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The various villainous characters that appear in the My Little Pony: Equestria Girls series, whether they're the films, TV specials, or the comics.

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    In General 
  • Always Female: There are no male main antagonists in the sub-series. Lackies (Snips and Snails) and members of an ensemble (the Shadowbolts) have been male, but the main honchos are all female.
  • Antagonist Abilities: Most of the abilities granted to the villains by their Artifact of Doom are ridiculous: Mind-Control Music, the ability to transform other people into demons loyal to you, the ability to tear the fabric of space and time, Laser-Guided Amnesia, and so on!
  • Anti-Villain: When it boils down to it, the villains are just flawed individuals who have very mundane and normal human goals and desires like everyone else and really don't intend to cause the complete destruction of the world and nearly killing the cast. It's just an unfortunate byproduct of their own recklessness simply not realizing the powers and scope of their dangerous Artifact of Doom. It also explains why they are Easily Forgiven by the Equestria Girls. The Dazzlings and Principal Cinch are the only notable exceptions to this.
  • Arc Villain: Outside of a few exceptions (like Sunset Shimmer and Midnight Sparkle), most of the villains never really appear or gain a major role after their first appearance.
  • Artifact of Doom: Most of the magical antagonists have an artifact or two that allow them to be even bigger threats than they would be on their own.
  • Easily Forgiven: Most of the villains get a Heel–Face Turn after they're defeated. Some of them, however, have done awful things that you'd expect not to merit this treatment.
  • Heel–Face Turn: A series tradition that seeps into Equestria Girls, as the vast majority of the villains end up redeemed one way or another.
  • Humans Are Flawed: Oh, so very much.
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: Compared to the Friendship Is Magic villains who are fairly straightforward, Most of the Equestria Girls villains are mostly very flawed people whose personal social issues inadvertently put the characters and the world in danger.
  • Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: With the exception of the Dazzlings (who were from Equestria originally), most of the "villains" in the Equestria Girls world are just rather mundane people who haplessly come across an Artifact of Doom created by Equestrian magic combined with their own character flaws and inability to comprehend the scope of their new powers causing trouble for everyone else. One of the "bad guys" in particular didn't even know they were being bad.
  • Out of Focus: The majority of them barely appear outside of voiceless cameo appearances after their initial debut, especially those who perform a Heel–Face Turn. Only the Dazzlings, the Shadowbolts, Vignette Valencia (in one of the Multiple Endings of the short "Inclement Leather") and Su-Z (in all the endings for "Lost and Pound") have returned in speaking appearances.
  • White-and-Grey Morality: The usual main dynamic of the Equestria Girls world. The Rainbooms are unquestionably good. Their antagonists are just mostly flawed people. The only notable exceptions are the Dazzlings (inhumane monsters from Equestria in human form) and Principal Cinch (an unrepentant Evil Teacher).
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Unfortunate folks who run afoul with Equestrian magic and unable to control it, corrupting them and causing loads of problems for the rest of the cast.


Equestria Girls

    Sunset Shimmer 

Rainbow Rocks

    The Dazzlings (the Sirens)
From left to right: Sonata Dusk, Adagio Dazzle, Aria Blaze.
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"Me and you, you and me
Why don't we see who is better?
We don't have to be one and the same thing
Oh, what's so wrong with a little competition?
Are you afraid of failing the audition?"

The main villains of Rainbow Rocks, a trio of Evil Diva Sirens from Equestria. They use Mind-Control Music to create hatred and conflict between beings, and feed on the negative energy their victims produce in the process. They were banished to the human world from Equestria, which heavily weakened their powers and trapped them in human bodies. After witnessing the climax of the first film, they arrange for a Battle of the Bands at Canterlot High in the hopes of finding the source of the magic they felt and using it to regain their full power. They consist of leader Adagio Dazzle and her two cohorts, Sonata Dusk and Aria Blaze.

The episode "Shadow Play – Part 2" depicts their banishing from Ancient Equestria by the Pillars of Equestria, allies of Star Swirl, and subsequent comics expand on their villainy and battle with the Pillars. Prior to this, the comic My Little Pony: FIENDship Is Magic #3 depicted them as ancient pop stars seeking fame and adulation to feed on, and were banished by Star Swirl after he failed to beat them in a musical contest. Given that the comics are Broad Strokes canon, the FIENDship Is Magic issue is considered to have been Retconned, and the version of events shown in "Shadow Play" are the canon ones.

