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With Loads and Loads of Characters and a vocal fanbase, These characters have as many fans as detractors. See here for other fan divides.

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    The Mane Six and Spike 
  • Rainbow Dash. The base is split between those who think she's a Jerkass due to her arrogance and constant boasting, and those who think she actually has the skills to keep up with her boasts. She's on many fans' "best pony" lists, but also on just as many "worst pony" lists. The trend of Scootabuse (artwork of Rainbow abusing Scootaloo), Rainbow Factory, Pony.MOV, Friendship Is Witchcraft, and other fanworks that exaggerate her attitude have not helped, despite being non-canon. Many early Season 2 episodes which were written before she Took a Level in Kindness and focused more on her competitive drive only increased her hatedom. Rainbow's status as the Element of Loyalty has also been called into question, as episodes such as "The Last Roundup", "Three's a Crowd" and "A Canterlot Wedding – Part 1" involve her showing no remorse or having her suffer no consequence for ignoring her friends. She's hated in "Trade Ya!" for the unspeakably heinous crime of accidentally trading her friend away for a book, with very few fans realizing she didn't understand what had happened until it was (almost) too late. That said, Rainbow's also had a few episodes where she's shown genuine loyalty, such as when she was willing to quit the Wonderbolts (her lifelong dream) if it meant that her friends were put in danger, and Season 5 onward mellowed her out quite a bit without really impacting her drive and desire to be the best.
  • Pinkie Pie. While many love her for being a Fun Personified pony whose driving purpose in life is to make others happy, other fans feel that she has a history of making things harder for other characters by being Innocently Insensitive, as she has a character flaw of sometimes not understanding that what she thinks is best doesn't always match reality. Among the many cited moments are Pinkie preventing Twilight from resolving the conflict in "Green Isn't Your Color" because of an arbitrary promise, hurting Luna's attempts to be accepted in "Luna Eclipsed" by pretending to be scared of her, hoarding cider in "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000", annoying Cranky in "A Friend In Deed", and especially for aggravating Fluttershy's stage fright in "Filli Vanilli". Her habit of being Innocently Insensitive and often not being called out for it has gained her a Hatedom, which isn't helped by her being connected with some of the more controversial aesops of the series (Such as "Swarm of the Century", "Feeling Pinkie Keen" and "A Friend In Deed"). In addition, while many find her "random" humor and hyperactivity hilarious, others find it irritating, though exactly how scatterbrained she is tends to vary between episodes.
  • Fluttershy. Some fans go through Hype Backlash when it comes to her cuteness, and find her passiveness and cowardliness irritating rather than endearing. Her willingness to stand up for herself and/or her friends also varies, depending on the episode. Whenever she does something wrong (like hurting her friends’ feelings), she’s quickly forgiven, yet when any of her friends hurt her, they quickly become targets of unrelenting hate as seen with Fluttershy's pet Angel in "Putting Your Hoof Down" and Pinkie Pie in "Filli Vanilli". Her cemented assertiveness in the later seasons also causes this. Some people think it retroactively makes her a walking Moment of Awesome and others think she's now boring and unrelatable, while still others think she's gone too far in her assertiveness and into borderline vindictive territory.
  • Twilight Sparkle got a ton of divisive opinions thrown her way after she became a princess at the end of the third season. Some fans love Twilight and think of her as an Adorkable Badass Bookworm who deserves to be the show's main protagonist. Others see her as overpowered with the writers fawning over her and making her flaws told rather than shown. Even ignoring the issue of her being an alicorn princess entirely, Twilight still gets some flak for having the majority of the show's more dramatic moments focused on her. This has led some bronies to accuse Twilight of stealing the spotlight, especially in the two-part episodes, despite being the main character.
  • While the majority of fans like Applejack, she and her family are a Spotlight-Stealing Squad to the point where Applejack has appeared in more episodes than any other major character in the show, and it's left some divided on whether it's a good idea or not. While several Applejack fans appreciate the extra attention especially since she was somewhat Out of Focus in the second season, other fans, particularly ones whose favorite pony is one of the other main characters, are starting to get tired of the extra Character Focus she's recently been getting for the last few years, not helped by the fact that more recent episodes where she's had a leading or major supporting role have started receiving more divisive reception.
