is mature. G3.5 Cheerilee loves to play, read stories to her little sister Scootaloo, and comb her friend's manes in fancy different styles. FiM Cheerilee is a young adult with a calm and responsible personality and is in charge of educating Ponyville's fillies and colts.
- Expy: Of G3 and G3.5 Cheerilee.
- Friend to All Children: It goes with the territory, considering she's loved by all her students, but even Spike seems to like her before she gave him a hat for his birthday.
- Friend to Bugs: In the toys at least; the Cheerilee toy is accompanied by a ladybug.
- Genki Girl: As described by Nicole Oliver, she's much more upbeat than her other role of Princess Celestia.
- Genre Savvy: She's quick to realize that she's being set up with Big Mac. Though nopony would have been counting on a love potion.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: She's a good deal smaller than Big Macintosh, which is extremely noticeable when the Cutie Mark Crusaders try to set them up together.
- I Was Quite a Fashion Victim: Could also be considered a self-deprecating call-back to the more...ill-advised G1 My Little Ponies.
- Misplaced Kindergarten Teacher: Zigzagged. The exact age of her students are in question because they're a different species. She talks like a kindergarten teacher to them but explains setting concepts (like history and biology) more akin to a middle-school teacher, and on the blackboard she often has advanced planetary physics equations.
- Ms. Exposition: She often fills this role in the episodes she's in, such as explaining what a cutie mark is to a classroom almost full of students who already have theirs.
- Nice Girl: She was nice enough to give Spike a hat on his birthday.
- Nice Hat: She doesn't wear one, but has one in her grocery bag (a white fedora with a red band and feather) and gives it to Spike on his birthday.
- Off Model: Quite a few animation errors have happened with her, the most common one being the top of her normally two-toned mane becoming solid-colored.
- Old Maid: She tries to hide her frustration, but it's clear she isn't happy about being one, or at least having attention being brought to it.
- Pair the Spares: A literal case, as the CMC pairs her up with Big Macintosh in the episode "Hearts and Hooves Day" because she didn't have a date and Big Mac was the only "good" stallion they could find available at that moment.
- Pink Means Feminine: Her body and hair qualify for this.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Most of the time she can be counted on to manage her class.
- Rose-Maned Pony: Warm and compassionate type.
- Schoolmarm: A textbook example of this; the only teacher in a rural community school that consists of one room.
- Ship Tease: After the madness dies down, the last scene of "Hearts and Hooves Day" is Cheerilee and Big Macintosh going on a picnic. Whether they're going on an actual date or just teasing the Cutie Mark Crusaders is left open.
- In a latter episode she is seen swooning at Big Mac singing.
- Stepford Smiler:
- She displays a type A during "Hearts and Hooves Day" when the CMC bring up her Old Maid status.
- Her human counterpart displays a borderline type C, given how she actively tries to hide her irritation from a technologically inept Twilight.
- What Did I Do Last Night?: "What the Tartarus am I doing in a pit, on a mattress, with a stallion?" Sleeping off a love poison from well-meaning students.
- You Don't Look Like You: Her second fully-molded toy depicts her as a Palette Swap of Pinkie Pie; her cutie mark looks different in most stock art and all of the other toys (strangely, the stock art used on most of the toys' packaging has it match the show instead of those toys); her first fully-molded toy and her collector◊ card◊ both depict her as a Palette Swap of Applejack.
Mr. & Mrs. Cake
Debut: "Applebuck Season""Baby Cakes", they're now parents to baby twins Pound and Pumpkin Cake.
- Adaptation Name Change: The toyline refers to Mrs. Cup Cake as Mrs. Dazzle Cake.
- Alliterative Name: Both of them!
- All There in the Script: Until Season 2, their first names had only been revealed by Word of God and used by the German and Swiss Nickelodeon and German Nick Jr. websites. They were first referred to by their full names on the show in "Baby Cakes".
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Mrs. Cake's mane is styled exactly like a swirl of pink frosting.
- Benevolent Boss: To Pinkie Pie. They let her use the highest floors of Sugarcube Corner as her home, and think of her as a daughter.
- Chubby Mama, Skinny Papa: Cup Cake is the former, and Carrot Cake is the latter.
- Family Business: The two of them run Sugarcube Corner together.
- Gingerbread House: The bakery roof is literally shaped like a gingerbread house with two cupcakes and a slab of rock candy on top.
- Happily Married: They've never once been seen fighting. When the Foal Free Press said they were splitting up, they were as shocked as everypony else.
- Like a Daughter to Us: Pinkie may not be their biological daughter, but they still love her like she is.
- Malt Shop: For Ponyville's standards, their place acts like this for kids and couples.
- Masculine Lines, Feminine Curves: Mr. Cake is very angular, particularly in his jaw, and Mrs. Cake is quite plump.
- Nice Hat: Mr. Cake is just about always seen wearing his short cylindrical hat.
- Panicky Expectant Father: Normally, Mr. Cake keeps an impeccable aspect, but when his twins are finally born he looks as if he were returning from war with his messy hair, untied bowtie, and unshaven beard.
- Parental Substitute: They serve as this for Pinkie Pie. She lives with them in Sugarcube Corner and Lauren Faust said they see her as a daughter. Furthering the connection, she is a Cool Big Sis and the go-to foalsitter for their blood children.
- Perma Stubble: Mr. Cake gets an awesome version of this while he's waiting for the birth of his twins.
- Promotion to Opening Titles: Starting in Season 4.
- Supreme Chef: The cartoon presented them as this very early on, but their Marzipan Mascarpone Meringue Madness (MMMM for short) definitely cemented them as Supreme Chefs. Just hearing Pinkie Pie describe it created an uncontrollable urge in nearby ponies to eat it.
- Unto Us a Son and Daughter Are Born: Pound and Pumpkin Cake, respectively.
Pound and Pumpkin Cake
Debut: "Baby Cakes"
- Babies Make Everything Better: Subverted; the twins are cute and all, but, as Pinkie found out the hard way, they require a lot of responsibility. Particularly when the Pegasus and Unicorn genes kick in.
- Brainy Baby: Both babies are incredibly intelligent for their age.
- Brother-Sister Team: Even at the age of one month, they're inseparable.
