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My Little Pony toys traditionally come with pets, so it's no wonder why each of the Mane Six, Spike, and Princess Celestia have their own iconic pets, who really are characters unto themselves. Most of them seem to have qualities that are opposite of their owner in some regard, yet also highlight another aspect of their owners.

For other animal characters, sapient or not, please see the Other Background Characters page.

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Mane Six's Pets

    In General 
  • Empathy Pet: Each of the pets shares a defining trait with their owners although with some (like Angel Bunny with Fluttershy) the trait isn't immediately obvious.
  • Foil: While each pet shares a defining trait with their owner, they also contrast each of the Mane Six in various ways.
  • Sidekick: Many of the pets are frequently shown to work with their owners day-to-day. Lampshaded with the titled episode about them, "Just for Sidekicks".

    Angel Bunny
Voiced by: Andrea Libman (in Fluttershy's body in "She Talks to Angel")

A cute little White Bunny, Angel Bunny is Fluttershy's main animal companion. Not only does Angel help Fluttershy with tasks but he also makes attempts to bring the Pegasus out of her shell. Although adorable, Angel can be quite direct when interacting with others and if he doesn't like you, he will let you know, as Spike soon discovers when given the task of looking after him.

  • Ambiguous Gender: Throughout the entire first season, his gender was never stated on the show, and Dummied Out text from Adventures in Ponyville called him female. However in the second season episode "The Return of Harmony, Part 2", Fluttershy says "good boy" to him which confirms that he's male.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: A more benign example. A lot of his attitude can be explained by the fact that it has to be somewhat frustrating when you have to help manage someone like Fluttershy, especially if you're a bunny.
  • Breakout Character: Compared to the other animal companions, Angel gets far more screentime and appears in many more episodes than they do, and has a bit more of a character beyond "Fluttershy's token pet".
  • Butt-Monkey: Discord really gave him hell in "Keep Calm and Flutter On".
  • Comic Roleplay: Roleplays as a coach like Rainbow Dash during a training montage for Fluttershy, even wearing a similar hat and whistle.
  • A Day in the Limelight: In issue 23 of the main comic series, he leads the other pets on a mission to stop a creature who's hypnotized all of Ponyville to destroy their dam.
  • Death Glare: Gives one to the Cutie Mark Crusaders when their Gabby Gums article makes Fluttershy cry.
  • Depending on the Artist: Strangely he has eyelashes in "The Return of Harmony, Part 1" and "The Return of Harmony, Part 2".
  • Depending on the Writer: Whether he comes across as selfish and even abusive or a stern friend of Fluttershy varies by episode. If there's a consistent personality behind it all, it's probably of the Jerk with a Heart of Gold variety.
  • Destination Defenestration: Does this to Fluttershy over a salad in "Putting Your Hoof Down". (Yes, he defenestrates both the salad and Fluttershy. Yes, he's strong enough to do that.)
  • Disembodied Eyebrows: Or Disembodied Whiskers — his whiskers don't actually touch his body.
  • Domestic Abuse: His out-of-character treatment of Fluttershy makes him look like one in "Putting Your Hoof Down". In that episode he demands she make him a special meal, slaps her when she refuses, and then kicks her out when it's not perfect. He pays for this later...
  • Empathy Pet: He sometimes guides Fluttershy to express her true feelings.
    • In "The Ticket Master", when she denies wanting Twilight's ticket to the Gala, he thumps his paw against her leg, prompting her to explain that she really wants to go to the Gala to see the royal gardens. Later in the episode, when Fluttershy denies that she's cleaning Twilight's house in hopes of getting the ticket, he gives her a stern look and she tells the truth.
    • In "Ponyville Confidential", when the Cutie Mark Crusaders come to Fluttershy's house and she's crying waterfalls over the mean things they wrote about her in the gossip column, Angel is the one who angrily shuts the door on them.
  • Even the Dog Is Ashamed: Or rabbit in this case. In "Ponyville Confidential", when the Cutie Mark Crusaders show up at Fluttershy's house for a column, Angel greets them with a Death Glare while Fluttershy is crying a fountain of tears and slams the door in their faces, showing he is just as angry as everypony else over the gossip the trio wrote.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: His name being "Angel" doesn't stop him from being the worst-tempered of the ponies' pets.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: The Pet Nobody Likes — even the other animal companions seem to dislike his bad attitude. Receiving a group Death Glare from the other pets for his bratty behavior is one thing, but being able to make Gummy, the emotionless alligator, join in on the Death Glare is another thing entirely.
  • I Do Not Like Green Eggs and Ham: In "Putting Your Hoof Down", he refuses to eat his cucumbers. At the end of the episode, a more assertive Fluttershy gets him to try them, and after reluctantly biting into one, he starts devouring them with relish.
  • Implied Death Threat: He receives a non-verbal one from Owlowiscious after he promises to cause trouble for Spike. He's rightfully intimidated, since bunnies are typically prey for owls.
  • Ironic Name: Compare his name to his actual bad-tempered behavior, and see how angelic he really is.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: In "Just for Sidekicks", Spike realizes this when he's called out by Angel on the train because Spike was more concerned about getting gems than he was about his duty to take care of Angel and the other pets. Spike apologizes for this and Angel cuts him some slack.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Seems to average about here; for all his attitude, he does seem to genuinely care about Fluttershy, and sometimes his attitude compensates for her lack of it.
  • The Lancer: As shown in "A Bird in the Hoof" and "The Ticket Master", he acts like a secretary/nanny for Fluttershy in a Shout-Out to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. He also takes on the role of a coach to Fluttershy in "Hurricane Fluttershy" to help her train for the hurricane.