  • Rarity got hit with this pretty hard in the earlier seasons. Until her Hidden Depths were revealed in "Suited for Success". Many people admitted to hating her at first for being dim, shallow, arrogant and useless — in other words, typical Rich Bitch, the very stereotype she was designed to subvert. Her detractors claimed she wasn't fit to wield the Element of Generosity whenever she lapsed into selfishness and greed, often citing her behavior in "Dragonshy" as an example where she cared more about the dragon's treasures than getting the dragon out of his den. As she was given more time to develop, fans eventually warmed up to her, though others were uncomfortable with her upstaging Rainbow Dash in "Sonic Rainboom" and intentionally trying to avoid Twilight's birthday party in "Sweet and Elite". Fans who have grown to like her have said that in her defense, she learned her lesson in each of those two episodes. Even still, fans either love her for being the Drama Queen of the cast or think she's annoying for the same reason. Her famous whining scene in "A Dog and Pony Show" for example is seen as either her funniest moment or yet another excuse to pick on her over-the-top behavior. Her mannerisms are also subject to this with the fan base saying she's either the most proper or the prissiest of the Mane Six.
    • Starting with the second half of Season 5, Rarity has gotten a lot of focus. While some fans are okay with this, others feel like Rarity has become a Spotlight-Stealing Squad that is overshadowing the rest of the Mane Six.
  • A lot of bronies were immediately taken with Spike, who was quickly adopted as the Audience Surrogate of the cast, apparently because he's The One Guy. Some of the tension may be due to the fact that he's written as more of a comedic sidekick. While some fans admire him for his Butt-Monkey status, others don't appreciate how often he is used for Comic Relief, often claiming They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character. It hasn't helped that he is shown to have some amazing abilities, like swimming in lava and fire breath that can melt locks or stadium-sized pieces of ice, Hidden Depths, and a rather mysterious backstory. Many episodes with him as the central character are often disregarded due to him acting like a complete moron, while episodes where he isn't the focus usually have him as The Reliable One. Other fans abhor him being The Chew Toy, referring to the slapstick he goes through as "Spikeabuse" and feeling that the sheer amount of it he's subjected to is unfunny at best and downright meanspirited at worst. However, many fans are in agreement that Season 6 is finally giving him some good spotlight episodes.

    Starlight Glimmer 
No discussion of Base-Breaking Characters in Friendship is Magic would be complete without mentioning Starlight Glimmer, who has caused this reaction ever since she first appeared on the show. From Season 5 onward, Starlight became the newest major addition to the supporting cast, and would end up splitting the fanbase into vocal camps about her. Even though the vitriol against her would eventually calm down, Starlight has caused a sustained conflict among the bronies that doesn't appear to be ending any time soon.
  • In her first appearance, she's a major break from the prior arc villains, lacking the size and scope of threat, and seemingly altruistic motives for her actions, painting her as a Visionary Villain. Some found a comparatively mundane villain a breath of fresh air after the old two-parter villain formula was getting predictable. Others found her boring compared to prior villains and felt idiocy was the only reason she lasted as long as she did, much like some prior villains. That she is the first major villain to escape consequences and return as the Big Bad has left room for even more divisiveness.
  • In her second appearance in "The Cutie Re-Mark", her "redemption" broke the base even wider. Some saw Starlight as a spoiled and childish Karma Houdini with a poor excuse for a motive who committed terrible crimes and was given a very shallow Heel–Face Turn presented through an abrupt two minute musical montage while other former villains (Princess Luna, Discord, Sunset Shimmer) took entire seasons/movies to earn redemption and were arguably less evil. Others felt that Starlight was a victim whose motives were understandable, that her redemption fit with the overall theme the season went with, and she was appropriately remorseful for her crimes and has the rest of the series to adequately own up to them. Other fans are greatly disappointed with a villain who started out as a very complex and surprisingly frightening villain (being a ponified take on Harrison Bergeron and all) and feel her shallow motive and abrupt Heel–Face Turn was a complete waste of an interesting villain, with others still feeling that some of the things shown in the montage (her reconciliation with the members of her town being the big one) were great potential episodes of their own flushed right down the toilet. Then, with her newfound status as Twilight's pupil in Friendship, essentially making her an unofficial new addition to the core cast, things got extra rough, as some felt it was entirely undeserved and makes her into ascended fan fiction, some are simply embittered that Trixie who has for a long time been seen as a Twilight's rival and candidate for Sixth Ranger didn't get to fill this role, and others yet see her as a blatant Sunset Shimmer Expy, with the exact same role, while others still see it as a new and exciting development for Season 6 and beyond.
