My Little Pony TV Specials Characters
- Voiced by: Tammy Amerson
- Adaptational Badass: Her toy version just seems to be a cute girl in a dress. This version of Megan is a hard-working farmhand who goes on to be a queen/mother-figure to a whole herd of ponies, including battling against all kinds of mad wizards and evil monsters.
- Badass Normal: When a dragon tries to kidnap a pony in front of her, her immediate response is to hammer-punch it. It doesn't work, of course, but she still tried. She's still tough enough to turn the tables against a lot of powerful baddies. She even stunned Tirek with a punch. Megan also has zero qualms about swimming fully clothed to rescue Applejack from a river.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Is very kindhearted and big-sisterly (Danny and Molly have given her lots of practice on that score), until and unless you somehow manage to tick her off. Just ask Tirek...oh, right; she blew him to smithereens.
- Combat Pragmatist: She kind of has to be, given her opposition and Badass Normal status.
- Deadpan Snarker: Briefly, though you'd probably snark too if a pink pegasus picked you out of the blue and treated you like The Chosen One just because you said you could ride horses.
- Every Girl Is Cuter with Hair Decs: Has a huge pink hair ribbon.
- Farm Girl: Megan lives on a ranch and even has her own (non-talking, non-pastel) pony named TJ.
- Girliness Upgrade: Sort of. In the pilot she's your typical lovely-as-they-come tomboy. The second special gives her pastel clothes but keeps the general design.
- Good Is Not Soft: She's a generous, warm surrogate-mother type whose nature complements her striking beauty. She's also ready, willing, and able to kill...if that's what it takes to protect her friends and/or family; just ask what's left of Tirek.
- Mama Bear: As stated, she's the Team Mom, but harming the innocent is her Berserk Button.
- Naïve Everygirl: Megan is just a random girl whom Firefly discovers...and convinces to help her.
- Summon Everyman Hero: Firefly honestly was just looking for help, and Megan happened to be the first sentient being she came across. It helped the first thing Megan did was save her from a well.
- Team Mom: Maybe it's just because she's usually the only one around who has thumbs...
- Token Human: She is.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: She is a stunningly-attractive, if rough-and-tumble, ranch-hand who perpetually wears a ponytail. (Aptly so, for a horse-lover like herself.)
- Voiced by: Charlie Adler
A baby dragon who was friends with Scorpan and wants to help out as much as possible.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Very noticeable, the toy had bucked teeth and pronounced ears.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Purple as a toy. Pink here.
- Era-Specific Personality: This Spike was very innocent and child-like. This would return in G4 (although that kid Spike would be more snarky), but in G3 Spike is an adult, although still small.
- HeelFace Turn: Though you could argue he was just Scorpan's Tagalong Kid.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Small, cute, cuddly, and pink.
The Sea Ponies
- Voiced by:Ivy Austin (Sea Winckle) and Jeannie Elias (Wavedancer)
A group of travelling magical water-dwelling musical ponies, who are literal "sea horses", with a fishy/serpentine body and an equine head.
- Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Their musicial number in the first special.
- Scatting: Shoo-bee-doo, shoo-shoo-bee-doo, shoo-bee-doo, shoo-shoo-bee-doo.
- Wacky Wayside Tribe: In the first special, where the lengthy encounter with them doesn't seem to have any purpose beyond filling time and setting up a brief return later.
Rescue from Midnight Castle Characters
- Voiced by: Sandy Duncan
An adventurous, danger seeking pegasus. When ponies start getting kidnapped, she's the one who seeks out help (Megan) and is part of the rescue team. Despite only appearing in "Midnight Castle", Firefly is arguably the most iconic pony of G1 thanks to Wolverine Publicity.
- Badass Adorable: Kicked a dragon in the face decades before Rainbow Dash.
- Curtains Match the Window: Blue hair and blue eyes.
- Expy: FiM Rainbow Dash's personality is based off of her.
- The Lancer: To Megan in the first TV special.
- O.C. Stand-in: For a long time, the Friendship is Magic fandom often depicted her as Rainbow Dash's mom, as a nod to how Rainbow Dash was originally meant to be Firefly in the show. However, a later episode revealed her mom to be an original character called Windy Whistles.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: She's the impulsive and hotheaded red to Medley's cautious blue.
- Tempting Fate:Firefly: I'm going for the double inside-out loop!Medley: But it's dangerous, Firefly!Firefly: Danger's my life, Medley!CRASH!
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Medley's Girly Girl.