- Child Prodigy: Rainbow Dash guesses (correctly) that Pound will be "all over the place" once he starts using his wings, and Rarity says that baby unicorns get strange magic surges that come and go. Those comments imply that the babies' are getting a temporary boost but only future appearances will tell for sure. It's also suggested for Pound Cake is that the only reasons he flies so well so young is a combination of his Super Strength and the fact that he still has a body small enough for his wings to carry. Scootaloo and filly!Fluttershy have/had the inverse — that is, wings too small to carry their bodies.
- Color-Coded Wizardry: Pumpkin's magic aura is light blue, just like her eyes.
- Expies: For Pebbles Flintstone (Pumpkin) and Bam-Bam Rubble (Pound). Pumpkin even has Pebbles' hairdo (with a bow instead of a bone). The blue bow looks similar to Maggie Simpson's.
- Hollywood Genetics: Mr. Cake's great-great-great-great-grandfather was a Unicorn and Mrs Cake's aunt's-second-cousin-twice-removed was a Pegasus; "that makes sense right?" Lauren Faust confirmed similar scenarios were possible during Season 1.
- Innocent Prodigies: They don't mean to cause Pinkie Pie such grief but are too busy exploring their abilities to notice until the end, where they douse themselves in flour to make up for it.
- Leitmotif: They sort of have one, but it's more of an indicator to show the audience that they're about to get into trouble.
- Meaningful Name: Pound Cake. Guess what he likes to do?
- My God, What Have I Done?: They have a mild version of this when their antics reduce Pinkie Pie to tears.
- Oral Fixation: Pumpkin is constantly trying to chew on anything she can get her hooves on.
- Parental Bonus: Mr. Cake's not-entirely-convinced plea: "That makes sense, right?" Made doubly funny if you notice that Mrs. Cake's "aunt's-second-cousin-twice-removed" is only related to Pound Cake by marriage, not by blood.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Pound is strong enough to lift and carry an adult pony at high speeds in flight.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: They're magical, baby ponies. How much more ridiculously cute can you get?
- Say My Name:Pound: Pinkie...
- Silent Snarker: They are snarky when they're silent.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Pumpkin is colored exactly like her father, just with slightly lighter yellow fur.
- Superpowerful Genetics: According to Mr. Cake, a pony of one type can have offspring of another type, depending on the family tree.
- Wall Crawl: Pound can achieve this using his flight.
- Wild Magic: Pumpkin has impressive magic for being only one month old, levitating herself and passing through solid objects.
Snips & Snails
Debut: "Boast Busters"
- Adaptation Name Change: The toyline refers to Snips and Snails as Snipsy Snap and Snailsquirm. Presumably, either Snips and Snails are respectively short for Snipsy Snap and Snailsquirm or Snipsy Snap and Snailsquirm are respective In-Series Nicknames for Snips and Snails; neither explanation is official.
- Alliterative Name: Snipsy Snap.
- Animal Motifs: Snails, in name and cutie mark.
- Attention Horses: They enjoy the humiliating Gabby Gums article the CMC wrote about them, and repeat their chewing gum accident for an audience.
- Big Eater: Snails can chomp half of a cake with a single bite. Applejack's game from Adventures in Ponyville also shows them sneaking onto Applejack's farm and eating everything in sight if the player doesn't chase them away.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Snips sports a pair of these to ad to his gangly appearance.
- Body Horror: The first thing Trixie does upon seeing them when she returns is to forcibly merge them, Professor Monkey-for-a-Head style.
- Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Snails plays boke to Snips's tsukkomi, first with the Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering? moment and then again during their magic show in "Show Stoppers".
- By the Lights of Their Eyes: In "Boast Busters" this is how they find an Ursa Minor.
- The Cameo: First appeared in Applejack's game from Adventures in Ponyville, thus earning a bad reputation among players for their thieving ways.
- Canada, Eh?: Snails sounds like he comes from the Great White North, eh?
- Class Clowns: And funny ones too. This is why they don't mind making fools of themselves.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Downplayed on the "badass" part, but this still applies because the two aren't very bright.
- "Boast Busters": Snails is one of the few unicorn foals who's been shown using magic (albeit with difficulty) and can buck Snips pretty far in "Ponyville Confidential". They can also run quickly and don't slow down when Spike gets dragged along, adding weight. They also both go into the Everfree Forest at night. Given how the Mane Six are shown to be scared of that place, day or night, that's pretty brave. In their case, it's closer to Too Dumb to Live considering what happened next.
- In "Magic Duel" they're shown to be strong enough to pull a wheel-less cart with Trixie on it. It took them a lot of effort, but they still got her where she needed to go (and were being threatened with a whip at the time).
- Their alternates in the human world likewise prove to be a troublesome bit of a hindrance, though still just a goofy as their pony counterparts.
- The Ditz: Snails is inarguably the least intelligent character on the show but strangely enough, he's the only Unicorn in his class shown using magic, even for a basic spell.
- Dogged Nice Guys: To Trixie, for whom they are consistent fans despite her haughty behavior.
- Expy: Snails looks like a taller male version of G1's Squirmy.
- Fan Boys: They're Trixie's biggest fans in "Boast Busters", and they're shown to be members of the Rainbow Dash Fan Club in "The Mysterious Mare Do Well". If you look carefully, they are the only members of Rainbow Dash's fan club to have T-shirts with Rainbow Dash's picture in a heart. Combined with their possible crush on Trixie, they might have a thing for blue mares.
- Fantastic Light Source: Snails can use light magic.
- Fat and Skinny: Snips is short and round while Snails is tall and slender.
- Fearless Foals: They went into the Everfree Forest at night to try to find an Ursa Major to help Trixie look good for Ponyville.
- Free Range Colts: They both go all alone in the middle of night into the Everfree Forest.
- Gag Haircut: When the duo get their rumps stuck together with bubble gum, the haircut they get to cut the gum out leaves them with bald patches on their butts and tails.
- The Klutzes: The famous gum-chewing incident had them stuck together.
- Meaningful Name:
- "Snips and snails and puppy dog tails — that's what little boys are made of." In the case of Snails, his cutie mark is a snail.
- The comic likewise shows that Snips is good at cutting with his buck teeth (which also explains the cutie mark).
- Precocious Crush:
- Promotion to Opening Titles: Starting in Season 4.
- Shadow Archetype: To Spike, considering they are all young kids who are fond of older mares (Rarity for Spike, Trixie for Snips and Snails), and also have their bouts of clumsiness at times, but unlike Spike who is usually more helpful than not, Snips and Snails inadvertently cause more trouble than they fix in the long run.
- Those Two Bad Guys: In Equestria Girls, they appear as Sunset Shimmer's henchmen.