  • The trailer to "Every Little Thing She Does," where Starlight brainwashes her friends sans Twilight to solve friendship problems, threw even more divisive opinions her way. Some pounced on this, saying this negates her being Rescued from the Scrappy Heap and that she'll be a Karma Houdini due to the season finale relying on her saving Equestria. A shrinking vocal minority doesn't mind it, claiming that Twilight did this in "Lesson Zero" to the point of getting an entire town brawling and had to be bailed out by her friends. Others felt that "two wrongs do not make it right", I.E., someone else doing a bad thing again shouldn't get special treatment for it, and are quick to point out that while Twilight did do that, she was a national hero who had proven her heroism and good intentions time and time again, not a recently reformed criminal who had spent a lifetime of doing wrong and was already given far more leeway and forgiveness than she deserved. The other side comes back and contends that Starlight had legitimately good intentions as well, and she just messed up and is good demonstration of character flaws she as a real student, still needs to work on. Not only that, but they also point out Starlight took responsibility and actually had to work to earn forgiveness from the others, negating her Karma Houdini status.
  • Starlight being shown to be very good at complex magic from her introduction, and during "Every Little Thing She Does," was treated by some people as a good setup for her knowing how to combine several spells to achieve the effects of Mind Control later on, and a good way to show her confidence/reliance on her magic to solve her problems in contrast to her poor social skills. For some people, Starlight continuing to be able to pull increasingly more powerful spells that were previously considered impossible to do normally, which are otherwise considered very powerful for the setting or which mimic other ponies (even in-universe fictional superheroes') special talents is making these ponies abilities, talents and uniqueness seem redundant, while making her own arsenal of abilities seem even more special and absurdly powerful for seemingly no particular reason and that Social Anxiety isn't big enough of a character flaw to balance it all out.
  • When the synopsis for "To Where and Back Again" was revealed, Starlight became even more of a base breaker when it was revealed she would be taking center stage to rescue the Mane Six from "the return of Equestria's greatest threat". Some were excited at the prospect of the "unlikely team of heroes" she is to assemble, equating it to a pony Suicide Squad and feel this is a perfect finale to her season-wide character arc and will cement her status as reformed and absolved of what she did as a villain. Others feel that having a fourth premiere/finale centering around her is simply too much, especially considering "The Cutie Re-Mark" was focused entirely on her and Twilight Sparkle with the rest of the cast getting bit parts at best and how much prominence she has already been given in Season 6 along with her getting to take the main character slot for an entire two-part finale above the official main characters just reeks of favoritism. Of course, the rift only got worse when the plot essentially involves the entire cast, that is all the royalty and the Mane Six, being thoroughly Worfed without explanation: some are quick to agree that not showing it and/or it happening was a Necessary Weasel to devote time to the actual plot, with others feeling it validates complaints that the narative is shilling Starlight Glimmer by weakening or making other characters look worse.
  • Starlight Glimmer's existence has created a simmering inner fan rivalry between her and Sunset Shimmer. It started somewhere around Starlight's introduction when Sunset fans became very vocal about Starlight, mostly claiming her to be a lousy replacement who "stole" Sunset's role as Sixth Ranger in the show, while the other side argues that Sunset Shimmer has only appeared in the Equestria Girls movies and never in the show proper, therefore making it impossible for her role to be actually "stolen", even if her character arc and personality makes her look like a Suspiciously Similar Substitute. Then somewhere along the line the Starlight camp adopted their oppositions habit of bringing up the other character out of the blue and comparing them, which usually leads to the more diehard fans of the two trying to downplay their own champion's past or recent transgressions, while trying to demonize the other. The constant back and forth has lead to calls of Hypocrisy, biased morals and insufferable self-righteousness being thrown all around the board and the same arguments being repeated over and over again, leaving both sides embittered towards one another, and the people who happen to enjoy both characters (or who don't just give a damn about either) tired of the amount vitrol that mentioning one or the other can bring when discussing the show.
