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Apple Bloom is adopted.This explains why there where no parents AND no Apple Bloom in sight in Applejack's flashback, why Apple Bloom is so much younger than her siblings, why Apple Bloom doesn't have an fruit-related special talent despite every single other person in the family having one, and why Apple Bloom is so desperate not to lose Applejack as a sister.
Apple Bloom's cutie mark WON'T be apple-related.In Call of the Cutie, Apple Bloom made a fuss about thinking she'd get an apple-related cutie mark. Instead, what if she doesn't? It offers the opportunity to slip in a few words about how even though she's "different" to Applejack, Macintosh and Granny Smith, they're still all a family.
Apple Bloom was affected by the poison joke.The path she went on while following Zecora didn't have a way around the poison joke, did it? So the poison joke must have affected her, too. My theory is that it caused her to have her cutie mark seriously delayed. Additionally, she wasn't seen in the herbal bath cure at the end of the episode with the Mane Six, so its possible that it is still affecting her.
Apple Bloom will work with Rarity on something."Show Stoppers" hints that she has a knack for designing and organizing, talents Rarity can appreciate and put to good use. This could easily help Apple Bloom discover her cutie mark, though this could just as easily be set after she discovers her ability, as that could bring it to Rarity's attention. This could also cause either Applejack or Sweetie Belle to develop a bad case of Green-Eyed Monster: Applejack might feel slighted that her baby sister is spending so much time with Rarity instead of with her, while Sweetie Belle idolizes her sister and could get upset that Apple Bloom's getting to help while she's not allowed.
Apple Bloom already has her cutie mark.Her cutie mark is special: It's completely invisible. It signifies her ability for tactical espionage. It's so secret that even she doesn't know about it.
Apple Bloom’s mother is really Applejack.The Apple parents never seem to be around. In "Bridle Gossip", Applejack tells Apple Bloom she'll tell Big Macintosh on her, conforming that Big Macintosh is the highest authority figure, and that the parents aren't just off-camera. As seen in the flashback in "The Cutie Mark Chronicles", AJ's parents weren't around when she was a filly either, suggesting they died when she was still young. Significantly, Apple Bloom isn't around too. This leads to the conclusion that Apple Bloom is in fact the result of a teenage pregnancy, and they're just passing her off as Applejack's sister to avoid embarrassment. As for who the father is, well, considering Applejack's love for her family…
The lions didn't just happen to be there.They wandered off while Fluttershy wasn't looking, and that's just as far as they got before Apple Bloom showed up with a whip.
Apple Bloom and Diamond Tiara will eventually become friends or Friendly RivalsWell, they'd better at least tolerate each other for the sake of the relationship between Sweet Apple Acres and Barnyard Bargains.
Apple Bloom's Cutie Mark may have something to do with Zap Apples.Granny Smith said she had a knack for doing it, and it's one of the things she's seen doing so far that she hasn't slipped up with. This would be a good chance for some foreshadowing, as both the bloom of the Zap Apples (which fits her name) and the fruit itself (which fits with the Apple theme) are shown pretty prominently.
Apple Bloom's talent really is potion-mixing.She mixed the heart's desire potion in "Cutie Pox" and the love poison in "Hearts and Hooves Day," so maybe her special talent really will turn out to be potion mixing. She has become friends with Zecora, so it's very possible that she'll learn still more about potion mixing from her. She'll probably realize it when she finally makes a potion for a good purpose, using an apple blossom as an ingredient; that's when she'll get her cutie mark.
AB is the unintentional catalyst for her parents' death.Bear with me, this is a long one. Consider that Cherilee lived in the 80s, which would make her (if the ponies live on human year scales) in her late 30s to early 40s. One of the things that would make Big Mac a match with her is his age (figure that he's a lifelong batchelor due to being "married to his job", i.e. the farm.) thus putting him roughly 15 - 20 years older than the next sibling (AJ). By the time AJ's born, you're looking at the tail end of the potential birthing period for mares. That late birth (as well as giving birth to two big and/or strong earth ponies) could have done damage to Mrs. Apple's ability to have another kid (and having a kid that late, why push luck again?) Thus, with that damage, figure AB to be an "oopsie." By that point, with age and the birthing canal damaged, AB would have to be delivered by C-section. Only it doesn't work out, and Mrs. Apple's a goner. Figure Mr. Apple to have a farming accident in grief, and as a result, Big Mac (with the fortunate help of their grandmother) is stuck raising the younger siblings.
Applebloom's special talent is unethical potion-makingSeriously, first stolen ingredients, then mind control.Probably get a poison flask cutie mark.
Apple Bloom's cutie mark will be a house shaped like an apple.The viewer already pretty much knows that building and designing is her special talent, but it would be weird if the cutie mark wasn't apple-themed.
Apple Bloom's special talent is (mad scientist voice) CREATION!She succeeded at making zap apple jam, she rebuilt a horribly unsafe treehouse with no apparent offered materials and explicitly no help, she created the most dangerous trio of living ponies in modern Equestria, she outright fabricates "facts" all the time... Basically, her talent is to Earth Ponies what Twilight's talent is to Unicorns. Her cutie mark could be a zap apple blossom, or a crossed hammer and wooden spoon, or any number of other things that are considered creation imagery in Equestrian culture. What I wouldn't give to see her get her cutie mark while using a mad scientist voice with lightning in the background... Heck, she could even be the Nikolai Tesla of post-Industrial Equestria, if the hints at this talent are building up to, not a fabrication or a zap apple cutie mark, but an "inventor of the first system to convert stored electricity into mechanical power without the use of magic" cutie mark!
Big Macintosh is Apple Bloom's Parental SubstituteIn Bridle Gossip, Applejack says "I'll tell Big Macintosh on you!" It's just like one sibling threating to tattle to their parents, and it's the first indication that Big Mac is the one responsible for Apple Bloom. Then in Ponyville Confidential the way he tells off the fillies he sounds an awful lot like an angry parent — the kind that just caught their kid doing something so bad that they're too angry to think up a punishment yet. The portrayal of Big Mac as a disciplinarian almost flies in the face of his characterization of a shy Gentle Giant, unless situated next to the following:
Apple Bloom will get an automatic cider-press cutie mark and try to hide it from her family.In her typical way of taking her impatience out on what she's waiting for, she'll try making a more efficient cider press and end up reinventing the Super-Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000. Her cutie mark signifies her skill at building things and desire to not have to wait so dang long for everything (one of those double-meaning cutie marks that are supposed to be rare but actually seem pretty common to me, at least among main and secondary characters), but she'll worry about her family kicking her out because of her Flim-Flam-esque-ery. At the end of the episode, she learns that it's not what you do that matters, it's why you do it.
Applebloom is no longer friends with TwistThe two hardly ever interact since Twist got her Cutie Mark, and considering that Applebloom got to be a flower girl at the royal wedding with only the other Cutie Mark Crusaders there, one would think she would try to get all her friends involved. But it seems Twist is nowhere in sight.
Applebloom and Applejack are half-siblingsThis is why Applejack keeps referencing Babs Seed as "your cousin" rather than "our cousin".
Applebloom has already gotten her cutie mark, but due to the circumstances of how she got it, it won't actually ever show.As we've seen before, there's a special magic surrounding cutie marks that even Twilight can't circumvent. You can't cheat to get your cutie mark. It either disappears as swiftly as it's made, or it causes you to catch the Cutie Pox, or maybe something similar depending on the situation. Whatever the case is, it's obvious that cheating at the system just doesn't work. As many pointed out above, Applebloom seems to have an affinity for potion making. In making the cutie mark potion(presumably something she had to do without instruction or recipe), she legitimately earned her cutie mark. But because she earned it by trying to cheat, she can't/won't actually get her cutie mark to show up.
We will meet Scootaloo's parents at some point.Pick any two background ponies you want. Those are Scoot's parents.
Scootaloo can't fly because the CMC keep pulling out her pinion feathers.In several episodes we see the Cutie Mark Crusaders pulling out Scootaloo's primary flight feathers. Once to stir the love poison and once to tickle spike. Notice also that most of the flying pegasi have pegasi friends or live with alot of pegasi. It's possible that Scootaloo parents are non-pegasi, thus she doesn't know that losing a feather like that is bad. Likewise Applebloom and Sweetie Belle aren't pegasi, so they don't realize the harm they're doing to Scootaloo
Scootaloo is homeless and hiding it.She's extremely resourceful and mechanically inclined, thus she can hide it well. She attends school and pretends to live a normal life, but has no parents and thus no one to teach her to fly, and why she so desperately seeks out a stand in for her family. She may now reside in the CMC clubhouse after aiding in its construction.
