"We'll make our mark."In the world of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, the most important moment in a young pony's life is when they earn their cutie mark: a magical marking that appears on a pony's flank that represents what makes them special. It took these three fillies years to earn theirs, but what a mission they were on to find out who they were! And were they adorable while they were at it! The Crusaders form the secondary cast of the series, with a great many episodes of the series focusing on either their horribly botched attempts to get their own marks or their phenomenal success in helping others to get or come to terms with theirs. As of the end of "One Bad Apple", a fourth Crusader, Babs Seed, has joined; she plans to start up a CMC branch in Manehattan. Go to the Mane Family Members page for that foal's entry. In My Little Pony Micro Series Issue #7, a creature named Imp joins for a short time as well. Go to the Expanded Universe page for that Mimicker's entry.
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Tropes shared by all three founding Crusaders
- Adorably Precocious Child: Of course. Whether they're helping someone, doing something outrageous for a cutie mark or getting into trouble, one cannot argue that they aren't cute.
- Aesop Amnesia:
- While "Call of the Cutie" appears to be about learning to let nature take its course instead of trying to rush into a cutie mark, they still form the Cutie Mark Crusaders at the end in order to keep searching for their special talents. Justified by the fact they're only children and the school bullies are highly unlikely to back off after being upstaged at their own party.
- In "The Cutie Mark Chronicles", Scootaloo has this gem of a line:Scootaloo: Ugh! These namby-pamby stories aren't getting us any closer to finding our cutie marks! They're all about "finding who you really are" and boring stuff like that!
- Rather cleverly subverted in "The Cutie Pox". They run off to earn their Cutie Marks five seconds after learning a lesson about good things coming to those who wait, but the lesson was about not trying to take a dishonest shortcut to force something you're not patient enough to wait for. So what would normally count as this trope actually reinforces the Aesop of earning their Cutie Marks the honest way.
- They have a tendency to forget that they earned their own cutie marks when they stopped worrying about finding their cutie marks. They'll frequently alternate between placing a great deal of importance on cutie marks and treating them as things that just happen when they happen — sometimes within the same episode.
- All-Loving Hero: They have had bullies who have made their lives hell, but when the Crusaders find reason to understand their enemies' natures better, they are ready to forgive them and even help them. Apple Bloom generally embodies this trope the most, Scootaloo tends to be a bit rougher but still kind in the end, and Sweetie Belle is somewhere in the middle depending on the situation.
- Badass Adorable: At times. All other times, they have to settle with just being adorable.
- Beauty, Brains and Brawn: Sweetie Belle (sings and is the most likely to be romantic), Apple Bloom (leader who is most likely to have a plan actually work), and Scootaloo (athlete who looks up to Rainbow Dash), respectively.
- Berserk Button: Normally, they don't take kindly to being pushed around, but when their clubhouse was taken, that finally set them off.
- Break the Cutie: In the episode "One Bad Apple", when they go through a lot of bullying. It also drives poor Sweetie Belle to tears.
- Butt-Monkey: If there's a way to fail, they'll find it. Not that it ever stops them.
- Centipede's Dilemma: They seem to be able to do many things very well, including build a treehouse, construct a self-propelling parade float, put together an acrobatic routine, arrange a romantic dinner for their teacher and Big Macintosh, and successfully brew a love potion from an old spellbook (technically a love poison, but that's still a mighty feat of alchemy for a group of three kids). Unfortunately, whenever they approach anything from the angle of "this will get me my Cutie Mark!" they start to fail, and fail spectacularly.
- Character Development: As of season four, they have noticeably matured. Their dialogue has become more sophisticated, the search for their cutie marks has become more of a hobby than an obsession, they're trying to get their marks by building skills in things they enjoy as opposed to just doing whatever comes to mind and hoping something sticks, and Sweetie Belle has learned some basic magic. Even the problems they face are based on deep insecurities (Apple Bloom's of being babied by her family, Scootaloo's of not being able to fly, and Sweetie Belle's of living in the shadow of her successful, attention-drawing older sister), as opposed to the simple kid problems they had in earlier seasons.
- "Forever Filly" draws particular attention to it, with Sweetie Belle (and by comparison the others) almost as tall as Rarity, those they help referred to as 'clients' and treated with deep professionalism, and it being made very clear by their tastes and dialogue that they've grown with the Target Audience and are young teenagers rather than children. This really freaks Rarity out.
- Cheerful Child: Under most circumstances, they're all very happy children.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Apple Bloom had a very brief speaking part in the pilot and is shown huddling with the other future crusaders when Nightmare Moon appears. She didn't play a major role in the series until her reappearance in "Bridle Gossip"; the other two had to wait until "Call of the Cutie" to make their debut.
- Collective Identity: Gabby Gums, the gossip writer for the Foal Free Press.
- Comically Missing the Point: They don't understand that a Cutie Mark is all about self-discovery and knowing what you truly want to do with your life, so instead of practicing things they're already good at, they constantly try new things in hopes of getting a cutie mark in those areas, then give up after one attempt fails to pan out.
- Comic Trio: Scootaloo suggests something dangerous or silly, Apple Bloom goes along with it, and Sweetie Belle won't complain loud enough to avoid getting dragged along. A slight variation in that Apple Bloom isn't stupid, just game for anything.