- Wolverine Publicity: "Rescue at Midnight Castle" was later rereleased as "Firefly's Adventure", despite the fact she's technically not the main character. Firefly is also the de facto G1 pony - she had the most merchandise, was a major player in the British comics, and had a few toy re-releases.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her mane is blue.
- Voiced by: Sandy Duncan
Firefly's more level-headed friend. Doesn't actually go to Midnight Castle.
- Cowardly Lion: An incessant worrier who gets easily scared and is quick to run. Still brave and loyal in a pinch.
- The Cutie: Yes, even among others cuties.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Firefly.
- I Warned You: Not a spoken example, but boy could she bring out this phrase if she were just a bit less nice. Danger is Firefly's life, and Medley is the one is likely to warn you that a dark, spooky short cut home is not a good idea.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The cautious, careful blue to Firefly's impulsive red.
- Team Mom: One of two, actually, the other being Bowtie.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl half to Firefly's tomboy.
- Voiced by: Laura Dean
A motherly unicorn who can teleport by wishing, she joins Megan and Firefly on the quest to Midnight Castle.
- Chekhov's Skill: Near the beginning of the movie, she teleports down from a cliff to the ground. At the climactic scene, she teleports again to escape Tirac's minions and keep them from getting the Rainbow of Darkness back from her.
- Cool Big Sis: To Ember.
- Expy: Twilight Sparkle is based off of her.
- Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: She appeared in a non-speaking role with some of her colors paled, as Twilight's mom of all things. Twilight's mother is even named "Twilight Velvet".
- Make a Wish: She is able to teleport using the magic in her horn by concentrating and saying, "I wish, I wish, I wish!"
- Mama Bear: Her protectiveness of Ember is why she joins Megan and Firefly to go to Midnight Castle.
Bowtie, Earth Pony
- Voiced by: Laura Dean
An earth pony who joins Megan & Firefly on the quest to save the other ponies, and pretty awesome.
- Badass Adorable: Almost on Firefly's level. She fights off no fewer of the dragons than Firefly does.
- Born Lucky: She'd have to be. She narrowly averts capture four times over the course of a half-hour special.
- Hyper-Awareness: Both times the ponies are attacked in their own home, she's the first one to spot the in-coming dragons.
- Jump Physics: Of the land bound ponies, Bowtie is the best jumper and is quite skilled at it. She goes clean over the heads of Tirac's guards.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: She's no pushover, herself. She's just not quite on Firefly's level of adorable badassery.
- The Quiet One: is definitely this. She has the fewest lines of the entire speaking cast, but all her lines are important.
- Straight Man: She is the calmest, most level-headed of the group, and seems to serve as De fact leader before Megan shows up.
- Tempting Fate: Asks What could happen when they're crossing a very old bridge with sections of board missing. Applejack finds out the hard way.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Of the Earth Ponies, Bowtie is tomboy to Applejack's Girly Girl, despite looking more like a Girly Girl than the latter..
- Youthful Freckles: On fur, no less!
Applejack, Earth Pony
- Voiced by: Sandy Duncan
- The Ditz: Known for not using her "horse sense".
- Era-Specific Personality: In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Applejack becomes one of the most athletic ponies in Ponyville, compared to her former clumsiness.
- Lost in Imitation: Who's a silly pony? Not this one! The Walking Disaster Area AJ is actually the UK comic book version. This one shows no clumsiness; her one accident is a bridge that was clearly far from up to code. If you know about the comic book version, it's easy to imagine a perfectly sturdy bridge breaking because it's her, but again, it's clearly not the case. Also, ending up covered in smashed apples was Firefly's fault; she tried a stunt and flew into AJ and her barrel of apples. Also, this AJ looks so much like the FIM version that she's equally liable to end up being portrayed the same, even though she didn't have that personality. Of course, because she's a one-shot character whose only moment is having a bridge break so the sea ponies could show up, you kinda have to look to the other versions to give her a personality.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Looks the role of tomboy, but is actually the girly girl of the Earth Ponies.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Apples, and all things apple-related.
- Youthful Freckles: She has freckles on her fur.
Ember, Earth Pony
- Voiced by: Lynne Lipton
A young filly that Twilight is protective of who gets kidnapped by Tirac's forces.
- Token Mini-Moe: She is the youngest pony. In fact, Ember was the first foal introduced in the franchise.
- Voiced by: Victor Caroli
The evil overlord of Midnight Castle. Not a nice guy in the least. For tropes about his G4 counterpart, see Friendship Is Magic: Major Villains.
- 0% Approval Rating: Nobody likes Tirek. His own minions either are brainwashed or loyal out of fear.
- Badass Beard: He sports a very long one flowing over his entire neck and upper chest, alongside thick sideburns, although it leaves his chin and upper lip.
