Meet Silver Quill. A My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Brony who got started on DeviantArt and then one day decided to create a YouTube account to talk about the latest episodes of the show giving a comedic, but also straight-to-the-point review for each one. He sometimes brings guest reviewers on to assist him in giving each episode a deconstruction, talking about what was done well, what wasn't, et cetera. His mix of thoughtful analysis and hammy humor have quickly made him one of the more popular brony analysts.
While other MLP Analysis reviewers usually favor ponies as OC, his stand-in in the videos is a hippogriff. Takes the role of the RED Heavy on TF2 Analysis. Also a sometimes participant in Bronies React.
Silver Quill's videos provide examples of:
- Added Alliterative Appeal:
- The Alcoholic: He regularly comes up with and partakes in drinking games, and it's bitten him in the flank more than once. He claims it's because he's 90% Irish.
- All Just a Dream: Three of his videos have ended as such.
- Alternative Character Interpretation: Silver Quill has his own head canon about certain characters. The most brought up interpretation is Princess Cadance being an adrenaline junkie.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Dr. Wolf wonders out loud in "Spike Speculation" that Silver has an actual psychological issue. Much of his behavior loans itself to sociopathy (lying, It Amused Me, deliberate manipulation of others) and he responds to a rhetorical question of being crazy with a sincere yes. His Too Kinky to Torture behavior also lends credit.
- Angrish: In trying to figure out how to start his "Tanks for the Memories" review, he tries and fails before jumbling through a bunch of noises and expressions ending with "Vexation".
- The Artifact: Silver Quill's hippogriff design predates the actual apparition of hippogriffs in season 8 of the show. He has stated that he will not update the look of his OC to match them, though, as he's grown fond of it.
- Ass Kicks You: He roughly pushes Firebrand out of frame with his rump in "Taking Shining Armor and Cadance Too Seriously".
- Baleful Polymorph:
- He gets his head turned into an orange by Twilight in "After the Fact: Magical Ethics".
- In another review, he gets turned into a "reverse hippogriff" — front of a pony and backside of an eagle. He isn't happy about it, since he greatly prefers having opposable thumbs.
- Bat Family Crossover: His "After the Fact: Slice of Life" review has cameo appearances by about a dozen fellow analysts, including Robin0928, Doodle Dabble, Camegoespony Scatterbrain, Finnthepony, Mad Munchkin, Mary Sue, Sweetie Bloom, Sketchy the Changeling, Lightning Bliss, DustyKatt and CloudCuckooCountry (who is actually the aforementioned Mary Sue in disguise). All of them except for Munchkin and Dusty are out for his blood by the end.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: He refuses to prank Finn because he claims he's one of the few among his colleagues who haven't done anything mean to him. He also thwarts Keychi's attempts to prank him herself.
- Berserk Button: Do NOT steal his bits. As Toon Critic found out in the "Rainbow Falls" review Quill doesn't take it well.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Silver is a rather jovial fellow who tends to limit his Troll antics to minor annoyance but actually set him off and you can expect immediate and unpleasant reprisal.
- Big Bad Friend: With Sombra.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: His review of "Three's a Crowd" has him invoking this by ripping out a chunk of Flash Sentry's mane to use as faux eyebrows just so he can do a Fascinating Eyebrow.
- Bowel-Breaking Bricks: Seeing Lord Tirek's introduction causes him to literally pass a brick.
- Breaking the Reviewer's Wall: He often talks to characters on the show.
- Brick Joke:
- At the end of the review of "Rarity Takes Manehattan", Silver states that he can't fly because his animator is too lazy to make a flying animation for him. His collaborative review of Rainbow Falls has him attempting to fly when he sees Toon Critic has a flight animation...
- Comes back again in his review of "For Whom the Sweetie Bell Toils" when he finally gets one.
- While reviewing the Friends Forever with Rarity and Babs Seed, Silver Quill blows out his own D'aww Meter the same way Ink Rose blew out hers in their "Maud Pie" crossover. He even calls her to tell her she was right.