- Cute, but Cacophonic: CUTIEMARKCRUSADERSSCREAMINGOUTTHEIRPLANS!! YAY!!
- The Cutie: All three of them are total cuties, especially Sweetie Belle.
- Deadpan Snarker: With Scootaloo being the most prominent; Rainbow Dash is her role model after all.
- Damsel out of Distress: Every so often, they don't need rescuing.
- Demoted to Extra: Their role in the movie is surprisingly reduced to brief non-speaking cameos.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Finding one's purpose and special ability is how you obtain your cutie mark. Apple Bloom spends "Call of the Cutie" trying to find hers, and teams up with the other fillies at the end. They ultimately found their purpose. Which is to help others figure out their purpose in life; "On Your Marks" magnified the issue.
- Determinators: They are going to find their cutie marks, and nothing's going to stop them. Their determination eventually pays off in "Crusaders of the Lost Mark".
- Dreadful Musician: In "The Show Stoppers", they tried to put on a show, hoping to get their cutie marks in performing. They failed miserably.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: In "Crusaders of the Lost Mark", they finally get their cutie marks by realizing that their talent is helping other ponies get their cutie marks, or understand the marks they already have, which they'd already been doing.
- Expy: A couple of them serve as Expys for their older mane cast counterparts in some ways; Apple Bloom is usually the fairly reasonable mediator similar to her sister Applejack, and Scootaloo is the overeager and confident one like Rainbow Dash.
- Failure Is the Only Option: For several seasons, everything the Crusaders try to do to get a cutie mark fails, sometimes in ways that would give Wile E. Coyote a run for his money. Fans became convinced it would be extremely surprising to see them succeeding in the course of the series (especially since at first, Hasbro wanted the episodes to be viewable in any order). The Nothing Is The Same Any More moment comes when they all get their Cutie Marks in "Crusaders of the Lost Mark", when they all realize that their special talent is helping others get their own cutie marks and/or understand the ones they already have.
- Free-Range Children: There are quite a few moments you'd see them wandering around places outside Ponyville without any adult supervision.
- Freudian Trio: While there are other interpretations, Apple Bloom tends to be the Ego, with Sweetie Belle being the Superego, and Scootaloo being the Id.
- Giftedly Bad: Whenever the Cutie Mark Crusaders attempt a new scheme to get their cutie marks, it usually goes wrong in a particularly spectacular fashion. Their attempt at performing a rock ballad in "Show Stoppers" is probably the best example. It ends up winning them an award... for best comedy act. All of this despite being told multiple times by multiple different characters that they're going about getting their cutie marks the wrong way. Until "Crusaders of the Lost Mark."
- Genki Girl: Individually, they're energetic. Together, they egg each other on and build off each other to astonishing lengths.
- Holy Halo: Seen twice in "Stare Master", whenever Fluttershy refers to them as "sweet little angels".
- "I Am" Song: We've got hearts strong as horses, we've got hearts strong as horses...
- I Just Want to Be Normal: And I Just Want to Be Special at the same time. Both tropes are in play here due to the fact that it's normal for ponies to receive their cutie marks when they find out what makes them special.
- In the Name of the Moon: Their Mad Libs Catch Phrase, usually shouted at the top of their lungs at at high speeds: CUTIEMARKCRUSADERSSCREAMINGOUTTHEIRPLANS!! YAY!!
- Kid-Appeal Character: Yes, the show itself is for kids, but the main cast are young adults(ish). The CMC are a lot closer to the age of the target demographic, and thus are easier for said audience to relate to.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: Any appearances post "Crusaders of the Lost Mark", when they got their cutie marks, fall into this.
- The Leader: Alternates between the three, who each lead the group in a different way.
- Apple Bloom: Charismatic Type
- Scootaloo: Headstrong Type
- Sweetie Belle: Levelheaded Type
- Lower-Deck Episode: Episodes focusing on them tend to be that way.
- Mad Libs Catch Phrase: CUTIE MARK CRUSADERS <insert current scheme>!! YAY!!!
- Master of None: The series has shown that each of them does have at least one clear and impressive natural talent that they enjoy doing... but they're too young and excitable to recognize them and really earn their marks, so they do a bunch of stuff.
- Played with after "Crusaders of the Lost Mark"; they don't gain their cutie marks by finding out their special talent, but by realizing their purpose in life is helping others figure out their special talents/what their cutie marks mean. Then given another twist when each one slowly starts to use her individual special talents to help in their pursuits.
- Meaningful Name:
- Apple Bloom is the one who wants her Cutie Mark to blossom the most (i.e. blossom out of youth).
- Scootaloo rides a scooter to get around most parts and is very adept at it.
- Sweetie Belle is a sweetheart and sings like a bell.
- My God, What Have I Done?: "Hearts and Hooves Day" where they turned Big Mac and Cheerilee into love-dovey zombies, "Ponyville Confidential" where they made up libelous stories about others, and "Babs Seed" when Applejack told them that Babs was being bullied back home.
- Myth Arc: Their crusade for their cutie marks.
- Nice Mean And In Between: Sweetie Belle is the nice one, Scootaloo the mean/tough one, and Apple Bloom the one who is the middle point between the two.
