List of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic characters

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A 2011 Comic-Con poster depicting many characters from the first season.

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is a CanadianAmerican animated television series based on the My Little Pony toyline created by American toy and game manufacturer Hasbro. It features characters and settings developed by Lauren Faust, who sought to create more in-depth characters than the stereotypical "girly" icons previously used in the franchise.[1] The series began airing on the United States Hub Network cable channel on October 10, 2010.

The show follows a studious pony named Twilight Sparkle as her mentor Princess Celestia guides her to learn about friendship in the town of Ponyville. Twilight becomes close friends with five other ponies: Applejack, Rarity, Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie. Each represents a different facet of friendship and Twilight discovers herself to be a key part of the magical artifacts, the Elements of Harmony. The six ponies share adventures and help out other residents of Ponyville, while working out the troublesome moments in their own friendships. Several episodes focus on the exploits of a much younger trio of pony characters who call themselves the "Cutie Mark Crusaders" and share their own adventures trying to discover their talents in life and receive their "cutie marks", a central theme of the show.

The characters have been well received by critics,[2][3][4][5] and are cited as one of the reasons the series' older fans, called "bronies", became attracted to the show.[6] Several background characters have been popularized by fans as well, and are further incorporated as in-jokes and references within the show.[7] The series later spawned numerous spin-off media, including a comic book, children's book series expanding some of the characters' roles and a film series under the title Equestria Girls where several characters are re-envisioned as humans in a high school setting.

Main characters[edit]

Twilight Sparkle[edit]

Voiced by: Tara Strong
Singing Voice: Rebecca Shoichet

Twilight Sparkle is a lavender alicorn (originally a unicorn)[8] with a dark indigo mane with a purple and bright pink streak. She is the main protagonist of the series. She is the younger sister of Shining Armor and sister-in-law to Princess Cadance. She is the protégée of Princess Celestia and often writes letters to her. Twilight is well-organized, studies extensively and has magical powers obtained from her horn. As the "Princess of Friendship", she represents the Element of Magic and her goal is to spread the magic of friendship all over Equestria. Because she considered studying to be more important than friendship, Princess Celestia sends her to the town of Ponyville to learn the importance of friendship accompanied by her assistant, Spike.[9] After staying in Ponyville for a while she decides to stay there and study friendship with her mentor's blessings. She later gains a pet horned owl named Owlowiscious.[10]

In the spin-off movie My Little Pony: Equestria Girls Twilight (as a human) and her friends' human counterparts gain some pony-like features.[11] In the sequel Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks, Twilight is the temporary lead singer of her rock band, the Rainbooms.[12] In the follow-up movie, the human counterpart of Twilight, first introduced in a post-credits scene in Rainbow Rocks, goes to rival school Crystal Prep and is intrigued by the strange energy surrounding CHS, not aware that it is actually Equestrian magic.


Voiced by: Ashleigh Ball

Applejack is a light orange earth pony with a blonde mane and almost always can be seen wearing a tan cowboy hat. 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. Applejack comes from a large family; all 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, her older brother Big McIntosh and their 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.[13] When she was younger, she wanted to be more like her sophisticated aunt and uncle, and left Sweet Apple Acres to live with them in the city of Manehattan. However, she soon became unhappy and homesick; when she realized where she was meant to be, she eagerly returned home and earned her cutie mark.[14]

In the spin-off movie Equestria Girls, Applejack's counterpart is initially in conflict with Rainbow Dash because Rainbow's softball team never appeared at her bake sale as promised. However, the two make amends later.[11] In the sequel Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks, Applejack is the bass guitarist of the Rainbooms.[12]


Voiced by: Tabitha St. Germain
Singing Voice: Kazumi Evans

Rarity is a silvery-white unicorn with a violet mane. She affects a Mid-Atlantic accent. She is a professional fashion designer and seamstress at her own dressmaking shop, the Carousel Boutique. She is very stylish and beautiful, wears make-up and false eyelashes, takes great interest in fashion and clothing design as an artist and small business owner, and often tries to make herself the center of attention. She considers herself a proper lady, often acting in a dignified or sophisticated manner. Rarity is Sweetie Belle's older sister and often takes care of her when her parents are away. She represents the Element of Generosity and has a Persian cat named Opalescence (Opal for short).[15] Despite her being a talented dressmaker, her special talent is finding gems using her horn, for which she earned her cutie mark in the episode "The Cutie Mark Chronicles".

