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Butt Monkey: Spike, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Twilight, and Princess Luna are all disliked and abused by the rest of the cast, sometimes for no good reason. Which of them is the most disliked varies from episode to episode.
Canon Foreigner: Through the magic of redubbing and creative editing, new characters are created from whole cloth. So far, these include Snuggle Berry, Mutation, The Orb, and Yellow Twilight.
The Exile: Princess Celestia likes to hand out exile sentences for no reason whatsoever. At least they're temporary. Exile's a major part of Twilight Sparkle's and Princess Luna's backstories. And the entire plot of the first two episodes of season 3 gets kicked off when Celly banishes the mane six to the Crystal Kingdom.
Hollywood Tone-Deaf: As demonstrated at the end of "The Best Episode Ever", the mane six can't harmonize with each other worth a damn. Some of them, like Pinkie and Rarity, can at least carry a tune alone, while Twilight and Fluttershy can't even manage that much. Naturally, Twilight and Fluttershy do the most singing in the "UFP Sings Tainted Love" bonus video. In the captions, Wacarb cries that they're making his ears bleed.
Iron Will: Okay, if I could just have the shyest pony here raise their hoof in front of the entire audience... [Every pony in the audience raises a hoof.] Iron Will: Okay, I didn't really expect that, what with this being a seminar for shy ponies and all.
The Irish Mob: The entire Apple clan. Apple farming is just a front for theft, fixing fights, selling drugs, other illegal activities, and speaking with Irish accents.
Only Sane Man: Twilight, Applejack, Spike, and Scootaloo each serve as the sole voice of reason in different specific contexts.
"I am the smartest and wisest pony in the whole town. Everything I do works, and everything I do makes perfect sense, and shut up about the burrito. My way of living is vastly superior to anyone else's, and it is my duty to have everypony do exactly as I do. My thoughts and reasonings are always rational and correct, and I will not rest until everyone else has the same opinions as me!"
A magical prodigy and completely insufferable world savior. Twilight is convinced that she knows more than anyone else in Ponyville—and sometimes she's correct about this. She has a vague and creepy matriarchal relationship with Spike.Speaks with a (hyper-rhotic) American accent.
When she plays the role of Clover in the Hearth's Warming Eve play, she isn't as flagrantly bad as Rarity (see below)—all the same, Twilight breaks character to correct her fellow actors, and the dramatic death scene is clearly beyond her acting range.
In "Stranger than Fan Fiction", Twilight apparently didn't read the script beforehand: she barely emotes, and she stumbles over several awkwardly-written lines.
Belligerent Sexual Tension: Celestia’s tsundere feelings for Twilight are well-documented (see below) but there’s a few hints that Twi reciprocates. In the song “At the Gala”, the choir refers to Celestia as “[Twilight’s] secret crush”. And a few times in season two, she's awfully quick to defend Celestia's status as "the one true alicorn" or her unique approach to maths. But when she's actually around Celestia, she's generally resentful or afraid.
Butt Monkey: Twilight is completely abandoned by her friends on her birthday. When Luna arrives in Ponyville, Twilight's ecstatic that "Someone is even more hated in Ponyville than I am!"
Cannot Tell a Joke: Every time she tries to tell a joke to the others, the results aren't pretty. Everyone agrees her "new joke" (in "One Joke to Rule Them All") needs more work, and that her joke at Rainbow Dash's expense (in "Reading to Rainbow") is too mean to be funny. (To really rub salt in the wounds, each of those are followed up by someone else telling an equally lame joke, and everybody laughing at that.) Her attempted Quip to Black (in "C.S.Pie") just gets silence from everyone.
Twilight: According to this book I'm reading, the world is going to end soon! I think that might be bad.
In "Shameless Self Reference", as Rarity falls from Cloudsdale towards the ground:
Twilight: I'm not sure, but I think that might end badly.
In "Derp and Destruction":
Twilight: Well guys, in our attempt to run away from Derpy, we've made it here, into the desert! Rainbow Dash: Thanks for the update, Captain Obvious. Twilight: Hey, there's nothing wrong with a little recap. Fluttershy: It hasn't even been five minutes yet!
Twilight: Oh, abacus, sometimes I think you're the only one who understands me... What's that? You say you want to get married? But what will the telescope think?
Catch Phrase: "Dammit!" Though she says it quite a bit less in season 2.
Characterization Marches On: In "Mob Wars", Twilight warns Ponyville about the arrival of "dirty illegal immigrants!" This is somewhat at odds with her being the only pony in the mane six who isn't racist, a point of characterization that's introduced in the very next episode and sticks around for the rest of the series.
The Exile: She stays in Ponyville after saving the world from Nightmoon Mare, because Celestia banished her from Canterlot. Celly apparently meant for it to be a temporary sentence (by the time of the Grand Galloping Gala, she completely forgot Twilight was exiled in the first place), but Twilight stays in Ponyville anyway.
For Science!: Her justification for stalking Pinkie Pie. "Nothing's illegal if it's for science!"
Twilight: I've just been visited by me from the future. And me in the future is an annoying jerk! So if you ever see me in the future, I want you to punch her in the face for me! Pinkie Pie: I feel like Twilight doesn't really understand time. [Smash Cut to Twilight, with a bruised face] Twilight: I didn't mean the immediate future!
Hollywood Tone-Deaf: In "Gossip Girls", the local newspaper runs an article about what a terrible singer Twilight is. She denies it and tries to show off her skills, and just succeeds in proving the newspaper right.
In the Season 3 trailer, she tries her hand at rapping. It's not half bad... until she tries freestyling. The result was compared to "a beached whale that died of laryngitis with a harpoon in its throat and it could never sing to begin with."