Scootaloo will get her Cutie Mark last.Sweetie Belle and Apple Bloom will finally figure out that you can't get your cutie mark by doing suicidal stunts, and eventually they'll find their true talents. Scootaloo on the other hand will be too stubborn at first and it will take her longer.
Scootaloo and Fluttershy are relatedBecause seriously, that'd be adorable.
Scootaloo is Fluttershy's sister.Her colors are similar to Fluttershys but much darker.
Scootaloo was actually adopted by Rainbow Dash's family and thus has no blood relation with her.
Scootaloo's still Cheerilee's younger sis.Word Of Faust was that Ponies could interbreed, wasn't it? It could explain why she's such a weak flier, being half-Earth Pony.
Ditzy Doo/Derpy Hooves is Scootaloo's older sisterGiven what we know of her, Scootaloo sees Rainbow Dash as the cool big sister that she'd like to have; the reason for this is that the sister she does have is a not-at-all awesome mailmare with wonky eyes and a poor sense of direction. We could well have a flashback that shows us that she saved Rainbow Dash at the cost of her depth perception, ability to focus on her job and intelligible speech.
Spitfire is Scootaloo's sister.Unlikely. Scoot might be a bit thick sometimes, but if Spitfire, a Wonderbolt, were her sister. she'd have bragged about this to Rainbow at the FIRST opportunity. There's no way that Scootaloo, being such a huge fan of Rainbow, wouldn't have learned that Rainbow herself is a fan of the Wonderbolts.
Scootaloo's cutie mark would be a scooter.We just haven't seen her earn it yet. Only time will tell.
Scootaloo isn't a pony.She's actually the flightless bird greed. The reason she's been called a chicken, and a dodo is because those are two of her core medals. The third one will be revealed in season 3.
Scootaloo's cutiemark will be Rainbow Dash.
Scootaloo thought that Rainbow Dash was the Mysterious Mare Do-WellIt would explain her seemingly Out of Character moment in the episode.
Scootaloo has an older sibling — and a poor relationship with them.Such as an Aloof Big Sister who doesn't want anything to do with her, or a Jerk Jock who gives Scoot grief for not being able to fly/keep up with her yet… or a flat-out bully. Or perhaps she's simply not aware Scootaloo resents her always being 'too busy' to spend time with her...
Scootaloo's parents left her in Ponyville so she can learn to fly without too much risk.This is actually common for pegasus foals, and it's why we haven't been formally introduced to any members of her family yet: they're back home. Their jobs keep them busy most of the time, so they can't visit as much as they'd like or give their daughter the supervision she'd require if they were up in Cloudsdale or another pegasus city.
Scootaloo was in fact, raised by chickens.I'm kinda surprised that it wasn't brought up sooner. She isn't a chicken and she knows it, but she was abandoned to be raised by chickens. Maybe she's embarrassed by this...
Scootaloo will be a Supreme Chef.Considering how awful Apple Bloom and Sweetie Belle's cooking are. Although to be fair the former was following directions from Pinkie Pie and the latter followed her mother and did improved a bit (Although still messy.) Scootaloo will end up being the best cook of the three or at least something better. It'll be a nice twist of her Tomboy attitude.
Scootaloo's cutie mark will be a lightning boltBut rather than linking her to the Speed Force like Rainbow Dash, it will link her to the Morphing Grid
Scootaloo's a Military Brat who ran away from home after getting sick of her dad's moving around.Says it all, really. It'd be awesome if pegasus aircraft carriers existed.
Scootaloo wants Dash to teach her how to fly.She can flap enough to propel herself on her scooter, but when it comes to really flying, she hopes to learn from the best. That's the best way to learn, right? This is what Word of God meant by her being 'too shortsighted to learn how' — she hasn't considered that if Dash ever does agree to an impromptu lesson, she'd likely expect her to be reasonably adept at flying already. This could even set up a potential plot — imagine Dash's reaction upon learning her number one fan barely has a grasp on the basics of flight, if that! Given her penchant for Brutal Honesty, poor Scoots'd likely be crushed by her response...
Scootaloo can already fly, she just uses the scooter to go fasterOn her scooter Scootaloo demonstrates both a large amount of speed and torque. She can zip around at a high rate and has demonstrated the ability to tow two fillies, an adult pony and a wagon without undue difficulty. This implies that she has well developed wings. However in order to fly unaided, Scootaloo must vector some of her thrust to keeping herself airborne, rather than pushing herself forward. Less Thrust = Less Speed. And Scootaloo is all about speed. So with the scooter she can devote 100% of her thrust to attaining a higher speed. 100% Thrust = 100% Speed, something that Scootaloo likes.
Rather then having a big sister......Scootaloo will be a big sister herself. This would actually be a good thing:
Scootaloo's parents are Earth ponies.The episode "Baby Cakes" establishes that ponies may have offspring of another pony race if it's in their ancestry. Scootaloo has Earth pony parents, and since they don't have wings they have been unable to teach her to fly. They lived in a town that was almost entirely Earth ponies and moved to the more diverse Ponyville in hopes of having her meet more pegasus ponies who can help her develop her pegasus abilities like flying and weather manipulation.
Scootaloo has a serious obsession with Rainbow Dash.Like to the point of spying on her house in cloudsdale whenever she can find a way up there.
Scootaloo is going to become a scientistWhen she tries to fly in Ponyville Confidential, it's clear that it's her head that's dragging her down. That suggests that she's not as airheaded as most pegasi, which may impede her flying ability, but clearly marks an above-average intelligence.
Scootaloo thinks that getting her Cutie Mark will make her parents love her...and come back.That is why she is so obsessed with getting one.
Scootaloo isn't an orphan, she just has really neglectful parents.
Scootaloo has loving parents, but they're usually very busy working.Her mom runs a restaurant in Ponyville and is an amazing chef who loves to cook, so Scootaloo doesn't go hungry. Her dad is a toymaker and is the one who made Scootaloo's scooter. However, their jobs leave them with very little time to spend with their daughter. They still love her a lot. Yes I'm kinda tired of the angst being piled on her.
It isn't Scootaloo that is "flying-disabled"...It's her parents that are unable to fly and thus, properly teach the young pegasus themselves. So that's why she seeks Rainbow Dash as a flying teacher.
Scootaloo's talent will be writing.She's gone from saying that "coming up with words is, like, really hard" to writing that Cutie Mark Crusaders initiation ritual in One Bad Apple that sounds like a thesaurus entry gone wrong. It's clear that she's developing a fascination with words, though the actual skill to use them isn't there yet.
Scootaloo is adopted.She was adopted at an early age by earth ponies. They love her very much, but have no idea how to teach her to fly. She seeks out a sibling like relationship with Rainbow Dash in a bid to reconnect with her pegasus heritage.
Scootaloo will invent the first plane/plane prototype.There's more than one way to fly, after all.
Scootaloo can't fly because she's used to using her wings on her scooter.Presumably, flying and accelerating a scooter require different wing motions. Whenever Scootaloo tries to fly, her muscle memory from riding her scooter interferes with her flapping.
Scootaloo was meant to get her cutie mark back in 'Sleepless In Ponyville'.Before the opening theme, Scootaloo was ripping through town on her scooter, looking exhilarated. She was meant to get her cutie mark at the moment her flying-scooter trick reached it's peak. Cue Rainbow Dash complementing her on her skills. This is enough to distract Scootaloo from what should have been her oncoming epiphany which would have lead to the mark. Weather either of them realize it or not, Rainbow kept Scootaloo from getting her cutie mark when it was time, and now she has to wait however long it takes to recreate those conditions.
Scootaloo can't fly because she's overthinking itA Pegusi's flying has nothing to do with their wingspan, look at "Roid Rage"/"Bulk Biceps" his wings are about the same size as Scootaloo's and he flies well enough to be accepted into the Wonderbolts Academy.
Scootaloo is Pinkie's daughter.Once upon a time Pinkie Pie met a pegasus, and they started dating. Then Pinkie got pregnant, and while Pinkie was overjoyed, the pegasus was extremely worried she would be too irresponsible to be a mother. The pegasus made her keep a strict diet and rarely let her have fun in fear of killing the baby. Once the baby was born, the pegasus put her up for adoption, despite Pinkie's pleas to let her take care of the child. Later the pegasus left Pinkie all alone, and Pinkie went into a depression for a while, never finding out the baby would be adopted and named Scootaloo.
Sweetie Belle has Dyspraxia.She's clumsy and disorganized for a start, with poor attention to detail (forgetting to wash her paintbrush, sewing a costume with five legs, not knowing what a dressform does even though she must have seen her sister use one...). She's also prone to forgetting things people told her five seconds ago, along with being generally slow to catch on to what exactly is going on. She also has a tendency to wander off alone and let the others talk, and is often found daydreaming. Despite all this however she obviously isn't stupid, just... not quite processing the world around her.
