My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: The Movie is an upcoming 2014 American animated comedy action film directed by Alyson Hannigan and J.J Abrams. The film is distributed by Columbia Pictures, Williams Street and Bad Robot. It is slated for release on July 29, 2014. This has nothing do with Equestria Girls, has YouTube celebrities & mainly has older versions of the main six.
The only differences to their pony counterparts is that they don't everything together & they become more developed.
Twilight Sparkle (Anna Kendrick): Leader of the Mane Six. Her past life was Clover the Clever. Her vampire name is Twilight Sparkling. The spirit of magic grants her unfathomable amounts of magic.
Pinkie Pie (Amy Adams): The first friend Twilight makes. Expectedly hyperactive & talkative, a lover of parties & celebrations. Her past life was Chancellor Puddinghead. Her vampire name is Drinkie Pie. The spirit of laughter grants her control over the element of water.
Fluttershy (Kate Miccuci): A girl who works at ASPCA. Particularly shy & withdrawn. Her past life was Private Pansy. Her vampire name is Flutterbat. The spirit of kindness grants her control over wind and healing magic.
Rarity (Katrina Bowden): The second of Twilight's friends & was the most popular girl at her school. Generous to a fault & passionate about fashion. Her past life was Princess Platinum. Her vampire name is Nousfrarity. The spirit of generosity grants her control over earth and crystal.
Rainbow Dash (Hayley Williams): Fluttershy's best friend for three years. When she was younger, she had Fluttershy dye her hair at Soarin's suggestion; her original hair color is completely blue. Her past life was Commander Hurricane. Her vampire name is Rainbow Bite. The spirit of loyalty grants her control over electricity.
Applejack (Mandy Moore): A socially aloof girl who spends much of her time alone. Openly rejects those who wish to be friends with her, but she eventually warms up to Twilight & the others. Her past life was Smart Cookie. Her vampire name is AppleDrac. The spirit of honesty grants control over fire.
Diamond Tiara (Sophia Grace Brownlee): Sunflower's daughter who annoys the CMC.
Silver Spoon (Rosie McClelland): Diamond Tiara's best friend.
Luna (Kate Beckinsale): A woman who seeks revenge against Celestia for things she did to her in their respective past lives. She has a symbiote which is why she's so vengeful. She then calls herself Nightmare Moon after the symbiote attached to herself.
Shadowfright (Ray Winstone): Luna's second-in-command. His real name is Larry.
Nightmare Rarity (Katrina Bowden): Rarity's corrupted form from a symbiote that Luna used on her.
Manticores (Dee Bradley Baker): Lions mutated with bat & scorpion DNA that Luna uses it her army.
Bad Apple (Jason David Frank): One of 2 people being able to control apples anyway they want. He & Good Apple decide to join Nightmare Moon in order to get a better life.
Good Apple (Carlos Alazraqui): Bad Apple's brother.
Sugar Belle (Kristen Bell): One of Double Diamond's minions.
Moon Dancer (Alyssa Milano): Twilight's former best friend who now wants Twilight dead after she didn't show up at her birthday.
Amore (Paige O'Hara): A girl who tried to help Sombra but only made things worse. She is then crystallized & destroyed. She's reassembled, but is now under Sombra's control.
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Princess Luna (also a literal example of a Dark Horse who's part of an Ensemble) appeared for less than a minute in the second episode, said two lines, and wasn't even mentioned again until the first episode of season 2. Fans desperately wanted to see her return, disappointed that a character with such potential was barely utilised, and there are tons of drawings, stories and discussions about her, flooding fan fiction websites, forums, and chat boards. When she was confirmed to return for season 2, fans were ecstatic.
Luna managed to do this again after her A Day in the Limelight episode "Luna Eclipsed", which was received exceptionally well among fans (in no small part due to her hilariously overplayed and lampshaded Flowery Elizabethan English and No Indoor Voice as well as being a prime Woobie trying so hard to be accepted again) and superseding nearly all other portrayals of her, permanently altering all fanon regarding her.
Luna's guards are Ensemble Darkhorses. Ponies with bat-wings and much cooler armor than the regular guards, they've only been briefly seen once in the show thus far (though they've cameo'd a few times in the comics). Since next to nothing is known about them, they've become popular OC Stand Ins, and inspired tons of bat pony OC's, including one for one of the show's lead story writers, Mitch Larson himself.
Nightmare Moon is either another element of Luna's popularity or an entirely different Darkpony herself, depending on whether she is considered a separate character or simply an extension of Luna (the comics have interpreted her to be separate).
