Characters / Friendship Is Magic: Supporting Cast – Ponyville

These characters have appeared in multiple episodes and often play important roles in the lives of the Mane Cast and the Cutie Mark Crusaders. These are the characters who live in Ponyville and thus tend to show up the most.

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    Lyra Heartstrings 
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She's excited to see so many tropes!
"With you by my side, I knew we could get it done in time."

Debut: "Friendship Is Magic – Part 1"
Speaking Appearance: "A Canterlot Wedding – Part 1" and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (IDW) story The Fall of Sunset Shimmer
Major Role: "Slice of Life"

Voiced by: Britt McKillip ("A Canterlot Wedding – Part 1"note ) and Ashleigh Ball ("Slice of Life")

A mint-green unicornnote  with a lyre cutie mark, and arguably the second most famous background mare, next to Derpy. She seems to have been made with Funny Background Events in mind. She's been spotted happily waving hi to Twilight early in the pilot episode, jumping up and down excitedly, mugging for the camera, and sitting on a bench like a human being among other things. Is often seen alongside Sweetie Drops/Bon Bon.

An analysis on Lyra Heartstrings is available on the analysis page.

She has a human counterpart in the Equestria Girls movies, first appearing in Rainbow Rocks alongside Bon Bon.

  • Adaptation Name Change: At one point, the two parts of her All There in the Script name seemed to be separate names, as the toy line only referred to her as Heartstrings while WeLoveFine only referred to her by her Fan Nickname Lyra. Hasbro rectified this by having subsequent toy releases refer to her as Lyra Heartstrings, which carried over to her and Golden Harvest's trading card and has since been made official in the show as of the episode "Amending Fences".
  • All There in the Manual:
    • Her brushable toy's box and her collector cards reveal that she "loves to play! She finds a way to have fun no matter where she goes" and "sings and plays all day!"
    • She's apparently best friends with Golden Harvest.
  • Ambiguously Gay: She has some... questionable interactions with Bon Bon. They both like to get close and huggy with each other.
  • Anthropomorphic Zig-Zag: Used for a couple of Funny Background Events in the show. The most famous incident is when she was sitting on a bench like a person and she was also seen holding a fast food drink cup with her hoof when she could have been using her unicorn magic to levitate it. Other than those two times she's usually on all fours or jumping like all the other ponies. "The Mysterious Mare Do Well" shows her, her Palette Swap Amethyst Star, and Minuette standing up on their hind legs to cheer for Mare Do Well (and since the shot Minuette appears in shows her as a Lyra Heartstrings/Amethyst Star Palette Swap, it's likely that the pose was designed for one or both of them).
  • Ascended Extra: The Pony Wedding line includes a brushable toy of her, and she and Golden Harvest share a trading card.
  • Ascended Fanon:invoked After her Wave 3 Blind Bag All There in the Script name was revealed to be "Heartstrings", most fans opted to compromise by making "Heartstrings" her surname, i.e. "Lyra Heartstrings". This was incorporated into her brushable Wave 5 Blind Bag versions. This is also one of the first times Hasbro has used a Fan Nickname for an official pony toy.
  • Cast Herd: With Sweetie Drops; in the show as well as on the Comic-Con 2011 poster/desktop background and the There's A Pony For That shirt and art print.
  • Color-Coded Wizardry: In the play in "Hearth's Warming Eve", her magic aura is shown to be gold.
  • Exorcist Head: At the beginning of Rainbow Dash's Imagine Spot during "The Ticket Master", one Lyra Heartstrings in the back turns to face the camera for a split second then immediately turns her head back the other way, and it keeps spinning as an error box indicating the animation error flashes on and off.
  • Expy: Her color scheme and cutie mark resemble G3 Bee Bop.
  • Depending on the Artist: A pegasus mare sporting Cloud Kicker and Merry May's design and Lyra's color scheme appeared in "Sonic Rainboom". Months after the episode was aired, fans became fully aware of her and dubbed her as "Skyra". She is often paired with "Bon Voyage/Bons Away" (Bon Bon/Sweetie Drops also has a pegasus version with a different design but her exact color scheme).
  • Felony Misdemeanor: She starts crying when a parasprite eats her pie while Sweetie Drops just looks surprised.
  • Flower in Her Hair: Very briefly in "The Ticket Master", with grayish indigo eyes.
  • Funny Background Event: Even more than Derpy. The most common gag is an animation that has her jumping up and down grinning at the camera, usually from behind a group of other ponies. This is probably why she cameos in the otherwise pegasus-only city of Cloudsdale in "Sonic Rainboom" as it makes for a good cheering animation.
  • Genki Girl: Judging by her tendency to jump up and down and the manic grin she often has while doing so as well as by her All There in the Manual descriptions.
  • Harp of Femininity: Her cutie mark is a golden lyre which implies that she is good at playing one. How feminine she is debatable.
  • Hero of Another Story: It hasn't escaped many fans' notice that she shows up almost everywhere Twilight goes even when Twilight's nowhere near Ponyville. Her very first appearance is in Canterlot with Twilight's classmates and she even shows up in Cloudsdale in "Sonic Rainboom", making her the only non-pegasus outside the main cast to appear in that episode (not counting the earth ponies-turned-pegasi like Time Turner and Caramel, or her own pegasus variant). The two exceptions so far are "The Last Roundup" where she didn't appear in Dodge Junction but was back in Ponyville before Twilight and friends set off and (like nearly every other Equestrian BG pony) she didn't visit the Crystal Empire in the Season 3 premiere.
  • Informed Ability: Her cutie mark would suggest she's a musician but she has yet to be seen playing a musical instrument in show (though the harp player in Octavia's band has the same cutie mark). Her collector cards say she "sings and plays all day" (and she does indeed sing in the show) but mention nothing about playing a lyre or harp! (The "plays all day" part likely doesn't refer to playing an instrument, judging by her other All There in the Manual descriptions.)
  • O.C. Stand-in: She is depicted by fans as having a fascination with the human race, a dream of someday having a pair of hands on her hooves, is best friends or in a relationship with Sweetie Drops/Bon Bon, a lyre player and a rival of Octavia.
  • Off-Model: She occasionally appears without her horn and/or with cerise eyes.
  • Skunk Stripe: Has a white streak through her mane & tail.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Lyra Heartstrings has no clear lines until "A Canterlot Wedding – Part 1" (except in the Italian and Polish dubs, which respectively give her clear lines in "Friendship Is Magic – Part 1" and "Call of the Cutie").
  • Those Two Girls: Almost always seen alongside Sweetie Drops/Bon Bon.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: In "Over a Barrel", she (as a cerise-eyed earth pony) wears a feminine bonnet (also seen briefly in "Luna Eclipsed") while Sweetie Drops/Bon Bon wears a masculine top hat. However, in "Green Isn't Your Color", Sweetie Drops is the one that becomes a fangirl of a fashion model.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: A few of her Funny Background Events (in "Fall Weather Friends", "Putting Your Hoof Down", and "Magic Duel") have featured her with a hay smoothie.
  • True Companions: With Golden Harvest, according to their trading card.
  • Was It All a Lie?: She doesn't take it well that Bon Bon had a whole secret life she never talked about.

    Sweetie Drops / Bon Bon 
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Lyra Heartstrings's right-hoof-mare.
"There is nothing like a best friend, is there?"

Debut: "Friendship Is Magic – Part 1"
Speaking Appearance: "Call of the Cutie"note , "Green Isn't Your Color"note , "Lesson Zero"note , "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000"note , "Putting Your Hoof Down", and The Merch Bon Bon Voice; (Human Counterpart) My Little Pony Annual 2013 Equestria Girls story
Major Role: "Slice of Life"

Voiced by: Andrea Libman ("Slice of Life")

An earth pony with a cream coat, mixed purple/pink mane and tail with three bows as her cutie mark. Has become a bit infamous for her several speaking appearances and as with other background ponies, her voice does not stay the same in any of these appearances. Is often seen alongside Lyra Heartstrings. In "Apple Family Reunion", she appears in one shot at the hoedown, but isn't included in the family photo.

She has a human counterpart in the Equestria Girls movies, first appearing in Rainbow Rocks alongside Lyra.