- Those Two Guys: They're never apart, have little bearing on the plot, and mostly exist for comic relief.
- Too Dumb to Live: Going by themselves into the lair of an Ursa Minor; they're lucky Twilight calmed it down. If one is feeling more charitably inclined, Children Are Innocent.
- Vague Age: They're seemingly older than the CMC. While they're still in school, they aren't in the same class as the Crusaders, they know some magic, and seem to have entered puberty.
- Youthful Freckles: Snails sports some.
Debut: "Call of the Cutie"
Voiced by: Alexandra CarterA friend of Apple Bloom'th from thchool, the'th an Earth Pony filly with fridhy red hair and glatheth ath well ath a heavy lithp. Like Apple Bloom, Peppermint Twist starts "Call of the Cutie" without having discovered her mark and gets teased for it. She gets her cutie mark in the same episode (off-screen): a pair of candy canes due to her love of making candy.
- Adaptation Name Change: The toyline refers to her as Twist-a-loo. Presumably, either Twist is short for Twist-a-loo (which would make her full name Peppermint Twist-a-loo) or Twist-a-loo is an In-Series Nickname for Twist; neither explanation is official.
- Adorkable: The glasses, niceness, the lisp, the Sweet Tooth....
- All There in the Script: Peppermint, the first part of her name, has only been used by Gameloft's My Little Pony game (which doesn't even use it all of the time).
- Cheerful Child: "I've got thome peppermint thticks. I made them myself! They'll make you thmiiile!"
- Of G1 Twist.
- Her appearance has a noticeable resemblance to Pepper Ann.
- Innocently Insensitive: When Twist gets her Cutie Mark, she brags about it to Apple Bloom, unaware that Apple Bloom got devastated and hurt because she felt that she was the only filly who doesn't have one.
- Puppy Love: Surprisingly, the episode "Hearts and Hooves Day" paired her up with "Truffle Shuffle", much to the chagrin of "Tootsie Flute", who was also interested in him.
- Redheads Are Uncool: She shows several stereotypically nerdy traits, such as a curly red mane and tail, pale coat, large, large glasses, and a nasal speech impediment (she has a hard time pronouncing W's and S's). She is the last one in her class to get her cutie mark before the Cutie Mark Crusaders.
- Sweet Tooth: "Ith it a powdered donut? Becauth that thounds delithouth!"
- Speech Impediment: For context, see her quote in Sweet Tooth.
- Supreme Chef: Her special talent is making candy.
- Trademark Favorite Food: It's uncertain if she loves eating peppermint sticks... ahem; "Peppermint Thtickth" as much as she loves making them.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: She appeared to be a good friend of Apple Bloom's in "Call of the Cutie", but ever since Apple Bloom hooked up with the Cutie Mark Crusaders, poor Twist has only talked to her once since then. This may be due to voice actor Alexandra Carter's move to Philadelphia rendering her unable to voice the character further.
Debut: "Luna Eclipsed"
Voiced by: William Lawrenson (Luna Eclipsed), Graham Vecere (Twilight Time)A young Earth Pony colt with a pinto coat and a British accent, he recently moved from Trottingham. He attends his first Nightmare Night ever by dressing up as a pirate.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: One of the few cases of aversion. Despite his pinto coat appearing odd, his coloring is entirely possible◊ in horses and ponies.
- The Cameo: First appeared in the Comic-Con 2011 poster/desktop background (he's the rightmost pony in the Twinkling Balloon).
- Meaningful Name: He's one of the smallest ponies in the show.
- Nightmare Fetishist: He says that Nightmare Night is his favorite night of the year and that having Princess Luna come to Ponyville to frighten them is "scary but fun". He's possibly the first pony in history to say that he likes Luna better than Celestia.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: He has a British accent at the start of "Luna Eclipsed", but it doesn't hold up that well in other scenes. His new voice actor in "Twilight Time", on the other hand, maintains it very well.
- Pirate: He dresses up as one for Nightmare Night.
- Spanner in the Works: In "Twilight Time", he accidentally exposes the Cutie Mark Crusader's ruse of becoming more popular through knowing Princess Twilight Sparkle... by telling Twilight exactly that.
Debut: "Hurricane Fluttershy"
Voiced by: Jayson Thiessennote , Michael Dobson (in "Rainbow Falls" and "Castle Sweet Castle")An enthusiastic and overly muscular Pegasus stallion with tiny wings who appears during "Hurricane Fluttershy", "Wonderbolts Academy", "Flight to the Finish", "Rainbow Falls", "Equestria Games", "Twilight's Kingdom - Part 1 & 2" and "Castle Sweet Castle" where we learn he works at the Pony Spa as a masseur, at least part time. His cutie mark is a dumbbell.Before being given an official name, he was one of those ponies who the fanbase never really decided on one Fan Nickname; the most popular include Horse Power, Mr. Big McLargeHuge (from a list of many names for the hero in Space Mutiny), Roid Rage, and most prominently Snowflake, which was what one of the show's staff referred to him as, thus being the closest thing he had to an official name. Katie Cook's MTV parody short at the end of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (IDW) Issue #12 has him as "Rein Astley". His official name was finally given as Bulk Biceps for the official CCG trading card game, and subsequently confirmed in the episode "Rainbow Falls".
- Acrofatic: He's 2-3 times bigger than other ponies and yet he qualified for Wonderbolts flight camp. However, by "Rainbow Falls", his flying skills have atrophied considerably. He does still manage to contort himself enough to pass through a ring barely bigger than him.
- Alliterative Name: Bulk Biceps.
- Ascended Extra: Started off as a one-note background character, but became an important character in "Rainbow Falls".
- Big "YES!": His Catchphrase is a Big YEAH!!!
- Breakout Character: He was originally a one-note Running Gag in one episode, but has made a couple of returns in later seasons and is even a Recurring Extra in the comics and the cartoon.
- Catchphrase: YEAH!!! In fact, it's the only thing he says individually. At first...
- Creator Cameo: Voiced by the show's supervising director.
- Depending on the Writer: While no character has had consistent power levels in this show, and Bulk's fluctuations might not even be the worst, he's especially noticeable because his two big episodes required him to be an at least decent flyer and an absolutely dreadful flyer, in that order, with no explanation for his drastic drop in performance.
- Dumb Muscle: If thinking that "Rainbow Dash" started with the letter "P", well...
- Friend to All Children: Willing to humor the Cutie Mark Crusaders in a game of Tug of War.
