You come up with a fanfic, some original characters to go with it are inevitable. Here are the many original characters who play a role in the Quiververse, a long-running series of fanfics based upon My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
An Earth pony stallion with a talent for writing who hails from Indianapoloosa. He meets Twilight Sparkle at his workplace, a warehouse for Amazing Booksellers, and eventually moves to Ponyville in the hopes of having a better life.
- Accidental Misnaming: Tended to get confused with another pony by the name of Faithful Step at his old workplace, sometimes when the two were in close proximity. Quiver never took too kindly to this, and it was one of the reasons he transferred out.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: An aversion compared to most other ponies; his tan coat and brown mane and tail make him look more like a normal horse than most others.
- Amazon Chaser: His attraction to Sunrunner is partly this, partly because she was nice to him.
- Badass Bookworm: Shows shades of this as, when faced with an opponent, he tends to use his brains over his brawn to defeat them.
- Berserk Button: Don't call him a retard. Spoiled Rich used that word to describe him, and he very nearly strangled her to death.
- Broken Ace: Genuinely talented, but bogged down by a number of issues. Thankfully, he's showing signs of healing.
- Combat Pragmatist: Has the good sense to use a flaming torch against a timberwolf to protect himself, Diamond Tiara, Silver Spoon and the Cutie Mark Crusaders.
- Curtains Match the Window: His eyes as well as his mane and tail are all an earthy shade of brown.
- Do Not Go Gentle: Gains this attitude thanks to his relationship with Sunrunner, though his adherence to it falters for a time due to stress on his life.
- Friend to All Children: Played with, in that he gets on great with kids in general but isn't afraid to show instances of Cruel to Be Kind towards them.
- Good Is Not Soft: A genuinely nice guy, but he's not afraid to get aggressive.
- Guile Hero: Displays elements of this at his best.
- Guilt Complex: Suffers from one of these due to his past, though he's at least aware of how illogical it is. His younger brother died less than a day after, in a fit of rage, he'd screamed out in rage and wished that said brother would be gone. Couple this with his grandparents continuing to dote over the deceased sibling and his relationship with his father worsening afterwards, and Quiver felt that they blamed him for the death as well, which only made things worse.
- The Unfavorite: Feels he's this compared to his brother in the eyes of his grandmother.
- Waistcoat of Style: Expresses a fondness for these after receiving a custom suit from Rarity that includes one.
- Would Hit a Girl: Assuming he's sufficiently provoked, as his interactions with Spoiled Rich prove.
A raven who initially starts off as part of Fluttershy's menagerie and ends up adopting Quiver. Quiver, in turn, takes him in.
- Clever Crows: Edgar is easily as smart as the pets of each of the Mane Six.
- Opposites Attract: Compared to his introverted caretaker, Edgar is gregarious and sociable from the get-go.
- Talking Animal: What sets him apart from the other pets. A justified example, as ravens can be taught to speak in real life, and Edgar's speech patterns are very simplistic.
A pegasus mare and Sunset Shimmer's maternal cousin. She's currently a member of the Equestrian Royal Guard.
- A Friend in Need: Was this to Quiver Quill when both were young. It led to a deep bond between them, and her becoming his first real friend.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Shows some signs of this after she and Quiver reunite, though is quick to restrain it.
- Do Not Go Gentle: Takes up this attitude and holds tight to it afterwards.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Is called "Warbler" by her classmates in the Academy, due to her fondness for singing. Downplayed in that she's fond of the name.
- Good Is Not Soft: Easily one of the nicest ponies around, but as a member of the Royal Guard, she can more than hold her own in a fight.
- Multicolored Hair: See Uncanny Family Resemblance. She also exhibits traits associated with both her predominant hair colors.
- Traumatic Haircut: Experienced one thanks to a bully in school. She opts to treat it as an Important Haircut instead, mostly to deny the bully victory.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: Physically, she looks enough like Sunset Shimmer that one could almost mistake them for twins.
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A unicorn mare and a recent arrival to Ponyville, she's Quiver Quill's first housemate.
- Bad Samaritan: She only took Quiver in as a housemate in order to manipulate him and use him for her own benefit.
- Manipulative Bastard: Would rather take advantage of others than do any work herself, in order to get the most benefit for the least amount of work.
