My Little Pony
- Voiced by: Bettina Bush
The primary human protagonist, having been in the role in both of the My Little Pony TV Specials and My Little Pony: The Movie (1986) before making the trip to the show. Megan is a farm girl who was accidentally recruited by an overeager Pegasus named Firefly to fight the monstrous Tirek, and regularly returns to Pony Land to help her equine friends.
- Action Girl: Her literal first action in Ponyland is attempting to hammerfist a dragon.
- Adaptational Badass: Her toy version is just a cute little girl in a dress, but cartoon Megan is older and gets into action.
- Badass Normal: She fights a dragon off, empty handed, in her initial appearance, and assertively negotiates with a troll while he's trying to drop her off a cliff.
- Combat Pragmatist: She kind of has to be, given her opposition and Badass Normal status. Tricking a giant crab into losing his balance, blinding the nigh-omnipotent Lavan for a few precious seconds by dropping a drape on his head...
- 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 Boy: She lives at a ranch.
- Girliness Upgrade: Sort of. Compared to the pilot she's more feminine and motherly, also the leader of the group. Her appearance is the major change, as it changed from reasonable clothes and colors, to frilly clothes and bright colors.
- Guile Hero: Is quite willing to trick and play dirty against the world threatening calamities she frequently helps fight.
- Nerves of Steel: Despite all the crazy situations she ends up in, she always keeps a level head. One moment that stands out is when Queen Bumble's army has her at stinger point and she doesn't so much as bat an eye.
- Rapunzel Hair: She has hair nearly past her waist.
- Team Mom: Maybe it's just because she's the only one around most of the time who has thumbs...
- Voiced by: Keri Houlihan
Megan's little sister and the youngest of the farmkids. Due to their similar age, she gets on best with the Baby Ponies (and, to a lesser extent, the more childish adult ponies).
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Especially to Danny, since she and Megan get along fine.
- The Cutie: She's so, so very cute...
- Every Girl Is Cuter with Hair Decs: Wears pink ribbons around her Girlish Pigtails.
- Girlish Pigtails: In contrast to her sister's Tomboyish Ponytail to show that Molly is younger and girlier.
- Mega Twintails: Those 'tails are BIG.
- Pink Is Feminine: She wears pink hair ribbons and pink overalls.
- Strong Family Resemblance: If Molly had her hair in a single Tomboyish Ponytail, she'd look like a borderline shrunk version of her older sister.
- Team Mom: To the younger ponies.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly-girl to Megan's Team Mom Tomboy
- Voiced by: Scott Menville
Megan's brother, the middle child of the family.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: To Megan.
- Canon Foreigner: Danny is the only human not to come from the toy line.
Magic Star, Earth Pony
- Voiced by: Jeannie Elias (series) and Ellen Gerstell (movie)
First appearing in the movie, Magic Star is the unquestioned leader of the Dream Valley ponies.
- The Ace: There are Loads and Loads of Characters, but there's very little question as to who their de-facto leader is.
- Only Sane Man: Yes. Right alongside Galaxy and Wind Whistler, she gets the long suffering position of being one of the more sensible ponies who has to keep the others in line and keep them from getting themselves killed.
- Team Mom: When Megan isn't around.
Fizzy, Twinkle-Eye Unicorn
A cheerful Unicorn who has the power to spurt bubbles of varying sizes and density out of her horn.
- Catchphrase: "Well, gosh."
- The Chick: In a franchise known for being female-dominant where even minor characters are more likely to be female than male, she qualifies. Fizzy manages to be the girliest of them all.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Fizzy is really one of the weirdest ponies in the valley.
- The Ditz: She's the goofiest and most absent-minded of all the ponies.
- Making a Splash: Some unicorns had Psychic Powers, others had Elemental Powers. Fizzy's water-based powers usually showed up as a Bubble Gun.
- Playing with Fire: In the UK comics she preferred fireworks over bubbles.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: With Wind Whistler. The dynamic was likely the reason why they tended to be grouped together.
Wind Whistler, Pegasus
- Voiced by: Sarah Partridge
The smartest and most logic-driven of the ponies, her intelligence is useful, but she has problems with alienating her more emotion-driven friends.