In the spin-off movie My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, Rarity and Pinkie's counterparts are initially at odds due to volunteer issues with school function decorations, though they eventually make up later.[11] In the sequel Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks, Rarity is the keytarist of the Rainbooms.[12]

Pinkie Pie[edit]

Voiced by: Andrea Libman
Singing Voice: Shannon Chan-Kent; Andrea Libman (occasionally)

Pinkamena Diane Pie is a light pink earth pony with a puffy bright pink mane. She is a baker, connoisseur, and confectioner at the Sugarcube Corner, with the behavior of eating sweets, and a professional party planner. Pinkie represents the Element of Laughter. She is hyperactive, random, a bit sensitive (and occasionally insensitive) and quite silly, but is also friendly and very kind but loves to pull pranks and tricks on her friends—just for fun. She enjoys singing and often suddenly breaks into song. She is a prankster, sometimes with Rainbow Dash's help, though she refuses to play any on Fluttershy due to her sensitive nature. She has been known to break the fourth wall and possesses the "Pinkie Sense", an ability to predict events in the immediate future through twitches of various body parts. When she becomes depressed, her mane changes from curly to straight and her pink coloration loses its brightness.[16] In addition, any breach of a "Pinkie Promise" agreed to by a friend to her will send her into a furious rage. She has a toothless pet baby alligator named Gummy. When Pinkie was young, she was raised on a rock farm and she learned to feel happiness and smile after seeing Rainbow Dash's Sonic Rainboom and earns her cutie mark.[14]

In the spin-off movie My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, Pinkie's counterpart is at odds with Fluttershy for ruining a silent auction. However, their friendship is restored later.[11] In the sequel Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks, Pinkie is the drummer of the Rainbooms.[12]

Rainbow Dash[edit]

Voiced by: Ashleigh Ball

Rainbow Dash is a sky-blue pegasus with a rainbow-striped mane. She represents the Element of Loyalty and is brave, bold, and a tomboy, but has several hidden fears in herself that she cannot handle. Though she often appears a bit lightheaded, she still has a kind heart and is there for her friends when they need her. She originally considered reading to be for "eggheads" until Twilight introduced her to the "Daring Do" novel series. This sparked a keen literary interest.[17] She 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 was accepted into their training academy and selected as cadet team leader,[18] and later a member of the reserves. She also serves as a trainer and player for the Equestria Games shown in "Flight to the Finish" and "Rainbow Falls". 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. In "The Cutie Mark Chronicles" she earns her cutie mark by successfully performing the sonic rainboom for the first time in a race for Fluttershy's honor. Later in the same episode her sonic rainboom sets in motion a chain of events that allowed the other five main characters to earn their cutie marks as well.[14] She has a pet tortoise named Tank. Rainbow Dash is admired by a filly named Scootaloo and developes a closer, sister-like relationship to her throughout the series.

In My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, Rainbow's counterpart is the captain of every sports team in Canterlot High. At first, she is in disagreement with Applejack for failing to show up to volunteer at a bake sale, but the conflict is later resolved.[11] In the sequel Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks, Rainbow is the lead singer and lead guitarist of the Rainbooms.[12]


Voiced by: Andrea Libman
Poison Joke male voice: Blu Mankuma ("Bridle Gossip"), Alvin Sanders (speaking, "Filli Vanilli"), Marcus Mosley (singing, "Filli Vanilli")

Fluttershy is a light yellow pegasus with a light pink mane. She speaks in a quiet, soft voice. She is sweet, cute, gentle and kind, and is often very shy and timid around others. However, she can become forceful and assertive if her friends are placed in danger (but can often be afraid of some causes). 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 pegasi. She has a white pet rabbit named Angel. 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. She has used this ability on several occasions against threatening creatures. Sometimes she is shown to have a good knowledge of sewing and fashion and has the most beautiful singing voice, but she suffers from stage fright. As a filly she was weak and when she fell from Cloudsdale she was saved by a group of butterflies. She then learned that she could communicate with animals, earning her cutie mark.[14] Fluttershy represents the Element of Kindness.

In the spin-off movie My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, Fluttershy's counterpart volunteers for the animal shelter and is shown to be on bad terms with Pinkie Pie due to her ruining a silent auction on the shelter's behalf. But, their friendship is amended later.[11] In the sequel Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks, Fluttershy is the tambourine player of the Rainbooms.[12]


Voiced by: Cathy Weseluck

Spike, a small, purple baby dragon with green spikes, is Twilight's assistant and roommate.[19]

Spike notes several times that he is highly fond of Twilight, whom he has assisted and lived with his whole life. He also handles communications between Twilight and Celestia, burning Twilight's written messages with his fiery breath as a way to transport the letters to send them and then belches up the scrolls Celestia sends back.

He can always be counted on to help Twilight and her friends when they need him. Spike has a crush on Rarity. In the Season 2 episode "Secret of my Excess" he admits his crush to her which she accepts.[20] 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.[14] In "Dragon Quest", after an incident with mature dragons, he adopts a baby phoenix as a pet and names it Peewee whom he eventually returns to its parents.[21] Spike is genuinely concerned about his friends' well-being. He is regarded as a national hero for saving the Crystal Empire.

In My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, Spike turns into a dog when he follows Twilight into the human world and assists her. When Pinkie's counterpart guessed that Twilight was a princess from Equestria, he begins to talk rather than barking, shocking her friends.

