Characters / My Little Pony: The Movie (2017)

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Equestria

    Songbird Serenade 
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Voiced by: Sia

Equestria's latest and greatest musical sensation. Songbird is brought on to lend her vocal talents at the Friendship Festival.

The Storm King's forces

    The Storm King 
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Voiced by: Liev Schreiber

A ruthless conqueror who has laid waste to the lands south of Equestria, and now sets his sights on the ponies and their magic. Sinister and slightly insane, the Storm King commands an army of storm creatures that only aim to please him and spread his will across the world.

  • Affably Evil: Despite his intimidating appearance, he's actually quite a charismatic, laid-back, all-around friendly guy even while he's reducing entire nations to their knees. He straddles close to Faux Affably Evil, however, when he explains that he is a staunch opponent of concepts such as friendship.
  • Animalistic Abomination: The prequel comic suggests him to be one. The narrator and even the Storm King himself refer to him as a force of nature; not a king of storms, but a king who is a storm.
  • Benevolent Boss: He's shown treating his soldiers incredibly well in the prequel comic, even planning to thrown them a party for their services in conquering and pillaging in his name. As he later says, it's simply to ensure their loyalty to him as he sees them as mere enforcers of his will.
  • Big Bad: While Tempest gets the central focus in the movie, the Storm King is the one who calls the shots.
  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: As a big, monkey-like creature with long white fur and goat-like hoofs, his design has some clear yeti influence to it.
  • The Conqueror: His prequel comic depicts him as such, with him being in the process of conquering the cat country of Abyssinia. He doesn't actually rule the nations he overruns or form an actual empire, as he doesn't want to get distracted and bogged down by actually the whole political aspect, and instead prefers to rob his victims blind and move on to the next target after each conquest. His ultimate goal, however, is to take over the whole world once he's powerful enough.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": He has no known name beyond "the Storm King". The prequel comic implies that this is an actual name he gave himself.
  • Evil Overlord: He has conquered all of the lands south of Equestria, with "King" even being part of his name, or at least title. The prequel comic, however, shows that he is lest interested in actually ruling the nations he conquers than stealing their riches to fund his armada. Despite his taking over the whole world is still his ultimate goal.
  • Fauns and Satyrs: He has cloven hooves for feet, his facial appearance looks more goat-like and a large crown with goat horns to this effect, just replacing the human half with a different primate.
  • Friendless Background: His speech about friendship in the prequel comic firmly cements him as deliberately having no friends, seeing them as distractions and potential traitors.
  • Laughably Evil: Just as humorous as he is a threat.
  • Maniac Monkeys: Resembles a giant, long-tailed primate in appearance, and is described as "loug, angry, and a little bit crazy".
  • Multiple-Choice Past: In the prequel comic, the Storm King suggests multiple different origins for himself, from being the son of a thundercloud and the sky, to hatching from an abandoned egg on a mountaintop, to being an ordinary creature with dreams of greatness.
  • Non-Indicative Name: He calls himself a king, but his lack of interest in actually governing the nations he conquers in favor of pillaging them of their riches and artifacts peg him as more of a glorified pirate. Furthermore, he doesn't actually control storms, though gaining that ability is on his to-do list.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: The Storm King's actions seem to be driven by practicality and self-interest before other considerations, with little in the way of either genuine compassion or needless cruelty. He's very generous towards his soldiers and treats them extremely well, but this is simply to make sure they remain loyal to him. He also doesn't bother to enforce his rule on the nations he overruns, since he doesn't want to get saddled with the minutiae of ruling and administrating, simply sacking them for all they're worth before moving on.
  • Prongs of Poseidon: He uses a trident to control lightning, making him a Type II (a sign of evilness) mixed in with signs of Type I (a callback to Poseidon, the god of storms and violent weather).
  • Psycho Electro: Is capable of manipulating lightning, and is the Big Bad of the film.
  • Take Over the World: His ultimate goal, as seen in the prequel comic.
  • Weather Manipulation: He aims to imbue his staff with the power to control the elements,note  both to give him the strength of a thousand armies, and because he figured there's no sense in calling himself "the Storm King" if he doesn't have a storm to back it up with.

    Tempest Shadow 
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Voiced by: Emily Blunt

The Storm King's right-hand unicorn, and commander of his invasion fleet. A traitor to her homeland of Equestria, Tempest was alienated from the other ponies at a young age after losing her horn in an accident. Now she faithfully serves the Storm King in hunting down the Princesses of Equestria, Twilight Sparkle in particular, believing that their magic may restore her own.