- Ascended Extra: In the toylike, she was just another pegasus equivalent in personality to North Star, Lofty, etc., while the TV show gave her leading roles in numerous episodes (and the Big Damn Movie) and developed her into the shows deepest and most complex character.
- Curtains Match the Window
- Depending on the Writer: The most notable instance among the reoccurring ponies. In the toys and British comics, she's The Ditz while in the animated series playing The Spock to Fizzy's ditz.
- Not So Stoic: Seen in "Crunch the Rockdog", where she's implied to feel some bitterness about having a harder time fitting in with the rest of her friends.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Speaks this way to convey her intelligence.
- The Smart Guy: Definitely the smartest pony around.
- The Spock: Values rational thought and logical action over impulsiveness and emotion. Since the rest of the herd is more passionate by nature, they don't agree with her too much.
- Team Mom: When Megan isn't available, she shares this role with Magic Star, though she's not as good at it due to the personality clash.
- When She Smiles: She is usually pretty serious and reserved, but whenever she does smile it always looks cute.
A maternal and caring pony who takes it upon herself to look after the various Baby Ponies.
Shady, Earth Pony
- Voiced by: Jill Wayne
- Cool Shades: Her hip symbol.
- The Eeyore: Rarely has anything positive to say about a situation or herself.
Heart Throb, Pegasus
An unabashed romantic who dreams of finding herself a "Prince Charming" to be with some day.
- The Ditz: Because she's always caught up in her romantic dreams and impulses, she can be kind of goofy.
- Interspecies Romance: Zigzagged. She reciprocates at first when Prince Charming (a human) flirts with her, but averted in that both of them realise it's kind of awkward and so they mutually call it off.
- Mama Bear: Ah, but she has Hidden Depths. See the Bright Lights arc.
- Meaningful Name: "Heart Throb" is a hardcore romantic. Who'd have guessed?
- Thinks Like a Romance Novel: What would you expect from someone so in love with the idea of love?
- Voiced by: BJ Ward
A fun-loving, mischievous pegasus who is constantly running/flying around all over the place. She enjoys making others laugh, playing games, and especially likes playing tricks or otherwise surprising people.
- Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: In one episode, she and Danny prevent the theft of the Rainbow of Light — by annoying the would-be thieves into submission.
- Voiced by: Nancy Cartwright
- Depending on the Writer: In American canon she's a Jerkass; however, in the British comics she's rather sweet and gentle, even being a nurse and a guardian to the Baby Ponies.
- Skunk Stripe: Her mane is mostly green with a single pink streak.
- Voiced by: Susan Blu (series) and Sheryl Bernstein (movie)
- Only Sane Man: Pretty level-headed.
Galaxy, Twinkle-Eye Unicorn
- Voiced by: Sherry Lynn
- The Empath: She's practically Counselor Troi in the form of a magenta, glowing unicorn.
- Only Sane Man: Oh yeah. Just about every time bad happens, she's often put into groupings where she's the only one to keep her cool.
- The Smart Guy: Not quite on par with Wind Whistler, but she can serve the same purpose in a pinch.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Her lot in life, often being in episodes lacking Magic Star and Wind Whistler.
- Teleportation: She could teleport short distances, usually within her line of sight. She referred to it as "winking".
Gingerbread, Twinkle-Eye Earth PonyAn exuberant Earth Pony whose favorite food is gingerbread.
- Genki Girl: She's excitable and energetic.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Gingerbread; it's her name and her symbol.
Masquerade, Twinkle-Eye Pegasus
- Voiced by: Jeannie Elias
- Master of Disguise: Uses this talent to her advantage like in "Fugitive Flowers."
- Voiced by: Susan Blu
A book-loving Pegasus who particularly enjoys telling stories to the other ponies, adults and babies alike.
- The Ditz: While nowhere near as obvious about it as Fizzy is, she could give her a run for her money any day of the week.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: While in a land of unicorns, dragons, elves, dwarves, and such, she wishes life were a little more like storybooks. Um...