Secondary characters[edit]

Royal family[edit]


Voiced by: Nicole Oliver

Princess Celestia is the ruler of Equestria alongside her younger sister Princess Luna. Princess Celestia is a white alicorn who controls the rising and setting of the sun alongside Luna who helps her to rise and set the moon. For a millennium, she also controlled the moon while her sister was banished. Princess Celestia is usually very kind, patient and understanding. She wishes for her subjects to relax and be themselves around her, despite her status. She is also sometimes somewhat mischievous, such as inviting certain guests to formal events she considers boring such as the Grand Galloping Gala, knowing they will likely disrupt it. She has a pet phoenix named Philomena, appearing in "A Bird in the Hoof". Celestia is taller than all other ponies in the show.[22] Celestia often refers to Twilight Sparkle as her "most faithful student".

In the spin-off movies, My Little Pony: Equestria Girls and My Little Pony: Equestria Girls - Rainbow Rocks, her human counterpart is known as Principal Celestia, and is the head of Canterlot High.


Voiced by: Tabitha St. Germain
Singing Voice: Kazumi Evans

Princess Luna is the co-ruler of Equestria alongside her older sister Princess Celestia. Princess Luna is a navy blue alicorn and speaks with a mild English accent. As the Princess of the Night, she possesses the ability to enter ponies' dreams and help them face their fears. 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 Nightmare Moon. Celestia banished Nightmare Moon to the moon after she tried to bring eternal night to the world. When Nightmare Moon escaped her imprisonment on the moon she returned to Equestria where the Mane Six use the Elements of Harmony to transform her back into Luna whereupon she resumed her place at Celestia's side. In addition, Luna has strove to rebuild her public image and has succeeded in part due to her new role as guardian of her subjects' dreams, allowing her to assist her subjects when they are having nightmares. She has a pet opossum named Tiberius, appearing in several of the official comics. She also is very kind and believes in doing what is right towards her subjects.

In the spin-off movies, My Little Pony: Equestria Girls and My Little Pony: Equestria Girls - Rainbow Rocks, she is known as Vice-Principal Luna, and helps her sister, Principal Celestia, run Canterlot High.


Voiced by: Britt McKillip

Princess Mi Amore Cadenza is the "Princess of Love" and co-ruler of the Crystal Empire. She is a light pink alicorn (previously a pegasus) who is the adopted niece of Princess Celestia and Princess Luna and wife to Twilight's older brother Shining Armor. She was Twilight's foalsitter when she was younger and remembers that time fondly. Cadance is depicted as adventurous, graceful, kind spirit with selfless nature and a born leader. She has the ability to spread love and reduce anger among ponies through her magic. After helping to save the Crystal Empire, Cadance takes her place as "The Crystal Princess", having attained characteristics of crystal ponies.[23] The novel Twilight Sparkle and the Crystal Heart Spell, explains her backstory: she was originally a pegasus orphan who saved an Earth Pony village from a villain named "Prismia". After doing this, she meets Princess Celestia who adopts Cadance as her niece and makes her an alicorn.

In My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Friendship Games, the other world's version of Cadance is the Dean of the Crystal Prep Academy.

Shining Armor[edit]

Voiced by: Andrew Francis

Shining Armor, a unicorn, is Princess Twilight's older brother. He was the Captain of the Royal Guards in Canterlot, and later became Prince of the Crystal Empire and co-ruler alongside his wife Princess Cadance. Shining Armor is shown to be a mild-mannered and affectionate pony who deeply cares for Cadance and has a very close relationship to his younger sister, Twilight, whom he nicknames "Twiley" while Twilight refers to him as her B.B.B.F.F. (Big Brother Best Friend Forever). They lost touch with each other when Twilight Sparkle moved to Ponyville. He is sent north to the Crystal Empire when it returns after 1,000 years and assists the Mane Six and Princess Cadance in keeping it safe from its former ruler, King Sombra.

In My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Friendship Games, the human version of Shining Armor is a Crystal Prep alumnus.

Cutie Mark Crusaders[edit]

The Cutie Mark Crusaders are a group of three fillies (Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle, and Scootaloo) who have yet to earn their cutie marks. Because of the bullying they receive for not yet having cutie marks, such as being referred to as "Blank Flanks", they band together to help each other earn their cutie marks. This usually leads to well-meaning but unsuccessful misadventures. They once manage to convince Apple Bloom's cousin Babs Seed to start up a branch of the club in her hometown of Manehattan.[24] In addition, they have also become proteges of Twilight Sparkle who tutors them weekly on top of their regular schoolwork.[25] In the Season 5 episode "Bloom & Gloom", Princess Luna appears in the dream and shows Apple Bloom that Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo have also been having similar dreams about their cutie marks, teaching the Crusaders not to fear who they are or what others think of them. The three affirm that they will always remain friends even after getting their cutie marks.[26] The core members of the Cutie Mark Crusaders - Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo - all appear as humans in the spin-off movies, My Little Pony: Equestria Girls and My Little Pony: Equestria Girls - Rainbow Rocks.

