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Human Twilight Sparkle & Spike the Dog
"No doubt about it, Spike, there's definitely something strange going on at that school."The Stinger for Rainbow Rocks. She's been investigating Canterlot High, and is certain there's something odd going on there. She plays a larger role when Sunset and the Humane Five meet her in Friendship Games, where it's revealed she's a member of Crystal Prep's Shadowbolts team.
- Adjusting Your Glasses: Her glasses keep slipping down her face when she's stressed out, or being pushed. She adjusts them by the corner with one hand, which is typical with Nerd Glasses, or pushing up the bridge.
- Adorkable: Would it be Twilight Sparkle if she wasn't this? She has a sort of shy-teenage-nerd charm to her, and is presented as very socially awkward.
- All of the Other Reindeer: At Crystal Prep, Twilight is often hated, bullied, or ignored by her fellow students.
- Alternate Self: She's the human counterpart to Twilight Sparkle herself. Unlike other examples of this trope on this page, while she shares some traits with Equestria's Twilight they are quite different from each other since the Human Twilight lacks all the experiences in friendship and adventures of Princess Twilight. Her personality is basically what Pony Twilight's would be if she never left Canterlot for Ponyville (and was regularly bullied to boot).
- Ambition Is Evil: Downplayed. While she's a good person, her desire to get into Everton and study the magic of the heroines leads to her causing a lot of trouble. In the climax, Cinch and the Shadowbolts nudge her to unleash the magic in her device by tempting her with how much she could learn from it, and it turns her into Midnight Sparkle.
- Amulet of Concentrated Awesome: She creates a device that detects and absorbs the magic from the Humane Five. In the climax, she absorbs the magic it has stolen and transforms into Midnight Sparkle.
- Anti-Villain: She's far more polite than the rest of the Shadowbolts, but her desire to understand the human world's magic is what ultimately causes all the problems to appear during the Friendship Games.
- Apologises a Lot: She's clearly in the habit of constantly apologizing to her schoolmates, even if most of the time they're the ones pushing her around. Sugarcoat even tells her she's being a doormat.
- Badass Bookworm: Subverted. She's a scientist/prep school student, who is willing to get her hands dirty by competing in athletic events, but she is shown to be inept at athletics and only joined the competition after being pressured to do so by Principal Cinch. Then in Legend of Everfree, it seems like this trope is still subverted until the end where Twilight defeats Midnight Sparkle and ponies up. She then defeats Gaea Everfree seconds later.
- Be All My Sins Remembered: Legend of Everfree has Twilight constantly bringing up her bad experiences at the Friendship Games, and how she almost destroyed the entire world by transforming into Midnight Sparkle.
- Blind Without 'Em: Unlike Pony Twilight who's almost never seen wearing glasses, Human Twilight really needs them, as demonstrated when she's seen squinting and looking for them after bumping into Flash Sentry. We even get a P.O.V. Cam shot when Flash gives her back the glasses, showing just how blurry her vision is without them.
- Character Tics: She often grasps and pulls on the side locks of her hair when embarrassed.
- Curiosity Is a Crapshoot: She wants to know about the mysterious power she's been sensing from Canterlot High, but her actions and the device she builds to monitor it end up causing chaos.
- Cursed with Awesome: In Legend of Everfree, Twilight isn't at all happy that she still has magic, mostly because she's still terrified of becoming Midnight Sparkle again. This mindset goes away with the help of her friends in the climax.
- Custom Uniform: Her school uniform is unique, lacking the blazer the rest of her schoolmates wear, and sporting a different tie.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: Twilight has several moments of klutziness, like falling from her swiveling chair or bumping into things or people, mostly when she's too focused on her magic-detecting device. This doesn't endear her to her schoolmates, at all.
- Decoy Protagonist: Despite being credited first, her role in Friendship Games is more of a Deuteragonist, or even an Antagonist. It's Sunset who's the main star.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: She wants to apply for an independent study program because she feels unfulfilled and alienated at Crystal Prep. Her "I Want" Song is all about this.
- Didn't Think This Through: Her plan to study CHS's magic has a few holes. Sunset calls her out for meddling with things that she doesn't understand after her device goes haywire and releases a bunch of Man-Eating Plants that put the Wondercolts and Shadowbolts in danger.
- The Dragon: Technically, she acts as this to Cinch since she is her prized student. However, because Twilight is obviously not evil she constantly slows down the Shadowbolts team. Until she turns into a demon and goes on a violent rampage while Cinch runs away.
- Driven to Villainy: Thanks to the manipulation of Principal Cinch, she becomes a full-fledged villain in the climax.
- Enemy Within: Her fear of her own power manifests itself as Midnight Sparkle in her dreams. Twilight is afraid of becoming her again if she tries to tap into her powers. Sunset assures her that the power is hers and hers alone, and what happened before was the result of Cinch pressuring her to use it before she could really understand it. Now that Twilight does, she can learn to control it without letting it control her. And indeed, thanks to her friends help, she manages to get a handle on the power and vanquishes Midnight for good.
- Face–Heel Turn: During her transformation into Midnight Sparkle she becomes corrupted by power. It doesn't last long though and she becomes good again.
- Fatal Flaw:
- In Friendship Games, her desire for knowledge and understanding of the human world's magic drives her to continue her studies of it, despite it becoming increasingly clear that she's in way over her head. Cinch later uses this to convince Twilight to use her stolen magic so she can gain greater knowledge.
- Legend of Everfree has Twilight thinking she isn't good enough to have magic anymore, or that she's the cause of all the problems that pop up around the camp, even though the only evidence of that is circumstantial at best. This complete lack of confidence causes her to try and hide her magic instead of learning how to use it.
- Foil: To Sunset Shimmer; she's socially awkward and ostracized similar to how Sunset was in Rainbow Rocks, and in Friendship Games is studying magic like her. The intro for Friendship Games features a sequence of Versus Character Splashes to emphasize each Shadowbolt is an Evil Counterpart to one of the Humane Six, and Twilight is the one opposing Sunset.
- Foreshadowing: She was hinted at in the first movie. Human Pinkie did ask Twilight if she had a twin, saying that she had seen a similar person, and it only makes sense that she has a counterpart, since all her other friends do. Also in the second, Pony Twilight mentions her friends can't come because it would be weird with two of them, foreshadowing her appearance in the stinger at the end of the movie.
- Freak Out: Has one when Spike starts talking after getting hit with Equestrian magic. Spike has to calm her down and assure her he's still the same Spike, just with the gift of gab now.
- Hair Decorations: Since the Crystal Prep students wear uniforms that aren't personalized, this Twilight has her cutie mark as a star-shaped hair clip rather than an embroidery on her clothing.
- The Heavy: While Cinch is the actual Big Bad, it's Twilight's actions that drive the main plot of Friendship Games.
- Heel–Face Turn: Naturally, Twilight would eventually become good friends with the Humane Five and Sunset Shimmer (not that she had far to turn).
- The Hero: In Legend of Everfree, she's ultimately the one to defeat the villain.
- Hot Scientist: She just loves science, but she's more cute than hot.
- I Choose to Stay: At the end of Friendship Games, she transfers to CHS.
- Ignorance Is Bliss: Due to her angst over her powers in Legend of Everfree, she expresses nostalgia for the time when she didn't know magic existed.
- Ignorant of Their Own Ignorance: As she lampshades in Legend of Everfree, she had no idea of what she didn't know before the Friendship Games, but now her whole understanding of reality is has been turned up-side down.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: How she feels in Legend of Everfree.
- Innocently Insensitive: When Flash Sentry helps her and later congratulates her, she walks away both times, not even acknowledging him. She does it again in Legend of Everfree, though she at least knows his name now.
- Intelligence Equals Isolation: Twilight's main problem at Crystal Prep High School, where she's shunned by most of the student body. It's not entirely her fault, though; she may be not very good at relating with other people, but the students mainly seem to ostracize her because they're jealous of her perfect academic record.
- In the Hood: She investigates the portal at Canterlot High with a hoodie that covers her head. It prevents Sunset Shimmer from identifying her.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: After her giving in to temptation pushed by Principal Cinch and the Shadowbolts, she becomes a self-destructive monster attempting to rip apart the fabric of reality in order to gain magic.
- Knight of Cerebus: Inverted, she's easily the most sympathetic, least ill-intentioned character to serve as a major antagonist in the franchise, with her appearance corresponding with lower stakes than the last movie.
- Labcoat of Science and Medicine: Sports one in The Stinger for Rainbow Rocks, clearly establishing her as a scientific character. It, the glasses, and her messy hair help make her look distinct from Princess Twilight-in-human form.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: Her role in Friendship Games and being all over the toyline spoils The Stinger of Rainbow Rocks. The merchandise also spoiled her Midnight Sparkle transformation months before the film came out. Also, the toyline of Legend of Everfree and preview material for it spoiled her transfer to CHS and that Midnight Sparkle was defeated by Sunset Shimmer.
- Leitmotif: All the characters have one mixed with the BGM, but Human Twilight is distinct in that she has two — see Midnight Sparkle. As befitting her timid curious self, it is composed with a harp and quiet strings.
- Loners Are Freaks: Everyone at Crystal Prep thinks Twilight is weird because she has no friends. It's one of the reasons she's bullied a lot.
- Love at First Sight: In Legend of Everfree, she immediately blushes when she lays eyes on Timber Spruce and starts flirting with him.
- Magic Skirt: During her Transformation Sequence, her skirt is fluttering up around her thighs like mad, but nothing risqué is actually seen.
- Master of Unlocking: Her power of object manipulation can be used to open locked doors.
- Meganekko: A western example of this anime archetype, she fits all the criteria of being cute, pleasant, smart... and bespectacled.
- The Millstone: Due to her lack of athleticism, Twilight is hated by her teammates and seen as a liability to the team. Applejack even has to help her with the archery event in order for the Shadowbolts to remain competitive.
- Mind over Matter: Her magic, as first shown in Legend of Everfree, is a type of telekinesis that allows her to levitate objects.
- The Mirror Shows Your True Self: Twilight twice sees her reflection turning into Midnight Sparkle, first in a mirror in her dream at the beginning, and then in a water pond during the song "The Midnight in Me", both times starting with the scary wings sprouting from her back.
- Morality Pet: Spike calling out to her briefly snaps her out of her madness. Sunset Shimmer takes advantage of this to help her snap out of it.
- Nerd Glasses: Thick, black-rimmed ones. Not unlike the glasses pony Twilight Sparkle wore in "Lesson Zero". It appears the glasses help set her apart from Princess Twilight.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Her actions in Friendship Games nearly cause a whole lot of bad stuff to happen, her Superpowered Evil Side among them. She even gets a What the Hell, Hero? moment from Sunset because she messed with forces that she doesn't understand and nearly hurt people.
- Not in This for Your Revolution: Since she's being blackmailed into participating, she's not very enthusiastic about the Friendship Games compared to the rest of the Shadowbolts.
- Oblivious to Love: In Legend of Everfree, she asks Sunset why Flash Sentry keeps trying to talk to her, and Sunset explains how he likes Princess Twilight and is projecting her onto her. Even after this, she still doesn't try to interact with him.
- Peer Pressure Makes You Evil: She gives in to her desire to unleash her magic after Principal Cinch and the Shadowbolts use that curiosity against her.
- Power Floats: In the climax, when she opens the pendant to unleash the magic, she starts floating along with the Sphere of Power she released.
- Prim and Proper Bun: Her original hairstyle.
- The Protagonist: In Legend of Everfree she's a proper main star with Sunset having a sort of Mentor Role this time, as most of the film's focus is either shared or divided between the two with Twilight's story arc getting slightly more screen time. Ultimately Twilight is the The Hero who saves the day, while Sunset encourages Twilight and gives her advice.
- Shadow Archetype: She's one to both Princess Twilight and Sunset:
- In the case of Princess Twilight, she's like another Moondancer, completely isolated socially, which isn't helped by everyone at Crystal Prep being jealous of her grades, with Spike her only comfort. She even starts the movie trying to apply for an independent study group, where she'll be alone with her studies.
- In the case of Sunset, they're both trying to understand the magic of the human world, but while Sunset takes caution in her studies, making sure she doesn't cause any harm (at least to others, she becomes a bit of a Butt Monkey in "The Science of Magic" despite her cautions), Twilight jumps headfirst into studying magic, and continues despite it soon being apparent that she's in over her head, and that her device's portals are putting people in danger, with Sunset calling her out on messing with forces she doesn't understand. Their approaches are also different, with Sunset, a more hands-on learner, focuses more on the empirical side of things, what causes the Humane Six to transform, while she focuses on the magic itself, and is more interested in magic as a concept.
- She's Got Legs: Thanks to her assortment of skirts, she really shows off her legs.
- Shrinking Violet: She's rather shy and awkward around people. It's not helped by the rest of the Shadowbolts making fun of her failures at athletics.
- Small Role, Big Impact: She's on-screen for about fifteen seconds in a post-credits scene of Rainbow Rocks, but her existence has huge potential ramifications for the future of both worlds, not to mention the franchise.
- The Southpaw: Unlike pony Twilight, who writes with her right hand when turned into a human, this Twilight writes with her left. Most evident during the final segment of the "ACADECA" song, providing symmetry with the right-handed Sunset Shimmer.
- The Stinger: Makes her debut at the end of Rainbow Rocks.
- Talking in Your Sleep: Twilight Sparkle rambles in her sleep and trash around every time she has a nightmare.
- Teen Genius: The smartest student at Crystal Prep, she manages to figure out a way to absorb the magical forces of Canterlot High. Quite impressive since she doesn't even know it is magic when she creates the device. According to Cinch during her Villain Song, she is among the best the school has ever had.
- Token Good Teammate: Among all the students at Crystal Prep, she's the kindest person in the school.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: She switches to this after transferring to CHS.
- Tragic Villain: She doesn't want to be against Canterlot High, but Cinch is forcing her to compete. Then comes her transformation into Midnight Sparkle, who releases all of her inner pain into her destructive powers.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: She has no intent to actively cause trouble, but the device she built and her desire to understand magic causes chaos for the heroines. Fluttershy even lampshades at the start of the climax when she notes Twilight didn't mean to do any of the bad things she caused to happen, and is actually very nice.
- Warts and All: The early parts of Friendship Games show Sunset with a rather clear lack of independence and a tendency to assume pony Twilight knows everything and can do anything. Seeing Human Twilight actually screw up pretty severely demonstrates that Twilight has her own flaws and issues and that she's not that different from Sunset in some ways. This may be part of why she got so upset at Twilight messing with things she didn't understand. The Twilight she "knows" wouldn't be that reckless or foolish.
- Winged Humanoid: In Legend of Everfree, she ponies up into the same hybrid form as Princess Twilight, including the alicorn wings. Her full Magical Girl form then includes crystal wings.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: She's treated like crap by her school and is an outcast, ultimately resulting in her becoming Midnight Sparkle thanks to peer pressure, and almost plays this literally by opening multiple portals to Equestria, threatening to destroy the human world.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Throughout Legend of Everfree, Twilight thinks Midnight Sparkle is still part of her and the nightmares and the sudden appearance of her magic make her really afraid of losing control. When Sunset reads her mind, Sunset tries to assure her that her magic in itself isn't a bad thing and opens up about her own past experiences with it, offering her support. In the climax, the rest of the Humane Seven join in her Battle in the Center of the Mind this way and Twilight defeats Midnight for good.
Spike the Dog
"All I know is I chased that pointy rabbit through the glowy thing and then I was somewhere else. Next thing I knew, I was back in that nice girl's arms and I could talk! I don't really understand why I couldn't before. I mean, it's so easy."
Voiced by: Cathy WeseluckTwilight's Loyal Animal Companion, and Spike the Dragon's counterpart from the Human World. He was originally a regular non-talking dog, but a mishap involving Fluttershy's magic and Twilight's magic-collecting device grants him the ability to speak.
- Action Pet: Downplayed, but he still tries to protect Twilight when he can. In Friendship Games, he fights off interdimensional vines that are attacking her, and in Legend of Everfree he frees her and Sunset when they are trapped by Gaea Everfree's plants.
- Cool Hat: In Legend of Everfree, Spike wears a Camp Everfree cap all the time.
- Deadpan Snarker: Toward Cinch when she threatens to tell the school board about the magical ongoings of the school, especially the idea of a talking dog like himself. Continues this a bit in Legend of Everfree.
- Delayed Reaction: After he gets hit by Equestrian magic, Twilight goes to check on him.Twilight: Spike! Are you alright?
Spike: Yeah... I think so.
- Early-Bird Cameo: At the end of Rainbow Rocks, along with Twilight.
- Freak Out: What follows after the above exchange. He clearly wasn't expecting to start talking either, and has to calm Twilight down and assure her he's still the same ol' Spike.
- Morality Pet: A quite literal one to Twilight. So much so that when she turns into Midnight Sparkle, him calling out to her and his pleading eyes is enough to temporarily snap her out of it during her Beam-O-War with Sunset.
- My Instincts Are Showing: He may be a talking animal, but he's still a dog. And can't help but still do things like chase rabbits or squirrels.
- The Nose Knows: Well, of course, since he's a dog. Tracking Twilight by scent is no problem for him.
- Only Friend: He was this to Twilight when she was still at Crystal Prep.
- Puppy-Dog Eyes: Does this when trying to bring Twilight back from her Midnight Sparkle persona in the third movie. It works.
- Talking in Your Sleep: Like his owner, Spike happens to sleep-talk, but it's just about squirrels.
- Team Pet: For the Humane Seven after Twilight joins CHS. He's in Fluttershy's arms about as often as his owner's, chases squirrels with Pinkie, etc.
- Uplifted Animal: Gains his speech when he accidentally falls into a stream of Fluttershy's magic, while chasing a jackalope across the rifts caused by Twilight's pendant.
The Humane Five
"Hey, hey, everybodyEquestria Prime counterparts apply to them as well.
We're here to shout
That the magic of friendship
Is what it's all about!"
We're here to shout
That the magic of friendship
Is what it's all about!"
- Alternate Self: To Twilight's Ponyville friends.
- All There in the Manual: Additional details about them (such as favorite subjects and the like) can be found in the Canterlot High Tell-All replica journal.
- Apple of Discord: They were tight friends once. A few well-worded texts and emails from Sunset Shimmer broke them apart when they each thought the others had turned their backs on them.
- Beware the Nice Ones: In "A Case for the Bass", when the Flim Flam brothers refuse to return Applejack's guitar, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Pinkie Pie, and Fluttershy all threaten to beat them up. And much like their Equestrian counterparts, if you're a magical monster trying to hurt innocents, you won't be getting away with it.
- Broad Strokes: The approach taken with some details between them and the Equestria Prime counterparts. They have lots of similarity, but are allowed to have differences considering the setting and their age group. For example, human Rarity still works at a clothes shop, but likely doesn't own it. Human Pinkie shows interest in being a baker, but doesn't live with (and as far as we know, doesn't work for) the Cakes; she shares a house with her sister Maud.
- Casual Danger Dialogue: By the time of Legends of Everfree, they're so used to magical villains causing trouble that Gloriosa Daisy/Gaea Everfree attacking the camp is treated like an annoyance.Fluttershy: Why do these things kinds of things always happen to us?
- Circle of Friendship: Almost once per movie, with slightly different variations on the composition.
- Humane Six form a heart-shaped version for the Equestria Girls climax against demon Sunset.
- Humane Five form another in Friendship Games, to lend Sunset their power to fight Midnight Sparkle.
- Humane Six form a circle in Legend of Everfree, inside Twilight's mindscape to give her the willpower to overcome her fear of Midnight Sparkle.
- Empowered Badass Normal: At the start of the franchise they had no more ability than you might expect from five regular high school students (athletics, singing ability, etc.). By the events of Legend of Everfree they have power on par with what their Equestria Prime counterparts have including their counterparts' defining traits that manifest as controllable magic, and have attained it over the course of about half a school year compared to the several years that have passed in Equestria.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: The Rainbooms' costumes for the Final Battle of Rainbow Rocks have leggings of two different colors on each leg. Rainbow Dash's also has a lightning bolt motif over the left side, Applejack's an epaulette on the right shoulder, and Rarity's a star-shaped diamond on the right of her chest.
- Flanderization: We see enough of them to confirm they're pretty much just like the ponies Twilight knows (apart from originating from and being influenced by a setting that's very different from Friendship Is Magic), but they haven't established their own individual characters beyond that and don't have three seasons of Character Development to show how they got this way. However, there are some differences between them and their pony counterparts that show they aren't completely the same.
- Pony Rainbow Dash has been humbled and chastened on several occasions; she's learned first-hoof the dangers of taking competitiveness too far; she's led groups of mixed ability and has had to encourage uncertain friends; and she's experienced military discipline at the Wonderbolts Academy, and honestly took to it pretty well. Human Rainbow Dash... is the head of a rock band with magical powers. Thus she's far more arrogant and cocky than her prime counterpart.
- After two episodes of learning to stand up for herself and one dedicated purely to getting over her stage fright, Pony Fluttershy is still unwilling to perform in front of an audience. Human Fluttershy is an eager participant in a cafeteria flash mob, and happily joined the Rainbooms, although she still freaks out when the spotlight focuses on her. She also participates in the Friendship Games without much fuss.
- Subverted with Rarity. As with the others, she lacks her pony form's numerous spotlight episodes to highlight her character development; but Human Rarity is a more convincing Bearer of Generosity than Pony Rarity is, and her Image Song, "Life Is a Runway", shows she has the same spirit of generosity as her pony counterpart, seeing fashion as a way for people to find their inner beauty and bring it out for the world to see.