Sweetie Belle will fall in love with Spike and will Murder the Hypotenuse.Because it would be hilarious.
Sweetie Belle's special talent is something godlike.Celestia and Luna's cutie marks match their ability to control the sun and moon, which implies that doing those things are their special talents. Thus, there is precedent for ponies having such talents.
Sweetie Belle's special talent is destruction.Burning juice and reducing toast to a grey liquid goes beyond Lethal Chef into Epic Fail territory. She has a knack for creating Disaster Dominoes in both "Sisterhooves Social" and "The Stare Master", so maybe destroying stuff is her special talent, leading to her producing disintegration beams from her horn or something. This would form an interesting contrast with her sister's creative talents, and set up for a nice Bad Powers, Good Ponies situation.
Sweetie Belle will get her singing Cutie Mark once she gets over stage fright.S.B.'s cutie mark will have something to do with music, but she won't get it until she lets go of her stage fright.
Sweetie Belle's stage fright will be used for a different sort of lesson about patience.Suspecting that her talent might lie in singing, her friends will attempt to force her into confronting and conquering her stage fright. This instead results in a tear-jerking Break the Cutie moment to illustrate the importance of being careful, as her friends' good intentions wind up unintentionally hurting her. (Obviously, she will not get her cutie mark from this incident, in order to avoid breaking the aesop — if her talent does lie in singing, it will come on its own, when she's good and ready, as opposed to being drawn out when she's forced into the spotlight.)
Sweetie Belle will attempt the "Want It, Need It" spell at some point.After all, it 'works every time', right? Surely that makes it perfect for practicing her magic! This'll be used for a dual aesop: Sweetie Belle learns not to dabble in magic she doesn't understand, and Twilight learns to be more careful about the type of example she sets.
Sweetie Belle's talent is for Song MagicIt's clear her talent involves singing, and as a unicorn she can use magic. Therefore her Cutie Mark is going to be a Installer Port.
Sweetie Belle will develop an accent.Because the rest of her family has an out of place accent.
Sweetie Belle's cutie mark will be......a bell, symbolizing her singing voice.
Sweetie Belle is a young changeling.In "One Bad Apple", we see her shoot green sparks from her horn in excitement. She could be the stereotyped changeling-fleeing-from-her-own-kind, or perhaps changeling reproduction is more like RL mythology changelings, where they replace actual children when they are infants (and in the MLP world, join the Hive upon reaching adulthood). Growing up in a foster family provides all the love a growing emotion-feeder needs...
Sweetie Belle will get her cutie mark first—and then in the following episode be Put on a Bus......as she goes to Princess Celestia's School for Gifted Unicorns. At the end, Dinky, Firelock, or Bloo will join the club (and possibly so will Rumble, Shady Daze, and an as-yet-markless unicorn colt).
Sweetie Belle's special talent is using King Sombra's dark magic.Just because.
Sweetie Belle's cutie mark is destined to be......green, like her magic aura. Think about it: Rarity, Twilight, Celestia, Shining Armor, and Cadance all have magic that matches the color of their cutie marks. There may be more, but these are the ones I know for sure. This isn't really a wild mass guess, though, if it's canon that cutie marks match magic auras, but I haven't heard it confirmed. I don't think a green bell would look good on her flank.
Sweetie Belle has Anger issuesHer fights with Rarity in 'Sisterhooves Social' and 'For Whom the Sweetie Belle Tolls' combined with the revenge fantasy scene in 'Twilight Time' leave this troper with the impression that Sweetie might benefit from some sort of professional help before she develops her magic enough to actually hurt somepony.
Cutie Mark Crusaders
The Cutie Mark Crusaders are not who they appear to be. They are really...From the distant future. Their names are actually Apple Blossom, Melody and Firefly and they are the children of their respective 'sisters'. The Crusaders have gone back in time to help prevent a war in the future. The ruling Princess of the time (Luna, Twilight, whoever because Celestia has passed in the war) will have sent them back in time and have placed their future mothers and everyone else under strong memory spells so everyone will believe that these three fillies have always existed and are the younger sisters of the mares who in reality will be giving birth to them in several years. Apple Blossom: Apple Blossom, under the name Apple Bloom, is the daughter of Applejack and Caramel, assuming whatever blood-relation they may have is distant enough to not be considered insist. Caramel was killed in the war before the she was born. Apple Blossom was born alarmingly early along with a twin brother who was the spitting image of their father. He was stillborn and Apple Blossom barley survived. Applejack cherished her daughter enough to send her back in time to a safer place. This might account for the lack of parents seen. Melody: Melody, under the name Sweetie Belle, is the daughter of Rarity and Fancy Pants. The pair had difficulty coming to terms with their romantic feelings due to the massive age gap, but eventually got together and had a single foal. Rarity knew that Melody was smart for her age and sent her back with Apple Blossom and Firefly because she would be of great help. This might account for Sweetie's being a white unicorn like Rarity when she also has a pink coated 'mother' and a (possibly) earth pony 'father'. Firefly: Firefly, under the name Scootaloo, is the youngest foal of Rainbow Dash and Saorin. Firefly has at least two older siblings, likely all male which would explain her aversion to anything girly. She was the victim of fierce bullying because of her inability to fly and so Rainbow sent her back with the others to get her away from the bullies and possibly build up her confidence, which was dangerously low by that point. Something went wrong with the memory spell where Firefly was concerned so while her friends got to play the roles of their own aunts who never really existed to begin with, everyone is aware that Rainbow Dash has no sister and the filly has instead taken up the role of admirer. This also gives a genuine reason for her drive to be close to Rainbow; she just misses her mommy. This might account for the apparent lack of family or any home-life at all.
The Cutie Mark Crusaders are actually behind the series villains.
The Cutie Mark Crusaders will eventually get their cutie marks...
So what will the Cutie Mark Crusaders' talents be?
The Cutie Mark Crusaders will find their talents by giving up.
The Cutie Mark Crusader's cutie marks will be (in order of appearance):Sweetie Belle: A huge bell, almost covering her entire flank.
The Cutie Mark Crusaders will become literal crusaders.That is to say, they'll get Templar crosses as their Cutie Marks and then depart to the Holy Land to convert all the infidels to the Faith of Celestia.
The reason for the Cutie Mark Crusaders' supposed Aesop Amnesia.Rainbow Dash has shown that she does not realize that a cutie mark is earned when a pony discovers who they are just like the Crusaders. And Scootaloo idolizes Rainbow, so she won't get it either and as the de facto leader of the CMC, Scootaloo needs to realize this in order for Sweetie Belle and Apple Bloom to as well. also the Aesop the Crusaders learned in "Call of the Cutie" doesn't change the fact that they still desire cutie marks.
More Cutie Mark Crusader Cutie-mark Teasing, GO!When helping to organize Twist's Cuteceneara, the Cutie Mark Crusaders wind up demonstrating an additional skill on top of their current ones, teasing further at their cutie marks:
The Cutie Mark Crusaders are a Shout-Out to The Powerpuff Girls.Applebloom is the leader and has a bow in her hair. Scootaloo is the tomboy, and Sweetie Belle is the nice one. Lauren Faust did work on PPG, and her husband created it! Wouldn't surprise me.
The Cutie Mark Crusaders will all get their cutie marks together.Just like the members of the mane cast got their cutie marks at (around) the same time, the Crusaders will do something to trigger or have some event trigger the appearances of all of their cutie marks. For example, imagine if they had all done the "right" tasks for their talent show performance and gotten the marks afterwards.
Scootaloo and Sweetie Belle's Cutie Marks will be tweaked versions of their G3 ones.Ponies typically keep their general Cutie Mark design throughout the gens.
The Cutie Mark Crusaders will get cutie marks when…Scootaloo does a Sonic Rainboom on her scooter.
At least one of the Cutie Mark Crusaders will obtain her mark accidentally.As in she won't obtain it while trying out random things to 'force' her talent out, but simply while doing something she likes and enjoys. The way Twist earned her mark without intending to in "Call of the Cutie" was Foreshadowing. This will naturally cause tension with her friends, as she won't be able to explain to them how she got it in a way they can easily mimic, making them think she's holding out on them.
The Cutie Mark Crusaders will get their marks at the same time… and won't notice at the time.They will be so busy plotting their next plan that they completely fail to notice the marks' appearances. The mane cast will see, but decide to sit back and wait to see how long it takes.