I Just Want to Have Friends: Sometimes. In some episodes she's driven to madness by the thought that Ponyville doesn't like her. In others, she hates everyone and doesn't care what they think about her.
Twilight: Spike, we have a new mission. I'm going to take that pony down! Spike: But what about the end of the world? Twilight: Oh, you bet I'm going to end her world! [Later] Spike: Master, weren't we supposed to be doing something very important? Twilight: ... No. [Even later, Nightmoon Mare returns, intending to bring about the end of the world.] Twilight: Dammit, I knew I forgot something! Why didn't Spike remind me?!
In "Ponynet Fight!", Twilight insists that her magic isn't working because Spike isn't concentrating hard enough (and she pointedly refuses to explain why her magic needs Spike's concentration).
Chet:[reading a letter from Celestia] Dear Twilight... Can't hold it in any longer... Blah blah blah blah blah. Aw, it's just a boring love letter. Twilight: That doesn't make any sense. Why would Celestia send me a glove letter? I don't wear gloves. Rarity: You and I need to have a talk when we get back, Twilight.
Only Sane Man: Specifically on the topic of racism. Twilight is the only pony in Ponyville who isn't a complete xenophobe.
Piss-Take Rap: The Season 3 teaser trailer shows that she can't rap, either.
Applejack:' Twilight, you sound like a beached whale that died of laryngitis with a harpoon in its throat, and it could never sing to begin with!
Surrounded by Idiots: She's often frustrated by the stupidity of everyone around her. For example, in "Forgettershy":
Rainbow Dash: Uugh. These ponies are so stupid. Do you ever feel like you're surrounded by idiots, Twilight? Twilight:Each and every day. Rainbow Dash: Really? Wow. What about today? Twilight:Every. Day. Rainbow Dash: Oh, what about tomorrow?
The Voice: Twilight Sparkle is reduced to speaking from just off-screen in "Sister Angst".
Twilight's long-suffering personal assistant, and her adopted son (or daughter). Speaks with a German-ish "Igor" accent.
Butt Monkey: He regularly serves as a source of free labor ("I prefer the term enforced volunteer") and physical comedy ("I swear, it's like everyone hates me or something!").
Cuckoolander Commentator: In "Rocks, Clocks, and Two Stupid Ponies", he and Pinkie Pie spend all their time talking about how high they are, and never get around to commenting on the race.
Gender Bender: He's been castrated, and Twilight flip-flops between referring to Spike as her daughter and as her son.
The Igor: Spike refers to Twilight as "Master" and has a (hilariously bad) German accent.
Man of a Thousand Voices: Switches to completely different accents on several occasions: a Sean Connery impression in "Hippocratic Oafs", a Jamaican accent in "Utter Lunacy", a "Santa Claus" voice in "The Best Episode Ever", the Frat Bro accent in "How Not to Train Your Dragon", and an "annoying teenager" voice in "Stranger than Fan Fiction".
Nice Hat: At Cadance and Shining Armor's wedding, the captions note that "Spike is wearing a nice hat. That is all."
Only Sane Man: When Twilight goes off the deep end, Spike tries (and usually fails) to talk reason into her.
Took the Bad Film Seriously: invoked In "Stranger than Fan Fiction", he and Blue Twilight are the only ones who stay in-character the whole episode and don't phone in their performances.
What the Hell Is That Accent?: Spike has a pretty good German accent in the Pilot episode, but it's degenerated into something like a mix of Jamaican and German. Gets a huge lampshade hanging in "Wolfenspike 3D":
Applejack: I frickin' hate the Germans. Spike: Uhhhhh I, I see... Applejack: It's a good thing you're not German. What is that accent anyway, Dutch or something? Spike:Uh, sure, why not? Applejack: You know, because you really don't sound German. Spike: Okay! You don't have to keep bringing it up! Now you're just hurting my feelings.
"Oh, nothing. We're just a... we're just a normal family. No need to get the law involved. We sell apples, we sell apples." [winks]
A hard-workin' Irish farmpony, mindin' the family business! What kind of business? "The none-of-your-damn-business kinda business!"She speaks with an Irish accent, as does most of her extended family.
Affably Evil: She's very outgoing and friendly when she isn't extorting ponies or busting kneecaps.
Discord: Applejack, I want you to betray Twilight. Applejack: How dare you! I would never betray my friends for no reason. Discord: I'll give you a neverending apple! Applejack: Ha, the joke's on you! I'da betrayed Twilight for just a regular apple! Discord: Oh, whatever.
In the very next episode, Twilight uses it to get AJ back on her side:
Twilight: Applejack! I need you to break your deal with Discord. And as payment, I will give you a regular apple! Applejack: What, you think I'd go back on a deal just for one regular apple? What kind of pony do you think I am? Twilight:Two regular apples! Applejack: Yeah! Let's go kill Discord!
No Name Given: The character she plays in the Hearth's Warming Eve play.
Chancellor Councilor's assistant: So, guys, I don't think my character got a name. Is that important? 'Cause I don't have a name.
Only Sane Man: Aside from the fact that she's completely morally bankrupt, Applejack is the most practical and level-headed of the mane six.
Applejack: "Faithless heathen"? Screw you, I'll have you know I'm Catholic! Twilight: Wait a minute. You're a Catholic? Applejack: Yeah... Twilight: But you don't believe in God. Applejack: Of course I don't! I'm Catholic!
Sticky Fingers (Sticky Hooves?): So far, her confirmed steals include trees, Twilight's bicycle, and Twilight's medical supplies. And, on at least one occasion, "everything from everybody".
Applejack: Oh, this must be how Twilight feels all the time.
In "Reading to Rainbow":
Applejack: Well, don't take this the wrong way, but I'm going to leave now in case it turns out stupidity is contagious.
"I, like, totally ruined your hair! And I'm not even going to apologize!"
