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Many background characters in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' garnered a lot of praise and attention from the PeripheryDemographic, despite several of them not having any lines and a few more only making a few background appearances. Because of this, for the sake of neat archiving, the Ensemble Darkpony characters can be listed here.

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!!Supporting Cast

* Princess Luna (also a literal example of a [[HurricaneOfPuns Dark Horse who's part of an Ensemble]]) appeared for less than a minute in the second episode, said two lines, and wasn't even mentioned again until the first episode of season 2. Fans desperately wanted to see her return, disappointed that [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter a character with such potential was barely utilised]], and there are tons of drawings, stories and discussions about her, flooding fan fiction websites, forums, and chat boards. When she was confirmed to return for season 2, fans were ecstatic.
** Luna managed to do this ''again'' after her ADayInTheLimelight episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed "Luna Eclipsed"]], which was received exceptionally well among fans (in no small part due to her hilariously overplayed and lampshaded FloweryElizabethanEnglish and NoIndoorVoice as well as being a prime {{Woobie}} trying so hard to be accepted again) and superseding nearly all other portrayals of her, permanently altering all fanon regarding her.
** Luna's ''guards'' are {{Ensemble Darkhorse}}s. Ponies with bat-wings and much cooler armor than the regular guards, they've only been briefly seen ''once'' in the show thus far (though they've cameo'd a few times in the comics). Since next to nothing is known about them, they've become popular {{OC Stand In}}s, and inspired tons of bat pony OC's, including one for one of the show's lead story writers, Mitch Larson himself.
** [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Nightmare Moon]] is either another element of Luna's popularity or an entirely different Darkpony herself, depending on whether she is considered a separate character or simply [[EnemyWithin an extension of Luna]] (the comics have shown her to be separate).
* As one of the [[TheOneGuy few recurring male characters]], Big [=Macintosh=] has a bit of a fan-following. In Season 1 he mostly just had cameos when Applejack was involved, but in Season 2 [[AscendedExtra he became more and more involved with the main & supporting cast]]. He also proved to be popular enough to receive a blind bag toy, making him one of the first stallions to receive any kind of toy since G1.
** A lot of fans like to ship him and Fluttershy together because they're both quiet, shy and kind types.
* The [[TrrrillingRrrs Grrreat]] and [[MilesGloriosus Powerful]] [[LargeHam Trrrixie]] has a very impressive fanbase for a one-episode character with little significance, and her prominence in fan works almost reaches main character levels. Much like some other darkponies listed here she received a few toys based on her, at first calling her Lulamoon, but then changed to "Trixie Lulamoon". The fanbase rejoiced when she returned in Season 3 to have a rematch with Twilight, in the process making the fan theories to the effect of "Trixie is left a humiliated drifter after the Ursa Minor incident and wants revenge" fully canon. Some fans go so far as to want her to become a more recurring character, and fanfiction often pairs her up with Luna, either romantically or as her own apprentice to parallel Twilight and Celestia... if they don't pair her up with Twilight herself.
* Pinkie Pie's baby alligator Gummy, commonly appearing in many fan works and is one of the most popular pets.
* Cheerilee is a popular target for fanart and fanfiction from her very first appearance, being a teacher a good excuse to include her in any number of scenarios. Her popularity only grew during season 2, which gave her more screen time and even her own episode, [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E17HeartsAndHoovesDay "Hearts and Hooves Day"]], in which she featured alongside fellow darkpony Big [=McIntosh=].
** She's apparently [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff popular over in Japan]], even getting her own slot in the end credits roll call along with the Mane Cast.
* [[MadGod Discord]] is the single most popular antagonist, [[LaughablyEvil loved]] and [[VileVillainSaccharineShow loathed]] in equal measure, and continually pops up in drawings, stories and speculation even long after being [[SealedEvilInACan sealed away again]], an enormous section of the fanbase wanted him to make a reappearance... which was granted in the Season 3 episode "Keep Calm and Flutter On". Not at all hurt by him being a blatant ([[WordOfGod admitted]]) {{Expy}} of [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Q]], to the point where he's [[ActorAllusion played by]] [[Creator/JohnDeLancie the same person]].