The Cutie Mark Crusaders will become Discord's Quirky Miniboss Squad.Their fighting caused him to break free, or his breaking free caused them to fight, I don't know but to "thank" them, he'll magically age them up and cause them to go Brainwashed and Crazy.
One of the CMCs will gain her cutie mark, and it will severely strain her friendship with the others.There are good reasons for any of them to be the likely first, but this plot is downright inevitable.
The CMC have already found their Special Talent.Their collective Special Talent is searching for their Special Talents! The reason their cutie marks haven't shown up yet is, seriously, what would that even look like?
The CMC aren't as fussed about finding their special talents as it seems to the Mane Cast, they just get really fired up at the start of each new project.Rather than persistent Aesop Amnesia, the three realize that looking for their Cutie Marks means they can goof around trying all kinds of crazy things to see what they're good at; they seem so hellbent on fleshing out their talents because they're all energetic young fillies that get excited over each new thing they try. When one or all of them gets their cutie mark, they'll probably continue behaving exactly the same way because it was doing all those random fun activities together that they bonded over, not their blank flanks.
Pipsqueak will become the fourth Cutie Mark Crusader.He's a blank flank just like the three. It's plausible that he'll be the first boy to join the group.
The Cutie Mark Crusaders' Special Talent really is Comedy.Most CMC episodes (especially The Show Stoppers) are comedy episodes. So yes, their special talent really is Comedy. They make us, the viewers, laugh.
The Cutie Mark Crusaders will get more members, and will eventually become an organization.Members who get their mark will receive the honor title "Templar" and will serve as guides and advisors for younger members.
The Cutie Mark Crusaders will get a "falling out" episode or similar.It seems that every mane character has had a breakdown episode, so why not pass it on to the kids as well? It would make more sense that the Crusaders have some sort of mass falling out, since it would affect all three. Not really sure how this would come about, but would make for an interesting storyline.
The CMC will have a redo of the theme song performance.Except this time, it will be at a much bigger event than a talent show (can't think of any ideas for this event). And this time, they will actually manage what they are good at (A.B. designing the set, Scootaloo doing the choreography, S.B. being the lead singer). Of course, a huge portion of the episode will center around S.B. trying/being pushed to overcome her stage fright.
Each of the Cutie Mark Crusaders will have an episode where they spend more time with the other Crusaders' Cool Big Sis/Personal Hero.Apple Bloom already had her training under Rainbow Dash in "Call of the Cutie", and Sweetie Belle obviously came to admire Applejack during "Sisterhooves Social". This theme will be continued with Apple Bloom spending time with Rarity, Sweetie Belle hanging out with Rainbow Dash, and Scootaloo getting scenes with Applejack and Rarity. Possiblities include:
The Cutie Mark Crusaders will attempt to focus on cutie marks one Crusader at a time.Eventually the Crusaders will pick up on the fact that cutie marks are very individual and, thus, decide that the best strategy is to focus on one Cutie Mark Crusader at a time. The end result will be that one Crusader being put through more abuse than they do when they work as a group.
The CMC will get their cutie marks all at once......but not until they find three more members. Bonus points if Pipsqueak is a member. Then some big event like a season finale or season premiere they'll show their stuff and get their cutie marks.
If the Cutie Mark Crusaders ever get any of the Elements, they won't have the same ones as their older sisters/role model.After all, they're completely different characters; why would they get the exact same Elements?
The Cutie Mark Crusaders will try borrowing the Elements of their siblings/role models in hopes of earning their marks that way.They do so fully intending to return them before they're missed; naturally, however, things don't work out that way. They also can't get the Elements to work properly for them — especially Apple Bloom with the Element of Honesty, as she gets caught up in a Snowball Lie trying to keep what they've done from Applejack. Celestia, of course, will be aware of what happened from the start and secretly observing/permitting it to see if they are capable of using the Elements at all, as well in hopes of their learning how to embrace their unique talents.
One of the Cutie Mark Crusaders will actually be upset when she gets her cutie mark.She'll be reluctantly trying something with the others, only to find she actually really enjoys it... but when she realizes she got her mark for it, it causes her to Freak Out! due to not fully understanding that a cutie mark doesn't completely define who she is, and that she's the one who gives it meaning.
The Cute Mark Crusaders WILL get their Cutie Marks. But it will cause a So What Do We Do Now? moment.Until one of the main ponies gives them the idea to help OTHER ponies without a Cutie Mark.
The Cutie Mark Crusaders will give a What the Hell, Hero? speech to the mane cast.Let's just say the girls objected to something that the Mane Cast did something hypocritically that completely contradicts the Elements of Harmony. Perhaps they'll call them out for not allowing a mule in?
At least one of the CMC will discover a talent/calling that will surprise the Mane Cast as well.Twilight and the others likely have their own guesses about what talents each of the Crusaders have, and are just waiting for them to figure it out on their own, expecting to deliever An Aesop about listening to the advice of those Older and Wiser than you. However, to their shock, one of the Crusaders actually will discover her calling and have it turn out completely different from what the older ponies expected, teaching them a lesson about not making assumptions or presuming to know somebody better than they know themselves.
The Cutie Mark Crusaders will get their marks in three consecutive episodes.The first episode opens in Zap Apple season, with Apple Bloom getting a Zap Apple jam cutie mark just before the opening titles. The next episode, Granny Smith passes away in her sleep and Sweetie Belle gets her cutie mark singing at the funeral. Scootaloo gets hers in the third, the what-do-we-do-now episode.
The Cutie Mark Crusaders will have a fourth dark colored member join and then they will all get their Cutie Marks.
Sometime after the show ends, at least one of the CMCs will be murdered.Somepony will never forgive Gabby Gums.
The CMC will bond with the opposite of their sisters in the Mane 6.
Each of the Cutie Mark Crusaders will get pets of their own.Right now it seems that most of the important characters (The mane six, Spike and Celestia) all have pets. Which leaves the CMC out. So what sort of pets would be good for each of the three fillies?
The CMCs' hinted talents are red herrings.They're things they're good at, but not things they like to do. Sweetie Belle likes singing and is good at it but hates singing with an audience, Apple Bloom is good at building things but she doesn't really seem to have a passion for it, and riding a scooter well is what Scootaloo does, but it's not who she is.
There are character reasons why the Cutie Mark Crusaders can't find their special talents.Apple Bloom's talent is carpentry, however after we heard her friends diss carpentry in Stare Master, we can almost infer that it's considered a lame cutie mark to have. Considering the entire reason AB wants a cutie mark is so other ponies wouldn't judge her, she would intentionally avoid a lame cutie mark for this very reason. Sweetie Belle's talent is singing. However, she'll refuse to pursue it because she's too bashful to sing in front of crowd. Scootaloo's talent involves her scooter. However, if Lauren Faust's interpretation of her inability to fly being due to a disability becomes canon, that would mean her very talent involves the symbol of her disability. It's like being unable to walk and gaining a cutie mark in riding wheelchairs.
The Cutie Mark Crusaders will end up saving the day in one of the adventure stories.Well, they let Spike have a turn, so why not?
The "Cutie Mark Crusaders" will one day become a legitimate support group.When the CMC and Babs Seed are adults, one or more of them will fully develop the "Cutie Mark Crusaders" into a serious support group for fillies and colts who are late bloomers with their Cutie Marks. Things like Hobby Days to give kids different things to try in pursuit of a Mark, or counseling if they're being bullied. They could even help kids with the opposite problem, bullied or singled out because their Cutie Marks came first.
The Crusaders will get some sort of joint cutie mark.Sorta like how Flim and Flam have cutie marks that are practically made to go together, the Crusaders' friendship will be a vital element in whatever it is they're meant to do in life. Status Quo Is God.
Apple Bloom and Babs Seed will get dream visits from Princess Luna in future episodes.Scootaloo and Sweetie Belle have.
The Apple Clan
Eventually someone in the Apple family will fall in love with a pony from a family that grows oranges.Just because the romance would be incomparable.
"Granny" Smith is actually the Apple Family's godmother.A Godparent is any relative that has entered in an agreement to adopt the children of a family member in the event the children become orphaned. In Cutie Mark Chronicles, even as children, Applejack and her brother are living with Smith, and Applebloom couldn't have been born yet. It could be very possible that Applejack, Big Macintosh, and Applebloom are all from different parents, and may not even be related by blood. Fortunately, they are all Happily Adopted and do not consider blood relation making a bit of difference in who they are to each other.
