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Disclaimer: The information on this page may not be canonical as this Character Page is part of the Just for Fun section for the "Daring Do" franchise, a series of books within a show introduced in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. While some of the characters and tropes are canonical from the show, others are strictly fan creations.


A University Page with a knack for screwups, but a surprising level of competence at his job. He went on to become Daring's personal assistant and later her grad student after switching his Major from Equestrian Economy to Equinology. His special talent is researching, which makes his power Boring, but Practical. He is always good-natured and high spirited, ready to raise Daring's spirits when she is depressed, calm her down when she is angry, and stand there when she's in the mood to give exposition.

Played by Shia LaBuck in the film series.

  • Action Survivor
  • Adorkable
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Tends to prefer this to Daring Do's more direct approach.
  • Badass Bookworm
  • Big Damn Heroes: In the first half of Ring of the Marengeti, he barges in at the last minute to save Daring.
  • Breakout Character: He was only mentioned once in passing in the first book, but received a lot of attention from the fans, mostly positive, thanks to his name being an obvious typo. He appeared once in Griffon's Goblet as a throwaway character, typo intact, followed by an extended cameo in Curse of the Yeti, when he tries to help Daring hide during the attack on the university. His popularity then increased to the point where, in Wooden Mask, he becomes Daring Do's assistant and actually has plot relevance.
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  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer
  • Characterisation Marches On: His first brief mention in Sapphire Stone, gives no indication of his competence, only his clumsiness - Daring comments that, with his track record, she'd have taken much longer to find the map with his help than without.
  • Closet Geek: Seems to be a secret fan of the comic book "Sasquatch Mafia", but isn't telling anypony.
  • Cute Clumsy Colt
  • Hoof Wave: Despite being a research expert, he's usually the one to have the exposition delivered to. This is usually excused by him being more into cultures in general than the specific artifacts themselves or him wanting to cross-reference his sources with Daring.
  • Keet
  • Megane
  • Must Have Caffeine: A Running Gag throughout the series involves Herpy emptying out the coffee pot.
  • The Nicknamer: Not all the time, but sometimes Herpy calls Daring "Dare" or "Boss", and Derring "E" so he won't be as confused by their similar names.
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  • Non-Action Guy: Most of the time, which he's a bit insecure about. He starts to get over it in Ring of the Marengeti.
  • Omniglot: While not good at speaking numerous languages, his research has made him quite good at reading a huge variety of languages.
  • Rule of Funny: Is the victim or observer of many running gags in the series.
    • The trouble he has emptying a simple coffee pot being one of the more notable examples.
  • Sensitive Pony and Manly Stallion: The sensitive pony to Bravado's manly stallion.
  • Screams Like a Little Filly: Sometimes, depending on Rule of Funny.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead
  • Took a Level in Badass: In Ring Of The Marengeti, he pulls off a Big Damn Heroes moment.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Coffee. Daring claims she has had drinks of all kinds from all over the world, but none of them come close to Herpy's cup of joe.
  • The Watson: After the unexpected rise of the character's popularity, he quickly became the go-to guy for someone to deliver exposition to.

Bravado | a.k.a. Cornelius Mareton

Another adventuring pony and a Friendly Rival of Daring's. He has a tendency to run into Daring while on completely unrelated adventures, which almost always ends in them trading favors. He and Daring have a On Again/Off Again relationship.

Chronologically debuted in the Daring Do and the Platinum Crown, though he and Daring had met previously.

Played by John Barrowmane in Griffon's Goblet and Platinum Crown. Replaced by Bruce Campfire in subsquent films.