- Noodle Incident: The three end up covered in tree sap after their most recent failure to gain a cutie mark in "The Cutie Mark Chronicles". Scootaloo then notes that being covered in sap seems to be a common result of their past attempts.
- Odd Friendship: The trio get along amazingly well with the reformed Discord in the comics, and for good reasons; the Crusaders are desperate for novelty and eager to be thrown into new and strange situations to see if they fit, which Discord is very happy to supply in spades. This is yet to be shown in the show itself however, their one significant interaction so far was fairly negative.
- Oh, Crap!: Their early attempts at achieving a cutie mark usually end with some disaster provoking shock.
- The Only Way They Will Learn: Given that earning a cutie mark takes a personal epiphany about one's talents and purpose, most of the adults in their lives are resigned to let the Crusaders continue their futile attempts to force their marks to appear in hopes that they'll eventually come to understand that lesson themselves -– so long as they have fun with each other while they do it. Twist had such an epiphany off-screen in "Call of the Cutie" and admitted she was clueless about her talent beforehand, so there's hope for the Crusaders. Plus, there is the fact that cutie marks are an absolute certainty in-universe; they ARE going to get their cutie marks... eventually, in "Crusaders of the Lost Mark".
- Power Trio: In many ways; also see Beauty, Brains and Brawn, Comic Trio, Token Trio and Town Girls.
- Promotion to Opening Titles: As of the second opening (introduced in "Lesson Zero"), then promoted again in season 4 when they're made part of the picture that was initially just of the Mane Six.
- Rearing Horse: The shield on the logo of their club features a yellow silhouette of a caped foal in this stance.
- Red Herring: It's been shown quite a lot that they have talents in other areas; Apple Bloom is a good builder, Sweetie Belle is an excellent singer, and Scootaloo has incredible control with her scooter. For the longest time, fan speculation was that they would get their cutie marks in these areas. Though the Crusaders do get their cutie marks in "Crusaders of the Lost Mark", they are only tangentially related with those talents (the personalized center of each cutie mark) and more about their friendship as crusaders.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Their cuteness is even remarked upon by the already cute older ponies.
- Rule of Three: This is followed in multiple ways. Aside from being a trio of three different types of ponies (an Earth Pony, a Pegasus, and a Unicorn), they also all have three syllables in their names (A-pple Bloom, Scoo-ta-loo, and Swee-tie Belle).
- It carries over into their cutie marks. Each consists of three elements: a red/pink/magenta-striped shield with two symbols overlaid on it, one inside the other, associated with their own innate capacities.
- Series Goal: Getting their Cutie Marks. When that was finally accomplished, they're on the largest task of working out what a Cutie Mark actually means.
- Serious Business: Their obsession with getting Cutie Marks, but since they are always bullied for not having them by Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon, it's hard to blame them. On a larger scale, their cutie marks will determine their special talent and this will influence their job.
- Shipper on Deck: In "Hearts and Hooves Day", they ship Big Mac×Cheerilee.
- Skewed Priorities: Their first priority after doing anything is seeing if they got their cutie marks, even beating out doing something about all of Ponyville hating them.
- So What Do We Do Now?: In "On Your Marks," this overlaps with Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life; Since practically everything they did in the past was part of their attempts to gain their cutie marks (which they now have), and they acknowledge that they aren't going to run into ponies with cutie mark problems all the time, they're at a loss as to what to do with themselves. Ultimately, they decide to continue to indulge in some new activities, even individually (which ends up coming in handy when they help Tender Taps with his problem).
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Season 2 saw the CMC with more focus episodes (together and individually, combined) than any single member of the Mane Cast. As mentioned above they are Kid Appeal Characters to the Target Audience, which could explain why.
- Token Trio: One member from each race of ponies — Sweetie Belle is a Unicorn, Apple Bloom is an Earth-pony, and Scootaloo is a Pegasus.
- Town Girls: Sweetie Belle is the femme (the most girly with her singing and temperment), Apple Bloom is the neutral one (between Sweetie and Scoot), and Scootaloo is the butch (most tomboyish with her stunts and cruder behavior).
- True Companions: Like the Mane Cast, they've got a very close and strong bond of friendship between them. And in "Crusaders of the Lost Mark", the shields on their Cutie Marks symbolize their unbreakable bond.
- Undying Loyalty: To one another, and their families. This even applies to Scootaloo, whom we've never seen any biological relatives of; she has an adopted big sister in Rainbow Dash.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Among other things: Discord broke out of his stone prison in "The Return of Harmony — Part 1" after they got into an argument in front of him. It's left ambiguous whether he broke out because of their argument or they started to argue because he was close to breaking out.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Apple Bloom and Scootaloo. Sweetie Belle is really only a part of this when the entire group fights with each other.
- Vocal Evolution: Inevitably, since their actresses are so young, they sound a bit more grown-up with each passing season. Season 4 in particular saw a huge transition in all three of them. Of the three, Sweetie Belle's voice is probably the most different from the series outset to the present day.
- This counts for their singing as well. Compare their tone-deaf song performance in season 1 to them perfectly harmonizing in season 5.
- You Were Trying Too Hard: Only after realizing that helping other ponies with their cutie mark problems is more important than finding their own do they actually earn them.
"Aren'tcha gonna stay for brunch?"
