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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.

Daring Do

A pegasus with tan fur and a grayscale mane who is the heroine of the series. She is the head of the Equinology Department of Canterlot University, and stops at nothing to grab treasures from dungeons and temples all over the world.

Played by Hairerion Trot in the early Bridleway stage adaptations, and later the Applewood Film series. Played by Shauna Flankery in the revived Bridleway series.

Derring Do

Daring's older sister and rival archaeologist. She first appears and works alongside her siblings in Griffon's Goblet, though her relationships with them aren't really fleshed out until the prequel Platinum Crown. Near-identical to Daring, though with a darker coat, a much lighter grey mane, and bright green eyes. She takes her work extremely seriously, and harbours a multitude of bad feelings towards her siblings. She's dedicated to proving that she's the best, and actually lives up to her claims on more than a few occasions. She acted as Daring and Darrin's de facto guardian after their parents went missing.

Played by Angelina Jockie in the film series.

  • Action Mare
  • Adventurer Archaeologist
  • Aloof Big Sister
  • Always Someone Better: Derring Do has repeatedly proven that she's a better explorer than Daring is. Interestingly, however, Ahuizotl can't stand her, and when she gets involved in one of his schemes instead of Daring, he doesn't set the usual Death Trap and instead curb-stomps her and takes the artifact that Daring must then retrieve along with rescuing her sister. He states he could do the same to Daring as well but chooses not to since it's more fun to struggle with her.
  • Anti-Heroine
  • Badass in Distress: She can hold her own more than well, but occasionally needs to be bailed out by her siblings.
  • Berserk Button: Comparing her to Daring does not go over well. In fact, it will get you kicked in the face. Just ask Bravado.
  • Break the Haughty: Twice in her introduction, both courtesy of Darrin. The first time, when he delivers an epic rant against her, she tries to pretend it didn't bother her, though Daring notes she was clearly a bit hurt. The second time, she overhears Darrin talking to Herpy about how she abandoned him and Daring. This forces Derring to confront how horrible she's been to her siblings, and thus, knocks her down a couple pegs. Of course, she's still pretty arrogant, but she gets better over the course of the series.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Shows shades of this, particularly towards her siblings.
  • Dub Name Change: Overseas productions tend to change her name to other things, which leads might lead to dub induced plotholes.
  • Heroic BSoD: In Alicorn's Shadow. Mareton pulls apart her boastfulness and the Daddy Issues all the way to the breaking point.
  • Insufferable Genius: She thinks very highly of herself in her abilities as an archaeologist, straining her relationship with her siblings.
  • Jerkass: Starts out as this. Her arrogance, bitterness, and unrepentant smugness towards her siblings makes her thoroughly hard to like. However, she eventually evolves into:
  • The Lancer: Likes to think of herself as The Hero, but ends up as this mostly.
  • Omniglot: It's kind of a requirement for an Adventure Archaeologist.
  • Promotion to Parent: A responsibility that Derring did not enjoy accepting. She felt that her role as their carer had robbed her of her livelihood. She wasn't able to become the explorer that she wanted to be. As soon as her siblings were old enough to care for themselves, she left, never to be seen again by either of them for several years. This is a bit of a sore spot for Darrin, to say the least.

Darrin Do

Daring and Derring's younger brother. First appears in a brief flashback in Sapphire Stone, listening to Daring's exposition on the Stone. He handles the logistics of Daring's adventures (procuring transportation and equipment, information and the like) and he's not afraid to bend the law slightly to help his sisters. As the two helped raise him, taking time from their own lives to care for him, he has a near-obsessive fear of being considered a further burden on them, so he tries to help the two in as many ways as possible "behind the scenes".

Daring adores him and openly accepts any aid he can offer her, but Derring's relationship with her younger brother is, at best, strained. She finds Darrin's belief that she, as his older sister, would ever require help from him as some sort of insult to her abilities as an adventurer. Darrin still feels obligated to help her, even if this help is spurned, so when such a situation arises, he ensures Derring receives this aid without it appearing he had anything to do with it.

Played by Dante Bronco in the film series.

