Characters / Friendship Is Magic: Supporting Cast – Ponyville
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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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Ponyville

    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.

  • 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.
  • 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: 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.
  • Dumb Blonde: She is not only dumb, but also very klutzy and accident-prone. It just makes her all the more charming.
  • Expy: 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!
  • 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 Rock, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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 Twilight, the official representative of Princess Celestia in Ponyville.

  • Alliterative Name: If you include her title.
  • All There in the Script: Her and Time Turner's trading card, a couple of shirts featuring her, Gameloft's My Little Pony game, and the Tie-In Novel Twilight Sparkle and the Crystal Heart Spell have made her Fan Nickname "Mayor Mare" Ascended Fanon. It's also used in the fourth issue of IDW's Friendship Is Magic comic book series, but without showing her.
  • Authority in Name Only: Played with, as while Twilight Sparkle tends to have more "weight" than her, both Celestia and Luna 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 equilavent of her twenties.
  • You ALL Look Familiar: Not usually, but when she's shown from overhead in "Suited for Success", "The Best Night Ever" and "A Friend in Deed", multiple copies of her appear at once.
  • Younger than She Looks: Her mane and tail are naturally pink, and she dyes them gray; though she may simply be embarrassed by the color. The comic book seems to suggest she's the same age as Cheerilee!

    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) and Andrea Libman (Pumpkin)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.
  • Brother-Sister Team: Even at the age of one month, they're inseparable.
  • Child Prodigy: Rainbow Dash guesses (correctly) that Pound will be "all over the place" once he starts using his wings, and Rarity says that baby unicorns get strange magic surges that come and go. Those comments imply that the babies' are getting a temporary boost but only future appearances will tell for sure. It's also suggested for Pound Cake is that the only reasons he flies so well so young is a combination of his Super Strength and the fact that he still has a body small enough for his wings to carry. Scootaloo and filly Fluttershy have/had the inverse — that is, wings too small to carry their bodies.
  • Color-Coded Wizardry: Pumpkin's magic aura is light blue, just like her eyes.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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".
  • 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".
  • 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 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?" 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.
  • 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.
  • Four-Star Badass: What she would have become had the Changelings prevailed.
  • 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:
    • She is mostly absent from Season 1, appearing only in "Bridle Gossip" and "Swarm of the Century".
    • Averted in Season 2, as she's had several small roles in several episodes. In Season 3, she plays a major role in "Magic Duel", finally taking her place as Twilight's mentor.
  • Poor Communication Kills: When it came to the Poison Joke, if she'd just told the ponies it was a poisonous plant instead of speaking in cryptic rhyme to an already suspicious and fearful group, then the rest of the episode would have gone a lot differently. It's possibly justified by the fact that she was new in Ponyville, so she was still learning pony language.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: Starting in Season 4.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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", (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", 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."

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

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

  • Ascended Extra:
  • Ascended Fanon:invoked
  • Awesome McCool Name: 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.
  • Leet Lingo: 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. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Harry the Bear 
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First Mention: "Party of One"
Full Debut: "Lesson Zero"

Harry the brown bear is one of Fluttershy's numerous animal friends, and the one most commonly seen with her after Angel Bunny. He lives in a surprisingly well-equipped burrow in the forest close to Ponyville.

  • Amplified Animal Aptitude: He doesn't speak, but beyond that he's shown to be quite intelligent, like most of Fluttershy's animal friends. He's notably seen taking part in her literature club or playing cards with Pinkie Pie.
  • Bait and Switch: The very first time we see him, it looks like he's attacking Fluttershy, and she has to fight back... while in truth she's giving him a chiropractic treatment.
  • Bear Hug: Well, yeah, what other kind of hugs do you expect from him? Notably, at the end of "Scare Master", or for the reformed Starlight Glimmer.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Subverted. He's usually harmless, and nopony in Ponyville shows any alarm seeing him around. Although if you seriously upset Fluttershy, he can still get into huge, snarling bear mode with no problem.
  • Beary Friendly: Despite his Bait and Switch introduction, it is quickly proved he's very nice and friendly, especially with Fluttershy. He's later seen partaking in various harmless activities, like playing cards or reading in her literature club.
  • Butt Monkey: His appearances frequently involve some kind of mishap happening to him. Like being (apparently) beaten to death by Fluttershy, getting his fish meal stolen by Scootaloo, scared by Rainbow Dash's prank along Fluttershy, or having a carpet swept from underneath him by an oblivious Rarity.
  • Eye Am Watching You: In "28 Pranks Later", he makes the gesture toward Rainbow Dash with two claws, showing he hasn't forgotten about her mean prank to Fluttershy.
  • Fish People: In "Scare Master", he's disguised into a cave monster looking closely like the Creature from the Black Lagoon.
  • Gentle Giant: He's the biggest of Fluttershy's friends, but he's a big softie and never hurts anypony or any of the other animals.
  • Lovable Coward: He shares with Fluttershy the trait of not being very courageous. Seen in "28 Pranks Later" when a mysterious shadow is enough to scare him, or in "Every Little Things She Does", where he cowers from the bugs gathered by Fluttershy.
  • Mama Bear: Well, he's male, but he can still get quite protective of Fluttershy. Scaring her when he's around isn't a good idea; also, he keeps grudge.
  • Odd Name Out: Among ponies which have very varied name schemes, and even among Fluttershy's animal friends which have descriptive names like "Mr. Fuzzy Legs", he's just plain old Harry. (Although it's sometimes spelled "Hairy".)
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He's a big burly bear, but he's perfectly happy to partake in rather girly activities with Fluttershy and showing open affection toward her.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: He's introduced apparently badly loosing a wrestling match against Fluttershy, including a Neck Snap. In fact, she was giving him a vigorous massage.

    Pipsqueak 
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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: Cheerilee calls him by his first name in front of her class and quickly corrects herself.
  • Full-Name Basis: In spite of his protests, everyone calls him Filthy Rich, and have for years. He doesn't seem to mind though.
  • Good Parents: If anything, he's aware of Diamond Tiara's rotten personality and it's obvious that he wants to fix it.
  • 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 "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.
  • 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.

    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.

  • 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.
  • 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 that's endless 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.

    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.

    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".

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He was really happy to wear that frilly uniform Rarity made for him.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Along with his loud voice and bulk, his intense red eyes make him look dangerous, but he's actually quite nice.
  • Ship Tease: With Fluttershy in "Rainbow Falls" and "Equestria Games" (note Fluttershy's pose on his barbells).
  • Shrinking Violet: Even he is not immune to Drill Sergeant Spitfire's dominant personality.
  • Suddenly Voiced: While his previous two appears included his signature "YEAH!" shouts, Bulk's appearance in "Rainbow Falls" includes more (or less) complete sentences.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Featherweight 
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Speaking Appearance: "The One Where Pinkie Pie Knows"
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.
  • 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, Friendship Is Magic Supporting Cast

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