- Gamer Chick: Applejack and Rainbow Dash seem to be this. Applejack almost beats Rainbow at a video game before the latter Rage Quits. Naturally, it started a meme (not that it takes much). One can assume Pinkie is as well, seeing as the console Applejack and Rainbow play on is in Pinkie's bedroom.
- Girl Group: The Rainbooms are the rock band variant; joined by Twilight Sparkle as lead vocalist and later Sunset Shimmer.
- Girliness Upgrade: The human counterparts of Rainbow Dash and Applejack prefer skirts as everyday wear — and so do the rest, really. While performing as the Rainbooms and participating in the Friendship Games, they wear some fairly extravagant costumes and uniforms (designed by Rarity, of course). The toyline, naturally, gives them many, many more outfits, most of which feature skirts and pastel colors.
- How Do I Shot Web?:
- The second and third movies deal with them having to learn how to 'pony up' at will, at first doing so accidentally before realizing what the actual trigger is.
- In Legend of Everfree, they all get new special abilities unique to them, and have to take some time learning how to control them.
- Invisible Parents: Despite the characters being teenagers, we don't see any of their caretakers (except for Granny Smith at the Apples' Farm). Even when one of their homes is shown, for example during the sleepover at Pinkie Pie's house (only her sister Maud shows up).
- Limited Wardrobe: Their everyday clothes for all movies and shorts are always the same. However, we see them in plenty of other get-ups, including formal dresses (at the Fall Formal), hula dancer outfits (briefly, in "Shake Your Tail!"), nightwear (for the slumber party), two different sets of costumes for performing as the Rainbooms, the "Rockin' Hairstyle" line in "Friendship Through the Ages", as well as party dresses and athletic wear in Friendship Games. Plus a few other extravagant outfits or disguises, mostly for Rarity and Pinkie Pie. The standard clothes change in Legend of Everfree since they are at a summer camp.
- Little Bit Beastly: They have pony ears (and wings, in the case of Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy) in the toyline, and during their Magical Girl transformation.
- Magical Girl: With the power of the Equestrian magic given to them by the Element of Magic, they can "pony up" into human-pony hybrid forms, gaining pony ears, longer hair tied into ponytails, and wings for Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy. The novelization also gives Rarity a unicorn horn, but not the actual film. They gain magical powers in their transformed state, though the exact nature of them so far hasn't been nailed down. Legend of Everfree goes the whole hog on this trope, including Magical Girl uniforms worthy of any Mahō Shōjō anime when they transform during the climax.
- Magic Music: Once they form a band, the residual Equestrian magic in them manifests through music. They come to use it fully during the Battle of the Bands against the Dazzlings at the end of Rainbow Rocks, blasting the Sirens' manifestations with showers of cutie marks-shaped sparks through their instruments.
- Magic Skirt: All five wear skirts normally. Of course, given the age bracket for the franchise, those skirts conceal everything.
- Only Six Faces: They all have the same hourglass figure, long legs, scrawny arms and Hartman Hips. There is little variation in their faces too. Whereas Rainbow Dash, Applejack, and Pinkie Pie have rounder eyes as ponies, they have Twilight's almond-shaped eyes as humans; and they have exactly the same noses.
- Personality Powers: The powers they gain in Legend of Everfree relate to their personalities.
- Poor Communication Kills: Contrary to Twilight's Ponyville friends, these girls have a problem being open with each other about their feelings.
- The group never would have split up if they had actually talked to each other and found out about the emails and texts Sunset sent between them, but apparently never did and just assumed they had been betrayed, and simply avoided each other altogether.
- In Rainbow Rocks they're annoyed with the behavior of their bandmates in various ways, but keep quiet and grumble to themselves instead of saying something, causing the bitterness to fester and finally erupt in an argument during the climax of the film.
- In the 2014 holiday comic special, where they instantly presume Sunset Shimmer has gone back to her rumor-mongering ways and break off their friendship with her without thinking it over or asking her for her side of the story
- In Legends of Everfree, their attempts to talk down Gloriosa Daisy after she goes Drunk on the Dark Side not only fail to calm her down, but actually antagonize her even more.
- Power Crystal: In Legends of Everfree, they each gain a small magical crystal that turns into a locket post-battle.
- Power Floats: On many occasions when they "pony up" or use The Power of Friendship to defeat The Villain of the Film.
- Power Incontinence: Legend of Everfree sees them get new magic mixed up at Camp Everfree.
- Power Makes Your Hair Grow: In their anthropony forms their hair grows into a very long ponytail, reaching past their waists. The pun is very much intended: in Rainbow Rocks the group repeatedly refers to growing tails when they transform, but they actually mean their hair.
- The Power of Rock: Though it's more likely just the genre the showrunners focused on, it seems to be specifically rock music that triggers their transformations.
- Rapunzel Hair: The Humane Five's hair is already long enough, but their hair grows even longer to simulate tails when they undergo their transformations to anthropony forms.
- Shipper on Deck:
- They all like teasing Twilight about her crush on Flash Sentry, and smile and giggle when the two hug at the end of Rainbow Rocks.
- They also seem to like the idea of their Twilight hooking up with Timber Spruce in Legend of Everfree.
- Sigil Spam: Sort of. As humans they don't have cutie marks on their skin (for what we can tell, anyway), but those symbols (or close enough approximations) of their pony alternate selves can be found everywhere on their possessions: clothes, boots, hair decs, schoolbags, nightwears, musical instruments, laptops, cell phones, etc. We've seen Pinkie Pie's bedroom, and unsurprisingly there are balloon motifs on the walls and on her bed cover. (She also seems to have hearts as a secondary motif, like on the pajamas she lends to Twilight.)
- Sixth Ranger: Princess Twilight Sparkle, then Sunset Shimmer, and eventually their world's Twilight Sparkle.
- Sudden Anatomy: A minor case; the art style normally doesn't depict the characters as having visible nails, but that doesn't stop Rarity from putting nail polish on herself in a scene of Equestria Girls, and on Fluttershy in a scene of Rainbow Rocks.
- Team Hand-Stack:
- In Equestria Girls, when the Humane Five vow to make Twilight Sparkle princess of the Fall Formal.
- Done by the Humane Seven in Legend of Everfree, when they decide to arrange a fundraiser for Camp Everfree.
- Touched by Vorlons: Well, touched by magical pretty ponies. Following the climax of the first film, there is still some residual magic in them, causing their transformations into human-pony hybrids. In Rainbow Rocks, they transform and display some impressive magic powers in the climax when they play their instruments. It also makes them immune to the Dazzlings' Mind-Control Music, at least until they start breaking apart. In Friendship Games, their transformations are triggered by displaying their corresponding Element of Harmony (Rarity, by being very, very generous towards her friends; Pinkie Pie, when she does her best to make sure everyone is happy and enjoying themselves at a party; Fluttershy, after showing some well-needed kindness to human Twilight Sparkle; Applejack, after showing excellent sportsmanship during the archery event even as it could have given CHS a severe disadvantage; and Rainbow Dash, after giving up her lead during the motocross event to go back and save Sunset Shimmer from a plant monster).
- Unusual Ears: In their pony forms they have ears on the top of their heads poking through their hair, their human ears apparently vanishing.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Not having several seasons of character development and interactions, the Humane Five are much quicker to get on each other's nerves and devolve into arguing. In Rainbow Rocks they fall apart and temporary give in to the Dazzlings' spell. But they are still quick to forgive and forget.
- Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: How their lifestyle is starting to look. They even lampshade it a few times.
- Weirdness Magnet: It's lampshaded a few times how weird stuff keeps happening to them.
- We Used to Be Friends: At the start of the first film, they've all been split up thanks to Sunset Shimmer. With Twilight's help, however, they finally talk things out and come together again.
"To be honest, I'd say the whole experience brought everyone at Canterlot High closer than ever before!"
Voiced by: Ashleigh Ball
- Country Music: Her favored style, naturally, as seen with her solo segment of "Friendship Through the Ages".
- Dark-Skinned Blond: This version of Applejack looks like she has a healthy tan.
- Edgy Backwards Chair-Sitting: Applejack usually sits this way in the Cakes' café, notably after Twilight's return, while the group is talking about the latest crisis.
- Hammerspace: Applejack doesn't part with her lasso even when in formal dress; thankfully it stays stored in Hammerspace until needed.
- The Straight and Arrow Path: While she, Fluttershy and Twilight all take part in the archery competition in the Friendship Games, AJ is the only competitor from Canterlot High who shows any proficiency in it.
- Stronger Than They Look: She looks as slight as the other girls, yet has moments demonstrating she's the strongest of the group. In Equestria Girls, two jocks help Twilight lift a nearby table, then stop and look on slack-jawed as Applejack passes by easily carrying a similar-sized table under one arm. In Rainbow Rocks, she effortlessly catches a random punch from Rainbow Dash. It gets pushed Up to Eleven in Legend of Everfree where her magic develops into genuine Super Strength, and she starts showing off superhero levels of physical power.
- Super Strength: In Legends of Everfree her new power manifests in this manner. Her hands glow a soft orange when she's using it, letting her lift things like boulders effortlessly, and accidentally yanks Rarity up a rock wall by her rope.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Her default outfit has her wear a skirt; unlike Rainbow Dash, she doesn't wear shorts underneath. Her Fall Formal outfit has a hat with a rose (which she can be seen trying out and liking during "This Is Our Big Night" in the background, before Rarity formally reveals their outfits). In Legend of Everfree she's at first reluctant to take part into Rarity's fashion show, but ends up rather pleased by her outfit.
"Canterlot's animal shelter needs more volunteers. Won't you help an animal that can't help itself?"
Voiced by: Andrea Libman
- Cute Clumsy Girl: There are a few times that Fluttershy gets hit with things thrown to her.
- Folk Music: The style of her segment of "Friendship Through the Ages", hinting of her musical tastes.
- Friend to All Living Things: Just like her pony counterpart, but Human Fluttershy volunteers at an animal shelter rather than run a pet day care.
- Hair Decorations: Fluttershy wears a hair dec shaped like a butterfly, mirroring her pony counterpart's cutie mark. As part of the Ambidextrous Sprite nature of the animation, it can seem to flip from left to right and vice-versa.
- Innocently Insensitive: At times. In both Rainbow Rocks and Friendship Games, she makes Sunset Shimmer feel worse — in the former by basically going "yeah, that's probably it" when Sunset expresses worry that the Dazzlings' strange behavior was caused by them knowing about her previous Jerkass tendencies, and in the latter when she points out how nice Human Twilight is after Sunset made her cry.
- The Southpaw: Both versions of Fluttershy seem to favor their left hand/hoof, but it's not surprising that it applies more heavily to human Fluttershy.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: Human Fluttershy has an excellent rapport with animals from the start, but unlike her pony counterpart she can't really talk to them... until Legends of Everfree, where her evolving powers let her directly communicate with animals. And soon enough, they happily comply with her polite demands.
- Tareme Eyes: Like her pony counterpart. They stand out since the rest of he Humane Five have almond-shaped eyes even when their pony-selfs don't.
- Winged Humanoid: Fluttershy's "ponied up" form. She's not confident enough to try much flying, though, unlike Rainbow Dash.
"Are you crazy?! We're besties now! Slumber party at my house!"
- Abnormal Ammo: Pony Pinkie has a party cannon. Human Pinkie has a party tom-tom drum cannon. In the third film, she gets two party cannons.
- All Drummers Are Animals: Pinkie literally channels Animal when she's put behind the drums for the first time.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Not a surprise, given who she is. Most notable in some supplementary material — the Canterlot High Tell All book has her display the trait in some of her notes. (In the original version of the "My Favorite Class" section, she basically lists all the subjects, and regarding Home Economics, writes if somebody said cake; in "How I Study for a Test", she also lists things she tries not to think about in order to focus... and ends with "Uhm, what was the question?") Sunset Shimmer comments in Sunset Shimmer's Time to Shine that, during the chemistry test, Pinkie is looking out the window and humming to herself until she remembers that she has a test to finish.
- Cuddle Bug: With this Pinkie Pie having hands, she's even more touchy-feely than pony Pinkie, and enjoys giving Bear Hugs.
- Entertainingly Wrong: Pinkie initially suspects that Twilight Sparkle is hiding something... namely, that she has psychic powers.
- Hammerspace Hair: Being human doesn't stop Pinkie from stashing things in her hair, like a clipboard, an alarm clock, a plate of cookies, her drumsticks, and even a cake and a pie.
- Having a Blast: In Legend of Everfree, she gains the power to make sugary products (notably sprinkles or marshmallows) explode. Like the others, she learns some control over it, but giving such a power to someone like Pinkie Pie is still just as destructive as you'd expect.
- Hidden Depths: What's her favorite subject in school? Art? Home Economics? Well, according to the Canterlot High Tell-All book, her favorite subject is Chemistry. (In an early version of the book, she listed pretty much every subject.)
- Inexplicably Awesome: Carries out from her pony counterpart, standing out from the human characters for it even more than usual. Among other feats, she pulls one of the balloon patterns off her skirt and inflates it, teleports behind Twilight Sparkle so she can grab her from behind, and later drops down from the top of the frame, upside down. During the attempt to keep Twilight's crown away from Sunset Shimmer near the climax, she also grabs the crown from Snips by materializing behind him. As usual, no-one seems to notice any of this.
- Instant Cosplay Surprise: She pulls out one in "Shake Your Tail!" by dressing her friends (and herself) as hula dancers in a flurry of flowers. They look rather puzzled after the fact.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In the same manner as her pony version, this Pinkie toys with the fourth wall. She's even aware of the alternate version of herself:Pinkie Pie: [to Twilight Sparkle] You're from an alternate world and you're a pony princess there and the crown actually has a magical element embedded in it that helps power up other magical elements, and without it they don't work anymore, and you need them all to help protect your magical world, and if you don't get the crown tonight, you'll be stuck in this world and you won't be able to get back for, like, a really, really long time! *squee*
- New Wave Music: Her psychedelic segment of "Friendship Through the Ages" is full of references to New Wave from the '80s.
- Rollerblade Good: Participates in the speedskating competition along with Rarity.
- Rule of Fun: She invokes this twice as the main reason for joining a band.Pinkie Pie: Hey! Anybody here remember fun? I'll give you a hint: it's the exact opposite of being in the Rainbooms!
- Skip of Innocence: She sometimes merrily skips around instead of just walking, mirroring her pony alter-self pronking gait.
- Stuff Blowing Up: Her new powers in Legends of Everfree are to create colorful bursts of explosions. Thankfully they're (mostly) harmless.
- Supreme Chef: In Friendship Games, she bakes a Mona Lisa Smile into a cake. As in, the image becomes visible when the cake is cut open. Judging by the Judges' reactions, the cake tastes just as good as it looks.
- Toon Physics: Pinkie makes just as much use of this as her pony counterpart, starting with inflating a balloon that she pulls off the design on her dress, then using another balloon she blows up to float around the gymnasium.
- Wacky Sound Effect: A "boing" sound effect usually follows her when she's springing or jumping (which she does a lot). Not to mention the "squee" sound she uses pretty much as punctuation.
"Duh! It was my idea to start the Rainbooms so we could be in the showcase. Plus, I'm the lead singer and guitarist."
Voiced by: Ashleigh Ball
- Action Girl: In Friendship Games, she physically fights the giant carnivorous plants that show up during the motocross event to protect the other contestants.
- Asleep in Class: Most likely a habit, considering it just takes a demonstration of Twilight's suggestion for a classroom-themed party in "Shake Your Tail!" for her to fall asleep.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Quite literally in Sunset Shimmer's Time to Shine, as she has trouble focusing on her soccer practice because of the many bright lights and information displayed on her biometric-measuring wristwatch, courtesy of Sunset Shimmer.
- Biker Babe: Along with Sunset Shimmer, she participates in the motocross competition in the third movie. When the giant plants from Equestria start wrecking havoc right in the middle of said event, she displays a great degree of skill as a biker and saves Sunset Shimmer, which causes her to pony up.
- Crucified Hero Shot: Briefly takes this pose in the third film, after ponying up.
- Hair Flip: Rainbow Dash has a rather epic one during the song "Awesome as I Wanna Be".
- "I Am Great!" Song: With "Awesome as I Wanna Be", she implies that you'll never be quite as awesome as her.
- I Am the Band: She constantly insists that the Rainbooms are her band — after all, she's the lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter, and she named the band after herself.Rainbow Dash: I could win this thing as a solo act, and everybody knows it!
- It's All About Me: Rainbow Dash has to constantly be reminded that the Rainbooms is not just her band, and one of her songs is just her singing about how awesome she is.
- The Leader: As headstrong as her pony counterpart, she's usually the one to take charge and make the decisions in Pony Twilight's or Sunset's absence, such as in the early parts of Rainbow Rocks and late into Legend of Everfree. Also said to be the captain of every sports team in school.
- Modesty Shorts: Being a soccer player, wearing shorts under her skirt is a wise precaution.
- Passionate Sports Girl: She is, according to Pinkie Pie, the captain of every sports team. The sport we actually see her playing in the first movie is soccer, and she's indubitably a crack.
- Punk Rock: The musical style of her segment in "Friendship Through the Ages", and she dresses the part as a punkette.
- Rockers Smash Guitars: She ends up smashing a guitar during her segment of "Friendship Through the Ages". Note that it isn't her favorite one she acquired in "Guitar Centered".
- Skirt over Slacks: She wears a pair of biker shorts under her skirt.
- Sore Loser: While playing a video game with Applejack during the sleepover, Rainbow Dash Rage Quits by turning off the console just as Applejack is about to win.
- Super Speed: Gains this power in Legend of Everfree. At first, she runs so fast that she smashes face first into a wall. Rainbow is fast enough to cover the distance from Canterlot to Camp Everfree in seconds, which is long enough to take several hours by bus.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: It's even more obvious than as a pony; here she's a soccer player and wears Modesty Shorts under her bright pink skirt.
- Unnecessary Combat Roll: In "Pinkie Spy", this is her definition of sneaking around, complete with doing one off a tree she jumped at.
- Winged Humanoid: Rainbow Dash's "ponied up" form. It even allows her to fly, which she uses to full effect in Friendship Games.
"Don't be silly, darling! Putting effort into clothes is what I live for, and spending time on my friends fills me with energy!"
Voiced by: Tabitha St. Germain, Kazumi Evans (singing)
- Barrier Warrior: Legend of Everfree gives her the power to create barriers shaped like hexagonal diamonds.
- Changing Clothes Is a Free Action: It certainly is for her. For example, all it takes for Rarity is to lean behind a rack of clothes to don the Sgt. Pepper vest, and a cut to Applejack talking to change into full Daft Punk gear. See also Instant Cosplay Surprise below.
- Crazy-Prepared: Prepares a ridiculous number of outfits in Friendship Games, ranging from motocross outfits and a hockey goalie getup to things like a cop uniform and a welder suit. In Legend of Everfree, Rarity insists that if Twilight were going to the moon she'd have her pack a dress.
- Deflector Shields: In Legends of Everfree she develops the power to project gem-shaped barriers from her hands. She can put them to different uses (as seen when she saves Derpy from a dive in the lake), though they are primarily an excellent defense. In the fight against Gaea Everfree, she saves her friends several times by erecting domed barriers. However, against the full might of the crazed nature spirit, she can't keep it up forever and the shields start to crack.
- Drama Queen: In "Dance Magic," after finding out that the Shadowbolts stole her idea for a dance video, she ends up crying dramatically and running her makeup. As the pressure starts getting to her, she ends up doing the same while eating a huge ice cream sundae.
- Elegant Classical Musician: Her chosen instrument is the grand piano. The other girls convince her to switch to a more practical keytar.
- Faux Horrific: Rarity's "spooky" story by the campfire, which we heart the tail end of:Rarity: ...And that's when she looked down and realized she was wearing purple socks with a burgundy dress!
[long, dramatic scream followed by a beat as nobody reacts]
Rarity: Purple and burgundy, darlings! The same color family! [scream again]
- Graceful Ladies Like Purple: It was already true for the pony character, but even more obvious for human Rarity since she wears clothes all the time. She's the most feminine of the group and her usual skirt and boots are purple, as well as her nightgown and a few other outfits.
- Hair Decorations: Rarity wears a hair dec shaped like three diamonds, mirroring her pony counterpart's cutie mark. As part of the Ambidextrous Sprite aspect of the animation, it can seem to flip from left to right and vice-versa.
- Hammerspace: She can produce whole racks of clothes out of nowhere, or a pair of motocross outfit from behind her back.
- Hidden Depths: It's hinted by her instant talent with the keytar, along with the Daft Punk costume she made, that she has a hidden love for electronica/techno music. She's also twice worn Beatles outfits, which given the era the universe seems to occur in would make her a fan of vintage music (which to be honest, wouldn't be a surprise). She's also a fairly decent rollerskater, and supplementary material states that her favorite subject is geometry.
- Imagination-Based Superpower: Rarity's diamond-like constructs are mainly used for defense or pushing people away, but there are hints that the power might be much more versatile, like when she creates a floating raft for Derpy, or builds a gemstone chandelier for the Crystal Gala. In fact, this can even draw comparisons with Radiance from the "Power Ponies".
- Instant Cosplay Surprise:
- Rarity shows her skill at this in Equestria Girls by putting Twilight into a new dress and a blonde wig in a blink of the eye.
- In "Life Is a Runway", she plain and simply uses magic to put Derpy, Cherilee, Lyra and Bon Bon into fashion model clothes (and new hairstyles), although it's in an Imagine Spot following Music Video logic.
- Also demonstrated in Friendship Games, where she quickly changes Rainbow Dash into a soccer uniform by throwing it over Rainbow's head.