  • Adaptation Name Change: Until the Tie-In Novel Pinkie Pie and the Rockin' Ponypalooza Party! made it a case of Sudden Name Change, her two names were a case of this, with "Sweetie Drops" (listed with a trademark symbol in blind bag wave 7) being used by more-official sources and "Bon Bon" (listed with a trademark symbol in trading card series 2) being used more but by less-official sources. Season 5's "Slice of Life" reveals that both names are correct. She's a secret agent named Sweetie Drops but her Secret Identity as a Ponyville citizen is Bon Bon.
  • Alliterative Name: Bon Bon — the same words, in fact.
  • All There in the Manual:
    • Her collector card reveals that she "knows sharing treats makes them taste sweeter!"
    • Gameloft's My Little Pony game specifies that the trio of objects depicted by her cutie mark are bows.
  • Ambiguously Gay: With Lyra. Fan depictions of them as a couple aside, the showrunners and Hasbro have done a lot of un-subtle hints the two are in a relationship, including a Valentine's for the show showing them hugging, a heart-shaped iris out of a Friendship Games short starring their human counterparts, and some rather suggestive gazes and touching in "Slice of Life", though in-universe both state that they are simply the best of friends.
  • Ascended Fanon:invoked Sweetie Drops/Bon Bon and Lyra Heartstrings have often been portrayed as roommates in fanon in addition to being good friends. The Bon Bon card in series 2 of Enterplay's trading cards made this All There in the Manual.
  • Cast Herd: With Lyra Heartstrings, in the show as well as in IDW's Friendship Is Magic comic book series and in The Merch.
  • Expy: Her design resembles G1 Bon Bon from My Little Pony Tales. Naturally fans nicknamed her just that, and it became Ascended Fanon in the Gameloft game, closed captions for "Call of the Cutie", and Enterplay's trading cards.
  • Hero of Another Story: "Slice of Life" reveals that she's a secret agent on a deep cover mission in Ponyville, whose exploits include taking down a Bugbear.
  • Jerkass: She is seen as this by some due to being grumpy in several scenes, though mostly it's understandable that she'd be displeased.
    • For example, Apple Bloom dumps some apples into her bag, saying she put them there and trying to force her to buy them, hoping it will get her an apple selling cutie mark. As an apology for Apple Bloom's rudeness, Applejack is forced to satisfy her by giving her the baskets full of apples on and under the cart, free of charge.
    • Also implied in her second spoken appearance. She comes into Rarity's store right after the then-famous Fluttershy busts in and bluntly tells Rarity she's never heard of her in a rather condescending voice.
    • She is one of the three to insult the Flim Flam Brothers' cider after the quality control is turned off.
    • "Putting Your Hoof Down" has her as someone who isn't happy with the "new, improved" Fluttershy who is taking her assertiveness training too far.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: A victim of this in "Putting Your Hoof Down". Who didn't cheer on when Fluttershy bucks the trash of carts over her and Cherry Berry?
  • Large Ham: Her five voices so far have been over the top in cartoonishness: French, Valley Girl and Jewish Mother, among others.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Her cutie mark is of bows, but can be seen as being of wrapped candies. Guess which one she's named after?
  • No Such Agency: She is formerly a member of a secret organization based in Canterlot that guards against fantastic beasts like bugbears. After an incident with a bugbear, the agency was shut down and every trace of it destroyed to maintain deniability.
  • O.C. Stand-in: She is depicted by fans as either a candy maker or a voice actress who is best friends or in a relationship with Lyra Heartstrings.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": "Bonbon" is used by Gaia Online.
  • Sudden Name Change: The Tie-In Novel Pinkie Pie and the Rockin' Ponypalooza Party! unexplainedly mentions both of her names, "Sweetie Drops" in chapter 3 of the story itself and "Bon Bon" in one of the bonus activity pages.
  • Those Two Girls: Almost always seen alongside Lyra.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: In "Over a Barrel", she wears a masculine top hat while Lyra Heartstrings (as a cerise-eyed earth pony) wears a feminine bonnet (also seen briefly in "Luna Eclipsed"). However in "Green Isn't Your Color", Sweetie Drops is the one that becomes a fangirl of a fashion model.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Her voice is surprisingly deep in "Call of the Cutie" but it's a lot higher (and sounds more like a Valley Girl) in "Green Isn't Your Color". It changes once again in "Lesson Zero", this time sounding kinda like Olive Oyl. As of "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000", it's even deeper than her first appearance. "Putting Your Hoof Down" goes back to her Valley Girl voice from "Green Isn't Your Color". Her series 2 trading card suggests she tries a lot of different voices to help break a rotten string of bad luck.
  • What Could Have Been:invoked A production image displayed as a promotional image showed that she was still named "Bon Bon" during the production of her toy. But the name was changed to "Sweetie Drops", presumably because Hasbro couldn't trademark the former name for the toyline.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Her blind bag figure is a Crystal Pony palette swap of Applejack, while her brushable toy's mane is lavender and magenta rather than blue and pink, which ironically more resembles G1 Bon Bon.

    Derpy / Muffins 
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The face that started it all
"I just don't know what went wrong!"

First Appearance: (Background) "Friendship Is Magic - Part 1" ("Mare in the Moon")
Speaking Appearance: "The Last Roundup", "Slice of Life", My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (IDW) Issue #9 story Zen and the Art of Gazebo Repair, and Twilight Sparkle and the Crystal Heart Spell

Derpy is a grey pegasus mare with a blonde mane and a cluster of bubbles as her cutie mark. Talking about her role in the series in-depth requires an explanation of the production history and fandom that contributed to her rise in popularity. Derpy was "born" when she was drawn making a face in the background of the first episodenote . Her unusual expression proved phenomenally popular with the brony fans; they nicknamed her "Derpy Hooves" and she became a prominent Ensemble Darkhorse. The animators took notice of her popularity and started giving her scripted scenes while keeping her eyes permanently like they were. At this time she had no official name in the show yet: there was a reference to a pegasus named "Ditzy Doo" in one episode, and it was intended for that to be her name, while the fandom stuck with Derpy Hooves or Derpy Doo, or just plain "Derpy."

The episode "The Last Roundup" gave her lines and referred to her on-screen as "Derpy".note  Unfortunately, Moral Guardians descended with accusations of Unfortunate Implicationsnote . Re-airings of the episode changed her voice and removed mention of her name, and she was quietly left out Season 3 due to the backlash. She returned in Season 4 and spoke again in Season 5's "Slice of Life", where she had another change of voice and was now referred to in the credits as "Muffins", referring to her Trademark Favorite Food the fandom gave her. Meanwhile, merchandise of the character has varied between all three of her names, or just avoided naming her entirely and used a picture of a muffin where her name would go on packaging.

Regardless of her name or how she's depicted by fans, she's pretty much become the mascot of the brony community.

More analysis on her is available on the analysis page. Fandom depictions of her should not be listed here; only what is official canon from authorized materials.

She has a human counterpart in the Equestria Girls series, starting with a cameo in the first movie.