  • All of the Other Reindeer: As shown in The Stormy Road to Canterlot, this was ultimately subverted. After her friends seemed to move on with their lives when she broke her horn, despite their efforts at being as supportive of her as possible, young Tempest was motivated to run away from home out of fear of this happening, especially since her magic became dangerously unstable.
  • Broken Bird: She was once as sweet and kind as any other pony could be until she lost her horn and then entered into the Storm King's service, events that turned her into a jaded and hateful young mare.
  • Contralto of Danger: In contrast to the main characters, she has a deep, intimidating voice.
  • Dark Action Girl: The first trailer shows off her fighting prowess by attacking the Mane Six, and later taking on a fish-like creature three times her size.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She lived a fairly idyllic life until the accident that cost her her horn. The isolation she endured from other ponies eventually drove her to run away from home and into the service of the Storm King.
  • The Dragon: She is the commander of the Storm King's armada and his most dangerous subordinate.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Twilight. Both were young unicorns who dreamed of being accepted into Princess Celestia's School for Gifted Unicorns, but whereas Twilight was able to get in and become a prodigy of magic, Tempest's horn was shattered, ending her dream of going into school and instead focusing on her physical prowess. Also, whereas Twilight started out as an anti-social bookworm who later wound up embracing friendship, Tempest had plenty of friends before her accident drove a wedge between them, making her bitter and lonely. They also both have smaller animal assistants who they share a close bond with.
  • Expy: has quite a bit in common with Sunset Shimmer from when she was a villain, being a Unicorn who dreamed of becoming an Alicorn Princess, and an Evil Counterpart to Twilight who they both come to resent for getting everything that they wanted and attempted to invade Equestria.
  • Fictional Disability: She's a unicorn whose horn was severed in a foalhood accident, costing her the ability to use magic properly. She's still at least partially capable of casting spells, as she's seen with magic swirling around her horn, but she mostly relies on magitek weaponry (like bombs) to get the job done instead.
  • Freakiness Shame: She used to hide her stunted horn from everyone except her friends in The Stormy Road to Canterlot, afraid of how other ponies would react. She has since grown out of it with encouragement from Grubber and the Storm King.
  • Freudian Excuse: She lost her horn as a filly, and with it, her dreams of both enrolling in Celestia's School for Gifted Unicorns with her friends, and becoming an alicorn princess. This eventually spurred her to run away from Equestria, believing she had nothing left there. In the years that followed, the hardships she endured to eke out a living before entering the Storm King's service hardened her into a bitter and ruthless mare.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Tempest went from being any other unicorn you'd find in Equestria to the Storm King's most ruthless enforcer and Bounty Hunter.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Aside from her broken horn, she also has a scar over her right eye.
  • Handicapped Badass: As a unicorn with a broken horn, she uses Magitek and martial arts instead. And she's very capable of both, even managing to take out the Mane Six with one of her magitek grenades.
  • The Heavy: While the Storm King is the Big Bad, Tempest is the villain who actively hunts the Mane Six.
  • I Have Many Names: The Stormy Road to Canterlot shows that Tempest Shadow wasn't her original name, and that before she entered the Storm King's employ she went by aliases like "Caramel Chip" and "Cherry Pie". The "Look and Find" book, released ahead of the movie, reveals that her real name is Fizzlepop Berrytwist.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Being a unicorn who can't use magic because of her missing horn, her end goal of helping the Storm King take Equestria's magic is so she can use it to restore her horn and become an ordinary unicorn again.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Her blue eyes compliment her cold personality and piercing gaze.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Unlike the goofy Grubber and the Affably Evil Storm King, Tempest is a dead serious villain and her arrival at Canterlot makes the happy celebration take a turn for the worse.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: The Stormy Road to Canterlot shows this to be the case with the ursa minor encounter that cost Tempest her horn. Despite sacrificing her horn for the sake of her friends, she was still ostracized, and became rather bitter as a result.
    As she started off into the night, she reminded herself of the worst part. She'd been the brave one that day in the forest. She'd volunteered to go into the cave to get the ball so her friends didn't have to. She'd yelled to Glitter Drops and Spring Rain, telling them there was an ursa minor inside so they wouldn't get hurt. She'd done everything right. And what did she have to show for it? What did she get for being a good friend? Nothing, she thought as the lights from the town grew smaller in the distance. "There's nothing left for me there."
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: She wastes zero time with malicious gloating or silly banter, in stark contrast to most other My Little Pony villains, best shown when she leads the invasion of Canterlot. After the Mane Six refuse to give up their magic, she starts attacking with the Storm King's army.
    Tempest Shadow: How about we start with your complete and total surrender?
  • Obviously Evil: Red and black color patterns? Check. Scarred face and broken horn? Check. Deep intimidating voice? Check. Serious and stoic personality? Check.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Tempest's default face seems to be one of disinterest and disdain. Whenever she does crack a smile, it's a rather nasty one.
  • Power Incontinence: According to The Stormy Road to Canterlot, her magic started becoming dangerously unstable after her horn broke. It was one of the factors in Tempest deciding to run away from home.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Has a red mane and russet fur, wears black armor, and is a villainous character.
  • The Resenter: In The Stormy Road to Canterlot, a disguised Tempest briefly encounters Twilight Sparkle while scouting out Canterlot for the upcoming attack, and quickly grows resentful of her. Having hoped to become an alicorn princess herself during her youth, Tempest bitterly acknowledges that Twilight is living the life she had always dreamt of.
  • Villainous Friendship: The Stormy Road to Canterlot shows that she and Grubber have some manner of friendship as he was the first to react to her unstable magic with amazement rather than fear.