    • ... which segways nicely into her appearance in the Equestria Girls specials, which sparked an explosion of cheers from one side of the fandom who are happy to see her EQG design and a character they like finally appearing alongside the Rainbooms. Of course, this sparked an explosion from the other side of the fanbase who are fearing she's going to replace or overshadow Sunset Shimmer, or are simply embittered because of how much prominence she's already been given in the main series.
    • The argument that Sunset doesn't actually exist because she's never appeared or been mentioned in the main series, which means that Starlight "wins" by default by virtue of being a canon character, is often thrown around by the more vehement anti-Sunset or anti-Equestria Girls crowd. It's notable that a lot of these people don't actually like Starlight either, but they hate Sunset and Equestria Girls in general more and don't want them "infecting" the main show.
  • The writers' decision to make Starlight only appear in episodes she's the focus of. Some feel it's fine and helps not force her into places she doesn't belong, others find it jarring and denies her more chances to show her character and feel like part of the show, and of course her sizeable hatedom is thankful for it because they already feel she's been given far too much exposure and prominence this season and feel it's a breath of fresh air and a return to normalcy. Of course, that hasn't stopped Starlight from making a Cameo in "Spice Up Your Life" and "Top Bolt", so there's that as well.
    • Starting with Season 7, the writers started to give Starlight non-cameo appearances outside her own friendship lessons, but not as the main attraction of the story. In addition to possibly helping her fit in to the show overall, this can also been as an effort to placate complaints that usually whenever Starlight is present in a story, she tends to hog the spotlight away from everyone else. Of course, this is also a double-edged sword since it means even more Starlight than ever, much to the chagrin of her sizeable hatedom.
  • Because the teasers for "Celestial Advice" suggested that the show would finally say goodbye to Starlight, the fact that it ultimately didn't so that has re-ignited the whole discussion across the community.
  • After Starlight's Heel–Face Turn the staff has tried to perform some damage control with the stories that involve her, which has improved her standing to some extent. Whether these attempts have been enough to lead Starlight being Rescued from the Scrappy Heap completely, been in the right direction but not enough, have given rise to new issues, tried to fix them from the wrong angle or just focused on the wrong issues is still something that gets different types of answers from person to person.

    Supporting Characters 
  • Fans are divided on the Cutie Mark Crusaders. Are they a fair deviation from the Mane Cast or are they given too much exposure? Also, their approach to getting their cutie marks has been divided ever since their talents are hinted at in "The Show Stoppers". Their divisiveness has increased with each season with fans getting tired of them getting denied their cutie marks and not being allowed to grow up. However, with them finally getting their cutie marks in Season 5's "Crusaders of the Lost Mark", fans are almost unanimous in believing that it was a good thing. The rift became over whether they should have gotten their cutie marks sooner, and with fans split over whether their talent of helping others find their destiny was a good and creative idea or a cop-out that tossed out established abilities that had been built up since season 1 as potential special talents.
  • Of all the royal princesses, Princess Celestia is probably the most divisive character of the show. Many fans found her boring and uninteresting which invoked the three common meme trends (Trollestia, Molestia, and Tyrantlestia) in fanart, fanfiction, threads, etc., while others found her to be the most deep character of the series. While there hasn't been much backstory given to her in the show itself, the IDW comics do expand on her character quite a bit, making her The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask. Her actions in the Reflection Arc of the comic series also show that she was almost blindly impulsive and selfish in her younger days. This has lead to a split that made some fans question how much Celestia deserves to be the ruler of Equestria, while others say that her status as The Atoner makes her far more interesting.
  • Princess Cadance. Fans either like her personality and overall character or dislike her for her bland characterization and lack of development on the show. And there are also some who are to this day still bothered that she was introduced into the show as an alicorn without explanation. They feel that her alicorn status diminishes the monumental presence of both Princess Celestia and Princess Luna, as well as takes a lot of the impact out of Twilight's ascension into alicorndom. Other times she is disliked for entirely different reasons.