  • Adorkable: A silly, wall-eyed, good-natured and clumsy pony.
  • All There in the Manual: Her love of muffins and job as a mailmare are Ascended Fanon referenced in official merchandise, but weren't featured in the show prominently until the episode "Slice of Life". She's seen in mailmare uniform in "Crusaders of the Lost Mark", and delivers a letter to Starlight in "To Where and Back Again – Part 1".
  • All There in the Script: Likewise, the name "Muffins" was only given in merchandise and the credits for "Slice of Life", and hasn't been said in the show yet.
  • Alliterative Name: Ditzy Doo.
  • Ascended Extra: She was just one of many other background ponies, but her ridiculous popularity catapulted her to recurring extra with a few speaking parts here and there. In a series somewhat infamous for the popularity of its background characters, Derpy is unquestionably the most popular.
  • Ass Kicks You: She knocks down one of the Town Hall's support beams and later breaks the Hall's floor, just with her butt. And let it be known that the latter happened when she merely sat down.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Is easily distracted in "Slice of Life" and seems to have trouble focusing.
  • Back for the Finale: After being Out of Focus during Season 3, she finally managed to return for the season finale episode "Magical Mystery Cure". She even winks at the audience, lampshading the whole situation.
  • Badass Adorable: Implied because she was able to break through solid wood just by sitting on it. She's also part of a wing of pegasi trying to take down Tirek and Discord in "Twilight's Kingdom – Part 1".
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Invoked possibly; she's only one of three ponies whose lip flaps match the famous "muffin" line in "Applebuck Season" (the other two being Sea Swirl and Minuette). It isn't clear which of them are saying the line (or if it's meant to represent all three). And since background ponies generally don't have consistent voices, that can't be used to narrow it down.
  • Bizarre Instrument: The biggest scene for her human version in Rainbow Rocks shows her playing the musical saw at the talent contest.
  • Cast Herd: In Season 1 she's often seen alongside fellow pegasi Parasol/Showers and Raindrops, both sharing her famous "Feeling Pinkie Keen" scene with her. In Season 2 she's usually, if seen with somepony else, with Golden Harvest or Dr. Hooves in various Fandom Nods.
  • Clumsy Copyright Censorship: Probably the biggest consequence of the "Derpygate" affair is that it scared the showrunners and Hasbro off of giving her a name at all; for a long time merchandise just used a picture of a muffin where her name should be, or just left the field blank.
  • Comically Cross-Eyed: The cross-eye was originally an animation mistake, but she became one of the more popular characters in the show because of it. In "Slice of Life" the animation clearly rests on her long enough to show that one of her eyes is lazy and thus her eyes drift into this condition, rather than being fixed this way. She also manages to focus both eyes on the same spot from time to time, but it's brief.
  • Composite Character: She's been compared to G1 Applejack, and has also been compared to Minty, G3's resident Cute Clumsy Girl who was also voiced by Tabitha St. Germain. Appearance-wise, she's a lot like G3 earth pony Bubblecup, which has lead to some fans adopting that as an alternative name for her, and she shares a cutie mark with G1 Bubbles, one of the first six My Little Pony toys!
  • Curtains Match the Window: Pale blond eyes and hair.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Her clumsiness wrecks the town hall in "The Last Round Up" when she is trying to help arrange the festivities.
  • Delayed Reaction:
    • During a collective GASP! in "Green Isn't Your Color", hers is a bit later than the rest of the crowd's.
    • In "Putting Your Hoof Down", Iron Will's odd money-back guarantee initially confuses ponies, but then causes them to laugh. When he gives the crowd a stern glare, most of them immediately stop laughing. Guess who doesn't.
  • Deleted Scene:invoked One explains how she destroyed the town hall roof; it was hit by lightning due to a weather control mistake.
  • The Ditz: A walking (or flying) disaster area. First implied from the annoyed look on her supervisor's face when she accidentally pummels Twilight with everything but the kitchen sink in "Feeling Pinkie Keen" and when she accidentally drains the barrel of water and apples in "Luna Eclipsed". Confirmed in "The Last Roundup" as she demolishes Ponyville's city hall while she was helping Rainbow Dash to hang some banners on it. She breaks the floor and drags Rainbow Dash to the hall's basement with her, literally by sitting there and doing nothing as ordered.
  • Does Not Know Her Own Strength: A subtle example can be found in her appearance in "The Last Roundup". She was strong enough to inadvertently knock over a wooden support beam, drag Rainbow Dash down a hole and break through a solid floor by sitting on it too hard.
  • Dream-Crushing Handicap: An extremely downplayed example that only becomes evident by examining a Meaningful Background Event. In "Parental Glideance", there's a sequence showing Rainbow Dash taking part in flying competitions and moving higher and higher up the podium each time. Derpy is also present in the sequence: she starts at the top of the podium (even above other ponies who would go on to be Wonderbolts) and moves down a spot each competition, as her eyes become progressively more and more crossed, implying that she could've been a Wonderbolt-tier flyer if it weren't for her eyes. Adding to this is a brief shot of her wearing a bandage over her eyes in "Where the Apple Lies", implying that she tried to her have her eyes fixed, but it didn't work.
  • Dumb Blonde: She is not only dumb, but also very klutzy and accident-prone. It just makes her all the more charming.
  • Fearless Fool: She has shades of this in a few appearances, notably in the season 4 finale where she's part of the flight of pegasus going head-on against Tirek. And in Rainbow Rocks, her human counterpart is seen at one point ready to pick a fight with the massive Bulk Biceps. Fear, this pegasus mare doesn't know.
  • Fish Eyes: Surprisingly enough Inverted most of the time (her eyes face inward more often than outward), but played straight for brief moments in "The Show Stoppers", "Green Isn't Your Color", and "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000".
  • For Want of a Nail: The story behind her original appearance is that an animator crossed her eyes for his/her own amusement, then attempted to put another pony in front of her to obscure the abnormality. However, during rendering, the other pony glitched, revealing Derpy to the world. If that pony hadn't failed to render, we wouldn't have one of the most iconic ponies in the fandom.
  • Funny Background Event: Her very expression in the first episode and in later episodes following "Feeling Pinkie Keen". Spotting her is a Where's Waldo?-esque game for fans.
  • Handicapped Badass: Despite having strabismus, she never lets it stop her.
  • I Have Many Names: Although Derpy (Hooves) is the most common name, she has also been referred to as Ditzy Doo, and Hot Topic's website also offers the name "Bubbles". This is necessary since the most common name, "Derpy", is seen as offensive to some. The most recent name used is "Muffins," but time will tell if it sticks.
  • Heroic Bystander: In the 2017 movie, after Tempest Shadow invades Canterlot, she shoves Twilight out of the way before Tempest's petrification grenade turns her to stone, and gets petrified in her stead. She gets better.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Doctor Hooves, who's implied to be centuries old due to time travel experiments.
  • The Klutz: During "Feeling Pinkie Keen" she drops several items of furniture from a delivery truck in comical fashion on Twilight Sparkle's head, while during "The Last Roundup" she partially destroys Ponyville's city hall, which later becomes an important part of the plot.
  • Larynx Dissonance: Her Delayed Reaction GASP! in "Green Isn't Your Color" is either this or Vocal Dissonance (it's unknown whether she was voiced by a woman or a man in that episode).
  • Line-of-Sight Name: The alternate name "Bubbles". Because she has bubbles! The name "Derpy" was coined because of her wonky eyes.
  • Meaningful Name: Both of her names (which are also Unfortunate Names).
    • Her name "Derpy", as well as being a reference to her googly eyes, deals with being idiotic, since she is canonically a ditz.
    • Her other name "Ditzy Doo" also references her ditziness (and by its original definition, unlike the name "Derpy").
  • Mind Screw: When Apple Bloom is demonstrating her hoop talent in "The Cutie Pox", one of the blank-flanked school background fillies appears to be Derpy Hooves, down to her wings, hair color and style and her crossed eyes of gold. Your guess is as good as ours.
  • Must Make Amends: When she screws up, she's very apologetic. "Slice of Life" has her worrying about how to make up with Matilda after getting the date wrong on her wedding invitations.
  • Mythology Gag: In "Winter Wrap-Up", she goes north to find the southern birds, with less success than Megan et al. in Baby, It's Cold Outside.
  • Nice Girl: She's friendly and likes to help other ponies like Rainbow Dash, it's just a shame she's so clumsy.
  • No Name Given: After the name "Derpy" was used as a Fandom Nod, it was discovered that it had offensive connotations (it has had use as a slur against the disabled). As a result, for a while she was referred to without a name in merchandise, using workarounds such as descriptions, pictures or leaving the field blank.
  • Noodle Incident: Muffins must have a very interesting life. Among other things, she has her own private suite in the Friendship Express Train's Ice Cream Train Car, she's entered flying competitions, hung out in Fluttershy's chicken coop, is somehow able to freely converse with the Canterlot elite wearing only a pearl necklace and her paper bag wizard getup from Nightmare Night, got turned into a filly for a day, and was shrunken and imprisoned in a snowglobe owned by someone who just moved into Ponyville as of that episode. However, since she's friends with Dr. Hooves (and if he is The Doctor), she's had it somewhat tame for a companion so far.
  • No Sense of Direction: In "Winter Wrap Up" it's mentioned that Ditzy Doo tried going north to fetch the southern birds (after going west the previous year).
  • Off-Model: What she started out asnote . Throughout Season 1 she variably appears with the eyes "derped" or normal, and is now depicted consistently with the crossed eyes. "Slice of Life" implies the discrepancies are due to her having a lazy eye; in one scene they're normal and slide into a crossed position.
  • Out of Focus: In Season 3, she's only seen in the background in four of the thirteen episodes. The controversy must have gotten to Hasbro really, really hard. Thankfully she returned in season 4 in a big way.
  • Running Gag: Starting in the second season, she has appeared in some sort of wacky scene or random cameo. In season 3 she only appeared in general crowd scenes until the Season Finale "Magical Mystery Cure". After that she gets a couple appearances by herself as a human in Equestria Girls.
  • The Scottish Trope: Her most common name, "Derpy" has ended up as a meta-example thanks to the Moral Guardians; now Hasbro and the showrunners go out of their way to avoid using the name in official context.
  • Shock and Awe: She made lighting from a storm cloud strike town hall by bouncing up and down on it.
  • Simpleton Voice: In the original version, although apparently not intentionally, as her VA thought she was a stallion and does an absolutely atrocious male voice. It was Orwellian Retconed into a generic squeaky female voice after "Derpygate". Her voice in "Slice of Life" strikes a medium between them; a distinctly feminine voice, but with a cute lisp and a slight Bronx accent.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Mighty Fine's online store WeLoveFine has very rarely misspelled her names in the keywords of their merchandise's pages:
  • Suddenly Voiced: Derpy Hooves has no clear lines until "The Last Roundup" (if her gasp in "Green Isn't Your Color" isn't counted as a line).
  • Taken for Granite: In the 2017 movie, she throws herself between Tempest Shadow's petrification orb and Twilight, getting herself turned to stone while allowing Twilight to escape. She gets turned back into a living pony at the end of the movie.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Muffins; prior to "The Last Roundup," one of the few scenes where it seemed she talked was to exclaim "muffins" while looking at said goods. It's since become another part of Ascended Fanon the creators have run with.
  • Unfortunate Names: Both of her names (which are also Meaningful Names).
    • Her name "Derpy", as well as being a reference to her googly eyes, deals with being idiotic, silly, or klutzy, since she is canonically a ditz. (Hence why any mention of it was removed from the edited version. This apparently owes to an increasing use of "Derpy" to mean "retarded", which Amy Rogers acknowledged.)
    • Her other name "Ditzy Doo" also references her ditziness (and by its original definition, unlike the name "Derpy").
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: Tabitha St. Germain apparently thought Derpy was a boy on the day she came in to record her lines for the original version of "The Last Roundup", and wasn't told otherwise, though the voice was probably adjusted a bit in post production to be just a little higher than what was in the original recording. This resulted in Derpy sounding androgynous or young-boyish, but still female. (The edited version of the episode gives her a different, much more feminine-sounding voice.)
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In "Slice of Life" she accidentally sends out the invitations to Cranky and Matilda's wedding with the date listed a day too early, which the couple themselves don't realize until that very day, resulting in a mad dash around town to whip up a whole wedding.
  • Vague Age: She's been an adult in the past (like other background ponies), and a filly in both the past and present. Your guess is as good as ours.
  • Valley Girl: Sounds like this in the edited version of "The Last Roundup".
  • Vocal Dissonance:
    • Her Delayed Reaction GASP! in "Green Isn't Your Color" is either this or Larynx Dissonance (it's unknown whether she was voiced by a woman or a man in that episode).
    • In the original version of "The Last Roundup", she sounds very tomboy-ish, almost like a young boy. According to this, the voice actress wasn't aware that Derpy was a girl (though according to this, the voice was probably adjusted a bit in post-production to be just a little higher than what was in the original recording). Considering Derpy's original googly-eyed expression and resultant popularity came into being due to an accident (while the expression was intentional, she wasn't meant to be visible in that scene), it seems fitting that other aspects of her would come about due to accidents.
  • The Voiceless: Her big reappearance in "Rainbow Falls" after a long absence has her not talking at all, most likely to avoid another controversy. She breaks her silence again in "Slice of Life".
  • Walking Disaster Area: She can cause property damage just by sitting down.
  • Watch Out for That Tree!: Part of her clumsiness manifests with her flying into things, like in "No Second Prances" where she bumps her nose on a hanging sign after being distracted by Twilight.
  • What Could Have Been: Invoked.
    • Amy Keating Rogers revealed that in the original version of the song "Smile Smile Smile" Pinkie Pie was meant to refer to Derpy as "Derpy Doo". They even were going to sing about Derpy following Pinkie's advice and asking Zecora for a brew to cure her cough.
    • An early draft of "The Last Roundup" referred to Derpy as "Ditzy Doo", though the name was changed in order to give a Shout-Out to the fans. Before this, according to Lauren Faust, Ditzy Doo and the gray pegasus were not initially intended to be the same character, though she did consider having the design used for Ditzy. Alternative names for the pegasus from the season 1 Philippines crew included: "Stoneface", "Bubbles", "Ditzy", and "Bubblehead".

