These ponies are a little bit more special than the other background ponies. They play a bigger role than a common background pony but not as big as a minor character's. They are created by the show's staff for a specific purpose in mind or possess a distinct character design rarely or not seen in other background ponies. They rarely appear and most of them have only appeared once but when they do appear, their characterization is more consistent than most if not all common background ponies who gets a chance of playing a minor role.
Determining a special background pony:
- They possess a Non-Standard Character Design.
- They have not (yet) played a major role.
- They are Bit Characters or Spear Carriers note .
- Their characterization is (mostly) consistent.
- They are a group of background ponies.
Multiple nurses have appeared throughout the series, all of them female earth ponies with cross-and-hearts cutie marks of various colors. Two nurses, one with a white coat and pink mane (Nurse Redheart) and another with a blue coat and green mane ("Nurse Tenderheart") are introduced in "Applebuck Season" after everypony gets sick from Applejack's muffins. Redheart is later seen working at Ponyville Hospital's nursery in "Baby Cakes", telling Pinkie to quiet down while the newborns are trying to sleep. Three more nurses ("Nurse Sweetheart", "Nurse Snowheart", and "Nursery Rhyme") are introduced in "Read It and Weep", where we also see other areas of Ponyville Hospital. Snowheart is later seen in "Just for Sidekicks". Before the toy line gave Nurse Snowheart her official All There in the Script name, she was given the Fan Nickname Nurse Coldheart.
- The Big Girl: Nurse Sweetheart is by far the largest of the nurse ponies. Possibly also the oldest.
- Custom Uniform: Not very noticeable at first glance but if you examine more closely you'll see that Nurse Redheart's (and probably also her Palette Swap; Nurse Tenderheart) nurse hat has a differently designed logo compared to the other nurse ponies. Her logo consists of a thick red cross with small pink hearts on each of its corners while the rest of the nurses have nurse hats with a thin white cross (also with small pink hearts) and is enclosed in a red circle.
- Expy: Design-wise, without the hat and red cross, Nurse Redheart looks a lot like G1 Sundance. She also resembles a pony version of Nurse Joy.
- Multicolored Hair: Nurse Sweetheart has purple and white stripes similar to those of Twilight Sparkle's mother.
- Palette Swap:
- Stock Costume Traits: They all wear white nurse hats with Red Cross-ish symbols on it to signify that they're nurses or part of the hospital/medical staff.
- Tagalong Kid: Nursery Rhyme. She appears to be a qualified nurse for some reason even though she should still be in school at her age. That or she's Older Than She Looks.
Daisy, Roseluck, and Lily Valley; A trio of flower-themed earth ponies who tend to overreact to tragedies such as Zecora coming into town, a stampede of wild bunnies and Apple Bloom's cutie pox.
To see their individual character profiles go to the Common Background Ponies page.
- Catchphrase: "The Horror! THE HORROR!", shouted out thus far by Lily and Rose but not Daisy. Subverted in their appearance in "The Cutie Pox". They get all worked up and panic but none of them say the line.
- Drama Queen: They can give Rarity a run for her money. In "Slice of Life", their simultaneous fainting over Derpy's request is quite impressive.
- Felony Misdemeanor: This trope is their Running Gag.
- Subverted in the Comic-Con 2011 poster/desktop background, where they look quite concerned by the fact that there's a cockatrice right there in front of them.
- Subverted again in the Season 2 poster, where they all look terrified because Queen Chrysalis herself is standing next to them, giving them an evil glare to boot.
- Floral Theme Naming: Daisy, Rose and Lilly.
- Flower Motifs: Each of them are themed after a specific kind of flower.
- Set Bonus: In the Enterplay CCG game, each of the Trio has their own card with different abilities, but effect of one can feed into another, as such to create a powerful card combination with all three in play.
- Running Gag: They will each say something about the unfolding tragedy one by one then start panicking which causes everypony around them to gallop away and hide inside their houses as well.
- Theme Naming: Named for their flower cutie marks. They even lament the loss of their flower gardens in "Applebuck Season".
An elderly earth pony who has a goatee and wears a funny-looking hat. Mr. Greenhooves has non-speaking appearances in "Boast Busters", "Bridle Gossip", "Feeling Pinkie Keen", and "The Return of Harmony Part 1". In "Apple Family Reunion", he appears in two shots respectively at the hoedown and later, but isn't included in the family photo. He was designed as "Hayseed Pony" by Ridd Sorensen.
- Friend to All Living Things: "The Best Night Ever" suggests he is this on an even higher level than Fluttershy.
- Roadside Wave: He accidentally splashes mud on Twilight Sparkle when running by with his cart in "Feeling Pinkie Keen".