As one of the few recurring male characters, Big Macintosh has a bit of a fan-following. In Season 1 he mostly just had cameos when Applejack was involved, but in Season 2 he became more and more involved with the main & supporting cast. He also proved to be popular enough to receive a blind bag toy, making him one of the first stallions to receive any kind of toy since G1.
A lot of fans like to ship him and Fluttershy together because they're both quiet, shy and kind types.
The Grrreat and Powerful Trrrixie has a very impressive fanbase for what was at the time, a one-episode character with little significance, and her prominence in fan works almost reached main character levels. Much like some other darkponies listed here she received a few toys based on her, at first calling her Lulamoon, but then changed to "Trixie Lulamoon". The fanbase rejoiced when she returned in Season 3 to have a rematch with Twilight, in the process making the fan theories to the effect of "Trixie is left a humiliated drifter after the Ursa Minor incident and wants revenge" fully canon. Some fans go so far as to want her to become a more recurring character, and fanfiction often pairs her up with Luna, either romantically or as her own apprentice to parallel Twilight and Celestia. Pairing Trixie with Twilight for the same is also very popular, especially once Twilight became a princess herself.
Cheerilee is a popular target for fanart and fanfiction from her very first appearance, being a teacher a good excuse to include her in any number of scenarios. Her popularity only grew during season 2, which gave her more screen time and even her own episode, "Hearts and Hooves Day", in which she featured alongside fellow darkpony Big McIntosh.
She's apparently popular over in Japan, even getting her own slot in the end credits roll call along with the Mane Cast.
Discord was one of the most popular antagonist, loved or loathed in equal measure, depending on who you ask. He continually pops up in drawings, stories and speculation even long after being sealed away again, an enormous section of the fanbase wanted him to make a reappearance... which was granted in the Season 3 episode "Keep Calm and Flutter On". Not at all hurt by him being a blatant (admitted) Expy of Q, to the point where he's played by the same person. His redemption arc proved controversial, but his popularity's seemingly solidified after the season 4 finale.
Daring Do, the star of the Book Within a Show that Rainbow Dash becomes a fangirl of in "Read it and Weep". Her being an Indiana Jones expy has made her really popular material for fanfics and art. Many pictures of involving Rainbow Dash have a tendency to include her in some form. (Such as a book or a plushie.) She acquired enough love to have a rather detailed Just For Fun page all to herself, and some fans actually started writing stories based on that page. Yes, this character is popular enough to get an entire metafictional spinoff series out of thin air.
The Season 4 episode that de-fictionalized the character has caused some conflict in the fandom over whether or not they liked the idea, but she's still a fairly popular character.
Queen Chrysalis came out of nowhere, only hinted at once (in an online New York Daily News article) during all the crazy hype The Hub and Hasbro did for the season 2 finale, most of which was focused on the other new characters Princess Cadance and Shining Armor (since they're the ones with toys), and took the fandom by storm. All the fanartcreated literally within a day of her appearance shows just how far being a competent and dangerous (and scary) villain with a unique design and magnificent Villain Song will get you.
Chrysalis's popularity led her to being the first Arc Villain of the IDW comics.
Her popularity also was enough to get her an official toy for the 2013 Collector's Line.
Despite initial misgivings about characters that were transparently for the toys and had many traits of Mary Sues, Princess Cadance and Shining Armor became major fan favorites and were gladly accepted into the fandom consciousness and ever-growing fanon. The extra characterization from their comic book appearances and later episodes helped as well.
Soarin and Spitfire of the Wonderbolts managed to capture a lot of attention amongst the fanbase when their names and personalities were established in the Season 1 finalenote . Spitfire especially became somewhat of a pinup-girl to the fanart community with many a saucy WW2-style cheesecake image being drawn of her, as well as plenty of fanfics. Spitfire was brought back for another speaking role in Season 2 where she was established as the captain of the Wonderbolts, then again in a Season 3 episode that depicted her as being in charge of the training program for new recruits. Soarin got a cameo in the Royal Wedding where he was seen wearing a dress uniform and dancing with Rainbow Dash and later played a more significant role in "Rainbow Falls"
Although Spitfire did get a bit of backlash for holding the Jerkass ball in "Rainbow Falls" and at the start of "Wonderbolts Academy", she still has a sizable amount of fans.
The Flim Flam Brothers, whose affability and extremely catchy Villain Song made them stand out amongst other one-episode antagonists. This earned them a few cameos in the comic series and a second appearance in season 4.