- Modeling Poses: It seems to be second nature for Rarity to take poses that show off her clothes whenever she tries a new outfit. Especially prominent in the short "Life Is a Runway".
- Rollerblade Good: She's Pinkie Pie's partner in the speedskating competition.
- Pop: The Sgt. Pepper-styled costume she wears and the music heard during her segment of "Friendship Through the Ages" show her appreciation for pop music.
- Sexy Walk: In "Life Is a Runway", Rarity seriously shakes her hips on leaving the boutique. All of her impromptu models too, once on the runway. Justified, since that's how fashion models are supposed to move.
- Sleep Mask: Just like her pony version, Rarity sleeps with a mask and rollers in her hair.
- Stronger Than They Look: Not to Applejack's extent, but like her pony counterpart she has shown herself to be stronger than one might expect from a prim and proper fashionista. She pushed a grand piano across the school grounds without wheels for an unspecified distance, even if she eventually gave up and asked for help. In Friendship Games, she swings Pinkie Pie with her leg to send her careening ahead of the competition during the rollerblading race, and at the climax, she momentarily clings to a ledge one-handed while supporting the weight of two other students.
- Sweater Girl: Her usual top gives off this effect, and it fits with her personality.
- Unlimited Wardrobe: Rarity leans toward this with the various extravagant clothes she's seen wearing at one time or the other, although like the others she has a standard outfit.
The Dazzlings (The Sirens)
"Me and you, you and meMy Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks, a trio of Evil Diva Sirens from Equestria. They use Mind-Control Music to create hatred and conflict between beings, and feed on the negative energy their victims produce in the process. They were banished to the human world from Equestria, which heavily weakened their powers and trapped them in human bodies. After witnessing the events of the first film, they arrange for a Battle of the Bands at Canterlot High in the hopes of finding the source of the magic they felt and using it to regain their full power. They consist of leader Adagio Dazzle and her two cohorts, Sonata Dusk and Aria Blaze.Within the Expanded Universe IDW comic My Little Pony: Fiendship Is Magic #3, it establishes that in Equestria's past, the Sirens had been consuming on emotions fueled by their music and their gems. When they turned their attention to the larger population of Canterlot, Star Swirl the Bearded realized that if they were successful, they would be unstoppable, and after failing to best them at a musical competition, reluctantly banished them via the magic mirror to a world where no magic existed so that the Sirens could not use their powers. The Sirens found themselves sent forward in time into the human world (implied some months before the events of Rainbow Rocks) and while lacking the same powers, still found their gems containing just enough magic to allow them to sing and stir up emnity.
Why don't we see who is better?
We don't have to be one and the same thing
Oh, what's so wrong with a little competition?
Are you afraid of failing the audition?"
Why don't we see who is better?
We don't have to be one and the same thing
Oh, what's so wrong with a little competition?
Are you afraid of failing the audition?"
- All There in the Manual: The Fiendship Is Magic comic book expands on their backstory and answers some puzzling questions that the movie raised. Unfortunately, it doesn't tell us if there are more of them, or how they met.
- Animalistic Abomination: In their true forms they are visually merhorse sirens. Similarly to the Windigos they're extremely powerful, ancient entities that consume hatred and use it to power themselves up, have the ability to warp minds with just their song, and being alien from both an equine and human perspective, looking more like aquatic Windigos than ponies.
- Attention Whore: Part of their motivation is to make people adore them, and it even shows up in the lyrics of "Welcome to the Show".
- Awesome Mc Coolname: Their names are very awesome for a trio of singers.
- Badass Boast: Both "Under Our Spell" and "Welcome to the Show" are basically this in song form.
- Bad Powers, Bad People: With the ability to use Mind-Control Music, and with them being Emotion Eaters feeding off negativity, is it any surprise they're bad guys? They even manage to get the Rainbooms to argue, allowing them to twist and absorb The Power of Friendship.
- Batman Gambit: Their ultimate gambit for getting the magic of the Rainbooms is to not do anything themselves, but give a nudge to others to do what they want. They make Celestia and Luna declare the Rainbooms the winners in the semi-finals over Trixie, after Trixie gave a much better performance. Trixie is so angry and bitter that, with a bit of coaxing, she locks the group below stage so she can take their place. With the group locked in a room together over several hours, the tensions that have been brewing between them finally reach the surface and they begin arguing, finally falling victims to the Dazzlings and allowing their magic to be absorbed.
- Breaking Speech: Adagio and Aria try to do this with Sunset, pointing out that none of the Rainbooms want her in the band, and imply that they're worried her unpopularity will make her a liability. They also deliberately remind Sunset of her past actions, stating that their plans aren't so different. It rattles her a bit, but fails to truly break her.
- Brought Down to Normal: In the end, the Rainbooms manage to shatter their gems in the final confrontation, depriving them of what little magic they had left in the human world, since they need the gems to amplify their voices in order to work their spells. Without them, they're pretty much Hollywood Tone-Deaf and completely normal.
- Call a Pegasus a "Hippogriff": The Dazzlings' true forms are called "Sirens" for their powers, but are physically more like Hippocampi. (In classical mythology the sirens looked more like birds.)
- Chromatic Arrangement: Inverted. Their skin colors are cyan, magenta, and yellow — the colors opposite red, green, and blue on an RGB color wheel.
- Color-Coded Characters: Blue for Sonata, yellow for Adagio, and purple for Aria. Those colors are reflected by their siren spirit-manifestations in the final battle, assumedly looking like their true forms.
- Comic Trio: They have aspect of this as well. Adagio leads, Aria complains, and Sonata just does as she's told. Unlike usual Comic Trio schemes, Adagio serves as the Only Sane Man of the group rather than Aria.
- Compressed Hair: The first time we see them, they're wearing hoodies◊; do not ask how those incredible hairstyles fit into those small hoods. The creators even reference this during the commentary, especially Adagio's.
- Contralto of Danger: Played straight by Adagio Dazzle and Aria Blaze, but subverted by Sonata Dusk, who has an airheaded Valley Girl-type voice.
- The Corrupter: Even when they aren't outright hypnotizing people into fighting, they're coiling around troubled (like Sunset) or begrudged (like Trixie) individuals, whispering hateful speeches into their ears.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Aria and Sonata are usually picked on by Adagio because they can't keep up with her. But during the final battle, they prove to be quite capable at fighting the Rainbooms.
- Dark Magical Girl: To hammer it in, they get a Transformation Sequence mirroring the Humane Six's.
- De-Power: Their banishment was an attempt to do this. While it did weaken them considerably, it didn't fully work. Shattering their red gems does; without them they have awful singing voices and can't channel their magic, leaving them just ordinary girls.
- The Dividual: They are essentially one character storywise, and never seen apart.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Adagio's relationship with her cohorts is similar to Sunset's relationship with Snips and Snails. When she calls Sonata and Aria idiots, Sunset just kinda stares at them like she's seen it all before. Adagio herself is basically every bit as selfish as Sunset was (to the point that when Sunset sees them dividing the school she's visibly uncomfortable), only she has the magic talent to be terrifying rather than just a bully.
- Dreadful Musician: Without magic to back them up, their actual singing is god-awful. They find this out first-hand when they attempt to continue performing after having their gems shattered and are met with a resounding tide of boos and thrown food by the audience.
- Egocentric Team Naming: The Dazzlings, led by one Adagio Dazzle? Probably not a coincidence.
- Emerging from the Shadows: A very short take on the trope when they introduces themselves to Sunset Shimmer. Not the first look at them since they're seen already in the prologue, but at least a first look at their standard clothes.
- Emotion Eater: Similar to the Windigoes, the Dazzlings grow stronger by feeding on hatred and disharmony (or "negative energy"), which produces a green mist that they absorb through their red necklaces. The amount of magic in the world seems to influence this power, however; before Equestrian magic is introduced to the human world, their helpings amount to what Aria describes as "fast food" rather than "a meal".
- Enthralling Siren: Per Word of God, the Dazzlings' are based on the sirens of Greek mythology. They actually are Sirens from Equestria, and they follow many of the tropes that come with being one, including Mind-Control Music.
- Establishing Character Moment: The first we see of Adagio Dazzle and her band (from the teasers), they enthrall the student body with their sultry singing, getting everyone to turn what had been a friendly gathering into a hyper-competitive scene, all while arrogantly mocking anyone to best them.
- Ethereal Choir: The Dazzlings' leitmotif. It's used as a shorthand to show when their enthralling power is in action, including at the beginning of "Let's Have a Battle (of the Bands)". They even weaponize it during their final battle with the Rainbooms.
- Evil Counterpart: As a band they're this to the Rainbooms. The latter are girls — including one or two Equestrians — who have received Equestrian magic to help fight villains; the Dazzlings are exiles from Equestria seeking Equestrian magic to grow stronger. The Rainbooms are friends that are letting small disagreements drive them apart; the Dazzlings can't stand each other but work together to get what they all want. Their contrasts are best demonstrated by their first number, "Let's Have a Battle (of the Bands)", a dark mirror to the first movie's "Equestria Girls (Cafeteria Song)". The latter is a song whose lyrics encourage the students to come together, cooperate and be themselves, while the former is a melody that encourages competition, hate, and says that an It's All About Me attitude is perfectly fine. In the climax, they absorb Equestrian magic from the Rainbooms to induce their own magical transformations, gaining pony ears, ponytails, and wings, but all with a decidedly more demonic design than the Rainbooms.
- Evil Diva: They dress like Idol Singers just like every other character who appears on stage, yet they have the additional ability to use their Mind-Control Music to get others to do their bidding. They use their music to bewitch and control the entire school through a Battle of the Bands.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Adagio and Aria have fairly deep voices. Sonata, on the other hand, has a high-pitched voice.
- The Exile: They've been banished from Equestria for spreading disharmony to empower themselves and trying to take over. The human world doesn't possess nearly as much magic power for them to feed on — until Twilight brings Equestrian magic with her in the first film, that is.
- Expressive Ears: Once they gain pony ears, those noticeably fall down when they're surprised by the Rainbooms' challenge, and during their Oh, Crap! moment.
- Eye Color Change: Adagio's eyes briefly flash green at one point when at the height of using their song to pit the students against each other. The eyes of their victims likewise flash green on occasion.
- Face Palm: Sonata Dusk's stupidity inspires this to both her teammates at different points, Adagio primarily.
- Fighting Spirit: During the final battle, instead of transforming into their true siren forms, which they can't do in the human world anyway, they summon them as translucent spirits from their pendants while retaining their humanoid appearance. And then they sic them at the Rainbooms, notably channeling their sonic attacks through them.
- Fish Out of Temporal Water: They threatened Equestria over a thousand years ago, but when Star Swirl the Bearded banished them through the portal, they arrived in the human world a few months or years before the events of Rainbow Rocks.
- Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Adagio's normal outfit is a tight-fitting purple jumpsuit, and Aria's outfit is so tight and so form-fitting it might as well be one. Sonata wears a tight blouse at the concert.
- Freudian Trio: Adagio, the obvious leader, doesn't go the traditional route of being The Kirk/the ego of the group, instead being The Spock/the superego. As well, Sonata is the obvious McCoy/id, doing a lot less thinking and saying what's on her mind most of the time she's on screen. Aria balances the two out, having a better head on her shoulders than Sonata, but still being more emotive and frank than Adagio.
- Girl Group: The Dazzlings are the sexy Idol Singers version.
- Girl Posse: They look like the stereotypical one for a high-school drama setting, but they are in fact much more sinister than usual for this trope.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: The Dazzlings pulling out all the stops for the final musical battle begins with their eyes glowing bright red.
- Graceful Ladies Like Purple: All three have various tones of purple in their clothes, both the casual ones and the scenic costumes for the final concert — especially Adagio, for whom it's the whole outfit. They are also quite feminine and alluring, as befitting of sirens. Also plays into Purple is Powerful.
- Half-Human Hybrid: When they regain their full power, the Dazzlings look similar to the Hybrid forms of the Mane Six, but they have fin-like wings instead. They also summon their more serpentine Siren forms from their gems.
- Hartman Hips: Their outfits all prominently emphasize their hips, helped by the fact they tend to swing them a lot when they sing.
- Hate Plague: Their singing compels the students of Canterlot High School to turn a friendly musical showcase into a hyper-competitive Battle of the Bands, shattering up the harmony the Humane Six managed to achieve in the first film.
- Hollywood Tone-Deaf: How the Dazzlings sing after their Amplifier Artifacts are destroyed.
- Humanoid Abomination: They're not human, merely turned into human form like anything else that crosses the worlds. However, unlike Twilight and Sunset, they retain some degree of their magic, and some of their inhuman traits (like glowing green eyes) manifest at times, giving them this vibe. This effect is amplified when they regain their true power, gaining fin-like wings, glowing red eyes, and fangs.
- Incredibly Long Note: That's how the Dazzlings activate the Make Me Wanna Shout power of their Siren avatars — by holding a very high note until their foes are crushed.
- Informed Attractiveness: Twilight says that the legends spoke of the Sirens being beautiful. While their human forms might count, their Equestrian forms are rather monstrous. Even by that world's standards, "beautiful" is not the word that comes to mind. This could be a Justified Trope though: since the Sirens want to be loved and worshiped, their music presumably makes onlookers perceive them as beautiful.
- In the Hood: Before acting out their Evil Plan, the three wear hooded jackets while using their Mind-Control Music... and somehow manage to hide their impressively gigantic hair.
- Knight of Cerebus: Sunset Shimmer in the first film was merely an Alpha Bitch who wasn't a serious threat until the end, which was dealt with in minutes. The Dazzlings have the power to be such from the get-go, establish their threat in the opening minutes of the film, and spend the rest of it succeeding in their Evil Plan until the finale. While they get funny moments, they manage to divide the school worse that Sunset ever did and lack her positive moments. They even nearly win twice by manipulating Trixie into locking the Rainbooms away and absorbing enough of their power so that, once they escape, they are the first villains in the series to fight off friendship-powered attacks.
- Laser-Guided Karma: They spend the entire movie using their singing voices to brainwash the whole school to turn them against each other, and the Rainbooms, to power themselves. After being defeated by Sunset and the Rainbooms in the finale of the Battle of the Bands they lose their perfect singing voices. Now the three can only sing off key and they are booed off the stage while being pelted with food.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: Adagio's Siren avatar uses a sonic attack against Twilight, and then Aria's and Sonata's join in to blow away the Rainbooms. The Shout itself sounds like an Ethereal Choir.
- Manipulative Bitch: Are this to Trixie; they persuade her to trap the Rainbooms when they were the ones who pulled strings to ensure the Rainbooms got ahead.
- Meaningful Name:
- Adagio, sonata, and aria are all types of musical styling. Adagio is a type of tempo that indicates a song is to be played slowly (fitting most of their songs having a slow, hypnotic beat), a sonata is a musical piece played without vocal accompaniment, and an aria is a vocal piece played without instruments. Note that makes aria and sonata completely opposed styles, and thus Aria and Sonata don't get along.
- On top of that, their band's name (and Adagio's surname) matches their modus operandi of dazzling the whole student body.
- All of their surnames fit somewhat with their personalities, too: Adagio Dazzle, as mentioned above; Aria Blaze is the most "in-your-face"; and Sonata Dusk... is dim.
- Mid-Air Bobbing: After they start Power Floating during the final battle, the Dazzlings keep bobbing up and down, somewhat mirroring their usual sensual sway.
- Mind-Control Eyes: Those falling under their influence have their eyes sometimes glow green (as seen with Luna and Celestia). When they gain more power and start controlling the whole crowd, the victims get blank stare and their pupilles are shrinking. This doesn't happen on the students in the cafeteria, though, who are under a more subtle Hate Plague effect rather than mind-control.
- Mind-Control Music: Their powers are based on this: by singing, they place their victims under a spell that turns their listeners against each other. As they grow stronger by feeding off the negative energy at Canterlot High, they develop the power of persuasion. This becomes full-blown mind control after feeding on the Rainbooms' negative energy and, by extension, magic.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: In their true forms, they mix fish traits with those of horses, as typical of Hippocampi. Not pony traits, though; there's nothing cute about scaly merhorses with rows of sharp teeth.
- Ms. Fanservice: Downplayed due to the all-ages nature of the franchise, but still present. The three have melodious voices, alluring gazes, outfits that show off their curves, and slow, slinky movements, including a lot of swinging of their hips. When telling the group about them, Twilight specifically mentions the legends said the three were beautiful. Being sirens, it all comes with the territory as part of their allure.
- Near Villain Victory: By the end, they have the entire school under their control and bickering amongst each others and the Rainbooms fighting with each other while Twilight and Sunset look on helplessly, locked underneath the stage with no way out. Had not Spike and Vinyl Scratch freed the group and given them a sound system to fight back, the Dazzlings would have won. Even after that, they would have beaten Twilight and her friends if Sunset Shimmer hadn't stepped in to help.
- New Transfer Student: As was the case with Twilight Sparkle in the first film, the Dazzlings are accepted as students at CHS without question from the school administration. Although it's implied they had a longer time to prepare and enrolled properly.
- Nice, Mean, and In-Between: Sonata Dusk is the nicest and dumbest one. Aria Blaze is mean and grumpy, always picking on Sonata. Adagio Dazzle is in-between, stopping the other two from bickering so that they'd focus on their Evil Plan. While she's the most evil of the trio, she can put on a façade of niceness if need be.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Apparently, the Dazzlings have never heard of the phrase "Keep your hands to yourself" as they stroke practically everyone in the cafeteria during "Let's Have a Battle (of the Bands)". Adagio caresses other students' faces and heads as she's "seducing" them into making the concert into a battle. Same thing for Aria and Sonata, with the former appearing behind the smaller students while the latter strokes Flash Sentry's guitar strings.
- Oh, Crap!: A collective one in the finale when the Rainbooms's music overpowers theirs and manages to summon an ethereal alicorn as the representation of their combined power. Said alicorn then proceeds to blast their siren forms and break their crystals, ending the battle.
- One-Winged Angel: While they remain humanoid, they take on anthropony forms when their true power is awakened. They can also summon projections of their true forms to fight for them.
- Outside-Context Problem: While enemies like them are expected in Equestria, they're in the human world, where Sunset is the only villain to ever appear with any kind of magic before, and couldn't normally manifest it like they could.
- The Power of Hate: The Dazzlings are Emotion Eaters who feed off of hatred, strife, conflict and discord, and so manipulate others into hating and fighting one another.
- Powers Do the Fighting: The way they fight the final battle. They stay on the stage and sing while the spirit manifestations of their true Siren forms attack the Rainbooms.
- Pragmatic Villainy: When it comes time to announce the finalists for the Battle of Bands, the Dazzlings hypnotize Celestia and Luna to have the Rainbooms be in the finals despite performing poorly. They do this so that it would cause an uproar amongst the student body, making them hate the Rainbooms even more and let the Dazzlings feed off this hatred. It also gives them the opportunity to manipulate Trixie to trap the Rainbooms underneath the stage, setting up the final trap that allows the Dazzlings to steal some of their magic.
- Produce Pelting: After losing their singing voices, they are last seen being booed off stage by the angry students and pelted with food as they run off humiliated.
- Rapunzel Hair: All three have impressive heads of hair, Adagio's being the biggest, even before the transformations add ponytails to them. At least they keep them bound.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Their eyes turn completely red when they regain their power.
- Sexy Walk: This is their default mode of walking, and even when standing still they tend to sway in place alluringly. Every time they perform, their moves ooze sensuality.
- She's Got Legs: Most notable with Adagio and Aria. Sonata's legs show, since she's the only one who wears a skirt.
- Sigil Spam: Though not immediately obvious unless one is familiar with their merchandise, their cutie marks appear all over their clothing as with the other human characters. Adagio's is the orange gemstones on her belt and shoes, Aria's in the silver star on her belt and in her hair, and Sonata's is the heart with a musical note on her skirt.
- Sirens Are Mermaids: Well, merhorses, as is the usual paradigm in Equestria. They do get around out of the water by flying, though.
- The Social Darwinist: Part of their musical message."You're a star and you should know it
Yeah, you rise above the rest
It doesn't matter who you hurt
If you're just proving you're the best"
- Take Over the World: It's implied that they want to absorb the leftover Equestrian magic from the Rainbooms to regain their full power and conquer the world so they can have all the negativity they could ever need, and make everyone adore them.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: They may be working together, but it's clear the three really can't be considered friends. Aria and Sonata particularly seem to annoy each other, and both of them get on Adagio's nerves when they get going at each other. In their backstory, they worked together without incident, implying frustration over their banishment led to this.
- Theme Naming: All three have musically-styled first names, while their last names are light-based phenomena.
- Time Abyss: Implied in the movie (they were terrorizing Equestria a thousand years ago), but averted in their issue of My Little Pony: Fiendship Is Magic, which states that Starswirl transported them through time as well as space. Even though they were banished from Equestria a thousand years ago, they manifested in the human world in the "present", although presumably at least a few months before the events of the movie.
- Took a Level in Badass: In the past, they merely relied on opening their mouths and going "Aah aah aah..." to hypnotize ponies. In the comic, when this proves to not be enough to take over Canterlot, they decide to actually learn how to sing, play music, and invent new music, making them much more formidable.
- Unknown Rival: Played with. The Dazzlings and the Rainbooms each know the other is the enemy and the one to defeat, but they each don't know the other knows, nor do they know the other's plans to defeat them. As a result the two groups spend the film hiding their powers from each other until the climax to avoid blowing their cover until they're ready.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Not as dark as some previous villains, but the fact remains they're a trio of Emotion Eaters who plan to brainwash and enslave all of Canterlot High. And the rest of the world, once they absorb the magic of the Rainbooms and become strong enough to do it. Also note their anthropony forms, in contrast to the Rainbooms, are decidedly demonic in appearance with leathery, fin-like wings, fangs, and Glowing Eyes of Doom. Out of the three, Adagio fits the trope best, as she is a rather competent manipulative mastermind, while Aria mainly just snarks and Sonata is just dumb.