  • Adaptational Badass: Their FIENDship Is Magic comic book appearance depicted their battle with Star Swirl as a literal Battle of the Bands and they were banished with little fanfare; their appearance in "Shadow Play" Retcons this. Instead of just Star Swirl, they were fighting all of the Pillars of Old Equestria at the same time, firing beams powerful enough to vaporize solid rock, and still could only be banished, not defeated outright.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In the FIENDship Is Magic comic book, the Sirens never do a single evil thing (or at least none that we see) or for that matter anything really threatening. Unlike in the actual movie, their singing doesn't cause strife or arguing between other ponies, it just makes ponies adore them, and it's implied the Sirens do this as a way to get fame and attention, not to purposefully create trouble. This was retconned by "Shadow Play – Part 2", which depicts them as more in-line with Twilight's original statements about them.
  • Adaptational Karma: In The Starswirl Do-Over book, they are in a band whose degree of popularity is not mentioned, but they sing in a music festival and they get to be in a VIP room. This implies their defeat and De-power in Rainbow Rocks was more of a setback than a permanent defeat. In Sunset's Backstage Pass they're still stuck in the human realm without magic, and traveling in a ramshackle van to boot. Needless to say, they don't like that they now have to work to keep those perks rather than easily gaining things through their mind manipulation.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: The music video "Find the Magic" paints the Dazzlings in a more sympathetic light following their defeat in Rainbow Rocks, depicting them as lost souls trying to adjust to a world without magic. Lessened in Sunset's Backstage Pass, which shows they haven't changed their egotistical ways, but Adagio still concedes that their previous villainy was the wrong way to go about things.
  • All There in the Manual: The FIENDship Is Magic comic book expands on their backstory and answers some puzzling questions that the movie raised. Unfortunately, it doesn't tell us if there are more of them, or how they met. "Shadow Play – Part 2" later retcons this version, but still doesn't explain their origins.
  • Ambiguously Related: They're the only known sirens, and they're always together despite constant feuding. This left many assuming there was more to their relationship than just being a team. Adagio refers to the Sirens as sisters in the Legends of Magic comic book, but whether this is literal or metaphorical is unknown. It may not even be honest, as Adagio was trying to manipulate someone at the time.
  • Ambiguous Situation: In Holidays Unwrapped, Pinkie mentions Adagio and Aria in her list of friends. This is never elaborated on and they do not make an appearance, leaving it unknown whether they reformed off screen or are simply in a Friendly Enemy relationship with her. It's also unclear whether or not they are now friends with any of the other Rainbooms.
  • Animalistic Abomination: In their true forms they are visually merhorse sirens. Similarly to the Windigos they're extremely powerful, ancient entities that consume hatred and use it to power themselves up, have the ability to warp minds with just their song, and being alien from both an equine and human perspective, looking more like aquatic Windigos than ponies.
  • Attention Whore: Part of their motivation is to make people adore them, and it even shows up in the lyrics of "Welcome to the Show".
  • Auto-Tune: As of the book "The Starswirl Do-Over", they're in a band and Aria and Sonata use auto-tune to compensate for their poor singing skills.
  • Badass Boast: Both "Under Our Spell" and "Welcome to the Show" are basically this in song form.
    The Dazzlings: Now you need us, come and heed us. NOTHING CAN STOP US NOW!note 
  • Bad Powers, Bad People: With the ability to use Mind-Control Music, and with them being Emotion Eaters feeding off negativity, is it any surprise they're bad guys? They even manage to get the Rainbooms to argue, allowing them to twist and absorb The Power of Friendship.
  • Batman Gambit: Their ultimate PLAN for getting the magic of the Rainbooms is to not do anything themselves, but give a nudge to others to do what they want. They make Celestia and Luna declare the Rainbooms the winners in the semi-finals over Trixie, after Trixie gave a much better performance. Trixie is so angry and bitter that, with a bit of coaxing, she locks the group below stage so she can take their place. With the group locked in a room together over several hours, the tensions that have been brewing between them finally reach the surface and they begin arguing, finally falling victims to the Dazzlings and allowing their magic to be absorbed.
  • Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: An evil version of the trope. Adagio Dazzle, as the Alpha Bitch, is the Brains, Aria Blaze, as a Deadpan Snarker, is the Brawn, and Sonata Dusk, as The Ditz, is the Beauty.
  • Break Her By Talking: Adagio and Aria try to do this with Sunset, pointing out that none of the Rainbooms want her in the band, and imply that they're worried her unpopularity will make her a liability. They also deliberately remind Sunset of her past actions, stating that their plans aren't so different. It rattles Sunset a bit, but fails to truly break her.
  • Being Human Sucks: They certainly think so so. Stuck in their human forms, they no longer have the magic they had in Equestria, with Rainbow Rocks showing they need to subsist off what little strife they can generate. Once their gems are destroyed and they become truly human, they lose even that, with Sunset's Backstage Pass showing they still can't sing and have to actually work to get by, and they hate every second of it.
  • Breakout Villain: They're the most popular Equestria Girls villains by far, and for it they got to cross over into the main Friendship Is Magic continuity. The Season 7 finale "Shadow Play" depicts them fighting the Pillars of Equestria in ancient times, and the tie-in Legends of Magic comic miniseries expands this into them enslaving Stygian's village, so he brings the Pillars together as one group to fight them.
  • Breath Weapon: Not in Rainbow Rocks (if you discount the sonic attacks), but the flashback in "Shadow Play – Part 2" shows that, in their true forms and at full power, the Sirens can use an offensive breath weapon of red energy that can vaporize rocks. Flash Magnus needs his artifact shield, Netitus, to protect himself from Aria's blasts.
  • Brought Down to Normal: In the end, the Rainbooms manage to shatter their gems in the final confrontation, depriving them of what little magic they had left in the human world, since they need the gems to amplify their voices in order to work their spells. Without them, they're pretty much Hollywood Tone-Deaf and completely normal.
  • The Bus Came Back: The Dazzlings return for the "Starswirl Do-Over" book, later adapted as the special Sunset's Backstage Pass. They also make an appearance in the Digital Series in the "Find the Magic" music video.
  • Call a Pegasus a "Hippogriff": The Dazzlings' true forms are called "Sirens" for their powers, but are physically more like Hippocampi. (In Classical Mythology, the sirens looked more like birds.)
  • The Cameo: The trio appears in their Siren forms in Friendship Is Magic Season 7 finale "Shadow Play – Part 2" in a flashback, where they are fighting Star Swirl and five other legendary Equestrian heroes and which ends with them being tricked into a portal.
  • Chromatic Arrangement: Inverted. Their skin colors are cyan, magenta, and yellow — the colors you get by mixing two of the three basic colors of light (blue + green = cyan; blue + red = magenta; green + red = yellow), and the colors used in printer ink.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Blue for Sonata, yellow for Adagio, and purple for Aria. Those colors are reflected by their siren spirit-manifestations in the final battle, confirmed to look like their true forms.
  • Comic Trio: They have aspects of this as well. Adagio leads, Aria complains, and Sonata just does as she's told. Unlike usual Comic Trio schemes, Adagio serves as the Only Sane Man of the group rather than Aria.
  • Compressed Hair: The first time we see them, they're wearing hoodies; do not ask how those incredible hairstyles fit into those small hoods. The creators even reference this during theinvoked DVD Commentary, especially Adagio's.
  • Contralto of Danger: Played straight by Adagio Dazzle and Aria Blaze, but subverted by Sonata Dusk, who has an airheaded Valley Girl-type voice.
  • The Corrupter: Even when they aren't outright hypnotizing people into fighting, they're coiling around troubled (like Sunset) or begrudged (like Trixie) individuals, whispering hateful speeches into their ears.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Aria and Sonata are usually picked on by Adagio because they can't keep up with her. But during the final battle, they prove to be quite capable at fighting the Rainbooms. During the flashback in "Shadow Play – Part 2", Aria attempts to vaporize the Pillars of Equestria with a powerful breath weapon and, as in Twilight's recount, the Pillars can't defeat them outright and have to trick them into being banished to Earth.
  • Death by Adaptation: In My Little Pony y Equestria Girls: El Show en Vivonote  it's heavily implied that the Dazzlings do not survive the final battle; their fight with the Rainbooms ends with an explosion and the stage going dark. When the lights come back on and the girls get back on their feet, everyone celebrates having defeated the Dazzlings, who never seen or heard from in what remains of the play. Nothing implies that they escaped.
  • De-power: Their banishment was an attempt to do this. While it did weaken them considerably, it didn't fully work. Shattering their red gems does; without them they have awful singing voices and can't channel their magic, leaving them just ordinary girls. Sunset's Backstage Pass has Adagio confirm that their magic is entirely gone.
  • The Dividual: They all have distinct looks and personalities, but they're never seen apart and function, story-wise, as a single unit.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Adagio's relationship with her cohorts is similar to Sunset's relationship with Snips and Snails. When she calls Sonata and Aria idiots, Sunset just kinda stares at them like she's seen it all before. Adagio herself is basically every bit as selfish as Sunset was (to the point that when Sunset sees them dividing the school she's visibly uncomfortable), only she has the magic talent to be terrifying rather than just a bully.
  • Dramatic Irony: The audience knows from the beginning the Dazzlings realized the Rainbooms are unaffected by their spell and have Equestrian magic within them, but the Rainbooms, except for Sunset, think the Dazzlings can't see their magic.
  • Dreadful Musician: Without magic to back them up, their actual singing is god-awful. They find this out first-hand when they attempt to continue performing after having their gems shattered and are met with a resounding tide of boos and thrown food by the audience. The book "The Starswirl Do-Over" reveals that Adagio doesn't need auto-tune like Aria and Sonata; she apparently got lucky.
  • Egocentric Team Naming: The Dazzlings, led by one Adagio Dazzle? Probably not a coincidence.
  • Emerging from the Shadows: A very short take on the trope when they introduce themselves to Sunset Shimmer. Not the first look at them since they're seen already in the prologue, but at least a first look at their standard clothes.
  • Emotion Eater: Similar to the Windigos, the Dazzlings grow stronger by feeding on hatred and disharmony (or "negative energy"), which produces a green mist that they absorb through their red necklaces. The amount of magic in the world seems to influence this power, however; before Equestrian magic is introduced to the human world, their helpings amount to what Aria describes as "fast food" rather than "a meal".
  • Establishing Character Moment: The first we see of Adagio Dazzle and her band (from the teasers), they enthrall the student body with their sultry singing, getting everyone to turn what had been a friendly gathering into a hyper-competitive scene, all while arrogantly mocking anyone to best them.
  • Ethereal Choir: The Dazzlings' leitmotif. It's used as a shorthand to show when their enthralling power is in action, including at the beginning of "Let's Have a Battle (of the Bands)". They even weaponize it during their final battle with the Rainbooms.
  • Evil Counterpart: As a band, they're this to the Rainbooms. The latter are girls — including one or two Equestrians — who have received Equestrian magic to help fight villains; the Dazzlings are exiles from Equestria seeking Equestrian magic to grow stronger. The Rainbooms are friends that are letting small disagreements drive them apart; the Dazzlings can't stand each other but work together to get what they all want. Their contrasts are best demonstrated by their first number, "Let's Have a Battle (of the Bands)", a dark mirror to the first movie's "Equestria Girls (Cafeteria Song)". The latter is a song whose lyrics encourage the students to come together, cooperate and be themselves, while the former is a melody that encourages competition, hate, and says that an It's All About Me attitude is perfectly fine. In the climax, they absorb Equestrian magic from the Rainbooms to induce their own magical transformations, gaining ears, tails, and wings, but all with a decidedly more demonic design than the Rainbooms.
  • Evil Diva: They dress like Idol Singers just like every other character who appears on stage, yet they have the additional ability to use their Mind-Control Music to get others to do their bidding. They use their music to bewitch and control the entire school through a Battle of the Bands.
  • Evil Is Bigger: The flashback in "Shadow Play – Part 2" shows that their true Equestrian forms are huge; they seem to be roughly the same size as the Pony of Shadows and only slightly smaller than the likes of Cerberus or an Ursa Minor.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Adagio and Aria have fairly deep voices. Sonata, on the other hand, has a high-pitched voice.
  • The Exile: They've been banished from Equestria for spreading disharmony to empower themselves and trying to take over. The human world doesn't possess nearly as much magic power for them to feed on — until Sunset brings Equestrian magic with her in the first film, that is. But once the jewels needed to feed on discord are destroyed, it's pretty much played straight. No magic, no powers and no way to get back home, effectively stranding the three in the human world with nothing but their wits to survive.
  • Expressive Ears: Once they gain pony ears, those noticeably fall down when they're surprised by the Rainbooms' challenge, and during their Oh, Crap! moment.
  • Facepalm: Sonata Dusk's stupidity inspires this to both her teammates at different points, Adagio primarily.
  • Fantastic Racism: Seems being in the human realm for so long without their magic has taken its toll on them, as Adagio is heard muttering "Human scum..." under her breath while announcing her band in Sunset's Backstage Pass.
  • Fighting Spirit: During the final battle, instead of transforming into their true siren forms, which they can't do in the human world anyway, they summon them as translucent spirits from their pendants while retaining their humanoid appearance. Then they sic them at the Rainbooms, notably channeling their sonic attacks through them.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: They threatened Equestria over a thousand years ago, but when Star Swirl the Bearded banished them through the portal, they arrived in the human world a few months or years before the events of Rainbow Rocks. As their FIENDship issue was retconed by "Shadow Play – Part 2", it's unclear if this still applies.
  • Flight: The Dazzlings in their hippocampus forms can fly around without effort. Since they lack wings and their massive bodies are clearly adapted for aquatic life, this flight is entirely magical. It is unknown if it is a trait of Equestrian Sirens in general, or if it's specific to those three, in part thanks to their magic gems.
  • Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Adagio's normal outfit is a tight-fitting purple jumpsuit, and Aria's outfit is so tight and so form-fitting it might as well be one. Sonata wears a tight blouse at the concert.
  • Freudian Trio: Adagio, the obvious leader, doesn't go the traditional route of being The Kirk/the ego of the group, instead being The Spock/the superego. As well, Sonata is the obvious McCoy/id, doing a lot less thinking and saying what's on her mind most of the time she's on screen. Aria balances the two out, having a better head on her shoulders than Sonata, but still being more emotive and frank than Adagio.
  • Girl Group: The Dazzlings are the sexy Idol Singers version.
  • Girl Posse: They look like the stereotypical girl trio (one Alpha Bitch and two followers) for a high-school drama setting, but they are in fact much more sinister than usual for this trope.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: The Dazzlings pulling out all the stops for the final musical battle begins with their eyes glowing bright red.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: All three have various tones of purple in their clothes, both the casual ones and the scenic costumes for the final concert — especially Adagio, for whom it's the whole outfit. They are also quite feminine and alluring, as befitting of sirens. It also plays into Purple Is Powerful.
  • Hartman Hips: Their outfits all prominently emphasize their hips, helped by the fact they tend to swing them a lot when they sing.
  • Hate Plague:
    • When first introduced, the Dazzlings' singing is seen causing all the patrons at a diner to erupt into arguments, while the trio feeds off the negative energy — although Aria describes it as quite the meager "meal". They later compel the students of Canterlot High School to turn a friendly musical showcase into a hyper-competitive Battle of the Bands, shattering the harmony the girls managed to achieve in the first film.
    • The flashback in "Shadow Play – Part 2" shows that their influence was originally more powerful, illustrating how much their exile to another world has weakened them. In Rainbow Rocks, they cause humans to bicker and argue; in Equestria, they caused ponies to violently fight among themselves.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Subverted. The "Find the Magic" music video special appears to show the Dazzlings in a more sympathetic light as lost souls, wanting to bring joy to everyone else. Sunset's Backstage Pass shows that the song is actually about every day being a new start for them, and that they still haven't changed their bad attitude. They even mock Sunset over being stuck in a "Groundhog Day" Loop. The closest they get to anything resembling a change of heart is Adagio admitting their plan didn't work.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: After their Amplifier Artifacts are destroyed, their singing voices are shown to be downright awful. They have a Mass "Oh, Crap!" together once their realize their powers are gone. By the time of Sunset's Backstage Pass, they've gotten some of that talent back the hard way, but not all — they're using a pre-recorded vocal track.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: Not like they were in the tops when we first met them, but at the least they had their gem to create discord to feed on others and keep themselves significantly powered, nearly recharging in full due to their plan in Rainbow Rocks. But after being defeated and the loss of their gems, they now have to get by as any human would have to i.e. working. Which they do by doing concerts, but it's clearly not a fun time for them. The three still can't sing well without their gems, resorting to audio tapes and lip sync, and they're stuck traveling in a worn-out tour bus.
  • Humanoid Abomination: They're not human, merely turned into human form like other creatures that cross the divide between worlds. However, unlike Twilight and Sunset, they retain some degree of their magic, and some of their inhuman traits (like glowing green eyes) manifest at times, giving them this vibe. This effect is amplified when they regain their true power, gaining fin-like wings, glowing red eyes, and fangs.
  • Humans Are Morons: They don't have much love for humanity. In Sunset's Backstage Pass, Adagio calls the crowd "human scum" after performing.
  • Immortal Immaturity: The trio were active in Equestria about a millennium ago, and seem to be immortal beings, far older than Twilight Sparkle and Sunset Shimmer. But they quarrel with each other like children, and do not seem more mature than the Cutie Mark Crusaders. The trope was invalidated by the comic backstory, though: unlike what the film implied, the spell that transferred them to the human world also displaced them far in the future. From their perspective, only months have passed since their exile, not an entire millennium.
  • Incredibly Long Note: The Dazzlings activate the Make Me Wanna Shout power of their Siren avatars by holding a very high note until their foes are crushed.
  • Informed Attractiveness: Twilight says that the legends spoke of the Sirens being beautiful; while their human forms qualify for that descriptor, their original Equestrian forms are a mash-up of equine and aquatic body features that look rather monstrous. Possibly justified by their music making onlookers perceive them as beautiful, since they wish to be adored. The tie-in comics tweak their designs to be a bit more alluring in their siren forms.
  • In the Hood: Before acting out their Evil Plan, the three wear hooded jackets while using their Mind-Control Music... and somehow manage to hide their impressively gigantic hair.
  • "I Want" Song: "Find the Magic", released as a stand-alone digital short. The song is about the Dazzlings wondering what to do with their lives after losing to the Rainbooms. Sunset's Backstage Pass has Adagio go into more detail, saying that the song is about how every day is a do-over for them.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Sunset Shimmer in the first film was merely an Alpha Bitch who was only a serious threat for a few minutes. The Dazzlings have the power, plan, and ruthlessness to be a serious threat throughout the whole movie and force a more climactic confrontation. Since then, the series has been less about high-school antics and more about dangerous magical threats.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • They spend the entire movie using their singing voices to brainwash the whole school to turn them against each other, and the Rainbooms, to power themselves. After being defeated by Sunset and the Rainbooms in the finale of the Battle of the Bands they lose their perfect singing voices. Now the three can only sing off key and they are booed off the stage while being pelted with food.
    • They cruelly mock Sunset over her past, and claim that her friends don't really accept her. They also make it clear that they see her as inconsequential. But in the final showdown, it is Sunset's contribution that allows the Rainbooms to overpower the Sirens, destroying their jewels and stripping them of their powers.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Adagio's Siren avatar uses a sonic attack against Twilight, and then Aria's and Sonata's join in to blow away the Rainbooms. The Shout itself sounds like an Ethereal Choir.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Are this to Trixie; they persuade her to trap the Rainbooms when they were the ones who pulled strings to ensure the Rainbooms got ahead.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Adagio, sonata, and aria are all types of musical styling. Adagio is a type of tempo that indicates a song is to be played slowly (fitting most of their songs having a slow, hypnotic beat), a sonata is a musical piece played without vocal accompaniment, and an aria is a vocal piece played without instruments. Note that makes aria and sonata completely opposed styles, and thus Aria and Sonata don't get along.
    • On top of that, their band's name (and Adagio's surname) matches their modus operandi of dazzling the whole student body.
    • All of their surnames fit somewhat with their personalities, too: Adagio Dazzle, as mentioned above; Aria Blaze is the most "in-your-face"; and Sonata Dusk... is dim.
  • Midair Bobbing: After they start Power Floating during the final battle, the Dazzlings keep bobbing up and down, somewhat mirroring their usual sensual sway.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: Those falling under their influence have their eyes sometimes glow green (as seen with Luna and Celestia). When they gain more power and start controlling the whole crowd, the victims get blank stare and their pupilles are shrinking. This doesn't happen on the students in the cafeteria, though, who are under a more subtle Hate Plague effect rather than mind-control.
  • Mind-Control Music: Their powers are based on this: by singing, they place their victims under a spell that turns their listeners against each other. As they grow stronger by feeding off the negative energy at Canterlot High, they develop the power of persuasion. This becomes full-blown mind control after feeding on the Rainbooms' negative energy and, by extension, magic.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: In their true forms, they mix fish traits with those of horses, as typical of Hippocampi. Not pony traits, though; there's nothing cute about scaly merhorses with rows of sharp teeth.
  • Morphic Resonance: Their human appearances conserve the color schemes of their true siren forms.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Downplayed due to the all-ages nature of the franchise, but still present. The three have melodious voices, alluring gazes, outfits that show off their curves, and slow, slinky movements, including a lot of swinging of their hips. When telling the group about them, Twilight specifically mentions the legends said the three were beautiful. Being sirens, it all comes with the territory as part of their allure.
  • Near-Villain Victory: By the end, they have the entire school under their control and bickering amongst each others and the Rainbooms fighting with each other while Twilight and Sunset look on helplessly, locked underneath the stage with no way out. Had not Spike and Vinyl Scratch freed the group and given them a sound system to fight back, the Dazzlings would have won. Even after that, they would have beaten Twilight and her friends if Sunset Shimmer hadn't stepped in to help.
  • New Transfer Student: As was the case with Twilight Sparkle in the first film, the Dazzlings are accepted as students at CHS without question from the school administration. It's later justified by showing the Dazzlings used their mind control powers on Principal Celestia and Vice-Principal Luna to make them look the other way.
  • Nice Mean And In Between: Sonata Dusk is the nicest and dumbest one. Aria Blaze is mean and grumpy, always picking on Sonata. Adagio Dazzle is in-between, stopping the other two from bickering so that they'd focus on their Evil Plan. While she's the most evil of the trio, she can put on a façade of niceness if need be.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Google "Destiny's Child", and now look at the Dazzlings. Yeah... we see what you did there, Hasbro. In that respect, the part about them losing all popularity if they don't have Auto-Tune, and being Sirens who depend on their good looks and hip-swinging to get by, is probably both a joke and a swipe at said girl group.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Apparently, the Dazzlings have never heard of the phrase "Keep your hands to yourself" as they stroke practically everyone in the cafeteria during "Let's Have a Battle (of the Bands)". Adagio caresses other students' faces and heads as she's "seducing" them into making the concert into a battle. Same thing for Aria and Sonata, with the former appearing behind the smaller students while the latter strokes Flash Sentry's guitar strings.
  • Nothing Can Stop Us Now!: They state this in "Welcome to the Show", just before the Rainbooms kick in with their counterspell.
  • Oh, Crap!: A collective one in the finale when the Rainbooms's music overpowers theirs and manages to summon an ethereal alicorn as the representation of their combined power. Said alicorn then proceeds to blast their siren forms and break their crystals, ending the battle.
  • One-Winged Angel: While they remain humanoid, they take on anthropony forms when their true power is awakened. They can also summon projections of their true forms to fight for them.
  • Our Hippocamps Are Different: While they remain in human shape for most of the movie, their true forms are large, monstrous hippocamps capable of flying through the air, but their merchandise artwork depicts them as land-based ponies. They later make a cameo appearance in the main series, showing up in their monstrous merhorse forms in a flashback of "Shadow Play – Part 2".
  • Our Sirens Are Different: They were originally hippocampus versions of sirens in Equestria before being banished to the human world by Starswirl the Bearded. They managed to retain some of their magic in the human world, though, final battle aside, they are more-or-less human most of the time.
  • Outside-Context Problem: While enemies like them are expected in Equestria, they're in the human world, where Sunset is the only villain to ever appear with any kind of magic before, and couldn't normally manifest it like they could.
  • Power Makes Your Hair Grow: Like with the Rainbooms, their hair grows into huge pony tails when they power up enough to transform. This goes double for Aria, whose Mega Twintails result her growing a third "tail" rather than expanding the two she already has.
  • The Power of Hate: The Dazzlings are Emotion Eaters who feed off of hatred, strife, conflict and discord, and so manipulate others into hating and fighting one another.
  • Powers Do the Fighting: The way they fight the final battle. They stay on the stage and sing while the spirit manifestations of their true Siren forms attack the Rainbooms.
  • Pragmatic Villainy:
    • When it comes time to announce the finalists for the Battle of Bands, the Dazzlings hypnotize Celestia and Luna to have the Rainbooms be in the finals despite performing poorly. They do this so that it would cause an uproar amongst the student body, making them hate the Rainbooms even more and let the Dazzlings feed off this hatred. It also gives them the opportunity to manipulate Trixie to trap the Rainbooms underneath the stage, setting up the final trap that allows the Dazzlings to steal some of their magic.
    • It is made perfectly clear that their decision to switch from conquering the world to a traveling band is just so they can get money and because they have no other choice without their magic, not out of any remorse or morality.
  • Produce Pelting: After losing their singing voices, they are last seen being booed off stage by the angry students and pelted with food as they run off humiliated.
  • Psychotic Smirk: All three of them sport one at various times in the movie. Yes, even Sonata.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Their eyes turn completely red when they regain their power.
  • Red Herring: In Sunset's Backstage Pass, Sunset thinks they're the cause of the time loops. But she finds out that they're completely depowered since Rainbow Rocks and have nothing to do with the situation.
  • Retired Monster: In Sunset's Backstage Pass, they're shown to have become normal teenage girls after being Depowered. The Rainbooms find the Sirens traveling around in a van, playing music at concerts to make money. A far cry from the wannabe world conquerors they previously were. However, they're still just as mean as before, and show no regret for their actions. Adagio says their past villainy was the wrong way to go about things, but that's out of pragmatic reasons rather than moral ones. The Sirens are also showcasing Fantastic Racism toward the humans they're forced to co-exist with. The closest the Sirens get to a change of heart is just accepting that they're stuck in the human world.
  • Sexy Walk: This is their default mode of walking, and even when standing still they tend to sway in place alluringly. Every time they perform, their moves ooze sensuality.
  • Sirens Are Mermaids: Well, merhorses, as is the usual paradigm in Equestria. They do get around out of the water by flying, though.
  • The Social Darwinist: Part of their musical message.
    You're a star and you should know it
    Yeah, you rise above the rest
    It doesn't matter who you hurt
    If you're just proving you're the best
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: Implied as part of their Villainous Lament. Despite acting like typical mean girls offstage, they're secretly sad at being de-powered and wish to change, but don't know how.
  • Symbol Motif Clothing: While their Equestrian forms don't have cutie marks, their human forms have recurring symbols on their clothing similar to how the humanized forms of Equestrian characters display their counterpart's cutie marks, and supplementary materials and merchandise often use these symbols in place of a pony's cutie mark, including using them as their cutie marks when depicting the trio as normal ponies. Adagio has an orange gemstone with a treble clef, Aria has a silver star with a forte (though in some material it's purple), and Sonata has a pink heart with a blue music note. They retain these symbols on their clothes in Sunset's Backstage Pass save for Sonata, who instead has a yellow semi-circle with green trim that resembles a taco.
  • Take Over the World: It's implied that they want to absorb the leftover Equestrian magic from the Rainbooms to regain their full power and conquer the world so they can have all the negativity they could ever need, and make everyone adore them.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: They may be working together, but it's clear the three really can't be considered friends. Aria and Sonata particularly seem to annoy each other, both of them get on Adagio's nerves when they get going at each other, and Aria seems to resent Adagio herself in return, being the Leader Wannabe despite having absolutely no aptitude for leadership. In their backstory, they worked together without incident, implying frustration over their banishment led to this, and having to spend so many years trapped in the human world eventually caused them to get tired of each other. In part, they are stuck with each other despite their personal disagreements, because they have to work together to achieve their goals, a fact exacerbated by their massive weakening in the human world. A solo career was never an option for them.
  • Theme Naming: All three have musically-styled first names, while their last names are light-based phenomena.
  • Time Abyss: Implied in the movie (they were terrorizing Equestria a thousand years ago), but averted in their issue of My Little Pony: FIENDship Is Magic, which states that Star Swirl transported them through time as well as space. Even though they were banished from Equestria a thousand years ago, they manifested in the human world in the "present", although presumably at least a few months before the events of the movie. Whether or not this is still canon after "Shadow Play – Part 2" isn't clear.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In the past, they merely relied on opening their mouths and going "Aah aah aah..." to hypnotize ponies. In the comic, when this proves to not be enough to take over Canterlot, they decide to actually learn how to sing, play music, and invent new music, making them much more formidable. This has been Retconed however, as the show superceeds the comics and depicts an entirely different story that suggests if anything the Dazzlings still weren't at their full strength when defeated in Rainbow Rocks.
  • Town Girls: An evil version, with Aria as the butch, Sonata as the femme, and Adagio as the neither.
  • Unknown Rival: Played with. The Dazzlings and the Rainbooms each know the other is the enemy and the one to defeat, but they each don't know the other knows, nor do they know the other's plans to defeat them. As a result the two groups spend the film hiding their powers from each other until the climax to avoid blowing their cover until they're ready.
  • Vile Villain, Laughable Lackey: Aria and Sonata are largely played for comic relief, and would probably be a lot less dangerous without Adagio to keep them on track. Adagio herself comes across as far more capable, a cunning and manipulative sociopath who quickly turns unexpected circumstances to her advantage, even those that initially seem like setbacks.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Not as dark as some previous villains, but the fact remains they're a trio of Emotion Eaters who plan to brainwash and enslave all of Canterlot High. And the rest of the world, once they absorb the magic of the Rainbooms and become strong enough to do it. Also note their anthropony forms, in contrast to the Rainbooms, are decidedly demonic in appearance with leathery, fin-like wings, fangs, and Glowing Eyes of Doom. Out of the three, Adagio fits the trope best, as she is a rather competent manipulative mastermind, while Aria mainly just snarks and Sonata is just dumb.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: When their red gems are broken by the Rainbooms, and their voices are suddenly horribly off-key, they run away, and are not seen again for the rest of the movie.
  • Villain Song: Being a trio of Evil Divas, they naturally have several of these.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Thanks to their singing enthralling the school including staff, everyone loves them and thinks they're delightful girls, and readily agree with anything they say.
  • With Friends Like These...: The group regularly bickers among themselves.
    Aria: And [that's] what you would have said, if you weren't the worst.
    Sonata: You are!
    Adagio: [to Sunset] You'll have to excuse them. They're idiots.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: They have no set plan when they come to CHS, but they prove good at taking advantage of opportunities as they find them with the ultimate goal of finding the source of the magic they sensed. Such acts include using the school talent competition to begin a Battle of the Bands so they can regularly sing to the school and keep them under control, and making Celestia and Luna declare the Rainbooms the winners over Trixie and her band in the semi-finals so they can manipulate Trixie into disposing of the group.
  • The Watson: Both Aria and Sonata fit into this role, forcing Adagio to describe her plans in great details for the audience's sake, Sonata by being clueless and Aria by being skeptical.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: For a long time, there was no indication what happened to them after their defeat. They get a nod in Friendship Games during Rainbow Dash's pep rally song about the threats the school faced, and another in Rollercoaster of Friendship where an Embarrassing Animal Suit looks like Adagio's true form, but that's it. Sunset's Backstage Pass, five years after their debut, was when they made their reappearance; The special revealed that they now make a living as traveling musicians (though they aren't happy about not having magic and working for a living).
  • Worf Had the Flu: Their canonical appearance in "Shadow Play" implies they might not have been at full power when they fought the Rainbooms at the climax of Rainbow Rocks. While fighting the Pillars, they were powerful enough to vaporize entire boulders in one hit with their Breath Weapon, and their Hate Plague song was dramatically more potent. Given how well they perform as is, it's terrifying to think what their actual full power is.