- Full-Name Basis: In "Rainbow Falls", he's always referred to as "Bulk Biceps" in its entirety.
- Gentle Giant: In "Flight to the Finish", he was terrified of butterflies. He's also quite nice in "Rainbow Falls", remembering to share an Apple Brown Betty with Rainbow Dash and showing concern for her at the hospital.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: His wings are stunted and tiny. It's said that steroids have a similar effect on another part of the male anatomy. Fans had already been comparing pegasus wings with the aforementioned body part since Season 1.
- Gonk: He's one of a kind.
- Hidden Depths:
- He apparently works in the Ponyville spa, as of "Castle Sweet Castle".
- His human counterpart in Equestria Girls plays violin.
- Hot-Blooded: He's pretty enthusiastic and pumped up to everything he does.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: He's teamed up with Cloudchaser in "Wonderbolts Academy" and seemingly flirts with Fluttershy in "Rainbow Falls".
- Incoming Ham: YEAH!!!
- L Is for Dyslexia: He mistook a P for an R once.
- Meaningful Name: His big, bulky biceps are a pretty good indicator. All of his fan nicknames count as well; Big McLargeHuge because he's massive; Roid Rage because fans think he might be on steroids; and Snowflake because he's different from everypony else in appearance.
- Mighty Glacier: As shown in "Wonderbolts Academy", speed is not his specialty. Although getting into the Wonderbolts Academy in the first place means he's certainly no tortoise, though one wonders what happened between that and "Rainbow Falls" that caused his flight abilities to atrophy so much.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Fans have noticed he strikingly resembles (almost assuredly by amazing coincidence) a ponified Reb Brown.
- No Indoor Voice: To rival even Mister Torgue High-Five Flexington-every line is DELIVERED AT THE TOP OF HIS LUNGS!
- Non-Standard Character Design: Just look at him! He's nothing like any other pony. Storyboardist Sabrina "Sibsy" Alberghetti stated that his design was a combination of input from several of the other storyboardists, and partially influenced by the animation design of John Kricfalusi.
- Real Men Wear Pink: He was really happy to wear that frilly uniform Rarity made for him.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Along with his loud voice and bulk, his intense red eyes make him look dangerous, but he's actually quite nice.
- Ship Tease: With Fluttershy in "Rainbow Falls" and "Equestria Games" (note Fluttershy's pose on his barbells).
- Shrinking Violet: Even he is not immune to Drill Sergeant Spitfire's dominant personality.
- Suddenly Voiced: While his previous two appears included his signature "YEAH!" shouts, Bulk's appearance in "Rainbow Falls" includes more (or less) complete sentences.
- Testosterone Poisoning: His bulging muscles are part of his humor.
- There Was a Door: In "Castle Sweet Castle", he enters by bursting through the wall and then exits by going through the wall again instead of using the nearby door or the first hole.Aloe: Ohh, I hate it when he does that.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Who knew that he's spooked by butterflies? He seems to have gotten over this by "Rainbow Falls", though.
The Canterlot Royal Guard
Normal Pegasus Guards' Debut: "Friendship is Magic - Part 1" ("Mare in the Moon")
Unicorn Guards' Debut: "The Cutie Mark Chronicles"
Bat-Winged Pegasus Guards' Debut: "Luna Eclipsed"
Earth Pony Guards' Debut: "A Canterlot Wedding - Part 1"
Unicorn Guards' Debut: "The Cutie Mark Chronicles"
Bat-Winged Pegasus Guards' Debut: "Luna Eclipsed"
Earth Pony Guards' Debut: "A Canterlot Wedding - Part 1"
Voiced by: Jayson Thiessen (in "A Bird in the Hoof" and It's About Time")note , Peter New (Grey Royal Guard 2 in "Princess Twilight Sparkle - Part 1") and Andrew Francis (in "The Crystal Empire - Part 1")Canterlot's defenders who serve under Shining Armor. These armored stallions show up wherever Canterlot needs extra security and also serve as the Princesses' personal bodyguards. Pegasus guards are usually seen escorting the princesses or as royal flying carriage pullers. Unicorn guards are generally seen around Canterlot and performing some ceremonial procedures. Earth pony guards are hardly ever seen; only a few have appeared.For your pleasure, there now also is a fictional Forces with Firepower page for the Royal Guard.
- Audible Sharpness: Their wings. The second season gives us evidence that Pegasus wings can be that sharp.
- Badass Baritone: In the rare occasions they speak, it's usually a deep voice of authority.
- Blade on a Stick: The only weapon they've been seen wielding, so far.
- Bodyguarding a Badass: They are often seen serving as personal guards or armed escort for the Princesses, who are extremely powerful physically and magically and easily outclass them.
- British Royal Guards: They act like this at times. In "A Bird in the Hoof" Rainbow Dash tries to get a couple of them to react, making small talk and funny faces. The guards don't respond to her at all, causing Rainbow to admit defeat (and boredom), noting that they're good - too good. They react instantly, however, when Fluttershy tries to get past them until Twilight Sparkle vouches for her. At the end of the episode, Rainbow Dash convinces Philomena to tickle the guards' noses, finally getting them to laugh.
- Color-Coded Wizardry: Yellow-green, light blue, or bright yellow for "normal" unicorn guards, silver gray for the Canterlot Archives unicorn guards.
- Creator Cameo: The Pegasi in "A Bird in the Hoof" and one unicorn in "It's About Time" are voiced by director Jayson Thiessen.
- Dark Is Not Evil: In addition to the bat-winged pegasus guards, the nighttime Canterlot Library guards have darker armor than their gold-armored counterparts.
- Evil Counterpart:
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: The pegasi that brought Luna into Ponyville have bat wings instead of the usual bird wings.
- The Guards Must Be Crazy: Whenever they are seen guarding something (be it pets, archives, the city of Canterlot, the Crystal Empire palace, the Princesses, etc.), one can count on them failing spectacularly at it.
- Militaries Are Useless: Along with the examples under both The Guards Must Be Crazy and Redshirt Army, it's shown in the Season 4 opener that they're completely helpless order-wise without a Princess to point out their tasks. They don't even have their own command.
- Praetorian Guard: They serve as the Princesses' personal bodyguards.
- The Quiet One: They only talk when necessary, which is rare in the show.
- Red Shirt Army:
- They try to subdue Nightmare Moon in the pilot, but are subdued themselves.
- Again in "The Canterlot Wedding" where they are quickly slimed into submission by the Changeling Army.