- While doing a video focusing on Applejack, Silver states he will someday see her eat another kind of fruit after a montage of her talking about apples. Then in his review "Castle Sweet Castle", a clip show her eating strawberries on pancakes and Silver is very pleased.
- His reviews have him being trolled just as much as he does it.
- In the TF2 Analysis videos, being portrayed as a hammy Heavy who is abused by others, and has the biggest death count among both RED and BLU.
- In "Pony Python and the Holy Grail", he's the Black Knight. Yup, from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Naturally, he looses all four legs and wings.
- Even when doing a crossover on another reviewer's show, he doesn't get a break. "Taking Shining Armor and Cadance Too Seriously" (with Commander Firebrand) ends up with Silver clonked on the head with a lead pipe.
- Silver really seems to have it in for Flash Sentry who always seems to suffer somehow when he makes an appearance.
- The Cameo:
- "After the Fact: Simple Ways" has a cameo from Fluffle Puff.
- She appears again in his "Castle Sweet Castle" review.
- The Cat Came Back: At the start of "After the Fact: Studying Starlight", Starlight Glimmer tries to get away from Silver Quill by teleporting to random places, only to have the hippogriff uses "cartoon logic" to always be a step ahead of her.
- The Chew Toy: Silver Quill gets quite a bit of abuse during his analysis, some of which normal Hippogriffs wouldn't survive. To summarize, he: Really long list Heck, his reporter title is "Universal Punching Bag"! Don't feel too bad for him. He's a horrible, if likable, person.
- Cool Old Guy: Plays this persona, especially in collabs, though that could easily be replaced with Troll old guy.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Despite his goofy antics and status as a Chew Toy he has managed to accomplish quite a bit of impressive feats during his videos. Just to name a few examples, he has managed to kidnap Celestia several times and sent Prince Rutherford flying with a single punch.
- Curbstomp Battle: His "Party Pooped" review shows a What If? were the Yaks actually did make war with the ponies. The Yaks send an entire army, Equestria... sends Celestia. Celestia lets them unload their entire arsenal on her, without a scratch, then sends them to the moon.
- Cuteness Overload: Ends up going "d'aww" at Babs Seed in "After the Fact: Friends Forever 13" that he blows out his "d'aww meter".
- Deal with the Devil: Inverted in "After the Fact: Character vs. Power", where Silver has to "make a deal with the Fausticorn" to fix things after Troubleshoes and his OC Clutterstep inadvertently destroy the universe.
- Death of the Author: The very concept is discussed in the video "After the Fact: The Derp of the Author", about Derpy Hooves and how her role ballooned out of control from the writers of the show.
- Did Not Think This Through: Dr. Wolf points out to Silver in "Spike Speculation" that he doesn't consider potential consequences in his little plots, often just working short term with no concern for what may happen as a result.
- "Down Here!" Shot: Very briefly in the review of "Scare Master", during a roll call the camera has to tilt down for Lightning Bliss (a midget alicorn), just as Baron Tall Tales calls her "short".Lightning Bliss: Hey!
- Do Wrong, Right: In his review of "Crusaders of the Lost Mark", he calls out Spoiled Rich for trying to keep Diamond Tiara from befriending the Crusaders in the name of Nepotism... not because it's wrong, but because, as he points out, AJ, Rarity, and Rainbow, in addition to being well-known heroes, are (in order) part of one of the founding families of Ponyville, a rising star in the fashion world, and a Wonderbolt-in-training, meaning that Spoiled is more or less shooting herself in the hoof.
- Early Installment Weirdness: The first two videos that Silver Quill released had a black background. It has changed to show Equestrian locations.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He's admitted to not being a nice guy, but while taking advantage of the Loophole Abuse present in "The Good, the Bad and the Pony", he eventually gives up mid taunt because it was "so contrived".
- Everyone Has Standards:
- Apparently there's a rule for hybrid creatures to not devour another hybrid. This is why Silver didn't have trouble from the chimera. Applies even more when revealed he's the Anti-Christ... Or Anti-Celestia, or whatever, during Nightmare Night 2014.