- Smug Snake: Woefully underestimates the general friendliness of Ponyville towards Quiver Quill, as well as Quiver Quill's capacity towards Good Is Not Soft.
One of Quiver Quill's coworkers at the Amazing Booksellers facility near Ponyville. His human counterpart appears in A Shimmering New Year.
- Casanova Wannabe: Makes flirty passes at girls whenever possible, but none reciprocate.
- Cheshire Cat Grin: Sports one of these almost constantly, and fails to endear him to anyone.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Compared to the other ponies who show up in antagonistic roles in Quiver's life, he's relatively tame and more of an annoyance than anything.
- Troll: Comes across this way in both worlds.
A unicorn mare and a foalhood classmate of Quiver Quill and Sunrunner.
- Alpha Bitch: Fits this to a T.
- Foil: To multiple characters.
- Karma Houdini: Got away with relentlessly bullying Quiver Quill and shearing off most of Sunrunner's mane.
- Malicious Misnaming: Practiced this regularly against her targets.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Makes use of an Equestrian slur (ass* ) without any remorse or hesitation.
- Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up: Terrorized Quiver and Sunrunner both because she could and because she enjoyed it all the way into adulthood.
- The Sociopath: A low-functioning version.
- Spoiled Brat: The major reason that she gets away with everything she does is because of her doting father, who spoils her rotten and refuses to believe any claims of her cruelty or malice. As said father happens to be the mayor of Indianapoloosa, most ponies aren't about to tell her no.
- One strong example is when she applied for Princess Celestia's School for Gifted Unicorns - she outright refused to attempt to hatch the dragon egg that would later become Spike, and demanded another test. Suffice it to say, there's a reason she attends public school.
- Stupid Evil: Acts this way mostly because she's been able to get away with it for so long. Naturally, it eventually comes around to bite her in the flank.
A pegasus mare and a foalhood classmate of Quiver Quill and Sunrunner.
An earth pony mare and a foalhood classmate of Quiver Quill and Sunrunner.
Mane Family Members
An Earth pony stallion and Quiver Quill's father.
- Abusive Parents: Is emotionally abusive to Quiver Quill, and is more likely to make a joke at his expense than he is to be supportive.
- The Cynic: Bitterhoof has no problem believing the worst about anypony, especially if he's only met them once.
- Outliving One's Offspring: Lost his youngest of two sons in a tragic accident. He did not take it well.
- Supernatural-Proof Father: A rather extreme example as he angrily dismisses things such as Nightmare Moon, Sonic Rainbooms and Windigoes as "horseshit", despite the first two being confirmed as real.
An Earth pony mare and Quiver Quill's mother. She works as a librarian.
Quiver's younger mentally handicapped brother, long dead by the time the series takes place.
A pegasus mare, mother to Sunrunner and aunt to Sunset Shimmer. She becomes one of Sunset's legal guardians after the deaths of Sunset's parents.
A pegasus stallion, father to Sunrunner and uncle to Sunset Shimmer.
Miscellaneous Original Characters
An Earth pony mare and Quiver Quill's landlady. She handles a great deal of real estate in Ponyville, and is Scootaloo's primary caregiver.
- Cool Aunt: Tries her best to be this for Scootaloo.
- Name's the Same: Shares her name with a character who appeared in an issue of the comics, but is in no way related to her.
- Parental Neglect: A downplayed example; she works to provide a good life for her niece, and regrets not spending more time with her.
- Parental Substitute: Serves as the primary caregiver for her niece, Scootaloo.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: When presented with evidence of Luster Drain's schemes, she swiftly acts to shut them down. She even allows Quiver to continue living in his new home, and later helps him to find a more suitable housemate.
Members of the Royal Guard
A thestral mare. She's an officer in the Royal Guard with the rank of First Lieutenant.
A pegasus stallion. He's an officer in the Royal Guard with the rank of First Lieutenant.
- Canon Immigrant: Of a sort. He's the creation of another author and used with their permission.
- Strong and Skilled: Built in a similar manner to Big Mac, but with actual combat training. When he gets into a fight with another stallion of similar build with equal strength but no combat training and plenty of arrogance, the other guy goes down hard.