    Adagio Dazzle 

"There is Equestrian magic here. Their negative energy will give us the power we need to get this entire world to do our bidding."

Voiced by: Kazumi Evans

  • '80s Hair: A really massive head of frizzy orange/blonde hair. It's like she just walked out of an episode of Jem!
  • Alpha Bitch: Adagio comes of as this, being the leader and most abrasive of the three.
  • Big Bad: Adagio Dazzle is the main villain of Rainbow Rocks.
  • Blood Knight: Adagio shows some shades of this during the final battle with the Rainbooms.
    Adagio: So the Rainbooms want to turn this into a real battle of the bands? Then let's battle!
  • Deadpan Snarker: She likes to mix snark with her Evil Gloating. Or to throw sarcasm at her two cronies, despite this being mostly useless with Sonata.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: To Sunset Shimmer. Both are non-human refugees from Equestria seeking to win a mundane high school event as part of a scheme to acquire Equestrian magic, have Alpha Bitch tendencies, have two subordinates who irritate them and like to play Canterlot students against each other.note  However, there's some key differences between the two — Sunset left Equestria voluntarily while the Dazzlings were banished, Sunset terrorizes her classmates largely out of pettiness while the Dazzlings have a specific goal in doing so, Adagio is much cooler and collected compared to Sunset's Hair-Trigger Temper, and Adagio acts as a Frontline General for the team while Sunset is content to let her lackeys do most of the work. Most importantly, Sunset loses control of herself when she goes One-Winged Angel, shocking her to her core and spawning a Heel–Face Turn, while Adagio's plan goes off nearly without a hitch, the Dazzlings remain in full control of themselves throughout and, by the end of the film, have no remorse for their actions (since Adagio is much more of a sociopath than Sunset ever was).
  • Enraged by Idiocy: Sonata's cluelessness and airheaded responses in general piss Adagio off more than when their plans get interrupted.
  • Evil Counterpart: Adagio herself is basically Sunset from the first movie, only even meaner and with far more threatening abilities.
  • Evil Laugh: Downplayed, but Adagio indulges in one at the end of the "Under Our Spell" song (it's in fact part of the soundtrack). Sonata and Aria try a few times themselves, but they just sound like giggling schoolgirls.
  • Eye Color Change: Adagio's eyes briefly flash green at one point when at the height of using their song to pit the students against each other.
  • Facepalm: Presses her palm against her face a few times, usually when Sonata says something idiotic.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Adagio gives this vibe off; after getting angry and grabbing Sunset by the arm she gives an extremely fake smile and laugh.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Adagio's name is more masculine compared to the other two, since all three are derived from Italian, where masculine words end with an "-o" and feminine words end with an "-a".
  • Jerkass Has a Point: It's her "The Reason You Suck" Speech toward Sunset that actually gets Sunset to realize the error of her ways in Sunset's Backstage Pass.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: The Dazzlings don't just witness the Pillar of Light marking Sunset Shimmer's transformation from the first movie, as well as the rainbow-colored attack that defeated her; Adagio also feels the event through her gem, and can tell for sure that this is a manifestation of Equestrian magic.
  • Only Sane Woman: It's crystal clear that Adagio is the pillar that holds the team together and comes up with their plans. As much as Aria would like to be the leader, all she really does is complain about everything, and Sonata is... Sonata.
  • Opportunistic Bastard: Adagio is quite good at taking advantage of every opportunity the Dazzlings encounter to further their plans.
  • Shadow Archetype: Adagio is like Sunset before she reformed, but even nastier and with actual magic to pursue her ambitions with. Adagio actually points out the similarities during their second confrontation.
  • Slasher Smile: Adagio flashes these a lot, most famously when she first senses the Equestrian magic the events of the first film unleashed and realizes what it means for the trio. Both Aria and Sonata tries to do this too at the end of "Under Our Spell", but they make it look more silly than scary.
  • Smug Smiler: Adagio is one, occasionally slipping outright into Psychotic Smirk when things are really going her way.
  • The Sociopath: She's very manipulative, charming, and really doesn't care who she hurts.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Adagio has them on her hairband, belt, anklets, and inexplicably sticking out backwards from the heels of her boots.
  • Stealth Pun: Adagio's purple jumper seems to be in one piece. Another name for this type of garment? A "siren suit".
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Adagio feels that having the abrasive Aria and the ditzy Sonata doesn't make her banishment to the human world any more bearable. She practically invokes the trope when talking to Sunset.
    Adagio Dazzle: You'll have to excuse them. They're idiots.
    [Aria grimaces, Sonata stares blankly into space]

    Aria Blaze 

"So we're just gonna do what we always do? Stir up some trouble and then feed off the negative energy? Some plan, Adagio."

Voiced by: Diana Kaarina, Shylo Sharity (singing)

  • All There in the Script: Aria's name is never mentioned in the film, only being listed in the credits, promotional materials, and merchandise. Averted in the film's commentary where it's mentioned more than once.
  • Beta Bitch: Aria comes off as this, being the second-most abrasive of the three.
  • Captain Obvious: Her line "I wish we had never been banished to this awful place!" seems a little shoehorned in for the sake of exposition. They do hang a lampshade on it when Adagio sarcastically says "Really? I love it here!"
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: She's usually seen watching over Sonata.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Her violet eyes are the same shade as the dominant color of her hair.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Even more than their leader. Aria is usually the first to deal with Sonata's antics and will even snark towards Adagio.
  • Hypocrite: She's quick to insult Sonata over her lack of intelligence, but she isn't so smart herself, being just as clueless as Sonata over the sudden appearance of Equestrian magic in the human world (not to mention Adagio referring to them both as "idiots").
  • Male Gaze: During "Let's Have a Battle (of the Bands)", we're treated to a closeup of her hips.
  • Mega Twintails: She sports these. It's a wonder how she can hide them so well under her hoodie.
  • Not so Above It All: Despite acting above everyone, she can't help but enjoy picking on Sonata and slapping her a few times.
  • Of Corsets Sexy: Aria's couture includes a corset under her torn-sleeve jacket.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The mean and gruff Blue Oni to Sonata's Red Oni.
  • Signature Headgear: Aria has pointy star-shaped hair decs, as usual mirroring her "cutie mark".
  • Singing Voice Dissonance: Aria Blaze has a rather gruff voice when speaking, but it's much higher and softer when singing.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: She wears a cropped green vest/shirt whose sleeves have been ripped off.
  • The Starscream: Aria has shades. Though she doesn't outright defy Adagio, she constantly questions her plans and is uncomfortable taking orders from her.
    Adagio Dazzle: Just follow my lead.
    Aria Blaze: Or my lead.
    Adagio Dazzle: MY lead!
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Gives off this vibe a little. Her normal attire is the most masculine out of the three sirens, but during the finals, she wears a surprisingly very feminine outfit that consists of a corset and a very long skirt.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Unlike Adagio and Sonata, she thinks very little of the Rainbooms, viewing them as nothing more than a nuisance. However, this proves to be her undoing when the Rainbooms finally confront them.

    Sonata Dusk 

"We sing, like, all the time! It's how we get people to do what we want."

Voiced by: Maryke Hendrikse, Madeline Merlo (singing, Rainbow Rocks), Shannon Chan-Kent (singing, Sunset's Backstage Pass)

  • Affably Evil: Sonata's the most friendly, energetic, and silliest of the Dazzlings (i.e. thinking Taco Tuesday takes precedence over Adagio's evil plan), but she will just as much get in on brainwashing others and feeding off on their hatred as Adagio and Aria.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Being ditzy, comical and affable compared to the others does not make her any less dangerous or more sympathetic in the slightest.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Compared to Adagio and Aria, Sonata is relatively friendly, but she is still just as evil as the rest of them, willingly going along with their plans (and joining in on insulting Sunset).
  • Cloudcuckoolander: She's often focused on something other than the trio's Evil Plan (like lunch), although she is level-headed and works along with them when the time calls for it, à la when they're performing a song.
  • Depending on the Writer: The Sonata who appears in Legends of Magic is very grim and serious-looking, only smiles once, (though this is just going by her first appearance) and doesn't act like a goofy, ditzy airhead at all.
  • The Ditz: She needs to be constantly explained things or reminded of the plan by the two others, or else she'd be completely lost. She also blurts out their true nature when they're supposed to be undercover, following up with "What did I say?"
  • Evil Counterpart: Sonata's ditzy spaciness makes her seem a lot like a villainous version of Pinkie Pie, even having a similar voice. She similarly pops in and out of the frame in different places when the trio taunts Sunset, and when everyone else finds Snips and Snails' rap awful, Pinkie and Sonata are getting into it. Their similarities doubly driven home by the fact that Sonata's singing parts in Sunset's Backstage Pass are also performed by the same actress that sings for Pinkie Pie.
  • Evil Feels Good: For all her friendliness, when she's feeding on conflict and fighting the Rainbooms she's got a huge Slasher Smile on her face.
  • Fake Cutie: Sonata is friendly, ditzy, energetic, and silly... which makes it all the more noticeable when she starts flashing her numerous evil grins and smirks.
  • Lame Comeback: Sonata's specialty, particularly of the No, You variety.
    Aria Blaze: [That's] what you would have said if you weren't the worst.
    Sonata Dusk: You are!
  • Literal-Minded: Made worse by the fact both Adagio and Aria are relentless Deadpan Snarkers. You'd think she'd have learned by now...
    Adagio Dazzle: Told you someone would give them a shove.
    Sonata Dusk: She didn't shove them. She pulled the lever.
    [Adagio facepalms]
    Aria Blaze: [groans] Go back to sleep, Sonata.
  • No, You: Sonata's usual response to Aria's insults.
  • Perky Female Minion: She often lightens the mood with her ditziness.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Befitting her ditzy personality, many of her outfits are various shades of pink.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The ditzy and airheaded Red Oni to Aria's Blue Oni.
  • Refuge in Audacity: When she absentmindedly blurts out exactly what the Dazzlings' Evil Plan is to Sunset the first time they meet, it comes off as so ridiculous that, even with Adagio and Aria's hasty attempts to cover it up, it doesn't phase Sunset much beyond a general feeling of something being off with them, and she never directly recalls Sonata's admission.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: Notably when Adagio tells them how much she loves being banished in the human world.
  • Skewed Priorities: She's more concerned with Taco Tuesday than executing Adagio's plan.
  • Slasher Smile: She gets one during the final showdown with the Rainbooms, but it looks more goofy than scary. She also gets one when she's feeding in the gym, and this time it does look scary.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Sonata does not sound like a villain, especially when compared to the other Dazzlings. Her voice remains cheerful and friendly no matter what evil thing she is doing.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Sonata has spiky wrist bands.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Tacos. She's more interested in getting some than completing the Evil Plan in Rainbow Rocks, while in Sunset's Backstage Pass her outfit is taco-themed, plus she had nearly burned down the group's trailer trying to make some in a toaster.
  • Valley Girl: Sonata has the clothes, the dumbness, and the way of talking of one.
  • Wicked Heart Symbol: She has a heart symbol barred by a musical note as a "cutie mark".
  • Womanchild: Unlike her cohorts, Sonata seems to have the mindset of a child and often acts immature throughout the film.

Friendship Games

    The Shadowbolts
From left to right: Sunny Flare, Twilight Sparkle, Indigo Zap, Lemon Zest, Sugarcoat and Sour Sweet.
"We're not friends here after all
Our only interest
In this business
Is seeing Canterlot High School fall!"

The Opposing Sports Team from Crystal Prep Academy that the Wondercolts must defeat at the Friendship Games in the third Equestria Girls movie. The core members the movie focuses on include Sour Sweet, Indigo Zap, Sugarcoat, Lemon Zest, Sunny Flare, and the human world's Twilight Sparkle.

  • Academic Athlete: According to "ACADECA", the Shadowbolts are just as proficient with subjects such as math, science and home ec as they are with sports. Justified; maintaining a reputation as the best means winning at every possible competition.
  • Amazon Brigade: With the glaring exception of Twilight, the core team members are some of the school's most athletic female students.
  • Depending on the Artist: It's always been an issue in the Equestria Girls franchise, but the Shadowbolts, for whatever reason, suffer from the most severe inconsistencies between their doll stock art and their animated designs in the Friendship Games film and toyline, having startlingly different designs.
    • In general, the clothing design shares some superficial similarities between versions, but they have otherwise major differences. The "Sporty Style" dolls have more unique and colorful designs, whereas their corresponding outfits during the Tri-Cross Relay edge into Non-Uniform Uniform territory (all being the same color).
    • Sunny Flare is the worst case, having no less than four different designs. In the film, she has very short lavander and pink hair; her "Sporty Style" box art depicts her with very long dark purple and magenta hair tied in pigtails with orange ribbons; the "School Spirit" boxart has her looking like a pre-Heel–Face Turn Sunset Shimmer knockoff (black leather jacket and "mean girl" disposition), with mostly lavander hair with thin red streaks tied in a ponytail. Both dolls, meanwhile, have pure dark purple hair, and the "School Spirit" one has an sleeveless purple jacket. Her cutie mark is an overcast-rainy sun in the dolls, and implied to be a bright flaring sun in animation.
    • Indigo Zap's skin color is sort of orange in her "Sporty Style" stock art and the film; her "School Spirit" stock art and both dolls have it yellow. Animated Indigo Zap has dark blue hair with teal highlights; her doll design has it long with thin red highlights. The novelization even gets into this (sort of) by giving her freckles and orange hair. Her cutie mark in the dolls is a dark purple cloud with a pink star and blue lightning bolt; the film has it as a plain yellow lightning bolt.
    • Lemon Zest is not too bad, featuring bright yellow and bright green hair in both doll stock art pieces versus the three-tone light greens in the animation. Her cutie mark is (fittingly) stylized lemon slices in the dolls, and implied to be a slice of lemon pie in the film (her headphones have such symbol). Her doll has no headphones.
    • Sugarcoat's differences are more subtle: her doll has light grey skin, Innocent Blue Eyes, and her stock art tends to give her body language akin to Pinkie Pie. Her animated design has her with magenta eyes and a darker skin tone (and she's The Stoic, too). Her cutie mark is a firecracker or dynamite stick in the dolls.
    • Sour Sweet is the one with the least differences: her cutie mark is implied to be berries in the film; in the dolls, it's a heart with what appears to be a stylized, gem-shaped crosshair. Otherwise, she looks roughly the same; although her animated version has a Tomboyish Ponytail when in her school's uniform, whereas her equivalent "School Spirit" design has what can be described as an spiky, wild mane of hair.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: A Shadowbolts soccer team appeared in the 2013 Equestria Girls prequel comic, though the team members have generic designs and it doesn't say what school they played for. And one of their members was in Rainbow Rocks: Human Twilight Sparkle.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • They go to drastic lengths just to prove their superiority to Canterlot High School. But when students from both schools wind up in mortal danger, the Shadowbolts spring into action to save them. Likewise, they side with Canterlot students when Cinch accuses Canterlot High of cheating when she was the one willing to use Twilight's gathered magic to do exactly that.
    • On an individual level, Sunny Flare is openly appalled when Cinch calls Twilight a "monster", while Indigo Zap stands up to Sunset when she rather roughly tries to talk to Twilight. (It's implied to be because Twilight's still a member of their team, even if they dislike her.)
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: They think controlling magic is easy enough to win something as simple as a sports tournament. They're proven wrong in the worst possible way when they give rise to Midnight Sparkle.
  • Evil Counterpart: The opening credits pit the Shadowbolts against one of the Equestria Girls.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After Twilight's transformation into Midnight Sparkle, they help the Wondercolts save students from her, and later stand with them against Cinch.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • While it varies depending on the Shadowbolt, they generally aren't very nice people. But when push comes to shove, they show they are good at heart. In fact, most of their negative attitudes come from Principal Cinch's influence.
    • In "Dance Magic", they enter and steal Rarity's idea for the dance video competition because they want to use the prize money to pay for their classmates to hold their school dance on a yacht. When it seems like they've failed, they lament the fact that they've let their classmates down.
  • Karma Houdini: While Cinch is mostly to blame for making Twilight "unleash the magic", they all participate in pressuring Twilight, and they don't really get called out on it. Granted, what can they be expected to do when their principal is setting such a terrible example for them?
  • Limited Wardrobe: While other students from CPA have been shown wearing more casual clothes out of school, they only ever wear their school uniforms. The sole exceptions are for the athletic part of the Friendship Games, or when they wear dresses for their music video.
  • Moral Myopia: Cinch has them join in with her own in "Unleash the Magic", telling Twilight that CHS has used magic, and maybe abused it to get ahead in the Games, so they're justified in doing the same to win.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Their faces after Twilight changes to Midnight Sparkle and goes mad with power pretty much tells you they know they've made a mistake. Even moreso when Cinch calls Twilight a "monster". Unlike her, they know they pressured Twilight into this and people are going to get hurt because of it, thus they come to help the students of both schools when a few nearly fall into the portals.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform:
    • Their uniforms are all quite similar, with light blue shirts under maroon vests or blazers, along with plaid skirts for the girls and navy blue pants for the boys. However, all the significant characters have a variation so they stand out from background students and each other (sock length, shoe type/decoration, sleeve details, etc.).
    • The core five's outfits for the Tri-Cross Relay might look the same at a quick glance, as they all share the same general color scheme; however, the uniforms all have different details even between members of the same event (compare Lemon Zest's Proper Tights with a Skirt vs. Sunny Flare's tights, both for the speedskating event).
  • Opposing Sports Team: They're the team to beat, and they're named after Nightmare Moon's made-up Evil Counterpart to the Wonderbolts.
  • Privileged Rival: Crystal Prep is much more expensive and upper-crust than Canterlot High. Several "rich and obnoxious" characters from Equestria have their human counterparts attend Crystal Prep, including Jet Set, Upper Crust, and Suri Polomare.
  • Sore Loser: In the Friendship Games novelization, the Shadowbolts competing in the Tri-Cross Relay — sans Twilight — take really badly their loss at said event: Sour Sweet breaks all her remaining arrows, Sunny Flare and Lemon Zest tear off their outfits and Sugarcoat and Indigo Zap, in a rather startling display of Skewed Priorities, are busy trying to yank their bikes from the giant man-eating plants that they barely just survived from.
  • Theme Naming: Three of the Shadowbolts are named after food-related terms (Lemon Zest, Sour Sweet, Sugarcoat), while the other three have a weather (or sky) theme (Indigo Zap, Sunny Flare, Twilight Sparkle).
  • Villainy-Free Villain: While all of them (save Human Twilight) are unlikable jerks, they don't really do anything to stop the Wondercolts from competing fairly. They're just so good that they can beat Canterlot High School without needing to cheat. They do convince Human Twilight to unleash the magic, but that was Principal Cinch's idea. And as soon as they see what it's caused, they immediately jump in to help.
  • Vocal Evolution: All of them — except Indigo Zap — get this treatment in "Dance Magic". In general, they're given deeper, more distinctive voices compared to their debut.
    • Lemon Zest debuts with a rather shrill, high-pitched voice and tends to speak loudly because of her headphones. "Dance Magic" gives her a deeper, laid-back voice with a surfer dude accent. She also no longer yells when speaking, as she isn't listening to music.
    • Sour Sweet can be said to have slight hints of a Valley Girl accent in her debut; "Dance Magic" makes it much, much more pronounced.
    • Sugarcoat is initially a Motor Mouth. Her second appearance has her speaking at a calm pace, with a pronounced Valley Girl accent (not to the extent of Sour Sweet's, but definitely present), and she also now peppers her speech with bits of Spock Speak.
    • Sunny Flare's delivery is subtly different, being somewhat deeper.
    Indigo Zap 