Apple Bloom[edit]

Voiced by: Michelle Creber

Apple Bloom is the younger sister of Applejack and Big McIntosh. She is a light yellow earth pony with a light crimson mane, in which she wears a large pink bow. Like Applejack, she speaks with a strong Southern American accent. Due to her strong personality, she is sometimes presented as the leader of the Cutie Mark Crusaders. In "The Show Stoppers", Apple Bloom appears to be skilled at design and carpentry, as she quickly renovates Applejack's old treehouse for the Crusaders' use. She is the most level-headed of the group, making her the voice of reason.[27]

Sweetie Belle[edit]

Voiced by: Claire Corlett
Singing Voice: Michelle Creber (Seasons 1–3),[28] Claire Corlett (Season 4 onwards)

Sweetie Belle is Rarity's younger sister. She is a silvery-white unicorn with a dusty lavender and light pink mane. 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 or design set pieces for a talent show. She has a talent for singing and songwriting but prefers not to sing in public.[27][29]


Voiced by: Madeleine Peters

Scootaloo is a light orange pegasus with a magenta mane. Scootaloo is a tomboy and adventurous, brave and highly opinionated just like Rainbow Dash. She idolizes Rainbow Dash, looks up to her like an older sister and is the president of "The Rainbow Dash Fan Club". Though she cannot fly, she uses her wings to give her extra propulsion when riding a scooter and to help her perform stunts with considerable speed and skill. She can also hover for short periods. In "The Show Stoppers", she demonstrates a talent for activities that require agility, such as stunt driving, dancing and choreography.[27]

Babs Seed[edit]

Voiced by: Brynna Drummond

Babs Seed is a cousin of the Apple siblings who lives in Manehattan. She is an orange-brown earth pony with a two-tone deep pink mane and speaks with a strong New York accent.

During her visit to Ponyville in "One Bad Apple," the Crusaders invite her to join their club. In fear of getting bullied for not having a cutie mark, she instead joins the school bullies Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon in trying to make the Crusaders' lives as miserable as possible. However, she eventually comes to realize her error in judgment and works to repair her damaged relationship with the Crusaders. They forgive Babs and cheerfully initiate her as a member, and she promises to start up a branch in Manehattan and stands up for them in the face of Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon's insults.[24]

Babs visits Ponyville again in "Apple Family Reunion" and she and Apple Bloom refer to each other as "my favorite cousin."[30]

Her only appearances were in "One Bad Apple" and "Apple Family Reunion," as well as in several of the official comics. Both Babs and her older sister Sunflower have appeared in several of the official comics.

In the Season 5 episode "Bloom & Gloom," it is mentioned that she has received a pair of scissors as a cutie mark and is no longer a member of the Cutie Mark Crusaders.

Recurring characters[edit]

Main characters' families[edit]

Apple family[edit]

Big McIntosh

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 with a light orange mane and is of large stature compared to the other inhabitants of Ponyville. He 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. He usually limits his responses in conversation to "Eeyup" and "Nope", but is more articulate when emotionally excited. He is kind, and gentle so he vary scarcely gets upset. He is extremely strong and is capable of dragging even a house along behind him.[31] His human counterpart makes short appearances in My Little Pony: Equestria Girls and My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks.

Granny Smith

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. Like Applejack, Apple Bloom and Big McIntosh, she also lives in Sweet Apple Acres. 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. The revenue from the zap apple allowed her farm to grow into a small community, then eventually into Ponyville.[32]

Granny Smith appears as the lunch lady of Canterlot High in the spin-off movie My Little Pony: Equestria Girls.

Cake family[edit]

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 confectionary for special occasions. The Cakes show patience and understanding for their employee, Pinkie Pie, and sometimes allow her to take on difficult tasks such as running Sugarcube Corner when they are away. Mr. and Mrs. Cake are the parents of twins, Pound (a pegasus colt) and Pumpkin (a unicorn filly).[33]

Pie family[edit]

"Maud Pie" redirects here. For the episode, see My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (season 4).
Voiced by: Ingrid Nilson (Maud Pie), Terry Klassen (Igneous Rock), Cathy Weseluck (Cloudy Quartz)

Pinkie Pie's family was first seen in the episode "Cutie Mark Cronicles and featured in the Little, Brown and Company chapter book My Little Pony: Pinkie Pie and the Rockin' Ponypalooza Party!, which names her mother Cloudy Quartz, her father Igneous Rock, and two of her sisters Marble Pie and Limestone Pie.

Maud Pie is Pinkie Pie's older sister. Her personality is diametrically opposite that of Pinkie Pie's, being extremely boring and uninterested in fun or winning. Her only interest is in rocks with which she is capable of impressive feats of strength. She has a "pet rock" named Boulder, appearing in "Maud Pie". Regardless of this contrast, the sisters are very close and Pinkie's Ponyville friends are eventually able to relate to her sister because of this relationship. She first appeared in the episode of the same name (Season 4, Episode 18), which first aired on March 15, 2014.[34] In the episode, Maud visits Pinkie Pie in Ponyville, which Pinkie Pie prepares for by making rock candy necklaces for her, as they have done for each other since Pinkie Pie came to Ponyville.[35] She also appears in "Make New Friends but Keep Discord" (Season 5, Episode 7) as Pinkie Pie's plus one.

Her human counterpart appears in Rainbow Rocks during the Rainbooms' slumber party.

