Characters / Friendship Is Magic: The Mane Cast
aka: Friendship Is Magic-The Mane Cast
Our heroines and Spike.note 

The Mane Six. These are our heroines. From trying to get along at a slumber party to defeating Physical Gods of darkness and chaos, these girls overcome just about any obstacle with the Magic of their Friendship. They're cute. They're awesome. They're the embodiment of the Elements of Harmony.

Oh, and Spike is here too.

For the tropes that set apart their human counterparts of Equestria Girls from the pony characters, see the "Human Five" and "Human Twilight Sparkle" entries on the film's characters subpage.

Tropes specific to an individual Mane Character should go on their own, dedicated page.

Tropes shared by multiple Mane Characters

  • Action Girl: All the main ponies are prepared to get into a fight and handle themselves well if they have to.
  • Amazon Brigade: This is especially true when compared to the main characters of previous generations: G1's ponies seemed to be helpless without Megan and G3's ponies had no villains to begin with.
  • Badass Adorable: All of the Mane Six are cute ponies that have accomplished tasks that may seem impossible for most ponies; and even saved Equestria several times from monsters and other evil gods.
  • Badass Crew: Even without the Elements of Harmony, they can accomplish some impressive tasks when they work together.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: They are all pleasant and supportive towards others, but don't push their buttons. Discord and Tirek learned that the hard way.
  • Break the Cutie: They all experience this at some point, and then Discord comes along and takes this Up to Eleven.
  • Break the Haughty: At the same time, there are a lot of times where all of them (even Pinkie and Fluttershy) act overconfident at best, and they receive proper comeuppance for it.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Each and every one of them have their own unusual quirks, habits, and flaws. However, they are extremely skilled at their unique special talents, and are a competent team that saved Equestria multiple times. They are also relied on by several members of Ponyville in running important celebrations and events. The season 5 finale showed multiple awful futures on what would've happened if they had never met.
  • Character Development: The cast has undergone character development as the series has gone on; Twilight has become less socially awkward, and more cheerful and confident, Fluttershy more assertive, Rainbow Dash less arrogant, more caring and more genuinely confident (rather than mere bravado), Applejack more willing to accept the help of others, Rarity more willing to get her hooves dirty, Spike being kinder and more intelligent, and even Pinkie Pie has had more of her character revealed. Several of them have also gotten closer to achieving their dreams or otherwise risen in social standing; Rarity has seen success in the fashion world as well as in upper-crust socialization, Rainbow Dash has been to the Wonderbolt's flight camp, and Twilight became an alicorn.

    Rarity and Dash have also become closer to many of their friends, or have seen marked changes in how they relate to them. Dash with Pinkie Pie, Scootaloo, and Fluttershy. Pinkie Pie was initially pegged by Dash as annoying, Fluttershy as a weak burden, and Scootaloo was largely unnoticed. Rarity with Spike, Sweetie Belle, Applejack and Fluttershy. With Spike she has grown more affectionate with him in a rather sisterly manner, with Sweetie Belle she seems to have grown more patient, with Applejack more understanding of their differences and less forceful with Fluttershy but still encouraging her to go outside of her comfort zone.

