->"''Cartoons for girls don't have to be a puddle of smooshy, cutesy-wootsy, goody-two-shoeness. Girls like stories with real conflict; girls are smart enough to understand complex plots; girls aren't as easily frightened as everyone seems to think.''"
-->-- '''Lauren Faust''' on developing ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''

Lauren Faust (born July 25, 1974) is an animator whose projects include ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'', and ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. For a long time now, Lauren has been trying to get strong female leads for animation. She was attached to direct the forthcoming CGI feature ''Medusa'' for Sony Pictures Animation, but left the project in November 2015. She is currently working on her first novel and raising her first child.

She was born in Annapolis, Maryland and studied at the California Institute of the Arts (better known as [=CalArts=]) and decided to go into the animation industry. Lauren has been known for the preteen girls' Web site ''Toys/MilkyWayAndTheGalaxyGirls'', as well as being married to animator Creator/CraigMcCracken. Her Website/DeviantArt account is located [[http://fyre-flye.deviantart.com/ here]]. She has a Website/{{Twitter}} [[https://twitter.com/Fyre_flye here]]. And she uses the [[Website/FourChan tripcodes]] [[https://twitter.com/Fyre_flye/status/339199446434848768 !5l/hHZnoEA]] and (on Website/{{Ponychan}}) [[https://twitter.com/Fyre_flye/status/343239006110244864 !cdljAQmhl]].

[[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant No relation to]] the ''other'' Literature/{{Faust}}, although that just ''[[EpilepticTrees might]]'' offer an explanation as to how she found a way to get [[PeripheryDemographic grown men to like ponies]].

!!Films and other works Lauren Faust has worked on:
* ''ComicBook/TheMaxx'': The Animated Series, started out in the business here. She did the character layout. Was given part of Julie.
* ''WesternAnimation/CatsDontDance'': Animator, she was given parts of Danny to animate on what the other animators didn't finish, and she later did a few scenes with Sawyer.
* ''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot'': Animator, but she pretends that it never happened. See CreatorBacklash on the Trivia page.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'': Storyboard artist, writer, director of several episodes, as well as supervising director for the show. She also was a writer for TheMovie.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'': Animator. Lauren's crew handled mostly Hogarth and Annie, but got to do a little work on Dean as well.
* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'': Writer, developer, story editor, storyboard artist and character designer; she also wrote/co-wrote the made-for-TV specials ''WesternAnimation/GoodWiltHunting'' and ''Destination Imagination'', the latter of which won an Emmy in 2009. The design and personality of [[CoolBigSis Frankie]] [[OnlySaneEmployee Foster]] is confirmed to have been partly based on Lauren.
* ''Toys/MilkyWayAndTheGalaxyGirls'': An original concept featuring girls named after planets and other celestial objects, a la ''Franchise/SailorMoon''. She hopes to someday develop this into a show of her own. Faust is holding stuffed dolls of the characters in the page pic. The web site is [[http://milkywayandthegalaxygirls.com/ here]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Series developer, executive producer, storyboard artist and creative director for the first season of the show, and consulting producer for the second season of the show. It is often considered as a SpiritualSuccessor to ''The Powerpuff Girls''.
* ''WesternAnimation/SuperBestFriendsForever'': A series of roughly one minute shorts starring ComicBook/{{Batgirl}}, ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}, and [[Franchise/WonderWoman Wonder Girl]] for Creator/CartoonNetwork's WesternAnimation/DCNation block.
* ''Film/BroniesTheExtremelyUnexpectedAdultFansOfMyLittlePony'': Was a producer alongside Creator/JohnDeLancie and Creator/TaraStrong.
* ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'': Creator/CraigMcCracken's next major show. Lauren helped out as co-producer and head of story in its first season.
* ''[[VideoGame/ThemsFightinHerds Them's Fightin' Herds]]'': Her first time working on a video game property. After the IndieGame team [=Mane6=] received a C&D from Hasbro for their WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic based [[VideoGame/MyLittlePonyFightingIsMagic fighting game]], Lauren volunteered to work with them to create a new world and characters for an original property.
* ''WebAnimation/DCSuperHeroGirls'': A TV series developed by her based on the online shorts will air on Cartoon Network on 2018.
* ''Medusa'': An upcoming animated feature from Sony about the classical mythology character. This would have been her debut as a feature film director, but she is no longer associated with the project.
* A yet-untitled young adult novel about a tween witch and her friendship with her cat.

!!Tropes that apply to Lauren Faust:
* {{Animesque}}: Her art style at least has the large eyes associated with anime. And at least two of her shows are also seen as Animesque.
* AuthorAppeal: Chocolate milk and references to both Film/TheBigLebowski and "The Trouble With Tribbles" episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', for some reason.
* {{Fanservice}}: She made a series of drawings labeled "Halloween cheesecake", featuring sexy monsters. She also did some [[http://www.cdd4ever.com/CATCHAT/SidesOfSaw.jpg parody "fan" art]] of Sawyer from ''WesternAnimation/CatsDontDance'' that likely falls under this.
* NoHuggingNoKissing: She made sure that there was to be ''no'' romance among the main characters in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', as she considers it to be [[RomanticPlotTumor a major factor in bringing down thousands of girl's shows]]. Any romance shown, such as the weddings in "A Canterlot Wedding" (season 2), is for side characters only. As with her husband and his work, this applies to real life as well: the two of them ''never'' show romantic affection to one another publicly.
* RealWomenDontWearDresses: She is 100% opposed to this mentality, stating that most girl-centered cartoons fail due to bad writing/directing and not because of any inherent "girliness".
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: A good part of her character designs seems to be influenced by her time in ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''. And most of ''those'' characters can kick a ''lot'' of butt. Including the aforementioned Powerpuff Girls.
* StrictlyFormula: She says it's mostly unintentional, and there ''are'' differences between characters, but there are some recurring character archetypes in her works such as a goofy GenkiGirl (Toys/{{M|ilkyWayAndTheGalaxyGirls}}ars, [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Pinkie Pie]], [[WesternAnimation/SuperBestFriendsForever Batgirl]]), a hotheaded tomboy ([[Toys/MilkyWayAndTheGalaxyGirls Pluto]], [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Rainbow Dash]], [[WesternAnimation/SuperBestFriendsForever Supergirl]]), and so on.