  • Fans are as divisive on Cadance's husband, Shining Armor. In his first appearance, fans either accepted him for being Twilight's Cool Big Bro or weren't pleased that he was introduced as such without any explanation. His Badass Decay has also been questioned with each appearance afterward, especially considering his status as captain of the Royal Guard. While some fans defend that he can't beat every Big Bad, opponents cite his uselessness as wasted potential. His crying at least Once a Season sure isn't helping his case.
  • Shining Armor and Princess Cadence's foal, Flurry Heart, divided the fandom even before the season started:
    • The foal is an alicorn. Fans who don't like this feel it invokes even more Uniqueness Decay for alicorns. There are now five in the show and to make matters worse, such births are now canon, lessening the achievement that Twilight and Cadence earned their ascensions. Fans who don't mind it claim Shining Armor and Princess Cadence have the genetics to produce such offspring, and Celestia and Luna were also born as such.
    • Her appearance. Since Art Evolution has apparently set in and baby ponies now seem to all have large watery eyes rather than the solid eyes they used to, fans have been split into a Fatal Four-Way. Some like the new look claiming the old one was creepy, some like the old look claiming it was cuter, some are just bitter that they changed it at all, and of course some just don't care either way. Somehow Babyjack passed with little fanfare, but this one? Nope.
    • Her name. Some appreciate the name, some wish they had stuck with the name Skyla that was given to a previous alicorn princess foal toy, and some simply wish they hadn't picked a name that sounds just a little too much like Product Placement for a certain fast-food chain.
  • Spitfire is becoming this as of late, due to her actions in both Wonderbolts Academy and especially Rainbow Falls. There are some parts of the fanbase who demonize Spitfire and make Soarin a total Woobie who has since been saved by the true love of Rainbow Dash. Though for RD haters, they demonize them both and have Soarin fall for a very kind OC. Look on the comments of any pony video featuring Spitfire and for every "Spitfire is awesome!" comment you see, there'll be at least 5 more "Spitfire is a complete and utter douchebag." or "Soarin is the only good Wonderbolt." It's gotten to the point where Spitfire has quickly become one of the most divisive characters in the show and is on par with Rainbow for both one of the most liked and most hated ponies.
  • Owlowiscious. Fans are divided whether he's a cool and funny character who needs more appearances or a Replacement Scrappy to Spike's place. Spike fans were also put off by how much better Twilight seemed to treat him (in contrast to how Spike tends to be treated) and feel that Spike was fully justified in feeling jealous and angry. However, "Just for Sidekicks", where he acts more friendly toward Spike, may have redeemed him for some.
  • Even Big Macintosh isn't safe. Fans have quarreled over two Season 5 episodes where he was given feminine characteristics, namely the Princess Macintosh scene in "Do Princesses Dream of Magical Sheep?" and his crossdressing in "Brotherhooves Social". Fans who defend these have said he has had this characterization since "Lesson Zero" where he obsessed over Twilight's old Smarty Pants doll even after he was taken out of his trance. Detractors have seen this uprising as chickification of the cast's most prominent stallion at best and insensitive to transgender people or cross-dressers at worst.
  • Limestone Pie, one of Pinkie's sisters, is a minor case of this. While she's mostly beloved for having a Hair-Trigger Temper with a softer side, certain fans think she is way too much of a bitch to be properly enjoyed.
  • Fluttershy's brother Zephyr Breeze is a manipulative jerk with crippling fear of failure, sure, and no one's really supposed to like him until the end, but the fandom's a little split over whether he's funny enough to justify it or if he's just an annoyance and spoiled the episode. Considering how true to life his situation was, this likewise made a few fans cringe.
  • Despite only appearing in the Ponyville Mysteries book "Riddle of the Rusty Horseshoe" thus far, Scootaloo's aunts have already become two of the most controversial characters in the entire franchise, possibly even more so than Flash Sentry and Starlight Glimmer. In the book, Aunt Holiday and Aunt Lofty are heavily implied to be lesbians, with Holiday giving Lofty an affectionate kiss on the forehead and calling her "dear". Some fans loved the idea of a potentially canon lesbian couple and hoped they made their way into the show proper (which they eventually did), pointing out the large amounts of Ho Yay that Friendship is Magic has and the fact that several other children's shows have included LGBT characters without any issues. Others believe the inclusion of a lesbian couple is a bad idea for a franchise that has largely avoided political themes, and way too risky considering the show airs in countries that condemn homosexuality. Mike Vogel's confirmation that Aunt Holiday and Aunt Lofty are in fact a couple only added fuel to the fire.
