Web Animation / Silver Quill

Meet Silver Quill. A Brony who got started on DeviantArt and then one day decided to create a YouTube account to talk about the latest episodes of the show giving a comedic, but also straight-to-the-point review for each one. He sometimes brings guest reviewers on to assist him in giving each episode a deconstruction, talking about what was done well, what wasn't, et cetera. His mix of thoughtful analysis and hammy humor have quickly made him one of the more popular brony analysts.

Unlike other MLP reviewers who favor ponies as OC, his stand-in in the videos is a hippogriff. Takes the role of the RED Heavy on TF2 Analysis.

You can check his YouTube account and his DeviantArt account. You can also support him via his Patreon.


Tropes:

  • Added Alliterative Appeal: From his review of Friends Forever #13 featuring Babs Seed and Rarity, after seeing a pony at the roller derby who happens to look like Princess Cadance:
    Silver Quill: Our precious pink princess pummels ponies for a pastime!
  • The Alcoholic: He regularly comes up with and partakes in drinking games, and it's bitten him in the flank more than once. He claims it's because he's 90% Irish.
  • All Just a Dream: Three of his videos have ended as such.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: invoked Silver Quill has his own head canon about certain characters. The most brought up interpretation is Princess Cadance being an adrenaline junkie.
  • Angrish: In trying to figure out how to start his "Tanks for the Memories" review, he tries and fails before jumbling through a bunch of noises and expressions ending with "Vexation".
  • Baleful Polymorph: He gets his head turned into an orange by Twilight in "After the Fact: Magical Ethics".
  • Bat Family Crossover: His "After the Fact: Slice of Life" review has cameo appearances by about a dozen fellow analysts, including Robin0928, Doodle Dabble, Camegoespony Scatterbrain, Finnthepony, Mad Munchkin, Mary Sue, Sweetie Bloom, Sketchy the Changeling, Lightning Bliss, DustyKatt and CloudCuckooCountry.
  • Big Bad Friend: With Sombra.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: His review of "Three's a Crowd" has him invoking this by ripping out a chunk of Flash Sentry's mane to use as faux eyebrows just so he can do a Fascinating Eyebrow.
  • Bowel-Breaking Bricks: Seeing Lord Tirek's introduction causes him to literally pass a brick.
  • Breaking the Reviewer's Wall: He often talks to characters on the show.
  • Brick Joke:
    • At the end of the review of "Rarity Takes Manehattan", Silver states that he can't fly because his animator is too lazy to make a flying animation for him. His collaborative review of Rainbow Falls has him attempting to fly when he sees Toon Critic has a flight animation...
    • Comes back again in his review of "For Whom the Sweetie Bell Toils" when he finally gets one.
    • While reviewing the Friends Forever with Rarity and Babs Seed, Silver Quill blows out his own D'aww Meter the same way Ink Rose blew out hers in their "Maud Pie" crossover. He even calls her to tell her she was right.
    • While doing a video focusing on Applejack, Silver states he will someday see her eat another kind of fruit after a montage of her talking about apples. Then in his review "Castle Sweet Castle", a clip show her eating strawberries on pancakes and Silver is very pleased.
  • Butt Monkey:
  • The Cameo:
    • "After the Fact: Simple Ways" has a cameo from Fluffle Puff.
    • She appears again in his "Castle Sweet Castle" review.
  • The Chew Toy: Silver Quill gets quite a bit of abuse during his analysis, some of which normal Hippogriffs wouldn't survive. To summarize, he: Really long list  Heck, his reporter title is "Universal Punching Bag"! Don't feel too bad for him. He's a horrible, if likable, person.
  • Cool Old Guy: Plays this persona, especially in collabs, though that could easily be replaced with Troll old guy.
  • Curbstomp Battle: "His Party Pooped" review shows a What If? were the Yaks actually did make war with the ponies. The Yaks send an entire army, Equestria...sends Celestia. Celestia lets them unload their entire arsenal on her, without a scratch, then sends them to the moon.