  • Adventure Archaeologist
  • Badass Boast: He tends to deliver these often.
  • Badass Normal: In contrast to the Do siblings and Herpy, Bravado is an Earth Pony, meaning he gets through all his adventures without flying or magic.
  • Berserk Button: He hates Mareton.
    "Him saying he represents earth ponies while giving all of us a bad name, I can take. But this? This I won't take."
  • The Charmer
  • Cultured Badass
  • Dark-Coated Redhead: Has a dark grey coat and a red mane.
  • Dashing Horsepanic: Though we don't get to see most of his adventures, his descriptions of them certainly paint himself as one of these. He gets to show that he truly is one in The Staff of Star Swirl the Bearded.
  • Disappeared Dad: The original series doesn’t give much detail, but Bravado does tell Daring in The Griffin’s Goblet that he knows what it’s like to grow up without a father. The Surgeon of Marabia in the extended series gives us Magic Step’s interpretation of this.
  • Fiery Redhead
  • Flirting Under Fire: Seems to specialize in this. Being caught in a villain's death-trap doesn't stop him from flirting with Daring.
  • Friendly Rivalry: With Daring.
  • Hero of Another Story: Frequently. Gets lampshaded in The Staff of Star Swirl the Bearded.
    • The Expanded Universe has tried to detail said adventures in the Tales of Bravado books with varying degrees of success.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Inverted; he's a redhead and he seems pretty interested in Daring, but she doesn't appear to reciprocate all that much.
  • Heroic Sacrifice/Dying Moment of Awesome: Is mortally wounded protecting Daring and Storm Talon from the Scaled Horror in Seven-Sided Chest.
  • Large Ham
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Possibly to heartthrob actor Antonio Caballeras.
  • Noodle Incident: Since we rarely see his adventures, he has more of these than all the Do's put together. One of them apparently involved he and Daring accidentally getting married.
  • Omniglot: It's kind of a requirement for a treasure hunter.
  • The Other Bravado: Trope Namer, thanks to his initial actor John Barrowmane departing the film series (for a role in the Professor Whoof serials) and being replaced. Lampshading the change has become a Running Gag in subsequent films ("You look different. Did you cut your mane?"), along with plenty of Actor Allusions — but it's hard to escape those when you're being played by Bruce Campfire.
  • The Rival: Used to be this to Daring.
  • Rule of Cool: many of his most amazing exploits are known to the Do family, and mentioned in conversation with and about him. Often the audience is expected to accept they happened due to the over-the-top descriptions.
  • Scars Are Forever: Sports a nice slash down his left eyelid from Cove of Candles onward. He claims he got it in a fight with Zuri.
  • Sensitive Pony and Manly Stallion: The manly stallion to Herpy's sensitive pony, respectively. They seem to get along well enough, though.
  • Weapon of Choice: His hoofgun, Jessie.

Professor Storm Talon

It's odd to see a griffon in mainland Equestria unless they're part of the diplomatic corps, and it's an odder sight for them to hold any sort of permanent position. Professor Storm Talon bucks this trend, serving as a Professor in the Royal Canterlot University Department of International Studies. He hobbles around with a prosthetic hind leg and tail, lost in the many navy battles he had fought in. He used to be Daring's father's friend, and a member of his archeology team, but some misunderstanding led him to spitefully sever ties when they were younger; despite this, habitual swearing aside, he's never anything less than civil in his interactions with Daring and her siblings. First introduced in Griffon's Goblet.

Played by Samuel L. Hawkson in the film series.

In the Pony In A Box Productions adaptation, he is introduced in Sapphire Stone.

