The Mane 6
The Mane 6 are a group of friends that hang out at the Sugarcube Corner, a Local Hangout that's their "home away from home". It also hosts magic potions that the Mane 6 use whenever necessary.
- Emotional Powers: Although they have some conscious control over their quirky powers, said powers often seem to automatically activate based on their emotional state. For example, Pinkie tends to explode when she is excited, Fluttershy tends to grow when she is angry or determined, and Twilight tends to shatter when she is stressed.
- Flanderization: Their personalities are noticeably exaggerated and simplified from the original portrayals, almost to the point where they feel like parodies of themselves. An exception is Fluttershy, who is arguably much less shy than her counterpart.
- Inexplicably Awesome: Each of them has a quirky ability of some kind: Pinkie explodes into confetti, Fluttershy is a Sizeshifter, Twilight shatters like glass, Rainbow Dash can slow time, Rarity can summon her fainting couch and produce gems, and Applejack is a Fourth-Wall Observer. The powers are unique to each character; notably, Fluttershy attempts to imitate Pinkie's ability in "The 5 Habits of Highly Effective Ponies" and fails, but no explanation is given as to why they have such quirks and there is no indication whether ponies other than the Mane Six also have them.
Pinkie Pie is the cutest party animal around and runs the Sugarcube Corner.
- The Bartender: Sort of. She runs and works at the Sugarcube Corner, which hosts a batch of magical potions that her friends drink whenever necessary. Though she's unlikely to be the one to give any advice to anyone.
- Genki Girl: Moreso than the original here. This version of Pinkie tends to get very excited over even the smallest of things.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: She's the most central of the Mane Six instead of Twilight: she's the most prominent of the cast in the opening, the pilot is focused on her, and the main hangout for the group is Pinkie's workplace.
Fluttershy is the sweetest of the group and an animal lover. But don't mess with her friends, or else.
- Adaptational Badass: In contrast to the Shrinking Violet she was in Friendship is Magic, Fluttershy here is more confident and outgoing. When a potion gives her a vision of a "hidden truth" about herself, she cheerfully claims that what it showed her (she has great and terrible power inside her) was something she already knew. Her Sizeshifter ability also makes her more obviously intimidating when she's riled.
- Adaptational Jerkass: More emphasis is placed on her Cute and Psycho tendencies here than the empathetic qualities that were more central to her FiM counterpart. She regularly makes references to having a dark sense of humor, which her FiM counterpart only showed shades of, and is more likely to grab the Jerkass Ball.
- Adaptational Personality Change: Compared to her FiM counterpart, her shyness is only rarely on display and her Cute and Psycho side is more commonly seen.
- Animal Lover: Befriends a cat, fawns over dolphins, and is shown caring for a caterpillar.
- Badass Adorable: Parodied; when the rest of the Mane Six are acting cool, Fluttershy's attempt to act cool just prompts them to fawn over how cute she is. When she tries again even harder, they fawn harder.
- Characterization Marches On: Starts out more or less like her FiM counterpart, but by The Trail Less Trotten, she tends to be about as energised and excitable as Pinkie Pie.
- Cute and Psycho: While she doesn't actually hurt anyone, she regularly acts like she wants to. As well, she seems to not care about how she terrorizes ponies when running around gigantic.
- The Cutie: Is described as being "sweet".
- Jerkass Ball: Has a couple of moments. In "Death of a Sales-Pony", she quickly resorts to using her Sizeshifter powers to intimidate her friends into selling an increasingly infeasible number of cookies, and even after apologizing to the rest of the Mane Six, she makes no effort to dissuade the overworked Spike, Gummy, and Angel from continuing with cookie production. In "Discord's Peak", she puts herself and her friends in danger by triggering a volcanic eruption just to catch Discord's attention.
- Non-Indicative Name: Her shyness only seems to come up when she's on camera.
- Ship Tease: She lovingly refers to Discord as "my walking disaster" and sometimes manifests heart symbols while interacting with him.