* [[AdventureArchaeologist Daring Do]], the star of the [[ShowWithinAShow Book Within a Show]] that Rainbow Dash becomes a fangirl of in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E16ReadItAndWeep "Read it and Weep"]]. Her being an Franchise/IndianaJones expy has made her really popular material for fanfics and art. Many pictures of involving Rainbow Dash have a tendency to include her in some form. (Such as a book or a plushie.) She acquired enough love to have [[JustForFun/DaringDo a rather detailed Just For Fun page all to herself]], and some fans actually started writing stories based on that page. Yes, this character is popular enough to get an entire metafictional spinoff series out of thin air.
** The Season 4 episode that de-fictionalized the character has caused some conflict in the fandom over whether or not they liked the idea, but she's still a fairly popular character.
* Queen Chrysalis came out of ''nowhere'', only hinted at once (in an online ''[[AmericanNewspapers New York Daily News]]'' [[http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/television/hub-pony-trots-a-heartwarming-royal-wedding-tale-article-1.1064242 article]]) during all the crazy hype Creator/TheHub and Creator/{{Hasbro}} did for the season 2 finale, most of which was focused on the other new characters Princess Cadance and Shining Armor ([[MerchandiseDriven since they're the ones with toys]]), and took the fandom by ''storm''. [[http://www.equestriadaily.com/2012/04/drawfriend-stuff-402-chrysalis-edition.html All the fanart]] created literally within ''a day'' of her appearance shows just how far being a competent and dangerous (and scary) villain with a unique design and magnificent VillainSong will get you.
** Chrysalis's popularity led her to being the first ArcVillain of the [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW IDW comics]].
** Her popularity also was enough to get her an official toy for the 2013 Collector's Line.
* Despite initial misgivings about characters that were transparently [[MerchandiseDriven for the toys]] and had many traits of {{Mary Sue}}s, Princess Cadance and Shining Armor became major fan favorites and were gladly accepted into the fandom consciousness and ever-growing fanon. The extra characterization from their comic book appearances and later episodes helped as well.
* Soarin and Spitfire of the Wonderbolts managed to capture a lot of attention amongst the fanbase when their names and personalities were established in the Season 1 finale[[note]]They had {{Early Bird Cameo}}es before, but they were more or less costumed background ponies[[/note]]. Spitfire especially became somewhat of a pinup-girl to the fanart community with many a saucy [[WorldWarII WW2]]-style cheesecake image being drawn of her, as well as plenty of fanfics. Spitfire was brought back for another speaking role in Season 2 where she was established as the captain of the Wonderbolts, then again in a Season 3 episode that depicted her as being in charge of the training program for new recruits. Soarin got a cameo in the Royal Wedding where he was seen wearing a dress uniform and [[ShipTease dancing with Rainbow Dash]] and later played a more significant role in "Rainbow Falls"
** Although Spitfire did get a bit of backlash for holding the {{Jerkass}} ball in "Rainbow Falls" and at the start of "Wonderbolts Academy".
* The Flim Flam Brothers, whose [[AffablyEvil affability]] and extremely catchy VillainSong made them stand out amongst other one-episode antagonists. This earned them a few cameos in the comic series and a second appearance in season 4.
* Fans of Wrestling/HulkHogan and [[Series/TheATeam Mr. T]] became big fans of Iron Will. He tends to appear very often in fan made music videos on Website/YouTube.
* Before the episode featuring King Sombra was even ''out'' yet he had spawned quite a lot of fan art. Indeed, before it was even known he was an actual character, with nothing to go on except a small EarlyBirdCameo, the fandom was disproportionately fascinated with him. Unfortunately, after the episode aired and fans noticed how little screentime and dialogue he had, fan reaction has been mixed. Ironically, many of his fans like him ''because'' of how little is made known about him, finding him mysterious and interesting because of it.