- Villain Exit Stage Left: When their red gems are broken by the Rainbooms, and their voices are suddenly horribly off-key, they run away, and are not seen again for the rest of the movie.
- Villain Song: "Let's Have a Battle (of the Bands)", "Under Our Spell", and part of "Welcome to the Show", including the opening, the other part being sung by the Rainbooms against them.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Thanks to their singing enthralling the school including staff, everyone loves them and thinks they're delightful girls, and readily agree with anything they say.
- With Friends Like These...: The group regularly bickers among themselves.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: They have no set plan when they come to CHS, but they prove good at taking advantage of opportunities as they find them with the ultimate goal of finding the source of the magic they sensed. Such acts include using the school talent competition to begin a Battle of the Bands so they can regularly sing to the school and keep them under control, and making Celestia and Luna declare the Rainbooms the winners over Trixie and her band in the semi-finals so they can manipulate Trixie into disposing of the group.
- The Watson: Both Aria and Sonata fit into this role, forcing Adagio to describe her plans in great details for the audience's sake, Sonata by being clueless and Aria by being skeptical.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: We have no idea what happens to them after their defeat. They get a nod in Friendship Games during Raindow Dash's pep rally song about the threats the school faced but that's it. They're nowhere to be found during the events of the movie.
"There is Equestrian magic here. Their negative energy will give us the power we need to get this entire world to do our bidding."
Voiced by: Kazumi Evans
- '80s Hair: A really massive head of frizzy orange/blonde hair. It's like she just walked out of an episode of Jem!
- Alpha Bitch: Adagio comes of as this, being the leader and most abrasive of the three.
- Big Bad: Adagio Dazzle is the main villain of Rainbow Rocks.
- Deadpan Snarker: She likes to mix snark with her Evil Gloating. Or to throw sarcasm at her two cronies, despite this being mostly useless with Sonata.
- Evil Counterpart: Adagio herself is basically Sunset from the first movie, only even more of a Jerkass and with far more threatening abilities.
- Evil Laugh: Downplayed, but Adagio indulges in one at the end of the "Under Our Spell" song (it's in fact part of the soundtrack). Sonata and Aria try a few times themselves, but they just sound like giggling schoolgirls.
- Eye Colour Change: Her eyes turn green as she powers up in "Let's Have a Battle (of the Bands)".
- Face Palm: Does this a few times, usually when Sonata says something idiotic. Adagio even is the page picture for this on the Animated Films subpage for Face Palm.
- Faux Affably Evil: Adagio gives this vibe off; after getting angry and grabbing Sunset by the arm she gives an extremely fake smile and laugh.
- Fingerless Gloves: She wears gloves that leave her fingers bare with her casual outfit.
- Gender-Blender Name: Adagio's name is more masculine compared to the other two, since all three are derived from Italian, where masculine words end with an "-o" and feminine words end with an "-a".
- Multicolored Hair: Adagio has orange and yellow hair.
- My Significance Sense Is Tingling: The Dazzlings don't just witness the Pillar of Light marking Sunset Shimmer's transformation from the first movie, as well as the rainbow-colored attack that defeated her; Adagio also feels the event through her gem, and can tell for sure that this is a manifestation of Equestrian magic.
- Opportunistic Bastard: Adagio is quite good at taking advantage of every opportunity the Dazzlings encounter to further their plans.
- Shadow Archetype: Adagio is like Sunset before she reformed, but even nastier and with actual magic to pursue her ambitions with. Adagio actually points out the similarities during their second confrontation.
- Slasher Smile: Adagio flashes these a lot, most famously when she first senses the Equestrian magic the events of the first film unleashed and realizes what it means for the trio. Both Aria and Sonata tries to do this too at the end of "Under Our Spell", but they make it look more silly than scary.
- Smug Smiler: Adagio is one, occasionally slipping outright into Psychotic Smirk when things are really going her way.
- The Sociopath: She's very manipulative, charming, and really doesn't care who she hurts.
- Spikes of Villainy: Adagio has them on her Hair Decorations, belt, anklets, and inexplicably sticking out backwards from the heels of her boots.
- Stealth Pun: Adagio's purple top-and-shorts garment seems to be in one piece. Another name for this type of cloth? A "siren suit".
- Surrounded by Idiots: Adagio feels that having the abrasive Aria and the ditzy Sonata doesn't make her banishment to the human world any more bearable. She practically invokes the trope when talking to Sunset.Adagio Dazzle: You'll have to excuse them. They're idiots.
"So we're just gonna do what we always do? Stir up some trouble and then feed off the negative energy? Some plan, Adagio."
Voiced by: Diana Kaarina, Shylo Sharity (singing)
- All There in the Script: Aria's name is never mentioned in the film, only being listed in the credits, promotional materials, and merchandise. Averted in the film's commentary where it's mentioned more than once.
- Beta Bitch: Aria comes off as this, being the second-most abrasive of the three.
- Captain Obvious: Her line "I wish we had never been banished to this awful place!" seems a little shoehorned in for the sake of exposition. They do hang a lampshade on it when Adagio sarcastically says "Really? I love it here!"
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: She's usually seen watching over Sonata.
- Curtains Match the Window: Her violet eyes are the same shade as the dominant color of her hair.
- Deadpan Snarker: Even more than their leader. Aria is usually the first to deal with Sonata's antics and will even snark towards Adagio.
- Grumpy Bear: She spends a lot of time scowling. Oddly enough, it's often only when she's genuinely annoyed by Sonata's antics; otherwise, she's all smiles.
- Hair Decorations: Aria has pointy star-shaped hair decs, as usual mirroring her "cutie mark".
- Male Gaze: During "Let's Have a Battle (of the Bands)", we're treated to a closeup of her hips.
- Mega Twintails: She sports these. It's a wonder how she can hide them so well under her hoodie.
- Multicolored Hair: Aria has violet hair striped with aqua green.
- Not So Above It All: Despite acting above everyone, she can't help but enjoy picking on Sonata and slapping her a few times.
- Of Corsets Sexy: Aria's couture includes a corset under her torn-sleeve jacket.
- Singing Voice Dissonance: Aria Blaze has a rather gruff voice when speaking, but it's much higher and softer when singing. This is apparently because they need their red gems to sing.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: She wears a cropped green vest/shirt whose sleeves have been ripped off.
- The Starscream: Aria has shades. Though she doesn't outright defy Adagio, she constantly questions her plans and is uncomfortable taking orders from her.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Gives off this vibe a little. Her normal attire is the most masculine out of the three sirens, but during the finals, she wears a surprisingly very feminine outfit that consists of a corset and a very long skirt.
- Underestimating Badassery: Unlike Adagio and Sonata, she thinks very little of the Rainbooms, viewing them as nothing more than a nuisance. However, this proves to be her undoing when the Rainbooms finally confront them.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Aria has violet and aqua green hair.
"We sing, like, all the time! It's how we get people to do what we want."
Voiced by: Maryke Hendrikse, Madeline Merlo (singing)
- Adorkable: Yes, for a villain, she gives off this vibe due to her ditziness, friendliness, and all-around cutesy nature. Of course, she still helps her friends carry out their Evil Plan, but she's still Adorkably Evil.
- Affably Evil: Sonata's the most friendly, energetic, and silliest of the Dazzlings (i.e. thinking Taco Tuesday takes precedence over Adagio's evil plan), but she will just as much get in on brainwashing others and feeding off on their hatred as Adagio and Aria.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Compared to Adagio and Aria, Sonata is relatively friendly, but she is still just as evil as the rest of them.
- Cloudcuckoolander: She's often focused on something other than the trio's Evil Plan (like lunch), although she is level-headed and works along with them when the time calls for it, à la when they're performing a song.
- The Ditz: She needs to be constantly explained things or reminded of the plan by the two others, or else she'd be completely lost. She also blurts out their true nature when they're supposed to be undercover, following up with "What did I say?"
- Evil Counterpart: Sonata's ditzy spaciness makes her seem a lot like a villainous version of Pinkie Pie, even having a similar voice. She similarly pops in and out of the frame in different places when the trio taunts Sunset, and when everyone else finds Snips and Snails' rap awful, Pinkie and Sonata are getting into it.
- Fake Cutie: Sonata is friendly, ditzy, energetic, and silly...which makes it all the more noticeable when she starts flashing her numerous evil grins and smirks.
- Lame Comeback: Sonata's specialty.Aria Blaze: [That's] what you would have said if you weren't the worst.
Sonata Dusk: You are!
- Literal-Minded: Made worse by the fact both Adagio and Aria are relentless Deadpan Snarkers. You'd think she'd have learned by now...Adagio Dazzle: Told you someone would give them a shove.
Sonata Dusk: She didn't shove them. She pulled the lever.
Aria Blaze: [groans] Go back to sleep, Sonata.
- Multicolored Hair: Sonata has pale blue hair with dark blue stripes.
- No, You: Sonata's usual response to Aria's insults.
- Perky Female Minion: She often lightens the mood with her ditziness.
- Sarcasm-Blind: Notably when Adagio tells them how much she loves being banished in the human world.
- Spikes of Villainy: Sonata has spiky wrist bands.
- Valley Girl: Sonata has the clothes, the dumbness, and the way of talking of one.
- Womanchild: Unlike her cohorts, Sonata seems to have the mindset of a child and often acts immature throughout the film.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Sonata has two-tone blue hair.
"Midnight Sparkle's a part of you! I'll always be there waiting in the darkest shadows of your mind! I'll be back, Twilight! And this time, I won't stop until I have all the magic!"
Voiced by: Tara StrongMidnight Sparkle is human Twilight Sparkle's Superpowered Evil Side, when she's transformed and corrupted by the stolen magic of her device. An immensely powerful being, she opens random rifts toward Equestria to reaches its magic, uncaring that it could destroy the human world. Even after being defeated, she survives as a threatening alter ego inside Twilight's psyche.
- All There in the Script: The other characters only address her as "Twilight" in Friendship Games, leaving her name to be toyline only until it's actually stated in Legend of Everfree.
- Badass Bookworm: Unlike Twilight, Midnight Sparkle plays this straight. Her primary motivation remains the study of magic, and having absorbed the accumulated magic of the Humane Six and the portal makes her so formidable that even a similarly empowered Sunset couldn't overpower her without a distraction from Spike.
- Dark Magical Girl: What Twilight becomes as Midnight Sparkle, both in looks and transformation. And like any other examples of the trope, she's brought back to the light by another Magical Girl.
- Drunk on the Dark Side: When she transforms, she goes full crazy, blasting portals everywhere.
- Enemy Within: By the time of Legend of Everfree, Midnight Sparkle is this for Twilight, who struggles to come to terms with the powers she now have as a result of the Friendship Games incident.
- Evil Is Hammy: After playing it meek and quiet for most of the film, Tara Strong breaks out the prime cuts when Twilight transforms into Midnight Sparkle.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Twilight's voice noticeably deepens after she transforms into Midnight Sparkle.
- Foil: During the climax, she declares an intent to go to Equestria to study and master its magic, paralleling Sunset Shimmer's desire to invade and conquer it.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Goes from a meek, shy, timid outcast at her school to an immensely powerful and insane Omnicidal Maniac that nearly destroys an entire universe.
- Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: Twilight's eyes are normally the same as any of the other characters, and is still a nice person. As Midnight Sparkle, her pupils and iris shrink into small violet orbs to go with her newfound madness. When Spike and Sunset start to get through to her, her eyes revert to normal first.
- Hoist By Her Own Petard: Sunset uses Twilight's own pendant to gain a Super Mode of her own and defeat Midnight Sparkle.
- Horns of Villainy: She has a single glowing horn sprouting from the top of her brow, an echo of her alicorn alternate self. Note though said horn is gnarled and wicked-looking, more reminiscent of Queen Chrysalis's than one from a unicorn.
- Incoming Ham: Upon her initial transformation.Midnight Sparkle: [evil laugh] You were right! I didn't understand magic before! But I do NOW!"
- Knight of Cerebus: Her actions would have destroyed the universe, making for its highest stakes fight to date.
- Lack of Empathy: She doesn't care if her world is destroyed if she can get to Equestria and its magic.
- Leitmotif: Midnight Sparkle has one with dramatic, dark strings and organ which makes her rampage much more terrifying.
- Mad Scientist: She wants to go to Equestria to study its magic, no matter the consequences to her own world.
- Nerd Glasses: Twilight's even seem to reflect in her Midnight Sparkle form, who has fancy mask-like designs made of magical energy around her eyes.
- Ominous Pipe Organ: Midnight Sparkle's leitmotif.
- Omnicidal Maniac: She is tearing apart the fabric of reality to destroy the Earth in an attempt to gain magic knowing that everyone will die.
- One-Winged Angel: Twilight absorbs the magic she's drained to transform into Midnight Sparkle.
- Paint It Black: Twilight absorbing the magic grants her an instant Evil Makeover as Midnight Sparkle, with ominous black wings, a sexy Dark Magical Girl outfit, a glowing horn and blue emanation around her eyes, as well as her skin taking a darker purple hue.
- Person of Mass Destruction: She's potentially G4's biggest example yet. Sure, the franchise is no stranger to godlike threats (e.g.: Nightmare Moon, Discord, King Sombra, Lord Tirek, etc.), but each of them has still been focused on only one world; Midnight's abilities and intentions endanger at least two whole universes.
- Power Floats: As Midnight Sparkle she has wings, although those don't flap at all, and yet she stays effortlessly in the air.
- Power Gives You Wings: Once Twilight unleashes the magic and goes One-Winged Angel, she gets very large, black feather wings that look like the silhouette of a bird of prey.
- Reality Warper: This form is probably the most destructive kind shown thus far in G4, able to open tears between the two realities at will thanks to being infused with the magic of the portal.
- Shadow Archetype: To Sunset Shimmer. At the climax, she even undergoes a similar Painful Transformation into her own Superpowered Evil Side, Midnight Sparkle, who wishes to go to Equestria and study its magic, paralleling Sunset's previous desire to conquer it in her own darkest moment. Sunset even lampshades the parallels herself as she gets her own Super Mode and stops her.
- Villain Has a Point: At the end of Legends of Everfree, when Twilight is forced to tap into her power, Midnight proclaims that she is a part of Twilight, which is true in a sense: she is a manifestation of Twilight's power, namely her fears. Even though Twilight manages to to overcome it and control her power, it doesn't mean Midnight is completely gone, just suppressed.
- Villainous Legacy: Even after her defeat, she continues to haunt Twilight as an Enemy Within throughout Legend of Everfree. Her damaging the portal to Equestria also led to magic leaking into the human world, enabling that movie's conflict, and is implied to be ongoing.
- Weaponized Teleportation: Midnight Sparkle's blasts destroy whatever they hit by ripping the fabric of reality apart.
- Windows of the Soul: Twilight's eyes flash like Midnight Sparkle's right before she uses the magic she's stolen, and later, when Spike calls out to her during her Beam-O-War with Sunset, they turn back into her regular eyes.
- Winged Humanoid: Like when Twilight is "ponied up", Midnight Sparkle's form is winged, although those wings are darker, bigger and more menacing than those of an alicorn.
- Wings Do Nothing: Her wings are more used for dramatic effect (like when she wraps herself in them) than for flying, as they don't visibly flaps.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Midnight Sparkle gains ultimate power from the Magic of Friendship, but at the cost of her sanity, overwhelmed by it much like Sunset Shimmer was in the first movie.
"Behold the beauty of nature in all its glory
No need to fear the vultures at the door
Right here you have me to protect you
Within these walls of thorns
No need to fear the vultures at the door
Right here you have me to protect you
Within these walls of thorns
Voiced by: Enid-Raye Adams, Kelly Metzger (singing)The eponymous "legend" of the movie. A dark spirit of the woods that lives in Camp Everfree, she is the guardian of the woods and plagued the ancestors of Gloriosa and Timber. She agreed to let their family live there, but vowed she would one day return to reclaim the land for the forest.
- Anti-Villain: The mysterious events the other characters experience around the camp is Gloriosa trying to improve their experience and overexerting her powers, and they're just misinterpreting what's happening. Even after transforming into Gaea Everfree and surrounding the camp with vines, she shows no malice to the campers and doesn't (deliberately) hurt them, calling for them to not fear her in her transformed state and assuring them she'll protect them. She could even count as a Villainy-Free Villain if she hadn't turned her powers on the Humane Seven when they tried to free the others.
- Big Bad: For Legend of Everfree. Actually it's Gloriosa taken on her form.
- Berserk Button: She gets impatient when the campers refuse her "help" and try to escape, then loses it when Rarity says the wrong thing about going to the spa over staying at camp forever.
- Black Eyes of Crazy: Both versions have these; the difference is in the color of the iris/pupils.Timber Spruce: [...] and her eyes were pools of black tar.
- Evil Is Hammy: Almost every line of dialogue she has is shouting, and the ones that don't are still said dramatically.
- Facial Markings: She has a rich maroon marking over her eyes, shaped like a Domino Mask, reinforcing the supervillainess look.
- The Fair Folk: The version of Gaea Everfree as described by Timber Spruce is very similar to the fairies of old: a scary, otherworldly nature spirit that isn't very fond of humans trespassing her domain, although not entirely hostile toward them.
- Fog Feet: The Gaea Everfree in Timber Spruce's story doesn't have legs, but an amorphous trunk-like lower body that seems to flow from the ground, leaving a trail of gem dust.
- Ghostly Glide: She moves without ever touching the ground. Along with her glow, it helps making her unsettling (not that Snips and Snails notice).
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Her eyes have an intense golden glow in Timber's tale.
- Green Thumb: She has the power to control the plant life of the forest around Camp Everfree.
- Humanoid Abomination: Despite looking like a forest monster, parts of her are distinctly human — most notably her face. And her appearance in the climax is even more humanlike since it's actually a transformed Gloriosa taking Gaea's mantle, so to speak.
- Incoming Ham: "ATTENTION, CAMPERS!" Shouted as she floats into the middle of the camp.
- A Lighter Shade of Black: It's worth noting that the same sort of power Gloriosa is channeling turned Twilight Sparkle and Sunset Shimmer utterly evil, but she maxes out at an (admittedly mentally unstable) Well-Intentioned Extremist.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: It's ambiguous if she's a story Timber made up, or if it was a pre-existing story about a real spirit that once lived. The cast themselves note that it's entirely possible a real Gaea Everfree existed, since the Sirens have set a precedent for the idea of magical beings from Equestria being banished to their world, but it isn't confirmed or disproven either way.
- Milking the Giant Cow: Gaea Everfree makes lots of emphatic gestures, especially during her Villain Song. Sometimes it goes along with using her magic, but most often it's completely gratuitous.
- Nature Spirit: How Timber describes Gaea Everfree in his story. She holds domain over the woods and resents the encroachment of humans in her territory. She can, however, be reasoned with, allowing them to remain for now — but they shouldn't expect to stay forever.
- Obliviously Evil: Honestly thinks that she's doing the right thing, to the point where she can't get why the Humane Seven would oppose her.
- One-Winged Angel: The power of all seven magical geodes transforms Gloriosa Daisy into a real Gaea Everfree.
- Plant Person: The Gaea Everfree in Timber Spruce's story looks quite plant-like, with branch-like arms made of wood and foliage for hair, as fitting for an embodiment of nature. Gloriosa Daisy transformed is more human-looking, but her outfit still has a strong vegetation theme.
- Power Floats: She hovers above the ground. The Mane Five lampshade this upon noticing.Applejack: Am I going crazy, or are her feet not touchin' the ground?
- Power Glows: She gives off a Sickly Green Glow when she floats or uses her powers. In Timber Spruce's story, she glows green from the beginning, but the aura turns red when she angrily states to his great-grandparents that they are trespassing on her domain.
- Power Makes Your Hair Grow: Gloriosa has already long hair, but as Gaea Everfree it becomes longer, bushy and wild, as well as changing color.
- Purple is Powerful: Her skin is a pale shade of purple and she is one of the strongest magic users in the series.
- Sickly Green Glow: The color of Gaea Everfree's aura, and the brighter glow or crackling energy when she's using her powers, are a sickly green. Perfectly thematic for a nature spirit on the creepy side.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Her name is officially spelled "Gaea Everfree" in the novelization, which is an alternative spelling for the more common "Gaia".
- Superpowered Evil Side: Gaea Everfree is Gloriosa Daisy corrupted by an overdose of Equestrian magic.
- Villainous Breakdown: She slowly becomes angered when the campers try to tear down her vines surrounding the camp. Then Rarity says the wrong thing when she is trying to talk her down, saying that even if camp is lovely she doesn't want to give up her weekly spa visits. This makes her go outright berserk and start attacking them directly.
- Villain Song: "We Will Stand for Everfree". Although it doesn't express much hostility; in fact she keeps telling she wants to protect the camp from external threats, and the campers with it, and that they shouldn't be afraid of her. Too bad it also involves them never leaving.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: "Why are you fighting me? I'm doing this to save our camp! I'm doing it for you!"
- Zettai Ryouiki: Her magically generated costume includes a short skirt shaped like a flower bloom, and thigh-high wraps on her legs, exposing some purplish skin in-between.
Debut: My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Magical Movie Night ("Movie Magic")
Voiced by: Ali LiebertCanter Zoom's niece and backstage assistant who aspires to star in a movie one day. She'd do anything to get her big break — and this sends her on a dangerous collision course with the girls from Canterlot High School.