- Sizeshifter: She can suddenly alter her size, becoming tiny or gigantic at will. She does it in "The Best of the Worst", becoming small to test Rainbow's resolve in suppressing her emotions, then growing huge to yell at Dishwater Slog for being mean to a young pony.
- There Was a Door: Fluttershy has been shown to bash down doors cause they were slightly jammed, as well as using her Size Powers to literally crash through a wall, such as when she is excited.
Twilight Sparkle is smart, and a bit of a book nerd.
- Adaptational Wimp: Though still knowledgeable about magic, she rarely exhibits the magical power and skill that her original counterpart possessed, even in life-threatening situations.
- Big Eater: Shown to enjoy Pinkie's confections the most as seen in "Badge of Shame" and "Pie vs. Pie".
- Not Quite Flight: Though capable of regular flight as well, she catches herself with her magic when she falls into a potion bottle in "All Bottled Up".
- The Smart Girl: Twilight's love for studying and books is carried over from the original.
- Visual Pun: She literally falls to pieces when she's stressed.
- Winged Unicorn: She's still an alicorn in this adaptation.
Rainbow Dash is the fastest pony alive, and is a sucker for a good competition.
- Competition Freak: In "The Best of the Worst", she can't turn down a challenge from Dishwater Slog because she simply can't refuse a friendly competition.
- Fastest Thing Alive: Described as being the fast one of the group in the intro.
- Informed Ability: She claims to be so speedy that she can literally control time and this is also mentioned in her bio on the official YouTube channel, but that was initially not directly shown in the series. She considered using the power in "Pinkie Pie: Hyper-Helper", she feels too sick at the time to actually do so. However, this was then averted in both "The Fluttershy Effect" and "Director Spike's Mockumentary", which were the only two times to actually show her using this ability in season 1.
Rarity is fabulous, but she can be a bit dramatic.
- Attention Whore: She loves being in the spotlight. In fact, she'll knock one of the other Mane Six out of the spotlight so she can be in it.
- Body to Jewel: In place of any spit or vomit, she'll spit out random gemstones.
- Drama Queen: At one point she whines about having nothing to wear. Her infamous fainting couch also sees plenty of usage.
- Girly Bruiser: Like the original Rarity, she may seem prissy, but she's not afraid to get into physical fights. She was prepared to beat up Bubbles when he claimed to be "too cool" for the Mane Six, and gets into a brawl with Gummy while trying to steal Pinkie's souffle recipe in "Bad Thing No. 3".
- It's All About Me: A Running Gag is one of her friends coming to her for advice and Rarity starting a story about herself that has nothing to do with the problem, and gets interrupted by the pony asking how her story is relevant to the problem.
- Overly Long Tongue: Often rolls out well in front of her when she's shocked.
- Prone to Vomiting: Any slight sickness or surprise will do it. Thankfully it's just gems.
Applejack is described as being the "fun" one of the group.
- Fourth-Wall Observer: Applejack frequently breaks the fourth wall and directly address the audience in this show, unlike Pinkie Pie in Friendship Is Magic. A few examples include:
- The first episode of the show, where she turns to the audience and says "Did you miss this? I missed this."
- In the season 1 finale, she initiates the Iris Out by pointing a remote control at the fourth wall.
Spike the dragon is Twilight's assistant.
- Advertised Extra: He was introduced along with the Mane 6, but has a much smaller role in the show.
- Demoted to Extra: Especially in earlier episodes, he has much less of a role than in the original show.
- Out of Focus: In many episodes, he's completely absent, or only briefly there for a gag, despite being essentially one of the group of friends.
Princess Celestia is one of the judges of the Royal Jelly Juggernaut contest.
- Ascended Meme: In Pinkie's Imagine Spots anyway, she has a lever next to her throne that she uses to drop failed contestants down a trap door, rather like a certain famous fan animation.
- Big Eater: She completely wolfs down a slice from a giant six-layer cake in one bite.
- Demoted to Extra: Instead of being Twilight's mentor and sending the Mane 6 to fight villains, often joining herself, she's a reality TV judge occasionally.