  • Artificial Limbs: His left-hind paw and tail were lost during his services in the Griffon military. His prosthetics were specially crafted by a mechanic in Trottingham, with actual Griffon bone and muscle structure referenced to allow for more realistic movements.
    • The description for the process of attachment is similar to the Griffon Animane series Full Metal Falconist.
    • In Universal Cracks, the Colt Leader impales him and infects his right wing with Smooze, which combined with his advancing age and the damage Mareton did in Tinker's Seal, forces its amputation and replacement, as well.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Yeah, prof, that cupcake really did get your mind off of getting your leg adjusted.
  • Berserk Button: Insulting his dead family. Nagridge pushes this one a lot.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Has a younger sister who lives in Trottingham that he's very fond of, as evidenced by his socking Bravado when the latter proclaims his attempt to flirt with her in Burning Heart.
  • Bothering by the Book: Teams up with Doctor Tabula Rasa to undermine Nagridge's efforts to hamper Daring and the rest of the university.
  • Chekhooves' Skill:
    • His juvenile delinquency helps Herpy steal an airship to gather Daring's allies in Temple of Nightmare Moon.
    • His taste for horse meat helps Daring uncover Sweeney's murder spree in Staff of Starswirl the Bearded.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: In Staff Of Starswirl The Bearded, after the confrontation with Sweeney Trot, Storm talked about how he did things in the war he's not proud of after his family was wiped out. His section in Tales of the War reveals that he, among other things, used his claws to carve the words "Remember New Orlions" into the forehead of a Diamond Dog officer named Major Tom.
  • Determinator: He helps Daring attempt a rescue of Lightning Kicker from Sweeney Trot in The Staff of Star Swirl the Bearded, despite being in agonizing pain from getting his leg readjusted (he describes the process as "being cauterized one (censored) nerve at a time in (censored) reverse and not being allowed any (censored) painkillers until a (censored) day later"). Before Bravado coopted her, one of the reasons Daring planned to go to Trottingham was to help him out while he was recovering. He doesn't even slow down when Mrs. Hoovett stabs him.
  • Foreign Cuss Word: Anypony who can understand and transliterate griffon will quickly realize he swears like a sailor.
    • He invents a language almost entirely consistent of profanity, which is called 'Vulgarian.' The foulest word in that language is "Nagridge," which really shows how he feels about her.
  • Forgotten Birthday: The catalyst for Daren and Storm's falling out. Long story short, Storm went to visit Daren when on shore leave, got pissed drunk alone instead of with his friend when Daren seemingly forgot, and acted like a complete jackass at the surprise party Daren's wife threw for him. After exploding at Daren's wife for a few too many party pranks that were in fact Daren's doing, instead of apologizing, he mocked Daren and told him he was too much of a coward to find the Platinum Crown because his own father was lost on that one, then stormed out.
  • Former Teen Rebel: Storm mentions how he used to be quite the hothead in his youth, with pranking, theft, vandalism, and assault frequently coming up, something he would keep hidden from his friends right up until the incident that soured his friendship with Daren. His father made him join the military to try and get some discipline in him, but even then it took years before he finally learned to calm down.
  • Friendly Enemy: Not really, but after Mareton killed Nagridge, Storm would frequently jokingly offer to buy Mareton drinks, presents for Hearth's Warming Eve, or at least a card to send him on his birthday. Granted, Storm would likely poison the drink, rig the gift to explode, or use the address to track Mareton down, but he'd at least make sure Mareton would like whatever he got him.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: He avoids capture in Temple of Nightmare Moon by beating off his assailants using his prosthetic leg as a club.
  • Handicapped Badass: He may be missing a few body parts, but that doesn't stop him from bucking flank.
  • Jerkass: In the Daren Do Adventures prequel spin-off, Storm is a much bigger jerk.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Upon being stabbed by Mrs. Hoovett on the way to confront Sweeney Trot himself, he disarms her and mutters "I've had worse", noting his prosthetic limbs.
    • In Tinker's Seal, his reaction to Mareton breaking his wings was to compare Mareton's strength unfavorably to his kids when they were little, and offering to take him out for a drink later for the upcoming anniversary of professor Nagridge's death.
  • Mr. Exposition: He steals this role from Daring Do in Griffon's Goblet. Also whenever there is any kind of obscure naval terminology that needs explaining.
  • Mutually Exclusive Party Members: In the Expanded Universe, Daring is well aware she can't allow Anne and Storm in the same room because they're a pirate and a retired pirate hunter respectively.
  • No Badass to His Valet: Storm doesn't intimidate easily. He's pretty much the only one who consistently tells Claddie to stuff it when he's trying to throw his weight around, or tells Miss Jumbo to stop babying him, especially when she's trying to get him to eat his vegetables.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Fans have drawn several similarities to the Hugh Laureigh portrayal of Dr Gregory Horse.
  • Noodle Incident: Mentions that one of the reasons he started to turn his life around was when the wagon he clawed for his own amusement turned out to belong to an insane murderer.
  • Omniglot: Made it a point to learn the languages of the people he fought. Given that he was a pirate hunter for most of his career, this put him into conflict with quite the selection of nationalities.
  • Only Sane Griffon: In Tinker's Seal, he's this in the Blank Village party. Rayback wants to join and Ghoul doesn't see what's wrong with that until he points out that he's a child and they're heading though a dangerous forest to get to a bunch of paranoid, undead ritualistic murderers. When Rayback turns out to have snuck in and insists on joining them again, Ghoul makes his last will and testament in case the worst happens while they're on the trip, while Storm points out that they're at a hotel and thus could just leave him with the staff at the hotel.
  • Poirot Speak: Storm Talon tends to slip into Griffon for the purposes of swearing. It was done as a means of Getting Crap Past the Radar since the Equestrian written language does a poor job of transliterating Griffon. Adaptations with audio tend to either play down his vulgarity, or have him use words that translate into less offensive terminology.
  • Retired Badass: A decorated former navy-gryph who now just wants a quiet life teaching abroad. That doesn't stop him from taking on a squad of griffon ninja nor Nagridge's goons.
  • Scars Are Forever: The feathers over his left eye were burned and permanently discolored in a pattern reminiscent of a flame. He dyes the other side to maintain visual symmetry.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: As befitting a former sailor, though you'd need to understand Griffon to get what he's saying.
    • See "Vulgarian," above.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Often talks like this
  • Speak Ill of the Dead: He never forgives Nagridge for what she did. He has enough tact not to talk about it in front of her nephew, but he tells Okpono he thinks her dying words were going to be "I'm better than him" rather than "I'm sorry". This becomes a sore point between the two. Also, his grudge against her is treated to a Hypocrisy Nod given his reconciliation speech to Daren.
  • Token Minority
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Like most griffons, wild horse meat (specifically his mother's horse brisket). It's usually played for squicky laughs, but becomes a plot point in Staff of Star Swirl the Bearded.
  • Trading Bars for Stripes: When he was younger, Storm's father made this arrangement for him to avoid a prison sentence as a repeat offender. Sadly, it was years before the change in attitude finally took.