- Shout-Out: His hat is a shout-out to another of Craig McCracken's works, Wander over Yonder.
- What Could Have Been: His original design included a corncob pipe to chew and smoke. Of course Hasbro didn't like the idea of a smoking pony, so the pipe was axed and replaced by a hay straw. (The corncob pipe was meant to explode and shoot popcorn at random as Mr. Greenhooves casually smoked around.)
Just because Octavia Melody's the most well known doesn't mean the fans have forgotten her bandmates. In her first appearance, Octavia is seen playing with a male piano player (Frederick Horseshoepin), a female sousaphone player (Beauty Brass) and a male harp player (Parish Nandermane). Parish returns with Octavia in "Sweet and Elite" alongside new bandmates: two violin players (one male and one female) though there aren't any widely accepted nicknames for them yet. The Gala band also has a country music counterpart that plays in "Luna Eclipsed" and (minus the piano player) "Apple Family Reunion".
- Accessory Wearing Cartoon Animals: All of them, Octavia included, wear white collars and bowties. This seems to be their standard "attire" of sorts.
- All There in the Script: Frederick, Beauty and Parish's names are only shown in Gameloft's mobile game.
- Ascended Fanon: Their Fan Nicknames were made official by Gameloft's mobile game, with just a few differences.note
- Custom Uniform: The sole exception would be Symphony (the female violin player) who for some reason is wearing a purple tie instead.
- Elegant Classical Musician: All of them.
- Determinator: Frederick is the only one that continues playing despite Pinkie's antics onstage. Now that's dedication!
- Impractical Musical Instrument Skills: How can they even play those instruments with their hooves anyway?
- Named After Somebody Famous:
- Frederick Horseshoepin was named after the pianist Frédéric Chopin.
- Parish Nandermane was possibly named after the harpists Elias Parish Alvars (born Eli Parish) and François Joseph Naderman.
- Revolving Door Band: Frederick Horseshoepin and Beauty Brass were replaced by two new bandmates on their second appearance. Whatever happened to the two is up for interpretation. However, they do show up in the 2017 movie, with Frederick playing a trumpet this time.
Speaking Appearance: "Hearts and Hooves Day" and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (IDW) Issue #9 story Zen and the Art of Gazebo Repair
An elderly, glasses-wearing earth pony with a Bubble Pipe cutie mark. He was first seen in the second openingnote and first appeared in the show proper in "The Mysterious Mare Do Well" (as one of four elderly ponies Rainbow Dash saves from a collapsing balcony). He's since appeared in "Hearts and Hooves Day" (twice, first at a funeral which Sweetie Belle interrupts and later standing beside an elderly earth pony mare), "A Friend in Deed" (in which his name is revealed when Pinkie Pie compliments him), "A Canterlot Wedding Part 2" (attending the wedding beside the same elderly earth pony from before), "Too Many Pinkie Pies", "Sleepless in Ponyville" and "School Daze Part 1" (where he's a member of the Equestria Education Association council). He was designed as "Incidental Senior Pony #3" by Rebecca Dart.
A chubby gray earth pony colt introduced in Season 2, he's become something of a recurring background character in CMC episodes. Most likely introduced to show that Cheerilee's school does in fact have colts beyond Snips and Snails. Before Gameloft's My Little Pony Licensed Game gave Truffle Shuffle his Dummied Out All There in the Script name (originally a Fan Nickname referencing "Chunk" from The Goonies), he was given multiple Fan Nicknames, including Butterball and Chowder.
- All There in the Manual: Gameloft's My Little Pony Licensed Game, updated to 1.01 on Dec 20 2012 for iOS users and later for Android users, includes Truffle Shuffle, referring to him as "Teacher's Pet" (his name is All There in the Script, as it's Dummied Out) and stating that "This little pony loves food more than anything, and he's got a knife and fork as a cutie mark!"
- Big Eater: Suggested by his knife-and-fork cutie mark, and made All There in the Manual by his description from Gameloft's My Little Pony Licensed Game.
- Nice Hat: He owns a fez, apparently. In "Ponyville Confidential", he wears it one scene alongside a pair of glasses while perusing the school paper.
- Teacher's Pet: Apparently. He is occasionally seen standing with Miss Cheerilee outside of school and he gave her a valentine in "Hearts and Hooves Day". Mostly, this appellation comes from the Gameloft Licensed Game, where he's referred to as Tacher's Pet rather than by name.
- Ship Tease: He gets one with Twist in "Hearts and Hooves Day": in the background of one of the classroom scenes at the beginning, he accepts a Hearts and Hooves Day card from her before they hug.