- Winged Unicorn: She's an alicorn, a pony with both wings and a horn.
Smallfry is a tiny colt, and a Rainbow Dash fanboy.
Dishwater Slog is a lazy earth pony that challenges Rainbow Dash for a competition to see who can be the worst.
- Born Unlucky: An interesting subversion in that he can do things correctly, but chooses not to as he is proud of his laziness.
- Card-Carrying Jerkass: He takes unhidden joy in mocking and messing with others. In his first scene alone, he keeps asking for Pinkie to slide over milkshakes to him, and lets them fall to the ground every time, smirking as it happens.
- As Rainbow Dash points out, despite seemingly taking pride in having put no effort into anything ever, he puts quite a bit of effort into being the biggest jerk he can possibly be.
- When Rainbow stops playing his game, he claims that she's not playing fair. This in spite of the fact that he "won" the second round by cheating.
- Jerkass: Invoked; and it's about the only thing he does put any effort into. Rainbow Dash uses this against him to win the second round of their Worst competition by pointing out he can't be a complete failure if he's succeeding at being a jerk.
- Kick the Dog: Purposely trips over Smallfry making the poor foal bawl his eyes out just to upset Rainbow Dash.
- The Pig-Pen: He's incredibly slovenly; his mane is messy, his shirt is covered in unidentified stains, and he sports a scruffy mustache stubble.
- Villainous Breakdown: When Rainbow Dash stops playing his "best of the worst" game, he totally loses it.
- Brutal Honesty: He does not pull any punches when it comes to stating his opinions. This comes to a head when he tells Pinkie that "Reality TV is trash" in response to her doubting she'll win the Royal Jelly Juggernaut, after her friends already criticized her attempt at savory desserts.
- Cats Are Mean: Well, of course.
- Cuteness Equals Forgiveness: Exploits this for all it's worth with Fluttershy whenever he does something mean.
- Cuteness Overload: Fluttershy manages to "out-adorable" him in their "cute-off", overwhelming him with so much cuteness that he takes off like a rocket, presumably into space.
- Fluffy the Terrible: Downplayed. He's not outright evil, he's just kind of a jerk. And a manipulative one at that.
- Hate Sink: An overall toxic friend who abuses Fluttershy and her friends out of sheer amusement.
- Jerkass: Very much so, though he tries to use his cuteness to keep Fluttershy from calling him out for it, which initially works.
- Manipulative Bastard: He manipulates Fluttershy by exploiting her Cuteness Proximity to animals and giving her friendship trinkets to keep her from calling him out for his actions.
- Prehensile Tail: Has a long tail that he often uses to pick up or manipulate objects when he's not using his paws.
- Replacement Flat Character: He serves a role similar to that of Discord in the original show, a sarcastic friend to Fluttershy that no one else really likes. Unlike Discord, he doesn't have a deeper role in the series, interesting powers, or the potential to grow as a person. This is made even more noticeable when Discord appears.
- Talking Animal: He is the only cat shown so far who can talk, unlike Rarity's cat, Opal.
- Voiced by: Andrea Libman
- Palette Swap: She's basically Fluttershy with the mane and coat colors swapped.
- Social Media Before Reason: She's more interested in her tablet than anything going on around her.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Bubbles' new friend looks (and sounds) a lot like his old friend.
- With Friends Like These...: As good a friend to Bubbles as he was to Fluttershy. She doesn't even notice when Bubbles suffers Cuteness Overload and gets blasted into space. Instead, she claims to be bored, and insists that the absent Bubbles make her laugh.
- Voiced by: Daniel Doheny (Derek and Matt), Andrea Libman (Matt 2)
- The Smurfette Principle: Matt 2 is the only female of the group.
- Voiced by: Trevor Devall
- Adaptational Jerkass: The original Fancy Pants was a Nice Guy despite his high noble class and made friends with Rarity. Here though, he is a pretty self-absorbed narcissist who only talks about himself, making him seem much closer to other nobles from the original show like Prince Blueblood.