  • Loyal Animal Companion: Normally accompanies Fluttershy in her daily duties as shown in "The Ticket Master" where he prepares a salad and in "Dragonshy" and "Winter Wrap Up" where he helps Fluttershy care for the animals. He's at his most loyal in "Hurricane Fluttershy", when he comforts her when she's distraught.
  • Manchild: Unless Angel is actually a child (we actually don't know how old he is), then he counts as this for his immature and bratty behavior.
  • Meaningful Name: Given the "role" he (usually) plays in Fluttershy's life (a conscience or "guardian angel"), his name is actually perfectly chosen.
  • Motor Mouth: In "She Talks to Angel", Angel's reaction to switching bodies with Fluttershy is to revel in his newfound ability to talk, spouting rapid-fire tongue twisters.
  • Nice Hat: He wears one while training Fluttershy in the episode "Hurricane Fluttershy".
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Non-Pony Sidekick to Fluttershy.
  • Opposites Attract: He is more outgoing and direct than Fluttershy. It's possible that he has taught Fluttershy to be more assertive as Fluttershy was even more shy and withdrawn before she found Angel.
  • Perpetual Frowner: One gets the idea that he's always upset because of it.
  • Picky Eater: He demands that Fluttershy makes him a special, complicated salad with a cherry on top, and won't eat it otherwise. He gets over it by the end of the episode, when Fluttershy makes him try some normal vegetables, and he loves them.
  • Precocious Crush: May have one on Starlight Glimmer. He was fawning over her at their first meeting, and is later seen attending one of her classes in "School Daze – Part 2", eagerly wanting to answer her question.
  • Pride: Given his behavior and smug facial expressions, this could be seen as a major character flaw of his.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Fluttershy's blue. He is far more confrontational and assertive than his timid and retiring owner, and kind of a jerk in contrast to her pleasant kindness.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: He may be a cute little bunny but don't let it fool you; if you act stupid or annoy him, he'll let you have it.
  • Sarcastic Devotee: To Spike eventually in "Just for Sidekicks". He still snarks but doesn't make things worse anymore.
  • Silent Snarker: He's very good at showing his exasperation without words.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis:
    • Towards Spike in "Dragonshy". When Spike is charged with taking care of Angel, the rabbit immediately stomps on the dragon's head repeatedly and that's just for starters. It doubles as an inside joke to Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans.
    • In "Keep Calm and Flutter On" he has a lot of moments like this with Discord, namely trying to get the couch back from him.
  • Species Surname: First revealed in Dummied Out text from Adventures in Ponyville, and later used by Fluttershy in the episodes "Dragonshy", "Putting Your Hoof Down", and "Keep Calm and Flutter On".
  • Speech-Impaired Animal:
    • He resorts to charades in "Keep Calm and Flutter On" to warn the ponies of a disaster. It takes a couple tries.
    • There was "A Bird in the Hoof", where he tried to explain to Fluttershy that she was running late for Princess Celestia's visit to Ponyville. She didn't quite get the message, at first.
  • Spoiled Brat: Comes across this way in "Dragonshy" when he throws a temper tantrum over Fluttershy gently urging him to eat slower, or in "Baby Cakes" where she can't babysit for the Cakes because he wants a picnic. Though to be fair, Fluttershy did promise him and it is common for someone to be angry if a promise is broken. Even more so in "Putting Your Hoof Down" when he places unreasonable demands on how he wants his salad, and slaps Fluttershy when he doesn't get his way.
  • Suddenly Voiced: In "She Talks to Angel", he gains the ability to speak verbally in Fluttershy's body after he and the latter switch bodies.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: An In-Universe Example occurs in "Castle Mane-ia". When Angel is appeared to be crushed by a pile of rocks, Applejack starts jumping on said pile. Angel turns out to be just fine; he never was in the rocks.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In issue #23 of the comic he leads the other pets to save the day without Pony or dragon help (see A Day in the Limelight above).
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: His treatment of Fluttershy in "Putting Your Hoof Down". He slapped her face and kicked her out of her own house. Why? Because the salad with whipped cream and a cherry on top had no cherry!
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In "Hurricane Fluttershy" Angel is seen comforting Fluttershy, stroking her mane, and even coaching her with the rest of the critters in her training to fly faster.
  • Tough Love: Much of his rough behavior could be seen as this toward Fluttershy, especially in helping her managing affairs against larger animals or ponies.
  • Tsundere: A Type-A male example. He is firm but fair to Fluttershy at times but he's worse to everyone else, doesn't like being separated from her and, when she needs it, he is sweet and comforting.
  • Ungrateful Bastard:
    • When Fluttershy wasn't able to buy him the cherry for the recipe he wanted and she only managed to make him the salad without the cherry, he throws the food and her out the house.
    • Also seen after Doctor Fauna tends to his injured foot; his only thanks is a blown raspberry.
  • Vague Age: Thanks to his general cuteness, it's difficult to gauge Angel's real age. Sometimes he acts like a toddler and other times like an adult. If he is an adult, this could explain his reaction to Fluttershy's coaxing in "Dragonshy" since it would be exasperating for an adult to be told with a woobie voice to eat slowly. If he is a child, it would explain his bratty behavior. Furthermore, it could also explain his usual irritation; he's a child who has to be second-in-command with the animals when Fluttershy is not around and has to look after his caretaker.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Fluttershy, he being the one who acts nasty.

Who's a good girl?

Applejack's dog. She's extremely useful with her herding skills.