Speaking Appearance: "Hurricane Fluttershy" (Both), "Wonderbolts Academy" (Cloudchaser), and "It Ain't Easy Being Breezies" (Flitter)
A pair of pegasus mares with very similar color schemes. The two of them appear together in "Hurricane Fluttershy", and Cloudchaser returns in "Wonderbolts Academy". In "Apple Family Reunion", Cloudchaser appears in one shot at the hoedown, but isn't included in the family photo. Flitter returns with Cloudchaser at the end of "Magical Mystery Cure". The two can briefly be seen in the background as fillies during Cheese Sandwich's flashback in "Pinkie Pride".
- Ambiguously Related: They strongly resemble each other and are often seen together, especially when they were younger. If they are siblings, other relations, or just friends who happen to resemble each other remains up in the air.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: The Elements of Harmony book mislabels Cloudchaser as Stormwalker. Nayuki provides an explanation for the odd mixup.note Her CCG card makes a nod to this naming confusion.
- Elemental Hair: Cloudchaser's hair looks like a cool breeze of wind within the clouds.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Spitfire pairs up Cloudchaser and Bulk Biceps as a team in "Wonderbolts Academy".
- Identical Twin ID Tag: Besides Flitter's hair bow and Cloudchaser having thicker eye outlines, they have different mane styles and their color schemes are slightly different. (Due to their similar color schemes and the fact that the two are always seen together in "Hurricane Fluttershy", they are commonly assumed to be sisters, but this has not been officially confirmed.)
- Motif: Both their names and character design are themed after the breezy sky which alludes to their talent of flying and weather control.
- Spiky Hair: Cloudchaser, giving her a more tomboyish look.
- Talking to Herself: In their debut episode, they were both voiced by Cathy Weseluck, and even conversed with Spike, who has the same VA.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Flitter's pink bow and Cloudchaser's spiky, punky mane suggest they could be this.
A pegasus daughter and father who attend the pet fundraiser, where Zippoorwhill adopts a puppy named Ripley. Zippoorwhill just recently got her cutie mark and wanted the Ponytones to perform at her cuteceañera.
Zippoorwhill and a now-adult Ripley return in "Forever Filly", where Zippoorwhill seeks the Crusaders' help in reconnecting with her pup.
- Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Zippoorwhill wears a tiara similar to Diamond Tiara's, her dad wears a black T-shirt and both of them wear glasses.
- Break the Cutie: Zipporwhill in "Forever Filly" when her dog Ripley ignores all her affectionate attempts to get him to play with her, making her think her beloved dog doesn't love her anymore and causing her to doubt her talent with animals. She ultimately starts crying over it.
- The Bus Came Back: Three seasons after their original appearance, Zipporwhill and a now-adult Ripley return in supporting roles in "Forever Filly".
- Characterization Marches On: Zipporwhill is much more down-to-earth in "Forever Filly", nowhere near the fast-talking hyperactive loon she was in her debut as a bit character. If anything, her movements and speech are actually slow. It could be related to her gloomy mood for most of the episode or, given the episode's theme, that she's simply matured.
- Daddy's Girl: It's obvious Zippoorwhill and her dad are really close.
- Flight: Zippoorwhill is almost never seen walking, instead preferring to buzz and fly everywhere she goes.
- Friend to All Living Things: Zippoorwhill's cutie mark is a bunch of paw prints and "Forever Filly" reveals that she got her Cutie Mark by befriending her dog, implying that her special talent involves being good with animals.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The father is noticeably quite bulky, while Zippoorwhill is tiny.
- No Name Given: The dad isn't given a name, either in the episode proper or in the credits. Reddit voted for "Nightjar" (the family of songbirds that includes whippoorwills) as his Fan Nickname.
- Not Allowed to Grow Up: Averted in "Forever Filly", unlike the usual stasis young character in the show remain in. Zipporwhill is taller than she was in her first appearance, and Ripley has gone from being a puppy to being a full-grown dog.
- Shoulder Teammate: Zippoorwhill is just big enough to sit on her dad's shoulder.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Is it "Zippoorwhill" or "Zipporwhill"? It's been spelled as both.
- Spoiled Sweet: Zippoorwhill wears a Cool Crown, she just got her father to buy her a puppy, and she's having the Ponytones perform at her cuteceñera. But instead of being boastful, she's presented as really excitable and nice. Even Fluttershy notes how kind Zippoorwhill is.
- Unexplained Accent: Both of them sound Latino.
A freckled unicorn mare with tri-colored hair, a strawberry cutie mark and blue eyes, seen running through Ponyville once during the parasprite infestation in "Swarm of the Century". She's based on drawings by crew member Holly Giesbrechtnote of herself as a pony, and has been officially named Holly Dash after said Original Character. On a side note, the Original Character she's based on has since been drawn differently, eventually looking much more like the character in the show and toyline.