    Mayor Mare 
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Voiced by: Cathy Weseluck

A 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 Ponyville's resident Princess Twilight, although she does at least officiate marriages.

  • 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 recognize Mayor Mare as an authority figure and treat her with appropriate 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.
  • Demoted to Extra: Amazingly, her role actually decreased significantly on the show.
  • 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.
    • In "Slice of Life", she presides over the wedding of Cranky Doodle Donkey and Matilda.
    • In "On Your Marks", during the Cutie Mark Crusaders' search for problems to solve, we see her very clearly working and standing in an office while other ponies walk up to her with documents that she reviews and signs before they leave.
  • 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 Word of 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 equivalent of her twenties. However, "The Perfect Pear" shows that she was already an adult when Big Mac's, Applejack's and Apple Bloom's parents got married as she officiated the wedding.
  • 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!

    Doctor Hooves / Time Turner 
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The Sole Survivor of Gallopfrey.note 
"Great whickering stallions!"

Debut: "Friendship Is Magic – Part 1"
Speaking Appearance: (Normal Version) "Call of the Cutie" and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (IDW) Issue #9 story Zen and the Art of Gazebo Repair; (pegasus version) "Sonic Rainboom"
Major Role: "Slice of Life"

Voiced by: Brian Drummond (normal version in "Call of the Cutie")note , Tabitha St. Germain (pegasus version in "Sonic Rainboom")note , and Peter New ("Slice of Life")

A brown earth pony with an hourglass cutie mark and one of the few recurring male background ponies to appear as early as the first season. He helped out at Sweet Apple Acres during Winter Wrap Up, bought an apple from Apple Bloom in "Call of the Cutie" (then promptly ran away in fear), may or may not have a pegasus relativenote , and may or may not play the banjo and/or the violinnote . However fans swear up and down he is in fact the Doctor regenerated as a pony, or at least the Equestrian equivalent of the Doctor, leading to countless crossover fan works (in which Derpy is generally his Companion). He's Mayor Mare's official timekeeper, but that doesn't stop fans (or the IDW comic for that matter) from putting a sonic screwdriver in his hoof (it helps that IDW has also obtained the rights to Doctor Who comics). His voice actor in Slice of Life did in fact confirm that he played the character with the view that he is, in fact, the Doctor regenerated as a pony,

An analysis on Dr. "Time Turner" Hooves is available on the analysis page.

