List of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic characters
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is an animated television series that began airing on the United States cable channel, The Hub, on October 10, 2010. This television series, based on the My Little Pony toys made by American toy and game manufacturer Hasbro, was developed by Lauren Faust.
- 1 Main characters
- 2 Secondary characters
- 3 Recurring characters
- 3.1 Ponyville characters
- 3.2 Cloudsdale characters
- 3.3 Canterlot characters
- 4 Villains
- 5 References
- 6 Further reading
Princess Twilight Sparkle represents the Element of Magic and is (as of "Princess Twilight Sparkle") the Tetrarch of Equestria, alongside Princess Celestia, Luna, and Cadance. Twilight is a lavender alicorn pony (previously a unicorn, prior to "Magical Mystery Cure"), with deep purple eyes and a dark indigo mane and tail in a hime cut with a purple and dark pink streak running through them, and is the main protagonist of the series. Her cutie mark is a magenta-pink six-pointed star overlaying a matching white star with five smaller white stars surrounding it. Extremely gifted with magic, she is Princess Celestia's protégée, and once considered study more important than friendship prior to Friendship is Magic. When in danger from Nightmare Moon's prophecy, Princess Celestia sent her to Ponyville to learn the importance of friendship, which released the Elements of Harmony from her new friends, leading to the defeat, and reforming of Nightmare Moon, later known as Princess Luna. She decides to stay in Ponyville and study friendship with her mentor's blessings, accompanied by her assistant, a baby dragon named Spike.
In "Magical Mystery Cure", Twilight accidentally activates an unfinished spell created by historic figure Star Swirl the Bearded, causing her friends' cutie marks to be swapped, thus altering their destinies. After correcting her mistake, Twilight is able to complete the spell, creating new magic in the process. Fulfilling her destiny predicted by Princess Celestia, Twilight is then transformed from a unicorn to an alicorn, and ascends to become a Princess of Equestria alongside Celestia, Princess Luna and Princess Cadence.
Twilight studies extensively and takes an organized, analytical approach to solving problems. She sometimes has insecurities about fitting in, and can often let her fears, insecurities, her desire to impress Princess Celestia, and her logical way of thinking distract her, which sometimes leads to near madness or, in one case, chaos. Unlike other unicorn ponies, Twilight can perform a wide variety of magic, including teleportation, force fields, and telekinesis. She represents the Element of Magic, which takes the form of a tiara. She has an older brother named Shining Armor, the captain of the Canterlot Royal Guard, who marries her former foalsitter Princess Cadance. In "Owl's Well That Ends Well", she gained a pet horned owl named Owlowiscious specifically to defray Spike's workload as assistant.
In the spin-off movie My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, it is suggested that she might have a crush on Flash Sentry, a pegasus who is a new member of the Royal Guard.
- Voiced by: Tabitha St. Germain
- Singing Voice: Kazumi Evans
Rarity is a silvery-white unicorn pony with blue eyes and a violet mane and tail that are combed in wavy curls, and speaks with a Mid-Atlantic accent. Her cutie mark is three cyan diamonds; often it is misinterpreted, as her talent is not in fashion design (she was shown to be quite proficient even before obtaining her cutie mark) but in her ability to sense rare gems from any location — an ability even Twilight's magic cannot perfectly imitate. She also wears light blue eyeshadow. Rarity has been shown to wear fake eyelashes in two episodes. She is a fashion designer and seamstress at her own dressmaking shop, the Carousel Boutique. She is very stylish and beautiful, takes great interest in fashion and clothing design, and often tries to make herself the center of attention. She considers herself a proper lady, often acting in a sophisticated manner, and can also be dramatic and histrionic. Rarity is Sweetie Belle's older sister, and often takes care of her when her parents are away. She once hoped to marry Celestia's nephew Prince Blueblood, until she actually met him and found he was snobbish, rude, and self-centered. Rarity's magic includes telekinesis and the ability to find jewels buried underground. She represents the Element of Generosity and has a Persian cat named Opalescence, shortened to "Opal", who dislikes Rarity but adores Fluttershy. In the second season, she became aware of Spike's crush on her, she accepts it and became fond of him.
In "The Cutie Mark Chronicles", it is revealed that Rarity had the task of designing costumes for a school play. As she tried to find the perfect finishing touch, her horn magically led her out of Ponyville and to a massive stone slab (a reference to 2001: A Space Odyssey's Black Monolith). The shock wave from Rainbow Dash's Sonic Rainboom broke the slab open, revealing a large deposit of gems that she then used to accentuate the costumes. The play was a success, and Rarity gained her cutie mark that night.
- Voiced by: Ashleigh Ball
Applejack is a light orange earth pony (a horse with neither wings nor a horn) with green eyes, a tied-up blonde mane and tail, and three freckles on each cheek. Her cutie mark is three red apples. She speaks with a Southern American accent. Applejack is very kind, helpful and reliable, but tends to act stubbornly and lets her pride and her sense of tradition get the better of her. She wears a brown cowboy hat and is the only one of the six main characters who keeps her mane and tail tied back instead of letting them fall loose. Applejack comes from a large family of ponies with apple-related names, spread all over Equestria, who oversee apple orchards and run a group of businesses that sell apples and products made from them. She works in her farm, called Sweet Apple Acres, where she lives with her younger sister Apple Bloom, older brother Big McIntosh and grandmother Granny Smith. Applejack is very hard-working and has demonstrated her strength and dexterity on many occasions, and she is also very skilled with a lasso. She represents the Element of Honesty. She has a pet Border Collie named Winona.
In "The Cutie Mark Chronicles", Applejack revealed that when she was younger, she wanted to be more like her Aunt and Uncle Orange, and went to move into Manehattan (a play on Manhattan) with them. But she was unable to adapt to their high-society lifestyle, and quickly grew very homesick. After Applejack saw a rainbow (caused by Rainbow Dash) that led back to the Apple Farm, she realized that was where she was meant to be and eagerly returned home, earning her cutie mark.
According to Storyboard Artist, Sabrina Alberghetti, Applejack is an orphan. This is subtly alluded to by a pair of shooting stars, representing her deceased parents, flying over the farm at the end of the episode 'Apple Family Reunion'.