- He is aware of the abuse he takes in his videos, but claims the one species he will never accept a beating from are the Yaks. When Prince Rutherford tries to smash him he sends him flying out of town with a single hit.
- Evil All Along: Nightmare Night 2014 reveals that he's secretly been the Anti-Christ all along. Although this could be considered subverted by the fact that the whole video was a board game being played by the Cutie Mark Crusaders. In "The Shipping Game", he briefly goes into his Anti-Christ form, apparently dates a dragon, and seems to have arranged the show in order to bring together a lot of ponies for her to kill.
- Face Palm: Occasionally does this during his reviews. He's also made it a hobby to invoke this reaction from others, as detailed in Running Gag below.
- Fireball Eyeballs: In "After the Fact: Amending Fences", Starlight Glimmer gets burning eyeballs after Silver Quill dashes out and leaves her to pay a restaurant bill of 1500 bits.
- For the Lulz: He does a lot of things to get a rise out of people, even if it's particularly dangerous.Digibrony: Are you crazy?!
Silver Quill: Sources point to yes!
- Four-Philosophy Ensemble: He and Voice of Reason are Realists.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Everybody has a certain disdain for him because his griffon side makes him a jerk. Firebrand, Mad Munchkin, and Eliyora seem to hate him the most.
- Gatling Good: Silver plays the RED team's Heavy in the TF2 Analysis videos, complete with his gun Sasha.
- Gilligan Cut: In "After the Fact: Slice of Life", Silver Quill makes a joking aside about inviting DustyKatt (the self-proclaimed manliest brony) to a tea party. To which DustyKatt's avatar appears, saying that it's not gonna happen. Except SQ summons the Cutie Mark Crusader to make Puppy-Dog Eyes at him. A cut later, Dusty is attending a tea party with them.
- Go-Karting with Bowser: Silver's quartet, as seen in the "Filli Vanilli" review, is composed of King Sombra, Slendermane, and a tatzlwurm. With the reveal that he's the Antichrist, this actually makes a lot more sense.
- Good Angel, Bad Angel: It is shown in "After the Fact: Magical Ethics" that Silver Quill has two shoulder demons and no angel. And they are quick to start squabbling and fighting each other.Silver Quill: This is why I make bad decisions!
- Hammerspace Hair: His "After the Fact: Celestia Centerpoints" video had Silver popping out of Celestia's mane and claiming that he'd been living in there for a year while he rebuilt the Castle of the Two Sisters.
- Heli-Critter: In "After the Fact: Amending Fences", upon seeing Pinkie Pie using her tail to fly, Silver Quill gets envious (part of a running gag about him taking a very long time to get a flying animation). So the hippogriff tries to copy Pinkie by spinning his own tail, but has no control over it and is sent flying backward.
- Heroic BSoD: It's happened at least twice to Quill, complete with blue screens in his eyes. The second time he had to be "rebooted with cuteness" to snap out of it.
- Hypocritical Humor: He is the most humble person in the universe!
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Not a very good shot. As seen in his video for the TF2 Analysis video project.
- Insistent Terminology:
- Silver has gone on record to verify that he is not an "analyst", but a "reviewer", citing the differences between the two.
- He's gone on record to say that he's not "Anti-Celestia", he's "The Anti-Celestia".Silver Quill: I have nothing but respect for the old girl, I just embody everything she's against.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Much of a Troll as he is, Silver does show genuine empathy and concern for others at times.
- Journey to the Center of the Mind: In full Inception mode, courtesy of Golden Fox in their review of "For Whom the Sweetie Bell Toils".
- The Klutz: Not Silver Quill himself, but the earth pony OC of his comics, Clutterstep.
- Large Ham: In SPADES.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Considering how much of an unrepentant Troll Silver Quill is, a lot of the abuse he goes through can feel well deserved.
- Late to the Punchline: In "After the Fact: Luna's Archetype", Silver doesn't get Luna's bawdy joke (which was censored) until the very end of the episode, where he suddenly burst into laughter.