  • Absent-Minded Professor: In "Slice of Life", when Derpy asks for his help, he gets so caught up in showing her his experiments that he completely forgets what she asked him.
  • Adaptation Name Change: At one point, his two All There in the Script names seemed to be a case of this, as The Merch by Enterplay only referred to him by the trademarked name Time Turner while The Merch by Mighty Fine referred to him by the Ascended Fanon Fan Nickname Dr. Hooves. The Merch by Mighty Fine now uses both names, making it a case of Sudden Name Change. The name "Doctor Hooves" is also used in the official The Elements of Harmony: Friendship Is Magic guide book.
  • Affectionate Nickname: His name is officially "Doctor" but Derpy just calls him "Doc".
  • All There in the Manual: His and Mayor Mare's trading card reveals that he is the Mayor's official town timekeeper, "the pony responsible for keeping Ponyville's clocks in sync, setting the hourglass for cider competitions, and all things timey-wimey." The Elements of Harmony: Friendship Is Magic guide book also gives his name as "Doctor Hooves".
  • Alliterative Name: Time Turner
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: He averts this. In a world filled with brightly colored ponies, his coat and mane colors are plain brown, like a perfectly normal horse. This is why he stands out.
  • Ascended Extra: He and Mayor Mare share a trading card, and he's given an actual role beyond "Doctor Who Parody".
  • Ascended Fanon:invoked
    • The Hot Topic cover to the IDW comic issue #1 forgoes all subtlety, putting him in front of the Tardis... and with Derpy as his companion! The one for #2 goes even further: trademark scarf, fobwatch, and a TARDIS-shaped streetlight next to a Weeping Pegasus. The Issue 1 cover was also made into a T-shirt.
    • The 9th comic book issue used a background gag as a Doctor Who reference (to be exact, to the episodes "Human Nature", "The Family of Blood" and "Utopia") and to make clear he's the Doctor, just having regained his memories.
      Dr. Hooves: This watch is ME!
    • "Slice of Life" made his friendship with Derpy canon and also made a number of other references to Doctor Who (time travel, long life, catchphrases and iconic accessories) plus what we get to see of his house is clearly made to resemble the interior of a Tardis.
  • Character Tic: In "Slice of Life", he'll violently shake his head back and forth for a second or so whenever he's been distracted and is trying to get back on track.
  • Depending on the Artist: Ponies that usually bear the same cutie mark and coloring as Dr. Hooves have appeared throughout the series with slightly varied physical appearances. This is often used to support the theory of his being a Doctor Who shout-out since these could easily be explained as different regenerations. The most common one is a brown adult earth pony but variants include:
  • Ditzy Genius: A brilliant inventor and scientist, capable of making complex mathematical equations in his head, but has problems staying focused on the task at hand and gets caught up in the wrong details — and he literally had to be told that a bowling ball is more likely to hit the pins if you throw it straight at them.
  • Expy: Dr. Hooves isn't the only one who resembles the Doctor due to the fact that the Doctor has regenerated a number of times now thus having more than just one appearance.
    • Dr. Hooves, the first one to appear, bears a resemblance to 10th Doctor David Tennant mainly due to his brown coloringnote , hairdo and the hourglass cutie marknote . He was the most well known due to the fact that he appeared in the same year the 10th Doctor regenerated.
    • In "The Best Night Ever", "Sweet and Elite", "MMMystery on the Friendship Express", and "A Canterlot Wedding – Part 2" there's a yellow-haired blue pony with (usually) the same cutie mark who looks like the 5th Doctor Peter Davison.
    • In "Sweet and Elite", there's a black and grey pony (also with an hourglass cutie mark) that appeared that (most likely coincidentally) resembles either the 11th Doctor Matt Smith or the 2nd Doctor Patrick Troughton (who fans have ponified his name into "Patrick Trotton"). He was the first Doctor look-a-like to be spotted more prominently by fansnote  after a long time since the end of season one and got a lot of attention from it, spawning a new speculation that Dr. Hooves has regenerated into him. This was later referenced by the licensed shirt 9 10 11, giving the black and grey pony the All There in the Script name Doctor Whooves XI and specifying that Dr. Hooves is Doctor Whooves X (as well as introducing a Canon Foreigner Doctor Whooves IX).
    • Also in "Sweet and Elite", a different Pinprick was spotted by fans at the garden party. His safety pin cutie mark was replaced with the hourglass cutie mark and he now wears a red jacket which makes him resemble the 3rd doctor Jon Pertwee.
    • In the second 4-issue arc of the main IDW comic, besides the show-version (Tenth Doctor, David Tennant) appearing with his tie, there's another one with a fez (Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith), and later one in a fedora and with a long scarf (Fourth Doctor, Tom Baker).
  • Fandom Nod:invoked
  • Hypocritical Humor: The Merch portraying him as Dr. Hooves makes his laughing at the concept of time travel in "It's About Time" seem like this. He probably knew everything would be fine.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Derpy, who's canonically hundreds of years younger than him.
  • Large Ham: Oh yes. He's basically the Fourth, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors combined into a super large ham. According to Word of God, his personality is primarily based off the Tenth, with elements of Eleven and Nine thrown in.
  • Measuring the Marigolds: He apparently sees everything, even a game of bowling, as equations.
  • Noodle Incident: Apparently, his fascination with science started with a traumatic incident when he was a foal. The fandom, of course, thinks this was the destruction of Gallifrey
  • O.C. Stand-in: He is depicted by fans as the Doctor himself, regenerated as a pony, with Derpy Hooves as his most frequent companion. He's often shipped with Derpy, often making him the father of her daughters. Curiously, in Fanfics it's different. The most well-known, largest and six-star-rated fics (Timerlords and Terror, Dragon Mountain 12 and Doctor Whooves Series to name a few) depict the Mane Six (especially twilight) as his companions with not a single mention of Derpy. It seems that this is divided between Fanfic and Fan-art communities, each with their own continuity. His voice actor also went with the depiction of Doc being the Doctor himself.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Is revealed to be this in Episode 100 when talking to Derpy/Muffins.
  • Roadside Wave: He accidentally splashes mud on Apple Bloom and Sweetie Belle when running by during the song in "Hearts and Hooves Day".
    Scootaloo: He might do [as Cheerilee's boyfriend]!
    Apple Bloom & Sweetie Belle: If he weren't so splashy
  • Scarf of Asskicking:
    • As another Shout-Out to Doctor Who, one of the tie-in comic's variant covers for Issue #2 has him wearing a certain iconic scarf.
    • Naturally, in "Slice of Life", this is all he has left to wear to the wedding after he is unable to get his suit tailored in time.
  • Spell My Name with an "S":
    • "Time Turner" is spelled as "Time-Turner" on the cover of a Hoof Beat magazine in the Lone Star Comics variant Cover RE of the upcoming Issue #1 of IDW's comic books.
    • "Dr. Hooves" was originally spelled as "Doctor Whooves" (and is still spelled that way in the instances that weren't updated). Doctor Whooves would be correct for a Doctor Who reference, since calling the show Dr. Who and calling the Doctor Dr. Who is a big no-no in the fandom.
    • His name is labeled as "Dr. Whooves" according to the new Hot Topic toys.
  • Sudden Name Change: His trademarked name "Time Turner" and his Ascended Fanon Fan Nickname "Dr. Hooves" have both been used by Mighty Fine's licensed merchandise and the brony-oriented trading cards, and the latter appears in the official The Elements of Harmony: Friendship is Magic guide book. In the mobile game, his name was changed from Time Turner to Dr. Hooves in an update, while Dr. Whooves was used in the My Little Pony Project 2012 New York presentation.
  • Time Lord: Given how his voice actor revealed that he played the character with the view in mind that he's the Doctor regenerated as a pony.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: According to his trading card he's officially responsible for all things timey-wimey.
  • Writing Around Trademarks: Celestia only knows what the The BBC would think about a pony calling himself the Doctor or Doctor Whooves being owned by an American toy company, but the issue has been avoided in several ways so far. Instead, they go for a cute Harry Potter reference. On his official Funko vinyl figure, he's named "Dr. Whooves". How they got away with that is anyone's guess.

    The Cakes 

Mr. Cake and Mrs. Cake

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Voiced by: Brian Drummond (Mr. Carrot Cake)note  and Tabitha St. Germain (Mrs. Cup Cake)note 

Mr. Carrot Cake and Mrs. Cup Cake are a middle-aged earth pony couple. They own Sugarcube Corner, the bakery where Pinkie Pie works, holds her parties, and resides as their live-in helper. Kind and friendly, this older couple has shown saintlike patience for Pinkie Pie's antics... especially after the poisonous muffins fiasco (though that wasn't her fault) and Pinkie's appetite at the beginning of "Swarm of the Century". So far, they're one of the few married couples seen in Ponyville. As of "Baby Cakes", they're now parents to baby twins Pound and Pumpkin Cake.

Pound and Pumpkin Cake

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Debut: "Baby Cakes"

Voiced by: Tabitha St. Germain (Pound Cake) and Andrea Libman (Pumpkin Cake)note 

Mr. and Mrs. Cake's twin babies. Pound is a pegasus colt and Pumpkin is a unicorn filly, explained by Mr. and Mrs. Cake having unicorn and pegasus ancestors respectively. Pinkie adores them as new playmates.

  • Achievements in Ignorance: Pumpkin Cake is one of two unicorns shown flying through self-levitation, the other being an insanely powerful villain.
  • 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. Pumpkin can use magic perfectly at less than a year old, and Pound is great at flying even though he's also not even a year old.
  • 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.
  • Chocolate Baby: Pound does not look like either of his parents.
  • Color-Coded Wizardry: Pumpkin's magic aura is light blue, just like her eyes.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Pound's eyes and mane are brown.
  • Expy: 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.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Pumpkin has a habit of trying to eat anything in front of her.
  • 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 Prodigy: 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...
    Pumpkin: Pie...
  • 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 and Snails 
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Debut: "Boast Busters"

Voiced by: Lee Tockar (Snips) and Richard Ian Cox (Snails)

Two unicorn colts with a penchant for troublemaking and, in Snails' case, a talent for telekinesis and an almost Zen-like worldview borne out of him not thinking about anything. Ever.