- And again, in the Season 4 finale, where Discord even finds the time to tease them beforehand.
- Serious Business: You will almost always see them wearing a serious face whenever they appear. Ceremonial duty is very important you know. Averted by one of the guards in the Canterlot library who catches Twilight sneaking around in "It's About Time"; he cheerfully greets her and opens a door for her before going on his way.
- Winged Unicorn: One of Twilight Sparkle's flashbacks during "A Canterlot Wedding - Part 1" shows three guards (two light, one dark) with unicorn horns and Pegasus wings; Word of God says that this was a Blooper.
- You ALL Look Familiar: There are different kinds and colors of them, but the differences between most of them stop there. The unicorn guards have two different uniforms.
First Mention: "Friendship is Magic - Part 1" ("Mare in the Moon")The most talented flyers in all of Equestria and Rainbow Dash's idols. The Wonderbolts perform at the Grand Galloping Gala every year and also served as celebrity judges for the Best Young Flyer Competition in Cloudsdale. The organization itself was founded one year after Princess Luna's banishment to the moon. As a result, they have quite a long and storied history.According to the official guidebook the team has at least twelve members: Blaze, Fire Streak, Fleetfoot, High Winds, Lightning Streak, Misty Fly, Rapidfire, Silver Lining, Soarin, Spitfire, Surprise and Wave Chill. Only eleven have thus far been seen, though.
Full Debut: "The Ticket Master"
Full Debut: "The Ticket Master"
Tropes which apply to the entire group
- Adaptation Name Change: One of The Hub's alternate stories of how Rainbow Dash got her cutie mark refers to them as the Blue Thunders.
- Badass in Distress:
- Very briefly in "Sonic Rainboom" when Rarity punches them during their attempt to save her from falling to death.
- Again in "Secret to My Excess", though the situation is somewhat less dire.
- Big Damn Heroes: In addition to being performers, they're Equestria's rescue team as seen in "Sonic Rainboom" and "Secret of My Excess". Too bad they fail in both situations.
- Cool Shades: Their uniforms at the Wonderbolt Academy come with these.
- Glass Cannon: They are incredibly fast and agile, and at full speed their wings can cut through dragon scales like knife through butter, but a single hit from Rarity was enough to send three of them plummeting to their (almost) death. Makes sense since horses kick a lot harder than humans can and Rarity Knows Kung Fu.
- Latex Space Suit: What their blue uniforms appear to be.
- Multicolored Mane: Three of them have this.
- Mildly Military: More like ambiguously military — it's somewhat implied they're part of Equestria's military force, but never how. The group is clearly inspired by the Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds, and one needs to undergoing extensive training to join them. "Testing Testing 1, 2, 3" reveals that the Wonderbolts were originally formed from members of the E.U.P. Guard, an organization formed after Luna's banishment to protect Celestia, and their past leaders bore military ranks. However, Spitfire doesn't seem to hold such a rank in the present, and they were originally a performance group, rather than a force intended for combat. Whether they've stayed even loosely affiliated in the thousand years since then is unknown. That episode also revealed that entering the Wonderbolts Reserves does not require entering the E.U.P., Equestria's military. A civilian organization that has some military personnel and ties, like NASA, seems to be the closest real world situation.
- Nice Ponies: They are superfamous celebrities, but they keep a humble attitude and are openly friendly towards their fans; in fact, they were the only nice ponies around during the Grand Galloping Gala. Besides Rarity, they were the only guests who didn't think themselves were too good for Applejack's apple treats.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: The Wonderbolts are likely based on the US Navy Blue Angels, resembling them in colour scheme, profession and flying style, while their name recalls the Thunderbirds.
- No Name Given: All of them except Soarin, Spitfire, Fleetfoot, Rapidfire, Misty Fly and Surprise.
- OC Stand-in: It's starting to become a trend on Tumblr to start blogs for the unnamed Wonderbolts. They're on the same level as most background ponies, perhaps even lower since they show up less than, say, Derpy or Lyra. Even their cutie marks are a mystery, but they still receive Fanon.
- Opaque Lenses: Their goggles.
- Razor Wings: Probably a by-product of natural Pegasi abilities; sharp enough to shave a dragon if they feel like it.
- Running Gag: In most episodes where the Wonderbolts have an important role, there had been somepony falling and needing to be saved; in all these cases, Rainbow Dash had been the rescuer, or part of the rescuers if this is done by more than one pegasus.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Whether their name is two words or one. "Wonderbolts" is used in the title of the episode "Wonderbolts Academy", on Spitfire, Misty Fly & Soarin's collector cards◊ (as a trademark), in Enterplay's trading cards (in the front of the Spitfire & Soarin' card◊'s case, as a trademark), in Ruckus Media Group's iOS app Twilight Sparkle: Teacher for a Day, in Gameloft's My Little Pony game, on Hasbro's My Little Pony Facebook and Twitter pages and in a response◊ by the company's customer service, on The Hub's Facebook page, in Mighty Fine's merchandise and listings of & advertising for said merchandise, in a tweet by show creator Lauren Faust, as well as in six tweets by writer Amy Keating Rogers, while "Wonder Bolts" is used on the Miniature Collection toy sets' boxes (as a trademark), in the British magazine story "The Ticket Master" (a Novelization of the episode of the same name), by Hasbro's My Little Pony Facebook page, as well as by writer M.A. Larson "WonderBolts" has been used in a tweet by writer Meghan McCarthy.
- Spell My Name with a "The": Possibly.
- Vague Age: Their goggles hide whether or not they have bags under their eyes.
- What Happened to the Mouse?:
- Six Wonderbolts performed an acrobatic stunt before the start of the Best Young Flyer Competition. Three of them sat in the stands and were the only ones who tried to rescue Rarity later in the episode. The other three flew off the top of the screen and weren't seen again.
- Again in the Season 1 finale "Best Night Ever", we don't see what happens to Spitfire and Soarin after Rainbow Dash catches the statue. There's also all the other Wonderbolts who Rainbow Dash might've had better luck hanging out with, though her focusing on Spitfire and Soarin makes sense in hindsight now that we know Spitfire is the captain and Soarin may be second in command.
- The Worf Effect: For such an elite group, they have an abysmal track record of doing anything useful in dangerous situations.
- You Gotta Have Blue Mane: Soarin and a few others. Additionally a poster seen in "Friendship is Magic - Part 1" shows a stylized depiction of three blue-haired Wonderbolts.