Short Stuff
A scrappy little peach pegasus filly from the streets of Shanghay and a big fan of Daring Do. Although she's only a foal, she's surprisingly street savvy and a fiery fighter. Tries desperately to become Daring Do's official sidekick, much to her chagrin. She was first introduced in Cove of Candles but fan outcry kept her from returning in the canon books. Her Expanded Universe appearances have done a lot to rescue her, though.

Played by K. Hay Quirt in the film series.

  • The Artful Dodger
  • Baker Street Regular: of the Shanghay variety
  • Berserk Button: While she doesn't particularly care for being called a coward, being compared to a chicken sends her over the edge.
  • Big Damn Heroine / Dynamic Entry: Crashes her scooter through the window of the Jade Dragon just as a Hoofstapo integrator was about to brand Daring Do with a hot iron.
  • Bratty Half-Pint
  • Does Not Like Horseshoes: There's a small scene in Cove of Candles where there's a conversation between Short Stuff and Miss Starlight about dressing for adventures. Short Stuff makes a passing remark about how "[she's] never worn shoes before and never will". For some reason, fans often exaggerate this trait and now nearly every fanfic she makes an appearance in has to have at least a mention of this.
  • Happily Adopted: A series encyclopedia states that after Cove of Candles, Daring found Short Stuff a foster family in Canterlot, and the reason she doesn't appear much is because she's too busy helping her new parents out. Amber of the Smooze reveals that it's Professor Ed and Mrs. Ed.
  • I'm Your Biggest Fan: Practically her schtick.
  • Kid Sidekick: Or at least tries to be one for Daring Do.
  • Little Miss Snarker: Not that much of a surprise since she is a street filly.
  • Nice Hat: Never seen without her baseball cap.
  • Nopony Calls Me Chicken: Says this word for word. Has a particular hatred for the word chicken.
  • Parental Abandonment: She's described as an orphan. However, a line from Amber of the Smooze has led readers to believe Prism Rush might be her biological father.
  • Tagalong Kid
  • True Companions: With Sweetie Bottle and Alice Springs, as of Universal Cracks.
  • You No Take Candle: Has a HEAVY Chineighse accent, which makes her constant shouting especially grating.
    • By the time of the New Adventures books, her Equestrian has improved, but she will still slip into this trope when particularly agitated.

Miss Starlight
A unicorn with dreams of stardom that couldn't quite get into Applewood, so she opted to perform at the Jade Dragon. She finds herself traveling with Daring Do after getting caught up in her shenanigans in The Cove of Candles and serves as her foil throughout that adventure.

Played by Kitty Clopshaw in the films.