Voiced by: Michelle CreberApple Bloom is Applejack and Big Macintosh's baby sister, an adorable earth pony with a yellow coat and fluffy pinkish-red mane. In "Call of the Cutie", she became very insecure about not having her cutie mark yet and began desperately searching for her special talent. After learning two of her classmates had the same problem, she formed a Power Trio with them in order to work together towards the same goal. Her special talent has been variously hinted as being repairing and/or buildings things (especially with wood)note , or potion brewingnote .
- Adaptation Name Change: She's called Apple Blossom in the Sparkle World story The Hero of Ponyville! and at one point in the "The Cutie Mark Chronicles"-based storybook Cutie Mark Quest. Lauren Faust has said she originally intended that to be her name, but got hit with an Executive Veto late in pre-production, probably due to trademark concerns. Those two stories were among the first ever written.
- All of the Other Reindeer: It is heavily implied that she was made fun of and ostracized because her lack of a cutie mark before befriending Scootaloo and Sweetie Belle.
- All There in the Manual: While not necessarily canon, an old audition script listed her age as 7.
- Ascended Extra: Slowly getting there. She has more focus episodes than her big sister Applejack, who is one of the main characters. However, she was never strictly an "extra" to begin with.
- Big Sister Worship: She greatly admires Applejack and eagerly declares her the coolest pony in Ponyville when asked. This is the main reason she was upset when Sweetie Belle said she wanted to adopt Applejack as her new big sister in "Sisterhooves Social".
- Breakout Character: She's hit this point in the show, and takes it Up to 11 if you include the fan projects she's in.
- Brutal Honesty: She seems to be following in her big sister's footsteps in this department too, and is most recently seen in "Flight to the Finish". She calls out Scootaloo for making the talent show they're working on for the right to be the flag-carriers in the Equestria Games all about her.
- Characterization Marches On: Her first prominent appearance in "Bridle Gossip", while still somewhat impulsive, depicted her as much more perceptive than the older ponies and clearly not needing her overprotective sister's doting. She also does not once mention her desire to get her Cutie Mark. Her next appearance in "Call of the Cutie" more or less fully establishes her finalized persona as an overenthusiastic Genki Girl and leader of Cutie Mark Crusaders.
- Close Up On Head: BUT AH WANT IT NOW!, just 100% more adorable.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Her mane is red and her body is yellow, just like an apple, which is red outside and yellow inside.
- Country Cousin: To Babs Seed, who's from the big city of Manehattan.
- Crazy-Prepared: She keeps plenty of spare pink bows in one of the barn's closets and the wardrobe in her bedroom.
- Deadpan Snarker:
- Has a habit of saying "Seriously?" when ridiculous elements present themselves.
- In "Twilight Time", she makes a potion which causes a plant to start coughing. When it keeps coughing, she says "Laying it on a little thick there, aren't we, pal?"
- Dish Dash: Apple Bloom became capable of both versions of the trope during her bout of Cutie Pox, the spinning on a stick and the catching/juggling of multiple dishes. It turns out to be part of the effects of Cutie Pox.
- Expressive Accessory: The bow in her mane droops whenever she's feeling down or tired.
- Downplayed. Lauren designed Apple Bloom for the show's "pitch bible" in 2008. But her colors were shared by one G1 Pony and two G3 Ponies.
- It's also implied that her talent is Art, Carpentry, and Design — much like the G3/3.5 Toola-Roola (one of only two main characters from that generation to not have a major role in G4).
- Her red hair, pink bow, and status as leader of a group of three girls makes her very similar to Blossom from The Powerpuff Girls. It helps that Lauren Faust worked on both of these shows.
- Fiery Redhead: Especially aggressive when she's in Plucky Girl mode. In "Somepony to Watch Over Me", Scootaloo says she does everything "with sass."
- Full-Name Basis: But then again, you can't really shorten her name because almost everyone else in the Apple Family has their first names being "Apple".
- Hair Decorations: Wears a big pink bow, Blossom-style.
- Ill Girl: In "Cutie Pox", when the had the eponymous disease.
- Instant Flight: Just Add Spinning!: Apple Bloom can twirl a Loop De Hoop on her tail fast enough to turn it into a helicopter. She doesn't do the trick without the hoop, and it may have been a one-off due to "The Cutie Pox".
- Just a Kid: She sometimes gets this treatment from Applejack.
- Lethal Chef: Her attempts at making cupcakes wind up less than sweet. All her attempts at potion making backfire as well, though this comes more from not reading all the directions.
- Like Father, Like Daughter: She's basically a smaller female Bright Mac; a yellow-bodied and red-maned pony who's an absolute Nice Girl and relatively decent with construction.
- Massive Numbered Siblings: Cousins, that is. The extended Apple family is vast.
- Motor Mouth: During "Call of the Cutie", she fast-talks Time Turner into buying an apple, then later complains at full speed (first to Rainbow Dash, then later to Twilight) about needing to get her cutie mark.
- Miss Fixit: She has a real talent for building, but doesn't realize it.
- Nice Girl: One of the most well-meaning fillies.
- Odd Friendship: She strikes one up with Maud Pie even while the rest of both families are suffering severe culture shock.
- Plucky Girl: Always cheery no matter how many times she's failed to force a cutie mark to appear. Other occasions, like family problems, get her down.