  • Adaptation Name Change: The British and French magazine stories Applebuck Season and La récolte d'Applejack (Novelizations of "Applebuck Season") respectively refer to her as Jackaroo or Jackeroo.
  • The Bus Came Back: Not counting the Equestria Girls shorts, she returns after having a two-season absence in "Going to Seed".
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: While most of the pets have suffered from this to some degree or another, Winona is the second-most extreme case after Owlowiscious. She initially features in a number of pet- and Applejack-focused episodes in the first few seasons, but quickly fades from the spotlight — by and large, Season 3 is the last season where she sees major use, and she's thereafter relegated to minor cameos before ceasing to appear entirely after Season 6. She returns three seasons later in "Going to Seed".
  • Empathy Pet: Winona's mood tends to reflect whatever mood Applejack is feeling. She's also dependable and straightforward, just like Applejack.
  • Genki Girl: As Spike soon found out, Winona is very frisky. Just like real Border Collies.
  • Heroic Dog: She's awesome at herding cattle and can keep up with her owner and given how fast and strong Applejack is (strongest of the mane six and second in land speed only to Cartoon Physics-empowered Pinkie Pie), that's saying something. She doesn't herd rabbits very well though... or at least, she's as competent as her handler.
  • Loyal Animal Companion: Naturally, being a dog and all. In "Just for Sidekicks", while her high energy and rambunctiousness still cause problems for Spike, she still follows his orders without question.
  • Meaningful Name: Possibly a coincidence, but "Winona" means "first born daughter", a description that fits Applejack.
  • Nice Girl: Winona's a loyal and obedient dog. She was also the first pet to respond to Spike when he called for them.
  • Out of Focus: Winona seems to have gotten the worst of this out of the pets of the Mane Six. She shows up quite often alongside Applejack at numerous points in the early seasons, but her appearances post-Season 4 are relegated to cameos; after one last cameo in Season 6, she just doesn't show up at all. That is until Season 9.
  • Perpetual Smiler: This dog is always happy even when under a industrial-strength hair dryer.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: As a Border Collie, it comes with the territory. Even when she's flattened by the wind force of an industrial-sized blowdryer.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Her adaptation-changed name has been spelled as "Jackaroo" by the British magazine and as "Jackeroo" by the French magazine.
  • You Don't Look Like You: The toys and their art depict her as a puppy and she's even referred to as such in the description of the Applejack toy.
  • You Need a Breath Mint: According to Twilight in "May the Best Pet Win!", after the latter gets a faceful of her halitosis.


Rarity's fluffy Persian cat; often referred to as "Opal" for short. Although Rarity adores her, Opal is often frustrated with Rarity, presumably due to her owner's rough treatment of her.

  • Audible Sharpness: When Opal decides to deploy her claws in anger, it usually produces the classic knife-unsheathing sound.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: While their relationship in the series is rocky at best, Opal is shown to care for Rarity. She tries in vain to remind Rarity to make Twilight's birthday dress in "Sweet and Elite" and misses her in "Just for Sidekicks" when she goes to the Crystal Empire. Also, in issue #23 of the comic, Opal worries about Rarity when she goes missing.
  • Berserk Button: Do NOT try to steal Opal's toy mouse. It pisses her off so much that even a falcon and an eagle are terrified of her.
  • The Bus Came Back: Not counting the Equestria Girls shorts, she returns after having a one-season absence in "She's All Yak".
  • Butt-Monkey: If Opal is on screen, you can expect something bad or annoying is going to happen to her. She gets soaked with cold water, simply because Rarity needed an excuse to be unable to chat to her friends. Oh, and just two episodes before, she got her toy mouse taken away from her twice at least. And she ended up wearing a sweater, simply because it fell on her. And during the "Art of the Dress" song, Rarity is constantly taking away bits of fabric Opal is lying on, leading to exceptional dizziness.
  • Cats Are Mean: Played with. She is playful and affectionate towards other ponies (particularly Fluttershy), can hang around other pets without much trouble and is very appreciative of Rarity's dressmaking talents. However, she's not always kind to Rarity or Sweetie Belle, occasionally latching onto the former's flank with her claws and slashing off a hunk of the latter's mane. Her finicky behavior could be explained as annoyance at the rough treatment Rarity doles out to her absentmindedly when "in the zone".
  • Cats Are Snarkers: Although Opal doesn't talk, her meows and facial expressions combined give off this trope's feel.
  • Cats Hate Water: She's peeved when Rarity soaks her to make her look ill in "Sweet and Elite".
  • Cat Smile: After slicing off a hunk of Sweetie Belle's mane, she gives a "lol, u mad?" smirk.
  • Cat Stereotype: Her coat is white, so she's female. She's a Persian cat, so she's a snob.
  • Cat Up a Tree:
    • Rainbow Dash leaves her stuck in a tree in an attempt to force Rarity to come outside and see the surprise her friends have prepared for her. Opal may or may not have been in on The Plan.
    • Again at the start of "May the Best Pet Win!", although this is more disdain for the company of the other pets than anything else.
  • Characterization Marches On: During her very first appearance in "Suited for Success", she's shown to be an Empathy Pet who cares deeply about Rarity, sharing her joy whenever she's happy and trying to comfort her when she's sad. In every appearance since, she's been (with only a few exceptions) a straight-laced example of Cats Are Mean.
  • The Chew Toy: The series loves abusing her; mostly at the hooves of her kindhearted but sometimes absent-minded owner.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: She and Tank are now friends of a sort after Tank outsmarted her and withstood her fury in his debut episode.
  • Empathy Pet:
    • In "Suited for Success" she mirrors Rarity's feelings at some points. Examples include purring happily at the first batch of dresses, hissing at the second batch and showing embarrassment at the fashion show. She also showed some affection towards Hoity Toity at the second fashion show.
    • In "Sweet and Elite", Opal acts to a degree as Rarity's conscience, trying to remind her of her commitment to the dress for Twilight she was supposed to be making when instead Rarity opts for the fancy engagements with Canterlot's elites.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Even she seems to disapprove of Angel, who causes trouble for his guardians just for fun.
  • Interspecies Friendship: With Rainbow Dash's tortoise Tank, though they interacted this way in only one episode, "Just for Sidekicks".
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: To Rarity. She often attacks the designer, but also tries to get her to do the right thing.
  • Killer Rabbit: The episode "May the Best Pet Win!" shows that even birds of prey are afraid of going against her.
  • Leitmotif: Ravel's "Bolero" in "Sweet and Elite".
  • Meaningful Name: Her collar is decorated with an opal.
  • Odd Friendship: With Tank, the slow and clumsy turtle.
  • Opposites Attract: She's as aggressive and confrontational as Rarity is gentle.
  • Punny Name: Though it may be coincidence, her name is pronounced similarly to "Herbal Essence", and given Rarity's well-groomed and stylish mane...
  • Silent Snarker: In "Stare Master", when Sweetie Belle says "Maybe I can be good with animals too," Opal gives her a lopsided manecut and smirks as if to say "lol, u mad?"
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: She literally does a "Slap, Slap, Nuzzle" to Tank in "Just for Sidekicks".
  • Snarky Nonhuman Sidekick: Snarky Non-Pony Sidekick to Rarity.
  • Spoiled Brat: Rarity adores Opal and lavishes luxuries on her, which seems to do nothing for her bad temper and destructive nature.
  • Super OCD: Her care-list involves meals being served at very specific intervals timed to the minute, and she can't sleep unless the room is at an exact temperature. Though how much of this is Opal's preference and not Rarity projecting her own OCD issues is unclear.
  • Tsundere: Towards Tank. "Just for Sidekicks" shows her being affectionate towards him and her typical behavior towards others, but only after smacking his head once.