Voiced by: Kelly Sheridan

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: The novelization gives her orange hair, instead of her usual blue.
  • The Cameo: After being absent from "Dance Magic", she makes a brief appearance in Rollercoaster of Friendship.
  • Competition Freak: She is the most pumped for the Games on the team, and she tries forcing Twilight to feel the same way.
  • Composite Character: During production, she was variably going to be Lightning Dust or Spitfire, before being made a new character. This still shows in her having the former's general design and Competition Freak tendencies, and the latter's shades of Drill Sergeant Nasty.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: Wears a set of goggles all the time, though at least she doesn't need to grab a pair for the science portion of the games.
  • No Indoor Voice: Tends to do this, such as when yelling at Human Twilight as she is boarding the bus.
  • Reused Character Design: According to the film's DVD commentary, she was originally intended to be Lightning Dust, and Spitfire was considered at some point, before she was made into a new character. She's basically a Palette Swap of Lightning Dust, though, sharing her flight goggles, lightning bolt motif, and a similar hairstyle. The novelization though implies she's based on Spitfire's design, described early on as having "flaming orange hair".
  • Youthful Freckles: Strangely enough, the novelization for Friendship Games gives her "a smattering of freckles across her nose".

    Lemon Zest 

"Dude, you have gotta hear this!"

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Her hair is described as being yellow — and only yellow — in the novelization.
  • Advertised Extra: She has the least dialogue out of all the Shadowbolts, with the grand total of two lines in her debut film. She speaks more often in "Dance Magic".
  • Air Guitar: On exiting the bus with her headphones on, she makes some slick rock-star moves.
  • Commonality Connection: Implied. Any time the two schools put aside their rivalry, she seems to gravitate towards fellow music lover DJ Pon-3.
  • Genki Girl: She's very enthusiastic, to say the least. She's a bit loud, occasionally does things such as doing rock-star moves or jumping out of the bus, and her preferred dance style is hip-hop — which has plenty of acrobatics.
  • Headphones Equal Isolation: Apart from the games, she drowns everything out with awesome guitar riffs. She doesn't do this in "Dance Magic".
  • Informed Attribute: The official website described her as "a bit of a drill sergeant" back when Friendship Games premiered, but she doesn't show any signs of this in any of her appearances.
  • Innocently Insensitive: It might've been a gesture of good will, but just shoving her headphones on Twilight's head — as they blare very loud rock/metal music — is ultimately not a very nice thing to do.
  • Never Bareheaded: She wears her headphones most of the time, even when not listening to music.
  • Pet the Dog: She's the only Shadowbolt to act friendly towards Twilight. However, while well-intentioned, more or less forcing her headphones — which blare really loud, rock/metal music — on Twilight without permission proves to be a somewhat unpleasant experience for the latter.
  • Rollerblade Good: She participates in the Games' rollerskating event. The end credits pictures of the games show her lagging behind everyone else.
  • Surfer Dude: She gets the voice, but doesn't really use the slang beyond an occasional "dude".
  • Token Good Teammate: Of all the Shadowbolts, she shows the least hostility to both their Canterlot High rivals and human Twilight, even offering to let the latter use her headphones.

    Sour Sweet 

"Well, that's just marvelous... If you wanna lose before we even start!"

Voiced by: Sharon Alexander

  • Archer Archetype: During the relay race, she grabs a quiver of arrows from the sidelines without breaking stride, clears the rope swing and lands into an Unnecessary Combat Roll, and then shoots three arrows at once. All three hit her target, one of them as a bullseye. It's one of the most impressive feats seen from the films in terms of physicality, and she does it with style Rarity would approve of.
  • Beta Bitch: Acts as one along with Sugarcoat, with Sunny Flare being the Alpha Bitch of their little Girl Posse in Sleepover Surprise. However, she's The Leader in "Dance Magic".
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Played with. She tends to fake politeness, then make snide comments behind the backs of others — and if frustrated enough, to their faces. Even when she's genuinely being nice, it's always followed by her being rude a few seconds later. In "Dance Magic", she starts a friendly conversation with Rarity in order to steal her music video idea for the competition.
  • The Bully: She deliberately picks on Twilight more than any of the other Shadowbolts.
  • Character Development: In "Dance Magic", she is depicted as The Leader of the Shadowbolts, comes to regret stealing Rarity's video idea, and seems to be forming a genuine bond with Rarity by the special's end. She even drops her Mood-Swinger style of speech by the end of the special, being genuinely nice without switching to being nasty afterward.
  • Cute and Psycho: She can range between being overly sweet and innocent one moment to being completely enraged and crazy the next time.
  • Death Glare: Her reaction to Twilight trying to be nice to her is to shoot her a glare whilst telling Twilight that "I am watching you". Later, during the "Welcome, Crystal Prep" party, she basically threatens some Canterlot High students by crushing a paper cup and tossing it to the floor, all while glaring at them.
  • Depending on the Writer: In Perdita Finn's Twilight's Sparkly Sleepover Surprise, she lacks her characteristic mood swings (odd, as the same author wrote the novelization of the film, and there was no Adaptation Personality Change) and is shown as a Beta Bitch to Sunny Flare. The animated media shows her as a mood-swing jerkass who's implied to be the leader of the group.
  • Didn't Think This Through: She steals Rarity's idea for a dance video so she and her teammates can use it themselves. However, the contest requires an original dance and an original song, with the Shadowbolts unable to provide the latter; it's rather heavily implied they lack the musical talent and skills to do it.
  • Heart Symbol: A subtle recurring motif in her clothes, and most apparent in the Friendship Games fashion dolls. It can edge into Wicked Heart Symbol at times.
    • Her school uniform's shoes are among the few that don't have a blue shield buckle, instead they feature blue hearts on blue bows; her archery outfit also has hearts on the shoes. Both versions of her "Dance Magic" outfit have a big, red heart on the belt.
    • Her dolls depict her cutie mark as a heart with an stylized, gem-shaped crosshair; her "Sporty Style" doll has arrows with heart-shaped tips and extra hearts on the shoe soles; and her "School Spirit" doll has the Equestria Girls heart-shaped horseshoe logo on the shoe toes.
  • Hidden Depths: In Twilight's Sparkly Sleepover Surprise she's shown to enjoy handcrafts; she's pleasantly surprised when Twilight shows what she brought to the sleepover — materials to make friendship bracelets — and is the first to start making one after Twilight herself. In the epilogue she's very pleased with all of Pinkie's party decorations and materials, and cheerfully provides ideas for Pinkie's next party.
  • Jerkass: The nastiest of the Shadowbolts, she's willing to insult people to their faces, and openly disparages Twilight quite often. She also steals Rarity's idea after she happily shares it with her in "Dance Magic".
  • Kick the Dog: She frequently belittles Twilight. She also doesn't help Twilight in the athletic portion of the Friendship Games, instead choosing to scream in frustration and insult her.
  • The Leader: Implied to be this in "Dance Magic"; she's the one that starts the conversation with Rarity, she's the one that baits Rarity into sharing her idea with her, and then steals it with her fellow Shadowbolts' silent encouragement, she's the one that dominates the conversation with Rarity when the latter goes to Crystal Prep, and finally, the others are the ones who try to talk her out of continuing with the music video competition when they run into problems with their non-existent original song.
  • Meaningful Appearance: As pointed out in theinvoked DVD Commentary, she ties her hair up with a cranberry-shaped ornament, since cranberries are both sweet and sour. The novelization for Friendship Games describes it instead as "peapod shaped".
  • Meaningful Name: True to her name, she acts sweet to hide her sour personality.
  • Mood-Swinger: Smiling and pleasant one second, sneering and sarcastic the next.
  • Never My Fault: A variation. She admits on behalf of the Shadowbolts that it is their fault that they nearly destroyed the world to win the Friendship Games. However, she quickly pins most of the blame on Principal Cinch (which technically is true since she was the one who got the idea of Twilight unleashing the magic she accidentally stole to win in the first place). In the novelization, she blames Twilight. Either way, she deflects most of the blame onto someone else.
  • The Quiet One: Bizarrely, the girls — Fluttershy in particular — describe her as this in the Tell-All book, when it really isn't the case at all in any appearance in any medium (including the novelizations).
  • The Straight and Arrow Path: She's skilled enough to hit a moving target with three simultaneous shots, one of them as a bullseye, right after swinging from a rope and landing with an Unnecessary Combat Roll. The novelization swaps the rolling with her hitting three bull's-eyes in quick succession.
  • Stronger Than They Look: She looks about the same as any of the other girls, and doesn't have any magic superpowers, but there are at least two cases where she's shown as being very strong.
    • There's a line in the Friendship Games novelization that can be interpreted as this trope: when it's revealed Crystal Prep lost the Tri-Cross Relay, she snaps all her remaining arrows in half; she either went snapping them one by one or broke them all in a bundle.
    • During the climax of Friendship Games, when the Shadowbolts do a Heel–Face Turn and go help the Rainbooms save their endangered classmates, she can be seen standing straight up, pulling up Pinkie Pie by the legs while Pinkie, in turn, holds a fellow student over the interdimensional precipice. That's the combined weight of two girls roughly her size.
  • Valley Girl: She had a subtle version of the accent in Friendship Games, particularly obvious whenever she acts obnoxiously nice. In "Dance Magic", Sour Sweet has a much more pronounced, stereotypical version that remains constant, no matter if she's being sweet or sour.
  • Villainous Breakdown: She furiously growls at every single screw-up Twilight makes in the archery competition, almost tearing her face off.
  • Youthful Freckles: She has little freckles on her face.


"You are kinda being a doormat right now."

Voiced by: Sienna Bohn

  • Beneath the Mask: Twilight's Sparkly Sleepover Surprise shows that underneath her cool exterior and tendency towards being a jerk, she loves animals just like Fluttershy does. She shows affection to Spike the Dog the moment she sees him, and she's also the first of the three Shadowbolts to mellow towards the Rainbooms.
  • Beta Bitch: Along with Sour Sweet, she starts Twilight's Sparkly Sleepover Surprise as the Beta to Sunny Flare's Alpha.
  • Brutal Honesty: Like Applejack, she's not afraid to speak her mind. Unlike Applejack, she's incredibly blunt about it.
    Twilight: Hi, Sugarcoat!
    Sugarcoat: That was a really bad speech. You should consider not speaking in public.
  • Creepy Monotone: She speaks in a low tone most of the time. Combined with her bluntness, it can be unsettling.
  • Emotionless Girl: She usually doesn't show much emotion, even when one would expect her to. She looks more annoyed than really angry when she yells at Twilight across the field; her reaction to the giant carnivore plant slamming into her bike and subsequently hanging for dear life from its maws is surprisingly subdued. She does get very emotive when Twilight turns into Midnight Sparkle and puts everyone in danger, and both before, during and after the Friendship Games she can be seen cracking both smug and gentle smiles.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Her personality and mannerisms aren't the ones typically associated with someone who knows how to drive bikes, let alone dirt-bikes through motocross courses.
    • Twilight's Sparkly Sleepover Surprise shows that not only does she loves animals just like Fluttershy, but she's implied to also be very good with them, as she manages to get a whole litter of kittens to sleep on her lap when she goes to visit Fluttershy at the shelter. Fluttershy even points it out.
  • Identical Stranger: Her color scheme is nearly identical to Trixie Lulamoon's.
  • Innocently Insensitive: While her brutal honesty often comes across as mean-spirited, a lot of times she doesn't seem to do it out of malice. At one point in Twilight's Sparkly Sleepover Surprise, she bluntly states that she honestly didn't think Sunny Flare had any other friends besides her and Sour Sweet.
  • Ironic Name: Sugarcoat's name means to make something seem more pleasant than it is, which is the exact opposite of what she does in the film.
  • Meaningful Appearance: She has a small, magenta hair clip that is apparently shaped like a spoonful of sugar, though her name contrasts her blunt mannerisms.
  • Mega Twintails: She sports two side pigtails that reach all the way down to her waist.
  • Motor Mouth: She talks very fast (to the point that Pinkie comments on it) in Friendship Games; she drops this by the time "Dance Magic" rolls around.
  • Not So Stoic: She does look shaken after being attacked by a giant Man-Eating Plant, though that's understandable — and even then, it's still a surprisingly subdued reaction to almost dying. Sugarcoat does show plenty of emotion when Twilight transforms into Midnight Sparkle, and starts wreaking havoc. She is also very hurt when Sunny Flare claims she didn't invite her to a sleepover in the Tie-In Novel following Friendship Games.
  • Odd Friendship:
    • Develops one with Fluttershy, of all people, in Twilight's Sparkly Sleepover Surprise. Sugarcoat is immediately interested when she starts talking about her animals at the shelter, and goes to visit her at least once.
    • Her apparently stable friendship with the other Shadowbolts sans Indigo Zap in "Dance Magic" can be seen as this; in a group with a loud hip-hop rocker, a mood-swinging manipulative jerk, and a Rich Bitch, she stands out as the quiet but blunt Perpetual Frowner.
  • Perpetual Frowner: She can smile — and it's a nice smile — but her "default" facial expression is fairly neutral; unlike most characters in the franchise, she doesn't usually smile.
  • Pet the Dog: Extremely literally, one of the first and most obvious signs she's not all that bad in Sleepover Surprise is when she arrives at the titular sleepover and among the first things she does is show Spike affection. Subsequent interactions with Fluttershy show that she's just as fond of animals as Fluttershy, and she's the first one to mellow towards the Rainbooms at said sleepover.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: She's wearing black tights under a skirt that's noticeably shorter than normal for the Crystal Prep female uniform.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Out of everyone, she's the only person to give a long speech about how much of a hypocritical jerk Principal Cinch is.
  • Smug Smiler: The few times she has a facial expression, it's generally this.
  • Spock Speak: "Dance Magic" has her speaking like this, although she isn't averse to contractions or even a bit of slang (she describes the Rainboom's songs as "killer"). She never used this in Friendship Games or Twilight's Sparkly Sleepover Surprise, and ironically, if anything, she edged into the opposite in the latter book.note 
    Sugarcoat: [to Sour Sweet and Rarity] The order is irrelevant.
    Sugarcoat: Combining our talents is the most logical thing to do.
  • Stoic Spectacles: Her glasses compliment her straightforward comments.

    Sunny Flare 

"Sorry, dearie, but these games aren't about being nice."