  • Deal with the Devil: Inverted in "After the Fact: Character vs. Power", where Silver has to "make a deal with the Fausticorn" to fix things after Troubleshoes and his OC Clutterstep inadvertently destroy the universe.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The first two videos that Silver Quill released had a black background. It has changed to show locations.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He's admitted to not being a nice guy, but while taking advantage of the Loophole Abuse present in "The Good, the Bad and the Pony", he eventually gives up mid taunt because it was "so contrived".
  • Everyone Has Standards: Apparently there's a rule for hybrid creatures to not devour another hybrid. This is why Silver didn't have trouble from the chimera. Applies even more when revealed he's the Anti-Christ... Or Anti-Celestia, or whatever, during Nightmare Night 2014.
  • Evil All Along: Nightmare Night 2014 reveals that he's secretly been the Anti-Christ all along. Although this could be considered subverted by the fact that the whole video was a board game being played by the Cutie Mark Crusaders. In "The Shipping Game", he briefly goes into his Anti-Christ form, apparently dates a dragon, and seems to have arranged the show in order to bring together a lot of ponies for her to kill.
  • Face Palm: Occasionally does this during his reviews.
  • Fireball Eyeballs: In "After the Fact: Amending Fences", Starlight Glimmer gets burning eyeballs after Silver Quill dashes out and leaves her to pay a restaurant bill of 1500 bits.
  • For the Lulz: He does a lot of things to get a rise out of people, even if it's particularly dangerous.
    Digibrony: Are you crazy?!
    Silver Quill: Sources point to yes!
  • Four Philosophy Ensemble: He and Voice of Reason are Realists.
  • Gilligan Cut: In "After the Fact: Slice of Life", Silver Quill makes a joking aside about inviting DustyKatt (the self-proclaimed manliest brony) to a tea party. To which DustyKatt's avatar appears, saying that it's not gonna happen. Except SQ summons the Cutie Mark Crusader to make Puppy-Dog Eyes at him. A cut later, Dusty is attending a tea party with them.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: It is shown in "After the Fact: Magical Ethics" that Silver Quill has two shoulder demons and no angel. And they are quick to start squabbling and fighting each other.
    Silver Quill: This is why I make bad decisions!
  • Heroic BSOD: It's happened at least twice to Quill, complete with blue screens in his eyes. The second time he had to be "rebooted with cuteness" to snap out of it.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Not a very good shot. As seen in his video for the TF2 Analysis video project.
  • Gatling Good: Silver plays the RED team's Heavy in the TF2 Analysis videos, complete with Sasha.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: Silver's quartet, as seen in the Filli Vanilli review, is composed of King Sombra, Slendermane, and a tatzlwurm. With the reveal that he's the Antichrist, this actually makes a lot more sense.
  • Heli Critter: In "After the Fact: Amending Fences", upon seeing Pinkie Pie using her tail to fly, Silver Quill gets jealous (part of a running gag about him taking a very long time to get a flying animation). So the hippogriff tries to copy Pinkie by spinning his own tail, but has no control over it and is sent flying backward.
  • Journey to the Center of the Mind: In full Inception mode, courtesy of Golden Fox in their review of "For Whom the Sweetie Bell Toils".
  • The Klutz: Not Silver Quill himself, but the Earth Pony OC of his comics, Klutterstep.
  • Large Ham: In SPADES.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Considering how much of an unrepentant Troll Silver Quill is, a lot of the abuse he goes through can feel well deserved.
  • Laugh Themselves Sick: Celestia has this reaction when she sees Silver with his head turned into an orange by Twilight Sparkle at the end of his "Magical Ethics" video; laughing so hard she literally falls down with her legs sticking up in the air.
  • Major General Song: Sings the second half of this after an ailing Dr. Wolf starts the first half at the end of the "Hooffields and McColts" review.
  • Medium Shift Gag: Silver Quill spends the end of the review for "Makes New Friends but Keep Discord" as a live-action quilted puppet after Voice of Reason pushes him through Discord's portal.
  • Mix-and-Match Critter: Silver Quill is a hippogriff. While guest starring in Mad Munchkin's video about Non-Pony OCs, he says his version of a hippogriff is a griffon-pony hybrid. Seeing that both the chicken and pigeon in his family comes from his father's side, it's safe to say his father was the griffon.