  • Accidental Athlete: Snails became the buckball team's unicorn after displaying a natural talent for the sport when he effortlessly caught a trio of balls heading his way in water buckets he happened to be carrying.
  • Acrofatic: Snips is overweight but in "Boast Busters", he escapes rather handily from the Ursa which he and Snails bring to Ponyville.
  • 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.
  • Adorkable: Both of them are comedic, friendly, and goofy.
  • Alliterative Name: Snipsy Snap.
  • Animal Motifs: Snails, in name and cutie mark.
  • Attention Whore: 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 stocky 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".
  • Butt-Monkey: Generally is their role in the show.
  • 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 Clown: And funny ones too. This is why they don't mind making fools of themselves.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Snails, often annoying Snips.
  • 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 "Buckball Season" it turns out Snails' empty-headedness puts him into a zen-like mentality allowing him to catch balls with ridiculous ease and finesse, netting him a place on Ponyville's buckball team.
  • Demoted to Extra: Their roles have decreased slightly in newer seasons; they only speak in one episode in seasons 3 and 4, and they don't speak at all in season 5. In Season 6, however, they get off some good one-liners.
  • 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 Guy: 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 Boy: 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.
  • Fat Idiot: Snips chubby and is dim.
  • Fearless Fool: They went into the Everfree Forest at night to try to find an Ursa Major to help Trixie look good for Ponyville.
  • Free-Range Children: 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.
  • Genius Ditz: Snails is incredibly empty-headed and easily one of the least intelligent characters in the show. He is also the first unicorn foal shown using even basic magic, and is also able to develop an incredibly peaceful state of mind and to completely avoid performance anxiety... by never thinking about anything he's doing. Ever.
  • Hidden Depths: Snails' empty-headedness keeps him in a constantly zen state of mind that allows him to play buckball without worrying about pressure from the spectators, the other team, or his coaches. As a result, he does very well as the Ponyville team's catcher.
  • The Klutz: 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).
    • Another explanation for scissors cutie mark is that he comes from a family of barbers. His father has a curling iron cutie mark.
  • Nice Guy: Both of them are rather kindhearted and supportive to their friends.
  • Precocious Crush: The standalone version of Applejack's game from Adventures in Ponyville has hearts appear over them when the player runs towards them to chase them away. The hearts are most likely just a replacement for Adventures in Ponyville's Friendship Sparkles but still...
  • Off-Model: In one of the shots in "Buckball Season", Snails is missing his horn. In another, his magic aura is yellow (much like his original appearance) rather than purple as seen throughout the episode.
  • 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.
  • Simpleton Voice: Snails mostly talks like a fool.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Cheerilee 
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First Appearance (Background): "Boast Busters"
Full Debut: "Call of the Cutie"

Voiced by: Nicole Olivernote 

The 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.

  • The '80s: Played for laughs when Cheerilee shows to her class a picture of her younger self wearing typical (and gaudy) 80s attire.
  • '80s Hair: "Yes I know, but honestly; that's how everypony was wearing their mane back then."
  • A Day in the Limelight: Has a central role in "Hearts and Hooves Day".
  • 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). And that's not the only time...
  • 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".
  • Always Identical Twins: Has an identical twin sister named Cherry Blossom.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • Decomposite Character: A very ironic one, as her G3 self was already a Composite Character. The second G3 Cheerilee was a Composite Character of the original G3 Cheerilee and a pony named Cherry Blossom. The comics split them back into two separate characters by making Cherry Blossom her identical twin, with Cheerilee getting her scholarly side and Cherry Blossom getting her more fun loving and playful side.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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's very good with kids. 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.
  • Older Than They Look: She looks quite nice for someone who's implied to be middle-aged.
  • 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-Haired Sweetie: 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, wearing a wedding veil?" 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.

    Zecora 
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Debut: "Bridle Gossip"

Voiced by: Brenda Crichlow

A 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.
  • Arboreal Abode: She lives inside a hollow tree in the Everfree Forest.
  • 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 Normal: Despite lacking any (definite) powers, 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 "neighbors". To say nothing of the alternate Zecora who Twilight encounters in "The Cutie Remark". She leads La Résistance against the changelings and even gives Chrysalis a Shut Up, Hannibal! moment before brawling with her.
  • 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.
  • Black Cloak: 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.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": "Zecora" means "zebra".
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Subverted. While she has a noticeably deeper voice than most ponies and initially comes across as intimidating, she's Good All Along.
  • 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 Children: 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.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In a Bad Future where ponies are at war with the Changelings, she goes one-on-one against Chrysalis herself to give Twilight a chance of fixing things (and knows full well that even if she wins the fight, she'll be erased from time if Twilight succeeds).
  • 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!"
  • Magic Cauldron: She uses one of this to work in her potions, in keeping with being a herbalist with ambiguous knowledge of magic.
  • Magical Negro: Considering the Fantastic Racism she's subjected to in her debut, she fits this. 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.
  • National Animal Stereotypes: A zebra portrayed as an African witch doctor.
  • Out of Focus: The frequency of her appearances in the show has tended to fluctuate, but she has a tendency to not appear or be mentioned for extensive periods of time.
    • 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. She also shows up for some minor roles in Seasons 4 and 5, appearing in a handful of episodes to provide characters with potions and cures.
    • She only appears in two episodes of season 6 ("On Your Marks" and "The Fault in Our Cutie Marks"), both being brief, non-speaking appearances.
    • Season 7 sees her making notable appearances again, appearing in major roles in "It Isn't the Mane Thing About You" and "A Health of Information".
  • Poor Communication Kills: When it came to the Poison Joke, if she 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.
  • Proverbial Wisdom: She gives her pieces of advice in the form of cryptic, proverb-like rhymed couplets.
  • Rebel Leader: In the Bad Future where Queen Chrysalis took over Equestria in "The Cutie Re-Mark", Zecora takes this role for La Résistance hiding in the Everfree Forest.
  • 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.
  • Solitary Sorceress: Lives by herself in the Everfree Forest.
  • 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".
  • This Is My Name on Foreign: "Zecora" means "zebra" in the Oromo language of Ethiopia.
  • Transflormation: In "A Health of Information", she comes down with Swamp Fever, a disease which slowly turns its victims into trees. By the time Fluttershy and Twilight come back with the cure, she's already started sprouting branches.
  • 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.
  • Verbal Ticked: In "A Health of Information", after she contracts Swamp Fever, one of the signs of how badly her health is declining is when she loses the ability to rhyme on demand.
    Zecora: [coughs] That's marvelous, Fluttershy. I am quite impressed. While you are gone on your journey, I'll try not to be... worried.
    Fluttershy: [gasps] Oh, no. Zecora, you didn't rhyme! You must be getting worse.
    Zecora: Oh. No, no, no, not at all. Something... something... ball? [sneezes]
  • 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 potion-making, strange properties of plants, and odd creatures.

    The Spa Ponies 
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"How can we be of service?"note 
"Miss Zecora, I would love to get the recipe for this bath. It's simply luxurious!"note 

Lotus Blossom's Debut: "Bridle Gossip
Other Spa Ponies' Debut: "Green Isn't Your Color"
Speaking Appearance: (Lotus Blossom) "Bridle Gossip", "Slice of Life", (Aloe) "Castle Sweet Castle", "Applejack's 'Day' Off"

Voiced by: Tabitha St. Germain (Lotus Blossom and Aloe)

Four blue-eyed ponies who work at Ponyville's Day Spa. Lotus Blossom, the first one, debuts at the end of "Bridle Gossip" asking Zecora for the bath recipe. She returns in "Green Isn't Your Color", which introduces the other three: Aloe, a Palette Swap of Lotus Blossom; "Quake", a large masseuse; and Roxie Rave, who first appears as one of Photo Finish's helpers and isn't seen working at the spa until "A Friend in Deed", which also features Lotus Blossom and Aloe. Lotus Blossom and "Quake" appear again in "Ponyville Confidential".

    Twist 
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Voiced by: Alexandra Carter

A 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!"
  • Expy: 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.
  • Meganekko: Wears glasses.
  • 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.
  • Quirky Curls: Has curly hair, and a bit quirky too.
  • 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: Has a noticeable lisp.
  • 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.

    DJ Pon-3 / Vinyl Scratch 
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"Baby you can haul my cart! Yes I'm gonna be a star! Baby you can haul my cart! And maybe I love you! Beep beep'm beep beep yeah!"

Debut: "Suited for Success"
Speaking Appearance: My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (IDW) Issue #9 story Zen and the Art of Gazebo Repair and Issue #10 cover A
Major Role: "Slice of Life"

An off-white unicorn with a two-tone electric blue mane, magenta eyes, and a pair of eighth notes as her cutie mark. Most of her in-show appearances have her, well, act as a DJ, or otherwise listening to music in her headphones. She's very popular for a character with less than a minute (in the first season, only a few seconds) of screentime. She shows up a lot in advertisements and official merchandise, and has multiple toys, even being made 2013 Special Edition Pony. According to her and Octavia's trading card, "DJ Pon-3 feels at home behind her turntable, laying down sick beats and wearing her trademark sunglasses."