Pinkamena Diane Pie (or Pinkie Pie) is a pink earth pony with light blue eyes and curly, dark pink mane and tail. Her cutie mark is two blue balloons with yellow strings and one yellow balloon with a blue string. She is a baker and confectioner at the Sugarcube Corner and a party planner. She is hyperactive, random, a little bit dorky, and quite silly but is also friendly and uncommonly kind. She enjoys singing, is musically talented, and often suddenly breaks into song, to the confusion of onlookers. She also likes playing pranks, sometimes with Rainbow Dash's help, though she refuses to play any on Fluttershy due to her sensitive nature. Her behavior is frequently random and sometimes chaotic and she has been known to break the fourth wall. The character often smiles. She possesses the "Pinkie Sense", an ability to predict events in the immediate future through twitches of various body parts (For example, whenever her tail twitches, often referred to "Twitchy Tail", it means something will fall, whether from the sky or on the ground), and has a photographic or Eidetic memory. When she becomes sad enough, her mane and tail change from curly to straight and her pink coloration loses its brightness. While she usually hops around, Pinkie is exceptionally quick when running, able to keep pace with airborne Rainbow Dash. She has a toothless pet baby alligator named Gummy. Pinkie represents the Element of Laughter.
A running gag with Pinkie Pie is her ability to alter or outright ignore the laws of physics on a whim. In "Too Many Pinkie Pies", she is able to slow a jump into the lake to an immediate near stop despite lacking any flight capability. In "Magic Duel", even though Trixie removed her nose and mouth, Pinkie was able to not only breathe, but play several wind instruments at once. She frequently makes use of her Party Cannon, which can blast decorations all over a room in one shot, as first seen in "Sweet and Elite". Pinkie seems to have an anger issue when someone does not keep a promise including a pinkie promise which was seen in "Green isn't your Color" and "The Last Roundup".
In "The Cutie Mark Chronicles", Pinkie Pie tells the Cutie Mark Crusaders that she was raised on a rock farm with a conservative family. In a flashback sequence, her mother calls her by full name "Pinkamena Diane Pie", and she has straight hair until the wave of Rainbow Dash's Sonic Rainboom caused her hair to curl and thicken, and the accompanying rainbow made her feel happiness and to smile for the first time. The next morning, she throws a party in the family silo and gets her family to smile as well, and earns her cutie mark. Subsequent episodes ("Party of One" and "Magical Mystery Cure") show that Pinkie's mane and tail revert to their straight forms when she's not her usual joyful self.
- Voiced by: Ashleigh Ball
Rainbow Dash is a sky-blue pegasus pony with magenta eyes and a rainbow-colored mane and tail. Her cutie mark is a cloud with a red, yellow and blue lightning bolt. She is very brave, bold and tomboyish. Though she often appears arrogant, she still has a kind heart and is there for her friends when they need her. She thought reading is for "eggheads" like Twilight until "Read it and Weep", when she was introduced to the adventure novel series, Daring Do, which has sparked a keen literary interest including considering writing fan fiction. She is fast and works with the other pegasi to move clouds to control the weather. Her lifelong dream is to join the Wonderbolts, Equestria's aerobatic flight team, and she has been accepted into their training program and selected as cadet team leader. Rainbow Dash's signature move is the Sonic Rainboom, in which she flies fast enough to break the sound barrier, creating a sonic boom with a rainbow-hued shock wave. She works as head of the weather team in Ponyville.
"The Cutie Mark Chronicles" reveals that when she performed this move for the first time in a race for Fluttershy's honor, she earned her cutie mark and set in motion a chain of events that allowed the other five main characters to earn theirs as well. She represents the Element of Loyalty. In "May the Best Pet Win!", while trying to decide on a pet, she is saved from an avalanche by a tortoise and decides to keep him, naming him Tank. She equips him with a helicopter rotor so that he can fly and keep up with her, though he is very clumsy in the air as demonstrated in "Just for Sidekicks".
- Voiced by: Andrea Libman
Fluttershy is a light yellow pegasus pony with teal eyes and a pink mane and tail. Her cutie mark is three pink butterflies. She speaks in a quiet, soft voice. She is sweet and calm, but often very shy around others. However, she can become forceful and assertive if her friends are placed in danger. Fluttershy loves and cares for all animals and is willing to help them at any cost, but is very fearful of many things. Although she is a pegasus, she prefers to stay close to the ground, living in a cottage near the Everfree Forest instead of the sky city of Cloudsdale with the other pegasus ponies. She has a pet rabbit named Angel, who is very picky about what he eats and sometimes becomes irritated at her timidity and embarrassment. She possesses a special ability known as "The Stare", which allows her to intimidate the fiercest animals to the point of complete and total obedience and/or compliance. She first displayed this ability in the Season 1 episode "The Stare Master" when she subdued a cockatrice that could turn victims to stone by looking into their eyes, disregarding her own body turning to stone and the creature obediently reversed the spell on her, her chicken and Twilight Sparkle. Her assertiveness was explored further in "Putting your Hoof Down" when a boasting minotaur named Iron Will taught her how to aggressively stand her ground, although she retracts it due to realizing how cruel she becomes. Fluttershy represents the Element of Kindness.
In "Suited for Success", Fluttershy seems to have a good knowledge of sewing and fashion, possibly rivaling Rarity's. But in the end, her dress was flawed. According to "The Cutie Mark Chronicles", she was a very weak flier as a filly, and was once knocked from her home in the clouds but was saved by a group of colorful butterflies who caught her before she hit the ground. But as she was marveling, in song, at the world on the ground which she had never seen before, Rainbow Dash's Sonic Rainboom scared the animals. Fluttershy comforted them, and learned that she could communicate with animals on some level, thus earning her cutie mark.
- Voiced by: Cathy Weseluck
Spike is a small purple-and-green baby dragon with green eyes who is Twilight Sparkle's assistant and roommate. Spike also handles communications between Twilight and Princess Celestia, burning Twilight's written messages with his fiery breath to send them and then belches up the scrolls Celestia sends back. He frequently displays a lightly sardonic personality and often finds humor in others' misfortunes, but he is rarely malicious and can always be counted on to help Twilight and her friends when they need him.
Spike has a crush on Rarity, but she was not aware of his affections until the second season. In "The Cutie Mark Chronicles", it is shown how Twilight hatched Spike from an egg as part of an admission exam for a school of magic run by Celestia, gaining her cutie mark and a chance to study under Celestia's direct guidance. In "Dragon Quest", after the incidents with mature dragons, he adopts a baby phoenix as a pet and names it Peewee, but in "Just for Sidekicks", a picture-framed photo revealed that Spike brought him back to his family.