    Grubber 
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Voiced by: Michael Peña

A pug-faced hedgehog that serves in the Storm King's army as Tempest's sidekick. Grubber talks a big game to make up for his short stature, but would really like nothing more than to sit back and relax with a good snack.

  • Bumbling Sidekick: Serves as this to Tempest, and the Storm King by extention.
  • Evil Counterpart: Grubber is a small animal sidekick with a big appetite, much like Spike, except he's much more cowardly and certainly not as kind.
  • Extreme Doormat: After being betrayed by his previous number two, the Storm King promotes Grubber to the role as he'll clearly have no such ambitions.
  • Funny Animal: He's a walking, talking hedgehog-like creature.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: His profile describes him as "a good guy put in a bad situation".
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: He is a hedgehog-like creature with the face of a pug.
  • Number Two: He is the Storm King's second-in-command in the prequel comic, promoted to this role after the Storm King was abandoned by his previous, more treacherous Number Two.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Believe it or not, he's a member of a hardened warrior tribe. Unfortunately for him, he lacks the physical size to live up to the title.
  • Speech Impediment: He speaks with a noticeable lisp that's only present in the movie.
  • Sweet Tooth: Mentions liking pie, and is briefly seen about to eat a slice of cake in the trailer.
  • Villainous Friendship: In The Stormy Road to Canterlot, he and Tempest are the closest thing anyone has to being friends in the Storm King's service, since he was the first not to be alarmed by her dangerously unstable magic.

Klugetown

    Capper 
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Voiced by: Taye Diggs

A conniving cat con artist who calls Klugetown his home. Capper lost everything he had when he tried scamming the local crime boss, and has since resorted to swindling others just to make ends meet.

  • The Artful Dodger: The prequel comic shows he lived his whole life gleefully stealing from the streets of Abyssinia. By the start of the movie, however, he's pretty much sick of it and only continues doing it because he feels he has no other choice.
  • Badass Longcoat: He wears a tattered red coat.
  • Cat Folk: He's an Abyssinian, the franchise's version of humanoid cat people.
  • Con Man: He is of the song-and-dance variety, much like the Flim Flam Brothers from the show, though not entirely by choice, since it's the only way he can make a living.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Capper was a Street Urchin from Abyssinia who fled his home alongside his best friend, Chummer, after the Storm King invaded. They eventually made their way to Klugetown where they made a living scamming others until Chummer ultimately betrayed and abandoned Capper, not wanting to give up a life of crime as Capper did, leaving him on his own.
  • Funny Animal: An anthropomorphic bipedal cat.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: He wears a Badass Longcoat—and nothing else.
  • Heel–Face Turn: While no means a pure bad guy, he goes from scamming the Mane Six to becoming their ally.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite his smooth talking and confidence, he's deeply insecure about his role as a petty thief.

    Verko 
The crime boss who runs Klugetown. He holds a tight leash on Capper, who wound up in serious debt to him after a swindle gone wrong.

  • The Don: In the prequel comic, Verko claims that "every lowlife, knave, and villain who ever picked a pocket" in Klugetown answers to him.
  • Funny Animal: He's a mole rat in clothes.

Pirates

    Captain Celaeno 
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Voiced by: Zoe Saldana

The parrot-like leader of the pirates. Once proud and daring explorers of the skies, Celaeno and her crew were roped into the Storm King's service as mere postal carriers. It takes a certain group of six pony stowaways (plus one dragon) to rekindle her zest for adventure, making her an invaluable ally.