Fans of Hulk Hogan and Mr. T became big fans of Iron Will. He tends to appear very often in fan made music videos onYouTube.
King Sombra is a subversion. Before anything was known about him whatsoever, he had spawned quite a lot of fan art. Indeed, before it was even known he was an actual character, with nothing to go on except a small Early-Bird Cameo, the fandom was disproportionately fascinated with him. Unfortunately, after the episode aired and fans noticed how little screentime and dialogue he had, fan reaction has been mixed. Ironically, many of his fans like him because of how little is made known about him, finding him mysterious and interesting because of it.
Fancypants has an impressive fan base, especially for the female viewers of the show.
Cheese Sandwich already had a lot of fans popping up before the episode even aired. Then again, being voiced by "Weird Al" Yankovic will certainly do that. (The possible Ship Tease with Pinkie Pie doesn't hurt either.)
Even though not everyone is particularly fond of the Breezies, most people seem to like Seabreeze, a particularly hot-tempered Breezie who not only is the Only Sane Man of the group, but also has a perfectly relatable reason for being mean to his comrades, because he might get separated from his wife and child.
Fans have desperately been wanting to see Pinkie's siblings make an appearance on the show, so when one finally did in the form of Pinkie's older sister Maud Pie, it should come as a surprise to no one that she'd earn a fan base long before her episode even aired! She's unique considering her personality is the polar opposite of her sister's, while still possessing the eccentricity you'd expect from a Pie.
Her brief surprise cameo in Rainbow Rocks also left a good impression on the fans.
Tirek might be an interesting case as in he was popular before he was even introduced, and for that matter, even before Friendship is Magic was made, remembered fondly by G1 fans for his sheer creepiness. In accordance with this, fanfics have long made a name of him as something to be feared. As of the finale, that fear was well placed.
Some fans are interested in seeing Tirek's brother, Scorpan, as well, who was mentioned in the Season 4 finale but never revealed.
Season 5 introduced 4 ponies, Party Favor, Double Diamond, and Night Glider
During the build up to season 5 Starlight Glimmer was already starting to get noticed by fans both for her unique design and her Well-Intentioned Extremist personality. Come the fifth season premiere and she's quickly developed a Love to Hate following due to both being enough of a Badass Normal that she's able to steal the cutie marks of the mane cast, even Twilight's with just her magic and for the first time in the series' history managing to be resourceful enough toescape any sort of punishment even after her defeat. Many are hoping that she'll wind up being a recurring antagonist for the season, and fans practically hit the ceiling when it was confirmed that she'd be returning for the two-part season finale.
Even before the episode premiere Tree Hugger amassed a following due to her hippie vibe and completely relaxed attitude. Much of the fandom has designated her as The Stoner and her name makes her prime shipping fuel for Fluttershy.
No discussion on Ensemble Darkhorses can even be started without mentioning Derpy Hoovesnote , the Recurring Extrathat's gotten the most love from fans and the show's staff. In a background shot of episode 1, a grey pegasus pony with wonky eyes was spotted, and swiftly Derpy was born, a strange but surprisingly competent mailpony who loves muffins,often derps reality, and in spite of her difficulties is very friendly and hard-working. In "Feeling Pinkie Keen", she managed to become a combination Ascended Meme/Ascended Extra, Lauren Faust herself said "She can be Derpy if everyone likes" (during production of season one, none of the background ponies had official names), and in season 2 she got her own little gag scenes. Not bad considering her googly eyes were just a random joke thrown in by one of the animators.
Her astronomic popularity even extends to other background ponies. When a unicorn filly with similar coloring was spotted it led to the creation of Dinky Hooves, Derpy's daughter. One of the few things fans agree is that Derpy and Dinky are a happy family (sometimes married to Time Turner/Dr. Hooves, mentioned below), and Dinky is the most popular child character outside the Cutie Mark Crusadersnote with tons of fanart and fanfics involving the two, often resulting in hearts being melted.
Her popularity reached it's apex in "The Last Roundup", where the first scene after the credits featured Rainbow Dash actually having a whole slapstick routine with her, where she gets several lines and is explicitly addressed as "Derpy". However, when "The Last Roundup" suddenly disappeared from iTunes, then later restored with Derpy's scene modified with tweaked dialogue (she was no longer referred to by name and had a different voice), the fandomabsolutely exploded with panic and anger towards Hasbro, displaying the sheer level of reverence that had been given to the pony. Ultimately the explanation for the change was that there were complaints Derpy was a stereotype of the mentally disabled, and the arguments about this among the fans were often heated and ugly.