- Bad Boss: He's a very bad boss — his interactions with his underlings seem to consist of haranguing and humiliation as a baseline, and he thinks nothing of using the threat of the death of their loved ones as a motivational tool.
- Big Bad: His kidnapping of the ponies and plans to cast the world into shadow serve as the main driving forces behind the conflict in Rescue at Midnight Castle..
- Big Red Devil: Aside from his centaurine lower half, his bright red skin, horns and general malevolence certainly make him look the part.
- Breakout Villain: Despite only being a one-shot villain who got killed off in his premiere, Tirek has become the most well-known and most popular villain in the G1 continuity for being a surprisingly vile piece of work. Him appearing in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and becoming a Satanic Archetype and the antagonist for the fourth season's finale was only surprising in that the writers were supposedly unable to add the characters of previous generations aside from Applejack.
- Casting a Shadow: His Rainbow of Darkness, a torrent of shadows that he uses to transform ponies into monsters and presumably meant to use to begin his eternal night.
- The Conqueror: He conquered Scorpan's kingdom at some point before the special, and aims to conquer the entirety of the world.
- Dark Is Evil: His overlying motif. His goal is to create The Night That Never Ends and he uses the Rainbow of Darkness to do his work.
- Evil Laugh: He lets out a deep, cackling laugh at various points, usually when his plans are progressing or when he's just done something particularly cruel.
- Evil Is Bigger: As the Big Bad of the film, he towers over everything in the film, even his draconic mooks.
- Evil Is Hammy: He hams it up without shame.
- Evil Overlord: He's the resident "king of evil" type, and he rules thanks to his powerful evil magic, so he's both.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Complete with a Power Echoes effect.
- The Faceless: For the first half of the special, he is shrouded in shadows before The Reveal.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: No Disney Villain Death for this guy. He gets torn apart by the Rainbow of Light. After being torn apart, he is destroyed on a giant explosion so the audience clearly gets that he's dead.
- For the Evulz: We aren't really given a reason why he wants to make the night last forever.
- Jerkass: Even outside of his Kick the Dog moments, he's also so full of himself he insists on his minions bowing to him whenever they are in his presence.
- Kick the Dog: He loves doing this to Scorpan by means of threatening to harm or kill Spike if Scorpan doesn't act the way Tirek wants him to, but then The Dog Bites Back.
- Knight of Cerebus: Put it like this. The first few minutes are laughing, sun-light ponies playing and having fun. Then Tirek appears, with his sinister deep voice and his pulsating, freakishly heartbeat-like bag of magic, and everything goes to hell.
- Large and in Charge: His minions are far from small, especially compared to the ponies, but even compared to a real horse, he's enormous.
- Large Ham: BEHOLD, THE POWER OF DARKNESS! NOW BEGINS THE NIGHT THAT NEVER ENDS!
- The Night That Never Ends: The trope namer — literally, he coined the phrase — Tirek wants to use his Rainbow of Darkness to cast the world into a neverending night.
- Obviously Evil: He's a towering, red-skinned, demonic centaur living in a fortress named "Midnight Castle" that's seemingly made up entirely of jagged spires, scowling gargoyles, poorly lit hallways and dungeons, served by dragons and bulldog-like guards, and plans plunging the world in eternal darkness for reasons unexplained. You just need to look at this guy to know he's bad news.
- Oh, Crap!: When the Rainbow of Light overpowers the Rainbow of Darkness and comes for him.
- Off with His Head!: He threatens to have Spike decapitated if Scorpan fails to get him four ponies to pull his chariot by midnight.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Ask any physicist. A never-ending night would freeze the world solid, and kill all plants before that.
- Our Centaurs Are Different: He's red-skinned and horned, seeming to make him a cross between this and Big Red Devil.
- Perpetual Frowner: In his first scenes, he's constantly scowling and snarling, and never smiles.
- The Reveal: When he's finally seen, he is revealed to be a demonic centaur creature.
- Slouch of Villainy: Before The Reveal, he spends his time lounging on his throne, moving only to point or to stroke his bag.
- Spell My Name with an "S": His name is often spelled "Tirac". Tirak is also not entirely unheard of. One video release even spells it Tearek. (If it helps, FiM's credits give his name as Tirek, but the script and pitch-bible of the original pilot spell it 'Tirac'.)
- This Cannot Be!: When his Rainbow of Darkness is eaten by the Rainbow of Light.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: The hailing lord of the trope in My Little Pony media until his G4 incarnation took his spot. Yes, the only thing that can beat him at his own trope is himself!