    In Season 4, the characters demonstrate that even though they can make the same mistake more than once (e.g., Pinkie's insecurity in "Party of One" and "Pinkie Pride", or Fluttershy's performance anxiety in "Hurricane Fluttershy" and "Filli Vanilli"), they're able to recover from them faster than they did previously.
  • Circle of Friendship: When they activate the power of the Elements of Harmony, and later their Rainbow Powers, they form this.
  • Color-Coded Characters / Color Motif:
    • Twilight is associated with the coming of the night, so Twilight Sparkle is purple and mainly has dark colors. May also indicate how Purple Is Powerful and Supernatural Is Purple. Purple was also especially a royal color in the Roman Empire because it was hard to make. Guess what she becomes.
    • Pink is a cheery fun color, so Pinkie Pie is well... pink.
    • Rarity is a white color while having a dark purple mane, leading to a regal appearance.
    • Rainbow Dash loves to fly, so naturally her colors represent the day sky. Her body is sky blue while her mane and tail are rainbow-colored.
    • Fluttershy is timid, so naturally, she's yellow. The pink flowing mane and tail also shows her more feminine side. Her colors are also evocative of springtime.
    • Applejack's colors (orange body and blond mane) seem to imply that she's been out working in the sun for a long time. They may also represent the colors of the autumn harvest.
    • Spike's colors, green and purple, are homages to both his boyish, naive nature (green) and his friendship/little-brother ness to Twilight (purple). Also green is his greed.
  • Cool Big Sis:
    • Applejack and Rarity have little sisters who both look up to them and think they're the coolest ponies in town. See our page on the episode "Sisterhooves Social" for a note on the slightly rocky start to Rarity's Cool Big Sis status, though. She makes it up in a Crowning Moment of Awesome.
    • Pinkie Pie, being that she is friendly to nearly everypony, is naturally this to all of the younger characters.
      • When Apple Bloom is down in the dumps about not getting her cutie mark, she invites her to bake cupcakes.
      • When Spike wants to help announce a race, but sees that Pinkie has already taken up the position, she invites him to co-announce.
      • On Nightmare Night, she chaperones all the fillies and colts.
      • She enjoys playing with the baby Cake twins. She also learns to be more nurturing when she's tasked with babysitting them while mom and dad are away on business.
      • She even tries to this with Fluttershy who, being a year older, is not amused.
    • Fluttershy herself gets the admiration of the Cutie Mark Crusaders after saving them from a cockatrice.
    • Rainbow Dash is this in Scootaloo's eyes, although this is also averted by Word of God, who says that she probably wouldn't be the best big sister in the world. However she gets moments of this towards Fluttershy in later episodes and officially becomes Scootaloo's surrogate big sister in "Sleepless in Ponyville".
    • Twilight Sparkle acts as a Cool Big Sis towards Spike, but their relationship may be more mother/son-like than Big sister/Little brother-like.
  • The Cutie: All of them, but especially Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie. Yes, even Rainbow Dash.
  • Damsel in Distress: In the Season 6 finale, thanks to a vengeful Queen Chrysalis, all six of the Elements of Harmony, along with Spike, are kidnapped alongside Celestia, Luna, Cadance, Shining Armor, and Flurry Heart, in revenge for Chrysalis' defeat at the Royal Wedding to pave the way for a full-scale invasion of Equestria by the Changelings.
  • Depending on the Writer: While the Mane Cast all have consistent defining traits, the extent they are played or exaggerated varies from episode to episode. This can make all the difference between them playing The Straight Mare or a Cloudcuckoolander (both of which all seven have played at least once).
  • Determinator: These are some stubborn ponies. See their respective pages for more detail.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: They have defeated two Physical Gods, an Alien Invasion, an Eldritch Abomination tyrant, and a tyrannical centaur with the combined magical power of the entire country (including the Princesses and Discord), all incredibly powerful threats to Equestria.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: By Season 4, the cast has saved Equestria multiple times, got publicly honored and knighted by Celestia the second time, restored Princess Luna to her true self after a thousand years, reformed a Mad God, and Twilight is now an alicorn Princess. Yet no-one outside Canterlot ever seems to remember any of this unless it's a plot point. Spike gets this worse than the others, as he's the Zoidberg in the "My Friends... and Zoidberg" dynamic of the group — on the off occasion they're recognized as heroes, he's usually forgotten.
    • Deconstructed in "Cutie Re-Mark" where Starlight Glimmer doesn't comprehend how the Mane Six needed to gain their cutie marks and friendship to prevent the ruin or destruction of Equestria.
    • Averted in "Flutter Brutter" where Zephyr Breeze has major insecurities both over his own failures, and his sister being a national hero.