- Adorkable: She's as genuinely excited over anything that has to do with Daring Do as Twilight and Rainbow Dash. But it stops being endearing when Juniper starts throwing a tantrum about her uncle not letting her star in a big-budget Daring Do movie.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Appears perfectly pleasant at first, but cracks in her facade show her to be extremely petty and resentful towards anyone who gets in the way of what she wants.
- The Butler Did It: Who would've thought the intern with full knowledge of the studio's layout and keys to every room in the building would turn out to be the mystery thief and saboteur?
- Disproportionate Retribution: How does she handle the Humane Seven outing her as a spoiled, petty thief to her uncle? By trapping all but one of them in a Void Between the Worlds.
- Forgiven, but Not Forgotten: She hopes her uncle will forgive her for taking advantage of him, sabotaging and stealing all kinds of equipment, and endangering several people. He does, because they're family, but she has still lost a good deal of his trust, and is told she won't be allowed back to the studio for a long time.
- Freudian Excuse: Her path towards darkness began when the role she dreamed of playing for years got snatched up by a stuck-up, self-serving prima donna.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: In "Movie Magic", she's an ordinary teenage girl who uses simple acts of stealing to achieve her goal. In "Mirror Magic", she gets her hands on a magic mirror that can trap others in another dimension, and is willing to use it against everyone who wronged her.
- Hypocrite: Is a Spoiled Brat who resents a Prima Donna actress.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She hates Chestnut Magnifico's guts for landing the role of Daring Do, which she feels should rightfully belong to her. That, and Chestnut kept hogging all her favorite praline bars.
- Nepotism: A whole-hearted advocate of this, as she feels being the niece of a director gives her the right to demand whatever movie role she wants.
- Revenge Before Reason: Despite Juniper's firing being her own fault, and the Humane Seven not intending for that to happen, she still takes revenge against them via Magic Mirror. Curiously, she doesn't seem to target Canter Zoom (the one who actually fired her) or Chestnut Magnifico (her rival for the Daring Do role) in the same fashion.
- Spoiled Brat: Her whole motive for sabotaging the Daring Do movie is because her uncle wouldn't let her play Daring Do no matter how much she asked. This is in spite of Juniper lacking the age and acting experience to handle such a part.
- Walking Spoiler: It's impossible to talk about her without giving her away as the main villain of two of the three Equestria Girls specials.
Principal Celestia and Vice-Principal Luna
Principal Celestia: The sundial was our year's gift!the counterparts for the Princesses, with whom they may share some tropes. Celestia runs the school while Luna is in charge of discipline.
Vice-Principal Luna: [coughing] Even though "some people" thought it was a little impractical, since the sundial can't be used at night.
Vice-Principal Luna: [coughing] Even though "some people" thought it was a little impractical, since the sundial can't be used at night.
- Adorkable: They both have their goofy moments (Celestia's are rarer) in the blooper reels and the photographs in the end credits of Friendship Games.
- Alternate Self: Of Princess Celestia and Princess Luna. They are still authority figures, but of a high school in the human world rather than a pony empire.
- Batman Gambit: Luna suggested and pulled one with the help of Celestia and their friends in order to find the exact location where the Crystal Prep's Shadowbolt — a very important statuette that was stolen by a pair of CHS students and hidden somewhere in the woods nearby — was hidden: they spread a rumor that the statuette had a valuable gemstone inside, and followed the culprits when they decided to go back and check.
- Big Sister Worship: Luna shows a lot of love and respect for Celestia in their shared diary. In particular, one of the reasons she picked going to Canterlot High over Crystal Prep was because Celestia studied there.
- Deadpan Snarker: Celestia starts out as a bit of one in the first movie, but mellows out by the end of it.
- Extracurricular Enthusiast: According to Luna in Wondercolts Forever: The Diary of Celestia and Luna, Celestia had always been part of many clubs over the years and always participated in school activities; in her last year at CHS, she's part of the archery club and the school's debate team, is always enthusiastic to help around and get others involved, and eventually becomes school president.
- Hypocritical Humor: In the first movie, Principal Celestia tells Twilight that her door is always open... just before slamming it shut.
- Limited Wardrobe: Oh, so much. Only in Legend of Everfree do they get new attires, and even then, they change back to their standard clothes for the final party. Shoved Up to Eleven in the cover for Wondercolts Forever, where Luna has apparently worn the same outfit since freshman year of High School and Celestia wears something that, while not exactly the same, still looks startlingly similar to her usual wardrobe as an adult.
- Mama Bear: Celestia shows signs of this in Legend of Everfree, when trying to shield Luna and some students from Gaea Everfree. Sadly, the latter just ignores her and traps everyone with the vines. The novelization has both of them show a protective streak, as they try to physically incapacitate Gaea when she's distracted. It fails.
- Missing Mom: In Wondercolts Forever, their father is the only parent mentioned; there is no mention of their mother nor do the girls ever make a reference to "their parents" — just "dad".
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: According to Wondercolts Forever, the first Friendship Games ended in a tie, but Celestia (being CHS's school president) chose to give the trophy to Crystal Prep, as a sign of friendship. Fast-forward not even thirty yearsnote , and you've got Cinch claiming (falsely, as it turns out) that Crystal Prep always won the Games, and rubbing it in Celestia and Luna's faces. In front of both schools' students. Ouch.
- Noodle Incident: Hinted at by Legend of Everfree and expanded upon by its novelization. Apparently, a sundial can be just as much of an apple of discord in the human world as the "eternal night" idea in Equestria.
- Not So Stoic: While they try to appear professional (given their stations), they are often baffled by some of the shenanigans at their school. This is understandable, as their counterparts in Equestria are pretty much Physical Goddesses who've literally seen everything, while they're merely authority figures here dealing with stuff from a different dimension.
- Rapunzel Hair: A nod towards their counterparts' long, flowing manes and tails. Those are not animated as if blown by a constant wind, though, since the Principal Sisters are normal humans.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: They are presented as fair and benevolent toward their students (when not being brainwashed). They are, however, out of their depths as far as magical happenstances are concerned.
- Shrinking Violet: Luna explained in her diary that back when she was a freshman at CHS, she used to be a bit of one; in particular, she let Celestia speak for her during the first week or so.
- Sibling Rivalry: If their banter in the fourth movie is any indication, they used to have it when they were teens. As adults, they seem to get along perfectly, though.
- Sibling Team: While they don't get to save the world, they still do run the school together, and rarely are mentioned individually. Wondercolts Forever shows that they both were a pretty effective team during their only year studying together, with Luna always helping Celestia with her work as school president.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Legend of Everfree suggests this dynamic between them, with Celestia wearing a skirt, and Luna opting for shorts and baseball cap. Given their normal attires, though, it would probably be more fair to call them Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak and Tomboy with a Girly Streak, respectively. This aspect of their personalities is further displayed in the Wondercolts Forever book: Celestia's parts are written in pink, on pink pages, with neat cursive writing; Luna's pages are purple, with dark purple ink and a less fancy font; their writing styles themselves contrast, with Luna being more informal and excitable — with plenty of Bold Inflation and underlining — than Celestia's (the most obvious-at-first-sight difference being a "Hi, Diary" and variations versus a constant "Dear Diary", respectively).
"We've got to stop running into each other like this!"
Voiced by: Vincent TongA spiky blue-haired fellow that seems like a nice enough guy. He's a Pegasus Royal Guard in Equestria, while his human counterpart is a guitar player that Twilight befriends during her stay at Canterlot High.
- Adorkable: He has his moments, like walking right into a door when starting his date with Twilight or asking her friends about her in Rainbow Rocks.
- All There in the Script: His band is called "Flash Drive", if you were wondering. It's only mentioned in the books.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: Flash Sentry. Just admit it, it does sound cool.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: The design gives male characters bigger eyebrows than females; it's more noticeable with Flash because of his haircut, colors, and since he has more screen time.
- Boy of the Week: He's effectively this. While he and Twilight don't really have much of a romance to begin with, just a Meet Cute or two and a single dance, his pony-self's subsequent appearances in Season 4 and the comics are nothing more than cameos, one of which where he only fleetingly acknowledges Twilight. (Perhaps because he hasn't shared the experiences with her his human counterpart had.) He gets another chance to be her love interest though in Rainbow Rocks.
- Brainwashed and Crazy:
- Temporarily, when Sunset Shimmer hypnotizes him and the rest of the students to be her army in taking over Equestria while she's in One-Winged Angel form. He's the first person to be snapped out of it.
- Happens again thanks to Hate Plague along with the rest of the school, though he spends a much longer time under Dazzlings' control. Because he's normally such a nice guy, his moments are the hardest to stomach, especially when he blows up at Twilight and calls out Sunset when she tries to tackle Rainbow Dash.
- Butt Monkey: Ever since Rainbow Rocks, each film seems to have something to embarrass him or make his life more difficult.
- Rainbow Rocks: He misses Twilight and embarrasses himself in front of the Rainbooms when talking about her. When Twilight does show up he is already under the Dazzlings spell and is too busy being angry to enjoy her company, then his band loses in the Semi-Finals to the Dazzlings themselves.
- Friendship Games: He meets Twilight's human counterpart but not realizing she isn't the same Twilight, is confused and hurt when she ignores him. He and Bon Bon also fail the cooking challenge by baking a loaf of bread instead of a cake.
- Legend of Everfree: He tries to be nice to human Twilight, but although she knows who he is, he acts awkward around her and she becomes interested in Timber Spruce. Later Sunset tells him he needs to get over Twilight completely.
- The Cameo: He appears twice in pony form during Season 4 of Friendship Is Magic. He escorts Princess Cadance off of a crystal train (though he doesn't speak) in "Three's a Crowd", and introduces the Duke and Duchess of Maretonia in "Twilight's Kingdom – Part 1".
- Competition Freak: Though everyone in the school gets hit with this through the Hate Plague, it seems to have hit him (and Trixie) the most, going from Nice Guy to Jerkass and taking more and more levels in it as the movie progresses as he tries to push his band into the finals (and doesn't take it very well when he fails).
- Crash-Into Hello: A bit of a Running Gag in the movies. He lampshades the trend a couple of times both as a human and a pony.
- Curtains Match the Window: Blue hair and blue eyes.
- Demoted to Extra: After being Twilight's love interest in the first film, through the next two he receives steadily less and less screen time, and comes Friendship Games he's pretty much a background character who gets a couple of lines here and there. Legend of Everfree gives him a small sub-arc coming to terms with there being two Twilights and Sunset helping him through it (albeit with some tough love).
- Designated Love Interest: He and Twilight have a very clear attraction to one another (even if it never goes anywhere), but they are never seen hanging out together (due to Twilight generally having more important things to worry about at the time) or even doing much interacting at all beyond bumping into each other. Eventually Sunset convinces him to "let go" of their relationship since she lives in another dimension, after which Flash considers starting over with Sunset again...
- Dogged Nice Guy: In Friendship Games and Legend of Everfree, he repeatedly helps and encourages human Twilight, but the fact of the matter is that she's a different person from the Twilight Sparkle he likes and is completely uninterested in him.
- Dreamworks Face: His human counterpart does this in his official render, which is at odds with his actual personality.
- Hand Behind Head: In Legend of Everfree, Flash rubs the back of his head in a show of confusion after hearing Sunset Shimmer's vague I Have This Friend... explanation.
- Interspecies Romance: While they're both human at the time, he apparently dated Sunset Shimmer and developed a liking for Twilight Sparkle, both who are normally ponies.
- Kick the Dog: He has two separate moments to really capitalize just how effective the Dazzlings' Hate Plague is.
- The first is when he chews out Twilight for choosing to join the Rainbooms when he is working so hard to win the competition.
- The second is when Sunset tackles Rainbow Dash to prevent her from summoning her magic. This leads everyone to believe she's gone back to her old ways and Flash decides to rub it in by saying "Now there's the bad girl we all love to hate!"
- Knight in Shining Armor: As a pony, his job as a royal guard seems to invoke this motif, complete with being a love interest to a princess.
- Locked Out of the Loop: In Friendship Games, nobody bothers to tell him what is really going on or that the human Twilight is not the same person as Princess Twilight. As a result, he spends most of his screen time heartbroken and confused when human Twilight brushes him off, thinking Princess Twilight has lost interest in him. By the events of Legend of Everfree he's at least figured out that there are two different Twilights and (with Sunset's help) come to terms with her not sharing his feelings.
- Love Makes You Dumb: Flash's crush on Twilight makes him take several levels in Adorkable.
- Nice Guy: He's an all-around nice guy and helps Twilight and her friends a little bit. This makes his time under the Dazzlings' Hate Plague all the more tragic.
- Nobody Touches the Hair: In the short "A Banner Day", he gets upset when Micro Chips sprays glitter dust over his hair.
- Not Himself: In Rainbow Rocks, Flash is hit hard by the Dazzlings' influence, becoming confrontational and ultra-competitive. Notable since it's completely at odd with his Nice Guy persona from the first movie. To hammer it further, he even snaps once at Twilight Sparkle, making her cry.
- Not So Above It All: While the Sirens' spell in Rainbow Rocks certainly made him an ultra-competitive Jerkass, the "A Banner Day" short shows that he does possess a bit of an ego even without it when it comes to music. He can also be quite snarky.
- The One Guy: Other than Spike, he's the most prominent male character in the Equestria Girls franchise due to his Satellite Love Interest status. He's also the first "Equestria Boy" to receive a doll, packaged with Twilight Sparkle of course.
- Recurring Extra: His pony counterpart has become this outside the Equestria Girls movies.
- In Luna's IDW micro-series oneshot, while she is checking up on the royal guard.
- He appears in Granny Smith and Flim & Flam issue of Friends Forever.
- And in the show itself, he's one of Cadance's escorts on the train to Ponyville in "Three's a Crowd" and announces the arrival of two visiting royals in "Twilight's Kingdom – Part 1".
- Satellite Love Interest: He looks nice, helps Twilight twice, plays a guitar, generally seems to be a Nice Guy, was Sunset Shimmer's ex-boyfriend, and his equine counterpart is a guard in Cadance's castle. While that's all we generally know about him, he does eventually show some hidden depths in Legend of Everfree, comes to terms with there being two Twilights with the human one not sharing his feeling.
- Ship Tease:
- Twilight develops a crush on his human counterpart, but the romance is mostly downplayed to ship teasing. The movie ends with a little Ship Tease with pony Flash.
- In the first movie it is mentioned he dated Sunset Shimmer, but nothing more is done with this. In the sequel his relationship with Sunset is brought up again when it's clear he still has a crush on Twilight, though Sunset claims she never had feelings for him.
- While Human Twilight generally brushes him off while investigating magic, their first encounter has hints of this, since they Crash-Into Hello and he helps her with her glasses. When she takes a look at him, she keeps staring at him for a brief moment before her device starts detecting magic again.
- After Sunset helps him come to terms with there being two Twilights (and the human one not being interested in him), he genuinely considers starting up a relationship with Sunset again.
- Shoo Out the New Guy: Received heavy buildup as Twilight's Love Interest in the first Equestria Girls film, but becomes the butt of several jokes regarding their "relationship" in the sequels, along with Princess Twilight referring to them as being friends in Rainbow Rocks and with him being handily rejected by Human Twilight in Friendship Games. He eventually gets a small sub-arc in Legend of Everfree where he comes to terms with there being two Twilights and acknowledging that Princess Twilight will have to stay in her home dimension.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair makes him look like he walked out of an anime of some kind, made all the more obvious since he appears to have a relatively normal human skin-tone.
"The Great and Powerful Trrrrrixie is the most talented girl at Canterlot High!"
Voiced by: Kathleen BarrAnother alternate self of a well-known pony from Equestria, this Trixie is no less hammy than her unicorn counterpart. While she has just a cameo in the first movie, she's elevated to the rank of Rainbow Dash's rival by "Guitar Centered", and to secondary villain in Rainbow Rocks, besides the Dazzlings. Like with the Humane Five, a lot of tropes pertaining to her pony counterpart also apply to her, although she lacks the Character Development of the latter.
- All There in the Script: Her surname of "Lulamoon" was only seen with the toyline until Rainbow Rocks, where it is confirmed in the closing credits.
- Alternate Self: Of "The Great and Powerful Trixie", one of the most notable Ensemble Darkhorses from Friendship Is Magic. Here she's another human student at Canterlot High School.
- Ascended Extra: She only has a quick speaking cameo in the first film, and is otherwise just another background student. By contrast, she plays a bigger role in Rainbow Rocks as a member of one of the rival bands the Rainbooms face against, called "Trixie and the Illusions".DVD Commentary: She's not just buying snacks anymore!
- Attention Whore: Trixie's main motivation; she wants to impress the CHS students and loves to show off. Also notable when she photobombs Photo Finish's shoot during the song "Better Than Ever".
- Big Bad Wannabe: Trixie and her band are a significant challenge to the Rainbooms, and Trixie is enough of a Smug Smiler and bully to them to definitely be called antagonistic. She considers the Rainbooms her greatest competition and acts to sabotage them. In your average school drama, she would serve as the main antagonist. But the Dazzlings want to Take Over the World and have actual magic that makes them a threat to the entire school, while Trixie is just an annoying braggart who wants to win in order to rub it in the Rainbooms' faces.
- The Bully: She smugly taunts the Rainbooms after thinking she and her band are moving onto the finals. She's even convinced by the Dazzlings, without their mind control, to trap the Rainbooms beneath the stage.
- The Cameo: Her only scene in Equestria Girls (not counting crowd shots) is to pick peanut butter crackers from the vending machine before Twilight.
- Competition Freak: The Dazzlings' Hate Plague turns nearly every student into this, but Trixie is one of the most affected, antagonizing the Rainbooms throughout the movie and even getting into Flash Sentry's face at times. Or maybe it just exacerbated her natural competitive streak.
- Cute Witch: Her clothes for performing on stage, as well as those of her two bandmates, give off this look, including the star-studded wizard hat and purple cape. Her "flying V" guitar is also somewhat evocative of a witch's broom.
- Demoted to Extra: In Friendship Games she's relegated to a background character with no spoken lines at all (while several other background students do get spoken lines in the movie). She has a couple lines in Legend of Everfree.
- Flanderization: She's mostly like her pony counterpart when she first showed up, lacking her Character Development. With an added bit of immaturity from being a teenager.
- Girl Posse: She has one with her two cronies (Fan Nicknames: Fuchsia Blush and Lavender Lace), forming "Trixie and the Illusions". Though we don't know how bad they would be without the Dazzlings' influence.
- Gratuitous French: "Voilà!"
- Hair Decorations: She's wearing a star-shaped hair clip. As with other characters, from the Ambidextrous Sprite aspect of the animation, it can seem to flip from left to right.
- "I Am Great!" Song: "Tricks Up My Sleeve". Trixie is even less complimentary about her competition than Rainbow Dash:Trixie: Don't mean to brag, don't mean to boast, but I'm a six-course meal and you're just burnt toast!
- I Just Want to Have Friends: In Sunset Shimmer's Time to Shine, she admits, in tears, that loneliness is the reason why she's always trying to steal the spotlight.
- Impractically Fancy Outfit: Trixie's costume for the final concert of Rainbow Rocks. It's quite fetching and impressive, as fitting for a true showwoman, but also very impractical to make a sneaky exit or climb a walled fence.
- Improbable Hairstyle: As part of the above costume, Trixie's hair is styled into a long ponytail with the unlikely shape of a corkscrew.
- Irony: For the Rainbow Rocks concert, she sings "Tricks Up My Sleeves"... in a dress that has no sleeves.
- Large Ham: No surprise, "The Great and Powerful Trrrrrixie" is chewing the scenery in about every one of her spoken scenes.Trixie: This is a travesty! A TRAVESTY!!
- Mystical White Hair: She doesn't have real magic like her unicorn counterpart, but she still favors the illusionist look, and her white/pale blue hair contribute to this.
- Purple is Powerful: Her full attire (and that of her two bandmates) for the final concert is largely purple, fittingly for the self-proclaimed "Great and Powerful Trixie".
- The Rival: Trixie is still one, but unlike in the main show it's not toward Twilight Sparkle (who isn't present at Canterlot High School most of the time) but for Rainbow Dash. Starting with the "Guitar Centered" short, they have a music-oriented rivalry, both trying to make their bands prevail during the showcase. As such, she serves as the secondary antagonist after the Dazzlings for most of Rainbow Rocks.
- Showgirl Skirt: Part of her scenic costume for the final concert in the second movie, although with pants and big boots underneath.
- A Sinister Clue: Played with. Trixie plays guitar left-handed. She isn't a villain in Rainbow Rocks, but her band is the one that the Dazzlings manipulate into tripping the trap door that traps the Rainbooms under the stage.
- Small Name, Big Ego: This Trixie might just be a schoolgirl and lacking any of the magic powers of her counterpart, but she still considers herself the most talented student at Canterlot High.
- Smoke Out: Just like her pony counterpart, Trixie enjoys making a showy departure. She uses a smoke bomb twice in Rainbow Rocks, and, just like her pony counterpart, she's not quick enough to have slipped away when the smoke dissipates. Both times she does it, Pinkie spots her hiding after she runs away.Pinkie Pie: She's gone! [beat] Oh wait. There she is!
- Supernatural Is Purple: Her eyes as well as her choice of cape and hat color still invoke the trope, even though she can't do real magic.