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

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

  • Ascended Extra:
  • Ascended Fanon:invoked
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Both her Stage Name and her real name.
  • Cheated Angle: Her mane isn't symmetrical at all, yet it's always drawn the same way whether she's facing left or right, as otherwise it would cover most of her face half of the time.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: When she's into her music she's in her own little world.
  • Cool Big Bro: Issues #11 and #12 of the IDW comic (taking place in flashback when Shining Armor and Cadance were in high school) includes a filly Vinyl watching Shining's show and getting her cutie mark atop the back of a white-coated, red-maned (styled similar to Vinyl's) unicorn stallion with a vinyl record-and-note cutie mark; later, he is DJ'ing the school dance under the stage name "33 1/3-LP". Andy Price, the artist, affirmed this was Vinyl's older brother. The fandom has taken the names "Long Play" (what LP expands to) or "Smooth Beat" as his given name, but all agree he's in the same class of cool as Vinyl.
  • Cool Shades: Purple ones with black rims that obscure her eyes. Have led to Fanon and various speculations until "A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2".
  • Depending on the Artist: Her eyes outside of the show have gone back and forth between magenta and red. Colorist Heather Breckel gave Vinyl red eyes in her cameo in Rarity's Micro comic as an intentional Fandom Nod and commented that if Vinyl ever has a more significant role (where Breckel is the colorist), she'll give Vinyl her canon eye color.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Assuming that one takes the Interplay cards as canon, then she prefers DJ Pon-3 over Vinyl Scratch to the point that most ponies haven't even heard of the name. Hasbro's official releases don't use that name at all, and Twilight refers to her as DJ Pon-3 in "No Second Prances."
  • Heävy Mëtal Ümlaut: Her "Vinyl Scratch" name has been spelled as "Vın̈yl Scratch" as part of a Shout-Out to This Is Spinal Tap.
  • L33t L1ng0: Her Stage Name "DJ Pon-3".
  • Life of the Party: Based on her few appearances, she seems to be just as party-loving as Pinkie is (though not as eccentric and wild as her).
  • O.C. Stand-in: She is depicted by fans as a DJ pony with rock star-like qualities who, aside from being a stage performing DJ, is also an eccentric radio hostnote  who is Vitriolic Best Buds with Octavia due to their differing taste in music and lifestyle and their contrasting (fanon) personalities. ("Slice of Life" pretty much made this Ascended Fanon.) Depicting her with red eyes was also prominent until the Canterlot Wedding 2-parter came along, and even after, many people still prefer that color.
  • Nice Girl: She is always partying and having a good time and tries to be helpful to other ponies even if it doesn't always work out. She helps Dr. Hooves and Octavia during "Slice of Life" and Twilight considers her a good backup friend for Starlight in "No Second Prances". She also isn't mad at Pinkie Pie for ruining her Club Pony Party Palace and is much more interested when Pinkie offers her to play music at the opening of Rarity for You.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: In fan-designed licensed merchandise, most of which was made before "A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2" gave her a canon eye color.
  • Spell My Name with an "S":
  • Shout-Out: Her Stage Name "DJ Pon-3" is a reference to how DJs often use Awesome McCoolnames and Xtreme Kool Letterz as their Stage Names. note 
  • Stage Names: Formerly a Sudden Name Change, her two names were eventually officially made a case of this, with "DJ Pon-3" being a stage name and "Vinyl Scratch" being her real name.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: She is the tomboy to Octavia, who is the girly girl. She has a short and spikey mane and tail and is a hard-partying DJ while Octavia has a long and straight mane and tail and is a reserved and elegant classical musician.
  • The Voiceless: Despite having major roles in Rainbow Rocks and "Slice of Life", she never speaks. In the Rainbow Rocks novelization, she even communicates with Rainbow Dash via text message, despite the two of them sitting right next to each other. This has led to fan speculation that Vinyl simply can't talk. According to a convention panel with M. A. Larson (summary here), she was originally going to have a speaking role in "Slice of Life", but "they told him she doesn't talk", so this seems pretty confirmed. She's had two speaking roles in the comics, her page quote comping before her being voiceless became policy, and when she was corrupted by dark water.
  • Wolverine Publicity: She managed to hit that rare sweet spot where she's very popular among the fans for her striking design and cool job, and she's popular enough with Hasbro that she gets to appear in a number of places like merchandise and other promotional material. Her human counterpart from My Little Pony: Equestria Girls even made it into the trailer; not even Derpy can claim that. It doesn't end there. She appears as a McDonald's Happy Meal toy, and she appears in place of Applejack.
  • Word of God:invoked As described by storyboardist Sabrina "Sibsy" Alberghetti, DJ Pon-3's creation was atypical. The storyboardists would normally pull from a pool of established characters or the otherwise dozen-some background characters if they need to fill a scene. For "Suited for Success", the storyboardist, Mike West, needed to include a DJ of some type which was not yet offered in the pool, and sketched out the preliminary version of DJ Pon-3. The design was cleaned up and made into a character. Alberghetti has stated that she since then has tried to insert the character any chance she gets, including the numerous appearances of her human version in Equestria Girls.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: And it's one of the coolest manes in the show.

    Octavia Melody 
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Our Elegant Classical Musician being stoic as usual.
"How am I meant to practice with a monster invading Ponyville?"

Debut: "The Best Night Ever"
Major Role: "Slice of Life"

Voiced by: Kazumi Evans

A classy gray earth pony with a pink treble clef cutie mark. She plays the cello as part of quartet performances at Canterlot's Grand Galloping Gala and garden party, respectively during "The Best Night Ever" and "Sweet and Elite", and also cameos in at least two issues of IDW's Friendship Is Magic comic book series. After her debut, fans loved her classy look and initial deadpan reaction to Pinkie Pie on stage so much that she's become one of the most popular musician ponies. According to her and DJ Pon-3's trading card, "You can find Octavia at garden parties and galas performing prim and proper classical music on her cello."

An analysis on Octavia is available on the analysis page.

She has a human counterpart in the Equestria Girls movies, first appearing in Rainbow Rocks.

  • Elegant Classical Musician: She's certainly got the look of one, and her trading card suggests she's one.
  • Impractical Musical Instrument Skills: How does she even play her cello with her hooves anyway?
  • Lead Bassist: She's the most popular member of the band. She even takes the lead (with the camera focused on her) on their second appearance in "Sweet and Elite".
  • Nobody Loves the Bassist: Inverted. So much so that the fandom pays little to no attention to the rest of her band, which has led to her appearing in out-of-show media without any of her bandmates.
  • Not So Stoic: Her appearances in the show have thus far show her being mostly calm and professional, only scowling slightly when Pinkie ruins her cello. However, the comics have shown her having fun at a party (which Vinyl Scratch is DJing), being a badass when time calls, and being downright grumpy when the Cutie Mark Crusaders steal her band's cart complete with Red Eyes, Take Warning.
  • O.C. Stand-in:
  • Suddenly Voiced: Her human counterpart in Rainbow Rocks has a line in one scene, which was her first speaking appearance. Before Rainbow Rocks, both the pony and human versions of Octavia have had lines in the comics. She made her speaking debut as a pony in "Slice of Life".
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: She is the girly girl to DJ Pon-3, who is the tomboy. She has a long and straight mane and tail and is a reserved and elegant classical musician while DJ has a short and spikey mane and tail and is a hard-partying DJ.
  • Wolverine Publicity: For a character with the same amount of screen time as Vinyl Scratch, she also shows up in plenty of promotional materal.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Her icon in Gameloft's My Little Pony game uses fanart of her as a filly.

    Pipsqueak 
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Click here to see him with his costume: 
Debut: "Luna Eclipsed"

Voiced by: William Lawrenson ("Luna Eclipsed"), Graham Vecere ("Twilight Time", "Crusaders of the Lost Mark")

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.

    Filthy Rich 
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Voiced by: Brian Drummondnote 

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

He has a human counterpart in the Equestria Girls world, who appears in Legend of Everfree.

  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: His eyebrows are black and massive compared to most male ponies'.
  • Embarrassing First Name: And it's clear he's well aware of it. Cheerilee calls him by his first name in front of her class and quickly corrects herself.
  • Full-Name Basis: People call him by his full name even though it's evident that he would prefer just being addressed as Mr. Rich (not hard to see why), but he doesn't get too upset over it and seems used to it.
  • Good Parents: If anything, he's aware of Diamond Tiara's rotten personality and it's obvious that he wants to fix it. However, it's implied that his buisness means he's not home often and thus his wife mainly takes cares of her, which explains a lot.
  • Honest Corporate Executive:
    • His family founded Ponyville's equivalent to Walmart, and he improved upon it after he took charge. They did this by forming a partnership with the Apple Family and expanding their products until his store became one-stop shopping. He manages this all while being very respectful to his suppliers, and seems to have a genuinely friendly relationship with Granny Smith.
    • The comics show that he can occasionally act antagonistic when riled, but that it's really only triggered when he feels ponies aren't treating him fairly.
  • Last-Name Basis: He prefers to be called "Mr. Rich", for obvious reasons.
  • Meaningful Name: He's extremely wealthy, and his cutie mark (three money bags) and necktie (marked with a dollar sign) emphasize this fact.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: He looks just like what Gregory Peck would look like if he were ponified.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Unlike his spoiled daughter, he is quite amicable and respectful, and he doesn't approve of her rude behavior towards the Apple family. (Granny Smith played a key role in launching both the Rich family business and the entire town. As it is, Granny is still his most important produce supplier, so his disciplining of Diamond Tiara at the end of "Family Appreciation Day" obviously is at least partially motivated by his desire to keep Granny on good terms with him for business purposes.)
  • Theme Naming: Filthy Rich, his grandfather Stinkin' Rich, and his wife Spoiled Rich. Though the last one is an odd example, given that she took her husband's name. Spoiled Rich was originally Spoiled Milk.
  • Uncle Pennybags: Don't let his wealth fool you; he's a friendly, down-to-earth guy.
  • What Does He See in Her?: Is married to Spoiled Rich, a snooty, rude pony who emotionally abuses their daughter. The mind boggles.