Granny Smith was her generations's version of Pinkie Pie.Every generation has its version of Pinkie Pie. EVERY SINGLE ONE. They tend to manifest their 'crazy' in different ways and, every once in a while, the world throws an additional curveball by giving them a Male Pinkie Pie. Granny Smith was simply the Pinkie Pie of hers. Her crazy actions all have a purpose, and the ponies of her generation understood them in much the same way the other mane characters understand Pinkie Pie. However, because the current generation doesn't understand her, they just assume she's getting old and senile, rather than someone who knows exactly what she's doing.
Big Mac will eventually bake cupcakes with PinkieAnd like his sister's they will be BAD.
Granny Smith is Really 700 Years OldShe witnesses Luna's Face-Heel Turn and (possibly) was the user of the element of honesty when Celestia sealed her sister.
Big Macintosh will (somehow), at some point, suffer from Cutie Mark Failure Insanity Syndrome.Mostly because this poster is curious and thinks it'd be funny if it happened.
Big Mac's name is really Big McIntoshBig Mac is a member of the apple family. As such, it would seem likely that he would be named after an apple than a computer. There's no apple called a Macintosh, but there is one called a McIntosh or McIntosh Red. The fact that he's red would be more evidence for this.
Big Macintosh secretly collects dollsWhy else would he be the one to take Twilight's old doll?
Big Macintosh was unaffected by the "Want it, Need it" spell.Why was he fighting so hard for the doll, then? Because a stallion has needs.
Granny Smith is Applejack, Big McIntosh, and Apple Bloom's mother.Every assumes that Granny Smith is their grandmother because her name is Granny Smith, and because she is visibly old and frail, but there is the problem that we've never seen the intervening generation, i.e., Applejack, Big McIntosh, and Apple Bloom's parents. But presumably, Granny Smith is called Granny Smith because that's her name: she's named for a variety of apple, as are many of the Apple clan, and presumably that was her name even when she was a filly. So it's possible that she is the mother, not the grandmother, to the Apple family; if so, it seems likely that she was widowed not very long after Apple Bloom was conceived. As to why she appears too old to be their mother, perhaps she foaled late in life, or perhaps she is simply prematurely aged. After all, running the farm is clearly demanding physical labor, as is raising three foals.
The reason why the Apple Clan tend to be late bloomers...Cutie marks are created by a pony discovering their special talent and knowing what they want to do with their life. Members of the Apple Clan have an obvious path set out before them from birth — but that doesn't mean they know whether or not they want to dedicate themselves to that as their life's work. That's why it generally takes so long; they're not sure yet if they want to follow the family's tradition. Apple Bloom's attempt failed because she was doing it for all the wrong reasons, having no real conviction behind her decision to help hawk apples beside earning her mark.
There will be a Trottingham branch of the Apples, with Bramley being one of themWe've established that Trottingham is in an area meant to be a Britain expy, and there are Apples everywhere, so combining the two makes sense. Bramley would be an ideal name, since it's a very British variety of apple (and several British towns). I imagine they would have the Lincolnshire/Yorkshire farmer accent (the closest British equivalent to Applejack's).
There will come a time where we'll learn to never mess with Granny Smith.I've noticed that they've been giving her plenty of screentime, but most of those instances tend to make fun of her age. If there is one thing that the show is good at, it's showing character's Hidden Depths. At some point, her family will be in danger and Granny will have to lay down the law, or do something awesome. It will then be glorious.
There will be a "Fountain of Youth''-esque episode and it'll show Granny Smith when she was younger.And she'll be beautiful in her youth.
The Apple Family are all carriers of the Cutie Pox Syndrome in latent form.And usually, it never develops, but does interfere with them getting their Cutie Marks, which is why they are all late bloomers. Applebloom accidentally activated the full blown pox.
Granny Smith was quite Badass in her time
Granny Smith's name when she was younger is Annie Smith.It sounds generic, I know, but think about it. It wouldn't make sense for a young filly to be called 'Granny', so it's likely she had a similar sounding name when she was young that became 'Granny' as she grew old. Plus, 'Annie' is a good Shout-Out to the novel Anne of Green Gables, which Granny Smith in her youth resembles with the twin pigtails.
Granny Smith technically isn't part of the Apple family.Granny Smith's story refers to her family (her parents and siblings) as "the Smith family", so she was a Smith when she was young. Filthy Rich addresses her as "Mrs Smith", which suggests that she didn't marry into the Apple family. Rather, her husband married into the Smith family and took the Smith name. They then had a son or daughter who married an Apple pony and became part of the Apple family, which is why Applejack, Big Macintosh and Apple Bloom are Apples rather than Smiths. It's not uncommon for people to refer to their two grandmothers and grandfathers by their last names to distinguish them (such as "Grandpa Jones and Grandpa Black"), so Applejack probably had a "Granny Smith" and a "Granny Apple" when she was young. She lives at Sweet Apple Acres and is the local Apple kids' only close relative, so she's considered part of the Apple family, but she isn't actually one by either blood or marriage.
Aunt and Uncle Orange are also Diamond Tiara's Aunt and Uncle.Because of their surname, she isn't aware they're related to the Apple Clan. If she found out, she'd be mortified.
Big Macintosh will be a Sixth RangerHe's getting more and more screentime.
There's a special business deal between Sweet Apple Acres and Sugarcube Corner.The apple farm regularly supplies ingredients for the bakery, and in exchange Applejack is contractually obligated to advertise for them, which is why she calls everyone "sugarcube".
Sweet Apple Acres is actually quite profitable.One might get the impression from "Ticket Master" and "Best Night Ever" that Sweet Apple Acres is a struggling farm, but actually it's quite profitable. It's just that Applejack and Big McIntosh plow almost all of their profits back into the business. They are constantly making capital improvements to the farm. In "Feeling Pinkie Keen," Applejack mentions having just installed a new apple cellar, and then in "Lesson Zero," Applejack is having Rainbow Dash demolish an old barn to clear space for a new one. Even in "Ticket Master," Applejack's highest priorities for the profits she dreams of making from the Gala are to repair a barn and to replace a plow.
The Apple family is actually very wealthyConsidering that they founded Ponyville (and probably Appleloosa too), prop up Diamond Tiara's family, and some of them are well-known Manehattan socialites, it seems obvious.
The Ponyville Apples are not good businessponies.Whether from lack of experience, senility or genuinely poor business acumen, the Apples don't seem particularly business savvy. That's not to say they're idiots, but they are hesitant to call in for help when needed (Applejack nearly worked herself to death in Applebuck Season), do proper research into prospective markets (Applejack made a huge amount of common foods that anypony could buy at one of potentially dozens of bake shops in Canterlot and tried to sell it at a catered event, which ultimately went to waste), they don't make enough product nor adapt their production schedules to allow themselves to build up a surplus (their cider is quite vital to the survival of the farm but they constantly run out and potentially alienate their customers), and they let their family honor sucker them into a bad deal (they let the Flim Flam brothers harvest their southern fields with zero recompence). That's not to say they're complete failures, but they do make obvious mistakes and suffer for it.
Or they only make money off Cider and Zap apples, and one of those comes just before tax seasonThe Apples still hold two monopolies, one that appears to be a monopoly for ALL of equestria (the Zap apples). They sell everything else at either at cost, or they sell it at a loss, because of an over filled Apple Market. The Apple Family is all across Equestria, and since Earth Ponies magic is to grow food (they can even make viable Apple orchards in the DESERT), all food prices are VERY low. This is similar to farmers before and at the beginning of the Great Depression, where farmers were struggling, since they simply couldn't sell anything for a profit due to over comptetion from other family farms). Zap Apples and their special cider are the only thing making them money, and either A. the profits only barely outweigh the constant loses they take or B. they have the misfortune of tax season landing right after one of those harvests.
Big Macintosh and Cheerilee will get married.However, due to scheduling issues, it will be the exact same day as Princess Cadence and Shining Armor. The episode will focus on Rarity being torn between being with high society and being with her friends.
Big Macintosh and Cheerilee had been secretly dating all along.Their awkwardness at being thrown together by the Cutie Mark Crusaders was over not wanting their secret relationship to become public knowledge yet.
Big Macintosh and Cheerilee used to date, but broke up long before Hearts and HovesThey are on friendly terms but know they aren't right for each other. This made the Crusaders' attempts to hitch them extra awkward. They didn't confront the fillies immediately when it became clear to them what was going on, because it would have been kind of rude to do so without being sure whether the other wanted the story to be told or not, and they never got a chance to meet in private and discuss their approach before they drank the potion.
Braeburn will returnSince he's become such an Ensemble Darkhorse, they might realize this and bring him back in some fashion, maybe in Season 3.
Discord (unintentionally?) helped Granny AppleUnder Discord's influence, Big Mac acted like a dog, Apple Jack a liar and Granny seemed to be tap dancing. Very energetic tap dancing. Now since Apple Jack was saving up to replace her hip at season 1 and at season 2 Granny could dress up like a bunny and hop over water pails, its quite a change.