  • Beware the Nice Ones
  • Big Little Brother: Darrin is the youngest of the Do siblings, but is quite muscular and is often mistakenly believed to be the oldest. Despite the fact that he doesn't take part in Daring or Derring's adventures, he's quite capable of fending for both himself and his sisters should the need arise.
  • Closet Geek: Seems to be a secret fan of the comic book "Sasquatch Mafia", but isn't telling anypony.
  • Dating Catwoman: In Charms of the Skin-trotter, has the beginnings of one with Many Masks.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Shows shades of this.
  • Emotional Bruiser: He's big but his emotions aren't really kept hidden aside from being a bit quiet.
  • Genius Bruiser
  • Heroic Safe Mode: Invokes this to get Daring back on the case in Staff of Starswirl.
  • Interspecies Romance: More like Interspecies Fetish. In the main series, he's mentioned to have gone out with two zebras, a mule, has hit on Silvia Clawson, and has an on-and-off again relationship with Doris the donkey. Daring jokes she's never actually seen him go out with a pony.
    • Continues with the buffalo Many Masks in Charms of the Skintrotter.
  • Lovable Jock: He actually got an athletic scholarship to university instead of an education-based one. He also tutored the other members of his skyball team.
  • Non-Action Guy: By choice, because he can fight when pushed.
  • The Other Bravado: Set to be replaced with a younger actor for the prequel Trident of the Seaponies, though Bronco does plan to return.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: After years of being resented by Derring, and then not seeing her for over five years, he finally snaps and unloads everything he's been thinking.
  • The Smart Guy: Deals a lot of helpful information for his sisters.

Daren Do

Daring, Derring, and Darrin's father. The Do siblings' inspiration, but his disappearance in their youth has been a source of contention for them. Was the leader of a similar group of explorers, many years ago. Daring rescues him from the Great Intellect in Curse of the Yeti and brings him home.

Played by John de Flankcie in the film series.

Mrs. Do

Daring, Derring, and Darrin's Missing Mom, who was an archaeologist and died on an expedition when they were little. Not much is known about her other than that, except that Daring apparently looks and acts a lot like her. Her name is never given in the series, but it's said to be Daria in The Fires of Family and the Daring Do iPone app.

For her characterization in the Expanded Universe, see Daring Do Notable Expanded Universe Characters.

  • Action Mom: Presumably, since she's said to have been just as good an archaeologist as her husband and that Daring emulates her fighting style the most out of all her foals.
  • Adventure Archaeologist: Like her husband and daughters.
  • All There in the Manual: Outside of The Fires of Family, which is from the Expanded Universe, her name is given as "Daria" in the Daring Do app for the iPone.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: The hoof-ful of times that she's brought up, Daring remembers what she can of her fondly.
  • Fan Nickname: Because she has no name in the canon series, she's given numerous names in the fandom. The most popular ones are "Serenity" (thanks to A Serene Tale) and "Calypso" (because of a fan theory that Calypso, Daring's pet macaw, is named after her).
  • The Lost Lenore: Implied to be this for Daren. In Curse of the Yeti, Daring notices that he still seems a little hung-up over her death.
  • Missing Mom
  • No Name Given/Unnamed Parent: In the original series. However, her name is revealed to be Daria in The Fires of Family and in some trivia in the Daring Do iPone app.
  • Posthumous Character
  • Strong Family Resemblance: According to Daren, Daring looks almost exactly like her. Since this is the most physical description she gets, fanon assumes that she looks like an older version of Daring.


Daring's pet purple macaw. He/She is usually kept at the university and cared for by Herpy, Dr. Tabula Rasa and other university faculty members while Daring is out adventuring. She has given some clues that helped Daring solve some mysteries. Purple macaws are closely related to the Hyacinth and Glaucous macaws.

  • Big Eater/Extreme Omnivore: One of the reasons she's usually kept at the university; her curious appetite may land her in trouble in locales inhabited by cacao beans and avocado trees.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Some books refer to him/her as male, others as female. Daring herself has no idea which he/she is.
    • Fridge Brilliance: Most macaws lack a visual difference between genders.
    • He/She did start up a short romance with a Canterlot macaw at one point, although we never learned its gender either.
  • Berserk Button: Do NOT attempt to clip her wing feathers, do NOT attempt to file her nails, and do NOT take away the mirror wheel toy in her cage.
  • Big Friendly Parrot: Unlike most wild parrots, Calypso takes to Daring almost immediately. This doesn't mean that she doesn't bite if sufficiently angered, however.
  • Cool Pet: She's really good at solving puzzles.
  • Deadpan Snarker: At times.
    Herpy: Is she [Daring] trying to make me look like an idiot?
    Calypso: AWWK! Too late! AWWK!
  • Endangered Species: While not the Last of His Kind, purple macaws are second only to the Spix's in rarity, with an estimated 500 left in Equestrian rainforests.
  • Polly Wants a Microphone
  • Rule of Cute
    Derring Do: Who's a pretty birdie?
    Calypso: Awwwk. I am? Awwwk?
    Derring Do: Yes, you are!
  • Team Pet
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Like most other members of the Anodorhynchus genus, it's Brayzil nuts.
  • Trickster Archetype: He/she is quite mischievous, particularly towards Herpy. Someponies theorize that he/she was inspired by Princess Celestia's own Cool Pet bird, Philomena.
  • Verbal Tic: Squawking at the beginning and end of every sentence.
  • We Named The Parrot Calypso: Some sources claim that Calypso was named after Daring's missing mother, but this is debated in the fandom.


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