- Love at First Sight: He seems to have this with Rarity, where as soon as he sees her he is stunned and we see a brief Crush Filter from his perspective, followed by him inviting her to go for a walk with him. Rarity returned his feelings at first, until she got to know him and realized how self-absorbed he was.
- Promoted to Love Interest: In Friendship is Magic, he had a polite but otherwise minor relationship with Rarity. Here, he serves the role of Prince Blueblood, as a bit of a crush for Rarity until she realizes his true nature mid-date.
- Voiced by: Madaleine Peters (Scootaloo), Michelle Creber (Apple Bloom), Claire Margaret Corlett (Sweetie Belle)
- Demoted to Extra: The three barely even talk, whereas in the original show, they were the protagonists for many episodes.
- Voiced by: Peter New
- I Work Alone: Refuses to join the Mane Six on their journey to Mt. Volcanope as he prefers to be by himself.
- Promoted to Love Interest: In the original show, he went from a villain to a recurring source of chaos to create adventure or slice of life fun, with some Ship Tease between him and Fluttershy on the side. In this, however, his introductory appearance is about him being content not messing with things, while Fluttershy blatantly crushes on him, and her taking things too far wanting him to join in drives the plot.
- Voiced by: Kathleen Barr
- Adaptational Nice Guy: A minor case. In the original show, she started off as an antagonistic jerk who humiliated the Mane 6 and had an episode that turned her into a villain (albeit this was partly because an amulet was gradually making her even worse than normally). While she did reform and become much nicer, it took a while, and she still had an ego to her. In this show, she is introduced as a neutral party and becomes friends with the Mane 6 halfway through the episode. She still has an ego to her, but she never actually acts mean to anyone, and she becomes friends with the Mane 6 much more quickly than in the original series.
- Voiced by: Ryan Bell
- Voiced by: Chanelle Peloso
- The Ace: As Twilight points out, Potion Nova is smart, skilled at magic, and great at cooking. However, Potion Nova is quick to point out her own flaws: she's bad with directions and a poor dancer.
- I Can't Dance: By her own admission, she's not good at dancing.
- Inexplicably Awesome: She makes complex magical potions, casually makes use of advanced spells like self-levitation, and, prior to introducing herself to the Mane Six, bypasses all of Twilight's traps meant to catch her in the act of restocking potions. Her mane also shimmers when she's about to manifest certain magic powersoddly, she doesn't seem to know what said powers will be before they occur, but such random bursts of power are never shown happening with any other character. How and why she's able to do any of this is so far unexplained.
- The Mentor: She takes Twilight under her wing as her apprentice.
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: She claims she owns a refrigerator company, but the only refrigerator-related activity she does is stocking Pinkie Pie's fridge with free potions.
- No Sense of Direction: In "Meet Potion Nova!", she claims to be bad at directions.
- Not Quite Flight: She regularly self-levitates with her magic.
- Voiced by: Jesse Inocalia
- Canon Foreigner: He never appeared in Friendship is Magic where Pinkie only had sisters as siblings.
- Voiced by: Richard Ian Cox (Snails) and Ian Hanlin (Snips)
- Those Two Guys: They're rarely seen apart.
- Voiced by: Michael Dobson
- Adaptational Badass: The original Gummy never showed any violent tendencies despite being an alligator. Here, he actively fights against Rarity in "Bad Thing No. 3" when she tries to steal Pinkie's souffle recipe.
- Adaptation Personality Change: This Gummy is much more expressive compared to the original who was The Stoic.
- All Animals Are Dogs: He scratches himself in a dog-like way in "I, Cookie".
- Big Eater: Constantly trying to eat the ingredients and baked goods that are around, and will even eat badly-made ones from a worn-out oven, or overeat decorated cookies to the point of vomiting.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He's able to fight evenly against Rarity and pin her hoof down despite being much smaller than her.
- Stomach of Holding: When Pinkie says it's just her and Gummy, he promptly vomits up a suitcase to go on vacation.
- Overly Long Tongue: As if he is part frog.
- Voiced by: Daniel Doheny
- Suddenly Voiced: Future Tank through a voice box.