- Laugh Themselves Sick: Celestia has this reaction when she sees Silver with his head turned into an orange by Twilight Sparkle at the end of his "Magical Ethics" video; laughing so hard she literally falls down with her legs sticking up in the air.
- Launcher of a Thousand Ships: In-Universe, he likes to ship Big Macintosh with every other character on the show. Mac is not happy about that. He also launched Lightning Bliss × Flash Sentry.???: Silver kidnaps Lightning Bliss!
Silver Quill: Mwahaha, and best of all; I'm going to ship her with Flash Sentry!
- Losing Your Head: In "After the Fact: Scare Master", he gets his head cut by a guillotine... but that doesn't stop him from speaking and continuing the review. He later fix it back with bandages, but upside-down.
- Mad Libs Catchphrase: "'But Silver, you [alliterated avian] you...'"
- Major General Song: Sings the second half of this after an ailing Dr. Wolf starts the first half at the end of the "Hooffields and McColts" review.
- Medium-Shift Gag: Silver Quill spends the end of the review for "Makes New Friends but Keep Discord" as a live-action quilted puppet after Voice of Reason pushes him through Discord's portal.
- Mix-and-Match Critter: Silver Quill is a hippogriff. While guest starring in Mad Munchkin's video about Non-Pony OCs, he says his version of a hippogriff is a griffon-pony hybrid. Seeing that both the chicken and pigeon in his family comes from his father's side, it's safe to say his father was the griffon.
- Noodle Incident:
- Apparently no-one wants to learn how Silver Quill's great granddad (a chicken) ended up beer-battered and deep fried.
- In his review for "Rarity investigates", when he arrives at a crime scene including a Chalk Outline of himself, he claims it's due to a thing with a mayonnaise jar — "one of those wholesale monstrosities" — a three-headed wildebeest, and then Princess Luna arrived....
- Only Sane Man: He is a tad eccentric, but compared to his colleagues, he's more of a voice of reason than the self-proclaimed Voice of Reason... Well, when he's not being the CAUSE of their insanity...
- Overly Long Gag: When reviewing the Friends Forever of Rarity and Babs, he remarks about the comic being over 36% of a certain skit. Then goes on to repeat "36" like a calculator would for several screens, passing several characters.Silver Quill: 363636363636 — Math is fun.
- Pipe Pain: Ends up on the receiving end of this when Lily Peet cracks him over the head with a lead pipe in "Taking Shining Armor and Cadance Too Seriously".
- President Evil: "After the Fact: Rainbow Rock" features a humanized Discord as the president in the human world. When informed of the danger the Dazzlings represent, he simply nukes the school.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Since Ride Along wouldn't stop interrupting him with siren sounds, Silver Quill decides to cut him down.Silver Quill: You're a stallion, but you're drawn like a mare, and you're a blank flank!
Ride Along: [stunned silence]
Silver Quill: Yeah, thought that would shut you up.
- Record Needle Scratch: At the start of "After the Fact: Keep Calm and Flutter On", the club house music screeches to a halt when Silver Quill in full Man with No Name get-up shows up, replaced by the appropriate leitmotif. Then it screeches again as the initial music resumes, and we're shown it is Vinyl Scratch (appropriately) who's doing that. It happens a third time when Silver Quill says he's looking for a reviewer for a Discord episode, and DJ Pon-3 gives him a glare.
- The Reveal: Silver Quill is the Anti-Christ. Maybe. It was a game played by the CMC, so probably not.
- Rooting for the Empire: Defied in "After the Fact: Two Worlds". Silver examines the idea that Nightmare Moon would be a better ruler than Celestia because "it would be safer under Nightmare Moon," disagreeing with it strongly. In particular, Silver argues that Nightmare Moon wants constant attention, and she's a despot whose desires begin and end with her, so it would be more like a police state than Equestria as it stands.
- Running Gag: He has several.
- His praising of John de Lancie as if he were a holy figure.