Granny is going senile and its hurting the Apples.She's losing her sharp wits and sprit of adventure/experimentation to the point of near disasterous business decissions but since the Apples respect her, they follow along come what may.
An Apple clan relative will appear for a Always Someone Better plot.Such as somepony who's got better business sense than Applejack, or a filly/colt Applebloom's age who recently earned their cutie mark.
A City Mouse relative will visit Sweet Apple Acres.However, in a mirror of AJ's plot in "The Cutie Mark Chronicles", they've assumed that The Simple Life Is Simple and that country living is better than the big ol' city. This would frustrate the heck out of Applejack, who feels that they're insulting her way of life, leading to An Aesop about the dangers of making assumptions the way both of them did.
Granny Smith isn't named after a type of apple.The breed of apple is named after her. As suggested above, Granny isn't technically part of the Apple family, she's part of the Smith family, so when she was born she wasn't given an apple-themed name. But she grew up to be a world class expert in apples, including being the one who discovered the secrets of cultivating Zap Apples, so she's quite famous in certain circles. So when a breed of apple was discovered or developed that just happened to be the same green color as her hide, naturally it was named in her honor. This also explains why the naming theme only works because she is "Granny". Unless she was actually born as Granny (unlikely), then her Punny Name made no sense until she became a grandmother. But if we assume the breed of apple was named after she was already known as "Granny Smith", then it makes sense.
Big Macintosh is named after the computer."Big" is just his nickname (because, surprise surprise, he's big). A Mc Intosh, as mentioned earlier, is a type of apple (and a red one, at that), but his name is specifically spelled with a 'Mac'... which is a computer produced by Apple. Which gives his fancy mathematics a whole new meaning.
Big Macintosh's yoke is a Power Limiter.When it comes off (possibly after a villain hurts a child), it will break the floor.
Big Macintosh is the Earth Pony equivalent to Twilight Sparkle.Related to above WMG, Macintosh's Earth Pony magic is as powerful as Twilight Sparkle's unicorn magic. Unfortunately, he never had a teacher to help him control it. Not wanting to accidentally hurt anypony, he developed the yoke as a power limiter. The only ones who know exactly how powerful he is are him and Granny Smith, who helped him build the yoke. Applejack and Apple Bloom have a vague idea how powerful he is, but have never actually seen it in action. He's never taken it off before because he's never needed to. The Mane Six have always been up to the task. If there is a time when they can't, the yoke will come off, resulting in said floor breakage. After giving the villian a "World of Cardboard" Speech, Macintosh will then proceed to unleash Tranquil Fury, much to everyone else's astonishment. Once the battle is over, Macintosh will then quietly put the yoke back on, cleans up after the battle and goes back to being regular old Macintosh.
Grandpappy Apple (Granny Smith's husband and Big Mac's, Applejack's and Applebloom's grandfather) founded Ponyville's school.Nothing really suggests this, but I like the idea that he was one of Ponyville's first teachers. He could have also been Cheerilee's teacher.
Babs Seed is the daughter of Aunt and Uncle Orange.It's not confirmed, but it only seems logical. They're AJ's aunt and uncle, and since Apple Bloom is her sister, hers as well; any child of theirs would be her cousin. Futhermore, they live in Manehattan, where Babs is from. QED.
Hayseed Turnip Truck married into the Apple family.Other than being a bit (OK, more than a bit) countrified, he doesn't seem to have much in common with the Apples. He might've married a mare from the Apple family and came to the reunion with her. It would also explain one of the reasons why there's more ponies coming to the reunion. The family's gotten bigger over the last couple of years due to marriages and perhaps new foals being born.
Applejacks parents aren't dead.They were abducted by aliens. They escaped the mothership, but the escape pods malfunctioned and now they are stuck in Equestria's orbit. Due to the relative passage of space time, to them they have only been up there twenty minutes, but it has really been ten years on the surface.
Big Mac's harness (or whatever it is) is actually meant to weigh him downIf he takes it off, he'd be moving too fast for any earth pony to catch up to him.
Big Mac's a genius, and is, in fact, smarter than Twilight.But he prefers to live a quiet life. The only reason he doesn't talk much isn't just because he's shy, it's also because he's afraid he would let something slip that shows his intelligence, and that he wouldn't be left alone because of it.
Applejack's parents aren't dead.They are, however, horrible ponies. Criminals, abusive, neglectful, something that caused their kids to be transferred to the care of their kids' grandmother. Possibly after Applebloom was born, Applejack's parents got into deep gambling or substance abuse debts, and had to give them up. Applejack lives her life the way she does because she doesn't want to live up to their example.
Big Macintosh is a Big Little Brother.Despite his size, he's actually younger than Applejack. Evidence:
In the "Babs Seed" music sequence, the background that is lozengy sable and or (black and yellow) with apple seeds countercharged......is actually the Seed coat of arms.
Babs is older than the CMCHer human counterpart is a bit older than them in Equestria Girls and her voice is pretty deep compared to the others. Babs is older than the others, say if they're 8 to 9 she's 11 to 13.
Zecora had a run-in with Applejack in the past, which is why Applejack's so scared of her.Like say, they met when they were fillies and something unintentional on Zecora's part happened between them that left Applejack horrified of her.
Zecora has lost family or friends to crocodiles.At the time this guess is being made, we have not seen her with Gummy (Pinkie Pie's small, toothless pet alligator). If we see an episode where she sees him for the first time, she will react badly, and if we don't it will still be clear she is not very keen on him.
Zecora did steal Pinkie Pie's song.Or so it appeared to Pinkie. The nursery rhyme Zecora was muttering just so happened to be about an evil enchantress that does evil dances and eats little children. Pinkie, who understands the Zebra language through her reality warping powers, decided she must have stolen the idea from her.
Zecora is a recluse or outcast from zebra society.Zebras are herd animals which live on open grassland. Zecora lives by herself in the Everfree Forest. It seems unlikely that this is normal behaviour for zebras. She may not fit in with her own race any better than she does in Ponyville - otherwise, why would she keep hanging out in the forest and trying to go shopping in Ponyville rather than simply returning to her own home?
Zecora will get a song.And as implied the rhyme scheme will be amazing.
Zecora's special talent is being a Magical Negro.More specifically, her special talent is giving advice to non-zebras. If the theories about Cutie Mark Failure Insanity Syndrome are accurate, she may have suffered a case offscreen after the parasprite debacle.
Zecora's special talent is being an herbalist and chemist.Her cutie mark is a stylized sun in a spiral or swirl shape. The swirl represents the mixing of ingredients to make a potion, while the sun represents the fact that she uses plant-based ingredients, because plants get their energy from the sun through photosynthesis.
Zecora moved to the Everfree Forest because it is the location of some of the most exotic and potent plants in the world.Think about it: if you were as gifted an herbalist and chemist as Zecora, the Everfree Forest would be your World Series, or your moon landing. The place is clearly a veritable pharmacopeia of rare, exotic, and potent plants, most of which would be found nowhere else, or hardly anywhere else in the world. That's why she left her homeland to live in the Everfree Forest. She specifically settled near Ponyville because it's a settled community at the edge of the forest, so she'd be able to purchase other supplies and have social contact.
Zecora's rhyming is due to her Translator Microbes.Zecora can't actually speak the Equestrian language fluently - she's a skilled alchemist but a lousy linguist. So she uses some kind of herb or potion to give her the gift of tongues, but it has the side effect of making her speak in rhyme. When she's among her own people, she doesn't need the potion and hence can talk normally.
Zecora and Princess Celestia are somehow linked.After all, Zecora's cutie mark is a stylized sun.
Zecora speaks in rhyme as a show of respect to others.It's part of her homeland's culture. In order for her speech to both rhyme and still get her point across, she'd have to put a little more thought into what she says. Her literally poetic speech is her way of saying "I respect you enough to really consider what I say."
Something terrible happened in Zecora's homeland and she's in Equestria to look for a way to fix things.A brutal dictator with magical abilities took over her homeland and put a spell on the creatures to force them to work for him. Zecora was one of the few lucky enough to escape. For having such knowledge in spells, cures and remedies, others in her homeland help to get her to Equestria because they see her as their last hope. As mentioned above, the Everfree Forest is home to all kinds of strange and magical plants, so she's living there while she looks for a cure. As looking for a cure to a spell that no creature really knows about could take a lifetime, she's settled down in a home. She can't get much help from the citizens of Equestria because they know so little about certain magical things outside of unicorn spells. Look at "The Secret of My Excess", not a single pony outside Zecora even had the slightest idea of what was going on with Spike, and there's so little knowledge about the plants in the Everfree forest that not even Twilight could find much information on them.