"What is life? Is it nothing more than the endless search for a cutie mark? And what is a cutie mark but a constant reminder that we're all only one bugbear attack away from oblivion? And what of the poor gator? Flank forever blank, destined to an existential swim down the river of life to... an unknowable destiny?" (licks eyeball)

Voiced by: Lee Tockar

A tiny, toothless baby alligator who belongs to Pinkie Pie. He tends to bite or snap at anyone or anything near him but, due to his lack of teeth, never does any damage. The alligator usually spends his time staring into space and doing nothing except when he's blinking, swimming around in the bathtub or playing with a balloon.

  • The Chew Toy: He goes through a lot in "Just for Sidekicks", and literally becomes this when Winona is seen chewing on him.
  • The Comically Serious: His peaceful stare is hilarious next to Pinkie Pie. Also, for some reason, he can baa like a sheep.
  • Cool Pet: While he does less than most of the other ponies' pets, he's an alligator which is exotic enough to be cool. His entertainment value doesn't hurt his coolness factor either.
  • Empathy Pet: Not to Pinkie, of course, but it has been speculated he's this in a by-proxy sense for Pinkie to her older sister, Maud. For a majority of the series, it seemed that Pinkie had elected to adopt such an emotionless creature either as ironic humor or as a Foil to contrast to her hyper-bubbly personality, but after the episode "Maud Pie", it makes more sense that she keeps him as a reminder of her stoic sister, who she adores more than anypony in the world.
  • Fish Eyes: Gummy's eyes are rarely focused on the same location, just like real alligators.
  • Flanderization: While he was always The Stoic, in earlier episodes he moved around often and could have the occasional facial expression. In later seasons his inaction is ramped up to the point that he does nothing more than blink and only moves when another character moves him.
  • Hidden Depths: His Internal Monologue in "Slice of Life" reveals that he's quite the philosopher.
  • I Got Bigger: Despite being a "baby" alligator he spends the entire series without growing a bit. Then comes the Time Skip of the series finale, where we see he has grown HUGE, big enough that two ponies can ride on him with no problem. Funnily enough, aside from the size increase he looks exactly the same as he did as a "baby". Clearly he's no normal alligator.
  • Intelligible Unintelligible: Played with. Gummy only blinks, hisses, growls and bites, but Pinkie Pie acts like she can understand what he is saying. It becomes apparent that she's merely guessing. Being a fellow reptile, Spike seems to be able to communicate, but Gummy doesn't give any acknowledgement.
  • Loyal Animal Companion: To the point that he seems to possess the same Reality Warper abilities as Pinkie Pie.
  • Meaningful Name: He has no teeth as pointed out in his introduction.
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: Subverted; he's harmless.
  • Not So Stoic: Narrows his eyes in disapproval at Angel in "Just for Sidekicks". Not much of a change, but it's enough to get his feelings across. He's also visibly happy when Angel retrieves Spike's gem to stop Spike's stomach from rumbling and giving away their position on the train. Normally these wouldn't count for much, but seeing as Gummy shows no emotion at all most of the time...
  • Opposites Attract: Gummy has a zen-like calmness about him even when biting in rapid-fire succession while Pinkie Pie is literally bouncing with joy and excitement.
  • Overly Long Tongue: One trait he shares with Pinkie Pie. His forked tongue is quite long and is the most animated part of him. He can lick his own eyeball with it.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Who would have thought an alligator could be so cute?
  • The Stoic: He just stands there, staring a hole right through the screen...
  • Straw Nihilist: We finally get to hear what goes on in his head in "Slice of Life", which turns out to be deep philosophical pondering about the meaninglessness of life when you can't get a cutie mark yourself.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Well, mentally voiced. His thoughts are heard in "Slice of Life", in which he waxes philosophical about Cutie Marks.
  • Technicolor Eyes: A light shade of purple, with an obvious reptilian design.
  • Theme Naming: In addition to his Meaningful Name, he also matches his owner in sharing the name of a type of sweet treat: Pinkie Pie and Gummy candy.
  • Typical Cartoon Animal Colors: Real alligators are not that bright of a green. It's made very obvious in "Pinkie Pride" when a scene cuts to Gummy as a real baby alligator, whose hide is a much duller hue. Their tongues are also neither flexible nor forked.


A brown owl who befriends Twilight Sparkle and becomes her No. 2 Assistant. He keeps Twilight company when she has to stay up past Spike's bedtime.