- Third-Person Person: The Great and Powerful Trixie just wouldn't be the same without this quirk. Though she doesn't speak in third person all the time; it's mostly reserved for her hammiest moments.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In Equestria Girls she only has a brief cameo, but she at least politely asks Twilight to move. In Rainbow Rocks, she's a full-on bully who smugly taunts the Rainbooms, although this is most likely a side-effect of the Dazzlings' Hate Plague.
- Took a Level in Kindness: In Sunset Shimmer's Time to Shine, she helps Pinkie Pie sell tickets for the Rainbooms' performance/fashion show after Sunset Shimmer offers to be her friend.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Her unique scene in Equestria Girls was enough to elevate peanut butter crackers as this for her and her pony counterpart by the fandom.Trixie: The Great and Powerful Trrrrrixie... [beat] needs some peanut butter crackers.
- Trrrilling Rrrs: Though only on her name.Trixie: Not if the Great and Powerful Trrrrrixie has anything to do with it!
- Ungrateful Bastard: Trixie shows hints of it at the end of Rainbow Rocks, as she's more angry at the Rainbooms for "stealing her spotlight" than she is glad to be free from the Dazzlings' trance.
DJ Pon-3 / Vinyl Scratch
[thumb up, smile]Alternate Self characters, she shares some tropes with her pony counterpart.
- Advertised Extra: Like her pony counterpart, Hasbro likes using her to promote movies; she could be seen in the very first trailer for Equestria Girls. "Music to My Ears", the first short promoting My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks, is all about DJ Pon-3.
- Ascended Extra: Is just a background student in the first movie and a nod to the fans, like the human version of Derpy. Then she gets a short and helps save the day in the sequel.
- Big Damn Heroes: She provides some much-needed help to Twilight, Sunset and the Humane Five in the Equestria Girls sequel Rainbow Rocks, freeing them from a trap and aiding them with a killer sound system that transforms from her convertible.
- Cool Car: Her Bassmobile (or Vinylmobile, DJmobile, Wubmobile, etc.), able to transform into a fully-functional audio management/equalizer and light show system.
- Costume Evolution: Between the first and the second movie, she switches the ubiquitous boots for sneakers. Probably because it looks better when she's dancing in "Music to My Ears", which focus on her feet a few times.
- Crazy-Prepared: She keeps a spare set of earbuds on hand in case her headphones are taken away ("Music to My Ears"); she has a portable turntable ready to use at a moment's notice during the Canterlot High pep rally (Friendship Games); and she takes a gramophone and a crate of records to Camp Everfree, which come in handy during Rarity's fashion show rehearsal (Legend of Everfree).
- Eleventh Hour Ranger: She joins with the Rainbooms at the very end of Rainbow Rocks.
- Fingerless Gloves: Her purple arm-warmers give off this look.
- Headphones Equal Isolation: She's always wearing headphones and listening to music of some kind. Even when Principal Celestia takes her headphones away in "Music to My Ears", Vinyl just puts on earbuds instead. In the background of "Let's Have a Battle (of the Bands)", while the Dazzlings use their song to brainwash the student body, she's seen bouncing to her own beat. That means she wasn't affected by the Dazzlings' Mind-Control Music.
- Improbably Cool Car: Vinyl's sweet ride. It isn't explained how a high school student, who's seen working part-time at a music shop in "Guitar Centered", can afford such a heavily customized Transforming Vehicle.
- Skirt over Slacks: She joins Rainbow Dash on this fashion statement, though with leggings instead of bike shorts, like Sunset Shimmer later on.
- The Speechless: This Vinyl never speaks at all. What really pushes her into this is that, in the prequel novel, she communicates to people next to her via text messaging, hinting that she might be completely mute. However, she's sometimes seen speaking in the background, like in Friendship Games with Lemon Zest after the games have ended.
- The Voiceless: In Rainbow Rocks, she doesn't say a word in either the shorts or the movie. However, in Legend of Everfree she's shown chatting with Fluttershy in the background of one scene. For the record, Word of God has been purposefully vague on her pony counterpart being a mute or just choosing not to talk.
"Say no more! I, Photo Finish, will kepture... za magicks! I go!"
Voiced by: Tabitha St. GermainYet another human counterpart of a supporting pony character. Beyond background student, she's a minor antagonist in Rainbow Rocks and stars in her own short, "Photo Finished". The rest of the time, she's busy taking pictures all over Canterlot High. As usual, share tropes with her pony alternate self.
- Camera Fiend: It is rare to see her without a camera at hand to take pictures of any vaguely interesting event. In "Photo Finished", she whips out a camera with a huge telephoto lens at a moment's notice and shoots dozens of pictures from every conceivable angle.
- Catch Phrase: "Hold that pose!" and "Enough! I go."
- Control Freak: Photo Finish has her assistants micromanage her photographic subjects, and she herself loudly orders them around.
- Cool Shades: She's always wearing large, purple-tinted shades. Unlike with Vinyl Scratch, we have yet to see her taking them off at any point.
- The Fashionista: She's part of this clique along with her friends; no surprise given her pony counterpart is deeply involved in the fashion industry.
- Fauxlosophic Narration: She can veer into this while rambling to stimulate her models...Photo Finish: Jump! Jump! Like a beautiful gresshopper! Like a graceful gazelle! You are striving to place the orb of desire in the net of the future!
- Finger Framing: She regularly makes the gesture, along with a commanding "Hold that pose!", notably to Luna, before yet another frantic shooting session.
- Girl Posse: "The Snapshots" is her music group, with her two assistants Pixel Pizzaz and Violet Blurr, who also help her during photo shoots.
- Just a Stupid Accent: Like her pony counterpart, Photo Finish speaks with an exaggerated, German-sounding accent.
- Large Ham: Photo Finish can get pretty hammy, like when she's telling her subjects to "Hold that pose!"
- Magic Skirt: Considering some of the poses she ends up in during a photo shoot, it's lucky this trope is enforced here.
- No Indoor Voice: She's loud when taking her pictures, even in the library.
- No Sense of Personal Space: When it comes to capturing "za magicks", personal space becomes such a foreign concept to Photo Finish and her assistants that the other students and staff complain to Vice-Principal Luna. Heck, even the Vice-Principal herself isn't immune.
- Put on a Bus: She doesn't appear in Legend of Everfree. (Though technically, that's because she isn't in the bus to Camp Everfree.)
- Temporarily a Villain: In Rainbow Rocks, while under the Dazzlings' spell, she tries to sabotage the Rainbooms' performance with the help of her cronies.
- Third-Person Person: Not as often as Trixie, but she sometimes indulges herself.Photo Finish: I say nothink. Photo Finish lets her work speak for itself.
Other Alternate Versions
A number of background and supporting characters, not previously listed, are Alternate Selves of their respective pony characters. These include:
- Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle, and Scootaloo, while not calling themselves the Cutie Mark Crusaders, share the same bond of trying to find their place as teenagers (such as by posting their videos to the YouTube Expy from the first film). Apple Bloom and Sweetie Belle are still sisters to Applejack and Rarity, respectively. Scootaloo is seen using her trademark scooter and appears to be just as much a tomboy by not wearing a skirt. She also retains her obsession with Rainbow Dash. They are shown younger than the other students, likely freshmen at CHS while the others are seniors. In Rainbow Rocks, they form a band called "The Crusaders" to enter the Battle of the Bands, sporting similar rocker outfits to those their pony counterparts once used.
- Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon are also present, similar in age to the Crusaders.
- Big Macintosh is apparently still a student. In Rainbow Rocks, he and Granny Smith appear at their farm, as well.
- Snips and Snails, lackeys to Sunset in the first film and bumbling students afterward. They also compete in the Battle of the Bands as a rap duo. Like with their pony selves, Snips is smaller and rounder while Snails is taller and thinner.
- Cheerilee is shown both teaching and working in the library, but drawn in proportion to the student body, making her probably a young teacher.
- Granny Smith is the lunch lady at the school. Unlike Pony Granny Smith who is very thin due to advanced age, Human Granny is more portly than other characters. In Rainbow Rocks, she and Big Mac appear at their farm, as well.
- Cranky Doodle Donkey appears as a teacher in "Music to My Ears" and Friendship Games.
- The three Diamond Dogs, humanized as if they just stepped out of a Gorillaz video, who Rarity gets to help carry her piano in "Player Piano" and appear in Rainbow Rocks and Friendship Games.
- Other background human equivalents for named background ponies include Derpy Hooves, Octavia Melody, Lyra Heartstrings, Sweetie Drops, Bulk Biceps, Roseluck and Amethyst Star.
- The Extended Universe first IDW EQG annual also includes Spitfire as the soccer team leader, Mrs. Harshwhinny as a teacher, and introduces an older Babs Seed.
"You got my vote, Twilight." "Mine too." "Mine too." "Mine too..."
Voiced by: Vincent Tong (Sandalwood), James Kirk (Micro Chips), Eva Tavares (Blueberry Cake), Paula Berry (Cherry Crash), Peter New (Brawly Beats), David Mongar (Captain Planet)What's a high school without students? While a few students at Canterlot High are easily recognizable as the human counterparts of secondary characters, most are new characters. At the beginning they're divided up into different cliques — the athletes, the dramas, the techies, the eco-kids, the fashionistas, and the rockers. They stick to their own groups because of Sunset Shimmer, but come together later thanks to Twilight Sparkle.
- Adaptation Name Change: Sandalwood and Micro Chips are named Cecil and Poindexter, respectively, in the Friendship Games novelization.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: It bears repeating, even when not based on actual pony characters, the CHS students have a wild range of skin tones.
- Blinding Bangs: One of the male students, going by the Fan Nickname of Valhallen, has very thick bangs covering his eyes. "Photo Finished" reveals he has purple eyes underneath.
- Curtains Match the Window: It's rather common for the various unnamed characters to have eyes and hair colors matching.
- Expy: Averted; while some of the students have similar color schemes to certain background ponies in Friendship Is Magic but different eye colors and "cutie marks" on their clothes (one of the athletic girls, for example, looks like a dead ringer for Cloud Kicker, but has a soccer ball cutie mark), they weren't based off of background pony designs.
- The Fashionista: The group Normal Norman and Photo Finish belong to, and it's implied Rarity hangs out with them a bit (which would make sense) since she sits with them at the start of the cafeteria song.
- Kids Are Cruel:
- When they make fun of Twilight when an embarrassing video of her is leaked.
- In the sequel they're quite vicious to Sunset Shimmer and instantly turn on the Dazzlings when they're defeated. Justified to an extent, however, given Sunset's history and the Dazzlings' schemes.
- Limited Wardrobe: Beyond an exception like the Fall Formal, all of them have a standard set of clothes they're always seen wearing in each movie.
- Nerd Glasses: Unsurprisingly, a trait for some of the Techies, like Scribble Dee (large, brown-rimmed round ones) and Micro Chips (thick, black-rimmed square ones). Also lean into Eye Glasses with their eyes occupying the whole lenses (which isn't the case with human Twilight).
- Nice Hat: Canterlot High School's dress code apparently allows headgears, since a few students can be seen wearing nice ones. Notably, Watermelody's beret, Scott Green's fedora, Normal Norman's knit cap, Sandalwood's rastacap and Sweet Leaf's sun hat.
- Nominal Importance: As with most of the Background Ponies who lack a name (at least, prior to later merchandise assigning them one), many of the students lack names and are instead referred to by various nicknames designated by the fanbase. In keeping with the naming conventions of My Little Pony, the student's Fan Nicknames are usually based on their appearance or their cutie mark-like emblem on their clothes.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: They have a quite varied range of hair colors, even for those with more human skin-tones.
Voiced by: Kaylee Johnston (Lavender Lace & Fuchsia Blush)Six more background students are introduced in Rainbow Rocks to provide a pair of bandmates for each Girl Group led by an alternate secondary character, including the Snapshots (with Photo Finish), Trixie and the Illusions, and Derpy and the Muffins.
- All There in the Script: Pixel Pizzaz and Violet Blurr (Photo Finish's assistants) are named by the toyline.
- Beleaguered Assistant: From the short "Photo Finished", we see that Pixel Pizzaz and Violet Blurr also serves as photo-shoot assistants for Photo Finish. However, the look of boredom on their faces hints that they don't share the hyperactive photographer's enthusiasm.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Blueberry Pie and Raspberry Fluff are generally considered just as wacky as Derpy. To form a band playing the cowbell, the triangle and the musical saw, they sure must not care about ridicule.
- Cute Witch: The basic look for Trixie's bandmates, including the Wizard Hats when performing, following their leader's example.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: Pixel Pizzaz and Violet Blurr have a more elaborate design than most, their clothes leaning into this look. Justified by them being part of the Fashionista clique, like Photo Finish.
- Girl Posse: Each of the groups looks like one, with a leader and two cronies. And under the Dazzlings' negative influence, the Illusions as well as the Snapshots are quite antagonistic.
- Nominal Importance: Beyond the Snapshots, mentioned above, the other four are only known by Fan Nicknames.Trixie's Derpy's
- Reused Character Design: Lavender Lace has a quite similar color scheme and hair style to one of the athlete background students (who herself was wrongly thought to be derived from background pony Cloud Kicker, hence her nickname of Cloudy Kicks). They are not, however, the same character, as they can both be seen in some crowd shots of Rainbow Rocks.
- Shout-Out: Derpy's bandmates bear a very close resemblance in hair color and style to Shana and Kimber from Jem and the Holograms. Even the one that is like Kimber (with the triangle) has piano key-style decor on her clothes, reflecting on Kimber being the keyboardist for the Holograms. And Derpy's wrap-dress in this scene is similar to Jem's usual wardrobe.
- The Voiceless: None of them have any speaking lines in the movies (or in "Photo Finished" for Photo Finish's assistants), unlike other background students. Though Lavender Lace and Fuchsia Blush are backing vocalists for Trixie's "Tricks Up My Sleeve" song.
Crystal Prep Academy
Principal Abacus Cinch
"I think I've made it plain what will happen if we have the losing scores."
Voiced by: Iris QuinnThe principal of Crystal Prep Academy. Her school's undefeated streak against Canterlot High in the Friendship Games is threatened by CHS having a sudden rise in academic performances. Cinch wants to crush them to ensure Crystal Prep's reputation — and her own — remains untarnished.
- Adults Are Useless: Her Villain Song reveals that she knows about Twilight being an outcast at Crystal Prep, but hasn't done anything to help Twilight.
- An Offer You Can't Refuse: She blackmails Twilight into participating in the Friendship Games by offering to use her contacts in the Everton program to ensure Twilight's application is approved; if Twilight refuses, Cinch will use those same contacts to ensure she's denied.
- Assumed Win: As soon as she arrives at Canterlot High for the games, she's already counting it as another win under her belt.
- Bait and Switch: At first, she seems to be a Reasonable Authority Figure who has a bit of an arrogant streak, but actually cares about her school and Twilight, even if willing to blackmail her. As the film continues, it becomes increasingly clear that Cinch's motivations and interests are entirely selfish, and she only cares about her school and students insomuch that they improve her reputation for her own ambitions.
- Big Bad: Serves as such in the third movie, Friendship Games. Unlike previous Big Bads, who want to Take Over the World, Cinch just wants to preserve her school's winning streak and reputation.
- Cassandra Truth: This is used against her at the end; when she threatens to reveal CHS's magic, everybody points out that she'd seem crazy, which would cost her her precious reputation.
- Cold Ham: Unlike Adagio and Sunset, she has a more refined personality and is often icy towards everyone.
- The Comically Serious: She covers her ears with the same stoic expression when Cadance blows a foghorn right next to her. Also ruins Pinkie's party with this demeanor after everyone else seemed to warm up.
- The Corrupter: Her way of thinking has rubbed off on most of Crystal Prep's students. This is particularly shown when Pinkie tries to liven up the meeting between the two schools, allowing the Crystal Prep students to lighten up and get along with the CHS students until Cinch interrupts everything. She's much more directly corrupting Twilight Sparkle by forcing her into the Games, asking her to spy on her new friends on behalf of her team, and finally releasing the magic of her device under the dubious pretext of leveling the playing field. Wondercolts Forever shows that she's more or less always been this, as it's noted by the CHS Principal at the time that ever since Cinch arrived at Crystal Prep, the students there became much more serious. And, as shown in "Dance Magic", the students of Crystal Prep become a lot nicer when she leaves, as Sunny Flare mentions that Cadance is now the principal.
- Dean Bitterman: Unlike Cadance, the actual school dean, Cinch is not an especially nice person. She was slightly less bitter in her early years (as pointed out in Wondercolts Forever, she actually smiles a few times and apologizes for her students' pranks on CHS after said students confess).
- Didn't Think This Through:
- Once she finds out Canterlot has magic and Human Twilight has access to it, she thinks it's a good idea to try and use it despite not knowing how it works. Even Twilight has no idea what she is messing with, and is keeping a cautious approach at best. So as you can imagine, her manipulating Twilight to use it has some unforeseen consequences that nearly destroy the human world.
- Her plan to use Twilight in the Games also causes some problems for her since, while she helps win the academic portion of the Games, she's near useless in the athletic portion.
- Dirty Coward: When Twilight is corrupted by magic, becomes Midnight Sparkle, and starts wreaking havoc by nearly destroying the entire world to gain access to Equestria, the first thing she does is run off to save her own skin despite being the one who commanded Twilight to use the magic in the first place. And this happens even while the Shadowbolts come to the Canterlot High students' aid.
- Establishing Character Moment: The first meeting in her office shows how nasty, spiteful and obsessed with winning she is by blackmailing Twilight into helping Crystal Prep win the Friendship Games.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Can't seem to comprehend the idea Canterlot High could have something as powerful as Equestrian Magic and not abuse it to get an unfair advantage. Likely because the moment she finds out Human Twilight has it, that's exactly what she tries to do.
- Evil Counterpart:
- To Princess Celestia, in regards to their relationships with their respective versions of Twilight Sparkle. They both encourage Twilight to make friends and ask her to do things she doesn't want to do because they think it'll be good for her development. However, Celestia is sincere in all of this and has Twilight's best interests at heart, while Cinch is just using Twilight to further her own ambitions, and blackmails Twilight into helping her.
- With Celestia not being the Principal during the events of Wondercolts Forever, she acts as one for the kind Principal Potts — while Potts encourages both their schools to get along and makes emphasis that the point of the upcoming Games isn't really winning, severely discourages her students from getting revenge against Crystal Prep for vandalizing the Wondercolt, and does things such as encouraging her students to go help CP clean the prank — the only thing we see Cinch do (admittedly, from Celestia and Luna's limited perspective) is throw death glares at CHS students, give biased accounts of the events to the local newspaper to paint CHS in a very negative light, and at one point one of the sisters overhears Cinch talking to Crystal Prep's team... And, of course, making heavy emphasis on being competitive.
- Evil Is Petty: All her actions are for the sake of just keeping Crystal Prep's spotless win streak going, and in turn preserve her own legacy. She stoops so low as to blackmail Human Twilight into competing in the games for a transfer to a study program she wants, suggest she befriends the Humane Six to find out their secrets, and even manipulating Human Twilight into unleashing her collective magic just to ensure they win.
- Expy: Her clothes, hair, face, and even voice might call to mind Lady Tremaine.
- Flaw Exploitation: Exploits Twilight's desire for knowledge in order to get her to use her stolen magic.
- Freudian Slip: During her Villain Song, she outright admits she only cares about her legacy.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: She wears glasses and is the most immoral character in the movie.
- Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have: Despite her unpleasantness, she's about as far from bad-looking for an older woman as you can get.
- Hate Sink: From her petty motive about preserving her reputation no matter the cost, her utter disdain towards everyone, pressuring and blackmailing Twilight into following her commands, fleeing Midnight Sparkle's rampage, calling her a monster despite of it being all Cinch's fault, and her unwillingness to own up to it when it's all over, Cinch is a very hard character to like, in and out of universe. By the end, even her own students get fed up with her.
- Hope Crusher: She wants to prove how perfect her school is by destroying the confidence of Canterlot High. Ironically, she's also this to her prized student Twilight.
- Hypocrite: She tries to get Canterlot High disqualified from the Friendship Games for using magic despite earlier pressuring Twilight into using magic to win the games. It doesn't help that she outright refuses to claim responsibility for the whole mess.
- Informed Flaw: Dean Cadance claims that Cinch is "highly allergic" to dogs, but she never reacts to Spike the Dog in any fashion, regardless of their proximity.
- It's All About Me: While she wants to maintain Crystal Prep's reputation as the best school, it's just so she can keep up her own reputation. Her Villain Song includes a Freudian Slip that her own legacy is her only concern.
- Jerkass: All she cares about is maintain Crystal Prep win record so she can look good and doesn't even try to get along with anyone. Even her own students are just pawns to boost her ego.
- Karma Houdini: In Wondercolts Forever even after making Canterlot High School come across as a Sucky School filled with "problem children" in retaliation for some CHS students playing a revenge prank against Crystal Prep — to the point of actually hurting Canterlot High's number of new applicants and making a fundraiser fail — she gets no real comeuppance.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: By "Dance Magic", which takes place a few months after the Friendship Games, Cadance has replaced Cinch as principal of Crystal Prep, implying her actions eventually caught up with her.
- Knight of Cerebus: Every time she appears on screen, the film tends to get darker and serious. Unlike Sunset and the Dazzlings, Cinch has no comical traits whatsoever.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: After the climax of the movie, when it becomes clear that no one is going to take her side, Cinch just leaves Canterlot High School.
- Lack of Empathy: She cares little for anything else unless it boosts her own reputation.
- Leitmotif: A slow tune of violins and harpsichord accompanies her speeches during significant scenes.