* Fancypants has an impressive fan base, especially for the female viewers of the show.
* Babs Seed, the fourth crusader, was warmly accepted by the fanbase. Her slightly different character model (she's bulkier than a standard filly) and Manehattanite background helps make her memorable.
* Fluttershy's temporary bat form in the episode, "Bats!" quickly spun-off a lot of fan art and Internet memes. Rarity dubbed the creature "Flutterbat", which the fandom latched onto.
** The fanbase's fascination of bat ponies (like Luna's guards) is so intense, when Fluttershy became a vampire bat pony in "Bats!", there was an ''explosion'' of fanworks to say the least. A high-quality, fan-made plushy was sewn within 24 hours.
* From the episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E8RarityTakesManehattan Rarity Takes Manehattan]]", we're introduced to a pony named Coco Pommel. Her cute looks and sweet demeanor earned her a fanbase and a lot of artwork in hours after the episode aired, plus it's hinted at that she'll return in a later episode. She's without question one of the most popular of the key givers introduced in season 4 (only rivaled by Cheese Sandwich), to the point where a return appearance in season 5 is eagerly expected.
* Cheese Sandwich already had a lot of fans popping up before the episode even aired. Then again, being voiced by WeirdAlYankovic will certainly do that. (The possible ShipTease with [[BirdsOfAFeather Pinkie Pie]] doesn't hurt either.)
* Even though not everyone is particularly fond of the Breezies, most people seem to like Seabreeze, a particularly hot-tempered Breezie who not only is the OnlySaneMan of the group, but also has a perfectly relatable reason for being mean to his comrades, because he might get separated from his wife and child.
* Pinkie's older sister, Maud Pie had a fan base long before her episode even aired! Fans have desperately been wanting to see Pinkie's siblings make an appearance on the show, and now one has. She's also very unique considering her personality is the polar opposite of her sister's, while still possessing the eccentricity you'd expect from a Pie.
** [[spoiler: Her brief surprise cameo in ''Rainbow Rocks'' also left a good impression on the fans.]]
* Tirek might be an interesting case as in he was popular before he was even introduced. Fanfics have long made a name of him to be feared, and would create him as a name to be feared. As of the finale, that fear was well placed.
** Some fans are interested in seeing Tirek's brother, Scorpan, as well, who was mentioned in the Season 4 finale but never revealed.
* It should be noted that every time a new character appears, even a one shot for the episode, they spawn at least some fanart and an Blog/AskAPony page within 24 hours of a new episode airing. '''No exceptions'''.

!![[MemeticBystander Background Ponies]]
* Nearly ''every single'' background character is given at least a name by the fans, if not an entire personality and history (especially if they have a [[NonStandardCharacterDesign unique design]]), and they'll receive fanart within a day of airing. Below are above & beyond the most popular and the ones the fandom is most familiar with.
* No discussion on {{Ensemble Darkhorse}}s is complete without mentioning Derpy Hooves[[note]]Sometimes referred to as Ditzy Doo, and is also referred to as "Derpy Doo" in the [[WhatCouldHaveBeen unused]] [[http://www.equestriadaily.com/2012/07/smile-song-lyrics-by-amy-keating-rogers.html original version of the "Smile Song"]].[[/note]], the RecurringExtra that's gotten the most love from fans ''and'' the show's staff. In a background shot of [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E1MareInTheMoon episode 1]], a grey pegasus pony with wonky eyes was spotted, and swiftly [[{{Fanon}} Derpy was born]], a [[CloudCuckoolander strange]] but [[BunnyEarsLawyer surprisingly competent]] mailpony who [[TrademarkFavoriteFood loves muffins]], [[AchievementsInIgnorance often derps reality]], and [[InspirationallyDisadvantaged in spite of her difficulties]] is very friendly and hard-working. In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E15FeelingPinkieKeen "Feeling Pinkie Keen"]], she managed to become a combination AscendedMeme[=/=]AscendedExtra, [[WordOfGod Lauren Faust herself said]] "She can be Derpy if everyone likes" (during production of season one, none of the background ponies had official names), and in season 2 she got her own little gag scenes. Not bad considering her googly eyes were just a random joke thrown in by one of the animators.