Whizzer, Twinkle-Eye Pegasus
- Voiced by: Jeannie Elias
A speedy Pegasus.
- Motor Mouth: She's the fastest talker as well as the fastest flier.
Posey, Earth Pony
- Voiced by: Nancy Cartwright
A shy and retiring pony who loves to garden.
- Expy: FiM Fluttershy's personality is based off of her.
- Granola Girl: As one might expect, the nature-loving Posey always tries to encourage others to take nature more seriously.
Lickety-Split, Earth Pony
The Flutter Ponies
- Voiced by: Nancy Cartwright (Honeysuckle and Forget-Me-Not) and Russi Taylor (Rosedust, Morning Glory and Peach Blossom)
A group of small, butterfly-winged fairy-ponies who wield powerful magic of their own. Though seperate to the pony society and living in their own hidden village, they are often sought out for help against powerful hostile magic.
- The High Queen: Rosedust.
- The Ingenue: Morning Glory.
- Proper Lady: Peach Blossom has these characteristics.
- Put on a Bus: They make no appearances after The Return Of Tambelon.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Honeysuckle and Morning Glory.
- Theme Naming: Flower motifs.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Honeysuckle and Morning Glory.
- The Voiceless: Lily.
The Baby Sea Ponies
A group of infant sea ponies who have been left under the care of the ponies of Dream Valley.
The Witches of the Volcano of Gloom
- Reeka voiced by: Jennifer Darling (series) and Rhea Perlman (movie)Draggle voiced by: Jennifer Darling (series) and Madeline Kahn (movie)
- Berserk Button: Hydia hates it when her daughters call her "mom" or "mother".
- Big Bad: Hydia in the Movie; in "The End of Flutter Valley" she shared the spot with Queen Bumble.
- Big Eater: Reeka.
- Big, Thin, Short Trio: Reeka is big (though it's more fat than big), Draggle is thin, and Hydia is short.
- Co-Dragons: Reeka and Draggle.
- Evil Matriarch: Hydia.
- Extreme Omnivore: All of them, but Reeka especially.
- Fat and Skinny: Reeka and Draggle.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Draggle; Reeka is surprisingly competent.
- Inept Mage: Draggle.
- The Other Darrin: The witches' movie VAs didn't return, so Hydia was played by Tress MacNeille instead of Cloris Leachman, Reeka by Jennifer Darling instead of Rhea Perlman, and Draggle also by Jennifer Darling instead of Madeline Kahn.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Hydia
- Talking to Herself: Reeka and Draggle were both voiced by Jennifer Darling in the show.
- Terrible Trio: Kind of. Reeka and Draggle definitely invoke this image with their displays of less than stellar skill, but their mother Hydia is a real threat.
- Voiced by: Unknown
- Adipose Rex: She's the queen bee and a huge glutton besides, so, naturally, she's enormously fat.
- Big Bad: Shares this with Hydia in The End of Flutter Valley.
- Big Eater: Her appetite drives the whole plot of "The End of Flutter Valley"; she's such a glutton that she forces her hive to expand their territory and give her yet more flowers to eat.
- Incoming Ham: "What's going on here? Can't you see I'm eating?"
- It's All About Me: She's not really evil so much as incredibly narcissistic.
- Large and in Charge: The biggest of all the bees, to further cement her status as their leader. Justified since queen bees are visibly larger than other bees in real life.
- Selective Obliviousness: Refuses to believe the Sunstone's burning the flowers until it starts a forest fire.
- Villainous Glutton: She eats the bees' entire supply of flowers.
- Voiced by: Tress MacNeille
- Adipose Rex: Well, what would you expect of a pig princess in an 80s show?
- Amulet of Concentrated Awesome: Her magic is all in the cloak she wears around her neck, and she captures the ponies to reweave it.
- Anti-Villain: She's extremely naive and unaware of the full magnitude of what she was actually doing, while being manipulated by her genuinely evil minions.
- Brought Down to Normal: Her cloak ends up torn in half, removing her powers.
- Cast from Hit Points: Implied when turning all of Ponyland and its creatures into glass makes her instantly sleepy.