Ponyville characters[edit]


Voiced by: Nicole Oliver

Cheerilee, a dark magenta earth pony with a light pink mane, is the teacher in the Ponyville Schoolhouse. She takes 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.[36] She has a brief romance with Big McIntosh, though this is due to the influence of a love potion the two were tricked into drinking by the Cutie Mark Crusaders.[31]

Cheerilee appears as one of the teachers of Canterlot High in the spin-off movie My Little Pony: Equestria Girls.

Mayor Mare[edit]

Voiced by: Cathy Weseluck

Mayor Mare, a tan earth pony, is the mayor of Ponyville. In the show, she is usually addressed as "Mayor" and sometimes as "Miss Mayor" or "Madame Mayor". Mayor Mare's mane is gray, but it is because she dyes her mane that color; it is originally bright magenta-pink.[36]

Snips and Snails[edit]

Voiced by: Lee Tockar (Snips) and Richard Ian Cox (Snails)

Snips and Snails are a pair of young male unicorns 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 often find ways to cause trouble and usually wind up assisting the antagonist.

In the spin-off movie My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, they are Sunset Shimmer's helpers. In the sequel, My Little Pony: Equestria Girls - Rainbow Rocks, they compete in the CHS Musical Showcase as rappers.

DJ Pon-3[edit]

DJ Pon-3 (also known as Vinyl Scratch by fans) is a white unicorn with a spiky, two-tone blue mane, and is rarely seen without her headphones or sunglasses. She is most often present at Pinkie's parties, running a turntable and DJ stand. Though not named in show, nor given any speaking lines, official merchandise has used the names DJ Pon-3 and Vinyl Scratch, both names created by the show's fan base.[37][38][39]

In the spin-off movie My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, she makes a few appearances, including manning a DJ table at the dance. DJ Pon-3 is also seen in five Rainbow Rocks shorts that were released on Hasbro's YouTube channel. She plays a supporting role in My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks, where she helps the Rainbooms defeat the Dazzlings by providing a large sound system for their performance.


Voiced by: Tabitha St. Germain

Derpy (also known as Derpy Hooves, Ditzy Doo and Muffins) is a bluish-gray pegasus with a blonde mane who first appeared as a background character in the pilot episode. She is cross-eyed, originally due to an animation error. The error was pointed out by a contributor to 4Chan, and the character rapidly became a fan favorite and was popularly referred to as "Derpy Hooves" or "Derpy." Hasbro responded to the character's positive fan following by releasing limited-edition character figures and including numerous easter eggs of the character within the show.

The character received a speaking role in the Season 2 episode "The Last Roundup," in which Rainbow Dash refers to her by her fan-given name Derpy. The episode was later re-released with the name Derpy removed. Fans were divided between use of the neutral official name Ditzy Doo and the fan name Derpy, which supporters insisted was not intended as offensive. In response, the Season 5 episode "Slice of Life," in which the character plays a prominent speaking role, credits the character as "Muffins," a reference to the character's first spoken word in the series. Jim Miller, the director for Seasons 4 and 5, has stated that her name was changed for "Legal reasons that I don't understand."[40]

The character continues to appear as a background character. In recent appearances, Derpy is presented as a cheerful pony who always wishes to help, only to have her natural clumsiness result in mishap.[41][42][43] In official merchandise, the character is not given a name on the packaging, and is instead labelled as the stylized "I ♥ [image of pony's face]" or by a small drawing of a muffin.

Bulk Biceps[edit]

Voiced by: Jayson Thiessen (S2E22, S3E7 and S4E24) and Michael Dobson (S4E10 and S5E3)

Bulk Biceps is a male pegasus who first appears in the episode "Hurricane Fluttershy". He has a white coat and a blond mane. He has a unique, very muscular character model disproportionate to his "stub-like" wings. Unlike other background Pegasi introduced in Hurricane Fluttershy, Bulk Biceps was not officially named in the episode's script and was intended as "more of a visual gag." [44] The name "Bulk Biceps" was first listed in Michael Dobson's online resume in October 2013 as a My Little Pony role voiced by Michael Dobson,[45] and was later listed in Enterplay's collectible card game. Shortly after the character's cameo in Flight to the Finish was first aired on December 14, 2013, Meghan McCarthy tweeted "Hmm. I wonder what the guy with the dumbbell Cutie Mark’s name is. #MLPseason4".[46] He was eventually named in Rainbow Falls.

In My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks, the human version of Bulk Biceps is seen in the gym when Principal Celestia and Vice Principal Luna are on stage. He participates in contest by playing the violin. During the ending credits, he helps lift up Sunset Shimmer so she can reach Angel on a hard-to-reach perch.

Cloudsdale characters[edit]


Voiced by: Kelly Metzger (Spitfire; excluding S1E16), Nicole Oliver (Spitfire; S1E16 only), Matt Hill (Soarin), Andrea Libman (Fleetfoot)

The Wonderbolts are the most talented flight group in Equestria. They often perform in great events. They have an academy for Wonderbolts-in-training.