** Her astronomic popularity even extends to other background ponies. When a unicorn filly with similar coloring was spotted it led to the creation of Dinky Hooves, Derpy's daughter. One of the few things fans agree is that Derpy and Dinky are a happy family (sometimes married to Time Turner/Dr. Hooves, mentioned below), and Dinky is the most popular child character outside the Cutie Mark Crusaders[[note]] She's sometimes depicted as the [[SixthRanger 4th Crusader]].[[/note]] with tons of fanart and fanfics involving the two, often resulting in [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments hearts being melted]].
** Her AscendedMeme status is completed in "The Last Roundup", where the first scene after the credits features Rainbow Dash actually having a whole slapstick routine with her, where she gets several lines and is addressed as "Derpy". However, when "The Last Roundup" suddenly disappeared from iTunes, then later restored with Derpy's scene modified with tweaked dialogue (she was no longer referred to by name and had a different voice), the fandom [[InternetBackdraft absolutely exploded]] with panic and anger towards Hasbro, displaying the sheer level of reverence that had been given to the pony. Ultimately the explanation for the change was that there were complaints Derpy was a stereotype of the mentally disabled, and the arguments about this among the fans were often heated and ugly.
** Official merchandise is not safe from the power of Derpy. She has [[http://content.usatoday.com/communities/popcandy/post/2012/05/exclusive-preview-the-2012-special-edition-my-little-pony/1 a 2012 limited-edition pony for San Diego Comic-Con and the Orlando MLP Fair]] (complete with derped eyes and muffin box art), [[http://mimi-na.deviantart.com/art/MLP-1-Variant-cover-Derpy-can-haz-Comic-329829048 the Midtown Comics exclusive cover]] of [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW the comic book series]] (there is, of course, a half-eaten muffin), and a set of vinyl molded figures of Derpy released by Hot Topic (all the thousands of figures made of Derpy sold out in ''four minutes!'').
** The fandom exploded again when Hasbro announced in the middle of Season 3 that they were forbidden to use Derpy ever again even as a background pony. However, that all changed in the episode, "Rainbow Falls", where she made a surprise appearance as Rainbow Dash's replacement for the Equestria Games making her more popular with the fans than ever.
*** Before that, she had a few blink and you'll miss it background appearances in the season 3 finale, "Magical Mystery Cure".
*** She has made several appearances in ''Rainbow Rocks'' as well.
** Derpy also pops up in the [=iOS=] [[VideoGame/MyLittlePony game]] as a surprise, albeit unnamed, character who gives you extra bits and gems when you find her.
* Lyra Heartstrings, a mint-colored unicorn with a lyre cutie mark, who gained the attention of the fanbase by often being seen hopping up and down with an excited look on her face [[FourthWallObserver as if she's mugging for the camera]] or engaged in a FunnyBackgroundEvent, most notably sitting or otherwise acting in a semi-human-like manner. It became one of the fans' ([[FountainOfMemes many]]) memes to depict Lyra as the pony equivalent of an UsefulNotes/{{otherkin}}, wanting in one way or another to be human. She was nicknamed just "Lyra" by the fandom (a name adopted by [[TheMerch WeLoveFine]]), then officially named "Heartstrings" by Hasbro, which led some fans to TakeAThirdOption and call her "Lyra Heartstrings". Then Hasbro finally [[AscendedFanon used this name as well]]. After two seasons of complete silence in the English version[[note]] She had one line "Ciao!" during the first episode in the Italian dub[[/note]], she finally got to speak a few lines in "A Canterlot Wedding", along with Minuette and Twinkleshine, two other well-liked background ponies.[[note]] Twinkleshine herself was the only background pony to speak during the pilot episode's ColdOpen.[[/note]]
** Lyra often appears alongside a pony that appears to be an {{Expy}} of Bon Bon from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales'' (and is {{fan nickname}}d as such, although merchandise now officially names her Sweetie Drops), originally due to the way their colorations complement each other (as is standard practice with the placement of background ponies in crowd shots). This circumstance resulted in a lot of fan works depicting the two together in some way, whether as best friends, roommates, or romantic partners. And while Bon Bon doesn't get nearly the same amount of attention on her own as Lyra does, the two together are ''the'' most widely accepted pairing, and basically the [[OneTruePairing OTP]] of the fandom. Yet another aspect of fanon that has been recognized in official media, such as being intentionally placed together in the [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RK5t9FdkbvY/Tih7QCZ1xFI/AAAAAAAAAPg/08Ozl7NmmTY/s1600/ponyposter.jpg famous Comic Con poster]] and participating in {{Funny Background Event}}s in several episodes (such as [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E10SecretOfMyExcess "Secret of My Excess"]], where they share one with Derpy).