- Would Hurt a Child: Yes. Yes, he would. He gladly abducts foals and uses them to create his monstrous draconic minions, and threatens to have Spike, a baby dragon, executed.
- Voiced by: Ron Taylor
Tirek's dragon, though he's not as bad as he looks.
- Anti-Hero: Despite working for the Big Bad, he has numerous heroic moments from the start, such as protecting Spike from Tirek's wrath and saving Megan when she falls from high in the air when trying to stop his raid. He transition to full heroism after his HeelFace Turn by the end of Rescue at Midnight Castle.
- Anti-Villain: He's not a cruel or even mean fellow. He's just stuck working with a very Bad Boss.
- Baleful Polymorph: He used to be human, a prince in fact, before Tirek transformed him into a winged ape-like creature.
- Dark Is Not Evil: In contrast to his Bad Boss, Scorpan has the face of a demon and the heart of a hero.
- The Dog Bites Back: Once Tirek has kicked him enough times, Scorpan turns on him and starts working to defeat him.
- Even Mooks Have Loved Ones: He clearly cares deeply for Spike, looking out for him throughout the special, and the feeling is clearly mutual. This is the angle at which Tirek hits him, which turns out to be a fatal error in judgment.
- HeelFace Turn: When Tirek threatens to kill Spike, Scorpan forsakes any loyalty he may have had to him and starts plotting against his boss to ensure his and Spike's escape.
- Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: He certainly looks terrifying, and he serves Tirek... but he's being forced to work for the demonic centaur and is actually a noble, peaceful soul who hates what he must do.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: He looks something like a chimpanzee with the face of a wolf or a baboon and bat-like wings.
- Nice Guy: In contrast with his throughly evil ruler, he is largely a compassionate and well-disposed person. He works for Tirek because the latter forced him to after transforming him, and early on he forms a genuine bond with Spike.
- Noble Demon: He serves the Big Bad, but only due to being forced, and even despite his monstrous appearance he's actually a very noble soul.
- Noble Top Enforcer: The leader of Tirek's mooks is actually the nicest guy around.
- Papa Wolf: His HeelFace Turn was prompted by Tirek threatening to kill Spike, whom Scorpan is extremely protective of.
- Parental Substitute: To Spike, the baby dragon.
- Prince Charming: He resumes a traditional Prince Charming look once free of Tirac, transforming into a regal human man wearing finery and medieval royal jewelry. His caring and noble personality more than fits the role, too.
- Satan: He was intentionally designed to look something like the traditional image of the lord of darkness as a Red Herring to hide the fact that he was a Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold.
- Sour Supporter: It's made clear he has no love for his master very early on.
- The Starscream: He's working against Tirek for most of the later half of the special, and with good reason, too. Tirek's pure evil, and Scorpan's not at all.
Escape from Catrina characters
Sundance, Earth Pony
- Voiced by: Laura Dean
More or less the star pony of the second special, she's a tad klutzy, but is a really good jumper.
- Chekhov's Skill: She's a great jumper. A fact that ends up saving the life of Baby Moondancer.
- I Just Want to Be Special: She thinks very lowly of herself, no thanks to Sparkler. Arguably a much less annoying example than Shady.
- The Klutz: She's great at jumping high into the air, much like Bowtie was. It's landing where she has trouble.
- Talking to Himself: Laura Dean, who voiced Sundance, also voiced Baby Cotton Candy.
- Walking Disaster Area: In the first few minutes, she manages to almost drown Baby Moondancer, ruin a banner, and catapult a unicorn and Baby Dragon through the air into buckets of paint. By accident.
- Voiced by: Ivy Austin
- Expy: Rarity from Friendship Is Magic is based on her.
- Jerkass: Admittedly, we only see her after Sundance has accidentally has ruined a banner she and another pony have worked hard on. Then later catapulted into the air by Sundance which resulted in her being covered her in paint, but she remains very rude and unkind to the poor mare all throughout the special without a single Pet the Dog moment.
Baby Moondancer, Unicorn
- Voiced by: Alice Playten
Despite an adult Moondancer appearing in the previous special as a background pony, this filly Moondancer gets kidnapped by Catrina.
- The Cutie: The other one of the special.
- Distressed Damsel: As early as her first few minutes in the special. She's accidentally knocked into the river by Sundance (I'm beginning to sense a pattern here) and almost drowns. She's later kidnapped by Catrina and Rep.
- Invisible Parents: Her mother never appears in the special despite being in the previous one.
- Pimped-Out Dress: Wears a Princess Classic-style one to a costume ball the ponies are holding in Megan, Savior of Worlds', honor.