- All There in the Manual: Her molded toy and collector card◊ reveal her eye color (which matches Holly Giesbrecht's designs of her as an Original Character) and (in the card's case) the fact that she "loves to skip, gallop, and run everywhere!"
- Ascended Extra: She has a molded toy in Blind Bag Wave 7.
- Creator Cameo: Indirectly, as Holly Giesbrecht based Holly Dash on her Original Character who was in turn based on herself.
- Curtains Match the Window: Her eyes match one-third of her Multicolored Hair.
- Expy: Color-wise, she looks like a unicorn version of G3 Toola-Roola (the cartoon version, not so much the toy).
- Multicolored Hair: She has tri-colored hair, a very rare trait among background ponies.
- Palette Swap: While it's common for background ponies to be palette swaps of each other, Holly Dash is unique in that she's a unicorn recolor of a main character, namely Rainbow Dash.
A pink earth pony who briefly appears in "The Return of Harmony Part 2" floating across the screen during Discord's reign of chaos. She appeared to be more of a silly pony than dear Derpy and that's saying quite a bit. Her cutie mark is a machine screw and a baseball, leading naturally to the Fan Nickname "Screwball". She once again reappears during Discord's timeline in "The Cutie Re-Mark Part 2". She eventually got a couple of cameos in IDW's Friendship Is Magic comic book series, showing that she does exist outside of Discord's rule.
- Adults Dressed as Children: She wears a propeller beanie. A headgear known to be worn by children, childish characters and, in some cases, mentally deranged individuals.
- The Cameo: In the comic books, she shows up on Friendship Is Magic Issue #1 page 3/Dynamic Forces Cover RE scaring a couple of artist Andy Price's cats and on Friendship Is Magic Issue #9 Cover A◊ swooping through Ponyville.
- Exotic Eye Designs: She has swirls instead of pupils. Might just be Wingding Eyes though.
- Hat of Flight: She seems to be using her propeller beanie to hover through the air like a helicopter.
- Nice Hat: A little propeller beanie.
- Rule of Perception: The cross eyes, the propeller beanie, the lip playing and the screw and baseball cutie mark is a visual cue to the audience that this pony is quite mad.
- Rule of Symbolism: She, among others, are essentially a representation of the madness and chaos that is happening in Ponyville and its inhabitants. Whether she is real (an altered pony) or just another conjuration of Discord is unknown — though as shown with the comics, it could be both — she appears to look like that normally, and could have first come into being as a result of Discord's chaos.
- Wingding Eyes: Her swirly eyes might just be a visual sign that she is under some sort of mind altering spell.
A tall slender pale yellow unicorn with a two-tone blue mane (Pinny Lane, nicknamed "Allie Way" prior to being named in the Collectible Card Game) and a darker yellow earth pony with red hair (Big Wig) seen in the bowling alley at the beginning of "The Cutie Pox". Their cutie marks are trios of '50s starburst patterns so bowling doesn't necessarily have to do with their special talent(s).
- Ascended Extra: Big Wig has a molded toy in Blind Bag Wave 11, while Pinny Lane appears in the Canterlot Nights expansion pack to Enterplay's collectible card game.
- Cool Shades: Big Wig, though she doesn't actually wear them over her eyes.
- Curtains Match the Window: Pinny Lane.
- Fat and Skinny: Big Wig is round and short, while Pinny Lane is a skinny beanpole.
- Palette Swap: Big Wig's blind bag toy is this of Mrs. Cake.
- She's Got Legs: Pinny Lane. Well... it certainly makes her stand out.
- Shout-Out: Pinny Lane, to The Beatles song "Penny Lane".
- Adult Fear: There are foals unattended in the same building as a Captain Ersatz of Jesús Quintana, a pederast.
- All There in the Manual: Their cutie marks, none of which are shown in the show (Donny is even shown as a blank flank in the show).
- Animal Facial Hair: As seen on the picture, three of them have beards mirroring their inspiration's, despite being ponies.
- Captain Ersatz: They're clearly modeled after Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski, Walter Sobchak, Theodore Donald "Donny" Kerabatsos and Jesus Quintana from The Big Lebowski.
- In-Series Nickname: "The Dude" for Jeff Letrotski.
- Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: They're obviously the cast of The Big Lebowski, except that they're not exactly them per se. Plus they're ponies.
- Mythology Gag: Meta-example, Donny is clearly out of his element as his model lacks a cutie mark in the show, though his cutie mark is partly shown in The Merch (see All There in the Manual above).
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Since the characters they're modeled after were played by live-action actors, they're also partly modeled after Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi and John Turturro.
- Orphaned Etymology: Letrotski uses the word "man" as slang. Dr. Hooves lampshades this, noting that he has no idea what "man" means.