Official merchandise is not safe from the power of Derpy. She has a 2012 limited-edition pony for San Diego Comic-Con and the Orlando MLP Fair (complete with derped eyes and muffin box art), the Midtown Comics exclusive cover of the comic book series (there is, of course, a half-eaten muffin), and a set of vinyl molded figures of Derpy released by Hot Topic (all the thousands of figures made of Derpy sold out in four minutes!).
Fans were taken by surprise in the episode "Rainbow Falls", where she made a surprise appearance as Rainbow Dash's replacement for the Equestria Games making her more popular with the fans than ever.
Before that, she had a few blink and you'll miss it background appearances in the season 3 finale, "Magical Mystery Cure".
She has made several appearances in Rainbow Rocks as well.
Derpy also pops up in the iOS game as a surprise, albeit unnamed, character who gives you extra bits and gems when you find her. She was likewise made an unnamed cameo in Rarity and the Curious Case of Charity, where she delivers Rarity's acceptance letter, displaying enough of her fan traits that it was blatantly obvious who it was.
Lyra Heartstrings, a mint-colored unicorn with a lyre cutie mark, who gained the attention of the fanbase by often being seen hopping up and down with an excited look on her face as if she's mugging for the camera or engaged in a Funny Background Event, most notably sitting or otherwise acting in a semi-human-like manner. It became one of the fans' (many) memes to depict Lyra as the pony equivalent of an otherkin, wanting in one way or another to be human. She was nicknamed just "Lyra" by the fandom (a name adopted by WeLoveFine), then officially named "Heartstrings" by Hasbro, which led some fans to Take a Third Option and call her "Lyra Heartstrings". Then Hasbro finally used this name as well. After two seasons of complete silence in the English versionnote , she finally got to speak a few lines in "A Canterlot Wedding", along with Minuette and Twinkleshine, two other well-liked background ponies.note
Lyra often appears alongside a pony that appears to be an Expy of Bon Bon from My Little Pony Tales (and is fan nicknamed as such, although merchandise now officially names her Sweetie Drops), originally due to the way their colorations complement each other (as is standard practice with the placement of background ponies in crowd shots). This circumstance resulted in a lot of fan works depicting the two together in some way, whether as best friends, roommates, or romantic partners. And while Bon Bon doesn't get nearly the same amount of attention on her own as Lyra does, the two together are the most widely accepted pairing, and basically the OTP of the fandom. Yet another aspect of fanon that has been recognized in official media, such as being intentionally placed together in the famous Comic Con poster◊ and participating in Funny Background Events in several episodes (such as "Secret of My Excess", where they share one with Derpy).
Bon Bon does have one bit of notoriety among the fans: she is easily the most talkative of the background ponies. To date, she has spoken in five separate episodesnote , each time with a totally different voice. This has led to the fanon meme that she is or aspires to be a voice actor.
Time Turner/Dr. Hooves, a male Earth pony with an hourglass cutie mark and spikey brown hair that reminded some fans of David Tennant, spawned endless Doctor Who crossovers and the fanon that Equestria has (or had) their own version of Time Lords. Word of God says his look initially was a coincidence; his fandom interpretation was alluded to by his manning the hourglass in "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000", lording over time in a way, and by one of the official trading cards that says he is responsible for "pretty much all things timey-wimey." "Dr. Hooves" or "Doctor Hooves" was originally spelled as "Doctor Whooves" (which is Ascended Fanon, unlike his other Fan Nickname "Doctor Whoof"), but its letter W was removed, thus Writing Around Trademarks of The BBC. However, the box of his vinyl figure lists him as "Doctor Whooves" - how they got that around the trademarks is anyone's guess.
During the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, the BBC seemingly were aware of Doctor Hooves, it seems they don't have a problem with it.
The comic series has had multiple covers and background jokes related to him being the Doctornote , and since it was acknowledged by the BBC they've even put a reference to it in the actual show. In the episode "It Ain't Easy Being Breezies" there's a shot of him wearing 3D glasses like the 10th Doctor did in one episode and hanging out with a female pony named Roseluck, who has a similar name to the 10th Doctor's first companion (Rose Tyler).