Spitfire is the captain of the Wonderbolts. Her first major appearance is in the episode Sonic Rainboom and has been shown in many other episodes. As the captain of the Wonderbolts she is a strong-willed and extremely capable flier. In her public appearances, Spitfire is shown to be kind and courteous. However, in her professional life she takes on a demeanor similar to that of a drill sergeant, as she is commander of the Wonderbolts academy.[18] Soarin is a stallion, generally shown to have a more easygoing nature than the others.[47] Fleetfoot is a mare characterized as being ignorant and somewhat cruel. Fleetfoot is not as tall as the others but makes up for this lost size in speed. She often wears sunglasses and speaks with a slight lisp.[18]

Historical characters[edit]

Star Swirl the Bearded[edit]

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.[8] He sported a long curled beard and a traditional wizard's hat and cloak.[48] 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; including the amniomorphic spell, a time travel spell and an unfinished spell which altered the destinies and cutie marks of Twilight's friends before it was completed by the latter, resulting in her creating new magic and becoming an alicorn.[48] There is a wing in the archives of Canterlot Castle named in his honor, which contains a number of these powerful spells kept in scrolls.[49] There is also a traveling exhibition dedicated to him, containing artifacts relating to and used by him.[50]

Founders of Equestria[edit]

  • Princess Platinum: Daughter of the Unicorn King and assistant leader of the Unicorns. Played by Rarity in the Hearth's Warming Eve pageant.
  • Clover the Clever: Star Swirl the Bearded's protegee and assistant to Princess Platinum. Played by Twilight Sparkle in the Hearth's Warming Eve pageant.
  • Chancellor Puddinghead: Leader of the Earth ponies despite doing silly things. Played by Pinkie Pie in the Hearth's Warming Eve pageant.
  • Smart Cookie: Secretary to Chancellor Puddinghead. Played by Applejack in the Hearth's Warming Eve pageant.
  • Commander Hurricane: Leader of the Pegasi. Played by Rainbow Dash in the Hearth's Warming Eve pageant.
  • Private Pansy: Subordinate of Commander Hurricane. Played by Fluttershy in the Hearth's Warming Eve pageant.

Other characters[edit]


Voiced by: Brenda Crichlow

Zecora is a zebra who lives in a hut in the middle of the Everfree Forest. Zecora 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. 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.[51] She is a wise-woman figure, and is considered a welcome presence and also serves as a healer. Although she is not a pony, she still has a swirled sun as a cutie mark.

Daring Do[edit]

Voiced by: Chiara Zanni

Daring Do is the alias of the treasure-hunting pegasus and titular character of the Daring Do serialized novels. In "Daring Don't," the reclusive author A. K. Yearling writes novels based on her adventures. She is depicted as incredibly fierce, intelligent, cunning, antisocial and determined explorer, using her wits to solve puzzles, pull off disguises and escape many of Ahuizotl's death traps. She developed a bond with Rainbow Dash to the point where she writes about her in her latest book. She is similar in both appearance and personality to Rainbow Dash. She hides that she is a pegasus by disguising her appearance with a purple shawl, a gray cloche, and heavy red-framed spectacles as the author.

A. K. Yearling is a nod to J. K. Rowling.[52]

Cheese Sandwich[edit]

Voiced by: "Weird Al" Yankovic

Cheese Sandwich is a male earth pony stallion and self-described "super-duper party pony" who journeys throughout Equestria to throw parties wherever needed. In the episode "Pinkie Pride", his travels bring him to Ponyville, where Pinkie Pie is planning a birthday celebration for Rainbow Dash. A rivalry quickly develops between the two, but Cheese eventually admits that Pinkie was the one who inspired him to become a party planner. They reconcile and pool their talents to make Rainbow's party a huge success. Similar to Pinkie's "Pinkie Sense", he has a "Cheesy Sense" that directs him to the site of his next party. He travels with a rubber chicken named Boneless.


Recurring antagonists[edit]

Nightmare Moon[edit]

Voiced by: Tabitha St. Germain

Nightmare Moon or the Mare in the Moon is the corrupted form of Princess Luna and the main antagonist of the two-part series premiere "Friendship is Magic". She appears as a black alicorn with a dark blue mane that ripples and moves like smoke, being similar in stature to Celestia and is dressed in silvery blue armor. As Nightmare Moon her goal was to bring eternal night due to the envy she held over her sister for controlling the day which all the ponies seemed to enjoy more. Upon Luna's transformation into Nightmare Moon she was banished to the moon for a thousand years by her sister. The events of the premiere 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 premiere, 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.