  • Action Survivor
  • Cool Airship: The Noblesse Oblige, a sleek and massive vehicle that looks like a swordfish and a humpback whale got intimate. Its name even implies that it once belonged to royalty. Sadly, its first two appearances see it act as little more than backdrop until it comes into use at the climax of The Temple of Nightmare Moon, which makes it a Meaningful Name in a way.
  • Cool Big Sis: She mentions having a sister who looks up to her, but she isn't seen.
  • Cool Pet: Archimedes, a huge snowy owl that probably weighs more than Starlight herself. Looking like the sort of exotic animal that the upperclass would only rear as a status symbol, "Archie" is actually treated well and very loyal indeed to Starlight, able to airlift her out of danger if need be. Also a Scarily Competent Tracker for being able to follow Daring and Starlight throughout The Cove of Candles, building up to his Big Damn Heroes moment in the end.
  • Damsel in Distress: Initially played straight.
    • Damsel out of Distress: However, she turns out to be smarter and more strong-willed than she lets on, as well as surprisingly resourceful.
  • Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry: Her dress is covered in jewelry.
  • The Fashionista: So much so that she refuses to wear more practical clothing due to their lack of style.
  • Foil: To Daring Do.
  • Hidden Depths: Comes off as a self-entitled starlet at first, but is later revealed to be an extremely hard worker and generous to a fault.
  • Impractically Fancy Outfit: Absolutely insists on wearing her fancy dress throughout the adventure, despite mucking through mud, sand, etc.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Once she overcomes her initial distress, watch out.
  • The Load: At first.
  • Ms. Fanservice: As useless as she initially came off, she was rather popular with many of the young colts. Further enforced with her wet dress and wet mane scenes.
  • Mundane Utility: In Tinker's Seal, Starlight obtains an amulet that can steal ponies' souls if activated. Starlight just assumed that it was a fancy necklace.
  • Real Mares Don't Wear Dresses: Played straight initially, subverted later on.
  • Redundant Rescue: At one point, when Daring and Short Stuff arrive to rescue her, she's already saved herself and subdued her captors.
  • Rule of Drama: Constantly invokes this, much to the consternation of the other characters.
  • Screaming Mare: DEAR CELESTIA is she ever! Daring Do even believes her whining could be used as a lethal weapon.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Displays a razor sharp wit and is willing to fight back when necessary.
  • Skewed Priorities: Sometimes is more concerned about her looks than imminent death, much to Daring's exasperation.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to Daring's tomboy.

Outback Jack
A friendly golden yellow earth pony from Brumbiland and another explorer friend of Daring Do's. Unlike with Bravado, Daring's Friendly Rivalry with Outback Jack is more like a game and the two are practically best buds. When she is not out adventuring, Outback Jack heads the bar at The Watering Hole with Daring Do as a regular customer. She first appears in The Wooden Mask, and makes a small cameo in Gardens Of Equestria. She is one of the adventurers Herpy gathers to help save Daring in The Temple Of Nightmare Moon

Played by Caitlin Stirrup in the film series.

Doctor Tabula Rasa
A studious Persian indigo unicorn and fellow professor at Canterlot University, Tabula Rasa is the head of Arcane Magic and Astrology and has on two occasions been named acting President. She first met Daring Do by literally running into her in the school hallways, and have been friends with her ever since. She is Daring's voice of reason and typically objects to Daring's reckless method of Equinology in the field. She appeared first in Griffon's Goblet, where she already knew Daring, it wasn't until Spear Of The Widingos that friendship's beginning was explored.

Played by Equestria Furrera in the film series.