  • Action Girl: The first trailer shows her engaging in a sword fight with Rainbow Dash.
  • Alliterative Name: With her title, her full name is Captain Celaeno.
  • Beauty Mark: Has a mole under her left eye.
  • Bird People: She has the head and tail of a parrot, and talons for her hands and feet, but no visible wings.
  • Dressed to Plunder: She sports traditional pirate attire such as a tricorn hat, a golden earring, and a crystal peg leg.
  • Harping on About Harpies: Her design appears to be largely influenced by the harpies (part-bird/part-woman) of Greek mythology, even being named directly after one of them. She takes after her bird half than her human half, having the head and talons of a bird, but lacking wings and having a humanoid anatomy. She also has Pointy Ears similar to how griffons are sometimes depicted.
  • Karmic Thief: The prequel comic establishes that she and her crew only stole from the Storm King and no one else.
  • A Mother to Her Men: The prequel comic shows that she sees her crew as family and cares about them more than any amount of treasure. She does everything she can to minimize the risks in their work, and when the Storm King catches them and offers her the position of right hand creature, but says the crew will be relegated to cargo haulers, she accepts the offer to join to keep her crew safe but turns down the offer of a high rank in favor of staying with her crew.
  • Pirate Girl: And she is the captain.
  • Pirate Parrot: Played with. She is a pirate, but doesn't simply have a parrot; she is a parrot.
  • Retired Badass: The Storm King has forced her and her crew to retire from pirating, making them message carriers instead. It takes a pep talk from the Mane Six to remind her how awesome she used to be.
  • Seadog Peg Leg: She has a crystal peg on her lower right leg. While she's working for the Storm King, it's just a plain old wooden leg.
  • Sky Pirate: Matching her avian appearance, she commands an airship.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Her name is misspelled as "Caelano" at the Toy Fair 2017 panel.

    Celaeno's Crew 
Voiced by: Max Martini (Boyle), Nicole Oliver (Lix Spittle)

Captain Celaeno leads a hardy crew of parrot pirates much like herself. Their names are Mulletnote , Boyle, Lix Spittle, and Murdock.

Seaquestria

    Queen Novo 
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Voiced by: Uzo Aduba

The ruler of Seaquestria, kingdom of the seaponies. Novo had to evacuate her people after their original home fell to the Storm King's forces. Although she insists she and her people are happy with their new, secluded lives, she can't deny how much she misses their old way of life.

  • Achilles in His Tent: Novo would much rather kick back and relax in her safe, underwater kingdom than take any direct action against the Storm King again.
  • Berserk Button: Don't take advantage of her hospitality, and certainly don't try to take her pearl. Tempest found this out the hard way in The Stormy Road to Canterlot.
  • The High Queen: She's a kind and majestic queen who is ultimately on the same side as the Mane Six, making her the series' first major aversion to God Save Us from the Queen! and Princesses Rule.
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: She's a seapony, a horse with the lower half of a fish, formally known as a hippocampus. She wasn't always one, however; she was originally a hippogriff (half-horse, half-bird) who transformed herself and her entire race to hide from the Storm King.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Despite any initial reluctance, Novo eventually comes around to answer the Mane Six's call for help against the Storm King.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: When Tempest tries escaping with her Pearl of Transformation in the prequel book, Novo personally hunts her down and throttles her against a wall.
  • Tranquil Fury: She never raises her voice when she is angry, but she remains quite imposing and terrifying when she is.
  • Transformation Ray: She possesses a magical pearl that can transform creatures into other species, using it on the Mane Six to turn them into seaponies, and Spike into a puffer fish. She used the same method on herself and her people to turn them into hippogriffs to escape the Storm King's forces.
  • Walking Spoiler: She is the "queen of the hippos" the Mane Six are looking for.

    Princess Skystar 
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The bubbly seapony princess of Seaquestria, and Queen Novo's daughter. Skystar longs to spread her wings and make new friends after spending too many years cooped up in her undersea home. She gets her wish when she stumbles into the Mane Six in their quest for help against the Storm King.

  • Companion Cube: She spends her spare time befriending seashells and giving them creative names like "Shelly" and "Sheldon".
  • Curtains Match The Windows: She has Innocent Blue Eyes to match her aquamarine hair.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Unlike most princesses in My Little Pony, who are handed the title of "princess" by others as both a symbol of authority and a form of knighthood, Skystar is a closer-to-real-life example who is the daughter of a queen, making her a princess by birth.
  • Flower in Her Hair: She has a sea anemone in her finny "mane" to this effect. It becomes an actual flower in her hippogriff form.
  • Genki Girl: She's bubbly, chatty, and energetic, a classic Kristin Chenoweth character if there ever was one.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Before meeting the Mane Six, Skystar is in a state of intense boredom and loneliness over feeling locked up in her kingdom.
  • Meaningful Name: The name "Skystar" is an indicator that her race actually belongs in the sky, not the sea.
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: Just like her mother, Skystar is a seapony (half-horse, half-fish). Also like her mother, she was a hippogriff (half-horse, half-bird) to begin with.
  • Rebellious Princess: She would much rather leave Seaquestria and make some friends than abide her mother's warnings and live in isolation.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: She plays a crucial role in helping the Mane Six get the seaponies' support, and even accompanies them on their journey in her original hippogriff form.
  • Spoiled Sweet: She's the princess of her kingdom, and is incredibly kind and helpful to the Mane Six.
  • Youthful Freckles: She has orange freckles in between her eyes.

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