An athletic pegasus who frequently breaks records in both airspeed and stupidity. She deliberately gets on everyone's nerves, then doesn't understand why nobody likes her.Claims to be Swahili, and sounds like a Valley Girl.
Angrish: Her grasp on the language is weak at the best of times, so when she gets emotional she tends to degenerate into complete gibberish.
Rainbow Dash: Wait a minute, you guys hate me because I'm blue? [distraught] Iwuhwoowah! Iwuh I can't believe you guys! Rrrlrhalrurah!
Butt Monkey: She had a Hilariously Abusive Childhood, and her only friend outside the mane six was the late Snuggle Berry. She can coerce Twilight by threatening to hang out with her all day. When Apple Bloom needs to lay low for a while, she does this by visiting Rainbow Dash. In Twilight's dream of a Ponyville with all its problems solved, Rainbow Dash's death is a prerequisite for the utopia.
Mrs. Cake: You're not supposed to throw babies. Rainbow Dash: Seriously? My second foster parents used to throw me all the time! Mrs. Cake:That explains so much that I didn't care about.
The Ditz: She and logic are not on speaking terms. Even though this is a show where everyone is prone to moments of Comically Missing the Point or Insane Troll Logic, Dash still manages to stand out as the dumbest character. The most blatant example: she can't tell the difference between road signs and clocks, and she thinks that changing the time on a clock is the same thing as time traveling.
Rainbow Dash: Wait, guys! I'm about to have a brilliant idea! Twilight: A great idea by Rainbow Dash might just be good enough to be average! Let's try it.
Hilariously Abusive Childhood: She's never had any friends prior to the mane six, and the longest she's ever stayed with a single foster family was one week. When the parasprites turn violent, Dash's reaction is "My new family's trying to kill me again!"
Never My Fault: Occasionally tries to blame her mistakes on Fluttershy, in the most ludicrous way possible. For example, in "How Not to Train Your Dragon":
Rainbow Dash: It was Fluttershy's fault! Applejack: Fluttershy's not even here. Rainbow Dash: Exactly. So she can't deny it.
No Social Skills: She's desperate for companionship, yet she's constantly sabotaging herself with jerkish behavior, and being weirdly clingy and emotional to the few ponies who are nice to her.
Rainbow Dash: I know I hate everyone, but why does everyone hate me?
Unfortunate Name: In the Hearth's Warming Eve story, she portrays the historic Pegasus general, Flying Monkey Style. At least it's better than the character Fluttershy was saddled with.
Valley Girl: She's weird. She has the valley girl accent and some of the mannerisms, but very few of the other traits associated with them (affluence, interest in fashion, being in school, etc). In the "Behind the Scenes" video, Wacarb explains that he initially planned for Dash to be a completely straight valley girl ("OMG guys! TTYL! Rebecca Black is my hero! I love my parents! I go to school and I'm a college girl!") but he just forgot about this when it came time to record. So Dash instead became her own unique flavor of idiocy.
Spike: What kind of machine? Rarity: You ever heard the saying, "Don't ask, don't tell?" Spike: No... Rarity: Well, good news! Now you have.
The local seamstress, social butterfly, and sex dungeon owner. She loves "accidentally" hurting herself almost as much as she loves the fact that, as "a hot white chick", she's destined to succeed at life.Speaks with a broad Australian accent.
Her portrayal of Princess Plutonium for the Hearth's Warming Eve play. She's almost completely monotone, she speaks at the wrong times (recovering awkwardly when she realizes her mistake), and she recites all her stage directions and her dialogue tags.
Princess Plutonium: Princess Plutonium that is absolutely not true I hate all of you I'm leaving exit stage left.
In "Stranger than Fan Fiction", she speaks all of Fluttershy's lines—which leads to her referring to herself in third person and declaring "Or my name's not Fluttershy!"—and never notices that she got the lines mixed up.
BDSM: Rarity has a lot of leather gear at her boutique. Her fantasies of Prince Blueblood involve branding irons and getting chained to the bed. Her masochism is so far gone that she enjoys pain for its own sake—whenever she's in physical danger, she's disappointed if she comes out unhurt. She engages in Self Harm when others don't indulge her.
Berserk Button: As seen in "The David Bowie Drinking Game", she may be a masochist, but smacking her bum is a no-no. (Or maybe she was angry that they didn't slap hard enough...)
Self Harm: She enjoys pain, and hurts herself because it's fun.
Twilight: We have to do something, guys. If she gets too depressed, she might start hurting herself. Fluttershy: But she does that anyway. Twilight: Oh, yeah. Rarity, you're not hurting yourself in there, are you? Rarity: Do I sound like I'm in a good mood?
Terrible Artist: In "Copywrong", Rarity's Zany Scheme is accompanied by her explanatory sketches, which are little better than stick figures. (Since Wacarb drew them himself, he follows them up with a caption mocking his artistic skills.)
Applejack: You take that back or I'll cut ya! Rarity: Oh, yeah, will you? [hopefully] Will you? ... You can if you want...
"Hey ponybro! Are you mad, bro?"''
An aspiring comedian with a preference for Word Salad Humor, referential humor, elaborate pranks, and offensive punchlines. When she isn't seeking validation for her comedy skills, she's writing doorstopper Lord of the Rings fanfiction.Speaks with a New Zealand accent.
Cowboy Cop: In "Stay Tuned", she's "a cop on the edge, living on the limits of the law, with a gambling problem and a brother on the other side!"
Cuckoolander Commentator: In "Rocks, Clocks, and Two Stupid Ponies", she and Spike spend all their time talking about how high they are, and never get around to commenting on the race.
Fangirl: A Lord of the Rings fanatic. She frequently compares her own adventures to events from LOTR, and she wants to go to the Grand Galloping Gala so she can meet Peter Jackson and show him her fanfics.