- HeelFace Turn: She isn't really evil so much as foolish, shortsighted and self-absorbed. She grows out of it by the story's end.
- Heel Realization: She ultimately can't bring herself to turn the heroes to glass when they're face to face instead of in her mirror.
- Pig Man: An anthropomorphic pig.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Her cloak makes her capable of turning all of Ponyland and everyone in it into glass with relative ease.
- Vain Sorceress: Shes quite obsessed with her own personal image.
- Villain Song: "Look at Me!" A song she shares with the Raptorians.
- And I Must Scream: Their ultimate fate is getting hit by the magic from Porcinas cloak when it rips, turning them into glass.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Don't be fooled by their comedic antics, these guys are nasty pieces of work.
- Co-Dragons: All three of them serve under Porcina as equals.
- Dragon-in-Chief: They do all the heavy lifting and plan to overthrow Porcina, ruling Ponyland themselves.
- Eviler Than Thou: They only obey Porcina because they're using her and intend to overthrow her when she's no longer of any use. They're much worse than she is.
- The Starscream: When Porcina refuses to turn the ponies to glass, they betray her and steal her cloak to use themselves.
- Villain Song: "Look at Me!" A song they sang along with Porcina.
- Would Hurt a Child: They threaten to turn Megan and her group into glass and shatter them all one by one, once they have all interfered too much in their plans
- Cute Is Evil: Yeah, see how sweet and pretty these little flower-people are? They're basically invasive weeds on magical acid.
- One-Winged Angel: They start out small, cute, and very weak, but once they regain their strength they transform into huge, much more monstrous forms.
- Walking Wasteland: A more subtle variety; when they feed, they destroy everything around them, killing huge swathes of plantlife to feed themselves.
- What Measure Is a Non-Cute?: They exploit this, playing on how they look cute and innocent whilst in dormant state, in contrast to the uglier (and more intimidatingly named) Crabnasties, to portray themselves as the "good guys". Not that the Crabnasties didn't help them out by accident.
- Voiced by: Michael Bell
- Authority Equals Asskicking: His minions are actually pretty competent, and the ponies are completely helpless against his power for most of the serial.
- Breakout Villain: Next to Tirek, Grogar is one of the most popular and well-known G1 villains out there. Many fans put him in G4 fan works, and in season 9 he became the show's final villain except not.
- Control Freak: Implied. He controls his minions so closely that he makes not taking part in his victory celebration punishable by being banished to another dimension.
- Dimension Lord: Of the Realm of Darkness.
- Evil Overlord: Of Tambelon. He aims to conquer the entire world.
- Gruesome Goat: An evil sorcerer ram.
- Hero Killer: Grogar spends most of his serial dishing out Curbstomp Battles to everyone.
- Kryptonite Factor: The bell in Tambelon, when run, will destroy his bell and thus his power, and is about the only way he can lose.
- Oh, Crap!: When he hears the bell that is his Kryptonite Factor being rung.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Was imprisoned in the Realm of Darkness along with Tambelon five hundred years ago before he manages to return. He's sent back into his prison at the end.
- Take Over the World: His ultimate goal is to conquer the world. He nearly succeeds.
- Villainous Breakdown: When the heroes escape at the end, he goes berserk and starts firing lightning at the heroes with intent to kill instead of his capture beams.
- Voiced by: Unknown
- Evil Diva: Only at first.
- Deal with the Devil: Made one with Arabus to be a star, only to find out too late what the price was. By then, it was too late and he had become Arabus's slave.
- Good All Along: Turns out that he's basically Arabus's slave.
- My God, What Have I Done?: He's guilt-ridden over helping Arabus, and hates himself for it, but until the heroes help him he had no way of actually doing anything about it.
- Never Accepted in His Hometown: But his mother does.
Arabus & Zeb
- Voiced by: Unknown (Arabus) & Roger C. Carmel (Zeb)
- Elemental Embodiment: Arabus is the elemental embodiment of smoke and shadows.
- Large Ham: Both of them, especially in their Villain Song.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Implied with Zeb. In addition to his alliance with Arabus, he also walks like a human, a Primal Fear for zebras.