A female DJ unicorn that appeared for less than five seconds in "Suited For Success", doing nothing but turning on music and bobbing her head, garnered a huge following, generally called Vinyl Scratch, though other fans prefer her stage name that was spawned at the same time, "DJ P0N-3". The "DJ Pon-3" name was acknowledged in The Hub's Equestria Girls and There's a Pony For That commercials, and she's one of the few extras to receive her own official t-shirts and a brushable toy. She eventually returned in "A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2", this time showing what color her eyes are underneath her Cool Shades (the most popular fan theory was that her eyes were red – they turned out to be magenta)note
Her popularity has earned her a more prominent role in the second Equestria Girls movie, even getting to be the star of the first of eight short features that were released with the movie, "Music to My Ears". Not only that, but she's arguably had the most significant time onscreen, playing a key role indirectly arriving at the climax to help the cast.
Octavia, one of the musicians who first appeared in "The Best Night Ever" (the cello/bass player), obtained an enormous amount of attention from fans, with stories and drawings galore, and even her own theme music; pretty amazing considering she had pretty equal screentime with her bandmates. Her resemblance to one of Pinkie's sisters also fueled a lot of Wild Mass Guessing for a while (see below). She's since appeared on the Comic-Con 2011 poster/desktop background, gained a Palette Swap in "Luna Eclipsed", returned to the show during "Sweet and Elite", been includedin the Valentine version of Card Creator, and been featured on the licensed shirts and art print Musical Pony Battle,Octavia Disdainful Glance, and Dancing Ponies.
Octavia and Vinyl Scratch/DJ-Pon3 also form the fandom's second OTP, despite having never being shown in the same episode at the time. Be it through an Odd Friendship, familial relations, romance, or being roommates, these characters will always have some relationship with each other when depicted in the fandom. This was given a nod in season 5, which showed them as music judges in a dream sequence, and ultimately became accepted canon shortly after in the 100th episode, which has them sharing a house in Ponyville together.
Octavia became Suddenly Voiced in Rainbow Rocks courtesy of Kazumi Evans, who later reprised the role in the 100th episode. She even sounds British, as in most popular interpretations.
The pegasi duo of Cloudchaser and Flitter managed to stand out quite a bit for the fans with their noticeably unique appearances. The two are often portrayed as being close sisters or friends in the fandom and spawned off quite a bit of fan material from artwork and blogs to repainted customs of existing figures and even some fan-created games, and the former made a return appearance in a season 3 episode.
The fans really latched onto Pipsqueak for a couple of reasons. One, he's one of the only colts in the show with actual lines. Two, he has a very unique design and distinctive voice. Three, In-Universe, his favorite princess is Luna, one of the show's Darkhorse-iest ponies. In fan works, he's usually portrayed as a juvenile Quintessential British Gentleman and tends to get Shipped with Dinky Doo a lot.
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Fleur dis Lee appeared twice in one episode and spoke one line, and yet seems at least as popular as her assumed husband, Fancy Pants, who has his own entry above.note It probably helps that she has a Non-Standard Character Design - she's a normal unicorn, yet she has the taller, longer body shape normally only used for alicorns.
Sunset Shimmer has gotten the attention of a lot of bronies for various reasons, including her Cool Mask, her similar Theme Naming to Twilight Sparkle, and her description of being a former student of Princess Celestia. This has lead to her being the subject of a lot of Epileptic Trees, even though Word of God said that she won't appear in show.
When the Equestria Girls movie reveals Sunset Shimmer to be the Big Bad, her popularity dropped drastically compared to the popularity she had before the movie. Despite the Hype Backlash, she still has her fans, if only for her character design and Rebecca Shoichet's performance.
After the IDW comics gave her backstory some much-needed fleshing out, her popularity tentatively rose again. She's not as popular as any of the other Big Bads, but she has a dedicated fanbase nonetheless.
Just when it seemed she'd ultimately be written off as a bland villain, the sequel shows her genuinely trying to move on after her Heel-Face Turn, something fans of the first weren't expecting as they felt it was somewhat forced and wouldn't be followed up on. Her very sympathetic struggles and harsh treatment by the students, villains, and even by the Humane Six, topped off with her Moment of Awesome at the film's climax have caused most of her detractors to do a complete 180. Against all odds, her popularity's skyrocketed her to become one of the most warmly-received side characters. The fan enthusiasm grew even stronger after an out-of-the-blue music video popped up. It's not uncommon to hear some demanding she make an appearance in the show itself.
The Dazzlings, the villains from Rainbow Rocks, though coldly received as a merch tie-in at first, -were loved by the Bronies when their song Let's Have a Battle (Of the Bands) was leaked, showing that the stakes were being raised this time around. Their attractive designs and animations, very catchy singing, and unexpectedly menacing final forms made them all well-liked as antagonists. Sonata sticks out because of her role as The Ditz for the trio, though Adagio is gaining ground for her devious planning.