Voiced by: Britt Irvin
  • Adaptational Jerkass: In Twilight's Sparkly Sleepover Surprise, she is far more unpleasant than she ever was in Friendship Games.
  • Advertised Extra: Next to Lemon Zest, she gets the least amount of screen time and even less characterization. Bizarrely, she's the one Shadowbolt pushed forward in the opening credits, on the same level as Sunset Shimmer. She eventually gets an expanded role in the Tie-In Novel Twilight's Sparkly Sleepover Surprise.
  • Alpha Bitch: Her expanded characterization in the Tie-In Novel following Friendship Games presents her as a particularly nasty one — as the leader of a Girl Posse made up of Sugarcoat, Sour Sweet and herself, the first chapter starts all of them taunting Twilight when she arrives back at Crystal Prep to get her stuff, and they continue to prey on her insecurities over her Friendless Background as the book progresses; but while Sugarcoat and Sour Sweet more or less drop the attitude after a while, Sunny Flare latches to it as if her life depended on it, leading in her ridiculously mean-spirited imitation of Midnight Sparkle at the titular sleepover. It's ultimately subverted, as she only has two friends she doesn't treat very well. She gets better.
  • The Cameo: She makes several brief appearances in crowd shots in Rollercoaster of Friendship.
  • Death Glare: Gives Cinch a particularly intense one after the climax of Friendship Games, when Cinch gets ready to leave in defeat.
  • Disapproving Look: What's practically her default facial expression in Friendship Games, especially when dealing with Twilight. In general, she can be seen staring at something or someone with contempt or judgement, especially when they first arrive at CHS.
  • Drama Queen: Occasionally lapses into Rarity-esque theatrics, most notably when she picks the Dare card.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Causes this reaction in Twilight's Sparkly Sleepover Surprise, when she pulls a card during Truth or Dare that she claims says "do an impression of Midnight Sparkle", which she gleefully does — and it gets worse when it's revealed to both the reader and the girls that the card actually said "do a stupid dance". This drives Twilight to tears, alienates everyone, including her fellow Shadowbolts and friends and almost gets her kicked out of the sleepover party.
  • Easily Forgiven: After all is said and done, Twilight interrupts Rarity when she suggests Sunny Flare to leave, and is willing to forgive her even after the fairly cruel stunt she pulls at the sleepover.
    Twilight Sparkle: We're all going to forgive you when you do [admit that you've made a terrible mistake]. That's what these girls from Canterlot High have taught me. We all make mistakes some times.
    Sunny Flare: [disbelievingly] You'd forgive me? Really?
    Twilight Sparkle: I would. Just don't do it again, okay?
    Rarity: If Twilight forgives you, we all do.
  • Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: Maybe not necessarily "evil", but certainly enough of a malicious jerk — her eyeshadow is a very dark purple and heavily contrasts with her light blue-green skin.
  • Flat Character: We don't know anything about her other than she's competing on the Shadowbolts team, and we don't see enough of her personality to understand why she should be considered Rarity's rival in the films.
  • Friendless Background: Barring her rather dysfunctional "friendship" with fellow Shadowbolts Sugarcoat and Sour Sweet, it's noted by Sugarcoat herself at one point that Sunny Flare likely doesn't have any other friends. This would explain a lot of her controlling nature.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Implied during the sleepover; when Twilight manages to defuse a tense situation and gets everyone to get along just nicely — in particular, her only two friends to have fun without her — she doesn't take it very well. In other words, she's likely envious that Twilight — the lonely girl she and the others ostracized — somehow manages to be better at friendship than her, as seen when she admits that neither her or her friends really know much about friendship, unlike Twilight.
    The more relaxed and chatty Sugarcoat and Sour Sweet were, the angrier she got.
  • Hypocrite: At least in the Sleepover Surprise book, when one takes into account the events of Friendship Games and its novelization; she calls out Cinch for fleeing and then looks appalled when Cinch calls a transformed Twilight a monster, yet seems to have no problem with teasing Twilight about that and calling her a monster in order to deflect the blame.
  • Informed Attribute: The official website when Friendship Games was released made her seem like The Perfectionist and either a Concerned Claire or Whistleblower Wilma, but nothing in the movie or any subsequent appearance suggests it.
  • Ironic Name: Her name — evocative of solar flares, which are intense bursts of light — doesn't fit her either in what little we've seen of her personality (which tends towards "poised, elegant jerk") or her appearance (where her color palette consists almost entirely of cool colors and dark accents, even out of her school's uniform).
  • The Leader: She has a bizarre relationship with the trope; the Friendship Games opening credits implied she was this, as in the Shadowbolts' group shot contrasting the Rainbooms' she occupies the same spot as Sunset Shimmer, right in the front — when she's in reality very much an Advertised Extra. In the sequel novel Twilight's Sparkly Sleepover Surprise she is depicted as the de facto leader of the Shadowbolts, although she's more an Alpha Bitch than anything. And in "Dance Magic", it is Sour Sweet who is (implicitly) the leader of the group.
  • Lethal Chef: Implied by Sour Sweet's comment in Sleepover Surprise that "Sunny Flare makes the worst cookies." We don't get any explanation beyond this, other than that Twilight and Sunset's looked much better.
  • Never My Fault: After getting called out for her Midnight Sparkle imitation, she tries to deflect the blame back at Twilight, of all people.
    Sunny Flare: Twilight's the one who's a real monster. Not me.
  • Rollerblade Good: She participates in the Games' rollerskating event.
  • Signature Headgear: Wears a sun-shaped hair clip in the animation; her doll has it as a rainy-overcast sun.
  • Super OCD: Shown to be very controlling of both her friends in Twilight's Sparkly Sleepover Surprise, as she doesn't take it kindly whenever Sour Sweet or Sugarcoat do things without her, or when they or other people express that they want to do things she herself doesn't want to do: she dismisses Sugarcoat's suggestion to make snickerdoodles early on; doesn't like when she and Sour Sweet team up on the climbing wall instead of either of them with her; very bluntly and rudely shots down Rainbow Dash's Flashlight tag idea twice; doesn't let Rainbow Dash try one of her chocolate strawberries under the pretext that "they're for later" (i.e. when everyone arrives); and generally tends to boss people around. Sour Sweet once states that they always play Truth or Dare because she makes them. Sheesh. On a more minor note, at one point she tries to write down Twilight's friendship advice.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After Twilight shows herself to be the better person by offering Sunny Flare forgiveness in spite of the rather nasty stunts she had been pulling through Twilight's Sparkly Sleepover Surprise, she mellows towards her and the others.
  • Troll: Shown on various occasions in Sleepover Surprise to enjoy seeing people suffer in some way, such as when she uploads an embarrassing video of Sugarcoat in spite of her protests, and especially when she lies that the Dare card she got was to "imitate Midnight Sparkle", which she seems to have done pretty much just For the Evulz.
  • Odd Friendship: Manages to strike one with Applejack, as they're both happily making cupcakes and hanging around in the final chapter of Twilight's Sparkly Sleepover Surprise.
  • Ungrateful Bitch: She acts pretty rude to everyone, including the magic-wielding girls who saved her and the rest of the universe — not to mention she, if anything, manages to be an even bigger jerkass to Twilight after the latter invites her to a sleepover out of her own volition in order to get her and her friends to have some fun together, and get to know them better.
  • With Friends Like These...:
    • As shown in Twilight's Sparkly Sleepover Surprise, she tends to act dismissive towards her "friends" and at one point really hurts Sugarcoat's feelings. Even the socially inept Twilight picks up on this relatively early on in the book, and after her cruel imitation of Midnight Sparkle Sugarcoat and Sour Sweet both admit that they only really consider themselves friends in the rare occasions Sunny Flare is being nice. Judging by the "friendship advice" she and the others give Twilight, she doesn't seem to fully trust them, either.
    • This is averted in their appearance in "Dance Magic" (which retcons the book away), where they're all shown to get along perfectly.

    Principal Abacus Cinch
"I think I've made it plain what will happen if we have the losing scores."

Voiced by: Iris Quinn

The principal of Crystal Prep Academy. Her school's undefeated streak against Canterlot High in the Friendship Games is threatened by CHS having a sudden rise in academic performances. Cinch wants to crush them to ensure Crystal Prep's reputation — and her own — remains untarnished.

  • 0% Approval Rating: Everyone hates Cinch at CHS, Crystal Prep's students at best tolerate her, and even Cadance, her dean and Number Two, doesn't like her either. In "Dance Magic" the Shadowbolts tell Rarity, rather happily, that Cadance has taken over as principal from Cinch and Crystal Prep is better than ever for it.
  • Adults Are Useless: Her Villain Song reveals that she knows about Twilight being an outcast at Crystal Prep, but hasn't done anything to help Twilight.
  • Assumed Win: As soon as she arrives at Canterlot High for the games, she's already counting it as another win under her belt.
  • Big Bad: Serves as such in the third movie, Friendship Games. Unlike previous Big Bads, who want to Take Over the World, Cinch just wants to preserve her school's winning streak and reputation, yet ironically her actions ended up unleashing an even greater danger than them in the form of Midnight Sparkle, who wanted to destroy the human world.
  • Cassandra Truth: This is used against her at the end; when she threatens to reveal CHS's magic, everybody points out that she'd seem crazy, which would cost her her precious reputation.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: Her insistence on using Twilight's stolen magic to unfairly give Crystal Prep an advantage in the final event results in her school losing the Friendship Games, the world almost getting destroyed by Midnight Sparkle's rampage, and her students losing any respect for her.
  • Cold Ham: Unlike Adagio and Sunset, she has a more refined personality and is often icy towards everyone.
  • The Comically Serious: She covers her ears with the same stoic expression when Cadance blows a foghorn right next to her. Also ruins Pinkie's party with this demeanor after everyone else seemed to warm up.
  • The Corrupter:
    • Her way of thinking has rubbed off on most of Crystal Prep's students. This is particularly shown when Pinkie tries to liven up the meeting between the two schools, allowing the Crystal Prep students to lighten up and get along with the CHS students until Cinch interrupts everything. She's much more directly corrupting Twilight Sparkle by forcing her into the Games, asking her to spy on her new friends on behalf of her team, and finally releasing the magic of her device under the dubious pretext of leveling the playing field.
    • Wondercolts Forever shows that she's more or less always been this, as it's noted by the CHS Principal at the time that ever since Cinch arrived at Crystal Prep, the students there became much more serious. And, as shown in "Dance Magic", the students of Crystal Prep become a lot nicer when she leaves, as Sunny Flare mentions that Cadance is now the principal.
  • Dean Bitterman: Unlike Cadance, the actual school dean, Cinch is not an especially nice person. She was slightly less bitter in her early years (as pointed out in Wondercolts Forever, she actually smiles a few times and apologizes for her students' pranks on CHS after said students confess).
  • Deathly Dies Irae: The four notes play in the background when she blackmails Twilight into joining the games, and recur any time she reminds Twilight of her threat. After Twilight becomes Midnight Sparkle, the musical motif transitions to her, possibly symbolic of Cinch's role in her creation.
  • Didn't Think This Through:
    • Once she finds out Canterlot has magic and Human Twilight has access to it, she thinks it's a good idea to try and use it despite not knowing how it works. Even Twilight has no idea what she is messing with, and is keeping a cautious approach at best. So as you can imagine, her manipulating Twilight to use it has some unforeseen consequences that nearly destroy the human world.
    • Her plan to use Twilight in the Games also causes some problems for her since, while she helps win the academic portion of the Games, she's near useless in the athletic portion.
  • Dirty Coward:
    • During the climax, when Twilight is corrupted by magic, becomes Midnight Sparkle, and starts wreaking havoc by nearly destroying the entire world to gain access to Equestria, the first thing she does is run off to save her own skin despite being the one who commanded Twilight to use the magic in the first place. And this happens even while the Shadowbolts come to the Canterlot High students' aid.
    • The novelization for the film makes it even worse, as when Twilight starts to turn into Midnight Sparkle, she explicitly reaches out — while begging for help — towards Cinch, who can only say...
      Principal Cinch: Keep away from me!
  • Establishing Character Moment: The first meeting in her office shows how nasty, spiteful and obsessed with winning she is by blackmailing Twilight into helping Crystal Prep win the Friendship Games.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Can't seem to comprehend the idea Canterlot High could have something as powerful as Equestrian Magic and not abuse it to get an unfair advantage. Likely because the moment she finds out Human Twilight has it, that's exactly what she tries to do.
  • Evil Brit: She speaks with a British accent.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • To Princess Celestia, in regards to their relationships with their respective versions of Twilight Sparkle. They both encourage Twilight to make friends and ask her to do things she doesn't want to do because they think it'll be good for her development. However, Celestia is sincere in all of this and has Twilight's best interests at heart, while Cinch is just using Twilight to further her own ambitions, and blackmails Twilight into helping her.
    • With Celestia not being the Principal during the events of Wondercolts Forever, she acts as one for the kind Principal Potts — while Potts encourages both their schools to get along and makes emphasis that the point of the upcoming Games isn't really winning, severely discourages her students from getting revenge against Crystal Prep for vandalizing the Wondercolt, and does things such as encouraging her students to go help CP clean the prank — the only thing we see Cinch do (admittedly, from Celestia and Luna's limited perspective) is throw death glares at CHS students, give biased accounts of the events to the local newspaper to paint CHS in a very negative light, and at one point one of the sisters overhears Cinch talking to Crystal Prep's team... And, of course, making heavy emphasis on being competitive.
  • Evil Is Petty: All her actions are for the sake of just keeping Crystal Prep's spotless win streak going, and in turn preserve her own legacy. She stoops so low as to blackmail Human Twilight into competing in the games for a transfer to a study program she wants, suggest she befriend the Rainbooms to find out their secrets, and even manipulating Human Twilight into unleashing her collective magic just to ensure they win.
  • Flaw Exploitation: Exploits Twilight's desire for knowledge in order to get her to use her stolen magic.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: She wears glasses and is the most immoral character in the movie.
  • Freudian Slip: During her Villain Song, she outright admits she only cares about her legacy.
  • Hate Sink: From her petty motive about preserving her reputation no matter the cost, her utter disdain towards everyone, pressuring and blackmailing Twilight into following her commands, fleeing Midnight Sparkle's rampage, calling her a monster despite of it being all Cinch's fault, and her unwillingness to own up to it when it's all over, it's pretty clear that Cinch is not meant to be liked, in and out of universe, (in a spinoff with reformed jerks and banished Hate Plague Sirens). By the end, even her own students get fed up with her.
  • Hope Crusher: She wants to prove how perfect her school is by destroying the confidence of Canterlot High. Ironically, she's also this to her prized student Twilight.
  • Hypocrite: She tries to get Canterlot High disqualified from the Friendship Games for using magic despite earlier pressuring Twilight into using magic to win the games. It doesn't help that she outright refuses to claim responsibility for the whole mess.
  • Informed Flaw: Dean Cadance claims that Cinch is "highly allergic" to dogs, but she never reacts to Spike the Dog in any fashion, regardless of their proximity.
  • Irony: Everything she did was to ensure Crystal Prep defeated Canterlot High once again, thereby preserving her "legacy". Ultimately, those same actions ending up costing her everything; the Friendship Games ended in a draw, Crystal Prep lost its best student (and, if the shorts are of any indication, some others as well), and Cinch herself was removed from her position of principal. Her precious "legacy" is now one of failure and disgrace.
  • It's All About Me: While she wants to maintain Crystal Prep's reputation as the best school, it's just so she can keep up her own reputation and sate her own ego. Her Villain Song includes a Freudian Slip that her own legacy is her only concern.
  • Jerkass: All she cares about is maintaining Crystal Prep's win record so she can look good and doesn't even try to get along with anyone. Even her own students are just pawns to boost her ego.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: At first, she seems to be a Reasonable Authority Figure who has a bit of an arrogant streak, but actually cares about her school and Twilight, even if willing to blackmail her. As the film continues, it becomes increasingly clear that Cinch's motivations and interests are entirely selfish, and she only cares about her school and students insomuch that they improve her reputation for her own ambitions.
  • Karma Houdini: In Wondercolts Forever even after making Canterlot High School come across as a Sucky School filled with "problem children" in retaliation for some CHS students playing a revenge prank against Crystal Prep — to the point of actually hurting Canterlot High's number of new applicants and making a fundraiser fail — she gets no real comeuppance.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: By "Dance Magic", which takes place a few months after the Friendship Games, Cadance has replaced Cinch as principal of Crystal Prep, implying her actions eventually caught up with her.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: After the climax of the movie, when it becomes clear that no one is going to take her side, Cinch just leaves Canterlot High School.
  • Lack of Empathy: She cares little for anything else unless it boosts her own reputation.
  • Leitmotif: A slow tune of violins and harpsichord accompanies her speeches during significant scenes. Her Villain Song, "Unleash the Magic", naturally features these instruments prominently.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Constantly plays to Twilight's emotional vulnerabilities to get her to do what she wants. Reaches its peak in "Unleash the Magic" when she tries to convince Twilight to do just that by bringing up her curiosity about magic, her personal need to have Crystal Prep win, and complimenting her brilliance.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: In one of the "outtakes", Cinch spins her chair too fast in her reveal and ends up spinning uncontrollably. Unlike her "character", Cinch instead laughs with Twilight and company.
  • Mood Killer: Deliberately interrupts the pre-game party when it looks like both schools are beginning to interact in a friendly manner thanks to Pinkie's intervention.
  • Moral Myopia:
    • She complains when she thinks that CHS is using magic to cheat, but the second she has a chance, she does her best to convince Twilight to use her stolen magic to aid the Shadowbolts in the final challenge of the Games so they can assure victory.
    • This goes way back: in Wondercolts Forever she refuses to believe any kid from her school could possibly do something as unsportsmanlike as playing a nasty prank on CHS — which involved painting the Wondercolt statue purple and hanging ribbons with Crystal Prep's colors from every tree — to the point where she claims that its likely a CHS student trying to frame them. But, when Crystal Prep gets a similar prank, not only does she never think of a similar possibility in favor of CHS, but she basically slanders their rivals by giving a very one-sided account of what happenednote , and she doesn't relent until the Shadowbolt statue is fixed and returned to her. For comparison, Canterlot High never did anything in retaliation (the revenge prank by two students notwithstanding) and Celestia and Luna both did everything in their power to help mend the relationship between their schools.
  • Mun Danger: After facing off with supernatural threats, Cinch... is just a normal human with sociopathic tendencies who has the leverage on Twilight to make her do whatever she wants and is willing to do whatever she has to for her own reputation and ego.
  • Mysterious Past: Out of all the Equestria Girls villains, we know the least about her from what we're shown on-screen, though the "Diary of the Two Sisters" book expands on her past a bit. Certainly, nothing is known about her pony counterpart.
  • Never My Fault: She refuses to accept her own culpability in Midnight Sparkle's rampage, despite everybody calling her out on it.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Thanks to her constant manipulation of Twilight, she eventually makes Twilight undergo a Heel–Face Turn after causing the poor girl to realize that what she really wants in her life is friendship, thus greatly improving Twilight's life, costing Crystal Prep's undisputed win in the Friendship Games, and giving Canterlot High her school's greatest student. The Equestria Girls TV specials also confirm that she ends up losing her job as the principal of Crystal Prep some time after Friendship Games.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: She mentally and emotionally manipulates Twilight, but has no magic or physical skills of her own.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: She blackmails Twilight into participating in the Friendship Games by offering to use her contacts in the Everton program to ensure Twilight's application is approved; if Twilight refuses, Cinch will use those same contacts to ensure she's denied.
  • Phrase Catcher: Both Pinkie and Spike have the same opinion of Cinch. "She's awful."
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: It's downplayed, in that she doesn't constantly use slurs and euphemisms, but she is clearly classist, as she abhors the thought of accepting the middle class students of Canterlot high as equals.
  • Punny Name: Her name is a pun of Atticus Finch, the Irony is that Atticus is the ideal Reasonable Authority Figurenote , while Cinch is anything but.
  • Put on a Bus: From "Dance Magic" on. Her leaving Crystal Prep is mentioned offhandedly by Sunny Flare and then never brought up again. We're not even told if she was fired or left of her own accord.
  • Sadist Teacher: Although she's a principal, she still fits this trope. She constantly needs to prove her superiority to everyone and drives Twilight into insanity, nearly causing the world to be destroyed.
  • Second Place Is for Losers: Has an unhealthy obsession with winning first place in the Friendship Games every year.
  • Shout-Out: Her full name is a pun on Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Everyone, including her own students, tells Cinch off in the end.
  • Silver Vixen: Despite her unpleasantness, she's about as far from bad-looking for an older woman as you can get.
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Despite being the Big Bad, the most time she gets in the film's trailers is a split-second appearance teasing the movie's climax.
  • Skewed Priorities: Her sole goal is to keep Crystal Prep's undefeated record intact, and thus her reputation. When the magical disturbances affect the second round of the Games, Cinch accuses CHS of cheating, then refuses to call off the Games when Celestia says they should call it a tie. This is in spite of the fact four students, two of which are hers, were in grave danger because of said magical disturbances. During her Villain Song to pressure Twilight to try and use magic to up their chances of winning, she blatantly announces that it's all about her legacy.
  • The Sociopath: Cinch has many traits of a high-functioning sociopath. All of her students are simply pawns to boost her own reputation, and she cares more about Crystal Prep winning the Games to further that reputation than she does the safety of either school's students. She's also very manipulative and is shown to take slights to her ego very personally. She is the only one in Equestria Girls who plays this trope completely straight with zero subversion.
  • Sore Loser: After the games end in a tie, she still complains about the outcome since it's the first time her school hasn't had complete victory, thereby breaking her undefeated streak. Ultimately she's forced to accept it when her students won't back her up on accusing Canterlot High of cheating after her own actions nearly turned Human Twilight into a rampaging monster and almost brought about the destruction of their world. Her accusations of Canterlot High cheating with magic come off more as her being incapable of comprehending she could lose fair and square.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: In "Dance Magic", it's mentioned that she was replaced by Cadance. Implying that, while the whole matter of magic was kept from the school board, her blackmailing Twilight and encouraging bullying was brought up and ultimately cost her her job.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Her Villain Song implies she thinks this of most of her students.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Go ahead Cinch, pressure Twilight into releasing magic that you have no idea what it does, we're sure that will work out just fine for you.
  • The Unfettered: Cinch cares about one thing and one thing only: securing her reputation and sating her sense of superiority. She's willing to do anything, from blatant emotional abuse to blackmail, to get that.
  • Vague Age: It's confirmed in Wondercolts Forever: The Diary of Celestia and Luna — which takes place in the year of the first Friendship Games, when Celestia and Luna were a Senior and a Freshman, respectively — that she's an indeterminate amount of years older than Celestia; Cinch is Crystal Prep's principal back then, but some lines in the book note that she's relatively new in the role. Celestia herself comments with plenty of surprise that Cinch only looks a few years older than her; Cinch is either Older than They Look or is a Principal at an improbable age.
  • Villain Ball: Despite Twilight not knowing how to use magic and warning her that activating it would be incredibly dangerous, Cinch still forces Twilight to activate her magic device. This causes Twilight to transform into a monster and nearly destroy the world.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: After being told off, Cinch just simply walks away.
  • Villain Has a Point:
    • She protests the result of the second event as unfair due to the interference of magic, which is a perfectly fair point since the track was torn up and the students endangered. However, it's quickly undercut when she makes it clear she only protests the results because Crystal Prep lost, not out of any sense of fair play for how.
    • In Wondercolts Forever, she pulls a similar stunt back in the year of the very first Friendship Games: she's justifiably upset about her school getting vandalized and her precious Shadowbolt Statue being stolen by Canterlot High students, but her immense Moral Myopianote  and penchant towards Disproportionate Retributionnote  quickly undercut what would otherwise be a valid point.
  • Villainous Breakdown: After Human Twilight is brought back to normal from her Midnight Sparkle phase, she insists that Canterlot be disqualified for using magic. Everyone, including her students, calls her out on it due to her own manipulations. When she threatens to expose Canterlot's magical secret, they all tell her she's welcome to try without looking like a loon and damaging Crystal Prep's reputation. Cinch becomes distressed when she realizes no one is willing to back up her claims after nearly instigating a major disaster for her own selfish ends. She nearly blows her top, until she controls her anger, removes any wrinkles from her clothes and walks away with her remaining dignity.
  • Villainous Cheekbones: She sports an impressive square chin.
  • Villain Song: "Unleash the Magic", which would hardly sound out of place sung by a Disney villain. She threatens Twilight one last time about her application to Everton, while also slipping that all she cares about is her legacy.
  • When She Smiles: Celestia and Luna are both very pleased when they manage to get Cinch to give genuine smiles of happiness in Wondercolts Forever.
    Luna: You [the diary] should have seen the look on Principal Cinch's face! At first she was really confused, but then she was just really happy.
    Celestia: As soon as Principal Cinch saw the statue again, she was a different person. She seemed happier, warmer and so much kinder than before.