- Orcus on His Throne: Arabus leaves most of his grunt work to Zeb and Knight-Shade while staying at his lair. Justified as Arabus burns through his power very quickly and thus can't afford to do too much himself.
- Phlebotinum Dependence: Arabus is powered up by feeding on shadows, but his power is finite. He needs to constantly feed on shadows or he grows weak.
- Victory by Endurance: The ponies escape their first confrontation with him by exploiting this trope. Arabus is very powerful, but burns through his energy quickly and needs shadows to maintain it. Megan's plan to ultimately defeat him is to keep him fighting without recharging long enough for him to exhaust himself, something the extremely fast and hard hitting Flutterponies prove very good at.
- An Ice Person: He fires cold beams from his eyes. With the help of a device that amplifies his power, he can unleash an Endless Winter.
- A Nazi by Any Other Name: He claims penguins are the Master Race, and any creatures who cannot survive the cold are weak and unworthy.
- Fantastic Racism: He hates anyone that aren't penguins.
- Feathered Fiend: He's a penguin, but he's evil.
- Heel Realization: When he accidentally freezes his own son, he at first tries to excuse himself by claiming it was Edgar's own fault and he was weak, but then he realizes he loves his son and cries over his son's frozen form...which thaws him out.
- My God, What Have I Done?: While it takes a talking to, he ultimately has this reaction to accidentally freezing his own son.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: He attempted genocide against all other races.
Crunch the Rock Dog
- Guardian Entity: The Mountain King created him to be this for his Heart Stone. Unfortunately, he forgot to give him a heart, resulting in him being a cold rampaging beast.
- HeelFace Turn: He ultimately turns good. Justified, as he literally didn't have a heart until the heroes got a piece of the Mountain King's heart to give him one.
- Lack of Empathy: Was created without a heart, and thus has no sense of compassion or empathy. He gets better when given a piece of the Heart Stone to complete him.
- Rock Monster: He's a giant dog made out of rock.
- Taken for Granite: Everything and everyone he touches turns to stone.
- The Sociopath: Crunch is literally lacking a heart, and thus incapable of feeling empathy, compassion, or any other type of positive emotion. He gets better when he's completed with a piece of the Heart Stone.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: One by one the Dwindling Party is turned to stone before a giant dog-thing that seeks to destroy them just because it hates anything it considers 'soft,' which basically means 'not as evil as itself.'
Lavan the Magma Demon
- Voiced by: James Earl Jones
- A God Am I: His goal is to steal the Princess Ponies' wands' power and become an all powerful crystal being. He succeeds, and the level of power he obtains proves he wasn't exaggerating and he only really loses due to still learning how to use his new power at the time.
- Bad Boss: He treats his minions terribly, and relishes his power over them.
- Big "NO!": Let's one out when he sees the Princess Ponies return his attack to sender.
- Evil Overlord: The man relishes in being a tyrannical dictator, and treats his Lava Demon subjects horribly for no other reason than he can.
- Hand Blast: Can fire beams of heat from his hands. After his transformation, he trades up to powerful rainbow colored energy beams.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: The Princess Ponies use their recharged wands to reflect his own attack back at him, killing him.
- It's All About Me: His plan will cause a magical cataclysm that will destroy Ponyland? He doesn't care so long as he gets the power he wants.
- Killed Off for Real: Was blown to bits.
- Large Ham: Oh yes, and an enormous one at that. James Earl Jones clearly had a blast with this character, with special mention going towards his Villain Song, "Here's to Power", which he sings right after (temporarily) succeeding in gaining the power he wanted from the Ponies' wands. Practically every single line of it consists of him utterly devouring the scenery.
- Light Is Not Good: His crystal form is white colored and has rainbow colored magic, and all in all much nicer looking than his original form. He's one of the single most vile beings in the entire series.
- Power Incontinence: It's stated that Lavan was still learning to control his stolen power, and still hadn't mastered it fully by the time he was defeated.
- Oh, Crap!: His reaction when his own attack is reflected back at him.
- One-Winged Angel: He transforms from a lava demon to a crystal being. The change in appearance is only a bonus, however, as what he really wanted was the gigantic boost in power it came with.