- Things tend to (literally) blow up in his face.
- His drinking games. They don't end well.
- He seems to be invoking one now, hoping to make all of the Mane Six Face Hoof having succeeded with Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Applejack, and Rarity. As he proudly proclaimend, only Fluttershy is left. In his very next review, he succeeds in doing so.
- Scary Impractical Armor: Before his "Simple Ways" review, he puts on an impressive black hippogriff armor (because he's badly scared of romantic triangle plots)... only to find out he can't move in it.
- Shout-Out: Where to begin? Silver Quill loves pop culture references.
- Spy Speak: In "After the Fact: Slice of Life", after criticizing the episode's twist that Sweetie Drops is a secret agent, Silver is confronted by one cryptically talking mare...Sweetie Bloom: The mole snuck into the garden last night.
Silver Quill: Wait, what?
Sweetie Bloom: The bird has flown the bush with two in its hand.
Silver Quill: I think that's wrong...
Sweetie Bloom: The jam is moldy in the kitchen and the rolling rabbit gathers moss.
Silver Quill: I have no idea what you're saying!
Sweetie Bloom: The monkeys are restless and my dog has fleas!
Silver Quill: Are you thinking before you speak?
Sweetie Bloom: Confirm the custard...
Silver Quill: Stop saying words!
Sweetie Bloom: Over out...
Silver Quill: Why does this keep happening?
- Stalker with a Crush: Slendermane is one to him.
- Stock Scream:
- The Wilhelm Scream has been used in several of his videos, uttered either by Silver himself or by other characters.
- He's also used the "Goofy stock scream" more than once.
- Strictly Formula: Silver points out in his "Twilight's Kingdom" review that every two-part episode has followed more-or-less the same basic premise. So much so, that he made a Mad Libs out of it. He later points out it's been subverted in "The Cutie Map" where little if any of the premise has been used.
- That Came Out Wrong: In his Luna video regarding her archetype, Silver realizes quickly that "the Crone" doesn't sound very flattering, and is knocked skyward by an angry princess before he has the chance to explain.
- Too Kinky to Torture: Silver is amazingly glib about how much he suffers, outright joking about his pain as it happens and even expecting reprisals the instant his fun is over. It seems to be the main reason he keeps causing trouble as any discipline just slides right off.
- Toothy Bird: Silver's beak gets a full denture when sporting a big grin.
- Tranquilizer Dart: At the beginning of "After the Fact: For Whom the Sweetie Belle Toils", Silver Quill is put out of commission by a dart shot by Golden Fox, just as he's about to say who's his favorite princess.
- Troll: By his own admittance as of his Flash Sentry video.
- A Twinkle in the Sky:
- The final fate of Silver Quill at the end of the "Pinkie Pride" review, after Commander Firebrand ejects him from the FOB via Cheese Sandwich's Party Tank. With Goofy's scream for good measure.
- Also happens to him when he calls Princess Luna a "crone" in his "After the Fact: Luna's Archetype" video.
- Unfortunate Implications: Silver Quill brings up nature of the "reforming spell" in his review of "Keep Calm and Flutter On". He calls hypocrisy on Twilight because Discord was portrayed as a villain for forcing the Mane Six to act differently, so it shouldn't be okay if they do the same.
- The Unpronounceable: He constantly fails to pronounce Countess Coloratura correctly in his review of "The Mane Attraction".
- Weaksauce Weakness: With all he's been through, it turns out he's really susceptible to cuteness. It's what finally kills him. He comes back to life by next episode.
- What an Idiot!: Silver Quill gave a big one to Sunset Shimmer about her plans for Equestria. Even if she had managed to kill Twilight and invade, she'd be face to face with the three princesses, the remaining members of the Mane Six, and the power of the Crystal Heart.
- Wingding Eyes: Silver Quill's gone starry-eyed more than once when fanboying.
- X Meets Y: Invoked — in Silver Quill's review of an episode of Bravestarr, he describes the character Thirty-Thirty as "Friendship Is Magic meets The Expendables."