Trixie Lulamoon[edit]

Voiced by: Kathleen Barr

Trixie Lulamoon is a bright blue unicorn with a two-tone pale blue mane. She is a magician who appears as the main antagonist of the episodes "Boast Busters" and "Magic Duel". 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 and trickery to embarrass anyone who tries to stand up to her. However, her over-confidence tends to get her into situations that she can't get out of on her own resulting in a need for other ponies to step in and resolve the situation leading to much embarrassment on her part.[53] In "Magic Duel", seeking revenge on Twilight, obtains an artifact known as the "Alicorn Amulet", a powerful necklace that can greatly enhance one's magic power, but greatly corrupts the user's mind, making them cruel and ruthless. She uses it to beat Twilight in the titular magic duel and banishes her from Ponyville. In a rematch, Twilight tricks Trixie into taking off the Amulet. With the its negative influence no longer in her head, Trixie meekly apologizes for her cruelty and asks Twilight for forgiveness, who obliges.[54]

Trixie makes cameo appearances in My Little Pony: Equestria Girls. In Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks, she plays a bigger role as the fourth antagonist. In this film, she is a guitarist of her own rock band called Trixie and the Illusions, competing against other bands, including the Rainbooms.

Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon[edit]

Voiced by: Chantal Strand (Diamond Tiara) and Shannon Chan-Kent (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 teasing foals that haven't got their cutie marks, like the Cutie Mark Crusaders, calling them as "Blank Flanks!".

Diamond Tiara is a light magenta earth pony with a lilac mane with a white streak. She has a superior manner and thinks she is better than the other ponies, and even insults Granny Smith.[32] She wears a tiara in her hair that is identical to her cutie mark.

Silver Spoon is a gray earth pony with a silver mane. She is Diamond Tiara's friend and shares her snobbish attitude, especially toward the Crusaders. However, she isn't as mean as Diamond Tiara in most episodes. Silver Spoon's cutie mark is a silver spoon and her name makes reference to the English-language expression regarding wealth.


Voiced by: John de Lancie

Discord is an ancient draconequus,[55] a serpentine, chimeral creature with "the head of a pony and a body made up of all sorts of things" (a lion's foreleg, an eagle's claw, a dragon's tail, etc.).[56] He represents the spirit of chaos and disharmony.

Discord first appeared as the main antagonist of the two-part Season 2 premiere "The Return of Harmony." Prior to his debut, Discord is turned to stone by the Elements of Harmony wielded by Celestia and Luna as punishment for tormenting ponies with his reality-bending powers. In the episode "Keep Calm and Flutter On", Fluttershy reforms Discord. He makes several appearances afterward as an reluctant ally of the six, occasionally assisting them while still finding ways to cause mischief.

Discord briefly returns to his villainous ways in "Twilight's Kingdom", being manipulated by Lord Tirek, but later fully reforms, vowing to be a better friend to Twilight and the others.[57][58]

The character's personality is based on Q from Star Trek: The Next Generation, another character portrayed by de Lancie.[59]

Flim Flam Brothers[edit]

Voiced by: Samuel Vincent (Flim) and Scott McNeil (Flam)

The Flim Flam Brothers (separately called Flim and Flam) are a pair of traveling twin unicorn salesponies/scam artists. They are the antagonists of the episode, "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000", in which they attempt to ruin the Apple Family's business with their machine that produces apple cider at a faster pace than Apple Family's manually pressed cider. They have attempted to overrun other towns' apple businesses but are always chased out of town, including Ponyville. They reappear in the Season 4 episode "Leap of Faith", trying to sell fake curative tonic made out of apple juice and beet leaves.

The Flim and Flam brothers make an appearance in the Rainbow Rocks short "A Case for the Bass", running a pawn shop.


Voiced by: Brian Drummond

Ahuizotl is Daring Do's arch-nemesis. He appears as a dog-monkey hybrid with blue fur over most of his body. He wears golden jewelry and has several big cats as his henchmen. Originally presented as the fictional antagonist of the Daring Do books, Ahuizotl is shown to be real in the Season 4 episode "Daring Don't," and that Daring Do had based her books off of her real interactions with him.[17]

Non-recurring antagonists[edit]


Voiced by: Kathleen Barr, Britt McKillip (while disguised as Princess Cadance)

Queen Chrysalis is the main antagonist of the two-part Season 2 finale "A Canterlot Wedding". She is the malicious, power-hungry Queen of the Changelings, a fairy-race of insectoid beings which take on the appearance of a pony, feeding off of and gaining power from the love directed towards them. She resembles an alicorn, has a black carapace body, green-blue mane, sharp fangs and holes all over her legs and wings. She and the other Changelings have the power to draw energy from any source of love in the vicinity, not just from other ponies. By impersonating Princess Cadance, she feeds off Shining Armor's love to become even more powerful than Celestia, whom she defeats in battle, but she is defeated and blasted out of Equestria by Shining Armor and the real Cadance with the power of their love.


Voiced by: "Big" Jim Miller

King Sombra is the main antagonist of the two-part Season 3 premiere "The Crystal Empire". He is a unicorn king who took over the Crystal Empire and enslaved the native Crystal Ponies, before being overthrown by Princess Celestia and Princess Luna, banishing him to imprisonment in the Arctic North, but not before he placed a curse on the Crystal Empire, causing it to disappear for a thousand years. When the empire finally returned, so did the king. He hid the Empire's Crystal Heart with several obstacles and traps back when he first took over the Empire. When Twilight Sparkle and Spike retrieved the Heart, and it was activated by the Crystal Ponies, he was defeated by the Crystal Heart, shattering to pieces.