  • Adorkable: She sometimes acts like this, usually after she makes a big breakthrough. Her cheering could be heard from down the hall!
  • Badass Family: It's implied that she's a cousin of Stalwart Shield.
  • Berserk Button: Break her glasses and she'll be furious.
    • If you're outside of her circle of friends, don't call her "Tabby". She'll merely be annoyed if just anypony does it, but when Nagridge did it, she was livid.
  • Bookworm: There's a reason she's also a head librarian at Canterlot University.
  • Bothering by the Book: Teams up with Professor Storm Talon to undermine Nagridge's efforts to hamper Daring and the rest of the university.
  • Brainy Brunette: with two Skunk Stripes of silver.
  • Cool Big Sis: Acts as one to Daring Do within the university.
  • Cool Pet: Esmeralda, a black cat with bright green eyes and a penchant for locating books that Tabula Rasa might need... usually because she hid them in the first place. Doubles as an Evil Detecting Cat (not an easy job for the pet of the Agent Scully).
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Daring Do enjoys calling Tabula Rasa "Doctor Egghead".
  • Nerd Glasses
  • Schoolmarm: Rarely ventures outside the campus
  • The Spock: Takes a logical, almost scientific approach to studying magic.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Tanner. Initially on the Belligerent side, fueled by resentment over him replacing her, which she gets over after learning the reason for the Board's decision.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Despite being the same age as Daring Do, she has an intelligence that not even the most veteran professors could fathom.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Navy blue to be exact. Still, it's dark enough for her to be a Brainy Brunette.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: After a potent display of magic that she'd rather keep quiet about, Deborus Nagridge says in front of everypony, "Doctor Rasa, that was a fine display. It's unicorns like you that prove our kind's superiority."

Desert Rose
A chestnut pegasus pony who resides in the Saddle Arabian Desert with a tribe of other Arab ponies. She has a sweet disposition and had rescued Daring Do a while back. Her medical knowledge and her familiarity with the desert fauna made her an invaluable ally during one of Daring Do's adventure. Like Outback Jack she first appeared in The Wooden Mask, where she helped cure Daring of it's madness. She is one of the ponies gathered to rescue Daring in Temple Of Nightmare Moon, and also appears in Shrine Of The Silver Monkey and Ring Of The Marengeti. The expanded universe implies she has ties to the Colt Of Smooze.

Played by Summer Billet in the film series.

  • Adorkable: Even her squeaks are graceful!
  • Apologizes a Lot: In the flashback that shows how she and Daring met, Desert Rose pretty much apologized for saving Daring's life (though to be fair, she was concerned that Daring would panic over being in a strange hut). She improved on it, though she does relapse a bit.
  • Berserk Button: Animal cruelty.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She can get very protective of her friends when she has to.
  • Closet Geek: Seems to be a secret fan of the comic book "Sasquatch Mafia", but isn't telling anypony.
  • Death Glare: Called the Eyes of Fatima amongst her tribe, it is capable of submitting even the most stubborn mule into compliance. Though Desert Rose rarely uses it.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Outback Jack.
  • Friend to All Living Things: She's incredibly friendly to just about any animal she finds.
  • Grand Theft Me: In The Amber of the Smooze, when she rejects the Colt Leader's offer, the Colt Leader uses the Smooze to steal Desert Rose's body.
  • The Heart
  • Loyal Animal Companion: She has a pet desert hare named Oasis. He's really good at finding healing herbs and locating water
    • To the point where he rallies up the rest of her pets to defend her hut in Tinker's Seal.
  • The Medic: Uses desert herbs instead of unicorn magic.
  • Mistaken Identity: She gets mistaken for the Colt Leader during Amber Of The Smooze (especially considering the Grand Theft Me that happened). In Tinker's Seal, The Assemblers' army also mistakes her for the Colt Leader and tries to invade her hut.
  • Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: It's implied that the Eyes of Fatima caused her to be treated like an outcast for a while.
  • Nice Hijab: As per her tribe's customs, she never leaves home without her soft pink hijab.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: By using the Eyes of Fatima on the Smooze to switch her body back, she also managed to remove its corruption from the Colt Leader's body. Thanks to that, the Colt Leader manages to escape healthy and would eventually risk destroying the multiverse in Universal Cracks.
  • Shrinking Violet

Chocolat' Jasmina (Coco) Pie
An incredibly eccentric mint green earth pony who is Daring Do's go-to mare for anything from rare items to street gossip and even the occasional airplane. She is a traveling Sales Pony and is often seen at the bazaars and markets hawking whatever strange and interesting items come across her way, and she's also known for making killer sugary desserts. Her unlimited energy and kooky asides are things that Daring Do eventually got used to. She first appears in a flashback in Sapphire Stone and is the only character besides Daring to appear in all of the Core 16 books in some fashion.

Played by Ellen DeJennet in the film series.

In the Pony In A Box Productions adaptation, she is introduced in Sapphire Stone, as she was in the original series.