Zecora will have a larger role in season 3.Zecora was intended to be sort of a second mentor to Twilight, but it didn't come to pass. Seeing as how she has been appearing more often in season 2, it's not unreasonable to assume that her role could expand. Her main role in the show is already to help the characters out with magical issues they know little about, and Twilight can learn a ton of things from Zecora that she can't learn anywhere else, not even from books.
Zecora is somehow affiliated with ZigZag the Grand Vizier.They're both fairly mysterious characters with magical connections, and they always speak in rhyme for no explained reason. While Zig Zag was dead long before the rule of the ponies, Zecora found some old manuscripts of his and started practicing some of his techniques, which involved speaking in rhyme.
Zecora speaks in rhyme as a way to get in touch with magic.In "Family Appreciation Day", Granny Smith talked about how all these crazy little things can influence magic in the Earth. By speaking in rhyme all the the time, all kinds of magical properties in plants and potions are unlocked.
Zecora currently has a poison joke infection that makes her talk in rhyme.She likes it though, which is why she never tried to fix it.
Zecora is actually a Zebroid.It's extremely odd how they gave Zecora a "Little Pony" character design despite supposedly being a different species from the other pony characters. Much like donkeys and horses can breed with one another, zebras are also able to breed with other equines of different species and produce offspring. Perhaps Zecora is actually one such example. Either her mother or father is a pony. She inherited the same build as a Little Pony and even a cutie mark like a pony. It might also explain why her stripes don't cover her whole body and her small size.
Zecora can glow in the dark.Well, her new toy apparently can so it might be possible that she can as well.
Zecora's illusion dust isn't magical. It's a hallucinogenic compoundWe have no evidence that Zecora can directly manipulate any magical field. However she seems to be able to cause illusions with seemingly magic dust. Perhaps it isn't magical, rather it is a non-addictive hallucinogenic compound. There is no magical illusion, it's just all the ponies tripping. Zecora has had training to both resist it's affects and guide the hallucination for those affected.
Zecora was exiled from the zebra homelands for her constant rhyming.The occasional rhyme can keep speech from being plain, But an excess will drive anyone around insane.
Zecora know slight of hand and other illusions.That would fit with how she helped Twilight defeat Trixie.
Zecora isn't black, she's biracial.Mainly because it'd fit more with her black-and-white colour scheme.
Zecora was destined to be her tribe's leader.Well, she's a sort of Parental Substitute Substitute to Twilight in lieu of Celestia, she's an excellent teacher and her cutie mark looks kinda like tribal symbol, suggesting that her talent relates to her tribe. She was destined to be the leader but some people thought the title should be passed hereditarily and Zecora buggered off to live alone in Everfree forest so there won't be a civil war between her supporters and the supporters of the other leader. (I most certainly did not borrow this idea from Goblins)
Zecora will eventually subvert a rhyme.If not for Rule of Funny.
Someone will try to trip Zecora up.Whether it works will depend on Rule of Funny.
Zecora is half-Zebra half-UnicornThat's why she has a Cutie Mark and can use magic.
All zebras Zecora included use magic without horns or a magic colorA blink and you miss it moment in "Magic duel" Zecora moves her hoof over her cup that Twilight had just knocked over and it was compleat refilled with the whole mess cleaned up.
In the wake of the Season 4 premiere, Zecora is now homeless.I think this is very unlikely, the show being what it is, but I might as well throw it out there. Zecora lost her house during the forest rampage. She needs to rebuild or get a new one, and that's probably going to take a while. There might be an episode where she has to room with one of the Mane Cast for a few days.
Zecora is the last zebra alive.Several years ago a horrible magical disaster whipped out the entire zebra population except for Zecora. Since their homeland is very far away from Equestria the Ponies don’t even know what happened and Zecora doesn’t want to talk about it because it brings up all the bad memories.
Carrot Cake is Tiger of the Wind.My Mom said it.
The Cakes are good friends of the Pies.Related to the "Pinkie suffers from psychosis" WMG on the Pinkie page. Since they don't leave Pinkie unsupervised, naturally they wouldn't let her travel alone either. So if Pinkie wants to go home to the rock farm for a visit, one or both of them is going to have to go with her. So they've gotten to know her parents fairly well, and enjoy their visits to the country.
The Cakes don't live in Sugarcube Corner; they normally keep their toddlers at home with a nanny while they run the shop.Obviously, we've not seen mention of the Cakes having children, beyond treating Pinkie as one of their own. Sugarcube Corner only has the garret but appears to lack any other residence, implying the Cakes live elsehwere leaving the garret for Pinkie. Thus, by having the tykes stay with a nanny while they run the shop seems like a perfectly reasonable system. And perhaps why the Cakes aren't always frequent in Sugarcube Corner as they are at home tending to their twins.
Celestia is the "Father" of Pound and Pumpkin CakeShe used her Unicorn powers to impregnate Mrs. Cake. This explains how a pair of twins can be a Unicorn and a Pegasus. It also explains their extreme power at such a young age, especially compared to Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo. Mr. Cake is either in denial or being coerced, you can see it in his reaction.
There's no infidelity involved between Mr. and Mrs. CakeThey just have closer ancestors with Pegasus and Unicorn blood than Mr. Cake is aware of. Whether or not those involved infidelity is up for debate.
Pound Cake's ability to fly is only because he's small enough for his wings to lift him.Looking at Scootaloo for example, it's most likely that pegasus wings grow at a smaller rate than the rest of their bodies. It's most likely that as Pound Cake grows up, he'll end up with limitations similar to Scootaloo and have to relearn how to fly as his wings grow.
Pound Cake's Cutie Mark will be strength-related.The kid BROKE a metal water faucet! A FOAL broke metal!
Pumpkin Cake will become a chef, with pumpkin-related specialtiesSince only Earth ponies can actually grow things, maybe there's still a way a pony of a different race can work around this. Why not by preparing the food?
Pound and Pumpkin Cake will eventually become heroes of Equestria.They've demonstrated that they have incredible ability and while the future is still unwritten, there's the possibility that they're destined for something... Or at least be a Rainbow Dash and Twilight Sparkle in the making.
Regarding Pumpkin Cake...I predict that, because of her unusual magic skills (teleportation, levitation, and self levitation, among who know's what else), I predict that Pumpkin Cake will soon become Twilight's own student and eventuall successor as the Element of Magic.
Twist is Mr and Mrs Cake's daughter.A talent for making tasty treats could run in the family, especially when she gets it from both sides. We see Twist's house in Call of the Cutie, but there's no indication that Mr and Mrs Cake live in or above their shop (and living directly underneath Pinkie Pie would be rather trying), so that might have been the Cake residence. Finally, making more than a few types of candy isn't actually something that can easily be done in a home kitchen, but as the Cakes' daughter, she'd have access to Sugarcube Corner's professional equipment, such as the machine that tried to eat the CMCs in The Show Stoppers.
There will be in-universe speculating about Pound and Pumpkin's potential cutie marks.Likely involving the Cutie Mark Crusaders making their own theories up, with at least one completely off-the-wall and random idea.
Twilight will get her turn looking after the twins.Simply so that everyone will get to see her coping with Pumpkin's Wild Magic. (And given her tendency to try and replicate the results of any spell she sees in later episodes...)
The Mane Cast will get asked to help teach the twins.In a nod to fandom speculation, Dash will initially call Pound a prodigy, while Twilight is less eager to label the babies as super-powerful without ample proof and attribute it more to magical surges and typical growth.
Pumpkin Cake will develop magic akin to Pinkie Pie's powers.Learning by example, even though nobody really fully understands what exactly that example is, only the results. Including om-nom-nomming on the Fourth Wall.
Adultery was involved in the production of Pound and Pumpkin Cake.But not by Mrs. Cake. Rather, there was adultery committed in previous generations of the family, on both sides, an uncertain number of generations back. As a result, unicorn and pegasus DNA was introduced into both sides of the family, but was never expressed because both genotypes are recessive to the earth pony genotype. But, when Carrot married Cup, they produced a unicorn and a pegasus as a result, because both were carrying unicorn and pegasus DNA.
Pound Cake will grow up to be the official caterer for Wonderbolt functions.His repertoire of recipes will be quite different from the folks', for obvious reasons.
Pinkie will find herself in a prickly situation thanks to poor schedule mangement.In short, she'll promise to help one of her friends with something, only to realize later she'd already promised to babysit the twins on that same day. Unwilling to break either promise, she attempts to juggle all her responsiblities at once. Rather than running back and forth, she could simply the twins with her when she goes to meet her friends. However, she may not think to get permission from the Cakes first, or from her friend, who might not appreciate having the foals there... or the twins simply raise more havoc than expected.