    Matilda 
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Voiced by: Brenda Crichlownote 

Another donkey resident of Ponyville, and a good friend of Pinkie Pie. Ends up married to Cranky Doodle Donkey.

  • Chekhov's Gunman: You know when a lady donkey is introduced early in an episode about a grumpy male donkey, that you'll see her again by the end.
  • Happily Married: She ends up married to Cranky Doodle Donkey at the end of "Slice of Life".
  • I Was Quite a Looker: She is more attractive in Cranky's flashback.
  • I Will Wait for You: She seems to have stayed single all her life, waiting for Cranky to find her.
  • Love at First Sight: And second sight! Aww.
  • Odd Friendship: The changeling that showed up at the wedding in "Slice Of Life" is her friend, according to Word of God.
  • Official Couple: With Cranky.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Matilda wrote Cranky a note explaining why she left and how to find her. He didn't notice it, resulting in years of heartache and separation for them both.
  • Walking Spoiler: She's more important then she initially seems.

    Cranky Doodle Donkey 
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Voiced by: Richard Newmannote 

A newcomer to Ponyville, Cranky is an old donkey who just wants peace and quiet after years of wandering around Equestria. Later, he got married to Matilda.

He has a human counterpart in the Equestria Girls movies, who's a teacher at Canterlot High School.

  • Alliterative Name: The last two-thirds of his name, anyway.
  • Big Eater: Shown to be surprisingly good at the pie eating contesting in Applejack and the Honest-to-Goodness Switcheroo, winning the contest over resident Big Eater Pinkie Pie and others.
  • Butt-Monkey: Poor, poor Cranky is subject to the full force of Pinkie's determination and accidental damage.
  • Determinator: He shows incredible perseverance in the face of Pinkie Pie's onslaught of friendship, and later we find out he's been wandering Equestria for decades tirelessly searching for Matilda.
  • Deadpan Snarker
    Pinkie Pie: Hmm. "Property of C.D.D." I'm guessing that last "D" is for "Donkey".
    Cranky: Quick as a whip, kid...
  • Dodgy Toupee: His original one matches the tip of hair on his tail, but is revealed to be one in a scene of Cringe Comedy. The replacement Pinkie gives him, the Rarity-made "dreamboat special," doesn't match at all, though Cranky himself seems to like it and continues to wear it in later episodes (until he loses it in "Slice of Life", replacing it with a piece of Steven Magnet's moustache).
  • Defrosting Ice King: Pinkie eventually befriends him and inspires him to smile.
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: "Doodle"
  • The Eeyore: And not just because he's a donkey.
  • Failed a Spot Check: He could have avoided so much anguish If he had searched Matilda's dressing room a little more thoroughly.
  • Foil: A positive example to Pinkie Pie. Unlike Pinkie, who is idealistic, extroverted, chaotic, and energetic, he's cynical, introverted, orderly, and sedate.
  • Furry Baldness: He's treated as bald because of his lack of a mane. This despite the fact that he still has a coat.
  • Grumpy Old Man: He's an old donkey who's endlessly gruff and sarcastic to the energetic youngster that wants to be his friend.
  • Happily Married: He ends up married to Matilda at the end of "Slice Of Life".
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: He kept his cherished memories of Matilda hidden from everyone until Pinkie Pie found out about them.
  • Hero of Another Story: He and Steven Magnet apparently had great adventures together.
  • Humiliation Conga: Downplayed Trope as he did nothing to deserve one, and Pinkie Pie caused it totally by accident.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Pinkie Pie, after she reunites him with Matilda.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: He was much better looking as a young donkey.
  • I Will Wait for You: He spent his youth searching for Matilda in towns all across Esqueria.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He seemed genuinely pleased when Pinkie found him a new toupee, and while he was irritated with her, he tolerated her until she accidentally destroyed his scrap book.
  • Loners Are Freaks: Subverted. At the end, Pinkie recognizes that some people genuinely like solitude.
  • Meaningful Name: He's cranky. Subverted when he's reunited with Matilda.
  • Odd Friendship: He's apparently good friends with Steven Magnet of all characters.
  • Official Couple: With Matilda. They get married in the episode "Slice of Life"
  • Stubborn Mule: Actually a donkey, but they're also known for being stubborn.
  • When He Smiles: It makes sense that Pinkie wanted him to be happy, after seeing his reaction to his reunion with Matilda.

    Bulk Biceps 
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YEAH!!!
Voiced by: Jayson Thiessennote  (in "Hurricane Fluttershy"), Michael Dobson

An enthusiastic and overly muscular pegasus stallion with tiny wings who appears in several episodes starting in season 2, with his most prominent roles in "Wonderbolts Academy" and "Equestria Games". In "Castle Sweet Castle" 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".

He has a human counterpart in the Equestria Girls movies, first appearing in Rainbow Rocks.

  • 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 in his first appearance.
  • 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...
    • He never considered the possibility that his cutie mark (A dumbell) does not strictly narrow his special trait to lifting dumbells and only dumbells. It required the Cutie Mark Crusaders to point that fact out to him.
  • Friend to All Children: Willing to humor the Cutie Mark Crusaders in a game of Tug of War. He later seeks the CMC's advice over his cutie mark, and following this he's seen coaching foals into lifting weights.
  • 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.
    • He also runs a surprisingly successful cinnamon nut cart, as seen in "All Bottled Up"
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Paper Tiger: He's surprisingly sensitive, in spite of his brawny physique; In "Rainbow Falls", he starts crying after Fluttershy accidentally hit him in the face with a horseshoe.
  • 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. Played straight in "All Bottled Up", though, where his eyes glow red from being hit by anger magic.
  • 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.
  • Stout Strength: His muscles are much bigger than those of other ponies, 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.
  • Testosterone Poisoning: His bulging muscles are part of his humor (the Fan Nickname he was given before his name was actually said in the show was "Roid Rage" to fit his characterization).
  • 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.
    • He does it again in "On Your Marks", breaking through the Cutie Mark Crusaders' treehouse's floor several times.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: He's a quadruped version of this trope, with an enormous head, neck, and torso tapering down to shins and hooves demonstrably smaller than most of the cast, and even smaller than some of the foals. His occasional bipedal moments reveal that he's just as ludicrously proportioned in that stance too. His human counterpart from Equestria Girls averts it, though, his torso being muscular but his legs more correctly proportioned. Ironic given the opposite effect in the standard bodies.
  • 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.
  • Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: Apparently splits his time between physical training, operating a successful cinnamon nut cart and working as a masseur at the Ponyville Day Spa. Sounds like the Cutie Mark Crusaders' advice worked better than we thought.

    Featherweight 
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Voiced by: Richard Ian Cox

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

  • Benevolent Boss: When he becomes editor of the school newspaper he isn't as nasty as Diamond Tiara.
  • Camera Fiend: "Document everything" indeed.
  • Da Editor: After Diamond Tiara has the position stripped away from her, he takes over.
  • Extra! Extra! Read All About It!: Briefly dresses as a paper boy to deliver a paper that's part of the scavenger hunt in "The One Where Pinkie Pie Knows".
  • Intrepid Reporter: His initial job on the school paper.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: Unlike the Cutie Mark Crusaders and Diamond Tiara, he doesn't get called out for his part in the tabloids. Karma catches up for three seasons later when he gets sprayed with ink, just like Diamond Tiara, and then spends the rest of the episode like that until it's finally blown off at the end.
  • Meaningful Name: He's thin, light and quick, like a featherweight boxer.
  • Noodle People: He's very skinny compared to other ponies.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: He has much bigger ears and a huger head than the other foals.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Gained one in "The One Where Pinkie Pie Knows".
  • The Voiceless: Didn't have any lines at all until "The One Where Pinkie Pie Knows".

Alternative Title(s): Friendship Is Magic Supporting Cast

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