    Midnight Sparkle
"Midnight Sparkle's a part of you! I'll always be there waiting in the darkest shadows of your mind! I'll be back, Twilight! And this time, I won't stop until I have all the magic!"

Voiced by: Tara Strong

Midnight Sparkle is human Twilight Sparkle's Superpowered Evil Side, when she's transformed and corrupted by the stolen magic of her device. An immensely powerful being, she opens random rifts toward Equestria to reaches its magic, uncaring that it could destroy the human world. Even after being defeated, she survives as a threatening alter ego inside Twilight's psyche.

  • All There in the Script: The other characters only address her as "Twilight" in Friendship Games, leaving her name to be toyline only until it's actually stated in Legend of Everfree.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: She appears in Twilight's nightmare at the start of Legend of Everfree and in her mindspace at the climax of the same film as a gigantic monster, with Twilight only about the size of one of Midnight's eyes.
  • Badass Bookworm: Unlike Twilight, Midnight Sparkle plays this straight. Her primary motivation remains the study of magic, and having absorbed the accumulated magic of the Rainbooms and the portal makes her so formidable that even a similarly empowered Sunset couldn't overpower her without a distraction from Spike.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Plays at this in Legends of Everfree. While Gaea Everfree serves as the main Big Bad, nightmares and visions about turning into Midnight Sparkle again are the crux of Twilight's character arc, and by facing her fears and overcoming them, Twilight is able to gain control of her magic and use it to save the day.
  • Dark Magical Girl: What Twilight becomes as Midnight Sparkle, both in looks and transformation. And like any other examples of the trope, she's brought back to the light by another Magical Girl.
  • Drunk on the Dark Side: When she transforms, she goes full crazy, blasting portals everywhere.
  • Enemy Within: By the time of Legend of Everfree, Midnight Sparkle is this for Twilight, who struggles to come to terms with the powers she now has as a result of the Friendship Games incident.
  • Evil Is Bigger: Zigzagged. The Friendship Games novelization describes her as "giant", although how much bigger she is compared to anyone else is left to the reader's imagination. It's not present in the films; the Friendship Games film shows Midnight to be about the same height as Sunset Shimmer. Twice in Legend of Everfree, Midnight manifests in Twilight's mindspace as about the size of a building, then appears right behind Twilight at roughly the same size.
  • Evil Is Hammy: After being meek and quiet for most of the Friendship Games, Twilight breaks out the prime cuts when she transforms into Midnight Sparkle.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Twilight's voice noticeably deepens after she transforms into Midnight Sparkle.
  • Final Boss: While Principal Cinch is the Big Bad of Friendship Games, Midnight is ultimately the threat the heroes must defeat during the climax.
  • Flaming Hair: Her hair is stylized and flowing in the same manner as flames, further adding similarities between her and Sunset.
  • Foil: During the climax, she declares an intent to go to Equestria to study and master its magic, paralleling Sunset Shimmer's desire to invade and conquer it.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Goes from a meek, shy, timid outcast at her school to an immensely powerful and insane Omnicidal Maniac that nearly destroys an entire universe.
  • Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: Twilight's eyes are normally the same as any of the other characters, and is still a nice person. As Midnight Sparkle, her pupils and iris shrink into small violet orbs to go with her newfound madness. When Spike and Sunset start to get through to her, her eyes revert to normal first.
  • Hoist by Her Own Petard: Sunset uses Twilight's own pendant to gain a Super Mode of her own and defeat Midnight Sparkle.
  • Horns of Villainy: She has a single glowing horn sprouting from the top of her brow, an echo of her alicorn alternate self. Note though said horn is gnarled and wicked-looking, more reminiscent of Queen Chrysalis's than one from a unicorn.
  • Humanoid Abomination: She's pretty much a humanized version of an alicorn, with giant wings and a glowing horn, not to mention her basic powerset involves tearing open holes in reality.
  • Incoming Ham: Upon her initial transformation.
    Midnight Sparkle: [evil laugh] You were right! I didn't understand magic before! But I do NOW!
  • Knight of Cerebus: Besides her actions threatening to destroy the universe making the highest stakes to date, unlike prior villains the consequences continue past her defeat. It takes all of the next movie to overcome the emotional damage caused and they're still responsible for the leaking Equestrian magic causing more frequent danger in that movie and subsequent works.
  • Lack of Empathy: She doesn't care if her world is destroyed if she can get to Equestria and its magic.
  • Leitmotif: Midnight Sparkle has one with dramatic, dark strings and organ which makes her rampage much more terrifying. She also attracts a lot of Deathly Dies Irae.
  • Mad Scientist: She wants to go to Equestria to study its magic, no matter the consequences to her own world.
  • Nerd Glasses: Twilight's even seem to reflect in her Midnight Sparkle form, who has fancy mask-like designs made of magical energy around her eyes.
  • Ominous Pipe Organ: Midnight Sparkle's leitmotif.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: She is tearing apart the fabric of reality to destroy the Earth in an attempt to gain magic knowing that everyone will die.
  • One-Winged Angel: Twilight absorbs the magic she's drained to transform into Midnight Sparkle. This starts the climatic fight for Friendship Games.
  • Paint It Black: Twilight absorbing the magic grants her an instant Evil Makeover as Midnight Sparkle, with ominous black wings, a sexy Dark Magical Girl outfit, a glowing horn and blue emanation around her eyes, as well as her skin taking a darker purple hue.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: She's potentially G4's biggest example yet. Sure, the franchise is no stranger to godlike threats, but each of them has still been focused on only one world; Midnight's abilities and intentions endanger at least two whole universes.
  • Power Floats: As Midnight Sparkle she has wings, although those don't flap at all, and yet she stays effortlessly in the air.
  • Power Gives You Wings: Once Twilight unleashes the magic and goes One-Winged Angel, she gets very large, black feather wings that look like the silhouette of a bird of prey.
  • Purple Is Powerful: You better believe it. She has enough strength to tear open portals and potentially cause reality itself to collapse, and it takes Daydream Shimmer to put her down, and even then, the two are evenly matched until Spike distracts Midnight, giving Daydream the chance to overpower her.
  • Reality Warper:
    • This form is probably the most destructive kind shown thus far in G4, able to open tears between the two realities at will thanks to being infused with the magic of the portal. The biggest problem with this power, though, is that she exercises it with no restraint, and rather than stable portals she creates rifts that continue to crack apart and enlarge, potentially threatening to eventually tear both worlds apart.
    • While in Twilight's mind in Legend of Everfree, Midnight shifts reality around her several times, all for the sake of making Twilight suffer. In just the first dream sequence, Midnight destroys Twilight's bedroom, and erases all of Twilight's friends right in front of her.
  • Shadow Archetype: To Sunset Shimmer. At the climax, she even undergoes a similar Painful Transformation into her own Superpowered Evil Side, Midnight Sparkle, who wishes to go to Equestria and study its magic, paralleling Sunset's previous desire to conquer it in her own darkest moment. Sunset even lampshades the parallels herself as she gets her own Super Mode and stops her.
  • The Sociopath: Let's see. Lack of Empathy? Check. Doesn't care who gets hurt by her Evil Plan? Check. A god complex as big as the sun? Do you really need to ask?
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Midnight is Twilight's inner pain and desire to understand magic amplified to a terrible degree. She can open portals to another world seemingly at will, even causing a Reality Bleed by opening up a few of them. She also doesn't care if a world gets destroyed, as long as she gets what she wants.
  • Tron Lines: She has a line in the middle of each wing emitting a pale blue glow; her horn, eye masks and the soles of her shoes are glowing too.
  • The Unfettered: Midnight Sparkle is threatening to destroy two universes not because she's motivated by revenge or hatred or anything like that. No... she simply doesn't care about the catastrophic consequences of her actions. She's solely interested in understanding the magic of the other world, and to her humans or ponies are just insignificant distractions.
  • Villain Has a Point: At the end of Legend of Everfree, when Twilight is forced to tap into her power, Midnight proclaims that she is a part of Twilight, which is true in a sense: she is a manifestation of Twilight's power, namely her fears. Even though Twilight manages to to overcome it and control her power, it doesn't mean Midnight is completely gone, just suppressed.
  • Villainous Legacy: Even after her defeat, she continues to haunt Twilight as an Enemy Within throughout Legend of Everfree. Her damaging the portal to Equestria also led to magic leaking into the human world, enabling that movie's conflict, and is implied to be ongoing.
  • Weaponized Teleportation: Midnight Sparkle's blasts destroy whatever they hit by ripping the fabric of reality apart, often opening huge portals between the human world and Equestria.
  • Winged Humanoid: Like when Twilight is "ponied up", Midnight Sparkle's form is winged, although those wings are darker, bigger and more menacing than those of an alicorn.
  • Wings Do Nothing: Her wings are more used for dramatic effect (like when she wraps herself in them) than for flying, as they don't visibly flap even as she hovers above the ground.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Midnight Sparkle gains ultimate power from an overdose of Equestrian Magic, but at the cost of her sanity, overwhelmed by it much like Sunset Shimmer was in the first movie.
  • Your Size May Vary: Throughout Legend of Everfree, Midnight's size shifts several times while she taunts Twilight. In the first dream sequence, Midnight goes from roughly the same size as Twilight to a gigantic monster that could fit Twilight in the palm of her hand, and back again.

Legend of Everfree

    Gaea Everfree

"Behold the beauty of nature in all its glory
No need to fear the vultures at the door
Right here you have me to protect you
Within these walls of thorns
For Everfree
For evermore!"

Voiced by: Enid-Raye Adams, Kelly Metzger (singing)

The eponymous "legend" of the movie. A dark spirit of the woods that lives in Camp Everfree, she is the guardian of the woods and plagued the ancestors of Gloriosa and Timber. She agreed to let their family live there, but vowed she would one day return to reclaim the land for the forest.