  • Action Pet: He fights a full-grown dragon to distract it from going after Spike.
  • Always Someone Better: He can find books more efficiently than Spike can and his feathers can provide a spare quill for Twilight while Spike has to search for one. He's also proved far more capable against an aggressive adult dragon. These aspects left Spike feeling rather obsolete.
  • Amplified Animal Aptitude: He's hyper-competent and saves Spike from a full-grown dragon.
  • Aside Glance: Like Spike, he's gained a fondness for these.
  • Back for the Finale: After a long absence since Season 5, Owlowiscious makes a brief appearance in the Grand Finale during "The Magic of Friendship Grows".
  • Badass Adorable: He's adorable and able to distract a dragon and live... notable because one hit from its fire would have killed him.
  • Badass Bookworm: He's also able to help Twilight with her studies.
  • Big Damn Heroes: When fighting off the dragon to save Spike.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Not very noticeable until he starts making expressions.
  • Characterization Marches On: Owlowiscious gained more of a personality starting from "Just For Sidekicks", becoming more playful and expressive, compared to beforehand where he was mostly a normal stoic owl, but with amplified competence.
  • Chick Magnet: All of the girls think he's a cute friend... especially when he wears a bowtie given to him by Rarity. Needless to say, Spike doesn't take this well at all.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: After being a recurring minor character through the first four seasons, he only had two appearances in Season 5, neither of which had him all that prominent anyway; "What About Discord?", his final in-character appearance, was essentially a cameo. After Season 5 he only showed up again as a photograph on Twilight's mirror, with no explanation or mention of where he is.
  • The Conscience: He's often there to express his disapproval when Spike is not behaving his best.
  • Empathy Pet: Shares a lot of traits with Twilight. He's intelligent, thoughtful, and is usually the voice of reason and Only Sane Man when stuff goes crazy with the other pets or Spike.
  • Fragile Speedster: He flies fast in the dragon cave but one touch from the dragon would have splattered him.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Spike (who is no slouch at helping out in the library himself) initially feels that his position as No. 1 Assistant is threatened by the owl.
  • Implied Death Threat: He delivers a non-verbal one to Angel Bunny in "Just for Sidekicks", advancing and looming menacingly over the bunny after he promises to make trouble for Spike; makes sense, considering bunnies often end up as meals for owls and he and Spike are close.
  • Loyal Animal Companion: To Twilight, and even more so Spike. In "Just For Sidekicks" he is actively trying to make sure the latter's duties go well.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Another Non-Pony Sidekick, to Twilight Sparkle. He not only makes a good nighttime study buddy but he can also distract a fully grown dragon and live to tell the tale.
  • Not So Above It All: He's often shown disapproving of frivolous behavior, but when Rainbow Dash gets distracted during Twilight's lecture on the history of the Wonderbolts, he beatboxes along to Rainbow's stool-tipping.
  • Only Sane Man: Among the pets because the others are either hyper, troublesome, snobby, or zoned out. In "Just For Sidekicks" he is the one most evidently trying to co operate with Spike.
  • Opposites Attract: He's as monosyllabic in expression as Twilight is verbose. Personality-wise though, they're pretty similar.
  • Owls Ask "Who?": A frequent Running Gag with him involves people mistaking his hooting for him asking the question who, a mistake Spike does very often in the owl's introductory episode.
  • Owl Be Damned: Spike gets weirded out when he sees how far an owl's head can turn.
    Spike: Dude, that's creepy.
  • The Owl-Knowing One: The smartest among the pets, not to mention being an Empathy Pet for Twilight.
  • Punny Name: Aloysius combined with the word "owl".
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Cute and smart.
  • She's a Man in Japan: In the Polish dub, he's referred to as female (perhaps because in Polish "owl" is a noun with a female gender, this isn't the first translation to do so).
  • Shout-Out:
  • Silent Snarker: Starting from "Just for Sidekicks", Owlowiscious is given a more expressive personality, and seems very aware of the blundering of others around him (particularly Spike).
  • Spell My Name with an "S": "Owlowiscious" is the trademarked spelling used on his trading card and by Word of God, but it's also been spelled as "Owloysius" (by Hasbro in the description and tags of a Youtube clip from "Owl's Well That Ends Well" as well as in a Facebook question and by Golden Oaks Library's trading card), "Owlicious" (by WeLoveFine in some of the descriptions and keywords of their Ponies with Pets art print, T-shirt and bag as well as by Cathy Weseluck), or even just "Aloysius" (by captions).
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For the toy-exclusive owl who accompanies the basic Twilight Sparkle toy.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Spike, especially upon gaining his Silent Snarker qualities.
  • Who's on First?: Due to the fact that he can only say "Hoo", Spike tends to interpret it as "Who", leading to these types of conversations. Twilight also falls for it at the end of one episode.


In "May the Best Pet Win!", Rainbow Dash seeks out a pet to have for her own by holding a contest. While initially unimpressed by a hapless tortoise that Fluttershy insists Rainbow admit as a contestant, Rainbow Dash is won over when he's the only one to stop and help her during the final contest after her wing gets pinned under a huge boulder. As a result, she's inspired to declare the tortoise whom she names "Tank" as the winner and her new pet.