Spike is slightly self-centered, and can become jealous on some occasions. In the series, Spike reveals several times that he is highly fond of Twilight Sparkle, who he has assisted and lived with his whole life. His worst nightmare is seen to be Twilight ordering him to leave her. This is exemplified in the episode "Owl's Well That Ends Well", where Spike becomes jealous of Owlowiscious, Twilight's pet owl who assists her with things Spike can't. He makes a decoy dead mouse, and blames it on Owlowiscious. But Twilight knew he was faking it the minute she walked in. She scolds Spike, and walks upstairs. Spike then thinks she hates him, and runs off into the Everfree Forest. He finds a cave loaded with gemstones and crystals (Spike's favorite snack), which it turns out that it all belonged to another dragon. The dragon attacks Spike, but Owlowiscious saves his life by creating a diversion. Spike runs to Twilight, sobbing and regretting ever running away. She forgives him, and explains to him that he helps her in the day, but Owlowiscious has to help her at night. Spike's personality does change slightly after that, being more careful with his temper. He starts to show sympathy to others, teases less frequently, but still continues adding humor with Pinkie in the episodes.
In My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, Spike turns into a dog when he follows Twilight into the alternate world.
The Royal Family
- Voiced by: Nicole Oliver
Princess Celestia, the "Princess" of the Day and Diarch of Equestria alongside her younger sister, Princess Luna. Princess Celestia is an alicorn who controls the rising and setting of the sun. For a millennium, she appears to have also controlled the moon while her sister was banished. She has a white coat with a hint of pink with a pink, violet, green and cyan eternal mane and tail and purple-pink eyes, though in her early toy incarnations she had a lavender body, and a pastel-colored mane and tail. She wears a gold tiara, collar and horse shoes. Her cutie mark is a sun. Princess Celestia is usually very kind, patient, and understanding. She wishes for her subjects to relax and be themselves around her, despite her status. Celestia often refers to Twilight Sparkle as her "most faithful student." In "Friendship is Magic, part 2", she tasks Twilight with staying in Ponyville with her friends and writing a weekly report about her studies on friendship. She is also sometimes mischievous, possibly in order to help her subjects relax in her presence. She has a pet phoenix named Philomena, appearing in "A Bird in the Hoof" when on the verge of death and was cared for by Fluttershy before rising again. Celestia is taller than most ponies in the show.
In the alternate world shown in My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, she is known as Principal Celestia, and she is head of Canterlot High.
- Voiced by: Tabitha St. Germain
Princess Luna, the Princess of the Night and Diarch of Equestria alongside her older sister of Celestia, is an alicorn who has a dark indigo body, a dark blue mane and tail, and teal eyes. She raised and lowered the moon each night, but she became jealous of Celestia because the ponies slept through the night and thus did not appreciate her work. This jealousy eventually transformed Luna into the shadowy Nightmare Moon. As Nightmare Moon, her body is extremely dark purple with light-blue armor. Her mane and tail are sparkly dark blue, with purple-rimmed moon dust that she can use as long, tentacle-like limbs. Celestia banished her to the moon after she tried to bring eternal night to the world. During the pilot episode, Nightmare Moon breaks free after a thousand years and returns to Equestria on the longest day of the year, intent on carrying out her plan again. She uses her powers to hinder Twilight Sparkle and the other ponies in their search for the Elements of Harmony. Eventually, the Elements transform her back into Luna and she resumes her place at Celestia's side.
Luna returns to Ponyville in the season 2 episode "Luna Eclipsed" during Nightmare Night, a festival similar to Halloween, with a tall and slender build, a darker coat, and a translucent-bordered, dark blue mane and tail. With Twilight's help, she tries to change her public image from that of the terrifying Nightmare Moon, on which the holiday is based, to a more favorable one as Princess Luna. However, because of her outdated mannerisms and extremely loud 'Royal Canterlot Voice', her first attempts are unsuccessful, and she decrees Nightmare Night canceled. But Twilight persuades her to give Ponyville another chance. When Luna discovers that the residents enjoy being scared as part of the night's festivities, she uses the Nightmare Moon persona to help them have fun and thus gain their trust and friendship, along with overcoming her social awkwardness. As "Princess of the Night", she possesses the ability to enter ponies' dreams and help them face their fears, as she does with Scootaloo in "Sleepless in Ponyville".
In the alternate world shown in My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, she is known as Vice-Principal Luna, and helps her sister, Principal Celestia, run Canterlot High.
- Voiced by: Britt McKillip
Princess Mi Amore Cadenza, (or Cadance), the Princess of Love and Diarch of the Crystal Empire is, like Princess Celestia, Luna and (as of "Magical Mystery Cure") Twilight, an alicorn. She is the niece of Princess Celestia and Princess Luna, and is the wife of Shining Armor. Cadance is first mentioned in "A Canterlot Wedding" Pt. 1. Twilight is invited to "the wedding of Princess Mi Amore Cadenza and... [Twilight's] brother", Shining Armor. Twilight resents not being told about the wedding by her brother, and he tells her that Princess Cadance was her old babysitter, whom Twilight remembers fondly. However, when Twilight meets Cadance in person, she appears vile and ill-tempered, not acknowledging Twilight's existence and casts mysterious spells on her future groom. But this version of Cadance is really a Changeling, Queen Chrysalis, who is revealed and driven out of Equestria. Afterwards, the real Princess Cadance marries Shining Armor. Cadance displays the ability to spread love among ponies through her magic, as demonstrated in her flashback in which she uses it to calm a quarreling couple. She is sent north with her husband to the Crystal Empire after it returns after 1,000 years and assists the Mane Six in keeping it safe from its former ruler, King Sombra. She is now the princess of the Crystal Empire.
Princess Cadance's name was inspired by that of the daughter of a Hasbro Studios executive, "Cadince". Cadence is also a musical term meaning modulation, inflection rhythm, or the closing sequence of a musical phrase.
Prince Shining Armor
- Voiced by: Andrew Francis
Prince Shining Armor, a unicorn pony, is Princess Twilight Sparkle's older brother, Captain of the Royal Guard in Canterlot, and Diarch of the Crystal Empire. The two siblings were very close when they were younger, but lost touch with each other when Twilight Sparkle moves to Ponyville. Twilight Sparkle is shocked when she finds that Shining Armor is about to marry Princess Cadance. When they meet in Canterlot, he is happy to see her and asks her to be his "best mare" at the wedding. However, Twilight spots Cadance casting a spell on him and accuses Cadance of being evil. Shining Armor is then disappointed in her for these accusations about his bride, and tells Twilight to forget about being Best Mare and not come to the wedding at all.
However, it is revealed that the fake Cadance is actually Chrysalis, Queen of the Changelings, who has imprisoned the real Cadance and assumed her place, brainwashing Shining Armor in a plot to take over Equestria. Once the fraud is exposed and the Changelings are driven out of Canterlot, Twilight arranges a sumptuous wedding for the couple and the siblings reconcile with Shining Armor reinstating Twilight as Best Mare. He is sent north to the Crystal Empire after it returns after 1,000 years and assists the Mane Six and Princess Cadance in keeping it safe from its former ruler, King Sombra. He and Cadance lead the Crystal Empire together. In "Games Ponies Play", he is referred to as a prince for the first time; he also coaches the ponies chosen to represent the Empire in the upcoming Equestria Games.