Fantastic Racism: Though nearly all the cast are xenophobes to some extent, Pinkie seems the most prone to cracking offensive jokes. Notably, the worst slur in the show comes up in "The Butts Family"—the episode that turns out to just be a story Pinkie was telling.
The Gadfly: In general, Pinkie seems to be a half-rate Andy Kaufman, just as eager to piss off her audience as she is to make them laugh. In particular, the entire plot of "Ponynet Fight" turns out to be a prank at Twilight's expense—Pinkie reveals at the end that she was only pretending to believe in her Pinkie Sense because she knew it would annoy Twi.
Know-Nothing Know-It-All: For all her fangirling over Lord of the Rings, Pinkie can be wildly wrong about it. In "The Longest Episode", she learns for the first time that the movies were based on a book series. When she finally does get around to reading the books, she claims her gypsy fortuneteller costume is a Tom Bombadil cosplay. And "Saying Words" has this trainwreck:
Pinkie: Oh, yeah, gettin' down in Minas Morgul! Rarity: I don't think Minas Morgul is the equivalent to Canterlot, Pinkie. Pinkie: Whoaho, bro. Bro. I am the Lord of the Rings expert here, and I think I know the name of the city that Saruman laid siege to.
Reformed Criminal: In "Stay Tuned": "I'm a former criminal trying to make up for what I did in the past by joining the force."
Verbal Tic: Uses "bro" a lot. (But with her accent, it comes out sounding more like "brew".)
"Why yes, I am shy. Thanks for noticing!"
A former slave and an incompetent animal caretaker, plagued by crippling shyness. At least she has her catchphrases. Also, she's shy.Speaks with an over-the-top African-American accent. Did we mention that she's shy?
Animals Hate Her: When she tries to abuse her animals, they fight back. When she tries to help her animals, things still go wrong.
Butt Monkey: She's a well-known punching bag because she's (usually) too spineless to fight back. All of her attempts to raise animals go completely wrong. Like Rainbow Dash, she can coerce Twilight by threatening to hang around her house all day, "Being shy!"
The episode "To Control Freaks" lampshades the hell out the whole thing:
Twilight:[to Fluttershy] Are you serious? All you ever do is shout out the names of random black people! Rarity: And also she's shy and bad with animals! Twilight: That's another good point, Rarity. Fluttershy, quit hogging all the catchphrases! Fluttershy:You can't handle the catchphrases! Twilight:Dammit!
Evil Laugh: Fluttershy starts cackling upon discovering the secret of assertiveness from Iron Will.
Extreme Doormat: With the added twist that her lack of willpower seems to be the main reason she isn't a raging jerkass.
Fluttershy: I hope all my episodes revolve around me being shy! [Insert an image macro of Fluttershy in the memetic "Pinkie shrug" pose, with the caption "Character development?"]
In "All A Boot Shy:"
Pinkie: Are you sure you want to do this, Fluttershy? You’re everyone’s favorite pony! If you have character development now, they might start to hate you!
The Stoner: It's yet to be directly stated, but Fluttershy apparently does a lot of drugs. In "To Kill a Firebird" she has acid pills just laying around her house. When Discord's chaos starts transforming Ponyville into Wackyland, Fluttershy's reaction is a mild, "Oh, this is just a normal day for me." When Spike's rampage leaves her stranded up a tree, she makes a remark about "chasing the purple dragon." In “All A Boot Shy”, she shouts “Maybe I’ll even go smoke some weed or something!” and for the rest of episode, she seems to be high as a kite.
Then Let Me Be Evil: Or rather, Then Let Me Be A Racist Stereotype. After learning assertiveness, she gets really mad that everyone keeps treating her like a pegasus stereotype, so she decides she might as well act the part.
Fluttershy: I'm craaaazy! Probably like one of them pegas you've seen on TV! Maybe I'll even go smoke some weed or something!
Uncle Tomfoolery: She's a former slave; even though she's free now she continues to "do everything the white pony tells [her] to do" because she's too spineless to refuse.
Unfortunate Name: In the Hearth's Warming Eve story, Fluttershy plays the historic second-in-command of the Pegasus nation: Flying Monkey Crap.
Flying Monkey Crap: Also, can I have a different name? This one kinda hurts my self-esteem. Flying Monkey Style: Nah.
The Cutie Mark Crusaders
Apple Bloom and Twist
"You should never be afraid to hurt more ponies, Apple Bloom. It's good for you."
Apple Bloom is Applejack's sister, and the youngest member of the Apple family. Twist is a figment of AB's imagination, and her only friend prior to meeting the other CMC's.
Apple Bloom: Hey, Babs, do you like sandwiches? Babs Seed: Yeah, they're alright. Apple Bloom: Yeah, me too! [beat] Sweetie Belle:Boooooooo... Apple Bloom: Okay, I'll be honest. I have no idea how to tell a joke.
Enfant Terrible: Apple Bloom is already taking to the mob lifestyle, burning down schools and blackmailing adults to do her bidding.
Imaginary Friend: Oddly enough, even after Twist explains that she's just a figment of Apple Bloom's imagination, AB continues to treat her like she's real.
Never My Fault: Apple Bloom blames Twist for nearly everything that goes wrong.
Enfant Terrible: She destroys stuff for no reason and expects that she can charm her way out of the consequences.
Forgetful Jones: She forgets what cutie marks are, and forgets that she's in a club dedicated to getting them. She also forgets Twilight's name, then forgets it again in the middle of a conversation with her.
Never My Fault: Which just serves to show how out-there she is. In "Pirate Shipping":
Sweetie Belle: Just because something is my fault doesn't mean I'm not allowed to blame anyone else.