- Parental Bonus: Blatantly referencing a movie that little girls should certainly not be watching!
- Shout-Out: To The Big Lebowski.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Gameloft's My Little Pony game doesn't always spell Jesús Pezuña's name with diacritics.
- Unexplained Recovery: At least three in-universe years after being apparently immolated by a bugbear in "Slice of Life", Donny turns up alive and well in "The Big Mac Question".
A uniquely slender and statuesque unicorn with a white coat and light pink mane that appeared as Fancypants's companion in "Sweet and Elite". Her cutie mark is three fleur-de-lis, two purple and one golden. This pony quickly captured the viewers' attention both because of her unusual design (with coloring resembling Princess Celestia in her youth) and attention-grabbing behavior. The fandom has been unable to decide on a backstory for her, and even her Fan Nickname has been a point of contention with "Fleur de Lis" seeming the most popular choice; Gameloft's My Little Pony Licensed Game later made◊ "Fleur Dis Lee" her official name, and described her as a supermodel. She was described as a "lovely unicorn" in the show's script.
- All There in the Manual: Gameloft's My Little Pony Licensed Game eventually made it official that she's a supermodel, as one of the show's layout artists speculated that she was intended to look like.
- As Long as It Sounds Foreign: Her official name sounds vaguely French, but is little more than gibberish — literally translated, it means something like "flower said Lee". The actual spelling for what her name is likely to mean would be Fleur de Lis — "flower of the lily", the term for the symbols in her cutie mark.
- Attention Whore: She spends half her screen time striking poses and acting vaguely clingy towards Fancypants.
- Fleur de Lis: Her cutie mark, which led to her name.
- Offscreen Teleportation: During her thirty seconds on screen, if the camera is off her for any amount of time she tends to be in a different spot in relation to Fancypants, such as nuzzling him from one side, then relaxing on his back on the other in half a second.
- Skunk Stripe: It's hard to see but she has a white one going through her mane and tail.
- Spoiled Sweet: She spends the other half of her thirty seconds of screen time helping Fancypants up after his collision with Rarity, and picking up Rarity's dropped bags.
- Trophy Wife: Seems to be this to Fancypants (in "Sweet and Elite", at least).
- What Happened to the Mouse?: She isn't seen accompanying Fancypants to the garden party at the end of "Sweet and Elite" or the royal wedding at the end of "A Canterlot Wedding Part 2". She reappears by Fancy's side in "Rarity Takes Manehattan", though.
- Winged Unicorn: When Fleur was first introduced in the Canterlot expansion of Gameloft's My Little Pony Licensed Game, she was◊ an Alicorn, leading to a lot of pokes at Gameloft's error. In the next update, which included elements from Equestria Girls, they fixed Fleur back to a unicorn, and replaced her story with one that suggested that while she was at a photo shoot, a Changeling replaced her but accidentally took on an Alicorn form before it was discovered by Fleur's friends and was chased away.
An Earth pony with yellow-orange coat and an orange mane. Spike demanded that she should give her some of her flowers in her basket because it was his birthday, but Twilight stopped him. Her cutie mark is obscured by her flower baskets, but appears on her molded toy and collector card◊ (though given that these also change everything but her eye color and gender, this may not be her in-show cutie mark). According to her collector card, she "loves to celebrate holidays with friends!"
A mailpony from "The Last Roundup" and "Putting Your Hoof Down" who returns as the owner of a swarm of bees used by Applejack and Rainbow Dash for their staring contest at the beginning of "Castle Mane-ia".
- The Beastmaster: His bees come when whistled to.
When Rainbow Dash tries to sneak back into a hospital she's been discharged from, the hospital staff is alerted to her presence! A frantic chase ensues, complete with loud barking coming from the pursuing ponies, which ends when Rainbow Dash is cornered outside Twilight's library. We discover the barking was in fact coming from a disheveled mare wearing a hospital gown. Apparently she's a patient who decided to join the pursuit on her own, and she's quickly herded back to the hospital by its security guard Night Watch. "Barking Mad" is the name used by the storyboardists, while the fandom initially took to "Screw Loose" (based on her cutie mark of a loose screw) as her Fan Nickname, but Enterplay's Collectible Card Game made "Screwy" her official name ("Barking Mad" did make it onto Screwy's card, but not as a name).
- Call-Back: A saner Screwy appears in "Just for Sidekicks", but when Nurse Snowheart hears Winona barking, she gives Screwy an accusing glare.
- Delusions of Doghood: She behaves as if completely convinced that she's some sort of hound. Since she's a pony, this is also a sort of weird justified semi-example of All Animals Are Dogs.