First encountered in The Curse of the Yeti, Rayback is a baby winged red dragon that was cruelly chained to an anvil like some animal. Daring Do saved him and he managed to help out in the adventure. Later on, he appears at the university as an assistant to Dr. Tabula Rasa.

Portryed via MGI in the films, with voice work by Charlie Saddler.

  • Badass Adorable: He's cute but don't mess with him.
  • Breath Weapon: His flames make a very useful... flamethrower.
  • Closet Geek: Seems to be a secret fan of the comic book "Sasquatch Mafia", but isn't telling anypony.
  • Extreme Omnivore: He prefers gems and tends to eat treasure, which is usually why he doesn't get to go on more adventures with Daring.
  • I Owe You My Life: A Running Gag in Curse of the Yeti, as he swears servitude (based on a vague "Dragon's Code"), first to Daren, who gave him food during their imprisonment by the Great Intellect, then with Daring, who rescues the two of them from the mountain, and lastly with Tabula, who hides him during the Yeti attack on the University. The last one actually sticks, though only after Tabula admits that she's needed a research assistant for a while.
    • The gag continues in later books, but it seems his Code is less binding than his contract with the University, which Tabula frequently has to remind him of.
  • Love at First Sight: Towards Starlight, though it's incredibly one-sided until he saves her life in Universal Cracks.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: In Tinker's Seal, he deliberately ignores all orders to not go to the Blank Village because he wants to impress Starlight.
  • Odd Friendship: Develops one with Herpy.
  • Science Marches On: Rayback's initial appearances were written before the dragon egg from Celestia's School for Gifted Unicorns was hatched. As a result, the author was working mostly off of myths and legends, supplemented with only a tiny amount of concrete information. The largest problem came from being unaware that even baby dragons can bite through diamonds with ease. This results in plotholes throughout The Curse of the Yeti, since he could have just bitten through his own chains, and most of the locks that they encountered.
    • This problem is compounded by the recent discovery that even baby dragons are capable of both producing flames too hot to reliably measure and controlling the heat of their flamesnote , meaning he probably could have melted those things as well.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Originally dog meat, which was given to him as a treat before he was freed. After more was learned about dragons, he developed a taste for diamonds. As a running gag, he's since started trying to talk Daring into letting him eat a Diamond Dog. Usually played for laughs.


A zebra ambassador from the Marengeti, his only major role was in Ring of the Marengeti, though he is sometimes a background character in other stories.

  • High-Class Glass: Not a prop. He actually uses it.
  • Name That Unfolds Like Lotus Blossom: His full name - or title; it's uncertain which - is "Anaongea na wageni" which translates into Equestrian as "Speaks with strangers."
  • Rhymes on a Dime: As with most citizens of the Marengei, Anaogea speak in rhyme when addressing others who do not speak his own language. This appears to be a constant with all zebras.

Lightning Kicker

A pegasus grad student who admires Daring, introduced in Alicorn's Shadow. Killed Off for Real in Staff of Star Swirl the Bearded when Sweeney Trot lures him into a bakery and bakes him into cupcakes.

Stalwart Shield

An earth pony Commander of the Fifth Equestrian Protection Brigade, introduced in Alicorn's Shadow. Accompanies Daring to the battlefield where Nightmare Moon was defeated, although personally doesn't believe in the ancient stories.

Played by Zachary Pinto in the film series.

Mirror Dreams

A mysterious silver half-Romareni unicorn. She finds and treats Daring after her first encounter with the Alicorn's Shadow. When Daring awakes, Mirror Dreams has her recount the visions she experienced during her fever, giving the adventurer a crash course in Dream Interpretation in the process. She also throws in a few hard lessons on both practical everyday magic and folk magic, as opposed to the academic and remnant magic Daring regularly dealt with. Before they parted, she gives Daring an enchanted mirror to contact her whenever the adventurer needed help.

A young mare who is wise beyond her years, she often serves as a source of sisterly advice and comfort for Daring, but tends get closed-mouthed whenever anyone inquires into her own past.

Played by Anne Hoofaway in the film series and Sierra Bitgess in the stage adaptations.