Nightmare Fetishist: She alternates between loving the subjects you'd associate with death metal album covers, and loving stereotypical girly things. Sometimes both at once, such as when she asks Fluttershy to sing her a lullaby, then turns it into a metal song.
Apple Bloom: How about [we call our club] the Cutie Mark Crusaders? Sweetie Belle: The Crusades were the most violent, depraved, torturous, and brutal times of all history. I frickin' love it.
"Skee bam bah!"
Skabodo bibidobaba. Skebudobopba skadudodo bidily bop bop do skadily debubo.
Only Sane Man: The voice of reason among the CMC. She tries (and usually fails) to talk them out of committing gratuitous destruction. She also offers a brief (and scathing) overview of why Equestria is so screwed up.
Princess Celestia and Princess who of the what now?
"Your benevolent ruler and owner..."
The unquestioned, undying dictator of Equestria. Owing to her immortality, her thought processes and priorities are a little bit odd. She really freaking loves tea parties.
Berserk Button: In "The Longest Wedding", what finally convinces her to get off her royal butt and do something about the changeling invasion is the fact that Chrysalis called her "old".
God Save Us from the Queen!: She's capricious and cares about nothing but tea. One of her favorite activities when she's bored is banishing people for no reason.
Celestia:[to Fluttershy] I need you to kill my pet bird, Philomena, for me. Well, I'd do it myself, but the animal rights groups have been giving me a lot of trouble, and also some letter bombs. They told me to treat the animals like I would treat a pony, but I told them I already do. Apparently that's something the police want to talk to me about as well.
Celestia: ...And that was the day I met my 43rd True Love.
All the more disturbing when she explained that her being immortal made the age difference meaningless, but his kindergarten teacher disagreed.
Skewed Priorities: Princess Celestia takes her tea and tea parties very seriously. She banishes Twilight to Ponyville for skipping a tea party (in the process of saving the world from Nightmoon Mare). She won't cut a visit to Ponyville short upon learning that Manehattan is on fire, but she will cut the visit short upon learning that Princess Luna is holding a tea party without her.
Tsundere: She clearly has feelings for Twilight, going out of her way to spend time with Twi and verbally smacking down Rarity for (in Celestia’s mind) trying to be a Replacement Love Interest. (And in “The Longest Episode”, she encourages Twilight to become immortal, so the two of them can be together forever...) But she expresses her interest by talking down to Twilight or threatening her, and she usually frames her time with Twilight as “punishment” for some minor crime. As a result, Twilight has no idea of Celestia’s feelings (though Spike has figured it out).
Übermensch: Celestia does whatever the buck she wants. No one can possibly tell her otherwise, because she's immortal.
Princess Luna aka Nightmoon Mare
Imprisoned in the moon for no good reason whatsoever, Nightmoon Mare returns a thousand years later, mad as hell and determined to kill everyone. A blast from the magical friendship laser convinces her to give up on that plan, but the reformed Princess Luna is otherwise exactly the same as her alter ego.
Nightmoon Mare: I could kill you all now, but I'll run away!
Butt Monkey: She was banished to the moon because ponies were racist against her a thousand years ago. Upon returning, Celestia makes her live in the castle basement. The only mail she ever gets is letter bombs, forwarded from Celestia.
Catch Phrase: She says "Saaaaaaaaand!" so often that Twilight complains about it by the second episode. In "Utter Lunacy" she starts saying "Bloooooood!" instead, but that catch phrase doesn't stick around.
Twilight: [Fluttershy] can also fix your catch phrase while you're at it. Luna:I have a catch phrase?
Evil Sounds Raspy: Subverted. Nightmoon Mare is certainly evil and raspy enough to fit the bill... but we later find out that Princess Luna's voice always sounded like that.
The Exile: She's evil mainly because she's so angry about getting banished to the moon a thousand years ago. She gets banished again at the end of "Utter Lunacy", but she escapes much more quickly this time.
The Ghost: After the first two episodes, she gets demoted to this for the remainder of season one. There are several references to her being the royal court's butt monkey, and there's a several-episode-spanning subplot about her getting kidnapped, all without Luna appearing on-screen once.
I Just Want to Have Friends: Her friendless status is referenced in several season one episodes. Then, in "Utter Lunacy", she finally does befriend most of Ponyville, but she can't understand why, and she runs away in annoyance.
Nightmare Fetishist: Luna greets everyone by shouting "Blooooood!" When pressed to say something normal, the first thing she thinks of is "I will devour your soul!"
No Social Skills: She doesn't understand why her Nightmare Fetishist tendencies scare others away, and when she finally does get some friends, she has no idea why. "Wait, I don't know what I did! What did I do?!"
Other family members
"Well, rub salt in me eyes! If it isn't you three scurvy dogs!"
Applejack's older brother. He thinks he's a pirate, and everyone's too scared to tell him otherwise.
Chick Magnet: As demonstrated by a brief cutaway gag to his birthday party.
Applejack's grandmother, and the head of the Apple crime family.
Evil Matriarch: Aside from the fact that she's the Don of the Apple family, she's cruel in completely gratuitous and downright petty ways. Like peeing on Apple Bloom and eating babies.
"Well Done, Son!" Guy: In "Winning", when Apple Bloom has seemingly earned her cutie mark, and the rest of the family is congratulating her:
Granny Smith: Well, I still think you're worthless. Apple Bloom: Uuuuh, okay then, Granny Smith. Huh, that kind of hurt my feelings. [...] Granny Smith: Try to earn an apple cutie mark in your sleep if you can.
Local elementary school teacher. Married into the Apple family as of "Pirate Shipping".
Extreme Doormat: She can't keep discipline in her classroom. Really, she folds like tissue paper if anyone so much as looks at her funny.