*** Bon Bon does have one bit of notoriety among the fans: she is easily the most talkative of the background ponies. To date, she has spoken in five separate episodes[[note]]12 ("Call of the Cutie"), 20 ("Green Isn't Your Color"), 29 ("Lesson Zero"), 41 ("Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000"), and 45 ("Putting Your Hoof Down")[[/note]], each time with a totally different voice. This has led to the fanon meme that [[ManOfAThousandVoices she is or aspires to be a voice actor]].
* [[AllThereInTheScript Time Turner/Dr. Hooves]], a male Earth pony with an hourglass cutie mark and spikey brown hair that reminded some fans of Creator/DavidTennant, spawned endless ''Series/DoctorWho'' crossovers and the fanon that Equestria has ([[LastOfHisKind or had]]) their own version of Time Lords. WordOfGod says his look initially ''was'' a coincidence; his fandom interpretation was alluded to by his manning the hourglass in "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000", lording over time in a way, and by one of the official trading cards that says he is responsible for "pretty much all things [[TimeyWimeyBall timey-wimey]]." "Dr. Hooves" or "Doctor Hooves" [[SpellMyNameWithAnS was originally spelled as]] "Doctor Whooves" (which is AscendedFanon, unlike his other FanNickname "Doctor Whoof"), but its letter W was removed, thus WritingAroundTrademarks of Creator/TheBBC. However, the box of his vinyl figure lists him as "Doctor Whooves" - how they got that around the trademarks is anyone's guess.
** During the 50th anniversary of ''Series/DoctorWho'', the BBC [[http://www.equestriadaily.com/2013/11/doctor-whooves-acknowledged-by-bbc.html showed that they are aware of Doctor Hooves.]] So not only is it semi-confirmed, it seems they don't have a problem with it.
** The comic series has had multiple covers and background jokes related to him being the Doctor[[note]]Helped by the fact that IDW had the comics license for the Doctor Who franchise up until January 2014.[[/note]], and since it was acknowledged by the BBC they've even put a reference to it in the actual show. In the episode "It Ain't Easy Being Breezies" there's a shot of him wearing 3D glasses like the 10th Doctor did in one episode and hanging out with a female pony named Roseluck, who has a similar name to the 10th Doctor's first companion (Rose Tyler).
* A female DJ unicorn that [[OneSceneWonder appeared for less than five seconds]] in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E14SuitedForSuccess "Suited For Success"]], doing nothing but turning on music and bobbing her head, garnered a huge following, generally called Vinyl Scratch, though other fans prefer her stage name that was spawned at the same time, "DJ [=P0N-3=]". The "DJ Pon-3" name was [[AscendedFanon acknowledged]] in Creator/TheHub's ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTPqjKk_xCo Equestria Girls]]'' and ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p50-oWY1pFE There's a Pony For That]]'' commercials, and she's one of the few extras to receive her own official t-shirts and a brushable toy. She eventually returned in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2]]", this time showing what color her eyes are underneath her CoolShades (the most popular fan theory was that her eyes were red they turned out to be magenta)[[note]] Technically, "mild cerise". In other words, the exact same eye color as Rainbow Dash. It took some fans a while to accept that her irises weren't red, though some high quality fan-animations and her cameo in ''Equestria Girls'' put any doubts to rest. Incidentally, the IDW comics flip-flop on this depending on the colorist. Andy Price in particular tends to draw her with red eyes.[[/note]]
** Her popularity has earned her [[AscendedExtra a more prominent role]] in the [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks second Equestria Girls movie]], and she's even gotten to be the star of the first of eight exclusive short features that will be released with the movie, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh7j1qUaGOc "Music to My Ears"]].