Pegasus mare with a fiery looking mane, Spitfire has a laid back and easy going personality in contrast to her appearance. "Hurricane Fluttershy" revealed that she is the leader of the Wonderbolts (as many fans had assumed beforehand). She's getting a partly-translucent toy◊ in Blind Bag Wave 7.
- A Day in the Limelight: The Friends Forever comic series not only makes her the protagonist of issue 11, but expands her personality and backstory considerably.
- Beneath the Mask: Friends Forever 11 shows what Spitfire's like when she's not busy leading the Wonderbolts, and she has some considerable Hidden Depths.
- Broken Ace: Revealed in Friends Forever 11. Spitfire's only method for leading is to shout and criticize her recruits, and when she can't do that (like say, because it's a pack of kids), she has no idea how to command and completely loses her nerve. Rainbow lampshades "everypony's got a few flaws" when Spitfire expresses her regret at having this problem. She also reveals she initially didn't want to leader the Wonderbolts, because leadership sounded boring — she just found out she was good at it via her Drill Sergeant Nasty routine, and she sticks to that because it's all she knows.
- Broken Pedestal: Briefly becomes one for Rainbow Dash in "Wonderbolts Academy" when she seemingly rewards Lightning Dust for her recklessness by naming her The Leader. It doesn't last long, as Spitfire chases after her to give the response that Rainbow Dash didn't stick around for.
- The Cameo: At the end of "Twilight's Kingdom Part 2", along with the rest of the ponies who gave the Mane Six their keys.
- The Captain: Of the Wonderbolts, as revealed in "Hurricane Fluttershy".
- Child Hater: Played with. She doesn't hate kids, but she can't deal with them because she can't be her usual Drill Sergeant Nasty self to children. Friends Forever 11 focuses on her and Rainbow teaching a bunch of young pegasi, and Spitfire completely freezes up and has no idea what to do. She eventually does try that routine with them because it's all she knows, and she makes them burst into tears.
- Design Student's Orgasm: Her cutie mark is unusually complex compared to those of other characters.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: At the Wonderbolt Academy, where she likes to intimidate new recruits. Friends Forever 11 has her tell Rainbow that she acts this way because she knows they can take it, and they know she's only doing it because she wants to make them the best fliers they can be.
- Fiery Redhead: Generally averted, except when training cadets.
- Flaming Mane: Spitfire's mane and tail resemble blazing flames.
- Jerkass Façade: Revealed in Friends Forever 11. She's actually a perfectly nice and pleasant pony in private, but when she's commanding, the only way she knows to motivate and lead the Wonderbolts is to be a Drill Sergeant Nasty.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She is generally a nice pony (at least when she's not training potential recruits) but her view of how one should be the best causes her to act questionably at times, such as initially rewarding the sociopathic Lightning Dust for her performances despite her treating her fellow cadets like fodder to do so, and outright lying about Soarin's condition to try to get Rainbow Dash to join her team. She is, however, also willing to listen to reason, and if somepony (mainly Rainbow Dash) points out that she's crossing the line, then she's quick to see the error of her ways.
- Meaningful Name: She is named after the WW2-era Supermarine Spitfire Fighter Plane (perhaps the most iconic plane of the whole war).
- Not So Different: To Rainbow Dash, as it turns out. She's a good pony but can occasionally hold the Jerkass Ball firmly with both forehooves; comparable to the RD of the first season, who would resort to cheating to win a race or harshly chew her friends out for their phobias. The present-day Rainbow Dash, who's since softened up, is usually the one to call Spitfire out and get her to drop her less than savory characteristics.
- OOC Is Serious Business: Friends Forever 11 has her trying to teach kids how to fly, but she's not used to taking care of kids. Seeing Spitfire of all ponies hiding behind Rainbow Dash and shrinking into corners unable to talk really hammers home how terrified she is of the situation.
- Pride: Her biggest vice.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: In "Wonderbolt Academy", Rainbow Dash can't argue with her logic in making Lightning Dust the leader and her the wingpony ("You'll be an unstoppable team"), but when Lightning Dust reveals her disregard for the safety of others, she demotes Dust and puts the more levelheaded Dash in her place.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Despite her appearance, she's the levelheaded Blue to Soarin's compulsive Red. It's the other way around when she's paired with Rainbow Dash however.
- Same Character, but Different: In her appearances during the first two seasons, she appears fairly laid-back and friendly, especially towards Rainbow Dash (who saved her life when they first met in person). In Season 3 she's a tough-as-nails — though still reasonable — drill instructor who throws insults at new Wonderbolt cadets, Dash being no exception. Justified since they are at a boot camp whereas she was more or less off duty in earlier appearances, so it could just be a front she puts up on the job, and Spitfire has no reason to go soft on her savior.
- She's a Stallion in Poland: Possibly in the Polish dub. She has a male voice in both "Sonic Rainboom" and "The Best Night Ever", but it might just be an extreme case of Cross-Dressing Voices. In "Hurricane Fluttershy", she is voiced by a woman.
- Vocal Evolution: After Kelly Metzger takes up the role, her voice goes from relatively mid-pitched in "The Best Night Ever" to higher pitched and raspy in "Wonderbolts Academy".
- You Don't Look Like You: Her and Soarin's trading card lists her cutie mark as the lightning bolt symbol shown on the female Wonderbolts' flight suits (like how Soarin's cutie mark is the winged lightning bolt symbol shown on the male Wonderbolts' flight suits), but "Wonderbolts Academy" reveals that it's a phoenix-like bunch of flames.
Voiced by: Matt HillnoteThis lovable blue Pegasus stallion despite his goofy personality is one of the best fliers in Equestria. He really loves pies. He makes a small cameo in "A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2", dancing with Rainbow Dash and out of his flight suit to boot, instead wearing a uniform that implies he's second-in-command. He's getting a partly-translucent toy◊ in Blind Bag Wave 7.
- Adorkable: Seems to have this personality, especially in regards to pies.
- All There in the Manual: His and Spitfire's trading card confirms that pie is his Trademark Favorite Food.
- Art Evolution: A minor bit, but his cutie mark was first shown to just be the same as what's on his Wonderbolts uniform. A later appearance in "Rainbow Falls" updated it to resemble a lightning bolt striking some clouds.
- Big Eater: According to his teammate Spitfire, he always gets hungry after a performance. When he finds Applejack's food cart, he goes absolutely nuts for one of her apple pies. This has led to Shipping between the two.