  • The yaks, particularly Prince Rutherford. Their entire race is boistrous and short-tempered, they have a strong arrogant streak in regards to how great they are and better than other races, and they aren't very bright either. This creates an entire race of beings who constantly talk, loudly and proudly, about how all yak things are great and better than pony things, look down on the ponies for no reason other than they aren't yaks, and act like fools. Either you find their schtick hilarious or you find it annoying. The fact they've been having a more recurring role as of lately isn't making things any easier.
  • Either Mudbriar is funny because of his bluntness, or annoying because of his tendency to over-correct everything. The show's crew seem to be fully aware this would happen, as it's made clear that even after learning her lesson Pinkie isn't fully on board with him.
  • The Student/Young 6. They're either seen as good characters that flesh out the world or a Spotlight-Stealing Squad that took focus away from the Mane 6 and should never have existed.

  • Trixie. She's either liked or disliked for being a pompous, arrogant showmare. Those who defend her claim she's defined by those traits and it's how stage magicians like her make a living. On the other hand, she's an obnoxious jerk who thinks she's better than anypony else. Fans have somewhat became more accepting after her second appearance where she apologizes to the citizens of Ponyville for the way she acted under the Alicorn Amulet.
  • Among the villains, King Sombra is generally the most controversial one. While many fans think he did not get enough screen time to be an interesting character and hate the fact that he hardly says a word during his two episodes, others argue that while it is true he does not do much during the episode, the few things he DOES do have a big enough impact on their own. He has since been seen in a much more favorable light and garnered a lot more love as of the Season 5 finale, with many fans agreeing his Bad Future sequence made him the most bad-assed villain in the entire series.
  • Upon his introduction, Discord was immediately adored by the fan base for his whimsical villainy, trickster personality and mish-mosh appearance. Being voiced by John de Lancie helped his cause tremendously. Then in "Keep Calm and Flutter on", his second appearance, he underwent the makings of a Heel–Face Turn. This split his fans between those who welcomed it, expecting him to fight alongside the mane cast and those who thought he was better as a villain, thinking such reformation was rushed at best and forced at worse. Every appearance after that has been equally divisive, with some questioning whether or not his crossing over was genuine (especially considering his actions in "Twilight's Kingdom").
  • Diamond Tiara. At one point, she was one of the show's least liked characters with a minority fan base. While she was disliked for constantly picking on the Cutie Mark Crusaders for no apparent reason, her defenders claimed that she wasn't as bad as any of the show's major villains. Then came "Crusaders of the Lost Mark" where it was finally explored why she bullied the Crusaders and even became their friends by the episode's end. In response to her reformation, fans either finally respected the character or thought it was Freudian Excuse that was an even worse Ass Pull than Babs Seed's (mentioned below).
  • Silver Spoon. Fans were divided on whether or not she had her own free will from Diamond Tiara and her Pet the Dog moment in "Family Appreciation Day" amplified that thought. Critics still pointed out "One Bad Apple" and "Flight to the Finish" where she acted just as bad, if not worse, than Diamond. Then in "Crusaders of the Lost Mark", Silver Spoon gained the respect of her haters when she finally told off Diamond for bullying the Crusaders. By the episode's end, she and Diamond became friends with them.
  • Babs Seed. Her Freudian Excuse for bullying the crusaders (she was also a bullying victim in her hometown of Manehattan) has been mixed. Some fans feel the way she was treated back at home was bad enough while others think the crusaders should have given her comeuppance for it. Babs appears in one more episode in Season 3, then is virtually unheard of until Season 5's "Bloom and Gloom" where she unceremoniously got her cutie mark, dividing the fan base even further.