* [[ElegantClassicalMusician Octavia]], one of the musicians who first appeared in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E26TheBestNightEver "The Best Night Ever"]] (the cello/bass player), obtained an enormous amount of attention from fans, with stories and drawings galore, and even [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLmAlskhRZc her own theme music]]; pretty amazing considering she had pretty equal screentime with her bandmates. Her resemblance to one of Pinkie's sisters also fueled a lot of WildMassGuessing for a while (see below). She's since appeared on the [[http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=256161614401283 Comic-Con 2011 poster]]/[[http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.262953797055398.84804.118429394841173 desktop background]], gained a PaletteSwap in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed "Luna Eclipsed"]], returned to the show during [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E9SweetAndElite "Sweet and Elite"]], been [[http://www.hasbro.com/common/assets/Flash/Creative/dad2af6e1c4311ddbd0b0800200c9a66/0f6b55af5056900b1013cd724a8d4018/assetsuitcase/characters/MLP_CharV_WhomeverThisIs.swf included]] in the Valentine version of ''[[http://www.hasbro.com/mylittlepony/en_US/play/details.cfm?R=0F6B55AF-5056-900B-1013-CD724A8D4018:en_US Card Creator]]'', and been featured on the licensed shirts and art print ''[[http://www.welovefine.com/product.php?id_product=1795 Musical Pony Battle]]'', ''[[http://www.welovefine.com/product.php?id_product=1818 Octavia Disdainful Glance]]'', [[http://www.welovefine.com/product.php?id_product=1981 and]] ''[[http://www.welovefine.com/product.php?id_product=2002 Dancing]] [[http://www.welovefine.com/product.php?id_product=2160 Ponies]]''.
** Octavia and Vinyl Scratch/DJ-Pon3 also form the fandoms second OTP, despite never being shown interacting with each other.
*** Even though the two have never once been onscreen (or even in the same episode) together, the Enterplay trading card specifically puts them together.
*** While fans have different opinions about shipping, Vinyl and Octavia are always some how associated with one another. be it through an OddFriendship, familial relations, romance, or being Roommates, these characters will always have some relationship with each other when depicted in the fandom. Once again, they have never appeared on screen together.
*** As of ''Rainbow Rocks'', Octavia now has a voice courtesy of Kazumi Evans. She even sounds British, as in most popular interpretations.
* [[AllThereInTheScript Golden Harvest]] ([[InSeriesNickname nicknamed]] [[AllThereInTheScript Carrot Top]]), a yellow earth pony with an (usually) orange mane, gained some popularity due to a [[WebComic/CarrotCakeStorybook popular fan comic]] depicting her as Derpy's roommate or [[VitriolicBestBuds best friend]]. Fanon usually has her as the [[StraightMan Straight Mare]] to Derpy's goofiness (which got a FandomNod in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed "Luna Eclipsed"]]) and there's a RunningGag about Derpy constantly emptying her fridge. Notably, she is one of the background ponies that's spoken the most in the series and has a memorable gag scene in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E6BoastBusters "Boast Busters"]] where her hair is briefly green, so that probably helps her popularity a bit.