- The Dreaded: The Princess Ponies know who he is, and despite their confidence in their power, their reaction to him showing up is to run. Moochick is also aware of him, and implies he sees him as a gigantic threat as well. At one point Megan admits he has them dead to rights unless they manage to get to the Villain-Beating Artifact.
- The Juggernaut: While not to Grogar's degree, next to nothing the heroes throw at Lavan once he goes One-Winged Angel does more than slow him down. He only dies when his own attack is reflected back at him.
- The Unfettered: Absolutely nothing will stand between Lavan and the power he wants. Killing innocent people? No problem. His plan will destroy Ponyland? He doesn't care.
- Villain Song: "Here's to Power".
- Antagonist Title: Is the Somnambula of her focus two parter's title.
- Bad People Abuse Animals: Flat out tortures her song bird to make the poor thing comply.
- Big "NO!": When Slugger breaks her crystal and returns her stolen youth and magic to her victims.
- Circus of Fear: Uses one to lure in her victims.
- Evil Old Folks: Her true form is an elderly woman, and she's a black hearted witch who'd suck the life out of every pony in Ponyland for youth and power.
- Hot Witch: Her young form is very beautiful.
- Master of Illusion: Her powers are initially this, but as her power increases she eventually upgrades to a degree of being a low level Reality Warper.
- Orcus On Her Throne: Somnambula largely remains in her lair until the climax. Justified, as her power until then isn't suitable for combat (her only means of keeping the Big Brother Ponies out of her Circus of Fear being a scary looking locked door) and gradually increases as time goes on due to her draining her victims, meaning until then she wasn't strong enough to do much by brute force. Even at her strongest, she's not much of a fighter, largely relying on manifested monsters and chains to defend herself, so it being a last resort is justified.
- Rapid Aging: Victims of her draining age rapidly while Somnambula herself grows younger
- Reality Warper: At her strongest she's a low level one.
- Vain Sorceress: While she's also after a power up, she's very keen on regaining her youth and beauty. Any time she's in her old, ugly form she keeps her face covered and when her spell is broken reverting her to normal, she runs away covering her face in shame.
- Vampiric Draining: She retains her youth by sucking the life out of others, as well as turning unicorns into a Living Battery to enhance her own power.
- Wicked Witch: She's a witch who drains the life out of others to power her magic and keep her young.
- Voiced by: Charlie Adler
An infant dragon who was originally a prisoner of Tirek. Even after Megan defeated the monster and his friend Scorpan returned to his own kingdom, he chose to stay with the ponies in Dream Land.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: A noticeable example. In the toys and comics he has bucked teeth and more pronounced ears.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: He's purple in the toys, but pink in the original cartoon. Some cartoons have him as purple though.
- Deadpan Snarker: At times, particularly in "The Magic Coins."
- Era-Specific Personality: He's considerably more snarkish in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. In G3 he's stuffy, British, and generally very unlike his other versions.
- Expy: Spike would go on to become a recurring character in the various incarnations of My Little Pony, and his character in G1 would have a significant impact in the development of his G3 and G4 versions.
- The One Guy: Up until Danny came along.
- Voiced by: Alice Payten, Sheryl Bernstein, Nancy Cartwright, Russi Taylor, Charlie Adler and Frank Welker
Round fluffy creatures who roam the valley in large packs. Friendly by nature, they're amongst the ponies' recurring allies.
Cousins of the Bushwoolies.
Queen Bumble's original chief warrior and defender, he objected to her conquest of Flutter Valley and eventually turned against her, defecting to join the ponies.
- Acrophobic Bird: A variant; he used to fly and wasn't good at it, so he stopped entirely until Morning Glory convinced him to try again.
- HeelFace Turn: Though it takes a bit to kick in.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Cements his Heel-Face Turn when Queen Bumble leaves him behind in the burning Bumbleland.
- Lamarck Was Right: Mimic's illness is a result of being the direct descendant of the Golden Horseshoes' original owner.
- Southern Belle: Truly speaks with a southern belle accent, complete with "I do declare".