- Big "NO!": "MYYYYYYYYYYY PIIIIIIEEEEEE!"
- Crazy Consumption: Soarin literally eats like a horse.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Gets into an accident in "Rainbow Falls" due to being distracted by cheerleaders
- Keet: See Adorkable. He's extremely friendly and really likes pies.
- Nice Guy: Of the Wonderbolts who've been characterized in the series, he's consistently nice and friendly. Meanwhile, Spitfire, while most times a friendly enough mare and a Reasonable Authority Figure, isn't above letting the idea and drives of being the best overtake her, making her not that different compared to Rainbow Dash in the first season pre-Character Development, and Fleetfoot is just plain smug.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Despite their mane colors, this is inverted as Soarin is the Red Oni to Spitfire's Blue Oni.
- Spell My Name with an "S": His name was originally spelled "Soarin'" with an apostrophe, and this spelling has been used by Enterplay's trading card set and Mighty Fine's apparel, but Hasbro's Blind Bags and Gameloft's My Little Pony game have since spelled it "Soarin" without the apostrophe.
- Sweet Tooth: Soarin has a big one for Applejack's pie, considering how fast he eats it at the Grand Galloping Gala.
- The Teammate Nobody Likes: When he gets injured, his teammates not only don't visit him in the hospital, but try to replace him even after he gets better. Ouch.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Pie.
- Tuckerization: He was named after Amy Keating Rogers' son Soren. Rogers was the writer for "The Best Night Ever", which featured the Wonderbolts.
- Vocal Dissonance: He sounds younger than the bags under his eyes imply he is.
- You Don't Look Like You: His toy uses the same mold as the female Wonderbolts' toys, only being indicated as male by sporting the male Wonderbolts' winged lightning bolt symbol rather than the female Wonderbolts' plain lightning bolt symbol.
First Appearance: The Best Night Ever
Voiced by: Andrea LibmanA blue pegasus with a mostly white mane with a streak of light blue in it, green eyes, and a cutie mark of a winged horseshoe. She's apparently one of the smaller Wonderbolts, but makes up for it with great speed. She wins the derby in "Sweet and Elite". In the comics, she develops a crush on Big Macintosh after being hit by some fireworks and crashing into him at a festival.
- All There in the Manual: IDW Publishing's Friendship is Magic comic book issue #9 reveals her eye color and her cutie mark... which gets subsequently Jossed by the episode "Rainbow Falls".
- Ascended Extra: She is only briefly mentioned and could only be identified via a Freeze-Frame Bonus in "Sweet and Elite", but shows up in "Rainbow Falls" as a major character.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: How she's identified. In "Sweet and Elite" its announced she's the winner of the race, however it's hard to tell which Wonderbolt is Fleetfoot since they move so fast. Pausing at the right moment reveals she's the blue, white-maned Wonderbolt.
- Love at First Sight: Instantly falls for Big Mac when she first sees him, though the concussion she got may have helped.
- Ms. Vice Girl: Like Spitfire, she has a real problem with her pride and ego, but not so much that she won't admit if she's screwed up by doing something questionable after being called out on it compared to the regular jerks and bullies that show up in FIM.
- OC Stand-in: Had a rather notable example in the Ask a Pony community with Echo, the blind Wonderbolt. The blog started a few days before "Sweet and Elite" aired. Echo's was popular in that community despite Fleetfoot being little more than a named background pony.
- Off Model: In a wide shot in "The Best Night Ever", she's missing her tail.
- Smug Super: Seeing as she's one of the fastest Wonderbolts and thus fliers she has no problem showing that off. In "Rainbow Falls", both she and Spitfire are more adamant than anything about winning the competition because of them being natural winners, though Fleetfoot is about five times more blunt about it. Even the comic, which instead played her up as an Adorkable Stalker with a Crush, still has a bit of this, as she has an Imagine Spot of marrying Big Mac and resigning from the Wonderbolts which leads them to disband, outright stating she feels that they're nothing without her.
- Speech Impediment: Talks with a slight lisp.
- Stalker with a Crush: #10 of the comic portrays her as this to Big Mac.
- You Don't Look Like You:
- She's playable in Gameloft's My Little Pony game, though her mane is solid light blue, has blue wings, and a white nose and ears. Preview demos had the white, blonde-maned Wonderbolt incorrectly labeled as Fleetfoot, so her model may have been changed late in development to closer match the show's Fleetfoot.
- The comic and cartoon adaptations notably differ in appearances. In the cartoon she has purple eyes and in the comic they're green. While her cutie mark consists of a horseshoe in both, the cartoon portrays it as a black one diving down and reaching a sonic boom the comic one instead shows it as a yellow one with wings.
RapidfireAnother participant in the "Sweet & Elite" race, Fancypants believed he would win, but Fleetfoot beat him and the other Wonderbolts. Unlike Fleetfoot, which one he is isn't entirely clear other than "not Soarin". It isn't specified which one he is but he's most likely the gray one with a white mane who appears at the start of, during and at the finish of the Derby; at least one other unnamed male Wonderbolt appears in some shots, but not all of them.
First Appearance: "The Ticket Master"A white Pegasus mare with a yellow mane. She resembles Surprise◊, an early design of Pinkie Pie (based on G1 Surprise) with a three-purple-balloons cutie mark and purple eyes, and Enterplay's Collectible Card Game eventually gave◊ her the same name, after The Elements of Harmony guidebook listed the name as belonging to a then-unspecified Wonderbolt. She's notably the first Wonderbolt to get a toy, though she's unnamed there.
- Ascended Extra: She's the first Wonderbolt to get a toy. She's even on the banner at Comic Con◊, among main characters and fan favorites with Spitfire & Soarin nowhere in sight!
- Depending on the Artist: In "Secret of My Excess" (her only Season 2 appearance), she has a noticeably darker mane than in her other appearances (in the show, the Expanded Universe, the toy line, and The Merch).
- Expy: Surprise was a G1 pony.
- Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: Hasbro doesn't have trademark rights to the name "Surprise" anymore, so she can never actually be called that in official products (except the trading card game with some fan input)
First Appearance: "Sonic Rainboom"A light yellow Pegasus mare with a bright electric blue mane. She's the third member of the trio of judges who try to rescue Rarity in "Sonic Rainboom", along with Spitfire and Soarin. She's getting a partly-translucent toy◊ in Blind Bag Wave 7. She's also been featured on a couple of pieces of The Merch; 80sTees has identified her as Fleetfoot, but this appears to be a case of Cowboy Bebop at His Computer.