  • Dynamic Character: Most episode stories feature them growing as characters, and it mostly sticks for future episodes.
  • Ensemble Cast: Twilight is undoubtedly the main character of the show, but she is no more likely to be the focus of an episode than the other five (excluding Spike).
  • Fire-Forged Friends: While all the ponies had broad knowledge of the others' existence beforehand, and some were explicitly shown to have known each other (such as Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash going to the same Flight Camp), it's also implied that some of them wouldn't have associated with each other prior to the series (such as Applejack and Rarity), so for most of them, their first significant activity together was saving the world from Nightmare Moon.
  • Foil: Each one of the seven contrasts each of the other six in some way; as shown here. Three Foil pairings are more prevalent than others, however:
    • Applejack and Rarity clash frequently because of their slob vs. snob, down-to-earth pony vs. sophisticated unicorn dynamic. Amusingly inverted when they switch roles in "Simple Ways".
    • Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy; both are Pegasus Ponies from Cloudsdale and have known each other since childhood, but couldn't be more different. Brash versus shy, combative versus delicate, etc. As a result, Rainbow Dash often tries to push Fluttershy into being more outgoing, while Fluttershy tries to make Rainbow Dash more sensitive (by inviting her to watch a butterfly migration, for example).
    • Twilight Sparkle and Pinkie Pie. The former is a logical, by-the-book(s) pony who treats magic like a science, while the latter regularly defies the law of physics (and of magics!) by sheer personality, leading to no end of frustration from Twilight when she's trying to make heads or tails of it.
  • Genki Girl: When any of them get excited over something, stand back.
  • Hidden Depths: One of the greatest things about this cast is the fact that they all have different dimensions to their personalities.
  • Humans Are Flawed: A good part of their appeal is that while they are sweet ponies at heart, each has one or more cardinal flaws that she needs to learn to work on Once per Episode. Unfortunately, Discord knows every one of them.
  • Humble Hero: The girls are perfectly aware they save Equestria from powerful villains and threats on a regular basis, but they never brag about their deeds and always do it out of sheer love for their land, family and friends. Rather than being celebrated for their exploits, they would rather hang out and have a good time together like the True Companions they are, even if Rainbow Dash does have the occasional Glory Seeker moment.
  • Idiot Ball / Smart Ball: In the Slice of Life stories, each pony tends to take turns either causing or solving the big conflict or hazard for the episode, usually according to their personality.
  • Large Ham: Some are more apparent than others (eg. Rarity and Rainbow Dash rarely aren't), but all of them like Chewing the Scenery when the time fits.
  • Magical Girl Warrior: Any time there is a villain that requires a fight to put down, expect them to be this with a high chance of friendship-powered laser beams.
  • Master Character Heroines:
    • Twilight Sparkle: Athena: The Father's Daughter.
    • Applejack: Hera: The Matriarch.
    • Pinkie Pie: Persephone: The Maiden.
    • Rainbow Dash: Artemis: The Amazon.
    • Rarity: Aphrodite: The Seductive Muse.
    • Fluttershy: Demeter: The Nurturer.
  • Meaningful Name: All of the mane Six's (and Spike's) names describe some aspect of of their personality and/or look.
  • Pals with Jesus:
    • They are close to Princess Celestia, due to one of them (Twilight) being her personal student.
    • For the 'pals' part this is literally the case by the Season 3 finale, after Twilight becomes an alicorn princess.
  • Personality Powers: Justified in the case of their connection to the Elements of Harmony in that each pony displays the trait named by the Elements of Harmony.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: These ponies may be little, but they've all displayed impressive feats of strength, with Applejack and Rainbow Dash as the top contenders. And Twilight's vast array of magic powers are nothing to sneeze at. Heck, most (fan-made) measurements put the average female pony at between "3 to 4 feet tall", the height of a young human child; yet ponies can do physical feats even the strongest men in the world could not feasibly do: kicking trees to break off the apples, taking shots from a dragon that can fit them all on its head and not die, and various other feats.
  • The Power of Friendship: While it's of course also a main theme of the show in general, these six ponies in particular are capable of some pretty amazing feats whenever they remember to set aside whatever minor differences they may have that episode and work together as friends. The ultimate last-resort expression of that is, of course, using the Elements of Harmony to deliver a combined energy attack capable of easily defeating Physical Gods (complimentary World-Healing Wave optional), though it's worth keeping in mind that this has so far proven truly necessary only twice in the show's run.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: They're a graduate student taught by a Physical Goddess, a baby dragon with ambiguous heritage, a stubborn apple farmer, a hyperactive baker, a brash sound barrier-breaking flyer, a prim and proper fashion designer, and an overly shy animal caretaker. Not only have these True Companions defeated two gods with their Elements of Harmony, but Celestia seems content with letting them take care of a stubborn dragon whose smoke threatens Equestria.