* [[FanNickname Berry Punch]] (aka the Overprotective Parent Pony), a pink/purple earth pony with grapes for a cutie mark, is known for hastily dragging what might be her child inside in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E9BridleGossip "Bridle Gossip"]] and drinking directly out of a punch bowl in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E12CallOfTheCutie "Call of the Cutie"]]. The latter has led to her being depicted as TheAlcoholic in fanon, an idea apparently shared by the storyboard artists when they put her into the scene, as revealed during an interview. She often gets paired with Minuette (see below) due the two singing together on a hill during the "Winter Wrap Up" song.
* A common participant in the "Brushie Brushie" meme is [[AllThereInTheScript Minuette]], a blue background unicorn who [[PaletteSwap shares the same character model]] with Sea Swirl and an hourglass cutie mark similar to Time Turner/Dr. Hooves' [[labelnote:Fun Fact]] However, she appeared in the series before either one of them; Minuette was one of the unicorns seen in the ColdOpen of the pilot episode.[[/labelnote]] Many fans call her [[FanNickname Colgate]] for her toothpaste-like striped hair and the associated meme, and even has her [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_MXe-lBPAQ own fan-made theme]]. Alternatively, she's also known as [[FanNickname Romana]], named after a Time Lady[[note]] An in-universe term for female Time Lords,[[/note]] who accompanied the Doctor for a while, because apparently having an hourglass cutie mark means you're a Time Pony. She may even have gotten her own FandomNod in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed "Luna Eclipsed"]] when she appeared in the episode wearing what looks like a [[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20111103050526/mlp/images/6/6d/MinuetteCostume.png dental surgeon]] costume for Nightmare Night (A pony holiday equivalent of Halloween).
* Perhaps one of the darkest darkponies of all is the female earth pony who appears on screen for about ''two seconds'', floating through the air past Twilight Sparkle in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E2TheReturnOfHarmonyPart2 "The Return of Harmony Part 2"]]. As with Derpy, the overall ''weirdness'' of this character seems to have caught fans' imagination. Dubbed "Screwball", due to her cutie mark of same, she features in many fanfics, including the very popular ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xA9dFZJtQWc Daddy Discord]]'' video and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEYDJi4hv7M accompanying song]].
* Pinkie's sisters [[FanNickname Inkie & Blinkie]] have quite the following among Mane Six family members despite only appearing in a flashback as fillies. As mentioned above there was a lot of speculation for a while when Octavia debuted that she & Inkie were the same pony, which in a weird way may have helped boost the sisters' own popularity. They have a popular Blog/AskAPony blog [[http://askthepiesisters.tumblr.com/ centered around them]], Inkie [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4Vr94SKtRc has a song]], and there's lots of fanworks that speculate what they're like in the present day.
** Worth noting that a tie-in novella officially revealed their names to be Limestone and Marble Pie, respectively. Also, some fans were a bit upset that we ended up meeting the later-revealed 3rd sister Maud Pie in the show before we got to see Limestone and Marble in the present day.
* The pegasi duo of Cloudchaser and Flitter managed to stand out quite a bit for the fans with their noticeably unique appearances. The two are often portrayed as being close sisters or friends in the fandom and spawned off quite a bit of fan material from artwork and blogs to repainted customs of existing figures and even some fan-created games, and the former at least looks to be making a return appearance in a season 3 episode.
* Pegasus brothers Thunderlane and the colt Rumble are also popular, perhaps due to being the only known pair of brothers on the show aside from Flim and Flam. These two often are shown interacting together with Cloudchaser and Flitter.
* The fans really latched onto Pipsqueak for a couple of reasons. One, he's one of the only colts in the show with actual lines. Two, he has a very [[NonStandardCharacterDesign unique design]] and [[BritishAccents distinctive voice]]. Three, InUniverse, his favorite princess is Luna, one of the show's [[BuffySpeak Darkhorse-iest]] ponies. In fan works, he's usually portrayed as a juvenile QuintessentialBritishGentleman and tends to get [[{{Shipping}} Shipped]] with Dinky Doo a lot.