- Prehensile Tail: She uses it to spin her loop-de-hoop and lift a thousand-pound barbell in "The Cutie Pox", and to support all three fillies' weight during a zip-line run in "For Whom the Sweetie Belle Toils."
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: She deliberately disobeys Applejack's command to stay away from Zecora in "Bridle Gossip". It's a good thing she did for the sake of both Zecora and the Mane Six.
- Serious Business: Don't ever interfere with her relationship with her big sister Applejack. Sweetie Belle learned this the hard way in "Sisterhooves Social".
- Spell My Name with an "S": Once in a great while, her name will be spelled as "Applebloom".
- Tomboy and Girly Girl:
- Wrench Wench: "The Show Stoppers" implies that her talent lies in construction and design. At the very least, she was able to make Applejack's ugly old tree-house habitable.
"These namby-pamby stories aren't getting us any closer to our cutie marks!"
First Appearance (Cameo): "Friendship Is Magic - Part 1" ("Mare in the Moon")
Full Debut: "Call of the Cutie"
Full Debut: "Call of the Cutie"
Voiced by: Madeleine PetersAn orange Pegasus with short, hot pink hair and purple eyes, Scootaloo is one of Apple Bloom's classmates. Though she originally hid the fact she hadn't earned her cutie mark yet, she and Sweetie Belle stood up for Apple Bloom during "Call of the Cutie" and became fast friends, forging the Cutie Mark Crusaders so that they could search for their talents together. A brash Tomboy, she effectively serves as the Power Trio's equivalent to Rainbow Dash. She has a scooter that she's very good at riding really fast. Her special talent has been variously hinted at being speed and/or stunts on her scooternote , physical athleticism and/or dancingnote , and engineeringnote .
- Ambiguous Situation: Her inability to fly. "Flight to the Finish" showed that it's more than simply her being a late bloomer, but otherwise leaves it ambiguous; she accepts that she may never fly, but the possibility that she may learn still exists. After leaving the show, Lauren Faust revealed she wanted to write Scootaloo as a disabled pegasus who would never fly properly, but "Flight to the Finish" doesn't clarify if this is the case in canon.
- Ascended Fangirl: In-Universe. She founded and runs the Rainbow Dash Fan Club, and in "Sleepless in Ponyville" she gets to go on a camping trip with her hero. She's become Rainbow Dash's surrogate little sister/sidekick by the end of it.
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Her mane is shaped like a feather, which is perfect for a pegasus.
- Big Damn Heroes: She and Sweetie Belle do this to defend Apple Bloom from Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon's taunting in "Call of the Cutie".
- Big "NO!": The ending of "The Cutie Mark Chronicles".
- Big Sister Worship: Scootaloo idolizes Rainbow Dash, and has emphasized she wants her as a surrogate big sister. As of "Sleepless in Ponyville", the latter has taken to the idea.
- Boyish Short Hair: Her mane is one of the shortest for female characters in the show, fitting with her tomboyish personality. Even more obvious with her Equestria Girls incarnation.
- Cool Helmet: She wears one while riding her scooter.
- Cute, but Cacophonic: Her singing is... decidedly not as good as Sweetie Belle's or Apple Bloom's. To her credit, it improves after her initial attempt at the talent show.
- Deadpan Snarker: More than the others.Applejack: It just needs some TLC.
Scootaloo: TLC as in "Tender Loving Care" or "Totally Lost Cause"?
- Dream-Crushing Handicap: Scootaloo wants to be a daredevil just like her idol Rainbow Dash. Her wings are much weaker than most pegasi her age, and it's implied that this is due to some sort of disability.
- Era-Specific Personality: Her G3/3.5 incarnation was athletic but still noticeably more feminine than the Scootaloo we know in G4.
- Establishing Character Moment:
- Calling out the bullies in "Call of the Cutie".
- Her tomboyishness is made most clear when she is the only one unhappy during the end of "Cutie Mark Chronicles".(Mane Six hug)
Apple Bloom & Sweetie Belle: Awww!
- Expy: Of G3/3.5 Scootaloo... right down to her talents.
- Fantasy Helmet Enforcement: Wears a helmet while riding her scooter. Justified when you see just how FAST she goes and the crazy stunts she pulls off.
- Fictional Disability: She's a downplayed example. She's a pegasus filly who can't fly, even though her classmates can, but the show is deliberately vague about whether she's permanently disabled or just a late bloomer.
- Free-Range Children: Out of the three, she's the only one whose guardians haven't been seen yet. "Flight to the Finish" establishes that she does have a home, at least. The Ponyville Mysteries book "Riddle of the Rusty Horseshoe" establishes that her parents are usually away and, apparently starting recently, she's now usually watched over by her Aunt Holiday (her father's sister) and Auntie Lofty (Holiday's marefriend).
- Generation Xerox: A young Pegasus stands up for a young yellow pony who's being harassed by two bullies. This sure seems familiar.
- Handicapped Badass: Assuming by her Ambiguous Disorder at least, Scootaloo compensates her lack of (air) flying by often being the strongest and most athletically skilled of the three crusaders. Her wings are also strong enough on land to propel her scooter with an attached red wagon holding the other two Crusaders.
- Hero-Worshipper: Towards Rainbow Dash. She's the president of Ponyville's Rainbow Dash Fan Club among the other fillies.