He has a white coat, a dark and light blue mane, and his cutie mark is a shield with a six-pointed star, which resembles the one on Twilight's cutie mark. The siblings also have the same magical aura color, magenta. Shining Armor is shown to be a mild-mannered and affectionate pony who deeply cares for Cadance and his kid sister, Twilight, who he nicknames "Twiley". He is also courageous as he stands up to King Sombra so his sister and her friends can enter the Crystal Empire.
Cutie Mark Crusaders
The Cutie Mark Crusaders are a group of three young fillies (Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo) who have yet to earn their cutie marks, marks on a pony's flank that represents the talent or ability that makes them unique. Because of the bullying they received for not yet having cutie marks, such as being referred to as "Blank Flanks", they banded together to help one another earn their cutie marks. This leads them into antics and misadventures as they try out various harebrained schemes to see if they can achieve their goal. This is not successful, but their special talents sometimes become apparent. They can be mischievous at times, but are genuinely well-meaning.
While visiting Ponyville, Apple Bloom's cousin Babs Seed joins the Crusaders because she too has no cutie mark yet and is tired of being bullied for it. As she leaves for the return trip to her home in Manehattan, she promises to start up a branch of the club there.
The core members of the Cutie Mark Crusaders - Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo - all appear as humans in My Little Pony: Equestria Girls.
- Voiced by: Michelle Creber
Apple Bloom is Applejack's younger sister. She is a light yellow earth pony with a light crimson mane and tail, orange eyes and wears a pink bow on her head. She has a strong Southern, American accent like Applejack, but it fades when she talks to someone she does not like, or whose approval she seeks. Together with Scootaloo and Sweetie Belle, she forms the Cutie Mark Crusaders, and is in some way presented as the leader of the group. In "The Show Stoppers", Apple Bloom appears to know martial arts and is skilled at design and carpentry, as she quickly renovates Applejack's old tree house for the Crusaders' use. She also appears to be the most level-headed of the Crusaders, typically acting as the voice of reason.
- Voiced by: Madeleine Peters
Scootaloo is a light orange pegasus pony with a magenta mane and tail, and purple eyes. Scootaloo is a tomboy like Rainbow Dash; she is adventurous, brave, and opinionated. She idolizes Rainbow Dash, looks up to her like an older sister and is the president of "The Rainbow Dash Fan Club". Even though she can't exactly fly, she uses her tiny wings to give her extra propulsion when riding a scooter and to help her perform stunts. She can also hover for short periods. In "The Show Stoppers", she has a big talent for activities that require agility, such as stunt driving, dancing, and choreography, though she is oblivious that this may be her special talent. In "Sleepless In Ponyville", Scootaloo tries to put on a tough-pony facade for Rainbow Dash during a camping trip, but is in fact terrified of the fearless Dash's scary stories. When she finally breaks down emotionally and admits her fear to her hero with Princess Luna's help, Rainbow Dash reveals that she, too, was scared when she first heard those stories as a filly, and the pair form a close sister-like bond as she takes Scootaloo under her wing to teach her how to be fearless.
Sweetie Belle, Rarity's younger sister, is a silvery-white unicorn pony with a light pink-and-grayish purple mane and tail, and pale green eyes. Sweetie Belle tends to be a slower thinker than Apple Bloom and Scootaloo, but is as excitable as them and will readily follow their lead. Though she wants to be a designer like Rarity, her inexperience and clumsiness prove to be a hindrance when she tries to assist in the shop, and when she designs set pieces for a talent show. In "The Show Stoppers", she has a talent for singing and songwriting. She turns one of Fluttershy's lullabies into a rousing gospel number in "Stare Master", but prefers not to sing in public. She has not yet demonstrated any ability with her horn beyond a few light sparks when she gets excited, and her attempts at cooking lead to disastrous results such as burned fruit juice and charred, liquefied toast.
- Voiced by: Brynna Drummond
Babs Seed is Apple Bloom's cousin. She is an orange-brown earth pony with a reddish pink mane and tail, and lime green eyes, and speaks with a very strong New York accent. First featured in "One Bad Apple" when she comes down to visit from Manehattan, Sweetie Belle, Apple Bloom, and Scootaloo invite her to join the Cutie Mark Crusaders. In fear of getting bullied for being a blank-flank (without a cutie mark), she joins the school bullies in trying to make the Crusaders' lives as miserable as possible, including destroying their float for an upcoming parade. To get revenge against her, the Crusaders build a new float and booby-trap it so that it will veer off the parade route and into a mud pit, expecting Babs to steal it. After Applejack tells them about the bullying problem Babs has had back in Manehattan, they throw her out of the float and fall into the mud themselves. Upon this, Babs realizes the error of her ways and befriends the Crusaders; they in turn forgive her and induct her into the club. Babs stands up to the school bullies and causes them to fall into a pit of mud. She promises to start up a Manehattan branch once she returns home. In her second appearance, "Apple Family Reunion", Apple Bloom and Babs refer to each other as "my favorite cousin".
The Apple Family
- Voiced by: Peter New
Big McIntosh (nicknamed Big Mac) is the older brother of Applejack and Apple Bloom and a member of the Apple Family. He has a light crimson coat, light orange mane and tail, and green eyes. His cutie mark is half of a Granny Smith apple.
He always wears a harness and often chews on a stalk of wheat. He lives in Sweet Apple Acres, a farm on the outskirts of Ponyville, with Applejack, Apple Bloom and Granny Smith. He is soft-spoken and has a calm and easy-going demeanor. Apple Bloom says Big McIntosh is shy. His eyes are generally half closed and he appears slightly bored, but generally accepts his surroundings.
He usually limits his responses in conversation to "Eeyup" and "Nope", but is more articulate when emotionally excited. He is extremely strong, and is capable of dragging even a house along behind him in the episode "Hearts and Hooves Day". Despite his strength, he is almost never seen apple-bucking, since he can fell an entire apple tree with a single buck; so this job is usually left to Applejack.
Big McIntosh appears as a human in My Little Pony: Equestria Girls.
- Voiced by: Tabitha St. Germain
Granny Smith is the oldest member of the Apple family living in Ponyville. She is the grandmother of Applejack, Big McIntosh and Apple Bloom. Due to her age, she seems disoriented and sometimes uses a walking frame. Applejack says she has a bad hip. Like Applejack, Apple Bloom and Big McIntosh, she also lives in Sweet Apple Acres.