* [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120422154935/mlp/images/8/84/Lucky_and_Wild_Fire_arguing_S02E25.png She had a rather prominent appearance in one of Twilight Sparkle's flashbacks,]] but [[CreatorCameo Sibsy's]] ponysona [[AllThereInTheScript Wild Fire]] was recognized by fans almost immediately. This led to [[http://i.dhne.ws/wildfireby.jpg fan]]-[[http://www.deviantart.com/download/278456924/sibsy__s_wild_fire_by_ctb_36-d4lsaqk.png art]], and even a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0P1gESvjY6Y video]] or [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBPdtMJwycA&feature=relmfu two]]. And that's not counting the AskAPony blog, her little fandom of her own, and the number of fanfiction written involving her.
* Bulk Biceps[[note]] Originally referred to by a {{fan nickname}} of Snowflake, others included "Roid Rage", "Horse Power", ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''/''Film/SpaceMutiny'' ShoutOut "Big [=McLargehooves=]", Muscle Pony, and "Dumb-Bell".[[/note]] '''''YEAH!!!''''' is very popular and instantly recognizable due to being one of the most uniquely designed pegasi around. '''''YEAH!!!''''' His every appearance pretty much calls for a '''''YEAH!!!''''' from everyone watching.
* Button Mash may very well be the king of this trope. He appears for all of two and a half seconds in the beginning of 'The Perfect Stallion' song. He does not speak, he is not named, all we see of him is a colt playing on an arcade machine. A dedicated fan - Shadyvox (of ''Yu-Gi-Oh GX Abridged'' infamy) - made a pilot episode [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=td_R53m5pl0 starring him]] that made a surprisingly large fandom for the colt.
* Fleur de Lis appeared twice in one episode and spoke one line, and yet seems at least as popular as her assumed husband, Fancy Pants, who has his own entry above.[[note]] For example, on Website/FimfictionDotNet her group has five times as many members as Fancy's[[/note]] It probably helps that she has a NonStandardCharacterDesign - she's a normal unicorn, yet she has the taller, longer body shape normally only used for alicorns.
* Silverspeed, a silver-maned pegasus with a bow-and-arrow cutie mark, and one of the few background ponies to be named in-show, has only briefly appeared in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E22HurricaneFluttershy two]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E10RainbowFalls episodes]], but is popular enough to have recieved a variety of fan art and an [[http://ask-silverspeed.tumblr.com/ Ask-a-pony Tumblr page]].
* [[AllThereInTheScript Neon Lights/Rising Star]], the spiky-maned CoolShades-wearing Canterlot unicorn, is shipped with Vinyl Scratch almost as often as Octavia is, with his CollectibleCardGame card saying that Vinyl thinks "his music is pretty sick", and he has a blind bag figure as of Wave 11.
* [[http://www.equestriadaily.com/2013/03/sunset-shimmer-celestias-mystery.html Sunset Shimmer]] has gotten the attention of a lot of bronies for various reasons, including her CoolMask, her similar ThemeNaming to Twilight Sparkle, and her description of being a former student of Princess Celestia. This has lead to her being the subject of a lot of EpilepticTrees, even though WordOfGod says that she won't appear in show.
** The ''Equestria Girls'' movie reveals Sunset Shimmer to be the BigBad. Since then, her popularity has dropped drastically compared to the popularity she had before the movie. Despite the HypeBacklash, she still has her fans, if only for [[EvilIsCool her character design]] and Creator/RebeccaShoichet's performance.
*** After the IDW comics gave her backstory some much-needed fleshing out, her popularity rose again. She's not as popular as any of the other {{Big Bad}}s, but she has a dedicated fanbase nonetheless.
** Another aspect that's also been helping with her popularity going back up is the [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks sequel]] showing her [[spoiler: more genuine acts of going through her HeelFaceTurn]], something fans of the first felt was very abrupt and somewhat forced.
* The Dazzlings, the villains from Rainbow Rocks, were loved by the Bronies when their song Let's Have a Battle (Of the Bands) was leaked. Sonata sticks out because of her role as TheDitz for the trio.
* [[spoiler: Human Twilight]] after her appearance in TheStinger.

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