  • Sanity Slippage: As showcased here, everypony has danced on the further edges of sanity at least once in the series. More frequently, Twilight is prone to freaking out if her Super OCD kicks in, and Rarity is very prone to histrionics when things look bad.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely:
    • They all looked wonderful in their dresses at the Grand Galloping Gala.
    • Their dresses for the royal wedding in the Season 2 finale suited them nicely as well.
    • Spike looks rather dashing in a tuxedo.
  • Super Mode: More or less what the Rainbow Power amounts to.
  • Strawman Ball: When not pulling the Idiot Ball itself, it is usually one of these characters that will give a negative opinion of how to handle the Aesop of each episode. This is shared pretty evenly between all seven due to spotlight rotation, though Twilight Sparkle and Rainbow Dash, being the more cynical and temperamental of the bunch, represent this slightly more often.
  • Token Trio:
    • Three duos for the price of one — two pegasi, two earth ponies, and two unicorns (and one dragon).
    • Changed up at the end of Season 3, after which we no longer have two unicorns, but one unicorn and one alicorn. However, there are now three ponies with wings and three without.
  • Town Girls: Two of each version — shy, animal-loving Fluttershy and fashion-obsessed Rarity as femme; boisterous party girl Pinkie Pie and studious intellectual Twilight Sparkle as neither; and tough, hardworking farmer Applejack and brash, athletic Rainbow Dash as butch.
  • True Companions: Despite their differences, it's clear they have a strong bond between them and it grows stronger throughout the series.
  • Vague Age: All of them are old enough to live alone (Applejack's case is justified by the fact she works on a family farm), have jobs, and hold major roles in Ponyville community activities like Winter Wrap-Up, yet emotionally, Lauren Faust stated they're "young adults with a maturity level of anywhere from 12-18", which explains such things as Twilight's appreciation of slumber parties, Rarity's thinking like a fairy tale, etc. This is consistent with having the same personalities as their high-school age human selves.note  It's speculated that ponies mature faster physically, Equestria Daily pegging them at about 18-22 by a user poll.
    • Spike is constantly referred to as a "Baby Dragon", but emotionally acts more like 10 to 12. He has a full-time job with pretty extreme hours, is out of whatever mandatory education exists in Equestria (most likely home-schooled), and the residents of Ponyville and beyond treat him like an adult pony. Keep in mind full-grown dragons are hundreds of times his size and biological age seems a function of Greed that's reversible.
    • Their relative ages are also vague, with the only concrete data being Fluttershy older than Pinkie by a year, and likely older than Rainbow Dash (she seemed in that lanky puberty stage while Dash was still a filly during the flashback in "Cutie Mark Chronicles"); the rest are all relatively the same age from the same episode otherwise. The same episode shows that they all got their Cutie Marks, roughly equivalent to hitting puberty, within minutes of each other.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: The Mane Six get on each other's nerves sometimes with both their flaws and viewpoints, but when the chips are down, they're there for each other. The most obvious pairings are:
    • Applejack and Rainbow Dash are regularly downright friendly with each other, given their similar tomboy styles, but their competitive and prideful natures sometimes pushes them into this kind of relationship.
    • AJ also has shades of this in her relationship with Rarity — they'll regularly argue, mock each other and bring up each other's most embarrassing moments, but if one of them needs help with something important, the other is there.
    • Twilight has shades of this with Rainbow Dash as well. Given that Twilight is probably the most deadpan of the snarkers in their group, and Rainbow Dash does the most of the things done without thinking (not to mention the obvious nerd-jock stigma), they both like to rib on each other from time to time. However, both of them respect each other and their abilities (Rainbow even said she thinks Twilight's awesome during "Castle Sweet Castle") and they know they can depend on each other in a crisis.
  • The Worf Effect: In the Season 6 finale, "To Where and Back Again", the Mane Six are caught completely off-guard and kidnapped by a vengeful Queen Chrysalis, wanting revenge for her defeat at Cadance and Shining Armor's Royal Wedding, alongside Celestia, Luna, Cadance, Shining Armor, and Flurry Heart as well. No reason is given as to how easily they were kidnapped during those few hours Starlight was out of Ponyville with Trixie.