As seen in "Family Appreciation Day", as a younger pony, she and her family played a key role in the founding of Ponyville; she discovered and cultivated the unique zap apple which is in high demand when it is in season. The revenue from the zap apple allowed her farm to grow into a small community, then eventually into Ponyville. However, it was stated in the episode "Winter Wrap Up" that Ponyville existed for hundreds of years, thus bringing up questions about Granny Smith's age.
Granny Smith appears as the lunch lady of Canterlot High in My Little Pony: Equestria Girls.
The Cake Family
- Mr. Carrot Cake, Mrs. Cup Cake, Pound Cake, Pumpkin Cake
- Voiced by: Tabitha St. Germain (Cup Cake, Pound Cake), Brian Drummond (Carrot Cake), Andrea Libman (Pumpkin Cake)
Mr. Carrot Cake and Mrs. Cup Cake are the owners of Sugarcube Corner, a bakery and candy shop in Ponyville, and employ Pinkie Pie as a live-in assistant. They frequently prepare many cakes and sweets for parties or special occasions, such as Princess Celestia's visit to Ponyville in "A Bird in the Hoof". The Cakes show patience and understanding for their fun-loving employee, Pinkie Pie, and sometimes allow her to take on difficult tasks such as running Sugarcube Corner when they are away.
In the episode "Baby Cakes", the couple's first names are officially revealed and Cup gives birth to twins, Pound (a pegasus colt) and Pumpkin (a unicorn filly). Although Carrot and Cup are both earth ponies, Carrot explains that they have unicorn and pegasus relatives in their family trees. Pinkie's silly, irresponsible behavior makes them hesitant to choose her as a babysitter for the twins at first, but they change their minds after seeing her do the job well.
Carrot and Cup Cake appears as owners of a coffee shop in My Little Pony: Equestria Girls.
- Voiced by: Nicole Oliver
Cheerilee is a teacher in the Ponyville Schoolhouse who cares about each of her pony students, and loves to help them learn and grow. She seems to take a special interest in the Cutie Mark Crusaders, focusing on helping them discover their true talents. In addition, she serves as advisor to the Foal Free Press, the student-run newspaper.
She also has a brief romance with Big McIntosh in the episode "Hearts and Hooves Day", though this is due to the influence of a love potion the two were tricked into drinking by the Cutie Mark Crusaders. It eventually wore off, but it was hinted at the end of the episode that there may yet be something between them.
Cheerilee appears as one of the teachers of Canterlot High in My Little Pony: Equestria Girls.
- Voiced by: Cathy Weseluck
Mayor Mare, the mayor of Ponyville, is a tan earth pony.
Her full name was given on a trading card of her and Time Turner. In the show, she is simply addressed as "Mayor" in most episodes, as "Miss Mayor" by Applejack in "Applebuck Season" and by Twilight Sparkle in "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000", and as "Madame Mayor" by Princess Luna in "Luna Eclipsed". Mayor Mare first appears in the first episode, giving a brief speech introducing Princess Celestia at the Summer Sun Celebration in Ponyville; Nightmare Moon appears in place of the princess, and when the story continues in the following episode, the Mayor commands Princess Celestia's pegasus guards to seize Nightmare Moon, but the guards are unsuccessful.
Mayor Mare's mane is gray, but it is revealed in "Ponyville Confidential" that she only dyes her mane and tail that color; it is originally bright magenta-pink.
Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon
Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon are two earth pony fillies who go to the same school as the Cutie Mark Crusaders, and are frequently seen together. Diamond Tiara has a pale magenta coat, and a lilac- and white-striped mane and tail. She wears a tiara in her hair that is identical to her cutie mark. Silver Spoon has a gray coat with a lighter gray mane in a braided ponytail, and wears light blue spectacles and a pearl necklace. Diamond Tiara has a superior manner and thinks she is better than the other ponies, and even insults Granny Smith. Her father, Filthy Rich, is on good terms with Granny Smith, since his grandfather Stinkin' Rich was one of the first customers for her Zap Apple jam.
Diamond Tiara seems to take particular delight in tormenting the Crusaders for their lack of cutie marks. In "Ponyville Confidential", she is briefly the editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, the Foal Free Press, but is stripped of her title by Cheerilee and demoted to printing press operator after trying to turn the paper into a hurtful tabloid focusing on mean-spirited gossip.
Silver Spoon is Diamond Tiara's friend and shares her snobbish attitude, especially toward the Crusaders. However, she doesn't seem to act as mean as Diamond Tiara in most episodes. Silver Spoon's cutie mark is a silver spoon, and her name is a pun on the saying "born with a silver spoon in her mouth." Although Diamond Tiara only antagonizes the crusaders, she has shown to be cruel to her peers, such as when she lashes out at Granny Smith, showing her lack of respect for the elderly. Also, when she has the crusaders write hurtful gossip about everyone in Ponyville, as she only cares for the popularity of the Foal Free Press and not how it is affecting the town, showing that she is disloyal to those around her.
Her cruelty is recognized by Applejack in "One Bad Apple", as she glares at Diamond Tiara for insulting the crusaders. It is possibly hinted that she is also on bad terms with Twilight Sparkle, as she questions the unicorn in "Call of the Cutie", after she declares the crusaders are lucky and earns an annoyed glance from Twilight.
Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon each cameo as humans attending Canterlot High in My Little Pony: Equestria Girls.
Snips and Snails
Snips and Snails are a pair of young male unicorn ponies who are students at the Ponyville schoolhouse. They are usually seen together. Snips is a short round pony with scissors as a cutie mark who is very excitable and Snails is taller and thinner with a snail as a cutie mark, and is portrayed as slower to react. The pair likes to run into trouble, such as drawing out an Ursa Minor, a celestial bear, (mistaking it for an Ursa Major) so they can see it vanquished by Trixie in "Boast Busters".
They reappear in the Season 3 episode "Magic Duel", and as humans in My Little Pony: Equestria Girls as allies to Sunset Shimmer. In the film, they appear more antagonistic and cruel in contrast to their generally good-natured pony selves.
- Voiced by: Brenda Crichlow
Zecora is a zebra who wears gold rings on her ears and around either side of foreleg and neck. She lives in a hut in the middle of the Everfree Forest. Zecora speaks with an accent and always speaks in rhyme. At first, the residents of Ponyville are scared of her unique appearance and believe she is a witch who can inflict curses. They lock their doors and hide whenever she comes to town. However, Twilight and her friends soon learn that Zecora is very friendly and is also a highly skilled herbalist, and persuade the rest of the town to get to know her better. She has since become a sage, or wise-woman figure, and is considered as a welcome presence and also serves as a healer. For instance, she is trusted to lead the children's Nightmare Night festivities in "Luna Eclipsed". Although she is not a pony, she still has a gray swirled sun as a cutie mark.