- The Mentally Disturbed: She appears to be suffering from something like severe delusion, which — as is usually the case with this sort of thing — is treated as little more than quick comedy fodder.
- Stealth Pun: What does the mentally ill pony have for a cutie mark? A screw. A single screw. In other words, a "loose screw". She's also quite literally barking mad.
- Vocal Dissonance: Despite being an otherwise normal pony, she makes sounds exactly like a hound's barking.
A series of nine stallions who the Cutie Mark Crusaders passed over in their search for the perfect stallion to be Cheerilee's special somepony on Hearts and Hooves Day. They consist of Hay Fever ("clearly has a terrible cold"), Clip Clop ("too silly"), Persnickety ("way too uptight"), Dance Fever ("much too flashy"), Shortround ("too short"), G. Raff ("too tall"), Squeaky Clean ("too clean"), Pigpen ("too smelly"), and Hugh Jelly ("too strangely obsessed with tubs of jelly"). Other ponies were also considered: Mr. Waddle, Caramel and Time Turner (who've all appeared elsewhere and have their own entries on this page). A colt playing a video game (Fan Nicknamed Button Mash by the fan animation Button's Adventures), would later appear in "Ponyville Confidential". Before the Collectible Card Game gave Dance Fever his official All There in the Script name, he was given the Fan Nickname Hairy Tipper.
- Blinding Bangs: Pigpen's forelocks completely cover his eyes.
- Carpet of Virility: Dance Fever — the one's that's too flashy — has a thick mat of chest hair (presumably separate from the rest of his coat, somehow) peeking through the collar of his shirt.
- Fetish: Hugh Jelly, to quote Sweetie Belle, is "strangely obsessed with tubs of jelly", and apparently likes to fully immerse himself in huge jars of the stuff while sporting a rather disturbingly pleased grin.
- High-Class Glass: It marks Persnickety as "too uptight".
- The Pig-Pen: Pigpen, the stallion that's judged "too dirty", is covered in undefined stains, has a thickly matted, filthy mane and flies flying around above his head. His cutie mark is outright a garbage can with stench lines wafting from it.
Gizmo: Uh, who, me?
Speaking Appearance: "Putting Your Hoof Down" and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (IDW) Issue #11 stories neigh anything... and Oubliettes & Ogres and Issue #12 story neigh anything Part 2 presentable in periwinkle
An Earth stallion with a very nerdy complexion (down to buck teeth, pimples and a pair of taped-up glasses). His cutie mark is a humanoid-like robot. He appears in "Putting Your Hoof Down" as Rarity's "example", and later appears without speaking line in "Just for Sidekicks", selling potions. In My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (IDW) #11-12, he appears as a high-school friend of Shining Armor, where he is named Poindexter. His only named appearance in The Merch is on the Enterplay Collectible Card Game, where he is named and trademarked Gizmo in the demo but named Gyro (and called "Poindexter" but not as a name) later. Andy Price, the IDW artist, suggested that he may be "Gizmo Poindexter" as his full name.
- All There in the Manual: His "Gizmo" and "Gyro" names only come from the Enterplay Collectible Card Game.
- Disguised in Drag: In the IDW comic story, he wears his mother's clothing for some of the plan to get Shining Armor together with Cadance, also dons a Canterlot Academy cheerleading outfit that distracts the other team and subsequently when he goes as Shining's date in full drag to the school dance.
- Nerd: No other way to describe him; buck teeth, pimples and a pair of taped-up glasses.
- Schizo Tech: His cutie mark is that of a robot.
A freckled Pegasus mare. According to her brushable toy's box and her collector card, she "loves the sunshine! It's her job to push the clouds out of the sky whenever they hide the sun for too long." According to the Friendship Celebration Collection's box, she and Daisy "have a tea party for two!"
- All There in the Manual: Blossomforth's brushable toy's box◊ and her collector card◊ reveal that she "loves the sunshine! It's her job to push the clouds out of the sky whenever they hide the sun for too long." The Friendship Celebration Collection's box◊ reveals that she and Daisy/Flower Wishes "have a tea party for two!"
- Canon Immigrant: Appeared in the third wave of brushable toys and the second wave of Blind Bags the year before her show debut.
- Cool Pet: Has a pet hedgehog who's still toy-exclusive.
- Expy: Blossomforth was previously a G3/G3.5 earth pony.
- Multicolored Hair: Her mane is patterned with vividly contrasting bands of red and green, with an overall effect reminiscent of a watermelon's color scheme.
- Palette Swap: Helia, who debuted in the same episode.
- You Don't Look Like You: Her box art, blind bag figure, and collector card are palette swaps of Rainbow Dash.