  • Affably Evil: Even when Drunk with Power, Gaia Everfree retains a lot of Affably Evil tropes connected with her, coupled with her chummy and hammy personality with Anti-Villain qualities.
  • Anti-Villain: The mysterious events the other characters experience around the camp is Gloriosa trying to improve their experience and overexerting her powers, and they're just misinterpreting what's happening. Even after transforming into Gaea Everfree and surrounding the camp with vines, she shows no malice to the campers and doesn't (deliberately) hurt them, calling for them to not fear her in her transformed state and assuring them she'll protect them. She could even count as a Villainy-Free Villain if not for the fact that she turns her powers on the Rainbooms when they try to free the others.
  • Berserk Button: She gets impatient when the campers refuse her "help" and try to escape, then loses it when Rarity says the wrong thing about going to the spa over staying at camp forever. The fact that Filthy Rich was going to pave over her camp to build a spa really didn't help matters.
    Gaea Everfree: [twitchy eye, speaks in mocking falsetto] To the spa? [Suddenly Shouting] TO THE SPAAAAAAA?!
  • Big Bad: She is responsible for all the magical danger in Legend of Everfree. Specifically, after Gloriosa takes on her form, her misfiring attempts to first make the last week of camp as good as it can be and then her imprisoning the campers inside her thorn barrier provide the film's main dangers.
  • Black Eyes of Crazy: Both versions have these; the difference is in the color of the iris/pupils.
    Timber Spruce: [...] and her eyes were pools of black tar.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Almost every line of dialogue she has is shouting. The few that aren't still have an overly dramatic tone.
  • Facial Markings: She has a rich maroon marking over her eyes, shaped like a Domino Mask, reinforcing the supervillainess look.
  • The Fair Folk: The version of Gaea Everfree as described by Timber Spruce is very similar to the fairies of old: a scary, otherworldly nature spirit that isn't very fond of humans trespassing her domain, although not entirely hostile towards them.
  • Fog Feet: The Gaea Everfree in Timber Spruce's story doesn't have legs, but an amorphous trunk-like lower body that seems to flow from the ground, leaving a trail of gem dust.
  • Ghostly Glide: She moves without ever touching the ground. Along with her glow, it helps making her unsettling (not that Snips and Snails notice).
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Her eyes have an intense golden glow in Timber's tale.
  • Green Means Natural: The titular Gaea Everfree wears a green dress and stockings, and she has the ability to control plant life around Camp Everfree. She can even cover the entire place with vines.
  • Green Thumb: She has the power to control the plant life of the forest around Camp Everfree.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Despite looking like a forest monster, parts of her are distinctly human — most notably her face. And her appearance in the climax is even more humanlike since it's actually a transformed Gloriosa taking Gaea's mantle, so to speak.
  • Incoming Ham: "ATTENTION, CAMPERS!" Shouted as she floats into the middle of the camp.
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: It's worth noting that the same sort of power Gloriosa is channeling turned Twilight Sparkle and Sunset Shimmer utterly evil, but she maxes out at an (admittedly mentally unstable) Well-Intentioned Extremist.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: It's ambiguous if she's a story Timber made up to cover for Gloriosa's magic, or if it was a pre-existing story about a real spirit that once lived and Timber appropriated it to cover up for Gloriosa. The cast themselves note that it's entirely possible a real Gaea Everfree existed in the past, since the Sirens have set a precedent for the idea of magical beings from Equestria being banished to their world, but it isn't confirmed or disproven either way.
  • Milking the Giant Cow: Gaea Everfree makes lots of emphatic gestures, especially during her Villain Song. Sometimes it goes along with using her magic, but most often it's completely gratuitous.
  • Nature Spirit: How Timber describes Gaea Everfree in his story. She holds dominion over the woods and resents the encroachment of humans in her territory. She can, however, be reasoned with, allowing them to remain for now — but they shouldn't expect to stay forever.
  • Obliviously Evil: Honestly thinks that she's doing the right thing, to the point where she can't get why the Rainbooms would oppose her.
    Gaea Everfree: Why are you fighting me?! I'm doing this to save our camp! I'm doing this for you!
  • One-Winged Angel: The power of all seven magical geodes transforms Gloriosa Daisy into a real Gaea Everfree. This is what triggers the climax.
  • Plant Person: The Gaea Everfree in Timber Spruce's story looks quite plant-like, with branch-like arms made of wood and foliage for hair, as fitting for an embodiment of nature. Gloriosa Daisy transformed is more human-looking, but her outfit still has a strong vegetation theme.
  • Power Floats: She hovers above the ground. The girls lampshade this upon noticing.
    Applejack: Am I going crazy, or are her feet not touchin' the ground?
  • Power Glows: She gives off a Sickly Green Glow when she floats or uses her powers. In Timber Spruce's story, she glows green from the beginning, but the aura turns red when she angrily states to his great-grandparents that they are trespassing on her domain.
  • Power Makes Your Hair Grow: Gloriosa has already long hair, but as Gaea Everfree it becomes longer, bushy and wild, as well as changing color.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Her skin is a pale shade of purple and she is one of the strongest magic-users in the series.
  • Sickly Green Glow: The color of Gaea Everfree's aura, and the brighter glow or crackling energy when she's using her powers, are a sickly green. Perfectly thematic for a nature spirit on the creepy side.
  • Spell My Name with an S: Her name is officially spelled "Gaea Everfree" in the novelization, which is an alternative spelling for the more common "Gaia".
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Gaea Everfree is Gloriosa Daisy corrupted by an overdose of Equestrian magic.
  • Villainous Breakdown: She slowly becomes angered when the campers try to tear down her vines surrounding the camp. Then Rarity says the wrong thing when trying to talk her down, making Gaea go outright berserk and start attacking the Rainbooms directly.
  • Villain Song: "We Will Stand for Everfree". Although it doesn't express much hostility; in fact she keeps telling she wants to protect the camp from external threats, and the campers with it, and that they shouldn't be afraid of her. Too bad it also involves them never leaving.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Thinks of herself as such. She honestly wants to protect Camp Everfree, especially from the likes of Filthy Rich, who just want to destroy it. Too bad her idea of "protection" is keeping everyone permanently locked up in a giant cage of thorny vines.
  • Yandere: Towards her camp. She'll keep the camp and its campers safe, even if she has to get violent and seal them all up permanently to do it.


    Juniper Montage
"This should be my night! I would have found a way to be in the film if you all had stayed out of it! I would have been Daring Do! Everyone would've loved me!"

Voiced by: Ali Liebert

Canter Zoom's niece and backstage assistant who aspires to star in a movie one day. She'd do anything to get her big break — and this sends her on a dangerous collision course with the girls from Canterlot High School.

  • Artifact of Doom: A burst of Equestrian magic from nowhere transforms a nearby mirror into a magical one, that grants wishes to anyone who possesses it. Juniper just happens to be nearby and she discovers it.
  • Bad Job, Worse Uniform: Juniper's job at the Canterlot Mall Movie Theater is repetitive and degrading. The uniform is even worse, with ridiculously bright colors and goofy film reel accessories.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: When Juniper lashes out at the Rainbooms for supposedly ruining her life, she wishes them all to just go away and leave her alone. The mirror activates and sucks them all inside. From the look on her face, Juniper didn't mean for that to happen, but the mirror's corruption begins to take over, making her fully deranged.
  • Big Bad: Of "Movie Magic". Juniper Montage actually gains the majority of the focus in "Mirror Magic" as a Villain Protagonist. Juniper is rather mundane and isn't out to conquer the world. She just wants to be famous.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Appears perfectly pleasant at first, but cracks in her façade show her to be extremely petty and resentful towards anyone who gets in the way of what she wants. By "Mirror Magic" she's been reduced to a bitter and resentful individual whose bad side is out in the open, treating the people around her with disdain and disrespect.
  • Burger Fool: After getting fired as a stagehand, this is Juniper's new job at the concession stand of the Canterlot Mall Movie Theater. Naturally, she hates it.
  • The Butler Did It: Who would've thought the intern with full knowledge of the studio's layout and keys to every room in the building would turn out to be the mystery thief and saboteur?
  • Defeat Means Menial Labor: A thing that carries on from "Movie Magic" to "Mirror Magic". After she was caught stealing props, her uncle had her banned from the studio as an assistant, but set her up with a job in the mall's theater. So more "Defeat Equals a Downgrade in Jobs".
  • Didn't Think This Through: She steals props and costumes and sabotages sets, believing that if enough goes wrong then Chestnut Magnifico will either leave or get fired, then she'll return everything and she could star as Daring Do in the film. But, since so much is going wrong, and her uncle thinks she is too young and inexperienced to play a big role, it is more likely that production on the film would have completely stopped and the film would have been cancelled if she was not caught.
  • Easily Forgiven:
    • Subverted when Canter Zoom forgives Juniper Montage for the trouble she caused, but she has violated his trust and almost ruined the production of the movie, potentially costing many people money, jobs, and even their careers. He fires her from her stagehand job and has her escorted out of the studio by security, and doesn't know when she'll ever be allowed back. Canter Zoom instead finds Juniper a job in the Canterlot Mall, where the work is degrading and she has to wear a tacky uniform. On top of it, she is not even allowed to attend the Daring Do movie premiere.
    • After becoming corrupted by the magical mirror and trapping the Rainbooms in the mirror dimension, the girls easily forgive Juniper after she sets them free, mostly because they (Sunset Shimmer and Human Twilight in particular) did far worse things when corrupted by Equestrian Magic.
  • Evil Is Bigger: Her "movie star" form is at least twice as tall as the average person.
  • Forgiven, but Not Forgotten: She hopes her uncle will forgive her for taking advantage of him, sabotaging and stealing all kinds of equipment, and endangering several people. He does because they're family, but she has still lost a good deal of his trust, and is told she won't be allowed back to the studio for a long time.
  • Freudian Excuse: She is implied to have a Friendless Background (more explicitly so in the novelization), which fuels her dream of becoming a beloved movie star. She then starts to fall off the deep end when the role of her dreams gets snatched up by a stuck-up, self-serving prima donna, leading Juniper to sabotage an entire movie and (albeit unwittingly) frame the lead actress.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: In "Movie Magic", she's an ordinary teenage girl who uses simple acts of stealing to achieve her goal. In "Mirror Magic", she gets her hands on a magic mirror that can trap others in another dimension, and is willing to use it against everyone who wronged her.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: She hates Chestnut Magnifico's guts for landing the role of Daring Do, which she feels should rightfully belong to her. That, and Chestnut kept hogging all her favorite praline bars. She becomes this to the Rainbooms after they thwart her plans, and when Juniper discovers that they were cast in the Daring Do movie and she wasn't.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Juniper Montage follows up on MLP tradition by being the latest baddie to become friends with the main characters. She is last seen hanging out with the Equestria Girls (and Starlight Glimmer) at the end of "Mirror Magic".
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: Juniper Montage was once a girl with an aspiring career in the movie industry, getting to be in the studio with her uncle Canter Zoom, who is a famous movie director. She also got to be around all of his movies and hob-knob with famous stars, until her entitlement leads her to sabotage one of his movies, potentially endangering the careers of several people. Juniper gets exposed by guest visitors, she is fired and is now stuck in a dead-end job, she has lost her uncle's trust, she is banned from the movie studio, and her future is seemingly in doubt.
  • Humiliation Conga: After her movie studio fiasco, Juniper Montage's catastrophic downfall continues. Canter Zoom finds her a Burger Fool job at the Canterlot Mall, and if that wasn't bad enough, she is continually subjected to the Rainbooms' "Dance Magic" music video on repeat, on top of working in the theater at the premiere of said Daring Do movie, from where she was just rightfully but spectacularly fired from by her own uncle. Being constantly reminded of her failures each and every day does wonders for Juniper's mood and mental state. Juniper herself comments with just how bad everything has gotten for herself, it could be her luck to be the one to usher the Rainbooms to their seats at the premiere (which by the way, Juniper also wasn't invited to). No villain has ever gotten it this bad before.
  • Hypocrite: She's a Spoiled Brat who resents a Prima Donna actress.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: The reason she wants to be Daring Do is not just because of her fandom, but also because she wants to be loved and adored as a movie star. The self she sees in the magic mirror reflects this, with people asking her for autographs and pictures. When she takes this "movie star" form, she even thinks people want to take pictures with her, despite screaming in fear.
  • Informed Attribute: Both the official website and her merch make emphasis on her being a film expert and knowing nearly everything related to filmmaking. While it's very likely to be true (she worked on a movie studio for what's implied to be a significant part of her formative years, and her uncle is a famous film director), this isn't shown (or even mentioned) in the two specials she appears in.
  • It's All About Me: Juniper didn't care or even think about the potential damage she was causing with her schemes in "Movie Magic", as long as she got a shot to play Daring Do in the film. This ends up costing her dearly.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Between two specials, Juniper goes from sabotaging the Daring Do movie and accidentally endangering people out of a childish grudge, to trapping innocents she felt did her wrong in another dimension and turning into a monster.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When Juniper wishes the Rainbooms into the mirror, she gets a devastated and surprised look on her face as they're sucked in, but before she can express any remorse, it's already too late and the mirror's corruption takes over.
  • Nepotism: A whole-hearted advocate of this, as she feels being the niece of a director gives her the right to demand whatever movie role she wants.
  • Never My Fault: Juniper refuses to take responsibility for her current predicament, and blames the Rainbooms for her getting fired from her job. Rainbow Dash reminding Juniper that she ruined everything for herself by trying to sabotage the Daring Do movie causes her to fly into an angry rant towards them. Starlight manages to get her to realize that her actions have consequences in pursuit of her desires and that her selfishness ended up betraying her uncle's trust which finally makes her realize she has no one to blame but herself.
  • No Social Skills: Her profile in the official website describes her as "socially awkward" and with "poor social skills". While not immediately apparent in "Movie" and "Mirror Magic", it does show in the way she seems oblivious to how her behavior (even before her magic corruption) affects others.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Juniper Montage spends most of her appearances as a total non-threat, with the extent of her "villainy" being her overwhelming pettiness and resentment, on top of still being quite dorky and looking silly in her theater work uniform... until she gets her hands on the magic mirror. She gets even worse once she figures out how to use it and gets corrupted.
  • Obviously Evil: Her debut scene has her grumbling under her breath that she's angry she isn't starring in the movie like she wanted, telling Twilight and Rainbow she knows the studio layout well due to all her work there, and she has a set of keys she can use to access most any area she wants. It shouldn't be that much of a shock when she turns out to be the mystery thief. "Mirror Magic" doesn't even hide it, as the Cold Opening shows off Juniper's hatred for her job and increasing resentment towards the Rainbooms.
  • One-Winged Angel: In "Mirror Magic", Juniper transforms into a giant adult woman due to the effects of the magic mirror.
  • The Resenter: By "Mirror Magic", Juniper Montage harbors a ton of resentment at the Rainbooms. Not only does she hate the girls for ruining her plans in "Movie Magic", she also hates how successful they are getting to be in the blockbuster Daring Do movie (they're even advertised extras), while she's stuck in a dead-end job at the Canterlot Mall, where she constantly sees frequent playbacks of their "Dance Magic" music video. Worst, they are present for the opening of said new Daring Do movie, from where she was just fired by her uncle in spectacular fashion, due to them exposing her schemes.
  • Revenge: Juniper clearly hates the Rainbooms after what happened in "Movie Magic", but the "revenge" part doesn't come to her until she gets corrupted by the magic mirror.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Despite Juniper's firing being her own fault, and the CHS girls not intending for that to happen, she still takes revenge against them via Magic Mirror. Curiously, she doesn't seem to target Canter Zoom (the one who actually fired her) or Chestnut Magnifico (her rival for the Daring Do role) in the same fashion.
  • The Slacker: Juniper treats her movie theater job with the exact care and enthusiasm as such a job would usually get, as in, with not much care or enthusiasm at all.
    Fluttershy: You work here?
    Juniper Montage: As little as possible. [lazily sweeps away popcorn with her foot]
  • Small Name, Big Ego: She seems to think she has a right to star in a big-budget movie despite apparently having no acting experience.
  • Spoiled Brat: Her whole motive for sabotaging the Daring Do movie is because her uncle wouldn't let her play Daring Do no matter how much she asked. This is in spite of Juniper lacking the age and acting experience to handle such a part.
  • Spy Catsuit: Juniper Montage wears a skintight black suit under Stalwart Stallion's cloak to better blend in the shadows.
  • Super Strength: Once corrupted, her "movie star" form may not be very powerful compared to earlier villains like Midnight Sparkle or Gaea Everfree, but she still has proportional strength to her size and tosses around the mall's furniture or breaks TV screens with ease.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: In the middle of her rampage and Starlight Glimmer talking her down, Juniper finally admits her regret for her actions, and thinks no one will forgive her for what she has already done.
    Juniper Montage: What I've done is... is... unforgivable.
  • Villain Protagonist: Of "Mirror Magic". While the Equestria Girls (and special guest Starlight Glimmer) are still a significant part of the special, Juniper Montage gets a majority of the screentime, showcasing her new occupation, her growing resentment towards the good guys and her hijinks with the magic mirror.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's impossible to talk about her without giving her away as the main villain of two of the three Equestria Girls specials.
  • We Will Meet Again: When being escorted out of studio by security, Juniper Montage delivers a Death Glare at the Rainbooms.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: The more Juniper uses the magical mirror, the more corrupted she becomes. She was already rather unhinged to begin with, but the magical mirror just amplifies her negative emotions to dangerous extremes.
  • You Meddling Kids: Juniper Montage bitterly rants this to the Rainbooms, blaming them for foiling her plans, getting her fired from her job in the studio, costing her a role in the Daring Do movie and potentially a career, and thus being stuck in a Burger Fool job as a result.
    Juniper Montage: This should be MY night! I would've found a way to be in the film if you had stayed out of it!

    Wallflower Blush
"How am I supposed to get back at you if nothing I do matters? I hate you!"

A member of Canterlot High's Yearbook Club, and the only member of the Garden Club. Nobody seems to notice her around much.