Misplaced Kindergarten Teacher: Partly out of laziness and partly to avoid stress, she teaches fluff topics like cutie marks instead of maths or writing, and she brings in guest speakers to make her job even easier.
Speech Impediment: She stutters, particularly when she's nervous. It's possibly a result of an off-screen lynching that she survived, just prior to her first appearance.
The Unintelligible: Between his fast talking and his thick Irish accent, he's darn near impossible to understand. Fluttershy even says that she can't make out anything he says.
Apple Bloom's cousin from some other city. Apple Bloom has to befriend her because of some unspecified family business.
Heel-Face Revolving Door: She joins Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon in bullying the CMC with no provocation at all. Then the CMC pull a lame prank on her, and this immediately convinces her to be their friend instead.
Shining Armor: Hello, my little love muffin! Impostor Cadance: Oh, yes, it is pony what I am marrying. How are you, my love-love-love? Shining Armor:[to Twilight] We're always coming up with silly names to call each other.
Camp Straight: Shining Armor, apparently. Just because he likes fashion magazines, musicals, country music and had sex with some stallion named Samson one or more times (he said "no homo", so it doesn't count) doesn't mean he's gay.
Gold Digger: Implied. When Twilight asks how SA convinced Cadance to marry him, he answers that mom and dad are leaving everything to him in their will.
Twilight: Oh, I remember Cadance, she's the one who taught me all about mind control! Shining Armor: Actually, Twilight, it turns out she can't control minds. That's just what she made you think. Twilight: Ooooh. Wait, what?
Mistaken for Gay: Because he's the campiest stallion in existence, Twilight is convinced that Shining Armor is Camp Gay until he insists otherwise. Part of her reason for trying to drive Cadance away is so Shining can marry a nice stallion.
The mane six's parents, lumped together because they don't individually have enough screen time.
Alcoholic Parent: Both of Rarity's parents. An incident from "Sister Angst" is apparently very common:
Mum: We want you to look after Sweetie Belle for us. We're gonna go on a cruise through the Mareibbean! Rarity: That's a lie, isn't it. Mum: Yep! Rarity: You just want to get drunk, don't you? Dad: Yeah, that's right. Rarity: You're already drunk, aren't you? Dad: I'm not drunk, I'm your father! Mum: I'm drunk!
Creepy Crossdresser: Rarity accuses Applejack's dad of being one (in "A Library With No Twilight") and AJ doesn't deny it.
[While playing "Truth or Dare", AJ is dared to dress up like one of her parents. She puts on a Pimped-Out Dress.] Rarity: Aw, gee, Applejack, I didn't know your dad had such fine taste.
Death by Childbirth: Rainbow Dash's Mom. Apparently, she had an extremely unhealthy diet, which caused her to have a heart attack while giving birth to Dash.
Derpy: But the lightning has given my ass supernatural powers. Behold! [...] Butt powers, asstivate!
Ax-Crazy: Beyond any reasonable doubt. It's merely implied in her few scenes from season one: In "A Library With No Twilight", she attacks tree branches while hurling curses at Mother Nature. In "Ponynet Fight!", she drops heavy objects on Twilight's head, then declares, "You see, my way does work better!" Then, season two gives us "Derp and Destruction", in which she gains superpowers and immediately decides to kill everyone in Ponyville with them.
No Name Given: Sort of. She's fully aware of the real-life controversy surrounding her name, and the fact that Hasbro is going out of their way to avoid mentioning it.
Derpy: Or my name isn't—and maybe it isn't—Derpy Hooves!
Mr Seahorse: In "How to Control Freaks", he claims he's having a baby.
Talkative Loon: He's fully capable of making sense when he needs to. He just prefers to spew nonsense.
Discord: I've taken the liberty of impending sobriety! Celestia: Okay, look, Discord, I get that chaos is your thing, but can you please just make sense this one time? Discord: Make sense? Oh, why make sense when you can make pan trees! That's trees that are shaped like pans, not actual pantries, because that would just be silly!
The Flim Flam Brothers
A pair of traveling preachers. In "Faith to Faith", they come to Ponyville to spread the good news about "the one true alicorn": King Lord High Commander Darkflame Steelwings, the Magnificent!
Friendly Enemy: When they're exposed as frauds, and Applejack refuses their proposed competition, they leave without further argument, only pausing to wish AJ a good day.
Original Character: From their description, Flim and Flam's god seems to combine all the worst traits of bad OCs from the FIM fanfiction scene.
Flam: I'm here to teach you of the one true alicorn! He who saved Manehattan from killer robots! He who first fought and defeated Discord! He who is totally best friends with Celestia, and she has a secret crush on him! It is... King Lord High Commander Darkflame Steelwings, The Magnificent! [beat] He has an extra pair of wings, and also created magic.
Try to Fit THAT on a Business Card!: King Lord High Commander Darkflame Steelwings, the Magnificent's elaborate title is also the nascent faith's downfall. It becomes abundantly clear that he doesn't actually exist when Flam can't keep his full name and title straight.
In "How Not to Train Your Dragon", Spike goes on a quest to find his purpose. Instead, he finds these jerks. They call themselves the Brothers Republic Of Noble Youth.
Frat Bro: Unlike canon, they're extremely laid-back, and they accept Spike into their group almost immediately. But they're just as bad an influence on Spike as their canon counterparts.
Odd Name Out: Their names are Chet, Bret, Brent, Trent, Kyle, Lyle... and Seth. ("He's autistic.")
Straw Fan: The name of their group is a dead giveaway, and they ask Spike what his favorite rock is (referencing the endless internet discussions over who is "best pony"). They're a stand-in for the sort of MLP:FIM fans who've missed the point of the show and think "acceptance" is the highest virtue—that it's okay to be a complete jerkass but it's wrong to criticize someone for being a jerkass.