A cream Pegasus mare with a brown mane who's featured in one of Twilight Sparkle's flashbacks during "A Canterlot Wedding Part 1", she's seen in Canterlot arguing with Lucky Clover until Cadance gets them to stop arguing. She also makes a couple of background appearances in "Wonderbolts Academy", albeit with a different mane-and-tail style. She is in fact the Original Character of storyboard artist Sabrina "Sibsy" Alberghetti who is based on herself.
First appeared on Sibsy's DeviantArt account and blog as a then-unnamed pony in response to the trending Internet phenomenon of making "ponysonas" or pony personas that's been occuring throughout the fandom and even within the crew themselves. Fans subsequently dubbed her as Wild Fire and Sibsy called her by that name from then on, which Enterplay's eventual Collectible Card Game would later make the pony's official name.
After a pony drawn in the "A Canterlot Wedding - Part 1" storyboard coincidentally looked similar, Sibsy got permission from art director Ridd Sorensen for that pony to be hers, and thus, Wild Fire made her official debut within the show itself as a background pony. While the show's pairing of Wild Fire with Lucky Clover was chosen at random, Sibsy later sketched the two ponies together.
Originally, she was going to be one of the main cadets in "Wonderbolts Academy", but because some other crew members tried to sneak their ponies into the show without permission, one of her two Palette Swaps in that episode was created to take her role there as a precaution, though a few traces of her (including a couple of Off-Model appearances in the background) remained in the final cut (presumably as Bloopers). However, it turned out that apparently she was officially approved, and so Sibsy has planned to try to get her in the show again as a small cameo in possible future work.
She also makes various cameos in IDW's comics, such as in the first issue of Friendship Is Magic flying around carrying Lucky Clover around happily after being saved from changelings.
- Author Avatar: Wild Fire was created as a pony version of Sibsy.
- Creator Cameo: Although Sibsy didn't voice her.
- Official Couple: With Lucky Clover. Given that this was in a flashback, however, and since Lucky was seen on a date with Rainbowshine in "The Break Up Break Down!", it's assumed that their relationship didn't last.
An earth pony who runs a curio shop in the back alleys of Canterlot. Initially reluctant to sell the powerful and dangerous Alicorn Amulet, he quickly changes his mind when Trixie throws a large bag of bits on the counter.
- Captain Ersatz: His appearance bears a strong resemblance to the Earth King◊ in Avatar: The Last Airbender.
- Every Man Has His Price: He loses any sense of caution and responsibility about giving Trixie, a pony he had just met, something as dangerous as the Alicorn Amulet the moment she offers him a large sum of money.
- Greed : His Fatal Flaw. He gave in when presented with enough gold despite knowing the danger.
A pair of delegates from Saddle Arabia who visit Ponyville with Princess Celestia. One appears to be a mare, while the other appears to be a stallion. The MLP wiki has Fan Nicknamed them Amira and Haakim.
- Advertised Extra: They were prominently featured in a Hub promo, but turned out to be Minor Major Characters.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Between their resemblance to Arabian horses, their clothing, and of course the name of their nation, it's clear they're meant to reference real world Saudi Arabia.
- Minor Major Character: They only actually appear in two brief scenes in two separate episodes, in which neither of them have any proper lines. They're also both unnamed, even in the script.
- Non-Standard Character Design: They look more like regular horses, to the point of lacking cutie marks.
Two members of the Ponytones, a vocal quartet alongside Rarity and Big Macintosh. Toe-Tapper is the stallion while Torch Song is the mare.
A brown pegasus running a vendor that trades Discord-shaped lamps. Uses a wheelchair (that is, the pony equivalent of a wheelchair). Wanted an antique chicken.
- All There in the Script: His name is only mentioned in the end credits.
- Chain of Deals: Was part of a chain that involved trading a rusty horseshoe for a crystal chalice, for an antique chicken, for a Discord-shaped lamp, for an Orthrus, for a first edition of Daring Do and the Sapphire Statue.
- Disabled Character, Disabled Actor: Voiced by Sylvain LeVasseur-Portelance, a young man who is stricken with spinal muscular atrophy. His inclusion was part of a Make-A-Wish campaign.
An overweight unicorn who is a travelling puppeteer. He is very serious about his puppet theater being built.
- All There in the Script: His name is only shown in the end credits.
- The Cameo: He makes a small appearance in "Forever Filly", performing a puppet show that Sweetie Belle doesn't enjoy.
- Jerkass Has a Point: While he could have been more nicer about his criticism towards the puppet theater Rarity built, ample stage space and mobility are far more important for a traveling puppeteer than how shiny it looks.
- Nice Hat: He wears an orange top hat.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Unlike most of the stallions on the show, Claude has an overweight appearance.