  • Noodle Incident: Apparently no-one wants to learn how Silver Quill's great granddad (a chicken) ended up beer-battered and deep fried.
  • Only Sane Man: He is a tad eccentric, but compared to his colleagues, he's more of a voice of reason than the self-proclaimed Voice of Reason... Well, when he's not being the CAUSE of their insanity...
  • Overly Long Gag: When reviewing the Friends Forever of Rarity and Babs, he remarks about the comic being over 36% of a certain skit. Then goes on to repeat "36" like a calculation would for several screens, passing several characters.
    Silver Quill: 363636363636— Math is fun.
  • President Evil: "After the Fact: Rainbow Rock" features a humanized Discord as the president in the human world. When informed of the danger the Dazzlings represent, he simply nukes the school.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Since Ride Along wouldn't stop interrupting him with siren sounds, Silver Quill decides to cut him down.
    Silver Quill: You're a stallion, but you're drawn like a mare, and you're a blank flank!
    Ride Along: (stunned silence)
    Silver Quill: Yeah, thought that would shut you up.
  • Record Needle Scratch: At the start of "After the Fact: Keep Calm and Flutter On", the club house music screeches to a halt when Silver Quill in full Man with No Name get-up shows up, replaced by the appropriate leitmotif. Then it screeches again as the initial music resumes, and we're shown it is Vinyl Scratch (appropriately) who's doing that. It happens a third time when Silver Quill says he's looking for a reviewer for a Discord episode, and DJ Pon-3 gives him a glare.
  • The Reveal: Silver Quill is the Anti-Christ. Maybe. It was a game played by the CMC, so probably not..
  • Troll: By his own admittance as of his Flash Sentry video.
  • Running Gag: He has several.
    • His praising of John de Lancie as if he were a holy figure.
    • Things tend to (literally) blow up in his face.
    • His drinking games... that don't end well.
    • He seems to be invoking one now, hoping to make all of the Mane Six Face Hoof having succeeded with Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, and Pinkie Pie.
  • Scary Impractical Armor: Before his "Simple Ways" review, he puts on an impressive black hippogriff armor (because he's badly scared of romantic triangle plots)... only to find out he can't move in it.
  • Shout-Out: Where to begin? Silver Quill loves pop culture references.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Slendermane is one to him.
  • Stock Scream: The Wilhelm Scream has been used in several of his videos, uttered either by Silver himself or by other characters.
  • Strictly Formula: Silver points out in his "Twilight's Kingdom" review that every two-part episode has followed more-or-less the same basic premise. So much so, that he made a Mad Libs out of it. He later points out it's been subverted in "The Cutie Map" where little if any of the premise has been used.
  • Toothy Bird: Silver's beak gets a full denture when sporting a big grin.
  • Tranquilizer Dart: At the beginning of "After the Fact: For Whom the Sweetie Belle Toils", Silver Quill is put out of commission by a dart shot by Golden Fox, just as he's about to say who's his favorite princess.
  • A Twinkle in the Sky: The final fate of Silver Quill at the end of the "Pinkie Pride" review, after Commander Firebrand ejects him from the FOB via Cheese Sandwich's Party Tank. With Goofy's scream for good measure.
  • Unfortunate Implications: invoked Silver Quill brings up nature of the "reforming spell" in his review of Keep Calm and Flutter On. He calls hypocrisy on Twilight because Discord was portrayed as a villain for forcing the Mane Six to act differently, so it shouldn't be okay if they do the same.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: With all he's been through, it turns out he's really susceptible to cuteness. It's what finally kills him. He comes back to life by next episode.
  • What an Idiot: invoked Silver Quill gave a big one to Sunset Shimmer about her plans for Equestria. Even if she had managed to kill Twilight and invade, she'd be face to face with the three princesses, the remaining five, and the power of the Crystal Heart.
  • Wingding Eyes: Silver Quill's gone starry-eyed more than once when fanboying.