- Hollywood Tone-Deaf: In "The Show Stoppers", she's horribly off-key. Averted in that compared to other instances of this trope, the "CMC Theme Song" really isn't that bad. Played straight because Maddie Peters is a much better singer than that, as we find out in "Babs Seed". Double Subverted because Maddie isn't formally trained like Michelle is, so even her best singing isn't up to Michelle's level. Basically, her singing ability is slightly above Claire's.
- Informed Attribute: The show seems to imply that the smallness of her wings is a reason why she has difficulty taking off the ground. You would never know this just looking at and comparing her model to that of other pegasi her age who are able to fly, however.
- Invisible Parents: She's the only member of the Cutie Mark Crusaders whose family we know nothing about. Apple Bloom lives on Sweet Apple Acres with her grandmother and siblings, with Word of Saint Paul being her parents are dead. We've seen Sweetie Belle's parents and her elder sister and possibly even her house (in "One Bad Apple"). After four seasons all we had seen from Scootaloo was her house, and in season seven's "Parental Glideance" she tells Rainbow Dash that she never had the same level of support from her parents that Dash gets from hers. The Ponyville Mysteries book "Riddle of the Rusty Horseshoe" later establishes that they're usually away on business and aren't much interested in her life.
- Junior Counterpart: To Rainbow Dash, sharing her love of speed and thrills. It's even more noticeable since Apple Bloom and Sweetie Belle are blood relatives to their idols, yet Scootaloo has much more similarities with hers than the other two.
- Little Miss Badass: Whether it's doing extreme stunts at high speed on her scooter or zip-lining through the treetops, Scootaloo will be first in line whenever the Crusaders do anything athletic, physical, or endangering to life and limb.
- Loony Fan: Of Rainbow Dash. Scootaloo starts to border on this in the seventh season, following Rainbow Dash's parents all over the place. Her scrapbook already contains a lock of Rainbow's mane, and she adds a chunk of a sandwich made with Rainbow's favorite recipe and one of her (used?) diapers over the course of the episode.
- Mundane Utility: She hasn't figured out how to fly yet, so instead she uses her wing power to make her scooter go faster. "Ponyville Confidential" shows that even when she tries, they can't hold up her entire weight. On the other hoof, she does have enough strength in her wings to give herself extra lift (the Bullet Time sequence in "The Show Stoppers"), glide across the ground (imitating Rainbow Dash in "The Cutie Mark Chronicles"), or hover a short distance off the ground briefly (on two occasions in "The Cutie Pox"). Also in "The Cutie Mark Chronicles," the wagon attached to her scooter is carrying the other two Crusaders, and it poses no issue for her.
- Nephewism: According to the Ponyville Mysteries book "Riddle of the Rusty Horseshoe", Scootaloo's parents are usually away on business, so her Aunt Holiday (her father's older sister) and Aunt Lofty (Holiday's marefriend) look after her.
- Nobody Calls Me "Chicken"!: Played With. It's not so much that Scootaloo lacks courage to stand up for herself, but that twice she has been referred to as a flightless bird (a chicken in "The Stare Master", and a dodo in "The Return of Harmony — Part 1"). She does not take lightly to those allegations. (In "The Cart Before the Ponies," though, she seems pretty eager to have a chicken motif for the cart she wants.)
- Not Quite Flight: She hasn't gotten the hang of flight, but she can propel herself quickly across the ground by whirring her wings and is capable of hovering for short periods of time. "Flight to the Finish" heavily implies that she may never fly. Even her Cutie Mark suggests that her "flight" is the ability to go very quickly.
- Not So Above It All: Tough as she acts, she's no less vulnerable to Rainbow Dash's scary stories in "Sleepless in Ponyville".
- Odd Name Out: She is the only crusader with a one-word name, as opposed to the others who have two-word names.
- Out of Focus: In the first two seasons, she gets noticeably less screen-time than the other two Crusaders, due in large measure to the fact that her relatives (if she has any) are not given any mention whatsoever. Reversed beginning in Season 3, where she's back to equal billing, and finally gets her own episode (with the other two crusaders in minor roles).
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Despite being a filly, she has performed numerous feats of great strength. She is strong enough to kick a bowling ball hard enough to fly through the air at dangerous speeds, ricochet off several surfaces, and land in the gutter of a lane on the other end of the alley. She also opposed Teenage!Spike in a tug-of-war for her scooter (when she was less than half his size), lifted Applebloom and Sweetie Belle over her head with one hoof each, and can propel herself on her scooter fast enough to launch her into the air or drag her friends great distances at high speed.
- Satellite Character: Started off this way. Due to being the only Cutie Mark Crusader not related to one of the main characters, her appearances were limited mostly to those with Apple Bloom and Sweetie Belle. Later episodes fix this by developing her Hero-Worshipper status towards Rainbow Dash.
- Schemer: It's strongly implied that most of the more bizarre or extreme stunts that the Crusaders try are her idea.
- Selective Obliviousness: Towards getting her cutie mark. This is exemplified by her quote from "Cutie Mark Chronicles", when the episode makes it quite blatantly clear that a cutie mark appears specifically because a pony has managed to "find out who she is". Scootaloo just refuses to realize that a cutie mark is tied to that level of personal introspection and understanding, and so throws herself into physical pursuits in hopes of revealing what activity or skill is her special talent. Justified since she's not only a young filly, but also a very tomboyish one; slowing down and thinking isn't her style.