Spitfire and Soarin'
- Voiced by: Kelly Metzger (Spitfire; excluding "Sonic Rainboom"), Nicole Oliver (Spitfire; "Sonic Rainboom" only), Matt Hill (Soarin')
Spitfire and Soarin', both pegasi, are members of the Wonderbolts flight team. Spitfire, a mare, is introduced in "Sonic Rainboom" as one of the judges at the Best Young Flyers Competition, and later thanks Rainbow Dash for saving her and two other Wonderbolts (Soarin' and Misty Fly). She later attends the Grand Galloping Gala in "The Best Night Ever" and supervises the pegasus-run water transfer from Ponyville's Highland Reservoir to Cloudsdale (for weather production) in "Hurricane Fluttershy". Her most recent appearance is in "Wonderbolts Academy", in which she runs the training program for new recruits. Her demeanor in this episode is similar to that of a military drill instructor, unlike the more laid-back attitude she exhibits in earlier episodes. Soarin', a stallion, also attends the Grand Galloping Gala and panics when he drops a pie purchased from Applejack. He speaks like a surfer and admits that he always gets hungry after a performance. Soarin' makes a cameo appearance at the end of "A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2", in a photograph dancing with Rainbow Dash to the song "Love Is In Bloom".
- Voiced by: Tabitha St. Germain
Derpy is a light bluish-gray pegasus pony with a blonde mane and tail, and yellow eyes who first appeared as a background character in the pilot episode. She received a speaking role in the Season 2 episode "The Last Roundup", where Rainbow Dash refers to her as "Derpy"; the episode was rereleased later, with Rainbow Dash's use of the term "Derpy" removed from the episode. Afterwards, she continues to appear as a background character. In her current appearance, Derpy is a clumsy, cheerful goofball who loves muffins and is always willing to help, usually getting in the way.
She causes some property damage due to her clumsiness. Her eyes are often crossed in the first season, as well as the second season; yet they seem to be rarely crossed later in the third season. Her cutie mark consists of seven bubbles.
Derpy makes some cameo appearances as a human in My Little Pony: Equestria Girls.
- Voiced by: Vincent Tong
Donut Joe is a unicorn pony who works at a donut shop located in Canterlot. Both Twilight Sparkle and Spike seemed to be regular customers at his shop back when they lived in Canterlot. This is evidenced by the fact that he immediately recognized Twilight when she visited the shop after the events of the Grand Galloping Gala. He also appears to have been good friends with the two. He makes his first appearance in "The Best Night Ever" and later appears in "MMMystery on the Friendship Express" and "Just for Sidekicks". Joe is also a baker, and once made a miniature city made out of donuts, which he calls "Donutopia", to win Canterlot's dessert competition. He is named "Pony Joe" in his debut appearance, but is later named "Donut Joe" in his second appearance, as well as in the IDW comics' Friendship is Magic issues.
Star Swirl the Bearded
Star Swirl the Bearded is a historical figure of Equestria's past. While the character has not physically appeared in the series, he is described as being a unicorn by Princess Celestia. He sported a beard and a traditional wizard's hat and cloak, as demonstrated by the costume Twilight wore on Nightmare Night. Star Swirl is seen as an important figure in the early years of Equestria, being a mentor of Clover the Clever, one of the nation's co-founders, and invented over two hundred spells. There is a wing in the archives of Canterlot Castle named in his honor, which contains a number of power spells kept in scrolls, including a time travel spell.
In "Magical Mystery Cure", Princess Celestia sends Twilight a notebook containing an unfinished spell written by Star Swirl the Bearded, which causes the cutie marks of her friends to swap, altering their destinies. Twilight creates new magic to reverse the spell's effects and then completes it, using her new magic to finish the spell's text. Twilight is transported to an ethereal realm where Princess Celestia explains Star Swirl could not complete his spell because he did not come to understand the concept of friendship like Twilight did, but finishing Star Swirl's spell allows Twilight to fulfill her destiny and she becomes an alicorn and a princess of Equestria.
- Voiced by: Tabitha St. Germain
Nightmare Moon is the corrupted form of Princess Luna in the two-part series premiere. She appears as a navy blue alicorn, similar in stature to Celestia, with green reptilian eyes, dressed in silvery blue armor and with a navy blue mane that ripples and moves like smoke. In the first episode, Princess Celestia sends Twilight to oversee the Summer Sun Celebration's preparations which are held in Ponyville, and encourages Twilight to "stop reading those dusty old books and make some friends". The events of the first and second episodes revolve around Twilight Sparkle and her new friends' attempt to defeat Nightmare Moon by finding and using the Elements of Harmony, while Nightmare Moon tries to stop them in various ways. At the end of the second episode, Twilight and her friends confront Nightmare Moon and transform her back into Princess Luna, and she emotionally accepts Princess Celestia's offer to rule by her side again. Nightmare Moon has been confirmed to return in the fourth season of the series.
In the IDW licensed tie-in comic, it is revealed that something known as the Nightmare Forces was involved in Luna's transformation into Nightmare Moon. According to Princess Luna, the Nightmare Forces convinced Luna that she could show how powerful and special she was by making everybody fear her, and took over her body to feed off of her energy and hate. When Nightmare Moon was changed back into Luna, the Nightmare Forces fled to the moon, where they hid. But by harnessing the cycle of a new moon, the Nightmare Forces returned to Equestria and planted nightmares into the minds of Twilight Sparkle and her friends. They focused on Rarity before kidnapping her, taking her to their realm on the moon, the Nightmare Dreamscape. They manifest as masses of purple and gray smoke or flames, in the vague shapes of animals with varying eye colors. They are led by a Nightmare Force called Shadowfright. Luna's transformation into Nightmare Moon and her defeat by Celestia was show in a flashback during the two-episode season premiere "Princess Twilight Sparkle - Part 1 and 2" of the fourth season.
- Voiced by: Kathleen Barr
Trixie is a traveling unicorn magician who first visits Ponyville in the Season 1 episode, "Boast Busters". Billing herself as "The Great and Powerful Trixie", she habitually refers to herself in the third person. She challenges the residents to test their skills against hers, then uses her magic to embarrass Applejack, Rainbow Dash, and Rarity when they take her on. Twilight Sparkle refuses to let herself be goaded into a showdown. Later, Snips and Snails, who believe her bragging tale of subduing an Ursa Major, try to bring one back from the Everfree Forest so they can see for themselves. However, what they find is actually a baby Ursa Minor, but it is still large enough to cause considerable damage and resist Trixie's ineffectual attempts to stop it. As the two encourage Trixie to vanquish the monstrous bear, the boastful unicorn admits she made up the whole story to get attention. After Twilight successfully calms it down and returns it to the forest using her own magic, Trixie flees from Ponyville.