Mr. and Mrs. Cake are siblingsIt's quite convenient for Cup to not originally be part of the Cake family, given her first name, cup cakes cutie mark, and frosting hair. Incest increases the chance for offspring to display recessive traits, which as demonstrated by the Cake kids, includes being a unicorn or a pegasus. We also don't actually know that Equestria has a tradition for changing names with marriage upon, or has an incest taboo (not that we're likely to find out about the later).
Pound Cake will be Rainbow Dash's protegé in the future.He's got to learn controlled flight at some point, and his parents can't teach him.
Cheerilee is a Magnificent Bastard who's plotting something behind the scenes of season 2Don't know what she's plotting, but every time she has been seen or mentioned, things start going down hill for the episode's main character(s). Alternatively, she could just be a Troll, one that could possibly rival Discord.
Cheerilee is still Scootaloo's sister like in G3.Cheerilee is implied to be about the same age as Rarity in "Cutie Mark Chronicles" and Rarity has a little sister. We didn't know Sweetie Belle and Rarity were related until "The Stare Master", so the Cheerliee & Scootaloo relation has just never been brought up on-screen. As to why Scootaloo doesn't look up to her big sister like her fellow crusaders, it might be because Cheerilee is a school teacher and therefore not "cool". Word of God is that Ponies can 'interbreed', so they could still be sisters despite the fact Scootaloo is now a Pegasus.
Cheerilee will become a Sixth RangerIn season 2, her screentime has been increased sharply. She has also been woven subtly into the mane cast's lives:
Cheerilee and Big Macintosh are not romantically involved with each other, but might become good friends.Kinda in the same way that Spike and Rarity are portrayed. Whether they'll be Platonic Life Partners is still up in the air.
Shining Armor was referenced during Season OneGuess what went through Twilight's head when she read out the word "brothers" from the sleep-over manual in Look Before You Sleep, or for that matter, why she would have said it in the first place.
Shining Armor is Equestria's answer to Link.
Shining Armour is Twilight Sparkle's Half-Brother.This would explain them not really looking a like outside of having somewhat similar cutie marks.
Shining Armor is Twilight's younger brother.Because it's funny.
Shining Armor has been in the military.Possibly defending Equestria or helping creatures in a neighboring kingdom. If he truly is Twilight's brother, it could explain why we haven't seen him.
Shining Armor used to be a jerk.Which is why Twilight never talked about him, but has since matured after joining the military.
Shining Armor's special talent is protection.His cutie mark is the same star as Twilight's but on a heraldic shield. His primary unicorn spell will be a force shield. The same defensive bubble that Twilight wielded against Discord. She learned it from him, like how she copied Rarity's gem finding spell.
Shining Armor's groomsmen are going to be a parallel, Spear Counterpart group to the mane six.His army buddies, and they'll exemplify the tropes of The Unit. He'll have a creative armor-crafting or gadget-guy unicorn, a close to the earth drill-sergeant type earth pony, a somewhat-unbalanced and shell-shocked Rambo-type who likes to appear suddenly from cover and favors ambushes, a brash and cocky Chuck Yeager air support pegasus, and a dependable but shy support flyer who will be a Gentle Giant. Shining Armor himself takes his sister's role as the leader and spellcaster, and his buddies give him flack for overplanning things and going by the book.
Shining Armor is a figment of Twilight Sparkle's imagination.Of course, Your Mind Makes It Real combined with her powerful Magic makes him seem real to everypony else. She always wanted a brother.
Shining Armor is Cadance's Victorious Childhood Friend.He's had a big crush on her since the days when she foal-sat for Twilight Sparkle, but was always quiet about it because he thought that nothing would ever come of it (she's a cerapter and royalty, after all). In fact, he kept sufficiently quiet about it that Cadance somehow didn't put two and two together until her own Love Epiphany. (She proposed to him.)
Shining Armor can create any shape out of force fields.His skill with force fields is such that he can use them to create any 3D shape, not just spheres, much like the Green Lantern Corps and Sue Storm.
Shining Armor wasn't disabled by the Queen's magic.It was shock from seeing who and what he had spent the past few nights with.
Shining Armor was away at military training when Twilight got her cutie mark.This explains why we didn't see him in her "Cutie Mark Chronicles" flashback, and why she doesn't have a cutie mark in her "Canterlot Wedding" flashbacks.
Shining Armor is, indirectly, the reason that the rest of the guards are useless.With someone as powerful as him around, they don't bother to take their duties seriously. Why should they, when he can throw up a shield that can cover all of Canterlot? Hopefully, after seeing him get brainwashed, they'll actually start to be worth a damn again.
Shining Armor is a Barrier Warrior, or at least has magic centering around force fields.Shining said that only he was capable of creating the shield over Canterlot, and his name and cutie mark have a defense motif.
Shining Armor will receive a What the Hell, Hero? speech from his sister.Perhaps when Twilight Sparkle sees a Broken Pedestal situation with her brother, she calls him out, and possibly her friends as well for supporting it. Twilight's been The Chew Toy for too long and it's nice to see something different for a change.
Shining Armor got his cutie mark protecting ponies from Twilight.Unicorn foals have unpredictable surges of magic when they're about a month old. One theory has it that the power of these surges is relative to their total potential. Going from that, Shining Armor developing his shield spell to keep his baby sister from atomizing some poor schlub seems reasonable.
Shining Armor will replace Celestia as the show's designated Worf.
Shining Armor insists that people only refer to him by his first and middle name.Because let's face it, "Shining Sparkle" would likely have gotten him laughed out of Magic Kindergarden. Better to go with a name that sounds less embarrassing.
Shining Armor isn't really that good a commander.He's a powerful asset of course, but in terms of actually doing the job of leading the Royal Guard, he's pretty terrible. His guards haven't actually stopped any crisis we've seen on the show, they've let suspicious looking ponies into the royal archive in the middle of the night (yeah, Twilight is the Princess' personal protege, but she was trying to sneak in at night without calling ahead while in disguise), and Canterlot was overrun in seeming minutes by the changelings with the guards being utterly useless.
Shining Armor's cutie mark hints at a second set of Elements.Like Twilight Sparkle, Shining Armor's cutie mark has the symbol of the Element of Magic as a component. We can then assume that like Twilight, Princess Celestia took him under her wings as an apprentice partially due to his prowess with defensive magic and partly due to his cutie mark, perhaps expecting him to be the new holder of the Element of Magic. (This also helps to explain why Twilight had a princess as a foalsitter before she was Princess Celestia's student, her family must have gained higher status due to Princess Celestia's interest in Shining Armor) Now the other components of Shining Armor's cutie mark are a Shield (Showing his ability to defend Canterlot with his magic) and three stars, stars very similar in design to the five Stars in Twilight's mark. In Twilight's case, the stars represent the other five mane ponies, the other Elements Of Harmony. What if Shining Armor's stars represented the same thing, a set of sub Elements with three other ponies (perhaps Cadence is one of those three)
Shining Armor will have another fight with his sister again, this time it'll be more serious than the wedding rehearsal incident, and it will escalates to Sibling Rivalry.
Shining Armor will develop an inferiority complex.Why? Alicorns. Alicorns everywhere. His wife is an alicorn. His boss is an alicorn. His boss's sister is an alicorn. His own sister is now an alicorn. Even if those four are the only four alicorns in Equestria, he's still probably going to be one of the few ponies who's ever honestly able to say he was, at one point, the only non-alicorn in the room. As alicorns are rare, special, and majestic, and he's just a plain old ordinary unicorn… Yeah. That can't lead to anything good.
Shining Armor is the most powerful unicorn to ever live.Maybe a bit of a stretch, but certainly he's the most powerful in the show. Even Twilight, for all her magic cutie mark and prodigy skills, never showed anything nearly on the same scale as putting a barrier around all of Canterlot as Shining Armor did for an extended period. In fact, only Celestia has ever actually shown on-screen magic on a greater scale than that, with her moving of the sun.
Spitfire was only recently promoted to being the leader of the Wonderbolts.A lot of people were wondering why Spitfire is mostly chill in "Best Night Ever" and then acts more hardass in "Wonderbolt Academy" and then acts like a jerk in "Rainbow Falls". The explanation is simple: Between season one and season two, she was promoted from being a regular Wonderbolt to being the captain, and she hasn't grown into the role yet. It would explain why she acts how she does in each episode where she appears:
Cheese Sandwich's berserk button is bad spelling, punctuation, and grammar."I hate these word crimes..."