- Demoted to Extra: In "Sonic Rainboom", she was present alongside Spitfire and Soarin' as part of the main Wonderbolt trio judging the Best Young Flier Competition. However, since then she's only been spotted briefly in the background a few times while Fleetfoot seems to have filled out her "trio" spot, having appeared together with Spitfire and Soarin' several times since then.
- You Don't Look Like You: Her collector card depicts her as a Palette Swap of Spitfire.
Debut: "Read It and Weep"
Voiced by: Chiara ZanniDaring Do Dazzle is an archaeologist pegasus with yellow fur and a grayscale mane who is the heroine of the adventurous tale of Daring Do and the Quest for the Sapphire Stone as well as many other titles, a series of books anypony can enjoy.Daring Do is actually a real pony, as shown in "Daring Don't". Her adventures actually happened and she recounts them in her novel series under the pen name (or maybe it's the other way around) "A.K. Yearling".There's also a highly detailed fictional Daring Do work page if you are interested.
- Action Mare: "Another day, another dungeon."
- Adventurer Archaeologist: Considering who she's an Expy of, it comes with the territory.
- Adventurer Outfit: Complete with pith helmet.
- Alliterative Name: Daring Do Dazzle.
- All There in the Script: The last part of her name, Dazzle, has only been used in the toyline; specifically, in the Miniature Collection's Daring Pony Story Set.
- Badass: So much that she impresses Rainbow Dash into becoming a fan of her series.
- Badass Adorable: This is a given considering she's a Palette Swap of Rainbow Dash.
- Badass Bookworm : An archeologist and author that can battle several big cats at once.
- Brought Down to Badass: In Quest for the Sapphire Stone, she loses her ability to fly and becomes Indiana Jones. Flying and she would be almost too good to work as an adventurer archaeologist.
- Character Name and the Noun Phrase: How the titles of her books work.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Her adventurous lifestyle had made her much tougher than the average pony; she recovers quite fast from most injuries, and when she can't escape a death trap by skill, she can do it by sheer strength and determination.
- Determinator: Nothing's going to stop her from getting the Sapphire Relic.
- Escape Artist: She's extremely good at escaping death traps. Even when Rainbow Dash had to help her escape from one, Daring was already half-way out.
- Expy: Ponydom's answer to Indiana Jones mixed with a bit of Lara Croft.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Cargo top but no bottom.
- Handicapped Badass: In Quest for the Sapphire Stone, her right wing was injured in a crash, rendering her unable to fly.
- Hero of Another Story: Literally. She's the author of an autobiographical series that happens usually separately from the main show.
- I Work Alone: Her attitude to Rainbow Dash at first, but she warms up in the end.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Daring comes across as aloof, cynical, and distrusting of others, but at the end, she does warm up a bit to Rainbow Dash.
- Literary Agent Hypothesis: About as explicit as they come. Daring Do writes about her own adventures under a pen name and publishes them as a novel series.
- Meaningful Name: She is a Doer of Daring Things. Also, probably a pun on derring-do, which she is prone to.
- Nice Hat: It even helps her to escape Ahuizotl's trap!
- Palette Swap: Of Rainbow Dash, down to leaving a greyscale rainbow trail behind her when she flies.
- Pen Name: Either Daring's pen name is A.K. Yearling or Daring is just her alias.
- Real After All: Her adventures are actually autobiographical and not a work of fiction.
- Shout-Out: A. K. Yearling, author of a popular series of novels, sounds suspiciously like the author of another famous series of novels...
- Spell My Name with an "S": "Daring Do" is the trademarkednote spelling used on her and Mare Do Well's trading card, the Another day, another dungeon trading card and on the shirt Daring Do, but "Daring-Do" is the spelling used on the cover of Quest for the Sapphire Stone (shown in legible form on her and Mare Do Well's trading card and on the shirt Daring-Do Cover).
Voiced by: Veena SoodThe Head of the Equestria Games, who also acts as its official inspector and judge.
- Adorkable: After the CMC performance in the near end, she practically gushes over of how stupendous it really is in the most fangirlish way possible.
- Art Evolution: At least within "Flight to the Finish", the animators spent extra time to give her more exaggerated mouth movements to accent her proper enunciation and Stuffy Brit mannerisms.
- Being Personal Isn't Professional: Her raison d'être; she makes other ponies who work with her follow the same mindset. Thankfully, she's not immune to breaking her own rules.
- Butt Monkey: In "Games Ponies Play", she gets passed over in favor of a stranger who happens to fit the very vague description of her. Then she gets splashed by a sidewalk puddle twice, while carrying her heavy luggage.
- The Comically Serious: She's a serious mare, which makes her funny when surrounded by silliness.
- Iron Mare: She takes her job very, very seriously. However, the Mane Six, the CMC, and Spike have managed to draw out her more friendly or fun-loving side on separate occasions.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's stuffy and no-nonsense most of the time, but is also easily moved by how hospitable the Mane Six were to Ms. Peachbottom, and is considerably less stern to Spike during the closing ceremony of the Equestria Games.
- Last Name Basis: She repeatedly addresses other characters by their last names, if they have last names (e.g., Rainbow Dash is "Miss Dash", Spike the Dragon is "Mister the Dragon").
- Meaningful Name: She's a pony, so when she speaks, she technically whinnies. She's also a very grouchy and surly Deadpan Snarker.
- Not So Above It All: In "Flight to the Finish", she tries to keep Rainbow Dash from geeking out over her role as Equestria Games coach, only to do exactly the same when she first sees the CMC's flag-carrying routine.
- Power Mane: It is close cut.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Despite being unintentionally humiliated by the Mane Six's antics in "Games Ponies Play", and even knowing who's responsible, she still takes their kindness towards a complete stranger into consideration in her decision to name the Crystal Empire the host of the Equestria Games.
- Stuffy Brit: Speaks with an exaggerated Received Pronunciation accent.
Debut: "Over a Barrel"
Voiced by: Brian DrummondnoteAn Earth Pony and the Sheriff of the newly founded Appleloosa.
- Badass Mustache: He sports a rather impressive one.
- Face Death with Dignity: When Chief Thunderhooves is charging and he's all out of pies, he simply takes off his hat and closes his eyes, not even trying to get out of the way.
- Nice Hat: He wears a cowboy one and it highlights the above trope.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Serves as the leader of the town of Appleloosa and as the main upholder of the law.