Queen of the Ch-ch-ch-ch-changelings. Impersonates Princess Cadance as part of an attempted invasion of Equestria in "The Longest Engagement" and "The Longest Wedding".
Brutal Honesty: While disguised as Cadance in "The Longest Engagement", she has no qualms about insulting ponies to their faces. Applejack and Pinkie Pie respect her for being unafraid to speak her mind.
I Shall Taunt You: Has a knack for finding the one insult that will really cheese off her opponents: for Twilight, it's her weight and for Celestia, it's her age.
Parody Sue: She inserts herself into the story as the twin sister of a popular canon character, and has plenty of Foe Romance Subtext with Twilight Sparkle. As she flies into space, everyone agrees that she was "the best magic" [sic].
Shipper on Deck: She writes a script where Fluttershy is suddenly "filled with both awe and love" for Twilight Sparkle... while Twilight Sparkle can't stop talking about how sexy Yellow Twilight is.
The creator of Ultra Fast Pony also provides commentary on the episodes themselves, in the form of on-screen captions.
Interactive Narrator: Less so than the other narrators, but ponies do occasionally see and react to his captions. In "Chickens! Run!" he messes with Scootaloo by covering up her subtitles, preventing everyone else from understanding her. In "The Best Episode Ever", Applejack tells him to knock off the "CLASSY POLITICAL HUMOR" captions.
Lemony Narrator: He constantly chimes in to poke fun at everyone, especially himself.
The main narrator, who does voiceovers. Has the distinction of uttering the very first lines in the entire show: "Meanwhile, in Equestria. Oh, yeah..."
Interactive Narrator: "A Library with No Twilight" is the biggest example, where his unwelcome narration is the episode's true antagonist. Since then, ponies don't react to him as much, but a scene from "Chickens! Run!" shows that they can always hear him, and they're just trying to ignore him.
Cuckoolander Commentator: Throughout the games, Dick spouts non-sequiturs and frequently has no idea what's happening at the race. Tom Watergate's commentary is relatively normal, but his complete non-reactions to Dick's nonsense suggest he's not all there, either.
Punny Name: Dick Hardman, whose name serves as an excuse to cram as many dick jokes as possible into the episode's dialogue.
The narrator of "For Glorious Mother Equestria", who tries to turn the episode into a political propaganda film. Tries.
Lemony Narrator: He wildly reinterprets events to better fit the party line.
Unreliable Voiceover: His politically-charged exposition keeps directly contradicting what actually happens on-screen. Hardly anyone is fooled.
Narrator: But wait! The evil dragon has lured ponies into his lair. What evil plans does he have for them? Spike: I'm glad I'm able to spend my birthday with all of my friends! I'm so happy and full of love!
Mayor Mare: I thank you all for coming, and for not running against me as Mayor, again. Especially after my last opponent was found dead in that river. We may never know how he got there.
Funny Foreigner: What with her accent and her frequent references to her "native people". In "Utter Lunacy", she decides that this episode's variation on the joke is too offensive to continue, and notes that the show is going to make a lot of viewers angry.
The mysterious heckler
A pony who either has a strong disagreement with Mayor Mare's leadership of Ponyville, or who just thinks the Mayor makes a great trolling target.
The Heckler: He shouts insults at Mayor Mare every time she gives a public speech. He also heckles Rainbow Dash's speech in "Forgettershy", but that was just because he was attending the wrong speech by mistake.
The Voice: We've yet to see him, and no one in-universe knows who he is, either. When Mayor Mare tries to call him out, he just blends into the crowd.
An impossibly perfect alicorn who's mentioned several times in "Mob Wars".
Canon Foreigner: She gets inserted into the episode through the brilliant editing trick of never appearing on screen at all.
The Ghost: Her entire story arc plays out just off-screen.
Parody Sue: Even aside from being an alicorn OC, she's impossibly nice (she was the only one to attend Rainbow Dash's birthday party), and she earns an award "for being a cutesie wootsie cuddlepie!" And then she dies in the rabbit stampede.
A griffon who Rainbow Dash befriends after a falling-out with Pinkie Pie.
Stiff Upper Lip: She has a posh British accent, and maintains composure even while suffering from severe burns and a malfunctioning pacemaker.
Twilight: There's no such pony as Blue Twilight! Blue Twilight: Everyone look at my magical skills. I don't need friends! Twilight: Holy crap, it really is blue me!
She's just like Twilight, but she's blue. (In another universe, she's known as Trixie.)
Foil: To purple Twilight. Their similarities just highlight the absurdity of Ponyville's very different treatment of the two Twilights.
Ineffectual Loner: "I don't need friends!" she declares at the episode's start. At the end, she has to be rescued by purple Twilight.
Nice Girl: Unlike canon, she isn't boastful or arrogant about her abilities. She puts on a magic show completely for free. She's polite to her fans. She doesn't even get angry when Twi's friends try to show her up.
Took the Bad Film Seriously: invoked In "Stranger than Fan Fiction", she and Spike are the only ones who stay in-character the whole episode and don't phone in their performances.
Snips and Snails
Two unicorn colts. Snips is apparently Blue Twilight's son.
Captain Obvious: Half of Snails' lines are just announcing whatever's going on at the moment.
Snails: We're charging through!
Odd Friendship: Snips is about as smart as Scootaloo. Snails is dumb as a brick.
Talkative Loon: The other half of Snails' lines are nonsensical non-sequiturs.
Rhymes on a Dime: She frequently raps her lines, complete with a backing beat. When she's alone, she brainstorms rhymes to use in later conversations. Though she'll break from her rhyme scheme if someone catches her off-guard, or if she just doesn't care.
Soul Brotha / Space Jews: She's the Equestrian version of a black American stereotype, specifically the the cool, rap-spouting "urban" character.