Posey, Earth Pony
- Voiced by: Nancy Cartwright
- Ascended Extra: She doesn't get to do anything of even a small amount of importance here, so you'll have to check the the regular series' character section if you want to know her better. But while most characters from the two specials don't return, this background pony goes on to be a main character in the show, and remain that way despite Hasbro's Merchandise-Driven shows usually having a high cast turnover, with only latest toys getting major roles. The only pony character to be in both this special and the final episode of the show? You're lookin' at her. (The only character who can say that is Spike; intro'd in the first special, he alone is there from beginning to end; not even Megan and her siblings can say that.)
- Expy: Fluttershy from Friendship Is Magic is based on her.
- Voiced by: Jeannie Elias
She brings Megan to Dream Castle, and then brings her back home. Pretty much took over for Firefly.
Lickety-Split, Earth Pony
- Voiced by: Katie Leigh
- Voiced by: Jeannie Elias
Baby Surprise, Pegasus
- Voiced by: B.J. Ward
Baby Glory, Unicorn
- Voiced by: Katie Leigh
Baby Cotton Candy, Earth Pony
- Voiced by: Katie Leigh
- Voiced by: Tammy Grimes
The villain of the second TV special. A cat witch who really likes her witchweed potion, Catrina enslaved the Bushwoolies and forced them to make her potion. When they escape, she decides to enslave the ponies for the same purpose.
- Blow You Away: When on her drug, she can blow hurricane force winds.
- Cat Folk: She's an anthropomorphic cat. She's of the kind that look more like a humanoid with catlike characteristics than an upright cat, with very humanoid anatomy and human hair.
- Cats Are Mean: She is an anthropomorphic cat and the villain. Subverted in that her anger is mostly due to her drug addiction and she gets better later.
- Drugs Are Bad: Why, yes. Their side effects include random growth in size, insanity, homicidal tendencies, political incorrectness, and lightning shooting from your freakin' eyes!
- Fantastic Drug: Witchweed potion. It increases her magic power several times over, but has the side effect of causing insanity.
- Interspecies Romance: She's a Catgirl, and her boyfriend Rep is a shapeshifting lizard man.
- HeelFace Turn: Just.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: She seeks slaves, and is fairly transparently indulging in substance abuse.
- Power Source: Witchweed potion. She cannot do her magic unless she has recently drunk it.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: While still addicted to the witchweed potion. Inverts this after she's off it.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Thanks to her Fantastic Drug, she went from a well-disposed lady to a tyrannical, half-mad slaver.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: She was a very friendly and pleasant person before she discovered the witchweed.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Nowhere near to the extent as Tirac, but still, who would have guessed that one of the earliest MLP cartoons boiled down to My Little Pony vs. The Violent Drug Addict?
- Voiced by: Paul Williams
Catrina's shapeshifting lizard sidekick. Wants to go back to the "good ole days", when he and Catrina were in love and she wasn't a crazed villainess.
- Domestic Abuse: When we first meet Rep, he's very poorly treated by his girlfriend Catrina. She treats him more like a servant and batters him about a few times. The show does not treat this like it's okay.
- Everyone Has Standards: He is not evil, but intimidated by Catrina, but he will not go so far as to killing anyone. Catrina trying to kill Baby Moondancer is the point he turns on her.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: He loses a fight to a foal. Before that, he lost a fight to a bunch of harmless little fluffballs.
- Interspecies Romance: A Catgirl and a Lizard Folk shapeshifter.
- HeelFace Turn: Eventually. At first he's too much a sap to stand up to Catrina, but once she starts trying to kill ponies, he finally puts his foot down.
- Lizard Folk: He resembles a bipedal lizard with a strange, beak-like mouth.
- Morality Pet: Tries to be this to Catrina, but he's usually ignored or pushed around.
- Nice Guy: Even more so than Scorpan.
- Reed Richards Is Useless: Rep has the power to change into a form he wants of any size, strength, and weight he wants, yet he keeps turning into small, easily defeated forms. Subverted at the end of the episode, when he turns into a bull and knocks Catrina into her lair's well.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: He can change his shape on a whim, although he doesn't seem to be able to change his color scheme.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: They're extremely brightly colored even compared to the ponies, coming in highly saturated shades of blue, yellow, purple, green and so on.
- Made a Slave: They used to live free in their underground home, until Catrina arrived, enslaved them and started forcing them to brew witchweed potion for her.
- Prison Break: When they decide they've had enough of being Catrina's slaves. So they all roll through a big freaking hole in the wall leading directly outside into a forest. The Alcatraz Catrina's abode was not.