- Unsatisfiable Customer: Rarity thinks he is this at first, until she is able to satisfy him.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His criticism towards Rarity's first puppet theater is what leads to Spike finding the spellbook with the Inspiration Manifestation spell and creating the chaos that comes afterwards.
A unicorn writer for Cosmare magazine who attends the grand opening of Rarity's boutique in Canterlot.
A detective who lives in Hearthbreak Hotel with Doctor Pony. He is a fuschia colored unicorn stallion with a long, dark curly mane and tail. His cutie mark is a bee. Has been given the Fan Nickname "Natural Deduction".
- Great Detective: His Gameloft description indicates that he is "a gumshoe that always uncovers the truth!"
- Hero of Another Story: In his first appearance in the show, he appears to be chasing after Dapper Pony, who is based on Moriarty.
- Nice Hat: His deerstalker.
- Scarf of Asskicking: Wears one in his cameo in "Rarity Investigates!". It's similar to the one worn by Benedict Cumberbatch.
- Sherlock Homage: Is something of an amalgamation of different versions of Sherlock Holmes. His physical appearance is reminiscent of the Sherlock incarnation, while he wears the attire of the classic depiction of the character. In addition, his cutie mark references the aging Sherlock Holmes' hobby of beekeeping.
- Stock Costume Traits: He's a detective, and "You can tell by his hat he's an old-timey sleuth". In addition, he also wears the Iconic Outfit of Benedict Cumberbatch's variant.
A doctor who lives in Hearthbreak Hotel with Detective Pony. He is a Grayish-brown colored earth pony stallion with a short blonde mane and tail, who also sports a mustache. His cutie mark is a smily face. Has been given the Fan Nickname "Modus Ponens".
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Like Doctor Hooves, he averts this, having a color palette that is fairly normal for a real horse.
- Badass Mustache: Sports a nice one that matches his mane and tail.
- Expy: To Doctor Watson.
- Hero of Another Story: Or at least supporting hero. In his first appearance in the show, in "Rarity Investigates!", he accompanies Detective Pony in chasing Dapper Pony.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: His Gameloft description states he is "A constant companion to his friend the detective".
- Nice Hat: Granted, it's no deerstalker, but it's still a pretty nice bowler hat.
- Supporting Protagonist: Like the character he's based on, he has written a number of stories about his friend, the detective, with himself as the narrator.
A stallion who lives in Canterlot School for Unicorns. His elegant appearance may conceal a dark nature. He is a grayish-blue colored unicorn with a dark slick-backed mane and tail. His cutie mark is an apple with a bite in it. Has been given the Fan Nickname "Rotten Apple".
- Evil Teacher: He is based on one and his residing at the Canterlot School for Unicorns may imply he is also one.
- Expy: Of Professor Moriarty.
- Nice Hat: His top hat is as sophisticated as the rest of his outfit.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: His Gameloft description states that "This pony is always dressed right to a 'T'. Check out that pocket square! It's neat as can be!"
- Villain of Another Story: He is seen being chased by Detective Pony and Doctor Pony in "Rarity Investigates!"
A trio of mares (an earth pony, a pegasus and a unicorn) from Our Town that act as groupies for Feather Bangs.
- Cardiovascular Love: They frequently pop hearts along with swooning over Feather Bangs.
- The Dividual: They're always seen as a trio and act in unison.
- Expy: They are directly inspired by the Bimbettes from Beauty and the Beast, right down to the manestyles. A trio of beautiful girls in love with the rival of the main hero in the story.
- Fangirl: They are all infatuated with Feather Bangs and follow him around wherever he goes, squeeing and swooning.
- Instant Fan Club: They're seen right after Feather Bangs's introduction, and keep cheerleading him (even while he's trying to woo another mare).
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In spite of their obvious crushes on Feather Bangs, they're supportive of his attempts to win over Sugar Belle.
- No Name Given: The credits tag them as "Swooning Pony 1" and "Swooning Pony 2".
- Shout-Out: Toward Beauty and the Beast. The shapes of their manes copy those of the Bimbettes, and they swoon over Feather Bangs like the latter swoon over Gaston.
A magician duo in Las Pegasus who invite the Gold Horseshoe Gals to their magic show.
- All There in the Manual: The Ultimate Guide book confirms that Jack Pot is indeed Trixie's father (although it writes his name as "Jackpot").
- Ambiguously Related: Jack Pot looks a lot like a male version of Trixie. He has the same coat and mane colors, a similar hairstyle, the same eye color, the same magic color, and the same job as a stage magician. He also fails to perform a Smoke Out when things start going sour for him, which is a Running Gag with Trixie. He is officially confirmed to be Trixie's father in the Ultimate Guide book, but Word of God is that it could be changed.