Trixie returns in the Season 3 episode, "Magic Duel". After the Ursa Minor disaster, she became a laughingstock in every town she visited and was forced to work on the rock farm owned by Pinkie Pie's family, while Pinkie Pie says that a rock farm will be lucky for her at the end of her flashback. This causes her to plot revenge on Twilight Sparkle. After purchasing a powerful amulet to enhance her abilities, she returns to Ponyville and torments the locals until Twilight agrees to face off against her. Trixie easily defeats Twilight and exiles her from Ponyville, turning the town into her own personal realm due to the amulet's corrupting influence. With help from Zecora and her friends, Twilight devises a scheme to deceive Trixie into removing the amulet, thus freeing her mind. After being defeated afterwards in a rematch, Trixie apologizes for her actions and helps Twilight put on a show for a group of visiting dignitaries.
In her first appearance, Trixie was boastful and snooty and she also bullies Applejack and Rainbow Dash when they tried to show her up. She is also deceptive, as she lies about facing an Ursa Major. Her cowardly nature is revealed when an Ursa Minor comes to Ponyville and she tries to run away from it. However, she resumes her egotistical side when Twilight defeats the monster. In her second appearance, Trixie adopts a more cruel, evil, sadistic, tyrannous, malevolent, and vengeful personality (most of which is due to the Alicorn Amulet). In the end, however, Trixie's heart became pure, becoming meek, friendly, accepting and regretful of her actions, becoming Twilight's friend in the end.
Trixie makes a cameo as a human in My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, buying peanut butter crackers from the school vending machine, also in the Fall Formal and other scenes.
- Voiced by: John de Lancie
Discord is the former/reformed "King of Equestria" who appears in "The Return of Harmony". He was created and designed by My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic developer Lauren Faust, who received design advice for the character from her husband, Craig McCracken. Faust drew inspiration from various Greek mythological creatures such as chimeras and manticores for his design to depict him as a non-harmonious being. Classified as a draconequus, meaning "dragon-horse", Discord is visually a chimera-like creature with an equine head and a serpentine body composed of multiple different animal parts: a lion's right foreleg; an eagle's left claw; a lizard's right hind leg; a goat's left hind leg; a mismatched deer's antler and goat's horn; two mismatched bat and bird's wings; and a dragon's tail. He also has a black mane down his neck; yellow eyes with red, asymmetrically sized pupils; large, bushy eyebrows; an enlarged fang; a snake's tongue; and a goatee.
Discord is voiced by John de Lancie in all his appearances. Faust based Discord's mannerisms on Q, an omnipotent trickster character portrayed by de Lancie in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation and other related products. The production team initially planned on casting a sound-alike of de Lancie for the part; they were later surprised to find that de Lancie himself was available. Alterations to the character's mannerisms were subsequently made to provide more allusion to de Lancie's previous role, such as a flash of light when Discord would appear or disappear.
Discord is first introduced in the two-part second season episode "The Return of Harmony". He ruled Equestria in "an eternal state of unrest and unhappiness" from an unspecified time before Princess Luna's transformation into Nightmare Moon until Princess Celestia and Luna use the Elements of Harmony to turn him to stone. By the start of the episode, Discord escapes his imprisonment due to the sisters relinquishing control of the Elements to Twilight Sparkle and her five friends during the series' pilot, and throws Equestria into chaos again. Stealing and hiding the Elements, Discord forces Twilight and her friends to search for them separately in a hedge maze, where he uses his magic and trickery to hypnotize each of Twilight's friends into behaving opposite of their normal personalities. Despite eventually finding the Elements in her library home in Ponyville, Twilight is alienated from her brainwashed friends, which renders the Elements powerless. Discord claims rulership of Equestria, dubbing Ponyville the "chaos capital of the world". He is later confronted again by Twilight and her friends after Celestia returns all of Twilight's letters on friendship written thus far, which spurs Twilight to use a memory spell to break Discord's control of her friends. Using the Elements, the six friends imprison Discord again.
Discord returns in the third season episode "Keep Calm and Flutter On", where Princess Celestia tasks the six friends, particularly Fluttershy, with reforming him so she may use his powers for good instead of evil. Freed by the power of the Elements, Discord moves in with Fluttershy and pretends to reform while generating chaos by causing a flash flood at Sweet Apple Acres without the friends' knowledge. Throughout the episode, Fluttershy treats Discord kindly in an attempt to befriend him, which appears to move Discord. When confronted by Fluttershy over the flood, he offers to fix it in exchange for her promise to never use her Element of Harmony against him. He then turns the flood into an ice rink, prompting Fluttershy to renounce their friendship. Realizing that he does not want to lose "the one friend [he] ever had", Discord undoes his mischief and subsequently promises Celestia that he will mostly use his powers for good instead of evil.
Discord appeared alongside Pinkie Pie as a host of The Hub's second televised "Naughty or Nice Awards" event on December 22, 2012, with John de Lancie reprising his role. An allusion to Discord is made during one of the animated segments of the documentary film Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony, where de Lancie voices a unicorn version of himself that briefly sports the character's yellow eyes, red pupils, and bushy eyebrows.
In the context of the series, Discord is a mischievous spirit of disharmony and Princess Celestia's foe, who has no motivation beyond causing chaos and dissent for his own amusement. He achieves this with his power to materialize anything into existence, such as clouds of cotton candy that rain chocolate milk. He also has the power to distort objects, environments, and other creatures' bodies at will, demonstrated when he magically removes the wings and horns of the main pegasus and unicorn characters, respectively. Discord's other powers include teleportation, levitation, shapeshifting, and mind control, the last of which gradually desaturates the main characters' body colors until they turn completely grayscale as their personalities are reversed. In reference to Q, the character he is modeled after, Discord is often shown to snap his fingers while using his powers, which are frequently accompanied by a flash of white light.
In "The Return of Harmony", Discord is shown to be a cunning trickster who taunts the main characters in a playful yet sinister manner. By playing on Twilight Sparkle's misjudgement of where the missing Elements of Harmony are located, Discord lures the main characters into a trap where he separates them. He manipulates each of Twilight's friends by preying on their fears and weaknesses before subjecting them to his mind control; the only pony to resist his deception is Fluttershy, whom he brainwashes by force. In his triumph against the six ponies, however, he becomes overconfident and underestimates the ponies' ability to restore their friendship and use the Elements of Harmony against him, inadvertently allowing them to turn him back to stone.