  • Action Pet: He doesn't seem like it, but when Rainbow is in danger, he lifts a boulder with his freakin' head.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: He licks Rainbow Dash in "Just for Sidekicks".
  • Captain Crash: As seen in "Just for Sidekicks". It happens every five seconds and is how Spike convinces Rainbow Dash to pay for pet sitting.
  • Cool Shades: Gets a pair of them out of his shell in response to Rainbow Dash saying she wants a cool pet.
  • Determinator: It's the main trait he has that convinces Rainbow Dash to make Tank her pet. He just wanted so badly to be someone's pet that he never gave up, even when it was obvious that he had no chance of winning.
  • Empathy Pet: Tank's loyalty is the other part of what impresses Rainbow Dash (the Element of Loyalty). In just for "Just for Sidekicks" he calls her on her Tsundere attitude by licking her cheek.
  • Exact Words: How he becomes Raindow Dash's pet. She did say whichever pet crossed the line with her would win...
  • Flipping Helpless: Typical of cartoon tortoises.
  • Interspecies Friendship: With Rarity's cat Opalescence, though they interacted this way in only one episode, "Just for Sidekicks".
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Due to his inexperience in flying. Being a tortoise, he's pretty resistant to said incidents aside from having trouble righting himself when he lands on his back.
  • The Klutz: Hasn't quite got the hang of flying his copter suit.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Possibly upgraded to this thanks to his helicopter attachment.
  • Magitek: His helicopter device gets its power from the glowing trinket between the propeller and the base.
  • Meaningful Name:
    Rainbow Dash: You just can't stop that little guy. He's like a... like a... Tank!
  • Mighty Glacier: He may be slow but he could lift a boulder that trapped Rainbow Dash's wing. He can also withstand Opal's flurry of swipes thanks to his shell.
  • Odd Friendship:
    • With Rainbow Dash, the super-fast pegasus.
    • Also with Opal the high-fashion cat.
  • Opposites Attract: Mighty Glacier pet with a Lightning Bruiser owner and the reason why Rainbow Dash is reluctant to let him compete to be her pet at first. Speed is the only real difference between them though: see Empathy Pet.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He could lift a boulder that has to be at least fifteen times bigger than himself.
  • Put on a Bus: Invoked but defied, "Tanks for the Memories" has him go into hibernation for the winter, burying himself in the dirt, but given the timeframe of the series has never followed a seasonal pattern, it's just for this episode and he's back later in the season.
  • Running Gag: He's mistaken for a turtle when he's actually a tortoise (which Fluttershy immediately corrects).
  • Second Place Is for Winners: He may be the slowest in every competition but he is the most loyal to Rainbow Dash.
  • Solid Clouds: In "Tanks for the Memories", he's seen standing on clouds just like a pegasus. Probably another ability granted by the magical copter.
  • Sturdy and Steady Turtles: The reason he wins the pet competition, despite his incredible slowness — in the race, the other animals complete three full circuits in the time it takes him to take a single step — is his seemingly endless perseverance and refusal to give up. He going no matter how hopeless his situation looks, and when the other animals shoot ahead and leave Rainbow behind when she's trapped by a landslide, he walks up to her and slowly, patiently digs her free, and then just as slowly carries her to the finish line. This, and his loyalty, is what convinces Rainbow to choose him as a pet. In the last scene, Tank completes one of the earlier trials — stealing Opal's favorite mouse toy — by goading her into attacking him, letting her waste her furious claw swipes on his shell while he calmly reaches over to grab the toy.
  • Super Strength: He's capable of lifting a boulder using his head as a jack, and he can also carry Rainbow Dash all by himself.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For the toy-exclusive turtle who accompanies the Riding Along with Rainbow Dash toy. Word of God says that "May the Best Pet Win!" was conceived and written almost a year before it aired, and the turtle toy was first revealed at around the same time, so there may or may not be a connection here.
  • Those Magnificent Flying Machines: After Rainbow Dash realizes tortoises can't fly, Tank's outfitted with a helicopter-like device to allow him to keep up with her. Said device appears to be magical in nature, judging from the magic aura that always surrounds the axle of its rotor.
  • Turtle Power: Tortoise to be precise, but powerful all the same.
  • Typical Cartoon Animal Colors: He's a uniform deep green color, although green is a very uncommon color for tortoises in real life. Unlike most other cartoon tortoises, but like many real life tortoises, his shell is prominently patterned with large spots.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Rainbow Dash, which is why she chose Tank to be her pet.
  • You ALL Look Familiar: In Rainbow Dash's Rainboom Game, more than one of him may appear at the same time.

Other Pets and Animal Companions

Philomena's physical appearance throughout most of her episode until her eventual rebirth.
Click here to see her resurrected form. 
Voiced by: Tabitha St. Germainnote 

Princess Celestia's pet phoenix. She initially appeared unwell, so Fluttershy birdnapped her to make her feel better. Of course, she never actually needed the medical attention on the basis of being a phoenix — so she made herself the most uncooperative patient ever for the hell of it.