- Manipulative Bitch: Constantly plays to Twilight's emotional vulnerabilities to get her to do what she wants. Reaches its peak in "Unleash the Magic" when she tries to convince Twilight to do just that by bringing up her curiosity about magic, her personal need to have Crystal Prep win, and complimenting her brilliance.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: In one of the "outtakes", Cinch spins her chair too fast in her reveal and ends up spinning uncontrollably. Unlike her "Character", Cinch instead laughs her ass off with Twilight and co.
- Mood Killer: Deliberately interrupts the pre-game party when it looks like both schools are beginning to interact in a friendly manner thanks to Pinkie's intervention.
- Moral Myopia:
- She complains when she thinks that CHS is using magic to cheat, but the second she has a chance, she does her best to convince Twilight to use her stolen magic to aid the Shadowbolts in the final challenge of the Games so they can assure victory.
- This goes way back: in Wondercolts Forever she refuses to believe any kid from her school could possibly do something as unsportsmanlike as playing a nasty prank on CHS — which involved painting the Wondercolt statue purple and hanging ribbons with Crystal Prep's colors from every tree — to the point where she claims that its likely a CHS student trying to frame them. But, when Crystal Prep gets a similar prank, not only does she never think of a similar possibility in favor of CHS, but she basically slanders their rivals by giving a very one-sided account of what happened (the newspaper article made an emphasis on the damage caused to CP and made it seem like CHS was a school filled with thieves and delinquents; it didn't mention that CP started the whole ordeal with a similarly destructive prank or that 30 CHS students went to clean the mess at CP), and she doesn't relent until the Shadowbolt statue is fixed and returned to her. For comparison, Canterlot High never did anything in retaliation (the revenge prank by two students notwithstanding) and Celestia and Luna both did everything in their power to help mend the relationship between their schools.
- Mysterious Past: Out of all the Equestria Girls villains, we know the least about her from what we're shown on-screen, though the "Diary of the Two Sisters" book expands on her past a bit. Certainly, nothing is known about her pony counterpart.
- Never My Fault: She refuses to accept her own culpability in Midnight Sparkle's rampage, despite everybody calling her out on it.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Thanks to her constant manipulation of Twilight, she eventually makes Twilight undergo a Heel–Face Turn after causing the poor girl to realize that what she really wants in her life is friendship, thus greatly improving Twilight's life, costing Crystal Prep's undisputed win in the Friendship Games, and giving Canterlot High her school's greatest student. The Equestria Girls TV specials also confirm that she ends up losing her job as the principal of Crystal Prep some time after Friendship Games.
- Non-Action Big Bad: She mentally and emotionally manipulates Twilight, but has no magic or physical skills of her own.
- Phrase Catcher: Both Pinkie and Spike have the same opinion of Cinch. "She's awful."
- Punny Name: Her name is a pun of Atticus Finch, the Irony is that Atticus is the ideal Reasonable Authority Figurenote , while Cinch is anything but.
- Sadist Teacher: Although she's a principal, she still fits this trope. She constantly needs to prove her superiority to everyone and drives Twilight into insanity, nearly causing the world to be destroyed.
- Second Place Is for Losers: Has an unhealthy obsession with winning first place in the Friendship Games every year.
- Shout-Out: Her full name is a pun on Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Everyone, including her own students, tells Cinch off in the end.
- Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Despite being the Big Bad, the most time she gets in the film's trailers is a split-second appearance teasing the movie's climax.
- Skewed Priorities: Her sole goal is to keep Crystal Prep's undefeated record intact, and thus her reputation. When the magical disturbances affect the second round of the Games, Cinch accuses CHS of cheating, then refuses to call off the Games when Celestia says they should call it a tie. This is in spite of the fact four students, two of which are hers, were in grave danger because of said magical disturbances. During her Villain Song to pressure Twilight to try and use magic to up their chances of winning, she blatantly announces that it's all about her legacy.
- The Sociopath: All of her students are simply pawns to boost her own reputation, and she cares more about Crystal Prep winning the Games to further that reputation than she does the safety of either school's students.
- Sore Loser: After the games end in a tie, she still complains about the outcome since it's the first time her school hasn't had complete victory, thereby breaking her undefeated streak. Ultimately she's forced to accept it when her students won't back her up on accusing Canterlot High of cheating after her own actions nearly turned Human Twilight into a rampaging monster and almost brought about the destruction of their world. Her accusations of Canterlot High cheating with magic come off more as her being incapable of comprehending she could lose fair and square.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Her Villain Song implies she thinks this of most of her students.
- Vague Age: It's confirmed in Wondercolts Forever: The Diary of Celestia and Luna — which takes place in the year of the first Friendship Games, when Celestia and Luna were a Senior and a Freshman, respectively — that she's an indeterminate amount of years older than Celestia; Cinch is Crystal Prep's principal back then, but some lines in the book note that she's relatively new in the role. Celestia herself comments with plenty of surprise that Cinch only looks a few years older than her; Cinch is either Older Than They Look or is a Principal at an improbable age.
- Villain Ball: Despite Twilight not knowing how to use magic and warning her that activating it would be incredibly dangerous, Cinch still forces Twilight to activate her magic device. This causes Twilight to transform into a monster and nearly destroy the world.
- Villain Exit Stage Left: After being told off, Cinch just simply walks away.
- Villain Has a Point:
- She protests the result of the second event as unfair due to the interference of magic, which is a perfectly fair point since the track was torn up and the students endangered. However, it's quickly undercut when she makes it clear she only protests the results because Crystal Prep lost, not out of any sense of fair play for how.
- In Wondercolts Forever, she pulls a similar stunt back in the year of the very first Friendship Games: she's justifiably upset about her school getting vandalized and her precious Shadowbolt Statue being stolen by Canterlot High students, but her immense Moral Myopia (long story short: Crystal Prep students vandalized Canterlot High first and she didn't do anything to help CHS, which is more or less the exact opposite of what CHS did) and penchant towards Disproportionate Retribution (she gives immensely biased accounts to the local newspaper that end hurting Canterlot High's reputation badly enough as to make an important fundraiser fail) quickly undercut what would otherwise be a valid point.
- Villainous Breakdown: After Human Twilight is brought back to normal from her Midnight Sparkle phase, she insists that Canterlot be disqualified for using magic. Everyone, including her students, calls her out on it due to her own manipulations. When she threatens to expose Canterlot magical secret, they all tell her she's welcome to try without looking like a loon and damaging Crystal Prep's reputation. She becomes distressed when she realizes they're right and no-one will be willing to back up her claims after nearly instigating a major disaster for her own selfish ends. She nearly blows her top, until she controls her anger, removes any wrinkles from her clothes and walks away with her remaining dignity.
- Villainous Cheekbones: She sports an impressive square chin.
- Villain Song: "Unleash the Magic", which would hardly sound out of place sung by a Disney villain. She threatens Twilight one last time about her application to Everton, while also slipping that all she cares about is her legacy.
- When She Smiles: Celestia and Luna are both very pleased when they manage to get Cinch to give genuine smiles of happiness in Wondercolts Forever.Luna: You [the diary] should have seen the look on Principal Cinch's face! At first she was really confused, but then she was just really happy.
Celestia: As soon as Principal Cinch saw the statue again, she was a different person. She seemed happier, warmer and so much kinder than before.
"We're not friends here after allOpposing Sports Team from Crystal Prep Academy that the Wondercolts must defeat at the Friendship Games in the third Equestria Girls movie. The core members the movie focuses on include Sour Sweet, Indigo Zap, Sugarcoat, Lemon Zest, Sunny Flare, and the human world's Twilight Sparkle.
Our only interest in this business
Is seeing Canterlot High School fall!"
Our only interest in this business
Is seeing Canterlot High School fall!"
- Academic Athlete: According to "Acadeca", the Shadowbolts are just as proficient with subjects such as math, science and home ec as they are with sports. Justified; maintaining a reputation as the best means winning at every possible competition.
- Amazon Brigade: With the glaring exception of Twilight, the core team members are some of the school's most athletic female students.
- Bowties Are Cool: They all wear purple bowties as part of their school uniform (unlike Twilight Sparkle, who sports a more traditional tie).
- Depending on the Artist: While there have always been inconsistencies between doll designs and animation designs in both Equestria Girls and its parent franchise My Little Pony (even beyond Friendship is Magic), the Shadowbolts in particular suffer from a rather extreme case of this trope — with some of them having very different designs (except color palette, and sometimes not even then) between how they actually look as dolls vs. how they look in that doll's respective box art vs. how they look in the films vs. how they look between different dolls. Specifics are:
- Sunny Flare is the worst case, having no less than four different designs. In the film, she has very short lavander and pink hair; her "Sporty Style" box art depicts her with very long dark purple and magenta hair tied in pigtails, with orange ribbons; the "School Spirit" boxart has her looking like a pre-Heel–Face Turn Sunset Shimmer knockoff (black leather jacket and "mean girl" disposition), with mostly lavander hair with thin red streaks tied in a ponytail. Both dolls, meanwhile, have pure dark purple hair, and the School Spirit one has an sleeveless purple jacket (contrasting with its own stock art). Her cutie mark is an overcast-rainy sun in the dolls, and implied to be a bright flaring sun in animation.
- Indigo Zap's skin color is a sort of peach color (like human Big Mac) in her "Sporty Style" stock art, but yellow everywhere else (both dolls, School Style stock art, animation). Her hair has red streaks and is longer in the dolls than it is in the animation. And it might not quite count (since there's no "artist" in a way), but she's described as having orange fire-like hair and freckles in the novelization. Her cutie mark in the dolls is a dark purple cloud with a pink star and blue lightning bolt; the film has it as a plain yellow lightning bolt.
- Lemon Zest is not too bad, featuring bright yellow and bright green hair in both doll stock art pieces versus the three-tone light greens in the animation. Her cutie mark is (fittingly) stylized lemon slices in the dolls, and implied to be a slice of lemon pie in the film (her headphones have such symbol).
- Sugarcoat's most glaring inconsistency is that whoever was in charge of the doll design apparently didn't get the memo about her personality, as Sugarcoat in the doll stock art is shown smiling brightly and looking playful and friendly — with bright blue eyes — in sharp contrast to how she is in the film. She also doesn't have glasses and has lighter skin as a doll and in some versions of her stock art, compared to other versions of her stock art and her film design. Her cutie mark is a firecracker or dynamite stick in the dolls.
- Sour Sweet's cutie mark is implied to be berries in the film; in the dolls, it's a heart with what appears to be a stylized, gem-shaped crosshair. Otherwise, she looks roughly the same.
- Early-Bird Cameo: A Shadowbolts soccer team appeared in the 2013 Equestria Girls prequel comic, though the team members have generic designs and it doesn't say what school they played for. And one of their members was in Rainbow Rocks: Human Twilight Sparkle.
- Everyone Has Standards:
- They go to drastic lengths just to prove their superiority to Canterlot High School. But when students from both schools wind up in mortal danger, the Shadowbolts spring into action to save them. Likewise, they side with Canterlot students when Cinch accuses Canterlot High of cheating when she was the one willing to use the Twilight's gathered magic to do exactly that.
- On an individual level, Sunny Flare is openly appalled when Cinch calls Twilight a "monster", while Indigo Zap stands up to Sunset when she rather roughly tries to talk to Twilight. (It's implied to be because Twilight's still a member of their team, even if they dislike her.)
- Evil Is Not a Toy: They think controlling magic is easy enough to win something as simple as a sports tournament. They're proven wrong in the worst possible way when they give rise to Midnight Sparkle.
- Evil Counterpart: The opening credits pit the Shadowbolts against one of the Humane Five.
- Sugarcoat to Applejack; straightforward, but brutally so.
- Sour Sweet to Fluttershy; her sweetness is quickly followed by sourness.
- Sunny Flare to Rarity; all of the elegance, but none of the tact.
- Indigo Zap to Rainbow Dash; just as competitive, but without the team spirit.
- Lemon Zest to Pinkie Pie; loves to have fun too, but is obnoxious about it.
- Heel–Face Turn: After Twilight's transformation into Midnight Sparkle, they help the Wondercolts save students from her, and later stand with them against Cinch.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While it varies depending on the Shadowbolt, they generally aren't very nice people. But when push comes to shove, they show they are good at heart. In fact, most of their negative attitudes come from Principal Cinch's influence.
- Karma Houdini: While Cinch is mostly to blame for making Twilight "unleash the magic", they all participated in pressuring Twilight, and they don't really get called out on it. Granted, what can they be expected to do when their principal is setting such a terrible example for them?
- Moral Myopia: Cinch has them join in with her own in "Unleash the Magic", telling Twilight that CHS has used magic, and maybe abused it to get ahead in the Games, so they're justified in doing the same to win.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Their faces after Twilight changes to Midnight Sparkle and goes mad with power pretty much tells you they know they've made a mistake. Even moreso when Cinch calls Twilight a "monster". Unlike her, they know they pressured Twilight into this and people are going to get hurt because of it, thus they come to help the students of both schools when a few nearly fall into the portals.
- Non-Uniform Uniform: Their uniforms are all quite similar, with light blue shirts under maroon vests or blazers, along with plaid skirts for the girls and navy blue pants for the boys. However, all the significant characters have a variation so they stand out from background students and each other (sock length, shoe type/decoration, sleeve details, etc.).
- Opposing Sports Team: They're the team to beat, and they're named after Nightmare Moon's made-up Evil Counterpart to the Wonderbolts.
- Privileged Rival: Crystal Prep is much more expensive and upper-crust than Canterlot High. Several "rich and obnoxious" characters from Equestria have their human counterparts attend Crystal Prep, including Jet Set, Upper Crust, and Suri Polomare.
- Theme Naming: Three of the Shadowbolts are named after food-related terms (Lemon Zest, Sour Sweet, Sugarcoat), while the other three have a weather (or sky) theme (Indigo Zap, Sunny Flare, Twilight Sparkle).
- Villainy-Free Villain: While all of them (save Human Twilight) are unlikable jerks, they don't really do anything to stop the Wondercolts from competing fairly. They're just so good that they can beat Canterlot High School without needing to cheat. They do convince Human Twilight to unleash the magic, but that was Principal Cinch's idea. And as soon as they see what it's caused, they immediately jump in to help.
"ARE WE GONNA WIN?!?!"
Voiced by: Kelly Sheridan
- Absentee Actor: Doesn't appear in Twilight's Sparkly Sleepover Surprise, despite the book more or less focusing on Twilight and her relationship with her Crystal Prep ex-classmates. Even more noticeable is her absence in the TV Special "Dance Magic", where she doesn't even appear among background students at her school.
- Awesome McCoolname: Even by My Little Pony standards, Indigo Zap.
- Biker Babe: She takes part in the motocross event of the Games.
- Competition Freak: She is the most pumped for the Games on the team, and she tries forcing Twilight to feel the same way.
- Composite Character: During production, she was variably going to be Lightning Dust or Spitfire, before being made a new character. This still shows in her having the former's general design and Competition Freak tendencies, and the latter's shades of Drill Sergeant Nasty.
- Goggles Do Nothing: Wears a set of goggles all the time, though at least she doesn't need to grab a pair for the science portion of the games.
- Multicolored Hair: Has dark teal hair with lighter streaks in the film; her doll has red streaks. Seemingly averted in the novelization, where she is described as having "flaming orange hair".
- No Indoor Voice: Tends to do this, such as when yelling at Human Twilight as she is boarding the bus.
- Reused Character Design: According to the film's DVD commentary, she was originally intended to be Lightning Dust, and Spitfire was considered at some point, before she was made into a new character. She's basically a Palette Swap of Lightning Dust, though, sharing her flight goggles, lightning bolt motif, and a similar hairstyle. The novelization though implies she's based on Spitfire's design, described early on as having "flaming orange hair."
- Youthful Freckles: Strangely enough, the novelization for Friendship Games gives her "a smattering of freckles across her nose".
"Dude, you have gotta hear this!"
Voiced by: Shannon Chan-Kent
- Absentee Actor: She's strangely absent from Twilight's Sparkly Sleepover Surprise, which focuses on Twilight's relationship with the Shadowbolts (in this case, meaning Sugarcoat, Sour Sweet and Sunny Flare).
- Advertised Extra: She has the least dialogue out of all the Shadowbolts, with the grand total of two lines in her debut film.
- Air Guitar: On exiting the bus with her headphones on, she makes some slick rock-star moves.
- Commonality Connection: Implied. Any time the two schools put aside their rivalry, she seems to gravitate towards fellow music lover DJ Pon-3.
- Genki Girl: She's very enthusiastic, to say the least. "Dance Magic" sees her jumping about to express herself.
- Headphones Equal Isolation: Apart from the games, she drowns everything out with awesome guitar riffs.
- Informed Attribute: The official website describes her as "a bit of a drill sergeant", but she doesn't show any sign of this in the film.
- Multicolored Hair: Has three-tone lime green hair. Her doll has it green and yellow.
- Pet the Dog: She's the only Shadowbolt to act friendly towards Twilight. However, while well-intentioned, more or less forcing her headphones — which blare really loud, rock/metal music — on Twilight without permission proves to be a somewhat unpleasant experience for the latter.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her unbound hair is the longest of the Shadowbolts, reaching well past her hips.
- Rollerblade Good: She participates in the Games' rollerskating event.
- Token Good Teammate: Of all the Shadowbolts, she shows the least hostility to both their Canterlot High rivals and human Twilight, even offering to let the latter use her headphones.
"Well, that's just marvelous... If you wanna lose before we even start!"
Voiced by: Sharon Alexander
- Ambiguous Disorder: Has frequent, fairly sudden and violent mood-swings. It doesn't matter if it's some light trash-talking to the competition, lashing out at Twilight's incompetence or admitting her team's faults, she always goes from behaving nicely (sarcastically or genuinely so) to displaying a quite acerbic personality, and vice-versa.
- Badass Normal: During the relay race, she grabs a quiver of arrows from the sidelines without breaking stride, clears the rope swing and lands into an Unnecessary Combat Roll, and then shoots three arrows at once. All three hit her target, one of them as a bullseye. It's one of the most impressive feats seen from the films in terms of physicality.
- Beta Bitch: Acts as one along with Sugarcoat, with Sunny Flare being the Alpha Bitch of their little Girl Posse.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Played with. She tends to fake politeness, then make snide comments behind the backs of others — and if frustrated enough, to their faces. Even when she's genuinely being nice, it's always followed by her being rude a few seconds later.
- The Bully: She deliberately picks on Twilight more than any of the other Shadowbolts.
- Cute and Psycho: She can range between being overly sweet and innocent one moment to being completely enraged and crazy the next time.
- Depending on the Writer: She lacks her characteristic mood swings in Perdita Finn's Twilight's Sparkly Sleepover Surprise, which is odd as the same author wrote the novelization of her debut film (where she has them).
- Hair Decorations: As pointed out in the DVD Commentary, she ties her hair up with a cranberry-shaped ornament, since cranberries are both sweet and sour.
- Hidden Depths: Shares some of Pinkie Pie's enthusiasm in Twilight's Sparkly Sleepover Surprise, getting quite excited when Pinkie shows her a box crammed with all sorts of party decorations. And before that, she is very pleasantly surprised when Twilight shows all the materials she brought to the sleepover to make friendship bracelets, and is implied to be the first girl besides Twilight to start making one.
- Jerkass: The nastiest of the Shadowbolts, she's willing to insult people to their faces, and openly disparages Twilight quite often.
- Kick the Dog: She frequently belittles Twilight. She also doesn't help Twilight in the athletic portion of the Friendship Games, instead choosing to scream in frustration and insult her.
- Meaningful Name: She acts sweet to hide her sour personality.
- Mood-Swinger: Smiling and pleasant one second, sneering and sarcastic the next.
- Multicolored Hair: Has deep pink hair with teal streaks. Fittingly, those colors are more or less opposites in the color spectrum, much like how her personality switches between two extremes.
- Never My Fault: She admits on behalf of the Shadowbolts that it is their fault that they nearly destroyed the world to win the Friendship Games. However, she quickly pins most of the blame on Principal Cinch. In the novelization, she blames Twilight. Either way, she deflects most of the blame onto someone else.
- Odango Hair: She wears her hair in two buns during the Games, which gives her a startling resemblance to Canterlot High's drum majorette who appeared in the "CHS Rally Song".
- The Straight and Arrow Path: She's skilled enough to hit a moving target with three simultaneous shots, one of them as a bullseye, right after swinging from a rope and landing with an Unnecessary Combat Roll. The novelization swaps the rolling with her hitting three bull's-eyes in quick succession.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: Her usual hairstyle.
- Villainous Breakdown: She furiously growls at every single screw-up Twilight makes in the archery competition, almost tearing her face off.
- Youthful Freckles: She has little freckles on her face.
"You are kinda being a doormat right now."
Voiced by: Sienna Bohn
- Beta Bitch: Along with Sour Sweet, she starts Twilight's Sparkly Sleepover Surprise as the Beta to Sunny Flare's Alpha.
- Biker Babe: She takes part in the motocross event of the Games.
- Brutal Honesty: Like Applejack, she's not afraid to speak her mind. Unlike Applejack, she's incredibly blunt about it.Twilight: Hi, Sugarcoat!
Sugarcoat: That was a really bad speech. You should consider not speaking in public.
- Creepy Monotone: How she normally talks.
- Emotionless Girl: Most of the time, she doesn't make any facial expressions while speaking — or even shouting across a field.
- Hair Decorations: She has a small, magenta hair clip that is apparently shaped like a pair of lips; fitting, seeing how she tends to speak.
- Hidden Depths: She loves animals just like Fluttershy; not only does she literally Pet the Dog at Rarity's sleepover, but she even manages to get a whole litter of kittens to sleep on her lap when she goes to visit Fluttershy at the shelter.