In "Keep Calm and Flutter On", Discord laughs off the main characters' attempts to reform him, and takes precautions to thwart them by eating pages from Twilight's spellbooks containing spells that could be used on him (another reference to Q from the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Déjà Q", where Q sarcastically asks Worf, "Eat any good books lately?"). He also demonstrates an immunity to "the Stare", an ability Fluttershy possesses that otherwise intimidates others into submission when she glares at them, and mockingly pretends to be affected by it. However, he appears touched when Fluttershy declares herself to be his friend while defending him from the other five ponies, and states he has never had a friend before. His friendship with Fluttershy is what ultimately causes him to withhold wreaking chaos at the risk of alienating her, realizing the loneliness it would bring, though he only promises to use his powers for good "most of the time", hinting that he keeps his mischievous streak.
- Voiced by: Kathleen Barr
Queen Chrysalis appears in Season 2's two-part finale, "A Canterlot Wedding". She is the malicious, power-hungry queen of the Changelings, a race of beings which take the appearance of a pony and feed off of love directed towards them. She has a black body with a blue mane, holes all over her legs, a bent and gnarled horn, razor sharp teeth, green cat-like eyes, and translucent hole-filled wings. By impersonating Princess Cadance, she feeds off Shining Armor's love to become even more powerful than Celestia, whom she defeats in battle. She is defeated and blasted out of Equestria by Shining Armor and Cadance with the power of their love.
The aftermath of these events is told in the IDW Licensed tie-in comic, which explains that after being blasted from Equestria, she and her Changelings landed in a small kingdom inhabited by a race of small, affectionate catlike creatures. Because of their endless affection and love, she and the Changelings regained much of their former strength by feeding off the cat creatures' love, turning their land into a new Changeling kingdom. From here, she sends several Changelings to infiltrate Ponyville and kidnap the Cutie Mark Crusaders in an elaborate revenge scheme. Using the Crusaders as bait, she would lure Twilight Sparkle and her friends to her kingdom, capture them, and then convince Twilight Sparkle to allow herself to be drained of her love and join her side, in exchange for releasing her friends. Twilight Sparkle refuses and the two battle. Twilight Sparkle is ultimately the victor, partially destroying Chrysalis' castle and imprisoning her and her Changelings in the basement.
- Voiced by: "Big" Jim Miller
King Sombra appears in Season 3's two-part premiere, "The Crystal Empire". He is a unicorn whose heart is said to be black as night. He took over the Crystal Empire and enslaved the native Crystal Ponies, before being overthrown by Princess Celestia and Princess Luna, turning him into shadow and banishing him into the Arctic North, disappearing into an ice crevice which closed up, but not before he placed a curse on the Crystal Kingdom, causing it to disappear for a thousand years. However, when the empire finally returns, so does the king. He has the power to use formidable dark magic, allowing him to move through shadows and hide the Crystal Heart with several obstacles and traps, back when he first took over the Empire. But, when Twilight Sparkle and Spike retrieved the Heart, and it was activated by the Crystal Ponies, he was defeated and killed by the Crystal Heart, turning to crystal and shattering to pieces. His voice actor, Jim Miller, also served as one of the show's main storyboard artists.
- Voiced by: Rebecca Shoichet
Sunset Shimmer appears in the Spin-off film My Little Pony: Equestria Girls. She is a unicorn with a light amber body, teal eyes and has a contrasting yellow-and-crimson mane and tail. She is a former student of Celestia who went rogue after not getting what she desired as quickly as she wanted, causing her to abandon her studies and go her own path that causes her to live in exile from Equestria for a few years by going through a magic mirror and living in a human world as a teenage girl where her cruelty intimidates her fellow students at Canterlot High and allows her to be crowned Princess of the Fall Formal. She has a tendency to torment anyone who stands in her way. She somehow learned of Twilight Sparkle and her new Princess status, which causes her to return to Equestria and steal her crown, but it accidentally ends up in the human world and Twilight and her friends interfere with her plan and the crown is mistaken for the prop crown that Sunset Shimmer tried to replace Twilight's with when completing her theft.
Upon discovering that Twilight has entered the human world and is going to run for Princess of the Fall Formal, Sunset Shimmer does everything in her power to stop Twilight; such as making Twilight a laughing stock by releasing humiliating videos of her struggling to cope with the human world and having her minions, the human versions of Snips and Snails, vandalize the Fall Formal decorations and rigging photos to make it look like Twilight committed the act.
When these fail, the evil unicorn-turned-human leads Twilight (who has won the Fall Formal Princess crown) to the portal to Equestria by having Snips and Snails dognap Spike (who was turned into a dog by following Twilight, although Sunset had her cronies release him when Twilight demanded to leave Spike unharmed). Sunset blackmails Twilight by threatening to destroy the portal with a sledgehammer unless she gives up the crown, but Twilight refuses, having confidence that Equestria can protect itself without the elements of harmony and selflessly decides to remain stranded in the human world if Sunset does destroy the portal. Angry, Sunset Shimmer tries to take the crown by force and eventually gets the crown and when she puts it on, she turns into a demon-like creature and uses her magic to turn her minions into demon creatures and hypnotizes everyone at Canterlot High to be her army with which to invade Equestria and tries to kill Twilight when she tries to stop her.
But the crown, powered by Twilight and her human friends, refuses to kill the true wielder of the Element of Magic, and gives them the power to stop the villainess and undo her evil magic. After returning to normal, traumatized by what happened, Sunset Shimmer apologized for her deeds, and Twilight enlisted her human-world friends to be Sunset's new friends and Sunset is punished by repairing the part of the school that she destroyed when gaining the crown's power.
It is revealed in the comics that during her time as Celestia's student, Sunset was boastful and rude to others, despite her mentor's teachings about self-effacement. When Celestia shows Sunset the magic mirror from Equestria Girls, the unicorn sees herself as a powerful alicorn that could rule Equestria. After this, the mirror is stuck in Sunset's mind, and she cannot think about anything else. Celestia, however, promises her that she will learn more about the mirror when she is ready. However, Sunset cannot wait, and she starts to do research on the mirror behind her mentor's back, but she is soon caught and stopped by her teacher and the royal guards. Sunset is livid, yelling at Celestia for hiding powerful magic from her, and very crossly requests to be made a princess. Celestia, upset and angry, refuses, telling her that the duties of a princess must be earned. She then strips Sunset of her student position, and has the guards usher her out of the castle. However, Sunset suppresses their escort and runs away into the magic mirror.
Miserable and heartbroken by Sunset's betrayal and self-induced exile, Celestia asks the guards to move the mirror to her throne room in high hopes that Sunset would return, seeking her guidance and redemption. Meanwhile, Sunset surfaces from the mirror as a human girl.
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