  • All Animals Are Dogs: Played with, as she acts something like a parrot (minus the mimicry part).
  • Back from the Dead: Like all depictions of phoenixes, she spontaneously catches fire when she dies and rises from the ashes.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: She first appeared in the Season 1 episode "A Bird in the Hoof", where she played a major role and was established as an unusual and noteworthy creature and Princess Celestia's personal pet. Despite several visits to Canterlot and Celestia's palace and living quarters, that was the first and last time she was ever mentioned or shown in the show.
  • Cool Pet: A phoenix, serving as an immortal, magical pet for an immortal, magical princess.
  • The Dog Is an Alien: She's a prankster and pretends to be a sickly parrot much to Fluttershy's consternation.
  • Empathy Pet: Reflects Celestia's more... mischievous side.
  • Feather Fingers: Until those feathers drop off as well, leaving what looks like actual fingers...
  • Fiery Redhead: Literally, when she's reborn.
  • Good Animals, Evil Animals: In a brief cameo in the comics' Reflections storyline, Philomena's evil mirror counterpart is drawn as resembling a haggard, scrawny vulture, contrasting with the proud, eagle-like appearance of her normal self in the main universe.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: This is why Fluttershy birdnaps her.
  • It Amused Me: According to Celestia, the reason behind Philomena's melodramatic behaviour is she was having fun with tormenting poor Fluttershy.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She spends the entirety of her debut messing with Fluttershy for her own amusement. After she's reborn, she gives Fluttershy one of her feathers as a thank-you gift.
  • Meaningful Name: Philomena comes from the Greek words philos (friend) and menos (strength); together meaning "friend of strength".
  • Never Say "Die":
    • According to Celestia, Philomena "must renew herself".
    • When she burns up in front of the Mane Six, Twilight explains to Celestia that "there's been a terrible accident".
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Her extremely dumb and erratic behavior were fake; she was just having fun at Fluttershy and Twilight's expense.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: She temporarily wears a mustache to evade Twilight and Fluttershy when they are chasing her.
  • Perpetual Molt: Justified for once; Philomena losing feathers is taken as a sign she's unwell.
  • The Phoenix: She's a phoenix, a large eagle-like bird with red and yellow plumage. She cyclically ages into a scrawny, wasted-looking form, before catching on fire, burning away to nothing and rejuvenating from her ashes.
  • Picky Eater: Fluttershy learns this the hard way.
  • The Prankster: Acted like a dramatic, terminally ill soap opera character just to mess with Fluttershy's head. Celestia implies that this isn't the first time Philomena has played a trick on somepony like this.
  • Shout-Out: Fluttershy meets Philomena when she's at Death's door; Philomena bursts into flame and dies when her owner isn't there and Fluttershy feels incredibly guilty until Celestia explains the nature of a phoenix.
  • Shown Their Work:
    • When she's revived as a healthy phoenix, take a look at her beak. If you know anything about birds, it suddenly makes perfect sense that she'd hork up the seed she was given; that's pretty obviously a raptor's beak. To put it another way, Philomena's a carnivore. It gets better if you know enough about the original Greco-Egyptian Phoenix myth: phoenix would feed only on dew/ the waters of the Nile, and so living off water would be the only creatures never to harm another living thing in their lives, not even a plant, and thus live innocent and so could be re-born (note, the earliest Egyptian phoenix myths might have been based on sightings of Flamingos, who sieve algae out of water, live in burning hot deserts and raise their young in salt-flats conditions that would kill most birds from heat-stroke). So you'd not expect a true Phoenix to eat at all.
    • Her prankster-ish behavior, though humorously exaggerated, is not too unlike the more mischievous behavior of real life parrots; for instance, her apparent enjoyment in seeing her caretakers getting frustrated.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": "Philomena" is the trademarked spelling used on her trading card, but her name's also been spelled as "Philomeena" (by Hasbro here, here, and here) and as "Philemena" (in a storyboard for "A Bird in the Hoof").
  • Toothy Bird: She's shown to have teeth in her beak, although this is only visible in her haggard, pre-rejuvenation form.

    Harry the Bear
First Mention: "Party of One"
Full Debut: "Lesson Zero"

Harry the brown bear is one of Fluttershy's numerous animal friends, and the one most commonly seen with her after Angel Bunny. He lives in a surprisingly well-equipped burrow in the forest close to Ponyville.

  • Amplified Animal Aptitude: He doesn't speak, but beyond that he's shown to be quite intelligent, like most of Fluttershy's animal friends. He's notably seen taking part in her literature club or playing cards with Pinkie Pie.
  • Bait-and-Switch: The very first time we see him, it looks like he's attacking Fluttershy, and she has to fight back... while in truth she's giving him a chiropractic treatment.
  • Bear Hug: Well, yeah, what other kind of hugs do you expect from him? Notably, at the end of "Scare Master", or for the reformed Starlight Glimmer.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Subverted. He's usually harmless, and nopony in Ponyville shows any alarm seeing him around. Although if you seriously upset Fluttershy, he can still get into huge, snarling bear mode with no problem.
  • Beary Friendly: Despite his Bait-and-Switch introduction, it is quickly proved he's very nice and friendly, especially with Fluttershy. He's later seen partaking in various harmless activities, like playing cards or reading in her literature club.
  • Butt-Monkey: His appearances frequently involve some kind of mishap happening to him. Like being (apparently) beaten to death by Fluttershy, getting his fish meal stolen by Scootaloo, scared by Rainbow Dash's prank along Fluttershy, or having a carpet swept from underneath him by an oblivious Rarity.
  • Cuddle Bug: He is known for giving literal bear hugs.
  • Eye Am Watching You: In "28 Pranks Later", he makes the gesture toward Rainbow Dash with two claws, showing he hasn't forgotten about her mean prank to Fluttershy.
  • Fish People: In "Scare Master", he's disguised into a cave monster looking closely like the Creature from the Black Lagoon.
  • Gentle Giant: He's the biggest of Fluttershy's friends, but he's a big softie and never hurts anypony or any of the other animals.
  • Lovable Coward: He shares with Fluttershy the trait of not being very courageous. Seen in "28 Pranks Later" when a mysterious shadow is enough to scare him, or in "Every Little Thing She Does", where he cowers from the bugs gathered by Fluttershy.
  • Mama Bear: Well, he's male, but he can still get quite protective of Fluttershy. Scaring her when he's around isn't a good idea; also, he keeps grudge.
  • Odd Name Out: Among ponies which have very varied name schemes, and even among Fluttershy's animal friends which have descriptive names like "Mr. Fuzzy Legs", he's just plain old Harry. (Although it's sometimes spelled "Hairy".)
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He's a big burly bear, but he's perfectly happy to partake in rather girly activities with Fluttershy and showing open affection toward her.
  • Typical Cartoon Animal Colors: He's dark brown with a lighter tan muzzle and belly, a classic color scheme for bears in Western cartoons.
  • Visual Pun: His fondness for giving Bear Hugs becomes this since, well, he's a literal bear.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: He's introduced apparently badly losing a wrestling match against Fluttershy, including a Neck Snap. In fact, she was giving him a vigorous massage.