His voice actor, Jim Miller, also served as one of the show's main storyboard artists. King Sombra is said by Lauren Faust that he is mainly based on The Lord of the Rings main antagonist and title character Sauron, since both are dark entities that were once tyrants who craved war and destruction, and both are mainly associated with dark power.


Voiced by: Mark Acheson

Lord Tirek is the main antagonist of the two-part Season 4 finale "Twilight's Kingdom". He is based on the antagonist of the same name from Rescue at Midnight Castle, the premiere episode of My Little Pony. In the series, Tirek is an evil centaurian tyrant formerly imprisoned in Tartarus who steals magic from the ponies of Equestria, growing progressively larger and more powerful with each attack. Princess Celestia tasks Discord with hunting down and defeating Tirek, but Tirek manages to manipulate Discord into helping him steal the magic of all ponies before betraying him and absorbing his powers. He is later defeated by Twilight and her friends with their new Rainbow Power and imprisoned back in Tartarus.

Starlight Glimmer[edit]

Voiced by: Kelly Sheridan

Starlight Glimmer is the main antagonist of the two-part Season 5 premiere "The Cutie Map". In the series, she is a unicorn leader of a town. She uses her magic to remove other ponies' cutie marks and replace them with an equal sign, claiming that any distinctions between ponies make true friendship impossible. However, she has kept her own cutie mark, painting over it to hide her duplicity. After this is exposed, the residents of the town retrieve their cutie marks, and Starlight disappears.

Equestria Girls characters[edit]

Canterlot High characters[edit]

Sunset Shimmer[edit]

Voiced by: Rebecca Shoichet

Sunset Shimmer is a light amber unicorn with a yellow-and-crimson mane, introduced in the Equestria Girls series. She is revealed to have been a former student of Princess Celestia but was egocentric and had greater ambitions, and used a magic mirror that allowed her to cross from Equestria into the human world, where she became a student at Canterlot High School. Within the first movie, she initially used intimidation and other tactics to coerce the students to obey her, but after discovering the strength of friendship, became repentant and made friends with the human counterparts of Twilight's friends at the school. In Rainbow Rocks, she still struggles with a distrustful student body, but she is able to get help from Princess Twilight Sparkle via a magic diary that allows her to communicate across the dimensions, to help identify the power of the Dazzlings and help her friends defeat them, while also showing that she still contains some Equestrian magic herself. In Friendship Games, in which she has been fully welcomed by the school, she manages to convince the Twilight Sparkle from the human world to forego her thirst for Equestrian magic and save the school when Twilight's power gets out of control.

Flash Sentry[edit]

Voiced by: Vincent Tong

Flash Sentry is a human character in the Equestria Girls series, though his pony counterpart (an orange Royal Guard pegasus with a blue mane) has also appeared in the television show. He becomes a love interest to Twilight and is a guitarist for his band, Flash Drive. In the first film, he vindicates Twilight when she is framed for wrecking the Fall Formal decorations and becomes her date to it. He continues to dote over Twilight in Rainbow Rocks and Twilight's human version in Friendship Games. In one of the shorts promoting Friendship Games, he is shown to have a deep love for music.


Voiced by: Kazumi Evans (Adagio Dazzle), Diana Kaarina (Aria Blaze) and Maryke Hendrikse (Sonata Dusk)
Singing Voice: Shylo Sharity (Aria Blaze) and Madeline Merlo (Sonata Dusk)

The Dazzlings are the main antagonists of My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks. They are a singing trio consisting of the leader Adagio Dazzle, the moody Aria Blaze and the airhead Sonata Dusk. They persuade much of the Canterlot High student body to turn an upcoming school musical showcase into a Battle of the Bands. They are The Sirenshippocampi-like creatures banished from Equestria by Star Swirl the Bearded long ago – and must feed on hatred and discord they create by their singing to power magic jewels they possess to sustain themselves. During the Battle of the Bands, Twilight and the Rainbooms defeat them and shatter the jewel pendants they wear; without these, the Dazzlings lose their ability to sing and they are booed off the stage.

Crystal Prep Academy characters[edit]

Voiced by: Iris Quinn (Principal Abacus Cinch), Kelly Sheridan (Indigo Zap), Shannon Chan-Kent (Lemon Zest), Sharon Alexander (Sour Sweet), Sienna Bohn (Sugarcoat), Britt Irvin (Sunny Flare)

The Crystal Prep Academy Shadowbolts are the main antagonists of My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Friendship Games. Crystal Prep is a rival school to Canterlot High which for many years running has always won the quadannual Friendship Games. Principle Cinch demeans her students continue that tradition, convincing the human Twilight Sparkle, who is socially awkward recluse that's easily intimidated by the others, to participate for her intellect. Cinch and the other students also coerce Twilight to use the magic she has collected to assure Crystal Prep's win in the current Friendship Games, refusing to accept a tie.


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Further reading[edit]

  • Snider, Brandon T. (2013) My Little Pony: The Elements of Harmony: Friendship is Magic: The Official Guidebook. Little, Brown Books. ISBN 978-0-3162475-4-2