- Sidekick: To Rainbow Dash by "Sleepless in Ponyville".
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Sweetie Belle's Girly Girl; high speed stunts vs. singing for instance.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Scootaloo was all aboard for playing matchmaker for Big Macintosh and Cheerilee. She's also the only one to start striking (somewhat feminine) poses when faced with cameras.
- Undying Loyalty: To Rainbow Dash and the rest of her friends.
- Vertebrate with Extra Limbs: She's a Pegasus.
- Vocal Dissonance: Unlike her two fellow crusaders, who sound like actual kids, she sounds more like a teenager. While Apple Bloom and Sweetie Belle's respective actresses would've been ten when they first started recording, Scootaloo's would've been thirteen or fourteen.
- The Voiceless: In Equestria Girls, her human counterpart has no lines, apart from the not-YouTube clip of the CMC's theme song. In Rainbow Rocks, her voice actress isn't even credited.
- Wrench Wench: She's displayed doing mechanical work on the Crusaders' float in "One Bad Apple". She's developing these skills further under Twilight in "Twilight Time".
"Why does everypony always think I'm gonna sing?"
First Appearance (Cameo): "Friendship Is Magic - Part 1" ("Mare in the Moon")Girly Girl to Scoot's Tomboy, this Unicorn rounds out the CMC trinity. Like them, she has yet to discover her cutie mark and helps found the Cutie Mark Crusaders in hopes of discovering it. Idolizes her older sister Rarity and would like to follow her down the same career path, but isn't particularly good at it yet. Has a knack for singing and making up melodies, but balks at the thought of singing for an audience. It's strongly implied that singing and music are her special talent, but her Stage Fright keeps her from realizing this. In "Twilight Time", she's depicted studying magic under Twilight Sparkle, but it's unclear if this is a hint she may have a magic-related talent, or is simply her learning how to use the powers she can't yet control.
Full Debut: "Call of the Cutie"
Full Debut: "Call of the Cutie"
- All There in the Manual: Her room first appeared in the German magazine comic Einfach rufus, looking completely different from its first onscreen appearance in "One Bad Apple".
- Annoying Younger Sibling: She's a sweet filly, but her behavior around the dress shop is cause for some headache for Rarity (plus she sometimes uses Rarity's material without permission). Her sister makes it clear that Sweetie Belle's not to even move when she's working. Unsurprisingly this is a big part of what drives her conflict with Rarity in "Sisterhooves Social".
- Big Damn Heroes: She and Scootaloo do this to defend Apple Bloom from Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon's taunting in "Call Of The Cutie".
- Big Sister Worship: She adores Rarity and often tries to emulate her.
- Characterization Marches On: Singing used to be a huge part of her character. While later seasons imply that this is still one of her interests, she hasn't had a solo since Season 2, as Cutie Mark Crusaders musical numbers evolved to be defined by their three-part harmonies, while it's Apple Bloom who gets all the solos.
- Color-Coded Wizardry: Her magic aura is green, matching her eyes.
- Comically Missing the Point: Aside from the Aesop Amnesia inspired version shared by all three Crusaders, this is very much Sweetie Belle's schtick, such as this exchange from "Sisterhooves Social", as Rarity tries to deal with yet another Sweetie-caused disaster:Rarity: (exasperated) Sweetie Belle, what am I going to do with you?
Sweetie Belle: (immediately cheerful) Oh! We could paint together, we could ride bikes, play chess, sing a song, catch frogs, pillow fight...
- Cute, but Cacophonic: "NINETY-NINE BUCKETS OF OATS ON THE WAAAAAA-AAAALLLLLLLLL!!!" The fact that she has a really good singing voice makes this moment all the more strange. Then again, "Ninety-Nine Bottles of Beer on the Wall" is a song judged by volume, not pitch.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: She means well, but ends up accidentally getting in Rarity's way a lot of the time.
- The Cutie: Really, all three of the Crusaders could be considered this, but Sweetie Belle in particular seems to fill this role in the group because of her shyness.
- Deadpan Snarker:
- In "The Show Stoppers", concerning the supplies they get for their act.
- In "Stare Master", when she balks at the idea of cleaning up the cottage.
- In "Sisterhooves Social" as she starts to give Rarity a piece of her mind.
- In "Flight to the Finish" summing up how she feels about Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon's constant taunting.
- Depending on the Writer: She seems to jump between Cloudcuckoolander and Genius Ditz often. She can also be rather sensitive and something of a Girly Girl, or border as a Bratty Half-Pint.
- The Ditz: Occasionally teeters on the edge of Cloudcuckoolander, but hasn't reached that plateau yet. Ironically, she tends to have the most common sense of the three Crusaders, though it fails to stop her from failing at trying to cook breakfast for her older sister. Why does Sweetie Belle not know that juice does not need to be cooked?
- Driven by Envy: She gets a bad case of this in "For Whom the Sweetie Belle Tolls." Her resentment over Rarity "stealing" the spotlight is serious enough that Princess Luna feels compelled to help her get over it. Luna even mentions that she's been where Sweetie Belle is.