Peewee as a hatchling
Peewee as an adult 
Debut: "Dragon Quest"

A tiny phoenix chick that hatched at the end of "Dragon Quest", well after his parents and siblings were driven away from their nest. Spike found his egg and almost smashed it on orders from the leader of a dragon gang, but decided to take it home with him and raise it. A series of pictures in the Cold Open of the pet-centric episode "Just for Sidekicks" shows that Spike has since returned Peewee to a pair of phoenixes to be properly reared, and he reappears as a wild adult phoenix in "Molt Down".

  • All There in the Manual: His trading card refers to him using male pronouns, which reveals that he's a boy.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Since he only hatched at the end of his debut, it wasn't until the trading cards that his gender was revealed.
  • Appropriated Appellation: A couple of the dragon bullies mocked Spike as looking more like a "Peewee".
  • The Bus Came Back: In "Molt Down", five seasons after his departure from the show, he reappears as a full-grown phoenix when Spike goes to visit him while helping Rarity gather phoenix feathers.
  • Cool Pet: The coolest of the Mane Cast's pets because he's a phoenix chick.
  • Egg MacGuffin: His egg was the only one not already hatched at the time of the dragon raid. When ordered to smash it, Spike refused because it reminded him of his own origins. After the ordeal was over, Spike took it home to raise it as his own.
  • The Phoenix: He's a phoenix chick, apparently too young to have gone through his first aging, death, fire and rebirth cycle yet.
  • Put on a Bus: He's returned to his original family offscreen, as shown in "Just for Sidekicks".
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: He's very cute and fluffy as a chick. Too bad we don't get to see much of it since he was reunited with his real parents.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He was introduced in the last scene of "Dragon Quest" and was Put on a Bus in "Just for Sidekicks". He has a brief cameo as a young adult in "Molt Down".

    Smokey, Softpad and Smokey Jr.
The whole family’s here!

When the main characters started renovating Rarity's new Manehattan shop before opening day, they found that this family of raccoons living in the backroom. After some initial unpleasantness caused by the raccoons' refusal to move out, a happy medium was reached and the raccoons stay on as helpers and assistants in Rarity's boutique.

  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: At the end of "The Saddle Row Review", as part of their new job as staff in Rarity for You, they wear suits, ties and aprons… and still no pants.
  • Anthropomorphic Shift: They start out as pure animals in their debut episode, but end up becoming staff in the store, complete with wearing clothing and walking on their hind legs like humans.
  • Fantastic Slur: Being called rodents seem to be this for them. In "Fake It 'Til You Make It", after Fluttershy has completely lost herself in her upper-class storekeeper persona, both their reaction and that of other ponies to Fluttershy calling them rodents is consistent with the use of a heavy racial slur.
    Fluttershy: And you'll be pleased to hear that I've taken care of your rodent situation.
    [raccoons chitter in shock, one faints]
    Pinkie Pie: Will somebody tell her to stop saying it?
  • Furry Confusion: Are they wild animals or hobos? Most of "The Saddle Row Review" suggests the former, but the ending where Fluttershy gives them a job suggests the latter. "Fake It 'Till You Make It" adds to the confusion, having them act more — but not entirely — like animals again.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Smokey Jr., the youngest raccoon, has large, entirely blue eyes, unlike the two other raccoons' black ones.
  • Timmy in a Well: In "Fake It 'Til You Make It", once Fluttershy becomes completely lost in her shopkeeper roles, the raccoons rush back to Ponyville to get help for her. Since they can't speak, they communicate this though frantic chittering and charades — Spike, a Dragon Charades champion, has to translate their gestures for everyone else.

    The Canterlot Geese

A flock of extremely ill-tempered geese brought in to boost Canterlot Castle's security, these birds are the final obstacle Twilight's gang needs to overcome in their break-in and remain part of the castle's security in later episodes.

  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: Geese being kept as guards is a thing in real life — in fact, there's a rather famous semi-mythical incident where a flock of geese saved Rome from being sacked by honking up a storm exactly in the manner these do.
  • Attack Animal: In "The Ending of the End – Part 1", they are directed by Fluttershy into attacking Cozy Glow, and prove quite the distraction.
  • Death Glare: The goose that Luna is seen petting in her Right-Hand Cat moment glares down at everyone else.
  • Feathered Fiend: Highly aggressive, ill-tempered birds with painful bites.
  • Furry Confusion: They're generally treated as little more than watchdogs, but they're apparently smart enough to organize their own patrols when they catch wind of suspicious activity.
  • Informed Species: They're barely recognizable as geese, with their flamingo-like pink colors and massive, thick bills full of teeth. Oddly, the show featured more realistic geese in "Tanks for the Memories".
  • Right-Hand Cat: Parodied. At the end of "Sparkle's Seven", Princess Luna strikes the classic evil overlord pose while stroking one of the geese, which for its part is giving the rest of the room the evil eye.
  • Toothy Bird: They visibly have rounded teeth at the front of their bills, which despite appearances are sharp enough to deliver painful bites.


A cockatrice that Silverstream tames and befriends to help with her report on dangerous creatures in the Everfree Forest.

  • Basilisk and Cockatrice: She's a cockatrice and shares her species' ability to turn other creatures to stone and back, which becomes very convenient when the characters need to de-petrify Mudbriar.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Her purple scales, visually distinct from the green ones every other cockatrice has, help visually distinguish her from the rest of her species and communicate that this cockatrice is special.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: To differentiate her from other wild cockatrices, Edith stands out in having purple scales and a Shonen Hair-like style to her red chicken comb.
  • Token Heroic Orc: She is the only friendly cockatrice seen in the series, volunteering to help Silverstream finish her project and returning Mudbriar to normal for everyone, though Silverstream says that all cockatrices can be friendly if you know how to interact with them.


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