  • Agent Mulder: To Stalwart Shield's Scully.
  • Deadpan Snarker: You wouldn't think so by looking at her.
  • Fortune Teller: Given. Her greatest strengths are mirror magic and dreams—hence her name and crystal ball cutie mark—but she is proficient in everything from omens to hoof-reading to tarope cards.
  • "I Want" Song: That Mare in the Mirror. Oddly enough, given to Mirror Dreams instead of Daring in the stage version of Alicorn's Shadow.
  • Mysterious Past: Her backstory is never fully revealed in canon. Even the Expanded Universe seems reluctant to give her one. Conversely, she seems to know an awful lot about everypony else's backstory, leading to a lot of...
  • Noodle Incidents
  • Replacement Goldfish: Implied to be one for Derring, at least from Daring's point of view. Odd, since Mirror Dreams is actually younger than Daring.
  • Twitchy Eye: This happens whenever the destruction of something with historical value comes up. Even if it is necessary.
  • Walk the Earth: Being half-Romareni, Mirror Dreams is a nomad at heart, meaning she tends to pop up where you least expect—like Canterlot University.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Despite their (extremely) rocky start, she serves as an older sister figure to Daring.


A winged zebra stallion in the mathematics department.


The mayor of the seapony village Daring and company find in Trident of the Seaponies. Sacrifices herself to save the village from the sea serpent Ahuizotl brings in.

Rainbow Dash

A pegasus who looks suspiciously similar to Daring, only with light blue fur and a multicolored mane. First appearing in Ring of Destiny, she came from the far-off town of Ponyville to meet Daring after hearing about her many adventures. She ends up tagging along with Daring for a while, and although her rabid fawning over Daring proves to be irritating, she's much more capable than she lets on and ends up teaching Daring to be more trusting of others.

Portrayed by Blake Livestock.

Shares the name, appearance and general personality of star athlete and national heroine Rainbow Dash. Although sources claim that Rainbow Dash is a fan of the Daring Do series, both she and A.K. Yearling have yet to comment on her appearance in the series.

  • Adorkable
  • Ascended Fangirl: Gets the opportunity to help Daring get back the last Ring of Scorcherro.
  • Badass in Distress: Briefly this in Seven-Sided Chest, but she manages to free herself.
  • Book Dumb: Played with. While she's read every exploit of Daring Do in staggering detail, she lacks basic knowledge of Equinology.
  • Broken Pedestal: Almost. She gets told off by Daring several times in Ring of Destiny, which nearly causes her to go back home. However, the two make amends by the end.
  • Celebrity Star: There's more than enough evidence to suggest that this is the case.
  • Cool Hat: Wears a neat-looking baseball cap.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Once she stops acting like an obsessive fangirl, she proves to be just as powerful and athletic as Daring.
  • Cutting the Knot: Her preferred method of barreling through ancient traps. Obviously something Daring does NOT find amusing.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When she's not fangirling over Daring, she can come up with really vicious quips.
  • Expy: Very much like an older version of Short Stuff.
  • Fangirl
  • Hot-Blooded: Shows incredible enthusiasm for just about anything she does, especially if it helps Daring.
  • Identical Stranger: Aside from her color scheme and cutie mark, she looks nearly identical to Daring.
  • I'm Your Biggest Fan: Her main trait when she first shows up. Gets over it by the end of Ring of Destiny, where her more headstrong side comes through.
  • Let Me at Him!: Every encounter with a hostile force exhibits this in full.
  • Loony Fan: Her whole reason for tracking down Daring was that she couldn't stand to wait any longer to hear about Daring's latest exploits and decided that Daring's everyday chores must be slowing down her adventure, so she thought that taking care of them will speed things up.
  • Made of Iron: Dash takes a LOT of abuse in Rings of Destiny, but shrugs it off as minor scrapes.
  • Pals with Princess Twilight: It's unclear whether this is the case or not, but Rainbow's group includes an unnamed alicorn, and since real!Rainbow is a close friend of Princess Twilight Sparkle...
  • Take That, Audience!: The obsessive fangirling that Dash is prone to is clearly a jab at A.K. Yearling's fanbase.
  • The Unfettered: When it comes to helping Daring and fighting Ahuizotl, nothing can stop her. NOTHING.
  • Undying Loyalty: Her defining trait when it comes to Daring Do. Again, it makes sense since the actual Rainbow Dash is the Element of Loyalty.
  • The Woobie: As annoying as her fangasming is, you can't help but feel sorry for Dash when Daring tells her off.


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