- Expy: Of G3/3.5 Sweetie Belle. Sometimes Flash Forward Fan-Art will give her that Sweetie Belle's cutie mark. Her talent is more related to Starsong. See here for a piece drawn by one of the show's animators (unofficial since it was drawn before she was hired on the show; this unofficialness also applies to Apple Bloom and Scootaloo's cutie-marks).
- The Heart: It was her idea to find a special somepony for her teacher Cheerilee. This also makes her the most prone to crying.
- Lethal Chef: She must have taken cooking lessons from Squidward because she had to serve her toast in a bowl and burnt juice. She got better by the end of "Sisterhooves Social", at least for cooking. Cleanliness, not so much.
- Mind over Matter: When she was introduced, she didn't have any magical ability at all. In Season 3, she would shoot green sparks out of her horn when she got excited, but she doesn't get full use of her unicorn telekinesis until Twilight Sparkle trained her in Season 4's "Twilight Time".
- Multicolored Hair: Curly pastel pink and purple.
- Mythology Gag: Near the beginning of "One Bad Apple", Sweetie Belle's magic brings a great big smile.
- Naughty Is Good: Season 2 has been turning Sweetie Belle into a well-intentioned, yet mischievous filly. For instance, in "Sleepless in Ponyvile" she shamelessly guilt trips Rarity into coming on a camping trip because she genuinely wants to spend time with her, and if Rarity comes, then that will help Scootaloo with her "make Rainbow Dash my surrogate big sister" plan.
- Nice Girl: Most of the time she's a sweet little thing.
- Not So Different: Despite her differences with her sister they share a lot of personality traits. They both like things to be extremely clean and their idea of "a few necessities" is a huge pile of suitcases and bags. They both also show surprising physical strength, far beyond what tends to be expected of their race.
- They also both tend to be very emotional with a tendency towards unnecessary drama, yet often find themselves in an Only Sane Man role when others are being irrational.
- Ocular Gushers: In "One Bad Apple". Accompanied with a adorably sad cry that sounds like a tea kettle.
- Only Sane Man: She sometimes takes this role. It's especially noticeable in "One Bad Apple", where she repeatedly insists they tell Applejack about Babs' bullying, which the other two shoot down because they don't want to be seen as snitches. In "Appleoosa's Most Wanted" she's the only one of the trio to find anything wrong with sneaking off in the middle of the night, into a dark forest, to track down a dangerous criminal.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Inverted. Her singing was performed by Apple Bloom's voice actress, and it's very obvious in "Hush Now Quiet Now" due to the Southern twang her voice inexplicably gets when she sings. This is fixed in Season 2 onwards, and averted completely in Season 4 when Claire takes over Sweetie's singing.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: She doesn't look it, but she bucks a Zap Apple tree hard enough for it to give her an electric shock that sends her flying, and in "Sleepless in Ponyville", she can drag a cart that's positively crammed with Rarity's suitcases and other junk, albeit with visible effort. Her physical strength might be the greatest out of any of the Crusaders. On top of it all, she's a filly unicorn, a pony species not known for their strength.
- Precocious Crush: She is implied to have one on Feather Bangs in "Hard to Say Anything", if her dreamy-eyed expression when Scootaloo lists off his talents and her Fangirl-esque reaction to his song are anything to go by.
- Pyro Maniac: The comics hint at this, as she's the only one happy to see their fireworks blow up.
- Rose-Haired Sweetie: Only partially, but enough for the sweet pink feminine-ness.
- Shipper on Deck: Becomes one during the "Hearts and Hooves Day" episode. Indeed, out of all three Crusaders, she seems particularly enthusiastic about finding Cheerilee a special somepony, to the point where she gives a Big "YES!" when she seems to succeed.
- Shrinking Violet: She's very sweet, but also very shy when it comes to singing. It's really a shame, considering she has such a beautiful singing voice. She seems to have developed out of this as of season 4 as she is shown writing, directing and acting in a school play.
- Sibling Rivalry : Zigzagged. Sweetie Belle has consistently strong feelings for her sister, but they can move between deep affection and bitter hatred in an instant. It doesn't help that they're both very dramatic and tend to blow their arguments way out of proportion, nor that Rarity is uncomfortable with children and Sweetie Belle is rather insecure about her worth and talents.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Sometimes her name has incorrectly been spelled "Sweety Bell".
- Strong Family Resemblance:
- To her big sister Rarity. Twilight Sparkle takes advantage of this in "Magic Duel" to disguise her as a filly version of Rarity as part of her magic display.
- She also shares a bit of her parents' coloring. Oddly, Sweetie Belle is the only member of the family with green eyes.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl:
- Girly Girl to Scootaloo's Tomboy. Singing vs. high speed stunts.
- Again, during "Sisterhooves Social", she's the Tomboy to Rarity's Girly Girl because she wants to do the messy obstacle course.
- The Voiceless: The human version of her in My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks has no dialogue, although unlike Scootaloo, Claire Corlett is still listed in the credits.
- "Well Done, Daughter!" Gal: When she's not butting heads with her older sister, she's trying to win her approval.
- You Don't Look Like You: Older stock art (such as this Easter piece) gives her ovoid eyes like some background fillies (most of them unicorns) and adult ponies in general have.
See the Mane Family Members page.
See the One-Shots page.