One of the most dangerous mares in Ponyville, apparently.
Bad Boss: When Lightning Dust annoys her, Spitfire retaliates by setting the Spinning Wheel training device to its highest setting—"Lethal"—while Lightning Dust is riding it.
Henpecked Husband: Spitfire publicly mocks Soarin for his impotence, driving him to tears on a few occasions. At Cadance and Shining Armor's wedding reception:
Caption: Soarin enjoyed his free time, then cried like a baby, knowing it would end soon.
I Have Many Names: At first they're known as the Ineffectual Flight Team. Later, they're the Super Effective Flight Team. Later, the Moderately Effective Flight Team, and then the Hyper Effective Flight Team.
The Loins Sleep Tonight: An ongoing, offscreen problem for Soarin. In "The Longest Episode", he tries to fix it by eating a pie laced with Viagra. In "Forgettershy", Spitfire cracks a joke about it:
[After Rainbow Dash tries and fails to make a tornado...] Spitfire: Having trouble getting it up, Rainbow Dash? Not the first blue pegasus I know with that problem...
Red Shirt Army: With a name like Ineffectual Flight Team, what do you expect?
They first show up in "Shameless Self Reference":
Twilight: Quick! Ineffectual Flight Team, go! [Pow! Thunk!] Twilight: It's no good! They were ineffectual!
When they reappear in "For Glorious Mother Equestria!" to deal with a rampaging dragon, operating under a new name:
[Crash!] Rarity: Changing their name did nothing to help their ability to fly!
In "Top Dumb", Spitfire admits they have a less-than-stellar track record.
Spitfire: Not a bad job, saving all those ponies. I actually think that might be the first time the... Hyper Effective Flight Team has ever saved anyone.
DJ Scratch Vinyl 3-Pones
"What would DJ 3-Pones do?"
A disc jockey and apparently a respected source of all-purpose advice.
The Cameo: In "The Longest Wedding", she's voiced by IMMATOONLINK (creator of very surreal pony videos), making her the only character to date voiced by someone besides Wacarb.
Talkative Loon: Most of her "advice" makes sense on its own ("Always eat your fruits and vegetables!"), but is at best tangentially related to what the other pony was actually asking her.
The Butts Family
A tribe of buffalo who have a dispute with the town of Appleloosa. May or may not actually exist, as their only appearance is in a story told by Pinkie Pie.
Mr Seahorse: All the tribe's females have been kidnapped, so it's up to the male buffalo to give birth. It's not pretty.
Theme Naming / Unfortunate Name: Much to Pinkie Pie's amusement, every named member of the tribe has "butt" somewhere in their name. Chief Thunderbutt, Little Strongbutt...
Detective Pinkie Pie's fellow cops from "Stay Tuned". Sir Lintsalot, Rocky, and Mr. Turnip collectively fill the role of the put-upon chief of police. Gummy the alligator is assigned to Pinkie as her partner.
Da Chief: They tell Detective Pinkie that they need results, dammit. They've got the District Attorney breathing down their necks, and if Pinkie can't crack the case open, then she'll have to turn in her badge.
Rarity's ideal love interest, or so he seems at first.
Prince Charming: In a complete inversion from canon, Blueblood actually is a perfect gentlestallion. Things still don't work out between him and Rarity, because she wants a prince who's willing to bully her.
Safety Worst: He takes care to neutralize anything at the Gala that could possibly be a safety hazard. Which just bores Rarity and convinces her that Blueblood is a pansy.
A silent, purple-clad pony with superpowers.
Canon Foreigner: She's UFP's version of the Mysterious Mare-Do-Well, but she's a separate character rather than a shared alias of the mane six.
Coconut Superpowers: She's mute, and has the superpower of silencing anything around her. Naturally, this makes Wacarb's job a lot easier. Lampshaded in the stinger of "The Cheesen One".
[Mutation rescues a bunch of ponies in complete silence.] Caption: BEST! SUPERPOWER! EVER! Rainbow Dash: Wow. I'm not sure if we're getting worse at editing these videos, or we're just getting lazier. Probably both.
Rarity: Well, it wasn't easy, I'll tell you that! Fancypants: Oh, yes, I see. It's not the only thing between the two of us that feels quite hard. Rarity: Oh, really? Fancypants: Yes, this whole "being friends" thing is much more difficult than I thought. Rarity: Oh, that's what you meant.
Cranky: My name be Crankydoodledinkledonkeydoodledee, the Fourth, but you can just call me Crankydoodledinkledonkeydoodledee, The. Pinkie: No, that's stupid. I'ma just call you Cranky.
A motivational speaker who specializes in helping ponies overcome their shyness.
Canada, Eh?: He has an exaggerated Canadian accent and he's very polite. He can do an intimidating voice like his canon counterpart, but even then...
Iron Will: And then you just tell them in a nice polite way, that they can [scary voice]shove it up your ass! I will have you spayed! You ruined my floor with your bullcrap! Now get out of my sight, you worthless sack of maggots![normal voice] You know, just something like that. But you don’t want to swear at them, because that might be offensive.
Specifically, the alleged doctor from from "Reading to Rainbow".
Doctor:[examining an x-ray print] I'm afraid it doesn't look good. I tried connecting the dots, but they're not numbered. And without numbers, it's just chaos. Total chaos. I'm sorry, Rainbow Dash, but we're going to have to amputate your flappy things.
Pinkie Pie: I can't help but notice that despite your name and cutie mark, you're growing flowers that aren't roses. Rose: Sorry about that, I've got a very bad memory. Pinkie: Oh, don't worry. I'm sure we'll get that fixed one day. Rose: Get what fixed? [beat] Rose: 'Allo, Pinkie Pie! Pinkie: Goodbye, Rose.