  • Accuser of the Brethren: She erases everyone's memories of Sunset Shimmer's redemption, believing she hadn't really changed, and out of jealousy of Sunset being popular despite her misdeeds, while Wallflower is ignored.
  • Artifact of Doom: The Memory Stone she finds buried near the school.
  • Big Bad: Of Forgotten Friendship, being the one who wipes out the memories of Sunset Shimmer from Canterlot High School.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Played With. While being a shy, socially-awkward girl is a genuine part of her personality, Wallflower also hides a much nastier side behind it. She's willing to erase the memories of her fellow students, and even commit Revenge by Proxy against the Equestria Girls when her plans for petty vengeance against Sunset Shimmer start to fall through.
  • Breaking Old Trends: She's the first Big Bad in Equestria Girls to not be transformed into a monster by the magic they wield.
  • The Cameo:
  • Caring Gardener: Wallflower Blush is tending to a small garden on school grounds. She's rather proud of being in the Gardening Club, even though she's the sole member... and pretty much the only person to know about the garden. Yes, her troubles with connecting to other people makes her less "caring" than usual for the archetype, but she gets better toward the end of the special, being joined by Derpy Hooves and Roseluck.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: She is introduced at the beginning of the film, and then quickly forgotten by the main cast. Sure enough, she's behind all the memory losses.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Being ignored for so long has made her pretty sardonic.
    Wallflower: [after the main cast leave the yearbook club room] I'll just... finish up here.
    Sunset: Whoops, forgot to get the light! [turns off the light]
    Wallflower: the dark.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: Of the Shrinking Violet. Her being ignored and unable to stand out has left her with a lot of resentment and jealousy of others for getting the attention she wanted.
  • Didn't Think This Through: She used the Memory Stone to erase awkward encounters with her from her fellow students' memory. This just led to her being even less memorable than she already was.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Wallflower goes about erasing the memories of Sunset Shimmer and anyone who upsets her because she felt ignored.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: Was introduced for a quick joke, then turns out to be behind the loss of memories.
  • Dork in a Sweater: Her main trait of being unremarkable and socially invisible certainly isn't helped by the drab, brown striped sweater — especially in comparison to the colorful clothes worn by many CHS students.
  • Drunk with Power: She admits that she started using the Memory Stone for mundane purposes at the beginning, but quickly got too used to its power.
  • Easily Forgiven: She gets forgiven for nearly wiping out the Equestria Girls' memories of each other almost immediately, gets her Gardening Club in the yearbook, and also gets it signed by all of seven of them.
  • Forgettable Character: To the point that mere moments after talking to her, people forget who she is or that she's even there.
  • Friendless Background: Her Freudian Excuse for her villainy is that she's been more-or-less completely ignored by everyone for a good part of her life. Wallflower even mentions to Sunset that they've known each other since ninth grade, but Sunset can't remember Wallflower's name, even before she's hit with Laser-Guided Amnesia.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: People barely even see her, but once she gets her hands on the Memory Stone, she's able to ruin Sunset's life with almost no effort.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: Spending most of her life essentially unnoticed has made her very bitter.
  • Green and Mean: Her hair and skin are green, and she's the main antagonist of Forgotten Friendship.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: She was jealous of all of the positive attention that Sunset Shimmer was getting. As a visual cue for her jealousy, Wallflower's hair and skin are all green.
  • Green Thumb: She's the only member of the Gardening Club, and turned an area of dilapidated forest into a beautiful flower garden.
  • Heel–Face Turn: It's a My Little Pony tradition. Wallflower gets over her resentment and ends up reconciling with Sunset Shimmer and the others in the end.
  • Heel Realization: She realizes how far she's gone when Sunset Shimmer's memories of Canterlot High School are completely erased. It makes Wallflower hesitate just long enough to let the Equestria Girls change forms and destroy the Memory Stone.
  • Informed Flaw: It's implied her shyness and not being a people person are the reason she's unable to get noticed. But when others interact with her she display no shyness or awkwardness beyond what would be expected from no-one remembering her or their Villainous Breakdown.
  • Invisible Introvert: Zig-Zagged. Most people forget she exists — Sunset has known her since 9th grade, but thought she was meeting her for the first time at the beginning of the film. When she finds the Memory Stone, she initially uses it to erase her embarrassing moments from others' memories... which has the drawback of making her even more invisible. Subverted when she starts using the Memory Stone to make others forget their positive memories of Sunset Shimmer, since she's jealous that Sunset is so popular despite never apologizing for being an Alpha Bitch when she first started school. She repents by the end however, saying, "I'd rather be invisible or forgotten than remembered as a villain."
  • I Resemble That Remark!: When Sunset says she understands Wallflower, saying when she was a bully she was lonely just like her, Wallflower shouts she isn't lonely because she has plants, then admits that sounded less lonely in her head.
  • I Reject Your Reality: She genuinely believes that Sunset hasn't changed from the bully she used to be, despite all evidence to the contrary.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: After first obtaining the Memory Stone, Wallflower erased the memories of small things, like a few moments of awkward social interactions. Then, she erases everyone's good memories of Sunset Shimmer for the sake of petty vengeance, and finally, is willing to erase the Equestria Girls' memories of each other completely once she's confronted for Revenge by Proxy.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: She uses the Memory Stone from Equestria to erase peoples' memories. At first, she used it to erase things like little mistakes and public speaking, but soon started using it to erase memories to get back at people, namely Sunset Shimmer.
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: While taking away people's memories is still a horrible deed, none of her actions have compromised the safety of the people around her like the previous villains, especially after their transformation.
  • Meaningful Name: Wallflower's name refers both to the slang term for someone who's very shy or socially awkward, and also to her talent for gardening. Additionally, "blush" can mean to feel embarrassed or ashamed, of which she is of small social mistakes in her past, in addition to the clear blushing she actually does throughout the special.
  • Messy Hair: Her green hair is a tangled mess, another hint along with her clothes of neglecting her appearance.
  • Misplaced Retribution: The motivation for her villainy is Sunset ignoring her, which everyone at the school was guilty of. Wallflower only targets Sunset because of Green-Eyed Monster and The Resenter being in effect. Sunset may not have done anything to her personally, but other factors made her a target for Wallflower.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After she erases all of Sunset's memories of her friends, Canterlot High, and even being human, Wallflower seems horrified at what's happened to Sunset.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: She's the main antagonist of Forgotten Friendship, but she never engages in combat herself.
  • The Nondescript: Wallflower Blush is so nondescript and forgettable no-one can remember her, even when they'd just talked to her. It's part of her motivation to erase Sunset Shimmer from everyone's memories.
  • No Social Skills: In every interaction with her fellow students, she's very shy, quiet, and awkward. Most people don't even notice her at all.
  • Rejection Projection: Her reading her inability to be recognized as deliberate peer rejection, especially from Sunset, drives her to begin her revenge campaign.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Wallflower Blush is introduced in the special Forgotten Friendship and states she has known Sunset since ninth grade. When Sunset sees her memories later, scenes from the previous films are shown with her in the background, being completely unnoticed by everyone.
  • The Resenter: She hates Sunset Shimmer for the fact that the school has forgiven her for her past misdeeds, despite Sunset being Innocently Insensitive by constantly making Wallflower feel ignored.
  • Running Gag: Wallflower's deadpan exasperation at no-one noticing or remembering her.
  • Saying Too Much: She accidentally reveals Sunset was telling the truth when she shouts that she already erased Sunset's memories of the entire afternoon and all of Sunset's friends are sitting nearby and can hear her.
  • Shrinking Violet: Nobody seems to remember her name, remember meeting her, or even notice she's there. This turns out to be what causes her descent into villainy; she's tired of being ignored.
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: She switches to a more flattering, floral-themed outfit in her few cameo appearances after the special.
  • They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: Unlike the other major characters, Wallflower only wears simple clothes in dull colors. She could easily be mistaken for a background character at first glance, which is exactly the point.
  • Ungrateful Bitch: Despite Sunset having saved the school (and by extension, Wallflower) multiple times, Wallflower still deeply resents her.
  • Vengeance Feels Empty: Subverted. She wants to get even with Sunset by taking away all the pleasant memories everyone has of her, and is content at first when she thinks she's succeeded. Later on, Wallflower starts breaking down because Sunset won't give up, but instead of realizing how wrong what she's doing is, she just resorts to more drastic measures.
  • Villainous Breakdown: When Sunset not only escapes from the locked yearbook room but confronts her again, Wallflower accidentally blurts out her scheme in front of the other Equestria Girls, thus proving Sunset was telling the truth. Then, after proclaiming she hates Sunset, Wallflower tries to commit Revenge by Proxy just to make Sunset suffer.
  • Villain Song: "Invisible." Unlike the typical Villain Song, Wallflower's is her despairing how no-one ever notices her and how lonely she is.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's very difficult to discuss her role in Forgotten Friendship beyond a one-off gag at the beginning without spoiling that she's the Big Bad.
  • Wardrobe Flaw of Characterization: Her status as The Nondescript and a Forgettable Character is enforced by her appearance, including her wardrobe. While most CHS female students wear stylish and colorful clothes, Wallflower sticks to a drab brown striped sweater, plain jean pants and flat, soft shoes without socks.
  • When She Smiles: After a whole movie of looking neutral at best and angry at worst, when Sunset forgives her at the end, her smile is adorable. She smiles again, with the same effect, when Sunset reveals she put her in the yearbook as "Best Gardener". To a lesser extent, it's refreshing to see her smile when she starts talking about the school garden partway through the movie, as she's finally being asked about a topic she has an interest in.
  • Youthful Freckles: Cheeks full of them to put Applejack to shame. Also makes her appear younger than the others, even though it's suggested she's about the same age.

    Vignette Valencia
"B-Y-B-B! Be yourself... but better!"

Voiced by: Tegan Moss

A costume designer who is a darling of social media, and the head of public relations for the Equestrialand theme park.

  • Accidental Misnaming: She calls Applejack "Apple Juice" at one point (no doubt because she can't be bothered to remember her real name).
  • Acronym and Abbreviation Overload: She comes up with acronyms all the time, including combining multiple acronyms and hashtags into one.
    Vignette: The Throwbacks! Capital T, hashtag TBT — Throwback Today — or for short, TCTHTBT[TBT]! Pronounced "ta-ka-ta-ka-ba-ta!"
  • Beauty Is Bad: She's very beautiful but underneath the surface, Vignette is a condescending and vain young woman who judges people based on how many followers they have and rejects anything if it doesn't fit her personal vision.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Appears to be nice enough at first, as one might expect from someone in public relations. However, Vignette is rather snidely condescending to Rarity and anyone she considers beneath her. Namely, anyone who has fewer SnapGab followers than she does.
    Vignette: And no, I don't think I'm better than you just because I have more followers on SnapGab.
  • The Bus Came Back: She makes a return in one of the Multiple Endings for the short "Inclement Leather", where she compliments Rarity's rain-soaked hair.
  • Can't Take Criticism: She doesn't take it very well when others challenge or dismiss her ideas. And when the crowd at the parade make it clear they don't like her singing, she decides to simply teleport them all away.
  • Catchphrase: "BYBB: Be yourself but better."
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: Her thinking Fluttershy should be a "bad girl" with a heavy metal appearance would seem comically off, only for Fluttershy to turn out to be metal fan donning the exact same appearance in "The Road Less Scheduled".
  • Control Freak: Everything has to follow her vision or else she rejects it. And her vision is quick to change.
  • The Ditherer: Her original costume designer considers her to be this, as she kept changing her mind about what the costumes for the parade should look like, resulting them not being close to being ready.
  • Easily Forgiven: Rarity and the others are quick to forgive her for everything she'd done, including her selfish actions, manipulations, trapping most of the group in a room in the park, and taking over their band, with Applejack and Rarity sincerely offering Vignette their friendship.
  • #EngineeredHashtag: invokedIn-universe. While looking through her SnapGab pictures, Applejack finds one of Vignette showing off her hair, saying "#Bangs."
  • Evil Counterpart: To Rarity. They're both pretty, trendy young girls with a love of social media and fashion, but Rarity is interested in putting on fantastic shows and making other people feel better about themselves, while Vignette only cares about people bettering themselves in the view of what she thinks is better. The result is the two get along great at first, but Rarity turns on Vignette when she sees her true callous selfishness.
  • False Friend: She is one for Rarity, giving her empty compliments to distract her from what is really going on and to get her to do what she wants. As Applejack points out, this is what she does to everyone.
  • Foil: To Applejack. Vignette is obsessed with social media, particularly SnapGap, while Applejack barely knows the site exists; Applejack is a traditional country girl, Vignette is trendy and forward; Applejack embodies the Element of Honesty, Vignette is a manipulative liar.
  • Friendless Background: She has many followers on social media but not a single real friend until Rarity offers.
  • Fun with Acronyms: She comes up with odd acronyms all the time. Her Catchphrase is "B-Y-B-B, be yourself but better!" and she adds overly long acronyms in a lot of her lines.
  • Gratuitous French: Vignette pronounces "magic" as if it was the French word "magique".
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: When she tries singing a song she wrote herself during the parade, nobody in the crowd likes her singing. She sounds almost as bad as the Dazzlings after they lost their magic.
  • Hypocrite: When Fluttershy politely but firmly refuses Vignette's suggestion to remake herself into a "bad girl", Vignette passive-aggressively suggests that Fluttershy isn't open to "collab-ing" (this in spite of her own Control Freak nature).
  • Informed Flaw: After finding out about the Equestrian magic in Vignette's phone, Sunset suggests that it is corrupting her more and more by the minute. By all accounts, Vignette's personality didn't seem to have changed that much from how it was before her phone was affected, with the magic only allowing her to take her already-present Control Freak tendencies to the next level.
  • It's All About Me: She doesn't care at all about Rarity's friends until she learns that they're the Rainbooms. And she only cares about that because they have a large following on social media. Not long after, she tries to change the band member's looks to suit her vision, and attempts to force her way into the band itself as their new lead singer. She goes so far as to rename the band, and sing a song she wrote herself for the parade.
  • Lack of Empathy: When Rarity demands to know what she's done with her friends, Vignette very casually suggests that she simply erased them from existence, showing no concern whatsoever over the possibility.
  • Meaningful Name: In literature, a vignette is a short, brief scene that gives quick insight into a character or setting, reflecting Vignette's obsession with fleeting social media trends and hashtags. Her last name valencia refers to a type of orange, a pun on her and Applejack not getting along.
  • Never My Fault: At the beginning of the special, she complains about how the parade costumes aren't ready yet. Her original costume designer points out that this is due to Vignette repeatedly changing her mind, but Vignette refuses to accept that.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Vignette has little qualms against touching or putting her arms around people without a care if that makes them uncomfortable or not (most often to take selfies). Ironically, Pinkie Pie is one victim of this, when Vignette circles her face with her arm and touch her nose; Pinkie looks appropriately awkward from tasting her own medicine.
  • The Perfectionist: Cops to it during a Motive Rant, where she wonders why anyone can like something that's not perfect. In practice, Vignette changes her mind on a whim if she thinks something isn't absolutely perfect, which leads to those who work under her getting easily frustrated.
  • Phoneaholic Teenager: Almost constantly on her smartphone, checking social media and calling people, especially sending pictures to her followers on SnapGab.
  • The Social Expert: Subverted. While she has a ton of social media followers, she's quite bad at reading what people would like. She suggests a costume for Fluttershy that would make her the "bad girl" with a Black Metal aesthetic, and suggests Rainbow Dash wear a poodle skirt with an outfit out of The '50s. Double Subverted in "The Road Less Scheduled" where it's revealed Fluttershy secretly is a metal fan who dons the exact same uniform.
  • Social Media Before Reason: She cares far more about what her followers and online reviews will think of her than anyone in real life. Part of the lesson she learns from the Equestria Girls is that people in real life should always matter more than a follower count or online posts.
  • The Sociopath: She displays no empathy or concern for anyone but herself, sucks people who she dislikes into her phone without caring what happens to them, uses superficial charm and lies to manipulate people into doing what she wants, is completely full of herself and only cares about her own goals, and is prone to changing her mind and what she wants on the fly.
  • Stealth Pun: A valencia is a type of orange. She's opposed by an apple farmer. Thus, apples and oranges.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Rarity winds up rather callous following her interactions with Vignette, to the point that she actually dismisses her friends missing in favor of her job.
  • Villainous Breakdown: After Rarity uses her own magic to No-Sell her attempts to transport her the same way she did to her friends, Vignette becomes more openly angry and bossy to her workers. She ends up using her phone on Micro Chips out of nowhere and is about to use it on an entire crowd of people when they aren't cheering for her awful singing.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: She has a British-sounding accent but unlike Rarity's, it is not as heavy. It could be a fake accent.

    K-Lo and Su-Z
"We don't stop until we get it perfect!"

Voiced by: Lili Beaudoin (K-Lo), Mariee Devereux (Su-Z)
Singing voices: Marie Hui (K-Lo), Arielle Tuliao (Su-Z)

Kiwi Lollipop (K-Lo) and Supernova Zap (Su-Z), the duo of musicians who make up the band PostCrush. Reuniting for one last tour, they're billed as best friends who love to perform.

  • Anti-Villain: While they do end up causing trouble for Sunset with their antics, they aren't actively causing harm, but trying to do the best performance they can.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: They both share the spot of main antagonist in Sunset's Backstage Pass, though towards the end Su-Z appears to be slightly less motivated than K-Lo.
  • The Dividual: They're never seen apart throughout their debut appearance.
  • Easily Forgiven: By Sunset and Pinkie. Although more downplayed than most examples in this series, as they didn't really know the extent of the damage they were doing and never attempted anything truly harmful on the main characters — plus, they remind Sunset and Pinkie too much of themselves for a grudge to be held.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Sunset Shimmer and Pinkie Pie. K-Lo is serious and cool while Su-Z is wacky and fun-loving, and their personalities can clash at times, just like Sunset and Pinkie. But while Sunset and Pinkie eventually apologize and make up and want the other to have a good time, K-Lo and Su-Z constantly bicker because they each want to do things their own way.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: Invoked. They use the Time Twirler to relive the same day over and over until they get their performance perfect.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After they realize how much their need for perfection has changed them for the worse, they decide to change their ways and reconcile with each other.
  • Irony: It was only when they had no more chances to redo it did the two finally make a performance they were satisfied with.
  • Nice Character, Mean Actor: They're nice and friendly onstage, but offstage they constantly argue over being imperfect about their acts.
  • Obliviously Evil: Downplayed; on the one hand, they are just two musicians trying to give the most perfect performance ever, and trapping Sunset in an endless time loop was an unwanted side-effect they weren't aware of. On the other hand, they certainly didn't seem to care when they found out about it, and it did nothing to convince them to stop.
  • The Perfectionist: K-Lo. She's the one who uses the Time Twirler in the first place, and insists they keep going even after Su-Z wants to call it quits.
  • Pet the Dog: A literal example. Su-Z loves her dog Princess Thunder Guts.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: The two can hardly tolerate each other, but they keep it up anyway for the sake of getting their routines "perfect". The trouble is that K-Lo and Su-Z have different ideas of what "perfect" means, and they bicker between each other quite often.
  • Terrible Artist: Su-Z claims to have gone to art school, but her drawing skills are little better than a young child's. She does also add that she dropped out of art school...


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