- Innocently Insensitive: While her brutal honesty often comes across as mean-spirited, Sugarcoat herself doesn't seem to notice that she is being mean. At one point in Twilight's Sparkly Sleepover Surprise, she bluntly states that she honestly didn't think Sunny Flare had any other friends besides her and Sour Sweet — with no hint of malice.
- Ironic Name: Sugarcoat's name means to make something seem more pleasant than it is, which is the exact opposite of what she does in the film.
- Mega Twintails: She sports two side pigtails that reach all the way down to her waist.
- Motor Mouth: When she says anything longer than one or two sentences, she talks very fast. Even Pinkie comments on it.
- Not So Stoic: She does look shaken after being attacked by a giant Man-Eating Plant, though that's understandable — and even then, it's still a surprisingly subdued reaction to almost dying. Sugarcoat does show plenty of emotion when Twilight transforms into Midnight Sparkle, and starts wreaking havoc. She is also very hurt when Sunny Flare claims she didn't invite her to a sleepover in the Tie-In Novel following Friendship Games.
- Odd Friendship: Develops one with Fluttershy, of all people. Sugarcoat is immediately interested when she starts talking about her animals at the shelter, and goes to visit her at least once in one Tie-In Novel.
- Proper Tights with a Skirt: She's wearing black tights under a skirt that's noticeably shorter than normal for the Crystal Prep's female uniform.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Out of everyone, she's the only person to give a long speech about how much of a hypocritical jerk Principal Cinch is.
- Smug Smiler: The few times she has a facial expression, it's invariably a smug grin.
- Stoic Spectacles: Her glasses compliment her straightforward comments.
"Sorry, dearie, but these games aren't about being nice."
Voiced by: Britt Irvin
- Advertised Extra: Next to Lemon Zest, she gets the least amount of screen time and even less characterization. Bizarrely, she's the one Shadowbolt pushed forward in the opening credits, on the same level as Sunset Shimmer. She eventually gets an expanded role in the Tie-In Novel Twilight's Sparkly Sleepover Surprise.
- Alpha Bitch: Her expanded characterization in the Tie-In Novel following Friendship Games presents her as a particularly nasty one — as the leader of a Girl Posse made up of Sugarcoat, Sour Sweet and herself, the first chapter starts all of them taunting Twilight when she arrives back at Crystal Prep to get her stuff, and they continue to prey on her insecurities over her Friendless Background as the book progresses; but while Sugarcoat and Sour Sweet more or less drop the attitude after a while, Sunny Flare latches to it as if her life depended on it, leading in her ridiculously mean-spirited imitation of Midnight Sparkle at the titular sleepover. It's ultimately subverted, as she only has two friends she doesn't treat very well. She gets better.
- Drama Queen: Occasionally lapses into Rarity-esque theatrics, most notably when she picks the Dare card.
- Dude, Not Funny!: Causes this reaction in Twilight's Sparkly Sleepover Surprise, when she pulls a card during Truth or Dare that she claims says "do an impression of Midnight Sparkle", which she gleefully does — and it gets worse when it's revealed to both the reader and the girls that the card actually said "do a stupid dance". This drives Twilight to tears, alienates everyone, including her fellow Shadowbolts and friends and almost gets kicked out of the sleepover party.
- Easily Forgiven: After all is said and done, Twilight interrupts Rarity when she suggests Sunny Flare to leave, and is willing to forgive her even after the fairly cruel stunt she pulls at the sleepover.Twilight Sparkle: We're all going to forgive you when you do [admit that you've made a terrible mistake]. That's what these girls from Canterlot High have taught me. We all make mistakes some times.
Sunny Flare: [disbelievingly] You'd forgive me? Really?
Twilight Sparkle: I would. Just don't do it again, okay?
Rarity: If Twilight forgives you, we all do.
- Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: Maybe not necessarily "evil", but certainly enough of a malicious jerk — her eyeshadow is a very dark purple and heavily contrasts with her light blue-green skin.
- Flat Character: We don't know anything about her other than she's competing on the Shadowbolts team, and we don't see enough of her personality to understand why she should be considered Rarity's rival in the films.
- Friendless Background: Barring her rather dysfunctional "friendship" with fellow Shadowbolts Sugarcoat and Sour Sweet, it's noted by Sugarcoat herself at one point that Sunny Flare likely doesn't have any other friends. This would explain a lot of her controlling nature.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Implied during the sleepover; when Twilight manages to defuse a tense situation and gets everyone to get along just nicely — in particular, her only two friends to have fun without her — she doesn't take it very well. In other words, she's likely envious that Twilight — the lonely girl she and the others ostracized — somehow manages to be better at friendship than her, as seen when she admits that neither her or her friends really know much about friendship, unlike Twilight.The more relaxed and chatty Sugarcoat and Sour Sweet were, the angrier she got.
- Hair Decorations: Wears a sun-shaped hair clip in the animation; her doll has it as a rainy-overcast sun.
- Informed Attribute: The official website makes her seem like The Perfectionist and either a Concerned Claire or Whistleblower Wilma, but nothing in the movie suggests it.
- Ironic Name: Her name — evocative of solar flares, which are intense bursts of light — doesn't fit her either in what little we've seen of her personality (varying degrees of "poised, elegant jerk") or her appearance (where her color palette consists almost entirely of cool colors and dark accents, even out of her school's uniform).
- The Leader: She is depicted as the de facto leader of the Shadowbolts in Twilight's Sparkly Sleepover Surprise.
- Lethal Chef: Implied by Sour Sweet's comment that "Sunny Flare makes the worst cookies." We don't get any explanation beyond this, other than that Twilight and Sunset's looked much better.
- Multicolored Hair: Has purple and pink hair.
- Never My Fault: After getting called out for her Midnight Sparkle imitation, she tries to deflect the blame back at Twilight, of all people.Sunny Flare: Twilight's the one who's a real monster. Not me.
- Rollerblade Good: She participates in the Games' rollerskating event.
- Super OCD: Shown to be very controlling of both her friends in Twilight's Sparkly Sleepover Surprise, as she doesn't take it kindly whenever Sour Sweet or Sugarcoat do things without her, or when they or other people express that they want to do things she herself doesn't want to do: she dismisses Sugarcoat's suggestion to make snickerdoodles early on; doesn't like when she and Sour Sweet team up on the climbing wall instead of either of them with her; very bluntly and rudely shots down Rainbow Dash's Flashlight tag idea twice; doesn't let Rainbow Dash try one of her chocolate strawberries under the pretext that "they're for later" (i.e. when everyone arrives); and generally tends to boss people around. Sour Sweet once states that they always play Truth or Dare because she makes them. Sheesh. On a more minor note, at one point she tries to write down Twilight's friendship advice.
- Took a Level in Kindness: After Twilight shows herself to be the better person by offering Sunny Flare forgiveness in spite of the rather nasty stunts she had been pulling through Twilight's Sparkly Sleepover Surprise, she mellows towards her and the others.
- Troll: Shown on various occasions to enjoy seeing people suffer in some way, such as when she uploads an embarrassing video of Sugarcoat in spite of her protests, and especially when she lies that the Dare card she got was to "imitate Midnight Sparkle", which she seems to have done pretty much just For the Evulz.
- Odd Friendship: Manages to strike one with Applejack, as they're both happily making cupcakes and hanging around in the final chapter of Twilight's Sparkly Sleepover Surprise.
- Ungrateful Bastard: When you think about it, as she acts pretty rude to everyone, including the magic-wielding girls who saved her and the rest of the universe — not to mention she, if anything, manages to be an even bigger jerkass to Twilight after the latter invites her to a sleepover out of her own volition in order to get her and her friends to have some fun together, and get to know them better.
- With Friends Like These...: As shown in Twilight's Sparkly Sleepover Surprise, she tends to act dismissive towards her "friends" and at one point really hurts Sugarcoat's feelings. Even the socially inept Twilight picks up on this relatively early on in the book, and after her cruel imitation of Midnight Sparkle Sugarcoat and Sour Sweet both admit that they only really consider themselves friends in the rare occasions Sunny Flare is being nice. Judging by the "friendship advice" she and the others give Twilight, she doesn't seem to fully trust them, either.
Other Alternate Versions
- Cadance appears as the Dean of Crystal Prep, who acts as a Reasonable Authority Figure and cares greatly about Twilight's well-being. She is also shown to be on good terms with Celestia and Luna. A throwaway line in "Dance Magic" confirms she became the Principal after the events of Friendship Games.
- Shining Armor is a Crystal Prep alumnus who encourages Twilight to participate in the Friendship Games. It is unclear if he and Cadance have the same relationship as their pony counterparts (but there are some subtle hints).
- Jet Set, Upper Crust, Suri Polomare, Fleur-Dis-Lee, Trenderhoof, Royal Pin and Neon Lights are students at Crystal Prep and the other members of their Friendship Games team.
"Hi, everyone! Welcome to Camp Everfree! I'm Gloriosa Daisy, your camp director! Think of me as your friendly camp and nature guide."
Voiced by: Enid-Raye AdamsThe friendly camp director at the titular Camp Everfree. She manages it alongside her brother Timber Spruce.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Not that big, compared to some other (mostly male) characters, but hers still are noticeably thicker than those of other female characters.
- Beneath the Mask: She's not quite as nice inside as she acts on the outside. Sunset herself (rightfully) expresses slight suspicion towards the sugary-happy Gloriosa Daisy after briefly reading her mind by accident. The instances we're given of her hidden feelings are either angry orders or screams of frustration.Sunset Shimmer: People that chipper make me nervous.
- Brother–Sister Team: Runs the camp with Timber Spruce.
- Catchphrase: "I got this!" Said whenever she agrees to help a camper. Takes on a darker tone when she transforms into Gaea Everfree and keeps using it, this time in the context of assuring the campers she won't let Filthy Rich shut down the camp.
- Control Freak: She's obsessed with doing everything by herself around camp and shuts down anyone's attempts to help her. Gets even worse when she transforms into Gaea Everfree and surrounds the camp in vines, refusing to let the campers leave.
- Creepy Monotone: Briefly sports this when she runs into Twilight and Sunset in the rock quarry. It's in stark contrast with her apparent faux-happiness and occasional arguing with her brother.
- Drunk on the Dark Side: Using Equestrian magic is clearly not doing her mental state any favors. The real-life stress of her family's business going under doesn't help either.
- Flower in Her Hair: Gloriasa Daisy wears a crown of daisies in her hair, fittingly enough. Her gala dress also includes a tiara of yellow flowers.
- To Sunset Shimmer. Like Sunset, she's recently developed magical powers and is using them to enrich her normal life. And like Sunset in the first film, she's eventually overwhelmed by a power she can't control and transforms into a monster. And just as Sunset got that power from the Element of Magic, it's implied the gemstones Gloriosa takes power from are a sort of parallel to the Elements of Harmony.
- Also to Twilight. She's a workaholic managing a lot of stress under her composed exterior, spends most of the film on the verge of a breakdown, and eventually is consumed by her Superpowered Evil Side. Her Gaea Everfree form also calls to mind Midnight Sparkle's design, which Word of God has said was intentional.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: She's the workaholic responsible one to Timber's fun-loving one. The truth is a bit of both — Gloriosa wants to use her powers to help the campers have fun, while Timber recognizes the danger of the magic and thinks it's a bad idea.
- Green Thumb: The power she gains from Equestrian magic. It allows her to control plant life.
- Little Big Sister: Is older than Timber, but she's a bit smaller than him.
- Madness Mantra: "I got this!" The more she says it, the more obvious it becomes to the viewer she obviously does not.
- Mundane Utility: She was using her magic to help the campers have fun, because she knows the camp is going under and wants their last year to be one to remember.
- Obviously Evil: From her obvious faux-happiness to her constant arguing with Timber to her secrecy and tendency to disappear a lot, it's obvious Gloriosa is up to something. Double-subverted. When her secret is revealed, it turns out she's not up to anything evil, she's just trying to make sure everyone has fun and is using magic to do so, which Timber protests. Then played straight when immediately after this reveal she powers up and gets Drunk on the Dark Side.
- Poor Communication Kills: Part of the theme she shares with Human Twilight in the fourth movie. She tries to keep up a happy façade, despite the threat of losing her family's camp clearly is causing her stress. And trying to help the campers with Equestria magic isn't helping matters. Especially when it corrupts her and she tries to trap the campers to the point of near harm and needs to be stopped. Eventually, once she finally comes clean about her situation to the campers, everyone is more than willing to help her save it, showing she just should have been honest from the get go.
- Power Crystal: Her power comes from the gemstones she wears around her neck.
- Rapunzel Hair: Gloriosa's magenta hair is even longer than average for the female characters (which already have them rather long in general), reaching to her thighs.
- Sanity Slippage: Her mental state deteriorates with every appearance she makes. By the time she shows up in the rock quarry, she's completely lost it. Fortunately, she gets better by the end of the movie.
- Stepford Smiler: She is constantly smiling and promising to help anyone in trouble, but obviously barely keeping a lid on her stress and forcing herself to stay happy.
- Twitchy Eye: Gloriosa's left lower eyelid begins twitching as the problems in Camp Everfree and campers' requests are piling up, another hint of her eroding state of mind. Then her other eye twitches too when she reveals herself to Twilight and Sunset in the Crystal Cave.
- Vague Age: Her doll in the toyline looks just like anyone else's, but she looks somewhat older than the CHS students in the movie proper, and her status as camp director (and apparently along with Timber Spruce, the only workers at camp) makes it unlikely she's just a teenager, implying that she's the older of the two siblings.
- Walking Spoiler: She's behind the magical goings-on around the camp, drawing power from magical crystals infused with Equestrian magic.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Her family's business has failed and she's going to lose the land they've owned for four generations to Filthy Rich, who's going to tear it down and build a high-class spa resort. Everything Gloriosa does is to try to and make sure the last batch of campers they'll ever host have the most fun they can.
- Workaholic: She insists on doing everything herself in the name of everyone else having a worry-free time at camp. Combined with the magic she's gained and the stress of nearly losing the camp. It doesn't help her psyche when the magic overwhelms her.
- Youthful Freckles: She has freckles on her cheeks, of a slightly darker color than her skin.
"Think of me as that awesome guy... who should always be invited to fun things."
Voiced by: Brian DoeAlong with his sister Gloriosa Daisy, he keeps things running at Camp Everfree as well as he can. A self-described awesome dude who likes to do fun stuff.
- Almost Kiss: He and Twilight before Gloriosa interrupts.
- An Axe to Grind: Late in the film, he grabs a woodcutting axe and tries to hack his way out of the vines Gaea Everfree is using to imprison the campers, with little success.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: A trait he shares with other male characters (and Flash Sentry in particular). His are, oddly enough, of a completely different color than his hair.
- Big Little Brother: Younger than Gloriosa, but taller than she is.
- Brother–Sister Team: Helps his sister run the camp.
- Chivalrous Pervert: He's quite the flirt, and it's played for laughs that the men get a lot less charm from him than the women. Still, he's a nice guy underneath.
- Curtains Match the Window: His green eyes match with the green hair on his head.
- Foil: To Twilight. As Twilight does with Sunset, Timber recognizes the danger of using magic and thinks Gloriosa should be careful with hers.
- It's All About Me: An example that's played for laughs more than anything, he claims he saved the campers from Gaea Everfree by saving Twilight from a (minor) fall on the docks so that Twilight could save them.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Zigzagged. His attitude and constant arguing with his sister in public makes him seem like the meaner of the two siblings, however he's actually worried about Gloriosa overusing magic on the camp and wants her to get rid of it before she does something dangerous.
- Minor Major Character: While he's a main character, his impact on the overall plot is surprisingly small. He mostly acts as Human Twilight's love interest and a red herring for Sunset, he doesn't play any part in in Twilight's issues with Midnight Sparkle and accomplishes little to nothing against Gaea Everfree.
- Narcissist: Like It's All About Me, downplayed, but he makes his lantern in the image of his face, is often showing posing and flashing charming grins, and makes several comments about his many virtues, despite many of them being absent or nonexistent.
- Red Herring: The movie tries making him out to be the villain who wants to shut the camp down, even confirming that he's been leaving trails of "Gaea Everfree's" gem dust whenever something dangerous happens so no-one would suspect him. While the latter is partially true, he's actually doing it so no-one would suspect his sister, the real, accidental cause of everything that goes wrong.
- Scooby-Doo Hoax: Sunset believes he's using the story of Gaea Everfree to scare people from the camp and get it shut down so his family can move to the city like he's always wanted. In truth, Timber made up the story to cover for Gloriosa's use of magic, and she was doing it with intent to let the campers have more fun, not scare anyone away.
- Ship Tease: With (human) Twilight Sparkle; he smiles at her while greeting the students with Gloriosa, and later strikes a conversation about sapphires with her... And they both blush for a second when their hands graze.
- Vague Age: Much like his sister; he does look younger than her, but shouldn't be too young if he's also in charge of running the camp. The novelization claims he's a teenager.
"Instead of turning it into a spa resort that will line my pockets with more money than this camp ever could? I don't think so..."
Voiced by: Brian DrummondThe human counterpart to Filthy Rich and father to Diamond Tiara. He owns the land Camp Everfree belongs to and plan to replace it with a spa resort.
- Adaptational Villainy: Downplayed. The pony Filthy Rich is a Honest Corporate Executive and Reasonable Authority Figure. This guy is a greedy Smug Snake, but still a Reasonable Authority Figure and Villainy-Free Villain.
- Conspicuous Consumption: Shows off by riding his limousine to Camp Everfree and through the forest surrounding it.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Wants to replace Camp Everfree with a spa resort, which would earn him a lot more money than renting the land to Gloriosa Daisy. This in and of itself wouldn't count towards this trope (after all, a more profitable venture is simply good business sense), but what does count is the fact he seems to take a little too much pleasure in rubbing this fact into Gloriosa and Timber's faces.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He could've forcibly brought out the camp, but was willing to at least let Gloriosa have one more week to either get the money needed to pay the debts (which he figured unlikely) or prepare her goodbyes to the camp.
- Smug Smiler: Never stops his smarmy smile while threatening Gloriosa Daisy. Though this drops when the camp raises the money to pay off the debts. To which he gives a silent scowl before leaving the fundraiser.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His intent to replace Camp Everfree results in Gloriosa acquiring her magic and eventually turning into Gaea Everfree.
- Villainy-Free Villain: He's an asshole, and he doesn't give a hoot what happens to the camp, but he is well within his rights to foreclose the camp if Gloriosa and Timber can't pay their rent and he has no direct hand in Gloriosa becoming corrupted with magic. He even allows Gloriosa one last week to run the camp before he buys it out.
Debut: My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Legend of Everfree
Major Role: My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Magical Movie Night ("Movie Magic")
Major Role: My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Magical Movie Night ("Movie Magic")
Voiced by: Andy TothThe director of the upcoming Daring Do movie adaptation.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He may be a swell guy, but he really brings the hammer down hard on his niece when he finds out she's been stealing props and endangering actors just to get her own shot at stardom.
- Cool Uncle: Juniper is lucky to have such a friendly uncle who also happens to be a movie director. Tragically, she ends up taking his kindness and trust for granted in favor of her own ambitions, which she finds out the hard way.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He first appears as an attendee at the Crystal Ball in My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Legend of Everfree.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: He's the spitting image of Steven Spielberg.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Seeing how the Mane Seven helped save his childhood camp, he's happy to help them however he can.
- Wag the Director: In-Universe, Rainbow Dash ends up calling even more shots for the Daring Do movie than he does, pointing out adaptational discrepancies and such in the middle of each take.
Debut: My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Magical Movie Night ("Movie Magic")
Voiced by: Kira TozerA famous movie star who is signed on to star in the latest Daring Do adaptation.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Possibly due to her own vanity, while portraying Daring Do she wears lipstick and eye shadow while the pony Daring Do never wore any make-up.
- Gender-Blender Name: "Magnifico" is the masculine form of the Italian word for "magnificent".
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Although she's haughty and demanding, she's also shown to have positive traits. She uses her notoriety for the animal cause, as mentioned by Fluttershy, and when there are scheduling conflicts with another job, she works her agent hard so that he'd resolve it and not endanger Canter Zoom's movie.
- Nice Character, Mean Actor: In-Universe. Daring Do is an all-around heroic figure, but her actress is The Prima Donna.
These characters are not affiliated with either of the two high schools or the summer camp. They have typically appeared only in background or supporting roles so far.
- Mr. and Mrs. Cake, who run a café near the school that sports an exterior decor similar to Sugarcube Corner; supplementary materials (such as the novelizations and the toyline) give it the name of "Sweet Shoppe".
- Flim and Flam run a pawn shop in town, shown in "A Case for the Bass".
- Maud Pie appears briefly in Rainbow Rocks, living in the same house as Pinkie. Boulder is with her.
- Angel Bunny, although unnamed in the films (the novelizations, Canterlot High Tell-All and toyline do name him), is clearly Fluttershy's pet in the human world.
- Gummy is seen as a stuffed toy that Pinkie owns; the toyline presents him as his usual alligator self.
- The second IDW EQG annual shows Winona as AJ's family pet.
- Discord as a stuffed animal is seen as one of the prizes in "Perfect Day for Fun!"
- The toy line has included humanized versions of Zecora, Sapphire Shores, Queen Chrysalis, Daring Do and Starlight Glimmer.
- Geri (whose counterpart is an elderly background pony) is briefly seen in the bus taken by Twilight at the start of Friendship Games.
- "Dance Magic" makes mention of Sapphire Shores, who's also a popular singer in this world, and of Daring Do books, implying A.K. Yearling also has a counterpart.