  • The changelings' new appearance at the end of To Where And Back Again caused one hell of a fatal-three-way between fans. Some adore the new design feeling it's a wonderful Call-Back / Shout-Out to the Flutterponies and that it reflects their no longer "corrupted" way of life. Others find the designs to be hideous with gaudy features and nauseating color schemes that match the absolute worst OCs the fandom has to offer, with that joke was made within an hour of this revelation and others describing Thorax's new appearance as a "gay fairy moose". The third group feels it completely negates the ponies' acceptance of Thorax despite his appearance and the prior existing "Don't judge A Book by it's cover" lesson inherent to both prior stories involving them, and felt it would have made their Heel–Face Turn far more valid if they didn't have to change their appearance to be seen as "good".
  • Tempest Shadow. She has plenty of fans who adore her for her no-nonsense personality, her backstory, her musical number and her voice work courtesy of Emily Blunt. But many others find her decision to turn evil and help the Storm King subjugate her own kind because she lost two friends as a child to be a Freudian Excuse just as bad as, if not worse than, Starlight Glimmer. These same people deride Tempest for not even trying to make new friends or see a doctor about her broken horn, especially with previous episodes showing that Equestrians have spells to keep unstable magic under control. Coupled with the fact that she was yet another villain to be redeemed and forgiven for her crimes against Equestria.
  • The Storm King. Compared to how much screen time Discord, Chrysalis and Tirek got in their two-parter episode debuts, many bronies found the Storm King underwhelming due to how little screen time he had in a feature-length movie and how dumb he was when compared to Tempest. But he has his fair share of fans who find his straight-up villainy and comedic personality a breath of fresh air after watching multiple redemptions in the show. These fans have pointed out that he still managed to conquer many lands outside Equestria (a feat in which the show’s villains, while potentially world threatening, had not been known to accomplish) while his detractors refute that he still goofed around with the Princesses’ magic like a toy and was defeated very easily.
  • Chancellor Neighsay got this status almost immediately up in his introduction. He's shown to be a xenophobic, speceist, essentially corrupt politician. People think his good intentions help give a good excuse for his behavior, or those who think he's essentially a full on villain whose no better than those he opposes. His reformation in the season 8 finale is also divisive.
  • Cozy Glow is also divisive. You either find her a genuinely compelling villain who's incredibly smart and manipulative, or you think she's an annoying character with a firm grasp on the Idiot Ball. Her being sent to Tartarus, as well as her inclusion in Grogar's Legion of Doom, are also divisive. In the former case, some find it a welcome break from villains being Easily Forgiven while others thought a child being punished so harshly after others were grated leniency made the issue worse. In the latter case, some felt that she didn't deserve to be included given she's just a child and/or isn't threatening enough, whereas others claim her crimes make her more than worthy of being included and/or enjoy her dynamic with Tirek and Chrysalis.
  • Grogar. A majority of the fanbase were ecstatic about Friendship Is Magic bringing back another classic G1 villain. And many others love him for how powerful he is even without his bell, his preference for planning ahead and the fact that unlike the other villains, he knows not to underestimate the Mane Six and has some idea of what makes them formidable. But he has his share of detractors who find him to be a boring villain with a bland personality who spends more time planning than actually doing anything. Some have even admitted to preferring the Storm King over him, claiming he at least had an enjoyable personality.

    Equestria Girls 
  • Flash Sentry. When he was introduced, the fandom erupted due to Twilight developing a crush on him. Some jumped on what was possibly the first canon pairing of the Mane 6 while others argued that MLP had done just fine without romance and didn't need it now. Added on that Flash in the movie barely did anything, barely had any personality, and barely did anything to earn Twilight's affections caused haters to accuse him of being nothing more than a bad OC, while fans accuse the haters of being upset that Flash stole their 'waifu'. Fighting further continued with fans wanting Flash to come back and be more developed while haters wanted Flash gone, period. The writers have apparently noticed the controversy Flash has caused and have steadily moved him further into the background as the movies have gone on.
  • Sunset Shimmer, as her fanbase tends to come hand in hand with fans of the Equestria Girls spin-off, a divisive idea in the fandom since their inception. Some fans love her character arc and development, others find her a boring Evil Counterpart character. Another point of contention concerns demands to see her cameo in the main series or even permanently join the Mane Six, versus wanting to see her kept contained to the films for various reasons. The addition of Starlight Glimmer to the cast in Season 6 only added fuel to the fire, with some of Sunset's supporters seeing Starlight as a pale copy of Sunset that got the position Sunset should have.

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